Indian actor Kishore Nandalsarkar dies battling COVID-19
BollyWood|: Veteran Indian actor Kishore Nandalsarkar, who has acted in films including ‘Singham’ and ‘Vaastav’, died on April 20 after his battle with COVID-19 in Thane. He was 81. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit took to Twitter to share the details of the character actor's death. “He was in the hospital from last two weeks. My heartfelt condolences to his family and dear ones,” tweet Pandit, along with his image. According to reports, Nandalsark’s oxygen levels had fallen significantly before his condition worsened. Nandalsark has been a part of Bollywood blockbusters including ‘Simmba’, but it was Marathi films that truly explored his potential as a character actor. Nandlaskar made his film debut in Marathi film ‘Mina Dika’ in 1989 and topped it off with several roles in films including ‘Miss You Miss’, ‘Bhavishyachi Aishi Taishi’ and‘Gaon Thor Pudhari Chor’.
Morrissey slams 'Simpsons' over unflattering parody
TV|: Morrissey has accused The Simpsons of “hatred” and “ignorance” after the show’s latest episode featured an unflattering parody of a moody British singer in part inspired by the former Smiths frontman. In the episode, first aired Sunday in the US, the precociously intelligent Lisa Simpson makes a new imaginary friend: a depressed but charismatic indie rocker from 1980s Britain with an uncanny resemblance to Morrissey. The character, named Quilloughby and voiced by Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch, is a devoted vegan — like Morrissey and Lisa — who inspires her with his music and acidic social commentary. But when Lisa attends a concert by Quilloughby’s band The Snuffs in the present day, she is shocked and disappointed to see that instead of the imaginary dashing singer, he is an overweight, grumpy and anti-immigrant meat-eater. Morrissey was less than impressed with the portrayal. “The hatred shown towards me from the creators of The Simpsons is obviously a taunting lawsuit, but one that requires more funding than I could possibly muster in order to make a challenge,” the rocker wrote Tuesday in a lengthy post on the Morrissey Central website. “Writing for The Simpsons... evidently requires only complete ignorance.” The Simpsons Image Credit: AP Morrissey, 61, found fame as the quiffed frontman of The Smiths, one of the most acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s. He has had a solo career since the band split in 1987, but has been plagued by controversy. Morrissey became an alienating figure as he faced accusations of racism over his rhetoric on immigration and support for Britain’s far right. He has forcefully denied that he is racist. The title of the Simpsons episode, “Panic on the Streets of Springfield”, is a play on lyrics from the Smiths song “Panic” using the name of the fictional city in the show. It also included parody songs with spoof Smiths titles such as “Hamburger is Homicide”. The episode’s writer Tim Long insisted in an interview with Variety that Quilloughby was a mix of various British artists that he grew up with. “And I’m sticking by that!” Long said. “Having said that, the character is definitely Morrissey-esque, with maybe a small dash of Robert Smith from the Cure, Ian Curtis from Joy Division, and a bunch of other people.”
Stalker arrested at Taylor Swift’s New York building
Music|: A stalker who claims pop star Taylor Swift is communicating with him on social media was arrested on a trespassing charge after trying to break into the singer’s Manhattan apartment, police said Monday. Hanks Johnson, 52, was arrested at 8.30pm Saturday after a 911 caller reported he was inside Swift’s Tribeca building without permission, a police spokesperson said. According to the criminal complaint against him, Johnson told police, “She knows that I’m coming here, we’re friends.” A security employee of Swift’s told police that Johnson had rung the doorbell and tried to enter the building at least five times over the last six months, the complaint states. The security guard said he had personally told Johnson he was not welcome there. Taylor Swift at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards Image Credit: AP Johnson was charged with criminal trespass and released on his own recognisance after an arraignment Sunday night. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney who could comment. The Daily News reports that outside the courthouse, Johnson made a show of sending direct messages to Swift’s Instagram account and claimed the predictive text suggestions on his phone were replies from her. He also showed off a restraining order barring him from contacting models Bella and Gigi Hadid, who are friends of Swift’s, the newspaper said. Swift, who is back at the top of the charts with her rerecording of 2008’s ‘Fearless’, has been plagued over the years by stalkers at her homes on both coasts. A different man was arrested for breaking into her New York apartment in 2018 and taking a nap, police said.
