Tuesday, 23 May 2017

News Helpline’s ‘Good Luck’ plan, a boon for Bollywood portals

News Helpline, one of the biggest Bollywood news agency is coming up with a ‘Good Luck’ plan which could be a boon for Bollywood portals in terms of getting the content which is Fast, Breaking and Rumor-proof ‘Pure Bollywood News’.

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Content has always remained King and especially if the content is in News form, one has to be very fast, alert and unbiased to deliver the pure news.  Procuring the right content with no delay factor and right costing is a big challenge faced by majority of upcoming as well as existing Bollywood websites. ‘News’ is one small word which loses its meaning and purpose if delayed. And to be in tune with ‘Time’, involves strong infrastructure, use of technology and skilled professionals which shoots up the cost of a news.

19 killed in blast at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert

At least 19 persons were killed and 59 injured in a #terror_attack here on Monday night at the conclusion of a concert by American pop singer #Ariana_Grande, police said.

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The explosion, the second in the city in 21 years, took place around 10.35 p.m. (local time) on Monday at the Manchester Arena where around 20,000 fans, mostly youngsters, had gathered.

The fans were streaming out of the arena, shortly after Grande had left the stage, as the explosion occurred.

At least 60 ambulances attended the scene of the blast, the UK North West Ambulance Service tweeted. The Manchester Royal Infirmary Hospital was blocked off to all but essential staff after the attack.

Russell Brand wants men to speak out

Actor-comedian #Russell_Brand, following the suicide of singer Chris Cornell, has urged men to communicate better if they are feeling depressed.

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The 41-year-old actor, who has previously battled drug addiction, was "concerned" to hear about the suicide of the late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer last week, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

In his "Trews" YouTube broadcast with Brad Evans, he said: "I know Chris struggled with alcohol addiction but I believe he was clean at his death.

"I am always concerned when there is a suicide from someone who lived a fulfilling life. What does it say? Suicide or addiction or mental illness does implied you are making a decision inside your head.

"You feel like your life shouldn't be like this and you shouldn't feel this way. Then you cannot cope with being alive anymore. It is unimaginable."

Johansson hooks up with Colin Jost

Actress #Scarlett_Johansson was spotted making out with "Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update" host #Colin_Jost.

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The actress had appeared for the "SNL" season finale, hosted by Dwayne Johnson, in which she played Ivanka Trump. 

After the show, the actress hit it off with Jost at the afterparty held at the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, which went on to the early hours of May 21 morning, reports pagesix.com.

A witness said: "Scarlett and Colin were making out at the bar at the ‘SNL' season finale party at 30 Rock ... They would make out a bit, then go back to talking."

Ed Sheeran finds hiatus rejuvenating

Pop star #Ed_Sheeran is back from a hiatus feeling "totally refreshed and rejuvenated".

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At the end of 2015, he shut off his social accounts, got rid of his phone, and headed to far-off places. 

"I travelled to places that I'd been to on tour but never really got a chance to see, like Japan, as well as places that I'd never been but always wanted to, like Ghana," he told ew.com. 

"It was incredible. I felt totally refreshed and rejuvenated." 

He says the benefit was for both him and his fans. 

"I came back even more driven than the last album, (which) I pretty much went straight into from my first without any break," he said. 

'Baahubali 2' has not set any record yet: Anil Sharma

Director Anil Sharma says the much talked about film #Baahubali2TheConclusion has not set any record yet.

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Sharma, who was present at the grand mahurat ceremony of his son Utkarsh's debut film "Genius", said this while interacting with the media persons.

Sharma, who has given many hit films like "Gadar: Ek Prem Katha", "Apne" and many more, was asked about the new records like Rs 1,000 crore being set by "Bahubali 2". To this, the director said: "It is just a matter of time. There was a a time when, in 2001, 'Gadar : Ek Prem Katha' was released and had done a business of 265 crore, which as per today's calculation is Rs 5,000 crore."

