Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’

Who wakes up at 5:30 am on a monday morning? We do. Why? Because to rephrase Godfather’s opening line, we believe in America Scorsese. So we will have faith in anything as long as Scorsese has respect for it.

It might be Foreign Awards for Hollywood films but it also attracts some of the best talents from across the world. Look at the two top filmmakers this year – Mexican Alfonso Cuaron and Brit director Steve McQueen. And its great fun to see some of your favourite directos, writers, DoPs, actors, singers all at one place, and sometimes they do some really ridiculous stuff which makes it great fun.

So what made this monday morning fun? Well, you know the winners by now. All the usual suspects, more or less. Click here for the full list. And if you are still wondering why are we so serious about it, well, scroll down to Cate Blanchett’s acceptance speech. The answer is in the second line.

If you were not mad enough to wake up so early, here’s the list of our Top Six Monday-Morning-Madness-Moments which made the show great fun.

1. Benedict Cumberbatch photobombs U2 on red carpet. Ovaries blast for Cumber-bitches.

BC

2. Ellen goes for the selfie of the year/decade

And the result was this

3. Brad Pitt handing out plates for Pizza. You are not going to see this sight in a long long time

4. Cate Blanchett’s perfect Oscar acceptance speech making all the valid points with grace and humour

 

5. What do you do when you make a film after 7 years and win 2 Oscars at one go? You first test them for Gravity.

Alfonso Cuaron

5. And, finally, the jump of the year – Steve McQueen. After 12 Years A Slave bagged the Oscar for the Best film

Steve McQueen

So what was your favourite madness moment? Do post in the comments section.

Madam Mahalingam has been missing in action since some time in Bollywood.  Why ? Because she is busy in Hollywood. Or what she believes is Hollywood. She keeps on tweeting every possible pic that she clicks when she meets any lil’ known face in Hollywood. And there is no news of her so called Hollywood debut Hisss yet!

Anyway, the first teaser trailer of her new film Politics Of Love ( or Love, Barack ) is out. Take a look and yawwwwn!

BTW, it seems the only thing she has gained so far is a fake accent. Click here and enjoy!

And if you are still interested, here is the official synopsis of the film….

The world’s hottest election just got much hotter… Politics has never been this sexy… She was swift-boated by sex-tape! – Politics makes strange bedfellows, but never stranger than when, a month before the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, Kyle Franklin, a sexy, savvy, African American conservative falls for his Democrat counterpart, Aretha Gupta, a beautiful, idealistic local Obama volunteer coordinator. Sparks fly, tempers flares, heads turn, and romance blossoms for this mismatched pair of campaigners in the frantic and intoxicating days leading up to Election Day. Can the politics of love conquer all?

Starring Loretta Devine (Crash, Dreamgirls), legendary Oscar nominee Ruby Dee, Brian White (Stomp the Yard, Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad…), Gerry Bednob (40 Yr Old Virgin) and Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat (Hisss, Murder).

Yes, its true if the report in Variety is to be believed. Click here to read the full report or keep reading…have copy-pasted the text here….

Indian media conglomerate Reliance has sold U.S. remake rights to Bollywood hit “Johnny Gaddaar” to Los Angeles-based producer-distributor Ray Haboush’s Automatic Media.

“Johnny Gaddaar,” which means “Johnny the traitor,” is a groundbreaking 2007 Hindi noir helmed by Sriram Raghavan. It is toplined by Bollywood thesp Dharmendra and turns on a gang that gets an opportunity to make a fortune in four days.

“When I saw it I realized that this story could be about any group of guys anywhere,” Haboush said. “The dynamics of love, crime and betrayal thrive universally, whether in Mumbai or San Francisco.”

Haboush recently exec produced horror pic “Last House on the Left” for Universal. His Automatic media shingle specializes in sci-fi, horror and thrillers.

Though the director of the film Sriram Raghavan has not got any official confirmation about it. He also have just “read” it.

PS – His next film Agent Vinod is finally all set to roll from next week. It stars Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor.

In an interview to LA Times, Vidhu Vinod Chopra has revealed the plot of his new film Broken Horses. Its his first Hollywood film which he has been threatening to make for quite sometime. To quote from the feature…..

His English-language directorial debut about two brothers, one a violinist in New York, the other a hired gun, set against the drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border.

