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Freida Pinto to receive an International Icon award at Iifa 2016

22 June 2016 4:12 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Frieda Pinto, who rose to fame starring in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, will be receiving a prestigious award from the Indian film fraternity. Frieda Pinto will be attending the Iifa 2016 in Spain to receive an International Icon award. Since her debut in Hollywood with Slumdog Millionaire, Frieda Pinto has become one of the most successful Indian talents abroad. She has worked with big names like Christian Bale, Bruno Mars, James Franco, Woody Allen and others. Iifa wanted to honour Frieda Pinto to celebrate her international career. Apart from being an actress, Frieda has also been a fashion icon. Iifa 2016 will have some grand performances and will be hosted by Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar. This would be the first time Frieda Pinto will be making an appaearance in an Indian award show. After Iifa 2016 appearance, Frieda Pinto will be flying to Monrovia to join the first lady of United »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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British Movie Moguls Back European Union Membership in Referendum Vote

21 June 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Some of the U.K.’s top movie moguls, including the producers behind James Bond pics, Hollywood blockbusters and Oscar-winning films, have urged the British to vote to remain in the European Union in Thursday’s referendum. A letter released Tuesday, signed by more than 20 of the country’s most successful producers, claims that E.U. membership has “helped ensure that the U.K. has the fastest-growing creative industry sector in Europe,” generating $123 billion in 2014.

The statement, which is backed by “Kingsman: The Secret Service” filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, “Spectre’s” Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and Working Title duo Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose credits include “The Danish Girl,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Hail, Caesar!,” argues that “being in the E.U. means that our feature films, our television programs and our games can travel far more easily across borders because they are not subject to quotas »

- Leo Barraclough

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Action Comedy ‘Red’ Set For Indian Remake From Lionsgate, Anil Kapoor’s Akfc

17 June 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

In its second adaptation for the Indian market, Lionsgate is teaming with Anil Kapoor's Akfc production banner on a Hindi version of Summit’s action comedy Red. Veteran Indian actor and producer Kapoor, whose screen credits include Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Slumdog Millionaire and Fox's 24, is a big brand at home where he also produces and stars in the local version of 24. Cast is being finalized for the Red redo with production beginning in August. There's no… »

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Freida Pinto on Campaigning for Girls' Education and Rights: 'Change is Very Simple in My Mind'

11 June 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

To Freida Pinto, the idea of change is "very simple." In fact, she believes, "[change] is the only constant thing you can work towards and try to make possible." The actress, 31, hopes in her new role as ambassador for Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education, she will be able to bring change to young women's lives. "In many parts of the world, it's always the girls who are the most marginalized - they're denied education or have been taken out of school because they've been married at age 18," Pinto tells People. "If you think about the injustice towards women, »

- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901

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Freida Pinto on Campaigning for Girls' Education and Rights: 'Change is Very Simple in My Mind'

11 June 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

To Freida Pinto, the idea of change is "very simple." In fact, she believes, "[change] is the only constant thing you can work towards and try to make possible." The actress, 31, hopes in her new role as ambassador for Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education, she will be able to bring change to young women's lives. "In many parts of the world, it's always the girls who are the most marginalized - they're denied education or have been taken out of school because they've been married at age 18," Pinto tells People. "If you think about the injustice towards women, »

- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901

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Vittorio Storaro and Screenwriter Barry Morrow to be Feted by Italy’s Ischia Global Fest

8 June 2016 7:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and American screenwriter-turned-director Barry Morrow (“Rain Man”) will be feted by Italy’s Ischia Global Film and Music Fest.

Morrow will be making the trek to the Italian island off the coast of Naples to present the festival premiere of his directorial debut “Smitten!,” an Italy-set romcom based on his own script. It stars “Glee” actor Darren Criss as an American fashion exec who gets kidnapped and taken to the Alps.

Also set for Ischia’s 14th edition, which runs from July 10 to 17, is the first screening in Italy of Iranian director Majid Majidi’s lavish epic “Muhammad: The Messenger of God,” about the birth of Islam. Storaro worked as cinematographer on this film for three years. Considered the Islamic Republic’s most expensive production ever, “Muhammad” was released last year in Iran but has not traveled much outside its home country. Storaro, who won Oscars for “Apocalypse Now, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Tabrez Noorani rescued victims of human trafficking before making a film on the subject

6 June 2016 3:58 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Filmmaker and the line producer of such global hits as Slumdog Millionaire and The Life Of Pi, Tabrez Noorani has personally rescued sex workers and girls caught in human trafficking racket from brothels in India.

He is now in the process of completing a feature film on the subject. Tabrez says the entire cast jumped into the project without bothering with the benefits. Rajkummar Rao plays a character based on the director. Admits Tabrez bashfully, "Yes, Rajkummar's characters attempts to rescue sex workers and girls trapped in human trafficking. I did the same."

