Jul 27

Uday Chopra to Remake “Bunty Aur Babli” in English Movie

Mumbai: Remember Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji’s crackling chemistry in the con film “Bunty Aur Babli”? Uday Chopra is remaking the superhit Hindi `Bunty Aur Babli` in English.Bunty Aur Babli

The cast of the English version is yet to be locked, but Uday, who handles Yash Raj Films’ (YRF) Hollywood wing YRF Entertainment, wants to rope in Michael Cera and Taylor Swift to essay the lead parts.

“I’m remaking ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ in English. It’s in the scripting stage and the casting is not done. I’m looking at Michael Cera and Tailor Swift. I haven’t approached them as yet, but I want to make the film a little more quirky and comic than the Indian one,” Uday said of the hitherto untitled film.

The actor-turned-producer says he wants to concentrate on making more comedies in Hollywood.

“It (Hollywood) is a different industry. Hollywood dramas don’t do well. Sci-fi and comedies do well. This is one of the reasons why I don’t want to make dramas right now,” IANS quoted him as saying.

Asked if he plans to take remake other Hindi films or take Indian actors for his projects, Uday said: “That’s not the idea. The idea is to think of ourselves as an American company. Writers, directors everyone will be from there. But if a story requires an Indian character or if A. R. Rahman agrees to do my music, I will like it,” he said.

Jun 05

Miss USA field narrowed to 16 finalists in Vegas

Beauty queens from Rhode Island, Nevada, Maryland, Ohio and Georgia are the top 5 finalists.Miss Usa

The annual competition opened in Las Vegas on Sunday night with a fashion show that sent the 51 contestants down the runway in sparkly gowns, bright mini-dresses and colorful hats.

The Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip has three competitions: swimsuit, evening gowns and interview question.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella will crown her successor at the end of the night.

The winner will represent the United States at the 61st Miss Universe pageant.

Apr 09

Three in a row: “Hunger Games” leads box office

HOLLYWOOD: Movie sensation “The Hunger Games” survived fresh competition from the “Titanic” and the gross-out “American Pie” gang to notch its third domestic box office win over the weekend.Hunger Games“Hunger Games” took in $33.5 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters from Friday through Sunday and lifted its domestic sales through three weekends to $302.8 million, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

The Easter weekend receipts for “Hunger Games” topped “American Reunion,” a sequel to one of film’s biggest comedy franchises, and a 3D remake of “Titanic” timed for the anniversary of the ship’s sinking. It was the third straight box office win for “Hunger Games.”

The Lions Gate Entertainment Corp movie about teens forced to fight to the death stormed into theaters on March 23 with a staggering domestic take of $152.5 million, the third-biggest weekend debut and the highest for a non-sequel.

Fan fever, plus a lack of big competitors at multiplexes, has kept “Hunger Games” hot, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office division of Hollywood.com.

“Great word of mouth, coupled with a release date that has given it a pretty open playing field, has allowed the film to effectively dominate the marketplace,” he said.

The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, the skilled archer and heroine of the post-apocalyptic story based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young adult novel.

In second place for the weekend, “American Reunion” met studio forecasts by ringing up $21.5 million in North America (the United States and Canada). International sales added $19.3 million, for a global total of $40.8 million.

Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp, and privately held Relativity Media co-financed “American Reunion” for about $50 million.

“Reunion” is the fourth movie in the “American Pie” franchise that kicked off 13 years ago with a pack of high-schoolers out to lose their virginity before graduation.

The original film, famous for a scene in which a pie is used to simulate sex, spawned two big-screen sequels and helped lead the way for future raunchy adult comedies. The first three “Pie” films grossed more than $750 million around the world.

In the new movie, the friends played by actors including Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott and Alyson Hannigan come together for a wild high-school reunion.

Exit polls showed 61 percent of “Reunion” filmgoers were older than 25, suggesting that it drew heavily from fans of the previous movies. Audiences gave the movie a “B+” grade in polling by survey firm CinemaScore.


“Titanic” sailed back into theaters on Wednesday with a 3D makeover and grossed an estimated $61.2 million around the world through Sunday. Of that total, $17.4 million came from domestic Friday-through-Sunday sales, placing the movie in third place on North American charts and meeting studio forecasts.

The original 1997 “Titanic,” starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as young lovers on the doomed ship, was a movie phenomenon that led domestic box office charts for 15 weeks. It earned more than $1.8 billion at theaters, the second-highest total for any film.

Partners 20th Century Fox and Paramount spent $18 million on the 3D conversion, which was released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking on April 15, 1912.

Rounding out the top five, 3D action sequel “Wrath of the Titans” rung up $15.0 million domestically. The movie had bigger sales overseas, where it pulled in $43.0 million and helped lift the global total after two weekends to $211.4 million.

Snow White story “Mirror Mirror” took in $11.0 million, landing in fifth place. The family film has grossed $36.5 million domestically since opening last weekend.

Paramount Corp, a division of Viacom Inc, distributed “Titanic 3D” in the United States, and News Corp, a unit of 20th Century Fox, released the film in international markets.

“Wrath of the Titans” was released by Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros. Privately held Relativity Media distributed “Mirror Mirror” in the United States, and Alliance Films released the movie in Canada. (Reuters)

Apr 07

Suu Kyi’s movie to be premiered April 13

Suu Kyi'sHOLLYWOOD: Luc Besson’s The Lady will be premiering on April 13 at the Toronto Film Festival.

Leading lady, Aung San Suu Kyi, is played by Michelle Yeoh, and starring opposite her as her husband Michael Aris will be David Thewlis.

‘The Lady’ presents an extra-ordinary story of Burma’s pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and the academic and writer Michael Aris. Based on a true story, the movie highlights the struggle of Aung San Suu Kyi against political turmoil in Burma.

It is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, the love between her and Michael Aris endures until the very end.

It is a story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues till today.