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Simone Ashley roped in as leading lady for ‘Bridgerton’ season two

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Washington [US], February 16 (ANI): The upcoming season of the hit Netflix series ‘Bridgerton’ has found its leading lady in actor Simone Ashley.
As per Variety, Netflix has roped in Ashley as Kate Sharma to play the love interest of actor Jonathan Bailey’s character Anthony Bridgerton in season two of the romantic period drama.
Kate’s official character description reads, “Newly arrived in London, Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools–Anthony Bridgerton very much included.”
The second season, which is scheduled to begin production this spring in London, will be based on the sequel of Julia Quinn’s romance series, ‘The Viscount Who Loved Me’, which follows the quest of Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) to find his viscountess.
In the novel, Ashley’s character is named Kate Sheffield. However, the show’s creative team previously decided her family would be of Indian descent and changed her surname.
Creator and showrunner Chris Van Dusen and executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers chose to cast several of the leading roles, who are white in the novels, as Black characters, including the Duke of Hastings (Rege-Jean Page), Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) and Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel).
Quinn’s series focuses on a different couple in each book, and the series, created by Chris Van Dusen and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, will follow that lead. Last week, Bailey had teased that the second season is going to be just as “brilliant” as the first one.
He said, “Well, I feel like the campy, plush spectacle of the Bridgerton world is only going to get more pronounced in the best way possible. It’s mad, and it’s brilliant. There are also going to be a lot of brilliant characters introduced in this series — and it’s not just Anthony that we’re going to delve into.”
Bailey added, “The robust universe that’s been set up by Shonda [Rhimes] and Chris [Van Dusen] will just expand and keep pushing boundaries in a way that’s quietly subversive. There’s just going to be more of what everyone loves, I think.”
Meanwhile, Ashley is widely known for her role as Olivia Hanan on the Netflix dramedy series ‘Sex Education’. In addition to ‘Sex Education’, Ashley’s credits include ‘The Sister’, ‘A Working Mom’s Nightmare’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ and ‘Broadchurch’.
The first season was well-received by the viewers and every piece of news about the show has been keeping the fans on their toes. The first season of the period drama featured actors Phoebe Dynevor and Rege-Jean Page in the lead roles.
‘Bridgerton’ is based on Quinn’s novels set in the competitive world of Regency-era London’s Ton during the season, when debutantes are presented at court.
The first season, which marked Rhimes’ first series for Netflix, released in December 2020 and is eight-episode long. The show was an instant hit owing to the killer chemistry between its lead characters Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, played by Phoebe and Rege-Jean respectively.
The first season focused on Daphne’s (Phoebe) debut on the marriage market and her explosive courtship with bachelor, the Duke of Hastings (Rege Jean). ‘Bridgerton’ also stars Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson, Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury, and Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte, among several others. (ANI)

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Hugh Grant, Sophia Lillis team up with Chris Pine for ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ movie

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Washington [US], March 3 (ANI): Paramount and eOne’s untitled ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ feature project has found its villain in the form of Hugh Grant.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 60-year-old star has been cast in the role of the main antagonist in the big-budget feature adaptation of the popular fantasy role-playing game from Wizards on the Coast.
Sophia Lillis, best known for her work in the ‘It’ horror movies, has also joined the bold-faced name of the production that also includes Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith and Rege-Jean Page.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, the game is known for its war games, treasure hunts, camaraderie and reversals of fortune, all in a fantasy setting that combines humans, elves, orcs and hundreds of other creatures.
Famously, the game uses multi-sided dice in gameplay and is overseen by a host known as the Dungeon Master. It is not known whether the story is a straight-up fantasy or incorporates the storytelling and game-playing aspects.
Currently, the plot details of the film are being kept under the wraps, however, it is known that Grant will play an antagonist named Forge Fletcher while Lillis’ character is named Doric.
The duo behind New Line’s sleeper hit ‘Game Night’- Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley – is set to direct with Paramount and eOne jointly producing and financing. eOne will distribute in the UK and Canada while Paramount distributes in the rest of the world.
Jeremy Latcham is producing via his deal with eOne, Hasbro’s entertainment arm. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner is also producing.
Grant last starred in HBO’s drama ‘The Undoing’ for which he was highly praised, earning Golden Globe, SAG, and Critics Choice Award nominations. Currently, the actor is shooting an action thriller ‘Five Eyes’, that once again reunites him with Guy Ritchie, who directed him in ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and last year’s crime caper, ‘The Gentlemen’. (ANI)

