19 items from 2016
Screen canvasses industry opinion on Langan’s tenure and the prospects for one of the UK’s cornerstone funders.
Attention is also now beginning to turn to who is likely to be her successor and what plans the BBC has for its film arm in the long run.
“Christine leaves BBC Films in good shape,” commented producer Stewart Mackinnon of Headline Pictures, who worked with the broadcaster’s film arm on titles including Quartet and The Invisible Woman, among other projects.
“The thing I remember particularly about Christine is her giving very good notes about the final editing of the film (Pride). She was very clear and very precise, and with a light hand on the tiller,” Livingstone said.
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
It's that time again. If you missed it in theaters or merely want to revisit here are some newish options from the past couple of weeks or just now.
New to DVD & BluRay
• Joy - Decide for yourself if JLaw deserved a fourth Oscar nomination for this drama about a female entrepeneur
• Son of Saul - This drama about a »
- NATHANIEL R
From “Gravity” to “Children of Men,” director Alfonso Cuarón and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki have created some of the most visually arresting and emotionally compelling movies of modern times. They’ve won Oscars and fans across the globe, and their reliance on long, seamless tracking shots has inspired a rising generation of filmmakers.
But their collaborations didn’t always result in celluloid magic. In a public discussion about their careers at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, Cuarón and Lubezki dismissed 1998’s “Great Expectations,” a modernized retelling of the Charles Dickens novel, as a black mark on their resumes.
“I think it’s a complete failed film,” said Cuarón, while Lubezki agreed that it was “the least satisfying of our movies.”
The film followed “A Little Princess,” a critically beloved children’s story that both men found immensely satisfying to make. They lacked the same connection to the story of an »
- Brent Lang
Made in 1945 immediately prior to his Charles Dickens double-whammy of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, David Lean's Brief Encounter remains a handsome bastion of romance on film - a kind of British Casablanca, albeit on a much smaller scale. Returning to the Criterion Collection on blu-ray this month as a stand-alone spine number (#76, though it was also recently included in their box set of "David Lean Directs Noel Coward"), the 2008 restoration of Brief Encounter is for all intents and purposes pristine. There's almost no deterioration of the image at all, and the mono soundtrack rings true as a bell. It's easy to slip into the film's period fantasia, at least from a presentation standpoint. The mindset might require a bit more work....
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The best picture doesn’t always win Best Picture. Sometimes the best film of the year gets robbed. Cinelinx looks at the movies which should have won Best Picture but didn’t.
Whenever the Best Picture winner is announced at the Oscars, sometimes we say, “Yeah, that deserved to win,” but then again, sometimes we say, “Huh? Are they kidding me?!” There are a lot of backstage politics and extenuating factors in Hollywood that can determine which film wins the big trophy. The worthiest film doesn’t always take the statue home. Going back over the 88-year history of the Academy Awards, we look at which films didn’t really deserve to win and the ones which rightfully should have won.
The Best Pictures and the Better Pictures:
1927-8: The Winner-Wings
What should have won: Sunrise (Sunrise was given a special award for Artistic Quality of Production, but it »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Abhishek Kapoor's Fitoor, a Kashmir set adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, marks yet another step on the downward spiral that is the modern Bollywood blockbuster. I hate to write lines like that, I've invested quite a bit of time and energy in the cinema of India and have been rewarded by the remarkable quality of many of the films. However, when it comes to the typical, or even atypical, studio romances I find myself let down again and again. It's not that I don't like romances, or even the traditional Bollywood melodrama, it's that the filmmakers and producers have shifted their focus so far from the emotional truth of their stories that they fail to understand what makes a film memorable, instead settling for visually...
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Directed by Abhishek Kapoor
There is only one hero in Abhishek Kapoor’s massively disappointing and bogus adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. And it’s not Aditya Roy Kapoor. It’s Kashmir. The film, purported to be a romance between the bewitching Katrina Kaif and the besotted Aditya Roy Kapoor, romances just the Kashmir Valley. The rest is all mystery.
