Happy Halloween!

As some of you might know... *ahem* ...I am highly in love with Vincent Price..

I adore Edgar Allan Poe

and I am a fan of Tim Burton.

What could be better than a short film by Tim Burton (who is/was a fan and friend of Mr. Price)

- narrated by the master of macabre, Vincent Price, himself

and containing a quote from Poe's THE RAVEN?

Have a wonderful Halloween!!

Yours (very well and) truly


It could happen to you...

This is my last post for this series - sadly I have to say that there are enough names on my list Monty and I haven't post yet that could fill at least another month of breast cancer awareness.

I want to say:

Thank you, Monty for helping me out on this series.

All my love to those of you who are affected by this disease - whether because you are diagnosed with breast cancer or love/like/know some one who is affected.

Irene Palfy

* September 11

Not diagnosed with Breast Cancer

- yet?


Kitty goes to the park with her pets... dressed verry sexy.


do not feed the little pink unicorns with blue sparkling carots

Hrithik's red-hot new girl,"Esha Gupta"

It seems like searching for Hrithik's leading lady in Krrish 2 has become a game of musical chairs that will not end. A role which has some grey shades to it had been offered to Kangna Ranaut and Sonakshi Sonakshi at first but both of them refused to be part of the film.

Eventually, Chitrangda Singh accepted it only to walk out suddenly citing date problems (read tiff with the Roshans). And finally, when we heard the news of Jacqueline Fernandez pairing up with Duggu little did we know she'll depart soon as well making way for a newbie and a popular model Esha Gupta.

Esha won the Miss India International title in 2007, and represented the country in the Miss International 2007 contest. She has also featured in the Kingfisher calendar.

Her sex appeal had earlier won her a role in Bhatt's Jannat 2, which Prachi Desai and Paoli Dam were considered for.

Buoyant with her recent project fishing Esha considers herself as a serious contender for THE next Bollywood babe title.

"I think I'm going to make it really big. So I don't need a back-up plan. I might model till the age of 34 or 35, but by that time I will be already settled and have a family," she told a leading daily.

But when asked about how she plans to tackle the competition from star kids, and other models crossing over into B-town, she said: "I enrolled in an acting school and have been brushing up on my dancing skills. Fortunately, I have a good handle on my Hindi diction. But times are changing - on one hand we have models who have done really well onscreen and then there are actors who can't act."

"I guess it's easy to break into the industry, but not easy to make it big. I've been lucky because I got the best project," she added.

Spielberg confirms 'Jurassic Park 4'

Hollywood director Steven Spielberg has confirmed that he is working on the fourth instalment of "Jurassic Park" and that the sequel will be an improvement from the last one, which was released in 2001.

"The screenplay is being written right now by Mark Protosevich. I'm hoping that will come out in the next couple of years. We have a good story. We have a better story for IV than we had for III, " contactmusic. com quoted the 64-year-old as saying.

Based on the best-selling Michael Crichton novel, "Jurassic Park" was a cult in itself and went on to gross $350 million in the US when released in 1993.

Starring Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum, the movie spawned two sequels.

Rakhi seeks Anna Hazare's help for her 'Choos Le' song

When Rakhi Sawant is angry, not many in the country can have the guts to stop her! The latest to face the ire of Bollywood’s biggest firecracker, is none other than the Censor Board, for having bleeped out the words ‘Choos Le’ (suck) from her song ‘Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le’ in her upcoming film Loot.

Rakhi insists that though the words could be controversial in nature when singled out, in her song, they have been used aptly and with the right connotations, without any vulgar or offensive meaning.

“If the Censor Board can pass songs like ‘Bhaag D.K. Bose’ (Delhi Belly) and ‘Jhak Maar Ke’ (Desi Boyz), why should they have a bias towards my song ‘Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le.’ Why am I being targeted by the Board, whereas John Abraham, Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan can get away with it,” Rakhi questions.

But since the Censor Board is in no mood to listen, Rakhi has decided to march straight up to India’s most famous anti- corruption crusader Anna Hazare with her plea.

