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New York, Nov 20 (Canadian-Media): Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, the new artists who made musical breakthroughs over the past year, are the nominees for this year's Grammy Awards are, media reports said.
(From left to right): Lizzo, Billie Eilish & Lil Nas X
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards are scheduled to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, and ceremony would be broadcast live on CBS and streamed live at grammy.com.
Singer, rapper and musician Lizzo with eight nods is the top nominee, including in the top four categories, and singer-songwriter Eilish and rapper Lil Nas X have 6 nods each.
The youngest nominee in Grammy history, Eilish, 17, is to earn nods in each of the top four categories.
Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan, announced today several genre categories at a news conference in New York City.
Beyonce's Spirit and Swift's You Need to Calm Down will compete for best pop solo performance.
Lizzo's Truth Hurts, Billie Eilish's Bad Guy and Ariana Grande's 7 Rings — three songs that reached the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — are also nominated for the award.
Canadian nominees include:
New York, Nov 13 (Canadian-Media): Disney Plus far exceeded its expectations and hit more than 10 million sign-ups on its first day of launch on Tuesday, far exceeding expectations, media reports said.
Disney+, an American subscription video on-demand streaming service owned by the Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International division of The Walt Disney Company started its serviced on November 12, 2019 in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands.
Disney didn't break down where the subscriptions came from or if they were free or paid monthly or yearly.
It was thought by some analysts that it would take Disney a year to reach 10 million subscribers.
According to the analysts Daniel Ives and Strecker Backe of Wedbush Securities Disney Plus could potentially hit its long term subscription targets for 2024 of 60 to 90 million subscribers two years earlier.
"With content being king and Netflix the clear leader in streaming ... the goal of Disney and Apple is clearly shaking this leadership position," they said.
Netflix has garnered 158 million subscribers since launching its streaming platform in 2007.
#ClimateChangeDemonstration; #Washington; #JaneFondajailed
Washington, Nov 2 (Canadian-Media): 81-year-old actress and activist Jane Fonda spent a night in a local jail after her fourth arrest in as many weeks while participating in a climate change demonstration on Capitol Hill, media reports said
Fonda with more than 40 people arrested Friday while sitting in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building.
Fonda was the only one who spent the night in jail, said spokesman for Fire Drill Fridays, Ira Arlook.
Fonda appeared in Superior Court about 1 p.m. Saturday and was released.
Fonda plans to get arrested every Friday for advocating for reducing the use of fossil fuels.
Dharamshala (India), Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): The Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) will be held from Nov 7 to 10, 2019 in the beautiful mountain town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the meeting point of a rich and cosmopolitan mix of people and cultures.
The eighth edition of DIFF will continue to pursue the hallmarks that have given the festival the reputation of being an intimate and carefully curated festival in the Himalayas that showcases a mix of the best of independent features, documentaries, shorts and animation films from India and around the world.
Besides the curated selection, this year, for the first time, DIFF opened up to submissions via FilmFreeway. This contributed to the further diversity of our line-up this year.
Opening and Closing Films
Eeb Allay Ooo! by Prateek Vats will open the 8th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) 2019. Gitanjali Rao’s feature animation, Bombay Rose, will close the festival. Directors Prateek Vats and Gitanjali Rao will be present.
Celebrities and Filmmakers attending
Adil Hussain will be attending the festival and conducting an Acting Workshop.
Indian feature film directors Ekta Mittal, Gurvinder Singh, Kislay, Lijo Jose Pellissery, Priya Sen, R.V. Ramani, and Vinod Kamble will be present.
International filmmakers attending the festival include Jesse Alk (USA), Kazuhiro Soda (Japan), Samuel Weniger (Switzerland).
Complete Line Up
The DIFF 2019 lineup includes Indian fiction and documentary features: About Love (dir. Archana Phadke), Aise Hee (dir. Kislay), Birha (dir. Ekta Mittal), Bombay Rose (dir. Gitanjali Rao), Eeb Allay Ooo! (dir. Prateek Vats), Jallikattu (dir. Lijo Jose Pellissery), Khanaur (Bitter Chestnut), (dir. Gurvinder Singh), Oh, That’s Bhanu (dir. R.V. Ramani) and Yeh Freedom Life (dir. Priya Sen).
