Saturday, 4 March 2017

Lily Collins loves taking chances with red carpet outfits

Actress #Lily_Collins loves to take chances with her red carpet outfits, according to beauty expert Fiona Stiles.

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The 27-year-old, who is the daughter of musician Phil Collins and his former partner Jill Tavelman, has been praised as a "classic beauty" who has "incredible gamine features" and is open to experimenting with her wardrobe choices, reports people.com.

"Lily is such a classic beauty with these incredible gamine features that merge so beautifully with that old Hollywood glamour aesthetic, but in real life she's a really modern girl who likes to take chances with her red carpet looks," Stiles said.

And Stiles felt she had the freedom to make over the "Love, Rosie" star "differently than any other client" after she saw the black v-plunge gown that Collins wore to the Vanity Fair after party following the 2017 Oscars on February 26.
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Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth feuding over prenup

Singer-actress #Miley_Cyrus and actor #Liam_Hemsworth are reportedly fighting over their prenuptial ahead of their wedding.

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Accodring to a source, the couple has been "bickering over a prenuptial agreement, reports aceshowbiz.com.

The 24-year-old has told Hemsworth that "she wants him to sign a prenup before they get married" so that she could protect her estimated $200 million net worth, according to Life & Style magazine.

But the "Independence Day: Resurgence" actor is "shocked and annoyed with Miley and accused her of not trusting him". 

The insider says the "business-minded" singer "worked hard to achieve her fame and fortune, and she won't let anyone, not even Liam take it away from her.

Surreal experience to watch 'Baasha' amidst fans: Aishwaryaa

Superstar Rajinikanth's daughter #Aishwaryaa_Dhanush on Friday described the experience of watching the re-release of her father's 1995 Tamil blockbuster #Baasha amidst fans as truly "surreal".

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The digitally remastered version of the film released in Tamil Nadu on Friday.

Aishwaryaa and her mother Latha Rajinikanth watched the film in a special red carpet premiere here.

"22 years later. 'Baasha' returns with tenfold the mass and magic. Surreal experience amidst fans today," Aishwaryaa tweeted.

In a statement, Latha Rajinikanth said: "I was carried away by seeing the love of fans and audience which is intact even after several years."

She went on to say that she was really impressed by the digitized version of the film.
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'Commando 2...': It takes Bollywood action to the next level

Film: #Commando_2: The Black Money Trail"; Cast: #Vidyut_Jammwal, #Freddy_Daruwala, #Adah_Sharma and #Esha_Gupta; Director: Deven Bhojani; Rating: ****

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After a week of drudgery at the theatres when we were coaxed into wading through a self-designed epic slush on war and love, it is such a welcome relief to go to the theatres just to have an unpretentious good time. No offence meant. None taken.

Come, unwind with Vidyut as he cracks some serious bones and FERA codes, brings India's wealth back into the country and saves civilisation from catastrophe. All done in the vein of a comic book hero who forgot his cape in transit.

Okay, Vidyut is ambitious, and sorry to say, he can't act. He can fight like a wild untamed beast, though. His reflexes in the action scenes, specially in the hand-to-hand combat with actor Thakur Anoop Singh at the climax on the rooftop of skyscraper, are to die for. Some do. But the deaths are neither gruesome nor bloody. The popcorn never needs to feel guilty in this actioner.

Holi-proof your skin organically

Bringing a customised skincare regime into play before #Holi, can go a long way in keeping your skin free of damage and stains, says an expert.

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Garima Singh, Research and Development Manager at Organic Harvest, lists some measures that should be taken. 

* Lip care: For soft luscious lips post-Holi, it's essential to take certain necessary precautionary steps. 

Coat your lips with a thick protective layer of lip balm which heroes either shea butter or pomegranate. Shea butter locks dampness and prevents lips from drying out while pomegranate is known for its rich, natural moisturising quality.

Either way both are great go-to ingredients that protect the skin from toxic colours seeping in through the cracks while keeping them well-nourished at the same time.
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Jaden Smith, Cara Delevingne to feature as couple

Actor Will Smith's son #Jaden_Smith and model-turned-actress #Cara_Delevingne have been roped in to play a romantic couple in upcoming film #Life_in_a_Year.

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The drama is about a 17-year-old boy (Jaden), who finds out that his girlfriend (Delevingne) is dying. He then decides to give her their entire life together, in the year she has left, reports thewrap.com.

The film will be directed by Mitja Okorn and produced by Marc Bienstock.

Jaden can next be seen on "The Get Down", which will return to Netflix on April 7. His last feature film was "After Earth".
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Choose perfume as per zodiac

Personality traits based on your #zodiac_signs can take you to your signature #scent with the right assortment of notes for your mood, says an expert.

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Rohit Kumar Agarwal, founder of Perfumebooth, an online destination for fragrances, lists which perfume ingredients perfectly fit each zodiac sign. 

