Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
From the slums of Mumbai to the glamorous world of Los Angeles, the world went "Jai Ho" as India's sound magicians A. R. Rahman and Resul Pokutty made history along with lyricist Gulzar and bagged three Oscars for "Slumdog Millionaire" that won eight of its 10 nominations in a ceremony that had India written all over.
It was India's day at the Oscars, one of the year's most watched events on world television, with Indian music, Indian dance and Indian colours sweeping the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.
India dominated the mind as British director Danny Boyle's hit film won the big ticket Oscars for best picture and best director at the 81st annual Academy Awards but also for six others, including two for Rahman, who won for best original score and best original song for the exuberant "Jai Ho" with Gulzar.
While Pookutty shared the award with two others for best sound mixing, the film also won best adapted screenplay, best cinematography and best editing awards.
The only award it did not bag was for sound editing, which went to "The Dark Knight".
It was an India moment for everyone to savour, and celebrations broke out across the country.
President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a host of others echoed the mood as they congratulated the Oscar winners saying they had made India proud.
As the film, based on a book by Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup and made on a budget of only $13 million, reached the pinnacle of its success Sunday night, it was also a fairytale end to an awards story that some say is as improbable as the film itself about an orphan from a Mumbai slum who goes on to win India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" game show.
Rahman, the fourth Indian to win the golden statuette after Bhanu Athaiya for costume designing in 1982, Satyajit Ray for lifetime achievement in 1992 and Pookutty, who picked up his award before him, also became the first Indian to perform at the glittering ceremony watched worldwide by millions.
Indian drums resounded through the vast Kodak Theatre and dancers picked up on the beat as Rahman sang "O Saya" and "Jai Ho" - his two songs shortlisted for the best original song award notwithstanding the fact that the words were in Hindi.
"God is great!" Rahman exclaimed in Tamil as he picked up the awards, saying he was as excited and terrified before coming here as he was at his marriage.
"It is not an award, but history being handed over to me, " said Pookutty, who shared the Oscar with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke, and dedicated his award to his country.
"I simply feel elated. I can't put my feelings into words! It is the highest recognition any film technician can ever achieve. To be the first from India to be recognised by my peers in the Academy in its 80-year history is a very, very fulfilling feeling, " Pookutty told.
Added Gulzar from Mumbai: "I never thought in the wildest of my dreams that Indian lyrics can ever win an Oscar. Indians never had a place (in the West) and the credit for this recognition goes to Rahman. "
But the 81st Academy Awards was not just about "Slumdog Millionaire".
The India-themed "Smile Pinki" by American Megan Mylan, about a poor village girl whose cleft lip made her a social outcast till her life changed after a meeting with a social worker, picked up an Oscar for best short documentary.
The evening climaxed with much of the cast and crew up with producer Christian Colson as he accepted the best picture award.
"As you can see, our film was a collaboration between hundreds of people, and I am so happy that so many of them could be with us here tonight to share this moment. Together we've been on an extraordinary, extraordinary journey.
When we started out, we had no stars, we had no power or muscle. We didn't have enough money really to do what we wanted to do. But what we had was a script that has inspired mad love in everyone who read it, " said Colson.
Also up on stage were 10-year-old Azharuddin and nine-year-old Rubina, who played key roles in the movie and travelled from their homes in a Mumbai slum to the star-studded event.
And back home in the Garib Nagar slum, Azharuddin's father said, his eyes welling up with tears: "Flowers have bloomed from the dirty gutters of Mumbai. "
Rahman's sister Reihana said from Chennai: "Once he returns, Rahman and I and the rest of the family will go on thanksgiving pilgrimages to several dargahs (Muslim shrines) to express our gratitude to god for blessing us so mercifully and in such magnitude. We hope this means more Hollywood offers for Rahman after this. "
In Pookutty's home in Vilakupara village of Kerala, the mood was celebratory -- and tearful too - as people crowded around a TV set in front of his house.
In Uttar Pradesh, too, little Pinki was the toast of her village Rampur Dabai.
