By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British boy band One Direction made chart history on Wednesday as its third album debuted at No. 1 on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, the only group to have its first three albums top the chart in opening week sales. The group's first album, "Up All Night" and second record "Take Me Home," both released in 2012, also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, but with smaller opening week sales. One Direction, comprised of singers Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, was formed on the U.K. reality singing television show "The X Factor" in 2010 and has gone on to conquer the United States with songs such as "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Story of My Life." The band's music is targeted at a young audience, and its fans are mainly teenage girls, dubbed "Directioners." The group has more than 16 million Twitter followers and 22 million Facebook fans. More »Boy band One Direction makes chart history with third No. 1 album debut
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Her," a story about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, on Wednesday won the National Board of Review award for 2013 best film of the year and best director, the second major film awards in the run-up to the Oscars. Director Spike Jonze's "Her," which will be released in selected U.S. theaters later this month, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a withdrawn writer in Los Angeles in the quirky love story. "Spike Jonze is one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today," said Annie Schulhof, the president of the National Board of Review, a 100-year-old U.S. based group of movie industry watchers and film professionals. Bruce Dern was named best actor for his portrayal as an ornery old man convinced he has won a fortune in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," and Emma Thompson picked up the best actress accolade for her turn as author P.L. Travers, the creator of "Mary Poppins," in "Saving Mr. Banks." Comedic actor Will Forte, best known for his roles on the television sketch show "Saturday Night Live," won the best supporting actor prize for playing Dern's patient son in "Nebraska." Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer was named best supporting actress for "Fruitvale Station," about the real-life story of a young black man shot to death by a white transit policeman. More »'Her' wins National Board of Review best 2013 film award
By Yasmine Saleh CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's most popular television satirist, Bassem Youssef, who was pulled off the airwaves last month after mocking the army chief, said on Wednesday the move showed the military-backed rulers were intolerant of opposing views. Youssef rose to fame after the 2011 uprising that overthrew autocratic president Hosni Mubarak. He had criticised Islamist President Mohamed Mursi who took office after Mubarak and was ousted by the army in July after mass protests against his rule. "People protested on June 30 (the first day of the protests against Mursi) to put an end to dictatorship and fascism and to welcome freedom of opinion and the first thing to be done was a fight against an opinion," Youssef said in a television interview. More »Banned satirist says Egypt's leaders do not accept criticism
REUTERS - Television host Martin Bashir resigned from the U.S. cable news network MSNBC on Wednesday after making controversial remarks about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. "Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation," Bashir wrote in a memo obtained by Reuters. More »TV host Martin Bashir resigns over offensive remarks
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Actor Will Ferrell, in character as bumbling fictional television news anchorman Ron Burgundy, advised viewers to believe 71 percent of what they see on news programs and complained that too few journalists have facial hair in a Wednesday appearance at a Boston college. Ferrell's mustachioed, burgundy-suited character also misidentified one of the deans of Emerson College as former astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth. "It was only a short while ago I was covering your lunar orbit of the moon," the character said to Phil Glenn, interim dean of the school's college of communications. The college agreed to rename itself "Ron Burgundy School of Communication" for the day in an event promoting the movie "Anchorman 2," which premieres later this month with Ferrell in a starring role. More »'Stay classy, Boston' - college briefly renamed for Ron Burgundy
By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) - The auction house Christie's put a price tag on one of Detroit's highest-profile city assets, its share of the Detroit Institute of Arts collection, stating that nearly 3,000 works controlled by the city are worth between $452 million and $866 million. The finding by Christie's, hired to place a value on art treasures that could become a contested element of the Detroit bankruptcy, puts a range of value on 2,781 works owned or partially owned by the city. The holdings represent only about 5 percent of the DIA's full collection, but with the finding Tuesday that Detroit is bankrupt under Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code, it is possible the city may seek to monetize some of the artwork. Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr retained Christie's in August to appraise city-owned works as part of Detroit's bankruptcy case. More »Christie's values Detroit-owned art at $452 mln to $866 mln