* Aries: Aries are generally adventurous, energetic, confident, quick-witted, impulsive, aggressive, and passionate. The best well-matched perfumes for the people falling under this zodiac sign are the notes of rose, angelica, mild cinnamon, sandalwood, benzoin, soft lavender and other spicy and oriental fragrances. Musk, pepper and myrrh impress them a lot. 

* Taurus: Taurus are known for their loyalty, reliability, patience, love and self-indulgence. They love earthy fragrances, floral scents, rose, amber, jasmine, sandalwood, and bergamot. Grapefruit, Vetiver, Oak-moss, Geranium and Neroli sprinkle positivity to them. 

* Gemini: Gemini's are versatile, witty, intellectual, lively, curious, and likes to be noticed. Accordingly violet, angelica, gardenia, amber, leather, tuberose, sandalwood, jasmine, coriander, nutmeg, common balm, coriander and narcissus support Geminis to be cool and artistic. 

* Cancer: People who are cancerians are emotional, imaginative, cautious, protective, moody, clingy, and creative. Mild fragrances with a classic, feminine touch are the notes which tempt them the best. Jasmine, honey, magnolia, Tahitian vanilla with a dose of amber or leather, white lily of the valley are some of the most loved fragrances by them. 

My parents always taught me to stay grounded: Sanjay Dutt

He has seen many ups and downs in his life, but actor #Sanjay_Dutt has generally conducted himself well and he gives all the credit to his late star parents Nargis and Sunil Dutt.

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The 57-year-old actor says it's very important to be a good human being first. 

"My parents taught me to be a good person and respect all. No matter how big a person becomes, that person should be grounded," said Sanjay, who has mostly been a favourite of his audience. 

The actor was arrested for illegal possession of arms in a case related to the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, in which over 250 people were killed and several hundred were wounded. 

Sanjay says he is not a traitor and has been given a clean chit from the court.

No problem with Salman, says Sanjay Dutt

Actor Sanjay Dutt says there is nothing wrong between him and superstar Salman Khan.

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Sanjay, who has worked with Salman in films like "Saajan", "Dus" and "Chal Mere Bhai", reportedly called the "Dabangg" star "arrogant" in a word association game.

Asked if everything was okay between the two, Sanjay told reporters here: "There's no problem between me and Salman, and there's nothing wrong in being arrogant. Arrogant is not a bad word. It's an expression. I can be arrogant...but a lovable arrogant."

The 57-year-old star is currently shooting for "Bhoomi" here along with Shekhar Suman and Aditi Rao Hydari. 

Talking about new age actors, Sanjay said: "I like Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh... Varun Dhawan has done some good work... Alia Bhatt...I think they are really good. They work professionally and perform well."
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Nawazuddin has no burning ambition to go to Hollywood

Actor #Nawazuddin_Siddiqui, who is only seen in one sequence of Garth Davis's Oscar-nominated film #Lion, says he has no interest in doing small parts in international films just to be visible abroad.

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It's a sequence where in a small apartment in Kolkata he's seen plotting with actress Tannishtha Chatterjee to cause harm to the film's little protagonist Sunny Pawar.

Nawazuddin is on the screen for barely three to four minutes. Not a very auspicious beginning to his international career. But the actor has another story to tell. 

"I've no interest in doing small parts in international films just to be visible abroad. I'm very happy with the work that I am getting here in my own country. Of course, I'm open to offers from any part of the world -- Why just Hollywood? -- as long as the part is interesting," he said.
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Considering Kajal Aggarwal for my next: Deekay

Director #Deekay says he still hasn't finalised actress #Kajal_Aggarwal, but is seriously considering her for his next yet-untitled Tamil outing which will be a dark comedy.

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"Kajal is definitely my first choice but I haven't signed her yet. In fact, we haven't signed anyone yet for the project. Everything is still in the discussion stage," Deekay told, confirming that it will be a dark comedy with ample thrills.

He also denied rumours that the project was originally planned with Nayanthara.

"A production house wanted me to write a script for a project with Nayanthara. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish the script as planned and the plan fell through," he said.

Deekay confirmed that a sequel to his 2014 sleeper hit "Yaamirukka Bayamey" is on the cards.

"The sequel is happening but I'm not sure whether I will direct it. I'll be penning the script and one of my assistants might helm it," he added.
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Benny Dayal's voice is modern, celebratory: Salim Merchant

Singer-composer #Salim_Merchant, who along with Sulaiman Merchant, has collaborated with singer #Benny_Dayal for an anthem titled "10 saal aapke naam" for Indian Premier Leagues (IPL) upcoming 10th season, says Benny has a modern and celebratory voice.

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The anthem, launched by broadcaster Sony MAX, pays tribute to the fans of IPL with an emotional message of warmth and love.

"Benny's voice is very contemporary, modern and celebratory," Salim said in a statement.

