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Begum Jaan Trailer Crosses 20 Million!

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Begum Jaan starring the incredible Vidya Balan is all set to hit theatres on 14th of April, 2017. The recently released trailer has been deeply appreciated by the audience and critics alike. It crossed 20 million views on all social media platforms and is still climbing.

Begum Jaan gives you not only the best of content but a powerhouse talent in the form of Vidya Balan and a stellar ensemble cast including Gauahar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Chunky Pandey and Naseeruddin Shah amongst others, Begum Jaan is truly the film to watch out for in 2017.

Vidya has absolutely stolen the show in her oustandingly powerful performance of the bold yet badass Begum Jaan. Seen hurling expletives, holding guns or smoking sheesha, the dauntless Vidya Balan is ready to give you the fight of your life accompanied by her gang of women including Gauahar Khan and Pallavi Sharda amongst others. Vidya mouths the dialogue
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Film Review: ‘The Grace of Jake’

Film Review: ‘The Grace of Jake’
The next time you hear anyone dismiss all faith-based films as too heavy-handedly preachy and white-bread squeaky-clean for their taste, point them toward “The Grace of Jake,” a confidently measured and arrestingly low-key tale of redemption in a sleepy Southern hamlet where the citizenry is engagingly ordinary, occasionally profane, and matter-of-factly multicultural. Director-screenwriter Chris Hicky makes a most promising transition from award-winning music videos to indie dramatic features with this Kickstarter-funded labor of love, which he filmed on location in his hometown of Forrest City, Ark. — identified here as Palestine — and cast with a neatly balanced mix of familiar faces, up-and-comers and bit-playing nonprofessionals.

The leisurely paced yet consistently involving narrative focuses primarily on Jake Haynes (Jake La Botz), a taciturn ex-convict and unaccomplished musician who’s introduced while on his way back home to Palestine to see his long-estranged father, Henry (Michael Beck, the erstwhile hunk from “The Warriors
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MarVista, Monterey Media Offer Diversity in Two New Releases

MarVista, Monterey Media Offer Diversity in Two New Releases
While diversity has become the mantra for the Hollywood majors, a couple of new releases offer a reminder that the indies are already ahead of the game.

MarVista Entertainment premiered Ravi Kapoor’s “Miss India America” this past week, while Monterey Media’s “Of Mind and Music” bows in digital release today.

Kapoor said many distributors passed on his film because of the “all-brown cast. That was a non-starter; they said it had a limited audience. But MarVista recognized it plays to a wider, younger audience, as well as women and South Asians.” The distributor also realized, as many others in the industry are discovering, that there is a huge audience of Indian people in the U.S. who are hungry for films. MarVista, which is generally known more for its genre releases like horror and action, plans a roll-out for its film after premiering it last week in Santa Monica.
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The 13th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Line-Up

One of L.A.'s most eclectic and renowned festivals, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla), has announced its 2015 lineup of narrative and documentary features and short filmsl. The impressive program, which includes several works that premiered in Cannes and Berlin, reflects the rich diversity of Indian cinema, as well as the future of Indian filmmaking, with cutting-edge filmmakers bringing their acclaimed films to Los Angeles.

Celebrating its 13th year, Iffla will run April 8-12 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, the festival’s home since its inception. You can purchase Festival Passes and Gala tickets on the festival's website. Individual screening tickets are also available.

Iffla 2015 will screen 25 films, including four world premieres, seven North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, and 10 Los Angeles premieres. The films hail from six different countries, including India, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Cuba, in 10 different languages, from Hindi and Tamil to English, Spanish, and German.

Highlights include: the centerpiece and world premiere screening of "One Crazy Thing," directed by Iffla alum Amit Gupta ("Jadoo") and featuring BAFTA ‘Breakthrough Brit’ winner Ray Panthaki and Daisy Bevan ("The Two Faces of January") in a comedic story about a man who meets the girl of his dreams, but struggles to find a way to tell her how he became an internet sensation and the Los Angeles premiere of Academy Award-winner Danis Tanovic's latest feature film "Tigers," starring Bollywood heartthrob Emraan Hashmi in a political thriller based on the true story of a salesman who took on a multinational pharmaceutical corporation guilty of marketing a baby formula that caused hundreds of infant deaths.

Additional highlights include: "Jai Ho," a documentary feature on one of the most prolific composers in the world, A.R. Rahman directed by Umesh Aggarwal; Kanu Behl’s "Titli," which had its world premiere at Cannes in 2014, shot on Super 16 and starring gifted newcomer, Shashank Arora, in a coming of age story set against Dehli’s dark side where perpetual cruelty and violence prevail; and "Miss India America," directed by Iffla alum Ravi Kapoor and starring Tiya Sircar ("The Internship") and Hannah Simone ("New Girl"), is the story of a woman's plan to win the crown after her boyfriend runs off with the former Miss India America.

