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How Many Celebrities Does it Take to Make a Hit Web Series?

November 11, 2010

By Zachary Sniderman

What kind of web series sends you a giant salami in a red and grey tube sock as a promotion? One where said salami actually plays a crucial role in its off-the-wall comedy and even odder plot lines.

Backwash is an entirely strange and utterly surreal new web series premiering on Sony-owned video site Crackle  this November 15.

The 13-episode series largely follows three hapless companions (played by Michael Ian Black, Michael Panes and Joshua Malina, who also wrote and produced the series) after one of them accidentally robs a bank armed with naught but a large salami.

The show features a humongous list of guest actors, including Jon Hamm, John Stamos, Sarah Silverman, John Cho, Allison Janney, Hank Azaria, Michael Vartan, Steven Weber, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Dulé Hill, Fred Willard and others. While some only appear as guest narrators, others will figure into the story arc itself.

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Despite the bloated roster, each episode will still run less than 10 minutes. The idea for Crackle, however, is to craft those small segments into something that could stand on its own.

“We’ll have 90 minutes of content, released episodically, at a calibre and quality where we can put them out on DVD, sell them on cable or satellite,” said Eric Berger, Senior VP of Digital Networks for Sony. Backwash is just one of the four original series exclusively produced for Crackle each year.

Berger sees one of the key differences between a video site like Crackle and competitors such as Hulu or YouTube is demographic targeting.

Backwash is another way Crackle can reach out to target demographic of males ages 18 to 34. Crackle provides editorial content through its blog and curates video lists that might appeal specifically to that demographic.

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The show has taken a while to become reality, according to Malina.

“I initially just started writing it as comic material,” Malina said. “It went through many iterations. I thought it should be a screenplay, onstage, as a sitcom pilot. I never really completed it, I hadn’t really found the right medium for it.”

It was only when Ken Marino, another actor in the series, suggested trying a web series that Malina felt he found its home. “There’s a surreal aspect to it that’s well suited to the Internet.”

Malina said he enjoyed being able to cast and shoot the show without creative restriction, even though web series have historically low budgets and short shooting times. “A big negative is how you make a living doing [a web series],” Malina said. “We just sort of accepted that it was this new area and we’re not going to get rich off of it.”

It seems like this is the standard for most web series regardless of size: Fiscal gains are given up for a tremendous amount of creative freedom. Hopefully shows like Backwash, with its high production values and star-studded cast, can help elevate web series in the mainstream eye.

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Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

November 10, 2010

As expected the gala MTV European Music Awards bash at the Caja Magica in Madrid provided entertainment not only in terms of great music and performances but also eye-popping fashions.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Israeli model Hofit Golan wore an outfit designed by Indian designers Shane and Falguni Peacock.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Spanish actress Rossi de Palma and Spanish model Bimba Bose pose on the red carpet prior to the 2010 European MTV Awards at the Caja Magica in Madrid. It is rather surprising that de Palma’s ill-fitting sequined outfit didn’t slip down.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

TV personality Snooki looked every inch a glamorous islander.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Rihanna looked stunning in a ruffle and chiffon gown from the Marchesa Spring 2011 collection.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Performer Taylor Momsen looked scary in that black ensemble a la Olvido Gara.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Model Kelly Brook looked gorgeous in a strapless, velvety mini dress.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Paramore’s Hayley Williams poses for the cameras in an outfit designed by her. Don’t miss the silver lipstick and eye-do!

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Miley Cyrus’ backless, white frilly outfit raised quite a few eyebrows.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Singer Shakira wore a metallic mini-dress with a plunging neckline.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Teenage American actress and singer-songwriter Emily Osment looked lovely in a one-shouldered, blue BCBG Max Azria dress.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Ke$ha poses for the shutterbugs. Hard to miss that long stole.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Actress Eva Longoria Parker bared her legs in a micro mini. Don’t miss her Brian Atwood Donna shoes!

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

British singer Natasha Gilbert wore what seemed to be a cross between a bikini and an LBD.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Host Eva Longoria wearing a costume depicting a leg of ham. The amber-hued synthetic costume stole the show a la the red meat dress that Lady Gaga flaunted at the VMAs. Longoria joked, “Lady Gaga couldn’t be here tonight but she left this dress backstage. Who knew Spanish ham was one of my colours?”

