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Sun Pictures Confirms Vijay 62; John Oliver Grills Dustin Hoffman Over Sexual Harassment Charges

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Sun Pictures Confirms Vijay 62, To Be Directed By AR Murugadoss

After months of speculation, Sun Pictures have finally confirmed that they will be bankrolling Vijay 62, actor Vijay’s 62nd film which will be directed by AR Murugadoss. The company run by Kalanidhi Maran tweeted the news on Tuesday evening.

The company last bankrolled Shankar Shanmugham’s Enthiran in 2010, starring Rajinikanth. Sun Pictures, however, distributed films such as Mankatha, Vedi, and the last being Kanchana 2.

Vijay 62 is likely to star Keerthy Suresh as the female lead, marking her second collaboration after Bairavaa with Vijay. The film marks Vijay’s third collaboration with Murugadoss, after Thuppakki and Kaththi.

Dustin Hoffman Gets Grilled By John Oliver

Talk show host John Oliver grilled veteran Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman over the latter’s response to a sexual harassment accusation on Monday night at a panel discussion. Oliver, at the panel discussion of Hoffman’s old film Wag The Dog, grilled the actor, especially over his response when a former member of the 1985 film Death of The Salesman accused the actor of sexual misconduct.

Anna Graham Hunter last month alleged that Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate comments when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV movie Death of a SalesmanThe Washington Post reports that Hoffman had offered a conditional apology at the time of the allegation, and on Monday he underscored an “if” included in that statement, noting several times that he didn’t really believe he had done anything wrong.

“It’s ‘not reflective of who I am’ — it’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off.

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It is reflective of who you were. If you’ve given no evidence to show it didn’t [happen] then there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women. It feels like a cop-out to say ‘It wasn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?” Oliver said.

Parking Tickets Revised In Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government has revised the parking ticket charges at theatres, bringing it down significantly. The price of parking a car/three-wheeler and two wheeler in a theatres situated in municipal corporations and municipalities special grade has been fixed at Rs 20 and Rs 10 respectively. Town panchayats and villages, car/three-wheeler and two wheeler parking charges have been fixed at Rs 5 and Rs 3 respectively.

In municipalities other than special grade municipalities, the rates have been fixed at Rs 15 and Rs 7 for car/three-wheeler and bike parking respectively.

While it is yet to be clarified what the parking charges would be at multiplexes, Archana Kalpathi of AGS cinemas has said that their multiplex will follow the rule at their T Nagar and Villivakam properties.

Noted Tamil Music Director Adithyan Dies At 63 

Noted Tamil music director Adithyan passed away in Hyderabad at around 11 am yesterday. He was undergoing treatment for kidney problems. He was 63 and is survived by his wife and daughters. His body will be flown to Chennai tomorrow; last rites will be performed tomorrow afternoon. He had composed music for Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. Popular ones in Tamil include Seevalaperi Pandi, Amaran.

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