Chennai, Nov 22 (IANS) Tamil actress Pooja Umashankar, who has played roles as diverse as a blind beggar and a biryani shopworker in her career, doesn't mind looking ugly on screen for the sake of a character. "Actresses don't like to look ugly on screen...they get very conscious without make-up," Pooja told IANS "I have always challenged myself with offbeat roles that didn't require me to look good, therefore, never had a problem looking ugly. Pooja also enjoys doing glamorous roles. "I enjoy playing strong character roles, but I enjoy doing glamorous roles even more. More »Actresses don't like to act sans make-up: Pooja Umashankar
Chennai, Nov 22 (IANS) The release of Ram Charan Teja-starrer Telugu action-drama "Yevadu", slated to hit the screens Dec 19, may be delayed if the Telangana bill is introduced by the central government next month, said its producer Dil Raju. "I'm planning to release the film on Dec 19 if the Telangana bill is not passed. The United Progressive Alliance has taken a decision to carve out a separate state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh. Now the bill for the creation of the new state of Telangana will be tabled in parliament during its winter session, beginning Dec 5. More »Telangana bill likely to delay 'Yevadu' release
In last two years, big fashion designers like Meera and Muzaffar Ali, Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal and many more have been showcasing bridal wear in colours such as white, ivory and off-white. When it comes to bridal wear, people expect a bride to choose colours like red, maroon, pink, green or gold. Image Courtesy (from left to right): Sonam Kapoor in a white and gold lehenga by Rohit Bal, Priyanka Chopra in a lehenga by Manish Malhotra, Chitrangada Singh walks ramp for Tarun Tahiliani More »Exciting Ways to Style a White Bridal Lehenga for Your Wedding
By Mario Anzuoni LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Two U.S.-born Puerto Rican artists, Marc Anthony and Draco Rosa, and the Colombian singer Carlos Vives on Thursday won the top Latin Grammy music awards in a night that rewarded comebacks and long careers. It the fourth career Latin Grammy for the 45-year-old, who has also won two Grammys. "This means more to me than ever because I am in a very special time of my life and the words 'live my life' say it all," Anthony told the crowd in Las Vegas where the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences held the 14th edition of the Latin Grammys. Anthony's recent album "3.0" was his first since 2010 and follows his high-profile divorce from actress and singer Jennifer Lopez last year. More »Marc Anthony, Draco Rosa grab Latin Grammys in year of comebacks
Rating: ***1/2 There is something to be said about that 'dhaai kilo ka haath' which Sunny Deol patented in well-made action films like "Ghatak", "Ghayal" and "Gadar - Ek Prem Katha". Back in form with a bang in "Singh Saab The Great", Sunny delivers a wallop. When we first meet Singh Saab (The Great) in this non-stop actioner, we are told by his on-screen aides that Singh has formed a political party called Aam People's Party. Anil Sharma's over-zealous though never-misplaced passion to put across Sunny in a messianic mould works to a large extent. More »'Singh Saab The Great' - Sunny Deol back in form (IANS Movie Review, Rating: ***1/2
Here is a carefully put together guide listing the different kinds of sweaters for you to make a statement everyday this winter season! More »Different Styles of sweaters for the urban cool man
By Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK (Reuters) - A broken heart and a graffiti-covered car door will be the first two pieces from street artist Banksy's New York series to go up for public sale next month in Miami. The sale by an artist whose pieces have gone for as much as $1.87 million at Sotheby's has drawn fire from some street-art experts who say they are public art that Banksy did not want sold. Banksy is the unidentified British artist who in October posted a piece of art a day, including satirized cartoons and pithy fake Plato quotes, on New York streets as part of his "Better Out Than In" series. The two pieces set to go on sale at the December 3-8 Art Miami fair are a 1,500-pound (680 kg) chunk of a Brooklyn warehouse wall on which Banksy painted a heart-shaped balloon covered in Band-Aids, and the rear door of a Manhattan car Banksy used to paint a struggling, Herculean figure surrounded by running horses. More »First pieces from Banksy's New York stunt to go on sale
By Mary Milliken BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - When British comedic actor Steve Coogan first read the mournful story behind his new film "Philomena" in a newspaper, he noticed that the two people in the accompanying picture were laughing. The photo showed Philomena Lee, an elderly Irish woman looking for the son she was forced to give up as a teenage girl, and former BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith who had accompanied her on her search and written a book about it in 2009. "I wondered if I could tell a story like this, a tragic and moving story, and find the way to make people smile at the same time." That musing led Coogan to co-write, co-produce and co-star as Sixsmith in "Philomena," opposite veteran British actress Dame Judi Dench in the title role. More »Steve Coogan brings comic relief to sorrowful story of 'Philomena'
