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Munni enters Guinness world record

Munni enters Guinness world record

After leaving audiences enthralled with her performance on the song in the film, Indian actress Malaika Arora has now created history by entering the Guinness Book of World Records in the city of Melbourne in Australia.
Over 1200 people danced for three minutes on the song, led by Malaika. The song was played at Melbourne Park in Australia on weekend with over 1200 people dancing together.
Malaika, who was accompanied on the song by her husband Arbaaz Khan, the producer of

Bob Dylan to perform in Vietnam

American singer Bob Dylan, famous for his anti-war songs during the Vietnam War, will perform in the Communist country for the first time next month, his promoter said Tuesday. Dylan will appear at an 8,000-plus-capacity university stadium in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City on April 10.
Dylan is popular in Vietnam because of his anti-war songs. His 1960s songs ‘Blowing in the Wind’ and ‘The Times They Are a-Changing’ were inspirations for the American civil

Bryan Adams, assistant are expecting

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is about to become a father for the first time at the age of 51, his spokeswoman said on Monday. The ‘Summer of ’69″‘ musician is expecting the baby in May with his personal assistant, a long-time employee who helps run his charitable efforts.
“Alicia Grimaldi and I are expecting a baby,” Adams said in a statement. “She helped me start my foundation years ago and it looks like she’ll be running the family now.”
His spokeswoman declined to

Unfazed by the recession

LAHORE – The past two or three years have hit the global economy hard. Corporate giants all over the world have been forced to tighten their belts in a worldwide economic recession. The Pakistani economy has been hard hit as well, resulting in steady inflation, a devaluation of the rupee and a widening gap between the revenue of the government and the government’s expenditures, leading to a decline in the purchasing power of the average Pakistani.
Rising unemployment combined

A minute with Rashida Jones and Chris Messina

LOS ANGELES – Rashida Jones and Chris Messina are both actors currently at the top of their game. In addition to her role on the NBC comedy ‘Parks and Recreation,’ Jones has appeared in films as varied as ‘The Social Network’ and ‘I Love You, Man.’ After making his mark on ‘Six Feet Under,’ Messina has enjoyed breakthrough roles as devoted husbands in ‘Julie & Julia’ and ‘Away We Go.’
Now the two star as an engaged couple put to the test in the gritty indie ‘Monogamy,’ in which

Israeli anger over Palestinian film at UN

GENEVA – Israel has complained to the United Nations for allowing the US premiere of a controversial film on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the UN headquarters.
A red-carpet showing of ‘Miral’ by award winning American-Jewish director Julian Schnabel was held at the UN General Assembly hall on Monday.
The film is based on an autobiographical novel by Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal that traces the Arab-Israeli conflict after 1948 from a Palestinian perspective. The

Rango’s smoke draws fire

LONDON – Actor Johnny Depp has become the target of anti-smoking campaigners, who are rallying against him over his animated movie ‘Rango,’ which features characters who smoke.
The movie, which has been branded a health hazard, features the voices of Depp, 47, actress Isla Fisher, 35, and actor Bill Nighy, 61. It is about a group of chameleons searching for water that has been stolen from a town called Dirt.
According to Kori Titus, CEO of non-profit organisation Breathe

Bono and Spielberg up for Gorbachev Awards

MOSCOW – Irish rocker Bono and Google co-founder Sergey Brin have been nominated for a new prize created by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to mark his 80th birthday, the organisers said.
The “Mikhail Gorbachev: the man who changed the world” awards are named after his three major policies which became the buzzwords during his rule.
The awards after his glasnost (openness), perestroika (restructuring) and uskorenie (acceleration) reforms will be presented at a

Red Riding Hood – A flick far from legendary

NEW YORK – ‘Twilight’ director Catherine Hardwicke brings something borrowed; something new but certainly nothing blue to her girl-centric retelling of the old fairytale ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’
The new film, ‘Red Riding Hood,’ is a weird hybrid that means to tap the adolescent yearnings of Stephanie Meyer fans, but which will more likely suffer the same sorry fate as Amanda Seyfried’s last supernatural schlocker, ‘Jennifer’s Body.’
Seyfried’s saucer-eyed Riding Hood does

