New York Welcomes IIFA with a Bang!

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With the IIFA awards just days away, some parts of the country have already begun the celebration!

New York was hit with a bit of “Bollywood style” as a group of dancers wearing yellow t-shirts performed to hot Bollywood tracks, to welcome the International Indian Film Academy to the US.

Watch this video as the dancers take over Times Square:

Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra will Tour the USA to Spread IIFA Buzz

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Just recently it was announced that Priyanka Chopra will be co-hosting the 59th Filmfare awards with actor Ranbir Kapoor on January 24. Well, it seems the former Miss World beauty is keeping busy in the new year because her and actor Anil Kapoor will be doing a 3-day tour in the US with IIFA (International Indian Film Festival) as well.

The duo will be hitting up New York, Los Angeles and of course Tampa, Florida. Their intentions are to spread the news of the upcoming award show, which will make it’s first time appearance in the US beginning April 24. Both Priyanka and Anil are recognized for their international success. Priyanka with her budding music career and Mr. Kapoor with his hit TV show 24 and Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, the two artists are making waves on a global level.

We are very excited to bring IIFA to Tampa Bay. With the support of representatives of Visit Tampa, we have been able to conceptualize and actualize an incredible event. There will be music, dance and a whole lot of spice. We’re looking forward to giving our fans and new audiences the experience of a lifetime,” said Priyanka.

Both are delighted to be a part of the big debut and can’t wait for the world to witness Indian culture and cinema like never before…Bollywood style ;)

Lindsay Lohan Spotted Shopping With Friend/Fellow Rehabber Vikram Chatwal

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Well, so much for staying away from negative influences in her life as troubled star Lindsay Lohan recently went shopping  with 41-year old hotelier/badboy Vikram Chatwal in New York City.  The duo, who have been friends for some time, are both recently out of rehab but Vikram’s is still ongoing as part of his plea deal stemming from an April drug bust in which he tried to board a plane with marijuana, cocaine, heroine, and an assortment of prescription pills.

Lohan has recently vowed to stay clean and sober following her latest court-ordered stint in rehab, going so far as hiring a sober living coach.  She even brought this sober living coach on the set of a special cameo for Danny McBride‘s HBO comedy ‘Eastbound and Down‘ in which she plays the illegitimate daughter of McBride’s Kenny Powers character.  She was so professional and focused on set that after shooting wrapped the entire cast and crew gave her a standing ovation!

Back to Lindsay’s battle with sobriety, she recently confessed to Oprah Winfrey on TV that she is a recovering addict and also told her mother Dina Lohan that she wanted no alcohol around her when she goes for visits.  Kudos to Lindsay for putting her sobriety first for once in her life, but this begs the question of why she is hanging out with a man who has been to rehab four times since 2009 and was busted as recently as 4 months ago trying to board a plane with a pharmacy’s worth of drugs.

Vikram still has 8 months left of his 12 month court ordered in-patient drug treatment program and Lindsay has only been out of drug treatment for 22 days, let’s hope that both of them can be positive influences on each other and keep their noses clean.

Sylvester Stallone Thinks John Abraham Perfect to Play Indian ‘Rambo’

Rumors are flying round Hollywood that an unnamed Bollywood director is thinking of making an Indian version of ‘Rambo‘ with John Abraham as the headlining hero.  Sylvester Stallone himself approved of the idea and said “Actually, he’s built better than I ever was” when referring to Abraham according to an unnamed source.  The muscular Bollywood star is coming off the hit film ‘Shootout at Wadala‘ in which he played a somewhat heroic villain.

No word yet what war the hero of a Bollywood ‘Rambo‘ would be a veteran of as the original featured Stallone as a heroic Vietnam War vet.

So what do you think?  Does John Abraham have the muscle and swagger to pull off one of the most iconic ’80’s roles in a Bollywood adaptation?

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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Aamir Khan May Meet President Barack Obama

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Bollywood Actor, Aamir Khan has an invitation to attend a celebratory dinner in NYC tomorrow, April 23rd. The 47 year old is said to be shooting his forthcoming flick Dhoom 3, and according to sources, he will be taking some time away for this quick trip to the US.

Rumor has it that President Barack Obama was supposed to attend the event, but because of the Boston attacks, he may not be.

We’re sure Khan would LOVE to meet the President and since he’s on Time Magazines,  ‘100 Most Influential People of 2013’ list, we think Aamir Khan will have many other dinner invites in the future.

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