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Friday, December 31, 2010

Kareena-Saif's hut-ke trip

The eco-friendly couple will be staying in a 300-year-old chalet that runs on solar energy

Kareena Kapoor loves being eco-friendly. She left last night for Switzerland on a 10-day trip with beau Saif Ali Khan.

The couple will be staying at a chalet-hut owned by the Gstaad Palace which runs on solar energy.

Says a source, "Bebo and Saif believe in preserving the eco-system in their own way. Last year, she had promoted eco-friendly handbags. Every year, they re-cycle their fir trees during Christmas.

This year, Kareena and Saif will be staying for a few days at the Gstaad Palace in Switzerland and then shift to a wooden hut (the Walig Hut) built like a small 18th century chalet at 5000 feet above sea level.

The 300-year old hut has been carefully restored with basic plumbing and solar-powered electric lighting. Saif loves skiing, so every year the couple have been spending their New Year's on the Swiss Alps."

The chalet hut where Saif and Kareena will be staying

The chalet-hut is very expensive costing over £1,000 per night for two adults. This includes a sumptuous three-course meal with wine and champagne.

The hut's back-to-nature experience is an attraction to people who normally live their lives in comfort.

The couple will initially spend a few days at the Tower Suite in the Gstaad Palace. "The Gstaad Palace offers a breathtaking view of the majestic Swiss Alps and is one of Saif's favorite hotels.

A wide variety of activities such as golf, heli-skiing, hot-air-ballooning et al are available near the hotel."

About Gstaad Palace
Built in 1913, the Gstaad Palace is set on a hill overlooking the beautiful town it is named after. The tastefully decorated 104 rooms include 29 junior suites, and the luxurious and sophisticated three-bedroom Penthouse Suite. The Palace offers gourmet dining in five different restaurants, live entertainment in two bars, and dancing at the famous GreenGo nightclub.

Papa time
Before leaving for Switzerland, Kareena took an entire day off from work and spent it with her dad Randhir Kapoor. A source close to the actress says, "Kareena has been constantly shooting for her films and ads and hardly had any time to spend with her father. Incidentally, he too was holidaying in the USA. They met up for lunch yesterday and spent the whole day together catching up."

Salman is Mountain Dew's first brand ambassador

What's he saying about it?

'Dabangg' Salman Khan will now send out a new message to his fans - ‘Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai' - as the newly appointed brand ambassador of Mountain Dew soft drink.

"I love the high-action imagery of Mountain Dew and more importantly the fact that it's not mindless action but there is a message at its core ‘Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai'. I have spent time with the Mountain Dew team and I eagerly look forward to working with them," Salman, who has been appointed by PepsiCo India as the brand ambassador, said.

This is the first time that a brand ambassador has been appointed for Mountain Dew.

Speaking about the association, Deepika Warrier, marketing director, Pepsico Beverages, said: "Mountain Dew is strongly anchored in the relevant consumer insight of ‘Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai'. Salman Khan embodies this philosophy and he has strong national appeal. We look forward to the partnership and are confident that it will be mutually rewarding."

Apart from this, Salman endorses brands like Chlormint, Wheel and Dixcy Scott among others.

Priyanka-Shahid getting engaged!

Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra and sweet looking lad Shahid Kapoor are reportedly to exchange the engagement ring on New Year.

According to sources, the couple is going to exchange engagement ring in a hotel in Chandigarh.

Shahid is currently in Chandigarh and is busy in shooting for his father’s upcoming venture ‘Mausam’. There are reports that Priyanka will be accompanying Shahid on the evening of the New Year’s first day.

Priyanka on her part has canceled all of her New Year performances and schedule just for Shahid, so that the duo can spend time together.

Priyanka,though denies the report of engagement ceremony. But she did confess that the couple came closer to each other during the shooting of ‘Kamine’. They are just good friends now and nothing more is there, she hastens to add.

Priyanka and Shahid have been seen together on Karan Johar’s show ‘Coffee with Karan in recent past. And now the couple will be seen together on the first day of the New Year.

The couple got separated during the shooting of ‘Don2’ and they have deleted each other from special friends list also. But after returning from the shooting they again came closer.

We hope that Priyanka and Shahid will not separate from each other again. And we wish them a very happy New Year and successful year ahead.

Shveta Salve selling bikinis!

Various stars from Bollywood have been spotted at Sunburn festival.

Piggy was seen nursing a glass of beer, Pratik was seen grooving in a lungi and kajal in his eyes. For her part, Shveta Salve found a unique and sexy way to make some bucks while partying and chilling out in Goa as well.

The sultry actress has put up a stall in the local market. But wait till you know what she was selling! Bikinis and beachwear! Sounds as hot as her, right?

Shveta, who was partying in Goa, confirms, “Yes, I am in Goa and I had put up a stall of beachwear at the Sunburn Festival. The response was fantabulous. It couldn’t have been a better place, time and venue.”

Hope you’ve saved one for yourself, Shveta.

Sherlyn Chopra abuses Fan on Twitter

Bollywood's item babe Sherlyn Chopra, who is quite active on social networking sites and was even in news for posting her nude pictures on Twitter, has done it again. The 'outrageous' beauty is now abusing her fans on her Twitter account! http://twitter.com/SherlynChopra

Here's a sample of what Sherlyn has written to some of her fans.

"@iamaperve why should I let u know? Seems like u r the house-keeping guy/gal/gay who's dying to wash my dirty towels.U asshole,saddist,trash!"

"@abhimanyu19 Abhi,those assholes think that they can bully me.They will get exactly what they give.Seedhi si baat hai.Warm hugs to you."

"@gauravg2 I save it up for assholes and mother fuckers like you. Merry Christmas."

