It’s a cakewalk!
Ashima Batish

From a designer bag to a bottle of scotch, bakers in Chandigarh have plenty of interesting shapes to offer

Designer cakes in the form of jewellery
Designer cakes in the form of jewellery

'A happy divorce!' How can happy and divorce go together? The same thought left Chef Nikhil Mittal of Nik Bakers a bit baffled when he was asked by one of his clients to write the message — a happy divorce — on the cake meant for the unusual occasion! There was an illustration to support the message — a woman was playing a hangman to her husband!

Earlier, the concept of theme cakes was only meant for birthdays of children; we had the good old Mickey Mouse, Shin Chan, Doraemon…but for adults some amount of innovation was necessary and something they could relate to had to be put forward. What could have served the occasion of Sachin Tendulkar's birthday better than a cake in the shape of a cricket ground? Santosh Rawat, the pastry chef of JW Marriott, took a week to finalise the design of the cake. And it was worth all the time he had invested. "The cake had a pitch, stumps and a bat made in chocolate. We also made portrait cakes of Sachin." says Santosh. Baking theme cakes for grown-ups requires some investigation though - the occasion, what does the person in question do, his age and interests et al. "That helps us decide the theme of the cake easily and get experimental," says Rawat. When they recently got an order for a cake to celebrate a boy's 21st birthday, instead of going for the popular themes, they went ahead with an unconventional beach design. "Figures of a boy and girls were made on the base designed like a beach. Girls were shown wearing bikinis and to add the fun element, we made the portrait of boy sporting big moustaches. Not to forget the wine bottles, which were made in chocolate."

With the intention of making his fiancée's birthday really special, Jatin Sethi, a Chandigarh-based restaurateur suggested a theme to Nik Mittal, who gave it a tangible shape. "My fiancée has a penchant for designer bags, outfits and high-end cosmetics, which I thought would make the perfect theme for her birthday cake." Nik used the theme very well. "On small bags made of chocolate, we designed logos of different brands-Gucci, Guess, LV. It made for the perfect cake for a young girl's birthday."

The most popular theme among youngsters in Chandigarh is cakes made in the shape of exotic alcoholic drinks bottles. "It makes for the perfect theme for somebody celebrating his or her 18th birthday. We get three to five such orders every week and the most in demand are bottles of Chivas Regal, Jack Daniel, Absolute Vodka and Black Label," says Monica of Monica's Pudding and Pies. While for boys this theme works the best, for girls it is certainly designer bags and glares. Santosh Rawat with his team made a cake for a-middle-aged woman in the shape of a mannequin and icing was in the shape of jewellery! And what's best is that only natural colours are used to design different elements on the cake.

If for customers it's about making a person feel special, for bakers it means adding a personal touch to the whole affair. "Cake baking was never this interesting. We get to experiment a lot with the shapes and elements used in the cakes," adds Monica. Making a cake in the shape of flip-flops for someone who is a globe-trotter explains what she means the best!

Money Wise

While a usual cake costs around Rs 700 per kg, for a theme-based cake you will have to shell out Rs 300 to 500 more per kilogram. So, if you add it all, one-kg cake costs around Rs 1,200. Nothing comes without a price, certainly not something that tastes good!

Success mantra
Speed zone
Jasmine Singh

When you look at the calm and composed persona of Hari Singh, you have to remind yourself of the long list of laurels he has won —five times national rally champion and Asia Zone Rally champion. A man who lived in the Ferrari lane for a good number of years, who has dealt with 'speed' like an everyday affair, the one who has treated his machine as a breathing thing, Hari Singh is the man the rally circuit looks up to. And now, he has another new speedy act at hand. Hari Singh has choreographed the stunt sequence for the upcoming Bollywood movie, which is a remake of Zanjeer. Quiz him on what makes him a success story and the man looks at the trophies adorning his place. "Just follow some basic things," he says. "And the biggest thing, if you have the support of your parents everything is possible. I owe my success to my parents, especially my father." Here's a quick look at his success mantras.

