1. Will Leonardo DiCaprio finally get that much-deserved Oscar?
The actor seemed to have picked his bet for the year (as he does each year). This time, he'll be back with director Martin Scorsese all over again with a new movie - The Devil in the White City - about one of America's most notorious serial killer.
DiCaprio will play the 19th century serial killer Dr HH Holmes - a pharmacist and hotelier who is believed to have slaughtered anywhere from 27 to 200 people, mainly young single women. The script is based on Erik Larson's acclaimed 2003 non-fiction book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and the Fair That Changed America (could no one have settled on a shorter title?!).
Larson's book reveals how he invited his victims into a "murder castle" containing a gas chamber, crematorium and dissecting table. Our fingers are crossed now for Leo to win the Oscar as there's no doubt the acting will be top notch as always.
The director-actor duo last worked together on the critically-acclaimed The Wolf of Wall Street about fraudulent Wall Street stockbroker Jordan Belfort last year, and have previously worked on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island.
DiCaprio will next be seen in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant, while Scorsese's next film in cinemas will be Silence, his drama about Jesuit priests who face violent persecution when they travel to Japan to preach the gospel.
2. The first trailer for the Shahid-Alia starrer 'Shaandaar' just released
You'd think Dharma Productions had reached the peak of making OTT cinema. But now there's Shaandaar. The opening shot resembles a colossal, rich red velvet cheesecake. But that's just Alia Bhatt's house in the film.
Shahid Kapoor plays a wedding planner who appears at Cheesecake Central to plan Alia Bhatt's sister's wedding. The trailer clearly isn't aiming for subtle: from the lehengas to the upholstery, shoes, sunglasses and jewellery, the word Shaandaar will hit home repeatedly. Not always in a good way. There's also horses, skydiving, palaces, men in golden suits and a matriarch on a throne.
The only concession to subtlety? Pankaj Kapur.
Still, we're not writing this one off just yet. For one, it's directed by Vikas Bahl. And second, the Shahid-Alia chemistry promises sassy things.
3. Your favourite cartoon strip dog just turned 65
Remember the school bag, water bottle and geometry box that had a cute black and white pup on it? It's that canine's 65th birthday!
Yes, Snoopy is really that old.
Initially named Spike, later rechristened Snoopy, the pup - arguably the world's most iconic dog - was created by Charles Schulz, inspired by his real pet, for the comic strip Peanuts. In his avatar as Spike, Schulz even sent in a sketch of the dog to Ripley's Believe It or Not. And now, come November, Snoopy even gets his own film. About time we say: that dog's got more fans than much of Hollywood.
4. If you've ever called some music spaced-out, this is where you feel silly
The viral success of his Space Oddity cover made astronaut Chris Hadfield a global phenomenon while he was still aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
And now Hadfield is back, with an 11-song-long album, most of which were recorded aboard the ISS. The album, called Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can, will release on October 9th.
Hadfield has already put out the official lyric video to Feet Up, one of the tracks from the album. He's also spoken at length about the difficulties of recording in zero gravity, explaining about the fluid build-up in his head which lead to the swelling of his tongue and vocal chords.
Hopefully it won't affect his billboard chances!
5. FTW: a book that lets the child choose the gender of their protagonist
According to The Independent, a staggering 48% of transgenders have attempted suicide by the time they are 26.
To bring down these shocking statistics and promote positive gender engagement, a new book, 'on transgenders, by transgenders', has just released, allowing young readers to choose the gender of the novel's protagonist, 'Are you a boy, Are you a girl'. The book, written by Sarah Savage and Fox Fisher, aimed at pre-schoolers to seven-year olds, stars Tiny, a child who likes to dress up as a fairy, a knight and a football player.
But when they go to a new school and are bullied, Tiny takes up the challenge of defining their own gender.
The authors hope the book starts a conversation about gender identity and acceptance, not just of transgenders but of any unconventional choice. ''The main message is about identity and that you can be whoever you want to be. If a child feels they don't identify with being a boy or a girl, there is this wonderful space in the middle that they can be in', say the authors.