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A little chit, a little chat, a little bit of this & that;meaning news, views & lotsa reviews from an independent journo based in Bombay aka Mumbai


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DOORDARSHAN TO HAVE SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY SLOT

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     DOORDARSHAN TO HAVE SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY SLOT    FINALLY! After years of appeals from doc film-makers, the Indian govt run Doordarshan will telecast award-winning and acclaimed documentaries, short fiction and animation films at prime time. From next month, the films dealing with a range of social issues will be telecast on a special 30 minute slot every Monday said Indian ...

12 Years a Slave: visceral and riveting

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12 Years a Slave’:  visceral and riveting   Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor,Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o,Paul Giamatti,Alfre Woodard, Taran Killam, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson  Director: Steve McQueen III   Slavery is as old as the hills.The Romans, Assyrian,Babylonians,Egyptians, Jews, Arabs, Scandinavians all kept slaves. In the Far East, the Japanese didn't lag  behind. Nor did India with bonded labour. Slave...

The Mumbai International Film Festival goes National

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The Mumbai International Film Festival  goes National The Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF 2014) currently underway at the NCPA has gone national in its 13th edition.  For the first time, it will screen a selection of films from the national and international competition section simultaneously  at special MIFF Zones in Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, Bangalore and Nagpur. In all, 32 hours of short feature,non-feature and animatio...

The Mumbai International Film Festival goes National

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The Mumbai International Film Festival  goes National The Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF 2014) currently underway at the NCPA has gone national in its 13th edition.  For the first time, it will screen a selection of films from the national and international competition section simultaneously  at special MIFF Zones in Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, Bangalore and Nagpur. In all, 32 hours of short feature,non-feature and animatio...

LONE SURVIVOR: ode to to bravery & courage

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   LONE SURVIVOR:  ode to  to bravery &  courage       Starring:Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Jerry Ferrara, Ali Suliman, Yousef Azami Directors: Peter Berg    Adapted from  the memoir "Lone Survivor,The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10" which Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell co-wrote with Brit...

Deadline Extended to October 10, 2013! - Viewing Room and Work-in-Progress Lab 2013 at NFDC Film Bazaar 20-24 November Goa

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      Deadline Extended toOctober 10, 2013! - Viewing Room and Work-in-Progress Lab 2013 at NFDC Film Bazaar 20-24 November Goa    Work-In-Progress Lab   Where a panel of international film experts will mentor your film. Open to feature length films & documentaries in the rough-cut.   Viewing Room A special section for films seeking finishing funds, festival placement & world sales. Open to films of all ge...

ASSAMESE KICKSTARTER: Local Kung Fu

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    Assamese Film: Local Kung Fu Starring:  Kenny Basumatary, Sangeeta Nair, Utkal Hazowary, Bonny Deori  Director Kenny Basumatary    Helmed by novelist and  martial arts practitioner Kenny Basumatary who also stars in the film, this action-comedy  in Assamese (  and a smattering of Hindi with English subtitles)  was screened at last year's  Osian Cinefan Festival in Del...

ASSAMESE KICKSTARTER: Local Kung Fu

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    Assamese Film: Local Kung Fu Starring:  Kenny Basumatary, Sangeeta Nair, Utkal Hazowary, Bonny Deori  Director Kenny Basumatary    Helmed by novelist and  martial arts practitioner Kenny Basumatary who also stars in the film, this action-comedy  in Assamese (  and a smattering of Hindi with English subtitles)  was screened at last year's  Osian Cinefan Festival in Del...

AKSHAY INAUGURATES IFFI 2012 WHICH OPENS WITH ANG LEE'S ‘Life of Pi’

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    iffi 2012 : 43rd international film festival of india   Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar  inaugurated the 43rd International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2012 this evening at a star studded gala featuring The Life of Pi, Academy Award Winning Director Ang Lee’s  3D adaptation of  Booker Award  winner Yann Martel's  masterful  novel by the same name.   The ten day extravaganza will celebrate Indian cinema in its hundredth ye...

The Dark Knight Rises review

The Dark Knight Rises Starring:  Christian Bale,Michael Caine,Tom Hardy,Gary Oldman,Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson,Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Matthew Modine, Cillian Murphy,Tom Conti Director: Christopher Nolan Don't be fooled by posters proclaiming the end of the caped crusader  in Christopher Nolan's  third (and concluding?) chapter of his Batman trilogy which began with BatMan Begins (2005) followed by The Dark Knight ( 2008) It coul...

FAST PACED ESPIONAGE ACTIONER :THE BOURNE LEGACY

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  The Bourne Legacy Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac, Stacy Keach, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn, David Strathairn, Joan Allen Director: Tony Gilroy Fast-paced and emotionally nuanced, Tony (“Michael Clayton,” “Duplicity”) Gilroy's powerfully staged spy thriller-actioner  has little in common with Eric Van Lustbader 's 2004 novel The Bourne Legacy, fourth in the series created by Robert Ludlum. Lustbader shared an agent with Ludlum, and  rein...

Award winning Kashmiri film to open 20th Filmfest Hamburg

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Award winning Kashmiri film to open 20th Filmfest Hamburg The 20th edition of Filmfest Hamburg has announced its opening movie:an award winning Indo-American co-production which is set in Kashmir. The red carpet will be rolled out at the port city's CinemaxX Dammtor next month for the screening of "Valley of Saints" in the presence of its  New York-based director Musa Sayeed and Hamburg’s mayor Olaf Scholz. Also lined up to attend are the film's producer Nicholas Bruckma...

