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ayushmann khurrana films andhadhun badhaai ho Ayushmann Khuranas Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho released in October this year.

In this interview with indianexpress.com, Ayushmann Khurrana, who has had back-to-back hits in Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho, talks about how nothing matters to him more than a good script when it comes to choosing films.

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Q. You gave us two of the most successful films of the year. How do you feel if we say 2018 is the year of Ayushmann Khurrana?

It is a great feeling! I am feeling quite overwhelmed right now. I am glad that my choices are working, and that it has resonated with the audience. I am really happy. This is quite surreal.

Q. You seem to have cracked a hit formula. What is it that you look for while signing a film?

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Mostly as actors, as a clan, we are very self-obsessed. We only concentrate on our part, what we are going to do, how we are going to do it, and what our look should be like. But I consume scripts as a layman. I approach the script as someone who has come from Chandigarh, watching a film sitting in a stall of a small-town cinema hall. I see films in totality. Its script should work for me in every aspect. One needs to see the larger picture.

Creed II Cant Recreate Ryan Cooglers Knockout

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It was inevitable that a sequel to CreedRyan Cooglers gangbusters sports drama, which was the seventh film in the Rocky franchise—would fall short of the original, unless it was directed by Coogler himself. That was the lesson of Creed. As one of the few recent American popcorn movies to be directed with any spark of originality, it was all but guaranteed to go down as a rare animal. Not even Cooglers follow-up, Black Panther, is as good.

From the outset, you had to know that what Coogler accomplished—breathing vital signs and a pulse into a film franchise thatd been D.O.A. for years—couldnt be reproduced. The deck was stacked tall against any follow-up; even if Creed were nothing more than a trio of fantastic boxing scenes, those scenes, in their camera-swinging, rigorous, tactile beauty, would still make for one of the most satisfying movies in recent memory. Creed was proof that style still has a place in the mainstream—a lesson that many American movies, too busy trying to meet the low bar set by umpteen boring Avengers sequels, have already quickly forgotten.

None of that quite explains why Steven Caple Jr.s Creed II, which was written by Sylvester Stallone and Juel Taylor, is such a bland affair. But it does clarify what made Cooglers film so distinctive in the first place. Where Cooglers movie runs hot, Caples runs warm; where Coogler dwells, steeping every scene in a sense of shared history and a love of Philadelphia, Caple takes for granted that this ground has already been sowed.

Maybe so. But that was just as true for Creed, which had six prior Rocky movies to contend with and managed, nevertheless, to make it all feel new again—even as it satisfied the familiar beats. The Rocky franchise is nothing if not redundant, or rather, full of reverberations, past stories just waiting to be mined by some later sequel. Creed II doesnt quite make a meal of the opportunity.

But the pure drama of it does resonate. This is, as ever, a father-and-son story. Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) and Rocky are family, by this point, and there is of course Creeds real family: the ghost of his dead father, Apollo Creed, who was killed in the ring (in Rocky IV) by the Soviet muscleman Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). In this film, Drago is back—and like Apollo, hes got an heir.

You can see where this is going. The movie quickly becomes a race toward a historic Drago-Creed rematch, by way of their angry sons. Rocky is, of course, the man in the middle. He could have prevented the death of Creeds father by calling the fight that got him killed—but he didnt, and he regrets it. He also, as fans of the franchise remember, avenged Apollos death by defeating Drago so badly that the Soviets reputation was destroyed. Drago and his family lost everything. Viktor is the seed of that loss—and he carries the brunt of all the resulting anger. A win for him is vengeance for his father.

Unexpectedly, Viktor Drago is one of the best things in the movie. It isnt a matter of performance, per se, though the German-Romanian Florian Munteanu, a professional boxer, makes for a believably chaotic heavy. And as hes easily a head and change taller that Michael B. Jordan, his mere appearance in the film quickly gives it the dimensions of a classic David and Goliath story—even as the film largely snuffs out the excitement of that mythology.

