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Kate wants to be catwoman

CATEGORY: , , , | Saturday, December 27, 2008

The actress admits she would love to be the bad girl in the next Batman movie

British actress Kate Beckinsale is keen to play Catwoman in the next Batman movie because she wants to take on more action roles.
Speculation has been growing in recent months over which actress will take on the role of the villainess in a follow-up to this year's The Dark Knight, with Internet gossips suggesting that Angelina Jolie is the main contender for the part.
Beckinsale admits that if she was offered the chance to star opposite Christian Bale in a new film about the Caped Crusader, she would definitely agree.
A website quoted her as saying, "Absolutely, that would be awesome. I'd love to do that."
She added, "One of the things I've done wrong with my career is not have a massive game plan for it. I was very surprised to ever find myself even considered for an action movie. I'm like the literary, academic geek who's not very good at sports, so it was amazingly shocking
By IANS . Dec 24, 2008

Mallika Sherawat out of Cabaret


Pooja Bhatt is determined to replace the actress with a newcomer

Despite delivering a superhit like Murder in 2004, the Bhatts and Mallika Sherawat continue to share a love-hate relationship and have never worked together again. Mallika babe had dissociated herself from the Bhatt camp after the success of Murder because of their stingy attitude. She had apparently turned down the films they had offered (Tumsa Nahi Dekha, Gangster) when they paid no attention to her demand for a fat pay packet.
But things were meant to get better when Mallika had agreed on principle to do a Pooja Bhatt production a few months back. This film, titled Cabaret, was to be the directorial debut of Pooja's in-house writer, Shagufta Rafique.
Pooja wanted to start the film in early 2009, so recently the actress-turned-filmmaker went to Mallika to work out the schedule. But she was in for a rude shock when Mallika quoted a very high price again, more than what they had earlier agreed upon. Known for her bluntness, Pooja gave back a mouthful to Mallika stating how she didn't deserve even half of what she was asking for after two back-to-back solo flops. The filmmaker left in a huff, saying that she would rather make the film with a rank newcomer. News is that Pooja has now begun auditioning new girls for the same role.

By Juicy Mausi . Dec 05, 2008

Akki heads for Goa with Twinkle


A little birdie tells us that Akshay Kumar is headed to Goa. If rumours are to be believed Akki will be with Twinkle and bring in her birthday on December 29.

I am also told that Twinkle has been gifted a Bentley! Apparently he's quite proud of his wife, an interior designer by profession and just wanted to show how much he loved her!

Twinkle, also known as Tina has become the second woman by the name to receive an expensive gift. The other Tina – Ambani was gifted an expensive yacht recently by Anil Ambani.

Sigh! Wish I was called Tina too.

By Juicy Mausi . Dec 27, 2008

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Jackson camp denies lung transplant report

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US pop star was seen waving to fans
A spokesman for Michael Jackson released a statement on Monday denying as a "total fabrication" a report claiming that the pop legend needs a lung transplant due to a rare respiratory disease.
The statement, attributed to Jackson's "official and sole spokesperson, Dr Tohme Tohme" and issued by Los Angeles firm Scoop Marketing, cites an interview with writer Ian Halperin in a British newspaper in which Halperin said Jackson was suffering from Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency.
Halperin, who is at work on an unauthorised biography of the singer, also claims Jackson can barely speak, suffers from emphysema and internal bleeding, and has lost 95 per cent of the vision in his left eye. "Concerning this author's allegations, we would hope in the future that legitimate media will not continue to be exploited by such an obvious attempt to promote this unauthorised 'biography,'" said the statement attributed to Tohme.
"The writer's wild allegations concerning Jackson's health are a total fabrication," the statement said. "Jackson is in fine health and finalising negotiations with a major entertainment company and television network for both a world tour and a series of specials and appearances."
Michael Jackson "close to death", reports UK media. Jackson, 50, one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, began his musical career with his siblings in the Motown group the Jackson 5 and went on release such hit solo albums as Thriller.
But the singer has been dogged since the 1990s by scandal and revelations about his eccentric lifestyle. He was tried and acquitted of child sex abuse charges in 2005.

By IBNLive . Dec 24, 2008
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Colors bags 18 trophies at ITA


Akshay Kumar won an award for hosting the reality show, Fear Factor

Colors, the Hindi General Entertainment channel by Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd (a joint venture between Viacom Inc and Network18) won several awards at the 8th Idea Indian Television Awards. The unique shows from Colors palate got the channel a big round of applause at the recently concluded ITA Awards Function. Colors bagged 18 awards in various categories which includes Jury's Award for Best Show Drama: Balika Vadhu, Best Reality Show: Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi, Best Actress Drama: Anandi played by Avika Gor in the show Balika Vadhu, Little Wonder: Krishna played by Krishna Bhatia in the show Jai Shri Krishna, Best Mythological: Jai Shri Krishna, Best Director: Arjun Menon for Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi, Jury's Award for Best Director: Siddharth Sengupta for Balika Vadhu and TV Icon of the Year: Akshay Kumar for Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi. The Indian Television Academy award, are considered the most coveted signet of excellence in Television Industry.Commenting on winning these awards Ashvini Yardi, Programming Head, Colors said "Colors will never rest on its laurels. The commended applauds and appreciation we have received ever since we launched has given us greater impetus to work harder. We will continue to add distinctive content to the Colors basket adding value for our viewers and sustaining the leading position. These Awards will be looked upon as an annual festival of joy by the entire Colors fraternity."

