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An incomplete round-up of movie news, features & views from an independent journo based in Mumbai
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
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
A HEARTWARMING TALE OF LIFE & FRIENDSHIP
Starring François Cluzet, Omar Sy,Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet, Alba Gaïa Bellugi, Cyril Mendy
Directed & written by Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
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'...
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. )
Cinema: Showcasing film maki...
GEORGIA US DIOCESE TO MAKE A FORAY INTO FILMMAKING
Filmfest Hamburg PRESS OFFICE IS BACK
head of office:
Tel: +49 40 399 19 00 23,
assistant: Ulrich Ortlieb
Tel: +49 40 399 19 00 30,
assistant: Moritz Piehler (from 17th of July)
For questions about Filmfest Hamburg they are ava...
'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,
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 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
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...
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...
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 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...
Cable services will switch to digital mode in July this year and the whole country will go digital by December 31, 2014 I&B Secretary Uday Kumar Varma told some 2000 Indian and 800 international delegates at the inauguration of FICCI Frames 2012 in Mumbai today.
The Secretary also announced that the Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to allow 839 new FM radio stations in over 250 towns. He said the process of e-auction has already been initiated in this regard.
Filmfest Hamburg TURNS 20
Filmfest Hamburg is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Anniversary celebrations will takeplace between September 27th to October 6th, 2012 with an audience of over 40,000 expected.
One of them being Hamburg’s 1st Mayor Olaf Scholz:
„For the past 20 years, Filmfest Hamburg has been a constant fixture in the cultural landscape of
the city. With its broad range of current and outstanding productions from all over the world, it is
The Austrian Road Show in Mumbai organised by Stefan Herzl's Panorama Tours saw a large number of travel experts waxing lyrical on the Tirol, Salzburg, Innsbruck,Wien, Mozart Concerts, and some lesser known places in the country. Of special interest to movie fans would be the Sound of Music special which pays tribute to the film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The Von Trapps fled Austria in 1938 to settle in Vermont,USA which reminded them best of their home on a sylvan...
The audience is spoilt for choice with 793 entries from 37 countries to the 12th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) which closes February 9 at the NCPA.
MIFF began its journey in 1990 as Bombay International Film Festival BIFF), and has since grown in size and stature as one of the premier international events of documentary film movement. The past editions have been overwhelming successes, and now MIFF is considered as one of the most spectacularly organised inte...
Veteran environmental filmmaker Mike Pandey from Delhi was honoured with the prestigious V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award of the Mumbai International Film Festival for shorts, documentaries and animation films – MIFF 2012
The award carries a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 500,000. Instituted in 1996 in memory of India’s foremost film maker V Shantaram, the Life Time Achievement Award aims to recognise the multi-faceted contributions of an Indian for the documentary ...
joseph baier directorThe End is My Beginning
Tiziano Terzani,the intrepid Italian journalist who is the principal character in Joseph Baier's second feature The End Is My Beginning La fine è il mio inizio, is the polar opposite of Vlado Taneski, the Macedonian crime reporter-serial killer whose horror story forms one of the three narrative strands in Milcho Manchewski's "Mothers". Unlike Taneski who wrote morbidly detailed accounts of the grisly murders of three old cleaning lad...
Algerian cinema reflects the male point of view in films about women says Fatma-Zohra Zamoum whose second feature "How Big is Your Love" is about the relationship between an eight year old boy and his grandparents.
" I made this film because children and the aged are absent in North African cinema. Practically every movie is about youth or work and lifestyle issues. I was also tired of the war and terrorism represented in Algerian cinema," Zamoum to...
What is the role of film in a world suffering from illiteracy and a steep decline in book-reading?
"This is a social issue that needs to be addressed in a wider context. Well publicized junk,usually from Hollywood,pushes out serious cinema and takes over the time that should be given to reading or visiting an art gallery.The best film-makers can do is to make good films. It is important to talk about truth and beauty in our films, rather than putting bums on ci...
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