Friday, December 31, 2010

Madhuri's sons, husband visit 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' sets

Madhuri's sons, husband visit 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' setsMumbai, Dec 30 (IANS) It was family time for actress Madhuri Dixit on the sets of "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4" as her sons, husband and parents came as audience members on the dance reality show.

Her sons - Arin, 7 and Ryan, 5 - and husband Shriram Nene are here for their Christmas and New Year's break and seemed visibly happy to see Madhuri in the judge's chair on the show.

When the children were asked whether they liked their mother's show, one of them replied: "It is good", while Nene said it was a great experience.

Madhuri had left her children with her husband in the US before she came here for a three-month break from household chores to make a comeback to showbiz. She has also shot for an advertisement during her stay and plans to go through some scripts as well.

The episode featuring Madhuri and her family will be aired Monday.

Amitabh Bachchan to narrate again for Aamir Khan

Amitabh Bachchan to narrate again for Aamir KhanNew Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) He lent his voice for Aamir Khan's first production "Lagaan" and now taking forward his newly-found fondness for the Bollywood perfectionist, Amitabh Bachchan has loaned his rich baritone for the latter's "Delhi Belly".

Big B takes on the role of a narrator for the first trailer of "Delhi Belly", that comes attached with another Aamir production "Dhobhi Ghat" Jan 21.

"Couple of days ago, Aamir and Kiran (Rao) were seen visiting Amitabh Bachchan on sets. After a long closed door meeting and catching up, they left almost after two hours. And yesterday morning Amitabh Bachchan dubbed in a suburban studio for 'Delhi Belly'," read a statement from the movie's publicist.

"It's an introductory piece and what's interesting is that Aamir has written the piece."

Aamir couldn't stop raving about the megastar.

"Amitji is just too cool... He has once again been most generous and loving to me," he posted on his Facebook page.

Starring Aamir's nephew Imran Khan with Kunal Roy Kapur and comedian Vir Das, the movie has been directed by debutant Abhinay Deo.

Salman Khan appointed first brand ambassador of Mountain Dew

Salman Khan appointed first brand ambassador of Mountain DewMumbai, Dec 30 (IANS) "Dabangg" Salman Khan will now send out a new message to his fans - ‘Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai' - as the newly appointed brand ambassador of Mountain Dew soft drink.

"I love the high-action imagery of Mountain Dew and more importantly the fact that it's not mindless action but there is a message at its core ‘Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai'. I have spent time with the Mountain Dew team and I eagerly look forward to working with them," Salman, who has been appointed by PepsiCo India as the brand ambassador, said in a statement.

This is the first time that a brand ambassador has been appointed for Mountain Dew.

Speaking about the association, Deepika Warrier, marketing director, Pepsico Beverages, said: "Mountain Dew is strongly anchored in the relevant consumer insight of ‘Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai'. Salman Khan embodies this philosophy and he has strong national appeal. We look forward to the partnership and are confident that it will be mutually rewarding."

Apart from this, Salman endorses brands like Chlormint, Wheel and Dixcy Scott among others.

Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' to hit Indian screens Jan 28

Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' to hit Indian screens Jan 28 New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) Danny Boyle's thrilling biopic "127 Hours", about a rock climber, is going to release in India Jan 28.

Having already created a stir across the festival circuit, the biopic has also bagged three nominations at the forthcoming 68th Annual Golden Globes awards including Best Score for Indian music maestro A.R. Rahman, best actor (Drama) and best screenplay.

"We are delighted with the response and buzz that '127 Hours' is garnering across the world. It is a very special film and the awards are a testimony to its brilliance. We believe that the Indian audiences will appreciate this outstanding film, just like they did 'Slumdog Millionaire'," Vijay Singh, chief executive officer, distributors Fox Star Studios India, said in a statement.

Produced, co-written and directed by Boyle, the movie stars James Franco as real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston, who became trapped by a boulder in Robbers Roost, Utah, for more than five days in 2003.

Ralston, however, battled his demons to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, descend a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued.

The film, based on Ralston's autobiography "Between a Rock and a Hard Place", was written by Boyle and Simon Beaufoy and produced by Christian Colson, who previously teamed up for "Slumdog Millionaire", and John Smithson. Premiered on Sep 4, the film saw limited release in New York and Los Angeles Nov 5.