"It's an honour for all of us that a poor girl has put this village on the international map, " village head Pradeep Vishwakarma told on telephone.
It was a day that will live on, a day when the world went "Jai Ho!
he six kids who played the youngest and middle versions of the main characters in Oscar-smash hit "Slumdog Millionaire" are loving it as they have a whale of a time in Los Angeles.
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina Ali from the slums of Mumbai as also Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Tanay Chheda, Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala and Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar were flown to the US for Hollywood's biggest awards night by Fox Searchlight.
By all accounts, they have been having the time of their lives. For some, it was not only their first trip out of the country, but also their first time on an airplane.
Once in LA, the children were put up in a plush hotel, where they were issued standard awards-night gear: tuxes, dresses and shoes, all made to measure.
The plan is to stay in the US for two days of sightseeing after the ceremony, with a visit to Disneyland to follow a trip that has already been made to Hollywood's Universal Studios.
There was Rubina Ali, 9, beaming proudly from a huddle with her "Slumdog Millionaire" co-stars on the world's most glamorous stage, as they walked the red carpet before the show Sunday.
Rubina wore a pale blue short dress and white ballet flats, with henna decorating her arms and staining her fingernails. The boys wore child-size tuxedos and Lonkar wore a pale mauve dress.
The smiling kids bubbled with enthusiasm, and the crowd reflected it all back, with bleacher fans cheering them and veteran actors noting their presence.
"It's fantastic. It's beyond our dreams, " said Tanay Chheda, who played the "middle" age protagonist Jamal, as he glanced around at the gaggle of famous faces jamming the long red carpet.
The group chattered happily away to reporters sticking microphones and cameras in their smiling faces. Asked by one to show off their dance moves, they eagerly complied, with Tanay Chheda proclaiming: "All Indians can dance. "
They frequently talked over each other, but all agreed they want to be in more movies. Lonkar admitted she hoped to meet Tom Cruise and tell him: "Hi, I'm your biggest fan. "
It may well be difficult to readjust to life at home once their American sojourn is over. But then again, the sights and sounds the 'Slumdog' children are currently experiencing will probably be happy memories for a lifetime.
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has described the Oscar wins for A.R. Rahman, Gulzar and Resul Pookutty for "Slumdog Millionaire" as the "happiest day for Indians and the film industry".
In a message posted on his blog: "My warmest and heartiest congratulations to A.R. Rahman and Resul (Pookutty) for winning recognition in music and sound and to Gulzar for co-assisting Rehman in the lyric category."
While Rahman bagged an individual Oscar for the best original score for the Danny Boyle-directed film, the ace composer shared the honour with Gulzar for their song "Jai ho" featured at the end of the film.
Pookutty was awarded the golden statuette for the best sound mixing for the film.
It is for the first time in the history of the Academy Awards that three Indians have won the Oscar - considered the penultimate award in global cinema. The film won eight Oscars.
"International recognition for Indian film talent on one of the most well known and popular forums - this is the happiest day for Indians and the industry," said Amitabh.
Earlier, Amitabh had stoked a controversy by slamming "Slumdog Millionaire" as a film that "projects India as the Third World's dirty underbelly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots".
The film, based on Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup's novel "Q&A", stars British Indian debutant Dev Patel and actress Freida Pinto in the lead, apart from Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan in pivotal roles.
Before "Slumdog Millionaire's" amazing Oscar win pundits were wondering whether art might imitate life. On Sunday night, on the crystal-swathed stage of the Kodak Theatre, and in front of the world's biggest celebrities and a huge global audience, the cliche came true, and then some.
The Mumbai-based movie about the unlikely rise of an inconsequential Indian pauper to win India's most popular game show, won an even more remarkable victory when it swept eight Oscars, including the most coveted one of all for Best Picture of the year.
To put that achievement in perspective, the $14-million movie almost didn't get shown in the US, when its original distributor pulled out of the indie film market after deciding that there was no real chance for a film that was half in Hindi to succeed in the US.
