New York, Jan 9 : The makers of controversial film `Zero Dark Thirty' have defended their cinematic depiction of the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques that helped lead to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
At the New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony in Manhattan, the film's director, Kathryn Bigelow, defended the scenes in which she portrayed CIA agents engaging in enhanced interrogation techniques.
New York, Jan 7 : Lionsgate's horror sequel `Texas Chainsaw 3-D' debuted at No. 1 at the box office with 23 million dollars earnings over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The movie picks up where 1974's `The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' left off, with masked killer Leatherface on the loose again.
Quentin Tarantino's revenge saga `Django Unchained' held on at No. 2 for a second-straight weekend with 20.1 million dollars, the New York Post reported.
The Weinstein Co. release raised its domestic total to 106.4 million dollars.
Washington, Jan. 7 : Bloody interrogations like those shown in Hollywood movie Zero Dark Thirty, which is based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden, never really happened, a former CIA official, who ran such programs, said.
In a Washington Post article headlined `Sorry Hollywood. What we did wasn''t torture,' Jose Rodriguez wrote that the truth is that no one was bloodied or beaten in the enhanced interrogation programme, which was supervised by him from 2002 to 2007.
Washington, Jan. 5 : Hulk Hogan has refiled the 100-million-dollar lawsuit against a website that posted his sex tape online, after he withdrew the case last month.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, dismissed the lawsuit against Gawker in federal court without prejudice last month, but refiled it in Florida state court, where he's also suing his sex tape partner Heather Clem
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Washington, January 4 : One of the hottest political screenplays in Hollywood is about the outgoing secretary of state by a 39-year-old newcomer writer from South Korea, it has been revealed.
Dubbed ‘Rodham’, Young Il Kim’s screenplay follows a 20-something Hillary Rodham as she’s trying to decide between her career and boyfriend.
Her job is that of the youngest attorney on the House Judiciary Committee working to impeach President Richard Nixon, and her boyfriend is Bill Clinton, who was trying to launch his political career in Arkansas.
New York, Jan. 4 : Christopher Kennedy Lawford, the nephew of the late former President John F. Kennedy, has described an encounter he had with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in 2001 as "amazing."
Speaking with Huffington Post, Lawford said he sat next to Castro at a screening of the 2000 docudrama "Thirteen Days", which documents the Kennedy administration''s handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
This isn''t the first time Lawford has mentioned his feelings about his meeting with Castro.
Washington, December 28 : Newly released recordings of interviews with some of music's biggest names have revealed yet another wrinkle in the decades-long mystery of precisely why the Beatles called it quits.
In a recorded interview, John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono got to the nitty gritty of what she described as a divorce, the Huffington Post reported.
While Ono maintained that Lennon was feeling very good about the breakup, she admitted that some tensions were forming within the band.
Washington, Dec 22 : Kim Kardashian, Bethenny Frankel, Lauren Conrad and other celebrities took to Twitter on Friday to share their joy (and annoyance) over the forever-anticipated end-of-the-world false alarm.
"So is 12-21 Mayan April Fools Day? So happy the world didn't end today," Us magazine quoted Kim Kardashian as tweeting.
Zach Braff wrote: "What does one even wear to a Mayan Apocalypse? I hate being underdressed."
Shane West tweeted: "Apocalypse . . . Jesus people. Embarrassing that was the main topic on my feed. Gullible lemmings now enjoy the holidays!"
New York, December 21 : US President Obama thinks he's mastered the viral `sexy horse Gangnam Style' moves, but he's not allowed by the ladies of his family to show it off in public, South Korean pop star Psy has revealed.
The president greeted Psy earlier this month at the "Christmas in Washington" concert, which benefited the National Children's Medical Center.
"He told me he's good at `Gangnam Style,' but that the ladies at his house are embarrassed when he's dancing so he's not doing it," the New York Daily News quoted Psy as telling The Hollywood Reporter.
New York, Dec 15 : The piano, which was used for the song `As Times Goes By' in the classic 1942 film `Casablanca,' has been sold for more than 600,000 dollars at an auction.
The 58-key upright was sold to an unidentified buyer for 602,500 dollars at Sotheby's New York on Friday, the New York Post reported.
Its pre-sale estimate was up to 1.2 million dollars.
It was offered by a Japanese collector on the film's 70th anniversary.
The collector purchased the movie prop at a Sotheby's auction in 1988 for 154,000 dollars. (ANI)
Washington, December 13 : Hindu leaders from America are urging Oscar bosses to follow the example of their Grammy Awards peers and honour the late Ravi Shankar at the 2013 Academy Awards, it has been revealed.
The Indian sitar player passed away late on Tuesday just hours before the world learned that he was to be awarded a special Grammy accolade in February 2013, which will now be presented posthumously.
Hindus now feel that the musician's life should be honoured at the Oscars.
Washington, Dec. 11 : Nicole `Snooki` Polizzi and Mitt Romney were spotted watching a boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The former presidential hopeful, who sat ringside with his wife Ann, never divulged which boxer he was rooting for, People magazine reported.
But according to Pacquiao's publicist, Fred Sternburg, Romney visited the 33-year-old boxer before the fight, saying, "Hello Manny. I ran for president. I lost."
Sitting not far from Romney and his wife, Polizzi enjoyed the fight.
Washington, Dec 1 : A US based company has published a new comic book that depicts the death of Osama bin laden in a CIA operation last year.
The comic by Bluewater Productions, which has made a name for itself in recent years for its political comic books, also depicts the September 11 terror attacks and the subsequent U. S. interventions abroad and efforts to track down bin Laden.
"Countless Americans and citizens around the world fantasized about ending the existence of the person who okayed the 9/11 attacks and who was responsible for thousands of political murders on four contents," the book writes in its opening pages.
Washington, Dec 1 : A Mexican Indie band has created a music video using only still photos taken on popular photo sharing app Instagram.
Mexico City-based band The Plastics Revolution made the video for their song, Invasion.
"The use of Instagram, it's something some people don't believe in as a social media tool or as a photography application, but I think this project shows if you really use something you can really get something out of it," said Julio Gudino, who does guitar and lead vocals for The Plastics Revolution.
New York, Nov 17 : The final installment in the `Twilight' series, `Breaking Dawn Part 2,' proved only mildly successful and took in 30.4 million dollars on Thursday night and midnight showings in North America.
Midnight grosses for the film came in higher than those for the previous `Twilight' films, but were still lower than midnight grosses for `Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,' which totaled 43.5 million dollars in July 2011, and `The Dark Knight Rises,' which totaled 30.64 million dollars in July 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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