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​​The New Fund Offer (NFO) of this ETF is expected be to launched during December itself. Bharat Bond ETF would be the first corporate bond ETF in the country. “With the creation and launch of umbrella ETF we hope to diversify investor base,” FM Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters after the Cabinet gave in-principle approval to bond ETF.

The NDA is confident of getting adequate support for the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, with alliance partners like Janata Dal (United) and some ‘neutral’ regional parties like YSR Congress set to support the bill. TDP is likely to abstain, while Shiv Sena, now out of the alliance, it is yet to announce its final stand. The legislation is likely to be brought to Parliament early next week.

​​​ Twenty-three people were killed in the blast at Seela Ceramic Factory. The embassy clarified that some of the missing may be in the list of dead which it was yet to receive. “As per the latest reports, but so far not confirmed officially, 18 are dead,’’ it said.

The government has set up a committee to suggest necessary amendments to the Indian Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure to deal with certain crimes like mob lynching and has started a consultation process with the states. "“Under the Bureau of Police Research and Development, a committee has been set up to make changes in the IPC and CrPC.," home minister Amit Shah said in the Rajya Sabha.

Expelled UP BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar is accused of rape (and murder of survivor's father). Prima facie, it was found that Sengar allegedly conspired to bring the girl to his residence on the pretext of getting her a job, sexually assaulting her and threatening to harm her and her family members if she disclosed the crime to anyone.

A soon-to-be-released survey ranked Aberdeen police station in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as the country’s best, followed by Balasinor in Gujarat’s Mahisagar and Ajk Burhanpur in MP. A majority of those living or working near police stations or those surveyed while leaving them said they did not face any discrimination on the basis of religion or gender.

​​​The Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) MP had asked about the number of suspicious deaths at premier institutes in connection with the suicide of Fathima Latheef, a first-year MA student at IIT Madras, on November 8. The minister also stated that the MHRD had received representations from several MPS for an investigation into the suicide.

Three soldiers— Havildar Rajendra Singh and Sepoys Amit and Kamal Kumar— were killed when their post in Tangdhar was hit by an avalanche, while another, Naik Akhil S S, died after his patrol was caught in a blizzard in Gurez. “The rescue teams managed to locate and retrieve all trapped personnel in the two incidents.

​​ The jawan, identified by police as constable Masudul Rahman, was packing his bags in the barracks for a month’s leave when he grabbed a colleague’s AK47 and started firing. Authorities are yet to say what triggered it.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday disapproved of the practice of courts forming opinion and passing observations against accused on the basis of probe reports filed in sealed envelopes by probe agencies. The court said it was against fair trial and courts should refrain from recording any findings about offences while deciding bail pleas.

Nineteen crew members, including 18 Indians, on board a large crude carrier, were abducted by pirates, 66 nautical miles south of Bonny offshore terminal, Nigeria, late on Tuesday. At the time of the attack, the ship was not under any escort. There was no information about their whereabouts and TOI could not independently confirm the fate of the crew till Wednesday.

Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram walked out of Tihar Jail on Wednesday after SC granted him bail in the money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate. The court has barred him from giving interviews or making public statements in connection with the case. He has already been given bail in another case arising out of the INX Media scam which is being probed by the CBI.

To protect the Taj Mahal from pollution that would arise from increased air traffic facilitated by the proposed expansion of Agra airport, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said the Centre must plan a bigger airport away from Agra. The SC bench appeared to agree with environmental lawyer M C Mehta’s objection to the proposed expansion, which he said would increase air traffic, leading to more pollution.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari alleged that false cases were filed against him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah during the Congress leader’s term as home minister. The minister also alleged that there is evidence for the cases against Chidambaram.

Transport and schools are severely affected as millions threaten to strike over pension changes.

Vernon Unsworth tells a court that he felt "ashamed" after the Tesla founder dubbed him "pedo guy".

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen asks why people have been taking to the streets in Lebanon, Iran and Iraq.

Officials say a US sailor opened fire at the historic Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii.

Researchers say the prototype pill could ultimately offer women more contraceptive choice and control.

In the 'largest study of its kind' researchers studied 70,000 bird specimens over a 40-year period.

Naomi Wolf and Australian minister Angus Taylor feud over accounts of their time at Oxford University.

The man accused of putting up fake posts near the border with Finland is now facing a fraud charge.

The House Judiciary Committee prepares to write articles of impeachment after hearing expert witnesses.

The Chinese company filed the case after it was labelled as a security threat by Washington.

Police say the gadget can restrain people without force, amid scrutiny of law enforcement tactics.

Bishop Richard J Malone of New York state's Buffalo oversaw a scandal-hit diocese.

Experts are debating what the Constitution says about impeachment, in light of the inquiry into President Trump.

Unguarded comments have heaped embarrassment on generations of politicians around the world.

With no shift in sight from either side the coming weeks may be crucial for US-North Korean diplomacy.

The drama of the renown 1972 chess championship and its complex characters comes to the stage.

Three people get stranded in Australia's outback - two survive, one dies. So what is crucial for survival?

Kenyan John Kieti campaigned to stop a factory belching out toxic fumes by sharing pollution data.

The Russian leader says the US "militarisation" of space means Moscow has to respond.

The Asian nation has built up a bike building industry, but human rights concerns could put the brakes on growth.

Leaders of the Nato member states are in London for the alliance's 70th birthday, and things are tense.

From a Royal moment to gossiping world leaders, not everything at Nato's UK gathering has followed script.

The body is believed to be Claire Hockridge, according to Northern Territory Police

Psychologists warn that a new generation of Hongkongers are grappling with "collective trauma".

Dambe is traditionally practised by Hausa butchers, but its popularity has grown recently.

The photo-sharing network says it wants to protect young people by asking for their date of birth.

Vernon Unsworth tells a court that he felt "ashamed" after the Tesla founder dubbed him "pedo guy".

The Chinese company filed the case after it was labelled as a security threat by Washington.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping back from the day-to-day running of Google's parent company.

The chief executive of Google is now in charge of its parent company Alphabet.

Police say the gadget can restrain people without force, amid scrutiny of law enforcement tactics.

The prime minister set out his plan just hours after the US warned France of import tariffs.

The TV advert received the third highest number of complaints this year, the regulator says.

The social network will not let under-18s purchase, send, or receive digital items on its platform.

China's telecom giant has come under fire for its treatment of ex-employee Li Hongyuan.

Employees get a chatbot to help them answer relatives' questions over the holidays.

The publisher of the popular video game says it'll pay £8m to settle a broad gender discrimination case.

The Facebook CEO, alongside his wife Priscilla, also stressed the company should not be broken up.

BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the week's best technology news stories.

The maker of a video accusing China of abuse of the Uighurs rejects TikTok's explanation for blocking her.

South African start-up XinaBox is teaching children to build satellites using a modular chip.

Why our digital life means political campaigners target us in ways we might not realise.

How the Lyons catering company pioneered LEO, the first electronic office system

Will the rivalry between China and the US accelerate the division of the internet into two halves?

The technology company is resisting calls for its staff to join unions, but do they need to?

What happens to your old fridge when it's time to replace it, the BBC's Dougal Shaw reports.

Goo Hara's death shows it's often the victims of spy cams who are punished the most.

A breakthrough in battery technology would be an engineering triumph and spur to other technologies.

Adam Parker says it's "good news" that Twitter is going to create a way to memorialise accounts.

The move will as much as quadruple the rate it charges some customers.