David, Victoria Beckham expecting a baby girl

British celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham are expecting a baby girl, putting a new kick into their family of three rambunctious boys.
The pair announced in January that they were having another child, and on Friday at a gathering of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer club for whom Beckham plays, the proud papa let it slip that the new baby would arrive in pink, according to a report by sports TV channel ESPN.
“Obviously, we’re very lucky to be expecting again, and this

Mel Gibson on probation in abuse dispute

Mel Gibson was ordered to do 16 hours of community service, pursue domestic violence counselling and serve three years’ probation, in a deal Friday to end a row over alleged abuse of his ex-partner.
The embattled US actor pleaded no contest in a Los Angeles court to a charge of battery against his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva in return for a sentence that does not include jail time. He was ordered to undergo a one-year domestic violence counselling program, which he began

Made-for-internet movie debuts on YouTube

WASHINGTON – YouTube on Friday began showing what it said was the first feature-length Hollywood movie created specifically for the Internet. “Girl Walks Into A Bar” is a comedy starring Carla Gugino, Zachary Quinto, Rosario Dawson, Danny DeVito, Josh Hartnett and Emmanuelle Chriqui, YouTube’s entertainment marketing manager Nate Weinstein said in a blog post.
The movie is described as “a comedy about a seemingly unrelated group of characters spending a single night at 10

Quentin sues Alan Ball over bird screams

Quentin Tarantino is suing his neighbor, “True Blood” creator Alan Ball, over a personal matter. Tarantino, director of “Pulp Fiction” and the “Kill Bill” movies, is suing Ball over the “blood-curdling screams” emitted by his exotic birds.
Tarantino claims in his lawsuit, filed Thursday in L.A. County Superior Court, that the “obnoxious pterodactyl-like screams” coming from Ball’s “exotic bird menagerie” have “seriously disrupted ability to work as a writer in his home.” He

Katrina’s Barbie doll to hit markets soon

Katrina Kaif look-alike Barbie dolls will hit the Indian stores on March 20. And the actress has already drawn up a list of people whom she’s going to give her first batch of Barbies to. Topping the list is her niece Maya and Farah Khan’s triplets Anya, Czar and Diva. “The first doll will go to my sister’s two-and-a-half year-old daughter Maya because she is obsessed with Barbie. I’m going to London for a couple of days for work. I’ll give her the doll then,” said Katrina.

Abbey Road studios launch 80th anniversary contest

LONDON – Abbey Road Studios in London, where the Beatles recorded most of their hits, has launched a global anthem competition to mark its 80th anniversary this year.
The studios, opened in 1931 by composer Edward Elgar with a performance of his patriotic song “Land of Hope and Glory,” are looking for original, undiscovered writers who will compete for the chance to record their compositions at Abbey Road.
The winning anthems will be recorded in Studio One, home to the

LimeWire wins limit on damages to record labels

NEW YORK – A federal judge limited the potential financial liability facing the operator of LimeWire, a once-popular file-sharing service found liable for copyright infringement, at an upcoming damages trial.
Rejecting an argument that could have led to “trillions” of dollars in damages, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood agreed with Lime Group LLC that the 13 record companies whose works were infringed by LimeWire deserve one award per work infringed. The record labels had argued

The ‘Cheapmunks’ mesh up their way to success

LAHORE – Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s when the Benjamin Sisters and Nazia Hasan came to notice with their harmonious tunes, it was seldom that one would hear of women in the music industry. However, now times have changed dramatically and thankfully now female musicians can be heard loud and clear.
Moreover, now spotting a lady playing an instrument on stage is a usual sight whereas earlier it was improbable. Today our mainstream music industry is flourishing with several