Tuesday, April 26, 2011

GUS VAN SANT’S RESTLESS TO BE SHOWCASED AT CANNES


GUS VAN SANT’S RESTLESS TO BE SHOWCASED AT CANNES



Gus Van Sant’s RESTLESS will open the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes on 12 May.



The following talent are expected to attend:



• Gus Van Sant (Director)

• Henry Hopper

• Mia Wasikowska

• Producer Bryce Dallas Howard

• Writer Jason Lew



Synopsis: Two outsiders, both shaped by the circumstances that have brought them together, forge a deep and lasting love. Directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk, Paris Je T’Aime), one of the most astute observers of people living life on the edge, comes a take on friendship and young love as engaging and true as it is provocative and stirring.



The film stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids are All Right, Jane Eyre), Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk and Jane Adams. The screenplay is by Jason Lew. Executive Producers are Eric Black, Michael Sugar, Sarah Bowen and Erica Huggins. Produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard and Gus Van Sant.





You can view the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_c_WTe2jHI

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington killed in afghanistan

Restrepo" co-director Tim Hetherington, who was killed Wednesday by a rocket-propelled grenade while working in Libya, had dedicated much of his career to showing humanity in the face of conflict. The 40-year old photojournalist was working on a freelance assignment in Misurata, one of the hotspots in the ongoing Libyan rebellion.

Hetherington had been in Libya since April 10 and was killed along with Getty photographer Chris Hondros. Two other photogs, Guy Martin and Michael Brown, were also injured. A rep for Hetherington said although it was unclear which side was responsible for the attack, it occurred while Col. Muammar Gaddafi's forces were being pushed back.

Hetherington last tweeted on April 19, "In besieged Libyan city of Misurata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO."

Hondros covered conflicts including in Kosovo, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. An award-winning Getty photog, his work appeared in major U.S. newspapers and mags.

Getty Images released a statement mourning Hondros: "Chris never shied away from the front line, having covered the world's major conflicts throughout his distinguished career, and his work in Libya was no exception."

Hetherington co-directed the Oscar-nominated doc about the Afghanistan war with journo Sebastian Junger. The pic, distributed by National Geographic Films, also won the Grand Jury award at Sundance.

"National Geographic is devastated by the tragic news of Tim Hetherington's death in Libya. This is a sad and terrible day. We join the community of dedicated photojournalists and documentarians around the world who are mourning his loss," said the National Geographic Society's president Tim Kelly.

Born in Liverpool, U.K., Hetherington was based in New York and was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. He began shooting conflict zones in 1999 when he was sent to cover the civil war in Liberia.

Though "Restrepo" was his first film as director, he served as cinematographer on 2007 Darfur docu "The Devil Came on Horseback" and on 2004's "Liberia: An Uncivil War," when he was the only photographer to live behind rebel lines during the 2003 civil war.

In 2006, he became a member of the Panel of Experts of the U.N. Security Council's Liberia Sanctions Committee.

Hetherington talked to Variety last year about shooting "Restrepo," which portrayed the deployment of a U.S. platoon in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, a stronghold of Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

"The logistics were incredibly difficult," Hetherington said. "Both Sebastian and I were injured during filming. I broke my ankle (during a battle), and Sebastian's Humvee blew up but luckily no one was killed. And those were just the physical challenges. The emotional challenge was being with an operation in which men were killed that we had spent time and formed relationships with."

"Tim and I have been war reporters for a long time, and (these challenges) are part of the deal you make when working on a project like this," Junger told Variety in 2010.His photo reportage books included "Infidel," based on the material from "Restrepo," and "Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold."

"Tim will be remembered for his amazing images and his Academy Award-nominated documentary 'Restrepo,' which he co-produced with his friend Sebastian Junger. Tim was in Libya to continue his ongoing multimedia project to highlight humanitarian issues during time of war and conflict. He will be forever missed," said the Hetherington family in a statement.