The Chinese company filed the case after it was labelled as a security threat by Washington.

Star Wars fans really want toys of the Child, but it will not be out until next year.

Transport and schools are severely affected as millions threaten to strike over pension changes.

The greetings card chain will be sold back to its existing owners, saving 2,500 jobs.

M&G blamed "Brexit-related political uncertainty" and difficulties in the retail sector for the freeze.

The pound is the highest against the dollar in seven months and the highest against the euro since May 2017.

The prime minister set out his plan just hours after the US warned France of import tariffs.

Trevor Phillips says UK's biggest firms are failing to improve ethnic diversity in leadership roles.

The party promises new spending on trains, buses and trams outside London.

A Christmas ad for the exercise bike firm has been mocked on social media as being "out of touch".

The chief executive of Google is now in charge of its parent company Alphabet.

Cayman Islands campaigners are fighting to stop coral reefs being dredged for bigger cruise liners.

The Swift system has securely transferred data for decades, but faces growing geopolitical pressure.

Will the rivalry between China and the US accelerate the division of the internet into two halves?

John Vincent, co-founder of healthy fast food chain Leon, explains the ethos behind the company.

We look at the trend for matching the clothes you wear with your children, dog, cat or even horse.

A breakthrough in battery technology would be an engineering triumph and spur to other technologies.

What happens to your old fridge when it's time to replace it, the BBC's Dougal Shaw reports.

Illegal money lenders are targeting people around Black Friday, campaigners warn.

The three biggest UK parties have published their manifestos, how do their spending plans compare?

As part of a new BBC blog series, reader Caroline Thurston shares what she spent her money on this week.

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has been freeing children from slavery for more than 30 years.

The boss of fashion retailer Missguided discusses the importance of Black Friday.

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how sticking plasters became a million dollar idea.

Poor drinking water quality and rising anxiety levels among health-conscious Bengalureans are being exploited by those selling counterfeit products.The latest to join the bandwagon is fake replacement water filters.

BS Yediyurappa may expand his cabinet soon after the results of the bypolls are declared on December 9, deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi said on Wednesday, expressing confidence that BJP would sail through in the crucial electoral test.

(This story originally appeared in BangaloreMirror on December 5, 2019)

An alert landlord and three policemen saved the lives of a couple in Girinagar’s Bank Colony in south Bengaluru.

Political parties and the Election Commission on Wednesday fretted about voter turnout in the bypolls, and they were particularly concerned about Bengaluru, which has a history of low participation.

Security has been enhanced in the 15 constituencies across the state that go to polls on Thursday. The elections are significant since it will not only decide the fate of the rebels who turned against the Congress and the JD(S), but also the four-month old BJP government in the state.

All he wanted was a pizza on a Sunday afternoon. But little did NV Shaik, a techie, know that he’d fall prey to online fraudsters.

Hebbal is all set to become a major multi-modal hub with Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) contemplating two stations in two different corridors: One, catering to commuters travelling towards South Bengaluru; another towards Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).

When he was charged with violating labour laws by employing two minors in his tailoring shop, he contested it. The lower court found him guilty and convicted him. But he didn’t give up. He managed to wriggle out of the legal wrangle 13 years after fighting a system that tried to punish him for “statistical” reasons.

Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda's grandson Suraj Revanna and over 150 others have been booked on charges of attempt to murder and rioting at Nambihalli in Hassan district, police said on Wednesday. Suraj Revanna, son of former minister H D Revanna, allegedly thrashed some BJP workers, including a BJP corporator from Bengaluru Anand Hosur, on Tuesday night.

A 26-year-old homemaker allegedly jumped to death from the bathroom ventilator of her flat on the 21st floor of an apartment in Kothanur, near Manyata Tech Park, late Monday night.

Campaigning for the December 5 bypolls, that will determine the future of the BJP government in the state, ended at 6pm on Tuesday, with leaders of political parties making last-ditch bids to woo voters.

A four-year-old girl was raped and killed allegedly by her 47-year-old relative in Belagavi district in late November and he committed suicide by hanging, police said.

Soon packaged produce grown by 3,000 farmers in Karnataka can be tracked by consumers buying them at corner stores or supermarkets, thanks to a new technology developed by a Bengaluru-based company.

An eight-yearold mentally challenged girl was raped and murdered allegedly by a 35-year-old man in Kalaburagi district’s Chincholi taluk on Monday. Her body was recovered from near an anganwadi centre in the night and the accused has been arrested.

The state presidents of the three main political parties — BJP, Congress and JD(S) — were relegated to the background in the run-up to the bypolls, while the chief minister and two former chief ministers took centre stage.

After students from two top private engineering colleges in the city walked away with half a crore packages in campus placement, it’s the turn of students from the state-run University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) to land eye-popping offers.

Golden Chariot, the only luxury train in South India, will chug out of Yeshwantpur railway station from March 2020. According to the schedule, the train will cover famous localities in Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

Taking note of the fact that violation of helmet rule alone is not the primary reason for deaths in two-wheeler accidents, which has fallen by nearly 25%, the Madras high court has directed the

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) tasked to crack down on unauthorised construction in the city has locked and sealed hardly 15 such structures a year since 2017.

A 55-year-old van driver was arrested for sexually assaulting a five-yearold girl while driving her home from school at Perambur on Tuesday.

Air quality levels in Tuticorin has remained unchanged, even after a year of Sterlite smelter closure by the Tamil Nadu state government on charges of pollution to air, soil and water.

The city police on Tuesday arrested a Somayampalayam-based businessman for brandishing an air gun and attacking the chief manager of the Canara Bank’s Sungam branch after he allegedly refused to sanction a loan.

Public works department (PWD) officials on Wednesday lifted water samples from Chembarambakkam and Red Hills reservoirs to check sewage and effluent contamination.

At least 1,500 people across the state downloaded child pornographic material over a period of about a week in November, said M Ravi, additional director-general of police of the crime against women and children.

A court in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday sentenced a 42-year-old woman to life imprisonment for murdering her 13-year-old daughter in 2012.

Pudukkottai district collector P Uma Maheshwari on Tuesday pulled up the staff of two girls hostels -- run by the backward class welfare department and the adi dravidar welfare department in Pudukkottai town -- for the poor quality of food served to the inmates.

Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU) in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu has bagged the fifth place in the Swachh Campus Ranking 2019 for higher educational institutions that was done by the Union ministry of human resource and development. The varsity has got the ranking in the government residential universities category.

Police arrested a truck driver near Kaveripakkam in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu for sexually assaulting his 11-year-old daughter.

Police on Tuesday arrested 10 ganja peddlers from different parts of Madurai district and seized a total of 14.4kg of ganja from them.

Minister for Tamil culture K Pandiarajan on Wednesday justified teaching additional languages, including Hindi, at the International Tamil Research Centre here. He said learning another language would help students.

Electric autos, launched by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswai last week, are yet to be available for public use. There is no option available in the official app to book e-auots and no such vehicle could be seen on the road for hire.

Customs officials at Chennai airport on Tuesday seized gold worth nearly 15 lakh from two passengers, who arrived from Sharjah and Sri Lanka.

The Madras high court has warned the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) that it would be constrained to stall the entire Grade-II police constable selection process, if the board failed to comply with an earlier order permitting five transsexuals to take the physical test by December 6.

Coimbatore city police arrested a 44-year-old man for assaulting the chief manager of Canara Bank who refused to sanction him Rs 1 crore loan.