Honours for Colors:Jai Shri Krishna: 1. Best Mythological2. Little Wonder - Krishna Bhatia3. Best Art Direction – Chokas Bharadwaj4. Best Costumes - Sheela Sagar
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n 2:1. Shilpa Shetty - GR8 TV Laurels Achievement Award
Balika Vadhu:1. Best Show - Balika Vadhu2. Best Actress Avika Gor3. Best Child Artist - Avika Gor4. Best Actress Negative - Surekha Sikri5. Best Supporting Actress - Sadia Siddique6. Best Director - Siddharth Sengupta7. Best Dialogue - Raghuvir Shikhawat8. Best Cinematographer - Sanjay Memane9. Best Teleplay - Purnendu Shekhar, Rajesh Dubey & Gajra10. Best Lyrics - Lalit Sen
Fear Factor-Khatron Ke Khiladi:1. Best Reality Show – Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi2. Best Director Reality Show - Arjun Menon3. TV Icon of the Year -
Akshay Kumar, KKK

By Buzz18 . Dec 16, 2008

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Ravi Shukla wins VOI 2008


The Delhi boy beat favourite Saptaparna Chakraborty from Sikkim

Ravi Shukla has won the Amul Star Voice of India 2008 title, in a fitting finale on Sunday, December 21, 2008. He beat Saptaparna Chakraborty from Sikkim, who was the favourite to win it.
As normally happ
ens in a reality show these days, Ravi's win surprised everyone, as Saptaparna's face was splashed all over the media before the finale in anticipation of her victory.
But that was not to be. Viewers voted in Ravi instead to take home the title in the second season of Gajendrra Singh's show.
At the beginning of the finale, everyone paid tribute to deceased Voice of India winner (first season) Ishmeet Singh, and a trust in his name was founded. Ishmeet's family was also present on the occasion.
By Buzz18 . Dec 24, 2008

Katrina shows who's number one


At a jewellery launch, Kaif showed the poise of a true star

You would have expected Katrina Kaif to fumble or search for words when she was asked about her 'look-alikes' who Salman Khan was promoting. But without batting an eyelid, the star replied, "That's so sweet of him!" adding that she hadn't seen them and was quite sure they were good looking.
Katrina faced the media at a plush Mumbai hotel where a prominent jewellery brand launched a new television commercial featuring her. The brand, which Aishwarya Rai Bachchan endorsed initially, chose Kaif as their 'Goddess of Luck' because 'she has been the lucky mascot of Bollywood with almost all her films proving successful'.
Needless the media, hungry for some controversy, quizzed her about stepping into Ash's shoes. Instead of evading the question, Kaif smilingly reminded the members of the press that they need not make a mountain out of a molehill. "There was someone endorsing it before me and someone will step in after me too," she pointed out.IN PICS: Katrina makes Nakshatra chief happy!
Question after controversial question, Katrina answered with the poise of a star and showed just why she is one of the most promising new number one leading lady.
Kaif who has always been a bit of controversy's child also replied to questions about her association with Akshay Kumar. The two were reportedly linked after many of their films began to do well at the box office. This liaison was also supposed to be the reason behind the alleged rift between her and Salman Khan.
Facing the media at the launch however, Katrina Kaif showed that she didn't need Salman Khan to become successful.
Kaif, who has Yash Raj's New York lined up for release refused to comment on the film since 'Yash Raj is very specific about the way they promote their films'. The star is also said to act opposite Shah Rukh Khan in a venture to be directed by veteran Yash Chopra.
Katrina is also starring in five other films with some of the most enviable banners. And with some high profile brands now coming her way it certainly seems like the new number one is finally here.
By Abhishek Mande . Buzz18 Dec 23, 2008

2009 Spl: SRK Vs Sallu Vs Akki Vs Hrithik…


It's a close competition between the biggies in Bollywood. If Rab Ne... scores as expected then Shah Rukh would remain at the top for the next six months. But to sustain this, he will have to increase his workload which has come down to one film a year.
Salman Khan is another guy who has a huge fan following but couldn't deliver a single hit in 2008. And if Akshay continues to work as much as he is doing now and selects films properly then it's only a matter time before he is at number one with Chandni Chowk To China in 2009. Reportedly, the film is one of the biggest releases in 2009. Let's take a look at the forthcoming projects which can make or break the stars' future in 2009...
Shah Rukh Khan : Billu Barber Produced by Shah Rukh Khan, the film is being directed by Priyadashan. The cast of the film includes SRK, Irrfan Khan, Lara Dutta, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav and Asrani. Billu Barber, which is a remake of the hugely successful Malayalam movie Kadha Parayumbol, has already been remade in Tamil titled Kuselan starring Pasupathy and Rajinikanth but it didn’t do well at the box office.

