Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra alleges ex-wife had an affair
BollyWood|: British-Indian businessman and actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s husband Raj Kundra has claimed in an interview that his ex-wife Kavita allegedly had an affair with his sister’s husband while she was married to him. Kundra broke his silence over the split 12 years after the divorce following an old video interview given by Kavita resurfacing once again and going viral on social media recently. Kundra and Kavita were married in 2003 but filed for divorce in 2006. Kundra has cited the affair as the reason behind the divorce from his first wife and not because of his growing closeness to Shetty Kundra at the time, who had became famous overnight after winning the British reality TV show ‘Big Brother’ in 2007. Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra Image Credit: Instagram.com/rajkundra9 “We were living in one house with my mum, dad and my sister and her husband had moved over from India to try and settle in the UK. She (ex-wife) grew very close to my ex-brother-in-law, spending more and more time with him, especially when I was out on business trips,” Kundra told entertainment portal Pinkvilla in an interview. “Many of my family, and even my driver, would say we sense something fishy between these two and I would never believe it. I gave my ex-wife the benefit of doubt. I did everything I possibly could for both sides of the family because for me my side or her family is family, a principle I still follow today.” Kundra added. He continued: “My sister and her husband moved back to India because things were not comfortable living together in our house. The relationship that my wife and ex-brother-in-law Vansh were sharing, going out for work together meeting and sitting in the same room so often, etc. I guess my sister felt it best to move back.” Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra Image Credit: Instagram.com/rajkundra9 Kundra further revealed that it was only after his sister allegedly discovered a second phone in her husband’s wardrobe with explicit messages from a UK number that he got suspicious. After several days, Kundra also discovered his wife had hidden a second phone where she was reportedly exchanging messages with Vansh. Kundra also accused his ex-wife for increasing her demands of alimony after she learned that he was dating Shetty Kundra. When quizzed about how his actress wife reacted to the old video resurfacing, Kundra said she told him to ignore it. “I was very angry. She again said ignore, don’t worry. But I decided enough is enough. She is not even aware I have given this interview I am doing this because I think the truth finally needs to be told.” Kundra has a daughter with his ex-wife. The businessman married Shilpa in 2009 and the couple has a son and a daughter. — With inputs from IANS
Salman Khan to announce two big Bollywood projects, rumoured to be Hindi remakes of ‘Master’ and ‘Khiladi’
BollyWood|: Salman Khan is no mood of slowing down. Despite ‘Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’ garnering not so favourable reviews last month, the rumour mill in Bollywood claims the actor is poised to announce two big projects in the near future. One of the touted projects happens to be the Hindi remake of Vijay’s box office hit, ‘Master’ if sources are to be believed. The adaptation of the Tamil hit will be produced by Endemol Shine India and Murad Khetani, in association with Seven Screen Studios that co-produced and distributed the original actioner. Vijay in Master Image Credit: Supplied “The Lokesh Kanagaraj-directed venture was shown to Salman earlier this year before the junta curfew was imposed. It revolves around alcoholic professor JD, portrayed by Vijay, who takes up a teaching job at a juvenile home,” a trade source told Indian daily Mid-Day. The source further added: “Salman was excited about the movie and agreed to do it in principle. But things did not progress swiftly due to the lockdown. Now, the producers will meet him again to discuss the minor tweaks in the script, the possible dates for the shoot and the director.” The other big film on the horizon for Khan is a Hindi remake of yet another South Indian film, this time it is Telugu star Ravi Teja’s movie ‘Khiladi’, which has yet to release. According to several media reports, Khan has snapped up the remake rights of the film. Besides Tejas, the upcoming action thriller also stars Dimple Hayathi and Meenakshi Chowdhary Arjun. Teja plays a double role in the movie. Ravi Teja in Khiladi Image Credit: Supplied Khan already has a busy roster ahead of him with several projects in the pipeline after facing delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world. Khan will be seen in ‘Antim: The Final Truth’, where he stars alongside his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma. The veteran actor also has ‘Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali’ in the works with Sajid Nadiadwala, along with ‘Kick 2’. However, the first release everyone is anticipating in ‘Tiger 3’, which sees Khan reprise his role of a RAW agent and will also see Katrina Kaif return to the project. The film is expected to resume shooting over the summer and the crew will be heading to Europe, according to reports, what with several countries now reopening to tourists post pandemic.
Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan flaunts baby bump
India|Entertainment|: Kolkata: Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan who is in the news for the last few days over the controversy regarding her relationship with her estranged husband Nikhil Jain again hit the headlines as she flaunted a baby bump confirming pregnancy. The Bengali actress who is not living with her husband for the last six months posted the photograph along with some other co-actors on social media exposing her baby bump. The speculation of pregnancy was making rounds for three months when she made an encrypted Instagram post saying - "You will blossom in our own way." Even without uttering a single word, Nusrat sure managed to raise the heat of the ongoing speculation. Though she was silent on the issue, speculations were high that the 31-year-old actress turned politician was expecting a baby. However, the photograph on social media has now ended the speculation. Nusrat Jahan on Wednesday issued a statement saying her marriage with Nikhil Jain was never valid as an interfaith marriage in India has to be registered under the Special Marriage Act, which never happened and so the question of divorce doesn't arise. "Our separation happened long back, but I did not speak about it as I intended to keep my private life to myself," she said. The TMC MP married the Kolkata-based businessman Jain in June 2019 in Turkey. The wedding ceremony was conducted according to the Turkish Marriage Regulation. Nusrat in her statement also accused Nikhil Jain of mishandling her money and alleged that his family members have held back the jewellery given to her by her parents. "The one who claims to be "rich" and "been used by me" has been taking money from my account by accessing my bank accounts illegally and by illegitimate means at odd hours of the night, even post-separation. I have already taken this up with the concerned banking authority and a police complaint shall be filed shortly," she said in the statement. Jain has claimed that the couple has not been together for the last six months. The indifferences between Nusrat and him became public recently after both of them made startling revelations against each other. Jain initially said he didn't want to comment as the matter is in court. Later, the businessman revealed that he pressed Jahan several times to get their marriage registered in India, but she avoided these requests all the time. The issue snowballed into a political controversy as the BJP jumped into the scene alleging that the film actress had cheated the people showing that she is married. BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya posted a video showing the oath taking ceremony of Jahan where she is seen married, and wrote on his Twitter handle: "TMC MP Nusrat Jahan Ruhi Jain's personal life, who she is married to or who she is living in with, should not be anyone's concern. But she is an elected representative and is on record in the Parliament that she is married to Nikhil Jain. Did she lie on the floor of the House?" Trinamool Congress, however, refused to make any comment on the issue and said that the party was keeping a close watch on the developments.
