One of Bollywood's biggest film stars wept in court today after being sentenced to six years in prison for possessing weapons linked to a terror attack which killed 257 people in Bombay in 1993.
In a case which has gripped the Indian media, Judge Pramod Kode said Sanjay Dutt, one of the Indian film industry's most recognisable faces, had shown "scant respect for the law" by being found with the guns at his home, given to him by some of the plotters.
As the Judge handed down his testimony, Dutt stood weeping before him. "In no sense can this be said to be a minor offence," Mr Kode said, adding as he looked directly at the film star: "Don’t be sentimental - be calm and quiet."
The star's sentencing marks the end of an extraordinary Bombay-based trial over the March 12, 1993, bombings, which has lasted 12 years.
During the course of the proceedings more than 100 people were convicted over the attacks, a dozen of which were sentenced to death, while 686 witnesses were questioned and thousands of pages of testimony examined.
Dutt was found guilty last November of illegally possessing three automatic rifles and a pistol, but was acquitted of being directly behind - or involved in - the terrorist bombings.
After serving an initial 18 months after his initial arrest before being released on bail, today's sentence means Dutt will spend four and a half years behind bars.
In particular, his sentence is regarded as bad news for Bollywood - the Indian answer to Hollywood - as Dutt was regarded as one of the industry's best-known and most marketable figures.
Bollywood could lose about 500 million rupees (£6m) for two unfinished Dutt films, Alibag and Fraud, Komal Nata, who runs the Film Information magazine, told the AP news agency.
"It is a body blow to the film industry," Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt, who directed Dutt in the 1986 hit movie Namm, or Name, added.
A well-known action hero who found a niche in comedy over the past five years, Dutt’s case was closely tracked in a nation whose industry has boomed significantly over the last decade.
Despite being out on bail for over a decade, Dutt was able to complete a number of major film projects and only recently finished filming comedies like Dhamaal, or Loud Noise, and Phatafat, or Pronto.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Tomato diet can boost sperm say scientists
By Natalie Waler
A DAILY bowl of tomato soup may help boost men's fertility, it was claimed yesterday.
Scientists have discovered that lycopene, which gives tomatoes their bright red colouring, can turn sperm into super-sperm.
The Portsmouth University researchers studied the effect of lycopene in the diet of six men, with an average age of 42.
They each ate a 400 gramme tin of Heinz cream of tomato soup every day for two weeks.
Sperm samples taken from them over the duration of the study showed levels of lycopene in their semen rose by up to 12 per cent.
Tomato products have been proven to have cancer-fighting properties because lycopene is a powerful antioxidant.
But this is the first time they have been shown to boost fertility.
Infertile men are known to have lower levels of lycopene in their sperm.
Heinz spokesman Nigel Dickie said: "It's good to know that our tomato soup could boost your mojo."
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Ten-year-old Arthur has a lot on his plate: a real estate developer is about to snap up his grandma's home--and there's no way Arthur's going to hang around for his parents or grandparents to sort out the problem. Maybe the solution lies in his grandpa's treasure, which is hidden somewhere on the "other side" in the land of the Minimoys. The creatures that inhabit this world are just a tenth of an inch tall and live in perfect harmony with their environment. Arthur ventures into this world of the Minimoys, where he meets Princess Selenia and her brother Betameche. Together they set off to look for the treasure that will save his grandma.
SHOOTER – Mark Wahlberg
A marksman (Wahlberg) living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to track the real killer and find out who exactly set him up, and why.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
"I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"
Chuck Levine and Larry Valentine are the pride of their fire station: two guy''s guys always side-by-side and willing to do anything for each other. Salt-of-the-earth widower Larry wants just one thing: to protect his family. His buddy Chuck also wants one thing: to enjoy the single life.
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Jul 25, 2007 9:19 pm US/Pacific
Oscar The Cat Predicts Patients' Deaths
(AP) PROVIDENCE, R.I. Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours.
His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.
"He doesn't make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die," said Dr. David Dosa in an interview. He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
"Many family members take some solace from it. They appreciate the companionship that the cat provides for their dying loved one," said Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The illusionist was trapped in a box by 10 metal swords during a show in the Japanese city of Sabae, breaking several ribs and her right cheek.
One of the swords "would have been stuck in her right eye if it were one centimetre higher", her manager Noboru Ochiai said.
"It will take a month to heal the wounds," he added.
Princess Tenko has a large fan base in Asia and North America and regularly performs in Las Vegas.
Renowned for her elaborate costumes and doll make-up, the magician was injured performing a trick billed as The Spike Illusion in the Face of Death.
She was supposed to escape a box the moment it was speared by 10 fake metal swords, but instead was pinned inside.
The star continued her performance for 30 minutes before the show was called off.
"She is suffering tremendous pain but is more shocked that she had to call off performances," Mr Ochiai said.
28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film, and sequel to the 2002 film 28 Days Later. The film was directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and was released in the United Kingdom and in the United States on 11 May 2007.
Don and his wife Alice are living alongside a group of survivors in a heavily reinforced cottage somewhere in Rage infected Britain. They are eating a meal when a young boy is heard outside shouting and banging on the house. Against his better judgement, Don opens the door to let in the frightened child, who had escaped a horde of infected. The infected soon discover the hideout and break their way in, overwhelming the group quickly. Don is separated from his wife (who was trying to rescue the child) and flees down a river in a small motor boat, the only survivor of the group.
Over the course of 28 weeks, Britain is declared relatively safe again and an American NATO force begins repopulating the country, amongst them being Doyle, a wisecracking sniper; Flynn, a helicopter pilot and family man; and Scarlett, an army medical officer who is weary of two children, Tammy and her younger brother, Andy, who have just arrived by plane with other British expatriates. Scarlett is frustrated to learn that her superiors did not inform her that minors will be living in the militarized zone of London, and when she does a checkup on Andy she notices that he has heterochromia, a trait he inherited from his mother.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
The Number 23 is a suspense film starring Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, and Danny Huston, directed by Joel Schumacher. It was released on February 23, 2007 with the DVD scheduled to be released July 24, 2007. The plot involves an obsession with the 23 Enigma, an esoteric belief that all incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some permutation of the number 23, or a number related to the number 23. This is the second film with Schumacher and Carrey, the first being Batman Forever.
Walter Sparrow (Jim Carrey) is an animal control officer married to cake shop owner, Agatha (Virginia Madsen); they have a son, Robin (Logan Lerman).
It’s almost five o’clock when Walter gets a call to catch a dog. He catches the dog and notices on its collar tag that its name is Ned (which he later expands to ‘Nasty, Evil Dog’ and even later ‘Nasty, Evil, Dead Dog’; Nedd with two D’s ), but then gets distracted and the dog escapes after biting his arm. It runs to a cemetery, sitting at one particular grave, that of a Laura Tollins.
Because of the incident with the dog, Walter is late meeting his wife and while she is waiting, she enters a bookstore, where she browses through a book called “The Number 23″ by Topsy Kretts. When Walter finally arrives, Agatha buys it for him.
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Monday, July 23, 2007
It looks like Live Free or Die Hard may have been Bruce Willis's last Die Hard movie. Fox is already prepping a fifth film in the franchise without him. Instead, they've gone to Ben Stiller for Die Hard 5, and in fact there's already a trailer out for it: