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Gwalior: Commemorating 20 years of the Kargil War, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday turned the Gwalior air base virtually into a conflict theatre...

Tamil film legacy disappearing into a blackhole

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Telangana jail FM airs prisoners’ ‘mann ki baat’

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Rajasthan’s Suman Rao wears Miss India 2019 crown

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With changing trends animated dads get more substance role

Across fantasy, the real world, and the anthropomorphised animal world, dads have started to get more billing in animated movies over the past couple of decades. The older films of Disney (along with others) did not have fathers who were as present in the plot as the ones today. This father’s day, we take a look at some of the animated fathers from...

Thala fans paint town red as makers release trailer of ‘Pink’ remake

Nothing could prove the audience’s love and adoration for actor Ajith Kumar or fondly ‘Thala’ better than the overwhelming response that a two-minute trailer of his upcoming film ‘Nerkonda Paarvai’ received on social media platform, even before it was released on Wednesday (June 12) evening. Fans in some cases went to the extent of visiting ...

You snooze, you lose: Actor Dhanush on stardom

Mumbai: Actor Dhanush has been in the industry for nearly 17 years and though he has an extremely successful career with a huge fan following, the actor says he would not be able to survive if he starts taking it for granted. Dhanush, who has headlined several blockbusters in South, made a successful Bollywood debut with Raanjhanaa, says an actor is alw...

Mauka Mauka ads featuring Indo-Pak repartee return this WC season

Chennai: While Pakistan is still searching for a ‘mauka’ (opportunity) to celebrate its maiden victory against the mighty Indian team in the World Cup, the 'desi' boys seem confident of keeping the winning streak intact, at least in the much-popular ‘Mauka Mauka’ ads. The ‘Mauka Mauka’ promotional campaign by Star Sports is nothing new to cricket fans, a...

India mourns veteran playwright Girish Karnad’s death

Bengaluru: Political leaders, theatre personalities and artistes from the entertainment sphere on Monday condoled the death of Girish Karnad, saying they will miss the brilliance of the iconic playwright-actor-director and his immense contribution to arts and culture. Karnad, 81, died on Monday (June 10) after prolonged illness, at his Bengaluru residence....

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I was on the verge of getting fired from X-Men: Hugh Jackman

Hollywood star Hugh Jackman has revealed that he was almost fired from playing Wolverine in 'X-Men' films. The 50-year-old Australian actor, who played Wolverine for 16 years, said he nearly lost the role during filming on the first movie. "Five weeks into shooting X-Men, I was on the verge of getting fired ... the head of the studio pulled m...

Accommodation, not studies, a big headache for students

Student life in India has changed drastically over the past decade. From stories of mischief in college or university hostel dorms and strict bed timings, their tales have now shifted to the travails of living as paying guests or sharing a private apartment outside the campus. A key reason is the lack of accommodation at universities and college...

Vijayashanti back to silver screen after a failed political career

After a failed political career, popular South Indian actor of yesteryears Vijayashanti is set to don the greasepaint again after a gap of 13 years.

Kolaigaran movie review: An unsatisfying crime thriller

Chennai: As the name suggests, the movie revolves around a man who murders people. Vijay Antony's character, Prabhakaran, first seems like he's stalking his neighbour Dharani (Ashima). But it is quickly established that it is Vamsi (the villain) who is attracted to Dharani. Dharani and her mother moved to Chennai from Hyderabad because of Vamsi’s predato...

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ surpasses GoT, becomes highest rated IMDb show

HBO's 'Chernobyl', which dramatises one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes due to an explosion in a nuclear plant, has surpassed shows such as 'Game of Thrones' and 'Breaking Bad' to become IMDb's all-time TV rankings just days after airing. The five-episode show, written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck, had a 9.6-star rating ...

Patty Jenkins reveals Gal Gadot’s new gold armour from Wonder Woman 1984

Los Angeles: Director Patty Jenkins on Thursday unveiled the new look of actor Gal Gadot from her upcoming film Wonder Woman 1984. The film, a sequel to Jenkins 2017 blockbuster, will see Gadot's Wonder Woman face off against Kristen Wiigs Cheetah. Chris Pine is reprising his role of Steve Trevor. Jenkins tweeted a picture of a new costume for the DC superhe...

