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19-Jan-2017

'The Bye Bye Man': Poorly written and executed

"The Bye Bye Man" is a psychological thriller that has gone terribly wrong.The film is about how an evil entity appears or gains control over its victims. The film works on the premise that controlling one's thoughts can be a real challenge. The simple act...

14-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Oops! Vin Diesel says Ranveer is Deepika's 'boyfriend'

They have kept mum about their relationship status, but actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone couldn't stop Hollywood star Vin Diesel from giving out their dating secret while he was on his maiden India trip.Diesel was here on a two-day trip to promote...

14-Jan-2017

'Live By Night': An engrossing period drama

Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, "Live By Night" is a period crime drama that is designed like an old school gangster film.Set in the 1920s post World War I, it is the tale of an honest policeman's son, Joe Coughlin, who returns home...

14-Jan-2017

'xXx: Return of Xander Cage': Action-packed and noisy

This is the third film of the xXx franchise. After skipping the second edition -- State of the Union which was released in 2005 -- Vin Diesel who had featured in the original 2000 film returns in this action-packed spy thriller with pomp and panache.When...

12-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Eddie Izzard to bring Force Majeure to India

British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard will perform live in India for the first time with his comedy show Force Majeure.The two-time Emmy winning actor will be in India on a three-city tour from Sunday. He will perform in Mumbai on Sunday, in Bengaluru on Monday...

12-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Honoured to be in India for first time : Vin Diesel

Hollywood actor Vin Diesel, who got a 'desi' welcome in India on Thursday morning, says he dreamt of exploring the country and is glad that his dream has finally come true.Diesel, along with his "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" co-star Deepika Padukone and director...

09-Jan-2017 Los Angeles

Golden Globes 2017: 'La La Land' shines with 7 awards

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-starrer musical comedy "La La Land" clinched as many as seven honours at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, where celebrities including the legendary actress Meryl Streep took a dig at President-elect Donald Trump. Popular Indian actress...

07-Jan-2017

'Passengers': Remarkable for its attempt rather than success

First things first. "Passengers", a film about two very beautiful people thrown together in outer space, would have been a much finer work if it had not been in 3D. What the 3D technique does is to isolate the audience from the action. Passengers needed the...

06-Jan-2017

'Passengers': A visual extravaganza

Set on a spaceship with 5,000 passengers and 258 crew members, travelling from Earth to colonize a distant new planet, "Passengers" is a romantic tale of two of its passengers, who are "lost, find each other and made life beautiful along the way".The spaceship...

06-Jan-2017

'Allied': A drama so blowdried that it feels fake

It's hard to believe this story of a Canadian intelligence officer who falls in love with a German spy who he thinks is a Resistance fighter.Even if we accept that love is indeed blind, what level of 'Intelligence' does Max(Brad Pitt) demonstrate in his choice...

05-Jan-2017

'A Monster Calls': An engaging fairytale

"A Monster Calls" is a suspense-packed, coming-of-age tale of a boy who is "too old to be a kid and too young to be a man and a nightmare". It is based on the book written by Patrick Ness from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd.As a fantasy fable, the story...

01-Jan-2017

'Assasin's Creed': This game-changer will 'sev' the day

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. One apple 'sevs' the day in this deliberately on-the-boil thrill provider. Ignore the awful reviews. "Assasin's Creed" has some of the most heart-in-the-mouth stunts that you will get to see on this side of "Deadpool".Not...

31-Dec-2016

'Assassin's Creed': Visually impressive but fails to excite

With a tired, tried and over abused premise of finding peace among humanity, "Assassin's Creed" is an original story that expands the series' mythology. Oscillating between the Spanish Inquisition circa 1492 and the present, it is an action adventure film...

21-Dec-2016 Los Angeles

When I look in the mirror, I throw up : Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he "throws up" when he looks at his reflection in the mirror.The 69-year-old actor and former bodybuilding champion, who first claimed the title Mr. Olympia at the international competition Joe Weider's Olympia Fitness and...

