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Saregama makes 100-film pledge

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Exclusive/Film Bazaar: The music powerhouse wants to produce 100 films in the next five years.

Indian powerhouse music label Saregama is planning to produce 100 films in the next five years to build a significant library of indie Indian films with budgets of about $500,000 each.

The first three films are already in production with the next group of films, mostly genre-based in a variety of Indian languages, at different stages of pre-production.

Shooting now are Devashish Makhija’s Hindi-language revenge story Ajji, Samit Kakkad’s Hindi and English-language love story AscharyaFuckIt; and Nikhil Bhatt’s Brij Mohan Amar Rahe, a satire of the legal system.

Vikram Mehra, managing director of Saregama, told Screen, “We are most interested in producing eclectic, niche and tricky topics where story is the key. While the story and budget are central criteria, we are looking at a model that is not dependent on a theatrical release, which takes off
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New Protagonists Glimpsed In Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders Screens

As the release date for the investigation game Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders draws ever closer, some fresh screenshots have been revealed for your detective consideration. The developers of the game claim that the new screens feature important players for the investigations in the game, so you may want to take a close look at them.

Stumped yet? Well, so are we, but fear not; it’s not as if key clues were just going to be willingly given up in before release, is it? While the shots may apparently contain some important folk, you’ll probably have to check the game out if you want to find out why they are so important.

So whether you want to scan them meticulously and memorise every potentially crucial morsel of information or you’re just keen to see what Poirot’s adventure is going to look like, you can check out
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The Best Games of 2015

Well folks, it’s that time once again: time to spend the next few weeks arguing all over the internet about the best game of the year. As for PopOptiq, we’ve already done our squabbling, the result of which can be read below.

There was a veritable barrage of excellent games released this year, from overstuffed triple Aaa bonanzas to a couple of games so indie as to be fully developed by only one person each. You’ll find both manner of games in our list as it follows.

We’re very happy with the way the list came out, and we couldn’t be prouder of the wide-ranging, exemplary titles that our team selected. We hope you will be as satisfied with the list as we are.

10) Axiom Verge

Developed by Tom Happ

Published by Thomas Happ Games

Available on Mac, PC, PS4

At E3 2015, Nintendo caused an
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The Star Wars Humble Bundle sale is one Jedi and Sith can agree upon

The force is awakening once more. Calling out to those who would extend their senses beyond the seemingly physical limitations of our world and listen to the humming of the universe. It’s also calling out to anyone with a Steam account and a dire need for lightsaber action. Whether you are fighting with the Rebels or against them, you won’t want to miss out on this Star Wars Humble Bundle.

Now through February 16, you are able to pay what you want for the following games: Knights of the Old Republic, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, and Dark Forces.

Pay more than the average price and get Republic Commando, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and Star Wars Battlefront II in addition to the three games above.

Should you decide to pay $12 or more (with the current average price sitting at $11.46, why not go all in?), you
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Oscar Pistorius's Girlfriend Texted Him, 'I'm Scared of U' Before Her Death

var brightcovevideoid = '3385318834001'; Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend told the athlete that she was sometimes afraid of him and complained that he had a short temper and was jealous in the weeks before he killed her, according to phone messages revealed at the Olympian's murder trial on Monday. "I'm scared of u sometimes and how u snap at me and of how u will react to me," Reeva Steenkamp texted Pistorius, in a message read in court by police Capt. Francois Moller. In another message Steenkamp wrote to Pistorius: "I can't be attacked by outsiders for dating u And be attacked by you,
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"Wreck-It-Ralph" Dominates Annie Awards!

Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" was the big winner at the 40th Annie Awards held Saturday taking home the Best Animated Feature award. It is now officially the Oscar frontrunner in the Best Animated Film category.

Here's the complete list of winners/nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies this season, click here:

Animated Feature

"Brave" . Pixar Animation Studios

"Frankenweenie" . Walt Disney Studios

"Hotel Transylvania" . Sony Pictures Animation

"ParaNorman" . Focus Features

"Rise of the Guardians" . DreamWorks Animation

"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" . Aardman Animations

"The Rabbi.s Cat ". Gkids

Winner "Wreck-It Ralph" . Walt Disney Animation Studios

Animated Special Production

"Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1" . Warner Bros. Animation

"Before Orel" . Trust . Starburns Industries, Inc.

