Matthew McConaughey, the Oscar-winning actor and producer, has joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin and will be teaching a class this fall. McConaughey, an alumnus of the university who has taught there as a visiting instructor, will teach filmmaking. Two of the movies Mr. McConaughey has starred in will be studied in the class of 40 students.
Actor Mohsin Abbas Haider, accused of domestic abuse against his wife, was found guilty by a lower court in Lahore of threatening his wife Fatema Sohail. However, the actor was found innocent of breach of trust and demanding money from his wife after a police investigation. The court instructed both defence and prosecution to present their respective final arguments during next hearing.
Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat has been chosen by international Magazine, “Muslim Vibe” as one of the top five Muslim women in the world who are breaking stereotypes. Mehwish made the list alongside other inspirational women like Manal Rostom, an Egyptian athlete, Ilhan Omar, member of the US House of Representatives, Linda Sarsour, an American political activist, and American sabre fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammad.
The fourth film in Matrix series will be produced, with stars Keanu Reeves (‘Neo’) and Carrie-Anne Moss (‘Trinity’) reprising their roles and Lana Wachowski set to both write and direct the entry. The fourth film will be produced and directed by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures. The film is set to begin production in early 2020.
The Federation Of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), the mother body of all the 24 crafts of filmmaking, has banned singer Mika Singh aka Amrik Singh from any performance, recording, playback singing and acting in India ‘irrevocably forever’. The step was taken after a 30-second video clip of Mika’s performance at a wedding in Pakistan was released on Twitter.
Priyanka Chopra has been branded a hypocrite over a tweet she posted in February amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. The incident, which was widely shared online, took place during a cosmetics event in US when audience member Ayesha Malik accused Chopra, who was appointed a United Nations goodwill ambassador in 2016, of “encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan”.
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher in a Tweet last night referred to the situation in Kashmir as ‘Kashmir Solution’, often alluded as the Nazi plan for the genocide of Jews. Kher wrote, “Kashmir solution has begun,” and in common usage, “final solution” usually refers to Final Solution to the Jewish Question, which was the official code name for the policy.
Mahira Khan has finally broken her silence over Firdous Jamal’s ageist remarks about her, saying she will stay in the industry till she can play grandmother. In an interview with a local newspaper, Mahira said that she has already played the character of a mother in Humsafar and would be more than happy to play it again. “I plan on staying in the industry till I’m playing a grandmother and even a great grandmother” she threw in with a sassy smile.
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, will appear with Bear Grylls in a wilderness survival programme, in which the 68-year-old leader projects himself as a man of action and champion of environment. A trailer of Man vs Wild, will air on 12 August. The two men are seen cutting through forests, sniffing animal dung and floating down a river on a makeshift raft.
Pakistan TV legend, Firdous Jamal’s comments on Pakistan’s top rated star Mahira Khan, in a recent interview on a local media channel outraged many fans. Jamal called Mahira ‘a mediocre model’ and judged her acting skills negatively. He did not stop there and went on to call her ‘overaged’, adding she should be playing role of a mother, not a heroin.