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Will Smith posts video as he and daughter Willow meet a bike-riding Sadhguru: ‘I want my family to meet spiritual people’ – hollywood


Actor Will Smith has shared a video on Instagram from his meeting with spiritual guru, Sadhguru. The video shows him and his singer daughter Willow Smith meeting the guru and learning some fundamentals of staying happy in life.

In the IGTV video, Will is seen telling the camera that he wants his family to meet spiritual people. “I wan’t my family to start interacting with people who are not hooked on the material world,” he says. The next clip shows Sadhguru arriving on a big superbike to meet Will. He is also seen wearing some very fashionable, high-ankle sneakers. “Can’t believe he is crossing America on a motorcycle. It’s so cool,” Willow can be heard saying in the video.

 

After exchanging initial greetings, Sadhguru proceeds to sharing his wisdom with the family. He tells them how people suffer thinking about what has happened and all what will happen int he future. “You are a very bad director of your own drama,” he said as he laughed with Will.

 

Sharing the video, Will wrote, “The only thing that stands between you and your well-being is a simple fact you have allowed your thoughts and emotions to take instruction from the outside rather than the inside.” – @sadhguru (Inner Engineering) Amazing dinner the other night! Thank you for your time, your energy and your wisdom. Enjoy your motorcycle ride across America.”

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Earlier this week, Sadhguru had also shared pictures with Will from their meeting. “Will, it was a pleasure to spend some time with you and your wonderful family. May your Sangha be strong and Dharma be your guide. -Sg @willsmith,” he wrote on Instagram.

Sadhguru kicked off a 12K mile cross-country motorcycle tour on September 15.

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Jeff Bridges says he’s been diagnosed with lymphoma: ‘I’m starting treatment, will keep you posted on my recovery’ – hollywood


Actor Jeff Bridges says he is being treated for lymphoma and his prognosis is good. The 70-year-old actor channeled his The Dude character from The Big Lebowski in a statement on social media about the diagnosis Monday evening.

He said he understands the disease is serious. He expressed gratitude to his family, friends and medical team and promised to keep fans posted on his recovery.

He wrote on Twitter: “As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”

 

Bridges is a seven-time Oscar nominee known for his roles in Starman, True Grit, The Last Picture Show and many other films. He won an Academy Award in 2010 for Crazy Heart and was most recently nominated for playing a grizzled lawman in Hell or High Water.

The affable Bridges is considered Hollywood royalty, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, who both died in 1998.

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As a Punjabi, I have always seen Bhangra as the “dancefloor” sector of Indian music: Jay Sean – hollywood


British pop singer Jay Sean is considered instrumental in making Punjabi music a part of international genres of music and dance. And Sean has always been very vocal and proud of his roots. 17 years since his debut single Dance with You became a superhit, Sean has several hits to his credit, and he says he has seen a lot of things during this time.

He adds, “I have seen many changes in the musical landscape and also in the way that music is ingested by the audience now. Obviously, when I first came onto the scene, music was only available to buy and in a physical form (CD’s). It was mostly heard on radio or TV, and that was all! It also meant there were fewer artistes since the majority of music you heard were from artistes that had a record deal, and those were few and far between. Now, of course, with everything going digital, it has meant that music is freely available on multiple streaming platforms, opening the industry up to anyone and everyone who enjoys making music.”

 

And Sean is happy with this development because it means the independent music genre has come to the forefront. “This of course has led to a huge wave of independent artistes — there is so much to choose from, you can listen to whoever you want, from wherever you want, whenever you want. For the art, it means music is truly open to individual expression, which is a beautiful thing,” says the singer, who released a track titled Nakhre last month, in collaboration with Rishi Rich, for the video app Triller.

Talking about the song, Sean says, “Nakhre is a fun, feel good up-tempo song that sparks nostalgia but feels current and modern at the same time. Lyrically it is playful, musically it is truly global, encompassing elements of Reggaeton, AfroBeats, Bollywood, RnB, and Punjabi! It’s fresh and fun. Working with Triller on the new song has allowed us to have fun whilst engaging with and interacting with our fans and audience.”

