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Bono and Spielberg up for Gorbachev Awards

Bono and Spielberg up for Gorbachev Awards

MOSCOW – Irish rocker Bono and Google co-founder Sergey Brin have been nominated for a new prize created by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to mark his 80th birthday, the organisers said.
The “Mikhail Gorbachev: the man who changed the world” awards are named after his three major policies which became the buzzwords during his rule.
The awards after his glasnost (openness), perestroika (restructuring) and uskorenie (acceleration) reforms will be presented at a

Red Riding Hood – A flick far from legendary

NEW YORK – ‘Twilight’ director Catherine Hardwicke brings something borrowed; something new but certainly nothing blue to her girl-centric retelling of the old fairytale ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’
The new film, ‘Red Riding Hood,’ is a weird hybrid that means to tap the adolescent yearnings of Stephanie Meyer fans, but which will more likely suffer the same sorry fate as Amanda Seyfried’s last supernatural schlocker, ‘Jennifer’s Body.’
Seyfried’s saucer-eyed Riding Hood does

David, Victoria Beckham expecting a baby girl

British celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham are expecting a baby girl, putting a new kick into their family of three rambunctious boys.
The pair announced in January that they were having another child, and on Friday at a gathering of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer club for whom Beckham plays, the proud papa let it slip that the new baby would arrive in pink, according to a report by sports TV channel ESPN.
“Obviously, we’re very lucky to be expecting again, and this

Mel Gibson on probation in abuse dispute

Mel Gibson was ordered to do 16 hours of community service, pursue domestic violence counselling and serve three years’ probation, in a deal Friday to end a row over alleged abuse of his ex-partner.
The embattled US actor pleaded no contest in a Los Angeles court to a charge of battery against his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva in return for a sentence that does not include jail time. He was ordered to undergo a one-year domestic violence counselling program, which he began

Made-for-internet movie debuts on YouTube

WASHINGTON – YouTube on Friday began showing what it said was the first feature-length Hollywood movie created specifically for the Internet. “Girl Walks Into A Bar” is a comedy starring Carla Gugino, Zachary Quinto, Rosario Dawson, Danny DeVito, Josh Hartnett and Emmanuelle Chriqui, YouTube’s entertainment marketing manager Nate Weinstein said in a blog post.
The movie is described as “a comedy about a seemingly unrelated group of characters spending a single night at 10

Quentin sues Alan Ball over bird screams

Quentin Tarantino is suing his neighbor, “True Blood” creator Alan Ball, over a personal matter. Tarantino, director of “Pulp Fiction” and the “Kill Bill” movies, is suing Ball over the “blood-curdling screams” emitted by his exotic birds.
Tarantino claims in his lawsuit, filed Thursday in L.A. County Superior Court, that the “obnoxious pterodactyl-like screams” coming from Ball’s “exotic bird menagerie” have “seriously disrupted ability to work as a writer in his home.” He

Katrina’s Barbie doll to hit markets soon

Katrina Kaif look-alike Barbie dolls will hit the Indian stores on March 20. And the actress has already drawn up a list of people whom she’s going to give her first batch of Barbies to. Topping the list is her niece Maya and Farah Khan’s triplets Anya, Czar and Diva. “The first doll will go to my sister’s two-and-a-half year-old daughter Maya because she is obsessed with Barbie. I’m going to London for a couple of days for work. I’ll give her the doll then,” said Katrina.

