Vegas Heads to Hollywood to Take on the Kings

In a Pacific Divison matineé, the Vegas Golden Knights travel to Los Angeles to play the Kings at the Staples Center, with a 1pm start time.

Vegas has been hot lately, fresh off a home wins on Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals and Thursday night over the Chicago Blackhawks. Beating the Capitals was huge for the Golden Knights as they look to continue their climb in the Pacific Division standings. They are on the verge of erasing the stink of a less-than-stellar first 20 games of the season, without star defensman Nate Schmidt.

Tuesday night’s game against the Capitals was a memorable one. The hit heard around the world is still having ramifications for the Golden Knights and Ryan Reaves. Reaves’ late hit on notorious dirty player, Tom Wilson, has garnered tons of negative attention, punctuated by Reaves autographing photos of Wilson on the ice, concussed. In a key win against Washington, the story should have been Schmidt’s game-winner, yet the Knights are left with a PR nightmare in the aftermath of their 5-3 win.

Thursday’s game against the Blackhawks was much more competitive than their 8-3 domination in Chicago in their previous match up. The Golden Knights tied the game at three and got the lead thanks to Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch goals, separated by 12 seconds in the third period. Tuch’s goal went down as the game winner with no additional scoring in the last 12 minutes of the game.

Their afternoon hosts, the Los Angeles Kings, have lost four out of their last five games, including losses in their last two against the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes. Los Angeles is led in scoring by former captain Dustin Brown (8 goals), points by Anze Kopitar (18), and anchored on the blue line by Drew Doughty. Returning way earlier than originally anticipated, all-star goalie Jonathan Quick holds down the work between the pipes. Quick shut out Carolina in his second game back from injury, but has had mixed results in his other three games of action.

Vegas will see a familiar face in this one, with newly acquired Brendan Leipsic suiting up for the Kings. An original Golden Knights, Leipsic was placed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks and claimed by LA last week. Leipsic tallied his first goal as a King and third of the season on Thursday against the Devils. As many of you will remember, he has blazing speed. Vegas will need to account for his wheels.

LA has racked up a decent amount of injuries thus far and remain without UFA signing Ilya Kovalchuk, trade acquisition Carl Hagelin, center Trevor Lewis, and backup goaltender Jack Campbell. Vegas is still missing centers Erik Haula and Paul Stastny, the latter taking the practice ice this week with a no-contact jersey. It would seem that Stastny is getting closer to a return, while Haula’s injury is being kept close to the chest by the VGK brass.

Today’s game is a division battle between two playoff teams from 2017-18 that aren’t having the seasons they expected. While Vegas is surging, LA is floundering. Vegas’ sweeping of LA in last year’s playoffs should provide motivation for the Kings, but Vegas’ skill, speed, and depth will be too much to handle, not to mention Marc-Andre Fleury, who will be in net for the Golden Knights. With a game tomorrow night in Vegas against the stars, we may finally see backup Malcolm Subban get his first work since a seven-goal game against the Calgary Flames.

Today’s game will be broadcast on AT&T Sportsnet and Fox Sports Radio 98.9 FM.

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Cannes Director Thierry Fremaux Touts “Improvements” to Screening Schedule

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Thierry Fremaux

The festival’s artistic director also defended against criticism that American films are fleeing for Venice and Toronto to build awards buzz.

Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux is saying the festival will make some adjustments to the press and premiere screening schedule after some negative feedback earlier this year.

“We had some complaints and we are going to improve on that,” he said at the Marrakech Film Festival on Saturday, without specifying what those changes might be. Last May, the festival changed the screening schedule so that media was not able to see films before their world premieres. It was an effort to protect directors from possible bad press published early, but led to some stressed-out critics.

Once a prolific tweeter, Fremaux has taken himself off of social media, joking that Twitter thoughts “are what you would write on a public bathroom wall.”

Speaking in an on stage interview, Fremaux emphasized Cannes’ international pedigree and deflected criticism that the festival has failed to get blockbusters in recent years as filmmakers have flocked to the Venice and Toronto film festivals.

“America is not always the barometer of Cannes, the competition selection is diversified. Venice didn’t have the film of [Hirokazu] Kore-eda, didn’t have the film of Nadine Labaki. It is absolutely the mission of Cannes to have films from all over the world,” he said, citing the festival’s charter. “We have to undo this Europe and United States obsession.” Kore-eda’s Shoplifters went on to win the Palme d’Or, while Labaki’s Capernaum captured the second place Jury Prize.

“We have other criteria” outside of the awards season race, Fremaux added. The May festival has now been judged too early by many studios to build that all-important buzz, he argued. “We don’t care about the Oscars. The Oscars are great. I go every year. But Cannes is a different thing,” he said.

If the studios are bypassing Cannes, it’s because of, and not in spite of, the global media glare, he added. “Why? Because it generates buzz and media coverage. That’s the issue with the studios. They don’t send the big studio films because they will be judged within the media circus and it’s not objective,” he said.

