Mumbai, Sep 16 (IANS) There's more to "Katti Batti" than romance and comedy, but it's all in hiding! The Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan-starrer, releasing on Friday, has been widely promoted. A spokesperson for the film confirmed that there is indeed something more to the film, and said: "Like everybody has been saying that 'Katti Batti' is more than just a rom-com, it's for the audience to come and discover it themselves." -*- Ranbir, Deepika fans wish to attend 'Tamasha' trailer launch "Tamasha" is bringing back the much-loved pairs of the silver screen -- Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone -- and their fans are said to be eager to watch the film's trailer launch live with the actors. According to one source, fans have written to the "Tamasha" team, expressing their wish to come for the trailer launch here. More »What's team 'Katti Batti' hiding?
Mumbai, Sep 16 (IANS) Actor Varun Dhawan, known for his vibrant personality, believes it took a "mad genius" like Sriram Raghavan to present him in an intense role in "Badlapur". "I had always wanted to do a thriller but I guess no one thought that I could ever pull it off. 'Badlapur' offered me the chance to experiment with the genre which I enjoy watching," Varun said ahead of the world television premiere of "Badlapur" on πStudent of the Year", "Main Tera Hero" and "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania", Varun's role in "Badlapur" came as an image-breaker. More »No one thought I could pull off a thriller: Varun Dhawan
Mumbai, Sep 16 (IANS) Actor Suniel Shetty is pleased with the response to his daughter Athiya Shetty's debut film "Hero". Asked if he prefers being called by his own name or as Athiya's father, he replied: "Athiya Shetty's father! That's what every parent wishes... to be known by their children's name." A proud father, Suniel believes Athiya is a natural when it comes to her acting. "That is the biggest compliment for a father...I wish that she'll do good work so that she continues to receive good work," he said and added that while "several critics have panned her film but there has been immense praise for Sooraj (Pancholi) and Athiya". More »Suniel Shetty loves being called Athiya's father
Chennai, Sep 16 (IANS) Actor-composer G.V. Prakash Kumar says his forthcoming Tamil romantic comedy "Trisha Illana Nayanthara" will be the current generation's boldest film in the language and that it is without any compromises. "In every generation, there will be one film bolder than the rest of the crop. 'Trisha Illanaa', in my opinion, will be the boldest film of this generation. More »'Trisha Illanaa' this generation's boldest Tamil film: G.V. Prakash
Mumbai, Sep 15 (IANS) Actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone on Tuesday launched the first song "Gajanana" from this year's most awaited movie, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus "Bajirai Mastani". The song, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, was sung by Sukhvinder Singh and choreographed by Vaibhabi Merchant. Ranveer and Deepika did the 'maha aarti' at the launch. More »Ranveer, Deepika launch first song of 'Bajirao Mastani'
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Tina Fey pitched a comedy series to broadcast network NBC, the home of her Emmy-winning hit "30 Rock," she ran into problems with the new show's "potentially tricky" premise about a woman held hostage by a religious zealot. "With broadcast, when you're going into people's homes, you have to be a little more polite," Fey told Reuters. On the streaming service Netflix, however, "you can get into more dangerous topics." In two years, Netflix Inc and online streaming platform Amazon Studios have drawn top names across film and television, enticing them with creative liberty, freedom from time constraints and no fears of offending advertisers. More »Nazis? Cults? Creative freedom draws Hollywood to Netflix, Amazon TV
By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Migrant thriller "Desierto" relies on gripping action to send a sharp message about heated rhetoric sowing the seeds of violence, but the film's star Gael García Bernal has no problem distilling it into words. It's not," said the Mexican actor, who had his own visa troubles getting to the Toronto film festival for the movie premiere. Meanwhile front running U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump proposes mass deportations and a wall to stem the flow across its southern border. More »Migration not a problem, 'Desierto' film star García Bernal says
Mumbai, Sep 15 (IANS) Madhur Bhandarkar is surprised by the news of difficulty "Calendar Girls" is facing in Pakistan release. The filmmaker has requested distributors across the border to watch the film before arriving at a decision as it is not "anti-Pakistan". "We are told #CalendarGirls is facing problems for a release in Pakistan because of a dialogue the local distributors saw in the trailer. More »'Calendar Girls' not anti-Pakistan: Madhur Bhandarkar
