Kangana Ranaut’s QUEEN headed to The Busan International Film Festival

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Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut’s latest film, Queen, will premiere at the 18th Busan International Film Festival, in South Korea.

The film tells a tale about a girl from Delhi who travels across the world for the first time.  It is reported the film was shot in 147 different locations.  Director Vikas Bahl is excited to showcase the film on an international level.  “We are quite happy to have a World Premiere at the prestigious Busan Film Festival. I am very excited that a film about a simple girl from Delhi is being recognized and appreciated internationally. It’s good to know that a human story always finds a universal audience. The team is getting ready to go to Busan…”, said the director.

His earlier project, Chillar Party won multiple National Awards and he’s hoping Queen will deliver similar results.

Queen, which is produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Phantom Films, will have three screenings under the “Window of Asian Cinema” category.  The Busan International Film festival has increasingly grown over the past years,  and serves as a great outlet for filmmakers to gain international exposure.

The film is set to release on February 28th 2014.

Bollywood Meets Hollywood: Abhishek Bachchan meets Al Pacino in London

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Abhishek Bachchan was all star struck recently in London, after meeting Al Pacino at an event organized by Deepak Kuntawala.

Abhishek  later tweeted this photo of himself and Al together. Tagging the photo with: #dreamcometrue #TheGodfather #SayHelloToMyLittleFriend

Oblivion: Or Wall-E with Tom Cruise…. And Occasionally Morgan Freeman

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The first thing I thought of when I saw the trailer for Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, was oh great, they’ve made Wall-E, only with Tom Cruise instead of a cute robot.  After watching the movie I’ve changed that assessment a bit, although the opening premise and some moments are eerily similar to Disney’s heroic Robinson-Crusoe robot.  (There’s even a moment when Cruise brings back a flower from Earth’s surface only to be told it’s probably contaminated, much like in Wall-E, and various moments where the last man/robot on lonely Earth idea is toyed with, usually in scenes depicting nostalgia embodied in trinkets found in mankind’s rubble.)

Oblivion is set in a fragmented, post-apocalyptic future in which Earth is a shell of its former self.  Civilization as we know it has collapsed after the invasion of Earth by aliens known only as the Scavs, aliens so jerky that they blew up our Moon to mess with Earth’s oceans.  The human race was able to fend off the Scavs but at great cost to the planet and have now decided to recolonize on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, as Earth is now too toxic for human habitation owing to the nuclear weapons used to fend off the Scavs.  (Never mind that Titan has a surface temperature of -179.2 Degrees Celsius, a surface that only receives 1% of the sunlight of Earth, and a dense, opaque atmosphere made up mostly of nitrogen and nitrogen rich organic smog with the remaining 1.6% being methane, apparently it’s still a better place for human habitation than nuclear fallout Earth. Go figure…..)

We learn this through Cruise’s character Jack Harper, who works as a repairman for the giant, floating machines draining our oceans of water to convert to energy to help mankind’s colonization of Titan.  Harper lives in a very nice looking sky condo above the ruins of what was once New York City with his love interest/helper Victoria and uses various technology to repair the guard drones damaged by the remnants of the Scavs who are still fighting on the surface of Earth, although Cruise’s Harper lets us know that the humans won the war.  Oh, and Cruise and Victoria’s memories have been wiped of their previous lives for “security purposes”.  Cruise is the only one who actually goes down to ruined planet Earth as Victoria functions as his eye-in-the-sky operator/link to the Tetra (floating spaceship waiting to whisk mankind away to it’s new abode in the stars) and she’s also the go-between with mission control in the Tetra.

As you may have guessed, all is not as it seems and Harper discovers this through a series of events including his recovery of the lone female, human survivor from a crashed spaceship whose hibernating crew his own guard drone seems eager to destroy, capture by the Scavs, a pow-wow with Morgan Freeman, and eventual discovery of the all elusive “truth” which has been withheld from him.  I don’t want to give away too much of the movie, but one unintentional moment of comedy involves the thought of spaceships full of  remorseless, killing-machine Tom Cruise clone-armies landing on Earth to destroy mankind.  I’m sure this will send shivers up the spines of all those Sun-belt, Bible-thumpers who have always regarded Xenu loving Scientologist Cruise with distrust after learning of his interesting religious views.

The film has the usual flair to be expected from director/story originator Joseph Kosinski, who also helmed Tron: Legacy.  The special effects are excellent, the futuristic gadgets all have a certain wow factor to them, although the off-white of Apple products seems to be the color of choice of post-apocalyptic civilizations everywhere, and Cruise does a fine enough job doing his usual savior-of-makind routine without being too off-putting or schmaltzy, but something ultimately seems to be missing from Oblivion.  Unlike Wall-E, which this critic thoroughly enjoyed, Oblivion just seems to lack the heart necessary to make it a great film.  Yes, the audience knows Cruise and therefore mankind will triumph in the end but somehow Kosinski and Cruise failed to make this audience member care.  The cautionary environmental message of Wall-E is missing here as is the connection and feeling for the hero of this story.  Mr. Cruise, you know it’s bad when a robot who barely utters more than a few lines is able to command more genuine concern or depth of feeling than a character you’re portraying with a movie’s worth of heroic platitudes.

