Holly to bolly: Lady Gaga announces world tour, Pakistan bans Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and more

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Fresh off a high-wire, crowd-pleasing halftime performance at the Super Bowl, Lady Gaga has announced plans for a world tour kicking off this summer. Gaga posted news of the tour on Twitter late Sunday night. The 48-date tour includes stops in North America, Europe and Brazil. Several of her US dates include performances at baseball stadiums, including Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park.

The tour begins on August 1 in Vancouver and wraps up on December 14 in Salt Lake City.

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Pakistan bans Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees

The release of much-anticipated Bollywood film Raees starring Shah Rukh Khan and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, has been banned in Pakistan due to its "objectionable" content.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) said the Rahul Dholakia directorial, which marks Mahira Khan’s Bollywood debut, will not release in the country. The film was scheduled to hit Pakistani cinemas on Sunday.

Sources in the know said the reason behind the ban was that “the content undermines Islam, and a specific religious sect, (It also) portrays Muslims as criminals, wanted persons and terrorists”.

Most members objected to the film's release, an official of the Punjab censor board said, adding that they will follow the decision of the central censor board. The self-imposed ban on Bollywood films ended on February 1 as Karachi's Atrium Cinemas screened Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil. The information ministry and CBFC also cleared Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for screening in the country.


Stranger Things season 2 trailer, premiere date announced at Super Bowl

The surprise first trailer for Stranger Things season two dropped at this year's Super Bowl.

Netflix’s smash hit series was confirmed to return shortly after its first run of episodes debuted on the streaming service last August.

A release date has also been revealed with the return of Mike, Dustin and co set for Halloween, reports The Independent.

Upon the second season announcement, all nine episode titles were also revealed. The first episode’s title Madmax refers to new character Max played by Sadie Sink who is joining the main cast alongside Dacre Montgomery.

Child actors Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin will all reprise their roles along with Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Charlie Heaton. Millie Bobby Brown will also be returning as the mysterious Eleven.

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Bollywood actor, comedian Vir Das set for world tour

Actor-comedian Vir Das is geared up for The Boarding Das World Tour, which will cover six continents and 21 countries.

Speaking about the tour, Vir said in a statement that an Indian comedian had never played to an audience this large. The actor said along with his performances he will also be shooting two films this year.

The Boarding Das World Tour will be an insight into the next chapter of Das' life.

While he launched a comedy special about his personal life last year, this set will shine a light on finding his way into his 30s.



Shyamalan’s Split leads box office for third weekend

M Night Shyamalan's multiple-personality thriller Split led the box office for a third-straight week, an unusual streak for a low-budget horror film. According to studio estimates Sunday, Split came out on top again with $14.6 million in North American ticket sales, bringing the Universal Pictures release's three-week haul to $98.7 million, reports chron.com

The run for the Universal Pictures release has come in an especially slow period at multiplexes. Rings came in second with an estimated $13 million. The sequel was an attempted revival of the dormant franchise which began with The Ring in 2002

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Jackie Chan’s ‘Kung-Fu Yoga’ slammed by Indian critics for perpetuating stereotypes

The India-China coproduction Kung-Fu Yoga has received mostly negative reviews and a less-than-stellar opening at the box office.

Jackie Chan's Kung-Fu Yoga may be kicking up some serious box-office numbers in China but in India the film has opened to underwhelming numbers and mostly negative to scathing reviews, particularly for the abundant use of stereotypes, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

India does not officially report box-office figures, but local media quoted an industry website Box Office Collection reporting that on opening day, the film collected about $588,000 By contrast, the film opened strongly in China with its $38.5 million haul.

- The National Staff​