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COVID-19 effect: 2021 CMA Fest cancelled

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Washington [US], March 3 (ANI): Country music festival CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee, will be cancelled for the second year in a row because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Fox News, the Country Music Association announced on Tuesday (local time) the decision to cancel the June event. The mega event is one of the oldest country music festivals after starting in 1972 as Fan Fair. It was also cancelled last year.
“While we are optimistic with the pace at which COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available, we still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our many artists, crew members and fans together safely for the full CMA Fest experience we know everyone has come to expect,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in a statement.
As per Fox News, Trahern explained that the festival takes place at several Nashville venues and could not be rescheduled for later in the year. The venues would also have capacity restrictions that would limit attendance. Further, the festival draws many out-of-state and international visitors that would be impacted by travel restrictions.
The ones who purchased passes for last year and held onto them to use for this year’s festival can either retain them for 2022 or opt for a refund at CMAFest.com. (ANI)

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Kylie Jenner flaunts perfect winged eyeliner in latest Instagram post

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Washington [US], March 3 (ANI): American reality TV star Kylie Jenner on Wednesday treated fans to a stunning boomerang as she flaunted her perfect winged eyeliner.
The ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star hopped on to Instagram and shared a boomerang in which she focused on her eyes.

In the video, the 23-year-old star is seen perfect makeup look in which she flaunted her unique eyeliner and her luscious locks open, the beauty mogul seemed gorgeous as ever.
Leaving a couple of black heart emoticons in the caption, the Kylie Cosmetics founder channelled her love for makeup and eyeliner.
With the post hitting the photo-sharing platform it garnered more than 2.2 million likes with many drawing comparisons of Jenner’s look to that of an Arabian girl.
“Kylies arab today (and a weary face emoticon),” one fan wrote in the comments section.
“giving me very much miss arab commercial vibe,” another chimed in.
“Looking arab with the makeup ngl,” wrote one fan of the reality TV star.
Quite an active user of social media, the beauty mogul keeps on updating fans on her activities by posting pictures and videos.
Earlier, Jenner shared an adorable candid picture of daughter Stormi Webster as she posed in front of a luxurious car and captioned it as, “chill days w mommy.” (ANI)

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Study suggests using a warmer tone in college syllabi makes students more likely to ask for help

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Oregon [US], March 3 (ANI): College course syllabi written in a warm, friendly tone are more likely to encourage students to reach out when they are struggling or need help, a new study from Oregon State University found.
Conversely, when a syllabus is written in a more cold, detached tone, students are less likely to reach out.
The study also compared the effect of syllabus tone with the effect of a deliberate “Reach out for help” statement included in the document. It was published recently in the journal Teaching of Psychology,
“The instructor has to ask themselves, what’s the first point of contact with the class for the student? In an online class and in remote learning, the syllabus is often the first thing. An impression of the course and you the instructor is formed on the syllabus,” said Regan A.R. Gurung, lead author of the study and director of the general psychology program in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.
“In the old days, before Canvas and other online teaching tools, the student wouldn’t see the syllabus until I handed it out. That gave me a lot of time to create that impression,” he said. Now, however, students often read syllabi to determine if they want to take a course or not.
During the pandemic, when the majority of courses have moved online and students may be struggling with more stress and pressure than they would in a normal school year, conveying that it’s OK to ask for help is even more important, Gurung said.
The study recruited 257 student volunteers from introductory psychology courses at OSU. They were tasked with reading one of four sample syllabi: warm-toned with or without a “reach out” statement, or cold-toned with or without the “reach out” statement.
The warm-toned syllabi included phrases like “I welcome you to contact me outside of class and student hours,” and used more “We will” framing instead of the cold-toned version’s “You will.”
Student participants rated the hypothetical instructor based on the syllabus and answered some basic questions to verify they had read the document. They then ranked how likely they would be to reach out to the professor in each of five situations: help on an assignment, when feeling low, personal issues with friends or family, medical issues and to ask about campus resources.
“Reach out” statements have become more popular in recent years as a way to destigmatize mental health needs and point students toward available mental health and academic resources. But the study found that syllabus tone, more than these statements, made students more likely to seek help.
Results showed an increase in likelihood to reach out on three of the five situations among students who read the warm-tone syllabi, while students who read the syllabi with a “reach out” statement were more likely to ask for help in only one of the five situations. Warm versus cold tone had no impact on how students perceived the instructor’s overall competence.
Gurung cautioned that the study is limited by being performed in lab conditions rather than in a real classroom. Researchers capped the syllabi used for the study at two pages each, when real course syllabi may be 15 pages or more. And the syllabus was the sole component for students to judge.
“But that’s exactly why I think a study like this is powerful — that even without that human component, even something as black-and-white as a syllabus can make a difference,” Gurung said. “If you’re a great approachable person, good for you; you’ll just be able to magnify these effects.”
With this study, researchers are not suggesting that professors ditch all discipline or craft an overly touchy-feely syllabus.
It’s the difference between rapport and rules, Gurung said.
“You can absolutely have rules, and you should be firm and you should be fair and you should be clear, but that is sort of separate from your interaction with the student as a person. You don’t have to be extroverted or cracking jokes, but you can still show that you listen,” he said. (ANI)