That decision surely ranks alongside that of the producer who passed on the Beatles for failing to recognise how one piece of art can be so profound as to change the entire context which surrounds it.
"Slumdog... " did what all great art aspires to: it communicated across boundaries of culture, geography, economy and language. It shone a light into the heart of characters from Mumbai, but in so doing it taught everyone who saw it - from Mumbai to Milan, from Bangkok to Brazil, and from Lagos to Los Angeles, something about themselves and their immediate world.
Penelope Cruz, who won the supporting actress award for portraying a mentally unstable Spanish woman in "Vicky Christina Barcelona", best explained the magic that lay behind "Slumdog's" success.
"I always felt that this ceremony was a moment of unity for the world, " said Cruz, "because art in any form has been will be and will always be our universal language. "
The movie has already earned close to $160 million at the global box office, and the Oscar win will surely boost its earning significantly.
That could profoundly change the way films are made and distributed, giving filmmakers and the investors who back them more courage to pursue vibrant, global movies that celebrate cultures and characters that go beyond the usual Hollywood star system.
By choosing "Slumdog" as the year's best movie, the power players of the US film industry also sent a strong message around the world, one that echoed the political approach of the country's new underdog president. No more American hegemony, but new collaboration and respect for the other peoples of the world and their traditions, creativity and culture.
The uniqueness and unmatched energy of "Slumdog's" approach was clear even on the Oscar red carpet. As the regular phalanx of stars strutted the carpet in their glamorous designer togs, the cast and crew of "Slumdog" looked like a big happy family on an annual outing - albeit somewhat incongruously dressed in tuxedos and gowns.
The contrast between the glitz of Hollywood and the grit of Mumbai was striking, but it was also part of the message.
"Together we have been on an extraordinary journey, " said producer Christian Colson as he was surrounded on stage by dozens of the cast and crew. "When we started out we had no stars or muscle, we didn't have enough money to do what we wanted to do. We had passion and we had belief and our film shows if you have those two things truly anything is possible. "
As though to prove the point, the world's biggest movie stars howled their approval, and gave him a standing ovation.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi Monday congratulated A. R. Rahman and Resul Pookutty for winning the Oscars for music and sound mixing.
"I am delighted that A. R. Rahman and Resul Pookutty have won this year's much coveted Oscars for music and sound editing. I congratulate them, " Gandhi said in her message.
She said all the actors, technicians and support staff who had worked in the movie had made India proud.
While Rahman won two Oscars for best original score and best song, Pookutty won an Oscar for best sound mixing. The two made history with with "Slumdog Millionaire", the rags to riches story of a boy from the slums of Mumbai, sweeping the annual Academy Awards with eight Oscars.
Six-time Grammy award-winning artist John Legend joined double Oscar winning Indian music maestro A.R. Rahman to present a picture of perfect harmony on stage as Mumbai-set "Slumdog Millionaire" swept the Oscars.
Both performers were joined in a multi-star cast of performers playing in a medley of three Oscar-nominee songs - "Jai Ho" and "O Saya" from "Slumdog Millionaire", and "Down to Earth" from "WALL-E" - at the annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theatre here Sunday night.
The two artists got a chance to meet for the first time backstage and spent quite a bit of time discussing music and future projects.
"It's great to see AR get the global recognition he deserves for not only 'Slumdog', but his body of work. A lot of people don't know this, but AR's music has been consumed by more people than almost any artist out there," stated Legend.
"I look forward to future opportunities like tonight."
The Oscars presented a moment of serendipity for Legend, whose performance on stage for WALL-E ended with a joint duet with AR fusing all nominee performances together at the finale.
Indian musical genius A.R. Rahman's sister Reihana couldn't stop thanking God and the prayers of millions of Indians Monday for her brother's double win at the Oscars for his work in much acclaimed film "Slumdog Millionaire".
"It is God's blessing and all the accolades to Him (God)," Reihana said as she watched her brother stride towards the Kodak stage in Los Angeles to receive his second Oscar for Danny Boyle's rags-to-riches story.