The real juice is in the incisive shots of Viktors face. In a movie that constantly makes you wonder who Viktor is fighting this battle for—himself? His father?—close-ups at decisive moments communicate that he, too, is re-evaluating the answer to that question. Moments like this remind us how great a movie can be when it makes you do the wondering.

So much of Creed II, alas, is spent doing the opposite—double-underlining emotions, overplaying stale ideas. Strong turns from Tessa Thompson, as Creeds partner, Bianca, and Phylicia Rashad as his mother, Mary Anne, cant mitigate how little there is for these women to explore or reveal. Its all just sort of there: rote, obvious, tamped-down by predictability.

The same goes for Jordan and Stallone, who reprise their roles with good effort but not much in the way of discovery. So many of the scenes here—trips to Stallones restaurant, to Creeds childhood home, to cheesesteaks in Philly—are rehashes of a world we already know. But rather than returning with open arms or a sense of grace or nostalgia, the movie ambles into each beat with the brevity and predictability of a film thats only got fan service on its mind. Its strange to see that what looked, as of Creed, like a wonderfully recharged franchise revival has already settled back into the same old by the second entry in the series. Then again—thats how you know its a Rocky movie.

A History of Meryl Streep Losing at the Oscars, in GIFs

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Even before receiving her 21st Oscar nomination Tuesday—a best-actress nod for The PostMeryl Streep made history as the most-nominated performer in the history of the Academy. Throughout her career, she’s also won three Oscars: best supporting actress once, for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1980, and best actress twice, for Sophie’s Choice in 1988 and The Iron Lady in 2012.

These are two incredible accomplishments, with one pesky downside. Streep, you see, also bears the dubious distinction of being the biggest-losing performer in Oscar history, having failed to claim an unimaginable 17 Academy Awards over the years. But Streep’s in-the-moment reactions to her (many) losses are actually our best evidence as to why she’s such an acclaimed and beloved performer—she’s boundlessly gracious and poised even in defeat, as you’ll see from our detailed analysis of her composure during every near miss.

1979 – 51st Academy Awards – The Deer Hunter (Best Supporting Actress)

Almost four decades ago, presenters George Burns, 83, and a flower crown-wearing Brooke Shields, two months shy of 14, take the stage to announce Streep’s very first loss. The co-stars of Just You and Me, Kid—a movie whose inciting incident involves Burns’s character finding Shields naked in the trunk of his car—joke about being romantically involved. It is not un-uncomfortable.

Streep may be more than two Brooke Shieldses old at 29, but she’s nevertheless the youngest performer recognized in her category. “Perfect,” Burns says when Shields reads Streep’s name aloud—though he’s referring to the teenage actress’s delivery. When Maggie Smith wins for California Suite, her face is almost entirely obscured by the gray hair of somebody in the row ahead of her. But we can still see Streep mouthing “Oh!” and beaming with what seems like genuine pleasure as she applauds for Smith.

1982 – 54th Academy Awards – The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Best Actress)

Presenter Jon Voight gives the Oscar to Katharine Hepburn for On Golden Pond, although she doesn’t bother attending the ceremony—just as she hadn’t the three times she’d won previously. In a truly egregious misstep, the Academy neglects to show each category’s nominees on screen when the winners are announced, so a chapter of petty facial drama is lost to the ages. Still, we have this clip of Streep brushing her curly bangs from her forehead when her name is read—a gift.

1984 – 56th Academy Awards – Silkwood (Best Actress)

Best actress is presented by Liza Minnelli and Rock Hudson. By this point, Streep has won two, count ‘em, two Oscars. She radiates a new confidence, whispering to husband Don Gummer, with future Ironweed co-star (and rumored loverJack Nicholson seated on her left. Shirley MacLaine wins for Terms of Endearment; Streep’s reaction is shot from a bizarre rear-profile angle, but she nevertheless makes a regal impression, clapping with warm recognition at the very first syllable of MacLaine’s name.

