Rating: *** Puri Jagannadh's heroes are eccentric with shades of grey. Puri likes to highlight the eccentricity in his heroes, say a Mahesh Babu in "Pokkiri" and "Businessman" or Pawan Kalyan in "Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu" with a purpose, and that has worked in his favour in all his stories, including in his latest outing "Temper", about a bad policeman who gets transformed over an incident. More »'Temper': Jr. NTR saves a regular Puri Jagannadh film
By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The steamy novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" is a global phenomenon, but fans in China and other countries will not be able to see the movie version in theaters even though the sex scenes have has been toned down for the big screen. The film adaptation opened this week in 57 international markets, including France, where it was declared suitable for anyone 12 or older. The distributor, Comcast Corp unit Universal Pictures, is not pursuing a theatrical release in China - the world's second-largest film market - according to a source with knowledge of the studio's plans who spoke on condition of anonymity. Three countries that often object to sexual content - Malaysia, Indonesia and Kenya - have banned "Fifty Shades" from theaters. More »'Fifty Shades' goes global, but film too hot for some countries
Some people think they don't need to wear a watch since they can just check the time on their smartphones. More »7 minimalist watches to step up your style game
Love, love is a verb. Love is a doing word but finding true love is a tricky business which can get mind-numbing at times. Remember all the dates that you went to with the wrong people? Wasted time is all you get. Frustrating it is, but using a few tricks and a little help from the stars and the planets may help you bring closer to finding the ‘ONE’ for you. Aries: Although you have the ability to spot potential lovers, you are someone who doesn’t take the first step. Take action! Be audacious and no matter where you spot them, take control of the situation and demand for a date. ... More »404 Error: True Love Not Found
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In the increasingly globalized entertainment industry, there's a quaint old media practice used by studios to woo the whimsical souls of Oscar voters - all 6,100 of them. Forget Twitter or Facebook, the place to play is local television, newspapers and radio, and part of the game is getting the final word or viewing with Academy members before voting ends on Tuesday. "The number of people voting is pretty small," said Jonathan Taplin, an Oscar voter and producer of Martin Scorsese's 1973 film "Mean Streets." "If you can influence 100 people that might make the difference." Best picture favorites "Birdman" and "Boyhood" each have had extensive advertising campaigns in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Those newspapers represent two cities with a significant amount of Academy members, who mostly comprise movie actors, producers, directors and executives. More »In bid for Oscar votes, awards campaigns stay old school
By Tony Tharakan NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Right-wing Hindus in India are offering white roses, free counselling and a chance to get married for couples caught kissing or hugging in public places on Valentine's Day. Roving three-person teams of volunteers from the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha will fan out across India on Feb. 14, scanning parks and public spaces for couples exhibiting "inappropriate behaviour." "We'll explain the meaning of love to them," said Chander Prakash Kaushik, the group's president. Kaushik said the Hindu Mahasabha volunteers would distribute white roses to signify they come in peace, and then advise the couples to get married if they are really in love. The Hindu Mahasabha, which is not affiliated to the ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, is among groups seen as self-appointed moral guardians of younger Indians who increasingly seek the right to choose their own partner, independent of caste and other traditional rules. More »Valentine 'police' offer roses, weddings to keep Indian couples demure
Quebecor Inc's long-struggling news channel Sun News Network has shut its doors after searching for a potential suitor for months, Sun Media Corp said on Friday. "Over the past four years, we tried everything we could to achieve sufficient market penetration to generate the profits needed to operate a national news channel," Sun Media Chief Executive Julie Tremblay said. Sun News employs about 200 people, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC), which reported the move to shut Sun News on Thursday. The right-leaning channel, dubbed 'Fox News North' by media pundits, had struggled to attract viewership. More »Quebecor's Sun News Network channel shuts down
