Washington [US], February 23 (ANI): Several celebrities, including ‘Game of Thrones’ fame star Kit Harington and ‘True Blood’ fame actor ‘Anna Paquin’, have joined the cast of the second season of Amazon’s anthology series ‘Modern Love’.
As per Variety, the series is based on the New York Times column of the same name. The second season of ‘Modern Love’ will be filmed in New York City, Albany, Troy and Schenectady, and Dublin.
The cast for the season also includes Dominique Fishback, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Susan Blackwell, Lucy Boynton, Tom Burke, Zoe Chao, Maria Dizzia, Minnie Driver, Grace Edwards, Kathryn Gallagher, Garrett Hedlund, Telci Huynh, Nikki M. James, Aparna Nancherla, Larry Owens, Zane Pais, Isaac Powell, Ben Rappaport, Milan Ray, Jack Reynor, Miranda Richardson, Marquis Rodriguez, James Scully, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Lulu Wilson, Don Wycherley, and Jeena Yi.
The showrunner John Carney commented on the upcoming season and said, “We’re so excited to bring the second season of this series to life, and give an opportunity to really shine a light on what matters most.”
Carney added, “With so much uncertainty in our current world, these stories bring truth and love to people everywhere, and I’m so appreciative to be a part of making that happen.”
Directors for season two include Carney, John Crowley, Marta Cunningham, Jesse Peretz, the duo of Celine Held and Logan George, and Andrew Rannells, who is helming an episode based on a ‘Modern Love’ essay he wrote for the Times.
Amazon Studios, Storied Media Group, Likely Story, and The New York Times produced ‘Modern Love’. Carney executive produces with Todd Hoffman, Trish Hofmann, Anthony Bregman, and the Times’ Caitlin Roper and Choire Sicha. Sean Fogel serves as producer, Daniel Jones, the editor of the ‘Modern Love’ column, is co-producer.
The second season is set to air later this year on Amazon’s Prime Video. (ANI)
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Akshay Kumar pens heartfelt birthday note for Anupam Kher
New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Bollywood star Akshay Kumar on Sunday penned a sweet note for veteran actor Anupam Kher on the occasion of his 66th birthday.
The ‘Airlift’ actor took to his Instagram handle and shared an endearing birthday greeting for Kher, along with a striking photo of the two. He wrote, “Dear @anupampkher, have the happiest birthday. Am shooting here in Mumbai even on a Sunday…hope you’re having a relaxed day in some cooler climes. Catch up soon. Love and prayers.”
In the picture, Akshay who sports a black shirt paired with grey pants could be seen with his arm around Anupam, who wore a white shirt along with mustard pants.
The duo has previously worked together in several entertainers like, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Special 26’, ‘Baby’, among others.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Akshay is currently awaiting the release of his upcoming film, ‘Sooryavanshi’. He also has an interesting line-up of projects in the pipeline, which include, ‘Bachchan Pandey, ‘Bell Bottom’, ‘Atrangi Re’, and ‘Ram Setu’. (ANI)
7 years of ‘Queen’: Kangana Ranaut says movie changed her life, Indian cinema forever
New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Celebrating 7 years of her iconic film ‘Queen’, Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut opened up online about how she thought that the movie would never release.
The ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ actor took to her Twitter handle on Sunday and shared with fans that she took the project on ‘for money’, and had never anticipated it would be successful.
Kangana wrote, “After almost a decade long struggle I was told I am too good an actor to be a Bollywood leading lady, curly hair and vulnerable voice made it worse, I signed Queen thinking this will never release, signed it for money with that money I went to film school in New York.”
She continued, “In New York, I studied screenwriting, directed a small film in California at the age of 24 which gave me a breakthrough in Hollywood. After seeing my work a big agency hired me as a director, I buried all my acting ambitions, did not have the courage to return to India.”
Revealing how she was looking forward to working in the US and had even bought a house in Los Angeles, she added, “Queen released, changed my life and Indian Cinema forever marked the Birth of a new leading lady and woman-centric parallel cinema.”
“Queen is not just a film for me, it was an explosion of everything I ever deserved was kept away from me for 10 long years, everything came all at ones, it was overwhelming, I truly believe what is ours no one can take away hang in their you will get your due,” concluded Kangana.
