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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) trailer a thrilling inter-universe adventure

Sony Pictures have released the trailer of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)’, a sequel to the hugely successful ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’. The sequel yet again revolves around Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), who transcends to another universe, where Miguel O’Hara, known as ‘Spider-Man 2099’ comes in his contact.

The first look shows Miles in his room being visited by Gwen from another dimension as she lures him to set off on an adventure. Next, we see Miles traversing through the hexagonal rifts as he swings across the cityscape of what looks like an Indian city, judging by the background score, the Devnagari fonts on signboards and even the classic SFX letters used in Hindi comics.

This time too, the sequel features a unique animation style similar to its precursor, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, which was a groundbreaking film with an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature up its alley. The film was also praised for its themes of inclusion.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) will see Miles teaming up with other Spider-people to take down a powerful villain. The film, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, is slated for an October 7, 2022 release.

Nagesh Kukunoor’s ‘Good Luck Sakhi’ to now release on Dec 31

The release of director Nagesh Kukunoor’s much-awaited Telugu film ‘Good Luck Sakhi’, featuring Keerthy Suresh and actor Aadhi in the lead, has now been pushed to December 31, the team announced on Sunday.

The film, which was supposed to be released on November 26, got postponed and it was announced that the film would instead release on December 10. However, Worth a Shot, the production house producing the film, announced on Sunday evening that the film, “due to unforeseen issues” would be “arriving on New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2021)”.

The production house also said that it was “working hard to bring this with lots of love” and asked fans to stay with it.

The film, which has music by Devi Sri Prasad, has cinematography by Chiranthan Das.

Sources say that the film is about how a girl, believed to bring bad luck to everyone, emerges as a champion sharp shooter.

Actor-director Sreenivasan cultivates new passion in organic farming

The face of actor Sreenivasan evokes laughter in theatres across Kerala due to the spontaneous wit that he is synonymous with. He has now found a new passion in organic farming.

Sreenivasan is also one of the most sought after scriptwriters and directors in the Malayalam film world.

He has opened an organic farm ‘Sreeni Farms’, for empowering farmers in Ernakulam district. The actor along with ad filmmaker Stajan V.J. is supporting farmers with organic fertilisers and buyback for the produce cultivated.

After successfully cultivating organic paddy products, the duo along with their friend Khalifa have opened a farm in the tribal village of Chekadi in Wayanad district.

Sreenivasan while speaking, said, “The idea is to provide some indigenous and tasty paddy seedlings like ‘Kalladiyaran’ which was about to disappear into oblivion but for the M.S. Swaminathan Foundation in Wayanad that has preserved the seeds.”

The actor-director said that Wayanad had more than 100 indigenous paddy seeds but 90 of them were on the verge of extinction. However around 10 varieties of the seed have been preserved by a few organic farmers as well as the M.S. Swaminathan Foundation.

The farm venture of Sreenivasan has support from across the state and actress Manju Warrier was present during the harvest of paddy at Ernakulam district in Sreeni Farms.

Sukumaran, a farmer at Chekadi in Wayanad district, said, “The initiative taken by actor Sreenivasan has given a big boost to the indigenous farming and this will preserve the rare varieties of rice that would have disappeared from the surface of the earth.”

Director Shijinlal: Filming ‘Grandma’ during pandemic was a challenge

Explaining that shooting the horror-thriller ‘Grandma’ was a major challenge as they had to film important portions during the pandemic, director Shijinlal S S has said that making the film would not have been possible but for the support of his crew.

Speaking after launching the trailer, the director said, “The entire process of making ‘Grandma’ was a huge challenge. We had to shoot major portions during Covid-19 and without the support of my crew, this would have not been possible. During the shoot, actresses Sonia and Vimala Raman were very patient. I owe them a lot for their patience and unconditional support.”

Informing that the first half of the film will have horror elements, the director disclosed that the entire second half would be about the survival of the protagonists.

“I am sure audiences will have a different and unique experience watching ‘Grandma’,” he said.

Producer Jayaraj R. said, “We shot this film during the pandemic phase in Kerala and it involved lots of challenges. We had to shoot a major chunk of the movie for 12 continuous days. I am thankful to the entire crew for being totally supportive.”

The film has three actresses playing the lead – Sonia Aggarwal, Vimala Raman and Sharmila.

Speaking at the event, Sharmila said, “I thank the entire crew for being so supportive. Both Sonia and Vimala made me relive my college days. The little girl Pournami Raj has done a fabulous job.”

Vimala Raman said, “Initially, director Shijin approached me for a different project, but later we happened to end up with ‘Grandma’. Although ‘Grandma’ is a horror film, working on it was really enjoyable. Sonia Agarwal and I have been good friends for a long time. Working in ‘Grandma’ was like a reunion.”

Sonia Agarwal said, “This is a moment of thanksgiving as I am really grateful to the producers for offering me this opportunity. I thank director Shijin for getting me on this project. Without Vimala Raman, my experience would have been odd as I was scared to stay inside my room alone while shooting for a horror film. I thank the whole crew for making me feel comfortable on the sets.”