A day after tweeting on language, AR Rahman talks about autonomy

Chennai: At the glittering Oscars ceremony in Hollywood, AR Rahman preferred to describe his joy in Tamil. In a self-effacing style typical of him and, arguably of south Indians, he said in Tamil that all the glory goes to the Almighty — a reference to a Quranic injunction as said in Tamil. Rahman may roam the world, enthrall audiences there and fuse the...

‘Czar of Indian cuisine’ Jiggs Kalra dies at 72

Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra, 72, popular food columnist and restaurateur, passed away after a prolonged illness on Tuesday (June 4), in Mumbai. He is popularly known as Jiggs Kalra. Having spent nearly 50 years dedicating his life to Indian food, he was referred to as the "czar of Indian cuisine". Jiggs Kalra’s son, Zorawar Kalra, shared a picture ...

Ilayaraja’s melodies aren’t pouring out but his words are — harsh and abrasive

Chennai: On his birthday, we take a critical look at Ilayaraja — is being a creative genius an excuse for what would otherwise be considered bad behaviour?

Beyond the Neasamani phenomenon: Exploring actor Vadivelu

The Neasamani phenomenon, where many Tamilians prefixed ‘contractor’ to their names on their social media handles, similar to the ‘chowkidar’ campaign run by Prime Minister Modi, is well-known by now. But Tamil actor Vadivelu’s other characters are also popular in their own sense...

Elton slams censoring of Rocketman’s LGBTQ scenes in Russia

Los Angeles: Music icon Elton John and team behind Rocketman on June 1 (Saturday) expressed their strong disapproval over the censoring of LGBTQ-related scenes from the film's screenings in Russia. According to The Guardian, at least five minutes of footage, including scenes involving kissing and sex between Elton John (Taron Egerton) and his one-time manage...

Suriya’s NGK: As formula fails to enthrall 

The surprises never cease — right from the choice of the protagonist and the director’s audacity to pick a loose script. Ace film-maker K Selvaraghavan’s new flick NGK (Nandha Gopalan Kumaran) infuses as much goodness in its hero (played by Suriya) initially – a professional who quits to take up organic farming to help people. The harsh reali...

Actor Carmine Caridi, who played Carmine Rosato in The Godfather, dies

Los Angeles: Carmine Caridi, who is best remembered for playing Carmine Rosato in The Godfather: Part II, has passed away. He was 85. His representatives told Variety the actor died on Tuesday (May 29) after being in a coma at Cedars-Sinai hospital here. "From broadway, to film and television, Carmine spent over six decades entertaining audiences, and nothin...

PUBG lovers, beware: WHO terms gaming disorder as illness

Chennai: As countries across the world mull steps to curb mobile gaming addiction (some going to the extent of implementing bans on certain games), the World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially recognised gaming disorder as an illness. Video-gaming is a popular source of entertainment for the youth and since the emergence of smartphones in India, th...

Stranger Things 3 will be moving, unexpected, says David Harbour

London: Actor David Harbour says the new season of Stranger Things will examine his character, Chief Jim Hoppers relationship with his adopted daughter, Eleven. Harbour said season three will explore their dynamic and how it is changing now that Eleven is growing up, reported Digital Spy. "Eleven is growing up and I think that's the terrifying thing for...

Aladdin 2019: Makes you want to rewatch the 1992 version

The best thing Aladdin is that it probably makes you want to rewatch the 1992 version. For fans, it’s a pleasure to watch Jasmine having a bigger role

Emilia Clarke turned down Fifty Shades of Grey as she was done with on-screen nudity

Los Angeles: Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke says she had liked the script of Fifty Shades of Grey when it was pitched to her but eventually declined the project because she did not want to be pigeonholed. The 32-year-old actor was offered the lead part of Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of EL James bestselling novel. The role was eventually played ...

It’s not Sharon Tate’s story: Quentin Tarantino on Margot Robbie’s ...

Los Angeles: Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has defended the lack of scenes of Margot Robbie, who is essaying the role of the late actor Sharon Tate in his upcoming directorial Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, saying the films story is not about her character. The much-awaited film, which is Tarantinos ninth directorial, is described as an ode to the Hollywood of...

