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Bollywood Descends on Delhi at 12th Osian Cinefan FF

Bollywood Descends on Delhi at 12th OCFF

Mumbai: Bollywood appears to have descended on Delhi, as the 12th Osian’s Cinefan Festival for Asian and Arab Cinema approaches the half-way mark. The day saw the presence of veteran director Shekhar Kapur, actor and filmmaker Sanjay Suri, director Kiran Rao, actor Prateik Babbar, actor and filmmaker Nandita Das. Both veteran filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and Sanjay Suri in separate interactions complained about the grading system of the Central Board of Film Certification. Shekhar said many countries did not have any censorship and those that did had better and more rational regulations in place. Suri felt there is dire need for change in the grading system of films for certification as things like violence and even romance are being seen by children on television and other sources. In fact, he wondered why Doordarshan refused to show films that have been certified by the Central Board for Film Certification as U/A and a pri…

The Expendables 2, this August 3012

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Country Club India Limited launches The Billionaire Gold and Billionaire Premium Cards, Sonu Sood did the honours

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Country Club India Limited launches The Billionaire Gold & Billionaire Premium Cards:

Bollywood star SONU SOOD unveiled the card along with the CMD, CCIL Mr. Rajeev Reddy.

Mumbai,21st July 2012: Country Club India Ltd (CCIL), India’s largest global holiday , clubbing and entertainment conglomerate that offers the widest range of holiday options , state-of-the-art clubbing facilities and endless entertainment has unveiled the latest products from its stable. Catering to the growing demand for its membership, CCIL launched two new cards catering to its premium segment. The launch for this new campaign showcases the dynamic Mr. Reddy taking on the skydiving himself to encourage the members. Bollywood’s star SONU SOOD and Mr. Rajeev Reddy, unveiled the cards at the Andheri Club in Mumbai. Also present was Mr. Mani Shankar who has created the latest skydiving campaign. Speaking about the launch Mr. Reddy said, “We shot for this new campaign in Dubai and it was a thrilling experi…

DBSF Caribbean Spotlights the Key Issues and Challenges of Switchover on the Islands

DBSF Caribbean Spotlights the Key Issues and Challenges of Switchover on the Islands

St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, July 12, 2012 – Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum (DBSF) Caribbean, planned for August 13 and 14 at the Grand Royal Antiguan Resort, will mark the first major conference and workshop addressing the complex issues of transition from analogue to digital transmission in the Caribbean, drawing on the combined expertise of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation and its sister agency, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, and key Caribbean organisations, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union. DBSF Caribbean immediately precedes the 43rd Annual General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, from 15th to 17th August which is expected to attract CEOs and decision-makers from major broadcasters in the region including TVJ (Jamaica); CCN-TV6 (Trinidad); CBC and Starcom (Barbados); ABS (Antigua); GBN (Grenada)…

In Memorium, Dara Singh, Wrestler extraordinaire, actor, filmmaker,producer

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Dara Singh An Obituary

“Dara Singh”, the magic words of strength! Almost everyone born in the fifties to sixties would easily associate at least one episode in his life when seeing a heavy object he had exclaimed “ Isse Dara Singh uttha lega ?” or chiding a wannabe bully “Oye, tu Dara Singh hai ”? The man was synonymous with a super human strength. Little wonder when the movie directors started looking out for an appropriate man to play Lord Hanuman he was a natural choice.
Belonging to a small village, Butari near Amritsar, he shot into public eye with his wrestling exploits. For the first time an Indian wrestler successful matched muscles and skills with the best international names in free style wrestling. From Rustam-e-Hind he quickly rose to be the Rustam-e-Zaman and in an era when there was nothing to cheer about in individual sports achievement he brought smiles and glory to the nation. I too saw one of his matches with a much-touted wrestler from USA named Godienko.…

Jessica biel plays Melina in the Total Recall reboot

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Jessica Biel to play Melina in TOTAL RECALL

When the Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was released in 1990 not just the film but also the character of bold and beautiful Melina played by Rachel Ticotin was very well received. The role made Rachel a household name and she was signed for many more films like “First time felon”, “Con air”, thereafter. The reboot of this super hit blockbuster will be released on 3rd August starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel. This time around it will be Jessica who will be playing the role of Melina and will be seen butt kicking the goons. But will this role of Jessica land her in a puddle of more fame and glory and will she be able to live up to the expectation of the audience who are fascinated by Rachel’s version of Melina? The audience awaits the arrival of new Melina with the release of the reboot Total Recall of Sony Pictures. The film releases on 3rd August.

