Saturday, August 28, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Freida Pinto, the International Star

Freida Pinto and  James Franco shoot for Planet Of The Apes

July 27, 2010: James Franco and Freida Pinto film for their movie 'Planet Of The Apes' in Vancouver, Canada.

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Freida Pinto braving the rain in a plastic rain coat.

Freida Pinto & Josh Brolin

Freida Pinto and Josh Brolin

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Freida Pinto in the movie by Woody Allen

Freida Pinto in the movie by Woody Allen: Josh Brolin becomes moonstruck over Dia (Freida Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a window.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is a British-Spanish-American comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film features Roger Ashton-Griffiths (as Jonathan), Antonio Banderas (as Greg Clemente), Ewen Bremner (as Henry Strangler), Josh Brolin (as Roy), Anthony Hopkins (as Alfie), Gemma Jones (as Helena), Anupam Kher (as Dia's Father), Freida Pinto (as Dia), Lucy Punch (as Charmaine), Naomi Watts (as Sally) and Anna Friel (as Iris). Cinematography is by Vilmos Zsigmond, editing by Alisa Lepselter and distributed by Sony Pictures Classics (US), Warner Bros. Pictures/Pathé (UK).

The film has the story of a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin). Their passions, desires, ambitions and anxieties lead them into trouble and make them crazy, rather mad characters out of nowhere. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youthfulness and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons surrenders her life to the sloppy advice of a charlatan fortune teller, forming a liaison with recent widower, Jonathan (Ashton-Griffiths). As she is not happy with her marriage, Sally has a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist awaiting the response to his new manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Freida Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window (see the photo of Pinto above)…

The film has premiered on 15 May 2010 at the Cannes Film Festival in an out of competition slot. It is scheduled for a 23 September 2010 release in USA and it is expected to be released in UK in early 2011.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Great Bollywood Splitsville: Katrina-Salman

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Reports say it's official: they have split! Who is the next Bollywood hottie on queue in Salman's life? I think you know it. The grapewine says that she is already in service of the HUNK! And what about Katrina? Let's see! I have stories to explode here, as a spybird from Mumbai just arrived, and I just have to stop and record the next biggest love/romance/marriage/split stories and come back! See ya after a couple of beers; no fears, come back after 3 hours for the GREAT BOLLYWOOD SPLIT MASALA ever for those American desis, who always demand more and are never satisfied, as Salman is!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Venus Raj: the symbol of courage and beauty

Jimena Navarrete wins Miss Universe 2010 crown

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Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete wins Miss Universe 2010 crown

Here are the rest of the results:

1st Runner-up: Yendi Phillipps, Jamaica

2nd Runner-up: Jesinta Campbell, Australia

3rd Runner-up: Anna Poslavska, Ukraine

4th Runner-up: Venus Raj, Philippines

Top 10:

Albania - Angela Martini

Guatemala - Jessica Scheel

Ireland - Rozanna Purcell

Puerto Rico - Mariana Vicente

South Africa - Nicole Flint

Top 15

Belgium - Cilou Annys

Colombia - Natalia Navarro

Czech Republic - Jitka Válková

France - Malika Ménard

Russia - Irina Antonenko

Count down to Miss Universe 2010 Title

Miss Universe 2009 prepares to give up her crown

Here are the top 15:

Puerto Rico (Mariana Vicente, 21 years, 173 cm/ 5'8" tall)

Ukraine (Anna Poslavska, 23 years, 180 cm/ 5'11" tall)

Mexico (Jimena Navarrete, 22 years, 174 cm/ 5'8" tall)

Belgium (Cilou Annys, 19 years, 178 cm/ 5'10" tall)

Ireland (Rozanna Purcell, 19 years, 175 cm/ 5'9" tall)

South Africa (Nicole Flint, 22 years, 173 cm/ 5'8" tall)

France (Malika Ménard, 23 years, 176 cm/ 5'9" tall)

Australia (Jesinta Campbell, 19 years, 178 cm/ 5'10" tall)

Jamaica (Yendi Phillipps, 24 years, 178 cm/ 5'10" tall)

Russia (Irina Antonenko, 18 years, 178 cm/ 5'10" tall)

Albania (Angela Martini, 24 years, 175 cm/ 5'9" tall)

Colombia (Natalia Navarro, 23 years, 179 cm/ 5'10" tall)

Guatemala (Jessica Scheel, 20 years, 170 cm/ 5'7" tall)

Czech Republic (Jitka Válková, 18 years, 169 cm/ 5'6" tall)

Philippines (Venus Raj, 22 years, 175 cm/ 5'9" tall)


The Top 10 are:

