Wednesday, January 30, 2013

COACHELLA 2013: Both weekends are sold out

Less than 24 hours after going on sale, all of the remaining tickets for the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have sold out.

The festival posted a photo on its social networks at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, announcing the festival was sold out. Coachella posted that tickets for weekend one were sold out 13 minutes after they went on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. However, some readers reported purchasing passes for the first weekend even after the sold-out photo was posted.

Coachella switched to a twin weekend format in 2012 (where all 140-plus artists played both weekends at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.) due to rising demand for the festival.

An undisclosed amount of pre-sale tickets for 2013, which were offered in May 2012, sold out within hours.

Coachella announced its 2013 lineup, set for April 12-14 and April 19-21 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, on Thuesday, Jan. 24, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, The Stone Roses and Phoenix topping the bill.

Did you get tickets? Was it easier/harder than last year? Let me know in the comments below.

I am struggling for justice, remain calm, says Kamal Haasan to fans

Chennai: After losing a court battle to have the ban on his film Vishwaroopman rescinded, actor Kamal Haasan appeared on the terrace of his office and told hundreds of fans gathered there to stay calm. "I am struggling for justice," he said, "don't give in to anger."

It was the sort of sound advice a lead character in a big-budget film could deliver a few plot points away from a happy ending.

In real life, however, the suspense about Kamal Haasan's spy-thriller appears nowhere near resolution.

The Madras High Court today agreed with a two-week ban on Vishwaroopam ordered by the government last week after Muslim groups said the movie's depiction of the community is offensive. Minutes before he lost his court case, Kamal Haasan said he had agreed to drop contentious scenes and words. "My Muslim family has reached out to me... we have settled amicably," he said.

The High Court's ruling means the film cannot release in the state till Wednesday, February 6.

At a press conference in the morning, Kamal Haasan suggested that the battle over Vishwaroopam is a crucible of India's secularism, and threatened to leave Tamil Nadu if the ban on the movie was not lifted. "If there is no secular state in India, I would go overseas," he said.

While his decision to re-edit the film a few hours later was a sharp deviation from that stand, those close to the superstar point out that the overwhelming financial pressure of a large-budget film may have forced the compromise. Kamal Haasan shared today that his house and other properties have been pledged to a money-lender. His brother, Chandra, has said the movie has lost between 30 and 60 crores because it has not screened as scheduled in Tamil Nadu. He said the brothers will wait to see what happens when the two-week blackout ends on Wednesday before deciding whether to appeal to the Supreme Court for help.

Sources say that his supporters believe that the ban, so ardently advocated by the government, is not unhinged from politics. By backing Muslim protests, the ruling AIADMK is showing its support for a votebank traditionally loyal to its rival DMK. And the television rights for Vishwaroopam were granted eventually to Vijay TV and not Jaya TV, the mouthpiece of ruling AIADMK.

Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes bitter rivals?

Anne Hathaway and Katie Holmes are allegedly bitter rivals.

The 29-year-old Les Miserables star reportedly doesn't like the 34-year-old Broadway star and thinks she relied on her marriage to Tom Cruise, who she split from last June after six years together, to further her career.

A source told the National Enquirer: "Anne and Katie are long-time rivals.

"Anne puts forth a very genial, friendly image, but she has a wicked competitive streak. She doesn't like Katie because they used to go up for similar roles.

"Anne always felt like Katie used her Hollywood connections through Tom to advance her career. And she constantly makes fun of Katie behind her back, mocking her former marriage and even her appearance.

"Simply put, there is no love lost between Anne and Katie. It all comes down to the fact that Anne doesn't take Katie seriously as an actress. And Katie's gotten Anne's message loud and clear."

Their feud has allegedly become even more intense since Anne impersonated Katie, who has a six-year-old daughter Suri with Tom, on Saturday Night Live recently during a skit interview with The Ellen DeGeneres Show, putting on a slightly vacant expression and mocking her demeanour.

