• Big B wraps up shooting for 'TE3N'

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sun 31 Jan, 2016 12:08 PM IST

    Mumbai, Jan 31 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has wrapped up shooting for Ribhu Dasgupta's directorial "TE3N". More »Big B wraps up shooting for 'TE3N'

  • Safe is boring for me: Actor John Abraham

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sun 31 Jan, 2016 12:04 PM IST

    Mumbai, Jan 31 (IANS) In an industry where it's easy to follow a formula, John Abraham likes to break convention. A former supermodel, John made his acting debut with "Jism" in 2003 when erotic thriller was not as popular a genre as it is today. 'Jism' was very different, and 'Vicky Donor' as a producer again very different. More »Safe is boring for me: Actor John Abraham

  • Vivek Oberoi stresses on building toilets, houses

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sun 31 Jan, 2016 12:04 PM IST

    Mumbai, Jan 31 (IANS) Actor Vivek Oberoi says that it very important to build permanent houses and toilets across the country for underprivileged families. Addressing students at the Podar International School here on Saturday, Vivek mentioned that he is an ambassador for voluntary organisation Habitat for Humanity, whose goal is "to build homes for people and families that don't have pucca (permanent) houses." "What happens to those children who don't have a house to live in, where do they live in? The school managed to collect Rs.3.71 lakh for the NGO for another important mission -- building toilets. More »Vivek Oberoi stresses on building toilets, houses

  • Don't like to repeat genres: Nalan Kumarasamy

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sun 31 Jan, 2016 11:50 AM IST

    Chennai, Jan 31 (IANS) Filmmaker Nalan Kumarasamy, who awaits the release of Tamil romantic-comedy "Kadhalum Kadhandu Pogum", says he doesn't enjoy making films in the same genre and prefers to explore other genres too. In 2013, Nalan made a smashing debut with Tamil dark comedy "Soodhu Kavvum". "Even this project was started as a dark comedy too. More »Don't like to repeat genres: Nalan Kumarasamy

  • 'Spotlight,' actors of color win big at SAG awards amid diversity furor

    Reuters - Sun 31 Jan, 2016 10:15 AM IST

    By Piya Sinha-Roy and Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV," Idris Elba joked on stage after winning twice at Saturday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, where actors of color claimed a slew of wins amid a furor in Hollywood over the lack of on-screen diversity. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson and the cast of "Spotlight" - all white actors - won the top three film awards of the night, but the rest mainly honored diverse cast and roles. "Spotlight," about the Boston Globe's probe of child abuse in the Catholic Church, beat out hip-hop biopic "Straight Outta Compton" for best film ensemble. More »'Spotlight,' actors of color win big at SAG awards amid diversity furor

  • Composer Morricone glad he re-considered Tarantino's film offer

    Reuters - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 11:34 PM IST

    By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - - Ennio Morricone, who wrote some of cinema's best-known sound tracks, said on Saturday he was glad he agreed to Quentin Tarantino's plea to do the score for the hit film "The Hateful Eight" after first turning him down. Morricone changed his mind only after a visit by the American director to the composer's home in Rome. Morricone won a Golden Globe for the film and has been nominated for an Oscar. More »Composer Morricone glad he re-considered Tarantino's film offer

  • Kangana says 'Rangoon' character fiery, great dancer

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 8:48 PM IST

    Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) Actress Kangana Ranaut says that Julia, the character she plays in "Rangoon", is extremely fierce and fiery while also being a great dancer and a great action star. "In 'Rangoon', I play an action star of the 1940s. A picture of Kangana with a whip in her hand from the sets was captured recently, which had people think that she would indulge in some action for the film. More »Kangana says 'Rangoon' character fiery, great dancer

  • Arjun Kapoor gets two million Twitter followers

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 6:28 PM IST

    Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) As Arjun Kapoor's Twitter followers hit the two million mark, the Bollywood star sent out love to his virtual family, saying that he is nothing without his fans. "I am nothing without all of you... Thank you people for so much love... All my 2 million friends you guys are amazing," Arjun tweeted. The actor, who is the son of producer Boney Kapoor, also shared a collage of his sketches made by his fans, which sent out a message - 'A big thank you to my 2 million fans and counting'. More »Arjun Kapoor gets two million Twitter followers

  • Don't label India as tolerant, intolerant: Actor-comedian Cyrus Sahukar

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 5:50 PM IST

    New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Actor-comedian Cyrus Sahukar believes it's not right to label India as all kinds of people -- intolerant and tolerant -- are part of its multi-cultural set-up. The video jockey-turned-actor, who is headed to the small screen with a new comedy TV show "Challenge Accepted", told IANS: "How can they say that India is intolerant? India is so varied...there are so many sub-Indias in the country. More »Don't label India as tolerant, intolerant: Actor-comedian Cyrus Sahukar

