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सोमवार, फ़रवरी 13, 2012

A night after IFTA was held in Dublin, the Orange British Academy Film Awards was held at the Royal Opera House in London. The red carpet introductions of the crème de la crème of British Cinema was hosted on telly by Edith Bowman. The stars are dressed in suitable finery for the occasion. A velvet suit designed by Christopher Bailey stood out and the ladies were dressed by the best of the designers like Vivian Westwood & Forever Mark, Valentino, H & M, Givenchy and more.

The evening opens with the “Thunderbolt” voice of Tom Jones paying homage to 50 years of James Bond in cinema. He is my favourite thing about old Bonds. The voice of “red-hot smoking Welsh dragon” still carries the chutzpah like none other.

Ladies and Gentleman, your host for the evening, Mr. Stephen Fry of “Top Gear” with the unmistakable British humour. After a Review of 2012 in Film were presented the Orange mask to the winners.

And the BAFTA Orange Mask and the Golden Envelope is awarded to…
● SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS – War Horse, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Adventures of Tintin: Teh Secret of the Unicorn, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Hugo | presented by Cuba Gooding Jr.
● PRODUCTION DESIGN – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hugo, War Horse, The Artist, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 | presented by Viola Davis
● SUPPORTING ACTORChristopher Plummer (Beginners), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Ides of March), Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn) | presented by Helena Bonham Carter
● OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM named in the honour of the legendary producer Alexander CorderTinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Senna, Shame, We Need to Talk About Kevin, My Week with Marilyn | presented by Naomi Harris and Belanice Merlot, Bond girls from upcoming “Sky Fall”
● SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Jessica Chastain (The Help), Judi Dench (My Week with Marilyn), Carey Mulligan (Drive), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaid) | presented by Daniel Radcliffe
● ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – The Iron Lady by Abi Morgan, Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen, The Guard by John Michael McDonagh, The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius, Bridesmaids by Annie Mumplo & Kristen Wiig | presented by Jeremy Irvine and Christina Ricci
● OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA Award which is named in the honour of Sir Michael BalconJohn Hurt [Look inward and ask not if there is anything outside that you want but whether there is anything inside that you have not yet unpacked.] | presented by Billy Bob Thornton
● Orange Wednesday’s RISING STAR AWARD created in honour of the legendary casting director Mary Selway – Eddie Redmayne, Adam Deacon, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Chris O’Dowd | presented by Christina Hendricks
● DOCUMENTARY – George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Project Nim, Senna (Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Manish Pandey) | presented by Paul Bettany
● ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – The Descendants, The Help, The Ides of March, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Moneyball | presented by Mad Man Jon Hamm
● BEST DIRECTOR named in the honour of the great Sir David Lean – Nicolas Winding Refn (Driver), Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Martin Scorsese (Hugo) | presented by Brad Pitt
● LEADING ACTRESS – Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn), Viola Davis (The Help), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) “Meryl Thatcher, Trophy Snatcher”, Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) | presented by Colin Firth… It is my great privilege to present in a category in which I have been grievously overlooked. What a gentleman is Colin Firth.
● LEADING ACTOR – Michael Fassbender (Shame), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), George Clooney (The Descendants) | presented by Penelope Cruz
● THE ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP – The American Filmmaker, Martin Scorsese | presented by Max Von Sida ‘Glurg’
● BEST FILMThe Artist (Thomas Langmann), The Descendants, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (making a mountain of a film out of a mole), The Help, Drive | presented by Hugh Jackman and Russel Crow

The BAFTA paid tribute to Shammi Kapoor, Whitney Houston, Steve Jobs and Elizabeth Taylor amongst the others.

Lets all keep lining up for tickets and sitting in the dark. Support your local cinema. Live and Love Films!



सोमवार, फ़रवरी 13, 2012

If you haven’t kept up with the music scene through this past year, you ought to tune in to the Grammy Awards, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, to catch up with the latest in the Western Music world. Just yesterday, we lost Whitney Houston, one of the sparkling soul voices of our times; and earlier in the year we lost the one and only, Etta James. And today the music world celebrates THE 54TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS with Rap icon LL Cool J, the true-to-his-name revenant host whom I look forward to on this award evening. It’s going to be Adele, the winner that is.

With a Bruce Springsteen opening “We Take Care of Our Own” and a prayer tribute to Dear Whitney Houston, the music baton passes on to the latest voice in pop with 6 Grammy nominations this year – Bruno Mars.

The first Grammy of the night was presented by Bonnie Raitt and Alicia.
1. WINNER “Someone Like You” Adele (Lyrics: Dan Wilson)
2. “You and I” Lady Gaga
3. “Grenade” Bruno Mars
4. “Firework” Katy Perry
5. “Perfect” Pink
Adele receives the Grammy with an emotional gratitude note thanking her doctors who brought her voice back. this was followed by a performance by Chris Brown. I don’t understand his dancing. Michael Jackson has ruined it for most.

Grammy winners Fergie and Marc Anthony present the next Grammy…
1. “Look At Me Now” Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
2. WINNER “Otis” Jay-Z & Kanye West
3. “The Show Goes On” Lupe Fiasco
4. “Moment For Life” Nicki Minaj & Drake
5. “Black And Yellow” Wiz Khalifa

Grammy winner and country superstar, Reba welcomes country’s new superstar, Jason Aldeen with Kelly Clarkson singing their Grammy-nominated duet “Don’t You Want to Stay?”.