Winner "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" . Illumination Entertainment

"Disney Tron: Uprising . Beck.s Beginning" . Disney TV Animation

"Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" . DreamWorks Animation

"Justice League: Doom" . Warner Bros. Animation

Animated Short Subject

"Brad and Gary" . Illumination
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'Pid' Devs Quell The Masses With 'Easy Mode' Patch

By Jospeh Leray

Swedish design team Might & Delight, veterans of Grin's Bionic Commando: Rearmed, announced today they will be patching an easy mode into Pid.

Pid is a whimsical, melancholy sci-fi puzzle-platformer, and Might & Delight's first game. It's about an young boy named Kurt who becomes stranded on a strange planet and must find his way home. It's got a killer art design and soundtrack, but reviewers found the game unnecessarily difficult. Joystiq called the game "frustrating," and Paste Magazine found the controls sluggish and the platforming sections "rote" and "tired."

In a prepared statement, Might & Delight says it used feedback from critics and fans to create the new mode, which features shorter boss fights, fewer enemies, and redesigned levels. The patch -- which is already available on PC and Mac and should hit consoles soon -- also balances aspects of the game's normal and hard modes.

The game's
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Nominations for the 40th Annual Annie Awards!

I love the art of animation, and it's amazing to see how far things have come and advanced over the years. The industry is changing in terms of technology, but what it all really comes down to is telling good stories. There's been a lot of great animated movies this year, and many of them are up for several awards at the 40th Annual Annie Awards.

Some of the movies nomainated include Brave, Frankenweenie, Hotel Transylvania, ParaNorman, Rise of the Guardians, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Wreck-It Ralph. Out of those films my favorite is a toss up between Wreck-It Ralph and ParaNorman, those were two pretty incredible films. I think ParaNorman has the edge though.

Some of the other animated properties nominated are Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, Disney Tron: Uprising, Justice League: Doom, Robot ChickenDC Comics Special', South ParkRaising the Bar’, and several others.
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Walt Disney Pictures Dominates Annie Awards Nominees

The International Animated Film Society (Asifa-Hollywood) has announced the nominees for the 40th Annie Awards also known as Animation's Highest Honor. Disney/Pixar led the nominees with "Brave," "Frankenweenie," and "Wreck-It-Ralph" getting Best Picture nods. The 40th Annual Annie Awards will take place on February 2, 2013 at UCLA.s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, California.

And the nominees for the 40th Annual Annie Awards are:

Best Picture nominees:

Brave - Disney/Pixar)

Frankenweenie -The Walt Disney Studios

Hotel Transylvania - Sony Pictures Animation

ParaNorman - Focus Features

Rise of the Guardians - DreamWorks Animation

The Pirates! Band of Misfits - Aardman Animations

The Rabbi.s Cat - Gkids

Wreck-It Ralph - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 . Warner Bros. Animation

Best General Audience Animated Television Production

Archer .Space Race, Part 1. . Weissman Markovitz Communications for FX

Bob.S Burgers .Earsy Rider
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Emily S. Whitten: Making Lunch Breaks Everywhere More Fun Since…Now?

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What I’m about to tell you may seem shocking, given that you all must think my entire week is taken up by laboring over each of my beautiful, wonderful, perfectly polished and amazingly insightful columns (really, they’re good enough for framing, every one), and that’s 100% true. But I’m an excellent multi-tasker (it’s one of my secret superheroine powers, along with the Gift of Ocd), and so at the same time as I am cogitating about, compiling, and composing said columns, I’m also magically working a regular 9-5 – or sometimes 10-6, Odin and all his Asgardians bless flex-time.

So, like some of you other folks out there who are concerned with paying the bills and all that nonsense and thus have desk jobs, I sometimes spend my lunch time stuck in front of my office computer with just a few free minutes to obtain sustenance
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Hollywood Unhinged – Taking Prometheus to the theme park

Turning a movie into the latest theme park ride is perhaps one of the ultimate Hollywood back-slaps. Nothing expresses a lasting cinematic legacy quite like a three-hour queue and a novelty roller coaster carriage culminating in a 30-second nausea-inducing thrill ride sometimes amped up with glorious digital 3D. A lot of the time it’s just plain fun.

