Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Entertainment The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:01:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 American music manager discovers great new singer in Afghanistan in ‘Rock The Kasbah’ film Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:36:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Rock The Kasbah

A Hollywood film inspired by a true story of an American talent manager who discovers great new singer during his visit to Afghanistan is set to be released at the end of October.

American actor Bill Murray is starring in the film – Rock The Kasbah which depicts the story of a down-on-his-luck talent manager who travels to Afghanistan and discovers a great new singer.

The second trailer of the film was released this week which goes a little further into the story of Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel).

He discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of American Idol – Afghan Star.

It seems he decides to help his talented new singer successfully perform on Afghan Star and people aren’t too happy about that idea.

Murray partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and braving dangerous cultural prejudices manages his new protégée into becoming the “Afghan Star.”

Written by Murray’s longtime pal Mitch Glazer (Scrooged), whose friendship dates back to their SNL days, Kasbah opens in theaters Oct. 23.

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Indian man spends 22 years to carve mountain after wife’s tragic death Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:22:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian man carves mounting 22 yearsA major Bollywood film based on the true story of an Indian man who spent 22 years carving a massive gap in a mountain after his wife died in tragic circumstances hit cinema screens on Friday.

The man, Dashrath Manjhi, was an impoverished labourer from India’s lowest caste, undertook the mammoth task when his wife Falguni died in 1959.

His wife died because she was not able to receive urgent medical care after being involved in an incident.

To ensure other villagers wouldn’t suffer the same fate as his wife, Manjhi worked day and night to chip away at the mountain using only a hammer and chisel – reducing the distance to only 15 kilometres by creating a path between the rocks.

The distance between Manjhi’s village to the nearest town involved around 54 kilometres trek around the mountain.

Manjhi completed the work until 19282 by creating the path which is around 110 metres (360 feet) long and in some places more than nine metres wide.

Bollywood star Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays the lead role in the film – The Mountain Man, told AFP “The story is beautiful and compelling. He made the impossible possible and his work has helped thousands.”

Siddiqui further added “The most difficult aspect was to capture the madness. His work is extraordinary. He should be an inspiration and an icon for the youth.”

Manjhi died from cancer of the gall bladder in 2007, aged 73, and was recognised with a state funeral in Bihar.

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Angelina Jolie’s new film to depict the life of a young Afghan girl Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:27:09 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Angelina Jolie film about Afghan girl

The latest of film by the American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie Pitt will depict the life of a young Afghan girl putting into the screen the courage of the girl who disguises herself as a boy to become the breadwinner of her family.

According to the reports, Angelina is set to produce the animated film by becoming the director of the movie.

The movie will be based on the novel of Deborah Ellis and will be titled “The Breadwinner” which will tell the story of a young girl named Parvana, who lives in the reign of Taliban in Afghanistan.

Parvana acts bravely and disguises herself as a boy to become the breadwinner of her family despite her life comes to a standstill when her father is wrongly imprisoned.

Angelina quoted in a statement cited in a report by The Hollywood Reporter said “Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution.”

The statement further added “I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana.”

The project is expected to be taken up by the Irish animation studio and production company and Irish animator and filmmaker Nora Twomey to direct the film.

The screenplay of the film will be written by the Ukrainian/Canadian film director and screenwriter Anita Doron who is best known for her work in the films, “The End of Silence” and “The Lesser Blessed.”

The rich culture, history and natural beauty of Afghanistan would also be depicted in the film which will also be released in Dari, one of the official languages of Afghanistan.

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Indian star Salman Khan’s father says they hail from Afghanistan Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:57:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Salman Khan and Salim KhanThe father of the famous Indian film star Salman Khan has said they hail from Afghanistan while responding to protesters who demanded them to return to Pakistan.

Salman’s father Salim Khan who is a screen writer in the Indian cinema has been under fire due to his son’s off-screen shenanigans and police case.

According to reports, a Twitter message by the star once again sparked outrage after he tweeted in favour of Yakub Memon who was executed over terror charges last month.

The angry protesters demanded apology by Khan’s family and some even went to “demand” that they should sent back to Pakistan.

However, Salim Khan said he will go to Afghanistan where he belongs to and has good relations there.

Speaking during an education event attended by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Khan said “I hail from Afghanistan; those who protest outside my house shouldn’t tell me to go to Pakistan, they should say go to Afghanistan.”

