Mumbai March 7 (IANS) Imtiaz Ali, one of the successful filmmakers of Bollywood, says Subhash Ghai made a huge contribution to his growth in the field of filmmaking. More »Imtiaz Ali credits Subhash Ghai for his growth
By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has banned a comic book starring the Japanese superhero Ultraman because it could disturb "public order", sparking a torrent of online ridicule from those who saw it as the latest sign of excessive censorship in the Muslim-majority country. The book, "Ultraman The Ultra Power", was banned from February 18 with a penalty of up to three years' imprisonment for anyone who imported or published the comic, state news agency Bernama reported the home ministry as saying. Home ministry officials did not respond to a request for comment on the ban and on reports that it had been implemented because it contains a reference comparing Ultraman to "Allah", the Malay and Arabic word for God. The Star newspaper reported that the offending line in the comic read: "Ultraman is seen and respected as Allah or an elder of all Ultra warriors." The word Allah has been at the centre of an intense controversy in Malaysia in recent months, following a court ruling last October that banned a Catholic newspaper from using the term. More »Comic superhero Ultraman slain by Malaysian censors
Washington, March 7 (ANI): Renee Zellweger is reportedly in talks to join the cast of courtroom drama 'The Whole Truth' opposite Daniel Craig. More »Renee Zellweger may star opposite Daniel Craig in 'The Whole Truth'
Los Angeles, March 7 (ANI): Egypt's Sunni Muslim institution Al Azhar has issued a fatwa against the Darren Aronofsky-produced 'Noah.' More »Egypt's Sunni Muslim institution issues fatwa over Russell Crowe's 'Noah'
London, March 7 (ANI): Lily Allen has confessed that she thinks feminism isn't a word that should exist in the year 2014. The 28-year-old singer told Shortlist Magazine that that she hates that word because it shouldn't even be a thing anymore, as everybody is equal, the Independent reported. The 'Dream a Little Dream' hitmaker said that she wonders why there is even a conversation about feminism and what the man version of feminism is, and that such a word doesn't even exist. More »Feminism shouldn't be a thing anymore, says Lily Allen
Washington, March 5 (ANI): Johnny Depp and Christopher Nolan will be seen together for the first time in the upcoming sci-fi thriller 'Transcendence'. More »Johnny Depp, Christopher Nolan team up for 'Transcendence'
Thiruvananthapuram, March 7 (IANS) Amid reports that ace comedian and character artist Jagadish would likely be fielded by the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls, the actor has said none has approached him so far. "My association with the Congress party began almost four decades ago when I was a student and whenever I contested, it was only under the Congress banner and I always won. So, if the party wishes that I contest, I will not say no," said Jagadish to IANS. During the 2011 Kerala assembly polls, Jagadish was the most sought after campaigner of the Congress-led United Democratic Front candidates and he managed to reach out to maximum people. More »Have always been a loyal Congressman: Actor Jagadish
Mumbai, March 7 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who recently wrapped up shooting for his new film "Bhoothnath Returns", has lent a helping hand to the underprivileged. Early Thursday morning, he visited Raigad (a district in Maharashtra) to collect funds for former Disney UTV managing director Ronnie Screwvala's foundation Swades, which works towards empowering rural inhabitants. "Having finished very late last night (Wednesday) at Lonavala and the 'Party with the Bhoothnath', getting to bed almost at 5 a.m. to be up again at 6 a.m. to leave for Raigad (district in Maharashtra), by helicopter an hour away, to visit at my insistence, the work that the Swades Foundation does for the rural inhabitants," Amitabh posted on srbachchan.tumblr.com Thursday. The foundation is jointly run by Ronnie and his wife Zarine Screwvala. More »Big B collects funds for Screwvala's foundation
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) You may not always have the company of your parents, friends or partner, but who's stopping you from travelling the world? There has been a 22 percent rise in bookings by women's groups and single travellers in India from October 2013 to February 2014 as compared to last year, data compiled by the Indian arm of global guided-holiday company Trafalgar indicates. More »Women and wanderlust: Spending me-time away from families (March 8 International Women's Day)
Mumbai, March 7 (IANS) Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who plays Sonam Kapoor's father in debutant director Nupur Asthana's "Bewakoofiyaan" says he isn't likely to be seen in any "stereotypical" fatherly roles as he finds them "too unexciting". And if the loverboy of yesteryears didn't get the father's blessings, he had to elope with the girl. More »I can't do the stereotypical father's roles: Rishi Kapoor
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) Singer-actress Monica Dogra, who has featured in a saucy and aesthetically shot cover for a men's magazine, believes featuring thus is akin to an honour. "I think magazine covers are an honour of sorts... How important they are or not, I'm not too sure of. I do know, that it is an honor to be considered cover 'worthy' so to speak," Monica told IANS. She features on the cover of the March issue of men's magazine FHM wearing a black jacket and her bare essentials to match the overall look, which is bold and powerful. More »Magazine covers an honour of sorts: Monica Dogra
Mumbai, March 7 (IANS) Not so long ago Vidyut Jamwal stepped in to play a role earmarked for Irrfan Khan in "Bullett Raja". Now director Tigmanshu Dhulia will cast them together in the same film. But Irrfan and Vidyut wouldn't be seen together in the same frame as they will be cast as the younger and older versions of the same character. Manoj Bajpayee and Irrfan Khan have been cast as the older avatars of the buddies, whereas Amit Sadh and Vidyut Jamwal would play the younger versions of the same characters," Dhulia said. More »Vidyut Jamwal to play Irrfan Khan's junior version
