Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Smurfs, disney's big new release this week




Date: 29 July 2011

Genre: 3D live action cum animation

Director: Raja Gosnell

Live action cast: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara

Voices: Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, George Lopez, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, Fred Armisen

Rated: U

Duration: 100 mins

Synopsis: Audiences everywhere are in for a Smurfy good time as the Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen in Columbia Pictures'/Sony Pictures Animation's hybrid live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours - in fact, smack dab in the middle of New York's Central Park. The Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Film stills can be downloaded from below. Our updated line-up is also attached. Pls feel free to get in touch with Shalmana (copied on this mail) or myself for any further information.



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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Radio music reporter

PPL wins 3 cases against copyright violation
The Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), the apex licensing arm of the Indian music industry, has won three prominent cases of music copyright violations against Event and..more
High Court reserves judgement on MBPL and Super Cassettes dispute
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Saregama picks up 10% in Timbre Media, partnership to launch genre-based radio channels
Saregama India has taken a 10 per cent stake in Timbre Media,a company floated by ex-WorldSpace Radio employees..more
Global IPR to track online piracy
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Other Headlines

FM radio Phase-III gets government nod; FDI upped to 26%
‘The Union Cabinet has approved auctions for the third phase of FM radio privatisation, setting in process an economy for all the stakeholders to tap.....more
Scale and consolidation to be FM radio's story
India’s FM radio will get a new push as companies seek to conquer parts of the country they were denied to operate from, expand footprint, build scale, lure investors and broadcast news from All India Radio (AIR).... ..more
Radio Industry delighted on Phase-III approval
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Prasoon Joshi favours classics over new raging lyrics
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Shankar Mahadevan unveils debut ghazal album>> Shamdasani's 'Bollywood Invasion' taps new musical talents>>
Jagjit Singh to perform at 'Classical Revival' in Delhi>> Nab HD radio multicast award nomination process opened>>
Amazon expands its Cloud music service'>> Big Digital launches Daboo Malik's debut album>>
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Spice Mobile unveils 'Transformer' handset
Spice Mobile also known as ‘S Mobility’ has launched India’s first transformer handset ‘M-5500’ in an exclusive tie-up with the ‘Transformers 3 – Dark of the Moon’ movie franchise..............more
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Godrej introduces 'Edge SX MuziPlay' refrigerator
Godrej has launched India's first music enabled refrigerator 'Edge SX MuziPlay' with FM radio and MP3 Player......more

LG launches android smartphone 'Optimus Black' in India
LG has launched super sleek Smartphone ‘Optimus Black’ in India.....more

Zebronics launches multimedia headset 'ZEB-3100HMV'
Zebronics has launched super bass multimedia headset ‘ZEB-3100HMV’ in Indian markets....more
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13th MAMI festival, call for entries

13th Mumbai Film Festival

October 13-20, 2011

Call for Entries

The festival accepts feature-length films for its various

competitive and non- competitive sections.


Entry forms and screeners for selection

must reach the festival office before

August 1st, 2011

International Competition for the

First Feature film of directors

Cash Awards: US$ 100,000 for the Best Film

and US $ 50,000 for the Grand Prize

Audience Choice Award: US$ 20,000

awarded to any film voted by the audience

from any section of the festival (excepting retrospectives / tributes)

10% of the cash award goes to the Sales Agents /

distributors who enter the award winning films in the Festival


I. International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors More

2. Above the Cut (First Feature Films which could not be included in the competition Section) More

3. World Cinema (Award Winning, Critically acclaimed feature films produced during the one year period after the last edition of the Festival) More

4. Dimensions Mumbai (A short film competition for the youth of Mumbai). More

5. Harmony Celebrate Age (International Competition for films dealing with the concerns, spice, fun and adventure of growing older) More

6. Real Reel (A selection of feature length documentaries)

7. Indian Frame (A selection of high quality Indian Films) More

8. New Faces in Indian Cinema (first or second films of directors) More

9. Retrospectives / Tributes / Master Classes More

Film Business Centre is a B2B networking platform and provides opportunities for the buyers, sellers and co-producers to come together. More

Mumbai Film Festival showcases the best of contemporary world cinema, Indian cinema and feature length documentaries. The Festival is a highly regarded and anticipated event in Mumbai’s cultural calendar, attracting leading international filmmakers, industry professionals, together with large public audiences.

Mumbai Film Festival, organized by MAMI is a Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL) initiative which is the flagship media and entertainment arm of India's Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.

