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Sgiff: Movie Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds Contemporary Indian Cinema

Sgiff: Movie Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds Contemporary Indian Cinema
Waheeda Rehman, the 79-year-old grande dame of Indian cinema who has worked with most of the legendary filmmakers of her country during her 62-year career is very complimentary about the kind of films being made today.

“All kinds of stories are being today,” Rehman said. “Back in the day, films used to be formulaic. There was a hero, heroine and a villain, and there would be a cabaret number thrown in for good measure. I got very bored and began looking for different roles.”

Rehman was speaking at an In Conversation event for “The Song of Scorpions” that showed as a special presentation at the Singapore International Film Festival on Friday. Other speakers included director Anup Singh and producers Shahaf Peled and Saskia Vischer.

The roles Rehman chose were in films that are considered classics in the annals of Indian cinema. She worked with Guru Dutt in “Pyaasa” (1957) and “Kaagaz Ke Phool” (1959), Satyajit Ray in “Abhijaan” (1962), Basu Bhattacharya
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“Secret Superstar is a heartwarming portrayal of girl power but does not go far enough” – Subhash K Jha

Secret Superstar

Starring Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan

Directed by Advait Chandan

It is easy and comforting to get swayed by the rags-to-riches fable constructed with such contemporary diligence and zeal by first-time director Advait Chandan. But once you get to penetrate the bubble of bonhomie and get into thick of things, so to speak, you come face-to-face with an unnerving sterility.

Secret Superstar is one of those well-meaning films that keeps reminding you constantly of how well-meaning it is. Many times as I watched Advait Chandan’s panoply of tricks and treats I felt I was being offered a Christmas deal with ‘Santa’ Aamir Khan mentoring the film’s 15-year old wanna-shine Zaira Wasim whose brilliance as an actor is far more dazzling than anything that is written into this film to support her dreams.

Everyone, we are told in many different ways in this stretched-out ode to wish-fulfilment, has the right to dream.
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Singapore Funds Board Locarno-Bound ‘Song of Scorpions’

Singapore Funds Board Locarno-Bound ‘Song of Scorpions’
Singapore-based film funds and distribution entities Aurora Media Holdings and M! Capital Ventures have boarded Anup Singh’s “The Song of Scorpions.” The film has its world premiere next month as a Piazaa Grande screening at the Locarno festival.

Shot on location in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan, the film is a story of twisted love, revenge and redemptive power between a young tribal woman and a camel trader. The cast is headed by Iran’s Golshifteh Farahani (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) and India’s Irrfan Khan (“Inferno”) alongside Indian cinema icon Waheeda Rehman (“Guide”).

The film’s producers include Michel Merkt (“Toni Erdmann”) for Switzerland’s Knm, Saskia Vischer and Shahaf Peled for Feather Light Films, in association with Thierry Lenouvel for France’s Cine Sud Promotion. Rights sales are currently being handled by the producers, who report that they have received multiple sales agency approaches.

Other
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Once Upon a Time Season 7 Reset: Gabrielle Anwar, Devious Maids Alum, Reign Star Among 5 New Additions

Once Upon a Time Season 7 Reset: Gabrielle Anwar, Devious Maids Alum, Reign Star Among 5 New Additions
ABC is putting a face to Once Upon a Time‘s Season 7 reset. Five faces, actually.

TVLine has learned that the Friday-bound fantasy drama is adding nearly a half-dozen new female cast members, most notably Burn Notice alum Gabrielle Anwar, Devious Maids vet Dania Ramirez and ex-Reign royal Adelaide Kane. Also boarding the rejiggered seventh season: Chicago Med‘s Mekia Cox and English actress Rose Reynolds (Poldark).

Details on the role each actress will be playing will be announced at Comic-Con a later date, but here are five clues you can chew on in the meantime: TVLine can confirm
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Rangoon is a simple tale, unnecessarily complicated by its characters’ prevarications – Subhash K Jha reviews Rangoon

Starring Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan

Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj

In art, as in life, consistency is not a quality that is easily obtainable. In the life that is created in Vishal Bhardwaj’s art the characters are so flawed and fractured and so driven down to destruction by their own demoniacal desires that you fear they would collapse under the weight of their own ambitions and longings.