Ireland

Albania

Philippines

Jamaica

Mexico

Ukraine

Puerto Rico

South Africa

Guatemala

Australia


Top 5 are:

1. Mexico

2. Australia

3. Jamaica

4. Ukraine

5. Philippines


Special awards

Miss Congeniality: Australia - Jesinta Campbell

Miss Photogenic: Thailand - Fonthip Watcharatrakul

Best National Costume: Thailand - Fonthip Watcharatrakul

Count down to Miss Universe 2010 crown

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Miss Universe 2010 Count down Clock set ticking at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, whether Miss USA Rima Fakih wins the crown or not, she is already a favourite gossip topic. Because of the huge scandal potential, a few Miss Universe 2010 contestants chose to go topless for their official pageant photos, including Miss USA Rima Fakih, and most others chose not to do so.

As the count down clock has started ticking at the ‘Madalay Bay Resort and Casino’ in Las Vegas Nevada for the gala event of the Miss Universe 2010 pageant, many hearts skip a beat due to the mounting excitement to see the ultimate winner! There are 84 contestants competing for the crown. Here is a link to the Controversial Rima Fakih Topless Video, CLICK ON THE LINK.

Video: Winners of Miss India 2010

Video: Femina Miss India 2010


In this video Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2010 introduces the 20 finalist in Mumbai. Present at the event were Femina Miss India World and Universe Pooja Chopra and Parvathy Omanakuttan to cheer on the finalists. The show was choreographed by Marc Robinson. The title of Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2010 went to Manasvi Mamgai (from Andheri, Mumbai), Pantaloons Femina Miss India International 2010 was Neha Hinge from Pune, and Nicole Faria (Bangalore) was crowned Pantaloons Femina Miss India Earth 2010.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Miss Universe 2010 Favourites: Maria Venus Raj

Maria Venus Raj

Online predictions and popularity poles put Maria Venus Raj from Philippines as one of the top favorites for the Miss Universe 2010 crown, followed by followed by Marelisa Gibson from Venezuela get second most voted contestant and in this competition Ximena Navarrete from Mexico and Natalia Navarro from Colombia get third and fourth voted contestant.

Born in Doha, Qatar, Miss Raj’s stats read “35-22-35’, 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) tall, eye color brown, hair color black. Following her victory as Ms Bicolandia 2007, Maria Venus Raj represented Legazpi City and competed in the Miss Philippines-Earth 2008, and was named as Miss Philippines Earth Eco Tourism 2008. Maria Venus Raj was crowned in May 11, 2008 at Crowne Plaza Galleria, Manila.

Maria Venus Bayonito Raj, born on July 7, 1988, is one of the three reigning 2010 Binibining Pilipinas. She represents the Republic of the Philippines as a candidate for the Miss Universe 2010 beauty pageant.

Maria Venus Raj has lived in a nipa hut made of wood, bamboo and anahaw leaves with no electricity in the middle of a sprawling rice field in the rural Bato town for more than twenty years.

Reportedly, Maria Venus Raj was illegitimately born out of wedlock in Doha, Qatar. Upon separation of her parents, Maria Venus Raj was taken to Bato, Camarines Sur in Bicol, Philippines as an infant and was registered by an aunt as Philippine-born to Roman Catholic parents, a Filipino mother and an Indian father. It was her mother, a former tenant farmer and dressmaker who brought Maria Venus Raj up as a child.

The youngest among five children, Maria Venus Raj started joining local beauty pageants at 17 years old. She also joined oratorical contests at San Vicente High School where her English teacher served as her coach. With her victories in major contests, Venus Raj had started to buy land on installment basis for her mother as a means of improving their livelihood.

Venus Raj, Miss Philippines 2010

Venus Raj

Miss Universe 2010 contestants introduce themselves

Timea Babinyecz, Vanessa Torres, Nana Gogichaishvili, Ushoshi Sengupta, and Jessica Scheel

Timea Babinyecz, Miss Hungary 2010; Vanessa Torres, Miss Guam 2010; Nana Gogichaishvili, Miss Georgia 2010; Ushoshi Sengupta, Miss India 2010, and Jessica Scheel, Miss Guatemala 2010, introduce themselves in fashion by Sherri Hill at the opening of the Presentation Show for the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 19, 2010. The Miss Universe 2010 competition will air live on the NBC Television Network at 9 PM ET, August 23, 2010. ho/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP

Timea Babinyecz, Jessica Scheel and Ushoshi Sengupta

Timea Babinyecz, Jessica Scheel and Ushoshi Sengupta in Sherri Hill dress

Timea Babinyecz, Miss Hungary 2010; Jessica Scheel, Miss Guatemala 2010, and Ushoshi Sengupta, Miss India 2010, perform in the opening number in a Sherri Hill dress during the 2010 Miss Universe Presentation Show at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 19, 2010 - ho/Miss Universe Organization LP., LLLP.