Elysium, Hollywood film from Sony pictures releasing in March

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ELYSIUM Release date: 8-Mar-13 Genre: Drama, sci-fi Director: Neill Blomkamp (writer, director District 9) Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, Wagner Moura sony

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium – but that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. Max (Matt Damon) agrees to take on a life-threatening mission, one that could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

In Memorium Rajesh Khanna, the Superstar that was

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Rajesh Khanna Born Jatin Khanna 29 December 1942 Amritsar, Punjab, India Died 18 July 2012 (aged 69) Mumbai, India Other names Jatin Khanna Kaka RK Occupation Film actor and producer Years active 1966–2012 (actor) 1991–1996 (politics) 1971–1995 (producer) Spouse Dimple Kapadia (1973–1984) Children Twinkle Khanna Rinke Khanna

____________________________________________________ Rajesh Khanna (born Jatin Khanna; 29 December 1942 – 18 July 2012) was an Indian actor in Hindi films, and was also a film producer and a politician. He appeared in 163 feature films of which 128 films saw him as the lead protagonist; he appeared in 17 short films as well. He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same fourteen times. He received the maximum BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) – four times and nominated 25 times. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the industry, appearing in a record 106 films as the single lead prota…

ASUS Joins Forces with Warner Bros. and The Dark Knight Rises

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ASUS Joins Forces with Warner Bros. and The Dark Knight Rises
Gets ready for Batman’s latest adventure with a special promotion covering ASUS Transformer Pads, as well as N Series, K Series, and X Series notebooks
New Delhi, July 19, 2012 ― ASUS and Warner Bros. have engaged in a special cooperative campaign to highlight the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises motion picture, which is set to take theaters worldwide by storm beginning July 20. The caped crusader has chosen ASUS tablets and notebooks as the official portable computing products of his latest campaign, offering customers superhero style on incredibly innovative and powerful ASUS products.

An alliance of great powers

From now until August 31, ASUS and Warner Bros. are giving customers around the globe the chance to get more immersed in the thrills of The Dark Knight. In addition to joint marketing efforts and eye-catching advertising created especially for the campaign, ASUS products are also set to act as the offic…

Can Kate Beckinsale live up to Sharon Stone's part in reboot of 'Total Recall?"

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Can Kate Beckinsale beat Sharon Stone’s performance?

Well, exactly the same question has been going on in every mind waiting for the release of Sony Pictures reboot film Total Recall. The film starring Kate Beckinsale, Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel is a remake of the Total Recall released in 1990. Though both the films are based on the same short story of Philip K Dick yet the new version is said to be tonally different. How different it will be from the previous one is a question which will be answered only on the release of the film. But there is a buzz about the characters of the film though the characters have not been changed much. The character made famous by Sharon Stone of that of Lori will now be played by Kate Beckinsale. The character is an important one but was hardly of 45 minutes in the old version of the reboot. Considering that Len Wiseman has directed the film, who also happens to be Kate’s husband, the part of Lori might be a little longer than the previous on…

ROLTA Announces New North America President to Drive Next Phase of Growth”.

The Board of Directors of Rolta International have selected Jason M. Cory as the new President of Rolta North America. In this role, Jason will provide leadership for all aspects of Rolta’s business operations across North America. Jason is a senior executive with an impressive record of innovation, business transformation and growth. His broad experience and expertise encompass multiple industries and geographies. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President, President and Division Executive for Global Services at Fidelity Information Services. In this role he was responsible for leading a global Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing organization, as well as internal services including software and applications development, call centers and back office services for global delivery. Prior to joining Fidelity Information Services, Jason was Vice President & Global Portfolio Executive with CSC where he led a global portfolio of services and solutions. He h…

Mahesh Manjrekar faces the challenge of playing a Eunuch in his next ‘Rajjo’

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Mahesh Manjrekar faces the challenge of playing a Eunuch in his next ‘Rajjo’!

