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IIFA Awards 2014 Are Coming To Tampa!

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For the first time ever, IIFA (The International Indian Film Academy)  AKA “The Indian Oscars” will be holding their 15th annual award show along with other industry related events beginning April 24, 2014 in Tampa, Florida USA.

IIFA, an organization which supports indian cinema worldwide will be bringing Bollywood to the USA this spring. This long-awaited event has many South asians across the country jumping out of their seats and making their way to Florida. Director of Wizcraft & IIFA, Andre Timmins had this to say,”We are thrilled to be making our debut into the United States of America next year and preparations for this very special IIFA weekend are well underway. The Tampa Bay Area is a fantastic destination and will be a great host for a spectacular IIFA Weekend. We have been overwhelmed by the kind of enthusiasm and support that we have received from across the region. The unprecedented demand for IIFA has been tremendous and has created the need to take IIFA Awards to the largest possible venue in the city and bring forward the dates for the IIFA Weekend.”

IIFA has made a global impact by having travelled through Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Canada in the last 14 years. Making its first appearance in the US has gotten Bollywood fans all riled up to see their favorite stars grace the stage at such a prestigious event in indian cinema history.

President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, Santiago Corrada said, ‘We are extremely excited to join Wizcraft/IIFA in announcing the official dates, venues and the launch of ticket sales. Our teams have worked together diligently over the past six months to ensure a successful production in Tampa Bay. Our entire region is enthusiastically preparing to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to our destination, and we look forward to serving as great hosts to the biggest and best International Indian Film Academy awards in history.’

Who’s going?

Shah Rukh Khan Debut ‘Deewana’ Getting Reboot

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Everything that is old is new again in today’s Bollywood and Shah Rukh Khan‘s 1992 musical romance ‘Deewana‘ is no different.  The original version starred SRK as a man who falls in love with a widow and overcomes many obstacles to win her hand.  Rishi Kapoor played the widow’s murdered husband and the late Divya Bharti played the widow.

Guddu Dhanoa, who produced the original, announced his plans to remake the classic but insists it will share only the name and romantic subject matter with the original.  He elaborated by saying “We are making a romantic film but it is a completely different story. We are using the title ‘Deewana‘ but something would be added to the title. It is like how Bhatts are making films like ‘Murder‘ and ‘Jannat‘. I am also doing something similar.”

Although the script is ready, no word on castings yet as Dhanoa said “We are in talks with actors but nothing is finalized yet.

It’s also unknown whether SRK himself will be involved in the project, but audiences can next see the star with Deepika Padukone in ‘Chennai Express‘ coming out August 8th.

For those feeling nostalgic, here is the song ‘Aisi Deewangi‘ with SRK and Divya Bharti:

We’re hoping the wardrobe, hair, and everything else stay true to the original as it’s 90’s-tastic(!), but it’s not likely.

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?

‘Mission: Impossible 5’ Confirmed

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Mission: Impossible 5 has been confirmed with Tom Cruise again tackling the iconic role of Ethan Hunt.  No writers or directors are attached to the project yet but expect Star Trek’s J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions to be involved once again with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions along for the ride as well.  The last installment of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was the highest grossest one yet, earning almost $700 million worldwide, and has the distinction of being the highest grossing Cruise picture of all time, with the entire Mission Impossible film franchise having earned over $2 billion worldwide to date.  If you can recall, Cruise’s original turn as Ethan Hunt in the first Mission: Impossible was all the way back in 1996 and that film was based on the original 1966 TV series so this is a property that definitely has some legs!

In the Mission: Impossible series Cruise often does his own stunts,including running across the Burj Al Dubai for Ghost Protocol as seen in this incredible video, especially amazing considering the man’s 50!

I’ll leave you with this rather funny Ben Stiller/MTV Movie Awards spoof on Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible that includes the man himself, at least he has a good sense of humor about it all…

In non-sequel news, the Movie Don is looking forward to seeing Matt Damon star in Neil Blomkamp’s highly anticipated followup to his blockbuster District 9 called Elysium.  The sci-fi pic is set in a dystopian future and is slated to release this summer on August 9th.

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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The Grazia Young Fashion Awards 2013

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Bollywood stars and fashion designers came together to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Grazia India. Grazia Young Fashion Awards felicitate the talented designers and fashion icons.

‘Cocktail’ actress Diana Penty received the “Face of the Year award.”  While co-star Deepika Padukone received the “Cover Girl of the Year award” at the Grazia Young Fashion Awards 2013.

For the first time in a long time, we actually agree with the judges decisions here…

Pitbull rocked Kolkata

Fans waited patiently for the rapper to arrive. We hear he was 4 hours late to the IPL Opening ceremony in Kolkata, India. Once on stage (alone) Pitbull was greeted with loud screams from fans. “I’m really excited to finally be here,” he said. 

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Sources tell us, the audience wasn’t too happy with the rappers tardiness. However, the second he started to perform, everyone started to sing along.

The rapper almost didn’t go to India, but once Jennifer Lopez backed out, he was in. India wasn’t too disappointed, although I’m sure Indians wouldn’t mind seeing a sexy Latina on stage, rather than a short, bald rapper.  Just sayin…

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In the RDB studio

Recording a 30 sec Ad isn’t as easy as it looks. Apparently it took us 2 hours to get it down.

hmmm……….

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