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The Academy Announces Eligibility For 114 Scores, 79 Songs And 323 Feature Films In 87th Oscar Race

12 December 2014 5:37 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards” is available at

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced that 114 scores »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Messi,’ ‘Sandalwood,’ ‘Fire’ Screen at Ventana Sur

1 December 2014 10:31 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Screening at Ventana Sur’s European Day, Alex de la Iglesia’s docu “Messi,” about the Argentine soccer superstar, Maria Ripoll’s Spanish-Indian drama “Traces of Sandalwood” and Luis Marias’ Basque Country-set thriller “Fire” are among major highlights from promotion board Catalan Films & TV’s line-up at the 6th edition of the South American market.

One of Spain’s most vital filmmaking regions, Catalonia will bring to Ventana Sur a 12 producers delegation that will take to the market both pics in development plus completed titles.

Also in attendance, and handling pics by Catalan production companies: top Spanish/Catalan sales agents Filmax International and Film Factory Entertainment plus Madrid-based Imagina International sales and Latido Films.

Completing the Catalan film industry’s presence at the Buenos Aires mart-meet, two English-language projects by Barcelona-based outfits will be pitched at Blood Window, Ventana Sur’s genre film market: Magno Entertainment’s black comedy “Fuck the World, »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Film Review: ‘Traces of Sandalwood’

22 November 2014 10:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Delighting in cross-cultural contrasts, “Traces of Sandalwood” follows two separated sisters — one awash in the colorful melodrama of Bollywood, the other locked in the sterility of a biology lab in Barcelona. But this opposition proves to be far from absolute in Maria Ripoli’s hybrid English/Spanish-speaking indie: The melodrama is based on painful reality, while the lab is situated amid fantastically contorted architectural landmarks. With few pretensions to high art, this genuine crowd-pleaser (which snagged an audience award at Montreal), well crafted by an all-female crew, seems a natural for Indian diaspora distribution, with definite crossover potential.

The film begins in high drama as 6-year-old Mina (Vaibhavi Hankare) saves her newborn sister, Sita, from being drowned as an unwanted female, thereupon taking full aquel Fer

esponsibility for her care. But when their mother dies a few years later, their father hands them over to a woman from the city. »

- Ronnie Scheib

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'Pitch Perfect' Star Alexis Knapp -- Oops ... My Candle Torched My Condo Bldg.

27 September 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Alexis Knapp's kumbaya moment with a candle went up in flames ... and so did her condo bldg.Alexis -- famous for her roles in "Project X," "Pitch Perfect" and "I'm Ryan Phillippe's baby Mama" ... left her unit with a candle still burning and it caught something on fire which ignited the blaze that engulfed the entire building ... according to the L.A. Fire Dept.'It took 75 firefighters, 30 fire trucks and 3 separate agencies to knock down the blaze. »

- TMZ Staff

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Randeep Hooda plays gangster Bindy Johal in Deepa Mehtas film

23 August 2014 3:29 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The prolific Deepa Mehta has done it again! Made a film that is likely to provoke extreme responses. In the year 2000, Deepa Mehta had started Water in Varanasi which had to be stalled when religious fundamentalists objected to the film. Deepa's Fire and Midnight's Children were also controversial works of art. Now in the film titled Beeba Boys, Deepa has shot the life of the dreaded Indo-Canadian criminal Bindy Johal who was brutally gunned down in 1998. Bindy, a heroic legend among the Indians in Canada, is considered an extremely controversial figure. Hero for some, a sociopath for others, it would be interesting to see how Deepa Mehta has interpreted the character's dark and criminal life. Bindy's band of Punjabi bad boys has also been featured in the film. Randeep Hooda who plays Bindy Johal spent weeks studying Johal's life and crimes and why he was considered a criminal by many »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Raghav returns with brand new summer single ‘Take Me Away’

19 July 2014 5:58 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Following on from a string of successful film songs in 2014, international pop and Hindi star Raghav is set to release his next solo single, a slice of pop with a hint of Edm, the infectious dance track ‘Take Me Away’.

The new single, also written by Raghav, follows on from previous solo hits such as ‘Fire’ and ‘Woohoo’, which achieved huge commercial chart success in Canada. Similarly ‘Take Me Away’ has already shown early signs of another breakthrough hit, having been picked up by some of the leading Canadian pop and dance stations this week.

In 2014 Raghav has released film songs such as ‘Keep The Hustle’ (from the Million Dollar Arm soundtrack), ‘Aaya Khwab Ka Mausam’ (Kochadaiiyan) and most recently ‘Mawali Qawwali’ (Lekar Hum Deewana Dil), all of which have been collaborations with Oscar and Grammy award winning composer Ar Rahman. He will next be heard on the soundtrack of »

- Press Releases

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Quick Fire with DJ Shai Guy

9 June 2014 3:32 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Resident DJ of London’s legendary Bollywood night Bombay Funkadelic, DJ Shai Guy knows exactly how to get the party started.

