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Super Singh: Here’s how much Diljit Dosanjh starrer has collected so far at Box Office!

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Super Singh: Here’s how much Diljit Dosanjh starrer has collected so far at Box Office!

Posted on 18 June 2017 by GGS News

NEW DELHI : Super Singh isn’t the first Sikh superhero in the movies. A Flying Jatt, which had Tiger Shroff donning a suit made by an overbearing Punjabi mom (played by, who else but Amrita Singh) with her Usha sewing machine, gets that title. Released last year, A Flying Jatt showed, for the first time, an Indian superhero who didn’t take himself too seriously.

Is Super Singh then the first regional superhero movie? Tamil director S. Shankar’s Anniyan, although more vigilante than superhero, could qualify as a contender for this title.

But if Super Singh, which released on 16 June, can indisputably lay claim to something, it’s to being the cheapest superhero movie made in India. It had a budget of around Rs10 crore—the kind of money generally reserved for just the marketing of an average Hindi film (A Flying Jatt reportedly cost Rs45 crore). And yet, it took about two years to find a producer for Super Singh, says Diljit Dosanjh, who has starred in this film as well as Hindi films such as Udta Punjab and Phillauri.

We meet at the Juhu office of Balaji Motion Pictures, where a man wearing a Superman T-shirt serves tea and snacks.

“Three years back,” continues Dosanjh, “this wouldn’t have been possible. And even today, it wouldn’t have been possible had Balaji not agreed to produce it. None of the Punjabi producers said yes.”

Why? Because the lowest-budget superhero movie is also, quite possibly, the most expensive Punjabi film ever made. “Punjabi cinema doesn’t have that kind of budget, neither do we have that many screens or a wide audience,” says Dosanjh. The 33-year-old actor and the director, Anurag Singh, with whom he has worked thrice before, have delivered some of Punjabi cinema’s biggest blockbusters—Jatt & Juliet (2012) and Jatt & Juliet 2 (2013), made with a budget of Rs3 crore and Rs6 crore, respectively. They are considered to be among the recent Punjabi movies that have rejuvenated the local film industry.
“We are a small, nascent industry. I think it has got to do with the fact that the state has gone through troubled times politically,” Singh says later, over the phone. “Another reason is that the kind of films that were being made were the B-grade, action-movie types which sent the audience, especially the family audience, away. As a result, a lot of theatres started to shut down.”

It may be a stretch but one could argue that this may have had something to do with the fact that the mainstream Hindi film narrative has been skewed heavily towards Punjabi representation. And that it fulfilled the cinematic cravings of its local audience.

In the last few years, however, things have been looking up for the Punjabi film industry. The prospect of an emerging new film market would have attracted Balaji to produce Super Singh despite the fact that last year’s production, A Flying Jatt, wasn’t a commercial success. “There has been a late multiplex boom in the state. Places beyond big cities, such as Moga, Kotkapura, have multiplexes of their own,” says Singh.

It is not surprising then that the budget shaped the kind of superhero film Super Singh would become. “Had we had a bigger budget, we would’ve made another kind of superhero film. It would’ve probably been darker,” he says. Instead, Dosanjh and Singh decided to make a light-hearted movie.

It all started with a joke. “Some fans had superimposed my face on to a superhero costume. Somehow, the idea of a Sikh superhero seemed improbable and funny. I found it interesting,” says Dosanjh. For instance, you don’t feel the baffling absence of a super-villain in the promo of Super Singh because the gags, set to a bouncy, pop soundtrack, seem fun, original and localized. One scene has Dosanjh, all suited up, scratching his back with a stick before taking the plunge from the roof of a skyscraper in Montreal—it makes both cultural and business sense for modern Punjabi films to take their hero to Canada. In another scene, an aunt suggests he should think of branding himself better, like Batman, or Doraemon.

A still from ‘Super Singh’.When asked about the superhero movies he likes, Dosanjh picks Deadpool (adding Hancock, as an afterthought), whose casual self-awareness—if not its morbid adult humour—seems to have rubbed off on to the family-friendly Super Singh. “It’s not that I don’t like the others, like The Dark Knight, but Deadpool made me realize that this is how it could be done as well. Why so serious?” says Dosanjh, who has seen quite a transformation himself—from a folk artist to the region’s biggest movie star.