Must say, Sherlyn surely knows how to grab eyeballs.

Karisma Kapoor's new look

Karisma Kapoor is the cover girl for the January-February 2011 issue of a fashion mag

Karisma Kapoor is the cover girl for the January-February 2011 issue of Harper's Bazaar. The actress emerges in a new avatar for the mag's special shoot.

In the accompanying interview she talks about her return to Bollywood, fitness, style and living between Mumbai and Delhi. Extracts...

On not adjusting to New Delhi: "Honestly, that's absolutely not true. I love Delhi. I think it's a wonderful city. I've been in and out of Delhi for so long now and I've made two-three good friends too. And the food in Delhi ¦ You can't beat the food there."

On her marriage: "I wouldn't like to answer any personal questions ¦ But it's up and down [between Delhi and Mumbai]. Today, it's fun to have a busy life in that sense, go up and down. The modern couple and modern life today are all about jetsetting."

Her diet mantra: I like to endorse healthy living. Don't deny yourself. Eat and lose weight. Do everything in moderation in your life, and it'll all work out. And frankly, that's what I've done. I know yoga is amazing, but I just don't have the patience. So I work out. I like to gym, I love to walk."

On acting again: "Yes, I am looking at scripts, and thankfully I get a lot of offers, but I've not zeroed in on any movie. I'm just enjoying myself, just being a bit laidback." 

Arjun Rampal will essay the title role

Contrary to popular belief, Arjun Rampal and not SRK will be the RA.One in King Khan’s forthcoming extravaganza. Fans should be delighted

If Shah Rukh Khan fans are under the impression that the King Khan plays the title role in his most awaited multi-crore extravaganza, here is a bit of a surprise.

Contrary to the popular belief, Arjun Rampal and not Shah Rukh essays the character named RA.One in the film of the same name, to be directed by Anubhav Sinha.

A reliable source reveals, “Shah Rukh Khan will be seen in a double role in the film. One of his characters is that of a scientist who creates two robots-the good robot is G.One.

And the bad one is RA.One, While Shah Rukh plays the good robot, G.One, it’s Arjun Rampal who is playing the bad robot, RA.One.”

When contacted, director Anubhav Sinha promptly says, “Let others decide who is Ra.One and G.One. There are no robots in the film.” But he later did confirm, “Shah Rukh does play G.One.”

Sounds exciting to us!

Akki slams Dhawan for dissing TMK

At Anil Kapoor's party David Dhawan bitched out TMK. Akki called him up and gave him a piece of his mind. Incidentally David’s son is acting with him

Anil Kapoor will not forget his birthday party for many years to come.

While there was a hiccup with Salman Khan and a fan getting slapped below his residence, inside there was an occasion to celebrate with Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan bonding warmly after ages.

However the after-affects of the party are still being felt. Apparently David Dhawan made some uncharitable comments about Akshay Kumar's recently released film Tees Maar Khan and Akshay got wind of the news. But a livid phone call by Akshay did make David apologise.

Our source tells us, "David Dhawan entered the party with his two thumbs down saying 'Tees Maar Khan pit gayee'. He announced that the reports of the film were not encouraging and that it was a bad film.

The film, which was to be released the next day, was said to be one of the hottest films of this year and the news that the film is not up to the mark has already spread since there were many trials of the film.

However one of the guests at the party told him that he should not say these things considering that Akshay Kumar is also the lead actor of his son Rohit's film, Desi Boys.

Akshay Kumar got wind of all these facts and he called David to give him a piece of his mind. David agreed that he had said all this and quietly apologised to Akshay."

The source further said, "David is a fun guy and he likes to gossip. There was nothing wrong in it as he said it in good humour. No one gets offended by his comments as he does not mean ill. He has a heart of gold and although he makes fun of people and films, he does not mean it."

When contacted, David Dhawan denied the news and said, "Why would I do that? Akshay is the hero of my son Rohit's film. Why would I demean him? I am very close to him and would never run down his film. I am a father and involved with my son's career."

Point taken, David, but we like your gossipy side better.

Kim Kardashian's new braided hairstyle

Kim Kardashian shows off a new braided hairstyle... perhaps it's for her music video?
She's known for her swishy blow-dried hair, designer clothes and manicured good looks. But Kim Kardashian headed in a brand new style direction for a trip to the gym yesterday, with her hair braided in cornrows. Perhaps Kim was attempting to add a slightly cooler edge to her look.

She is rumoured to be busy recording her first pop single, with Kanye West said to feature in the accompanying Hype West-directed video. Whatever she's doing, Kim has been struggling to keep it to herself. 'OMG u guys have no idea what I'm doing today! You are gonna DIE!!!!,' she tweeted.

This was quickly followed by: 'What an amazing day!!! I'm finished for today...but we have a few more to go!'  And she later teased: 'Feels so good to overcome a fear!' Adding to the rumours, Kanye was spotted helping Kim celebrate her 30th birthday onboard a yacht in New York in October before she headed to Chicago to attend the screening of his short film Runway.

While Kim is forging a music career, her sister Khloe Kardashian and her LA Lakers star husband Lamar Odom are set to start work on their long-rumoured Newlyweds-type reality show. 'It shoots in the spring,' a source told this week's Us magazine.  Another source told the publication that the series will have the same atmosphere as Bravo's Bethenny Getting Married: 'They're so cute, playing off one another.' But fans will be seeing a little less of one member of the Kardashian family.

Though Scott Disick has told friends he and Kourtney won't let son Mason appear on Kourtney & Kim Take New York so he can have a 'normal' life, a source tells Us magazine that isn't the real reason. Disick demanded $5,000 an episode for the 12-month-old! 'E! offered $1,000, but he played hardball. E! was like, "Are you out of your mind?"' Another friend added: 'He bungled negotiations, so you won't see Mason at all.'