Sarah Jessica Parker posts first cast photos from ‘Sex and the City’ reboot
TV|: And just like that, the girls from ‘Sex and the City’ are back together with Sarah Jessica Parker posting images from the cast reunion on her Instagram account. It’s been more than a decade since Parker, along with gal pals Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis, appeared together onscreen as their characters from ‘Sex and The City’. The trio has reunited to shoot a special 10-episode special for HBO Max, titled ‘And Just Like That…’. In the photo posted on Friday night on Instagram, the girls are seen beaming at the camera, with Parker writing: “Together again,” with New York’s famous Empire State Building serving as the backdrop. Nixon also posted the same image, captioning the picture: “Friendship never goes out of style.” Parker also posted images from the cast reading, writing: “Read through our first episodes. @justlikethatmax Alongside all the fellas and our newest cast members. Like an ice cream sundae.” The revival will include three-quarters of the leading ladies — Parker playing Carrier Bradshaw, Nixon returning as Miranda Hobbs and Kristin Davis back as Charlotte York. Kim Cattrall, who played the sassy Samantha Jones, refused to join any kind of revival of the show in the past and has famously feuded with Parker over the years. The story is supposed to pick up whether the film left off, with ‘Sex and the City 2’ releasing in 2010. A still from Sex and the City 2 Image Credit: GN Archives Despite Cattrall famously missing from the new series, fans will be delighted to know that several of the cast regulars have returned for the revival, including Chris Noth who played Mr. Big and married Carrie in the corresponding film. David Eigenberg is also returning as the lovable Steve Brady, who is married to Miranda, while Evan Handler is back as divorce attorney and husband to Charlotte, Harry Goldenblatt. Other notable regulars also returning include Carrie’s buddy Standford Blatch, played by Willie Garson, along with Charlotte’s BFF Marion Cantone as Anthony Marentino. Sarah Jessica Parker and John Corbett in Sex and the City Image Credit: HBO In April, Page Six had interviewed actor John Corbett who had confirmed he will be reprising his role of Carrie Bradshaw’s ex-fiance, Aidan Shaw, in the hotly anticipated show reboot. The 59-year-old entertainer said, “I’m going to do the show,” adding that the news is “very exciting” for him. Concerning the number of episodes he will show up in, Corbett said, “I think I might be in quite a few.” “I like every one of those individuals, they’ve been nice to me,” he added. On the long-running HBO show, Corbett played hapless furniture designer Aidan, whom Carrie not only cheated on with Mr. Big, but subsequently dumped when he wanted to get married. He appeared in the movie sequel, running into his ex-love in Abu Dhabi, where the two shared a romantic meal and a kiss. A new face joining the cast is actress Sara Ramirez, best known as Dr. Callie Torres on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. Not much has been said about her character on the revival accept for her name; Ramirez will play Che Diaz on the special.
Warner Bros. plans anime movie in ‘Lord of the Rings’ series
HollyWood|: The Warner Bros. movie studio will produce an anime feature film set in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular ‘The Lord of the Rings’ books, officials announced. ‘The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim’ will tell the story of a legendary battle that shaped Middle-Earth in the years leading up to events in 2001 film ‘The Lord of the Rings’,” a statement from the studio said. The new movie will explore the fortress of Helm’s Deep and feature the King of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand. Anime filmmaker Kenji Kamiyama will direct the film. No release date was set. Warner Bros. distributed ‘The Lord of the Rings’ live-action film trilogy starting in 2001 and ‘The Hobbit”’ trio of movies starting in 2012. The six films have grossed nearly $6 billion at box offices worldwide. Warner Bros. is currently owned by AT&T Inc but is in the process of merging with Discovery Inc. Amazon.com Inc is working on a ‘Lord of the Rings’ television series, which is currently being filmed in New Zealand.