The international fiction and documentary features include: Another Day Of Life (dir. Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow, Poland/Spain), For Sama (dir. Edward Watts, Waad Al-Khateab, UK), God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya (dir. Teona Strugar Mitevska, Macedonia/ France/ Belgium), Golden Age (dir. Beat Oswald, Samuel Weniger, Switzerland), Heimat is a Space in Time (dir. Thomas Heise, Germany), Inland Sea (dir. Kazuhiro Soda, Japan), Last Night I Saw You Smiling (dir. Kavich Neang, Cambodia), Mafak (dir. Bassam Jarbawi, Palestine/ USA/ Qatar), Pariah Dog (dir. Jesse Alk, USA), Song Without a Name (dir. Melina León, Peru/Spain/USA), Tehran: City of Love (dir. Ali Jaberansari, Iran/UK/Netherlands), The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life (dir. Zita Erffa, Germany), The Dalai Lama – Scientist (dir. Dawn Gifford Engle, USA), Varda by Agnés (dir. Agnés Varda, France) and Vitalina Varela (dir. Pedro Costa, Portugal).
Shorts at DIFF
DIFF has always recognized the importance of short films as a category in its own right. Our programme this year includes a rich selection of both fiction and documentary shorts. Short Films include: A Million Years (dir. Danech San, Cambodia), Bebaak (dir. Shazia Iqbal), Brother, Move On (dir. Antshi von Moos, Switzerland), The Booth (dir. Rohin Raveendran), The Little Goddess (dir. Gauri Adelkar), The Horns Of Kolkata (dir. Andrew Scott, New Zealand) Jamnapaar (dir. Abhinava Bhattacharyya), Kamali (dir. Sasha Rainbow, United Kingdom), Kandurwan – Baking History (dir. Mehvish Rather), Knock Knock Knock (dir. Sudhanshu Saria), Light a Candle (dir. Tenzin Kalden), Look at The Sky (dir. Ashok Veilou), Nemesis (dir. Behzad Jafarimazhab Haghighi, Iran), Nooreh (dir. Ashish Pandey), Pema (dir. Sonam Tseten), Sekool (dir. Stenzin Tankong), Student Bodies (dir. Ho Rui An, Singapore), Teesri Khwaish (dir. Purandhya Sharma), The Traffic Separating Device (dir. Johan Palmgren, Sweden), The Timekeeper (dir. Sohil Vaidya) and U for Usha (dir. Rohan Parashuram Kanawade).
In a separate category, DIFF is partnering again with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films to present a package of short films – Chintu (dir. Anubhav Anand), Everything is Fine (dir. Mansi Jain), Gadhedo (dir. Jai Sharma), Laddoo (dir. Sameer Sadhwani, Kishore Sadhwani), Maa Tuki (dir. Suchana Saha) and Rogan Josh (dir. Sanjeev Vig).
DIFF Children’s Film Programme
The popular DIFF Children’s Film Programme will continue with a line-up that includes feature film Kastoori (dir. Vinod Kamble, India) and three shorts, The Award (dir. Lidija Mojsovska, Macedonia), School Trip (dir. Salvatore Allocca, Italy), and Chicken at Swami’s Kitchen (dir. Sachin Balachandiran, India)
DIFF’s workshops and masterclasses offer a space to delve into the realm of filmmaking. This year, internationally acclaimed actor Adil Hussain conducts an acting workshop. Swiss filmmaker Samuel Weniger, co-director and cinematographer of Golden Age, explores the creative possibilities of images in documentaries and essay films on the basis of concrete examples from his film. Kazuhiro Soda, director of Inland Sea - Observational Film #7, will enlighten audiences on his unique approach to observational documentary filmmaking.
