Bollywood Sri Lanka war film pulled in UK, south India

A Bollywood spy thriller set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war has been pulled from British and some Indian theatres after protests over its depiction of rebel fighters, the movie’s distributors said Saturday.

Madras Cafe, which opened Friday, features John Abraham as an Indian secret agent sent to Sri Lanka during the island’s decades-long conflict between the government and separatist Tamil rebels.

But the film has failed to reach a number of cinema halls after ethnic Tamil populations in India and in Britain complained that they were unfairly portrayed.

“Our UK exhibitors, Cineworld, decided to hold back the film after protesters gathered outside their UK offices,” said Rudrarup Datta, marketing head at the film’s Indian co-producer and distributor Viacom18 Motion Pictures.

“Exhibitors do not want to take a risk and withdrawing screenings of the film is their prerogative,” Datta said.

No British cinemas are currently showing the film although they were still hopeful of a release at a later date, he added.

A full release has gone ahead in the United States, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

Indian media reports said theatres also refused to show the film in southern Tamil Nadu state after protests from its large Tamil population.

Activist group Naam Tamilar (We Tamils) asked the state government to block the film’s release, unhappy that rebels were depicted as “terrorists”, according to media reports.

In Britain, an online petition was launched calling for a halt to the film’s release there because it was believed to portray Tamils “in a poor light”. Nearly 2,000 people have given their support to the petition.

The film passed India’s censors with no cuts and a parental guidance certificate, and was classified for those aged over 15 in Britain, while director Shoojit Sircar has insisted the movie does not take sides.

“Since the release, so many Tamil people have tweeted that there is nothing anti-Tamil about the film. People have the right to protest but you cannot stop cinema-lovers from watching a film and deciding for themselves,” Sircar told AFP.

The bloody conflict in Sri Lanka, which cost up to 100,000 lives, erupted between government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who were fighting for an independent Tamil state. Both sides are accused of human rights violations.

Sri Lankan troops declared an end to 37 years of ethnic war after wiping out the leadership of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009.

Sri Lanka has resisted international pressure for an independent investigation into war crimes despite what the UN calls “credible allegations” of up to 40,000 civilians killed in the final battles in 2009.

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Bollywood Sri Lanka war film pulled in UK, south India

A Blow for a Blow

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Actress in Bloom (AB) has been very expressive of her present blissful life. Among many, AB feels perfectly blessed with her lovelife and new-found independence. She makes no bones expressing her joys via social media, always projecting a positive aura and sweet public persona wherever she is. AB has been very vocal that it has been her happiest life so far. However, AB fails to take this positivity where it matters most.

People who have recent encounters with her realized that behind AB’s alleged sweetness lies some bitchiness and arrogance, too. More often, it’s the stars themselves who debunk the public’s positive perception of them. Their disgusting behavior leave people totally dismayed and flabbergasted.

AB’s neighbors have began complaining about her arrogance and callousness regarding the noise that she and her friends cause within the neighborhood. What was once their peaceful existence has turned upside down, noisy and rowdy.

AB loves throwing parties regularly in the house with her friends. Reportedly, they party till the wee hours, totally unmindful of the noise they create amid the stillness of the night – neighbors are like their captive victims for hours. Needless to say, music ceases to be pleasurable when it’s played beyond decibels that one’s ears can take.

A neighbor once complained and politely requested AB to tone down their music since it was already late at night, but the brat in AB surfaced, and instead of getting embarrassed, AB reportedly upped the volume even more. Indeed, AB’s name is a misnomer.

If AB is smart enough, maybe she could have the answer as to why a recent unfortunate event happened. This is not to say that the neighbors are guilty of some cruelty, but let’s play devil’s advocate that the possibility is there. After exhausting all means and not getting results, desperation can get to anybody’s nerves and make one able to hit back at the enemy where it will hurt the most. In this case, with neighbors wanting to send AB a strong message – something so dear to her became the sacrificial lamb.

Moral of the story: Be sensitive to your neighbors and always treat them right.

“A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor’s throat without having his neighbor notice it.”~ Trygve Lie 

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A Blow for a Blow

‘Eat Bulaga’ Widens Lead in Kantar’s Weekday Daytime Ratings in Mega Manila

“Eat Bulaga!” widens lead from “Be Careful With My Heart” as the most-watched daytime program in Mega Manila for the time frame August 11 to 17, 2013 (week 33) according to Kantar Media with an average rating of 12.2%.

Eat Bulaga

“Be Careful With My Heart” registered a single digit rating for the period: 9.9%.

GMA-7 dominated the list with six programs in the Top 10 while TV5′s “Aksyon” entered the leaderboard for the first time.

Here are the Top 10 Weekday Daytime Programs in Mega Manila from August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media:

Weekday daytime

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‘Eat Bulaga’ Widens Lead in Kantar’s Weekday Daytime Ratings in Mega Manila

‘Anna Karenina’ Maintains Lead in Kantar’s Weekday Primetime Ratings in Mega Manila

Kapuso teleserye “Anna Karenina” is still the most-watched primetime program in Mega Manila for the time frame August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media with an average rating of 16.8%. Following closely at no. 2 is “24 Oras” with 16%.