Tabrez Noorani can't believe his good fortune. "I've waited 12 years to make Love Sonia. The subject, human trafficking is very close to my heart. I've researched, visited brothels, and even rescued sex workers from the flesh trade with the help of NGOs. This is the film I've always wanted to direct." But something or the other always stopped Tabrez. »

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Indian Superstar Musician A.R. Rahman Claims Fukuoka Prize

30 May 2016 7:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

India’s multi-Oscar-winning musician and composer A.R. Rahman has been named as grand prize winner of the prestigious Fukuoka Prize.

The Fukuoka Prize was established in 1990 to honor the outstanding work of individuals and organizations to preserve and promote the unique and diverse cultures of Asia. Previous winners include Muhammad Yunus, from Bangladesh, who went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Mo Yan, from China, subsequent winner of the Nobel Literature Prize and another Indian music giant Ravi Shankar.

Prolific and multi-talented, Rahman has music credits for major Indian films including “Raavan,” “Yuvraaj,” “Rockstar” and “Rang de Basanti,” as well as Western and Hollywood titles including “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “127 Hours” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Fukuoka Prize organizers said: “By his world-famous music, Mr. A. R. Rahman has opened up a new arena for film music, and has become a driving-force of this field to gain it a new recognition… »

- Patrick Frater

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley Among 290 U.K. Celebrities Backing E.U. Membership

20 May 2016 12:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Steve Coogan are among 290 actors, directors, writers, musicians and other leading lights of the world of entertainment, the arts and culture calling for the U.K. to remain part of the European Union in an open letter published on British news sites Friday.

Britons vote in a June 23 referendum on whether to withdraw from the E.U., and the letter is the latest effort by those against a “Brexit” to sway public opinion. Polls show the vote too close to call.

Among the other actors signing the letter, derided as “luvvies” by the right-wing Daily Mail, are Helena Bonham Carter, “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Stewart and “The Wire” star Dominic West.

The letter states: “From the smallest gallery to the biggest blockbuster, many of us have worked on projects that would never have happened without vital E. »

- Leo Barraclough

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The Man Who Knew Infinity – Review

13 May 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Man Who Knew Infinity is a handsome, well-acted historical drama based on the unexpected true story of an India-born, self-taught mathematical genius. In 1913, the young genius was brought to England, by a mathematics professor at  Trinity College in Cambridge, who recognized the young man’s gift despite the prejudices of the time.

Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”) plays Srinavasa Ramanujan, a poor and poorly-educated Hindu man who is obsessed with mathematics, working out ground-breaking original theorems in the dust of his local temple floor. Jeremy Irons plays mathematics professor G.H. Hardy, a flinty fellow who counts among his friends and colleagues Bertrand Russell (Jeremy Northam). The story is set against the historical backdrop of World War I, and the colonialism and cultural prejudices of the era.

Even before traveling half way around the world to the foreign culture of Great Britain, Ramanujan was already a fish-out-of-water even in his home city of Madras, »

- Cate Marquis

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Ang Lee returns with first trailer for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

12 May 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Ang Lee gives us a brutally honest look at war and heroism in his latest film.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the novel by Ben Fountain, tells the story of 19-year-old war hero who survives battle in Iraq and is brought home for a victory tour. Through flashback, it contrasts American's perception of what Billy went through, and what he actually experienced. The film will be scripted by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).

The film promises to be a profound mediation on our perception of heroism, and there isn't really a more sensitive and careful director to take on that challenge, as Lee is the man responsible for films including Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi. The film has an interesting ensemble cast, which includes Kristen StewartChris TuckerSteve Martin, and newcomer Joe Alwyn. »

- Adriana Floridia

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First Trailer For Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Explores the Horrors of War

12 May 2016 6:01 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We recently praised his last feature, Life of Pi, as one of the greatest films based on supposedly “unfilmable” novels and for his next film, Ang Lee is once again pushing technology forward with another adaptation. This fall we’ll see his take on Ben Fountain‘s Iraq War novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, with a script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). The drama follows a teenage soldier who survives a battle in Iraq and then is brought home for a victory lap before returning, and the first trailer has landed today.

While one can’t see it on their computer screens, Lee has shot the film at 120 frames per second in 4K and native 3D, giving it unprecedented clarity for a feature film. “Billy Lynn is a story of love, courage and devotion,” the director tells USA Today. “It’s the story of a young man learning his place in the world, »

- Jordan Raup

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European Union’s Media Program Celebrates 25 Years of Cultural Support

10 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In era of continued friction among European Union states, and an upcoming EU referendum in Blighty that may see the country exit the 28-member state in June, Creative Europe’s Media Program has long been a haven of openness and inclusiveness across the creative industries.

There are seven film in Cannes Competition they have tapped Media funding, including Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta.”

Founded in 1991 by the EU, the Media Program set out to support collaboration and cultural diversity among European audiovisual players in what was, at the time, a fragmented market. Focusing initially on film content, the program has since diversified its reach to TV and gaming in response to the media sector’s changing landscape.