This is true as much of the characters as the director himself. Vishal Bhardwaj’s latest arguably his most ambitious film to date could have ended up being the Bombay Velvet/Mohenjo Daro of 2017. It is rescued, no redeemed, by an excruciatingly exquisite perception of the wounds and lashes that love pelts down on those who are its victims.

Rangoon is a simple tale, unnecessarily complicated by its characters’ prevarications. It is a story pinned down to a bobbing blueprint
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 7 – Gallery 1988, Vestron Video Blu-rays, teeVillain, Gris Grimly, Star Wars Games for Kids & More!

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Welcome back for Day 7 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For today’s gift guide, we’re going to take a look at Gallery 1988's amazing artwork, teeVillain, the Back to the Future soundtrack, several of the great Vestron Video Blu-rays released this year, Star Wars-themed kids' games, horror necklaces, and more.

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with Texas-based artist Dustin Pace of Duddy
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Shah Rukh Khan does a Dev Anand in Imtiaz Alis next

Shah Rukh Khan does a Dev Anand in Imtiaz Alis next
Shah Rukh Khan continues to explore new avenues through his roles. After playing his own fan in Fan and a real-life gangster hooch seller in his next release Shah Rukh Khan goes right into the role of a tourist guide in Imtiaz Ali's next untitled film. According to a well-informed source the role is directly inspired by Dev Anand's legendary turn as tourist guide in Vijay Anand's Guide. "Shah plays a tourist guide. Like Dev Saab in Vijay Anand's film there are many twists and turns in the Shah Rukh Khan's character-graph. He undergoes a moral transformation that changes his life and that of others whom he encounters," says the source. It looks like Shah Rukh Khan is determined to bend the rules as far as possible even if it means forfeiting his regular blockbuster level of success.
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Capcom Reveals Its Games Line-Up For PlayStation Experience 2015

Capcom‘s full line-up of games to be shown off to the public at this year’s PlayStation Experience have been announced, and there’s something for fans of all genres to get excited about. If you’re intending to attend the annual event in San Francisco this weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to play the latest builds of Street Fighter V, Umbrella Corps, Resident Evil 0 and the Mega Man Legacy Collection.

See the full details below for specific dates and times.

Street Fighter V – Perfectly complimenting this year’s Capcom Cup, Street Fighter V will be playable on PS4 at the Capcom booth. Get hands-on time with all of the characters announced thus far, including Dhalsim, Karin, Rashid, Laura and 11 other fighters. We’ll have tournaments at 12 Pm and 3 Pm both days at the booth. Winners will score an exclusive Street Fighter V faceplate for their PS4! Sign-ups
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Mukesh Bhatt re-elected as Guild President at 61st Annual General Meeting

Mukesh Bhatt was unanimously re-elected as President of The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. (“Guild”) at the first meeting of its newly constituted Guild Council of Management which was held immediately after the 61st Annual General Meeting on 11th September,2015 at Hotel Sun-n-Sand, Juhu, Mumbai.

The other office bearers re-elected as part of the Guild Management Team are Dheeraj Kumar, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Manish Goswami and Vijay Singh as Vice Presidents, Ashim Samanta and Srishti Arya as Treasurers.

Kulmeet Makkar will continue to manage the affairs of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. as its Chief Executive Officer.

In his opening speech at the Guild Annual General Meeting – President Shri Mukesh Bhatt, in the course of apprising the members about various initiatives of Guild during last year, also said, “Throughout the past 3 years, our Management Team has embarked on the path of my illustrious predecessors and worked with dedication,
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Shameless Preview: Fiona's Busy Love Life, Ian & Mickey's 'Obstacle' and More

Shameless Preview: Fiona's Busy Love Life, Ian & Mickey's 'Obstacle' and More
On Sunday’s Season 5 premiere of Shameless (Showtime, 9/8c), Fiona finds herself in a situation that would be the envy of many: More men are interested in her than she knows what to do with.