"We are elated. Rahman has won, thanks to the whole nation's prayers," Reihana, a well-known Tamil music composer and singer, told.
She had not yet called up her brother to congratulate him, but said she would speak to him soon.
"I don't want to disturb him in the middle of his glory at the function, right now. When he gets back, we will express our delirious happiness and much more We are speechless," said the ecstatic sister.
Reihana had predicted two Oscars for Rahman during a chat with Sunday.
Rahman picked up the awards for his best original score as also the best original song "Jai ho" from the film with lyrics by Gulzar and Sukhwinder Singh as the lead singer.
Asked if she had any special gift in mind for her brother, Reihana said: "I haven't planned one as yet. But I think Rahman should give me a gift since I prayed so hard for him to win!"
She once again stressed that it was God's blessings that had made Rahman triumph at the Academy Awards.
"Once he returns, Rahman and I and the rest of the family will go on thanksgiving pilgrimages to several dargahs (Muslim shrines) to express our gratitude to God for blessing us so mercifully and in such magnitude," Reihana said.
"We hope this means more Hollywood offers for Rahman after this," the proud sister added.
Accolades for the music maestro poured in from his colleagues from the film industry here.
Tanvi Shah, who sang part of the Oscar winning number "Jai Ho", jumped with joy and said that Rahman had won the Oscars for the whole nation.
"I'm just so thankful to God for this. Rahman deserves every bit of this. This award is for India," said Tanvi, who watched the entire Oscar ceremony with her family.
"I was crying throughout the ceremony and praying really hard for him to win. The one person our team is missing the most is sound engineer H. Sreedhar, the sound engineer who created the final copy. Sadly, he passed away recently," she added.
Madhumita, who sang "Liquid Dance" and "Millionaire" in the movie, is also elated.
"Jai Ho Rahman sir! You have done our country proud. I feel so blessed right now to be a part of 'Slumdog Millionaire' and am on cloud nine," she said.
Oscar-winning music maestro A. R. Rahman's media-shy better half Saira Banu walked the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre here for the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
Clad in a black kurta-churidar by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the demure wife of the maestro has by choice always maintained her distance from the limeligh till date. She was not a much known face among the Indians, let alone on the global platform before appearing at the awards.
Saira Banu was all over the TV screens worldwide when she walked the red carpet clinging to her husband's right arm throughout the ceremony.
Not much of a speaking lot, both husband and wife have had perhaps the maximum number of public appearances courtesy the worldwide success of Danny Boyle's Mumbai-based rags-to-rajah story "Slumdog Millionaire".
Rahman won two golden statuettes - for best original song "Jai ho" and best original score for the film.
According to her pals, the saucy senorita is currently trying to sell her story to the highest bidder.
Rebecca has been talking about releasing this book for four years, the Daily Star quoted a friend as saying.
She has been teasing the world that she will tell all about her life with David behind Victorias back.
And now that she knows shes got a little one on the way, Rebecca wants to make sure she and the baby are set for life.
She wants to get the best deal possible with a publishing house before agreeing to release the book.
Were talking millions after all, he is the biggest sportsman in the world and people will want to read about his behaviour while they worked together.?It is going to be explosive stuff and might make life for David and his wife a bit uncomfortable, the pal added.
Recently, Rebecca, 31, gave a big blow to Beckham by announcing her pregnancy just hours before he came on as a substitute for his record-equalling 108th England cap in the defeat by Spain.
The sexy siren allegedly claimed that Becks bedded her while she worked as his PA six years ago.
erman model Heidi Klum has posed naked for the March issue of men’’s magazine GQ in Germany.
Klum, 36, stripped naked as she posed for celebrity photographer Rankin, who took the candid shots.
The supermodel revealed that her husband is thrilled with the revealing cover shots showing her sexy looks.
My husband has seen the photos. I think its good to be sexy for your partner, Contactmusic quoted her as saying.
Female boxer and model Sarah Blewden has been banned from competing as an amateur boxer, as constant blows can act as a danger to her breast implants.
