updated 2:33 PM UTC, Aug 20, 2019

Dwayne Johnson marries longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian

WWE wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson has tied the knot with his partner of over 10 years, Lauren Hashian.

The duo tied the knot in Hawaii on August 18, Monday, and Johnson shared the news on Instagram. "We Do," he captioned the pictures from their special day.

Johnson, 47, and Hashian, 34, have two children together: Jasmine Lia, three, and Tiana Gia, one.

The pair met back in 2006 when Johnson was filming "The Game Plan". He started dating Hashian after his split from his first wife, Dany Garcia, in 2007.

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Mission Mangal and Batla House collect almost Rs 150 crore at box office

As is the norm with two big-ticket projects clashing at the box office, there was a lot at stake with Akshay Kumar's Mission Mangal and John Abraham's Batla House locking horns on Independence Day. In a happy turn of events, both movies have enjoyed a strong run over the weekend, thus collecting approximately Rs 150-crore at the box office. If Mission Mangal, at a collection of Rs 97.56 crore, gave Kumar his biggest opening weekend, Abraham's cop drama minted Rs 47.99 crore. It may be noted that while the Vidya Balan-fronted Mission Mangal released in 3,000 screens, the Nikkhil Advani-directed venture had almost half its screen count at 1,800. 

Trade expert Amod Mehra says that the weekend gone by proves that good films will find an audience, box-office clashes notwithstanding. "Mission Mangal has emerged a winner, with family audiences flocking to theatres to watch the film. Batla House's numbers have been encouraging, too. Both the films should maintain a good pace through the week."

Trade-smith Girish Wankhede feels that holidays translate to better business at the box-office. "Both films have been able to exploit the holiday period. It clearly shows that two films can release on the same day and yet, do good business. With no big releases this week, it is going to be an added advantage."

Mission Mangal
Rs 97.56cr

Batla House 
Rs 47.99cr

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Actor and filmmaker Peter Fonda passes away at 79

US actor and filmmaker Peter Fonda, who became an international star in 1969 with "Easy Rider," died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 79. The cause of death was respiratory failure arising from lung cancer. "It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away," the family said on Friday, Efe news reported.

"In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life," his family told the media.

"In honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom," the family statement concluded, quoting a line from "Easy Rider." Son of Hollywood giant Henry Fonda and younger brother of Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda entered show business in his early 20s, working on Broadway as well as in television and film.

But he fell out of favour with big studios due to his long hair and drug use and spent years doing small-budget films until he was able to raise enough money to make "Easy Rider." Starring Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, the film was a global blockbuster. Fonda, Hopper - who also directed - and Terry Southern shared an Oscar nomination for best screenplay, while Nicholson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Nearly three decades later, Fonda earned a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the highly acclaimed "Ulee's Gold." Fonda, in the guise of his Captain America persona from "Easy Rider," became a counterculture icon alongside contemporaries such as Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali and John Lennon.

"I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing," Jane Fonda said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. Peter Fonda is survived by his third wife, Margaret DeVogelaere, and his children, Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda.

Both of the children appeared briefly in "Easy Rider" and Bridget went on to act in dozens of films as an adult, including "The Godfather III" and "Jackie Brown."
 
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Vidya Balan: Hope Bollywood actresses can pull big crowds someday

In Bollywood, it is mostly the male superstar who is the crowd-puller of a film -- the primary draw whose name ensures blockbuster business. On the other hand, films with female actors in the lead, often witness poor box-office performance or have to be produced in a medium-to-low budget set-up, so that they can make profits quickly and at least record a hit status.

Vidya Balan hoped the situation would change while speaking at a promotional event for her new film, Mission Mangal, which stars Akshay Kumar and also features Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menen in key roles.

"There is no denying that the biggest star in this film and one of the biggest stars in the country is Akshay Kumar. When you talk about the business of a film, you talk in terms of the male actor. But things are changing, we have been headlining films, our films are doing well. Hopefully, in a few years, this change will also happen. But as of today, when you talk about the business of a film, you do say that an Akshay Kumar film has earned this much," said Vidya, when quizzed on why films with actresses in the lead do not get a huge box office opening.

