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Celebs share spooky looks on Halloween

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Halloween was celebrated all across the world on October 31. Several Bollywood and TV celebrities shared their spooky looks on social media. It was a low-key affair this year owing to the pandemic and celebs got dressed in spooky outfits and makeup.   Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who is in London, showed her inner Marilyn Monroe on Halloween. “If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.”- Marilyn Monroe, she quoted the iconic Hollywood star to share pictures of her Halloween look on social media.  Bhumi Pednekar also posted a picture for Halloween on social media with a caption “Weekend Ready.” Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kemmu and their daughter Inaaya Naumi cutely celebrated Halloween. The three were dressed in blue coloured night suits with the print of French fries. Kunal can be seen holding a paper jack-o’-lantern — a scary pumpkin symbol of Halloween.  Neha Dhupia also shared pictures of her daughter, dressed in a Halloween costume. Neha’s caption of the post informed us that the costume was sent to her daughter Mehr Dhupia Bedi by Inaaya and she thanked her by tagging Soha Ali Khan. Mehr is dressed in her costume — the hat of a witch and its cloak with jack-o’-lantern printed on it. The dress is accessorised with a toy broom. Karanvir Bohra shared a Halloween family selfie with Teejay, Bella and Vienna. All four of them adorned a spooky look. Every year Halloween is celebrated with excitement and fun but due to pandemic, it was low-key this year. Celebrities enjoyed the day by posting some exciting and scary looks on social media.

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Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ getting adapted into a stage musical

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Washington [US], March 9 (ANI): What’s in store for the award-winning Netflix series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’? A musical. The hit series may become a musical as production company Level Forward has acquired theatrical stage rights to Walter Tevis’ book ‘The Queen’s Gambit’, which served as the basis for the miniseries.
As per Variety, Tevis also wrote ‘The Hustler’ and ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’, both of which became films and, in the case of ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’, a stage show.
Level Forward, which produced popular shows like ‘Jagged Little Pill’ and the revival of ‘Oklahoma!’, has not announced a creative team or casting details for the upcoming project yet.
The company’s recent Broadway productions include ‘Slave Play’ and ‘Jagged Little Pill’, which currently are nominated for 12 and 15 Tony Awards, respectively.
“It is a privilege for Level Forward to lead the charge of bringing The Queen’s Gambit to the stage through the beloved and enduring craft of musical theater,” Level Forward CEO Adrienne Becker and producer Julia Dunetz said in a statement.
They added, “Told through a brave and fresh point of view, audiences are already sharing in the friendship and fortitude of the story’s inspiring women who energize and sustain Beth Harmon’s journey and ultimate triumph.”

“The story is a siren call amidst our contemporary struggles for gender and racial equity, and we’re looking forward to moving the project forward,” they further said.
The deal was brokered on Tevis Family Trust by Susan Schulman of the Susan Schulman Literary Agency, New York, and Rachel Gould on behalf of Level Forward.
The seven-episode Netflix limited series is based on Tevis’ 1983 novel of the same name, which combines the author’s real-life experiences playing chess with fictional characters.
The show, set in the 1950s and 60s, stars actor Anya Taylor-Joy as the fictional Beth Harmon, an orphan and chess prodigy who is determined to break into the male-dominated world of competitive chess. As a child, Beth was force-fed pills at her orphanage, leaving her with a drug addiction that complicates her ascent to world-class chess champion.
The series became Netflix’s most-viewed scripted limited series, garnering over 62 million viewers in its first month on the streamer. The Netflix adaptation has won two Golden Globe Awards and two Critics Choice Awards.
The novel, published in 1983, follows the journey of the fictional female chess prodigy, Beth Harmon, from Kentucky to Paris to Moscow, while she battles addiction and the prejudices of a male-centered world. At one point in the 1990s, the novel almost became a feature film, reported People magazine.
“Many directors have tried to make it. Heath Ledger was set to direct this as a film a few years before he died. This was going to be his directing debut,” series writer and director Scott Frank told Forbes, adding, “It fell through because it just wasn’t the type of movie being made at the time.”
‘The Queen’s Gambit’ had released on Netflix on 23 October 2020. (ANI)