Music maestro Ilayaraja, who is locked in a dispute with city-based Prasad Studio over use of his usual music composition room, has been directed by the Madras high court to try and settle the issue through mediation. Ilayaraja has been composing music at a recording theatre on the Prasad Studio campus for more than four decades and wants to continue to do so, whereas the studio management has sought to vacate him from its premises in Saligramam.

Onion traders said the price was likely to go up further during the week and may not come down till mid-January.

In a far-reaching move to protect elected representatives from disqualification under the office-of-profit (OOP) law, the Telangana government on Wednesday issued a new ordinance and exempted 27 corporations from OOP ambit.

​​Bhumata Brigade founder, Tripti Desai and few others, who wanted to hand over a representation to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, were stopped by security personnel in the city.

Road connectivity in Telangana rural hinterland will get a makeover soon under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). Roads from villages to high schools, health centres, hospitals, agriculture market committees, junior and degree colleges in mandals and district headquarters towns will be developed at an estimated cost of Rs 2,000 crore.

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths on Wednesday arrested a person near Charminar for being in illegal possession of foreign-marked gold. The worth of the gold, weighing around 1.70 kilos, was ascertained to be over Rs 66 lakh.

Even as the country grapples with the gruesome gangrape and murder of the veterinary doctor on the outskirts of Hyderabad, police in Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district have found the badly burnt bodies of a young woman and an infant girl, who is likely to be her daughter. The two are yet to be identified.

Telangana on Wednesday became the first state in the country to link courts, police stations, forensic labs, prisons, prosecution and other stakeholders though a new online facility. The move assumes significance in the wake of the gangrape and murder of a 27-year-old woman in the city recently.

At a time when the entire country is protesting the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad, the Telangana government on Wednesday, set up a fast track court for speedy trial in the case.

Eleven days after she married against the wishes of her parents, a software engineer allegedly committed suicide by hanging at her residence at Sanatnagar on Tuesday.

The Telangana high court on Wednesday declared that since Muslim Personal Law does not recognise the adoption, claims from the adopted kin for employment on compassionate grounds cannot be entertained.

The Telangana government on Wednesday issued orders for setting up a fast track court to try the four men accused of the gang rape and murder of a woman veterinarian near here last month. The government designated the court of First Additional District and Sessions Judge in Mahabubnagar district as special court for speedy trial of the case.

Women rights activist Trupti Desai was detained by Hyderabad police on Wednesday as she tried to stage a protest outside the official residence of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, demanding capital punishment for those involved in the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian here.

A 60-year-old widow, living alone in Cheruvu Gattu village in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district, was raped and murdered by her 31-year-old neighbour on Monday night.

Kanchikacherla police arrested a woman for allegedly making objectionable comments against civil supplies minister Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao (Nani) on Tuesday.

Andhra Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (APBSE) will conduct class X examinations from March 23 to April 08, 2020 for the academic year 2019-20. APBSE on Tuesday released the schedule for the examinations.

For the first time in the last five-and-a-half years, Telangana, which was riding high on a robust growth rate of 21% in its income, is facing the economic slowdown blues.

The new liquor policy that was brought with an aim to implement a complete ban on liquor in phased manner has been yielding positive results as the consumption rate has come down, according to the state government.

While the price of onions continues to skyrocket in the city, consumers can breathe easy as onions from Egypt are set to reach Hyderabad market after December 7. The onions imported from Egypt will be sold first at Saroornagar and Mehdipatnam rythu bazaars. Officials said they could be priced at Rs 60 a kilo — much less than Rs 100 per kg in kirana stores and supermarkets.

The central government’s Safe City project with an objective of strengthening safety and security of women in public places is a non-starter in Hyderabad, which was among the eight cities in the country where the project was conceived to make them safer for women.

It was a close encounter of a nightmarish kind for 16 tourists to Siliguri’s Bengal Safari Park on Wednesday after their bus — without any protective netting or grille — broke down in the open-air zoo, leaving them stranded with two Royal Bengal Tigers for company.

There is yet no reason to accept the disputed theory that Subhas Chandra Bose had died in a plane crash in Taihoku since there were enough indications to suggest he may indeed have sneaked into Russia at the end of World War II, said Netaji scholar and researcher Purabi Roy. Reacting to the Bose family’s decision to accept that Netaji had perished in the crash on August 18, 1945 “in absence of proof that he had managed to enter either Russia or China in the subsequent period”, Roy pointed out that the GRU archive in Moscow had papers that referred to Netaji’s presence in the country in October 1946, more than a year after his mysterious disappearance. That apart, Roy claimed that KGB files on Netaji that have never been accessed may contain evidence that suggests he was not killed in the crash.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who is also the chancellor of all state universities, saw a repeat of Singur, Siliguri, Sandeshkhali and Hasnabad as he came up against a brick wall at Calcutta University when he went there on Wednesday afternoon. None of the senior university officials — the VC, the the pro-vice chancellor (academic) and the registrar — was in office when the chancellor went to meet them. This happened despite the governor giving “due notice early in the morning” about his visit.

A schoolteacher from Barasat has offered a Rs 10,000 as reward to anyone who reunites her with ‘Puku’. Puku, the year-and-a-half-old cat, went missing on November 26.

Onion prices in markets across the city shot up every six hours on Wednesday with the premium variety selling for Rs 150 a kg in the evening despite government efforts to make the vegetable available at a reasonable rate.

A woman with knee problems was reportedly denied a ride on an app cab at the city airport, where the driver apparently told her he would not let a “physically disabled person board the taxi”. Outraged, the woman, who has to depend on wheelchairs at times for her ailment but is not physically disabled, took to social media, where she recounted her ordeal and wondered if the city was “losing its original caring attitude”.

The two-acre plot near New Town police station, selected by the Bengal government and the Navy to set up a museum for the Tupolev-142M aircraft, may also house a Sea Harrier and a decommissioned warship. It’s expected to be ready by mid-2020.

Three more persons, including a schoolteacher and a Kolkata Municipal Corporation employee, died of dengue on Tuesday.

In a near rerun of Robinson Street case, an elderly woman was found living with the rotting corpse of her 64-year-old brother for over a week at their Dum Dum house.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee criticised the opposition for doing politics over dengue and asked them to come on the same platform to check the spread of the disease.

The ATM skimming fraud uncovered on Monday was just the tip of the iceberg, it seems. A day later, all basic parameters related to the case shot up: the number of complaints, the number of affected ATMs, and even the geographical spread of the victims.

Metro passengers, staff and Kolkata Police rallied together to catch a 47-year-old man who allegedly harassed a 32-year-old woman passenger, made obscene comments and even tried to take her photographs on a crowded train on Monday evening.

A 62-year-old man and his seven-year-old granddaughter were crushed under a train while they were walking across the tracks near CCR Bridge between Dum Dum and Belgharia stations on Tuesday.

From installing CCTV cameras near educational institutions to looking to install mobile toilets for women near markets and busy localities, Kolkata Police on Tuesday chalked out a slew of measures in an attempt to make the city a place, where women can feel safe and comfortable.

The duped customers, irrespective of public sector or private sector banks, will get back the money they lost through fraudulent transactions. Officials of United Bank of India, SBI and HDFC made it clear that all the 40-50 odd customer will get their money as per RBI guidelines.

Six smugglers, belonging to two groups, were arrested at the Kolkata airport on Tuesday morning for illegally transporting gold, worth Rs 4.1 crore.

The Calcutta high court on Tuesday directed the West Bengal police not to take any coercive step against state Congress leader Sanmoy Bandopadhyay, whose arrest in October for "violating" the Cyber Crime Act had led to a political furore.

CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is learnt to have applied for a long leave from the party, citing health issues.

The city shadow police, the squad in plain clothes, that has been part of many successful investigations, may soon undergo major changes in their style of functioning. ​

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), which is planning to complete Kazhakkoottam-Mukkola project soon, has not been able to finish the construction of service roads

Kerala Fireworks Licensies and Employees Association (KFLEA) has called for the reinstatement of ‘vedivazhipadu’ ritual in Sabarimala which was discontinued last year. ​

The Travancore Devaswom Board has decided to strictly enforce the ban on the use of mobile phones at the Sannidhanam in Sabarimala.

The mortal remains of Naik S S Akhil, a medical assistant from Poovachal in Thiruvananthapuram district who was killed in Siachen in north Ladakh, will be brought to his home from Delhi in an Air India flight on Thursday. ​

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala urged the state government to urgently intervene to bring down the price rise of essential commodities.

Police have initiated steps to record the sworn statement of a woman journalist, who had accused M Radhakrishnan, the secretary of the Press Club here, of moral policing. ​

PWD minister G Sudhakaran has suspended two officials in the buildings division of PWD at Kollam divisional accountant Pradeep Kumar and senior clerk Sreerag for discrepancies in online filing of bills for contractors. The minister has also sought explanation from others involved in the issue.

After chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s two nation tour to Japan and South Korea, higher education minister K T Jaleel will fly to Maldives soon.

Governor Arif Mohammed Khan would hold a hearing on the alleged breach of norms by APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University in its decision to conduct second ruation of an engineering student’s answer paper, purportedly under the influence of higher education minister K T Jaleel.

Kerala State Council for Child Welfare (KSCCW) will file a report to the director general of police after taking statements from the four children, who were harassed and denied food by their father at Kaithamukku. A day after adopting the children, KSCCW general secretary S P Deepak said that the children will not be handed over to their parents until they are fit to take care of them.

As the annual pilgrimage season is progressing at Sabarimala, the Kerala government is making all efforts to make it a "green" affair by avoiding plastic articles and promoting the use of eco-friendly products.

A case has been registered against the secretary of the Press Club here for alleged moral policing and trespassing into the house of a woman colleague at Pettah, police said on Tuesday. The case was registered against M Radhakrishnan, a proofreader with a Malayalam daily. The daily has initiated an internal probe.

Empty shelves at the Malayalam section in State Central Library, Palayam, which bustled with people till a few months ago, has raised concerns among the library members.

A group of labourers found bronze-plated coins believed to be from the period of the last ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Travancore - Balarama Varma, from a trench they had dug up at a plot at Padinjattinkara near Keezhperoor under Kilimanoor police station limits. As many as 2,500 coins were recovered from the plot.

The Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation Limited (KRTL) will sign an agreement with Gurgaon-based Urban Mass Transit Company Limited (UMTC) for conducting feasibility study for including Technopark in the alignment of Light Metro. The board of KRTL has recently given approval to assign UMTC as the agency to study on the possibility of effectively utilizing the techie crowd, which could be an assured ridership for the light metro.

The city corporation, which passed the agenda in the last council to find land for setting up waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in the city without any discussion, is now having second thoughts finalizing the minutes.

‘Hunger-free city aims to provide highly-subsidized meals once a day to public at designated centres in a city and it is aimed to ensure that no person in that city goes without at least one square meal a day’. This was the aim of the LDF government when this project was launched in Thiruvananthapuram in May this year.

The 28-year-old mother of six children (aged between 7 years to 3 months) was quite helpless when the child welfare committee approached her after getting a complaint that her children were facing starvation and harassment. She was forced to deliver a baby every year as her husband opposed sterilization.

Her weight loss journey is living proof that tiny lifestyle changes can contribute to tremendous health benefits. Read on.

Deepika looked chic as usual, but it was her red bomber jacket that caught our fancy which the actress teamed up with high-waist denims and black leather shoes.

No, we are not trying to scare you or something, but just quoting a study that has claimed that your favourite beauty blender or other make-up products can be a breeding ground for deadly bacteria.

When you marry the right person, it can be an exciting and enjoyable experience. Otherwise, it can be emotionally draining and physically exhilarating.

Apart from taking care of your newborn, there are so many other things a new mother has to deal with - like some unwarranted advice and queries from people around her.

The line between fantasy and reality is blurry in the world of Philip Pullman. Which, he thinks, is how it should be.

While most of us are born with some streaks of caring and protective nature, some seem to show a bit more of their protective nature than others

It has almost been a year since Deepika Padukone got married to Ranveer Singh. The couple created a lot of waves with their wedding photos, customised ensembles and the picturesque location of Lake Como. Deepika got married in South Indian and Sindhi traditional ceremonies. For the latter, the actress wore a traditional red lehenga, which became an internet sensation.

Available in different colours, mustard seeds have a plethora of health benefits and have been used for medicinal purposes for decades.

We are talking about real bride Priya Manchanda, who stole everyone's hearts thanks to her pretty lehenga.

If you are not the one to pop pills or if the over-the-counter-medications are just not doing the job, here are five efficient tricks which can reduce the severity of the headache.

There is no denying that your little one goes through a sea of change in the first year.

The biggest challenge of writing for young adults is how to grab their attention.

Think of a family dinner table, where your kid embarrasses you by saying that cow lay eggs. Well, we can imagine your expression and the height of embarrassment. While for us it is a case of shame, there exists a world in the UK where kids are confident that cows lay eggs. According to a recent study, 3 out of 10 children aged six to 11 do not even know that tuna comes from fish and one-tenth say they have never tasted cherry tomato.

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Research shows that the accumulation of small gestures has a bigger impact on the happiness of the couple than big but less frequent gestures.

Ajwain, known as carom seeds in English is one of the oldest herbs that is being used since centuries for its medicinal benefits.

When it comes to Indian wear, we know what shoes to wear and what accessories to style the look with. But, what about the hairstyle? We know that it can be confusing every time you want to head out for some outing. To give you some inspiration, we took a look at Kriti Sanon's Indian wear diaries and her gorgeous hairstyles.

The person who indulges in fireworking is called a fireworker, who dates a person only to show off the partner to the world.

The Osmania University has declared the results of LLB and LLM courses on its official website on December 4, 2019.

The Andhra Pradesh District Selection Committee (AP DSC) has announced the dates of uploading of certificates by candidates who have been shortlisted for the post of Secondary Grade Teacher (SGT) Telugu.

Candidates, who have applied for the Rajasthan Cooperative Bank various posts, can download their admit card though the official website using candidate login credentials up to December 19, 2019.

India Post has re-opened the application process for the recruitment to the post of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) under West Bengal circle on its official website today i.e. December 5, 2019.

An eighth pass candidate can apply for the posts. Prospective candidates can check the detailed notification by visiting the official website - https://www.police.rajasthan.gov.in/.

Many of the candidates who appeared for the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) have found the comprehension passages in the exam too lengthy consuming more time.

The issue of alleged security lapse in terms of women inmates residing in premises of Women's Hostel (WH) of Allahabad University was raised in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) has become eligible to get maximum grant of Rs 1 crore as varsity's project for Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India's Developing Economy (STRIDE) scheme has been approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal will celebrate a decade of European Studies in the university by hosting two days an academic meet titled India-EU Engagements: A Decade in Reflection and Way Forward on from December 6.