Be a sport & a support

I have always maintained that in addition to sportsmanship, a player should also be supportive. I try to maintain it as far as possible. Rallying is a competitive sport and winning is always the target. Nevertheless, one should always support fellow competitors whenever possible.

Calm & cool

A good rallyist should be calm and composed. Even when the motorsport events are about adrenaline pumping, speed, nasty twists and turns, a good rally driver should keep his or her nerves calm. We don't have time to think much while driving, but that's when the cool and composed attribute comes into play. If you don't have it, still work towards cultivating one.

It's not only about winning

Any event or competition that we participate in is about winning, eventually. But a competition is also about the dedication, effort and sincerity that you have put in. If you lose, do that gracefully. Take success and loss in your stride; accept both as part of the game. If you are unhappy about losing, you would never be able to learn from your mistakes.

To finish, finish first

This is the bottom-line in motorsports; if you have to finish to succeed, then first you must finish the rally! This can be simplified; a rally driver should be careful of not breaking the vehicle. Accelerate but don't forget if your machine breaks down, you will not be able to finish the rally and will be out of the game. “Be alert and wise enough to run your car till the finishing point,” says Hari, who has lent his expertise in everything from management to track and circuit designing.

You have it or you don't

A good rallyist doesn't come out from the pages of books; either you have it in you to or you don't. I was lucky when I started rallying, as I had the support of my parents. I got my first sponsorship from Rajiv Bali and then it was all about being at the right place at the right time. Later, I got the support of JK Tyres and there has been no looking back since then. One should have the passion and will to go that extra mile!

All that grace
Gurvinder Singh

Bollywood actress Gracy Singh was in Ludhiana for the promotion of her upcoming Punjabi venture Aapan Pher Milaange

The innocent damsel of Lagaan and the doctor of Munna Bhai MBBS fame, Gracy Singh was at the Lodhi Club in Ludhiana on Saturday, along with the cast of her upcoming Punjabi movie Aapan Pher Milaange. Talking about her character in the movie, she says, "I play the role of a traditional Punjabi girl. It is a beautiful love story." Starting her career with TV serial Amanat, Gracy came into limelight with the success of the Aamir Khan-starrer Lagaan and has since done many films, including some in Tamil, Bengali and Malayalam. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey in Bollywood and have received appreciation from fans throughout my career," she says.

Any reason behind choosing a Punjabi movie? "I was waiting for a strong role and the right movie. Aapan Pher Milaange provided just that," she says. And being her mother tongue (she hails from a Punjabi Sikh family in Delhi), Punjabi came naturally to her. Currently, she is also doing a children's film in Hindi. And though she has worked with many top actors and directors, she would like to work with Sunny Deol, Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan. "As for the future, I would like to do more characters that are issue based. I would also like to do some comedy roles.

Devdas in millennium’s top 10

Time magazine has ranked Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2002 film Devdas eighth among the ten greatest movies of the millennium with WALL.E at the top and The Artist in the tenth spot. It described Shah Rukh Khan as an “all-world charismatist” and Madhuri Dixit a “a hot number who danced flamencos on men’s libidos”.

“A year after Moulin Rouge had its world premiere at Cannes, another visually intoxicating musical opened at the festival, introducing sang-and-danced Bollywood dramas to the international culturati,” it said of the film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit. “Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1901 novel inspired at least a half-dozen film versions before this one - in its time, the priciest movie in Indian history (at about $10.6 million),” the prestigious US news magazine noted. “The piece is played with such commitment that the tritest plot twists seem worth believing - and dancing to, in nine nifty production numbers. But the fervid emotion is what makes the thing sing,” it said.

“Beyond that, Devdas is a visual ravishment, with sumptuous sets, fabulous frocks and beautiful people to fill them; it has a grandeur the old Hollywood moguls would have loved,” Time gushes. “From Toy Story in 1995 to Toy Story 3 in 2010, John Lasseter’s Pixar animation house produced 11 features, all winners — and a few the very best films of their year,” the Time said picking “the studio’s biggest hit” Andrew Stanton’s WALL.E for the top spot. — Agency

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Your card helps you to maintain clarity in complicated work situations. Make a list of tasks that are due. You will have excellent ideas for renovating your home. Tarot message: Be articulate to prevent people from drawing their own conclusions.

