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Lady Gaga, Rihanna earn best original song Oscar nominations

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Lady Gaga and Rihanna earned Oscar nominations Tuesday in the best original song category that found Taylor Swift left out.

Gaga was nominated for “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick,” while Rihanna became a first-time nominee through “Lift Me Up,” a song from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The music superstars will compete at the 2023 Academy Awards in March.

Swift’s “Carolina” from “Where the Crawdads Sing” failed to get a nomination in the category. The song was considered an Oscar hopeful after receiving nominations for other awards including the Golden Globes.

Gaga co-wrote the “Top Gun” song with BloodPop, the uber-talented producer-songwriter who has created songs for several big names including Madonna, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber. It’s the fourth nomination for Gaga, who won an Oscar in 2019 for “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper.

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Rihanna made her long-awaited return to music with a major splash on the ballad “Lift Me Up,” which was written as a tribute to the late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, who died from cancer in 2020. She created the song with Tems, the film’s director Ryan Coogler and composer Ludwig Goransson, who took home an Oscar four years ago for his work on the first “Black Panther” film.

“This song touched a lot of people,” Goransson said. “That’s one of the beautiful things you can do when you write music. There are times when music has a life outside of the film. It lives on. It’s beautiful to see how it connects with people.”

Diane Warren received her 14th Oscar nomination through her song “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman.” The prolific songwriter was recognized with an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards last year.

“It’s amazing to be appreciated by my peers again,” said Warren, who stayed up all night at a pizza party with friends while waiting for nominations, just as she did last year. “I never take the nominations for granted.”

Other best original song nominees are M.M. Keeravaani’s “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR,” which was written by Chandrabose, and “This is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” The latter track was created by Mitski, David Byrne and Ryan Lott, who along with his band Son Lux was also nominated for best original score.

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“I feel like I’m on top of the world. This is the best feeling,” said Keeravaani, who added that he wasn’t surprised with the nomination because he was “very confident in his work.”

Keeravaani said he hopes his nomination through the Oscars platform can highlight other artists from India.

“It’s important so that more and more music and talented artists from my country can have a chance to get this kind of recognition so that the world embraces India music more than ever,” he said.

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‘Pilot stuck in traffic, really!’: Kapil Sharma slams airline over delay

‘Pilot stuck in traffic, really!’: Kapil Sharma slams airline over delay

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'Pilot stuck in traffic, really!': Kapil Sharma slams airline over delay

Comedian Kapil Sharma slammed commercial airline IndiGo over flight delay and the airline’s excuses to passengers on Wednesday evening.

Comedian and actor Kapil Sharma hit out at commercial airline over alleged delay and management of passengers, including those “on wheelchairs”.

Sharma took to social media to slam the country’s biggest commercial airline and alleged they had been “lying lying and lying”.

The television celebrity has accused the airline of making passengers wait for nearly an hour in a shuttle bus and giving an excuse to passengers that the “pilot was stuck in traffic”.

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Kapil Sharma also shared visuals of passengers having an argument with the airline ground staff, seeking to speak to a senior official.

“Dear IndiGo, first you made us wait in the bus for 50 minutes, and now your team is saying the pilot is stuck in traffic, what? really?

We are supposed to take off by 8 pm and it’s 9:20, still, there is no pilot in the cockpit, do you think these 180 passengers will fly in Indigo again? Never,” Kapil Sharma shared on X.

Later, he shared another update with visuals deplaning, saying, “Now they are de-boarding all the passengers and saying we will send you in another aircraft but again we have to go back to the terminal for security check.”

“People are suffering because of you and IndiGo lying-lying and lying, there r some old passengers in wheel chairs, not in very good health condition. Shame on you!” Kapil Sharma said.

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Atif Aslam, Talha Anjum top Spotify Wrapped 2023 in Pakistan

Atif Aslam, Talha Anjum top Spotify Wrapped 2023 in Pakistan

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Atif Aslam retained his place as the most streamed local artiste by Spotify Wrapped 2023, while Talha Anjum also remained in the top, stated the company in a press release on Wednesday. 

The legendary ‘Shehnshah-e-Qawwali’, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, along with his nephew and renowned Sufi artist, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, also made the list of top 10 most streamed local artists, added the statement. 

Spotify’s top lists reflect various trends and the overall expansion of music as the music streaming giant continues to grow its user base.

Local favourites shared the limelight with global sensations like Taylor Swift and The Weeknd on the list of most streamed Artists.

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Kaifi Khalil’s ‘Kahani Suno 2.0’ was the most streamed track in Pakistan as well as most streamed Pakistani song globally, while Ali Sethi and Shae Gill’s ‘Pasoori’ remained on the list of top ten most-streamed Pakistani songs.

Asim Azhar’s ‘Jo Tu Na Mila’ made it to the list of top 10 most streamed Pakistani songs.

According to this year’s Wrapped data, Gill retained her position as the most streamed Pakistani woman artist, followed by Momina Mustehsan, Abida Parveen, Quratulain Balouch and Naseebo Lal.

The list of top artists also showed the taste of Pakistani listeners, with Arijit Singh securing the top spot, followed by Pritam, AP Dhillon, Shubh, and Sidhu Moose Wala, the artist from across the border receiving immense posthumous love from streamers.

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‘Leave The World Behind’: Strangers, danger and layers, says Julia Roberts

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'Leave The World Behind': Strangers, danger and layers, says Julia Roberts

US actress Julia Roberts says her new film “Leave The World Behind” is a multi-layered disaster thriller that allowed her to play someone very different from herself.

Executive produced by former US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, the movie is written and directed by “Mr Robot” creator Sam Esmail and based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Rumaan Alam.

It sees Roberts’ character Amanda, her husband and two children head on an impromptu holiday in a small Long Island town.

Their getaway is interrupted when a man and his daughter, played by Mahershala Ali and Myha’la Herrold, turn up on their doorstep claiming to be the owners of the upmarket residence and requesting to stay the night. As tension builds between the two families, strange events start occurring around them and they find themselves under the same roof trying to make sense of the chaos outside.

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“There’s always about 17 and a half things going on at one time in every scene for each person. It was just all the layers of the people and the circumstances,” Roberts told Reuters at the film’s premiere in London on Wednesday.

The Hollywood star cherished the challenge of playing cynical advertising director Amanda.

“Just the idea of playing someone who’s sort of intrinsically suspicious and a little prickly, which is not my nature, but to still make her human and approachable and likeable.”

Fans of Alam’s book should not expect a faithful adaptation, Esmail warned.

“Something that works in a literary medium may not work in a cinematic medium. I was very upfront with Rumaan that I really was going to take liberties with the interpretation. I ran through all the ideas, he was on board and then in a lot of ways I think we both got what we wanted because his book and the film are kind of two different standalone pieces that kind of operate independent of one another.”

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“Leave The World Behind”, which also stars Ethan Hawke and Kevin Bacon, is out in select cinemas and starts streaming on Netflix on Dec 8. 

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