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“Out of Gas” AB De Villiers retires

One of contemporary cricket’s greatest batsmen, AB de Villiers, called on Wednesday time on his illustrious international career, claiming to be “out of gas” after 14 years in the top league. The 34-year-old former South African skipper said his jaded body was no longer in a position to take the rigours of international cricket after a staggering 420 matches across three formats with over 20,000 runs and 47 hundreds. He averaged over 50 in both the Tests and ODIs.

Tabu joins Bharat

Tabu is the latest star to join the growing cast of Salman Khan-led “Bharat.” The character details are still under the wraps but director Ali Abbas Zafar has promised that Tabu will play an important role in the period drama, which also features Priyanka Chopra, Disha Patani and Sunil Grover.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Tabu’s work and always wished to work with her. After several meetings with her, I’m happy it is finally happening with Bharat and am looking forward to the shoot,” the “Sultan” director said.

Vishal’s ‘accidental’ romance with Shakespeare

It was love at first sight for Vishal Bhardwaj when he chanced upon William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and found his Mumbai-based gangster drama “Maqbool” in the tragedy, making the Bard his biggest source of inspiration. Bhardwaj, who has also given Shakespearean tragedies — “Othello” (Omkara) and “Hamlet” (Haider) — an interesting twist to suit Indian sensibilities, says his instant connection with the author’s writings was an accident.

Japanese director wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda took home the top prize -- the Palme d’Or -- for his film “Manbiki Kazoku” (“Shoplifters”) at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Kore-eda is only the second Asian Palme d’Or winner this millennium (after Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul for “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” 2010). This is the seventh time that a director from Asia has bagged the coveted trophy.

Big B most engaging Indian actor on Facebook

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been voted the most engaging Indian actor on Facebook in a new survey. According to Score Trends, the 75-year-old actor has over 30 million followers on the popular social networking site.

The survey announced Bachchan as the numero uno actor with 100 points on Facebook, closely followed by Salman Khan with 95 and Shah Rukh Khan with 68 points. “Padmaavat” star Ranveer Singh ranks fourth with 52 points and Akshay Kumar is fifth with 49 points. 

Privileged if my Rs 100 cr film is called flop: Salman Khan

Critics panned superstar Salman Khan’s movie “Tubelight” but the actor says if a film of his makes more than Rs 100 crore and is still called a “flop,” then he is honoured. Released last year, “Tubelight” did a business of over Rs 100 crore in India. The film, however, was panned by critics and went on to incur losses, which Khan later compensated. The actor was supposed to make a father-daughter dance drama film with Remo D’Souza post “Tubelight” but there were rumours he shelved that project as he didn’t want to do another emotional film.

Priyanka’s Marathi production titled ‘Paani’

Priyanka Chopra on Tuesday announced her fourth production venture in Marathi language, titled “Paani.” The 35-year-old actor, who is backing the film under her production banner Purple Pebble Pictures, took to Twitter to share the news. The film, to be directed Adinath Kothare, is based on a “true story” and explores the contemporary water crisis.

 

Weinstein trying to discredit women of colour: Hayek

Hollywood star Salma Hayek, one of the innumerable women who came forward last year to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, believes disgraced producer only responded to her and Lupita Nyongo’s claims because women of colour are the easiest to get discredited.

Blanchett leads women march for parity

It was a historic moment as Hollywood star Cate Blanchett, this year’s president of the Cannes Film Festival jury, led a women’s march up the stairs of the iconic Palais des Festivals theatre to promote equality for women at the French Riviera.  The demonstration assembled major Hollywood stars, including Salma Hayek, Kristen Stewart, Jane Fonda, Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Ava DuVernay, Patty Jenkins, Sofia Boutella and other directors and industry executives.

Detained director gets standing ovation

A new film by the enfant terrible of Russian theatre — who is under house arrest in Moscow — received a standing ovation and rave reviews on Thursday after it was shown at the Cannes film festival. The cast of Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Leto,” a fast-paced biopic of the Soviet-Korean rock legend Viktor Tsoi, were cheered as the movie premiered at the world’s top film festival. Influential US critic David Ehrlich of the IndieWire website called it “a sort of ‘24 Hour Party People’ for the early 1980s Leningrad underground rock scene.”

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