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Los Angeles court rejects Judd harassment allegation against Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AFP): A Los Angeles court on Wednesday dismissed actress Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein — but said she can move forward with allegations he defamed her and damaged her career.

US District Judge Philip Gutierrez said the law covering sexual harassment within a professional relationship did not apply to sexual advances Weinstein, 66, allegedly made toward Judd in 1997 during a meeting about potential film roles.

However, he did rule that Judd, 50, can proceed with her defamation claim against the producer, who has been accused of sexual abuse by hundreds of women and is facing criminal charges in New York.

Once of the first women to accuse him, Judd claims that in 1998, Weinstein defamed her and damaged her career by telling “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson that she was a “nightmare” to work with.

Gutierrez previously said in September that the law upon which Judd’s claim was based “has never before been applied to an employer’s sexual harassment of a prospective employee, and the court is not convinced that the statute was intended to cover such harassment.”

Weinstein’s lawyers in July insisted Judd had struck a “deal” with Weinstein allowing him to touch her if she “won an Academy Award in one of his films.”

But Judd alleged that she proposed the pact to elude Weinstein after he invited her to his Beverly Hills hotel room.

Jackson confirmed in December 2017 that Weinstein had in the 1990s sought to discredit actresses who later went on to accuse him of sexual misconduct.

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Prateik Babbar to tie knot with Sanya Sagar on Jan 22

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MUMBAI: While we witnessed several Bollywood weddings in 2018, looks like 2019 is going to be no different. After reports of Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar tying the knot this year surfaced on the internet, here’s another couple said to join the club. According to latest reports, Prateik Babbar is set to take the vows with girlfriend Sanya Sagar on January 22.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Prateik and Sanya will have their wedding celebrations on January 22nd and 23rd in Lucknow. Further, a grand reception will be held in Mumbai, which will have Bollywood stars marking their presence. The couple got engaged in January last year in Lucknow in the presence of their families and close friends.

Talking about his engagement with Sanya last year on the same date, January 22, the actor had said, “Sanya and I, along with our families, decided that something as pure as love should be solemnised on an auspicious day and what better day than Basant Panchami. She’s the best partner I could have asked for. It didn’t take me long to figure out that she was the one for me. I know it sounds clichéd but I can’t stop counting my blessings and thanking God for all the good that is happening in my life.” Sanya Sagar is a graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology.

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Munna Bhai-3 to go on floor this year, confirms Arshad Warsi

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MUMBAI: Just like us, if you too have been eagerly waiting for Rajkumar Hirani’s Munna Bhai 3, then we have some good news for you. After all the reports of the film happening, here we have Arshad Warsi giving us an inside update on the film. The actor confirmed that the third installment of the film is going on floors soon. In a conversation with PTI, Arshad told, “I do know that the script is pretty much ready. I do know from Rajkumar Hirani that the film will go on floors this year – either mid or the end of the year. The work on the script is going on. As of now, yes it’s Sanjay Dutt and me. These are the things I’ve been told.”

While Munna Bhai MBBS released in 2003, Lage Raho Munna Bhai hit the screens in 2006 and now it’s finally after a decade when the third installment is happening. The first installment had Gracy Singh playing the female lead followed by Vidya Balan in the second installment. It would be interesting to see which actress will be joining Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi in part three.

Further talking about the film, Arshad added, “I tend to do my film and forget about my character and I move on to the next one. I tend to forget, which is what happened with Munna Bhai. When I came for the second part, I was doing the same role differently. I realised something isn’t quite right. Then Rajkumar Hirani and I saw a couple of scenes from the first one and remembered how I should be doing. This time too, I’m sure I’ll do it.”

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Ace director Rakesh Roshan diagnosed with early stage cancer

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MUMBAI: Hrithik Roshan took to social media earlier today and revealed that his father Rakesh Roshan has been diagnosed with early stage cancer. He further revealed that the filmmaker would be undergoing surgery today. The caption on the picture read, “Asked my dad for a picture this morning. Knew he wouldn’t miss gym on surgery day. He is probably the strongest man I know. Got diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat a few weeks ago, but he is in full spirits today as he proceeds to battle it. As a family we are fortunate and blessed to have a leader like him. Love you Dad.” Take a look at the post below.

It’s good to know that despite a surgery being scheduled for later in the day, Rakesh Roshan made sure that he doesn’t miss out on his morning workout. Here’s wishing the filmmaker a speedy recovery as we hope to see him at his healthy best soon again.

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‘Every film I do is like my daughter’ says King Khan

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MUMBAI: Aanand L Rai’s Zero did not receive the expected response from fans and critics. While Shah Rukh Khan as Bauua Singh, Katrina Kaif as Babita Kumari and Anushka Sharma as Aafia were loved by the audience, it was the flawed storyline that was said to be at fault. Unlike many other stars, when a Shah Rukh Khan film does not do well, he does not shy away from taking the blame on his shoulders.