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‘The Crown’ star Emma Corrin in talks to join ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’

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Washington [US], March 9 (ANI): Actor Emma Corrin, widely known for playing Diana, Princess of Wales, in Netflix’s popular period drama ‘The Crown’, is gearing up to portray another high-society woman.
As per Variety, the Golden Globe-winning actor is in talks to star in ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover,’ an upcoming romance drama about the scandalous affair between star-crossed lovers.
Based on D.H. Lawrence’s novel, the story follows the wealthy and privileged Lady Chatterley, who finds herself married to a man she doesn’t love and engages in a torrid affair with a gamekeeper on their English estate, discovering more desire and intimacy than she thought possible. When she realizes that she has fallen heart and soul, she breaks all traditions of the day and seeks happiness with the man she loves.
The book was originally published in Italy and France in the 1920s, but it was not printed in the United States until 1959 due to obscenity.
Actor-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, whose credits include ‘The Mustang’, ‘Mrs. America’ and ‘The Act’, will helm the forthcoming film. ‘Life of Pi’ fame screenwriter David Magee is on board to pen the script, and 3000 Pictures, the production company founded by Elizabeth Gabler, is backing the big-screen adaptation.
Producers include Laurence Mark, Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent of Blueprint Pictures. Marisa Paiva and Nikki Cooper are the executives overseeing the project for 3000 Pictures.
Meanwhile, Corrin recently won the Golden Globe for actress in a television series (drama) for her portrayal of Princess Diana in the Netflix series ‘The Crown’. She will next be seen opposite singer-actor Harry Styles in the romantic drama ‘My Policeman’. Corrin also appeared in the British drama ‘Misbehaviour’ with Keira Knightley, Keeley Hawes and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. (ANI)

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Taapsee Pannu-starrer ‘Looop Lapeta’ to release on this date

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New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): The upcoming Bollywood film ‘Looop Lapeta’ which will bring on screen a fresh pairing is slated to hit the theatres on October 22, 2021. The comic-thriller stars Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin in the lead roles.
Taapsee shared the release date of the film on her Instagram handle. She wrote, “A comic-thriller we rarely get! Brace yourself to meet Savi and Satya….. #LooopLapeta in theatres this October 22, 2021.”
The ‘Pink’ actor also shared a short clip that features the lead duo’s characters — Savi and Satya and a still from the film that perfectly showcases the on-screen romance between the two actors.

Tahir also shared the same clip on his Instagram account along with a caption that read, “Get ready for the ride of your ‘life’ with Savi and Satya…. #LooopLapeta in theatres on October 22, 2021!.”
The upcoming film is an official remake of the 1998 German movie ‘Run Lola Run’, written and directed by Tom Tykwer. Franka Potente played the titular role of Lola, while the film also starred Moritz Bleibtreu. The German film followed a woman who needs to obtain 100,000 Deutsche Mark in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend’s life.
Helmed by filmmaker Aakash Bhatia, ‘Looop Lapeta’ is being bankrolled by Sony Pictures Films India, Ellipsis Entertainment (Tanuj Garg, Atul Kasbekar), and Aayush Maheshwari.
Apart from ‘Looop Lapeta’, Taapsee has a flurry of films in her kitty including ‘Shabaash Mithu’, ‘Haseen Dillruba’, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ and ‘Dobaaraa’.
Meanwhile, Tahir, who was last seen in Nitesh Tiwari’s ‘Chhichhore,’ alongside late actor Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor, is awaiting the release of ’83’, which also features Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. (ANI)

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A TUMULTUOUS NIGHT BETWEEN LOVER AND THE MUSE

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Malcolm and Marie, written and directed by Sam levinson, follows the tumultuous relationship between Malcolm, a narcissistic filmmaker, and Marie, his girlfriend and muse. impressively, the film was created entirely during the pandemic, using a crew of only around 20 people and minimizing filming locations. even though the setting of the film is confined to only a luxurious apartment, Malcolm & Marie is a visual treat nonetheless. it uses windows and doors as framing devices, portraying the characters in an aesthetically pleasing way. The monochromatic hues of the film remind viewers of old hollywood glamor. The cast comprises just two members: John David washington and Zendaya, two well-known actors who are no strangers to the world of hollywood. John David washington—who has performed excellently in roles such as the protagonist in Nolan’s Tenet, and Detective Ron Stallworth in BlacKkKlansman— fails to live up to the expectations set by his previous work.

