"I feel that this year is more exhausting than ever," said Tim Gray, the awards editor at trade publication Variety, noting the number of high-quality films among the best picture nominees. This year, nine films will compete for the best picture Oscar, which will be handed out on March 2 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. "I think it works on the supposition, 'Leave no stone unturned,'" he said, noting how stars and directors have been attending screenings and question-and-answer sessions, sometimes more than one per day, to reach some 6,000 Oscar voters. More »Hollywood Oscar campaigns: A civil affair in a wide-open field
By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's annual cigar festival is telling the world's cigar-smokers it is perfectly fine to enjoy a Havana with a beer or a vodka or a cocktail. The beer-and-cocktail campaign aims to modernize this image and adapt to global anti-smoking laws, which have led to outdoor smoking venues where cold drinks are often more popular, said Ana Lopez Garcia, marketing director for Cuban cigar distributor Habanos S.A. "What's new is that the Havana is being wedded to products that perhaps traditionally have been reserved for other occasions," Lopez Garcia told a news conference on Monday, between puffs on her cigar. The 16th Havana Festival, the world's premier cigar event, began on Monday and will conclude on Friday with a gala dinner and auction, when cigar-buyers bid on cigars and humidors to raise money for Cuba's healthcare system. More »Cubans ask, 'Why not a beer or cocktail with that cigar?'
By Patricia Reaney REUTERS - Comedy actor and director Harold Ramis, best known for films such as "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day" and "Caddyshack," died at his home in Chicago at the age of 69 of complications from a rare vascular disease, his agent said on Monday. He passed away from complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis," said Chris Day, a spokesman for the United Talent Agency in Los Angeles. "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis," tweeted actor Dan Aykroyd, who co-starred with Ramis in the 1984 film "Ghostbusters." Ramis played Dr. Egon Spengler in the Ivan Reitman cult comedy "Ghostbusters," which also starred actor Bill Murray. "Harold Ramis and I together did 'The National Lampoon Show' off-Broadway, 'Meatballs,' 'Stripes,' 'Caddyshack,' 'Ghostbusters' and 'Groundhog Day.' He earned his keep on this planet. More »Harold Ramis, 'Ghostbusters' actor, 'Groundhog Day' director dies at 69
Actor Alec Baldwin said New York City's tabloid media culture was forcing him to move out of town after a series of headline-grabbing incidents he was involved in last year, according to an article published on Monday. "I probably have to move out of New York," Baldwin said in a New York Magazine article. "I just can't live in New York anymore." Emmy-award winning Baldwin, who was repeatedly portrayed in press accounts last year as a hot-headed homophobe and bigot, struck out at prominent gay journalists who had criticized his behavior. Baldwin described columnist Andrew Sullivan and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper as the "Gay Department of Justice" after both men publicly criticized his alleged behavior and language. More »Alec Baldwin strikes back at critics, vows to leave N.Y
Arjun Rampal has of late become controversy's favourite child or so it seems. A month or so ago, it was reported that he had a major role to play in Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Roshan's separation and post that, reports surfaced that his night club LAP, in New Delhi has run into legal trouble. A few media houses recently reported that Arjun, who'll play the lead role in Vicky Singh's upcoming film Roy, is upset with the makers, as they have given a meatier role to Ranbir Kapoor, who was earlier supposed to have only a cameo appearance in the film. More »Vicky Singh Clarifies Arjun Rampal Has No Issues With Ranbir Kapoor's Role In 'Roy'
Director Tarun Mansukhani is gearing up for his next project, which is the Hindi remake of French director Pierre Salvadori's 2006 film Priceless. The film will be made under Karan Johar's banner Dharma Productions and reportedly, the makers are planning to rope in either Alia Bhatt or Anushka Sharma as the lead actress. A source has been quoted saying that though KJo is very impressed with Alia since her Student Of The Year days, he is also very keen to work with Anushka. More »Who Will Romance Sidharth Malhotra In Karan Johar's Next? Anushka Sharma or Alia Bhatt?