I recommend Fitoor be used to promote tourism in the Valley. As for Charles Dickens and Great Expectations, thankfully the author is not around to see how far his novel about forbidden love has been taken away from its roots.
Dickens’ title, as it turns out, proves prophetically ironic. You enter director Abhishek Kapoor’s snow-swept stunning world of stillness and turbulence, with a whole lot of expectations. You come away feeling cheated, betrayed and also angry for »
- Subhash K Jha
On the occasion of International Rose Day last week (Last Sunday), Aditya Roy Kapur decided to surprise his co-star, Katrina Kaif, with an extraordinary gift – a truckload of roses. He literally sent a truck full of bright and gorgeous roses to his co-star. Aditya definitely caught Katrina’s attention by gifting her about one lakh roses. He drove the truck that was full of the flowers himself, and presented them to her at the scenic Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur (Rajasthan). As Rose Day is celebrated across the country exactly one week before Valentine’s Day, Aditya thought it would be the perfect way to make Katrina feel special. The idea came to Aditya a couple of days back, and he immediately started making the arrangements for it. Katrina was absolutely surprised and deeply touched by the gesture, and thanked Aditya by giving him a big hug.
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- Press Releases
With the buzz surrounding Fitoor exciting movie-goers the world over, the cast and crew of the eagerly anticipated romantic drama have released some tantalising ‘behind the scenes’ footage, featuring clips of the making of the film, as well as interviews with the star cast and director, and other interesting snippets.
The two videos released are entitled: ‘Aditya and Gattu’s Bromance’ and ‘Director’s Cut’, and feature footage of how Aditya Roy Kapur prepared for the role of ‘Noor’ together with interviews with leading lady Katrina Kaif and director Abhishek Kapoor set against the beautiful backdrop of Kashmir, where the film is set.
Check out below the links to the ‘Behind The Scenes’ videos:
‘Aditya and Gattu’s Bromance’
- Press Releases
For all those who miss the popular chat show ‘Koffee with Karan’, we have ‘#Hot Chocolate With Karan and Aditya’ which highlights everyone’s favourite rapid fire round. Watch Karan Johar label Aditya Roy Kapur as the ‘flavour of the month’ and talk about his transformation from an alcoholic lover to a shirtless lover.
The actor also makes some fresh revelations about him being heart broken in his 9th grade at school…he also admitted to be turned on by lost and dreamy women.
They also talk about a party where around three 4 girls had taken a shine for the young actor and the actor was seen playing to the gallery of the girls.
Hot Chocolate with Karan and Aditya | In »
- Press Releases
Fitoor (Obsession) Utv Motion Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Abhishek Kapoor Written by: Abhishek Kapoor based loosely on “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens Cast: Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Aditi Rao Hydari, Mohammed Abrar, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Rahul Bhat, Akshay Oberoi, Delbar Arya Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 2/10/16 Opens: February 12, 2016 It can’t be much of a coincidence that “Fitoor” opens during the weekend of Valentine’s Day. This is an epic love story featuring not only the tensions involved in a romantic triangle but also the importance of the prospective bride’s mother who, toward the conclusion of the story acts like [ Read More ]
The post Fitoor Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Harvey Karten
Haminastu is sung by Zeb Bangash who is a Pakistani folk singer who we all loved, every time we listened to her on Coke Studio. After lending her voice for few Bollywood songs for the film Highway and Madras Café, singer Zeb Bangash has sung another beautiful song for the film ‘Fitoor’. She combines Turkish, Pashto lyrics and instruments in an beautiful synchronisation to the mainstream way. She starts this song with what sounds like Pashto lyrics and brings in strong Urdu lyrics in an urban mix of traditional instruments blended with a huge orchestra creating a mix of musical magic. Although the lyrics are deep and uncommon for a listener the melancholy of her voice of is so unforgettable in places that she can give one goose bumps. The ambience is really strong in this song with the use of Santoor and Rabaab and the Rabaab solo at the »
- Press Releases
Apparently body sculpting is the new fitness mantra. Gone are the days when actors underwent rigorous training to flaunt six-pack or eight-pack abs. Aditya Roy Kapoor, who hasn’t beefed up even a bit, has taken a different route to show-off a well-toned physique in Fitoor. The actor opted for body sculpting which is the process used to tone one’s body muscles to perfection. An extremely exhausting process, the actor had to first work towards losing muscle mass and then reducing body fat. It took the actor months to get the right body type for his character in the film.
