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South Korea sweeps Asian Film Awards

South Korea sweeps Asian Film Awards

HONG KONG – South Korea’s finest celebrated after they blitzed the annual Asian Film Awards on Monday, bolstering the country’s growing reputation as the pre-eminent force in the region. South Korean movie stars and filmmakers dominated the glitzy ceremony in Hong Kong, now in its fifth year, snapping up awards for best director, best screenplay, best actor, best supporting actress and best editing. Lee Chang-Dong clinched best director for the feature film ‘Poetry,’ which also won

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa team up for movie

AUSTIN – Rap icon Snoop Dogg and upstart Wiz Khalifa are teaming up for a new film, ‘High School,’ which the former calls “a comedy stoner movie, a little something for the stoners.” Snoop told that the duo – who also joined forces for the song ‘This Weed is Mine’ for his forthcoming ‘Doggumentary’ album – will begin filming during the first week of May, and that the project grew out of a musical collaboration with the Pittsburgh MC. “Just being a fan of his music and likewise, he

Sheen may make ‘Men’ comeback

LAHORE – The Tinsel town rumour mill is buzzing that Charlie Sheen may be offered his old job back on ‘Two and a Half Men’. As unlikely as that scenario may seem the Hollywood Hills are alive with the sound of compromise between the show’s wayward star and the suits behind the scenes. The rumour was launched by an online story and also NBC News reporter Jeff Rossen posting the following to Twitter: “Sources close to Charlie Sheen tell NBC News, CBS has offered him his job back.

Eddie Murphy to receive Comedy Icon award

LOS ANGELES – Eddie Murphy will receive the Comedy Icon Award at the first annual The Comedy Awards, scheduled to air Sunday, April 10 on multiple MTV Networks channels. The honor will be given yearly to a modern icon, an individual who has contributed to comedy and whose impact has changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers.
Murphy will be recognized for his stand-up, sketch, film and TV work. Among the presenters and attendees at The Comedy Awards

Jean has no clue who shot him Delmas

Rapper Wyclef Jean has spoken out after he was shot in his native Haiti on Saturday night, insisting he has “no idea” who opened fire on him. Jean came under attack while travelling with fellow rap star Busta Rhymes in the city of Delmas, where he was helping to drum up support for presidential candidate Michel Martelly. Shots were fired at the car they were travelling in and Jean’s hand was grazed by a bullet, but he didn’t realise he had been hit until he saw the blood.

Bryan Adams gets Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES – Bryan Adams is now enshrined in concrete. The Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist and producer got his Hollywood Walk of Fame star Monday in front of the Musicians Institute. His hits include ‘Cut Like a Knife,’ ‘Summer of ’69,’ ‘Run to You,’ and ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.’ Adam recalled visiting Hollywood Boulevard at 16 and marveling at the stars. He said he was humbled by seeing his own star.
Retired hockey star Wayne Gretzky was on hand for

Aspirant Muslim Miss Universe rebuffs critics

LONDON – Shanna Bukhari became the first Muslim to represent Britain in 2011 Miss Universe contest to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Bukhari, 24-year-old who was born to Pakistani parents in Blackburn, announced her ambition last week to become the first Muslim to represent Great Britain at the beauty contest. She also got the unique distinction for being criticised both by Muslims and far right British people for her decision to participate in the beauty competition.
She

The supercar era continues in 2013

LAHORE – The lights are back on and factory floors are buzzing. Hot metal is pouring out of car companies that are leaner, greener, and meaner than ever. Four of the eagerly awaited vehicles coming soon from the world’s top automakers are as follows.
First, the Bugatti 16C Galibier…
This beast is expected to have a top speed of 320 km/h, a twin-supercharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine, all-wheel drive ceramic disc brakes and a Swiss-made Parmigiani Fleurier tourbillion clock in

Cameras finally roll on ‘The Hobbit’

WELLINGTON – After years of wrangling and delays, Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson finally called “action” on his latest Tolkien epic ‘The Hobbit.’
The $500 million project, a two-part prequel to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, began filming in New Zealand Monday, Hollywood studio Warner Bros. said. “Production has commenced in Wellington,” Warner Bros. said in a statement.
‘The Hobbit’ has been dogged by problems, prompting British actor Martin Freeman, who plays the

Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night unites stars for charity

PHOENIX – Every year, the greatest of all time, the champ, legendary Muhammad Ali brings knockouts like Halle Berry, Reba McEntire and Cristie Kerr along with heavy hitting celebrities such as Billy Crystal and Kevin Costner together for a very worthy cause.
For over 17 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised over 65 million dollars for Parkinson’s research and remains the most anticipated charity event in the Valley and perhaps the entire country.
This year’s star-studded

Gilbert Gottfried tweets tsunami jokes

LAHORE – Gilbert Gottfried is known, and often respected, for being the guy who will go dark when no one else will. At the Roast of Hugh Heffner, which was three weeks after 9/11, Gottfried famously joked about the terrorist attack, which drew boos from the audience. But instead of backing down, Gottfried launched into a telling of the legendary Aristocrats joke and won the audience back. Did he walk away a hero? Yes. Did people still feel like jokes about a recent tragedy were

Australian Bollywood actress Tania Zaetta arrested

SYDNEY – Australian Bollywood actress Tania Zaetta was arrested Monday for obstructing police and public nuisance over an alleged disturbance at a Queensland nightclub.
Zaetta, who recently moved back to Australia after several years based overseas, was detained in Surfers Paradise early Monday. “It seems a 41-year-old woman from New South Wales was arrested for obstructing police and also public nuisance,” a spokesman for Queensland police told, without naming the woman.

Katherine Schwarzenegger out from Arnold’s shadow

LOS ANGELES – Katherine Schwarzenegger is not your average 21 year-old college student. She is the first-born child of ex-California Governor and Hollywood movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver.
But in her own right, Katherine is an author, and she raises money for charities including her uncle Anthony Shriver’s group, Best Buddies, a volunteer program to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Recently, Schwarzenegger teamed

Limitless

We all, at some point in our lives, have had someone tell us that we weren’t living up to our potential. And then there’s the conventional wisdom that human beings only use about 10 percent of their brains.
So Neil Burger’s Limitless offers an intriguing hypothetical: What if you could take a pill that allows you to utilize your entire brain?
And what if, after you used it, it kept wearing off? Is it possible to become addicted to being high-functioning? Hey — is a car

Harry Potter studio releases trailer of final film

Hollywood studio Warner Bros has released a short trailer boasting the “first look behind the scenes” of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”, the final instalment in the hit franchise.
The 93-second clip features soundbites from key actors, producers and director David Yates and glimpses of what its makers promise will be an action-packed finale to one of the world’s most successful film series.
The first seven movies have grossed around $6.4 billion at the

50 Cent’s quake Tweets Spark Outrage

Once again, 50 Cent’s tweets are a natural disaster. As Japan works around the clock to dig out and salvage lives and cities from the wreckage of the devastating 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the rapper took to Twitter to laugh about the situation. “Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing,” he first tweeted on Friday morning.
Later in the afternoon, he said, “Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hose’s from LA, Hawaii and

Bollywood now woos younger audiences

MUMBAI – Bollywood is dyeing its hair blond, getting itself a sports car and donning a pair of worn-out jeans. In other words, it’s trying to get younger and hipper.
The Hindi film industry, until now ruled by stars mostly in their 40s, is looking to woo younger audiences with edgier storylines and younger talent.
Two of Bollywood’s biggest production houses, Yash Raj Films and Viacom18 Motion Pictures — part of the Viacom 18 group have set up separate branches to cater to

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