‘Bollywood Oscars’ comes home with first ceremony in India

20th international Indian film academy awards will be held in Mumbai this week The international Indian film academy awards known as the Bollywood Oscars are to be held in India for the first time in their history this week. Mumbai will host the 20th IIFA awards ceremony on Wednesday, where the megastars of a booming Hindi film industry will celebrate another bumper year, including in huge markets such as China. The event has been held in countries around the world since it began in 2000, with previous host cities including London, Toronto and Singapore, and most recently Bangkok. Dancers perform the opening number at last years IIFA awards. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images With nearly 1,800 titles released in 2018, India …

Nazi design exhibition in Netherlands raises fears of glorification

Visitors have been asked not to share photographs of exhibits including Arno Breker statue An exhibition of Nazi design has opened in the Netherlands to protests and a request for visitors to the museum not to take and share photographs for fear of the exhibits being glorified on social media. The Museum of Design in Den Bosch is showcasing sculpture by Adolf Hitlers favourite artist, Arno Breker, a 1943 VW Beetle, photos and Leni Riefenstahl films from the era, in what is being billed as the first great exposition of the Design of the Third Reich. Running for five months, the exhibition has been criticised by the Association of Dutch Anti-fascists, which has called in vain for local authorities to …

Socialism used to be a dirty word. Is America now ready to embrace it?

Voters feelings on socialism have shifted with half of those under 40 saying they would prefer to live in a socialist country In his 1998 film, Bulworth, Warren Beatty played a Democratic senator who goes rogue, embarking on a truth-telling binge in which he spouts radical truths no Democrat serious about election would ever utter. At one stage, Bulworth even mentions socialism. In America thats like saying cocksucker, Beatty once told me with a chuckle over dinner at his home in Los Angeles shortly series embed When I suggested to him he sounded like a socialist he swatted the term away. Im interested in a government that looks out for people who need to be looked out for, Beatty said. …

The Spy review Sacha Baron Cohen goes undercover in middling Mossad drama

The star of Borat and Bruno goes straight as an Israeli spy in a plodding period espionage saga that mainly manages to remind viewers of better, smarter shows Its a long way from Grimsby to Tel Aviv. But The Brothers Grimsby, he played alcoholic buffoon and putative Grimbarian Nobby, who, despite being disguised as Liam Gallagher, managed to assist his MI6 officer brother to foil a eugenicist plot to rid the world of the working classes. But only after the pair, ostensibly hilariously, were obliged to hide in an elephants vagina. Three years later, Baron Cohen stars in The Spy, Netflixs new six-part series written and directed by Gideon Raff, who was responsible for went deep cover for Mossad in …

Why The Third Man is an essential primer for no-deal Brexit

As the classic noir gets a 70th anniversary re-release, its hard to ignore the parallels between a shattered postwar Vienna teeming with spivs and the future the Brexiters have in mind What perfect timing for The Third Man to step back out of the shadows. Often hailed as the finest film Britain ever made, a 70th anniversary re-release will see it return to cinemas with the government much in the market for symbols of national grandeur. While Boris Johnson has named his favourite film as Dodgeball for once, eerily believable as the great British breakdown goes on it is easy to imagine him waving a tiny Union Jack at Carol Reeds majestic noir. It is true, of course, that there …

DJ Arafat fans who forced open coffin and took photos held by police

Fans of Ivorian singer who died in motorbike crash clashed with police after funeral Ivorian police have detained 12 people as part of an investigation into the desecration of DJ Arafats tomb after fans opened the musicians coffin to take pictures of him shortly after his burial, according to officials. The incident took place on Saturday following an overnight funeral concert at Abidjans main stadium, where tens of thousands paid tribute to the singer who died aged 33 in a motorbike crash last month. Events took a dark turn when fans tried to enter the Williamsville cemetery where the singers family had given him a private burial, prompting clashes with police. Several made it past security, forced open the fresh …

Kevin Hart suffers ‘major back injury’ in Malibu vintage car crash

Actor and comedian was a passenger in 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, California highway patrol says The actor and comedian Kevin Hart has been injured in the crash of a vintage car in the hills above Malibu. A California highway patrol collision report said the 40-year-old Hart was a passenger in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that went off Mulholland Highway and rolled down an embankment around 12.45am on Sunday. The report said Hart and the driver, 28-year-old Jared Black, suffered major back injuries and were taken to hospitals. Another passenger, 31-year-old Rebecca Broxterman, only complained of pain. The highway patrol report said the car went out of control as it turned from a canyon road on to the highway. The report said …