April 20: This day, that year in music history
Music|: Top DJ’s shock death in Oman 2018 Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer, Avicii died aged 28 in Muscat, Oman during a vacation. Although the official cause of death was not released, reports claimed that the Grammy nominated star took his own life. His family said: “He could not go on any longer”. Two postmortems were carried and investigators concluded that tere was no cause to believe that there was any criminal suspicion in this death. Avicii Image Credit: AFP Avicii was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording with ‘Levels’ at the 2013 Grammy Awards. His biggest single was 2013’s ‘Wake Me Up’. Although he was still making music at the time of his death, Avicii had retired from playing live in August 2016, at the age of 26. He has recorded music with some of the biggest names in the industry including Wyclef Jean, Robbie Williams, ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, Rita Ora and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. Who’s Who in rock music record epic song for Africa 1985 Celebrities who crooned We Are The World Image Credit: Twitter.com/lionelrichie The epic charity record ‘We Are The World’ by USA For Africa hit the No.1 sport on the UK singles chart. The US artists’ answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast included acts like Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteern, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Huey Lewis, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and composers Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. The song which was a benefit single for victims of famine in Africa, raised over $60 Million, which was distributed to Ethiopia, Sudan, and other impoverished countries. ‘We Are the World’ won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The USA For Africa project actually started of as an idea that calypso singer Harry Belafonte had for a benefit concert featuring black musicians. Pop stars united to pay tribute to Freddy Mercury 1992 Freddie Mercury Image Credit: AP The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness took place on Easter Monday at Wembly Stadium in London before an audience of over 70,000 fans. The mega event was staged as a tribute to the late Queen singer who died of the disease in November 1991 Actist that performed included Elton John, Black Sabbath, David Bowies, George Michael, Seal, Annie Lennox, Lisa Standsfield, Robert Plant, Phil Collins and Gun N Roses’ Axl Rose and Slash. The profits from the concert were used to launch The Mercuy Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity ogranisation.
Actor Ranveer Singh talks about being an outsider in Bollywood
BollyWood|: Bollywood actor and fashion maverick Ranveer Singh spoke at length about making it big on his own steam in the world of Hindi cinema. Ranveer Singh Image Credit: Supplied “Getting one’s foot inside the door of a largely exclusive entertainment industry seemed un-achievable. But I persisted - you could say I was both hungry and foolish. But more than anything, [I] believed in my abilities and in my potential. Even back then, when I had nothing, the same driven, tenacious and meticulous work ethic was characteristic of my hustle. I was well aware of what a long shot it was. But I was willing to take that leap of faith,” said Singh in a statement. The 33-year-old actor, who made his debut in ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ alongside Anushka Sharma in 2010, was speaking in his role as a brand ambassador for the popular sports brand, while looking back at his decade-long journey in Bollywood. Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma play wedding planners in Band Baaja Baaraat. Image Credit: Supplied He also urged other acting hopefuls to remain focused. “When there wasn’t a good lead in sight for long periods, the phone wouldn’t ring for months, my faith was challenged, but I debunked the idea that what I was trying to achieve was impossible. I stayed focused in the most testing of times. I almost forced the universe into making it happen for me. My determination eventually paid off and my dream became my reality. Ever since, every day feels like I am living a dream,” he added. Singh, who is married to Bollywood A-lister Deepika Padukone, also cautioned other aspiring actors to join the acting industry for the right reasons. Ranveer Deepika Image Credit: instagram.com/ranveersingh “When young actors, especially ‘outsiders’, come up to me seeking advice on how to navigate their hustle — the first and most important thing I tell them is ‘do it for the right reasons. Do it simply because you love performing.’ I urge them to not be lured towards performing arts or the entertainment business because success in this field comes with fame and money. Those are transient , they are frills, just trappings,” said Singh. The actor, who has a robust line-up of releases including cop drama ‘Sooryavanshi’ and sports biopic ’83, believes that he naturally gravitates towards underdog roles. Ranveer Singh with Kapil Dev on whom '83 is based upon Image Credit: Instagram/ranveersingh “For each different character, one has to tap into one’s own bank of experiences to make the portrayal truthful, visceral and honest. I deeply empathise with the underdog characters that I’ve played because I’ve been through a similar journey in my own life. There is a dialogue from the film ‘Gully Boy’ which broadly translates from Hindi into this: ‘I refuse to change my dreams to match my reality, I will change my reality to match my dreams.’ I have felt this sentiment deep down in my soul,” said Singh. He added that all his hit characters from his notable films such as ‘Gully Boy’ spoke to him on several levels. “In ‘Gully Boy’, Murad achieves the impossible. In ‘83, Kapil Dev achieves the impossible. I can lend truth to these roles because I’ve been there in my own journey. I feel their disillusionment, I feel their anger, their frustration, I feel their grit... All in a very intense way because I’ve been through it myself. I’ve felt it for real,” he added. Gully Boy