While the eldest Gallagher is courted by multiple suitors, including returning ex Jimmy/Steve (played by Justin Chatwin), Ian and Mickey reach a new level of domesticity in their relationship — but Ian’s bipolar disorder threatens to throw their romance off the rails.

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Not to be outdone, Lip also is juggling loves old and new,
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Blood List Names ‘Bird Box’ Best 2014 Genre Script; Adds Pilots, Books

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Blood List Names ‘Bird Box’ Best 2014 Genre Script; Adds Pilots, Books
This year’s Blood List has named the 13 best genre scripts around town, and in its sixth year the annual screenplay contest is expanding its scope to include hot books, TV pilots, and young scribes ripe for signing. Taking top honors in 2014 is sci-fi thriller Bird Box from The Thing and Final Destination 5 scribe Eric Heisserer, an apocalyptic tale of a woman trying to lead her children to safety – all three blindfolded – after monsters descend on earth that turn people insane on sight. Universal set Heisserer to adapt the manuscript from Josh Malerman in 2013 for Mama helmer Andy Muschietti. Previous Blood List alumni include Black Swan, Stoker, Warm Bodies, and the upcoming Blumhouse thriller The Boy Next Door.

Like the Black List naming the top unproduced screenplays circulating around Hollywood, the genre-focused Blood List taps exec votes to determine each year’s best unmade horror, sci-fi, and thriller scripts.
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Why Cinelicious Pics acquired Gangs of Wasseypur for North America

Why Cinelicious Pics acquired Gangs of Wasseypur for North America
Dennis Bartok

For many years I was the head of film programming for the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, a non-profit film group that currently runs the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. As part of my job I tried to keep my finger to the pulse of national cinemas from around the globe, both new and old, by combing through festival catalogues, talking to other programmers and watching as many movies as I could get my hands on (much of these in the old VHS days!)

In the 1990s and early 2000s I saw the rediscovery of some amazing bodies of world cinema such as Italian Horror and Giallo Cinema from the 1960s & 1970s by directors like Mario Bava and Dario Argento, and Japanese Outlaw Cinema from the same period by hard-hitting genre filmmakers like Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki and Kihachi Okamoto. But one thing I didn’t see, in repertory film calendars,
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No “Murder She Wrote” for NBC and Esquire is “Looking” for Forgiveness

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NBC has decided not to go forward with its proposed reboot of Murder She Wrote, according to Deadline. Deadline says the network hasn’t given up on the idea of making a new Murder, She Wrote but that wasn’t the right version.

TVLine reports that Tahmoh Penikett will appear in the 200th episode of Criminal Minds.

Tahmoh Penikett

Vulture talks with Kayla Alpert, who wrote the script for Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic about the changes made from the novels.

Rashida Jones has joined the cast of the TBS comedy pilot Tribeca. The sitcom follows the Lapd “Really Heinous Crimes Unit” with Jones playing a lone wolf who doesn’t like having to work with a partner.

Esquire is apologizing (terribly) for an article titled “A Straight Man’s Guide to Looking” that joked that gay male characters who aren’t stereotypically fabulous are too boring to
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How Vijay Anand saved Guide from being sleeved!

No words can better describe Vijay Anand, than this philosophical - lyric - from his own master piece Guide because alike Rosie the path breaking heroine of Guide, Vijay Anand, too, was a rebellious director, far ahead of his time, breaking norms and setting trends that the Hindi cinema had 'ever' witnessed! From the art of savvy screenplay to imaginative song picturization to the novel technique of introducing flash back, Vijay Anand in nutshell changed the face of contempora
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'Twilight' Star Jackson Rathbone Ties The Knot!

'Twilight' Star Jackson Rathbone Ties The Knot!
Sorry, ladies! Twilight star Jackson Rathbone is officially off the market.