Vidya found logic why the success of a film starring a male superstar as Akshay should be credited primarily to him. "You can't take it away from him. Look at the business his films have done over the years. I'll be foolish to say, 'oh they didn't take my name', but hopefully someday (the change will take place). I am hopeful because I have seen things change drastically in the past ten years," she said.

Director Jagan Shakti's Mission Mangal managed to collect Rs 29.16 crore on its opening day on Thursday, but the figures fell to Rs 17.28 crore on Friday.

Vidya, however, insisted she didn't think in terms of numbers while judging a film's success. "I am happy because the film is being loved so much. From the time it was narrated to me, I knew it is going to be a good film. I just wanted it to do well. I don't think in terms of numbers -- as in (its collection on) the first day or second day. All through, even during the making (of the film) and promotions, I felt there is good energy around this film. I am so happy and excited to see that the film is doing well," said the actress.

Mission Mangal is Vidya Balan's third film with Akshay Kumar after the "Heyy Babyy" and "Bhool Bhulaiyaa". Asked why don't they pair up more frequently, the actress said that they don't get offers together. At this point, Akshay Kumar, who was also present at the event, interrupted her, saying: "I wanted her in two or three projects but she said she was getting married."

On hearing this, the actress burst into laughter and asked: "So, you don't work with married heroines?"

(Source: www.mid-day.com)

Is Deepika Padukone pregnant? Her 'daddie' quip for Ranveer Singh has fans guessing

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's love and admiration for each other have evidently increased manifolds. The two are known to share adorable photos of themselves on their social media accounts. However, this time what has caught our eye is Deepika's interesting comment that sent their fans in a tizzy.

It so happened that, Ranveer Singh held an Instagram live session with his fans. During the session, Deepika posted a comment 'Hi Daddie' with a baby and heart emoji. Her comment spread like wildfire and fans are actually wondering if the actress is pregnant. Screenshots of the live session were posted by a fan club.

Arjun Kapoor added fuel to the fire and left a comment below Deepika's reply which read: "Baba bhabhi is gonna give u one". So are Ranveer and Deepika going to experience parenthood soon? 

This isn't the first time there has been speculation about her pregnancy. In May, when the actress had graced the MET Gala 2019, a tiny bump was visible in her tight-fitting gown. Dippy had graced the charity event for the third time and her out-of-the-fairytale look grabbed a lot of attention across the globe.

Meanwhile, the couple's PDA show on social media has gone a notch higher. On Thursday, Ranveer took to his Instagram stories to share the video in which Deepika - who is wearing an all-black ensemble, sunglasses and a pair of sneakers - is standing in front of a store which says "All Of My Heart".

A month ago, Deepika had shared a photograph in which the star couple is holding hands. The actress captioned it: "There's something so real about holding hands, some kind of complex simplicity, saying so much by doing so little...[sic]." 

Last month, on Ranveer Singh's birthday, Deepika penned a sweet birthday message to her husband. Sharing a cute childhood image of the actor, she wrote, "Sensitive & emotional, caring & compassionate, generous & gentle, funny & intelligent, delightful & faithful... all this and so much more... To my husband, my friend, my lover, my confidante...but more often than not, my child, my infant, my toddler, my dot, my pineapple, my sunshine, my rainbow...May you forever and always be this way...I love you..." (sic).

On the work front, Ranveer and Deepika are shooting for '83, which traces India's historic victory at the 1983 cricket World Cup. While Ranveer portrays the team's captain Kapil Dev, Deepika plays his wife Romi. This is Ranveer and Deepika's first film together after their wedding last year. The couple previously co-starred in megahits Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, and Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela.

'83 also features Saqib Saleem, Adinath Kothare, Chirag Patil, Harddy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Jatin Sarna, Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Dinker Sharma, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Dhairya Karwa, Nishant Dahhiya, and R. Badree. The film is presented by Reliance Entertainment and is scheduled to release on April 10 next year in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

On the other hand, Deepika has completed shooting for her upcoming film, Chhapaak. The actress plays the role of an acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal. The film also stars Vikrant Massey and is slated for release on January 10, 2020.

