New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Given the lacklustre journey of Bollywood in the first half of 2015, a remunerative miracle at the box office is much-awaited. All eyes are on superstar Salman Khan's "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", which delves into Indo-Pak relations, to break the dry spell, say trade analysts. With only two films - "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" and "ABCD 2" - crossing the Rs.100 crore mark in Hindi cinema in 2015 so far, expectations are high from Kabir Khan's directorial which is set to hit the screens on Friday. More »'Bajrangi Bhaijaan': Another Eid miracle awaited from Salman Khan
Former Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner, who came out as transgender this year, called for respect and acceptance of other transgender people after being honoured at this year's ESPY Award ceremony. The 65-year-old, who as Bruce Jenner took gold at the 1976 Olympics in the decathlon, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award named after the late United States tennis star and presented to "individuals whose contributions transcend sports". Jenner received a standing ovation and gave an emotional acceptance speech at the Los Angeles event, officially known as the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Award. More »Caitlyn Jenner honoured at ESPY Awards, urges transgender acceptance
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) From releasing his Marathi movies with subtitles to promoting them via non-vernacular mediums -- National Award winning filmmaker Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, who is awaiting the release of his new project "Highway" -- is making an effort "to reach out to non-Marathi" audiences and believes that platforms should be built to promote regional cinema across India. For Marathi cinema, every Friday there are two-three films releasing but at the same time there are several jewels which are not able to shine. At least 10 regional films should be shown in every city," Kulkarni told IANS. More »Trying to reach out to non-Marathi audience: Umesh Kulkarni
Washington, July 16 (ANI): You can hide it from everyone around you, but your phone knows when you are upset and can even detect you depression. According to a research conducted by the Northwestern University, depression can be detected from smart-phone sensor data by tracking the number of minutes a person uses the phone and his daily geographical locations. The research claims that the more time a person spends on his phone, the more depressed he is, as the average daily usage for depressed individuals is about 68 minutes, while for non-depressed individuals, it is about 17 minutes. More »Smart phones can now detect depression, claims research
Mumbai, July 16 (IANS) If you thought actors Fawad Khan and Sidharth Malhotra are going to fight with each other for Alia Bhatt in "Kapoor & Sons", then you're mistaken. "Sidharth and I are brothers competing with one another as authors or writers," said Fawad here. Sidharth, Alia, Rishi sahab (Rishi Kapoor), Ratnaji (Ratna Pathak Shah), Rajat sir (Rajat Kapoor)." "All of them are fantastic actors and great people to work with. More »Fawad, Sidharth play writers in 'Kapoor & Sons'
By Marja Novak LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - The Slovenian band Laibach will bring foreign contemporary pop to North Korea when it tours the secretive country next month, the band's record label said on Wednesday. Laibach will play two concerts in Pyongyang in front of some 2,000 people in a tour organised by the Norwegian cultural activist Morten Traavik, who has been collaborating with North Korean artists for the past three years, London-based Mute said. "In August 2015, Laibach will become the first ever band of its kind to perform in the secretive country of North Korea, a reclusive garrison state as well-known for its military marches, mass gymnastics and hymns to the Great Leader, as for its defiant resistance to Western popular culture," Mute said in a statement. More »Slovenian band to play in reclusive North Korea, record company says
By Michael Lansu CHICAGO (Reuters) - It was an image that shocked and angered many: a dead, black 18- year-old left face-down for hours in the middle of a street after being shot multiple times by a white police officer, his red Cardinals baseball cap knocked from his head by the fall. Now a Chicago art exhibit has stirred controversy with a life-size silicone replica of Michael Brown after he was fatally shot on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. A television screen above the body plays Eartha Kitt's 1956 song "Angelitos Negros," (Little Black Angels), which is also the name of the installation. More »Chicago art exhibit stirs controversy with Ferguson replica
