• Hard Work Comes Easy: Shah Rukh Khan Pulls All-Nighters For IPL 7

    Business of Cinema - Tue 15 Apr, 2014 6:36 AM IST

    And the king of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan certainly swears by the adage, for he has been pulling all-nighters, rehearsing for the opening ceremony of the much-awaited Pepsi IPL 7 tournament. The T20 cricketing extravaganza, which kicks off on 16 April, will see a grand opening gala dinner in Abu Dhabi, as opposed to an opening ceremony. Among the attendees, SRK, Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone and other Bollywood celebrities will make an appearance. SRK will perform a medley of his biggest hits, including Lungi Dance, Chammak Challo and others. More »Hard Work Comes Easy: Shah Rukh Khan Pulls All-Nighters For IPL 7

  • Rapper Flavor Flav strikes plea deal in Las Vegas battery case

    Reuters - Tue 15 Apr, 2014 5:05 AM IST

    By Laila Kearney REUTERS - Rapper Flavor Flav must attend counseling sessions after pleading guilty to lesser charges on Monday in a Las Vegas domestic violence case in which he threatened his longtime girlfriend's son with a knife in 2012, court officials said. The member of the hip hop group Public Enemy whose legal name is William Drayton Jr was given a one-year suspended sentence alongside the 12 family counseling sessions, Clark County District Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said. Drayton, 55, pleaded guilty to misdemeanors attempted battery with substantial bodily harm and battery constituting domestic violence, Clark County District Attorney spokeswoman Tess Driver said. Authorities said he fought with longtime girlfriend Liz Trujillo and threatened her teenage son with a knife at a residence about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of the Las Vegas Strip. More »Rapper Flavor Flav strikes plea deal in Las Vegas battery case

  • Disney deal nears OK, Maker Studios brushes off new bid

    Reuters - Tue 15 Apr, 2014 3:52 AM IST

    (Reuters) - YouTube network Maker Studios said on Monday a majority of shareholders had approved its purchase by Walt Disney Co, making clear it was not for sale to Relativity Media, which made a surprise bid of up to $1.1 billion for the company. Disney agreed to buy Maker on March 24 for $500 million in cash, a price that could rise to $950 million if Maker hits performance milestone. "The agreement has been approved by Maker Studios’ Board of Directors and the majority of its shareholders and is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval," Maker said in a statement on Monday. More »Disney deal nears OK, Maker Studios brushes off new bid

  • 'Mad Men' premiere draws 2.3 million, lowest season debut since 2008

    Reuters - Tue 15 Apr, 2014 3:14 AM IST

    Advertising drama "Mad Men," facing a night of stiff competition on cable television, drew 2.3 million viewers to the premiere of its seventh and final season, network AMC said on Monday. Sunday's hourlong episode was unable to match the 3.4 million that watched its sixth season premiere last year, according to data compiled by Nielsen and released by AMC. It was the fewest people to watch a season premiere episode of the 1960s advertising world drama starring Jon Hamm as the unstable ad man Don Draper since season two in 2008. The episode faced off against MTV's annual celebrity-filled movie awards show aimed at younger audiences. More »'Mad Men' premiere draws 2.3 million, lowest season debut since 2008

  • Mansion on Connecticut shore sells for record $120 million

    Reuters - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 11:14 PM IST

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A waterfront estate in Connecticut featuring two private islands and a mile (1.6 km) of shorefront has sold for $120 million, making it the most expensive residential home sale in U.S. history, real estate experts said on Monday. Copper Beech Farm, a 12-bedroom mansion complete with its own clock tower, greenhouse, solarium and swimming pool along Long Island Sound in exclusive Greenwich, Connecticut, had originally been listed at $190 million. The 50-acre (20 hectare) estate was purchased last week by The Conservation Institute LLC, according to sale records. ... More »Mansion on Connecticut shore sells for record $120 million