20-Dec-2016 New Delhi

Indians have mastered music, dance: 'Pop Idol' creator Simon Fuller

Indians have mastered music and dance, and produce more musicals than any other country in the world, says Simon Fuller, the name behind global entertainment hits including Spice Girls and "Pop Idol". On a lookout for Indian faces for his new global pop group...

16-Dec-2016

'La La Land': An ode to classic romance musicals

Set in the heart of Hollywood, and designed like a French New Wave film, "La La Land" is a musical love story that dwells upon fate and choices.The film begins with a trail of cars stuck in a traffic jam one winter day, till the crowd breaks out into the...

11-Dec-2016 Los Angeles

Dwayne Johnson surprises military family

Actor Dwayne Johnson, along with comedian and talk show host Jimmy Fallon, orchestrated an emotional reunion between "The Tonight Show" producer Karina Kabalan, an army veteran, and her husband who serves as a Master Sergeant in the US Air Force."I would love...

06-Dec-2016 Los Angeles

Filming 'Collateral Beauty' helped Will Smith deal with father's death

Actor Will Smith believes filming "Collateral Beauty", in which he plays a man who has suffered a personal tragedy, helped him deal with his own father's death.The 48-year-old actor was left devastated when his father Willard Carroll Smith Sr. died in November...

17-Nov-2016

'Shut In': Hollow and mediocre fare

Horror films leave an indelible mark on its audience when, they are ground-breaking, edgy, deep and engaging -- either by performance, story, direction or photography -- and they resonate long after the first viewing. Unfortunately, director Farren Blackburn's...

17-Nov-2016 New Delhi

'Arrival' to hit Indian screens on November 25

Sci-fi film "Arrival", starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, will release in India later this month.MVP Entertainment is set to release the Denis Villeneuve directorial on November 25 in India, read a statement from the production company.The film, which also...

16-Nov-2016 New Delhi

'Asian men used as comedic devices in Hollywood'

Conrad Ricamora represents the LGBT community on screen through his role of Oliver Hampton in TV show "How to Get Away With Murder" -- and breaking the stereotypical mould for people of colour as well. But the Asian-American actor feels Asian men are merely...

12-Nov-2016

'Desierto': Intense, brutal but incomplete!

As a survival drama, "Desierto" is an intensely brutal, minimalistic, chase thriller.The film begins with the camera panning across the desert and a lone truck moving. The harshness of the terrain and movement of the vehicle on this desolate stretch, sets...

11-Nov-2016 Los Angeles

Leonard Cohen dead at 82, leaves behind 'endless love' for music

Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, whose "Hallelujah" was one of the most covered songs, is dead at 82. His death led to tributes from the international world as well as Indian celebrities, who remembered some of his best tracks.Cohen's label, Sony Music...

08-Nov-2016 Los Angeles

Dwayne Johnson was apt choice for 'Moana', says co-director

"Moana" co-director Ron Clements says actor Dwayne Johnson was the perfect choice to lend voice to the character of Maui in the Disney film.He said only Johnson, who started out as "The Rock" -- a popular figure in professional wrestling who then made a transition...

07-Nov-2016 Los Angeles

I've always enjoyed thriller genre: Naomi Watts

Actress Naomi Watts says she loves to explore the thriller genre and likes to play with fear in her projects.Watts will be seen in another thriller "Shut In", which will be released in India by PVR Pictures on November 18. "I've always enjoyed the thriller genre....

06-Nov-2016 Los Angeles

Military has given direction to off-track lives: Kristen Stewart

Actress Kristen Stewart, who will be seen in war drama "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk", feels the military has given direction to many off-track lives and has given them a purpose in a positive way."The military has given direction to so many off-track lives,...

04-Nov-2016

'Mr. Church': A competently made melodrama

"Mr. Church" is a competently made film that is sometimes emotionally affecting. Though, the story - "Inspired by true friendship," is cliched, the film is largely elevated by the credible performances of its lead pair.It is a tale of love and bonding between...

04-Nov-2016 Los Angeles

'The Dark Tower', 'Jumanji' release dates pushed back

The release dates of upcoming films "The Dark Tower" and "Jumanji" have been pushed back.Originally set to be released on July 28 next year, "Jumanji" is now set to release on December 22, 2017. The release dates of several other films by Entertainment company...

