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Washington [US], February 20 (ANI): Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be returning to their royal roles, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Friday.
As per Variety, the Duke of Sussex will also lose his honorary military appointments, which will subsequently be redistributed “among working members of The Royal Family.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed the news in a statement, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.”
“Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” the statement continued.
Buckingham Palace further stated, “The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family. While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family.”
Other trusts and patronages that will revert to the Queen include the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League, the Royal National Theatre, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Although Harry and Meghan, no longer use their coveted His/Her Royal Highness titles, they will retain them along with their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.
In their own statement confirming the news, Prince Harry and Meghan’s office said that the duo “remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role.”
“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal,” the statement read.
The couple’s probation period was originally not set to come to a close until March 31. In early 2020, Meghan and Harry had announced that they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. They live in Santa Barbara, California, and are expecting their second child.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will speak to American talk show host Oprah Winfrey in a wide-ranging interview which is set to broadcast on CBS next month. The interview was announced just a day after the couple revealed Markle’s second pregnancy.
Apart from the upcoming interview, the pair struck a major multi-year deal with Netflix in September that will see them developing documentaries, feature films, scripted television shows, and children’s series.
They also recently launched a podcast on Spotify under their Archwell Audio production company, with the goal of building “community through shared experience, narratives, and values.”
Harry and Meghan, who tied the knot in 2018, welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison, in May 2019. (ANI)

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Sean Penn’s hair at Golden Globes trends on social media

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Washington [US], March 1 (ANI): American actor Sean Penn’s hairstyle has once again gone viral following his appearance at Sunday’s Golden Globes.
According to Fox News, the 60-year-old actor appeared during the award ceremony to discuss the work being done to combat the coronavirus pandemic by CORE, the relief organization founded by Penn.

Viewers couldn’t help but comment on the actor’s hairstyle on Twitter.
“I’m a fan of Sean Penn but not a fan of the hairstyle,” said one person.
“Sean Penn went to his hairstylist and said, ‘Give me the Operation guy,'” said a viewer in reference to the board game ‘Operation.’
“Congratulations to Sean Penn for his role as ‘all of The Three Stooges,'” joked another.
Asked a third: “Why does Sean Penn look like he drank from the wrong grail.”
“Please give a golden globe to whoever let Sean Penn look like this on national TV,” added yet another.
Some viewers found the actor’s appearance to be somewhat relatable, saying he “is also all of us [right now] if we were forced to put on a tux.”
“Sean Penn looked exactly how I’d look if I was forced to dress up during a [pandemic],” said another.
Meanwhile, another said, “Sean Penn could really care less about any one’s opinion on his hair. That is what makes him so unique.”
Late last year, fans took note of Penn’s hairstyle during a television appearance for chat show ‘Morning Joe.’
After comments about his unruly look went viral online, the Oscar-winner took to Twitter to address it.
“If you think my hair goes wild on Morning Joe when hacked by Russians (allegedly), you should see how much wilder it goes when peeps donate to @COREResponse,” he wrote at the time. (ANI)

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Kareena Kapoor posts first photo of herself after welcoming second baby, says ‘missed you all’

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 1 (ANI): Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan on Monday stated that she ‘missed all’ her fans as she posted the first picture after giving birth to her second son last month.
The ‘Jab We Met’ actor who welcomed her second baby on February 15 shared a pouty picture of herself on Instagram.
Soaking in the sun, the actor looked gorgeous as ever in a no make up look, as she flaunted her bare skin with a pair of chunky black sunglasses and added a hat. Sporting a loosely fitted comfortable sky blue collared shirt, the actor left her luscious locks open in the air.

Posing with her pouty lips, the ‘Good Newwz’ star captioned the post as, “Oh hello there… Missed you all.”
Celebrity followers including Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and more than 46,000 fans liked the post while many chimed into the comments section.
Complementing her glow, Arjun Kapoor wrote in the comments, “Roast chicken glow,” and added three fire emoticons.
The photo on the photo-sharing platform is the second Instagram post after the baby’s birth. The first was a promotional post for her husband Saif Ali Khan’s upcoming film, ‘Bhoot Police.’ (ANI)

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Alia Bhatt launches her ‘Eternal Sunshine Productions’

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 1 (ANI): Bollywood star Alia Bhatt on Monday announced the launch of her production house ‘Eternal Sunshine Productions.’
The ‘Student Of The Year’ actor hopped on to Instagram and unveiled the logo of her production house that seems intriguing and showcases her eternal love for cats.
The logo of Bhatt’s company sees a bright yellow logo that comes with two cats. It seems that the two furballs could be her kitties Juniper and Edward. As the ‘Kalank’ actor is very fond of cats, she often shares charming pictures of her pets on social media and probably, her production house is also an inspiration from the same.

Elated to announce the launch of her production house, the actor noted in the caption, “And I am so happy to announce… PRODUCTION! Eternal Sunshine Productions. Let us tell you tales. Happy tales. Warm and fuzzy tales. Real tales. Timeless tales.”

