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Organizers of the Oscars, facing an outcry over the lack of diversity on its voting board for the film awards, said it has invited nearly 700 new members with a focus on female and minority talent.
Indian film star Alia Bhatt says she wants to experiment with acting in Hollywood and a web series for a platform like Netflix after four meteoric years in Bollywood. The 23-year-old says she would also like to work in Lollywood, Tollywood and even Nollywood, referring to the Pakistani, South Indian and Nigerian film industries and admires Netflix for its variety of content and global accessibility.
Actress Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane, the intrepid reporter on the "Adventures of Superman" television series who never quite figured out her Daily Planet colleague Clark Kent was The Man of Steel, has died at the age of 95, a friend said on Monday. Neill died on Sunday at her home in Tucson, Arizona, after a long illness, Jim Nolt, the owner of "The Adventures Continue" website dedicated to the 1950s TV show, said in a statement.
"Don't put your daughter on the stage," Noel Coward, the great chronicler of the follies of fashion, once warned in his song "Mrs Worthington".
Bridge is a seesaw battle between 2 opposing sides. Both fight it over at the table using all the gimmicks of Bridge to come up with an upper hand. And when both play brilliantly it sometimes becomes a hazy arena where no one can predict which side is going to triumph in the end as in our first illustration for today:
The assassination of famous qawwal Amjad Sabri and the kidnapping of the son of Chief Justice of Sindh High Court last month set in motion the same old formula for improving the security of the city. This was the concerned arrival in Karachi of Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to hold meetings and discussions with the Sindh government to find ways and means to make the city a safe place. As usual, the solution was to beef up the security forces. This is an old game, an eyewash. Sometimes the Rangers are beefed up. This time 20,000 more police will be recruited. The point to note is that the army will have a key role in the recruitments. It is euphemistically explained by ISPR that the army will 'assist' to ensure merit-based recruitment.
"Cidade maravilhosa" - the marvellous city - is Rio de Janeiro's nickname. Be it seen from the colourful, world-renowned beaches of the Copacabana and Ipanema, or from the vast statue of Christ atop the 700-metre Corcovado looking down on the city, the Brazilian metropolis is a place of superlatives, though with some blemishes.