Miss India 2010 Ushoshi Sengupta in evening gown

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Miss India 2010 Ushoshi Sengupta poses for the judges in an evening gown of her choice during the 2010 Miss Universe Presentation Show at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 19, 2010.

Presentation Show for Miss Universe Pageant

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Yendi Phillipps, Miss Jamaica 2010; Ushoshi Sengupta, Miss India 2010, and Maiko Itai, Miss Japan 2010, introduce themselves in fashion by Sherri Hill at the opening of the Presentation Show for the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 19, 2010. The Miss Universe 2010 competition will air live on the NBC Television Network at 9 PM ET, August 23, 2010. Source: ho/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Miss India 2010 Ushoshi Sengupta performs in swimsuit

Miss India 2010 Ushoshi Sengupta performs in swimsuit

Ushoshi Sengupta, Miss India 2010, performs in her swimsuit by Dar Be Dar Swimwear during the Presentation Show for the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 19, 2010. The Miss Universe 2010 competition will air live on the NBC Television Network at 9 PM ET, August 23, 2010. ho/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP

Onam 2010

Onam 2010
Onam 2010 Nest (4), originally uploaded by Chithra lokam.

Wish you all a Happy Onam


Wish you all a Happy Onam, originally uploaded by kcbimal.

Happy Onam Celebrations

Happy Onam

Friday, August 20, 2010

MISS UNIVERSE 2010: Joori Kim and Ushoshi Sengupta


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Joori Kim, Miss Korea 2010, and Ushoshi Sengupta, Miss India 2010, pose for photos after the official Miss Universe Dar Be Dar Swimwear photo outside the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 12, 2010. The Miss Universe 2010 competition that will air live on the NBC Television Network at 9 PM ET, August 23, 2010. ho/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP

Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta poses in national costume

Ushoshi Sengupta poses in national costume
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Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta poses in her national costume at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada August 16, 2010. The Miss Universe 2010 pageant will take place in Las Vegas on August 23. REUTERS/Patrick Prather/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP/Handout

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A sunbather's bizarre experience

A dog urinates on the face of a sleeping sunbather
sunbather, originally uploaded by Leeber.

I found this photo by chance on the photo-sharing site Flickr. It is one of the rarest of the rare photos that made me laugh, think, and feel pity for the girl who chose to sunbathe and fall asleep in a lonely place, seemingly a lawn or park, not frequented by people. See what the dog is doing!

Male dogs generally urinate on pillars or walls, or anything that is a bit raised from the ground. They are genetically engineered to do so! So the dog too could not find anything nearby when the urge to unload its bladder struck it! POOR GIRL!

The person who uploaded this photo wrote below the photo: "OGH MY GOD! - somebody give that girl a shout". The photographer is a real genius! He did not lose a moment to click the scene! I think, it can be the first and last chance for him to click a bizarre photo like this!

But don't you think it would have been more humane to do something to save the girl from such a bizarre experience?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

On the sets of Endhiran at Machu Picchu

The first schedule of shooting for the film Endhiran commenced on 8 September 2008 at Peru, where a song sequence featuring Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai was shot under the choreography of Raju Sundaram and Claudia Bruckmann at Machu Picchu. The photo shows Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai as pictured at the Machu Picchu in Peru, filming a song sequence. During the final day of filming on 7 July 2010, the entire cast and crew, including Sun Pictures chairman, Hansraj Saxena, took part in a celebration party commemorating the completion of the two-year filming process.

Endhiran (Robo): Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth in Endhiran (Robot)
Endhiran (Robo), originally uploaded by Gyanguru-Pix.

Aishwarya Rai having a retouch for Endhiran

Aishwarya Rai having on location makeup for Endhiran
Endhiran (Robo), originally uploaded by Gyanguru-Pix.

Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai on location at Machu Picchu

Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai on location Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, shooting for the multilingual film Endhiran (Robot), perhaps one of the costliest Indian films ever produced in India, estimated to cost about Rs. 190 crores.

Machu Picchu, meaning ‘Old Mountain’, is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,430 meters (7,970 feet) above sea level, on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. It is 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438-1472 AD). Machu Picchu, mostly referred to as ‘The Lost City of the Incas’, is the most familiar icon of the Inca World and Inca culture and civilization.

Aishwarya Rai stills, film Endhiran (Robo)

Endhiran (Robo)