Boxing chiefs banned Blewden, 25, following warnings that repeated blows could damage her breast tissue.
Blewden, who hoped to compete in the 2012 Olympics, had a boob op in 2003 taking her from a 32B to 32C.
Blewden, who turned to boxing 2 years ago to keep fit, was dazed that despite her talent, she was banned by the Amateur Boxing Association.
“It is ridiculous. My surgeon said they make me no more vulnerable than any woman. They are not enormous and they are gel so won”t burst, the Mirror quoted Blewden as saying.
Medics insisted that her boobs were at risk of contraction or distortion if hit, as cells in tissue pushed forward by the implants could also be harmed.
“International rules forbid anyone with breast implants continuing to box, ABA’’s Tony Attwood said.
Blewden runs a salon apart from training as a boxer.
Aussie actress Naomi Watts has sparked a debate about the rigours of caesarean birth after she was photographed standing naked on a Californian balcony.
The photos, which appeared on the popular gossip website Perez Hilton, showed Watts baring not only her breasts but also a still swollen lower abdomen with a vivid caesarean scar, as she stood on a balcony with her dressing gown hanging open, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Watts, 40, gave birth to her second son, Samuel Kai, just eight weeks ago, and she was seen shooting her latest film Mother and Child in Marina del Rey.
To date, the actress has not revealed why she preferred the birthing method, keeping her and partner Liev Schreiber's decision to themselves and not wading into the heated debate over “to push or not to push”.
Hollywood actress Megan Fox has been named the sexiest sci-fi babe of all time in a new poll.
In the poll conducted by MSN Movies, the 22-year-old actress landed the top spot for her role as car-obsessed beauty Mikaela Banes in 2007 hit movie Transformers, reports Contactmusic.
The second place went to Halle Berry as mutant weather-controller Storm in the X-Men franchise, while actress/model Milla Jovovich was voted in third by sci-fi fans for her role in The Fifth Element.
Star Wars star Natalie Portman and Sigourney Weaver’’s iconic alien-fighter Ellen Ripley wrapped up the top five.
Dita Von Teese lived up to her reputation of the temptress when she stunned audiences with her strip-tease performances around a statuesque martini glass.
The Burlesque Queen first stripped down to a barely-there diamond-studded g-string with tiny stick-on studs up top before slipping into a sparkling gold tub at a launch party for pal Amanda Eliasch’’s “Cloak & Dagger Butterfly.”
She later teased her fans with peacock feathers, and seductively dived into the liquid-filled glass before centring her dance around it.
The Michigan-born beauty, formerly married to rocker Marilyn Manson, went on to reveal her secret behind her tiny waist.
“It’’s all corsets, Pilates and ballet classes. I train hard,” Fox News quoted her as telling told Tarts.
British reality television star Jade Goody, who has terminal cancer, is to get married Sunday, having made up her mind to "walk down that isle".
The 27-year-old mother of two, who was told last week that she has just months to live, has left London's Royal Marsden Hospital in a wheelchair to exchange engagement rings with her lover Jack Tweed, 21, on the banks of the river Thames.
Goody's friend and publicist Max Clifford said, "I spoke to Jade last night and it is all on for Sunday."
The couple are hoping to get married at the plush Down Hall country house, in Hatfield Heath, Hertforeshire - a hotel housed in an Italian-style mansion dating back to 1322.
Goody told The Sun: "I am going to die in this hospital, so I don't want to get married here."
"But wherever we tie the knot, I'm determined to walk down that aisle."
She said she has "lost my balance", which the doctors were not sure was a sign of her illness or just general weakness.
"But I'm hoping I will have the strength to walk on my big day. It would be so cruel to be robbed of that one last thing as well," Goody added.
Goody and Tweed visited the upmarket Harrods store, where the bride-to-be picked out a wedding dress, a gift from the store's owner Mohamed Fayed.
"This has given her something to think about, a happy event," Clifford told Sky News.