The Opening and Closing night red-carpet galas have also been announced: Shlok Sharma’s debut feature film "Haraamkhor," starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and produced by Anurag Kashyap ("Gangs of Wasseypur") and Guneet Monga ("The Lunchbox") will open the festival with its world premiere. Nagesh Kukunoor’s "Dhanak" ("Rainbow") will have its U.S. premiere as the Closing Night film, fresh from 2015 Berlinale where it won Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for best feature film.

The 2015 lineup also includes titles from the diverse regional language cinemas of India. Along with Bengali and Malayalam films, Iffla will screen two Marathi language features, including the North American Premiere of "Elizabeth Ekadashi." Tamil language titles include the documentary "Amma and Apaa,"about a filmmaking South Indian/German couple and their parents, and the U.S. premiere of the delightful "The Crow’s Egg," which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by famed South Indian actor Dhanush (best known for the popular song “Why This Kolaveri Di” from the film 3), the film follows two young boys in a slum who try to get their first bite of pizza after seeing it in an ad.

“Many of the films at this year's Iffla look at contemporary youth from diverse backgrounds, united in their creative ways of overcoming life’s situations. The palpable energy of youth spirit runs throughout our film lineup, and these stories take you on an adventurous journey,” said Jasmine Jaisinghani, Iffla’s Artistic Director. “I believe our audiences will engage with these riveting characters and be fully entertained."

A special inclusion for Iffla 2015 is a Secret Screening for passholders only, offering a first look at a film that has become a sensation in festivals around the world, winning numerous awards. The film is slated to release later this year. Directed by one of the most exciting auteurs in contemporary Indian cinema, and featuring a powerhouse performance by one of India's brightest young stars, this is a film. It's expected to be a highlight of this year's festival.

The festival’s popular “Bollywood by Night” series returns this year with an exciting screening of Bollywood smash "Taal." Directed by Subhash Ghai and featuring Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Akshaye Khanna. Originally released in 1999 to worldwide acclaim, "Taal" features iconic music composed by A.R. Rahman and is considered one of the best soundtracks in Bollywood history.

The shorts competition showcases an diverse selection of 10 films including narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated works. Highlights of this year’s program include: acclaimed director Gitanjali Rao’s "TrueLoveStory," a stunning animated film that made its premiere at the Critics’ Week section of Cannes; Jayisha Patel's multiple award-winning documentary "A Paradise" ("Un Paraiso"); and the U.S. premiere of three of India’s National Award winners, Pranjal Dua’s "Fly, Bird" (Chidiya Udh), Christo Tomy’s "Virgin" ("Kanyaka"), and Ruchir Arun’s "Mandrake! Mandrake!." In addition, screening with "Jai Ho" will be Satyajit Ray’s "Two," a spellbinding and deeply affecting short film by India’s master storyteller, which has been beautifully preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

Attending the festival this year to present their films will be a group of celebrated filmmakers, including Nagesh Kukunoor ("Dhanak"), Kanu Behl ("Titli"), Amit Gupta ("One Crazy Thing"), Ravi Kapoor ("Miss India America"), Paresh Mokashi ("Elizabeth Ekadashi"), Bikas Mishra ("Four Colors ), Shlok Sharma and award-winning producer Guneet Monga ("Haraamkhor").

Iffla will also host a number of the films’ stars, including: Ray Panthaki and Daisy Bevan from "One Crazy Thing;" critically-acclaimed Nawazuddin Siddiqui for "Haraamkhor;" and from"Miss India America," Hannah Simone ("New Girl"), Tiya Sircar ("The Internship"), and Meera Simhan ("Anger Management") who is also the film’s co-writer.

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Iffla unveils 2015 lineup

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13th edition of festival will feature four world premieres and seven North American premieres.

Now in its 13th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla) has unveiled its 2015 lineup, running April 8-12 at ArcLight Hollywood.

This year’s festival will feature 25 films, including four world premieres, seven North American premieres and two Us premieres.

Highlights include the world premiere of Amit Gupta’s One Crazy Thing, the Us premiere of Danis Tanović’s Tigers [pictured], Umesh Aggarwal’s A.R. Rahman documentary Jai Ho, Kanu Behl’s Titli and Ravi Kapoor’s Miss India America.

As announced last week, Shlok Sharma’s debut feature Haraamkhor will receive its world premiere as the opening film, while the Us premiere of Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak (Rainbow) will close the festival.

“Many of the films at this year’s Iffla look at contemporary youth from diverse backgrounds, united in their creative ways of overcoming life’s situations. The palpable
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New Amazon Pilots Include Marc Forster's Hand of God and Otto Bathurst's Hysteria

It's pilot season once again for Amazon Studios, and among the five announced shows getting a test run, two seem to offer a little something for the horror crowd. Read on for more about "Hand of God" and "Hysteria."

