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Game of Thrones final.....

Game of Thrones final.....

Agencies  "Game of Thrones" spent the lapse between seasons five and six being peppered by questions about Jon Snow's fate. Based on Sunday's extra-long finale, the producers will be spared that irritation, but anticip...

Aamir Liaquat's show banned for three days

Aamir Liaquat's show banned for three days

Staff Reporter The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Monday, after receiving hundreds of complaints, barred TV anchor Aamir Liaquat’s 'Inam Ghar' show for three days on Geo Entertainment, said a sta...

Mufti Qavi's Ruet-e-Hilal membership suspended

Mufti Qavi's Ruet-e-Hilal membership suspended

Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf on Wednesday suspended Mufti Abdul Qavi’s membership of Ruet-i-Hilal Committee after pictures of him with model and Facebook celebrity Qandeel Baloch surfac...

FIA stops Ayyan Ali from flying abroad

FIA stops Ayyan Ali from flying abroad

  Staff Reporter KARACHI: Model Ayyan Ali’s attempt to go abroad once again hit to the ground when Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials on Wednesday barred her at Karachi airport. Ayyan, who is facing money lau...

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Mahira Khan & Fawad Khan latest target of Shiv Sena

Agencies

Continuing its string of attacks on Pakistanis, Shiv Sena – a Hindu extremist party engaged in a ruling coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra – has made Pakistani movie stars, Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan, its latest target.

According to Indian Express, Shiv Sena announced plans to hinder promotions of the two actors' upcoming movies, Raees and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

"We have taken a stand not to allow any Pakistani actor, cricketer or performer to step on Maharashtra soil," says Akshay Bardapurkar, general Secretary of the Shiv Sena Chitrapat Sena, the party's film wing.

He adds, "We are not really bothered about who is signing these Pakistanis in their film. Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar, Shah Rukh Khan etc are responsible citizens and they should not cast Pakistanis in their film."

Mahira's debut Bollywood flick Raees, in which she stars opposite Shah Rukh Khan, is slated for release on Eid 2016, whereas Fawad's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai is scheduled for a Diwali opening, also next year.

The threat against Mahira and Fawad is the latest incident that adds to Shiv Sena's spate of attacks against Pakistanis working in India.

Mekaal Hasan Band, which recently reconfigured into a Pak-India line-up with Sharmista Chatterjee as the band's new vocalist, was the last target of Shiv Sena's hostility towards Pakistanis.

Their concert in Ahmedabad last weekend was cancelled at the last minute due to protests by Shiv Sena activists on the day of their performance, reported Indian Express.  

Earlier in the month, Shiv Sena forced the cancellation of ghazal singer Ghulam Ali's concert in Mumbai, saying that "We can't have cultural ties with Pakistan when they kill our soldiers."

A serious award

Agencies

NEW YORK: Every year, an American comedian receives a serious award -- and not just for being very funny. This year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor went to Eddie Murphy.

"The Mark Twain Prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain," said the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in its description of the prize.

The prize, first awarded in 1998 to Richard Pryor, highlights social criticism and insightful observation brought out by humor. Among previous recipients are Jonathan Winters, Lily Tomlin, Will Ferrell and Ellen DeGeneres.

"I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Kennedy Center and to join the distinguished list of past recipients of this award," Murphy said according to a statement from the Kennedy Center.

"It's going to be great!" the comedian posted to his official Facebook feed before the ceremony. The post included a picture of Mark Twain with a quote: "It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."

He treated the audience to a standup routine, something he has reportedly not done in many years.

Murphy is the highest-earning ever African American screen actor, the Kennedy Center said. But he got his start in standup.

 

Lady Gaga named Billboard woman of the year

Agencies

Billboard: Lady Gaga will be feted as Billboard's 2015 Woman of the Year, succeeding Taylor Swift, who appeared at last year's intimate event that also celebrated Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Jessie J, Charli XCX and Idina Menzel.

More honorees for this year's Women in Music will be revealed in the coming weeks.

In addition to Gaga's new turn on FX's American Horror Story: Hotel, which premieres Oct. 7, the six-time Grammy-winning pop star and actress recently hit No. 1 on the real time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart with her video "Till It Happens to You," a track written for the college sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground, which premiered at Sundance in January and will air on CNN later this year.

Gaga's last appearance on the chart was with the Tony Bennett duet "Anything Goes," which entered the top 10 on July 29. The two recently concluded a 36-show tour through North America and Europe in support of their 2014 album Cheek to Cheek.

Gaga's solo follow-up, her fifth studio album, is expected to be released next year.

Billboard's Woman of the Year has always represented the finest in music, and the anointing of a key influential figure who drove the conversation for that year.