Spotlight on Himachal
Gurvinder Singh’s latest feature fiction Khanaur (Bitter Chestnut) offers this year’s Spotlight on Himachal.
Talking about this year’s line-up at DIFF, Festival Director Ritu Sarin said, “Every year, we try and stay true to the same principles that we set out for DIFF when we started the festival eight years ago: to select films that combine a deeply personal vision with themes that resonate with our times. This year is no different, and hopefully our line-up, which has been carefully and painstakingly curated, will showcase some of the incredible diversity of filmmaking talent on offer in the world today.”
She added, “DIFF is also a place where filmmakers and film lovers can interact in an informal yet engaged way, and with our move back to the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts this year, where all of DIFF’s screenings and events will be contained within close distance of each other, we hope to create an even more intimate space for such exchanges.”
Kolkata / New Delhi (Canadian-Media): Potato chips brand Lay's on Saturday launched their latest series of TVCs for the all new ‘Smile Deke Dekho’ campaign featuring India’s leading Bollywood actors and youth icons Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.
With this new campaign, LAY’S brings alive the idea of how a Smile comes in a variety of flavors and goes beyond the conventional boundaries and barriers to establish connections portraying various moods and emotions. The TVCs capture how ‘Smile’ is a universal language and sharing a pack of LAY’S chips with a smile can help build connections effortlessly.
LAY’S has always been the perfect companion for every celebration and good times with friends. For over two decades, LAY’S has been on a mission to bring more smiles to the consumers across the country. To further this proposition, the brand has brought its global Smile campaign to India as ‘LAY’S Smile Deke Dekho’ campaign. Launched for a limited time period, the new LAY’S packaging features six different smiles that capture different moods and emotions through its various flavors.
(Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt)
Expressing his thoughts on the campaign, Dilen Gandhi, Sr Director, Marketing – Foods Category, PepsiCo India, said, “LAY’S Smile Deke Dekho is based on a simple premise that just like a smile, a pack of LAY’S can build connections between people. And when you combine a smile and LAY’S the results are magical. To tell these stories we have brought together two of India’s best actors - Alia and Ranbir - for the first time on screen together for a series of stories told by one of India’s foremost filmmakers - Dibakar Banerjee. These stories are just the latest chapter in the brand’s two-decade history of building connections. And judging by the response we are getting on social media, one of our best yet.”
As a brand, LAY’S has always closely resonated with the youth of the country and has been a part of all their fun and special moments. With travel being their topmost passion points, the new LAY’S TVCs also portray how LAY’S is a constant travel-partner for consumers in India.
Speaking about the TVC, Senthil Kumar, Chief Creative Officer, J Walter Thompson India, said, “In this emoticon crazy world, we wanted to give actual emoting a chance. Our device - the most beautiful emotion ever - a smile. We asked the country to try sharing theirs and that resulted to #SmileDekeDekho. The journey started with packaging design - giving each flavor the smile that went best with it. Then we went live with spots featuring Bollywood heartthrobs Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor - casting them in TVCs as strangers, acquaintances and as a couple - where they taught the country how to use the packs. Slotted for right after - we’re going live on mobile screens across the country - giving those hooked to it, reason enough to look up, and share a smile with the lovely people around them. Just how? You’ll know when it happens, keep watching the series of TVCs on the campaign.”
Directed by Dibaker Banerjee, the new TVC captures an interesting conversation between Alia and Ranbir as they embark upon a journey on a train. When Alia asks Ranbir to share, he abruptly refuses thinking she is talking about his pack of LAY’S. Alia then clarifies that she was talking about the seat and taunts Ranbir, as a response to which he quips about having a charming smile. The TVC ends with the trail of the song ‘Smile Deke Dekho’.
(First Published by India Blooms News Services)
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San Francisco, Oct 15 (Canadian-Media): Grand Finale of South Asian Literature & Art (SALA) Festival with highly acclaimed, award-winning director and author of SACRED GAMES is not to be missed, media reports said.
