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Keira reveals who she's crushing on.
Keira Knightley recently spoke to The Advocate to promote her new film Begin Again, in which she stars as a struggling singer-songwriter opposite Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine, when the notoriously shy British actress revealed her girl crush.
"I just watched The Punk Singer, the documentary about Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill, so I actually have to go with her," she shares. "She might be my top girl crush of all time, really. I love a riot grrrl."
Knightley, 29, also lets the magazine know that she's totally down for a lesbian sequel to her huge breakout 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham.
"This is the first I've heard of it, but that would've been exciting. It also would've meant a lot to so many young gay people," she says about the rumors that writer-director Gurinder Chadha originally envisioned »
The veteran Indian actor Zohra Sehgal, whose work spanned Bollywood classics and Doctor Who adventures, has died in New Delhi at the age of 102. "She died of a cardiac arrest this afternoon," her daughter, Kiran Sehgal, said on Thursday. "She [had been] unwell for the last three to four days."
Sehgal began her career as a dancer, touring Japan, Europe and the Us as part of a musical troupe. Her subsequent involvement with the leftwing theatre organisation Ipta led to a screen debut in the Bengal famine sage Dharti Ke Lal and launched a career that would span seven decades. Sehgal's second feature, the social-realist drama Neecha Nagar, went on to win the top prize at the 1946 Cannes film festival. Other notable films include Afsar, »
- Xan Brooks
One of India's most beloved stars has died. Zohra Sehgal was a star of stage and screen in her native India, as well as making memorable appearances in international films like “Bend It Like Beckham.” She was hospitalized earlier this week with pneumonia, dying in the hospital on Thursday evening of heart failure, according to the Associated Press. She was 102. Condolence messages from across India started coming in immediately. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter, “Prolific & full of life, Zohra Sehgal made a mark through her acting, which is admired across generations. Saddened on her demise.” Shri Pranub »
- Jason Hughes
Zohra Sehgal, a veteran Bollywood character actress, who was featured in such English-language films as “Bend It Like Beckham,” “The Mystic Masseur” and “Mistress of Spices” as well as Hindi hits like “Hum dil de chuke sanam,” “Kal ho naa ho” and “Cheeni Kum” died Thursday in a New Delhi hospital of a heart attack. She was 102 years old.
A favorite of helmer Gurinder Chadha, Sehgal played a censorious grandmother who later unbends in “Bhaji on the Beach,” as well as a fun-loving older relative in “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Mistress of Spices,” which was written by Chadha and directed by her husband, Paul Berges. With her charming smile and twinkling eyes, she made the perfect aged relative in film and TV.
Born Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan, the vivacious woman preferred a career over marriage at a time when that was considered revolutionary. She studied ballet in Dresden, »
- Shalini Dore
Legendary Bollywood actress Zohra Sehgal has died at her home in New Delhi on Thursday at the age of 102. Born on 27 April 1912 in Uttar Pradesh, Sehgal began her career as a dancer before slowly progressing on to films. She made her film debut in K.A. Abbas’s Dharti Ke Lal (1946) and went on to work in Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar (1946), a film which acquired international attention and went on to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival that year.
Though Zohra Sehgal has had her presence felt over many decades within the Indian film industry; many from today’s generation will know her for her senior roles in films like Dil Se (1998), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Veer-Zaara (2004). She has even played the role of Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in the acclaimed hit Cheeni Kum (2007). In addition, Sehgal has starred in international projects such »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
When talking about the great cinematographers of India, one name that has to be at the top is Santosh Sivan. He has won over 13 National Awards, was recently honored with a Padma Shri and also is the first Indian cinematographer to be inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers. Not only does he focus the lens and set the frame in both Indian and English films, he also has sat in the director’s chair to create his own magic. His credits include Dil Se, Asoka, The Terrorist, Before the Rains, Thalapathi, Raavan, Iruvar, Roja, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, and more.
As part of the London Indian Film Festival on July 11th, Mr. Sivan will be giving a special master class. I was lucky enough to chat with Mr. Sivan about his career, and it was a fascinating conversation covering many different and interesting topics. Enjoy!
