December 3, 2013 273 reads 2 comments
If all goes as planned, Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, whose latest film "The Wolf of Wall Street" releases in India on Christmas day, may visit the country's entertainment capital in the first month of the new year.
"His visit is likely to be a part of a different strategy, by way of which the "Titanic" star will meet some of India's promising entrepreneurs," a source from the film's distribution team in India, told IANS.
"Leonardo sincerely believes that the character on whose life the film is based is a huge role model for the youth of today in terms of enterprising skills.
The film follows the real life story of Jordan Belfort's rise to a wealthy stockbroker to his fall due to use of fraudulent methods.
"The actor has learnt that India is a country booming with young firms and start-ups and hence he felt that more than an obvious promotion of the movie, a platform to interact with such a crowd of young enthusiasts would be a far better connect and a great opportunity," the source added.
"The Wolf of Wall Street", directed by Martin Scorsese, is being distributed in India by PVR Pictures and MVP Entertainment, and if one hears it right, backend preparations are already underway to make the visit special for the widely popular actor.
In fact, DiCaprio has, in the past attempted to visit the country - first for a tiger conservation project, and earlier this year, there were rumours that he would come down for the promotion of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby", which also stars Bollywood's beloved Amitabh Bachchan.
November 25, 2013 238 reads 0 comments
Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence says that “The Hunger Games” changed her career path.
Prior to "The Hunger Games", the 23-year-old's work in independent movie "Winter’s Bone" was appreciated and she was content with it.
"I started out in indies and I always imagined myself being in smaller movies for the rest of my career. Then ‘The Hunger Games’ came along and I was in a big pickle. I would have done it in a heartbeat if it were an indie, but it was giant! I had to take a few days to think about it,” Lawrence said in a statement.
“It took everything to a different place than I could have never imagined. And the Oscar did wonderful things for my career. I'm just rolling with it,” she added.
Lawrence, who won an Oscar award for her work in “Silver Linings Playbook”, will be seen in sci-fi adventure movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire".
It is set to release in India Dec 6 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
November 24, 2013 350 reads 0 comments
Being put up in a VIP suite close to the elevator where Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal sexually assaulted a junior colleague appears to have put the media spotlight on Hollywood legend Robert De Niro, for no fault of his.
De Niro, who finds his name inadvertently mentioned twice in the first information report filed by Goa Police, was the subject of a question from a reporter to Goa's Deputy Inspector General (DIG) O.P. Mishra.
Asked if the police would question the Godfather II star because of his physical proximity to the scene of crime, Mishra said: "This is an investigation and many things are likely to emerge. Whosesoever's testimony is required for investigation will be taken."
De Niro's name is mentioned twice in the FIR filed by Goa Police after a complaint was made by the woman jounrnalist to Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury. The complaint says Tarun Tejpal used meeting Robert De Niro as an excuse for luring the young woman into the lift and sexually assaulting her twice, over two days.
"Let's go wake up Bob (De Niro), and I asked him why he wanted to do that. I then realised that Tejpal was simply pressing buttons on the lift's panel to make the elevator stay in circuit, preventing it from stopping anywhere, and for the doors to open," says the FIR in one instance, quoting extensively from the written complaint sent by the woman journalist to Shoma Chaudhury.
Robert De Niro was the star speaker at the Tehelka ThinkFest, a highbrow conference held in Goa Nov 8-9. The woman claims that Tejpal sexually assaulted her twice on Nov 7 and 8.
November 21, 2013 6328 reads 2 comments
War is the biggest export of the US, followed by films, according to Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon.
The actor in Susan took a backseat and the activist sprung forth at a press conference held on the sidelines of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here Thursday.
The Academy award-winning actress launched into a spirited conversation about her activism in the US, which she criticised for promoting war.
"For the US, war is the biggest export ... second maybe movies," she said.
War, she said, was a phenomenon "built into the US economy".
Sarandon, who has donned the hat of a United Nations Goodwill ambassador, said both Democrats and the Republicans in the US were responsible for the country's war fetish. But the military forays in the Middle East, which had taken a heavy toll on the superpower's economy, had now made people wiser, she added.
This learning, she said, had resulted in resistance within the country against the government, which was toying with a military strike on Syria.
She further said that her stand against issues like America-going-to-war had often attracted a lot of ire.
"A lot of stories were written against my children, which were not true. There are also a lot of hate jokes in the US," she said.
November 20, 2013 1547 reads 0 comments
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon Wednesday candidly confessed that as an American, she was "sad and ashamed" because of her lack of exposure to global cinema.
Sarandon was speaking after inaugurating the 44th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji Wednesday.
"I feel sad and ashamed as an American I have seen so few foreign films. India has produced so many films and (has a) rich history of cinema," said Sarandon.
The 67-year-old actress who was also a United Nations goodwill ambassador said that she was "looking forward to meeting artists and seeing films at the film festival".
"Film has ability to broaden horizons and see what makes people laugh and cry in other countries," the Hollywood star said.
Sarandon, who landed in Goa at 5 a.m. Wednesday said that she did not have the time to look around Goa since her arrival, but also added that "enjoying Goa" was on her agenda.