Chennai, Sep 15 (IANS) Director Ashwin Saravanan, who is debuting with the forthcoming Tamil supernatural horror drama "Maya", says actress Nayantara's love for genre helped in the making of the movie. "When I went to pitch the story to Nayantara, it turned out she was a fan of horror films too. More »Nayantara's love for horror films benefited 'Maya': Director
U.S. soul singer Aretha Franklin and acclaimed Irish tenor Anthony Kearns will perform during the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia later this month, event organizers said on Monday. "It is indeed a blessing to sing in the presence of His Holiness and to the attendees of the Festival of Families in the City of Brotherly Love," said Franklin, who received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 for her contributions to popular music in a recording career that began in the 1960s. Franklin will sing at an open-air concert hosted by actor Mark Wahlberg and featuring comedian Jim Gaffigan, world renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli and the Philadelphia Orchestra along the city's Benjamin Franklin Parkway. More »Aretha Franklin, Anthony Kearns to perform at pope's U.S. visit
By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The rise and fall of Lance Armstrong, from cancer-beating Tour de France champion to admitted drug cheat, made for an epic heist flick, said the director of "The Program," which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on the weekend. "I think it is a crime story, I think it's a heist movie," British director Stephen Frears said. "He pulled it off and then he threw it all away." Texas-born Armstrong raised hundreds of millions of dollars as the public face of a cancer charity while winning seven Tour de France races between 1999 and 2005, victories he was stripped of in 2012 after being condemned as a doping mastermind. More »Lance Armstrong disgrace revisited as crime movie in 'The Program'
Mumbai, Sep 14 (IANS) Actress Juhi Chawla says that her upcoming film "Chalk N Duster" will deeply touch viewers and make them want to clap for their teachers and hug them. This is a story that'll touch you deeply, make you stand up and clap for your teachers or go and give them a hug," Juhi told IANS about the film. The shooting of the film had begun in April and Juhi said that now they are at its end and expect to release in a couple of months. More »'Chalk N Duster' will make you clap for your teachers: Juhi
By Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police raided a magazine on Monday over a mocked-up "selfie" of a smiling President Tayyip Erdogan with the coffin of a soldier - an allusion to comments that families of soldiers killed by Kurdish rebels could be happy about their martyrdom. An Istanbul prosecutor's office banned distribution of the latest edition of Nokta magazine and ordered raids on its offices over charges of "insulting the Turkish president" and "making terrorist propaganda", after the cover was published online, the magazine said in a statement. The cover depicted a grinning Erdogan in shirt-sleeves taking a selfie, in the background a coffin draped in the red Turkish flag being borne along in state by soldiers. More »Turkish magazine raided, copies seized for mock Erdogan selfie
Mumbai, Sep 14 (IANS) After moving from porn industry to Bollywood, sensual star Sunny Leone, who now has stepped in healthy lifestyle with the launch of her workout DVD, says Priyanka Chopra and Hrithik Roshan have the best bodies in the Indian film industry. "Priyanka has a very well-shaped body. Among males, Hrithik Roshan has the perfect sculpted body, she said. More »Priyanka, Hrithik have the best bodies: Sunny Leone
Mumbai, Sep 14 (IANS) Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman said on Monday that his "decision" to compose the music for the movie "Muhammad: The Messenger of God", "was in good faith" with no intentions to offend any religious group. Reacting to fatwa being issued against him over the film the musician refrained from sharing his "spiritual experiences" of working on the film as it's something "personal" to him. "My spiritual experiences of working on the film are very personal and I would prefer not to share these," Rahman shared through a letter posted on his official Facebook account. More »No intention to offend anyone: A.R. Rahman on blasphemy controversy
By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Thriller "The Perfect Guy" narrowly beat out horror film "The Visit" for first place at the weekend box office, picking up a leading $26.7 million. "The Visit," M. Night Shyamalan's return to the shock and chills genre that made famous with "The Sixth Sense," was close behind with a sterling $25.7 million. "The Perfect Guy" has more than doubled its $12 million budget in a single weekend, putting it on a path to profitability. More »Box Office: 'Perfect Guy' elbows ahead of 'The Visit' with $26.7 million
