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Motoring – Make your own pocket rocket

Motoring – Make your own pocket rocket

LAHORE – If you are the sort of a person who remembers every drag race sequence from the fast and the furious movies. And if every time you watch those drag race sequences you crave to be behind the wheel of a modified car while thinking about the adrenaline it will give you. Well, this article is meant for you. Most of us petrol heads in Pakistan face one major issue while trying to acquire a fast car which is that most of us are on a very tight budget.
Mostly the cars with

Music executive slams Grammys in open letter

NEW YORK – A veteran music executive has lambasted the Grammy Awards as “a series of hypocrisies and contradictions,” in a full-page advertisement that ran a week after last Sunday’s annual ceremony. Steve Stoute’s open letter to Grammy organizers ripped the organization and its 12,000-odd voters for snubbing Eminem and Justin Bieber at this year’s ceremony, as well as Eminem and Kanye West at past events.
“Over the course of my 20-year history as an executive in the music

From Prince of Pop to King of Soul

LAHORE – Termed as the fifth sexiest Asian man by a UK magazine Eastern eye, Ali Zafar has leapt audiences at home and internationally in a thrall. None can deny his charisma and unmatched proficiency in various domains. He pursued his degree in painting, went on to modelling, stepped into the world of singing and is currently gaining much recognition for his outstanding ability to sing soulfully and perform boldly on the big screen.
He played bass guitars for Hadiqa Kiyani’s

A Minute With: Bhardwaj on ‘7 Khoon Maaf’

MUMBAI – Over the last decade, Indian film director Vishal Bhardwaj has carved a niche for himself in Bollywood with his edgy, contemporary style of filmmaking. Bhardwaj, best known for his Bollywood adaptations of the Shakespearean tragedies ‘Othello’ and ‘Macbeth,’ is now wooing Indian audiences with a dark thriller about a woman accused of murdering her seven husbands.
‘7 Khoon Maaf’ (7 Murders Forgiven), based on a short story by writer Ruskin Bond, opens in India on Friday

Cher wanted for the Stooges

Quirky moviemakers, the Farrelly Brothers want Cher to play a scary nun in their ‘Three Stooges’ movie. Peter and Bobby Farrelly insist the ‘Burlesque’ star would be the perfect fit for the Mother Superior role in the comedy. And they have a few other dream castmates for the project, which at one point was to include Jim Carrey, Benicio Del Toro and Sean Penn.
Peter Farrelly tells, “We always thought Andy Samberg looks a little like he could play Larry and Johnny Knoxville is a

Veena to fight it out in ‘Bigg Boss’ spoof

Switch channels for some cricket-related fireworks and you will stumble into ‘Bigg Toss,’ a spoof on Bigg Boss on an Indian news channel. The show will have around 14 house guests like Rakhi Sawant, Pakistani actor and ‘Bigg Boss’ sensation Veena Malik, Delhi-based RJ Simran Kohli and hair stylist Sylvie. Divided into two teams, they will play for the big prize – a car worth around Rs 15- 20 lakh.
“We will be given some cricket-related tasks to carry out. The funniest bit is that

Arnold’s statue headed to Austria

A 9-foot-tall statue depicting Arnold Schwarzenegger at the height of his bodybuilding career has received a final critique by the former Mr. Universe before it’s sent for bronzing. The former California governor who recently announced his return to acting visited northern Idaho to suggest a few modifications to the clay sculpture.
It’s destined to stand in a rippling, full-flex pose outside his childhood home that is now a museum in Thal, Austria. Schwarzenegger tells that he

Larry says CNN ‘oversold’ his successor

Piers Morgan “may have been oversold” to the American public, according to Larry King, who said that Morgan should have “perhaps started softer” when launching his CNN chat show. But it was not the British host’s style to “start quietly,” King observed Speaking on a show, King said of his decision to step down from his long-running show, “it was time to get off the train.”
And he praised his successor, though admitted he had not seen many shows. “I think he’s a fine broadcaster;