Lucky colour: Peach.

Magic number: 46

TAURUS: You can expect some good news. You can enjoy a romantic adventure if you take out time to be with your partner. Take care while dealings with strangers. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish tasks which normally take up a lot of time. Lucky colour: Ebony.

Magic number: 26

GEMINI: Your card draws your attention to practical matters. You need some help today. Try to get away with your mate. A short trip to relatives would be enjoyable and you can update yourself with all that is happening in your family. Tarot message: Deal with one issue at a time. Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 47

CANCER: The biggest plans require attention to the tiniest details to turn them into reality. In fact, the higher you aim, the more precision is needed. Peacefully resolving recent hassles and differences should be relatively easy. Tarot message: Listen carefully to words of wisdom. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 61

LEO: Mixing business with pleasure works well for you. Be careful about getting into disagreements with seniors. Plan a special romantic evening with your partner.. Tarot message: You will receive a useful tip at the stock exchange, which can be put to profitable use. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 30

VIRGO: You gain balance, perspective and clarity in relationships. A frequent change in mood is likely. At the same time, you have more phone calls than usual to attend to. Tarot message: Allow a sick situation to blow over before you start a new project. Lucky colour: Burgundy.

Magic number: 32

LIBRA: Be willing to lie back and take a break. Indulge yourself in personal pleasures like eating, sleeping or counting your net worth. You will be able to spot and correct mistakes in important projects. Tarot message: Balance and perspective will lead you out of problematic situations. Lucky colour: Brown. Magic number: 39

SCORPIO: You earn success in whatever you do today. You could be in a restless and irritable mood and loved ones may bear the brunt of your temper. Romance could lead to some light-hearted and happy moments. Tarot message: Don’t fall for false promises. Lucky colour: Golden yellow.

Magic number: 35

SAGITTARIUS: Even the longest journeys start with the first steps. Make initial moves to get the ball rolling in the right direction. There could be lot of activities at work and this may lead to additional job responsibilities or new assignments. Tarot message: Try a new style of handling things. Lucky colour: Rust. Magic number: 54

CAPRICORN: Your health and well being are a priority. Set aside part of the weekly budget for whatever you need. A new approach to an old problem can be the ultimate solution. Music and arts are uplifting.

Tarot message: Don’t lose your cool. Lucky colour: Crimson.

Magic number: 43

AQUARIUS: This is a good time to compete for a position of power. A general feeling of dissatisfaction lingers throughout the day. Your health is buoyant. You are in a generous mood today.

Tarot message: Use your instincts to get into the top circle of power. Lucky colour: White.

Magic number: 62

PISCES: Your card reveals your imagination can run wild now. Flea market will attract you and satisfy your urge to window-shop and browse. Give a thought to travel plans.

Tarot message: Learn from past experiences and avoid making a similar mistake again. Lucky colour: Green. Magic number: 42.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is May 22...

On your birthday, instead of just sitting around, why not get involved in something that will improve your earning power. Great day to pamper yourself and do things that you enjoy the most. Personal affairs will be under control. Dedicate your time and energy in helping others but don’t get involved in matters that don’t concern you at all. Students will be full of optimism and will be thoroughly prepared for their studies and exams. Their hard work will show in their results where they are sure to excel. You will excel in competitive exams and shall get admission in your desired stream.

The beginning of the year looks a little drab for you, so push back presentations or important meetings if at all possible. Your self-confidence is boosted by the stars. It will also fuel your actions with optimism. You will have to deal with a superior and converse more. It won’t always be easy. Try not to use all your energy at work - use it in small doses as this will be more useful. You spend a lot of time on travelling and shopping. Vehicle repair and replacement are potential expenses. Visiting relative may have to be entertained. Business people will plan new ventures and will be successful in increasing the turnover. Those having industrial or production units will have to set-up additional facilities for increased production to meet the growing demand of their product. Friends are a great help.