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Bollywood star Ajay Devgn gears up for his web series debut
BollyWood|: Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn will make his web series debut in the cop-driven tale ‘Rudra: The Edge Of Darkness’ on Disney+ Hotstar VIP. His debut series is a remake of the award-winning British show ‘Luther’, starring Idris Elba. In a statement, Devgn expressed his excitement at broadening his career. Actors including Abhishek Bachchan, R Madhavan, Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui have already conquered the digital space in the last few months with a string of engaging series and films. “‘Rudra — The Edge of Darkness’ is a compelling and highly intriguing story and I can’t wait to begin this new journey! Playing a cop on screen is not new to me, but this time the character is more intense, complex and dark. What drew me most to his persona, is that he is possibly the greyest character you may come across in recent times,” Devgn said in a statement. The actor, who is awaiting the release of his star-led cop film ‘Sooryanvanshi’, also shared a teaser of ‘Rudra’ to give his fans a sneak peek into what can be expected from his web debut. Its makers are equally excited about roping in Devgn, one of Bollywood most bankable stars with immense box-office clout. “We are very excited to have Ajay Devgn play the lead. He truly has the fiery intensity and persona required to play this iconic character. With Disney+ Hotstar VIP we have built a strong foundation and are looking forward to creating this global series. We work very closely with BBC Studios to bring the best stories to Indian audiences and Rudra is a brilliant re-imagination of an iconic global format,” said Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment. Idrs Elba in 'Luther'. Image Credit: BBC 2015 Sunil Rayan, President and Head, Disney+ Hotstar, said the series will push boundaries with its content. “This kind of storytelling has never before been attempted in India. The narrative is bold and genre-defining, crafted not just for metro audiences but also appealing to hundreds of millions of users across the country. We’re thrilled to have Ajay Devgn headline the series and we are certain that his fans would be happy to see him in a new avatar,” said Rayan in a statement.
Oscars 2021: Why Carey Mulligan won’t let Hollywood off the hook as ‘Promising Young Woman’ lines up for awards night
HollyWood|: Not every Carey Mulligan movie begins with a Charli XCX song, but maybe more of them should. When ‘Promising Young Woman’ deploys the 2017 pop bop ‘Boys’ in its opening moments, it’s the first sign you’re about to get something from Mulligan that you’re not used to: namely, a contemporary setting. “I know that for a cinema audience, I’m just constantly in period costume,” Mulligan said recently, shrugging her shoulders in an oversized red sweater. She was video-chatting with me from her British country house in Devon, where she had sequestered herself in a darkened music room typically used by her husband, Marcus Mumford, from the band Mumford & Sons. Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman Image Credit: Focus Features A single, solitary lamp illuminated her — as single, solitary lamps often do with Mulligan. You’ll find little more than a meagre light source in many of the 35-year-old actress’s most recent movies, which include ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’, set around 1870; ‘Suffragette’, about equal-rights protests in 1912 Britain; and ‘Mudbound’, which begins in the year 1939. It has been nearly a decade since Mulligan starred in a modern-day film — Steve McQueen’s ‘Shame’, from 2011 — a span of time that initially surprised even her. “I think of ‘Wildlife’ as being kind of contemporary!” she insisted. I had to point out that the 2018 domestic drama, in which Mulligan plays a restless mother on the brink of an affair, takes place 60 years ago. Carey Mulligan Image Credit: NYT This is not necessarily a good or bad thing, but it is a thing, and it’s part of the reason that ‘Promising Young Woman’ lands like a lightning strike. Imagine the cognitive dissonance of taking, say, Audrey Hepburn out of her midcentury roles and plopping her into a thoroughly 2020 movie about consent, revenge and stalking your college acquaintances on Facebook. And imagine, in doing so, that she turned in the performance of her career. A black comedy told in pastels, ‘Promising Young Woman’ casts Mulligan as Cassie, a disaffected med school dropout whose life has never been the same since