It seems there’s a gap in the market for more restrained cinema rides. Transformers: The Ride-3D recently opened at Universal Studios Hollywood and no doubt captures the in-your-face visual bombast of the Transformers films, while even the visceral horror of the Saw franchise has its own ride at Thorpe Park in the UK. But perhaps there’s room for a new generation of theme park rides that skew older by celebrating the movies that make us argue all the way home from the cinema and inspire us to furiously debate the big questions in life.
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Fifth Cell Shooter 'Hybrid' to Cost $15

By Jeffrey Matulef

In a lot of ways videogames are as notable for what you can't do in them as what you can. Bionic Commando's Nathan "Rad" Spencer could swing across chasms, but not jump. Resident Evil 4's Leon Kennedy could walk and shoot, provided he only did one at a time. And Red Dead Redemption's John Marston could single handedly take out gangs of outlaws, but not swim. Adding a new twist on this dichotomy of having extraordinary, but not ordinary powers is Hybrid; an upcoming Xbla multiplayer-only shooter that allows you to zip around on a jetpack, but not walk.

I'm not sure what the explanation for this is (maybe the characters are all paraplegics?), but Fifth Cell (Scribblenauts) creative director Jeremiah Slaczka is using this bizarre limitation to add a new wrinkle to the third-person shooter genre. The peculiar controls will allow you to fly between various cover points,
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This week on Psn... 'Back To The Future'!

This week on Psn...  'Back To The Future'!
This week's Psn update sees the release of Telltales Games' latest adventure series, a demo for Motorstorm Apocalypse and a Tomb Raider game for PS1. Games Back To The Future: The Game: Released recently on PC, Mac and iPad, this first episode in the adventure series is now available on PS3. Following on from the events of the third film, it sees Marty and Doc travel back to Prohibition Era Hill Valley to solve a problem in the space-time continuum. You have to purchase the entire series up front for £15.99, with new episodes available every month. You can read our review of the first two parts here. Also available is Explodemon! for £7.99. Demos You can now download demos of Bionic Commando Remarked 2 and Motorstorm Apocalypse. Downloadable Content LittleBigPlanet 2: You can now grab the Even More Animals Costume (more)
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35 years on, the Sholay fire still burns

It drew its inspiration from multiple Hollywood movies but went on to become the quintessential Indian film, perfectly balancing drama and tragedy, romance and violence, comedy and action. This Aug 15 it will be 35 years since 'Sholay' was released - three decades and more of Gabbar, Jai, Veeru and Basanti still striking a chord.Sometimes described as an Indian curry western, 'Sholay' is still a reference point for Indian cinema and impossible to pin down to any one genre. It was about the undying friendship between Jai and Veeru, the unspoken love of a young widow, the exuberant romance between a garrulous 'tonga walli' and a flamboyant thief, the immensely tragic life of an idealistic police officer and, of course, Gabbar Singh, the dacoit who struck terror.It worked at many levels, and still does for generations of film-goers who watch the 1975 multi-starrer for the ultimate movie-going experience.
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Sherlock Holmes Costume Guide Part 2: Tweed Suits and Ulsters

Second and final part in our sartorial analysis of Sherlock Holmes (2009), complete with insight from costume designer Jenny Beavan.

Excited by the mystery of Lord Blackwood’s apparent ‘resurrection’, Holmes actually makes a genuine effort to appear neat for once (the restaurant date does not count as he was prompted).

Holmes strolls into the cemetery beside Watson and Constable Clark wearing a black single breasted whale cord frock coat, high fastening with stand collar waistcoat in green and gold flower pattern silk, striped silk scarf, light grey pinstripe trousers, white shirt with unbuttoned cuffs, wideawake hat (too wide a brim for a trilby, too soft for a homburg) and round-framed sunglasses. These are unquestionably a modern version; gold-rimmed ‘teashades’, which are generally similar in design to Victorian ‘cinder glasses’ as used for protection during early rail travel.

Holmes radiates bohemian. For the first time we get the impression that maybe
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Nas, Damian Marley Bring Political Distant Relatives Tour To NYC

Duo joined by Evil Genius Green Lantern for socially conscious show.

