'Aviatior' share Oscars
ANGELES, Feb 28: The boxing saga "Million Dollar Baby"
was the Academy Awards heavyweight Sunday, claiming best picture
and three other trophies, including honors for director Clint Eastwood,
lead actress Hilary Swank and supporting actor Morgan Freeman. The
night meant more heartbreak for Martin Scorsese. "The Aviator"
came away with the most Oscars - five, including the supporting-actress
prize for Cate Blanchett - but Scorsese lost the directing race
for the fifth time.
who at 74 became the oldest directing winner ever, noted his mother
was with him when his Western "Unforgiven" won the 1992
best-picture and directing Oscar. "She's here with me again
tonight, so at 96, I'm thanking her for her genes," Eastwood
said. "I figure I'm just a kid. I've got a lot of stuff to
matched the record of Oscar futility held by a handful of legendary
filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Altman, who also
went 0-for-5 in the directing category. Swank became a double Academy
Award winner Sunday for "Million Dollar Baby," while Jamie
Foxx took lead actor for "Ray." The wins for Freeman and
Foxx made it only the second time blacks won two of the four acting
who previously won the best-actress Oscar for "Boys Don't Cry,"
once again beat out main rival Annette Bening, nominated for the
theater farce "Being Julia." Bening had been the front-runner
for "American Beauty" five years ago but lost to underdog
Swank. "I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all
this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream,"
said Swank, who played an indomitable boxer.
joined Vivien Leigh, Helen Hayes, Sally Field (news) and Luise Rainer
as the only actresses with a perfect track record at the Oscars:
Two nominations and two wins. Foxx won for his uncanny emulation
of Ray Charles in "Ray." As he had at earlier awards triumphs,
Foxx led the Oscar audience in a rendition of the call-and-response
chant from Charles' 1959 hit "What'd I Say," whose funky
electric-piano grooves play over the opening credits of "Ray."
it up for Ray Charles and his beautiful legacy. And thank you Ray
Charles for living," said Foxx, who climbed to Oscar glory
after an early career built mainly on comedy, including his TV series
"The Jamie Foxx Show" and the raunchy sex flick "Booty
Call." Foxx had been a double Oscar nominee, also picked in
the supporting category for the hit man thriller "Collateral."
Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator," Blanchett had the
spirit of the Oscars' most-honored actress on her side. Hepburn,
the love of Hughes' life in the 1930s before she began her long
romance with Spencer Tracy, earned 12 nominations and won a record
four Oscars. "Thank you, of course, to Miss Hepburn. The longevity
of her career I think is inspiring to everyone," said Blanchett.
She added thanks to "Aviator" director Scorsese, saying,
"I hope my son will marry your daughter."
host Chris Rock said Blanchett was so convincing that Sidney Poitier,
Hepburn's co-star in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," showed
up at Blanchett's house for supper. The wins by Freeman and Foxx
followed Denzel Washington and Halle Berry (news)'s triumph three
years ago for "Training Day" and "Monster's Ball,"
the only other time blacks claimed two acting Oscars. "It means
that Hollywood is continuing to make history," Freeman said
backstage. "We're evolving with the rest of the world."
The superhero action comedy "The Incredibles" won the
animated-feature prize, beating 2004's biggest box-office hit, the
fairy-tale sequel "Shrek 2." It was the second-straight
animated Oscar for Pixar Animation, which won a year ago for "Finding
Nemo." "I don't know what's more frightening, being watched
by millions of people, or the hundreds of people that are going
to be annoyed with me tomorrow for not mentioning them," said
Brad Bird, writer-director of the "The Incredibles."
latest win dabs salt on the Walt Disney Co.'s wounds over the looming
expiration of its distribution deal for Pixar films, which ends
after next year's "Cars." The back-to-back Oscars underscore
Pixar's growing ascendance and the weakening position of animation
pioneer Disney, which has yet to win the animated-feature Oscar
with any of its homegrown films and whose biggest recent cartoon
hits have all been made by Pixar.
last year, when "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
dominated the awards as expected and flat-out front-runners took
all four acting prizes, the 77th Oscars shaped up as a mixed bag,
with only Foxx a virtual lock to win.
am I glad there wasn't a fourth episode of `Lord of the Rings,'"
said John Dykstra, who shared the visual-effects Oscar for "Spider-Man
With no huge hits among top nominees, Oscar organizers worried that
TV ratings could dwindle for the live ABC broadcast. The Oscars
tend to draw their biggest audiences when blockbusters such as "Titanic"
or "Return of the King" are in the mix, stoking viewer
of the show hoped the presence of first-time host Rock might boost
ratings, particularly among younger viewers who may view the Oscars
as too staid an affair. Rock had mocked the Oscars a bit beforehand,
calling awards shows "idiotic," but he was on his best
behavior in his opening monologue.
chided some celebrities by name and included one mild three-letter
word, but his routine was fairly clean for the comedian known for
a foul mouth in his standup act.
only acting you ever see at the Oscars is when people act like they're
not mad they lost," Rock said. He recalled the year when Halle
Berry won and fellow nominee "Nicole Kidman was smiling so
wide, she should have won an Emmy at the Oscars for her great performance.
I was like, if you'd done that in the movie, you'd have won an Oscar,
also tried to spice up the show with new presentation tactics, including
herding all nominees on stage at the same time, beauty-pageant style,
for some awards. The first prize of the night, for art direction,
was awarded that way, with a total of nine nominees from five films
spread across stage behind presenter Berry. The Oscar went to "The
Aviator," whose awards also included cinematography, film editing
and costume design.
