Saturday, September 29, 2007

Aishwarya and Bipasha to star In A Hollywood movie

Bollywood hot beauties will be doing a Hollywood flick together. Bips and Ash are the two hotties of the Bollywood who are much talked about for their international project. The Hollywood actor, famous for playing Mahatama Gandhi and winning an Oscar for it, is all set to play the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan in an upcoming big feature flick produced by Hollywood and based around the love monument that is the Taj Mahal. It is said that Ash will be playing Mumtaz and Bips could be playing the role of Shah Jahan’s elder daughter Jahanara Begum. The two beauties had been together earlier in last year’s super hit movie Dhoom 2. Ash had earlier turned down the romantic lead opposite Will Smith in Hitch, her epic European produced flick The Last Legion did not do well. She did rule the Box Office for a week or two in theUnited Kingdom with Bride and Prejudice and showed her sentimental acting prowess in Provoked. We will soon see her in The Pink Panthar 2 with veteran comedian SteveMartin.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Jennifer Garner red sari CUTE

Any excuse to dish up some Jennifer Garner. The actress looked stunning while she was as the premiere for 'The Kingdom' in LA.

Bollywood event 'worth millions'

Amitabh Bachchan and Shilpa Shetty
Bachchan and Shetty launched the awards in Yorkshire
Tourism officials in Yorkshire say the Bollywood Oscars generated more than £20m ($40m) worth of media coverage for the county.

The Yorkshire Tourist Board said an estimated 500m viewers worldwide watched the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in June.

Bollywood superstars including Amitabh Bachchan and Shilpa Shetty attended the awards, which were held in Sheffield.

Tourism officials said the awards put Yorkshire on the global map.

In a statement the region's tourist board said the media valuation had exceeded the US $40m across the UK.

Coverage included the event's launch in both London and Yorkshire along with curtain-raiser events.

More than 40 hours of television coverage across a range of outlets and articles in the national print media were taken into account.

David Andrews, chief executive of the Yorkshire Tourist Board, said: "IIFA presented huge economic opportunities for businesses in Yorkshire and gave Yorkshire the chance to showcase its tourism, culture, business, film locations and creative industries to an IIFA international audience."

thanks to bbc uk

Bollywood leads PETA elephant campaign

FOR A CAUSE: Celebrities have have signed PETA's petition urging chief ministers across the country to ban the entry of elephants into urban areas.

FOR A CAUSE: Celebrities have have signed PETA's petition urging chief ministers across the country to ban the entry of elephants into urban areas.

Mumbai: What do you get when you put celebrities including Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, John Abraham and Raveena Tandon together with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India (PETA)? A very loud statement of compassion for elephants who live in cities where they are forced to walk on scorching-hot, pothole-ridden roads in busy traffic amid a cacophony of horns and engines.

That's why many of the biggest celebrities in India including MP Priya Dutt, filmmakers Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Mahesh Bhatt and actors Isha Koppikar, Yana Gupta, Rahul Khanna, Celina Jaitley, Gulshan Grover and many others have signed PETA's petition urging chief ministers across the country to ban the entry of elephants into urban areas.

This petition is timed to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of elephant Lakshmi, who was killed by a truck last September. The government of Maharashtra has already banned the entry of elephants into Mumbai.

They commonly suffer from potentially deadly foot ailments, skin problems, eye infections and cataracts.

Why does life in the streets mean misery for elephants? They are prodded and hooked with sharp, metal ankuses that cause pain and suffering.

When they are not working, the elephants

Allowing elephants in crowded urban areas also poses a danger to the public. Frightened elephants have rampaged - killing mahouts and scattering crowds.

"We hope that other governments will emulate the progressive step of the government of Maharashtra - the petition should serve as a wake-up call", says PETA Chief Functionary Anuradha Sawhney.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Toronto woos 2009 Indian awards show

Veteran Indian movie star Amitabh Bachchan has been doing more at the Toronto International Film Festival than just promoting his new film, The Last Lear. The Bollywood icon is drumming up support for Toronto's bid for the 2009 International Indian Film Academy Awards.

"Toronto is a location that we haven't been to before and it has a large [South] Asian community," explains the actor.

The awards show - which will celebrate its ninth anniversary in 2009 - is a sought-after event, thanks to its reputation as a tourist attraction. When Yorkshire, England, hosted it this year, more than 30,000 visitors flooded the city to catch a glimpse of their favourite Bollywood stars.

Since IIFAA's 2000 debut at the Millennium Dome in London, the annual awards show has travelled to South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Amsterdam and Dubai.

New York, Cologne and Turin are rumoured to be vying for the 2009 awards. The show mixes an Academy Awards-style presentation with a stage concert featuring Bollywood's extravagant musical spectacles.

"IIFA ... has been taking Indian cinema outside Indian shores," says Mr. Bachchan, who plays an aging Shakespearean actor in his new movie, an art-house film in English that eschews Bollywood's song and dance.

Toronto marketing firm Ethnic Guru is spearheading the city's bid for what would be the event's North American debut. Co-founders Moe Jiwan and Davinder Gurm are now lobbying government representatives for the final push in the year-long process.

"Although the [Ontario] election may slow down the process from the government side, we are very close to achieving our goal," Mr. Gurm says. "We strongly feel that we have the support needed from the private sector."

According to IIFA director Andre Timmins, the decision will be made by February. "We consider the existing Indian population, exposure to [or] interest in Indian cinema, tourism initiatives [and] interest in the business of Indian cinema," he says in an e-mail.

Although many Indian movies have featured Canadian landscapes such as Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains, as well as Toronto and Vancouver cityscapes, he hopes that official discussions between the two countries will encourage more Bollywood productions in Canada.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

RIP: Luciano Pavarotti

The world of music entertainment is mourning. Luciano Pavarotti has died.

The opera star and the world's most beloved tenors died Thursday morning September 6th at 5 a.m. local time, at his home in Modena, Italy, after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

Pavarotti had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and had cancer surgery at a New York hospital in July 2006. He underwent further treatment last month and had made no public appearances since then. Earlier Wednesday September 5th it was reported that his condition had taken a turn for the worse.

"The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterized his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness," Pavarotti's manager, Terri Robson, told the Associated Press in a statement.

Pavarotti's last performance was that of "Nessun Dorma" at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, in February 2006. His last full-scale concert was in Taipei in December 2005.

It was announced on Tuesday September 4th that Pavarotti is getting a new government award for his work promoting Italian culture in his country and abroad, making him the first to receive the award. "This prize fills me with joy and pride," the Italian news agency ANSA news agency quoted Pavarotti as saying Wednesday. No date has been set for the award ceremony though.





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