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

US singer Rihanna croons ‘Only Girl (In the World)’ amidst a foggy and floral setting.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Katy Perry raised sparks with ‘Fireworks’ and her red romper that had orange, red and blue prints of flames.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Clad in a jumpsuit, Miley Cyrus performed ‘Who Owns My Heart’.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Ke$ha poses with her award for Best New Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. The singer flaunted neon body paint and hairspray that seemed to go well with the neon prints on her romper.

Fashion at the MTV European Music Awards 2010

Singer Katy Perry sports a bizarre green outfit as she accepts the award for Best Video.

Source: India Syndicate

Image credits: AP, Reuters, AFP

Kendra Wilkinson’s Sex Tape Revealed

November 10, 2010

Kendra Sex Tape Shocker

Fox411.com’s Pop Tarts column exclusively revealed the cover art for “Kendra Exposed,” a sex tape with the former “Girls Next Door” star that Vivid entertainment is planning on releasing next month.

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Kendra’s DVD Cover

Wilkinson reportedly made the tape when she was just 18, long before her marriage to NFL player Hank Baskett.

However numerous reports have said the former Playboy bunny attempted to sell the tape herself back in 2008 when she was engaged to Baskett.

Kendra and Hank Working It Out

Kendra and Hank Working It Out

Life & Style magazine has the first photo of Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett in public since her sex tape scandal sent the couple underground.

(Courtesy: Life & Style).

Diane Keaton Raps, Covers News in ‘Morning Glory’

November 10, 2010

Diane Keaton raps, covers news in `Morning Glory'In ‘Morning Glory’, Diane Keaton plays a veteran TV morning-show host who takes on the silliest assignments just to keep herself on the air.

In reality, Keaton is one of Hollywood’s favourite actresses, an Oscar winner with more than 40 feature films to her credit, including modern classics like ‘The Godfather’, ‘Reds’ and ‘Annie Hall’.

The 64-year-old actress, director and producer says her enthusiasm hasn’t waned over her 40 years in film. Unlike her ‘Morning Glory’ character, Colleen Peck, who is determined to keep her job at almost any cost, Keaton’s curiosity about people and their lives makes her work feel fresh, like there’s always something to discover.

She talked with us about the changing face of entertainment and her latest on- and off-screen pursuits.

Excerpts from the interview

AP: How did you like working with Harrison Ford in this film?

Keaton: He is hilarious. I love working with him, are you kidding? He’s beautiful! What about that face? That face held up.

AP: You rap with 50 Cent in this movie. How was that?

Keaton: Humiliating. And you know, I do have a daughter who is 15, and that made it even more humiliating because she thought I was just such an idiot. And she wasn’t wrong.

AP: This was your rap debut!

Keaton: That’s my rap debut and that’s the end of me as a rapper. I won’t be working with Kanye, or Jay-Z. They have not called. I would like to. I’m available, guys.

AP: Colleen Peck is nothing like the journalist you played in ‘Reds’. Does ‘Morning Glory’ have a serious message about journalism?

Keaton: It’s a hard job, that’s what I think it has to say. Then there’s the entertainment factor versus the hard news, and really, that’s the only real issue I can see that there’s any discussion on: When does it become selling out when it’s entertainment? You know my stance as Colleen Peck: Bring on the entertainment, man! Anything but the hard news or anything that makes people think, forget it.

AP: You’ve had movies out almost every year since you started making them. What is the secret to your success?

Keaton: I know there’s a host of people that I owe everything to. But then there’s also the fact that I’m curious, I really want to experience more than just sort of rolling over and giving up in some way. I’m determined, I’m one determined person. I’m not Colleen, but I really do love what I do to the extent that it’s a learning experience. They’re all different learning experiences and so much of it has to do with the people you work with and what you take away from those unique people that I’ve had the privilege to know intimately in short spurts … I feel it’s more than just a role. It’s an overview of what that experience brings to you and I’ve been just in awe of the people that I’ve worked with.

AP: You’ve undoubtedly seen many changes over your 40 years in Hollywood. What have been most interesting?

Keaton: There have been massively radical changes in the world of the movies… Let’s just take the role of animation in filmmaking. Now it’s to be highly respected. It used to be that animation was just sheer entertainment. Well, all of that is changed, and what Pixar has done is changed our way of seeing. They’ve changed storytelling. I just think that ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Up’ were amazing, great pictures, and I think also with the reinvention of how we use 3-D, everything that’s going on … it’s just morphing into something else. Watching YouTube, watching movies on your phone, being in a plane and constantly being inundated with visuals, even billboards are now moving billboards, it’s amazing what we’re living in.

