‘Pivoting’ and ‘Our Kind of People’ Canceled After One Season At Fox

Washington [US]: ‘Pivoting’ and ‘Our Kind of People’ will not be returning to the screens for their next season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has dropped these shows. ‘Our Kind of People’, an American television drama series first season premiered in September last year.

Produced by Lee Daniels and Karin Gist it was one of Fox’s first straight-to-series orders.

This series is inspired by the book ‘Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class’ by Lawrence Otis Graham.

It stars Yaya DaCosta as Angela Vaughn, a single mother who discovers a dark secret about her own mother’s past as she sets out to reclaim her family name.

The show having 12 episodes in total, received mixed reviews from critics and modest ratings.

As for ‘Pivoting’, the show starring Eliza Coupe, Maggie Q drew and Ginnifer Goodwin received mostly strong reviews but its 10-episode run averaged 1.85 million viewers only.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, Fox’s cancellation list has these two series on the slate joining the previously axed ‘The Big Leap’.

The network will announce new series orders and more renewals on Monday ahead of its upfront presentation. (ANI)

Helly Shah To Make Her Debut At Cannes Film Festival 2022

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Actor Helly Shah, best known for her roles in TV shows such as ‘Swaragini’ and ‘Ishq Mein Marjawan 2’, will make her debut at Cannes Film Festival this year.

As per a statement, Helly is all set to unveil the poster of her debut feature film titled ‘Kaya Palat’ at the 75th edition of the prestigious film festival. Prior to Helly, Hina Khan of ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ fame represented the Indian TV industry at Cannes in 2019. Reportedly, she will walk the red carpet of Cannes 2022 as well.

Apart from TV stars, a slew of Bollywood stars, including Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pooja Hegde, R. Madhavan, and AR Rahman, will also be present at the film festival, which is scheduled to take place from May 17 to May 28. (ANI)

‘Law & Order’ Renewed For New Seasons By NBC

Washington [US]: After making a successful return to NBC over 10 years after the show was cancelled, the legal drama television series ‘Law & Order’ has been renewed for the 22nd season. Apart from that, spin-off ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ will be returning for its third season.

According to Variety, Dick Wolf’s procedural drama was originally premiered on NBC in 1990 and aired for 20 seasons until it was cancelled in 2010. In September 2021, NBC announced that it would return to Season 21, which debuted in February. The new season followed the bifurcated format that was created for its original run and continued to examine “the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.”

‘Law & Order’ is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television. Executive producers include Wolf, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski along with showrunner Rick Eid.

Sam Waterston and Anthony Anderson reprised their original roles, Jack McCoy and Kevin Bernard, respectively, and were joined by Jeffrey Donovan, Camryn Manheim, Hugh Dancy and Odelya Halevi..

‘Law and Order: Organized’ crime stars Christopher Meloni as Elliott Stabler, Danielle Mone Truitt plays Stabler’s partner Ayana Bell, and Tamara Taylor plays Angela Wheatley. Also, Ainsley Seiger and Nona Parker Johnson appear as Jet Slutmakers and Carmen “Nova” Riley, respectively, and are two early detectives who joined the Organized Crime Administration.

Variety reported, “Dreams do come true,” said Wolf. “The renewals of the entire Wednesday and Thursday night lineups is the ultimate verification of our partnership with NBC and Universal Television. I personally want to thank the talented writers and casts, the producers who keep the trains running on time and the crews who tirelessly turn out outstanding shows despite a degree of difficulty never before experienced due to the pandemic”.

The series debuted in April 2021 as part of a crossover episode with Season 22 of SVU featuring Meloni as a stable for the first time since 2011. The average number of viewers for Season 2 is 5.5 million, as per Variety.

‘Law & Order’ and ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ updates will occur after SVU’s recent Season 24 update. Wolf Entertainment and UTV also produce Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med. In the case of NBC, in addition to CBS’s recently double-renewed ‘FBI’, ‘FBI: Most Wanted’, and ‘FBI: International.’ (ANI)

Priyanka Chopra Resumes Shoot For ‘Citadel’ After Welcoming Her Baby Girl Home

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who recently welcomed her newborn daughter, has resumed work as she returns to the sets of Citadel.

Taking to her Instagram handle, the 39-year-old star shared a glimpse of herself on her IG story sporting a red coloured deep-neck cut-out dress and accessorizing it with some minimalistic gold jewellery. ‘Desi Girl’ Priyanka’s side-parted beach waves and soft pink makeup complimented the entire look. She could be seen posing alongside her name card.

According to the official social media handle of the actor, she wrapped up the shoot of her upcoming series in December 2021, adding upto that she also shared her Russo Brother’s project’s work experience as “the most intense work”.

‘Citadel’ is touted as an action-packed spy series. The ‘Game of Thrones’ star Richard Madden is also a part of it. The show will be out on Amazon Prime Video soon.

Apart from this, the ‘Dostana’ star has ‘It’s All Coming Back to Me’ and a Bollywood film ‘Jee Le Zaraa’ with Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif, in her kitty.

She recently joined the production team for the upcoming family comedy ‘Chicken and Biscuits’ along with her husband Nick Jonas. (ANI)

Kim Kardashian Sweet Birthday Wish For Her Youngest Son Psalm: ‘My Baby Boy For Life’

Washington [US]: The youngest child of reality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye west turned three on Monday. Kim Kardashian celebrated her ‘sweet baby’ Psalm’s birthday with an extravagant Hulk-themed bash.

On Monday, the 41-year-old reality TV star took to her Instagram handle and shared a series of snapshots from the superhero-inspired party. Kim also penned a ‘sweet’ note with the picture, she wrote, “Happy 3rd Birthday to my sweet baby Psalm. Your smile lights up the room and your loud laugh and snuggles are the absolute best!!! My baby boy for life!!! I love you so much!”

In the series of snapshots, Kim could be spotted posing and sporting black-hued outfit twinning with her four children, sons Psalm and Saint, and daughters North and Chicago. Kim could be spotted flaunting her biceps as opted for a sleeveless black turtleneck bodysuit with baggy trousers; her platinum blonde hair complimented the entire look.

Kim’s post for Psalm’s birthday received some adorable comments from her fans and friends, Kim’s friend Tracy Romulus wrote, “Happy birthday to the sweetest boy!!! We love you so much”. A fan commented, “Happy birthday Psalm, your curls look so cute. We love you”.

Kim shares her kids with former husband Kanye West, who couldn’t be spotted in the pictures.

Kardashian was declared legally single in March, after filing a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging “emotional distress” and seeking expedited divorce proceedings. (ANI)

Ncuti Gatwa To Helm ‘Doctor Who’

Washington [US]: ‘Doctor Who’ is returning with ‘Sex Education’ star Ncuti Gatwa playing the lead role in the science fiction show, making him the first Black actor to do so.

The Rwandan-born Scottish actor is set to take over from Jodie Whittaker who has been playing the iconic role since 2017. As per Variety, ‘It’s a Sin’ stars Olly Alexander and Lydia West, and even Michaela Coel were rumoured to replace Whittaker.

Variety cited Gatwa’s statement to the BBC in which the actor said that he was “deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared.”

“This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care,” “I will endeavour my upmost to do the same,” said Gatwa.

The Doctor, a humanoid Time Lord who can travel throughout space and time using the TARDIS, takes on a different form in near-death situations in a process called regeneration. This serves as a plot device to pass the baton between lead actors and was originally introduced to smooth out the transition between actors after the First Doctor, William Hartnell, left the show, reported The Verge.

The 29-year-old actor broke out in the Netflix comedy ‘Sex Education,’ where he plays Eric Effiong, best friend to Asa Butterfield’s Otis. (ANI)

‘Succession’: Jesse Armstrong Reveals, Writing On Season 4 Almost Done

London [UK]: Good news! The writing of the fourth season of the popular show ‘Succession’ is almost finished.

The update was shared by creator Jesse Armstrong at the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards in London on Sunday, Variety reported. “We’re almost done with the writing for season 4, here in London, with the American writers coming over. They’re a really great group of people to talk about the nuances of character and the world and what we’re doing on the show,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong described the area where the writing is done as “pretty boring” – a boardroom akin to a “Spaces meets WeWork.”

He said that once he has got everything for the season, he will share it with the cast and get their feedback, because “it’s useful, they’re smart, and they think things about their character.”

‘Succession’ stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Hiam Abbass, Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Friedman, J. Smith-Cameron, and Arian Moayed.

In Season 3 of ‘Succession’, the members of the Roy family are engaged in a vicious fight for control of Waystar Royco, after Kendall (Jeremy Strong) publicly stabbed his CEO father, Logan (Brian Cox), in the back in an attempted coup. Since then, Kendall has been trying to shore up any power he may be able to attain, but it remains to be answered if the rash Kendall is once again playing checkers to Logan’s chess. (ANI)

‘Friends’ Actor Mike Hagerty Dies At 67

Washington [US]: Mike Hagerty, who featured in ‘Friends’ as one of the character actors, is no more.

As per Variety, Mike passed away on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 67. The unfortunate news was shared by Bridget Everett, who played Mike’s on-screen daughter in ‘Somebody Somewhere’, via her Instagram on Friday.

“With great sadness, the family of Michael G. Hagerty announced his death yesterday in Los Angeles. A beloved character actor, his love of his hometown of Chicago and his family were the cornerstones of his life. Mike, a devoted husband, is survived by his wife Mary Kathryn, his sister Mary Ann Hagerty, her wife Kathleen O’Rourke, and their daughter Meg. He will be sorely missed,” Bridget’s post read.

The cause of the death is not known yet.

Mike played Mr. Treeger, the superintendent of the apartment complex that the majority of the main cast lived in. He was also a main cast member on Fox’s ‘The George Carlin Show’ and on HBO’s ‘Lucky Louie’. (ANI)

Netflix Condemns Dave Chappelle Attack On Stage

Washington [US]: After comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage during Netflix Is A Joke festival in Los Angeles, the streaming giant issued a statement strongly condemning the incident.

“We care deeply about the safety of creators and we strongly defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence,” Netflix’s spokesperson said. The incident between Chappelle and the man occurred near the end of his evening appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Variety reported.

Video footage circulated during Chappelle’s comedy set showing the man rushing onto the stage and tackling the performer to the ground.

After the incident, in the later stage of the footage, the same man is then seen to be dragged away by security personnel and members of Chapelle’s team.

A spokesperson for Chappelle’s production company also issued a statement in the aftermath of the attack.

“Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record-breaking sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl. This run ties Chappelle with Monty Python for the most headlined shows by any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, reaching 70k fans of diverse backgrounds during the first Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, and he refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment,” the statement read.

Controversies and Chappelle go hand in hand. His 2021 Netflix special ‘The Closer’ led to company walkouts and protests last October as he apparently targeted the LGBTQ+ community. (ANI)

Karan Johar Announces ‘Koffee With Karan’ Will Not Return

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Filmmaker Karan Johar, on Wednesday, announced that after a run of six seasons, his popular chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’ will not be returning and the run-time has ended.

Karan to Twitter to make the announcement and he said that the show will always be a part of his life. “Hello, Koffee With Karan has been a part of my life and yours for six seasons now. I’d like to think we’ve made an impact and even found our place in pop culture history. And so, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that Koffee With Karan will not be returning,” Karan wrote in a statement on Twitter.

‘Koffee With Karan’ had aired its first episode in November 2004. Over the run of six seasons, it became the second-longest running talk show after ‘Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan’ on Hindi-language television.
The show’s sixth and last season had wrapped up in March 2019.

Celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Sara Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, and Ranveer Singh among several others had marked their presence on the talk show. (ANI)

Met Gala 2022: Kim Kardashian Lost 16 Pounds In Three Weeks To Wear Marilyn Monroe’s Dress

Washington [US]: American TV personality Kim Kardashian, who stepped out for the 2022 Met Gala as a Marilyn Monroe look-alike, has revealed the lengths she went to for the transformation.

While walking the 2022 Met Gala Red Carpet, the theme of which was ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’, Kim donned Marilyn’s original 60-year-old dress that she had worn while famously singing “Happy Birthday Mr President” to John F. Kennedy in 1962, according to E! News. The outlet reported that while speaking to a fashion magazine, Kim revealed that in order to fit into the dress she had to lose 16 pounds in three weeks. “It was such a challenge. It was like a role. I was determined to fit,” she said.

The SKIMS founder further said that for a fitting at her residence, the outfit had to be flown on a private plane from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. It was transported by guards and she had to wear gloves to try it on.

“I always thought she was extremely curvy. I imagined I might be smaller in some places where she was bigger and bigger in places where she was smaller. So when it didn’t fit me I wanted to cry because it can’t be altered at all,” Kim added.

Detailing her process for losing weight for the big night, she stated, “I would wear a sauna suit twice a day, run on the treadmill, completely cut out all sugar and all carbs, and just eat the cleanest veggies and protein. I didn’t starve myself, but I was so strict.” When it finally fit, she explained, “I wanted to cry tears of joy.”

Apart from her Marilyn makeover, Kim also debuted a new blonde hairstyle as she stepped onto the red carpet with her boyfriend Pete Davidson, who was dressed in a Dior suit and sunglasses at the event, as per E! News. (ANI)

Did You Know ‘Friends’ Originally Planned To Pair Monica With Joey? Read On To Know More

New Delhi [India]: Did you know that Monica Geller, one of the protagonists in the popular sitcom ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ was meant to be married to Joey Tribbiani instead of Chandler Bing?

UberFacts, one of 150 most-followed handles on Twitter has recently rolled out some ‘fascinating facts’ about one of the most popular TV shows that still continues to attract the new generation of binge-watching youngsters around the globe. For all those who are completely unaware, the show that ran for 10 seasons- 236 episodes from September 1994 to May 2004 revolves around the lives of Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing, and Phoebe Buffay living in New York City. Over the course of 10 years and seasons, these friends share life lessons, family, love, drama, friendship, and comedy.

Uber Facts has compiled some interesting facts on the show:

Before the name ‘Friends’ propped up in the minds of the makers of the show, ‘Insomania Cafe’, ‘Six of One’, and ‘Friends like Us’ were considered.

Die-hard fans of the television show who visit the locations of the show will be disappointed to discover that the iconic ‘Friends’ opening credits were actually filmed on a Warner Brothers studio in California. In the show, however, it is portrayed that the protagonists are based in New York City.

In the iconic title track of the show, it is seen that the protagonists enjoy by splashing water on each other near the fountain. However, Uber Fact checker claims that no such fountain exists in New York City.

Initially, main characters Chandler Bing, and Phoebe Buffay were cast as supporting actors, claimed the fact-checker.

In a bizarre move, the makers of the show said that Monica Geller, the protagonist in the show was meant to be married to Joey Tribbiani instead of Chandler Bing.

Uber Fact-checker further claimed that the cast was “slightly defensive” to know that Rachel, later in the show, was supposed to marry Joey instead of Ross. The makers then dropped the plan to do so.

Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman the sitcom aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. (ANI)

CW Cancels ‘Batwoman’ After 3 Seasons

Washington [US]: Batwoman’s time in the Gotham city has ended as the CW has cancelled the DC comics’ superhero drama series after a three-season run.

Showrunner Caroline Dries took to her Twitter handle and shared the news by writing, “Just got the sad news that #Batwoman will not be seeing an S4. I am bummed, but full of gratitude. What an honor to make 51 episodes. So many inspiring, brilliant people contributed to this series. Thank you, producers, cast and crew. Thank you, fans! We love you.”

The series cancellation comes a month after ‘Batwoman’ aired its third season. Warner Bros. The CW’s owners, Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global are exploring a sale of the broadcaster, with local TV station giant Nexstar considered a possible buyer, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Batwoman’ premiered to solid ratings in the fall of 2019. The series initially starred Ruby Rose, who played the title character, aka Kate Kane, a cousin of Bruce Wayne who takes on the mantle of Batwoman when he leaves Gotham City.

Javicia Leslie took over the lead role in season two, playing Ryan Wilder, a former criminal who takes on the Batwoman persona after Kate’s disappearance. (ANI)

Urfi Javed Says To Paparazzi: ‘Mera To Bahut Kuch Aana Chahiye’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Urfi Javed is accustomed to making headlines due to her bold fashion sense.