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly three-quarters of America's feature-length silent films have been lost, and the legacy that put Hollywood at the forefront of the movie industry from 1912 to 1929 is endangered, the Library of Congress said Wednesday. The first comprehensive study of American feature-length films of the silent era unveiled by the Library of Congress paints a distressing picture. Seventy percent of silent feature-length films have been lost. Classics films such as 1926's "The Great Gatsby," the 1917 version of "Cleopatra" and actor Lon Chaney's 1927 "London After Midnight" are among movies considered lost in their complete form. More »Much of American silent film heritage lost, Library of Congress says
By Alexander Winning LONDON (Reuters) - Celebrity cook Nigella Lawson told a court she had taken cocaine several times including when being subjected to "intimate terrorism" by her millionaire ex-husband Charles Saatchi, in the latest dramatic twist in a trial that has gripped Britain. "I can only laugh at your sorry depravity," he said in the email, which was read in court. More »TV's "Domestic Goddess" Nigella tells UK court she took cocaine
By Alexei Anishchuk NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin could free a former oil tycoon and members of the Pussy Riot band, all portrayed as political prisoners by domestic and foreign critics, under an amnesty expected by the end of the year, according to a Kremlin human rights adviser. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who supporters say was jailed to curb a political challenge to Putin, putting his oil assets in state hands, and two Pussy Riot inmates are due for release next year. But an early discharge could help improve Putin's image before he hosts the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in February. Putin told his presidential human rights council in September to make suggestions for an amnesty to mark the 20th anniversary of Russia's post-Soviet constitution in December. More »Putin could free Khodorkovsky, Pussy Riot in amnesty - rights adviser
Universal Pictures has shut down production of action sequel "Fast & Furious 7" to consider its options for the franchise following the death of actor Paul Walker, the studio said on Wednesday. "At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on 'Fast & Furious 7' for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise," Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp , said in a statement. More »Universal halts 'Fast & Furious 7' production to assess options
Imran Khan is all praise for his mamu Aamir Khan's upcoming film Dhoom 3. At an event when Imran was asked to talk about Dhoom 3, he said, “I think a new club will be made for Dhoom 3. More »Imran Khan: 'A 300-400 crore club will be made for Dhoom 3'
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has expressed his desire to visit Peshawar, his paternal hometown in Pakistan. On being asked to visit Pakistan by the former Pakistani foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, SRK said that he wants to take his kids, Aryan, Suhana and AbRam, to visit his family which still lives in Peshawar. More »Shah Rukh Khan Hopes To Visit Peshawar With His Kids
Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar was recently admitted to a hospital in New Delhi, after he complained of acute back ache. Akhtar was in Delhi to attend a music festival and though initially he was supposed to leave the fest in a few hours, he got so engrossed in the event that he stayed there till the end. His wife Shabana Azmi is with him in Delhi, and she recently took to Twitter to thank all her followers for their well wishes. “For all those asking there has been some improvement but Javed Sb still in a lot of pain.Your good wishes are a big help thank you so much,” she posted on the micro-blogging site. More »Javed Akhtar Hospitalized Due To Severe Back Ache
John Abraham, who undeniably has one of the best physiques in the industry today, cycles regulary to stay fit and now, the cycling enthusiast has become the face of India's biggest cycling event Godrej Eon Tour De India. John has been roped in as the brand ambassador for the next three years for this cycling event, which is an extension of Tour De France under the aegis of UCI and CFI. Talking about his association with the Tour De India (TDI), John says, “I am very excited about my association with Tour De India because cycling has been a fun activity that is enjoyed by people every age. Dr. Akil Khan, Chairman and Managing Director, ID Sports and Vice Chairman – Enso Care says, “We are thrilled at the level of interest the event has attracted this year. Through Godrej Eon Tour de India we plan to match up to the largeness of Tour de France in the coming years; More »John Abraham Becomes The Brand Ambassador Of 'Tour De India 2013'
New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Having fond memories of visiting Peshawar as a teenager with his father, Shah Rukh Khan harbours a hope to take his three children to visit his family's hometown, and hopes ties between India and Pakistan become "friendlier" and "family-like". The Hindi film superstar spoke fondly of Peshawar when Pakistan's former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar asked him about visiting her country, at India Today Group's Agenda Aaj Tak Conclave here Wednesday. "I'd love to! My family is from Peshawar and few of them still live there. I would love to come to Peshawar and bring my children over because my father took me when I was 15 or 16. More »Keen to take kids to Pakistan, SRK hopes for friendlier ties