Why is ‘Boycott Kareena Kapoor Khan’ trending on Twitter? Here’s everything to know about the Bollywood drama
BollyWood|: Bollywood boycotts are hardly new on social media but the current outcry plants Kareena Kapoor Khan in the centre of a Twitter storm. On Saturday, #BoycottKareenaKhan was picking up steam in India with several taking to the micro-blogging site calling out the Bollywood actress for reportedly charging Rs120 million to play Sita in a film based on the Indian epic, ‘Ramayan’. Several others also took objection to the fact that she was being considered for the role of Sita, who was the wife of the Hindu deity Ram, while being married to a person of a different religion in real life; Kapoor Khan is married to Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan and the couple are parents to two children. Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Taimur Ali Khan Image Credit: Supplied Twitter user Arpita Chatterjeep posted: “Kareena Kapoor Khan to charge a whopping amount for the role of Sita. #BoycottKareenaKhan And we should also #BoycottTheProducer and the director of the film who plan her for the role of “Mata Sita” [Mother Sita]. Why people from different religion will play such characters!!” Sourav Jha wrote: “Bollywood can only play with our emotions, nothing else. So be careful. #BoycottBollywood #BoycottKareenaKhan.” Ashutosh Dubey posted: “#BoycottKareenaKhan because RT if you also think #KanganaRanaut can play the role of Mata Sita in a better way than Kareena Khan! Support This!” Meanwhile, Gaurav Goel, who claims to be the state spokesperson for an Indian political party, also wrote: “Timur was the invader and was from Afganistan. #BoycottKareenaKhan.” Kareena Kapoor's son Taimur with his young brother Image Credit: Instagram/KareenaKapoorKhan The ‘Timur’ is his tweet is in reference to Kapoor Khan’s first born son, Taimur Ali Khan who is four years old. Goel’s tweet is referring to the outcry that followed after the birth of Taimur with several people in India objecting to the child’s name and issuing death threats against him and his famous parents. User Sonika Sharma also took objection to Kapoor Khan marrying Khan, who divorced his first wife, Amrita Singh. “A lady who married to a person who left his wife... How can she play the role of our Sita maa???? Never acceptable.” The brouhaha erupted after news broke last week the Kapoor Khan was in the running to play Sita, who is a revered figure in India. Interestingly, news of her playing the character on screen has already been refuted by the writer of the film who is penning the retelling. Kareena Kapoor Khan Image Credit: GN archives Entertainment portal Spotboye asked writer K Vijayendra Prasad about Kapoor Khan being considerd for the new project, which is being directed by Alaukik Desai, and his response was: “No, no, no.” Citing another source close to the project, the portal added: “Kareena is not suited to the part at all. It must have suited some marketing brains somewhere to suggest she’s playing Sita as her husband is playing Ravan in another project. Also, the hefty fee that she is supposed to have asked for a role that she has not been offered, sounds impressive but far-fetched in this day and age of an economic recession.” Kapoor Khan’s husband is essaying the role of Ravan, the demon king who kidnaps Sita, for the upcoming Bollywood film ‘Adipurush’.
Bollywood’s Taapsee Pannu reveals she wasn’t the first choice for ‘Haseen Dillruba’
BollyWood|: Taapsee Pannu has revealed that she was not the first choice of the upcoming mystery thriller ‘Haseen Dillruba’. The actress claims the film came to her after all other options were exhausted. “‘Haseen Dillruba’ was a film I had a very gut feeling about the day I heard the basic idea from (writer) Kanika (Dhillon). Unfortunately, I wasn’t the first choice for the film and it came to me after all their options were exhausted,” Pannu said. She calls the film a candy in an actor’s hand. “The good old saying that, if it’s meant for you it will come to you stands true for this case. It’s not just a beautifully written mystery, it has such wonderful characters, which is candy in an actor’s hands,” Pannu said, adding: “I am glad I got to experiment with my look and performance with this one because I am definitely not the go-to person for this kind of character conventionally, and we all love to take risks.” The film, which also stars Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane, is about a woman whose heart longs to live like the words captured in a novel, but finds herself entangled in the murder of her husband. Massey calls the film a perfect blend of humour, quirk, revenge and romance. “I hope it surprises the audience as much as it surprised me when I heard it first. It was an enthralling experience shooting for,” he said. Rane feels honoured to be in the same frame with some of our “country’s finest talent”. “Taapsee and Vikrant, have one thing in common I could never make out if they were joking or if they were serious. I always had to look for tiny nuances to understand the pretext,” he added. ‘Haseen Dilruba’, directed by ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’, helmer Vinil Mathew, will be release on Netflix on July 2.
Back to Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan is ready to return to work
BollyWood|: Brace yourself Bollywood fans. Shah Rukh Khan is ready to return to work and that can only mean a movie on the horizon in the near future. The veteran star, who’s been on a self-imposed hiatus since 2018, has announced he’s ready to return to normalcy and that can only mean the actor will get back to filming his upcoming ‘Pathan’, which will mark his return to screen in years. In a post on Instagram, Khan posted a monochrome image of his bearded look, while writing: “They say time is measured in days, months and beards....Time now for a trim and get back to work I guess...Wishing everyone who is getting back to a bit of normalcy...safe and healthy days and months of work ahead....love u all [sic].” Khan, along with most of India, has been facing nearly a year of lockdown and restricted movement ever since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020. In recent months, another strict lockdown came into effect in Maharashtra — home to Mumbai and Bollywood — as a second deadly wave left death and destruction in its path. Several Bollywood stars were also afflicted with the virus, including Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, among others. Khan was last seen in Anand L Rai’s ‘Zero’ in 2018, alongside Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma; the film tanked at the box office. The actor’s comeback has been in the works since 2020 with the Yash Raj Films produced ‘Pathan’, which also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham and is helmed by ‘War’ director Siddharth Anand. Shah Rukh Khan in 'Zero' Image Credit: Supplied The movie, which doesn’t have an official release date, has been billed as an action-thriller and has also been reportedly shot in Dubai, with the film unit spotted in Downtown Dubai in January, with sources claiming a special sequence has also been filmed at the Burj Khalifa. There had also been sightings of Khan in the city around that time. While Khan has yet to speak on ‘Pathan’, he has taken the time to appear on social media to respond to ‘Loki’ star Tom Hiddleston’s recent appreciation for him while promoting his Disney Plus show, now airing in the UAE on OSN. In a promotional video posted on June 8, Hiddleston claimed to be an avid Khan fan while playing a Word Association game. In the game, he took Khan’s name when asked about his first thought on India. Later, when he was asked about Bollywood, he asked back: “Am I allowed to say Shah Rukh Khan again? Shah Rukh Khan again!” Thanking Hiddleston for the remark, Khan tweeted: “You are kind, God of Mischief... hope there’s no mischief behind this claim though. Lots of love Tom and can’t wait to binge Loki!!! Starting now- Ep 1!” Interestingly, long before Priyanka Chopra Jonas married Nick Jonas, she was romantically linked with both Khan and Hiddleston.
