U.S. singer Nick Jonas says he was "nervous" about launching a solo career, fearful he would not be taken seriously as an adult artist because of his teen boy-band days in Disney Channel pop rock trio the Jonas Brothers. The siblings announced the group was splitting in October 2013 after eight years and Nick, the youngest of the three, has since had an image makeover and released an eponymous album in November to positive reviews. More »Nick Jonas says was nervous about going solo
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Film: "S/O Satyamurthy"; Cast: Allu Arjun, Prakash Raj, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nitya Menen, Adah Sharma, Rao Ramesh, Rajendra Prasad, Upendra, Sampath Raj, M.S. Narayana, Brahmanadam; Director: Trivikram; Rating: ** More »S/O Satyamurthy: Predictable and sloppy
New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Saavn, one of India's popular streaming services, on Friday launched a set of in-app social features aimed at music streaming a shared experience to their Android, iOS and online portals. With the ability to tag, follow, chat, and share on Saavn, music listeners around the world can now engage with friends' listening activity more intuitively and seamlessly than before, while using their favourite music to express emotions, memories, and ideas with the tap of a button, read a statement. "Social music is part of our DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid). Music is a snapshot of our memories, our friends, and our shared experiences, but there has yet to be a cool way to truly express yourself with digital music. More »Saavn makes music social
Rendezvous with Huma Qureshi's baby brother and actor, Saqib Saleem. By Diksha Dwivedi. More »Saqib Saleem: My greatest phobia is to be alone
Mumbai, April 10 (IANS) "My Choice" video, which features Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone talking about the freedom of choice that women should have regarding multiple issues, including having the choice to indulge in sex before marriage or out of marriage, has now been shared by Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher online. Kutcher shared the video on social networking website Facebook on Thursday and the post has been liked by over ten thousand people. More »Ashton Kutcher shares Deepika's 'My Choice' video
Mumbai, April 10 (IANS) Amid the mixed reactions garnered by actress Deepika Padukone's "My Choice" video on social media, its director Homi Adajania says misinterpretation of the two-and-a-half minute clip is what made it "explosively viral" online. The video, which is part of Vogue's women empowerment campaign, features Deepika talking about the freedom of choice that women must have regarding multiple issues, including having the choice to indulge in sex before marriage or out of marriage or not having sex at all. Adajania took to social networking website Facebook on Friday to address the reactions on the video. More »Misunderstanding made 'My Choice' explosively viral: Adajania
Washington, Apr. 10 (ANI): India focused music streaming service Saavn has launched an update for its mobile apps users, which adds new social and sharing features. According to the TechCrunch web site, Saavn now allows people to follow friends profile, playlists and activity. More »Music streaming service Saavn update allows tagging, comments on songs
Chennai, April 10 (IANS) Telugu star Gopichand, who has equal number of hits and flops in his career, says he's been waiting for an opportunity to experiment with different kinds of cinema. He feels experimental cinema can also thrive, provided one knows how to make them. People think we stars only prefer working in commercial films, but that's untrue. With small and experimental films doing well at the box-office, there's room for experimental subjects and if told properly they can rake in the moolah as well," Gopichand told IANS. More »I'm yearning to experiment: Gopichand
New Delhi, Apr 10 (ANI): Now women can find serious and meaningful relationships with India's first women centric mobile app, Matchify. Leading matrimonial brand, Matrimony.com, has invested in a 100 per cent subsidiary in Matchify Services Private Limited's newly launched app, which offers many women-friendly features including verified profiles, secure chat women can initiate with men directly (unlike men who can do it only when there's a mutual like), and control over who can see profile and pictures. Saichithra, Business Head, Matchify.in, said that the company launched the app to address the growing need of young Indians for meaningful relationships matching their interests and near their current location. The new mobile app is currently on the Google play store and is soon coming on other platforms. More »India gets very first women centric mobile app to find 'meaningful relationships'