State government run B J Medical College and Sasssoon hospital held a continuous medical education (CME) programme - 'lupus for all '- at its M G auditorium on November 24.

Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has released the admit card for Phase-II Main examination for Assistant recruitment on its official website today i.e. December 4, 2019.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday warned the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) of stalling the selection to Grade-II police constable if the board fails to comply with an interim order of the court by December 6.

Candidates, who have applied for the IOCL apprenticeship training programme, can download their admit card from the official website - https://plis.indianoilpipelines.in.

Interested and eligible candidates can apply online through the NIT official website - http://www.nith.ac.in up to 05:30pm on January 20, 2020.

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) will release admit card for computerised Common Admission Test (C-CAT) on its official website today i.e. December 4, 2019.

The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) will be go on an indefinite strike from Wednesday in support of their demand that a circular mandating appointment of guest teachers be withdrawn.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union is planning to boycott the semester examinations scheduled from December 12 to protest against the hostel fee hike, with the JNU on Tuesday saying that students not appearing in the exams will lose their studentship.

India is the fifth most vulnerable country to climate change, according to a report released by Environment think tank, Germanwatch. In the Climate Risk Index 2020, India’s rank has worsened from the 14th spot in 2017 to 5th in 2018 in the global vulnerability ladder.

​​​The twin objectives of the Conference (COP25) are to bring more and more nations on board to work for ‘net zero emissions’ by 2050 and finalise rules on how countries can reduce their emissions using global carbon markets.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday that the world's efforts to stop climate change have been "utterly inadequate" so far and there is a danger global warming could pass the "point of no return."

Channel 4 said their one-hour live debate was for party leaders only but Prime Minister Boris Johnson declined to take part. Therefore the channel replaced UK PM Boris Johnson with a melting ice sculpture of planet Earth with his party's logo on after the PM refused to participate.

Scientists have recorded the heart rate of the blue whale for the first time, and revealed surprising operating extremes of the heart that may limit the size of the largest animal on the Earth. The data suggests that a blue whale's heart is already working at its limit, which may explain why blue whales have never evolved to be bigger, the researchers said.

With greater intensity, these events can worsen storms, drought, and coral bleaching in El Nino years. The findings, published in the journal Geophysical Review Letters, showed compelling evidence in the Pacific Ocean that the stronger El Ninos are part of a climate pattern that is new and strange.

During a meeting held by a committee under the ministry, constituted in pursuance to the directions of the National Green Tribunal, it was also decided to have time bound action plan for the implementation of mitigation measures such as installation of bird diverters and their regular maintenance and monitoring by power agencies.

"We found that noise affects many species of amphibians, arthropods, birds, fish, mammals, molluscs and reptilians," scientists at Queen's University Belfast said in the Royal Society's Biology Letters.

Bei Bei will travel on a specially equipped direct flight from Washington to Chengdu inside a steel and plexiglass crate, accompanied by his keeper and a veterinarian, zoo officials said. The 4-year-old cub, whose name means "precious, treasure" in Mandarin, was destined to head to China under Beijing's "panda diplomacy." FedEx is paying for the flight and the special outfitting of the Boeing 777.

The study, published in the journal Endangered Species Research, noted that eDNA -- which is DNA collected from environmental samples like soil, seawater, or even air rather than direct sampling from an individual organism -- can be used to detect the presence of threatened terrestrial species in an ecosystem.

A warming climate may cause emperor penguins to go extinct by the end of this century, according to a study which cautions that a 'business as usual' approach towards climate change could ensure the complete loss of the birds native to the Antarctic.

The Zero Carbon bill aims to make New Zealand reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to the point the country becomes mostly carbon neutral by 2050. It gives some leeway to farmers, who bring in much of the country's foreign income. The bill would require all greenhouse gases except methane from animals to be reduced to net zero by 2050.

The iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, 128GB and 256GB will cost Rs 72,000, Rs 82,000 and Rs 92,000 respectively

Apple has announced biggest-ever price drop for its smartphones in India. Under the new pricing, iPhone 6S (128GB), carying an MRP of Rs 82,000, will now be available at an MRP of Rs 60,000. iPhone 6s Plus (128GB) will now be available at an MRP of Rs 70,000, the smartphone too has received a price cut of Rs 22,000. Apple's 4-inch smartphone iPhone SE, too has got a price cut. The 64GB version of iPhone SE will now be available at Rs 44,000.

A public interest litigation in the Delhi High Court (HC) challenges the change in WhatsApp's privacy policy.

iOS 10 reached 14.45% of eligible devices in the first 24 hours of its release. In comparison, iOS 9 was on 12.60% of eligible device within 24 hours of it being released for all users.

Fitness tracking wearables maker Fitbit recently launched its Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness trackers in India. While the Flex 2 is priced at Rs 9,499, the more expensive Charge 2 bears a price tag of Rs 14,999. The new Fitbit Charge 2 has a heart-rate monitor, a feature previously limited to the 'HR' edition of the Charge only. It comes with a touch-sensitive OLED display, as well as a 3-axis accelerometer, an altimeter and a vibration motor. Fitbit Charge 2 syncs with its companion smartphone app over Bluetooth.

All those Apple fans out there in India waiting desperately to lay there hands on the next iPhones -- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus -- can now pre-order the new smartphones.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is a man of few words. In an interview to Washington Post, the usually reticent CEO of one of the world's most valuable company talked about a number of things including the 'enormous India opportunity', Steve Jobs, mistakes made during his tenure so far and much more.

​Reliance Communications and Aircel will hold 50% stake each in the new combined entity, which will be listed later. Both companies will also transfer debt of Rs 14,000 crore each. As for the net worth of the new company, it’ll be around Rs 35,000 crore.​

Although a significant increase, Android Marshmallow still lies below Android Lollipop, and Kitkat on the list. As per the latest distribution numbers, Android Lollipop 5.0 and v5.1 together run on 35% Android devices, followed by Android Kitkat 4.4 with a 27.7% share.

To download watchOS 3, users are recommended to install the latest iOS version and keep the Apple Watch’s minimum charge of up to 50%.

Instant messaging platform WhatsApp today opposed in Delhi High Court a plea alleging that privacy of its users has been threatened by a new privacy policy announced by Facebook, saying regulations were in place and the latter does not have access to any data as it provides end-to-end encryption.

The feature lets users browse through groups divided into 25 categories such as parenting, sports, food, buy & sell and more. Each topic page highlights the top suggested groups, based on popularity and group members that users might already know.

Lenovo-owned Motorola is all set to launch its latest budget smartphone – Moto E3 Power, in India. The company has confirmed on its social channels that it will be launching the Moto E3 Power at an event scheduled for September 19. The smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipakrt.

Financial technology startup Finomena lets you buy high-end products and devices through EMIs without a credit score.

Apple's latest mobile operating system -- iOS 10 -- is rolling our to users globally starting today.

Telecom operator Reliance Communications today posted 5.8% rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 54 crore for the three-month period ended June 30.

Several user reports and news websites mentioned that after the installation process the handset showed an error prompting users to plug it to iTunes on a PC. On connecting, another error cropped up which read, “There is a problem with the iPhone 'iPhone' that requires it to be updated or restored.”

Apple has announced that it will be adding the ability to capture RAW images to iPhones, starting with iOS 10. While the stock iOS camera app doesn’t have the functionality to capture RAW images, iPhone users can use Adobe’s Lightroom app for the same.

Videocon Mobiles has launched its latest 4G smartphone, Cube 3 (V50JL) in India. Priced at Rs 8,490, the smartphone will available across all retail stores.