Vidya Balan's birthday plans revealed

Vidya Balan spends her 33rd birthday with her parents

Vidya Balan turns 33 on January 1. The actress plans on bringing in her birthday and the new year at her parents' place in Khar.

Initially, she was planning to spend the special day with friends, but given the fact that she's been on the road promoting No One Killed Jessica for the last few weeks, Balan wants to be with her mom and dad.

A source close to Vidya says, "She's been in and out of Mumbai for the last six months. Earlier she was shooting for Sujoy Ghosh's Kahaani for almost two months.

After that she got into the promotion of Jessica travelling to almost every major city. Her schedule hasn't given her any chance to spend time with her parents."

Since her birthday and New Year fall on the same day, Vidya has a double reason to celebrate.

Despite buying a new apartment in Khar, the actress wasn't able to renovate the place or spend time in it. Her New Year resolution is to buy some antique furniture and do up her place.

Every year, Vidya prefers to keep her birthday a low-key affair. Rather than go out with friends, she enjoys spending quality time with her parents. "This year will be no different.

She will bring in her birthday and the new year at her parents' house. Since she doesn't believe in cutting a cake, her mom plans to prepare a sweet dish on the occasion."

After the release of No One Killed Jessica, Vidya plans to start preparing for her next film Balaji's Dirty Pictures based on the life of Silk Smitha.

A look at Hrithik's Goa parties

Here's looking at pics from the two parties that Hrithik Roshan hosted while in Goa

After celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary on December 20 at the O Resort and Spa at Candolim beach in Goa, Hrithik and Sussanne Roshan threw another party for their friends the next day at the Marbella Beach Resort on Morjim Beach.

The beach party, held at night, was attended by many Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, Karan Johar, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal and Meher Jesia, Chunky and Bhavna Pandey, Mozez Singh, Maheep and Sanjay Kapoor and Kajal Anand, among others.

Hrithik and Sussanne cut an anniversary cake prepared specially for them by the resort's chief chef.

The Roshans were in Goa for four days with their friends whom they had taken along to celebrate their anniversary.

Sexy Sameera Reddy to marry in 2011

Sameera Reddy's beaming smile tells it all Back from an ad shoot in Hong Kong and Dubai,she loves her city jaunts. "It's like coming home. I wish I did more Telugu films," she avers even before we pop the inevitable question. In Hyderabad for Gautham Menon's "Erra Gulabilu", the 'Southern Cocktail' (that's how Sam describes herself) settles for a chat with Hyderabad Times and yes, she even talks about her former co-star and 'friend' NTR Junior.

What's the big plan for 2011? Work apart, I promised Reddy garu, that's my dad, that I'll get married in 2011. I'm looking for Mr Right. I do want to settle down. Please tell me if you know someone good (she laughs)!

I am into serious multitasking, I am trying to balance work in Bollywood as well as the southern film industry. I've worked very hard in 2010 without a break. Three of my Hindi films are due for release — Nagesh Kukunoor's "Yeh Haunsla", Anees Bazmi's "Benaam" co-starring Ajay Devgn and Priyadarshan's "Tezz". Buddhadeb Dasgupta's "Ami Yasin Ar Amar Madhubala" that has done the festival rounds abroad is also due for release in India. In 2011 I have a lot of South films — Gautham Menon's Tamil-Telugu bilingual "Erra Gulabilu", which is an edge-of-the-seat thriller where I sport Gautham's trademark less-makeup look which I really love. Then I have Prabhu Deva's film. I was disappointed that Prabhu wasn't doing the choreography, but he promised that he'd get Brinda master to incorporate some of his signature moves. It's a hilarious comedy. Comedies are the toughest thing to do, but they are the most fulfilling. Then I have Lingusamy's Tamil-Telugu "Vettai" which is my first film with Madhavan.

'Lyricist asked me to threaten actress Rani'

Tantrik reveals the name of Bhojpuri lyricist Ritu Raj in the Rani Chatterjee extortion case

INVESTIGATION into the extortion case involving popular Bhojpuri actress Rani Chatterjee has thrown up the name of lyricist Ritu Raj.

'Extortionist baba' Ajay Pandey, who threatened the actress to pay him more than Rs 15 lakh if she didn't want him to kill her using mantras, told the Thane Court that Raj had asked him to do so.
Pandey revealed that the idea of threatening Rani was Raj's to begin with. "Raj assured me that nothing would happen to me and asked me to threaten Rani," he told the court.

According to the police, the duo had planned to threaten Rani via text messages and divide the money received when she relented.

The court has ordered the Kashimira police to look for the Bhojpuri lyricist, who is absconding.

"We have put a team in place to hunt down Raj, who, we know, is somewhere in Uttar Pradesh. We'll know who the real culprit is only after he is caught."

Speaking to Mid DAY Rani said, "I don't know who Ritu Raj is. I have never heard of him. I only know that Pandey used to text me and threaten me to pay the money if I wanted to live."

In the shadows?

Investigations by the police have revealed that Raj is a close aide of a popular Bhojpuri actor with whom Rani refuses to work. They are exploring the possibility of the actor being involved in the case.

Story so far...
Rani Chatterjee (real name Sabiha Sheikh), of Sasura Bada Paisawala and Munnibai Nautankiwali fame, received an SMS from schoolteacher Ajay Pandey on December 11, which said that he would have to kill her if she did not give him more than Rs 15 lakh in three days. He told her an actor in the Bhojpuri film industry had offered him that sum to kill her and he would let her go and kill the actor instead if she could top this bid. The actress, terrified at the prospect of being killed by black magic, filed a complaint with the Kashimira police the next day. The police tracked down and arrested Pandey from Barrackpore in West Bengal on December 17.