Youngsters especially in the age group of 19 – 35 will need to take care of their diet for there are strong indications that you may put on extra weight. Prepare yourself for love advances, as Venus moves in harmonious fire.

Naomi CampbellMood: Vulnerable and you may give up. Compatible signs: Aries, Leo. Lucky colours: Midnight black, sterling red. Lucky days: Monday and Thursday. Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 9, 13, 37. Lucky gem: Kunzite. Lucky flower: Jasmine.

Naomi Campbell (May 22, 1970, London) was the first black female model on the cover of French Vogue, British Vogue, and Time Magazine. She has written a book titled, Swan. She was ranked number 4 in Channel 5’s, World’s greatest supermodel.

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Happy beats
Manpriya Singh

Bob Marley
Bob Marley

There's a reason why reggae is rock-steady (pun definitely intended). It isn't just the drum and base, or the typical Jamaican instruments, or even the offbeat rhythms or staccato chords. Those still clueless can Youtube Bob Marley's Don't Worry, Be Happy, if not for the feel-good factor, then to get introduced to the old-school reggae.

The music genre that is first said to have been developed in Jamaica, listened to by many and understood by a select few. Think of a tempo that is usually felt slower than the other popular Jamaican forms! So, it was only a matter of coming up with the first hit Do the Reggay by The Maytals. Eric Clapton's cover of Bob Marley's I Shot the Sheriff further got the music mainstream in the 1970s. And by mid-70s, it was getting its fair share of radio requests in the UK and the US.

On the billboards

It's been a long journey not just for the genre but for the old school and new-age reggae artistes too. Bob Marley remains the poster boy, having made reggae go places with evergreen tracks like No Woman, No Cry and Redemption Song. Then there's Peter Tosh, never mind the cannabis association and fiascos, the musician has always been associated with. It's a genre ruled, popularised and identified with the songwriters and singers from Jamaica. Yet another Bunny Wailer is the torch-bearer of reggae music. His soul rebel is perhaps every reggae fans all time hit. Is something amiss? The reggae hall of fame can't be summed up without either Gregory Isaac's Night Nurse or Don Carlo’s Johnny Cool.

Youngster's take

It's a classic case of a genre whose influence is much bigger than its origin. The reggae touch is far and wider than reggae itself. "It has a very slow, old world charm to it. That's the best part of reggae. Plus you can't really appreciate this genre by just tuning into one song. This taste of music either grows on you, or you develop along the way. But it's not Backstreet Boys that's instantly in your face," Pulkit Vedi, electronics engineering student, shares. His all-time favourites still remain Don Carlo's Just a Passing Glance, sung in his mellow smooth voice. There's never a unison though. "One of the reasons that reggae didn't take off and become as mainstream as other genres is because it still remains largely dominated by Jamaican musicians.

And then came the strong association with drugs, ghettoism and the like," opines Amarvir Singh aka AV, guitarist with a city-based band. He adds, "Nevertheless it is appreciated by a wide range of listeners. How many of such listeners exist could still be debated upon."

Note it

  • The term raggamuffin is an intentional misspelling of ragamuffin, and the term raggamuffin music describes the music of Jamaica's "ghetto youths".
  • For the beginners, the frude reggae is the real reggae. The ragamuffin is the new-age reggae.
  • Reggae has several sub-genres such as skinhead reggae, roots reggae, dub, lovers rock, dancehall, reggaeton.

Par Excellence
The position of the left thumb
Jesse Grewal

The position of the left thumb while gripping the club can vary. Some recommend that the thumb is placed in the centre of the grip and others believe it should be slightly towards the right side of the grip (for right handed golfers). The difference of opinion is also relative to the type of swing.

