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Movie Review – RED-Rarely Exceeds Dull

Movie Review – RED-Rarely Exceeds Dull

NEW YORK – Few movies can boast as much star power as Robert Schwentke’s RED. With big-name actors such as Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and cameo of old-timer Ernest Borgnine, one might think Red is a recipe for success, yet it proves a good film is not made with sheer star power alone.
The film begins with RED, Retired and Extremely Dangerous, CIA agent Frank Moses (Willis) being attacked by a government hit squad. After escaping the young and

LA film critics befriend ‘Social Network’

LOS ANGELES: “The Social Network,” a tense drama recounting the back-stabbing early days of Facebook, was named best picture on Sunday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, a group whose edgy picks rarely align with the Academy Awards.
The film won in three other categories including best director, where David Fincher tied with Olivier Assayas for the French terrorism epic “Carlos.” It also won for Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay and tied with “The Ghost Writer” for

Shah Rukh’s Bangladeshi Tussaud’s left disappointed

DHAKA: Two busts of Khan, made by two impoverished Bangladeshi brothers, were meant to be auctioned to fund their education. But the brothers were left high and dry.
Shah Rukh was in Dhaka to perform in front of a live audience on December 10. Apart from winning hearts and more fans in Bangladesh, Khan took home two handmade sculptures of his face as gifts. These were supposed to be auctioned to collect money for the poor boys who made them.
It turns out that SRK was not

Cyrus slammed over bong video

Miley Cyrus has come under fire from anti-drugs campaigners, who have criticised the teenage star after she was caught on camera allegedly smoking a hallucinogenic legal high. A video of the Hannah Montana singer/actress puffing on a bong emerged online on Friday much to the dismay of her father who insisted he was saddened by the footage.
The 18 year old, who is shown giggling and babbling incoherently in the film, is said to have been smoking controversial but legal

Lohan’s in cash fight

Lindsay Lohan’s family feud is raging again as her parents fight over child support payments – the actress’ mother has filed papers demanding her ex-husband pays up.
Dina Lohan has accused her ex-partner Michael of failing to hand over his monthly installments for Lindsay’s younger siblings Ali, 16, and Cody, 14, just months after the former couple settled a previous child support dispute in court. The Lohan matriarch has lodged a complaint with the Child Support Collection Unit

Firth’s speech woes

Hollywood actor Colin Firth has revealed playing stammering monarch King George VI in “The King`s Speech” made him so tense he suffered headaches and trapped nerves. The 50-year-old actor stars in the new movie as the royal and found enacting his part so tense he felt as if he was in a “semi-paralysis”. “Some part of you goes there. I try to play it as the character would be experiencing it, which is to try not to do it. The sheer physical effort that requires had an effect on my

Reese rules out superhero films

Actress Reese Witherspoon has ruled out ever starring in a superhero movie because futuristic films have no roles suitable for women of her age. The Hollywood star admits the movie industry has changed drastically in the last few years and become more sci-fi orientated – but she has no intention of trying her hand at that genre. She tells, “The movies that are being made feel different.
There are a lot of really big movies about robots and things – and there’s not a part for a

Dubai movie fest opens with Firth film

DUBAI: The seventh Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) opened on Sunday with the Tom Hooper-directed “The King’s Speech” starring Colin Firth, which movie pundits say is Oscar-bound.
Firth plays the leading role as Britain’s King George VI in the historical comedy set in a time of fading empire. A total of 157 films from 57 countries are taking part in this year’s DIFF, where new Arab talent is also on show, particularly from Egypt.
“The seventh edition of the Dubai

‘Munni’ to bag big bucks as ‘Sheila’ backs out

MUMBAI: Sheila and Munni won’t clash this New Year. The two hottest item-bombs Katrina Kaif and Malaika Arora Khan won’t be seen at loggerheads this New Year’s Eve as Katrina has opted out of the cat race. As per reports Katrina, who was offered a whopping sum to perform on her latest song ‘Sheila Ki Jawaani’ by two leading hotels, has turned down the offer in favour of some quality time with her family.
The actress was reportedly offered a sum of Rs 3 crores but she has refused

‘Slumdog’ Pinto not known in Mumbai slums

LONDON: Freida Pinto may have become globally famous with her role in `Slumdog Millionaire` but she was surprised to find out that no one recognised her when she visited the slums of Mumbai recently. The Mumbai-born actress visited the slums with an NGO and was surprised to find that no-one knew her, an Indian magazine reported. “People in the city recognise me as the girl from `Slumdog Millionaire`, and inevitably they stare. But when I visited the slums with an NGO, nobody

Riba incarnated as interest in the banking system

LAHORE: Contemporary Islamic Scholars deem the imposition of modern day interest forbidden by Quranic injunctions. This has given impetus to ‘Islamic Banking’, which now runs parallel to mainstream banking.
Actually, there is no basic difference between the two; under both systems, returns paid to depositors and those received from borrowers, are based on the discount rate of the central bank, which, in itself, is an interest rate.
The sponsors of ‘Islamic banks’ are

I was a violent kid: Johnson

Dwayne Johnson discusses his role in ‘Faster’, and why he chose to return to the action genre…
Did you play the character exactly as written?
Well, it was very well-written. There’s a lot of emotional layers and complexities that all the characters deal with because all the characters are fairly broken when you meet them. The writers were very collaborative. The director George Tillman is a smart, intelligent, astute director who loves emotion from his characters. You

Price hike for Sonakshi!

Sonakshi Sinha is the most sought after heroine in Bollywood currently. After the super rocker Dabangg (that is the second highest grosser of all time) Sonakshi is being chased by Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan for their future projects.
Akki has signed Sonakshi for Joker, Ajay will be doing a film with her in 2011, Salman has signed her for Kick and Saif will romance her in Race 2. Being in such great demand has also hiked Sonakshi’s price. Though she has just one

Sush makes a mark

Getting inked has been one of Sushmita Sen’s fetishes for a while now. And she has now got a brand new tattoo on her left forearm. This one is inscribed in Latin ‘Aut Viam inveniam aut faciam’, which means ‘I’ll either find a way or make one.’
Even though she has a range of tattoos, she insists on only one man to put them on her: Sameer Patange. Reportedly, she has three other permanent tattoos on her arms and one on her back. She got her first tattoo on her left wrist, which

Michael Douglas returns to acting

Hollywood actor Michael Douglas who has been battling throat cancer since this summer has returned to his acting career. Douglas has declared he is determined to beat the illness and showed signs of recovery by filming a clip for an online video.
The “Wall Street” star appears in a brooding black and white one-minute clip in which he is seen sitting in a leather armchair. James Franco and Matt Damon have also appeared in the 14 actors series, which sees stars portray classic

Saif replaces Ajay in ‘Aarakshan

Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan has replaced Prakash Jha’s blue-eyed boy Ajay Devgn in his next project “Aarakshan” that also stars megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
Rumours about Ajay’s ouster from the film have been abuzz, but Amitabh confirmed the development on his blog. “Preparations for ‘Aarakshan’ with Prakash Jha are on in swing and another meet today was done to finalise aspects of the oncoming shoot.
Saif Ali now replaces Ajay and soon we shall be making a final

Elton John’s close shave to death

Sir Elton John has revealed that he was “very close” to being killed by drugs. When asked: How close did drugs get to killing you? John replied: “Very close. I mean, I would have an epileptic seizure and turn blue, and people would find me on the floor and put me to bed, and then 40 minutes later I’d be snorting another line.”
“This is how bleak it was, I’d stay up, I’d smoke joints, I’d drink a bottle of Johnnie Walker and then I’d stay up for three days and then I’d go to sleep