‘AIK AUR GHAZI’ – Critics slam Syed Noor’s upcoming movie

LAHORE – Film director Syed Noor of an upcoming film lauding extra-judicial killing in the name of Islam denies any similarity between his film and last month’s killing of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer.
For Pakistanis, the scene may evoke memories of the moment Taseer was killed by his own security guard last month for speaking out against the blasphemy laws, which have long been used to carry out personal vendettas and persecute minorities. Instead, it’s a poster for upcoming

Steve Jobs ‘visits cancer clinic’

LOS ANGELES – Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, has reportedly visited a cancer treatment clinic. Jobs, 55, who has been on medical leave since last month, was seen at the Stanford Cancer Centre in Palo Alto, California, according to celebrity news website.
Photographs of the Apple boss outside the centre, and looking thinner than usual, were published. They were taken a day after he put in a full day’s work at Apple on Feb 7.
Mr Jobs underwent a liver transplant in 2009 and,

Banksy graffiti lands in LA ahead of Oscars

LOS ANGELES – Street artist Banksy’s first film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is up for an Oscar — and it seems the subversive Briton may be waging an unorthodox awards campaign on the walls and billboards of Los Angeles. Several examples of graffiti bearing the hallmarks of Banksy’s style and humor have turned up in areas of the city in recent days, including a Charlie Brown figure apparently bent on arson, and a cocktail-swigging Mickey Mouse.
The Mickey Mouse graffiti, first

Ranbir refuses film opposite Deepika

Ranbir Kapoor seems to have left his past behind and is in no mood to open a closed chapter. The actor has reportedly turned down a film which has his ex-ladylove Deepika Paduokne playing the female lead. Director Ayaan Mukerji of the ‘Wake Up Sid’ fame was keen to cast the Kapoor lad opposite dusky hottie Deepika in his upcoming untitled flick. But Ranbir bluntly refused only to avoid animosity at work.
And Ranbir has all the reasons to refuse a film with Deepkia after the lady

Reynolds to auction off collection

Hollywood veteran Debbie Reynolds is selling off her impressive collection of historic movie costumes, so she can cutback on her workload and retire without any financial concerns.
The Singin’ in the Rain star has been collecting classic outfits and memorabilia for decades and boasts one of the most coveted treasure troves on earth – and now she’s set to sell it at an auction in June to build her retirement fund.
The actress, who currently tours America with a one-woman show

Austrian Nazi comedy applauded at Berlin fest

BERLIN – An Austrian “Nazi satire” about a Jewish art dealer who dons the uniform of an SS officer to save himself and his mother from the Holocaust was surprisingly well-received Wednesday at the Berlin film festival.
“My Best Enemy” stars one of Germany’s most popular actors, Moritz Bleibtreu, in a comedy that takes daring risks with the harrowing material but was applauded at a packed press screening. Director Wolfgang Murnberger, 50, said he was aware of walking a thin line

Bollywood descends into Hitler’s bunker at Berlin fest

BERLIN – The producers of a controversial Indian film called ‘Dear Friend Hitler’ about World War II and the Indian independence movement have launched a marketing blitz at the Berlin film festival. The movie’s backers showed ten minutes of out-takes from the picture to market buyers and reporters on the sidelines of the festival’s sprawling European Film Market.
The scenes bear more than a passing resemblance to the Oscar-nominated 2004 German film ‘Downfall’ starring Bruno

Lohan too busy to return necklace

Lindsay Lohan failed to hand back a necklace in the days after she is alleged to have stolen it from a jewellery store because she was “very busy”, according to a police report. The ‘Mean Girls’ star has pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony grand theft over allegations she stole the expensive piece from the Kamofie & Company shop in Venice, California last month.
The actress claims she took the necklace on loan, and newly-obtained police documents reveal Lohan is adamant she

Charlie ready to return to TV sitcom

‘Two and a Half Men’ star Charlie Sheen said in an interview on Monday that he is ready to return to work on the sitcom, after he took a break to deal with his drug problems. “We are on forced hiatus,” the actor with a history of drug and alcohol abuse told on a TV show.
“They said, ‘You get ready and we’ll get ready.’ And I got ready and went back and nobody’s there. I don’t know what to tell you … I’m here and I’m ready. They’re not. Bring it, you know?” the actor said in th