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D'Souza talks ABCD sequel

Plus: The Only Way Is Essex – in Dubai?; Grammys issue wardrobe advisory; Paradesi gets thumbs up from Kashyap; Christina Applegate exits Up All Night.

The director of ABCD - Any Body Can Dance, Remo D'Souza, is considering a sequel to the 3-D dance film. AFP
The director of ABCD - Any Body Can Dance, Remo D'Souza, is considering a sequel to the 3-D dance film. AFP

It may have been released very recently, but the 3D dance film ABCD - Any Body Can Dance could be getting a sequel, with the director Remo D'Souza having landed a two-film contract with UTV Motion Pictures. "UTV has wholeheartedly backed my vision of making India's first ever 3D dance film, ABCD," said D'Souza. "I'm really excited that I have been offered two more films by UTV - one of which could be the sequel to ABCD." - IANS

The Only Way Is Essex - in Dubai?

They've been out here on holiday, but now the cast of the UK reality show The Only Way Is Essex could be popping up more frequently in Dubai over the coming months. There are rumours that Mark Wright, Joey Essex, Sam Faiers and the rest of the work-shy, tan-tastic cast are being lined up for a feature-length film to be set in the emirate. "Dubai would be the perfect place as it is the current hip destination for young Essex boys and girls, and it would be a great sunny location to film in," an insider told The Sun. - The National staff

Grammys issue wardrobe advisory

Grammy performers have been told to cover up at tonight's big music awards show. In a "wardrobe advisory", the CBS network also asked musicians and audience members to avoid wearing clothing with political or activist slogans. "Please be sure that [you] are adequately covered. Please avoid exposing bare flesh," said the memo issued by CBS. "Obscenity or partially seen obscenity on wardrobe is unacceptable for broadcast." The Grammys honour the best musicians of the year, but is also a major promotional showcase for rising stars and new albums. Tonight's performers include Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys and Elton John. - Reuters

Paradesi gets thumbs up from Kashyap

Bala Pazhanisaamy's Tamil period-drama Paradesi has impressed the filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. "Just saw Bala's Paradesi. Absolutely blown by it. His best yet," tweeted the director after watching the film at a private screening. Based on the novel Red Tea by the English author Paul Harris Daniel, Paradesi is about the struggle of tea plantation workers in pre-independence India and stars Adharvaa Murall, Vedhika Kumar, Dhansika and Uma Riyaz Khan. The film is scheduled to be released in India on Friday. - IANS

Christina Applegate exits Up All Night

Christina Applegate says she is bowing out of NBC's Up All Night. In a statement, the actress says the show has taken a "different creative direction" and that she has decided to move on to other projects. She called the sitcom a great experience and says she'll miss her co-workers. Up All Night starred Applegate and Will Arnett as a couple with a new baby. The show has struggled in the ratings and has seen several changes in producers. It also was set to change formats, shifting from a single-camera to multi-camera approach. - AP