Friday, 14 April 2017

Harry Styles unveils album track listing, artwork

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Former One Direction band member #Harry_Styles has unveiled his album's track listing and artwork on #Twitter.

The 23-year-old singer revealed that the self-titled record will release on May 12, reports

Styles also tweeted two photographs of what appear to be the album artwork. One image shows his wet hair and naked back, while the second shows the singer floating in a pool of water.

These were posted along with the track list for the album, which features his debut solo single "Sign of the times".

Sienna Miller denies flirting with Brad Pitt

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Actress #Sienna_Miller dismissed rumours that she has been flirting with actor-producer #Brad_Pitt as "silly".

"I'm not going to even dignify it with a response. It's predictable and silly," she told

'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' is not just about cricket: Sachin

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Former cricketer #Sachin_Tendulkar on Thursday said the upcoming movie #Sachin_A_Billion_Dreams is not just about cricket.

"This movie is not just about my cricket career. It has many different chapters and we have tried to show those chapters as well. James has shown many sides of my personality in the movie, which many people are not aware of," said the iconic cricketer.

The cricketer, who was present at the trailer launch of the film at PVR Juhu, said that for him winning the cricket world cup in 2011 was the most memorable moment of his 24-year-long career.

"I was 10 when India won the world cup in 1983. Since then I only had one dream and that was to win the world cup. On April 2, 2011 that dream came true. So without any doubt it is my most memorable moment."

Flaunt your stylish bra with summer outfits

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Apart from experimenting with your looks externally, you can play up and show off your quirky #inner_wear stylishly under a thin T-shirt or a simple tank top, say experts.

Rosmin Kunnnathothottathil, Co-Founder at The Lingerie Store, and Suman Chowdhury, Head Designer at Clovia, have suggested ways in which you can show off your expensive inner wear: 

* Go for those open cage front closing bras with stylish backs and flaunt them with your backless tops. The unappealing closures will be covered in front and will let you display your alluring back.

* While wearing off shoulder outfits this summer, opt for the right kind of strapless bra which fits you as if it is just made for you. You can even show off the stylish studded straps.

* Wear the bold lacy bra under your muscle tops or low-side tops. Let the colour of the bra be in contrast with your top so that it stands out and looks appealing when you swing your arms in style.

Victoria Beckham registers daughter's name as Trademark

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Singer-turned-designer #Victoria_Beckham has registered her five-year-old daughter #Harper's name as a trademark.

According to intellectual property office records, Victoria has registered Harper's name to be used in a range of branded products, including perfume, lip gloss and even anti-wrinkle creams, as well as books, umbrellas, music, clothing and children's dolls, reports

In addition, the Harper Beckham trademark has also been registered for use in the entertainment industry. 

The wife of former football star David Beckham registered up the names of sons Brooklyn (18), Romeo (14) and Cruz (12) to Britain's Intellectual Property Office and the European Union-wide office in December last year. 

Ekta Kapoor promises 'something for everyone' via app

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#Ekta_Kapoor, who has been a trendsetter in the Indian television space, is now out to offer disruptive home-grown content in the digital space via her new app #ALTBalaji. She launched a slate of five shows here on Thursday.

Ekta was here with actors Nimrat Kaur, Rajkummar Rao, Ram Kapoor, Sakshi Tanwar and filmmakers Hansal Mehta and Nagesh Kukunoor, giving a dekko of the talent and variety that one must expect from the platform starting April 16.

Coming up on the slate is; "Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat" -- a breezy and feel-good story of an actor and his doctor, "Boygiri - Men will be Men" -- a comedy drama about youngsters and their fantasies, "The Test Case" about a woman army officer in a combat role and "Dev DD" on a rebellious girl's journey with love, passion, heartbreak, sex, self-destruction and redemption.

There's also "Romil and Jugal", a gay love story and its trials and tribulations.

'Baarish' based on my real love story: Tanishk Bagchi

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Music composer #Tanishk_Bagchi says his latest song "Baarish" from the film #HalfGirlfriend is close to him because it emerged out of his personal experiences.

"'Baarish' is very close to me. It is based on my real love story. Hence, writing and composing this song came naturally to me," Bagchi said in a statement.

He debuted in Bollywood with the song "Banno" composed by him and Vayu Srivastava for "Tanu Weds Manu Returns". He also came up with the melodious "Bolna" from "Kapoor & Sons" apart from the title track of "Badrinath Ki Dulhania".