We got ourselves down to Brick Lane one balmy Saturday evening and checked out June’s event.

Verdict: Please don’t stop the music.

Halkat Jawani mixed with Mera Joota Hai Japani .

I got the Power.

Old school Bollywood beats such as Aama Dekh and Jab Bhi Koi Ladki Dehku…

DJ Shai Guy had the dance floor filled with innovative Bollywood dance moves within a short space of time.

This isn’t the first.

Recently, at the SouthBank Alchemy Festival 2014, DJ Shai Guy phenomenally had the entire Thames terrace swaying to Bollywood.

We at BollySpice had the opportunity to interview DJ Shai Guy and get to know how mithaai’s would sound if they were Bollywood songs, what beats he would take to a deserted island, the best and »

- Aashi Gahlot

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'We Found Our Zombies'

26 March 2014 10:18 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pre-credit sequence. Farewell, Uncle Cliffy. Solana returns to camp and Trish has a speech to make, but Lindsey isn't interested in hearing. "You guys just screwed up majorly," she tells nobody in particular, admitting that she doesn't have any alliances anymore. "I will respect you, because this is a team moving forward, but I don't like you," Trish smirks. Of course, Trish just threw away a big numbers advantage in order to break up what she's calling a two-person alliance of Lindsey and Cliff. "You disgust me. Everything about you is annoying. Your laugh. Your teeth. Your face," Lindsey tells Trish, calling her "the most horrific person" she's met. Trish doesn't care. "I can leave here and never think of you again," Lindsey insists, calling Trish a bully. Lindsey doesn't want to play with Trish anymore, so she goes off wandering. Nobody knows where Lindsey is, other than the cameraman and everybody's favorite interloper, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Odd One Out'

19 March 2014 10:26 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pre-credit sequence. J'Tia is gone. "It's a complete roller-coaster ride," reflects Spencer, who is very grateful that Tasha and Kass chose him. "I just knew if we kept her, we would be back there in three days and regretting it," Kass reflects on her decision, which she describes as a "last minute" switch. "How my team has played this game is ridiculous. We're not the Brain Tribe, we're the Crap-for-Brains Tribe," Kass notes, dubbing the tribe, "Just a rolling log-jam mess with a couple nerds on top." Spencer jokes that the only thing standing between them and the Final 3 is "two entire tribes." The next morning... Tree-Mail! There's a hint that Reward and food are coming and they're hungry. The Brains think this is the start of their comeback. Or at least that's sure what they hope. Everybody arrives at the beach ready for a challenge and... "Alright everybody, drop your buffs, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Gothenburg: Nordic Lab filmmakers offer fresh voices

31 January 2014 3:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Filmmakers pitching include Iram Haq [pictured], who just completed I Am Yours and is now working on The Way Back; and Concerning Violence producer Annika Rogell with My Skinny Sister.

Gothenburg’s Nordic Film Market hosted 10 pitches this morning from the participants of the year-long Nordic Film Lab. The culmination of a year in the Lab leads to the presentations today. The Lab has existed since 2008 and intends to support talented filmmakers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden who are “at the starting point of their careers.”

Today’s projects presented are:

Bobbi Jene Smith – Is It An Avalanche Or A Parade?

Julie Leerskov, producer

Elvira Lind, director

Documentary about a 30-year-old dancer In Tel Aviv embarking on a new phase in her career. Lind says the film celebrates “female strength.”


Lake Over Fire (Norway)

Joern Utkilen, director

A film, with actors playing fictionalized versions of themselves, about Norwegian »

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New on Video – Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project, Part 2

2 January 2014 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Dry Summer

Written by Metin Erksan, Kemal Inci and Ismet Soydan

Directed by Metin Erksan

Turkey, 1964


Written and directed by Ahmed El Maânouni

Morocco, 1981

The Housemaid

Written by Kim Ki-young (screenplay by Kim Jeong-sook)

Directed by Kim Ki-young

South Korea, 1960

The three titles rounding out The Criterion Collection set showcasing six films preserved and newly remastered through Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project are markedly different, not only from each other, but from the three features covered last week in this column. Dry Summer, Trances, and The Housemaid maintain a strong sense of cultural identification and examination, but opposed to the previous three films, which exist somewhere between “docu-fiction” and a slightly indefinite art house categorization, these movies fall more in line with standard generic conventions. That is not to say, however, that they are in any way conventional. Within the recognizable forms of, roughly, the melodrama, the musical documentary, »

- Jeremy Carr

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