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James Franco’s sexual misconduct suit reaches settlement deal

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Washington [US], February 22 (ANI): Hollywood actor James Franco has reached a settlement deal in a 2019 lawsuit, that accused Franco of intimidating his students into sexual situations at the acting school he founded.
Variety reported that according to a joint status report filed on February 11, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, 2 of Franco’s former students at his now-defunct Studio 4 School’, have agreed to drop their individual claims against the actor.
The sexual exploitation claims by the students have been dismissed without prejudice, leaving them open to being re-filed. Additionally, fraud allegations brought forward in the suit will be subject to limited release. However, it’s not immediately clear as to how much money was involved in this settlement deal.
According to their class-action suit, Franco had allegedly forced his students to perform explicit sex scenes on camera in what they described as an “orgy-type setting” during a master class he held on sex scenes.
Tither-Kaplan and Gaal also alleged that Franco led students to believe that roles in his films would become available to them if they followed along. The deal will be submitted for preliminary court approval by March 15.
In a previous filing, Franco’s attorneys responded to the claims, and called them “false and inflammatory, legally baseless and brought as a class action with the obvious goal of grabbing as much publicity as possible for attention-hungry Plaintiffs.”
As per Variety, Tither-Kaplan had first alleged claims of sexual misconduct against Franco in early 2018 after he won a Golden Globe award for his role in “The Disaster Artist.” Since the allegations came to light, Franco has kept out of the spotlight, though he still has several film and television projects in the works. (ANI)

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Sofia Vergara raises temperature with throwback photo from 90s

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Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): Colombian-American actor and model Sofia Vergara, heated up Instagram with a throwback picture from the ’90s, which she shared recently.
The ‘Modern Family’ alum recently took to her Instagram handle and shared the picture of her sporting a tiny black string bikini in Miami.

The picture captioned, “#tbt Miami #the 90’s,” proved to be a big hit among her 21.1 million followers. It received more than 280,000 likes.
Vergara is no stranger to strutting her stuff online.
She recently shared several more throwback bikini snaps in late January, donning a white bikini top, a diamond choker and dangling silver earrings. (ANI)

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New Superman movie for DC and Warner Bros. to be written by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): Acclaimed essayist and novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates has been hired to write the script for the feature reboot of Superman, which will be produced by J.J. Abrams.
According to Variety, the new Superman film, which is still in its very early development stages, will also be produced by Hannah Minghella. Presently no director is attached to the project and the search for an actor to portray Kal-El / Superman on the big screen has not yet started.
In a statement, Coates said, “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honour. I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
Coates is no stranger to the superhero realm, as he has previously written the Marvel comic book series for ‘Captain America’ and ‘Black Panther’.
Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group said, “Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’ opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world. We’re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”
News of Coates’ attachment to the superhero project comes amid a number of recent Hollywood projects and adaptations of the author’s work.
‘Between the World and Me’ was adapted into an HBO film which debuted last November, while ‘The Water Dancer’ is getting a big-screen adaptation from a producing team that includes Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, though this is the first DC feature known to be in development under Abrams’ expansive WarnerMedia deal, he has several DC series in the works for streaming service HBO Max, including Justice League Dark and Constantine. (ANI)

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Kevin Hart, John Hamburg re-team for Netflix comedy ‘Me Time’

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Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): American stand-up comic and actor Kevin Hart has once again teamed up with John Hamburg, for a comedy set up at Netflix. Hamburg has previously written the 2018 hit comedy ‘Night School’ for the comedian.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ‘Get Hard’ star will also be producing it with Bryan Smiley, under the duo’s HartBeat Productions, and Lauren Hennessey will be the executive producer. John Hamburg, best known for writing ‘Meet the Parents’ and directing ‘Along Came Polly’, will direct and produce the Netflix comedy along with scripting for it.
The story will focus on a stay-at-home dad who finds himself with some “me time”, for the first time in years while his wife and kids are away. He reconnects with his former best friend for a wild weekend that nearly upends his life.
The project falls under Hart’s recent deal with Netflix which calls for the actor to star and produce at least four features, while also establishing a first-look deal. The goal is to shoot the project later this year.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Hart is prepping to shoot Lionsgate’s high-profile video game adaptation Borderlands and recently wrapped Sony’s action-comedy Man from Toronto opposite Woody Harrelson. (ANI)

