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Bollywood stars have been having a good run at the international box office over the past year, from Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif‘s current release Bang Bang to Salman Khan in Kick this summer. Next up is arguably the best-known global Bollywood hitmaker, Shah Rukh Khan, in Happy New Year (see trailer below). Set for day-and-date release on Friday in India, North America, Australia, the UK, UAE and elsewhere, the heist pic reunites Khan with his Om Shanti Om and Chennai Express co-star Deepika Padukone, and Om Shanti Om helmer and Chennai Express choreographer Farah Khan. Add to those ingredients the strategic release falling during the Diwali holiday period and this confection could do mega-business at home and across the diaspora.
Local movies in India make up about 90% of the market share and Bollywood A-listers are so popular that each release is an event at home and abroad. Shah Rukh Khan, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Letter, about the early life of Tom Baker, is heading for production soon. Here are some details...
Comfortably one of the funniest autobiographies we've ever had the pleasure is Tom Baker's Who On Earth Is Tom Baker?, which we talked about in the Den Of Geek Book Club (which is a thing), right here.
Now, however, news has reached us, via The Digital Fix, that there's a one-off drama heading to our screens that tells the story of Tom Baker's early life. A casting call for a project called The Letter has appeared online, with the focus on "how a chance letter to the BBC when working as a builder's labourer lead to him becoming the most iconic Doctor Who".
The following roles, lists the casting call, are all required for a single day of filming. Given that contracts are on a "deferred profit share" basis and »
T-Series has acquired the music rights for the upcoming Excel Entertainment movies. Bhushan Kumar, the head honcho of T-Series, announced the acquisition of the most awaited films of the year Dil Dhadakne Do and Bangistan. After the successful endeavor with Yaariyan, Jai Ho, Highway, Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Queen, Hate Story 2, and Kick T-Series now holds music rights of Dil Dhadakne Do starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor, Rahul Bose and Shefali Shah, directed by Zoya Akhtar. Another awaited film is Bangistan starring Riteish Deshmukh, Pulkit Samrat and Jacqueline Fernandez, directed by debutant Karan Anshuman. T-Series has been associated with Excel Entertainment in the past with their earlier production like Don 2, Talaash, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Rock On, Don, Dil Chahta Hai. Their collaboration continues with Excel Entertainment's forthcoming projects like Raees starring Shah Rukh Khan, Rock On 2, and Reema Kagti's next with Saif Ali Khan. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Om Puri (b. 1950), the prolific and internationally renowned Indian actor will appear at Museum of the Moving Image on Sunday, August 3, for a conversation about his career moderated by actress and writer Madhur Jaffrey. The tribute program, presented with clips of Puri’s finest performances, will be followed by a preview screening of The Hundred-Hoot Journey, in which he co-stars with Helen Mirren.
Om Puri is one of India’s most celebrated actors. He won his first Indian National Film Award for his performance in Ardh Satya. Since then, he has starred in both mainstream and arthouse Indian films including Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1987), Dharavi (1992), Maachis (1996), and A.K. 47 (2004), as well as international projects such as the critically acclaimed Gandhi (1982), City of Joy (1992), Wolf (1994), Brothers in Trouble (1995), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), East is East (1999), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), and West is West (2010). He recently starred in Don 2 (2011), Farhan Akhtar’s record-breaking Bollywood epic. »
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The London Indian Film Festival (Liff, July 10-17) will host a Screen Talk with the multifaceted Farhan Akhtar and a Masterclass with the award-winning Santosh Sivan at the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank.
Akhtar has come to the world’s attention over the last decade, as multiple award winning director, producer, and actor, straddling an impressive range of roles, from long distance runners to rockstars. He also commands audiences of thousands, at his live music shows, as he continues to juggle a career as a musician and songwriter, with his incredibly successful film industry career. He started his career as director. His directorial debut, Dil Chahta Hai was a runaway hit. He went on to direct the remake of Don and its sequel, Don 2. Besides that he has produced many successful films. As an actor he has won critical acclaim for his performances in Rock On, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. »
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You would never guess from the level of international co-productions heading toward Poland that the country remains one of the few in this corner of Europe without cash-back incentives.
Agnieszka Odorowicz, topper at the Polish Film Institute, is justifiably bullish on the rising number of such joint projects — currently at around 40 per year — but has said the lack of sweeteners is an issue that needs to be addressed. But even without them, the institute’s work is clearly reaping rewards.
Since 2005, some 130 production companies have set up shop in Poland, many of them capitalizing on financial support from the Pfi, which administers a film fund created through a tax on television, exhibitors and distribs passed a decade ago. More and more of these new players, the recipients of more than 500 film grants, are partnering with foreigners to the benefit of both parties. In 2014, the institute’s budget was $42 million for development, »
- Will Tizard
Hong Kong – Upcoming Bollywood comedy action film “Bangistan” is to shoot principally in Krakow, Poland
The film is to be directed by Karan Anshuman and will shoot for 40 days in and around the historical city.
The picture stars Riteish Deshmukh (pictured) and Pulkit Samrat as two rival, blundering terrorists, and is produced by leading Indian studio Excel Entertainment (“Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara,” “Rock On”), which previously shot its “Don 2” in Berlin, Germany.
Polish company Alvernia Studios will provide line production services and handle Polish distribution rights. Alvernia previously provided color grading and sound design for Indian indie “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.”
- Patrick Frater
• The Lego Movie – review
• Mr Peabody & Sherman – review
• More on the UK box office
Our compact half-term school holidays always concentrate the minds of UK families, offering rich potential for bonanza box-office over a highly compressed time period. And so it has proved with the half-term just ended: from Friday 14 February to Sunday 23 February, The Lego Movie has taken an astonishing £19.72m in just 10 days of play, an average of nearly £2m per day. Add in the previews from the previous weekend, and the film's tally to date rises to a stonking £21.88m. That's more than the lifetime totals of the two lowest-grossing Pixar films – Cars and Cars 2 – and is also ahead of both Kung Fu Panda pictures from DreamWorks Animation. »
- Charles Gant
A big BollySpice Good Morning, Good Afternoon and Good Evening to all you my lovelies in which ever part of the world you may be reading this. 2013. What a year it has been! And why not!?! 2013 marked the centenary of the Indian Film Industry. There have been celebrations throughout the world marking this landmark, and the Indian film industry celebrated in the only way it knows best by giving us some of the biggest releases in the film industry as well as many sequels, some of which were appreciated and some which left us desiring more.
I am here to show you which films you helped put into this list by making time in your busy schedules and parting with your hard earned cash.
Ladies and gentlemen in reverse order I give you the top money spinners of 2013.
10. Special 26
- Rima Bhatia
9 items from 2014
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