"His tonality and his vibe are very cool and also, we go back a long way. He has also sung ‘Aisa mauka' about five years ago when it was decided to do an anthem for the first time for IPL," Salim added.

The video of the anthem shows fans from across the country enjoying IPL. 
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Was lovely to watch Madhuri perform in 'Devdas': SRK

Recalling memories of their 2002 blockbuster film #Devdas, Bollywood superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan said that it was a lovely moment for him to see Bollywoods dancing diva #Madhuri_Dixit-Nene perform in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.

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"Devdas" told the story of a wealthy man (Shah Rukh), who returns from his studies in London to marry his childhood friend, Paro (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan). However, the rejection of this marriage by his own family makes him a drunkard, ultimately leading to his emotional deterioration and his seeking refuge with a prostitute, Chandramukhi (Madhuri).

While sharing a throwback image from the popular song "Maar dala", Madhuri tweeted on Thursday: "Maar dala! Love can be overwhelming... ‘Devdas'."
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Friday, 3 March 2017

Why a sitting job is bad for your heart and waist

Do you have a desk-bound job? Beware, you may be at a heightened risk of developing #cardiovascular_diseases by 0.2 per cent and an increase in waist circumference by two cm, for every additional hour of sitting on top of five hours, researchers warned.

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The findings showed that those who had desk jobs had a bigger waist circumference -- 97 cm compared to 94 cm in people without desk jobs. They also had approximately one body mass index (BMI) unit difference.

Further, they had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease -- 2.2 per cent compared to 1.6 per cent in people without desk jobs, over ten years.

In addition, each extra hour of sitting from five hours a day, increased the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and decreased good cholesterol (HDL).

"Longer time spent in sedentary posture is significantly associated with larger waist circumference, higher triglycerides (fat in the blood) and lower HDL cholesterol, all adding up to worse risk of heart disease," said William Tigbe from University of Warwick in Britain.

Skincare tips for Holi

Don't forget to apply oil, braid your hair and apply sunscreen before going out to play #Holi, says an expert.

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Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, lists some tips which can make your life easy on Holi: 

♦ Before getting your hair dirty with all the colours and harmful chemicals, it is really important to oil your hair properly to save them from all the damage. Therefore, try this nourishing oil. Mix two tablespoon almond oil, two drops of lavender essential oil, a drop of rose essential oil and two or three drops of lemon and apply. 

♦ Always remember to braid your hair before playing with colours as it reduces the chances of colour seeping in your scalp.

♦ Applying a sunscreen before playing Holi is a must as it is really easy to get tanned.

♦ For men also, it is really important to take care of their beard. Apply coconut oil/mustard oil/almond oil before playing Holi.
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Dairy foods, vitamin D supplements may prevent bone loss

Older adults who take #Vitamin_D supplements along with specific dairy foods such as #milk, #yogurt and #cheese may have higher bone mineral density in their spine as well as guard them against #bone_loss in the hip, researchers led by one of Indian-origin has found.

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The findings, published in The Journal of Nutrition, revealed that Vitamin D stimulates calcium absorption, which is beneficial for building bones and preventing bone loss overtime. 

The research could lead to better care for people over 50 years of age diagnosed with osteoporosis -- a disease characterised by low bone mass and progressive deterioration of bone tissue. 

For those affected, osteoporosis can lead to increased risk of fracture, loss of physical function, decreased quality of life and even death, the researchers said.

"This study is significant because in addition to milk intake, it also examined the association of other dairy foods such as yogurt, cheese and cream with bone mineral density and bone loss over time," said lead author Shivani Sahni, from the Hebrew Senior Life's Institute for Aging Research -- Harvard affiliated medical care for elderly in US.

Statins may not help lung cancer patients

Cholesterol-lowering drugs known as #statins when used alongside #chemotherapy_treatments may have no effect on the outcome for patients with #lung_cancer, a study has found.

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Statins work by lowering cholesterol levels in patients and are usually prescribed by doctors to help prevent heart attacks or strokes. 

According to previous studies, statins have claimed a role in preventing cancer development, or prolonging the survival of patients with several common cancers, including lung cancer. 

"It's becoming increasingly common for patients with increased cholesterol to take statins and many cancer patients will be or have been prescribed these drugs entirely separately from their cancer treatment," said Michael Seckl, Professor at Imperial College London. 

However, the new study showed that the drugs do not, in fact, benefit lung cancer patients at all.

Although there were no adverse effects from taking statins, there were no advantages either, the researchers said.

How to get the denim look right

Ultra-skinny #jeans paired with long slit tops and block-heeled booties or a wide leg, high-waist one teamed up with crop tops and pointed heels, #denims can complement any look. You just need to find the right fit and style, says an expert.