Deepika Padukone shows the perfect way to wear latex this winter. See pics

Janhvi Kapoor gives a vibrant twist to sports bra and tights for gym look. See pics

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Panipat: Akshay Kumar and Anil Kapoor attend screening of Arjun and Kriti Sanon's film. See pics

Sonakshi Sinha is ethereal in spaghetti blouse and sheer saree with Salman Khan at Dabangg 3 promotions

Shanaya Kapoor embraces all-white with perfection in shirt and mini shorts. See pics

Mira Rajput pairs sports bra with indigo blue tights at gym. See pics

Malaika Arora in sheer dress takes fashion tips from Kareena Kapoor, but gives it her own twist

Alia Bhatt and Pooja come together to launch sister Shaheen's book with their family. See pics

Kriti Sanon does colour blocking right in long cotton dress worth Rs 8k. See pics

Tata Altroz: The new feature-packed premium hatchback

Priyanka Chopra paints NYC a romantic red in one-shoulder figure-hugging gown. All pics

No Time To Die: Rami Malek to Daniel Craig, see first looks of next Bond film characters

In pics: Saif Ali Khan and Taimur Ali Khan are the coolest father-son duo

Janhvi Kapoor brings New York street style to Mumbai in simple tee and olive pants. See pics

Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh promote Good Newwz in Mumbai. See pics

Ashutosh Gowariker and Kriti Sanon host special screening of Panipat. See pics

Alia Bhatt pairs white shirt and pink pants with corset worth Rs 4k. See pics

Malaika Arora in basic tee and comfy shorts is casual gym look done right. See pics

Sara Ali Khan’s white tank top for day out is perfect for all coffee lovers. We agree

Ravi Kishan performs at trailer launch of daughter Riva's debut film Sab Kushal Mangal

Katrina Kaif nails denim-on-denim trend with a dash of white. Take notes

Sunny Leone in simple Tee and mini skirt gives a casual twist to evening look. See pics

Pati Patni Aur Woh: Kartik Aaryan, Ananya Panday and Bhumi Pednekar take family to Mumbai screening

35 years of Bhopal gas tragedy: Shocking photos from 1984

Unnao: Rape survivor burnt alive by accused out on bail

So Sorry: Amit Shah narrates Uddhav Thackeray's Maharashtra betrayal in dramatic style

Decoding Karnataka bypolls, Jayalalithaa's third death anniversary, more

Delhi witnesses coldest day of season, air quality dips further

Citizenship Bill dangerous, not in interest of people of Sikkim: Bhaichung Bhutia

Karnataka goes to bypolls, P Chidambaram to attend Parliament session, more

Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi govt changes power-sharing formula, NCP gets one more cabinet berth

Fire breaks out at Vidhan Sabha in Ranchi

Watch the moment when P Chidambaram walked out of Tihar jail

Army pays tribute to jawan who lost his life in snow avalanche

Temperature drops to minus 2 degrees Celsius in Srinagar

Telangana rape-murder: CM KCR attends 3rd wedding, but no time for victim's family

Will Shiv Sena back Citizenship Amendment Bill? Watch Sanjay Raut's reaction

India a Hindu rashtra, says BJP MP Ravi Kishan

What women politicians think India needs to do to prevent rape

Hurriyat behind stone pelting in J&K: MHA in Parliament

Congress welcomes SC verdict on Chidambaram bail, Singhvi calls it light after long tunnel

Erode woman in labour carried in cloth cradle through forest due to bad roads

Will change laws to check mob lynching: Amit Shah

Union cabinet clears Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

INX Media case: After over 100 days in jail, P Chidambaram gets bail

Verdict on Chidambaram plea verdict today, Former follower exposes Nithyananda, more

Rating agencies slice India's GDP growth by 1.5%

Ajit went with BJP as he thought alliance with Congress may not work: Sharad Pawar

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A payload on board Chandrayaan-2’s orbiter, circling the Moon’s orbit at 100km, has measured solar flares between September 30 and October 1, which will help scientists better understand various processes on the Sun. Currently, the solar cycle is heading towards minima and the Sun has been extremely quiet for the past few months. Therefore, XSM could observe a series of small flares.

Many drugs, especially those made of proteins, cannot be taken orally because they are broken down in the gastrointestinal tract before they can take effect. The researchers at MIT and Novo Nordisk, have designed a new drug capsule that can carry insulin or other protein drugs and protect them from the harsh environment of the gastrointestinal tract.

Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover has found the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during its mission on the red planet, the US space agency said. It is likely that the rocks in the area formed as layers of mud in ancient lakes. Other than proof that there was a significant amount of water once in Gale Crater, what these findings mean is still up for debate.

Strength training over a short time period may be a fast and effective strategy for reducing the risk of fatty liver disease and diabetes in obese people, a study has found.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US found that depression scores were 26 per cent lower for walnut consumers and eight per cent lower for consumers of other nuts, compared to those who did not eat nuts at all. Walnut consumption was more closely associated with higher energy levels and better concentration, compared to other nuts, a study said.

The repeating FRB was one of a total of 13 bursts detected over a period of just three weeks during the summer of 2018. Additional bursts from the repeating FRB were detected in following weeks. Of more than 60 FRBs observed to date, repeating bursts from a single source had been found only once before. Scientists have now detected the second repeating FRB ever recorded.

Mars is a planet of two halves. In places, the northern hemisphere of the planet sits a full few kilometres lower than the southern; this clear topographic split is known as the martian dichotomy, and is an especially distinctive feature on the Red Planet's surface.

According to researchers from University at Buffalo in the US, 3D-printers leave unique 'fingerprints' on its products, which can be identified by their "PrinTracker". Like a common inkjet printer, 3D printers move back-and-forth while "printing" an object.

Xin Haibo, senior engineer with the Beijing Institute of Gardening Science and a member of the research team, said establishing the plant's genetic mechanism is valuable for breeding and editing the genomes of other co-ordinal plants.

The causative agent of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is a highly successful pathogen which can survive and grow in humans for decades. Researchers have identified a novel regulatory mechanism, which when deactivated, results in the death of tuberculosis pathogen, an advance that could pave the way for new drugs to prevent the disease.

Enamel, located on the outer part of our teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and enables our teeth to function for a large part of our lifetime despite biting forces, exposure to acidic foods and drinks and extreme temperatures.

Over the years, several theories have been proposed to explain the reduction in the amount of blood the heart can pump; this was even of interest to the scientists involved in the first summit of Mount Everest in the 1950's.

The discovery, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota in the US, could be used to improve sensors, devices in the computer memory and logic industry, or other devices using magnetic materials.

Researchers at the University of South Florida in the US found that the compound could slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a process associated with Alzheimer's.

Scientists are developing 'happy space suits' that can monitor symptoms of depression in astronauts, and provide real time feedback to improve the atmosphere of the spacecraft as well as boost the occupants' mood.

The water appears to be present day and night, though it's not necessarily easily accessible, said Nasa in a statement.

A massive chunk of a martian meteorite will be carried onboard NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission, to serve as target practice for a high-precision laser on the rover's arm.

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(TrendHunter.com) Contemporary fashion label KAPITAL launches a western denim jacket that boasts a traditional feel, but with some surprising twists. The 14oz Denim Westerner is part of the brand's offerings...

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(TrendHunter.com) Prism Squared in a collection of all-in-one garments that have the potential to be used as not just underwear but also swimwear and sportswear styles. The innovative collection from Prism features...