03-Nov-2016 Hong Kong, China

India has such a movie-going culture: Marvel Studios' president

India is an important market to the US-based Marvel Studios as the Asian country has such a movie-going culture, says the studio's president Kevin Feige.India has its own indigenous movies, and he says it's nice to see the fan base of their films growing stronger...

03-Nov-2016

'Trolls': Bright and cheerfully appealing

Directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, "Trolls" is a colourfully vibrant, adventure, fairytale, based on the long-haired cherub dolls of the same name, which were created in 1959 by a Danish woodcutter and fisherman, Thomas Dam. These dolls are known as "Good...

03-Nov-2016 Hong Kong

Diversity is the responsibility of directors: Scott Derrickson

Scott Derrickson, whose latest directorial "Doctor Strange" was surrounded by the whitewashing controversy, says diversity is the responsibility of studios, producers and directors, and he takes that responsibility very seriously.British actress Tilda Swinton's...

02-Nov-2016 Hong Kong, China

Tilda Swinton reveals her superpower

Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, who plays a martial arts mystic in the forthcoming Marvel Studios' film "Doctor Strange", says she has a superpower too."I'll tell you the strangest thing about me. This is a superpower... I can find things. If anyone in my house...

02-Nov-2016

Acting violently: Charles Bronson and his 'tough guy' film career

He was an unlikely movie hero, with an average height and build, a rough-hewn appearance instead of good looks, a voice low and gravelly than pleasant, and a languid, laid-back air that however couldn't conceal an unmistakable toughness. These attributes...

30-Oct-2016 Hong Kong

Marvel Studios enthusiastic about female superhero films

Female superheroes will no longer be under-represented in films, at least in those made by Marvel Studios. They are enthusiastic about having female-led superhero films, starting with "Captain Marvel", which will have a woman director "for sure".Asked about...

27-Oct-2016 Mumbai

Film on Asian-Americans of World War II era on Fukunaga's mind

Primetime Emmy award-winning American filmmaker Cary Fukunaga, who has roots in Japan, says he wishes to push out films with Asian-Americans as central characters. He wants to bring out the story of the days of struggle of his grandparents, who were Japanese-Americans...

22-Oct-2016 New Delhi

Clergy sex abuse topic is relevant today: Michael Rezendes

"Spotlight" -- a film which infused life into an award-winning investigative teams story that exposed a Catholic paedophile scandal involving priests in Boston -- was named as the Best Picture at the Oscars this year. And Michael Rezendes, one of the journalists...

21-Oct-2016

'Train To Busan': Thrilling with meaningful lessons

Director Yeon Sang-Ho's "Train To Busan" isn't a just mindless, zombie horror film. In fact, it is a thrilling film, packed with meaningful lessons that tend to be moralistic.The film serves as a potent allegory to portray a dog-eat-dog world, where humans are...

21-Oct-2016

'Jack Reacher...': Tom Cruise's finest film in years

Tom Cruise has arrived at a stage in his career where his handsome personality needs to be substantiated by roles that redefine his celluloid heroism beyond the physical stunts. Okay, we have seen him plunge down skyscrapers. He really can't keep doing what's...

21-Oct-2016 New Delhi

Been creatively contributive whenever I could be: VJ Luke Kenny

A man who wears many hats, Luke Kenny -- VJ, critic, director, producer, composer and actor -- says he has made creative contributions whenever he got a chance to do so."I have been creatively contributive whenever I could be and I am always looking for...

20-Oct-2016 Los Angeles

Vin Diesel thinks 'Fast 8' could win Oscar

Actor Vin Diesel believes with F. Gary Gray as the director, the eighth part of "Fast and Furious" movie will have a chance to win at an Oscar next year.Gray's "Straight Outta Compton" failed to win at this year's 88th Academy Awards in the Best Original Screenplay...

18-Oct-2016 New Delhi

Irrfan's 'Inferno' gets steady response at Indian box office

Hollywood film "Inferno", which stars Oscar-winning Tom Hanks and Indian actor Irrfan Khan, amassed Rs 9.08 crore during its opening weekend."Inferno" -- the third in Dan Brown's book series after "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons" -- narrates a thrilling...

