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Depp trades 'clown nose' for serious 'Transcendence' LOS ANGELES: Johnny Depp has abandoned flashy pirate gear, wigs and other "clown nose" costumes to plunge into the serious, even cerebral "Transcendence," a sci-fi thriller about nanotechnology.Known for his "Pirates of the Caribbean" dreadlocks, "Alice in Wonderland" top hat and "Lone Ranger" face paint, Depp slips into the less colorful role of a scientist whose brain is uploaded into a huge computer just before his death.Combining human intelligence, digital super-power and a form of immortality, he rapidly succumbs to the somewhat cliched temptation to dominate the world, leaving his wife (played by British actress Rebecca Hall) in desperate straits.Despite the often weighty tone of the movie -- which opened in the United States on Friday amid some poor reviews -- the 50-year-old actor managed to find some humor when talking about it."Well, having no intelligence, I'm looking forward to gaining something, whether artificial or superficial," he quipped at a ...

White House: no comment on Bieber deportation petition WASHINGTON: Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has had high-profile run-ins with the law recently but the White House doesn't appear set to add to his growing catalogue of woes.Just under 275,000 people have added their names to a petition on the White House website calling for the Canadian's deportation from the US, easily surpassing the threshold of 100,000 signatures required for presidential consideration.But the White House said Friday it would not comment, citing terms in ...

British filmmaker opens Moscow show under Ukraine shadow MOSCOW: It was meant to be a highlight of a year-long British-Russian cultural exchange, but a huge multi-media exhibition by British filmmaker Peter Greenaway has failed to escape tensions over the Ukraine crisis.The event, which showcases the short-lived but powerful Russian Avant-Garde movement of the late 19th-early 20th century, opened Monday -- with British officials conspicuously absent. Greenaway, 72, celebrated worldwide for films like "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover", and his ...

'2 states' opens to roaring response According to DNA India, Karan Johar’s latest film ‘2 States’ has taken a bumper start at the box office with registering 95-100 % occupancy in the morning shows.The film, based on Chetan Bhagat's best-selling novel of the same name, was released in over 2000 screens across India. Heavy promotions and positive reviews have worked well for the film. The romantic comedy is about two lovers from Delhi and Tamil Nadu, who face a mountain of ...

Amitabh elated over ‘Bhoothnath Returns’’ box office success According to the Press Trust of India Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan expressed his delight over the box office success of his latest film ‘Bhoothnath Returns’.The horror-comedy, which was made on a budget of 35 crores, took in over Rs 30 crores in its first week. Bachchan said he hopes the good news will help co-producer Ravi Chopra, who was diagnosed with severe lung ailment in 2012, recover from ill-health. The Press Trust of India quoted ...

Jimmy Choo creates Fukushima shoes line FUKUSHIMA: Designer Jimmy Choo unveiled a one-off range of shoes in Japan on Friday, made using materials and techniques native to the disaster-hit Fukushima area, in a bid to boost the profile of artisans there.Choo was inspired to come up with the creations after visiting workshops in the area, which is struggling to overcome the tsunami-sparked nuclear catastrophe that hit in 2011.There he found traditional materials that have been made in the area for hundreds ...

KJO hopes his role in Ranbir-starrer is not cut short According to the Press Trust of India, Bollywood producer-director Karan Johar, who will be seen playing the main antagonist in Ranbir Kapoor-starrer ‘Bombay Velvet’, said he feels honoured to be directed by Anurag Kashyap. Johar will don the role of a wealthy businessman in the film, which is based on historian Gyan Prakash's book ‘Mumbai Fables’. The Press Trust of India quoted Johar as saying, "It was great to be directed by Anurag. My work ...


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