By Johnny Vaz . Buzz18 Dec 24, 2008
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Akshay proves that he can lure not just the ladies but their kids as well to the theatre

I never thought I would like a film where the hero literally blows his own trumpet. And is also fat, round and blue. But I did. Especially because Jumbo is one of the cutest, most filmy animation flicks I have seen in a long time which also has a moral unlike Roadside Romeo which was filmy and cute but not didactic.
Though a official remake of a Thai animated film Khan Kluay, Jumbo does not feel any different from a regular Bollywood film except for the houses which look a cross between the Oriental and Indian and a few characters who have a-little-too-extended eyes.
For many the 'paisa vasool' might happen in the first five minutes of the film when an absolutely gorgeous
Akshay Kumar will be seen swinging to a hip hop number 'Everything's gonna be all right'. But hold on…what follows is heart warming nonetheless.
Jumbo is about a small cute blue elephant called Jaiveer (Jumbo for his loved ones) who likes to play hide and seek with frogs rather than indulge in a display of machismo with the other elly toddlers. Jumbo however is not really happy. He misses his dad. His dad, who is rumoured to be a coward, ran away from the elephant community.
Grief stricken Jumbo questions his mother about the father he'd never met and learns that he was captured by humans (BAD EVIL HUMANS). And so, to rescue his daddy, Jaiveer sets on a journey to the human camp close to the jungle. Unluckily he fails in his quest. On his way back home, he meets a pink, pretty eyed elephant Sonia (now every hero however fat and round deserves to have a heroine right?). Sonia, who by the way despises being called Pinky accompanies Jumbo back home only to find his mother gone. So the friendly Sonia takes the crestfallen Jumbo to her home - a village full of good humans.
And here's where Jumbo's real journey begins – to find his parents and become the king's royal elephant.

By Suranjana Nandi . Buzz18 Dec 24, 2008

Priyanka Chopra launches Tag Heuer Carrera Collection in Chennai

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As the rain gods unleashed their fury on Chennai, Bollywood's leading lady Priyanka Chopra arrived as a ray of sunshine in the city. She was here to launch the latest Carrera collection of watches of Tag Heuer, the leading international watch brand. The collection is inspired by Motor Sports and is a beautiful amalgamation of style and technology. Present at the occasion were Mr. Manishi Sanwal, General Manager, LVMH watch and jewellery; Mr. Ashok Doshi, Managing Director, The Helvetica; and Ms. Manmeet Vohra, Marketing Director, Tag Heuer. Also present was Mr. Prabhu of Accolade PR who handled the PR for the event in Chennai. The event began with VJ Cary welcoming the guests. Mr. Sanwal explained about the collection. Priyanka spoke about her association with Tag Heuer. She has been the brand ambassador for Tag Heuer for two years now. She also answered questions from the audience which ranged form her endorsement of the brand to her films. The star of Fashion and Dostana mesmerised the audience with her straightforward answers and down-to-earth persona When asked whether she would be interested in doing Tamil films, the gorgeous actress replied that she had made her debut through Tamil films (Tamizhan opposite Vijay) and Tamil Cinema was always very dear to her. So all of Priyanaka's fans can surely hope to see her in Tamil films! Galatta.com managed to get an exclusive video interview with this former Ms. World. Though she was on a flying visit to Chennai and had a flight to catch immediately after the event, she took the time to talk to us.

By galatta Wednesday Nov 26 8:05 PM

Subhash Ghai's 'Black & White' to be screened at International Film Festival, Pune


Subhash Ghai's 'Black & White' will be screened at the forthcoming International Film Festival in Pune early January 2009. The film which is on the issue of terrorism will have a special mention at the festival. Anurag Sinha, the actor which was introduced in this film will attend the festival along with Mr.Ghai followed by a press conference speaking on the film. The film also stars Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah and Aditi Sharma.

By movietalkies Wednesday Dec 24

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Box Office: Rab Ne… gets a mixed response

CATEGORY: | Monday, December 15, 2008

SRK's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi hasn't really opened to an overall bumper response, but it is gradually picking up. Carrying mixed reports, the film has managed to attach a 'good opening' tag solely because of weekend collections. It had a slow opening on Friday in Mumbai but the collections went on to improve later. With a slight slump in the collections happening today it remains to be seen whether the film will achieve the same amount of success, which SRK-Aditya Chopra got with their two films, DDLJ and Mohabbatein.

