Arts & Leisure | Theater and Movies - Brecorder.comStay updated with Business News, Pakistan news, Current world news and latest world news with Business Recorder.., 21 Dec 2014 19:26:34 +0000SRA Framework 2.0en-gbMadonna releases new songs after leaks YORK: Madonna on Saturday suddenly released six new songs months ahead of schedule, upset that early versions had leaked online.

The pop icon's new songs, available immediately for sale and streaming online, will be part of her first album in three years, "Rebel Heart," which comes out in March.

The Material Girl said she decided to put out the music immediately after in-studio versions of her tracks dripped onto the Internet and found an eager audience among her fans.

"I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift," Madonna said in a statement.

The new songs include "Living for Love," which is driven by a house beat that harks back to some of Madonna's earlier anthems. She said she had intended to release the song for Valentine's Day.

The end-of-the-year surprise comes after what had been a quiet 2014 for the 56-year-old Madonna.

Her last album, "MDNA," was released in 2012 and was accompanied by an extensive global tour that generated controversy as she raised her voice on issues from gun control to gay rights to Europe's far right. The tour grossed more than $300 million.

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Jennifer Aniston wins 'Movie performance of year' at People Magazine Awards Aniston has won the ‘Movie Performance of Year’ (Actress) award at the recently held People Magazine Awards.

As source revealed that, “The most prominent ‘Oscar’ fan favourite Jennifer Aniston, has turned-serious dramatic actress, whose performance as a woman suffering from chronic pain in the indie ‘Cake’. She has already been recognized with best actress SAG, Golden Globe and Critics”.

The ‘Friends’ star said that she was excited and added that she had really experienced what a labor of love truly meant and the movie ‘Cake’ was never short of that, media reported.

Jennifer Aniston, who has been considered as a Hollywood sweetheart plays the role of an unpleasant and bitter women for the movie, which was tough for her. The movie revolves around a woman suffering from constant pain and a pill addiction who is haunted by hallucinations of a fellow support-group member who committed suicide.

She has also been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for her work in the film. The film has received mixed reviews. But Jennifer has been praised roundly for her performance.

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Never said no to working with Kareena says Shahid Kapoor Shahid Kapoor, who once dated actress Kareena Kapoor, has said that he has never refused to work with Kareena Kapoor.

Rumours are abuzz that Shahid and Kareena have been signed for ‘Udta Punjab’ to be helmed by director Abhishek Chaubey, media reported.

As source revealed on being asked about paired up with Kareena, Shahid said, “I have never said no to working with Kareena Kapoor”. In the film ‘Udta Punjab’, I am there and that's all I know. Rest the film's producer and director will reveal when the time will come, he added.

Shahid and Kareena, who dated for more than four years, broke up in 2007. Together, they worked in films like ‘Fida’, ‘36 China Town’, ‘Milenge Milenge’ and ‘Chup Chup Ke’ and among others.

Their last movie together was Imtiaz Ali's ‘Jab We Met’, which was opened to positive reviews. Critics praised the film for its simplicity, its romance and it was one of the finest romantic films to come out of Bollywood in 2007. The film's direction and performances were particularly appreciated.

Kareena Kapoor’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ along with Salman Khan is a big project which will be released next year.

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Hero's welcome for South Africa's first Miss World in 40 years South Africa on Saturday welcomed back home its first Miss World winner in 40 years, Rolene Strauss, with wild cheers and ululations.

Hundreds turned up at O.R. Tambo International Airport to greet Strauss after the 22-year-old medical student was crowned Miss World 2014 at a glitzy final in London last Sunday.

Dressed in the country's national colours, South Africans waved placards, flags and portraits of Strauss at a colourful ceremony staged at the airport in Johannesburg.

She accepted a bouquet of flowers from a young girl in a wheelchair.

Strauss is the first Miss World from South Africa since 1974 when the title was won by Anneline Kriel.

Among those at the airport was the country's first winner of the title in 1958, Penny Coelen-Rey, now a 74-year-old grandmother.

"We can be truly proud that she has brought the title back to South Africa," she said.

Leading the welcome party Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula evoked the memory of the country's first black president and icon, Nelson Mandela, who died a year ago.

"We are a proud nation today," said Mbalula. "Nelson Mandela is smiling on us, that his idea of a free democratic South Africa, a united nation, a rainbow nation is still alive today."

Strauss stepped into the airport's arrivals hall to deafening cheers and chants.

"I have no words to describe what I am feeling at this moment," she said, adding that taking part in the Miss World 2014 contest made her realise how "powerful" South Africa is.

"The words South Africa mean unity, freedom, forgiveness, a bright future," she said.

The famous Soweto Gospel Choir, which featured at the FIFA World Cup draw held in Cape Town in December 2009, led the performance to welcome Strauss.