Directed by Vikas Bahl, ‘Queen’ was released in the year 2013 and Kangana won a National Film Award for Best Actress, for her performance in the movie. The film also starred actors like Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon, among others. (ANI)
“Wish Karo na”: Anupam Kher asks fans for wishes on his 66th birthday
New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Sunday shared a fun-filled video with fans, requesting them to wish him on the occasion of his 66th birthday.
The ‘Saaransh’ actor took to his social media handles and shared a joyful video, which was shot backward, and requested people to wish him Happy Birthday. Along with the video he wrote, “Today is my Happy Birthday. Usually, you people must be praying for me every day, but today on my special day, I need more love and blessings.”
In the video, which goes in reverse along with some upbeat music, Kher can be seen holding different placards in his hands, showing them one after another. They read, “Today is my best day”, “My Parents introduced me to this beautiful world”, “It’s my birthday”, “Wish Karo na”, “Jai Ho” and at the end he un-blows the candle, placed in front of him.
Meanwhile, on the film front, Kher will soon be seen sharing screen space once again with Aahana Kumra for the upcoming short film titled ‘Happy Birthday’.
This film will mark the duo’s 2nd collaboration after the 2019 critically-acclaimed movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’. Directed by Prasad Kadam, the short film will be produced by FNP Media.
Apart from ‘Happy Birthday’, Anupam has several projects in the pipeline including ‘The Last Show’, ‘Mungilal Rocks’, and ‘The Kashmir Files’. (ANI)
International Women’s Day: Men have equal role in women empowerment, says Hema Malini
New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Veteran Bollywood actor and BJP MP Hema Malini on Sunday said men have an equally significant role in promoting women empowerment on the eve of International Women’s Day.
She congratulated the National Commission for women on selecting the theme of ‘Men for women’, and shared her thoughts about the men in her life.
The ‘Sholay’ actor took to her Instagram handle and posted a video, thanking the men in her life for always being there for her in various aspects of life.
Explaining the significance of men, in the caption she wrote, “Men For Women #IWD2021. Men have an equally significant role in promoting women empowerment. They can play an important role in reclaiming responsibility at home, the community, and the workplace and become pillars of strength, support and motivation to women in their lives.”
Further expressing her thoughts regarding the theme ‘Men for women’, she added “National Commission for Women’s ‘Men for Women’ initiative is a solidarity campaign to achieve equality by encouraging men to partake as agents of change and take action against negative stereotypes and behaviors. Women do their part in ensuring #genderequality everyday and #MenforWomen aims to make men an equal partner in this everyday movement!! Let’s wholeheartedly support this initiative and actualise it in our actions and deeds! #MenforWomen #IWD2021 @ncwindia.”
In the video, Bollywood’s ‘Dream Girl’ talks about how men and women both need the support of each other to grow in life. She starts by talking about her father, who always supported her mother and their family. She said her father was initially not happy with her Bharatanatyam training, but later supported her dancing till his last breath.
Malini then talks about her brothers, who after their parents’ deaths were always there for her and educated her on various topics like spirituality, general knowledge, and current affairs.
In the end, she complimented her husband, Dharmendra, for always supporting her in fulfilling her dreams and how his subtle presence has added many new dimensions to her personality.
She concluded the video by requesting everyone to also celebrate the men in their lives, on the occasion of International women’s Day.
Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day commemorates women, who despite various challenges posed by society have proven their mettle in every sphere across the world. (ANI)
Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon catch special screening of ‘Roohi’ in theatre
New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Bollywood stars Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, who are currently shooting for their upcoming film ‘Bhediya’ in Arunachal Pradesh, took a break from their schedule to enjoy a special screening of ‘Roohi’ in theatre, after almost a year.
Capturing the excitement, the ‘October’ actor took to his Instagram handle and shared a video, featuring Kriti and filmmaker Dinesh Vijan. Along with the video he wrote, “Back in the theatre after over a year. Feels gooooooooood!!!! With my bhediya crew.”
Sharing similar sentiments, Kriti also posted the same video on her Instagram and wrote, “The Wolfpack is here watching #Roohi in the theatre! The feeling of watching a film in a theatre after over a year– just can’t put in words. So happy to be here with my #Bhediya crew!”
In the video which Varun shoots, the ‘Bhediya’ team can be seen discussing among themselves how it is their first movie experience in theatres after more than a year.
‘Bhediya’ marks Varun and Kriti Sanon’s third collaboration after ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Kalank’. The movie, which is set to release on April 14, 2022, will bring together the dynamic duo of producer Dinesh Vijan and director Amar Kaushik, who earlier helmed the 2018 movie ‘Stree’.