New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) She started taking music lessons from the age of eight and has been teaching others since her teen days. Popular singer Suresh Wadkar's wife Padma Wadkar, vice principal and a musician committed to teaching at the Ajivasan academy, says it's not mandatory for playback singing aspirants to join a music school. So, if we tell others that learning music is essential...that's not fair. The need to learn for playback singing today...I won't say it's necessary," Padma, a trained classical vocalist, told IANS. More »'Playback singer needn't learn music'
Film: "It Follows"; Cast: Maika Monroe, Jake Weary, Daniel Zovatto, Keir Gilchrist, Lili Sepe, Olivia Luccardi; Director: David Robert Mitchell; Rating: ** More »'It Follows' - With good scary moments (IANS Movie Review - Rating: **)
By Matt Spetalnick and Aileen Torres-Bennett KINGSTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama waded into a hot topic in Jamaica on Thursday when he was asked for his views on pot, an item close to the hearts - and minds - of many people in this Caribbean nation famous for its local "ganja" crop. Obama chose the middle ground during a town hall of young leaders, saying jail was not the answer to the drug problem, but nor was legalization a "silver bullet." "A lot of folks think you know what, if we just legalize marijuana, then it will reduce the money flowing into the transnational drug trade, there are more revenues and jobs created. Use of pot was decriminalised in Jamaica earlier this year, and is grown widely across the island, playing an important role in the Rastafarian movement popularized by the late Jamaican reggae music legend Bob Marley. A big fan of Marley since high school, upon arrival in Jamaica Wednesday night Obama made an unannounced stop at the house in Kingston where the dreadlocked musician lived until his death in 1981. More »Obama tells Jamaicans to go easy on the 'ganja'
By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers just put an embarrassing gender-discrimination lawsuit behind it. Now, thanks to the HBO show "Silicon Valley," it's about to get dinged Hollywood-style. The lawsuit that thrust the firm into the headlines last month caught show creator Mike Judge's eye, but played out too late for the current season, he said in an interview Wednesday night ahead of the show's Bay Area premiere. "Silicon Valley" has attracted a loyal following in the region for its incisive and accurate skewering of the culture around technology companies. More »Trials, tribulations and tone deafness feed HBO's 'Silicon Valley'
"Dil Dhadakne Do", which brings together a good-looking and talented ensemble of actors, including Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah, Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma, apart from Anil, will be screened here a day after its scheduled release on June 5. "I was very pleasantly surprised and happy (when it was announced that 'Dil Dhadakne Do' will have a gala screening in Kuala Lumpur)," Anil told IANS against an overwhelming view of the iconic Petronas Towers, which he first remembers seeing in Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones's 1999 film "Entrapment". More »Anil hopes 'Dil Dhadakne Do' beats Zoya's 'stupendous' last
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When filming his directorial debut "Lost River" in Detroit, a city struggling to survive bankruptcy after economic decline, actor Ryan Gosling said he wanted to "eliminate the political minutiae" by using fairytale archetypes. "Lost River," written and directed by "Drive" star Gosling and out in U.S. theaters and video-on-demand on Friday, follows the coming-of-age tale of a boy named Bones against the stark, desolate backdrop of Detroit's decaying towns. "People are living in specific neighborhoods and conditions that feel like it could only happen in a movie," Gosling said at last month's South By Southwest Festival in Austin, where the film made its U.S. premiere. As Bones (Iain de Caestecker) attempts to scrape together money and his mother (Christina Hendricks) is forced to become a macabre performance artist to save their family home. More »Ryan Gosling casts Detroit under dark fairytale in 'Lost River'
