7 items from 2017
Here’s some exciting news! Academy Award (Oscar) two-time winner and five-time nominee, Grammy two-time winner, BAFTA, and Golden Globe winner, the legendary Ar Rahman, returns to the Sse Arena Wembley on Saturday 8th July 2017 after seven years with the “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” concert.“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” will chronicle Ar Rahman’s musical journey from past to present to future celebrating 25 years of creating his incredible music.
Discussing the forthcoming UK show, Ar Rahman says, “From Roja to Rockstar, Kaatru Veliyidai and more, it has been an incredible musical journey over these last 25 years. I’ve been immensely blessed to have the love and support of my fans, music lovers, friends and well-wishers. It continues to inspire and motivate me. Come, join me on the 8th of July at Wembley, London! Accompanying me is an amazingly talented and energetic team of singers and musicians.”
Popularly known as the man who has redefined contemporary Indian music, »
- Stacey Yount
Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman is attending his first Cannes Film Festival, promoting two new projects. The first is Sangamithra, a Tamil-language historical drama in which a princess wants to take revenge, he tells me in the video above. The prolific artist has done the music for 160 films, working across 25 years. Think Lion, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, I, Million Dollar Arm, Ok Jaanu and more. Choosing projects comes down to, “When I find something exciting and… »
McCarthy would also co-write the pic with the book’s author, Stephan Pastis.
The popular book series centers on an 11-year-old boy who believes he is the best detective in town and runs the agency Total Failure Inc. with his partner, a 1,200-pound, imaginary polar bear, and his sidekick Rollo Tookus.
Jim Whitaker, who has a strong track record with the studio producing such tentpoles as “Pete’s Dragon” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” will produce.
Though better known for his adult fare like “Win Win” and “Spotlight,” McCarthy has always been drawn to family friendly stories, going back to when he penned the baseball movie “Million Dollar Arm.” He recently did a rewrite on “Christopher Robin,” a live-action take on the “Winnie the Pooh” tale, and was also a writer on Pixar’s “Up. »
- Justin Kroll
Known for his work both on the big screen and small, Omi Vaidya burst onto the Bollywood scene with his incredible performance in Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. The actor continued to work in Bollywood and then came back to the Us to delve into some fabulous, varied and very interesting characters and projects.
I was able to have a long catch up chat with Omi about his current work including an important movie, a cool Bolly-mentary, a funny Netflix show and his newest special television project. Check out what Chatur has been up too.
First up we talked about his newest film For Here or To Go?, which is releasing this Friday, March 31st. The dramedy puts the spotlight on immigration status in America. Along with Omi, the film stars Ali Faizal, Rajit Kapur, Amitosh Nagpal, Samrat Chakrabarti and Melanie Chandra.
For Here of To Go? is the story of »
- Stacey Yount
Bill Paxton has died today at the age of 61.
“It’s with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” began a statement released by the actor’s family. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”
- David James
Anushka Sharma began her production company, Clean Slate Films, with brother, Karnesh Sharma, with the single-minded intention of producing movies that the sibling duo “believe in and the audience loves, while backing exciting new talent.” They certainly are living up to that promise.
NH10, their first home production, was appreciated for its brave take on the social condition of women in Haryana and Punjab in India. Her film won the audience and critics alike. Now the actress is ready with her second venture, the spirited, romantic comedy Phillauri, which releases in cinemas on 24th March.
Alongside with the fabulous Anushka Sharma, the film features a stellar ensemble in lead actors, BAFTA, Empire and Critics Choice Movie Award-nominated and MTV Movie Award-winning, international artist, Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi, Million Dollar Arm, Homeland); and Punjab’s most beloved export, Diljit Dosanjh – recording artist and superstar of regional, Punjabi cinema with a global fan base, »
- Stacey Yount
Paris — In “An Indian Tale,” which screened over the weekend at the 2017 UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, France-based, Chilean-born Hector Cabello Reyes makes his feature debut directing Belgium’s Benoit Poelvoorde (“The Brand New Testament”), France’s Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”) and India’s Bollywood and Hollywood actor Pitobash (“Million Dollar Arm”).
Inspired by Ricardo Darin starrer “Chinese Take-Out,” “An Indian Tale” is an odd couple/second-chance-in-life dramedy, kicking off when Pierre, (Poelvoorde), an irascible, short-fused stand-offish hardware store owner with a compulsive obsession disorder rebuffs the love interest of Jeanne (Lamy), the beautiful and life-loving sister of a client. Then he stumbles across a Bengali immigrant, Ajit (Pitobash), who doesn’t speak a word of French. Pierre does everything to get Ajit off his hands, taking him to the police station, the Indian Embassy and to meet possible relations, but ends up having to put him up in his home, »
- John Hopewell
7 items from 2017
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