According to Khan his great-grandfather Anwar Khan came from Afghanistan and his father Rashid Khan was the third generation settled in India.

He also condemned the remarks by his son Salman Khan calling them “ridiculous and meaningless” and insisted that the tweets had been posted in ignorance of the issue.

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Salman Khan lookalike fulfils dream in film epic mirroring real life Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:53:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Najeem KhanNEW DELHI, India, July 15 (UNHCR) Najeem Khan vividly remembers the first time his friends called him Salman Khan due to his striking resemblance to the Bollywood star who is one of Bollywood’s biggest box office draws.

“We were standing in a market when suddenly one of my friends said that I looked just like Salman Khan. That day when I got back home, I looked myself in the mirror for hours. I was just 7 years old then,” said Najeem, now 23, with a smile.

That day changed his life completely and gave the Afghan-born, Pakistan-bred refugee a dream to become a Bollywood actor like his idol.

But while growing up in Pakistan, Najeem had never imagined that one day his looks would launch his acting career in Bollywood and that in his first movie he would act alongside his hero Salman Khan, playing the role of a ‘young Salman Khan.’

Due to his striking resemblance with actor Salman Khan, Najeem was selected for the role in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a romantic drama about an Indian man who helps a mute Pakistani girl get home. Najeem in this movie “is playing a young and naughty Salman Khan in his late teens, who doesn’t pay enough attention to his studies.”

However in the real life, the two men’s lives could not be more different at least until now.

Unlike the 49-year-old Salman Khan, who was born into an influential family in Bollywood and is one of the most commercially successful actors ever in the Indian film industry, Najeem has had a tough life, a life full of struggles. A few months after his birth in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1992, his family had to flee to Islamabad, Pakistan, where he spent 16 years of his life.

“Bollywood movies were very popular in Pakistan and they still are,” he said. “I have loved Bollywood since my childhood. In fact, when I was a child, I would dance and imitate Indian film actors. The growing comparison with Salman Khan further acted as a catalyst.”

In 2007, he and his family moved back to Afghanistan but were forced to flee to India after spending only 20 days there due to escalating violence.

Once in India, there was no looking back. Najeem now resides in New Delhi with his mother and three brothers, who have been his great support.

“My face resembled to that of Salman Khan but not my body. So I started working on my physique and also learned acting and modelling,” said the budding actor, who by 2012 had started getting modelling assignments and advertisement contracts. By this time he was even enjoying the nickname Salman Khan, and had started hogging some limelight.

“I look so much like Salman Khan, then I started walking and talking like him,” he told UNHCR in an interview.

In refugee events organized by UNHCR’s partners, Najeem dazzled fans with his sculpted body and quirky dance moves.

“I’m really grateful to UNHCR and its implementing partner BOSCO for its support and encouragement to showcase my talent at the refugee events which helped me to gain confidence and build a fan base.”

Then came the big break. Director Kabir Khan was looking for someone who could play the young Salman Khan in the movie, Bajrangi Bhaijaan. When the director could not find anyone in the usual casting call, he took the search to social media.

“When I saw a post seeking actors on a social networking website, I went for an audition and soon I was in the cast. In November last year, I started shooting the movie in New Delhi.”

For Najeem, finally it was a dream come true and when he met the real Salman Khan on the set of the movie, the actor hugged him.

“It was such an emotional moment for me. I can’t even describe it in words. He has been my hero since childhood and there I was standing in front of him and then he hugged me,” said Najeem.

“He congratulated me, told me to work harder and even offered me some helpful tips on body-building.”

The movie is set to be released on July 17 to mark Eid the official end of the holy month of Ramadan.

It is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The film will be released in approximately 50 countries, including Pakistan, USA, UK and UAE among others.

Najeem is so excited that he can barely sleep these days. “I have been invited to the special screening of the movie. I hope people would love me playing the real Salman Khan.”

By Shuchita Mehta in New Delhi, India

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Salman Khan look-alike in Afghanistan makes Bollywood debut Mon, 01 Jun 2015 04:48:57 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Najim Khan

A young Afghan man who shares a same face with popular Indian actor Salman Khan is expected to make a debut in Indian cinema in the near future.

The 23-year-old Najim Khan will appear in a movie with Salman Khan and will play a role to depict the actor’s teenage days.

