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Arts & Leisure - Movies

Sunny Leone determined to take on Bollywood MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Sunny Leone has long faced the wrath of India's social conservatives for her porn-star past, but she remains determined to carve a career in Hindi movies even as fresh controversy erupted this week.Canadian-born Leone, whose adult films include "Descent into Bondage" and "Costumed Damsels in Distress", said making the transition to Indian cinema had been difficult but she now felt at home in Bollywood. "When I first got into the industry it was definitely not a good feeling when people are not so happy about your choices in life," Leone told AFP during an interview in Mumbai. "But as time has gone by, especially over the last six months, I've gotten to know and I've gotten to meet some amazing celebrities and it's a journey," she added. The 34-year-old, the most searched celebrity on Google in the country for the last three years, has often drawn controversy ...

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Redford refuses to be drawn into Oscars controversy PARK CITY: US actor Robert Redford refused to be drawn into the Oscars race controversy Thursday as the Sundance Film Festival he founded got underway in the mountains of Utah."I am not into Oscars, I am not into that," Redford told reporters as he kicked off the annual gathering -- a showcase for independent films -- in the ski resort of Park City."For me it's about the work," he said. "Whatever comes from it, whatever ...

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Will Smith confirms Oscars no-show over lack of diversity WASHINGTON: Actor Will Smith said Thursday he will not attend next month's Oscars ceremony, joining his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee to protest the absence of minorities among the acting nominees.For a second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated only white actors for the 20 slots, causing an outcry.Smith, a mega-star whose role in NFL drama "Concussion" was overlooked this year, said he was out ...

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Old Karachi in pictures Karachi is the role model city for Pakistan and it continues to grow with the current economic boom.Boulton MarketIs a large wholesale market, one of the oldest markets in Karachi. It has a huge variety of items available in bulk quantities at very low prices.Mere-Wether TowerA picture of Merewether Clock Tower or Merewether Tower is located in Karachi, Pakistan. Merewether Tower is one of Karachi’s foremost landmark buildings. It is perhaps the most heard-of place ...

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Aamir Khan ready to work with most goggled beauty Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan spoke out in support of actress Sunny Leone, who was at the receiving end of harsh questions about her professional choices in a TV interview. Few days back, in an interview, which has garnered a lot of negative attention on social media and from Bollywood celebrities, Sunny was asked whether Aamir would want to work with her.Aamir Khan has tweeted expressing his willingness to work with actress Sunny Leone. Aamir also ...

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Oscar-nominated Italian film director Ettore Scola dies at 84 ROME: Italian director Ettore Scola, whose Oscar-nominated films chronicled the growing pains, class divisions and frustrated idealisms of 20th century Italy, has died at the age of 84, his family said. Scola died in a Rome hospital late on Tuesday night after being in a coma for several days. Born in a small town in southern Italy, he directed some of the world's greatest actors, including Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Fanny Ardant and Jack Lemmon. ...

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'Grand master' of Italian film Ettore Scola dies at 84 ROME: Film director Ettore Scola, one of the last grand masters of Italian comedy, died on Tuesday at the age of 84, press reports said.Scola died in Rome's polyclinic, where he had been in a coma since Sunday after being admitted to the hospital's cardiac surgery unit.A leading figure in Italian cinema for more than three decades, Scola directed unforgettable masterpieces featuring Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Vittorio Gassman and Nino Manfredi.His work included "A Special ...