Filmmaker Mani Ratnam and music maestro AR Rahman’s association dates back to 30 years. Roja (1992) was the first film they collaborated on and ever since, they have emerged as one of the most credible and successful director-composer duos. Over the years, they went on to work in films like Bombay (1997), Dil Se… (1998), Alai Payuthey (2000), Raavanan (2010) and OK Kanmani (2015), among others, in which they belted out some memorable tracks, which have achieved cult status. The latest film album in their joint oeuvre is Ponniyin Selvan: 1. Songs like Chola Chola and Ponni Nadhi have already grabbed the attention of many. At a recent event, Rahman opened up on his special association with Ratnam and thanked him for contributing to his musical career, immensely. Talking about how he has always looked up to the filmmaker, Rahman said, “I’m Mani Ratnam’s student for life. He has taught me all the little tricks of trade. You can’t imagine the things which he taught me! As a musician, we … [Read more...] about Ponniyin Selvan 1: AR Rahman Says He is Mani Ratnam’s ‘Student for Life, Learnt Little Tricks of Trade’
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When Kassi Horton’s husband, Army Staff Sgt. Shaun Horton, received a cross-country change in assignment in the midst of a pandemic, she knew their home-buying process would be atypical. Ms. Horton, 27, and Sergeant Horton, 28, had been living in a rental in upstate New York and felt it was time to finally purchase their first home in their new location, Colorado Springs. But they didn’t want to deal with the health risks and quarantine rules involved with flying back and forth to look at properties. And they didn’t have the luxury of travel time, anyway: the housing market in Colorado Springs, like many cities across America, is currently white-hot, with homes selling hours after hitting the market, often at 20 percent above the asking price. So they jumped on an increasingly popular bandwagon for first-time buyers and made an offer on a home they had never seen in person. Eight more offers followed. For the Hortons, the ninth time was the charm, and in late January they moved … [Read more...] about In the Pandemic, Online Home-Buying Picks Up Speed
The conclusion of Louise Perry’s “The Case Against the Sexual Revolution: A New Guide to Sex in the 21st Century,” which was published in Britain in June and will arrive here next month, is titled “Listen to Your Mother.” Arguing that young women need to protect themselves from a sexual culture that treats them as disposable, Perry urges them to draw from the accumulated wisdom of previous generations. Feminism, she writes, “needs to rediscover the mother, in every sense.” That is, in part, what Nona Willis Aronowitz does in her new book, “Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure and an Unfinished Revolution,” though not quite in the way that Perry intends. Both Willis Aronowitz and Perry are interested in the gap between the rhetoric of sexual liberation and women’s real-world experiences, though their politics are very different. Perry’s idea of motherly wisdom is conservative; her book begins with some radical feminist premises but concludes with an endorsement of conventional marriage. Willis … [Read more...] about When Sexual Liberation Is Oppressive
An alleged intruder who was shot by a Tulsa, Oklahoma, homeowner Tuesday afternoon was found dead in the residence’s driveway when officers arrived. KRMG reports an elderly homeowner “saw a man breaking into a window in his home” roughly 30 minutes past noon on Tuesday. The homeowner shot at the intruder, striking him at least once. The suspect took off running and “made it to the driveway of the home where he collapsed and was pronounced dead.” Tulsa World quotes police Capt. Richard Meulenberg summarizing the last few seconds of the alleged intruder’s life: “The suspect jumped back out the window, ran from the back of the house to the front of the house, collapsed on the ground, and when first responders arrived we pronounced him deceased at that time,” The elderly homeowner thought there was more than one intruder suspect and a police K-9 search was carried out to be sure the area was secure. AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart … [Read more...] about Alleged Intruder Found Dead In Driveway After Being Shot by Homeowner
close Video Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz's jail drawings revealed Parkland, Florida, school shooter Nikolas Cruz's drawings from jail reveal the dark corners of his mind, according to WSVN and FOX 13 Tampa. NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz is a sociopath who etched swastikas on his gun magazine and wrote online that "the Nazi party will rise again," witnesses testified Tuesday at his Florida trial. The prosecution's rebuttal case began with Broward Sheriff's Office Sgt. Gloria Crespo, who displayed the rifle that Cruz used in the murderous rampage and left behind in a stairwell. There were swastikas etched on either side of the magazine and on the right boot worn by Cruz the day of the shooting. Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty last year to slaughtering 17 people on Feb. 14, 2018, when he opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. JUDGE LASHES OUT AT DEFENSE LAWYERS … [Read more...] about Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz is a sociopath who sympathizes with Nazis, experts testify
Dear Newsweek , I am 23 years old and my fiancé is 28, we have been together for almost four years. When we were together a little over a year and a half, I popped the question and asked him to marry me with a ring and everything. Shortly after, he got served papers and had over $20,000 in debt he ended up going to court over. Two years later, he is now completely debt-free, but only thanks to me kicking his ass into gear. He refused to take care of the issue for almost another year after being served. For obvious reasons, the wedding was put on the back burner and has only been mentioned a few times since. As of recently, I've started getting a little impatient. I try to mention getting married and he gets mad. He says he has bunches of people who always ask him about what we have planned like his dad, co-workers, etc, and he hates it. I've been bugging him about it because I will be honest, I feel like after almost three years of being engaged, with no wedding in sight … [Read more...] about My Fiancé Keeps Delaying Our Wedding—What Should I Do?
