Ryan Adams ‘cleared’ by FBI in probe on ‘sexting’ underage fan

Los Angeles, Jan 14 (IANS) American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has reportedly been cleared of sending sexual messages to an underage female fan, following FBI investigation. “Ultimately, the FBI found no evidence that would support charging Ryan with a crime, and closed its investigation, without charges, in the fall of 2019,” the website Page Six quoted […]

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Ed Sheeran to turn deejay?

Los Angeles, Jan 9 (IANS) Singer Ed Sheeran is reportedly going to turn a deejay with a remix for singer Passenger. Sheeran has put a spin on his friend Passenger’s song “Sword from the stone”, which is expected to be out next week. His first remix is under the alias “Gingerbread mix”, reports contactmusic.com. “They […]

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Stork visits Emma Stone

Los Angeles, Jan 5 (IANS) Actress Emma Stone is reportedly expecting her first child with husband Dave McCary.  A source confirmed the news with people.com. In photos obtained on Monday by the Daily Mail, Stone was seen walking in Los Angeles on December 30 with a friend. During the outing, her baby bump was visible.  […]

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Billie Lourd sends ‘love, strength’ to fans on her mom Carrie Fisher’s death anniversary

Los Angeles, Dec 28 (IANS) Actress Billie Lourd paid a tribute to her mother and actress Carrie Fisher on her fourth death anniversary. “Sending my love and strength to everyone out there that’s missing a loved one they’ve lost. Especially those of you who have lost someone during this crazy year. You’re not alone,” Lourd […]

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The Midnight Sky: Too tedious to thrill (IANS Review; Rating: * * and 1/2 )

The Midnight Sky; Cast: George Clooney, Ethan Peck, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone, Demian Bichir, Kyle Chandler, Caoilinn Springall; Direction: George Clooney; Direction: * * and 1/2 (two and a half stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY George Clooney’s new film is fascinating for the ominous mood it conveys visually. Set against the aftermath of a […]

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‘Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors’ is relevant but flawed (IANS Review; Rating: * * and 1/2)

Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors (on Disney+ Hotstar VIP); Cast: Kirti Kulhari, Pankaj Tripathi, Anupriya Goenka, Jisshu Sengupta, Deepti Naval, Mita Vashisht, Shilpa Shukla, Ashish Vidyarthi; Direction: Rohan Sippy and Arjun Mukerjee; Rating: * * and 1/2 ) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY It was billed as a courtroom thriller, but it ends up more like a […]

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AK Vs AK: Quirkiest film Bollywood made this year (IANS Review; Rating: * * * and 1/2)

AK Vs AK (on Netflix); Cast: Anil Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, Sonam Kapoor, Harshvardhan Kapoor; Direction: Vikramaditya Motwane; Rating: * * * and 1/2 (three and a half stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY Half the trick lies in the casting. Anil Kapoor plays Anil Kapoor. Anurag Kashyap plays Anurag Kashyap. They get to badmouth each other exposing […]

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AK Vs AK: Quirkiest film Bollywood made this year (IANS Review; Rating: * * * and 1/2)

AK Vs AK (on Netflix); Cast: Anil Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, Sonam Kapoor, Harshvardhan Kapoor; Direction: Vikramaditya Motwane; Rating: * * * and 1/2 (three and a half stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY Half the trick lies in the casting. Anil Kapoor plays Anil Kapoor. Anurag Kashyap plays Anurag Kashyap. They get to badmouth each other exposing […]

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Arnold Schwarzenegger never thought daughter Katherine would ‘marry an actor’

Los Angeles, Dec 23 (IANS) Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger says he never thought his daughter Katherine, now married to actor Chris Pratt, would walk down the aisle with someone from the same profession. During an interview, Schwarzenegger spoke about raising his children on film sets, reports people.com. “I never, ever thought that my daughter is […]

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Higher meat intake linked to symptoms of childhood asthma

New York, Dec 23 (IANS) Dietary habits established earlier in life may be linked to potentially the future development of asthma as a new research has found that substances present in cooked meats are associated with increased wheezing in children. Their study, published in the journal Thorax, highlights pro-inflammatory compounds called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) […]

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Unpaused: Hampered by uneven storytelling (IANS Review; Rating: * * and 1/2)

Unpaused (On Amazon Prime); Cast: Gulshan Devaiah, Sayyami Kher, Sumeet Vyas, Richa Chadha, Lillete Dubey, Rinku Rajguru, Abhishek Banerjee, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Ratna Pathak Shah, Shardul Bharadwaj; Direction: Raj and DK, Nikkhil Advani, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Avinash Arun and Nitya Mehra; Rating: * * and 1/2 (two and a half stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY Anthologies can […]

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: Hits relevant notes (IANS Review; Rating: * * * and 1/2 )

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Cast: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, Michael Potts; Direction: George C. Wolfe; Rating: * * * and 1/2 (three and a half stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY Denzel Washington’s new co-production is special in more ways than one. The film tries understanding Black history in America using Blues music […]

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