As Chopra points out, “there is nothing Indian about the movie except the director. The heart of the movie is the relationship between these two brothers, but within that is a story about how we destroy what we love. It’s about the choices we make in life.”

This sounds exactly like Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey! Ok, not exactly but lot of similarities. Two brothers (Ok, not twins), there is gun, there is violin (not guitar), drug and war too! How we destroy what we love ? Its about the choices we make in life ? We might be reading too much between the lines and the words but doesnt it all sound like Guddu & Charlie’s world.

Ofourse everything else will be different. But we could not resist connecting the dots. Its written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijaat Joshi and Jason Richman is the script consultant ( Swing Vote, Bangkok Dangerous). To give you the mood & feel of the film, VVC has already cut a trailer from the recce footage. Go to www.vinodchopra.com , click on the pic of Broken Horses and select trailer.

And to read the complete feature published in LA Times, click here. In a separate interview to Hindustan Times, he has clarified that 64 Squares and his ambitious project Talisman to be directed by Ram Madhvani is NOT happening. Other two projects, Ferrari Ki Sawaari to be directed by Rajesh Mapuskar and Paachisvi Saalgirah are in development. Click here to read the full interview.

For all you Rahmaniacs, the wait is finally over. Post-Oscar, A R Rahman has now made his entry into mainstream hollywood with the film Couples Retreat.

Couples Retreat is a romantic comedy revolving around four couples who visit a tropical island resort for vacation, and to reinvigorate their marriages. Its directed by Peter Billingsley and written by Jon Favreau. The cast includes Vince Vaughn, Faizon Love, Jason Bateman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman and Kali Hawk.

And here is the complete track list of the music album…..

Couples Retreat music

To listen to the songs, click here or go to this link – www.couplesretreatsoundtrack.com .

And to check out the trailer of the film, click the play button.

couples-retreatHave you heard of a film called Couples Retreat ? If you havent, you should. This film marks A R Rahman’s entry into mainstream Hollywood post-Oscar!

Couples Retreat is a romantic comedy revolving around four couples who visit a tropical island resort for vacation, and to reinvigorate their marriages. From the synopsis, its difficult to imagine how much musical scope it can have. Its directed by Peter Billingsley and written by Jon Favreau. The cast includes Vince Vaughn, Faizon Love, Jason Bateman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman and Kali Hawk. Check out the film’s promo.

The official track list is still not out. Till then enjoy the unofficial list and click on the play button to listen to the promo songs from the album…. 

Kuru Kuru Kan Kuruvae by rahmaniacdotcom

Couples track by rahmaniacdotcom

Tarana by rahmaniacdotcom

Coming Back by rahmaniacdotcom

Journey of Life by rahmaniacdotcom

cinemaWe are the world, if we go by the mind-boggling numbers regarding Indian cinema. Chew on and see if you can digest!

We hav tried to simplify the numbers as mentioned in Focus 2009 – World Film Market Trend, a report by  European Audiovisual Observatory, a public service body gathering and distributing information on the audiovisual industry. ( figures according to 2007-2008 releases)

 – The Indian film industry produced 1132 feature films in 2007. In comparison, the American film industry in 2008 produced 520 feature films, Japan 418 and China 400.

– India also has the cheapest movie tickets for any major film producing nation.

 – For theatre admissions, India’s count was 3.3 billion for 2008 and was higher than the combined total of the next nine biggest film producing countries. The US was the only other country to have more than a billion admissions.

– India has the cheapest ticket price averaging $0.5 (Rs 22). The average price of a ticket in the nine other big film producing countries ranges between $2.2 in China and $11.7 in Japan.

– The low ticket price accounts for the fact that gross box office collections of the Indian film industry – $1.8 billion in 2007 – are behind those of the US and Japan. With $9.7 billion collected at the American box offices in 2008, the US tops the charts followed by Japan with $1.9 billion.

– Among the major film markets, India is the only one in which Hollywood blockbusters, even after being dubbed in various local languages, have not managed to give local movies a serious challenge.

 – Not one of the top 10 films in India ranked by admissions or box office collections was from the US. In contrast, 8 of the top 10 films in the UK and Spain originated from America, Germany had 7 US films in its top 10, Korea and Italy 6 each, Japan 4, France 3 and China 2.

– In terms of multiplex screens – USA has over 29,000 screens, India has only 850, ahead only of Korea among the top 10 film markets of the world.

Aha…the melodrama in our DNA……we, the billion plus!