Why films and »
- Stacey Yount
Monday, June 30, at 10:30 a.m. Pst was probably not the best time to call Gurinder Chadha. As a reporter interested in her thoughts on this year’s World Cup, I really should have known better: The France v. Nigeria game was wrapping up with about 20 minutes to go.
Chadha, who is based in London, is the director, writer, and producer of 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham, which tells the story of an 18-year-old girl who rebels against her Sikh parents’ traditionalism to pursue a career in soccer. Chadha’s ultimate goal—get it?—was to draw attention to the »
- C. Molly Smith
The World Cup is in full swing (or over already for England fans…), so what better time than to put your knowledge of cinema and the beautiful game to the test in our the latest Sunday Quiz here at Flickering Myth as we ask, ‘Do You Know Your Football Movies’? Can you manage to get all ten?
Question 4 Bend It Like Beckham Gracie Gregory's Girls
- Gary Collinson
With the World Cup taking over our televisions, and kind of our lives, it got us thinking about some of our favorite soccer movies. As much as we love the live action and the unpredictability of the winner, we certainly love seeing the choreographed plays and happy endings of the soccer movies. If you have watched all of the World Cup Soccer matches for the day and you still want more soccer, watch one of our top five soccer movie picks from the list below!
5. Ladybugs. When a coach is trying to make his helpless girls soccer team become league champions, he recruits his girlfriends son to help train his team. But instead of just teaching the girls, the coach persuades the young boy to dress like a girl and play with them. Will the coach ever reveal the true identity of the soccer star, or keep the secret in order to win? »
- email@example.com (Nicole P.)
The worlds of football and cinema frequently collide, and judging by the number of great sportsmen who've tried their hand at acting, it's clear that Hollywood holds a strong allure for the professional athlete.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup about to get underway, Digital Spy takes a look at a handful of actors who've made it to the big screen.
Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Pelé lined up alongside fellow icons Bobby More and Ossie Ardiles (and a host of Ipswich Town greats!) in this inspiring blend of Great Escape-style war flick and underdog sports story.
2. Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)
After retiring from the beautiful game, Wimbledon hardman Vinnie Jones established a second career for himself. »
Direct from its world-premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Sff and Vivid Ideas are proud to present the Australian Premiere of the highly anticipated futuristic thriller The Rover and host director David Michôd, actors Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and producer Liz Watts at the State Theatre on Saturday 7 June. The Rover screens as part of Sff’s Official Competition. Michôd, Pearce, Pattinson and Watts will also give a talk as part of Vivid Ideas at Town Hall on Sunday 8 June.
Actor Cate Blanchett will attend the Festival to introduce a special screening of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 the second chapter of the epic trilogy in which Blanchett is the voice of the character Valka. The screening is held at 2pm on Public Holiday Monday, 9 June, at Event Cinemas George Street.
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The Bend It Like Beckham director has done it again. In a gesture that makes Indian cinema's heart swell with pride, her iconic film about a girl who is determined to play football in the UK, has been selected as one of the films with a stamp being issued in its honour in the 'Great British Film Special Stamp Issue'. The other globally-celebrated films which have also been issued as stamps along with Gurinder's films by the British government are A Matter Of Life & Death (1946), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Chariots Of Fire (1981), Secrets & Lies (1996), A Colour Box (1935), The Night Mail (1936), Love On The Wing (1938), Spare Time (1939). To have a film by an Indian director being selected for such a singular honour alongside such British classics, is a matter of great pride for India and its motley group of filmmakers who have made a global impact. When contacted »
The stamps, which are celebrating British movies, have been produced after consultation with film experts, the British Film Institute and public polls.
O'Toole's daughter Kate said: "Lawrence Of Arabia has stood the test of time and still remains a firm favourite in the hearts of film lovers everywhere.
"The stamp is a wonderful tribute to my father - and, of course, the film."
