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Vidhu Vinod Chopra has produced some of the best in Bollywood from 1989’s Parinda, to 2003’s Munna Bhai Mbbs and the follow up Lage Raho Munna Bhai in 2005, Parineeta in 2005, 3 Idiots in 2009 and last year’s big hit Pk. After making some brilliant films in Bollywood, the director decided to pursue a long held dream of making a film in Hollywood. What is even cooler is that he is just not producing the film, he also wrote and directed the thriller titled Broken Horses. The film stars a huge cast of Hollywood stars including Vincent D’Onofrio (The Judge, Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Alpha Dog) and Chris Marquette (Alpha Dog, The Girl Next Door) along with Spanish actress, Maria Valverde (Exodus), Thomas Jane, and Sean Patrick Flannery.
Broken Horses is about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence. »
- Stacey Yount
Marvel's The Avengers had the highest domestic weekend opening at the box office in cinematic history with $207.4 million. So, of course all eyes are on Avengers: Age of Ultron, with many eager to see if it can beat it's predecessor and score a new box office record. As of now, Avengers 2 is tracking just a little better than the original did this same time back in 2012. The new film opens May 1, and has all of the main heroes from the original adventure returning, including Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury. We even get a few new costumed crime fighters with Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Vision joining the team.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will partake in advanced Thursday night previews on April 30, starting at 7pm. Advanced ticket sales for these shows began early last month, with the movie said to be 'significantly' outselling the first. »
National Geographic has released the first trailer for their upcoming documentary Living in the Age of Airplanes, which is narrated by longtime pilot Harrison Ford. The airplane has changed our world, but do we really understand exactly how much? Living in the Age of Airplanes reminds us how profoundly this amazing invention has changed the way we do just about everything. It also renews our appreciation for the airplane and stunningly conveys the wonder and grandeur of flying.
Not that long ago, traveling between continents was a migration. Now, on any given day, 100,000 flights transport people and products between any two points on Earth in a matter of hours. Indeed, the airplane may be the closest thing we have to a time machine. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, the film explores the countless ways the airplane affects our lives (even when we don't fly). With a fascinating take on history, »
The Exo Zombies story continues in tomorrow's release of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance Dlc. Titled Infection, this Dlc sees John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal taking the fight against the living dead to Burgertown:
"Santa Monica, CA - March 18, 2015 - Prepare to rise to a new level of Call of Duty® Dlc with the release of Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Ascendance. On March 31, the second massive Dlc pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: Atvi), and Sledgehammer Games will be available first on the Xbox Live® online entertainment network for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, with other platforms to follow.
Fans will be able to see the gameplay world premiere of Ascendance during the 2015 Call of Duty® Championship, »
- Jonathan James
Billy Zane knows all about the internet, so he was shocked to find everybody tweeting about him this week. Every tweet labeled #WeLoveYouZayn is clearly a shout-out to the "Titanic" costar; sure, "Zane" is spelled wrong, but fans come up with their own way to honor their heroes. Leave it to Billy Zane go in one direction when it comes to understanding the internet flawlessly. Thanks, Funny Or Die. Billy Zane Thinks Zayn Tweets Are About Him from Funny Or Die »
- Louis VIrtel
Near, far, wherever you are — “Titanic” actor Billy Zane is here for his fans. Or at least the Twitter users that he wrongly believes to be his fans. In a hilarious Funny or Die short, Zane mistakes the recent huge spike in tweets about Zayn Malik leaving One Direction to be an inexplicably sudden outpouring of misspelled support for him. “I had no idea that all of my fans are hysterical 14-year-old girls,” he said. “But I wanted to take this opportunity to read some of your generous, and curiously heartbroken tweets.” Also Read: Zayn Malik Breaks Silence Following One Direction Split. »
- Tony Maglio
We’ve touched on why The Writer’s Tale, the 2008 (expanded in 2010) compendium of correspondence between Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, deserves a space on your bookshelf here.
