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More ‘American Pie’?

More ‘American Pie’?

Movie fans are set for another slice of ‘American Pie’ – with the stars of the original comedy. Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy have reportedly signed up for the reunion movie and Universal studio bosses are in negotiations with other former regulars like Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mena Suvari and Jennifer Coolidge. The news comes just a day after Scott’s publicist confirmed the actor had checked into rehab for “health and personal issues”. The 1999 original and 2001 sequel

Batman’s butler Michael Gough dies

Michael Gough, the British actor best known for playing Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred in a series of Batman movies, died Thursday at age 94, his ex-wife said. Gough appeared in more than 150 movies and television shows, including British science-fiction show ‘Doctor Who,’ and recently voiced characters in Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Corpse Bride.’ But he remains best remembered for his role as Alfred Pennyworth in the Batman franchise, opposite three different Batmans:

Adams eyes Japan Aid concert

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is hoping one of his high-profile peers puts together plans for another Live Aid to help the earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan. Adams was a part of 1985’s Live Aid supergig and has since performed at a number of big-name charity concerts – and he’s waiting to get the call to be part of a show to help raise funds for relief in Japan. He says, “I’m wondering when someone is going to put something together for Japan. It would be great if the rock

Technological changes may lead to ‘reading divide’

TOKYO – The rapid rise of e-books could lead to a “reading divide” as those unable to afford the new technology are left behind, even as U.S. reading and writing skills decline still further. At particular threat are African-American communities where many students are already falling behind their majority peers in terms of literacy, said award-winning writer Marita Golden — and this despite the growing ranks of noted African-American writers, such as Nobel Prize winner Toni

CEA pushes to standardise 3D glasses

NEW YORK – For those of you who hate the fact that each brand of 3D TV comes with its own set of glasses, the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) is trying to standardize frames among all brands.
According to sources, the U.S. trade organization that oversees the electronic industry is trying to get companies to allow users to buy one set of glasses for all 3D TVs.
Right now, 3D TVs are split between majority stereoscopic 3D TVs that use active shutter technology and

Jodie Foster hires Mel Gibson

Actor and director Jodie Foster on Wednesday defended her choice of Mel Gibson for the lead role in her movie “The Beaver,” saying she had “no regrets” about hiring him despite his personal troubles that delayed its release.
“Obviously all sorts of stuff happened after the film was finished,” she said in a question-and-answer session following the movie’s premiere at Austin’s South by Southwest arts festival on Wednesday night. “I certainly have no regrets about him being in the

William and Kate set up charity fund

Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton have set up a gift fund to allow well-wishers who want to give them a wedding gift to donate money to charities they care about instead, royal officials said on Wednesday.
The couple have chosen 26 charities which will benefit from the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund, some of which are not well-known or work in specific communities, St James’s Palace said.
“These causes are close to their hearts and reflect the experiences,

Good cinema, not stars, to shine at Twitter film awards

MUMBAI – After years of Bollywood award functions dominated by glamorous movie stars, fans in India are now using Twitter to honour deserving performances snubbed by the more mainstream events.
A rant on Twitter about an apparent bias in Indian film awards led to the launch of the Tweeple Film Awards, with more than 1,500 Twitter users voting to choose the jury alone.
“Film awards are commercialised, pander to stars and are given out depending on which star is attending the

Shah Rukh Khan named worst actor

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan can now claim the unique honour of winning the best and worst actor awards for the same film in the same year. Khan, who won the Filmfare trophy in January for his performance as a man with Asperger’s Syndrome in “My Name is Khan”, was awarded the worst actor award this week at the Golden Kela awards, India’s version of the Razzies that spoof the Oscars.
The film, directed by Karan Johar, also picked up the dubious honour of the worst film of

Wahlberg to revive ‘The Fighter’

LOS ANGELES – Mark Wahlberg is so proud of The Fighter’s Academy Awards success, he is making plans to revive the boxing movie for a sequel. The actor plays real life boxing legend ‘Irish’ Micky Ward in the picture, opposite Christian Bale as Ward’s half-brother Dicky Ecklund.
‘The Fighter’ scored a number of high-profile awards nominations and Bale went on to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance, while Melissa Leo walked away with the Best Supporting Actress

Japanese quake shakes up Hollywood

TOKYO – Early estimates indicate a steep drop-off in box office revenue outside the U.S. immediately following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The country is one of Hollywood’s biggest international markets, although industry analysts say the disaster’s long-term financial impact on movie studios should be limited.
Box office revenue in Japan plunged about 41 percent last weekend, compared with the prior weekend, according to data from Rentrak Corp. In the U.S., the decline

Mad Hatter Johnny Depp named ‘hat person of the year’

WASHINGTON – Johnny Depp has been crowned “hat person of the year,” beating out other celebrity hat-wearers including US singer Gwen Stefani and Australian actor Hugh Jackman, the US Headwear Association said Tuesday.
Nearly four in 10 visitors to the Headwear Association’s website voted in the annual poll for “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Depp and his wide-brimmed fedoras, helping him to roundly beat Stefani and Jackman who garnered 17 percent and 16 percent of votes cast,

Tom Hanks to star in Somali pirate story

Tom Hanks is attached to star as high-seas hero Capt. Richard Phillips in a movie about the rescue of crewmen from an American ship captured by Somali pirates.
Columbia Pictures picked up the life rights to Phillips, as well as his book, in spring 2009. The goal is to retell the story of the captain of the trading vessel Maersk Alabama who, in order to save his crew, surrendered to Somali pirates after his ship was hijacked. The standoff, which commanded worldwide attention,

Barrymore to direct romantic comedy

Drew Barrymore plans to direct her second movie, ‘How to Be Single,’ a romantic comedy based on a 2008 novel of the same name.
‘Single’ explores the loves lives and break-ups of a group of New Yorkers over the course of ten years. Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn wrote the adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s book.
The New Line project will be in the vein of the studio’s successful multi-story pictures such as ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ and ‘Valentine’s Day.’ (‘Single’ actually

Virtual Elvis concert gets thumbs-up

Elvis Week this year will include the traditional candlelight vigil remembering Elvis Presley’s death and a concert featuring a virtual image of the rock icon.
Elvis Week draws thousands of fans every year to Graceland, Elvis’ longtime home in Memphis, for a celebration of his life and death. This year’s Elvis Week is highlighted by a concert with a live band and real backup singers performing in front on a large LED-screen with a virtual Elvis belting out tunes.

Is Vidya Balan Ali Zafar’s Indian wife?

Prince of pop-turned-King of Soul, Ali Zafar has stolen millions of hearts ever since he released his first song. His fan following has multiplied frenetically over the past few years with the maturity of his music and acting skills.
At a press conference in Melbourne for Indian Film Festival 2011 where Ali Zafar was present amongst Bollywood bigwigs Arbaz Khan, Malaika Arora, Vidya Balan, Joohi Chawla, and others. This ‘Tere Bin Laden’ star who was sitting beside Vidya Balan

Shakira snapped kissing Pique

LOS ANGELES – Shakira’s alleged new romance with football star Gerard Pique has hit headlines again after a picture of them kissing was printed on the cover of a magazine. The Colombian superstar announced back in January that she had split from her longtime boyfriend, Antonio de la Rua.
The couple insisted they “view this period of separation as temporary,” but Shakira sparked rumours the relationship is over for good when she was linked to FC Barcelona star Pique.