Dharmendra, Hema Malini wish Utkarsh luck for Bollywood debut

Filmmaker Anil Sharma's son #Utkarsh, who will soon make his debut in Bollywood with the film #Genius, has received good wishes and blessings from veteran actor #Dharmendra and #Hema_Malini as he embarks on the journey.

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"Today it's the launch of our son's film 'Genius'. I pray that he comes out as a genius and succeeds in life. God should bless him with best of everything in life. I hope he never forgets his roots, never takes fame seriously... Then only he can manage to win hearts," Dharmendra said at the 'mahurat' ceremony of the film on Monday.

Utkarsh had acted as a child artist in "Gadar: Ek Prem Katha" as Charanjeet -- the onscreen son of Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel.

Black Eyed Peas set to perform at Champions League final

The American group #Black_Eyed_Peas are set to perform at the final of the Champions League between Real Madrid and Juventus in Cardiff on June 3, football's governing body announced on Monday.

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According to UEFA, the Los Angeles-based group, formed by will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo, are to perform before the final, reports Efe.

"We're planning on harnessing the excitement of the fans in the stadium, and all those tuning in to the UEFA Champions League final," will.i.am said.

Will.i.am added that the group is planning "an unforgettable show."

Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director of UEFA Events, noted that UEFA is "excited" to have the rappers performing at the Champions League final in Cardiff.

Taapsee wraps up London schedule of 'Judwaa 2'

Actress #Taapsee_Pannu has finished the London schedule of the #Judwaa sequel, and says it was quite an experience.

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"It was a long schedule in London city where the weather becomes bizarre in no time. We saw rain, hail, sun all in one day. The good part is we finished more than half of the film. Will be back now to shoot for the remaining in June and July," Taapsee said in a statement.

The "Pink" and "Naam Shabana" actress is now off to New York before commencing the remaining shoot of the film in Mumbai where she will also be shooting with Jacqueline Fernandes. 

Wish to do hardcore action movie: Elli Avram

Actress #Elli_Avram says she would love to do hardcore action movies as she finds herself "excellent" in mixed martial arts.

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"After working with the likes of Neeraj Pandey, Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher (in 'Naam Shabana'), I wish to do a hardcore action movie since I'm excellent in mixed martial arts," Elli told. 

She is also game for romantic films.

"A very romantic dance movie (would be nice) since I'm a very emotional girl and dance comes naturally to me. I love to express through dance," Elli added.

The actress is currently one of the faces of designer Rocky S's new collection for RS jeans along with actor Prateik Babbar.

The collection represents the free spiritedness of people who beat the summertime blues with a dash of indigo. RS jeans has a mix of deep and light hues of indigoes in tops, t-shirts and jeans in styles. Taking the current trends a notch higher, the collection is centered in ripped and distressed patterns in different styles. 

MAMI film fest to award excellence in digital content

The 2017 edition of the #JIO_MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will have a new award category -- the Jio MAMI Award For Excellence in Digital Content, the Reliance Foundation announced on Monday.

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Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation and the co-chair of the movie fiesta, said in a statement: "We hope that this award will encourage young talent to break the boundaries of their creative prowess and take Indian cinema to new and greater heights, especially in the digital space. With the award, we're giving our young talent tangible encouragement and support to showcase their showcase their talent."

The special category has been created to provide a platform for young talent to showcase their storytelling abilities via short films, using the digital medium. The first set of awards in this category will be given at this year's edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. 

No Bollywood styling for designers Anjalee, Arjun Kapoor

#Anjalee and #Arjun_Kapoor love designing for Bollywood actresses, but they don't prefer styling for movies as they feel it takes lot of time in coordination.

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"I love dressing Bollywood actresses, but at the same time I don't prefer styling for Bollywood movies since it takes a lot of time in coordination. Styling for the entire Bollywood crew takes a lot of time, but in case some great opportunity comes to me, I won't refuse to style garments," Anjalee told.