Spice Girl Geri Halliwell turns designer

Spice Girl Geri Halliwell turns designerLondon, Dec 31 (IANS) Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell made her fashion designing debut with the launch of her own beachwear range.

The 38-year-old singer's collection is called "Geri by Next" and will be on sale at high street retailers or through the website next.co.uk starting next month, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Commenting on her collection, Halliwell said: "It's about inspiring confidence with great looking swimwear for all body shapes."

"It's for real women of all shapes and sizes. Everything is mix and match, so you can choose the exact shapes and styles that suit you. This is a collection that makes you look good and feel fabulous."

Apart from bikinis and monokinis, her range will also include some beach cover-up pieces.

According to a source, the singer has been involved at every stage of designing the collection and also posed for a shoot to show off the range in Miami last month.

"She's been through the whole process and signed off every single style. It's very much her baby," the source said.

Lindsay Lohan to settle in secret location after rehab

Lindsay Lohan to settle in secret location after rehabLondon, Dec 31 (IANS) Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan will move to a secret location with her mother and siblings soon after being released from rehab.

"Lindsay will be staying at a secret location starting January 4, with her family, mother and siblings. She also has the support of me and her other friends. As long as she doesn't fail any tests - and everyone is going to make sure she doesn't - she'll be put on summary unsupervised probation on February 25," a friend of Lohan was quoted as saying by contactmusic.com.

The actress' father, Michael Lohan, too is happy that she isn't returning to her west Hollywood home.

"Being away from her old so-called friends and haunts in Hollywood would only behoove Lindsay as long as when she gets to New York, she stays away from the old haunts and friends, as well," said Michael.

The 24-year-old star was told to enter rehab after breaching the conditions of probation set for a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence.

Christina Aguilera to celebrate belated birthday on New Year's Eve

Christina Aguilera to celebrate belated birthday on New Year's EveLondon, Dec 31 (IANS) Singer Christina Aguilera is planning to spend New Year's Eve by belatedly celebrating her 30th birthday.

The singer-actress reached the landmark age Dec 18 but was too busy at the time promoting her movie "Burlesque" to celebrate properly. So she is making the turn of the year a double celebration, reports showbizspy.com.

"My actual birthday was in December and I turned 30! It was a big one - the next chapter of my life. I'm a Sagittarius. But, because I was working so much on the movie, I postponed my birthday party, so New Year's Eve is my big 30th birthday party," she said.

Rather than be worried about turning 30, the pop star insists she is pleased to leave her 20s behind her because she now knows so much about life going into a new decade.

"Being 30 is better than being 20, I'll tell you that. The lessons I've learned and how I've grown is incredible," she said.

Ashton Kutcher wins battles with porn bosses

Ashton Kutcher wins battles with porn bossesLondon, Dec 31 (IANS) Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher has won a fight with a porn company as the firm agreed to remove his name from promotional material for a sex tape.

The "Spread" actor threatened to sue after Vivid Entertainment bosses named him in a press release for their forthcoming adult video featuring Brittney Jones, who claims to have bedded Kutcher.

The press release declared: "Ashton's fans will undoubtedly enjoy seeing what the star himself may have experienced."

The firm's boss Steve Hirsch initially dismissed the actor's complaint as "without merit" but after a number of legal exchanges, Kutcher has been distanced from the controversy, reports tmz.com.

"We decided not to use the A-lister's actual name in connection with the sex tape," said a representative from Vivid Entertainment.

Tobey Maguire's supportive message to 'Spider-Man' replacement

Tobey Maguire's supportive message to 'Spider-Man' replacementLondon, Dec 31 (IANS) Tobey Maguire has sent a supportive message to his "Spider-Man" replacement Andrew Garfield.

The British actor, who is taking on the titular role and his alter ego Peter Parker in the next movie in the franchise, was relieved to get the backing of the American star, who played the character in the last three films in the series, reports contactmusic.com.

Garfield said: "Tobey sent me a lovely message through a mutual friend. He gave me his support, and it meant a great deal, of course, because part of the reason I love and have continued to love this character was because of his portrayal."

"To step into those shoes is no mean feat. It was generous of him to reach out and say something, so I'm thankful," he added.

Garfield is enjoying filming the movie, being shot in 3-D, alongside Emma Stone but admits it is harder work than he expected.

"It's wonderful in theory, isn't it? You kind of go, 'Well, this is going to be great.' But then, of course, in practice, it's obviously a great deal of hard work and a great deal of pressure, b