Within a couple of minutes of the post, the ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya’ star received a lot of love and support for her new venture, in the form of comments.
Alia’s mother commented, “Super duper proud”.
Filmmaker Karan Johar went all out to encourage her and shared, “You go girl”.
On the work front, Bhatt left her fans stunned in her never-seen-before avatar in ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’.
Based on the book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’ written by S Hussain Zaidi, the film showcases the rise of a girl named Gangubai Kothewali, a brothel owner and matriarch from Kathiawad who had no choice but to embrace the ways of destiny and swing it in her favour.
The project, which marks the first collaboration between Bhansali and Alia, will also see Bhansali Productions collaborating with Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited. The movie is scheduled to hit the big screens on July 30, 2021. (ANI).

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Golden Globes 2021: Biggest snubs and surprises

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Washington [US], March 1 (ANI): The 78th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony that took place from both coasts, Rainbow Room in New York and Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, on February 28, pretty much went uneventfully due to the coronavirus pandemic.
During the 78th edition of the awards, just like every other year, there were lot of surprises.
During the three-hour-long event, mostly expected winners (such as ‘Ted Lasso’s’ Jason Sudeikis, Pop TV comedy series ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and Netflix’s (‘The Crown’) actually being the ones to take the trophies, especially on the television side.
However, there were still a few moments that caused raised eyebrows. To that end, Variety reported the break down of the biggest snubs and other surprises of the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards.
SNUB: ‘Mank’ and ‘Promising Young Woman’
Leading the film nominations, David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ had six nods and felt like it had a few possibilities to win. From director Fincher to supporting actress Amanda Seyfried to the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who ended up losing to themselves (and Jon Batiste) for ‘Soul.’ But it ended the night empty-handed.
‘Promising Young Woman’ went into the night with four nominations and a lot of momentum along with it. The timely film was considered by many to be a frontrunner for actor Carey Mulligan and screenwriter Emerald Fennell. Some even predicted Fennell would surprise with a directing win. But in the end, it went home empty-handed, although Fennell’s other project — she played Camilla Parker Bowles in ‘The Crown’ — did quite well.
SURPRISE: Andra Day, Best Actress, ‘The United States Vs. Billie Holiday’
Day made her film debut in the Lee Daniels-directed flick to great acclaim, but many had predicted Mulligan would take home her first Globe for ‘Promising Young Woman’ or Oscar winners Viola Davis ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ or Frances McDormand (‘Nomadland’) to pick up their second Globe for their performances. The three, along with fellow nominee Vanessa Kirby (‘Pieces of a Woman’) are all SAG nominees while Day is not, and yet it was Day who walked away with the prize.
SURPRISE: Rosamund Pike, Best Actress, ‘I Care a Lot’
Many people expected Maria Bakalova to walk off with the prize for her work in ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ even though she’s nominated in supporting at SAG and submitted in supporting for Oscars. The biggest threat to Bakalova was perceived to be the legendary Michelle Pfeiffer for her sharp, funny turn in ‘French Exit.’ Instead, Rosamund Pike surprised with a win. She essayed the role of a smart, wicked turn as an unapologetic con artist who takes conservatorship of the elderly in J Blakeson’s pitch black comedy, which premiered on Netflix last weekend.
SURPRISE: Jodie Foster, Best Supporting Actress, ‘The Mauritanian’
Supporting film categories are often the most difficult to predict; in 2017, the year of ‘Moonlight,’ Mahershala Ali was bested by Aaron Taylor-Johnson for ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ who didn’t land a SAG or Oscar nomination — both of which Ali won. Foster, who missed out on a SAG Award nomination for her role as attorney Nancy Hollander, nonetheless triumphed over the likes of Glenn Close (‘Hillbilly Elegy’), Olivia Colman (‘The Father’) and Helena Zengel (‘News of the World’), all of whom are SAG Award-nominated, and ‘Mank’ standout Amanda Seyfried. Foster previously won Globes for best actress for ‘The Accused’ and ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2013.
SURPRISE: Barb and Star Make an appearance
As the former ‘Saturday Night Live’ stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were hosting, there were several other cast members who made appearances, from Tracy Morgan to Maya Rudolph and Kenan Thompson (playing a songwriting duo who were either married or related). Kristen Wiig also dropped by as Annie Mumolo, in character from their recent comedy ‘Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar’ that was a nice treat, considering the film won’t be eligible for Golden Globes.
SURPRISE: Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, ‘The Crown’
Although many pundits were actually predicting Corrin would win, hearing her name still came as something of a surprise because she was nominated alongside her ‘The Crown’ co-star Olivia Colman, a woman who (prior to this year’s ceremony) won every Globe for which she had been nominated. Colman was also the incumbent winner in the category, winning for her role of Queen Elizabeth II in the third season of Netflix’s royal family period piece. Corrin was the fresh face not only in the race, but also in the season, stealing scenes, hearts and clearly votes as Princess Diana.
On the other hand, O’Connor was favoured by many as well, but he was in a category of vets that was too close to call ahead of the ceremony. The supporting player in Season 3 was bumped up to lead in Season 4 and it paid off wildly, with his first-ever Globes acclaim here. It was also a nice surprise to see both halves of the iconic royal couple be celebrated because the relationship relied on the chemistry between each other.
SNUB: ‘Lovecraft Country’
Misha Green’s wildly inventive adaptation went well beyond the pages of Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name to simultaneously explore the supernatural horrors of creatures and possession, as well as the literal historical horrors including the 1921 Tulsa massacre and 1950s Jim Crow laws. After its lead performers Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett were shut out in individual acting nominations, many hopes were high that they’d be celebrated together, with a series win. Instead, Netflix’s ‘The Crown,’ which was the projected winner in the drama series category, did win again (its second overall after picking up a statue for its freshman season in 2017).
SURPRISE: Animal Cameos
As the 2021 Golden Globes award ceremony was far from the first awards show to go virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but now, almost a year since the virus hit the US, with the numbers of infected individual still climbing and with many of the nominees still unvaccinated and in production pods, people have finally started to have fun with teleconferencing into award shows.
Fans got to see the perks of watching the virtual ceremony from the stars’ homes as they got to see some rare sights– Regina King’s dog Cornbread got comfortable on his bed behind her during the pre-show interviews, and Jodie Foster held her dog Ziggy in between her and her wife, Alexandra Hedison, while delivering her acceptance speech. Even presenter Sandra Oh included some (fake) four-legged friends when introducing Hulu’s ‘Palm Springs’. She had someone out of frame dragged toy dinosaurs on a sled through the snow behind her. (ANI)