Once again, she’s in the news due to her breezy yet bold appearance in Andheri where she was spotted posing to the paparazzi wearing a pink coloured bold and unique top, pairing it with white pants and off-white heels. It is believed that she is wearing a neon top made of plastic.

Urfi is also seen interacting with the shutterbugs. On being asked when fans can watch her music video, Urfi jokingly says, “Mera to bahut kuch aana chahiye (a lot of things of mine should come).”

Paying no heed to her trolls, Urfi is always seen flaunting her bold and bizarre outfits to the paparazzi. Whenever she goes outside, the audience is definitely in for a whacky appearance from the ‘Bigg Boss OTT’ fame celebrity.

For the unversed, Urfi rose to fame with her stint on ‘Bigg Boss OTT’, and ever since she has been making headlines for her bold yet peculiar fashion sense. (ANI)

Jaaved Jaaferi Shares Heartfelt Condolence Message For ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’ Actor Salim Ghouse

New Delhi [India], April 29 (ANI): Jaaved Jaaferi shared a heartfelt condolence message for ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’ actor Salim Ghouse who died on Thursday at the age 70 after reportedly suffering from a cardiac arrest.

Jaaferi took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “Salim Ghouse, a man with a lot of self-respect and a multitalented multifaceted powerhouse of a performer who captured audiences in Bharat ek Khoj, Koyla etc. passes away. RIP Salim sahab. Heartfelt condolences to the family.”

Salim, who was born in Chennai, was known for his role in the TV series ‘Subah ‘and for playing Rama, Krishna and Tipu Sultan in Shyam Benegal’s TV Series ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’. He has also worked in the TV serial ‘Wagle Ki Duniya’.

In 1989, he portrayed the villain in ‘Vettri Vizhaa’, a Tamil film directed by Pratap Pothen. He also starred alongside Mohanlal in the classic Malayalam movie, ‘Thazhvaram’, directed by Bharathan.

He once again portrayed a villain role in Mani Ratnam’s film, ‘Thiruda Thiruda’ in 1993, and also acted alongside Madhuri Dixit and Shahrukh Khan in the 1997 film, ‘Koyla’. (ANI)

‘Indian Police Force’: Vivek Oberoi Joins Rohit Shetty’s Cop Series

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: After Shilpa Shetty Kundra, actor Vivek Oberoi has become the latest addition to filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s cop series ‘Indian Police Force’, which features Sidharth Malhotra in the lead role.

On Tuesday, Vivek took to social media and expressed his excitement about joining the project. “Charged to join the best force: ‘Indian Police Force’ and be a supercop in the Rohit Shetty Cop Universe! Thank you bro @itsrohitshetty for trusting me with this amazing role! Loving the kickass action with my other two super cops, the awesome @sidmalhotra & one and only @theshilpashetty #IndianPoliceForceOnPrime, Heroism in khakhi,” he wrote.

Vivek also shared his first look from the series, in which he is seen dressed in the police uniform as he holds a rifle in his arms.

The fictional series, which will be out on Amazon Prime, aims to pay an ode to the “selfless service, unconditional commitment and fierce patriotism of our police officers across the country.”(ANI)

Jean Smart Honoured With Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

Washington [US]: Veteran actor Jean Smart has become the latest celebrity to get her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jean Smart was joined at the ceremony by longtime friend, actor Joe Mantegna on Monday. With ‘Fargo’, ‘Hacks’, and ‘Mare of Easttown’, the four-time Emmy winner has made quite an impact in the industry.

Talking about her journey so far, Jean told Variety, “In the last five or six years, I’ve had some extraordinary roles that were just kind of handed to me on a silver platter, which has been really amazing — ‘Watchmen,’ ‘Fargo,’ and of course, ‘Hacks.’ I couldn’t have written something for myself that I would have enjoyed more.”

Hannah Einbinder, Kaitlin Olson and Christopher McDonald also marked their presence at the ceremony. (ANI)

Supriya Pathak, Manoj Pahwa’s ‘Home Shanti’ To Release On May 6

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Actors Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa are all set to give you a dose of laughter with their new web series titled ‘Home Shanti’.

Penned by writers Akshay Asthana, Aakanksha Dua, Nidhi Bisht, Mayank Pandey, Nikhil Sachan and Saurabh Khanna, ‘Home Shanti’ revolves around the chaotic lives of a comic Hindi newspaper columnist, Umesh Joshi (Manoj Pahwa), his stoic retired government school vice-principal wife, Sarla Joshi (Supriya Pathak), and their 22 and 16-year-old children, Jigyasa Joshi and Naman Joshi. It traces the journey of this non-descript middle-class family of Dehradun, offering a heartfelt story that is generic, yet specific to all who one day aspire to build their own homes.

Talking about the show, Manoj Pahwa said, “I feel extremely proud to be a part of a special project like Home Shanti. I fell in love with the show’s storyline of a heartfelt and endearing drama. Viewers can expect a fun, easy watch that touches their heart with its simple story and its even simpler characters. However, playing these simple characters is what gets me motivated as an actor.”

“Getting back on the sets with Supriya ji was like slipping into comfortable waters for me. I must applaud the new talents as well as they have been such an easy flock to work and laugh with. I can’t wait to see how the audience responds to the show,” he added.

Supriya Pathak, too, expressed her excitement about ‘Home Shanti’.

“Home Shanti is a heartfelt family drama that makes you step back and take note of those little intimacies shared in a family. The relatability factor of this drama is very high for we all know of families who dream of owning a house one day. I had an absolute gala time working on this series, especially getting to rekindle Manoj and my chemistry had me super excited. At times, the set felt like an extension of a family,” she shared.

‘Home Shanti’ will be out on Disney+ Hotstar on 6th May. (ANI)

Shilpa Shetty Joins Rohit Shetty’s ‘Indian Police Force’

Mumbai (Maharashtra0 [India], April 23 (ANI): Actor Shilpa Shetty has joined filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s high octane OTT debut series ‘Indian Police Force’.

Rohit Shetty and Prime Video have come together to create India’s Biggest Action series titled ‘Indian Police Force.’ The series has now added Shilpa Shetty to play a cop in the show that will also feature Sidharth Malhotra in the lead.

The fictional series, which will be out on Amazon Prime, aims to pay an ode to the “selfless service, unconditional commitment and fierce patriotism of our police officers across the country.”

Talking about the series, Rohit said, “Indian Police Force is a very special one for me and I’ve been working on it for years. I’m delighted to be collaborating with Amazon Prime Video to breathe life into this story which will transcend geographies and linguistic barriers, providing me with an opportunity to showcase the same to audiences worldwide.”

He added, “I am super excited to be working with the amazingly talented Sidharth Malhotra in this series. I have always strived to push the envelope of action-first entertainment and with this series, I am confident we will create a new benchmark.”

Interestingly, Rohit will shine the spotlight on Delhi Police with the ‘Indian Police Force’.

His earlier projects including ‘Singham’, ‘Simmba’, and ‘Sooryavanshi’ have highlighted the Goa police and the Maharashtra police force. (ANI)

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Jesse Williams & Sarah Drew Returning As Jackson & April

Washington [US]: Actors Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew are set to reprise their roles as Jackson and April in the Season 18 finale of the ABC medical drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, which will air on May 26.

According to Deadline, Williams and Drew departed ‘Grey’s Anatomy last’ spring. The exit was revealed in last year’s May 6 episode, ‘Look Up Child’. This will be Drew’s first ‘Grey’s’ episode since then. Williams made two more appearances last season, in his last episode as a series regular the following week and a cameo in the Season 17 finale.

After a month-long break, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ will be returning on May 5 with the episode ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’. The show airs Thursday on ABC and new episodes are available on-demand and on Hulu the day following their broadcast premiere. (ANI)

Sidharth Malhotra, Rohit Shetty Team Up For ‘Indian Police Force’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: After ‘Shershaah’, actor Sidharth Malhotra is all set to wear patriotism on his sleeve once again with filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s OTT debut ‘Indian Police Force’.

On Wednesday, Sidharth took to social media and shared the series’ promo. The promo video opens with Rohit preparing for the filming of the show. After a few seconds, Rohit moves into a police van and also fires some shots.

Later, as the clip is about to end, Sidharth makes a macho entry by walking on the set in a police uniform with “Jai Hind” echoing in the background.

In no time, fans showered Sidharth and Rohit with praises.

“This looks soooo good! Can’t wait for it now,” a social media user commented.
“THE WALKKK. OH YES,” another one wrote.

The fictional series, which will be out on Amazon Prime, aims to pay an ode to the “selfless service, unconditional commitment and fierce patriotism of our police officers across the country.”

Talking more about the series, Rohit said, “Indian Police Force is a very special one for me and I’ve been working on it for years. I’m delighted to be collaborating with Amazon Prime Video to breathe life into this story which will transcend geographies and linguistic barriers, providing me an opportunity to showcase the same to audiences worldwide.”

He added, “I am super excited to be working with the amazingly talented Sidharth Malhotra in this series. I have always strived to push the envelope of action-first entertainment and with this series, I am confident we will create a new benchmark.”

Interestingly, Rohit will shine the spotlight on Delhi Police with the ‘Indian Police Force’.

His earlier projects including ‘Singham’, ‘Simmba’, and ‘Sooryavanshi’ have highlighted the Goa police and the Maharashtra police force. (ANI)

Anupam Kher Signs New International Project ‘The Son In Law’

Washington [US]: Veteran star Anupam Kher, who has made a mark in Hollywood with projects like ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘New Amsterdam’, and ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ among others, has recently signed a new international show titled ‘The Son In Law’.

‘The Son in Law’, which also stars Reema Sampat, Chris Sullivan and Meera Simhan, follows a salt-of-the-earth man, Jake (Sullivan), who finds himself seeking the approval of his new fiancee Asha’s (Sampat) sophisticated parents, including a difficult-to-impress father-in-law, Deadline reported. In the show, Kher will be seen essaying the role of Om Mehta, the conductor of the New York Philharmonic who lives with his wife Khushi (Simhan) in an 18,000-square-foot Fifth Avenue penthouse and hobnobs with an A-list circle of friends and celebrities. Despite that, Om, who was raised in relatively modest circumstances, is completely unaffected by the trappings of wealth.

He is well aware of Khushi’s controlling nature but loves her deeply and indulges her, knowing that it’s pointless to contradict her when she’s on a “mission.” And currently, her mission is to get their daughter Asha (Sampat) away from her boyfriend Jake (Sullivan), whom she thinks is beneath her.

Meanwhile, Kher is currently busy shooting for Sooraj Barjatya’s ‘Uunchai’ in Delhi. (ANI)

Ezra Miller Arrested For Second-Degree Assault In Hawaii

Washington [US]: Actor Ezra Miller, best known for playing the role of a superhero in ‘The Flash’, has landed himself in legal trouble again.

As per CNN, Miller was arrested on Tuesday morning on suspicion of second-degree assault in Hawaii, following an incident at a private residence in Pahoa. The Hawaii Island Police Department informed that Miller “became irate” after being asked to leave a private residence and reportedly threw a chair, which struck a woman on the forehead.

“During the course of their investigation, police determined that the individual, later identified as Ezra Miller, became irate after being asked to leave and reportedly threw a chair, striking a 26-year-old female on the forehead, resulting in an approximate half-inch cut,” the police’s statement read.

Miller was released from jail “pending further investigation.”

In late March this year, Miller was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment following an incident in a karaoke bar in Hilo. (ANI)

Urfi Javed Flaunts Her New Look As She Steps Out Wearing Two Pants: Video

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Each time Urfi Javed is spotted by the paparazzi, her outfit becomes the talk of the town. She recently grabbed eyeballs when she stepped out wearing a backless top with two pairs of pants.

Several pictures and videos have surfaced online in which Urfi is seen flaunting her new look. Basically, she teamed up her green bralette top with two brown coloured pants – one that she is wearing and the other pinned diagonally with her other pair of pants.

While some appreciated Urfi for her bold fashion statement, there’s a section of social media users who trolled her for sporting two pants.

“When you can’t decide which size fits you better.. So why not take them both,” a Twitter user commented.

“When you get two trousers in buy 1 get 2 offer,” another one wrote.

“Kuch bhi matlab kuch bhi. Zyada kapde pehney ke chakkar mein pant ke upar pant pehn li,” an Instagram user quipped.

After making her appearance in two pants, Urfi took to Instagram and surprised netizens by skipping a rope in a saree.

She shared a clip, in which she is seen wearing a floral print saree and then all of sudden she started skipping a rope while she had her high heels on.

“Ok can skip in saree and heels !! Beat that,” Urfi captioned the post.

For the unversed, Urfi rose to fame with her stint on ‘Bigg Boss OTT’, and ever since she has been making headlines for her peculiar fashion sense. (ANI)

Karisma Kapoor Announces Her New Project ‘Brown’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Karisma Kapoor will be seen headlining a new project titled ‘Brown- The First Case’.

On Monday, Karisma took to Instagram and shared a picture of her posing along with the project’s clapperboard.

“To new beginnings #brown,” she captioned the post.

Helmed by Abhinay Deo, ‘Brown’ is touted as a neo-noir crime drama set in the bustling city of Kolkata. It is based on the book ‘City of Death’ by Abheek Barua.

Talking more about the project, Karisma, who will be seen playing the central character of a detective, said, “Brown is the kind of storytelling that is not just exciting but also challenging for any actor and that is exactly what attracted me to take the part up. Playing a fiercely strong character in an intriguing story like this will be very interesting. I can’t wait to begin shooting.”

According to Abhinay Deo, “‘Brown’ is an extremely well-crafted story that gives me a chance to delve deeper into the human psyche and relationships. It is a study in characters in a way that hasn’t been seen often before.”

The project will be one of the flagship projects of Zee Studios for its digital slate and will soon go on floors. Surya Sharma is also a part of ‘Brown’. (ANI)

Netflix Releases ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Trailer

Washington [US]- Streaming giant Netflix has released the first full-length trailer of season four of ‘Stranger Things’.

The three-minute-long intriguing trailer sees Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink) enter high school, while Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Will (Noah Schnapp) are in California. Set to a looping version of the pulse in Journey’s ‘Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),’ the crew navigate their different surroundings, and a new supernatural threat surface, forcing them to once again confront the horrors of the Upside Down.

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“Your suffering is almost at an end,” an ominous voice says.

“A war is coming. Your friends in Hawkins are very much in the eye of a storm. I don’t know how to say this other than just to say it — without you, we can’t win this war,” Eleven is warned.

As previously reckoned, the trailer teases a much darker comeback as it unleashes a bunch of monsters old and new.

Hopper (David Harbour) is revealed to be alive, but imprisoned in Russia and forced to fight a Demogorgon with a ragtag group of soldiers.

And the final seconds of the trailer shows what appears to be the big bad of the season: a human-Demogorgon hybrid that can speak.

‘Stranger Things’ season 4 has two release dates with the first four episodes arriving on May 27 while the next set of episodes arriving on July 1, as per the trailer.

‘Stranger Things’ stars a large ensemble cast, with Brown, Harbour, Wolfhard, Matarazzo, McLaughlin, Sink, Schnapp all returning from previous seasons along with Winona Ryder, Joe Keery, Natalie Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Maya Hawke, Cara Buono, Priah Ferguson and Brett Gelman, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Quinn and Eduardo Franco join the cast this season.

Creators Matt and Ross Duffer recently announced that the show’s fifth season will be it’s last.

The Duffers executive produces along with Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, Cindy Holland, Brian Wright, Matt Thunell, Karl Gajdusek and Iain Paterson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kim Kardashian Shares Pics From Her ‘Late Nite Snack’ Date With Pete Davidson

Washington [US], April 12 (ANI): Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson are leaving no chance to flaunt their love.

Taking to Instagram, Kim posted a few pictures from her “late nite snack” date with Davidson. Kim and Davidson had their arms around each other in one image, with the latter reaching in for a kiss. The second image featured the lovebirds gazing into each other’s eyes.

“late nite snack,” She captioned the post.

It appears the images were taken after the two made their public debut as a pair during the premiere of Kim’s new show ‘The Kardashians’.

