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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, directed by David Yates, will hit the screens on July 16. mini anthikad-chhibber on the Potter magic
Film Review

No laughing matter this
I’m hardly offended by politically incorrect jokes. I am all for exploitation cinema. I like Akshay and Kareena, even loved Tashan. Dare I admit, I also dug parts of Chandni Chowk to China. And, I ...


Mixed recipe lacks punch
The first frame of Gnabagangal, in which lyricist Pa. Vijay makes his debut as an actor, unfolds with his voice informing the audience that it is the love saga of his good friend, poet Kadhiravan. But the way the narration ...


ONE MINUTE REVIEW
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
Storyline: Sam Witwicky… run, chase, run, cars turn to machines… has the code to… slam, bam, run, chase, explosion… save Optimus Prime and the planet, no wait, the whole solar system… boom, crash, ...


Cinema

A charmed life
Deepika Padukone knows the fine art of balancing life, on and off screen

Chocolate boy chases Luck
Will Imran Khan repeat the success of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na in his forthcoming flick, Luck, asks harshikaa udasi

Long route to success
Akshaye Khanna on Shortkut that releases today

The star and the script
Screenplay writing is an art you learn by watching films, good and bad, says actor-director Ramesh Aravind


Telewatch


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The weekly programme presents a review of the film ‘Nadodigal’, released recently. Joining anchor Suhasini Maniratnam in the discussion will be director Samudirakani and hero Sasikumar. Idhayam Thotta Kadhaigal ...

MOVIES
Go behind the scenes to watch the making of the highly anticipated ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.’ In this instalment, Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his sixth year — to face a growing danger that may ...

SERIES
In ‘I Wanna Rock and Roll all Knight,’ Knight Industries tracks a criminal couple and discovers that the felons have ties to the national congressional race.Lipstick Jungle (STAR World, Saturday, 10 ...


Columns


LOVE/HATE
Why I like... Slumdog Millionaire
I loved the script and the screenplay of this film. And, the fact that in a game meant to test the intellect, a boy wins based on his experiences in life. This was why the film struck a chord in everyone despite featuring new faces in the lead. I ...

Cine quiz
1. The legendary Indian sportsperson who acted in the Marathi Film Savli Premachi turns 60 today. Name him/her. 2. According to a recent chart produced by Bloomberg, giving inflation-adjusted ...


MUMBAI EXPRESS
Who is the better dancer?
Arshad Warsi spent a lot of time in discos before he became a star. But onscreen, he had not dusted his dancing shoes for a long time. Now he is finally dancing with Akshaye Khanna to a song, ‘Patli gali’ choreographed by ...

My first break - Shammu
I started dancing from the age of 3. I learnt Bharatanatyam, ballet, salsa, belly and other forms of dancing. I have also worked in a couple of advertisement films. Director K. S. Ravi Kumar was looking for a Tamil speaking girl in the U.S. He ...

Grill mill
You were considered a poor man’s hero. Now there seems to be a break in your career…
Half a dozen of my films flopped at the box office during 1996-97. I also started producing films, so producers did not come ...


BLAST FROM THE PAST
Motor Sundaram Pillai 1966
Sivaji Ganesan, Sowcar Janaki, Manimala, Jayalalitha, Ravichandran, Major Sundararajan, T. S. Muthaiah, Pandari Bai, Nagesh and Sundari Bai


ITSY-BITSY
Getting professional
The new breed of actors is becoming more professional in their outlook. Take, for instance, Anjali, fresh from the modelling world, who has signed up with Walto, a professional talent management agency. The result? She is in talks with director ...


HOT FROM HOLLYWOOD
Auditions, her new fear
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz used to be petrified of giving speeches and red carpet interviews — but now she has a new fear of auditions too. Sexy Pene admits the scariest moment of her career was singing and dancing for her role in the ...

Johnny and Tim talk in tongues
Hollywood hotshot Johnny Depp has such a close working relationship with director Tim Burton that they have come up with their own language. The pair have worked together so often on hit movies such as Sweeney Tood, Charlie and the ...

Sienna bursts her beauty bubble
Being held up as an icon of beauty terrifies Sienna Miller because she can’t stand the pressure of having to look good all the time. Sienna puts her looks down to good make-up and lighting and is actually very insecure about her appearance. ...

Super Routh misses second flight
Superman star Brandon Routh fears he may never pull on his tights and cape again. The movie hunk has been waiting for movie bosses to green-light a sequel to Superman Returns but after three years of wait it looks like the end ...

Love off limits for Lauren
Former Hills beauty Lauren Conrad believes her luck in love lies with her determination to keep her man away from the limelight. The 23-year-old star has quit hit show The Hills to be an author and fashionista and she’s also head-over-heels ...


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