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Jonathan Fahey, Acting Director of ICE Resigns | The State

The outgoing government continues to grapple with resignations within days of Joe Biden’s inauguration as 46th president of the United States.

According to CNN, Jonathan Fahey, Acting Director of ICE resigned from his post despite taking it on a few weeks ago. The information was provided by an official of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Fahey is the latest casualty in the Trump administration. Last week, DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf resigned, as did the DHS secretary. Transportation Elaine Chao and Secretary of Education Betsy De Vos.

Fahey took office on December 31 after the last incumbent, Tony Pham, resigned despite taking office in August. It is unclear if the assault on the Capitol led Fahey to resign or if it was something motivated by Wolf’s departure.

ICE was one of the most critical agencies in the Donald Trump government for the separation of families by raids on immigrants who do not represent a danger to society. Abuses in detention centers were also reported by immigrants and activists.

Biden will assume the presidency on Wednesday, January 20. The president-elect promised immigration reform to favor “Dreamers” and TPS beneficiaries.

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Full House vet Lori Loughlin, 56, ‘wants to RETURN to acting’

Lori Loughlin is reportedly interested in working again as an actress now that her Varsity Blues college admissions scandal is behind her after serving out a two month prison sentence.

On Thursday People claimed that the 56-year-old brunette beauty, who is best known for playing Becky on TV’s Full House and the subsequent revival Fuller House, hopes someone will hire her.

‘She always loved her career. She loves filming and creating movies,’ said the insider who noted a new TV show may be in her future.

Done! Lori Loughlin is reportedly interested in working again as an actress now that her Varsity Blues college admissions scandal is behind her after serving out a two month prison sentence; seen in April 2019

The source also said: ‘She previously expressed that she would love to act again at some point.’

But it is not as if she will be calling up casting directors anytime soon to check in.

‘The only focus right now though is to reunite with Mossimo,’ added the friend. ‘It seems Lori will put everything on hold until Mossimo is home. She isn’t really thinking about anything else.’

Her freedom is still very new to her.

Call me! On Thursday People claimed that the 56-year-old brunette beauty, who is best known for playing Becky on TV's Full House and the subsequent revival Fuller House, hopes someone will hire her

Call me! On Thursday People claimed that the 56-year-old brunette beauty, who is best known for playing Becky on TV’s Full House and the subsequent revival Fuller House, hopes someone will hire her

‘Lori is still in the moment of enjoying being back at home,’ a source shared with the site. 

‘The next big focus is of course to have Mossimo back home. No one can visit him in prison, because of COVID. He stays in touch with his family via phone calls.’

UsWeekly reported on Wednesday that he was having a ‘tough time’ in prison. 

Before the scandal, Lori had a thriving career. She played Rebecca Katsopolis on Fuller House from 2016 until 2018, and also starred as Abigail Stanton on When Calls the Heart from 2014 until 2019.

House lady: Before the scandal, Lori had a thriving career. She played Rebecca Katsopolis on Fuller House from 2016 until 2018; seen in 2016

House lady: Before the scandal, Lori had a thriving career. She played Rebecca Katsopolis on Fuller House from 2016 until 2018; seen in 2016

From 2013 to 2019 the LA resident portrayed Jennifer Shannon on Garage Sale Mysteries.

Her career began in 1971 with a small part in the TV series The Smith Family. She went on to work on The Edge Of Night, Full House, Hudson Street, Summerland and 90210.

Loughlin was released from prison Monday after spending two months behind bars for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into college.

A fan favorite: And also starred as Abigail Stanton on When Calls the Heart from 2014 until 2019. Seen with Jack Wagner

A fan favorite: And also starred as Abigail Stanton on When Calls the Heart from 2014 until 2019. Seen with Jack Wagner

She was cut out: After the scandal broke, the producers erased Lori from posters

She was cut out: After the scandal broke, the producers erased Lori from posters

The popular television star was released from the federal lockup in Dublin, California, where she had been serving her sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scheme, the federal Bureau of Prisons said. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, is serving his five-month sentence at a prison in Lompoc near Santa Barbara, California.