R Madhavan gets waxed

Joy Alukkas has made a wax statue of its brand Ambassador Madhavan at one of its showroom in Chennai. Earlier it was Vijay who was surprised by his Kerala fans who installed a robot statue of him in Kerala. Charming Madhavan is one of the celebrity who enjoys huge number of girl fan following in all the woods.

The statue has been designed by Sunil Kandallor and has been made out of wax completely. Though the statue is not as good as those made in Madame Tussauds museum, but the detailing is really appreciable.

The statue has been installed at Joy Alukkas showroom located in Chennai. Customers who visit the showroom can catch a glimpse of the statue. Madhavan said that a same kind of statue will be set in the main showroom of Joy Alukkas located in Bangalore.

MD of Joy Alukkas Jewelery chain said, “The promotional initiative is an attempt to enhance customer’s shopping experience. They would be thrilled to see this statue of Madhavan.”

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Kat-Sallu back as couple again

Katrina Kaif is planning to fly down to Dubai and bring in the New Year with her ex Salman Khan and his family.

Says a source, "Katrina has been seen bonding again with Salman and his family lately She was spotted at his Tees Maar Khan trial and then went to wish him before he left for Dubai to bring in his birthday with an entourage of forty friends and family members.

The actor will return on the morning of  December 31 to shoot Bigg Boss and will then fly back to welcome 2011 with his near and dear ones."

It is learnt that Katrina will fly down tomorrow to be with the Khan-daan. "Salman's parents, Salim and Salma, Helen, brothers Arbaaz, Sohail, sisters Alvira and Arpita and their children are all in Dubai, though some friends have returned. Kat might even fly down with Salman tomorrow to Dubai depending on when she wraps up for her YRF film."

However, the actress wants to keep her visit secret, the source insists. Last year she had apparently visited Ranbir Kapoor in New York while he was shooting for Anjaana Anjaani. "Katrina is keen to get back into the Khan family fold again but she doesn't want the media know about it.

Last week, she was very upset when she had gone to wish Salman a day before his birthday (on Christmas) at his Bandra residence and photographers had caught her in the act. Right now, Katrina is still testing the waters with Salman."

However, the actress denies any plans of going to Dubai, "I am shooting Mere Brother Ki Dulhan with YRF till January 31. If weather permits, I may go to London for a day."

Rani is my favourite actress: Vidya

Whenever you see Vidya Balan perform, you tend to believe that she does nothing by the book. Five years on, Vidya's star has risen yet further, and it is a mark of how untouched she is - how real, if you like - that nothing has changed. Whatever it was, those formative experiences served her well in her chosen career as an actress. Those murky corners where pain, discord and ambiguity are rife have always attracted Vidya, and it's really the truth if I may exaggerate, that Balan is swallowed by Bollywood and it will be an understatement if I again stress on the fact that Vidya's portrayal of diverse and distinguished roles is a testament of quality, excelling in range, power and versatility.

Her forthcoming role of Sabrina Lal from No One Killed Jessica is just a few of the many more we will be a witness to in the days to come and in the near future. And as we come to an end of this exhilarating chat with one of India's finest, I ponder and deliver - 'What would possibly go wrong if Cleopatra had actually met Vidya Balan?' I mean, ever wondered how Cleopatra would've looked if she was draped in a Sabyasachi's saree? Our correspondent brings you part two of the exclusive chat with India's very own - symbol of sexy and simplicity.

"When you talk about Jessica Lal, you talk about Sabrina"

Cinema is all about stirring emotions. For me, that happened in No One Killed Jessica. It was also about an emotional journey of Sabrina who was the face of the case, besides the media. When you talk about Jessica Lal, you talk about Sabrina because it was her bravery that got her sister justice.

"Raj Kumar Gupta saw me in my costume on day one and said, 'That's my Sabrina'"

I asked my director why he offered me the role of Sabrina and not the media person played by Rani Mukherjee. It's an important question for me. He informed me that he needed an emotional graph of a woman and that I was the only one who could pull it off. This is one film that I've spoken very less about but yet I want to go on and on about it. The first day I did my costume trial and when my director saw me, he said, "That's my Sabrina".

"The promos never favoured Rani Mukherjee"

The promos never favoured Rani Mukherjee. The story is about these two people, played by me and Rani. The purpose of both these women were the same - to give justice, but their approaches were very different. Sabrina is about quiet strength and she looks very timid. Sabrina is almost like a wall flower. The promo can't have too many silent moments. It has to have frenzy.

"Sabyasachi said that from a sexually aggressive character I've turned into an asexual unattractive one"

Sabyasachi went with Rani Mukherjee to London to shop for her clothes for No one Killed Jessica. He is such a designer that he doesn't see films as a showcase for his clothes. Sabyasachi clothes characters. What took me by surprise is the fact that he came from London and said, "I got your clothes too". So when I asked him why he didn't take me along with him to London, he said, "I wanted clothes which were larger and not your size". He gave me tees that were over sized and completely asexual. He told me, "From the sexually aggressive Krishna in Ishqiya, comes an asexual lady who ain't pretty". That was how real Sabyasachi wanted me to be in the film.

"I have pushed my schizophrenia to an unbelievable limit"

Words like 'commercial cinema' and 'art house cinema' are redundant in today's time. Categories don't exist anymore because I feel that a good film will always work. It could be anything. The scale of a film may differ but a good film that recovers its money is a hit. It could be a five crore, fifty crore or a hundred crore hit. Personally, every film I've acted in has given me something different to do and I have pushed my schizophrenia to an unbelievable limit (laughs).