In an interview with Voice of America (VOA) Dari, Najim said the movie will be screened in India in the near future where he will play the role of Bajrani bhai – the teenage days of the actor in the film.

Najim said he dreams to return to Afghanistan with honors while speaking about the issues he has faced as a refugee in Pakistan and Iran where majority of the Afghans migrated due to internal conflicts.

Najim is among the fewer Afghans who have became popular for sharing similar face with celebrities, including Bruce Lee and Lionel Messi.


A photo of young Afghan man went viral on social media in Afghanistan last year which depicts the look-alike of the martial arts legend and Hollywood icon Bruce Lee.

His real name is Abas Alizada, a resident of Kabul city, who is dreaming and aiming to fulfill his dream to be Dragon of mystery universe (Bruce Lee), according to a message on his Facebook profile.

Alizada, who has changed his name to Bruce Hazara, vows to follow the path of Bruce Lee and become a successful athlete and star like him.

He is an athlete of Wushu the “Chinese Kunk Fu” and has been got the first position in a championship in Kabul.

A photograph of another young Afghan man with similar face as Lionel Messi was also widely shared in social media earlier last year.

The young man, Abdul Karim was spotted during a wedding in western Herat province of Afghanistan whose photo was uploaded in Facebook.

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Feminist TV drama rolls out in Kabul challenging taboos about women Sat, 04 Apr 2015 07:07:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> feminist drama kabulThe first feminist TV drama is due to be aired in Afghanistan amid growing and persistent violence against women with the latest lynching of a woman in Kabul shocking Afghanistan and the world.

The TV drama “Shereen’s Law” focuses on empowering women and struggles of women in Afghanistan by portraying a strong female character, according to drama actress Leena Alam who plays Shereen.

The story is based on a 36-year-old woman who brings up three children on her own while forging a career as a clerk at a court in Kabul.

“It is the first such drama — that is about women, that is about empowering women, that is about the struggles of women in Afghanistan,” Alam told AFP.

The series also attacks the Afghan judicial system, where rampant corruption is hidden behind a wall of silence with several actors saying no to storyline they found just too challenging.

Alam admitting that defying entrenched conventions in such a country comes with a risk. “It’s a bit dangerous, even for myself. Yesterday we were shooting outside. When… I’m waiting for the shot I’m always scared that somebody may throw acid on me or somebody may hit me with a knife,” she told AFP.

“It takes a lot of courage to write something like this and it takes a lot of courage to play something like Shereen,” Alam, a producer who has also appeared in several Afghan films, said.

“But I think it’s time, after more than 30 years, to move on and educate people and give them the information as bluntly as Shereen,” she added.

The director and writer of the drama Max Walter, an Australian who came to work in Afghanistan, says took advice in advance on how to avoid drawing too much attention from conservative clerics.

“There’s been an enormous consultation, an enormous review of the script and of the whole storytelling process to make sure that it raises these issues, but it doesn’t raise them so bluntly and so offensively that it’s going to make the programme go off air,” Walker said.

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Bruce Hazara dreaming to complete Bruce Lee’s unfinished film Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:47:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> bruce-lee-copy1

Martial arts legend and Hollywood icon Bruce Lee’s look-alike in Afghanistan Abas Alizada is dreaming to complete the star’s unfinished film ‘The Game of Death’.

Locally known as Bruce Hazara, Alizada became popular shortly after his stories and photographs went viral on internet late last year.

An athlete of Wushu the “Chinese Kunk Fu”, Alizada is followed by more than 50,000 on Twitter and his Facebook page has been liked by 40,000 users.

In an interview with the AFP, Alizada, said his project is to complete the film Lee left unfinished when he died.

“When I was eight years old I saw the Bruce Lee movies, and I was hooked,” Alizada said.

“I said I will be the Bruce Lee of Afghanistan one day. I know I cannot be Bruce Lee, but I follow in his path,” he added.

Alizada also has dreams to work with the Hong Kong martial arts movie start Jackie Chan besides idolising starts such “Mr Rambo” — Sylvester Stallone — Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Bruce Lee reportedly died at the age of 32 in 1973 while he was filming Game Of Death.

Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee earlier announced that a new biopic about her father is in the works. “There have been projects out there involving my father but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry,” she said in a statement.

She said “They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material.”

Bruce Lee kept an extensive library, was deeply philosophical and was fond of writing poetry as well as acting for the movies.

