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14 hours ago
Rose McGowan eyes Oscar for directorial debut

Los Angeles, Aug 28 (IANS) Actress Rose McGowan hopes to win an Oscar by launching a week-long movie festival that will feature her directorial debut. The Charmed star stepped behind the camera for a short film called Dawn, which was received with critical acclaim after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Now McGowan is hoping to win gold at next y...

15 hours ago
Attenborough had plans to make Khasi documentary in Meghalaya

Shillong, Aug 28 (IANS) Tribal Khasi philanthropist Honsen Lyngdoh, who was closely associated with Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning film 'Gandhi', said the late British director had plans to make a documentary on Meghalaya's matrilineal system. The filmmaker died in London Sunday at the age of 90. Attenborough wanted to make a documentary film on our rich culture . He was ve...

17 days ago
Florida businessman sues brother-in-law over IIFA profits

Tampa Bay, Aug 11 (IANS) A Florida businessman of Indian origin is suing his brother-in-law, a noted Indian American philanthropist, for robbing him off of his due profit share earned by hosting a Bollywood film award show. According to Florida's Tampa Bay Times, the ongoing legal dispute involving the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA), US edition, has entered a contentious...

25 days ago
Women sweep Gujarati literary awards for 2013

Mumbai, Aug 3 (IANS) Women literary figures bagged the lion's share of Maharashtra State Gujarati Sahitya Academy Awards (MSGSAA) for Gujarati literature published during 2013, an official said here Sunday. MSGSAA executive president Hemraj Shah, announcing the prestigious awards, said that of the nine awards in various categories, women bagged seven. The awards shall be presente...

1 month ago
Amita Bal joins hands with Trishala Dutt to start new trend

San Francisco, July 2 (IANS) They both have Indians roots, grew up in the US and are part of the glamour world. Now couturière Amita Bal and Trishala Dutt, daughter of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt and late actress Richa Sharma, have joined hands and are set to give fashion a new meaning. Their first project is for a high-end fashion magazine. While Amita, based in Palo Alto in the Si...

2 months ago
LIFF: Rakeysh Mehra to launch 'The Rang De Basanti Screenplay', 'Ru Ba Ru'

Leh, June 28 (IANS) At the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF), filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is ready to launch two projects close to his heart -- a book, which is a screenplay of his 2006 film Rang De Basanti, and Ru Ba Ru, a documentary film on the effect and impact of the Aamir Khan-starrer. The third edition of LIFF is happening in this picturesque region of Jammu and Kashmir...

3 months ago
Audience more important than Oscars, says Mahesh Bhatt

Mumbai, May 18 (IANS) Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says he makes films for the audience and not for the prestigious Academy Awards. Asked why do we run after Oscars despite having some popular awards in India, he said: We make films for close to 1.2 billion population. We make films in our own way. So, we should make a place in their (audience) heart instead of making a space for Oscars. B...

3 months ago
'Maharana Pratap' now a one-hour show

Mumbai, May 9 - Fans of historical TV show Bharat Ka Veer Putra - Maharana Pratap have a reason to rejoice as the show's time slot has been extended from half an hour to one hour. Starting May 12, the show will be aired 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Monday to Thursday on Sony Entertainment Television. As a result Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar starrer Bade Achhe Lagte Hain will now be beamed at 11...

4 months ago
John Trovolta approached for Shekhar Kapoor's "Paani"

Tampa Bay -, April 27 - Amrican actor John Trovolta, who attended the International Indian Film Academy Awards - 2014 here Friday, said he has been approached by filmaker Shekhar Kapoor for Paani. Yes, I have been offered a film that I am considering doing. I believe it's an honest Bollywood film and its called Pani. Shekhar Kapoor has asked me to be a part of it, Trovolta said. Shek...

4 months ago
Hindi films are very original, full of life: John Trovolta

Tampa Bay -, April 27 - Amrican actor John Trovolta Friday said he is a big fan of Hindi films and feels they are very originl and full of life. I liked 'Slumdog Millionaire' which wasn't a bollywood film but somewhat reflects India. I recently saw 'Ram Leela'... I find Hindi films very original and full of life, they capture your attention and have universal themes, so yes I am a big fan o...

