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Maker of stolen Khodorkovsky film probes case’s mysteries

Maker of stolen Khodorkovsky film probes case’s mysteries

BERLIN – The dramatic theft of material from a critical new documentary on jailed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has touched off a storm of suspicion days before its world premiere in Berlin. German director Cyril Tuschi said that he aimed to shed light on the puzzling aspects of the ex-Yukos chief’s case with his first documentary ‘Khodorkovsky,’ which will still screen as planned at the Berlin film festival Monday.
The film paints a nuanced picture of the man at

Gibson’s ‘Beaver’ postponed

LONDON – The release of Mel Gibson’s new film ‘The Beaver’ has been postponed by six weeks. The drama was previously scheduled to open in a limited number of theatres on 23 March, with a subsequent wider release on 8 April. But on Monday, Summit Entertainment executives announced plans to push back the release date – the film will now come out in the US on 6 May and expand on 20 May.
It’s the latest bump in the road for Gibson’s offering, in which he plays a man with depression –

Hollywood studios sue Hotfile over copyright

NEW YORK – Five Hollywood studios are suing a website that streams movies, accusing it of copyright infringement on a “massive scale”. Disney Enterprises Inc, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp, Universal City Studios Productions, Columbia Pictures Industries and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc on Tuesday filed suit against Hotfile Corp and Hotfile manager Anton Titov, according to documents filed with the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida Miami Division.
The

Janssen will bewitch ‘Hansel and Gretel’

LOS ANGELES – ‘X-Men’ actress Famke Janssen has joined Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in a ‘Hansel and Gretel’ action comedy that depicts the fairy-tale pair as bounty hunters. The Paramount project, ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,’ picks up years after the siblings’ childhood trauma at the gingerbread house.
Janssen will play the leader of the witches. Tommy Wirkola (‘Dead Snow’) is directing the film, which begins shooting in Berlin next month. Janssen just wrapped her

Cricket greats feature in new Indian film

MUMBAI – As teams prepare for the cricket World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, some of the game’s greatest players are gearing up for an appearance of a different kind — in a new Bollywood film.
Former Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram, ex-England captains Nasser Hussain and Graham Gooch, South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs and Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds all feature in ‘Patiala House’, which is to be released on Friday.
The film stars Akshay Kumar, an actor

TV cover okayed for trial of Michael Jacksons doctor

LOS ANGELES – Television cameras will be allowed to film the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor next month as long as they do not interfere with proceedings, a judge said on Monday.
Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Pastor also moved forward the date of Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial by four days to March 24, when jury selection will begin. The trial is expected to last about six weeks, lawyers for both sides say. Murray has pleaded not guilty, and is

Natalie finally ‘reconciled’ with career

Though she has been an actor for much of her 29 years, Natalie Portman admits there was a time when she wondered about other career choices. “There were moments when I questioned it, when I was thinking, ‘What is the purpose of this in our world? Is it as meaningful as being a doctor, being a teacher, or things that I think of as such noble professions?,'” said the daughter of a doctor and a teacher.
“But I think I’ve really reconciled myself with that, and I think art is not

Priyanka Chopra for ‘Dhoom 3’

It’s raining offers for Priyanka Chopra. The sassy actress, who has had several superhits to her name, has bagged yet another prestigious role in her kitty. And this time round, the actress will be sharing screen with the perfectionist Aamir Khan in Yash Raj Films ‘Dhoom’ franchise. Priyanka has been signed to play a lead role in ‘Dhoom 3’.
The actress, who is currently busy promoting her film ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’, has reportedly given her nod to YRF. Confirming the news, a source

Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore dies

Gary Moore, former star of the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, has died in Spain. The Belfast-born guitarist was 58. “It is with deep sorrow and regret that we have to announce that Gary Moore passed away while on holiday in Spain last night,” a message on his official website said.
“Our thoughts are with his children, family and friends at this sad time.” According to sources, Moore was found dead in his hotel room in Estepona in the early hours of Sunday morning. A postmortem was

John Woo’s ‘The Killer’ to get 3D remake

A second John Woo gangster classic will be updated with South Korean talent. A publicists’ statement says Woo will produce the 3D, English-language version of his 1989 crime thriller ‘The Killer.’ The Lion Rock Productions film will be directed by Korean-American John H Lee and star South Korean actor Jung Woo-sung.
His credits include ‘Reign of Assassins’ and ‘The Good, the Bad and the Weird.’ The 1989 original starred Chow Yun-fat as a hitman who takes a final job to pay for

Black Eyed Peas deliver ‘Tron’-themed Bowl show

NEW YORK – The Black Eyed Peas blasted through a 10-minute Super Bowl halftime show Sunday, playing their biggest hits with a little help from Usher, Slash and hundreds of ‘Tron’-inspired dancers even as technical glitches intermittently marred the performance.
With the Green Bay Packers leading the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 ahead of an eventual 31-25 victory, Will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo made a lofty entrance into the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, lowering themselves onto a

AOL to buy Huffington Post for $315 million

WASHINGTON – AOL Inc has agreed to purchase The Huffington Post, the influential and rapidly growing news, analysis and lifestyle website, for $315 million, the U.S. internet company announced on Monday. The move will create a media group that will have a combined base of 117 million visitors a month in the US, and reach 270 million people globally, AOL said in a statement.
Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post, will lead a newly formed The

‘Dragon’ dominates Annie Awards, Disney stays home

LOS ANGELES – ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ has swept the animation prizes at the Annie Awards, with the DreamWorks production winning 10 trophies including best picture at a ceremony boycotted by rival Disney. Presented by the International Animated Film Society, the Annies often are a forecast for the animated-feature category at the Academy Awards.
But ‘Toy Story 3,’ from Disney’s Pixar Animation, remains the favorite for the Feb. 27 Oscars. ‘Toy Story 3’ was nominated for

‘Arrested Development’ set for the silver screen

NEW YORK – Cult hit sit-com ‘Arrested Development’ is set to come to the big screen with creator Mitch Hurwitz confirming that he is writing the film’s script. The sitcom about a formerly wealthy and dysfunctional family, starring Jason Bateman, Portia De Rossi and Michael Cera, stopped airing in 2006 and fans have been hoping for a movie ever since.
“Our fans have been so supportive and we’re so grateful, so I kind of hate to answer the question until I can say, ‘Yes, we’ve shot

First lady poet from Chitral hopes to change life of women

LAHORE – The first female poet of Chitral Rahima Naz, who stepped in the field of poetry despite living in a conservative society, is optimistic to bring revolution in the district eradicating all frustration from the lives of women.
Rahima Naz was born in the paradise-like but backward area of upper Chitral Khot village (Tehsil Torkoh). Her father Haji Khan served in Pakistan Air Force (PAF). She passed her matriculation examination from Federal Government Public Girls High

Lindsay Lohan denies necklace theft

LOS ANGELES – Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer on Saturday denied reports that the actress had stolen a necklace and said any charges against her would be fought in court. Los Angeles police have been investigating allegations that the “Mean Girls” star walked off from a jewelry store last month without paying for a $2,500 necklace. Prosecutors are reviewing whether to file formal charges against Lohan, although the necklace has been returned to a police station.
“We vehemently deny these

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