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In May, two months after the release of his song "Blurred Lines," pop singer Robin Thicke performed the soon-to-be megahit on NBC's TV singing contest "The Voice." That performance with collaborators Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. helped catapult his single 42 spots to No. 12 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart the following week. Although "The Voice" may not be the most-watched singing contest on television and has yet to launch a star of its own, the show has become one of the music industry's most coveted promotional platforms with its influence far outpacing Fox rivals "American Idol" and "The X Factor," music and TV experts say. More »Short on star-making, 'The Voice' morphs into industry hit-maker
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The remaining members of British comedy troupe Monty Python announced on Thursday they would regroup for the first time since the 1980s to stage a comedy and musical show next year at one of London's biggest venues. The one-off show on July 1 will be tailored to fit the massive O2 Arena and feature some of the group's most famous material, but also will include skits never before performed on stage, the five Pythons said at a news conference. "We just thought it would be fun to try and see if we were still funny and that is our intention so far, just to do the O2 and see if we can fill it," Eric Idle, one of the members of the group who are all now in their 70s, said. Asked what the show would offer, he said: "I expect a little comedy, pathos, music and a tiny piece of ancient sex." John Cleese said they wanted to include some of their most famous routines, such as the "Dead Parrot", but would work in new material as well. More »Monty Python reunion promises "comedy, pathos and ancient sex"
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Writers James McBride and George Packer won National Book Awards, among the most prestigious literary prizes in U.S. publishing, at a gala dinner on Wednesday that also honored authors E.L. Doctorow and Maya Angelou. McBride took home the 2013 National Book Foundation fiction prize for "The Good Lord Bird," an exploration of identity and survival during slavery. It was chosen from a short list of books by authors including Rachel Kushner, previous National Book Award winner Thomas Pynchon, Jhumpa Lahiri and George Saunders. More »Authors James McBride, George Packer win National Book Awards
By Julia Edwards ROCKAWAY, New Jersey (Reuters) - When news of a hidden trove of Nazi-looted art in Munich came to light this month, an 87-year-old man in a quiet retirement community in New Jersey straightened a copy of a Rembrandt self-portrait hanging on his wall, completely unsurprised. The picture is a constant reminder to Harry Ettlinger of his days with the "Monuments Men," the allied forces team tasked with returning looted art to its rightful owners at the end of World War Two. The Munich discovery helped reveal a little-known fact about the Monuments Men. With so much art left unrecovered, and so many pieces not returned to their rightful owners, it was inevitable a hoard of lost works would be unearthed in the future, Ettlinger said. More »'Monuments Men' veteran predicts more Nazi-seized art will surface
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Seamus Heaney's poems have been toasted as "reports from the heart" at a literary "wake" for the late Irish poet and Nobel laureate, bringing together poets, writers, actors, singers and the Irish traditional band, The Chieftains. Poets Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley and Bernard O'Donoghue, all longtime friends of Heaney, who died in Dublin on August 30 at the age of 74, read some of his most famous works at the event late on Wednesday. The Chieftains, joined by harpist Dianne Marshall and Sean-nós - old-style - singer Alyth McCormack, performed a "Lullaby for the Dead", as well as rousing jigs and reels. Irish novelist Edna O'Brien and Irish poet Paula Meehan, who holds the title of Ireland Professor of Poetry, also gave readings. More »Late Nobel poet Heaney toasted at literary "wake"
Panaji, Nov 21 (IANS) War is the biggest export of the US, followed by films, according to Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon. The actor in Susan took a backseat and the activist sprung forth at a press conference held on the sidelines of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here Thursday. More »War is US's biggest export: Susan Sarandon
Panaji, Nov 21 (IANS) Movie business is hard on women, according to Academy award winning actress Susan Sarandon who plans to keep working in films until she stops enjoying it. Sarandon was speaking at a press conference organised on the sidelines of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here. "The business is hard on women," the 67-year-old said, responding to a question about the difficulties faced by aging actresses in Hollywood. She was also all praise for Indian cinema legend Waheeda Rehman, who she said was stunningly beautiful and still did films despite her age. More »Movie business hard on women: Susan Sarandon