A spokesman for the Royal Mail said: "This stamp issue takes in landmark films, epics and influential movies that evoke the distinctiveness and quality »
Kickboxer: Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in the 1989 martial arts movie Kickboxer, a modest box office success that spawned multiple sequels. Now a reboot has been announced, with Alain Moussi, Georges St Pierre (Ufc welterweight champion) and Dave Bautista of the WWE (and Guardians of the Galaxy, above) set to star. Similar to the original, the reboot will follow an American who goes to Asia to avenge his brother; Hong Kong's Stephen Fung will direct. [Screen Daily] British Stamps: In the U.K., the Royal Mail has launched a new series of stamps to honor six key British films, including Bend It Like Beckham. To mark the occasion for the classic A Matter of Life and Death, Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker (widow of the film's...
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The Royal Mail today launched a new series of stamps celebrating some of the best of British cinema. Featuring key scenes from these much-loved classics, six of them are available in postcard sized collectors' editions, as follows:-
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Secrets & Lies (1996)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
"We are delighted to present this celebration of our home-grown film industry, which features six classic British films that have enjoyed global success in the post-war era," said the Royal Mail on its webste.
A miniatures sheet depicting scenes from four acclaimed 1930s documentaries is also available, with stills from the following films:-
Love on the Wing
Since 1995, the Us has been celebrating one iconic film star on a stamp each year. This year it is featuring Charlton Heston. »
- Jennie Kermode
“The film was screened at Angelika [Film Center], or was it Lincoln Center? I don’t quite remember now,” quipped Gurinder Chadha while recalling her visit to New York from twenty years ago for the screening of her debut film, Bhaji on the Beach.
The British filmmaker is at Village East Cinema in downtown Manhattan, where the New York Indian Film Festival is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of her iconic film. “I hadn’t expected the response it got then. Janet Maslin from The New York Times reviewed it, though I didn’t understand that it was a big deal!” she said. Later, when the Los Angeles Times carried a full-page review of the film, Chadha gauged its popularity across cities in the United States.
Bhaji on the Beach is a day in the lives of three generations of British Indian women who travel together from their home in Birmingham to Blackpool, »
- Shelly Walia
London based urban thriller Honour comes to DVD on 28 April 2014 and to celebrate, we have 3 DVDs to give away!
Starring Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur, The World’s End) and Aiysha Hart, star of the BBC’s Atlantis and Harvey Virdi (East is East, Bend it Like Beckham), the film comes from BAFTA nominated director Shan Khan and boasts strong supporting performances from upcoming UK talent; Nikesh Patel (Jadoo, Bedlam), Shubham Saraf and Faraz Ayub.
After a failed attempt at an honour killing at the hands of her family, Mona (Hart) is forced to go on the run. The family, desperate to save face, enlists the services of a bounty hunter (Considine) to search the streets of London to track her down.
Honour is available for digital download from 18 April 2014 and available on DVD from 28 April 2014.
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“When I need to take the Pill/ I look upon the windowsill…”
Mindy Lahiri and her cohorts dove headfirst last night into what is (somehow?) one of the big political debates of 2014: Birth control access! Dr. Lahiri was counseling an 18-year-old who wanted a prescription for the Pill without telling her overprotective detective father (Tim Daly), who proceeded to find out anyway, and then storm into Mindy’s office to demand answers. “You just watch yourself, you sex-crazed quack. I could get you on the no-fly list like that,” Detective Lang threatened.
Mindy, already on a no-fly list and »
- Erin Strecker
On May 6th, British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham) will have her work showcased at the prestigious New York Indian Film Festival. They will be highlighting Bhaji on the Beach, which debuted 20 years ago, if you can believe it. Her debut feature film tells the tale of group of women of Indian descent who take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool. As the trip progresses we learn more about these women and the issues in their lives. In case you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil, but I will say it ends up being a life-changing trip. Not only that, Nyiff will also present a retrospective of Chadha’s first films – a series of documentaries for the BBC.
I got the amazing chance to chat with Ms. Chadha about her career and we talked about Bhaji on the Beach, »
- Stacey Yount
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
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