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NAMIT DAS IS HAPPY WITH THE REVIVAL OF THEATRE POST LOCKDOWN

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MUMBAI: Namit Das recently performed on the 10th anniversary of the play ‘Stories In A Song’ at Prithvi Theatre in the city, and the experience sent him down memory lane. “I dived into theatre when I was in college and was immediately captivated by the world of artistes. I had often watched plays in Prithvi Theatre so the first time that I went backstage it hit me that the roles had reversed. I felt like I belonged there and acting became a constant since then,” he reminisced while speaking to IANS. Namit, who has had a stint on stage before foraying the screen, is glad that the world of theatre is seeing a revival after the lockdown lull of last year. “It has been a challenging year for theatre and I am glad that the cultural pulse of the entertainment industry has been resuscitated. Prithvi Theatre has honed the art and been a school to the greats in the industry. Performing live on the 10th anniversary of ‘Stories In A Song’ is truly special,” he said.  

Namit has been a part of Bollywood projects such as ‘Wake Up Sid’, ‘Sui Dhaaga’, ‘Patakha’, and the digitally-released film ‘A Suitable Boy’. He made his mark last year with his roles in the web series ‘Aarya’and ‘Mafia’.

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Kevin Hart’s ‘Fatherhood’ heading to Netflix for June release

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Washington [US], March 5 (ANI): Actor-comedian Kevin Hart’s upcoming drama ‘Fatherhood’ is set to release on Netflix on Father’s Day weekend to mark the special occasion.
As per Variety, the forthcoming film directed by Paul Weitz will premiere on the streaming platform on June 18 this year.
The movie was originally set up at Sony Pictures and slated to release theatrically on April 16. However, the studio has negotiated a licensing deal with Netflix (excluding China) as nearly 50 per cent of U.S. cinemas remain shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the move to Netflix, Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground have boarded the upcoming movie. Dana Stevens wrote the script with Weitz.
Hart is known to play comic roles, but he will be seen in a rather serious role in the upcoming adaptation.
‘Fatherhood’ is based on the book ‘Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love’ by Matthew Logelin. Based on a true story, the film follows Hart as a single dad who must raise his daughter after his wife dies in childbirth.
The cast also includes Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan, Melody Hurd, and Paul Reiser. Hart has produced the film with Marty Bowen, David Beaubaire, and Peter Kiernan.
Executive producers are Betsy Danbury, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Bryan Smiley, Jaclyn Huntling Swatt, Isaac Klausner, Channing Tatum, and Reid Carolin.
Apart from ‘Fatherhood’, Hart will also be seen in Sony’s action-comedy ‘The Man From Toronto’, which also stars Woody Harrelson and Kaley Cuoco.
The 41-year-old actor’s recent big-screen credits include ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’, ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’, ‘The Upside’ and ‘Night School’. (ANI)

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Brad Pitt photographed looking bruised, gory while shooting for ‘Bullet Train’

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Washington [US], March 5 (ANI): Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt was recently photographed donning a bloodied look on the sets of his upcoming action-thriller movie ‘Bullet Train’ in which he stars opposite Joey King.
According to People magazine, in a first look of the movie, the actor was photographed wearing a torn white T-shirt with fake blood and dirt smeared on it as well as cuts and bruises on his forehead as he filmed a crash scene with his co-star.
In the picture, King could be seen wearing a cheerful bright pink button-down shirt with a pink vest and a red skirt as she bore a fake cut on her forehead with fake dark bruises on her arms for the action-thriller directed by David Leitch.
For the film, Pitt plays Ladybug while King plays Prince. The characters which they play are two out of five deadly assassins, who have boarded a fast-moving bullet train. They gradually find out that their missions each have something in common.
‘Bullet Train’, based on the novel ‘Maria Beetle’ by Japanese author Kotaro Isaka, also stars Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon, Logan Lerman, and Brian Tyree Henry.
As per People magazine, this is the first film from Pitt after his 2019 release ‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood’, for which he earned his first acting Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category. (ANI)

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J.J. Abrams to produce new ‘Star Trek’ movie

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Washington [US], March 5 (ANI): A new ‘Star Trek’ movie is in the works with director-producer J.J. Abrams attached to bankroll the project.
As per Variety, ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ co-executive producer Kalinda Vazquez is set to write the script for the upcoming movie for Paramount Pictures. Once the project goes on floors, Vazquez will become the first woman to write a ‘Star Trek’ feature.
There are no details yet on the nature of Vazquez’s approach, including whether it would include any previously established ‘Star Trek’ characters. But Vazquez is not new to ‘Star Trek’ writing. Earlier, she has written episodes for the Trek TV series that stream on Paramount Plus.
In 2019, she wrote ‘Ask Not’, an episode of ‘Star Trek: Short Treks’ in which Capt. Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) tests a Starfleet cadet. In 2020, Vazquez wrote the teleplay for ‘Terra Firma, Part 2’, an episode of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ set almost entirely in the Mirror Universe.
Along with her work on ‘Trek’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, Vazquez has written on episodes of ‘Runaways’, ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Nikita’. She is also currently writing a Marvel comics run about America Chavez, the first Latinx LBGTQ Marvel superhero to get their own title series. She is reportedly also developing an adaptation of the sci-fi novel ‘Roadmarks’ for HBO with George R.R. Martin.
Vazquez’s ‘Star Trek’ project is the latest in a string of ‘Trek’ features still under development at Paramount. In 2017, Quentin Tarantino partnered with Abrams and Bad Robot on a prospective feature ultimately written by Mark L. Smith though Tarantino’s commitment to direct the project appears tenuous at best.
In August last year, Paramount also decided to pause work on a ‘Star Trek’ feature from writer-director Noah Hawley, after Emma Watts stepped in as studio president. Hawley told Variety that his project would ‘start from scratch’ with a new set of characters who have an explicit link to the established ‘Trek’ canon. (ANI)

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Selena Gomez, DJ Snake drop new bilingual pop track ‘Selfish Love’

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Washington [US], March 5 (ANI): DJ Snake and Selena Gomez on Thursday dropped their saxophone-filled pop track titled ‘Selfish Love’. This is the musical duo’s second collaboration after ‘Taki Taki’, which released in 2018.
Gomez shared the upbeat track on her Instagram handle, writing, “The official video for Selfish Love with @djsnake is out now.”

