Arts & Leisure | Theater and Movies - Brecorder.com Stay updated with Business News, Pakistan news, Current world news and latest world news with Business Recorder.. Reviews, Bollywood news, hollywood news, Shah rukh khan http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure.html Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:12:56 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Nergis Mavalvala, the Pakistani who detected Einstein gravitational waves http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278492-nergis-mavalvala-the-pakistani-who-detected-einstein-gravitational-waves.html http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278492-nergis-mavalvala-the-pakistani-who-detected-einstein-gravitational-waves.html imagePakistan born, astrophysicist Dr Nergis Mavalvala was among the team of scientists who verified Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity.

The Karachi born Dr Mavalvala, Associate Department Head of Physics at MIT, along with her team announced on Thursday, detected ripples in gravitational waves, hypothesized by the legendry physicist Albert Einstein a hundred years ago.

According to local media reports, Professor Mavalvala was born to a Parsi family. She did her initial schooling from Convent of Jesus and Mary before leaving for US where she graduated with a BA in physics and astronomy from the Wellesley College in 1990.

She then did her Ph.D in physics in 1997 from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology-MIT.

Dr Mavalvala worked with researchers at the US-based underground detectors Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Laboratory to build sophisticated sensors to detect gravitational ripples created from the collision of two black holes some 1.3 billion years ago and had been hurtling through space to reach Earth on September 14, 2015.

The discovery which is hailed as a scientific milestone was, made possible giant laser detectors in the United States, located in Louisiana and Washington State, completing the quest to confirm the existence of these waves.

“We are really witnessing the opening of a new tool for doing astronomy,” MIT astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala said in an interview. “We have turned on a new sense. We have been able to see and now we will be able to hear as well.”

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ali24ki@yahoo.com (Ali Ahmed) Lifestyle Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:15:34 +0000
Women considered better coders than men http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278491-women-considered-better-coders-than-men.html http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278491-women-considered-better-coders-than-men.html imageA group of scientists have discovered that open source code written by women is actually more often approved than code written by men. But this occurs, only when the gender is not mentioned in the profile.

According to CNN, the study conducted by a team of six computer science researchers, which consisted of students and assistant professors at North Carolina State University and Cal Polytech State University, California. The study revolves around the role of gender bias in software world.

The study screened some 3 million suggested code contributions (called "pull requests") on GitHub, a open-source software platform used by 12 million developers.

"We hypothesized that pull requests made by women are less likely to be accepted than those made by men," wrote the researchers.

However, results supported the contrary, as they discovered that code from women is accepted at a higher rate, 78.6 percent then from men, that is 74.6 percent.

But, the story does not end here, the given statement only stays true, when profiles of users are gender hidden, i.e. it is not known if it is written by women or men.

The research revealed that when female coders get identified as women, their acceptance rate drops and their contributions are accepted at a lower rate than men.

"There's a strong belief among developers in open source that the process is a pure meritocracy," said one of the study's coauthors, Emerson Murphy-Hill. "This research casts doubt on that belief."

According to The Guardian, the researchers also looked behind the reasons why female coders might have a higher acceptance rate than men, i.e. whether women were making smaller changes to code or whether women were outperforming men in only certain kinds of code.

“Women’s acceptance rates dominate over men’s for every programming language in the top 10, to various degrees,” the researchers found.

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ali24ki@yahoo.com (Ali Ahmed) Lifestyle Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:19:30 +0000
Why Kareena and Parineeti refused Hrithik http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/movies/278480-why-kareena-and-parineeti-refused-hrithik.html http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/movies/278480-why-kareena-and-parineeti-refused-hrithik.html imageBollywood A-list heroines like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Parineeti Chopra rejected the offer to star opposite the “Bang Bang” actor Hrithik Roshan.

Yami Gautam has now been signed to play the lead opposite Hrithik Roshan in ‘Kaabil’.

According To DNA India report, ''Yami Gautam was not the first choice for the film. It was only after A-list heroines like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Parineeti Chopra rejected the offer that the makers decided to cast in a smaller star like Yami in the film”.

The reason why Parineeti Chopra and Kareena Kapoor rejected the role is that the lead female character dies before the interval in the film, media reported.

The upcoming movie 'Kaabil' is reportedly a story of a blind man. The movie is schedule to release next year.

