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Glittering in gold: Noomi looked stunning in a halterneck gown as she posed for photographers at the premiere

She chopped off all her hair and got multiple piercings to play the role of hacker Lisbeth Salander in the highly-anticipated American movie version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

But as Noomi Rapace attended the premiere of Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows last night, the 31-year-old actress looked worlds away from her gritty appearance in the upcoming film.

With her hair teased into a high ponytail, Noomi glittered in a stunning gold gown as she posed for photographers at the Westwood Regency Village for the event.

And there was no sign of the nose and ear piercings, or the thick black eyeliner Salander has become famous for through Stieg Larsson’s novel.

Noomi spoke recently about how she changed her appearance to play Lisbeth, adding that she didn’t take on the movie lightly.

She said: ‘When I stepped into Lisbeth Salander, and when she grew in me, I was prepping for seven months, I changed my body a lot and I was training a lot, and I took the license for a motorcycle, and I did all those piercings and cut my hair.

All star cast: Director Guy Ritchie, actors Rachel McAdams, Jared Harris, Noomi Rapace, and Robert Downey Jr.

Last night, Noomi was joined by her Sherlock Holmes co-stars including Robert Downey Jr. and Rachel McAdams at the premiere, along with director Guy Ritchie and his girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley.

Noomi stars as gypsy Sim in the movie sequel, and said recently that she was welcomed to the franchise by Downey Jr. and fellow lead actor Jude Law.

She said: ‘It’s kind of being the new girl in the class or something. You can feel that the whole team and everybody has something really good, so it’s like stepping into something where somebody else has made the hard work so you can just fly, in a way. So it’s been a great, fantastic journey.’

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The newest “Twilight” vampire movie ruled the domestic box office for a third time with $16.9 million in ticket sales over one of the slowest movie-going weekends of the year, studio estimates released on Sunday showed.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1” from independent studio Summit Entertainment beat a pack of family films at U.S. and Canadian theaters. The fourth and second-to-last film in one of Hollywood’s most lucrative franchises added $40.2 million at international locations.

After three weekends in theaters, “Breaking Dawn” has soaked up $588.3 million in global ticket sales.

The “Twilight” movies are based on best-selling novels by Stephenie Meyer about a human-vampire-werewolf love triangle.

The third domestic win in a row for “Breaking Dawn” came during the post-Thanksgiving weekend, typically one of the bleakest of the year at movie theaters following big releases a week earlier.

This year, total U.S. and Canadian ticket sales rang up at an estimated $82 million for the weekend, making it the year’s second slowest, according to Hollywood.com Box Office. Overall sales only slightly edged the $81.5 million take from the September 9 weekend that followed Labor Day.

With no new films released nationwide, sales also slumped 4.8 percent below the same weekend last year.

After “Breaking Dawn,” the rest of the weekend’s top five belonged to family fare.

Disney’s “The Muppets” starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams alongside Kermit, Miss Piggy and their puppet friends, rang up $11.2 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) theaters. The movie represents a comeback for the Muppet characters, last seen in movie theaters in 1999. Worldwide sales for the new film have reached $60.1 million through Sunday.

“Hugo,” a 3D family movie about an orphaned boy who lives in a 1930s Paris train station, moved up to third place from its fifth place finish last weekend after expanding to more theaters. The film pulled in $7.6 million domestically, bringing its total after two weekends to $25.2 million.

Animated 3D movie “Arthur Christmas,” which explains how Santa delivers presents around the world in one night, pulled in $7.4 million domestically to finish in fourth place. To date, the movie has brought in $70.6 million worldwide.

In fifth place, dancing penguin sequel “Happy Feet Two” earned $6.0 million at domestic theaters. Total global sales reached $85.8 million after three weekends of release.


Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise, who is in India to promote the fourth installment of his “Mission Impossible” franchise, has squeezed in a special visit on his chock-a-block itinerary — the Taj Mahal in Agra. And guess who accompanied him in this mission? Co-star Anil Kapoor.

Cruise landed in Delhi early Saturday and headed straight to the Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri. He stayed at the hotel’s exquisite Maharaja suite, which has a personal gym, jacuzzi and is one of the most expensive suites in the country, said sources.

From there, the 49-year-old left for Agra with his “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” co-star Anil Kapoor. The international star would be staying in Oberoi Amar Villas in the Taj city.