By Angus MacSwan REUTERS - A host of musicians headed by Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant on Tuesday night celebrated the life and work of Bert Jansch, the late Scottish guitarist who influenced generations of players from Neil Young to Johnny Marr with his stew of blues, folk and jazz. On a London stage decorated to look like Les Cousins, the Soho folk club where Jansch held court in the 1960s, they played his songs and others that had inspired him, and reminisced about "a magical man, an occasionally shambolic man," in the words of Martin Simpson. If he never achieved huge popular fame to match his talent, his standing amongst his peers was evident in a Royal Festival Hall line-up that was a virtual Who's Who of British folk, among them Ralph McTell, Donovan and members of Pentangle, the folk-jazz group with whom he found his greatest commercial success. Neil Young, who once described Jansch as the Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar, was not present in body but appeared on a large screen in a specially-recorded video in which he played "Needle of Death", Jansch's tale of heroin addiction that Young has acknowledged as the inspiration for his own classic "Needle and the Damage Done". More »Young, Plant and friends pay tribute to "Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar"
New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) In a career of almost 25 years, Aamir Khan has seen successes and flops. But it is his failures that he credits for his life's "biggest learnings", saying that it doesn't matter to him if his films make Rs.100 crore or more but he gets "upset" if people lose money from a film which rides on his name. "My failures have taught me as much as my successful films, and they are equally special to me," the 48-year-old said at the India Today Group's Agenda Aaj Tak Conclave here Wednesday. More »My unsuccessful films are my 'biggest learnings': Aamir Khan
New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Technological innovations come with their pros and cons, and the Indian music industry is witnessing it all, says popular singer Sonu Nigam, who believes more singers are cropping up thanks to technology, but very few "music legends" remain. "Earlier, singers like Lataji (Lata Mangeshkar) and Ashaji (Asha Bhosle) used to sing their songs in one take. So, anyone whose texture of voice is good, is now getting a chance to become a singer," Sonu said at the India Today Group's conclave Agenda Aaj Tak here Tuesday. Every new technology has its plus and minus points. More »More singers, few legends due to technology: Sonu Nigam
New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Aamir Khan, Bollywood's hugely popular actor-producer, says he doesn't have to join politics to bring in change because he can do it as an entertainer. He is a UNICEF ambassador to promote child nutrition, and he hosted "Satyamev Jayate", but is not looking at politics at all. I want to use the medium of filmmaking and entertainment to contribute to the society and nation-building," Aamir said here at India Today Group's Agenda Aaj Tak here Wednesday. His TV show "Satyamev Jayate" presented startling facts about issues like dowry and female infanticide. More »Want to contribute to society, nation-building via films: Aamir
New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Aamir Khan says his colleagues' good work makes him happy, and lavished praise on his contemporary Salman Khan, describing him as "powerhouse of star power". At India Today Group's Agenda Aaj Tak conclave Wednesday, Aamir was asked about the Khan rivalry between Salman, Shah Rukh Khan and himself. More »Salman is a bigger star than me: Aamir Khan
Eating apple on daily basis and chewing gum is beneficial when it comes to maintaining white pearlies. Keeping this in mind, Peta Leigh, a teeth whitening expert, offers tips for achieving a bright white smile, reports femalefirst.co.uk. - Eat your way to whiter teeth: Foods that are firm or crisp are known to help clean teeth as they're eaten. - Get a calcium boost: This may come as a surprise to many but cheese is also known for helping to maintain healthy white teeth. More »Want shinning teeth? Eat apple, chew gum
New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Yoga guru Baba Ramdev broke into guffaws here Wednesday thanks to a live act by comedian Sunil Grover, popular for his role as Guthhi in "Comedy Nights With Kapil". Sunil was here as part of Guthhi, Agenda Agenda, Guthhi, a session conducted at the India Today Group's Agenda Aaj Tak event. Your name is Guthhi or do you have another name?" Pat came the reply from the standup comedian: "Just like your name is Shri Ramdev but you have Baba prefixed to your name, I am Sunil Grover and 'Guthhi' has got attached to my name." Recently, Sunil quit "Comedy Nights With Kapil" and Ramdev asked Sunil the reason behind his decision to leave the show. More »'Guthhi' takes Baba Ramdev on laugh riot
Karan Johar is back with his juicy chat show with some of the most sort after celebs and their exclusive revelations. After getting Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor amongst others, KJo managed to get Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan, who are working together for SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS, on the show.Though Farhan and Vidya have appeared on the show in the past, the duo hasn't come together. With their upcoming film, it seems the actors agreed to make an appearance togethe More »Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar's steamy 'Koffee with Karan'!
Dilip Kumar, the living legend, has governed the Hindi film industry for over six decades and is considered to be the most 'Complete Actor' and the 'Greatest Star' to have ever hit the Indian screen. Many consider him to be an institution of acting while there are some who go beyond this and term him as the 'God of acting'. Dilip Kumar turns 91 on 11, December 2013. Celebrating his birthday Glamsham.Com wishes him birthday wishes and prays for his health and a long life. As we car More »Do you know Dilip Kumar was offered a chance to play Cricket for India?