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2nd International Women’s film festival kicks off in Afghanistan Sat, 08 Nov 2014 16:35:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 10628099_954556304610418_5814478409902468963_nThe second International Women’s film festival kicked off in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Saturday.

The three-day film festival will mainly focus on violence against women and women’s right in Afghanistan which will be attended by filmmakers both from Afghanistan and abroad.

A committee will select over 60 films produced by various international filmmakers and will be displayed during the film festival.

According to reports, around 500 films, including movies from Hollywood and Bollywood have been introduced to the film festival where 15 films produced in Afghanistan will be displayed while the remaining films will belong to foreign producers.

A jury consisting of jurors from England, Italy, United States, India and Iran will select the best short fiction film, best documentary film and best animation.

According to the organizers of the event, the festival has been organized in Herat province with an aim to campaign against growing violence on women in this province.

The festival will also be attended by famous filmmakers from India, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan.

A statement released by the film festival states that the event has been organized by Roya film, Arman Shahr foundation and with financial support of United Nations.

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Shahrukh Khan: No combination like sports and women Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:24:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Shahrukh Khan has no time for cricketBollywood star and producer Shahrukh Khan on Saturday said he personally doesn’t have time to play cricket and the Cricket Championship League (CCL) doesn’t need a “smaller star” like him, The Times of India reported.

While speaking during the opening ceremony of a cricket championship Shahrukh Khan said, “I will be really honest… I am someone who believes professionalizing sports in this country is perhaps the most important aspect if I can any way get attached to it. I am happy that I am associated with it,” Shah Rukh told reporters at the opening ceremony of a cricket championship.

Khan said, “I personally won’t get time to play cricket so I don’t think I will be attached to anything else but if it requires me.. I think there are so many stars in CCL, I don’t think they need a smaller star like me.”

Another Indian film star Salman Khan was also cheering for Mumbai Heroes – the team owned by his brother Sohail Khan. He was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the third edition of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL).

In the meantime Shahrukh Khan insisted that sports is the greatest profession and one needs to create alternate professions for youstres in the country.

He said, “Sports is perhaps the greatest profession in this country. We hope with this, many more tournaments are created . This is just the beginning.”

Khan also added that he feels there is no combination like sports and women.

“You have to start somewhere and this is just the beginning slowly, it will spread to more places. Specifically if you ask me, then there is no combination like sports and women. I would be really happy if it went across and women participate in it,” he said.

The podium was shared by the Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid during the press conference.

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Shahrukh Khan romance Katrina and Preity on Valentines eve Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:32:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Shahrukh Khan romance Katrina and Preity on Valentines eveShah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif rekindled their unmatched chemistry on stage during the ‘Temptation Reloaded’ tour in Muscat inn a full-fledged stage show which was the first time that the duo has performed together live.

The show was organised as part of the Muscat Festival. Officials from event Management Company Light and Shadow Enterprises LLC, which organised the concert, said they were delighted with the success of “Oman’s Biggest Live Concerts”.

King Khan made a breathtaking entry from a sky high crane and his ‘Don’ number being played in the background. After dancing to some of their biggest Bollywood hits, the stars all boarded an open bus and threw soft toys among the audience.

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Preity Zinta, Ali Zafar, and singers Anushka Manchanda and Shalmali Kholgade also put up spirited performances. The gala, organised by Oman Automobile Association Club, had more than 25,000 spectators cheering and screaming themselves hoarse for the Bollywood stars.

“A big thank you all to the awesome crowd in Muscat for such a great response and for so much love ! Back home now, tucked into Bed & down with Fever,” Preity Zinta later wrote on Twitter.

The 47-year-old ‘Ra.One’ star made his grand entry in the jam-packed Oman Automobile Association Club in Azaiba in Muscat much to the delight of the rousing audience.

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Valentine’s Day 2013: Americans spend $18.6 Billion Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:21:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Valentine's Day 2013 Americans spend $18.6 BillionValentine’s Day is a $18.6 billion event holiday with origins in a third-century beheading, stoning and ritualized beating of a recalcitrant priest.

Even amid a slow recovery, Americans are set to spend a record $18.6 billion this Valentine’s Day. Flower shops, jewelry stores and online dating sites are all expecting to cash in on the day of love.

