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Iffi, Goa’s 1st int’l event since Covid, starts today | Goa News

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Panaji: When the 52nd International film festival of India (Iffi) opens on Saturday afternoon, it will be the state’s international event since the pandemic. At least 3,000 delegates — film enthusiasts and industry personalities — will converge in Panaji for Iffi 2021.
The number of delegates on ground has been curtailed to be able to maintain Covid protocols. However, besides the 3,000, a few thousand will watch the screenings, masterclasses and other events virtually, as Iffi 2021 is being conducted in a hybrid format.
Union information and broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur will inaugurate the festival.
“We have put up a huge set as an attraction for the opening ceremony,” chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Friday evening, after reviewing the opening ceremony preparations at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium. “Goans and guests coming from across India and abroad will be able to participate in an amazing festival of a massive scale this year. It is the first international event being hosted by Goa, since Covid. We will host the event following all Covid protocols and norms. It is a challenge that our entire government machinery has accepted.”
The previous Iffi was delayed and held in January 2021 in a muted manner, due to the raging pandemic at the time.
Only around 300 guests are expected to attend the opening ceremony on Saturday afternoon.
“The 52nd Iffi has many new things to offer. There were many challenges as Iffi is being held amidst a pandemic. Yet, efforts were made to get the biggest global films to the Iffi platform. It will also be the first time that the BRICS film festival will take place parallel to Iffi,” said Thakur, after arriving in Goa on Friday evening.
Minister of state for information & broadcasting L Murugan will also be present at the opening ceremony.
Renowned Indian actress and MP, Hema Malini, will participate in the opening ceremony, as she will be presented with the Indian film personality of the year 2021 award at the event. Lyricist and chairperson, CBFC, Prasoon Joshi, will be handed the same award on the closing day of Iffi.
“Due to Covid, our seating capacity for the opening ceremony is limited, but Goans should not get disheartened. We have to follow SOPs and guidelines, so they may enjoy the festival from home. They can participate in the festival later, over the next eight days,” said vice-chairperson of the Entertainment Society of Goa, Subhash Phaldesai.
The entire eight-day event is being hosted at a cost of nearly Rs 28 crore, pitched in both by the Centre and the state.
Following the inaugural ceremony, the Spanish language film ‘The King of all the World’ (El Rey de Todo El Mundo), directed by Carlos Saura, will be screened as Iffi 2021’s opening film at Inox.
Among the other invitees at the opening ceremony are Salman Khan, Ranveer Singh, Ritesh Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh, and Shraddha Kapoor. Iffi this year will showcase over 300 films from across the globe. Filmmaker Karan Johar and television personality Manish Paul will host the opening event.
Iffi will feature 148 films from about 73 countries in the international section with about 12 world premieres, about 7 international premieres, 26 Asia premieres and around 64 India premieres. The festival received 624 films from 95 countries this time, up from 69 countries in the previous edition.

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Nicolas Cage cast as Dracula in Nicholas Hoult’s movie Renfield

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Nicolas Cage will portray the most famous vampire in history (Picture: JC Olivera/Getty Images)

Nicolas Cage is about to join the underworld and transform into the most famous vampire of all time.

The National Treasure star has been cast to play Dracula in the upcoming film Renfield.

The monster movie will see Nicholas Hoult star in the titular role of Dracula’s henchman.

While plot details are still being kept under wraps, the project is set to take place in the modern-day and have a comedic tone to it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sitting in the director’s chair will be Chris McKay, who recently directed Chris Pratt in Amazon Prime Video’s The Tomorrow War. 

At the helm of the movie as producers will be The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst and Samantha Nisenboim.

Nicholas Hoult during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 04, 2021 in Venice, Italy.

Nicholas Hoult is taking the lead in this monstrous comedy (Picture: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Hoult’s role is based on a character from Bram Stoker’s original 1897 Dracula novel. 

An inmate in an insane asylum, Renfield is believed to be suffering from delusions as doctors don’t realise that his trauma comes from being the vampire lord’s servant. 

The same role was previously played by Tom Waits and Sam Barnett respectively in the ‘90s classic Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Penny Dreadful.

Renfield is part of Universal’s latest efforts to put out more monster flicks after the recent success of Elisabeth Moss’s The Invisible Man. 

Also in the works are The Wolfman (starring Ryan Gosling) and an adaptation of Van Helsing.

Cage will next be seen playing a fictionalised version of himself in The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent, an action-comedy also starring Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Tiffany Haddish and Neil Patrick Harris, expected to be released next year. 

Hoult was last seen reprising his role as the former emperor of Russia, Peter, in The Great opposite Elle Fanning’s Catherine. 

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Bhuvan Bam’s fantastic debut web series “Dhindora” is now reaching its conclusion with episode 8. However, at this point in the plot, it doesn’t seem like this will be the last of the web series and we will surely get a season 2. But that’s a topic for another time, let’s focus on the season finale for now.

