“Get Hard” is slated to hit theaters on March 27th, 2015 and has just released an new promotional trailer that’s pretty darn funny.
Per the synopsis, “When millionaire James King is nailed for hoax and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.”
Also starring Alison Brie, Edwina Findley and Craig T. Nelson, “Get Hard” promises to be one of the most humorous movies of the spring.
They’re quite the ensemble cast and the actors of “Into the Woods” gathered for an All Guild Q&A in Beverly Hills last night (December 18).
Meanwhile, “Pitch Perfect” cutie Anna Kendrick talked about her lifelong love of musical theater that began in her childhood.
She explained, “I sang as a little kid, I guess. You couldn’t shut me up. As a performer, you couldn’t ask for something better than Sondheim’s music. As a singer, it’s a real pain in the ass. It’s so relentless and asks so much of you.”
Bipasha Basu, Queen of the Macabre: From Ajnabee to Alone, the sexy bombshell has become Bollywood’s go-to heroine for cheap-thrill horror flicks
She started out with a negative role in Ajnabee. From day one, the media had branded Bipasha Basu as unconventional. The main reason for that was the colour of her skin. In a world of predominantly light-skinned actresses, Bipasha had brought in some colour. She was immediately chalked out as the ‘dusky’ beauty. She was already somewhat a misfit. Further, our initial organization with Bipasha was in negative roles (Ajnabee, Jism, Aankhein). She certainly did not look like a model of virtue and innocence. So, she was never the traditional ‘heroine material.’
Fortunately for her, Hindi cinema was changing, and her first big success came with Raaz, Bollywood’s one of the most successful horror films. It is vital to discuss a little about Raaz here. We often underestimate the influence of Raaz. It was Raaz that brought back horror into mainstream again. Bhoot came after Raaz, and horror was finally out of the Ramsay Brothers’ matrix. While many argue that Raat was the film that changed the horror trend they forget that Raat was not a trendsetter. It was an isolated success. It was Raaz that revived the horror genre, which had greatly suffered as the Ramsay Brothers had faded out of the scene. Bipasha played an extremely strong character in Raaz. Even though a horror film, Raaz was additionally a contemporary day take on the Savitri/Satyavan myth. Bipasha’s character Sanjana was consciously modeled after Savitri, whose husband could not be harmed by the evil spirit considering of her karma. Raaz essentially was Sanjana’s story. After Raaz, she did Jism, again a film with a very effective female character. But both Raaz and Jism were strange films.
It was Jism that established her as a sex symbol. Now, Bipasha has always been an average actress. She is neither terrible nor is she particularly good. Therefore, her progression from sex symbol to scream queen is not a major transition. In fact, many globally renowned sex symbols additionally happen to be famous scream queens, like Sarah Michelle Geller, Milla Jovovich, Signoury Weaver, Neve Campbell, Jennifer Love Hewitt to name a few. In Hollywood, their scream queen tag doesn’t affect their acting career at all. In Bollywood, however, it is very difficult to escape straight-jacketing. So, despite doing all kinds of films Bipasha has now managed to get saddled with the scream queen tag.
Bipasha is easily India’s most successful scream queen. Although horror fans remember Veerana’s lead actress Jasmine rather fondly, she did not seem in any other films after that. Of course, most of the Ramsay Brothers regular scream queens did not succeed in mainstream cinema. We still remember Aarti Gupta, Poonam Dasgupta, Priti Sapru, Neelam Mehra, and Sahila Chadda as ‘Ramsay heroines.’ None of them became A-listers. Unlike the Ramsay scream queens, Bipasha has always been the lead character in her horror films. In her horror films even actors like Emraan Hashmi (Raaz 3) and Nawazuddin Siddique (Aatma) have taken the backseat and allowed her to dominate the film. Another vital attribute of Bipasha’s horror films is that so far she has never played the victim or the last surviving girl. She is always in charge. So far all her horror films, with the exception of Creature, revolve around her. Even in Raaz 3 where she plays the villain, the entire story is developed around her character. It’s the same with films like Raaz, Rakht, and Aatma, where the entire story is focused on her.