‘Selfish Love’ which is accompanied by a vibrant music video shows Gomez working in an extravagant beauty salon, dubbed Selena’s, where she gives male clients snazzy new looks. Plus, there is a steamy tanning booth in the mix.
Gomez kicks off the tune singing in Spanish, “Nadie tiene que decirmelo / Hablas con otra que no soy yo / Y te confieso que viendolo / Baby, me dan ganas de tenerte.” Translated in English, she sings, “No one has to tell me / You talk to another who is not me / And I confess that seeing it/ Baby, it makes me want to have you.”
In several of the scenes featured in the video, a group of women can be seen dressed in colourful one-piece bodysuits, complete with glam portraits of Gomez in place of their faces. The group of women whimsically dance around each client as they give them a supposed makeover.
The colourful music video concludes with a quick cameo from DJ Snake who stops by the salon after the last client is ejected from the window. “Hey, can I get a haircut?” he asks Gomez, who flirtatiously responds with a “Hey.”
As per People magazine, ‘Selfish Love’ is Selena’s third Spanish-language single of the year following ‘De Una Vez’ and ‘Baila Conmigo’ with Rauw Alejandro. The track will serve as the closer to her Spanish EP ‘Revelacion’, which will be released on March 12. Other tracks on the project include ‘Damelo’, ‘Vicio’ and ‘Adios’. (ANI)

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Adele, Simon Konecki finalise divorce nearly two years after announcing split

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Washington [US], March 5 (ANI): Grammy-winning singer Adele and her estranged husband Simon Konecki have finalised their divorce nearly two years after they announced their decision to split.
As per Us Weekly, a judge signed off on the divorce settlement on Thursday, meaning Adele and Simon are officially divorced now.
The outlet had earlier reported that Adele and her former husband submitted a judgement packet last month, but it was not signed by the judge until now. In the document, filed by the Grammy Award-winning singer, the pair opted to determine rights to community property and debts through mediation. Adele and her ex represented themselves in the case.
The duo, who share eight-year-old son Angelo, first announced their split in April 2019 following seven years together. “Adele and her partner have separated,” the singer’s representative announced in a statement to Us Weekly at the time of the separation announcement.
“They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment,” the rep had added.
Early filings showed that both Adele and Konecki were seeking joint custody and visitation of their son. They planned to negotiate those details with a mediator as well.
In May 2020, a source told People magazine that Adele and Simon have been living across the street from each other in L.A. as they co-parent their child amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Adele and Simon made their relationship public in January 2012. Six months later, the Grammy winner announced that she was pregnant. The ‘Hello’ singer and Simon welcomed their son on October 19, 2012. The two married in December 2016, however, she managed to keep the news private for a few months.
This was Simon’s second marriage. He was previously married to stylist Clary Fisher from 2004 to 2008, and they have a daughter.
Meanwhile, Adele, who has been extremely low-key about her private life, was rumoured to be dating British rapper Skepta after they exchanged some flirty Instagram messages in June 2020.
However, the singer cleared the air surrounding the dating rumors with an Instagram post on Oct. 28, 2020, that expressed her gratitude for hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’.
“Had the best time on SNL! Thank you to the most wonderful cast, crew, writers, and producers,” she wrote.
She concluded the message with, “I’m going back to my cave now to be the (single) cat lady that I am! Peace out till next year [black heart emoji].”
Adele also debuted her dramatic weight loss amid her divorce, shedding more than 100 pounds. She continues to showcase her drastic transformation and focus on making new music, teasing her yet-unfinished album during a 2020 appearance on Saturday Night Live. (ANI)

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‘F9’ postponed for third time, film to hit theatres in June

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Washington [US], March 5 (ANI): The next installment in Universal’s popular franchise ‘Fast and Furious’ is shifting gears yet again. ‘F9’, which was slated to open over Memorial Day weekend, has pushed back its release date once again and will now hit the big screens on June 25 this year.
As per Variety, the latest delay for ‘F9’ means it will premiere more than 12 months after originally intended. The movie was initially scheduled for last summer, but Universal bumped back the release date — first to April 2, 2021, and then to May 28 — due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In ‘F9’, Vin Diesel returns as Dom Toretto, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, alongside Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, and Helen Mirren. Michael Rooker joins the cast of the franchise in this installment. The movie also includes John Cena, playing Dom’s brother, Cardi B, and ‘Peaky Blinders’ star Finn Cole.
Veteran filmmaker Justin Lin has directed the ninth installment in the hugely successful film series that launched with the 2001 movie ‘The Fast and the Furious’. Justin has also penned the script of the film with Daniel Casey.
Justin is also attached to direct the tenth and 11th installments of the popular franchise.
Apart from ‘F9’, Universal also announced that ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’, the fifth installment in the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise, has been postponed an entire year. The animated family film was set to open on July 2, 2021, and will now release theatrically on July 1, 2022.
‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’, whose production was disrupted because of the pandemic, will see Steve Carell in the titular role. Newcomers to the voice cast include Alan Arkin, Taraji P. Henson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, and Danny Trejo. The film also features Russell Brand, Michelle Yeoh, and Julie Andrews. (ANI)

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