One of fans carried a placard reading "Marry me Rolene".

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]]> (Parvez Jabri)ArtsSat, 20 Dec 2014 10:35:04 +0000
Militant Islam is never Islam; Mahesh Bhatt;-mahesh-bhatt.html;-mahesh-bhatt.htmlimageBollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has been condemning the barbaric terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. Bhatt’s mother was a Muslim Indian actress and his father Nanabhai Bhatt was Hindu .He said it was not a true picture of Islam because a true Muslim never hurts any person by their words and deeds.

According to Indian media reports Mahesh Bhatt quoted Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore during an interview,

“Tagore once had a profound conversation with a Bedouin tribesman whom he met in an Iraqi desert encampment. The Bedouin told him that the Holy Prophet described a true Muslim as someone whose words and deeds do not harm any person in any way, and here we have brother killing brother! Why is it that only a believer kills and not a non-believer? It’s a very strange thing”.

Bhatt has a close association with Pakistan and feels deep sympathy for the victims. He said, “I recently went to Pakistan on the occasion of Pakistan Day when a friend was honored. I saw that most of those being honored were policemen who died while fighting terror. Those receiving the awards were widows and children of these martyrs.

"It's time they stopped being in denial. They need to be gently nudged woken up and Militant Islam is never Islam”, he added.

The filmmaker said people in the country were confused as to whom the real enemy was and Pakistani leaders are powerless in the face of militant extremism.

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]]> (Shaista Tabassum)MoviesSat, 20 Dec 2014 10:17:59 +0000
Amitabh, Abhishek win prize at same award ceremony Amitabh Bachchan is happy that both he and his son Abhishek Bachchan bagged trophies at the same award ceremony.

Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan were both nominated at the Big Star Entertainment awards in different categories for their movies ‘Bhootnath Returns’ and ‘Happy New Year’.

Big B posted on Twitter and shared his joy of sharing the stage with his son at the function. Amitabh tweeted, “There are very few occasions in life when ‘Father and Son’ get decorated on the same platform, same time, same day, and a moment of pride”.

A source revealed that Amitabh also posted a picture of the duo holding their trophies. Abhishek won the Big Star award for most entertaining male actor in a comedy film for ‘Happy New Year’ and Amitabh won the award for most entertaining male actor in a social drama film for ‘Bhootnath Returns’.

Amitabh has wrapped up shooting for his two upcoming films ‘Wazir’ and ‘Shamitabh’. The movie ‘Wazir’ is expected to hit theaters next year.

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Italian actress Virna Lisi died at 78 star Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars like Frank Sinatra, has died at the age of 78.

She had begun her film career as a teenager in the early 1950s with a string of roles in Italian movies. The actress was regularly lauded in her homeland for her work, winning seven David di Donatella awards in the 1980s and 90s, culminating in a special honour in 2009.

According to media reports, Virna Lisi was born on November 8, 1936. She reached the public's attention when she appeared in the film ‘La corda d'acciaio’ (‘The line of steel’, which was released in 1953.) She went on to appear in a number of acclaimed movies including ‘La Donna del Giorno’ (1956), ‘Eva’ (1962), and ‘Romolo e Remo’ (1961).

A source revealed that Lisi’s son, Corrado, stated that, “She had passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, a month after being diagnosed with an illness. In 2004, she was given an honorary ‘Italian Globe’ in 2004 for her cinematic achievements”.

While in Hollywood, she maintained a career in European cinema. She plays a lead role in ‘The Birds, the Bees and the Italians’ which shared the top prize at the ‘Cannes’ film festival in 1966.

She is survived by her son Corrado Pesci and three grandchildren. Her husband of 53 years, the architect Franco Pesci, died in 2013.

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Clooney slams skittish Hollywood after Sony hack ANGELES: Film star George Clooney slammed the Hollywood movie industry for failing to stand up against the cyber threats that prompted Sony Pictures to cancel release of the movie "The Interview."

Clooney, one of the most influential figures in the US movie industry, said in an interview that fellow celebrities and industry figures declined to sign a petition he circulated in support of the satirical comedy, whose Christmas Day release has been scrapped.

No one, the actor said, was brave enough to sign the petition, out of fear that doing so could make them vulnerable to a hacking attack like the one that befell Sony.

"It was a large number of people. It was sent to basically the heads of every place," Clooney said in an interview published Friday by the entertainment news website "Deadline."

To a person, the reply was "'I can't sign this'," he said.

Clooney's petition decried the "chilling and devastating" cyber attack that revealed thousands of emails, scripts, and personal data at Sony, but said the implications go far beyond the company.

"This is not just an attack on Sony. It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country," Clooney's petition read, as published by Deadline.

"We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty," it added, urging Hollywood to "stand together."

