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Cruise eyed for role in ‘Top Gun’

Cruise eyed for role in ‘Top Gun’

Paramount Pictures has made offers to producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott for a sequel to their 1986 feature ‘Top Gun’, with Christopher McQuarrie eyed to update the script. Tom Cruise is expected to make an appearance as Maverick, the report said.
David Ellison, the 27-year-old son of Oracle founder Larry Ellison, a trained aerobatic pilot, is a key driver of the project. He recently raised $350 million to finance films and struck a first-look deal with Paramount.

John sentenced to 15 days in jail

Bollywood actor John Abraham was sentenced to fifteen days’ simple imprisonment yesterday in a 2006 accident case, but was immediately released on bail of Rs1500 by a court here.
The Bandra Magistrate court also imposed a fine of Rs1500 on him. Abraham’s motorbike had skidded and knocked down two persons in suburban Khan on April 7, 2006.
He himself then took the injured persons – Shyam Kasbe and Tanmay Majhi – to the hospital. The duo was discharged later. The actor too

Dyer defends drug use

Danny Dyer has opened up about his drug use, insisting he “probably always will” take narcotics. The ‘Business’ star was shamed last year when shocking images of him purportedly snorting a line of white powder on a night out with friends was published.
Father-of-two, Dyer has previously admitted taking drugs in the past, and now he has detailed his habit in new autobiography ‘Danny Dyer: Straight Up’.
He writes, “I’ve always taken drugs and I probably always will. But

Winslet gets customized jacket

Hollywood beauty Kate Winslet’s new boyfriend, model Louis Dowler, is also doubling as her stylist and often shops for her clothes.
The British model, who started dating the Academy award winning actress after she split from husband Sam Mendes earlier this year, brought her a customised leather jacket as gift for her 35th birthday.
“He said Kate loved her motorcycle but she only had masculine things to wear on it, so he wanted to treat her to something more feminine,” said

Colin Farrell is single again

Hollywood heartthrob Colin Farell has split from girlfriend, model Alicja Bachleda, a year after they welcomed a son together.
The 34-year-old actor decided to end the relationship as he did not want to be ‘tied down’ to anyone.
The ‘Miami Vice’ actor decided to pull the plug on the relationship after Bachelda, who is the mother of his son Henry Tadeusz Farrell, asked him to marry her.
“She realized that Colin is never going to marry her. He cares for Alicja and the

Gaga buys back unreleased music

Fans eager to purchase unreleased Lady Gaga songs due to be auctioned online this month will be disappointed because the popular singer bought them back.
For an undisclosed amount Lady Gaga purchased six CDs and a DVD that her first manager, Bob Leone, was selling in the auction of nearly 860 celebrity items.
Some of the items were autographed and featured unreleased songs dating back to a 2002 demo recording when Lady Gaga was the shy teenager Stefani Germanotta. Minimum

‘Love is a drug as powerful as morphine and any painkiller’

Passions triggered by the early flushes of a relationship block physical pain in a similar way to painkillers and drugs, a study has shown.
Scientists in the US tested the theory on 15 male and female university students who were in the passionate early stages of a love affair.
They were shown photos of their partners while a computer-controlled heat probe placed in the palms of their hands delivered mild doses of pain.
At the same time, the students had their brains

Big b’day for world’s shortest man

Being a 22-inch-tall adult makes it hard to buy clothes, drive a car and do many other things, but it’s not without advantages.
Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal turned 18 on Thursday and is now eligible to be the Guinness World Records title holder as the world’s shortest man.
Magar is five full inches shorter than 27-inch-high Colombian Edward Nino Hernandez, who held the record for only a few weeks.
Magar weighs only 11 pounds and loves to show off his dancing and

Scotland honors Nazi-fighting Polish army bear

The accomplishments of the ursine allies of World War II are often overlooked, but not by the city of Edinburgh. They’re building a $318,000 monument to honor “Private Wojtek,” a 500-pound brown bear that served in the Polish Army in the fight against the Axis before retiring to the Edinburgh zoo.
“Wojtek” translates to “the happy warrior,” and the bear’s contribution to the Polish military effort was largely non-combative. He was an unofficial mascot for the 22nd Army Corps,

Berlin displays Hitler’s memorabilia

The knuckle-dusters, truncheons and jackboots in the first case of a new exhibition on ‘Hitler and the Germans’ in Berlin sets the tone for a stark look at how German society embraced the Nazi regime in all its brutality.
While lots of memorabilia is on show, from SS and Gestapo uniforms to a sideboard from Hitler’s office, the exhibition shows how all levels of German society – media, industry, the church, schools – built up the Hitler cult in the 1930s and clung to it through

Bosnian minister cancels Jolie’s filming permit

A Bosnian minister canceled on Wednesday a permit for Hollywood star Angelina Jolie to shoot parts of her debut feature film in Bosnia, citing incomplete paperwork.
The Oscar-winning actress has started shooting the film in Budapest. Her production company says it’s a love story between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of the Bosnian war, which killed 100,000 people between 1992 and 1995.
The filming should conclude in November in Bosnia.
Jolie told

Saif goes topless

Saif Ali Khan joins the vest brigade and goes shirtless. The actor was recently spotted at a studio, shirtless. And needless to say, the ladies were going ga-ga over his chiselled body. On checking, we learnt that Saif too has joined the bandwagon of actors endorsing vests. However, the shirtless act is something unique to the actor as he has never ever taken his shirt off for a commercial. By the looks of it, Saif’s worked out pretty heavily for ‘Agent Vinod’. We could see his

Ed Westwick wants to play ‘Batman’

‘Gossip Girl’ star Ed Westwick wants to play “Batman” in a movie.
“It would be a dream come true to play Batman in a big blockbuster movie. He was my childhood superhero,” Westwick said in an interview.
“He’s a damn good fighter and has access to amazing gadgets, such as the utility belt and, of course, the Batmobile – I’d give my left arm just to sit in it,” he added.
The 23-year-old star also spoke about his fledgling music career, admitting he had to leave his

‘No big change for 2012 Oscar date’

The 2012 Oscars will not be weeks earlier than usual, as had been speculated – a move that would have upended Hollywood’s crowded awards season.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement late Wednesday that its Board of Governors had determined the date of the 84th Academy Awards.
“It will not be significantly earlier than the now-traditional last Sunday in February.”
But the statement left open the possibility of an earlier Oscar date in

‘Don’ mimics ‘Robot’

An action sequence on a speeding train in Shah Rukh Khan’s superhero flick “RA.One” is said to be identical to the one in the Rajnikanth blockbuster, “Robot”.
A source says, “The two sequences have many special effects and boast of the hero’s never-before-seen stunts on top of a train.”
But the question is how did two films made in different cities by two separate teams of technicians end up with such striking similarity?
A source close to the project says, “Shah