Further, Bipasha’s horror films have served her well. How many of us remember her role in All the Best? Or Humko Deewane Kar Gaye? In fact, most of us have forgotten that she has worked with Madhur Bhandarkar in Corporate and Rituparno Ghosh in Shob Choritro Kalponik. And soon after there are films that she too would not want us to remember like Jodi Breakers, Aa Dekhe Zara, and of course Humshakals.
The problem with Bollywood is that we don’t hold our scream queens in high esteem. The reason behind that is primarily the position of horror films in Bollywood. We still treat horror as something lowbrow, and despite the fact that in the recent decade horror films have been fairly successful at the Box Office, particularly the ones made by Vikram Bhatt, our overall attitude towards horror still remains ambivalent. Even though films like Talaash and Ek Thi Daayan attempted to steer horror into a different direction, it hasn’t changed the audience’s attitude towards horror.
Recently the trailer of Alone went viral; it clearly crowned Bipasha as numero uno scream queen of the nation. Since we associate horror films as something concomitant to B movies, the critics quickly decided that Bipasha is desperate and is now focusing on horror films to salvage whatever remains of her career. We wonder why that A-list actress is doing so many B films. As I said earlier, internationally, scream queen is a compliment, but in Bollywood we are still unsure of that tag. We forget to notice that Bipasha is the only average actress who has done movies that are written around her character.
We can all agree that Bipasha is nowhere as talented an actress as Tabu, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji or Vidya Balan. But instead of trying to get a 5-minute role in male-dominated films, Bipasha has finally found her niche. She is still as sexy as she was in Dhoom 2, only back thereupon she was using her charms to romance Uday Chopra, and now she is using her oomph to deal with the supernatural.
Nothing has really changed.
(The Reluctant Academic loves Spinoza and cake, for he can neither philosophize nor can he bake. He once aspired to be a filmmaker. Now, he just scribbles stuff on recycled paper.)
Showing off her wide range of fashion flavors, Lady Gaga stepped out in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon (December 18) in a variety of different frocks.
The “Just Dance” diva began in a tangerine orange dress before changing into a black and white printed getup as well as a wispy white gown.
On Wednesday night (December 17) Gaga joined Tony Bennett for a special performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
And during their interview, she talked about some advice she received from an exotic dancer years ago- “I was at the Clermont Lounge in Atlanta, the strip club. I was on a term. Very romantic; chivalry.”
“The night was called Where Strippers Go To Die. I think the woman who was stripping must’ve been 65, 70 years old, and she was fabulous… but she was doing something to Poker Face and she doing that whole thing and she had no panties on.”
“She leans by and goes, ‘You know that Lady Gaga? She can really sing. whether she just took all those clothes off and she just sang, she’d be really great.’ I was like “mhmmm.’”
Mother Monster added, “So perhaps in some ways I took her advice. She next asked me to sign a beer can she crushed amidst her breasts, showbiz!”
With Christmas and New Year’s Eve coming up, GQ magazine is offering up some helpful suggestions for throwing the perfect party.
“Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller threw in a couple of hints to ensure that nobody gets bored or arrested while attending your soiree.
Miller shared, “Have conversation topics ready. For my twenty-first birthday party, I wrote a list. One was ‘Garbage— where does it all go?’ Another was, ‘What are three things you love about T.J. and one thing you don’t, but would never say out loud?’”
And TJ doesn’t mess with cranky neighbors- “I only throw parties at neighbor-less properties. I don’t know whether you know—I was in Yogi Bear 3-D. So I’m incredibly wealthy. And I have properties all by the world where I’ve bought out the houses around me so there are no neighbors. whether citizens say, ‘I can’t afford that. I wasn’t in Yogi Bear 3-D,’ soon after my response is, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry you weren’t in Yogi Bear 3-D, the greatest talking-bear comedy ever made.’”
Shraddha Kapoor’s got all the qualities of a dream muse – a svelte body that can make any outfit look great, a characteristic charm that she exudes and some great style. It isn’t a surprise thereupon that a lot of designers have picked her as their showstopper in recent times, is it? considering she’s actually walked the ramp for more than five times in just the last five months.
Here’s what happens when the Aashiqui girl sashays down the ramp…
For the Gitanjali jewellers at IIJW
Draped in a faraway pink gown Shraddha Kapoor walked the ramp at IIJW. Is the purple gemstone necklace that she’s wearing supposed to steal the show? considering it is that gorgeous gown of hers which actually does.