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(TrendHunter.com) Brooke There is a lingerie brand is focused on minimalist yet wearable pieces that are made with organic cotton using low-impact production methods. All of the pieces are made in the United States...

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(TrendHunter.com) 2(X)IST’s Pride collection for 2019 is perfect for anyone wanting to celebrate pride while giving back to the LGBTQ+ community. The company, founded in 1991 by Gregory Sovell,  is based in...

(TrendHunter.com) The May 2019 fashion trends highlight progressive visual design and construction methods that nod to creative matters and eco-friendly approaches. There are experimental fashion, high fashion, and...

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(TrendHunter.com) The expansive list of April 2019 fashion trends embodies progressive design elements that are translated through the construction and delivery of the pieces. The Spring season arrives and along with...

(TrendHunter.com) adidas' iconic running shoe silhouette, the UltraBOOST receive a new premium update with a construction of tonal luxe leather materials. The sneaker arrives in the colorway options of either &#...

(TrendHunter.com) Mr. Bailey creates a pair of truly outlandish and extravagant sneakers. Their design is artistically informed, drawing inspiration from the vibrant aesthetic of one of the most successful artist of...

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Source: National Library of MedicineWhat are PrEP and PEP?

PrEP and PEP are medicines to prevent HIV. Each type is used in a different situation:

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It is for people who don't already have HIV but are at very high risk of getting it. PrEP is daily medicine that can reduce this risk. With PrEP, if you do get exposed to HIV, the medicine can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. PEP is for people who have possibly been exposed to HIV. It is only for emergency situations. PEP must be started within 72 hours after a possible exposure to HIV. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) Who should consider taking PrEP?

PrEP is for people without HIV who are at very high risk for getting it. This includes:

Gay/bisexual men who

Have an HIV-positive partner Have multiple partners, a partner with multiple partners, or a partner whose HIV status is unknown and Have anal sex without a condom OR Have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the last 6 months

Heterosexual men and women who

Have an HIV-positive partner Have multiple partners, a partner with multiple partners, or a partner whose HIV status is unknown and Don't always use a condom when having sex with people who inject drugs OR Don't always use a condom when having sex with bisexual men

People who inject drugs and

Share needles or other equipment to inject drugs OR Are at risk for getting HIV from sex

If you have a partner who is HIV-positive and are considering getting pregnant, talk to your health care provider about PrEP. Taking it may help protect you and your baby from getting HIV infection while you try to get pregnant, during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.

How well does PrEP work?

PrEP is very effective when you take it every day. It reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90 percent. In people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk of HIV by more than 70 percent. PrEP is much less effective if you do not take it consistently.

PrEP does not protect against other STDs, so you should still use condoms every time you have sex.

You must have an HIV test every 3 months while taking PrEP, so you'll have regular follow-up visits with your health care provider. If you are having trouble taking PrEP every day or if you want to stop taking PrEP, talk to your health care provider.

Does PrEP cause side effects?

Some people taking PrEP may have side effects, like nausea. The side effects are usually not serious and often get better over time. If you are taking PrEP, tell your health care provider if you have a side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) Who should consider taking PEP)?

If you are HIV-negative and you think you may have been recently exposed to HIV, contact your health care provider immediately or go to an emergency room right away.

You may be prescribed PEP if you are HIV negative or don't know your HIV status, and in the last 72 hours you

Think you may have been exposed to HIV during sex, Shared needles or drug preparation equipment, OR Were sexually assaulted

Your health care provider or emergency room doctor will help to decide whether PEP is right for you.

PEP may also be given to a health care worker after a possible exposure to HIV at work, for example, from a needlestick injury.

When should I start PEP and how long do I need to take it?

PEP must be started within 72 hours (3 days) after a possible exposure to HIV. The sooner you start it, the better; every hour counts.

You need to take the PEP medicines every day for 28 days. You will have to see your health care provider at certain times during and after taking the PEP, so you can have an HIV screening test and other testing.

Does PEP cause side effects?

Some people taking PEP may have side effects, like nausea. The side effects are usually not serious and often get better over time. If you are taking PEP, tell your health care provider if you have a side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

PEP medicines may also interact with other medicines that a person is taking (called a drug interaction). So it's important to tell your health care provider about any other medicines that you take.

Can I take PEP every time I have unprotected sex?

PEP is only for emergency situations. It is not the right choice for people who may be exposed to HIV frequently - for example, if you often have sex without a condom with a partner who is HIV-positive. In that case, you should talk to your health care provider about whether PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) would be right for you.

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Source: National Library of MedicineWhat are PrEP and PEP?

PrEP and PEP are medicines to prevent HIV. Each type is used in a different situation:

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It is for people who don't already have HIV but are at very high risk of getting it. PrEP is daily medicine that can reduce this risk. With PrEP, if you do get exposed to HIV, the medicine can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. PEP is for people who have possibly been exposed to HIV. It is only for emergency situations. PEP must be started within 72 hours after a possible exposure to HIV. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) Who should consider taking PrEP?

PrEP is for people without HIV who are at very high risk for getting it. This includes:

Gay/bisexual men who

Have an HIV-positive partner Have multiple partners, a partner with multiple partners, or a partner whose HIV status is unknown and Have anal sex without a condom OR Have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the last 6 months

Heterosexual men and women who

Have an HIV-positive partner Have multiple partners, a partner with multiple partners, or a partner whose HIV status is unknown and Don't always use a condom when having sex with people who inject drugs OR Don't always use a condom when having sex with bisexual men

People who inject drugs and

Share needles or other equipment to inject drugs OR Are at risk for getting HIV from sex

If you have a partner who is HIV-positive and are considering getting pregnant, talk to your health care provider about PrEP. Taking it may help protect you and your baby from getting HIV infection while you try to get pregnant, during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.

How well does PrEP work?

PrEP is very effective when you take it every day. It reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90 percent. In people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk of HIV by more than 70 percent. PrEP is much less effective if you do not take it consistently.

PrEP does not protect against other STDs, so you should still use condoms every time you have sex.

You must have an HIV test every 3 months while taking PrEP, so you'll have regular follow-up visits with your health care provider. If you are having trouble taking PrEP every day or if you want to stop taking PrEP, talk to your health care provider.

Does PrEP cause side effects?

Some people taking PrEP may have side effects, like nausea. The side effects are usually not serious and often get better over time. If you are taking PrEP, tell your health care provider if you have a side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) Who should consider taking PEP)?

If you are HIV-negative and you think you may have been recently exposed to HIV, contact your health care provider immediately or go to an emergency room right away.

You may be prescribed PEP if you are HIV negative or don't know your HIV status, and in the last 72 hours you

Think you may have been exposed to HIV during sex, Shared needles or drug preparation equipment, OR Were sexually assaulted

Your health care provider or emergency room doctor will help to decide whether PEP is right for you.

PEP may also be given to a health care worker after a possible exposure to HIV at work, for example, from a needlestick injury.

When should I start PEP and how long do I need to take it?

PEP must be started within 72 hours (3 days) after a possible exposure to HIV. The sooner you start it, the better; every hour counts.

You need to take the PEP medicines every day for 28 days. You will have to see your health care provider at certain times during and after taking the PEP, so you can have an HIV screening test and other testing.

Does PEP cause side effects?

Some people taking PEP may have side effects, like nausea. The side effects are usually not serious and often get better over time. If you are taking PEP, tell your health care provider if you have a side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

PEP medicines may also interact with other medicines that a person is taking (called a drug interaction). So it's important to tell your health care provider about any other medicines that you take.