She joked: "Well if you read US Weekly you'll know that Suri and I spend every waking minute at the zoo."

Both actresses starred in the Batman franchise. Katie appeared as Rachel Dawes in the first installment Batman Begins in 2005 but was replaced by Maggie Gyllenhaal in the second film The Dark Knight in 2008, while Anne appeared as Catwoman in the final installment of the series The Dark Knight Rises last year.

Lindsay Lohan too sick to appear in court

Lindsay Lohan is allegedly too sick to appear in court.

The Liz & Dick star - who has been ordered to appear for a pre-trial hearing in Los Angeles after her probation was revoked last month because she allegedly lied to police about driving during a car accident last June - reportedly won't be there and her lawyer has filed documents notifying the judge she is too ill to fly.

The 26-year-old troubled starlet's new representative Mark Heller submitted a note from her doctor in Park Avenue, New York, saying she has an upper respiratory infection and can't fly for her own safety but also because her condition is highly contagious, according to gossip website

He also sent the judge an article from the New York Post newspaper about a flu epidemic hitting the city.

Lindsay - who recently fired her long-term lawyer Shawn Holley - was allegedly examined by a medical practitioner on Saturday (26.01.13), but was spotted on the same day enjoying a shopping-spree in SoHo.

If the judge refuses to accept the excuse, she could issue a warrant for the actress's arrest.

Mark was recently said to be convinced he could keep Lindsay out of jail.

A source previously said: "Mark believes he can get Lindsay acquitted of all criminal charges stemming from her car accident in Santa Monica last summer. Lindsay has convinced Mark that she never lied to cops when they asked her if she was driving the car that day.

"There was a plea bargain offer on the table for Lindsay to go to rehab for nine months, but she absolutely refused that. Mark won't sign off on a deal that sends Lindsay to rehab for more than 60 days."

I had a rich upbringing: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger says he misses his rustic childhood in Austria and wishes his children could have the same wealth of experiences as he had growing up in the countryside.

The 65 year old actor, who found his upbringing boring as a child, said it is hard to afford it now, reported Contactmusic.

"Back then I thought there was nothing going on in this boring town and I was always complaining about it. Now I see it and think, 'Look at the luxury I had'. I was able to grow up in a playground that in America people have to create," he said.

The Terminator star lamented the fact that he now has to travel to take his children to experience things which were on his doorstep.

"Now I have to go to take the kids down to the beach and to the swings, or to some special place where they can ride on a pony, or to somewhere else where they can see a cow or something like that. I grew up literally across the street from a castle," said Schwarzenegger.

Jennifer Lawrence suffers wardrobe malfunction at SAG Awards

Actress Jennifer Lawrence narrowly escaped a wardrobe malfunction at the SAG awards after her dress came close to tearing in half.

Lawrence, who was named outstanding film actress for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, could barely contain her excitement as her name was announced.

Smiling and hugging people around her, the 22-year-old star made her way to the stage. She did not notice that someone had put the leg of their chair down on her expensive Christian Dior gown, tearing it in the middle.

Lawrence was shocked as she realised the mishap but like a professional, the actress quickly pushed the ripped section of dress under the gown's existing tuck and walked towards the stage.

Actresses Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman looked concerned for Lawrence as her dress threatened to come off.

Drew Barrymore likes to make husband laugh

Actress Drew Barrymore says she feels prettiest when she puts a smile on her husband Will Kopelman's face.

Barrymore, 37, who tied the knot with art consultant Kopelman eight months ago, says making him smile makes her feel pretty even if she is dressed down, reported Femalefirst.

"(I feel most attractive) when I make Will laugh. I'm usually in sweatpants and a scrunchie, being a dork. But when I hear his funny laugh, I'm like, 'Damn, I feel pretty'," she said.

The actress, who has created her own make-up line Flower, also gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Olive, four months ago.

"What little girl doesn't want to play with make-up? But kids should be kids for as long as possible. When she gets into her teens though all bets are off. She should just experiment and figure out what kind of woman she wants to be," she said.