Bollywood Sri Lanka war film pulled in UK, south India

A Bollywood spy thriller set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war has been pulled from British and some Indian theatres after protests over its depiction of rebel fighters, the movie’s distributors said Saturday.

Madras Cafe, which opened Friday, features John Abraham as an Indian secret agent sent to Sri Lanka during the island’s decades-long conflict between the government and separatist Tamil rebels.

But the film has failed to reach a number of cinema halls after ethnic Tamil populations in India and in Britain complained that they were unfairly portrayed.

“Our UK exhibitors, Cineworld, decided to hold back the film after protesters gathered outside their UK offices,” said Rudrarup Datta, marketing head at the film’s Indian co-producer and distributor Viacom18 Motion Pictures.

“Exhibitors do not want to take a risk and withdrawing screenings of the film is their prerogative,” Datta said.

No British cinemas are currently showing the film although they were still hopeful of a release at a later date, he added.

A full release has gone ahead in the United States, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

Indian media reports said theatres also refused to show the film in southern Tamil Nadu state after protests from its large Tamil population.

Activist group Naam Tamilar (We Tamils) asked the state government to block the film’s release, unhappy that rebels were depicted as “terrorists”, according to media reports.

In Britain, an online petition was launched calling for a halt to the film’s release there because it was believed to portray Tamils “in a poor light”. Nearly 2,000 people have given their support to the petition.

The film passed India’s censors with no cuts and a parental guidance certificate, and was classified for those aged over 15 in Britain, while director Shoojit Sircar has insisted the movie does not take sides.

“Since the release, so many Tamil people have tweeted that there is nothing anti-Tamil about the film. People have the right to protest but you cannot stop cinema-lovers from watching a film and deciding for themselves,” Sircar told AFP.

The bloody conflict in Sri Lanka, which cost up to 100,000 lives, erupted between government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who were fighting for an independent Tamil state. Both sides are accused of human rights violations.

Sri Lankan troops declared an end to 37 years of ethnic war after wiping out the leadership of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009.

Sri Lanka has resisted international pressure for an independent investigation into war crimes despite what the UN calls “credible allegations” of up to 40,000 civilians killed in the final battles in 2009.

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Bollywood Sri Lanka war film pulled in UK, south India

Wentworth Miller on invitation to Russian Film Festival: “As a gay man, I must decline”!

The handsome ‘Prison Break’ star Wentworth Miller declined an invitation to a film festival in St. Petersburg due to new Russian laws banning homosexual ‘propaganda.’ Thus, admitting for the first time that he is gay!


Miller, 41, was invited to appear at the St. Petersburg international Film Festival, but declined due to Russia’s recent anti-LGBT legislation.

Below is the letter he sent, posted on GLAAD’s website.


“As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline.”

“I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systemically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”

“Perhaps, when if circumstance improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice, until then.”

Miller was rumored to be gay while he was doing Prison Break but denied it then.

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Wentworth Miller on invitation to Russian Film Festival: “As a gay man, I must decline”!

Jasmine Curtis-Smith Best Supporting Actress and Vilma Santos wins Best Actress in 2013 Cinemalaya Film Festival, full winners list revealed!

Cinemalaya 2013 winners were announced last night, August 4, 2013  was held at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

Jasmine Curtis-Smith won Best Supporting Actress for New Breed Category for her portrayal in Transit and Vilma Santos for the Director’s Showcase for the movie Ekstra!

Here is the complete list of winners :


Director’s Showcase

Best Film: Sana Dati
Best Director: Jerrold Tarog (Sana Dati)
Special Jury Prize: Ekstra
Best Actor: No winner
Best Actress: Vilma Santos (Ekstra)
Best Supporting Actor: TJ Trinidad (Sana Dati)
Best Supporting Actress: Ruby Ruiz (Ekstra)
Best Music Score: Sana Dati
Best Screenplay: Zig Dulay, Antoinette Jadaone and Jeffrey Jeturian (Ekstra)
Best Cinematography: Mackie Galvez (Sana Dati)
Best Production Design: Ericson Navarro (Sana Dati)
Best Sound, Music and Editing: Sana Dati
Audience Choice: Ekstra
Special Jury Prize: Ekstra