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" took the original-screenplay
award for Charlie Kaufman. "Sideways" won the adapted-screenplay
prize for director Alexander Payne and his writing partner, Jim
mother taught me to write, and she died before she could see any
of this, so this is for you, mom," Taylor said. "The Sea
Inside," the Spanish film based on the true story of a bedridden
euthanasia lobbyist, won as best foreign-language film, while "Born
Into Brothels," which examines the lives of children of prostitutes
in Calcutta, India, received the Oscar for feature-length documentary.
into Brothels' bags Oscar
ANGELES, Feb 28: Born into Brothels, the documentary that tracks
the life and experience of prostitutes in a red light area of Kolkata
in India, won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature on Monday.
Accepting the award Zana Briski, who produced and directed the documentary
with Ross Kauffman said, "We thank the kids. They are watching
is the story of two documentary filmmakers who chronicle their time
in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with
children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light
district. Since 1998, Briski, a British photographer, has been trekking
back and forth to Calcutta, originally moving into a brothel to
document the lives of India's sex workers.
documenting the experiences of prostitutes in Sonagachi, she befriended
many of their children and decided to give them cameras to take
photos of the world they lived in. In Sonagachi, she became entranced
with the children, who followed her everywhere, asking endless questions.
bought 10 basic cameras and taught the most curious ones how to
shoot pictures, and then sent them out to capture their worlds.
The documentary was pitted against The Story of the Weeping Camel,
Super Size Me, Tupac: Resurrection and Twist of faith.
reigns, Shah rules at 50th Filmfare Awards
Feb 27: Nostalgia walked hand-in-hand with contemporaneity as India's
oldest and most coveted cinema awards celebrated their 50th year
in a glittering ceremony at the MMRDA grounds here on Saturday.
The four main awards of the night were swept up by Shah Rukh Khan
(Best Actor for Swades ), Rani Mukerji (Best Actress for Hum Tum
), Kunal Kohli (Best Director for Hum Tum ) and Yash Chopra (Best
Film for Veer-Zaara ). First-time winner Kohli declared his love
for his wife, who blew kisses at him from the audience.
was the hue of the evening - a specially crafted gold trophy, retro
performances by top stars and anchoring peppered with anecdotes
and trivia from a misty past.
best and brightest - Dev Anand, Sharmila Tagore, Shammi Kapoor,
Rekha, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Shatrugan Sinha, Karan Johar,
Farhan Akhtar, Kajol, Mahima Chowdhury, Manisha Koirala, Kareena
Kapoor - were all part of the audience thronging the venue, as were
political heavyweights like Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao
who presented the Best Actor award to Shah Rukh, quoted an arcane
couplet on love, adding that the commonality between her and the
Filmfare awards was that they had both entered their fifth decade.
The show was emceed by the irrepressible Saif Ali Khan with Sonali
Bendre and Farida Jalal.
most unique act of the evening was Shah Rukh Khan's delineation
of romance down the ages - shaking a leg to popular tunes from the
'60s on, he was accompanied by the original leading ladies themselves
- from a bespectacled Vyjanthimala to the gorgeous Sharmila Tagore
and the sultry Zeenat Aman, Jaya Prada and Rekha, down to Kajol,
Rani and Preity Zinta. As each actress was serenaded by Shah Rukh,
the audience went wild
In keeping with the sepia hue, Lata Mangeshkar, Dilip Kumar and
veteran composer Naushad, the first winners of the Filmfare awards
in their respective categories, were felicitated by Amitabh Bachchan
and Chief Minister Deshmukh.
Akhtar and Ashutosh Gowariker gave away another special award -
to Ramesh Sippy whose Sholay was adjudged the best film of the past
50 years. There was a lot of good-natured banter between Akhtar,
Gowariker and presenter Karan Johar about who, among them, was Sippy's
Lifetime Achievement Award went to an actor who was discovered 40
years ago in a Filmfare-United Producers contest. Rajesh Khanna
went on to become a rage after his first hit Aradhana - girls sent
him letters written in blood, the word 'superstar' was coined for
him by the media, and Khannamania generally prevailed until the
superstar was unseated by the next claimant to the crown, Amitabh
Bachchan. Khanna, dressed in flowing white kurta-pyjama accepted
the award with customary 'shairana andaz', quoting a couplet.
(s)explicit on lesbian pic
ANGELES, Feb 27: Hotel heiress Paris Hilton has been forced to explain
her steamy kiss with another female, after a photograph of their
clinch was published on the Internet. According
to the Internet Media Database , the blonde beauty was seen topless
and kissing stunning MTV Latin American VJ Eglantina Zingg in the
picture - but the 24-year-old claims it was just a bit of fun.
were joking around at a photo shoot for a magazine. It wasn't sexual.
But it's scary that someone out there can get into your private
device," Hilton was quoted as saying. Hilton
was referring to the hacking of her mobile phone that led to its
contents, including the same-sex kiss photograph, to get on to the
need sex too: Seema Rahmani
DELHI, Feb 22: Just days after a sleaze scandal involving a priest
from the Swaminarayan sect rocked India, another explosive combination
of sex and religion could set the silver screen on fire this Friday.
Seema Rahmani, the star of producer-director Vinod Pande's controversial
film about a Catholic priest who slips and commits a crime of passion
with a young girl, supports the decision to release Sins despite
a ban called by Catholic groups and a refusal by satellite channels
to screen promos. There is no intention to hurt the sentiments of
any one community, she insists.
story is based on a true sex scandal that happened in Kerala in
1988. Sins makes an honest attempt to portray the conflict between
religious restrictions that bind a priest and his own emotions.
