Wednesday, January 29, 2014

XMen Days of Future Past Teases Something "BIG" Coming

X-Men fans get excited, because director Bryan Singer promises some BIG Days of Future Past surprises! Singer took to Twitter to tweet "Something BIG is coming Jan 27. #XMen @EmpireMagazine #Empire25" with a link to a five second teaser showcasing some new footage from one of this summer's most anticipated films. Though the tease is short, they were able to pack in quite a lot with shots of Wolverine drowning (if that's even possible), a young Magneto meditating in a cell, new mutants Blink, Warpath and Sunspot preparing to battle, Mystique pushing Magneto up against what appears to be a phone booth and later sporting some sweet 70's style. We also get a shot of Iceman and Magneto teaming up and Magneto's son Quicksilver breaking some glass while wearing what appears to be a police uniform. From pictures we've seen, we're guessing he's helping to break Magneto out of the federal prison he's being held in and we're guessing he succeeds as we also get to see Magneto now freed and sporting his stylish helmet on what could be a baseball field. And finally we get a shot of young Xavier using his powers on...something. So what does this all mean? We most likely will get some kind of new trailer come the 27th and Singer's "BIG" clue could mean we'll finally get our first look at the Sentinels in action. Fingers crossed for that! We also expect to get some additional reveals via Empire as part of their 25th Anniversary celebration. The official X-Men Movies Instagram teased just that posting, "The first of its kind, a special reveal by @EmpireMagazine and the #XMen cast is coming up on January 27th! #Empire25." So be sure to check back next week to get all the details on this reveal and in the meantime, click here to find out the reason why Wolverine will be the one travelling back in time in Days of Future Past. So what do you hope is revealed and do you think we'll get our first look at the Sentinels? Head on down to the comments to share your wish list and don't forget to subscribe to stay in the know on all things X-Men. I'm Erin Robinson, thanks for watching!

Ben Kingsley Joins NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3

Ben Kingsley Joins NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3

2014 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Style

2014 GRAMMYs Style–Tonight, the stars of the music world are celebrated with the 2014 and 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. In attendance at the event include Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Rita Ora, Taylor Swift and many more. See all the standout looks from the awards below, and make sure to check back as we update with photos and credits.

Jordan Hampton Seduces for Paul de Luna in Blank Magazine

Jordan in the Water–Gracing the pages of Blank Magazine, model Jordan Hampton strips down to simple, lingerie-inspired looks for this new shoot lensed by Paul de Luna. The brunette wears pieces from the likes of Zara, Free People, Anthropology, Victoria’s Secret and Body Gap in the waterside images. Stylist Antoine Hemdera dresses Jourdan in the outdoor snaps. / Makeup and hair by Pierre Alter

Constance Jablonski Lands Hogan Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign

Hogan in Venice–Italian luxury sportswear brand Hogan enlists French model Constance Jablonski for its spring-summer 2014 campaign. The face of Estee Lauder is joined by actor and star of the upcoming “50 Shades of Grey” movie adaptation, Jamie Dornan, in a series of relaxed images photographed by Alasdair McLellan. The blonde beauty poses against the picturesque background of Venice, Italy, for the new advertisements.

Martha Hunt Poses for Free People Valentine’s Day Shoot

At First Light–The latest lookbook from Free People features the fashion brand’s Intimately Free People collection of lingerie and bedroom attire. Photographed by David Bellemere, blonde stunner Martha Hunt poses with a mysterious lover wearing sexy looks ranging from bras to slips and camisole. Also, make sure to check out Martha in Free People’s holiday shoot.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Suchitra Sen completely disengage from public view - Sharmila Tagore

"As far as I am concerned Suchitra Sen was a true legend, no two ways about it. She withdrew from public life nearly 40 years ago. So we only know her through her films. I last saw her when she was shooting for Gulzar's Aandhi. I just loved the way she used her voice and her beautiful eyes. 

Mrs Sen brought up her daughter very well. She sent Moon Moon to the best schools, made sure she gave the best possible facilities to her. Her grand-daughter Raima does have a little jhalak of Suchitra Sen. Mrs Sen led a beautiful life. She tried to give her daughter the life of comforts that she didn't have. She was deeply spiritual. All of us past a certain age have a craving for a certain public platform. She didn't. She left it all behind and led her life away from the public eye. I couldn't do that. But that was what she chose to do. And she never wavered in her decision. I can't disengage from public life the way she did. She chose to engage with her spiritual endeavours, with her daughter and grand-children. Her gravitas, that sense of 'self' that she had was unparalleled. She was feminine and yet so strong. 

