Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sunburn Music Festival, Goa

BookmyShow, the largest entertainment ticketing website is back with Asia’s biggest music festival ‘Sunburn Goa 2011’ ~ BookMyShow is the exclusive ticketing partner for “Sunburn Goa 2011” ~ Mumbai, November 2011-: BookmyShow, one of the largest entertainment ticketing website in India, will be the exclusive ticketing partner to Asia’s Largest Electronic Music festival, SUNBURN. BookmyShow has been associated with Sunburn Festival since its inception to provide exclusive ticketing for the three day event. The tickets for Sunburn Goa 2011 are already live on BookmyShow.com for all three festival days i.e. 27th, 28th & 29th of Dec, 2011. The tickets are priced between Rs. 3,000/- for the first day to Rs. 2,99,000/- for the VVIP table for all three days. On its association with Sunburn for the 5th consecutive year, Mr. Ashish Hemrajani, Founder and CEO of BookMyShow said, “BookmyShow has been associated with Sunburn for the past 5 years and the demand for it has grown steadily over the years. There has been an overwhelming response from the audience not only from India but across the globe. It was encouraging to see that the Early Bird Tickets were sold out in its first 4 hours of going live. As India is seeing a high growth in entertainment options, BookMyShow as a brand is trying to deliver value across all verticals as we move along. From the best in movies and sports, we have brought the finest sporting, cultural, music events and festivals, films closer to our audiences.” With the ever growing popularity of the event, ticket sales have seen an enormous growth year on year. As compared to its first year, ticket sale in the second year had seen an increase of 15% followed with 38% and 49% increase in the third and fourth year respectively. On its steady association with BookMyShow, Mr. Shailendra Singh, Joint Managing Director, Percept Limited said, “With the festival entering its fifth edition, we are looking forward to make the experience of our Sunburn fans bigger and better. For us, it’s important that the user get the ultimate lifestyle experience in every respect. BookMyShow has been supporting us for 5 years now and they deliver services that match not just our expectations but also the expectations of scores our fans in India and abroad,” The biggest names to grace the sands of Candolim during Sunburn 2011 include Above & Beyond, Axwell, Infected Mushroom, Markus Schulz, Nic Fanciulli, Moguai, Michael Woods, Mad Maxx, Clement, Janux, Sashanti, Ajit Pai, Boombaba, V-Society, Dj Siren, Praveen Acharaya, Vipul Angrish, Vik and Anish Sood. So, hurry and book your tickets today for the much awaited Sunburn Goa 2011. To book your tickets log on to http://in.bookmyshow.com/sunburngoa2011.bms About Bookmyshow.com: Bigtree Entertainment has been invested by the Network 18 group. Bigtree Entertainment's Bookmyshow.com is India's largest e-ticketing website and holds a 90% market share in the online entertainment ticketing space, being the largest and fastest growing destination for movie and non-movie options like concerts, plays, events and sports. With offices in India, New Zealand and Malaysia, Bookmyshow.com aims to present their clientele endless options to purchase tickets for concert, movie, plays, stand up acts, sports and more. The transaction, secure and quick, can be via the web, mobile applications, on the WAP or the call center (39895050). Bookmyshow.com also has social media presence on Facebook and Twitter and regularly interacts with customers to announce latest releases, giving away freebies, free screenings, etc. Constantly innovating, BookMyShow has also launched its Prebook Application on Facebook - “Ticket Buddy” - which lets users book tickets for highly awaited films, much before they open in cinemas. For media queries please contact: BUZZ Ms. Deepika Pant- 9867221046- deepika.pant@buzzpr.in Ms. Rinku Gala-9898023188 - rinku.gala@buzzpr.in