Kim filed for divorce from Kanye West last February after nearly seven years of marriage. And then months later, in October 2021, her dating rumours with Davidson surfaced online.

Drew Barrymore Dances With Lilly Singh To ‘Chura Ke Dil Mera’, Akshay Kumar Reacts

New Delhi [India], April 8 (ANI): While Bollywood diva Shilpa Shetty has already stolen the hearts of many with her 1994 iconic party track ‘Chura Ke Dil Mera’, its Hollywood star Drew Barrymore and Lilly Singh’s version of the peppy number that has set the internet on fire now.

Comedian Lilly Singh recently met the ‘The Extraterrestrial’ star on her talk show ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ and made her shake a leg on the iconic 1994 Bollywood dance song ‘Chura Ke Dil Mera’. In the video shared by Singh on her Instagram handle, she could be seen grooving to the signature steps of the Alka Yagnik-Kumar Sanu song that featured Shilpa Shetty and superstar Akshay Kumar.

“Finally met @drewbarrymore and she legit stole my heart. Also, didn’t she nail this?! Ugh. A queen. I had an absolute blast on @thedrewbarrymoreshow today. Fun fact, Drew and I met virtually during the pandemic and instantly became textually active friends, BUT this was our first time meeting in person. It was magical and real and she can keep my heart forever,” Singh, 33, captioned the post.

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Soon after she posted the video, scores of fans chimed into her comments section, with Akshay Kumar also writing “This is all @drewbarrymore @lilly,” with a red heart emoticon.

Tahira Kashyap Khurrana also wrote, “Epic,” adding a heart emoticon in the comments section.

For the unversed, ‘Chura Ke Dil Mera’ from ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ (1994) was sung by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik. The reprised version, crooned by Benny Dayal and Anmol Malik was crafted by music director Anu Malik for ‘Hungama 2’ movie. The reprised version also stars Shilpa taking the screen on fire with her sizzling chemistry with Meezaan Jaffrey.

Sarah Jessica Parker Tests COVID-19 Positive

Washington [US], April 8 (ANI): Actor Sarah Jessica Parker will have to cancel perform for Broadway’s Plaza Suit as she has tested positive for COVID-19.

The news of Sarah’s diagnosis was confirmed by the producers of the Neil Simon play on Twitter, The Hollywood Reporter reported. “Today Sarah Jessica Parker tested positive for COVID with a second test confirming the diagnosis,” the statement read.

A few days ago, Sarah’s husband and veteran star Matthew Broderick contracted COVID-19.

“With both Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker positive for COVID, tonight’s performance of Plaza Suite is canceled. The producers apologize for the inconvenience this has caused audience members. Everyone wishes Matthew and Sarah Jessica a speedy recovery,” the statement added.

The limited engagement show began previews on February 25 and officially opened on March 28 at the Hudson Theatre. The show is set to run through June 26.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Kate Walsh Returning As Dr Addison Montgomery

Washington [US], April 7 (ANI): Actor Kate Walsh is returning to Shonda Rhimes’ hit medical drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.

As per Deadline, Walsh will reoccur as Dr Addison Montgomery in the May 5 episode of the hit ABC drama.

Walsh also confirmed the news on her Instagram handle, by sharing an IG reel featuring herself dressed as Dr Addison Montgomery.

“I’m back in uniform and that can only mean one thing… #GreysAnatomy Thursday, May 5th! @GreysABC #Addison,” she wrote.

Walsh’s character is a gynaecologist and neonatal surgeon. She was once married to Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). She first appeared on the show’s season 1 finale episode as McDreamy’s estranged wife.

As per Deadline, when Season 18 began, ABC said that Walsh was set to appear in multiple episodes.

‘India’s Got Talent’: Shilpa Shetty Grooves To ‘Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai’ With Shahid Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur

New Delhi [India], April 7 (ANI): On a full promotion spree mode for his much-awaited sports drama ‘Jersey’, actor Shahid Kapoor appeared on the sets of ‘India’s Got Talent’ with his co-star Mrunal Thakur and shook a leg with actor Shilpa Shetty on his famous dance number ‘Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai’.

Taking to her Instagram handle, Shilpa Shetty, who is one of the judges on ‘India’s Got Talent’ reality TV show, shared a video in which she could be seen dancing with Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur on the ‘Kabir Singh’ actor’s famous peppy track ‘Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai’ from his 2013 rom-com ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’. “Khali peeli khali peeli rokne ka nahin, #Jersey theatre mein dekhna bhulne ka nahin!” Shilpa captioned the post.

Speaking about Gowtam Tinnanuri’s directorial ‘Jersey’ which is a Hindi remake of the 2019 Telugu hit of the same name, the film’s story revolves around a talented but failed cricketer named Arjun (Shahid), who decides to make a comeback in his late thirties and play for India in order to fulfil his son’s wish.

‘Jersey’ was earlier scheduled to be released on December 31, 2021, but got postponed due to the Omicron scare. Now the film will release on April 14, 2022, in theatres.

Actor Pankaj Kapur is also a part of the film, which is produced by Dil Raju, S Naga Vamsi and Aman Gill.
Meanwhile, Shilpa Shetty recently wrapped up the Punjab schedule of her upcoming film ‘Sukhee’.

‘Hunarbaaz’: Parineeti Chopra Flaunts Her Singing Skills As She Sings ‘Kuch Khaas Hai’ With Neha Bhasin

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], April 6 (ANI): Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra recently flaunted her singing skills as she shared a social media video crooning the song ‘Kuch Khaas Hai’ from her cousin Priyanka Chopra’s film ‘Fashion’.

Parineeti took to her Instagram handle on Tuesday and posted a video of her from the sets of Colors reality show ‘Hunarbaaz’ where she can be seen singing the song along with its original singer Neha Bhasin. Sharing the promo, the actor, who is also a judge on the show wrote in the caption, “Aaaah me and singing. My meditation .. So much fun doing what I love the most! And this time with you @nehabhasin4u. We should do this more often! @colorstv.”

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Following the duet performance, co-judges Karan Johar and Mithun Chakraborty gave her and Neha a standing ovation. On social media too, the two were showered with compliments. Neha Dhupia wrote, “Uff! Lovely both of you @parineetichopra @nehabhasin4u.” Saba Pataudi wrote, “Fabulous.”

Meanwhile, on the film front, Parineeti will be seen acting alongside megastar Amitabh Bachchan and acting icons like Anupam Kher and Boman Irani.

Apart from this, she will next be seen in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s film ‘Animal’, alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol.

Jason Momoa To Star In Apple’s Historical Drama ‘Chief Of War’

Washington [US], April 5 (ANI): Actor Jason Momoa will be seen starring in Apple’s historical drama ‘Chief of War’.

The series follows the story of the unification and colonisation of Hawaii from an indigenous point of view, Variety reported. The eight-episode project marks the first time Momoa, who is of Hawaiian descent, has written for television. He previously co-wrote, directed, and starred in the film ‘Road to Paloma’, which was released in 2014.

Justin Chon is in negotiations to direct the first two episodes of ‘Chief of War.’

‘Chief of War’ will be the second Apple series led by Momoa. He currently stars in ‘See’, which is about a post-apocalyptic future in which nearly all remaining humans have lost their sense of sight.

Shriya Pilgaonkar, Varun Mitra’s ‘Guilty Minds’ To Release On April 22

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], April 4 (ANI): Amazon Prime Video has announced a new legal drama titled ‘Guilty Minds’, starring Shriya Pilgaonkar and Varun Mitra in lead roles.

Created and directed by Shefali Bhushan, and co-directed by Jayant Digambar Samalkar, the legal drama follows the journey of two young and ambitious lawyers. While one is the epitome of virtue, the other is associated with a leading law firm, dealing with all shades of grey. The series also stars Namrata Sheth, Sugandha Garg, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Satish Kaushik, Benjamin Gilani, Virendra Sharma, Diksha Juneja, Pranay Pachauri, Deepak Kalra and Chitrangada Satrupa in pivotal roles, and features guest appearances from actors such as Karishma Tanna, Shakti Kapoor and Suchitra Krishnamoorthi.

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This courtroom drama is produced by Karan Grover and co-produced by Antara Banerjee and Naved Farooqui. ‘Guilty Minds’ will stream on Amazon Prime Video from April 22, 2022.

Debina Bonnerjee, Gurmeet Choudhary Welcomes Baby Girl: See Video

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], April 4 (ANI): It’s a girl! Actors Debina Bonnerjee and Gurmeet Choudhary have welcomed their baby girl on Sunday.

The star couple shared the good news with their fans and followers through social media on Monday. In an Instagram Collab post, the new parents uploaded a beautiful clip featuring a glimpse of their baby girl’s little hand. “With utmost gratitude we welcome our “BABY GIRL” into this world. 3.4.2022. Thank you for all your love and blessings. Love & Gratitude. Gurmeet & Debina,” the caption read.

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The sweet post flooded with congratulatory messages in the comments section.
“Yaaaayyyyy !!!! OMGGG….. I loveeeee youuuuuuuu both and our little angel. Congratulationsssss,” Munmun Dutta wrote.

“Congratulations,” Arjun Bijlani added.
“Heartiest congratulations,” Rashami Desai chimed in.

For the unversed, Gurmeet and Debina tied the knot in 2011. The couple shared the pregnancy news in February 2022.

Earlier, on Sunday, comedian Bharti Singh announced on social media that she has welcomed a baby boy with her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa.

Chris Rock Responds To Will Smith’s Oscars Slap: ‘I’m Still Kind Of Processing What Happened’

Washington [US], March 31 (ANI): Comedian Chris Rock has finally broken his silence on Will Smith slapping him at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony.

During a stand-up show in Boston on Wednesday, Rock walked out to two boisterous standing ovations that lasted roughly two minutes, The Hollywood Reporter said. Rock, 57 opened his comedy with, “How was your weekend?” which was greeted with laughter, the outlet informed.

The comedian then went on to speak briefly about “what happened” without directly mentioning the Oscars ceremony, or Will Smith.

“I don’t have a bunch of shit about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend, and I’m still kind of processing what happened. So at some point I’ll talk about that shit. And it’ll be serious, and it’ll be funny,” Rock said.

He continued, “I’m going to tell some jokes. It’s nice to just be out.”

Rock later told the audience, “Except for some other pretty weird things, life is pretty good right now.”

The comedian received big cheers at the show which ran about an hour, as per The Hollywood.

For the unversed, this show marked Rock’s Ego Death World Tour, which runs through the fall.

This appearance came after Smith took to his Instagram on Monday to apologise for slapping the comedian onstage during the live Academy Awards show.

“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” Smith wrote on Instagram.

“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” Smith said in his apology.

He also apologised to the Academy for his behaviour.

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For the unversed, while presenting the best documentary feature at the Oscars, Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.

Rock said he couldn’t wait to see Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia, star in ‘G.I. Jane 2’ which led Smith to go up on stage and slap Rock. Smith returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fu**ing mouth!”

A few minutes after the incident, Smith was announced Best Actor at the Oscars.

The 94th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Karan Kundrra Requests Paparazzi Not To Hinder His Girlfriend Tejasswi Prakash’s Private Space: ‘I Can’t Tolerate This’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 30 (ANI): Actor Karan Kundrra is extremely disappointed with the way how paparazzi follow his girlfriend and ‘Bigg Boss 15’ winner Tejasswi Prakash everywhere.

For the unversed, a day ago, Tejasswi got mobbed by paps on her way home from ‘Naagin 6’ sets. Several videos have been doing the rounds in which Tejasswi can be seen running away from cameras and her mother helping her swiftly get into the house.

The mobbing incident has made Karan furious.

On Tuesday night, Karan landed back in Mumbai from Jaipur. At the Mumbai airport, he was greeted by the media.

While speaking to the media, he requested them not to hinder Tejasswi’s private life.

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“Wo safe nahi hai pata hai. Aise ghar ke andar ghus rahein hai, accha nahi lagta hai na. Band karwa diya main, gaadi ke bhi sheeshe kaale karwa diye. Ye sab pasand nahi hai yaar, ladki hai wo. (it’s not a joke to get into her house and car. Due to this, I have blackened her car’s glass. I can’t tolerate this…she is my girlfriend,” he said.
And during his conversation with the media, he got a call from Tejasswi and took the opportunity to make the shutterbugs apologise to her.

Karan and Tejasswi fell in love with each other on ‘Bigg 15’.

Milind Soman Teaches His 83-Years-Old ‘Aai’ To Cycle Again

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 29 (ANI): Age is just a number and fitness enthusiast Milind Soman continues to prove so, this time through his mother.

Taking to his Instagram handle on Tuesday, the 56-year-old actor shared pictures and videos of his 83-years-old aai, Usha Soman, learning how to ride the cycle again, almost after 25 years. In the caption, he wrote, “Aai cycling after about 25 years! Keep doing what you love but practice regularly. Not bad for 83 years.”

The post flooded with likes and love-filled comments.
“My cuties,” Milind’s wife Ankita Konwar wrote.

“It was so nice to meet you all on the beach today. Your aai riding this cycle at this age is such an inspiration for all of us,” a social media user commented.

Milind continues to share fitness videos of himself and of his family members on his Instagram handle. For her 81st birthday in 2020, his aai marked the special day by doing pushups.

Disney+ Hotstar To Come Up With Indian Version Of Irish TV Series ‘Blood’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 28 (ANI): Streaming giant Disney+ Hotstar will soon come up with the Indian version of the award-winning Irish series ‘Blood’.

‘Mirzapur’ directors Gurmmeet Singh and Mihir Desai have come on board to helm the project. Created by Sophie Petzal, ‘Blood’ is an intimate drama and psychological thriller about familial bonds, memories, and the past’s impact on the present.

Gaurav Banerjee, Head, Content, Disney+ Hotstar, and HSM Entertainment Network, Disney Star, said,”We are elated to announce the Indian adaptation of award-winning drama Blood, thereby, further strengthening our thriller offerings. The demand for entertainment is rapidly evolving, and viewers’ want for new-fangled content is expanding. On our journey to engage with millions of viewers, we are delighted to be able to collaborate with the most prolific creative minds at All3Media International to present stories that defy narratives to satiate our viewer’s appetite for an unparalleled entertainment experience.”

The Indian version of the show will be produced by Dreamers & Doers Co, a premium content studio owned by Reliance Entertainment, in association with All3Media International. The cast has not been revealed yet.

Donald Glover Confirms Barack Obama’s Daughter Malia In Writers’ Room Of New Show

Washington [US], March 26 (ANI): American actor and rapper Donald Glover has confirmed that ex-US President Barack Obama’s daughter, Malia Obama, will be part of the writers’ room for his new Amazon series.

According to Variety, the Emmy winner recently while speaking to a magazine said that Malia is “an amazingly talented person,” adding, “She’s really focused, and she’s working really hard.” “I feel like she’s just somebody who’s gonna have really good things coming soon. Her writing style is great,” Glover continued.

Donald’s brother, Stephen Glover, who’s a frequent collaborator and is also developing the Amazon series spoke about the young talent and said that she “definitely has a unique perspective on everything. So we wanted to hear her stories and have her work with us. Listening to her stories and having her involved really gave us a lot of good ideas.”

In February 2021, Donald had signed an eight-figure overall deal with Amazon Studio.

At the time, sources had revealed to Variety that Malia would be joining the writers’ room of a Glover project with playwright Janine Nabers, but it wasn’t until now that Obama’s involvement was confirmed.

Charlotte Ritchie Joins Netflix’s ‘You’ Season 4

Washington [US], March 26 (ANI): Actor Penn Badgley’s Joe Goldberg has a new love interest. Netflix’s ‘You’ has cast ‘Ghosts’ star Charlotte Ritchie as its new female lead opposite Badgley for the upcoming season four.