(Source: www.mid-day.com)

Quentin Tarantino: Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was recently embroiled in a controversy wherein he came under fire for portraying martial arts legend and actor Bruce Lee as an arrogant man in his movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Now, the ace director has responded to this controversy by defending his decision to portray Lee in this manner.

Responding to the criticism he received, Tarantino has claimed that the depiction isn't so inaccurate, reported Variety. According to a report in ANI, Tarantino told reporters 'Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy', at a promotional event in Moscow.

In the film, Brad Pitt's character, Cliff Booth, exchanges insults with Bruce Lee played by Mike Moh. The scene shows Lee's character demeaning boxer Muhammad Ali and picking a street fight with Cliff Booth.

Tarantino further said, "The way he was talking, I didn't just make a lot of that up. I heard him say things like that, to that effect. If people are saying, 'Well he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali,' well yeah, he did. Not only did he say that, but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read. She absolutely said that."

Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon, and his training partner Dan Inosanto spoke to Variety about Lee's depiction in the movie. Inosanto said, "He was never, in my opinion, c--ky. Maybe he was c--ky in as far as martial arts because he was very sure of himself. He was worlds ahead of everyone else. But on a set, he's not gonna show off. Bruce Lee would have never said anything derogatory about Muhammad Ali because he worshiped the ground Muhammad Ali walked on."

According to the report in ANI, Shannon added, "He was continuously marginalised and treated like kind of a nuisance of a human being by white Hollywood, which is how he's treated in the film by Quentin Tarantino.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set in the backdrop of 1969 Los Angeles, and features Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Mike Moh, Margot Robbie, late actor Luke Perry, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, Emile Hirsch, Damian Lewis, Michael Madsen, Lena Dunham, and Kurt Russell. The film is slated to hit the theatres in India on August 15, 2019.

Sonakshi Sinha to miss Rakshabandhan for this reason?

Sonakshi Sinha is currently prepping for the release of her space mission film, Mission Mangal, which releases tomorrow, August 15. The film based on India's first mission to Mars, the Mars Orbiter Mission, features an ensemble cast which includes Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sharman Joshi, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari and a few others.

Sonakshi was in New Delhi yesterday to promote Mission Mangal, and if reports are to be believed, she will be jetting off to Jaipur for the schedule of her film Dabangg 3.

According to a report in Pinkvilla, a source revealed, "Sonakshi wrapped up shoot for Bhuj in the meanwhile which is why she had taken a few days off during the promotional leg of Khandaani Shafakhana. She tried her best to be present for most of the Mission Mangal promotions. Now, she has already committed her dates to Dabangg 3 and she will fly to Jaipur from Delhi tonight."

The source further added, "The third schedule of Dabangg 3 begins right now. Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha will be shooting in Rajasthan for the next few weeks. Mahesh Manjrekar's daughter Saiee Manjrekar will also join the duo. She couldn't get a breather in between and now that the Jaipur schedule begins tomorrow, she will also be missing the rakhi celebrations at home."

Sonakshi Sinha has two brothers - Luv Sinha and Kush Sinha. With a crazy schedule like hers, it's not a surprise that she will have to miss Rakshabandhan this year.

Speaking of Mahesh Manjrekar's daughter, Saiee's stint in Dabangg 3, she will be playing a younger Chulbul Pandey's love interest. Mahesh Manjrekar, too, will be seen playing a younger version of his character in the movie. The actor, who is currently filming for the offering in Phaltan, told mid-day, "I reprise my role of Haria. It's a cameo which is there to establish Chulbul's journey. I had one scene with Saiee and Salman, and it was wonderful to be in the same frame as my daughter. I felt proud and emotional."

Manjrekar has also featured in a Marathi film with his youngest daughter, Gauri. He shared with mid-day, "This year, I have acted with both my daughters. There were reports that my elder daughter Ashwami was in Dabangg 3, but she is a chef, and never wanted to be an actor. She assisted me for a while on Viruddh (2005). She would have been a fantastic director, but she never wanted to be in films. Saiee has always wanted to be an actress."

