Washington, Mar 27 (ANI): Miley Cyrus has slammed Mike Pence, the Indiana Governor, for his religious freedom bill, which would allow businesses and associations to discriminate against homosexuals. The 22-year-old singer shared a picture of the Republican politico with a pro-LGBT message on Instagram, saying, "You're an a**hole @govpenceIN. More »Miley Cyrus calls Mike Pence 'a**hole' over bill against homosexuals
London, March 27 (ANI): ITV's period drama 'Downton Abbey' will come to an end after the 6th series. The show's executive producer, Gareth Neame said "Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception," the BBC reported. Created by Julian Fellowes, the show, which began in 2010, follows an aristocratic family's fortunes from 1912 to the mid-1920s, and has won a series of awards including 2 Baftas, 3 Golden Globes and 11 Primetime Emmys. The Duchess of Cambridge had recently paid visit to see it being filmed at Ealing Studios in west London. More »'Downton Abbey' to draw curtains after 6th season
Washington, March 27 (ANI): Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction has broke many hearts, but now there are reports that the singer was pushed out of the band. While initial reports had claimed that the 22-year-old star was departing to get some peace and quiet, sources have now said that Malik was actually given a choice to get sober, or leave the band, Radar Online reported. An insider close to the band said that the 'Steal My Girl' star's alcohol and drug use became a huge problem, and when he was given the ultimatum, he chose the latter. Malik had released a joint statement with the band on their Facebook page saying that "I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight." The band had responded saying "We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future." The announcement came a week after Malik left the band's world tour, however, the rest of the member's will honour their remaining tour dates without him and are still planning to release their 5th studio album later this year. More »Was Zayn Malik pushed out of 1 D due to alcohol addiction?
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers behind the last three Academy Awards telecasts, will not be returning for next year's Oscars, the ceremony organizers said on Thursday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts Hollywood's biggest night each year, declined to say why Zadan and Meron were not invited back. Their departure comes after the television audience for the 2015 show dropped 16 percent from the previous year and first-time host Neil Patrick Harris received lukewarm reviews. For their first year, they invited "Family Guy" creator and comedian Seth MacFarlane to host and came under heavy fire for his provocative humor. More »Oscars producers out after three years and a TV ratings drop
Vice Media, known for its coverage of current affairs for the Millennial generation, will expand its partnership with Time Warner Inc's premium cable network HBO to include daily newscasts and more weekly series and specials, the network said on Thursday. Vice's half-hour show on weekdays will present news reports from journalists in bureaus around the world, the first time HBO has offered a daily newscast. The weekly Vice series, currently seen on Fridays, will expand from 14 to 35 shows a year, exploring current issues and unrest around the world. The enhanced deal comes as HBO readies for the launch next month of HBO Now, its standalone streaming service, to be offered on Apple devices and to Cablevision customers for $14.99 a month. More »Vice expands HBO deal and ventures into daily newscast
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The hugely successful British period drama "Downton Abbey" will wind up after the sixth season, its executive producer said on Thursday, but a possible movie version cannot be ruled out. "There's so many different explanations" for the decision, Gareth Neame said in a conference call with reporters. "I think our feeling is that it's good to quit while you're ahead." Creator Julian Fellowes, the sole writer of the drama about an aristocratic British household in the early 20th century, told Reuters he is nearly finished writing the sixth season and knows how it will wrap up. More »Final curtain for 'Downton Abbey' after Season 6
Pope Francis made a surprise personal visit to 150 homeless people on a special tour of the Sistine Chapel on Thursday, in the latest nod to his vision of creating a church for the poor. Francis greeted the visitors in the chapel where he was elected pope during a private viewing of its ceiling frescoes painted by Michelangelo more than 500 years ago. "This is everyone's house, it is your house," Francis said, according to a statement from the Vatican spokesman about the event at which no reporters, photographers or cameraman were allowed. Francis was known as "the slum bishop" in his native Buenos Aires for his frequent visits to shanty towns. More »Pope Francis meets homeless on private visit to Sistine Chapel
By Naomi Tajitsu WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's cooler climate is giving its winemakers an edge as they seek to exploit growing global demand for lighter, premium wines, as rising temperatures push up the alcohol content of wines from rivals such as Australia and the United States. The 2015 vintage of the country's flagship Sauvignon Blanc will be the first produced under a government-backed initiative to research and produce wines that dispel the image of low-alcohol, low-calorie wines as overly sweet, inferior tastes. "There's been a global awakening to the fact that there's a limited quantity of premium lower alcohol white wines available and we've captured the first wave of that market," said John Forrest, winemaker and owner of Forrest Wines based in Marlborough, the main producing region for New Zealand's aromatic, fruity take on the Bordeaux grape. Now in its seventh vintage, Forrest's 9 percent Sauvignon Blanc comprises nearly half the label's production and is shipped to high-end supermarket Waitrose in Britain, and Whole Foods in the United States. More »It's in the grape: NZ vintners pioneer low-alcohol techniques
Content marketing is rare. Movie marketing as we know it has evolved. In a recent initiative by Yash Raj Films, they released a digital video in association with one of the leading YouTube Creators in the comedy vertical – East India Comedy. It's an uncommon noir-mystery-comedy sketch featuring Sushant Singh Rajput and Anand Tiwari, released ahead of its upcoming film – Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!. More »Yash Raj Films Collaborates With East India Comedy For 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!'
