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Kevin Hart’s personal shopper accused of stealing over USD 1 million from him

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Washington [US], February 11 (ANI): American stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Hart’s former personal shopper has been charged with defrauding him out of more than USD 1 million.
According to Fox News, a press release from Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz stated that Hart’s personal shopper whose name is Dylan Jason Syer, was indicted and arraigned in New York on Wednesday for multiple charges including grand larceny for allegedly making over a million dollars in “unauthorized charges and purchases on the comedian’s credit cards” between October 12, 2017, through February 25, 2019.
Katz said, “This defendant, who owned a personal shopper business, used legitimate purchases to gain access and then allegedly continued to charge the actor’s credit cards for astronomical sums of money.”
Syer had allegedly charged approximately USD 923,000 on Hart’s card without authorisation in addition to USD 240,000 worth of jewellery and watches.
With the stolen money he purchased a number of expensive items including five Patek Phillipe watches, which are valued at more than USD 400,000, a Sam Friedman painting, over 20 collectible dolls, and two Louis Vuitton bags.
Katz described, “The defendant thought he was beyond reach and was living out his uber-rich lifestyle fantasies. But my team uncovered the bogus purchases – from the credit card charges being processed by the bank, down to tracking FedEx packages delivered to Syer’s home and business.”
As per Fox News, Dylan Jason Syer is currently facing a 10-count indictment “charging him with grand larceny in the first and second degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the first and second degree, identity theft in the first degree and scheme to defraud in the first degree.” (ANI)

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Yogi Adityanath to ‘fulfill UP film institute’s dream’ with latest project

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 1 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is set to fulfill the dream of establishing a film institute in the state with his latest ‘Film City’ project for the youth aspiring to make a career in film production and acting.
This institute will be set up within 40 acres within the Chief Minister’s acclaimed project ‘Film City’. The project is aiming to provide training to aspirants in various genres related to film and TV production such as directing, production, choreography, editing, screenplay writing, sound recording, while one can also learn the nuances of acting arts.
Talking about making ‘Film City’ a new destination for the entertainment industry, the Chief Minister described the establishment of the film institute as being a dream of the youth.
On Monday, Adityanath reviewed the action plan for the development of the proposed ‘Film City’ in Gautam Budh Nagar. Selected world-class consultants ‘CBRI’ (Central Building Research Institute) for Film City Development and officials of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YIDA) submitted an in-depth study of the Infotainment City developed in different countries of the world.
The Chief Minister said that all the necessary resources are available for the development of Film City in UP. The project, which is going to be developed on 1,000 acres in Yida city of the state, would include all the dimensions related to film, TV and Over the Top (OTT) production.
Not only this, in view of the golden future of VFX, animation and gaming industry, arrangements will be made for their development here. The establishment of theme-based amusement parks is also anticipated to be built in the area to give it popularity as a tourist destination.
The Chief Minister also informed that with respect to the look of the Film City, India, as well as reputed filmmakers, directors, studios, technicians of the world would also be consulted, so that the entertainment industry of the world can be provided a new destination as the Film City of Uttar Pradesh.
He is also eyeing the first process of shooting by the year 2022 in the state.
The Chief Minister also directed to operate various projects of Film City on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Representatives of Yida and CBRI were present during the presentation along with Additional Chief Secretary Information Navneet Sehgal and Information Director Shishir. (ANI)

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Al Pacino’s ‘nap’ during Golden Globes trends online

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Washington [US], March 1 (ANI): Veteran Hollywood actor and filmmaker Al Pacino who appeared to be taking a nap during the 2021 Golden Globes ceremony soon began trending on social media.
According to E! News, footage of the iconic 80-year-old actor, who was nominated for ‘Best Actor, Television Series Drama’ for his role on Amazon’s ‘Hunters’, went viral after social media users began to debate whether Al had drifted to sleep.
Prior to The Crown’s Josh O’Connor’s win, the camera showed the 5 nominees, and the ‘Godfather’ actor appeared to be either have closed his eyes or was looking downward until he suddenly looked front and center with a bit of a jolt.
One twitter user posted, “yall just had to wake al pacino up from his nap huh.”
“Al Pacino sleeping at the #GoldenGlobes is the most I’ve ever related to a celebrity,” a another user posted on Twitter.
If Al was indeed enjoying a nap during the big event, the actor can take solace in the fact that previously other prominent Hollywood names have also struggled to stay awake during major moments.
As per E! News, back in January 2019, Justin Timberlake had shared a video from his 38th birthday celebration that showed his wife Jessica Biel enjoying a nap. (ANI)

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MP CM discusses portrayal of women empowerment in cinema with filmmaker Shweta Rai

