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Fat cat's forty winks

Since 1978, “a fat lazy orange cat” named Garfield has been cracking jokes at his owner’s expense. He has been making fun of his owner’s other pet, a dog named Odie. Plates of lasagna and hamburgers are going down his hatch several times a day. And he hasn’t still fallen in love with Mondays. Come June 19, Garfield will turn 40 (he was born in 1978) and whatever is said about the big 4-O, he has no intention to change for anybody. The best thing is that he has helped Jim Davis, the comic strip’s 72-year-old creator, stay young at heart. The creator’s message to his creation, through t2oS? “Age happens, but maturity is optional! Keep on being your lovable self, pal.” Excerpts from the chat...
May 27, 2018 00:00 IST

Morning mumbaikar

As a kid, I used to collect stamps. Now it’s just lying there, the collection. People don’t send letters anymore; so nowadays you just buy other people’s collections, which I’m not so into. Even then we would walk into a store and buy stamps, but aunts and uncles would send us letters and we’d put the stamps in water and take them out. So yes, I have a few stamps.
Karishma Upadhyay May 27, 2018 00:00 IST

Gossip Girl

Who’s the first celebrity you interviewed?
Anannya Sarkar May 27, 2018 00:00 IST

Kiss conundrum

Once upon a time it was a mandatory question, but today, it would be archaic to ask a Hindi film actor, male or female, if they'll do a kissing scene. After that self-conscious, sanitised brushing of the lips he did as a special favour to Yash Chopra in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, when even Shah Rukh Khan overcomes his coyness and kisses Anushka Sharma good and proper in Jab Harry Met Sejal, and Ajay Devgn follows up his first screen kiss in Shivaay, under his own direction, with another in Baadshaho, you know the last bastions of inhibition have fallen.
CELEBRITY CIRCUSBharathi S. Pradhan
May 27, 2018 00:00 IST

Bond with Boyle

Danny Boyle has been confirmed as director of the next Bond film, as was expected and had already been reported in The Telegraph on March 17 this year. The news was welcomed on Friday by London-based Ajay Chowdhury, editor of the journal of the James Bond International Fan Club, which was set up in 1979, has members in 40 countries and keeps a close watch on everything to do with 007.
Amit Roy May 26, 2018 00:00 IST

A better version

Actress Sonakshi Sinha says when it comes to fitness, her aim is to continuously work towards becoming a better version of herself.
PTI May 26, 2018 00:00 IST

Freeze frame: Amyra Dastur, Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron

Amyra Dastur, last seen in the Saif Ali Khan-starrer Kaalakandi, has joined the cast of Mental Hai Kya alongside Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut. The 25-year-old actress will play Rao’s love interest in the psychological thriller. The film will be directed by National Award-winner Prakash Kovelamudi and produced by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures and Shaailesh R. Singh’s Karma Media. Kanika Dhillon has written the film that reunites Rao and Ranaut after their 2014 film Queen. Dastur will also be seen in Leena Yadav’s Rajma Chawal and the Hindi remake of Telugu superhit Prasthanam opposite Ali Fazal, which also stars Sanjay Dutt.
May 26, 2018 00:00 IST

A curiously low-stakes blockbuster, in effect a filmed Wikipedia page

This was never about you,” someone says to Han Solo, which is odd since the movie is called Solo. I don’t want to make this about me, but there are a lot of questions that, in the 41 years since I saw the first Star Wars movie — fine! the fourth one; A New Hope; jeez! — it has never occurred to me to ask. Where did Han Solo get his last name? How did he and Chewbacca meet? What was the winning hand in the game of Sabacc that gave him possession of the Millennium Falcon? How exactly did he make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs?
May 26, 2018 00:00 IST

Mini Chewie shares his solo experience with t2

You know, when I made plans with my celebrity friend Little Chewie (check out his Instagram account @this_is_little_chewie if you don’t believe me) to go watch Big Chewie in action on Friday morning, I was very, very apprehensive. All the behind-the-scenes news about people leaving and reshoots left me worried about Big Chewie and his Corellian friend Han Solo’s fate on the big screen. But while it will never come close to being the best Star Wars film ever, or even like third, or fourth best, Solo: A Star Wars Story wasn’t all that bad, and some of it was actually fun.
May 26, 2018 00:00 IST

Plays the patriotism card and fails to pack a punch

The Pokhran tests of 1998 — a landmark achievement in India’s quest to become a nuclear superpower — was a strategic mission, the brainchild of the best minds in the country. Carried out with clockwork precision and cooperation from the country’s premier agencies, Pokhran lurks in the world’s consciousness as one of the best executed covert operations in history. It hoodwinked America and left Pakistan wringing its hands. 
May 26, 2018 00:00 IST

No risk of seriously hurt feelings or biting satire

The four members in the titular book club of Book Club are four women who have been meeting once a month to drink wine and talk about a book. They started in the ’70s with Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying and have just turned their attention to E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey. There’s a lot of literary and social history in the span between those two bestsellers, which take their heroines from “zipless” adultery to handcuffed monogamy, from elusive liberation to consensual bondage.
May 26, 2018 00:00 IST

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