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Written by A. Kameshwari
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Published: May 23, 2020 11:14:41 am


David Warner spent his Friday night dancing to “Bala” tunes. (Photo: David Warner/Instagram)

After breaking the internet with his “Butta Bomma” moves, Australian cricketer David Warner is back with a new video on the song “Bala” from Housefull 4. Sporting a suit, the cricketer shared the TikTok video on Twitter and wrote, “Friday night challenge accepted. I may have you covered @akshaykumar”

David Warner has been keeping his fans entertained through TikTok. His videos on various Indian songs have been receiving quite a lot of attention. When a fan asked him to make a video on Sarileru Neekevvaru song “Mind Block,” starring Mahesh Babu, Warner replied, “Hey everyone, I can not do this dance till the song is available to use in Australia. Once it’s available I will try mine block”

Earlier, his video on “Butta Bomma” received love from his fans and also from the actor Allu Arjun, who originally stars in the song from Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo. Warner has been playing for the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad since 2014.

Allu Arjun took to Twitter and wrote, “One more bigg surprise. Thank you sooo much once again sir . Killed it.”

David Warner, along with his family, also took the Drop It trend on TikTok.

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Written by Kshitij Rawat
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Published: May 30, 2020 8:36:34 am


Here are 10 great thriller movies. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Much of the world is currently stuck indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the globe in a matter of mere months. The good part is, there is a lot of entertainment available in terms of movies and shows.

Thrillers are a genre where stories involve the worst of humankind: psychopaths, cannibals, serial killers and so on. In short, there’s a lot of excitement and suspense to look forward to. Here are 10 great thriller movies to watch during lockdown.

1. No Country for Old Men

Joel and Ethan Coen’s dark, brilliant adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s iconic novel of the same name captured the spirit and essence of the source material even if it was not too faithful to the source. Javier Bardem is breathtaking as psychopathic murderer Anton Chigurh, who is entirely devoid of a conscience.

No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

2. The Silence of the Lambs

A spine-tingling watch headlined by Sir Anthony Hopkins’ sadistic cannibalistic serial-killer, The Silence of the Lambs has elements of both thriller and horror, and straddles both to great effect.

3. Shutter Island: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name is about two US Marshals played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, who arrive on an island that houses a facility for the criminally insane to investigate the disappearance of an inmate. The film is known for its thwack of an ending that changes the way the viewer looks at the whole story. It is an otherwise well-made film as well, with stunning cinematography, performances, background score, writing and, of course, direction.

4. Zodiac: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

zodiac Robert Downey Jr and Jake Gyllenhaal in Zodiac. (Photo: Paramount Pictures/Warner Bros)

A David Fincher directorial, Zodiac was based on the infamous serial-killer Zodiac who terrorised the citizens of San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s and 1970s. The film starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Cox and John Carroll Lynch among others.

5. Misery

Kathy Bates misery Kathy Bates gave a stunning performance in Misery. (Photo: Columbia Pictures)

Author Stephen King based Misery on his personal nightmare that a passionate fan would abduct him and make him write what they want. The movie is arguably even better, and Kathy Bates is absolutely fantastic as Annie Wilkes, a psychotic loner.

6. Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic remains watchable as ever. And the twist still creeps the hell out of those who have seen this movie dozens of times.

7. Seven (stylised as SEV7N)

David Fincher’s crowning achievement, Seven sees Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman partnering up to catch a murderer who kills according to Christianity’s seven deadly sins. Seven streams on Netflix.

8. The Prestige: Amazon Prime Video

hugh jackman and christian bale Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale in a still from Prestige. (Photo: Warner Bros)

Christopher Nolan’s last film before he became a global household name with Batman Begins, The Prestige stars two of the best ‘star’ actors Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. Set in late 19th century London, two magicians turn from friends to bitter foes with their rivalry ending in the greatest trick of them all.

9. Don’t Breathe: Netflix

hush Kate Siegel and John Gallagher Jr in Hush. (Photo: Netflix)

Three kids break into a blind veteran’s secluded house, thinking it would be an easy job to just go inside and pick up the cash. If the old guy wakes up, knock him cold and run away, is the plan. They are in for a really, really nasty surprise. Don’t Breathe is a thriller verging on horror.

10. Hush: Netflix

In this relentlessly paced film, a deaf and mute author living in a remote spot has to fight a psychopathic killer. The lead actress (Kate Siegel) does a superb job in portraying the agony of a woman who has to survive alone without the two senses; she cannot hear him coming and she cannot scream for help. Director Mike Flanagan fully utilises the intriguing premise.

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With a gay protagonist, Pixar short Out makes history

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Updated: May 30, 2020 8:38:15 am


This image released by Pixar Animation Studios shows a scene from the animated short film “Out,” featuring a gay protagonist, the first in Pixar’s 25-year history. (Pixar Animation Studios via AP)

In Steven Clay Hunter’s 23 years as an animator at Pixar, he has drawn a seven-armed octopus, a Canadian daredevil and a wheezing toy penguin. But there were scenes he never expected to animate until he began working on his short, Out.

Hunter wrote and directed the nine-minute Pixar film, which recently debuted on Disney+. It’s about a man named Greg who, while packing up to move, temporarily switches bodies with his dog, Jim. While frantically trying to hide evidence of his boyfriend, Manuel, Greg discovers the courage to reveal his sexual orientation to his parents.

Greg, who’s loosely based on Hunter, is Pixar’s first LGBTQ protagonist. And while Out includes some more typically Pixar material (a pair of rainbow animals, a cameo from Wheezy of Toy Story), it features images never seen before in the 25 years of the studio, or in the longer history of Disney. Like when Greg and his boyfriend, Manuel, hug each other.