As the Mahabharata war ended, the Pandavas were in grief as they had sinned by killing their own relatives and earned divine displeasure. In addition to this, Krishna also advised them to perform penance to Lord Shiva. The Pandavas then followed the cow wherever it went carrying the flag along and when they reached Koliyak beach in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, both cow and the flag changed colour. More »Nishkalank Mahadev - A Shiva Temple Amidst The Sea
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) In today's era, people don't look for perfection in a movie but superstars like Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, veteran actor-writer Kader Khan has said, adding a lot of good movies "suffer" due to that on the box office. "Today, people don't look for elegance and the perfection in any movie, all they care for is whether or not the actors like Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan are present in it. A lot of good movies suffer due to this," the actor told IANS in an interview. More »Stars now prefered over content in movies: Kader Khan
Chennai, Sep 14 (IANS) Actor Sai Dharam Tej, nephew of megastar Chiranjeevi and cousin of Ram Charan and Allu Arjun, says he's not consciously trying to blend in to the mega family as he's more focused on making his mark on his own. "Just because I come from some popular family, audiences are not going to shower love when I do a bad film. It's applicable to anybody who comes from a reputed family in any profession," he said. More »Not trying to blend in to 'mega' family: Sai Dharam Tej
By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - A teen's struggle over identity is approached with humor as well as gravity in "About Ray," the latest movie to focus on transgender issues as the subject of gender fluidity becomes a prime time debate. The story revolves around three generations, a lesbian matriarch, a single mother, and a teen who is born female but is determined to become Ray. "It was all inspired by being a mother, having a family, and being part of a family," director Gaby Dellal told a packed audience at the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. More »Gender fluidity and family love star in "About Ray"
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Delhi is known for its energy and vibrancy. The actor says Delhi gets "a little still, a little dreamy and a little melancholy" during night. "Night shoot and you get to see a different side of Delhi...a little still, a little dreamy, a little melancholy...and lots of TRUCKS passing by," Arjun tweeted. More »Arjun Kapoor gets a glimpse of 'dreamy' Delhi
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) After lying "dormant" in the music world since the release of her last album "Amanda Leigh" in 2009, Hollywood actress and songstress Mandy Moore is confident that she'll be back with a bang in 2016. "I've a lot to say, I have a new zest for what I want to sing about... I don't know how that's going to manifest itself necessarily, but I'm excited to figure it out," she said, and added how "the industry has changed tremendously" since the time she forayed into the music world. More »2016 will mark re-emergence of my music: Mandy Moore
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Painting a story of harmony, peace and friendship between Indian and Pakistan, as many as 14 designers from both the countries along with showstoppers like Pakistan actress and supermodel Nadia Hussain and Bollywood star Evelyn Sharma unfolded a new chapter of fashion here on the final day of exhibition 'Shaan-e-Pakistan'. The three-day fashion and cultural extravaganza, which started on Thursday with an aim to bring India and Pakistan closer through fashion, food and music, came to a close with a dose of glitz and glamour on Saturday at the Hotel Grand in Vasant Kunj. The stage was recreated to give a feel of the Wagah border post with flags of both the countries and a huge gate which transported the guests to the other side of the border as it opened with an audio-visual, which ended with the lines "Ek shaam dosti ke naam", mouthed by Huma Nassr, the brainchild behind the event. More »An India-Pakistan fashionable affair at Shaan-e-Pakistan
New York, Sep 13 ((IANS) Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who is pregnant with her second child with husband and rapper Kanye West, flaunted her baby bump at the Givenchy New York Fashion Week show. More »Kim Kardashian flaunts baby bump in sheer dress
By Hanna Rantala VENICE (Reuters) - Changes in Chinese society are portrayed in a clash of generations in director Guan Hu's non-competition film at the Venice Film Festival, in which an aged hooligan regroups his old gang to rescue a son who is being held hostage by rich young people. Guan's "Lao Pao Er" (Mr Six) will close the festival on Saturday. "I was born in a traditional Beijing hutong (narrow street) and the problem is that China has been developing at great speed in the last 30 years and seen a great development as it sought to catch up with the West," Guan told Reuters in an interview. More »Venice closing film looks at Chinese generation gap