Photo of the Day: Rosario Dawson attends Lakme Fashion Week in India!

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photo:twitter

The 35-year-old actress tweeted this photo of herself and Indian designer Manish Malhotra at Lakme Fashion Week in India. Malhotra, who is used to getting attention from Bollywood A-listers, tweeted “The beautiful @rosariodawson from Hollywood has come for my #TheBlueRunway show tonight.”  

Rosario is also participating in a global campaign organized by WEvolve to help end gender violence. Work & play, get it girl!

Terminator going to Chennai for ‘Ai’ Opening Experience

The film that has everyone in Bollywood hyped up is now attracting Hollywood as well. Venu Ravinchandran’s film ‘Ai’ has pulled in Hollywood/Hong Kong stunt master Yuen Woo-ping, the stunt guy for critically acclaimed films such as ‘Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon‘ and ‘The Matrix‘. 

We hear Arnold Schwarzenegger is also flying out to India for the film’s audio launch in Chennai. The Hollywood icon is quoted as saying “I want to congratulate a great director Mr Shankar for making such a spectacular film, ‘Ai’ with great visual effects so I will be in Chennai to celebrate the grand audio launch of the movie. I am sure the event will be fantastic and I look forward to attending it,” in a short clip he shared with fans on YouTube. We hear the movie was originally shot in Telagu, and is now being dubbed in Hindi. It was originally called ‘Manoharudu’.

The film, which was said to be shot mostly in China over a period of 2 years and 8 months, is directed by S. Shankar and stars Tamil actor, Vikram and British actress Amy Jackson, while also featuring music by the one and only A.R Rahman. Other talent included in the film are Suresh Gopi, Upen Patel and Santhanam, to name a few. The film is said to be an “action thriller” with an hint of romance, of course. It also has a reported $30 million budget and is said to heavily feature special effects and extended action sequences. Let’s see if Bollywood can impress Hollywood as much as it has the Terminator! The film is set to be released around the Diwali festival. 

Photo of the week: Bollywood arrives at IIFA 2014!

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photo:india.com

Bollywood’s biggest stars have arrived in Tampa, Florida for the IIFA awards 2014! And it looks like they’re all pumped up to deliver high-energy Bollywood performances for their fans!

photo:indiatoday

photo:indiatoday

This year’s attendees include, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Bipasha Basu to name a few..

Let’s not forget Bollywood starlet Priyanka Chopra. She looked great in her casual but chic attire for the IIFA kick off!

photo:Indianexpress

photo:Indianexpress

 

New York Welcomes IIFA with a Bang!

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photo:dawn.com

With the IIFA awards just days away, some parts of the country have already begun the celebration!

New York was hit with a bit of “Bollywood style” as a group of dancers wearing yellow t-shirts performed to hot Bollywood tracks, to welcome the International Indian Film Academy to the US.

Watch this video as the dancers take over Times Square:

Interview with Hollywood Actor Faran Tahir

Grammy Awards 2014: Winner List

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photo:stereogum.com

The red carpet was full of beautiful gowns and tremendous talent. Daft Punk dominated last night’s 56th annual Grammy awards show by taking home not one, but FOUR awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. 

Check out the Grammy winners below, courtesy of Grammy.com.