As per Deadline, Ritchie will play Kate, an art gallery director who is described as fearsomely smart, independent, suspicious, and who misses nothing, making her the perfect foil for Joe. Here’s the official character description: “She is fiercely loyal to her friends, a brick wall to everyone else. The daughter of a chaotic, bohemian single mother, Kate worked hard to create the life she now leads. She’s an art gallery director whose job means managing tempestuous artists. Kate tends to be the adult in the room and has embraced the moniker of ‘icy bitch’. She’s especially protective of best friend Lady Phoebe, a sweet and trusting person whose extreme wealth and fame tend to attract opportunists. Kate prefers ‘arrangements’ to love, which is why she dates fun but self-centred partier Malcolm. When Malcolm invites Joe, an American outsider of no apparent means, into their privileged world, Kate not only immediately dislikes him, she strongly suspects something about the man is not what he seems.”

Ritchie is the second major ‘You’ cast addition for the next season, joining fellow new series regular Lukas Gage.

The show’s season four began production three days back. The series’ official Twitter handle shared a set photo showing a clapperboard that has blood dripping from the title.

The tweet read, “feeling YOU-4-ic. YOU Season 4 is now in production.”

‘You’, based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, revolves around the question, “What would you do for love?”

The show features Badgely as Joe, a man with a dark past and a deep love for books and literature. The series also captures his twisted perspective on romance and how he becomes obsessed with the women who come into his life.

Netflix announced the season 4 renewal of ‘You’ in October 2021, just days ahead of the show’s highly-anticipated third season.

The hit drama’s second and third seasons starred Badgley and Victoria Pedretti in the lead roles. In the third season, Joe (Badgley) and Love Quinn (Pedretti) were married and raising their son in a Northern California suburb filled with a unique set of neighbours.

Season 4 of the thriller series will likely pick up with Joe in Paris, France, after having escaped his last devastation. He has abandoned his son, believing that’s what’s best for him, and he’ll likely search for his season 3 romantic interest, Marienne Bellamy (Tati Gabrielle).

Netflix is yet to announce the official release date for the upcoming season of ‘You’.

Coming back to Ritchie, she previously starred in the Netflix series ‘Feel Good’ opposite Mae Martin. She is also known for starring in the BBC comedy series ‘Ghosts’, which was recently remade into a CBS series of the same name, as well as the hit drama series ‘Call the Midwife’.

Most recently, she wrapped filming on Season 7 of ‘Grantchester’ as well as the film ‘Wonka’ starring Timothee Chalamet.

Cardi B To Make Her Cameo On ‘Baby Shark’s Big Show!’ As ‘Sharki B’

Washington [US], March 25 (ANI): Cardi B is all set to make her cameo on ‘Baby Shark’s Big Show’ along with her family.

As per Billboard, the rapper will guest-star as Sharki B on the animated preschool series, and she’ll be joined by her husband Offset (voicing Offshark) and 3-year-old daughter Kulture (Kulture Shark).

On the show’s April 15 episode, Baby Shark and his best friend William meet Sharki B and learn ‘The Seaweed Sway,’ the viral song-and-dance set she has created.

‘Baby Shark’s Big Show!’ — based on the Pinkfong song ‘Baby Shark’ and its record-shattering dance video — premiered on Nick Jr. in December 2020 with a Christmas special. In addition to the Nickelodeon series, a ‘Baby Shark’ movie is on the way in 2023.

Netflix Unveils The Trailer Of Sakshi Tanwar’s ‘Mai’, To Stream On April 15

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 24 (ANI): Power-packed performer Sakshi Tanwar is back with a new project titled ‘Mai’, and it surely seems like an edge-of-the-seat thriller.

On Thursday, Netflix unveiled the official trailer of the series that revolves around Sakshi as a revenge-seeking mother. In ‘Mai’, the ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii’ fame actor essays the role of a middle-class mother who witnesses the death of her daughter by a speeding truck. The particular tragedy propelled the mourning mother to uncover the truth about the death of her daughter.

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Produced by Karnesh Ssharma of Clean Slate Filmz and directed by Anshai Lal and Atul Mongia, the upcoming project also stars Seema Pahwa, Vivek Mushran, Wamiqa Gabbi, Anant Vidhaat, Raima Sen, Ankur Ratan, Prashant Narayan, and Vaibhav Raj Gupta.

Opening up about how his real-life experiences enabled him to create and write ‘Mai’, Atul Mongia said, “Since childhood, my mother has woken up before the break of dawn and toiled till she couldn’t keep her eyes open any longer. While dabbling in multiple side-careers, she has lived her entire life for her family, a feature not uncommon to Indian mothers. Just like my mother, despite the many ups and downs in life, Mai too retains her sanctity by shunning the world outside of her family. But, what if her existence were to cross paths with an extremely dire and appalling circumstance?”
‘Mai’ will be out on Netflix on April 15.

Gabrielle Union To Star Alongside Octavia Spencer In ‘Truth Be Told’ Season 3

Washington [US], March 24 (ANI): Gabrielle Union is set to star alongside Octavia Spencer in the anthology drama series ‘Truth Be Told’ Season 3.

According to Deadline, ‘Truth Be Told’ stars Spencer as podcaster ‘Poppy Scoville,’ who risks everything–including her life–to pursue truth and justice. Based on the novel by Kathleen Barber, the series provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage. The upcoming season will see Poppy Scoville focus on a new case with Union starring as Eva, an outspoken high school principal who becomes embroiled in a problematic incident.

With Spencer’s Poppy as the thread through the anthology series and a core cast around Spencer also staying on, each season tells a different story and features new stars opposite her. Season 1 had Aaron Paul and Lizzy Caplan, Season 2 starred Kate Hudson.

Netflix’s ‘You’ Season 4 Now In Production

Washington [US], March 23 (ANI): Good news for all the ‘You’ fans! Joe Goldberg is getting ready to make a creepy comeback as the Netflix show’s season four has begun production.

The series’ official Twitter handle shared a set photo showing a clapperboard that has blood dripping from the title. The clapperboard also shows that the episode is being directed by John Scott, who has previously helmed episodes for the series. The tweet read, “feeling YOU-4-ic. YOU Season 4 is now in production.”

‘You’, based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, revolves around the question, “What would you do for love?”

The show features Penn Badgely as Joe Goldberg, a man with a dark past and a deep love for books and literature.

The series also captures his twisted perspective on romance and how he becomes obsessed with the women who come into his life.

Netflix announced the season 4 renewal of ‘You’ in October 2021, just days ahead of the show’s highly-anticipated third season, reported Variety.

The hit drama’s second and third seasons starred Badgley and Victoria Pedretti in the lead roles. In the third season, Joe (Badgley) and Love Quinn (Pedretti) were married and raising their son in a Northern California suburb filled with a unique set of neighbours.

Season 4 of the thriller series will likely pick up with Joe in Paris, France, after having escaped his last devastation. He has abandoned his son, believing that’s what’s best for him, and he’ll likely search for his season 3 romantic interest, Marienne Bellamy (Tati Gabrielle).

Actor Lukas Gage of ‘The White Lotus’ fame was recently announced as a new cast member for ‘You’. He has joined the show as Adam, the son of a wealthy businessman.

Netflix is yet to announce the official release date for the upcoming season of ‘You’.

‘And Just Like That’ Renewed for Season 2 At HBO Max

Washington [US], March 23 (ANI): The makers of ‘And Just Like That’ announced that the hit series will be returning for a second season.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis — who all serve as executive producers — reprised their roles from the 1998-2006 HBO series ‘Sex and the City’. The first season of ‘And Just Like That’ wrapped its final 10th episode in February. “I am delighted and excited to tell more stories about these vibrant, bold characters — played by these powerful, amazing actors,” said showrunner Michael Patrick King in a statement. “The fact is, we’re all thrilled. And Just like That… our Sex life is back.”

HBO Max head of original content Sarah Aubrey added, “We have been delighted by the cultural conversation generated by these characters and their stories, set in a world we already know and love so much. We are proud of the work Michael Patrick King and our wonderful writers, producers, cast and crew have done to bring these stories to the screen. We can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store for season two.”

In addition to Parker, Nixon and Davis, the season one cast featured ‘Sex and the City’ returnees Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, the late Willie Garson, Evan Handler and Chris Noth along with Sara Ramirez, Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker and Karen Pittman.

Shortly after ‘And Just Like That’ debuted, The Hollywood Reporter published allegations of sexual assault by two women against Noth (which the actor has denied). His character, John “Mr Big” Preston, died in the series premiere, he was slated to have a brief appearance in the season finale, but the show’s producers chose to cut the scene.

The fourth member of the core ‘Sex and the City’ cast, Kim Cattrall, is not a part of ‘And Just Like That’ after a falling-out with Parker. Her character, Samantha Jones, was a presence on the show via text messages with Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw. ‘SATC’ creator Darren Star and Candace Bushnell, whose book was the basis for the original series, also aren’t involved in the sequel.

Rajkummar Rao & Dulquer Salmaan Reveal Their First Look From ‘Guns & Gulaabs’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 22 (ANI): After announcing their collaboration for the Netflix project ‘Guns & Gulaabs’, actors Rajkummar Rao and Dulquer Salmaan, on Tuesday, treated fans by sharing their looks from the upcoming crime drama.

For ‘Guns & Gulaabs’, Rajkumar went back in time and tried to recreate the 90s look with his role. In an image, he can be seen holding a bottle of Campa Cola in his hand, leaving fans nostalgic. His first look features him sporting long tresses.

Giving a glimpse of his 90s avatar, Rajkummar took to Instagram and wrote, “So thrilled to announce the first look of my first Netflix series #GunsAndGulaabs. Taiayar hojaiye (Be ready) because I’m coming to bring the in my 90s avatar! Brace yourself for an exciting adventure filled with crime, love and dhamakedaar punchlines.”

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On the other hand, Dulquer is seen giving an intense look while sitting on a jeep’s bonnet. This would be his first web series.

Sharing his look, Dulquer wrote on Instagram, “Put on your seatbelts and get ready for a ride back to the 90s with me.”

“Here’s presenting my first look from Guns & Gulaabs, my first ever web series and my first collab with the amazing duo @rajanddk. @rajkummar_rao, @gouravadarsh, @tjbhanu, @gulshandevaiah78 and our other talented co-stars will join me for this thrilling ride,” he added.

Produced under Raj & DK’s banner, D2R Films, ‘Guns & Gulaabs’ is inspired by the misfits of the world. It is touted as a “wicked tale of crime, love and innocence, that uniquely blends the romance of the 90s with a fast-paced crime-thriller.”

This pulpy series will also see actors Gulshan Devaiah and TJ Bhanu in pivotal roles.

‘College Romance’ Star Gagan Arora Ties The Knot With Girlfriend Muditaa Last Month

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 22 (ANI): Actor Gagan Arora, who rose to fame with the web series ‘College Romance’, has revealed that he tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Muditaa a month ago.

Taking to his Instagram handle, Gagan, who was also recently seen in Madhuri Dixit-starrer ‘The Fame Game’, shared pictures from his wedding day.

Along with the happy photos, he shared details about his wedding and expressed love for his new bride.

He began, “Sooo about a month ago, at the end of the wave with a lot of restrictions and a very small gathering of family and friends we started this new journey. You make me happy everyday be it in your super expensive lehenga or your comfy pajamas, you make me a better person everyday be it in your bhaari wedding makeup or your straight from bed look.”

Adding a note of humour to his romantic post, he continued, “She said if you like it,put a ring on it, maine pehnaa di. Kiss leechad ke saath fass gayi hai kuch din mein pata chalega. Tabtak ke liye Mrs. Arora ka swagat nahi krogey.”

He also shared that he had fallen in love with Muditaa 12 years ago.

He shared, “Pic 2: this was plan B ( agar gharwaley nahi maantey). P.S – Aaj se 12 saal pehle @muditaa.d ko dekhkr apney doston ko bola tha yahi tumhari bhabhi banegi #ekbaarjomainecommitment.”

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Meanwhile, on the work front, Gagan will soon be seen in the third season of ‘College Romance’.

Creator Hwang Dong-Hyuk Opens Up About The Second Season Of ‘Squid Game’

Washington [US], March 21 (ANI): ‘Squid Game’ creator Hwang Dong-Hyuk has opened up about the second season of the Netflix phenomenon series.

Speaking to Deadline on the red carpet at PGA Awards ceremony, Hwang said there is nothing to see just yet, but he is working hard on ideas for the next season of the South Korean killer survival drama. “There will be more great games, that’s all I can say,” Hwang said. “I’m just still brainstorming and collecting the ideas for Season 2. I haven’t even started with the writing yet.”

When asked whether some cast members will be coming back, Hwang said, “No, because most of them are dead. I’ll try something to bring them back to Season 2.”

Gesturing beside him on the red carpet to HoYeon Jung, who plays Kang Sae-byeok on ‘Squid Game’ Season 1, he said, “Let’s say maybe she has a twin sister, you’ll see.”

HoYeon laughed and said, “I could change my hair colour. Let’s do a little like plastic surgery.”

Asked whether he had been surprised by the show’s runaway success, Hwang said, “Yeah in a way because who can expect this kind of success. I tried hard to make a successful show, but I never expected this much success. It’s a surprise.”

The show won three SAG Awards this year, and since its September 17 release has become the most-watched Netflix content ever.

U2 Biopic Series From J.J. Abrams In Works At Netflix

Washington [US], March 19 (ANI): Legendary rock band U2’s journey might get captured in a Netflix’s series.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming giant is teaming with J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions banner to develop a scripted series about U2, which is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ writer Anthony McCarten has come on board to pen the script of the upcoming project.

Details of U2’s involvement are being kept under wraps. It is unclear at this time exactly how involved U2 would be in the project.

The Irish rock band U2 was formed in 1976 with Bono on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, lead guitarist the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. ‘The Joshua Tree’, ‘Rattle and Hum’, and ‘Achtung Baby’ are some of U2’s hit albums.

Netflix Is Now Streaming Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s ‘Servant of the People’ Series

Washington [US], March 17 (ANI): Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s series ‘Servant of the People’, which inspired him to enter into politics, is back for streaming on Netflix in the US.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the satirical series originally streamed on Netflix from 2017 to 2021.

‘Servant of the People’ follows a teacher (Zelenskyy) who unexpectedly becomes president after a rant against corruption goes viral on social media.

The show ran for three seasons and ended when Zelenskyy decided to run for President of Ukraine in 2019 under the banner of a new political party floated by him ‘Servant of the People’.

After much demand from the public due to ongoing Russia’s military operations in Ukraine and the heroism of Zelenskyy in defending his country, Netflix is currently streaming the series for its US subscribers.

Russia launched military operations in Ukraine on February 24 which was condemned by the Western nations.
Zelenskyy, recently addressed the US Congress, virtually.

The President called on the United States to do more to help Ukraine in its “darkest time”, according to a media report.

“In the darkest time for our country, for the whole Europe, I call on you to do more. New packages of sanctions are needed, constantly, every week until the Russian military machine stops. Restrictions are needed for everyone on whom this unjust regime is based,” CNN quoted Zelenskyy as saying.

The Ukrainian President received a standing ovation from the US lawmakers both at the beginning and the conclusion of his address.

Kapil Sharma Thanks Anupam Kher For Clarifying ‘The Kashmir Files’ Invitation Controversy, Actor Reacts

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 15 (ANI): Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma recently thanked veteran star Anupam Kher for refuting false claims against him that he deliberately didn’t invite the team of ‘The Kashmir Files’ on his popular TV show.

Last week, the comedian got trolled on social media for allegedly not inviting the team of Vivek Agnihotri’s latest directorial, ‘The Kashmir Files’, on ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’. Though Kapil had explained that there was no truth to such claims, ‘Boycott Kapil Sharma’ heavily trended on Twitter. Reacting to these claims, the lead star of the movie, Anupam Kher, in a recent interview, clarified that he was invited to Kapil’s show but chose not to attend given the movie’s sensitive subject and the show’s light-hearted nature.

However, the veteran actor also said that it was two months ago that he got invited.

On Monday night, Kapil shared a video from Anupam’s interview in which he is telling a TV anchor that he was invited to ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’, but he told his manager that he cannot attend because of the film’s subject matter, which would be inappropriate for a comedy talk show.

Reacting to the video, Kapil wrote on Twitter, “Thank you paji [?][?]@AnupamPKher for clarifying all the false allegations against me. Thanks to those who showered me with so much love without knowing the truth.”

However, Anupam later replied to Kapil saying he wish the comedian would have shared the whole video and not the “half truth”.

