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    Sandisk CLIP sport
    This lightweight player clips just about anywhere and is ideal for fitness enthusiasts. Available in a range of bright colours, the player comes in 4/8GB sizes , has an FM tuner and a memory card slot for expansion. Also runs up to 25 hrs on a single charge. shop.sandisk.com

    canon powershot n2Canon Powershot N2
    The N2 has wifi and NFC built-in and a unique selfie mode. It sports a 16.1MP camera with a huge 8X optical zoom and 28mm wide angle lens with OIS. A DIGIC 6 processor and nifty zoom /shutter ring allow you to take super clear pics. usa.canon.com

    ASUS E210 PC
    The E210 Mini PC is fan-less, occupies minimal space and saves on energy costs. It runs on Windows 8 and sports a USB 3.0 slot, USB 2.0 slot, HDMI, VGA, Com ports and a 4 in card reader. Available soon. Asus.com

    Volvo-cycling-helmetKarma Go
    The Karma Go is a portable device that provides data connectivity on the go anywhere in the US. You pay about Rs.6,000* for the device and about Rs.850* per GB of data. Up to 8 devices can be connected via LTE and your recharge never expires. Only in the US for now.
    yourkarma.com

    Moto HINT
    This super discreet wireless earbud from Motorola fits in your ear snugly and allow complete phone access using your voice. Available in several finishes, including the bamboo version shown above. motorola.com

    archt_oneARCHT One speaker
    The Archt One is a unique speaker with full range drivers, a sub-woofer, passive radiator, amp and DAC converter built in. Acoustically it sounds great regardless of where its placed. A Sound Array module transforms the speakers from directional to omni-directional to provide truly surround sound. Pre-order now. archtaudio.com

    SOny SBH80Sony SBH 80
    With HD voice, Noise cancellation, aptX audio, NFC and BT 3.0, the SBH 80 is a versatile headset thata��s easy to wear and sounds great. sony.co.in

    Moto-Hint-BambooVOLVO helmet
    Volvoa��s new helmet concept is a two- way system that works by connecting cyclists and drivers and warning each other of their locations. More details will be available during the upcoming CES 2015. If more automobiles developed this tech in the future then a lot of accidents could potentially be averted.

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      Sandisk CLIP sport
      This lightweight player clips just about anywhere and is ideal for fitness enthusiasts. Available in a range of bright colours, the player comes in 4/8GB sizes , has an FM tuner and a memory card slot for expansion. Also runs up to 25 hrs on a single charge. shop.sandisk.com

      canon powershot n2Canon Powershot N2
      The N2 has wifi and NFC built-in and a unique selfie mode. It sports a 16.1MP camera with a huge 8X optical zoom and 28mm wide angle lens with OIS. A DIGIC 6 processor and nifty zoom /shutter ring allow you to take super clear pics. usa.canon.com

      ASUS E210 PC
      The E210 Mini PC is fan-less, occupies minimal space and saves on energy costs. It runs on Windows 8 and sports a USB 3.0 slot, USB 2.0 slot, HDMI, VGA, Com ports and a 4 in card reader. Available soon. Asus.com

      Volvo-cycling-helmetKarma Go
      The Karma Go is a portable device that provides data connectivity on the go anywhere in the US. You pay about Rs.6,000* for the device and about Rs.850* per GB of data. Up to 8 devices can be connected via LTE and your recharge never expires. Only in the US for now.
      yourkarma.com

      Moto HINT
      This super discreet wireless earbud from Motorola fits in your ear snugly and allow complete phone access using your voice. Available in several finishes, including the bamboo version shown above. motorola.com

      archt_oneARCHT One speaker
      The Archt One is a unique speaker with full range drivers, a sub-woofer, passive radiator, amp and DAC converter built in. Acoustically it sounds great regardless of where its placed. A Sound Array module transforms the speakers from directional to omni-directional to provide truly surround sound. Pre-order now. archtaudio.com

      SOny SBH80Sony SBH 80
      With HD voice, Noise cancellation, aptX audio, NFC and BT 3.0, the SBH 80 is a versatile headset thata��s easy to wear and sounds great. sony.co.in

      Moto-Hint-BambooVOLVO helmet
      Volvoa��s new helmet concept is a two- way system that works by connecting cyclists and drivers and warning each other of their locations. More details will be available during the upcoming CES 2015. If more automobiles developed this tech in the future then a lot of accidents could potentially be averted.

