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Ben Affleck Accused Of Groping, Resul Pookutty’s Acting Debut, And More

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Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty is all set to become an actor. He will be starring in Prasad Prabhakar’s Oru Kadhai Sollattumaa.

Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in for a special Diwali episode in filmmaker Farah Khan’s celebrity singing show, Lip Sing Battle. Sushant Singh Rajput will also make an appearance and has been pitted against tennis player Sania Mirza.

There is a Munnabhai 3 in the making, with Rajkumar Hirani planning to start the pre-production work after he finishes work for the Sanjay Dutt biopic. The third installment of the Munnabhai series will feature Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi reprising their roles.

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Director of Mersal, Atlee, said that there will be no trailer. With just a week left for the film’s release (scheduled to release on Diwali), the director said that fans would have to watch their favourite actor directly on screen.

Karan Johar’s upcoming fantasy adventure film, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, and Alia Bhatt is titled Brahmastra, as opposed to Dragon.

Vidya Balan’s Tumhari Sulu‘s release has been advanced to November 24, as opposed to December 1.

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The film has been given a ‘U’ by the CBFC.

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Anupam Kher has been appointed as the new chairman of the Film Television Institute of India (FTII), succeeding Gajendra Chauhan. The actor hopes to enhance and usefully contribute to the institute.

“The teacher inside me will teach the students some things and in return I will also learn a lot from them. For me, this tenure will be an extremely important learning experience. It’s important to have the right intention,which I have. I will go there and see what is to be done,” the 62-year-old actor told ANI.

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In the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case, more women open up about the abuse they had faced. Model and actress Cara Delevingne and actor Lea Seydoux have joined the long list of women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. In a lengthy Instagram post, Delevingne has said that Weinstein brought up sexual subjects during more than one business meeting and also tried to get Delevingne to kiss a woman in front of him.

Actor Lea Seydoux wrote an essay in Guardian writing how she was the recipient of unwanted advances from Weinstein.

“He invited me to come to his hotel room for a drink. We went up together. It was hard to say no because he’s so powerful. All the girls are scared of him. Soon, his assistant left and it was just the two of us. That’s the moment where he started losing control… We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, Ben Affleck, who condemned Weinstein’s behaviour, is facing scrutiny himself after an old video of him groping a TV show host surfaced. The incident took place when Hilary Burton, who recurs on Fox’s Lethal Weapon, was a co-host on MTV’s Total Request Live, a daily music video countdown that ran for ten years until 2008 and was recently revived by the network.

Affleck has since apologised for the same. “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” he tweeted.

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