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Dev Patel Doesn’t Want You to Focus on Wall Street Journal’s Kal Penn Mix-Up

1 December 2016 10:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“It feels ironic standing here on this rooftop talking about it, but I hope that this film can start a conversation and shed light on a subject matter that people don’t really talk about: adoption. There are thousands of stray children on the streets of India,” said “Lion” star Dev Patel at the Burberry Beverly Hills flagship store Wednesday night.

The British actor, looking dapper in tailored Burberry, was being celebrated for his performance in the film by the fashion house and the Weinstein Company at an intimate cocktail party alongside co-star Sunny Pawar, screenwriter Luke Davies, and film’s inspiration Saroo Brierley. “Lion,” which follows the story of an Indian boy who reunites with his family after being separated for 25 years, recently launched a campaign to help provide financial support to the thousands of homeless children living in India.

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- Mannie Holmes

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WSJ Reviewer Mistakes 'Lion's' Dev Patel for Kal Penn

26 November 2016 10:07 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A Wall Street Journal review for Lion mixed up star Dev Patel with actor Kal Penn, a swap that did not go unnoticed on social media.

In his Friday review for the upcoming drama, film critic Joe Morgenstern referenced a past performance by Designated Survivor's Penn when describing Slumdog Millionaire star Patel.

"Saroo is played dazzlingly by Dev Patel, who gives his richest performance since The Namesake," Morganstern wrote. Lion — which The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg predicts will be a major Oscar player — tells the true story of Saroo Brierley and his quest to find the »

- THR Staff

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Wall Street Journal Film Critic Confuses Dev Patel For Kal Penn

25 November 2016 3:09 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Friday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal saw the paper’s award-winning film critic, Joe Morgenstern, mistake Dev Patel for Kal Penn — two actors of Indian heritage — in his review of “Lion”. The article describes Patel’s performance in the drama as his best since 2006’s “The Namesake”, however, as one reader pointed out on […] »

- Sylvia Ogweng

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Wall Street Journal Movie Critic Mistakes Dev Patel for Kal Penn

25 November 2016 9:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated 1:10 p.m. Et: Since the time of publication, the Wall Street Journal has issued a correction on the online review of “Lion” that reads, “An earlier version of this article misidentified Dev Patel as appearing in Mira Nair’s ‘The Namesake.'”

Original: Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern made an embarrassing error in a review for the movie “Lion” in Friday’s newspaper, when he confused Dev Patel with Kal Penn.

Both actors are of Indian descent, but their careers have been very different. Patel, 26, who plays Saroo Brierley in “Lion,” is British, while Penn, 39, was born in New Jersey.

In his review, Morgenstern says that “Lion” is Patel’s “richest performance” since 2006’s “The Namesake.” But Patel, the star of “Slumdog Millionaire,” wasn’t in that film directed by Mira Nair. The part was played by Penn, whose other credits include the “Harold and Kumar” movies, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Salman Khan Films & First Take Entertainment announce Irrfan Khan starrer “Lions of the Sea” based on the “Komagata Maru incident”

17 November 2016 12:02 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Salman Khan Films (Skf) and First Take Entertainment Ltd. (Fte) have announced that they will be jointly producing “Lions of the Sea”, a film based on a true story surrounding the voyage from India to Canada aboard the Komagata Maru. The incidents which surrounded the events of this journey have forever changed the immigration policies of Canada.

The film is set in 1914 and is a tragic and heart wrenching story of 376 Indian passengers who dared to embark on this journey seeking a life of opportunity and privilege. “Lions of the Sea” is a voyage that challenged the spying, duplicity, racism and hypocrisy of the largest Empire in the world.

“Skf is delighted to join hands with First Take and participate in telling the story of the Komagata Maru incident. “Lions of the Sea” is a film based on a true incident which depicts heroism of all those who were on »

- BollySpice Editors

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The Weekend Warrior 9/30/2016: Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Masterminds

28 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.   

