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Friday, February 20, 2009
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Shhh… it’s spooky
Is deglam glam this time?
Oscar countdown sudhish kamath takes a look at the nominees for Best Actress in leading and supporting roles
Amusing… and tepid too -- Siva Manasula Sakti
Storyline: Boy-girl encounter… and lover’s tiffs that go on and on…Bottomline: Youthful all right, but could have had some substance too Liveliness with a capital ‘L’ marks ...
Oh! Not again -- Perumal
Storyline: Banned drugs find their way into hospitals and cause havoc. The hero isn’t going to keep quiet …Bottomline: You’ve seen the same washed-out yarn spun umpteen times before … To ...
Lackadaisical affair -- Kudiyarasu
Cast:Vigneswaran, Suguna, Sureshkannan, Neepa, ‘Nizhalgal’ Ravi, Sethu Vinayagam, Meera Krishnan and V.S. Raghavan.Storyline: About a journalist, who goes looking for proof to pin down a corrupt minister. ...
Throw logic to the winds -- Outlander
Storyline: A spacecraft from another world crashes amidst warring Viking tribes and unleashes an alien evil in their land.Bottomline: If you’re a fan of the genre, you might enjoy this one in all its illogical ...
A massacre of the original -- Billu
Storyline: A poor hairdresser becomes the centre of attention when his long lost childhood friend, now a superstar, checks into his village for a film shoot.Bottomline: Stay far away if you’ve seen the original or even ...
Her moment of fame
chatline Pooja made the audience sit up and take notice with her role in Naan Kadavul
This week, director-actor Bagyaraj and his wife Poornima recall happy memories of their wedding. Bagyaraj tells viewers how he fell in love with Poornima during the shoot of ‘Darling Darling Darling’. Politicians and members of the ...
Discover the top ten most extreme medics in the animal kingdom to find out just who has the most complicated cures. From poisoned parrots using an antidote of clay to wallabies with antibiotic-producing milk 100 times more effective ...
Makkal TV will air ‘Sahira’, an Iranian film, tomorrow, 6.03 p.m. Sahira, a theatre artist, is passionate about her profession. She gets married and things start going awry in her life because of her over-involvement with the ...
HOT FROM HOLLYWOOD
Works off nervous energy
Tween heart-throb Zac Efron gets so uptight before award shows that he has to exercise furiously beforehand to get rid of his nervous energy. Even in the car on the way to the shows he gets out to jump around and jog on the spot. “I get so ...
Teri for sofa treats
Slim and trim Teri Hatcher believes a little of what you fancy does you good when it comes to dieting. The Desperate Housewife believes slobbing on the couch and scoffing crisps and sweets once in a while does everybody good. “I am kind of ...
Isla Fisher has never been a fashionista but thanks to her new movie Confessions of a Shopaholic she has brightened up her wardrobe. The Aussie beauty used to wear mostly black and grey but since working with style guru ...
Wants to play villain
Funnyman Owen Wilson is fed up with being known as the nice guy and wants to walk on the dark side for a change. The Marley and Me star was inspired by his comic hero Robin Williams, who has branched out to play nasty ...
An Oscar is forever
Reese Witherspoon has advice for any Oscar winner at this year’s ceremony — relax after you take home the award. The Academy Award star says they can relish the winning moment forever because even if they make rubbish movies from then ...
1. Name the two who have won an Oscar for their performances (in 1948 and 1998) in a movie directed by them. 2. What is common to Unforgiven, Dances with Wolves and Cimarron as regards the Best Picture ...
Wedding bells for Ravi
Kollywood’s most eligible boy ‘Jayam’ Ravi will tie the knot with Chennai-based Aarthi, daughter of noted television producer Sujatha Vijayakumar (he made Veerappu with Sundar C). Aarthi and Ravi have been dating each ...
BLAST FROM THE PAST
M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar (debut), S. D. Subbulakshmi (debut), S. S. Mani and K. K. Parvathi Bai
My First break -- Ammu
My entry into filmdom was by chance. I started as a television host. My good behaviour and fluency in Tamil have perhaps impressed people. I started getting a lot of offers on the small as well as the big screen. I became choosy about the ...
I have not accepted more films, as I must concentrate on politics too
LOVE / HATE
Why I like... Kaadhalikka Neramillai
Because it taught me there is everything to know about comedy — what is timing, what is healthy comedy, what is situational comedy… It also portrayed love in such a clean and healthy way. And, who can forget the music? I can relate to ...
Why I hate... Shalimar
This was touted as a Bollywood film made with Hollywood stars. In the end, it was neither a bad English film nor a bad Hindi film. It starred Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman and my idol, Rex Harrison. So, I went to watch it with huge expectations. But, ...
Five experts are assembled to retrieve a mysterious briefcase from an equally mysterious group of criminals. American strategist Sam (Robert De Niro) joins French coordinator Vincent (Jean Reno), German electronics expert Gregor (Stellan ...
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