New Breed

Best Film: Transit
Best Director: Hannah Espia (Transit)
Special Citation, Ensemble Acting: Transit
Best Actress: Irma Adlawan (Transit)
Best Actor: Mimi Juarez (Quick Change)
Best Supporting Actress: Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Transit)
Best Supporting Actor: Joey Paras (Babagwa)
Best Screenplay: Eduardo Roy (Quick Change)
Best Cinematography: Lyle Sacris and Ber Cruz (Transit)
Best Production Design: Roy Red (Rekorder)
Best Music Score: Mon Espia (Transit)
Best Sound: Albert Michael Idioma (Quick Change)
Best Editing: Benjamin Tolentino and Hannah Espia (Transit)
Audience Choice: Hannah Espia (Transit)

Short Feature

Best Film: The Houseband’s Wife
Best Director: Jann Eric Tiglao (Onang)
Special Jury Prize: Taya
Special Citation: Sa Wakas
Best Screenplay: The Houseband’s Wife
Audience Choice: Taya

Netpac Award for Director’s Showcase: Ekstra
Netpac Award for New Breed: Transit

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Jasmine Curtis-Smith Best Supporting Actress and Vilma Santos wins Best Actress in 2013 Cinemalaya Film Festival, full winners list revealed!

Superman, Batman to team up in new film

Superman and Batman are to team up in a new film, its director and the studio behind this year’s blockbuster “Man of Steel” announced on Saturday.

The new movie was announced by director Zack Snyder, widely praised for rebooting the Superman franchise last month, with Briton Henry Cavil proving his mettle in the title role.

Batman has yet to be cast, after Christian Bale said he had hung up his cape after the third and final “Dark Knight” movie last year.

The superhero double-act could be seen as an attempt by studio giant Warner Bros to emulate the record-breaking success of last year’s “Avengers” mega-hit, featuring Marvel characters.

“I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC (comic book) Universe in this next chapter,” Snyder told the Comic-Con international pop culture gathering in San Diego.

“Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world,” he said, cited by industry journal Variety.

DC Entertainment supremo Diane Nelson added: “Superman and Batman together on the big screen is a dream come true for DC fans everywhere.

“All of us at DC Entertainment could not be more excited for Zack’s continuing vision for the DC Universe,” she added, according to Variety.

Filming on the new movie is due to start next year, for a release in the middle of 2015.

“Man of Steel” has been a commercial success, taking over $ 600 million since its release last month. “The Dark Knight Rises” made over $ 1 billion last year.

“The Avengers,” based on Marvel comic superheros including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk, has taken $ 1.5 billion globally for Warner’s studio giant rivals at Disney.

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Superman, Batman to team up in new film

Sophia Loren to return to big screen in son’s film

ROME (Reuters) – Italian actress and long-time Hollywood star Sophia Loren is set to return to the big screen in a short film directed by her son, which they are shooting in Naples this week.

Loren, 78, will star in her son Edoardo Ponti’s adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s one-person play “The Human Voice”, which charts the breakdown of a woman who is left by her lover.

Wearing a cream suit and a polka dot scarf, Loren drew crowds of onlookers to watch her film scenes on the streets of Naples, the city she grew up in.

The French play has been translated into Italian, much of it in the Neapolitan dialect, according to media reports. Filming is set to last about a month and will take place in Rome and Naples.

Loren became established as an actress in Italy during the 1950s but a contract with the U.S. studio Paramount Pictures saw her catapulted to international stardom and perform opposite the likes of Clark Gable, Charlton Heston and Marlon Brando.

In 1962, she won an Academy Award for best actress for her role in Italian director Vittorio De Sica’s “Two Women”.

Loren last appeared on the big screen in the 2009 romantic musical “Nine” by U.S. director Rob Marshall, which also starred Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Day-Lewis.

In 2010 she appeared in Vittorio Sindoni’s “My House is Full of Mirrors” an Italian television mini-series about the life of her mother Romilda Villani.

Cocteau’s “The Human Voice” is best known in its 1959 opera adaptation by Francis Poulenc.

(Reporting by Catherine Hornby; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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Sophia Loren to return to big screen in son’s film

Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 Entries Revealed!

Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap, Kris Aqiuno, Vic Sotto, Vice Ganda starrers lead the 15 entries to the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival.


