Chandigarh, May 13 (IANS) She was just 23 when she sacrificed her life to save a group of American children aboard a Pan Am flight that had been hijacked on the ground at Karachi. Now, Chandigarh girl Neerja Bhanot, the seniormost cabin crew member on the flight, is to be immortalised in a biopic featuring Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor. The shooting of the film, which began recently in Mumbai, has got both Sonam Kapoor and Neerja's family in Chandigarh quite excited. They got in touch with us about two years back," Neerja's brother Aneesh Bhanot, told IANS here, adding that the film would be titled "Neerja Bhanot". More »Braveheart Neerja Bhanot's story to feature in Bollywood biopic
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By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Artist Yoko Ono's career has spanned more than five decades and the Museum of Modern Art is celebrating her achievements with an exhibition of her early works showing how her ideas influenced the development of art in New York in the 1960s. "Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971," which runs from May 17 through Sept. 7, includes about 125 early art pieces, works on paper, films, installations, performances and audio recordings. It shows how in even 1962 Ono thought of art as pure instruction, paintings that are described rather than realized, which predates conceptual art. The exhibition follows the writer, peace activist and widow of Beatle John Lennon from her days as a 27-year-old organising artistic events at her New York loft to exhibitions in Tokyo, London and New York. More »New York's MoMA explores Yoko Ono's influence through her early art
By Michael Roddy and Julien Pretot CANNES, France (Reuters) - The world's most important film festival is about to start in Cannes with a mix of starpower, art house cinema, Hollywood blockbusters and everything in between, though its director would be happier if the "selfie" had never been invented. After making a selection from 1,854 films, festival director Thierry Fremaux said this edition, which opens on Wednesday, would stand out for the new names it introduces. Apart from the screening, parties and deal-making that mark the festival every year, Fremaux has had to consider an activity of more recent origin - selfies - and what they mean for Cannes. "The film could be late and in Cannes, we respect time," said Fremaux, who thinks selfies are "ridiculous and grotesque". More »Art house to "Mad Max" - Cannes festival has it all
An exhibition of paintings by Syrian artist Sara Shamma has opened in London, showcasing pictures of people caught up in her country's civil war. "World Civil War Portraits" focuses on the faces of the displaced, tortured and killed, young and old. "The main inspiration is the war that is happening now in Syria and which is spreading everywhere from Syria to Yemen, to Egypt, to France and Copenhagen," Shamma told Reuters. I want you to see them, look through their eyes." Born in Damascus in 1975, Shamma was one of Syria's best-known artists before the conflict began in March 2011. More »Syrian artist Shamma brings civil war portraits to London
Mumbai, May 12 (IANS) Actress Gauahar Khan has been approached to play the role of Vrushali in upcoming TV show "Suryaputra Karna". Vrushali is the love interest of Karna. She is someone who is totally besotted with Karna and often talks a lot. Her TV credits include "Bigg Boss 7", "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3" and "India's Raw Star". More »Gauahar in talks for 'Suryaputra Karna'
New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Actress Gul Panag, who is also a fitness and technology enthusiast, has taken on the co-founder's role for a mobile app start-up company MobieFit, which centers on health and fitness. More »Gul Panag to launch fitness mobile app
Wear properly fitting clothes with smaller prints, and glam up with subtle makeup if you're in the corporate world, says an expert. Sheena Agarwaal, image consultant at Gurgaon-based Urbanista Image Consultancy, has shared some tips on corporate grooming: * Always dress to project your brand. More »Corporate dressing: Don't overplay, underplay
Washington, May 12 (ANI): Live video streaming app Periscope has released a new update. According to the Verge, the latest update allows users who do not have a Twitter account to start broadcasting videos through the service from their smart-phone. Although Twitter recommends signing up through a Twitter account because that helps use their social graphs to find people to follow. Periscope's latest update lets new joiners sign up using only their phone number Also, the update makes it easier to reply to comments on live broadcasts, changes the app to show when a streamer blocks a viewer in the broadcast chat room and allows both viewers and streamers to change their profile pictures. More »Live video streaming app Periscope now let new users sign up without Twitter account
