The National Awards ceremony makes for newsy stories and good photo-ops each year. As does IFFI. As does Cannes. But is there a lasting relevance to what happens, who wins, once the stories stop trending? Does the film industry relate to what the government structures put in place? Do the government and its bodies understand the nuances of a creative, free space such as filmmaking? Do they even engage beyond the sparring over censorship? What is changing – and what ought to? A day before the National Awards ceremony in Delhi, we assembled a gathering of minds who had the credentials to talk about this – Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, Chairperson of the jury for the 65th National Awards Shekhar Kapur, CBFC Chairman and lyricist Prasoon Joshi and CBFC member Vani Tripathi Tikoo. They explained what the learnings from the Awards were (‘small regional filmmakers are doing amazing stuff’), what the ministry plans to do differently at Cannes (show … [Read more...] about Smriti Irani: It’s time to take our National Award-winning cinema to Cannes
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LOS ANGELES — In one haunting moment from Liongate’s upcoming thriller “Traffik,” a young woman is drugged and loaded into a waiting truck by sex traffickers after having spent much of the night running for her life. Nina Simone’s stirring “Strange Fruit” punctuates the scene, a touch that filmmaker Deon Taylor calls a “spiritual moment” intended to draw a parallel between trafficking and that other institution that commodifies people held against their will.“I had to put that in there because (trafficking) is the modern-day slavery,” Taylor said.“Traffik,” which was “shot with a microbudget,” was produced in part by its star Paula Patton’s Third Eye Productions.“(Producing) is the only way to get the types of stories that I want to see made,” Patton recently said in Los Angeles. “You can’t sit there and hope — that’s infuriating and maddening. So you must … [Read more...] about Paula Patton takes charge as a producer and star of the sex trafficking thriller ‘Traffik’
Brianna McGurran Ask Brianna Published 4:03 p.m. UTC May 28, 2018 Q. A friend asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to afford it. How do I say no and keep our friendship intact? A. You don’t need to go into debt to celebrate a friend. This might sound blasphemous when your social media feeds are drenched in destination bachelor parties and designer bridesmaid dresses. But the truth is that many 20- and 30-somethings are just getting by, and bridesmaids in particular are asked to drop a lot of cash. The average bridesmaid spends $1,200 per wedding, including attire, travel to the event, accessories and gifts, according to a May 2017 study from wedding-planning website WeddingWire. But that average climbs to over $1,800 when accounting for bachelorette parties and bridal showers. You’ll want to know precisely what you’re signing up for as a bridesmaid. A true friend will understand if your finances keep you from … [Read more...] about Ask Brianna: How to say no to being a bridesmaid
It’s been a time-tested Democratic attack line: Republicans are going to take away your Medicare, or maybe your Social Security. We gave a variant of the line our 2011 Lie of the Year.Now the talking point has re-emerged, in a March 29 tweet, from Oregon’s Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee:"#TrumpTax was only the beginning. After giving massive tax giveaways to wealthy & powerful shareholders, Republicans in Congress are plotting to take away Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security."In reality, the notion that congressional Republicans are scheming to "take away" Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security is inaccurate.🚨 #TrumpTax was only the beginning. After giving massive tax giveaways to wealthy & powerful shareholders, Republicans in Congress are plotting to take away Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.https://t.co/9YTuAYnOWw— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) March 29, 2018The Democratic news releaseThe first piece of evidence … [Read more...] about PolitiFact: Do Republicans in Congress want to take away Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid?
How do you get on with your ex? Could you sit down over a meal to have a frank, honest conversation about your past relationship – and all while the cameras are rolling? Is this going to be super-awkward or is there still a spark? If you’d like to find out, Shotglass Media is looking for contestants to take part in an exciting new BBC Three TV show, Eating With My Ex. ‘We’ll follow each of our couples as they prepare for their date, meet up in a significant location and, over a three-course dinner, ask each other questions about their relationship’, reads an advert on the BBC’s website. ‘Our couples will get the chance to speak their mind, find closure, reminisce or even get back together. It should be a really fun and constructive experience for all who take part’. If you think any of this sounds like a good idea, the closing date for applications is Friday, 30 March. Applicants must be between 18 and 34 years of age. To apply Call: 020 … [Read more...] about BBC want ex-couples to take part in exciting new show