Arts & Leisure | Theater and Movies - Stay updated with Business News, Pakistan news, Current world news and latest world news with Business Recorder Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:10:06 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Elijah Wood: the blockbuster star with an indie heart imagePARK CITY: Early in the new millennium Elijah Wood was the darling of Hollywood as the star of "The Lord of the Rings," one of the biggest movie series of all time.

Yet fans of Peter Jackson's films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels -- combined budget, $283 million -- would be forgiven for being unable to name a single movie he has made since.

The 35-year-old is that rare breed of film star -- an actor who chose to chase the scripts rather than the big paydays after his early success.

"Making 'Rings' was like making the world's largest independent film in a way, the spirit of it, and that's kind of what I connect to," he told AFP at the annual Sundance Film Festival in the mountains of Utah.

"Ultimately I just want to be a part of great storytelling, and it sort of doesn't matter, the scale."

Wood, a Sundance regular, has returned to the ski resort of Park City for his latest movie, "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore," said to be the only festival entrant with a grammatical sentence as its title.

"Green Room" actor Macon Blair's directorial debut is a bloody crime comedy with an escalating body count in the best traditions of Quentin Tarantino, Guy Richie, the Coen brothers and Paul Thomas Anderson.

It stars Melanie Lynskey ("Heavenly Creatures") as a nursing assistant worn down by people's unkindness who eventually snaps when her house is burglarized.

- Child star to superstar -


Wood, in a rare comic turn as Lynskey's metal-head, martial-arts-geek neighbor, has been winning early acclaim for the role.

The second of three children who grew up at his parents' delicatessen in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the actor has built up an impressive catalogue of more than 70 film credits.

His mother recognized his gift for performing early and sent him to an International Modeling and Talent Association convention in Los Angeles.

He began to pick up minor TV roles and has a credit as "Video Game Boy" in "Back to the Future Part II" but became an in-demand child actor after starring in Barry Levinson's 1990 family drama "Avalon."

He made the difficult transition into a versatile, credible grown-up actor with parts in films such as "Deep Impact" and "The Faculty" (both 1998) before Jackson came calling.

His work in the director's hugely successful film adaptations of Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King" (2001-3) turned him into a bona fide superstar.

The $3 billion franchise -- each part, at its peak, placed among the five highest grossing movies up to then -- ensured that Wood could pick and choose his roles.

His supporting parts in Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and his turn as a mute sociopath in "Sin City" were warmly received.

- 'New voices' -


But football hooliganism drama "Green Street" was panned while his voice role on "Happy Feet" and TV work on "American Dad" and "Robot Chicken" didn't exactly draw the spotlight.

Apart from a reprisal of his role as Frodo Baggins in the first of Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy, his resume has since largely consisted of obscure shorts and indie films most would not have heard of.

His net worth is estimated at $18 million, a relatively paltry sum in Hollywood. That equates to around four months' earnings for Dwayne Johnson, Matt Damon or Tom Cruise.

"Sometimes, when things get too big or unwieldy, you don't feel connected to it, which was not the case with 'Lord of the Rings' at all," Wood told AFP.

"I like working on things that are a little bit smaller."

The good news, he said, is that independent film is in good shape, with new players like Netflix -- which financed "I Don't Feel at Home" -- producing original content of a sufficient quality to challenge the big studios.

"That's why we come to film festivals like this -- to see movies from around the world and domestically that are made by filmmakers" who are creating something original, not making the latest, tired sequel about some comic book hero, he said.

"We want to see emerging new voices and new stories."

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India PM overturns court ban on bull-wrestling imageNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has overturned a Supreme Court ban on a bull-wrestling festival that fuelled massive protests in southern India by demonstrators who called it an attack on their culture.

India's Supreme Court outlawed the Jallikattu festival last year after a plea by animal rights groups, which have long accused participants in the event -- held every year in different parts of southern Tamil Nadu state -- of cruelty to the animals.

Tensions have escalated in recent days as thousands of protesters gathered in state capital Chennai and other cities, prompting Tamil Nadu's chief minister to travel to Delhi to ask Modi to overturn the ban, which he did late Friday.

"We are very proud of the rich culture of Tamil Nadu. All efforts are being made to fulfil the cultural aspirations of Tamil people," Modi posted on Twitter on Saturday.

The Tamil Nadu governor is expected to approve Modi's executive order later in the day, paving the way for Jallikattu to resume as early as Sunday.

Critics say that organisers lace the bulls' feed with liquor to make them less steady on their feet and throw chilli powder in their faces to send them into a sudden frenzy as they are released from a holding pen.

Unlike in traditional Spanish bullfighting, the animals are let loose into open fields where young men compete to subdue them bare-handed.

Organisers of the centuries-old festival insist the animals suffer no harm, calling the event an established part of Tamil culture.

Hundreds of people have been detained by police over the past week for allegedly organising local Jallikattu contests in defiance of the court ban.