"Zeenat Aman is a kind of sexy that is graceful sexy"

With the kind of clothes Zeenat Aman wore, she carried it with so much elegance. You never looked at Zeenat Aman and said 'cheap'. She was an epitome of 'sexy'. She is the kind of sexy that is 'graceful sexy'. Even when you see her in her bellbottoms, she looked classy.

"My director stripped me of all the excesses"

Raj Kumar Gupta is someone who is very instinctive. Ever since I have made my debut, I've seen directors vision change and how. One in terms of treatment they give to their scenes. It's real and not conventional. Directors like Abhishek Chaubey, Raj Kumar Gupta and Sujoy Ghosh are unconventional but very passionate and very high on conviction. That's why they have the courage to make the types of films they want to make. Secondly, the new directors strip you of all the excesses. When I watched something of NOKJ, I asked myself, "Is that really me?"

"Rani Mukherjee is my favourite actress amongst my immediate seniors"

It's exciting to work with a good actor and Rani Mukherjee is someone who I've always liked. I've liked her in Bunty Aur Babli, Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat and Black. Rani Mukherjee is my favourite actress amongst my immediate seniors. Like I said, acting is about reacting and when you work with an actor like Rani, its great fun. We don't have too many scenes together in the film but we have worked together for a few days. We got along very well.

"I love the song 'Aitbaar' which talks about Sabrina's journey

Amit Trivedi's music and Amitabh Bhattacharya's lyrics complement each other. The first time I heard the song 'Dilli Dilli' I thought that it had some kind of weird energy about it. There is another favourite track of mine called 'Aitbaar' which is really about Sabrina's journey and there is a crazy song like 'Saali'. Three diverse songs which has everything to do with the film and its characters - Delhi, Sabrina and Rani's character.

"One of the newspapers carried a headline - No one killed Jessica, and that became our title"

The title is very ambiguous but it has a deeper meaning to it. The day after the initial court case of Jessica Lal, when everyone got acquitted and the witnesses turned hostile, the conclusion was seen in the next day's newspapers with a headline saying 'No One Killed Jessica'. I like this title because it says a lot about the film and yet says nothing. I loved the titles Ishqiya, Dabangg and Lage Raho Munnabhai, not because it had Munnabhai but because it had 'Lage Raho'. It was simple. I loved Parineeta too without sounding biased.

Michael Jackson 'committed suicide'!

Michael Jackson 'killed himself with Propofol' according to new claims

Michael Jackson killed himself with a lethal dose of the hospital anaesthesia Propofol, it has been claimed.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren claimed lawyers for Dr Conrad Murray, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter in relation to Jackson's death, plan to use the theory as the main part of his defense.

Walgren's statement came at a hearing yesterday where a lawyer for Dr Murray clashed with the prosecutor over who should test residue from two syringes found in Jackson's bedroom.

He said: 'I do think it's clear the defense is operating under the theory that the victim, Michael Jackson, killed himself.

'They don't want to say it but that's the direction in which they are going.'

Defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan said a huge amount of the anaesthetic Propofol was found in Jackson's body, but his client has said he gave him only 25 milligrams of the drug.

Mr Walgren suggested the defense will claim Jackson killed himself by injecting more of the drug into himself.

It is understood that Dr Murray's lawyers will claim that the star woke up while his physician was out of the room for two minutes in the toilet and administered a lethal dose of the drug himself.

A preliminary hearing in the case begins next Tuesday when Judge Michael Pastor will decide whether the prosecution has a strong enough case to support the unusual charge that Dr Murray was criminally responsible for the king of pop's death in June 2009.

As many as 30 witnesses are expected to be called during the two week hearing.

Although the defense won't be putting its case, it is thought highly likely that the judge will find that the American cardiologist will have to go to trial.
Dr Murray, 52, faces up to four years in prison if he is convicted.

Reports in the US have suggested that the doctor's lawyers will argue that the singer injected Propofol himself using an intravenous drip, causing a massive heart attack.

He then supposedly dropped the bottle on the floor. When the doctor came back into the room he tried CPR in a desperate attempt to revive Jackson.

An autopsy later showed the heart attack was caused by a fatal dose of Propofol, a drug Jackson used to help with his chronic insomnia.

Mr Flanagan said a broken syringe was found on the bedroom floor in addition to a syringe in an intravenous medication bag.

He also revealed that a fingerprint found on the broken syringe hasn't been identified.

Preity Zinta to host TV show?

Buzz is that Preity Zinta will host Colors' new reality show Guinness Book of World Records -- Ab India Todega. Promos calling for participants are already on air.

The show adapted from the international format Guinness Book of World Records will have Indians taking on world record holders. In the past, there was news that Preity was to host a cricket-based show during IPL 3.

Jacqueline sizzles in Murder 2

The first chapter of the film Murder set the male testosterone pumping with the overtly bold scenes and yes of course the curvy Mallika Sherawat. Well, the Bhatt camp is ready with the sequel to the much talked about film and its rightly called Murder 2.

Though the film cast has been changed a bit, with Emraan Hashmi still featuring in it, the lead actress Mallika has been replaced by the leggy Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez. We got our hands on this still from the film featuring the pretty damsel. After playing the cute girl next door roles in films like Aladin and Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, Jackie seems to have gone for a complete image makeover this time around.

If what we see is anything to go by, then with a figure like that, Jacqueline will soon be heating up the screens much like the bong beauty Bipasha Basu did with her film Jism.