According to People, Loughlin had a ‘tearful’ reunion with her daughters Olivia Jade, 21, and Bella Rose, 22, when she got home.

The actress was emotional as she returned to her children in Los Angeles on Monday and is ‘beyond relieved that she can put her prison sentence behind her’, a source told People

Another series: From 2013 to 2019 the LA resident portrayed Jennifer Shannon on Garage Sale Mysteries

Another series: From 2013 to 2019 the LA resident portrayed Jennifer Shannon on Garage Sale Mysteries

The insider added: ‘It’s the most stressful thing she has ever dealt with. She plans on spending New Year’s with Olivia and Bella. She is still worried about Mossimo though, and can’t wait to have him home.’ 

Giannulli is scheduled to be released on April 17, the Bureau of Prisons says. Prosecutors said Giannulli deserved a tougher sentence because he was ‘the more active participant in the scheme.’

Loughlin and Giannulli were among the highest-profile defendants charged in the scheme, which revealed the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their children into elite universities. Authorities said parents funneled bribes through a fake charity run by an admissions consultant to get their kids into top schools with fake athletic credentials or rigged test scores.

Her husband is still in prison: Giannulli is scheduled to be released on April 17, the Bureau of Prisons says. Prosecutors said Giannulli deserved a tougher sentence because he was 'the more active participant in the scheme'; seen in August 2019

Her husband is still in prison: Giannulli is scheduled to be released on April 17, the Bureau of Prisons says. Prosecutors said Giannulli deserved a tougher sentence because he was ‘the more active participant in the scheme’; seen in August 2019

The famous couple admitted in May to paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though neither girl was a rower. Their guilty plea was a stunning reversal for the couple, whose lawyers had insisted for a year were innocent and accused investigators of fabricating evidence against them.

The only public comments either Loughlin or Giannulli made about the case since their arrest last year came at their sentencing hearings in August. Loughlin told the judge her actions ‘helped exacerbate existing inequalities in society’ and pledged to do everything in her power to use her experience as a ‘catalyst to do good.’

Their younger daughter, social media influencer Olivia Jade, made her first public remarks about the scandal this month on the series ‘Red Table Talk.’ Olivia Jade said she doesn’t want or deserve pity.

The kids: Lori and Mossimo's children have been doing well, with Olivia Jade vlogging again

The kids: Lori and Mossimo’s children have been doing well, with Olivia Jade vlogging again

‘We messed up. I just want a second chance to be like, `I recognize I messed up.´ And for so long I wasn´t able to talk about this because of the legalities behind it,’ she said.

Loughlin and Giannulli were both initially supposed to report to prison on Nov. 19, but prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Loughlin could start her sentence on Oct. 30. Loughlin also agreed that she would not seek early release on coronavirus-related grounds, prosecutors said.

Of the nearly 60 parents, coaches and others charged in the case, about a dozen are still fighting the allegations. The sentences for the parents who have pleaded so far in the case range from a couple weeks to nine months. Actor Felicity Huffman served nearly two weeks in prison last year for paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter´s SAT answers.

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Sara Ali Khan on advice to brother Ibrahim on acting debut: ‘My only tip would be to just be an all-rounded human being’


Actor Sara Ali Khan said that the only advice she can give her brother Ibrahim Ali Khan would be to get as much exposure as possible. She said he ought to get a good education, travel the world and be an all-rounded human being. She also singled out his sense of humour as his calling card.

Sara made her film debut in 2018 with Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer Kedarnath. She later starred in the blockbuster Simmba but followed it up with a dud, Love Aaj Kal. Her latest release is Coolie No 1 with Varun Dhawan.

