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Film Review: ‘Paradiso’

31 July 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A superb sense of space and a respectful appreciation for incongruity are major selling points for “Paradiso,” Omar A. Razzak’s low-budget docu about Madrid’s last porn cinema. It’s rare enough to find such a leftover in the Internet age, yet even more unusual is the manager at the Sala X Duque de Alba, a guy who decorates the lobby with auteurist posters and buys ties for his regulars at Christmas. Having earned the trust of his subjects, Razzak sets up his observational camera to favor off-center (in many ways) framings, creating a winning if slight crowdpleaser for Hispanophone showcases.

It takes some time to work out what kinds of movies are being shown at the Duque de Alba, since the camera never enters the screening room. From the lobby, decorated with posters for films like “Slumdog Millionaire,” “All About My Mother” and “Man on the Moon,” audiences »

- Jay Weissberg

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Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen Star in the International Trash Trailer From Director Stephen Daldry

31 July 2014 11:39 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I’m not sure where I come down on this Trash trailer, in part because I can only understand about 10% of it.  Universal Pictures Brazil has released an international trailer for the film, directed by Stephen Daldry and written by British rom-com maestro Richard Curtis.  In the film, “three poverty-stricken boys who discover something unusual, mysterious, and dangerous in a city dump.” The trailer has some slick visuals and a tone that reminds me of Slumdog Millionaire in the way that it places children in sort of a “safe” feeling criminal world.  Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara star alongside Wagner Moura (Elysium) and Selton MelloRickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein play the three young boys at the center of the mystery.  Hit the jump to check out the Trash trailer.  The film is based on the novel by Andy Mulligan.  There is no word yet on a U. »

- Evan Dickson

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Chappie Finally Revealed on New Comic-Con Teaser and Banner

25 July 2014 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

'District 9' and 'Elysium' director Neill Blomkamp's latest robo-based venture into the realm of science fiction is being promoted at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con. 'Chappie' is the story of an A.I. robot stolen by a couple of criminals intent of using him to help carry out their unlawful ways. Up to now we've had to imagine what dear old 'Chappie' looked like. I've had something between the robot from 'Robot and Frank' and Marvin the paranoid android from 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' in my mind but this new teaser and banner spotted at Comic-Con reveals something quite different and dare I say it very Blomkamp-esque. The movie stars Hugh Jackman ('Prisoners'), Dev Patel ('Slumdog Millionaire'), Ninja and Yolandi Visser of rap-rave band Die Antwoord, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret and the voice of Sharlto Copley ('District 9'). »

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Film Review: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

25 July 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Beef bourguignon or tandoori goat? Career success or family loyalty? You can actually have it all, according to “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a culture-clash dramedy that presents itself as the most soothing brand of cinematic comfort food. As such, this genteel, overlong adaptation of Richard C. Morais’ 2010 novel about two rival restaurants operating in a sleepy French village is not without its pleasures — a high-energy score by A.R. Rahman, exquisite gastro-porn shot by Linus Sandgren, the winningly barbed chemistry of Helen Mirren and Om Puri — all prepared to exacting middlebrow specifications and ensured to go down as tastily and tastefully as possible. With the formidable backing of producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, the DreamWorks concoction should cater to a broad array of arthouse appetites, particularly among those viewers who embraced the similar East-meets-West fusion cuisine of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

If this Old World foodie fairy tale feels like »

- Justin Chang

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‘Mukhna’ by Ar Rahman ft Sukhwinder Singh from Disney’s Million Dollar Arm

23 July 2014 6:34 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

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. »

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Spit-Balling What the 2014 Toronto Film Festival Lineup Could Look Like

21 July 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Tomorrow morning, July 22, at approximately 7 Am Pst the first wave of 2014 Toronto Film Festival titles will be announced and I'm having a hard time trying to figure out just what exactly to expect. First of all, we already know David Fincher's Gone Girl is premiering at the New York Film Festival as is Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. So scratch those two off the board. Then there's Birdman, which will open the Venice Film Festival and close New York and expectation is it will also show up in Telluride, which takes place just before Toronto... will Fox Searchlight go for all threec Or better yet, will they go for the new rules laid down by Toronto Film Festival artistic director Cameron Baileyc In recent years the Toronto Film Festival has seen films such as Best Picture winners Slumdog Millionaire, Argo and 12 Years a Slave getting "sneak" previews at »

- Brad Brevet

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A R Rahman to receive honorary doctorate from Berklee

19 July 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Music maestro A R Rahman over the years has been conferred with numerous honours for his excellence in the file of music. Soon he will be adding yet another feather to his hat in the form of an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. The honour that will be conferred on Rahman on October 24 is in recognition of his two decade long musical career. Apart from this honour, the university will also be establishing a scholarship in his name for future generations of musicians to follow their dreams. Best remembered for his musical renditions in films Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Million Dollar Arm, Rahman will also perform alongside the students and faculty who will perform songs paying tribute to his work. In addition to the performance, he will conduct a master class at the Berklee Performance Center. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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So, None Of The Awards? ‘Child 44’ With Gary Oldman & Tom Hardy Gets A Spring 2015 Release