Dabangg 3 is scheduled to release on December 20.

(Source: www.mid-day.com)

The Lion King is unstoppable, crosses Rs 150 crore mark

The Disney remake has raked in a total of Rs 150.09 crore in 24 days of its run at the box office. Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the box office collection on his Twitter handle. The film, which hit theatres on July 19, garnered a decent Rs 11.06 crore on its first day, and quickly picked up the pace and emerged as one of the biggest opening Hollywood movies of all time.

The film crossed Rs 50 crore mark in just three days, becoming the second Hollywood movie to join the club post opening weekend in 2019, the first one being Avengers: Endgame.

The screenplay of the computer-animated film is written by Jeff Nathanson and songs have been composed by legends Elton John and Time Rice, the movie is directed by Jon Favreau. The Disney film features Donald Glover lending his voice to Simba as John Oliver dubs for Zazu and Seth Rogen lends his voice to Pumbaa.

The film was released in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

(Source: www.mid-day.com)

Penguin announces book on legendary late actress Sridevi

New Delhi: On cinema legend Sridevi's 56th birth anniversary, Penguin Random House India have announced a book on the life of the actor. The book, titled "Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar", is written by author-screenwriter Satyarth Nayak and approved by the actor's producer husband Boney Kapoor. According to a press release issued by the publication house, the book recounts the life and times of the iconic actor who changed how women stars were perceived in the male-dominated film industry.

The book will be published under the Ebury Press imprint of Penguin Random House in October 2019 and is available for pre-order on e-commerce websites.

"I have always been a huge admirer of Sridevi and this book gave me the perfect opportunity to celebrate the journey of India's beloved screen goddess.

"It was wonderful interacting with various film personalities that she worked with over the years, and put together their memories and stories into a narrative that charts her saga from a child star to India's first female superstar," Satyarth said in a statement. The writer revealed that the book will delve deep into Sridevi's iconic body of work in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema. "I am sure this comprehensive narrative on Sridevi will be embraced by millions of her fans from across the globe. I am indebted to Penguin for sharing my vision for this book, and would especially like to thank Boney Kapoor for being a pillar of strength in helping me realise my dream," he added.

The book will not only chronicle Sridevi's journey and successes in the Indian film industry but also her innings after her big screen comeback in 2012 with "English Vinglish".

Milee Ashwarya, Publisher, Ebury Publishing and Vintage Publishing, Penguin Random House India, said only a few actors can match the screen presence, comic timing, versatility and beauty that Sridevi stood for.

"Sridevi by Satyarth Nayak is a tribute to the actor and a gift for her fans. I would like to congratulate and thank Satyarth for painstakingly researching and beautifully narrating the life journey of one of India's most iconic actors. I am delighted and excited to be publishing the book," she added.

Sridevi passed away at the age of 54 in February 2018 in Dubai.

(Source: www.mid-day.com)

Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin teaming up for 'Concrete Cowboys'

Actor Idris Elba and "Stranger Things" star Caleb McLaughlin are set to portray father-son duo in the film "Concrete Cowboys". Based on the novel "Ghetto Cowboy" by Greg Neri, the story is inspired by the real-life Fletcher Street Stables, a black urban horsemanship community which has existed in Philadelphia for more than 100 years providing a safe haven for the neighbourhood.

The film will mark the directorial debut of Ricky Staub, who has also penned the screenplay with Dan Walser, reported Deadline. The story follows 15-year-old Cole (McLaughlin), who is taken to live with his estranged father Harp (Elba) in North Philadelphia, where he discovers the city's vibrant urban cowboy subculture, which flourishes despite the surrounding poverty, violence, and encroachment of gentrification.

The film will be produced by Lee Daniels Entertainment in collaboration with Tucker Tooley Entertainment and Elba's Green Door Pictures. Greg Renker, Jason Barhydt, Sam Mercer, Tegan Jones, Staci Hagenbaugh and Neri will be serving as executive producers.

(Source: www.mid-day.com)

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