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Drew Barrymore made it big in Hollywood at the age of 7, only to be blacklisted at the age of 12. The Hollywood actress says living through the turbulent times of her career has made her appreciate her position and opportunities today. “It’s crazy, I’ve never felt more humbled and grateful in my entire life than I do right now to be alive, to have two kids that are healthy,” Barrymore told IANS while looking back at her showbiz struggles.

“I don’t know how I ended up here but I’ll never lose sight and never have lost sight of how lucky I am. I’ve lost my job. When you are blacklisted at 12 you appreciate every job, I appreciate every job I have,” she shared, adding: “I know what it’s like to lose and work for things, and be so lucky and have the opportunities that I have and everything in between.”

At the moment, she is busy with ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’, which she hosts and backs as a producer. The show brings forward positive stories, humour along with celebrity guest interviews. “I’m just excited to be able to live the real existence that I do when you don’t see me working. This is so true to who I am, but I’ve gone through a real excruciating, uncomfortable metamorphosis doing a show like this. I’m really glad I met this moment in my life and not another, and timing really is everything,” said the 45-year-old actress.

She continued: “I also want to show up and when you have your kids and it’s different, but you get asked to be the best version of yourself. And that was something I didn’t take lightly… The entire time was a really incredible and informative journey.”

For the show, she looked at her life for inspiration. “I’ve been out there my whole life and thought one of the things that made me best suited for this job is interacting with people on a daily basis and respecting people and having kindness, patience, respect and dignity and thinking every meeting with someone was an opportunity to hear their story,” she said.

The actress, known for her infectious brand of humour, asserted that she is a “people person”. “I just want to take my life experience and talk about it with other people and figure it out together,” she added. ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ premiered in India on Zee Cafe on 18 November.

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Kartik Aaryan funnily threatens director Ram Madhvani, promising another collaboration

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Mumbai (Maharashta) [India], March 4 (ANI): After receiving an overwhelming response from the audience on the teaser of ‘Dhamaka’, director Ram Madhavani penned a heartwarming note on Thursday for Kartik Aaryan to which the actor shared a fun reply.
As the teaser of Kartik Aaryan’s ‘Dhamaka’ released recently, the internet is raving about the intense performance of the actor, pouring appreciation for the film.
Expressing his fondness for the leading man of ‘Dhamaka’, director Ram Madhavani penned a heartwarming note on social media to which the 30-year-old replied with a fun twist.
Filmmaker Ram Madhvani shared an emotional note on the Instagram story that reads, “Kartik Aaryan gave his all to my way of working which I call the 360-degree system. His involvement, passion and precise calibration as an actor is something I hugely respect. He makes the work better. It would be great to collaborate with him again.”

Replying to his director, Kartik, who wrapped the schedule of ‘Dhamaka’ in ten days said, “Of course we are working together again Sir sochna bhi mat kisi aur ke saath kaam karne ki,” (Don’t think of working with anybody else) using laughing out loud emoticons.
The film will follow a news anchor reporting a hard-hitting incident of a bomb-blast in realtime. Kartik’s character will be subjected to circumstances grappling him between tough choices, abidance to his career, or awakening the humanist within.
Apart from ‘Dhamaka’, Kartik will also feature in ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ and Karan Johar’s film ‘Dostana 2’. (ANI)

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Meet Alia Bhatt’s ‘magical boys’ from sets of ‘Brahmastra’

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New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): Acknowledging her ‘magical boys’, Bollywood superstar Alia Bhatt treated her fans with a delightful post from the sets of ‘Brahmastra’ on Thursday.
The chirpy-queen of Bollywood who is busy as a beaver with an upcoming line of projects never misses a chance to not take care of her fans’ demands, and her recent post proves the same.
Recently, Alia posted a scintillating video on her Instagram story, asking her fans to suggest to her what to post next on her photo-sharing account; to which fans demanded her to either share a picture from the sets of her upcoming flick ‘Brahmastra’ or a picture with beau and Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor who will be her co-star in the movie.
Following this, the ‘Raazi’ actor took to her Instagram handle and shared two delightful pictures which fulfilled both the demands of her fans.

The snaps were taken from the sets of ‘Brahmastra’ features her with Ranbir Kapoor and the film’s director Ayan Mukherjee, whom she addressed as her ‘magical boys’.
Taking it to the captions, she wrote, “it’s a blessing to be on this journey.. and these magical boys just make everything P.S – this is jussssttt the beginning”

Not only this, but Alia changed her profile picture to the latest post that garnered more than three lakh likes within a few minutes of being posted.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Alia Bhatt recently stepped into the shoes of a filmmaker by launching her own production house ‘Eternal Sunshine’ on Monday.
She is currently basking in praises after she stunned the viewers with 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.
Besides this, she will be next seen in Ayan Mukherji’s directorial ‘Brahmastra’, alongside her beau Ranbir Kapoor and megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Produced under Karan Johar’s banner of Dharma Productions, the superhero movie will also feature Nagarjuna and Dimple Kapadia in pivotal roles. She also has SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘RRR’ and Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Darlings’ in the pipeline. (ANI)

