Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Post: Dhoom 3 again this weekend!

Well, first of all… HAPPY BIRTHDAY SALMAN KHAN!

Here's to the People's Hero rocking the box office with Jai Ho!


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Business Week takes notice of the Dhoom 3 box office boom.

While companies such as Big Cinemas have helped fuel the steady drumbeat of Bollywood releases in the U.S., bigger North American chains have recently begun to enter the market. “Today, some of the highest grossing theaters for Bollywood are mainstream U.S. exhibitor chains,” says Pandya, pointing to multiplexes like the Regal Cantera (RGC) in Warrenville, Ill., or the AMC Empire (AMC) in Manhattan.

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Films to look out for in the first part of 2014 and it's a strong slate with two Madhuri Dixit films plus Salman Khan and the release of the much-anticipated (by me) Miss Lovely.

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The surprise hits of 2013. I enjoyed a handful of these and need to see the others.

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Deepanjana Pal on the cartoon Mahabharat.

What we have inherited is a fascinating tapestry of ideas and beliefs. This is why it’s particularly disappointing that in the 21st century, the retellings of the Mahabharata are so terribly lacking in finesse and imagination despite our sophisticated arsenal of technology and storytelling devices.

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The New York Times analyzes the woes of the Telugu film industry.

Despite Tollywood’s prolific output and its passionate fans, the industry is facing its worst financial slump in a decade. In 2013, accumulated losses have exceeded 4 billion rupees, or $64.6 million, said Tammareddy Bharadwaj, chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Film Chambers of Commerce, the regional movie-maker’s guild. Eight out of 10 movies are a flop, he said, and the remaining barely recover their investments.

Mr. Bharadwaj, himself a movie a producer, cited a long list of reasons for the industry’s failures: “No good scripts, repeat of boring plot formulas, rehash of hits from other languages, an insipid mash of songs, fights and comedy. Small-budget movies by debutant directors don’t get screened. Near-monopoly of a handful of businessmen, who control studios, production, distribution and theater-screens, but are not passionate about movies as an art, has created this drought for a hit.”

I can't speak to how accurate it is but the piece is an interesting read.

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The TOI says remakes of Chinese films are in the works, starting with Contract Lover.

The tells us everything we want to know, I'm sure.

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Rohit Shetty's Singham 2 is postponed for Fear Factor.

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Either somebody at IBN owed the Sinha family a favor or it was a REALLY slow news day. Luv Sinha used to be "obsessed about" acting! Considering the response to his debut, it's a good thing he now seems to be "obsessed about" trolling on Twitter.

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Surprise! Welcome Back is not a bastion of professionalism. Nana Patekar got frustrated with it all and almost walked off set… according to Bollywood Life.

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Why does this sound like the exact opposite of a film I want to see?

Says Tigmanshu, "Irrfan's character redeems himself. He rises from the depths of sleaze and emerges a hero...why and how, I can't reveal. But after our collaboration in Paan Singh Tomar, this would be a completely new world."

The film in English and Hindi would star a major international actor alongside Irrfan. It would also touch on the theme of racism.

I don't see how racism is going to fit in, unless it's about how white ladies are sexualized in films and/or hit on like crazy by dudes like Irrfan Khan when they go overseas.

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Another vanity music project from an actor. Where do they get the idea that people are just dying to line up and buy albums from actors singing? We don't want to see Sonu Niigaam act and we really don't want to hear Aditya Roy Kapur sing. Let the two worlds stay separate, okay? There was only one Kishore Kumar and he's gone.

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Because Abhay Deol's soggy looking NRI rom-com and the Harman Baweja-Sunny Deol thriller (?) share the same audience?

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Oof. Tiger Shroff's debut is a thing now, I guess. We'll see if he's more Luv Sinha or Varun Dhawan but I'm betting on the former.

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A lot of gloss on display here…

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And a song teaser from Gunday. If only I could be guaranteed the film would be mostly like this, I would totally go see it but I just can't handle the amount of Priyanka doing the living embodiment of the sexy baby voice that was in the trailer.

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