After all, a man of the cloth is a human being too and has certain
wants and needs. Sex is one of them," she says.
denies that the cross hanging provocatively from her neck in several
steamy stills from the film, is a deliberate attempt to raise the
heckles among Catholics. "The use of the cross in Sins is meant
to highlight the vow of celibacy that every Catholic priest must
obey throughout his life," she claims.
actress, who was last seen in Hum Kaun Hai?, is undeterred by the
poor box office response for Bollywood skin flicks like Kis Kis
Ki Kismat and more recently Sheesha. According to her: "Sins
is an art film. Moreover it's in English. We wanted to cater to
the classes, not the masses. People in the Hindi-speaking belt may
not be able to understand the message we are trying to get across."
admits the strong sexual content and nudity in Sins made her role
very challenging. "How can you avoid steamy shots in a film
that involves love affair with a priest?" she says.
co-star Shiny Ahuja, who won accolades for his performance in Hazaron
Khwaishein Aisi, agrees: "Yes, there are some intimate scenes
in the film, but it was what the script required. I am sure the
sizzling promos will attract people. Actually the real challenge
starts once you have brought the audience to the cinema hall. You
have to make them realise that it's a good film. And I think we
will succeed in doing that with Sins."
the film I play a character double my age. In the first half he
is what every priest should be - a good man and true servant of
the Church. But in the second half you see him fall in love and
struggle between his body and his faith. By the end, the conflict
is driving him insane. It wasn't easy to portray all these emotions,"
Pande is determined not to buckle under pressure. "I don't
want to offend anybody's religious sentiments. My only suggestion
to those who are opposing the release of Sins is to first see the
film. To be honest, I was surprised when all TV channels except
one, rejected the promos despite a clearance from the Censor Board.
Now I have got different promos made," he says.
dine in New York style
YORK, Feb 18: The diners arrived at a nice Manhattan restaurant
on a cold February night and stripped off coats, hats,
gloves and scarves. They didn't stop there. Skirts, shirts,
pants, underwear and stockings all ended up stashed in
plastic bags by the bar as the patrons got naked for the
monthly "Clothing Optional Dinner." "It's
exciting to be in a restaurant nude," said George
Keyes, 65, a retired junior high school English teacher.
Keyes, a lifelong nudist, wore a necklace, earrings and
a black leather "genital bracelet" with red
studs. And white sneakers.
dinner was started by a group of New York nudists who
wanted something a bit more elegant than the wilderness
getaways and beach resorts they generally frequent. "When
you go away on holiday it's more you're roughing it in
the woods, whereas this is a really nice restaurant,"
said Keyes, a member of gay nudist group Males Au Naturel,
Ordover set up the dining club about a year ago, recruiting
members through word of mouth and the Internet. "Next
month is our Easter bonnet event, where everybody has
to come wearing an Easter bonnet," said Ordover,
a heavyset man with a jovial smile and glasses.
Around 30 people arrived for the buffet dinner -- organizers
specified no hot soup on the menu -- most of them middle-aged,
several married couples, some singles, the youngest perhaps
in their 30s. "They're a good class of people, they're
no different to you or I," said John Bussi, owner
of the midtown restaurant. "They're not hurting anybody,
it's not a wild Roman orgy."
regulations mean staff must remain clothed even if they
wanted to join in. And diners must bring something to
sit on -- a towel or, for discerning women, an elegant
silk scarf. The restaurant's manager covered the windows
to maintain privacy at the strictly private party. Extra
heaters kept the temperature at a comfortable level for
wife, Carol, said they first went on a naturist holiday
five years ago and she found the experience empowering.
But, she explained, it's "the least sexual thing
you can possibly imagine."
in nudist resorts are striking a bargain. They get to
see as many naked women as they like as long as they are
polite and look them straight in the eye," she said.
Sherry Stafford, a petite and elegant 51-year-old with
blond hair and high heels, brought brochures and videos
advertising her travel business, Internaturally Travel.
One of the flyers was for a resort called "Hedonism
II" whose slogan is "Be wicked for a week."
But she said nudists should not be confused with swingers.
"Wearing clothes and going to church does not protect
you from moral evil," Stafford said, lamenting what
she saw as a tendency to demonize people just because
they like to be naked.
a slim woman in her 40s, said she never felt self-conscious
about her body and was comfortable dining in the nude.
But she did admit to being a bit more nervous before a
recent naked yoga class attended by around 25 people.
"Everyone was a little concerned there would be people
looking around but the good thing is nobody really was,"
she said, standing at the restaurant's bar before dinner.
"If you try to maintain a yoga position you're going
to fall if you start looking around -- and that's more
embarrassing than anything else."
was treated like a dog: Nigar
DELHI, Feb 13: Nigar Khan is angry and wants the world
to know it. Deported to Norway on February 7 because of
alleged visa violations, the item bomb claims she was
physically assaulted by officials of the FRRO (Foreigners
Regional Registration Office). In an interview on phone
from Norway, Nigar says she didn't deserve the kind of
treatment meted out to her. "Nobody treats you the
way FRRO did. I was dragged by my hair at the airport.
I was hit on the head and finally put in a wheelchair
and led to the aircraft. I was shivering with shock when
all this was happening to me. I still have bruises and
marks on my hands and they are turning an ugly blue. The
officers who bundled me off to airport were very strong
and had an iron grip," she fumes.
Chadhti Jawani girl questions the manner in which the
deportation order was executed. "Is this the way
to treat a human being? Was I caught holding a gun in
my hand, am I a thief or a terrorist or have I committed
a capital crime? Even a dog is not treated the way I was.
Deven Bharti of the FRRO would not let me talk to anybody.
Within one hour I was put on a plane with no luggage whatsoever.
I was not allowed to go home, to pack or call my husband
and friends. They took away my mobile phone and dragged
me to the aircraft," she laments.