For the first time, Netflix India's Sacred Games is nominated for International Emmy Award 2019 in the Drama Category. The crime thriller is directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.
A special event featuring Anurag Kashyap and Vikram Chandra (Skye) in conversation with Tipu Purukayastha would be presented by Montalvo Arts Center and Art Forum SF in collaboration with UC Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies on Friday, October 18 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, at the Carriage House Theatre in Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga CA.
Journey of taking a book to the screen would be discussed by Vikram Chandra, award-winning author of the crime novel Sacred Games – which is adapted into a hit Netflix original series in India – with director Anurag Kashyap. This insightful conversation will touch on topics of Chandra’s inspiration, the challenges of adapting a book into a series, and the vision needed in order to bring a story to life.
Co-founder of two film production companies: Anurag Kashyap Films and Phantom Films, Anurag Kashyap's prominence increased with the two-part crime drama, Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), The Lunchbox (2013), Shahid (2013), Bombay Talkies (2013), Ugly (2014), Raman Raghav 2.0, Mukkabaaz (2018), and Manmarziyaan (2018).
A rare opportunity to hear two of the creative minds behind this cultural phenomenon discuss their work would be the presented in the last part of the South Asian Literature & Art (SALA) Festival
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Busan (South Korea), Oct 13 (Canadian-Media): The winners top award at the 24th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) were shared by an Iraq-Qatar co-production looking at life in war-torn Baghdad and a Vietnamese tale of a young bookie struggling to support himself and his loved, media reports said.
Iraqi director Mohanad Hayal's "Haifa Street" and "Rom", from Vietnam's Tran Thanh Huy, won the festival's New Currents award, which hands out two prizes of $30,000 to first- or second-time Asian directors, early Saturday.
"Haifa Street" was a film with tension from beginning to end, the jury said in a statement.
"This is a mature, grown-up movie and the director exhibited a confidence and understanding of cinema language which set the film apart," their statement read. "Good to see a strong gender-balanced cast."
The New Currents jury praised "Rom" for "it's amazing energy".
Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda was in town to collect the Asian Filmmaker of the World award while the Korean industry was out in force, led by opening night host Lee Hanee.
299 films from 85 countries, with 118 world premieres were screened this year by BIFF and almost 200,000 attending across its 10-day run.
The official prize-giving and with the world premiere of Korean director Lim Dae-hyung’s mother-daughter relationship drama "Moonlit Winter" the event came to an end on Saturday night..
Los Angeles, July 22 (Canadian-Media): “Avengers: Endgame”, surpassed 'Avatar' in becoming the highest-grossing film of all time, media reports said.
“Avatar” grossed $2.789 billion worldwide, and “Avengers: Endgame” is currently at $2.79 billion.
“'Endgame' finally did it,” said Cathleen Taff, Disney's president of distribution. “It's a huge achievement.”
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previewed that this was a sure-thing Saturday night at San Diego Comic-Con.
“You have to shout-out to Mr. James Cameron, who held that title for a long time,” Feige said. “If you adjust for inflation, he still holds the title, and he'll probably get the title again as soon as he puts out another movie. But for right now ... 'Avengers: Endgame' is the biggest film of all time.”
#TheExtraordinaryJourneyoftheFakir, #A-ZFilms; #KenScott; #AntoineZeind;
Toronto, May 25 (Canadian-Media): The film The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, a comedy adventure by Quebec director Ken Scott, has been picked up by A-Z Films for Canada, media reports said.
The comedy adventure film by Quebec director Ken Scott (Starbuck, Delivery Man, Unfinished Business, La Grande Séduction) stars the well-known Indian actor Dhanush in the lead, also featuring Bérénice Béjo (The Artist) Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) Erin Moriarty (Blood Father) and Abel Jafri (Timbuktu). Rounding out the cast is Gérard Jugnot, Ben Miller, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Stefano Cassetti.