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        One thing is for sure, this city is madly in love. A few days back, I tuned into Radio City after 9 pm and experienced a show that is probably one-of-a-kind on the air waves. Called Love Guru, it is hosted by RJ Rajavel and is a marathon on-air as it winds up at 1 am. The love angle is a delicate one to handle, as each one of us has varied thoughts and opinions on relationships. It takes some doing to find middle ground and communicate sensibly to the listener.
        From what I heard and understood, the show was not about how to fall in love (thank God for that), but rather about maintaining healthy relationships. The soundscape is neatly demarcated during the four hoursa��the first two hours dedicated to interactions with listeners on topics about love and relationships; a story section takes up the third hour; and the show makes it to the finish line with emails and SMSes from listeners, sprinkled with the love gurua��s advice.
        There is an interesting movement happening off-air, too, thanks to the showa��all about sharing, giving and helping. Listeners have taken a front seat on this by raising fees for blind students, helping out at blood donation camps, and rehabilitating those who have tried committing suicide. The show has saved close to a hundred individuals from committing the act.
        Now leta��sA� get down to the numbers: if you have an aching love issue or want advice on relationships, then call 18001234650 and love guru will sort you out. The toll free number was created because of the huge response the show attracted and Love Guru has received a whopping four lakh calls and counting, till date. Thata��s a massive number to achieve in a short span of time. Romance and retro are surely the most wanted on the listener wish list and Radio City is giving them exactly that. See you next week!

        a�� talkingradio@gmail.com
        The writera��s views expressed here are entirely in his personal capacity.

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          Radisson Temple Bay
          The hotel in Mahabalipuram was the setting of the wedding of Paul Raymond and Paloma Rao. The ceremony took place by the ocean, with the groom arriving in a cycle rickshaw driven by the groomsman. At the reception, Gibran Osman, the emcee, had guests in splits, while DJ Ashok had family and friends, on their feet all night.
          aryaTaj Connemara
          The Collectabillia Winter Auction saw a small gathering of enthusiasts, all excited about theA� display that included boxer Muhammad Alia��s gloves and Sachin Tendulkara��s bat among other items. Guests, including entrepreneurs like Sam Paul and CK Kumaravel, sipped on wine and munched on fish fingers as they scrutinised the exhibits, before the auction, conducted by Vijay Amritraj, began. As always, he peppered the auction with anecdotes and funny stories, even one about his first girlfriend!
          MadhaviThe Westin
          This Sunday saw the preview of Nida Mahmooda��s SSa��15 collection at The Westin. With a fashion show hosted by Shahin Ansari of MaalGaadi, Apsara Reddy of The Red Kite and curated by designer Vivek Karunakaran, the afternoon was well attended.
          The Park
          The relaunch of the poolside bar, Aqua, was attended by Sidney Sladen, singer Shakthisree Gopalan and top party people. Chef Rajesha��s barbecued pizza with tandoori chicken from the new menu was a big hit, while resident DJ Faezal put their new sound system to the test.

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            Numbera��s game
            December 26 | Online
            Ita��s that time of the year. We love the quirky calendar from Sky Goodies. This 3D paper desk calendar designed by Mumbai-based Misha Gurnanee Gudibanda, is a DIY model of an old typewriter with realistic details. Even the date cards are printed in a vintage typewriter font. Priced at Rs.399 on in.skygoodies.co. For our list of other must-have calendars, turn to Page 15

            bus (2)Destination kutcheri
            December 27 | Multiple venues
            Good news for sabha hoppers. Silk Sari brand Palam Silks has launched a free air-conditioned bus service. The two buses will ply from the Palam Silks Showroom in Mylapore to major sabhas like The Music Academy and Narada Gana Sabha. Some of the areas covered are CIT Colony, Abhiramapuram, Luz Avenue and Mandaveli. For information on timings and routes call 9282444444

