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Dubai — Panic on the set, why a perfect script will not make the perfect movie and popcorn sales limiting theatrical release potential were all tabled during a lively and well-attended panel at the Dubai International Film Festival. Director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) and Sundance feted filmmaker Ava DuVernay (I Will Follow) regaled the crowd of wannabe filmmakers, directors and industryites Monday during "An Academy Conversation on Directing." The filmmakers took part in the chat hosted by AMPAS managing director of outreach and strategic initiatives Vicangelo Bulluck at the Dubai International Film Festival as part of the event’s partnership
- Stuart Kemp
Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) has been granted status as a qualifying film festival in the eligibility criteria for the short film category of the Academy Awards.
The move, which was announced by the Academy’s Vicangelo Bulluck at Diff yesterday, means that short films which win best film in the festival’s Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica competition will be eligible for Oscars awards consideration.
“Dubai is now a qualifying festival for the Academy in short film in both the Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica categories,” said Bullock. Former Academy president Sid Ganis added: “If you’re a short filmmaker and win an award in Dubai, you qualify, which is very good news for filmmakers in the region.”
To be eligible for Oscars consideration, short films must either be commercially released in Los Angeles or have won a qualifying award at a festival on the Academy’s Short Film Qualifying Festival List. The list includes »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Dubai – The Dubai International Film Festival has become the first Middle East fest to become qualified to have its films compete in the short film category at the Oscars, just as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences expands its international outreach.
The announcement was made on Sunday at the Dubai film market by an AMPAS delegation (pictured) attending the fest, which is becoming the world’s most prominent Arab cinema launching pad.
Winning entries at Dubai’s Muhr Arab and Muhr Asia/Africa shorts sections will be eligible starting from the 2015 Oscars, because submissions for the upcoming Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, are already closed.
The Academy said: “Ok, if you are a filmmaker and you play at the Dubai film festival you qualify,” said Sid Ganis, the former AMPAS prexy, now chairman of the AMPAS international committee.
Actually, entries that win a prize within Dubai’s Muhr Emirati »
- Nick Vivarelli
Other members of the Muhr AsiaAfrica jury are: Congo-born filmmaker Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, Lebanese actress and producer Carole Abboud, film critic Nigel Andrews, and cinematographer Tareq El-Telmissany.
Haifaa Al-Mansoor’s “Wadjda” had won the Arab Feature award at the festival last year. The film is one of the front-runners for Foreign Language category Oscars this year.
As third-annual event kicks off welcoming 4000 buyers and sellers; organisers announce week-long event for 2014 combined with film festival and awards.
The third ScreenSingapore and 14th Asia TV Forum (Atf) opened today at the Marina Bay Sands with Singapore’s minister for communications and information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim announcing the combined event will from next year also be held in conjunction with the revamped Singapore International Film Festival and the Asian Television Awards (Ata).
“The week-long event, featuring local and international content, will be launched in end of 2014. On top of the present format of trade market, conferences, screenings and world premiere, we will introduce a new festival component, including film awards for trade professionals and public screenings for Singaporeans,” he said.
The minister anticipates the Singapore International Film Festival will help make the combined event “a window to Southeast Asian films for the world.”
“For more than 20 years, it has been bringing international films to local film buffs »
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Delegation from AMPAS to attend the film festival in Dubai and present a series of events.
The Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) has secured a partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will see a delegation attend the 10th edition of Diff (Dec 6-14) to deliver a programme of events.
Highlights will include a panel discussion with members of Academy titled “Beyond the Oscars,” an open session that will provide an overview of AMPAS and masterclasses for filmmakers.
The delegation includes Sid Ganis, producer and former president of the Academy; Vicangelo Bulluck, Academy md of outreach and strategic initiatives; Ellen Harrington, Academy Museum, director of exhibitions and collections; and Academy members, directors Ava DuVernay and Shekhar Kapur.
DuVernay and Kapur will present “An Academy Conversation on Directing,” where they will discuss their personal experiences and insights on the impact that changing moviegoer demographics and new technologies have on the filmmaking process.
Diff chairman »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Rome -The Dubai International Film Festival has forged a partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will involve an AMPAS delegation attending the fest’s upcoming 10th Edition and also a showcase of Arab films travelling to the U.S., among other joint initiatives.