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We look forward to welcoming you and your films in Mumbai!

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SPE line up, updated

Pls note the changes in our updated line-up as attached. Most importantly, our next release THE SMURFS will release simultaneously with the US on 29 July rather than 5 August as was scheduled earlier. There are some other alterations to the schedule as well. We apologise for the inconvenience these changes may have caused. BAD TEACHER however remains at 19 August.

Below are links to view the latest trailers – THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (latest trailer), ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (latest trailer) and THE PIRATES!: BAND OF MISFITS (first look).




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Friday, July 15, 2011



Mumbai, July 11, 2011: Disney Publishing Worldwide (India) today announced the winners for its Pitchkiaow initiative, an exciting literary competition inviting writers to pitch an original idea for a children’s story. The panel of judges selected two winners Gayathri Ponvannan from Chennai and Rasil Ahuja from Bangalore who will be awarded INR 50,000/- each and Disney will help them develop the stories.

“The response from writers across India was overwhelming and we are glad that this initiative has provided a platform for inspiring new talent and to showcase their creativity and originality”, said Roshini Bakshi, VP, Consumer Products, Publishing and Retail.

To participate, writers had to submit a 500-600 word synopsis and 800-1000 words of the first chapter in physical printed format to Disney Publishing.

Network engineer, Gayathri Ponvannan of Chennai and now living in Dubai, submitted a beautifully crafted saga of a youth who realizes his dreams and changes history forever. Gayathri’s story successfully captures the nuances of a magical era with her prolific writing.

Ms. Ponvannan, who counted Susan Coolidge, Enid Blyton and JK. Rowling among the authors who inspired her said, “It was Disney’s Pitchkiaow initiative that prompted me to take up writing for children. Once I got going, I found it really great. I had a critic on hand in my 10-year old son! My favorite reads are still children’s books”

Rasil Ahuja, a teacher by profession, submitted an original, heart-warming story of a young girl. The protagonist’s character in the story has been inspired from her own childhood experiences. Rasil has a breezy spark in her writing style.

“When I was 10, I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had no clue what grownups did while I was away at school, but I knew the books I loved to read were written by them. So, I said to myself – I want to become a children’s writer. One morning I caught a little blurb in the local newspaper about a writing contest called Disney’s Pitchkiaow. And I decided to grab the opportunity with both my hands,” said Rasil.

The judges included the renowned Piyush Pandey, executive chairman & national creative director India and South Asia, Ogilvy & Mather, Radhika Meganathan, editor, Chillibreeze and Arnab Chaudhri, executive director, Content and Creativity, Walt Disney Television International India.

“I am delighted by the sheer number of brilliant storytellers that exist in this country. I am glad to see that a brand like Disney, with its heritage of magical storytelling, is supporting local talent and providing them with a platform to realize their dreams. I found both Gayathri and Rasil’s stories to be inspiring for kids and their families and I wish them all the best,” said Piyush.

Disney’s Pitchkiaow, was launched last year with the television business, where Disney invited new show ideas as a part of a first-of-its-kind nationwide pitch that sought to promote new creative talent.

This year the contest was promoted online by the event partner,

About Disney Publishing Worldwide:

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the largest children’s publisher in the world, with 274 million copies of children’s magazines sold worldwide and 120 million children’s books sold each year. A leading comics publisher, Disney Publishing has been producing comics since 1930, with over 340 regular titles read in more than 80 countries around the globe. DPW is based in New York City.

For further information, please contact:

Namita Jadhav

Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company (India)

Tel: +91 22 6651 6628



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Prateek Pant

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The Smurfs, Sony Pictures release

…the little blue people are coming soon

to a theatre near you…


…the film will be released day & date with USA release…

Mumbai, 11th July 2011… The popular blue animated characters, the Smurfs will be visiting Cinema halls on July 29, 2011

The lovable Smurfs are a rage all over the world ever since they were created in 1958 by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford. In India, the Smurfs will be represented by the three main characters in the movie, the fatherly Papa Smurf, cute and coy Smurfette and accident prone Clumsy Smurf. These friendly characters will be dancing along to their catchy Smurfs theme song, giving out Smurfy goodies and posing with fans of all ages.



· Columbia Pictures


· 3-D; Animated; Children's Comedy


· In Theaters 29 July, 2011


· This film has been rated PG by the MPAA for SOME MILD RUDE HUMOR AND ACTION.