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Green tea extracts could benefit facial development of children with Down syndrome: Study

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Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): Green tea is already known for its antioxidant properties, which aid in immunity boosting and weight loss, but did you know that it can also prove beneficial for the facial development of children with Down syndrome?
According to a new study, green tea supplements modulate facial development in children with Down syndrome. The study, led by Belgian and Spanish researchers, was published in Nature Scientific Reports.
The researchers observed that the intake of green tea extracts can reduce facial dysmorphology in children with Down syndrome when taken during the first three years of life.
Additional experimental research in mice confirmed the positive effects at low doses. However, they also found that high doses of the extract can disrupt facial and bone development. More research is needed to fully understand the effects of green tea extracts and therefore they should always be taken under medical supervision.
Down syndrome is caused by the presence of a third copy of chromosome 21, leading to an overexpression of the genes in this region and resulting in a number of physical and intellectual disabilities. One of the genes, DYRK1A, contributes to altering brain and bone development in people with Down syndrome. The green tea compound EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) is known to inhibit DYRK1A activity, although it also has other mechanisms of action. Previous research has shown the potential of EGCG to improve cognition in young adults with Down syndrome.
In a new study, researchers analysed the effect of green tea supplements on facial development in Down syndrome. In the experimental part of the study, the EGCG supplements were tested in mice at different dosages.
In the second part of the research, they did an observational study on children with and without Down syndrome. This work, led by the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the University of Barcelona in Spain, and KU Leuven in Belgium, is an international effort involving researchers from the University of Central Florida, La Salle – University Ramon Llull, and IMIM – Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute.
For the mouse study, carried out at KU Leuven, the researchers started the treatment before birth, while the pups were developing in the wombs of their mothers, by adding either a low or a high dose of green tea extracts to their drinking water. “The low dose treatment had a positive effect on mice that are a model of Down syndrome,” Professor Greetje Vande Velde (KU Leuven) commented, co-lead author of the study.
Velde added, “Sixty percent of them showed a facial shape similar to the control group.”
“The high dose treatment, however, generated very mixed results, and even disrupted normal facial development in some cases, causing additional dysmorphology. This occurred in all mice, in the model of Down syndrome as well as in the control group,” Velde further said.
The observational study was set up in Spain and also included participants from North America. 287 children between 0 and 18 years participated, including children with Down syndrome who did (n = 13) or didn’t (n = 63) receive EGCG supplementation. The treated group was all self-medicated and didn’t follow a prescribed protocol.
“All participants were photographed from various angles to create a 3D model of their faces,” explained Neus Martinez-Abadias, professor at the University of Barcelona and co-lead author of the study.
Martinez-Abadias added, “We use 21 facial landmarks, and the distances between them, to compare the faces of the participants. In the youngest group between 0 and 3 years, we observed that 57 percent of the linear distances are significantly different when you compare the faces of children with Down syndrome that never received the treatment to those of children that do not have Down syndrome. For babies and toddlers who did receive EGCG treatment, this difference was much smaller, only 25 percent. After green tea supplementation, the facial dysmorphology decreases and the children with or without Down syndrome look more alike.”
“We didn’t identify a similar effect in the adolescent group. Even when treated with green tea extracts, children with Down syndrome still show a difference of more than 50 percent compared to the control group. These findings suggest that the green tea supplements only affect facial development when they are administered in the early stages of life when the face and skull are rapidly growing,” Martinez-Abadias said.
Despite the potential benefits we observed, we must handle these findings with caution considering they are preliminary and based on an observational study,” Professor Vande Velde warns. “Much more research is necessary to evaluate the effects of EGCG-containing supplements, the appropriate dose and their therapeutic potential in general. We also need to take into the account possible effects on other organs and systems, not just on the development of the face. This requires first more basic research in the lab with mice, and then clinical studies with more participants and controlled use of these supplements.”
“Despite the potential benefits we observed, we must handle these findings with caution considering they are preliminary and based on an observational study,” Professor Vande Velde warned. (ANI)

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Elle King expecting first child with Dan Tooker after multiple miscarriages

