By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - An advocacy group called on toy maker Fisher-Price to stop selling a baby seat designed to hold an iPad at the front, saying the product encourages parents to leave infants alone to watch screens that could be harmful. The bouncy seat with an iPad holder is the "ultimate electronic babysitter" and blocks a baby's view of the world, undermining the child's interaction with caregivers, said the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, based in Boston, in a statement. The group cited research by the American Academy of Pediatrics that suggested screen time for children under age 2 was linked to language delays, sleep disturbance and learning problems later in childhood. "By manufacturing a device to restrain infants in front of a screen, even when they're too young to sit up, Fisher-Price actually discourages interactions that are crucial to learning and healthy development," Dr. Susan Linn, the group's director, said in the statement. More »Baby seat with iPad holder stirs controversy
The teaser trailer of Yash Raj Films upcoming movie Gunday was recently unveiled however, it only featured the film’s male leads Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. Though the film’s leading lady Priyanka Chopra was MIA from the trailer, the makers have now released her glitzy cabaret avatar from the film. Priyanka is seen drenched in gold in the pictures released. More »Priyanka Chopra Turns Cabaret Dancer For 'Gunday'
Kunal Kemmu, who tickled our funny bone with his impeccable comic timing in his last release Go Goa Gone, will be next seen in upcoming detective comedy Mr Joe B. Carvalho, which features his lady love Soha Ali Khan as the female lead. While Soha was shooting for the film in Bangalore, Kunal flew down to surprise her and celebrate their special day, which by the way is only known to the two of them. When Arshad Warsi, the lead actor of the film learnt that Soha's beau is on the sets, he went to meet and greet him and suggested that Kunal should do a cameo in the film and the Kalyug actor happily agreed. When director Samir Tewari was quizzed about it, he said, “Kunal is a very jovial and fun person, Arshad just casually asked him to do a cameo and he happily agreed without having any glitches, I am sure the audiences too would enjoy seeing the real pair on-screen!! It's a cameo and unal would be seen sharing screen space with Soha, a fun element and I would not like to divulge anything more.” More »Kunal Kemmu To Have A Cameo In 'Mr Joe B. Carvalho'
Kareena Kapoor Khan made headlines when she openly called Katrina Kaif her sister-in-law, in Karan Johar's popular chat show Koffee With Karan. However, Katrina, who is rumoured to be dating Kareena's first cousin Ranbir Kapoor, says that Kareena didn't mean it and it was said in jest. At a recently held event, when Kat was asked if she's getting married to Ranbir and about Bebo's remark on Koffee With Karan, the British beauty said, “I'm not getting married, I'm not engaged. Kareena and Ranbir are cousins and everyone knows when you go on Koffee With Karan, you are meant to pull the other person's leg. More »Katrina Kaif: 'Kareena called me her sister-in-law in jest'
Sunny Leone, who shot to limelight with her stint in Bigg Boss 5, is now all set to re-enter the house. Sunny’s upcoming film Jackpot is releasing on Friday and the Indo-canadian adult entertainer will also enter the house that day to promote her film. Kushal Tandon, Armaan Kohli and Ajaz Khan will be seen dancing and singing for her in the episode. Meanwhile, Kamya, Andy and Sangram will still be trying to win a task named Big Box, which requires them to be inside a big box for long in order to win the ticket to the show’s finale. More »Sunny Leone To Go Inside Bigg Boss House Again!