Episode 8 is all set to arrive on December 1, 2021. As usual, you can start watching it from the usual 2:00 PM Indian Standard Time (IST) onwards.

Like previous episodes, this episode is also expected to have a runtime of around 15-20 minutes — this has been the norm for the series, with just the first episode being the exception to this rule.

But if you haven’t seen episode 7 of the series yet you can check out our streaming guide for it right here.

Where To Watch ‘Dhindora’ Episode 8 Online?

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BB’s debut series has been nothing short of a sensational hit. And we’re so glad the episodes are being released on YouTube. So we see no reason as to why the season finale will be releasing on YT as well. The great thing about YouTube is that the content on it is completely free.

Once Dhindora episode 8 is out, all you have to do is head to the “BB Ki Vines” YouTube channel. You will find the new episode waiting for you right there.

What Will Happen In ‘Dhindora’ Episode 8?

Episode 7 titled “Toota Ek Tara” had Bablu explain to Bhuvan why he faked his memory loss. The reason being, after not winning the 11 Crore lottery, he wanted to check his family’s reaction but gets overwhelmed by pressure. So Bhuvan convinces Bablu to come clean with everything in front of his family. This causes a new wave of misery to come over everyone, as any hope of the 11 Crore is dashed away now.

With Episode 8 it will be really interesting to see how the family will deal with this situation. But most importantly what Titu Mama will do now since he has promised to pay Ma ki Chu the money with complete interest without that lottery to help in that endeavor. If you want to know, do not miss the season finale of this awesome series!

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Ex-Trump aide Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 panel

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, is cooperating with a House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, putting off for now the panel’s threat to hold him in contempt, the committee’s chairman said Tuesday.

The panel “will continue to assess his degree of compliance,” Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson said in a statement. He said Meadows has produced records and will soon appear for an initial deposition.

The agreement comes after two months of negotiations between Meadows and the committee and after the Justice Department indicted longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon for defying a subpoena. Meadows’ lawyer had previously indicated that his client would not comply, a stance the committee said was unacceptable.

“The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive,” Thompson said.

Under the tentative agreement, Meadows could potentially decline to answer the panel’s questions about his most sensitive conversations with Trump and what Trump was doing on Jan. 6 as hundreds of rioters violently broke into the Capitol and interrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

Trump — who told his supporters to “fight like hell” that morning — has attempted to hinder much of the committee’s work, including in an ongoing court case, by arguing that Congress cannot obtain information about his private White House conversations.

Meadows’ lawyer, George Terwilliger, said in a statement that “we appreciate the Select Committee’s openness to receiving voluntary responses on non-privileged topics.”

Terwilliger said he was continuing to work with the committee and its staff on a potential accommodation that would not require Meadows to waive the executive privileges claimed by Trump or “forfeit the long-standing position that senior White House aides cannot be compelled to testify before Congress.”

The deal with Meadows highlights how the committee is trying to balance its need for information about Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 insurrection against the desire to complete the investigation quickly. While the committee has rejected Trump’s legal arguments and Biden has waived executive privilege to hand over documents and records, the panel wants to avoid lengthy legal entanglements that could delay their work.

Still, Meadows’ intention to work with the panel is a victory for the seven Democrats and two Republicans on the committee, especially as they seek interviews with lower-profile witnesses who may have important information to share. The panel has so far subpoenaed more than 40 witnesses and interviewed more than 150 people behind closed doors.

Terwilliger had previously said that Meadows wouldn’t comply with the panel’s September subpoena because of Trump’s privilege claims. But the House panel insists it has questions for Meadows that do not directly involve conversations with Trump.

In the committee’s September subpoena, Thompson cited Meadows’ efforts to overturn Trump’s defeat in the weeks before the insurrection and his pressure on state officials to push false claims of widespread voter fraud.

“You were the president’s chief of staff and have critical information regarding many elements of our inquiry,” Thompson wrote. “It appears you were with or in the vicinity of President Trump on January 6, had communication with the president and others on January 6 regarding events at the Capitol and are a witness regarding the activities of the day.”

Lawmakers on the committee had hinted for several weeks that they were prepared to hold Meadows in contempt, as they had Bannon. But Thompson said just before Thanksgiving that the committee “won’t rush the effort” to make clear that they had given Meadows, a former Republican congressman from North Carolina, every chance to cooperate.

On Wednesday, the committee will vote on whether to pursue contempt charges against a separate witness, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, after he appeared for a deposition earlier this month but declined to answer questions. The House could vote to hold him in contempt as soon as this week. It would be up to the Justice Department to decide whether to indict him.

A report from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee detailed how Clark championed Trump’s efforts to undo the election results and clashed as a result with Justice Department superiors who resisted the pressure, culminating in a dramatic White House meeting at which Trump ruminated about elevating Clark to attorney general. He did not do so after several aides threatened to resign.

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