The AMPAS delegation attending the Dec. 6-14 fest includes Sid Ganis, producer and former president of the Academy; Vicangelo Bulluck, Academy Managing Director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives; Ellen Harrington, Academy Museum, Director of Exhibitions and Collections; and directors Ava DuVernay and Shekhar Kapur.
Highlights of AMPAS-related events at Dubai will include a panel discussion with Academy members titled “Beyond the Oscars,” and a masterclass in which DuVernay and Kapur will present “An Academy Conversation on Directing,” discussing their personal experiences and insights on the impact that changing movie-goer demographics and new technologies have on the filmmaking process.
“This will be a »
- Nick Vivarelli
London – The Dubai International Film Festival has partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to deliver a "customized program" of events involving a delegation from the Academy during the festival next month. The delegation includes Sid Ganis, producer and former president of the Academy, AMPAS managing director of outreach and strategic initiatives Vicangelo Bulluck, Ellen Harrington, Academy Museum director of exhibitions and collections, and Academy members and directors Ava DuVernay and Shekhar Kapur. DuVernay and Kapur will present "An Academy Conversation on Directing," in which they will discuss their personal experiences and insights on the
- Stuart Kemp
Mumbai, Nov 21: Actress Deepika Padukone, who has been delivering back-to-back successful films in 2013, says the biggest compliment she ever got for her latest film "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela" was from filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.
"The biggest compliment which I got for 'Ram-leela' was from Shekhar Kapur. I received a message from him which says that I have added so many layers to Leela that even Shakespeare didn't think while writing for Juliet. For me, that's the big compliment," Deepika told Ians.
- Ketali Mehta
After years of wishing and wanting, an adaptation on the timeless disco number “Rasputin” by Boney M. is in the mix. Just kidding! There is a limited event series coming up being called Rasputin, but it’s based on the true events that inspired that amazing song from the ‘70s. It might come as a shock, but Rasputin, “Russia’s greatest love machine,” was an extremely real and improbable individual. He led such a fascinating life that legends have sprung up about him and he was immortalized in a disco song. Now FX will turn his story into a series that ought to leave a new generation in awe of this impossible man.
Grigori Rasputin was a Russian peasant and mystic who became the private adviser to the Romanovs, the Russian Imperial family. The man became famous when Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra made him healer for their only son, »
- Brody Gibson
Bollywood celebrities took to micro-blogging website Twitter to hail the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, as he retired from all forms of cricket this afternoon.
Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan and several other celebrities were at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to watch the ‘God of Cricket’ play his last international game.
Lata Mangeshkar: Sachin is a quiet person. He has a big heart and is always ready to help others without thinking twice… I really appreciate his decision of taking retirement. I congratulate him for all his achievements and will pray to God that he gets every success and fame in life.
Aamir Khan: Thank You Sachin for everything that you have given us, your fans. There will never be another like you. Love.
Sridevi: Cricket will never be the same anymore. The world will miss the best batsman its ever seen! »
- Indicine Team
FX has begun development of an event series about Rasputin, the Russian peasant turned mystic who became an advisor to the Imperial family the Romanovs in the early 20th century.
Rasputin's influence, partly due to his ability to treat the hemophilia of Tsar Nicholas II's son, grew to the point that rivals tried several times to kill him (and succeeded in 1916).
Tales of black magic and sexual deviancy surrounded him while his involvement with the Romanovas gave ammunition to the rising Bolshevik movement which ultimately lead to the end of the Russian Empire.
The series aims to explore the controversial man and figure out the truth behind the folklore. "Prison Break" creator Paul Scheuring will pen the script based on Douglas Smith's upcoming book, while filmmaker Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "The Four Feathers") is set to direct and executive produce.
