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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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.”
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,”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.