her best friend was raped in college. Lately, Cassie has come up with a confrontational way to deal with her grief: She’ll go to a nightclub, arrange herself in a vulnerable position — typically slumped on a banquette, acting too drunk to stand or even speak — and wait to see if a guy will seize upon the tableau as an opportunity. Depressingly, someone always does. Of course, the guy doesn’t think he’s doing anything wrong; he’s just offering Cassie a “safe ride home” that happens to go back to his place. There, he will advance on her splayed body until Cassie suddenly sits up, revealing her sobriety just as he is about to assault her. “But I’m a nice guy!” he will sputter, caught in the act. Cassie’s inevitable reply: “Are you?” Promising Young Woman Image Credit: Focus Features The film is a tonal tightrope walk, and Mulligan is astonishing in it. There is so much about Cassie that an actress might be tempted to overplay — her biting sense of humour, her well-defended soulsickness, the startling lengths to which she’ll go in her mission — but Mulligan makes the character feel achingly real. And sometimes, as if it were as easy as breathing, she can convey all of those warring traits in the space of a single line. “She is so unfailingly truthful and about as grounded as an actress gets,” said Emerald Fennell, the writer-director of ‘Promising Young Woman’. By casting Mulligan, Fennell sought to steer clear of a more stereotypical presentation of female revenge, which would portray Cassie as “a woman walking down the street in slow-mo with a fire burning behind her,” as Fennell put it. Last month, it happened again. Mulligan was reading a screenplay, and when a female character was introduced, the description said, “Beautiful but doesn’t know it.” If you’re an actress in Hollywood, you’re familiar with that phrase. And in the 10 years since Mulligan was nominated for an Oscar for playing a schoolgirl seduced by an older man in “An Education,” she has certainly come across that sort of description more than she’d like. “I kind of can’t believe it still happens,” she said. “But it does.” We wondered aloud about the deeper meaning of a description like that. Do men write it to turn other men on? Maybe to them, it isn’t pertinent whether a female character is a nurse, a marketing executive or a serial killer — what matters most is conveying that this fictional woman is out of your league, but you’d still have a shot with her. Carey Mulligan Image Credit: NYT It may seem like a little thing, but those little things add up in Hollywood, where the way women are viewed becomes something the whole world can watch. That’s why Fennell told all the men to play their nightclub scenes with Mulligan as if they were the heroes of their own romantic comedy; in another era, they would have been. Just look at seminal comedies like ‘Animal House’, in which a college freshman debates date-raping a passed-out girl; or ‘Sixteen Candles’, when Molly Ringwald’s love interest leaves his blackout-drunk girlfriend with a virgin nerd and tells him, “Do anything you want.” The movie Fennell and Mulligan have made is as sticky and dangerous as a spider’s web, and men’s reactions to it can be telling. Before the pandemic scuttled its original spring release, ‘Promising Young Woman’ had a buzzy debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival. I asked Mulligan if she had read any of the responses to it then, and she winced. Carey Mulligan Image Credit: NYT “I read the Variety review because I’m a weak person,” Mulligan said. “And I took issue with it.” She paused, debating whether she really wanted to go there. “It felt like it was basically saying that I wasn’t hot enough to pull off this kind of ruse,” she said, finally. Although “Promising Young Woman” earned its fair share of raves at Sundance, Variety seemed stumped by the movie and strongly implied that Mulligan had been miscast. “Margot Robbie is a producer here, and one can (perhaps too easily) imagine the role might once have been intended for her,” read the review. “Whereas with this star, Cassie wears her pickup-bait gear like bad drag; even her long blond hair feels like a put-on.” Mulligan can still recite some of the lines from that review. But she said, “It wasn’t some sort of ego-wounding thing; like, I fully can see that Margot Robbie is a goddess.” What bothered Mulligan most was that people might read a high-profile critique of any actress’s physical appearance and blithely accept it. “It drove me so crazy. I was like, ‘Really? For this film, you’re going to write something that is so transparent? Now? In 2020?’ I just couldn’t believe it.” Promising Young Woman Image Credit: Focus Features It’s all the more ironic for Mulligan because “Promising Young Woman” explicitly grapples with the litany of cultural expectations about how a woman ought to look and behave. There’s even a man who calls Cassie beautiful and then, in the same breath, gives her a disingenuous lecture about why she’s wearing too much make-up. “We don’t allow women to look normal anymore, or like a real person,” Mulligan said. “Why does every woman who’s ever on screen have to look like a supermodel? That has shifted into something where the expectation of beauty and perfection on screen has gotten completely out of control.” Don’t miss it! ‘Promising Young Woman’ is screening in UAE cinemas now.
