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Making the journey from Downton to Delhi, Hugh Bonneville is set to star as Lord Mountbatten in the historical drama Viceroy's House. Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride And Prejudice) is directing, with Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Lily Travers, Neeraj Kabi, Denzil Smith and Om Puri among the rest of the considerable cast.The film deals with the six months in 1947 during which Mountbatten assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people as Britain relinquished its colonial hold. "Mountbatten lived upstairs [at the Viceroy's house in Delhi] together with his wife and daughter," reads the press release. "Downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. Against this turbulent backdrop, the personal and the political became deeply entwined and a decision was made that reverberates to this day."Chadha co-wrote the screenplay with her husband Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini (Tamara Drew, Byzantium). Chadha and Berges are also producing along with Deepak Nayar. »
Bend It Like Beckham, the West End musical from Gurinder Chadha, has had its run at the Phoenix Theatre in the heart of London extended until February 2016. 140,000 new tickets will be released for sale today (14 August 2015) with the Phoenix now taking bookings until 20th February 2016.
We saw the musical earlier on this year, and instantly fell in love with it. Here’s a little excerpt from my gushing review:
It will have you laughing from kick-off to the final curtain, during which you will have invested your heart and soul into these wonderful characters which you’ll want to spent time with again, and again. Yes, it is that good.
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical is a celebratory fusion of culture, music, emotions and fun, bursting with warmth, humour and heart. Jess needs extra time. She is facing the most important decision of her life: live up to family expectations of university, »
- Paul Heath
But the Potterverse will expand next year with the launch of a new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Below, we round up everything we know so far about the production.
Harry Potter's 8 movie adventures ranked from worst to best
1. It isn't a prequel
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 29, 2015
The play was first spoken about in 2013, just two years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 concluded the movie series.
It was long-rumoured to be a prequel to the events of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Not so.
"I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. However, I can say that it is not a prequel! »
After films like Bend It Like Beckham and Bride & Prejudice, Gurinder Chadha is now all set to make yet another English film based on Indian characters. Titled The Viceroy House, the film talks about Lord Mountbatten's last few days of stay in India before the country got its independence. Earlier we had reported about how Gurinder Chadha has come to India in search of new talent for her next and now it has been revealed that the film will star Huma Qureshi in the lead. Moreover, it is being said that the film which is set in the 1940s, will also have a love story. Gurinder Chadha had previously mentioned that she has bought the rights of two books, namely, Narinder Singh Sarla's 'The Shadow Of The Great Game' and Larry Colins & Dominiue Lapierre's 'Freedom At Midnight' for scripting the film. About the casting, rumour had it »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
It’s already the most believable reality show, but the Asian-based programme could only get better with more caustic mothers, more fights and a hijab or two
The first series of the scripted reality show Desi Rascals debuted on Sky Living in January, and quickly turned into one of the most underrated TV moments of the year, thanks to its cliche-free portrayal of British Asians, relatable, multi-generational west-London cast and addictive storylines. It was created by Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, who explained the concept to the Guardian. “What’s amazing about Desi Rascals is that once you get over the all-Asian cast, what it seems to be mainly about is what everyone else is concerned about. Young people. Getting off with each other. Being embarrassed by your parents. Being hurt by romance. You’ll watch it because it is entertaining, because it is moving, not because it is Asian. »
- Sara Ilyas
Desi Rascals is back with a new trailer for series 2, and a glimpse of new cast member Jasmin Walia.
Speaking at the time of her casting, Walia said: "This is the opportunity I've been looking for that will allow me to explore my cultural roots whilst still maintaining all the glitz and glamour that I love."
The reality star's boyfriend Ross Worswick will also be featured on the Sky1 show.
Walia added: "I'm having such an amazing time with Ross at the moment, and this next chapter promises to be even better, full of surprises and magical moments that I'm sure viewers will also enjoy sharing with us."
The show was renewed back in March for its second run, following a successful first series.