Confirming this, her publicist Dale Bhagwagar says, “It is true that Rakhi has decided to approach Anna Hazare. She is currently doing her research on songs which she considers vulgar and objectionable.”

He adds, “She plans to carry their videos and CD’s to Mr Hazare’s village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar. Rakhi wants Mr Hazare to judge for himself, whether her song ‘Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le’ is vulgar compared to the others passed by the Censor Board.”

Just for the record, the lyrics of Rakhi’s song read, “Main russ malaai hoon, jannat se aayee hoon, saamne parosi hoon, aake choos le… hey… saiyaan jawani ki bank loot le.”

Celebrities: Caught on camera

With every appearance watched and noted, celebrities have to live their lives appearing at their best — both physically and morally — or they risk a backlash as adulation turns to demonisation. However, more often are the times when standards slip and some surprising behaviour comes through.

One such case risking the wrath of his fans is Omar Sharif. The 79-year-old veteran actor was caught on video apparently slapping a persistant fan at an awards show in Qatar, revealed British newspaper the Daily Mail. Sharif, present at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, rebuked a woman for queue-jumping. “My dear!” Sharif exclaimed in Arabic, as translated by the Washington Post, “I told you I’d get to you afterwards! I just said that and you’re standing here. Put something in your brain!” While his alleged blow was not seen from the camera’s position behind the woman’s head, celebrity gossip website TMZ quoted an unnamed journalist present as tweeting “Omar Sharif just hit a woman. Very stupidly, in front of a camera.”

Afterwards, however, Sharif became calmer and posed with the embarrassed looking — but still smiling — fan. The incident has led to much reflection on Sharif’s past bursts of violence — in 2003, he was convicted of violence towards a police officer in France, and in 2007 pleaded no contest to charges of battery against a parking attendant in the US.

Also catching attention for his behaviour — albeit ending up on the receiving end of aggression — was American singer Usher. He was confronted by an angry woman after apparently parking in a disabled bay, according to TMZ. Like the incident with Sharif, Usher’s confrontation was captured on video by an onlooker.

The R&B singer was accosted by a woman at a shopping centre in Atlanta near a Halloween parade after he took the liberty of parking his SUV in a handicapped spot. The video reavealed that the woman, apparently angered by the (able-bodied) singer’s illegal parking, approached his car and reportedly sprayed beer from a can at Usher while he was still sitting in the driver’s seat with the window down. Usher retaliated and splashed the woman with his water bottle, which prompted her to kick his driver’s side door until he exited the car, TMZ said. The woman angrily shouted, “You don’t belong here!” and repeatedly lunged at him, before being pulled away by her husband.

However, while Sharif and Usher would undoubtedly prefer their fans not seeing them in less-than-ideal situations, Hollywood actor Demi Moore went the exact same way. Moore has been accused of lashing out at a photographer, who followed her on a trip to a nail salon in Los Angeles, reported aceshowbiz.com.
On October 28, while exiting Jessica Nail Clinic in West Hollywood’s Sunset Plaza, Moore lashed out at a photographer when he approached her for a picture. She is said to have hurled obscenities at him before reportedly lunging at his camera, stunning on-lookers recalled.

An eyewitness disclosed to aceshowbiz.com that the paparazzo “physically jumped in front of [Demi], basically entrapping her, pushing his body and camera into her so she couldn’t walk or move.” The photographer also added, “Demi was crazy; she was totally losing it. I was just standing on the sidewalk, trying to get a few shots of her and she was going completely mad. She tried to jump on me and swipe my camera.” The actor, it’s said, is in stress following reports that her marriage to Ashton Kutcher is falling apart.

'The Adventures of Tintin' gets mixed reviews overseas

LOS ANGELES: "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," Steven Spielberg's 3-D take on Georges Remi's treasured comic books, is already a hit overseas with audiences. But what about the critics?

Overseas opinionators vary wildly in their assessments, with some heaping on the praise and one British critic reacting violently against it.

