Jose Mourinho: Star man NOT guaranteed Chelsea return in Tuesday’s clash at Dynamo Kiev

first_imgJose Mourinho refused to say whether Eden Hazard will return to Chelsea’s starting line-up for Tuesday night’s Champions League Group G clash at Dynamo Kiev.Mourinho was critical of Hazard, the stand-out performer in last season’s Barclays Premier League triumph, after leaving the Belgium playmaker on the substitutes’ bench for last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.And the Blues boss declined to reveal if Hazard, who has been told to up his work rate, will start at the NSK Olimpiysky as Chelsea seek to respond from defeat at Porto in their most recent Champions League game.“If he plays tomorrow I don’t tell you. The players don’t know,” Mourinho said.Mourinho has left forwards Pedro and Loic Remy behind due to minor injuries, increasing the likelihood Hazard will return to the starting XI.The Portuguese was critical of Hazard during his first season back at Stamford Bridge and the desired response followed, with the forward compared favourably with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when winning individual footballer of the year awards last season.“I didn’t say he had a better season than Ronaldo,” Mourinho said.“Last season he won one of the most important titles in football, which is the Premier League, and [he was] absolutely decisive for Chelsea. Last season he had a phenomenal season.”Asked about Hazard’s response to his comments, Mourinho said: “How did he train? He trained like Eden.”Mourinho also says Radamel Falcao has given no indication to him of his apparent desire to leave Chelsea following reports in Monday morning’s newspapers.“First of all I don’t know if it’s true. To me he said absolutely nothing in relation to that,” Mourinho said.“I speak with him every day. It’s quite strange the press know something I don’t know and my club doesn’t know. We don’t have one single bit of information about it.“What he has to do is play more? He has to give us more than Diego [Costa].“We normally play with one striker. I always go for the performance level.“It’s a direct competition between players for one position. The best one plays.” 1 Eden Hazard last_img read more

Big stars push box office up

first_imgHOLLYWOOD: “American Gangster” and “Bee Movie” took over movie houses across nation. By David Germain The Associated Press A heroin pusher and a honey bee put some sting back into the movie business. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe’s bloody crime saga “American Gangster” took in $46.3 million to lead the weekend box office, with Jerry Seinfeld’s family cartoon “Bee Movie” following with $39.1 million. Together, the movies revitalized Hollywood’s listless autumn. “It took three of the biggest stars in the world to get the box office back on track, and they did it in high style with two totally different kinds of movies,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “You had an R-rated movie and a PG-rated movie bringing in a really diverse audience.” After six-straight weekends of declining revenues, overall business rose, with the top-12 movies taking in $127.2 million, up 12 percent from the same weekend last year, when “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” was No. 1 with $26.5 million. Universal’s “American Gangster,” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Washington as 1970s Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas and Crowe as a Jersey cop on his trail, rode a wave of acclaim and Academy Awards buzz to top of the box office. Audiences had been relatively disinterested this fall in serious R-rated films aimed at adults. Many of those earlier movies were box office underachievers despite critical praise, but “American Gangster” landed with both good reviews and packed theaters. Washington is known for heroic roles, yet as he did with his Oscar-winning turn as a bad cop in “Training Day,” he imbues Lucas with charm even as the man carries out savage deeds. “American Gangster” was the biggest opening ever for the film’s two stars. Crowe’s previous best was $34.8 million for “Gladiator,” also directed by Scott, while Washington’s was $29million for “Inside Man.” DreamWorks and Paramount’s “Bee Movie” features Seinfeld in his first big project since his TV show went off the air nine years ago. Co-written by Seinfeld, the movie has him providing the voice of a bee who sues humanity for stealing his species’ hard-earned commodity – honey. “Bee Movie” owned the family crowd, and studio executives said they expect the movie to hold up well through the holidays. It does face competition this weekend with Friday’s debut of the Warner Bros. holiday comedy “Fred Claus,” starring Vince Vaughn as Santa’s black-sheep brother and Paul Giamatti as St. Nick. “We look forward to seeing how it plays out, but it really looks like there’s some strong playing time ahead for both movies,” said Anne Globe, head of marketing for DreamWorks. The weekend’s other new wide release – New Line Cinema’s “Martian Child,” starring John Cusack as a widower adopting a troubled boy who thinks he’s from Mars – opened weakly with $3.65 million, finishing at No. 7. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “American Gangster,” $46.3 million. 2. “Bee Movie,” $39.1 million. 3. “Saw IV,” $11 million. 4. “Dan in Real Life,” $8.1 million. 5. “30 Days of Night,” $4 million. 6. “The Game Plan,” $3.85 million. 7. “Martian Child,” $3.65 million. 8. “Michael Clayton,” $2.9 million. 9. “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?”, $2.7 million. 10. “Gone Baby Gone,” $2.4 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Twitter launches special emoji for Akshay’s ‘Gold’

first_imgMumbai, Aug 10 (PTI) Twitter today launched a special emoji for Bollywood star Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film “Gold”, which is scheduled to release on Independence Day.People will be able to tweet about the film with GoldMovie or #Gold2018 to use the specially designed emoji curated by Twitter. The emoji appears next to the hashtag in the Tweet and is inspired by India’s first Olympic gold medal. It will be active until August 16. Vishal Ramchandani, Head of Marketing at Excel Entertainment, said in a statement, “The #Gold team is excited about the collaboration with Twitter, adding colour to conversations and allowing people to connect to the movie through the #GoldMovie, #FeelingOfGold and #UniteForGold.” Keya Madhvani Singh, Head of Entertainment Partnerships, Twitter India, said they are excited about the collaboration with “Gold” team. “Bollywood is an ever-evolving industry that explores new ways to engage with fans, and we’re excited to provide creative opportunities to drive anticipation for movie launches. We are delighted to collaborate with Excel Entertainment to offer fans multiple layers of engagement, prior to the release of Gold, which will enhance their overall cinematic experience,” she said. “Gold”, directed by Reema Kagti, is a sports drama inspired by real events during the 1948 Summer Olympics when India, as a free nation, won its first Olympic Gold Medal in field hockey.Akshay plays the lead in the film, which also stars Mouni Roy, Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Sunny Kaushal in pivotal roles. PTI SHDSHDlast_img read more