What I remember the most about her is her royal bearing. Above all, I just loved her arrogance. Manikada (Satyajit Ray) was very keen to work with her in Ghair Bhaire. He wanted to cast her with Uttam Kumar. Whereas Uttam did eventually work with Manikda, Manikda and Suchitra Sen never did come together. There was this 'ego' tension between them. Both were giants. I wish they had worked together. But mediators created trouble between them. Manikda never had any money to offer her. Uttam-Suchitra were to me the ultimate pair. All their films together were magical. They too had an ego clash. Right in the beginning of my career I was working at New Theatre in Kolkata when I came across Mrs Sen. She was giving me a close look (laughs). Then she said to me, 'You've very pretty eyes.' Coming from her, that was such a compliment. She was truly a star and carried herself like one. Was I influenced by her? I don't think so. I've always been a rolling stone. I always did my own thing. And if you ask me my favourite actresses they are Nutan, Waheeda Rehman, and Meena Kumari. I definitely admired Suchitra Sen. Other Benngali actresses like Kanan Bala, Madhabi Mukherjee, Sandhya Roy and Roopa Ganguly were also formidable in their own right. In the same way that British actors are much superior to their American actresses, Bengali actresses are, I think, a class apart. 

Mrs Sen was first a star, then an actor. Of course she was very talented. But more than that there was a certain presence about her which was unparalleled. She had an amazing aura. No one knows what she looked like after the 1960s. I hope her privacy is preserved in her death and that her body is not put up for public viewing. I am sure Ms Mamta Bannerjee will make sure of that. It would be such a betrayal of her privacy if her face is now seen by the public."

I had a breakdown when stress took a toll on me - Hasleen Kaur

Yet another beauty queen is stepping into the film industry. Hasleen Kaur, who represented India at the Miss Earth 2011 beauty pageant, is making her big screen debut as a leading lady with Karle Pyaar Karle. What makes her Bollywood sojourn special is the fact that she is making her debut with a filmmaker (Suneel Darshan) who had given breaks to Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta (Andaaz).

Suneel Darshan is someone who has been a veteran in the business. However, he is a producer for Karle Pyaar Karle and the director is first timer Rajesh Pandey. Weren't you apprehensive? 
If at all there were any fears, they were put to rest when I met my director. He is an exceptionally knowledgeable director. He has working with Suneel Darshans for 15 years now. The moment he narrated the whole story to me, I knew that I was in the right hands. He has got this gift to convert beautiful stories into reality. Execution is a different world altogether and he has got it to perfection. 

Personally though, was there any time during the making of the film when you were too overwhelmed by the whole experience, considering this is your debut as a leading lady? 
You know, I almost had a breakdown at one point in time when I wasn't able to keep up the pace. I remember that we were shooting in Thailand and had to get up really early every day. We were performing certain difficult scenes which caused great physical and mental stress. To be doing those things and constantly performing more and more, it took a toll on me. There was a point when I had reached my limits. Still, I kept pushing myself. There was no sleep and I was getting anxious with every passing moment. Somehow I survived that time. 

Perhaps the feedback coming your way would make it worth it after all. How do you look at your Bollywood kick-start? 
Well, it is not just the introduction of new actors but even the technicians and singers. It is a launch pad for several new talents. It is coming at a time when there are not too many films being made which are complete power packed action affairs. Every song has been shot at virgin locations. Each of these are going to be enjoyed by the audience. 

one is your favorite? 
'Oh Darling' is my favorite. It is set in college and we had all these friends around us when we were shooting for it. We had too much fun, more so since a lot of it shoot was impromptu, apart from choreographed sequences. We used to freak out whenever the tune was played.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Linkin Park - What I've Done (Official Music Video)

"What I've Done" Lyrics:

In this farewell
There's no blood
There's no alibi
'Cause I've drawn regret
From the truth
Of a thousand lies

So let mercy come
And wash away
What I've done

I'll face myself
To cross out what i've become
Erase myself
And let go of what i've done

Put to rest
What you thought of me
While I clean this slate
With the hands of uncertainty



For what I've done
I start again
And whatever pain may come
Today this ends
I'm forgiving what I've done!!!


What I've done
Forgiving what I've done

Bipasha to launch third volume of Unleash Love

Bollywood's poster girl for fitness Bipasha Basu, who is gearing up to unveil the third volume of her fitness DVD titled 'Unleash Love', has gone all out for her pet project as she has always maintained that fitness for her is not a hobby but a passion.

Talking about her upcoming DVD, Bipasha said, "It takes a lot of time to create a routine. This time, I wanted to aim at men too. We did a lot of trials. I make my fitness DVDs a bit aspirational, so that people get motivated to work out - be it through music or moves. I individually train people who work with me on the DVD."