"The wedding, the christening of her two boys, these are all positive things to focus on as opposed to the cancer and what is happening to her and what she is going through."
Clifford said the star also picked out Armani suits for her two sons, Bobby, 5, and Freddie, 4.
Goody, who became embroiled in a race row with Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty in January 2007, was diagnosed with her cervical cancer last August, which has since spread to her liver, bowels and groin.
Singer Lily Allen has revealed that she is ready to bare all, if the right offer comes along.
The Not Big hitmaker said that she is very comfortable with her healthy body and wouldnt mind flaunting it.
“Im just very comfortable in my body. I wouldnt do it in a ”Hey, look at my boobs” kind of way, Contactmusic quoted Lily, as telling American show Extra.
Lily revealed that she has become very confident of her toned body, as her healthy lifestyle has done wonders to it.
“I was eating a lot of unhealthy food because its difficult to source fresh food when you are on the road. When I came off the road and was living at home, I was making myself dinner and Ive never been healthier, Lily said.
Tattoo designs have become a passion among the people and have started to spread its branches wide. It seems like everyone has a tattoo these days. What used to be the property of sailors, outlaws, and biker gangs is now a popular body decoration for many people. And it's not just anchors, skulls, and battleships anymore — from school emblems to modern designs to personalized symbols, people have found many ways to express themselves with their tattoos.
The adornment of tattoo designs was earning popularity before. But in the recent days, the art of tattoo design learning have gained familiarity among the people. Tattoo has been around for a long time. Throughout history, tattoos were worn as a decoration. A tattoo is a puncture wound, made deep in your skin, that's filled with ink. It's made by penetrating your skin with a needle and injecting ink into the area, usually creating some sort of design. Maybe you've thought about getting one. But before you head down to the nearest tattoo shop and roll up your sleeve, there are a few things you need to know.
Tattoos used to be done manually — that is, the tattoo artist would puncture the skin with a needle and inject the ink by hand. Though this process is still used in some parts of the world, most tattoo shops use a tattoo machine these days. A tattoo machine is a handheld electric instrument that uses a tube and needle system. On one end is a sterilized needle, which is attached to tubes that contain ink. A foot switch is used to turn on the machine, which moves the needle in and out while driving the ink about 1/8 inches (about 3 millimeters) into your skin. The outline will be cleaned with antiseptic soap and water. The tattoo artist will clean and disinfect the to-be-tattooed area. Any blood will be removed by a sterile, disposable cloth or towel. When finished, the area, now sporting a finished tattoo, will be cleaned once again and a bandage will be applied.
If you're thinking about getting a tattoo, there is one very important thing you have to keep in mind — getting it done safely. Although it might look a whole lot cooler than a big scab, a new tattoo is also a wound. It's very important to make sure the tattoo studio is clean and safe, and that all equipment used is disposable (in the case of needles, gloves, masks, etc.) and sterilized (everything else). Make sure the tattoo studio has an autoclave. If you have a medical problem such as heart disease, allergies, diabetes, skin disorders, a condition that affects your immune system, or infections — or if you are pregnant — ask your doctor if there are any special concerns you should have or precautions you should take beforehand. Also, if you're prone to getting keloids it's probably best to avoid getting a tattoo altogether.
Easy Way of getting Tattoo
For those tattoo lovers who cant take pain of needle. Temporaray tattoos are not true tattoos in that they don't result in permanent pigmentation of the skin, but they can produce a similar appearance for some short amount of time. The most common style of temporary tattoo is a type of body sticker. These tattoos are generally applied to the skin using water to temporarily transfer the design to the surface of the skin. Although, temporary tattoos themselves are waterproof they can be removed easily with oil-based creams and only last a few days. They are popular with children. Today's temporary tattoos use vegetable dyes and a layer of glue similar to what is found in an adhesive bandage.