On his journey, he said: "It is tough to work as a solo composer, but I am rising slowly and enjoying the process. The fact that the audience is liking my work gives a lot of encouragement."

Shraddha, Monali set IPL opening ceremony on fire at Eden

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Bollywood actress #Shraddha_Kapoor sent the crowd into raptures with her sizzling dance numbers while singer #Monali_Thakur performed her peppy hits to set the stage on fire at the Indian Premier League (IPL) extravaganza ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) first home game at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.

In front of a half-full stadium with the match one-and-half hours away from the start, Shraddha, whose next film "Half Girlfriend" is scheduled for a May release, turned on the heat in the final segment of the 21-minute programme, dancing to her hit numbers. 

Starting with "Tum Hi Ho" from the blockbuster "Aashiqui 2", the 30-year old shook a leg to "Galliyan" from "Ek Villain", "The Humma Song (OK Jaanu)" and "Main nachu aj Cham Cham Cham (Baaghi)" in front of father and veteran actor Shakti Kapoor who was in the stands.

Sporting a golden top and purple coloured track pants, the gorgeous Mumbaikar looked stunning.

Google introduces 'style ideas' for fashion

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To enhance user experience when searching for fashion content, #Google on Thursday introduced a new feature called #styleideas in Image Search on mobile web and in Google app for Android.

"Style ideas" throws up high-quality images that show how someone will look while wearing or carrying the item you searched for.

"As an added bonus, users will also see an expanded carousel for 'similar items' while searching for apparel products," the company said in a statement. 

I'm a private person: Tendulkar

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Iconic cricketer #Sachin_Tendulkar says that though a private person, he has now learnt how to share certain things of his life as his fans want to know more about him.

The forthcoming film "Sachin: A Billion Dreams" unveils a "different" side of his personality.

The cricketer, who was present at the trailer launch of the film, told media persons here: "Yes, I am a private person but learnt to share insight of my life for my fans. They are curious to know. So, in this film I tried to share information about me with my fans by finding a middle path where I am comfortable to share and they also get to know about me."

The trailer launch took place in the presence of Tendulkar alongside the film's director James Erskine, producer Ravi Bhagchandka and Shrikant Bhasi of Carnival Pictures.

Purab impressed with Sonakshi's professional conduct

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Actor #Purab_Kohli finds his #Noor co-star Sonkashi Sinha's professional conduct impressive.

Recalling the time of shooting for the Sunhil Sippy's forthcoming film, Purab said in a statement: "I am super impressed with her professional conduct. I have to confess, many times she would be ready on set before me and that was embarrassing. It feels good to be working with such a hardworking and talented actress."

Talking about the film, in which she plays a journalist, the actress had said: "'Noor' is getting a very positive response. I am glad that people are liking the songs and the trailer of the film. People are giving a positive response and I just hope that people will also enjoy the movie after its release."

Tiger Shroff takes action inspiration from video game

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Actor #Tiger_Shroff, who is famous for his dance and action moves, says that all his action sequences are inspired from the video game named #Mortal_Kombat.

"There is a video game called Mortal Kombat. All my action choreography has been inspired from there," said Tiger on Wednesday during the launch of Sony YAY!, a new children's entertainment channel by Sony Pictures Network.

He has been chosen as its brand ambassador.

Justifying his reason for being the brand ambassador of a kids' channel, he said: "I love children, that's why I said yes to be their brand ambassador. I love cartoons. I am a child at heart."

"I used to play a lot of football. I was involved in athletics. I was very active those days and I used to watch cartoons but play very less video games. I used to look up to superheroes."

Jacqueline Fernandez enjoys being busy

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Actress #Jacqueline_Fernandez, who has a strong lineup of films this year, says that its a great feeling to be busy.

"From the longest time, I wanted to keep myself busy by working in films and releasing them. It's a really good feeling when you see yourself busy by doing your choice of work," the actress told reporters on the sidelines of the red carpet of Colors Golden Petal Awards in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The "Dishoom" actress seems excited about 2017 as four of her films are lined up for this year.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

It's a privilege to play army officer: Nimrat Kaur

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Actress #Nimrat_Kaur, for whom being in the army was once a "dream profession", says she feels privileged that as an actor, she will get to live a bit of that desire courtesy an upcoming web-series #TheTestCase.

Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, the web series on ALTBalaji will feature Nimrat as the Indian Army uniform-clad Shikha Sharma. A poster of the show features her in a rugged look with a rifle in her hand. 

The tagline reads: "When terrorists are at your door, will you trust a woman to shoot them down?"

For Nimrat, it's deeply nostalgic.

"It is very close to my heart. I have grown up watching my father put on the uniform and when he gets ready everyday for work, it's a great privilege and an honour to play an army officer as an actor," the actress told.

"Life has come a full circle for me in that sense and it's a dream part which was actually my first dream profession. As a kid growing up, I always wanted to join the army until I realised how difficult it is to be an army officer. Then, I said okay, it's time to have other plans because this is not as easy as it seems," she added.

Zoe Saldana was bullied for speaking English

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Actress #Zoe_Saldana says she was bullied at school for being an English speaker.

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star moved to the Dominican Republic when she was 9, following the death of her father Aridio. She says she was bullied because she used English words rather than talking in Spanish, reports

"It was a very traumatising time for me because I didn't know how to stand up for myself. I was never equipped, trained or taught to defend myself. My mother never raised me believing that I was different, so the moment me and my sisters started getting attacked, shock was the first reaction," Saldana told Balance magazine.

Let us pray for Kulbhushan's safe return: Salim Khan

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Veteran screenwriter #Salim_Khan has urged people to pray for the safe return of Indian national #Kulbhushan_Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court for allegedly spying and stoking violence in Balochistan.

The "Sholay" writer said here is a great opportunity for Pakistan to mend its relationship with India.

"Pakistan talks about maintaining a good relationship with India. Here is the opportunity. Let us pray for his safe return. Kulbhushan Jadhav," Khan tweeted on Wednesday night.

Quoting Prophet Muhammad, the veteran writer went on to add: "To kill an innocent is equivalent to killing entire humanity."

Jadhav was reportedly arrested in March last year in Balochistan, for allegedly being an Indian spy responsible for fuelling Baloch separatist movement.

Cruise performs thrilling stunts in 'Mission: Impossible 6'

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Actor-producer #Tom_Cruise is seen swinging back and forth in the air using a harness and crashing his car into a tree in the videos shot during the filming of the upcoming movie #MissionImpossible6.

In one of the videos, the 54-year-old actor is watched by a lot of excited onlookers on the filming set. 

He looks impressively relaxed when the crew sends him flying to the air. The crew lets him swinging back and forth on the harness before bringing him back to earth. 

Another video offers a brief look at Cruise who drives a car and pulls off a 180-degree turn before crashing it into a tree. 

Meanwhile, the set photos feature Cruise filming a motorcycle scene. He wears all-black suit in the photos, driving a motorcycle amid crowded street. 

Rowland may have another breast job

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Singer #Kelly_Rowland is planning to get another breast job in the future.

The former Destiny's Child member has launched her parenting book titled "Whoa, Baby!", in which she opened up about her experiences as a first-time mother and much more, reports

She revealed that when breastfeeding her son Titan Jewell, she felt that her breast shape underwent a transformation. 

"All that gnawing at your nipples will take its toll," she wrote in the book. 

"In those early days, I was fascinated (my polite way of saying ‘horrified') by the transformation of the b***s." 

"My nipples were huge - we are talking the size of Frisbees - and sometimes I could see these veins bulging out while I was nursing," she continued. 

"My b***s themselves were so long and stretchy that I sometimes felt like I could've swung them over my shoulders." 

Aniston, Theroux romance to Paris

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Star couple #Justin_Theroux and #Jennifer_Aniston look "loved up" in a photograph taken here.

The actor posted a photo with Aniston to his Instagram on Tuesday, and the couple looked happier than ever, reports 

The selfie was clicked here, where the pair were guests of honour at a fashion event to celebrate the collaboration of fashion house Louis Vuitton and artist Jeff Koons. 

Theroux captioned the photo: "In Louvre." 

Rod Stewart to build pool at mansion for son

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Legendary singer #Rod_Stewart wants to build a swimming pool at his mansion in the hope that his young son will become an Olympic champion.

The rockstar's 11-year-old son Alastair has shown promise as a swimmer and has already won a host of medals. 

Rod, 72, and his wife Penny Lancaster have said how Alastair has ambitions to compete for Great Britain at the Olympics - and now they want to give him a home training base, reports

Rod has plans to build a large pool house in the gardens at Durrington House in Harlow, Essex, reports the Daily Record.

