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I’m coming back to make another film in Mumbai: Danny Boyle

June 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Danny Boyle says coming to Mumbai feels like coming home. Being one of the minuscule minority who didn’t enjoy Slumdog Millionaire I thought Danny for me was a long shot. But surprise surprise!

Danny Boyle could be a huge lesson in accessibility to those Bollywood entertainers who react adversely to criticism and open their doors only to those mediapersons who praise their work.

Getting the Slumdog director on the line proved easier than I thought. I was immediately connected to him …no call-wait as a long battery of deputies inform the firang celebrity- director of the caller, no pretensions as he mumbled he was “still asleep” and could I call him back in an hour?

An hour later just before he got busy with a snarl of meetings before flying out of Mumbai, the softspoken auteur director took time off to answer some questions.

How do you feel to be back in Mumbai?
I miss Mumbai when I’m away.

Would you make another film in Mumbai?
Yes! In fact that’s another reason apart from the Trust why we’re in Mumbai. We’ve had couple of meeting about another project in Mumbai. It won’t happen this year. But it will certainly happen next year. I will certainly enjoy coming back to Mumbai to make another film.

Slumdog Millionaure has been an exhilarating experience for everyone?
Quite extraordinary.

Another film apart, what brings you to Mumbai, Danny?
What we’ve come here for is to hand over …things…to the Trust (created for the Slumdog Millionaire kids). I know the newspapers want to write stuff like, ‘Danny Rides To Their Rescue’. The truth about what we’re doing is far less glamorous and far more professional.

What exactly do you hopet to achieve?
To put the resources in the appropriate hands of trustees and a social worker who will make sure that all the right steps are taken to ensure long-term financial security for the kids. We really need to get out of this cycle of unsavoury allegations and reports (about how the Slumdog funds are being used for the kids).

You seem to be pulled back to Mumbai by forces that aren’t exactly in your hands?
Not at all.It’s always a pleasure to come to Mumbai. We came here for many reasons, one of them was to meet the trustees and take the matter of the kids forward, to press the families to accept the accommodation that has been offered to them many many times and try to to reassure them. We don’t know why they didn’t want to accept the accommodation that was offered.

And have you succeeded?
I’m glad to say we’ve slowly made our way forward. What matters is not what is written about the issue in the press but the long-term welfare of the kids. We want to make sure that the kids (from Slumdog Millionaire) benefit from the success of the film and from their presence in the film. And I’m confident they will benefit.

The growing expectations of a section of your film’s cast seems hard to deal with. How are you coping?
We’re trying our best. To be honest the most appropriate way we thought, was to make a big donation. And we did. Now we’re here to see the outline of the project that’s being carried out in Bandra East.

This project will help approximately 5, 000 children and 2, 000 families. Most of them have nothing to do with the film and they may never know about Slumdog Millionaire.

But the project will give back to the slum kids some of the benefit we got by working in it. I’d love to give back to the people of Mumbai some of the joy they’ve given me. These are people I probably wouldn’t see. But I feel their presence.

the new moon trailer is here atlast!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 1, 2009 Leave a comment

enjoy and please do comment on it

kate winslet or rachel weisz to star opposite bollywod super star aamir khan

May 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Aamir Khan is going from strength to strength.

After almost all his movies did well in B-Town, he’s all set to make more headaway in the west.

Chances are he might be paired opposite recent Oscar winner Kate Winslet in a film to be directed by Pan Nalin.

The story is reportedly an adaptation of legendary Pakistani playwright Saadat Hasan Manto’s short story ‘Toba Tek Singh’ which speaks about the comic situation inside an Indian mental asylum in 1947, when India and Pakistan were being created.

The buzz is that though nothing’s been confirmed yet, Aamir is already quite excited about the whole thing.

After all he’s turned on by intelligent stuff. Pan has already narrated the script to Aamir impressing him in the process and he’s keen on the movie. That’s how a perfectionist is supposed to behave, it seems.

But work will start only when the bigger star in the scheme of things (well, that’s how it seems) gives a nod. Pan Nalin has kept his option open too.

If Kate opts out then he will rope in ‘The Mummy’ and ‘The Constant Gardener’ actress Rachel Weisz for playing the role of Dr Sophie.

He’s said “Either Kate or Rachel will be doing my film. I will be meeting both of them after my Cannes trip to finalise the casting. Either of them will be able to do justice to this marvelous story.”

If all goes well, Aamir perfection would literally cross the seven seas.

Brad Pitt On Life With Angelina & Kids: ‘It’s Really Rewarding – I’m Right In The Zone’

May 20, 2009 Leave a comment

CANNES, France —

Brad Pitt might not know where the road ahead will take him, but for the moment, the actor told Ann Curry in an interview for NBC’s the “Today” show that he’s “in the zone.”

Ann caught up with Brad in Cannes on Wednesday morning, where the actor is promoting his new Quentin Tarantino film, “Inglourious Basterds.”