Abbey Road studios launch 80th anniversary contest

LONDON – Abbey Road Studios in London, where the Beatles recorded most of their hits, has launched a global anthem competition to mark its 80th anniversary this year.
The studios, opened in 1931 by composer Edward Elgar with a performance of his patriotic song “Land of Hope and Glory,” are looking for original, undiscovered writers who will compete for the chance to record their compositions at Abbey Road.
The winning anthems will be recorded in Studio One, home to the

LimeWire wins limit on damages to record labels

NEW YORK – A federal judge limited the potential financial liability facing the operator of LimeWire, a once-popular file-sharing service found liable for copyright infringement, at an upcoming damages trial.
Rejecting an argument that could have led to “trillions” of dollars in damages, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood agreed with Lime Group LLC that the 13 record companies whose works were infringed by LimeWire deserve one award per work infringed. The record labels had argued

The ‘Cheapmunks’ mesh up their way to success

LAHORE – Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s when the Benjamin Sisters and Nazia Hasan came to notice with their harmonious tunes, it was seldom that one would hear of women in the music industry. However, now times have changed dramatically and thankfully now female musicians can be heard loud and clear.
Moreover, now spotting a lady playing an instrument on stage is a usual sight whereas earlier it was improbable. Today our mainstream music industry is flourishing with several

Veena Malik threatened by Taliban

Pakistani sultry actress Veena Malik has been threatened by the gang of Osama Bin Laden. According to the actress, she has received a letter from Maulana Massod, an associate of Osama Bin Laden. Masood has accused her of bringing shame to Islam and Pakistan. He has threatened her of dire consequences, if she continues to do the same. Veena is currently participating in a cricket show, ‘Bigg Toss.’ She had earlier participated in the famous reality show ‘Bigg Boss.’ She had hit the

Aliens likely to invade Box Office

LOS ANGELES – An alien invasion will likely descend on the weekend’s box office, with Sony’s ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ set to debut at the top of the chart in the high $20m range. Feeling more like a summer-style blockbuster than a mid-March offering, the film stars Aaron Eckhart as the leader of a Marine platoon with the unenviable task of fending off a massive offensive by super angry aliens hell-bent on colonising earth.
Harkening back to the sci-fi earth invasion movies of the

‘American Idol’ sends home first finalist

LOS ANGELES – ‘American Idol’ viewers did not tell Ashthon Jones they loved her. The silky smooth 24-year-old retail manager from Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday was revealed to have the fewest viewer votes on the Fox talent competition.
The judges decided not to save Jones after her performance of Diana Ross’ ‘When You Tell Me That You Love Me.’ Jones said before her dismissal that she regretted not selecting a more popular Ross tune. “I was rooting for you, baby,” Jennifer Lopez

Firth lands ‘Stoker’ role

Colin Firth is set to sink his teeth into a vampire role in his first film since winning an Oscar last month. The star has signed on to play a bloodsucker in the movie ‘Stoker,’ alongside Nicole Kidman and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ actress Mia Wasikowska. The new role is remarkably different from the actor’s most recent performance in ‘The King’s Speech,’ in which he played stuttering royal King George VI. Screenwriter Wentworth Miller reveals the title of the movie is a nod to Bram

Baby Gaga irks Gaga

A legal threat from Lady Gaga and an investigation by heath inspectors has failed to halt the sale of an ice cream made from breast milk – the bizarre concoction has been deemed fit for human consumption. The pop superstar’s lawyers have taken aim at the owners of the Icecreamists store in London’s Covent Garden over the product, named Baby Gaga.
Gaga’s attorneys called the ice cream “nausea-inducing” and alleged the name takes advantage of the singer’s “reputation and good

Timberlake and Biel break up

Singer Justin Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel have stunned the showbiz world by ending their romance. The stars, who began dating in 2007, are single again after deciding to break up. They remain on good terms. The couple’s representatives confirmed, “Addressing the media speculation regarding Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake’s relationship, we are confirming that they mutually have decided to part ways. The two remain friends and continue to hold the highest level of love and

Holy streaming, Batman! ‘Dark Knight’ on Facebook

WASHINGTON – Warner Bros. is bringing movie rentals to Facebook, the first Hollywood studio to turn to the fast-growing social network as an online platform for its films.
“The Dark Knight,” the 2008 Batman thriller directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, will be the first movie offered for rental on Facebook, the studio said, and can be watched at
The rental fee is 30 Facebook Credits, or $3, and the movie can be viewed unlimited