Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) The three-day FICCI FRAMES 2015, Asia's annual global convention on entertainment and media business starting March 25, will focus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' campaign, woman power and importance of digitisation. The convention, which will bring leaders, entrepreneurs, creative artists, government officials, industry leaders and diplomats from across the globe under one roof, will take place at Hotel Renaissance. With the theme 'Making India the Global Entertainment Superpower', the convention is expected to be inaugurated by Finance and Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley. Other important leaders who will address the convention are Maharashtra's chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. More »Focus of FICCI-FRAMES 2015: Making India 'entertainment superpower'
London, Mar 22 (ANI): Zayn Malik, who recently signed off from One Direction's tour due to stress, has approached his lawyer to ask how he can dump his band. A source close to the 22-year-old singer said that at the moment the singer was convinced he wants out and is finding it all too much and wants to quit the group, the Daily Star reported. More »Is Zayn Malik seeking legal advice on how to dump 1D?
Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): Scott Disick seems to have ditched rehab in Costa Rica as he has too much business in LA to deal with, it has been revealed. More »Scott Disick ditches rehab for business commitments
Chennai, March 22 (IANS) Call it a promotional stunt or a friendly gesture to cash in on an actor's popularity. Southern stars like Suriya, Dhanush, Ravi Teja and Vishal Krishna Reddy, despite their busy schedules, have taken out time to play cameos in a range of upcoming films. Suriya, who is busy wrapping up Tamil horror-comedy "Masss", is playing a cameo in his home production "Haiku", a children's film, along with popular actress Amala Paul. I had written a small role and he was excited to be part of the film, more so because it's a children's film. More »It's cameo season in southern cinema
Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): Bobbi Kristina Brown's family has admitted that they know that there have been no signs of improvement in her condition and it's getting incredible difficult for them. Sources reveal to People Magazine that the family had actually wanted to move Kristina out of the hospital earlier, but her grief-stricken father Bobby Brown had delayed the decision. The source also admitted that while the family did not always see eye-to-eye, it was clear that Bobby was in charge of what happened to his daughter. More »'Reality sinking in' for comatose Bobbi Kristina Brown's family
Washington, Mar.22 (ANI): 'Austin Powers' actor Verne Troyer has reassured his fans that he's "Ok" post reportedly collapsing after suffering a seizure at the Heart of Texas Comic Con. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the American actor, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series, was taken to the hospital after suffering a seizure on March 21 but the actor has since tweeted an update on his condition, Us Magazine reported. More »Verne Troyer 'Ok' after suffering seizure at Heart of Texas Comic Con
Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) The fourth day of the Lakme Fashion Week summer-resort 2015 was a day dedicated to Bollywood, with stars like Shahid Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin and Tamannahh Bhatia walking on the ramp. Ending the day was the beautiful Nargis Fakhri who looked no less than a bride when she flaunted one of the beautiful creations designed by ace designer Suneet Varma. "He is one of the best designers of Indian fashion industry and wearing his clothes has just made me feel like a queen," said the actress after the show. Varma showcased a summer bridal collection called "Decorative Arts of India" that was presented by Reliance Jewels. More »Suneet Varma's starry end to day four of Lakme Fashion Week
By Elvina Nawaguna COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, a hoops fanatic who relishes the annual March Madness college basketball tournaments, on Saturday cheered on the undefeated Princeton women's team that includes his niece Leslie Robinson as the school's fans chanted "four more years." Obama, an avid basketball player, attended Princeton's 80-70 NCAA Tournament victory over the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay at the XFINITY Center arena in the Washington suburb of College Park, Maryland. The president was joined by his daughter Malia, his brother-in-law Craig Robinson, a former Princeton basketball star, his mother-in-law Marian Robinson and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a former Harvard basketball star. More »Obama roots on Princeton women's basketball team including niece
Rajkumar Hirani received a grand standing ovation on his recent visit to Warwick University in London. More »Rajkumar Hirani Gets A Standing Ovation At Warwick University