Speaking to ETimes, she said her younger brother’s sense of humour is remarkable : “His humour is amazing. My only tip to him would be to just be an all-rounded human being. You know, I think that films are a beautiful business and he would be lucky to enter this world. And if he needs advice in terms of acting or anything like that, he has many people in the family also to turn to, there are much bigger actors and stars and you know, much more experienced than I am.”

At the time of Sara’s own debut, one of the qualities that set her apart was how sensible she came across as a newcomer. That aspect was on display again as she mentioned that there were far more experienced actors in the family to give him advice, about acting or otherwise, than her. She said: “I don’t think meri aukat aayi hai abhi tak, ke main kisiko tips du, lekin main itna zarur boleungi ke life main alag alag cheezo ka anubhav karna bohot zaruri hai. Chahe woh education, chahe woh traveling ho, chahe woh baatein karna ho ya logo ko observe karna ho (I don’t think I have the calibre to dole out advice to him just yet, but I will say that he should experience a number of things, be it education, travel, talking to people or observing them), that is very, very important. So that’s something I would advise him to do and the rest. He has his mother and father and a lot of other people to tell him what to do.”

Also read: Inside Salman Khan and niece Ayat’s birthday celebrations at his Panvel farmhouse: Don’t miss the 6-tier carousel cake

Her latest film Coolie No 1 hasn’t garnered positive reviews. Writing about it, Hindustan Times said: “David Dhawan has proved beyond doubt that it is impossible to templatise David Dhawan. With the sharp writing and editing missing, Coolie No 1 is but a poor facsimile of the original.” Sara is currently busy shooting for Akshay Kumar, Dhanush-starrer Atrangi Re, which is being directed by Aanand L Rai.

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Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera slams Trump for acting like an ‘entitled frat boy’

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera has slammed Donald Trump for his behavior since losing the election to President-elect Joe Biden.

In a tweet Saturday night, Rivera wrote that he had supported Trump for four years while the president was ‘assailed by leftist creeps who conjured the Russian Hoax to wreck his presidency’.

‘Sadly he lost a bitterly contested election. S*** happens’ he continued. ‘However since he has behaved like an entitled frat boy.’

The conservative commentator, a longtime ally and friend of the outgoing president, has become increasingly critical of Trump in recent weeks, blasting his attempts to undermine the integrity of the election by launching a series of legal challenges and refusing to concede the race.

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Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera has slammed Donald Trump for his behavior since losing the election to President-elect Joe Biden

The former Celebrity Apprentice contestant accused Trump of 'acting like an entitled Frat boy'

The former Celebrity Apprentice contestant accused Trump of ‘acting like an entitled Frat boy’

Earlier this week, Rivera lambasted Trump for leaving Americans ‘adrift’ by going on holiday to his Mar-A-Lago resort while the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill is in limbo.

‘He’s threatening a veto. He’s gone on Christmas holiday. What the hell are we supposed to do now? The president has said this is no good. What about the defense authorization part of this? What about paying the military?’ Rivera said Wednesday on Fox’s The Five.

‘We needed some leadership here,’ he said. ‘More importantly, he’s the leader of the free world. Give us some guidance.’

Trump has repeatedly called for stimulus checks to be boosted to $2,000 instead of the $600 promised by the current bill. He refused to sign the relief bill into law on Saturday night which saw 14 million Americans lose their unemployment benefits while a government shutdown now also looms.

During a separate appearance on Fox earlier this month, Rivera accused Trump of damaging the ‘fabric of our democracy’ by continuing to deny the results of the election, even after the Electoral College vote confirmed Biden’s win. Instead, Trump has launch a series of lawsuits with the vast majority of them having since been dismissed.

‘It’s over,’ Rivera said during the December 14 broadcast. ‘I want the president, my friend, the current president, the 45th president, to understand it is over.

‘The Electoral College has voted. The longer we drag this out, the more we damage the fabric of our democracy.’