"The Interview," starring James Franco and Seth Rogen and depicting a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, had been due to hit US cinemas on December 25.

But Sony Pictures canceled its release of the satirical comedy after threats from hackers, causing widespread consternation in the movie world and triggering concerns about freedom of expression.

Warnings from the so-called Guardians of Peace hacking group invoked the September 11, 2001 attacks, prompting a number of US cinema chains to cancel plans to screen the film.

Clooney criticized the decision to yank the movie.

"You have someone threaten to blow up buildings, and all of a sudden everybody has to bow down," he told Deadline.

"Sony... pulled the movie because all the theaters said they were not going to run it. And they said they were not going to run it because they talked to their lawyers and those lawyers said if somebody dies in one of these, then you're going to be responsible."

He added that the cyber attack -- and Hollywood's reaction to it -- has set a dangerous precedent.

"This affects not just movies, this affects every part of business that we have," the actor said.

"What happens if a newsroom decides to go with a story, and a country or an individual or corporation decides they don't like it?

"Forget the hacking part of it. You have someone threaten to blow up buildings, and all of a sudden everybody has to bow down," Clooney said.

"This is a silly comedy, but the truth is, what it now says about us is a whole lot. We have a responsibility to stand up against this."

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]]> (Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui)MoviesFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:10:39 +0000
Young Oscar-tipped director's Hollywood dream comes true ANGELES: Writer-director Damien Chazelle is only 29, but he is already living his dream of the Hollywood big-time.

His second feature "Whiplash" -- about the stormy relationship between a bullying teacher and his jazz drumming student -- swept up trophies at Sundance, Deauville and elsewhere, and is tipped for glory in Tinseltown's looming awards season.

It won a nomination for best supporting actor for J.K. Simmons at the Golden Globes, which take place next month.

Chazelle told AFP about his adventures making the film, winning awards and schmoozing everyone up to and including the Oscar-bestowing Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Q: How is the Oscars and awards season campaign going? A: "The path really began in Sundance nearly a year ago (the film won two prizes there). We made the film in six months, from preparation to post-production (with filming done in a super-fast 19 days). So we spent more time talking about it than actually making it! I am working with Sony Pictures, they are people who really know how to make this kind of film work. And now, from December to January, it's (Hollywood) awards season. It's important to meet members of the Academy at special screenings, question and answer sessions. But if people don't like your film, you can't do anything!"

Q. What do you think of Sony Picture's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview"?

A: "They didn't have any choice. But it's dangerous that this can change the prospects for a film. It can lead to some degree of self-censorship by filmmakers. If there is something good to come out of it, it's maybe that (studios) will understand that they need more computer security, which is more important than people thought."

Q: Can you talk about your next film, "La La Land," about Los Angeles?

A: "It's a musical comedy with Miles Teller -- who has the main role in 'Whiplash.' I tried for a long time to persuade people to make this film, since 2010, and now it's going to be made thanks to 'Whiplash.' When I was at university I made a musical comedy as my end-of-course thesis, and I wanted to make another one. For me, to make a real musical comedy here in Hollywood is a dream."

"It takes place in Los Angeles. It's two artists who are trying to find their way and who fall in love. As in 'Whiplash,' it's a story about the difficulty of finding a balance between life and art. It's very personal. In 'Whiplash' there was a lot of me and my own experiences. It's the same thing in 'La La Land.' I am very nostalgic for the golden age of cinema and musical comedies -- Jacques Demy, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly... It was the last generation who danced to jazz, just before rock. The 1930s to the 1960s is an era which means a lot to me, not only cinematically but musically."

Q: Did your father, a scientist, understand your artistic dreams more than those of the character in "Whiplash"?

A: "I was lucky to have a very encouraging family, who understand what I wanted to do. Well, they didn't really have a choice because I knew when I was very young that I wanted to make films, as soon as I saw my first movie. My father is a mathematician, but he's also a big fan of jazz and blues. For him, America is the land of music."

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Aamir Khan's 'PK' released today icon Aamir Khan’s film 'PK' has finally been released today, which is expected to cause quite a stir at the box office.

Apart from the long wait, the makers have managed to generate immense curiosity and hype surrounding its release, especially since nobody really knows what the film is about. The 'PK' posters themselves reveal little of the films premise. All that is known so far is that Aamir Khan will be playing the role of a Bhojpuri speaking fellow.

While director Rajkumar Hirani, Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma have successfully kept the plot of the movie a secret, the trailer makes 'PK' look like a quirky and light hearted story. Sanjay Dutt has been cast in a role named Bhairon Singh, yet it is still unclear what role this character will play in the film.

'PK’s featured songs are ‘Love is a Waste of Time’ and ‘Chaar Kadam’. The film will also star Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani and Saurabh Shukla.

'PK' will hit theatres today.

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