Immigration panic: how the west fell for manufactured rage

The long read: From Trump to Orbn, politicians are winning votes by stoking age-old hatreds. Where does this fear of migrants come from? The west is being destroyed, not by migrants, but by the fear of migrants. In country after country, the ghosts of the fascists have rematerialised and are sitting in parliaments in Germany, in Austria, in Italy. They have successfully convinced their populations that the greatest threat to their nations isnt government tyranny or inequality or climate change, but immigration. And that, to stop this wave of migrants, everyones civil liberties must be curtailed. Surveillance cameras must be installed everywhere. Passports must be produced for the most routine of tasks, like buying a mobile phone. Take a look …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a hero to women. A future without her is a chilling prospect | Moira Donegan

The 86-year-old justice cant live forever, and it increasingly looks like womens freedoms wont either You can find her face on enamel pins, tote bags, posters, and greetings cards. She stares at you from T-shirts, from stickers, from stationery, from inside embroidery hoops, her face rendered in tiny squares of thread. She is shown stern faced, eyes impenetrable behind her oversize glasses; or with the tiny smile of someone who knows a secret. Sometimes she is shown with a toy crown on her small head, cocked slightly askew in reference to a famous photo of the Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls. Underneath, the word Notorious. These tributes have come under ridicule and rebuke, often by men, as an argument arises on …

‘Jewface’ row: West End musical accused of cultural appropriation

Jewish actors and playwrights criticise Falsettos for using non-Jews to play Jewish roles A West End musical about a Jewish family is at the centre of a row over cultural appropriation, with critics saying the lack of Jewish involvement in the production is typical of an industry that sidelines talent from the community. Falsettos, which is coming to London an open letter, which said the producers demonstrated a startling lack of cultural sensitivity and at worst, overt appropriation and erasure of a culture and religion increasingly facing a crisis. To the best of our knowledge, no one in the cast of the UK premiere is Jewish, and neither is the director or anyone on the team, the letter stated. The …

Four wheels bad, but three sehr gut. Germans climb aboard cargo bikes

As Berlin tries to switch to greener transport, people are choosing the bike, not the electric car and its becoming a status symbol In a fashionable corner of the capital of Germany, Europes car nation, parents picking up or dropping off their offspring have lined the edge of a popular playground with luxury vehicles. There are summery convertibles, wood-panelled multi-seaters and slim racers but none of them has four wheels. Jan Edler, an architect, has picked up his son Laszlo from daycare with a Bullitt, a Danish-built cargo bike with a platform spacious enough to fit the one-year-old and the daily grocery shopping. The family car, he says, has been gathering rust ever since he invested in the aluminium-framed two-wheeler, …

Bollywood to depict Indian air strikes on Pakistan over Kashmir bombing

Vivek Oberoi movie will tell true story of reprisals after February attack in which 40 Indian troops were killed Bollywood is to make a movie based on the true story of Indian air strikes on Pakistan this year, its producer said, the latest patriotic film to hit the silver screen. The 26 February attack took place after a suicide bombing claimed by a militant group based in Pakistan Original Article : HERE ;

Molotov-Ribbentrop: why is Moscow trying to justify Nazi pact?

Exhibition about Soviet-Nazi treaty, signed on 23 August 1939, seeks to turn spotlight on wests behaviour in 1930s Eighty years after the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed a non-aggression treaty dividing Europe into spheres of influence, Russia has put the original Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and its secret protocol on public display. Alongside the pact at the exhibition at Russias State Archives in Moscow are documents spanning from the 1938 Munich agreement and occupation of Czechoslovakia until the outbreak of war, which organisers say confirm Soviet fears that the west sought to redirect German aggression toward Moscow. The message to Europe is clear: everyone was at it. Russias foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, who spoke at the exhibitions opening this week, made …

Guess who said it: Tucker Carlson or a far-right shooter | Nathan Robinson

The Fox New hosts nightly diatribes are making the US an ever more terrifying place for immigrants and people of color Its not surprising Tucker Carlson doesnt think white supremacy is a threat to the United States. Its easy not to notice a problem when the problem is you. Speaking on his show, Carlson encouraged viewers not to think about racism, saying that every minute youre angry about race is a minute youre not thinking about class, which is of course the real divide in this country. If I were Tucker Carlson, I wouldnt want people to think about racism either. If they did, they might start to notice that Carlsons rhetoric about non-white people has long been virtually identical …

Through Our Eyes pictures taken by young migrants in Greece

Teenage asylum seekers document daily life in a camp on Samos Island This collection of photographs taken by teenage asylum seekers in Samos offers an intimate and powerful portrait of the hardship they face at the islands refugee camp, which was built for 650 people but is home to more than 4,000. The camp is one of five registration centres, or hotspots, for asylum seekers on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Original Article : HERE ;

Ads for ultra-violent satire The Hunt pulled in wake of US mass shootings

Promotion for movie, in which humans are hunted for sport, is stalled after El Paso and Dayton killings and studio reported to be rethinking strategy TV ads for The Hunt, an ultraviolent political satire in which elites stalk and kill deplorables, have been pulled in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. A poster for the The Hunt. Photograph: Universal Pictures Original Article : HERE ;