Author: 1278-funnyvot

What do you do when a film lays out all its wares before you can properly settle into your seat? Within literally a minute of its opening ‘Salaam Venky’ kicks into explanatory mode, telling us how its incredibly brave 24-year-old principal character has spent so many years of his life fighting against DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy), a degenerative disease which has no cure. And how his incredibly brave mother (Kajol) has fought alongside him every inch of the way. Just in case we miss the point, Venkatesh aka Venky (Vishal Jethwa) is to be seen lying on his bed, chatting…

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SZA has mastered the art of the inner monologue, transforming deeply personal observations into gilded songs that feel intimate, relatable, and untouchable, all at once. On her remarkable debut album, CTRL, she narrated these contradictions through warbled melodies that threw modern R&B and pop song structure out the window, letting her voice weave in, over, and through the beats, in a style that recalled the jazzy structure of Joni Mitchell and the technical prowess of Minnie Riperton. Not having a traditional formula, it turned out, was a winning tack: CTRL was certified triple platinum this August, reflecting both its continued relevance and fans’ salivatory desperation…

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The panelists of “Outnumbered” Thursday called out Jennifer Lawrence for her statement in a recent interview with Variety that she was the first female lead to star in an action movie with her role in “The Hunger Games” series of films.”I remember when I was doing Hunger Games, nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work, we were told. Girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but cannot identify with a female lead,” Lawrence told Variety. Harris Faulkner felt badly that Lawrence was so deluded.”In this particular instance, she…

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Jackets are hung on one wall of Bada Seck’s single-room atelier in the Ngor arrondissement of Dakar in Senegal, dresses are arranged along another. Half-made garments lie on top of an unused sewing machine and bags of fabric cover the floor.Seck’s workshop, in this former fishing village on the westernmost edge of the Senegalese capital might be modest, but his clients come from as far away as France.“If there are the means, I make European styles with African fabrics,” he says, as he takes a brightly patterned suit jacket off the wall to look over. Festivals are a particularly busy…

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DWI is an acronym it stands for driving while intoxicated (in some cases, driving while impaired), and, depending on the circumstances of the case, the crime can be a misdemeanor or a felony. Whether or not you’re charged with a DWI is conditioned by the state where the incident occurred and the blood alcohol concentration limits set. For example, in Texas, you’re legally intoxicated when your blood alcohol concentration reaches 0,08%. Nonetheless, you fail to obey the law if alcohol (or drugs) affects your driving ability. The police officer can call a Drug Recognition Expert to the scene to perform…

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There’s something noble about the word ‘vadh’, as opposed to, merely, murder. The latter can be tawdry, ordinary: the former is used as moral justification to end a life. But is a murder, even if it is of a monster, ever justified? Schoolmaster Manjunath (Sanjay Mishra) and wife Manju (Neena Gupta) are middle-aged, eking out their precarious middle-class existence in Gwalior. A callous son in the US doesn’t want to know about their troubles, which started because of him and his ambitions. Now that the son has got what he wants, he’s washed his hands off, knowing full well that…

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Since the release of FACE in January, Babyface Ray has checked into another class of rap stardom. Aside from FACE becoming the Detroit rapper’s highest-charting project to date—debuting at number 31 on the Billboard 200, nearly 100 spots higher than 2021’s Unfuckwitable—Ray was included in XXL’s 2022 Freshman Class and, just last week, made his late-night TV debut on the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. His performance of “Masterpiece,” a standout song from his flashy and melancholic new album MOB, was backgrounded by a shot of the Detroit River, an emblem that amplifies the duality of Ray’s stories. He’s a rapper who’s traveled the world but can’t leave…

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London CNN  —  Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have taken aim at “unconscious bias” inside the royal family and defended their decision to quit the institution, as their highly anticipated Netflix documentary series threatens to deepen the split between the couple and Buckingham Palace. The first three episodes of the project, titled “Harry & Meghan,” were released on Thursday after months of speculation that the couple would star in a tell-all series. They detail the pair’s initial romance and Meghan’s first exposure to the structures and demands of royal life, as well as Harry’s childhood, the pervasive nature…

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A Brooklyn creative director claims in a new lawsuit that Kanye West’s fashion brand owes her nearly $100,000 for a photoshoot featuring the Yeezy founder and his sunglasses line. Katelyn Mooney – a well-established freelance creative director in the fashion industry – said she was contacted by Yeezy employees on Sept. 11 to pull together a shoot in just two days for West’s new sunglasses line called SHDZ, according to her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit from Wednesday. Mooney – who’s worked with brand giants including L’Oreal, Nike and Coke, according to her site – was hired by Yeezy for $110,000,…

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