The designers, who have completed 12 years since launching their brand in the Indian fashion industry, feel their biggest learning is the need to evolve with time.

"My journey as a designer has been more than 20 years. The journey has been a very successful one, but at the same time a lot of hard work has gone into it. The biggest learning that I have got is that one has to evolve designs year after year since fashion tends to stagnate at all levels," said Arjun Kapoor.

Raymond launches khadi label as part of Make in India initiative

Textile and apparel conglomerate #Raymond_Limited has launched sub-brand Khadi by Raymond -- a move in line with Prime Minister #Narendra_Modi's #Make_in_India initiative.

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The launch here saw the presence of Minister of State (MSME) Giriraj Singh as the Chief Guest and Sumitra Kulkarni Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, as the guest of honour.

Khadi By Raymond is a range of fabric blends and ready to wear apparel that resonates with the Indian culture, according to Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman and Managing Director of Raymond Limited.

"It is indeed a moment of pride to have khadi - the fabric of our nation as a part of our product portfolio. Embodying some of the latest design trends and enhancing its quality, Raymond Khadi is set to reposition khadi as a fabric of choice, in line with the Prime Minister's vision of promoting khadi for fashion and reinstating our commitment to Make in India initiative," Singhania said in a statement.

Sunny Deol emotional over son's debut film

Actor #Sunny_Deol is emotional that his son #Karan, who has "grown big", is already facing the cameras for #Pal_Pal_Dil_Ke_Paas, a movie which will mark his acting debut.

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"Started 'Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas'. Karan's first day at shoot... Can't get enough... My boy has grown big," Sunny tweeted on Monday with a photograph.

It features Sunny looking at Karan like a proud father.

Zee Studios has collaborated with Sunny to launch Karan. They have joined hands after the success of "Gadar - Ek Prem Katha". The shoot of the film began last week in Manali.

Karan's entry into filmdom marks the onset of the third generation of Deols in Bollywood. His grandfather Dharmendra is regarded as one of the best actors that Hindi filmdom has seen.

To be directed by Sunny himself, "Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas" is a love story that will be shot extensively in the exotic locales of Manali. The title of the film is inspired from the immensely popular song, a favourite of Dharmendra.

Monday, 22 May 2017

First look of Priyanka's Sikkimese production unveiled at Cannes

The first look of actress-producer #Priyanka_Chopra's Sikkimese film #Pahuna has been unveiled here at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.

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Priyanka is producing the film through her and her mother Madhu Chopra's banner Purple Pebble Pictures.

Priyanka couldn't make it to the fest, but Madhu along with her son Sidharth Chopra attended the trailer launch of "Pahuna", directed by Paakhi A. Tyrewala, at the festival on May 21. 

Madhu said in a statement: "It was a huge honour for everyone associated with 'Pahuna' to attend the prestigious festival and present the film's first look."

"Pahuna" is a story about the love, strength and courage of three Nepali children who get separated from their parents, while fleeing the Maoist agitation from Nepal to Sikkim. The entire cast and many of the technicians are from Sikkim.

Hope 'Baahubali 2' crosses over Rs 2000 cr: Rahman

Double Oscar-winning composer #ARRahman on Monday said he wishes S.S. Rajamouli's magnum opus #Baahubali2TheConclusion mints over Rs 2000 crore at the box-office.

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Having already earned over Rs 1500 crore from its theatrical release so far, the film is continuing its golden run.

"To Rajamouli, Keeravani and the whole team of 'Baahubali 2'. Just finished watching it in Chennai. I hope it crosses Rs 2000 crore and above at the box-office," Rahman wrote on his Facebook page.

He went on to add: "You guys have opened the floodgates for south Indian cinema to the world and given it a new identity."

A story about two warring brothers for the ownership of an ancient kingdom, the film stars Rana Daggubati and Prabhas as the male protagonists.