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‘Wizard of Oz’ draft scripts head for auction block

LOS ANGELES: A collection of draft scripts for “The Wizard of Oz” and other material from the archives of the 1939 film are going up for auction in December and could fetch up to $1.2 million. Los Angeles auctioneers Profiles in History said on Thursday four handwritten draft screenplays by Noel Langley were being sold. Langley, who died in 1980, was one of about a dozen screenwriters who worked on the big screen adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s children’s book that catapulted Judy Garland to fame and became an enduring…

Twinkle Khanna rejected Karan Johar’s ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’

Many know that ace Indian filmmaker Karan Johar and actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna are friends since their boarding school days but few know about this incident when Twinkle rejected a KJo movie for she did not like the script. Both the celebrities share a good camaraderie and to take this friendship ahead, the filmmaker approached Khanna for a role in his directorial debut film 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' in 1998, which later turned out to be one of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters ever. Watch how Kuch Kuch Hota Hai…

Viking Age script deciphered mentioning ‘Allah’ and ‘Ali’

Researchers in Sweden have found Arabic characters woven into burial costumes from Viking boat graves, raises new questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia. The researchers at Uppsala University behind the study also show that both Allah and Ali are invoked in the patterns of the bands. The Arabic characters appear on woven bands of silk in burial costumes found in Viking Age boat-graves, as well as in the chamber graves clothing of central Viking Age sites such as Birka in Swedish Mälardalen. They were…

Trump stays on script — but a few episodes raise eyebrows

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump's trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories saw the unpredictable leader tightly following protocol, but a few moments provided low-scale scandal and humour. Empty handed Walking on the red carpet from the plane that had just brought them from the first leg of their trip in Saudi Arabia, Trump reached for his wife Melania's hand, who seemed to deftly yet subtly tap it away in a possible spurn captured by cameras and shared widely on social media. 'Recognise Jerusalem'…