The golf swing has evolved over the years and part of the change has been due to the clothing and the physique of golfers. Till the early part of the last century golfers wore a jacket and a tie to play golf. With clothing unsuitable for an athletic body action, the golf swing was mainly an up and down action of the arms with lots of wrist action. As golfers have become more athletic in the recent past, the role of the body action has increased and the swing is more around the body as compared to the past.

There are two types of golfers—one who swing the arms up and down fairly vertically with a flat shoulder turn. As the arms and shoulders move on different planes this is called a two plane swing. Tom Watson, Fred Couples and Davis Love are well known two plane swingers. Another method is a swing in which the shoulders turn on a steep plane and the arms move more around the body which makes them swing on almost the same plane as the shoulders. This is known as a one plane swing. Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Ernie Els are the well known one plane swingers.

The set up and the grip vary for both of these types. The one planer requires a stronger grip and the thumb of the left hand is placed a little right of centre (picture 1). The two planer or an upright swing requires a grip which is a little weaker and the left thumb is therefore placed on the centre of the grip (picture 2). The correct placement of the left thumb would help the club get to the correct position at the top of the back swing where the club rests on the left thumb. Both the thumbs are directly under the club with support from the index fingers (picture 3). This would be a similar position to the top of a throwing action when we throw a ball. The ball would rest between the thumb and the forefinger. This is the ideal slot at the top of the back swing.

If one has a vertical swing and a strong grip the ball would tend to hook and if one has a flat swing with a weak grip the ball would tend to slice.

(Grewal has coached several national champions and professionals apart from being coach of the Indian golf team for the Eisenhower Cup (World Cup) in 2008. He is currently the Director of National Golf Academy of India and CGA Hero Honda Golf Academy. If you have any queries get in touch with him at

Chatter box
Meet your host...
Arjun Bijlani

With hosting on TV becoming a good alternative for actors, many of the daily soap stars are looking at it as a great career move. Here is a look at who’s hosting what these days on the tube

After his show on Imagine ended months ago, Arjun role change: Arjun Bijlani was looking for good work. But when nothing substantial came his way, he took on hosting Road Diaries on UTV Bindass.

Mandira Bedi

Mandira Bedi returned to TV after her newborn baby as the host of Star Plus’ Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar. She has played the part numerous times before and it was not a challenge for her.

Karan Kundra

host of Gumraah- The End Of Innocence, on Channel V is a crime show that focuses on teen crime. He is busy with his film career in Punjabi movies and this is the best way to stay in touch with the TV world.

Anup soni

He was already a name in the TV world with Balika Vadhu, but then Crime Patrol took his popularity to a new level. In the new season of Crime Patrol, Dastak, Anup has managed to grip the audiences.

Sumeet Raghavan

Talented actor Sumeet Raghavan was seen in a serial but after it went off air he brought his own stand up comedy show Jai Hind. It was a huge hit on the internet as well.

Gaurav Chopra

Task master: Jay Bhanushali
Task master: Jay Bhanushal

After Color’s Uttaran, Gaurav Chopra who got a film also got an opportunity to host a crime show, Savdhan India on Life OK. One might think he’s following other popular crime show hosts but he is doing a fair job of drawing the audiences to crime facts.

Jay bhanushali

He has been part of Dance India Dance since years now and seeing him on DID li’l masters is nice as well. Jay has also taken up a TV show Kairi while managing his reality show schedules.

No one believed in Gangs of...script: Anurag

Anurag Kashyap is a happy man with his three films being screened at the ongoing Cannes film festival in different sections but the director says his two-part revenge saga Gangs of Wasseypur almost did not get made as no one believed in the script initially.

“Gangs of Wasseypur is a film that people did not believe in. I have been wanting to make this film for quite sometime. People asked me why I wanted to work on this film and not something like Dev D which was a success. So it almost did not get made. I don’t understand the concept of re-doing the same thing. But then Viacom 18 people came forward knowing that it had no big star cast, it was in two parts and was too long,” he said. Kashyap, who is already in Cannes, says he is awaiting the screening of two part Wasseypur and home production Peddlers with a lot of nervousness. “We have to deliver first. I have not seen the films so I will watch them with the audience but I am scared about their response to the films,” says the director, who is keen to take his films beyond the Indian Diaspora.