IMAGE: ACTOR DHANUSH/ COURTESY OF GOLDEN RATIO FILMS
The story centers around a hustler from Mumbai who embarks on an extraordinary voyage across Europe in search of his estranged father. During his trip, he finds love in a Swedish furniture store in Paris, but danger with Somalian migrants ensues and he ends up in London, then more threats follow the young man until he finds himself in Rome, where an unlikely threat shadows the hustler to escape on to a hot-air balloon.
IMAGE: BÉRÉNICE BÉJO AND DHANUSH IN ‘THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR’/COURTESY OF GOLDEN RATIO FILMS
“This film is a universal story that is a joy ride for every member of the family,” says A-Z Film’s Zeind. “Director Ken Scott has done a remarkable job bringing together not only many parts of the world, but also mixing in plenty of emotion through laughs, telling tales, and social commentary. I know Canadians will be very taken by The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir and I’m excited to bring this adventure to them.”
The film has been adapted from Puértolas’ novel “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” which came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages.
The screenplay was written by author Romain Puértolas, and Luc Bossi who also is producing through his Paris-based company Brio Films. Other co-producers include Vamonos Films, Little Red Car Films, Scope Pictures, M! Capital Ventures, Impact Films and Golden Ratio Films.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir most recently won the Audience Award for Best Comedy at the Barcelona Sant-Jordi International Film Festival, and was the opening night film at the International Film Festival of South Asia, in Toronto.
A co-production between France, India and Belgium, the English-language feature will be distributed in Canada by A-Z films, and released in the US (over 500 screens) by Cradle Walk Pictures, as well as India and Canada on June 21.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Hindi play 'Gardish mein taare' pays tribute to the creatively volatile era of Indian Cinema in the 1950s
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Mississauga, Apr 11 (Canadian-Media): Hindi play 'Gardish mein taare' would be presented by The Living Arts Centre in partnership with ARRA Arts in Hammerson Hall, Mississauga, Ontario on April 26, 2019, media reports saide.
Tickets start at $30. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling the Box Office.
'Gardish mein taare' (English Translation: ‘Stars in the Sky’) directed by Saif Hyder Hassan and performed in Hindi with English subtitles, explores the pain, pathos, magic and music inspired by the turbulent times and relationship shared by Guru Dutt and his wife Geeta Dutt, portrayed by renowned actors, Arif Zakaria and Sonali Kulkarni.
The poignant age of Hindi film belonging to the era of the 50s and 60s is brought to life with beautiful lyrics, hit music and stunning sets. Director Saif Hyder Hasan shines has incorporated fictional elements and real-life incidents in Guru Dutt’s life that make for a thoroughly entertaining watch!
After starting his career as a trainee copywriter, and then as a journalist, Saif Hyder Hasan (Director), is currently Director of Communications at Mouthshut.com. Hasan is the Producer/Director of nine acclaimed plays including Ek Mulaqaat, Gardish Mein Taare and Mr. and Mrs. Murarilal, which have been staged to public and critical acclaim. He has worked with top-class actors like Deepti Naval, Shekhar Suman, Sonali Kulkarni, Satish Kaushik, and Arif Zakaria.
Sonali Kulkarni is an Indian actress, largely known for her roles in Doghi, Deool, Dil Chahta Hai, Singham, and Taxi No 9211. The Filmfare Awards in Marathi dubbed her “Best Actress” in 1996, 2015 and 2018, and she won “Best TV Performance of the Year” in the 1996 RAPA Awards. In 2002, Sonali Kulkarni won the National Film Award for her role in Chaitra.
Arif Zakaria is an Indian actor, best known for his roles/involvement in Krrish 3, My Name is Khan and Raazi. He received a National Film Award nomination for his role in Darmiyan, and has also traveled across Europe and Asia since 2005 with the Australian musical show Merchants of Bollywood.
ARRA Arts is a platform for hosting arts, music and cultural performances, fostering local arts talent, bridging the links to promote educational cultural exchange programs and celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Canadians. Anu Srivastava, CEO of ARRA Arts Inc., continues to bring high caliber international theatrical productions to Mississauga, Ontario.