The veteran actor tweeted, “Dear @KapilSharmaK9! I wish you had posted the full video and not the half truth.

The entire world is celebrating, you also celebrate tonight. Love and prayers always!”

In line with the actor’s tweet, a Twitter user shared the full video of Anupam and Vivek Agnihotri’s discussion of the controversy from the interview.

In the video, Vivek Agnihotri called ‘Kashmir’ the superstar of his film. Meanwhile, Anupam shared about refusing to make an appearance on the show. However, he further added that his refusal wasn’t the reason behind ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ not promoting ‘The Kashmir Files’.

Further, Vivek divulged that the reason that he was given by the producers was different and is well known to people. Anupam then added that Kapil surely doesn’t have any malice towards him or anyone from the film

.The controversy sparked after ‘The Kashmir Files’ director Vivek Agnihotri wrote on Twitter that his team was not invited to Kapil’s show since the film didn’t feature any big stars.

Responding to a fan who wanted the movie to be promoted on ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’, the director wrote, “I don’t get to decide who should be invited on @KapilSharmaK9 show. It’s his and his producers choice whom he wants to invite. As far as Bollywood is concerned, I’d say what once Mr. Bachchan was quoted saying about Gandhis: Woh raja hai, hum rank.”

‘The Kashmir Files’ has received an overwhelming response from fans and critics alike. Until now, the film has made Rs 27.15 crores.

The film, which revolves around the genocide of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, had released in theatres on March 11. It stars Anupam, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, Darshan Kumaar, and others.

The film has been declared tax-free in several states including Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Goa, Haryana and Uttarakhand.

Anjali Bhimani Joins Cast Of ‘Ms. Marvel’ In A Recurring Role

Washington [US], March 15 (ANI): Actor Anjali Bhimani is all set to join the cast of Disney Plus’s ‘Ms. Marvel’ in a recurring role, the details of which have currently been kept under wraps.

According to Deadline, ‘Ms. Marvel’, penned by writer Bisha K. Ali, will tell the story of Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), a Pakistani-American teen based in New Jersey. Ms Marvel had made her first appearance in 2014 as Marvel’s first Muslim character to star in her own title. Now, she will be Marvel Studios’ first onscreen Muslim hero.

The upcoming show also stars Aramis Knight, Matt Lintz, Laurel Marsden, Rish Shah, and Saagar Shaikh with Ali serving as head writer on the series.

It will be directed by filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah along with two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon.

As per Deadline, Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios chief, has even said that along with being part of this series, the Ms Marvel character will also be part of future Marvel films.

Neetu Kapoor To Judge New Reality TV Show ‘Dance Deewane Juniors’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 14 (ANI): Veteran actor Neetu Kapoor will be judging a new reality TV show ‘Dance Deewane Juniors’.

Ahead of taking charge as a judge, Neetu Kapoor said, “It gives me great joy to be part of a show that will give the upcoming dance prodigies a golden opportunity to showcase their talent. I see my role in ‘Dance Deewane Juniors’ as a responsibility to nurture and support the little ones. I can’t wait to see them take on the stage.” Apart from Neetu Kapoor, dancing sensation Nora Fatehi and choreographer Marzi Pestonjee have also been roped in to judge the Colors’ show.

Meanwhile, on the film front, Neetu Kapoor is waiting for the release of ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’, which also features Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani.

Holly Willoughby Unable To Host ‘Dancing on Ice’ After Testing Positive For COVID-19

London [UK], March 14 (ANI): Renowned English presenter Holly Willoughby has tested positive for COVID-19.

The news of her diagnosis was confirmed on the Twitter handle of her show ‘Dancing on Ice’ on Sunday.

“Unfortunately, Holly Willoughby is unable to host tonight’s show after testing positive for Covid-19. Tonight’s #DancingOnIce Semi-Final will be hosted by Phillip Schofield and we look forward to Holly returning for our Live Final @hollywills @Schofe,” a tweet read.

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After learning about her illness, fans chimed into the comment section and Holly a speedy recovery.

“Very last minute in this case..sure it’ll be fine & Phil will get through it as Holly would’ve if she’d had to. Hope she’s ok, that’s the only thing that matters really,” a netizen commented.

“Oh dear! I hope she feels better soon,” another one wrote.

However, Holly has not updated fans about her COVID-19 contraction on her social media accounts yet.

Netflix Cancels Teen Comedy-Drama ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ After 2 Seasons

Washington [US], March 12 (ANI): Streaming giant Netflix has cancelled teen comedy-drama ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ after two seasons.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Netflix has taken the decision five months after the show’s second season debuted on the streamer. The teen-focused series is based on the long-running series of novels by Ann M. Martin.
‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ revolves around a group of middle-school friends who form and run a baby-sitting service and deal with the issues of growing up.

The series was widely acclaimed for its unique concept of portraying relationships among the core group of girls and its light touch.

‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ features Sophie Grace as Kristy Thomas, Momona Tamada as Claudia Kishi, Shay Rudolph as Stacey McGill, Malia Baker as Mary Anne Spier, Kyndra Sanchez as Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez played the role in season one), Vivian Watson as Mallory Pike and Anais Lee as Jesse Ramsey. Alicia Silverstone plays Kristy’s mother, Elizabeth, and Mark Feuerstein plays Elizabeth’s fiance and later husband, Watson Brewer.

The show is produced by Walden Media. Shukert, Lucia Aniello, Michael De Luca, Lucy Kitada, Sascha Rothchild, Martin and Walden Media’s Naia Cucukov, Ben Forrer, and Frank Smith served as executive producers.

Ramy Youssef Nets Two-Season Animated Series Order At Amazon

Washington [US], March 11 (ANI): Amazon Studios has handed a two-season order to an animated comedy series from Emmy-nominated star Ramy Youssef and A24.

As per Variety, the series is part of a new first-look deal Youssef and his Cairo Cowboy production banner have signed with the streamer. Youssef leads Cairo Cowboy with Andy Campagna, the former senior vice president of television for Sam Esmail’s Esmail Corp.

The animated series will explore the experiences of a Muslim-American family that must learn how to code-switch as they navigate the early 2000s: a time of fear, war, and the rapid expansion of the boy-band industrial complex.

Youssef has co-created the series with Pam Brady. Both serve as executive producers along with Mona Chalabi. A24 and Amazon Studios will co-produce.

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Talking about the upcoming series, Youssef said, “Amazon Studios has committed to making a show with me that I never could have dreamed of getting made, let alone explore for two seasons.”

He added, “Anchored by Pam Brady and Mona Chalabi, we’ve brought together a special group of experienced and first-time writers to make something that I hope will be a genuine contribution to the animated space, and television. I’m excited and grateful to explore making more weird shit with Amazon Studios through this partnership, inshallah.”

Youssef is widely known for creating and starring in the critically-acclaimed Hulu series ‘Ramy’. He won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy series for the show’s first season, earning Emmy nominations in the same category as well as for best directing for a comedy series.

Two seasons of the show have aired to date, with Hulu having renewed it for a third season in July 2020.

His other acting credits include ‘Mr. Robot’ and ‘See Dad Run’. HBO released his standup special, ‘Ramy Youssef: Feelings’, in 2019. He is currently working with his ‘Ramy’ co-star Mohammed “Mo” Amer on a scripted Netflix comedy series in which Amer will star.

Akshay Kumar To Make Special Appearance In Vidyut Jammwal’s Show ‘India’s Ultimate Warrior’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 11 (ANI): Akshay Kumar is a martial arts enthusiast. He was only 9-years-old when he started practising the art form.

And now, he will soon be seen making a special appearance in actor Vidyut Jammwal-hosted show ‘India’s Ultimate Warrior’, which is based on martial arts and combat skills. On Friday, Akshay took to Instagram and shared a teaser video of the upcoming show.

Alongside the teaser, he opened up about the role of martial arts in his life.

“I was 9 when I started practising Martial Arts and I owe everything I am today to this art form. In #IndiasUltimateWarrior, it was heartwarming to see the 16 warriors who are ready to give their blood and sweat to become India’s Ultimate warrior. Watch the show now on the @discoveryplusin app and on 16th March on @discoverychannelin,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, on the film front, Akshay is currently busy promoting his film ‘Bachchan Pandey’. In a few days, he will begin shooting for ‘Selfiee’, co-starring Emraan Hashmi.

Aimee Carrero, Shane Paul McGhie Exit ‘The Boys’ Spinoff Series

Washington [US], March 11 (ANI): Actors Aimee Carrero and Shane Paul McGhie, who were going to play leads in Prime Video’s college-set spinoff of ‘The Boys’, have now departed the series.

According to Deadline, Carrero has joined another upcoming Prime Video series, ‘The Consultant’, as a series regular opposite Christoph Waltz and Nat Wolff. This spinoff has been in development for about a year and a half.

Originally written by ‘The Boys’ executive producer Craig Rosenberg, the series had cast its young leads, including Carrero and McGhie, last spring.

After several months had passed, in September 2021, the spinoff received a series greenlight, with Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters coming on board as showrunners.

Sources suggest that the departures of Carrero and McGhie were the outcome of several factors including the long delay in the show’s production, during which other acting opportunities presented themselves, as well as changes from the original version of the project the actors had signed up for.

As per Deadline, both roles as young superheroes in The Boys spinoff will be recast. It is possible that McGhie plays another character in The Boys universe in the future.

WarnerMedia To Pause All New Business In Russia

Washington [US], March 10 (ANI): WarnerMedia’s CEO Jason Kilar has announced on Wednesday that amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the entertainment conglomerate will be “pausing all new business in Russia”.

According to Variety, in a memo to WarnerMedia staff, Kilar said, “I want to share with each of you a number of decisions we have made with regard to WarnerMedia’s business operations in Russia.” “Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, WarnerMedia is pausing all new business in Russia. This includes ceasing broadcast of our channels, halting all new content licensing with Russian entities and pausing our planned theatrical and games releases,” he continued.

Previously, along with suspending CNN broadcasts in Russia, WarnerMedia’s Warner Bros had halted its plans to release ‘The Batman’ in the country ahead of its planned premiere.

Kilar further stated, “We are following this situation closely and future business decisions will be made with that context in mind. Our thoughts in this moment are with the people of Ukraine.”

This announcement from WarnerMedia comes a few hours after Discovery, Inc., which is set to soon close its acquisition of WarnerMedia, suspended all operations in Russia amid the country’s war on Ukraine.

As per Deadline, Universal Music has also just announced it ceased operations there, along with McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and others. Amazon will be shutting off Amazon Prime in Russia and stopping deliveries to the country.

Kangana Ranaut: ‘It Didn’t Come As ‘Lock Upp’, It Came As A Collaboration’

New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, who is basking in the success of her new reality show ‘Lock Upp’, recently revealed that the show’s concept was different when it was pitched to her. She also opened up about what made her get on board to host the show.

‘Lock Upp’ has a team of the most controversial celebrities locked up in a jail-like setup with basic amenities. Ever since it has released on February 27, audiences have been widely accepting it as a source of entertainment. On being asked about her thoughts before signing the project, Kangana told ANI that the show didn’t actually come to her as ‘Lock Upp’.

“It didn’t come as ‘Lock Upp’. It came as a collaboration,” Kangana said.

“So Ekta Kapoor and Ruchikaa Kapoor came and they said we want to collaborate with you for your digital debut and we have a couple of ideas of the reality show for you to host,” the 34-year-old actor shared.

Kangana revealed that the team built the concept of ‘Lock Upp’ together and the brainstorming took a “good 6-7 months” for the final project.

“The more I interacted with them and got to know what she wanted to do, the more I became convinced and the show happened gradually,” Kangana said.

‘Lock Upp’ is live-streamed on digital platforms MX Player and ALTBalaji.

Meanwhile, on the film front, Kangana will soon be seen in movies including ‘Tejas’, ‘Dhaakad’, ‘Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda’, ‘Emergency’, and ‘The Incarnation: Sita’.

She is also producing the upcoming dark comedy ‘Tiku Weds Sheru’ under her production house, Manikarnika Films.

Netflix’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ Renewed For Fourth & Final Season

Washington [US], March 9 (ANI): Netflix’s teenage drama series ‘Never Have I Ever’ has been renewed for Season 4 at the streaming platform, which will also be the show’s last season.

According to Variety, this news of a season 4 renewal comes even before a premiere date was assigned to season 3, the production on which had recently finished. ‘Never Have I Ever’, which has been co-created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi.

“Hey Crickets, we’ve got some morning announcements for you: Season 3 of ‘Never Have I Ever’ is gonna drop this summer! Plus we’ve just been renewed for a fourth and final season, which we are absolutely thrilled about.

We can’t wait to reveal all the steamy romance and hilarious adventures we have in store for you. Thanks to all our fans for your support – especially you #Bevi and #Daxton stans. We love you!” said Kaling and Fisher in a tweet.

In the show, Maitreyi’s character is a first-generation Indian American teenager juggling the pressures of her home life, including grief over losing her father, with a complicated love triangle, evolving friendships, and inner emotional turmoil best expressed by narrator John McEnroe.

As per Variety, in addition to Maitreyi and McEnroe, the cast of ‘Never Have I Ever’ includes Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Jaren Lewison, Darren Barnet, Lee Rodriguez and Ramona Young.

Sonu Sood: ‘I Am Overjoyed To Begin The Roadies Shoot’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 28 (ANI): Actor Sonu Sood, who was recently roped in to host the new season of MTV Roadies, has started shooting for the reality show.

Expressing excitement about his new gig, Sonu said, “I am overjoyed to begin the Roadies shoot. It is one reality show I have been following very closely over the years, and I am very excited to add my flavour to it. I am sure it will be a journey like no other.” The shooting is currently taking place in South Africa.

Sonu has stepped into Rannvijay Singha’s shoes, who was synonymous with ‘Roadies’ for the past 18 years. The new season is expected to go live in March. 

Atul Kulkarni: ‘Working Again With Ajay Devgn After 22 Years Was A Fantastic Experience’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 28 (ANI): Actor Atul Kulkarni is all praises for his ‘Rudra- The Edge of Darkness’ co-star Ajay Devgn.

Talking about his experience of working with Ajay, Atul said, “Working again with Ajay after 22 years, from our first movie together Khakee, was a fantastic experience. Ajay Ji is not just an actor. He is a director, a producer, a great technician and a writer. So, there are many facets to him which inspire people around him.” He added, “There are people who have a lot of experience, and when they come on set, they share that experience with the team and the co-actors. Not every time they do it knowingly! They simply share things unknowingly whenever they are talking about a scene or choreography or delivering their dialogues. With Ajay ji, every time that experience of his oozes out. He is the best example for any actor with 25 years in the film industry. It was really wonderful working with him.”

Shot across multiple unique locations in Mumbai, the upcoming series is touted as an engaging and dark take on a cop’s journey of uncovering truths and bringing victims justice.

Raashi Khanna, Esha Deol, Ashwini Kalsekar, Tarun Gahlot, Ashish Vidyarthi, and Satyadeep Misra are also a part of ‘Rudra’, which will be released on March 4 on Disney+ Hotstar.

‘Outlander’ New Prequel Series In Development At Starz

Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): Good news for all ‘Outlander’ fans! A prequel of the hit series is in development at Starz.

As per Variety, ‘Outlander’ executive producer and showrunner Matthew B. Roberts is attached to write and executive produce the prequel. A writers’ room is currently being assembled with an eye to begin work in the coming weeks. Exact plot details for what the prequel would focus on are being kept under wraps. Ronald D. Moore, who developed ‘Outlander’ for television, will also executive produce along with Maril Davis under their Tall Ship Productions banner. As with ‘Outlander’, Sony Pictures Television will be the studio.

Roberts is currently under an overall deal at Sony.

‘Outlander’ is based on the ongoing novel series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon.

Gabaldon recently teased in a Facebook post that she is still working on a prequel novel about Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser, the parents of ‘Outlander’ main character Jamie Fraser.

News of the prequel comes as Season 6 of ‘Outlander’ is due to bow on Starz on March 6. A seventh season has already been greenlit. Production on Season 6 was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which pushed back the premiere date. Season 6 is based on the ‘Outlander’ book ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’ and will consist of eight episodes. Season 7 is based on ‘An Echo in the Bone’ and will consist of 16 episodes.

