Friday, June 26, 2015

Music from the Original Series Aquarius released digitally by Ume

Exclusive Soundtrack Features Songs by Wayne Newton, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, The Who and More, Plus a David Duchovny Original, Cast Member Production Recordings and Score
UMe has released an exclusive new 15-track soundtrack or the hit NBC series Aquarius. Music From The Original Series Aquarius is available now for download purchase from all major digital service providers.

Music From The Original Series Aquarius features recordings heard in the show, including Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction;" "I'll Never Say Never To Always," an original Charles Manson recording; The Who's "I Can See For Miles" and "The Seeker;" Wayne Newton's "Danke Schoen;" Nina Simone's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood;" Frank Sinatra's "Time After Time;" Junior Walker & The All Stars' "Come See About Me" and several other songs of the time.

Music From The Original Series Aquarius also includes "The Things" by David Duchovny, which is also featured on Duchovny's own new album, Hell Or Highwater (released May 12); "Grace's Theme," an original score piece by W.G. Snuffy Walden, and two cast production recordings:  "The Shadow of Your Smile," (the Love Theme from 1965's The Sandpiper), sung by Aquarius ' Ambyr Childers, Emma Dumont and Tara Lynn Barr during a discussion of the film by their characters, and "True Love You Will Find" (written by Charles Manson), performed by Aquarius ' Gethin Anthony as Manson.

NBC's hit series Aquarius stars David Duchovny as decorated World War II vet and LAPD homicide detective Sam Hodiak, who barely recognizes the city he's now policing. Set in 1967, Aquarius sees Hodiak tracking a small but growing band of drifters under the sway of a career criminal who now dreams of being a rock star: Charles Manson. Ringing with the unparalleled music of the era, the sprawling work of historical fiction begins two years before the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.

Aquarius airs Thursday nights at 9pm ET/PT on NBC, and the series' 13 episodes are also available for streaming on-demand on NBC.com, the NBC app and other VOD services.  Writer John McNamara ("In Plain Sight") serves as executive producer with Marty Adelstein ("Prison Break"), Becky Clements ("Last Man Standing"), David Duchovny and Melanie Greene. Aquarius is a production of Tomorrow Studios, a joint partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios. The soundtrack's producers are the show's music supervisor, Ann Kline, McNamara, Adelstein and Christian Johnson.

IMAX 3D Audiences to experience "The Walk" first when the film is released on September 30

Audiences at IMAX 3D and other select theaters will have the chance to be the first to experience The Walk, the new motion picture event from Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis, when it is released exclusively in those theaters on Wednesday, September 30.  The film, which has also been chosen as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival, will then enter wide release on October 9.

Twelve men have walked on the moon.  Only one man has ever, or will ever, go where The Walk will take moviegoers.   In The Walk, Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis, the master director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story.  With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk is genuine big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds.  It is also one of the rare live-action films that is a PG-rated, all-audience entertainment for moviegoers 8 to 80 - and a true story to boot.  It is unlike anything audiences have seen before, a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.

Commenting on the announcement, Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, said, "We're excited to be part of Sony's exclusive release for The Walk, which was designed for and makes brilliant use of IMAX 3D. No one understands IMAX better than our longtime partner Bob Zemeckis - he is an artistic genius who uses all of his expertise to give audiences an edge-of-your-seat thrill that will make moviegoers feel like they are out on the tightrope themselves. We're excited that our audiences will have the chance to see it first."

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the screenplay is by Robert Zemeckis & Christopher Browne, based on the book "To Reach the Clouds" by Philippe Petit, and produced by Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke.

Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story now in Marathi

The book is considered the foremost – and only – credible Michael Jackson biography
Here is some good news for Michael Jackson fans. The ultimate biography of Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness by J. Randy Taraborrelli’s is now available in Marathi. On the occasion of the 6th death anniversary of the ‘King of Pop’, Mehta Publishing house released the book titled ‘Michael Jackson: The magic, the madness’ for his fans.

The book has been translated into Marathi from English by Mrs. Reshma Kulkarni-pathare and released at a ceremony by well-known Marathi poet, singer-songwriter, copywriter Mr. Sandeep Khare, Founder of the official Indian Michael Jackson Fanclub Mr. Nikhil Gangavane & the translator of the book Reshma Kulkarni today at Mehta Publishing House.