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Bhavya Chawla, Chief Stylist, Voonik, a fashion app for women, suggests how:

♦ Spot the fabric carefully: It's time to stop wearing denims that are stretchable and have legging-like fits as we have had too much of them this winter. Instead, with the summer season approaching, pick rigid and vintage-inspired denims that can give you the old-school feel.

♦ Go easy with the hems: Most people agree that slim-cut jeans are the hot favourite for every body type, but this season is not about restrictive ankle cuts. If you are willing to make a style impact, go for wider and breezier hems. From ultra-wide legs, cropped flares to the 1970s' bell-bottoms and boot-cut shapes, the choices are enough to make you turn your back towards the shelves housing ankle-strangling fits.

♦ Figure out the wash of the fabric: If easy distressing denims were your thing, it's time to get over with them as white, ivory and sand-coloured jeans are here to stay now. Make a faded pair for yourself or go for a deeper, darker wash. You can experiment with a faded pair of jeans in shades of white, off-white, or an earthy tan hue. These neutral-coloured denims can be paired with everything in your closet, whether it is an oversized olive coloured sweater or with a crisp white shirt for a brunch.

Myths about prunes busted

#Prunes are dried plums and possess numerous health benefits. Have them early morning to boost energy or have them in the evening as an instant snack when feeling drained out, says an expert.

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Rohini Saran, a nutritionist, debunks some myths around prunes:

♦ Myth: It's good for older men and women.

Fact: Prunes are packed with various vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A (beta carotene), K, potassium and dietary fibre with added benefits of antioxidants. They can be consumed by both children and adults of all ages. Research suggests that eating a daily recommended dose of 100 gm or 10-12 prunes may be useful in digestive, bone and dental health in adult men and women. They can be eaten as a simple dried fruit snack or used in a variety of recipes, including salads, entrees, jams and desserts.

♦ Myth: Prunes can only be eaten in winter.

Fact: Prunes can be eaten all through the year. In fact, they should be consumed daily in moderation to keep the gut happy. Prunes by brands like Del Monte act as a great snack that helps you curb your desire to binge eat.

How to choose sunscreen for your skin

It is important to check if the #sunscreen suits your skin type because exposure to #Ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to skin issues like tanning, says an expert.

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Rohit Batra, dermatologist at Dermaworld Skin and Hair Clinic, has rolled out a few pointers that could be considered before you buy your sunscreen:

♦ Know your skin type: If your skin is oily, then go for sunscreen in the form of gel or spray as it won't make your skin appear oily. If your skin is dry, then go for lotions or cream as it helps to moisturize your skin and also helps to protect your skin from sun.

♦ Look for matte finish sunscreen: Sunblock which give matte finish will help your skin to look natural and also help to protect your face from looking sweaty.

♦ Go for UVA and UVB protection sunscreen: Photoaging and pigmentation is caused by UVA rays, on the other hand tanning and skin cancer is caused by UVB rays. It is very important to go for a sunscreen which protects your skin from both of these harmful rays.

Look for ‘SPF' for UVB protection and look for ‘PA' for UVA protection. To fight harmful UVB and UVA, SPF30 protection and PA++ protection respectively is more than enough.

Pick right outfits according to body type

The key to dress well is to understand your body proportions and use fashion to highlight your best feature. While people with broad shoulders should wear V-neck T-shirts, structured blazers are ideal for people with both broad shoulders and hips, says an expert.

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Salesh Grover, Business Head at OSL Luxury Collections Pvt. Ltd -Corneliani, has rolled out a few tips and tricks to choose an outfit that will flatter your body type:

♦ The average built: Such people have broad shoulders and narrow waist. Since the whole body is in perfect proportion, most styles fit and suit this body type. If you are dressing for casual outing, then bold pattern and different styles will add the spark to your look. For formal outing, you can keep it simple with tapered trousers.

♦ The inverted triangle built: Average built and triangle-shaped built are almost similar body shapes except for the shoulders. Shoulders in V-shaped built are broader than the shoulders in average body shape. For such structures, it's important to maintain the balance between the upper and lower body shape.

Why teenagers rarely share online risks with parents

An increasing number of teenagers get discouraged to talk to their parents about potentially risky online experiences, such as cyberbullying, sexual exchanges and viewing inappropriate content online, because parents tend to emote much stronger feelings and tend to freak out, become angry or scared, researchers have found.

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The study showed that parents and children often have much different perceptions of and reactions to the same online situations.

"There seems to be a disconnect between what types of situations teenagers experience every day and what types of experiences parents have online," said Pamela Wisniewski, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the US.

"Teenagers tended to be more nonchalant and say that the incident made them embarrassed, while parents, even though they were reporting more low-risk events, emoted much stronger feelings, becoming angry and scared.

"For teenagers, some felt these types of experiences were just par for the course," Wisniewski added, in the study, presented at the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing in Oregon.

Your face may match your name

Does your name resemble your face? Yes, say researchers who found out that owing to the cultural stereotypes that people associate with names, they can accurately match a stranger's name to his or her face.

