The Taliban commander, named Tawakul, arrives with a detail of gunmen. He says he fought for years to purge U.S. and Afghan forces from the valley, but it looks like his guerrilla days are behind him. Fat, with a reddish beard and a gold watch, he says his men are able to move more freely since the peace pact with the U.S., though a drone struck the day before in a nearby valley. We sit down in the shade of an apple grove, and, flanked by fighters with long permed hair and kohl-ringed eyes, he boasts rapid-fire about the Taliban’s growing strength in Wardak. “The Islamic Emirate of the Taliban now control the Kabul-Kandahar highway. Before, there were checkpoints every kilometer, but these have been cleared,” he says. “Our mines are very effective — every night at least 10 or 20 soldiers are killed.” His math was inflated, but the gist of what he says is true. … [Read more...] about Highway to Hell: A Trip Down Afghanistan’s Deadliest Road
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Earlier in an interview with Filmfare magazine, Varun had hinted that he mighted get hitched to Natasha in 2021. "Everyone is talking about this (his marriage) for the last two years. There is nothing concrete right now. There is so much uncertainty in the world right now, but if things settle down, then maybe this year. I mean... I am planning for it definitely soon. But let there be more certainty," the Coolie No.1 actor was quoted as saying. … [Read more...] about Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal’s Wedding To Have A Restricted Guest List Owing To COVID-19 Pandemic?
Fans of the late, great Heath Ledger are paying tribute to the iconic actor on social media 13 years after his shocking and sudden passing. From playing a teen heartthrob in 10 Things I Hate About You to the Clown Prince of Crime in The Dark Knight, Ledger was a tremendous talent whose charisma matched his acting prowess, making him one of the most beloved actors of all time. His life was tragically cut short in January of 2008 when Ledger died of an accidental overdose, and his fans are still feeling the sting after 13 years. … [Read more...] about Heath Ledger Remembered by Fans on 13th Anniversary of His Death
No one was to give any hint that the debutante in question was actually one of the freakiest rock & roll bands currently in existence. To make certain that Mo Ostin and Joe Smith attended, Regehr scheduled the affair for the evening of July 14, so it could double as a fete for Evelyn Ostin’s birthday. Did they know July 14 was also Bastille Day in France? They didn’t, but they tossed that in, too, because why not? Then, with all that figured out, they got to work on the details. And this was where things got interesting, and expensive. After the bills topped seven grand, a massive amount for a single event in 1971, a very concerned Smith came to ask what the hell they were up to. Regehr gave him some kind of reasonable explanation, then told Shelley Cooper to stop sending the invoices to the finance office until after the party was over. “If it’s a success, they won’t care,” he explained to her. “If it’s not, then we’ll all be … [Read more...] about Strippers, Drag Queens and Dancing Dogs: The Insane 1971 Party That Launched Alice Cooper
Ratings revealed: Netflix continues to give us sporadic insights into how its top shows are performing. We were told this week that French original Lupin is on course to be watched by 70M households in 28 days, making it more popular than the wildly popular Bridgerton, which is projected to be watched by 63M households. While it’s nice to have the transparency, there are two things we’d say on this: 1) Netflix made these forecasts with around 10 days of viewing data. We have no idea how Netflix arrives at these projections, or if shows actually meet them. 2) Don’t compare these projections with bonafide ratings Netflix has disclosed for other international hits, such as The Queen’s Gambit, which had an actual audience of 62M after four weeks. … [Read more...] about International Insider: Netflix By Numbers; Cannes Question Marks; Epic Games’ Movie Push; Bye-Bye ‘Peaky Blinders’