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The three-day International Film Festival, showcasing 15 international documentary flicks by distinguished filmmakers across the globe, began here on Friday (November 13).

The event, which is being jointly organised by a Srinagar-based NGO, Experimental Moving Images and Theatre Association (XMITA) in association with the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, is expected to be the real treat for filmmakers and citizens of the valley who often live under the shades of terror.

Flicks like ”Khayal Darpan”, a film exploring the progress of classical music in Pakistan, ”The Lightning Testimonies”, a film reflecting the past clashes in the subcontinent through experiences of gender hostility, ”Bronx Princess”, a film on an American-born Muslim girl in look for her identity and many others are being screened during the event.

Afshana Rasheed, a local, said that such film festival would encourage filmmaking among the youngsters here.

“We are feeling good because of the trend that is setting in Kashmir. Visually, we have lot of talent here with reference to theatre and all these things. So this (film festival) will promote the local talent and local youth. And after seeing the interest of the people inside the theatre, I liked that and I am feeling good that youth are thinking something different apart from going into a particular field,” said another resident of the valley, Afshana Rasheed.

Peerzada Gulam Nabi, another local said that such events will educate about the culture and music of other countries.

Ali Emran Kureshi, a member of the organising committee said the endeavor of the film festival is to encourage intelligent cinema in Kashmir.

“The ideology of our NGO, Experimental Moving Images and Theatre Association, is to promote intelligent cinema in Kashmir and as far as Kashmir is concerned, here there is virtually no film industry and we hope it will grow in the future. So we are trying to shape the film industry of Kashmir into an intelligent cinema and not into entertainment or commercial cinema,” said Ali Emran Kureshi, a member of Experimental Moving Images and Theatre Association.

Discussions pertaining to films would also be held at the festival.

Brit rock singer Gary Glitter, who is a convicted paedophile, sparked outrage when it was revealed he wanted to buy a home overlooking the bleak moor where Ian Brady and Myra Hindley buried their child victims.

Glitter, 65, real name Paul Gadd, is house-hunting for a property in the region of 900,000 pounds on the outskirts of Saddleworth Moor and is hoping to visit the area next week.

But his attempt to book an 85 pound-a-night room at a local hotel ahead of the trip was met with a point-blank refusal by the owner.

“That would be repulsive. He is simply unacceptable,” the Daily Express quoted Alan Tupman, who runs the Clough Manor Hotel in Denshaw, near Oldham, as saying.

“We refused him. It was his booking agent who rang and obviously they know there is going to be a problem.

“We believe he will be looking for a property in the area next Monday or Tuesday and I just want to alert people.

“It is not just Clough Manor, it is the area generally, and I would question the motive. Why is he coming here?

“I am quite a philosophical person and do believe when people have been punished for a crime it is finished. But what he has done is unacceptable. I feel nothing but revulsion,” he added.

Another local was repulsed not only by the fact that Glitter was moving into the area, but also by the location he wanted to move in to.

“The fact Glitter is trying to move into the area is bad enough, but for him to choose an area notorious for the murders of children is beyond belief,” the local said.

“There is no way he will be welcome here,” the local added.

Local estate agent Gwyn Jones said he had been approached by representatives he was led to believe were acting for Glitter.

“The approach was made in my absence to one of my team who contacted me on Wednesday. I have not yet personally spoken to his agents or him,” Jones said.

“I believe he is planning to fly to Saddleworth by helicopter next week, but I do not know any more about his plans.

“I have to look after the interests of my clients first and foremost.

“They would have to understand that the prospective purchaser would be Gary Glitter and it would be their decision if they wished him to view their property.

“I have to be seen to be acting responsibly and looking after their best interests. We have to act within guidelines.

“I cannot say any more other than I am told the client is looking for a secluded property up to the 900,000 pounds mark,” Jones added.

A spokeswoman for Glitter”s solicitor, David Corker, has not confirmed the move.

“We never discuss our clients,” she stated.

The Moors murders were carried out by Brady and Hindley between July 1963 and October 1965, in and around Greater Manchester, England.

The victims were five children aged between 10 and 17-Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans-at least four of whom were sexually assaulted.

The murders are so named because two of the victims were discovered in graves dug on Saddleworth Moor; a third grave was discovered on the moor in 1987, over 20 years after Brady and Hindley”s trial in 1966.

The body of a fourth victim, Keith Bennett, is also suspected to be buried there, but as of now it remains undiscovered.

Kate Walsh1Grey’s Anatomy actress Kate Walsh has warned fans to be aware of hackers posing as her online, after she came to know that an impostor had duped her neighbour on a fake Facebook page.