By Shaheem Reid

New York — Lyrically, Nas has been at a higher altitude than his peers since the beginning of his career. His verbal achievements have become legendary. While admittedly, Nas sometimes has questionable beat selections, the Queensbridge native's words have been so piercing that the guy can frankly get away with rapping over anything. And he has.

Last year when Esco announced that he would be following up his album Untitled with a duet LP with a star outside of genre, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, some of his fans didn't know what to think. But if there is anyone who could actually pull it off, it's Nas. Certainly there would be way more public pushback if, say, a Jay-z, Eminem, T.I. or Young Jeezy would have set out on such an audacious musical venture. But with Nas,
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Sherlock Holmes Costume Guide Part 1: Frock Coats & Bustles

Featuring exclusive insight from Sherlock Holmes costume designer Jenny Beavan, we commence our sartorial analysis of Guy Ritchie’s Victorian-set mystery adventure, and with not a deerstalker in sight.

“Wear a jacket” barks Dr. Watson. “You wear a jacket!” retorts Sherlock Holmes. And he does. Watson sits down to dinner with Holmes and bride-to-be Mary Morstan wearing arguably the most unusual and interesting jacket in the entire film. It is dark blue with a stand collar and pleats across the chest. But more on that later.

Sherlock Holmes (2009) is Guy Ritchie’s re-imagining, re-boot, re-whatever of Arthur Conan Doyle’s renowned fictional detective. It’s greater fun than any of us dared hope for. Moreover the costumes by industry veteran Jenny Beavan were magnificent. Totally reinventing Holmes and Watson in the eyes of moviegoers, Beavan went to town creating a look that was period accurate in all the right places,
See full article at Clothes on Film »

Sherlock Holmes Costume Guide Part 1: Frock Coats & Bustles

Featuring exclusive insight from Sherlock Holmes costume designer Jenny Beavan, we commence our sartorial analysis of Guy Ritchie’s Victorian-set mystery adventure, and with not a deerstalker in sight.

“Wear a jacket” barks Dr. Watson. “You wear a jacket!” retorts Sherlock Holmes. And he does. Watson sits down to dinner with Holmes and bride-to-be Mary Morstan wearing arguably the most unusual and interesting jacket in the entire film. It is dark blue with a stand collar and pleats across the chest. But more on that later.

Sherlock Holmes (2009) is Guy Ritchie’s re-imagining, re-boot, re-whatever of Arthur Conan Doyle’s renowned fictional detective. It’s greater fun than any of us dared hope for. Moreover the costumes by industry veteran Jenny Beavan were magnificent. Totally reinventing Holmes and Watson in the eyes of moviegoers, Beavan went to town creating a look that was period accurate in all the right places,
See full article at Clothes on Film »

Legendary Sholay actor Mac Mohan passed away on Monday

Legendary Sholay actor Mac Mohan (71) passed away Monday after a battle with lung cancer. In the blockbuster Sholay, the actor played Sambha and was also seen in over 150 movies including many other Hindi classics like Don, Zanjeer, and Satte Pe Satta. More recently he was seen in Zoya Akhtar's Luck By Chance in a brilliant cameo playing himself and saying his iconic "Poorey pachaas hazaar" line from Sholay.

The actor was seen opposite Amitabh Bachchan in several films and on his blog Mr. Bachchan wrote, "I worked with him in several films, films that can be identified as being some of the most memorable in my repertoire. Some of the roles he did were evil in nature, quite the opposite of his own personal demeanour. His laughter was full throated and free - a symbol of the free spirit he always depicted."

Adding, "There is sadness in declaring that Mac Mohan passed away.
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He was a hero in real life

He was a hero in real life
The world knows him best as Sambha, his character in Ramesh Sippy’s cult movie, Sholay. According to Anupama Chopra’s book, Sholay — The Making of A Classic, MacMohan is perhaps the only actor in the history of Indian cinema to become famous for three words, “Poore pachaas hazaar,” (Full fifty thousand) uttered on-screen. That was his response to Gabbar Singh’s (Amjad Khan) poser: “Arre o Sambha! Kitna inaam rakhe hai sarkar hum par?” (Hey Sambha, what is the reward the government has placed on me?) But for Raveena Tandon, he was always her favourite uncle, Mohan mama. ‘Mohan mama was ...
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