The Bollywood romantic hero and fashion icon Dev Anand has died, age 88, prompting a flood of tributes yesterday from across India's Hindi-language cinema industry, according to AFP.
The Press Trust of India news agency said in a report from London that Anand, who with Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar reigned supreme in the golden age of Bollywood, died of a heart attack in the British capital on Saturday. He had been in the city for a medical check-up and had been in poor health for the past few days, the agency said, quoting anonymous family sources.
Often compared to the US actor Gregory Peck because of his matinée idol looks, "Debonair Dev", never without his trademark scarf, was best known for his boundless energy and passion for film. He starred in more than 100 movies, made his debut in Hum Ek Hain (We Are One) alongside his friend Guru Dutt in 1946, and was still working well into old age, starring in Chargesheet — made by his own production company — this year.
"I cannot live without my films, my cinema and my work," he told bollywoodhungama.com in 2007. "For me, until I die, moviemaking and acting will always be my first and last love."
Khloe K sued for assault, Kourtney K expecting baby no. 2
Khloe Kardashian Odom is facing an assault and battery suit filed against her by a certain Chantal Spears, who claims that the reality TV star "assaulted and battered [me] by violenting striking in and about [my] body" in December 2009 on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
The incident allegedly occurred after Spears commented to Khloe's husband Lamar Odom that he "was too young to get married". The court papers were filed on Friday and there was no immediate comment from Khloe's camp.
In other Kardashian news, Mason's got a new playmate. Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are expecting their second child, the 32-year-old revealed to Us Weekly magazine.
Curiously, the eldest Kardashian sister just started her web series called Kourtney's Mommy Blog on E! Online where she shares parenting advice. Coincidence or yet another Kardashian stunt?
Jimmy Fallon making a comedy album
Late Night host Jimmy Fallon is releasing a comedy album in the summer of 2012.
"Having a new album coming out soon on Warner Bros means so much to me," the Saturday Night Live alum told The Hollywood Reporter. "Mostly, it means I should probably start writing some songs."
The album will include music, parodies and compositions that became hits following performances on his late-night talk show.
Fallon's previous effort, the 2002 album The Bathroom Wall, was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Spoken Comedy Album category.
Hugo named National Board of Review's best film
Hugo, Martin Scorsese's 3D drama about an orphan boy in 1930s Paris, was named best film of 2011 on Thursday by the National Board of Review, which also named Scorsese best director.
The surprising choice boosted the fortunes for the film - which tells the story of a boy living in a Paris train station who maintains the station's clocks - in the run-up to the Oscars.
"Hugo is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today's cutting-edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world," said the NBR president Annie Schulhof.
George Clooney won best actor for The Descendants, while Tilda Swinton took the best actress prize for We Need to Talk About Kevin,