Monday, November 14, 2011

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN IS HIGHEST OPENING SPIELBERG RELEASE IN INDIA

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN IS HIGHEST OPENING SPIELBERG RELEASE IN INDIA ~ Film also gets biggest opening weekend for an animated film ~ Mumbai, 14th November 2011… Sony Pictures India announced today that THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: The Secret of the Unicorn easily smashed the record for Steven Spielberg’s biggest Indian opening as Director as well as the highest opening animated film in India. The film garnered approximately Rs. 7.35 crore at the three day box office with a 90-100% occupancy in most centres. THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN released with over 350 prints - a record-breaking number for an animated film - in both English and Hindi and in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D formats. The film was also a critical success garnering 3.5 to 4 ratings amongst all major reviewers. Snaking queues were seen outside theatres across the weekend. The film is also the first animated film to have made new inroads into smaller centres having opened simultaneously across India in smaller cities like Alwar, Gwalior, Akola, Amravati, Madurai, Salem, Trichur and many more. Mr. Kercy Daruwala, Managing Director - Sony Pictures India said, "Not only is the animated genre gaining ground amongst all age groups in India, but Tintin is unique in the sense that the franchise is enjoyed and appreciated by a very wide audience right from kids to adults who grew up on Tintin. There is an amazing passion for both the franchise and the film in India with even celebrities like Aamir Khan giving the film an enthusiastic thumbs-up. Naturally, this is reflected in the wide release the film is getting in the country. The film’s collections have increased day upon day and we expect to see the film sustain strongly based on excellent word of mouth.” The Adventures of Tintin has already garnered over $159m in box office collections through its recent release in Europe alone and has broken several records in countries like France and Belgium while sustaining strongly in the weeks following the initial release. India was the best new territory to open this week. Sony Pictures has several animated films in its line-up including Arthur Christmas on 9 December, The Pirates! in April 2012 and Hotel Transylvania in September 2012. Apart from these, the studio’s line-up is filled with blockbusters like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spider-Man and Skyfall (earlier known as Bond 23). The Adventures of Tintin is supported by Colgate 360 Surround toothbrush, Inorbit, Nickelodeon, PIX, HDFC Bank, ITC’s Candyman Choco Double Éclair, Sony Entertainment Television, Tourism Flanders, Radio City, In.com, Bookmyshow.com and DSN. ABOUT THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present a 3D Motion Capture Film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, Defiance) as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace, Defiance) as the nefarious Red Rackham. Based on the series of books "The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé", the film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy. ABOUT SONY PICTURES INDIA ( www.sonypictures.in | www.twitter.com/sonypicsindia | www.facebook.com/sonypicturesofindia | www.youtube.com/sonypicturesindia ) 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.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES WELCOMES BOLLYWOOD ICON SHAH RUKH KHAN

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES WELCOMES BOLLYWOOD ICON SHAH RUKH KHAN BEVERLY HILLS, CA, October 28, 2011 - The Indian FilmINDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES WELCOMES BOLLYWOOD ICON SHAH RUKH KHAN Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), Eros International, and Red Chillies Entertainment, hosted Bollywood icon Shahrukh Khan at a special screening of his latest movie RA.One on the eve of its general release in North America. The invitation-only event was held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the prestigious Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and the packed theater included IFFLA patrons, sponsors, and Hollywood media and entertainment executives. RA.One, replete with sophisticated special and digital effects never before seen in Bollywood films, is about the travails of a mother and son pursued by a monster who escapes the virtual world of a video game. In a rare Los Angeles appearance, Khan, currently the most successful Bollywood superstar and heartthrob of Indians around the globe, was accompanied by the movie’s director Anubhav Sinha, Oscar¦reg; winning sound designer Resul Pookutty, and Red Chillies Entertainment VFX COO Keitan Yadav. They addressed the audience before the screening and participated in a Q&A after. IFFLA Chairman Arnold Peter who welcomed the guests said that Red Chillies VFX, a division of Red Chillies Entertainment, founded by Khan and his wife, Gauri, “was making waves both in Bollywood and Hollywood with its fine-cut innovation … it is really the spirit, the inspiration and the muscle behind today’s film.” Khan acknowledged that at 45, he may be past the age to take on a superhero role but confessed his longtime desire to play one. “The idea was that if I could muster enough resources, enough talent, the best in the world, then perhaps I would attempt it and Ra.One is a ste
p in that direction.” IFFLA, the premier Indian film festival in North America, will celebrate its 10th anniversary April 10-15, 2012. ABOUT IFFLA 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 performers and business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora. For more information about the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Caption for attached photo: Beverly Hills, CA -- October 28, 2011 -- Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) Chair of the Board Arnold Peter with Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan, Director Anubhav Sinha, Sound Designer Resul Pookutty at Eros International and IFFLA's screening of RA.ONE at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on October 27th in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Gene Lewis

