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The Jungle Book is full of tigers, monkeys, and bears—but its most important element may be the human boy at the heart of it all.
In a release, Disney announced that 10-year-old New Yorker Neel Sethi will play the part of Mowgli in director Jon Favreau’s upcoming live action-and-animated adaption of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel. Sethi has no professional acting experience, but earned praise from both Favreau and casting director Sarah Finn for his ability to hold an audience—a necessary skill, as Sethi will be the only actor onscreen in this version of the story.
- Jackson McHenry
Ben Kingsley has signed on for Spike TV's upcoming event series “Tut,” which is slated to premiere next year, Spike's executive vice president, original series Sharon Levy said Monday. “Gandhi” star Kingsley will play Ay, the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun who wields tremendous power and influence as the top adviser to the young Egyptian ruler. Also read: Ben Kingsley to Voice Bagheera in Disney's ‘The Jungle Book’ “Tut,” which will be shot on location in Morocco and Canada, will be produced by Muse Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Being Human”). Spike's first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut” is another peg in. »
- Tim Kenneally
Oscar winner Ben Kingsley ("Gandhi") has been cast as the voice of Bagheera the black panther in Disney’s upcoming live action/animated "The Jungle Book." The "Book" cast already includes Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o. Like previous film versions, "Book" will center on Mowgli, an orphan boy raised in the jungles of India by such friendly beats as Bagheera and Baloo the bear. Not all of them are friendly though -- especially the tiger known as Shere Khan. Disney first adapted Rudyard Kipling’s 19th century stories in the hit 1967 animated musical, and released a live-action take in 1994 starring Jason Scott Lee and Lena Headey. The latest version will be directed by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Chef") from a script by Justin Marks ("Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li"). Meanwhile, there's another "Jungle Book" taking shape at Warner Bros., with Ron Howard directing. Kingsley »
- Dave Lewis
The 7th International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala (Idsffk), to be held from July 18-22 at Thiruvananthapuram, has unveiled its selection. The 99 films that will be screened in competition section have been shortlisted from 916 entries received.
Candles In The Wind, Kavita Bahl / Nandan Saxena Goonga Pehelwan, Vivek Chaudhary / Prateek Gupta At The Crossroads: Nondon Bagchi Life And Living, Rajdeep Paul / Sharmistha Maiti Rangbhoomi, Kamal Swaroop The Last Adieu, Shabnam Sukhdev Chronicles Of A Temple Painter, Shravan Katikaneni The Red Data Book An Appendix, Sreemith N Deepu This Land Belongs To The Army, Maga. Thamizh Prabhagaran
In The Wake Of The Hill, Isha Pungaliya Lali, Subhadipta Biswas Wall Stories, Shashwati Talukdar Padmini My Love, Sriram Mohan I Am A Muslim, Vikram Kumar Kandimalla Songs Of A Free Bird, Samiran Datta Towards The Silver Lining, Bhabanita Muli Silent Sounds, Arun Radhakrishnan In Search Of Black God, »
June 6, Friday, 7:00 pm
Stein auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke (April 30, 1870 – February 16, 1944) was an Indian producer/ director/ screenwriter, widely regarded as the father of Indian Cinema. His debut film Raja Harishchandra was made in 1913 and is recognised as India’s first full-length feature film. In his career, spanning 19 years, he made 95 movies and 26 short films. His most noted works are Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), Satyavan Savitri (1914), Lanka Dahan (1917), Shri Krishna Janma (1918) and Kaliya Mardan (1919).
In 1920, after disputes with his partners, he resigned from his company Hindustan Films and shifted to the holy city of Benaras and renounced the world of cinema. At Benaras he wrote a semi-autobiographical play Rangbhoomi. This film is an invocation from that text.
