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Gurinder Chadha’s films are rich and exuberant slices of life; from the trials of Jules et Jess in Bend it Like Beckham and her early collaboration with Meera Syal in Bhaji on the Beach to the recent Bollywoodisation of Austen in Bride and Prejudice she has a vibrant quality which is an essential part of her work on the big screen.
Her new film takes the ebullience that is her trademark and injects a poisonous streak of serial murder in It’s a Wonderful Afterlife. Premiering at Sundance next year the tale of a marriage obsessed mother and her daughter pulls in some great talent in Shabana Azmi, Sally Hawkins, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Jimi Mistri.
The trailer is below, enjoy it in the post Christmas haze. The film is out in the UK on the 2nd of April 2010.
- Jon Lyus
Director: Beeban Kidron
Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.
Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.
Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »
- Garth Franklin
Bend It Like Beckham-helmer Gurinder Chadha's keenly anticipated comedy, It's A Wonderful Afterlife (Iawa), has been selected for a world premiere at the coveted Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 21-31, 2010, in Park City, Utah.
Produced by Indian Films and Bend It Films in association with Studio 18, Iawa stars the legendary Shabana Azmi, with a posse of well-known international talent; Goldy Notay, Sally Hawkins, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Zoe Wanamaker and Jimi Mistri, among others.
Azmi plays the role of Mrs. Sethi, a hysterical North-Indian mother who is desperately searching for a son-in-law for her fat daughter.
Shot in London and billed as My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Shaun Of The Dead, Iawa will be released in the UK by Icon on April 2, 2010 (Easter) and in India and Pakistan on April 16, 2010 by Studio 18.
The film has already attracted a host of top-of-the-line mainstream distributors like Icon (Australia »
Bend It Like Beckham-helmer Gurinder Chadha's keenly anticipated comedy, It's A Wonderful Afterlife, has been selected for a world premiere at the coveted Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 21-31, 2010, in Park City, Utah. Produced by Indian Films and Bend It Films in association with Studio 18, Iawa stars the legendary Shabana Azmi, with a posse of well-known international talent; Goldy Notay, Sally Hawkins, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Zoe Wanamaker and Jimi »
The 2010 Sundance Film Festival announced today that it would be adding three films to its out of competition line-up: It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham); The Kids Are Alright, directed by Lisa Cholodenko (Laurel Canyon) and starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo, and Annette Benning; and The Romantics, directed by Galt Niederhoffer (Grace Is Gone) and starring Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Akerman, and Elijah Wood.
Hit the jump for images and brief synopses for all three films. The 2010 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21-31st.
Here is the one-sentence synopsis for It’s a Wonderful Afterlife:
A comedy centered on an Indian mother who discovers that finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder.
Here is the one-sentence synopsis for The Kids Are Alright:
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their family life. »
- Matt Goldberg
I'm not entirely sure why there are films added to the Sundance lineup after the official announcement is made-- don't they all has a submission deadline or something?-- but there's nothing wrong with adding to the riches. Three new films have been added to the competition lineup, all of them coming with big names attached. First up is the next film from Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, It's A Wonderful Afterlife, another comedy about Indian family life in which a mother tries to find a perfect son-in-law using... murder? Not sure how that one turns out to be a comedy. Also on deck are The Kids Are Alright, a family drama starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening and rising it-girl Mia Wasikowska, and The Romantics, a "zeitgeist love story and generational comedy" featuring Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Elijah Wood and lots of other names you've heard »
Already packing a busy and star-studded line up, the Sundance Film Festival announced the addition of three additional premieres to next month's fest. The non-competition features make this year's event more anticipated than ever. "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" Director: Gurinder Chadha ("Bend it like Beckham") Screenwriters: Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha Synopsis: A comedy centered on an Indian mother who discovers that finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder. Cast: Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sally Hawkins. "The Kids are Alright" Director: Lisa Cholodenko ("High Art") Screenwriters: Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko Synopsis: Two children conceived by artificial »
The Sundance Institute announced today the addition of three world premieres which will screen out of competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: It's a Wonderful Afterlife: Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha and co-screenwriter Paul Mayeda Berges return to Sundance with a comedy centered on an Indian mother who discovers that finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder. Staring Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Sally Hawkins. The Kids are Alright: Laurel Canyon director Lisa Cholodenko returns to Sundance with a soty of two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their birth father into their family life. Written by Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo, and Annette Bening. Cholodenko received the 1998 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance for High Art. The Romantics: Director and screenwriter Galt Niederhoffer returns to Sundance with an adaptation of her novel, »
- Peter Sciretta
The Sundance Institute announced Monday three late additions to the 2010 Sundance film festival program, running Jan. 21-31.