Friday, November 4, 2011

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES WELCOMES BOLLYWOOD ICON SHAH RUKH KHAN

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES WELCOMES BOLLYWOOD ICON SHAH RUKH KHAN BEVERLY HILLS, CA, October 28, 2011 - The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), Eros International, and Red Chillies Entertainment, hosted Bollywood icon Shahrukh Khan at a special screening of his latest movie RA.One on the eve of its general release in North America. The invitation-only event was held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the prestigious Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and the packed theater included IFFLA patrons, sponsors, and Hollywood media and entertainment executives. RA.One, replete with sophisticated special and digital effects never before seen in Bollywood films, is about the travails of a mother and son pursued by a monster who escapes the virtual world of a video game. In a rare Los Angeles appearance, Khan, currently the most successful Bollywood superstar and heartthrob of Indians around the globe, was accompanied by the movie’s director Anubhav Sinha, Oscar® winning sound designer Resul Pookutty, and Red Chillies Entertainment VFX COO Keitan Yadav. They addressed the audience before the screening and participated in a Q&A after. IFFLA Chairman Arnold Peter who welcomed the guests said that Red Chillies VFX, a division of Red Chillies Entertainment, founded by Khan and his wife, Gauri, “was making waves both in Bollywood and Hollywood with its fine-cut innovation … it is really the spirit, the inspiration and the muscle behind today’s film.” Khan acknowledged that at 45, he may be past the age to take on a superhero role but confessed his longtime desire to play one. “The idea was that if I could muster enough resources, enough talent, the best in the world, then perhaps I would attempt it and Ra.One is a step in that direction.” IFFLA, the premier Indian film festival in North America, will celebrate its 10th anniversary April 10-15, 2012. ABOUT IFFLA 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 performers and business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora. For more information about the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Caption for attached photo: Beverly Hills, CA -- October 28, 2011 -- Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) Chair of the Board Arnold Peter with Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan, Director Anubhav Sinha, Sound Designer Resul Pookutty at Eros International and IFFLA's screening of RA.ONE at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on October 27th in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Gene Lewis