Walsh, 42, was left shocked and disturbed after she learned that the impostor had planned a dinner date between her and her next-door neighbour.

“There are people out there apparently pretending to be me… (My neighbour) was like… ‘You said you were going to come over and have wine and hang out – on your Facebook. My wife is a huge fan and we’ve been Facebooking you’,” the Daily Star quoted her as revealing.

And Walsh admits she had to see the messages herself to believe the scam.

“He showed me his computer and somebody is pretending to be me on Facebook,” she added.

73265680CG021_Will_Jada_SmiActress Vivica A. Fox has apparently left her bitter split with rapper 50 cent behind, for the duo were spotted together at the set of the video for his new single.

Fox had publicly bashed the rapper after their split and derided their relationship as “ghetto love.”

However, the duo was seen chatting on the set of the video for 50 cent’s new single on Governors Island, reports The New York Post.

“They were very cordial and friendly,” a source said, adding, “I guess the animosity has faded.”

Meanwhile, Fox has vowed never to date rappers after her bitter split.

Britney-spears6Former lovers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake have been caught up in a lawsuit over display screens used at their concerts.

Large Audience Display Systems turned to Texas court, alleging the singers used a screen similar to their patented, gigantic monitors.

According to TMZ.com, the company claims the pop princess was using the screen on her Circus tour, while Timberlake used the monitors on his FutureSex/LoveShow tour, reports Contactmusic.

The Pussycat Dolls and the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team were also named in the court papers.

LAD Systems bosses are reportedly seeking unspecified damages and an injunction banning the defendants from using knock-offs in the future.

Russell BrandRussell Brand has pledged not to tone down his comic tones, adding he does not regret his offensive prank phone calls to actor Andrew Sachs.

The Brit prankster faced much heat after leaving a series of lewd messages on the answering machine of the Fawlty Towers star, including one in which he boasted about sleeping with the 78-year-old”s granddaughter.

The 34-year-old later apologised for the “juvenile and thoughtless” remarks and resigned from his BBC Radio 2 job following nationwide outrage over the phone call.

But the comedian told 500 fans gathered at HMV’s Oxford Street store that he “would have done nothing differently”.

“I ain’t afraid, I don’t give a ****. I will not lose my edge,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

He added: “I apologise for the thing I did wrong to the person I did it to, but the whole subsequent scandal was funny. It is funny, I think.”

Former Bond girls Joanna Lumley and Honor Blackman have recorded a charity CD at the Beatles’ favourite Abbey Road studios.

The duo was amongst other celebrities, such as Martin Shaw, Brian Cox and Geoffrey Palmer, to lend in a helping hand for a children”s charity.

The artists performed poetry readings for the CD, entitled Words For You, at the legendary London studio.

“It”s very moving. The great excitement was this is in Abbey Road,” the Daily Star quoted Lumley as saying.

“It”s the studio where The Beatles recorded. I walked down the stairs saying, ”Where am I? This is paradise,”” she added.

Patrick SwayzeTalent show Strictly Come Dancing will soon pay tribute to late actor Patrick Swayze.

Dancers Brian Fortuna and Kristina Rihanoff will perform on the track ‘She”s Like The Wind,’ from the star’s film ‘Dirty Dancing.’

“Kristina is a big fan of Patrick and asked the show if she could do a tribute,” the Sun quoted a source as saying.

Swayze died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 57 in September this year.

Peter AndrePeter Andre has landed a 500,000-pound deal to front a M&S underwear ad.

The Aussie singer, who split with Jordan this year, will pose for the store”s Autograph range.

The Mysterious Girl hitmaker revealed he has no problems stuffing his pants with socks as he faces the camera.

“It’s a bit of an on-running joke that I insist upon shoving a sock ‘down there’ for one photo of every underwear shoot,” the Mirror quoted him as saying.

“I figure if it’s OK for David Beckham to do, it’s alright for me too. And the results are great!” he added.

rusell brand1Comedian Russell Brand wants to get back his Radio 2 slot a year after he resigned from the BBC over a prank call.

The Brit, along with fellow prankster Jonathan Ross, faced much heat after leaving a series of lewd messages on the answering machine of actor Andrew Sachs, including one in which he boasted about sleeping with the 78-year-old”s granddaughter.

Brand later apologised for the “juvenile and thoughtless” remarks after the scandal provoked nationwide outrage, reports the Mirror.

But the presenter turned to his Twitter page to request the broadcasters if he could have his job back.

Commenting on a ”trending topic” about the BBC, he tweeted: “Come on. It”s been a year. Can I have my job back?”

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