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Josh Duhamel replaces Armie Hammer in Jennifer Lopez starrer ‘Shotgun Wedding’

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Washington [US], January 31 (ANI): American actor Josh Duhamel has joined the cast of Jennifer Lopez starrer ‘Shotgun Wedding’, replacing Armie Hammer in the upcoming outing.
As per People magazine, the 48-year-old actor replaced Hammer after he stepped down from the role earlier this month. Reports had surfaced earlier this month suggesting that Duhamel was in talks to replace Hammer in the upcoming film.
Hammer dropped out of the project amid a scandal involving unverified accusations about his sexual fantasies, as per the publication. The 34-year-old actor exited the movie after several private messages were leaked by the anonymous social media account ‘House of Effie’. The unverified messages were alleged to be from the ‘Rebecca’ actor and described sexual fantasies including BDSM.
However, the actor denied all the accusations levelled against him, stating “I’m not responding to these bull– claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic.”
“Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that,” Hammer added.
A production spokesman for the upcoming movie previously told People magazine, “Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision.”
Earlier this month, Hammer trended on social media after several graphic direct messages allegedly from the actor were leaked. “I need to drink your blood,” the 34-year-old allegedly wrote. Another message read, “You’re my angel! You’re made to save me.”
Writer Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, who was reportedly linked to Hammer in September 2020, said the messages “are real,” adding, “I stand by women, and I hate men who don’t.”
Meanwhile, ‘Shotgun Wedding’, which is produced by Lopez and actor Ryan Reynolds, is scheduled to begin filming on February 22 in the Dominican Republican.
The romantic comedy film follows a couple named Tom and Darcy (Duhamel and Lopez) bringing their families together for a destination wedding. But the dream wedding starts to fall apart when they get cold feet once they arrive at the location. Then, the pair are soon forced to come together to rescue their families from a dangerous hostage situation.
Jason Moore will direct from a screenplay by Mark Hammer and Liz Meriwether. The film will be produced by Mandeville’s Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman along with Lopez, Reynolds, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Benny Medina.
‘Shotgun Wedding’ is Duhamel’s latest project following his 2020 films ‘The Lost Husband’ and ‘Think Like a Dog’. He made his directorial debut last year with the comedy ‘Buddy Games’. He will be next seen in the upcoming Netflix series ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’.
Lopez recently bankrolled and starred in the films ‘Hustlers’ and ‘Second Act’. She also executive produced the Freeform series ‘Good Trouble’ and NBC’s ‘World of Dance’. (ANI)

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MADHURI DIXIT INTRODUCES ANAMIKA

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NEW DELHI: As Netflix announced its slate of intriguing series for this year, Madhuri Dixit introduced her character from the upcoming series ‘Finding Anamika’ to fans on Wednesday. The ‘Dhak-Dhak’ girl of Bollywood who will be debuting in the digital world through the suspenseful family drama series ‘Finding Anamika’ took to her Instagram account and introduced her character ‘Anamika’ through a scintillating post. The picture shared by the 53-year-old actress sees her in a glamorous avatar as she poses effortlessly like a diva for the lens.

Raising fans excitement, Madhuri wrote, “Beauty, poise, grace, and elegance are all words you’d associate with Anamika. But skeletons hidden in her closet all come rushing out when an untoward event takes place. There’s always more than meets the eye, isn’t there?,” in the caption. “I’m thrilled to announce I will be part of the Netflix original series ‘Finding Anamika’. Excuse me, while I do a happy dance to celebrate! @netflix_in #AbMenuMeinSabNew #FindingAnamika,” she added. She also acknowledged her whole team including filmmaker Karan Johar in the caption.

 ‘Finding Anamika’ is a suspenseful family drama series which is produced by Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, and Somen Mishra under Dharmatic Entertainment banner. The show which will also feature Sanjay Kapoor, Manav Kaul, Lakshvir Saran, Suhasini Muley, and Muskkaan Jaferi is helmed by Karishma Kohli, Bejoy Nambiar.  The film revolves around the story of a global superstar, wife, and mom who suddenly vanishes without a trace. As police and loved ones search for answers to her disappearance, her perfectly crafted facade is stripped away, revealing hidden truths, and painful lies in the life of an iconic actress. 

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‘SCAM 2003: THE CURIOUS CASE OF ABDUL KARIM TELGI’ TO STREAM ON OTT

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MUMBAI: Hansal Mehta’s hit series ‘Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story’ is set to have a follow-up. The makers have announced the second instalment of the series titled ‘Scam 2003: The Curious Case of Abdul Karim Telgi’. Hansal returns to direct the show. The new season will tell the story of the 2003 stamp paper scam and its perpetrator late convicted Indian counterfeiter Abdul Karim Telgi. The script will be adapted from the Hindi book ‘Reporter Ki Diary’ authored by journalist Sanjay Singh. “I am delighted to be back with exploring yet another fascinating story following the immense success of ‘Scam 1992’. The new season of this franchise will focus on another riveting story that shook the country a few years ago — the stamp paper scam,” said Hansal. The series will go on floors later this year and stream on SonyLIV. 

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THE TRAILER OF RANA DAGGUBATI’S ‘HAATHI MERE SAATHI’ IS OUT

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NEW DELHI: The much-awaited Hindi trailer of the adventure film ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ was unveiled by Eros International via a virtual conference on Thursday.

On the occasion of World Wildlife Day, on 3 March, the makers revealed the much anticipated Tamil and Telugu trailers of the trilingual film titled, ‘Kaadan’ and ‘Aranya’ in Chennai and Hyderabad respectively, in the presence of Rana Daggubati, Prabu Solomon, Vishnu Vishal, Shriya Pilgaonkar, and Zoya Hussain. Now the team has released the trailer of its Hindi version titled ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ over a virtual press conference.