1986 – 58th Academy Awards – Out of Africa (Best Actress)

Meryl is wearing many necklaces, or perhaps one very elaborate necklace, which is a fun choice either way. Geraldine Page wins for The Trip to Bountiful; presenter F. Murray Abraham’s voice cracks with emotion when he opens the envelope. “I consider this woman the greatest actress in the English language,” he says, which is exactly the sort of thing that, before long, Oscar presenters will be saying about Streep. Meryl is the first nominee to leap to her feet and give Page a standing ovation.

1988 – 60th Academy Awards – Ironweed (Best Actress)

Paul Newman presents the Oscar to Cher, in all her Bob Mackie glory, for Moonstruck. We sympathize with Sally Kirkland, nominated for Anna, who rolls her eyes and sticks her tongue into her cheek before self-consciously recovering into a smile as Cher’s name is announced. But there’s no disguising the joy Streep takes in Cher’s win—hey, the two of them once stopped an attempted mugging together!—as she leaps out of her seat and entirely out of the frame.

The feeling is mutual: this is the first time Meryl gets a shout-out in the winner’s speech as a fellow nominee. Cher thanks “Mary Louise Streep,” with whom she appeared in Silkwood. “. . . I did my first movie with her and now I was nominated with her and I feel really thankful,” she says. Streep blows her a kiss from the audience.

1989 – 61st Academy Awards – A Cry in the Dark (Best Actress)

Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman present Jodie Foster the Oscar for The Accused. Meryl opens her mouth with happy surprise—with a decade of Oscar ceremonies under her belt, this has become signature Meryl move No. 1—maybe in part because losing means she won’t have to go up there and schmooze with Hoffman, who slapped her on the set of Kramer vs. Kramer. Also, we award 100 points to fellow nominee Sigourney Weaver for looking so deeply unimpressed by the results.

Jeffrey Tambor won’t be returning to Transparent following sexual misconduct allegations

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By: AP | Los Angeles | Published: February 16, 2018 10:51 am Jeffrey Tambor used to play transgender character Maura Pfefferman on the show.

Amazon Studios says Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor won’t be on the series when it returns for its fifth season, prompting the Emmy winner to denounce what he called false accusations and the studio’s handling of the matter. The decision, confirmed Thursday by an Amazon spokeswoman, followed the conclusion of an internal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” Tambor said in a statement. “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates. In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon.”

Tambor said he is left to surmise that the investigation was flawed and biased by a “toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set.” “As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself,” he said.

The claims against the actor were made late last year by Tambor’s former assistant and an actress on Transparent, which is about a transgender woman and her family. Tambor denied the accusations at that time but said that in light of them he didn’t see how he could return to the show.

Series creator Jill Soloway said in a statement that action was being taken to ensure the series’ workplace “respects the safety and dignity of every individual.”

Tambor, 73, won two Emmy Awards for his role as a retired professor who is transgender and transitions late in life, and the impact that has on her grown children.

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Mohanlal teaser: Manju Warrier as a die-hard Lalettan fan is on point

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Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Published: March 27, 2018 6:51 pm Mohanlal teaser: Manju Warrier plays Meenukutty in the film.Related News

Malayalam actor Manju Warrier recently shared a new teaser of her upcoming film titled Mohanlal. If you have not guessed already, she plays a die-hard fan of Malayalam superstar Mohanlal in the film. The teaser shows Manju, the lone woman fan, celebrating the release of her favorite stars new film with a group of other fans.

After lip-syncing to a popular dialogue from Kottayam Kunjachan film, Manju breaks into a dance for Tonykutta song, which was sung by the Pulimurgan star for No.20 Madras Mail (1990). The teaser also assured the audience that Mohanlal will definitely come to theatres during Vishu festival and have no doubts it.

In Mohanlal, Manju plays Meenukutty. Going by the teasers and posters, it is safe to assume that it is not a story about a fan, who obsession for his or her favorite star turn serious and dark.

The film is directed by actor Sajid Yahiya, who made his directorial debut in 2016 with Inspector Dawood Ibrahim, which had Jayasurya in the lead role. Writer Suneesh Varanad has penned the screenplay for Mohanlal, which has Indrajith Sukumaran as the male lead.

