04052023-LSTL-01.qxd 5/3/2023 11:53 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Kylie Jenner denied entry at Met Gala after-party Hit back Celina Jaitly was trolled for allegedly ‘ditching’ her Indian roots. Celina replied, “My clothes & shoes are made in India.... Husband and kids are made in Austria. It’s globalisation.—ANI LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 4 MAY 2023 Spreading the word No entry Reality TV star and makeup mogul Kylie Jenner was all ready to join other stars at the Met Gala after-party in New York City. She arrived in the wee hours, but unfortunately, she couldn’t enter the bash, which was hosted by Richie Akiva, Doja Cat and Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs. . “They wouldn’t let her in,” said a witness. “They shut the door down because it was over capacity.” Another source claims that The Kardashians star arrived after midnight to meet up with her sister Kendall Jenner and Bad Bunny who were already inside. Kylie wasn’t However, things were the only celebrity “chaotic” as there were who was denied entry over 100 people clamouring to get to the that night. Janelle door. While Kylie was a Monae and Evan welcome VIP and could Mock were turned just wait to be escorted away into the bash through a side door, the cosmetics mogul got out of her car before organisers were ready for her arrival. “She prematurely got out of her car,” explained the source. “Then she decided to go home because she didn’t want to be at a crowded party. She rarely goes to clubs.” Apparently, Kylie wasn’t the only celebrity who was denied entry that night. Janelle Monae, who had performed on top of the bar during a posh party at the Boom Boom Room earlier, and Gossip Girl star Evan Mock were turned away because the door was closed due to capacity. — IANS It’s over Yellowstone star Kevin Costner and his wife Christine Baumgartner are separating. Baumgarten has filed for divorce after 18 years of marriage. EEKING higher minimum pay and more writers per show among other demands, over 11,000 members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) stopped working on Tuesday. Hollywood is going through turmoil as WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios and productions companies wage a war. Many major productions will be delayed, shortened or even scrapped due to this fiasco. Among the early causalities is the new episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which Pete Davidson was to host with Lil Uzi Vert as the musical guest, was cancelled. The shadow of uncertainly looms large on many ongoing television series. As over 11,000 members of the Writers Guild of America go on strike demanding a fair deal, the clamour spreads far and wide—reward the writers not just with a pat on the back but also a fat cheque “Everything’s changed, but the money has changed in the wrong direction,” said Kelly Galuska, 39, a writer for The Bear on FX and Big Mouth on Netflix. “We hate to strike, but if we must, we strike hard. Pencils down in the Cobra Kai writers’ room. No writers on the sets. These aren’t fun times, but it’s unfortunately necessary...” tweeted screenwriter Jon Hurwitz! The last Hollywood strike, from the same union in 2007 and 2008, took three months to resolve. Screenplay writer Sukhmani Sadana feels for the cause. “The strike is unfortunate, but the circumstances must be dire to have led to it!” Sadana, who has been on the writers’ team for Jogi and Rocketry, justifies the move. “I am sure the writers, who are already facing challenges, don’t want to go on strike PETE DAVIDSON WE ARE WITH WGA HOPING FOR FRUITFUL RESULTS Senior activist from the Screenwriters Association, India, Anjum Rajabali, says, “SWA is in complete solidarity with the strike declared by the Writers Guild Of America. While American writers are relatively in a better position than the writers across the world, in terms of remuneration and rights, their pay and working conditions do not measure up with the value they bring to the entertainment business. In India, we have an uphill struggle. Writers’ contracts are one-sided with all the rights being taken away by studios and platforms. Remuneration is woefully inadequate, there is no credit guarantee, termination can be arbitrary.” Varun Grover, national-award winning lyricist and writer, says, “The strike was needed. It is about time writers in Hollywood as well as in India fought against exploitation. I am hoping for some fruitful results. Like in Hollywood, there’s no royalty for the screenwriters in India for every re-run or character spin-off or products marketed on their content. Writers are still paid one tenth of the minimum wage that SWA has described in their guidelines for a new writer. The biggest challenge that we have is to change the mindset that we are not just a part of the filmmaking machinery but are the rightful initiators. but at times one has to take a call to be just heard.” She finds it unfortunate that the writers don’t get their due. “I hope writers are valued universally. And that should come not just as a pat on the back but also a fat cheque!” “It’s a long fight for Indian writers to ask for their due. Producers who back any content are solely entitled to make decisions and once you have signed the contract, you are on workfor-hire basis. With so much of talent ‘I felt a bit caged’ Nick Carter, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson, members of Backstreet Boys, arrive ahead of the DNA World Tour, in Mumbai. PTI Kevin Costner’s wife Christine Baumgartner files for divorce Costner’s representative said, “It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have transpired which have resulted in Mr Costner having to participate in dissolution of marriage action. We ask that his, Christine’s, and their children’s privacy be respected as they navigate this difficult time,” the representative added. The pair tied the knot in September 2004 and have three children together, sons Cayden, 15, and Hayes, 14, daughter Grace, 12. Costner, 68, also has four older children from previous relationshipsdaughters Annie and Lily and sons Joe and Liam. —ANI ANI The boys are here The clocks got wind back to the 1990s in Mumbai when the American boy band Backstreet Boys landed in the city recently. The band, which has given chartbusters like Show Me The Meaning, I Want It That Way, Shape of My Heart, is every 1990s kid favourite and opens the Backstreet Boys land in Mumbai, paparazzi does a repeat of NMACC around, screenwriters are always replaceable and for some who have some big hits to their credit are sometimes included in the decision making process involving production, casting and dialogues,” avers Durgesh Singh, who has penned Gullak S2 and S3. Atul Sabharwal, writer of Jubilee, says the process is way more complicated than what meets the eye. “Here in India, a writer signs a project for floodgates of nostalgia every time any of their tracks plays. They were greeted by the paparazzi on their arrival, and the Indian paparazzi again came up with ‘Ikade Ikade (here here)’, ‘Mumbai Mein Swagat Hai ’ much like when they did the same at the opening of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre in the city. It has left everyone asking ‘ Tell me why’ would Indian paparazzi do that. The music artistes, who returned to India after 13 years, posed for the cameras and selfies with fans before making their way to the car. The band is in India as part of their Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour. They will be performing in Mumbai and New Delhi. Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour will play at Jio World Gardens, Mumbai on May 4 and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi on May 5. —IANS c m y b Emma Watson hasn’t acted since December 2018, when she wrapped production of Greta Gerwig’s beloved Little Women adaptation. Considering the Harry Potter actor’s break from acting would touch five years at the end of 2023, she was asked about the reason for her staying away from the camera. In a recent interview, she said that she “wasn’t very happy” with the profession. “I think I felt a bit caged,” Watson said. “The thing I found really hard was that I had to go out and sell something that I really didn’t have very much control over. To stand in front of a film and have every journalist be able to say, ‘How does this align with your viewpoint?’ It was very difficult to have to be the face and the spokesperson for things where I didn’t get to be involved in the process.” Watson, whose acting career includes eight Harry Potter movies along with Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, Beauty and the Beast starred as Meg March in Little Women.—ANI the minimum wage because they see it as an opportunity to enter the entertainment world.” When the budget is less, the writing needs to be better to grip the audience. “One also needs to understand that writing in a film or show is just the first stop, a lot more money has to be pumped to make the final product. If the budget is low, the writing has to be really superlative.” (Inputs from AP) MASH actor Eileen Saki passes away Emma Watson on her almost 5-year break from acting Actor Eileen Saki, who played Rosie on the TV show MASH is no more. She was 79 when she breathed her last. Reportedly, the actor died on Monday in Los Angeles after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The actor appeared in nine episodes of the television series MASH, which was based on the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, which cared for patients during the Korean War. The TV show ran from 1972 through 1983. Saki played Rosie, the bar owner in the series. She was the third and longest-serving actor to take up the role. Her ANI S PTI Monaand Sheetal acting career continued with appearances in films such as Splash starring Tom Hanks in 1984, CHiPs and History of the World: Part I. — ANI ANI At receiving end Singer Doja Cat broke an important rule at the Met Gala while attending the event. She was caught vaping on the red carpet at Vogue’s prestigious ball despite Anna Wintour’s strict rule against smoking. In a video, which has gone viral, Doja Cat was seen with a vape in her mouth and exhaling a cloud of smoke in the background of the Vogue livestream. Doja, whose real name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, was soon slammed by Internet users for refusing to adhere to the Met Gala rule. “Can she like take something serious for once? What happened to having class?” someone wrote on Twitter. —IANS Doja Cat blasted after seen vaping at Met Gala 2023
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