AP: What other goals do you have for your career?

Keaton: Well, I have a lot of interests, as you know. I’m on the board of the Los Angeles Conservancy. I care about buildings and I care about restoring buildings and I care about protecting buildings from being torn down. I’m an animal advocate. I’m on the board of the Helen Woodward Animal Center, which is down in San Diego, a leading proponent of the no-kill situation for dogs and pets and people, adopt a dog, you know. Things like that. I’m doing a memoir of my life, which is basically about my mother, my relationship with my mother and her writing. I’m going to do another visual book about architecture again.

AP: What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Keaton: My son and my daughter are on swim team, and I love to go to the swim meets. I enjoy watching them swim. I enjoy watching them evolve, too. Dexter is my daughter, she’s about to be 15 in December, and Duke, my son, is 9. That keeps you on your feet and not too self involved.

Source: AP

Meet The Lovely and Talented: Tanushree Dutta

November 10, 2010

Happy Birthday, Tanushree!Tanushree Dutta has been an in-demand actor in Bollywood ever since her debut in ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’. With a penchant for bold roles and a hot bod to die for, Tanushree has managed to set the screen on fire, every time she logged in.

On the eve of her latest release, ‘Ramaa – The Saviour’, we bring you the Tanushree Dutta story, in sizzling snaps.

Spotlight: Tanushree Dutta

Tanushree Dutta was born on March 19, 1981.

Spotlight: Tanushree Dutta

She holds a degree in Commerce from Brihan Maharashtrian College, Mumbai.

Spotlight: Tanushree Dutta

In 2002, she anchored a Bengali Show, ‘Hoi Hullod’.

Spotlight: Tanushree Dutta

She then worked at the Oracle Institute before entering the Femina Miss India Contest.

Spotlight: Tanushree Dutta

She was later crowned Femina Miss India in 2004, along with the titles “Miss Confidence” and “Miss Beautiful Smile”.

Happy Birthday, Tanushree!

Tanushree Dutta made her debut in ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’ (2005).

Happy Birthday, Tanushree!

Some of her other films include ‘Saas Bahu Aur Sensex’, ‘Speed’, ‘Dhol’, ‘Raqeeb’, ‘Good Boy Bad Boy’, ‘Risk’, ’36 China Town’, ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Rokkk’.

Happy Birthday, Tanushree!

“I don’t want to make the same mistakes again. I did some films that hardly excited audience. I guess now I can think better than never. I want to do stuff that audience is interested in watching on screen,” says Tanushree.

Happy Birthday, Tanushree!

She ventured down South with ‘Veerabhadra’ (Telugu) and ‘Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai’ (Tamil).

Happy Birthday, Tanushree!

Her upcoming movie is ‘Ramaa – The Saviour’.

Happy Birthday, Tanushree!

Tanushree, who has always been considered a sex symbol, says, “I am considered to be a sex symbol and I take pride in the fact that audience does expect me to be seen in particular kind of roles where I bring on the oomph.”

Happy Birthday, Tanushree!

Tanushree on kissing on-screen: “It’s a strict no-no as far as on-screen kissing or lovemaking scenes are concerned.”

Happy Birthday, Tanushree!

She was the brand ambassador of Gitanjali jewelry.

Happy Birthday, Tanushree!

She accused Nana Patekar of harassment on the sets of Rakesh Sarang’s ‘Horn Ok Pleassss’.

Get to Know: Tamara Moss

November 3, 2010

Top Indian model and 20-yr-old Tamara Moss is half-Indian & half-Dutch.

At the recent WIFW, we caught up with her.