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PAYAL GHOSH OPENS UP ON THE CONTROVERSIAL SONG ‘LOVE JIHAD’

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Payal Ghosh-starrer ‘Love Jihaad’ is out now and has caused a huge uproar. The song which is seen by a section as something against intercaste marriage is actually not true. The video is about a Muslim man fraudulently marrying a Hindu girl and trying to convert her to his religion. This is a truth of society how much ever we try to hide that.  Payal Ghosh spoke to The Daily Guardian about her new song Love Jihad and her views on it.

The song is being critiqued as well as accepted due to its brave portrayal of the situation. Payal has taken a bold step and she is not the one to shy away from the challenge.

Payal said, “It’s a song where a Muslim boy pretends to be Hindu and marries a Hindu girl and then tries to convert her to his religion. It’s not about unacceptance or something that some sections are making it out to be. It is a ground reality and we can’t shy away from it. The cases are in thousands if not lakhs. It’s a bold attempt and we all have to stand by it to make it a success so the right message goes out. ‘Love Jihaad’ is being misunderstood and I request the media to come into play and give out the true essence of the music video.”

She also gave a message for her fans, “I want them to watch my music video ‘Love Jihad’ and every girl should be careful to understand the intention of her partner and choose a life partner after knowing every detail about him.”

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RADHIKA RAO AND VINAY SAPRU ON DIRECTING EMRAAN HASHMI FOR ‘LUT GAYE’ SONG

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After reigning 2020 with chartbusters, Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao are all set with big releases in 2021. They have recently given three superhit songs that garnered millions of views including ‘Besharam Bewaffa’, ‘Teri Aakhon Mai’, and ‘Yaad Piya ki Aane Lagi’.

Now they have teamed up with Emraan Hashmi for the romantic song ‘Lut Gaye’. The director duo Radhika-Vinay spoke with The Daily Guardian and said, “It’s always a pleasure working with Bhushan and we have a great track record of blockbuster hits with T-Series so hope this song also becomes one. Audiences love watching Emraan in quintessential romantic roles and we kept that in mind when we conceptualised the track.”

 The musical duo has had an amazing and one of its kind journey with several chartbusters under their illustrious career that has spanned over two decades.

  They directorial venture ‘Vaaste’ has become the only Hindi music video to have more than one billion views, in addition to being the most liked video in India, and in the top 10 most liked videos of the world.

  The year 2021 will catapult them into another league as they broaden their horizons by being a part of a musical film with Bhushan Kumar and T-Series which is scheduled to go on floors in May 2021 and will be shot in London. Meanwhile, they are directing a song for a feature film starring Rakul Preet and Arjun Kapoor. Besides this, they will start the work on the sequel of their blockbuster franchise, ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi 2’ with Divya Khosla Kumar.

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