Outside the Staples Center, Jack Black introduces the band with 4 Grammy nominations tonight, Foo Fighters.

LL Cool J welcomes Rihanna from Barbados with the rock band Coldplay from London sharing the Grammy stage for the first time together singing “We Found Love in a Hopeless Place” and Chris Martin singing “Once Upon a Time”.

Pauley Perrette & NY Giants Marmio Manningham and Victor Cruz presents the next Grammy…
1. “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” Coldplay
2. “Down by the Water” the Decemberists
3. WINNER “Walk” Foo Fighters
4. “The Cave” Mumford & Sons
5. “Lotus Flower” Radiohead

“The human element of making music is what’s most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument, and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about sounding absolutely correct. It’s not about what goes on in the computer. It’s about what goes on in here [guts] and what goes on in here [mind].”

Ryan Seacrest speaks of the historic 50th anniversary reunion of ‘The Beach Boys’ of the “California Dream” and “Endless Harmony” fame. The celebration of ‘The Beach Boys’ is kicked off by ‘Maroon 5’ singing “Surfer Girl” and followed up by ‘Foster the People’ singing “Wouldn’t it be Nice”. ‘The Beach Boys’ round it up with “Good Vibrations”.

LL Cool J introduces the 22-time Grammy Winner and a true wonder of the music world, Stevie Wonder and his signature mouth organ. Wonder introduces the legend, Sir O. G. Paul McCartney and his new romantic standard “What if it rained? … My Valentine”, joined by Diana Krall and Joe Walsh. Just in time for Valentine…

2-time Grammy winner Common and Taraji P. Henson present the next Grammy after a mark of respect to Gil Scott-Heron, one of the forefathers of Hip-Hop who passed away last year…
1. WINNER “F.A.M.E.” Chris Brown
2. “Second Chance” El Debarge
3. “Love Letter” R. Kelly
4. “Pieces of Me” Ledisi
5. “Kelly” Kelly Price

2-time Grammy winners ‘The Civil Wars’ introduces 2-time Grammy winner tonight, Taylor Swift with a song.

The ever-present Neil Patrick Harris presents the next Grammy…
1. “All of the Lights” (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudl & Fergie) Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West
2. “The Cave” (Mumford & Sons) Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston
3. “GRENADE” (Bruno Mars) Brody brown, Claude Kelly, Phillip Lawrence, Air Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt
4. “Holocene” (Bon Iver) Justin Vernon
5. WINNER “Rolling in the Deep” (Adele) Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

LL Cool J and Kate Beckensale introduce Katie Perry with 2 Grammy nominations this year.

Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley award Grammy to…
1. “My Kinda Party” Jason Aldean
2. “Chief” Eric Church
3. WINNER “Own the Night” Lady Antebellum
4. “Red River Blue” Blake Shelton
5. “Here for a Good Time” George Strait
6. “Speak Now” Taylor Swift

Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow introduces the singular voice of 6-time nominee Adele (2 Grammy in 2009; 4 Grammy tonight) who sings on the Grammy stage. I like her voice and her singing. “We could’ve have had it all… Rolling in the deep”.

Taylor Swift introduces a special Grammy tribute to Country Singer facing Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell featuring ‘The Band Perry’ and Blake Sheldon. The rhinestone cowboy sings himself… The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Glen Campbell this year.

5-time Grammy winner including the 2007 Grammy for ‘Best New Artist’ Carrie Underwood introduces 15-time Grammy winner Tony Bennett and sing a lovely duet “It Had to be You” before presenting the Grammy to…
2. BON IVER from the city of Wisconsin is the most gracious WINNER
3. J. COLE

President and C.E.O of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow introduces Grammy MusicCares Foundation and Grammy Museum and pays respects “In Memoriam”.
Jennifer Hudson pays tribute to Whitney Houston.

LL Cool J and QuestLove pay tribute to Don Cornelius, the conductor of the “Soul Train”. The Grammy Party from ‘The Haze Night Club’ on Nokia Plaza at L. A. Live, a thrilling celebration of today’s dance music featuring two of electronic music’s best and brightest stars David Guetta and Deadmau5, joined by Chris Brown and Foo fighters.

4-time Grammy Nominee this year, Drake introduces the performance of the Grammy night by Nicki Minaj “The Exorcism of Roman”.

‘Lady Antebellum’ presents the Grammy to…
1. WINNER “Rolling in the Deep” Adele
2. “Holocene” Bon Iver
3. “Grenade” Bruno Mars
4. “The Cave” Mumford and Sons
5. “Firework” Katy Perry

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Diana Ross presents Grammy to…
1. WINNER “21” Adele [Paul Epworth wins the Producer of the Year) Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts to stay…
2. “Wasting Light” Foo Fighters
3. “Born This Way” Lady Gaga
4. “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” Bruno Mars
5. “Loud” Rihanna

Sir Paul McCartney and Beatles classics conclude the Grammy with “A Sweet Lullaby”.

R. I. P. Mehdi Hassan

शुक्रवार, जनवरी 13, 2012

Legend Mehdi Hassan passes away.


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Meryl Streep

Man and Woman

सोमवार, दिसम्बर 19, 2011

If you want something spoken about… ask a man.
If you want it done, ask a woman

Margaret Thatcher

Mistakes and Successes

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“Probably half the mistakes that are made in the kitchen are successes.”

Jamie Oliver


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A question that sometimes drives me hazy…
Am I or the others crazy?

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