But “popular” films still have a place on the Cannes red carpet – which is why Solo: A Star Wars Story was invited this year. Red carpet glamour and star power is an important aspect of Cannes, and he still loves the big tentpole films and that they should feel “comfortable” in Cannes.

Fremaux admitted that he doesn’t like it when a great film chooses to bypass Cannes in favor of one of the later festivals, but ultimately his goal is to support cinema. “The festivals are all friends – Cannes, Berlin, Venice. What matters is that all the films find their spot,” he said.

Fremaux also said he is working on a sequel to his Lumiere!documentary, but that any premiere is at least two years away.


Watch: Shah Rukh Khan Tries To Solve The Mystery Of Zero Director Anand L Rai’s Lost Samosa!

Watch: Shah Rukh Khan Tries To Solve The Mystery Of Zero Director Anand L Rai's Lost Samosa!

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s most awaited upcoming film ‘Zero’ is all set to release on December 21st. Khan will be seen with Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in the film, which traces the story of a quirky character “Bauua Singh”, played by Shah Rukh himself. The trailer of the film was launched on Shah Rukh’s birthday on November 2 in Mumbai; and after Zero trailer launch, SRK and the film’s director Anand L Rai were seen indulging in some lip-smacking street foods like pani puri, pav bhaji, etc. Shah Rukh is known to be a foodie and it seems like the actor has found his match in the director Anand L Rai. A recent video posted on Instagram by the official handle of Red Chillies Entertainment gives us a peak into the kind of fun that the cast and crew of ‘Zero’ had on the sets of the film.

“@aanandlrai is looking for a lost samosa and even @iamsrk doesn’t know where to find it,” said the caption of the video posted on Instagram. The video shows Rai being filmed while indulging in a number of fast foods and snacks, including samosas on multiple occasions. Apparently the director loves the Indian deep-fried snack samosa (honestly, who doesn’t?), but this love affair has prompted the crew of ‘Zero’ to make fun of him. Shah Rukh Khan even went to the extent of taking out posters of Anand L Rai with the caption, “Pehle meraa samosa waapis karo.” The posters were put up around the sets of ‘Zero’ to remind everybody of the director’s undying love for Samosa.


5 Food TV Specials to Watch This Holiday Season

Now that another Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time for the yuletide television specials to start rolling across the airwaves. This year, a few of food TV’s biggest stars are hosting one-off specials, and two cooking competition shows are returning for entire holiday-themed seasons. Here’s a guide to five of the big winter-themed cooking shows to watch out for between now and the end of December

Watch it on: NBC
When: Wednesday, November 28 at 10 p.m.
The gist: Hollywood’s favorite couple, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, will host an hour-long yuletide extravaganza featuring a cavalcade of special guests, including Stevie Wonder, Kim Kardashian, Zach Galifianakis, Raphael Saadiq, and Kenan Thompson. The trailer indicates that the special will have plenty of singing as well as some cooking, and at least one scene involving Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and a giant lollipop. Antoni Porowski and the rest of the Queer Eye gang will also make a cameo on the hour-long special, and expect a few plugs for John’s new Christmas album and Chrissy’s new Cravings book.

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith during Season 6 of the Great British Baking Show
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Watch it on: Netflix
When: Friday, November 30
The gist: Just three weeks after the US premiere of the Baking Show’s sixth season, Netflix is gifting viewers with a one-off holiday special hosted by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. The pastry experts will be welcoming “some favorite bakers back to the tent for a holiday confection competition.” A trailer for all of Netflix’s holiday shows includes shots of a half dozen or so bakers making holiday specialties, and a full band and children’s choir performing Christmas tunes outside the tent.


THIS Hollywood actor was the first choice to play the antagonist in 2.0

THIS Hollywood actor was the first choice to play the antagonist in 2.0
Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth’s 2.0 hits the theatres on 29th November and there is a lot of buzz around it as two Superstars are coming together for the project. Directed by Shankar, the film is the most expensive to be ever made in India with a budget of almost Rs 600 crores. Though the film has already earned Rs 450 crores through satellite rights and advance bookings, the makers are looking forward to the audience reaction once the film finally hits the theatres. But, the latest news about the film is that Akshay Kumar was not the first choice to play the antagonist in the film, it was none other than Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Talking about it, the director of the film said, “We had thought of casting Arnold. We had talked and allotted dates also. But somehow things did not work out as the contracts of Hollywood and India are contradictory. So we thought of looking at a good cast from the Indian film industry,” Shankar said at a press conference here. Lyca (producers of 2.0) and Akshay were in talks for a remake of a film called ‘Kathi’ in Hindi. Everyone told me to consider Akshay and I also thought it would be nice. I narrated the story to him and he said yes.”