About Kamal Swaroop
Swaroop is a film, »
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the lineup's second Palme d'Or-winning British stalwart: Ken Loach's "Jimmy's Hall." The director: Ken Loach (British, 77 years old). Often labelled the father of British social realism on film, Ken Loach is as famed for the no-nonsense naturalism of his aesthetic as for his defiantly socialist politics -- evident to varying degrees in 26 cinematic features (narrative and documentary) over 47 years. A lower-middle-class grammar school student turned Oxford law graduate, Loach began his career in television, directing a series of socially conscious BBC teleplays -- most famously the homelessness study "Cathy Come Home" -- before making his first feature film, »
- Guy Lodge
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial told the story of a young boy who discovers an extra-terrestrial — often referred to as a goblin before they find out its true origins — and forms a loving, brotherly relationship with it as he struggles with his parents’ recent separation. Between the amazing child acting in the film (more on that later), the wonders of an animatronic alien with facial expressions as real as mine or yours, and the tear-inspiring story, »
- Ariana Bacle
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Crime doesn't pay. As Ernst Stavro Blofeld or Baron Greenback will attest, you can have all the hidden lairs, ruthless henchmen and tanks full of piranhas in the world, but you'll get your comeuppance in the end. Still, as Jaguar seems to be claiming, at least you can drive a shiny moll-magnet while working your nefarious schemes. As sales pitches go, having Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong and Tom Hiddleston sing the praises of British supervillains and their expensive motors makes a change from the usual mix of soft tops, soft rock and soft porn. But would you buy a flash car from these men? Strong utilised the persuasive power of a red-hot poker in The Long Firm, »
- Martin Horsfield
The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the full lineup last night for their 14th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and Diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 5 – 10) at the SoHo Tiffin Junction. Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 34 screenings (23 narrative, 11 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City.
The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions – Marathi, Bengali and two films from the Northeast. In addition the festival covers cinemas from the neighboring South Asian countries – four films by Pakistani filmmakers, two from Sri Lanka – a feature and a documentary, and one from Nepal.
The festival’s Marathi films include Postcard and multiple-award winning films Astu and Fandry. Directed by Nagraj Manjule, Fandry received rave reviews in India, winning the grand jury prize at the Mumbai Film Festival in October »
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Tend to think of Richard Attenborough as a kindly old man? Aliya digs into his early career to find some far nastier roles...
British cinema has always liked its angry young men: Richard Burton, Albert Finney, Laurence Harvey and others all played the 1950s and 60s social animal, raging against the class system and the staid attitudes of post-war Britain.
But they weren’t the first angry young man on the screen. Maybe that crown could be claimed by an unlikely actor – Richard Attenborough. Attenborough is best known now as a director and producer, for films such as Gandhi, Chaplin and Shadowlands. When he gets thought of as an actor, it’s often as a kindly old man with a white beard. Misguided, sometimes, as when he played John Hammond, the owner of Jurassic Park, but not downright nasty. A lot of his earlier »
Still from A Prayer for Rain
A Prayer for Rain, directed by Ravi Kumar, will open the 28th Fribourg International Film Festival which will take place from March 29- April 5 in Fribourg, Switzerland.
The film is based on true events leading up to December 3rd 1984, when a pesticide leak killed more than 10,000 people in Bhopal, India. The film features Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn, Rajpal Yadav and Tannishtha Chatterjee. The film has been screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival earlier.
Continuing its journey in the international festival circuit, Richie Mehta’s Indo-Canadian venture Siddharth will compete at the festival. Grand Jury prize winner at South Asian International Film Festival (Saiff), Siddharth has been previously screened at Venice Days (an independent »
From April 8th to the 11th, Indian films will once again be showcased in the Us at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla). In its 12th year, Iffla boasts an incredible lineup of fabulous films that reflects the rich diversity of Indian cinema. Iffla’s Artistic Director Jasmine Jaisinghani says, “I’m thrilled and proud that Iffla’s line-up this year includes an especially diverse range of cinematic experiences, covering many regions of India and the diaspora.”
Iffla 2014 presents 33 films that include feature films, documentaries and shorts. The festival will have three world premieres, six North American premieres, six U.S. premieres, and 16 Los Angeles premieres. The films feature 10 different languages, from Hindi to Marathi, to Russian to Bengali. Additionally, Iffla supports American, Australian, British, Canadian, and European diaspora filmmakers from nine different countries telling their stories.
Bollywood will be well represented with three outstanding films all showing during the festival’s run. »
- Stacey Yount
This year’s Best Actor race is shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time. And by greatest, I mean both the most competitive and also the most outstanding, in the sense that each nominee is excellent — hypothetical winners in almost any other year. They also reflect the depth of superb male performances in 2013. Consider: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoneix (Her), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all missed the cut.
EW’s Owen Gleiberman recently analyzed this year’s Best Actor race, calling it the most “fiercely, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Amazon is offering $105 off The Columbia Best Pictures boxed DVD set containing 11 winners of the Best Picture Oscar. Here are the details:
14-disc set of 11 Best Picture Oscar winning films in an attractive, collectible, black fiber cover with slipcase. The pages within will have film synopsis, details on the Oscar win for each film, and art from key scenes. This set features Columbia Pictures' Best Picture Oscar winners spanning the years from 1934 to 1982 and include the following films:
1949 All the King's Men
1954 On the Waterfront
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
Bonus extras include:
Lord Attenborough Audio Commentary
From the Director's Chair
Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad
Reflections on »
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Kaushik Ganguly’s Apur Panchali takes off on Pather Panchali and is about the child actor who played Apu in the film – Subir Banerjee – and what happened to him because he never made another film after Ray’s masterpiece.
