Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya had a dreamy wedding in October last year. The much-in-love couple took the wedding vows both according to Christain and Hindu rituals in Goa. While the ceremony was an intimate one with only close friends and family in attendance, Naga Chaitanyas father Nagarjuna Akkineni kept the fans of the couple updated by sharing candid clicks from the wedding. Even the beautiful bride Samantha posted photographs from the festivities and professed her love for Naga Chaitanya. Now, after eight months of her fairytale wedding, Samantha has shared a video of the wedding.
Sharing the video on Instagram, Samantha captioned it, “As promised Letting you in #chaysam. Thankyou @storiesbyjosephradhik you guys are the best in the country. #weshouldallbelieveinfairytales.” Popular among their fans as Sam and Chay, the two lovebirds are together addressed as ChaySam. In the video, we get to witness all the fun that happened at the grand wedding. From Naga Chaitanya asking for his tie to Samantha waiting for her bridesmaids, every memorable moment from the wedding makes the video a delight to watch.
After dating each other for almost two years, Sam and Chay decided to take the wedding vows. The two met on the sets of the hit movie Yeh Maaya Chesave.
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On the work front, Samantha Ruth Prabhu started the year with Rangasthalam. Her performance as a village girl won her appreciation from critics and fans alike. She has two other releases – Super Deluxe and Seema Raja lined up for the year.
Mukesh and Nita Ambanis eldest son Akash Ambani and fiancé Shloka Mehtas pre-engagement party is being held in Mumbai today. Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ayan Mukerji, Karan Johar and Sachin Tendulkar among others were seen arriving for the bash.
Akash proposed to his longtime girlfriend and childhood friend Shloka in March. The lovely couple studied together at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School and have known each other for a long time.
Shloka is the daughter of Russell Mehta, who heads Rosy Blue Diamonds, one of the countrys leading diamond companies. Shloka is currently a director with Rosy Blue Foundation and is a co-founder of ConnectFor, an organisation that helps NGOs get volunteers for various causes.
The traditional engagement ceremony of Akash and Shloka will take place on June 30. It will be held at the Ambani residence Antilia.
Though neither of the families have made an official statement yet, rumour has it that Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani will tie the knot this December.
See photos of the stars arriving for Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehtas pre-engagement party:
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan were at Akash Ambanis pre-engagement party. Alia Bhatt was all smiles. Ranbir Kapoor posed for the shutterbugs. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt looked amazing. Ranbir Kapoor along with Brahmastra director and close friend Ayan Mukerji. Karan Johar was seen arriving for the party, Akash Ambani, sister Isha Ambani snapped at the bash. Sachin Tendulkar came with wife Anjali.
Even before receiving her 21st Oscar nomination Tuesday—a best-actress nod for The Post—Meryl 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.
François Clemmons couldnt practice everything Mr. Rogers preached. True, Clemmons became one of the first African-Americans with a recurring role on a kids TV series in 1968, when he joined Mister Rogers Neighborhood. As Officer Clemmons, the trained opera singer charmed children and found refuge in the shows driving force, his friend—our friend—Fred Rogers.
But while the civil-rights movement was in full swing by 1968, the L.G.B.T.Q. liberation movement was still in its infancy. Clemmons, a Birmingham, Alabama native, made a bold statement with Rogers in 1969, when the two of them shared a foot bath during an episode that aired at the height of desegregation—but at the same time, Clemmons was asked to keep quiet about his identity as a gay man. Rogers requested that his co-star stay away from gay clubs—not because he was homophobic, says Clemmons, but to avoid potentially alienating the programs conservative viewers.
Viewers who have seen director Morgan Nevillesheartening new documentary Wont You Be My Neighbor?, know that much. In the film, now playing in major markets and expanding into more theaters in July, Clemmons speaks lovingly about Rogers, alongside the late performers closest family members and co-workers. But Clemmons also acknowledges the sacrifices he had to make for the show, a point Clemmons says has been scrutinized without proper historical context from media outlets since the movies release.
So the Grammy-winning tenor—who was briefly married to a woman decades ago, a union prompted partly by a suggestion from Rogers—has decided to tell his full story in a memoir called DivaMan: My Life in Song. The book will reflect the reality of living as a young, gay person at a time when he had no role models, or much sympathy for his plight—particularly from the Baptist church in which he was raised.
“I judge a lot by my memory, and it seems to be coming back like gangbusters,” said the 73-year-old, who officially retired in 2013 after 15 years as Middlebury Colleges artist-in-residence and director of its Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir. Clemmons continues to serve as a vocal and unofficial life coach for students, whom he calls his “cosmic children.” He still lives in Middlebury, and like any good diva, houses his flashy jackets and dresses in a special closet he added to the three-bedroom home he shares with his constant companion, a nine-year-old Tibetan terrier named Princess.
