Washington [US], February 10 (ANI): The insanely popular South Korean boy band BTS is soon going to treat their fans by featuring on ‘MTV Unplugged’.
As per Variety, the K-pop band will feature on ‘MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS’ that is slated to air on February 23. The K-pop superstars are the latest to feature on the ‘MTV Unplugged’ franchise.
The upcoming special edition will offer viewers rare versions of the band’s biggest hits and songs from their most recent album titled ‘BE’. Fans can also expect favourites like ‘Dynamite’, their first all-English single, and ‘Life Goes On’.
‘MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS’ will air exclusively on MTV in the United States and will also air around the world starting the same day. Although ‘MTV Unplugged’ looks a bit different from MTV’s heyday, the series continues to be a source of fanfare.
Last year, singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus put her own spin on the show with ‘MTV Unplugged Presents Miley Cyrus Backyard Sessions’. The rock-heavy show had set the tone for Cyrus’ ‘Plastic Hearts’, which released the following month.
Meanwhile, BTS has continued to have soaring popularity among the masses with its upbeat beats and music and quirky music videos that have connected with the younger audience. In addition to numerous Grammy, Billboard, and MTV Video Music Awards, the pop boy band was also honoured by TIME as “The Most Influential People of 2019.” (ANI)
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Rachel Zegler joins cast of ‘Shazam: Fury of the Gods’
Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): Actor-singer Rachel Zegler has joined the cast of ‘Shazam: Fury of the Gods’, the superhero sequel from New Line and DC Comics.
As per Variety, the upcoming sequel will also feature actor Zachary Levi. It is being helmed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan.
Peter Safran (The Safran Company) and Geoff Johns (Mad Ghost Productions) are producing the forthcoming film. Shortly after the news of her casting broke, Zegler tweeted, “I am in my key role in Shazam 2 era.”
Details of Zegler’s role are being kept under tight wraps. But, the star’s casting is notable in terms of representation as Zegler is the second Colombian American to be cast in a DC superhero project, following actor Sasha Calle, who was announced as Supergirl in the DC Universe’s upcoming film ‘The Flash’.
The new film, which is a sequel to the 2019 film ‘Shazam’, will continue the story of Billy Baston, who can transform into a godlike superhero upon saying the magic word, “Shazam!” The lighthearted superhero film, based on the D.C. character created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck, starred Levi as Shazam and Asher Angel as 14-year-old Billy.
‘Shazam’ received an overwhelming response and went on to make USD 365 million at the box office.
Meanwhile, Zegler has had a quick rise in the entertainment industry, after beating out 30,000 other applicants for the lead role of Maria in American film director-producer Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie ‘West Side Story’. The musical, which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, is set to debut in December, this year. (ANI)
Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Emraan Hashmi attend puja before ‘Tiger 3’ goes on floors
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Emraan Hashmi, who are all set to start shooting for their upcoming outing ‘Tiger 3’, recently attended a puja before the film is scheduled to go on floors.
The movie is slated to begin filming on March 8 in Mumbai and the lead actors of the film attended the customary puja at YRF that happens before every film goes on the floor. Director Maneesh Sharma, who is helming this massive franchise now, also attended the puja.
An eyewitness revealed, “Salman had come to YRF to shoot for Pathan with Shah Rukh Khan yesterday. As we all know YRF is creating the biggest spy franchise in the history of Indian cinema, and SRK and Salman will appear in each other’s films. Since Salman was coming to the studio, the team planned the puja on the same day and also invited Katrina for the same. Maneesh and Emraan Hashmi too was a part of this puja.”
The source further said, “On its 50th year, YRF is rolling out the biggest films being made in Bollywood or the Indian film industry today. Tiger 3 is being mounted on a scale that has not been seen before and so is Pathan.”
“It is going to be an incredibly visual and entertaining extravaganza for audiences when these films release in theatres. The energy was palpable during the puja. All the cast members were thrilled to be taking the story forward of the Tiger franchise. They spent a good one hour with each other before Salman went to shoot for Pathan,” the source added.
The upcoming film will mark Emraan’s maiden collaboration with YRF. The actor is set to play the role of the villain in the movie. ‘Tiger 3’ will have Salman reprise his role of R&AW (Research & Analysis Wing) agent Avinash Singh Rathore aka Tiger, while Katrina will be seen playing the female lead.
The first film of the popular franchise called ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ came out in 2012 and was directed by Kabir Khan. The film received an overwhelming response and was a huge success at the box office.
The second movie titled ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ was released in 2017 and was directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Salman and Katrina have featured in both movies.
Apart from ‘Tiger 3’, Salman will also be seen in a cameo in SRK’s ‘Pathan’, which went on floors in November 2020.
Salman has an impressive line-up of films including ‘Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali’, ‘Radhe’, and ‘Antim’. Meanwhile, Katrina will also star in ‘Phone Bhoot’, ‘Sooryavanshi’ and a superhero movie with Ali Abbas Zafar coming up.
Emraan has ‘Chehre’, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan and ‘Mumbai Saga’, also featuring John Abraham, in the pipeline. (ANI)
Grant Gustin set to star in Netflix’s ‘Rescued by Ruby’
Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): Hollywood actor Grant Gustin, who portrays the DC Comics superhero ‘The Flash’ on the CW series of the same name, will soon be seen in the real-life drama ‘Rescued by Ruby’, which has landed at Netflix.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 31-year-old actor will portray the character of Dan, a state trooper who dreams of joining the K-9 search and rescue team, but no one gives him the chance.
The rest of the logline read, “Shelter dog Ruby dreams of having a home but is running out of hope. When fate brings Dan and Ruby together, it’s their unshakable bond that helps them face their toughest challenge yet.”