Below are the 15 entries vying for the coveted 8 slots in this year’s MMFF:

1. Kaleidoscope World (Melcor Enterprises)
Starring Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman

2. 10,000 Hours (Phil Film Studio)
Starring Robin Padilla

3. Ibong Adarna (Gurion Entertainment)
Starring Rocco Nacino, Joel Torre, Angel Aquino, Leo Martinez, Ronnie Lazaro

4. San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir (Hubo Productions)
Starring JM de Guzman, Christian Vasquez

5. Boy Girl Bakla Tomboy (Viva Films and Star Cinema)
Starring Vice Ganda and Maricel Soriano

6. Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN Productions Inc.)
Starring Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria

7. Pagpag (ABS-CBN / Skylight / Regal)
Starring Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo

8. Sa Ngalan Ng Ama, Ina at Mga Anak ( Kuratong Baleleng )
Starring Robin Padilla, Daniel Padilla, and Mariel Rodriguez

9. Kimmy Dora prequel (Spring Films)
Starring Piolo Pascual and Eugene Domingo

10. My Super Kap (Imus Production)
Starring Bong Revilla, Ogie Alcasid, and Toni Gonzaga

11. Torky And My Little Bossing (OctoArts / MZET /APT / Kris Aquino
Starring Vic Sotto and Kris Aquino

12. Hope In A Bottle (Quantum)
Starring Ruffa Gutierrez, Maja Salvador, Angeline Quinto

13. Everybody Loves (Gung Ho Films Manila)
Starring Jake Cuenca, Jericho Rosales, Megan Young, and Maja Salvador

14. Boy Golden (Scenema Concept Intl.)
Starring Jeorge Estregan Jr. and KC Concepcion

15. Kulay Abo Ang Langit (Hubo Productions)
Starring Carla Abellana, Diether Ocampo, Cherie Gil and Matteo Guidicelli

Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 Entries Revealed!

Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz’s It Takes a Man and a Woman’ is Highest- Grossing Filipino Film

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The movie – It Takes a Man And a Woman – has officially dislodged Sisterakas as the highest grossing Filipino film, as it has now conquered the top spot in the all-time list released by independent box-office tracker Box Office Mojo.

It Takes A Man and A Woman –  a romantic comedy movie which stars box-office royalties Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz has surprisingly climbed the top spot with a record-breaking P401 Million in gross receipts.
Sarah and John Lloyd thanked their fans and the moviegoers for the overflowing support. 
The movie is graded ‘A’ by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB), and raked in P32.6 million when it opened on March 30. There was no stopping from there when the “Laida and Miggy” tandem earned P100 million on the fourth day and eventually hitting the P200 million mark in only eight days. The unbelievable but undeniable success of the movie earned P300 million in just two weeks in cinemas nationwide.
It Takes A Man And A Woman – is the third and final series that broke the records of the first two installments of the most successful Filipino romantic-comedy movie series. The first Laida-Miggy film  A Very Special Love  grossed P179.3 million in 2008 and its sequel  You Changed My Life  scored P225.2 million in 2009.
Just what made the Laida Magtalas and Miggy Montenegro played by Sarah and John Lloyd tick with the public?
Real chemistry –  both say that they can already feel each other’s onscreen emotions. 
Theirs is in the same vein as Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon during their time. Vilma and Christopher had starred in 22 movies in a span of 28 years. They first appeared together in Celso Ad Castillo’s Tag-araw sa Tag-ulan in 1976 and their last film was Mano Po 111: My Love in 2004. Most of these movies made money and were critically-acclaimed –  earning numerous awards and distinction in many award-giving bodies.
Although the Sarah and John Lloyd series may not be as deep in content – its concept has a target market that reacted and trooped to the cinemas overwhelmingly.
Their tandem is magical. Their ability to transcend sparks and butterflies to the big screen is the one factor that nailed the movie’s success.
Theirs is a love team that has credibility – fans know that they are not being fooled and shortchanged into believing that something more than cinematic exists between the two lead stars. Certainly, both Sarah and John Lloyd have deep regard for each for each other and respect each other’s space. 
Further – it is a working tandem that is so light and very professional. Inspite of Sarah’s limitations, the public is accepting.
In the absence of real-life relationships going on in each’s  Sarah-John Lloyd and Vilma-Christopher tandems – such loyalty and support from the fans and the public can not be over-emphasized. In any language, it’s growth and maturity.
Sarah’s wholesome image and her “failed” relationships added to her mystery even more. Inspite of being sheltered and thought of as someone not knowing “pain”, she is able to come across as a credible actor. 
Sarah has “grown” after their first two movies. On their first two movies together – A Very Special Love and You Changed My Life – there were scenes where it felt like the two will actually kiss yet it never happened.
John Lloyd is officially her first onscreen kiss – a real kiss – Sarah herself confirmed.
We wish to congratulate Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz for the well-deserved feat!

Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz’s It Takes a Man and a Woman’ is Highest- Grossing Filipino Film