Sharing his thoughts on the occasion, Mr Sandeep Khare said, “As an artist I also loved listening to Michael Jackson songs. His greatest achievement was not that he was a brilliant performer, but the fact that his art was understood and lauded by millions across the globe, cutting all cultural and geographical boundaries.”

Nikhil Gangavane, Founder President of The Official Michael Jackson said “what can be a better tribute for Michael Jackson on 25th June…Legend come and go…some live forever. Michael Jackson is one of the legends whose showmanship cannot be surpassed by any other artist. From music, dance, to philanthrophy, he was the best in whatever he did.

According to the book’s translator Reshma Kulkarni, before translating this book, she always believed that Michael was an over rated star. “But after I started translating the book, I realised that not only was Michael a powerhouse of real talent, but also, his histrionics were, more often than not, his way of pleading to the world to treat him as normal,” she said. One never saw the reasons(s) behind his weird behavior. His was a childhood traumatised by a demoniacal father, a family trying to make him slog so they could piggy-back on his success and riches, so-called friends who only held his hand till he was on the top and then betrayed him.

According to her, this book is a must-read to understand how a world-famous star should be and also should not be. “I would go as far as to say that it is a good guide for parents aspiring for celebrity-hood for their children. They would certainly do well to read this book to understand what ‘not’ to do, so as to help their celebrity children carry the weight of success,” Kulkarni said.

“As publishers we thought Michael Jackson’s real life story should reach his fans so that they know who the real was Michael Jackson was,” said Managing Director of Mehta Publishing House.

The original book Michael Jackson – The Magic & The Madness was authored by J. Randy Taraborrelli. He is the foremost authority on Michael Jackson and is the only New York Times best-seller about Jackson. First published in 1990, the book was a runaway success. Taraborrelli updated the book for the foreign marketplace four years ago in an edition that was nominated for a W.H. Smith Literary Award in the U.K.

"I am thrilled to watch the Masaan trailer for the first time!" says Richa Chadha at launch

Apart from Richa Chadha, also present at the launch were the debutant director Neeraj Ghaywan, cast members Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal, Shweta Tripathi and the producers, Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl of Phantom Films, and Guneet Monga and Shaan Vyas of Sikhya Entertainment
Neeraj Ghaywan’s Cannes Award winning directorial debut Masaan had its trailer launch at a suburban multiplex amid much fanfare with its cast and crew in Mumbai.

Talking about the journey of the first Indian film to win two awards (FIPRESCI Award and the Most Promising Future Prize in the Un Certain Regard section) at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 26 years, the director, Neeraj Ghaywan said, "Varun Grover and I researched content for the film for around a year in Benares. We spent a lot of time with the Chaudhary family of the Dom community who work in cremation grounds. A lot of the film has been drawn from real life."

He added, "Winning at Cannes has helped us in many ways. Besides the amazing exposure and buzz in India, we have already sold the film in many territories abroad."

Lead actress Richa Chadha, who looked picture perfect in white said, "We are seeing the trailer for the first time. Neeraj has saved a lot of masala for Indian audiences because it's an Indian film after all."

Richa's performance in the film is getting her praise from all quarters but she's not one to take credit. Richa said matter-of-factly, "Masaan is not riding on my shoulders but on the able shoulders of the film. This film is closest to my heart. I find the film spiritual and so I have been on board since the beginning."

Talking about her character and preparation, she said, "The character of Devi has been the toughest and most different one I have portrayed. Devi is distressed but not guilty. I had spent time in Benares during the making of Gangs of Wasseypur. I read the script once and watched Iranian and French movies to understand the tonality.”

She added, “I love the empathy, compassion and understanding with which Neeraj, a man and a first-time director, dealt beautifully with the emotions, Devi, as a woman is going through.  It is completely non-judgmental. The measure of success for an actor is when a role is written especially for them and Neeraj wrote this especially for me so I had to do this break - through character and be part of the film.”

Filmfare award-winner Sanjay Mishra who plays Richa's father in the movie says candidly, "I was hungry for nine years. Now I am getting work so I am doing it. I am glad to be part of the movie. I have not seen the movie yet. I agreed to do the movie after hearing one line 'Mann kasturi re'. That one line has the essence of the entire movie."

