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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Brad Pitt in Mumbai to attend War Machine screening, meets Shah Rukh Khan

The 53-year-old actor plays a US General posted in Afghanistan

Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is in India to promote his latest film, the Netflix satire “War Machine”.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will be moderating a special chat session here with Pitt, in which the two actors will discuss the project.

In the movie, the 53-year-old actor plays a US General posted in Afghanistan.

Directed by David Michod, of “Animal Kingdom” fame, the Netflix Original film is inspired by the book “The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan” by late journalist Michael Hastings.

An investment in the range of $60 million also makes it Netflix’s biggest-budget feature to date.

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Pitt’s character is loosely based on General Stanley A McChrystal, a retired United States Army general best-known for his command of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

His last assignment was as Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, US Forces Afghanistan.

Hastings’s blistering profile on McChrystal led to his firing by Obama.

Pitt’s company Plan B is also one of the producers of the film.

The first big-budget Hollywood movie on Netflix will be released on May 26.

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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Her parents were busy, so a 12-yr-old Delhi girl flew alone to see Bieber

According to her relatives, Akshita Rajpal is a trained dancer who only dances to Bieber’s music

This is one die-hard fan even popstar Justin Bieber would be proud of.

A 12-year old New Delhi schoolgirl, Akshita Rajpal, who’s an obsessive fan of the singing legend, flew down here on Tuesday alone to mark her presence at her idol’s maiden live concert in India – at Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.

Akshita is a Class 8 student of Amity International School in the national capital and has virtually spent sleepless nights ever since the Bieber concert was finalised last month, revealed a family member.

Her parents had bought three Platinum tickets for entry to the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, but had to cancel their travel plans at the last minute on Tuesday.

Not disheartened, Akshita flew down alone and handed over the two extra tickets to a couple of family friends to attend the biggest musical event of 2017 in the city.

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A child model, she has created a booklet on the life, lyrics and everything she loves about the 23-year old Bieber, her uncle Sumit Kaushik said.

“In fact, she is a trained professional dancer who dances only to Bieber tunes and has excelled in academics and extracurricular like music, martial arts, modeling and acting, besides of course, being a fulltime crazy fan of Bieber and his music,” Kaushik told IANS.

Having played a small role in the recent romantic ghost comedy, “Phillauri”, starring Anoushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh, Akshita has also modelled for brands like SBI General Insurance, Kodak, Birla SunLife, Fortis, etc, said Kaushik. Read more

National Film Awards: अक्षय कुमार को ‘रुस्तम’ के लिए मिला बेस्ट एक्टर अवार्ड, देखें विजेताओं की पूरी लिस्ट

National Film Awards: अक्षय कुमार के अलावा दंगल गर्ल जायरा वसीम को बेस्ट फीमेल सपोर्टिंग का अवार्ड दिया गया है, वहीं एक खिताब ‘पिंक’ के खाते में भी गया है।

Akshay Kumar : नेशनल फिल्म अवॉर्ड की घोषणा शुक्रवार को कर दी गई है। इसमें बेस्ट एक्टर का अवार्ड अक्षय कुमार को गया है। अक्षय कुमार को यह अवार्ड उनकी फिल्म ‘रुस्तम’ के लिए दिया गया है। इसके अलावा साल 2017 में दंगल में नजर आई एक्ट्रेस जायरा वसीम को बेस्ट सपोर्टिंग फीमेल एक्ट्रेस का अवॉर्ड दिया गया है। इसके अलावा उत्तर प्रदेश  राज्य को फिल्म फ्रेंडली स्टेट का अवॉर्ड दिया गया। वहीं झारखंड के नाम भी एक अवार्ड गया है। झारखंड को स्पेशल मेंशन अवार्ड दिया गया है। सोनम कपूर की नीरजा को बेस्ट हिंदी फीचर फिल्म का खिताब गया है।

बता दें, 64वें नेशनल फिल्म अवॉर्ड में ज्यूरी की अध्यक्षता प्रियदर्शन ने की। प्रियदर्शन के लिए यह पहला मौका था जब वह इस इस ज्यूरी में शामिल हुए। विजेताओं को अवार्ड तीन मई 2017 को दिए जाएंगे।

यहां देखें National Film Awards Winners की पूरी लिस्ट-

-बेस्ट फीचर फिल्म ऑन सोशल इश्यू का अवार्ड पिंक को मिला है।

-झारखंड राज्य को स्पेशल मेंशन सर्टिफिकेट

-बेस्ट फिल्म क्रिटिक्स का अवार्ड जी. धनंजयान को गया है।

-बेस्ट किताब का खिताब लता मंगेशकर पर लिखी किताब ‘लता सुर गाथा’ को मिला है।

-बेस्ट फीचर फिल्म: बेस्ट हिंदी फिल्म नीरजा, बेस्ट तमिल फिल्म जोकर, गुजराती फिल्म राजू, मराठी फिल्म दशकरिया, कन्नड़ फिल्म रिजर्वेशन, बंगाली फिल्म बिसर्जन

-कृषि सहित सर्वोत्तम पर्यावरण फिल्म ‘The Tiger who crossed the line’ को मिला है।

-बेस्ट एक्टर का अवार्ड अक्षय कुमार को गया है।

-बेस्ट चिल्ड्रन फिल्म का अवार्ड ‘धनक’ को मिला है।

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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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Akshay Kumar donates Rs 1 cr to kin of CRPF bravehearts, Rajnath lauds move

He transferred Rs 9 lakh each in the bank accounts on Thursday

 

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh commended Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar for his generosity, after the star donated Rs nine lakh each to the families of the 12 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, who were killed during an encounter with the Naxalites on March 11 in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.

 

Officials said, soon after the incident, the actor approached the Union Home Ministry with a request to obtain the bank account numbers of the family members of the jawans who were killed in the March 11 ambush as he wanted to make a monetary donation to them.

They said the Ministry, accepting Kumar’s request, directed the CRPF to share the bonafide bank account numbers of the families of the slain personnel.

 

Kumar, they said, transferred Rs 9 lakh each in the bank accounts yesterday.

 

“Kumar’s gesture exhibits his patriotism and devotion towards the country in general and CRPF in particular,” the paramilitary force said in a statement.

 

12 personnel were killed in a deadly ambush in Chhattisgarh’s worst Naxal-hit district of Sukma on March 11 when they were out on a patrol.

 

The deceased CRPF personnel have been identified as Inspector Jagjit Singh, Assistant Sub-inspectors H B Bhatt and Narender Kumar Singh, head constables Jagdish Prasad Vishnoi and P R Minde and constables Mangesh Pal Pandey, Rampal Singh Yadav, Goraknath, Nand Kumar Patra, Satish Kumar Verma, K Shankar and Suresh Kumar. Read more

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

Shriya Saran during the Mijwan Summer 2017 fashion show in Mumbai

Sushmita Sen during the Mijwan Summer 2017 fashion show in Mumbai

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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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