Jude Law to play Dumbledore in 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel

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Actor #Jude_Law has been roped in to essay the young Albus Dumbledore in sequel of #FantasticBeastsandWheretoFindThem.

David Yates is directing the followup to last year's "Harry Potter" spin-off which is slated to release next year.

Actors Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler are returning for the sequel, with the script written by J.K. Rowling. Unlike the initial movie's New York City setting, the followup takes place in Paris and Watford, England.

Law's character will be cast against actor Johnny Depp's, who was revealed to be the infamous wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the first film, reports

Didn't feel bad for not winning National Award, says Alia Bhatt

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Bollywood actress #Alia_Bhatt, who was awarded the #LokmatMaharashtrianoftheYearAward on Tuesday, says that she did not feel bad for not winning the #NationalAward for Best Actress this year.

Alia's performance in "Udta Punjab" was received well by critics and audiences alike. At the media interaction after the awards, reporters expressed their sympathy for Alia not getting a National Award.

"Please don't feel bad. I am not going anywhere. There is lot of time. I did not feel bad so even you don't feel bad about it," the "Student of the Year" actress said.

"It's a moment to celebrate as Hindi and Marathi cinema won so many awards and it's a very big moment to celebrate talent," Alia said.

Expressing her joy on winning the Lokmat Award, Alia said, "It's a great moment. Winning this award shows that you are now in the heart line of your country. So it's great."

Alia was last seen in "Badrinath Ki Dulhania", a romantic comedy film directed by Shashank Khaitan and produced by her mentor Karan Johar.

Asked when she would start working for her next film "Dragon", she said: "Ranbir is here, I will ask him when he will finish his shooting for 'Dutt' so that we can start the film, I will go and ask for the dates."

IIFA returns to US: New York to host its 18th edition

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The organisers of the International Indian Film Academy #IIFA Weekend and Awards are readying a "big blockbuster" for the gala's 18th edition to be hosted in New York this July.

This is the first time that the event will be held in New York -- described as the city that never sleeps. But the IIFA magic was first brought to Tampa Bay in the US in 2014, when stars like John Travolta and Kevin Spacey were in attendance.

The event -- the biggest Bollywood celebration internationally -- will be held on July 14-15 at the iconic MetLife Stadium, known for hosting National Football League games, major concerts and other entertainment events.

On the first day will be the IIFA Weekend press conference and IIFA Rocks, followed by the glitzy IIFA Awards on day two -- and they are hoping to sell as many as 40,000 tickets for the event.

Don't have much at stake: Swara Bhaskar on being frank

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Actress #Swara_Bhaskar, who is known for being outspoken about her thoughts, says she is not afraid to speak her mind as "doesn't have much at stake".

"To be brutally honest, I do not have that much at stake. I am not Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir Khan. I don't have crores of endorsements to lose. I don't have the kind of visibility that they do. I don't have lots of property or companies. What will suffer in my case? And I don't think Bollywood is that narrow minded that they would not caste me in a film because of what I think," Swara said.

"My producers sometimes get a little like, 'Swara, can you not say so much?'. So now I have a plan. I will say whatever I want to say until there are two months to the release of my film. Then, I will calm myself and I will only post about my film," she added.

Cisco to skill 250,000 students in India in security, IoT

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Aiming to help create #startups and build successful technology careers, #Cisco will train 250,000 students in the country over a period of time, a top executive from the global networking giant said.

"We have done a lot of work in education and there are campuses that use our technology. We will skill 250,000 students in the country around networking, security and IoT areas over a period of time," Dinesh Malkani, President, Cisco India & SAARC, told.

Cisco and RV College of Engineering (RVCE) earlier this month announced the launch of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Internet of Things (IoT) for digital skills and training in Bengaluru.

"We are extremely focused on India. We have been here for 20 years, we have R&D facilities, global delivery centres and have also invested heavily in the country in regards to Digital India perspective," Malkani said.

Raveena to voice Hanuman's mother in ‘Hanuman Da Damdaar'

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Actress #Raveena_Tandon has lent her voice to the character of lord Hanuman's mother in the forthcoming animated film #HanumanDaDamdaar, set to release in May.

While superstar Salman Khan will give voiceover for the older Hanuman in the Ruchi Narain directorial, other artistes involved in the project include Javed Akhtar, Makarand Deshpande, Kunal Kemmu and Vinay Pathak. 