Shweta Tripathi and Vicky Kaushal expressed their excitement over being part of such a dream project.

Explaining the meaning and relevance of the title Masaan, Varun Grover, the writer and lyricist of the movie said, "Masaan is a slang word in Benares for shamshaan (cremation ground).  Vicky Kaushal's character is from the Dom community and he works at the cremation ground in Benares. Besides this, the film reflects upon the philosophy of the cycle of life and death in many ways."

Producer Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films clarified that Masaan is not an art-house film. He said, "Masaan has set a benchmark and paved the way for more films to go to festivals and get released with the same fanfare in India. Masaan has completed the full circle in that sense.  Masaan will negate the notion that festival films are arty and don't find a release. We are releasing it in about 300 screens."

Producer Vikramaditya Motwane of Phantom Films said, "Anurag Kashyap and I read and loved the script from the very beginning. We began raising funds and got producers Manish Mundra (Drishyam Films), Macassar (Melita and Marijane) and Sikhya Entertainment on board and they have been our guardian angels on this film. I am very happy that the film is releasing on a grand scale."

Producer Vikas Bahl of Phantom Films candidly admitted that he hadn’t even read Masaan’s script before green-lighting it. He said, "I am the only producer who came on board without reading the script. Neeraj is a serious guy and I thought his script would be serious too so I just left the decision to Vikram. I saw the first cut about two months back and I found it delightful and magical. He announced, “From now on, I am producing Neeraj Ghaywan without reading the script. It saves time also.”

Producer Guneet Monga of Sikhya Entertainment concludes, "Several films have gone to festivals over the past few years. It takes a lot of vision to make a film and take it so far. It's commendable and amazing that we are releasing Masaan within two months time after its Cannes premiere and that is thanks to Phantom Films and Drishyam Films."

Masaan hits cinema screens in India on 24th July.

Workshops at 6th Jagran Film Festival fulfill film lovers’ skill wish-list

From July 1 to July 5, 2015, industry stalwarts address workshops at the Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi
Jagran Film Festival is back in its sixth edition and it is raining reasons to attend and make the most of the experiences in store at India’s largest film festival. Besides offering a glimpse of the world cinema, this year’s festival has an enriching lineup of workshops, master classes and sessions that are hard to miss.

Committed to nurturing the budding film talent in India, Jagran Film Festival brings a series of value-adding workshops for aspiring film makers, budding script writers, and cinematographers as well as for anyone with a curious mind and keen heart for films.

The 6th edition of Jagran Film Festival has partnered with veteran Film maker Subhash Ghai’s prestigious film school Whistling Woods International, Mumbai, in a fresh initiative to take film education to often ignored small towns of India. Often international film festivals have been accused of their ‘highbrow’ attitude, missing out on small towns. This initiative by the veteran Director-Producer-Academician will bridge the gap between small towns and metropolitan cities as far as exposure to film education is concerned.

As ‘Master Classes Partner’ of the Jagran Film Festival, the faculty of Whistling Woods International will travel to meet and teach the student community and budding film makers across 17 cities of India conducting Workshops, Short duration Courses, Master Classes, Question and Answer sessions with film personalities. In some of the cities covered by the Festival, Subhash Ghai will make a personal appearance and reach out to prospective film makers. These workshops and Master Classes will range from general to technical subjects with a view to impart ‘spot exposure’ to prospective film makers.

Screenwriting Workshop with Anjum Rajabali
A 2-hour workshop delves into the knowledge of basic storytelling principles combined with an understanding of the form & rhythms of the screenplay. Anjum Rajabali in her proven ways will cover the entire journey of the script from theme, premise, character, and plot, to structure, scene construction, and dialogue, and the use of music and song in Indian script.

Q&A with Anjum
An hour worth of chit-chat, dispelling doubts, queries and all the curiosity a novice screen-writer has before entering the endless world of creative expression on the big screen.

Q&A with Subhash Ghai
90 minutes of pure expert speak simmered with real life anecdotes from the veteran director’s prolific film career. The session with Subhash Ghai besides being inspiring, takes every participant into the world of films from a filmmaker’s point of view and offers a blueprint of what this thriving medium has in store for those who possess a vision to portray a film idea onto the silver screen.

