Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ford India: Over the years

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Since the launch of the Escort in 1997, Ford India has come a long way. With 164 dealership facilities across 97 cities, it is one of the country's leading car companies. The Figo, Fiesta and Endeavour are the latest models from the Ford stable. A look at Ford's exciting journey.

ANJAANA ANJAANI and the spectre of unknown

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Sajid Nadiadwala must be wondering what to do, as his prot�g�e, and long time associate Salman Khan who has given quite a lot of hits to him including JUDWA, MUJHSE SHAAADI KAROGI etc., has emerged as a veritable threat to his new film ANJAANA ANJAANI owing to the phenomenal success that DABANGG is enjoying all over the country. The ostensible reason for postponing the release is on account of the plausible reason that the court could decide the verdict on Ayodhya and it may have negative effect on ANJAANA ANJAANI, latest offering by Sajid Nadiadwala, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. On the face of it, even press conference was addressed to put the issue under perspective, but how many of those who follow the trend of cinema would buy the argument?

Dell Unveils All-in-one Inspiron One, Zino HD

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Dell has unveiled two new products that will join the Inspiron family - Inspiron One and Inspiron Zino HD. Before you misunderstand, the Inspiron Zino HD is the same Mac Mini like desktop PC but with an Inspiron branding. On the other hand, Inspiron One is the first all-in-one PC to join the Inspiron lineup. Dell has added a special user interface dubbed Dell Stage touchscreen UI for the Inspiron One. Both these Inspiron devices are now available in North America.

The arrival of Dell Inspiron One reminds us that all-in-one PCs are not dead just yet. This all-in-one PC has full HD supporting 23-inch LED-Backlit LCD display that also works as a touchscreen. Inspiron One is a sleek desktop that can be placed in your living room as a multimedia entertainment powerhouse. The widescreen color display of Inspiron One supports 1080p full HD videos and also comes with an option to choose a quad-core processor. The Inspiron One offers HDMI port that can be used to connect it to a larger HD TV for family viewing. Inside the sleek body, Inspiron One packs Wi-Fi, Webcam, and optical DVD drive that can be upgraded to Blu-ray Combo drive.

Hyundai launches new i10

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To strengthen its presence in the compact car segment, Hyundai Motor India on Thursday introduced its new hatchback, i10 at an introductory price of Rs. 3.49 lakh-Rs 5.91 lakh (ex-showroom ,Delhi).
The new car, Next Gen i10, which made its global debut here on Thursday, will replace the existing i10 that was priced between Rs. 3.48 lakh and Rs. 5.58 lakh. It will be showcased at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, beginning October 2.
“Next Gen i10 reflects our big plans for the Indian market. I am confident that this will further strengthen our position in this segment,” Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) Managing Director and CEO H W Park told reporters here.
Since the launch of the car in Indian market in 2007, the company has sold a total of about seven lakh units of the i10 so far and it contributed about 50 per cent of HMIL’s export, he added.
The ‘Next Gen i10’ will be available in two petrol engine variants of 1.1 litre and 1.2 litre. The company claims that while the 1.1 litre car has a mileage of 19.81 km per litre, the 1.2 litre engine variant will deliver a fuel economy of 20.36 km per litre.
When asked about sales target, HMIL Director (Marketing and Sales) Arvind Saxena said: “We were selling about 13,000 units per month of the existing i10... Hopefully, we should do about 15,000 units a month with the new i10.”
The company is expecting to sell a total of about 5.9 lakh units in 2010 compared to 5.61 lakh units in last year.

Akshay, Katrina in Tees Maar Khan

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The hit jodi of Akshay Kumar [ Images ] and Katrina Kaif [ Images ] is back with Tees Maar Khan.
The duo looked super hot in this poster of the movie directed by Farah Khan [ Images ]. The movie is slated for release on December 24.

The action comedy is about shameless con man (Akshay who steals and cheats with alarming audacity, and his gang comprising of Dollar, Soda and Burger. Katrina plays the con man's girlfriend.
You can follow the movie here or by clicking on the link below:

England squad announcement as it happened

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Herein lies a lesson for all you county cricketers out there. Your performances do matter. Tremlett and Panesar could easily have been consigned to the dustbin of history. But they got out there, put in consistently good performances - Tremlett in the second division - and now they're going on an Ashes tour. If they can do it, why not you? But seriously, Darren Pattinson, you probably should take that timeshare.
  1. Are these the 16 men to bring the Ashes (metaphorically speaking) back to England? Ultimately, it's a bit of a moot point. It's individual brilliance - Broad and Botham in 86-87, Tyson in 56-57, Hobbs in 11-12 - that brings urns home, and the onus will be on England's marquee players to perform. To paraphrase Andrew Strauss, though: I am looking forward to this series with enormous anticipation. I'm sure you are too. Tomorrow's paper will have some frankly world-class reaction to the squad announcement, amd we'll have every ball of The Ashes live on this very site. Cheerio.