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madiha786ahmed@hotmail.com (Madiha Shakeel) Movies Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:11:24 +0000
Confirmed! Salman Khan will return as host Bigg Boss 10 http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278466-confirmed!-salman-khan-will-return-as-host-bigg-boss-10.html http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278466-confirmed!-salman-khan-will-return-as-host-bigg-boss-10.html imageWell, every year there is lot of speculation about Bollywood superstar Salman Khan quitting the Bigg Boss reality show. But, for all the fans of Salman Khan we have good news for you, according to media reports, Salman Khan will be hosting the season 10 of Bigg Boss.

According to a report Bollywoodlife.com, Salman will host the tenth season of the show. The Bollywood heavyweight has had a huge influence on the show over the past 6 years and it is unimaginable to even think of the show without him.

Bigg Boss is one of the most entertaining shows on Television and especially the host Salman Khan makes the show even more fun and entertaining. Bigg Boss which has successfully completed nine years, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan who has been associated with the show since the fourth season will be back with the tenth edition later this year.

Reportedly, Bigg Boss 10 will be different in the sense that this time both celebrity and commoners will take part on the show. The channel has asked people to send in entries and they will judged by the videos send to them.

Salman Khan is currently working on YRF’s ‘Sultan’ opposite Anushka Sharma.

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madiha786ahmed@hotmail.com (Madiha Shakeel) Lifestyle Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:09:59 +0000
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' to hit shelves this summer http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/arts/278176-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-to-hit-shelves-this-summer.html http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/arts/278176-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-to-hit-shelves-this-summer.html imageGreat news for all the Potter fans out there! A new Harry Potter book is in the line and will be available to fans at midnight on July 31, coinciding with Harry Potter's birthday.

The book titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II would mark JK Rowling's first publication of the Potter series in eight years.

The latest installment picks up the story of famous trio Harry, Ron and Hermione, 19 years after the famous ‘Battle of Hogwarts, in the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, according to author J.K. Rowling's website Pottermore.

The website added that the story is staged in two parts, due to the ‘epic nature of the story.’

The upcoming 8th edition of the ‘Harry Potter’ series is also the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

From its title, ‘the Cursed Child’ that indicates that Harry's peace and parental bliss is short lived, however, not much could be said about the plot beyond the official synopsis, released in late 2015. It reads:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

According to The Telegraph, The Little, Brown Book Group is the successful publishers. CEO of the Brown Book Group, David Shelley said, "We are so thrilled to be publishing the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Rowling and her team have received a huge number of appeals from fans who can't be in London to see the play and who would like to read the play in book format – and so we are absolutely delighted to be able to make it available for them."

The book announcement recalls feverish anticipation, endless speculation and waiting in long queues to fetch a copy of the newest Harry Potter installment.

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ali24ki@yahoo.com (Ali Ahmed) Arts Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:58:13 +0000
Why ‘Neerja’ banned in Pakistan? http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/movies/278177-why-‘neerja’-banned-in-pakistan.html http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/movies/278177-why-‘neerja’-banned-in-pakistan.html imageSonam Kapoor’s ‘Neerja’, has been banned in Pakistan, based on real incidents during the hijacking of the Pan Am Flight 73 at the Karachi airport in 1986.

According to Indian Express report, Mobasher Hasan, who heads the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC), said that the decision to not allow import of the film had come from the information and commerce ministry.

“The film was never brought to us for censorship," he said, adding the commerce and information ministry had also asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) to ensure that “Neerja” is not shown on cable channels throughout Pakistan. An official at the commerce ministry said that due to objectionable nature of the content which portrayed Pakistan in poor light the certificate to import the film was revoked. IMGC Executive Director Abid Rasheed admitted that there was certain anti-Pakistan elements in "Neerja" and it showed Muslims in negative light, Indian Express reported.

While, Sonam Kapoor plays PanAm flight stewardess Neerja Bhanot in the film. The film which is slated to release on February 19 also stars Shabana Azmi and Shekhar Ravjianiin significant roles.

Earlier, Pakistan had banned films such as ‘Phantom’, ‘Haider’, ‘Baby’ and ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ due to the content and recently Sunny Leone's ‘Mastizaade’ was banned for the nudity and obscene content.

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madiha786ahmed@hotmail.com (Madiha Shakeel) Movies Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:57:42 +0000
8 Celebrities Who Converted to Islam http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278175-8-celebrities-who-converted-to-islam.html http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278175-8-celebrities-who-converted-to-islam.html imageA.R. RAHMAN (ALLAH-RAKHA RAHMAN): Known for his remarkable music compositions, the legendary Indian music producer/singer/songwriter was born, in a Hindu household, as Dileep Kumar. While his mother, inspired by Sufism, belonged to an Islamic family before her marriage, Rahman grew up as a Hindu. It was only after he met Qadiri Islam, when his younger sister fell severely ill, that he was drawn to the beautiful ideals and values of Islam. Inspired, he soon converted his faith.

