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Ghent focus on Germany, Turkey, Israel

24 September 2009 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Berlin -- German, Turkish and Israeli cinema will have pride of place at the 36th Ghent International Film Festival (Oct. 6 -17), with films from the three countries accounting for half of the titles in competition.

Andreas Dresen's "Whiskey With Vodka" and Florian Gallenberger's German Film Prize winner "John Rabe", the Israeli films "Zion and his Brother" from Eran Merav and "Eyes Wide Open" by Haim Tabakman and both Miraz Bezar's "The Children Of Diyarbakir" and "There" from directors Hakki Kurtulus and Melik Saracoglu will compete for this year's Ghent Grand Prize.

Other titles in the competition lineup include "Applause" from Danish director Martin Pieter Zandvliet, and "Altiplano" from Belgians Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, Dutch director Ester Rots' drama "Can Go Through Skin," and Norwegian title "Troubled Water" by Erik Poppe.

Cyrus Nowrasteh's "The Stoning of Soraya M.," a drama set in 1980s Iran starring James Caviezel and Shohreh Aghdashloo, »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Cooking With Stella show at Toronto Film Festival was dedicated to Lisa Ray

23 September 2009 8:40 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

On September 18, when Dilip Mehta's Cooking With Stella had its public screening at the Toronto Film Festival, the show was on the spur of the moment, dedicated to Lisa Ray who plays one of the central characters. Says the film's director, "We decided to dedicate that particular screening to the strength and fortitude of Lisa Ray. The response was terrific." This is the first time in the history of film festivals that a show has been dedicated to one of the living actors whose part of a film. Says Dilip, "The second public screening of Cws took place and once again the theatre was brimming. It had sold out a week ago." There's no denying the fact that Lisa's presence in the film has created an added interest in it. Says Dilip, "The movie was thoroughly enjoyed and laughter permeated the entire film. It seems everyone got the premise of the film. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Cooking With Stella show at Toronto Film Festival was dedicated to Lisa Ray

23 September 2009 8:40 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

On September 18, when Dilip Mehta's Cooking With Stella had its public screening at the Toronto Film Festival, the show was on the spur of the moment, dedicated to Lisa Ray who plays one of the central characters. Says the film's director, "We decided to dedicate that particular screening to the strength and fortitude of Lisa Ray. The response was terrific." This is the first time in the history of film festivals that a show has been dedicated to one of the living actors whose part of a film. Says Dilip, "The second public screening of Cws took place and once again the theatre was brimming. It had sold out a week ago." There's no denying the fact that Lisa's presence in the film has created an added interest in it. Says Dilip, "The movie was thoroughly enjoyed and laughter permeated the entire film. It seems everyone got the premise of the film. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Bollywood Homicide on Pysch

23 September 2009 5:32 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Bollywood is truly making its impact felt outside the boundaries of India.

Last week, USA Network's Pysch, a dram-edy about a fake psychic (Shawn Spencer played by James Roday) who helps the Santa Barbara Police Department solve crimes with his unique observation skills, aired a Bollywood themed episode. Aesthetically titled Bollywood Homicide, the episode involved a series of mysterious accidents at a Bollywood play, thought be the result of a deadly curse which Shawn (with his trusty side kick, pharmaceutical salesman Gus played by Dulé Hill of The West Wing fame) are hired to investigate, psychically.

Known to be quite thematic in nature, Psych went all out to celebrate their Bollywood episode. The opening credits featured the show's theme song in Hindi with sitars and tablas in the mix coupled with the casts' names written in Hindi. The hilarious episode guest starred Sendil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh from Heroes), Lisa Ray (Water) and Jay Chandrasekhar. »

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Movie News: 'J'ai tué ma mère' (I Killed My Mother) Is Canada's Oscar Pick For 2010

22 September 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

From a media release:

I Killed my Mother submitted as Canada’s representative for nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Montréal, Quebec, September 22, 2009 – Telefilm Canada is proud to announce that I Killed my Mother (J’ai tué ma mère), directed by Xavier Dolan, has been submitted for nomination as Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd annual Academy Awards, to be held March 7, 2010.

