Liverpool Model turned Bollywood star Amy Jackson does PETA Ad

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Bollywood newcomer Amy Jackson is following the footsteps of other B-town celebs, by shooting a campaign with PETA to help encourage people to adopt homeless animals.

Bollywood has been on the PETA wagon for a while now and it seems the trend is only growing. The purpose of the campaign is to promote animal adoption and to stop animal cruelty all together. The actress is featured in the ad with a cat, which she rescued when he was just 6-weeks-old.

“We can stop the cycle of animal homelessness and save lives by opening our hearts and homes to a loving cat or dog from an animal shelter instead of buying animals from breeders or pet shops.”

“Every time someone buys a cat or a dog from a breeder or a pet shop, a cat on the streets or in an animal shelter loses his or her chance at finding a good home,” says the British model-actress.

Stars like John Abraham, Shilpa Shetty, Ayushmann Khurrana and Imran Khan have also supported PETA causes in recent years.

Right on, Bollywood!

Sanjay Gupta Approached to Co-Produce Hollywood Movie

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photo: topnews.com

Hollywood has approached the busy director with a remake project for a popular foreign film. Gupta who was already working on movies, ‘Mumbai Saga‘ and ‘Khotey Sikkey‘ has to now make time for a third project.

“I am contractually bound to not reveal the details.” “All I can tell you is that it is a thriller like many of my previous films. But while the others were male-centric, this one has a woman protagonist and two important male characters. These guys approached me after seeing my body of work,” says Sanjay.

When asked who he will cast for the films, Sanjay says he may approach Bollywood actors John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan for the job. Maybe even Shahid Kapoor? He isn’t too sure about who he will cast for the female role but we’re sure the co-producer will reveal more as they move closer to production.

It’ll be a star but not the ones you are expecting. I’ll spring a big surprise,” said the 44-year-old. “I’ll finish it in one 35-60 day schedule. The city is important, we can easily film it in Mumbai. In fact, after struggling with the Mumbai of the 80s and 90s in ‘Mumbai Saga’, I would be happy to shoot the city as it is today,” he continued.

It is a universal theme with a taut screenplay that can be easily adapted to the Indian scenario. It won’t take me long to write it. I just need to work on the dialogue. It’s such a thrill to be finally doing a woman centric subject in Hollywood. Wow!

We agree with Mr. Gupta! Bollywood could use a little refresh ;)

IIFA Awards 2014 Are Coming To Tampa!

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For the first time ever, IIFA (The International Indian Film Academy)  AKA “The Indian Oscars” will be holding their 15th annual award show along with other industry related events beginning April 24, 2014 in Tampa, Florida USA.

IIFA, an organization which supports indian cinema worldwide will be bringing Bollywood to the USA this spring. This long-awaited event has many South asians across the country jumping out of their seats and making their way to Florida. Director of Wizcraft & IIFA, Andre Timmins had this to say,”We are thrilled to be making our debut into the United States of America next year and preparations for this very special IIFA weekend are well underway. The Tampa Bay Area is a fantastic destination and will be a great host for a spectacular IIFA Weekend. We have been overwhelmed by the kind of enthusiasm and support that we have received from across the region. The unprecedented demand for IIFA has been tremendous and has created the need to take IIFA Awards to the largest possible venue in the city and bring forward the dates for the IIFA Weekend.”

IIFA has made a global impact by having travelled through Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Canada in the last 14 years. Making its first appearance in the US has gotten Bollywood fans all riled up to see their favorite stars grace the stage at such a prestigious event in indian cinema history.

President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, Santiago Corrada said, ‘We are extremely excited to join Wizcraft/IIFA in announcing the official dates, venues and the launch of ticket sales. Our teams have worked together diligently over the past six months to ensure a successful production in Tampa Bay. Our entire region is enthusiastically preparing to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to our destination, and we look forward to serving as great hosts to the biggest and best International Indian Film Academy awards in history.’

Who’s going?

MBC Group launches Bollywood Channel

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MBC Group, a satellite broadcasting company based out of Dubai, has announced it’s launch of a new Bollywood channel. Making it the 14th channel to be added on to the stations menu.

MBC Bollywood will offer a variety of shows from stage performances, international film festivals, movies and interviews taking you into the lives of some of the hottest Bollywood stars. Considering its regional demographic, the channel will mostly be dubbed in Arabic.

MBC Group’s official spokesperson, Mazen Hayek says “MBC Bollywood promises to dazzle the hearts of every Arab family through its wide and rich array of the biggest Asian and Indian Cinematic and TV productions which will be subtitled and dubbed into Arabic.”   He continued saying, “Through the extensive and rich content that MBC Bollywood will offer, we are hoping to cater to the needs of all our young and vibrant audience, while also offering the best in Bollywood entertainment to the entire Arab family in general.”

The show featured a sizzling performance by one of India’s top actresses, Kareena Kapoor.  Setting the stage on fire, Kareena dazzled in a rich cultural dance number leaving the audience wanting more.

Irrfan Khan: “Huge opportunity and should not be missed out on”

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After receiving widespread acclaim from across the globe, Life of Pi actor, Irrfan Khan is confident that his upcoming flick, The Lunchbox, will make it to the Oscars.

Directed by Ritesh Batra, the film has received a positive response from film festivals world-wide.  It even won the Critic’s Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes earlier this year.  So, could Irrfan be right?  “The opinion that critics and audiences have and also of those whose opinion matters, they believe if the film is sent from India (for the Oscars), it has the potential to travel forward,” said the actor.