He is survived by his mother, father, a brother and a sister.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES (IFFLA) FINALIZES SEMINAR DAY CROWD FAVORITE RHYTHM VILLAGE RETURNS

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES (IFFLA) FINALIZES SEMINAR DAY
CROWD FAVORITE RHYTHM VILLAGE RETURNS

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 6, 2011) - The 9th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced the final list of seminars and panelists taking part in IFFLA'S Seminar Day. In addition, the crowd-pleasing Rhythm Village presented by Rukus Avenue returns for its fourth straight year with acclaimed Indian dancers and musicians adding a touch of Bollywood flair to the festivities. The fest runs April 12-17 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.

IFFLA Chair of Board of Board of Directors Arnold Peter stated, "IFFLA is predicated on creating a well rounded experience for our audience and our filmmakers. It is important to address current issues that arise out of the growth of the Indian film industry not only as a major content provider, but also as a future trend-setter. This year's Seminar Day addresses those factors and we are fortunate to have some of the Industry's key experts to foster the discussions.”
“We are also excited to welcome back Rhythm Village and Rukus Avenue within the context of the festival. It adds to our colorful and vibrant atmosphere allowing our audiences a taste of the culture's spontaneity and musicality that is often infused in Indian storytelling," added Christina Marouda, the fest's Executive Director.

SEMINAR DAY sponsored by NBC Universal Diversity, Nickelodeon, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Diversity, Screen International, and Writers Guild of America, will include three in-depth panel discussions pertaining to the trends in the Indian entertainment industry. The public is invited to attend the seminars and ticket information can be obtained by visiting http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/165071.

Panel Topics Include:

PANEL #1: "Hollywood's Evolving Relationship with India"
In this panel, leading experts will discuss the growing partnerships between Hollywood and the Indian entertainment industry, analyzing how these avenues converge in terms of the world's two largest media content providers, touching on the current state of opportunities and projected future investments.

Moderator: Christina Marouda, Executive Director, IFFLA
Uday Kumar, Business Head - North America, Reliance MediaWorks
Alesia Weston, Associate Director, Feature Film Program, Sundance Institute


Panel #2: "Meet the Filmmakers Behind the New Wave of Indian Cinema"
A Q&A with some of IFFLA's invited filmmakers as they discuss the recent and future trends in Indian cinema.
Moderator: Jeremy Kay, Editor, Screen International
Vikramaditya Motwane, Writer/Director, UDAAN
Murali Nair, Writer/Director, VIRGIN GOAT (LAADLI LAILA)
Abhay Kumar, Director, JUST THAT SORT OF DAY...

Panel #3: "Breaking Into the Industry: Opportunities and Challenges for South Asian American Filmmakers and Talent"
Over the past decade there has been a steady increase in the number of films and television shows that feature South Asian talent both in front of and behind the camera. Shows like "Glee," "The Good Wife," "Outsourced," "The Office," "Royal Pains," and films like SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, SPIDERMAN, and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE are proof that a new era of diversity in story-telling is upon us. As South Asians join the media fray in stories that go beyond ethnicity and touch on issues of modern American life, the sphere of opportunities in Hollywood is making a gradual shift. Join the discussion with our panel of professionals from different entertainment organizations that provide resources for artists to continue this trend.

Moderator: Reena Singh, Vice President, Development and Current Programming, Universal Cable Productions
Rupak Ginn, Actor ("Royal Pains," "Private Practice," JUST WRIGHT, THE NAMESAKE, CHEETAH GIRLS: ONE WORLD)
Karen Kirkland, Executive Director, Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship Program
Luvh Rakhe (WGAW), Writer ("Outsourced", "It's always Sunny in Philadelphia")
Rebecca Yee, National Director/Sr. Equal Opportunities Counsel, Screen Actors Guild Diversity

Seminar Day Reception to follow in the STAR Lounge

IFFLA PANELISTS
PANEL #1: "Hollywood's Evolving Relationship with India"

Uday Kumar is in charge of the US operations of Reliance Media works as Business Head - North America. His experience includes senior management roles in all segments of the media and entertainment business. He has been responsible for establishing the Big Cinemas theatre chain in the United States and the film distribution business to service the demand for South Asian movies in North America. Currently his focus is to expand Reliance Mediaworks' service offerings in image processing globally and to establish a VFX and Media Services business built upon the collaboration between India and US based operations.

