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David Magee, who pushed a young boy and a tiger out to sea on a raft and whisked viewers into the head of Peter Pan’s creator, will once again deploy his gift for the fantastic by adapting “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair” for the big screen. Magee has been nominated for Oscars for his screenplays for “Finding Neverland” and “Life of Pi,” a biopic of author J.M. Barrie and an adaptation of Yann Martel’s examination of perilous ocean travel with big cats, respectively. “I have always loved ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own. »
- Brent Lang
Whether you would like to admit it or not, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare not only transformed the First Person Shooter genre forever, but gaming as an ideal more generally. Spending ten hours a day locked in your room was no longer just seen as something the clammy, sexually inexperienced losers did. Now, anyone could pick up and play without fear of extradition, meaning Modern Warfare sold almost as many copies as Yann Martel’s dreamlike novel, Life of Pi.
From then on, every year saw a new Call of Duty title and every year, they got a little worse. Because of this, I coined the term, the ‘Call Of Duty Line’, because it became very obvious that fans were divided on which Call of Duty title was the straw that broke the marine’s back. A metaphorical line in the sand where they think the series peaked. Everybody’s different, »
- Tom James Hunt
While the story’s lesson illustrates the power of the written word, the sentiment behind it defines the philosophy of one of Hollywood’s most successful executives, Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000.
“I believe in the power of writing and telling stories,” Gabler tells Variety.
In an era when the Hollywood majors are obsessed with producing prequels, sequels and comicbook adaptations, Gabler has, for the past 14 years, run the only studio division that’s largely devoted to bringing popular and often challenging literary properties such as “Life of Pi,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Water for Elephants” to the bigscreen. “The Book Thief,” which opened Nov. 8 in limited release, and will expand its run in the coming weeks, is Gabler’s latest test. »
- Andrew Stewart
Life of Pi is available on Sky Movies on demand from Friday 8 November, a week before it appears on Sky Movies Premiere. Oscar-winning director Ang Lee brings Yann Martel's 'unfilmable' bestseller to the big screen in visually ravishing style. When the ship taking his family from India to Canada hits a storm, zookeeper's son Pi Patel (newcomer Suraj Sharma) finds himself adrift in the Pacific with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan »
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee brings Yann Martel's unfilmable bestselling novel to the big screen in visually ravishing style. When the ship taking his family from India to Canada hits a storm, zookeeper's son Pi Patel (newcomer Suraj Sharma) finds himself adrift in the Pacific with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan... and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. »
El James's Fifty Shades trilogy has topped the Amazon UK all-time bestseller list.
The combined list for physical and Kindle books had Fifty Shades of Grey in top place, followed by sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
> '50 Shades of Grey': 23 funniest quotes from El James's novel
Following the explicit trio was all three books in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in fourth followed by The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
"Of all the millions of books customers have purchased in the past 15 years, it's fascinating to see which have proved most popular with the British public," said books manager at Amazon.co.uk Darren Hardy.
"Sales of Kindle books have been hugely influential in determining these rankings, with El James's sales on Kindle for the Fifty Shades Trilogy cementing her place as our most successful author ever. »
The force is strong for Alfonso Cuarón's 3D science fiction thriller, which broke records at the Us box office this weekend
• Hollywood report: Gravity weighs in at No 1
• Watch the Gravity trailer
Oscar-tipped science fiction thriller Gravity opened in top spot at the Us box office at the weekend with $55.6m (£34.6m), in the process breaking the all-time record for an October debut.
Alfonso Cuarón's 3D spectacular, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts coping with a disaster in space, already looks on course to be this year's Life of Pi. Ang Lee's spectacular 3D adaptation of the Yann Martel fantasy novel took more than $609m (£379m) around the world after opening in November 2012, with Lee going on to take the Oscar for best director in March.
Gravity has benefited from almost universally positive reviews: it currently maintains a hugely impressive 98% "fresh" rating on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. »
- Ben Child
Life of Pi. Paan Singh Tomar. The Namesake. Maqbool. From Hollywood to Bollywood, Irrfan Khan has grown from strength to strength. Born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, Irrfan made his critically acclaimed debut in Bollywood as a main lead actor in 2005 with Rog. Before this, he acted in numerous TV soaps such as Sparsh and Bharat Ek Khoj. Gaining a scholarship at National School of Drama in 1984, Irrfan’s destiny was set for acting. Having achieved three Filmfare awards and a National Film Award, Irrfan has also been awarded the Padma Shri- the fourth highest civilian award in India.
