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Maker Studios has signed filmmaker Adi Shankar to a first-of-its-kind deal that calls for the multi-channel network to fully finance three digital projects that Shankar will direct over the next two years, TheWrap has learned. The first project will be an untitled animated project based on an original idea by Shankar that involves superheroes in developing countries. The second and third projects are in development for 2016. Shankar’s groundbreaking deal with Maker Studios comes on the heels of his upcoming live-action directorial debut, “Gods and Secrets,” which features Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Denise Richards, Jane Seymour, Rj Mitte, Shekhar Kapur and. »
- Jeff Sneider
The project aims to capture a day in the life of India on Oct. 10. Participants are asked to film their day across 24 hours and upload it to Google. Those whose footage gets included in the finished film will get credited as a co-director. Mehta will direct and Scott and Kashyap will be executive producers. Filmmakers R. Balki (“Shamitabh”), Zoya Akhtar (“Dil Dhadakne Do”) and Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”) are creative consultants on the project. The film is scheduled for release in 2016.
Scott said: “ ‘India in a Day’ offers a unique opportunity for anyone and everyone across India to grab a camera or a phone and get out there and capture something. It doesn’t matter how small or personal it is — from »
- Naman Ramachandran
Well known and award winning director Shekhar Kapur (Mr. India, Elizabeth) is taking off his director’s hat and getting into character for a new film. We have learned that the director is turning actor for Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets.
Gods and Secrets is a new spin on the superhero movie with a darker vision of a world inhabited by superheroes and the ramifications for the people they protect and the heroes themselves. We were told that the dark genre project aims to put a fresh spin on iconic superhero tropes and mythos and we are very intrigued!
We also hear that there is another Bollywood star to be added to that list and once we get »
- Stacey Yount
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, award-winning director Shekhar Kapur and former WWE legend John Morrison have joined the growing ensemble cast of “Adi Shankar‘s Gods and Secrets,” TheWrap has learned. The project marks the directorial debut of Shankar, who executive produced “Dredd,” “The Grey” and “Lone Survivor.” Shankar is co-directing “Gods and Secrets” with his longtime collaborator Stewart Yost. “Twilight” stars Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone lead an ensemble that also includes “You’re Next” heroine Sharni Vinson, comedian Andy Milonakis, WWE legend ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page and, as TheWrap first reported, Denise Richards, Jane Seymour, “Breaking Bad” alum Rj Mitte »
- Jeff Sneider
It is with great sadness we must report the passing of music composter Aadesh Shrivastava after a long battle with cancer. He was only 51 years old. He is survived by his wife Vijeta Pandit and two sons Anivesh and Avitesh.
A highly respected and well-known composer both in the songs for films and also the background music his work has been heard in many wonderful films including Chalte Chalte, Baghban, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Raajneeti, Dev, and Baabul to name just a few. His brilliant vocals were also heard on many songs as well.
Tributes poured in for the composer on social media
He was one of my closest friends and we have done some remarkable work together. Beyond all that, we would hit it like a house on fire.
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) September 5, 2015
He was so full of life, i have yet to see another man who has his traits. »
- Stacey Yount
While much of the focus of Cleopatra in previous films have been about her affairs with both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, the show takes the opposite approach - showing how an eighteen-year-old girl came to be a queen who proved far better, smarter and more effective in her position than all the other male rulers of the time.
The series will also re-imagine her history as a modern woman who constantly reinvented herself, understood the power of myth and turned herself into one.