Kat & Ranbir's beginning of the end

The Kapoor boy's bonding with co-star Nargis Fakhri, is causing trouble between the pair

Ranbir Kapoor is moving to newer pastures. The actor is currently fascinated by his Rockstar co-star Nargis Fakhri. 

 While his blow hot -blow cold status with Katrina Kaif continues, Ranbir seems to be cementing his relationship with Nargis.
 Sources reveal that Kapoor has already told close friends that he 'likes' Nargis and wants to give their developing relationship a chance.

Yeh dooriyan...

While Nargis is getting to know him better, Kat is slowly and steadily distancing herself from RK. In the last two months, Ranbir-Katrina have had many arguments and fights due to his growing proximity with the newcomer.

A source reveals, "Kat feels that Ranbir isn't coming clean about his relation with Nargis. While he maintains they are working co-stars, she can sense there's more.

The growing tension between the two got public when the Kapoor lad was heard screaming into the phone on the Rockstar set with Kat at the other end of the line.

Sajan re jhooth...

The fight started when Katrina was informed that the Kapoor lad had gone to drop Nargis at her friend's place, while he had told her that he was busy at an ad shoot.

"Ranbir doesn't want to commit to his co-star yet, but he's admitted to some close friends that there is a possibility of him getting serious.

Apart from spending time with her, he's also been recommending her to producers."

Mera jawab
Kaif feels that RK shuts himself off after a fight and doesn't communicate. While she believes in resolving a conflict, he chooses to ignore it and move on.

Buzz is that the actor plans to take the new gal in his life to his sister Riddhima's house during the New Year's where the entire family will be celebrating. Is this his answer to Kat heading to Dubai to ring in the New Year?

Sheila's hat-trick

No this is not about Katrina Kaif or her Sheila Ki Jawani! This is regarding the real Sheila (or Sheela), the south Indian dusky beauty who had been searching for stardom in all the southern languages. Sheela is right now doing Parama Veera Chakra opposite Balakrishna.

Sheela has previously acted in films like Parugu, Maska and Adurs. She has not only sizzled in the ultra glamorous roles in Adurs and Maska but also did a good job in a conservative role in Parugu. Despite being regarded as one of the talented actresses, Sheila failed to make a mark in Tollywood.

She is hoping Parama Veera Chakra to give her the much needed break. What is special about this film is Sheela is completing a hat-trick of Pongal releases with Parama Veera Chakra. Sheela’s previous film Maska and Adurs were released for Pongal too!

Rani Mukerji throws a fit

Rani Mukerji gave her designer a verbal lashing in public for giving her a loose-fitting ghaghra

Rani Mukerji threw a fit last week at the Big Star Entertainment Awards in Mumbai because her designer gave her ill-fitting clothes.

Short exits

Says a source, "Rani wore a ghaghra-choli at the recently held awards, which will be telecast tomorrow on Star Plus. 

She performed to various B-Town hits right from her first song Koi Mil Gaya (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) to the title track of Dil Bole Hadippa.

Her last song was Dilli from No One Killed Jessica. However, Rani kept exiting the stage for a few moments and even moved backstage during her final track."

The source reveals, "The actress' skirt (ghaghra) was very loose and she had to return backstage for check on it. She kept her cool through out her performance.

Not once did she show during her entire act that the loose skirt was slipping off her waist and would quietly go offstage to adjust it.

But all hell broke loose when her act got over and the actress entered the media room for giving channel bytes. Her designer came running to her to ask her about the performance."

Apparently, she gave the girl a firing. "Rani shouted at her designer so much that she was almost in tears. She told her 'kitni beizzati hui mujhe stage pe aaj, tumhare skirt ke wajah se! Kya ill-fitting skirt diya!'.

The trouble is, most of RM's outfits for stage shows are done by Neeta Lulla and Sabyasachi Chakroborty but this time because of lack of time, Rani brought a new girl to do her outfits for the awards."

Rani remained unavailable for comment.

Priyanka Chopra and Rani Mukerji apparently refused to perform on the choreography that was done for them by their respective choreographers at the Big Star Entertainment Awards. The ladies immediately put their own choreographers on the job. They added individual touches to make it more interesting. A source adds, "Rani and Priyanka wanted their acts to stand out and not look similar and that's why they chose to choreograph their dances with their own choreographers. It was as if Rani and Priyanka were competing with each other!""

Ekta's 'Ragini MMS' shot in a record time

While her last film LSD was shot in nearly a month, Ekta Kapoor’s next Ragini MMS, a paranormal film based on a true story, is even quicker.

Apparently the film is being shot in a record time of 20 days and is ninety per cent complete. The film stars Raj Kumar Yadav of LSD fame and Kainaaz Motiwala of Wake Up Sid fame in the lead pair.

The film is co-produced by Ekta’s Alt Entertainment and I Rock Films

Ekta confirms, “The story is based on a real life couple’s experience. We already had 50 per cent of the material and we added another half to make it more entertaining. So films like this should take 20 days max. By January 5, we will be done.”

Was it easy to wrap up so fast because of no stars involved? “You can say that. We took a decision of taking a new guy and a new girl because we wanted to make the film in a very raw manner.

We wanted the couple to look as real as possible, I mean the kind of conversation they have in their bedroom. Imagine Paranormal Activity having Kate Winslet. It would have never worked.” Ekta adds.

Giving credit to her team and co-producer for the speedy shooting Ekta says, “The director, the producer Sid Jain, and the team from our side were very clear what they wanted to do. Such films are made for smaller audiences so you need to make them cost effective, so that you keep making these movies.”

Rihanna to judge 'The X-factor'?

R&B singer Rihanna has sparked off rumours that she might take the judge's seat in talent hunt show The X-factor after she enjoyed a dinner with Simon Cowell.

