Goa, India – The Indian version of “24” has been greenlighted for a second series, despite only modest ratings performances by the series one reformat.
The show modeled on the Fox original series, debuted on Colors, the Indian general entertainment channel promoted by Viacom 18, on Oct. 4 and is now in its seventh week. The show is produced and stars Anil Kapoor (“Slumdog Millionaire”) in the Jack Bauer role originally made famous by Kiefer Sutherland.
“We are committed to season 2,” Raj Nayak, CEO of Colors, told Variety. “And we are confident that the second season will rate better than the first.”
Season one debuted to 3.2 million viewers, behind established shows on rival networks, and behind Colors’ own comedy show. Nayak says that ratings for “24” are now picking up on a week-by-week basis and that the series has scored strongly with viewers in major metropolises.
- Patrick Frater
Opening largely unopposed, and wisely so, all predictions for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have the anticipated sequel opening huge around the globe, with the potential for some record-breaking numbers by the end of the weekend.
The movie opened in cinemas here in the UK yesterday, and it arrives in the Us today, following early previews last night. And after catching a trio of new TV spots earlier in the week, Lionsgate has released a new TV spot heading into the weekend, teasing more action from one of the biggest blockbusters of the year.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Do you review a sequel with the assumption everyone reading saw the first film or is it important to offer some background information for those that may have skipped the first film or simply need a refresherc The question, as it turns out, is one the filmmakers of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire seemed to have a little difficulty in answering themselves when it comes to the sophomore effort in the franchise. The first hour or so slogs through a rather dull opening, making sure the audience understands where we've been and where we're going. Fortunately, after trudging through, the audience is rewarded with a satisfying final two acts even if the film feels a little incomplete by the end. Catching Fire returns us to the oppressive future world of Panem, where citizens of 12 districts are held under the thumb of the Capital and beaten and killed if they step out of line. »
- Brad Brevet
The early reviews are in for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and they are very good – you can read our own review here.
The blockbuster opens in more than three-dozen territories around the world this weekend, the predictions are understandably very big following the franchise-starter’s huge success last year. And with just days left to count down, a handful of new TV spots have launched online, teasing the action soon to be coming our way.
Included among these new previews is the latest ‘Moments Worth Paying For’ trailer, with the anticipated sequel partnering up with FindAnyFilm’s great campaign, which continues to promote seeing films like these in a setting worthy of their scope, and worthy of your money.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they »
- Kenji Lloyd
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: Strong Brazil opening points to bigger international hit than ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, toplining Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, debuted in Brazil last Friday, November 15, 2013. A national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic"), November 15 has proven to be a highly profitable "opening date" in Brazil; in 2012, Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 broke both single-day and opening-weekend records at the Brazilian box office. Now comes Catching Fire, which far surpassed the box office take of its predecessor. Surely it’s no coincidence that both the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises currently belong to the Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures combo. Or that both franchises have been/are being distributed in Brazil by Paris Filmes, possibly that country’s biggest homegrown film distribution entity. »
- Andre Soares
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ opens strongly in Brazil (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in ‘Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s dystopian adventure drama The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, opened in Brazil on Friday, November 15, 2013, the week before it debuts in North America and most other international markets. Why Brazil? Friday was a national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic") in that particular market — a highly profitable holiday, apparently, as can be attested by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2‘s record-breaking figures last year. (More on that below. And see also: “‘Catching Fire’ Movie Box Office: 1M Tickets But Breaking Dawn 2 Record Safe in Brazil.”) Results for the second installment in the Hunger Games‘ four-movie trilogy (hey, that’s Hollywood) have been encouraging. Catching Fire grossed an estimated $2.4 million on Friday, a remarkable figure for the Brazilian market. Having said that, »
- Andre Soares