  • When Big B 'hid' in Kolkata's crowd

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 5:42 PM IST

    Kolkata, Jan 30 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is in the City of Joy for the shooting of his upcoming film "TE3N", says he spent a day "hiding" from the crowd here. Big B took to his blog late Friday night and posted: "The entire day has been one of 'hiding'... hiding from the crowds so I could merge with the local scenario and become that one ordinary man on the streets of Kolkata." Adding that a lot of planning was involved to make it all happen, the 73-year-old actor shared: "There has been some wonderful planning for the shoots that surreptitiously happen on the streets with actors and actresses... but when it is accomplished say to yourself, then it was wonderful that it was done." He was specifically all praise for the people of Kolkata. More »When Big B 'hid' in Kolkata's crowd

  • Didn't get much appreciation from Bollywood: Assamese singer

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 5:38 PM IST

    Guwahati, Jan 30 (IANS) Assamese singer Anaya Brahma forayed into Bollywood with the 2012 track "DJ play that song", but she says she never got the kind of appreciation that she expected from the Hindi industry. "I didn't get much appreciation from Bollywood... I did playback singing in 'Chaar Din Ki Chandni', but that didn't click. It's a journey and irrespective of my experience so far, I am happy," Anaya told IANS here at the ongoing Rongali -- Destination, Culture, Harmony -- a festival of Assam. More »Didn't get much appreciation from Bollywood: Assamese singer

  • Rs.55 lakh hair colour? It's baseless, says Katrina Kaif

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 4:24 PM IST

    New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Actress Katrina Kaif has brushed aside reports that it cost Rs.55 lakh to colour her hair red for filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor's "Fitoor", saying that "it's not even possible". "I don't even think that's possible, even if you want to... It is all a kind of slightly sensationalised piece of news that comes out and gets highlighted, which more often than not turns out to be baseless," Katrina told IANS in a telephonic interview from Mumbai. Regarding her hair colour and style in the film, Katrina said that it was the director's idea "with a symbolic connection". More »Rs.55 lakh hair colour? It's baseless, says Katrina Kaif

  • Artistes can't be dictated to: Zubeen Garg

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 3:04 PM IST

    Guwahati, Jan 30 (IANS) Assamese actor-singer Zubeen Garg, who puts his fame to good use by raising his voice against groups that dictate terms or strikes in his home state, says artistes can't be ordered to do something and that they should be "rebels with a cause". Zubeen, who defied the diktat against singing Hindi numbers during Bihu celebrations three years back in the northeastern state, believes that artistes need to be rebellious for good. More »Artistes can't be dictated to: Zubeen Garg

  • My father a deserving candidate for Padma Bhushan: Sikandar Kher

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 1:46 PM IST

    Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) The news of a Padma Bhushan for Anupam Kher led to social media trolls, where several people claimed the veteran actor has been chosen for the honour for his continued support to BJP. "Sikandar, who is the son of Anupam's wife Kirron and her former husband, told IANS: "I have immense respect for him. More »My father a deserving candidate for Padma Bhushan: Sikandar Kher

  • Musicians to add pulsating vibe to India Bike Week

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 1:38 PM IST

    New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The forthcoming edition of India Bike Week, scheduled to take place at Vagator beach in Goa starting February 19, will feature 11 music artistes from across India. Conceptualised and initiated in 2013 by Seventy Event Media Group and Fox Life, the event will put together a musical line-up that will have genres as varied as classic rock, blues, retro, organic grooves, soul/funk, hip hop and EDM, according to a statement. More »Musicians to add pulsating vibe to India Bike Week

  • I talk about social issues through my films, not words: Rajkumar Hirani

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 12:00 PM IST

    New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who has taken a satirical look at the country's medical system, education system and religious superstitions in his movies, says his "voice takes a backseat" when it comes to expressing views on social issues. A writer, editor, director and producer, the man with many talents, Hirani is also particularly careful about his words in the social media age. More »I talk about social issues through my films, not words: Rajkumar Hirani

  • Fiat from Pope Francis' U.S. visit auctioned in Philadelphia for $82,000

    Reuters - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 11:23 AM IST

    A tiny black Fiat 500L that carried Pope Francis through Philadelphia during his historic first visit to the United States was sold for $82,000 at an auction on Friday, organizers said. Participants competed to take home the car, described as "Pope Francis' Philly Fiat" both remotely and in-person at the Philadelphia Auto Show, church and auction officials said. The winning bid of $82,000 was put forward by Michael and Kate Chapman of Chapman Auto Stores and the money will benefit the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, church officials said. More »Fiat from Pope Francis' U.S. visit auctioned in Philadelphia for $82,000