In UAE, ‘Identity and My Community’ photo competition launched
Are you an avid photographer? Check out Manarat Al Saadiyat and Sole’s analog photography competition ‘Identity and My Community’ and get the chance to have your work displayed at Manarat Al Saadiyat. The competition invites participants to connect identity with their community, shooting images with a disposable 35mm black and white film camera with the brief to document their take on what 'identity’ and ‘my community' mean to them. How to enter the competition Purchase a disposable camera along with a ticket to the exhibition for a bundled price of Dh60 today at at sole.digital/contacthighphotoproject or Virgin Megastores. Cameras will be delivered to a UAE address within four days of ticket purchase. Then, participants have until 25 April to return their cameras to one of the following Virgin Megastore locations: Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Wahda Mall and Mall of the Emirates. Photographers Janette Beckman and Jorge Peniche and CONTACT HIGH exhibition curator Vikki Tobak will judge the submissions and pick 10 winning images that best represent and communicate a sense of community. Competition winners will be announced on 17 May. The prize? The winning images will be printed and displayed at Manarat Al Saadiyat at the end of May and featured on the Sole social and digital channels.
‘Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings’ trailer debuts MCU’s first Asian superhero lead
HollyWood|: “It’s time for you to take your place,” a voice says in the brand new teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’. On Monday, the studio dropped the official teaser trailer for the much-awaited feature — Marvel’s first film to star an Asian lead. The trailer serves as a short introduction to Shang-Chi as he faces off against the mysterious Ten Rings organisation and its true leader, the Mandarin (not to be confused with Ben Kingsley’s fake Mandarin from ‘Iron Man 3’). Featuring martial arts choreography the likes of which Marvel has never attempted before (we’re looking at you, ‘Iron Fist’), the trailer promises high-octane action with a healthy dose of family drama. The surprise trailer drop also coincided with lead star Simu Liu’s birthday, catching even the unsuspecting actor unawares. “Happy Birthday @SimuLiu! We hope you enjoy your birthday present. Watch the brand-new teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ #ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and experience it only in theatres September 3,” read the caption to the trailer video, released on Marvel Studio’s official social media handles. “GHUUFXDTGVXDFGHVCDDTGHUIKKBVCDSTYGHJHGGHHJBVGGFYFYGUBIH THIS IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” replied a stunned Liu, retweeting the trailer. ‘Shang-Chi’ is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and produced by Kevin Feige and Jonathan Schwartz. David Callaham, Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham wrote the screenplay for the film. The film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng. ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is also set to mark Marvel’s return to exclusively theatrical films. Unlike ‘Black Widow’, which will be released concurrently on Disney Plus Premier Access and in theatres, ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ will debut in theatres only on September 3, 2021.
‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ swings ahead with three directors
HollyWood|: The Sony Pictures Animation will also mark the return of Chris Miller, Amy Pascal, Avi Arad and Christina Steinberg and Phil Lord as producers, according to Variety. “The crew behind the ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ set such a ridiculously high bar, and we’re humbled to take on the challenge of charting the next chapter in the story of Miles Morales,” the directing team said in a joint statement to Variety. Dos Santos has previously spearheaded Nickelodeon’s ‘The Legend of Korra’ and Warner Bros.’ ‘Justice League Unlimited’ and ‘Teen Titans’. Powers is currently nominated for the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the civil rights drama ‘One Night in Miami’. The first ‘Spider-Verse’, which won an Oscar for Best Animated feature, follows the story for Miles Morales who is a Black Latino. The graphics, along with a stellar script, had many voting the film as the best Spider-Man every made. ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2’ arrives in theatres October 7, 2022.