MUHAMMAD YOUSUF: One of the most prolific and well known player of Pakistani cricket team formerly popular as Yusuf Youhana also embraced Islam and became Muhammad Yousuf. The batsman who is known as the backbone of Pakistan’s middle order converted to Islam in 2005 and since then he is a practicing Muslim.

MUHAMMAD ALI: Do you know Cassius Clay... He is none other than the famous boxing champion and Olympic medalist, Muhammad Ali. He was baptized as a Christian and named Cassius Clay on birth. However, in 1962, at the age of 20, the boxer met Malcolm X, who introduced him to the Nation of Islam, an ongoing religious movement to help improve the condition of African Americans. Inspired, Ali soon converted to Islam, under the mentorship of Malcolm X. In 2005, he began following the Sufism practice of the religion.

SHARMILA TAGORE (BEGUM AYESHA SULTANA): Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore, the award-winning actress converted to Islam when she fell in love with the late Indian Muslim cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and converted to Islam before marrying him. She was born a Hindu, but converted her name to Ayesha Begum after her marriage. The couple was blessed with three children actor Saif Ali Khan, jewellery designer Saba Ali Khan and actress Soha Ali Khan.

DHARMENDRA: Dharmendra (born as Dharam Singh Deol) is one of the most charismatic actors that Indian cinema has ever had. The dashing actor had reportedly converted to Islam in 1979. The actor was married to Prakash Kaur when he fell in love with actress Hema Malini. He didn't want to divorce his wife but could not marry again as per the Hindu Marriage Act. So he converted to Islam and married Hema. Since then he has maintained two separate families. It is said that since there were many protests during his second marriage, the actor had no other option than to change his religion to legitimise his union with Hema Malini.

AYESHA TAKIA AZMI: In 2009, Ayesha Takia got married to her boyfriend Farhan Azmi who is a restaurateur. They got married in a typical Islmaic Nikaah ceremony on March 1. Many media reports claim that Ayesha who was born to a Hindu father and Anglo-Indian mother converted to Islam to get married to Farhan. Ayesha has never clearly come out to throw any light on her conversion, whether she did so or not.

AMRITA SINGH: Bollywood actress Amrita Singh was born in a Sikh-Muslim family. She made her Bollywood debut in 1983 with Betaab and delivered several hits like Sunny, Mard and Saaheb. Amrita, who followed the Sikh religion since birth, converted to Islam just before her marriage to actor Saif Ali Khan, who was Muslim by birth. After thirteen years of marriage, they divorced in 2004. However, Saif’s current wife, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, has not converted to Islam.

MAMTA KULKARNI: The famous Bollywood actress of nineties Mamta Kulkrani embraced Islam when she was found guilty in a smuggling case with her husband in Dubai airport. The actress turned Muslim when she was facing her conviction in Dubai.

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madiha786ahmed@hotmail.com (Madiha Shakeel) Lifestyle Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0000
Mallika Sherawat meets US President http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278054-mallika-sherawat-meets-us-president.html http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278054-mallika-sherawat-meets-us-president.html imageBollywood actress Mallika Sherawat express that she has had the ‘good fortune’ to meet President Barack Obama again.

On official account, Mallika has tweeted and a ‘Selfie’ of herself with Obama, and they are all smiles for the camera.image

Reportedly, Mallika, however, did not reveal where and when she met Obama this time. She had earlier met him in 2011 a tea party in Los Angeles.

The actress is known for her bold performances in films such as ‘Khwahish’ and ‘Murder’, and was last seen on screen in the 2015 film ‘Dirty Politics’.

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madiha786ahmed@hotmail.com (Madiha Shakeel) Lifestyle Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:07:08 +0000
‘Lesedi La Rona’, world’s second largest diamond http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278051-‘lesedi-la-rona’-world’s-second-largest-diamond.html http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278051-‘lesedi-la-rona’-world’s-second-largest-diamond.html image‘Lesedi La Rona’ is the new name for the world second largest diamond, and its owners are looking to find buyers for it.

The diamond name means ‘Our Light’ in Setswana, the national language of Botswana, the country where the 1,111 carat precious stone was found in November.