Alesia Weston oversees the international part of Sundance Institute's year-round Feature Film Program for the Screenwriters and Directors labs. She is part of the core team working on a new program at Sundance called Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, in partnership with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Most recently, she initiated and developed a multi-faceted collaboration with Mahindra, which includes the Global Filmmaking Award and a Screenwriting lab in India to be launched in 2012.

Panel #2: "Meet the Filmmakers Behind the New Wave of Indian Cinema"

Jeremy Kay is the US editor of the film trade publication Screen International. The London-born journalist covers many aspects of the business with particular emphasis on the independent sector, including financing, production and distribution. Jeremy is a familiar face on the festival circuit and travels each year to Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Toronto, among others.
Vikramaditya Motwane started his film career assisting his producer-mother on her television talk show "Teen Talk." Eventually, he made the big leap to feature films by assisting Sanjay Leela Bhansali on HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM. Further stints assisting Deepa Mehta on the ill-fated first venture of WATER and directing songs for Anurag Kashyap's PAANCH followed. He then acted as Associate Director and Sound Designer on Bhansali's DEVDAS. Since then, Virkam has directed songs in the now-completed WATER and has written the screenplays for GOAL and DEV D. UDAAN is his debut feature film.

Kerala born Murali Nair has worked extensively in Bollywood as an assistant director. In 1993 he received a National Award in India for his first short film, TRAGEDY OF AN INDIAN FARMER. A LONG JOURNEY, his third short film became the first Indian short film to be screened in the Competition section in Cannes. His first feature film, THRONE OF DEATH (1999) won the prestigious Camera D' Or at Cannes. Murali has served as a jury member in many festivals, including the Camera D' Or section at Cannes, Amnesty International Jury for IFFR, and Kerala State Film Awards. His latest feature film, VIRGIN GOAT, is a co-production with France and in competition at IFFLA 2011.
Abhay Kumar graduated in Mass Communication from Delhi and received his post graduation diploma in filmmaking from Xaviers Institute of Communications, Mumbai. He is a two-time winner at MAMI in the short film category with a Jury Special Mention in 2009 for UDAAN, and 2nd Prize in 2010 for MERA GHAR. His first short film submission to a film festival …JUST THAT SORT OF DAY had its world premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam 2011 and is now competing at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival.

Panel #3: "Breaking Into the Industry: Opportunities and Challenges for South Asian American Filmmakers and Talent"

Reena Singh is Vice President of Development and Current Programming at Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Prior to UCP, she was at Disney Channel in the role of Director of Development, Original Movies. Reena spent a year at ABC network as an Entertainment Associate and at ABC Network News where she was a producer who covered international and domestic events. Reena began her media career at Conde Nast's Bon Appetit magazine before attending the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Rupak Ginn's love for acting started at a young age and followed him to college at Harvard University where, during his senior year, director Mira Nair offered him a supporting role in THE NAMESAKE. His film work includes supporting roles in FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS starring Justin Timberlake and JUST WRIGHT starring Queen Latifah as well as a romantic lead role in Disney Channel's THE CHEETAH GIRLS: ONE WORLD. On television, he currently plays the role of Raj on the USA Network hit series "Royal Pains" and has guest starred this season on ABC's "Private Practice".