When asked about the business aspect of the DVD project, Bipasha opined, "When your passion reflects in the work you do, business falls into place."

Talking about other things that are keeping her busy, she said, "The idea is to fulfill all the passions I have, besides acting. My plate is kind of full right now; I also have my Trunk label which is online. Everything is my baby and no one else is taking the call. I am totally involved, and thoroughly enjoying it."

Winners of 9th Renault Star Guild Awards

Best Film
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Best Actor In A Leading Role
Farhan Akhtar - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Actress In A Leading Role
Deepika Padukone - Chennai Express

Best Director
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Screenplay
Prasoon Joshi - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Story
Prasoon Joshi - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Dialogue
Hussain Dalal - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Best Choreography
Remo D'Souza - Badtameez Dil & Balam Pichkari (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) 

Best Lyrics
Mithoon - Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2) 

Best Music
Pritam - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Best Playback Singer- Male
Arijit Singh - Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2) 

Best Playback Singer- Female
Bhoomi Trivedi - Ram Chahe Leela (Goliyon Ki Raasleela- Ram Leela) 

Best Performance in a Comic Role
Varun Sharma - Fukrey
Arshad Warsi - Jolly LLB

Best Performance in a Negative Role
Supriya Pathak - Goliyon Ki Raasleela- Ram Leela

Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Nawazuddin Siddiqui - The Lunchbox

Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Divya Dutta - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Most Promising Debut- Male
Sushant Singh Rajput - Kai Po Che! 

Most Promising Debut- Female
Vaani Kapoor - Shuddh Desi Romance

Yash Chopra Award For The Most Promising Debut - Director
Ritesh Batra - The Lunchbox

Red FM Bajaate Raho Dialogue of the Year
Himanshu Sharma - Raanjhana

Best Special Effects
Dhoom 3 - Krrish 3

Best Sound Mixing
Bishwadeep Chatterjee - Madras Café

Best Sound Design
Nakul Kamte - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Art Direction
Rashid Khan - Goliyon Ka Rasleela Ram-leela

Best Cinematography
Binod Pradhan - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Editing
Chandrashekhar Prajapati - Madras Café

Renault Star Guild Entertainer of the Year
Shahrukh Khan

Star Verdict of the Year
Irfaan Khan - The Lunchbox

Jodi of the Year
Aditya Roy Kapur & Shraddha Kapoor (Aashiqui 2)

Lifetime Achievement Honour
Tanuja Mukherjee - Salim Khan

Sonam will miss all the awards functions

The awards season is upon us. One beautiful face that would be missing at all the awards functions is that of Sonam Kapoor.

Though she is nominated for her career-turning performance in Aanand Rai's Raanjhanaa, Sonam would have to give the awards functions a miss. There is a wedding in the family and she is off to attend that. 

Says Sonam, "My Maasi (aunt)'s son is getting married. So I'll have to sacrifice attending the awards functions....yes, I'll have to skip all of them. More's the pity, because I'd have the chance to do what I really like doing. Dressing up." 

Then comes the shocker from Sonam, "Would you believe it, I've never attended an awards function in my life! Not even as child did I ever accompany my father to any awards function. After I became an actress something or the other kept me away from the awards functions every year. Even during the year of Rakeysh Mehra's Delhi 6, I couldn't be there." 

Sonam says this year she would have loved to attend all the awards. "Both Raanjhanaa and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag are nominated in several categories. I'd have loved to be there for no other reason except to cheer my team for both the films. Sadly I won't be able to make it to any of the awards functions." 

Sonam confesses she is uncomfortable about awards. "It's not a nice thing for me to be judged against another person. How can two actresses or actors be nominated for the same award unless they both play the same character? How can two separate films be measured by the same yardstick? From my childhood I've never been comfortable with the idea of competing with my colleagues. I hated the idea of one of us in the class getting a prize. It automatically made the other students in the class feel less important. I am not in competition with anyone in the industry. It's not important for me to score over others with my performances. I need to be happy with the work I do." 

Having said that, Sonam is very happy with her two triumphs in 2013. "Though I wasn't there in Bhaag Bhaag Milkha for too much playing-time the very act of being in a film so important pleased me. And I think I was liked in the film. As for Raanjhanaa director Aanand Rai spoilt me. After doing this film I cannot play decorative dolls in any film. All my three films this year Bewaqoofiyan, Khubsoorat and Dolly Ki Doli feature me in substantial roles." 

The shooting of Sonam's home production Khubsoorat was completed on Wednesday. 

