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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) Mugdha Godse, the third contestant to be eliminated from "Khatron Ke Khiladi 5", says she fulfilled her dream by participating in her favourite reality show. And I was very happy that I was making my debut on TV with a show like 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'," she added. So, I am very happy that I went out in the electrocution stunt because I didn't want people to say that Mugdha is afraid of animals and she was out (eliminated) in that stunt." Based on the international show "Fear Factor", the fifth season of "Khatron Ke Khiladi" is being hosted by director Rohit Shetty. More »'Khatron Ke Khiladi' a dream fulfilled : Mugdha Godse
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Pulitzer Prizes, the United States' most prestigious journalism awards that honor news reporting and photography as well as literature, are to be awarded for the 98th time on Monday. The prizes, awarded by Columbia University, are given in 14 categories of journalism as well as drama, music, poetry and books. Named after journalist and publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who left money to establish the Columbia Journalism School, the awards are decided by a 19-member panel of editors, news executives and academics. One question on the mind of Pulitzer-watchers this year is whether the board will honor reporting based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed details of global electronic surveillance by the U.S. spy agency. More »Pulitzer Prizes to honor top U.S. journalism on Monday
Earlier this month, we had reported that how Anushka Sharma would be battling competition from Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor as their ROY and HAIDER would take on her NH10 at theaters in September. Well, the young woman can ving the way for her NH10 to have a solo outing. More »Anushka Sharma's NH10 gets a solo release
Our headlines may have misled and excited the gossip mongers, but as always we are here for factual reporting! So please be patient and read on!While the Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starrer, BARFI, may have swept the awards, there is something else that is NOW common to both these superstars. Coming to Imtiaz Ali's ROCKSTAR, the Ranbir-Nargis starrer was the first Bollywood film to have been shot at Himachal Pradesh's picturesque NorbulingkaHowever Ranbir's ROCK More »Priyanka Chopra follows Ranbir Kapoor to Norbulingka!
Though 2 STATES is releasing a couple of months after GUNDAY, lead actor Arjun Kapoor had actually shot for both the films simultaneously. With him playing a ruffian in the Yash Raj film and then turning into a softie for the Sajid Nadiadwala Karan Johar production, it was some transition that Arjun had to go through More »Arjun Kapoor: Difficult to shoot 2 STATES and GUNDAY together
Kangana Ranaut has done it. She is now the proud actress of the highest grossing film in the history of Bollywood - QUEEN - which has a woman protagonist driving the entire show. In the process, she has edged past Vidya Balan whose KAHAANI held this record till very recently.Numbers are there for all to see. KAHAANI had netted around 59 crore in India and now QUEEN has collected a few more lakhs already and has almost touched the 60 crore mark. The film still has some steam le More »Kangana Ranaut surpasses Vidya Balan!
Panaji, April 14 (IANS) Portico New York opened its first store in Goa Monday to cater to the increasing density of lifestyle homes in the state known for its beach tourism, a top company official said. Arun Bhawsingka, chief executive officer of the bed and bath soft furnishing company, said the store which was opened in Panaji was an addition to the 20 existing outlets in India. "Goa is a huge market and customer base for us," Bhawsingka said. More »Portico New York opens store in Goa