Watch 83’s first song ‘Lehra Do’ teaser

Makers of 83 recently released the teaser of their first song ‘Lehra Do’ a soulful song which will awaken the patriot in you. The song releases tomorrow. Crooned by Arijit Singh, the soulful track is bound to stir emotions.

It gives us an insight of the emotional roller-coaster, team India went through while playing for thr world cup in the year 1983.

The makers of the film released the trailer a few days back and it was one of the most views trailers with over 75 million views in less than a week

83, starring Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, revolves around India’s historic 1983 World Cup win, which is quite a visual treat for the cricket fans who will be left on the edge of their seats. Industry celebs including Karan Johar among others also appreciated the trailer’s roaring success.

Ranveer Singh will be seen stepping into the shoes of Kapil Dev. Also starring are Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiiva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Addinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, R Badree and Pankaj Tripathi. Deepika Padukone will be seen playing Romi, Kapil Dev’s wife.

Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films present 83, a Kabir Khan Films Production. A Reliance Entertainment and PVR Pictures release. 83 RELEASING IN CINEMAS ON 24TH DEC, 2021, in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Also in 3D.

Kamal Haasan’s Raajkamal Films International and Akkineni Nagarjuna’s Annapurna Studios join hands with Reliance Entertainment to present the Tamil and Telugu versions respectively of the film. Prithviraj’s production, and Kichcha Sudeepa’s Shalini Arts are set to present the film in Malayalam and Kannada versions.

The film is jointly produced by Deepika Padukone, Kabir Khan, Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Sajid Nadiadwala, Phantom Films, Reliance Entertainment.

BWF World Tour Finals: Sindhu loses to Au Se-young in final

Bali, Dec 5 (IANS) India’s star shuttler PV Sindhu lost the final of the BWF World Tour Finals to South Korea’s Au Se-young in straight games 16-21, 12-21 here on Sunday.

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The 19-year-old South Korean Se-young was at her best on Sunday and Sindhu proved no match for her as the Indian tried her level best to get back but failed.

Sindhu started defensively and gave an early advantage to the South Korean, but the Indian fought back to level the scores at 15-15. But the South Korean didn’t lose her focus and won the game with a terrific smash.

In the second game, Sindhu matched her opponent, but after the mid-break, she lost concentration and the second game as well.

Sindhu had overcome a stiff fight in the semifinal, defeating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-15, 15-21, 21-19. It was Sindhu and Yamaguchi’s fourth meeting of the year. While the Indian beat the Japanese shuttler at the All England Open and the Tokyo Olympics quarterfinals, Yamaguchi came out on top in the most recent meeting — the Indonesia Masters semifinals.

Sindhu had won the title three years back in 2018 and this match was the Indian shuttler’s third final appearance.

–IANS

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IND v NZ, Second Test: Agarwal and Gill to not field in second innings due to injuries

Mumbai, Dec 5 (IANS) India openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill will not be fielding for India in New Zealand’s second innings in the ongoing second Test against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium due to injuries, said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday.

“Mayank Agarwal got hit on his right forearm while batting in the second innings. He has been advised not to take the field as a precautionary measure,” said an update by BCCI after the final session of day three commenced.

Agarwal, after top-scoring with 150 in the first innings, was the highest run-scorer for the hosts in the second innings with 62 off 108 balls.

Gill, on the other hand, did not open the batting in India’s second innings as he suffered a blow to his right elbow while fielding in New Zealand’s first innings and had injured his right middle finger as well while dropping a catch at short mid-wicket of Kyle Jamieson off a Jayant Yadav no-ball in the 19th over.

He came out to bat on Sunday at number three, making 47 off 75 balls.

“Shubman Gill got a cut on his right middle finger while fielding yesterday. He will not be taking the field today,” further said the BCCI update.

Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat are on the field as substitutes for Agarwal and Gill. India, after declaring at 276/7 in 70 overs in the second innings, have set a mammoth target of 540.

In reply, the tourists are 43/1 in 13 overs, still needing 497 runs with nine wickets in hand.

–IANS

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IND v NZ, 2nd Test: Ashwin claims Latham as NZ reach 13/1 at tea (2nd ld)

Mumbai, Dec 5 (IANS) Mayank Agarwal scored a half-century while Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli and Axar Patel struck some quick runs as India declared their second innings at 276/7 in 70 overs, setting New Zealand a target of 540 runs to score in over two days in the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.

They then came back to reduce New Zealand to 13/1 in 4 overs at tea, to further tighten their grip on the match.

Off-spinner R Ashwin trapped New Zealand stand-in skipper Tom Latham for six runs with one that landed on the middle and went straight, catching the batsman plumb in front. Will Young was batting on seven with the next batter yet to come as the umpires took everyone in for tea.

Earlier, Mayank Agarwal scored 62 and shared a century partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (47) while Shubman Gill (47) and Virat Kohli (36) added 82 runs for the third wicket as India went searching for quick runs.