            Jamie Jones - PerformanceSpreading cheer
            December 30 | Tara Books
            This year, surprise friends with these unique Fluke Cards by Tara Books. They are made from trail sheets and misprints gathered at the screen-printing workshop. Rs.500 for 10 cards with covers. The proceeds go to the artisans and designers. Details: tarabooks.com

            cardGoaa��s year ender
            December 28 | Goa
            If you are looking to party your way into the New Year, Sunburn Goa 2014 is a popular choice. From December 27-29, this yeara��s line-up features Deniz Koyu, Zaeden, MAKJ, Jamie Jones, Emma Hewitt, Chris Lake and Candice Redding, among other artistes. Tickets priced from Rs.2,500 onwards. Details: bookmyshow.com

            bombay2Margazhi spotlight
            December 27 | The Music Academy
            Last seen at The Mylapore Club performing Jagadhodharana and Ramnath, Bombay Jayashree will be seen at the Margazhi Mahotsavam hosted by The Music Academy next. Expect some of her best Carnatic numbers like Anadamrita, Yadava and Sharavana Bhava in the two hour concert. From 4 pm onwards. Details: 28112231

            unnikrishnanRagas by the beach
            December 29 | Urur-Olcott kuppam
            The sabha goes outdoors, and by the sea, thanks to the Urur-Olcott Margazhi Vizha. The initiative by TM Krishna hopes to expose Carnatic music to people from all walks of life, especially the fishing community around the area. Taking place at the Ellaiamman Kovil, Besant Nagar, it will see performances by violinist R Kumaresh and vocalist P Unnikrishnan, among others. On December 29-30. Details: 9884521072

            new yearThe big bash
            December 31 | Multiple venues
            With award winning DJs like Ashish and Gani coming down from Mumbai and Hyderabad (at Green Meadows and 10 Downing Street respectively), the line-up of New Yeara��s Eve parties around town is more than promising. For live music, Park Hyatta��s Canadian musician Monia Lamarche promises to sizzle. Browse our complete list on Pages 28-29

            foodFeast comes first
            January 1 | Multiple venues
            After all the NYE partying, a hearty brunch is the right way to start the year. Taj Coromandela��s spread at Anise has hariyali kofta shahipasand, keri wali dal, gnocchi sorentina, pink pepper crusted grouper fish, live carved murgh mussallam and live gaeng phad ped yang (Thai duck curry). At Rs.3,000 per person. Also check out our list of New Yeara��s Eve dinner spreads on Page 8

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              Trending videos that hit the peak this year, from arachno-canines to football heroes

              Mutant Giant Spider Dog The most watched user content on YouTube this year is Mutant Giant Spider Dog. It currently stands at over 114 million views. The creepy clip, by Polish YouTuber Sylwester Wardega, sees a dog fitted with spider legs attacking people.

              Winner Stays
              Featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr. and Wayne Rooney among others, a Nike ad was created for the world cup in Brazil. It is all about team spirit, and being who you want to be, and teaches that those who take risks, get to the top. It has just over 100 million hits.

              First Kiss
              With over 95,858,050 views, this was a social experiment later revealed to be an ad for a clothing company. It sees unlikely strangers being made to kiss each other for the first time, and how some are apprehensive at first but then get progressively comfortable.

              The Voice IT | Serie 2
              Sister Cristina Scuccia, stunned judges on Italya��s version of The Voice with a powerful rendition of Alicia Keysa�� No One back in March. This video shows the judges turn around in a�?the chaira�� giving her the green signal. It has 67,321,251 plus views.

              Bailando and Dark Horse
              The year is incomplete without a mention of the two most watched videos across genres a�� Katy Perrya��s Dark Horse and Enrique Iglesiasa�� Bailando. With staggering 800 and 750 million hits respectively, the two videos are dominating music and visual charts. Perrya��s video sees her as an Egyptian princess while Iglesiasa�� catchy number has street dances for visuals.

              a��Aakanksha Devi

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                Our celebrity drinks menu gets your party off to a glamorous start

                2612HollywoodNew2a copyGeoffrey Rush
                At the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, art and wine-loving Geoffery Rush pointed out he was not a wine collector. But went on to emphasise his palatea��s penchant for Shiraz. a�?Ita��s probably Australiaa��s premium grape. Ita��s not as popular as the Napa Valley but I like the peppery flavoura��ita��s probably closer to a Bordeaux. I prefer a tough, vigorous wine because I like steak and chips.a�? Clearly he has his comfort food and wine sorted out should things go wrong.

                2612HollywoodNew1aHelen Mirren
                When Dame Helen Mirren was asked to pick her favourite she choseA�the Negroamaro, a grape variety from Puglia, Italy. a�?Ita��s just delicious, wonderful red wine,a�? she said, adding that her favourite hobby apart from gardening and reading is a�?sitting with a glass of wine and having a good gossip with old friendsa��. And being a resident of the area, we trust her judgement on this one!