Bharti was not available for comments, Nigar fires a volley
of charges at the FRRO official: "Bharti wanted me
to sign some documents which I refused. I told them they
could put me in jail if I had done something wrong but
I wouldn't sign any papers. It was then that a burly woman
appeared on the scene and said she needed just 20 minutes
alone with me in a room and she would make me sign all
the papers that the FRRO wanted. But I stuck to my guns
despite the threats."
bum-squeezing angel from the raunchy remix video insists
there's nothing wrong with travel documents: "My
papers are very much in order. I don't know why the FRRO
in India has treated me in such a shocking manner. Bharti
took a copy of my marriage certificate when I had gone
to deposit it in January 2005. I wanted everything to
be legal and that's why when I received the deportation
notice on January 6, 2005, I flew to Norway three days
later to get myself a work permit. However my application
was refused apparently because someone from the FRRO had
asked the Indian embassy in Oslo to do so. I was made
to go back and forth between the Indian mission in Norway
and the FRRO in India but there was no real progress on
the visa issue", she says.
to the Iran-born model, she has no idea who is behind
her deportation. As far as she's concerned, the buck stops
with the FRRO. "I don't know who is behind all this.
But when I pointed out that my papers were in order and
that I had got a letter from my producers to allow me
to work in India, Bharti denies receiving any such documents
from me. That man knows I have been working in India for
more than two years now and that I had applied for an
employment visa. Despite that, he said I would have to
go to the Indian embassy in Norway. They in turn sent
me right back to the FRRO and this is how I have been
given the great run-around. This is just harassment,"
Saahil Khan backs up her story: "She had gone with
her documents to the registration office. But they turned
her away and asked her to go to the Indian embassy in
Oslo instead. They confiscated her phone so that she could
not talk to family, friends or media. Where does one hear
of this kind of treatment? If there is some paperwork
to be done, one is given time to complete the process
and not thrown aboard the first flight out of the country.
No one is deported within an hour of the order being served
and whisked off without a chance to talk to their family
or gather their luggage. Such was the haste that her luggage
went on a different flight and she travelled on another.
In fact I don't even know which flight they sent her on.
They didn't ask us to buy her flight ticket; they just
went ahead and bought it themselves."
Nigar, he too blasts the FRRO. "I demand to know
what they were doing while Nigar was working in India
for the last three years or so. Deven Bharti even denies
receiving a copy of the marriage certificate that my wife
gave to him. If she was an illegal with no valid papers,
how come it took them three years to realise their mistake?
What were they doing all this time? After all she's not
exactly an unknown person. She's a celebrity and a film
star at that," he says.
to Saahil, Nigar had tried getting a different visa after
marriage: "When she got the notice on January 6,
she had applied for registration of the marriage certificate
on January 7. To put things in order she also went to
Norway on January 9 but was refused visa. She then hired
a lawyer who advised her to apply for residency as she
was married. We had not disclosed our marriage in public
because we wanted it to remain a private affair. Everybody
knows how the film industry works. However there's no
denying the fact that Nigar is my legally wedded wife.
her husband I will do everything possible to get her back.
I won't be going to Norway, as I have to do all the necessary
paperwork here. On Monday I will be applying for a resident
visa for her, as we are now a married couple. I plan to
approach the human rights commission to protest against
the inhuman way in which Nigar was treated during her
also denies reports in certain sections of the media that
he holds a British passport. "I'm a bonafide citizen
of this country as I was born and brought up in India.
There's absolutely no truth in the rumour," he says.
is confident that her husband will beat the odds. "Saahil
is in the process of applying for a visa. He will file
all necessary documents before a competent court,"
harrowing experience certainly hasn't lessened Nigar's
love for India. "I love the country and am proud
of it. I married an Indian man and have been living in
Juhu all this while. My husband will come to get me from
Norway. Our lives are in India. Why should I leave the
country where my work and my life is? I will definitely
come back. All my producers and directors have been very
supportive and are doing their best to get bail me out
of this situation," she insists.
also discounts the possibility that authorities could
seize her assets in India. Her bank account with HSBC
is reportedly under scrutiny. Since she's charged with
violating her visa terms, any money she had earned during
her stay may have been illegal. "They can seize me
account and my other possessions, but can't seize my heart
and mind. My greatest loss is that I am hurt," says
bombshell certainly intends getting her own country behind
her on the deportation issue. "One officer sitting
in the FRRO has ruined India's reputation. The way they
threw me out after beating me up is what hurts most. How
can one person be allowed to do what he wants? How can
he be allowed to question the validity of papers issued
by his own government? He insulted his own government
by doing so.
is complete outrage in Norway and all over Europe about
this incident. Bharti has destroyed India's fair name
in Europe. All the newspapers and TV channels here are
questioning the way I was deported. In fact I will be
on Oslo's TV2 tonight at 10:30 pm local time where the
entire episode will be discussed. However I must add that
the Indian media and my producers and directors have all
stood by me in this crisis and I am thankful for that.
I will soon be back where my husband is," she claims.
soldiers bare busts in prison mud-fest!
Feb 7: American female soldiers are in the midst of a
controversy again, as photographs taken by colleagues
show them exposing their bare breasts at a party in an
Iraqi prison. According to The Sun, some of the 30 pictures
reveal male soldiers cheering on two women in bras and
panties in a mud-filled paddling pool. In others photographs,
military police women bared their breasts and flashed
thongs for male soldiers with cameras.
probing a breakdown of discipline at the US Army's Camp
Bucca jail were informed that sergeants also lent their
rooms to soldiers for sex. Ironically, the soldiers had
been assigned to guard Iraqi inmates being transferred
there from scandal-hit Abu Ghraib jail.
