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India's Supreme Court overturned a ban imposed by several states on the release of a Bollywood epic, Padmaavat, about a mythical Hindu queen.

The Supreme Court said the ban, which followed violent protests by members of the Hindu right who claimed the film falsely depicted a romance between the queen and a Muslim ruler, violated creative freedoms.

India's film censor board had cleared Padmaavat for release subject to certain changes, but at least four states said they would ban its screening.

"Cinemas are an inseparable part of right to free speech and expression," said Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

Last January protesters from a hardline Hindu group attacked the film's director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and vandalized the set during filming in Rajasthan.

The leader of the group also offered 50 million rupees (S$1 million) to anyone who "beheaded" lead actress Deepika Padukone or Bhansali.

Protesters attacked another set near Mumbai in March, burning costumes and other props.

Is Woody Allen finished? Industry watchers, former fans raise question in wake of renewed allegations. In her first televised interview, Farrow described in detail Allen's alleged sexual assault of her, and called actors who work in Woody Allen films 'complicit' in perpetuating a 'culture of silence.'

Atif Aslam's ‘Dil Diyan Gallan’ crossed 100 million views upholding its top spot on the music charts. Film buffs in India and Pakistan teased critics that the song was too great for any Indian award function to grasp and reward. Salman Khan starrer ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ box office collections have made it the biggest movie in 2017.

Fast & Furious is going from screen to stage. The live show is an extension of the film series - but rather than being a recreation or continuation of the timeline of the films, it takes on a whole new narrative. "We have new characters that you meet at the beginning, and they have their own new storyline," explains creative director and executive producer Rowland French. The show recreates some of the most daring stunts from across the eight films, which have taken more than $5bn (£3.6bn) at the global box office since 2001. French, a former producer at the BBC, says he got the idea for a live version of Fast & Furious while working on Top Gear Live. "I wrote Fast & Furious Live, storyboarded it, and took it to the US, and pitched it to the licensing team, and they asked me to pitch it to their bosses, and it just kind of rolled from there," he explains. "Then I found myself in front of the board of Universal Pictures, so it wasn't something they were necessarily looking for, I just believed it would be an amazing show."

Wonder Woman 2 will be the first film to implement the PGA’s Anti-Sexual Harassment guidelines. The guidelines aim to deal with issues such as identifying sexual harassment, defining a hostile work environment, and misconceptions about sexual harassment. PGA will also provide individuals with anti-sexual harassment training for all members of the cast and crew before shooting begins.

Members of the Hindi film industry came together to celebrate the best of Bollywood in the year 2017 at 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018, held on January 20 at the NSCI Dome in Worli, Mumbai. Shah Rukh Khan hosted the starry night with filmmaker Karan Johar. Here is the complete list of those who won big at the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018.

Best Film: 'Hindi Medium'

Critics' Award for Best Film: 'Newton'

Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female): Vidya Balan for 'Tumhari Sulu'

Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male) : Irrfan Khan for 'Hindi Medium'

Critics' Award for Best Actor (Male): Rajkummar Rao for 'Trapped'

Critics' Award for Best Actor (Female): Zaira Wasim for 'Secret Superstar'

Best Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for 'Bareilly Ki Barfi'

Best Debut Director: Konkona Sensharma for 'A Death in the Gunj'

Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male): Rajkummar Rao for 'Bareilly Ki Barfi'

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Meher Vij for 'Secret Superstar'

Best Dialogue: Hitesh Kewalya for 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' Best Screenplay: Shubhashish Bhutiani for 'Mukti Bhavan'

Best Original Story: Amit Masurkar for 'Newton'

Best Actor (Male) in a Short Film: Jackie Shroff for 'Khujli'

Best Actor (Female) in a Short Film: Shefali Shah for 'Juice'

People's Choice Award for Best Short Film: 'Anahut'

Best Short Film (Fiction) : 'Juice'

Best Short Film (Non Fiction): 'Invisible Wings'

Best Music Album: Pritam for 'Jagga Jasoos' Best Playback Singer (Male): Arijit Singh for 'Roke na ruke naina' - 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania'

Best Playback Singer (Female): Meghna Mishra for 'Nachdi phira' - 'Secret Superstar'

Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya for 'Ullu ka pattha' - 'Jagga Jasoos'

Lifetime Achievement A ward: Mala Sinha and Bappi Lahiri

Best Choreography: Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani for 'Galti se mistake' - 'Jagga Jasoos'

Best Background Score: Pritam for 'Jagga Jasoos'

Best Action: Tom Struthers for 'Tiger Zinda Hai'

Best Cinematography: Sirsha Ray for 'A Death In The Gunj'

Best Editing: Nitin Baid for 'Trapped'

Best Production Design: Parul Sondh for 'Daddy'

Coldplay made a gross of $523m (£376m) from their 2016-17 Head Full of Dreams tour, according to Billboard. A total of 5.4m tickets were sold over 114 performances in 83 venues, the biggest of which was a two-show run in Brazil at Sao Paulo’s Allianz Parque stadium. Coldplay now have the third-highest grossing tour ever.

Can #MeToo movement do harm? Ansari story raises question. The catalyst was the publication by Babe.net of an account by a woman identified only as "Grace" detailing her 2017 encounter with comedian Aziz Ansari. The article intimated that Ansari deserved inclusion in the ranks of abusive perpetrators, yet many readers — women and men — concluded the encounter amounted to an all-too-common instance of bad sex during a date gone awry. Ansari has said he apologized immediately after the woman told him about her discomfort during an encounter he believed to be consensual.

A former employee of Michael Douglas described how she says the actor sexually harassed her - more than a week after he issued a pre-emptive denial of the claims. Author and journalist Susan Braudy said Douglas's alleged treatment left her feeling "humiliated".

Here is another crazy BTS superfan story. Stephanie is part of the BTS army and recently moved to South Korea to be near K-pop band. Her love for the seven-piece K-pop boy band runs so deep she's moved from Scotland to South Korea, just to be closer to them. "One day, I was just going through YouTube and I came across this song called No More Dream by BTS. "I watched the video and from that moment I was hooked. It's thanks to BTS I'm here." The bands have just hit 12 million followers on Twitter and they ended Justin Bieber's six-year reign as Top Social Artist at last year's Billboards.

Dua Lipa made Brits history when she led the charge with five nominations for this year's awards, including best album. Until now, no female artist has ever received five nominations in a single year. The pop star, 22, whose single New Rules was one of last year's breakout hits, is also up for best female, best video, best single and breakthrough.

-Compiled by Mariam Nihal


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