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Kamasutra was initially offered to Kareena Kapoor

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

“Kamasutra 3D” which is creating waves in social media for its bold content was initially offered to Kareena Kapoor Khan, director Rupesh Kaul revealed.

In an interview, director revealed that Kareena was the perfect choice for the lead female character, therefore he approached her before signing Sherlyn Chopra for the role.

Director further claimed that Bebo's manager was interested in concept and script of the movie but was apprehensive about the excessive nudity and bold scenes. So, the director finalized playboy model for the movie.

Rupesh also revealed that he was ready to remove Sherlyn from the movie after she leaked a movie clip on youtube without his permission. He wanted to replace her with Hollywood bombshell Eva Longoria or Mila Kunis. But afterwards the matter was sorted out.

Kamasutra 3D has been considered a soft adult movie. However, the movie caught attention at 66th Cannes film festival after getting three nominations for best motion picture, Best original score and original song at this year 86th Academy awards.

Kamasutra is set to be released in May. Its theme is based on love and revenge amidst the war

Turning up the heat for 'Mockingjay'

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
 Battling overwhelming oppression, struggling to survive one more day, the tough and gusty aura of last year's 'The Hunger Games' is back with a bang in Frances Lawrence's 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.' The second chapter of the internationally acclaimed 'The Hunger Games' franchise based on Suzanne Collins' novels sees Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence getting back into her Katniss Everdeen avatar.

Less action and more tactics

The film opens with Katniss facing a dilemma of a different kind: a love triangle with her torn between her childhood friend, Gale, and her newfound alley in the games, Peeta. As the days roll on Katniss realizes that she could never put her past behind her because it consistently comes to haunt her through nightmares, mirages and through the media that keeps track of her and Peeta's blooming romance.

Adding insult to injury President Snow suspects that her ploy in trying to consume poisoned berries with Peeta at the end of the previous Hunger Games is an act of defiance rather than that of love. He fears that her actions can mobilize masses. Though they try to use the Katniss-Peeta romance as a means of distraction by blackmailing the duo into agreeing to parade their affection in all the districts, they cannot help the flames of revolution erupting among the society.

The result is that Katniss is forced again to play in the Hunger Games but this time the stakes are higher than before and much more complicated. In the 'Quarter Quell' she meets a group of interesting personalities: the previous victors of the Hunger Games.

The result is a competition which can change Panem forever.

Katniss is less of a person than symbol in 'Catching Fire.' Lawrence is remarkable in the scenes which require less action and demands more tactics to show that there is a lot going on inside Katniss' mind. However Katniss' personality needs to be developed more. This might be a tactic that the filmmaker has reserved for the third installment of the series.

Mixture of personalities

Peeta, Effie and Katniss

However we have a much clearer picture of Katniss in 'Catching Fire' than we did in 2012's 'The Hunger Games.' Yes, she is still pretty much ambiguous, but she has matures, learnt to read her surroundings, figured out how to discern allies from enemies and how to distinguish small battles from bigger wars. Lawerence takes to the role like a duck to the water. She has mastered the look of a wounded innocence which goes well with her character.

Josh Hutcherson's Peeta and Liam Hemsworth's Gale are pitted against each other. Though Gale is given more screen space in 'Catching Fire,' Peeta outshines him yet again.

The other contestants of the Hunger Games are an interesting mixture of personalities.

The description of their mannerism is highly entertaining. Elizabeth Banks is eye catching as Effie Trinket who dons many vibrant outfits and hairdos. Donald Sutherland makes a mean President Snow. New member to the team, Sam Claflin, infuses charm and slyness as Finnick.

A satisfactory climax

Another striking fact about 'Catching Fire' is how the scenes shift from the gloominess and poverty of the districts to the extravagance and flamboyance of the cityscapes of the Capitol. This is basically the extension of the theme of the haves and have-nots brought in a novel manner. There are also a mix bag of episodes revolving around terror and surprising beauty. The occasion clash between the natural and the synthetic is finely captured. 'Catching Fire' also brings to life some of the most gripping combat scenes in the race for survival.

If the predecessor has been branded as bloody, the sequel is darker, moodier and meaner. Though it deliberately mirrors its predecessor from the first scene from where Katniss and Gale go hunting together, it has its own originality. It reflects how the world has changed since the 74th Hunger Games.

