• 'Mockingbird' actress hopes 'Watchman' will become classroom classic

    Reuters - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 9:58 PM IST

    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

  • Comedian Vir Das 'exhausted' after 'cool' tour

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 7:06 PM IST

    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

  • Varun 'excited' to see SRK, Kajol together in film

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 7:06 PM IST

    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

  • Kriti keen to work with Salman, Aamir

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 6:54 PM IST

    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

  • Annu Kapoor to play eccentric genius in 'Mangal Ho'

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 6:14 PM IST

    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 - B town’s Barbie doll turns 31

    Astroyogi - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 4:53 PM IST

    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

  • Crisp tailoring and identity parades at first NY men's fashion week

    Reuters - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 4:43 PM IST

    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

  • China's famous 'face-kini' gets Peking Opera-inspired facelift

    Reuters - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 4:26 PM IST

    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

  • Thousands bid farewell to M.S. Viswanathan

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 3:04 PM IST

    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

  • More than censor board, film industry needs to grow up: Pooja Bhatt

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 12:12 PM IST

    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

  • Salman feels eternal love for Kashmir

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 11:36 AM IST

    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

  • Dhanush always raises the bar with his performance: Kajal

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 10:44 AM IST

    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

  • Harper Lee friend tantalises with report of third unpublished book

    Reuters - Wed 15 Jul, 2015 8:45 AM IST

    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

  • Yet to shoot with SRK, Kajol: Kriti Sanon

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 11:26 PM IST

    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

  • Amitabh launches book of Amjad Khan's son

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 10:24 PM IST

    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

  • Tiger went through 11 looks for 'Baaghi'

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 6:56 PM IST

    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'

  • M.S Viswanathan's music will stay on: Kamal Haasan

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 6:26 PM IST

    Chennai, July 14 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan says late legendary composer M.S Viswanathan (MSV), who passed away here on Tuesday, has an inseparable place in Tamil cinema and his music will always be remembered. "MSV has blended into Tamil cinema history. Kamal said that MSV always brushed aside his fame and glory to celebrate other artistes irrespective of their age. More »M.S Viswanathan's music will stay on: Kamal Haasan

  • Music world mourns composer M.S. Viswanathan's death

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 6:24 PM IST

    Chennai, July 14 (IANS) Southern music composer M.S. Viswanathan, who has over 750 films in different languages to his credit, died at the age of 87 at a private hospital here on Tuesday, leaving his his fans and film fraternity in melancholy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described his demise as a major loss to the industry. Viswanathan, who was fondly called as MSV by the members of Tamil filmdom, was undergoing treatment at Fortis Malar hospital for old-age related ailments and breathing problem. More »Music world mourns composer M.S. Viswanathan's death

  • 'Aks' reason behind Big B's French beard

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 5:46 PM IST

    Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) It's a style he carries off with panache! Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says that it was because of the film "Aks", which has clocked 14 years, that he decided to keep his French beard permanently. The 72-year-old actor, who played a police officer in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's debut film took to micro-blogging website Twitter to share: "14 years! AKS!! the film... These days you only read about your time in past times... FACT!! It was only after making of 'AKS' that I decided to keep my french beard... permanently!! BADUMBAA." The 2001 Hindi supernatural thriller film revolves around two characters Manu Verma, played by Big B and Raghavan, essayed by Manoj Bajpayee. -*- Rajkumar, a traveller at heart In between his busy schedule of working in movies, critically acclaimed actor Rajkumar Rao likes to explore cities around the world -- especially on his feet. More »'Aks' reason behind Big B's French beard

  • Pakistan court grants bails to supermodel held for smuggling cash

    Reuters - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 5:06 PM IST

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani court granted bail on Tuesday to a supermodel jailed for four months on charges of attempting to smuggle out of the country more than half a million dollars in cash, her lawyer said. Ayyan Ali's famous grey eyes have fronted campaigns for designer clothes, ice-cream and mobile phones. By law, no more than $10,000 in cash may be taken out of Pakistan. More »Pakistan court grants bails to supermodel held for smuggling cash

  • Cinematic auctioneer de Pury bids for online comeback

    Reuters - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 4:24 PM IST

    By Farah Nayeri LONDON (Reuters) - Simon de Pury, the Swiss auctioneer whose showmanship has landed him film and television roles, is hoping his exuberant personality will help him succeed where others have failed -- in the online auction world. De Pury, who was chairman and chief auctioneer of Phillips de Pury & Company until late 2012, is setting up a digital auction business with his name as the brand. Together, they will stage auctions mainly online, though buyers can also bid in Mallett's saleroom in Mayfair, London, where De Pury will lead the action. More »Cinematic auctioneer de Pury bids for online comeback

  • 'Droom' in supercars for free

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 3:50 PM IST

    New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) If you have been drooling over the luxurious Audi R8 or pining for a ride in a sturdy Hummer, Droom, an online marketplace for buying and selling automobiles, is giving a rare chance to fulfil your wish - and for free. Droom, on Tuesday, announced that it has partnered with Uber to present 'Supercars on Demand'. Use the Uber app between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday to get your desired supercar on demand. More »'Droom' in supercars for free

  • I never get trapped by people's perceptions: Arjun Kapoor

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 2:24 PM IST

    Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor, who has done films like "Gunday", "Aurangzeb" and "Tevar" doesn't like to be characterised as an action or a romantic hero, and says that he will "never get trapped by thinking about the perception" of other people. Having stepped into characters with rugged looks and oodles of action in movies like "Ishaqzaade" and "Gunday", Arjun begs to differ when asked if he intends to do more romantic films, especially after the success of his "2 States". "See, Balki's film is romantic, 'Ishaqzaade' is also an out-and-out romantic film. More »I never get trapped by people's perceptions: Arjun Kapoor

  • Depression, chronic stress can cause weight gain

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 2:06 PM IST

    New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) Chronic stress or Hypothyroidism can be a reason for weight gain, says an expert. Pankaj Aggarwal, from the capital-based Agrawal Homoe Clinic, shares possible reasons that hinder your weight-loss or -gain process: * Chronic stress: When you live with anxiety, stress or grief, your body can produce chemicals like the hormone cortisol that make your body more likely to store fat, especially around the waist. Cushing syndrome is caused by excessive cortisol like medication. More »Depression, chronic stress can cause weight gain

  • Satires educate about social issues innovatively: Subhash Kapoor

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Tue 14 Jul, 2015 1:52 PM IST

    New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) A tinge of comedy lends entertainment value to movies, especially if a filmmaker intends to drive home a worthy message on socially pertinent issues, says National Award-winning filmmaker Subhash Kapoor who has tackled themes like the recession, judiciary and honour killing in his movies. Credited with films like "Phas Gaye Re Obama", "Jolly LLB" and the recently released "Guddu Rangeela", Kapoor told IANS: "If issues dealing with serious subjects like judiciary, recession and honour killing are told with the same tone in films, then filmmakers will end up excluding audience because, fundamentally, people demand entertainment when they step into a theatre. More »Satires educate about social issues innovatively: Subhash Kapoor

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