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The Sunset Club by Karan Tejpal & Tia Tejpal
What is your project about? What language will the film be in?
The Sunset Club is adapted from one of Khushwant Singh’s last novels. It captures the election year of 2009 in India through the eyes of a 40 year old friendship between three octogenarians. An incredible commentary on independent India, the book beautifully captures the desires and despair of urban New Delhi. It is an intimate tale of daily meetings at the Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi; woven with arousing memories from the past of the three old men.
The film will be true to urban north India and hence in Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu.
At what stage of development is it?
The screenplay is raring to go from our side but we are looking forward to incorporating inputs from the Lab to take this project to fruition.
We are looking for Producers/Financing. »
There is a down and dirty street fight a-rumblin’ between The Jungle Book and The Jungle Book: Origins. Both are adaptations of Rudyard Kipling‘s classic boy-meets-bear novel “The Jungle Book.” Both are releasing within a year of each other, with the former (backed up by Disney and director Jon Favreau) coming next October, and the latter (WB and Andy Serkis) set to launch next next October. Prepare yourself for at least a solid year of back and forth Three Stooges eye-gouging between the two. Today is the first meeting of finger and soft, unguarded eyeball. The Hollywood Reporter has the first piece of casting for Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins, and it happens to be really, really stellar casting: Benedict Cumberbatch will play the skulking, boy-hungry tiger Shere Khan. Picture in your mind’s eye, a staggeringly lifelike digital tiger, a la Life of Pi. Except when he opens that fanged maw, a »
- Adam Bellotto
It’s hard enough to pick movies that connect with audiences. Today, studio chiefs like Gianopulos must navigate a rapidly shifting landscape where consumer demands, piracy and the collapse of the DVD market, as well as increasing competition from online diversions and quality cable TV shows, are wreaking havoc on the financial underpinnings of the film business. Media companies like Fox’s parent 21st Century Fox are on a quest to grow bigger in order to compete with digital superpowers like Google and pending mergers between cable and telco giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and At&T and DirecTV. Gianopulos’ uberboss, 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch, made a surprise $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner that was rejected and he subsequently withdrew. But consolidation, it seems, is coming.
Photo by Art Streiber for »
- Brent Lang
Based on a true story, Million Dollar Arm is an inspirational and uplifting journey packed with funny moments which celebrates teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family. With business failing, struggling Us sports agent Jb Bernstein (Jon Hamm) travels to India in a last ditch effort to save his career by finding a young cricketer to turn into a major sports star. With the help of a cantankerous retired talent scout (Alan Arkin) Jb sets up a national contest called “The Million Dollar Arm” and discovers Rinku (played by Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Slumdog Millionaire’s Madhur Mittal), two 18-year-old boys who have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to make a quick buck he brings them to La to train, however the boys, who have never left their rural villages before, struggle as they try to adjust to their new life »
- Paul Heath
The upcoming sports drama follows the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who became the first Indian nationals ever to sign with an American sports club.
Million Dollar Arm is released in the UK on August 29. »
This may be one of the most repulsive movies I’ve ever seen. It’s also an important movie, laying bare the farce that equality and justice become in the face of power, privilege, and money. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This may be one of the most repulsive movies I’ve ever seen. Its protagonist is a sociopathic narcissist who sees women as playthings, who takes advantage of his power, privilege, and money to — literally — bail himself out when he is unable to tell the difference between ambitious young women who tell him to his face that they’re sleeping with him because they’re turned on by his standing, professional sex workers paid to put on a show of pretending to like him, and uninterested female passersby screaming bloody hell for him to stop assaulting them. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Don’t panic – it’s not a feature-length Coldplay video. On the contrary, X + Y appears to be something altogether lovely and uplifting. Having made his 2007 BAFTA nominated TV documentary, Beautiful Young Minds, director Morgan Matthews brings us playwright James Graham’s fictionalised version of that story – which centres around the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Starring Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) as Nathan – a young student whose specific ‘traits’ place him on the autistic spectrum – the film charts his time with his dedicated teacher, played by Rafe Spall (Life Of Pi), and his mother, played by Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine). Between them, they nurture his affinity for numbers and set him on the road to joining the British Math Team in Taipei for the International Math Olympiad. It is here, amidst these new circumstances that Nathan’s rigid life begins to open up to the realm of infinite possibility.