CLUB PENGUIN GETS MORE SOCIAL WITH DEBUT OF NEW FEATURES

CLUB PENGUIN GETS MORE SOCIAL WITH DEBUT OF NEW FEATURES The #1 Virtual World for Kids Debuts New Chat and Friends Systems Designed to Make Communicating and Playing in Club Penguin Easier and Safer Mumbai, October 31, 2011—Club Penguin (clubpenguin.com), the #1 virtual world for kids with more than 150 million registered players, today introduced new Chat and Friends tools. With these new tools, which will begin to roll out today and be available for all users in the coming weeks, Club Penguin has completely overhauled its in-world communications tools, and designed systems to create a safer and more social experience for kids online. The new Chat system allows kids to communicate faster more efficiently by automatically completing words and phrases as they type. The patent-pending system was developed by a team of Disney computational linguists, producers and engineers, and represents one of the safest and most advanced Chat technologies for kids. It incorporates six years of learning from player behavior in Club Penguin, and includes a database of nearly 300,000 approved phrases in each of the virtual world’s four supported languages globally. Chat has become one of the most popular features in Club Penguin, and each day millions of kids exchange more than 56 million Chat messages. The enhanced Friends functionality allows players to better organize, find, and visit their penguin friends. The new features change the way kids connect with one another in the virtual world by allowing them to choose best friends and add new friends by searching for specific penguin names. Each player is also now represented with a personalized penguin avatar in the friends list, rather than just their penguin names. Additionally, in the coming weeks, Club Penguin will launch a “jump” feature that allows kids to easily travel to the location of their penguin friends. “We've added powerful social networking technologies to the biggest online world for kids, making it much easier for kids to find and connect with each other in Club Penguin,” said Nitin Chawla, vice president, Disney Interactive Media Group, India. “The new Friends and Chat systems are the most significant enhancements we’ve ever made to Club Penguin and we're just getting started.” More details on the new Club Penguin features follow: NEW CHAT SYSTEM MAKES COMMUNICATING EASIER, MORE EXPRESSIVE CHAT SYSTEM THAT FILLS IN THE BLANKS—The new Chat utilizes a proprietary algorithm that enables players to type only part of a phrase or sentence and have the anticipated phrase automatically completed, word-by-word as the player types. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PHRASES —Club Penguin worked with computational linguists to design this program as an easy and safe way for kids to communicate. The program currently encompasses nearly 300,000 approved phrases, which have been identified based on six years of Chat history in Club Penguin. CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO SAFETY — The new Chat evolves Club Penguin‘s screening technology from one based on pre-approved and banned words to a system built on pre-approved phrases. Because every phrase used in the new Chat system has been previously screened and pre-approved, it’s designed to give kids the ability to easily communicate, but not share any personal information or abusive language. MULTI-LINGUAL – The enhanced Chat functionality has been translated across four languages making it accessible to Club Penguin’s global audience. The new Chat is available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. FRIENDS LIST BECOMES MORE PERSONALIZED FULLY CUSTOMIZED PENGUIN AVATARS—Until now, the “Friends” lists in Club Penguin featured penguin names only. Now fully customized penguin avatars and backgrounds will represent each friend on players’ lists, and these customized penguins will appear transparent to denote that a friend is currently offline. Additionally, a cleaner user interface will allow players to more easily organize and locate friends. TAG YOUR FAVORITE PENGUINS AS BEST FRIENDS—Friends who are communicated with most frequently, based on friends who you jump to play with, send a postcard to, visit their igloo, and stampbook with most frequently will appear at the top of the list. Penguins will also be able to tag fellow penguins as “best friends” so they appear on top of their lists. Once a penguin has exceeded 10 friends, they will be able to tag "best friends.” BETTER TOOLS FOR LOCATING FRIENDS AT CLUB PENGUIN HOT SPOTS — A new and improved Friends interface will allow players to instantly locate where their friends are in world so they can easily meet up with them, regardless of which server they are using. ADDING NEW FRIENDS HAS BEEN SIMPLIFIED—Players just need to enter another penguin’s name into the search box and send a friend request. ELIMINATE PENGUINS FROM YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN—The Friends list now contains an icon that empowers kids to “turn off” players they don't want to be contacted by or interact with in Club Penguin. These players can now be completely hidden from a player’s screen, which offers increased protection for players. “JUMPING” TO LOCATIONS IN-WORLD TRAVEL OR “JUMP” WITHIN THE WORLD IS MORE FUN AND IMMERSIVE—Images of penguins jumping into box will appear on screen to showcase their journey to meet up with friends in other locations. “JUMP” TO FAMOUS PENGUINS —Club Penguin is making it easier to discover and visit the “Famous Penguins” of the island, such as Captain Rockhopper and Aunt Arctic. When the Famous Penguins visit the world, players will be alerted at random to their whereabouts so they will have the opportunity to “jump” to them to enjoy this unique experience. About Club Penguin Club Penguin (www.clubpenguin.com), a product of Disney Online Studios, is the #1 virtual world for children. Club Penguin works to maintain a fun and safe online entertainment experience by using filtering technology and live moderators. The award-winning virtual world of Club Penguin contains no third-party advertising and is free to use and enjoy, however a subscription membership provides access to additional features that enhance the play experience. Club Penguin, headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, is enjoyed by children around the world, and can be played in English, Portuguese, French and Spanish. About Disney Online Studios Disney Online Studios (DOS), part of Disney Interactive Media Group, develops and publishes an industry-leading suite of online virtual worlds for kids and families. Products under the DOS brand include Club Penguin, one of the largest virtual worlds for children, World of Cars Online, based on the hit Disney/Pixar animated feature “Cars;” Fairies Pixie Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, and Toontown Online. Disney Online Studios offices are located in North Hollywood, California. For more information contact: Namita Jadhav The Walt Disney Company (India) Direct: +91 22 66516628 Email: namita.jadhav@disney.com