The pundit, who once suggested naming the COVID-19 vaccine after Trump, warned that he believes the president’s refusal to concede to Biden is damaging his legacy. 

He urged the Trump to leave the White House with ‘grace and dignity’.

Fox News¿ Geraldo Rivera made the comments during a Monday broadcast after the Electoral College confirmed Biden as Trump¿s successor to the White House

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera made the comments during a Monday broadcast after the Electoral College confirmed Biden as Trump’s successor to the White House

Since the conclusion of the 2020 election, Rivera – a former Celebrity Apprentice contestant – has also pushed back against a number of conspiracy theories that have been peddled by Trump and his supporters.

On occasion he has even pushed back against his colleagues at Fox who have given credence to the theories, telling them they’re giving ‘false hope’ to supporters of Trump.

In another Tweet on Saturday night, Rivera also took aim at conservative attorney and Trump advocate Sidney Powell.

In response to a tweet that said Powell will ‘burn the deep state down at the stake’ with evidence of widespread voter fraud, Rivera called her ‘pathetic.’

‘Sidney Powell is a pathetic lawyer who among others is working to destroy the legacy of Donald Trump,’ he said.

Powell has spread unsubstantiated claims about the election, including allegations that Dominion Voting Systems had been designed to ‘flip’ votes from Trump to Biden.

None of Powell’s legal challenges have held up in court, with judges dismissing her cases for a lack of evidence or standing.

Earlier this week, Rivera lambasted Trump for leaving Americans ¿adrift¿ by going on holiday to his Mar-A-Lago resort while the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill is in limbo

Earlier this week, Rivera lambasted Trump for leaving Americans ‘adrift’ by going on holiday to his Mar-A-Lago resort while the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill is in limbo

With less than a month left until he leaves office, Trump on Saturday lashed out at the Supreme Court for refusing to intervene.

‘The U.S. Supreme Court has been totally incompetent and weak on the massive Election Fraud that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election,’ he tweeted. ‘We have absolute PROOF, but they don’t want to see it – No “standing”, they say. If we have corrupt elections, we have no country!’

During his four years in office, Trump has successfully nominated three justices to the Supreme Court: Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017, Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett in 2020.

He has previously complained about his lack of standing to bring his desired lawsuits – the legal concept of whether a person has the legal ability to bring a particular lawsuit before a particular court.

The Trump campaign has so fat won zero out of at least 40 legal challenges they’ve launched since the election.

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Arjun Mathur: I want to be acting till the day I die, money or fame is incidental


Actor Arjun Mathur was noticed for the first time when he appeared in Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance more than a decade ago. And his last project, Made in Heaven, was again with her, which fetched him an International Emmy nomination, though he didn’t winit.

The actor, however, is content with his journey in the entertainment industry and asserts that this entire notion of the life changing after a film or a global nomination, is nothing but a far-fetched idea.

“Lucky by Chance (2009) was just my first feature film to put me in public consciousness. I don’t know what this ‘change’ is supposed to be, a lot of people ask me how has life changed. It doesn’t, I still wake up and do the same things. The only change is I get a wider variety of work. I hope beyond that life doesn’t change much,” Mathur tells us.

 

Having worked both on the big screen as well as the web, Mathur, 39, wishes to remain focused completely on his word and not the end results.

“I only want to be simply working as an actor, as I have been doing for 13 years. Of course, everybody hopes for a good end result, but what is it after all? Where is the end? The hunger never ends, I want to be acting till the day I die. Everything that comes along, whether it’s appreciation, money or fame, is incidental,” he explains.

Calling it a “by-product” of following his heart, the actor this (acting) is something he wanted to do right since he was a kid and that also explains why Mathur refers to himself “as just an actor waiting to be cast” at the end of the day.

“I have always kept my feet on the ground, and just hope I keep getting offered bigger and better projects,” he ends.

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Acting Head of ICE, promoter of Trump’s toughest measures against undocumented immigrants, leaves post | The State

Pham was a regular critic of cities that offer “sanctuary” to undocumented immigrants.