Meghan Markle’s estranged father threatens with more ‘dirty laundry’
HollyWood|: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex could be facing more embarrassment after her estranged father Thomas Markle threatened to air more ‘dirty laundry’ in a new televised interview, airing Sunday. In a teaser from the ’60 Minutes’ exclusive, Markle is seen telling reporter Tom Steinfort that he only learned of Meghan giving birth to his grandchild over the radio; Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed their second child Lilibet Diana on June 4. “You want dirty laundry? This is the first time I’ve ever discussed these things,” Markle, a former Hollywood lighting director, is seen saying in the teaser, adding that he hasn’t spoken to his daughter since two days before her wedding into the British royal family in 2018. “I made one dumb mistake,” Markle says at one point in the 43-second teaser, adding: “I’ll be very disappointed that I don’t get to hold my granddaughter.” Meghan and Prince Harry Image Credit: AFP This isn’t the first time Markle has addressed his daughter through the press. In March of this year, days after the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, Markle appeared on ‘Good Morning Britain’ where he stated that his entire family had been ghosted by Meghan following her marriage into the royal family, but he continues to love her even today. The estranged father also addressed the statement made by Meghan during the interview where she revealed she had contemplated suicide while pregnant with her son Archie. “I’ve been pushed around and knocked down for one thing I did. For one big mistake I made and I have apologised for it as many times as I possibly can. However, I love my daughter very much. Had I known that she’d been having psychological problems, I would have been there for her,” Markle said on ‘GMB’. Addressing his daughter’s call for help during her pregnancy, Markle further added: “The biggest problem here is that she pretty much ghosted all of her family. On her mother’s side and my side. So, she really had no one to reach out to. She would’ve had us if she kept us.” Prince Harry and Meghan with Oprah Winfrey Image Credit: Harpo Productions Markle claimed he was upset when he heard of his daughter all alone and harbouring such dark thoughts. “It really did upset me. Like I said, she could have reached out to anyone in her family who she claims she doesn’t know but the other thing is, I would think she could turn to her husband.” Markle also stated he wished to end the rift with Meghan. “I have never stopped loving my daughter. I don’t always agree with the things my children do, but I never stop loving my children. She can be angry with me … but I’m still her dad and if you ever read Tig [Meghan’s former blog], there’s a thing on Tig where she talks about me. And she makes a statement where she says there should be more guys like my dad. So, there must be some good left here somewhere.” During her sit down with Winfrey in March of this year, the Duchess of Sussex spoke about her distance with her father in the lead up to the wedding in 2018. “There was such an obsession about anything in my world, including tracking down my parents… Once they did, I remember being told there was a huge headline like, ‘We found him’ or ‘We’ve got him.’ You’re talking about someone’s father. And from that point, the tabloids, they moved into the apartment next door and across from him. Descended on this small town, which is giving him gifts. The whole thing brings us to where we are today,” Meghan said. Meghan and Prince Harry Image Credit: AFP When Winfrey prodded further, asking Meghan whether she felt betrayed by her father for eventually speaking to the UK tabloids, Meghan said she did not know if she was comfortable “even talking about that.” She further added: “If we were going to use the word betrayal, it’s because when I asked him, when we were told by the comms team, this is a story that was going to be coming out, which, by the way, the tabloids had apparently known for a month or so and decided to hold until the Sunday before our wedding because they wanted to create drama, which is also a really key point in all this. The tabloids do not report news, they create the news.” Prince Harry and Meghan at their wedding in 2018 Image Credit: AFP Markle was set to walk Meghan down the aisle during the 2018 church ceremony, but dropped out after the British press reported he was paid to pose for photos that showed him getting measured for his wedding suit and making other preparations. Ultimately, Prince Charles walked Meghan down the aisle at the wedding, with Markle later stating he regretted pulling the stunt. Markle has also never met Prince Harry or his other grandchild, Archie.
Bollywood’s Aamir Khan to take on chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand in COVID-19 charity match
BollyWood|: Aamir Khan will lead a bevy of Bollywood stars who will attempt to best chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand in a series of games to raise funds for COVID-19. The ‘Checkmate COVID - Celebrity Edition’ will see the five-time world chess champion taken on 10 Indian celebrities and business leaders that will also include South Indian star Kiccha Sudeep, Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh, singer Arijit Singh and singer-songwriter Ananya Birla. Kiccha Sudeep Image Credit: Antonin Kelian Kallouche/Gulf News Other notable celebrities to play against Anand include cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal, Manu Kumar Jain — MD of Xiaomi India, Nikhil Kamath, Co-founder of Zerodha, Bollywood producer Sajid Nadiadwala and Prachura Padakannaya, CEO. Xcetra Talent Management. The ‘simultaneous exhibition’ match will raise funds for The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s COVID-19 relief feeding efforts. Proceeds from the event will serve vulnerable communities who don’t have the financial means to feed themselves as the devastating second wave of the pandemic grips in India. Fans around the world can catch the grand master best some of the top names in Bollywood through Chess.com India’s YouTube channel. The event will be held on June 13, at 5pm India time and live-streamed. Chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand Image Credit: AP “Despite being at the forefront in the International chess circuit, India has not received the recognition and prominence it deserves. Events like Checkmate COVID can draw the attention of public and celebrities to the chess fraternity and thereby, support social causes,” Padakannaya said in a media statement. Shridhar Venkat, CEO Akshaya Patra, also thanked the film, business and sports fraternities for stepping up to help. “It is heartening to see the stalwarts from both fields once again come together for a cause. I am immensely grateful to Viswanathan Anand and these distinguished celebrities and businesspersons for understanding the criticality of the situation and extending their support to Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 relief feeding efforts through this charity event.” For those of you wondering whether Bollywood’s Mr. Perfectionist stands a chance against Anand, here’s a little nugget: Khan has been playing chess since the age of six, which he mastered from his grandmother. This is also not the first time Khan is facing Anand across a chess board. The duo played a charity match in 2015 as well.
