Top Entertainment News: SRK Treats His Films Like His ‘Daughter’

Deepika 'Blesses' KJo, Rohit Shetty & 'Simmba' Cast

Rohit Shetty’s Simmba has been a roaring success at the box office, crossing the Rs 100 mark on day 5. Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Rohit Shetty, Sara Ali Khan, Ajay Devgn, Kajol and Akshay Kumar were seen partying at Karan Johar’s home to celebrate the film’s success.

Deepika was spotted ‘blessing’ Karan, Rohit Shetty and Ranveer as they bowed down to her. The actor starred opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Shetty’s 2013 hit Chennai Express.

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Prateik Babbar to Wed by End of January

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, actor Prateik Babbar will tie the knot with his director-editor fiancee Sanya Sagar at her farmhouse in Lucknow on 22-23 January. The couple have known each other for a decade and announced their engagement a year ago.

'Rustom' Actor Esha Gupta to Feature in Music Video

Actor Esha Gupta will feature in the music video of "Get dirty", marking her first association with Raj Kundra, Manj Musik and Summit Mehra - co-owners of Muzik One Records, which is a new label to promote budding talent.

The dance track's production is done by Roshin Balu, vocals have been given by Gourov Dasgupta, along with newcomer Ishika Bakshi. "The song has such a fresh energy because Muzik One Records is all about promoting new talents and fresh singers. I really enjoyed working with this label," Esha said in a statement.

"It was fabulous grooving to the sexy vibe of this song. Once it's out, every dance floor is surely going to get dirty. I think it's going to be the number one dance track of the year," she added.

The song is expected to be out on Friday. The new independent Hindi and Punjabi music label will later release a track titled "Rambo", followed by "Aaja ni aaja".

(Source: IANS)

New Poster for 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' Released

A new poster for Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga has been released. Check it out.

The film has been directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar, produced by Vinod Chopra Films in association with Fox Star Studios, and stars Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Juhi Chawla. It releases on 1 February.

Hrithik Confirms Rakesh Roshan's Cancer Diagnosis

Director Rakesh Roshan has been diagnosed with early stage throat cancer and will undergo surgery for the same. Hrithik Roshan revealed the news via social media.

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Sooraj Pancholi's 'Satellite Shankar' Gets Release Date

Actor Sooraj Pancholi, who was last seen onscreen in the 2015 film Hero, has been roped in for the upcoming movie Satellite Shankar, which will be releasing on July 5.

Sooraj, who is the son of actors Aditya Pancholi and actress Zarina Wahab, shared a poster of the film, where a beige coloured bag covered with badges can be seen. "Here's a glimpse of the beginning of an extraordinary journey! Satellite Shankar releasing 5 July, 2019!" he captioned the image.

Directed by Irfan Kamal, Satellite Shankar will be jointly produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde. Other details related to the film are still under wraps.

Not Right to Generalise: Paresh Rawal on Naseeruddin’s Comments

Actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal has spoken out about Naseeruddin Shah’s statements about India’s growing atmosphere of intolerance and communalism. In an interview with ANI, he said, “I don’t want to react to a particular statement. But it’s not right to say that India is not worth living in. I don’t agree. Incidents keep happening, but it is not right to generalise it.” Read more on The Quint.

Yash Gives Birthday Celebrations a Miss but Gears for Yasho-Yatra

With KGF going great guns at the box office worldwide, Yash has more than one reason to celebrate his 33rd birthday on Tuesday, 8 January. But the actor is giving the celebrations a miss this year as a mark of respect to the recently deceased veteran actor Ambareesh.

Yash took to social media to share the news with his fans in a video. “There is a time for celebration and then there is a time for remembrance and reflection. This year is for the latter,” In the video, the actor also added, “We don’t have Rebel star Ambareesh with us this year. And so I have decided to not celebrate my birthday in his honour.”

Watch: A Special Peek at Marvel Studios’ ‘Captain Marvel’

Marvel Studios’ released a special look video of the upcoming Brie Larson starrer Captain Marvel. Teeming with photon blasts, shape-shifters, Captain Marvel donning a mohawk and action galore, the video also features Jude Law and Samuel L. Jackson. It fuses elements from the previous trailers and offers a primer of sorts on the Skrulls. It also brings back Agent Coulson to the MCU.

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Rachel Brosnahan to Host SNL

Rachel Brosnahan, the star of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, is set to host Saturday Night Live.

She will host the 19 January episode of the NBC sketch comedy series, reports variety.com.

This will mark Brosnahan's first time hosting the show. Greta Van Fleet will make their debut as musical guest. The band recently received four 2019 Grammy Award nominations and their first full-length studio album Anthem of the Peaceful Army debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Rock chart.

The announcement comes just one day after Brosnahan picked up her second Golden Globe award for the show, winning for the second year in a row in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy award category.