The 22-year-old singer was back to her native land Barbados to enjoy Christmas with her family, while Cowell was also been enjoying a festive trip to the island.

The pair met for dinner at Barbados' famous Sandy Lane hotel, along with British retail mogul Sir Philip Green. Rihanna revealed about the meeting in a post on microblogging site Twitter.

She wrote: 'Just had dinner with Simon Cowell, Philip Green, and Lucian G., and Ashley (thanks) Sandy Lane! Great night!'

The singer has sparked off rumours that she is in negotiations with Cowell for a judging role on the US version of British singing competition The X Factor, which Cowell will be launching in 2011.

Hrithik Roshan's kids

If you ever wondered if stars spend quality time with their kids, this endearing photograph is proof.

Hrithik Roshan is in Dubai to bring in the New Year with his family and close friends Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar. However something else that Hrithik has been busy with for the past two days is teaching his kids, Hrehaan and Hridaan, snow boarding at the Mall of the Emirates.

Our source said, “Hrehaan and Hridaan have been wanting to learn snow boarding for a long time. However, Hrithik has been busy with his films and has not had the time to teach them. So this time, when the entire Roshan clan decided to take a break and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai, Hrithik decided to teach his kids some snow boarding.”

When contacted Hrithik said, “Yup. Starting them off on the challenges of life a little early. They need to fall a bit, get hurt a bit, that’s the only way to grow.”

Rahman to go into exile in 2011!

A R Rahman will go into voluntary exile in 2011.

Nettled by all the flak for his disappointing work in 2010 (Robot, Raavan, Jhootha Hi Sahi, the Commonwealth theme-song), A R Rahman has decided to take a sabbatical from film scores in 2011.

This prolonged period of rejuvenation might do a wealth of good to Rahman’s creativity. But it’s causing a panic attack among Rahman loyalists in Bollywood like Ashutosh Gowarikar, Mani Ratnam and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who work with the Oscar winner.

After waiting for Rahman’s nod for months Gowarikar finally gave up and found a new music composer, Sohail Sen, for his film. Mani Ratnam too is caught in a dilemma. And Rakeysh, who is working on Run Milkha Run, will shoot the film’s sequences without songs for now.

He will only add songs and music once Rahman returns to recording. Says Rakeysh, “To me it is inconceivable to make films without songs and music. And to have music without Rahman is a bit of a contradiction for me. Unfortunately, Rahman is not doing any music scores this year.”

But explains Rakeysh, “Anyway, I never shoot sync-songs. No one sings in my cinema. The songs are always in the background. So getting Rahman to do the songs later in Run Milkha Run is not an impossibility.”

Let’s hope this partnership creates its magic again.

Amitabh voices on Aamir's Dialogues

Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan had a fall out once, when Aamir made a comment about Black movie, which had Amitabh Bachchan, playing a strong role.

Once foes now became friends, and not just the superstars, but also their wives started bonding with each other. Kiran Rao and Jaya Bachchan had also been having a good time with each other says reports.

Now the exciting news is that Amitabh Bachchan forgetting his rivalry with Aamir Khan, has accepted to voice for the lines penned by our Bollywood perfectionist. Yes, for the dialogues written by Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan has lent his voice and dubbed, which has our young hearthrob Imran Khan, playing the lead.

Delhi Belly, which is Aamir Khan's next home production, is releasing the trailer along with Dhobi Ghat's release on January 21st.

Delhi Belly is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film, revolving around several characters in Delhi.

The film is being produced by Aamir Khan, who is also said to be doing a cameo role in the movie, under his banner Aamir Khan Productions in association with UTV Motion Pictures and directed by ad filmmaker Abhinay Deo, who was roped in after Swedish director Robert Nylund withdrew.

The trailer of Delhi Belly, will have Amitabh's voice. If one can recall, Amitabh Bachchan had even viced for Aamir''s Lagaan movie. He has even voiced for Jodha Akbar.

First it was Dhobi Ghat, about people in Mumbai (as it is Mumbai Dairies) and now its Delhi Belly, about the people of Delhi? Guess Aamir is ready to come with all major cities of India! Any ways let us lookout for the release of both Dhobi Ghat and the trailer of Delhi Belly!

Penelope Cruz, Natalie Portman top Sexiest Star poll

It may be the last thing on their minds but pregnant stars Penelope Cruz and Natalie Portman have beaten off competition from Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston to be named the Sexiest Stars of 2010 in an online poll.

While Cruz, 37, is eight months pregnant with her first child, Portman had announced earlier this week that she too is set to become a mother.

In an online poll at Fandango.com, Portman, 29 was voted the Sexiest Woman in 2010 movies by men, while Spaniard Cruz was the women's poll leader.

The website's male respondents voted Johnny Depp and Ryan Reynolds the joint Sexiest Man in 2010 movies, while the women picked Depp ahead of Robert Downey, Jr.

The voters in the Christmas weekend online poll also chose Blake Lively as the Next Big American Movie Star.

Men picked Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz, stars of 'The Green Hornet' as the Most Mismatched Movie Couple and women opted for Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston who star in 'Just
Go With It'.

Both sexes agreed 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2' is 2011's Most Anticipated Blockbuster.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ash to reveal all for money?

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been booked or so it appears as the sassy actress has been offered a whopping amount to reveal all about her life in her autobiography.

Approached by a leading foreign publishing house, the stunning beauty was handed out a blank cheque by the publishing house asking her to quote her price for the venture. However, even though Ash in unsure about the project she hasn`t refused the offer yet.

