Gossip Girls – Tweens, Cyber Bullying and the Media

The popularity of social networking sites has made the Internet a virtual public meeting place for all ages. By means of email, instant messaging, chat rooms and text messaging, gossip has found a way to be spread not only locally but also globally. How does this affect tweens-a demographic made up of kids between the ages of eight and thirteen?

The media has always addressed this universal issue. Currently, “Gossip Girl”: a series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar (now the subject of a teen soap opera of the same name on the CW television network) focuses on how technology is used to spread gossip and rumors among its main characters- young, rich, private school students who are members of New York’s elite social circle. Though the TV series as well as the books content is not suitable for kids, it has a large fan base made up of tween girls. They are most likely drawn to Gossip Girl because of its trendy storyline but also because some can identify with being the subject of Internet gossip.

Today, instead of being the subject of a malicious note passed around in class, a twelve-year-old girl may learn that someone has posted hateful comments about her appearance or false rumors about her sexual conduct on the Internet where thousands of people could read it. Sounds hard to believe. But this happens more often than you would think. Has the media done anything to help tweens cope with this harmful influence?

This phenomenon has led to B*tween Productions Inc., creating a series of books starring the Beacon Street Girls (BSG)-five friends (Katani, Avery, Charlotte, Isabel and Maeve) who represent the average tween-with the purpose of providing positive media influences and role models for this impressionable age group. The BSG books were written with the consultation of experts on girls, adolescence, children’s issues and development.

One of the books in this popular series focuses on the negative effects of cyber bullying while providing guidance for kids on the Internet. In the book “Just Kidding” the Beacon Street Girls learn about gossip, no-jokes zones and how the Internet can be used to spread rumors, spoil friendships and contribute to hurt feelings. The book also includes a list of fun and safe sites for kids including its own interactive website (www.beaconstreetgirls.com), which features a safe social networking site and online club.

With the tween years being a critical time in a child’s development, gossip and cyber bullying can be especially hard hitting at this emotionally sensitive time. While the adult themed “Gossip Girl” glamorizes it, the Beacon Street Girls help children to see the divisive effect it can have. The media would do well to follow the example of B*tween productions and provide positive resources to help parents educate themselves and their tween on how to combat this threat.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi – Shahrukh Khan And Anushka Sharma

The shooting for the most awaited Bollywood movie for this year started recently at the Yash Raj studios. ‘Rab Ne Bana Di jodi’ stars Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. The girl is surely fortunate as she stars opposite SRK in Aditya Chopra’s third directorial venture. Aditya is directing after a break of eight years. His amazing debut as a director was with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, the film that catapulted Shahrukh Khan to super stardom, and won all the major Filmfare Awards. It was the first of several successful pairings of Shahrukh and Kajol. We met Raj and Simran, the unforgettable jodi. And now we have Shahrukh and Anushka, another jodi in the making? Time will tell.

Anushka Sharma is from Bangalore and is only 19 years old. The girl has no prior acting experience but has been seen in TV commercials for Fiat Palio and sunsilk.

She always wanted to do modeling and that’s why she started at a very early age. She was spotted at the lakme India Fashion week 2007. With lovely eyes, beautiful hair the young model is the right choice for the role, according to Aditya Chopra. Congratulations Anushka!

Aditya Chopra is one of my favorites. Also Shahrukh is such a charm that he will make life very easy for Anushka. Didn’t we all hear how comfortable Deepika was while shooting for OSO.

This is a dream team. Aditya and Yash Raj films have given so much to Bollywood in the last 25 years. Their unique style of film making is indeed the recipe for success.

Bachna Ae Haseeno – Ranbir Kapoor And Deepika Padukone

As the title suggests, Ranbir Kapoor would be a flirt daddy in this movie. Wondering how would they picturize the title song. Much like his father, Rishi Kapoor’s bachna Ae haseeno song, this should be foot tapping, Or do you think its going to be the same song but remixed? Don’t know yet but I’ll know that soon.

It’s said to be based on the the Jimmie Shannon starer ‘The Bachelor’ released in 1999. If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s the plot for you.

Jimmie Shannon values his freedom more than life itself. As his male peers, even his best buddy, Marco, begin to hook up in marriage, Jimmie continues happily plugging away with his dating lifestyle, …( read more read more… )in no rush to find “the one.” When he least expects it, Jimmie crosses paths with the adorable Anne and falls in love. After a three-year relationship, Jimmie feels the pressures of commitment and decides to “give in”, reluctantly proposing to Anne at the most romantic of restaurants. Sensing his uncertainty and angry over his botched and lame attempt at a proposal, Anne dumps Jimmie. Shortly thereafter, Jimmie’s grandfather passes away and wills a $100 million inheritance to his grandson, on the condition he marries before his thirtieth birthday, which is less than twenty-four hours away…

I can’t share the spoils with you for Bachna Ae Haseeno but seems like an interesting story line for a Bollywood masala movie. I am a staunch Yash Raj Fan and haven’t missed a single movie that has come out under that banner. Moreover, it stars, Ranbir Kapoor yaar!! So I’d be sure to watch this one. How about you??