Source: Vulture »
- Garth Franklin
Black magic, Russian royalty, resistance to stabbing, rumors of a giant wiener: It's kind of shocking it took this long for someone to make a TV drama about Grigori Rasputin. According to Deadline, FX has finally stepped up to the plate, developing a limited series about the ill-fated adviser to the Romanovs with director Shekhar Kapur and writer Paul Scheuring. Leo DiCaprio is also currently working on a Rasputin biopic, which means we're already excited about complaining how the Rasputin trend just won't die. »
- Halle Kiefer
Exclusive: As we mark the 400th anniversary of Russia’s Romanov dynasty this year, FX has put in development an event series about the man closely associated with Romanovs’ final years. Rasputin, from Indian film director Shekhar Kapur, tells the story of the Russian peasant and mystic who became an adviser to the Russian Imperial family. Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring will write the script based on the upcoming book Rasputin: Dark Forces And The Fall of The Romanovs by Douglas Smith. Per FX, the event series centers on “one of the most controversial characters in history who is held responsible for bringing down the Russian Empire and changing the course of the world as we know it” and answers the question, “who was he really beyond the folklore, a true healer or the greatest charlatan the world has known?” Embraced by Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra as a healer for their only son, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Next in line to inherit the throne of Royal films is Diana. The film takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women – the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) — in the last two years of her meteoric life.
On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light. Diana is in select theaters now.
As long as filmmakers have been bringing the lives of England’s Kings and Queens to the silver screen have moviegoers been going to the cinemas to be schooled in British Monarchy.
So Arise, Sirs and Ladies, »
- Movie Geeks
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, will be one of the jury members at Marrakech International Film Festival to be held towards the end of the month.
Besides Anurag, American filmmaker Martin Scorsese, the jury president, will be accompanied by filmmakers Fatih Akin, Amat Escalante, Park Chan Wood, Paolo Sorrentino, American actress Patricia Clarkson, French artiste Marion Cotillard and Iranian star Golshifteh Farahani, .
Talking about Anurag being on the jury, Melita Toscan du Plantier, the festival head said in a release, “Last year, I organised for Martin Scorsese to receive Anurag’s film Gangs Of Wasseypur post which he wrote to him saying how he loved it, but they never met. So, when I proposed to Martin to have one member of jury from India this year and suggested Anurag’s name, he said yes right away.”
While Anurag has attended the Marrakech festival in the past and last year with wife Kalki »
- Trupti Kantilal
Anil Kapoor has confirmed his presence in the 1987 super hit film Mr India sequel. While talking to journalists regarding his new television production, 24, Anil said, “How can there be a Mr. India sequel without me? Of course, I will be in it and will start work on it very soon.”
Mr India is one of Anil Kapoor’s most celebrated films and one of the most iconic films of its time. It was back in 2008, when producer Boney Kapoor announced the rumors to be true that Mr India 2 would be made.
In 2010, there was further hype around the film to be made in 3D. 1987 Mr India director Shekhar Kapur had said, “I want to take this film to the highest level. 3D would be a terrific experience with this kind of subject. We were toying with the idea for a long time, but finalized things only a few days ago. »
- Natalie Rout
Film version of Martin Amis' 1991 novel currently shooting in the UK capital will see a small role for Pirates of Caribbean star
• London Fields film shoot gets under way
• Interview: Martin Amis
Depp, who is reported to be in a relationship with the film's lead Amber Heard, has already filmed his scenes for the crime thriller, which has been shooting in the capital for a month. Commercials and music video director Mathew Cullen makes his feature film debut on the project, the screenplay for which has been written by Amis himself, along with Roberta Hanley.
- Ben Child
Mumbai, Oct 25: Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who is currently holding audition for his film "Paani" in Los Angeles, says irrespective of the level of stardom, an artist is never shy to audition in the Us city.
"Full day of auditions for 'Paani' in L.A. Range of talent in young actresses is quite amazing and even the biggest stars are not shy of auditioning," Kapur posted on Twitter Friday.
To be made under the Yash Raj Films banner, the film stars Sushant Singh Rajput and is based on a future world where wars over water have broken out. The film's cast will have both Indian and western actors.
"Paani" goes on floors. »
- Shiva Prakash
Mumbai, Oct 21: Shekhar Kapur's email account has been hacked. The filmmaker, narrator of ongoing TV show "Pradhan Mantri" about controversial stories from Indian politics, says he sees no foul play.
"My email has been hacked, and so blocked for 24 hours according to Google. If you got an email from me that you can't open, don't try. It's a virus," Kapur posted on his Twitter page post midnight Monday.
Kapur, who is seen on "Pradhan Mantri", an episodic weekly programme which narrates controversial tales from Indian history from 1947 to the present day, defended the show.
"Till previous episodes, 'Pradhan Mantri'. »
- Smith Cox
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