                2612HollywoodNew3aHugh Jackman
                Another Australian and a Shiraz-loving one at that, Hugh Jackman was cornered at the Donna Karan 30th-anniversary show on Wall Street in
                February and asked to pick his top wines. He mentioned a famed vineyard east of the Barossa Valley in southern Australia, of course. a�?I love the Henschke Hill of Grace wines,a�? he said, a�?And the Penfolds Grange. They are probably the two best Aussie wines.a�? Negroni, caviar, his Muma��s lasagne and the Hill of Grace red wine feature on his ideal last meal list so we think that his pick is strong and steady.

                2612HollywoodNew5aKeanu Reeves
                Keanu Reeves has always had a penchant for rare and expensive Australian red wine. Apparently The Matrix star a�?fell in love with Australia and their top winesa�� when he was shooting in Sydney in 1998 and there was no looking back. His favourites include Penfolds Grange Hermitage and Mount Mary Quintet. The wine cellars in his homes in Los Angeles and Toronto are stocked with 1988 and 1990 vintages of Mount Mary Quintet cabernet, made in the Yarra Valley, each bottle worth anything between USD 300 and 350 . a�?The Mary Quintet cabernet 1971 and the Penfold Grange 71 and 76 are just awesome,a�? Reeves said of the bottles that cost USD 600.

                HollywoodNew3Gavin Rossdale
                Gavin Rossdale says in wine expert Mark Oldmana��s book, a�?Europeans get it right a�� they view wine as a useful and reasonably priced mood enhancer.a�? Recently, after a concert in Napa Valley, he shared his favourites: Crisp Sancerre and Bordeaux. The Englishmana��s list also has Stella Artois but chilled he says, dissing the concept of warm beer. Revealing Pomerols and Pauillacs in his cellar he says, a�?Bordeaux are so smooth. I like my white wine really colda��a biting Chablis, Gavi di Gavi, Vermentino.a�? To celebrate his marriage to singer Gwen Stefani, they had Cervaro della Sala a�� the wine they had at their wedding.

                2612HollywoodNew6bJohnny Depp
                While bourbon sour is his favourite, he needs blueberry and ginger instead of a cherry and orange slice. Living in France, he is something of an expert and votes for ChA?teau Calon-Segur, a Saint-EstA?phe third-growth wine. a�?Ita��s a marvellous wine that you can drink every day and ita��s also very affordable. I also like Petrus and ChA?teau Cheval-Blanc,a�? he says. And such is his love for Petrus Bordeaux that he shipped 10 crates to
                the set of Public Enemies for the crew.

                2612HollywoodNew8Jay-Z
                He clearly loves the opaque metallic bottles of Armand de Brignac Champagne, also known as the Ace of Spades. The wine is from the Cattier champagne house, and is sold in bottles designed by fashion house CourrA?ges. At a fundraiser for President Obama at the 40/40 Club in Manhattan, he had a tower of 350 bottles, worth over a staggering $280,000.

                2612HollywoodNew4bLady Gaga
                Her poison is Jamesona��sA�Irish whiskey. a�?I have made much of my music with Jameson. Ia��m not being paid a cent to advertise the whiskey… I should be,a�? said Lady Gaga, swigging from a bottle of the whiskey on stage to celebrate her tour. Thanks to the likes of Gaga (and Rihanna), apparently Jameson has become the whiskey of choice among American drinkers in their 20s and 30s. After all, Gaga describes it as a�?my long-time boyfrienda�? while Rihanna even mentions the brand in her song, Cheers (Drink To That).

                 

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                  If last year saw the emergence of new talent on and off screen and enthusiastically embraced new independent voices, 2014 remains disappointingly ambivalent. There were a few blockbuster hits (Kick, Happy New Year, Bang Bang), a few disasters (Humshakals, Action Jackson) and a few that captured the collective imagination and touched a chord with critics and audiences alike (Mary Kom, Queen, Haider).

                  Here is my list of 12 films (in random order) that made me smile, cry, marvel, rejoice or simply admire the writers, actors, editors, directors, singers and producers that embellish the fabric of Bollywood everyday. The films that almost made it: Happy New Year, Mardaani, Fireflies and
                  Bobby Jasoos.