The party was organised last year in October by sergeants
of the 160th Military Police battalion reserve unit to
celebrate the end of their tour of duty. "It let
people blow off steam before coming home after a year
in a combat zone," the report quoted sergeant Amil
Ganim, who is seen in some pictures refereeing the mud-wrestling
soldiers, as saying.
participant told investigators that two sergeants had
let Army friends use their rooms for sex, which is a serious
breach of military rules. A female witness revealed that
the two sergeants had been drinking and were noticeably
US Army spokesman Lt Col Barry Johnson said he was not
sure if excessive alcohol consumption had led to the mud-wrestling
party, but added, "Alcohol is banned."
a clean breast of things
all those who just cannot stop speculating how many times
Pamela Anderson has gone under the knife, the actress
sets the records straight. "I had surgery only three
times. First I went in for an enhancement, then I had
them removed. But I got them put back in again,"
she says. But
that does not mean she recommends surgery.
bodies are beautiful. I've had a love/hate relationship
with my breasts and when I look back, I could beat myself
up about it. But I don't, as I created a career out of
Aviator' earns 11 Oscar nominations
HILLS (California), Jan 26: The Howard Hughes epic 'The
Aviator' led Academy Awards contenders with 11 nominations,
including best picture, plus acting honours for Leonardo
DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Alan Alda and a directing
slot for Martin Scorsese. The boxing saga 'Million Dollar
Baby' and the J M Barrie tale 'Finding Neverland' followed
with seven nominations each, among them best picture and
acting nominations for Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman,
Hilary Swank and Johnny Depp.
also got a directing nomination for 'Million Dollar Baby.'
The other best-picture nominees were the Ray Charles portrait
'Ray' and the buddy comedy 'Sideways.' Along with Eastwood,
Jamie Foxx also scored two nominations, as best actor
for the title role in 'Ray' and supporting actor as a
taxi driver whose cab is hijacked by a hit man in 'Collateral'.
Foxx's dead-on emulation of Charles has made him the front-runner
in the lead-actor category.
Leo faces bum rap in UP
bottoms up for Asha Leo in Uttar Pradesh. Shiv Sena has
taken strong exception to the model showing her naked
back in this year's Kingfisher Calendar and wants the
pictures treated as porn. The wide media coverage for
the glamour calendar brought out by India's leading beer
manufacturer has clearly got the Sena's goat. The rightwing
organisation, often in the news as a self-appointed guardian
of morality, decided to take matters into its own hands
after photographs shot by well-known lensman Atul Kasbekar
were shown on a fashion channel and also appeared in print.
in 2003 by United Breweries, the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar
is not available for sale and is presented every year
to a select group of people only. Besides London-based
Asha, this year's edition features leading Indian models
Yana Gupta, Pia Trivedi and Sheetal Menon. Giving them
company is Cindy Burbridge from Thailand.
on location in South Africa, the girls are shown wearing
swimsuits by a number of upcoming designers like Surily
Goel, Namrata Joshipura, Kiran Uttam Ghosh and Ranna Gill.
The Sena is particularly incensed at the March layout
that has Anna sitting with her back turned to the camera.
Clad in only a bikini bottom, she appears to be topless
and has a string of seashells draped around her neck.
like these are a shame upon our culture. Imagine what
effect they will have when put up in colleges and hostels.
It's sure to pollute the minds of our youngsters,"
fumes UP Shiv Sena chief and High Court lawyer Vijay Kumar
Pandey, vice-president of the Sena's state unit, is just
as agitated. "It is a sad day when a company uses
nudity to sell liquor," says Pandey.
The Sena is not satisfied just venting its ire. Alleging
that the Kingfisher Calendar portrays women indecently,
the organisation wants police to treat the Kingfisher
Calendar as pornographic material in case it is bought
and sold in the market. Failing such action by the cops,
Sena activists have threatened to make a bonfire out of
copies of the calendar.
Pradesh's morality minders will be out in force on Valentine's
Day too. Like every year, a decision has been taken to
prohibit hotels and restaurants from holding special celebrations
on February 14. So-called 'chimpanzee squads' of the Shiv
Sena and the Hindu Jagran Manch will patrol parks and
gardens to shoo lovers away.
signs Douglas' next film
Jan 25: Hollywood star Michael Douglas has signed former
Miss World and Bollywood queen Aishwarya Rai for his forthcoming
venture - Racing the Monsoon. The deal was signed in Mumbai
a few minutes ago.
international action flick is to be produced jointly by
Sahara One Motion Pictures, Percept Pictures Company and
Douglas. The film, expected to go on floors early 2006,
will be shot entirely in India with a huge portion being
shot at the picturesque Amby Valley on the Pune-Mumbai
Aishwarya Rai is being considered for the lead female
role although nothing is yet finalised, said a Sahara
One official. Douglas will reportedly have a double role
in the film. The
film is being directed by Steven Carr.
display creations by Diamony Agency in Beirut on January
17, 2005. The agency held a show of its lingerie collection
in the Lebanese capital
|Models displaying creations in Beirut
||Models displaying lingerie collection
'Aviator' wins best picture
HILLS, Jan 17: The Howard Hughes epic The Aviator and
the road-trip romp Sideways earned best-picture Golden
Globes, boosting their status as front-runners for the
upcoming Academy Awards. The
Aviator won on Sunday for best dramatic film, giving it
an edge at the Oscars, which favour heavyweight drama.
Sideways won for comedy film.
Foxx of the Ray Charles film biography Ray , Hilary Swank
of the boxing saga Million Dollar Baby , Annette Bening
of the showbiz comedy Being Julia and Leonardo DiCaprio
of The Aviator also boosted their Oscar odds by winning
the top acting Globes. The
Aviator ended up with three Golden Globes, while Sideways
, Million Dollar Baby , and Closer won two apiece.
I just tell you that I am having the ride of my life right
now?" said Foxx, considered the favorite to win the
best-actor Oscar for his uncanny emulation of Ray Charles,
who died last year. "I
wish I could take what I'm feeling right now and put it
in the water system, and we would all love each other a
whole lot more."
a record three Globe nominations, Foxx lost in his other
two categories, supporting movie actor for Collateral and
actor in a TV movie or miniseries for Redemption. Bening
won for best actress in a movie musical or comedy, playing
an aging stage diva in 1930s London who plots gleeful revenge
against the men in her life.