James Corden gets called out for mocking Filipino cuisine and other Asian dishes
HollyWood|: ‘The Late Late Show’ host James Corden is facing backlash for a segment on his TV show that many online are deeming “incredibly culturally offensive.” The segment, ‘Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts’, is a riff on “truth or dare” that gives celebrity guests the choice between answering an embarrassing question or eating food Corden has deemed unappetising or inedible. The problem is that many of the so-called offending dishes are not uncommon in other parts of the world, especially in Asian cuisine. Foods like balut, a fertilised egg dish that’s a staple of Filipino cuisine, and chicken feet, an item easy to find in Chinese restaurants, were called “terrible” and “really disgusting” in a 2016 segment with Jimmy Kimmel. “I don’t even really know what that is,” Corden said when presenting Kimmel with the balut. The long-running game is a popular segment on Corden’s show, enlisting celebrities such as Cher, Kobe Bryant, Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles and Justin Bieber. Chrissy Teigen made an appearance three months ago on the most recent edition of ‘Spill Your Guts’. Former fan Kim Saira started a petition to address the segment’s cultural insensitivity. Racking up more than 13,200 signatures to date, the Change.org petition calls on Corden to change the game or cease it altogether. It also asks that Corden issue an apology and requests that a donation be made to support Asian-owned businesses. Saira recently told the ‘Today’ show that she stopped watching Corden after seeing the segment ridicule balut, a “sentimental food” she eats with her family on trips to the Philippines. “I was just so confused, and I feel like it was a moment of me just being like, ‘Oh, my gosh, like, this is my culture. I don’t understand why he’s making fun of it,’” Saira said. Representatives for ‘The Late Late Show’ have yet to comment. Comments under the video of Kimmel’s appearance, which has been viewed more than 27 million times, echo a similar sentiment. “I think its funny that they use mostly asian food as the ‘disgusting’ foods they will be dared to eat. Kind of really offensive,” reads one. “The part where they had traditional Asian food was extremely disrespectful they could’ve been more polite or subtle about it even if it was gross,” says another user. On Monday, Saira also uploaded a TikTok that went viral and inspired her to create the petition. The video, which shares her commentary on clips of the ‘Spill Your Guts’ balut episode, has been watched more than 2 million times. “ok but this is actual Asian food & youre going on live tv telling people how gross it is,” she captioned the video. Critics also highlighted the need to reevaluate the segment’s presentation of Asian food in the wake of heightened attention to anti-Asian violence across the country. “Content like this continually perpetuates and encourages harm and racism against Asian Americans in our daily lives,” Saira’s petition reads.
Vin Diesel says ‘Fast and Furious’ saga planning an ending
HollyWood|: Vin Diesel made a mark as the street racer patriarch in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, but the storyline starring his longstanding character will soon come to an end. Diesel said in an interview that the ‘Fast and Furious’ saga will conclude after two more films following the ninth installment, ‘F9’, which is out in UAE cinemas in its third week but is only releasing in US theatres June 25. He said Universal Pictures wants to close out the saga in two parts. The actor said the final two films could potentially release in 2023 then 2024. Vin Diesel and Nathalie Emmanuel in Fast and Furious 9 Image Credit: Universal Pictures “Every story deserves its own ending,” said Diesel during a press junket for ‘F9’ when asked about the franchise’s future. Despite the end of the saga, he said the ‘Fast and Furious’ cinematic universe will continue on. When Diesel told his daughter about the franchise’s conclusion, the actor said she began shedding tears. “I know people are going to feel like it doesn’t have to end, but I think all good things should,” he said. “There are reasons for a finale. I think this franchise has deserved it.” Diesel has starred as Dominic Toretto since the franchise’s inaugural film ‘The Fast and Furious’ in 2001. The movies have become big earners at the domestic and international box office, with the past two films each making more than $1 billion. The cast of Fast and Furious 9 Image Credit: Universal Pictures Along with Diesel, the action films have featured several others including Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, rapper Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Jason Statham and the late Paul Walker. In 2019, Johnson and Statham starred in the franchise’s first spin-off film ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’, which claimed the No. 1 spot and earned $180.8 million in its worldwide debut. Last year, Universal pushed back the release of ‘F9’ due to the coronavirus outbreak. The new film not only brings back a fan favourite — Sung Kang’s Han — along with new additions including John Cena, but the story will also literally send a car into space. It’s already touted to be one of the season’s biggest hits. Vin Diesel and John Cena in F9 Image Credit: Universal Studios Director Justin Lin said the idea of finishing the saga came during a conversation with Diesel, who has played the leading role in eight ‘Fast and Furious’ films. “We got together and Vin says ‘I think we should think about closing up the saga now,’” said Lin, who has directed five of the franchise’s films. He will direct the final two installments. “Nine is kind of the first film of the final chapter,” the director said. “We’re kind of reconfiguring everything, so that the next two movies should wrap up this amazing journey for these characters.” Director Justin Lin Image Credit: AP Diesel said the franchise has come a long way, but he finally sees a finish line. “This franchise was born from the pavement, from the concrete,” he said. “The world just championed this underdog to a place where it has already surpassed all of these other franchises. But the franchise has a soul, and that soul has to rest.”