"It's a wonderful feeling when you get to play 'Maatr' (mother) to the cutest Hanuman, damdaar," Raveena posted on her Twitter account.

"The film is all about young Hanuman's journey into becoming who he was meant to be, but at first he will be shown as any other kid which will make the kids relate a lot with him," said a source.

Raghavendra Rathore sets up design school in Jaipur

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Fashion designer #Raghavendra_Rathore, known for offering a touch of royalty to his customers with his bespoke ensembles, has now taken up the initiative of bringing focus on the issue of design education by setting up his own institute -- #TheGurukulSchoolofDesign -- in Jaipur.

According to the designer, The Gurukul School of Design teaches the value of culture through its interpretation of the Gurukul way of life, imparts specialised knowledge to students to become entrepreneurs as soon as they graduate.

The institute will also help students gain insights on how to build a valuable brand via modern communication skills, emphasise the business hemisphere so that design students can read ‘balance sheets' and more importantly value the immense knowledge of our heritage and the rich resources.

Schwarzenegger sets the bar high for action: Vidyut Jammwal

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Bollywood's action star #Vidyut_Jammwal, who is looking forward to watch #Arnold_Schwarzenegger's next movie #Aftermath, says the Hollywood star has always set the bar for daredevilry in films high.

"Schwarzenegger has always been someone who has set the bar so high with action. He's undoubtedly one of the international flagbearers of the action genre who has been responsible for a huge change in the way the genre was perceived and consumed," Vidyut said in a statement.

"And now to see him look and do something so different - which is strong and vulnerable In equal measure in 'Aftermath' Is commendable. I'm looking forward to seeing the film."

"Aftermath" is set to release pan India on Friday by PVR Pictures.

Schwarzenegger has been known for his action roles in films like "The Terminator", "Predator" and "Red Heat".

One thing that Vidyut has in common with the actor is "Commando" -- Schwarzenegger essayed it in 1985 and the Vidyut has a similarly titled successful Bollywood action franchise. They are also both trying new roles in their upcoming projects.

Dilip Kumar 'active' on Facebook

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A moving video of veteran actress #Saira_Banu trying to urge her ailing husband, the legendary actor #Dilip_Kumar to react, is among the first updates to be shared on his official Facebook account.

The account is called 'Official: Dilip Kumar'.

The 94-year-old has been suffering back pain, and has a biscuit in his hand during the 33-second long video. It features Saira trying to make Dilip Kumar talk and asks how the biscuit tastes. He, meanwhile, chews on the biscuit with his eyes closed. The emotional video featuring Bollywood's 'king of tragedy', ends with Saira planting a kiss on her husband's cheek.

Women's health an issue close to my heart: Raveena Tandon

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Actress #Raveena_Tandon, also a social activist, has lent support to a She's Ambassador campaign, aimed at empowering young girls to make decisions favourable to healthy lifestyles and social development. She says it's an issue she cares about whole-heartedly.

The initiative is a joint effort by PVR Nest and Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (MOGS).

Raveena, who also features in a film for the campaign, said in a statement: "She's Ambassador is a CSR (corporate social responsibility) campaign to create awareness among young girls in the country, as these girls face many issues with regard to their health when they reach puberty.

"It is very important to educate them to deal on issues related to their health, sanitation, nutrition and mental well-being. I am very grateful to PVR Nest for giving me this opportunity to be part of a campaign of this nature which is very close to my heart."

Richness of Indian craft incomparable, says designer

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Designer #Sunita_Shekhawat, who has collaborated with designer brand House of Kotwara to do a photo shoot with Bollywood actress #Huma_Qureshi, feels the richness of Indian craft is incomparable. She says that to be able to design for the future, one must learn from and honour the past.

Shekhawat and the House of Kotwara aligned their 25-year-long mutual passion for craft, legendary familial heritage and discerning understanding of art and colour to curate this collection.

"The richness of the craft is incomparable. Kundan-meena by the very virtue of its essence, craftsmanship and rich history, is considered an artefact. The challenge and conversely the strength of the brand lies in preserving the old world and original charm, while reinventing the sensibility for contemporary time and the future.

"The brand believes that to be able to design for the future one must learn from and honour the past. These values are reflected by the House of Kotwara and both brands are tremendously proud to have put this together," Shekhawat told.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Lee Ryan starts 'EastEnders' shooting

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Former Blue band member #Lee_Ryan has started shooting his first scenes for #EastEnders.