Karen Kirkland currently serves as Executive Director of Nickelodeon's Writing and Artist Fellowships. The Nick Writing and Artist Fellowships are designed to attract, develop, and staff diverse writing and artistic talent on Nickelodeon Network productions. Under Karen's leadership, the Writing Fellowship has become one of the most competitive and well-respected vehicles for emerging television writing talent. For the last 20 years, Karen has been involved in various areas of the film and television industry and has been a judge for numerous competitions including the BANFF World Media Festival and the UCLA Screenwriter's Showcase.

Luvh Rakhe has been writing for television since 2004 and has written for some shows that have been loved but mostly shows that have been hated. He currently writes for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia".

Rebecca Yee is the National Director/Senior Equal Employment Opportunities Counsel of Screen Actors Guild Affirmative Action & Diversity. Rebecca advances SAG's policy and advocacy of diversity and equal employment in the entertainment industry. She leads a team of professionals who provide strategy, support, advice and counsel, technical, and administrative assistance to six member-led national committees in developing and implementing programs and initiatives designed to increase employment opportunities for underrepresented and underemployed actors.
IFFLA 2011 Rhythm Village Presented by Rukus Avenue
IFFLA Rhythm Village celebrates the intimate relationship between music and cinema. Held annually since 2008 in the ArcLight Hollywood Courtyard, it is a colorful, vibrant display of music and dance, designed to enhance the film-going experience. Curated and presented by Rukus Avenue, the 2011 program will entertain with Bollywood singers, eclectic fusion bands, groovy DJ sets from Amoeba Music, a capella singers, Dhol Nation’s Malinder and International Dhol Champion Pree Mayall, intellectual hip-hop from Hoodini and King, and a variety of traditional and non-traditional Indian dance forms, including a demonstration and performance from renowned Bollywood choreographer Yogen Bhagat of Bollywood Step.

TICKETS AND PASSES - New Procedures this year:
Tickets can now be purchased online at http://indianfilmfestival.org.

On-site Box Office opens April 8th and tickets can be purchased at
The Cinerama Dome, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

For more information on box office and the film schedule please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org.

INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP AWARDS TICKETS
The 9th Annual Indian Film Festival Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs from April 12-17 at ArcLight Hollywood located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd between Vine and Ivar. Tickets for the Industry Leadership Awards are on sale now. For more information, please visit http://industryleadershipawards.eventbrite.com


ABOUT IFFLA

Now in its 9th year the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. This year the festival’s cinema lounge is branded as the “STAR Lounge”, exclusively sponsored by STAR, a Major Sponsor of IFFLA 2011. Tickets are now on sale. For more information about the upcoming festival, please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org.

ABOUT ARCLIGHT CINEMAS

ArcLight Cinemas represents an evolution in the movie going experience. ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, opened in March 2002, ArcLight Sherman Oaks location, which opened in late 2007 and ArcLight Pasadena is scheduled to open Summer 2010. ArcLight offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome (at the Hollywood location) and state-of-the Art “black box” auditoriums as well as a café bar and gift shop. Tickets can be purchased online without a fee (members receive a $1 per ticket discount) and printed at home, at the theaters’ automated ticketing kiosks and lobby box office. ArcLight offers a free membership program with purchasing rewards and other members-only benefits. ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood is located at 6360 W. Sunset Boulevard, between Vine and Ivar. ArcLight Sherman Oaks is located in the Sherman Oaks Galleria at 15303 Ventura Blvd., at the corner of Sepulveda and Ventura. For more information about ArcLight visit www.arclightcinemas.com.

Liam Neeson starrer, Unknown, soon to release in India

FILMING BEGAN ON “UNKNOWN WHITE MALE” in Feb 2010
LIAM NEESON HEADS THE CAST OF THE ACTION THRILLER
SHOT ON LOCATION IN GERMANY and soon to be released in India.


