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‘The White Tiger’ Prowls Into Awards Season With Notable Performances From Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Newcomer Adarsh Gourav

A new discovery is always welcomed in Hollywood, and breakout star Adarsh Gourav makes his presence well known in Netflix’s “The White Tiger.” Written and directed by acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani, the ambitious and intriguing tale is likely to draw lazy comparisons to Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” due to mere geographic location. Much darker […]

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‘The White Tiger’ Trailer: Ramin Bahrani, Priyanka Chopra Tackle India’s Class Struggles in Netflix’s Darkly Comic Adaptation

In 2008, Indian author Aravind Adiga published The White Tiger, a searing, darkly comic account of the underbelly of Indian society and the horrifying lengths that one man would take to break out of its rigid class structure. It was an astounding debut novel, especially coming in the same year that the notoriously sentimental Slumdog […]

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‘Nomadland’ wins TIFF audience award

Oscar bellwether bodes well for Golden Lion winnerSearchlight Pictures’ Nomadland starring Frances McDormand has won the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) audience award.The win is usually a good indication of Oscar success and Chloé Zhao’s Venice Golden Lion winner about itinerant life on the fringes has earned plaudits from critics.Regina King’s feature directorial debut One […]

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Oscar-Winner A.R. Rahman Boards ‘No Land’s Man’ as Composer and Co-Producer (Exclusive)

Oscar-, BAFTA- and Grammy-winning composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”) has joined U.S.-India-Bangladesh film “No Land’s Man” as co-producer and composer.Directed by eminent Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (“Saturday Afternoon”), the film chronicles a South Asian man’s journey that becomes complicated when he meets an Australian woman in the U.S.“Time always gives birth to new worlds, […]

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Busan: A.R. Rahman ‘Le Musk’ Directing Debut in Post-Production

Oscar-winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”) is now in post-production with his directorial debut “Le Musk.” The film is a multi-sensory Virtual Reality experience, with haptic touch experiences and a sense of smell.Rahman developed the story from an original idea by his wife Sairaa and directed from a screenplay by Gurachi Phoenix, besides composing […]

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Oscar Beat: Tiff 2019 Launches Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez and More into Awards Conversation

The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival wrapped up yesterday with its awards ceremony, and as is always the case with Tiff, a bevy of new Oscar contenders were born. Tiff marks an important stop along the way to the Oscars, and combined with the Venice Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival usually marks the […]

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Post-TIFF, the Best Actress Oscar Race Is Scarlett Johansson v. Renée Zellweger

The Toronto International Film Festival gives, and takes away. Toronto’s notoriously friendly audiences are not to be trusted entirely — with the exception of the People’s Choice Award, which has gone to such Best Picture winners as “Chariots of Fire,” “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Green Book.”So when […]

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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Will Open London Film Festival

“Slumdog Millionaire” and “Lion” star Dev Patel toplines period Charles Dickens drama “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Armando Iannucci’s followup to “The Death of Stalin,” which will have its European premiere on opening night October 2 at the Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square at the BFI London Film Festival. This year’s festival runs October 3 […]

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‘The Wedding Guest’ Review: Decent Proof That Dev Patel Could Be the Next James Bond

As a spare and sexy thriller, Michael Winterbottom’s “The Wedding Guest” is far too undercooked; there’s little flavor, and even less to chew on. As an audition for its star to be the next James Bond, however, this aimless Dev Patel vehicle is virtually perfect. Sure, there could stand to be a bit more shooting, […]

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