Mohanlal will be Manjus second release this year. Last month saw Manju in the film Aami which was based on the autobiographical book written by controversial Malayalam poet Kamala Suraiyya. The film, which was directed by ace-filmmaker Kamal, released to mixed reviews from critics and fans.

Most watched TV shows: Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai climbs up the BARC list

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Written by Sana Farzeen | Mumbai | Published: August 18, 2018 7:32:33 am After a brief low, Shivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan starrer Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai hai swept up the list.

The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) ratings for week 32 is here. Anita Hassanandani and Surbhi Jyoti starrer Naagin 3 continued to rule the chart with a huge margin. After a brief low, Shivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan starrer Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai hai swept up the list to gain the second spot. Kumkum Bhagya, Kundali Bhagya and Dance Deewane are also part of the top 5 shows. Salman Khans Dus Ka Dum once again exited from the list. Coming to channels, Star Plus continued to be the numero uno GEC in urban market. Its followed by Colors, Zee TV and Sony TV.

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Naagin-3 1. Naagin-3 (Colors) – 9631 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 2. Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (Star Plus) – 8396 Kumkum Bhagya 3. Kumkum Bhagya (Zee TV) – 7951 Kundali Bhagya 4. Kundali Bhagya (Zee TV) – 7709 Dance Deewane 5. Dance Deewane (Colors) – 7401 Kullfi Kumar Bajewala 6. Kullfi Kumar Bajewala (Star Plus) – 7273 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah 7. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma (SAB TV) – 6549 Shakti- Astitva Ehsaas Ki 8. Shakti- Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki (Colors) – 5964 Ishq Subhan Allah 9. Ishq Subhan Allah (Zee TV) – 5684 Krishna Chali London 10. Krishna Chali London (Star Plus) – 5416 Ishqbaaaz 11. Ishqbaaaz (Star Plus) – 5142 Qayamat Ki Raat 12. Qayamat Ki Raat (Star Plus) – 4994 Indian Idol 13. Indian Idol (Sony TV) – 4904 Udaan 14. Udaan (Colors) – 4569 Ishq Mein Marjawan 15. Ishq Mein Marjawan (Colors) – 4439 Roop Mard Ka Naya Swaroop 16. Roop Mard Ka Naya Swaroop (Colors) – 4280 Bepannaah 17. Bepannaah (Colors) – 3970 Yeh Hai Mohabbatein 18. Yeh Hai Mohabbatein (Star Plus) – 3889 Aapke Aajaane Se 19. Aapke Aa Jane Se (Zee TV) – 3867 Dil Hai Hindustani 2 20. Dil Hai Hindustani 2 (Star Plus) – 3797

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FilmStruck Lives, Sort Of

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Last month, FilmStruck announced that it will shut down on November 29, devastating classic-film fans who had depended on the streaming platform for their Old Hollywood fix. But now—after complaints from high-profile film lovers like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Barry Jenkins, Barbra Streisand, Guillermo del Toro, and Leonardo DiCaprio—FilmStrucks parent company, WarnerMedia, has announced a streaming solution that will come into effect next spring.

Specifically, the beloved Criterion Collection—whose titles appeared as part of FilmStruck— will launch as its own freestanding streaming service. A press release circulated Friday offered more details.

The Criterion Channel will be picking up where FilmStruck left off, with thematic programming, regular filmmaker spotlights, and actor retrospectives, featuring major classics and hard-to-find discoveries from Hollywood and around the world, complete with special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and original documentaries. The Criterion Channel will continue to produce their guest-programmer series, “Adventures in Moviegoing,” which has already featured such cinephile luminaries as Barry Jenkins, Guillermo del Toro, Bill Hader, and Mira Nair. Criterion's monthly 15-minute film school, “Observations on Film Art,” “Tuesdays Short + Feature,” and the Friday double bill will all be back as well.

The Criterion Collections library of films will also be available on WarnerMedias direct-to-consumer platform, which will launch toward the end of 2019. Criterion Collection trumpeted the news on Twitter Friday, directing fans to sign up to become Charter Subscribers. Del Toro seemed to be happy with this solution, telling his followers Friday, “This is the perfect not-missing-a-beat way to address the @FilmStruck debacle. Please share and support. It takes a moment to sign in.”