New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Gagan Gaonkar, a 13-year-old from Udupi, Karnataka, won the fifth season of "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs", it was announced in the finale episode of Zee TV's singing reality TV show on Saturday. He says he wants to playback for superstar Shah Rukh Khan someday. Elated by the victory, Gagan dedicated his award to his "parents" and "audience". More »Gagan Gaonkar wins 'a Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs'
New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The grand finale of the forthcoming Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) -- the 25th edition of the FDCI fashion gala -- will be truly grand with 25 designers coming together to present signature pieces celebrating India's rich handicraft tapestry. More »AIFW: 25 designers to mark 25th finale
Walt Disney Co CEO Bob Iger learned that Steve Jobs' cancer had returned less than an hour before Disney announced it was buying Jobs' Pixar studio in 2006, and Iger kept the Apple co-founder's condition a secret for three years, according to Bloomberg, citing a new biography of Jobs. Iger told the authors of "Becoming Steve Jobs" he thought about the implications of keeping such a secret at a time when regulators were calling for more disclosure and holding executives more accountable to their fiduciary duties, Bloomberg reported. The $7 billion deal to buy Pixar made Jobs Disney's largest shareholder and put him on the entertainment company's board. More »Steve Jobs bio says Disney CEO kept Jobs' condition a secret - Bloomberg
By Bryn Stole SUMNER, Miss. (Reuters) - Six decades after the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy, the small Mississippi Delta town where two white men were acquitted of his murder is dedicating a museum to the event credited with helping spark the U.S. civil rights movement. The opening in Sumner on Saturday of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center is timed to coincide with the reopening across the town square of the refurbished Tallahatchie County Courthouse, where an all-white jury set Roy Bryant and J.W. Milan free after deliberating for one hour. Work on both projects in the struggling town of a few hundred people began after the Tallahatchie Board of Supervisors issued a formal apology over the Till affair in 2006. It also established the Emmett Till Memorial Commission to bring attention to a racially charged incident that had for decades gone mostly undiscussed locally, said commission co-chairman John Wilchie. More »Confronting past, Mississippi town erects Emmett Till museum
By Hortense de Roffignac MONT SAINT MICHEL, France (Reuters) - Towns on France's North Atlantic coast braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the full moon and this week's solar eclipse combined to create an ocean surge not seen since 1997. At the picturesque Mont Saint Michel island where some of the biggest tides in the world occur, visitors gathered to watch the tide disappear out of sight, exposing areas of beach and rock visible only every 18 years. France's National Hydrographic Service was expecting to measure more than 14 metres (15.3 yards) between low and high water around the famous Abbey-topped rock off France's north-west coast. "For the 'tide of the century' I am a bit disappointed," said tourist Jean-Bernard Delamarche in Saint-Malo further west along the coast which also has big tides. More »French Atlantic coast braced for giant tide
New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) A Masterclass on various aspects on the history and legacy of Jack Daniel's distillery in US and the nuanced craft of making the premium whiskey brand, was held here on Saturday. Chris Fletcher of Jack Daniel's also launched the brand's renowned 'Friends of Jack' program in India. Fletcher, from Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, shared his expertise over the liquor to an eager and enthusiastic crowd comprising of a large number of food and beverage (F&B) community enthusiasts. 'Friends of Jack' is an invite-based membership club for the F&B community wherein they can stay connected to the Jack Daniel's family of brands and participate in community activities. More »Brand Jack Daniel's hosts Masterclass in capital
Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) A unique initiative enabling participants to pitch their ideas, stories and concepts to various organisations shall be introduced at the upcoming FICCI Frames 2015, the three-day global media and entertainment convention starting here March 25, an official said here Saturday. 'Frame Ur Idea' is being introduced first time at FICCI Frames to provide those aspiring creative professionals to showcase their ideas to the industry, which in turn is on the lookout for that 'next big idea, story, script', according to Ashish Kulkarni, FICCI's Chairman, Animation, Gaming, Visual Effects and Gaming. The initiative is being partnered by Reliance Games, said its CEO Manish Agarwal. 'Frame Ur Idea' will feature a Game Hack Special on March 25 to offer a platform for highly talented and fast exploding indie mobile game developer ecosystem in India to showcase their ideas to prospective investors, publishers and App Store merchandisers. More »FICCI Frames 2015 to encourage new ideas
Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) After making her big screen debut with "Shamitabh", Akshara Haasan stepped onto the fashion ramp for the first time as a showstopper for Kanikka Salluja, whom she called a 'fashion soulmate'. "I saw Kanikka's work and after watching it, I felt as if I found my soulmate in fashion. I love the say she designs and it's very unique and different in its own form," the actress said here post Salluja's show at ongoing Lakme Fashion Week summer-resort 2015. More »Akshara Haasan makes ramp debut, finds her 'soulmate'
Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) An established name in the southern film world, Tamannaah Bhatia, who has had a tryst with Bollywood too, has now forayed into jewellery designing to take her father's legacy ahead. She has launched her own jewellery line under a brand called called White and Gold. "I'm very happy that I'm going to bring out (jewellery) for my fans, who enjoy the element of style in me in my films," Tamannaah told IANS on the sidelines of Lakme Fashion Week summer-resort 2015 (LFW) here. Asked what pulled her into the jewellery designing business, she said: "My father has been in the jewellery business for many years and I have always watched him and spent time with him. More »Tamannaah Bhatia gets creative, turns jewellery designer
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When 82-year-old Tae Young Kim thinks about the happiest days of his childhood in Korea, he recalls spinning tops on the floor and going sledding with his younger brother. Those are some of the few precious memories Kim has of his family before the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 separated him, at age 17, from his two brothers and three sisters. Kim, who now lives in Los Angeles, is one of thousands of Korean-Americans in the twilight of their lives divided from their family in North Korea for more than 60 years, and with little hope of a reunion before they die. While North and South Korea have negotiated tear-filled gatherings between family members a number of times over the years, Korean-Americans except in isolated cases have been left out because Washington has no diplomatic relations with Pyongyang. More »Korean-Americans yearn for family in N.Korea after 60 years apart
Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) Fashion designer Manish Malhotra loves to spend time and converse with evergreen Bollywood actress Rekha while working on her styling for the film "Fitoor". More »Manish Malhotra enjoys styling evergreen Rekha
Chennai, March 21 (IANS) Southern composer Ghibran, the executive producer of "Swayer Corporations", is delighted it will be screened in the short films category at the Cannes International Film Festival May 14-25. "Swayer Corporations" is directed by Ghibran's childhood friend Rathindran R. Prasad for Turkish producers Basak Gaziler Prasad and Hakan Kantarli. More »Ghibran happy about short film's Cannes screening
Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) The music video of the song "Calcutta Kiss" from the movie "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!" will be released on Monday. The film's team had earlier launched the song "Calcutta kiss" on Kolkata's iconic Howrah Bridge, where 50 dancers had done a flashmob. Now the song's video will be launched in two versions -- one for the digital medium, and another for TV. International dancer Lauren Gottlieb will be seen jiving on the song with four men, who will be wearing the masks of detective character Byomkesh Bakshy. More »Get taste of 'Calcutta Kiss' on Monday
In collaboration with Satya Paul brand, Shah Rukh Khan’s wife Gauri Khan presented her first designs at Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai on March 20. Shah Rukh Khan’s wife Gauri Khan debuted as a designer, and presented her best designs on the Lakme Fashion Week ramp. Gauri Khan’s Bollywood buddies Karan Johar, Malaika Arora Khan, Zarine Khan, Elli Avram and many more came to support her at the fashion show. More »Lakme Fashion Week: Shah Rukh khan’s Wife Gauri Khan Sets The Ramp On Fire
New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) As a special gesture to Kangana Ranaut, the leading lady of the film "Tanu Weds Manu Returns", director Anand L. Rai has decided to release the film's first poster here on her birthday Monday. "Tanu Weds Manu", which released in 2011, was a story about how two people fall in love with a Punjabi wedding in the background. Rai believes it will be a perfect gift to Kangana. More »'Tanu Weds Manu' sequel poster out on Kangana's birthday