For J J Valaya at Indian Bridal Week
Shraddha radiated oomph and magnificence as she walked the ramp in J J Valaya’s Moroccan-inspired sari with a gilded jacket and some heavy jewellery to accompany it. that is our favourite and definitely, her best ramp appearance ever.
For Archana Kochhar at the Billion summit fashion show
In a gorgeous, heavily embroidered blue lehenga by Archana Kochhar, Shraddha Kapoor looked like a doll when she walked the ramp for Billion summit fashion show of October that year.
For Gaurav Gupta at the Blenders Pride fashion show
This magnificent golden green ensemble by Gaurav Gupta brought out the diva-ness in Shraddha Kapoor as she sashayed the ramp for the Blenders pride fashion show last month.
For Gaurav Gupta at the India Couture Week
Shraddha’s always been the chosen muse for Gaurav Gupta for an obvious reason – she
can carry off those gorgeous ensembles of his in a way no other woman can. The fact that she made that white sequined mermaid gown by Gaurav look that stunning and irresistible is proof of that.
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They entertained (and enriched) us by the decades with their dominant talent and touched our souls. Even though they aren’t among us today, their memories will always stay with us forever.
After all, legends live on forever. Take a look at the legends we lost in 2014.
Suchitra Sen – The Doyen of Bengali cinema
Born: 6 April, 1931
Died: 17 January, 2014
The legendary – and fiercely reclusive – Suchitra Sen suffered a massive heart attack and passed away at the age of 82 at a hospital in Kolkata. Suchitra has been a part of several memorable Hindi films like Devdas and Aandhi. She was the doyen of Bengali cinema. Though she had a huge fan following, she hardly ever made any public appearances.
Nanda – Yesteryears Bollywood Queen
Born: 8 January, 1939
Died: 25 March, 2014
The veteran actress was 75 and passed away due to natural consequences. Nanda has to her credit some of the most memorable performances like Hum Dono, Train and Jab Jab Phool Khile. She made a hit pair with the reigning superstar Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra and Shashi Kapoor.
Zohra Sehgal – The Grand Old Lady of Hindi Cinema
Born: 27 April, 1912
Died: 10 July, 2014
Zohra Sehgal lived till 102 before she succumbed to a cardiac arrest. Her last onscreen performance was of a grandmother in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya in 2007. In 2012, Zohra Sehgal had celebrated her 100th birthday with great enthusiasm.
Sadashiv Amrapurkar – The ‘Maharani’
Born: 11 May, 1950
Died: 3 November, 2014
Popular Marathi actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar passed away at the age of 64 at Kokilaben Ambani hospital in Mumbai. In his illustrious acting career, Sadashiv Amrapurkar played several iconic roles, the most popular one being Maharani in Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak and several other memorable ones like Ardh Satya and Aankhen.
Ravi Chopra – The Chopra Scion
Born: 27 September, 1946
Died: 12 November, 2014
After battling illness for several years, Bollywood’s respected and beloved filmmaker, Ravi Chopra, breathed his last on November 12 at the Breach Candy hospital, Mumbai. Mr Chopra, who died due to lung infection, was 68. He’s known for directing the epic television series, Mahabharat and has directed memorable Bollywood films including Zameer (1975), The Burning Train (1980), Mazdoor (1983), Dahleez (1986), Baghban (2003) and his last film Baabul featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji. Ravi was the nephew of Yash Chopra.
Deven Varma – A Generation Remembers its fundamental Funny-Man
Born: 23 October, 1937
Died 2 December, 2014
Veteran actor Deven Varma started his career in the B&W era and played memorable roles in his four decade lengthy career. He passed away on December 2 early dawn after succumbing to a heart attack and kidney failure in Pune. The 77-year-old was married to Ashok Kumar’s daughter Rupa Ganguly. Deven has been a part of several memorable films like Angoor, Bemisal, Judaai, Dil To Paagal Hai and Andaz Apna Apna among several others.
Sitara Devi – Kathak legend
Born: 8 November, 1920
Died: 25 November, 2014
Renowned Kathak dancer Sitara Devi died in Mumbai after prolonged illness at the age of 94. The legendary dancer was on ventilator and her condition was serious while she was admitted to Jaslok hospital.
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