Bening said that while Hollywood economics is geared toward
roles for younger actresses, she said there are filmmakers
eager to present tales of older women. "I think there's
no question that sexism exists, but I think that as long
as people are willing to fight and create interesting stories
that involve women of all different ages, then the movies
will get made," Bening said
Rio filled with easygoing fun
DE JANEIRO (Brazil), Jan 17: When it comes to fashion this
city is not Paris, Milan, New York or London. That's probably
a good thing. Fashion Rio - the weeklong event of fall/winter
collections, which ended on Saturday - is about fun almost
as much as it is about fashion. It's the kind of event where
Naomi Campbell can break character, lose her ever-present
runway pout to smile and wave at friends in the front row.
feel at home. It's perfect. It's great," said Brazilian
top model Isabelli Fontana as she readied for the catwalk.
The audience is packed with tele-novela stars and local
celebrities who often turn out to watch their children on
the runway giving the whole event a small town air.
that's why aside from Campbell - who has become something
of a fixture at Fashion Rio -most of the models who turn
out for the event are internationally known Brazilians like
Mariana Weickert, Caroline Ribeiro and Ana Claudia Michels.
Not to forget the queen of them all: Gisele Bundchen. Bundchen
usually stays away from the Rio shows, preferring Sao Paulo
where the fashion industry is more established and, yes,
this year she was on hand to parade for the Colcci label
late on Friday. And the local talent doesn't end with the
models. The shows feature a slew of inventive young Brazilian
designers like Victor Dzenk, Liliane Rebehy, Danielle Jensen
and Tito Bessa. This seasons' shows were dominated by browns
and earth tones and many drew their inspiration from a gypsy
look - a world away from skimpy color-infused clothing that
usually characterizes Brazilian fashion.
designing for the Maria Bonita label leaned heavily on the
brown monotones of wood and iron to create geometric dresses
with richly textured materials. Rebehy designing for the
Coven label also stuck to a brown palate with a soberly
elegant show set in an artist's studio. The clothing included
lots of shawls and heavy chains.
whose clothes sell under his own name, combined rich multicolored
shawls with peasant dresses and black leather - must have
clothing for high-concept hippies. Always elegant, Luciano
Canale and Marco of Sta. Ephigenia, drew their inspiration
from Eastern Europe offering flowing skirts with form fitting
tops, with only sparing splashes of color. Bessa called
his show for the TNG label "Brazilian Influence,"
and avoided the gypsy inspired look that seemed to dominate
offering springy looking flower print dresses and variations
on English school uniforms.
joins Nipplegate club
DE JANEIRO, Jan 14: Wardrobe malfunction or fashion statement?
That's what Brazilians were left wondering on Thursday,
a day after top model Naomi Campbell paraded with her breasts
bared at Fashion Rio - a weeklong event of fall/winter collections,
which ends on Friday.
kicked off the fashion show for the TNG label in a simple
white flower print dress, topped with a white mink stole.
But less than halfway down the runway, the sleeveless deep
V-neck dress proved more revealing than perhaps designer Tito
Bessa had intended. It wasn't clear if a strap or button had
come undone or whether it simply fit Campbell loosely.
the fashion show, neither Campbell nor Bessa were talking.
people (in Brazil) are happy, I have great friends and the
clothes make me look younger, too," was all Campbell,
34, had to say. In
recent years, Campbell has been a frequent visitor to Brazil,
parading at the Rio and Sao Paulo fashion shows. She spent
New Year's at a fashionable island resort at Angra dos Reis.
the show, Campbell said she was heading back to New York to
promote a movie, the name of which escaped her. Brazilian
top models Isabelli Fontana, Mariana Weickert, Caroline Riberio
and Ana Claudia Michels also participated in the TNG show.
In 2003, United Breweries introduced the Kingfisher Swimsuit
Special Calendar and it has since become an extremely coveted
possession. The Kingfisher Swimsuit Special 2005 has been
shot in South Africa and features some of India's hottest
models, including Yana Gupta.Here's a sneak peek at this rare
combination of photography, fashion, sun, surf and sand!
star Salman Khan launched the Kingfisher Swimsuit South Africa
Special 2005 calendar in Mumbai on Sunday. Cindy Burbridge,
Pia Trivedi, Vijay Mallya, photographer Atul Kasbekar, model-turned
Bollywood actress Yana Gupta and Sheetal Menon were also present
at the event. Dr Vijay Mallya was also seen posing with actress
Shilpa Shetty at the calendar launch.
February 2005, the model is Cindy Burbridge, the designer
is Namrata Joshipura and the location is Klipspringer Koppies,
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. In March 2005, the model is
Asha Leo and the designer is Kiran Uttam Ghosh. The location
is Kingfisher Lodge, Mabula Private Game Reserve. In May 2005,
the model is Cindy Burbridge and the designer is Ranna Gill.
The location is Amber Suite Earth Lodge, Sabi Sabi.
June 2005, the model is Pia Trivedi, the designer is Shantanu
& Nikhil and the location is Imbali Safari Lodge, Kruger
National Park. In July 2005, the model is Asha Leo and the
designers are Gauri & Nainika. The location is Kingfisher
Lodge, Mabula Private Game Reserve. In December 2005, the
model is Yana Gupta, the designer is Falguni & Shane Peacock
and the location is Kingfisher Lodge, Mabula Private Game
just can't miss this kiss
when one thought that the tinsel towners are growing up -
what with some of them actually coming out and confessing
to their lurve affairs rather than the hackneyed 'we are good
friends' - someone kisses, is 'caught', denies and its back
to the same 'holier-than-thou' game.
you haven't read/heard about it already, here goes the 'latest
breaking news'. The Kapur and Kapoor lovebirds (Shahid-Kareena)
were reportedly kissing at a Mumbai restaurant, were caught
on camera (presumably a camera phone, one more down to MMS)
and are now denying everything from puckering up to even being
at the restaurant.