In short, The Writer’s Tale is both a screenwriting masterclass and an unparalleled look behind the scenes of new Doctor Who. As well as following the production triumphs and emergencies as the show lurches “from one crisis to another”, it lets you witness story ideas being created in the wild. See pivotal Doctor Who moments tottering unsurely out of Davies’ mind like new-born giraffes and watch them transform into sleek, galloping beasts of majesty! Think of it like a classy David Attenborough doc on storytelling, with bonus David Tennant photos and chat about Tony from Skins. »
Raunchy comedies. Scary movies. Songs with explicit lyrics. Space, the final frontier. When we're kids, we're frequently banned from checking out films, TV, music or other entertainment before we're "ready." Whatever that means. At HitFix, we discovered there's a range of what was banned in our households when we were children. Some folks like lucky-duck Gregory Ellwood had no bans at all. Some bans didn't hold. Some bans were so intense, they blanketed all corners of media. Below are some of our staffers sounding off on what wasn't allowed in their household. Share with us in the comments what stuff you couldn't watch or hear. Chris Eggertsen - "Married...With Children" "Married...With Children" was like the Devil in our house, and here's the kicker: I'm almost positive my mother never watched it before banning it. It was enough that a random Christian woman living halfway across the country whom »
- Katie Hasty, HitFix Staff
The acclaimed film director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, famed for making India’s biggest blockbuster of all time Pk as well as other critically-acclaimed cinematic hits, such as 3 Idiots, will take part in a special student masterclass at the world-famous Soas, University of London, on Friday, 27th March 2015. Vidhu Vinod Chopra also has the notable honour of being the first Indian filmmaker to write, produce and direct a Hollywood film with his new offering Broken Horses, which releases on 10th April 2015 through Utv Motion Pictures. The film has already gained critical acclaim from Hollywood legends James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) and Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity).
The ‘In Conversation’ interview session is hosted by the National Indian Students Union UK and Soas South Asia Institute, and will be chaired by renowned author and Soas’ Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema Rachel Dwyer.
The audience in the atmospheric Khalili Lecture Theatre will be entertained with 1.5 hours of lively, »
- Press Releases
Winslet's Insurgent opened this weekend with a respectable $54 million, knocking Blanchett's Cinderella into second. To its credit, Disney's live-action adaptation opened with an impressive $67.8 million the weekend prior and has accumulated a domestic total to $122 million in just two weeks.
But how do the two Oscar winners stack up against one another? That's what Et's Celebrity Showdown is here to discover. Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews, and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to determine who's really the best.
In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Exo Zombies, four survivors—voiced by John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal—face a technology-aided living dead onslaught brought upon the world by the Atlas Corporation. If you took on the advanced weaponry-equipped living dead and are eager to continue your gun-blasting journey through a zombified world, then you're in luck, because the Exo Zombies story continues later this month with the new episode, "Infected", featured in the upcoming Ascendance Dlc for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare:
"Santa Monica, CA - March 18, 2015 - Prepare to rise to a new level of Call of Duty® Dlc with the release of Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Ascendance. On March 31, the second massive Dlc pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: Atvi), and Sledgehammer Games will be available first on the »
- Derek Anderson
Inside No. 9 returns to BBC Two on Thursday the 26th of March for six more ingenious genre slices of horror, suspense and psychology. Those who were rattled and gripped by the first round of half-hour plays from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith know to expect to be skilfully sucker-punched with sharp, tricksy writing and well-drawn characters.
Viewers engrossed by the psychological character focus of series one’s Tom & Gerri, the jump scares of series finale The Harrowing, and the unexpected emotional sting of opener Sardines have lots to look forward to from the second series’ first brace of episodes. La Couchette and The 12 Days Of Christine tell the respective stories of a fraught overnight train journey and a woman plagued by a mysterious visitor, featuring guest roles from Mark Benton, »
“So everyone was predicting a disaster and when it wasn’t, then everyone started spending that much,” said Bogdanovich. “We made ‘The Last Picture Show’ for $1.3 million and it made a ton of money.”