                  (Please note: This list was compiled before the release of Anurag Kashyapa��s Ugly).

                  PK: Raj Kumar Hirani proves again that he is a master storyteller as he directs Aamir Khan as an alien trying to understand the complexities of earth and the distinction between faith and religion. Satirical, humorous and poignant.

                  haiderHaider: Vishal Bhardwaj completed his Shakespeare trilogy with this adaptation of Hamlet, starring Shahid Kapoor. Bhardwaj creates a unique world, including the layered character of Ghazala, played by Tabu.

                  Children of War: Mrityunjay Devvrat goes back to nine months prior to the formation of Bangla-desh. A gutsy, compelling reimagining of the horrors of war, it chronicles a very important chapter in the history of sub-continent.

                  Lakshmi: Nagesh Kukunoor
                  spotlights critical issues such as child trafficking by basing his no-holds-barred film on the true story of 13-year-old Lakshmi, sold by her father to a pimp.

                  Miss Lovely: Ashim Ahluwaliaa��s visceral treat is set against the backdrop of the 1980s C-grade film industry where this story of sibling rivalry, romance and crime unfolds.

                  Hawaa-Hawaai-Movie-2014-ImagesHawaa Hawaai: Amole Guptea��s film is a thoughtful, delightful, charming and optimistic underdog story set in a sports arena. A chai stall child worker takes up inline skating and sets his sights on the trophy.

                  Finding Fanny: Homi Adajaniaa��s dysfunctional Goan characters embark on a quest to find Fanny. A heart-warming story about second chances with stand-out performances by Pankaj Kapur, Deepika Padukone and Dimple Kapadia.

                  Queen: Vikas Bahla��s Rani captivated audiences as she took off on a solitary honeymoon to Europe, after being jilted. Kangana Ranauta��s vulnerable side is juxtaposed with Lisa Haydona��s carefree attitude in this coming of age film.

                  Mary Kom: Omung Kumar directed Priyanka Chopra in and out of the boxing ring as she embraced the role of world champion pugilist, Mary Kom. The underdog story of determination, willpower and talent was a complete knockout.

                  city lightsCitylights: Hansal Mehtaa��s official remake of Metro Manila explores how the pursuit of a dream can lead you to a dangerous place. Rajkummar Rao, Manav Kaul and Patralekhaa bring alive their characters. The songs are winners too.

                  Dekh Tamasha Dekh: Feroz Abbas Khan takes a true story set in a small town and uses satire, wit and humour to weave in complex and layered comments about the absurdity of Indian society.

                  Sulemani Keeda: Amit Masurkara��s slacker comedy is a refreshing and amusing satire on the world of struggling writers. Well acted and equally well written, its youthful irreverence is entertaining.

                  now running

                  PK
                  Director: Rajkumar Hirani
                  Cast: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt
                  When a stranger arrives in the city, he quickly gains a reputation for startling innocence. But the questions that the mysterious PK (Khan) asks forces people to re-think their long-held assumptions, gaining him both fast friends and steadfast enemies. A story that ultimately boils down to the friendship between Jaggu (Sharma) and PK, this is a gentle movie that lives up to expectations without being over showy.
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                  2612FilmSnip2aAction Jackson
                  Director: Prabhudheva
                  Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam
                  Romance blossoms between small-time crook Vishi (Devgn), and HR executive Khushi (Sinha). But their relationship takes a complicated turn when the police and an international don are on the lookout for professional assassin AJ, who looks like Vishi. Poor direction and mixed plot makes for a movie that fails to entertain.
                  a��Team Indulge

                  2612FilmSnip3aThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
                  Director: Peter Jackson
                  Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom
                  Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Smaug rises again and then screens are engulfed in smoke, blood and gore. While Bilbo (Freeman) is seen fighting for his life, only Gandalf (McKellen) sees Sauron rising too. Phenomenal effects, action and a hint of emotion, make this one the best of the series.
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                    Our celebrity drinks menu gets your party off to a glamorous start

                    2612HollywoodNew2a copyGeoffrey Rush
                    At the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, art and wine-loving Geoffery Rush pointed out he was not a wine collector. But went on to emphasise his palatea��s penchant for Shiraz. a�?Ita��s probably Australiaa��s premium grape. Ita��s not as popular as the Napa Valley but I like the peppery flavoura��ita��s probably closer to a Bordeaux. I prefer a tough, vigorous wine because I like steak and chips.a�? Clearly he has his comfort food and wine sorted out should things go wrong.