Though the »
- Sarah Myles
“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing (or in a couple of titles below have been shooting since July). This August we’ve got a good number of projects that will start surfacing as early as next year’s Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Fests. With Dakota Johnson having been just announced, we’ve got Luca Guadagnino’s long awaited (remake) A Bigger Splash, getting ready for a poolside shoot. Gus Van Sant comes out of the woodworks to move into the woods for Sea of Trees. Sundance alumni Rick Alverson is wrapping up Entertainment, Reed Morano is set to make her directorial debut this mid-August with Meadowland, while Douchebag, Like Crazy, Breathe In‘s Drake Doremus is stationed in Japan for a weighty cast and futuristic tale in Equals. Here are some »
- Eric Lavallee
Director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) has revealed via Twitter that the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World, has wrapped shooting. It will now head into post-production where it will slowly become the film we will all see in theaters next June. The film stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3), Jake Johnson (Let's Be Cops), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), & Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) in key roles. Check out Trevorrow's tweet below and also check out the video below it where Pratt sort of predicts his Jurassic role. Wrap. pic.twitter.com/Wln3bVX87n — Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) August 5, 2014 Jurassic World is an upcoming American science fiction adventure film and the fourth in the Jurassic Park film series. Jurassic World will feature: Director: Colin Trevorrow Chris Pratt as Owen Bryce Dallas Howard as Beth »
In his new show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the outdoors expert teaches celebrities how to survive in the wild. So when Grylls stopped by the EW video studio, we had him teach us a thing or two about survival… in Hollywood.
We gave Grylls some of the toughest survival scenarios presented in movies and asked him for tips on how to deal with each one. From Titanic to Sharknado, he has a pretty good idea of how some characters could’ve made it out of their films alive.
Watch the video and read a full transcript below.
[EW asked Bear Grylls how to survive life-or-death situations from the following films.]
- Samantha Highfill
Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has begun principal photography on Sea Of Trees. The film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible). Two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Ken Kao (Rampart, Knight of Cups, Silence) and Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water For Elephants) are producing, based on the Black List script by Chris Sparling (Buried). F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer are also producers. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan.
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, »
- Michelle McCue
"The McConaissance" continues as Gus Van Sant’s new project Sea of Trees starts shooting today. As you may have guessed, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as well as Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. Penned by Chris Sparling, the story follows a man who enters the “Suicidal Forest” at Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who is having second thoughts about his own suicide, the two “begin a journey of reflection and survival.” This sounds exactly like the kind of film I feel Van Sant should be doing and it makes me glad that 50 Shades of Grey dalliance ended for him when it did. Hit the jump for the full press release on Sea of Trees starting up. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and Japan with no release date set as-of-yet. Here’s the press release: Bloom, »
- Evan Dickson
Bloom, Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions announced that two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) began principal photography on Sea of Trees. The film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). Two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Ken Kao (Rampart, Knight f Cups, Silence) and Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water for Elephants) are producing, based on the Black List script by Chris Sparling (Buried). F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer are also producers. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan.
Daniel Radcliffe's new film What If may be one of the sweetest movies we've seen this year, but it comes with plenty of drama. And only E! has an exclusive clip that shows Radcliffe being verbally torn apart by Adam Driver. In the flick (in theaters on Aug. 8), Radcliffe plays a writer of computer software manuals who falls for best friend's (Driver) cousin Chantry (Zoe Kazan), who happens to be in a five-year relationship with international copyright lawyer Ben (Life of Pi's Rafe Spall). "Can I talk to your about something?" Radcliffe asks Driver, who replies, "I just had sex and I'm about to eat nachos. It's the greatest moment of my life—unless you screw it up »
Simon Columb celebrates International Tiger Day with the top five tigers in film…
Today is International Tiger Day! Can you believe it! It has been a whole year since you brought a tiger to tea and fed it sandwiches (“not one sandwich, he took all the sandwiches on the plate…”), buns and biscuits.
