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Ready for Robot?
Adam Sandler talks about the experience of working in his recent flick Grown Ups
Kite and might
Credible characters and a fairly good screenplay are the positive components of director Badri Venkatesh's debut film, Baana (U). You do have patches of slowness but they are few and far between. If you can conjecture the relevance of the ...
A nd, the women's equivalent of Dil Chahta Hai arrives finally, over a decade after guys bonded over road trips and long drives. Austen's Victorian era romance gets a makeover — chick-flick style, as the leading lady Aisha here obsesses ...
When the hunter becomes the hunted
W hat is it with B films acquiring a veneer of respectability in their millennial reboots? We had Terminator Salvation last year with a grim Christian Bale taking all the guilty pleasure out of nice, cheesy lines. Predators, thankfully, in ...
Guys and gags
H ere's the thing about Grown Ups. Yes, it's poorly crafted — hardly any plot to speak of — and is quite silly and gross in parts (as expected, several done-to-death gags on various bodily functions, plus a running joke on ...
Reality check on star wars
Top Bollywood actors are vying with one another and hitting the reality route to success. harshikaa udasi tracks their big moves on the small screen
Priyanka praises Akki
Despite taking over from action king Akshay Kumar as the host of ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi', Priyanka Chopra cleverly dodges questions about comparisons. She says: “Akshay is the real khiladi of India and it won't be fair to compare. I ...
His second outing, Boss Engira Bhaskaran, will be a thorough entertainer, promises Rajesh
A good omen?
B -town celebs are considered extremely superstitious when it comes to release of their films. Yet director Rajeev Virani has chosen today (Friday, the 13) to release his horror-thriller, Help, starring Mugdha Godse and Bobby Deol. Ask him ...
The promos of Neil Nitin Mukesh's new Yash Raj film, Lafangey Parindey, shows the actor in a totally different light from his usual soft-spoken self — he plays a street toughie doing daredevil stunts on his bike, including a ...
James Bond (Daniel Craig) goes on his first ever mission as 007. Le Chiffre is a banker for the world's terrorists. He is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money in order to stay safe in the terrorist ...
Science meets cinema
Once Shankar decided that visual effects will be the backbone of Endhiran, his team started to zero in on the best in the field. Animatronics — the science of applying electronics and robotics to simulate life on mechanised puppets ...
Designed to excel
“E very costume has been styled with care, and I've had at least five meetings with Manish for each song sequence,” says Shankar. The director has known Manish Malhotra from his days as an assistant director in Mumbai. “Even ...
Arulnidhi's maiden film Vamsam, is all set to hit the screens today
A slice of Japan
Catch a Japanese Film Festival
Singing sensation Susan Boyle is to get a makeover in front of millions of TV viewers. The Scottish star is to have her new look created as part of her cameo role in the hit U.S. TV show, Glee. Glee's co-creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed Susan ...
Eva seeing red over Burgundy
Hollywood beauty Eva Mendes has joined the Anchorman 2 campaign. The Latina lovely stars opposite Will Ferrell in the new movie The Other Guys and wants his future project to see the return of Ron Burgundy. “ Anchorman is my favourite ...
Cash crisis stops return of the Jedi
George Lucas has had to call a halt to his Star Wars TV show after conjuring up more Force than he can afford. The movie mogul has been busy working on a live-action TV series based on the famous adventures of the Jedi but has had to put the ...
Tips from mum
High School Musical hottie Ashley Tisdale has been getting some inside tips on playing a cheerleader. The 25-year-old actor is starring in new teen TV hit Wildcats, with a little help from her mother. “I was never a cheerleader but ...
On the sly
Sylvester Stallone has lifted the lid on the super-secret operation which brought together three of the biggest action stars of all time. The Rocky star admits he had given up hope of getting old pals Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis to ...
Directed by Cheyyar Ravi, this series, already on air from August 9, revolves around a son who disowns his parents for money, and how it leads him to many challenges in life.The cast includes Rajesh, Sanjeev, Sadana and ‘Idhayam' ...
Independence Day special
Take a look at the special programmes to be aired by the regional channels on August 15.Zee Tamil begins its line-up at 8.30 a.m.with ‘ Suthanthiram 2010,' a show that infuses patriotism. A special segment of ‘ Isai ...
Challenges of Life
The episode reveals the fascinating behaviour that living creatures have devised in order to thrive. It brings some of the most incredible stories ever caught on camera and highlights the efforts of men and women who spent months patiently ...
1. Michael Mann's Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp, is said to be based on which American gangster's life and times?2. Aisha is the adaptation of which English author's novel ‘Emma'?3. Which former Test cricketer had a ...
Every actor, every director, everybody needs an Oscar. You have to have that little statue in Hollywood, or else you're nothing!
Director A.C. Mugil is proud of the technical and production aspects of his Kandein. Mugil hails from the Prabhudeva stable, and he has roped in others from the same camp for his film. Cinematographer Nirav Shah's assistant Prashant T Misale, ...
Starring in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai has set Kangna thinking about her own relationship with the city. She says, “Sometimes when people ask me where I am from, I say, ‘Mumbai' because it has become my home, though my heart is ...
My first break
I come from a small village in Thanjavur called Ambalapattu. My dad Sadasivam is a retired teacher and my mother Ramalakshmi, a housewife. It was my father who groomed me to become what I am today. Right from childhood he wanted me to be ...
Grill mill - Rekha
You played the heroine in several films after your successful debut in Kadalora Kavithaigal. But what stopped you from reaching the No. 1 spot?I don't believe in number games. I was in Standard Ten when I entered the field and ...
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P. U. Chinnappa, M. S. Sarojini, M. R. Santhana- lakshmi, P. B. Rangachari, U. R. Jeevaratnam, S. Varalakshmi, T. A. Jayalakshmi, N. S. Krishnan, T.A. Mathuram, T. S. Balaiah, D. Bala-subramaniam, Kulathu Mani, M.S. Murugesan, P. Saradambal, M. V. Mani and ‘Baby' Kamala-Yogambal (Yogam)-Mangalam (dances)
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