“The first time I drew Greg and Manuel holding each other in the bedroom, I was bawling my face off,” says Hunter. “All this emotion came welling up because I realized I had been in animation for decades and I had never drawn that in my career. It just hit me.”

Out is a small movie on a streaming service, not one of Pixar’s global blockbusters. But it has already had an outsized impact and been celebrated as a milestone for inclusion in family entertainment. GLAAD called it “a huge step forward for the Walt Disney Company.”

“Out represents the best of Disney and Pixar’s legacy as a place for heartwarming stories about finding one’s own inner strength in the face of life’s challenges,” said Jeremy Blacklow, GLAAD’s director of entertainment media.

From his home in Oakland, California, Hunter, a 51-year-old animator making his directorial debut, has humbly taken in the warm responses. He managed to meet his producer, Max Sachar, for a celebratory, socially distanced glass of rose last weekend. But he’s been reluctant to talk about such a personal film.

“I felt like this was something I had to do,” said Hunter in one of his first interviews. “I didn’t come out until I was 27 and I’m 51 now, and I feel like I’m still dealing with it. You can’t hide who you are for half of your life and then not carry that baggage around. You’ve got to process it somehow. I got lucky enough to process it in the making of this movie.”

It’s part joke, part truth that Out is labeled “based on a true story.” The first shot is of a magical dog and cat jumping through a rainbow. Hunter has had a dog named Jim but, naturally, hasn’t experienced a canine “Freaky Friday.” But the central story is autobiographical.

pixar Out disney plus Out is now streaming on Disney+. (Photo: Pixar/Disney)

“The relationship of Manuel and Greg is something I went through,” he says. “I wasn’t out to my family and I was in a relationship but they didn’t know about him. It took a toll on our relationship and we ended up breaking up because of that. And that break-up led to me coming out to my family, over the phone in a conference room at Pixar.”

Hunter first came up with the idea of a coming-out film five years ago. But it was the Pixar SparkShorts program, which is meant to discover new voices and experiment with different techniques, that presented Hunter with an opportunity. After working on the Spark short “Purl,” he pitched “Out.” It was greenlit and finished by December.
“It was cool that he was telling this coming out story but he was doing so while coming out as a filmmaker,” says Sachar. “It was really wonderful for everyone to be a part of and witness.”

LGBTQ characters have been increasingly appearing in Disney films but often do so fleetingly. Gaston’s sidekick LeFou (Josh Gad) was suggested to be gay in 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. Pixar’s Onward, released earlier this year, featured what many consider Disney’s first outwardly gay animated character: a police officer voiced by Lena Waithe who refers to her girlfriend. Some Middle East nations banned the film.

Out, finally, is far more straightforward. It includes, for example, a tender kiss between Manuel and Greg. To animate it, Hunter approached Wendell Lee, the only other gay animator still at Pixar from Hunter’s early days with the company.

“I just went to him and said, ‘You’ve got to animate this.’ And he was like, ‘Heck yeah,’” says Hunter. “I said: I want a kiss. I don’t want a peck.”

Hunter recently watched Out with his family, who live in Canada, over Zoom. It was a moment of connection that he hopes plays out similarly for others during quarantine. For young and old, gay and straight, Out is about being proud of who you are, whoever you are.

Reflecting on the film’s significance, Hunter on Thursday noted the passing of playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer. Out, not coincidentally, came out on Harvey Milk Day.

“We’re just an extension of that. We’re moving toward more visibility. It doesn’t mean we’re taking over. We’re just trying to tell our stories like everyone else,” says Hunter. “And we’re not going anywhere. We’re here to stay.”

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‘Zero Physical Contact’: Radhika Madan Explains New Airport Rules Amid COVID-19 Phase as She Reaches Home in Delhi

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On Wednesday, actor Radhika Madan flew from Mumbai to Delhi to be with her family in these trying times. The actor posted a picture of herself on social media in which she could be seen wearing a mask, gloves, and a face shield while posing at the Mumbai airport with her luggage. Now, in her latest interaction with Mid-Day, she revealed how it seemed like a scene from a film and a solid realisation of what is going to be the new normal post-COVID-19 period. Radhika explained the kind of safety measures the airport authorities are taking for the passengers. Also Read – Mai Aa Rahi Hu Maa! Radhika Madan Flies Out of Mumbai as Domestic Flight Operations Resume

She said human contact has been reduced to the minimum and the staff is ensuring that all the norms of social distancing are followed. Radhika revealed that the passengers are now not allowed to physically hand over their boarding passes or other documents to the security. She added that the airline crew is also making sure that there’s no crowd while boarding or de-boarding a plane. The Angrezi Medium actor explained, “It was a scene out of an apocalyptic film and this is perhaps our future. They did temperature checks, and ensured there was zero physical contact – we had to show our IDs and boarding passes through a glass shield; there were glass barriers at baggage counters too. (The airline staff) boarded and de=boarded us sequentially, two rows at a time, (thus ensuring there was no crowding). I avoided using the washrooms. I was cautious, but not scared.” Also Read – Angrezi Medium Star Radhika Madan Learns Piano During COVID-19 Quarantine, Leaves Internet Smitten by Playing Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

As soon as Radhika reached her residence in Delhi, she went under self-isolation for 14 days. The actor said even though she’s home now, she hasn’t hugged her family members yet. “I am yet to hut them! Home is where your mom is. It is so calming to be back. During these times, I wanted to be around my parents,” she said. Also Read – Radhika Madan Gets ‘Teary-Eyed’ as Amitabh Bachchan Sends Handwritten Note Praising Her Performance in Angrezi Medium





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