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  • Once Upon a Time in Mumbai

    Am I the only one looking forward to this project? I’ve enjoyed Luthria’s CHORI CHORI, KACHCHE DHAAGE and DEEWARR-LETS BRING OUR HEROES HOME. Not a flawless director by any means, but Luthria still has a firm grasp over the medium and his efforts in both KACHCHE DHAAGE and DEEWARR were commendable given the magnitude of both films(though he fell short in the latter). The teaming up of Ajay Devgan with Emraan Hashmi (someone who I’m a fan of) is in itself exciting, plus the story at hand sounds fantatsic (my favourite genre)…we could potentially have a real winner and dark horse here! Below is an older piece…no doub tI have a great weakness for the title here too! Link Link Kangana Ranaut is all set

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  • NY Times review of Public Enemies (2009)

    LINK Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” is a grave and beautiful work of art. Shot in high-definition digital by a filmmaker who’s helping change the way movies look, it revisits with meticulous detail and convulsions of violence a short, frantic period in the life and bank-robbing times of John Dillinger, an Indiana farm boy turned Depression outlaw, played by a low-voltage Johnny Depp. Much of what makes the movie pleasurable is the vigor with which it restages our familiar romance with period criminals, a perennial affair. But what also makes it more than the sum of its spectacular shootouts is the ambivalence about this romance that seeps into the filmmaking, steadily darkening the skies and draining the story of easy thrills. The thrills are certainly there

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  • Are you the next Bollywood Singing Sensation!

    Been singing A.R Rahman in the shower for as long as your can remember? Well hop out put a towel on, and check out the FIRST ever Bollywood online singing competition. Brought to you by State Farm and of course Saavn.com . All you have to do is go here bollystar2009.com, upload video of yourself singing and have your friends vote for you. You could win the chance to be in an upcoming Bollywood flick! Just imagine, singing in the rain with your favorite star because YOU are the next Bollystar. Want to show off your talents to live audience? Live auditions are being held in California and New Jersey from July 10-11th at your leading Bollywood theater. Check here for more details. As soon

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  • World Bank: Patna better than Mumbai to start business

    Link This may come as a big surprise to some of you, but a World Bank study says that Patna is ahead of Mumbai when it comes to the ease of starting a business. According to the World Bank ranking announced on Tuesday, Patna is second only to New Delhi in this regard, but way ahead of Mumbai. Of the 17 cities that figured in the World Bank and International Finance Corporation’s ‘Doing Business In India 2009′ report. So check out which are the other Indian cities, according to the World Bank, where it is easy to start a business…

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  • It’s a blast from the past for Bollywood now

    LINK It was all about looking into the future for Bollywood with films like Aa Dekhen Zara, 13 B and Kal Kissne Dekha hitting the screens in recent times. But now it is flashback time and forthcoming movies will see popular actors exploring the times that have gone by. These include Saif Ali Khan’s production debut Love Aaj Kal, Akshay Kumar’s Action Replay and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai that stars Emraan Hashmi. Said director Imtiaz Ali, who has brought together two eras in his Love Aaj Kal: “The film moves in two different eras – 1965 and 2009 – almost simultaneously. They could well be termed as Love Kal and Love Aaj respectively due to their relevance with the characters and the time

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  • I’m proud I brought homosexuality out of closet: Tarun Mansukhani

    LINK Talk about gays and their acceptability problems are no longer hush-hush with ‘Queer Pride’ rallies becoming an annual event in many Indian cities. And one-film old writer-director Tarun Mansukhani takes pride in bringing homosexuality out of the closet in films with his commercial hit “Dostana”. He now plans a sequel to the comedy. “It was an intentional thought to make a light-hearted film on a serious subject. I personally believe that is the way to make people listen. If I were to attempt an Indian version of ‘Brokeback Mountain’ or make an equally serious film, I don’t think I’d get half the response I’ve received,” Mansukhani told IANS in an e-mail interview. “I didn’t expect people to walk out of the theatre saying ‘Hey!

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  • The art of commerce

    Given the moody economy, Anubhav Sindha’s Ra1 loses out to the more successful director Farah Khan’s Happy New Year in terms of priority In times of recession, Eros International is hedging its bets on a money making director — Farah Khan, rather than bank on Anubhav Sinha. Farah’s successful track record has put the brakes on Anubhav’s Ra 1 temporarily. She will begin shooting her film Happy New Year ahead of schedule, while Ra 1 has been pushed from September to next year. A few days ago, we told you how Farah Khan had to rush with the script of the first half of Happy New Year to San Francisco where Shah Rukh is shooting currently. It was a known fact that Farah was supposed

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  • Shell out 250$ for a pic with SRK at an US hotel

    LINK Be ready to fork out $250 to be seen in same pic with SRK at a US hotel PS: Think we haven’t heard of Photoshop, guys? When Indian movie stars shoot aboard, fans travel from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the homegrown actors. The management of Hotel Fairmount in San Francisco, USA got a whiff of SRK’s superstardom when fans from literally all over the States started pouring in to catch a glimpse of the actor. They came up with a master plan to cash in on their guest Shah Rukh Khan’s star power.