Aditya Roy Kapoor said, “I have been following this regime on and off for a year-and-a-half now. After filming some sequences, I let go a little bit and I had to lose weight all over again, which was quite frustrating. So I’ve learnt that this lifestyle has to be consistent. »
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2015 was a successful year regarding the quantity and quality of foreign productions shot in Poland. At the beginning of the year, Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel,” “Perfect Mothers”) filmed a French-Polish co-production “Agnus Dei” in Warmia, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film features Polish and French actresses among others Lou de Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek and Joanna Kulig.
In the spring, the crew of a Polish-German-French-Belgian co-production about the life of Maria Sklodowska-Curie (dir. Marie Noelle) spent 20 days on the set in among others Lodz, Leba and Krakow. The cast is international, and the film is made in French. The Polish Nobelist is portrayed by Karolina Gruszka (“Oxygen”).
The summer brought about increased activity of German producers. A Zdf TV show, “Ein Sommer in…” was filmed in two resort towns in the north-eastern Poland – Mikolajki and Mragowo. Ard and Tvp collaborated on the set of "Polizeiruf 110" ("Police Call 110"), which was filmed in July and August among others in a Polish border-town – Swiecko. Also in July began the shooting of a new part of detective TV series "Der Usedom-Krimi" filmed on both the Polish and German side of the Usedom island.
However, a true influx of foreign productions took place in the autumn. American-Polish thriller “Chronology” was filmed in Poznan. The cast includes William Baldwin (TV series "Gossip Girl," "Adrift in Manhattan") and Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk till Dawn”).
The Goetz Palace in Brzesk, in Malopolska hosted filmmakers from India who for six days were shooting “Fitoor,” an Indian adaptation of Dickens's “Great Expectations.” The crew consisted of over 40 Indians and almost 80 Poles. Another crew from India – this time from the so-called Kollywood in the south of the country – spent twenty days on the set in various Polish locations (among others Zakopane, Walbrzych, Krakow, Leba). The film titled “24” features Surya, a Tamil superstar, in the main role.
The autumn months were also very intensive in Lodz with three simultaneous big film sets. Andrzej Wajda (“The Promised Land,” “Walesa. Man of Hope”) worked on his new film “Powidoki”; Opus Film, the producer of “Ida”, organized for an Israeli partner eleven-day shoot to a film set in 1970s – “Past Life,” directed by Avi Nesher; and American director Martha Coolidge (“The Prince and Me,” TV shows “Sex and the City,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Weeds”) filmed her project “Music, War and Love,” whose producer is among others Fred Roos known from such films as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Godfather” or “Lost in Translation.” The picture features Adelaide Clemens (“The Great Gatsby”), Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”), Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”).
The end of the year was also very successful for Malopolska and Krakow. Two movies were filmed in the region – an American-British biography of Martin Luther commissioned by PBS with Padraic Delaney (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “The Tudors”) in the main role; and a feature titled “True Crimes” starring two-time winner of a Golden Globe – Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Mask”) as the protagonist. The crew spent 32 days on the set in Krakow. The picture was directed by Greek Alexandros Avranas (“Miss Violence”), written by Jeremy Brock (“Brideshead Revisited,” “The Last King of Scotland”), and produced by Brett Ratner (“X-Men 3: the Last Stand,” TV series “Rush Hour”). Accompanying Jim Carrey were Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac,” “Antichrist”); Marton Csokas (“The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Polish actors Agata Kulesza (“Ida”) and Robert Wieckiewicz (“Walesa. Man of Hope”).