A search is underway for an actress to play the leader and Slingshot Global will distribute the series.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
David Ellender’s Slingshot Global Media is developing Cleopatra as a TV series with Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) attached to write and direct. Slingshot Global will distribute the series. A search is underway for an actress to play the famous queen of ancient Egypt. The series will be a new take on the life story of Cleopatra. Instead of focusing on the arch seductress made famous by her affairs with men like Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, the show… »
A lot is being said about the upcoming Saif Ali Khan - Katrina Kaif starrer political action thriller Phantom. In fact ever since the launch of its first look posters a couple of days back, social networks have been buzzing about the film. Now we hear that Kabir Khan's next will also feature late star Dev Anand's niece Sohaila Kapur who is also Shekhar Kapur's sister. Confirming the same, Sohaila stated that she will be seen playing the role of a Pakistani window whose teenage son has been kidnaped by terrorists and is being trained to become one. However despite the limited scope of her character, we also hear that it will most definitely not be a blink and miss role, instead Sohaila's role is a rather integral part of the climax. Interestingly the journalist turned actress Sohaila who was seen in Govind Nihalani's 1991 National Award »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
At Comic-Con, I recently joined the press room for A&E's The Omen sequel series, Damien, where, along with a handful of journalists, I caught up with writer/executive producer Glen Mazzara and cast members Bradley James, Barbara Hershey, and Scott Wilson, who discussed the upcoming adult Antichrist series.
Glen Mazzara on the tone of the show:
"It is realistic, we're using the original 1976 film as the source not only of the story but of the style of filmmaking. That film was very grounded, it felt like it was taking place in the world and so we're trying to follow that, you know? I think that's what makes the horror play. If you feel that it's real. Once something becomes very involved, very dependent on special effects, I tend to feel not as frightened, to tell you the truth. So we're trying to stay as realistic feeling as possible.
- Derek Anderson
"I imagine you don't remember much... that'll change." Through The Hollywood Reporter, A&E has unleashed a new trailer for Damien, the sequel series to 1976's The Omen.
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for Comic-Con interviews with the cast and crew of Damien.
Damien details: "The series stars Bradley James as Damien Thorn (“Merlin,” “Homeland”), along with Oscar® nominee Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon A Time”), Omid Abtahi (“Better Call Saul”) and Meganlyn Echikunwoke (“House of Lies”).
“Damien” follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist. Barbara Hershey stars as Ann Rutledge, the world's most powerful woman who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny. Omid Abtahi portrays Amani Golkar, »
- Derek Anderson
On Monday, legendary film composer James Horner died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara in which he was apparently piloting. Horner, who composed classic films such as Aliens, Avatar, Apollo 13 and Titanic touched millions of people around the world with his unforgettable scores.
Céline Dion, who sang "My Heart Will Go On" co-written by Horner for the movie Titanic, said:
"Rene and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of James Horner. He will always remain a great composer in our hearts. James played an important part in my career. We will miss him. We offer his family and friends our deepest sympathy."
Fellow composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) had this to say about Horner:
"It is a tragedy for all composers to hear about James Horner's accident. We have lost one of our most talented and respected colleagues. His music will remain always. »
First it was Shekhar Kapoor's Paani, and now one hears of another Sushant Singh Rajput starrer Raabta, this one produced by Dinesh Vijan and directed by Homi Adajania - the king of quirks - has been put on the back burner. Apparently, the film's very busy leading lady Alia Bhatt has given away her dates to her mentor Karan Johar for his ill-fated casting-challenged Shhuddhi. That leaves Sushant with a lot of empty pages in his date diary. However when contacted about the fate of Raabta, Sushant texted back, "It is very much on, from November." When asked about his co-star Sushant was nonchalant. "I've no idea. I'm only concerned with my work." »
- Subhash K. Jha
Susanne Bier Oscar winner 'In a Better World' director Susanne Bier Susanne Bier, whose In a Better World won the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, is seen above on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre. The other 2011 Oscar nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film category were: Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi (Algeria). Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful (Mexico). Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (Greece). Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (Canada). As in previous years, several international favorites were left out of the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar competition. Among these were the following: Xavier Beauvois' French Academy César winner Of Gods and Men / Des hommes et des dieux (France). Semih Kaplanoglu's 2010 Berlin Film Festival winner Bal / Honey (Turkey). Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Cannes Film Festival winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (Thailand). Prior to In a Better World, »
- D. Zhea
Just a few weeks after the upcoming TV series Damien went from Lifetime to A&E, the show's new network home has released the first trailer, giving us our first dark look at Damien Thorn, played by Bradley James (Merlin, Homeland). The series is based on the 1976 classic horror film The Omen, following his life as an adult as he must come to grips with the haunting events of his past. Production is currently under way in Toronto on the 10-episode first season, debuting sometime next year on A&E.
Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist. Barbara Hershey stars as Ann Rutledge, the world's most powerful woman who has »
It’s not surprising that “Carol” was locked away in Hollywood’s development closet for 15 years. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s scandalous 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,” Todd Haynes’ latest movie is a double whammy by industry standards: it’s headlined by two women, who fall in love with each other.
The film, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, arrives at a pivotal, yet paradoxical, time for female-driven stories. There has been a string of hits this year that celebrate female empowerment — from “Insurgent” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” to “Cinderella,” and the upcoming “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and the final installment of “The Hunger Games.” That said, gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is a hot-button issue in the global entertainment business.
As one of cinema’s most prominent stars, Blanchett, whose recent roles include the evil stepmother in “Cinderella, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
"An 18th century explorer sets out on an epic journey to map the forbidden uncharted lands of Transylvania only to discover its dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical forest."
"A pre-apocalyptic comedy, Doomsdays follows the misadventures of Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick), a pair of free-wheeling squatters with a taste for unoccupied vacation homes in the Catskills. Their commitment to the lifestyle is challenged, however, when a runaway teen and an aimless young woman join their peculiar tribe. »
- Derek Anderson
The book recounts E! news correspondent Baker’s experience of going through puberty for the first time at age 30 after having a pituitary tumor removed. The project was previously set up at Alcon Entertainment.
Producers are Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel of Ineffable Pictures with Heidi Jo Markel (“Olympus Has Fallen”) of Eclectic Pictures. Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove rewrote Joe Nussbaum’s original draft of the script.
Pollak’s first outing as a director was the comedy doc “Misery Loves Comedy,” which was picked up by Tribeca Film just before its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. He will star in Netflix’s “Special Correspondents” with Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana, and recently finished »
- Dave McNary
Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the Oscars, with a purple-garbed Scarlett Johansson in the background Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the 83rd Academy Awards A bit of newfangled Old Hollywood glamour as five-time Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, who presented the 2011 Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up, and two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams are seen chatting backstage during the live broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Cate Blanchett Oscar nominations Cate Blanchett took home the 2004 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes. Blanchett's other Oscar nominations were the following: Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth (1998). Best Supporting Actress for Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal (2006). Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Best »
- D. Zhea
Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will commence sales in Cannes on the Starz original TV series adaptation starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch.
Magic City was originally introduced by Qed International at Afm and takes place in 1962 Miami as a powerful Miami Beach hotel owner fights the mob, CIA and Cuban mercenaries.
Production is scheduled to begin in August.
Lotus Entertainment’s slate includes: Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals with Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort; Xavier Gens’ thriller The Crucifixion; Shekhar Kapur’s adventure Tiger’s Curse; and Tanya Wexler’s Replicas starring Keanu Reeves.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A&E continues to become a small screen horror hub. Not long after the network announced they are moving forward on a TV series adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's world-renowned Sweden-set vampire novel, Let the Right One In, A&E has now revealed that they will air The Omen sequel series, Damien. The follow-up show to the 1976 horror film was originally going to air on Lifetime, but the series has moved to its sister network and has also seen an increase from six to ten episodes on its first season order:
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) -- "New York, NY— April 29, 2015 — A&E Network will premiere the new original scripted drama series, “Damien.” The hour-long drama from Fox 21 Television Studios and executive producer Glen Mazzara is a follow-up to the classic horror film, The Omen. Currently in production in Toronto, “Damien” will premiere a 10-episode season on A&E, »
- Derek Anderson
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