MOVIE DON BOTTOM LINE:

CONSIDER if you like slickly produced movies with good visual acumen and you like Tom Cruise saving the world.

PASS if you’re looking for substance over style and actually want to give a shit whether the main character lives or dies.

FUTURE REVIEWS:

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS (J.J. Abrahms rebooted/reinvigorated the Star Trek franchise through some deft screenwriting/directing,  a revelation in Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, and tremendous special effects, let’s see if his follow up also hits it out of the park with Brit Benedict Cumberbatch playing an unspecified villian.  Khaaaaaaaaan???????)

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MAN OF STEEL (The 10-year old Superman fanboy in me can’t wait! And 300 Director Zach Snyder directing and Batman’s Chris Nolan producing, yes please!!!!)

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Aishwariya Rai gets a personal invitation to the Cannes Film Festival 2013

Bollywood actress Aishwariya Rai gets a personal invitation for the Cannes Film Festival in May.

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Aishwarya Rai,”the most beautilful woman in the world,” has gotten a personal invite to the Cannes Film Festival from the French government this year , according to sources. The Film Festival will begin on May 15th with Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby, featuring Aishwariya’s father in law, the legendary, Amitabh Bachchan, who holds a cameo role in the film.

Super exciting news for bollywood actors, since the Cannes Film Festival will be celebrating 100 years of India cinema.

Aishwariya Rai always looks amazing on the red carpet. We can’t wait to see the beauty’s pick for the festival this year!

‘Life of Pi’ actor contemplated quitting films

‘Life of Pi’ star Irrfan Khan claimed to be “bored” at one point, and actually considered giving up acting for good.  Click here to read his interview with Times of India.

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Good thing he didn’t quit. Who else could represent Indian actors in Hollywood with such sophistication and strong screen presence?

Actress speaks out about the pressures of being thin in Bollywood

” Today most of the girls are stick thin, and that is a tragedy. That has been life miserable for women like me,” says actress Raveena Tandon.

 

The pressure to be thin isn’t just in Hollywood. Apparently, Bollywood diva’s also face the same criticism and scrutiny if they aren’t a size zero. Raveena Tandon along with Aishwariya Rai, and many others have been targeted by the media concerning their weight.

So sad–but we’re not surprised. As if Bollywood didn’t have other issues to conquer. Take skin lightening for an example. Even today, if your not a certain skin tone, you will not be considered beautiful.

Sickening I know….

‘Life of Pi’ actor Irrfan Khan stopped at the airport

Irrfan Khan isn’t too happy with his recent experience with the immigration authorities at the US airports.

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“It’s humiliating. They don’t even disclose the reason,” says Irrfan, who is one of the most recognized actors from India. He’s been in films such as the Oscar-winner ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Life of Pi’ and crowd pleaser ‘Spider-Man’.

Irrfan was detained twice at LAX back in 2008 and JFK in 2009. However, Irrfan isn’t the only Khan to have faced such issues in US airports. Shahrukh Khan also had problems traveling back and forth from India and has been quite vocal about it.

Looks like celebs don’t get special treatment when it comes to safety after all.

Is Shahrukh Khan sick of Twitter?

Back in January 2013, King Khan tweeted “Sad,i read so much judgements, jingoism, religious intolerance on the net & i use to think,this platform will change narrowmindedness,but no!.” The actor hasn’t been very active on twitter since.

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Many celebs join the social network to increase their popularity and market themselves. Actress Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu and many others in both, Hollywood and Bollywood, interact with their fans on a daily basis.

So could this be the end of Shahrukh’s twitter days? We will have to wait and find out…

Priyanka Chopra Poses for India Vogue

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Ms. Chopra poses for the cover of Vogue India sporting a black and white high waisted shorts and strapless top.

Not feeling the blank stare so much…..

Who took home an Oscar?

From Adele’s magnificent performance, to Jennifer Lawrence’s embarrassing fall, to Ben Affleck’s emotional speech, it was a night full of events at the Oscars.

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Check out the list of winners from last night.

Best Picture

Argo–WINNER

Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln–WINNER

Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook–WINNER

Best Director

Ang Lee, Life of Pi–WINNER

Best Original Screenplay

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino–WINNER

Best Original Song

“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth–WINNER

Best Original Score

Life of Pi, Mychael Danna–WINNER

Best Production Design

Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson–WINNER

Best Film Editing

Argo, William Goldenberg–WINNER

Best Supporting Actress

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables–WINNER

Best Foreign Language Film

Amour, Austria–WINNER
Best Documentary Feature

Searching for Sugar Man–WINNER

Best Documentary Short

Inocente–WINNER

Best Live Action Short

Curfew–WINNER

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained––WINNER

Best Cinematography

Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda–WINNER
Best Costume Design

Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran–WINNER

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell–WINNER

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