15 July 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Reader reports, audience reviews… meh. Sure you can keep tabs on that “coverage,” but posting about that stuff specifically can be hurtful or irresponsible to a film if the “reviews” are early and especially if they’re negative (hell, on the Internet they’re pretty easy to fabricate in either direction too). Finding out “early buzz” on a movie through test screenings isn’t hard if you’re looking for it. So that said, we’d been hearing a few whispers about “Child 44” and perhaps today’s news jibes with it. It's got a strong pedigree around it: it's directed by Daniel Espinosa ("Easy Money" and "Safe House") and it stars Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, Jason Clarke of “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” Paddy Considine and Dev Patel one of the stars of “Slumdog Millionaire.” That’s a pretty fantastic cast in anyone’s book, »

- Edward Davis

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More on Disney’s Million Dollar Arm Soundtrack By Ar Rahman

15 July 2014 2:46 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

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. »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Million Dollar Arm

11 July 2014 6:42 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray, DVD and digital Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014

Price: DVD $Tba, Blu-ray $Tba

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Jon Hamm (TV’s Mad Men) finds talent in an unusual place in Million Dollar Arm.

The sports movie is based on the true story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) whose career is not going well.

To try to save his career, Bernstein goes to India to produce a competition reality show called “The Million Dollar Arm.” He hopes to find a cricketer who he can turn into a baseball pitcher.

With the help of cantankerous retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin, Stand Up Guys), Bernstein discovers two men who have no idea about playing baseball but can throw a mean fastball. Bernstein brings them to America, and the culture shock begins.

Lake Bell (In a World…), Aasif Mandvi (The Internship) and Bill Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys) also star in the PG film, »

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Irrfan Khan Delights in London Indian Film Festival Selection

11 July 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Award winning actor Irrfan Khan, known internationally for his stellar roles in The Lunchbox, Life of PiSlumdog Millionaire, Paan Singh Tomar and D-Day is delighted that his new film Qissa, directed by Anup Singh, has been selected for the 5th edition of the London Indian Film Festival (Liff, July 10-17). Irrfan was a big hit in London last year when he delivered a masterclass at the prestigious British Film Institute and was present at the sold out festival screening of D-Day.

Says Irrfan: “I’m delighted my film Qissa will be screened at Liff this year. What makes me even happier is that you’ll see something very different of me. I believe there is a quality of performance in Qissa that goes beyond skill or experience. What seems to emerge from the performances here is a gentle but powerful rhythm that will bring to your mind the music of our mystic traditions. »

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Somerset House talks revealed

10 July 2014 4:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Flight of the ConchordsJemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, outgoing Film4 boss Tessa Ross and director Richard Ayoade to feature in conversation.

The line-up has been announced for this year’s Behind the Screen at Somerset House, featuring filmmakers in conversation as part of the 10th Film4 Summer Screen season (Aug 7-20).

Richard Ayoade, director of The Double and Submarine, will discuss his cinematic inspirations and influences ahead a screening of one of his favourite films, The 400 Blows.

Tessa Ross, the outgoing head of Film4 Productions whose credits include the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and Slumdog Millionaire, will talk about the films that make her passionate for cinema.

Flight of the ConchordsJemaine Clement and Taika Waititi will fly in from New Zealand to talk about their careers in comedy, which has led to vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows on the night it receives its UK premiere at Somerset House.

The directors »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Million Dollar Arm Movie Review

9 July 2014 5:11 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Released in the Us on 16th May, Million Dollar Arm is one of the highlights of the 5th London Indian Film Festival, which takes place at the capital from 10th to 17th July.

Disney produces this sports drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. Million Dollar Arm is based on the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Sharma, discovered by sports agent J.B. Bernstein through a reality show competition. The film portrays their journey and struggles until they became the first Indians to play in the American baseball league. The film stars Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire) in the lead roles, as well as Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin and Pitobash Tripathy.

Sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) is going through a bad patch. His business is declining and he has just lost the opportunity to sign a celebrity sportsman. »

- Núria Bonals Hidalgo

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'The Hundred-Foot Journey' Is the Latest Entry in the East-Meets-West Canon

8 July 2014 7:11 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

What hath "Slumdog Millionaire" wrought?  The Oscar-winning heartstring tugger was a glimpse into a brand-new world for many moviegoers and, of course, as it is wont to do, Hollywood followed up on that success with several more films focusing in some way or another on India. In particular, it seems, Tinseltown has gotten fond of the east-meets-west motif. There was Ang Lee's worldwide Oscar-winner "Life of Pi," based on the spiritual bestseller. John Madden's "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," in which a parade of fantastic older British actors (including Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith) played a group of pensioners who travelled to India for a stay at an luxury hotel that ended up being not quite what they expected.  (A sequel could well be on its way.)  And then there was "Million Dollar Arm," Disney's feel-gooder that brought India to the U.S. through the story »

- Jacob Combs

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“The London Indian Film Festival shows films with more realistic, funky and sometimes challenging images of India.” -Festival Director Cary Sawhney

7 July 2014 12:07 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

For the last five years, the London Indian Film Festival has showcased a unique selection of films from all over India. As they say, going way Beyond Bollywood, Liff brings cutting edge films from some of the world’s most innovative filmmakers. Led by festival director Mr Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Liff has grown to become Europe’s biggest Indian film festival. This year, once again, they are bringing the cool and eclectic along with hard hitting and moving films during the week long festival that runs July 10th through the 17th. We caught up with Mr Sawhney to get the scoop on what audiences will see when they experience Liff this year.

How would you describe the London Indian Film Festival?

London Indian Film Festival is dedicated to profiling the best of new independent films from India and its neighbours. I am glad to say we caught the wave early »

- Stacey Yount

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Dream Factory unveils talent roster

6 July 2014 10:57 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Organisers behind the two-day event set to run July 14-15 during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (Ifb 2014) in Liverpool have announced the line-up of guests.

The film event is set to take place at Liverpool’s Foundation For Art And Creative Technology (Fact, pictured), the arts and media centre located in the Ropewalks district that houses state-of-the-art screens, art galleries and a café and bar.

Liverpool-born Im Global CEO Stuart Ford and writer-producer Kevin Sampson have curated the programme in association with Pinewood Studios and UK Talent Management Firm Independent.

Day One is focused on creativity and comprises three on-stage conversations with directors that will see Get Carter director Mike Hodges in conversation with The Independent’s Barry Forshaw; Four Weddings and a Funeral and Donnie Brasco director Mike Newell in conversation with Ford; and the Liverpool-born director of The Awakening, Nick Murphy, talking to Sampson.

The first day will include a masterclass in pitching led by »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Slumdog Millionaire's Madhur Mittal for Million Dollar Arm Q&A

5 July 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Slumdog Millionaire's Madhur Mittal will take part in a Q&A at the UK premiere of Million Dollar Arm.

Best known for playing the role of Salim Malik in the Danny Boyle hit, Mittal plays a fast bowling cricket player in the Walt Disney project.

London Indian Film Festival Director Cary Rajinder Sawhney said: "We are delighted to have Disney's Million Dollar Arm at the heart of the festival. The film has loads of energy with a huge feelgood factor.

"[There are] some great performances by young men [like] Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal, and of course Jon Hamm is a definite attraction."

Mittal will be joined at the event by producer Mark Ciardi, whose credits include Invincible, Tooth Fairy, The Game Plan, and Fever Pitch.

Now in its fifth year, the London Indian Film Festival is the largest South Asian film festival in Europe.

Million Dollar Arm will have its UK »

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Madhur Mittal in Exclusive Q&A for Million Dollar Arm at London Indian Film Festival!

4 July 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The London Indian Film Festival (Liff, July 10-17) and The Walt Disney Company are delighted to announce that Madhur Mittal, the star of Million Dollar Arm, will participate in an exclusive Q&A alongside producer Mark Ciardi at the film’s UK Premiere at Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue on July 14. Million Dollar Arm, which also stars Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton is the London Indian Film Festival’s Centrepiece Gala.

Madhur Mittal’s breakthrough role was in Danny Boyle’s multiple BAFTA, Golden Globe and Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire and thereafter he made a mark in Treasure Island.

The multi-talented Mark Ciardi is a producer whose credits include Invincible, Tooth Fairy, The Game Plan and Secretariat, The Rookie, Me, Myself & Irene and Fever Pitch.

Now in its fifth year, the London Indian Film Festival is the largest South Asian film festival in Europe. The festival opens with Sold, »

- Stacey Yount

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On the digital legacy of Michael Mann's 'Collateral' nearly 10 years later

2 July 2014 8:42 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Awards 2014: If The Oscar Nominations Were Today, Who Would The Academy Vote For?

2 July 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Recently we ran our Fall Festival 50, a wishlist and prediction piece about the films we expect to see popping up in the fall. Many of them will be on their way to an Oscar campaign, because, as the accepted wisdom goes, if you want your film to have a fighting chance at Academy Awards glory, you secure in a nice cozy October/November/December release date, maybe on the back of a festival premiere, and bombard the trades with For Your Consideration ads. This indeed has been the route taken by five of the six most recent Best Picture winners ("12 Years a Slave," "Argo," "The Artist," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire") with only Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” proving that it’s possible to play in summer and still pick up the big one. But of course the picture is a little more balanced when you expand it to include nominees in other categories. »

- The Playlist Staff

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