In a recent phone interview, Clemmons reflected on his close relationship with Rogers, whom he calls his surrogate father; sneaking to the Stonewall Inn in the 60s; and how it feels to dress himself in African chieftain robes and shiny tiaras—after wearing a police uniform for 25 years on childrens TV.
Vanity Fair: What did you miss out on during the years that Mr. Rogers asked you to stay in the closet?
François Clemmons: Something romantic. But I think I missed out on romance as a normal kid. I didnt get to take my boyfriend to the prom, and college was the same basic experience, being in the closet. Then after that, you go to graduate school, which is where I was when I met Fred Rogers. And I was not romantically involved with someone [of the same sex] who I loved deeply. I had infatuations with boys, and I was about 9 or 10 when I realized how incredibly satisfying, how comfortable and fulfilling, it was to spend time with my same sex. But I never had a romantic relationship.
Did you have a romantic relationship with a man after the show?
Basically, no. I couldnt find the François that could give them what they deserve. . . . And [during the show], I could not handle people having an open discussion about the fact that François Clemmons is living with his lover. I did feel like I was risking [something], because people knew who I was. I had a full conversation with Fred about what it could possibly do to the program and to my role on the program, and I didnt feel I wanted to risk it. You know, the articles that have talked about me, I dont think theyve taken into full account that societal norms were vastly different than what they are right now.
As Emmy nominations approach, Vanity Fairs HWD team is diving deep into how some of this seasons greatest scenes and characters came together.
THE SCENE: KILLING EVE, SEASON 1, EPISODE 5
At roughly the midpoint of Killing Eves eight-episode first season , MI-5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and the woman shes been hunting, globe-trotting assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer), share their first real interaction. Set in Eves kitchen over some microwaved Shepherds Pie, its a sequence Oh describes as a dance—Fred and Ginger spinning madly. The director of the episode, Jon East, calls it a home invasion which, technically, it is—Villanelle has broken in without permission. Comer says from her characters perspective its just a nice meal between friends while series creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge imagines it as a wolf (Villanelle) coming to have tea with a mouse (Eve).
The food, the table, the two acting dynamos, and the much-anticipated confrontation between hunter and the hunted may prompt some movie buffs to think of the famous diner scene in Heat where Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro exchange barbs over coffee. (Thats a comparison, for the record, that hadnt occurred to Waller-Bridge though she was delighted by it.) However you want to describe, its the kind of powerful scene that signals to the viewer that Killing Eve is more than just a great show, its potentially a classic. Comer, Oh, East, and Waller-Bridge spoke with Vanity Fair about all the glycerine, fake meat, and sexual awakening that went into this show-stopping Killing Eve face-off.
How It Started
Waller-Bridge wrote the emotionally complex and uncommonly long two-hander out of order and in a rush months before it was shot so that actress Jodie Comer could have some material to work with during her audition. Though some slight material was later added to the scene, her initial, nine-page raw take on the meeting of Villanelle and Eve is almost identical to the finished product. “Phoebe just threw it out there,” Oh says. “she just came up with it.” With Oh already cast as Eve, Comer only had two days to memorize the nine pages of dialogue which would determine if she was the right actress to play Ohs foil Villanelle.
In order to make the younger actress feel more at ease, Oh brought in props including cups, water, cutlery, and—because she couldnt find a meat pie on short notice in Los Angeles—a blueberry pie for Comer to chow down on. Villanelles relationship with food is vitally important to her character generally and to this scene specifically. Oh, Waller-Bridge, and Comer all point at that the assassin is devouring •everything* in the scene, including, suggestively, the pie. While some performers, mindful of long hours and repeated takes, might nibble on their food, Comer says that in both the audition and the final take she really went for it: “I had to be rolled out of the audition room.”
On the day of the actual shoot, Comer was eating a Shepards Pie made with a corn-based substitute for the beef because, as she put it, she didnt want to “be in meat” all day. Fake meat has its advantages, but is also extremely dry and when the actress forked down a mouthful the wrong way, tears streaming down her face, she had to hold down a coughing choke while Oh got through her lines. Comer wont be eating Shepherds Pie again any time soon.
For Sandra Oh, however, dryness was the least of her worries. In the show, moments before the kitchen scene, Villanelle drops Eve into a bathtub and runs water on her in order to calm her down. That means Ohs character is wet and cold for the rest of the confrontation. The effect was achieved by dumping an entire tub of “crappy, cheap” gel on Ohs thick hair and spraying her down with glycerine between takes in order to maintain the sopping wet look over 11-plus hours of shooting. Both the pie and the glycerine further enhanced the initial dynamic of the scene: a voracious Villanelle on the prowl and a vulnerable Eve on the back foot. But Waller-Bridge was disinterested in keeping the power dynamic on one note for too long.