The critically acclaimed comedy series follows Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a 1950s housewife from New York's Upper West Side who discovers an uncanny knack for stand up comedy after storybook life falls apart. The second season debuted in December, with Amazon having ordered a third season back in May.

(Source: IANS)

Chris Rock Doesn't Want to Host the Oscars

Comedian Chris Rock has denied any interest hosting the Oscars. The denial came on Monday ( 7 January) night at the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) Awards dinner in Manhattan, reports variety.com.

"If it was five years ago, I could say something really offensive and funny right now, but I can't do that anymore, so... hey!" Rock said, as he took the podium at the NYFCC Awards where he was on hand to present director Bo Burnham with the award for best first film for Eighth Grade.

Continuing to do some impromptu standup of sorts, Rock looked into the audience at Steve Martin, who was at the award show to present the best supporting actor award to Richard E. Grant for "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" - and brought up the very topical subject of hosting the Oscars.

"Steve Martin is here. You should host the Oscars. You're the best. Steve Martin should host the Oscars! Because I am not doing it, goddammit! You are not getting me," Rock said. Rock's comments come amidst the continuously developing actor Kevin Hart saga, as the Academy's search for an Oscars host continues.

Rock has hosted the Oscars twice - first in 2005 and in 2016. Rock was one of many big names at the Monday night (7 January) dinner, held each year by the NYFCC. Martin Scorsese presented First Reformed director Paul Schrader with the best screenplay award; Gayle King introduced Regina King, who won best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk.

The intimate event is an annual favourite for stars, who enjoy thanking (and playfully scolding) film critics for their support (or lack thereof) of their films. Ethan Hawke, won best actor for First Reformed.

“Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh” Revives the Classic RD Burman Number

The first song of Sonam-Anil Kapoor-Rajkummar Rao-starrer Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is out and it’s the title track rendition of the RD Burman classic from 1942: A Love Story.

Penned by Gurpreet Saini, composed by Rochak Kohli and sung by Darshan Raval and Rochak Kohli, the title track actually takes off from the lovely original to create a melodious, moving number. Shot around Sonam and Rajkummar’s growing friendship, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” tells the tale of the heart discovering someone special.

Kevin Spacey Denies Indecent Assault in Groping Case

Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty Monday to indecently assaulting a teenager who alleged that the Oscar-winning US actor groped him in a bar in Massachusetts in 2016.

The "House of Cards" star, who faces five years in prison if convicted, is accused of repeatedly reaching down into the pants of a man identified as William Little, who was 18 at the time of the alleged attack at a Nantucket restaurant.

Spacey, dressed in a gray coat over a dark blazer and tie, was not asked for his plea during the brief arraignment in a crowded Nantucket courtroom, but his lawyer entered the denial on Spacey's behalf.

A follow-on hearing was scheduled for March 4, but Spacey is not required to attend, reports PTI.

PIL Filed Against ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ Trailer

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday seeking a ban on the trailer of the movie The Accidental Prime Minister saying it has caused unaccountable damage to the name and fame of the office of Prime Minster.

The film is based on a similarly titled the book by Sanjaya Baru, the former media advisor of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Actors Anupam Kher and Akshay Khanna play Manmohan Singh and Baru in the film, slated to release on Friday, reports IANS.

Bihar Court Orders FIR Against 'the Accidental Prime Minister' Team

A Bihar court on Tuesday ordered an FIR to be filed against actor Anupam Kher and others associated with the forthcoming film "The Accidental Prime Minister" for damaging the image of some senior leaders.

The Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate court directed that an FIR to be lodged in Kanti police station in Muzaffarpur against Anupam Kher and others associated with the film, said petitioner and advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha.

On January 2, a case was filed against Anupam and others by Ojha in Muzaffarpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court. The court had admitted the case and fixed January 8 to hear the case in the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate court, reports IANS.

In his petition, Ojha complained that Anupam and Akshaye Khanna, who have played the role of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his press advisor Sanjaya Baru in the film, have damaged their image.

"It hurt me and many others," he said.

Krushna Abhishek Rubbishes Kapil Sharma’s Pay Cut Rumours

The grapevine has been abuzz with rumours of Kapil Sharma taking a massive pay cut for the second season of The Kapil Sharma Show - his comeback. According to media reports, from Rs 60-70 lakh per episode, his pay was slashed to Rs 17-20 lakh. They suggested that even Bharti Singh and Krushna Abhishek have been working at a reduced rate.

His colleague and comedian Krushna Abhishek slammed the rumours and opened up to BollywoodLife. He also spoke about Salman Khan being a ‘generous’ producer.