  • Relativity Media takes on Disney with Maker Studios bid

    Reuters - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 11:14 PM IST

    Privately held film and TV studio Relativity Media has offered up to $1.1 billion to buy Maker Studios, whose shareholders are scheduled to vote on Tuesday on a bid by the Walt Disney Co , according to a letter provided to Reuters. Relativity offered $525 million in cash and stock to acquire Maker, one of the largest video production networks on Google Inc's YouTube. "Relativity's proposal fully values Maker Studios while providing its shareholders far more upside potential for growth than the Disney offer," the company said in a statement. Representatives for Disney and Maker did not immediately respond to requests for comment. More »Relativity Media takes on Disney with Maker Studios bid

  • Italy sells Venice island among prime holdings in online auction

    Reuters - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 10:56 PM IST

    An island in the Venice lagoon, a 15th century bastion against the Ottoman Turks and a former monastery on the southern coast are among prime properties Italy has put on an online auction for buyers from around the world. Searching for funds to cuts its public debt and comply with European Union budget guidelines, the cash-strapped country has cut through red tape to ensure buyers can quickly get the permits they need to refurbish the historical holdings. "Investors can bid for our properties from everywhere, from New York or Dubai," Stefano Scalera of Demanio, the public agency that manages Italian state properties, said on Monday. Forty other ordinary assets are on offer with the five prestigious properties on the Demanio website (https://venditaimmobili.agenziademanio.it/AsteDemanio_FE/index.php). More »Italy sells Venice island among prime holdings in online auction

  • A French icon totters: country's biggest Gauloise plant may close

    Reuters - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 10:50 PM IST

    By Guillaume Frouin NANTES France (Reuters) - In a blow to Gallic pride, the largest Gauloise cigarette factory in France may be shut down. The dark-tobacco Gauloise - a macho smoke as evocative of France as the beret or the baguette - has already seen its best days. The last original-style Gauloise made on French soil was rolled in 2005 in Lille before production moved to Spain. Now a factory near the northwestern city of Nantes that makes "Gauloises blondes" - a lighter version of the original - is being targeted for a possible closing. ... More »A French icon totters: country's biggest Gauloise plant may close

  • Singer Audra McDonald transforms into Billie Holiday on Broadway

    Reuters - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 10:47 PM IST

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Singer Audra McDonald, a five-time Tony winner, channels legendary American jazz singer Billie Holiday in the Broadway musical "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" in a performance critics described as a "spellbinding tour de force" and "intoxicating." McDonald, 43, is a classically trained soprano who won her last best actress Tony for "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" in 2012. But in "Lady Day" she becomes Holiday, who is considered one of the greatest jazz singers ever. "With her plush, classically trained soprano scaled down to jazz-soloist size, Ms. McDonald sings selections from Holiday's repertoire with sensitive musicianship and rich seams of feeling that command rapt admiration," said the New York Times. The entertainment industry publication Variety said the musical "was waiting for a great singer like Audra McDonald to reach out and bring this tragic figure back from the grave," while the Los Angeles Times said it is a "showcase for McDonald's rare artistry." 'EXTRAORDINARY SENSITIVITY' The show, written by Lanie Robertson ("Back County Crimes" and "Nasty Little Secrets") is set in a small, seedy bar in Philadelphia, where Holiday, in poor health, performed before a handful of people just a month before she died in 1959. More »Singer Audra McDonald transforms into Billie Holiday on Broadway

  • Matisse exhibition reunites "Blue Nude" paper cut-outs

    Reuters - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 8:08 PM IST

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Even when he was in his 80s and in frail health, the French painter, sculptor and, latterly, master of painted cut-out paper Henri Matisse, still had it. That, in part, is what an exhibition of Matisse's late-life works, some huge and covering most of the gallery walls, demonstrates in the show opening this week at London's Tate Modern, and then heading to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For one of the rare occasions since Matisse made them in the south of France in the early 1950s, his four "Blue Nudes" are together again in one room - much to the delight of Tate director Nicholas Serota. Nor does he consider working with paper cut-outs - an activity usually confined to nursery art classes - child's play. More »Matisse exhibition reunites "Blue Nude" paper cut-outs

  • Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone to perform at IPL 7 opening ceremony!

