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Saif goes topless

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

Garfield is shocked

Actor Andrew Garfield says he was in a state of “pure shock” when he won the coveted role to play Peter Parker/Spider Man in the franchise reboot.
It is the biggest role for the young actor, whose previous credits include ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ and ‘The Social Network’.
The 27-year-old actor says he was caught unaware when he was told about the role and director Marc Webb arrived with his production team to record his reaction.
“They flew in Marc Webb,

Lady Gaga fears being killed

Pop sensation Lady Gaga has fan phobia and fears that she will end up like Beatles legend John Lennon, who was killed by a crazy admirer in 1980. The ‘Paparazzi’ hitmaker is so paranoid about being murdered by a fan that she insists on round-the-clock protection by her bodyguards. The eccentric singer has even boosted the security of her New York apartment and reportedly makes her bodyguard watch over her while she sleeps. Gaga is terrified that she may meet with the same fate like

Hollywood on Akshay’s mind

Akshay Kumar is set to be the first Indian actor ever to own an international production office in North America. He is in talks with Hollywood studios to join forces and open an international arm based out of US or Canada that will look at producing cutting edge films. Akki is already producing his first international project titled “Breakaway”, a film based on ice hockey that is being directed by Robert Lieberman. Though for this he has partnered with a big film company that has

Irrfan’s got a brand new look

Irrfan Khan’s reputation for versatility is well-known in the film industry. He is one of the few actors who has essayed a wide range of characters, both dark and romantic, with equal panache.
Irrfan has gone a step further by getting himself a brand new look in “Knock Out”, where he plays the role of a street-smart investment banker, the target of a nameless foe (Sanjay Dutt) who turns his world upside down. It’s suave, sexy and “very metrosexual” as the actor chooses to

Khali to make wild card entry

Come Saturday, October 16, and Punjab-born 38-year-old WWE wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, better known as ‘The Great Khali’, will enter the ‘Bigg Boss’ house. He was signed this week by Colors after long negotiations with his managers.
Khali, who weighs 190kgs, may be provided with a double bed to accommodate his 7 feet 3 inch frame. Apparently, even the toilet seats are being changed to make the wrestler’s life easy inside the house.
A source from the channel confirms the

Shiv Sena blocks out show in Mumbai

Cable operators across Mumbai and Thane have decided to bow down to Shiv Sena’s diktat and block the reality show ‘Bigg Boss’ on Colors channel from Wednesday night. The Shiv Sena has been protesting against the participation of two Pakistan actors in the fourth edition of the popular show. Sena leader Anil Parab confirmed that cable operators had agreed to a blackout. “The blackout began in Mumbai from Wednesday and will spread to rest of the state by today.”
Ganesh Naidu,

Police charge driver over Facebook speeding clip

Israeli traffic cops are apparently now patrolling the web, with a man facing charges after being caught speeding … on Facebook.
The 23-year-old man was charged with speeding and reckless endangerment after police came across a video posted on Facebook of him driving at 260 kph (160 mph) along Israel’s coastal highway, Ynet news website said on Tuesday.
The driver was charged in a traffic court in the northern city of Acre, even though police could not say when the

Scientists to create DNA database

The “DNA Dozen” want to allay fears amongst the public that information about their genes should not be widely shared on the grounds that it is private and sensitive.
The Genome Unzipped project intends to explain what genetic code can and cannot reveal about an individual’s health.
The 11 British-based scientists and one American genetics lawyer want to encourage the creation of open-access DNA databases which would make it easier to research and accelerate discoveries

Lava and ashes help create new Icelandic perfume

A new line of perfume is about to explode onto the Icelandic market, made of melt water from a glacier sitting on top of the Eyjafjoell volcano that erupted in April, spreading ash and flight chaos across Europe.
“When Eyjafjoell started erupting I suddenly got the idea to bring the power of Icelandic nature into people’s homes,” Icelandic designer Sigrun Lilja Gudjonsdottir, head of company Gydja Collection, explained Tuesday.
That is when “the idea of using water from the

Texan ballot papers sent out with flag of Chile

Texan ballot officials have accidentally sent out ballot papers with the Chilean national flag on it rather than the flag of Texas. For several years officials in Atascosa County, south of San Antonio, had sent out the insert containing what they thought was their state flag on it to absentee voters.
The mistake went unnoticed until a Ph.D student living in Japan alerted the authorities.
Troy Knudson said, “Apparently the insert has been used for some time without anyone

Secret space plane ‘goes missing’ in orbit

US Air Force’s X-37B reported missing again
Last seen ‘in orbit over landing base’
Missing since October 7
Has the US Air Force landed its secret space plane? The X-37B has been orbiting the Earth for 173 days since its launch on April 22.
An unmanned vehicle with unknown intent, it’s captured the imagination of sky-watchers, military experts and conspiracy theorists worldwide.
It has the payload of a medium-sized truck, so maybe its purpose is to ferry spy

David Schwimmer ties the knot

‘Friends’ star David Schwimmer is a married man. The actor has revealed that he tied the knot with girlfriend Zoe Buckman in a secret ceremony four months back.
After getting engaged in early March, the couple secretly wed in a private ceremony in June, said the actor’s representative.
The 43-year-old actor proposed to the 25-year-old in March and the pair managed to exchange vows away from the spotlight this summer, reported a website.
The actor met his lady love when

Emraan`s kissing star image didn’t bother me: Neha Sharma

Newbie Neha Sharma, who was seen as Emraan Hashmi`s love interest in the recently released ‘Crook’, said she was not concerned about her co-star’s serial kisser image while giving nod for the film.
“I was not sceptical before saying yes for this role. The story is most important to an actor, so when I heard the narration, I realised that it’s a brilliant film and there is no way that I’m going to miss out on this,” Neha told reporters in an interview.
“As far as the kissing