BURBANK, CA – February 10, 2010 – Principal photography is underway on the thriller “Unknown White Male,” under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Orphan”). The film stars Oscar® nominee Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List,” upcoming “Clash of the Titans”), Diane Kruger (“Inglorious Basterds”), January Jones (TV’s “Mad Men”), Aidan Quinn (TV’s “The Book of Daniel”), Bruno Ganz (“The Reader”) and Oscar® nominee Frank Langella (“Frost/Nixon”).
The film is being produced by Joel Silver, under his Dark Castle Entertainment banner; Leonard Goldberg; and Dark Castle’s Andrew Rona. Steve Richards, Sarah Meyer and Peter McAleese are serving as the film’s executive producers, with Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser and Henning Molfenter co-producing. The screenplay is by Oliver Butcher & Stephen Cornwell and Karl Gajdusek, based on the novel Out of My Head by Didier van Cauwelaert.
Liam Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.
“Unknown White Male” is being shot entirely on location in Germany, with some filming being accomplished at Studio Babelsberg, the oldest large-scale studio complex in the world. Studio Babelsberg is also a co-producer on the film, under an agreement with Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment.
“Unknown White Male” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Shiamak Davar's summer funk 2011

SHIAMAK’S SUMMER FUNK 2011

Be a star on stage!

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Shiamak’s dance school, Shiamak Davar’s Institute for the Performing Arts (SDIPA brings with it the training, the technique and the grandeur of a stage performance by his students across the country. Shiamak’s Summer Funk has grown to become a favourite summer workshop amongst people of all ages, giving dance enthusiasts the best training and putting them on stage to experience the thrills of being a star!

Embarking upon a journey two decades ago with a vision to change people’s perception of dance, creating benchmark and setting standards for performing arts, Shiamak has led the world in embracing a dance movement that is beyond the ordinary, enthralling people in what can aptly be called the Shiamak Movement. He is on a mission to educate the world with the joy of dancing, to entertain audiences with his creative brilliance, and to empower people with his belief that if you have the will, you’ll always triumph.

A specially designed workshop, Summer Funk provides students with a wholesome performing arts experience. With a keen focus on technique, Shiamak ensures that all his students learn the finer nuances of dance, performance, professionalism and stage discipline. His classes help in personality development and gives people a chance to break out of their routine and do what they love most; dance!

Shiamak’s motto of, Have Feet, Will Dance. Immediately assures you that everyone can dance. No one has two left feet insists Shiamak and always tells his students to be themselves no matter what anyone says! From toddlers of the age of four to senior citizens of eighty four, Summer Funk quite literally for everyone who wants to come out of their shell and live their passion. This summer, students can learn Shiamak’s Style (contemporary), hip-hop and bollywood jazz and perform at Shiamak’s Summer Funk show.

Making his passion a successful profession, the guru of contemporary dance has set an example for anyone who dares to dream and believe n themselves. Helping many hopefuls find their real self through the medium of performing arts, Shiamak’s students are like family to him and it is this love has made him constantly give back to them for over two decades!

Shiamak’s Summer Funk 2011 starts in Mumbai from 20th April’11, enrollments from 11th April onwards.

Have feet will dance,,,, have fun join summer funk ....ALL INDIA looks forward for this .........................................

PENELOPE CRUZ TO BE HONORED WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

PENELOPE CRUZ TO BE HONORED WITH

STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME



WHO: Penelope Cruz

Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler

Guest speaker: Director Rob Marshall



WHAT: 2,436th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Motion Picture Category



WHERE: 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The El Capitan Theatre



WHEN: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.







In anticipation of the release of her new film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” in theaters May 20, 2011, Penelope Cruz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, April 1, at 11:30 am. in front of the El Capitan Theatre, 6834 Hollywood Boulevard. An Academy Award® winner Penelope Cruz has proven herself to be one of the most versatile actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters, and most recently, becoming the first actress from Spain to be nominated and to win an Oscar®.