However, the real test of a superhero movie is the action scenes involving special effects. In the scenes where Dosanjh is seen chasing a rocket or saving a ship from sinking, the special effects look solid. The movie, says Dosanjh, has used minimal VFX. “We couldn’t let our imagination run wild and had to strike a balance between what we wanted and what was possible. We worked with a small studio, Flying Flames, who were involved with us right from the start and gave their 200% to it,” says Singh. Dosanjh adds, “One thing we were careful about from the beginning is that we didn’t want the special effects to be laughed at.”
I bring up Baahubali 2: The Conclusion , the recent box-office behemoth that is supposed to have changed the game for regional cinema in India. Has the phenomenon of S.S. Rajamouli’s Telugu blockbuster, and last year’s Marathi film Sairat, opened up possibilities for a regional film beyond its linguistic border?

With about 700 screens worldwide, says Singh, Super Singh is billed as one of the widest Punjabi movie releases. Dosanjh and Singh are careful about comparisons—“Baahubali 2’s earnings are much more than the entire valuation of the Punjabi film industry,” says Singh—but agree that a regional film doesn’t have a limited life, as it used to.

“Today, our audience is watching everything on Netflix and the Internet,” says Dosanjh. “Even when we are making a Punjabi movie, we are always aware that we don’t know who is watching us.”

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Singer Sonu Nigam shows solidarity with Abhijeet, quits Twitter

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Singer Sonu Nigam shows solidarity with Abhijeet, quits Twitter

Posted on 24 May 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Singer Sonu Nigam on Wednesday quit Twitter after the micro-blogging site on Tuesday suspended singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s account for his offensive tweets.Sonu Nigam, who wrote: “Really? They suspended his account? Why? 90% of Twitter accounts then should be suspended too for worse fanaticism, Foul language & Threats!”


Abhijeet was accused of harassing JNU student leader Shehla Rashid with “inappropriate” and “insulting” language. His tweet targeting her was reported by various users after which the account was suspended.

She thanked everyone for the support by tweeting.

Today, in a series of tweets, Sonu said he will be leaving Twitter really soon.

He also backed Paresh Rawal for his comments over Arundhati Roy and tweeted, “A woman can endorse a picture of Gautam Gambhir in the front of the Army Jeep, & Paresh Rawal, Criticized for doing d same to someone else.”

The actor-MP had tweeted: “Instead of tying stone-pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy”.

The post was a reference to a video from Kashmir where the army had used a civilian as a human shield.

In April this year, Sonu sparked another controversy where he tweeted how the sounding of morning azaan on loudspeakers at a mosque near his residence would not let him get proper sleep. His statements angered many and a Muslim cleric even offered Rs 10 lakh to anyone who would shave the singer’s head.

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‘Hindi Medium’ movie review: Irrfan Khan starrer has the potential to crack the ‘Baahubali’ code

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‘Hindi Medium’ movie review: Irrfan Khan starrer has the potential to crack the ‘Baahubali’ code

Posted on 19 May 2017 by GGS News

Mumabi : Irrfan Khan was last seen taking on corrupt forces in ‘Madaari’. He is back, this time to question the educational system in our country whereby children are inducted into posh English-medium schools only after a ridiculous amount of time, money and energy are invested into ensuring the child’s future.

Irrfan + Social Issue, bound to work. He is known to be a thinking actor with very definite views of politics and culture.

The trauma that parents face is here alchemised into something smile-inducing and heart-warming, something quite magical in its ability to hit us where it hurts the most without damaging our sense of self-worth. Not that director Saket Choudhary trivialises the pain of parenting as it crosses the hurdles of schooling protocol.
Saket’s earlier two films — the delightful ‘Pyar Ke Side Effects’ and the equally delightful follow-up ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ — revealed a mature though not a self-conscious pamphleteering social commentator with his finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary issues. If Saket could make Mallika Sherawat remove her lingerie on screen without making us flinch, he could also get away with Vidya Balan trying to pass off her husband’s child as her lover’s just to get even.

To his credit, in ‘Hindi Medium’ director Saket Chowdhary does not allow proceedings to get preachy screechy or downright hysterical. Most issue-based films can’t help lecturing down on the audience. Saket eases you into the life of a terribly endearing couple — lovable with all their whims excesses and fancies — played by Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar. Together, Irrfan and Saba make the couple’s journey through the amazing contradiction and anomalies of the schooling system look not only credible and real but also very engaging. The writing is sharp-witted and the verbal exchanges are topped with an extra layer of spice just to drive in the point.

Irrfan looks so married to Saba it is not funny. His sexual cravings and his ceaseless adoration of a wife who is often unreasonable, stubborn and manipulative, are remarkably subdued yet savage. The way he picks on her words to get his way in an argument, or inversely the way she manipulates his thoughts and words to her own advantage are lingering evidence of some slyly skilled writing that secretes wisdom about marital tricks that couples play on one another — not to betray or cheat on the spouse but just to keep the spirits high in marriage.