“Right now, Angie has been working and I’ve gotten to be home a lot with the kids,” Brad said when asked what family life has been like lately. “Let me be the cliche, it’s really rewarding.”

Brad explained that fatherhood and family life now guides his life.

“It’s really been about discovery, and finding new things and new things of interest,” he continued. “And the kids are certainly responsible for a lot of that.”

Ann then asked Brad, “Is this the happiest time of your life?”

“I’m right in the zone. One of the most on-track [times of my life],” he said.

The actor explained he has an upcoming project, but wouldn’t budge on its details, telling Ann, “I’m gonna do something this summer, [but] I really don’t know what’s next.”

And when Ann explained how millions of women were jealous of her for getting the opportunity to be with him, Brad blushed and tried to change the subject.

“I really, really, really…thank you and, really, let’s move on,” he said.

“Inglourious Basterds” debuts in Cannes on Wednesday and hits theaters in America on August 21.

FIRST LOOK: “NEW MOON” POSTER RISES

May 19, 2009 2 comments

LOS ANGELES, California —

Twilight’s” Edward and Bella are back – but there’s a menacing young werewolf keeping them apart.

Fans won’t get their first peek at “New Moon” until the 2009 MTV Movie Awards on May 31, but on Tuesday, Summit Entertainment reportedly released the first poster for the highly anticipated next chapter in the vampire series.

The poster features series stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, who are seen in a mysterious dark forest engaged in a power struggle – surely foreshadowing to the vampire-werewolf showdown that fans have been longing to see unfold on the big screen.

In April, “New Moon” cast member Alex Meraz, who plays the werewolf pack’s Paul, told Access Hollywood fans will not be disappointed when they finally see “Twilight’s” werewolves come to life.

“I filmed the transformation scene, which I’m gonna say right now… it’s something else,” he told Access. “It’s going to be something to look forward to, for sure!”

In more “Twilight” news, Robert Pattinson showed up at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday looking good in a black polo, matching black trousers and rocking his trademark-tousled hair. Next up, the actor is expected to travel to Italy to continue filming.

“New Moon” is due in theaters on November 20, 2009.

Dolla Shooting Suspect Held on $1 Million Bail

May 19, 2009 Leave a comment

A suspect is in custody in the rap shooting that jolted Los Angeles—and the music world—on Monday.

Atlanta-based rapper Dolla was gunned down Monday afternoon while waiting in the valet area of the Beverly Center, a popular upscale L.A. mall.

The 21-year-old up-and-comer, whose real name was Roderick Anthony Burton II, was in town to finish recording his debut album, Another Day, Another Dolla, due out this summer.

He was accompanied to the mall by local rapper D.J. Shabbaz and fellow Jive artist Scrapp DeLeon, when, shortly after 3 p.m., Dolla got into an altercation with a man and woman and was shot in the head. He was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, just a few blocks away, where he died.

Roughly an hour later, police had a suspect in custody.

LAPD detained 23-year-old Aubrey Louis Berry at Los Angeles International Airport after noticing that the Georgian met the description of the shooter. He was allegedly armed with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun. His silver Mercedes SUV, which matched witness descriptions of the vehicle that fled the scene of the shooting, was recovered in an airport parking lot.

Berry’s bail has since been set at $1 million.

Two other persons of interest, a man and woman, have been questioned in connection to the shooting but not charged.

Police say they have no idea what sparked the fatal confrontation. There are reports that the beef started earlier when Dolla and the couple arrived at LAX, and that the couple reportedly had been trailing the rapper.

Dolla’s publicist, Sue Vannasing, said a funeral service for the rapper will take place in Atlanta and be announced shortly.

Dolla had a minor hit with “Feelin’ Myself,” which was included on the soundtrack to 2006’s Step Up, and also briefly modeled for Diddy‘s Sean John clothing line. He was signed to Akon‘s Konvict Music Records in 2007.

“He had a very promising career,” Vannasing told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He was being hyped as the next Tupac. He chose music to get off the streets.”

‘Star Trek’ Soars to the Top of the Box Office

May 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Star Trek’ scored the top box office spot, taking in $76.5 million in its opening weekend, a total that includes $8.2 million in IMAX showings. Trekkies demonstrated that they backed J.J. Abrams’s take on the 11th film in the popular sci-fi series, which uses a younger cast to portray the classic characters.

“The DNA of this movie and the DNA of the `Star Trek’ franchise work perfectly together and are very much a complement to what IMAX has accomplished,” said Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “IMAX was a company that had a sort of older-school, older-fashioned approach to things and we hipped it up and reinvented ourselves, if you will. That’s precisely what J.J. Abrams and Paramount did with ‘Star Trek.

‘”last week’s top film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” came in at No. 2 with $27 million. The prequel to the “X-Men” franchise has made nearly $129.6 million in two weeks. “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” came in third with $10.45 million, “Obsessed” was fourth with $6.6 million, “17 Again” was fifth with $4.4 million and “Next Day Air,” came in at sixth place with $4 million.