In Belgium, where the comic books originated, the newspaper Le Soir, takes a positive view of the film -- we think. According to the translation program we ran their review through, "The Adventures of Tintin" is "a popular and general public film, which alternates in a tasty way the exotic film of adventure, play of track Hitchcockian and the picaresque comedy."

So ... it's eclectic?

Alas, the film earned a huge thumbs-down from the Guardian's literary critic, Nicholas Lezard. A self-professed lifelong Tintin fan, Lezard likens the film to a sexual assault.

"Coming out of the new Tintin film directed by Steven Spielberg, I found myself, for a few seconds, too stunned and sickened to speak; for I had been obliged to watch two hours of literally senseless violence being perpetrated on something I loved dearly," Lezard writes. "In fact, the sense of violation was so strong that it felt as though I had witnessed a rape."

In France, Spielberg's interpretation of Tintin appears to be considered tres bien. L'Express lauds the filmmaker for crafting an adaptation that isn't afraid to break with Remi's vision, but remains lovingly faithful in its own way.

Spielberg allows to reinvent certain sides of history, and to make some winks," the paper notes. Even so, the review adds, "One feels all the affection which it carries to its characters."

France's Cinema Teaser praises the film's "sublime" opening-credits sequence, as well as the much-ballyhooed technology behind the film. It says that "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" proves "that the performance capture can definitively cause life when it is used by a large scenario writer."

England's Empire Online also makes special note of the film's performance-capture technology, noting that it lends itself to "endless chase sequences." However, the review concludes that it's the heart beating underneath the bells and whistles that makes "The Adventures of Tintin" a captivating read.

"You have a job keeping up, but never at the expense of the sheer goodwill," the review posits. "While luxuriating in its pre-existing universe, here is a film imploring you to join in. It would take a hard heart to resist."

Overall, Empire concludes, "The Adventures of Tintin" is "action-packed, gorgeous, and faithfully whimsical." (Reuters)

Kareena Kapoor’s wax statue unveiled

LONDON: Bollywood superstar Kareena Kapoor finally came face to face with her brand new wax figure at Madame Tussauds Blackpool on Thursday, October 27th.

The unveiling marked the launch of the attraction’s all new Bollywood exhibition, which will be at Madame Tussauds until January 2012.

The look of her wax statue, which was widely discussed in the industry and amongst fans, is from the popular song ‘Mauja Mauja’ from Jab We Met, a film that changed Kapoor’s career.

The actress arrived on the red carpet with her mother Babita Kapoor, a former Bollywood actress to unveil her statue.

As aventuras do Tintim

Não sei quem gosta mais do Tintim cá em casa, se eu ou o meu filhote, portanto, não podiamos deixar de ver este filme que é feito para miúdos e graúdos. Valeu bem a pena.

