By Mike Davidson CANNES (Reuters) - He's played a science-fiction hero, policeman and even Hamlet. But now actor Keanu Reeves is taking on a new role - as director of a contemporary martial arts movie aimed at both Chinese and Western audiences. Reeves has stepped behind the camera to make his directorial debut with "Man of Tai Chi", a trilingual film loosely based on the life of a stuntman, Tiger Chen, whom he befriended while working on the sci-fi "The Matrix" trilogy. ... More »Keanu Reeves makes director debut with modern Kung Fu film
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. singer Prince has signed a new deal with Kobalt Music Group to market and distribute his future work without giving up control over his rights, the company said on Monday. The singer-songwriter, who is famed for changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol in a wrangle over musical rights, will release his own work as well as a slate of new music by other artists that he produces, Kobalt said. ... More »Prince reigns over own music releases in new deal
By Belinda Goldsmith CANNES (Reuters) - A tragic love story between two Palestinians living under Israeli occupation received a standing ovation at the Cannes film festival on Monday and broke new ground as the first film fully funded by the Palestinian cinema industry. "Omar" by director Hany Abu-Assad, known for the 2005 award-winning film "Paradise Now", is a political thriller interwoven with a story of trust and betrayal as two lovers are torn apart by Israel's secret police and Palestinian freedom fighters. ... More »Palestinian film of love and betrayal breaks new ground at Cannes
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Disney said on Monday it will produce a new "Star Wars" animated series to air on television in the fall 2014, giving fans of the science-fiction franchise fresh stories before the next live-action film hits theaters in 2015. "Star Wars Rebels," based on George Lucas' multibillion dollar film franchise, will be set in the two decades between the events of the third and fourth films, where the Empire becomes a dominant force in the galaxy, Disney said. ... More »'Star Wars' to bring 'Rebels' to new animated Disney TV series
By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - A new app launched on Monday aims to bring William Shakespeare's sonnets to the masses with the help of short films starring stage actors performing them in front of New York landmarks. The Sonnet Project is a free app for the iPhone and iPad that showcases the bard's poetry through films of up to two minutes and performances by Tony-Award winning actors Joanna Gleason and Cady Huffman, among others. "Shakespeare gets a bad rap. ... More »Shakespeare's sonnets come to life in new app
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Saddened by the current situation in the country, actress-businesswoman Preity Zinta is "thiking" about joining "politics" as she wants to be part of a movement to bring positive changes in India. More »Is Preity Zinta serious about joining politics?
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) The looks of Girish Taurani, new kid on the block, are being compared to Saif Ali Khan and he says it's normal to be compared with a senior actor. More »Girish Taurani finds comparison with Saif 'normal'
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Renowned author Chetan Bhagat, who often played matchmaker for friends in college, has decided to tell people the benefits of finding the right partner through a matrimonial site by turning narrator and telling success stories of couples who met online. More »Chetan Bhagat turns narrator for matrimonial site
CANNES (Reuters) - This year 20 films are in the main competition at the Cannes film festival, all vying for the coveted Palme d'Or award for best picture that will be handed out on May 26. Here is the 2013 lineup with the average rating out of four by 10 international critics as published in trade magazine Screen: - HELI by Amat Escalante, Mexico Stars: Armando Espitia, Andrea Vergara. Synopsis: A 12-year-old girl falls in love with a police cadet, dragging her family into Mexico's brutal drug war. Average Critic Score: 1. ... More »Factbox: Reviews for films in main competition at Cannes 2013
Chennai, May 20 (IANS) Tamil actor Dhanush, who has begun dubbing for his upcoming Hindi debut "Raanjhanaa", says he finds the experience tough but wishes to give his best to satisfy his audiences. More »Dhanush finds dubbing for 'Raanjhanaa' tough
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Actress Sherlyn Chopra, who posed for adult magazine Playboy last year, wore a transparent ensemble for a red carpet event at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival. She is there to promote her debut film "Kamasutra 3D" with the team. More »Sherlyn chooses transparent dress for Cannes
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Preeti Amin, who played a mute character, Surili, in "Lapataganj", says she will not be a part of its second season, but has no regrets. More »Will not join 'Lapataganj 2', says Preeti Amin
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Scarf is an accessory that never goes out of style irrespective of season. Wear this wardrobe staple in various colours and fabrics around your neck in different ways and also on other body parts. More »Lift your look by sporting scarf
By Alexandria Sage CANNES (Reuters) - Japanese director Takashi Miike got the final week of the Cannes film festival off to an explosive start on Monday, with big budget cop thriller "Shield of Straw" a sharp contrast to the more intense, intimate movies screened so far. Typically for Cannes, where critical passions run high, both exuberant cheers and boos rang out after an advance press screening of "Wara No Tate" ("Shield of Straw"), one of 20 entries vying for the top Palme d'Or prize awarded on Sunday. ... More »Week two of Cannes film festival gets off to explosive start
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) "Splitsvilla" returns with its sixth season and the romance reality show promises to get raunchier with new twists and turns and Sherlyn Chopra hosting it with VJ Nikhil Chinapa. More »'Splitsvilla 6' gets hotter, spicier
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) TV actor Rohit Khurana, who is currently seen as ugly-looking Madhav in TV show "Dil Ki Nazar Se... Khoobsurat", says he had struggled a lot to come this far in his career. More »I've struggled a lot: Rohit Khurana
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Deepika Padukone has rubbished rumours that her "Chennai Express" co-star Shah Rukh Khan has asked her not to go for the promotional tour of her film "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", and says he will never do such a thing. More »Deepika clears the air about SRK
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Huma Qureshi, who made an impressive debut with Anurag Kashyap's crime thriller "Gangs Of Wasseypur" last year, will now be seen doing action in Nikhil Advani's "D-Day" and she is all excited about it. More »Huma to do action in 'D-Day'
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Veteran actor-producer Anupam Kher, whose play "Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai", is based upon the ups and downs in his life, says it will inspire people and change their viewpoint about failures in life. More »My play will inspire people: Anupam