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One of India’s leading couture brands, Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor, has officially launched its flagship European store in London’s East Shopping Centre on June 26th, in partnership with Kahaani London.
Attended by some key industry figures and celebs like Feryal Khan from Sky’s Desi Rascals and Anita Kaushik of MTV’s Ex On The Beach, the launch featured models, showcasing couture from the Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor collection as well as makeovers from the AsiaGlam team, heading by Ruhena Begum.
Anjalee Kapoor said, “We’re so thrilled to have launched our European flagship shop in London. As the first couturiers from India to have a standalone store in the UK, we’re really looking forward to expanding the Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor brand internationally, and introducing fashion straight from the catwalks in India to the British Asian market.”
Afia Khatun, Director of Kahaani London, said: We had such a fantastic launch night. »
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Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, announced that she would stand down the 2015 general election – which, somewhat controversially, was won by right-wing prime minister David Cameron's Conservative party. The silver lining: following a two-decade-plus break, Glenda Jackson is returning to acting. Now, Jackson isn't – for the time being – returning to acting in front of the camera. The 79-year-old is to be featured in the Radio 4 series Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money, described on their website as a “mash-up” adaptation of 20 Emile Zola novels collectively known as "Les Rougon-Macquart." Part 1 of the three-part Radio 4 series will be broadcast daily during an »
- Andre Soares
Join the animal kingdom on the journey of a lifetime with the Google Play debut of All Creatures Big and Small, a new animated movie. Featuring the voice talents of Martin Sheen and Amy Grant, and distributed by Entertainment One (eOne), All Creatures Big and Small is a family-friendly, feature-length adventure that reimagines the epic tale of Noah's Ark. Before you check out this animated feature, we have an exclusive clip featuring Martin Sheen as the powerful Lion, who tries to intimidate a timid creature known as a Nestrian.
In All Creatures Big and Small, a clumsy new species of Nestrians, led by patriarch Dave and son Finny, find themselves left off the list of animals allowed to board Noah's Ark. With rough waters ahead, the father-son duo scramble in disguise to sneak onto the boat. Caught up in all the excitement, Finny accidentally steps off the boat and gets »
Whether or not you agree with today's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage(*), there can be no argument that this was a historic day in America. (*) And as a reminder, this blog is not the place to debate the merits of that ruling. In watching the news coverage of the decision, reading the official Court opinion and the four dissenting ones, it was hard not to think of the not insignificant role TV played in paving the way for this decision. This was a case that wound its way through the courts, just as the wave of state-level cases did over the last few years, and it involved lawyers and activists and politicians and judges. But it also involved changing attitudes across the country about gay people and same-sex relationships, and that's where pop culture in general and TV in particular come into play. TV shows come into our homes (and these days, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Membership First has been quietly gathering signatures in recent days for its nominating petitions, which are due at 5 p.m. Pdt on Friday.
Howard announced on June 1 that he would seek re-election with endorsements coming from George Clooney, Bryan Cranston, Betty White, Rita Moreno, Octavia Spencer, Ron Perlman, Clark Gregg and Josh Gad. SAG-aftra Los Angeles VP Jenny O’Hara joined Howard for secretary-treasurer as part of the Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates.
Election ballots will be mailed to members who are paid up on dues on July 21 and tabulated on August 20. Turnout in the 2013 election — the first for the merged »
- Dave McNary
Schlubby working class hero, Crime And Punishment’s Porfiry Petrovich for primetime, fatherly fighter of crime... I was introduced to the rumple-coated and rumple-faced one back in 1987, following an off-hand attempt from my mother to get five-year-old me to sit down and shut up for a few minutes. Desperately looking for something to grab my attention, and zeroing in on what ITV happened to be repeating that Sunday, her “Oh, look! Columbo! You like him, don’t you?” – “Huh?” – “He’s the one with the cigar and coat, you know him!” got me to sit down, be quiet, and puzzle over whether or not I did like him. She turned out to be right – I liked him a lot.
By then in the late 80s, Lieutenant Columbo had been »
There was a lot of talk about diversity on television last season and much enthusiasm about what hit shows featuring characters of various races, sexual orientations and gender identities mean for the future of the business.
But somewhat lost among the cheerleading was a more basic truth: The shows were damn good.