The singer has been cast as bar manager Woody Woodward, reports

He has started filming his debut episodes, which are set to air next week, according to The Sun Online. 

Although Ryan has been pictured accompanying his co-star Shona McGarty, who portrays Whitney Dean in the soap, behind the bar at The Queen Vic pub, further details of his plot line and how he will make an entrance have remained secret.

Kate Beckinsale flaunts bikini body

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Actress #Kate_Beckinsale showed off her bikini body while lounging poolside.

Beckinsale, 43, has shared a series of her bikini-clad photos on Instagram, reports

She can be seen sporting two different swimsuits while on vacation. One photo has the mother of one flashing her toned body in a red strapless bikini and mismatching white bikini bottom while relaxing on a hammock over the pool. 

She poked fun at herself as she captioned it: "Float float and some funny marks on your bum when you get up". 

'Maatr' to be released on April 21: Raveena Tandon

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Actress #Raveena_Tandon, whose upcoming film #Maatr is facing many controversies due to an allegation on film's producer Anjum Rizvi, informed media that everything has been sorted and the film would release on April 21.

"The case has been settled and we have got the NOC. Now the movie shall release on April 21. The rumours of any more issues are fake and we have no more troubles in proceeding," said Raveena.

The actress was spotted at PVR Andheri on Tuesday morning with few other woman achievers for the promotion of an NGO called "She's Ambassador Program" which focuses on girl's welfare development."

During the event, Raveena who has done a voice over for a short film by "She's ambassador Program" said, "I have been raised by my mother in such a way that I have a lot of compassion towards young people."

Katie Price defends daughter's pictures

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British TV personality and glamour model #Katie_Price has defended herself over sharing the photographs of her nine-year-old daughter Princess over social media while mimicking her mother's famous poses.

Speaking on TV show "Loose Women on Tuesday, the 38-year-old said her daughter was just having fun and it's wrong on the people's behalf who tagged Princess "sexy", reports

"At the end of the day, me and Pete did pictures of Princess since she was born," Price said.

"People say they're too sexy, if I said ‘Don't pose like that, it's too sexy', she wouldn't know what I meant, because she doesn't know what sexy is," she added.

Johnny Depp plays baseball with 'LAbyrinth' co-star

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Actor #Johnny_Depp took some time out from his shooting schedule for upcoming film #LAbyrinth to play baseball with one of his co-stars on the set.

In some photographs, Depp -- dressed in a polo shirt and camel chinos -- can be seen playing baseball with a young co-star on the set, reports

In "LAbyrinth", Depp plays a police officer investigating the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls in late 1990's Los Angeles.

The 53-year-old portrays real life detective Russell Poole in the film.

Dilip Kumar better, honoured with Living Legend Lifetime Award

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Bollywood thespian #Dilip_Kumar was on Tuesday felicitated with a #LivingLegendLifetimeAward from the Punjab Association at his residence here.

"Mr. Ranbir Singh Chandok and Mr. Anand of the Punjab Association visited me today. God is kind. Humbled at receiving the Living Legend Lifetime Award from Punjab Association this afternoon," a post from the 94-year-old actor's official Twitter handle read on Tuesday.

The post was accompanied by photographs in which Dilip Kumar -- looking frail but in good spirit -- could be seen posing with the plaque. Also seen in the pictures is his wife Saira Banu and the officials who felicitated the actor.

Don't shame sexual assault victims, urges Big B

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Megastar #Amitabh_Bachchan has recorded a two-minute prologue for a social campaign on 'Victim Shaming', urging families, authority figures and citizens to reflect upon the need to break the tolerance towards how victims of sexual assault are treated.

Amitabh has lent his voice to a public service awareness initiative by Star Plus, in which he questions culprits of character assassination with the question "Whose fault is it?". The campaign advocates that society needs to place the guilt rightfully with the perpetrators by putting them on trial instead of shaming the victims.

Talking about it, Big B said in a statement: "The idea that a woman loses her dignity if she is sexually assaulted is instilled strongly in our cultural mindset. The shame should be on the perpetrators instead of the victim. We need to foster a safe, secure and supportive environment where victims can seek refuge especially from those who they turn to for protection like authority figures, family and society.