 

The Emmys broke new ground

The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. on Sunday.  

Viola Davis became the first African American woman to be named outstanding actress in a drama for her role in ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder," while Jeffrey Tambor became the first to win a lead-actor Emmy for playing a transgender character, in Amazon's "Transparent."

"In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn't reach them no-how," said Davis, quoting abolitionist and escaped slave Harriet Tubman in her emotional acceptance speech.

"Let me tell you something -- the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," she said, as fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson ("Empire") stood and applauded. "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."

Diversity was a winner Sunday on multiple levels. Not only did Tambor's win highlight how far Hollywood has come in terms of inclusiveness of TV characters, but black actresses Regina King and Uzo Aduba were also recognized for supporting actress in a limited series/movie and supporting actress in a drama respectively.

Aduba's win for her role in "Orange is the New Black" marked the first time an actress won an Emmy in both the drama and the comedy categories for playing the same character. New Emmy rules redefined "OITNB" from a comedy (where Aduba won last year) to a drama series.

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BAHUBALI CREATES HISTORY WITH 50 CRORE BUSINESS ON DAY 1

SS Rajamouli’s epicBahubali has got an outstanding response across the country. The movie, had witnessed anamazing occupancy in cinema halls. While South saw an occupancy of almost 90 to 100% on an average, even the other regions of India had an occupancy of more than 55%.

Released in more than 3500 Screens across India, the movie has created a History by raking in whopping 50 crores on Day 1 (Including All Versions), which is simply phenomenal. Bahubali has now made a record of Highest Day 1 business made by any Indian film.

The movie has collected 5.15 crores from the Hindi version, which too is a record for any dubbed movie in Hindi.

FAWAD IS GORGEOUS, GIFTED: SONAM KAPOOR

Pakistani actor Fawad Khan is a gorgeous and gifted talent, says his "Khoobsurat" co-star Sonam Kapoor, adding that he once became "dinner table conversation" at her house. Ahead of the& Pictures showcase of "Khoobsurat", Sonam said of her Fawad: "What does one say about a man who is a gorgeous and gifted with magnificent acting talent. When we were looking at casting for the character Vikram, we needed someone who can look regal effortlessly."

Sharing that the actor's name was suggested by several of her mother's friends who are die-hard fans of his Pakistani TV shows like “Humsafar” and “ZindagiGulzar Hai”, the 34-year-old actress added: "Soon he became our dinner table conversation and that’s when Rhea decided to contact him for the film and as they say, rest is history."

She even said that "very few people know that he is a funny guy in real life. They get to see his shy and intense side more often though, which we don’t mind at all."

SUNNY LEONE WANTS TO WORK WITH A LISTERS

Sunny Leone has come a long way since her days as an adult star. Now an established Bollywood actress, Sunny is looking for meatier roles and better co-stars. Sunny Leone, who has made a mark in Bollywood with films like ‘Jism 2’, ‘Ragini MMS 2’ and ‘Ek Paheli Leela’, says that it’s a dream for her to work with A-listers in the Hindi film industry. 

Sunny said, “It’s anybody’s dream when they come into the industry to work with people, who they have seen in so many movies. First and foremost, I’m a fan of Bollywood films and have been following them since a lot time. So, it would enhance my talent if I get a chance to work with big stars. It would be a dream.” 

“I’m a part of everything that I want to be. I work really hard for my roles. For me the only acceptance and the only thing that is most important are my fans and staying connected with them,” the actress added.

SALMAN KHAN: 'SULTAN' IS GOING TO BE A STRESSFUL FILM

Boxing seems to be one of the favourite muses in Bollywood these days. Mary Kom will soon be followed by brothers, Dangal and Saala Khadoos, all these movies have boxing as their main theme. Salman Khan’s sultan is following the same retinue, Salman, who will be donning a physically strong character for the film, said the film involves a lot of action scenes. "I have to work a lot for this film. It is going to be a stressful film. In November, I start shooting for it. There is lot of action in it, wrestling types, weights lot of muscles. I have to be very strong," Salman said in an interview. 

"So it is not about body, it is not necessary that he will be ripped in six packs but he is very strong," he said. Salman and producer Aditya Chopra have decided to release Sultan on Eid 2016. The film produced by Yash Raj Films will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Other actors who are donning the boxer gloves, are Akshay Kumar, Siddharth Malhotra, R Madhavan and Aamir Khan. 

The romantic hero R Madhavan plays a mean wrestling coach in Saala Khadoos while Akshay plays a boxer in Karan Malhotra's Brothers and Aamir is getting ready to play a wrestler in Nitish Tiwari's Dangal.

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