Judi Dench in ‘Philomena’ movie: The one British Independent Film Award nominee surely to get BAFTA, Academy Award nominations Among the 2013 British Independent Film Award nominees, only one has a truly good chance of being shortlisted for both the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards. That’s Best Actress Bifa nominee Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ "based on a true story" drama Philomena, in which Dench plays a woman whose son was taken away from her after she was sent to a convent. For the record, Dench has four previous Best Actress Oscar nominations (Mrs. Brown, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal), in addition to one win and a nomination as Best Supporting Actress (win: Shakespeare in Love; nomination: Chocolat). (Photo: Judi Dench as Philomena Lee in Philomena.) Needless to say, the British Independent Film Awards have little influence on North America’s awards-season favorites. There are a number of reasons for that — e. »
- Zac Gille
Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson: 2013 British Independent Film Awards nominations (photo: Judi Dench in ‘Philomena’) Since the likes of Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson, James McAvoy, and Tom Hardy are in the running for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, expect at least a little overlapping between the determinedly indie-oriented BIFAs and other awards season nominees and/or winners elsewhere. (See also: “Judi Dench Sole Bifa Nominee Surely to Get BAFTA, Oscar Nominations.”) Judi Dench and Scarlett Johansson are competing in the Best Actress category; Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, Johansson for Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Tom Hardy and James McAvoy are in the running for the Best Actor British Independent Film Award; Hardy for Steven Knight’s Locke, McAvoy for Jon S. Baird’s Filth. The top Bifa 2013 movie, however, is David Mackenzie’s Starred Up, with a total of eight nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, »
- Zac Gille
The historical film may not be the most common genre in Bollywood nowadays, but with no doubt Lagaan is a fantastic film that deserves all our attention. It was directed in 2001 by Ashutosh Gowariker, who seems to enjoy historical movies, as he later made the epic Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and his next project will be based in the Indus Valley Civilisation. The film stars Aamir Khan in the lead role, as well as he also was one of the producers.
The movie is set in 1861 and narrates the story of the inhabitants of a small farming village. Under the British rule, farmers are forced to give a part of their crop in order to pay the tax called lagaan. After a long period of drought they are unable to pay so they try to negotiate with the British, but the arrogance of the British Captain Russell and the pride of the »
- Núria Bonals Hidalgo
In addition to his three-decade career in Indian cinema, Kher's international appearances include Silver Linings Playbook with De Niro.
“It was a dream come true to have an acting legend like Robert De Niro visit my acting school,” Kher told The Hollywood Reporter. “When I was studying acting (at the National School of Drama in New Delhi), we used to study De Niro's acting methods in films like The King of Comedy and The Godfather 2, among others.”
De Niro visited Mumbai Sunday after addressing the THiNK summit in Goa where, as reported earlier, he shared »
- Nyay Bhushan
Having finally had its official world premiere this week here in London, the early reviews are in for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and things are definitely looking good. Our own Ben Mortimer thought the sequel was brilliant – you can read our review here – and with just over a week to go before it hits cinemas, all signs point to another hugely successful box office run.
Lionsgate launched the final trailer at the end of last month, and with just days separating us from its arrival in cinemas, clips from the movie are starting to land online, and you can catch three from the upcoming sequel below.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a »
- Kenji Lloyd
It’s Amir here. Nathaniel and I have both previously shared our frustration about the way this prize is handled. Theoretically, this should be one of the best awards of the season. Imagine celebrating directors who can bring together an ensemble of actors with exciting chemistry, films that develop several characters in equal measure, and actors who find their footing by playing against other members of the cast. As previously stated, the award should be more about a collective achievement than multiple individual ones. Sadly, that’s not how it works in the real world.
Slumdog Millionaire's win remains baffling to this day.
- Amir S.
Only two Urdu television shows old, but Armeena Rana Khan is already a household name across the border. The Britian based Pakistani actress dabbles in international independent cinema, Pakistani television shows and now Hindi films. She’s a fresh face with an equally fresh outlook on how she wants to progress in her career. I caught up with the Huff! Its Too Much actress to find out about her plans for the future, the workings of the Pakistani television industry and much more!
Was acting always on your agenda or was it something you realised after you completed your business degree?
