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Emma Stone says her male co-stars cut their salaries to match hers

She noted the similarities between the era of the King-Riggs match

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LOS ANGELES — Oscar winner actress Emma Stone said in an interview with Out Magazine that her male co-stars willingly take pay cuts so that she can get equal salary to promote her upcoming Fox Searchlight movie Battle Of The Sexes.

The 28-year-old,  however, didn’t mention names in the Out piece, which took the form of a Q&A with her Sexes co-star Andrea Riseborough and Billie Jean King. Stone plays the tennis icon in the tale of King’s famed 1973 tennis match with Bobby Riggs, who is played by Steve Carell.

“In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair, so that’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily — that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair’,” Stone told Out magazine.

She noted the similarities between the era of the King-Riggs match and today, saying “those parallels make sense to me—the equal-pay issue makes a lot of sense to me. At our best right now [women are] making 80 cents to the dollar.”

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Of her role as tennis star Billie Jean King in her upcoming movie, the actress said: “She’s (character) such a coach and she knows sports psychology, and she instantly reduced it to playing catch, so I got to feel like a golden retriever running after a ball, and just making sure the ball was in front of my face.

“What was incredible is that she found my strengths and she played to those. She found out instantly that I like to dance and I could move my feet, and that was our jumping off point,” Stone added.

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Salman Khan to perform in Kathmandu on March 10

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KATHMANDU — Bollywood star Salman Khan and over 60 actors will be performing in Kathmandu on March 10 for the musical tour, ‘Da-Bangg: The Tour’ event, which will take place at Tundikhel ground, and expected to attract around 50, 000 viewers, including 10,000 foreigners.

The two main organisers of the tour, Sohail Khan Entertainments and JA Events, and the partner organiser from Nepal, ODC Entertainment, for the event’s confirmation, have organised a press meet here at the Capital’s Soaltee Crowne Plaza on Friday.

‘Da-Bangg: The Tour Nepal’ will feature live performances by Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prabhu Deva, Meet Bros, Daisy Shah, Kriti Sanon and Maniesh Paul.

Sohail Khan, the founder of Sohail Khan Entertainments — also an actor and the younger brother of Salman, briefed the media about the extravaganza that is to come.

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“We are extremely delighted to bring Da-Bangg: The Tour in Kathmandu for the first time. There should be more of these cultural shows and vice-versa, where Nepali artists and Indian artists get together; we should get together and make ties between our cultures into a very beautiful world,” Sohail said.

“I am sure the entire team is more than excited than the Nepali people, because Nepal is like our extended home, our neighbours, where we are always showered with immense love and support.”

Likwise, Deepak Joshi, CEO of the Nepal Tourism Board, said, “This event will also be one of the instrumental to promote Nepal to recover our tourism as events are very important to promote destinations. For many Indian visitors it is very popular as a party and pilgrimage segment, very popular for adventure enthusiasts and weekend breakers and an equally important destination for film makers too.”

Apart from the event, Salman Khan is scheduled to visit the Chandragiri Hills. He is also scheduled to undertake a Heli flight to see Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nupche, Makalu and other high Himalayan peaks.

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