Axar Patel blasted an unbeaten 41 runs off 26 balls as India declared on 276/7, ending with a total lead of 539.

Agarwal, who struck a fantastic 150 in the first essay, added 102 runs for the first wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara as India continued to tighten their grip on the match. Agarwal, who came out with aggressive intent, hit Ajaz Patel for a couple of boundaries — an inside-out driver over extra cover for a boundary and a six to complete his half-century, being the most pleasing shots.

He got a life when Ajaz Patel grassed a difficult chance off his own bowling. Patel had the last laugh when Agarwal (62 off 108 balls, 9×4, 1×6) took him on despite the presence of a fielder at long-off. Will Young pouched an easy one to give Ajaz his 11th wicket of the match.

The New Zealand left-armer, only the third bowler after Jim Laker of England and Anil Kumble of India to take all-10 wickets in an innings, made it all 12 when he induced a thick outside edge from Pujara with a nicely-flighted delivery that turned sharply.

Pujara prodded at it and Ross Taylor at first slip grabbed the catch just millimetres above the ground. The on-field umpires sought a review to ascertain that it was taken cleanly, which was confirmed by the TV umpire after a long and hard look at it.

Early in the morning, New Zealand pacer Tim Southee tested Agarwal and Pujara with some short balls. Agarwal was hit on his unprotected elbow when he tried to pull a short one and had to seek the services of physio Nitin Patel twice.

Gill struck some lusty blows as he raised 47 runs in 75 balls, hitting 4 fours and a six during his stay. He became Rachin Ravindra’s maiden Test victim, as he slashed at a delivery that stayed low and came slow off the track — Gill planted the ball into the hands of Tom Latham in covers for a simple catch.

Shreyas Iyer blasted a couple of big sixes but perished for 14 runs off eight balls, stumped by Tom Bludell off Ajaz Patel, foxed by the turn. Kohli was the next to go as he chopped one from Ravindra onto his stumps for 36 and the bowler claimed the third wicket of his career when Wriddhiman Saha tried to hoist the bowler over long on but could not connect properly. Kyle Jamieson ran back to take the catch near the boundary.

Axar Patel then slammed 16 runs off the next three balls bowled by Ravindra — a four followed by two sixes. Jayant Yadav blasted a six off Ajaz Patel but was out soon, becoming the 14th victim for the 30-year-old Mumbai-born bowler.

Ajaz continued to trouble the Indians as he claimed 4/106 runs in the second innings for an overall match haul of 14/225, the best match figures ever against India by any bowler anywhere.

The previous best was 13/106 by England’s Ian Botham at the same ground in 1980. Ajaz’s figures were the second-best bowling performance for New Zealand in Test cricket behind Richard Hadlee’s 15/123 against Australia at Brisbane in 1985. Ajaz bowled all his 73.5 overs in the match from the Tata End.

Brief scores: India 325 & 276/7 in 70 overs (Mayank Agarwal 62, Cheteshwar Pujara 47, Shubman Gill 47, Virat Kohli 36, Axar Patel 41 not out; Ajaz Patel 4/106, Rachin Ravindra 3/56) vs New Zealand 62 & 13/1 in 4 overs (Tom Latham 6; Ashwin 1/4).

–IANS

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YouTube dislike counts unofficially returns: Report

San Francisco, Dec 5 (IANS) Video-streaming platform YouTube’s dislike count has reportedly returned through a new open-source extension called “Return YouTube Dislike”.

According to 9To5Google, the new browser extension makes it possible for users on Chrome, Edge, Firefox and even iOS to restore the YouTube dislike count to their video watching experience.

The extension has picked up thousands of positive reviews from users since its release, the report said.

When installed and active, the extension automatically changes the YouTube site to where it shows a dislike count.

It also shows exact numbers instead of the general “10k” when hovering over the like/dislike section.

To download the extension, users can use this direct link or search for “Return YouTube Dislike” in the Chrome Web Store, the report said.

After installing the extension, there’s no work needed. Just ensure it stays active and go to your favourite YouTube video to see it in action, it added.

The extension is free, but the developers are accepting donations.

–IANS

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Tesla new FSD Beta update to improve object detection

San Francisco, Dec 5 (IANS) Elon Musk-owned Tesla has started to push a new Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta software update — version 10.6 — to its fleet with improved object detection.

According to the auto-tech website Electrek, the company is starting to push a new version of the FSD Beta to owners in the US with a safety score of 98 and up.

The company said that the new update brings improved object detection network architecture for non-VRUs (e.g. cars, trucks, buses), seven per cent higher recall, 16 per cent lower depth error and 21 per cent lower velocity error for crossing vehicles.

It also brings a new visibility network with 18.5 per cent less mean relative error, the report said.

The company also said that it allows more room for longitudinal alignment during merges by incorporating modelling of merge region end.

The software enables the vehicle to drive autonomously to a destination entered in the car’s navigation system, but the driver needs to remain vigilant and ready to take control at all times.

–IANS

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