Bollywood stars slammed for Maldives pictures in COVID-19
BollyWood|: Bollywood stars got a stern rap on their knuckles on April 20 for posting decadent pictures of their beach holidays on exotic islands as their own country is being crippled by a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Celebrity talent manager Rohini Iyer, who handles the accounts of prominent Bollywood stars such as Kareena Kapoor Khan, Katrina Kaif and Rajkummar Rao, posted a scathing note telling off stars for being such ‘insensitive idiots’. Her acidic post, lauded by the majority for its perfect timing, was in all capital letters to denote her fury at their collective tone-deaf attitudes. Rohini Iyer' note Image Credit: Instagram/ShobhaaDe “For all of you vacationing in Maldives and Goa and exotic locales, remember it’s a holiday for you. It’s a [expletive] pandemic all over. So don’t be an insensitive idiot and post pictures of your privileged life. You are not only coming across as brainless, but also completely blind and tone dead,” posted Iyer on her Instagram Story. Shraddha Kapoor Image Credit: Instagram/ShraddhaKapoor Iyer also cautioned them not to view the pandemic as a time to boost their social media following. Recently, a galaxy of prominent actors across all ages and body types have been posting pictures of their bikini-perfect bodies. Actors including Alia Bhatt, Disha Patani, Shraddha Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor and Tiger Shroff have been proudly flaunting their gleaming sun-kissed bodies for their fans. Image Credit: Insta/shraddhakapoor “This is the time to step up and help or if you can’t do anything, then shut up and stay home! Or Stay quiet in your holiday home … Masked up. No photos. This is not Fashion Week …,” wrote Iyer. Her post was immediately lauded and shared by author and celebrity columnist Shobhaa De. She re-posted Iyer’s message, adding that she endorsed Iyer’s thoughts and felt that the celebrities were being vulgar while posting pictures of their rich and fabulous lifestyles. “Hello!!! Listen up! Loved this post passionately articulated by Rohini Iyer … It’s the height of vulgarity to flaunt those ridiculous pictures. Enjoy Maldives by all means. You are blessed if you can such a break in these bleak times. But do everyone a favour … Keep it private,” said De, tagging Iyer. Ever since the pandemic hit the globe, a galaxy of Bollywood stars — whose filming and brand endorsements have come to a grinding halt — have been scampering to beaches of Maldives and Goa. They have also studiously chronicled their vacation diaries for their fans. Janhvi Kapoor in Maldives Image Credit: Instagram/JanhviKapoor
When Lizzo took her shot and slid into Chris Evans’ DMs
HollyWood|: Somebody come get Lizzo. I think she got lost in Chris Evans’ DMs. On Saturday, the ‘Juice’ hitmaker posted a relatable TikTok video revealing a direct Instagram message she sent the ‘Captain America’ actor and captioned it “Don’t drink and DM, kids.” A day later, the plot thickened when Evans responded. Lizzo’s initial TikTok includes a screenshot of the direct message that started it all with no words and three emojis: a gust of wind, a woman playing basketball and a basketball. (Fans immediately deciphered the emoji sequence to mean the pop musician was drunkenly “shooting her shot” at a potential relationship with Evans. We’ve all been there.) While presenting the screengrabbed evidence, Lizzo lip-syncs to original TikTok audio recorded by @therealtati saying, “The reason I’m upset about this one is because I know I’m not gonna be able to marry him. And honestly, it hurts me to the core, because damn, papi, he a rare breed. No comparing.” Fast forward to Sunday, when Lizzo updated her TikTok saga with a screenshot of Evans’ response: “No shame in a drunk DM,” he replied, along with a wink-and-kiss emoji (!!!), “god knows I’ve done worse on this app lol.” (We’re pretty sure he’s referring to that whole leaking-his-own-explicit-photo scandal from last year. And yes, that’s definitely worse.) Of course, the flirty exchange has prompted many to manifest a romance between Evans and Lizzo on social media — especially after eagle-eyed Twitter users noticed that the ‘Knives Out’ star now follows the Grammy winner on Instagram. “now when i get invited to chris evans and lizzo wedding,” one person tweeted along with a photo of Evans’ Marvel costar, Anthony Mackie, serving some pointed side-eye. “I really want Lizzo and Chris Evans to date,” wrote another. “Mr and Mrs America.” Could this be the birth of a new celebrity power couple? Anything is possible, according to a quick Google search confirming that both Evans and Lizzo are currently unattached. Moral of the story: Shoot your shot, ladies. Shoot your shot.
