Movie review: Wonder Woman reinvigorates tired superhero conventions

The story is repositioned to the trenches of World War I

“Wonder Woman! All the world’s waiting for you,” rang the theme song to the classic 1970s television show as one-time Miss World America, Lynda Carter, transformed into the star-spangled superhero. Yet while gun-toting raccoons headline today’s superhero movies, the world has waited a long time for its most famous female superhero to receive a dedicated film.

Female superheroes have been confined to sidekick roles (Black Widow is the highest profile Avenger without her own movie) or relegated to TV (where Jessica Jones and Supergirl kick ass on a weekly basis). Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is the first major female-led superhero movie – and as a hero, her antecedents reach back to the suffragettes.

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As historian Jill Lepore details in The Secret History of Wonder Woman, the formative years of Wonder Woman’s creator, psychologist William Moulton Marston, took place against the backdrop of the suffragette movement. As a freshman, he had heard Emmeline Pankhurst speak when she visited Harvard in 1911.

An advocate for women’s rights, Marston would later describe the “blood-curdling masculinity” of comic books as their “worst offence”. His remedy? To create a “feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman”. So in October 1941, All Star Comics introduced Wonder Woman, “to whom the problems and feats of men are mere child’s play”. Read more

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Deepika Padukone & Aishwarya rai makes Cannes red carpet debut

All eyes were on Deepika Padukone with bated breath to see how she would turn up on her first red carpet appearance as a brand ambassador for Loreal at Cannes

she finally put her fashionable foot forward, she made sure to look like a million bucks.

Dressed in a dainty wine coloured net ensemble, designed by Marchesa Notte. She looked bold and classy as she strutted down the coveted red carpet.

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Pop sensation Justin Bieber arrives in India

Justin Bieber is accompanied by Bollywood star Salman Khan’s personal bodyguard Shera

International pop sensation Justin Bieber arrived here on Wednesday for his maiden concert in India.

The 23-year-old arrived at the Kalina airport at around 1:30 am in a chartered flight along with his crew.

The singer, who was sporting a pink hoodie, rushed out of the airport, where a group of fans had gathered to welcome him, to a waiting car which took him to his hotel in Lower Parel. He was accompanied by Bollywood star Salman Khan’s personal bodyguard Shera.

His backstage crew, along with his security team, is already stationed in the hotel.

After rocking the stage in Dubai on May 6, the “Love Yourself” singer is set to perform in Mumbai on Wednesday.

A rage among the youth, especially teenagers, Bieber is touring to promote his critically-acclaimed album “Purpose”.

Titled the “Purpose World Tour”, around 45,000 ‘Beliebers’ are expected to be in attendance for the Grammy- winning singer’s first-ever show in India at Navi Mumbai’s D Y Patil Stadium.

Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale said 500 security personnel along with 25 officers have been deployed to ensure proper security at the stadium, with drone cameras keeping a constant watch.

Apart from local police and the singer’s own security detail, Salman Khan’s bodyguard Shera has also been roped in to ensure Bieber’s safety. Read more

Before Bahubali 2, makers to release Bahubali 1 again

Rana Daggubati and Prabhas are overwhelmed with the response to the trailer of Bahubali 2

Director S S Rajamouli wants the audiences to revisit the world of “Bahubali” before the release of ” Bahubali 2 : The Conclusion”.

Rajamouli today said they are planning to show the first part a week before the second edition hits theatres on April 28.

“We are planning to release part one maybe one or two weeks before the release of part two in southern states so people can get back into the narrative,” Rajamouli said at the trailer launch of the Hindi version here.

Both Rana Daggubati and Prabhas are overwhelmed with the response to the trailer.

“The fans are happy with it. It’s overwhelming to be a part of the film,” Rana said.

The Tamil version of the trailer had leaked online hours before its official release and the makers called it “technical glitch”.