Chennai, May 12 (IANS) Filmmaker Rosshan Andrrews says Jyotika's presence in "36 Vayadhinile", her comeback Tamil drama, has made it a bigger film than the original "How Old Are You" it is based upon. Jyotika's presence has made the movie bigger than the original. He's quick to add that actor Suriya (Jyotika's husband) deserves to be equally appreciated. "All this wouldn't have happened had Suriya not shown the DVD of the original to Jyotika. More »Jyotika made '36 Vayadhinile' bigger than original: Director
Washington, May 12 (ANI): Weeks after issuing an apology for the image of the Android mascot peeing on the Apple logo in Google Maps, Google has temporarily shut down its maps editor, Map Maker, until it can appropriately respond to people abusing the tool. Spam in Map Maker edits has spiked in recent months, so much so that the team is facing troubles in reviewing both the abuse and legitimate edits. Hence, Google has decided to freeze edits from May 12, reported The Verge. Team member Pavithra Kanakarajan wrote in a product forums post, "We believe that it is fairer to only say that if we do not have the capacity to review edits at roughly the rate they come in, we have to take a pause." While Google's review process had been extremely lax previously, every edit is now examined manually. More »Google 'temporarily' shuts down Maps Editor post 'peeing Android' fiasco
Tom Hanks reprises the role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in the film version of Dan Brown's thriller "Inferno," unlocking more mysterious codes as the world-famous character he describes as "the smartest guy in the room". "Inferno", which follows on the blockbuster book and film franchise Brown's 2003 religious-themed mystery novel "The Da Vinci Code," centres on the "Divine Comedy," the masterpiece by Italian poet Dante Alighieri. The plot sees Langdon follow a trail of clues about the poet in a race to save the world's population from a deadly artificial plague. Principal photography has begun on the film as production gets under way in Italy, with many of the scenes being shot in many of Florence's most renowned buildings and piazzas. More »Tom Hanks returns as symbologist Robert Langdon in 'Inferno'
New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) Director Shoojit Sircar's slice-of-life family entertainer "Piku" has got a thumbs up not just from the film fraternity and critics, but also movie buffs. The medium budget film is steadily climbing the ladder of success at the box office and has collected over Rs.25 crore in its opening weekend. The film, which released on May 8 across 1,300 screens in India and in around 200 screens globally, features megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan. "Piku" raked in Rs.5.32 crore on Friday, and witnessed a phenomenal growth via positive word-of-mouth on Saturday with Rs.8.70 crore and Rs.11.20 crore on Sunday -- taking its combined total to Rs.25.22 crore in its opening weekend, according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh. More »E-motion-al 'Piku' gets over Rs.25 crore opening weekend
George Clooney teams up with Disney for the expected summer box office hit "Tomorrowland", a futuristic adventure which the Hollywood actor says he was drawn to because of its hopeful message. Clooney, known for his roles in "Ocean's Eleven" and "Syriana", plays the jaded former boy-genius Frank, who joins teenage science-fan Casey (Britt Robertson) on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space called "Tomorrowland". The movie, which also stars British actor Hugh Laurie, is directed by Brad Bird, known for Academy Award-winning animated feature films "Ratatouille" and "The Incredibles". More »George Clooney teams up with Disney for futuristic "Tomorrowland"
Britain's Prince Harry, one of the world's most eligible bachelors, said on Monday he would love to have children but he is still waiting to find the right person to "share the pressure". Harry, 30, slipped to fifth in line to the throne with the birth of elder brother William's second child Princess Charlotte two weeks ago, and admitted the latest royal addition had made him keen to start his own family. "Of course, I would love to have kids right now, but there's a process that one has to go through," a relaxed-looking prince said in an interview with Sky News. Among those he has been linked with are Chelsy Davy, whom he dated on and off for about five years, and in 2014 he split from actress Cressida Bonas after a two-year relationship. More »UK's Prince Harry says he's keen on kids, waiting for right woman
Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) Actor Imran Khan, who is working with National Award winner Kangana Ranaut in "Katti Batti", says it's important to work with talented people as it helps one improve his own craft. In the process of working with her, my opinion about her has become much better." "Katti Batti", directed by Nikhil Advani, is a love story. More »Working with talented people brings improvement: Imran Khan
Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) Veteran actor Om Puri, who will promote Mahatma Gandhi's teachings in a film titled "Gandhigiri", is busy shooting for the project in Lucknow. In the film, directed by Sanoj Kumar Mishra, Om plays an NRI named Rai Saheb. "I'm very happy to play an NRI like Rai Saheb in 'Gandhigiri' as he upholds the importance of Mahatma Gandhi's values for today's generation. More »Om Puri shoots 'Gandhigiri' in Lucknow
Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who will feature in Netflix's series "Sense8" is elated over joining the team of the American fiction drama. Happy to part of this terrific project," Anupam tweeted on late Sunday. The series also stars Tina Desai along with Joe Pantoliano, Doona Bae, Naveen Andrews and Daryl Hannah. The show is directed and produced by The Wachowskis brothers, who have worked on several Hollywood projects including the "Matrix" trilogy and the upcoming Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis-starrer "Jupiter Ascending". More »Anupam Kher happy to part of American series 'Sense8'
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By Lacey Johnson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Reclusive rocker Prince took the stage on Sunday in a "Rally 4 Peace" concert in response to the death of a 25-year-old man, whose death from injuries suffered while in police custody triggered riots, telling the crowd: "We are here for you." The Grammy-winning musician, appearing at Royal Farms Arena along with his backing band 3RDEYEGIRL, performed such hits as "When Doves Cry" and "Raspberry Beret", as well as a new song called "Baltimore," which he dedicated to the city. We're going to figure this thing out," Prince said while performing "Purple Rain." "It's going to take the young people to fix it this time. Fan Jamal Terrell, 41, said: "I think he showed why he's still extremely important. Surprise guests were promised, and delivered, including Doug E. Fresh and Miguel. More »Prince takes the stage for 'Rally 4 Peace' show in Baltimore
New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) Delhi-based Navdeep Chhabra, who idolises the success stories of Bollywood superstars like Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar, says people who hail from a non-film background bring in a "different brand of passion" to the cinema industry as they think from "heart". "I'm glad to hail from the city great stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar. I've grown up seeing them on screen and it is a dream to work with them," said Navdeep. Also, we are guilty of thinking from our heart," Navdeep, who hails from a business family, told IANS. More »Outsiders bring a different passion to cinema: Navdeep Chhabra
Washington, May 10 (ANI): Facebook is reportedly testing an internal search engine for its mobile app. After users enter a keyword in the search bar, Facebook suggests related news articles to post. Posting links to Facebook using a smartphone is quite cumbersome and therefore, the update may be aimed at tackling that problem. It could also be related to Facebook's plan to get publishers to post content to its site directly. More »Facebook testing in-app search engine to stop users from leaving site
New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) Indian Olympic medallist boxer M.C. Mary Kom has pipped late prime minister Indira Gandhi as the 'Most inspirational mother who made a difference to the world', according to a survey released on the occasion of Mother's Day on Sunday. The survey by online matchmaking platform Shaadi.com was conducted to find out about globally the most inspirational mothers in India and Britain. When asked about the 'mothers from India who made a difference to the world', 39.1 percent of the respondents said Mary Kom, followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (32.4 percent) and Indira Gandhi (28.5 percent). More »Mary Kom beats Indira Gandhi as most inspiring mother
By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts and talk show host Kelly Ripa were among honorees at GLAAD's annual media awards on Saturday, which recognize representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Roberts, 42, who came out as gay in 2006, accepted the group's Vito Russo Award for promoting equality in the gay community. The award, named after the activist and film historian who was one of the founding member of media advocacy group GLAAD, was presented to him by Lynda Carter, best known as television's "Wonder Woman" in the 1970s. More »Newsman Thomas Roberts, TV host Kelly Ripa honored by gay media group