According to CNN, Lucara Diamod Corporation, the Canadian owner of the diamond, called it the biggest found diamond in more than 100 years, whose discovery shoot up the company's shares.

The price of the diamond has not been set yet. That's because it is so large, just smaller than tennis ball that it does not fit into conventional scanners i.e.used to evaluate a stone's potential worth.

According to Bloomberg, Lucara is planning a road show to find the diamond buyers and is hopeful to find a suitable prospect by the middle of the year, Chief Executive Officer Lucara, William Lamb said. The company received one email offering $40 million, while some analysts have estimated it to be worth about $66 million, said Lamb.

The largest diamond ever found was the 3,106-carat Cullinan gem, unearthed in South Africa in 1905. The diamond was cut into pieces, which are set in the Britain’s Crown Jewels.

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ali24ki@yahoo.com (Ali Ahmed) Lifestyle Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:17:24 +0000
'Star Trek' vet to helm new series http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/movies/278033-star-trek-vet-to-helm-new-series.html http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/movies/278033-star-trek-vet-to-helm-new-series.html imageLOS ANGELES: Veteran "Star Trek" screenwriter Bryan Fuller is to return to his roots as co-creator and executive producer of the new installment of the cult TV series, CBS Studios announced on Tuesday.

The long-running franchise is due to come back to the small screen in 2017, sparking a frenzy among its millions of fans around the world.

"Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire," said Fuller, who launched his career in the 1990s writing for "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager," two of the series in the sci-fi saga.

"It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before," he said in a statement.

Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the blockbuster 2009 and 2013 spin-off movies "Star Trek" and "Star Trek Into Darkness," will executive produce the new show along with Fuller.

The original "Star Trek" told the story of the flight crew aboard the USS Enterprise spaceship, which ventured around the galaxy exploring new worlds.

It snowballed into a cultural phenomenon in the 1970s and 80s, turning its stars into household names -- the late Leonard Nimoy, who played the half-human, half-Vulcan "Mr Spock" and William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk.

"Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan's devoted care," said Kurtzman.

The new series will air exclusively in the United States from January 2017 but will be available largely behind the paywall on CBS's subscription channel, CBS said.

Fuller most recently worked as executive producer and writer on NBC's "Hannibal", based on the characters from the book Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.

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fawad@br-mail.com (Fawad Maqsood) Movies Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:17:44 +0000
'Happy Birthday' set for public domain after long feud http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278020-happy-birthday-set-for-public-domain-after-long-feud.html http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/lifestyle/278020-happy-birthday-set-for-public-domain-after-long-feud.html imageLOS ANGELES: "Happy Birthday to You," one of the world's most recognizable songs, looks finally set to be free for everyone to sing.

After prolonged legal wrangling, US publisher Warner/Chappell Music agreed to pay $14 million in a settlement that would end its claims to the song's copyright.

The dispute began in 2013 after filmmakers looking at the history of "Happy Birthday to You" balked at the $1,500 the publisher demanded for the song's use.

The filmmakers filed a class action suit on behalf of people who paid to use the song, which became popular in the United States a century ago and has since spread globally.

In a settlement submitted to a federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, the publishing house agreed to pay $14 million and end its efforts to collect royalties for the song.

"By declaring the song to be in the public domain, the settlement will end more than 80 years of uncertainty regarding the disputed copyright," the settlement submitted by plaintiffs to the court said.

The deal still needs a judge's approval, which is likely because both sides are in agreement.

While the publisher was not chasing down birthday party revelers to seek payment, it had routinely asked for compensation for recordings seen as making money.

The settlement said that $14 to $16.5 million represented the estimated amount that Warner/Chappell would have earned through 2030, the earliest date at which its disputed copyright would end.

The filmmakers' lawyers would pocket one third of the settlement money -- $4.62 million -- with the rest divided among people who had paid to use "Happy Birthday to You."

The settlement enables the publisher to avoid a potential trial at which it would risk being ordered to pay far more.

The plaintiffs said they saw the settlement as a victory and hoped to avoid further costs.

The filmmakers had partly won the case in September, when a judge ruled that Warner/Chappell did not hold a legitimate copyright to the song.

But he stopped short of declaring the song in the public domain, leaving open the possibility that others may hold the copyright and setting the stage for a trial.

"Happy Birthday to You" is credited to Patty Hill, a kindergarten instructor in late 19th-century Kentucky, and her sister Milfred, but the plaintiffs say the tune came much earlier.

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