1. Album of the Year: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk
2. Record of the Year: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
3. Song of the Year: “Royals,” Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
4. Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
5. Best Pop Solo Performance: “Royals,” Lorde
6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
7. Best Pop Instrumental Album: “Steppin’ Out,” Herb Alpert
8. Best Pop Vocal Album: “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars
9. Best Dance Recording: “Clarity,” Zedd Featuring Foxes
10. Best Dance/Electronica Album: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk
11. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “To Be Loved,” Michael Buble
12. Best Rock Performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
13. Best Metal Performance: “God Is Dead?” Black Sabbath
14. Best Rock Song: “Cut Me Some Slack,” Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
15. Best Rock Album: “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin
16. Best Alternative Music Album: “Modern Vampires Of The City,” Vampire Weekend
17. Best R&B Performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
18. Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.
19. Best R&B Song: “Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
20. Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna
21. Best R&B Album: “Girl On Fire,” Alicia Keys
22. Best Rap Performance: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz
23. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Holy Grail,” Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
24. Best Rap Song: “Thrift Shop,” Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)
25. Best Rap Album: “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
26. Best Country Solo Performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “From This Valley,” The Civil Wars
28. Best Country Song: “Merry Go ‘Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
29. Best Country Album: “Same Trailer Different Park,” Kacey Musgraves
30. Best New Age Album: “Love’s River,” Laura Sullivan
31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Orbits,” Wayne Shorter, soloist
32. Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter
33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington
34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble: “Night In Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic
35. Best Latin Jazz Album: “Song For Maura,” Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente
36. Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: “Break Every Chain [Live],” Tasha Cobbs
37. Best Gospel Song: “If He Did It Before… Same God [Live],” Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)
38. Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: “Overcomer,” David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
39. Best Gospel Album: “Greater Than [Live],” Tye Tribbett
40. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Overcomer,” Mandisa
41. Best Latin Pop Album: “Vida,” Draco Rosa
42. Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “Treinta Días,” La Santa Cecilia
43. Best Regional Mexican Music Album: “A Mi Manera,” Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
44. Best Tropical Latin Album: “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra
45. Best American Roots Song: “Love Has Come For You,” Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, songwriters (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)
46. Best Americana Album: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
47. Best Bluegrass Album: “The Streets Of Baltimore,” Del McCoury Band
48. Best Blues Album: “Get Up!” Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
49. Best Folk Album: “My Favorite Picture Of You,” Guy Clark
50. Best Regional Roots Music Album: “Dockside Sessions,” Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
51. Best Reggae Album: “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” Ziggy Marley
52. Best World Music Album: (TIE) “Savor Flamenco,” Gipsy Kings / “Live: Singing For Peace Around The World,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo
53. Best Children’s Album: “Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well,” Jennifer Gasoi
54. Best Spoken-Word Album: “America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t,” Stephen Colbert
55. Best Comedy Album: “Calm Down Gurrl,” Kathy Griffin
56. Best Musical Theater Album: “Kinky Boots”
57. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: “Sound City: Real To Reel,” Butch Vig, compilation producer
58. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman, composer
59. Best Song Written For Visual Media: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
60. Best Instrumental Composition: “Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra,” Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)
61. Best Instrumental Arrangement: “On Green Dolphin Street,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
62. Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): “Swing Low,” Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)
63. Best Recording Package: “Long Night Moon,” Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
64. Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: “Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition),” Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)
65. Best Album Notes: “Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded),” Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
66. Best Historical Album: (TIE) “Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965,” “The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums”
67. Best Engineered Album: “Random Access Memories,” Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert, Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (Daft Punk)
68. Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell
69. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix),” Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)
70. Best Surround Sound Album: “Live Kisses,” Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)
71. Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Winter Morning Walks,” David Frost, Brian Losch & Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
72. Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost
73. Best Orchestral Performance: “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4,” Osmo Vänskä, conductor (MinnesotaOrchestra)
74. Best Opera Recording: “Adès: The Tempest,” Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna & Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
75. Best Choral Performance: “Pärt: Adam’s Lament,” Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis)
76. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Roomful Of Teeth,” Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth
77. Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra,” Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)
78. Best Classical Vocal Solo: “Winter Morning Walks,” Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
79. Best Classical Compendium: “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
80. Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks,” Maria Schneider, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson & Australian Chamber Orchestra)
81. Best Music Video: “Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z
82. Best Music Film: “Live Kisses,” Paul McCartney

Visit: www.Grammy.com for recaps from last night’s show.

Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra will Tour the USA to Spread IIFA Buzz

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Just recently it was announced that Priyanka Chopra will be co-hosting the 59th Filmfare awards with actor Ranbir Kapoor on January 24. Well, it seems the former Miss World beauty is keeping busy in the new year because her and actor Anil Kapoor will be doing a 3-day tour in the US with IIFA (International Indian Film Festival) as well.