Statues of two Corgi dogs either side of the doorstep provide an extra hint of what awaits inside the home of pensioner Margaret Tyler - a shrine to Britain's royal family. Crammed with pictures, statues, plates and tea towels, Tyler's hoard of more than 10,000 items is believed to be the biggest private collection of all things royal in Britain. Now, she dedicates different rooms to the Queen, Princess Diana and the younger royals. Her living room, focusing on Prince William, his wife Catherine and their son Prince George, is crammed. More »British "queen of memorabilia" eagerly awaits royal baby's birth
Gurgaon, April 9 (IANS) Composer duo Manmeet and Harmeet Singh, popularly known as Meet Bros, were here to perform at the EEMAGINE Summit 2015 and they managed to take time out from their rehearsals to taste some street food at various food joints. The duo made people twirl on some of their popular tracks including "Baby doll" and "Chittiyan kalaiyan" during their performance in Delhi suburb Gurgaon on Wednesday. "We always love visiting Delhi, the people are so loving and the food is extremely delicious. Delhi has been a major part of our childhood so its like going back to those days," Harmeet said in a statement. More »Meet Bros find Delhi food 'delicious'
Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) Actress Kashmira Irani, who is making her comeback on television after seven years with "Dosti..Yaariyaan..Manmarzian", has found a new fan of the forthcoming TV show in her "dear friend" and superstar Salman Khan's sister Arpita Khan. Arpita, who married businessman Aayush Sharma in a star-studded ceremony last year, showed her excitement about the show on Twitter. Arpita has also taken out time to come here and be with Kashmira for the launch of the show, which will be aired on Star Plus starting April 13. "Arpita is a dear friend. More »Arpita encourages 'dear friend' Kashmira for 'Manmarzian'
By Nicholas P. Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - In "The Illuminations," by Scottish novelist Andrew O'Hagan, former photographer Anne Quirk battles creeping dementia while her soldier grandson, Luke Campbell, fights a brutal war in Afghanistan. It is the fifth novel by O'Hagan, who is a creative writing fellow at King's College London and a former ghostwriter for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange. O'Hagan spoke to Reuters about killing characters, visiting Afghanistan and photography. More »Book Talk: Andrew O'Hagan on killing characters, visiting Afghanistan
The secret to Guru Prashanth's winner cocktail. More »BACARDÍ Music CDs Legacy Competition: Vote for Guru Prashanth From 'High' Bangalore
Aditi Arya, Aafreen Rachel Vaz and Vartika Singh -- were overwhelmed after they visited their hometowns where they were greeted by proud friends and family. Aditi, who was crowned Miss India World 2015 returned to the capital after her victory at the beauty pageant, which was held last month, and was welcomed by her family, friends and well-wishers. Aafreen, first runner-up of Miss India 2015, also visited her hometown Mangalore. The love and endless support of my family and friends have made this dream possible for me," she said. More »Miss India winners overwhelmed by hometown visit
By Katya Golubkova and Gederts Gelzis RIGA (Reuters) - Religion and politics are likely to make for a heady mix in Riga this summer when a former Soviet state plays host to Europe's highest-profile gay pride event for the first time. The annual EuroPride festival will descend in mid-June on the capital of Latvia, a country forging ever closer ties with the West but still struggling with a legacy of intolerance towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. One in four locals takes a critical view of homosexuality and just one in 25 backs the decision to host EuroPride, according to a survey compiled last year by Latvian market researchers SKDS. For Kaspars Zalitis, co-chair of EuroPride 2015, Riga's welcome may be less warm than that offered by some previous host cities, but he still expects between 2,000 and 5,000 to attend an event he hopes might become a catalyst for change. More »Gay pride festival heads for pastures new in Latvia
Washington, Apr. 9 (ANI): Twitter owned Periscope has introduced a new "follower only" mode for its users that keeps strangers from trolling them. Along with new mode, Twitter has made it easier to block people from a stream, whether or not we are the broadcaster. Now users can just tap their name and they will get the option either to block them or go directly to their Periscope profile. Periscope will automatically disable comments from a stream if it gets too full, something that could change as the feature matures. More »Twitter's Periscope launches 'follower only' mode for users to curb strangers from trolling
The secret to Ashwani Kumar's winner cocktail. More »BACARDÍ Music CDs Legacy Competition: Vote for Ashwani Kumar From 'F Bar' New Delhi