How to Care of a Tattoo
To make sure your tattoo heals properly the last step is taking care of it fully. Don’t touch the tattooed area and don’t pick at any scabs that may form. Keep a bandage on the area for up to 24 hours. Wash the tattoo with an antibacterial soap and use a soft towel to dry the tattoo — just pat it dry and be sure not to rub it. Put an ice pack on the tattooed area if you see any redness or swelling. Try not to get the tattoo wet until it fully heals. Keep your tattoo away from the sun until it's fully healed.
If you're outside often it's recommended that you always wear a sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 on the tattoo. This not only protects your skin, but keeps the tattoo from fading.
So enjoy this body art but be careful also.
Hollywood star Will Smith says he could make a Bollywood-style film with "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle, according to a report Friday.
Speaking at the premiere of his new thriller "Seven Pounds", he said he had been "looking at a few things" with the British director, whose film has won four Golden Globe awards and 11 Bafta nominations.
Smith visited Boyle twice while he was filming "Slumdog Millionaire" in India last year, the British director said recently.
Now it appears the project might come to fruition, the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
"I am looking at a few things, so hopefully we will make something happen. I spoke to Danny a couple of weeks ago, so I suppose we will have to see if anything comes out of it," Smith said.
Boyle was quoted as saying this week that he wants to return to Mumbai to make another film.
“I'd love to do a thriller there next - the energy is extraordinary,” he told the paper.
Kate Winslet has vowed never to bare-it-all in films again, for she thinks that stripping off in movies is earning her a bad reputation.
The British actress has already flashed her skin in over 10 films, including Titanic, Hamlet, and 2008's The Reader.
Although Kate’s not afraid of going nude in front of the cameras, she fears that the skin-show is actually ruining her reputation. And the Golden Globe-winning star has admitted that she might not ever strip off for a role again.
"I think I won't. I can't keep getting away with it, and I don't want to become that actress who always gets her kit off,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling Time magazine.
In wake of the ongoing recession, Playboy bosses are coming up with new strategies to keep the magazine’s position stable in the market.
Interim chairman Jerome Kern said that Playboy Enterprises is open to listening to sale offers. Kern was named non-executive chairman after Christie Hefner resigned in December, ending two decades running the magazine empire her father, Hugh, started in 1953.
Hugh Hefner still keeps an eye on every aspect of Playboy magazine as the top editor, from the lengthy articles to the jokes page, cartoons and the air-brushing of the nude layouts. However, the company has retained a search firm to find a new CEO.
Last month, Playboy said it would cut jobs, consolidate online and print operations and take a writedown as the company struggles with a declining audience in a poor economy.
It slashed 14 percent of its workforce last year. "The results of our [costcutting] efforts to date should be meaningful, but in the face of current economic conditions, it is clear that our streamlining initiatives need to continue," the New York Daily News quoted Kern, as saying. Playboy said it expects to face additional setbacks this year, including a noncash impairment charge of about 5 million dollars in the first quarter.
In the first half of ''09, Playboy expects to incur a charge of about 9 million dollars relating to the closing of its Manhattan office. The Chicago-based company posted a quarterly loss of 145.7 million dollars, hurt by 157.2 million dollars in restructuring and other one-time costs.
Revenues declined to 69.8 million dollars from 85.9 million dollars a year ago. It had a net loss in each quarter of last year. In its licensing unit, which is responsible for placing the company''s iconic bunny ears logo on everything from T-shirts to diamond pendants, income declined 38 percent to 4.3 million dollars.
David Beckham is fuming after a spoof TV ad of a Viagra-type sex drug started making the rounds in China.
The 30-second dubbed clip has used a past footage of the Posh and Becks, in which Goldenballs is heard saying that the drugcalled USA Selikon capsules are his secret weapon.
Want to know how I can keep being strong and running on the football field? USA Selikon capsules help me a lot. Its also the secret weapon with which I can satisfy Victoria, the Daily Star quoted the voice, with Beckhams face on screen as saying.
A source has revealed that Beckham, 33, is angry over the ad targeting his sexuality.
He doesnt find it funny. Davids fair game and can take a bit of a ribbing in the name of comedy, said the source.