In the past 25 years, Media has invested €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) into film, television and video content across development, promotion and distribution within the continent and beyond.

“In Europe, we are very proud of our heritage »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Pelé: Birth of a Legend continues the soccer star's big screen legacy

10 May 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It’s clunky in places and has some very suspect accents, but the new biopic is far from the only own goal in the Brazilian legend’s on-screen back catalogue

Originally scheduled to appear in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the long-delayed Pelé: Birth of a Legend – the first ever biopic of the soccer legend – is finally being released. Co-directed by American brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, and executive produced by Pelé himself, the film unfolds like a superhero origin story crossed with a sporty riff on Slumdog Millionaire.

Related: 40 years on: how New York Cosmos lured Pelé to a football wasteland

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- Ashley Clark

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Pelé: Birth of a Legend continues the soccer star's big screen legacy

10 May 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It’s clunky in places and has some very suspect accents, but the new biopic is far from the only own goal in the Brazilian legend’s on-screen back catalogue

Originally scheduled to appear in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the long-delayed Pelé: Birth of a Legend – the first ever biopic of the soccer legend – is finally being released. Co-directed by American brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, and executive produced by Pelé himself, the film unfolds like a superhero origin story crossed with a sporty riff on Slumdog Millionaire.

Related: 40 years on: how New York Cosmos lured Pelé to a football wasteland

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- Ashley Clark

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‘Hamilton’ Makes Tony History, Joins Pop Culture Elite

3 May 2016 4:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hamilton’s” record-breaking haul of 16 Tony nominations this morning was a reminder, if you needed one, that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical is destined to leave a cultural crater.

It got me thinking about the idea of blanket approval, and how warm and fuzzy it can be. The record for Oscar nominations, for example, is 14, shared by 1950’s “All About Eve” and 1997’s “Titanic,” two films separated by nearly five decades. Only eight more films have received 13 nominations, most recently “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008, while 12 is slightly more common (in the last several years, films like “The King’s Speech,” “Lincoln” and “The Revenant” have managed it).

Certainly, it can be unfortunate when something ignites the cultural consciousness and just barrels its way through its window, only to burn out. I can’t remember the last time I saw “Button,” while “Avatar” is frequently cited as a flash with minimal ripple effect. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Hamilton’ Makes Tony History, Joins Pop Culture Elite

3 May 2016 4:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hamilton’s” record-breaking haul of 16 Tony nominations this morning was a reminder, if you needed one, that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical is destined to leave a cultural crater.

It got me thinking about the idea of blanket approval, and how warm and fuzzy it can be. The record for Oscar nominations, for example, is 14, shared by 1950’s “All About Eve” and 1997’s “Titanic,” two films separated by nearly five decades. Only eight more films have received 13 nominations, most recently “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008, while 12 is slightly more common (in the last several years, films like “The King’s Speech,” “Lincoln” and “The Revenant” have managed it).

Certainly, it can be unfortunate when something ignites the cultural consciousness and just barrels its way through its window, only to burn out. I can’t remember the last time I saw “Button,” while “Avatar” is frequently cited as a flash with minimal ripple effect. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Dancing With the Stars Week 6 Recap: Did the Right Couple Go Home?

25 April 2016 7:56 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Never underestimate the power of Dancing With the Stars.

In the course of just one episode, the ABC reality competition has taken nine iconic dances from pop culture and ensured that we will never be able to look at them the same way again — some for the better, and others for much, much worse.

On one hand, future listenings of ‘N Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” will bring me right back to Wanyá Morris and Lindsay Arnold’s ultra-badass jazz routine set to the 2000 pop jam. And on the other, anytime I spot a rerun of Slumdog Millionaire on basic cable, »

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Dancing with the Stars Took On Famous Dances—Who Went Home?

25 April 2016 7:36 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Famous dances night is just the best. We're big suckers for epic movie dance sequences, and who doesn't love a good iconic music video? We fell in love with each dance tonight (except for one that terrified us forever), and it has occurred to us that now without Doug Flutie, we don't want anyone to leave. We're obviously not saying we wanted Doug Flutie to leave, but he was clearly the least good dancer of the remaining bunch, and every single one of the top eight delights us in their own way and we don't want to say goodbye to any of them.   So who had the best dance of the night? Let's find out! 9. Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff: 21/30 Slumdog Millionaire, »

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‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ Review: Dev Patel’s Theory Of Everything Adds Up

25 April 2016 5:11 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Those who loved Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning turn as genius Stephen Hawking in 2014’s The Theory Of Everything are likely to spark to a similar-feeling new movie, The Man Who Knew Infinity. This English period piece set in pre-war 1914 stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) as a poor young Indian man with a unique talent for numbers. In fact, he is a mathematical genius who can only explain that his propensity for solving problems and equations comes from God. It is all… »

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