And watch out for the grossly underused monstrously talented Deepak Dobriyal. His turn as an economically challenged but forever cheerful parent would make the most frosty heart melt.

Ditto the film. ‘Hindi Medium’ is never weighed down by tedium. It breezes through a difficult satirical terrain with a nose for the sunnier side of everyday drudgery.

It would be unfair to reveal more in this astutely woven yarn on the adventures of a rather wise child’s parents in gyan-dom. Suffice it to say, director Saket Choudhary is all through on firm ground as he negotiates his way through the contradictory pulls and pushes of an education system that fosters duplicity and encourages complicity with corrupt elements.

The incidents and anecdotes fill up the spaces not just in the narrative but also in the audiences’ hearts.

While Irrfan is in fine fettle, making light of and shining bright on what is essentially a very serious social issue,and displaying comic timing that Govinda would envy (if only he was around to envy anyone), Saba Qamar succeeds in being her very accomplished co-star’s support system without sweating it out in the dramatic scenes. But her presence is not as bankable as one expected. Nonetheless, she holds her place in front of the bang-on Khan. And that’s saying a lot.

Among the female actors, it’s the neglected Tillotama Shome who shines as a school-admission counsellor. Her attitude of superciliousness towards the couple from Chandni Chowk, who have migrated to Vasant Vihar to seem elitist, is deliciously vituperative. But Amrita Singh as an evil school principal hyperventilates through a sketchy role.

Also, while we are on the female characters, why is the actress Swati Das playing Deepak Dobriyal’s wife pasted with black polish? Isn’t this stereotyping of the poor as dark-skinned out of character in a film that successfully demolishes many sacred cows and wholeheartedly questions the imbalances in our social and educational system with a hefty dose of humanism and humour?

Hindi Medium is a well-told parable of middle-class aspirations, scattered with moments that every parents would recognize with a combination of pleasure and dread. It is a solid weekend entertainer with a message for every parent who has ever suffered the traumatic jitters of preparing to get a child admitted into school.

‘Hindi Medium’ has balls and long legs. Should go a long way.

By Subhash K Jha

​Rating – **** 1/2 (Four and a half)

 

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Veteran actress Reema Lagoo passes away

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Veteran actress Reema Lagoo passes away

Posted on 18 May 2017 by GGS News

 Mumbai :Veteran Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo passed away at the age of 59 after reportedly suffering from cardiac arrest. After the actress complained of chest pain on Wednesday night, she was rushed to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in Andheri, Mumbai where she breathed her last.
When contacted, Lagoo’s son-in-law Vinay Waikul, he confirmed the news to Times of India and said, “She was absolutely fine but around 1 am she complained to us of chest pain so we took her to the hospital. However, around 3:15 am she passed away due to a cardiac arrest.”
The senior actress started her career in Hindi and Marathi films in the late 1970s and early 80s. She was best known for playing the on-screen mother to protagonists in hit films like ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and ‘Hum Saath-Saath Hain’. Reema Lagoo also did notable work in television in popular shows like ‘Tu Tu Main Main’ and ‘Shriman Shrimati’.The actress was married to Marathi actor Vivek Lagoo and the couple had a daughter Mrunmayee Lagoo. However, the couple later parted their ways.
Waking up to the sad news, many B-town celebs and bigwigs took to their social networking websites to express their sorrow on her untimely departure.

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Kim Kardashian Slams Body Shamers Again With Sexy Backside Pic From Mexican Vacation

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Kim Kardashian Slams Body Shamers Again With Sexy Backside Pic From Mexican Vacation

Posted on 06 May 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Kim Kardashian shut down body shamers with another knockout picture from her Mexican vacation! Has she proved the haters wrong for good? See what she said about all the fun she had on the girls’ trip for Kourtney’s birthday!
Kim Kardashian showed those body shamers just how stunning she is with another drop-dead gorgeous photo from her Mexican vacation. The 36 year-old looked beyond stunning in a sexy silver dress that perfectly hugged her butt and left her back exposed except for two tiny criss-cross straps. Kim was not about to let the haters have the last word and proved just how beautiful she is.