Acting has always been my passion but when you are young you try to do the right thing, the safe option of a career. Although my education has been indispensable in making the choices and deals with the industry professionals to get me where I am now, I am »
- Prathna Tiwari
It's traditionally one of the most competitive categories, but the longlist for 2014's animated film Oscar looks weak
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Over the past decade, the winner of the best animated film Oscar has often been a better-reviewed movie than the best picture winner. Is The Hurt Locker, victor in 2010, really a superior movie to Up? Will future generations hold 2009's Slumdog Millionaire in greater regard than the beguiling Wall-e? There's often been a sense that the very existence of the animation category serves to restrict the genre come awards season, limiting its potential to challenge for other prizes.
Disney-owned Pixar, which made both Up and Wall-e, carried off the animation Academy award six times between 2003 and 2010. But the pioneering studio has suffered a slow descent into relative mediocrity since the halcyon years of Ratatouille and The Incredibles. Now it looks like »
- Ben Child
• Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II) are in negotiations to star in The Intern for writer-director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated). In the story, the founder of a thriving fashion website (Witherspoon) clashes with a man in the company’s Senior Internship Program (De Niro). Despite the generational differences, the two eventually bond. None have worked together on a feature film before. Tina Fey was attached to star in the project in 2012. [Deadline]
- EW staff
Britdoc backs feature that was on hold due to funding issues.
Production has begun in London on a feature documentary about the life of musician M.I.A.
The film is directed by Steve Loveridge, who reportedly stepped down from making the documentary in July.
At that time, Loveridge used his Tumblr account to leak a teaser trailer for the film, which was later removed.
According to an email posted to Loveridge’s site, a representative from Roc Nation claimed “the timing of this leak … screws with everything we’ve been working on”.
“I know how frustrated you must be with the [film],” they wrote, “but I promise we’ve been having ongoing conversations internally, trying to get legal stuff and funding resolved, it Is going to move forward and get done in time for this album cycle and festivals.”
“I really couldn’t give a flying fuck,” Loveridge replied. “Count me out. Would rather »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Following their successful collaboration on The Woman In Black, director James Watkins and star Daniel Radcliffe will eschew the sequel – currently in pre-production – and instead, go for Gold. Spandau Ballet fans need not apply, however, for this is a film about the epic rivalry that shaped British Athletics in the early eighties.
The fully authorized book, The Perfect Distance – Ovett & Coe: The Record-Breaking Rivalry by journalist Pat Butcher, has been adapted for the big screen by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), with Radcliffe cast as Coe. Hot on the heels of Ron Howard’s racing rivalry tale Rush, Gold will dramatize the competitive relationship between Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett – two British athletes that pushed each other to greater and greater heights in what is widely regarded as the golden era of the sport.
From polar-opposite worlds – one an art student with natural athletic ability, the »
- Sarah Myles
Daniel Radcliffe has been confirmed to star as Sebastian Coe in Gold, a new feature which will tell the story of the Olympic gold medallist's rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
The film is based on the book The Perfect Distance by Pat Butcher, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies, and will reunite Radcliffe with Woman In Black director James Watkins.
It is not yet known who will play Ovett in the production.
Writer Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009, told the BBC earlier this year the film was "a brilliant story" with a "perfect end".
"I hadn't realised how good it was until you dig into their past," he said. "They were fantastically different athletes and different people. And they rarely met... apart from on the track - but not very often, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Continuing his rising career following the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe has intriguing projects like a new Frankenstein (he'll be playing Igor) and a gritty crime thriller called Tokyo Vice. While he was recently falsely rumored to play Freddie Mercury, that role is hoped to go to Ben Whishaw, but Radcliffe will take on another real-life figure, this time in the athletic world. Following his turn as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, BBC Films has announced Radcliffe will star in Gold, the story of runner Sebastian Coe and his famous rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett leading up to the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. The film will reunite Radcliffe with director James Watkins, who teamed with the British actor for his first film outside of the Harry Potter franchise, The Woman in Black. Even better news is the screenplay comes from Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy and How to Train Your Dragon »
- Ethan Anderton
Deadline, which first reported the news, notes that the movie will reunite the actor with his The Woman In Black director James Watkins. The story will be based on the book The Perfect Distance, with a script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How To Train Your Dragon).
The true story centers on the rivalry between Olympic runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett; Coe and Ovett started racing against each other in 1972 and were considered two of the fastest middle distance runners in the world. »
- Erin Strecker
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