 

He adds that working on the video of this track has been a “pleasant distraction for him during the lockdown”. “Keeping yourself busy with something you are passionate about is an excellent way to take your mind off the difficulties that this pandemic has presented. I have placed my focus on things that I enjoy doing, knowing that there are certain things out of my control like being able to tour. It is during this time, for example, that I launched my podcast Basement Banter and worked on more content for my social media as well as recorded more songs,” says Sean.

The singer had also brought in focus the fusion of bhangra and RnB genres when he released his debut album. And he says that Punjabi music truly makes people “stand up and dance”. “As a Punjabi myself, growing up I’ve always seen Bhangra music as the “dancefloor” sector of Indian music. Its production lends itself to drum-driven dance vibes, and catchy sing along melodies. There is of course traditional folk Punjabi music that might not be in that vein, but a lot of it is fun and geared towards party bangers,” he explains.

 

It has been quite an unusual year due to the ongoing pandemic and the lockdown. But Sean says he has always been of the mindset to let go of what he can’t control. “Worrying or obsessing over the negatives in life and factors which are simply out of my control do not help me in anyway. My time is better spent relishing the joyful things in my life, spending time with loved ones, enjoying activities that bring me happiness and being grateful for what I have. That to me is the key in remaining in a peaceful and happy state despite of what is going on around you,” he concludes.



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Robert Downey Jr reveals that he was ‘absolutely blinded’ by Iron Man suit in first film, because Marvel wanted to cut costs – hollywood


Both actor Robert Downey Jr and Marvel Studios are significantly richer than they were back in 2008, when the first film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Iron Man — was released. Over the years, Iron Man’s suit became more complex and more reliant on computer generated imagery (CGI).

In a clip from David Letterman’s talk show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Downey recalled working with heavy physical suits in the first Iron Man movie.

“Initially, everything was really there,” Downey told Letterman. “They wanted to spend as little as they could on CG replacement, so I remember this helmet went on, and there’d be a shot, and I’d be in this whole suit, and they’d say: ‘All right, Robert, it’s like you landed on the roof, so when we say action, just go like that, like you just landed, and then start moving forward.’ So I put this helmet on, and it slammed closed, and I couldn’t see anything, and then these LED lights went on and it was like The Manchurian Candidate… I was absolutely blinded.”

 

He continued, “By the time we were doing the last Avengers, they’d just be like, ‘Hey, Robert, would you mind putting on—’ ‘Helmet?! No! Yes, no. Put two dots here, and then you can paint it in later.’”

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My Next Guest Needs No Introduction will return for a new set of episodes on October 21. Other guests include Kim Kardashian West, Dave Chappelle, and Lizzo. The Netflix series recently featured Shah Rukh Khan as a guest.

Meanwhile, Downey retired from the Marvel films after last year’s Avengers: Endgame, but has been playing coy about a possible return. He was asked about a rumoured cameo in the upcoming Black Widow movie at the premiere of Dolittle, and he neither confirmed nor denied the rumour. Instead, he said, “It’d be nice if they’d notified me… they can do anything now. This could be a deepfake interview for all we know!”

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When Chadwick Boseman was fired from TV show for questioning producers, replaced by future Black Panther co-star Michael B Jordan – hollywood


Actor Chadwick Boseman is known for playing powerful Black characters on screen, but when he was starting out, getting well-defined roles was a challenge. In his commencement speech to the graduating class of 2018 of his alma mater, Howard University, the actor spoke about being fired from a television show because he questioned the producers about the stereotypical depiction of his character.

Boseman died in August, after a four-year private battle with cancer. He made the speech when he was suffering from it.

“I was promised to make six figures, more money than I had ever seen. I was feeling myself,” Boseman said. “Once I saw the role I was playing, I found myself conflicted… this role seemed to be wrapped up in assumptions about us as black folk.” He said that the role, on a soap opera, was possibly stereotypical. He played a young man “with a violent streak pulled into the allure of gang involvement” and with “barely a glimpse of positivity or talent in the character.”

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After filming a couple of episodes, he brought up his concerns with the show’s producers, who told him that they were very pleased with his performance. “I was let go from that job the next day,” Boseman said. “The questions I asked caught the producers off guard. It perhaps paved the way for a less stereotypical portrayal for the black actor that stepped into the role after me.”

Going into more detail about the interaction, the actor continued, “It was just my luck that after filming the first two episodes, the execs called me up to their office and told me how happy they were with my performance. They wanted me to be around for a long time. They said, if there was anything that I needed, just let them know. That was my opening. I decided to ask them some simple questions about the background of my character. Questions I felt were pertinent to the plot.”