                    2612HollywoodNew1aHelen Mirren
                    When Dame Helen Mirren was asked to pick her favourite she choseA�the Negroamaro, a grape variety from Puglia, Italy. a�?Ita��s just delicious, wonderful red wine,a�? she said, adding that her favourite hobby apart from gardening and reading is a�?sitting with a glass of wine and having a good gossip with old friendsa��. And being a resident of the area, we trust her judgement on this one!

                    2612HollywoodNew3aHugh Jackman
                    Another Australian and a Shiraz-loving one at that, Hugh Jackman was cornered at the Donna Karan 30th-anniversary show on Wall Street in
                    February and asked to pick his top wines. He mentioned a famed vineyard east of the Barossa Valley in southern Australia, of course. a�?I love the Henschke Hill of Grace wines,a�? he said, a�?And the Penfolds Grange. They are probably the two best Aussie wines.a�? Negroni, caviar, his Muma��s lasagne and the Hill of Grace red wine feature on his ideal last meal list so we think that his pick is strong and steady.

                    2612HollywoodNew5aKeanu Reeves
                    Keanu Reeves has always had a penchant for rare and expensive Australian red wine. Apparently The Matrix star a�?fell in love with Australia and their top winesa�� when he was shooting in Sydney in 1998 and there was no looking back. His favourites include Penfolds Grange Hermitage and Mount Mary Quintet. The wine cellars in his homes in Los Angeles and Toronto are stocked with 1988 and 1990 vintages of Mount Mary Quintet cabernet, made in the Yarra Valley, each bottle worth anything between USD 300 and 350 . a�?The Mary Quintet cabernet 1971 and the Penfold Grange 71 and 76 are just awesome,a�? Reeves said of the bottles that cost USD 600.

                    HollywoodNew3Gavin Rossdale
                    Gavin Rossdale says in wine expert Mark Oldmana��s book, a�?Europeans get it right a�� they view wine as a useful and reasonably priced mood enhancer.a�? Recently, after a concert in Napa Valley, he shared his favourites: Crisp Sancerre and Bordeaux. The Englishmana��s list also has Stella Artois but chilled he says, dissing the concept of warm beer. Revealing Pomerols and Pauillacs in his cellar he says, a�?Bordeaux are so smooth. I like my white wine really colda��a biting Chablis, Gavi di Gavi, Vermentino.a�? To celebrate his marriage to singer Gwen Stefani, they had Cervaro della Sala a�� the wine they had at their wedding.

                    2612HollywoodNew6bJohnny Depp
                    While bourbon sour is his favourite, he needs blueberry and ginger instead of a cherry and orange slice. Living in France, he is something of an expert and votes for ChA?teau Calon-Segur, a Saint-EstA?phe third-growth wine. a�?Ita��s a marvellous wine that you can drink every day and ita��s also very affordable. I also like Petrus and ChA?teau Cheval-Blanc,a�? he says. And such is his love for Petrus Bordeaux that he shipped 10 crates to
                    the set of Public Enemies for the crew.

                    2612HollywoodNew8Jay-Z
                    He clearly loves the opaque metallic bottles of Armand de Brignac Champagne, also known as the Ace of Spades. The wine is from the Cattier champagne house, and is sold in bottles designed by fashion house CourrA?ges. At a fundraiser for President Obama at the 40/40 Club in Manhattan, he had a tower of 350 bottles, worth over a staggering $280,000.

                    2612HollywoodNew4bLady Gaga
                    Her poison is Jamesona��sA�Irish whiskey. a�?I have made much of my music with Jameson. Ia��m not being paid a cent to advertise the whiskey… I should be,a�? said Lady Gaga, swigging from a bottle of the whiskey on stage to celebrate her tour. Thanks to the likes of Gaga (and Rihanna), apparently Jameson has become the whiskey of choice among American drinkers in their 20s and 30s. After all, Gaga describes it as a�?my long-time boyfrienda�? while Rihanna even mentions the brand in her song, Cheers (Drink To That).

                     

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                      If last year saw the emergence of new talent on and off screen and enthusiastically embraced new independent voices, 2014 remains disappointingly ambivalent. There were a few blockbuster hits (Kick, Happy New Year, Bang Bang), a few disasters (Humshakals, Action Jackson) and a few that captured the collective imagination and touched a chord with critics and audiences alike (Mary Kom, Queen, Haider).