Here, we explore Irrfan’s acting career with a special focus on our three favourite films from Bollywood and Hollywood. »
- Aashi Gahlot
Sometimes, a movie can veer away from the plot of the book it's based on, and it's still an amazing movie ("Blade Runner" and "The Shining" come to mind, although Stephen King was so unhappy with "The Shining" adaptation that he decided to go off and make his own version, and it was horrible).
Other times, filmmakers make changes when adapting books that make the films even bigger stinkers than they would have been had they stuck to the plot in front of them. There are also some examples where the movie on the whole isn't bad, but the filmmakers throw in some random new content that often leaves me wondering, What were they thinking by adding that?! They had a perfectly good story without it.
Here are some of the changes made in the book-to-movie making process that I find absolutely unforgivable. These Contain Spoilers but then you wouldn't »
- Zoë Triska
For years the only example of a film that really worked when set entirely on a tiny boat was Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, a dark and sometimes surprisingly funny drama about survivors of a passenger ship sunk by a U-Boat in World War II. Then came last year's Life of Pi, an adaptation of Yann Martel's fantastical novel about a boy who not only survived on the high seas, but with a tiger as a stowaway on his tiny boats. Suddenly survival is hip again! And Anne Hathaway, who somehow managed to set trends even when having her hair brutally cut off on film, is getting in on this one too. THR reports that she's attached to star in and produce an adaptation of The Lifeboat, a historical novel by Charlotte Rogan about a young woman accused for murder after her experience on a crowded lifeboat. She and her »
Again this week, I'm double-posting a major review to permit your comments, which my main site can't accept--although they'll be added to our redesign, soon to be unveiled.
Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery. Inspired by a worldwide best-seller that many readers must have assumed was unfilmable, it is a triumph over its difficulties. It is also a moving spiritual achievement, a movie whose title could have been shortened to "life."
The story involves the 227 days that its teenage hero spends drifting across the Pacific in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. They find themselves in the same boat after an amusing and colorful prologue, which in itself could have been enlarged into an exciting family film. Then it expands into a parable of survival, acceptance and adaptation. I imagine even Yann Martel, the novel's French-Canadian author, must be »
Oscar Winning movie Life Of Pi will be launched on DVD, Blu-Ray & 3D Blu-Ray in India by leading home entertainment company, Excel Home Entertainment. The movie is an adventure drama film based on Yann Martel’s novel of the same name; directed by Oscar winning Director Ang Lee starring Irfan Khan, Tabu and debutant Suraj Sharma in the lead role. The movie has won 4 Academy awards: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Visual effects and best Original score. Muslim Kapasi, Read More »
Last December, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee brought novelist Yann Martel's international bestseller Life of Pi to the big screen with magnificent results. Lee's film tells the magical tale of a young Indian boy adrift on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger. Using flashbacks and fantasy sequences, we see the events that led to their epic voyage and the strange events that transpire. To celebrate the film's home entertainment release, we have Two Blu-ray copies of Life of Pi to give away, courtesy of 20th Century Fox He. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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Oscar Winning movie Life of Pi will be launched on DVD, Blu-Ray & 3D Blu-Ray in India by leading home entertainment company, Excel Home Entertainment. The movie is an adventure drama film based on Yann Martel’s novel of the same name; directed by Oscar winning Director Ang Lee starring Irfan Khan, Tabu and debutant Suraj Sharma in the lead role. The movie has won 4 Academy awards: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Visual effects and best Original score.
Muslim Kapasi, MD, Excel Home Entertainment, says, “Other than a great plot, the movie has some outstanding performances. The fact that the movie has an Indian connect with an international touch makes it a huge hit among the Indian audience. Ang Lee’s cinematic brilliance – Life of Pi has many Indians longing for a copy of the DVD and Blu-Ray. We are also offering the 3D version of the Blu-Ray. We are planning »
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Every now and then in London, they like to be a little creative for screenings and this one doesn’t get much better as we’ve been celebrating the Blu-ray and DVD release of Life Of Pi with the addition of real Tigers. Over the course of the week, Zsl London Zoo have been hosting an outdoor screening of the film that won Ang Lee his ‘Best Director‘ Academy Award in a perfect apt setting.
