By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - To historian Brenda Stevenson, a scholar on American slavery, "12 Years a Slave" is a masterful cinematic work that achieves more than any other film on slavery, so worthy that she plans to screen it in classes at her university, UCLA. It's the kind of validation "12 Years a Slave" has been earning from experts, critics, audiences and the film industry for six months now. The film from British director Steve McQueen appears to be the frontrunner for film's highest honor at Sunday's ceremony but has at least three factors conspiring against it: another high-quality, groundbreaking movie called "Gravity," the tricky math of Oscar voting and the film's own brutal depiction of American slavery. "One of the things I think Steve McQueen does extremely well is capture the violence of the institution." That unflinching portrayal of a real American story, that of the free black man Solomon Northup who is tricked and sold into slavery, may win on the gravitas scale. More »PREVIEW - Oscars pit gravitas of 'Slave' against pull of 'Gravity'
Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS) The fact that actor-producer Aamir Khan hosts a TV show like "Satyamev Jayate", where startling facts and cases about societal issues are picked, scares his mother. The second season of the show is due to go on air on Star Plus March 2. More »Aamir's 'Satyameva Jayate' stint scares his mother
Meet 41-year-old Adriana Peral, an American citizen, who loves to party and is a grandmother of two. And, even though she loves her new life, Adriana wants to go back to her homeland so that she can be around her daughter and grandchildren as well, especially at this joyful time. More »True Love Story of an American Woman who Found Her Soulmate in Rural India
According to a new study, spiritual or religious practice may fight off depression and keep other illness at bay. More »10 ways praying actually benefits your health!
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London, Feb. 26 (ANI): A new app promises to send your girlfriend "sweet things", in order for you to spend more time down the pub with your friends. Similarly, the app is also going to disable itself if people have recently been in contact with their girlfriend. More »New app sends automatic 'sweet nothings' to your girlfriend
We have all heard that and claim to understand the adjustments that come along with it. We spoke to some couples to find out the adjustments they made but did not think of before getting married. Well, as a soon-to-be married or a newlywed couple, you must be aware that marriage is filled with certain adjustments that you may or may not have seen coming your way before. Ideal bahus on television manage to appease all the members of the family with ease. More »Marriage Adjustments Made by Real Life Couples that You Must Know
Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS) Actor Purab Kohli, who plays a water diviner in forthcoming film "Jal", says learning the physical nuances of the character was most difficult for him. With the backdrop of water scarcity, "Jal" is the story of Bakka, a person gifted with a special ability to find water in the desert. It tells a complex and intriguing story of love, relationships, enmity, deceit and circumstances that bring about the dark side of human character. More »Tough to learn character's physical nuances in 'Jal': Purab
Melbourne, Feb 26 (ANI): A new online dating app has been designed for those looking for a "throuple". The app is being developed by London-based entrepreneur Dimo Trifonov who says on the 3nder website that the app will hopefully expand people's views on sexuality and relationships. More »Threesomes to be made easy with new app
Kolkata, Feb 26 (IANS) Indian cinema is a "long way" away from conquering mainstream markets and British film-goers are "unlikely" to accept Bollywood as an alternative to Hollywood, British film scholar Geoffrey Nowell-Smith has said. He also pointed out that non-conventional Indian films are inconspicuous in Britain. "Indian cinema is a long way from conquering mainstream...Indian films are rarely reviewed or advertised in the national press (in Britain)," he said during an interactive session at the British Council here Tuesday. "It is unlikely that British film going public at large will ever embrace popular Indian cinema as an alternative to Hollywood. More »Indian films have long way to go: British scholar
Washington, Feb. 26 (ANI): Facebook has reportedly again tweaked its News Feed by inserting unasked for posts in a bid to help users find conversations of interest. According to Cnet, this change in algorithm would mean that users would start seeing posts in their News Feed from Pages they don't follow, but include mention of those Pages, which they follow. Facebook already uses the same calculation while handling mentions of friends, as users get to see posts from strangers mentioning their friends. Product Manager Andrew Song said that when they tested adding the feature for Pages, they found that people liked seeing this type of content in their News Feeds and gave these stories high scores in surveys. More »Facebook inserts unsolicited Page posts in News Feed to help users 'discover interests'
One is good-looking with a great body, while the other has average looks with a great sense of humour bordering on naughtiness. So, chances are that the one with the sense of humour and fun element to his personality will be picked by the girl. Read to know what could be the reason behind women preferring naughty men. Naughty men are often unpredictable More »4 Reasons Why Women Like Naughty Men
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Danish drama "The Hunt" has at least one advantage over its rivals in its bid to win the best foreign-language picture Oscar: the familiar face of Mads Mikkelsen. Mikkelsen, the 48-year-old star of NBC television thriller "Hannibal," is no unknown to Oscar voters. Mikkelsen's work in Hollywood and his association with the upper echelon of the Danish film industry underscore his ability to maintain a high profile in both the United States and his home country. "Denmark is a small country and if I can make two films a year (here), people start getting sick and tired of you," Mikkelsen said wryly. More »Mads Mikkelsen lends steely star power to Denmark's hunt for Oscar
