Washington (US), February 25 (ANI): American filmmaker Judd Apatow and comedy collective twins Kenny and Keith Lucas are teaming for a semi-autobiographical film for Universal Pictures, which will centre on the siblings’ lives as identical twins growing up in New Jersey.
According to Variety, with Apatow set to produce, the Lucas brothers are writing and starring in the film. Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel will co-write the untitled movie.
Apatow’s track record for developing semi-autobiographical comedies, speaks heaps about the filmmaker’s capabilities. His latest directorial effort was ‘The King of Staten Island’, a well-reviewed movie based on the life of “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson.
As per Variety, the upcoming film marks the second movie that the Lucas brothers have in the works at Universal. As previously announced, they are developing a comedy with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who directed the brothers in ’22 Jump Street’. (ANI)
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PRIYANKA CHOPRA STUNS FANS IN RED CARPET AVATAR FOR BAFTA 2021
LONDON: Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Sunday stunned fans with her red carpet look for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards 2021.
The ‘Baywatch’ actor took to Instagram and posted pictures in which she looked drop-dead gorgeous as the actor aced the fashion game for the prestigious event.
The pictures see the ‘Isn’t It romantic’ actor in a fish-cut black dress with a plunging neckline that had an accentuated fabric across the waist, in the shape of a butterfly. The actor looks charismatic as she donned a minimal makeup look and aced the red lip colour. The long dress had put the actor’s toned figure on display, as she seems all set to present an award at the award ceremony. The actor has tied her hair in a neat bun.
The actor left a butterfly emoticon in the caption to all the posts featuring her red carpet look.
For the unversed, the ‘Fashion’ star’s film she has co-produced and acted in, titled ‘The White Tiger’, is competing in two categories.
The lead actor of the film- Adarsh Gourav- has been nominated for the best actor in a leading role. The film, also featuring Rajkummar Rao, has also received a nomination for director Ramin Bahrani in the adapted screenplay category.
Earlier, Priyanka has also announced Oscar 2021 nominees along with husband-singer Nick Jonas.
On the work front, Priyanka Chopra Jonas is currently shooting for the spy series ‘Citadel’. It also stars Richard Madden. The project is backed by Amazon and helmed by the Russo Brothers of ‘Avengers’ fame.
The actor has finished shooting ‘Text for You’ with Sam Heughan, Celine Dion, Russell Tovey, and Omid Djalili. Priyanka will also be seen in an Indian wedding comedy with Mindy Kaling, which she will co-produce and feature in.
She also has ‘Matrix 4’ and a film based on the life of Maa Anand Sheela in the pipeline.
BAFTA AWARDS 2021: ‘MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM’ PICKS TWO AWARDS
LONDON: The unconventional 74th edition of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held its first of two ceremonies on April 10, with the second one scheduled for the subsequent day. ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ was the big winner on the opening night, taking home two golden masks.
According to Variety, the first night of the 2021 BAFTAs, which was hosted virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall by TV and BBC radio presenter Clara Amfo, was a mostly craft-centered affair that also yielded wins for ‘Mank’, ‘Tenet’ and ‘Sound of Metal’. During the ceremony, eight primarily craft-focussed awards were handed out, including casting, costume, makeup and hair, production design, sound, special visual effects, British short film, and British short animation. The remaining awards — including the performance and best film categories will be handed out on the second night.
‘Rocks’ was the first winner, with Lucy Pardee scooping the award for Casting. The UK indie movie was nominated for a leading seven BAFTAs this year, joint most with ‘Nomadland’, which is a hot favourite for the Best Film prize on the second night.
Director and writer Noel Clarke, best known for the ‘Kidulthood’ film trilogy were honoured with the outstanding British contribution to cinema award. Supporting actor nominee Leslie Odom Jr. performed ‘Speak Now’, his Oscar-nominated song from One Night in Miami, for which he has earned a best-supporting actor BAFTA nomination.
Unsurprisingly, Netflix had a good evening, following its mammoth 34 nominations, by far the leading number for a distributor this year. The streamer took home prizes including Costume Design and Hair & Make-up, which both went to ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’s’, and Production Design, which was scooped by ‘Mank’.
MEGHAN MARKLE WILL NOT JOIN PRINCE HARRY AT PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL
WASHINGTON: Following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh- Prince Philip, his grandson Prince Harry is set to reunite with his family to pay his last respects at the funeral, but without wife Meghan Markle.
Page Six confirmed that the Duchess of Sussex who is due to give birth to the couple’s second child, a girl, in early summer will stay home in California on her doctor’s advice, Buckingham Palace announced. A source close to the royals told that Markle hoped to be at his husband’s side, but the trip, and the 12-hour flight, were deemed potentially too taxing.