Flick of The Day: Akira

When I began writing the Daily Flick almost a year ago, I had two main aims. Firstly, I would attempt to review and recommend a film a day and as anyone who has read the blog will attest, I have been less than successful. Today's film is number 139 if you are interested. My second aim was to try and include as diverse a range of cinema as possible. This has been more successful as I have touched on innumerable genres and style of film making and included as much foreign language cinema as I felt necessary. However, there is one area in which I have been remiss for it is not a genre I am overly familiar with, Japanese Anime. Today's flick of the day is Akira.
A touchstone for the genre and perhaps the most influential example of its breadth, Akira is based on the manga series of the same name by Katsuhiro Otomo. In a post apocalyptic Neo Tokyo in the year 2019, a group of young bikers stumble across a government research project. Tetsuo, a disgruntled and oddly independent member of the gang becomes imbued with strange telekinetic powers of an insidious nature. These powers are linked to the government project centred on a being called Akira. As the military pursue Tetsuo and the energy source begins to take him over, we learn the dark secret at the heart of it and of the reconstruction of Japan after the last war.
Darkly atmospheric and highly stylised, Akira is a joy to watch with the stunningly rendered skyline of Neo Tokyo dominating many scenes and a level of detail in the animation not normally seen in anime of this time. The storyline is at times overly complex and perhaps too overwrought for an adult audience to truly engage with it. This not the point however, let the story flow over you and indulge yourself in the bright colours and textures of the animation. The first fully realised anime picture with long drawn out scenes and lip synced dialogue in the original Japanese version, for anyone with even a passing interest in the genre, it is a real must see. For those with little or no knowledge of the subject, it is a fine jumping off point. 
One of the main critiques of the film would be its attempt to condense a six volume comic with over 2,000 pages into a two hour film. This is perhaps the reason for the dense plotting which can be difficult to follow. Perhaps the film deserves credit for attempting to tell such a lengthy story but it doesn't quite manage it. It is perhaps telling that the long rumoured and always obligatory Pointless American Live Action Remake or P.A.L.A.R for short is to be split into two films.
All in all, this is an excellent example of Japanese anime and  many Western fans initiation to the genre.Its success upon release in 1988 created a market for anime in the West that has only grown since then. The works of artists like Miyazaki and Otomo has gradually become more well known since with Miyazaki's Spirited Away winning the Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2002. Even for those with little or no knowledge of anime like myself, there is much to enjoy. 

Nothing but the awful truth - Halloween special

As you all might know (not so much if you're living in Germany where shops are telling you to buy your Christmas stuff since September..) tomorrow is Halloween..

Sol I asked Monty to recommend some Horror films to watch – here are his picks:

1. To watch with the whole family

I would say for the whole family to watch which would mean light on the blood and gore I say go with The Innocents or The Others…both are really good and effective with any blood.

2. To watch with “the boys”

To watch with the boys go with something like 30 Days of Night which feature lots of violent ways to take out a vampire..maybe to intense for the ladies.

3. To watch on a date

For a date how about the classics like Jaws or Psycho

4. To watch alone

To watch alone, I would choose Alien because it is very effective in getting the hair on the back of your neck aroused and the fewer people the better.

5. To never watch in the dark

Salem’s Lot (79 version) by far is one of the creepiest movies ever. Watch with the lights on if not you will have some nightmares. Trust me.

6. To watch only in the dark

Silence of the lambs to enhance it even better.

7. To watch because of an actor/actress

ooooohhhh, go with Kathy Bates in Misery or Dolores Claiborne..terrific performances in both films

~ Irene adores Kathy Bates.. she is just marvellous! ~

8. To watch because of the topic

for some of the classic monster movies: go with any of the Universal classics such as Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein.
Or the big horror ones such as The Exocist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, etc.

9. To avoid

BloodRayne, Jason X, Ultraviolet, Jaws 4, The Excorcist 2, are just some of the ones to avoid.

Thank you, Monty. I hope that our readers now have caught some ideas what to watch this Halloween. Is there any film you’ll watch every Halloween? Kind of “Hawe’s Halloween Classics”..?

I usually watch Psycho every Halloween or some Hitchcock film.

As far as a more modern film, The Descent is one of my favorites, that I watch around this time every year.

I see.. At Palfy’s every year I MARRIED A WITCH (1942) and ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944) are shown – as are THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) or CORPSE BRIDE (2005) - and there is of course the Palfy ADDAMS FAMILY marathon (the original TV show of course..).. All of them no "real" horror films – but they are really nice to watch. But let’s go on with the interview:

What makes a Horror film really creepy for you? What scares you the most?

I love it when something jumps out of nowhere or from the shadows to give a scare. Sometimes not seeing something is more scary than actually seeing it.

Oh, I completely agree with that, Monty..

Is there anything you are afraid to watch? One film you don’t want to watch because you think it might be too scary? Or one you were afraid to watch? Maybe one which later was quite lame?

I don’t think there is one..well I haven’t came across one yet.

The Excorcist still gives me the creeps but I will watch it. Sometimes with the lights on though. When I was a kid, it used to the first Alien film. Scared the crap out of me. It’s a great film, I just don’t get scared when I watch it now.

