Chennai, Oct 1 (IANS) The search for life on Mars continues with the discovery of first-ever definitive signs of water on the Red Planet. In the forthcoming space drama, Damon's character Mark Watney, when on a mission to Mars, is presumed dead and has to survive until rescue arrives. "When Andy Weir wrote the novel, he wanted it to be firmly based on science, the idea that this is not so far away for us. More »'The Martian' not all science fiction: Matt Damon
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles appeals court on Wednesday upheld criminal charges against a photographer who pursued pop star Justin Bieber at high speed on a Los Angeles freeway in 2012, saying the charges did not violate freedom of the press. Celebrity photographer Paul Raef was the first person to be prosecuted under California's anti-paparazzi law, which was drafted in 2010 to crack down on aggressive, reckless behavior by people taking photos commercially. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge dropped the charges against Raef in 2012, saying the statute under which he was accused was overly broad and could increase reckless driving penalties in unintended cases. More »Court upholds charges against photographer who chased Justin Bieber
Jay Z's global streaming music service Tidal on Wednesday announced a super star charity concert in New York to celebrate reaching one million subscribers, six months after it launched. Jay Z, his wife Beyonce, Prince, Usher, and Nicki Minaj will headline the Oct. 20 concert in Brooklyn, with tickets going on sale on Wednesday, firstly to Tidal subscribers. The concert will also be streamed live for both subscribers and non-subscribers via Tidal.com. More »Jay Z's Tidal to celebrate 1 million subscribers with mega concert
Mumbai, Oct 1 (IANS) The Indian version of "I Can Do That", a reality TV show format popular in countries like the US, Italy, Israel, Russia and Bulgaria, was launched here on Wednesday, in the presence of its host, actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and the celebrity contestants. The show, which will air on Zee TV in October, aims to challenge celebrities across different fields to come out of their comfort zone and try their hands in various tasks. More »'I Can Do That' comes to India to challenge celebs
Chakras are the major energy centres in our body, which are believed to be a part of our subtle body (subtle body is the non-physical term aka our soul or spirit). The belief in Chakras started in India and is made use of in the Ayurvedic medicine. This chakra is at the base of our spine and it is also known as the Muladhara chakra. More »The Seven Chakras of Your Body and Their Significance
By Michael Roddy GLASGOW (Reuters) - This year's Turner Prize nominees range from a collective selling handles, and costlier furnishings, online for 15 pounds ($23) a pop to a video display in which a woman talks about being brainwashed in Kentucky by aliens. Since the British contemporary art prize made a leap into the bizarre by recognising Damien Hirst's bisected cow and calf in 1995, it has been hard to predict what the judges might include among the finalists. "Artists are interested in engaging in ideas with the public and I think what's exciting about this edition of the Turner Prize is that it feels very now, very of the moment." The winner is announced on Dec. 7. More »From handles to cyborgs, all up for Turner art prize
Mumbai, Sep 30 (IANS) Sussanne Khan, the estranged wife of Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, on Wednesday denied reports that she is set to wed again. A succesful entrepreneur, she says the gossip "hurts" as "families and human feelings" are involved. Sussanne, an interior designer by profession, decided to issue a statement in the light of the media reports around her rumoured wedding to "one of Hrithik's close friends". More »Sussanne Khan lambasts gossip mongers over wedding rumours
New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha, who is busy shooting for the film "Cabaret", will be missing the screening of her critically acclaimed movie "Masaan" at the upcoming 20th edition of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). Due to her shooting schedule for "Cabaret", produced by Pooja Bhatt and Bhushan Kumar, the "Tamanchey" actress will be missing the screening of her critically acclaimed Neeraj Ghaywan directorial. More »Richa Chadha will miss 'Masaan' screening in Busan
Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) Actor Kunal Kapoor who was the part of the "revolutionary" Aamir Khan starrer "Rang De Basanti", feels "Court" represent India's best chance at the Oscars. "Though I haven't watched it yet but as I heard from those people who actually understand and passionate about cinema, I agree it's a right choice for Oscar," Kunal said at the Jagran Film Festival where he is part of jury panel for short films. More »'Court' absolutely right choice for Oscar: Kunal Kapoor
Venezuela's classical music superstar Gustavo Dudamel said on Tuesday he is deeply moved by protests in his home country and the United States, but will not take a public position or align himself with a political side in either nation. In an op-ed article published in the Los Angeles Times, the 34-year-old director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela said joint performances by both groups starting in Los Angeles could provide a stage for demonstrations. "I am not naive ... It is possible that protesters will attempt to use the concerts to signal their support for or opposition to government policies in Venezuela," Dudamel wrote. More »Venezuela's star conductor Dudamel defends silence on politics
Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) Actress Shilpa Shetty says that she has started reading scripts to feature in films, but wouldn't term as it as a "comeback" like how people generally term it. More »Won't make a 'comeback' as people think: Shilpa
New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) The way you eat French fries can reveal bits about your personality! If you don't like any mess around and prefer eating one piece of fry at a time, there are chances you're detail-oriented. Or if you're among those who take a handful of fries together, maybe you have a worried mind, says an expert. Chef Tushar from McCain Foods Kitchen has shared the personality traits revealed through your eating habits: * One piece at a time: If one does not like any mess around their food and prefer eating one piece of fry at a time no matter in what a hurry they are, then they are in for a treat. More »Ways of eating fries can reveal your personality