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"We are familiar with such a process from other stereotypes, like ethnicity and gender where sometimes the stereotypical expectations of others affect who we become," said lead author Yonat Zwebner, doctoral student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. 

"For instance, people are more likely to imagine a person named Bob to have a rounder face, than a person named Tim. 

"These stereotypes can, over time, affect people's facial appearance," Zwebner added.

Further, this might also be due to people subconsciously altering their appearance to conform to cultural norms and cues associated with their names -- like changing the areas of the face, such as hairstyle.

Britney Spears designed new fragrance to empower women

Singer #Britney_Spears says that her latest perfume Fantasy makes women feel "empowered, flirtatious and sexy".

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Spears says she loves making new scents because she believes her beauty products make women feel "sexy, strong and confident" and help her to connect with her supporters, reports eonline.com.

"For me, the original Fantasy is special because it expresses my feminine side, as well as my fun side. Fantasy makes women feel empowered, flirtatious and sexy," Spears said.

"I love creating fragrances, and find inspiration everywhere. I love helping women feel sexy, strong and confident, and I think my fragrances really reflect that. Each scent is a way for me to connect with my fans.

"I love flowers, they always brighten my day and make it feel special. Fantasy in Bloom makes me feel like I'm smelling a gorgeous bouquet," she added.

The "Toxic" hitmaker says she changes the perfumes she wears depending on her mood, and she will never leave her house without a few sprays.
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Jane Fonda admits being raped, sexually abused as a girl

Actress #Jane_Fonda revealed that she was raped and sexually abused as a girl.

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"I've been raped, I've been sexually abused as a child and I've been fired because I wouldn't sleep with my boss," the two-time Oscar winner said was quoted as saying.

"I always thought it was my fault. That I didn't do or say the right thing," she added.

Fonda's remarks came in a conversation with Brie Larson, who last year won the Oscar for "Room," the story of a woman who is held hostage for years by a man who sexually abuses her.

The 79-year-old Fonda, a prominent activist for women's rights for years, in 2001 founded the Centre for Adolescent Reproductive Health, which helps prevent teen pregnancy.

She is also an active member of the global V-Day movement, which works to halt violence against women.

Rossdale never thought he would get divorced from Stefani

Musician #Gavin_Rossdale says he never thought he would get divorced from singer #Gwen_Stefani.

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Rossdale finalised his divorce from Stefani - with whom he shares three sons - Kingston (10), Zuma (8), and Apollo (3) - in April 2016. He has come out of it with a positive outlook on life, reports usmagazine.com. 

"Who knew that was possible? There's been a lot of pain and sadness. It really teaches you perspective on life. It's really health, happiness and safety. After that, I don't know what there is other than that," Rossdale said. 

The singer says the split from his wife of 13 years was unexpected and not something he ever planned for. 

He said: "We're all products of nuclear families. My parents have been married three times each. I'm just a junior. I never thought I would get divorced. But it just happens. All these life things."

Kristen Stewart doesn't feel accepted by fashion world

Actress #Kristen_Stewart says she rarely feels she is able to be herself within fashion circles.

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The 26-year-old actress and model also admitted that she loves working with Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel, because unlike the majority of fashion industry figures, the German designer is very accepting of her individuality.

"Karl has always, from the very beginning, made me feel like being myself was the right thing to do. And in the fashion world, that is a rarity," Stewart said, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

The "Café Society" actress also says that she finds the designer's work ethic to be "contagious".

"He's a compulsive and obsessive artist, and it's contagious. And he's kind. He is who he is for a reason. I feel so lucky to be in his space so often," the 26-year-old told V magazine.

Tips to upkeep your vintage cars

Preserve your #vintage_car by keeping its every nook and corner clean and get it regularly checked on regular basis, says an expert.

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Rishab Malik, Co-founder and Vice President -Business Development at Droom (online automobile transactional platform ), rolled out a few tips that can help you through:

* Keep it garbed and sheltered: Direct sunlight causes excessive heat and can impact negatively on various aspects of the vehicle. Likewise, when not garbed properly, wind can blow foreign object into the car that could not only contaminated the car from inside but also leave scratch marks and dents.

Prolonged exposure to water evokes development of rust. This rust has the capacity to eat your car away, which could lead to hunting for various scarce spare parts for your car. 

Ranveer Singh is a 'certified speedster'

Actor Ranveer Singh, who rode the bobsleigh in Switzerland, is now a certified speedster.

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He says the Olympic Bobrun track in Switzerland is an action-packed adventure that one must experience in one's lifetime.

Ranveer shared a video of himself, where he is seen riding the bobsleigh in snow along with two other persons. 

"Faster than a speeding bullet! Olympia Bobrun... In love with Switzerland," he captioned the video. 