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Meet Vidya Malvade

October 25, 2010

From a career-defining role in ‘Chak De India’, to playing a sexy mom in ‘Kidnap, followed by an off-beat character in ‘Striker’, Vidya has proved that she is willing to swim against the tide.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

Vidya Malvade was born on April 13, 1979.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

She pursued very diverse career choices before she turned to acting. Though Vidya studied Law, she worked as an Air Hostess for a long period of time.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

Tragedy struck young for Vidya, when her husband, Capt. Arvind Singh Bagga, a pilot working for Alliance Air, died in a plane crash in 2000.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

Vidya started her Bollywood career with Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Inteha’ in 2003, co-starring Ashmit Patel and Nauheed Cyrusi. The film bombed at the Box Office.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

She then did small roles in films like ‘Footpath’ and ‘Mashooka’, which didn’t do well at the B.O. either.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

Vidya’s ticket to stardom was Shimit Amin’s ‘Chak De India’, in which she played the captain and the goal-keeper of the Indian Hockey Team.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

She was seen next in ‘Kidnap’, in which she played a 17-year-old girl’s mother. This film too, failed to do well commercially.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

“I don’t come from a family of actors. I have struggled my way up till here. When I get a character which is really good, I am not going to give it up just because it is the role of a mom or a grand mom. I am very clear in my head that even if I am playing a character older than my age, I will make sure that I perform in a way that it will seem real. Now if people start offering me mother’s role, I will say no to them as I have had already played one. If a good character comes to me in whatever form, I am going to grab it big time,” says Vidya.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

She played the role of the hero’s sister in the Siddharth starrer, ‘Striker’.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

Her last film was ‘Tum Milo To Sahi’.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

She has also worked in many commercials, including a Santro Ad with Shah Rukh Khan. She has also walked for several renowned designers.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

In 2009, Vidya married Sanjay Dayma, who was an assistant director to Ashutosh Gowariker in ‘Lagaan’.

Siren of the Week: Vidya Malvade

Vidya is a trained Kathak Dancer.

Australia Bans Lara Stone Calvin Klein Jeans Ad For Being ‘Suggestive of Rape’

October 23, 2010

Calvin Klein Ad Could Encourage Gang Rape: Experts

By Tamara Abraham

A risqué Calvin Klein Jeans campaign, starring Lara Stone, has been banned in Australia after the country’s Advertising Standards Bureau decided that it was ‘suggestive of violence and rape’.

The supermodel, who is married to comedian David Walliams, is the face of the designer label, and can be seen posing with three male models in the controversial image.

Her head is rested on the lap of one, while she is straddled by another.

The advertisement sparked a storm of complaints from sexual assault workers and women’s groups after it was posted on billboards across the country.

A spokesman from the Advertising Standards Bureau said that the image was demeaning to both men and women.
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Controversial: A new Calvin Klein Jeans ad campaign, starring David Walliams’ supermodel wife Lara Stone, has been banned in Australia for being ‘suggestive of violence and rape’

‘The Board considered that whilst the act depicted could be consensual, the overall impact and most likely impression is that the scene is suggestive of violence and rape,’ he said.

‘The Board considered that the image was demeaning to women by suggesting that she is a plaything of these men.

‘It also demeans men by implying sexualised violence against women.’

Clinical psychologist Alison Grundy, who works with victims of sexual assault, said that the use of sexual violence as a marketing tool was ‘a dangerous new low’.

‘If we continue to subject future generations of young men to great barrages of aggressive, misogynist, over-sexualised and violent imagery in pornography, movies, computer games and advertising, we will continue to see the rates of sexual violence against women and children that continue unabated today,’ she said.

10 Celebrity Facebook ‘Boycotters’

October 22, 2010

10 Celebrity Facebook 'boycotters'

Facebook is the world’s No. 1 social network, boasting of over 500-mn active users.

The site also has a large number of celebrity users including US President Barrack Obama and tech billionaire Bill Gates.

However, there are also several celebs who have deliberately shunned the social network.

Reasons vary from privacy concerns to lack of interest to not-so tech savvy attitude. An American news website The Daily Beast recently listed 10 celebrity Facebook “boycotters”.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

The American pop musician and actor Justin Timberlake tops the list of so-called Facebook “boycotters”. The actor who plays the role of former Facebook president Sean Parker in the film ‘The Social Network’ reportedly said, “I’m sort of admittedly ridiculously stupid with computers.”

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg

The 27-year-old-actor who also plays the role of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the film ‘The Social Network’ also hates to be on the most popular social networking site.
According to the report, Eisenber reason for not been on Facebook is, “I have to talk about myself all the time, and I’m disgusted with myself, and don’t want to go home and write about the breakfast I tried to eat.”
However, the actor confessed that he joined Facebook under a fake name for a brief period of time.

Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin

The screenwriter of the blockbuster film ‘The Social Network’ too is not on Facebook. Sorkin reasoned, “I don’t have that much to share, and when I do, I’ll call somebody and say I had a good cupcake today.”
Sorkin also thinks people use the site mostly to talk about what they’ve eaten.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

American actress Drew Barrymore too is not a great fan of Facebook, having snubbed it publicly. The actress reportedly said that she just doesn’t like this compulsive, instantaneous, over-information, lack-of-privacy, weirdo aspect of the world.

George Clooney

George Clooney

George Clooney too is said to be among Facebook ‘haters’. Clooney reportedly once remarked that he would rather have a prostate exam on live television by a guy with very cold hands than have a Facebook page.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart

The Twilight Saga actress Kristen Stewart too hates being on Facebook. The actress feels that the social network lacks adequate privacy controls.

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson

The famous model and producer Robert Pattinson too claims that to have no presence on the social networking site.
In 2009, Pattinson’s official spokesperson issued a statement cautioning fans that Rob has neither an official nor personal page on MySpace, Facebook, or any other networking site. His fans should not be fooled by anyone representing themselves as Rob or claiming that they have a sanctioned Robert Pattinson site. These are all false.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Popular Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston too has gone public saying that Facebook is not for her. The actress once remarked, “Facebook is not for me. I’d be opening myself up too much. I don’t want to sound like a complete innocent, I’ve looked at things, of course. But it’s such spewing. If I look at it, I’ll be affected. It’s like dancing with the devil.”

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Teenage icon Miley Cyrus of Hannah Montana fame reportedly termed her the Facebook experience as “dangerous” and “kind of lame.”
She lamented that when she hangs out with her friends, she often feels that they are so busy taking pictures of what they’re doing and putting them on Facebook that really don’t enjoy what they’re doing.

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

British actress Keira Knightley claims to hate Internet. The 25-year-old star reportedly finds it dehumanising to constantly check emails or social sites.

Aishwarya is Reigning Queen of Bollywood

October 21, 2010

Aishwarya in 2010: Number 1

By Piyali Dasgupta

Hrithik as Ramon Sampedro? Akshay Kumar as Benjamin Button? No way. I’d much rather watch Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (ARB) jiving and air-drumming. At 36, she is Bollywood’s most bankable actor.

So 2010 didn’t begin very well. Those pesky baby rumours surfaced again and left her angry and depressed. Pa Bachchan jumped to her defence and demanded an apology from the Mumbai tabloid for invading her personal space. Once that was settled, better things happened like the annual Cannes outing.

The heavily embroidered, sheer taupe sari paired with a sleeveless blouse, accentuated her stunning good looks. No red carpet faux paus – hair, make up, accessories, all were in perfect order.Aishwarya Rai in 2010

Alas, all good things must come to an end so Raavan came along. Among all things horribly wrong with Raavan, the one right thing was ARB.

She looked translucent, ethereal and carried off the barely made up look with aplomb and made up for it with heavy doses of unadulterated glamour in Endhiran/Robot.

From tribal to Egyptian and even Barbie, ARB was the perfect palette for make up man Ojas Rajani. For scale, think of Pri’s futuristic look in Love Story 2050.

The red hair and the pink bear, ugh. That was just one look compared to ARB’s several. So Endhiran/Robot raked in mega crores because it a Rajnikanth film which means it comes with a guarantee to strike gold. But if anyone can stand up to Rajni, it is ARB. Others would have been vanquished.

Back to ARB’s forthcoming releases –Action Replayy and Guzaarish. I sincerely hope that reverse aging is all that’s common to BB and AK. Vipul Shah has said Action Replayy is as Bollywood as it can get.

Fingers crossed, because a BB remake with a Holi song (even one picturised on ARB) would be as ghastly as ghastly can get.

There’s a fair buzz on Guzaarish being “inspired” by the Spanish film Mar adentro (The Sea Inside). The 2004 Javier Bardem film is based on the relationships Ramon Sampedro shares with two women.

The former sailor has been quadriplegic for twenty-eight years and is fighting in court for his right of practicing euthanasia. For now, I am looking forward to ARB air-drumming (albeit with a smug look) and the phoney puffs she takes.

ARB can carry the weight of these films on her shoulder – sort of like Rajnikanth shooting bullets with his finger.

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