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Ben Affleck denies being dropped as Batman

SAN DIEGO: Ben Affleck dismissed speculation that he is being dropped as Batman during a Warner Bros. presentation Saturday that introduced the "Justice League" and announced a sequel to summer smash hit "Wonder Woman." Rumors have been swirling in the US entertainment press that the studio was casting around for a replacement for 44-year-old Affleck to lead a standalone Batman franchise. "Let me be very clear -- I am the luckiest guy in the world," Affleck told a crowd of 6,000 cheering fans at San Diego Comic-Con.…

Raina dropped from BCCI contract list ‘for focusing more on family’: reports

NEW DELHI: Indian batsman Suresh Raina was one of the big names to have dropped from the latest central contracts list released by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (COA). But a former Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy coach has come up with quite an unusual reason of Raina being dropped from the players’ contract list, “it’s his inclination towards his family”. According to reports citing the same coach, the 30-year-old is now considered a "reluctant cricketer", apparently more focused…

Indian film festival drops ‘Pakistani movie’ after threat

MUMBAI, INDIA: An Indian film festival dropped a Pakistani drama from its programme on Monday after protesters threatened to disrupt the screening - the latest movie to fall foul of heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Organisers of the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival said they would not show the 1959 classic ‘Jago Hua Savera’ (The Day Shall Dawn) following a complaint from an Indian NGO called Sangharsh, which means struggle in Hindi. Sangharsh had said it was inappropriate to show the film, which was…