Bollywood star Anil Kapoor shares throwback pictures with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino
BollyWood|: Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor on Friday took a trip down memory lane as he shared a couple of throwback pictures of himself with Hollywood legends Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. “Throwback to one of my best memories! With the two greatest actors of all time, my go-to acting reference points, inspirations, and the reason I continue to love what I do...being an actor,” the ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ actor tweeted. Apart from his Bollywood movies, Kapoor is known for starring in Hollywood films such as ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and the hit TV series ‘24’. The actor was last seen in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘AK Vs AK’, a comedy-thriller that featured his daughter Sonam Kapoor Ahuja. Anil Kapoor. Image Credit: AFP He will be next seen in Raj Mehta’s directorial ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’ along with Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, and Neetu Kapoor in the lead roles. Besides this, Kapoor will also be starring in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s ‘ANIMAL’ along with Ranbir Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Bobby Deol.
Marvel ropes in Jameela Jamil to play villain in ‘She-Hulk’
HollyWood|: Actress Jameela Jamil has joined the cast of Marvel’s ‘She-Hulk’. She will play villain Titania in the Disney+ series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jamil steps into a character that dates back to 1984’s Secret Wars No 3, where Titania was introduced by writer Jim Shooter and artist Mike Zeck. The story revolves around Titania, who gained super strength and endurance after being taken to an alien planet where Marvel’s heroes and villains had been transported to battle it out. Eventually, she became a rival of ‘She-Hulk’. Read more Jameela Jamil and boyfriend James Blake are not here for your Munchausen theories Actress Jameela Jamil torches toxic tabloid culture Jameela Jamil on her struggle with eating disorders Canadian Emmy-winning actor Tatiana Maslany will play the lead role in the Disney+’s series. She will play Jennifer Walters, an attorney, and cousin of Bruce Banner (aka the Hulk). In the comics, an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin gave Walters her powers, but unlike Banner, ‘She-Hulk’ was able to keep her intelligence and personality when she hulked out. The pilot is being helmed by veteran television director Kat Corio and ‘Rick and Morty’ Emmy winner Jessica Gao is leading the writers’ room on ‘She-Hulk’. Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has expressed interest in appearing in the show. ‘She-Hulk’ is expected to release in 2022.
Why author Stephen King wanted to adapt ‘Lisey’s Story’ himself
TV|: Dig into a Stephen King novel or watch one of his film adaptations, and life’s joys quickly become life’s terrors. Cars are wicked man traps. Prom is a nightmare. Dogs? Total snuff machines. But ask Pablo Larrain, director of “Lisey’s Story,” the new supernatural miniseries based on King’s 2006 novel, and in King’s world, terror joy. Larrain found that out when he visited King at the author’s home in Maine. “He invited me to stay in a guesthouse, and he said to me, ‘You’re the only guest, but that doesn’t mean you’re alone,’ and walked away,” said Larrain, the Chilean director best known for the film “Jackie.” “I barely slept. Julianne Moore stars as Lisey Landon, the widow of Scott Landon, a famous novelist (played by Clive Owen) whose childhood traumas drove him to forge a connection to a transdimensional world called Boo’ya Moon. Image Credit: Supplied “The next morning, he walked in with eggs and made fun of me,” he added. King knew he had made him afraid of nothing. "It’s a theme that courses through King’s sweeping body of work, and it returns for several characters across layers of time and space in “Lisey’s Story,” which begins Friday on Apple TV+. Julianne Moore stars as Lisey Landon, the widow of Scott Landon, a famous novelist (played by Clive Owen) whose childhood traumas drove him to forge a connection to a transdimensional world called Boo’ya Moon. As vividly depicted in the show, Boo’ya Moon is a place of tranquil beauty, like a Pre-Raphaelite wonderland. But it’s also menacing terrain, where cloaked figures sit silently inside a massive amphitheatre awaiting resolutions to earthly traumas. In recent years, there have been a string of glossy TV adaptations of King’s works, including “The Outsider,” “Under the Dome” and “The Mist.” But “Lisey’s Story” is different. King has said that the novel is one of his favourites and one that he would want to adapt himself. So he did: King wrote the entire series, something he hadn’t done for a TV series adaptation of one of his own novels since he wrote the ABC miniseries version of “The Shining” (1997). “I’ve held onto it the way you hold onto something you love,” King, 73, said last month by phone. In recent years, there have been a string of glossy TV adaptations of King’s works, including “The Outsider,” “Under the Dome” and “The Mist.” But “Lisey’s Story” is different. Image Credit: NYT As in many King stories, a linchpin of “Lisey’s Story” is mental illness. The wobbly territory between reality and paranoia is sensitively portrayed by Joan Allen in her role as Lisey’s sister Amanda, who is treated at a mental institution for catatonia and self-harm, afflictions that mask otherworldly secrets. (Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the caretaker third sister, Darla.) On the other hand, there’s Jim Dooley (Dane DeHaan) a deranged stalker whose single-minded quest for Scott’s unpublished work has violent consequences for the family. Calling from Maine, King spoke about the many storytelling layers of “Lisey’s Story,” the responsibilities of horror creators and how there may be nothing that generates more scares than the human mind. These are edited excerpts from that conversation. Of all of your novels, why adapt “Lisey’s Story” yourself? I held onto it, never expecting I would do anything with it. But I love this book. Ordinarily, I send them off the way you send a kid to college. You hope they do well, but you’re hands-off. If they do a great job, you can say, “That was based on my material.” If not, you can say they screwed up. If you’re going to be in it, you’re going to be in it all the way. That’s a big commitment once you get to be 70. Why episodic television? It’s more novelistic. “Lisey’s Story” is a long book. The novels that seem to work best in films are the ones that are shorter and more simple. I don’t think “Lisey’s Story” would work