Apart from Varun and Kriti, the film also stars Abhishek Banerjee and Deepak Dobriyal. The movie’s story has been penned by National Award Winner, Niren Bhatt, who also wrote scripts for ‘Bala’, ‘Made In China’, and ‘Wrong Side Raju’. (ANI)
Study uncovers association of greenhouse gas emissions with dietary guidelines among countries
Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): A study drove by the Nutrition Journal, involving seven countries discovered that greenhouse gas emissions associated with national dietary guidelines advocating a healthy diet vary greatly between countries, with US guidelines having the largest carbon footprint and India having the smallest.
The variations result from differences in recommendations for and consumptions of individual foods within the six main food groups – protein foods, dairy, grains, fruits, vegetables, and oils/fats.
Diego Rose, the corresponding author said, “Many countries provide recommendations about foods that people should eat for a healthy diet and previous simulations have shown that if the public were to eat according to their government’s recommendations, their diets would be both healthier and have a lower carbon footprint.”
Rose added, “However, for the US the opposite has been shown; greenhouse gas emissions were simulated to go up if people followed dietary guidelines. This anomaly prompted us to investigate how dietary guidelines vary between countries and the consequent implications for greenhouse gas emissions.”
To investigate differences in greenhouse gas emissions associated with different dietary guidelines, a team of researchers at Tulane University compared the dietary guidelines and food consumption patterns of seven countries: Germany, India, the Netherlands, Oman, Thailand, Uruguay, and the United States.
The authors found that the carbon footprint of India’s dietary guidelines was comparatively low, with the recommended diet associated with the equivalent of 0.86 kg CO2 per day, compared to the US’s with 3.83 kg CO2 per day.
The carbon footprint of the US dietary guidelines was found to be about 1.2 times that of the Netherlands (equivalent to 2.86 kg CO2 per day) and about 1.5 times that of Germany (equivalent to 2.25 kg CO2 per day).
The US vegetarian dietary guideline, while much lower than the main US guideline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions (equivalent to 1.80 kg CO2 per day), was still over twice that of India’s largely due to the high US dairy recommendation.
The authors also found that the principal difference between the dietary guidelines of the various countries was the wide range of daily recommended amounts for each food group, particularly protein and dairy foods.
Daily recommended amounts of dairy foods ranged from 118ml per day for Oman to 710ml per day for the US. The greenhouse gas emissions associated with these two recommendations were equivalent to 0.17 and 1.10 kg CO2 per day, respectively.
The greenhouse gas emissions associated with the protein food recommendations ranged 0.03 kg CO2 per day in India to 1.84 kg CO2 in the US, for recommended amounts of 75g per day and 156g per day, respectively.
Guidelines also varied in terms of which foods were included in each food group. Protein food recommendations in Germany and Uruguay only included animal proteins, the US and Thailand recommended a full spectrum of plant and animal protein foods, whereas India recommended just plant proteins. The US vegetarian guideline recommended plant proteins, as well as dairy and eggs.
Brittany Kovacs, the lead author said, “As there is great variation in the global warming impacts of these individual foods, which foods people consume and how much of them has an impact on the carbon footprint of dietary guidelines. For example, consumption of beef, mutton, and lamb in Uruguay accounts for 31 per cent of protein foods, whereas in Germany it is only 16 per cent.
“Thus, our calculated greenhouse gas emissions for Uruguay’s protein food recommendation is 53 per cent higher than Germany’s, despite the fact that both countries’ quantity recommendations for protein foods as a food group are about the same.”
Rose added, “The US Vegetarian guideline is almost identical in recommendations to the main US guideline, except for the protein group – which recommends legumes, soy, nuts, and seeds, as well as eggs – resulting in an overall carbon footprint that is less than half.”
The authors caution that the study only considers a single environmental impact of diets, greenhouse gas emissions. Other environmental impacts, such as land and water use, should be considered when evaluating the overall impact of a diet. The study is restricted to the daily quantitative recommendations of seven countries’ dietary guidelines, which may limit its generalizability to other countries.
Kovacs said, “These findings hold insights for future development of dietary guidelines and highlight the importance of including sustainability considerations, such as reductions of protein food and dairy recommendations and/or the inclusion of more plant-based substitutions for animal-based products.
“By including more sustainable, yet still health-based, considerations into dietary recommendations, it is possible to influence the environmental impacts of the larger food and agriculture sector in various countries and worldwide.” (ANI)
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