Recently, in an interview with a leading portal, the actor revealed that he treats his films like his daughter and feels that you should have the choice to do what feels right to you. The actor said,

“I have succeeded with things that I never knew would succeed. I also feel that if you really are the king, you should have the choice to make your own choices. A king without choices is not a king at all. I am only exercising my choice to do what I like to do. I believe that if I am king, and don’t take chances I will remain one just for namesake.”

The actor further added, “I believe every film I do is like my daughter. People spend lavishly on their daughter’s wedding, so why can’t I spend on my film? Let whatever I am doing for my daughter, be nice, and inshallah, the money will follow.”

Shah Rukh Khan will next be seen in astronaut Rakesh Sharma’s biopic Salute. The film is expected to go on floors this February.

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‘Simmba’ to join Rs. 200 crore club

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MUMBAI: The year 2018 was a petty phenomenal one for Bollywood in terms of box-office numbers. Simmba being the last release of 2018 continues with that trend in the new year. This all out action entertainer directed by Rohit Shetty has received a phenomenal response by the audience and that clearly reflects in the box-office collections.

The film started off on a strong note as it went on to collect Rs 20.72 crore on the day of release and is now is inching towards the Rs 200 crore mark with collections standing at Rs. 196.80 crore currently.

Besides the lead pair of Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan, Simmba also stars Siddharth Jadhav, Sonu Sood, Vaidehi Parshurami and Ashutosh Rana in key roles. The film has earned the tag of Ranveer Singh’s second highest grosser behind Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.

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Shraddha Kapoor and Varun Dhawan to reunite in Remo D’Souza’s next

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MUMBAI: Speculations of Shraddha Kapoor playing the female lead in Remo D’Souza’s next have been rife since a couple of days. Now that Varun Dhawan has already started prepping for the film, we have an update for you. Officially announcing it this morning was Varun who confirmed Shraddha playing the lead opposite him in the film. It’s going to be a reunion for the stars as they had earlier starred in ABCD 2. The film rolls in Punjab on January 22 and stars Shraddha Kapoor as a professional dancer representing the Indian contingent alongside Varun Dhawan and his team.

Confirming the same, an ecstatic Shraddha Kapoor told Mumbai Mirror, “I’m excited to reunite with Remo sir, Prabhudehva sir and Varun after ABCD 2. This was made possible by Bhushanji (producer Bhushan Kumar) who brought us back and believed in this amazing story. It is going to be a lot of hard work for everyone involved but we are all pumped up.”

Remo D’Souza too spoke about the film, “It feels like old friends have come together to help us. We have worked as a team in the past and I’m sure it will be a fun ride again.”

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Deepika Padukone likely to play Ranveer Singh’s on-screen wife in upcoming ’83’

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MUMBAI: Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are now officially married and their recent appearances have been breaking the internet.

The couple that tied the knot in November last year is our favourite not just in real life but reel too. After making us all drool with their sizzling chemistry in various films together, #DeepVeer may soon come together for another project. Yes, you heard that right! If the latest reports are to be believed, Deepika will play Singh’s on-screen wife in Kabir Khan’s ’83. We also hear that DP is currently in talks with the makers of the film and she may soon come on board for the same.

Commenting on the same, a source informed a portal, “Deepika’s role requires just seven days of shooting. The filmmakers believe the part where Romi Bhatia left the stadium mid-way assuming that West Indies will win the 1983 World Cup final, and the difficulties she encountered in coming back into the stadium when India was on the verge of winning, can be well emoted by Deepika,”

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Aamir Khan doesn’t know how to use social media, says Fatima Shaikh

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MUMBAI: Fatima Sana Shaikh got the opportunity to work with Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan in Yash Raj Films’ Thugs of Hindostan. The young actress played a princess in the fantasy drama.

The actress recently revealed that she was impressed with the way Amitabh Bachchan was managing his social media. In a conversation with Filmfare, Fatima said, “He is so technologically savvy. He has every gadget. We had gone to meet him for the first time in Malta just to introduce myself before beginning the shoot of Thugs. He had two phones, two music systems and a fancy laptop. He was playing songs that he has sung. He has recorded his own music and all of that he was showing with so much passion like a kid.”

The actress further adds, “He is actually more current than Aamir (Khan) is. Because Aamir doesn’t know how to operate social media or anything. He is backward that way but Bachchan sir is at it. The reason why he is doing so well because he still loves it. I have realised that love for your job is to be very important. When you see all of that you feel inspired.”

Fatima is currently busy with Anurag Basu’s next film where she is paired opposite Rajkummar Rao.

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Fatima Sana Sheikh likely to share screen with King Khan in Salute

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MUMBAI: Fatima Sana Sheikh may only be a couple of films old in the industry, but she’s managed to impress the biggest of actors and directors with her work.

While Dangal got her unprecedented success, her last film Thug of Hindostan failed to impress the critics and audiences. But that’s not the end of the world for this young actress. Reports suggest that she is one of the top contenders to play the lead in Salute which is all set to go on floors next month.

Salute is one of the most anticipated projects and it stars Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. The film is based on the life of legendary astronaut Rakesh Sharma. The story has been one of the most inspiring ones and seeing SRK slip into the role of the character will be so much fun to watch.