Kapoor is also set to co-host a party for Cruise along with Viacom 18 in Mumbai Saturday night.

The bash would be a private 150-guest affair at the Taj Rooftop, Colaba. However, some Bollywood’s A-listers like Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan would not be seen at the bash as they are either out of town or have expressed their inability to join in.

The only Khan superstar at the bash would be Aamir.

“We had originally planned to invite 200 guests. That’s now been narrowed down to 150,” says a source.

“Tom is a really cool guy. When Anil asked him whom he’d like to meet from Bollywood and from other walks of life he said, ‘No one and everyone’. Tom says he’s on a mission to promote ‘Mission Impossible’.

“So for him, the fan interaction is the most important part of his itinerary. The only desire he expressed for his India visit was to visit the Taj Mahal,” he added.

The guest list also includes names like Mukesh and Neeta Ambani, the Godrejs, Birlas, the Bachchans (minus Aishwarya), Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Karan Johar.

“In Mumbai, Kapoor is expected to whisk Tom for a brief visit to see his home and meet his family — again Tom’s wish. Then, Tom checks into his hotel, prepares for the party which is expected to last for no more than two hours. He says he wants to be fresh for the fan interaction on Sunday,” the source added.

Cruise, who features as intelligence agent Ethan Hunt in the popular film franchise, is hosting a special screening for 1,500 fans two weeks before the film’s worldwide release Dec 21.


The latest music video to drop from Haus of Gaga is here — and it’s more of an autobiographical mini-documentary than anything else.

A whopping 14-minutes long, Lady Gaga‘s “Marry the Night” video relives what the pop star says was one of her darkest days during her rise to fame.

“It was one of the worst days of my life and it happened quite quickly, but in my mind, when I think back on that period of my life, it all happened very slow,” she told E! prior to the world premier of the much-anticipated video Thursday, referring to when she was dropped by her first record label, Island Def Jam.

Directed by the Lady herself, the video starts off with the singer being wheeled along on a gurney by two Calvin Klein-clad nurses, her hair coiffed in a tousled brunette bob.

“When I look back on my life it’s not that I don’t want to see things exactly as they happened,” a robotic sounding Gaga says in a voice over. “It’s just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way.”

It’s unclear in video what’s brought the pop star to her bed-ridden state at what appears to be some sort of clinic or insane asylum, but an older nurse who delivered her from birth tells the “morphine princess” to stay away from intimacy for two weeks.

“I’m gonna be a star,” a teary-eyed Gaga tells her. “You know why? Because I have nothing left to lose.”

Flash forward, and the pop-star is a ballerina appearing alone on stage. The next minute, she is topless and laying in bed, when she gets a phone call.

“But I’m an artist,” she says into the receiver, before going absolutely ballistic.

She does what any rejected aspiring pop star would do: smashes mirrors, destroys her apartment and dumps a box of Honey Nut Cheerios over her head before collapsing in a tub. She begins dying her brown locks blond.

A Madonna-esque Gaga steps out in the next scene donning a bedazzled denim ensemble.

“I did what any girl would do,” she says in a voice over. “I did it all over again.” Cue music.

As the song finally begins (eight minutes in to the actual video), Gaga tries to sneak into a car through the sunroof while around her, abandoned vehicles burn in the night.

Seconds later, she’s in a dance studio, practicing her best pop-star moves along with a host of other aspiring dancers.

The rest of the video is pretty tame by Gaga standards, save for a few flashbacks to her freaking out in a bathtub. She dances on the streets while wearing blue lipstick. She tumbles down some stairs. She lights a few cars on fire. And then it’s over.



  • Vodafone India has launched a revamped own-branded app store, using a white-label platform provided by Appia.
  • The operator announced it is offering over 10,000 free and paid apps to its 145 million subscribers via the new Mobile Applications Store.
  • The platform includes apps for the Android, Java, Symbian and Blackberry mobile operating systems, and is available for Vodafone’s 2G and 3G subscribers. Appia boasts that the store currently supports some 3,500 different devices.
  • Available content ranges from categories games, entertainment, social networking and “local culture,” Vodafone India said. Vodafone India initially launched the Mobile Applications Store in February 2010. At the time, it was using technology from service delivery platform developer Arvato.
  • The operator gave no indication as to why it changed technology partners. Appia also provides its technology for customers including Samsung, Opera Software, Telcel and Vodacom South Africa.

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