“The Last Picture Show” star Timothy Bottoms held a Q&A with the director at the Fremont Theater prior to a screening of the desolate black-and-white drama, nominated for eight Oscars including best picture and director (Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman won for their supporting performances).
“I never »
- Dave McNary
Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years. Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch. Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »
- Andre Soares
Despite earning six Oscar nominations (with one win, for The Reader) and starring in one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, Titanic, Kate Winslet is still seeking career advice - from her older kids Mia, 14, and Joe, 11. "They do very much have an opinion on what I do and don't do these days," she says, laughing. So when she was asked to star as malevolent leader Jeanine in the Divergent series, based on Veronica Roth's bestsellers, they said, " 'Yeah, Mom, you should definitely do it!' The idea that their mom would play this baddie was incredibly exciting, »
- Mary Green, @MaryGreen1969
The great Vinod Vindu Chopra, who has produced some of the greatest Bollywood films including Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Munna Bhai film series (Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai), 3 Idiots and Pk, has taken on a new challenge that of directing but he did not do it in Bollywood. For his maiden directorial film, Chopra is presenting an English film, a dark drama titled Broken Horses. This is the first time ever an Indian filmmakers has written, produced and directed a Hollywood film.
Set in the shadows of the Us–Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence. »
- Stacey Yount
Adrian Grenier, the first big-screen Aquaman (albeit on a small screen in HBO's Entourage), wants to locate a rare and elusive sea creature – and Leonardo DiCaprio is helping him do it. Through his environmental non-profit Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the Titanic star has made a $50,000 donation to Grenier's Kickstarter project, 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale. The five-figure gift, made in the last 24 hours of the crowdfunding campaign, pushed total donations to a goal of $300,000, meaning Grenier and his team can now access all pledges made by over 3,300 backers. (With DiCaprio's
- Seth Abramovitch
Even though Sisto really wanted the job, he acknowledges that it was not meant to be. "While I was a little embarrassed to reveal one of my many failures in life, at the same time I couldn't deprive Titanic lovers of seeing that alternate universe," he explained.
Photos: Stars Who Almost Got the Part
He still went and saw that alternate universe with those classic love scenes between Jack and Rose, and he thought the movie was great.
Ultimately, he was happy to have had the experience to audition as sad as it was to lose out on the »
Years back, James Cameron's Titanic grossed $2 billion dollars (second only to Avatar) as it skyrocketed the careers of both Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Recently, however, we came to learn that the role of Jack Dawson in the epic ocean-romance, disaster pic almost didn't go to DiCaprio, but to a lesser-known actor who goes by the name of Jeremy Sisto. Sisto, known by many as Mr. George Altman from ABC's Suburgatory, recently sat down with HuffPost to discuss his role in the upcoming A&E series The Returned and decided to share a few words about the self-proclaimed "life failure," not getting the role of Jack after auditioning. But he didn't seem too broken up over the fact that Cameron ultimately chose to go with that other guy... what was his name anyway? I can't remember. Oh, right, DiCaprio. Here's what Sisto had to say about the whole ordeal: »
Imagine a world where Elton from “Clueless” and Jack Dawson from “Titanic” were played by the same actor…. Well, it almost happened! Jeremy Sisto chatted with HuffPost Live this past Wednesday, March 4 about his screen test opposite Kate Winslet for James Cameron’s iconic film. In the video below, the two act out a scene from the film—an experience Sisto called “pretty great” to even be involved in. “Anything James Cameron does has this huge scope to it,” he told HuffPost Live. “He’s trying to push the limits on things, so I was just insanely inspired by it and a little heartbroken when the role didn’t come my way.” Ultimately it was Leonardo DiCaprio who stole our hearts as Jack, but from his audition, we think Sisto would have done an awesome job! And things didn’t turn out too bad for him; check out Sisto on A&E’s “The Returned. »
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