as a movie because it’s got many layers. I also love the idea that you can spread out the story a little bit. But you have to be careful because if it’s going to be eight hours long, you have to hold the audience. Figuring out what is in and out of bounds when it comes to depicting mental illness can be tricky, especially in the horror genre, where madness motivates almost everything. How do you make sure to do that in a sensitive way? It’s important to see the characters are rounded and not pop-up characters — not to make fun of someone with a mental problem or say it’s their own fault. I don’t think it is. You have to see the mentally ill (character) as not at fault. But still they have to be either treated or taken to a place where they can’t hurt other people. A still from the show. Image Credit: Supplied How much of Dane’s character is based on real-life stalkers from your own experience? We’ve had some deep space cowboys in our life. One of them broke into our house. I wasn’t here. Tabby (King’s wife, writer Tabitha King) was home by herself, and the guy said he had a bomb. It was a box, and it wasn’t a bomb. It had pencil erasers in it and things that were wired with bread ties. She ran out of the house and went to a neighbour and the police. The guy probably wasn’t dangerous. There’s a guy who drives around in a van that says I killed John Lennon. There are nutty people out there. They say the minute you show the monster, you take away its power. “Lisey’s Story” is a show-don’t-tell adaptation, unlike “The Outsider,” which depicted almost nothing supernatural. Why that approach? The real world has to be very carefully done. You have to stitch together the fantasy and horror with very fine stitches so that the person who watches or reads the book says, “These are real people, and I understand their problems.” Then you say, “I’m going to put these people you know and understand in a different situation that’s probably unreal.” “The Outsider,” the series and the book, are about how we react when we are faced with the inexplicable. “Lisey’s Story” has elements that are realistic. Pablo and I spent a lot of time in pre-production, and he said, “Stephen, Boo’ya Moon doesn’t really exist, does it? It’s a fantasy construct where Scott goes to escape from his own mental illness, like a safety valve.” I said, “It’s a real place, whether or not it pre-existed or he created it.” He really accepted it and became a total fan of the idea. Image Credit: Supplied There’s a scene between Julianne’s and Dane’s characters that involves a pizza cutter, and it’s pretty gory. Have your thoughts changed over the years about what responsibilities horror artists have when it comes to depicting violence, particularly violence against women? Violence does happen against women, and the real issue (when writing fiction) is how the woman responds to that. Lisey responds by getting tougher. In that sense she’s a role model. She’s not all beaten down and scared. She pretends to be, but she’s not. Those scenes are difficult to watch, but it’s like what Hitchcock said about “Psycho”: Most of what’s there is in your imagination. We never see a single cut put on Julianne Moore or a blow hit on her face. You hear sounds and hear her react and the aftermath, but not the acts themselves. My idea about what you would call the pornography of violence — when you see somebody’s face slashed — is that it’s important that you care about the characters. It’s not like the “Friday the 13th” movies where you come into the theatre to see 16 horny teens die in 16 interesting ways, whether it’s the arrow through the breast or a squeeze to the head. “Lisey’s Story” is more artistic and more thought-provoking. Stephen King. Image Credit: NYT You’ve said “Lisey’s Story” was sparked by a near-death experience. How did that make you re-evaluate your life and work? I had double pneumonia, and I was in the hospital for a long time. I was very ill, and my wife took the opportunity to redecorate my study, which was old and beat up. To me, it’s almost like a terminal, where I go to blast off. After I came out of the hospital, she said, “Maybe you don’t want to go in your office. You won’t like it.” Of course I went up there, and it’s in a transitional state. All the books had been packed in boxes to go back on the shelves. I was on different medications and looked around the office and thought maybe I was dead. That’s what would happen: You’d have to clean out everything after the person died. Then I thought this would make a great opening for a story, and the rest of it fell into place. Don’t miss it! ‘Lisey’s Story’ is available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
Hollywood director James Wan reveals title of ‘Aquaman’ sequel
HollyWood|: The much-awaited ‘Aquaman’ sequel has finally got its title and it is ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’. Filmmaker James Wan revealed the title on Thursday as the film enters pre-production. The upcoming project stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, with Amber Heard expected to return as Mera and Patrick Wilson back as Orm, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Director James Wan and cast members Nicole Kidman and Amber Heard pose at the premiere for "Aquaman" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Image Credit: REUTERS The Warner Bros studio took the first step toward the ‘Aquaman’ sequel in February 2019, by bringing back David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick to write the script. The film will be produced by original director James Wan and Peter Safran. ‘Aquaman’ over-performed for Warner Bros, coming in above pre-release projections after launching with $68.7 million in its opening weekend in North America. The title gained momentum in subsequent weeks and hit $330 million in North America and $805 million internationally, led by nearly $300 million in China. It’s currently the 20th-highest worldwide grosser of all time. Johnson-McGoldrick teamed up with Will Beall on the ‘Aquaman’ script, from a story by Beall, Geoff Johns and Wan. Johnson-McGoldrick began working on the screenplay three years ago after reading ‘Aquaman’ comic books while on the set of Wan’s ‘The Conjuring 2’. In addition to ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’, Warner Bros has other movies slated for a big release, including ‘The Suicide Squad’, ‘The Batman’, ‘The Flash’, and Warners’ and New Line’s ‘Black Adam’ and ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’. ‘Blue Beetle’, ‘Batgirl’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘Green Lantern Corps’, ‘Static Shock’ and ‘Wonder Woman 3’ are also in the works. ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ is slated to release on December 16, 2022.