Adding “Hollywood Reporter (tabloid) has also written that ‘we expect the film to be Oscar entry from India’. So this is a possibility with the film. It has this strength, universal appeal, fresh language and story.”

The 46-year old actor feels this is a “huge opportunity and should not be missed out on.”  The movie is set to release on September 20, 2013, and also stars actors Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

When asked why he feels so strongly about this particular film, he replied “The right film should be chosen. It affects the environment, the upcoming generation, it becomes a source of inspiration, it builds our morale that our language can connect with the global world. This perception is not right that only a certain types of films are made in India. Cinema is being explored and flourishing. So, this decision is very important.

Check out the movie trailer below:

Amitabh Bachchan Receives ‘Global Diversity Award’

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71 year-old Megastar, Amitabh Bachchan was honored with the Global Diversity Award 2013, at the State Room of Britain’s House of Commons.

Rt Hon John Bercow MP,  the Speaker of the House of Commons, presented the prestigious award to the Bollywood Godfather.  He called  him “a Bollywood icon and the most famous Indian film star of all time.”

He continued to describe the actor as a role model, saying: “You have been a role model and Amitabh you deserve the award.” British actor Hugh Grant was also present at the award ceremony.  Adding, “It is truly a great pleasure meeting Amitabh Bachchan. He is a gigantic actor, super star who is hugely popular. He is also like a saint in some way because of his charity and animal welfare work. If ever anyone who deserves the Global Diversity Award, it is Amitabh Bachchan. Congratulations.”

The ceremony recognized Amitabh as one of the most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. He’s been seen in over 180 films in the last four decades and continues to make an impact even today.  “He is a Global patron for the diabetes charity Silver Star and last year was presented with a Mobile Diabetes Unit for his home city Mumbai named ‘Amitabh’ in his honor,” the citation said.

Mr Bachchan was filled with gratitude when receiving the “extremely historic award.” He continued to say:  “I have been extremely overwhelmed by the love and affection of the people of Great Britain,” and thanked his parents and family for their support in achieving what he did. He said when Keith Vaz introduced him to the Diabetes awareness campaign, “It has been a great privilege and honor to visit various cities in helping people to tackle diabetes.”

“My father taught English in Allahabad University and in 1952 he was the first Indian to get a Doctorate in English Language at the Cambridge. He completed his Doctorate in two years instead of the normal 4 years.” “There are very few institutions which can boast of such unity as the Film industry.” he added, referring to Bollywood of course.

When Mr Bachchan was asked about his forthcoming plans, he responded by saying “I just did a film called Satyagraha which dealt with socio-political issues. There are several other films in the pipeline including Bhootnath 2. I am also currently busy with the latest Hindi version of Who wants to become a Millionaire.

Congrats to Mr Amitabh Bachchan!

Kanye West “Too Controlling” with Girlfriend Kim Kardashian

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Source say, Rapper Kanye West is a bit too possessive of his baby Mama after the birth of their daughter.

The 36-year old reportedly runs everything in the relationship.  We hear he’s telling Kim’s family what to, and NOT to post on Twitter, and is going as far as telling Kim how to dress.  “When the time comes for her to step out into public, he wants her to be wearing outfits he picked out for her. He’s telling her sisters, mom and everyone what they can and cannot post on twitter,” said a source.

She has to do what he says and knows the littlest thing can set him off.  She knows not to push Kanye too far. She’s doing her best to keep him happy,” they added.

The controlling side of Kanye started coming out after the birth of their first child, North West.  Sources say Kanye tells the socialite what she can and cannot do on a regular basis.

Miley Cyrus: “India, you guys rock”

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Miley Cyrus is an international pop sensation with reportedly 15,04,449 “Likes” from Indian fans.

The pop stars largest social media fan base is from Mexico with 18,05,929 “Likes”, Philippines –16,76,449 “Likes” and of course India– 15,04,449 “Likes” on Facebook.

Miley is super grateful to all of her fans.  “Woohoo! I am happy that fans all over are liking my music and me, its crazy how it is. You can be what you want to be, India you guys rock, it’s awesome!#WeCantStop rite? (sic),” the 2o-year old said in a statement.

The diva is currently in the studio working on her untitled album which will be released later on this year.

Rihanna Is Trying to Get over Ex Boyfriend Chris Brown

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Here’s another Rihanna and Chris Brown update for all you RiRi lovers out there. The Singer is reportedly going to seek therapy to get over her break up with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.

The 24- year old is nursing a broken heart after her official break up with Chris a few weeks back. We hear the Barbados beauty is finally ready to put her past behind her and start new.

A source said “Rihanna is still desperately in love with Chris. It’s like she’s obsessed with him and, although he’s told her it’s over, she just can’t get over him. After talking it through with a psychotherapist, Rihanna is now considering doing a 12-step program to get rid of her demons.”

As for Chris Brown, he’s back together with ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran, which he left for Rihanna a while ago.

Hmmm….. we’re starting to see a pattern here.

Photo of the week: Ireland censors Rihanna’s Boobs in Poster

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The people of Dublin aren’t too happy about Rihanna flaunting her boobs.

Although Ireland is a Rihanna fan, they aren’t too fond of her latest album cover. A poster with the topless pop star advertising her concert, recently had clothing stapled to it covering her breast.

Worry not Rihanna fans, her boobs are welcomed everywhere else.

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