Sharing his experience, Ranveer said in a statement: "This is just spectacular, 75 seconds of pure adrenalin. As you ride on the straights, into the curves and around the high walls your nerves are tested to the limit."

Rekha gives voice to Gulzar's 'Kitni girhein...'

Veteran actress #Rekha has lent her voice to a dance narrative based on noted poet and Bollywood lyricist Gulzar's #Kitni_girhein_kholi_hain_maine for a fundraiser for rape survivors.

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Dancer Anamika Singh has planned the dance narrative. 

The performance, on the narrative in Rekha's voice, will be staged as part of Naya Prayas -- a fundraiser for rape survivors by Light Workers Foundation on Friday here, read a statement. 

Taking this cause ahead, Anamika has come on board for Naya Prayas with an aim to extend her support and be a voice to survivors. In the past, Anamika has also performed on the Gulzar classic.
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Anupama Dayal, Suneet Verma to showcase at India Beach Fashion Week 2017

The fourth edition of India Beach Fashion Week (IBFW), which commences here on Monday, will see over 25 talented designers including names like Anupama Dayal and Suneet Verma, who will showcase their latest trends in beach, resort wear and bridal couture.

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"We have a mix of fashion shows and knowledge forums like Future Fashion Conclave and networking sessions like Sangria by the Sea, to offer a wholesome experience for attendees and participants. The designers find a unique selling platform via the Lighthouse Arena with Indian and international buyers and HNI audience," Pallav Ojha, Chief Innovator and Co Founder at Beach Worldwide said in a statement.

Dayal will open the gala, which will be three days of unlimited fashion focussed on menswear, destination bridal couture and a grand finale. 

Rajkummar Rao had to eat meat for 'Trapped'

#Rajkummar_Rao, a vegetarian, had to eat meat for one of the scenes in the upcoming film #Trapped. The actor says the experience was one of the toughest for him.

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"Vikramaditya Motwane required me to treat the scene in a real manner. We tried enacting the scene with an alternative, but the result wasn't satisfying. It was then that we realised that for a vegetarian like me, the emotions and the difficulty to dig my teeth into meat would only come to the forefront once I actually did it," Rajkummar said in a statement. 

He added: "The scene was then shot with me consuming meat. The experience was one of the most toughest calls I have had to take as an actor." 
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Indian film industry works in chaotic way, says Anil Kapoor

Actor-producer #Anil_Kapoor, who made an appearance at the #British_Film_Institute as a special guest last month, says people in the Indian film industry work in a chaotic way. However, he appreciated the incredible level of commitment put into planning and preparations in making films in Britain.

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The British Council has launched the UK India Year of Culture, a celebration of the longstanding relationship between India and Britain.

In a conversation with Robin Baker, Head Curator of the British Film Institute, Anil was asked about the key differences between the two film industries. 

Anil said: "There is no difference. Everybody is the same. We work in the same way... same camera. But what I feel... which I must accept is that the commitment, planning and the prep... which I can see when I work with a British team, is incredible. That's what we need to learn. We work in a chaotic way, but things are getting better now," said Anil.

Further talking about the Indian film industry, he said: "In the 1980s and 1990s, I think we lost our way in the Indian film industry, but the younger generation... with the advent of the digital format, I can see people thinking globally."
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'Sultan' dominates Zee Cine Awards 2017 nominations

Salman Khan-starrer #Sultan is competing in a maximum of nine categories, including the Best Film, for the Zee Cine Awards 2017 with Akshay Kumar-starrer #Airlift in tow.

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The channel announced its nominations of Jury Awards on Thursday in a statement.

Apart from Best Film, "Sultan" has been nominated in Best Director, Best Actor - Male, Best Actor - Female, Best Male Playback Singer, Best Female Playback Singer, Best Music, Best Story and Best Choreography categories.

Raja Krishna Menon's directorial "Airlift", on the other hand, has been nominated in Best Film, Best Story, Best Actor and also in Technical Awards.

The other films competing in the Best Film and Best Director categories include "Pink" (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury), "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story" (Neeraj Pandey), "Neerja" (Ram Madhvani), "Udta Punjab" (Abhishek Chaubey) and "Kapoor & Sons" (Shakun Batra).

Indian women eat 13% less protein than men: Survey

Women across India consume 13 per cent lesser #protein than men, a survey by Delhi-based mobile health and fitness company HealthifyMe has revealed.

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The report, titled 'HealthifyMeter Gender Watch 2017' and released on Thursday, is based on 60 million food records of over 1.5 million HealthifyMe app users -- half of which are women -- across approximately 200,000 locations in the country. 

According to dietary recommendations, the energy contribution of protein, fats and carbohydrates for an Indian adult should be in the ratio of 20:30:50. 

However, the consumption of protein has remained consistently lower amongst women in India as compared to men. 
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Yoga will start era of harmony, says Modi

Yoga will lead to a new era of togetherness and harmony, Prime Minister #Narendra_Modi said on Thursday.