Johannesburg, Nov. 21 (ANI): Young Americans are increasingly disapproving use of racist or sexist slurs online, but do not take personal offence when they see them, a new survey has revealed. The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research and MTV has revealed that a majority of teens and young adults who use the internet admit that they at least sometimes see derogatory words and images targeting various groups. More »Youngsters disapprove racist, sexist slurs online, even if they are 'just for kicks'
By Billy Cheung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eight years after the release of her last novel, award-winning author Amy Tan focuses on the search for identity in early 20th century Shanghai in her new book, "The Valley of Amazement." The plot chronicles the journey of protagonist Violet Minturn, who after being sold in a courtesan house, struggles to understand why her mother abandoned her. She spoke to Reuters about the process of writing books, identity and fate. More »Book Talk: Amy Tan searches for meaning of identity in new work
Washington, Nov. 21 (ANI): With an estimation of people spending nearly a third of their time at work keeping up with their emails, there are reportedly 10 cardinal sins which are crucial to email etiquettes. According to Huffington Post, one of the long list of annoying emailing habits include sending emails to employees on the weekend, which nearly two-thirds of workers admit receiving. More »Cardinal sins of emailing revealed!
Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) "Contemporary black-and-white cinema...why not?" exclaim a clutch of international filmmakers who have opted to make their feature film debuts with black-and-white cinema that exquisitely weaves in light and shadow effects to create magic from monochrome. Brazil's Eduardo Nunes and Poland's Rafael Stemplewski's maiden productions had their Indian premiere recently as part of the 'Shades of Black and White' segment of the just-concluded 19th Kolkata International Film Festival. I had to make my first film and the decision was not whether it would be great to do something different in black-and-white...I just did it as I felt it would be better that way," Stemplewski told IANS here. "Why not black and white...it is just a medium of expression," Nunes told IANS. More »Magic from monochrome: International filmmakers debut with B/W films
Mumbai, Nov 21 (IANS) Filmmaker Kaizad Gustad, who has donned the director's hat for "Jackpot" 10 years after his "Boom", believes the industry has changed and says had "Boom" released now, it would have been received well. "Several people have told me and I genuinely feel that had 'Boom' released now, it would have been received will by the audience," Gustad told IANS. "It's been 10 years since 'Boom' and the industry has drastically changed and audience has started accepting different kind of cinema. "Boom" featured an ensemble star cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Zeenat Aman and Katrina Kaif. More »'Boom' would've been received well if released now: Director
Of all the places that you can’t reach on foot, sea caves are amongst the most fascinating. Some are home to rays and sharks, others are open to the sky, and yet others glow with bioluminescent plankton. So plonk yourself in a canoe or a kayak, and grab an oar. You’ll get a good workout, the chance to experience something new—and it’s eco-friendly to boot. More »5 Places to go Cave-Canoeing
Mumbai, Nov 21 (IANS) American designer Kenneth Cole, who was in India for the debut amfAR gala and for his store opening in the capital, believes the country attracts him with its mix of social culture and progressive thinking. "I think you have a very social culture. The amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) gala was held here Nov 17 in the presence of names like actors Sharon Stone and Hilary Swank and singer Kesha. It was co-hosted by Abhishek Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya Rai. More »India has social culture, progressive thinking: Designer Kenneth Cole
Washington, Nov. 21 (ANI): Google has reportedly included an additional tool to let people have a better shopping experience with the use of their debit cards connected to their Google Wallet accounts. The debit cards connected to the Google Wallet can be used like any normal debit card by withdrawing money from an ATM or while directly purchasing items. According to Mashable, to access the card's balance at retail and ATM locations, users are required to use the same pin that they already use with their Google Wallet account. The debit card integration to the Google Wallet account allows users access to the cash in their bank account and funds in the Wallet account sent by friends, along with sending notifications to the integrated mobile phone after each transaction. More »Now, use your debit cards via Google Wallet