Cinemas reopen: Tougher times ahead (Column: B-Town)

BY VINOD MIRANIThe appeals and pleas by the exhibitors, especially the multiplex managements, to the respective authorities to permit the resumption of the screenings at the cinemas is getting a positive response. Now, all major circuits have permitted conditional reopening. One would not have expected the multiplex managements to pursue the matter considering the experience […]

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UP cop makes debut on big screen

Badaun (Uttar Pradesh), July 18 (IANS) A circle officer posted in Badaun district, Aniruddha Singh, is making his acting debut in the upcoming film “Bhuj-The Pride of India”, which stars Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. The 41-year-old police officer will play the role of Sanjay Dutt’s younger brother in the war drama, […]

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George Clooney, Mindy Kaling among co-founders of film school for underserved

Los Angeles, June 21 (IANS) George Clooney, Mindy Kaling, Don Cheadle, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington are among several Hollywood personalities who will come together to co-found a film school for underserved communities next year. The institution, named Roybal School of Film and Television Production, will provide academic as well as practical lessons, and access […]

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Marathi actor nabbed for ‘vile posts’ against Maha minister

Thane (Maharashtra), June 15 (IANS) A small-time Marathi actor has been arrested in Thane for allegedly posting objectionable posts on the Facebook page of Maharashtra Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde, officials said on Tuesday. The accused, identified as Mayuresh Kotkar, who has acted in some Marathi serials and films, was nabbed following a complaint lodged […]

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Shaadisthan: Shoddy storytelling (IANS Review; Rating: * *)

Shaadisthan (film on Disney+ Hotstar); Cast: Kirti Kulhari, Medha Shankar, Rajan Modi, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Kay Kay Menon; Direction: Raj Singh Chaudhary; Rating: * * (two stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY Sometimes, the best intentions are lost in inadequate execution. “Shaadisthan” is a film that talks of women’s empowerment, but the effort is burdened by shoddy storytelling […]

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Sunflower: Quirky but lacks focus (IANS Review; Rating: * * and 1/2)

Sunflower (series on Zee5); Cast: Sunil Grover, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Kulkarni, Ashish Vidyarthi, Mukul Chadda, Radha Bhatt, Annapurna Soni, Dayana Erappa, Shonali Nagrani, Sonal Jha, Saloni Khanna, Ashwin Kaushal; Created by: Vikas Bahl; Rating: * * and half (two and a half stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY “Sunflower” keeps you guessing all the way, all right […]

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Kate Winslet didn’t want ‘bulgy bit’ of her belly edited out of sex scene in new series (Lead)

Los Angeles, June 1 (IANS) Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has shared that she fought to retain an intimate scene in the limited series “Mare Of Easttown” that shows “a bulgy bit of belly”, because she wanted a realistic portrayal of a middle-aged lady having sex. The actress said her role is “a fully functioning, flawed […]

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Religious parties stand with proscribed TLP in countrywide strike

By Hamza AmeerIslamabad, April 19 (IANS) Prominent religious political parties along with many religious organisations have decided to side with the freshly proscribed religious organization, Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), announcing a shutter-down strike on Monday, in protest against the violence and protests, that have led to clashes between the police, and have claimed lives of locals. […]

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Margot Robbie is a tea fanatic

London, April 8 (IANS) Hollywood star Margot Robbie has shared that she is a tea fanatic and that she is obsessed with drinking the hot beverage after moving to London from Australia. “Breakfast is usually porridge, and during the morning I’ll have an immunity-boosting smoothie. I’ll normally have a chicken salad for lunch, and for […]

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Covid: New AI-powered tool can assess symptoms, cut doctor visits

New York, April 7 (IANS) US researchers have developed new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered symptom checkers that can self-assess Covid-19 risk and potentially reduce the number of people going to in-person clinics during the pandemic. Covid symptom checkers, developed by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), use AI to help users identify their level of […]

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The Serpent: Too many flashbacks and flash-forwards (IANS Review; Rating: * * *)

The Serpent: Cast: Tahar Rahim, Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle, Ellie Bamber, Amesh Edireweera, Tim McInnerny, Mathilde Warnier, Aly Khan, Pravesh Rana, Darshan Jariwala, Direction: Tom Shankland; Rating: * * * (three stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY “The Serpent” starts off with vim and venom, slithers through the middle episodes with frenetic energy, before making a scrappy […]

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Mobile health tech can aid elderly with heart disease

New York, April 1 (IANS) Mobile health technology can help induce lifestyle behaviour changes and improve medication adherence among older adults aged 60 and above with existing heart disease, said a statement by the American Heart Association. The scientific statement, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, highlights research from […]

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Lil Nas X admits his ‘Montero’ video is similar to FKA twigs’ ‘Cellophane’

Los Angeles, March 31 (IANS) American musician Lil Nas X has reacted to accusations of similarities between the music video of his recently-released single “Montero (Call me by your name)” and English singer FKA twigs’ 2019 avant-pop hit “Cellophane”. “I want to show love to @fkatwigs & @andrewthomashuang! The ‘cellophane’ visual is a masterpiece. I […]

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Matthew Lewis frustrated to be still known as Neville Longbottom in ‘Harry Potter’ films

London, March 29 (IANS) English actor Matthew Lewis has expressed frustration over the fact that he is still primarily recognised as Neville Longbottom, the character he played in the “Harry Potter” films. “I still, to a degree, get a bit frustrated sometimes when people sort of say, ‘Oh, he is (Neville Longbottom)’. For example, I’m […]

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Lana Del Rey: An artiste can have finger on pulse of culture without big hits

Los Angeles, March 27 (IANS) Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey isn’t focused on chasing huge “hit” singles. Instead, the 35-year-old wants to create “interesting projects”. “It’s not that I don’t want to have a hit, it’s just that without meaning to, my journey has ended up playing out more like a long-term game. Long-playing records and […]

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2 Telugu movies win national award in different categories

Amaravati/ Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Two Telugu feature films, ‘Jersey’ and ‘Maharshi’, have won the National Award in different categories at the 67th National Film Awards on Monday. Nani starrer ‘Jersey’ was adjudged Best Telugu feature film while Mahesh Babu starrer ‘Maharshi’ won the award for best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. ‘Jersey’ is produced […]

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