· The Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen in Columbia Pictures’/Sony Pictures Animation’s hybrid live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they’re forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York’s Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

· SMURF, and all Smurfs characters ® & ©2010 Lafig Belgium. All Rights Reserved. "Smurf" is a registered trademark of STUDIO PEYO 


Directed by: Raja Gosnell

Screenplay by: J. David Stem & David N. Weiss

and Jay Scherick & David Ronn

Story by: J. David Stem & David N. Weiss

Based on the

Characters and Works of: Peyo

Produced by: Jordan Kerner

Executive Producers: Ezra Swerdlow

Ben Haber

Paul Neesan

Cast: Neil Patrick Harris

Jayma Mays

Sofia Vergara

and Hank Azaria as Gargamel

Voices: Anton Yelchin

Jonathan Winters

Katy Perry

Alan Cumming

Fred Armisen

George Lopez


Sony Pictures India is the #1 Hollywood studio in India with 5 out of the top 10 Hollywood films of all time in India including blockbusters like 2012, Spider-Man 3, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale and Spider-Man 2.

SPE Worldwide includes global operations; encompass motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home video acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, development of new entertainment technologies and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries worldwide.

For more information, please contact:

Shalmana Tendulkar

Mobile: 98200 12833


Watch out bollywood here comes SONU & BRITNEY!!!

Watch out bollywood here comes SONU & BRITNEY!!!

Sonu Nigam, a name to reckon with in the world music fraternity, can be best described as someone with raw energy, startling talent and a performer par excellence. And this time he has done it again by collaborating with none other than the youth icon of today and the singer of “Baby one more time”, the mezmerizing Britney Spears. It’s the fusion of east meeting west with an Indian touch to it. The song is called “I Wanna Go”. And is a current chart topper on the international charts.

Sonu, who's currently shooting for a video in Leh and Ladakh, told us that he had kept this news under wraps as he wanted Britney and her management to announce it. This is Britney's personal album and she's very passionate about it. To Sonu's utter surprise, Britney decided to send a personalised tweet to Sonu praising his rendition and that he's taken the song to a different level. This is by far the biggest ever collaboration between two singers of America and India feels Desi-hits, the people responsible for this collaboration. Sonu has personally composed and written his bits in the song and Dj Lloyd has worked on the grooves. So after This is it with Jermaine Jackson that hit the market just recently, this is Sonu's second International release in a Month.

Director Ishraq Shah’s love for Rajasthan

Director Ishraq Shah’s love for Rajasthan

Film ''Ek Bura Aadmi'' is the first film by director Ishraq Shah. He has worked as an asistant for writer-director Gulzaar saheb. When asked why did he choose to make a film based on politics, he said, ''Politics is a very interesting subject in our country and everyone wants to gain power and wants to become a politician."

''I belong to Rajasthan and also because where ever you look around, it's such a beauty.'', said Ishraq when asked the reason for choosing Rajasthan for the shooting.

When asked about naming this movie ''Ek Bura Aadmi'', Ishraq said, "The story of the film is about the fact every good human being have a bit of evilness in them.''

''Arunoday is a brilliant actor. He has acted very well in this film. When the audience will see the movie they will agree with my views. Besides him, Raghubir Yadav, Kittu Gidwani and Yashpal Sharma also acted very well.'' said Ishraq regarding Arunoday Singh who is playing the lead in the film.

Actress Kittu Gidwani's get up looks like that of the U.P Chief Minister Mayavati ji. When asked why, Shah said,''No no whole character doesn't look like her. She is a good politician so I thought why not make Kittu's character similar.''

Saturday, July 9, 2011

MURDER 2 girl Sulagna's a destiny's child

MURDER 2 girl Sulagna's a destiny's child

Newcomer Sulagna Panigrahi, who will be seen in MURDER 2 which hits the screens all over today, is truly destiny's child. Where many a people strive hard with their destinies to crack a place in Bollywood, Sulagna's one such lucky artist to have bagged a big film like MURDER 2 in the beginning of her career without much ado.

Sulagna always had a dream to make it big in bollywood someday but never had an idea that it will happen so fast. Also she never made any attempts or gave auditions to become a part of the film. In fact in the very first interaction itself director Mohit Suri found his ‘Reshma’ (the character) in Sulagna.

Says she, "Actually Rajan Shahi (television producer) is good friends with director Mohit Suri. One day he casually asked me to visit Mohit Suri's office. Once there, I was instantly selected for the project. However I had no clue what was it regarding. It was only in the second meeting I realized I am doing the film MURDER 2."

Looks like some girls have all the luck!

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