Hollywood was quick to congratulate the U.S. women's national soccer team on Sunday after it won a record third World Cup title. The Americans defeated Japan by a score of 5-2 in Vancouver. Here are some of their messages of congratulations: Read More Critic's Picks: 9 Great Soccer Movies (Beyond 'Bend It Like Beckham') What a win for Team USA! Great game @CarliLloyd! Your country is so proud of all of you. Come visit the White House with the World Cup soon. — President Obama (@Potus) July 6, 2015 USA! USA! USA! We're all so proud of you,
- the Associated Press
The critically acclaimed five star West End production, Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical, opened to a packed house last night at London’s Phoenix Theatre Amongst the audience were familiar faces including Omid Djalili,Naughty boy, Madhu & Sulaiman from Signature, Anita Anand, Nihal, Adil Ray, Vanessa Feltz, Graham Norton, Juliet Stevenson, Lily Collins, Indira Verma and Manish Bhasin.
Adapted by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges from the 2002 smash hit film of the same name, Bend it Like Beckham: The Musical follows Jess, a talented young football player torn between following in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham, or living up to family expectations of university, career and marriage.
Scored by Howard Goodall (Love Story, The Hired Man) with the collaboration of pioneer of the British Bhangra sound, composer and performer Kuljit Bhamra and lyrics by Charles Hart (Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Love Never Dies »
- Press Releases
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical review
It was a film that was the sleeper hit of 2002, opening to pretty much universal acclaim and a very healthy box-office of $76 million worldwide. It was also the film that launched the career of Keira Knightley, propelling her to the international stage and celebrity. Now, 13 years on and Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham makes it to the London stage. Featuring music by Howard Goodall, lyrics by Charles Hart, and a book by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges, Bend It Like Beckham The Musical has its world premiere in the West End’s legendary Phoenix Theatre.
Set in Southall and its surrounding areas, Bend It Like Beckham The »
- Paul Heath
The task of transforming a popular movie into a stage musical is a tough challenge that has brought successes (Billy Elliot), and disappointments (Made in Dagenham), so Gurinder Chadha's idea of bringing her 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham to the West End was an intriguing one.
The majority of the feel and the plot of the original film remains in the musical. Set in suburban west London, it focuses on Jess, who worships David Beckham and has a desire to play football that doesn't fit in with her Punjabi Indian parents' plans.
She secretly plays for her local women's football team and soon falls in love with coach Joe, which creates a difficult love triangle with her best friend Jules, a role which helped transform Keira Knightley into an international star.
Why do so few football transfers to stage and screen hit the back of the net? With Patrick Marber’s new changing-room drama at the National Theatre and Bend It Like Beckham in the West End, we wave a red card
For the next three months Patrick Marber’s new play The Red Lion is in rep at the National Theatre. The good news, for those familiar with the football-drama mini-genre, is that it doesn’t actually have any football in it. This is a promising start. If history tells us anything about the bold, brave, apparently irresistible folly of trying to create a coherent piece of dramatic art based around football, keeping the football itself to a bare minimum is a very sound first principle.
Related: Bend It Like Beckham review – footie musical is a game of two halves
Despite natural tension and an endless roster of heroes and villains, »
- Barney Ronay
Do you love “Bend It Like Beckham”? The instant classic film has been entertaining audiences for years now, and if you still haven’t seen the film, catch up on what you’ve missed in BBC Three’s airing of “Bend It Like Beckham,” which is also available for free through FilmOn. “Bend It Like Beckham” is the story of a girl whose love for football comes into contact with her family’s hopes for her future. Here’s more about the film. “['Bend It Like Beckham' is] the comic tale of a young Asian woman who joins the local semi-professional football team but opts not to tell her traditionalist family, who want her to [ Read More ]
The post Bend It Like Beckham now on FilmOn appeared first on Shockya.com. »
This week, Neil Calloway looks at why soccer movies tend to bomb at the box office…
The timing could not have been better; name recognition could not have been higher, it was the perfect time to release a film about an organisation that dominated the headlines for the past few weeks. It doesn’t always work out like that, though, and United Passions, the film telling the story of FIFA, made a miserly $918 dollars during its opening weekend. That’s not a typo. That’s nine hundred and eighteen dollars. Turns out there is such a thing as bad publicity.