First introduced to American audiences in the Spanish films “Jamon, Jamon” and “Belle Epoque,” in 1998 she starred in her first English language film, “The Hi-Lo Country” for director Stephen Frears opposite Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette and Billy Crudup. In 1999, Cruz won the Best Actress award at the 13th Annual Goya Awards given by the Spanish Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her role in Fernando Trueba’s “The Girl of Your Dreams.”

Confirming her status as an international actress, Cruz landed a series of coveted roles. She appeared in Billy Bob Thornton’s “All the Pretty Horses,” Fina Torres’ “Woman on Top,” Alejandro Amenabar’s “Open Your Eyes,” and Maria Ripoli’s “Twice Upon a Yesterday”. Additionally, Cruz co-starred in Pedro Almodovar’s “Live Flesh” and the critically acclaimed “All About My Mother,” which was awarded the Golden Globe® and Oscar® for Best Foreign Film.

Next up for Cruz was a role opposite Johnny Depp in “Blow” for director Ted Demme and “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” opposite Nicolas Cage. After that, Cruz starred opposite Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe’s thriller “Vanilla Sky.” She then tackled “Masked & Anonymous,” “Fan Fan la Tulipe,” which opened the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and “Don’t Tempt Me.” She received rave reviews for her performance in “Don’t Move” (“Non ti Muovere”) in which she was honored with a David Di Donatello Award (Italian Oscar) and the European Film Award for Best Actress.

To add to her already diverse choice of film credits, she starred in films including “Gothika,” “Head in the Clouds,” and “Sahara.”

In 2006, Cruz starred in “Volver,” which again teamed her with director and dear friend Pedro Almodovar. Critically-acclaimed for her role as Raimunda, she won the Best Actress awards at the European Film Awards, the Spanish Goya Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, and received both Golden Globe® and Oscar® nominations.

Her recent credits include “Elegy” opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” opposite Javier Bardem and Scarlet Johansson. Cruz won an Oscar®, a BAFTA, a New York Film Critics Circle and a National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

In 2009, Cruz and Almodovar were back in action for the fourth time with “Broken Embraces,” for which she again received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Lena. Also that year, she teamed up with “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” director Rob Marshall for the first time and starred alongside Daniel Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard in the film version of the musical “Nine.” Her standout portrayal of Carla garnered Screen Actors Guild®, Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominations. Her third Oscar® nomination made history as it marked only the third time in Oscar history where the winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress was nominated for the same award again in the following year.

Cruz is involved in the following charities: Worldwide (RED) campaign lead by Bono and Bobby Shiver, Artists for Peace and Justice in Haiti (APJ), UNICEF The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She had the honor of working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity; volunteering in a leprosy clinic in India and she also worked with the Dalai Lama for the House of Tibet in Spain.





ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME – www.WalkOfFame.com

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 24 star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to administer the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction.



The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Just go with it- hollywood release in India

JUST GO WITH IT



Genre: Romantic comedy

Director: Dennis Dugan

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, Brooklyn Decker, Nick Swardson, Nicole Kidman, Dave Matthews



Opening at #1 at the US box office, JUST GO WITH IT has a plastic surgeon (Adam Sandler) romancing a much younger schoolteacher (Brooklyn Decker). He enlists his loyal assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend to be his soon-to-be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant's kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will change all their lives.



You can view the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4MaOw77DpQ

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles(IFFLA) announces 2011 jury members

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES (IFFLA) ANNOUNCES 2011 Jury Members

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 1, 2011) Respected Hollywood and media personalities will serve on the Features, Documentaries and Shorts juries of the 9th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), the organization announced today. The festival runs April 12-17 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.

IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda said, "We are very appreciative to have such distinguished members of the film industry join us. From academics and acting to filmmaking and journalism their varied expertise offers a well-rounded perspective to this year's jury."

Jurors include Shaz Bennett, Susan Cartsonis, Parvesh Cheena, Myriam Despujoulets, Grace Lee, Cheng-Sim Lim, Claudia Puig, Ravi Kapoor and Robert Koehler.