“It’s a holiday with a lot of cash. It’s a lot of sales,” Ron Friedman, who leads Marcum Consulting’s retail business told Forbes Magazine. “Although, it’s pretty short-lived. The flowers die, the candy gets eaten up, and the lingerie gets destroyed in a couple minutes.”

According to the 2013 National Retail Federation Valentine’s Day spending survey, the average American is expected to spend $130.97 on gifts, a slight increase from last year.

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Here are some of this year’s numbers according to Fiscal Times:

$18.6 billion
The amount of money Americans are expected to spend this Valentine’s Day.

$13.5 billion
The total cost of shipments for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2011.

$4.4 billion
The amount of money Americans are expected to spend on diamonds, gold and silver this Valentine’s Day.

$1.9 billion
The amount of money Americans are expected to spend on flowers this Valentine’s Day.

$1.6 billion
The amount of money Americans are expected to spend on candy this Valentine’s Day.

$928 million
The amount of revenue brought in my Internet dating services in 2011

$815 million
The amount of money Americans are expected to spend on gifts for their pets this Valentine’s Day.

$365 million
The total value of fresh cut roses in 2011.

The average amount men will spend on gifts and a date this Valentine’s Day.

The average amount women will spend on gifts and a date this Valentine’s Day

The number of workers employed by floral shops in 2010.

Number of workers employed by chocolate, cocoa and candy manufactures in 2010. Bureau)

Valentine’s Day comes into light in Afghanistan:

Although the conservative Afghanistan majority are unaware of the Valentine’s Day, some youngsters do celebrate the day by sending flowers to their beloved ones and by sending messages via cell phone or the Internet.

In Afghanistan, the tradition is that having open relations between boys and girls is a taboo. Love marriage and court marriage seldom happen in the Muslim Afghan society as the families prefer arranged marriage for their sons and daughters in accordance with Sharia or Islamic laws.

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A Serbian Film is ‘most cut’ movie in 16 years Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:11:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> (BBC) – Controversial movie A Serbian Film has become the most cut film in 16 years, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has said.

The dark thriller, which features disturbing scenes of violence and sex, has had four minutes and 11 seconds of its original content removed.

The BBFC said that it “rarely cuts” cinema releases with an 18 certificate.

In 1994 the Indian movie Nammavar was cut by five minutes and eight seconds for violent content.

A BBFC spokeswoman said: “A number of cuts were required to remove elements of sexual violence that tend to eroticise or endorse sexual violence.”

‘Immensely indecent’

The film is scheduled for UK release on the 10 December, although distributors Revolver Entertainment said it does not yet know how many cinemas it will be shown in.

A spokesman from the company said: “Revolver remain committed to releasing the closest possible version of the film to the director’s original cut.

“The company recognises that the film is an uncompromising, artistic and political statement from a unique film-making vision and remains fully supportive to the director.

“Revolver believes this is a film that deserves to be seen by both a theatrical and home entertainment UK audience,” he added.

The movie was written by Serbian horror film critic Aleksandar Radivojevic and directed by Srdjan Spasojevic.

Radivojevic has defended the movie, calling it an “a diary of our molestation by the Serbian government”.

He said it was designed to show the “monolithic power of leaders who hypnotise you to do things you don’t want to do”.

Variety called the film a “well-crafted, immensely indecent smut-slasher”, while The Sun newspaper labelled it “sick”.

Film critic Scott Weinberg wrote: “I think the film is tragic, sickening, disturbing, twisted, absurd, infuriated, and actually quite intelligent.

“I admire and detest it at the same time. And I will never watch it again. Ever.”

In August Westminster Council refused to allow the movie to be shown during the annual Frightfest film festival.

Earlier this month trade magazine Variety reported that Spain had banned public screenings of the film at the Terror Film Week in San Sebastian.

A temporary injunction also prompted the Molins de Rei and Malaga film festival to cancel screenings.
Source: BBC

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Justin Bieber wins four American Music Awards Tue, 23 Nov 2010 09:24:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> (BBC) – Teen star Justin Bieber dominated the American Music Awards winning four prizes from four nominations.

Bieber, 16, who beat Eminem, Usher, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga to artist of the year, also won best pop album, best pop male, and breakthrough artist.

He said he had “been singing Eminem since I was three and Usher is my mentor – so this is big”.

Eminem led the field with five nods alongside country band Lady Antebellum. He won two awards as did Usher.