“The Duke of Sussex is planning to attend. The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel. So the duke will be attending,” a royal spokesman said, using Harry’s other title. Harry who currently resides in California with his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie Harrison will likely be in attendance at the service, which is set to take place at his and Meghan’s wedding venue, St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Page Six reported that the funeral will be an intimate affair, limited to 30 participants under strict UK social-distancing rules.
Even PM Boris Johnson will not attend the mourning ceremony, so as to allow space for as many royal family members as possible.
KATRINA KAIF SHARES HOME QUARANTINE PHOTOS
NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif, who recently tested positive for Covid-19, on Sunday shared her home quarantine photos while recovering from the virus.
The ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ actor took to her Instagram handle and shared a couple of sunkissed pictures of herself, along with the caption, “Time and Patience.” In the pictures Katrina could be seen sitting inside what seemed to be her room, sporting a no-makeup look with her hair open. The post got more than five lakh likes within the span of an hour.
Earlier this week, Katrina had announced that she had tested positive for Covid-19. She wrote in a statement posted on Instagram Stories that “I have tested positive for Covid-19. Have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine. I’m following all safety protocols under the advice of my doctors. Requesting everyone who came in contact with me to get tested immediately too. Grateful for all your love and support. Please stay safe and take care.”
Kartina is among the growing list of Bollywood celebrities to be diagnosed with Covid-19 after Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Aamir Khan, Paresh Rawal, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Narayan, Kartik Aaryan, and Aamir Khan among others
Earlier, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, and some others were infected with the virus.
Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor became the first Bollywood celebrity to get infected with Covid-19.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Katrina and Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Sooryavanshi’, which was earlier scheduled to hit the big screens on April 20, recently got postponed due to the sudden surge of Covidcases in Mumbai. Apart from that, Katrina also has ‘Tiger 3’ with Salman Khan, ‘Phone Booth’ with Ishaan Khatter and Siddhant Chaturvedi, and a superhero film directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.
AMITABH BACHCHAN REVEALS INTERESTING TRIVIA ABOUT JALSA, AS ‘CHUPKE CHUPKE’ CLOCKS 46 YEARS
NEW DELHI: As Bollywood director Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Chupke Chupke’ clocked 46 years on Sunday, veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan shared some interesting trivia about the movie on his social media.
The 78-year-old actor took to his Instagram handle and shared a still with Jaya Bachchan from ‘Chupke Chupke’ where both the actors can be seen standing against the backdrop of NC Sippy’s bungalow, now Jalsa. Along with the photo he revealed in caption, “‘Chupke Chupke’ our film by Hrishikesh MUKERJI.. closing today at 46 years ..!! This house you see in the picture is Producer NC Sippy’s house .. we bought it, then sold it, then bought it back again .. rebuilt it .. this is our home now JALSA !! Many films were shot here .. Anand, NamakHaram, Chupke Chupke, Satte pe Satta, and many more ..”
Bachchan shared the same post on his Twitter handle and a few more pictures from the 1975 film. The first photo was a behind-the-scenes one, featuring Amitabh with the film’s director, where Big B could be seen rehearsing a scene with the filmmaker. The second picture was a still from a scene that featured Amitabh with his co-stars Dharmendra and Asrani.
‘Chupke Chupke’ had an ensemble cast including Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh, Jaya, Om Prakash, among others. In the film, Amitabh played the role of Professor Sukumar Sinha with his co-star and wife Jaya, who played the role of Vasudha Kumar. Dharmendra was cast as Parimal Tripathi, a botany professor. Their camaraderie as friends was one of the major highlights in the movie and is still remembered.
Amitabh was recently cast for the Indian adaptation of ‘The Intern’ opposite Deepika Padukone.
TAAPSEE PANNU LOOKS ELEGANT AS SHE GAZES AT HER LOCKDOWN SUNDAY
NEW DELHI: Exuding elegance over the internet, Bollywood star Taapsee Pannu on Sunday reflected on how she is gazing at her weekend lockdown on social media. After one of the major hotspots for coronavirus in India- Maharashtra announced to observe a weekend lockdown in the state, Bollywood celebrities have started to share how they are reviving their isolation days by posting pictures and videos on social media. Joining the bandwagon, Taapsee Pannu also hopped on to her Instagram handle and shared an elegant monochromatic picture that shows her sporting a formal attire with sober makeup look and loosely tied hair bun. “My lockdown Sunday gaze,” the ‘Pink’ star wrote. The enchanting picture managed to gather more than 1 lakh likes within a few hours of being posted. Ace filmmaker Anubhav Sinha with whom Taapsee collaborated for her critical and commercial hit drama ‘Thappad’ also liked the picture. Meanwhile, on a professional note, the actor will be next seen in sports dramas ‘Shabaash Mithu’ and ‘Rashmi Rocket’. She also has an impressive line-up of films that include, ‘Haseen Dillruba’, ‘Looop Lapeta’ and the sci-fi thriller titled ‘Dobaaraa’.
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