The awards will be given out after the red carpet arrivals on Sunday, April 17th, prior to the closing night gala and world premiere screening of Walt Disney Pictures' ZOKKOMON which will be followed by a reception.

The 2011 IFFLA Jurors are:

Features
Susan Cartsonis was an executive at Twentieth Century Fox for nearly a decade, rising from script reader to Sr. VP of Production, developing and supervising NELL, THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, among others, before starting her own company, Storefront Pictures. In 2000, The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the five top-grossing producers of the year for WHAT WOMEN WANT and WHERE THE HEART IS. She recently produced BEASTLY starring Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alex Pettyfer. Susan executive produced NO RESERVATIONS and MISTRESS OF SPICES starring Aishwarya Rai. She was recently elected Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees of Women in Film and has served on the Independent Film Producers Committee at the Producers Guild of America.

Robert Koehler is a film critic for Variety, Cinema Scope, Cineaste and Film Comment, and director of programming for Festworks. He has contributed film criticism and writing to a range of publications, including Cahiers du Cinema and Die Tageszeitung, as well as theater criticism for the Los Angeles Times. He is a member of FIPRESCI and has served as a juror at festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Vancouver, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Indie Lisboa, Santiago, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and San Francisco Latino festivals. Robert was Director of Programming at AFI Fest in 2009. As a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, he serves as a programmer for the ongoing series, “The Films That Got Away.” He is the author of essays appearing in the anthology film books “On Film Festivals” and “Cine Argentino 98/09.”

Cheng-Sim Lim is an independent film curator and filmmaker with over 17 years of programming experience in a wide range of American and international cinemas. Her work, including as the co-head of programming at the UCLA Film & Television Archive from 2001 to 2008, has helped to build audiences and appreciation in the US for filmmakers and video artists from Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Retrospectives that she has curated have toured North America and Europe to critical acclaim. Cheng-Sim has served on grants, awards and film festival juries. While she has recently returned to filmmaking, her curatorial interests remain undiminished, especially in advocating for overlooked popular and “minor” cinemas and media literacy.

Documentaries
Shaz Bennett is a writer/filmmaker/performance artist/voiceover artist/film critic and programmer, and she has written and directed the award winning films MARTINI, TUNNELS, and TOP OF THE CIRCLE. Shaz has worked in and around film festivals for over 20 years. She was the Associate Director of Programming at AFI FEST for ten years and has worked for the Los Angeles Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Shaz worked for the Sundance Institute tracking projects for the film and theatre labs and screening films for the festival. She has served on festival juries and panels at film festivals worldwide, and was on the selection committee for the LA Film Festival and the IDA Humanitas Award jury. Shaz writes regularly for Moving Pictures, La Vie de Boheme and Next Films.

Grace Lee is an award winning producer/writer/director who is currently in production on AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY, a documentary about 95-year-old Detroit philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs. Her other credits include the feature AMERICAN ZOMBIE and documentaries THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, CAMP ARIRANG and BEST WURST. Grace received her MFA in Directing from UCLA Film School where her thesis film BARRIER DEVICE won a Student Academy Award and Directors Guild of America award. She is the recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Media, a Rockefeller Media Arts grant, the PPP Pusan Prize as well as funding from the NEA, Center for Asian American Media, UCLA Institute for American Cultures and others.

Claudia Puig has been a film critic at USA Today since 2001 and is also a regular contributor for NPR’s Film Week. She has discussed the socio-cultural impact of movies on NBC News, CNN, MSNBC and Mitch Albom’s radio show and programs in Boston and Washington DC. She was named Entertainment Journalist of the Year in 2009 by the Publicists Guild. Claudia began her journalism career in 1986 at the Los Angeles Times. She was part of the team that won a Pulitzer for its coverage of the 1991 L.A. riots. In 1993 she began covering primarily the movie business and still writes news stories and features, concentrating mostly on film reviews. Claudia has a B.A. in Communications Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in Communications from University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.