                      Here is my list of 12 films (in random order) that made me smile, cry, marvel, rejoice or simply admire the writers, actors, editors, directors, singers and producers that embellish the fabric of Bollywood everyday. The films that almost made it: Happy New Year, Mardaani, Fireflies and
                      Bobby Jasoos.

                      (Please note: This list was compiled before the release of Anurag Kashyapa��s Ugly).

                      PK: Raj Kumar Hirani proves again that he is a master storyteller as he directs Aamir Khan as an alien trying to understand the complexities of earth and the distinction between faith and religion. Satirical, humorous and poignant.

                      haiderHaider: Vishal Bhardwaj completed his Shakespeare trilogy with this adaptation of Hamlet, starring Shahid Kapoor. Bhardwaj creates a unique world, including the layered character of Ghazala, played by Tabu.

                      Children of War: Mrityunjay Devvrat goes back to nine months prior to the formation of Bangla-desh. A gutsy, compelling reimagining of the horrors of war, it chronicles a very important chapter in the history of sub-continent.

                      Lakshmi: Nagesh Kukunoor
                      spotlights critical issues such as child trafficking by basing his no-holds-barred film on the true story of 13-year-old Lakshmi, sold by her father to a pimp.

                      Miss Lovely: Ashim Ahluwaliaa��s visceral treat is set against the backdrop of the 1980s C-grade film industry where this story of sibling rivalry, romance and crime unfolds.

                      Hawaa-Hawaai-Movie-2014-ImagesHawaa Hawaai: Amole Guptea��s film is a thoughtful, delightful, charming and optimistic underdog story set in a sports arena. A chai stall child worker takes up inline skating and sets his sights on the trophy.

                      Finding Fanny: Homi Adajaniaa��s dysfunctional Goan characters embark on a quest to find Fanny. A heart-warming story about second chances with stand-out performances by Pankaj Kapur, Deepika Padukone and Dimple Kapadia.

                      Queen: Vikas Bahla��s Rani captivated audiences as she took off on a solitary honeymoon to Europe, after being jilted. Kangana Ranauta��s vulnerable side is juxtaposed with Lisa Haydona��s carefree attitude in this coming of age film.

                      Mary Kom: Omung Kumar directed Priyanka Chopra in and out of the boxing ring as she embraced the role of world champion pugilist, Mary Kom. The underdog story of determination, willpower and talent was a complete knockout.

                      city lightsCitylights: Hansal Mehtaa��s official remake of Metro Manila explores how the pursuit of a dream can lead you to a dangerous place. Rajkummar Rao, Manav Kaul and Patralekhaa bring alive their characters. The songs are winners too.

                      Dekh Tamasha Dekh: Feroz Abbas Khan takes a true story set in a small town and uses satire, wit and humour to weave in complex and layered comments about the absurdity of Indian society.

                      Sulemani Keeda: Amit Masurkara��s slacker comedy is a refreshing and amusing satire on the world of struggling writers. Well acted and equally well written, its youthful irreverence is entertaining.

                      now running

                      PK
                      Director: Rajkumar Hirani
                      Cast: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt
                      When a stranger arrives in the city, he quickly gains a reputation for startling innocence. But the questions that the mysterious PK (Khan) asks forces people to re-think their long-held assumptions, gaining him both fast friends and steadfast enemies. A story that ultimately boils down to the friendship between Jaggu (Sharma) and PK, this is a gentle movie that lives up to expectations without being over showy.
                      a�� TI

                      2612FilmSnip2aAction Jackson
                      Director: Prabhudheva
                      Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam
                      Romance blossoms between small-time crook Vishi (Devgn), and HR executive Khushi (Sinha). But their relationship takes a complicated turn when the police and an international don are on the lookout for professional assassin AJ, who looks like Vishi. Poor direction and mixed plot makes for a movie that fails to entertain.
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                      2612FilmSnip3aThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
                      Director: Peter Jackson
                      Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom
                      Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Smaug rises again and then screens are engulfed in smoke, blood and gore. While Bilbo (Freeman) is seen fighting for his life, only Gandalf (McKellen) sees Sauron rising too. Phenomenal effects, action and a hint of emotion, make this one the best of the series.
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