I’m dating: Kate Hudson

Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Actress Kate Hudson says she’s dating, though she didn’t reveal the name of the man she’s seeing.

“I’m dating,” she told Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, reports aceshowbiz.com.

When DeGeneres asked Nick Jonas’s rumoured girlfriend whom she’s dating at the time, Hudson answered: “Nobody.”

The host then bombarded her with a series of questions, which the actress barely answered. “But there’s no relationship?” DeGeneres asked. The “Rock the Kasbah” actress just laughed and replied: “Ummmm.”

Hudson also played it coy when she was asked about how she spent her Valentine’s Day. “I don’t know what I did for Valentine’s Day. I don’t remember what I did for Valentine’s Day,” she said as she burst into laughter.

She was first linked to the former Jonas Brothers member back in September 2015, when they were photographed having a trip together to Disney World in Orlando. Though none of them has confirmed the dating rumour, they were several times spotted having fun together.

3D technology applied to new Oscar statuettes

This year’s Oscar statuettes will look a little bit different with a new manufacturer for the first time in 34 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday.

The Academy announced that Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, based in Rock Tavern, New York, will exclusively create its iconic Oscar statuettes, starting with the 88th Academy Awards, Xinhua reported.

Since 1982, the statuettes have been made by Chicago-based R.S. Owens & Co. According to the Academy, the switch will take the statuette back to its “roots”, being hand-cast in bronze before receiving its 24-karat gold finish.

Academy officials said Polich Tallix used a cast-bronze Oscar from 1929 to create its wax mold with the help of a 3D printer, restoring some “subtle features of George Stanley’s original sculpture, which was based on sketches by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons”.

Each of the wax statuettes is coated in ceramic, then cured and fired at 1,600 Fahrenheit degrees, which melts away the wax and leaves the empty Oscar form that is cast in liquid bronze at more than 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

The overall size and weight of the statuette remains the same as its predecessor — 13.5 inches high and 8.5 pounds.

“With the help of some 21st century technology, we’re able to honor the Oscar’s proud beginnings,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “The new statuette exemplifies impeccable craftsmanship and the enduring nature of art.”

“With this project, we’ve been entrusted with continuing a great tradition,” said Dick Polich, Polich Tallix founder and CEO. “It’s a privilege to be able to bring our art experience and technical expertise to the Oscar.”

The Academy still plans to work with R.S. Owens to service existing statuettes and create other awards for the Academy, including plaques for its annual Scientific and Technical Awards.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Los Angeles.

Time for action on ‘Commando 2’!

Producer Vipul Shah’s “Commando 2” is set to go on floors on Wednesday. The sequel to the 2013 hit film “Commando” promises more action.

Directed by Deven Bhojani, the movie, which has been described by Shah as “unique, new and magnificent”, stars Vidyut Jamwal in the lead.

“We are very proud to take the film into a sequel. Obviously now we have a bigger responsibility to live up to the challenge of making it bigger and better,” Shah said in a statement.

Bhojani shared: “I loved ‘Commando’ and am glad that I am chosen by Vipul Shah and his partners to direct ‘Commando 2’. We have a super talented team of actors and technicians from India and abroad. I am looking forward to starting the shoot today.”

Vidyut, who is known for his effortless daredevilry onscreen, said: “Vipul sir is the man who understands action and can make superlative action films. I have seen Deven Bhojani sir’s action serial ‘Pukar’. I was floored and have been seeing the detailed work he has put in. It is excellent.”

Madhu Mantena of Phantom Films, which has coproduced the film, is confident that the sequel “will take things to a whole new level”.

“The action adventure will be a treat for all audiences worldwide and we are ecstatic that the film is going on floors,” Mantena added.

Alice Eve’s plane plunge terror

Actress Alice Eve endured a nightmare flight when her plane plummeted 2,000 ft after experiencing severe turbulence.

The “Star Trek: Into Darkness” actress was flying from London to South Africa when her flight was hit by severe turbulence, leaving her shaken but unhurt.

“The flight dropped 2,000 ft – the pilot said it was the worst turbulence he had seen in his 35 years in the sky,” Eve told dailymail.co.uk.

“There was a lot of screaming and a few people were hurt,” she added.

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