    Glamsham - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 7:50 PM IST

    Bollywood Badshah Shahrukh Khan along with leggy lass Deepika Padukone would be enthralling the audience at the opening ceremony of the Indian Premiere League (IPL) 7, happening at Abu Dhabi on April 16.Shah Rukh Khan, who owns the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the league, would be performing to some of his More »Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone to perform at IPL 7 opening ceremony!

  • Gulzar to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

    Glamsham - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 7:50 PM IST

    Veteran lyricist, film director and poet Gulzar has been chosen for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013, said reports on Saturday. More »Gulzar to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

  • Palak Muchhal: Didn't know Honey Singh was also part of THE XPOSE

    Glamsham - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 7:50 PM IST

    After making her mark with EK THA TIGER song Laapata' and AASHQUI 2 songs 'Meri Aashiqui'and 'Chaahun Main Ya Naa', singer Palak Muchhal has now lent her voice for Himesh Reshammiya's THE XPOSE song Ice cream back to DAMADAMM days. Palak has been part of Himesh's quite a few projects More »Palak Muchhal: Didn't know Honey Singh was also part of THE XPOSE

  • Top Yash Raj films to watch out for in 2014-15

    Glamsham - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 7:50 PM IST

    Bollywood's prestigious banner Yash Raj Films has announced its slate of forthcoming films for 2014 and 2015. Going by the list, one can definitely say that the films supersede the ones announced earlier.MARDAANIShivani Shivaji Roy is an astute cop working in a Mumbai Crime Branch unit. Deft at picking up hidden clues and fearless in confronting hardened criminals, Shivani stumbles on a case that will change her life forever.Starring Rani Mukerji in the lead, playing the role of a cop for the first time, the raw and gritty film will be a distinct departure from Pradeep Sarkar's style of filmmakingDirected by Pradeep Sarkar and Produced by Aditya Chopra, MARDAANI releases on 22 August, 2014 More »Top Yash Raj films to watch out for in 2014-15

  • Ekta is a graduate, I'm in nursery: Kavita Barjatya

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 7:50 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) The career path of producers Ekta Kapoor and Kavita Barjatya has similarities, but the latter doesn't find the comparisons just. If Ekta started her career with TV by making hit shows like "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" and then shifting to filmmaking, Kavita too has ventured into the movie- making business with "Samrat & Co" after producing soaps like "Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki" and "Do Hanson Ka Jodaa" for the small screen. When asked about being compared with Ekta, Kavita said: "I don't think there is any comparison at all. Directed by Kaushik Gathakand and produced under the Rajshri Productions banner, "Samrat & Co" features Rajeev Khandelwal and Madalsa Sharma. More »Ekta is a graduate, I'm in nursery: Kavita Barjatya

  • With abundant talent, Big B finds it tough to choose the best!

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 6:44 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) Few taste the degree of success that Amitabh Bachchan has in his over four decades as an actor. But it is a lesson from his mentor Naseeruddin Shah which stops him. More »With abundant talent, Big B finds it tough to choose the best!

  • I'm on a break from fiction: Kritika Kamra

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 6:24 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) Actress Kritika Kamra, currently seen as the host of a unique show based on cyber abuse, has no immediate plans to sign either fiction or reality entertainer. "I am on a break from fiction," said the actress, who became popular with shows like "Kitani Mohabbat Hai" and "Kuch Toh Log Kahenge", told IANS. -*- Ali Asgar multi-coloured act in 'Jeannie & Juju' If you love watching Ali Asgar as 'Dolly dadi' in "Comedy Nights With Kapil", you will enjoy the multi-faceted actor's new stint on "Jeannie & Juju" too. Praising Ali, his co-star Rubina Dilaik, who plays Jeannie, said: "Ali is a fabulous actor and he capably pulls off different types of acts in our show. More »I'm on a break from fiction: Kritika Kamra