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Watch; Priyanka Chopra reveals what she feels about Maghrib prayers;-priyanka-chopra-reveals-what-she-feels-about-maghrib-prayers.html;-priyanka-chopra-reveals-what-she-feels-about-maghrib-prayers.html imageGlobal icon Priyanka Chopra in an interview, which has been going viral all-over the internet has revealed that her favorite time of the day is Maghrib (evening) prayers.

Recently, a video went viral on different social networking sites where she in detail revealed how she feels mesmerized by the whole atmosphere created during the evening prayers. Though, its still unclear when this video was shot, but the Bollywood actress has been receiving heartening response on her remarks especially from the Muslim community.

Heres how people reacted on Twitter,


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Emma Watson reveals why she chose Princess Belle over Cinderella imageActress Emma Watson will soon be seen as a 'Disney Princess' in an upcoming movie 'Beauty and the Beast', however she recently revealed that she refused the princess' role in Cinderella and couldn't be happier with her decision.

In an interview with Total Film, the former Harry Potter darling explains that although she could have starred in the live-action version of Cinderella, she's glad that she'll be bringing Belle to the big screen in the live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' remake.

"I didnt know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella," she said. "But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did".

"She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And thats the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice," she added.

E! News has recently confirmed that singer Cline Dion will perform a new song titled How Does a Moment Last Forever for the upcoming film. The movie also stars Luke Evans and Dan Stevens in the lead roles.

The movie will hit theatres on March 17, 2017.

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All-women-orchestra creates furor in Afghanistan image

Another death defying feat by a few now appears under the guise of a musical troupe dubbed 'Zohra', Afghanistan's first all female orchestra who are to perform amidst myriads of death threats and propaganda at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Zohra, a musical troupe of 35 young musicians aged 13 to 20 are to perform to approximately 3,000 CEOs and heads of state at the concert today.

The group is led by Negina Khpalwak and performed under her patronage earlier this month, which was their last rehearsals in Kabul before the concert amongst the discrimination, general patriarchy and war in their homeland.

"She is Afghanistan's first female conductor," says Dr Ahmad Sarmast, who is the musicologist who founded Afghanistan's National Institute of Music and the Zohra orchestra, while commenting on Khpalwak.

Sarmast says women in particular face immense opposition rather repression? - As he first-handedly experienced the 1996-2001 Taliban's oppressive rule, which strongly asserted on gender segregation and music as a whole, consequently letting alone the notion of an all-women band.

Dr. Ahmad Sarmast strongly believes 'Zohra' and the likes provide a way out to doing what is in essence necessary; relaying a better [actual?] image of Afghanistan worldwide.

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Here's how Priyanka Chopra celebrates after winning second 'People's Choice Award' imageBollywood starlet Priyanka Chopra is on her mission to conquer the world. On Wednesday evening, Priyanka received the 'Favourite Dramatic TV Actress' trophy for her turn as FBI recruit-turned-CIA agent Alex Parrish in the TV series 'Quantico'. Last year too she won the same award at the popular 'People's Choice Award'.

Priyanka was up against actresses like Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo, and Taraji P Henson in the same category. "I am really psyched. Can I do a little wiggle? I am sorry it's the concussion talking...this (award) means the world to me," Priyanka said, as she accepted her trophy.


The Bollywood actress has some special plans to celebrate the victory. While talking to E! News, PeeCee revealed, "I'm taking my mom and a couple of my friends out. We'll just go eat some real food and eat some fries," she said, naming In-N-Out Burger as her go-to spot. The drive-thru is so long, she said, so she planned to park then makes someone else order inside.

The actress has also shot for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' and this is her second appearance on the show.

Priyanka's mother and Baywatch co-star Dwayne Johnson was among the audience when she received the award. Priyanka will make her Hollywood debut with 'Baywatch' in summer this year.


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SHC orders removal of Ayyan's name from ECL

imageKARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered the removal of model Ayyan Alis name from the Exit Control List (ECL) on Thursday.

According o latest local media reports, the order was issued by the referee judge of SHC, Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto.

Ayyan will leave the country to meet her ailing mother, as soon as she gets a copy of the courts verdict, one of her lawyers, Qadir Khan Mandokhel, said while talking to the media at SHC.

It should be mentioned here that in the previous hearing, the models lawyer Latif Khosa said it is contempt of Supreme Court of Pakistan and an act of victimization to prevent her from going abroad.

Additional Attorney General Salman Talibud Din said Punjab government got her name included in ECL in murder case of customs inspector, adding the matter relates to Punjab; hence, Sindh court has no jurisdiction to hear the case.

Previously, senior member of the two-member bench formed for the case, Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh, had said the matter did not fall within the jurisdiction of SHC as her name was put in the ECL over the request of the Punjab government. According to another lawyer of the model, Lateef Khosa, an illegal proceeding was taking place against Ayyan.

