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MANILA, Philippines – Here are some recent entertainment stories.
Ex-Oasis singer to sue NY tabloid
Liam Gallagher might fly to New York, after all, not for a widely speculated paternity case, but to go after a tabloid that named the woman who had gone to court claiming he is the father of her 7 month old daughter.
A spokesman said the former Oasis frontman will take legal action against the “New York Post,” one of two tabloids that identified journalist Liza Ghorbani as the petitioner in a confidential suit allegedly seeking $3 million from Gallagher.
Another tabloid, the “New York Daily News,” had also identified Ghorbani. According to the “Post” and the “Daily News,” Ghorbani, 39, had an on-off affair with Gallagher, after interviewing him for the “New York Times” in 2010.
Despite Gallagher’s threat of legal action, both tabloids have stepped up their reporting on his private life with more disclosures, and so have the tabloids in his native England.
Gallagher, 40, has been married since 2008 to former All Saints star Nicole Appleton. He has three children – a daughter from another relationship during his first marriage to actress Patsy Kensit, and two sons, one with Kensit and one with Appleton.
Emmy nominees out
Here is the list of nominees in the main categories for the 65th annual Emmy Awards, as announced July 18. The ceremony will be on September 22:
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damien Lewis, “Homeland”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA:
Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire”
Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA:
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downtown Abbey”
Emilia Clark, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
“The Big Bang Theory”
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY:
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY:
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
MINISERIES OR MOVIE:
“American Horror Story: Asylum”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“Top of the Lake”
ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE:
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”
ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Laura Linney, “The Big C: Hereafter”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”
Bollywood still inspired by the underworld
A string of Bollywood releases this year shows the Indian film industry’s continuing fascination with Mumbai’s underworld, following a murky history of ties between the mafia and the movie business.
The spy thriller, “D-Day,” is one such film, which opened in cinemas on July 19.
Here’s a subtitled trailer of the film:
Directed by Nikhil Advani, “D-Day” tells the story of Indian intelligence agents in hot pursuit of “India’s most wanted man,” known in the film as “Iqbal” and “Goldman,” who has been hidiing in Pakistan.
The character, played by veteran star Rishi Kapoor, bears a striking resemblance to former Mumbai mafia don Dawood Ibrahim, one of India’s real-life most wanted men.
Ibrahim, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 bombings in Mumbai that killed 257 people, is believed to be hiding in Pakistan.
When asked about the likenesses to Ibrahim, Advani said, “a hint is enough for the intelligent.”
Any real-life basis to gangster films is rarely openly stated by filmmakers to avoid any legal or personal backlash.
Crime reporter S. Hussain Zaidi has written about the underworld’s links to the Hindi-language movie business. This was before the corporatization policy beginning the last decade, when the film community became officially recognized as an industry and entitled to financial support.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the connections with the underworld ran deep, with the industry dependent on their funding.
“Before corporatization, the mafia would invest in films to convert their ‘black money’ to white. They wanted to dictate terms to film producers and directors by threatening them or extorting money,” said Zaidi.
“In some cases, dons tried to get access to heroines by funding films, and access to a don became a status symbol for some Bollywood personalities.”
Ibrahim himself had been photographed alongside Bollywood stars at social events.
A leaked US cable from the Mumbai consulate in 2010 said the film industry “welcomed funds from gangsters and politicians, looking for ways to launder their ill-gotten gains.”
While the industry appears to have cleaned up, Indian cinema remains fascinated with the underworld. Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan became famous through his many roles as a don and smuggler in such films as “Deewar” and “Don.” – With reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com
Liam Gallagher photo by Featureflash from shutterstock