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“Jha enters the dark largely-unexposed world of the Naxalites fighting for their land and dignity” – Subhash K Jha about Chakravyuh

27 October 2012 10:34 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Starring Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Anjali Patil, Esha Gupta, Om Puri, Manoj Bajpai

Directed by Prakash Jha

Becket beckons Bollywood once again.  The immortal French play by Jean Anouilh was furnished a sensitive renewability by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in Namak Haraam 38 years ago and then again much later by Govind Nihalani in Dev.

Now the stories of two friends separated by caste creed and ideology who are torn apart by their irreconcilable socio-political differences, is given a seriously spunky spin by Prakash Jha.

Staightaway, let’s get to the point(much in the same vein that the film does). This is Prakash Jha’s most resolutely etched and firmly grounded drama since Mrityudand, and a work way superior to his last two film Raajneeti and Aarakshan both of which suffered to some extent by being scattered in intent and pulled in too many directions.

While here again in Chakravyuh  we witness »

- Subhash K Jha

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Chakravyuh Review - News

24 October 2012 3:10 AM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Movie Review: Chakravyuh; Star Cast: Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Anjali Patil, Esha Gupta, Om Puri, and Manoj Bajpayee; Director; Prakash Jha; Rating: **** - resolutely etched, firmly grounded drama.

"Becket" beckons Bollywood once again. The immortal French play by Jean Anouilh was furnished with a sensitive renewability by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in the 1973 movie "Namak Haraam" and then again by Govind Nihalani in "Dev" (2004).

Now the story of two friends, separated by caste, creed and ideology, who are torn apart by their irreconcilable socio-political differences, is given. »

- Anita Agarwal

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Irish Legend Peter O'Toole Retires From Acting

11 July 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Irish actor and screen legend Peter O'Toole, best known for his acclaimed performance in 'Lawrence of Arabia', has announced his retirement from acting saying: "I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell." His list of notable film roles included 'The Ruling Class,' 'Becket,' 'My Favourite Year' and 'The Stunt Man'. »

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Grant Bowler / Richard Burton: Liz & Dick

6 June 2012 7:03 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Grant Bowler / Richard Burton: Liz & Dick Grant Bowler as Richard Burton in Lifetime’s fall movie Liz & Dick looks less convincing than Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. Burton met Taylor at the time the two were making Cleopatra for 20th Century Fox. A troubled production, Cleopatra was initially to have starred Taylor, Peter Finch, and Stephen Boyd, under the direction of Rouben Mamoulian. Mamoulian left, Taylor fell seriously ill, nearly died, and had to have a tracheotomy performed. The end result was a Best Actress Academy Award for her troubles (and for Butterfield 8) and brand new leading men for Cleopatra: Richard Burton as Marc Antony and Rex Harrison as Julius Caesar. By then, Cleopatra also had a new director: two-time Best Director Oscar winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz. A respected stage and screen actor in the ’60s, Richard Burton was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Best Supporting Actor »

- Andre Soares

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Brian Trenchard-Smith on Becket

25 May 2012 1:33 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Out of circulation for decades, Peter Glenville’s acclaimed film of Jean Anouilh’s 1959 play was recently restored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation. Friendly rivals Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole once again don regal robes as Archbishop Thomas Becket and King Henry II, whose emotional relationship sours over matters of faith. Edward Anhalt’s eloquent, endlessly quotable screenplay won the only one of the 12 Oscars this film was nominated for. Five years later O’Toole played an older Henry II in The Lion in Winter.


- Danny

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William Monahan to Make Mojave His Directorial Follow-Up to London Boulevard

22 March 2012 2:28 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) has chosen to make the crime thriller Mojave as his follow-up to London Boulevard.  As Monahan told Steve back in October, the follow-up to Boulevard was either going to be Mojave or Becket, an adaptation of the 1959 Jean Anouilh play, depending on which project received funding first.  Hopefully, more details on Mojave will surface soon so we'll have an idea of what Monahan has planned.  According to Deadline, Atlas Independent will produce, and filming is set to begin in August in Southern California.  Atlas Independent's mission is to make movies for less than $10 million, so we at least have some notion of the Mojave's scope. Monahan's busy schedule also includes scripting a remake of 1974's The Gambler, and working on the screenplay for Sin City 2.  Click here for Steve's latest interview with Monahan. »

- Matt Goldberg

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