From Paris Hilton to Kid Rock, there is a long list of celebrity DJs (earning over US $1 million per gig). Herea��s looking at the current cropA�of turntablists
This Houston-based musician and model has travelled far from home to the hills of Hollywood to move out of the overbearing shadow of her sister Beyonce Knowles. The 28-year-old is now a globetrotting artiste who regularly gets booked as a DJ to perform the latest hits from across the musical spectrum and, ofA� course, tracks from her own label, Saint Records. Look her up at venues such as Miami, Washington DC and Chicago. She has just returned from a gig at the Philippines Fashion Week in Manila.
American reality TV favourite, Brody Jenner has starred in popular shows like The Hills, The Princes of Malibu and Bromance. Jenner is also Kim Kardashiana��s step brother and has been manning DJ booths since July 2014. At his latest gig, the 31A�-yearA�-old co-hosted and performed a DJ set filled with the latest EDM tunes for partyA�goers at the packed Downstairs Nightclub at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. He was also the opening DJ for hip-hop superstar Drake, last week, at a party in the W Scottsdale, Arizona.
She is more than just a celebrity DJ. The 36A�-yearA�-old actor had a fantastic year with prominent roles in hit TV shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. Simultaneously amassing some serious air miles as a highly regarded DJ, Manning is also an electronic music vocalist with multiple releases on major labels to her credit. After the success of her Billboard #1 single, Send Me Your Love, Manning has played at various high profile events last year, like Paradisio Electric, Coachella after-parties and the NYC Pride Weekend Party alongside EDM superstars like Diplo, Sultan and Ned Shepard.
Joe Jonas, one third of the pop rock band, the Jonas Brothers (who made headlines in October 2013 when they announced that they had decided to part ways musically), has tried hard to rid himself of the Disney musical identity and has embarked on a solo career as a songwriter and a DJ. The 25-year-old made his debut as a DJ at the Foxtail Nightclub, Las Vegas, and now performs under the name DJ Danger. He enjoys playing everything from Top 40 hits to 90s hip-hop and EDM genres like trap and house as the resident DJ at the Hard Rock Hotela��s The Sound of Your Stay, music lounge, in Chicago.
The award-winning actress talks about her early years with Paddington and why her role is not what you would expect
Last year was one of the toughest for the beautiful Nicole Kidmana��she lost her father. But this year is starting on a high note, with Paddington releasing on January 22. Kidman will be seen playing Millicent, a museum director, who wants to stuff and mount Paddington the bear. a�?a�?I was the kid who loved the wicked witch in The Wizard Of Oz. So, of course, I grew up to be the girl who wants to play the villain in a movie,a�? laughs the 47-year-old who is married to singer Keith Urban, adding that her two daughtersa��Sunday and Faitha��were often on set. a�?They always saw me get ready and they understand the make-believe of it, which they find intoxicating,a��a�� she says. This year, Kidman will also be seen in movies like The Family Fang and Genius. More from the actress:
Tell us about your character?
I play the taxidermist who is trying to stuff Paddington. It is always fun to play the villain because they are so colourful, and with the costumes and the way in which Paula��s given me so many things to play around with, with the character, it was really a fun thing to do.
Did you grow up with Paddington?
I grew up reading Paddington (the book series by Michael Bond), loving the bear, his charm, and loving the way he sort of had to survive. I suppose being Australian, it was one of the books that you read. I remember being about six or seven and just hoping Ia��d find my own little Paddington stranded on the street.
How did you work on developing the look for the character you play?
I always come into a film and go a�?okay change me, make me into what you want me to bea�� because thata��s what I learnt. I learned in acting school that your whole physicality is just a thing thata��s there to be changed, so that you can create characters.
How was it working with Paul King?
He has such a strong sense of emotion mixed with comedy. Ita��s always such a lovely combination.
Working with David Heyman.
A lot of times, films are scrambled and you barely have any organisation. This film was extraordinarily well produced and thought out. You need that with something like thisa��with big sets, snow, wind, and when you are up on wires. In spite of all the stuff thata��s going on, ita��s running like clockwork, which is incredible production and thata��s what David does and I really am so grateful because it is like a well-oiled machine.
Paddington is scheduled to release on January
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His minda��s eye
Ita��s hard to believe when you hear it now, but Hrithik Roshan says he was not a good dancer! His is the story of the insecure child who overcame his shortcomings to become a mega star. He recalls being a shy child who was never a�?good enougha�?. Over the years, he developed the tools to get over his fears. Primary among these is using the tool of visualisation. So when he was required to learn a song and dance routine for a film, Roshan would not ask for an additional day of rehearsal. Instead he would take that additional day to be in his own zone and visualise the routine and dance steps. a�?And thata��s how I would learn,a�? he says. a�?I would imagine myself doing those steps and I would be able to do them in front of the camera. If you focus on how to make it possible, then you get the right answers.a�? Now thata��s great advice from the Bollywood superhero.
A strugglera��s story
Amit Masurkara��s debut film, Sulemani Keeda, opens today. Engineering student turned writer and then filmmaker, Masurkara��s slacker comedy stars Naveen Kasturia and Mayank Tewari as two struggling Bollywood writers in this enjoyable film. The idea for his debut film came from his own struggles as a writer, says Masurkar. a�?Four of my commissioned screenplays, written with some reputed directors, didna��t take off due to reasons beyond my control. This is when I decided to take things into my own hands and stop waiting for that elusive big break.a�? This is the story of Dulal and his hustler friend Mainak, who are from Delhi and are struggling in Mumbai, trying to get a break to write a big Bollywood film. a�?Their picaresque journey brings them to a position where they are forced to choose between their friendship, love and a big break,a�? says Masurkar.
Thirty years ago, Bhopal and the world saw one of the worst industrial disasters unfold. The toxic gas leak affected thousands, many of whom are still suffering physically, emotionally or mentally. In 1999, Mahesh Mathaia��s Bhopal Express was among the first to shine a spotlight on the impact and ensuing injustice that followed the gas leak on the night of December 2-3, 1984. There have been a number of documentaries that have highlighted this tragedy and surrounding issues. Commemorating 30 years since the event, director Ravi Kumara��s film Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain releases today. Starring Hollywood actors Martin Sheen, Kal Penn and Mischa Barton alongside Tannishtha Chatterjee and Rajpal Yadav, Kumar says his film a�?aims to show the message of the disaster, while the audience is entertained by its thriller drama.a�?
Last week, the curtains came down on another successful edition of the International Film Festival of India and its sidebar event, Film Bazaar, in Goa. The NFDC championed event has become a critical fixture on the annual calendar particularly for independent and first-time filmmakers. This year was no different as Film Bazaar attracted a host of fresh talent and established ones. From more than one hundred projects given a platform, some of the ones that came out trumps were Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farookia��s No Landa��s Man, which won the NFDC Development Award, Raam Reddya��s film Thithi, which won an award in fiction category and Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shuklaa��s documentary Proposition for a Revolution, which was awarded in the non-fiction category. Leta��s hope many of these projects find global recognition.