Among the programs in the Top 10, 4 are from ABS-CBN and 6 are from GMA-7.

“Mundo Mo’y Akin” dropped another notch to no. 3 this period with an average rating of 15.9%.

“My Husband’s Lover” (14.2%) bested rival program “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala” (12.0%).

Here are the Top 10 Weekday Primetime programs in Mega Manila from August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media:

Weekday Primetime

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‘Anna Karenina’ Maintains Lead in Kantar’s Weekday Primetime Ratings in Mega Manila

‘Magpakailanman’ Maintains Lead in Kantar’s Weekend Ratings in Mega Manila

Kapuso drama anthology “Magpakailanman” is still the most-watched weekend program in Mega Manila for the time frame August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media with a rating of 18.5%, more than 2% higher that its previous rating. “The Voice of The Philippines” is no longer in the Top 10.

Weekend is now dominated by GMA-7 in Mega Manila with 7 programs in the Top 10. TV5′s coverage of FIBA Asia 2013 enters the list at no. 5 with an average rating of 14%.

“Celebrity Buff” took the no. 2 slot from “The Voice of the Philippines” with a rating of 16%. The Kapamilya singing competition which previously at no. 2 is no longer in the Top 10.

Here are the Top 10 Weekend Programs in Mega Manila from August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media:

Weekend Ratings

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‘Magpakailanman’ Maintains Lead in Kantar’s Weekend Ratings in Mega Manila

EXO – ‘Growl’ Music Video

Aside from the sick dance moves, the music video of Chinese-South Korean boyband EXO for the single “Growl” also features a no-cut sequence that is extremely difficult to produce.

EXO Growl

“Growl” is the follow up single to the band’s first studio album “XOXO” which was launched last May.

EXO is composed of Kris, Suho, Xiumin, Lu Han, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Tao, Kai and Sehun.

Watch the music video here:

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EXO – ‘Growl’ Music Video

‘Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti’ – CineFilipino 2013 – Movie Poster and Trailer

Check out the movie poster and trailer of “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti,” an entry by Mes de Guzman in the 1st CineFilipino Film Festival this September. The film stars the one and only Superstar, Ms. Nora Aunor.

Kwento ni Mabuti

Directed by Mes De Guzman, “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti” is a morality tale about Mabuti, a healer who looks at life positively despite her poverty. Everything changes, however, when she accidentally finds a bag containing a huge stash of money. The five million pesos could bring an end to her family’s problems. But is the solution that simple or is it loaded with complications?


Filmed entirely in Nueva Vizcaya, the film marks the first time that Nora speaks Ilocano in the entire movie. Other cast-members are Arnold Reyes, Sue Prado, Mara Lopez, and Ama Quiambao.

“Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti” will have its gala week on September 18-24, 2013 at the Newport Cinemas of Resorts World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall and Gateway Cineplex.

For more information about the movie, like the film’s Official Facebook Page.

Watch the trailer here:

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‘Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti’ – CineFilipino 2013 – Movie Poster and Trailer

Charlie Hunnam is in the running to play “Fifty Shades of Grey” lead Christian Grey!

Rumor has it that Charlie Hunnam is considered for the role of Christian Grey in the much anticipated movie version of  E. L. James erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey!


The 33-year old actor joins the long list of actors who are rumored to be playing the role of Christian Grey, including Ian Sommerhalder and Alex Pettyfer.

The movie version already has a director in Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the screen adaptation from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is slated to hit theaters on August 1, 2014.

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Charlie Hunnam is in the running to play “Fifty Shades of Grey” lead Christian Grey!

Young JV Collaborates with Gary V for Dance Track ‘Ngiti’

Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano is the latest addition to the recently released repackaged version of “Doin’ It Big,” the hit album of Star Records’ R&B and hiphop artist Young JV.

Gary Young JV

Young JV collaborated with Gary V for the album’s newest dance track titled ‘Ngiti.’ Also included in the collaboration was award-winning hiphop artist and album producer Thyro.

Meanwhile, Young JV will be in “ASAP 18″ this Sunday (August 25) to receive his gold record award for “Doin’ It Big.”

Produced by Star Records and Doin’ It Big Productions, Young JV’s repackaged album “Doin’ It Big: Platinum Edition” features 11 tracks including special collaborations ‘Ngiti;’ ‘Your Name,’ which Young JV sang with Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4 big winner Myrtle Sarrosa; ‘Boy Meets Girl’ with Yeng Constantino; ‘Alay’ with Akiko; ‘Rock This Town’ with Laze and Yumi; and ‘Hurts So Bad’ with Karylle. Completing the tracklist are ‘Get Up And Dance,’ ‘Kailan Kaya,’ ‘Tanong,’ ‘Got To Have You,’ and ‘Pinas.’

Young JV’s “Doin’ It Big: Platinum Edition” album is now available on record bars nationwide for only P250. The tracks can also be downloaded via iTunes, and

For more information visit Star Records’ Facebook fanpage at or follow @starrecordsph on Twitter.

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Young JV Collaborates with Gary V for Dance Track ‘Ngiti’