And so Boseman asked them two questions: “Where’s my father?” and “In this script, it alluded to my mother not being equipped to be a good parent. So why exactly would my brother and I have to go to foster care?” He said that the producers had answers to both the questions, when he suggested that the character might be stereotypical, one of the producers started studying his resume, while the other told him, “As you have seen, things move fast around here. But we are more than happy to connect you to the writers if you have suggestions.”

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He said that he told the producers that he’d be happy to discuss his character, and perhaps come up with a ‘gift’ or ‘special talent’ for him. “I was let go from that job the next day. A phone call from my agent: ‘They decided to go another way.’”

The actor didn’t name the show, but HuffPost noted that the ABC soap opera All My Children appears on his filmography. Boseman is credited as having starred in just a couple of episodes of the show. He played gang member Reggie Porter Montgomery. He was replaced by none other than his Black Panther co-star Michael B Jordan, who had similar complaints about the character. In a later interview to GQ, Jordan said, “No dad, no mom, a f—ing stereotypical black role in a soap opera. And I saw the stereotype, so moving forward I was like, ‘Nah, those are the roles I don’t want to play.’”

Boseman concluded his story by saying, “I stand here today knowing that my Howard University education prepared me to play Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, and T’Challa.”

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Sadhguru meets Will Smith, shares pics: ‘May your Sangha be strong and Dharma be your guide’ – hollywood


Indian spiritual leader Sadhguru has shared pictures from his meeting with actor Will Smith and his ‘wonderful family’. According to his social media pages, Sadhguru is biking across the US.

He took to Instagram recently to share pictures of his meeting with Will Smith, and wrote a message for the actor in the caption. “Will, it was a pleasure to spend some time with you and your wonderful family. May your Sangha be strong and Dharma be your guide,” he wrote. The accompanying pictures show the two engaged in conversation.

 

The post has been ‘liked’ close to 400000 times. Actor Suzanne Bernert wrote in the comments section, “I don’t know who is the lucky one in this meeting …guess both of them.” Another person wrote, “This is amazing seeing both of you together.”

In 2019, the actor participated in the Ganga aarti at Haridwar. Sharing several pictures of his experience, he wrote in a social media post, “My Grandmother used to say, ‘God Teaches through Experience’. Travelling to India & Experiencing the colors, people and natural beauty has awakened a new understanding of myself, my Art & the Truths of the world.”

The actor was last seen in 2020’s highest-grossing Hollywood film, Bad Boys for Life. He will appear as the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in the upcoming film King Richard.

Also read: Salma Hayek shares image of Goddess Lakshmi, says it makes her feel ‘joyful’ and connected with ‘inner beauty’

Recently, actor Salma Hayek also took to social media to talk about her appreciation for Indian spirituality and Hinduism. She shared a picture of Goddess Lakshmi and wrote in an Instagram post, “When I want to connect with my inner beauty, I start my meditation focusing on the goddess Lakshmi, who in Hinduism represents wealth, fortune, love, beauty, Maya (literally meaning ‘illusion’ or ‘magic’), joy and prosperity. Somehow her image makes me feel joyful, and joy is the greatest door for your inner beauty.”

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Randeep Hooda asks fans to vote for ‘apna chhora’ Chris Hemsworth at People’s Choice Awards, watch video – hollywood


Actor Randeep Hooda is cheering for his Extraction co-star Chris Hemsworth, who is nominated at the People’s Choice Awards for his performance in the Netflix action film. Hemsworth has been nominated for ‘The Male Movie Star of 2020’ and ‘The Action Movie Star of 2020’, while Extraction has been nominated for ‘The Movie of 2020’ and ‘The Action Movie of 2020’.

Randeep took to social media to share a video message in Haryanvi, in which he listed all the film’s nominations, and asked fans to vote for ‘apna chhora Chris Hemsworth’ and spread the love. “Ram Ram,” he said at the beginning and end of the video.

 

In an interview to PTI, Randeep had spoken about his experience working on the film. “I got a great gun and I was waiting to fire some blanks and be like Rambo. I’ve never done this kind of action before. It was really, really cool. The stunt team in this movie was absolutely amazing whether it is driving, guns or hand-to-hand combat,” he’d said.