Telefilm Canada chairs the pan-Canadian selection committee and is a non-voting member. The committee comprises 24 voting members representing major film industry associations and government agencies. This year, I Killed my Mother (J’ai tué ma mère) was selected from among 18 eligible films. The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards will be announced on February 2, 2010.

“A Canadian film in the race for the Oscars provides outstanding exposure for Canadian productions among domestic as well as international audiences,” stated Sheila de La Varende, Telefilm Canada’s Director »

- anhkhoido@hotmail.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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Mehta: 'Lisa Ray is a portrait of courage'

15 September 2009 11:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lisa Ray has been praised by director Deepa Mehta for being courageous in the face of incurable illness. The actress announced last week that she has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare cancer of the plasma cells. Mehta, who worked with Ray on Water and Bollywood/Hollywood, told Ians: "I knew about her illness two months ago. She told me. It was hard to believe. She wanted to keep it very private, and rightly so. Only her close friends and family knew. "Which (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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Lisa Ray Has Cancer

10 September 2009 4:04 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Canadian actress Lisa Ray, who has appeared in a number of Bollywood films, including most memorably, Deepa Mehta's Water, has announced that she suffers from a rare form of incurable cancer - multiple myeloma. "I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on June 23rd," she announced, "I started my first cycle of treatment July 2nd. Not long ago. For me, it was a relief to hear what was wrong."

Lisa went on to explain the nature of the disease: "It's a relatively rare cancer of the bone marrow that affects about 6000 Canadians. Every year, approximately 2100 more cases are diagnosed." Essentially, the disease is caused by an overproduction of antibodies which are then deposited in vital organs eventually leading to organ failure. Median survival period from diagnosis is currently five years. "But with an ever expanding toolbox of treatments and awareness this cancer be beat," Lisa continued, "So I'm going to »

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Bollywood reacts to Lisa Ray's Illness

9 September 2009 2:27 PM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Here, all the people she has known, and worked with, express their shock and horror at learning about her fight with cancer.John Abraham, who did one of his best films (Deepa Mehta's Water) with Lisa Ray, is shocked to hear of her grave illness.He woke up on Wednesday morning in London to the shocking news and is distressed. "Is this really true? My God!" he falls silent as he recalls the wonderful times he had, shooting with Lisa in Sri Lanka during Water. "She's an amazing person. Well-read and very hard working. Water was a turning point for both of us. Before Water, we were both considered more physically watchable people than actors."Both John and Lisa spent collective time together getting the postures and language of the Gandhian era right. "I don't know how much I was able to transform myself. »

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Lisa Ray has rare form of cancer

9 September 2009 6:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lisa Ray has revealed that she suffers from a rare and incurable form of cancer called multiple myeloma. The Canadian-born Bollywood actress is known for films such as Bollywood/Hollywood and the critically acclamed Water. She informed followers of her blog yesterday that she had known of her condition since June but had been advised not to speak out in case it stalled her career. "I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on June (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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Seema Biswas, Shriya Saran to walk red carpet at Toronto Film Festival

19 August 2009 5:42 AM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

The posh Toronto International Film Festival which opens on September 10 has a unique lineup of Indian films this year.The two Bollywood entries are Ashutosh Gowariker's What's Your Raashee and first time director Anurag Singh's Dil Bole Hadippa. Both share a common trait. They're both female-centric products from a film industry notorious for male domination.And now Dilip Mehta's (brother to Deepa Mehta) film Cooking With Stella has just been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and that too in the prestigious Gala section that opens the festival where Jon Amiel's Creation a bio-pic on Charles Darwin is being premiered.Dilip who has earlier made a much-acclaimed documentary on Indian widows is singularly kicked by the honour. "The Toronto International Film Festival is, after Cannes, undoubtedly the most significant festival worldwide. To have one's film participate in it is glory enough but to have »

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Seema Biswas, Shriya Saran to walk red carpet at Toronto Film Festival