Lyric Ross To Join Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ Series

Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): Actor Lyric Ross of ‘This Is Us’ fame has been signed on for a role in the upcoming Marvel series ‘Ironheart’.

According to Variety, Ross will be joining previously announced cast members, Dominique Thorne and Anthony Ramos. As previously reported, the show follows the Marvel character Riri Williams (Thorne), a genius inventor and the creator of the most advanced suit of armour since Iron Man. Williams was first introduced in the Marvel comics in 2016, the creation of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato. In the comics, she is a 15-year-old MIT student who reverse engineers Iron Man’s armour in order to create armour of her own.

Iron Man, a.k.a. Tony Stark, eventually took notice and gave her his encouragement to pursue the life of a superhero.

Ross is believed to be playing Williams’ best friend. Details on the character Ramos is playing are being kept under wraps.

The actor has been with ‘This Is Us’ since the hit NBC drama’s second season, playing the role of Deja Pearson. The show is due to end with its sixth season, which began airing in January.

She has also starred in features such as ‘Canal Street’ and ‘Rogers Park’.

Variety had reported that Chinaka Hodge will serve as head writer on ‘Ironheart’ back in April 2021. The show was originally announced as part of a Disney investor day presentation in December 2020.

‘Ironheart’ is one of several upcoming Marvel shows at Disney Plus. Others include ‘Secret Invasion’, ‘Ms. Marvel’, ‘She-Hulk’, and ‘Echo’, which is a spinoff of ‘Hawkeye’.

There is also a spinoff of ‘WandaVision’ starring Kathryn Hahn in the works. Multiple Marvel shows have already debuted on the streamer, with ‘Hawkeye’ being the most recent.

Wrestler Babita Phogat To Join Kangana Ranaut’s Show ‘Lock Upp’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 25 (ANI): Wrestler Babita Phogat will be seen participating in Kangana Ranaut-hosted show ‘Lock Upp’.

After announcing the names of the first three contestants, including TV actor Nisha Rawal, internet sensation Poonam Pandey, and stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, the makers, on Friday, informed that Babita is also a part of the upcoming reality show. Sharing her promo from the show, Babia took to social media and wrote, “Chora ho ya chori yeh badass jail sab ke liye hoga same! Dekhiye #LockUpp streaming from 27th Feb.”

Babita had bagged the gold medal in the 55kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth games. However, in 2020, she was embroiled in controversy for posting a controversial tweet against the Tablighi Jamaat group.

This is going to be Babita’s second stint in reality shows. She had earlier featured with her husband Vivek Suhag in ‘Nach Baliye 9’. 

Munawar Faruqi On Facing Backlash For Participating In ‘Lock Upp’: ‘Let Me Do My Job’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 25 (ANI): The news of stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqi participating in Kangana Ranaut-hosted upcoming show ‘Lock Upp’ did not go down well with a section of social media users.

Criticising him over his decision, a netizen tweeted, “It is safe to say that I never was a Munawar Faruqi fan but I wouldn’t expect him to take this sort of an opportunity out of the limelight. he proved himself to be just another puppet, what a pity!

Another one wrote, “You are a hypocrite.”

After facing backlash online, Munawar took to Instagram and penned a statement, urging people not to spread hate.

“Request to friends, fans and followers If you see people giving their opinion on something I’m doing…Don’t argue or abuse them…Put your words in right way and leave! Don’t engage. They have right to do that as I feel few are hurt, disappointed but at the end lets not make Internet about arguments and hate. let them do their job (criticism) and let me do my job! (Entertainment) My job is to entertain you people! And I will try my best to do that 24*7 on this show,” he posted.

In 2021, Munawar was arrested by the Indore Police in a case for allegedly hurting religious sentiments and was in jail for almost a month. 

Andrew Garfield-starrer ‘Under The Banner Of Heaven’ Trailer Out

Washington [US], February 24 (ANI): The makers of Andrew Garfield-starrer ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ series have unveiled the first teaser trailer of the much-awaited series on Thursday.

According to People Magazine, the series is based on author Jon Krakauer’s 2003 book of the same name. The minute-long teaser gives a glimpse into the story of a devout Mormon detective as his faith is tested when he’s tasked with investigating a murder seemingly connected to the church.

The ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’ star’s character, Detective Pyre, is an elder member of the Utah-based Latter Day Saints church. According to a description of the series, Pyre “begins to question some of the Church’s teachings through his contact with a suspected murderer.”

“So far, what we’ve found isn’t pointing outward,” Garfield’s Pyre. “The evidence points to things and to beliefs that I have only ever heard whispering about.”

“I wonder how something so horrific could have come to pass,” Pyre adds.

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sam Worthington, Denise Gough, Wyatt Russell, Billy Howle, Gil Birmingham, Adelaide Clemens, Rory Culkin, Seth Numrich, Chloe Pirrie, Sandra Seacat and Christopher Heyerdahl also star in the true-crime drama.

‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ was first announced in 2011, though it was originally intended to be a film directed by Ron Howard and written by Dustin Lance Black. By June 2021, it was later revealed that it was being turned into a limited series instead.
The series is set to debut on FX via Hulu later this year.

‘The Blacklist’ Renewed For 10th Season By NBC

Washington [US], February 23 (ANI): Popular espionage drama ‘The Blacklist’ has been renewed for the tenth season by NBC.

Star and executive producer James Spader shared the update during an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

‘The Blacklist’ is currently in the middle of broadcasting its ninth season. The season premiered in October and new episodes air on Fridays. The show has been a hit for the network, which said that it had reached “22 million viewers” across linear and digital platforms this season.

Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq, Laura Sohn and Harry Lennix are also a part of the show.

Comedian Rosie O’Donnell Apologizes For Assuming Priyanka Chopra Was Deepak’s Daughter

Washington [US], February 23 (ANI): Comedian Rosie O’Donnell has apologised to global star Priyanka Chopra through social media for mistaking her to be the daughter of author Deepak Chopra.

As per E! News, O’Donnell recently bumped into Chopra and Nick Jonas while out to dinner in Malibu, California. She went over to say hello but the conversation soon took an awkward turn.

“So, I said, ‘Hi, Nick Jonas, you were great in Kingdom,'” Rosie recalled in a TikTok, noting she then addressed Priyanka. “‘Hi, I know your dad.’ She goes, ‘You do? Who’s my dad?’ And I go, ‘Deepak.’ She goes, ‘No, and Chopra is a common name.'”

Rosie continued, “I felt so embarrassed. Didn’t you think that Nick Jonas was married to Deepak Chopra’s daughter? Am I the only one who thought that?”

While some fans in the comments agreed with her, others didn’t take the situation so well.

In a follow-up TikTok, the comedian apologized to the new mom and also addressed some comments users had about the interaction.

“People thought she was rude, and she wasn’t rude,” Rosie explained. “It was just awkward, you know? I mean, I’m sure she gets sick of that. I’m sure I’m not the only one…I’m sure it felt weird to her to begin with.”

She added, “I just want to apologize to her and to everyone who thought it was really inappropriate of me. Sorry. Sometimes I f–k up, I did at Nobu.”

For the unversed, Chopra’s father is late Dr Ashok Chopra who died in 2013 after battling cancer. The pair had a close relationship. Her mother’s name is Dr Madhu Chopra.

Meanwhile, on the personal front, Priyanka and Nick have recently become parents. On January 22, the two took to Instagram and announced the birth of “a baby via surrogate.”

Ashley Reyes Joins Jared Padalecki In CW’s ‘Walker’

Washington [US], February 22 (ANI): Actor Ashley Reyes, widely known for ‘How I Met Your Father’ and ‘American Gods’, has been tapped as a lead opposite Jared Padalecki in the CW’s ‘Walker’.

Reyes, who has joined the cast as a series regular, will first appear in the next episode, ‘Nudge’, slated to premiere on March 3, reported Deadline. Reyes succeeds Lindsay Morgan who exited ‘Walker’ earlier this season for personal reasons after playing Walker’s (Padalecki) partner Micki Ramirez since the pilot. Reyes will play a new character, Cassie, who is Walker’s new partner.

A spirited, uncensored, strong Texas Ranger based in Dallas who served as a Texas state trooper for 8 years before that, Cassie is unconventional and wily, quick on her feet. She knows that she’s one of the only women in her field and that the odds are always against her, but rather than colour inside the lines, Cassie chooses to splash vivid colours all over the canvas.

The CW’s reimagining of the popular CBS drama ‘Walker’, ‘Texas Ranger’ centres on Cordell Walker (Padalecki), a widower and father of two with his own moral code who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years.

Season 2 follows the Walker family and their friends as they recover from the struggles of Season 1 and confront the demons of their past coming home to roost… all while being watched by an unknown voyeur.

In ‘Nudge’, a case of mistaken identity leads to an “electrifying” first meeting between Cordell (Padalecki) and Perez (Reyes). Meanwhile, Liam (Keegan Allen) gets some help with his little plan, and Colton (Jalen Thomas Brooks) realises he has feelings for Stella (Violet Brinson) that he needs to deal with.

In addition to Padalecki, Allen and Brinson, Reyes joins fellow series regulars Molly Hagan, Kale Culley, Coby Bell, Jeff Pierre, Mitch Pileggi and Odette Annable. Walker is written and executive produced by Anna Fricke, and executive produced by Dan Lin and Lindsay Liberatore, Padalecki, Seamus Kevin Fahey and Steve Robin. The series is from CBS Studios in association with Rideback.

Reyes, probably best known for her series regular role as Cordelia on Starz’s ‘American Gods’, can currently be seen in a heavily recurring role on Hulu’s ‘How I Met Your Father’, a spinoff of ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

Jane Marczewski Dies: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Contestant Was 31

Washington [US], February 22 (ANI): Former ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant Jane Marczewski has died at the age of 31 after a battle with cancer.

As per E! News, the singer, who rose to fame while appearing on the hit show under the moniker ‘Nightbirde’, died on February 19 after a four-year battle with cancer, her family said on Monday. “We, her family, are devastated by her passing and unimaginable loss,” the singer’s family said in a statement to NBC’s Today.

The singer added, “Those who knew her enjoyed her larger-than-life personality and sense of humour. She had a witty joke for every occasion–even if the joke was on her. Her lasting legacy will be the gift of hope she gave to so many through her music and the strength she found in Jesus. We thank everyone for their messages of love and support.”

TMZ was the first to report about Marczewski’s death, which comes months after she blew judges away with her debut on the NBC show in June 2021. Her performance prompted both a golden buzzer and an emotional reaction from AGT judge Simon Cowell.

Before launching into her original song, the singer shared that her cancer had spread to her “lungs, spine and liver.” Last August, Marczewski opened up about having to step down from the competition due to her health “taking a turn for the worse.”

“Sharing my heart with the world on AGT has been an honor and a dream come true,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself on Instagram.

“My point of view this summer has been astounding. What a miracle that the pain I’ve walked through can be reworked into beauty that makes people all over the world open their eyes wider,” she added at the time.

She continued, “Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention. I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of AGT. Life doesn’t always give breaks to those that deserve it–but we knew that already.”

In her last Instagram post in January, Marczewski shared a selfie, writing, “Honestly, things have been pretty brutal. But this is a photo of myself from last week where I felt pretty, and alive, and awake, and human, and real. I needed that. We’re all a little lost and it’s alright.”

Following news of her death, ‘America’s Got Talent’ host Terry Crews shared a photo to Instagram in her memory, writing, “We are saddened to learn about @_nightbirde’s passing. Our condolences goes to her closest family & friends in such of this difficult time. We love you, Nightbirde.”

‘AGT’ judge Howie Mandel also shared a few touching words on Twitter dedicated to the singer, calling Marczewski a “bright inspirational light in all our lives.”

“We must continue to live and learn from her words and lyrics. As much as I feel horribly about her passing, I feel lucky to have met, heard and known her,” he wrote.

Randeep Hooda To Come Up With New Netflix’s Series ‘CAT’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 22 (ANI): Actor Randeep Hooda is all set to come up with a new series titled ‘CAT’.

Netflix’s upcoming revenge series is being directed by Balwinder Singh Janjua, who has previously written films like ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ and ‘Mubarakan’. Written by Balwinder Singh Janjua, Rupinder Chahal, and Jimmy Singh, ‘CAT’ is a crime thriller set against the backdrop of the Punjab hinterlands. In the series, Randeep will be seen essaying the role of an undercover spy.

Excited about the project, Randeep said, “Working with Netflix is always a pleasure. I had a tremendous time during ‘Extraction’ and the love it got me from around the world was phenomenal. ‘CAT’ again has all the elements to appeal to a global audience. It has given me an opportunity to explore new facets as an actor in a simple but intriguing script. Can’t wait to see the audience reaction to the series.”

He also took to Twitter to share the series’ first poster with his fans. In the first look, Randeep can be seen donning a turban. One can also spot a gun in his hands.

The show will be out soon on the streaming giant.

Courteney Cox Recalls Facing Side Effects Of Cosmetic Treatments, Says ‘I Would Never Do Now’

Washington [US], February 22 (ANI): Ahead of the launch of her new comedy-horror TV show ‘Shining Vale’, actor Courteney Cox admitted getting facial fillers in the past and opened up about why her attitude towards cosmetic procedures changed.

In a recent interview with a media outlet, Cox recalled facing side effects of cosmetic treatments, CNN reported.

“There was a time when you go, ‘Oh, I’m changing. I’m looking older.’ And I tried to chase that (youthfulness) for years. And I didn’t realize that, oh sh*t, I’m actually looking really strange with injections and doing stuff to my face that I would never do now,” she revealed.

The ‘Friends’ star added, “The scrutiny is intense, but I don’t know if it could be more intense than what I put on myself.”

Coming back to ‘Shining Vale’, the project will feature her as a depressed erotic novelist who moves from New York City to rural Connecticut with her family. 

Bear Grylls’ Congratulates Ranveer Singh On Bagging Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 22 (ANI): A day after Ranveer Singh won the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Award 2022 in the Best Actor category, British adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls heaped praises on the Bollywood star.

Taking to Twitter, Grylls wrote, “Extremely well deserved brother Congrats @RanveerOfficial.”
Responding to Grylls, Ranveer commented, “Love you, Bear.”

Grylls and Ranveer’s exchange of words on Twitter has hinted at their collaboration for a project. Even fans were left curious after seeing their tweets.

“Are you guys doing any show together?” a netizen asked.
“Next next guest on Man vs. Wild? another social media user commented.

Reportedly, the two will be sharing screen space in a “big-budget” adventure series, which is likely to be bankrolled by Netflix and will stream on the OTT platform.

Prior to Ranveer, Grylls has collaborated with Vicky Kaushal and Ajay Devgn for his show ‘Into The Wild’.

Anil Kapoor Teams Up With Son Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor In Netflix’s ‘Thar’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 21 (ANI): Anil Kapoor and Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor are all set to headline the upcoming Netflix movie ‘Thar’. Apart from the father-son duo, the revenge thriller will also feature actors Fatima Sana Shaikh and Satish Kaushik.

‘Thar’ is set in the 80s and will follow the story of Siddharth – played by Harsh Varrdhan.

Shifting to Pushkar for a job, Siddharth embarks on a journey to avenge his past. Will he succeed or does Pushkar have something else to offer him? The first look posters of Anil, Harsh Varrdhan, Fatima and Satish were also unveiled by Netflix on its official Twitter handle.

The revenge noir thriller will mark the directorial debut of Raj Singh Chaudhary. The screenplay is credited to Raj Singh, with dialogues by him and Anurag Kashyap.

Apart from starring in the film, Anil Kapoor is also producing it under his banner Anil Kapoor Film Company (AKFC) Network.

AKFC Network and Netflix are long-standing creative partners and ‘Thar’ is the first film that the two have collaborated on.

Over 15 years, AKFC Network has been involved with films including ‘Gandhi, My Father’, ‘Khoobsurat’ and ‘Veere di Wedding’, and TV series including the Indian adaptation of ’24’ and Aravind Adiga’s ‘Selection Day’ for Netflix.

