Sunday, February 6, 2011

‘Social Network,’ ‘Inception’ take Writer’s Guild Honors

‘Social Network,’ ‘Inception’ take Writer’s Guild Honors LOS ANGELES: Facebook film "The Social Network" and thriller "Inception" won top honors from the Writers Guild of America on Saturday in one of the last major Hollywood award shows before the Oscars later this month.

"Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin took the award for best adapted screenplay from the group that represents U.S. film and television writers and "Inception" creator Christopher Nolan was named best writer of an original script.

Awards from Hollywood's professional guilds often provide hints about which films and filmmakers will compete for Oscars, the world's top film awards, given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on February 27, because many members of the

Police hold man over Churchill fake signatures

Police hold man over Churchill fake signatures LONDON: British police have arrested a 65-year-old man suspected of forging the signature of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in books and then attempting to sell them on eBay or directly to buyers.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Art and Antiques Unit made the arrest on in the southern English town of Lymington.

They were alerted to a number of Churchill books and memorabilia alleged to have fake signatures and offered for sale during the last 18 months.

"These items were all purportedly signed by Churchill himself, thereby increasing their value as much as 1,000 percent," the police said in a statement.

Are brains shrinking to make us smarter?

Are brains shrinking to make us smarter? WASHINGTON: Human brains have shrunk over the past 30,000 years, puzzling scientists who argue it is not a sign we are growing dumber but that evolution is making the key motor leaner and more efficient.

The average size of modern humans -- Homo sapiens -- has decreased about 10 percent during that period -- from 1,500 to 1,359 cubic centimeters, the size of a tennis ball.

Women's brains, which are smaller on average than those of men, have experienced an equivalent drop in size.

These measurements were taken using skulls found in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
"I'd called that a major downsizing in an evolutionary eye blink," John Hawks of the University of Michigan told Discover magazine.

Warrants issued for Moonis Elahi’s arrest

FIA seeking extradition; Interpol, UK, UAE authorities alerted

ISLAMABAD: Immigration officials at airports across the country have been put on alert to arrest Moonis Elahi, the son of former Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi, for his alleged involvement in the multi-billion rupee National Insurance Companyfraud case.

BOL Music Album Information


Release Date:To Be Announced (TBA) 2011
Label:Fire Records

Zardari family threatens to sue Jang group over wedding report

A US legal firm representing the Bhutto-Zardari family has threatened to file a lawsuit seeking over USD 100 million in damages if Pakistan's Jang media group does not apologise for a report about President Asif Ali Zardari's purported marriage to a doctor named Tanveer Zamani.

Iran opens trial of 3 Americans on spy charges

An Iranian court is holding a closed-door session to begin proceedings against three Americans detained 18 months ago and accused of spying.
Authorities imposed a blanket ban for observers, including Swiss Ambassador Livia Leu Agosti who represents U.S. interests in Iran.
The Americans were detained in July 2009 along the Iraqi border. They claim they were hiking in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and — if they crossed into Iran — it was inadvertent.
One of the Americans, Sarah Shourd, was

Bans damaging for Pakistan cricket, say ex-players

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram admitted that the lengthy bans handed out to Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer for corruption represented a new low for the besieged sport in the country.
“I feel sad for all three of these kids, two just over 20 and one just 18,” Wasim told AFP.
“I feel for their families because they are key players. This is a low for Pakistan cricket.”
The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption tribunal on Saturday banned Butt for 10 years (five suspended)

Salman Butt ‘disappointed’ by ban

Expressing disappointment over the 10 year ban by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal, former national skipper Salman Butt, on Sunday, vowed to go to Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“All I can say is that I am disappointed with the verdict, but I will only be able to speak at length when a detailed judgement comes, Salman Butt told reporters at Lahore airport on his return from Doha.
Butt said the ICC tribunal failed to prove spot-fixing allegations against him, instead he was

Fires and floods hammer Australia

Wildfires threatened homes and new flooding forced evacuations in embattled Australia, as officials warned that last week’s monster cyclone would compound economic woes.
Hot and gusty conditions whipped up by Cyclone Yasi, a top-level tropical storm that ripped into Australia’s northeast coast Thursday, fanned an out-of-control blaze on the outskirts of Perth on Sunday, endangering about 20 homes.
“The bushfire is moving fast in a northwesterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable,” the Fire and

Bollywood celebs wish Abhishek success on birthday

A host of Bollywood celebrities, including Preity Zinta, Riteish Deshmukh and Bipasha Basu, have wished good luck and success to Abhishek Bachchan on his birthday Saturday.
The actor, who turned 35, is currently shooting in New Zealand for Abbas Mastan’s “Players”. But his colleagues reached out to wish him through micro-blogging site Twitter.
Preity Zinta: “Happy Birthday Abhishek! Hope 2011 is most special with more happiness, more love, more success, more laughter and blockbusters.”
Genelia D’Souza: “Wishin you a very happy birthday,

Uday Chopra welcomes Aamir to ‘Dhoom’

Bollywood actor Uday Chopra, best remembered for his role as Ali in the “Dhoom” franchise, has extended a warm welcome to Aamir Khan, who is on board to play a baddie in its third edition.
“Heres welcoming @aamir_khan to the Dhoom madness. Maybe he teaches us a few things or then again maybe we do (sic),” Uday posted on his Twitter page Saturday.
Aamir has come in after John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan respectively played the smart thief in the first and second movie of the franchise.

A.R. Rahman to perform at Oscars again

Indian composer A.R. Rahman, who has been second time lucky in getting two nominations at the Oscars, will be performing at the prestigious award ceremony in Los Angeles yet again.
The 45-year-old, who has been nominated in two categories – original score and original song – for his work in Danny Boyle`s “127 Hours”, will team up with British pop singer Florence Welch to perform “If I Rise” from the movie.
The performance is being staged for the best song nominees, and other competitors will be performing too,

Salman wants to let Katrina go

There is a lot of ambiguity about when Bollywood’s most desirable woman Katrina Kaif and her boyfriend Salman Khan called it splits.
One of the reasons for this confusion is because this time around, Alpha-male Salman didn’t react to their parting as he has done in the past.
On earlier occasions when Salman split with his girlfriends, Somy Ali or Aishwarya Rai, the star usually made a public display of his displeasure.
This time he is all quiet and dignified; in fact he