Confirming the news a source told a daily, "Ash remains a global icon who has managed to be at the top of the game for years despite constant good work from younger actors like Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra. Though the industry feels that Kareena is the numero uno star in B-town, in terms of global presence Ash wins over them all. Publishers want to explore the possibility of an autobiography of her journey from modeling to films and her relationships to marriage. They feel here is a fantastic real-life story to be told."

“Ash is unsure whether it is the right time to write a book. She respects her privacy and this is the major roadblock in sealing the deal," adds the source.

What’s more is that Aishwarya too confirmed that she got the offer but refused to give a definite comment by saying, “There is a right time for everything to happen”.

Katrina spotted at Salman's home!

Katrina Kaif was not part of Salman Khan's entourage to Dubai to celebrate his birthday. But the actress was spotted late on Saturday night at the star's Bandra home.

When Katrina arrived, Sallu was at the doorstep to receive her. Wishing him birthday in advance?

The actress seems to be bonding with her ex beau lately. She was seen last week at a trial show of Tees Maar Khan with Sallu's folks. She threw a big tantrum when she saw photographers at the event.

Salman bullied her to nearly tears in the Bigg Boss house on Friday evening by making fun of her Hindi, calling her an 'expiring actress' in Tees Maar Khan and asking her 'Bhayankar lag rahi ho.

Katrina Kaif gave his brother's party a miss. Katrina was invited for the bash but she chose not to attend it. Instead, she was seen chilling out at Bollywood's favourite chartered accountant Bimal Parekh's bash in South Mumbai around the same time.

Deepika and Siddharth off to UK

Does this mean the couple will bring in 2011 together?

Deepika Padukone and Siddharth Mallya were spotted at Mumbai's international airport on Sunday afternoon. The couple was headed for London.

It looks like the twosome preferred to soak in the Christmas festivities here and then head for England for the New Year celebrations.

Though the actress stuck to a casual jeans look as travel wear except for her furry boots, Mallya Jr was in a leather jacket and muffler. London is freezing and Dippy certainly needs a lot of warmth!

Jaya angry coz of question on Salman

Jaya Bachchan recently lost her cool when she was constantly been asked about Bachchan’s equation with Shahrukh Khan.

Needless to say Aishwarya’s past with Salman has a lot to do with the changed equation between the two camps. Generally, in the events where both Salman and Bachchans are invited they see to it that they are not around at the same time. They have missed each other by whisker. Not only Salman, even the reports of writer Salim Khan accusing Amitabh Bachchan for not acknowledging his efforts in making Big B the angry young man of Bollywood. Later, Amitabh even apologized for having missed his name in his vote of thanks for several years.

However, there were also reports of Salman and Amitabh meeting each other cordiall which baffled media so much that they could not take anymore and kept on asking Jaya on this. She was in no mood to answer such questions and angrily threw the microphone and walked out criticizing media.

A Dubai birthday for Salman

Salman Khan takes off with family and friends to celebrate his birthday in the UAE

This year Goa is passe and Dubai is the new favourite celeb destination. A number of B-Town folk are in the desert emirate to celebrate Salman Khan's 45th birthday today.

Every year, the actor brings in his big day at their Panvel farmhouse but this year, the 'Khan'daan and 40 friends flew to Dubai for the merrymaking.

Says a source, "Salman didn't want to bring in his birthday at the farmhouse this time. Though it rocks for the guests, his family members end up playing hosts and don't enjoy themselves.

So he decided to have them party without the headache of taking care of everyone.

Dubai is almost like Salman's second home and it was an obvious decision. Initially he wanted to take all his pals and family on a friend's aircraft but it wasn't available so they travelled by Emirates."

Salman, his parents Salim and Salma besides Helen, his sisters Arpita, Alvira with husband Atul Agnihotri and brother Sohail with wife Seema and son Nirvaan left yesterday morning.

Pals make it special

Says a friend of Salman, "We have planned a special surprise for him on his birthday. Though he knows that we are all in Dubai, we want to make it very special for him this year."

Sajid Nadiadwala and his wife Wardha and David Dhawan flew out yesterday afternoon. The guests are all staying at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Dubai."

Salman is slated to be back in Mumbai on December 30 to shoot for Bigg Boss on December 31.

Rihanna hits the beach in swimsuit

Rihanna spent the day after Christmas relaxing on Sandy Lane beach in her home country of Barbados. The singer hit the surf in a very eye-catching and unique panther-design swimsuit. And even though the suit was a one-piece, it still managed to emphasise the 22-year-old's enviable curves.

Rihanna is spending Christmas with her family in Barbados before jetting back to the U.S in time for New Year's Eve. After doing her Christmas shopping in Los Angeles earlier this week, the Umbrella star jetted to Barbados's Grantley Adams Airport via Miami on Wednesday. At Miami, she bumped into her mother Monica and her aunt so they boarded the flight back to Barbados together.

Writing on her Twitter, she enthused: 'I'm in Miami Airport...Guess who just popped up and surprised me @ my Gate??? 'My mooooommmyyyyy....and my AUNTY. We all going home together.. Barbados  I love you.' After spending Christmas in the Caribbean, Rihanna will fly to Las Vegas for New Year's Eve, where she will see in 2011 performing at the Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace. And she is clearly excited about it, posting about it on her Twitter on Wednesday.

She says: 'Damn Its not even Christmas yet and I'm thinking abt NYE!Who's comin out to party with me @ PURE? FYI I'm NOT performing but I'm DEF PARTYIN.' Meanwhile, there is growing speculation Rihanna has split from baseball star boyfriend Matt Kemp. The couple were last photographed together in New York in November, with the singer spending most of the past few weeks travelling between North America and Europe promoting her new album Loud. Friends of the singer said they were not expected to spend the holiday season together. The couple started dating in late 2009.


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