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Oscar ‘Sweepers’ May Be Thing of the Past

The great sweeper, the film that runs away with the evening’s awards, has a strong history at the Oscars. Three films have won 11 Oscars in one night: “Ben-Hur” (1959), “Titanic” (1997) and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003). Depending on where you stand on those movies, you could love […]

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Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, Asif Kapadia Write to U.K. Chancellor For Cinema Funding

More than 40 prominent U.K. film industry figures, including “Tenet” director Christopher Nolan and “Small Axe” filmmaker Steve McQueen, have written to U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak requesting further support for the beleaguered exhibition sector.The letter in the Sunday Times, a follow up to the U.K. Cinema Association’s December 2020 ‘Keep the Magic […]

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Serve the servants: why cinema loves to play with class stereotypes

As a new drama about India’s caste system shows, films about the upper crust and their downstairs domestics are often surprisingly subversive“India is two countries in one,” our hero Balram observes in The White Tiger: there is an India of light, preserve of the rich and powerful; and an India of darkness, where millions toil […]

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Danny Boyle to Direct Sex Pistols Limited Series for FX

Danny Boyle is giving iconic punk rock band the Sex Pistols the limited series treatment at FX.FX announced on Monday that Boyle, the director behind praised films such as “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Steve Jobs,” and “Trainspotting,” will direct and executive produce “Pistol,” a six-episode limited series about the legendary Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. The series […]

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The 2020 Black List Presents the Year’s Best Unproduced Scripts

The 16th annual Black List survey was released on Monday, showcasing 80 of the most popular un-produced scripts from up-and-coming screenwriters.This year’s list was compiled from suggestions of over 375 film executives, who contributed up to 10 feature screenplays that were written in, or somehow uniquely associated with 2020 and will not begin principal photography […]

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A.R. Rahman Talks BAFTA Breakthrough, ‘Le Musk,’ Covid-19 (Exclusive)

Oscar-, BAFTA-, Golden Globe- and Grammy-winning composer A.R.Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”) has provided further details of his recently announced role as the ambassador of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Breakthrough India initiative.“As ambassador, my role is to help BAFTA to recognize breakthrough talent across the breadth of the Indian film industry and […]

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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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