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WASHINGTON – The Acting Director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE), Tony Pham, announced this Friday that he will leave the position he has held since August at the end of the month, at the end of a management that included some of the toughest measures of the president Donald trump against immigrants.

“I am grateful to the Trump Administration for giving me the greatest honor of my career in the service of my adopted country,” the Vietnam-born official said in a statement.

“Running a law enforcement agency with such a committed staff has been an honor for me,” he added. “I have met many extraordinary employees throughout the United States, and I will continue to be a tireless advocate for the hard working men and women at ICE.”

“However, at the end of the year I will return home to Richmond, Virginia, to be closer to my family,” Pham explained.

Battle against the “sanctuary cities”

In tours of the country since his appointment as head of ICE, Pham criticized cities that offer “sanctuary” to undocumented immigrants and approved the placement of large posters in Pennsylvania, before the November presidential election, arguing that immigrants without papers present a danger to public safety.

During the controversy in October over the cartels, Pham said that “sanctuary policies too often limit cooperation with ICE and result in situations of concern for public safety.”

Pham began his career at ICE in January 2020 when he became the agency’s main legal advisor and has decided to end it when the emigration of officials who have served in the Trump Administration begins, which ends on January 20. .

He ICE It has not had a director confirmed by Congress since Trump came to power in 2017: its first acting boss, Thomas Homan, was nominated but never succeeded in getting him ratified, and the president appointed Ron Vitiello to replace him.

Matthew Albence replaced Vitiello, who stepped down in April last year after Trump revealed that he had withdrawn his nomination to head the agency.

Subsequently, that position was assigned to Mark Morgan, who would later go on to lead Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with which Albence would once again be in charge of ICE until his resignation at the end of last July to be replaced the month next by Pham.

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I don’t think nepotism has survived: Subhash Ghai


An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, Subhash Ghai’s tryst with cinema began as an actor. But fate had something else in store for Ghai. He turned to direction with Kalicharan (1976 and the rest is history. The National Award-winner is known for movies such as Ram Lakhan (1989), Khalnayak (1993), Pardes (1997) and Taal (1999), among others. Ghai agreesthat a lot has changed in the film industry over the last decade, but he believes they have only been positive ones. “We’ve had a rush of enthusiastic, young talents in the industry, determined to reshape cinema and make their mark. We’ve also seen some fantastic new scripts being produced, visionary directors with unique styles and their own distinct flair, and an overall improvement in every aspect of filmmaking in general,” he shares.

 

Bollywood has been under the scanner in the recent times, but the 75-year-old believes that nothing can change the love in the minds of people for Bollywood in the country. “The Hindi film industry represents everything that is best about India. It tells us stories of our history, heritage, culture, and mythologies. It teaches us about love and family, kindness, and courage. It represents the best part of us, the part we all strive to emulate. The public knows this and know that we always try to do what is best for them and for our country,” he elucidates.

 

A lot has been debated about nepotism in Bollywood. Ghai, who has been a part of the Hindi film fraternity for five decades, says, “Over the years, the Indian film industry has grown to be one of the world’s largest, with some of the most talented people in the world. This has also meant that competition is intense, and that the efforts that goes into creating each film is massive. In this scenario, I don’t believe that nepotism has survived. Instead, it’s been replaced by a system of merit, that sees the best and most deserving person assigned any given job/role.”

 

So, does he feel some of the actions of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) are justified as a filmmaker? “The spirit of any censor board should not be to curb the freedom of expression of any artiste but to certify various content into different, suitable categories. The government does prefer to set up self-governing bodies on censoring the content offered via different mediums like cinema, TV or any other form of exhibition, when they receive forceful reactions from public in general regarding certain specific content, which may be hurtful, inciting negative emotions or have malign intent. Owing to this reason, some guidelines have to be formulated under the supervision of censor board, which I guess is to maintain a fair balance in the content that is offered,” he shares.