Also read: Extraction is Netflix’s most watched film ever, Randeep Hooda and Russo Brothers celebrate the record

Extraction, which released in April, became the most watched original film debut on Netflix, with nearly 100 million viewers in its first month. Randeep celebrated the news and wrote in a tweet, “Thank you for all the love for #Extraction Gratitude #SamHargrave @Russo_Brothers@chrishemsworth@AGBOfilms@netflix.”

Directed by Sam Hargrave, the film was produced by Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and was largely shot in India. A sequel is in development, with Hemsworth expected to return as black market mercenary Tyler Rake.

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Thor Love and Thunder’s working title leaked, Marvel fans dissect its meaning – hollywood


The working title of the upcoming Marvel superhero film, Thor: Love and Thunder, has been revealed, and as expected, it’s being dissected by fans for any clues that it might contain. The film is about to begin production in Australia, with director Taika Waititi at the helm.

According to a tweet from Skyler Shuler, the editor-in-chief of Disney fansite The DisInsider, Thor: Love and Thunder is being developed under the working title The Big Salad.

 

As many Marvel fans have speculated in the replies to this tweet, it seems as if the working title is a reference to Thor’s surprise weight gain in Avengers: Endgame, and the possibility of him returning to his godlike physique in the fourth Thor film. “Well, his mother encouraged the salad in Endgame. Maybe Thor is fit again?” one fan wrote, making a reference to a scene in Endgame, in which Thor’s mother encourages him to ‘eat a salad’.

“Literally taking some mom’s advice from Endgame,” wrote another fan, while others pointed out that like the working title for Spider-Man: Homecoming, this one is also a nod to a Seinfeld episode.

By comparison, Avengers: Infinity War was filmed under the working title, ‘Mary Lue’. Avengers: Age of Ultron was Christened ‘After Party’ and the first Avengers movie was shot under the title, ‘Group Hug’.

Also read: Natalie Portman confirms important plot detail from Thor: Love and Thunder

Recently, actor Natalie Portman, who returns as Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder, revealed key plot details about the film. “It’s based on the graphic novel of the Mighty Thor. [Jane’s] going through cancer treatment and is a superhero on the side,” she said in an interview to Fatherly.

Starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and reportedly featuring Christian Bale as the villain, Thor: Love and Thunder is slated for a 2022 release.

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James Bond producer on who can be Daniel Craig’s replacement: ‘Doesn’t have to be white, unlikely to be woman’ – hollywood


In her denial of reports that casting for Daniel Craig’s replacement as James Bond has begun, producer Barbara Broccoli revealed some key updates. Craig is slated to appear as the iconic British spy for the fifth and final time in No Time to Die, due out in theatres next year.

Ever since the actor publicly expressed a reluctance to play Bond again after 2015’s Spectre, rumours about who’ll be chosen to replace him have been rife.

In an interview to Total Film, Broccoli said that discussions about Craig’s replacement haven’t started, and also addressed reports that Bond could be played by a black man, or a woman. She said, “I always say: you can only be in love with one person at a time. Once the film’s come out, then some time will pass, and then we’ll have to get on to the business of the future. But for now, we just cannot think about anything beyond Daniel.”

She continued, “It will have to be re-imagined, in the way each actor has re-imagined the role. That’s what is so exciting and fun about this franchise; the character evolves. Eventually, when we have to think about it, we’ll find the right person. He doesn’t need to be a white man. Not as far as I’m concerned … [but] we should create roles for women, not just turn a man into a woman.”

It was reported that Lashana Lynch’s character will replace Agent 007 in No Time to Die. Earlier rumours have floated names such as Idris Elba, Henry Cavill, Richard Madden and others for the role.

Also read: Daniel Craig reveals what advice he has for his successor as James Bond

In a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Craig said he was happy to have returned for No Time to Die. “I’m so glad I came back and did this last one. The story, it just didn’t feel complete and I needed a break. Once I had and we started talking about storylines and things we could do I was like, ‘I’m in’,” he said.

No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, also stars Lea Seydoux, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas and Rami Malek, as the villain Safin.