Bollywood superstar-producer Shah Rukh Khan, who made a comeback to TV with India Poochega-Sabse Shaana Kaun?, recently revealed that he would like to direct films someday. When in London to attend an event, while talking about working on television, SRK said that as a filmmaker and a producer, who would like to direct films one day, he thinks that TV is a great platform to tell stories. More »Shah Rukh Khan Wants To Direct Films?
Karan Johar who recently attended a fashion and style event said that his upcoming film with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma says that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will have a lot of fashion and style. Also starring in the film will be Ranbir Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan and the movie is said to be loosely based on the Hindi classic film Doosra Aadmi starring Raakhee, Shashi Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. More »There Is A Lot Of Fashion And Style In 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' Says Karan Johar
Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, whose last film Haider bagged five National Awards, is still feeling a little sad, it seems. The reason-Bhardwaj feels that Shahid Kapoor, who had played the protagonist, should have got the National Award for Best Actor. Talking about Shahid, Vishal said, ''I really feel bad for Shahid as I feel that he deserved the National Award for Best Actor. More »Vishal Bhardwaj: 'I feel sad about Shahid Kapoor not getting National Award for Haider'
Acclaimed filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, whose last film Haider bagged five National Awards this year, candidly admitted that he only believes in National Awards and doesn't even care for other popular awards. Talking about Haider bagging five National awards, Vishal said, ''It is an unbelievable feeling and I am quite happy about this as National Awards are the only awards event I respect and believe in. More »Vishal Bhardwaj: I only believe in National Awards and don't care for other popular awards'
Actress Kangana Ranaut, who recently bagged the National Award for Queen, has also been a part of unimpressive films like Rascals and Double Dhamaal, which did not create much of a stir at the box office, but the curly-haired lass does not regret doing these films. When asked if she winces at the thought of acting in such films, Kangana said that she would never regret doing such films as she had hit rock-bottom at the time and these films kept her afloat. Kangana added that such films are also an integral part of her journey and not a reason for regret. More »Kangana Ranaut Doesn't Regret Doing Films Like 'Rascals' And 'Double Dhamaal'
Since the past few days, there have been reports that eligible bachelor Shahid Kapoor might get married to Mira Rajput and though we all figured that it was just a publicity stunt or a rumour, it seems there might be some truth to the report. More »Shahid Kapoor To Tie The Knot This December!?