The duo will be hitting up New York, Los Angeles and of course Tampa, Florida. Their intentions are to spread the news of the upcoming award show, which will make it’s first time appearance in the US beginning April 24. Both Priyanka and Anil are recognized for their international success. Priyanka with her budding music career and Mr. Kapoor with his hit TV show 24 and Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, the two artists are making waves on a global level.

We are very excited to bring IIFA to Tampa Bay. With the support of representatives of Visit Tampa, we have been able to conceptualize and actualize an incredible event. There will be music, dance and a whole lot of spice. We’re looking forward to giving our fans and new audiences the experience of a lifetime,” said Priyanka.

Both are delighted to be a part of the big debut and can’t wait for the world to witness Indian culture and cinema like never before…Bollywood style ;)

Brits Holding Auction to Honor 100 Years of Indian Cinema

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Photo: balconybeats.com

London will be honoring Bollywood by holding it’s very first rare memorabilia auction in London. In celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema, a British auction house is selling items with the proceeds going to a great charity. The proceeds from 2 of the 150 items, along with a percentage of all sales, will be going towards British charity Pratham UK that aims to up the literacy level of India’s millions of impoverished children.

The auction will take place on Friday at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair and reflects increased British, as well as global, interest in Bollywood and Indian cinema in general. 2013 is shaping up as a banner year both in domestic and global box office receipts with records seemingly shattered whenever a new film is released. University of London senior lecturer Anna Morcom noted “Since the 1990s, Bollywood has gone global on a new level, embraced enthusiastically by the Indian diaspora and through them has gained a presence in the mainstream of U.S. and U.K. culture.”

Even Saif Ali Khan has chimed in on the rise of Indian cinema globally, saying “My best investment is to join Bollywood. It’s such a good investment. The business is doubling. When we started, things were not the same. It’s a great time now for the filmmakers and actors.” Saif’s first appeared in a Bollywood movie back in 1992’s film ‘Parampara‘ and has gone on to become one of the many Khans that dominate the industry, the other three being icons Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. Bollywood’s most successful film to date is ‘3 Idiots‘, which grossed $60 million total worldwide, but that mark is sure to fall soon with production values, story lines, and distribution continuing to increase along with foreign investment in Indian films.

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The 3 Khans: Aamir, Salman, and Shah Rukh Khan
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Valuable items include posters from such seminal Bollywood films as 1960’s ‘Mughal-e-Azam‘ and 1975 Amitabh Bachchan action starrer ‘Sholay‘, among other items. Conferro Auctions director Sharan Seth voiced the attitudes of many Brits when saying ‘With Bollywood such an ingrained part of our cultural identity and the timely centenary of Indian cinema, our first auction reflects India’s rich and vibrant history and artistic practices.’

Hooray for Bollywood!!

Deepika Padukone Highest Earning Bollywood Actress of 2013!

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Photo: fansshare.com

It’s a Happy Thanksgiving indeed for Bollywood star Deepika Padukone as she has topped the list as the highest earning Bollywood actress of 2013. With films like ‘Race 2′, ‘Chennai Express‘, and most recently ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela‘ becoming mega-hits at the box-office, 2013 has been the best year to date for Deepika. The actress made her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in 2007 hit ‘Om Shanti Om‘ and hasn’t looked back since! With this kind of success she has been able to command one of the highest salaries for an actress in Bollywood and recently made over $1.6 million for ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, co-starring Ranveer Singh, alone.

Rounding out the list are Katrina Kaif at #2, Priyanka Chopra at #3, Kareena Kapoor Khan at #4, and Bipasha Basu at #5. 2014 should be an interested year, especially as Priyanka Chopra is attempting to make inroads into the American market through musical ventures and as the face of Guess Jeans. Will Deepika be able to retain her crown as the highest paid actress on the Bollywood in 2014 or will someone on this list steal her throne? Only time will tell, but with each of these actresses has many projects line up for the next year so 2014 will surely shape up to be one of the best years for Bollywood ever!

Photo of the week: Vanessa Hudgens Goes Bollywood for Sister’s Birthday Bash!

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Vanessa Hudgens looked exotic in a Bollywood/gypsy inspired getup at her sister’s 18th Bollywood-themed birthday party.