Would Like to See Change in Showbiz Fee Structure: Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar

"The one thing is fee structure. I think actors get paid a lot and technicians don't get paid enough and I think that it should change because a good film, which is like a complete package, needs every single member of that team. I think we need to pay them more," Zoya told IANS over and email when asked about one thing she wishes to change in the entertainment industry.

She was talking on the sidelines of the announcement of "Tape Cast", a content series presented by Grey Goose.

"As film makers or any artiste that put work out there, what you are doing on your level is that you are putting consciousness out into the world. So when you look around you and you see things that bother you and disturb you or you want to give it another perspective or you want to look at something from another angle, you have that opportunity and platform to do so,” she added.

"So, I think people who are aware and I don't mean you have to make socially relevant films and have a message in each film. Even if it's a completely entertaining film, your politics will come out... So I think you should just be aware of what you want the world to be like and somewhere put it through your films," Zoya continued.

Rakesh Roshan Diagnosed With Cancer, Modi Wishes Him Good Health

Actor-filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, 69, has been diagnosed with early stage of squamous cell carcinoma, a type of cancer. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, apart from film fraternity members, prayed for his good health.

Rakesh's actor son Hrithik shared the news via social media on Tuesday morning, before his father was going in for a surgery.

"Asked my dad for a picture this morning. Knew he wouldn't miss gym on surgery day. He is probably the strongest man I know.

"Got diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat a few weeks ago, but he is in full spirits today as he proceeds to battle it. As a family we are fortunate and blessed to have a leader like him," Hrithik captioned the picture in which the father-son duo have struck the same pose.

The note drew speedy recovery and good luck wishes from Modi, the film fraternity and fans, reports IANS.

Arshad Warsi on 'Munna Bhai 3': The Script Is Ready, Will Go on Floors This Year

Actor Arshad Warsi says if everything falls into place, the third installment of the “Munna Bhai” franchise will go on floors by the end of the year.

Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the series chronicles the story of an affable goon, played by Sanjay Dutt, and his loyal sidekick Circuit (Arshad), who, in the previous two films, took on the conditions of hospitals and the diminishing Gandhian values in the country, reports PTI.

When asked about the third installment, Arshad told PTI, “I do know that the script is pretty much ready. I do know from Raju that the film will go on floors this year- either mid or the end of the year. The work on the script is going on. As of now, yes it’s Sanju and me. These are the things I’ve been told.”

I-T Office Wants Kannada Film Fraternity to Pay Taxes

The Income-Tax (I-T) department will soon hold a meeting with the Kannada film industry fraternity on the need for paying taxes and filing returns, a top official said on Monday.

"We will soon hold a meeting with the Karnataka film industry to convey that they (fraternity) should pay taxes and file returns," said Karnataka Director-General Income -Tax (Investigation) B.R. Balakrishnan told reporters here.

The department's sleuths found recently that many in the film industry like cameramen, make-up personnel and crew were not filing tax returns. "Through the meeting, we want to appeal to the film fraternity to pay their taxes," said Balakrishnan a day after his office on Sunday revealed that searches on 4 Kannada super stars and 3 producers resulted in seizure of undisclosed assets valued at Rs 11 crore, including Rs 2.85 crore in cash and 25 kg gold jewellery.

Incriminating evidence found during the searches from January 3-5 also resulted in the defaulters admitting to Rs 109 crore unaccounted income. "Rs 109 crore concealed income was found so far in all the searches on actors and film producers. The searches are going on," the DG said.

(Source: IANS)

Sound Designer Resul Pookutty Elected Sound Editors Guild of America Board Member

Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty on Tuesday announced that he has been named one of the board members of Motion Pictures Sound Editors Guild Of America (MPSE).

The 47-year-old sound artiste took to Twitter to share the news.

"Absolutely delighted to share with you all that I'm elected as one of the Board Members of #MPSE (Motion Pictures Sound Editors Guild Of America).

"Sharing my name and seat with some of most prolific names in the industry... Huge honour for Indian Film Industry. First of it's kind!" Pookutty, who is currently in Los Angeles, his "second home", wrote.

He also called the city "a land that has given me everything!"

Pookutty earlier shared a WhatsApp screenshot which also mentioned other names of members, who along with him have been elected for a two-year term.

They include James Barth, Perry LaMaca, Paulette Victor Lifton, David Barber, Garrett Montgomery, Daniel Blanck, Miguel Araujo and Jamey Scott.

According to its website, MPES, founded in 1953, is an organisation "dedicated to improving the recognition of its members by educating the public and the rest of the filmmaking community as to the artistic merit of sound editing".

SRK Treats His Films Like His ‘Daughter’

“I believe every film I do is like my daughter. People spend lavishly on their daughter’s wedding, so why can’t I spend on my film? Let whatever I am doing for my daughter, be nice, and inshallah, the money will follow,” said Shah Rukh Khan.

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