Downton Abbey will return for sequel: media
TV|: ‘Downton Abbey’ is to return in a sequel due to be released this Christmas, producers told US media. The first ‘Downton Abbey’ film, based on the hugely popular British TV series, was released in 2019. Reassuring diehard fans, producers said Monday that much of the original cast — including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern — will return. And they will be joined by new faces, with Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West making an appearance, the sequel’s producers told USA Today. Downton Abbey still Image Credit: AP The movie, which began production last week, is set to be released on December 22. The plot remains under wraps but Julian Fellowes, the man behind the original script, has signed on to write the sequel’s screenplay. “After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be reunited with the much beloved characters of ‘Downton Abbey’,” producer Gareth Neame said in a statement. The original television series, which ran from 2010 to 2015, followed the trials and tribulations of the landed Crawley family and their servants in the fictional Downton Abbey estate. A runaway success, the show launched the Hollywood careers of many of its stars as well as providing a financial lifeline to many struggling English country houses.
Bollywood star Sameera Reddy tests COVID-19 positive
BollyWood|: Bollywood actress and model Sameera Reddy, who was taking care of her two children as they battled COVID-19, has tested positive, along with her husband. In an elaborate Instagram post on April 19, Reddy told her fans that they were taking appropriate medicines, inhaling steam and eating wholesome meals. Keeping the spirit and positivity alive is on top of their lists. “This is the time to be smart and focus on what helps. Not negative. Not fearful. Just be alert to protect yourself and others. We have to be mindful of this. It is the only way. I will continue to make my happy content because positivity is my biggest strength right now. Stay strong. Stay safe,” Reddy posted. Reddy, who’s become the poster child of keep it real for harried mothers across India, claims that she was panicked at first but learned to keep her cool as she went along. “Lots of people asking me about Hans and Nyra. So here is the update: the past week Hans had high fevers, headaches, body ache, upset-tummy and severe fatigue. It lasted for 4 days. It was very unusual and so we tested him and he was COVID-19 positive. I have to admit initially I did feel complete panic because however much you think you are prepared, you just never completely are for something like this,” she wrote. Her younger daughter Nyra also began showing symptoms soon after her son tested positive. “She had fevers and upset tummy. I gave her cold compress and Paracetamol on SoS. The most important thing is to be aware that the second wave is affecting many children, but doctors believe that it has mild symptoms in most of the cases. Doctors are also recommending vitamin C, multivitamin, a probiotic and zinc (please check with your doctor). I’ve done everything to make them comfortable and both are in great spirits and back to being in masti [fun] mode,” said Reddy. Reddy also cautioned her followers to adhere to strict isolation protocol even if your young ones didn’t display any overt symptoms. “It’s important to remember that even though Your kids might get asymptomatic in a few days they still have to be isolated from people who haven’t been affected for 14 days to make sure it is not transmitted. Luckily my mother-in-law was not exposed and is living separately. She has tested negative,” wrote Reddy. Earlier today, actors including Rajesh Khattar and Swara Bhasker’s mother and cook also tested COVID-19 positive. India is in grips of a second wave of COVID-19 with Bollywood stars equally vulnerable to the virus. Actors including Alia Bhatt, Sana Shaikh, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif were found COVID-19 positive and have recovered. Alia Bhatt and Fatima Sana Shaikh Image Credit: Instagram.com/aliabhatt and Instagram.com/fatimasanashaikh
Bollywood star Swara Bhasker’s mother tests positive for COVID-19
BollyWood|: Bollywood actress and prolific tweeter Swara Bhasker informed her fans that an unwanted guest has invaded her home. “It’s come home. My mother and our cook have both tested positive ...We are all isolating at home in #Delhi. Double mask up and stay at home people,” urged Bhasker. Delhi is already in a lockdown with India reporting more than 200,000 cases daily since April 15. This development comes close on the heels of Ishaan Khattar’s father Rajesh Khattar testing positive for the virus earlier this morning. The actor had revealed his status on his social media handle. “Inspite of taking all the necessary precautions I was tested positive for Covid 19 in Delhi few days ago & was under home quarantine but due to my health condition also presence of elderly parents & an infant at home I was advised by Dr’s to shift to the hospital where I am recuperating well but need to stay hospitalised till I fully recover,” Khattar posted. India is in the grips of a deadly second wave of the virus as cities continue to introduce fresh lock downs. Earlier this week, actor Sonu Sood also tested positive. Other actors who have already battled the virus and recovered fully include Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal. Vicky Kaushal and Alia Bhatt Image Credit: Instagram.com/vickykaushal09 and Instagram.com/aliabhatt