The source added: But to poke fun at his sexual prowess to plug a product is overstepping the mark.
But, according to a sales manager for the drug maker, government authorities in China have approved the ad.
Spokesman for the ex-England captain said that footballer was aware of the video,
Magazine mogul Hugh Hefner revealed he would love to have the Titanic star join previous posers including Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Stone, Pamela Anderson and Charlize Theron.
“There's no question we would be interested in Kate,” the Sun quoted him as saying. “It's a competitive market, more than it used to be, so she would be a most welcome addition in our pages,” he added.
Kate, who has in the past posed nude in many of her movies, including The Reader, however, had previously sworn not to repeat her clothes-dropping act in future following fears of being typecast.
She had said: “I don't want to be known as that actress who gets her kit off.”
Saturday, February 21, 2009
LONDON: The former 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson has chosen London as the venue for his long awaited comeback tour and is close to signing the deal with organisers to launch a spectacular 30 day concert series at London's O2 arena this summer.
The 50-year-old star is said to favour London over a US venue because he still enjoys huge popularity across Europe, the Daily Mail reported.
The singer who according to some reports is suffering from many health problems including a lung infection and a skin disease plans to silence his detractors with the performances which might fetch him more than USD 2 million per night.
"It will be the greatest comeback in the history of pop and there would be no problem selling out the O2 every night. No-one is concerned about his reputation and people don't feel it is a risk.
"Organisers are confident people will come from all over the world to see him. There have been rumours about his health but that is not an issue. He is capable of doing all the shows," the organisers AEG Live told the newspaper.
Ticket prices are tipped to exceed the record of USD 700 set by Barbara Streisand's comeback concerts in 2007. It will be the first time Jackson will perform a run of concerts in England since his 'History' tour in 1997.
LOS ANGELES: The final countdown to the 81st Academy Awards were underway here Saturday, with feel-good movie "Slumdog Millionaire" poised to romp home with the coveted best picture Oscar.
Less than 48 hours before the entertainment industry's most glamorous night of the year, workers were putting the finishing touches to their preparations at the Kodak Theater in the heart of Hollywood.
The build-up to this year's ceremony has been dominated by India-set rags-to-riches fable "Slumdog", which has dominated other awards shows and is considered the overwhelming favorite for the best picture statuette.
Although period drama "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" will start the night with the most nominations, 13, compared to 10 for "Slumdog," experts say that British director Danny Boyle's film looks unstoppable.
Pundits say "Slumdog" has delighted audiences with its rags-to-riches plot about a Mumbai tea boy who rises out of poverty and enters a television quiz show to win millions and be reunited with the love of his life.
The against-the-odds triumph of the film's central character is mirrored by the movie's improbable march towards Oscars glory. Made for only 15 million dollars, the film features a cast of unknown actors and is partially subtitled.
Other rivals in the best picture category are "Benjamin Button," political drama "Frost/Nixon," biopic "Milk" and Holocaust drama "The Reader."
Sean Penn, who plays a trailblazing gay politician in "Milk", and Kate Winslet, who plays a Nazi death camp guard in "The Reader" are the front-runners in the best actor and actress categories.
However Penn faces stiff competition from Mickey Rourke, who won last month's Golden Globes for playing a washed up prizefighter in "The Wrestler."
Winslet's hopes of a first Academy Award after missing out on five previous occasions are threatened by two-time Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, with Melissa Leo ("Frozen River") tipped as a dark horse.
In the supporting categories, late Australian actor Heath Ledger is poised to become only the second performer in history to win a posthumous Oscar, a year after his death from a drug overdose in New York.
In the supporting actress category, Penelope Cruz is favorite the first Spanish actress to win an Oscar for her performance in Woody Allen comedy "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."
The other element of surprise around Sunday's show is the new-look format being promised by organizers as they seek to bounce back from 2008 television viewing figures that were the worst in Oscars history.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Ace Indian choreographer Sandeep Soparrkar wants to once and for all put to rest rumours about his alleged affair with Britney Spears and says he is t