I see. Thank you again, Monty, for your answers.

A happy Halloween to everyone!!

~ Here is Steven Spielberg with Bruce, the mechanic shark during the filming of JAWS.. - also one of Irene's favourites "Horror" films.. ~

Thank you very much for listening



Do you know the feeling, that you got a bunch of outfits in your head but you don't even have the right clothes, shoes, jewerly or whatever. Well I got that right now with thes shoes. I picture al these outfits in my head with Dr.Martens. You know first i really hated them just becaus i saw a lot of ugly looking people wearing them ( pretty superficial of me don't you think ). But now I love them a lot and I'm looking for the right pair.
So if you know where I can buy, pink, glitter or galaxy Dr. Martens pleas tell me! But I'll stil be happy with a classic black pair though.

It could happen to you..

Greta Garbo

September 18, 1905 - April 15, 1990 (died of pneumonia)

Was successful treated for breast cancer in 1984

100 years..

Happy Birthday to another of my alltime favourite actresses!

The wonderful Ruth Hussey!!

* 1911

~ Looks like she can't believe it herself.. but it's really 100 years.. ~

~ .. but still vivid in our memories.. ~

~ .. and gorgeous to look at.. ~

~ and a good sport, too.. ~

A lovely Sunday to all of you!



Tell Me O Kkhuda is a dull fare (Movie Review)

The story of Tell Me O Kkhuda, revolving around a girl, who upon discovering she was an orphan goes in search of her parents, immediately reminds you of the Hollywood film, Mamma Mia.

In Mamma Mia, however, the central character (played by Amanda Seyfried) is only looking for her father while her mother (Meryl Streep) is by her side.

There are three candidates as the potential papa in the Hollywood flick, and there are three potential fathers in this one too. But hold it, that's where the comparison ends. While Mamma Mia was a delightful musical, with stellar performances, Tell Me O Kkhuda is more or less a drag.

Tanya's (Esha) search for her parents also reminds us of Hema Malini's earlier direction, Dil Aashna Hai. After 26 years of being wonderfully brought up by her adoptive parents (Farukh Shaikh and Deepti Naval), novelist Tanya discovers that she is an adopted child. So her quest to find her 'real' parents begin and this leads her to Rajasthan, Turkey and Goa.

She has two friends (Arjun Bajwa and Chandan Roy Sanyal), who seem unemployed enough to accompany her wherever she goes.

In the course of her self-searching trip, she meets potential dads in the form of royalty (Vinod Khanna), a doting husband (Rishi Kapoor) and a don (Dharmendra).

A wonderful way to bring together three of the best looking yesteryears actors only if they had been utilised better. And of course, it is nice seeing Farukh and Deepti back together.

But only the feel-good factors (there are plenty) don't make a movie worth watching.

The story is outdated and not really exciting. I liked the first part better, because it deftly deals with the issue of female foeticide and also because of a gripping camel race.

The protagonist Tanya is largely a weepy character, even though she shows some gumption in parts. So there is not much that Esha Deol could do. Even then she could have done better.

Largely insipid, with some rare exciting moments, makes this film a dull fare.

Courtesy: Mid-Day.com

Ra.One makes highest ever Diwali collections

While all movie buffs were anticipating the release of SRK’s Ra.One & been dying to know the shape of its fate, there are mixed views about how the movie has actually faired.

Released on 26th October, worldwide, on the auspicious day of Diwali celebrations, we barely expected unbeatable numbers due to the generic festive mood.

However, Shah Rukh Khan's Ra.One did surprise the people when the official numbers came out. So, the film grossed Rs. 26.5 crores with a net of Rs. 18.5 crores on Wednesday 26th October making it the highest ever Diwali day collection in the history of Indian cinema especially in the last 14 years.

The second day collections on Thursday 27th October were even more impressive with the film raking in Rs. 36 crores gross with a net of Rs. 25.10 crores net making it the highest collection ever for a single day for an Indian film.