The new films are "It's a Wonderful Afterlife," a comedy directed by Gurinder Chadha and written by Paul Mayeda Berges and Chadha; "The Romantics," a comedy directed by Galt Niederhoffer, who adapted the script from her own novel; and "The Kids Are Alright," directed by Lisa Cholodenko, who wrote the screenplay with Stuart Blumberg.
All three films are world premieres that will screen out of competition, and all three filmmakers have had their work screened at Sundance in the past.
"When the opportunity to screen the latest films from three extremely innovative storytellers presented itself, we knew we could not deny our audiences," said festival director John Cooper. "As an added bonus, all three are alumni of the festival, so we are thrilled to be able to support them returning to Sundance with their newest work. »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Keira Knightley reportedly only gets basic rate payment for her debut performance in Broadway play "The Misanthrope". According to Britain's Daily Mirror, the 24-year-old takes home 750 pounds after a week starring in the West End production.
Though so, Keira is said happy with her earning. "Keira was more than happy to do it at a basic rate. She will be taking a percentage of the box office sales as well, but she's doing this for experience more than anything else. She has been a joy to work with," a source said of the Juliette Paxton of "Bend It Like Beckham".
In "The Misanthrope", Keira plays Jennifer (Celimene), the love interest of Damian Lewis' lead character. Recently, the British actress' involvement in the Broadway production is said causing tension in her relationship with actor Rupert Friend since she dedicated much of her time for the play.
A source close to her claimed, »
Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging is directed and produced by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride & Prejudice), from the screenplay she co-scripted with Paul Mayeda Berges, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi. This hilarious coming-of-age story is based on the international best-selling series of books by the British author Louise Rennison, and follows the eccentric and irresistible Georgia Nicolson as she overcomes the trauma of being a teenager. Georgia Nicolson is played by Georgia Groome. Alongside her playing fellow Ace Gang members are Eleanor Tomlinson as Jas, Georgia Henshaw as Rosie and Manjeeven Grewal as Ellen. Aaron Johnson, Sean Bourke, Alan Davies, Karen Taylor and T4’s Steve Jones (making his acting debut) also star. »
- Marc Eastman
Knightley's West End debut in this modern Molière evades wholesale incineration, but it's not quite a blaze of glory
Keira Knightley said she expected to be "burned alive" by the critics when she embarked on her first West End performance, as the captivating Jennifer in a modern translation of Molière's The Misanthrope. So the gentle singeing, when it finally arrived this morning, must have come as a relief. "She catches the waywardness [of her character]," says Benedict Nightingale in the Times, "but not the authority to explain how she can dominate a gathering by more than beauty." And "even if she doesn't always know what to do with her hands," in Michael Billington's opinion, "she gives a perfectly creditable performance." Most West End first-timers could be more than satisfied with that.
In the Telegraph and Independent, the reviews start to look like actual praise. "In the second half," says Charles Spencer in the former, »
- Leo Benedictus
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Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.
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What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all, »
- Paul Howlett
The festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world, will run from February 11-21 and will feature the premiere of the Martin Scorsese film, 'Shutter Island,' starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
'My Name Is Khan' will release on February 12th in India and more than 40 other countries, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. It will reportedly be the widest international release of a Bollywood film ever.
The highly awaited picture reunites Khan and Kajol, who haven't appeared in a film together since 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' in 2001. The story focuses on racial profiling of Muslims in the U.S. Khan plays a man with Asperger syndrome—a form of autism—who's wrongly suspected of being a terrorist. »
We have two new exclusive pictures from the sets of My Name is Khan! The highly, highly, highly anticipated film is directed by Karan Johar and stars the dream jodi of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. Shot extensively in the United States, My Name Is Khan will hit theaters worldwide on February 12, 2010, and will be released in North America by Fox Searchlight Pictures which previously released The Namesake, Bend it Like Beckham, Water, and Slumdog Millionaire.