This is the second part of my two-part interview with Awards Daily founder Sasha Stone. You can read the first part here . BREITBART NEWS: Moving to the movies: What do you think all of this is doing to the art? I believe the primary responsibility of any storyteller in any medium is to cast a spell and not break it. All the time now, the story stops so the writer or director can step in to yell at us, shame us, lecture us… You look at Jane Fonda, who is never given enough credit… She produced Coming Home , The China Syndrome, and Nine to Five. All three are very political, have an agenda, and all three are fantastic because the stories are beautifully told, the characters are flawed and therefore sympathetic. Jane Fonda gets her point across without breaking the spell. Hollywood doesn’t know how to do that anymore and can’t make left-wing movies without being obnoxious with off-putting smugness. Jane Fonda wanted to change our minds through our hearts. No one’s trying to … [Read more...] about Sasha Stone: The Breitbart News Interview Part 2 – No One Wants to Watch the Oscars Anymore
Stay ahead of the trend in fashion and beyond with our free weekly Lifestyle Edit newsletter Stay ahead of the trend in fashion and beyond with our free weekly Lifestyle Edit newsletter It’s easy to feel a bit despondent at the moment. The cost-of-living crisis is all too real, and a financial crisis looms as the pound plummets and inflation soars. Many of us turn to Instagram for a bit of light respite from the depressing news cycle – but with the inquest into the self-harm material viewed on social media by 14-year-old Molly Russell , it can also seem like a dark place. While there are drawbacks to our hyper-online existences – according to research from the Mental Health Foundation , 22% of adults and 40% of teenagers said images on social media caused them to worry about their body image – it’s definitely not all bad. It’s all about who you follow, and you can curate your feed to be a positive and inspiring place. If you’re looking to give … [Read more...] about 5 uplifting Instagram accounts to follow now
The iconic yellow sign. The cheap, yet popular food. The lights that never seem to dim, even as hurricanes and natural catastrophes bare down on the communities around them. The late Anthony Bourdain, of CNN, perhaps had the best description of the diner-like restaurant chain that serves hot meals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "It is indeed marvelous. An irony-free zone where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts," Bourdain once said. "Where everybody, regardless of race, creed, color or degree of inebriation, is welcomed. It's warm, yellow glow, a beacon of hope and salvation, inviting the hungry, the lost, the seriously hammered all across the south to come inside. A place of safety and nourishment. It never closes. It is always faithful, always there for you." Waffle House is home to one of the most well-known unofficial indicators used by FEMA to measure the severity of natural disasters: The "Waffle House Index." The restaurant chain even has a "Waffle House News" … [Read more...] about What is the Waffle House Index? This is the true story from the man who created it, Craig Fugate
Click here to read the full article. “There is no meaning to life apart from the movie story,” writes Joyce Carol Oates in the opening pages of “ Blonde ,” “and there is no movie story apart from the darkened movie theater.” If it was inevitable that Oates’ novel about Marilyn Monroe would be made into a movie, it’s also a little ironic that that movie was made by Netflix — suffice to say that few who see “Blonde” will do so in a darkened movie theater. How many potential viewers are scared off by its runtime of 167 minutes is impossible to say, but there is a good reason for its protracted length: The book is similarly imposing at 738 pages. A finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, Blonde was released in 2000 and adapted once before — not that the CBS miniseries starring Poppy Montgomery garnered nearly as much attention as this new version has. Directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Ana de Armas as Monroe (née Norma Jeane Baker), “Blonde” is one of … [Read more...] about ‘Blonde’: How Does the Ana de Armas Movie Differ From the Book?