Talking about his upcoming film, Anil Kapoor said, “I am extremely proud of what we have achieved with ‘Thar’ and am super excited about the film for several reasons. The genre itself – a noir thriller set in Rajasthan that pays tribute to the genre of the classic Western is a first for Indian cinema and audiences.”

He added, “‘Thar’ is a playground where the dynamism of new blood meets the experience of industry stalwarts, both on and off-screen. On-screen we see the fresh pairing of Harshvarrdhan Kapoor and Fatima Sana Sheikh and off-screen we see director Raj Singh Chaudhary creating magic with a team of ambitious, risk-taking debutantes – Director of Photography Shreya Dev Dube and Music Composer Ajay Jayanthi.”

The actor further said, “As an actor and a producer, I have always strived to push the envelope and disrupt the status quo with innovative content. ‘Thar’ is a manifestation of this obsession and I’m thrilled to have a partner as supportive and collaborative as Netflix to take this story as far and wide as it can go. We, at AKFC Network truly believe that audiences in India and across the globe will love and embrace the film for all its beauty, grit and thrill.”

With ‘Thar’, Netflix will deliver another thriller after its success with ‘Haseen Dillruba’, ‘Raat Akeli Hai’, ‘Aranyak’, ‘Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein’ and many more which left audiences across the globe glued to their screens. 

Jamal Edwards Dies: YouTube Star Was 31

London [UK], February 21 (ANI): Music entrepreneur and YouTube star Jamal Edwards is no more.

He breathed his last on Sunday morning at the age of 31, E Online reported. After learning about the unfortunate news about the demise of Edwards, the founder of SBTV, an online urban music platform that helped launch the careers of artists like Dave, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J, fans and members of the music industry paid their emotional tributes on social media.

“He gave me opportunity after opportunity to showcase my talent from Brum into London. We need to keep his name and brand alive,” rapper Lady Leshurr tweeted.

Describing Edwards as a “legend”, Jaykae tweeted: “I think I can speak for us all as artists and as supporters of UK grime/rap scene when I say I owe this man so much! Helped me sometimes without even speaking of it.”

No details have been released about his death yet.

Kamal Haasan takes a break from ‘Bigg Boss Ultimate’ hosting to shoot film ‘Vikram’

New Delhi [India], – Superstar Kamal Haasan, who had been hosting Tamil reality digital series ‘Bigg Boss Ultimate’, has announced that he is “constrained to opt out” of the show due to the clash of dates with ‘Vikram’.

The actor announced the news on his Instagram handle on Sunday.
Sharing the cause behind the “unavoidable” clash, the statement read, “The rescheduling of the production activities for Vikram that we are forced to do on account the lockdown and restrictions imposed, has unavoidably resulted in overlap of dates required to be allotted for Bigg Boss Ultimate. “

“It would be unfair to make such eminent stars and technicians wait for me, considering their schedule and other commitments that they might already have. Consequently, I am now constrained to opt out of this season of Bigg Boss Ultimate for the remaining episodes after 20th February,” he shared in the statement.

He extended his best wishes, adding, “Till I meet you again in Season 6 of Bigg Boss, My best wishes to you all!!”

‘Bigg Boss Ultimate’ is the spin-off to ‘Bigg Boss Tamil’, released exclusively on OTT Platform Disney+ Hotstar.

Meanwhile, ‘Vikram’, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, features the Padma Bhushan star in an intense new avatar and caters to those fond of realistic action sequences.

The film is not a sequel to the 1986 film of the same name, though the film’s official title teaser uses a remixed version of the theme song from the 1986 film.

The film features Kamal, Vijay Sethupathi, and Fahadh Faasil in the lead roles along with Shivani Narayanan, Kalidas Jayaram, Narain, Antony Varghese and Arjun Das in supporting roles.

The movie that marks Lokesh’s first collaboration with Kamal Haasan is slated to hit the screens worldwide in April 2022. (ANI)(instagramKamal)

Netflix Announces 4 Upcoming Dave Chappelle Comedy Specials

Washington [US], February 19 (ANI): Comedian Dave Chappelle is still very much on Netflix’s home team as the streamer recently announced four new specials with Chappelle after coming under fire for the comedian’s stand-up special ‘The Closer’.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix on Friday announced the release of four upcoming comedy specials executive produced and hosted by the controversial comic. The series of specials is dubbed ‘Chappelle’s Home Team’, and each will feature a different comic introduced by Chappelle.

The first to be featured is Earthquake (real name Nathaniel Martin Stroman), and his special, called ‘Earthquake: Legendary’. It will premiere on February 28. Another special will spotlight Donnell Rawlings. One similarity shared by all the featured comics is they’ve been in the stand-up game for at least 30 years.

“I’ve been doing this a long time and comedians like Quake and Donnell are not only friends but have inspired my own career,” Chappelle said.

He added, “Anyone in the comedy community knows these names and knows their time to shine is long overdue. I am proud to be a part of this moment.”

The specials are directed by Chappelle’s go-to helmer Stan Lathan and executive produced by Chappelle, Lathan, Earthquake, Rikki Hughes and Jermaine Smith.

Chappelle is a hugely popular name for the streamer. But his last Netflix special, ‘The Closer’, drew criticism from the media as well as from many of his fans for the comic’s lengthy discussion of the transgender movement, segments that were blasted as transphobic.

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos defended the special amid the backlash from some in the streamer’s own employee ranks and later admitted “I screwed up” by not being more sensitive to Netflix staffers.

Still, Sarandos backed the program as “consistent with our comedy offering, it’s consistent with Dave Chappelle’s comedy brand and this is … one of those times when there’s something on Netflix that you’re not going to like.”

At the time, ‘The Closer’ was billed as the last of a six-special package of Chappelle content for the streamer.

Chappelle will also headline a performance at the Hollywood Bowl for Netflix’s Los Angeles-based comedy festival, ‘Netflix is a Joke’.

‘9-1-1’ Actor Rockmond Dunbar Sues Disney & 20th Television Over COVID Vaccine-Related Firing

Washington [US], February 19 (ANI): A federal lawsuit has been filed by American actor Rockmond Dunbar against his former employers, Disney and 20th Television, for firing him from ‘9-1-1’.

As per the court documents filed on Wednesday and obtained by People magazine on Thursday, the companies have been accused by the actor of racial discrimination for not granting his request for a religious and medical exemption from their COVID vaccine mandate. Dunbar has alleged that other ‘9-1-1’ cast and crew members “who also could not be vaccinated” were given accommodations by the studios, though “none sought a religious exemption and none were Black.” He played Michael Grant for five seasons on the show.

Dunbar claimed that after submitting paperwork seeking both a religious and a medical exemption, the producers of ‘9-1-1’ assured they wanted him to remain on the show, but he was ultimately written off the drama series in November.

The lawsuit stated, “The administrators who work for [the studios] never took Mr. Dunbar’s requests for accommodations seriously… Defendants refused to believe Mr. Dunbar’s doctor’s recommendation, and they refused to engage with Mr. Dunbar in any meaningful interactive communication regarding his religious beliefs.”

The actor alleged improper dismissal from the FOX show and severe damage to his professional reputation. He claims that his employment agreements were terminated and the studios “wrongfully leaked negative information” about his departure to the media to “deliberately make it sound” like he was an anti-vaxxer.

A statement, obtained by People magazine, was issued by 20th Television in response to the lawsuit. It read, “To ensure safe working environments at our productions we have implemented a mandatory vaccination confirmation process.”

“While we will not comment on any one individual, each request for exemption is given a thorough review and we grant accommodations consistent with our legal obligations. There are no differences in our process or decision-making based on an employee’s race,” they added.

Dunbar had spoken about his exit from ‘9-1-1’ in a statement obtained by Deadline in November.

At the time, he said, “I applied for religious and medical accommodations pursuant to the law and unfortunately was denied by my employer. My sincerely held beliefs and private medical history are very intimate and personal aspects of my life that I do not publicly discuss and have no desire to start now.”

Chris Pratt’s ‘The Terminal List’ To Premiere On Prime Video On July 1

Washington [US], February 18 (ANI): Actor Chris Pratt starrer thriller series ‘The Terminal List’ is set to premiere on Prime Video, on July 1, the streamer announced on Thursday.

According to Variety, based on the novel of the same name by Jack Carr, ‘The Terminal List’ follows James Reece (Pratt), a Navy SEAL who returns to civilian life after his team is ambushed during a high-stakes mission. Struggling with conflicting memories of the event, Reece soon has to go back to action when he discovers threats against his family and loved ones.

Pratt anchors the large ensemble cast of the series, which also includes Constance Wu, Taylor Kitsch, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough, Arlo Mertz, Jai Courtney, JD Pardo, Patrick Schwarzenegger, LaMonica Garrett, Stephen Bishop, Sean Gunn, Tyner Rushing, Jared Shaw, Christina Vidal, Nick Chinlund, Matthew Rauch, Warren Kole, and Alexis Louder.

The series is showrun by David DiGilio, along with writer Daniel Shattuck and Carr.

Pratt executive produces the series with Jon Schumacher through Indivisible Productions, as does Antoine Fuqua through Fuqua Films. The series is a co-production between Amazon Studios and Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television.

As per Variety, all eight episodes of ‘The Terminal List’ will debut on Prime Video on July 1. 

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ To End With Season 5

Washington [US], February 18 (ANI): Popular show ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ will be concluded after the fifth season.

Amazon, on Thursday, announced the renewal of the comedy drama’s final season, reported The Hollywood Reporter. The news comes at a time when the show starring Rachel Brosnahan returns for its highly anticipated fourth season.

Excited about the new season, Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said, “Amy, Dan, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have blazed an unparalleled path, elevating the stories we tell about women, challenging the norms in our industry, and forever altering the entertainment landscape with their one-of-a-kind storytelling.”

Salke added, “The dozens of awards cement Maisel’s legacy in many ways, but what’s even more enduring and poignant are the characters Amy created and the joyous, brilliant, singular world she and Dan brought to life. This series has meant so much to Prime Video and the effects of its success will be felt long after its final season. I can’t wait for fans and our worldwide Prime Video audience to savor each moment as we embark on the culmination of this groundbreaking and unforgettable series.”

The production on season five of the series from creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is currently underway.

Kapil Sharma On Teaming Up With Nandita Das For A New Film: ‘I Am Very Excited’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 17 (ANI): After featuring in movies ‘Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon’ and ‘Firangi’, comedian Kapil Sharma is all set to enthrall the audience with his acting skills once again with a new film, which is presented by Applause Entertainment and Nandita Das Initiatives.

The yet-to-be-titled project also stars Shahana Goswami. As per a statement, in Nandita Das’ directorial, Kapil will be seen playing the role of a food delivery rider.

Excited to work with Nandita, Kapil said, “I am very excited about this project, not because I am doing a film, but because I am doing Nandita Das’ film, whom I have seen both as an actor and a director. She has a very distinct and deep way of looking at things and a keen eye for detailing. So my job as an actor is to just do what she tells me. Her work is very different from mine, and I am happy that the audience will get to see a new side of me.”

He added, “An artist is always thirsty to do something different! The people behind the project, Nandita Das and Sameer Nair, are both extremely passionate and good at what they make, so I am really excited to be doing this film.”

According to Nandita, the film “attempts to make visible what’s hidden in plain sight.”

She added, “And for this, the cast and crew has serendipitously come together. One day, Kapil Sharma popped up on my screen! I hadn’t seen his show, but I could see him wholly representing the ‘common man’, despite not being one anymore! I am certain he will surprise everyone, including himself, with his natural candidness.”

Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment, too spoke about the project.

He shared, “Nandita first narrated this idea to us as a short. We loved it so much that we actively encouraged her to expand it into a full feature. And we are elated to say that the idea is blossoming into a wonderful film that captures the lives of the invisible, ‘ordinary’ people who actually keep this country and our economy running.”

The film, slated to begin filming later this month, is set in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Aaron Rodgers, Shailene Woodley Break Up One Year After Announcing Engagement

Washington [US], February 17 (ANI): Actor Shailene Woodley and NFL player Aaron Rodgers have broken up close to one year after announcing their engagement.

A source close to Rodgers confirmed to People magazine that the NFL star, 38, and the 30-year-old ‘Big Little Lies’ actor have split, just over one year after he made the surprise announcement that they were engaged. “It was an amicable split; it just wasn’t working,” the source said.

The source added, “They’re very different people with busy careers and there were obstacles that they couldn’t surmount. They will remain friendly; there’s no bad blood and no drama. It just didn’t work out for them.”

Multiple sources also confirmed the news of their split to Us Weekly, with one source noting that they “haven’t been spending any time together” in recent weeks.

“Shailene has been super busy with work,” one insider told Us Weekly, noting that Rodgers is always “focused” on football.

“Everything was so different during lockdown, and they had been living in their bubble.

Friends of Shailene didn’t believe Aaron is the best match for her,” the insider added.

The NFL quarterback was first linked to the ‘Spectacular Now’ star following his July 2020 split from Danica Patrick. Us Weekly confirmed the duo’s relationship in February 2021, and later that month, Rodgers raised eyebrows when he thanked his “fiancee” during his NFL Honors acceptance speech.

Woodley later shared more details about the duo’s engagement during an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’.

In late March 2021, they were seen for the first time since news of their engagement broke, going for a dinner outing with friends in Arkansas. Shortly after, Rodgers and Woodley were spotted on their most PDA-packed outing as a couple at Walt Disney World.

News of their romance was a surprise to many as Rodgers and Woodley’s low-key relationship grew stronger in their quarantine bubble during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as the world opened up and Rodgers’ NFL season approached, the two were rarely seen together.

“There’s no wedding planning happening. There’s no rush. We’ve got no rush,” Woodley told Entertainment Tonight in a July 2021 interview.

In September 2021, Rodgers told Haute Living that they were focusing on work separately.

“It’s a busy work time for her, so [my decision] probably came at a good time for both of us to be able to focus on our work. I think it’s going to be a good thing,” he told the outlet.

He added, “I mean, her work was shut down for an entire year, and she’s booked a number of projects. She enjoys working and her own routine, which I obviously enjoy, too.”

Just earlier this year, a source told People magazine that the pair oftentimes “agree to disagree” on subjects where they didn’t see eye to eye on. “They are not talking about their politics, and they never really have,” said the source. “They disagreed on a lot of things. Early on, they decided to agree to disagree about things and not debate them.”

News of their breakup comes after Rodgers received backlash concerning his vaccination status in November 2021 when it was made public that he tested positive for the coronavirus.

In August of last year, he told the media that he was “immunized” when he was asked about whether or not he had received the COVID-19 vaccine amid rising NFL protocols for the 2021 season. However, during an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show on November 5, Rodgers confirmed that he was unvaccinated. That same month, Woodley slammed “disparaging” claims about Rodgers.

Meanwhile, Rodgers previously dated Olivia Munn from May 2014 to April 2017 and Danica Patrick from December 2017 to July 2020. The Emmy nominee, for her part, dated rugby star Ben Volavola for two years before splitting in early 2020.

Ajay Devgn: ‘Rudra’ Has More Drama, Suspense & Thrill For The Audience

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 15 (ANI): Actor Ajay Devgn’s OTT debut ‘Rudra-The Edge of Darkness’ is all set to release on March 4, and he is super excited about that.

According to him, the series, which is an Indian take on the successful British series, ‘Luther’, depicts a different kind of action and it would surely be a treat for his fans. “I can’t say that Rudra – The Edge of Darkness will be at par with Luther. It could be better also! When action is concerned, this show depicts a very different kind of action – it has more drama, suspense, and thrill for the audience, making it very interesting. I hope it’s better than the original,” Ajay shared.

He added, “My job is to entertain people. The platform doesn’t matter at all. I definitely love the big screen. Now in my personal time, I watch a lot of OTT, and I love it. Post the pandemic also, it is multiplying much more. So it doesn’t matter at all if you are in OTT, or on the big screen. There are so many new things to explore in both! Moreover, I had a lovely time with the entire team of Rudra. It was amazing to work with them.”

‘Rudra’, which also features Esha Deol and Raashi Khanna, will be out on Disney+ Hotstar in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Bengali. 