 

Talking about the recently-concluded annual event of Whistling Woods International, he says, “Celebrate Cinema is one of Whistling Woods International’s most renowned annual events. It serves as a platform for film and media enthusiasts to interact with the best experts in the industry, giving them the opportunity to learn about the artistic, technical and commercial aspects of the Media & Entertainment industry. Every year we welcome cinema lovers, aspiring filmmakers, and media and fashion aficionados for an array of workshops, screenings, and various contests and celebrity panel discussions. Our close ties to the industry mean that we often have some of the biggest names in the business in attendance. In past years we have welcomed such names as Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Rekha and A.R. Rehman, to name a few. It was a fantastic event, and we are thrilled to have continued this tradition into 2020. We are also proud to do our part to support our nation’s brave COVID warriors and have chosen to donate all proceeds from the sale of tickets to aid their fight.”





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Dia Mirza: The way I look has been a disadvantage for me in my acting profession many a time


As someone who entered the film industry after winning a beauty pageant, one would assume that Dia Mirza would have had it easy. But the actor shares how she, too, has had to face challenges in her film career throughout.

“I think any stereotype and pre conceived notions are not good. The way I look has been a disadvantage for me in my acting profession many a times. I have lost a job and not been cast in a part because I look too good. It is a strange disadvantage,” she shares.

The 38-year-old, who made her film debut with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001) after winning the Miss Asia Pacific title in 2000, further says, “I may be sounding very ungrateful. But because of the colour of my skin I am at a disadvantage. As much as I know and am acutely aware of the fact that darker complexioned women have it hard as well. But there is a certain type of cinema I love. I love the thinking cinema but the stereotypes attached to the thinking cinema and women who play those parts are so limiting. But finally things are looking up so I am not complaining.”

 

The year also marks 20 years since she won the title and Mirza, who wears many hats—actor, producer, activist, says for her it was like an opportunity which would lead to many more.

“I totally recognize the fact that winning this international pageant was a big deal. It gave me a voice, it gave me a platform, it empowered me financially, it gave me opportunities to work. I am still discovering. There is so much more I know about myself than when I was 18 and there is also just so much that is still to be discovered,” she explains.

Talking about her experience of being a part of the pageant, Mirza says it wasn’t easy for her at all as it was a very different environment.

“As somebody who was raised in a non competitive environment, my education system did not encourage competition, it was dramatically opposite for me to be a part of a contest. I remember while I was at the contest talking to my mother about it that I feel disadvantages by the fact that I don’t know competition. And she said it is you are not competing with anybody and your efforts should be to just be yourself. And enjoy yourself and learn and if any of what you stand for has merit, you will succeed,” she says.

So, if she hadn’t won the beauty pageant, would films still have found her? “I have no idea, I have always loved films. I used to participate in dramatics and elocutions right through school. My naani was an ardent film lover. I grew up with my mother telling me these stories and of course she also made me watch these cult classics. I do believe that given how creative and artistic I have always been and how much I have loved the performing arts , I do believe I would have found my way in this line of work,” she concludes.



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Imran Khan’s father-in-law: ‘His personal decision to leave acting, my daughter wanted him to pursue it’


Imran Khan’s father-in-law Ranjev Malik has confirmed that the actor has quit acting, and may pursue direction in the future. A few days ago, Imran’s friend, actor Akshay Oberoi had revealed that he had left acting. Imran’s last release was 2015’s Katti Batti with Kangana Ranaut.

Ranjev said it was Imran’s decision to give up acting. “Honestly, it’s Imran’s personal decision and it’s not my domain either. But yes, Imran was always inclined towards direction right from the days he went to a film school. Well, he’s working on it and will make it happen.”