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Disha Patani starts shooting for ‘Ek Villain Returns’

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 1 (ANI): Bollywood star Disha Patani on Monday started the shooting of her upcoming action drama ‘Ek Villain Returns’ and shared a picture from her vanity van.
The ‘MS Dhoni’ star took to Instagram and announced the beginning of the shoot.
In the photo, Disha can be seen posing in her vanity van in a jacket with the film’s name on it.

Patani wrote in the caption, ”And here we go #ekvillainreturns @mohit11481 @balajimotionpic.”
The movie boasts an ensemble star cast including John Abraham, Tara Sutaria, Arjun Kapoor and Disha Patani.
Earlier last year, media reports suggested that Aditya Roy Kapoor was paired opposite Tara Sutaria for ‘Ek Villain Returns’, however, now the ‘Ashiqui 2’ star has been replaced by the ‘Ishaqzaade’ actor Arjun Kapoor.
Directed by Mohit Suri, the film’s first instalment was released in 2014.
It follows (Sidharth Malhotra) Guru, a gangster whose life changes after he falls in love with (Shraddha Kapoor) Aisha and decides to mend his ways. When Aisha is murdered by a serial killer (Riteish Deshmukh), Guru begins to search for the murderer to seek revenge. (ANI)

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SRK announces Alia Bhatt’s debut as producer in dark-comedy titled ‘Darlings’

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 1 (ANI): Megastar Shah Rukh Khan on Monday announced his new project titled ‘Darlings’. The upcoming dark comedy features Alia Bhatt and ‘Delhi Crime’ star Shefali Shah in the lead roles.
The 55-year-old star took to Twitter as he announced the film under his banner Red Chillies Entertainment, along with the first glimpse of the new project.

“Life is tough Darlings, but so are you….both! Unleashing our #Darlings onto the world….Caution is advisable. PS: yeh comedy thodi dark hai…,” tweeted SRK.
The 39-seconds clip comes with its own statutory warning – a reminder that “offending women can be very dangerous for your health.”
‘Darlings’ is a unique story of a quirky mother-daughter duo navigating through crazy circumstances as they try to find their place in the world. The dark comedy is set in Mumbai against the backdrop of a conservative lower-middle-class neighbourhood and traces the lives of these two women as they find courage and love in exceptional circumstances.
The project marks a first for many, the directorial debut of Jasmeet K Reen with a feature film and Bhatt’s first as she turns producer with Eternal Sunshine Productions.
The ‘Dear Zindagi’ star Bhatt dished on starring in and producing ‘Darlings’ and said, “I am really excited to be part of Darlings; it’s a powerful story with a lot of humour and doses of dark comedy. I am thrilled to have Darlings as my first film as a producer, that too in collaboration with my favourite, Shah Rukh Khan and Red Chillies.”
Gaurav Verma, Producer and COO on Red Chillies Entertainment’s next venture said, “Our endeavour has always been to collaborate with fresh talent and nurture their perspective and Darlings is a move forward in that direction. Jasmeet is a talented Writer-Director and Darlings is her very entertaining take on life.”
“We have a fabulous cast in Shefali, Vijay & Roshan, and a wonderful partner in Alia as actor- producer. It’s a great story and we are eager to bring it to the viewers,” added Verma.
‘Darlings’ is being produced by Gauri Khan, Alia Bhatt and Gaurav Verma. It is a Red Chillies Entertainment and Eternal Sunshine presentation of a Red Chillies Entertainment production, the film goes on floors this month. (ANI)

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