4 months ago
US biggest overseas market for Indian cinema: Filmmaker Rakeysh Mehra

New Delhi, April 26 - The footprint of the over $2 billion Indian cinema industry is rapidly growing overseas, says National Award-winning filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. He stresses that while non-traditional markets are vital, the US, powered by a three-million strong Indian diaspora, remains the biggest international market for Indian moviemakers. America is an important market for us...

4 months ago
Jared Leto Oscar trophy a filthy mess

Los Angeles, April 26 - Actor Jared Leto's Oscar trophy is full of scratches and bumps after he freely handed it around at parties for everyone to have a hold. As a result, the trophy is now a filthy mess. I damaged it. But then I came home and saw it had another nick on it. So it looks like someone else had fun with it, too. My Oscar is a filthy mess, contactmusic.com. quoted Leto a...

5 months ago
'Maharana Pratap' to take leap?

Mumbai, March 28 - The story of historical TV show Bharat Ka Veer Putra - Maharana Pratap will go into fast forward mode in a few months, according to a source. It is likely to be a big leap. Some fresh faces will be seen making an entry in the show, thereby giving a new twist to the storyline. Also, Rohit Purohit has been approached to play the grown up Maharana Pratap, a source told IANS....

7 months ago
Movie stars with expensive jewellery on red carpet

Los Angeles, Jan 8 - From diamond necklaces worth a million to emerald ear pieces costing $2.5 million, Hollywood celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have displayed expensive bling on the red carpet in recent years. Eonline.com shares a list of Hollywood stars who shone brightest in millions-worth pieces: *Cameron Diaz: She wore a $1 million Tiffany & Co. diamond ...

7 months ago
Cyrus, Bieber in Forbes' list of 30 Under 30

Los Angeles, Jan 7 - Pop stars Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber feature in Forbes 30 Under 30 2014 list, a compilation of the brightest stars under the age of 30 who are changing the world. Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence's name is also included in the list, reports aceshowbiz.com. Bieber, 19, has earned an estimated $113 million in the last two years from his works, and Cyrus, ...

7 months ago
Oscar-winning producer Saul Zaentz dead

Los Angeles, Jan 5 - Legendary Hollywood producer Saul Zaentz died at his home in San Francisco after suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He was 92. Saul died Friday, reports hollywoodreporter.com. His nephew Paul Zaentz confirmed the news. He said: He was an extraordinary man. He had a lot of guts, a lot of integrity. Saul began his career as a music producer, before turning ...

8 months ago
Big B in Hollywood adaptation of 'Six Suspects' ?

New Delhi, Dec 28 - After making his Hollywood debut with Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has reportedly been approached for another international project which is likely to be an adaptation of author Vikas Swaroop's Six Suspects. The 71-year-old has been approached by BBC and Starfield Productions to star in the project, which will be directed by award winning A...

8 months ago
Health care TV channel launched in Kerala

Kochi, Dec 21 - Medi BizTV, said to be the world's first 24-hour health care television channel, was launched here Saturday. The channel will be available in 130 countries across Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe. It is being uplinked through the APSTAR-7 satellite. Sohan Roy, a marine engineer by profession who directed the movie DAM 999 which was selected for the 54th Academy Awar...

8 months ago
'The Good Road' out of Oscar race

Los Angeles, Dec 21 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced a list of nine films that will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category and Indian director Gyan Correa's film The Good Road, is out of the race. The Gujarati film was chosen to represent the country in the category at the coveted awards event this year. Out of the n...

8 months ago
Naseeruddin finds fascination with Oscars 'laughable'

Mumbai, Dec 16 - Actor Naseeruddin Shah, a veteran in the Hindi film world, says Indian filmmakers' fascination for the Academy Awards is laughable. He believes we are never going to win any. The 63-year-old, who has featured in films like Masoom, Sarfarosh, Iqbal and The Dirty Picture, was asked what he makes of the current scenario of Indian filmmakers fighting with each other to make it ...

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