News Round-Up: Stars and Box Office, Shahid and Sonakshi and Hrithik

Finally, some interesting news stories! Money and stars and interesting things like that, instead of more casting rumors and created controversies (blech!).

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Global Box Office: Kabir Singh Rises Down Under, Article 15 is America’s Choice

Huh! What an odd pattern! America continues to reject Kabir Singh, and so does New Zealand, but every where else loves it. What do American and New Zealand have in common? That feels like a riddle, but I am honestly asking. Of course, New Zealand also loved Loveyatri. Maybe they are just weird down there. (as always, figures from bollywoodhungama)

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Election Day Post 2! Vote on Best Shahrukh Movie, Best Malayalam Actress, Best non-Khan Hindi Actor

So important to participate in a democratic election! If you don’t vote, your voice won’t be heard. And the wrong Shahrukh Khan film could be chosen as his best ever! Or the wrong Malayalam actress, or the wrong Hindi actor. Vote in the comments, you can give a choice for each category or just the ones you feel confident about. Remember, most comments this month wins a poster!

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More Critiquing the Critics: What Artists Get Too Much/Not Enough Credit?

I quite enjoyed everyone’s responses to yesterday’s post asking what films were reviewed unfairly (and please keep adding on there if you remember more or this post reminds you of something!). Everyone gave delightful varied answers that went beyond saying “this film was good and they said it was bad” and instead into how exactly the film was misinterpreted and dismissed. Now, let’s do the same for artists! There are some actors and directors and composers that always get loads of critical acclaim and may not deserve it, and others that never get noticed and really should.

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Alia Week: Shaandaar, a Movie in Which a Problem is Invented in Order to Avoid Facing the Real Issues

Oh dear. I know this is a movie that a lot of you really like. And I’m sorry, but I just don’t. So either you will read this review and be convinced and then I will have taken something pleasurable away from your life. Or you will read this review and disagree with me, and then we will be in a fight, and I don’t like that either. There’s really no way to win here, and I hate it! Well, I suppose I could lie and only say nice things about the movie, but that’s never gonna happen. I have to be honest and mean and make you unhappy. Shoot. Just, don’t read the review. Really, don’t, not if you love this movie and it will make you unhappy to read someone who doesn’t.

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Silly Sunday (ReRun) Shameless Pandering Fanfic: Shahrukh as a (sexy) Angel

It’s Christmas Eve, I will give you an early present: Shahrukh fanfic, because it’s the only kind anyone reads/wants.  And Christmas themed, Sexy Angel Shahrukh!  Sexy Sacrificial Family Man Angel Shahrukh!

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News Round-Up: Shahid Looks Young, 4 Women Make a Film Together, Angie’s Mind is Going to Explode in Anger

This is mostly just because there is one news story here that is so perfectly crafted to make frequent commentator Angie very angry that I couldn’t resist it.  And then I threw in two others just to fluff up the post.

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News Round-Up: Ajay Bets All on Luv Ranjan, Manikarnika Makers Bet All on Spin Stories, Shahid Bets All on Dingko Singh

Some interesting little stories today!  With some interesting things to think about in terms of Big Questions of Indian society and film and fun stuff like that.  And also, little petty questions like “what the heck is happening on the Manikarnika set and why are they trying so hard to cover it up?”

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News Update: Salman on PC, and Shahid Does Prabhudeva

This is it, right?  This has got to be the end of the Priyanka Chopra story, since PC refuses to give a statement herself, that means Salman’s version becomes definitive and now we are done?  Please please say we are done!  Oh, and if you don’t care about PC, it is possible this other news story will get you very excited (angry maybe?).

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Happy Police Day in Poland! From Shahrukh, Akshay, Shahid, Nivin, Ajay, John, Rani, and Others

I think maybe I should just accept that Tuesdays will always be horrible.  After last week’s terrible Tuesday, I’m having another “can’t think straight because so much is happening” day at work.  So I am going to be lazy and do a post just for Angie, National Police Day in Poland.  Well, Angie and all of us who enjoy attractive movie stars in police uniform.

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TGIW: Dhoti Men, Because My Boss is Out of the Office Today

My boss is gone today which means I can look at photos on my computer without fear of being observed and judged.  Well, my co-workers might judge me, but whatever, I don’t care what they think.  And I was just talking with Meenakshy about who looks good in a Dhoti, so why not do a Dhoti post?  Similar too but different from my previous Lungi post. (for the purposes of this post, “Dhoti” means any single cloth that is used as a wrap skirt by an Indian man)

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News Round-Up: More Rape Stories, Bad Luck Hits Film Sets, Copyright Confusion

Happy Monday!  I haven’t done a news post in a while, but I have been reading the news.  Rest assured that all the various big stories have been processed in my brain, I just choose not to address all of them.  These few here are the ones I find interesting.

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