Still Photography workshop by Krishhna Murthy
It’s Krishhna Murthy’s camera, lenses and some magic with light that delights those with a camera and inspires those without one to explore a world where a picture is worth a thousand words. From digital photography, camera operation to handling techniques and light tricks, it is time to discreetly open up one’s creative side and let stills do the talking.

How Films are made by Somnath Sen
A walk down the film-making lane withan opportunity to gather nitty gritties all along the way, with Somnath Sen of Leela (2002), Faisla (2005) and Gora (2012) fame. Through this 90 minutes workshop, film lovers learn the nuts and bolts of film making spanning the entire gamut from ideation till its execution - all this from a film-maker’s lens itself.

With such an all-rounded medley of workshops, 6th Jagran Film Festival is a film feast and crash course on films packed in one.

The 2015 edition of Jagran Film Festival will traverse from Delhi to the Indian hinterlands of Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal before culminating in Mumbai.  In close collaboration with festival partners such as Whistling Woods International (WWI), Film Federation of India (FFI) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the 2015 edition is all set to surpass its own last benchmarks of presenting over 16 cinema appreciation workshops, 400 screenings in 17 cities, that were witnessed by a direct audience of more than 50000 film aficionados and a media reach-out to nearly 50 million people in India in 2014.

For workshop registrations and more information on the complete schedule of events, ticket prices, etc., please visit www.jff.co.in.
Dates: Wednesday, 1st July’2015 – Sunday, 5th July’2015
Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi

Time: 10.00 am onwards

Shudh Desi Endings’ ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ spoof treads uncharted waters

Shudh Desi Endings’ (SDE) latest spoof is an after take on all that’s big and king size in the lives and times of DDD’s high-flyers.

The ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ spoof opens with an up-class and unusual on-screen papa-beta banter between Anil Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. That Ranveer is anything but sane remains a constant when he flaunts his ‘do the rex’ form in the SDE flick.  In this spoof even the cruise-liner goes berserk and stands on a Titanic like firangi crossroads, giving desi ex-lovebirds Ranveer and Anushka an opportunity to settle their long-due personal scores.  The madness seems to go ‘onnn and onnnn’.

Click Digital Studios is on a tremendous expansion spree and plans to launch 10 new channels over the next 12 months after Shudh Desi Endings and Shudh Desi Raps. Shudh Desi Gaane is the first step for the house of compelling content with a signature comical twist in that direction.

For music lovers, it is a perfect opportunity to play on the melodic yet comic shudh desi filmy musical masala with ‘Shudh Desi Gaane’, all at the click of a button. Shudh Desi Gaane, a Youtube channel had a grand opening with the first ever parody of the Hamari Adhuri Kahani title track.

Click Digital Studios manages end-to-end production of shows for 70 channels on YouTube that garner monthly viewership of 100 million with a subscriber base of 1.5 million. It also produced a Gujarati standup comedy show “Hirjee Ni Marjee” for Viacom 18’s ETV Gujarati, the first season of 72 episodes of which ran successful. CDS’ sister concern Monopoly Pictures has produced a Gujarati film “Happy Family Pvt. Ltd” (2013).

For those anxious to know what eventually takes over – Ranveer’s on-screen rex rage or his off-screen revenge on Anushka, check here...

Sony DADC releases Whiplash on Home Video

Home Entertainment Services by Sony DADC - the leading home entertainment content provider in India releases Oscar winning movie Whiplash on Blu-ray & DVD. This captivating drama film depicting the relationship between a promising young drummer and his instructor is written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The movie stars J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller along with Paul Reiser and Melissa Benoist. The film is based on Damien Chazelle’s experiences in the Princeton High School Studio Band.

The film features Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) an ambitious young jazz drummer in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man’s life. But Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and his sanity.

With the Blu-ray priced at Rs.1299/- and the DVD at Rs.599/-, the Blu-ray & DVD include the following special features:
  • An Evening at the Toronto International Film Festival with Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle
  • Whiplash Original Short Film
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Timekeepers (Only in Blu-ray)

The film got critical acclaim and was a box office success as the film grossed $33.1 million against a production budget of $3.3 million. The film won many awards and accolades, it won 3 awards at the 87th Academy Awards.  J. K. Simmons received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the film also took home the award for Best Film Editing & Best Sound Mixing.

Own your copy of this captivating musical journey now!