One disappointing fact is how the story comes to a sharp and abrupt end. However this is a strategy used by the filmmakers to pave the way and stir up some anticipation for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.' It definitely leaves you wanting more. Devoid of a satisfactory climax and the fast paced action found in its predecessor, 'Catching Fire' manages to carve itself a notable space.

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Pope’s Harley -Davidson for sale

UK: A Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was once given to Pope Francis by the manufacturer is to go on sale next month in Paris, a British auction house said Monday.

The 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide was given given to the pope in June to mark the 110th anniversary of the US motorbike maker, London-based auctioneer Bonhams said.

In this file picture taken on June 12, 2013  Pope Francis looks at a Harley Davidson motorcycle after the weekly audience in Saint Peters square at the Vatican. AFP

The bike, which is signed by Pope Francis on the petrol tank, is expected to fetch between 12,000 euros and 15,000 euros ($16,400 and $20,500) when it goes on sale at the Grand Palais in Paris on February 6.

The pope donated the Harley in November to the Roman Catholic charity Caritas Roma and the funds from the sale will go towards the restoration of its Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen based at Rome's Termini railway station.

“We are incredibly honoured to be selling this item on behalf of Caritas Roma,” said Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams.

“We hope to be able to do both Pope Francis and Harley-Davidson proud by raising a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause.” Pope Francis, 77, is not thought to have ridden the Harley, a make well known for its use by motorbike gangs including the “Hells Angels”.

The famously humble pontiff is more of a fan of buses. He opted to ride one the day after his election last year instead of taking a limousine, and regularly used them in his homeland Argentina instead of taxis.


Kerry gives Lavrov two potatoes prior to Paris talks

FRANCE : The talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry were held at the residence of the U.S. ambassador in Paris on Monday.

First, reporters
have been invited to the protocol part of the meeting - the ministers smiled and shook hands, then after a minute, Kerry thanked journalists and asked them to leave.

Then reporters were suddenly invited to attend the beginning of the meeting. Kerry said that Lavrov and he spoke to one another several weeks ago and planned to discuss Syria.

Then, the Secretary of State took two potatoes from a big cardboard box and gave them to the Russian minister causing laughter by the two delegations.

The potatoes that were given are from the state of Idaho, where Kerry recently visited.

Russian Foreign Ministry Press and Information Department Deputy Director Maria Zakharov posted on her Facebook account regarding this: "I hope that this is a good sign."

The negotiations to follow were held behind closed doors and Arab League and UN Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi joined Kerry and Lavrov a little later.


Veena Malik’s Wedding Reception Photos.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Controversial Pakistani actress Veena Malik, who tied the knot with businessman, family friend Asad Bashir Khan Khattak on December 25, hosted a wedding reception in Dubai for close friends and family members.

Imran best in 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein': Kareena

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mumbai, Nov 20 (IANS)

Actress Kareena Kapoor has praised Imran Khan's performance in "Gori Tere Pyaar Mein", saying he has given his best in the romantic drama coming out Friday.

"Imran is a lot more fun,” said Kareena who has teamed up with him for the second time after “Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu”.

“In this film 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein', he has definitely opened up a lot more as an actor. In the film, Imran has given his best performance. He has performed like a hero," she added.

In Puneet Malhotra directed "Gori Tere Pyaar Mein", Imran plays South Indian guy Sriram, who follows his ladylove to a village.

Miley 'mad with JLaw'

Monday, December 2, 2013

Miley Cyrus is reportedly "mad as hell" with Jennifer Lawrence.
Jennifer hit the headlines after expressing her disgust that "young sex sells" recently, which was taken as a pot shot at Miley who is famed for twerking and wearing skimpy outfits.

Miley split from Jennifer's The Hunger games co-star Liam Hemsworth earlier this year and the movie stars' close relationship is also causing problems.

"Miley feels like Jennifer always tries to act like a feminist in all her interviews, but then poses in a revealing dress to promote her film. That seems so fake to her," a source told British magazine Heat.

"Miley's mad as hell. She thinks Jen is such a hypocrite - she basically wears nothing but body paint in X-Men - how is that not using sex to sell? And then, she was all over Liam on the red carpet."

The two women are said to have had a strained relationship for some time. When Jennifer and Liam first started work on The Hunger Games movies he was in awe of her, which is said to have irritated Miley. Although the singer tried to bond with Jennifer, she apparently feels the actress didn't make much effort.