So, to celebrate here on Flickering Myth we have scoured the high hills for the tigers, lions, jaguars and leopards in cinema and presented them here for you to reminisce upon. Such happy times with these wild cats …
Granted, Winnie the Pooh has had a few movies. Piglet, in 2003, had a film also in Piglet’s Big Movie. But this Tigger fella seemed to be all the rage back in 2000. Life of Pi may star a tiger, but at least Tigger had a whole movie named after him. One of the favourite A.A. Milne characters, »
- Simon Columb
Hong Kong – Taiwan this week unveiled the Taiwan Film Institute, a new center spanning film promotion, restoration and education.
It replaces the Chinese Taipei Film Archive and also absorbs the Taiwan International Documentary Festival, which is held every two years and lacks a consistent organizer.
Backed by the Ministry of Culture, the Tfi will have an annual budget of Nt$170 million (Us$5.67 million), compared with less than Nt$40 million (Us$1.33 million) for the Chinese Taipei Film Archive and a further Nt$23 million (Us$768,000) per year for film restoration.
Board members include director Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wang Hsiao-ti, producer Lee Lieh and critic Wen Tien-hsiang. The launch was presided over by minister of culture Lung Ying-tai and welcomed at a ceremony by new Taipei mayor Eric Chu.
Last week the Ministry of Culture, which took over responsibility for film industry supervision from the old Government Information Office, allocated production »
- Patrick Frater
Disney’s upcoming adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book has been ahead of a competing project set up at Warner Bros. for a very long time, and that’s not changing today. The Disney version, which Jon Favreau is directing, just added Breaking Bad alum Giancarlo Esposito and acting legend Christopher Walken to its already impressive voice cast (to compare, Andy Serkis’ WB adaptation doesn’t have a single actor cast yet).
Esposito, whose turn as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad earned him numerous accolades including a Critics’ Choice Award, will be voicing Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. Meanwhile, Walken, a prolific A-lister who won an Oscar for The Deer Hunter and has racked up many awards since, will be lending his iconic vocals to the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes.
The pair join a voice cast including »
- Isaac Feldberg
Legendary music maestro has Ar Rahman has yet again broken new boundaries, with the amazing soundtrack for Walt Disney’s new feature film Million Dollar Arm. Featuring music composed and performed by two-time Academy Award®-winning composer A. R. Rahman, the soundtrack includes collaborations with Australian hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea, Grammy®-nominated rapper Wale and Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall.
Described by Variety as a ‘jubilant wall-to-wall song score,’ Rahman has created a powerful and driving sound that blends classic Indian styles and instruments with rap, rock and electronica delivering a celebratory soundscape to America’s favourite sport.
I’m excited to share with music fans some unusual collaborations with Iggy Azalea, Wale, and KT Tunstall on the music in Million Dollar Arm,” said A.R. Rahman. “The soundtrack we created together truly captures the beautiful culture and energy behind the film – reminding us all how important it is to be open to new possibilities in life. »
- Press Releases
If anyone's up to the Herculean task of picking their favourite Sky Movies, it's the biggest action star on the planet. As we prepare to witness his most recent labours as the mythical strongman Hercules (catch the trailer here), the mighty Dwayne Johnson takes a breather to talk us through his movie recommendations. As a fan of all kinds of movies, Dwayne is blown away by the balance of human emotion and special effects in Life Of Pi, while being convinced that the gut-busting comedy We're The Millers couldn't have been cast any better. »
Showtime have released the first trailer and poster for the upcoming fourth Season of it’s highly acclaimed politically driven drama Homeland and it looks bloody awesome. Claire Danes is back as the bipolar CIA agent on the edge Carrie Mathison, but this time she’ll be in Pakistan doing what she does best.
Season 4 is said to be radically different from the previous three, with Mathison returning to her field work – as teased early on in Season 1 – and according to The Wrap Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins is urging fans of the show to reconsider what they once thought the show was about. Mandy Patinkin’s Saul Berenson is also set to have a more central role this time around. Rupert Friend will return joined by new faces Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi).
We’d have to agree with the tagline, there really is no place like Homeland. »
- Gavin Logan
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