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Can you keep up with the Duniverse? – art and culture


It’s the best-selling and most influential sci-fi novel of all time. Frank Herbert’s 1965 book, Dune, has influenced Star Wars, Star Trek, fantasy heroes, fictitious universes and countless stories. And yet, no one seems to know much about it, despite a film in 1984 and a TV series in 2000. Another attempt at the big screen comes out in December. You’d best be prepared.

Dune? Sounds dusty

It is. Herbert’s story (spanning five sequels) is set in the future, in a feudal universe where everyone’s fighting for power, resources and political gain. You see it all unfold through our hero, Paul Atreides, whose family manages the barren (okay, dusty) planet Arrakis, nicknamed Dune, the universe’s only source of The Spice.

Turmeric?

Not quite. The Spice Melange is an underground gas that extends life, alters time and enhances mental abilities so you can zip across space. It’s hard to find, violently sought, dangerous to collect and highly addictive (watch out for blue eyes). It’s so precious, director David Lynch devoted the entire opening sequence to explaining it in his 1984 adaptation.

There’s kind of a girl gang too

The Bene Gesserit is an exclusive cabal of women who’ve trained their minds to develop seemingly magical powers and are valuable allies in power-broking (when they’re not covertly infiltrating powerful homes and planets themselves).

But this isn’t an Indiana Jones quest

Dine is often called the most influential sci-fi novel in the world. And the makers of Star Trek and Star Wars have both acknowledged its influence.

Dine is often called the most influential sci-fi novel in the world. And the makers of Star Trek and Star Wars have both acknowledged its influence.
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Herbert started out as a journalist. He’d seen environmental writing blossom with Rachel Carson’s landmark book, Silent Spring, published in 1962. The film Lawrence of Arabia, released in the same year, featured a hero who mobilises desert-dwelllers against an advancing empire.

Dune weaves in religion, ecology, technology, politics, moral dilemmas and relationships. It incorporates elements from Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and more. It’s sci-fi that doesn’t care about fantasy tech; it focuses on power systems and flawed leadership instead.

Twenty publishers rejected Dune. It was finally picked up by a firm that published car-repair manuals. But Dune won the inaugural Nebula award for best American sci-fi novel in 1965. It won the Hugo award the following year.

The first film attempt was an epic fail

In 1975, director Alejandro Jodorowsky planned a movie version, 10 hours long, with his son in the lead and a cast that included Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, Gloria Swanson, Geraldine Chaplin and Mick Jagger. Pink Floyd was to do part of the soundtrack. Dali wanted $100,000 per hour and the director agreed; he planned to film Dali’s key scenes in 60 minutes and deploy a dummy for the rest. Alas, funding ran out before filming had even begun.

Other adaptations have fared better

Sting was in the 1984 adaptation of Dune, which tanked on release but gained a cult following later.

Sting was in the 1984 adaptation of Dune, which tanked on release but gained a cult following later.
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Lynch turned down Return of the Jedi (1983) so he could focus on his adaptation, which was released in 1984. Fans said it wasn’t faithful enough (Sting played an assassin, prancing around in a leather bikini most of the time; and Patrick Stewart had a Patrick Stewartesque role). Moviegoers were hopelessly confused. It was only as geekhood went mainstream, from the 1990s onward, that the film gained cult status.

The TV show Frank Herbert’s Dune, which debuted on America’s Sci-Fi Channel in 2000, and the 2003 sequel, Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, are among the channel’s highest-rated series. There’s also a board game, and computer games. The best part: Dune fans aren’t rabid trolls and the Duniverse hasn’t been milked for merchandise. Yet.

And now, for the movie

Dune indeed looks dusty, based on the promos. Blue eyes indicate an addiction to Spice so there’s plenty to unpack in this picture.

Dune indeed looks dusty, based on the promos. Blue eyes indicate an addiction to Spice so there’s plenty to unpack in this picture.
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Denis Villeneuve, director of the sci-fi thriller Arrival (2016) is making a fresh adaptation , which will now come out next year. It’s a co-production involving production houses from the US, UK, Canada and Hungary, and will be the first of two planned standalone films.

The cast is young: Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya will star alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.

For the trailer, music director Hans Zimmer trained 32 choir members to FaceTime from their homes in lockdown, and remotely recorded a cover of Pink Floyd’s Eclipse.

There’s a spin-off already.

An HBO prequel series Dune: The Sisterhood, with Denis Villeneuve directing the pilot, will be out soon too.



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