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SARA ALI KHAN VISITS AJMER SHARIF WITH AMRITA SINGH

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AJMER: Sara Ali Khan on Friday paid a visit to holy place Ajmer Sharif Dargah and wished her fans ‘Jumma Mubarak’. The ‘Kedarnath’ actress, who was accompanied by her mother and actress Amrita Singh, took to Instagram and posted pictures from their visit. Sara and her doting mother were seen twinning in green traditional ensembles. In the pictures, the ‘Love Aaj Kal’ actress can be seen sporting designer olive green suit salwar and a matching face mask. Amrita is also seen wearing a similar coloured outfit. The duo can be seen with their heads covered as they wear a holy turmeric yellow dupatta around their necks. Sara captioned the post as, “Jumma Mubarak”.

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‘MUMBAI SAGA’ TRAILER HAS GUNS, GANGSTERS AND GORE

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NEW DELHI: After a long wait, the trailer of John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi-starrer ‘Mumbai Saga’ has finally dropped, and it’s all about guns, gangsters, and gore. The three-minute-long trailer of the Sanjay Gupta directorial features high octane action scenes from the lead actors of the film, who appear to be at loggerheads with each other. While John portrays a gangster who aspires to rule Bombay, Emraan plays a cop who wants to kill John and win the prize money of Rs 10 crore. Sharing the trailer on his Instagram handle, John quoted his dialogue from the movie in the caption and wrote, “Bandook toh sirf shauk ke liye rakhta hoon, darrane ke liye naam hi kaafi hai – Amartya Rao. Presenting the trailer of saga of the year! #MumbaiSaga Trailer out now. Film in cinemas on 19 March 2021.”

The earlier released teaser of the film introduced John as a gangster who “rose from the streets of Bombay to rule Mumbai” while Emraan as a cop who “rose from the ghettos of Bombay to stop Amartya Rao”.

Set in the 1980s and 1990s, ‘Mumbai Saga’ also stars Suniel Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Kajal Aggarwal, Prateik Babbar, and Gulshan Grover among others. Earlier scheduled to hit theatres on 19 June 2020, ‘Mumbai Saga’ has been produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anuradha Gupta, and Sangeeta Ahir. The highly-anticipated gangster drama is now all set to hit the big screens on 19 March this year.

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PARINEETI CHOPRA’S MOTHER MAKES A PAINTING TO CELEBRATE ‘THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN’

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Parineeti Chopra is extremely proud of her mother, noted artist Reena Chopra, as she has made an incredibly special painting to commemorate her forthcoming release ‘The Girl On The Train’. The painting showcases a girl standing in front of a speeding yellow train, much like Pari’s character in the film.

“My mother surprised me with this painting, I was not at all aware that she was making this for me. As most know that my mother is a professional painter and she sells her artwork but this one won’t be sold as it is very precious. She has immortalised my work in ‘The Girl On The Train’ through her art and this is the sweetest, warmest and most special gift that I have ever received from her,” says Parineeti.

She adds, “She has never done this for any of my films before so this shows the impact the content of ‘The Girl On The Train’ had on her. I’m overwhelmed and at the same time, I’m feeling on top of the world.” Parineeti’s parents are the biggest pillars of strength for her and she has made special plans to put up this painting in her plush new house in Mumbai. 

She reveals, “My parents have been my biggest cheerleaders all through my life and I feel incredibly special to be their child. She has been my pole star, helping me navigate my path in this world and I don’t have words to express what I’m feeling right now. This precious painting will be at my home and will constantly motivate me to do more films which will get her to do more such paintings for me.”

‘The Girl On The Train’ is an acclaimed book written by Paula Hawkins. It was made into a Hollywood film starring Emily Blunt in the lead in 2016. In the Bollywood version, Parineeti plays the eponymous girl taking the train, an alcoholic divorcee, who becomes involved in a missing person investigation and uncovers deeper secrets. ‘The Girl On The Train, directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, premiered on Netflix on 26 February.

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