Zendaya, on the other hand, shines in her role as Marie and seems to be caught in a typecast of playing depressed characters, as depicted by her role in the television series Euphoria. Nevertheless, Zendaya is a brilliant artist and drives the plot of the film meticulously with her performance. her type-casted role works well for her in this film as she embodies Marie’s depressive and high episodes, seeming that the role was written for her from the beginning, and rightly so. Given the film only features two characters, the dialogue between them is the essence of the film and is meant to be a tool to illustrate the highs and lows of the toxic relationship between Malcolm and Marie. On paper, the dialogue is well-written, but the delivery leaves much to be desired. The monologues by the characters often come out sporadic, and many lines of dialogue fail to evoke the emotions they intend to from the viewer. The tumultuous recession and the random escalation of tension are confusing.

 The film also delves into the dilemma of being a Black artist. Malcolm’s film receives an excellent review from a “white lady” critic, but this does not appease Malcolm. The critic, a Los Angeles Times writer seems to forget that Black individuals can exist solely as individuals without blackness affecting the point of view of their art. She points out the racism the protagonist experiences despite this not being part of Malcolm’s agenda. Malcolm is infuriated by this and delivers an extended monologue criticizing her, venting his pent-up frustration of not being understood as a Black filmmaker. There are conversations surrounding racism in Malcolm’s film, and Malcolm and Marie  talks about Malcolm’s experiences as a Black filmmaker who wants to break free from the shackles of just being viewed through the lens of race. There are a lot of films exploring this theme, but  this one stands out as it delves into racial discourse from a different perspective, where characters can be viewed just as individuals like any white character would be.

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HOW PARINEETI PREPARED TO PLAY AN ACE BADMINTON PLAYER IN ‘SAINA’

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Saina Nehwal biopic was a roller-coaster ride. The film, with Parineeti Chopra in lead, has a theatrical release date and the makers are making the most of the current buzz. The film releases on 26 March.

Saina is helmed by Amol Gupte, teaser of the film was released last week leaving fans impressed with Parineeti’s look and her commendable imitation of the Olympic winning badminton player.

The team also got public display of support from Saina herself as she shared the teaser on social media and wrote, “Always makes me proud to see my national flag soar high!” Saina also complimented Parineeti’s look, writing, “Woww this is superb… love the look as mini saina.”

The teaser gives us glimpses into the badminton champ’s life and how she took up the sport early on, when she was a small girl, and how India cheered for her as she participated in international tournaments. 

Parineeti also spoke about the contribution of women in her family in her journey. “I have been brought up in a family where there was not any disparity between men and women. I came across to gender disparity after I entered Bollywood. My parents spent the most on my education and there were several times when I was given more opportunities than my brothers. So, I don’t even know why we talk about it.”

The actor spoke on the real strength of the biopic, saying, “The winning point for the film is how it shows what went into making Saina a winner. It was about Saina’s complete journey.”

Shraddha Kapoor was a going to play Saina, she had trained herself for the role and shot some scenes for the film but she was diagnosed with dengue and later Parineeti was finalised to play the lead role.

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APARSHAKTI OPENS UP ABOUT WORKING WITH FEMALE DIRECTORS

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New Delhi: On the occasion of international women’s Day, Aparshakti Khurana spoke about his favourite female directors and the positive energy they bring with their craft. Three years back, leena Yadav directed Aparshakti in Rajma Chawal, a slice-of-life film. The actor captured the attention of the viewers with his earnest performance which was sketched and molded by the director. in 2019, Aparshakti appeared in Ruka Ruka, a music single with singer Shalmali. The music video was directed by Ukrainian director Dar Gai. A while back, Aparshakti shot for an anthology film and one of the directors on that project is Nitya Mehra of Made In Heaven and Baar Baar Dekho fame. Two years back, Aparshakti was directed by director-writer, Tahira Kashyap. “i have had the good fortune of working with these women directors,” he said.

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