Rajat Kapoor, who has previously wielded the megaphone for his much-acclaimed films like Fatso, Mithya and Mixed Doubles to name a few, is now gearing up for his upcoming movie Ankhon Dekhi. Interestingly, Ankhon Dekhi will be his first directorial venture to have songs. More »Ankhon Dekhi Becomes Rajat Kapoor's First Film With Songs
Aamir Khan is gearing up for the second season of his show Satyamev Jayate and this time he will begin his journey from the very spot where an individual broke a mountain by himself. While Aamir was earlier slated to hold the first Press conference of Satyamev Jayate 2 in Dashrath Manjhi's village on February 22, his visit has now been postponed. He has now decided to visit Manjhi's village Gehlaur in Gaya, Bihar on February 25. More »Satyamev Jayate 2: Aamir Khan Will Now Visit Dashrath Manjhi's Village On February 25
Being overweight is so common in Europe that it risks becoming "the new norm", with around a third of teenagers now heavier than is recommended for their health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. In a report on obesity levels in the 53 countries of the WHO's European Region, the United Nations health agency said up to 27 percent of 13-year-olds and 33 percent of 11-year-olds are overweight. We must not let another generation grow up with obesity as the new norm," said Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO's regional director. Among adults, rates of women who don't engage in enough physical activity range from 16 percent in Greece and 17 percent in Estonia to 71 percent in Malta and 76 percent in Serbia. More »WHO sees risk of obesity becoming the new norm in Europe
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) The launch of second season of reality show "Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan Nawaazi Ki" has been pushed forward as its host not yet to finalised. "'Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan Nawaazi Ki' was supposed to go on air on March 3, but it has now been pushed to March 10. In its first season, which was hosted by actor Ram Kapoor, it saw small screen stars Sanaya Irani, Ragini Khanna, Amar Upadhyay and Rucha Gujarati hosting dinners for four other guest celebrities. More »'Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan Nawaazi Ki 2' pushed forward
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitness websites are proliferating, offering a wide range of workout options from group classes to virtual personal training, and experts call the online venues especially inviting for the young, the time-pressed and the gym-averse. "I do think online fitness formats that have social community are successful," said exercise physiologist Jessica Matthews. "We know that social support is a long-term adherent to social activity." Matthews, who teaches exercise science at Miramar College in San Diego, California, said for many people online fitness is about making connections and being with like-minded people. Fitness instructor, trainer, and wellness coach Jessica Smith, who started streaming workouts in 2005, credits the connection established with her audience, mainly women 30 to 45 years old, for the success of JessicaSmithtv.com. More »Fitness websites aim to stream togetherness as well as workouts
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) International superstar Shakira, who returns as a coach on "The Voice", will be seen in Indian designer Khushali Kumar's outfit in the premier episode of the season six of the TV show. She has zeroed on a gunmetal short dress from Kumar's label Reve for the premiere episode, Monday. "After privately viewing the collection, well-known styling duo Rob Zangardi & Mariel Haenn immediately knew that the intricate Indian line, Reve by Khushali Kumar was a great fit for new mother, Shakira," Kate, US media and celebrity liaison for Reve by Khushali Kumar, said in a statement. Feminine tulle paired with edgy chain details was extremely fitting for an icon such as Shakira," added Kate. More »Shakira to don Indian designer's outfit on 'The Voice'
Chennai, Feb 24 (IANS) As a gesture of fair play for films of all sizes and budgets, Tamil Film Producers Council's head Keyar says that soon they may put a cap of Rs.40 lakh on film promotions. "We have been thinking about implementing a cap on promotional activities of films. "Big budget films pump in crores for promotional activities, whereas small films can't cough up so much money. More »Tamil cinema likely to cap promotional expenditure
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) India and Canada Monday signed an audio-visual co-production agreement which will enable film producers of both countries to utilise a platform for collaboration on various facets of film making. The agreement is expected to deepen the engagement between the critical sectors of the film industries of both countries. Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka and High Commissioner of Canada to India Stewart Beck inked the agreement in the capital, an official release said here. More »India, Canada to collaborate in film making
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Whether you are a film buff, movie critic or a fashion fan, everyone is awaiting the Oscars with bated breath. Each year, as the Academy Awards inches closer, there is a major spike in search traffic related to the event. More »Google search reveals possible winners of Oscars
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) The latest track in TV show "Main Naa Bhoolungi" reminds one of Rekha-starrer revenge drama "Khoon Bhari Maang", but Aishwarya Sakhuja, who plays the protagonist in it, says such things happens in real life too and they are just trying to portray the same. In the show, Aishwarya plays a simple girl Shikha, who falls for Sameer (Vikas Manaktala) and ends up marrying him. Now post a plastic surgery, she is back and wants revenge a la Rekha in "Khoon Bhari Maang". Yes, comparisons have been drawn that this is just like the role portrayed by Rekha in 'Khoon Bhari Maang'," Aishwarya said here on the set of the show. More »'Main Naa Bhoolungi' sticking to reality, not aping anyone
Washington, February 24 (ANI): Ted Nugent has publicly apologized to Barack Obama for calling him a "subhuman mongrel". More »Ted Nugent publicly apologizes for calling Obama 'subhuman mongrel'
New Delhi, Feb. 24 (ANI): Vivek Oberoi has revealed that he wants BJP's Narendra Modi to swear in as the next Prime Minister of India. While flagging off the 'Run for your country' marathon, the 37-year-old said, "What I am seeing is that the entire team of BJP, be it volunteers or common people or the leaders have got so energized by Narendra Modi ji that if he becomes our Prime Minister and the dream of lakhs of people come true, you can imagine how much energy will be filled within our country". "As I can see that the Indian youth all over the country are very disappointed so to influx them with a new energy and hope in them we have organized this marathon. It's a symbolic run and want when Modi ji becomes the Prime Minister, even India runs ahead the rest of the world in the race of economic revolution and regains the position it deserves", he added. More »Vivek Oberoi wishes Narendra Modi should be the next Prime Minister
Washington, Feb 24 (ANI): Nicolas Cage is set to become a grandfather for the first time, as his son Weston's wife is pregnant. More »Nicolas Cage set to become granddad for first time
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Actor Jackky Bhagnani is playing a politician in "Youngistaan", but his role is not modeled on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. You may find the similarity in the looks, but I am not portraying Rahul Gandhi in the film," Jackky told IANS. Directed by Syed Ahmad Afzal, the film also featuring late actor Farooque Sheikh and Neha Sharma will hit the screens March 28. It is a triangle love story between me, Neha and Farooque sir's character." Farooque Sheikh died of a sudden cardiac arrest in Dubai in December last year. More »Not portraying Rahul Gandhi in 'Youngistaan': Jackky Bhagnani
Washington, February 24 (ANI): Milla Jovovich has opened up about the civil strife in her homeland Ukraine and insisted that she wants to help the helpless people there. The Ukrainian model said that she has been following the events that culminated in the collapse of President Viktor Yanukovych's government and she wants to help out in raising funds to benefit hospitals and aid workers in the city, Contactmusic reported. Jovovich, who has been following the posts of 21-year-old medical volunteer Olesya Zhukovska, who was reportedly shot in the neck by riot police, added that she will find out what she can personally do for the victims of the violence in the Ukraine. More »Milla Jovovich vows to help Ukrainian people