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Modi made the comments through video-conference as the 29th edition of the International Yoga Festival opened in Rishikesh.

Calling yoga the "journey from 'me' to 'we'," Modi said: "Yoga makes an individual a better person in thought, action, knowledge and devotion."

"The world today is also threatened by the twin challenges -- terrorism and climate change," he said.

Talking on the global peace, Modi said, "There should be peace among nations" and "only peaceful families can constitute peaceful society".
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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Would love to sing for Bollywood musical: Hollywood actor Luke Evans

From its elaborate dance and music sequences to its larger than life terrain, there are multiple reasons why #Luke_Evans is in love with #Bollywood. The Hollywood actor says he would love to break into Hindi cinema not just as an actor but as a singer too.

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He is often seen slaying dragons or playing the role of a psychopath on the big screen. And up next, he will be seen as brawny male chauvinist Gaston in Disney's live-action adaptation "Beauty and the Beast", a musical.

Evans said he wants to explore the world of Hindi cinema and is waiting for an opportunity to come knocking at his door.

"I would love to work in Bollywood one day. I would love to be able to sing in one of the Bollywood shows. I would love to do that," Evans told over phone from Shanghai.

The Welsh actor and singer got a taste of Indian culture and a glimpse of Bollywood craze when he first visited the country back in November last year.

From finding big Bollywood posters splashed on the walls across the city to meeting people from all walks of life and cultures, Evans took back home a bundle of good memories. He wants to come back soon to add more notes to his Indian travel story.

"I actually went to India last November for the first time. I went to Mumbai and met a lot of people there from all walks of life and cultures. It was fantastic. I then went to Agra and Jaipur. I found the people and the country very gracious, kind and welcoming," he said.
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'The Sense of an Ending' to release in India on March 24

Indian filmmaker Ritesh Batra's #The_Sense_of_an_Ending, an adaptation of Julian Barnes's Booker Prize-winning eponymous novel, will release in India on March 24 by PVR Pictures.

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Batra is a BAFTA Award nominee writer-director of "The Lunchbox" fame. His latest thrilling drama is about a man who is haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

Talking about adapting the book into a film, Batra said in a statement: "'The Sense of an Ending' is just one of those books I've always carried with me. I have always loved the book since I read it back in 2011. I tracked it down a little bit, found out that it was already in development and forgot about it.

"About a year after that, I think the producers had seen my last movie, 'The Lunchbox', and came to me with an offer to direct. I was very curious to see what the writer had done with it. I read the script and obviously fell in love with it." 

My assets will be shared equally between son, daughter: Amitabh Bachchan

Megastar #Amitabh_Bachchan, who has always rooted for gender equality, says after his assets will be shared equally between his son Abhishek and daughter Shweta.

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Amitabh on Thursday shared a photograph of himself holding a card, which read: "When I die, my assets will be equally shared between my daughter and my son... Gender equality... We are equal."

The 74-year-old thespian captioned the image: "We are equal... And gender equality... The picture says it all."

Amitabh, a United Nations Ambassador for Girl Child, shared the same image on his official blog and wrote: "The office of the public servants that promote various campaigns are keen for this... And so I do it... Though talking about it and exhibiting its plea is hesitating for me".
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Mahesh Bhatt gets extortion call, police resolve issue

Veteran filmmaker #Mahesh_Bhatt on Thursday morning said he had received an #extortion_call from an unidentified caller, who threatened to harm his family. The matter was put an end to by the Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh police.

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The filmmaker tweeted: "A bolt from the blue in the form of an extortion call and threat to my family was nipped in the bud by the Maharashtra and UP police in tandem. Gratitude."

Mahesh, on Wednesday, reportedly received calls by an unidentified caller, who demanded a sum of Rs 50 lakh and threatened to kill his daughter-actress Alia and wife Soni Razdan, if he didn't pay the demanded amount.

Twinkle Khanna to endorse salon hair brand

Actress-turned-author and interior designer #Twinkle_Khanna has been named the ambassador of salon hair brand L'Oreal Professionnel for India.

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She was revealed as their first Indian brand ambassador at the L'Oreal Professionnel Indian Hairdressing Awards, held in Bambolim on Wednesday, amidst prominent personalities from the salon and hair dressing fraternity.

"Twinkle Khanna is glamorous, multi-faceted and an inspiration to the woman of today. L'Oreal Professionnel is delighted to partner with her on our next beauty journey together," Sussan Verghese, General Manager, L'Oreal Professionnel India, said in a statement.

Twinkle also gave away the Colour Trophy - a prestigious hairdressing awards title - at the event.
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Chastain was slammed for talking 'too much' about gender equality

Actress #Jessica_Chastain, who has been a vocal supporter of gender equality, has revealed that she has faced some discouragement in raising the issue.

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Chastain says she was once told by a director that she "talks too much about all of this women stuff", reports dailymail.co.uk.