FILM REVIEW Ice Age 4 : Continental Drift

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Ice Age 4 : Continental Drift Starring: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Peter Dinklage,  Keke Palmer, Josh Gad, Nicki Minaj, Heather Morris, Aziz Ansari, Kunal Nayyar Directors: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier   I read on the web that there have been at least four 'Ice Ages' in the Earth's geological past, the first taking place 2.3 billion years ago. Whether all of the species in the Ice Age franchise existed in the sam...

Anne (Interview with a Vampire) Rice's book Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt to be made into a film

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Novelist Anne Rice'S 2005 book Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt  (Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc)which imagines Jesus at the ages of 7-8 is being made into a film slated for release sometime in 2013.  Rice originally had a movie deal with Good News Holdings, but that fell apart in 2009, and the project was shelved indefinitely. But after watching The Stoning of Soraya M, Rice felt like she'd found the right person to bring her story to the silver screen: Am...

review of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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Subversive horror actioner Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Starring:Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Jimmi Simpson,Erin Wasson Director: Timur Bekmambetov If Hollywood can churn out literary-horror mashups like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, why not a period epic in 3D like   Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Why ever not indeed! In this subversive fantasy/horror/actioner directed by Timur Bekmambetov, vampires  hold swa...

review: A HEARTWARMING TALE OF LIFE & FRIENDSHIP : THE INTOUCHABLES

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A HEARTWARMING TALE OF LIFE & FRIENDSHIP THE INTOUCHABLES Starring François Cluzet, Omar Sy,Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet, Alba Gaïa Bellugi, Cyril Mendy Directed & written by Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano There's a comic scene in this  French film  about a  true life cross-racial,intercultural friendship where Abdel “Driss” Yasmin  (Omar Sy) the cocky live-in caretaker of  Philippe  Pozzo di Borgo, a wealthy quadriplegic, says Rimsky Korsakov'...

OSIAN S 12TH CINEFAN Indian Asian and Arab film festival TO FOCUS ON FREEDOM OF CREATIVE & CULTURAL EXPRESSION

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Osian's Cinefan 2012,Indian Asian and Arab film festival held in association with the government of Delhi will spotlight 200 films from around 50 countries. Starting from  27th July to the 5th of August, this year's edition highlights the following: Freedom of creative & Cultural Expression: This theme will run through the overall programming of events at the festival (according to a communique received from Osian's. ) Environmental Cinema: Showcasing film maki...

GEORGIA US DIOCESE TO MAKE FILM

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GEORGIA US DIOCESE TO MAKE A FORAY INTO FILMMAKING ...

Filmfest Hamburg PRESS OFFICE IS BACK

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Filmfest Hamburg  PRESS OFFICE IS BACK  head of office:   Caroline Schmidt-Gross Tel: +49 40 399 19 00 23, e-mail: presse@filmfesthamburg.de schmidtgross@filmfesthamburg.de   assistant: Ulrich Ortlieb Tel: +49 40 399 19 00 30, e-mail: ortlieb@filmfesthamburg.de   assistant: Moritz Piehler (from 17th of July) e-mail: piehler@filmfesthamburg.de   For questions about Filmfest Hamburg they  are ava...

REMEMBERING MANI KAUL

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'To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.' (Thomas Campbell,1777-1844,Scottish poet) There they were, Jahnu Barua, Udayan Vajpeyi, MitaVashist, and Siddharth Sinha among others,going down memory lane and paying rich tribute to and sharing their experiences of the acclaimed film-maker and  Renaissance man, Mani Kaul inside the jam-packed Films Division  theatre here today,          Painter, musician, teacher and film maker whose movies have been h...

Looking forw to Saif Ali Khan & Deepika Padukone's new movie Cocktail

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Looking forw to Saif Ali Khan & Deepika Padukone's new movie Cocktail helmed by Homi Adajania who'd directed The Chotta Nawab in Being Cyrus. Cocktail is a romantic comedy film directed by Adajania under Saif Ali Khan's banner Illuminati Films ...

Review of the amazing Spider-Man

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The Amazing Spider-Man Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary,  Martin Sheen, Irrfan Khan and Sally Field Director: Marc Webb For some readers, Holden Caulfield, the 16-year-old protagonist of  J D Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, is the epitome of teenage angst, anger and rebellion. Like many teenagers, Peter (Andrew Garfield) Parker, a solitary high schooler and the alter ego of SpiderMan, does not keep his word. He...

CCI Chairman urges entertainment and media enterprises & related trade associations to initiate competition compliance program

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 Speaking at FICCI FRAMES 2012  in Mumbai on Friday, Ashok Chawla, Chairman, CCI, urged entertainment and media enterprises and related trade associations to initiate competition compliance programs. Trade bodies could be used for price coordination or market allocation amongst member companies, he cautioned.A competition compliance programme would include imparting awareness and training to employees who may engage themselves or are exposed to anti competitive conducts. It not only reduce...

Diligence in news reportage vital for preserving media freedom: Justice J S Verma at FICCI FRAMES 2012

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  Justice J. S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India has advised the media to exercise due diligence in news reportage by questioning whether a news item is true, fair, necessary and in public interest. The answer to these questions were necessary in order to inform and enlighten the people accurately and obviate any possibility of regulation by the government as that would tantamount to curbing the freedom of the media. Addressing the session on “Freedom of Media: Significance of Self-re...

INDIAN MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TO TOUCH INR 1466 BILLION BY 2016: FICCI - KPMG REPORT

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  Indian Media & Entertainment Industry to touch INR 1466 Billion by 2016: FICCI-KPMG report Industry Achieves 12 per cent Growth in 2011; projected to Grow at CAGR of 15% Over Next 5 Yrs  In 2011, the Indian Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry registered a growth of 12 percent over 2010 and touched INR 1,457 billon, says FICCI-KPMG report. The growth trajectory is backed by strong consumption in Tier 2 and 3 cities, continued growth of regional media and fast...

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