In what KJo calls at heart an "epic love story" the film tells the tale of Rizvan Khan. Rizvan has Asperger syndrome and because of some of his mannerisms due to the disease, he is arrested for "suspicious behavior". What happens after is what makes My Name is Khan. Rizvan is an unconventional hero who embarks on an incredible journey across America in order to win back the love of his life. Along the »
The Franco-Algerian film-maker Lyes Salem, a César-winner in France for his short film Cousins, now makes a feature debut with an amiable, boisterous comedy that has an exclusive run at the Ciné Lumière in London's Institut Français. Salem himself plays an irritable young man, who feels enraged that his sister is not yet married: her medical condition of narcolepsy is turning him into a laughing stock. He is heartlessly indifferent to the fact that it could be depression that is exacerbating or even causing her condition. Moreover, his sister is conducting a secret romance with Salem's friend, a dopey video-store clerk who is enraging her with his timid reluctance to declare his love. So to spur him into action, she claims to have had a sensational offer of marriage from a wealthy outsider, an offer Salem knows is false, »
- Peter Bradshaw
British comics have not been well served in their Hollywood adaptations. Transatlantic transitions from page to screen result in either being too faithful, as Zack Synder’s Watchmen arguably was, or too loose with the essence of the source material, resulting in a genre bound snooze fest – Judge Dredd please stand up (and don’t remove your helmet!).
While the golden age of American comics have lit up the screen in this last decade, with visionary directors taking the basic elements of these iconic characters to their own conclusions, British comics have not garnered such attention. Nolan’s Batman, Raimi’s Spiderman and the Supermen of Donner and Singer have their own unique identity; the depth of the mythology of these superheroes allows numerous interpretations, and some of the most interesting re-imaginings of our own myths and legends have occurred on the screen as well as on the page.
- Jon Lyus
Gurinder Chadha arrived in India to visit Goa this week, but she wasn't there just for the scenery. "Yeah, it's lovely here in Goa, and it feels nice. But I am more interested in how Indian audiences view what I do and how I do it." The perfect means for getting that feedback, the International Film Festival of India, is hosting a retrospective of Gurinder's Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice, and Bhaji on the Beach.
Gurinder has long been known as a Hindi film fan - her Bride and Prejudice was an affectionate ode to the movies she grew up watching. However, the Punjabi-descended director once again proved Bollywood's universal appeal when she admitted she is not fluent in Hindi.
Fans of all linguistic persuasions will be happy to hear the writer-director has no intention of resting on her laurels. Her next film, It's A Wonderful Afterlife - »
Panaji, Nov 24 (Ians) She has popularised India in the consciousness of western audiences through films like ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and ‘Bride And Prejudice’ but Gurinder Chadha ironically admits she cannot speak Hindi.
Chadha, who is in Goa to attend a retrospective of her films at the 40th edition of the International Film festival of India (Iffi), said that she could speak Punjabi, but had not mastered Hindi yet.
‘That’s a candid confession,’ the British-Indian director said.
Chadha further said she was working on yet another film set in the Asian-dominated Southall in London.
A few weeks ago, we told you about the possibility that Archie Panjabi’s character, Kalinda, on CBS’s The Good Wife is bisexual. Lesbians and bisexual women everywhere squealed with joy at the possibility of the Bend it Like Beckham hottie canoodling with another badass women like herself after a long day of kicking ass and taking names.
However, this week, Entertainment Weekly’s “Ausellio Files” reported that The Good Wife producers are casting Kalinda’s potential love interest — and it’s a bro.
Wtf happened to Donna? Wasn’t she supposed to be Kalinda’s boo nasty? I’m so sad right now. We want Donna back!
Apparently, said love interest is “Ryan: a hot-headed police investigator.” The nature of their initial meeting? Ryan “ends up owing her a, ahem, favor. She’ll have time to, ahem, collect on said favor since it looks like the role wile be recurring. »
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