Next 'If you can come with some arrangement with the Pakistanis that Pakistan ceases to stop creating trouble in Kashmir in return for the Indians not arming Afghanistan, everyone wins.' William Dalrymple discusses his new book Return of a King , Afghanistan, the Mughals and, of course, India with Rediff.com 's Syed Firdaus Ashraf. I f you don't like history, please pick up any book by William Dalrymple and find yourself falling in love with the subject. Be it the White Mughals or The Last Mughal , Dalrymple beautifully brings the past to the present, making distant historical figures a part of your life; at times making them linger on in your mind long after you have finished reading the book. He did this expertly with the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, and also with Khair-un-Nissa, the Hyderabad noblewoman in the White Mughals . Dalrymple's new book Return of a King is the story of Shah Shuja, Afghanistan's puppet king … [Read more...] about ‘Pakistan is obsessed with the idea of about a billion Indians surrounding them’
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KENNETH Branagh is uncanny as Boris Johnson after transforming into the PM for coronavirus drama This Sceptred Isle. The 60-year-old A-lister will play the Tory leader in the new Sky Atlantic series. The five-part production will chart the events surrounding the Prime Minister, the government, and the country in the face of the first wave of the global pandemic. Kenneth's casting as BoJo was announced last month and now the first-look image of him as the PM shows his utter transformation into the 56-year-old politician. Kenneth has swapped his neatly trimmed brown hair for Boris' trademark wild blonde locks and prosthetics appear to have been used to give him more of Bojo's fuller features. The series will be directed by Michael Winterbottom, who will also co-write, while Tim Shipman, the political editor of The Sunday Times, will act as a consultant. The five-part drama begins with Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister, before recounting from the first … [Read more...] about Kenneth Branagh is uncanny as Boris Johnson in new coronavirus drama This Sceptred Isle
JEOPARDY! producer Mike Richards stepped behind the lectern for the first time on February 22. A series of guest hosts will take turns fronting the show after Jeopardy! icon Alex Trebek passed away in 2020. Who is Mike Richards? Mike Richards is an American television personality and producer. Mike is an executive producer for Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Before his recent game show stints, he executive produced The Price Is Right and Let's Make A Deal. He is a 17-time Emmy nominee, three of those nominations of which he won for Outstanding Game Show. He has produced a plethora of shows across all categories from game shows, dating shows, reality shows, talk shows and cable news. Mike graduated from Pepperdine University in California, and went into stand-up comedy before he started his work behind the camera. When will he guest host Jeopardy? Mike is set to take over Jeopardy! between Monday, February 22 and Friday, March 5. "I didn't know I was … [Read more...] about Who is guest Jeopardy! host Mike Richards?
5th Update/writethru Sunday AM: Following Saturday and Friday posts, refresh for Sunday chart and more analysis. Why did three studios book new titles against Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame ‘s second weekend? They truly believed they were counter-programming the monster hit and could somehow survive: Lionsgate’s Long Shot with females, The Intruder with African Americans, and STXfilms’ foray into feature animation UglyDolls aimed at young girls. They knew what they were doing and blaming Endgame –which Disney is calling at $145.8M, the second-best second weekend ever after Star Wars: Force Awakens’ $149.2M)–is like saying the dog ate their homework. One B.O. analytics source even cynically opines to us, “It’s quite conceivable that even without Endgame , none of these films would have performed.” Endgame can celebrate that it’s crossing $600M in a record 10 days today with $619.7M, faster than Force Awakens (12 days), Infinity War (26 days) and … [Read more...] about ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Mows Down ‘Long Shot’, ‘Intruder’ & ‘UglyDolls’ With $145M+ Second Weekend, Crosses $600M In Record Time
Halo's long-awaited TV series will finally debut in Q1 2022. In the US, it'll debut on Paramount+. Produced by Showtime and Steven Spielberg production company Amblin Television, the show has been nearly eight years in the making. Filming had begun in Budapest in early 2020, though was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, Deadline reported. Shooting is now back underway, with around 60 per cent of its first season in the can. It's been a long slog to get here. Originally announced by Spielberg back in 2013 , Microsoft's Halo TV series finally got greenlit at Showtime five years later . The run was announced as having 10 episodes, and would be the network's "most ambitious series ever". In 2019, Showtime announced American Gods' Pablo Schrieber would don the helmet as Master Chief , while Natascha McElhone would play Cortana . Buy Halo: The Master Chief Collection from Amazon [?] … [Read more...] about Halo TV series to premiere in early 2022