Shorts
Parvesh Cheena is a prolific theater, television, and film actor. A native of Naperville, Illinois, Parvesh is also a musical theater graduate from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. His credits include TV’s “Brothers and Sisters,” “ER,” “Sons of Tucson” and, most recently, “Outsourced.” Parvesh made his film debut in BARBERSHOP and reprised his role in the sequel. He also appeared opposite Diane Keaton in BECAUSE I SAID SO. Other credits include guest appearances in the short films THE BIG EMPTY opposite Selma Blair and FLY LIKE MERCURY directed by Harry Lennix and produced by David Schwimmer. Feature film roles include the upcoming HOUSE BROKEN opposite Danny DeVito, THE OTHER END OF THE LINE, and THE ODE, based on the acclaimed novel by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla.

Myriam Despujoulets is Programmer of Seminars and Administrator of Fellow Affairs at the American Film Institute Conservatory, where she programs screenings, guest speakers and special events. A native of France, Myriam worked in film and events programming and cultural affairs at Le Louvre Museum, La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, the M6 television network and the PR agency Le Public Système in Paris. She produced events for the Deauville American Film Festival, the Cognac International Thriller Film Festival, and the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. After moving to the United States, she worked for the Sundance Film Festival, AFI FEST and the City of Lights/City of Angels Film Festival (COLCOA) before joining the staff at AFI. Myriam is a member of the selection committee and advisory board for National Geographic’s All Roads Film Festival.

Ravi Kapoor is an actor, writer and director. His acting work includes series regular roles on ABC's GIDEON'S CROSSING and NBC'S CROSSING JORDAN (for which he also directed), various BBC dramas, the feature film WILD WEST and, more recently, RASPBERRY MAGIC. He wrote and directed OH SWEET SITA, a verse play that ran in London and Toronto. He also wrote and directed the short film VICTOR RAMIREZ, ASESINO that has been playing at various festivals around the world, including IFFLA 2010 where it premiered. Born and educated in England, Ravi trained at the East 15 Drama School in London before relocating to the United States.

TICKETS AND PASSES - New Procedures this year:
Tickets can now be purchased online at http://indianfilmfestival.org.

On-site Box Office opens April 8th and tickets can be purchased at
The Cinerama Dome, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

For more information on box office and the film schedule please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org.

INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP AWARDS TICKETS
The 9th Annual Indian Film Festival Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs from April 12-17 at ArcLight Hollywood located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd between Vine and Ivar. Tickets for the Industry Leadership Awards are on sale now. For more information, please visit http://industryleadershipawards.eventbrite.com


ABOUT IFFLA
Now in its 9th year the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. This year the festival’s cinema lounge is branded as the “STAR Lounge”, exclusively sponsored by STAR, a Major Sponsor of IFFLA 2011. Tickets are now on sale. For more information about the upcoming festival, please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org.

ABOUT ARCLIGHT CINEMAS
ArcLight Cinemas represents an evolution in the movie going experience. ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, opened in March 2002, ArcLight Sherman Oaks location, which opened in late 2007 and ArcLight Pasadena is scheduled to open Summer 2010. ArcLight offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome (at the Hollywood location) and state-of-the Art “black box” auditoriums as well as a café bar and gift shop. Tickets can be purchased online without a fee (members receive a $1 per ticket discount) and printed at home, at the theaters’ automated ticketing kiosks and lobby box office. ArcLight offers a free membership program with purchasing rewards and other members-only benefits. ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood is located at 6360 W. Sunset Boulevard, between Vine and Ivar. ArcLight Sherman Oaks is located in the Sherman Oaks Galleria at 15303 Ventura Blvd., at the corner of Sepulveda and Ventura. For more information about ArcLight visit www.arclightcinemas.com.