Saturday, January 17, 2009
A nude picture of Madonna, taken when the queen of pop was a struggling dancer in New York in 1979, is expected to sell for at least $10,000,auction house Christie's said.
Madonna received $25 in payment for the modelling session, after answering a newspaper ad by photographer Lee Friedlander. The results of the session were published in Playboy magazine in 1985.
The full-frontal nude print, which is said to be the most revealing of the series, will be sold on February 12 in New York, with many expecting Madonna herself to be among the high bidders.
Also up for sale is a later photo of a lingerie-clad Madonna by Helmut Newton, which is expected to fetch up to $15,000.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Actor Vijay will play the title role in AVM Balasubramaniam's production venture 'Vettaikaran'. The movie starring Tollywood heroine Anushka is expected go to the shooting floors very soon.
Vijay Antony, who shot to absolute stardom with the peppy number 'Nakka Mukka' in 'Kadhil Vizhunthein', will be scoring music for the movie. A thrilled Vijay Antony exuded confidence that all the songs would come good.
'Working with Vijay is in itself a great feeling. I hope I will bring out the album with top quality' he said. Vijay Anthony was introduced to cinema by Vijay's father and popular director S. A. Chandrasekharan.
'Vettaikaran' is Vijay's 49th film. His 50th film however is to be produced by his father.
Just like their previous venture Yaradi Nee Mohini, a remake of Adavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule, this film too will be the remake of a popular Tollywood movie. With its simple yet beautiful screenplay that pivots around a sprightly young man, the Telugu blockbuster Arya (Allu Arjun) grabbed the attention of Jawahar and Dhanush and they decided to remake it.
Previously, we reported that Nayantara and Shriya are under consideration for the heroine’s role and that the scales seem to tip in favour of Shriya. Well, our assumption has turned out right – it is Shriya Saran who will pair up with Dhanush in his upcoming film. This is good news to all those who enjoyed their onscreen chemistry in Thiruvilayadal Aarambam.
Dhanush will also act opposite Andrea in his brother Selvaraghavan’s next film, Idhu Malai Nerathu Mayakkam.
It is going to be a very busy year for Aishwarya Rai. She not only has Mani Ratnam's gruelling "Ravan" with husband Abhishek Bachchan to complete, she also begins work on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's next movie, with Hrithik Roshan, to be shot in Goa.
But before that she goes into filmmaker Vipul Shah's next film with Akshay Kumar in the lead. Both Vipul and Akshay, who are co-producing the film, were very keen to get Aishwarya for what they describe as a genre-breaking drama.
Aishwarya has also signed up Excel Entertainment's untitled thriller to be directed by Abhinay Deo, who is currently busy shooting his directorial debut "Delhi Belly".
For the film, Aishwarya will once again team up with hubby Abhishek.
Confirming the news, Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment said: "It would be a very stylish thriller to be shot entirely in Greece, Thailand, Istanbul and London.
"My director Abhinay Deo and I want a particular look for the film. We're trying to get the DOP (director of photography) of the new Nike international commercial. If not, there's Jason West who shot our 'Rock On!'. He can capture that subtle sleek look which the subject demands. We want the film's visual quality to be something never experienced by our audience."
The film would be Aishwarya's second with Abhishek after "Ravan".
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
'Fitting Master' directed by Mr.E.V.V Satyanarayan has given hits in telugu movies such as 'Hello Brother', 'Intlo Illalu - Vantintlo Priyuralu'. The main protagonists are Allari Naresh and Madalasha Sharma. Allari Naresh is one of the top comedy and family entertainment actor now days in telugu movies, he had 8 release last yr, out of which 4 were super hits.
Mother India Movies Distributors is goingto release it in total seven centers throughout USA which includes Virginia, New Jersey, Atlanta, Dallas, Detriot, Bay Area and Houston, so that can capture more number of audiences across.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Aarya plays lead role in the film and since the story is set at the backdrops of pre-independence era, the film has Hollywood Actress Luciana and talks are going on with 3 other actresses. Sooner, things would be finalized and now the director is on for fixing locations at Chennai and Bangalore.
‘It is my policy not to appear in item numbers. I will never do it at any cost. This was the only reason behind denying to appear for a song sequence with Vijay in Villu’, Divya Spandana (formerly ‘Kuthu’ Ramya) has said.
Stating that she however would like to do Vijay’s heroine, the actress claimed herself a fan of the actor. ‘I will certainly not reject had I come across an offer to play Vijay’s ladylove,’ she said.
On her forthcoming film Kadhal to Kalyanam, she said, ‘Manirathnam’s associate Milind Rao is directing the movie. I am doing a meaty role opposite Arya’s younger brother Sathya. I am playing the role of an associate with a corporate firm.’
Lara Dutta will sizzle in an item number with Imran Khan for Soham Shah’s film titled Luck. Lara has done item numbers earlier, the most popular being Aisa Jaadu Dala Re from Khakee.
She had worked with Soham in his debut venture Kaal. The song has been composed by Salim-Sulaiman.