Talking to The Times of India, he also said his daughter Avantika wanted him to focus on acting because “Imran was doing well.” Akshay had earlier told Navbharat Times, “My best friend in Bollywood is Imran Khan, who is no longer an actor because he has quit acting. Imran is my closest friend, whom I can get up at 4 am and call. Me and Imran have been with each other for almost 18 years, we studied acting together at Kishore Acting School in Andheri West. Imran Khan has left acting at the moment. As far as I know, there is a better writer and director inside Imran, I do not know when he will direct his film himself, I am not going to put any pressure, but as a friend, I think he will direct his film soon. Also, when Imran directs, I know he will make a wonderful film because his sensibility and understanding of cinema is very high.”

When asked if Imran and Avantika, who have been estranged for a year now, will patch up and be together again, Ranjev expressed a similar sentiment that it is ‘their personal decision’.

Imran and Avantika had separated in 2019. While they have been tightlipped about it, her mother Vandana had rubbished the reports. Speaking to In.com, she had said: “We all read the news and let me tell you that there’s no such thing. There are some differences, which will be sorted anyway.” Asked if divorce was on cards, Vandana said, “Absolutely not.” Imran and Avantika got married in 2011 and have a daughter Imara together.



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Michael J. Fox Admits His Acting Career Could Be Over After Progression Of His Parkinson’s Disease


Though Michael J. Fox has starred in some of the most iconic movies and TV shows of all time, he admits in his new memoir, ‘No Time Like The Future,’ that his acting days may be behind him due to his Parkinson’s.

“There is a time for everything, and my time of putting in a twelve-hour workday, and memorizing seven pages of dialogue, is best behind me,” writes Michael J. Fox in No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, per the Los Angeles Times. In his new memoir, Michael, 59, realizes that thirty years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it may be time to wrap up his historic and incredible career. “At least for now,” he writes. “I enter a second retirement. That could change, because everything changes. But if this is the end of my acting career, so be it.”

Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991 when he was just 29 years old. At the time, he was already a pop culture icon, having starred in the Back to the Future movies, as well as The Secret of My Success, Teen Wolf, and the Family Ties television show. Despite the prognosis, Michael continued to work, appearing in For Love or Money, Stuart Little, and Spin City. The latter would win him three Golden Globes (Best Actor In A Television Series – Comedy or Musical) and an Emmy Award.

Michael J Fox in ‘Back To The Future II’ (Everett Collection)

Though Michael has continued to work after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s – In 2020, he appeared on a pair of The Good Fight episodes and in the teaser for Lil Nas X’s “Holiday” – he claims that his disease may have been why NBC only picked up one season of his 2013 sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show. “I think Parkinson’s freaked them out, which was problematic, because it was the premise of the show,” writes Fox, per the Los Angeles Times. Though Michael owned up to the show’s failures, writing that he didn’t have “the focus or the bandwidth to administer the life support the show would need to make it. That’s on me, and I’m fine with that.”

Michael J. Fox in ‘Teen Wolf’ (Everett Collection)

When speaking about his memoir on the Nov. 16 episode of Good Morning America, Michael said that he’d reached a sort of “peace” with the fact that he’s had Parkinson’s for half his life. “It takes up the space it takes, and it left me room to do other things and thrive and golf and have friendships and travel,” he said.

Michael J. Fox attends the 19th annual “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s” Michael J. Fox Foundation event at the New York Hilton, NY, November 16, 2019. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

He also has time to binge-watch TV – he’s a fan of Peaky Blinders, The Greatest British Baking Show, and old game shows – and movies. One film helped Michael come to terms with the end of his acting life: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. “[Leonardo] DiCaprio, playing a cowboy actor who’s seen better days, keeps screwing up his lines,” writes Michael in his new memoir. “Furious at himself over his chronic inability to remember and deliver the dialogue… [he] berates himself viciously over his abject failure. I feel his pain. I’ve obviously been there.

“But weighed against everything else in my life, I don’t find it worthy of self-excoriation,” he adds. “My work as an actor does not define me.”



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