Sonam describes it as a satisfying experience. "It was quite a journey. And I think we've done what we set out to achieve."

Prabhu Dheva finally finds a home

The saga of the dancing sensation's homelessness has finally ended. And on a happy note. Prabhu Dheva has found a home in Oberoi Towers, Lokhandwala.

Laughing off the brouhaha created over the issue, Prabhu says, "All the sob stories about my homeless condition can stop now. I've finally found an apartment. It's in Lokhandwala, so quite close to all the shooting locations." 

Prabhu is yet to move into his new home. "I am in Panchgani shooting for Action Jackson. I thought Pongal (Makar Sankranti) on 14th January would be a good day to move into my new home. But I am tied up here in Panchgani with the shooting. So I won't be able to occupy the new place before the end of the week." 

Prabhu says friends helped him find a home. "Boney Kapoor and Sonu Sood suggested a few accommodations. But it was a friend named Shyam who finally found this place for me. But I repeat, it was never a big issue where I stay. I only need a bed to sleep on. I don't even eat at home."

"Karle Pyaar Karle is an adrenalin rushing action packed edgy romantic movie" - Shiv Darshan

After a horde of newcomers that were seen in Yaariyan, yet another debutant arrives on the big screen. This time around it is a star son launch, what with Suneel Darshan's son Shiv making his debut with Karle Pyaar Karle. The film is a musical action affair and is directed by Suneel Darshan's long standing associate Rajesh Pandey. The film also marks the big screen debut of Hasleen Kaur as the leading lady.

You are first debutant in 2014 who is seeing a solo hero launch. All excited?
I wouldn't lie but I am nervous as well as excited. There is a certain sense of responsibility since my family has been in the business of filmmaking for decades and hence there are definite expectations from me. I am experiencing zillions of emotions (laughs). I am having sleepless nights and am waiting for the film's release this Friday. 

Cliched as it may sound but was acting the first thing in your mind, considering your father and uncle (Dharmesh Darshan) have been filmmakers? 
I always wanted to be a part of the film industry but was not sure what I really wanted to do to begin with. I was thinking of various options, be it a director, editor, cinematographer. I wasn't sure. What I was sure was that it wouldn't be acting (laughs). 

It seemed fated perhaps. 
Perhaps (smiles). I remember going to the sets during shooting of my dad's films, whenever I got an opportunity. In fact I also stood as a body double for Mr. Akshay Kumar for a few seconds when dad was making Talaash with him. I remember I was in school in Class VIII back then. Still, I was six feet tall back then. 

Six feet at such a young age? 
(Laughs) Yeah! My mother went to church and put candles that her son shouldn't grow any taller. Today I am six feet two inches tall. So yes, God did listen to her after all! 

Well, there are tall expectations from you for sure. 
Being born in the film fraternity does come with its own set of expectations. The only thing that I knew during my growing up years was cinema. I used to come out of room and see my grandparents, uncle and father talk about cinema. I was surrounded by that atmosphere all around. My grooming started at a very young age. 

Still, it is first timer Rajesh Pandey and not your dad directing the film. Why? 
Rajesh has been my dad's Associate Director for past decade and a half. The story is written by dad but Rajesh was in a comfortable position to direct. I share a good rapport with him so it was all good eventually. 

There was a time when after Shakalaka Boom Boom, your dad went slow in making movies. Was it a tough time for all at home? 
I don't think it was tough. It was a decision that he had made and he is the best person to answer what was the reason behind that. Meanwhile I went for my film training at New York so I was anyways busy. 

During your growing up years, you must have followed your dad's films. Which have been your favorites? 
I am really proud of the work that he has done in Jaanwar and Ek Rishta.

Any remake of his films that you would want to work in? 
All of them are really good in their own right, so I am not picking any favorites for this one here (smiles). 

Was it a given though that your first film would be a love story? 
Not necessarily. As a matter of fact even Karle Pyaar Karle isn't an out and out love story. It is an adrenalin rushing action packed edgy romantic movie. It has a lot of drama to it with six songs as well. It has a family backdrop to it. So yes, essentially it is a romantic movie but with a lot of action and a little bit of comedy too. 

The film has Hasleen Kaur as the leading lady who has been a beauty queen. How did her casting come through? 
We auditioned many girls but somewhere my father and Rajesh were not totally satisfied with the outcome. Then one day they saw Hasleen's pictures on the internet and pronto called her for the audition. They felt that Hasleen and I looked good together. Within five days of our meeting, we were shooting. It all happened very quick and for good. 

Since you belong to a film family, who are your friends from within the industry? 
I have no friends from the industry, just about no one. It just works for me this way. My father has purposely kept me away from the industry.