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  • ‘Transformers’ Sequel Scores Big Win

    LINK LOS ANGELES — Horrid reviews couldn’t dent “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which demonstrated once again the power of sequels by selling an estimated $201.2 million in tickets at North American theaters over its first five days. The huge No. 1 entrance to the marketplace was on par with last summer’s Batman sequel, “The Dark Knight,” which sold $203.8 million in tickets over the same period and now ranks as one of the biggest blockbusters in movie history with over $1 billion in global sales. Overseas “Transformers” sold $186 million in tickets in its first five days. The summer movie season has already seen some significant hits, among them a “Star Trek” reboot and “Up,” but it took a true sequel to break the

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  • Mad rush of tourists in Shimla, Manali

    Mad rush of tourists in Shimla, Manali There’s an endless flow of tourists to Shimla to escape the blazing heat in the plains and many turn back disappointed after finding all hotels are 100% occupied. It takes cars almost six hours to reach Shimla from Chandigarh because of the number of vehicles on the national highway. Those coming on bus are spending the nights at the bus stands on not finding a place to stay and taking a morning bus home.

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  • U2’s “Spider-Man” Musical to Star Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming

    LINK Evan Rachel Wood appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday and chatted about her upcoming role as Mary Jane Watson in Bono and the Edge’s Spider-Man musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. “It’s unlike any Spider-Man you’ve ever seen,” she said. “Bono and the Edge are doing the music. It was hysterical, I got to do the workshop, sit down with them playing guitars going over the music, and I was making jokes going, watch by the end of this, I’ll be telling them what to do. And by the end I was! I was like, Bono, I know you want to save the world and everything, but in this song you’re talking about poverty and world hunger and it’s Broadway, can we

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  • Now, stars keep tabs on scribes

    LINK MUMBAI: Time was when the media would keep its antenna up for minute details of a celebrity’s life. But the tables seem to have turned. Many of the top stars and production houses now collect data to keep up-to-date on mediapersons. For instance, Aamir Khan has a database of 220 media personalities across the world. It started as a publicity exercise for his film Ghajini, in which he played a man with short-term memory loss and needed reminders of people he closely interacted with through Polaroids. Now, the data his team collected is a part of Aamir Khan The Economic Timess’ records. “Whenever the actor wishes to refresh his memory on a mediaperson’s birthday, basic character traits or other personal details, he can access

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  • After lull, happy days back for Bollywood

    Bollywood breathes a sigh of relief as the box office comes alive once again after a prolonged drought. The weekend saw almost 70-90% occupancy for Yash Raj Productions latest film, ‘New York’.

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  • Some quick reviews – Apocalypto, Red Rock West, Gran Torino!

    Mel Gibson’s retro chase thriller set in Mayan times and exclusively in the Yucatec Mayan language used all actors of Mayan or Native American descent and not one is a well-known name or face. It tells the tale of Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) who is captured by a rival tribe. Before capture he lowers his very pregnant wife and young son into a cave and promises to come back for them. Along with his fellow tribe members he is force-marched to a step pyramid at a big Maya city to be offered as sacrifice to the sun god. The Mayan civilization appears to be in ruins with pestilence, disease and failing crops. A timely solar eclipse saves his life but his captors are still out

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  • Daag starring Dilip Kumar, Nimmi and Usha Kiron

    Daag starring Dilip Kumar, Nimmi and Usha Kiron (1952) The hallmark of a true classic lies in its ability to transcend the barrier of time and fickle audience tastes. There is an element of timelessness in such movies, an ability to hold cinemagoers’ interest for the entire duration. The same timel ess appeal makes this black and white film,starring the power couple of Dilip Kumar and Nimmi, a treat to watch, more than half a century after its release. The film showcases why Dilip Kumar is revered as the most consummate star to have graced the Indian screen, ever. His command over his skill is unparalleled, evident in his portrayal of Shankar, a good-hearted, angst-ridden village artisan, who makes toys for a meagre living, but

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  • 11-time Grand Slam legend Björn Borg

    (We often talk of the tennis superstars of today- Federer et al., but for me Bj̦rn Borg was in a league of his own and dominated when there were two other legends around John McEnroe and Jimmy Conners) EARLY MORNING in the heart of an icy Stockholm on June 9, a motley crowd waited at Gotgatan 78, a building with plush interiors Рalso called Skrapan by many in the city- for a handful of models to kick-start a fashion parade displaying products branded by the legendary Bj̦rn Borg. Sadly, the 11-time Grand Slam winner did not turn up for the 40-minute event. His friends mention that he is still ebullient after the recent French Open success of his Swedish compatriot Robin Șderling over Rafael

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  • Rudresh’s Box Office: Week 27-06-09

    Third week of June saw the release of  Paying Guests, Lets dance and Hum fir Milenege. Paying guests starring Javed Jaffery was the main release of the week. The movie had collected Rs 6.5 Cr in its first week at Indian Box office. Last Week release Kal Kisne Dekha turned out to be next disaster of the year. Movie falls badly after the bad first week and had collected Rs 1 Cr in the second week.  Weekly Collection Table and Detail Estimation

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  • A Wednesday – Variety Review

    A Wednesday By RONNIE SCHEIB Terrorists, cops and ticking time bombs make for an explosive mix in tyro helmer-scribe Neeraj Pandey’s “A Wednesday.” A lopsided two-hander featuring a couple of legendary Indian thesps locked in mortal conflict, this brisk political thriller pits a solitary terrorist (Naseruddin Shah), atop a building overlooking Mumbai, against a seasoned police chief (Anupam Kher) with all the combined municipal forces racing around at his command. Though timely, the pic’s excitingly packaged rumination on the ethics of counterterrorism may be couched in terms too regional to travel very far, the post-”Slumdog Millionaire” trendiness of Indian locales notwithstanding. Please read rest from here

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