‘Haseen Dillruba’ trailer is out: Taapsee Pannu shines in murder mystery
BollyWood|: Netflix has released the first trailer of the upcoming mystery thriller ‘Haseen Dillruba’, which stars Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane. The trailer looks promising, giving viewers a deeper look at the intriguing story. The trailer introduces the audience to Rani Kashyap (played by Pannu) who is newly married to Rishu (played Massey). A few seconds into the trailer, Rishu dies in an explosion and Rani becomes the prime suspect in the murder case. How did she end up as a murder suspect? Taapsee Pannu and Vikrant Massey on the set of Haseen Dillruba Image Credit: instagram.com/taapsee/ There are also scenes of Rani’s affair with Rane’s character, her not being the ideal wife, and Rishu being suspicious of her intentions. The police, headed by CID star Aditya Srivastava, is confident of her being the murderer and now she has to prove herself innocent. Directed by Vinil Mathew, ‘Haseen Dillruba’ has been written by Kanika Dhillon. The murder mystery, which is set to premiere on Netflix on July 2, has been produced by Aanand L Rai’s Colour Yellow Production and T-Series. Speaking about the upcoming film, Massey said: “‘Haseen Dillruba’ is the perfect mix of humour, quirk, revenge and romance. I hope it surprises the audience as much as it surprised me when I heard it first. It was an enthralling experience shooting for it. Let us all watch the mysteries unravel itself and learn important life lessons from our beloved Pandit Ji.” Pannu also commented on the forthcoming film and said, “‘Haseen Dillruba’ was a film I had a very strong gut feeling about the day I heard the basic idea from Kanika. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the first choice for the film and it came to me after all their options were exhausted. And the good old saying that, if it’s meant for you it will come to you stands true for this case.” She added, “It’s not just a beautifully written mystery, it has such wonderful characters involved which is candy in an actor’s hands. I am glad I got to experiment with my look and performance with this one because I am definitely not the go-to person for this kind of character conventionally and we all love to take risks here.” Talking about his co-stars in the film, Rane said: “I am honoured to be in the same frame with some of our country’s finest talent. Taapsee and Vikrant, have one thing in common I could never make out if they were joking or if they were serious. I always had to look for tiny nuances to understand the pretext.” Pannu was last seen in last year’s ‘Thappad’. While Massey was seen last year in ‘Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare’, ‘Chhapaak’ and ‘Ginny Weds Sunny’. Rane’s last release was ‘Taish’, in which he played a gangster.
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie in solidarity with India amid COVID-19 battle
HollyWood|: Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has expressed grief and solidarity with India in the country’s fight against COVID-19. Jolie, 46, was speaking in an interview NDTV about her movie ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’, out now in the UAE, where she plays a firefighter. “There is really no words to express the grief, solidarity for all that the people of India are suffering,” Jolie said. Angelina Jolie in 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'. Image Credit: AP “It’s beyond heartbreaking. We’re all watching and praying that it improves and our hearts go out to all the families who have lost so many family members and are suffering at this moment,” the actress added. Jolie also made special mention of people working on the frontline. “This film, playing a frontline worker, thinking of all the frontline workers, for all the people that have decided to take jobs of service and dedicate their lives and risk their lives for others; is there a more noble profession? That’s it! That’s what a beautiful thing to be,” she said. Other celebrities who’ve shared their best wishes for India include Nick Jonas, the husband of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Reese Witherspoon and South Korean pop stars BTS. Apart from ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’, Jolie is also set to star in ‘Eternals’, the latest theatrical entry for Marvel’s sprawling cinematic universe. The movie, directed by Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao, also features Kit Harrington, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek.
Bollywood actor Sonu Sood meets fan who walked from Hyderabad to Mumbai
BollyWood|: Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has been in the news for his various philanthropic initiatives amid the pandemic in India and has made many doting fans because of this. Sood got to meet one of those fans, a young boy who went to great lengths to meet the star. “Venkatesh, this boy walked barefoot all the way from Hyderabad to Mumbai to meet me, despite me making efforts to arrange some sort of transportation for him to come here. He is truly inspiring and has immensely humbled me,” the actor wrote on Instagram along with a picture of himself with the determined young man. Sood was appreciative of his efforts but also discouraged others from trying similar things. “Ps. I, however, don’t want to encourage anyone to take the trouble of doing this, love you all,” Sood added. Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Sood has been helping people in need such as those stranded in other states and people who need medical help. Read more Indian TV actress Mahhi Vij’s brother dies due to COVID-19 Sonu Sood calls for free education for children affected by COVID-19; Priyanka Chopra supports it Sonu Sood on Bollywood camp system and how to survive Earlier, it was revealed that Sood would set up oxygen plants in 16-18 states. The actor said the process has already started with two places being locked in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore and Kurnool cities. The process will be in full swing by June end and will be completed by September in all the states. Talking to IANS over phone, Sonu said: “I have tried to cover all the states. The oxygen plants will be set up near the needy hospitals which will have almost 150-200 beds. All these hospitals will never have shortage. The patients have to sometimes travel far to reach the hospitals and in some cases, they lose their lives as well. With this, I hope, such situation will never arise.” On the work from, Sood will next be seen in the Telugu film ‘Acharya’ and Bollywood flick ‘Prithviraj’.