Freeze frame: Priyanka Chopra, A.R. Rahman, Johnny Depp

Priyanka Chopra’s upcoming Hollywood flick Cowboys Ninja Vikings with Chris Pratt has been removed by Universal Pictures from its release calendar. The film was scheduled to release on June 28, 2019. The move has led to reports that the film, shooting for which was expected to begin in London in a month, has been indefinitely delayed. The Hollywood Reporter reported the studio said the project remains in active development and would be dated down the line “to accommodate production scheduling”. Salman Khan had hinted Priyanka left Bharat for the job. 

Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman believes music should be treated as a character in films and not something that is dispensable. Asked about the deterioration of music in Bollywood, Rahman said people were not working on integrating music with the story. “People are not convinced about lip-syncing or having a song because they are not working on the screenplay that can sustain a scene with beautiful music,” Rahman said. “Music should become a character. In films like Rockstar and Taal, they had music as a central force. If you treat it like a chewing gum, just one song or two songs and then spit it out, then that’s what you get.” 

Johnny Depp’s crime-thriller City of Lies, directed by Brad Furman, has been pulled off its September 7 release date. The film, based on true events behind the probe into the murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G, also stars Forest Whit-aker. It was set to hit screens on what would have been the 46th birthday of the iconic rapper who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997.


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