What is to be seen is whether this is just another number game or this movie has managed to raise the bar for Indian Cinema with its vfx, marketing & a new story to tell.

For now, looks like the crab mentality of Indian cinema is about to breakfree.

Lady Gaga surprises India with tricolour hairdo

Simple yet elegant - Lady Gaga chose to leave her bizarre dressing style back home for her first formal appearance here Friday. She wore a one-shoulder gown by an Indian designer, added the desi twist with a tricolour hairdo, and greeted the audience with a confident "Namaste".

"Namaste everyone! I am so glad to be here. I could never even imagine that I would get to come to India and perform and meet my new, amazing fans that are here in India. So I would like to say thank you to all of you. My deepest gratitude," Gaga told reporters.

The 25-year-old global pop icon, who is here to perform at the F1 after-party in Greater Noida Sunday, made a stylish entrance wearing a pair of black shades.

She wore a sparkling neckpiece with simple earrings to match, but what attracted was her bouffant, which had streaks of saffron and green - colours of the Indian flag.

"Today I am wearing a dress by Naeem Khan, an Indian designer based out of New York," she said.

Best known for songs like "Poker face", "Just dance", and her latest hit number "Born This Way", Gaga says she may be known for bizarre sense of style, but she is like any other girl.

"My personal style is like any girl really...I wake up and I put on whatever makes me feel good....quite often I end up wearing my old leather jacket with a pair of fishnets," added Gaga, who feels "the sights in India are beautiful, but the most beautiful sight is that of the people".

Though she is excited about performing for her fans Sunday, she is already looking forward to coming back to India soon, as she said: "I can't wait come back...to see more of India and to get to know more of the fans here."

My performance will have Indian influence
She claims to have been "dying" to come and perform in India, and now that she will finally take centrestage at the F1 after-party Sunday, international pop star Lady Gaga says fans will get a taste of her modern touch but with an Indian influence.

"I want to surprise you all...I've been working with the House of Gaga for a month now to make it beautiful. There will be some Indian influence (in my performance), but I have modernised it in my way. It will be a hybrid between my vision and the vision in India," Gaga told reporters here Friday.

The singer, who has made it big in the international music scene with her albums "The Fame" (2008), "The Fame Monster" (2009) and "Born This Way" (2011), is looking forward to the D-day.

The F1 after-parties, to be held as part of the Airtel Grand Prix of India, will take place at a special, 20,000 sq ft construction at the Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort in Greater Noida. They are being hosted by lounge bar Lap, co-owned by actor Arjun Rampal and restaurateur A.D.Singh.

Gaga has special plans for her India gig.

"I worked very hard. I have built a special stage for this show - it is unique for India...it has never been done anywhere else in the world, and I will be incorporating also, the collaborations with some of the Indian DJs into the performance.

It will be shown on television here in India. And as I said, I have been working very hard on this, and I have been dying to come here and perform. I am excited about it," she added.

Her show is totally sold out, despite a whopping ticket price of Rs.40,000. But those who will miss the joy of watching the pop star live, can catch the action on UTV Stars in November.

Shah Rukh Khan 'to interview Lady GaGa in India'

Actor Shah Rukh Khan will interview Lady GaGa during her visit to India this weekend.

The Hindustan Times reports that the two stars will meet for an exclusive face-to-face interview at Arjun Rampal's Delhi nightclub Lap on October 30.

Keith Alphonso, business head of UTV Bindass, said: "For the longest time we have felt that Lady GaGa personified the spirit of our channel and her trip to India to perform live during the F1 grand finale gave us an opportunity to fix a one-on-one interaction between the global popstar and Shah Rukh Khan, who is our own global rockstar.

"Her concert is only for a limited audience but for this encounter, which is an initiative of UTV Bindass, we have got her nod for having 25-40 of her young fans on board. This is the only time in India when she will be interacting with a real audience."