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On Sunday, the 28-year-old actor/singer tied the knot with girlfriend Sheila Hafsadi during a small ceremony in Los Angeles, according to People.

The newlyweds are also the proud parents of a son, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, now 15 months old.

Related: Jackson Rathbone Welcomes Son

Hafsadi, a burlesque dancer, reportedly met Rathbone during a tour stop with his band 100 Monkeys.
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Europalia Arts Festival to focus on Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt & Anurag Kashyap

Europalia Arts Festival to focus on Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt & Anurag Kashyap
The 24th edition of the biennial Europalia International Arts Festival in Europe will be dedicated to India to celebrate the centenary year of Indian cinema.

The festival will be held in several cities of Belgium and The Netherlands including Brussels, Antwerpen and Den Haag from October 4, 2013 – January 26, 2014.

Five of Kashyap’s films will be screened under the Anurag Kashyap Focus – Cinematek section: Ugly (2013), Black Friday (2004), Dev D (2009), Gulal (2009) and Gangs of Wasseypur I and II (2012). Besides, three films recommended by Kashyap will also be screened at the festival: Gurvinder Singh’s Anhey Ghorey Da Daan, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid and Satish Manwar’s Gabhricha Paus.

Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar and Jalsaghar will be presented as part of the Satyajit Ray Retrospective. Guru Dutt Retrospective will screen his films Baazi, Jaal, Baaz, Aar Paar, Mr. And Mrs. 55, Pyaasa, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam and Kagaz Ke Phool.

Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl
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Waheeda Rehman Expressed Her Appreciation of the Modern Bollywood Actresses

Waheeda Rehman Expressed Her Appreciation of the Modern Bollywood Actresses
Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman has been known for her grace, her serene beauty and outstanding acting skills in Bollywood. Some of her more famous works include ‘Kagaz Ke Phool’, ‘Guide’, ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chand’, ‘Teesri Kasam’ and ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’. Talking about the Bollywood actresses of today in a recent curtain raiser, Rehman said that she thinks the actors of today are highly talented. She admired Kareena Kapoor and Vidya Balan from the present crop. "Today actors of this generation are very much talented and hard working. I like Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Kangana Ranuat... they are...
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Jagran Film Festival in Delhi to celebrate Hundred Years of Indian Cinema

Jagran Film Festival in Delhi to celebrate Hundred Years of Indian Cinema
Pyaasa” at Jagran Film Festival

The 4th edition of the Jagran Film Festival will be held at the Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi from July 5-9, 2013.

The festival will celebrate Hundred Years of Indian Cinema with the screening of films like Kundan Shah’s Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy , Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay , Bimal Roy’s Madhumati and Do Bigha Zameen, Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa, Mani Ratnam’s Nayagan, Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand , Vijay Anand’s Guide , K. Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam among others.

The Jagran Film Festival is scheduled to cover 16 cities in India. The festival will begin from Delhi, travel through Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Indore, Bhopal and finally culminate in Mumbai.

This year’s festival will feature movies in sections like World Panorama, Indian Showcase, Indian Premiers, Jagran Shorts, Cinema of the Sellers that is an Indian Competition for Advertising Films.
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Ranveer Singh Inspired by Dev Anand for Lootera

For his role in the upcoming romantic thriller Lootera, Ranveer Singh has really worked hard to get his character perfect for the film. The film’s story is inspired from O. Henry’s “The Last Leaf” and is the uplifting story of two lovers through a turbulent but epic romance. Set in 1953, Ranveer plays a young broody archaeologist called Varun Shrivastav and the character is quite the departure from his earlier boy next door roles ala Band Baaja Baarat.

As part of his research for the film, Ranveer attended workshops to learn the art of emoting with his eyes and he learned from one of the best – Dev Anand. The legendary Dev Anand was known in his times for his expressive eyes. Director Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan) made Ranveer watch movies like Guide, Heera Panna and Jewel Thief.

A spokesperson for the film says, “Lootera is a tribute to 50s. We
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