Saturday, April 29, 2006

Manisha Koirala promotes Taj Mahal as father sacked in Nepal

Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala was in Pakistan to promote her new film Taj Mahal this week.

Manisha recently found herself in a peculiar situation when her grand-uncle led the opposition against Nepal's King Gyanendra. Koirala, on the other hand, publicly supported the monarchy.

Manisha Koirala in Pakistan to promote Taj Mahal
Manisha in Sindh, Pakistan on April 28 to promote her new film Taj Mahal. Reuter's photo from Yahoo News.

Prakash Koirala, Manisha's father was thrown out of the Nepali Congress Party Friday, days after his uncle, G.P. Koirala was appointed prime minister designate. Prakash was a minister in the royalist parliament.

The actress may be able to take her mind off her troubles as she prepares to direct her first two films after 15 years in the industry.

Manisha Koirala prepares to direct first films

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Jackie Chan says Oscars are unfair

Jackie Chan said on his website Thursday that film awards like the Oscars can never be fair of the high volume of films and objectivity of judges.

"To be honest, I don't think anything is completely fair except for the Olympics. If you beat someone by one-thousandth of a second, then you won - with your result the only basis for a win - and of course this does not include cheating incidents," he said.

Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan feeds baby actor held by actress Cherrie Ying during filming of Project BB in Hong Kong, April 25, 2006. Reuters photo from Yahoo News.

Chan wrote the comments in a message congratulating Ang Lee for his best director Oscar for Brokeback Mountain. The film lost to Crash for the best film award.

The martial arts film star also said that juror bias gives the awards an element of uncertainty. "Since everyone has different tastes or favorites, there will naturally be different results," he said.

His latest film Rob-B-Hood, where he plays a character who protects a baby from kidnappers, is expected to open in Hong Kong later this year.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Shilpa Shetty ordered arrested for exposed belly button

A Madurai court ordered non-bailable arrest warrants for Bollywood actresses Shilpa Shetty and Reema Sen accusing them of "posing in an obscene manner." The editor of the Murugan newspaper that published the photos was also issued a warrant.

Shilpa Shetty ordered arrested for 'obscene' photos
Arrest warrant issued against Shilpa Shetty, shown above. AFP photo from Yahoo News.

The dusky actress Shetty, a native of Tamil Nadu, appeared in film stills with a traditional sari exposing her navel!

Shetty complained: "If navel-showing is obscenity, then our traditional Indian outfit - the traditional sari - should be banned in the first place."

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Zhang Ziyi to attend reception for Hu Jintao at White House

Zhang Ziyi will attend the welcoming ceremony Thursday for Chinese President Hu Jintao on the White House South Lawn.

Zhang Ziyi. AFP Photo from Yahoo News.

Zhang said that if given the opportunity she would ask U.S. President George W. Bush how many Chinese films he has watched.

After having stirred some controversy in her home country for her starring role in Memoirs of a Geisha, Zhang told the Chinese press that she was still interested in Chinese films. She's scheduled to make The Banquet, based on an ancient court drama this year under the direction of Feng Xiaogang.

Her film Jasmine Woman, which won the Jury Prix Prize at the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2004 is slated for public release on April 24 in China.

Zhang Ziyi to keep making Chinese films

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Daniel Ho releases two Hawaiian hits

Grammy Award-winning producer Daniel Ho has released two new Hawaiian music albums.

Step 2: Herb Ohta Jr. & Daniel Ho features Ho and Ohta on ukulele performing classics like "Song for Anna."

Daniel HoLed Ka'apana
Daniel Ho and Led Ka'apana

George Kahumoku, Jr.'s Na 'ano 'ano: The Seeds features Hawaiian slack key guitar with vocals by one of this year's ki ho'alu Grammy winners.

Kahumoku's album is already highly-lauded and many feel it is in hot competition for a Grammy itself.

Ho's production Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol.1 won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album. Featured in the release were musicians to Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku, Jr., Keoki Kahumoku, Led Ka’apana, Ozzie Kotani, Cyril Pahinui and Da Ukulele Boyz (Peter de Aquino & Garrett Probst).

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Tia Carrere recovering from birth, dancing with stars

Having just given birth to her first child, Tia Carrere could hardly keep up with the other contestants on Dancing with the Stars, but she put up a good showing none the less.
Tia Carrere, dancing with the stars

Tia continues to cast as the voice for Nani in the Disney series Lilo and Stitch.

Her last appearance before the camera was in the tv miniseries Supernova where she played Lisa Delgado.