18-Oct-2016 Hong Kong

Cumberbatch to start filming for ' Avengers...' early 2017

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Doctor Strange in the next instalment of "The Avengers". He will start filming for it early next year, says Marvel Studios. Cumberbatch is yet to debut on the big screen as the powerful sorcerer, but he has already...

18-Oct-2016 Paris

Amy Jackson showstopper for Rocky S in Paris

British model Amy Jackson, who has featured in Indian films like "Singh Is Bling" and "Freaky Ali", will catwalk as a showstopper for popular designer Rocky Star at the French European Indian Fashion Week here.Amy will be seen walking on the runway on October...

15-Oct-2016 New Delhi

Shah Rukh Khan is our favourite: British pop rock band member

Britain-based boy band "The Vamps" first got a glimpse of Indian showbiz via a collaboration with Vishal-Shekhar for "Beliya". And James McVey, on behalf of the band, says they instantly fell in love with the glitzy world of Bollywood, with superstar Shah Rukh Khan...

15-Oct-2016

'Masterminds': Insipid popcorn fare

Though based on a "true story", "Masterminds" is pure, insipid, popcorn fare that makes the tale seem totally fabricated.The true story, we are told is, "the largest cash robbery in the history of US crime", committed by a bunch of dumb, goofy characters who...

15-Oct-2016

Does Bob Dylan deserve the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Choosing Bob Dylan as the recipient of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature was unprecedented in the award's over-a-century-long history. While the Swedish Academy's decision to select a songwriter, instead of a writer or poet, has earned much praise -- and...

14-Oct-2016 Las Vegas

Bob Dylan performs in Las Vegas, makes no mention of Nobel Prize

US singer Bob Dylan, who has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, barely spoke to the audience on Thursday night about the coveted prize during his first public performance since the announcement.While the audience cheered on for more songs during Dylan's...

13-Oct-2016

'Inferno': Not at all towering

Not all novel adaptations are alluring as films, certainly not Dan Brown's novels."Inferno", Brown's fourth novel and the third to be adapted by Ron Howard after "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons", is far from towering. In fact, it is an absurdly...

13-Oct-2016

Bob Dylan: Blowing in the Wind to Nobel Literature Prize

An unconventional singer - with a raspy, almost nasal voice instead of honeyed tones - burst into public consciousness in the early 1960s with a brace of self-written, hard-hitting songs expressing the growing social unrest and questioning tradition and...

13-Oct-2016 Los Angeles

Something confining about being sexy : Scarlett Johansson

Actress Scarlett Johansson, who portrays the mighty superheroine Black Widow in Marvel Cinematic Universe films, says that at one point, the film industry had labelled her as a "bombshell". But she feels there's something "confining" about being perceived as...

13-Oct-2016

'The Girl on the Train': A fulfilling murder mystery

Directed by Tate Taylor, the film is an intriguing, psycho-dramatic murder mystery, based on the novel written by Paula Hawkins. It is the story of an alcoholic lady who, to keep a charade of a job, travels by train daily. And in due course, she is one of the...

10-Oct-2016 Singapore

Hollywood looking at Indian talent with keen eye: Irrfan Khan

Be it Anupam Kher, Ali Fazal, Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone, the common thread tying these Bollywood actors together are their global forays. Irrfan Khan, who has also worked with some of the biggest names abroad, says people from Hollywood are now...

09-Oct-2016 Los Angeles

Tunnel scene in 'The Girl on the Train' most challenging : Emily Blunt

Actress Emily Blunt says that out of all scenes in the mystery thriller drama "The Girl on the Train", a sequence which was shot in a tunnel was most challenging for the film's team.Blunt, who essays protagonist Rachel in the film, said in a statement: "The...

09-Oct-2016 New Delhi

Star voiceovers don't raise animation films' quality : Ketan Mehta

The biggest Hollywood stars have dubbed for animation films, but the same can't be said of stars in Bollywood. Filmmaker Ketan Mehta, whose next production is "Motu Patlu: King of Kings", says it's because of tighter budgets."In Hollywood, it's a tradition...

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