  • Anjali returns with Telugu horror-comedy

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 5:58 PM IST

    Chennai, April 14 (IANS) Actress Anjali, who was out of action for a few months following her controversial disappearance, will be seen next in Telugu horror-comedy "Geethanjali". She is excited because this is her first tryst with the horror genre. I have full faith in the story," Anjali told IANS. Ace writer Kona Venkat has penned the story for "Geethanjali". More »Anjali returns with Telugu horror-comedy

  • Vijay's 'Kaththi' set for Diwali release

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 5:54 PM IST

    Chennai, April 14 (IANS) Actor Vijay-starrer Tamil actioner "Kaththi" will hit the screens this Diwali, said its co-producer Karunamurthy, who has collaborated with Subhaskaran to produce the film. "We have decided to release the film on Diwali. There will be no change in the release date. We have completed about half the film," Karunamurthy told IANS. More »Vijay's 'Kaththi' set for Diwali release

  • Marilyn Monroe's earrings auctioned off for $185,000

    ANI - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 5:51 PM IST

    Washington, April14 (ANI): A pair of Marilyn Monroe's rhinestone earrings have been sold at Hollywood memorabilia auction for 185,000 dollars. More »Marilyn Monroe's earrings auctioned off for $185,000

  • Lee Ryan reveals DUI and drug arrest was 'biggest wake-up call'

    ANI - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 5:51 PM IST

    London, April 14 (ANI): Lee Ryan has revealed that his drink-driving and drug arrests have forced him to finally face his demons. More »Lee Ryan reveals DUI and drug arrest was 'biggest wake-up call'

  • Benedict Cumberbatch rules out role in Star Wars sequel

    ANI - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 5:51 PM IST

    Washington, April 14 (ANI): Benedict Cumberbatch has ruled out a possible role in the highly-anticipated Star Wars sequel. More »Benedict Cumberbatch rules out role in Star Wars sequel

  • Ex-Boyfriends Behind Cameron Diaz’s Attitude Of Gratitude

    Business of Cinema - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 5:50 PM IST

    Hollywood beauty Cameron Diaz too, seems to ascribe to this philosophy. The gorgeous 41 year-old Cameron, who has starred in blockbuster films like Charlie’s Angels, There’s Something About Mary, The Other Woman and Bad Teacher, says that she is grateful for the heartaches in her life. Cameron Diaz has dated Hollywood A-listers like Justin Timberlake, Jared Leto, Matt Dillon and New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez. More »Ex-Boyfriends Behind Cameron Diaz’s Attitude Of Gratitude

  • 'Kochadiyaan' big step forward for animation: Imran Khan

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 5:46 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) Actor Imran Khan, who gave voice-over for animation film "Rio", says southern matinee idol Rajinikanth's "Kochadiyaan" marks a big leap for animation movies. If he can do it, we can also do it," Imran, 31, told IANS. Pegged at $350 million, the Indian animation industry is still struggling to find a firm foothold. Talking about this, Imran said: "If you look back, 10 years ago even in Hollywood it wasn't a big thing. More »'Kochadiyaan' big step forward for animation: Imran Khan

  • 'Cocktail' to hit Romanian screens

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Mon 14 Apr, 2014 5:30 PM IST

    New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer 2012 hit "Cocktail" will be screened in Romania Friday. Eros International will release the urban romantic drama, directed by Homi Adajania, across 20 screens in the country. "Our ability to dub and subtitle films into foreign languages allows us to directly appeal to both local audiences as well as the local Indian community," Kumar Ahuja, president, business development, Eros International Media Ltd, said in a statement. "Cocktail", about a mixed-up relationship between three main characters, is said to be the only Indian movie to gross over $100,000 at the Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan box office when it hit 19 screens there in March 2013. More »'Cocktail' to hit Romanian screens

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