Celina Jaitly to return to Bollywood after 7 years

Former beauty queen Celina Jaitly is set to return to Bollywood after seven years with Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s Hindi film ‘A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season’s Greetings’. The film is based on a mother-daughter relationship and Celina will be playing the role of the daughter, opposite veteran actor Lillette Dubey.

The film will also star debutant Azhar Khan as male protagonist. “I am extremely happy to be a part of ‘Sea son’s Greetings’, because I have always considered Kamal as a creative person and when he narrated me this story in Dubai, I had goosebumps.”

Paoli Dam was to play the daughter’s role in the film initially, but she isn’t being able to be a part of the project due to prior commitments. “I am feeling really sad that I will not be a part of the film due to my prior commitment which is incidentally clashing with the shooting dates of this film,” Paoli said in a statement.


Has Prime Minister Narendra Modi been invited to Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas’ wedding?

Buzz is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ wedding in Jodhpur. The couple were in Delhi on Thursday and reportedly met him to present him the invitation card.

File photo: Priyanka Chopra and Narendra Modi

File photo: Priyanka Chopra and Narendra Modi

Priyanka Chopra and her groom-to-be Nick Jonas were in Delhi on Thursday. Buzz is that the Bollywood actress and the American singer were in the capital to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and present him the invitation card for their Jodhpur wedding on December 1. A source in a Bollywood Hungama report has been quoted as saying, “We are not sure if she was actually able to meet the PM with her fiancé. But the invitation with a special request to put in an appearance has been conveyed to the PM.”

The report states that despite his hectic schedule, the PM is considering the invitation. When a friend of Priyanka got to know about it, he said, “Trust PeeCee to pull an ace from her sleeve. She will take you by surprise every time, the wedding being no exception.”


Deepika and Ranveer’s Wedding Photos are Making Bollywood Stars Want to Get Married too!

Karan Johar, Sonakshi Sinha, and several other B-Town celebs now want to get married after seeing Deepika-Ranveer’s wedding photographs and we can totally understand why.

After keeping their fans and Bollywood colleagues waiting for a week, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh blessed us with photos from what seemed like a dreamy wedding.

On Tuesday, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh took to their respective social media accounts and shared photos from their Sangeet-Mehendi-Shaadi ceremonies which were held in Italy’s Lake Como earlier this week

In the pictures, the power-couple seems to had a lot of fun. From Deepika dancing to the tunes of Bollywood numbers to Ranveer having a gala time with the guests, the pictures are pure gold.

(Image credits: Deepika Padukone / Instagram | Ranveer Singh / Facebook)

With such gorgeous pictures on display, Deepika and Ranveer’s posts were flooded with congratulatory messages from their celeb friends and fans worldwide.

Karan Johar cannot wait to get married now.


Zero: Shah Rukh Khan wants to keep Sridevi’s song as a surprise!

Shah Rukh Khan and Sridevi

Updated: Nov 27, 2018, 05:23 PM IST

Ever since the trailer of Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero was released, fans have been eagerly waiting to see the superstar on the big screen essaying the role of a dwarf for the first time in his illustrious career. The first song from the film Mera Naam Tu has already got the fans humming its tunes and is fast catching on to the trends charts.

While the movie’s trailer and music have have successfully created a lot of buzz, not many are aware that Zero will have a host of other Bollywood stars making cameo appearances in the movie. Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Abhay Deol, Rani Mukerji, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Kajol and the late legendary diva Sridevi are the few known names all set to appear in the film.

According to a report in Times of India, just like Deewangi Deewangi from Om Shanti Om, Zero also features a song which will have Shah Rukh Khan shaking a leg with a number of leading ladies, one of them being Sridevi. The late actress had shot for her cameo appearance last year in October. She plays herself in the film.

The film’s leading hero, Shah Rukh Khan, is leaving no stone unturned  to give the diva a tribute in the best way possible. The song which features multiple stars along with Sridevi will not be out until the release of the film. The superstar wants fans to take a look at the late legendary diva’s last cinematic outing directly when the film releases on the big screens next month.

In February this year, Sridevi bid goodbye to the world due to accidental drowning in the bathtub of her hotel room in Dubai. Her demise had sent shockwaves in Bollywood industry and her fans across the globe.

Directed by Anand L Rai, Zero also stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in leading roles. The film is slated to hit the theatres on December 21 this year.


Sara wants to imbibe work ethics from stepmom Kareena

Sara Ali Khan, daughter of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Kedarnath this December.

At the trailer launch, Sara opened up about what she’d like to imbibe from her stepmother and Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor Khan. Sharing that she’s in awe of Kareena’s work ethics, Sara said, “I think Kareena is extremely professional. The way she does her work, it’s amazing. So I would want to imbibe her professionalism.”

For the uninitiated, Kareena had also lent Sara her make-up artist soon after Sara started working in films. There’s no denying that the two share a heartwarming bond and have also been photographed spending quality time together