18 August 2009 1:57 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The posh Toronto International Film Festival which opens on September 10 has a unique lineup of Indian films this year. The two Bollywood entries are Ashutosh Gowariker's What's Your Raashee and first time director Anurag Singh's Dil Bole Hadippa. Both share a common trait. They're both female-centric products from a film industry notorious for male domination. And now Dilip Mehta's (brother to Deepa Mehta) film Cooking With Stella has just been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and that too in the prestigious Gala section that opens the festival where Jon Amiel's Creation a bio-pic on Charles Darwin is being premiered. Dilip who has earlier made a much-acclaimed documentary on Indian widows is singularly kicked by the honour. "The Toronto International Film Festival is, after Cannes, undoubtedly the most significant festival worldwide. To have one's film participate in it is glory enough but to have a »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Seema Biswas, Shriya Saran to walk red carpet at Toronto Film Festival

18 August 2009 1:57 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The posh Toronto International Film Festival which opens on September 10 has a unique lineup of Indian films this year. The two Bollywood entries are Ashutosh Gowariker's What's Your Raashee and first time director Anurag Singh's Dil Bole Hadippa. Both share a common trait. They're both female-centric products from a film industry notorious for male domination. And now Dilip Mehta's (brother to Deepa Mehta) film Cooking With Stella has just been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and that too in the prestigious Gala section that opens the festival where Jon Amiel's Creation a bio-pic on Charles Darwin is being premiered. Dilip who has earlier made a much-acclaimed documentary on Indian widows is singularly kicked by the honour. "The Toronto International Film Festival is, after Cannes, undoubtedly the most significant festival worldwide. To have one's film participate in it is glory enough but to have a »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Kareena says No to Gurinder Chadha again

7 August 2009 6:20 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Download image as wallpaper All the talk of an international career is just talk for Kareena. As far as she is concerned, she has no intentions of going international. Not even for Gurinder Chadha. Apparently, Aishwarya Rai who did Gurinder's Bride & Prejudice and her husband Paul Berges's The Mistress Of Spices, won't work with her...not after Chadha apparently went around blaming Ash for the failure of her husband's film. Gurinder has also shown keen interest in working with Rani Mukherjee. And of course Kareena who is not impressed. For the second time she has said no to the Bend It Like Beckham director. Says a source, "Three years ago Gurinder wanted Kareena for Bride & Prejudice. Kareena naturally presumed it was the lead. She was shocked to know the director actually wanted her for Aishwarya's youngest sister's part which finally went to Piya Rai Chowdhary. Kareena was shocked. She had »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Kareena says No to Gurinder Chadha again

7 August 2009 6:20 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

All the talk of an international career is just talk for Kareena. As far as she is concerned, she has no intentions of going international. Not even for Gurinder Chadha. Apparently, Aishwarya Rai who did Gurinder's Bride & Prejudice and her husband Paul Berges's The Mistress Of Spices, won't work with her...not after Chadha apparently went around blaming Ash for the failure of her husband's film. Gurinder has also shown keen interest in working with Rani Mukherjee. And of course Kareena who is not impressed. For the second time she has said no to the Bend It Like Beckham director. Says a source, "Three years ago Gurinder wanted Kareena for Bride & Prejudice. Kareena naturally presumed it was the lead. She was shocked to know the director actually wanted her for Aishwarya's youngest sister's part which finally went to Piya Rai Chowdhary. Kareena was shocked. She had turned down the author-backed »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Nandita Das appointed chairperson of Children Film Society of India

1 August 2009 8:36 AM, PDT | BusinessofCinema | See recent BusinessofCinema news »

Mumbai: Actor director Nandita Das has been appointed as the chairperson of Children Film Society of India (Cfsi).The tenure of her appointment will be for a period of three years or until further orders whichever is earlier.Das steps into the shoes of actress and social activist Nafisa Ali. However, she resigned from the post earlier this year.Das had acted in films like Deepa Mehta's Fire and Water. Also to her credit are Bawander and Amaar Bhuvan. She made her directorial debut last year with Firaaq, which was based on the aftermath of the Gujarat riots. »

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Aamir & Katrina: Guru & Waheeda?

13 July 2009 6:25 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Aamir Khan is being touted to play screen legend Guru Dutt in a new movie that may also star Katrina Kaif as Guru’s muse Waheeda Rehman. Aamir is said to have been spending hundreds of hours perfecting the mannerisms of Guru and the two do have a remarkable resemblance.