By Gabriela Baczynska and Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) - Interwoven with references to Vladimir Putin, a contemporary take on the 19th century Russian classic "Boris Godunov" charmed and offended a Moscow theatre audience in equal measure with its tale of murderous usurper-turned-ruthless tsar. The play has divided public opinion in the same way as Russia's Oscar-nominated film "Leviathan". Both challenge people's perceptions of life in Russia, leaving some commending them for honesty and others arguing they demean Russia just as it needs to be defended from a critical West. Boris Godunov, written by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, is loosely based on historical events in 16th century Russia. More »Modern take on Russian classic charms and offends in Moscow
As it is said in the armed forces, Service Before Self, and as promised to our parents, together we serve the nation with pride. More »Real People, Real Romances: Namitha & Aditya
Overwhelmed with 'Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan' response: Meet Brothers (With Image) New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Soaring high with the success of "Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan", composers Manmeet and Harpeet Gulzar of Meet Brothers Anjjan from upcoming movie "Roy" say they are overwhelmed with the response. We are extremely overwhelmed that people are grooving to this beat," Harmeet told IANS at an event at the chew Pan Asian Cafe here to promote "Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan". Composed by Meet Brothers Anjjan and sung by Kanika Kapoor, the song has been topping the music charts for several weeks. Meet Brothers Anjjan created a sensation last year with "Baby Doll" for "Ragini MMS2" movie which marked the Bollywood debut of Kanika Kapoor. More »3vm13f
Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) Ace choreographer Ganesh Acharya, who will be seen as the male lead in upcoming film "Hey Bro", says that being in front of the camera is tough. So, I hope people will like my work," Ganesh said at an event here Thursday. The director (Ajay Chandhok) asked me to do action dance as well. More »Acting is difficult: Ganesh Acharya
Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) The ongoing row over the controversial AIB Roast show saw another twist with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt first questioning why actress Sonakshi Sinha's name didn't surface in the FIR and then expressing admiration for her "sane" and "mature" reaction to his statement. In an interview to CNN-IBN, Bhatt said: "If being part of 4,000 people in the audience and laughing is a crime, then why have the other attendees not been named in the FIR. Sonakshi Sinha, who is the daughter of a person (BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha) who is part of the present dispensation was also in the audience, why was she not named in the FIR? You have to be naive not to see that." The acrid reaction came after a Mumbai court ordered police to investigate and register an FIR against 14 celebrities, including Bhatt's actress daughter Alia, involved in the show performed in a stadium here Jan 20. More »Mahesh Bhatt, Sonakshi kiss and make-up over AIB Roast
By Matt Siegel HOBART, Australia (Reuters) - There was a time, not all that long ago, when the remote island of Tasmania off Australia's southern coast was the most feared destination in the British Empire. Once a penal colony, Tasmania has transformed into a destination for both foodies and art aficionados, drawn in by a boutique gourmet scene obsessed with fresh, local produce and the cutting edge Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The capital, Hobart, has a small-town feel light years away from the beachside glamour of Sydney, 1,000 km (650 miles) to the north, its sandstone cottages huddling beneath the imposing figure of Mt. Wellington. Chef Ross O'Meara arrived in 2008 after more than 20 years cooking in Europe and Asia, opening Bruny Island Food on a small farm with his wife. More »Trip Tips: Living the good life way, way Down Under
London, Feb 13 (ANI): Facebook has reportedly introduced a new feature that will allow people to have their account deleted permanently when they die or appoint a friend or family member to take care of some aspects of their account. While bringing in the new feature, Facebook said that the decision was aimed at supporting people who were grieving and those who wanted a say in what happens to their account after death. People can also choose to permit their legacy contact to download an archive of the photos, posts and profile information they shared on Facebook. More »Facebook introduces new features for users when they die
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript of "American Pie," one of the most iconic songs of its time, could fetch up to $1.5 million when it is sold on April 7, auctioneers Christie's said on Thursday. It was named a Song of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. He said he decided to sell the manuscript on a whim and has admitted the beginning of the more than eight-minute song is about the death of singer Buddy Holly, who died in a plane crash with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson in 1959. "I wanted to capture, probably before it was ever formulated, a rock-and-roll American dream," McLean told Reuters. More »Lyrics of Don McLean's 'American Pie' to be sold at auction