‘Rescued by Ruby’ will be directed by Katt Shea, with the script penned by Karen Janszen. The real-life drama will be based on the short stories ‘Ruby: A Dogwink Story’ and ‘Dogwink Ruby’.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Dan Angel will produce for Fezziwig Studios, along with Brian Gott and Jane Charles. SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt are set to executive produce it. (ANI)
Kelly Clarkson reveals she has written 60 songs amid divorce from Brandon Blackstock
Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson is using her divorce as a source of inspiration, channeling her energy into making some fresh soulful music.
As per People Magazine, in a recent press junket for ‘The Voice’, the singer opened up about recording new music as a form of expression amid her split from estranged husband Brandon Blackstock.
Clarkson and Blackstock have parted ways after nearly seven years of marriage. The former couple has been battling over financial agreements and custody over their two children River Rose and Remington Alexander, after Clarkson filed for divorce in a Los Angeles court on June 6, citing irreconcilable differences.
“I have written like 60 songs. It is an insane amount of getting it out,” she told Entertainment Tonight.
Clarkson added, “I think that’s a blessing in itself. Anytime you go through some life, it’s such an awesome thing to have that outlet, regardless of whether people hear it or not.”
“I have this record that we’re working on,” she said before revealing that she is still unsure about how much of her personal life she will share with the public.
Clarkson commented on her project, saying, “It’s really great and really honest. There’s just a lot of questions that I have to answer before releasing it for myself, you know? Whether that be businesswise or personally.”
The singer added, “Whatever happens though, it is such a gift. I don’t know how anybody, I’ll just be real with you, goes through grief like divorce, any kind of grief, any kind of loss, without having an outlet like this.”
The songstress also detailed that she often ponders about the extent of her private life she is “willing to put out there.”
Clarkson explained, “I hate that I had to go through the ‘Because of You’ or ‘Piece by Piece’ phase. Certain songs that I’ve written certainly have shaped me, but have been really hard.”
She added, “They’re just difficult decisions to put those out because they’re so personal. But the other side of it is like, ‘Man, how many people have come up to me?’ [Saying things] like, ‘You have no idea. I never wanted to talk about it. I never have told anyone this.’ Music has that way of healing, even for me. I listen to other artists and music as a way of healing you.”
In December, the mother-of-two revealed that she found colouring with her children to be ‘really therapeutic’ after what has been a ‘hard year’.
Us Weekly confirmed in November 2020 that Clarkson and Blackstock will share joint physical and legal custody of their children, but Clarkson will have primary custody of their kids in Los Angeles. (ANI)
Rajkummar Rao confesses his love for Janhvi Kapoor in Roohi’s new song ‘Kiston’
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): After the raging success of the first song ‘Panghat’ from the Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor-starrer ‘Roohi’, a second song titled ‘Kiston’ has been released, which follows the lead pair’s love story and how it develops under spooky circumstances.
Janhvi took to her Instagram handle on Friday and shared a teaser of the romantic ballad for her fans. She captioned the post as, “#Kiston, out now Link in bio. #Roohi in cinemas 11th March, 2021.”
The song begins with Rajkummar going down on his knees with a cauliflower in front of Janhvi which sets the perfect mood for the song. The romantic track is then followed by little gestures of Rajkummar for Janhvi, as we see him clicking her pictures, or admiring her when she is asleep.
Sung by Jubin Nautiyal, the heart-touching lyrics of the song have been penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya with the music composed by Sachin-Jigar.
‘Roohi’ which was previously called ‘Rooh Afza’ and then ‘Roohi Afzana’, is a horror-comedy directed by Hardik Mehta. A Jio Studios Presentation, ‘Roohi’ is being produced by Dinesh Vijan and Mrighdeep Singh Lamba. It also stars Varun Sharma in the lead role.
The film marks the first-ever collaboration of Rajkummar and Janhvi. Rajkummar and Varun have earlier shared screen space in the 2015 release ‘Dolly Ki Doli’.
‘Roohi’, which is the first major Bollywood release post lockdown, was set to hit the cinemas in the first week of June last year, but the film had to be postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The upcoming horror-comedy will also become the first film to arrive in theatres after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting allowed cinema halls nationwide to operate at full capacity from February 1 with COVID-19 safety protocols put in place.
The film is set to hit the theatres on March 11, this year, and is based on the lines of the 2018 hit film ‘Stree’, which featured Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles. (ANI)
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss’ first Netflix film sets its cast of young rockers
Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): The ‘Game of Thrones’ series co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ first Netflix film ‘Metal Lords’ will star Jaeden Martell, Isis Hainsworth, and newcomer Adrian Greensmith.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Jaeden Martell of ‘Knives Out’ and the ‘It’ movies will star in the coming-of-age comedy alongside Isis Hainsworth and newcomer Adrian Greensmith, who is currently studying at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Directed by Peter Sollett, ‘Metal Lords’ will be about two kids who want to start a heavy metal band “in a high school where exactly two kids care about heavy metal.”
The film’s script has been penned by Weiss who will produce it alongside Greg Shapiro, Benioff, Bernie Caulfield, and Robin Fisichella as executive producers.
‘Rage Against the Machine’ and ‘Audioslave’ rocker Tom Morello will serve as the executive music producer for the film, which is set for global release on Netflix later this year.
As per Entertainment Weekly, ‘Metal Lords’ is one of many projects coming out of this two-person brain trust. Benioff and Weiss are also working on ‘The Overstory’ series executive produced by Hugh Jackman, ‘The Three-Body Problem’ based on the sci-fi trilogy of the same name, and the half-hour Sandra Oh dramedy ‘The Chair’. (ANI)
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