This Past Weekend:

 While the new movies reigned at the box office this past weekend, both Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (Sony) and the animated Storks (Warner Bros.) didn’t fare nearly as well as our projections, both falling short by about $10 million. The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, fared decently with $34.7million, which is about the average for Washington’s films, but the fourth highest opening for a Western after last year’s The Revenant, the animated Rango, and Cowboys and Aliens. Storks’ $21.3 million opening wasn’t great compared to other animated September releases with Sony still holding the September opening record with Hotel Transylvania 2, but it should continue to do well with no other animated movies opening for another month. »

- Edward Douglas

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'Queen of Katwe' Review: Inspirational Chess Movie Is Feel-Good Checkmate

22 September 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Inspirational can be a dirty word at the movies, suggesting fake uplift and sugary excess. There's none of that in Queen of Katwe, the true story of a preteen chess prodigy from Uganda whose skill and backbone took her out of the village slums and onto a world stage. Directed by the great Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay, Monsoon WeddingThe Namesake), from a script by William Wheeler, the film – laced with grit and grace – hits you like a shot in the heart. Nair catches the thrum of real life without »

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‘Queen of Katwe’: How Mira Nair Merged a Gritty African Slum Story with a Disney Movie

22 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

We all know what a heartwarming Disney sports drama feels like. Glossy, sentimental, going for rousing win moments. When Ugandan-Belizean Disney executive VP production Tendo Nagenda read Tim Crothers’ 2013 Espn magazine feature about Phiona Mutesi, a chess master who rose up from selling corn in the Kampala, Uganda slum of Katwe, he knew he’d found the right story. But he knew that if it was going to resonate, this couldn’t be soft-focus or glib. He had to find a director with the sensibility to keep it real.

For that, he approached veteran New York filmmaker Mira Nair, who has also lived in the Ugandan capital of Kampala for 27 years. He invited himself to tea, and she jumped on board.

They developed “Queen of Katwe” (September 23) with writer William Wheeler. Nair finally met Mutesi when she was in New York to play against Kasperov, she told me in our interview. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Queen of Katwe’: How Mira Nair Merged a Gritty African Slum Story with a Disney Movie

22 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We all know what a heartwarming Disney sports drama feels like. Glossy, sentimental, going for rousing win moments. When Ugandan-Belizean Disney executive VP production Tendo Nagenda read Tim Crothers’ 2013 Espn magazine feature about Phiona Mutesi, a chess master who rose up from selling corn in the Kampala, Uganda slum of Katwe, he knew he’d found the right story. But he knew that if it was going to resonate, this couldn’t be soft-focus or glib. He had to find a director with the sensibility to keep it real.

For that, he approached veteran New York filmmaker Mira Nair, who has also lived in the Ugandan capital of Kampala for 27 years. He invited himself to tea, and she jumped on board.

They developed “Queen of Katwe” (September 23) with writer William Wheeler. Nair finally met Mutesi when she was in New York to play against Kasperov, she told me in our interview. »

- Anne Thompson

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The Weekend Warrior 9/23/16: The Magnificent Seven, Storks

21 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

This Past Weekend:

 Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom HanksSully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so »

- Edward Douglas

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The Beautiful Way Lupita Nyong'o's Career Has Come "Full Circle" With Queen of Katwe

14 September 2016 12:10 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is playing a significant role in Disney's Queen of Katwe - she stars as Harriet, the mother of real-life Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, and she's also a significant figure in the life of the young actors whose mother she's portraying. I sat down with Nyong'o at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film had its premiere, and she talked about being able to play a motherly role both on and off screen to her movie kids, who had never acted or done press before the film. We also chatted about the full-circle moment this film represents, since she worked with director Mira Nair in 2006's The Namesake as an intern, and I even got a question in about her next big movie after this: Star Wars: Episode VIII . . . though that doesn't mean she answered it. Image Source: Disney Popsugar: Had you heard of Phiona's story before this film? »

- Shannon Vestal Robson

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‘Queen of Katwe’ Review: David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o Shine in Mira Nair’s Straightforward Drama — Toronto

11 September 2016 10:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s nothing surprising or adventurous about Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe,” a sincere and sensitive dramatization of a 10-year-old Ugandan girl who became a world-renowned chess champion. Despite some of the harsher elements of the impoverished backdrop where Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) grows up, Nair has made exactly the kind of feel-good tale of triumphant spirit entailed by the material. As Mutesi, Nalwanga delivers a serious, credible performance in which her intelligence outweighs the limited resources of her immediate surroundings; she’s complimented by a jubilant David Oyelowo as passionate coach Robert Katende and a ferocious Lupia Nyong’o as Phiona’s conflicted mother Nakku Harriet. Their perseverance unites the underprivileged community and sets the stage for a celebratory finale.