Apeni George, RUSK, styles Yuvraj Singh

Apeni George, Indian Creative Director of RUSK styles Yuvraj Singh for Puma’s Love 12 Apeni George, Indian Creative Director of RUSK styled Yuvraj Singh for Puma’s Love 12. Yuvraj Singh, the brand ambassador of Puma Love 12 tweeted “Apeni ! My rock star getting me ready for Love12” Internationally renowned leader in the professional salon industry, RUSK is one of the only professional companies to provide a full range of products and tools for salons and their clients. RUSK has one vision in mind — STYLE and DESIGN, which is the cornerstone of the company. RUSK empowers consumers and stylists to use innovative and imaginative styling techniques to provide everything from the latest avant-garde runway look to the next “must-have” hairstyle. In every package from bottles to cans, RUSK personifies pride, passion, creativity and energy. With a commitment to providing the consumer with fresh, easy to use products, this industry leader provides the tools to create and control any desired style. From Deep Shine Hair Color and RUSK Professional Engineering tools to Sensories Professional Hair Care and the Designer Collection, RUSK designs salon quality products that have a reason for being — to make you look and feel better. * * * For Further Information Contact Brandspk Communication | PR Myrtle D’silva I9819135564 I myrtle@brandspk.com Nimoli Gala | 981970590 | nimoli@brandspk.com --

EON PRODUCTIONS, METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, skyfall, the latest bond film in the making

EON PRODUCTIONS, METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE 7th NOVEMBER IS START OF PRODUCTION FOR 23rd JAMES BOND FILM “SKYFALL” LONDON, UK, November 3rd, 2011 – Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today presented the cast of the 23rd James Bond adventure, entitled SKYFALL. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as James Bond 007. The screenplay is written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. SKYFALL, which goes into production on Monday, November 7th, will begin its worldwide roll-out in the UK and Ireland on October 26th 2012 and in North America on November 9th 2012. Joining Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Director Sam Mendes were members of the cast of SKYFALL, including: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe. The filmmakers also announced Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. “We’re so delighted to have Sam Mendes direct SKYFALL and be working once again with Daniel Craig. We've a great script, an extraordinary cast and an incredibly talented creative team for this latest James Bond adventure,” said Wilson and Broccoli. The Director of Photography is Roger Deakins, a nine-time Oscar® nominee who previously shot the films Jarhead and Revolutionary Road for Mendes. The Production Designer is Oscar® winner Dennis Gassner, who previously designed Quantum of Solace and collaborated with Mendes on the films Road to Perdition and Jarhead. The Editor is Stuart Baird, A.C.E., whose many credits include Casino Royale. Jany Temime, whose many credits include the Harry Potter series, In Bruges, and Children of Men, is the Costume Designer. Action specialist Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. Gary Powell is Stunt Co-ordinator, Chris Corbould is SFX Supervisor and Steve Begg is Visual Effects Supervisor, all of whom have worked on previous Bond films. 007 fans can learn more about SKYFALL at the James Bond franchise Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JamesBond007. EDITORS NOTE: A title treatment for SKYFALL is available and may be downloaded at www.sonypicturespublicity.com. About Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-two films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the franchise from Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in 1995 and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in domestic and international TV channels reaching over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.mgm.com. About Sony Pictures Entertainment Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; worldwide television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.