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'Fifty Shades Darker' becomes most talked about movie, here's why imageUniversal's upcoming 'Fifty Shades Darker' has become one of the most talked about movies on different social networking sites just ahead of its release. It has so-far garnered impressive 1.12 million conversations according to the information from media-measurement firm.

A few days after Taylor Swift posted a first look of the soundtrack video with Zayn Malik, Universal ramped up momentum by releasing the full soundtrack listing which comprises of 19 songs. It also features brand new tracks by singing sensations like Halsey, Legend, Kygo, Tove Lo, Sia, The-Dream and many more.

Disney-Pixar's 'Cars 3' has generated 59,000 conversations, thanks to the release of an extended teaser on January 9, five months ahead of its June 16 debut. Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' has produced nearly 644,000 conversations in the wake of the January 11 announcement that John Legend and Ariana Grande would collaborate on the title track, Variety reported.

'Fifty Shades Darker' will open in theatres on February 10. The movie led the 'most talked about' movies in the charts during the past weeks wherein they had released an extended trailer of the popular sequel.

According to Inquirer, banners are up for Universal Pictures' highly anticipated movie which has the tagline of 'No more rules' for the female lead and 'No more secrets' for the male part. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will both return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the upcoming sequel.

Previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey has been the 2015's blockbuster film that has approximately gross $560 million in global sales.

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Legendary Singer Mehnaz Begum remembered imageISLAMABAD: The 4th death anniversary of renowned singer Mehnaz Begum was observed on Thursday (January 19).

The distinguished singer of Pakistani music industry Mehnaz Begum died on 19th January 2013 at the age of 55. She was on her way to USA when her condition got worsened in Bahrain where she died in a hospital, Radio Pakistan reported.

The master of classical genres like `ghazal', `thumri' and `dadra' was born in 1958.

Mehnaz began her career as a playback singer in the early '70s. Her mellifluous voice and control over the sur instantly made her popular among music composers and film audiences. She sang for a number of films a majority of which became popular.

The talented singer sang many hit and evergreen chartbusters like Mujhe dil se na Bhulana from film `Aina', Kyun Roi Shehnai from `Haider Ali' and Do Piyase Dil Ek Huay from `Bandish'.

Surrayya Bhopali was among the first films that Mehnaz sang for and Zeba Bakhtiar's Babu was her last film as a playback singer.

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One-on-one session with Pakistan's Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and India's Karan Johar imageAcademy award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy recently hosted Bollywood ace director Karan Johar at the 47th World Economic Forum in Davos and believe it or not they both had some really intense one-on-one conversation.

The event titled A Conversation with Karan Johar and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy' on 18th January 2017 at Davos-Klosters, was a well-received incident and was live-streamed on different websites. Here are few high points of the session.

Talking about winning Oscar for a short-film, KJo praised Pakistani filmmaker and said, "I remember your acceptance speech [at the Oscars] Sharmeen and I remember feeling really, really proud as a filmmaker that your film travelled the way it did, the point and perspective it made, and more than anything else... I think the result of what happened... that's what every artist aspires for, the impact of his or her work".

Sharmeen too praised the Bollywood director and said that his movies have allowed everyone to dream.

While talking about the cross-border tension between the two nations, and how Karan Johar faces criticisms for casting Fawad Khan in his movies, Sharmeen said, "We as artists have to be true to our hearts... And do the things that we want to do. I really hope that someday I can go on the big screen and watch Fawad Khan directed by you again".

KJo said, "You know what I went through. It was a tough time for me. I have a great regard for talent and I have a great regard for Fawad Khan's talent which is why he's been in two of our films. The circumstances... we don't know where we're heading, and I think all great actors should find the best platforms and just like you I hope Fawad Khan finds the best platform because he's a terrific actor. Having said that, I never want to go through what I went at that time".

During the Q&A session, an audience member asked them why due to a ban on actors across the border, a consumer has to suffer. Sharmeen responded that the bans are self-imposed and rather unofficial, adding that they are regarded as a form of patriotism. No one is in the favour of self-inflicted pain.


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Boxing champ hit by anti Muslim abuse for attending mosque

imageIBF World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has become a victim of abuse from internet trolls after he posted a picture on social media of him praying in a mosque.

The British boxer Joshua, who is currently holidaying with friends in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, posted the image of himself praying in the mosque on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Besides luck, hard work & talent.. Prayer is a solid foundation. It was nice to join my brother as he led through afternoon prayer (asr), reads Joshua tweet post.

The photos quickly ignited a barrage of vitriolic abuse at the social media, with some people claiming they would not be supporting him anymore and unfollowing him on social media.

imageimageWhile, others joined in support of Joshua and countered the arguments of hate mongers.

imageimageJoshua however, remained unfazed with all the buzz, and was seen enjoying his holidays at the UAE.

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