My web series has scale greater than any Hindi film: Kabir Khan

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Filmmaker #Kabir_Khan, known for movies like "Ek Tha Tiger" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", is elated to foray into the digital space with a web-series based on Netaji Subhas Chandra Boses #IndianNationalArmy. He says its scale and reach will be beyond any Hindi entertainer.

Being made under the working title "The Forgotten Army", the series is scheduled to start production by 2017 end, and it will go live as an Amazon Prime Video India Original.

"The Forgotten Army" is a war epic which will touch upon several stories, including the contribution of women in the Indian National Army.

"I am excited to make this truly international series which has a scale and reach far greater than any Hindi film," Kabir said in a statement.

"These are super exciting times for any content creator in India and I am elated to make my debut in the digital space with Amazon Prime Video's India Original," he added. 

Rishi Kapoor, Abhijeet slam Pakistan over Jadhav

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Veteran actor #Rishi_Kapoor and singer #Abhijeet_Bhattacharya have reacted strongly to Pakistan's decision to award death sentence to alleged Indian spy #Kulbhushan_Jadhav. Randeep Hooda has slammed it by saying it is reminiscent of Sarabjit Singh's plight.

"Sorry, India tried to broker peace via actors, films, sports etc with Pakistan but they just want hatred, so be it! Taali do haath se bajti hai," Rishi tweeted late on Monday.

Singer Abhijeet, known for stirring up controversies with his remarks, commented on Twitter: "Hang every Pakistani in India by a tree at sight."

He went on to request that Jadhav be saved from death sentence.

A Pakistan Army statement on Monday said Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan in March 2016 and charged with espionage and waging war against Pakistan. A military court sentenced him to death for spying, which the Indian government said was a "premeditated murder." 

Jhinal Belani wishes to work with Supriya Pathak

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Actress #Jhinal_Belani, who idolises #Supriya_Pathak, hopes to share the screen space with the veteran actress in future.

"Sharing screen with Supriya ma'am is a dream I have harboured for long. I have done so many Gujarati movies and plays, but have never been in the same frame as her," Jhinal said in a statement.

"Supriya ji has always been my favourite and I have seen all her movies, plays and shows since my childhood days. She as a personality has always enamoured me, and I have heard that she is a totally different person before and after ‘action' and ‘cut'," added Jhinal, who is currently seen as Sonu in TV show "Har Mard Ka Dard".

Anil Kapoor to endorse consumer electronics products

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Bollywood actor-producer #Anil_Kapoor has been roped in to endorse consumer electronics company #MicromaxInformatics to bolster its footprint.

Anil is proud to associate with the brand, which he feels is a "game changer" in its space.

"I am looking forward to having an amazing association with Micromax for the category," the actor said in a statement.

The 'jhakaas' actor has been chosen for his "rare blend of talent, versatility and class", said Rajesh Agarwal, Co-Founder, Micromax Informatics.

The brand's Chief Marketing Officer Shubhajit Sen said that since the fan following of Anil -- "a perfect confluence of style and individuality" -- cuts across age brackets, nationally and internationally, his association will help strengthen the connect with consumers across demographics.

Salman Khan releases motion poster of 'Hanuman Da Damdaar'

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Superstar #Salman_Khan, who has lent his voice to the character of Lord Hanuman in the forthcoming animated film #HanumanDaDamdaar, shared the link to the motion poster of the film on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti on Tuesday.

The actor shared the link to the poster on Facebook, captioning it: "Yeh summer hoga bada Damdaar, dekho motion poster of 'Hanuman Da Damdaar' Aaj Hanuman Jayanti ke din. (This summer will be action-packed, have a look at the motion poster of 'Hanuman Da Damdaar' on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti)".

The 21-second motion poster gives an introduction to all the characters essaying a vital role in the animated project.

Salman has lent voice to the grown-up Hanuman, but the film is more on his younger version. Other actors who have lent their voice to the characters include Javed Akhtar, Makarand Deshpande, Raveena Tandon, Kunal Kemmu and Vinay Pathak.

When Begum Jaan met Begum Jaan

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Dispelling rumours of any bad blood between them, Bengali cine star and National Award winner #Rituparna_Sengupta, who essayed Begum Jaan in Srijit Mukherji's "Rajkahini", met and even posed sportingly with her Bollywood counterpart #Vidya_Balan who portrays the same role in the eponymous Hindi adaptation #Begum_Jaan.