Guru Dutt inaugurated the star-led era of Bollywood in the golden age of the fifties with such movies as Pyaasa, Kagaz ke Phool, Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam and Chaudvin ka Chand. An innovative film director, inspired by the film noir genre of the forties, Guru is often referred to as the Indian Orson Welles. Like many creative geniuses, however, his personal life was a mess. He smoked and drank heavily, was estranged from his wife and at the time of his death, had fallen out with Waheeda Rehman. At the age of only thirty-nine, in 1964, he was found dead in »

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Now Deepa Mehta's brother makes documentary on Indian widows

1 May 2009 12:41 AM, PDT | Bollywoodworld.com | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

Mumbai, Inspired by Deepa Mehta's Oscar-nominated film "Water", her brother Dilip Mehta has done a documentary on the lives of widows from across India and says unlike his sibling he didn't face any problem in making it. Entitled "The Forgotten Woman", the documentary moves from the dying derelict widows of Varanasi to the young widows of the soldiers who died in the 1999 Kargil war. " 'Water' certainly galvanised me to make this feature length documentary. The inspiration came entirely from the widows themselves," Dilip, whose documentary was screened at the Dubai International Film Festival in December last year, told Ians. In 2000, when Deepa planned to shoot the plight of abandoned widows in Vrindavan and Varanasi, radical political activists »

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Akshay Kumar will grow his beard to play Sikh in Deepa Mehta's film

28 April 2009 2:38 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

After the furor that was raised over the apology of a beard that Akshay Kumar sported as a Sikh in Anees Bazmee's Singh Is Kinng, Akshay Kumar is taking no chances. For the role of the real-life Sardarji who sailed in the fateful ship named Kamagata Maru from Hong Kong to Vancouver in 1914, Akshay is taking no chances. He'll grow the beard to the size stipulated by the Sikh community before plunging into the role in January 2010. In fact the actor, smarting under the attack he faced for his improper beard length in Bazmee's bearded burlesque, has this time decided to set aside all his assignments for Kamagata Maru to avoid continuity clashes with other projects. Says Deepa, "Akshay is so amazing. Considering he has so much work on hand, I was surprised when he absolutely insisted on growing a full-length beard. One of the reasons I postponed Kamagata »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Akshay Kumar will grow his beard to play Sikh in Deepa Mehta's film

28 April 2009 2:38 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

After the furor that was raised over the apology of a beard that Akshay Kumar sported as a Sikh in Anees Bazmee's Singh Is Kinng, Akshay Kumar is taking no chances. For the role of the real-life Sardarji who sailed in the fateful ship named Kamagata Maru from Hong Kong to Vancouver in 1914, Akshay is taking no chances. He'll grow the beard to the size stipulated by the Sikh community before plunging into the role in January 2010. In fact the actor, smarting under the attack he faced for his improper beard length in Bazmee's bearded burlesque, has this time decided to set aside all his assignments for Kamagata Maru to avoid continuity clashes with other projects. Says Deepa, "Akshay is so amazing. Considering he has so much work on hand, I was surprised when he absolutely insisted on growing a full-length beard. One of the reasons I postponed Kamagata »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Shabana puts on 25 kg for Gurinder Chaddha's movie

26 April 2009 10:31 PM, PDT | Bollywoodworld.com | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

Mumbai, She had shaved her head for Deepa Mehta's "Water" though she wasn't in the final film that released, and had put on a lot of weight to look like a madame in a brothel for Shyam Benegal's "Mandi". Now veteran actress Shabana Azmi has once again put on 25 kg for Gurinder Chaddha's "It's A Wonderful Afterlife". "Yes, you've heard right. I have put on 25 kg and I'm waddling around unrecognisable to all except those who know who I am," Shabana told Ians over phone from London. Hugely overweight, Shabana is said to be having the time of her life playing a hysterical Punjabi woman in the movie. In fact, those who saw Shabana at the Filmfare Awards were wondering what on earth was wrong with her. But Shabana had begun preparing for her part »

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