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Annanukku Jey trailer could have withheld a few punches

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Written by Ashameera Aiyappan | Chennai | Published: July 26, 2018 6:22:50 pm Annanukku Jey stars Dinesh, Mahima Nambiar, Mayilsami and Radha Ravi in key roles. Top News

What does one have to do to enter politics? Join a party and serve the party selflessly. But it also means that you need to be street-smart and lie through your teeth. Annanukku Jey makes the above-mentioned interesting observations in its two and half minute trailer. The film seems to follow Sekars journey into politics.

The trailer is effectively cut, juxtaposing dialogues spoken by different characters to provide a holistic understanding of the various tangents in the film. On the flip side, the film almost reveals the entire story template, including the journey that Sekar takes. Sekar becomes Mattai Sekar and is a politician of note by the end of the trailer. What surprises await the audience, one isnt really sure. The films title is from the famous Rajinikanth song Podhuvaga En Manasu Thangam and the makers have used the song in the trailer as well.

Watch Annanukku Jey trailer here:

Annanukku Jey stars Dinesh, Mahima Nambiar, Mayilsami and Radha Ravi in key roles. Directed by Rajkumar, the film is produced by Vetrimarans Grass Roots Film Company. Dinesh had also starred in the Vetrimaaran directorial and production Visaranai, which fetched several awards. The film will have music by Thupparivaalan fame Arrol Correli. Annanukku Jey is distributed by Fox Star India.

Dinesh rose to fame with Pa Ranjiths Attakathi. He later did several acclaimed films such as Cuckoo, Oru Naal Koothu and also played a key role in Kabali.

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Mulk box office collection Day 2: This Rishi Kapoor film should pick up

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 5, 2018 8:04:04 am Mulk box office collection Day 2: This Rishi Kapoor starrer tackles sensitive topics. Related News

One of the three Bollywood releases of the week, Mulk has earned Rs 1.60 crore at the box office, according to Bollywood Hungama. Directed by Anubhav Sinha, this film stars Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor and Ashutosh Rana in pivotal roles.

Mulk tackles topics that have become sensitive in recent times like religion, terrorism, communal hatred and violence and thus, it has been a bone of contention ever since its trailer released. It is basically about a Muslim family that is trying to reclaim its lost honour after one of its members is revealed to be a terrorist.

Trade analyst Girish Johar had predicted Mulks first-day collection to be Rs 2 crore and in that regard, the film did underperform just like the other two Bollywood releases. But since it has received mostly positive reviews, Mulk should pick up on the weekend and the following weekdays.

Girish Johar said while speaking to indianexpress.com, “If I have to place my money, I will place it on Mulk. Whatever they are trying to convey is a strong message and it is a strong content film backed by deadly performances by Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu and Ashutosh Rana. In my opinion, the film might earn Rs 2 crore on its first day.”

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Neil deGrasse Tyson denies sexual misconduct allegations

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Neil deGrasse Tyson sexual misconduct allegations Neil deGrasse Tyson says he will cooperate fully with an “impartial investigation” into allegations of sexual misconduct. (Photo: AP)

Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says he will cooperate fully with an “impartial investigation” into allegations of sexual misconduct that have been levelled against him.

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Patheos.com recently published accounts from two women who say that Tyson behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner toward them. Tyson was the host of Cosmos: Possible Worlds on Fox in 2014 and a new edition of the series was to air on National Geographic next year.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Tyson denied an accusation that he groped a woman and he denied that he made sexual advances toward a production assistant when he invited her to share wine and cheese at his home. He apologised for making the production assistant feel uncomfortable.

In a statement the producers of Cosmos had said: “The credo at the heart of Cosmos is to follow the evidence wherever it leads. The producers of Cosmos can do no less in this situation.”

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Fox and National Geographic Networks said they will conduct a thorough investigation. They also said on Friday evening that they only recently learned of the allegations and were reviewing the allegations.

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