“Celebrating Kourtney’s [Kardashian] 38th birthday with a girls’ trip in Mexico was the perfect getaway,” she shared on her KimKardashianWest site. “There were 16 of us and things definitely got a little crazy! It was so fun getting to spend time with our closest friends.” The ladies definitely seemed to have a blast, but Kim reportedly got a little down after fans accused her of photoshopping pics of herself in a bikini.
She struck back against the criticisms with a super sassy tweet on Apr. 25 that said, “As for me, you ask? I’m just sitting here on the beach with my flawless body!” Kim super strong, but reportedly the attacks still hurt. “She’s sensitive and the things people have been saying online about her body have been horrible,” a source previously told HollywoodLife. “Kourtney’s getting so many compliments on her body and Kim feels like she’s getting nothing but hate. She can’t help but feel jealous. She’s trying to make a joke out of it, but it hurts. It’s making it hard for her to totally relax and enjoy herself.”

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-Kapil Sharma ropes in an adult film star in his show?

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-Kapil Sharma ropes in an adult film star in his show?

Posted on 06 May 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : The Kapil Sharma Show was the toast of the nation for the longest time till the funny man’s misbehaviour became public. Since then, the man’s reputation and the show’s TRPs have been in free fall. In an attempt to make up for the void of Sunil Grover, Ali Asgar, the show has gone ahead and recruited adult film star Monica Castelino.The actor who is previously best known for soft porn movies like Kama Sundari and Men Not Allowed, will be expected to dial up the glam quotient of the show which is seeing dark times recently with a dearth of jokes, and a tide of negative reactions from the audience. ScoopWhoop got in touch with the representatives of Sony, who confirmed the development.This is not Monica’s small screen debut, she has earlier appeared on Life Ok’s Har Mard Ka Dard too. Whether she will be able to help rescue the show from the depths of low TRPs, only time will tell.It remains to be seen if she will be a replacement for Sugandha Mishra, who left the show after Kapil Sharma’s drunken altercation with Sunil Grover, which caused him to quit the show for good along with a bunch of supporting actors who were replaced by Raju Srivastava and Upasna Singh among others.

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion inching towards Rs 1000 cr, becomes BIGGEST blockbuster of all times!

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion inching towards Rs 1000 cr, becomes BIGGEST blockbuster of all times!

Posted on 06 May 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Sky was the limit for Indian Cinema, and then came Baahubali. We were sure about the fact that it will take Indian cinema at least another decade to reach the Rs 1,000 crore mark as we joy over the Rs 100 crore-club.
Grossing Rs 100 crore seemed to be a great achievement for Indian films, but with the release of Baahubali, the box-office business took a complete turn-around. Now the collections of Big Bollywood films starring the ‘khans’ looks so ordinary. The box-office collections look questionable.

Expectations are high and a lot is at stake for Indian Cinema to match the storm created by the magnum opus ‘Baahubali’. Every forthcoming movie will be compared to Baahubali hereafter, regardless of the genre or the star cast. New standards have been set.

Baahubali successfully maintained the audience level throughout the week. After gaining big numbers in the weekends, the movie showed very minimal footfalls in the weekdays and kept the moolah coming. The movie completed Rs 200 crore for its Hindi version in just five days. Wednesday and Thursday were very strong and added another Rs 45 crore. The movie collected Rs 25 crore on Wednesday and added another Rs 20 crore on Thursday at the box-office taking its week 1 collections closer to Rs 250 crore. This is more than Salman Khan’s Sultan week 1 collection of Rs 230 crore and Aamir’s Dangal week 1 collections of Rs 212 crore.

The overseas market has shown some great strength for Baahubali. The movie is inching closer to Rs 200 crore globally. The Prabhas starrer has grossed more than $13 million at the US box-office in its first week. The movie has collected close to $22 million in all the International markets.

Baahubali reportedly fetched Rs 350 crore before its release from the sale of theatrical, music, digital and satellite rights. This makes Baahubali the biggest pre-release grosser of all time. Aamir’s PK is the highest grossing movie of Indian cinema with a collection of Rs 790 crores at the worldwide box-office. Baahubali, however, will beat the record of PK in 8 days to become the biggest Indian movie of all time. Baahubali grossed Rs 50 crore in the paid-preview shows. The film was up for paid-previews in several international markets and some circuits of India.

South India has been the strongest market for the film. The movie has crossed Rs 200 crore at the southern box-office and is inching closer to Rs 300 crore. Baahubali is all set to become the first Telugu movie to gross Rs 200 crore at the Telugu box-office. The movie will complete Rs 1,000 crore by the end of week 2. Some great numbers are awaited in the second week for SS Rajamouli’s film.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors’ and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house. Unless otherwise noted, the author is writing in his/her personal capacity. They are not intended and should not be thought to represent official ideas, attitudes, or policies of any agency or institution.