"I had one male director say to me that I talk too much about all of this 'women stuff'. This is a person I love, and maybe he was concerned I would hurt my career," Chastain told American Way magazine.

"I'm not attacking anyone. I'm trying to create more inclusiveness, compassion and empathy -- which in turn makes better movies, better art," she added.

No hero or villain in 'Sarkar 3', says Ram Gopal Verma


Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, whose #Sarkar3, the third installment of his political thriller series, is all set to release, says that the film is full of grey characters, none of which can be called as a hero or a villain.

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Asked about if Yami Gautam's character is of a vamp, Varma told media at the trailer launch here: "There is no hero or villain in the film. All the characters are quite grey and strong believer of their own convictions. So it would be wrong to point out any character as a positive or negative one."

The upcoming film has some new faces like Yami, Amit Sadh, Jackie Shroff, and Manoj Bajpayee among others apart from Amitabh Bachchan as Subhash Nagre. 

The star cast of the film, including Amitabh and Jackie, as well as producer Rahul Mittra, and Nandu Ahuja of Eros International were also present.
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Social media users should be prepared to face abuse: Amitabh

Bollywood megastar #Amitabh_Bachchan, who is an active blogger and uses different social networking platforms to connect with his fans, said that he is often trolled on this media and he is used to it.

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"If you are on social media, you should be prepared for abuse," he said at the trailer launch of "Sarkar 3" on Wednesday, in response to a query if expressing oneself on social media platforms is a challenge nowadays. 

"And I enjoy it," he quipped.

However, the megastar declined to comment on the controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur.

"What I feel about the situation is completely my personal opinion. But if I disclose, it will become public," he said.

Am in the best phase of my life, says Kareena Kapoor

Bollywood actress #Kareena_Kapoor, who is currently enjoying motherhood and also handling her professional life well, says she is in the best phase of her life.

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"I feel alive because I feel I am in the best phase of my life. I am a happy person and always look out for positivity," she said on Wednesday at the launch ceremony of a channel, which is a collaboration of Sony Pictures and BBC. 

Being the brand ambassador of the newly-launched channel, the 36-year old star thanked the Sony and BBC Earth and said that she was four months pregnant while shooting the advertisement for the channel.

"My son would be feeling alive when he will know about this fact," she added.
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'Beauty and the Beast' remake to feature gay moments

The forthcoming remake of the film #Beauty_and_the_Beast, starring #Luke_Evans and #Emma_Watson, will, in a first for the Disney film company, feature a gay aspect, the movie's director Bill Condon said.

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Condon said the character Belle's suitor Gaston has an admirer in the form of his manservant LeFou (essayed by Josh Gad) in the musical film, reports independent.co.uk.

"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," Condon told Attitude magazine.

"He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realising that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that's what has its pay-off at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie," he added.

Please don't call our players illiterate: Goel responds to Akhtar

Bollywood lyricist #JavedAkhtar on Wednesday drew sharp criticism from Sports Minister #Vijay_Goel for calling India's sportstars "illiterate" in his tweet in support of Delhi University student #GurmeharKaur.

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Calling the sportspersons India's pride, Goel took to Twitter to respond to Akhtar, which read: "Please don't call our players illiterate. You're a champion in your field and they are champions in their own field. India is proud of them!"

Earlier, Akhtar had voiced support for Gurmehar, who is in the eye of a storm over her stance against student outfit Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and a video campaign advocating peace between India and Pakistan.

Akhtar's comments came in the wake of Gurmehar facing criticism from noted sportspersons like cricketer Virender Sehwag and Olympic medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt. 

"If a hardly literate player or a wrestler troll a pacifist daughter of a martyr its understandable but whats wrong with some educated folks." Akhtar wrote.

Nicolas Sarkozy to attend conclave in Mumbai

Former French President #NicolasSarkozy will later this month take to the India Today Conclave stage, where President #PranabMukherjee along with some politicians, titans of the corporate world, stars from the glamour, sports and literary worlds will converge to discuss global issues.

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The India Today conclave explores the concept of ‘The Great Disruption' for its 16th edition. It will be held for the first time here on March 17-18.

Apart from Sarkozy and Mukherjee, names like Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, Mahindra Group Executive Chairman Anand Mahindra, Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej and HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh and Paytm Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma will be among the speakers, read a statement issued by the organisers on Wednesday.

From Bollywood, names like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin will explore the changing landscape of cinema. 

The conclave will also witness the worldwide premiere of short films by Sudhir Mishra, Nandita Das, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Ram Madhvani. 

Conclave Director Kalli Purie said: "This edition is a progressive and directional platform that aims to contribute in rebuilding the disrupted social order. This specially designed multi-sensory experience, spread across two days will be a great opportunity to listen to some of the sharpest minds across the world, get inspired and take some meaningful memories back home."
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