Kashyap’s films have been recognised worldwide for their unique approach in storytelling, which is often bereft of the usual Bollywood clichés.

The director says he wants to continue reaching out to new audiences. “I had a dark period from 2007 to 2009. That was the time when my biggest support was outside India. For me that market is very important as it kept me alive as a filmmaker when I had no support here.”

“The audience defines your longevity in this business. My audience is non-diaspora. It was hard for Indians to digest a film like Yellow Boots, the Diaspora is more conservative. But there is a different audience which is interested in my films and I want to explore that,” said Kashyap.

Wasseypur, Kashyap’s most ambitious project till now, tells the story of revenge set in the world of coal mafia. The film stars Manoj Bajpayee, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Huma Qureshi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Reema Sen and others. — PTI

So far so good

Moving ahead: Amrapali Gupta
Moving ahead: Amrapali Gupta

Lucknow born actor Amrapali Gupta is a household name, thanks to her roles in Suraag, Khushian, Teen Bahuranian, Ganga and Tujh Sang Preet Lagayee Sajna. She is today being recognized as an actor with substance. She gets candid about her career.

Are you happy with your role in Tujh Sang Preet Lagayee Sajna?

Yes, this social drama has managed to gain popularity. I am happy with the way the show is shaping up. At present it has a new track, in which I pray to God to save Nirali and her unborn child.

What is the show all about?

This one is a perfect social drama from the stable of Creative Eye Productions. The story of this show what we see happening around us daily. Dheeraj Kumar, the producer of this show is going all out to ensure that the story is close to real life.

How is your equation with your co-stars in the show?

I love all my co-stars. I connect wonderfully with them on the sets.

How does it feel to be Sonali?

I am very excited to play the lead role of Sonali. I am lucky to be an important part of this Sahara One Television’s social drama. It is so far the best role of my career.

What is your family’s reaction after watching the show?

My family has watched all episodes and they really liked it. Wherever I go, people recognize me as Sonali from Tujh Sang….

What are your expectations from this show?

For me, the only goal is to be a good actor and better human being.

— Dharam Pal

RDB in India!

Popular UK based hip-hop bhangra band RDB (Rhythm Dhol Bass), famous for the Sadi Gali number in Tanu weds Manu, plans to open a studio in India as they feel Bollywood is the biggest market for their kind of music. RDB is a Punjabi DJ production team consisting of three individuals, Kuly, Manj and Surj, who blend western genres with traditional Punjabi beats and vocals. “Bollywood market has always opened its doors for different kinds of music and our band’s sound was adored. I must say Bollywood is one of the biggest markets for our kind of music. Our music goes out to places where we would not expect it to reach,” RDB member Surj said.

In the past, RDB has lent music to some famous songs like Sadi Gali from Tanu Weds Manu, Rafta Rafta from Namaste London, title song of Yamla Pagla Deewana and Singh is King. The band would eventually like to open a studio in India to continue scoring for Bollywood films, Surj admitted. Asked if they are looking at shifting their base here, Surj said, “We want to... we are hunting for a place to be here. Due to technology, things have become fast and easy. We are thinking of opening a studio as we are getting more work here.” “We are looking to set up a studio in Delhi and Mumbai as we know a lot of people in these places. So it would help us in a way. The meetings are going on, it should happen by next year,” he said.

The UK band is gearing up for another “party anthem kind of track”.

“We are getting calls from producers and directors for new tracks. We are meeting people. We might have three-four releases. It is all in final stages, I can’t talk about it,” Surj said. — PTI

I’m sexy and you know it

Speaking out: Miley Cyrus
Speaking out: Miley Cyrus

Teen singer-actress Miley Cyrus, who has always been targeted for weight issues, has been making headlines recently for her new and slightly adult look. The 19-year-old star said she considers the tag “sexy” as highly appreciable, reported a publication.