GOT’s Arya Stark regrets not crossing off a main target on her ‘kill list...

Los Angles: Warning: Copy contains spoilers Arya Stark ended her heroic ‘Game of Thrones’ arc by planning to journey beyond the west of Westeros but actor Maisie Williams says she had hoped for her character to cross off Cersei Lannister’s name from her kill list. Arya decides not to follow through her plan following a last minute advice from Sandor Cleg...

Rahman’s response to fan on his car purchase wins hearts

When a hardcore fan of music composer AR Rahman tagged him on twitter sharing news of the purchase of his new car, little did he expect a warm and caring response from his idol. The Twitter user with the handle named @chanderr based in Melbourne, Australia, posted on the networking site, sharing the news of the purchase of his brand new car,  wi...

Rebuilding life: Rajiv Gandhi case convict’s brother recounts struggle

Chennai: May 21 marks the 28th death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who got killed by a suicide bomber of the LTTE. The day roughly coincides with the 10th anniversary (May 18) of the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, which killed scores and scores of people besides rendering thousands disabled and forcing a lot many to immigrate to wes...

Chris Rock to reboot ‘Saw’ series for Lionsgate

Los Angeles: Actor-comedian Chris Rock is set to reboot Lionsgate's highly-successful Saw franchise. The psychological horror series, which hails from Twisted Pictures, is synonymous for its gory murder sequences. The story follows the Jigsaw Killer or simply Jigsaw, who often traps his victims in situations in order to test their will to live. The new film'...

Paradise reclaimed: How ordinary citizens are helping conserve birds

On May 4, as bird-watchers flocked to Salem, the sight of a white-naped tit (Machlolophus nuchalis) — a rare bird which is endemic to India — was enough to send their hearts aflutter. But then flew along a white-cheeked barbet, a plum-headed parakeet and a white-bellied drongo and many more. For the uninitiated, every year on May 4, 'Global Big ...

Writer Thoppil Mohamed Meeran, who took Muslim culture to the masses, dead

One of the most well-known writers in Tamil literary world, Thoppil Mohamed Meeran, breathed his last on Friday at 1.20 am at his home in Tirunelveli, after a brief illness. He was 75 and is survived by wife and two sons. Born on 24 September 1944 in Thengapattinam, a small hamlet near Marthandam, Kanyakumari district, he did his schooling in Ma...

Emilia Clarke to star in Bjorn Runges Let Me Count the Ways

Los Angeles: Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will be teaming up with filmmaker Bjorn Runge for his next project, Let Me Count the Ways. Runge, who most recently helmed Glenn Close-starrer The Wife, will direct the romance drama from a script by Paula Milne, reported Variety. Based on a true story, Let Me Count the Ways will chronicle the love affair betwe...

Freedom fighter’s dream stands dilapidated

Chennai: The building sports a deserted look. It has no doors, and the walls and floors are covered with layers of dust. The campus is surrounded by overgrown bushes and cattle can be seen grazing around it. If it not for a rusted signboard which says ‘Parali Su Nellaiyappar Municipal Primary School’, the structure will be mistaken for an abando...

Prince Harry, Meghan present first glimpse of baby boy

London: Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle on Wednesday presented the first glimpse of their baby boy, the seventh in line to the British throne born. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex described their new-born, who is referred to as Baby Sussex until his name is announced, as a “dream” and parenthood as “magic” as they attended a photocall at St...

Disney announces more Star Wars films, pushes Avatar sequels

Los Angeles: Disney has announced its future slate of films, which has postponed James Cameron Avatar movies and announced a new trio of untitled Star Wars entries. According to Variety, this is another push for Cameron's long-awaited and oft-delayed follow-up to Avatar series. Avatar 2 will hit theatres on December 17, 2021 instead of December 18, 2020 as o...

Avengers: Endgame scribes talk about Fat Thor

Los Angeles: Avengers: Endgame co-screenwriter Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have said there was no intention to promote fat shaming by showing Thor as an overweight superhero. In the film, which released worldwide on April 26, Thor, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, is shown battling depression and alcoholism in the aftermath of supervillain Thanos fin...