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 1 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday met with Hollywood filmmaker Shweta Rai and talked about the need for women-empowerment related themes in cinema.
During the discussion with Rai, he said that in Madhya Pradesh, filmmakers from India and abroad, both will be fully supported for the production of meaningful films. Be it feature a film or documentary, if the theme of the film centers around women empowerment or other social utility topics, then the state government will give full encouragement for that via tax exemption facility.
The Chief Minister further stated that the empowerment of female characters has always been given importance in films and that presently women in society have achieved so much by showing their capable leadership and efficiency.
Presenting an example of the capable women in our country, he said that during the recent coronavirus period, self-help groups of women from Madhya Pradesh played an important role in protecting a large population from getting infected with the virus, by undertaking the manufacturing of face masks and sanitisers. Themes similar to this can be used as the basis of feature and documentary films.
Shweta told Chouhan that she has produced a film featuring ten prominent women at the centre, which included World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan and woman pilot Swati Rawal, who is known for operating rescue flight to bring back the stranded Indians home during the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Chouhan lauded this effort from the filmmaker and said that Principal Secretary, Sanskrit Shekhar Shukla has been entrusted with the responsibility of providing necessary support to the filmmakers in the state.
Shweta, who is a director and writer associated with Hollywood film production, belongs to Kymore in the district of Katni, Madhya Pradesh. Her father, Prof Surendra Kumander Rai, and mother Anita Rai were present on the occasion along with the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sanjay Pathak. (ANI)

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Katrina Kaif posts stunning picture to drive away Monday blues

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New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Monday Blues just disappeared as Katrina Kaif treated fans to her stunning pictures in a blue ensemble.
The ‘Bharat’ actor posted two pictures on Instagram that featured her describing her ‘Monday Blues’.
In the pictures, Kaif looks enchanting as she posed candidly for the lens. The ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ star is seen dressed in a round-neck titled blue T-shirt which read ‘Feeling Great’. She teamed up the look with denim shorts. With her straight loose hairstyle, she carried a minimal-makeup look while gracing the snap with her radiant smile.
Keeping the caption short yet apt, the 37-year old actor wrote, “Monday blues,” using a blue heart emoticon.

With the post hitting the photo-sharing platform, it garnered more than 6 lakh likes while scores of the ‘Namastey London’ star’s fans chimed into the comments section and left fire and lovestruck emoticons.
The actor, who made her Instagram debut in April 2017, has been quite active on the photo-sharing application and keeps updating her fans about her activities by posting pictures and videos.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Katrina has ‘Tiger 3’, ‘Phone Bhoot’, ‘Sooryavanshi’ and a superhero movie with Ali Abbas Zafar coming up. (ANI)

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‘Let’s talk periods’: Taapsee Pannu addresses ‘the elephant in the room’

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New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Known for being vocal about her opinions on social causes, Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu teased fans about her ‘elephant in the room’ on Monday.
The ‘Thappad’ star hopped on to her Instagram and shared a ruminative video that sees her addressing the taboo surrounding menstruation, which she referred to as ‘the elephant in the room’.
Taking to the captions, she wrote, “A sense of gratitude. A sense of giving back to nature and to her ….. Something new coming up… Something I have been longing to share with you all… But first …. ‘Let’s talk periods’, let’s talk about what is #GoodForHer and #GoodForEarth.”

The 33-year-old actor is reportedly looking forward to using her celeb power to talk about the taboo surrounding menstruation.
As per sources, she will soon be joining a Mumbai-based NGO that works in this space. The NGO is anticipated to be the one that earlier had the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle working with it.
Before the ‘Pink’ star, many celebrities from the industry including Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Manushi Chillar have actively taken part in connection with the safe and healthy management of periods.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Taapsee is currently shooting for her upcoming sci-fi movie ‘Dobaaraa’. Being helmed by Anurag Kashyap, the movie marks the duo’s third collaboration after 2018’s hit ‘Manmarziyaan’ and biographical drama ‘Saand Ki Aankh’, which had Anurag on board as a producer.
The movie will be produced by Cult Movies – a division under Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms, along with Sunir Kheterpal’s ATHENA and Gaurav Bose’s The Vermillion World Production.
Besides that, Taapsee Pannu has a flurry of films in her kitty including ‘Shabaash Mithu’, ‘Haseen Dillruba’, ‘Rashmi Rocket’, and ‘Looop Lapeta’. (ANI)

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‘Roohi’: Rajkummar Rao, Varun Sharma boss friendship game!

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New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): A ‘Jai- Veeru’ new ‘yaarana’ is in town! If the phrase ‘thick as thieves’ ever needed a desi endorsement, Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma’s characters from their upcoming horror-comedy flick ‘Roohi’ will serve as the perfect candidate!
The upcoming Indian Hindi-language comedy horror film sees the Rajkummar and Varun play Bhaura and Kattanni, two bumbling brosephs trapped in a forest with the mysterious Roohi, played by Janhvi Kapoor. Just when they think it couldn’t get any worse, a sinister spirit begins to creep over them.
Social media is already a fan of the Bhaura and Kattanni’s crackling chemistry, and their witty one liners have become an instant sensation.
Going by the buzz, it seems that the whacky jodi has gone into the skin of the characters. The characters look promising and it’s safe to say that the viewers are in for a visual treat.
Earlier, after raging the success of their intriguing trailer, the makers had dropped two songs titled ‘Panghat’ and ‘Kiston’ from the movie. Where, ‘Panghat’, is a peppy dance number from ‘Roohi’, ‘Kiston’ follows the developing love story between the lead pair Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor.
‘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)

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