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Miley Cyrus Covered Gimme More By Britney Spears & All My Childhood Dreams Just Came True

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Miley Cyrus performed a cover of ‘Gimme More’ by Britney Spears in her backyard for a special MTV Unplugged series, and it was in-fucking-credible.

In the clip, the Hannah Montana star transforms Britney Spears’ sexy pop anthem into a dark and haunting ballad. Ugh, it’s sublime.

The cover showcases Cyrus’ exceptional range as an artist and performer, and it’s amazing how far she’s come since her Hannah Montana days.

Anyone who can successfully conquer the range in ‘Party in the USA’, ‘Wrecking Ball’ and ‘Malibu’ deserves a bloody medal. Even ‘Hoedown Throwdown’ was an incredible feat for the singer.

In the video clip, Cyrus wears head to toe Zebra print which perfectly matches her blonde mullet that would honestly give any Aussie tradie a run for their money.

Fuck it, she even rocks the mullet better than her own father Billy Ray Cyrus.

As part of the MTV Unplugged series, the star performed a half-hour set from her backyard. Aside from ‘Gimme More’, Cyrus also performed a cover of Nico‘s 1967 track ‘These Days’, followed by a cover by Pearl Jam‘s ‘Just Breathe’.

Later on, Noah Cyrus joined her sister on stage for a performance of ‘I Got So High I Saw Jesus’ and let me tell you the harmonies were just *chef’s kiss*.

But where on earth was my favourite Cyrus, Trace Cyrus? And why didn’t they perform a rendition of ‘Shake It’ by Metro Station?

Finally, Cyrus closed out the Backyard Sessions with a performance of her latest hit ‘Midnight Sky.’

Miley you really do be giving us the best of both worlds these days, and we love to see it.

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Shweta Basu Prasad on High: Trolling is a sign that the series is a hit

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Shweta Basu Prasad, a self-confessed movie buff, reveals that she watched as many as 115 films during the lockdown. However, it has not been all play and no work for the actor. She has had five back-to-back releases — Shukranu, Serious Men, Hostages, Comedy Couple and the recent High. As the MX Player thriller invited mixed reactions, Prasad discusses how she considers herself a script doctor and why High earned her nod.

Edited excerpts from the interview.

The year 2020 has been a great year for you with back-to-back releases.I cannot complain because coming from a privileged background, I had a roof over my head and food on my plate during the lockdown. I was not desperate to get back to work, since I had no bills to pay, but I did miss work. Besides colouring my hair blue, watching over 115 films and reading seven books, I also started an Instagram chat show called Actors on Actor. On the series, I would have actor friends talk about the work of other actors. In the first episode, Raghubir Yadav spoke about Balraj Sahni, followed by Divya Dutta sharing anecdotes on Shabana Azmi, and my High co-star Ranvir Shorey discussing Ashok Kumar’s work.

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What convinced you to come aboard this project?I am picky with my scripts and characters because I want to do diverse projects. After working as a script consultant at Phantom Films for one-and-a-half years, I developed the habit of reading scripts. Thanks to the job, now I can fairly judge a story when it comes my way. High has a unique script — while we’ve binge-watched Narcos and Breaking Bad, this is the only series [in India] that discourages drug abuse.

How was the experience of working with the ensemble cast?With Ranvir Shorey, Akshay Oberoi, Gitanjali Rao and others comprising the cast, this has been the best team I have associated with, not just on screen but also off it. We did not have network coverage when shooting in Munnar. So, we would often sit back and chat about our school days, families, and observe the different shades of green around us. We were pampered so much that I had to tell the production team to stop feeding me or I would feel sleepy.

What has been the audience’s reaction to High?People are already asking for a second season. A section of the audience has created memes and are also trolling the series, which is a definite validation that the series is a hit. We have generated trolls! [laughs]

Child actors don’t seem to transition successfully to adult actors in the industry. Why is it so?Sridevi and Urmila Matondkar are examples of child actors being successful stars as adults. After Iqbal [2005], I was offered Rajkumar Santoshi’s Halla Bol [2008] and Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal [2007]. While I loved the attention, my parents insisted that I finish my graduation. They tricked me into believing that without a graduation degree, no one would give me roles, but I am grateful for their decision. After graduating, I wasn’t initially sure of returning to acting. But I am a movie buff, and this was my calling.

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Shyam Benegal on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman biopic: We’ll shoot in Mumbai, Dhaka

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Last year, India and Bangladesh joined hands for a film on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to mark his birth centenary in 2020. With his mastery over the craft and insightful storytelling, acclaimed filmmaker Shyam Benegal was entrusted the responsibility to helm the biopic.

The director, who has been putting the building blocks together since, indicates that the movie may not roll before the year-end. “I am keeping my fingers crossed. The quicker we start, the better it is for us. But it doesn’t seem that [we may be able to roll] this year. It has been such an unusual year that one can’t predict anything,” says Benegal.

While scriptwriter Atul Tiwari had headed to the neighbouring country for research last year before developing the script, the veteran informs that the team has also zeroed in on the locations. “We will be shooting in Mumbai, Dhaka and some more places. The cast has been locked. We have roped in a Bangladeshi actor because the film will be made in Bengali,” he informs, eager to introduce the younger generation to the founding father of Bangladesh. One to advocate greater autonomy for East Pakistan since the 1950s, Rahman led the movement for Bangladesh’s independence and became the first president of the country.

Shyam Benegal. Pic/ Shadab Khan

At 85, the multiple National Award-winning filmmaker is raring to return to the sets and call for action, almost six years after Samvidhaan, his last outing on television. “There is no fear [of contracting the virus]. You have to adopt a bio-bubble mode wherever you are shooting, and ensure the place is sanitised. The main problem is maintaining a six-foot distance; when you are making a film, it’s not always possible.”

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Bigg Boss 9 contestant Digangana Suryavanshi finds it difficult to watch the show after being a part of it

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Actress and Bigg Boss 9 contestant Digangana Suryavanshi says watching the popular reality television show can be difficult once you are out of the house. She adds that she is not closely following the ongoing season 14 of Bigg Boss but she is fond of contestants who hail from the television industry.

“I have lived in that house and, honestly, I feel that once you come out after living in that house it becomes very difficult to watch that show. I often watch it on Saturdays and Sundays thanks to (show host) Salman (Khan) sir. I enjoy watching him on television. I have been following bits and pieces of the show. One interesting thing about “Bigg Boss’ is that whether you follow it or not, it is widely discussed on social media, so you kind of get to know what’s happening,” said Digangana.

TV star Digangana takes a diplomatic line when you ask her to name her favourite contestant in the current season. “There are so many known faces from the television industry in the current season of the show. I am not really following the show but I am fond of almost everyone in the house, especially contestants from the television industry,” she said.

Talking about her upcoming projects, she said: “I am very excited for my upcoming projects. Right now, I am doing a Hindi film and a couple of other things. We will soon make formal announcements about those projects. Due to lockdown, our life has become a bit slow, but then I look forward to being on sets very soon.”

Digangana will next be seen on screen in the Telugu sports action film “Seetimaarr” along with Tottempudi Gopichand and Tamannaah Bhatia.

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