Everyone from Zoya Akhtar's cast and crew to her friends has been anxious to watch the trailer of her upcoming release Dil Dhadakne Do. More »Zoya Akhtar's Friends Are Eager To Watch The Trailer Of 'Dil Dhadakne Do'
Ever since India lost to Australia in the World Cup semi-finals, jokes targeting Virat Kohli’s girlfriend Anushka Sharma have been going viral and it seems that this has not gone down well with Bollywood celebs, who took to Twitter to stand by her and lambast all those blaming Sharma for India’s loss. Madhur Bhandarkar: ''The venom with which Anushka Sharma is being targeted after India's defeat is not only shocking but also disgusting. More »Bollywood Celebs Bat For Anushka Sharma After India?s Defeat In Semi-Finals
Aamir Khan's acting methods are well known. He wants to channel his energy into this and he says that he insists on completely becoming the character. More »Aamir Khan Says That He Doesn't Know How To Work Fast
Mumbai, March 26 (IANS) Indian filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra's maiden Hollywood movie "Broken Horses" will not just have a novel version, but a mobile and computer game as well. The game will be launched in Los Angeles around the film's release on April 10. The recently released trailer of "Broken Horses", launched by Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, is creating buzz globally for movie-goers. Set in the shadows of US-Mexico border gang wars, "Broken Horses" is a thriller about bonds of brotherhood, laws of loyalty and futility of violence. More »'Broken Horses' game to be unveiled in Los Angeles
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) A lover of history, actor Sushant Singh Rajput will on Friday make his trip to the capital more fruitful by visiting the Old Delhi Railyway Station to promote his forthcoming movie "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!". Sushant, who will be accompanied by the film's director Dibakar Banerjee, enjoys reading history and he likes to visit places of historical importance and other landmarks in the cities that he visits. "He is excited to visit the Old Delhi Railway Station," a source said. While he was supposed to attend a history lecture at University of Delhi on Thursday, he was unable to do so due to a strike there. More »Sushant Singh Rajput to visit Old Delhi Railway Station
Rating: *** Pakeezah goes to the beer bar. Debutant director Shadaab Mirza weaves an emotional yarn about a girl's journey from the pristine Himachal hinterland into a beer bar run by an incredibly benign South Indian man who could be one of those caring madams in the films about fallen women set in kothas. The scenes showing the rich pampered lawyer's besotted son Jatin (Taha Shah, stiff and not just in the upper-lip) frequenting the bar to dart lovelorn looks at his object of adoration are met with a disarming mix of amusement and annoyance by Barkhaa. More »'Barkhaa': The tawaif goes to the beer bar (IANS Movie Review, Rating: ***)
Cissy Houston, the grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was found unresponsive in a bathtub in January, is praying for her recovery but she admitted there was little hope. In an interview with WBLS radio in New York City, Houston, 81, said her granddaughter, the only child of the late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, had been transferred to a rehabilitative center and her condition remained "the same". More »Grandma Cissy prays for Bobbi Kristina but 'not a great deal of hope'
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) The scenic beauty of Kashmir has always been a source of inspiration for many designers but the Hemant-Nandita duo took it to a different level, showcasing the timeless allure of the state's Gulmarg resort through their range that personified undying techniques, delicate embroideries, scenic beauty and extravagant handicrafts and clothing. Titled "Boho Caravan", the designers shared the whole idea of taking inspiration from the place post their show at Amazon India Fashion Week that is taking place at Pragati Maidan here. "We visited the Khybar resort in Gulmarg last year and it stayed in our minds. The place was very simple and western from outside but once you visit the place, you will notice the whole ethnic and traditional ambience ... it surprised us," Nandita told reporters. More »AIFW: Hemant-Nandita bring Gulmarg's rustic beauty on ramp
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - For documentary maker Ken Burns the film "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" has a special significance because the multiple Emmy award-winner's mother died of the disease when he was a boy. Burns was 11 years old when she lost her battle with cancer, an event he said robbed him of his childhood. Directed by Barak Goodman ("Scottsboro: An American Tragedy") and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Indian-born American scientist Siddhartha Mukherjee, the documentary will begin airing on PBS on Monday. Part scientific and investigative report, the series chronicles the history of cancer, early misconceptions, discoveries into its causes, the development of chemotherapy and targeted therapies and the latest advances in immunotherapy. More »TV documentary probes mysteries, treatments, advances in cancer
By Daria Sito-Sucic SARAJEVO (Reuters) - A Bosnian woman has agreed to meet the son she bore as the result of wartime rape after having read of a film made about the now 22-year-old man and his search for his biological parents, the film director said on Thursday. Director Semsudin Gegic said the woman, a Muslim Bosniak who lives in the United States, had called him after she saw a Reuters article published on Tuesday about the premiere of Gegic's film in Bosnia. "She called me from the United States and said she was ready to meet Alen and agreed that I can film their encounter." Gegic quoted her as having told him: "I don't want any sin on my soul." Alen Muhic's mother was repeatedly raped by a Bosnian Serb soldier early in Bosnia's 1992-95 war, and gave birth to a boy she abandoned. Gegic's second documentary film about Muhic, "An Invisible Child's Trap", documents his painful bid to track down and meet his parents, a quest that had ultimately proved fruitless. More »After film, Bosnian woman agrees to meet son born of wartime rape