Netflix Releases ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 Teaser

Washington [US], February 15 (ANI): Dearest reader, did you miss Lady Whistledown? Fret not because Netflix recently released the first teaser for ‘Bridgerton’ season two, and it’s sure to add to your excitement.

The teaser of the upcoming season was unveiled on the occasion of Valentine’s Day on the show’s official Instagram account. The caption read, “Lady Whistledown’s quill knows no loyalty, thus it is advised to guard one’s secrets with their life. Bridgerton Season 2 returns March 25, 2022. Only on Netflix.”

The mysterious author of Bridgerton’s Whistledown Papers was unmasked in the first season and rises again in the season two teaser.

We don’t get a lot in the one-minute-long teaser, but we get exactly what we were waiting for: Glimpses of ornate ballrooms, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) with a fresh haircut, the introduction of Kate and Edwina Sharma (Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran), and Whistledown herself, narrating it all as Julie Andrews.

In the teaser, Lady Whistledown (a.k.a. Penelope Featherington) announces her plans to shake up London’s social scene once again.

“Dearest gentle reader, did you miss me? As the members of my town questioned my identity and means, this author has been doing but one thing: honing my skills,” says Lady Whistledown in the narration voiced by Julie Andrews.

“No, even better, I’ve been sharpening my knives … for all of you,” she adds in the teaser.

The brief clip shows how the ton prepares for the new social season. All the while, viewers get a brief introduction to the Sharma sisters as well, both of whom will find themselves in a twisted love triangle with Anthony.

Penelope is additionally seen writing as the town gossip at the teaser’s end. This continues the narrative of a big reveal from the season 1 finale that Penelope is, in fact, Lady Whistledown.

The second season of the Shonda Rhimes-produced period drama is returning to Netflix on March 25.

Following in the structure of the novels written by author Julia Quinn, the second installment will see the eldest Bridgerton sibling Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s (Bailey) journey to finding love, reported People magazine.

The series also stars Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury), Lorraine Ashbourne (Mrs Varley), Harriet Cains (Philipa Featherington), Bessie Carter (Prudence Featherington), Shelley Conn (Mary Sharma), Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Basset), Ruth Gemmell (Violet Bridgerton), Florence Hunt (Hyacinth Bridgerton), Martins Imhangbe (Will Mondrich), Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton), Calam Lynch (Theo Sharpe), Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton), Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton), Will Tilston (Gregory Bridgerton), Polly Walker (Portia Featherington) and Rupert Young (Jack). Additionally, Andrews will continue to voice Lady Whistledown.

‘Bridgerton’ season two is based on Julia Quinn’s novel ‘The Viscount Who Loved Me’, the second in Quinn’s best-selling ‘Bridgerton’ series.

‘Bridgerton’ turned out to be a massive success for Netflix, having previously held the record for the service’s largest series debut before ‘Squid Game’.

The debut season, premiering in December 2020, followed the budding romance between Daphne and Duke Simon Basset (Rege-Jean Page).

The show is executive produced by Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Chris Van Dusen. Van Dusen also serves as creator and showrunner.

Amazon Reveals First Teaser Of ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Prequel Series At Super Bowl

Washington [US], February 14 (ANI): The first teaser for Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ has finally arrived during the Super Bowl, giving a first good look at the upcoming prequel series, which brings the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life.

The minute-long teaser for the show, which has been set thousands of years prior to Peter Jackson’s six feature films adapted from Tolkien’s novels, opens with footage that shows a closer look at Middle Earth, as a voice asks, “Haven’t you ever wondered what else is out there?” The words appear to be spoken by a harfoot, an ancient ancestor of hobbits, played by Markella Kavenagh. Further, icy mountains, ravaging storms and dangerous monsters are all teased in the captivating new footage.

Amid these shots of scenic spectacle, there are glimpses of young versions of two familiar elven characters from Jackson’s movies, Galadriel and Elrond, as well as new characters for the series such as a dwarven princess named Disa and an elf.

According to E! News, ‘Rings of Power’, which reportedly had a budget of over USD 450 million for its first season, is sure to expand the Lord of the Rings world we’ve come to know and love.

As the title already gives it away, this show will shed light on the forging of the rings.

Showrunner Patrick McKay told a magazine, “Rings for the elves, rings for dwarves, rings for men, and then the one ring Sauron used to deceive them all. It’s the story of the creation of all those powers, where they came from, and what they did to each of those races.”

As per The Hollywood Reporter, the ensemble cast includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman and Sara Zwangobani.

The debut season of the show will premiere on September 2 and will air in 240 territories around the world. New episodes will be rolled out on a weekly basis.

Snoop Dogg, Kelly Clarkson To Host Musical Competition Series ‘American Song Contest’

Washington [US], February 14 (ANI): Singers Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson have come on board to host the upcoming musical competition series titled ‘American Song Contest’.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming series is based on the popular European Song Contest — which is watched by 200 million viewers annually. “I am honoured to host ‘American Song Contest’ alongside my lil sis Kelly Clarkson, aka Miss Texas,” said Snoop Dogg in a statement.

Clarkson added, “I have been a fan and love the concept of Eurovision and am thrilled to bring the musical phenomenon to America. I’m so excited to work with Snoop and can’t wait to see every state and territory represented by artists singing their own songs.”

The NBC series will premiere on March 21 and will run for eight weeks. 

Mandira Bedi Remembers Late Husband Raj Kaushal On Their 23rd Wedding Anniversary

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 14 (ANI): On their 23rd wedding anniversary, Mandira Bedi shared a touching message remembering her late husband Raj Kaushal.

“It would have been our 23rd wedding anniversary today. #Valentine’s Day,” she wrote on Instagram, adding a broken heart emoji to the note. In the beloved memory of Raj Kaushal, Mandira dropped a few pictures from their wedding ceremony.

For the unversed, Raj Kaushal, who had directed films like ‘Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi’ and ‘Shaadi Ke Laddoo’, died on June 30, 2021, after suffering a heart attack.

He and Mandira welcomed son Vir in 2011 and adopted 4-year-old daughter Tara in 2020.

Fire Breaks Out At ‘Bigg Boss’ Sets In Goregaon, No Injuries

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 13 (ANI): A fire broke out at the sets of the reality show ‘Bigg Boss’ in Film City, Goregaon, Mumbai, at around 1 pm today.

Four fire engines were rushed to the spot to put out the fire. As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, no injuries have been reported so far. The reason of the fire is still unclear.

Meanwhile, the last episode of ‘Bigg Boss’ Season 15, hosted by superstar Salman Khan, aired on January 30.

Actor Tejasswi Prakash lifted the ‘Bigg Boss’ Season 15 trophy and took home the cash prize of Rs 40 lakhs.

TV Actor Vibhu K Raghave Is Undergoing Treatment For Cancer

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 13 (ANI): Actor Vibhu K Raghave is undergoing treatment for cancer at a hospital in Mumbai.

A few days ago, Vibhu took to his Instagram account and revealed that he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.

“I am in the hospital. I thought I’d let you know what’s going on here. I was sick for the last few days and about two weeks back they found a stage 4 cancer in me which is in an advanced state, which is a rare type and kind of aggressive. I never expected that. In a day, life changed, totally upside down. Nevertheless, we are trying to be strong and we are going ahead with it,” he said in the video clip.

After learning about the unfortunate news, fans and members of the TV industry expressed their concern over Vibhu’s health and prayed for his recovery.

“Bhai ..come back the strongest man in the room,” actor Karanvir Bohra commented.
“Vibhu..sending you lots of love. We all are here for you,” actor Heli Daruwala wrote.

In the next video, Vibhu talked about his chemotherapy.

For the unversed, Vibhu is best known for his role in TV show ‘Nisha Aur Uske Cousins’.

Mithila Palkar On Starting A New Exciting Project: ‘Mixed Feelings’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 13 (ANI): Actor Mithila Palkar has started shooting for a new project on Sunday.

Taking to Instagram, Mithila shared a few photos from her vanity.

“Starting a new exciting project today! New beginnings always fill you up with such mixed feelings — mostly dominated by nervousness and excitement. Looking forward to the next couple of months,” she captioned the post.

However, Mithila did not reveal the name of the project.

For the unversed, Mithila is best known for her roles in Netflix’s ‘Little Things’ and ‘Tribhanga’. She also shared screen space with Abay Deol in ‘Chopsticks’.

‘Daredevil’ & Other Marvel Series Leaving Netflix Soon

Washington [US], February 12 (ANI): American streaming giant Netflix, on Friday, revealed that ‘Daredevil’, ‘Jessica Jones’ and other Marvel shows would soon leave the platform.

Netflix confirmed to E! News that ‘Daredevil’, ‘Jessica Jones’, ‘Luke Cage’, ‘The Defenders’, ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘The Punisher’ will be leaving the streamer on February 28. The same day, they labelled the titles with a sash that read, “This show is available until March 1st.”

Though there is no official word regarding where these fan favourites will live, now that Netflix’s license has ended with the Marvel Universe titles, Disney will regain licensing to the titles.

Kylie Jenner Reveals Her Newborn Son’s Name With Travis Scott

Washington [US], February 12 (ANI): Reality TV star Kylie Jenner has finally revealed the name of his newborn son, with her fans.

Taking to her Instagram stories on Friday, Kylie revealed the name of her and Travis Scott’s newborn son–‘Wolf Webster’, with a white heart emoticon.

The beauty mogul, who gave birth to her second child on February 2, waited four days before announcing his arrival to the world, posting a photo of his hand alongside his date of birth and a telling blue heart.

Kylie and Travis’ bundle of joy joins big sister Stormi Webster in their growing family. And the siblings already share a special connection: Stormi’s birthday falls just one day ahead of her brother’s on February 1!

Back in September, Kylie, 24, and Travis, 30, confirmed her pregnancy in a heartwarming video posted to Instagram. The footage featured their 4-year-old daughter Stormi hugging Kylie’s growing baby bump.

Kim Kardashian Speaks About ‘Attacks’ She’s Facing From Kanye West On Social Media

Washington [US], February 5 (ANI): Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has for the first time spoken publically about “attacks” she has faced from her ex-husband Kanye West on social media.

The beauty mogul seems clearly angry over Kanye posting his grievances about Kim posting a screenshot of her and North West on TikTok. With the picture, he wrote, “Since this is my first divorce I need to know what I should do about my daughter being put on TikTok against my will.”

Kim has come out swinging, saying, “Kanye’s constant attacks on me in interviews and on social media is actually more hurtful than any TikTok North might create. As the parent who is the main provider and caregiver for our children, I am doing my best to protect our daughter while also allowing her to express her creativity in the medium that she wishes with adult supervision — because it brings her so much happiness.”

Kim clearly made a point of saying she is the primary caregiver.

She added, “Divorce is difficult enough on our children and Kanye’s obsession with trying to control and manipulate our situation so negatively and publicly is only causing further pain for all. From the beginning, I have wanted nothing but a healthy and supportive co-parenting relationship because it is what is best for our children and it saddens me that Kanye continues to make it impossible every step of the way.”

She is also making it clear that there have been many other co-parenting issues, some that haven’t surfaced publicly.

“Hopefully he can finally respond to the third attorney he has had in the last year to resolve any issues amicably,” Kim concluded the post.

This is an exception post coming from Kim, who has stayed silent over the past social media bullying by her ex-husband.

Kanye and Kim’s followers long time beef after their messy divorce is all known in the entertainment industry. This is not the first public dispute where the rapper shaded his ex-wife over co-parenting.

Last month, when Kim threw a birthday party for Chicago, Kanye was extremely upset, claiming he wasn’t invited. However, it was earlier reported by TMZ that Kim later invited Kanye to the party. The rapper showed up and thanked everyone, but Kim.

The former celebrity couple share 8-year-old daughter North, 6-year-old son Saint, 3-year-old daughter Chicago, and 2-year-old son Psalm.

Kim filed for divorce from the ‘Donda’ rapper in February after nearly seven years of marriage. The duo began dating in 2012 and got married in 2014.

Kanye who is currently dating actor Julia Fox has recently been in the headlines for being vocal about wanting a second chance with Kim, who is currently dating Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson.

Huma Qureshi: ‘Be It Rani Bharti Or Juhi In ‘Mithiya’, Both Are Strong-Headed Women

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 4 (ANI): After enthralling the audience with her role in ‘Maharani’, Huma Qureshi is now all set to surprise everyone with her performance in web series ‘Mithiya’.

In the upcoming show, she will be seen playing the character of Juhi Adhikari. Talking about her projects, Huma said, “Be it Rani Bharti or Juhi in Mithiya, both are strong-headed women.

I relate to these women and that’s why I think it’s important to bring them to the audience. I hope my choice of characters resonates with the audience as well.”

She also talked about Mithiya in detail.

“Juhi Adhikari is a very layered character and I have never played such a character i.e a college professor that too a Hindi professor before so for me the important thing was that though Juhi is a Hindi professor, she is a woman of today. She is not that typical stereotypical professor you see in content pieces,” she shared.

Huma added, “Juhi is bilingual as she can speak well in English too so for me, to get that right was very important about that character. Honestly, the script is lovely, and the way Rohan (Sippy) imagined the character, I just had to follow his lead as to how to approach it. I read the script and tried to play Juhi to the best of my ability.”

‘Mithiya’ will be out on ZEE5 on February 18.

Sonu Sood Replaces Rannvijay Singha As The Host Of MTV Roadies

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 4 (ANI): Actor Sonu Sood has replaced Rannvijay Singha as the host of MTV Roadies.

Excited to be a part of the 18th season, Sonu said, “The journey of MTV Roadies moulds you into a champion for life. The series of challenges are unlike any other as they put you in contention with yourself to see if you have the fight within to emerge back as a stronger version of yourself. I am truly honoured to be hosting the 18th season of MTV Roadies.” The new season of the stunt reality show is set against the locales of South Africa.

“As a host, I will guide the contestants through the tough journey ahead in South Africa while challenging them to see if they have the spirit within of being a true Roadie,” he added.

The shoot will begin in the second week of February in South Africa and is expected to go live in March 2022 on MTV India.

Macaulay Culkin Set To Develop ‘Midlife Crisis’ Travel Documentary With Lightbox

Washington [US], February 4 (ANI): Hollywood’s favourite child actor Macaulay Culkin has joined forces with the production company Lightbox, to develop a new documentary titled ‘Macaulay Culkin’s Midlife Crisis’, a travelogue about becoming middle-aged.

According to Variety, millions of people turned to Culkin in 2020, when he tweeted that he had hit 40 and needed suggestions on how to handle going over the hill. His post generated over 3 million likes. This tweet, and its half a million retweets and 70,000 replies, spawned ‘Macaulay Culkin’s Midlife Crisis’, a new premium documentary format with Lightbox, which will see him travel the world as he explores and celebrates what it means to be the big four-oh on an intrepid, international journey.

In it, Culkin will be asking questions that anyone who is dealing with the process of ageing, fatherhood and lifetime partnership needs to ask themselves in order to ensure that unbridled passion does not become a relic of our youth.

The actor has famously starred in ‘Home Alone’ and its sequel along with films such as ‘My Girl’, ‘The Good Son’ and ‘Richie Rich’ before taking a break from acting. He returned in 2003 with a spot on ‘Will and Grace’ and feature ‘Party Monster. Culkin was more recently seen in FX’s American ‘Horror Story.

He also founded The Pizza Underground, which parodied The Velvet Underground with pizza-themed songs.

‘Macaulay Culkin’s Midlife Crisis’ has been executive produced by Lightbox co-founders Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn alongside Culkin’s manager Emily Gerson Saines.

“Mack remains as iconic, and as loved as ever, a social media sensation, internet entrepreneur and a hard-working member of his pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band,” said Jonathan and Simon, in a statement.

They added, “Despite his legendary status, like the rest of us, he’s having to confront what it means to be a normal middle-aged guy, with a wife and a new kid who’s soon going to be the same age he was when he became a massive global superstar. We are thrilled to be working through our mid-life crises with him on this exciting project!”

As per Variety, speaking about the project, Culkin jokingly said, “Wow, Lightbox. Thanks for reminding me I’m in my 40s. Well, rather than make a big deal about it I figure we should just make a show about it. Makes sense.”

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