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Rab Ne... managed to collect Rs 7.5 crore net collections on day-one, with business ranging from good to very good in centers like Punjab, Delhi/NCR, Punjab and Mysore. In Punjab circuit alone the collections were Rs 75 lakh, making the film second best grosser of 2008 after Singh Is Kinng.

In the Mumbai-Thane circuit the film opened in 94 cinemas and while it started at 60% on Friday first show, but the collections saw a rise in the weekend. The centers where the film has opened low are Bihar, CP Berar, CI and Rajasthan circuits.

The opening weekend collections for RNBDJ have been as follows, PVR-70%, Fame-60%, G-7 – 85% and Adlabs 75-85%.

Will Rab Ne... be another DDLJ?

A senior trade analyst tells us, "The budget of RNBDJ seems to be in the range of Rs 18-20 crore. Looking at its opening trends, it seems set to garner at least Rs 20 crore in India alone and between Rs 16-18 crore from the overseas. Music sales may earn Yash Raj Rs. 5 crore. The satellite rights will get the film anywhere between Rs. 13-15 crore. So in total the film will do business of at least Rs. 58-60 crore which doesn't seem bad at all."

Trade Analyst Amod Mehra says, "The film didn't get an opening befitting a well anticipated SRK film. But the collections did improve considerably for the weekend. If the length is reworked then there are chances for the film to do better."

Manoj Desai of G-7 tells us, "Today on Monday the matinee show collections have fallen drastically. The film opened well at our multiplex but the audience response while coming out of the cinema screens is not so encouraging. Not many seem to have enjoyed the film. Flaws such as the film being too lengthy or the illogical situation of SRK's own wife in the film not recognising him in another avatar when even a small kid in the cinema hall can, are going against it."

By Abhijit Mhamunkar . Buzz18 Dec 15, 2008

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MUSIC REVIEW: Chandni Chowk to China


The music of Chandni Chowk to China is completely irreverent, delightfully cheeky, and a whole lot of fun. It pays tribute to our abiding love for everything Chinese. And it challenges certain musical conventions, what with its curious mix of composers, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Kailash Naresh Paresh, Bappi Lahiri and Bohemia.

To listen to the Chandni Chowk To China songs CLICK HERE

The first track S.I.D.H.U. simply explodes on your senses. The qawwali-style song by Kailash Paresh Naresh and sung by Kailash Kher, begins with a phrase that goes: "Bade Bade Bade Bade…" almost in a loop. The comic anticipation is heightened by the way Kher renders the phrase, before finally telling you what the heck he means by "Bade Bade." "O Sapney Dekhe Bade Bade," Kher continues, and you can almost see the wicked glint in his eyes. Slapstick songwriting I guess, but it works. Especially when you visualise a completely OTT Akshay Kumar prancing around to the tune.

The song is well arranged, with only Indian instruments - dholak, harmonium, sitar (and not the electronic sitar/zitar as seems the trend these days) and bulbul tara - played by some obviously competent musicians. That coupled with Kher's earnest singing introduces you to Sidhu, the protagonist. And one could not perhaps have asked for a more fun and musically robust introduction.

Up next is the title track: Chandni Chowk to China, (Shankar Ehsaan Loy) performed by Neeraj Sridhar of Bombay Vikings, Anushka Manchanda and Shankar Mahadevan. In food parlance, this song could be best described as Chilli Paneer or Schezwan Paratha. SEL, mix tangy Chinese folk riffs and vocal samples with crunchy Indian folk, adding a dash of pop for a super fusion dish. A word here for Anushka Manchanda, whose voice lends itself beautifully to breezy, funky, jazzy and dance numbers. A domain strictly monopolised by Sunidhi Chauhan all this while. Once again, the lyrics shine in all their nonsensical glory, making it a complete value for money composition.

India Se Aya Mera Dost has a surprise by way of famous percussionist Taufiq Qureshi (wonder why is his name spelt so strangely on the CD sleeve), who lets go on the drums and vocals. A powerful drum intro flows into the opening bars of the old hit, Bombay Se Aya Mera Dost. Originally composed by Bappi Lahiri for the film Aap Ki Khatir, this was for a long time THE song at drunken revelries . The new version features Bappi and his son Bappa, Bombay becomes India, while Qureshi's electrifying body and vocal percussions give it an interesting Afro-Indian feel. Bappida is no singer, but an entertainer. And you will easily forgive his singing or his unapologetic Bengali accent and tend to go with his passion. This song is indeed a crazy mix of styles and genres that makes it a great party number.

By Chandrima Pal . Buzz18 Dec 09, 2008

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