Eminem, 38 – who did not attend the ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles – won best male hip-hop artist and the hip-hop album prize for Recovery.

Usher, 32, meanwhile, won best male R&B singer and the R&B album award for Raymond v Raymond while Lady Antebellum walked away with one award – for best country band.

British band Muse won the alternative rock prize.

Bizarre performance

Collecting his breakthrough artist award, Bieber – whose album My World 2.0 has sold almost 2 million copies in the US since its release in March – said: “I’m from the smallest town in the world of, like, 30,000 people.

“I never thought this was possible.”

Bieber, who was brought up in Stratford, Ontario, now lives in the US.

Picking up his best pop male prize later in the evening, he thanked Michael Jackson, who last year won four posthumous gongs at the awards.

“Without Michael Jackson, none of us would be here,” he said.

Other winners included best pop band the Black Eyed Peas – who performed new single The Time – and best country female Taylor Swift, who was last year’s big winner with five gongs.

Swift, 20, performed her new single, Back to December, and incorporated OneRepublic hit Apologize.

Other performers on the night included 1990s boy bands New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys who sang together.

Meanwhile, Rihanna – winner of best R&B female – performed a medley of songs from album Loud.

A pregnant Pink performed Raise Your Glass, Kid Rock gave an acoustic performance of Times Like These and Katy Perry used pyrotechnics to play her latest single Firework.

In the absence of Lady Gaga, who did not turn up to pick up her best pop female prize, Kesha gave perhaps the most bizarre performance of the night.

She sported a motorcycle helmet with light beams for eyes as she sang her hit Take It Off.

She then stripped off to reveal a mirrored outfit and was joined by a gang of male dancers dressed like her – complete with fishnet stocking and blonde wigs.

Other winners on the night included Michael Buble, who won best contemporary artist, and Shakira who picked up the Latin music gong.

Source: BBC

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Roy Lichtenstein painting fetches $42.6m at auction Fri, 12 Nov 2010 08:53:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> (BBC) – A painting by Roy Lichtenstein has sold at auction for $42.6m (£26.4m) – a new record for the US ‘pop artist’.

The cartoon-style painting, sold to an anonymous telephone bidder at Christie’s in New York, features a woman on the phone with a speech bubble containing the title.

The sale of contemporary and post-war works fetched $272.8m (£169.1m) in all.

Yet an Andy Warhol piece expected to fetch up to $50m (£31m) went for less than half that amount.

Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) was sold for $23.9m (£14.8m) at Wednesday’s auction.

On Tuesday, a Warhol canvas of a black-and-white Coke bottle sold for $35.4m (£21.9m) at rival New York auction house Sotheby’s.

The Lichtenstein sale smashed a previous record for the artist set in 2005, when his work In the Car fetched $16.2m (£10m).

In a statement, Christie’s said Ohhh…Alright… – painted in 1964 – “characterises Lichtenstein’s captivation and inspiration with techniques of commercial printing and reproduction.”

Other highlights of the sale included Jeff Koons’ sculpture Balloon Flower (Blue), which sold for $16.8m (£10.4m).

Records were also set by works from US sculptor Alexander Calder, Cuban artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Californian painter Mark Tansey.

Source: BBC

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Horror movie film Saw 3D tops US box office Tue, 02 Nov 2010 04:31:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> The final instalment of the horror franchise Saw has topped the US box office in its debut weekend.

The last chapter in the series about the pyscho killer Jigsaw made $24.3m (£15.8m), according to studio estimates.

Saw VI, the last film in the series which was released last year, debuted with $10m (£6.2m) less.

The second, third, fourth and fifth Saw films all topped $30m over their opening weekends.

“Last year, a lot of people said, ‘Ok, that’s it. Put a fork in it, it’s done'”, said David Spitz, head of distribution for Lionsgate.

“The following week, we were all disappointed and thought, what can we do to reinvigorate the franchise? So we shot the movie in 3D and said this is the final chapter.”

Another horror film, Paranormal Activity 2, slipped to second place, with $16.5m (£10.2m).

Its low-budget predecessor became a word of mouth phenomenon last year, eventually making more than $100m in North America.

Action movie, Red, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich, took third place with takings of $10.8m (£6.7m).

Prank movie Jackass 3D, now in its third week on the chart, has now passed the $100m (£62.3m) mark.

Source: BBC

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