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When asked to play the feisty Hope van Dyne in Marvel's superhero movie "Ant-Man," actress Evangeline Lilly had some initial doubts. "One thing I was asking for was that we sit down and take a very serious look at the female character, bring more dimension to it and make her more well-rounded as a human being," Lilly told Reuters. Ahead of the film's release in theaters on Friday, Lilly, 35, discussed the challenges of being the film's sole female force. More »A Minute With: Evangeline Lilly on bringing girl power to 'Ant-Man'
Mumbai, July 15 (IANS) The trailer of the much-anticipated "Hero", starring debutants Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty, was launched here on Wednesday but attending a high-profile press conference for the first time got to its male lead, who couldn't hold back his tears on stage. Sooraj made his way on the stage after producer Salman Khan, filmmaker Subhash Ghai, and director Nikhil Advani were introduced. As soon as he up e with Athiya, he gave his mentor Salman a tight hug. More »Sooraj Pancholi bursts into tears at 'Hero' trailer launch
By Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) - The actress who brought Scout Finch to life in an Oscar-winning movie more than 50 years ago hopes Harper Lee's controversial new novel, "Go Set a Watchman," will become a staple in literature classes, just as its beloved predecessor did. Mary Badham, who was 10 when she played Scout in the 1962 movie adaptation of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird," told a packed audience at a Manhattan reading on Tuesday that she thinks readers will learn a lot from the new book. Asked whether she thinks "Watchman" will be taught in schools, Badham said, "I certainly hope so." She then recited the words she often asks students to repeat back to her when she visits schools: "Ignorance is the root of all evil, and education is the key to freedom." Written before "Mockingbird," "Watchman" is set 20 years later, in the 1950s. More »'Mockingbird' actress hopes 'Watchman' will become classroom classic
Mumbai, July 15 (IANS) Actor-comedian Vir Das says he is "exhausted" after doing a "cool" multi-city tour of India with his exclusive show "Unbelievavnblish". The tour, with a show written and performed by Vir, didn't cover just usual comedy hotspots Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai, but also covered Pune, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Kochi, Chandigarh and Ludhiana. "We pulled off the widest comedy tour ever seen, in cities where people had never seen live English comedy. More »Comedian Vir Das 'exhausted' after 'cool' tour
Mumbai, July 15 (IANS) Actor Varun Dhawan, who is sharing screen space with Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Rohit Shetty's forthcoming film "Dilwale", says when he first saw the on screen couple together, he could not take his eyes off them. "When I saw Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan for the first time, I was just spellbound and I was just staring at them. More »Varun 'excited' to see SRK, Kajol together in film
Mumbai, July 15 (IANS) Actress Kriti Sanon, who is working with superstar Shah Rukh Khan in her second film "Dilwale", says she is blessed to get a chance to work with King Khan. She also wants to work with the other two popular Khans of Bollywood. More »Kriti keen to work with Salman, Aamir
Mumbai, July 15 (IANS) "Chal Pichchur Banate Hain" director Pritish Chakraborty is back with a sci-fi comedy "Mangal Ho", in which Annu Kapoor is all set to play an eccentric but genius scientist. "I play a scientist who is attempting to figure out if there is life on Mangal (Mars). The 'Mangal Ho' mission is a creation of his imagination." "He wants to become the 'God of Mangal'. More »Annu Kapoor to play eccentric genius in 'Mangal Ho'
Katrina Kaif, who first appeared in Bollywood with a B-grade movie - Boom, has now come a long way. This Brit beauty has charmed her way into millions of hearts with her drop-dead gorgeous looks. From being an unknown British model to one of the sexiest actresses in the mainstream cinema, she is now one of the most sought after actresses in B-town and boasts of a versatile career having done films like Namastey London, Partner, Welcome, Race, Singh is Kinng, New York and Rajneeti to name a few. ... More »Katrina Kaif - B town’s Barbie doll turns 31
More than 50 designers are showcasing their looks for next spring at the four-day event -- New York Fashion Week: Men's -- a debut for the city which previously mixed menswear shows with the bigger and twice-yearly women's catwalk runs. New York-based designer duo Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow's Public School opted for police line-ups to present their mostly black, white and dark blue spring-summer 2016 collection on Tuesday. More »Crisp tailoring and identity parades at first NY men's fashion week