 The trailer of ‘Kaadan’ and ‘Aranya’ has left the viewers spellbound with its scale and the performances. It gives a glimpse of the intriguing narrative that awaits us on 26 March. Rana will be seen as the protagonist in a completely different avatar in all three versions along with Pulkit Samrat in ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ (Hindi) and Vishnu Vishal in ‘Kaadan’ (Tamil) and ‘Aranya’ (Telugu). The film also stars talented actresses – Shriya Pilgaonkar and Zoya Hussain in lead roles.   The endearing tale between a man and the elephants is a story inspired by multiple events. A unique concept which is unexplored in Indian cinema before. It traces the narrative of the protagonist (Rana), who spends most of his life in the jungle, dedicated to protecting the ecosystem.

Post the massive success of the magnum opus ‘Baahubali’ franchise, and ‘The Ghazi Attack’, this will be a hat-trick for Rana in a trilingual. No doubt, it has left the fans excited for the film to hit the silver screens. The film is directed by National Award-winning director Prabu, who is an expert on films around wildlife.

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Monthly Recommendations by JAIVEER MISRA

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Time really does fly. We are already in March 2021! And now we hopefully see the light at the end of the tunnel with regards to the pandemic. To reflect, while the year gone by has brought with it unprecedented challenges that have tested the human spirit, artists across the globe have been at work, creating, and uplifting humanity by bringing the joy of music into homes through online platforms. And it’s not just artists in the conventional sense, we have witnessed people singing to one another on their balconies, mothers soothing their young with lullaby’s and farmers humming their traditional folk songs while ploughing the fields. It is not surprising then that song releases through 2020 reflected personal journeys and connected with audiences like never before. 

This trend continues and my favourite pick from the charts is “Better Together” by Luke Combs. With just a piano to support the vocals, this offering surpasses obvious cliches. Along with songwriters Dan Isbell and Randy Montana, the song speaks to who Combs really is and who his fans are. Other recommendations on The Hot 100 Billboard Charts currently include “Mood” by 24Goldn featuring Iann Dior, “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd, and “Therefore I am” by Billie Ellish. For those who want to listen to some really qualitative Jazz, I would strongly recommend “Lullaby of the Leaves”. Composed by Bernice Petkere and lyricist Joe Young, “Lullaby of the Leaves” was featured in the 1932 Broadway revue Chamberlain Brown’s Scrap Book. Many recordings have followed since but Ella Fitzgerald brings a touch of magic to it like no other artist can. Also outstanding is “Jazz About Love” where Ella and Louis Armstrong weave their magic around the theme of friendship. While we are unable to enjoy musical theatre at the moment, there is nothing to stop us from revisiting and indeed listening to the all-time greats. My recommendations for this month include; “On The Street Where You Live” from ‘My Fair Lady’, “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going” from ‘Dreamgirls’, and “One Day More” from ‘Les Misérables’. My recommendations for tracks for those who enjoy a touch of Bollywood music include “Shayad” by Arijit Singh, “Taaron Ke Shehar” by Neha Kakkar, Jubin Nautiyal, Jaani, and “Nashe Si Chadh Gayi” also by Arijit Singh. 

 And last but not the least, if you’re in a mood for something quite different, my latest offering “Dreamwalking” can be found under J.A.I.V on Spotify and other popular streaming platforms. Till we meet next month…keep those feet tapping and your fingers snapping!

Follow J.A.I.V on your favourite streaming platforms. Instagram: @oneandonlyjaiv. Webstite:www.jaiveermisra.com or write in with your questions at jaiveermisra@gmail.com      

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MEET ALIA’S ‘MAGICAL BOYS’ FROM BRAHMASTRA

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NEW DELHI: Acknowledging her “magical boys”, Alia Bhatt treated her fans with a delightful post from the sets of her upcoming film ‘Brahmastra’ on Thursday. The chirpy actress, who is busy as a beaver with an upcoming line of projects, never misses a chance to not take care of the demands of her fans, and her recent post proves the same.

Recently, Alia posted a video on her Instagram story asking her fans to suggest what to post next on her account to which fans demanded her to either share a picture from the sets of ‘Brahmastra’ or a picture with Ranbir Kapoor, her co-star in the movie.

Following this, the ‘Raazi’ actress 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 and film’s director Ayan Mukherji, 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 (along with fire and heart emojis ) P.S – this is just thebeginning.”

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‘Nomadland’ to premier on Disney plus in UK

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Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): As the cinemas in UK are still holding back to re-open, one of the most celebrated dramas, ‘Nomadland’ is setting up to roll on digital streamer giant, Disney plus for the audience.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chloe Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ will premiere on the new Star hub on Disney plus in the UK and Ireland on April 30, this year and can be made available to all the Disney plus subscribers at no additional charge. However, once the cinemas will re-open in the country, the film will be available for exhibitors to program.
‘Nomadland’, starring Frances McDormand recently bagged Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director, alongside both the Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Best Film and the Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Audience Award.
The film received four nominations, including Zhao for best screenplay, an actress in a drama for McDormand, and best picture drama. Zhao had adapted it from Jessica Bruder’s 2017 nonfiction book of the same name.
Zhao is only the second woman to win a Golden Globe for director. Barbra Streisand won in 1984 for ‘Yentl’. Zhao is also the first director of Asian descent to win a Globe since Ang Lee won for 2005’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’. Lee also won for 2000’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’.
‘Nomadland’ is a 2020 American drama film directed, written, and edited by Chloe Zhao. It stars Frances McDormand as a woman who leaves home to travel around the American West.
The film is based on the 2017 non-fiction book ‘Nomadland: Surviving America’ in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. (ANI)

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