“This particular thing is neither due to leakage or piracy, it is due to some technical glitch on Facebook. The video which was to be on private mode went on public mode. But fans are happy that we came early. All is well that ends well,” Rajamouli said.

“Baahubali: The Beginning” is one of the highest grossing Indian films, which reportedly earned Rs 650 crore at the box office.

Karan Johar, who is presenting the Hindi version of the film, joked that presenters made all the money.

“The presenters make money, the one who put their hard work, blood, sweat and tears don’t make money always. But the equity the film has made is beyond monetary,” he added.

Watch the trailer here.

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Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma during Mijwan Summer 2017 fashion show

Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma during Mijwan Summer 2017 fashion show

Shah Rukh Khan, Shabana Azmi, Anushka Sharma at Mijwan Summer 2017 – A fundraiser fashion show by Manish Malhotra

Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma along with fashion designer Manish Malhotra

Shah Rukh Khan, Shabana Azmi and Anushka Sharma during the Mijwan Summer 2017 fashion show

Shah Rukh Khan, Shabana Azmi, Anushka Sharma at Mijwan Summer 2017 – A fundraiser fashion show by Manish Malhotra

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Social media users should be prepared to face abuse: Amitabh Bachchan

However, he declined to comment on the controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur

(Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jackie Shroff along with Amit Sadh, Rohini Hattangadi, Yami Gautam and Ram Gopal Verma during the trailer launch of Sarkar 3, in Mumbai )

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is an active blogger and uses different social networking platforms to connect with his fans, said that he is often trolled on this media and he is used to it.

“If you are on social media, you should be prepared for abuse,” he said at the trailer launch of “Sarkar 3” on Wednesday, in response to a query if expressing oneself on social media platforms is a challenge nowadays.

“And I enjoy it,” he quipped.

However, the megastar declined to comment on the controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur.

“What I feel about the situation is completely my personal opinion. But if I disclose, it will become public,” he said.

At the professional front, the 73-year-old actor will be seen reprising the role of Subhash Nagre in Ram Gopal Varma’s “Sarkar 3”, which also stars Manoj Bajpayee, Jackie Shroff, Amit Sadh and Yami Gautam. The film is all set to release on April 7.

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From Mumbai to the Oscars — 8-year-old Sunny Pawar’s incredible journey

The 89th Academy Awards may be over, but the internet cannot get enough of eight-year-old Sunny Pawar. The Indian child actor who acted in the Oscar-nominated movie Lion starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman was a huge hit with the stars at the awards. Host Jimmy Kimmel even went on to pick Sunny up in his arms.

Sunny, who plays the role of Saroo Brierley, the younger version of Dev Patel, joined the Slumdog Millionaire actor on stage while he introduced their film. Lion is the true story of a young child who is separated from his family and later gets adopted by an Australian family. When he grows up, he uses Google Earth to find his parents.

Sunny used phonetics to learn and speak English as he speaks only Hindi. Initially, director Garth Davis had to struggle a bit, but only until Sunny overcame the obstacles with hard work. Garth and casting director Kristy McGregor went through over 2,000 tapes and zeroed in on Sunny for this role. In an interview with Vulture, Garth said, “For me, when I’m looking at all the kids, anyone who kind of touched that place in me, I thought we were getting close. But it was never a bull’s-eye, really, until one day, this little Sunny came into the room and he was kind of pretty instant for me.”

Actor Dev Patel, in his chat with Daily Telegraph, had to say this about Sunny, “He’s our little mascot on this movie. For him, he’d never been on a plane before or seen a Hollywood film and now he’s leading this big movie. He’s so beautifully innocent and that’s why you get such a beautiful performance from him. He’s just really enjoying it.”

Though Sunny is passionate about choosing acting as a career option, he is also interested in becoming an IPS officer and joining the Mumbai Police. He loves WWE and is very keen on attending a match soon, which he missed during his press tours. Otherwise, this adorable little actor likes to eat and sleep.

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