  • Swan song: humans implicated in huge Australian bird's demise

    Reuters - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 9:51 AM IST

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits. Scientists said on Friday burn patterns detected on eggshell fragments indicate that the humans who first arrived in Australia roughly 50,000 years ago gathered and cooked the big bird's eggs, playing havoc with its reproductive success. The study is the first to provide direct evidence that these early human inhabitants preyed on the remarkable large animals that once thrived in Australia but disappeared after people got there, University of Colorado geological sciences professor Gifford Miller said. More »Swan song: humans implicated in huge Australian bird's demise

  • 'Making a Murderer' shines unwanted spotlight on Wisconsin city

    Reuters - Sat 30 Jan, 2016 2:56 AM IST

    By Brendan O'Brien MANITOWOC, Wis. (Reuters) - The television documentary "Making a Murderer," a gripping series about two Wisconsin men convicted of murder, has put this blue-collar city of 35,000 on the map, to the dismay of many residents. The wildly popular Netflix series, spread out over 10 episodes, details the case against Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey. The Netflix series may be a popular success but some residents are tired of hearing about it. More »'Making a Murderer' shines unwanted spotlight on Wisconsin city

  • Am my children's 'best friend', says SRK

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 29 Jan, 2016 9:50 PM IST

    Noida, Jan 29 (IANS) His professional commitments leave him very little time for his family, but Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said he likes to spend most of this with his three children -- Aryan, Suhana and AbRam -- and terms him their "best friend". More »Am my children's 'best friend', says SRK

  • SRK avoids the 'intolerance'

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 29 Jan, 2016 7:26 PM IST

    Noida, Jan 29 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, whose views on "extreme intolerance" in the country had led to a controversy last year, avoided queries about the subject at an event here on Friday. The actor was here to make a formal announcement regarding edutainment theme park KidZania here when he was asked whether he feels that his 'intolerance' remark made people conscious in the society. Shah Rukh responded: "I feel there is a specific platform for everything. More »SRK avoids the 'intolerance'

  • It was preplanned against me: Nawazuddin on assault case

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 29 Jan, 2016 6:30 PM IST

    Mumbai, Jan 29 (IANS) Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Friday said the assault complaint that a woman made against him, was a "preplanned" move against him. At a press conference here, Nawazuddin said: "This entire incident was preplanned against me. In response, Nawazuddin later filed a cross-FIR against five people. More »It was preplanned against me: Nawazuddin on assault case

  • I like to ask questions with my art: Singer-actor Monica Dogra

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 29 Jan, 2016 5:30 PM IST

    New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Singer-actor Monica Dogra, who is one half of the popular Mumbai-based electronic duo Shaa'ir and Func and has released her solo debut album "Spit", says she doesn't like to "highlight problems" through her art, but likes to "ask questions". "Spit", which took three years to complete, is "completely different" from her earlier work with Shaa'ir and Func because it is "solo articulation". More »I like to ask questions with my art: Singer-actor Monica Dogra

  • Looking at Padma awardees, it's good I didn't get it: Kader Khan

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 29 Jan, 2016 1:36 PM IST

    Mumbai, Jan 29 (IANS) Considering the Bollywood celebrities who have made it to the Padma awardees' list this year, "it's good that I did not get one", says veteran actor-writer Kader Khan. This year, names like Rajinikanth, Anupam Kher, Priyanka Chopra, Madhur Bhandarkar, S.S. Rajamouli, Udit Narayan and Malini Awasthi, among others, are in Padma awardees' list. On being told the names of the industry colleagues who were earlier this week named for the Padma awards, the 79-year-old actor told IANS in an exclusive interview: "... it's good that they did not give me a Padma Shri. More »Looking at Padma awardees, it's good I didn't get it: Kader Khan

  • Salman Khan, Bollywood's most misunderstood actor?

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 29 Jan, 2016 11:02 AM IST

    Price: Rs.599 Known as the "brat" of Bollywood and an ill-tempered actor, superstar Salman Khan - a role model for many - is infamous for a life entangled in controversies one after the other. According to many people, and those from the industry as well, superstar Salman Khan is the most misunderstood actor in the industry - and this book attempts to relate how and why. Author Jasim Khan, a senior journalist and TV producer, it seems, has taken great pains to explore Salman's growth as well as his personal life. More »Salman Khan, Bollywood's most misunderstood actor?

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