"Hand of God," directed by Marc Forster, stars Ron Perlman and Dana Delaney. You can get more info and watch the pilot here.

Co-stars include Alona Tal, Garret Dillahunt, Julian Morris, Emilio Rivera, Andre Royo, Maximiliano Hernández, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Wes Chatham, Sandy Martin, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Anthony Starke, Daniel Louis Rivas, Elaine Tan, Ravi Kapoor, Hugh Dane, Julian Acosta, Jennifer Cortese, and Brett Wyman.

Synopsis:

A psychological drama about a morally-corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.

"Hysteria," directed by Otto Bathurst, stars Mena Suvari and T.R. Knight. You can get more info and watch the pilot here.

Co-stars include Laura San Giacomo,
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Sneak Peeks – FlashForward 1.18 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"

A new episode of FlashForward will be airing on April 29 and ABC has released seven sneak peeks, which we have for you below.

Janis Continues Her Role As An Inside Mole At The FBI, Olivia Gets Disturbing News From A Man Who's Been Subjected To Numerous Flashforwards, And Aaron's Life Is In Danger As He Continues His Search For His Daughter, On ABC's "Flashforward"

James Callis ("Battlestar Galactica") and Annabeth Gish Guest Star

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" – Janis continues to thwart her fellow FBI agents as an inside mole to a mysterious employer; Olivia is given some disturbing news by Gabriel (James Callis, Gaius Baltar on "Battlestar Galactica"), who has been subjected to numerous flashforwards; and Aaron's life is in danger in Afghanistan when he tries to blend in with the locals as he continues his search for his daughter, on "FlashForward," Thursday, April 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network.
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Ravi Kapoor to Guest Star on FlashForward

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Ravi Kapoor has landed a role on FlashForward.

As first reported by TV Guide, the actor will portray Kapoor Malik, a man with a connection to Brian F. O'Bryne's Aaron Stark. They come into contact with one another when the latter travels to Afghanistan later this season.

Kapoor played Dr. Mahesh "Bug" throughout Crossing Jordan's six-season run. More recently he's guest-starred on 24, Fringe and Heroes and he's signed on for one episode of FlashForward.

The drama returns on March 18.
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Ravi Kapoor to Guest Star on FlashForward

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Ravi Kapoor to guest star on FlashForward It seems that a Crossing Jordan star is crossing over to a new network for a guest-starring role. TV Guide is reporting that Crossing Jordan alum Ravi Kapoor will guest star in an episode of FlashForward this season.

While it wasn't quite clear when the episode would air, it was said that Kapoor would play a man who Brian F. O'Byrne's Aaron Stark meets while in Afghanistan trying to piece together what happened to his daughter.

FlashForward stars Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton, Peyton List, Brian F. O'Byrne, Courtney B. Vance, Sonya Walger, Christine Woods and will return with all new original episodes on Thursday, March 18 at 8 Pm Et on ABC.
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Indian-themed comedies a new TV trend

Indian-themed comedies a new TV trend
They are the two comeback stories of this pilot season, projects developed years ago that have been resurrected and have landed orders at the broadcast networks.

The two comedies -- "Nirvana" at Fox and "Outsourced" at NBC -- have something else in common: They both are ensemble shows about Indians and Indian Americans.

A third project, a U.S. version of popular British comedy "The Kumars at No. 42," about an immigrant Indian family, also is poised for revival. Eight years after NBC took a stab at the format, the show's British producers are shopping it to U.S. networks, including FX.

Is it a coincidence or a delayed "Slumdog Millionaire" effect?

"I do think that 'Slumdog' had a lot to do with it," a TV studio executive said of India's rapid emergence on the U.S. pop culture scene. "It was boiling, hovering there, with the increasing popularity of Indian clothing,
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Crossing Jordan: Is the NBC Drama Done?

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Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh has encountered lots of scary killers and tough cases in her work in the Boston Medical Examiner's Office. Played by Jill Hennessy, Jordan is sexy, smart and fearless but, is she any match for her the biggest challenge yet?

Crossing Jordan debuted on September 24, 2001 on NBC. The title of the show plays off the lead character's name and also alludes to the biblical story of the Hebrews crossing the Jordan River (often used as a metaphor for passing from this world to the after-life). The series initially involved Jordan and her father (Ken Howard) role-playing various murder case scenarios, allowing Jordan to figure out the crime's circumstances. As the show progressed, the series has evolved into focusing more on its ensemble cast and their various cases. The current sixth season cast includes such diverse actors as Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Valentine, Ravi Kapoor, Steve Valentine,
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