April 19: This day, that year in music history
Music|: Fifth anniversary of Justin Bieber deportation plea 2014 The White House declined to comment on a public campaign to deport Justin Bieber from the US after the Canadian singer was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, substance abuse and illegal drag racing in the rented yellow Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder. More than 275,000 people had signed a petition on the White Hoarse website imploring US President Barack Obama to revoke Bieber’s visa. However, they did not comment citing terms in its ‘We the People’ petition programme that allows it to decline certain petitions. Bieber, 19 at the time, was arrested in Miami on January 23 and charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving without a license. However, following his arrest and trial the state agreed to drop the DUI charge in exchange for Bieber pleading guilty and the payment of a paltry $500 fine and attend a 12-hour anger management course. Bieber had also donated $50,000 to a children’s charity on his own initiative. DUIs and drag-racing are not deportable offenses in the US. The waxing of Michael Jackson 1997 Michael Jackson Image Credit: Facebook.com/michaeljackson The late Michael Jackson attended the unveiling of a wax statue of himself at the Grevin Museum of Wax in Paris, France. The King of Pop had given the museum one of his own trademark outfits to dress the figure. The sculpture was created by French artist Denis Longchampt. Jackson was so in awe of the waxwork that the museum decided to present him with an exact replica. In honour of what would have been Jackson’s 58th birthday, Madame Tussauds wax museum in London unveiled three MJ replicas. The Grevin museum was inaugurated in 1881 and today exhibits more than 500 famous figures from Albert Einstein to Mahatma Gandhi and includes several music icons like Taylor Swift, Mick Jagger and Louis Armstrong. George Michael emulates Stevie Wonder 1986 George Michael Image Credit: Reuters Singer George Michael made history when his second single, ‘A Different Corner,’ peaked at No.1 on the UK singles chart. Michael became the first solo act in the history of the UK chart to reach No.1 with his first two releases. The song was also only the second No.1 hit, after Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ to be written, sung, played, arranged and produced by the same person.
Indian actress Raiza Wilson bears the brunt of botched up surgery
South Indian actress Raiza Wilson claims that she was the victim of an unwanted medical procedure and blasted her dermatologist for doing a shoddy facial treatment. In an Instagram story post, Wilson claims that her doctor recommended a needless facial procedure and it resulted in a swelling underneath her right eye. She posted an image of her swollen eye recently in her Instagram stories, which has disappeared from her social media feed, but continues to do the rounds among her fan clubs. Raiza Wilson Image Credit: Instagram/Raizawilson Along with the image, she wrote: “Visited @drbhairavisenthil yesterday for a simple facial treatment, she forced me to do a procedure which I did not need, and this is the result. She refused to meet me or talk to me today. Staff said she’s out of town.” As soon as she opened up about her experience, the actress claims that many others stepped forward to chronicle their unpleasant experiences with the same dermatologist. “My inbox is flooded with messages from people who have faced similar issues with this doctor, tragic,” wrote Wilson, along with sharing a screen shot of a few incriminatory messages against the same doctor. Raiza Wilson Image Credit: Instagram/RaizaWilson Wilson shot to fame after her appearance in the first season of ‘Bigg Boss Tamil’ hosted by Kamal Haasan and her future projects include ‘Alice’, ‘Kadhalikka Yarumillai’ and ‘Hashtag Love’. She has also featured in films including ‘Velaiyilla Pattathari 2’ featuring Dhanush and Kajol.
Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard film ‘Annette’ to open Cannes
HollyWood|: The new film from French auteur Leos Carax will open the delayed Cannes Film Festival in July, the organisers said Monday. ‘Annette’ brings together two favourites of independent cinema, Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, as a glamourous celebrity couple whose lives are upended by the arrival of their first child, “a mysterious girl with a special destiny.” The trailer, released on Monday, indicates this will be another visually arresting and wildly inventive film from Carax. Marion Cotillard Image Credit: AP It will be the first English-language film for the director, known for dark and ambitious arthouse favourites ‘Holy Motors’ and ‘Les Amants du Pont Neuf’. The film will run as part of the main competition for the Palme D’Or, with the jury this year headed by US director Spike Lee. The Cannes Film Festival, usually held in May, has been postponed to July 6-17 this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trade fair that runs alongside the festival has been moved online and is due to be held from June 21 to 25.