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Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): Grammy-nominated singer Elle King and her fiance Dan Tooker are all set to embrace parenthood for the first time. Elle recently revealed that she is expecting her and Dan’s first child after previously suffering multiple miscarriages.
The singer-songwriter took to Instagram to announce the happy news, which comes after recurrent pregnancy losses and an infertility battle.
Along with a series of pictures featuring the much-in-love couple, Elle wrote, “Well, we did something! Me and @tattooker made a little human! We are very excited to share the news that we are pregnant.”
She added, “This news comes with a great deal of fear, and I hope that all mothers-to-be, in whatever sense that may be, know that I am trying to be very sensitive. You see, this miracle baby comes after two very big losses. It’s a terrifying and extremely painful experience for everyone. But the sun always rises, and I never really let go to let the universe decide when I was ready.”
In her lengthy post, Elle empathised with women struggling with infertility and pregnancy loss, who may find her post painful.
“I remember every pregnancy announcement felt like a dagger to me. So I want to be very delicate and say to YOU! That soon-to-be mom, who’s maybe had a loss, or has been struggling with fertility, I’m telling you, our babies come. And I love you. What women go through on this journey makes us nothing less than WARRIORS. So thank you for your prayers and love for our high-risk pregnancy,” she wrote.
The singer went on to joke about the irony of her releasing her latest single, ‘Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)’, while expecting.
She concluded, “Ps- I would be pregnant when I put out a song called #drunk LOL but what did you expect! (I am a very sober pregnant lady btw) thank you so much @people for the exclusive feature and celebration.”

The singer suffered two pregnancy losses amid a battle with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to People magazine.
The condition causes hormonal imbalances and can lead to irregular cycles, which impacts ovulation. Elle got pregnant naturally after consulting a fertility specialist, found out she was expecting on December 25 last year and is currently in the second trimester of her pregnancy.
As per People magazine, the singer has opted not to find out the sex of her and Dan’s baby before she gives birth.
Elle revealed in October that she and Dan, a 31-year-old tattoo artist, had gotten engaged on their one-year dating anniversary. She had shared images of the pair’s unique joint proposal in a field in New Mexico on Instagram. (ANI)

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Zack Snyder to be honoured with special Valiant Award from Hollywood Critics Association

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Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): American filmmaker Zack Snyder will be presented with the first-ever Valiant Award from The Hollywood Critics Association at the virtual fourth Annual HCA Film Awards ceremony on Friday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Hollywood Critics Association is presenting Snyder with this first-ever Valiant Award as an honour for how the filmmaker and his wife, and producing partner, Deborah Snyder, responded to their 20-year-old daughter Autumn’s suicide in 2017.
HCA chairman, Scott Menzel, in a statement on Wednesday said, “As a fan of Synder’s ever since Dawn of the Dead, I couldn’t be happier that we will be acknowledging his visionary filmmaking and resilience to overcome any obstacles.”
Menzel added, “As someone whose own life was impacted due to suicide, I was extremely moved by how Zack and his wife and business partner Deborah turned their incommensurable pain into altruistic action, spearheading an effort that has helped countless individuals and families.”
Back in December of 2020, Snyder along with his fans had helped in raising over USD 500,000 dollars for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. In order to raise more funds, during the upcoming HCA Film Awards, the Hollywood critics association plans to purchase a host of Snyder’s merchandise on the Ink to the People fundraising platform to give away on their social media channels during the ceremony.
The fourth annual HCA Film Awards will stream virtually on March 5 on the official HCA Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Snyder’s cut of ‘Justice League’ is set for a March 18 release on HBO Max. His epic zombie action-thriller ‘Army of the Dead’, which he co-wrote with Shay Hatten and directed for Netflix, is set to launch on May 21.
Snyder is also producing the German language prequel of ‘Army of the Dead’ for Netflix, as well as an animated series of the same name. (ANI)

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Zack Snyder to be honoured with special Valiant Award from Hollywood Critics Association

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Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): American filmmaker Zack Snyder will be presented with the first-ever Valiant Award from The Hollywood Critics Association at the virtual fourth Annual HCA Film Awards ceremony on Friday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Hollywood Critics Association is presenting Snyder with this first-ever Valiant Award as an honour for how the filmmaker and his wife, and producing partner, Deborah Snyder, responded to their 20-year-old daughter Autumn’s suicide in 2017.
HCA chairman, Scott Menzel, in a statement on Wednesday said, “As a fan of Synder’s ever since Dawn of the Dead, I couldn’t be happier that we will be acknowledging his visionary filmmaking and resilience to overcome any obstacles.”
Menzel added, “As someone whose own life was impacted due to suicide, I was extremely moved by how Zack and his wife and business partner Deborah turned their incommensurable pain into altruistic action, spearheading an effort that has helped countless individuals and families.”
Back in December of 2020, Snyder along with his fans had helped in raising over USD 500,000 dollars for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. In order to raise more funds, during the upcoming HCA Film Awards, the Hollywood critics association plans to purchase a host of Snyder’s merchandise on the Ink to the People fundraising platform to give away on their social media channels during the ceremony.
The fourth annual HCA Film Awards will stream virtually on March 5 on the official HCA Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Snyder’s cut of ‘Justice League’ is set for a March 18 release on HBO Max. His epic zombie action-thriller ‘Army of the Dead’, which he co-wrote with Shay Hatten and directed for Netflix, is set to launch on May 21.
Snyder is also producing the German language prequel of ‘Army of the Dead’ for Netflix, as well as an animated series of the same name. (ANI)

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