Bollywood Legend’s Son Trying his Hand at Hollywood Producing!

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Uday Chopra, son of legendary Bollywood director Yash Chopra, has begun producing a string of Hollywood movies with big-name talent involved. Uday has opened a branch of his father’s Yash Raj Films right here in Los Angeles and has wasted no time in lining up heavy-hitter Hollywood actors for his films.

Beginning with Nicole Kidman (with whom Uday appeared beside at this year’s Cannes Film Festival) starring in the Grace Kelly biopic “Grace of Monaco”, continuing with the upcoming Jason Bateman romantic comedy “The Longest Week”, and perhaps culminating in the project “The Seducing of Ingrid Bergman” Uday has an ambitious slate lined up for release. Perhaps the Hollywood ingenue has a thing for classic Hollywood blondes as the Ingrid Bergman script coupled with the Grace Kelly biopic point out an interesting affinity for icy blondes, but he’s set out to make his mark in a town where shattered dreams are almost as plentiful as stars on the Walk of Fame.

Uday pointed out that “People in the West think ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is a Bollywood film and they have that one image of India — dirty and crazy…” but he notes that he’s here to make Hollywood films on a Bollywood budget while changing America’s perception of India. After overcoming the notion that he was just another rich Indian tycoon who had come along to “throw money at them and they can go ahead and make their movie” or “they think you are this Indian guy coming to Hollywood to throw big parties, make some statements and then never return”, Uday has accomplished something many Hollywood hopefuls never do by actually making movies.

It seems that while his brother Aditya Chopra has followed in his father’s footsteps by directing in Bollywood, Uday has decided to stay out of the director’s chair and focus on feature film development stateside. Uday summed up his aim as this; “I wanted to do something challenging and be a part of filmmaking because that is all I know“.

In a town that seems pretty white-washed both on the big screen and in the board room at times, we hope that Uday finds a niche and continues bringing the worlds of Hollywood and Bollywood closer together.

 

Ranveer Singh: “We were destined to be cast opposite each other”

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Bollywood star Ranveer Singh, who’s been romantically linked to multiple actresses, says he and Ram Leela co-star, Deepika Padukone have excellent “chemistry.”

The hunky actor told reporters “We were destined to be cast opposite each other. It’s a chemistry between Romeo and Juliet. I hope it works as our chemistry is the driving force of the story.”   Funny, the second he was questioned about the rumors circulating about him and Deepika, he refused to comment.

  Yes, we know what you’re wondering.  Wasn’t he just photographed with Katrina Kaif?

  Uh huh….

Ram Leela is set to release in November.  Make sure to go check out Ranveer and Deepika’s “on-screen chemistry” guys.  Did we mention there are a few hot kissing scenes between the two in the upcoming movie?  When asked about her lip-locking sessions with Ranveer, Deepika responded “I find it amusing when people ask me about lip-lock scenes. As an actor there is no difference between any scene. But when you are working with Sanjay sir, he makes even the simplest scene most difficult. He tweaks the scene in his mind.

  Confused?  So are we..

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s Marriage Plans

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Mila Kunis and boyfriend Ashton Kutcher are reportedly planning to get married in Britain.

Since Kunis has been shooting in Britain for her movie Jupiter Ascending, the couple has been staying there for quite sometime now.

According to sources, “Mila and Ashton have fallen in love with Britain. They are desperate to get married as soon as possible because they want to start a family and are slightly old-fashioned about these things.”

“The first place they thought of was Stonehenge, but they’ve also been looking at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Mila loves the idea of a stately home or something in the English countryside,” the source added.

Although the couple is considering a lavish venue for their big day, sources say Mila and Ashton want to keep it very “low-key” with selective close friends and family.

The couple has yet to even announce their engagement, but sources say Mila has taken it to the next level by introducing Ashton to her parents.

‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ Set to Open on May 31st!

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is set to open on May 31st after a slight delay from its original opening date of March 2013.  The Bollywood Romantic film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone as the leads, Adita Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin in supporting roles, and a special guest appearance by Madhuri Dixit in the dance numbers.  This is Ranbir Kapoor’s second time with director Ayan Mukerji following their initial pairing in the 2008 hit Bachna Ae Haseeno. Multi-talented director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, television host, actor Karan Johar limited himself to producing this time out.

Deepika Padukone is especially keen on the movie being a smash hit after having beat out Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma for the lead female role, declaring “I need to topple my previous best with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.” Deepika is Ranbir’s ex-girlfriend so they should have onscreen chemistry by the boatload!  Although Ranbir and Deepika are the leads, seemingly timeless Madhuri Dixit may have stolen the show!!!

Let’s take a look at a the song ‘Ghagra’ featuring both Dixit and Kapoor:

 

Madhuri Dixit definitely adds a touch of classic Bollywood allure to the number and still has moves that would shame a woman half her age…. Not bad for someone who just turned 46!!

The soundtrack was composed by Pritam with lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and the film itself was shot in exotic locales including Udaipur, Rajistan, Paris, and Kashmir.

The film itself centers around the travels of a group of friends and the fun adventure they encounter along the way.

Let’s hope the film is half as fun as the trailer promises…..

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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‘Race 2’ a hit overseas

Although the movie had the usual Bollywood explosions, twisted love story, and betrayal, it did pretty well in the overseas market, collecting $3.5 million in just one week!

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Race 2, the sequel to Race, collected $1,000,000 in the Gulf market as well as in Britain. Amrita Pandey, who is the executive director at Disney UTV said,”The box office in markets like Australia, UK, North America has seen a significant jump on Saturday and Sunday.”

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Did we mention the sexy cast? Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham and Ameesha Patel did a fantastic job looking yummy for their fans. Their acting is another story..

Photo of the week: Priyanka and Deepika

Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra were photographed at the ‘Race 2’ premiere.

GQ names Freida Pinto “hottest Indian chick”

The ‘Slum dog’ beauty was crowned “hottest Indian chick” in GQ magazine’s US edition.

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The mag is getting backlash for suggesting that some women “are only attractive in the context of their own ethnicity” after awarding titles for “Sexiest Chinese Chick”, “Sexiest Indian Chick” and, the craziest of all, for rapper M.I.A, “Sexiest Pregnant Sri Lankan.”

Either way, congrats to Freida Pinto for being the “hottest Indian chick.”  INSANE!

Ranveer Singh’s new look!

Ranveer Singh is starving himself and working out religiously for his upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film with Deepika Padukone. The bollywood star is so dedicated that when the director ordered some biryani (an Indian rice dish)  he refused to have it. So no cheating for Ranveer, and a source added  “So impressed was Bhansali with Ranveer’s dedication that he promised him that after the day’s shooting got over, he would take him to a restaurant of Ranveer’s choice and treat him to the most scrumptuous meal ever!”

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You always hear about hollywood stars starving themselves, working out, etc  for movies. It’s refreshing to see a bollywood star go the extra mile to deliver a more convincing performance. Kudos to Ranveer!

‘JAB TAK HAI JAAN’ to be released tomorrow

‘JAB TAK HAI JAAN’, directed by the late Yash Chopra, is said to be released tomorrow, November 13th, 2012. It stars Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. With music by the award winning pair of A. R. Rahman and Gulzar.

Check out the trailer and let me know what you guys think.

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