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Sunil Grover gets OPEN INVITE from AIB post Kapil Sharma fight!

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Sunil Grover gets OPEN INVITE from AIB post Kapil Sharma fight!

Posted on 28 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : We all know about the face off between Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover. So much has been said by so many over the course of last one week. The latest ones to pitch in to the controversy are members of AIB. Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya, on the latest episode of On Air With AIB, issued an open invite to Sunil urging him to join them. They ensured Sunil that no one in their group gets reduced to crossdressing for the sake of comedy, and that they are a ‘smart and funny’ comedy group. AIB also, funnily, ensured Sunil that they only throw pillows at each other on planes, and not shoes, taking a dig at the whole controversy.

In all honesty, AIB and Sunil might just make a killer combo. Sunil’s sense of humour is more evolved and polished than we know of. It is sad the kind of level his talent was watered down to on The Kapil Sharma Show, or else he is capable of achieving much more. Maybe collaborating with AIB might just be what they say an opportunity knocking on the door. And if I may take the liberty to act as a fanboy a little, I am already excited about this little collab between the two comic talents in my head!Also, as per the latest news, there is more to Kapil and Sunil’s face off than we know of. Ever wondered how the details of their mid-air fight became public? Well, turns out it was no one else but someone close to Kapil and showrunner Preeti Simoes who spilled the beans to the media. So far, there has been no sign of reconciliation shown by Sunil, or other members of the TV troupe, except for Kapil. The Kapil Sharma Show is safe for another Sunday, as the next one will be actively dedicated to airing the grand finale of Indian Idol. But the Sunday after that? It will be interesting to see how TKSS survives with no new episodes taped with the entire cast! Now that is called a plot.

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‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ creates history, to have India’s first Live Virtual Reality event

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‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ creates history, to have India’s first Live Virtual Reality event

Posted on 26 March 2017 by GGS News

‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ creates history, to have India’s first Live Virtual Reality event

New Delhi : Makers of ‘Baahubali’ are keeping the audience hooked with many surprises and the latest on the list is that the team is to have a grand Pre-Release Event in Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad on March 26.
The event proves to be India’s first event to be India’s first Live Virtual Reality event.

This will give fans the experience of actually being at the venue and even perhaps having the best seat in the house. The camera will be alongside the stars so fans will have a front row view of the proceedings.

Apart from a Live Television telecast, the event can also be seen on the Radeon Technologies website.

In addition to streaming the ‘Baahubali’ audio launch live using VR technology, the team will also set up around 50 VR experience booths at cinema theatres, malls and IT parks in the country, where viewers can get an interactive experience of 3D animated scenes from ‘Baahubali-2’. These booths will be set up after the release of the movie and the duration of these VR clips will be around five-six minutes.

The theatrical trailer has been expectedly grabbing eyeballs for its majestic visuals and the audience is immensely inquisitive and eagerly awaiting the release of the film.

The trailer took the internet by storm, having already crossed 100 million views on YouTube in merely a week. It has been receiving rave reviews from critics as well as outstanding response from the audience.

Produced by ARKA entertainment and directed by S.S Rajamouli, the movie stars Prabhas in the titular role in addition to Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia, Anushka Shetty and Satyaraj in pivotal roles.

The film is scheduled to release on April 28, 2017.

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Phillauri Day 1 collections: Anushka Sharma’s spooky act mints Rs 4 cr!

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Phillauri Day 1 collections: Anushka Sharma’s spooky act mints Rs 4 cr!

Posted on 25 March 2017 by GGS News

Phillauri Day 1 collections: Anushka Sharma’s spooky act mints Rs 4 cr!

Mumbai : Phillauri, a romantic comedy film featuring Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma, minted Rs 4.02 crore on its opening day.
Set in Phillaur, Punjab, the Anshai Lal directorial tells the story of Kanan (Suraj), who is persuaded by his friends and family to marry a tree to ward off the bad luck afflicting his love-life. To Kanan’s surprise, this awakens an ancient tree spirit Shashi, played by Anushka.
The film, which released on Friday, has received a good response in North India, which has contributed 52 per cent of the total collections.
“‘Phillauri’ is a high concept film with a big heart and we are happy with the start that it has had on day one. The film has good word of mouth and it will grow today. It is a fun, family entertainer and a perfect weekend watch for audiences across all age-groups,” Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, said in a statement.
Made on a budget of Rs 21 crore, “Phillauri” has already recovered Rs 12 crore from satellite and music rights.
Anushka has co-produced the film along with her brother Karnesh Sharma under their home banner Clean Slate Films and Fox Star Studios.

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