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Oscars 2023 will include all 23 categories presented live on air

All 23 categories will be aired during the Oscars 2023 telecast. Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced the news exclusively to ‘Variety’ on Tuesday. “I can confirm that all categories will be included in the live telecast,” he said.

The news comes after eight different Oscar categories — original score, makeup and hairstyling, documentary short, film editing, production design, animated short, live action short, and sound — were cut from the main telecast at the 2022 Academy Awards, leading to much outrage across the film industry.

“We are committed to having a show that celebrates the artisans, the arts and sciences, and the collaborative nature of moviemaking. This is very much what the mission of the Academy is, and I am very hopeful that we can do a show that celebrates all components of moviemaking in an entertaining and engaging way,” Kramer told ‘Variety’.

Since his appointment in June, Kramer said he’s had many conversations about restoring the missing categories. “We are thrilled to be in a position to execute that.”

Jimmy Kimmel will return for the third time to host the Oscars. Kramer said he was excited to have the late-night host back. “I love having someone hosting the show who knows live television. I think that’s so critical,” he said.

When asked about what else audiences can expect from the telecast, Kramer said: “All I will say right now is that our anniversary, the 95th Oscars, is extremely important to us. I think it sets a really interesting rhythm for our 100th. You see this in the museum, I think we are able to celebrate our legacy while bringing the Academy into the future and the show will reflect that.”

Executive producers and showrunners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment will produce the Oscars, and Weiss returns, for the eighth consecutive year, as the show’s director.

The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12, 2023, live from the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. The ceremony will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

‘BB 16’: Housemates can now reclaim lost Rs 25 lakhs from winning prize money

In the upcoming episode of ‘Bigg Boss 16’, housemates have a stellar chance to earn back and make the total winning prize money amount of Rs 50 lakhs.

With this task spanning across days, the voice of Bigg Boss announces the new entry of Golden Guys, Sunny Nanasaheb Waghchoure, and Sanjay Gujar in the show.

For this task, the activity area is designed as a safe that has a mountain of gold coins worth Rs. 25 lakhs, and the contestants must uncover a seven-digit passcode to crack it open. These seven digits are hidden in the items made of gold in the house.

At regular intervals, ‘Bigg Boss’ will share instructions to get to the digits. Once the contestants succeed in unlocking the passcode while evading the threat of the Golden Guys and getting to the safe, they will earn the lost prize money. It will be fun to watch the contestants’ treasure hunt for gold.

Fights over food are a constant, but how far can one go in claiming what’s theirs? While Soundarya Sharma is cooking in the kitchen, Archana Gautam is annoyed at the prospect of eating Rotis made from the previous night’s dough.

She got Nimrit to instruct Abdu Rozik to get four Rotis made from fresh dough from the plates of Shiv Thakare, Sajid Khan, Abdu Rozik, and MC Stan. Picking rotis out from the plates of the housemates while they were eating did not go well with Shiv Thakare who slammed Archana for being petty. He further suggested that she should learn to be human while playing the game. In her defense, Archana pitted the blame on Soundarya for mixing the last night’s dough with the fresh one.

While verbal spats are going on in full swing, Priyanka Chahar Choudhary has an emotional breakdown over her coming across as wrong and dominating despite having her close friend Ankit Gupta’s best interest.

She opened up to Soundarya about it and confessed that she can’t figure out what was going on in her head even though she was trying hard.

Kangana to headline ‘Chandramukhi 2’, sequel to Rajanikanth’s ‘Chandramukhi’

After ‘Thalaivii’, actress Kangana Ranaut will be seen in another Tamil movie. This time, the actress will be essaying the titular role of Chandramukhi in ‘Chandramukhi 2’, directed by P. Vasu. The film’s prequel, which was released in 2005, starred superstars Rajanikanth and Jyothika Saravanan.

‘Chandramukhi’ was a remake of the Malayalam film ‘Manichitrathazhu’ and was adapted in Hindi as the Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’.

In ‘Chandramukhi 2’, Kangana will be seen playing the role of a renowned dancer in the king’s court who’s known for her dancing skills and breathtaking beauty. Renowned Tamil Actor Raghava Lawrence will be seen opposite Kangana Ranaut. National award-winning costume designer Neeta Lulla will be working on the film, she has amped up the curiosity for the film with a sketch of the character.

When contacted Neeta Lulla mentioned: “To create a character who is the epitome of grace in every adaa, her looks, her hair, her stance, and walk exude and portray the spirit of dance. To me, that is Chandramukhi. The film is going to be a beautiful yet challenging experience. I’m very excited to be working again with Kangana in this project, her sheer strength as an actor lies in the ability to lose herself to the character she is playing. Can’t wait to see what amalgamates in ‘Chandramukhi 2′”.