Cinema in India has now split up into several pan-Indian categories. Apart from the mainstream Hindi film we have the ‘indie’ cinema represented by films like The Lunchbox and Ship of Theseus as well as the documentary (Fire in the Blood), which has become commercially viable, as it was not. Apart from these categories, there is the regional art film which, unlike its popular counterpart, is pan-Indian rather than local – because it is aimed at audiences at film festivals and other pan-Indian cultural gatherings, and cannot be imagined without subtitles in English. The pan-Indian art film is gaining ground across India and well-known film critics were also recommending the Indian Panorama »
- MK Raghavendra
Mobsters, mafioso, hoodlums, gang-bangers, capos, love, betrayal, drugs, murder and money; it is all here. The very fact that organised crime has its own genre is a testament to how loved Gangster films are.
The fascination with a world that is beyond comprehension for most that watch, is something that has always been apparent in the cinematic world and thankfully it has always been brimming with incredible films to compliment the obsession.
Here, compiled for your humble discretion (with Huge spoilers), is an attempted order of the iconic moments from the very best the movie world has to offer when it comes to Gangster movies…
20. Yes, Yes, Yes! – Sexy Beast (2000)
Brutal Gangster boss Teddy Bass (McShane) sends Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) to persuade retired Gal Dove (Ray Winstone) into one last job, and hilarity ensues! In all seriousness, this film is a joy to watch, with »
- Shaun Lappin
Ben Kingsley has been branching out over the past few years after starting his career with critically acclaimed films such as Gandhi and Schindlers List, the academy award winning star has gone on to appear in more blockbuster orientated productions such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, Enders Game and of course Iron Man 3.
Now it has been announced that Kingsley has joined the cast of Shawn Levy’s Night At The Museum 3 which is set to shoot next month for a Christmas release later this year. Kingsley will reportedly play an Egyptian Pharaoh revived by the magical tablet in a British museum, it is assumed that he will be the villain of the piece which isn’t surprising given the actors long history of antagonistic roles. The part should also give Kingsley the chance to once again flex his comedic muscles after his hilarious character »
- Ben Read
Exclusive: Fox and director Shawn Levy have set Ben Kingsley to join the ensemble cast of Night At The Museum 3. Kingsley will play a formidable Egyptian pharaoh on display in the British museum, and he is revived by a magical tablet. He joins Rebel Wilson, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in the third installment of the Levy-directed and -produced franchise which has topped $1 billion in worldwide grosses. Levy is directing from the script written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and David Guion and Michael Handelman, and Fox will release Xmas 2014. Now, this sounds like a fun role for Kingsley. His iconic turn will always be Gandhi, of course, and he was an unforgettable maniac in Sexy Beast. But I have to say, my favorite role was his turn as The Mandarin in Iron Man 3. Related: Hot Clip: Marvel Extends ‘Iron Man 3 »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this coming weekend and what better way to help spread the message of equality and tolerance than with these eight great movies? Gandhi It's no secret that Martin Luther King Jr. was influenced by the nonviolent protests and civil disobedience led by Mahatma Gandhi. This Richard Attenborough-directed film took home eight Oscars in 1983 including Best Picture, Best Actor (Ben Kingsley) and Best Director. A Raisin in the Sun One of the few films that tackled the subject of racism in the supposedly enlightened North, this adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's play finds Sidney Poitier giving one of the best performances of his career. The film centers on a large insurance payment that a black family living in the Southside of...
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When Turner Classic Movies (TCM) kicks off 31 Days of Oscar®, the network’s annual celebration of the Academy Awards® in February, it will be embarking on one of the most ambitious and comprehensive editions of the month-long festival yet.
Each night’s primetime lineup from Feb. 1 through March 3 will be devoted to showcasing all the movies nominated in a particular category in a given year. Meanwhile, daytime programming will focus on specific categories, with winners and nominees from multiple years.
TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar is one of several events celebrating the network’s 20th year as a leading authority in classic film. Making the 2014 edition of 31 Days of Oscar even more spectacular will be the world premiere of And the Oscar® Goes To…, a brand-new documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards, slated to premiere Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. (Et/Pt). CNN Films will encore the documentary onThursday, »
- Michelle McCue
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