with denying, the two are also demanding an 'unconditional'
apology (as opposed to a conditional apology being something
to the effect of "I am sorry if..." just an after
thought). Kareena is also apparently claiming Rs 20 crore damages
for loss of reputation. All this over an innocent kiss (ignoring
the darting tongue for now)?
one hand, Bollywood declares smooching scenes in movie are aesthetical
and important because they are a reflection of what is happening
in society. The
most popular refrain being, 'Couples kiss in real life; we are
just portraying that.' On
the other hand, two Bollywood 'stars' who have publicly declared
they are in love are photographed kissing and then go about
can try and empathise with the 'breach of privacy' issue. But
then one wonders, privacy in a public place? So
if you are kissing in a restaurant - a very public place, the
public will see you kissing. It will see you kissing if you
are a star and it will see you kissing if you are not a star.
can understand when Kareena says that the pictures were an 'embarrassment'
- you are watching the late night news with your folks and suddenly
there are pictures of you smooching your beau. One can also
understand two young people receiving flak from elders back
home and therefore saying, "We didn't do it."
what happens when the same 'kids from respectable families'
lock lips on the screen (older sis Karisma in Raja Hindustani
and Kareena with Fardeen Khan in Dev )? If
it is alright to show kissing on screen - demands of script,
reality, etc - why such a big deal about being photographed
kissing? Or is it that respectability only rests for the moolah?
forget that too for a while. Shahid, in a television interview
went on to say that they had "never kissed in the restaurant
or anywhere else". Give
us a break please. It is alright for a couple to kiss, especially
today when things are much more out-in-the-open.
to come to entire questionability of the situation - were the
couple shown kissing actually Kareena and Shahid? According
to the Mumbai tabloid, yes they were and they apparently have
a video clip to prove it. According to Kareena, it was not them
and she would "fight for her dignity".
now, one can wait and watch... but if at all it was the two,
we say, Kapur and Kapoor turn your back to the world, say "yes
it was us, and so what?" and walk off into the sunset.
Britney Spears has earned the title of the most-searched-for person
for the third time in four years, thanks to her headline grabbing
antics. The tally compiled by the website America Online places
twin actresses Mary Kate and Ashley Oslen second, beating American
television personalities Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa who came
third, reported femalefirst.co.uk.
top three "mother" searches were Julia Roberts, Shar
Jackson - former girlfriend of Spears' husband Kevin Federline
- and Liv Tyler, who gave birth to a baby boy last week. Musician
Usher came on top in the most-searched-for under the male category
with Kobe Bryant coming first in the most-searched-for athlete.
survey processes as many as 700 million search queries per month.
excels in Swades
Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan has proved his critics wrong with
Ashutosh Gowarikar's film Swades, which was received with mixed
responses at the box office. There are two schools of thoughts;
one found it intellectually stimulating, while others said that
its less appealing. Quite often he has been criticised for being
obsessed with himself and playing himself on the screen rather
the character. But in Swades he has proved the statement wrong.
The film doesn't show a single trace of Bollywood Badshah's iconic
far he has only portrayed the larger-than-life roles in films
like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhie
Khusi Kabhie Gham and Devdas. In fact its not Shahrukh's fault
entirely. He was roped in by the Chopras and Johars to act in
their well-packaged love-sagas time and again as a result he never
got an opportunity to show his acting abilities.
Bollywood's 'realistic' filmmaker, Ramgopal Varma, criticised
Shahrukh and said, "What is Shahrukh Khan? Nothing, without
the right packaging. Shahrukh Khan comes with a package, the best
musicians, the best clothes, the perfect look - he is really smart
to get all that just right. If all these things are not correct,
I don't think people will like Shahrukh as much. So I avoid stars,
who cost a huge amount of money, and pool all my resources in
critics like Varma must watch the actor in Swades where he is
devoid of glitz, glamour and starry attitude. He slips into the
character of Mohan Bhargav, a guy-next-door, with ease and carries
off the role of an NRI with élan and perfection. From his
mannerisms to his clothes - the perfection is reflected everywhere.
He played the part extremely well, from his ability to portray
an intelligent and sophisticated project manager in NASA, to an
NRI showing no signs of discomfort while trying to adjust in a
remote village in India called Charanpur.
Varma claims that if the idea is right, then people come to see
that. That's all that works. If that's the case then the audience
will go to watch Swades - both for Shahrukh and the idea. However,
Ashutosh Gowariker's noble intentions might not prove to be a
great idea for the box-office but the film has proved that Shahrukh
is no less than Aamir Khan in etching out the real life characters
year 2004 is very significant for Shahrukh as it re-established
his iconic status, thanks to hits like Main Hoon Na and Veer Zara.
The acceptance of his role in both the films, though they dealt
with two different aspects of life, substantiated the fact that
there is no one like Shahrukh Khan.
He is the most keenly watched current superstar of Indian cinema.
As Karan Johar rightly describes him: Shahrukh is far too intelligent
and when he says something like I'm the best" or "I'll
always be a superstar", he means it and knows what he is
doing. Hence one shouldn't underestimate his potential as an actor.
Even at 40, he is still too full of energy and thriving for better
at Sydney beach
Dec 9: British billionaire Richard Branson carries model Ashleigh
Warwick from the surf while promoting the maiden flight of his
flagship airline, Virgin Atlantic, from London to Australia
on Sydney's Bondi Beach. Branson said he wanted to smash the
Qantas-British Airways control on the "kangaroo route"
by having daily Virgin Atlantic flights via Hong Kong.
is in Sydney to promote Virgin Atlantic's new arrangement for
passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Sydney and that Virgin
passengers can now fly from London to Australia, where Branson
also owns part of low-cost domestic carrier Virgin Blue. Branson
with Miss Bondi competition contestants and lifesavers at Sydney's
in Sydney to promote Virgin
Dec 8: British entrepreneur Richard Branson stands with two
models as he disembarks his Virgin Atlantic plane after it arrived
in Sydney on Wednesday. Branson is in Sydney to promote Virgin
Atlantic's new arrangement for passengers travelling from Hong
Kong to Sydney. Virgin passenegers can now fly from London to
Australia, where Branson also part-owns low cost domestic carrier
Virgin Blue. Atlantic chairman Branson hopes to have up to 300,000
passengers a year flying on the new London-to-Sydney service.