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Screen Actors Guild unveiled nominees for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild awards on Wednesday, and winners will be announced at a ceremony on January 18 in Los Angeles. ... More »FACTBOX - Key Screen Actors Guild Award nominees
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From playing a lowly office salesman to traveling across Middle Earth with a pack of dwarves, British actor Martin Freeman has carved out a career of eclectic roles that showcase his deadpan comedy style. Freeman, 42, rose to recognition as lovesick salesman Tim Canterbury on the British mockumentary "The Office." He is notable for playing literary characters on screen - Arthur Dent in the 2005 film adaptation of Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and war veteran sidekick John Watson in the BBC's contemporary re-imagining of "Sherlock." Most recently Freeman was Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's epic cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit." He returns to the role in Warner Bros' "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," the second installment of the cinematic trilogy in U.S. theaters on Friday. More »A Minute With: Martin Freeman on 'Hobbit,' 'Sherlock' and Hollywood
Mumbai, Dec 11 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is eagerly waiting to start shooting for director R. Balki's next project, says that some part of the movie will be shot abraod. The 71-year-old was seen in Balki's unconventional film "Cheeni Kum", which was majorly shot in London. "Work on Balki's film shall start by the middle of March ... and continue for some time ... there is material to be done overseas; Actor Kamal Haasan's younger daughter Akshara will make her debut with the film, which will also feature southern actor Dhanush. More »Balki's next likely to be shot abroad
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Director David O. Russell travels back to the 1970s with its blaring disco music, garish clothes and big hair in "American Hustle," a tale about reinvention, love and survival featuring con-artists, mobsters and an FBI sting operation. A fictional film built around the real-life Abscam scandal that led to the conviction of a U.S. senator and six congressmen, "American Hustle" last week won the New York Film Critics Circle award for best film of 2013 and a best supporting actress prize for Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. But for Russell, nominated for best directing Oscars for his two previous movies, "The Fighter" and "Silver Linings Playbook", the heart of the film is its characters. "The predicament is a great blowtorch for the characters and their world. More »David O. Russell hails big hair, big dreams in 'American Hustle'
Kolkata, Dec 11 (IANS) Foraying into television with the Bengali serial "Dusahobas", based on her story, exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen Wednesday slammed certain serials for "glorifying submissive women" and not portraying women in strong characters. "Some women-based serials portray women being submissive and glorify submissive women. I will not show the women in my serial like that...I will not glorify submissive women," she told the media here during a video conference to launch the serial. "Women are so decked up (in some Hindi and Bengali serials)...the way they are shown to serve their husbands, in-laws as if they are meant to do this. More »Taslima Nasreen slams TV serials for 'glorifying submissive women'
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) A new TV show, "Chivas Studio - Gentlemen's Code", going on air Sunday attempts to delve into what it takes to be a modern man. More »New TV show to reveal 'gentlemen's code'
Mumbai, Dec 11 (IANS) Filmmaker Kiran Rao, who is a hands-on mom to her son Azad, is all praise for her husband Aamir Khan's ex-wife Reena's parenting skills. Aamir and Reena together have two children - son Junaid and daughter Ira, with whom even Kiran shares an amicable relationship. "Reena is just wonderful and she has just done such a great job with these kids. I got Aamir and I got a great package deal with this super family," Kiran said during a tete-a-tete with Karan Johar on his chat show "Koffee With Karan". More »Reena has done great job with Junaid, Ira: Kiran Rao
By Mary Milliken BURBANK, California (Reuters) - In the leafy, idyllic setting that is the Disney Studios lot, author P.L. Travers made life hell for writers and composers and Walt Disney himself in a movie that portrays her as a withering, brick wall, toxic nightmare of a woman. It is not quite the demeanor one would expect from the creator of one of the most beloved of children's books, "Mary Poppins." But Travers was so worried that Disney and his dream factory would ruin her story of the magical, flying British nanny that she subverted their work at every turn during two weeks at the Burbank studios in 1961. The entertaining push and pull between the acid-tongued Travers and the Disney storytellers is the heart of "Saving Mr. Banks," a film, from Walt Disney Co of course, that opens in limited release in U.S. theaters on Friday and nationwide a week later. It stars Oscar winners Emma Thompson as Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. More »'Saving Mr. Banks' rescues the complex mind behind 'Mary Poppins'