A pale complexion is highly prized as delicate and feminine in China while dark skin suggests tanning caused by farming the fields or other lowly, outdoor work. The face-kini appeared in 2004 on the beaches of the coastal city of Qingdao, in response to demands for full protection from both the sun and from jellyfish stings. The inventor, former accountant Zhang Shifan, told Reuters she never imagined here mask would become so popular with about 30,000 of them sold over the past year. More »China's famous 'face-kini' gets Peking Opera-inspired facelift
Chennai, July 15 (IANS) Scores of people flocked the Besant Nagar crematorium here on Wednesday to bid farewell to southern composer M.S. Viswanathan (MSV) who died on Tuesday. MSV, as he was fondly known in the Tamil film fraternity, had over 750 films to his credit in an illustrious career spanning over four decades. On Wednesday, thousands of MSV's fans and members of the film fraternity joined the procession from his residence to the crematorium. More »Thousands bid farewell to M.S. Viswanathan
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Several filmmakers have criticised the working and viability of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), but actress-filmaker Pooja Bhatt says the film industry itself has a lot of growing up to do. "The film industry is still like a child. The number of people you need to fight within your own community before you even get to that stage (the censor board) is not funny. More »More than censor board, film industry needs to grow up: Pooja Bhatt
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Superstar Salman Khan says shooting in Kashmir for his forthcoming film "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" was an "incredible" experience, adding that the place offers a whiff of freshness on each visit. "The experience of shooting in Kashmir was incredible. The actor shared insights about shooting in Kashmir during a promotional tour here on Tuesday with the film's team - director Kabir Khan, actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, singers Mika Singh, Adnan Sami, Jubin Nautiyal and Amar Butala, CEO of Salman Khan Films. More »Salman feels eternal love for Kashmir
Chennai, July 15 (IANS) Actress Kajal Aggarwal, who has teamed up with Dhanush for the first time in forthcoming Tamil actioner "Maari", says the actor always sets new benchmark with his performance. "Working with Dhanush was amazing. When you're working with somebody of very high calibre, who raises the bar every single time, you automatically work harder," Kajal told IANS. More »Dhanush always raises the bar with his performance: Kajal
By Rich McKay MONROEVILLE, Alabama (Reuters) - "To Kill a Mockingbird" novelist Harper Lee wrote yet another book that remains unpublished, a close friend said on Tuesday, adding to the mystery surrounding the reclusive writer on the day Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" went on sale. The unpublished book is a crime story called "The Reverend" based on a true story involving a pastor who killed three people and was acquitted of murder, said Auburn University professor Wayne Flynt, who has known Lee for more than 30 years. "I know it exists because (Lee's) sister Louise told me," Flynt, a lecturer on Southern culture, told reporters in Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. More »Harper Lee friend tantalises with report of third unpublished book
Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) "Heropanti" fame actress Kriti Sanon, who is acting opposite Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan and Kajol in Rohit Shetty's "Dilwale", said she is yet to shoot with them together. The first schedule you're warming up to people and gelling together, and the second schedule, I was dying to go back and work because it all felt like a family," she told reporters after launching the home textile firm Trident Group's bath and linen collection. "Rohit sir, on the outside, appears very strict and quiet, which he is, but on the inside, he is a very warm-hearted person and really takes care of you. More »Yet to shoot with SRK, Kajol: Kriti Sanon
Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, launching Shadab Amjad Khan's book "Murder in Bollywood" on Tuesday, recalled his friendship with his late father, Amjad Khan, as he light-heartedly urged him to leave books and follow the family tradition of joining the film industry. More »Amitabh launches book of Amjad Khan's son
Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) "Baaghi" director Sabir Khan ensured lead actor Tiger Shroff tried on multiple looks till they got it right, even if it meant changing it eleven times. Tiger's current look has been in development since this January, and he is keeping it hidden with a hoodie on and around the sets of "Baaghi". The film's makers are also said to have increased the security around Tiger to maintain the secrecy. More »Tiger went through 11 looks for 'Baaghi'