New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) Bollywood star Akshay Kumar on Tuesday met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss issues related to the country's farming sector. The actor, who has been busy promoting his forthcoming film "Singh Is Blinng", spoke to Kejriwal for 30 minutes, and they discussed issues related to the farming sector, growing farmers' suicides and ways to help farmers get out of the distress situation, read a statement from the Directorate of Information and Publicity. Akshay, who raised funds for 100 farmer families with an event here, also briefed Kejriwal on the work he has been doing for the farmers. More »Akshay Kumar meets Kejriwal to discuss farmers' issues
Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) Oscar-winning composer and music maestro A.R. Rahman has lent his support for the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival by composing a bespoke signature tune for the festival. This is the first time that the film festival has a signature tune. "The 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is about creating, celebrating and nurturing cinema. More »A.R. Rahman creates signature tune for 17th Mumbai film fest
Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who unveiled the first edition of the Maharashtra International Travel Mart (MITM) here, says Mumbai should be branded the 'Entertainment City' of the world. Maybe if we all work together with the government of India and with my effort as a member of this initiative, we definitely can make Mumbai city as the 'Entertainment City' of the world," the 72-year-old said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also attended the launch of MITM, a three-day congregation to attract buyers and sellers from tourism industry from across the country and world, here on Monday. More »Amitabh wants Mumbai to be world's 'Entertainment City'
New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) With the rising surge of talented indendent musicians making their mark in the country, city-based guitarist Dhruv Visvanath believes that now "people are wide awake when it comes to the music". "There is a strong sense of awareness about the kinds of work that people are involved in and lo and behold, Indians are aware that things exist outside Bollywood," Visvanath told IANS in an email interview. More »'Indians are aware that things exist outside Bollywood'
(Reuters) - A journalist whose work focuses on race and racism in the United States and a New York City tap dancer and choreographer are among the 24 winners of $625,000 genius grants, the U.S. organization awarding them said on Monday. This year's winners include Ta-Nehisi Coates, 39, whose journalism for the Atlantic and book "Between the World and Me" have provided context to a national debate on racism and police violence raging in response to numerous high-profile police killings of unarmed black people over the last year. More »Journalist, tap dancer among 2015 genius grant winners
By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakotans, so annoyed that ABC's oilfield soap opera "Blood & Oil" features sweeping vistas of mountains that don't exist in their state, made a drinking game out of the geological farce during the show's Sunday night premier. The Rockies are 900 miles away from Williston, epicenter of North Dakota's oil industry and a city that inspired the "Blood & Oil" producers to craft a television show centered on a modern-day version of a gold rush. All of the show's minor errors about life in the second-largest U.S. oil producing state could be forgiven, locals said, if "Blood & Oil" would only do something about those mountains, a jarring misrepresentation of a state where the highest point is less than a mile above sea level. More »Snow-capped peaks of 'Blood & Oil' get panned by North Dakotans
Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) Superstar Salman Khan, who is returning as the host of the new season of "Bigg Boss", said that a lot of criticism has come his way for getting too much involved with the TV show. The actor was often seen sharing his personal experiences with the contestants and at times he has taken tough stand to deal with some of the events in the house. "It gives me immense pleasure in guiding the contestants in the right direction. More »I was criticised for getting involved on 'Bigg Boss': Salman
Mumbai, Sep 28 (IANS) Model-turned-actress Mugdha Godse claims that it is enjoyable to essay a negative character without typical "rona-dhona", which she portrayed effortlessly in her upcoming film, "Ishq Ne Krazy Kiya Re". "My character is crazy for power and of a dominating nature. Actually it is enjoyable to portray a grey shade or negative character. More »Enjoyed playing negative role in 'Ishq Ne Krazy Kiya Re': Mugdha Godse
New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar along with his co-stars from his forthcoming film "Singh Is Bling" including Amy Jackson and Lara Dutta paid tribute to the Sikh community of fashion industry in the form of unique show titled "Style and the Sikh". Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) president Sunil Sethi hosted a grand evening of fashion in an exclusive media preview of "Style and the Sikh". The event showcased Akshay, Amy and Lara sauntering down the ramp in a "bling" themed fashion showing put together by the Singhs and Kaurs in the fashion industry. More »'Singh Is Bling' star cast salutes Sikh community of fashion
New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) Amid the existing clamour surrounding the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as FTII chairman, an alumnus of the premier institute says the students are hoping the government will support them. "We are hopeful that some solution will come from the government's side. More »Hopeful some solution will come from government: FTII alumnus
By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The first internationally-recognised Miss Iraq beauty contest in more than 40 years was supposed to present a gentler, softer side to a country whose name has become synonymous with violence and bloodshed. Instead, organisers are facing an angry backlash from religious hardliners and conservative tribal leaders who say such pageants are un-Islamic and threaten public morality. Organisers have dropped the swimsuit section of the competition and postponed the televised finale in an attempt to deflect some of the criticism. More »Bid to revive Miss Iraq pageant draws ire of hardline clerics, tribal leaders
By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - If you want to get a flavor of Trevor Noah's "The Daily Show," just take a look at his first guests - especially singer Ryan Adams. Not only is Adams an alternative musician, poet and painter, but he's also just released an innovative cover version of Taylor Swift's best-selling album "1989." "He has taken something that was loved and cherished by many and created a new version of it for himself. Noah moved to the United States in 2011 and remains largely an unknown quantity to most Americans despite his eight months as a contributor to the satirical Comedy Central late night program during Stewart's reign. More »Trevor Noah enters softly into The Daily Show's 'beautiful house'