Mumbai, Dec 11 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan might be busy shooting for his upcoming projects but he takes time out to pamper his two-year-old granddaughter Aaradhya. The 71-year-old took to Twitter to talk about the joy he felt when he saw her playing with some balloons he bought her. "Stopped by on the road and bought some large balloons for Aaradhya! Squeals and screams of excitement as they bounce about! Ecstasy," he posted on the micro-blogging site Tuesday night. -*- Pulkit to shake a leg in Dubai "Fukrey" actor Pulkit Samrat is all set to shoot a dance sequence in Dubai for his upcoming comedy "O Teri" opposite actress Sarah Jane Dias. More »Big B buys balloons for granddaughter
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) As the Supreme Court Wednesday held same gender consensual sex an offence, superstar Aamir Khan said it is violative of basic human rights while gay filmmaker Onir called it "a dark day in the history of judiciary". It feels very intolerant and violative of basic human rights. He wrote Wednesday: "A dark day in the history of judiciary and human rights in India. I am angry by the Supreme Court ruling on IPC 377." Actor-producer John Abraham, who acted as a cross-dresser in Vishal Bhardwaj's "7 Khoon Maaf", is also disappointed by the decision. More »I'm most disappointed: Aamir on anti-gay judgement
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Multi-brand luxury kidswear stores Les Petits and Cherubs will host a children's carnival here Sunday. The event, to be held at Vivanta by Taj (Ambassador) 11 a.m. onwards, marks two years of the two brands. A kids fashion show displaying designs by brands like Baby Dior, Baby Fendi, Baby Versace, Miss Blumarine, Paul Smith Junior and more will display the current Winter 2013 collections available at Les Petits and Cherubs stores. There will also be a fashion show and creative activities such as jewellery making sessions, car racing competitions, exciting magic shows and more. More »Capital to host luxury kids carnival
We will have a great celebration with family members, and around thirty to forty doctors who looked after him. They are like family to us,” said an emotional and content Saira Banu. It’s all the more a special day as it is 11.12.13 today, and I exactly wished him at 8 hours, 9 minutes and 10 seconds, so it’s 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12.” Talking about Dilip Kumar’s health, Saira said that he has become little weak but he is healthy. This year seems to be special as Dilip Kumar was in the ICU for almost three month. More »BIRTHDAY SPECIAL: Bollywood’s First Superstar Dilip Kumar Turns 91
Designer Michelle Salins suggests that one can't go wrong with a "delicate fabric like lace" for parties and nightouts. It is all about the delicate fabric landing on everything from colourful dresses to sexy metallic or nude layered pencil skirts," said the designer in a statement. - The black and red lace dress: Bring out your sensuous and extra feminine side in this versatile dress that can be worn to an elegant evening out or be seen in it for a red carpet event. More »Go vintage this party season with lace designs
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Rizwan Manji, an American actor of Indian origin, will be seen in Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer "The Wolf of Wall Street". The "Outsourced" actor plays the role of Khalil, a stockbroker in the firm of Jordan Belfort, portrayed by DiCaprio. Directed by Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street" also stars Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey, among others. "The Wolf of Wall Street", distributed by MVP Entertainment and PVR Pictures, will release Dec 25. More »Indian origin American actor in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Mumbai, Dec 11 (IANS) Sanjay Tripathi, whose latest directorial "Club 60" features veterans like Farooque Sheikh and Sarika, isn't sure if he will cast 'stars' for his next film but he believes a script is the real "star" of every movie. Currently rejoicing in the positive feedback to his movie about an elderly couple, the filmmaker says he has already started scripting his next film said to be based on a novel.-*- 'What The Fish' time for Poonam Pandey, Rakhi Sawant! Controversial celebrities Poonam Pandey and Rakhi Sawant enjoyed a crazy house party along with young cast members of forthcoming film "What The Fish" here Tuesday. The film's cast members in attendance were Manu Rishi, Anand Tewari, Sumit Suri, Shabina Shabnam along with director Gurmmeet Singh. More »Script is star of a film: 'Club 60' director
Washington, December 11 (ANI): Katie Holmes may have to depose in Tom Cruise's legal fight against two magazines publishers. More »Katie Holmes may be subpoenaed in Tom Cruise's libel lawsuit
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Celebrities like Madhur Bhandarkar, Kunal Kohli and Shruti Haasan have strongly disapproved of the Supreme Court's verdict that holds same-gender consensual sex as an offence. The verdict, they feel, has pushed people to the dinosaur era. More »Apex court's anti-gay verdict misjudgement, say celebs
New York, Dec 11 (ANI): Tila Tequila raised a storm after she described Hitler as a special and sweet kid who was rejected by art schools and later bullied. More »Tila Tequila causes Facebook flutter with Hitler 'special and sweet kid' comment
Washington, Dec. 11 (ANI): Kanye West reportedly had a female fan kicked out of his concert in San Antonio, Texas, after she and her pals repeatedly screamed at him to take off his Maison Martin Margiela-created mask that covered his face. More »Kanye West throws female fan out of Texas gig
Washington, December 11 (ANI): Jennifer Aniston has revealed that she envies Gisele Bundchen's "exquisite hair". More »Jennifer Aniston envies Gisele Bundchen's hair