Daenerys had ordered herbal tea: HBO’s response to GoT coffee cup goof-up

Los Angeles: In a funny reaction to the coffee cup goof-up on the fourth episode of the final season of its fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’, HBO said Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) had ordered herbal tea, but was delivered a latte by mistake. GoT followers went crazy on social media after watching ‘The Last of the Starks’ after they spotted a ...

Summer of 69: Fifty years of superstar Rajesh Khanna

Nineteen sixty nine was not an ordinary year for Hindi cinema. By then, films had already transitioned to the colour era, it had been a decade since the K Asif’s magnum opus ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ hit the screen and film lovers had seen the technological advancement in filmmaking with India’s first movie in cinemascope 'Kagaz Ke Phool' by Guru Dutt. But H...

When joy of learning brings together Doppler effect and Carnatic music

Chennai: He raises his hands and sits on haunches to illustrate the lowest note of Sa before rising and settling in a half-sitting position to show the medium scale in Pa and then stands straight with his hands held higher to explain the high note of Sa. If you thought, the above setting is of a highly animated music class, you better thing again. For an...

Actor Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in Star Wars saga, dead at 74

Los Angeles: Actor Peter Mayhew, who won over fans worldwide as the Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the blockbuster Star Wars movies, has died at the age of 74, his family announced on Thursday (May 2). Mayhew died on Tuesday (May 1) at his home in Texas, surrounded by loved ones, the family said in a statement released on the actors Twitter account. "He put hi...

Ancient human species roamed Tibetan Plateau 160,000 years ago

Beijing: Denisovans — an ancient human species — adapted to high-altitude, low-oxygen environments long before the modern humans arrived, say scientists who have analysed a 160,000-year-old fossil jawbone of the archaic hominins found in the Tibetan Plateau. The research, published in the journal Nature, shows that Denisovans were more widespread than thoug...

Avengers: Endgame’s treatment of ‘Fat Thor’ reduces trauma for laug...

Los Angeles: WARNING! There are MASSIVE SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame ahead. If you’re one of the few people on Earth who still hasn’t seen the monumental blockbuster, then you definitely shouldn’t read on. Instead, bookmark this article for later. Avengers: Endgame has proven to be a pop culture behemoth that exceeded even Disney’s wildest expectations. We...

Half of World Heritage glaciers may disappear by 2100: Study

Geneva: Glaciers from almost half of natural World Heritage sites — such as the Khumbu Glacier in the Himalayas — may disappear completely by 2100, if emissions continue at current rate, a study warns. The research is the first-ever global study of World Heritage glaciers — home to some of the worlds most iconic glaciers, such as the Grosser Aletschglet...

Spoiler alert! Endgame not an epic but made one by Chennai frenzy

SPOILER ALERT! There is no need to review Avengers: Endgame because it is the crescendo of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is one of those movies that could fall under the category of ‘epic’, like its predecessor, Infinity War. If you follow the MCU, chances are you pre-booked your tickets for Endgame last week. And if you aren’t interested...

Spoiler: Tamilrockers ‘release’ Avengers: Endgame on internet  

Chennai: The most-anticipated and much-awaited Hollywood superhero film, Avengers: Endgame, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, has been released on Tamilrockers, a piracy website. Hours ahead of the movie’s release, the website released the entire movie online. The makers of the film, Joe and Anthony Russo, on social media, had urged fans to not give awa...

Public libraries struggle to survive onslaught of e-books, Kindles

The social media was abuzz with World Book Day celebrations on April 23. Users posted book reviews, selfies with their favourite books and photos of the books in their reading list. Once a year on this day, social media is every bibliophile's heaven. Any 'challenge' extended in social media sites tend to trend. Be it the ice-bucket challenge or ...

Leo DiCaprio in negotiations to star in Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to feature in Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley" remake. According to ScreenRant, Del Toro is writing the script for the new film, which he will direct. Kim Morgan is attached to co-write. The movie is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham about a carnival worker-...

World Book Day: Kalachuvadu makes its mark on Tamil literature

Chennai: With a population of around 8 crore, Tamil Nadu has a literacy rate of 80.09%, but only a meagre percentage display an interest in buying books. However, book fairs conducted in the state bring the Tamil publication industry some hope. The Chennai Book Fair, conducted by Book and Publishers’ Association of South India (BAPASI) and held annually ...