Several newcomers to this year’s comedy Emmy race in particular have ushered in a refreshing spectrum of new faces and perspectives not typically heard from on the smallscreen.
“We could have done ‘My boss is coming over and the roast is burned!’ comedy, which is still a very valid form,” notes “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, whose ABC comedy stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as a financially successful African-American couple raising their children in an affluent neighborhood. “But we chose to do things about spanking and about gay siblings. I think America was ready for that »
- Geoff Berkshire
When Jon Voight agreed to take the role of Mickey on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” he was enthusiastic about being a part of a capable ensemble and didn’t give any thought to where his name might land in the credits.
“I’m a real character actor. I like stutters and limps,” says Voight, who built a career on playing leading men in films like 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy” and 1978’s “Coming Home,” for which he won an Oscar. “Every role is a character, and some of the characters are enjoyable to me because they’re so crazy. So Mickey’s perfect. I was fortunate to meet with him at this juncture.”
Voight is just one of the accomplished actors better known for playing »
- Christy Grosz
At a press conference for Grace and Frankie last month, stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin told reporters that supporting players Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston were being paid the same as they were, and they weren't happy with it. "The show is not Sol and Robert," said Tomlin."It's Grace and Frankie." In protest over the show's gender pay gap — or more accurately, the lack of it — a group of fans started a petition calling for Netflix to give the stars their due, which makes things awkward now that Fonda and Tomlin say they were joking (though, they don't say if they were joking about the equal pay or the fact that it bothered them). "This just reminds us to be mindful of how things come across in interviews," the pair said in a joint statement to the Wrap. "We appreciate everyone’s support and the attention to this »
- Nate Jones
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have clarified remarks they made in May regarding their salaries on Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.” “We made a joke in an interview about our salaries which was taken out of context,” the actresses said in a statement to TheWrap. In May, the actresses revealed during a press event for the comedy that they found out they were making the same salary as their male co-stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston — even though the two women are the leads on the show, with their characters’ names in the title, and their co-stars are supporting players. »
- Linda Ge
To celebrate the release of the extraordinary story of three young boys from the slums of Rio De Janeiro with Trash, available to own on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download from 8th June 2015, we’re giving 3 lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a copy of the Blu-ray!
Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and BAFTA award-winning writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) bring you the latest adventure from Working Title Films. Starring Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The Departed) and Rooney Mara (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), be prepared to witness a mountain of chaos unfolding from an innocent discovery in Trash.
Trash follows two young boys from Rio’s slums, who find a wallet amongst the daily detritus of their local dump – a discovery that will change their lives forever.
Join the courageous boys as they »
- Dan Bullock
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have at least 7,000 people behind them in their quest for equal pay for women in Hollywood, and on their Netflix series “Grace & Frankie” in particular. In May, the actresses revealed during a press event for the comedy that they found out they were making the same salary as their male co-stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston — even though the two women are the leads on the show, with their characters’ names in the title, and their co-stars are supporting players. “That doesn’t make us happy,” Fonda said. Also Read: Jessica Lange Talks Hollywood Ageism, »
- Linda Ge
One plays a struggling lawyer; the other, an accomplished doctor. When Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) and Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”) sat down in Variety’s Actors on Actors studio, the two thespians found common ground over the challenges of playing the same character over several seasons — and their wicked sense of humor quickly shone through.
Michael Sheen: What made you sign on for “Better Call Saul”?
Sheen: Were you the first choice to play Saul?
Odenkirk: I heard that I was. Everyone else was sick or working or underage.
Sheen: It’s hard to think about anyone else playing that part now.
- Debra Birnbaum
Romance has always been the force that drives the PBS period drama “Downton Abbey.” This season’s most sizzling storyline wasn’t about widowed Mary Crawley’s (Michelle Dockery) secret getaway with a potential new spouse, but the surprisingly lively love lives of her grandmother, Violet (Maggie Smith), and mother-in-law, Isobel (Penelope Wilton).