emancipation of Mariah
Carey has come out of the closet to reveal her nickname to her fans.
diva Mariah Carey has told her legions of fans that they can now
start calling her Mimi. Says
Mariah, it is the nickname known only to "those closest to
me," but now feels ready to let her "guard down"
and reveal it publicly.
left a message at her fan club addressing her fans as "Dear
Lambs. Mimi is a very personal nickname only used by those closest
to me... just one of those little things that I've kept for myself
in an attempt to have some delineation between a public persona
and a private life."
naming the album 'The Emancipation of Mimi' I am letting my guard
down and inviting my fans to be that much closer to me."
Mariah's secret name follows Madonna's revelation that she likes
to be called 'Esther' and Janet Jackson naming her latest album
'Damita Jo' - her middle name. Mariah's
new single - 'Say Something' featuring Snoop Dogg - will be released
next month. 'The
Emancipation of Mimi', Mariah's tenth studio album, is her first
since 2002's 'Charmbracelet', which failed to charm the audience.
heads for big screen
Baywatch could soon appear on the big screen. But its iconic stars
Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff and Carmen Electra might not make
it to the celluloid version. DreamWorks have confirmed that they
have bought the film rights to the show, reported the Guardian.
Hasselhoff, nor Pamela Anderson have been approached for the film,
although it will be produced by the show's original creators Michael
Berk, Doug Schwartz and Greg Bonnan. In
2003, Hasselhoff, Anderson and many of the cast appeared in TV movie
"Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding". It
is said DreamWorks will look for fresh faces for their own take
on the popular 1990s series.
soldiers in lesbian sex show
Nov 10: A film shot inside a British army tent in Iraq, in the heart
of the war zone, has become the latest controversy to rock the coalition
forces in Iraq. A raunchy video, shot six weeks ago, featuring two
women British soldiers performing lesbian acts, while being cheered
on by their male colleagues, is currently being investigated by
Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch, reports News
Of The World website.
at a place called Shaiba, located near the Basra airport, the video
has left the authorities red-faced. A probe has reportedly been
initiated into the matter. The two blonde female soldiers and the
others who cheered them on, from the Royal Engineers, are now being
questioned by the Royal Military Police Special Investigation.
to as Angie and Jane, the two girls are seen writhing on top of
each other in the video footage while the excited bystanders urge
them to get on with the action. Remotely
print-worthy catcalls like "Go on bitch!", "Rip her
jeans down!", "On your knees!" and a raucous "Get
'em off!" can be heard in the background, the website reports.
some of the men lunge forward to join in, they are stopped by others
whose view of the action is being obstructed.
some soldiers are seen using their camera phones to capture the
moment, others endlessly gulp down beer, which is rationed to two
cans daily for each soldier. The fact that there is currently one
high profile Special Investigation Branch inquiry taking place into
the booze culture among British troops in Iraq and another on in
Afghanistan just makes the situation even more ironic.
is surprising is that the makers of the tape have not tried to hide
their location and profiles. Even
though no one is in uniform and everyone appears to be off duty,
a soldier's mark 6 armoured helmet and body armor is plainly visible
in the background, reports News Of The World .
there are clear shots of the distinctive floor webbing used in army
quarters. There is also a stack of mineral water - the type imported
by the army from Kuwait - and an army regulation air-conditioning
unit, the site reports. Over
a dozen copies of the video have been reportedly doing the rounds
in the army bases in Iraq. A disgruntled colleague was the one who
alerted the authorities, says the website.
Reid pulls a nipplegate
Nov 7: Hollywood actress Tara Reid became the latest celebrity to
join the 'Nipplegate' bandwagon after her left breast popped out
of her dress as she arrived for hip hop artist P Diddy's birthday
bash, in New York. The
American Pie actress whipped off her fur wrap as she arrived, which
in turn lowered her dress and exposed her breast and she did not
even realize it until an attendant warned her.
actress however seemed unperturbed as she told the press photographers,
who were snapping away like crazy, to abstain from publishing them
giggled and wagged a finger at the snappers, saying I'd better not
see those photos anywhere," The Sun quoted an onlooker as saying.
have good penis karma: Pamela
Baywatch babe and now best-selling author Pamela Anderson has revealed
that she has "good penis karma," i.e. all her past lovers
have been well endowed. The actress, who recently wrote her autobiography
Star said that she had never seen a small penis until recently.
She also revealed that as a youngster she was scared that she would
not be good in bed and wouldn't be able to stay in a steady relationship,
reports Female First.
always had very good penis karma . I used to say I'd never seen
a small one, but recently, maybe I have," the report quoted
her as saying. "When
I first came to California, I was nervous, thinking, 'I don't know
if I can handle how to be with someone.' Then I realised it was
all talk, talk, talk. Big hat, no cattle, as my dad used to say,"
to host 'Eroticon sex fair'
Poland is organising a fair of its own kind that is sure to raise
eyebrows. The country is hosting the Eroticon sex fair, a contest
to find the world female sex champion. Three women from Brazil,
the US and Poland will be pitted against each other for the Sex
Organisers hope that one of them will break the World Sex Record
which currently stands at 759 'humps' or the 1,000 men mark. "The
World Sexual Record is a great chance to meet famous porn stars
and enjoy the most important sex show in the world, spokesman
Krzysztof Garwatowski was quoted as saying.
And the men who take part will also get the chance to compete
for the title of Polish Stallion," he said. The erotic fair
also includes an erotic fashion show, go-go dancing competitions,
body painting and the chance to meet your favourite porn star.