Lara will also be seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s Biloo Barber and Ashtavinayak Films’ Blue with Sanjay Dutt.
Kamal Haasan and Sarika’s daughter Shruti Haasan makes her debut in Bollywood with the film Luck. Shot extensively in South Africa, the film also stars Mithun Chakrabothy and Danny Denzongpa.
Geri Halliwell has sparked rumours of an impending engagement with alleged beau club owner Nick House after she was spotted checking out rings in London
Geri, who recently spent a romantic Christmas in Dubai with House, reportedly spent an hour just gazing at potential male wedding bands at a jeweler’s in London’s diamond district, Hatton Garden.
“Geri was certainly taking her time over it,” the Sun quoted a fellow-shopper, as saying.
“She may have been helping a mate or just killing time, but from the look in her eyes I reckon she’s hoping to be back in the shop with her credit card soon,” the fellow-shopper added.
Monday, January 12, 2009
As is known by now, 42 Kms is a movie that depicts the life of five different people. While Mandira Bedi is a house wife, Sammir Dattani is a football player, Purab Kohli is a village boy and Prashant Chainani a college bunker. However, the most unusual story is that of Bikram Saluja who plays a business tycoon. And that's because Bikram's character in the movie is inspired by Anil Ambani.
Says a source attached to the film, "Yes, this is indeed true. We have modeled the character graph of Bikram in a manner similar to that of Mr. Anil Ambani. In the film Bikram Saluja is shown playing a business tycoon who has to face a challenge of getting fitter."
He goes on to narrate an anecdote in Bikram's life which is taken from the real life situation that Ambani faced a few years back when he was a little overweight. "In the film it is shown that foreign investors refuse to invest in his company as they feel the person with whom they are dealing with is not even capable of taking care of his own health. They are apprehensive that this may not really augur well with their collaboration with the company."
In an earlier interview Mr. Anil Ambani too had shared on a TV channel that such an incident had indeed happened in his life. This is what kick started his quest to loose weight for which he had started running for miles every day in order to prepare for the Boston marathon.
Bikram Saluja confirms the anecdote, "Yes, my storyline is similar to that of Anil Ambani. However, it is not an exact copy though it is certainly similar."
Says Nisha Chainani, the film's director, "All the characters in the film are inspired by someone or the other. I had myself run the marathon and that’s what gave me an idea of making a movie about it. I have tried to bring in some of my own experiences in the film as well as that of the people I knew."
Since Bikram Saluja's character goes through a massive weight loss in the film, he has two distinct looks in the film - that of a fat man and then a suave good looking business.
Inspired by the Mumbai & Delhi marathon, 42 Kms will be releasing on January 23, 2009.
Farhan Akhtar’s upcoming film is ‘Luck By Chance’ and a song had to be shot on Hrithik Roshan but the shooting had to be cancelled due to heavy rain.It is said that rain spoiled the whole set.
The entire set began to leak and Gaffer was in trouble that this may incur short circuit. There was a black out as all the lights were off due to rain.
According to producer Ritesh Sidhwanit, “It was raining massively the day shooting started for a song and the entire set was washed out. The shooting was that of a circus which was wet in water.
Suddenly we had to cut off all the power supply and the shooting had to be called off.The script of the film is written by Farhan Akhtar’s sister Zoya Akhtar. Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan are in special appearances. The Film will hit the theatres on January 30 and is presented by Big Pictures. Konkona Sen is playing a lead role in the film opposite Farhan Akhtar.
Music maestro A R Rahman created history on Sunday night as he became the first Indian to win the prestigious Golden Globe awards for best original music score for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.
The film, with strong Indian connections, emerged as a hot favourite at the Globe, which sets the countdown for next month's Academy awards.
Rahman's song 'Jai Ho,' penned by lyricist Gulzar, was nominated for Best Original Music Score.
'Slumdog' is based on a novel by Indian diplomat Vikash Swarup and stars Bollywood actors Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan in lead among others.
Boyle's feel-good film depicts the moving story of a slumdweller Jamaal, who goes on to win USD 20 million on Indian reality show 'Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?' in a bid to win his love back.
Indeed, the Golden Globe Awards, which some call a rehearsal for the Academy Awards, did see a posthumous award given to Heath Ledger, for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.
At the same time, Stephen Spielberg joined the list of 2009 Golden Globe Award winners, though in a lifetime category: the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Kate Winslet won two awards, one for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, and for Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama.
Here is a full list of the 2009 Golden Globe Award winners:
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Best Television Series, Drama
Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Actor, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell, In Bruges
Best Director, Motion Picture
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actress, Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Best Original Score, Motion Picture
A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Paul Giamatti, John Adams
Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actress, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Linney, John Adams
Best Foreign-Language Film
Waltz With Bashir, Israel
Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Actress, Comedy or Musical
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Motion Picture, Animated
Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Anna Paquin, True Blood
Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Laura Dern, Recount
Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Tom Wilkinson, John Adams
"The Wrestler," The Wrestler; music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen
Supporting Actress, Motion Picture
Kate Winslet, The Reader