As per the source, Kangana will start shooting the first schedule of the film in the first week of December. The actress will be taking a small break from her second directorial ‘Emergency’ and the second schedule of ‘Chandramukhi 2’ will commence in January after ‘Emergency’ wraps up.

If sources are to be believed Chandramukhi 2 is produced by one of the biggest production houses Lyca films whose recent release was PS 1.

Meanwhile, Kangana also has ‘Tejas’ in which she essays the role of an Indian Air Force pilot, and ‘Noti Binodini’ in the pipeline.

‘Pushpa – The Rise’ dubbed in Russian; to be released in Russia on Dec 8

After creating a buzz in Indian languages, the Allu Arjun-starrer Pushpa – The Rise’ is to be released in Russian on December 8.

It will follow the film’s screening as part of a six-film package that will travel across major Russian cities, including Moscow and St Petersberg, from December 1 to 6.

The Russian-dubbed version is making a splash online with fans gushing over the actors mouthing their favorite dialogues in the language.

The film will have a star-studded premiere in Moscow on December 1 and in St. Petersburg on December 3 in the presence of its lead cast and crew. It will be premiered at the opening ceremony of the fifth Indian Film Festival which will be held in 24 Russian cities.

Directed by Sukumar and starring Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna, ‘Pushpa -The Rise’, which was released post the Covid lockdown as the year 2021 came to a close, was an unequalified success across all the language markets it was screened in.

‘Pushpa – The Rise’ to open travelling fest of 6 Indian films in Russia

The Allu Arjun-starrer and pan-India blockbuster movie ‘Pushpa -The Rise’ will open a traveling festival of six films that will be screened in 24 Russian cities as part of an Indian Films Festival from December 1 to 6.

The film festival is being organized by Indian Films, together with the Indian National Cultural Centre and SITA, with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Embassy of India in Russia.

The screenings will be held in the theatres of the Russian network, Cinema Park, in Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi, and other cities.

The program features six all-time hits, including Karan Johar’s drama, ‘My Name is Khan, and the musical melodrama film, ‘Disco Dancer’, starring Mithun Chakraborty, which continues to have a huge fan following in Russia.

‘Pushpa – The Rise’, written and directed by Sukumar Bandreddi, will be the opening film of the festival.

The inauguration of the Indian Films Festival will be held on December 1 in Moscow. ‘Pushpa – The Rise’ will be personally presented by the makers and the principal actors: Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna, Sukumar Banreddi, and producer Ravi Sankar.

On December 3, the cast and crew members of ‘Pushpa – The Rise’ will attend the screening of the film in St Petersburg, in the shopping center Galeria.

The other popular Indian films being featured in the festival include ‘RRR’, ‘Dangal’ and ‘War’.

Music first, trailer later: Promo blueprint for SRK-starrer ‘Pathaan’

If you liked Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Pathaan’ teaser then here’s a piece of disappointing news – the trailer of the film will take more time to surface. But to make things better, here’s another piece of news – the makers of the film have decided to treat the fans first with the film’s music.

The director of the spy-action movie – Siddharth Anand has said that prior to the trailer launch – the audience will get to experience the two spectacular songs from the film followed by the trailer release in January.

Siddharth Anand said: “Pathaan has two spectacular songs. And fortunately, both are so incredible that they are potential chartbuster anthems of the year. Hence, we decided to give people ample time to enjoy the songs before the film releases.”

‘Pathaan’, which is a part of Aditya Chopra’s ambitious spy universe, also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham.

The idea of releasing the music first is to further build the anticipation for the film’s plot and cash in on the response to the film’s music.

“Since December is a party and holiday season for people across the world. So we will release the songs of the film before the theatrical trailer. This is also part of our strategy to hold back the plot of Pathaan to as close to the release as possible. So get ready to dance to the music of ‘Pathaan'”, the director added.

‘Pathaan’, which also has a cameo by Salman Khan, will land in theatres on January 25 in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

Arjun starts shooting for next film in Delhi, says city lucky for him

Arjun Kapoor has begun shooting for his next movie in Delhi. The actor had earlier shot three of his films in the national capital, all of which he describes as “special films”.

For the same reason, the actor feels that the city is lucky for him. The yet-to-be-titled film will be reportedly directed by Mudassar Aziz of ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ fame.

Talking about shooting in Delhi, Arjun said: “Delhi has always been special for me and it has been a hugely lucky charm for me. I shot ‘2 States’, ‘Ki & Ka’, and ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ in the national capital, and all these films turned out to be some of the most special films in my filmography and gave me tremendous recognition that I grateful for.”

