11 items from 2015
PBS’ hunt for another “Downton Abbey” has perhaps been overblown — how often, honestly, does a phenomenon like that come along? — but if “Indian Summers” is any indication, it’ll be great fun watching the network try. Picturesque, wonderfully soapy and set against a rich historical backdrop of British colonialism in the 1930s, the series builds in intensity over its nine episodes, the main drawback being that it doesn’t end so much as run out of time. Still, that amounts to a quibble given the likelihood of more “Summers,” which, in tone and topic, brings to mind David Lean’s “A Passage to India.”
Writer Paul Rutman starts in a fascinating locale, an Indian retreat in the shadow of the Himalayas, where the British come to frolic and fornicate as if they were college students on spring break. It’s 1932, and while Mahatma Gandhi, discretely off screen, is staging a »
- Brian Lowry
An hour into Mahesh Pailoor’s genial drama about a widowed academic and his architect son you just know everything’s going to be fine
This genial, La-set indie contrives a reunion between widowed professor Roshan Seth and his self-absorbed architect son Sendhil Ramamurthy, connected only by the mess they’ve made of their personal lives. Unlike much recent “silver screen” fodder, Mahesh Pailoor’s film is appreciably relaxed around matters of age and race, yet – as a missing-cat subplot suggests – it’s somewhat underpowered.
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- Mike McCahill
For Sid Sharma (Sendhil Ramamurthy), life has not quite worked out the way he planned. A thirty-something disillusioned architect struggling to save his failing marriage, Sid stumbles through his days on a self-destructive path while holding his wife’s beloved cat hostage. Meanwhile Ashok (Roshan Seth), Sid’s estranged and widowed father living in Boston, decides to make a last-minute trip to La for an academic conference. When Ashok arrives at Sid’s doorstep unannounced, the two men begin a journey to mend their strained relationship until Sid discovers the true purpose behind his father’s visit – a woman with whom he had an affair years ago.
Starring Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty and the Beast, Covert Affairs, Heroes, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife), BAFTA nominated actor Roshan Seth (Gandhi, Indiana Jones, Monsoon Wedding), Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen (Back To The Future Part 3, Melvin and Howard, Gulliver’s Travels), Justin Bartha »
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Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at the Oscars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Pictured above are Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Two years ago, an Anglo-Indian-American co-production, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire became not only one of the season's biggest sleeper hits, but also the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto starred. Curiously, some have complained that Slumdog Millionaire was just a less interesting rehash of higher-quality Bollywood musicals and dramas that have received relatively little play outside South Asian communities around the globe. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai movies The son of Indian cinema legend Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan has been featured in nearly 50 films. Among them are: Dhoom (2004). Director: Sanjay Gadhvi. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan. Uday Chopra. John Abraham. Esha Deol. »
- D. Zhea
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
Piper will play Shelley, the love interest of Riz Ahmed's detective character Tommy Akhtar.
City of Tiny Lights follows Tommy, who finds himself drawn into a sinister, dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue after discovering the body of a Pakistani businessman.
City of Tiny Lights begins production next Monday (April 27) in London.
Noir isn’t just a genre limited to the mean streets across the pond; there have been plenty of examples set here in Blighty. A new one is set to start shooting next week, with City Of Tiny Lights boasting Billie Piper, Riz Ahmed, Cush Jumbo, James Floyd and Roshan Seth. Adapted by Patrick Neale from his own book, the film will unspool the tale of down at heel investigator Tommy Akhtar (Ahmed), a deadbeat detective still pining over his lost love (Piper). Drowning his sorrows in booze and hoping to smoke away his cares, he’s sparked back into work mode by prostitute Melody (Jumbo), who wants him to track down her friend and flatmate Natasha. Turns out she went to meet a new client at a posh Mayfair bar and never returned. But while Tommy doesn’t have much luck tracking down Natasha, he does stumble upon the »
City of Tiny Lights, a London-set film noir is to begin principal photography on April 27. The film will shoot for six weeks in London and will be released in 2016.
The film centres on deadbeat private eye Tommy Akhtar (Ahmed) who walks into his office to find high-class prostitute Melody (Jumbo) seeking his help »
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Pete Travis, whose credits include “Vantage Point,” “Endgame” and “Dredd,” directs the pic, which Protagonist Pictures will be selling at Cannes. Icon Film Distribution will be releasing the film, which will shoot for six weeks in London, in the U.K. and Ireland next year.
The cast is led by Riz Ahmed (“Nightcrawler,” “Shifty,” “Four Lions”) who plays down-at-heel gumshoe Tommy Akhtar. Piper, who plays Brona Croft in “Penny Dreadful,” and whose credits include “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” and “Doctor Who,” plays Shelley, Akhtar’s long-lost love. The ensemble includes Cush Jumbo (“Josephine and I,” “The Inbetweeners”), James Floyd (“My Brother the Devil,” “Everywhere and Nowhere”) and Roshan Seth (“Indian Summers,” “Gandhi,” “My Beautiful Laundrette”).
The screenplay is written by author Patrick Neate, based »
- Leo Barraclough
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
Texas is not just for cowboys anymore. The first Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival (Dfw Saff) is coming next month. Described as the "first-ever festival of South Asian independent cinema in North Texas," the event will be held at the Angelika Film Center in Plano (Shops at Legacy) from Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1. The festival will present 14 shorts, documentaries, and narrative features, kicking off with Mahesh Pailoor's Brahmin Bulls, a father-son drama that stars Mary Steenburgen, Justin Bartha, Sendhil Ramamurthy (TV's Heroes) and Indian veteran actor Roshan Seth. The centerpiece presentation will be sex-traffic drama Sold, starring Gillian Anderson and David Arquette, produced by Emma Thompson and directed by Jeffrey D. Brown. Closing things out will be the world premiere...
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11 items from 2015
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