Flashback Friday is here, and we are all set to take you down memory lane. In today's flashback feature, we bring an interview of Aamir Khan, wherein he had narrated a sweet incident related to the legendary Jackie Chan, and how the latter helped him during his China visit. In 2015, Aamir visited China to promote his film PK and got a chance to meet Jackie at the Indo-China convention. In conversation with Rediff, when Aamir was asked to share his experience about meeting the popular martial artist, he had said that he had a lovely time interacting with him. Recalling his meet with him, the 3 Idiots actor said, "I met him at the Indo China convention. In fact, he became my interpreter and explained what the other gentlemen were saying as my interpreter ran away (laughs). He invited me for dinner later so I spent the entire evening with him. He was warm and cordial and we discussed our films." In the same interview, Aamir also revealed that he has been … [Read more...] about When Aamir Khan’s Interpreter Ran Away In China And Jackie Chan Became His Interpreter!
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Popcorn and all other concessions will not be sold at the IFC Center , at least for now. But films, actual films, will be projected on all five of its screens beginning Friday for the first time in nearly a year. “The room will be black — you won’t be on your phone!” Kajillionaire director Miranda July marveled in a video testimonial. That’s a dramatic change from the home viewing environment during Covid-19. The IFC, a Greenwich Village mainstay that took over the abandoned Waverly Theater site in 2005, is among a select number of New York art houses reopening today. The economics are daunting. With state coronavirus restrictions capping attendance at 25% capacity, theaters can expect no more than a few dozen ticket buyers per show in the early going. Even at such modest scale, the market will be watched closely by the film business, which got a lift last weekend with Tom & Jerry grossing $14.1 million despite also streaming on HBO Max. Related Story … [Read more...] about NYC Art House Movie Theaters Awaken After Year Of Hibernation, But One Holds The Popcorn
The new crop of films that screened at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals are evidence that the global pandemic is having an impact on the stories filmmakers want to tell: "The pandemic has just exposed and revealed so many issues that were in our society." The coronavirus pandemic has obviously changed how movies are being made, with the extra costs involved in testing and implementing strict hygienic regimes, and the constant threat hanging over every shoot that a local outbreak or lockdown could shut things down. But what impact has the once-in-a-lifetime, global experience of the Corona crisis had on what stories filmmakers want to tell? The Sundance and Berlin film festivals provided a glimpse at the first crop of films either shot or edited — or both — during the pandemic. While some — such as Nanfu Wang's Sundance doc In the Same Breath and Ben Wheatley's viral isolation thriller In the Earth — directly reference the outbreak, all in some ways … [Read more...] about Berlin: How COVID-19 Has Changed Onscreen Storytelling
Got a new agenda, With a new dream, I’m kicking out the old regime, Liberation, elevation, education. The lyrics of Janelle Monáe’s Oscar shortlisted song, “Turntables” are a call for accountability flavored with positive promise. Written for the Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés-directed documentary about Georgia political activist Stacey Abrams, All In: The Fight for Democracy , Monáe’s song aligns in every sense with Abrams’ single-minded refusal to tolerate insidious, endemic and overwhelming voter suppression following her 2018 run for governor of Georgia. Rapping about a “new dream”, Monáe speaks to the long-sought turning of a societal and political tide in this country. The call came early on in the pandemic. As an Abrams fan and a Georgia voter herself, Monáe had previously offered to help Abrams in any way she could. But when the documentary team approached, Monáe was, she says, “not in a healthy space mentally”. Not only were her tour dates disappearing and … [Read more...] about Janelle Monáe On Writing “Turntables”, Supporting Stacey Abrams & Creating “More Stories Of Black Joy”
When Netflix suggested I might like to preside over a conversation between Sophia Loren and Frank Langella , two titans of the screen and stage, it felt churlish to turn the opportunity down. They both appear in films handled by the streamer this year; Loren makes her return to screens after more than a decade away in The Life Ahead , directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, and Frank Langella delivers a blistering turn as Judge Julius Hoffman in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 . And what to say about two of the most accomplished actors of their generation that hasn’t been better spoken by the many decades of extraordinary work both of them have authored? Frank Langella, of course, made his name in the theater, where he has won no fewer than four Tony Awards for performances in plays by Peter Morgan, Florian Zeller, Edward Albee and Ivan Turgenev. He has brought some of those plays to the screen, notably reprising the roles of Dracula and Richard Nixon in … [Read more...] about In Conversation: Sophia Loren And Frank Langella, Two Titans Of Screen And Stage, Look Back On Their Predestined Drive To Perform