Mumbai, March 7 (IANS) Actress Juhi Chawla is glad that her film "Gulaab Gang" has overcome its legal hassles and has finally hit theatres Friday. The Delhi High Court Thursday cleared the release of the Hindi movie, reportedly based on the life of activist Sampat Pal, who formed the Gulabi Gang, a group of pink sari clad women vigilantes in Uttar Pradesh. The film's release was suspended by the court but the filmmakers filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court Thursday and the film was cleared for commercial release. More »Glad that trouble over for 'Gulaab Gang': Juhi Chawla
Mumbai, March 7 (IANS) Actress Kangana Ranaut believes she has given her best shot ever to her forthcoming movie "Queen". More »I've never done such good work as in 'Queen': Kangana
Chennai, March 7 (IANS) Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan will grace the audio launch of superstar Rajinikanth's Tamil period-drama "Kochadaiiyaan" here Sunday. More »SRK to attend 'Kochadaiiyaan' audio launch
Patna, March 7 (IANS) Filmmaker Prakash Jha will contest the Lok Sabha election from Bettiah parliamentary constituency in Bihar on a Janata Dal-United ticket, state JD-U president Vashisht Narain Singh said Friday. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced Jha's candidature for the polls Thursday during his Sankalp Yatra in East Champaran district, Singh said. The party has decided to field Jha, a native of a village near Bettiah, keeping in view the caste equation on the ground. Jha contested and lost the 2009 Lok Sabha election, but is hopeful of wooing voters of all sections, particularly Muslims, this time. More »JD-U to field filmmaker Prakash Jha in LS polls
Washington, March 7 (ANI): Martin Sheen has been cast in business magnate Howard Hughes biopic, which will be helmed by filmmaker Warren Beatty. More »Martin Sheen to star in Warren Beatty-helmed Howard Hughes biopic
London, Mar.7 (ANI): Shia LaBeouf will not be attending the New York premiere of his movie 'Nymphomaniac', it has been revealed. More »Shia LaBeouf not attending NY premiere of 'Nymphomaniac'
London, Mar. 7 (ANI): Kim Kardashian has confessed that 'Keeping Up with Kardashians' Jenner house is one big farce. The 33-year-old reality star confirmed that 'Jenner house' has been acting as a stand-in as the Kardashians don't want fans to turn up on their doorstep, Metro.co.uk reported. Kim tweeted that when Kardashians film inside then they use their real house, asserting that her old home in Beverly Hills was really her home but it was unsafe as people would show up at all hours, ringing her gate, adding that she had to call the police on several occasions. More »Kim Kardashian confesses 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' house is fake
By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A composer once known as the "Beethoven of Japan" said on Friday that tests had shown he was not legally deaf and apologised to people throughout the country for lying by using a ghost writer for his popular symphonies and other music. Mamoru Samuragochi, a classical musician who became known as an inspirational genius for composing music despite losing his hearing, bowed deeply before a packed news conference, his first public appearance since the scandal broke last month. A statement distributed to reporters said hearing tests had shown that while Samuragochi's hearing was impaired, it did not meet the requirements for legal deafness. "Hearing conversations is extremely difficult and I still need an interpreter." German composer Ludwig van Beethoven began suffering hearing loss from about age 30 and withdrew from public performances while continuing to write music. More »"Beethoven of Japan" apologises for "causing trouble with my lies"
Washington, March 7 (ANI): When one of Oprah Winfrey's fan jokingly tweeted about how much she would love to have the dress the Queen of talk shows wore on the cover of Essence Magazine, she didn't know her innocent wish would be fulfilled by Oprah herself. Atlanta-based Brandi, who goes by the name @snobaby28 on Twitter, joked that she knew the megastar would not wear the dress again so she should give it to her, People Magazine reported. More »How Oprah Winfrey made 'stunned' fan's wish come true
Washington, March 7 (ANI): Isaiah Washington is set to reprise his role as Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama 'Grey's Anatomy', it has been revealed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 50-year-old actor will be guest starring in an upcoming episode of the show that will see his former co-star Sandra Oh's exit. Oh played Washington's love interest, Christina Yang, in the first three seasons of the show. More »Isaiah Washington to reprise role on 'Grey's Anatomy'
Deepika Padukone, the =reigning queen of Bollywood, has been appointed the brand ambassador of cereal brand Kellogg’s, the one that Lara Dutta had once endorsed. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be associated with Kellogg’s Special K. I personally have always been a firm believer of the importance of a combination of balanced eating with regular exercise for a healthy lifestyle. Special K stands for just that and has for a long time partnered women to kick-start their weight management journey. Through this Special K 2 week challenge, I look forward to partnering with similar women and share our experiences along the journey.” said Deepika Padukone in a statement post the official announcement. More »Deepika Padukone IN; Lara Dutta OUT!
REUTERS - "The Chase," by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, landed atop the U.S. bestsellers list on Thursday in its first week, as last week's top seller, "Concealed Death," dropped to third. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide. Hardcover Fiction Last Week 1. "The Chase" by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Bantam, $28.00) - 2. "Private L.A." by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown, $28.00) 2 3. "Concealed in Death" by J.D. Robb (Putnam, $27.95) 1 4. ... More »'The Chase' debuts atop U.S. best-sellers list
Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) has appointed Mona Jain as Executive Vice President, Cluster Head and Rahul Sharma as Senior Vice President, National Sales Head. Mona Jain will also head the North region and lead ZEEL’s Business Development team, new initiatives and niche channels. In the past, Rahul Sharma has worked with media and FMCG companies including INX News, NDTV Imagine, Star India, MTV Networks, BBC Worldwide India, ABP, GE Lighting India and Nestle India. More »Zee TV Appoints Mona Jain And Rahul Sharma