Entertainment

After #MeToo, Hollywood women seize power behind TV camera

LOS ANGELES: When writer and producer Stacy Rukeyser suggested featuring a female venture capitalist looking for a husband on the Lifetime television drama Unreal, network executives asked if she could turn the character into someone with “a much more traditional, demure sense of femininity”. “I got the request ‘do you think we could change it? Maybe she could be a kindergarten...

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‘Incredibles 2’ passes $1 billion at worldwide box office

NEW YORK— The acclaimed Pixar sequel “Incredibles 2” has passed $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales, making it Disney’s third film this year to cross the box-office milestone. Disney said Tuesday that Brad Bird’s summer blockbuster reached $1 billion on Monday, about six weeks after debuting with $182.7 million at North American theaters. That opening set a new record for...

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Meera thinks herself to be better than Priyanka Chopra, requests Hollywood to cast her

Controversy queen Meera has claimed herself to be better than Bollywood's Priyanka Chopra, aslo requesting Hollywood to cast her in their movies. Meera, who is famous for her 'weak command over English grammar' and releasing statements no hold barred said in a twitter post after it was announced that Priyanka will be sharing screen space with Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris...

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‘Guardians’ cast issues open letter in support of James Gunn

LOS ANGELES  — Chris Pratt and his fellow “Guardians of the Galaxy” castmates are coming out in support of ousted director James Gunn 10 days after his firing. In an open letter Monday signed by Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and five other main stars of the franchise, the cast said it fully supports the director and the...

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Madonna to celebrate 60th birthday with Malawi fundraiser

NEW YORK — Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday with a fundraiser for orphans and children in Malawi. The singer tells The Associated Press she’s teaming with Facebook for the fundraiser, which runs from Monday through August 31. Fans can donate directly to Madonna’s Facebook page or start their own fundraiser on the social media site to raise money for the...

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Emma Stone, Jonah Hill star in new ‘fever dream’ comedy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.  — Jonah Hill and Emma Stone are starring in a new TV series that tackles sensitive issues of mental illness and the pharmaceutical industry. The Netflix series, a black comedy titled “Maniac,” follows two participants of a murky late-stage pharmaceutical drug trial. Hill plays a man diagnosed with schizophrenia, while Stone plays a woman fixated on broken...

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‘Simpsons’ creators bring feminism, young talent to new show

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Matt Groening said his new adult cartoon series “Disenchantment” has a feminist component that sets it apart from his previous shows. Groening spoke to reporters about bringing fresh talent to the Netflix show at a Sunday panel for the Television Critics Association, joined by the voice actors Abbi Jacobson and Eric Andre. He also highlighted the...

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‘Mission: Impossible _ Fallout’ shoots to No. 1

LOS ANGELES — After six movies, 22 years, countless bruises and a broken ankle, Tom Cruise’s death-defying “Mission: Impossible” stunts continue to pay off at the box office. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” easily took the No. 1 spot on the domestic charts this weekend. Paramount Pictures estimates that it earned $61.5 million from 4,386 North American theaters. Not accounting for...

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Facebook suspends US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been suspended from Facebook for bullying and hate speech and is close to having pages tied to him and his Infowars website removed from the platform, the social media network said on Friday. The radio host’s personal profile was banned for 30 days after it was found to have uploaded four videos published on pages...

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Pakistan’s most promising VFX virtuoso Laraib Atta

Laraib Atta, the daughter of renowned folk singer Attaullah Khan Esakhailvi, has been making her home country proud in Hollywood as the youngest and only Pakistani visual effect artist. She has worked in Block-buster movies citing New Mission: Impossible film — Mission: Impossible – Fallout, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Gravity, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn...

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Finally Priyanka Chopra engaged to Nick Jonas: report

Indian film superstar Priyanka Chopra is engaged to young American singer Nick Jonas after a whirlwind two months of dating, a report said Friday. People magazine, citing unnamed sources close to the pair, said Jonas, 25, proposed to Chopra in London for her 36th birthday after shutting down a Tiffany store in New York to choose a ring. Representatives for...

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Last Season of “Games Of Thrones” sets to air in the “first half” of 2019: HBO

BEVERLY HILLS, California  - HBO will debut the final season of its international hit “Game of Thrones” in the first half of next year and it aims to start production on a prequel in 2019, a network executive said on Wednesday. Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming, speaking at a Television Critics Association event, declined to provide details on the...

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Showbiz celebrities share their inked-thumb pictures on social sites

The game-changer day has finally arrived in Pakistan which will decide the coming times of the country. As the voting fever gripped across the country, not only civilians but also illustrious celebrities are taking to social media sites to post their inked-thumbs' pictures, depicting the fulfillment of their national duty, and also encouraged their fans and followers to step out...

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CJ takes notice of Renowned actress Babra Sharif’s complain

LAHORE:  Chief Justice Saqib Nisar took notice of complaint lodged by renowned Pakistani Actress Babra Sharif against her tenant- who had allegedly defaulted on rent payment- and directed him appear before court in person on July 25, here on Monday. Babra Shareef appeared before the Chief Justice and complained about her tenant, a jeweller by profession, said "Ghulam Ali Zahid...

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Coke Studio reveals its lineup with a season opener “Hum Dekhengay”

Coke studio season 11 reveals its lineup with singers chiming to the tune of ever so enticing verses of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s “Hum Dekhenge”. Ali Hamza and Zohaib Kazi, the producers of season in question, adhered to their policy of switching things up in the show. This season they come up with a slogan promoting unity in diversity. ‘One Nation,...

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Taylor Swift’s “Fearless’ hits diamond status

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift’s sophomore album, which won album of the year at the 2010 Grammys, has been certified diamond. Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta surprised the singer after her show Sunday with a plaque for “Fearless” indicating sales and streaming equivalent sales of 10 million units. Swift actually earned six new plaques from...

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survey concludes U2 as a highest-paid musician in US, last year

U2 may not be the freshest faces in music but the Irish rockers were the industry's top earners in the United States last year, Billboard said in an annual survey Monday. U2 earned $54.4 million last year — more than 95 per cent of it from touring as Bono and company packed stadiums for concerts to mark 30 years since...

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