Mumbai, Feb 25 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been a huge inspiration for many, says his parents were his "greatest inspiration" and that he feels his mother was "the most beautiful woman". When it comes to my work, I look up to Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman and many from the west," Amitabh said after launching film journalist Priyanka Sinha Jha's first book "Supertraits of Superstars". "In my life, my father and my mother have been my greatest inspiration. Amitabh lost his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan in 2003 and his mother Teji Bachchan died in 2007. More »My mother most beautiful woman in the world: Big B
Shimla, Feb 25 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh capital will hold a two-day film festival in April, event organisers said here Tuesday. It will have two sections - one for Himachal filmmakers and the other for national and international filmmakers, festival director Ravinder Makhaik told reporters. The competitive section is only for Himachal filmmakers, where the entries have been invited in six categories - feature film, short film, documentary, music video, spots, and corporate or promotional film. "We have a panel of three eminent people - filmmaker Vivek Mohan, journalist Rakesh Lohumi and photographer Sanjay Austa - as the jury for the film festival," he said. More »Shimla to hold film fest in April
Mumbai, Feb 25 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan Tuesday unveiled film journalist Priyanka Sinha Jha's debut book - "Supertraits of Superstars". Priyanka, a film journalist for the last 18 years, dug deep into her own experiences and journalistic interactions while writing the book. More »Big B unveils Priyanka Jha's debut book
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Sydney, Feb. 25 (ANI): WhatsApp has been acquired by Facebook for a whopping 19 billion dollars, but not many would know that a lonely exchange student in Australia inspired the multi billion dollar company to become what it is. WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum said that Australia's tyranny of distance and excessively expensive phone call charges are what transformed WhatsApp into a company it is today. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Koum said that he had originally planned to make WhatsApp a paid product, with the goal of being a profitable business, however, once he received an email that changed his plans. He revealed that he received an email from a girl who was an exchange student and lived in Australia, complaining that how she was 'all by herself' and she didn't have any family in the country and since it cost too much money for her to send them a message or call them. More »'Lonely' exchange student's sob story inspired WhatsApp to become what it is
There are chances that most bits you hear are misconceptions or myths that are devoid of any reasoning at all. We discuss a few common myths and why you should get dump them immediately. Here are some misconceptions about conception that you must know about! It is a common belief that if you make love every single day, your chances of conception increase. More »Fertility Myths Every Woman Should Dump
Chennai, Feb 25 (IANS) Filmmaker Sriwass, who is teaming up with actor Gopichand for the second time after Telugu blockbuster "Lakshyam", in a yet untitled actioner, says he hopes to score another hit with their combination. "Gopi and I will soon start working on a full-length action flick. I hope it will be as successful as 'Lakshyam', which Gopi considers as an important film in his career. We were supposed to work together earlier, but it didn't materialize," Sriwass told IANS. More »Sriwass hopes to repeat 'Lakshyam' success with Gopichand
Mumbai, Feb 25 (IANS) Actor Randeep Hooda, a huge fan of Naseeruddin Shah, says his latest film "Highway" will remain incomplete until the veteran actor watches it. "For me, 'Highway' is incomplete till Naseeruddin sir watches it. I want him to see the film and sit down with me and discuss about it," Randeep told IANS. So he is very happy about it," added the actor, who has worked with Naseeruddin on the theatre platform too. More »Randeep waiting for Naseeruddin to watch 'Highway'
Washington, Feb. 25 (ANI): Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has reportedly said that more revolutions like the one in Ukraine would be seen when another two billion people connect to the Internet in the next five years or so. In an interview with Scott Pelley for CBS News, Schmidt said that the Internet is a one-time power shift that allows individuals to see and hear things that they have never seen before. When asked about how does he sees the future of China, a country which broadly restricts access of its citizens to information on the Internet, head of the Google ideas office, Jared Cohen, said that something unique would happen there, as a billion people would come online in the next years to air their complaints about the government. Meanwhile, Schmidt said that it would be difficult to suppress legitimate speech and discussions in China on broad social networks like Weibo and WeChat, which are three and four hundred million people strong. More »Google boss Schmidt says Internet censorship could become impossible in coming few years
Washington, Feb. 25 (ANI): Facebook has reportedly announced the death of its troubled @facebook.com email service. The social networking giant said that it has already begun notifying users that all emails sent to their Facebook email address would be forwarded to their primary email address on file. A Facebook spokesperson said that 'most people had not been using their @facebook.com address, confirming that the update effectively retires the email service, The Verge reports. According to the report, users could also turn off the forwarding feature, and those without a primary email address on Facebook won't receive forwarded messages. More »Facebook says goodbye to troubled @facebook.com email service