The evening began in the Spring sunshine over Regent’s Park as we were introduced with a smile and either a glass of Champagne or – as I chose – the suitably named Tiger Beer. From there, we were given the freedom to explore their astonishing brand-new Tiger Territory that’s home to their endangered Sumatran Tiger’s Melati and Jae Jae. The space and set-up is actually somewhat inspiring and our host Nadine gave a great »
- Dan Bullock
★★★★☆ The American Academy recently awarded genre-hopping director Ang Lee the Best Director prize for Life of Pi (2012), and it was well-deserved; Yann Martel's prize-winning novel, long-thought unfilmable, has been brought to life superbly in a visual masterpiece that won't soon be outdone. The tale begins with an avid writer (Rafe Spall) whom, upon hearing of a story so incredible it will "make him believe in God", travels to Montreal to talk with Piscine Molitor 'Pi' Patel (Irrfan Khan). Beginning with his upbringing in Pondicherry, India, Pi recounts his days grappling with different religions and meeting the girl of his dreams.
When Pi's (acclaimed and assured débutante Suraj Sharma, in the protagonist's youth) father decides to move the family to Canada to sell their zoo animals, a fierce storm sinks their Japanese freighter, killing his family. Managing to escape on a lifeboat with a few animals - including a formidable »
- CineVue UK
Even as Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012, Fox, PG) picked up Oscars for direction, cinematography, music and, crucially, visual effects, there was disgruntlement among the VFX effects team that their work on the movie had not been sufficiently recognised. Certainly, the digital wizardry is extraordinary, making the audience believe that they have been cast adrift on an endless ocean with a man-eating tiger, putting us right there in the lifeboat with the story's titular hero. All the more tragic, then, that Rhythm & Hues, which provided so much of the film's computer graphic magic, had filed for bankruptcy just before the Oscars, the latest victim of a downward spiral that had seen VFX artists become the most important but least valued craftspeople in Hollywood.
The irony, of course, is that visual effects are often at their best when unnoticed, and the real triumph of Life of Pi »
- Mark Kermode
The unreliable narrator is a fairly well-worn literary trick, but seldom has it yielded results as spectacular as this. Ang Lee's mastery of technique makes a great fit for Yann Martel's awards-magnet of a novel, their talents pairing to deliver something visually akin to an aquatic 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Young Tamil boy Pi is shipwrecked and stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific with a tiger called Richard Parker. As he recounts his epic tale, with the days stretching into months adrift, the story becomes more and more fanciful, the imagery more spectacular. Though CGI has a bad name when trying to recreate the real world, it's an ideal tool for delivering raw imagination, which is what it does here; although »
- Phelim O'Neill
Ang Lee’s take on Yann Martel’s bestseller was a visual feast, proving to be a hit with critics and audiences alike.
With a worldwide gross of just over £600m and a handful of awards, including a Best Director Oscar for Ang Lee, the film comes to us on Blu-ray and DVD on the 29th of April and we’ve got a look at deleted scene from the film.
In the eleven years since the book’s publication talk of a movie adaptation has been constant, circumnavigating past the likes of M. Night Shyamalan, until Fox found their man in Ang Lee. The director’s eclectic filmography has several threads running through it but the theme of journeying with people whose circumstance distances them from the world they knew is the most pertinent to Life of Pi.
If you missed it in cinemas last year you should be checking the film out. »
- Jon Lyus
Life of Pi evening at the Academy: ‘Deconstructing Pi’ (photo: The Tiger Richard Parker in Life of Pi) The Life of Pi creative team will get together to discuss the 3D and visual-effects work employed on the Ang Lee-directed fantasy adventure on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. “Deconstructing Pi” will be hosted by Academy governor Bill Kroyer (The Green Mile, The Monkey King), and will feature film sequences and “making-of” clips, in addition to an onstage chat with Academy Award-winning visual-effects artists Bill Westenhofer, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Donald R. Elliott; Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda; previsualization supervisor Brad Alexander; and Oscar-nominated film editor Tim Squyres. “Thinking in 3D really helped me make this movie," Ang Lee is quoted as saying on the Academy’s website. "…I think that put me in a position to »
- Anna Robinson
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