Khan reportedly wanted Lady GaGa to record a song for his superhero film RA.One, but they were unable to coordinate their schedules.

Khan previously said that he was inspired by Lady GaGa.

The interview will be aired on UTV Stars and UTV Bindass in November.

Lady GaGa: 'I love Bollywood'

Lady GaGa has arrived in Delhi for a three day tour of India.

The singer will perform after the Formula One Indian Grand Prix, which is taking place in Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking to NDTV, the Born This Way singer said: "Thank you so much for having me. I'm so excited to be here. India is so beautiful and even more beautiful are the people. I am so excited to be here and I feel so welcome. Thank you."

When asked about her rumoured collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan, the singer said:

"There is nothing in the works right now, but I love the culture and I love Bollywood."

GaGa, who has previously met Priyanka Chopra, said that the Don star is one of her favourite Bollywood actresses.

"I love Priyanka. She's very beautiful and lovely. I'm very excited for her musical career. I don't think Priyanka needs any advice from me."

Sir Jimmy Savile dies, aged 84

Sir Jimmy Savile has died at his home at the age of 84.

The DJ and TV presenter, most famous for his show Jim'll Fix It, was just two days away from his 85th birthday.

Police were called to his address in Roundhay, Leeds at 12.10pm, where they discovered his body. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Last month, it was reported that Sir Jimmy had been taken to Leeds General Infirmary after suffering a bout of pneumonia. It is as yet unknown whether the illness was the cause of his death.

Friend and fellow DJ Dave Lee Travis paid tribute to Sir Jimmy, saying: "For some unknown reason, with Jim, you couldn't anticipate that he wasn't going to be around anymore - he was such a powerful presence.

"He was one of the first DJs that actually became a personality."

Born in 1926, Sir Jimmy was the youngest of seven children, and worked in the coal mines during the war.

He became a Radio 1 DJ before fronting the original series of Top of the Pops in 1964. In 1975, he landed his own family show, Jim'll Fix It. At its peak, the show attracted 20,000 letters every week from children and adults who wanted the host to grant their wish.

Renowned for his trademark tracksuits, gold chains and cigars, he was also extremely charitable, and is thought to have raised more than £40m for good causes in his lifetime. A long-time friend of members of the royal family, he was knighted by the Queen in 1990.

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read said: "He was an exceptional character in a world that's got greyer, more normal, more dull. He was a one off. He was the first to go into halls and clubs and play records. You knew it was Jimmy, he stood out in the crowd. He was pure, pure showbiz."

James Cameron unveils scenes from Titanic 3D

Hollywood director James Cameron has unveiled an 18-minute footage from his new 3D version of the 1997 mega-blockbuster hit 'Titanic'.

The new version of the Oscar-winning film will arrive in theaters on April 6 next year, said the Hollywood Reporter.

Eight scenes were screened so far, including footage of Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater's (Kate Winslet) encounter on the Titantic's grand stairwell, their kiss on the bow of the ship and its sinking.

"There are certain films that aren't being brought back to the theater. There is a whole generation of people who haven't seen it at all," Cameron said.

The 1997 disaster epic is being converted into 3D at a cost of USD 18 million and the process, which is ongoing, is expected to take 60 weeks.

Titantic grossed USD 1.84 billion worldwide and won 11 Oscars, including those for best picture and best director.

It is the second highest grossing film of all time, behind Cameron's own Avatar, which grossed nearly double that amount.

Cameron also said that while he is typically very much against converting traditional films into 3D, he believes the conversion enriches the film.

"I totally believe 3D is an enhancement for the dramatic scenes not just the big action," he added.

The director said that there would be no changes to the content of the film.

It could happen to you...

Kim Novak

* February 13, 1933

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2010.

Another day filled with birthdays...

... and I am just presenting some of those I love most..

Geraldine Brooks

* 1925

Fanny Brice


Akim Tamiroff


Margaret Sheridan


Hope Emerson


Richard Dreyfuss


Winona Ryder


Gabrielle Union


Happy Birthday to them all!