The first information about productions planned for 2016 has already been released. In January, Krakow will host the crew of French black comedy “Grand Froid,” Gérard Pautonnier's debut featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others,” “Let It Rain”), Olivier Gourmet (“Rosetta,” “The Son”) and Arthur Dupond (“Bus Palladium”). The project won the first edition of the Krakow International Film Fund. »
- Sydney Levine
New year, new movies, new trends, new expectations. 2015 saw us cry, laugh, dance and snooze like any other but we tried new things, we pushed our boundaries and we set new goals. 2016 in B-town is set to explode on the silver screen with bigger and hopefully better entertainment. So without further ado, Bollyspice brings you the most anticipated films of 2016.
1.) Saala Khadoos
Anyone on social media that follows Madhavan would be witness to the actor and his transformation. The actor has posted many pictures of his life but none received quite the surprise response as pictures of him as he was preparing for this film. Someone regarded as capable but not quite a mainstream actor, Madhavan films have always met with intrigue when he is the protagonist. Saala Khadoos brings out the angry young man that Madhavan has rarely shown in Hindi cinema. After back-to-back wins with Tanu Weds Manu, »
- Githa Vanan
We certainly loved the music in the trailer and could not wait to hear what the Fitoor Ost has in store and we were not disappointed with the first song!
We also have these amazing stills!
Set to hit theaters on February 12th, Fitoor is the story follows a young Kashmiri boy Noor, his muse Firdaus and a mercurial Begum, through love lost and realized over the course of two generations.
Thirteen-year-old Noor, an impressionable shikara boy living by the piers of Kashmir’s Dal Lake, »
- Stacey Yount
Check it out in case you missed it!
Adapted for the Indian screen, this reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations, follows the story of a young Kashmiri boy Noor, his muse Firdaus and a mercurial Begum, through love lost and realized over the course of two generations.
Thirteen-year-old Noor, an impressionable shikara boy living by the piers of Kashmir’s Dal Lake, is lured into the world of the Begum – the wealthiest woman in town.
Young Noor falls in love with the Begum’s daughter, Firdaus – a beautiful child who has been raised to break hearts. Suffering from a broken heart herself, the Begum finds her mark in Noor.
Noor begins to obsess over Firdaus, »
- Stacey Yount
"Doodh maangoge to kheer denge, Kashmir maangoge to cheer denge," was a rabble rousing dialogue that was made famous in Sunny Deol, Arbaaz Khan starrer Maa Tujhe Salaam. This dialogue finds its way into Abhishek Kapoor's ambitious Fitoor based on Charles Dickens's 'The Great Expectations'. The film is based in Kashmir and Abhishek admitted at the promo launch in Mumbai today that Tabu's character is somehow related to Pakistan . "It is not an Anti Pakistan film," he specified. I told Abhishek that Haider was based on Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' but it also had Kashmir as its backdrop and Fitoor is also having a Kashmir backdrop so is he anticipating some sort of opposition the way Haider did (it was loved by many people as well)? Abhishek replied that even Kabhi Kabhie had a Kashmir Backdrop. "I'm talking about conflict in Kashmir," I specified. Abhishek ambiguously said that »
- Faridoon Shahryar
Directed by Abhishek Kapoor and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur, the highly anticiipated Fitoor is based on Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. Set to release on February 12th, the drama stars Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif and Tabu in leading roles.
The story of Fitoor follows a young Kashmiri boy Noor, his muse Firdaus and a mercurial Begum, through love lost and realized over the course of two generations. Thirteen-year-old Noor, an impressionable shikara boy living by the piers of Kashmir’s Dal Lake, is lured into the world of the Begum – the wealthiest woman in town. Young Noor falls in love with the Begum’s daughter, Firdaus – a beautiful child who has been raised to break hearts. Suffering from a broken heart herself, the Begum finds her mark in Noor. Noor begins to obsess over Firdaus, someone who belongs to a world completely different from his. Seasons change and »
- Stacey Yount
19 items from 2016
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