So why does “Queen of Katwe,” written by William Wheeler from journalist Tim Crothers’ book, feel so unsatisfying? The Disney-produced story simply lacks any genuine sense of urgency. »

- Eric Kohn

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Queen of Katwe’

10 September 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Queen of Katwe” doesn’t veer from the family-friendly inspirational sports movie playbook — there’s a plucky protagonist looking for a way out, a hardworking single mom concerned about false hopes, a committed coach seeking personal redemption. But the Disney release from veteran helmer Mira Nair is quietly radical in enough ways to make you cheer despite the cliches.

In telling the true story of a preteen girl in Uganda who becomes an unlikely chess prodigy, “Katwe” is the rare Hollywood film that never sets foot in the U.S. and doesn’t focus on a white hero to make that point of view more “universal.” It respects its characters’ Christian faith, without emphasizing religion in an attempt to rope in “faith-based” ticket buyers. And it’s a film about real people facing real problems, not pre-sold brands battling it out amid CGI-enhanced spectacle.

What that means for the box »

- Geoff Berkshire

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‘Master of None’ Star Aziz Ansari on Casting His Real-Life Parents, Season 2 Spoilers

17 August 2016 4:08 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A version of this story on Aziz Ansari first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s Down to the Wire Emmy Issue. Parks and Recreation star and skyrocketing comic Aziz Ansari‘s subversively mainstream Netflix hit Master of None, about a young actor supporting his art with yogurt ads in a just-barely-exaggerated Manhattan scene, has made him the first-ever Indian-American Emmy nominee for lead comedy acting. (Also for directing and, with co-creator Alan Yang, writing; the show is up for Outstanding Comedy Series.) He created arguably the best onscreen father-son team since Mira Nair‘s The Namesake. Unable »

- Tim Appelo

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Karan Johar: “Baar Baar Dekho is a celebration of life and love and we thought Kala Chashma would encapsulate that”

21 July 2016 8:22 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Eros International, Excel Entertainment & Dharma Production have a very unique marketing move to introduce fans to their upcoming film Baar Baar Dekho, which stars Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra.

Instead of unveiling the trailer that gives a peek into the film, they will be launching a song. The song is a version of the popular Punjabi track Kala Chashma picturized on the stars of the story Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra.

Choreographed by Bosco-Caesar, the song is a remake of Amar Arshi’s 1990-Punjabi chartbuster,Tenu Kala Chashma Jajta Ve that continues to be a rage in nightclubs. The makers have acquired the rights of the song and it has been composed and recreated by Badshah.

Producer Karan Johar explains why he chose this track, “Kala Chashma 2.0 is a party starter and has been the heartbeat of the Punjabi music scene for over a decade. Our revamped and rejuvenated version »

- Stacey Yount

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Movies About Women Nearly Impossible to Finance, Say Indie Producers

27 April 2016 1:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tallulah,” the story of a homeless woman who steals a baby, reunites the “Juno” team of Allison Janney and Ellen Page, but despite the film’s star power, bringing the indie to the big screen was a decade-long struggle.

The reason? Producer Heather Rae pointed the finger squarely at Hollywood’s boy’s club mentality.

“At the time this film was deemed not commercially viable, because it was a woman’s story, and it wasn’t about getting the guy,” Rae said at a private screening on “Tallulah” in New York, noting that executives said as much to her face.

But despite profitability concerns, the film was snapped up by Netflix for $5 million, before it even premiered at Sundance last winter. “Tallulah” will be released on Netflix on July 29, and in select theaters.

Rae was joined at the panel on shifting roles for women in the entertainment industry by two prominent female producers, »

- Katie Van-Syckle

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Mira Nair Tapped for San Francisco Film Festival Award

29 March 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The San Francisco Film Society has named filmmaker Mira Nair the recipient of the Irving M. Levin Directing Award.

She will be presented the award at the April 25 awards ceremonies at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion. The award is given each year in memory of the festival’s founder Irving M. Levin.

Nair will also be honored at “An Afternoon With Mira Nair” at the Castro Theatre on April 24 with an onstage conversation followed by a screening of “Monsoon Wedding,” which won the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion in 2001. The presentation will also include an exclusive first look at special footage from Nair’s next project “Queen of Katwe,” about a rural Ugandan girl with an aptitude for chess, starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.

Mira Nair has brilliantly bridged American and South Asian film traditions for more than 30 years, »

- Dave McNary

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