"Liam kept telling Miley how great Jennifer was, so that got her back up, Then, when they met, Miley felt like Jennifer focused all her attention on Liam and made no effort with her," the source said.
"Miley always suspected that Jennifer didn't like her and she suspected that she would side with Liam over her. These pictures of them getting so close have made her see red."
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Paul Walker's girlfriend devastated

Los Angeles, Dec 2

After the sudden death of Hollywood actor Paul Walker, his girlfriend Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell is reportedly devastated.

The 40-year-old actor died Saturday in a crash after a charity car show in Santa Clarita, California.

The two first got together when "The Fast And The Furious" star was 33 and she was just 16-year-old.

Gosnell, who lives in Santa Barbara, is being comforted by her mother, Julie, as she struggles to cope following the horrible accident.

"Paul was a really good guy and Jasmine is broken up by this. I went to Thanksgiving with him, played golf with him," Gosnell's uncle Barton Bruner told

"They had their ups and downs, but they were together and looking to spend a bright future together. This is horrible news and unexpected. Her mother is with her and she is comforting her," he said.

A huge number of Hollywood stars have expressed their sympathy to Walkers's family via Twitter, including Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba, Liam Neeson and Rihanna.


Kareena reinvented in 'Bombay Samurai'

Mumbai, Nov 30 (IANS)

 Actress Kareena Kapoor's career seems to be heading to an exciting new level with Dev Benegal's film "Bombay Samurai".

Post-marriage, she seemed to flounder in her choices with her half-hearted crusader's role in Prakash Jha's "Satyagraha" and the totally inane social activist's role in "Gori Tere Pyaar Mein". With "Bombay Samurai", Kareena finally seems to have got her post-marriage formula right.

According to sources, the film is "a crazy zany rollicking roller coaster ride with amazing twists and turns. There are seven to eight pivotal characters. But Kareena and Farhan (Akhtar) preside over the show".

"They play a couple like no other seen before in our films. They are wacky and unpredictable. The two actors will have a ball playing their outgoing zestful characters," the source added.

Both Kareena and Farhan were keen to work with one another.

Says Farhan: "I've seen Kareena's work. She is consistently excellent. I was keen to work with her. Dev's film gives us a chance to try something different."

Kareena expressed the highest admiration for Farhan: "I admire Farhan for being multi-talented. Which other director has done so well as an actor? Farhan took my breath away in 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'. I am really looking forward to working with him."

The Farhan-Kareena film starts after Kareena's annual holiday in Switzerland in December.

Incidentally, she goes on this annual Christmas-New Year holiday in Switzerland without fail every year with husband Saif Ali Khan.
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Girlfriend hit on Street with other girl relationship

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Boyfriend caught with another girl humiliated and hit in street by girlfriend
A Chinese woman has been arrested after forcing her boyfriend to kneel in the street and repeatedly slapping him around the face.

The man was accused of cheating on the woman after bringing another girl back to his flat in Hong Kong.

After his girlfriend took him out to the street and began berating him, a crowd of onlookers gathered and started filming the scene, which has since been posted on YouTube.

The 20-year-old woman, named Cheng, was later arrested on suspicion of common assault, while the victim, 23-year-old Chui, was taken to hospital.

The alleged assault happened last Friday in the Kowloon City area of Hong Kong, after Chui took a girl to his flat despite the fact he was going out with Cheng.

She made him kneel on the pavement in full view of passers-by, and accused him of going behind her back by inviting in the other girl - who was standing next to the couple throughout the fight.

However, he insisted he had not asked the girl to come to his flat, saying: 'Listen to me first before beating me.'

Cheng then started slapping Chui across the face as he screamed, 'You're slandering me!', and urged the other girl to corroborate his story.

The scene was filmed by an onlooker, who commented at one point: 'At least break up with her if you're not fighting back.'

As other bystanders started to intervene in the altercation, Cheng shouted, 'None of your business!'

Most witnesses took Chui's side, with one woman telling him: 'Stand up, ditch this ugly girl, you deserve better.'

One passer-by called the police, leading to Cheng's arrest.

A police spokesman told South China Morning Post: 'Police received a report at around 5.10pm on October 4 outside 38 San Ma Tau Street in Kowloon City.

'Police who arrived at the scene arrested a female, aged 20 and surnamed Cheng, for common assault. A victim, aged 23 and surnamed Chui, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.'

After video of the incident was posted online, it attracted more than 700,000 hits in less than three days.

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