David Benioff says Sansa Stark has evolved a lot since GOT S1

Los Angeles: "Game of Thrones" co-show runner David Benioff believes the character of Sansa Stark has transformed enormously over the course of shows previous seven seasons. In the first season Sansa, played by Sophie Turner, appeared as a starry-eyed to-be-queen but over the next six seasons, the character underwent massive personality changes, courtesy the tu...

Indian movie Bhayanakam wins cinematography award at Beijing Film Festival

Beijing: Malayalam film "Bhayanakam" (Fear) directed by Jayaraj won the best cinematography award at the Beijing International Film Festival on Saturday (April 20) The cinematography was done by Nikihil S Praveen. The film had also won the best cinematography award at the 65th National Film Awards. Both Jayaraj and lead actor, writer and journalist Renji...

Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler reunite for Netflix Murder Mystery

Los Angeles: Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are set to reteam for a mystery-comedy, titled Murder Mystery. The duo will star opposite each other in Netflixs upcoming film eight years after their hit comedy Just Go with It, reported EW. The film revolves around an NYC cop (Sandler), his wife (Aniston), and their long-promised jaunt through Europe. Accor...

Lack of action in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailers makes it a film rarity

There’s an art to making a good trailer. It has to feature enough cinematic titillation to entice viewers. At the same time it can’t show too much, otherwise people will be underwhelmed by the actual film. With Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios found itself in a unique position. It doesn't have to convince viewers to come and see the blockbuster...

French star Alain Delon to receive Honorary Palme dOr at Cannes

Los Angeles: Cannes Film Festival is set to fete French movie legend Alain Delon with an Honorary Palme dOr. Delon is known for his starring roles in Luchino Viscontis "The Leopard", which won the Palme dOr in 1963, "Rocco And His Brothers", "Purple Noon" ("Plein Soleil"), "The Eclipse", "The Samurai", "The Swimming Pool" and "Le Cercle Rouge". Calling De...

Prateik Babbar to play antagonist in Rajinikanth’s ‘Darbar’

Actor Prateik Babbar will be essaying the role of villain in south superstar Rajinikanth's next "Darbar". The project, to be directed by AR Murugadoss, will feature Rajinikanth as a cop after 25 years. It will be the first time Prateik is working with the superstar and the filmmaker. "It is such a dream come true to have bagged this project in s...

Emilia Clarke compares Game of Thrones season 8 with Meet the Parents

Los Angeles: Actor Emilia Clarke says she considers the upcoming eighth and final season of her hit HBO series "Game of Thrones" a bit like "Meet the Parents". The 2000 romantic comedy, featuring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro and Teri Polo, is about a man meeting the parents of his girlfriend for the first time. In the upcoming eighth season, Clarks Daenerys T...

Social media a popular, yet not trusted, news source: poll

Ottawa: About half of Americans and Canadians get their news primarily from social media, yet most don't trust this source of information, according to a survey released on Tuesday. According to the Maru/Matchbox poll, 52 per cent of Americans and 48 per cent of Canadians said they find out what's happening in the world through social media platforms such...

What’s in a name? A lot says Instagram user @sussexroyal

Worthing: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan recently joined Instagram, a social media. The company allocated the username @sussexroyal to the two, which gained over a million ‘followers,’ within six hours of being activated. While several eager royal fans thronged to the account and started following it, a driving instructor from Wor...

Your cellphone could be making you depressed: Study

Melbourne: Using your smartphone to relax and pass time may be associated with negative feelings, lack of control and a reduced sense of purpose in life, a study warns. The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour, is the first to thoroughly evaluate how smartphone use is associated with measures of subjective and psychological wellbeing. ...

Depression can’t be predicted by few genes: Study

Washington: A team of US scientists claim that no specific set of genes can predict the risk of depression, and efforts to treat the mental disorder by targeting a few genetic culprits is bound to fail. The researchers, who assessed genetic and survey data from 620,000 individuals, found that the 18 most highly-studied candidate genes for depression are act...