Mahesh Manjrekar plays the character of Begum which is testing his acting abilities, while the elaborate make-up and hairdo his patience. Mahesh Manjrekar laughs, “Getting ready is a big issue for me as it takes hours. The make-up, the hairdo and donning an elaborate co stume consumes so much time. I now realize what our heroines go through day in and out.” Manjrekar says that he accepted the role because he had never played a hijra before. He explains, “It was something very out of the box for me. Also, I have taken utmost care not to give a stereotypical portrayal of the character. Eunuchs are human beings experiencing the same emotions. I have tried to keep the depiction as normal as possible. If there is a bad side, there is a good side too.”
Debutant director Vishwas Patil says, “Mahesh fits the part to the T. He is a versatile actor and has done a brilliant job.” Talking about the fi…

“SKYFALL™” PRODUCERS CONFIRM BEN WHISHAW TO PLAY Q

007 GETS HIS QUARTERMASTER: “SKYFALL™” PRODUCERS CONFIRM BEN WHISHAW TO PLAY Q

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 12, 2012 – Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of SKYFALL™, the 23rd James Bond adventure, confirmed today that the character of Q will be making a welcome return to the Bond franchise and the role will be played by Ben Whishaw.
Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play Bond’s quartermaster affectionately known as Q. The role began with Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd in Dr. No, followed by Desmond Llewelyn (in 17 Bond films between 1963-1999), and John Cleese (who appeared as Q’s assistant, R, in The World is Not Enough and was later promoted to Q in Die Another Day).
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented, “It’s a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in SKYFALL™ played by the enormously talented Ben Whishaw. We are delighted to have this beloved character back in the series.”
Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond…

WOMEN DEVELOPMENT MINISTER UNVEILS INDIA’S FIRST MOBILE VIDEO CHANNEL FOR WOMEN

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WOMEN DEVELOPMENT MINISTER UNVEILS INDIA’S FIRST MOBILE VIDEO CHANNEL FOR WOMEN

Vuclip launches Mira! – India’s first mobile video portal – catering to a woman’s needs such as health, beauty, parenting, cookery, career and entertainment all within the comfort of her handset, anywhere, anytime
Vuclip survey shows that out of nearly 13000 Indian women respondents, 60% use handsets as a primary source of entertainment, while 80% reported steady increase in their time spent on mobile-viewing
New Delhi, July 11, 2012: Vuclip, the world’s largest independent mobile video destination, today launched India’s first mobile portal, Mira!, designed to appeal to the new age women who are independent, tech savvy and full of life. Mira! draws quality content from almost 30 leading content providers in India and globally to offer free access to the best videos that cater to a woman’s needs, all within the comfort of her own mobile handset, anywhere, anytime. It features video content relat…

Total recall- a Reboot

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TOTAL RECALL

For the entertainment of the audience once again the action packed sci-fi thriller Total Recall is back. The Sony pictures movie which releases on 3rd August worldwide stars Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Colin Farrell. The film is inspired and based on author Philip K Dick’s short story “We can remember it for you Wholesale.” The film is not only action thriller but is also inspired by truth. Total recall will be the remake of the old “Total recall” which was released in 1990 with Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead and was directed by Paul Verhoeven. What was so special in this film and the short story “We can remember it for you Wholesale” that producer Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe decided to remake the film? What will be the unique selling point of this film of Director Len Wisemen? The answer to these questions lies way ahead in time. The movie releases on 3rd August.

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD – Releasing this July

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SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD – Releasing this July

Releasing :THIS JULY
Plot:
An asteroid named "Matilda" is on a collision course towards Earth and in three weeks the world will come to an absolute end. What would you do if your life and the world were doomed? One man decides to spend his time searching for his long lost love from high school during the coming catastrophe.
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Writers: Lorene Scafaria

Stars: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and Melanie Lynskey

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SWINGS INTO INDIAN HISTORY WITH BIGGEST HOLLYWOOD OPENING OF ALL TIME

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SWINGS INTO INDIAN HISTORY WITH BIGGEST HOLLYWOOD OPENING OF ALL TIME ~ Takes in 34 cr at the Indian Box Office ~ The Amazing Spider-Man posted the highest opening in history for a Hollywood film in India, setting several records and, once again, comprehensively consolidating Spider-Man’s position as India’s favourite superhero by far. The film grossed approximately INR 34 crore (approx. USD 6m) in its three day opening weekend starting 29 June with a final tally of 1236 prints in four languages – English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and in 3D, 2D and IMAX formats. The film also posted record-breaking highs for each day – Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. Kercy Daruwala, Managing Director, Sony Pictures India said – “Spider-Man is the most consistently successful movie franchise in India and it’s great to see that five years since the last movie, and with a whole new cast and storyline, the franchise is going from strength to strength. …

Short film contest for film and media students from LA and India

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