Michelle Rodriguez Will Literally Fight for 'Avatar' at Austin's 2010 Fantastic Fest

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People who love film -- from fanatics on Internet message boards to professional critics at major newspapers -- are used to defending their opinions on movies they love or hate with their words. But how many are willing to do so with their fists?
A select number of movie-obsessed individuals will get their chance this week at this year's Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. The annual event, put on by the renowned Alamo Drafthouse Theater, is the largest genre festival in the U.S., and it has hosted the world premieres of movies as varied as "There Will Be Blood" and "Zombieland."
This year features the return of the festival's Fantastic Debates. Filmmakers, critics, and other movie professionals will go face-to-face in a two-part confrontation. First, they will engage in a formal debate on a contentious topic. Then, they will literally duke it out in a round of boxing. Sunday's main event will be a debate on the topic "Should 'Avatar' have won the Oscar for Best Picture?" Arguing against will be festival co-founder Tim League. And fighting in defense of the movie? "Avatar" costar Michelle Rodriguez.

Megan Fox Is Living In Married Bliss

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Months after Fox and Brian Austin Green tied the knot on the beach in Hawaii, the couple are still in the blissful ‘honeymoon stage.’
“Getting married was the best thing I’ve ever done,” Fox told People at the Passion Play Toronto International Film Festival premiere on Friday. “I married my best friend. I’m so lucky to get to be with him every day, and he’s my protector. I feel so safe and happy and completed.”
Green, 37, knew that Fox, 24, was the one. “[Marriage is] the one thing that I was really specific in waiting for until I was with somebody that I knew that I would be right with and she’s the one. She makes me happy and a better person. She’s everything,” Green told People.
The couple had been dating on-and-off for 6 years, and finally decided to take the next step in June. Green admitted, “There’s nice stability that comes with getting married. It’s a nice thing to know that I’ll come home to her and she’ll come home to me. It’s not the paper so much – it’s saying the vows and meaning it.”

Lady Gaga's meat dress will be made into jerky

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The 24-year-old recently wore a dress made out of meat to the MTV VMAs that was made by designer Franc Fernandez.
The dress was made out of a meat known as 'matambre' in Fernandez's home country of Argentina and he said the garment will now be frozen.
Asked what will be done with it, he said to E! Online: "The dress will go through a process where it becomes a sort of 'jerky' and will be archived. Thank you."
Fernandez had previously told MTV that the dress was made out of meat from his family butcher.

Jessica Simpson's trousers once split while she was on stage

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The Price of Beauty star admitted she has had a number of embarrassing moments during her life but that was definitely the worst.
Speaking to Life & Style, she said: "Well, there are so many! The first time I performed at Madison Square Garden I was wearing leather pants without any undergarments and they completely split.
"I had to run off the stage."
Simpson, 30, also admitted that some of the diamonds she wears are not always real.
She said: "The one nice thing about being a celebrity is that I can buy all fake diamonds and people will think they're real. There are a lot of good knockoffs out there."

Helen Mirren reveals first-ever Parkinson interview “was enraging”

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Mirren, 65, was just 30 when she made her first appearance on TV show, Parkinson, during which the veteran TV presenter – now 70 – made a series of comments that were deemed sexist, even quoting one theatre reviewer who described The Queen star as "projecting sluttish eroticism".
In an interview with US magazine Bust, the London-born actress, who went on to appear on Parkinson two more times before it ended in 2007, says: "It was enraging.
"But it was par for the course to a certain extent. It was fairly common, that kind of attitude.
"Looking back, I think I handled it really well. It was the first time I had ever done a talk show, ever…
"I was so nervous, terribly nervous and I was mortified by the end of it. But when I look back, I see I handled it with humour, but I wasn't taking it."
She adds: "At least now, young actresses can say, 'F*** off' and still work again…”
The former Prime Suspect, who has lived in LA since 1986 with her director husband Taylor Hackford, has recently been filming the remake of Arthur with Russell Brand and Jennifer Garner.
She plays Brand's assistant – a part, which in the original movie was played by a man – and says that she loves the fact the film is being entirely shot by a female camera crew.

Chinese Premier: US-China Common Interests Outweigh Differences

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says there are "thousands" of reasons for U.S.-China relations to move forward. Speaking at dinner of American and Chinese businessmen in New York Wednesday, Mr. Wen said he believes all disputes between the two superpowers about trade will be resolved.

A smiling Wen Jiabao took the podium at the Waldorf Astoria hotel and told the audience that he is an optimist about relations between the two nations.

He said he "fully believes that all the disputes and differences in China-U.S. trade at the moment will be resolved. And after the settlement of these problems, the China-U.S. relationship will take a further step forward and be taken onto [a] higher plain."

Mr. Wen, who is in New York for the annual meetings of the United Nations, said the China-U.S. relationship "enjoys a bright future, because common interests between our two countries far outweigh our differences."