Setting the Scene
The location here is key. Director Jon East—who shot episodes 3, 4, and 5—decided to position the kitchen confrontation from Eves point of view. While the show at large is evenly split between assassin and investigator, this interaction set inside Eves home means the camera treats everything from her perspective. In a two-person scene with so much dialogue, the instinct is often to add a lot of movement and dynamic camera work in order to keep the momentum going. That proved unnecessary here given the caliber of the performances and the dialogue. The stillness of the camera, often positioned tight on Ohs face, was meant to reflect Eves own stillness in the scene. “If youre up against a panther in the jungle you wont make sudden moves,” East observes.
There was little-to-no rehearsal required either, though East had budgeted days for it, because Comer and Oh had much of the scene down pat after the audition process. So East went with whats called a rehearse/record approach and other than a brief run through to position his shots, let a fresher take play out on camera. This, Comer said, meant each actress was kept guessing as to what the other might do.
But while a high-stakes first meeting between villain and hero might be a familiar one for TV and film fans, Waller-Bridge says she laced this scene with domestic niceties in order to set it apart from the “spy genre cliché of someone being tied to a chair in a metal room with a gun to their head or a conversation behind bars.” Its not the first time Killing Eve, a uniquely female take on familiar espionage tropes, blended every-day mundanities with life-or-death drama. In Episode 1, Fiona Shaws character Carolyn initially recruited Eve while shopping for a pint of milk.
Avengers: Infinity War features such a dizzyingly huge cast of characters that it is easy to lose track of all others except your favourite ones. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is made up of disparate beings with their own unique personalities. You like some, you dislike some, and you are indifferent to others. The latest fan-favourites are Elizabeth Olsens Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettanys Vision.
Vision is a walking MacGuffin since he has an Infinity Stone stuck to his head. Thanos wants it and that puts Visions life in danger. Speaking to Collider, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany spoke about the relationship between the two characters.
“I think that Visions been on this quest to understand what being human is, and I think Scarlet Witch [has] in a large degree helped him figure that out and what love is. [Sings] “I wanna know what love is?” Its in the movie, thats the scene the paparazzi [shot]. “I wanna know what love is?” Yeah, so theyre trying to figure that out […] theyre very much in love at this point,” Bettany said.
This is good to know, and this is coming from a hardcore Marvel fan. It becomes difficult to care about individual characters amid all the world-spanning events unless there are well-developed characters, relationships, and bonds. We may see another interesting moment when Black Widow meets Bruce Banner.
Elizabeth also spoke about the relationship, “Oh yeah! Yeah, that is fun. It just feels like you have something really specific to work with all the time. And that feels nice. Theres like an anchor point to everything, which is what youre constantly looking for when youre doing these movies. What anchors you to a grounded reality? And you have that throughout the whole film. You have your partner, your life partner with you by your side, and that creates a different kind of stakes, as well.”
Written by Sana Farzeen | Mumbai | Published: February 7, 2018 7:16 pm Avinesh Rekhi is seen as Uma Shankar in Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh Piyaji.
Following the saying – ‘two incomplete people making a complete relationship’, Diya Aur Baati Hum launched its sequel Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh Piyaji last year. While on one side, we have the bubbly and electrifying Kanak (Rhea Sharma), on the other, there’s the righteous and disciplined Uma Shankar (Avinesh Rekhi). They might have been opposite personalities but destiny brought them together and now, with love blooming between them, the audiences are in for a treat. Recently, the couple also enjoyed a getaway in Bangkok, where they even experienced a makeover. We got Avinesh to talk about this new twist and a lot more about his character and the show.
Firstly, talking about the new transformation, Avinesh, in an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, shared, “I have always liked Uma’s avatar- the dhoti and kurta. I don’t think any lead on television has ever worn such attire throughout. I am definitely missing my old avatar but this change has been an organic one and will add more twists. And yes, I am finally quite comfortable doing action sequences now and my editors are also very happy now (laughs). Being all exposed in a dhoti, it only added woes for the post-production team.”
Though the character of Uma is religious and has a hint of chauvinism, he is quite loved by fans. When asked what made the role connect with the audience, the actor shared, “It was only in the beginning that he showcased an off-beat avatar. Uma is not a bad person; he is an old school guy whose thought process is quite religious. People did find him odd. In the modern world, you do not accept such ideas. But then he is a simple and loving guy, who is also very honest and truthful. That’s what the audience loves about him and aspire to have someone like him in their life.”