"I am very happy that I am doing the adaptation of 'Rajkahini'. I am very happy to be part of Srijit's first Hindi film. You have given so much of love to 'Rajkahini'. Of course, it is a very good film. I want you all to love 'Begum Jaan' as well," Vidya said here at a late night event on Monday.

During the meet, Bengali actress Priyanka Sarkar, who had starred in the Bengali outing, posed for photographs with Bollywood actress Gauahar Khan, who stars in the Hindi adaptation.

"One story, different languages... Same soul, many bodies... Divine love, diverse expressions... This is to the spirit of 'Begum Jaan'," Sarkar tweeted.

Now Rocky S to give celebrity styling course

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Designer #RockyS, who has designed for some of the best in Bollywood like #Shilpa_Shetty_Kundra, #Akshay_Kumar and #Bipasha_Basu, will now give a celebrity styling course to national and international students.

The first ever Bollywood styling course was unveiled by Rocky S at fashion school FAD International Academy at its Dubai campus where aspiring stylists received insights into the world of styling for movies, celebrities, editorial shoots.

"The fashion industry is welcoming of new, aspiring talents who are ready to contribute to making a change in the fashion space. What they sometimes lack is a platform to convert these dreams to reality.

"This course offers these aspiring stylists a platform to foray into commercial styling for bollywood and celebrities. It is crucial to appreciate and nurture promising talent and with this course we aim at shaping them to become industry professionals," the designer said in a statement.

Cisco wireless solution to help Shoppers Stop

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Global networking giant #Cisco and leading fashion retailer #Shoppers_Stop on Tuesday announced to implement Cisco wireless solution across 80 Shoppers Stop stores in India.

With the Cisco solution, Shoppers Stop has also deployed guest Wi-Fi at its stores. 

"We are excited to collaborate with Shoppers Stop as they digitally transform their business, deliver hyper-relevant customer experiences and enhance workforce efficiency to emerge as the retailers of the future," Dinesh Malkani, President, Cisco India and SAARC, told reporters here.

With the wireless solution, Shoppers Stop will get a single-view dashboard of connected customers, insights into customer behaviour analytics, traffic flow and dwell time analytics, location-based services and analytics for effective in-store marketing and in-store tracking. 

Microsoft buys startup to boost its cloud

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Software giant #Microsoft has bought #startup #Deis that specialises in containers -- a modern way to develop and deploy software.

The deal is seen as a boost to Microsoft's cloud because software containers are termed as the new building blocks of cloud-based applications. 

According to a report in Fortune on Monday, the containers constitute a hot category as many businesses are turning to third-party public clouds -- like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services -- to run their applications. 

"Deis gives developers the means to vastly improve application agility, efficiency and reliability through their Kubernetes container management technologies," said Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President Microsoft in a blog post.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tom Jones puts house on sale

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Singer #Tom_Jones has put his house in Beverly Hills compound up for sale for 6.45 million pounds.

The 76-year-old, who has finished shooting for "The Voice UK" alongside Jennifer Hudson, Will.I.Am and Gavin Rossdale, lived in the house for 19 years, reports

The property, which which is situated in the private community of Mulholland Estates, boasts 8,146 square feet and includes five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. 

Jones purchased the property in 1998 for 2,136,960 pounds.

My mother was very daring: David O Russell

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Director #David_O_Russell says he was inspired by his "daring" mother to make a film like #Joy, which highlights women as a powerful force.

The film showcases the real-life American Dream story of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) -- the blue-collar single mom best known as the inventor of The Miracle Mop.

Talking about it, Russell said in a statement: "My inspirations for the film were the actual daring women I've known in my life. My mother was a very daring woman. All of her friends were -- they were always at the kitchen table trying to get involved in the Board of Education.

"They were also trying to create things 'cause it was very hard for some of them to get jobs in the 1980s and the 1970s."

Aniston not a fan of Theroux's beard

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Actress #Jennifer_Aniston doesn't like her husband and actor #Justin_Theroux to have a long beard, which he can be seen with in new series #The_Leftovers.

Aniston initially didn't mind Theroux's bushy facial hair, but later got tired of it and asked him to shave, reports 

But he can't do that as he is filming for "The Leftovers".

"She likes it, up to a point. She'll like it for about a month and then she's like, 'Okay, you have to get rid of it.' Then I'm like, 'No, I actually have to keep the beard now for the whole show'," Theroux said on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show".