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Andrey Zvyagintsev, the director of the Oscar-nominated, Kremlin-rankling corruption drama "Leviathan," pauses, looks at his producer and wryly smiles. "No, go ahead and lie," Alexander Rodnyansky replies with a sarcastic chuckle. "I have to say that the success the film has seen in Europe, India, the United Arab Emirates and the United States has for some reason strangely irritated people living in Russia," the slight, bespectacled director told Reuters in an interview. "I don't know why, but it's a fact that's pointless to argue." "Leviathan" has also been criticized for its portrayal of the Russian Orthodox Church, which it shows encouraging the ruthless mayor's resolve in targeting Kolya with the aid of police and courts. More »Russia's 'Leviathan' has high Oscar hopes but hits nerve at home
This is the situation posited in the Swiss film "Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents" shown on Thursday at the Berlin International Film Festival. It focuses on the consequences of the protective parents of a mentally disabled, 18-year-old only child, Dora, as they take her off medications so she can learn to deal with life, including her own budding sexuality. "Almost all the taboos are shown in the film but this was not the intention, this was my own discovery," director Stina Werenfels said of the movie, which was adapted from a play by Lukas Baerfuss. A main departure from the play is the explicit sex between Dora, convincingly played by Victoria Schulz, and the unsavoury Peter, played by German actor Lars Eidinger, recently seen in "Clouds of Sils Maria". More »Berlin film looks at mentally impaired woman awakening to sex
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - British actor Hugh Grant may be one of the most successful actors of his generation, but the star of the new film "The Rewrite" says he has always been attracted to the comedy of failure. Grant, 54, plays Keith Michaels, a divorced Hollywood screenwriter facing hard times who finds romance and new meaning in life when he takes a college teaching job to avoid bankruptcy. "It is a story of one man's surprise salvation," Grant told Reuters. More »Hugh Grant finds surprise salvation as an academic in 'The Rewrite'
We may not love each other the way the way others do, we may not express to each other, we don't know what it is or what it means. But all we know is we want to stay together - No matter what. More »Real People, Real Romances: Fakhruddin and Arefa
Noida, Feb 12 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar will enthrall music lovers at the Sounds of Freedom (SOF) concert here March 3. SOF is a concert produced by Teamwork Arts - a highly versatile entertainment company, with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. The concert is a celebration of the freedom of creative expression, through music, live performances and a coming together of young people to share their ideas on social inclusion. Farhan will be joined by Madboy/Mink, Raghu Dixit Project, Tritha and more artists at Amity University, read a statement. More »Farhan Akhtar set for 'Sounds of Freedom'
Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) "My Name Is Khan", a movie about an autistic man's journey to meet the US President to give one message -- "My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist" -- Thursday clocked five years. This made its lead actor Shah Rukh Khan and director Karan Johar nostalgic. The movie brought one of Bollywood's hit pairs Shah Rukh and Kajol together. The 'Badshah' of the silver screen Shah Rukh also walked down memory lane and thanked the people associated with the film. More »Five years since 'My Name Is Khan': SRK, KJo nostalgic
By Suzanne Barlyn NEW YORK (Reuters) - British novelist Jojo Moyes found the inspiration for her new book "The Ship of Brides," during a conversation with her grandmother that revealed a surprise about love in the aftermath of World War Two. Moyes had known that her grandmother, Betty McKee, is Australian and her grandfather was Scottish. "My grandmother honestly didn't think it was that remarkable." Moyes, 45, spoke with Reuters about the book and how she develops characters: Q: How did you research the historical period in which the novel is set? A: I entered the name of my grandmother's ship (HMS Victorious) and couldn't find anything. More »Jojo Moyes on family history and creating real characters
A new survey has revealed that 84 percent of women put up with so-called "toxic friends", who are self-absorbed, emotionally draining, critical or backstabbing. More »How 8 in 10 women struggle with 'toxic friends'
The scores of designer fashion shows, big-spending celebrity clients and lavish parties generate an annual economic impact of $887 million, according to a newly released analysis by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. About 180,000 people are employed in the fashion industry in New York, according to the study. "It creates a climate where other people want to come to New York City," said state Senator Brad Hoylman, whose district encompasses many fashion industry locations in Manhattan. The week's economic benefit tops the annual U.S. Open tennis tournament, which generates about $800 million, the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey that generated about $550 million and the New York City Marathon that generates $340 million, according to the report. More »Fashion Week arrives in New York, bringing designers, fans, money