He further stated, “Just like Uma, I am also a simple guy. Since I always knew that his beliefs were not wrong, I got to learn a lot while playing the character. What Uma preaches is actually for the well-being of humanity and while it’s difficult to accept it, there’s no harm in learning.”
Avinesh has also been seen bare-chested in the show for quite a long time. Ask him if he was comfortable about it, and he smiled to say, “I have been told that I am the only actor to have been shirtless for the longest time ever on television. Being a fitness enthusiast, I have always been comfortable doing such sequences. I only asked my team to intimate me in advance so that I could prepare for it. I am happy that I managed to carry it off pretty well and now people have tagged me saying only I could have pulled this off.”
Unlike Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh Piyaji, very few sequels have worked on television. Crediting the team, the Madhubala actor shared, “Everyone wants their show to do good and we too started off with the same expectations. While our show’s plus point was that it was really different from Diya Aur Baati Hum, the best thing has been the positivity and hard work of the team. Everybody has taken their responsibilities so well. Also, there are no tantrums. Everyone is punctual and very focused. That’s how a good show is made and I am so proud to be associated with this team.”
Written by Kriti Sonali | Bengaluru | Published: August 20, 2018 10:29:51 pm Check out the latest social media posts of Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Katrina Kaif.
Priyanka Chopra is super active on social media these days. She shared another photo on Instagram today. Other celebrities like Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh, Sunny Leone and Sonakshi Sinha also shared photos on their social media accounts. Scroll to see photos.
Priyanka Chopra seems to be poking fun at all the engagement ring reports with this Instagram story. Bharat actor Katrina Kaif shared this photo from Malta today. “G.A.I.N.S #mondaymotivation,” wrote Ranveer Singh with the photo. Sharing the photo, Abhishek Bachchan wrote, “Two hard working actors!! In between shots on the sets. Hope @anuragkashyap10 appreciates the hard work and concentration. Lets not tell him that @taapsee is actually playing Word Trek on her phone and Im not studying my dialogues but reading the call sheet to check how early I would need to report the next day. #Manmarziyaan #RoadToManmarziyaan #TakeTwo.” “Mirror, Mirror…..on the bathroom wall !!! ,” wrote Arjun Kapoor along with the photo. Arjun Kapoor is on a holiday. “@valenciacf vs @atleticodemadrid tonight! Heading to the stadium soon to catch the action live @laliga #LaLigaSantanderIsBack #ItsLaLiga,” read the photo caption. Sonakshi Sinha is busy with the promotions of Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi. Shraddha Kapoor chose a traditional outfit for Stree promotions. Shakti Kapoor shared this family photo today. “Family #ThrowbackToEurope #HopOnHopOff,” he wrote along with the photo. Sharing the Instagram photo, Madhuri Dixit wrote, “Pretty feels kind-of Monday .” Kritika Kamra looked stunning in this Instagram photo. Sunny Leone shared this close up photo today. Bipasha Basu posted this click and wrote, “When the husband decides to capture this moment of me enjoying the evening monsoon breeze .” Anita Hassanandani shared a sneak peek of her latest photoshoot.
Young and bubbly Tara Alisha Berry is currently seen as Poroma Sarkar in Viu Indias web series Love Lust and Confusion. The 13-episode series will depict the age of indecisiveness, physical exploration and confusion. The series also explores polyamory and the perspective of youngsters on the topic. Stating that the director Victor Mukherjee was the reason she took up the show, Tara, in an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, shared, “The minute I met him and he narrated me the script, I was bowled over. He had also shown me few reference clips on what he wanted visually and I was amazed.”
When asked if she believes that theres always confusion between love and lust, the young actor smiled to say, “Of course I believe in it and I think we all go through it sometime in our life. Its also got a lot to do with age. You are young, hormonal and trying to explore relationship. There are moments of self-discovery throughout your life, when a lot of confusion gets cleared.”
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When asked to pick a moment of self-discovery, Tara, after a deep thought, shared, “I have it everyday! Honestly, I am constantly reading and also the profession that I am in, I keep meeting a lot of people. So everyday you learn something different. Also each project, character teaches you a lot of things. So it is a constant phase in my life.”
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Love Lust and Confusion will see Tara meet a number of guys in her quest to find herself. We asked her which guy was the most fun, she quipped, “All of them were really nice. Since I have maximum scenes with Rajat (Barmecha), Nakul (Sahdev) and (Meiyang) Chang, we all had a blast shooting. Also Jatin (Dua) was fun to be with. We all hung out together and enjoyed throughout.” The shoot for the series was easy and the actor believes that the workshops by their director helped a lot. “Since he had spent so much time with each one of us, it was a clear path as we all knew what was expected from us. His efforts paid off well.”