“If people find that I am, I take it as a compliment. Thank you for thinking I’m sexy! People are so scared of seeing a woman being like, ‘This is who I am and you’re not going to change it’,” Cyrus said. The former Hannah Montana star, who is dating Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, said she is also learning how to show another side of herself.

“I feel I was so trained in my interviews that I just got so set in the way of saying the same things when I was 12 years old. I kind of realised that my whole life isn’t one giant press junket. I don’t have to be smiling all the time and always have the perfect answer. Because I had to smile so much and I had to say so much of the same thing, I finally had to look inside and say, ‘What do I really think about this? Do I really feel that or am I just trained to say that?’ So now I say it so I don’t have to say something else and be creative.” She was highly appreciated in Hannah Montana. — PTI

The highland dreams

Get set go: Ryan Reynolds
Get set go: Ryan Reynolds

Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds has emerged as the frontrunner to play lead in a reboot of the 1980’s fantasy film Highlander.

The 35-year-old actor will play an immortal Scottish swordsman, who must confront the last of his opponents, a murderous brutal barbarian, reported a magazine.

28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is on-board to direct the remake. The original movie starred Christopher Lambert and spawned several sequels and also a television show.

Reynolds is currently working on the animated movie Turbo, a story about a garden snail, who dreams of becoming the fastest snail in the world. Samuel L Jackson and Michelle Rodriguez are also lending their voices to the film. A role in Highlander would also give Reynolds another chance to show off his sword-wielding skills, following his turn as Deadpool in X Men Origins: Wolverine. — PTI

150 minutes of fame

Blink & miss: Cheryl Cole
Blink & miss: Cheryl Cole

Pop star Cheryl Cole will be attending the ongoing 65th Cannes International Film Festival just for 150 minutes.

The 28-year-old singer needs to be back in the UK in time for the premiere of her new film What To Expect When You’re Expecting and so will only be able to attend the festival for two and half hours, reported a publication online.

“It’s hectic for Cheryl at the moment, launching her comeback single, Call My Name, which happens to coincide with the release of the film. But she planned to go to Cannes a while back, along with the other L’Oreal spokeswomen.

“Her visit is being timed with military precision. She is jetting in, attending a party and leaving in the time it takes most people to unpack. The cost is astronomical but it’s important Cheryl’s there,” a source said. Eva Longoria, Jane Fonda and Beyonce Knowles are also models for the L’Oreal.

“Cole will fly in on a private jet, then dash to the event. She has a selection of outfits, worth around 10,000 pounds all together, and a range of diamonds to wear,” the source added. — PTI

Not rushing into wedding: Katie Price
...slams all the marriage rumours doing the rounds

No wedding: Katie Price
No wedding: Katie Price

Former glamour model Katie Price has slammed rumours of her marrying Argentinian fiance Leandro Penna later this year. After the speculations of Price’s wedding surfaced, the 33-year-old reality TV star took to her personal blog in her defence, reported a website.

“The simple truth is that Leo and I have not set a date and we have made absolutely no plans... Leo and I are enjoying being together and being engaged. We are not rushing into a wedding,” she posted.

Price met Penna in 2011 and got engaged during a skiing getaway trip in April this year. She was earlier married to Mysterious Girl singer Peter Andre and professional cage fighter Alex Reid. — PTI

It’s a full stop

Reality TV star Chantelle Houghton has reportedly abandoned fiance Alex Reid’s home weeks before their baby is due. The 28-year-old model, who is eight-months pregnant, has moved out of the couple’s home and has instead been sleeping on the floor of her two-bedroom flat as there is no bed.

“She is absolutely devastated. She has moved back into her flat where she feels safe. She would not tell any of us what Alex has done. Whatever happened must be catastrophic,” her friend said. She wrote a cryptic post on Twitter later that day. “Karma is cruel and I am so glad it is cos people only find out how much cruel it is when it is too late and they have hurt u (sic)”, she posted. — PTI

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