Bollywood News – Look For Movie Updates, Box Office Reports and Juicy Gossip

India’s biggest film industry, Bollywood, is always buzzing with news about new releases, box office reports, movie reviews by critics and experts, film gossip, romantic tie-ups between leading stars, controversies and personality clashes, and the latest fashion trends of male and female superstars. In such a scenario, keeping track of the latest happenings in Bollywood can be a very difficult task.

Instead of visiting generic websites that also focus on general news and provide Bollywood news as an afterthought, you would do well to rely on websites that specialize in providing the latest information and news related to the Hindi film industry in India. If you are an enthusiastic fan of Hindi movies and Bollywood film stars, then such a decision will help you stay up to date at all times.

The industry is always abuzz with news about new projects being launched and new movies being signed by the bigwigs of the industry. Recent releases like Barfi and Gangs of Wasseypur has brought new directorial talent under the spotlight. Even Karan Johar chose to skip family dramas and worked with debutants on his superhit youth-centric movie, Student Of The Year. Boring and formulaic movies have been replaced by innovative and imaginative scripts filmed by young and old directors who are not scared of moving away from the tried and tested approach.

If you are a fan, then you cannot afford to take your eyes off the industry for even a minute. Now that Big B and Anurag Kashyap have buried the hatchet, there is a possibility that these two may come together for an exciting cinematic endeavor. The best and the safest option is to rely on a website that keeps track of the latest developments and trends at all times.

Merely focusing on new releases and box office reports can become very boring unless it is accompanied by a peek into the exciting gossip surrounding the top stars in the industry. Will Salman Khan ever get married? Are Ranbir and Deepika sweethearts? Or, are they merely using their romance to promote their movies? Have Karan Johar and Priyanka Chopra patched up after their publicized Twitter fight? Speaking of Twitter, who is the latest celebrity to have made embarrassing updates on this site? A website that balances news with lots of gossip will definitely help you enjoy the best of Bollywood.

The latest information about movie performances at the box office will help you plan your next movie without any hassles. Barfi did well because of the positive word-of-mouth reviews and recommendations it received. Websites allowing users to post their opinions about different movies and stories will also help you understand what other movie fans are thinking.

The smartest option would be to rely on a single website that provides access to the latest news, gossip, fashion trends and tidbits about the private lives of the celebrities. Nothing can be more embarrassing for a real fan to discover that he or she was the last to learn about an interesting development in the Hindi film industry. Turn all your friends green with envy by sharing the latest news on your social networking profiles. Just make sure you choose the right website in the first place.

Enjoy Your Vacations With Upcoming Bollywood Movies

This summer is a complete treat for viewers of Bollywood movies having full package of movie masala which have raised all the affairs of the society. In this season, viewers will be having a great time with all good stuff of movies. Upcoming movies have the major interest among youth of the country. Youth is just crazy about the new releases and latest Bollywood gossips in the industry. In a country where most of the people are crazy driven by the powers of stars then the importance of the movies is must. The upcoming movies always remain highly awaited among the people. Media is always ready with hot and chilly stuff of gossips in a crisp and precise manner. These days news are made immediately as soon as an actor or an actress does something.

Bollywood industry always provide the hot topic amongst the movie lovers. In order to entertain with the movie lovers, Bollywood is always ready with their new releases. Various single and multi-starer movies are there in a long queue to hit the box- office. The next changes for the year 2009 are Mismatch which have actors like Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Nandana Sen, Anubhav Anand. This awaited movie is directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad. Another Upcoming Bollywood movies include Kusar Prasad Ka Bhoot, Paathshala and Alladin & the Mystery of the Lamp. These movies have actors like Amitabh Bacchan, Salman Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, Mahesh Manjerekar, Nana patekar etc.

There are various other movies which are in list are Alibaug, Chatur Singh, Kambhakt Ishq, Mr.Fraud and so on. Most of the movies are fictional and issue based. One movie which is among the latest gossip is Shabri in which Isha Kopikar plays the title role of a woman gangster. Most of the forth coming movies will starter Sanjay Dutt in the lead role like Munna Bhai Chaley America which is a comedy movie. In the multi -starrer section we have a movie Acid Factory in which Aftab Shivdasani, Dia Mirza, Manoj Bajpai are in lead roles. Among all of these,one of the new release is Lahore which ready with the possibility of friendship between two nations.

This season is full of new entertaining releases which is a complete packet for the viewers to enjoy their summer breaks and have fun altogether. These days with the concept of multiplexes viewers have great chance to view movies at cool and cozy places and have full entertainment doze with good sound facilities. So movie lovers go and enjoy full magic of new movies.