“I think people have emotional lives until they, on the whole, die or at least get too old to care,” says “Downton” creator and writer Julian Fellowes. “I don’t see why a woman like Isobel Crawley, who has been widowed quite young and is still certainly in late middle age — the idea that it would be not be appropriate to have any love interest is something I just don’t understand. We all know these (older, single) women in our own lives … they’re still capable of a romantic story, they’re still capable of a relationship. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Director: Stephen Daldry
Special Features: None
Political corruption and intrigue form the backdrop to Trash, an involving action thriller set apart by two things. First, the unusual location – the slums of Rio De Janeiro, dominated by their mountains of litter. Second, the perspective – it’s seen mainly through the eyes of three kids who stumble upon a hotbed of deception that changes their lives forever.
Raphael (Teves), Gardo (Luis) and the delightfully-named Rat (Weinstein) earn their meagre living sifting through what society dumps quite literally on their doorstep. But when Raphael discovers an abandoned wallet pitched into a passing garbage truck by man-on-the-run José Angelo, he finds it contains a strange document. Unbeknownst to the boy, Angelo has been apprehended and murdered by the police at the behest of a prominent politician, »
- Steve Palace
After three straight years with four of the six supporting comedy actor slots belonging to "Modern Family," last year finally saw the majority figure cut in half with only Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson making the cut (and Burrell winning). Ed O'Neill and/or Eric Stonestreet could make a comeback, or maybe the "Family" love will reduce further this time around? That all depends on whether Tony Hale ("Veep"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Adam Driver ("Girls") and/or Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") can return from last year, and if Martin Sheen ("Grace and Frankie"), Sam Waterston ("Grace and Frankie"), Hugh Laurie ("Veep"), Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Laurence Fishburne ("Blackish") and/or Josh Gad ("The Comedians") can squeak in for their shows' first seasons (or Hugh Laurie for his first season of "Veep"). Read More: Netflix »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
After three straight years with four of the six supporting comedy actor slots belonging to "Modern Family," last year finally saw the majority figure cut in half with only Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson making the cut (and Burrell winning). Ed O'Neill and/or Eric Stonestreet could make a comeback, or maybe the "Family" love will reduce further this time around? That all depends on whether Tony Hale ("Veep"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Adam Driver ("Girls") and/or Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") can return from last year, and if Martin Sheen ("Grace and Frankie"), Sam Waterston ("Grace and Frankie"), Hugh Laurie ("Veep"), Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Laurence Fishburne ("Blackish") and/or Josh Gad ("The Comedians") can squeak in for their shows' first seasons (or Hugh Laurie for his first season of "Veep"). Read More: Netflix...
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
[Editor’s Note: Welcome to “Stream This,” our weekly feature where we single out television programs and movies of considerable merit that are available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, or other streaming services. Look for a new recommendation every Thursday.] Let's forget, at least for the moment, how refreshing Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris' Grace and Frankie's depiction of getting old is, how unfettered and optimistic the trajectory of the titular divorcees is when characters their age are often relegated to sage status or mere afterthoughts. That's a big step, mind you, and exactly the kind that Netflix has been routinely taking as of late by reaching outside of the key 18-49 male demographic (which this reviewer would be included in), but that's really only the first interesting element of this very funny show. Far more interesting, and what ultimately gives the show its mildly contemplative vibe -- at least for the sitcom format -- is its thematic fascination with forgiveness, and how age reveals the pettiness and insignificance of squabbles, grudges, and gripes. [caption id="attachment_465153" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Netflix[/caption] Finding forgiveness is exactly what Grace (Jane Fonda) and »
- Chris Cabin
Jimmy Smits‘ new TV gig is totally groovy, man.
PhotosWet Hot American Summer First Look: The Camp Staff Reports for Duty
Smits will play Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz, a South Bronx political boss who delivers services that the city fails to provide, including jobs and housing. »
Get ready for more Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin! Variety has confirmed that Netflix has renewed the Fonda/Tomlin starring vehicle Grace and Frankie for a second season. It is expected that Season 2, which also stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, will debut in 2016. From Marta Kauffman (Friends) and Howard J. Morris (Home Improvement), Grace and Frankie tells the story of two frenemies who find solace in each other after their husbands surprise them with the revelation that they are both gay and planning to marry. The series also features the characters’ children (Brooklyn Decker, June Diane Raphael, Ethan Embry, and Baron Vaughn) in lead roles, and Season 1 guest stars have included such names as Craig T. Nelson and Ernie Hudson, among others. Grace and Frankie got off to a bit of a slow and uneven start, but the series really begins to find itself in its third episode and truly comes into… »
- Jasef Wisener
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