In fairness, the film was only released on ten screens, but a screen average of just over $90 does not bode well for a film that cost somewhere between $25 and $32 million dollars, with FIFA itself putting up around $17 million of the budget. On a limited release elsewhere in the world (as well as FIFA, »
- Neil Calloway
We strive to cover as many theatre productions as physically possible here at Thn, and love it when one comes our way that ties into film at the same time. Sure we’ve had some duds over the years, but there are also the gems that come our way too (we’re thinking Dirty Dancing, Billy Elliot and the brilliant Once to name a few).
Now in previews but officially opening in a couple of weeks is the stage version of Gurinder Chadha’s rather brilliant Bend It Like Beckham, which is probably most famous as being Keira Knightley’s break-out movie.
The production officially opens at the end of June, and we hope to bring you a full review in the weeks leading up to the big opening night on the 24th, but for now here’s a very special, first-look at the cast in the musical.
- Paul Heath
Brian Dunkleman hosted the Fox competition's first season alongside Ryan Seacrest, before the latter took sole control. History has not been kind to poor old Brian since, with Fox TV CEO Dana Walden joking about a possible reunion for the pair.
"Where is Brian Dunkleman? If you give me his number, I will call and invite him," she joked, though Dunkleman gave as good as he got last night:
I knew American Idol would never last without me #Cancelled
— brian dunkleman (@briandunkleman) May 11, 2015
To honour Dunkleman, we have collected a few hosts of massive shows that you may have cruelly forgotten, starting with the man himself.
The comedian co-hosted the Fox series with Ryan Seacrest for its first season, which »
However, the series was scrapped after the film didn't perform as well as expected, making over $90 million worldwide. It was initially marketed to become the next successful 'young adult' movie series, following Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent.
Campbell Bower told Digital Spy that he was sad to hear the movie series had been scrapped, but that he enjoyed making the film.
"Of course I was disappointed, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't," he said. "We were greenlit for movie two. I think placement, timing, all sorts of different factors led to [that decision]. We did well, but we didn't do supremely well. »
Digital Spy chatted with the actor about nerves, football skills and swapping Hollywood for the West End.
Bend it Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?
The original film has become a cult favourite. Were you a fan?
"Yeah, of course. For me, it was a point in time when I was growing up. I was either turning a teenager, or had just turned into a teenager, and obviously I was madly in love with Keira Knightley. One of the first movies that she did was a film called The Hole, and this [Bend It Like Beckham] came shortly after that, »
Stevenson told Digital Spy: "I'm really delighted because it's such a fantastic story, and I can see it lending itself very well to the stage.
"I often think, 'No, that's a bad idea, don't make a musical out of that movie', but Bend It Like Beckham is screaming out to be made into one."
She continued: "There's so much song and dance, and it's such a vibrant story. It's more than just a story, it's got a lot to say about what it is to be a British-Asian and the battle between the two competing cultures. [Chadha] has such a capacity to make that into something joyous and funny. »
Exclusive: Pathé/Gurinder Chadha partition drama sets cast ahead of shoot.
The feature drama will chart the life inside Viceroy’s House, the sumptuous Delhi home of the British rulers of India, and the momentous political decisions that led to the Partition of India in 1947.
For six months in 1947, iconic British statesmen Lord Mountbatten assumed the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people.
Mountbatten lived upstairs together with his wife and daughter, downstairs lived their 5,000 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite took their seats upstairs to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted throughout the House.
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It was a night to remember when the fifth annual The Asian Awards took place in London! Not only did the show, hosted by Gok Wan, boast a performance by the Bend It Like Beckham musical, the stars came out…literally!
Shah Rukh Khan was honored for his Outstanding Contribution to cinema,”I am extremely humbled and honoured to receive this award. I say this very often that my stardom belongs to most South East Asians who reside abroad who have made the Indian cinema and me known around the world. I congratulate all the winners at the Asian Awards as well. There is so much talent around Asia and so many achievers, whether is was Dr Amar Bose, the Hinduja Brothers or Zayn Malik. I am glad to have been a part of such a wonderful celebration of hard work by people in difference field but similar passion.”
- BollySpice Editors
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