The actor is “excited to be back in Delhi” and hopes that Delhi will add its magical touch and make this film again a stand-out one for his career in cinema.

Arjun is on a strict diet and is looking forward to attaining a certain physical transformation. But he can’t stop himself from having a cheat day for the Delhi delicacies.

He said: “I’m very fitness-forward these days and want to achieve a certain body type soon, so I won’t be able to gorge on the Delhi delicacies but I have convinced my trainer to allow me a day of cheat meals in Delhi.”

He signed off by saying: “I am waiting for the day when I can have my Bua’s ghar ka khana and the local chaat. I’m looking forward to this outdoor schedule in Delhi where I can relive my childhood summer holidays and enjoy my cheat and treat meal and spend time with my family here.”

Apart from Arjun, the untitled film also stars Bhumi Pednekar and Rakul Preet Singh.

BB 16′: Kajol, Revathy join Salman on ‘Weekend Ka Vaar’, promote ‘Salaam Venky’

In the upcoming episode of ‘Bigg Boss 16’ film ‘Salaam Venky’, Kajol Devgan and director Revathi grace the ‘Weekend Ka Vaar’.

Salman recreates a scene with Kajol from their hit film ‘Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’ as they play a game of staring. It will be fun to see who bests whom. A game of ‘Whisper Challenge’ with the star guests will leave the audience in splits.

Director Revathi and Salman take a trip down memory lane as they recreate their hit song ‘Sathiya Tune Kya Kiya’.

In yesterday’s episode, Salman revealed that the real reason why Fahmaan Khan entered the house was to promote his new show ‘Pyar Ke Saat Vachan Dharam Patnii’.

He comes out of the house and with his co-star Kritika Singh Yadav arrives on the ‘vaar’ stage and re-enacts a fun scene with the leads of the show.

Fahmaan presents a situation where Salmaan is the prospective groom who visits his bride-to-be (Kritika) with his crooked uncle enacted by Fahmaan.

Greta Gerwig was ‘terrified’ of making ‘Barbie’ movie: This could be a career-ender

Filmmaker Greta Gerwig, who currently awaits the release of her highly anticipated ‘Barbie’ movie, has opened up about the making of the film on Dua Lipa’s ‘At Your Service’ podcast, saying she was both ‘excited’ and ‘terrified’ upon embarking on the project.”It was terrifying,” Gerwig said, reports Variety’.

“There’s something about starting from that place where it’s like ‘well, anything is possible.’ It felt like vertigo starting to write it. Like, where do you even begin? What would be the story?”

Gerwig, who co-wrote the film with husband Noah Baumbach, added, “That feeling that I had was knowing that it would be really interesting terror. Usually, that’s where the best stuff is. I am terrified of that. Anything where you’re like, ‘This could be a career-ender,’ then you’re like, ‘OK, I probably should do it.'”

As far as the plot, Gerwig didn’t offer many details but said Mattel executives were “amazing partners” who gave her “trust and freedom” with the Barbie brand.

She also credited star and producer Margot Robbie, as well as producer Tom Ackerley for making sure Gerwig was able to execute her vision.

‘Barbie’ also stars Ryan Gosling as Ken, as well as America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Simu Liu, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, Sharon Rooney, Scott Evans, Ana Cruz Kayne, Ritu Arya, Jamie Demetriou, Emerald Fennell, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa and Connor Swindells.

The film is set for a July 21, 2023 release date via Warner Bros.

PM to participate in Constitution Day celebrations at SC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the Constitution Day celebrations in the Supreme Court on Saturday, where he will launch various new initiatives under the e-court project.

The project is an effort to provide services to litigants, lawyers, and the judiciary through the ICT enablement of courts.

November 26 is celebrated as Constitution Day since 2015, to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.

The initiatives to be launched by the prime minister include Virtual Justice Clock, Justis mobile App 2.0, Digital court, and S3WaaS Websites.

Virtual Justice Clock is an initiative to exhibit vital statistics of the justice delivery system at the court level giving the details of the cases instituted, cases disposed and pendency of cases on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis at the court level.

The effort is to make the functioning of the courts accountable and transparent by sharing with the public the status of case disposals by the court.

The public can access the Virtual Justice Clock of any court establishment on the district court’s website.

Justis Mobile App 2.0 is a tool available to judicial officers for effective court and case management by monitoring the pendency and disposal of not only his or her court but also individual judges working under them.

The digital court is an initiative to make court records available to the judge in digitized form to enable the transition to paperless courts.

The S3WaaS website is a framework to generate, configure, deploy and manage websites for publishing specified information and services related to district judiciary.