Can I take PEP every time I have unprotected sex?

PEP is only for emergency situations. It is not the right choice for people who may be exposed to HIV frequently - for example, if you often have sex without a condom with a partner who is HIV-positive. In that case, you should talk to your health care provider about whether PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) would be right for you.

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The folks behind the Sundance Film Festival have officially kicked off 2020 by announcing the 118 features that will premiere at Park City, Utah, next month. It's an incredible, and lengthy, list of enticing movies across different competition categories, mixing familiar names (in front of and behind the camera) with a slew of talent ready to be discovered. Consider this like a scavenger hunt for pieces that will ultimately build up 2020's year of film, and that's not counting the titles that Sundance has yet to announce. 

Below is a list of the announced titles, taken straight from the press release for your pleasure. 

The feature films confirmed for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival are:

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include The Farewell, Honey Boy, Clemency, Eighth Grade, Sorry to Bother You and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. 47% of the directors in this year’s U.S. Dramatic Competition are women; 52% are people of color; 5% are LGBTQ+.

The 40-Year-Old Version / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Radha Blank, Producers: Lena Waithe, Radha Blank, Inuka Bacote-Capiga, Jennifer Semler, Rishi Rijani) — A down-on-her-luck New York playwright decides to reinvent herself and salvage her artistic voice the only way she knows how: by becoming a rapper at age 40. Cast: Radha Blank, Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin, Reed Birney, Imani Lewis, T.J. Atoms. World Premiere

BLAST BEAT / U.S.A. (Director: Esteban Arango, Screenwriters: Erick Castrillon & Esteban Arango, Producers: Charles D. King, Poppy Hanks, Erick Castrillon, Ty Walker) — After their family emigrates from Colombia during the summer of ‘99, a metalhead science prodigy and his deviant younger brother do their best to adapt to new lives in America. Cast: Moises Arias, Mateo Arias, Daniel Dae Kim, Kali Uchis, Diane Guerrero, Wilmer Valderrama. World Premiere

"Charm City Kings"

Charm City Kings / U.S.A. (Director: Angel Manuel Soto, Screenwriters: Sherman Payne, Chris Boyd & Kirk Sullivan, Barry Jenkins, Producers: Caleeb Pinkett, Clarence Hammond, Marc Bienstock) — Mouse desperately wants to join The Midnight Clique, the infamous Baltimore dirt bike riders who rule the summertime streets. When Midnight’s leader, Blax, takes 14-year-old Mouse under his wing, Mouse soon finds himself torn between the straight-and-narrow and a road filled with fast money and violence. Cast: Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Meek Mill, Will Catlett, Teyonah Parris, Donielle Tremaine Hansley, Kezii Curtis. World Premiere

Dinner in America / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Adam Rehmeier, Producers: Ben Stiller, Nicholas Weinstock, David Hunter, Ross Putman, John Covert, Sam Slater) — An on-the-lam punk rocker and a young woman obsessed with his band go on an unexpected and epic journey together through the decaying suburbs of the American Midwest.. Cast: Kyle Gallner, Emily Skeggs, Pat Healy, Griffin Gluck, Lea Thompson, Mary Lynn Rajskub. World Premiere

The Evening Hour / U.S.A. (Director: Braden King, Screenwriter: Elizabeth Palmore, Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Braden King, Derrick Tseng) — Cole Freeman maintains an uneasy equilibrium in his rural Appalachian town, looking after the old and infirm while selling their excess painkillers to local addicts. But when an old friend returns with plans that upend the fragile balance and identity he's so painstakingly crafted, Cole is forced to take action. Cast: Philip Ettinger, Stacy Martin, Cosmo Jarvis, Michael Trotter, Kerry Bishé, Lili Taylor. World Premiere

"Farewell Amor"

Farewell Amor / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ekwa Msangi, Producers: Huriyyah Muhammad, Sam Bisbee, Josh Penn) — Reunited after a 17 year separation, Walter, an Angolan immigrant, is joined in the U.S. by his wife and teenage daughter. Now absolute strangers sharing a one-bedroom apartment, they discover a shared love of dance that may help overcome the emotional distance between them. Cast: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, Jayme Lawson, Joie Lee, Marcus Scribner, Nana Mensah. World Premiere

Minari / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Lee Isaac Chung, Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Christina Oh) — David, a 7-year-old Korean-American boy, gets his life turned upside down when his father decides to move their family to rural Arkansas and start a farm in the mid-1980s, in this charming and unexpected take on the American Dream. Cast: Steven Yeun, Han Yeri, Youn Yuh Jung, Will Patton, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho. World Premiere

Miss Juneteenth / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Channing Godfrey Peoples, Producers: Neil Creque Williams, Jeanie Igoe, James M. Johnston, Toby Halbrooks, Theresa Steele, Tim Headington) — Turquoise, a former beauty queen turned hardworking single mother, prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant, hoping to keep her from repeating the same mistakes in life that she did. Cast: Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Lori Hayes, Marcus Maudlin. World Premiere

Never Rarely Sometimes Always / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Eliza Hittman, Producers: Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, Rose Garnett) — An intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark on a brave, fraught journey across state lines to New York City. Cast: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold, Sharon Van Etten. World Premiere

"Nine Days"

Nine Days / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Edson Oda, Producers: Jason Michael Berman, Mette Marie Kongsved, Matthew Lindner, Laura Tunstall, Datari Turner) — In a house distant from the reality we know, a reclusive man interviews prospective candidates—personifications of human souls—for the privilege that he once had: to be born. Cast: Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Bill Skarsgård, Tony Hale, David Rysdahl. World Premiere. Dolby Institute Fellowship

Palm Springs / U.S.A. (Director: Max Barbakow, Screenwriter: Andy Siara, Producers: Andy Samberg, Becky Sloviter, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Dylan Sellers, Chris Parker) — When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated the next morning when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other. Cast: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, Peter Gallagher. World Premiere

Save Yourselves! / U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: Alex Huston Fischer, Eleanor Wilson, Producers: Kara Durrett, Mandy Tagger, Adi Ezroni) — A young Brooklyn couple head upstate to disconnect from their phones and reconnect with themselves. Cut off from their devices, they miss the news that the planet is under attack. Cast: Sunita Mani, John Reynolds, Ben Sinclair, Johanna Day, John Early, Gary Richardson. World Premiere


Shirley / U.S.A. (Director: Josephine Decker, Screenwriter: Sarah Gubbins, Producers: Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Sue Naegle, Sarah Gubbins, Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman) — A young couple moves in with the famed author, Shirley Jackson, and her Bennington College professor husband, Stanley Hyman, in the hope of starting a new life but instead find themselves fodder for a psycho-drama that inspires Shirley's next novel. Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young, Logan Lerman. World Premiere

Sylvie’s Love / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Eugene Ashe, Producers: Nnamdi Asomugha, Gabrielle Glore, Jonathan Baker, Matthew Thurm) — Years after their summer romance comes to an end, an aspiring television producer and a talented musician cross paths, only to find their feelings for each other never changed. With their careers taking them in different directions, they must choose what matters most. Cast: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Eva Longoria, Aja Naomi King, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Jemima Kirke. World Premiere

Wander Darkly / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Tara Miele, Producers: Lynette Howell Taylor, Samantha Housman, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson) — New parents Adrienne and Matteo are forced to reckon with trauma amidst their troubled relationship. They must revisit the memories of their past and unravel haunting truths in order to face their uncertain future. Cast: Sienna Miller, Diego Luna, Beth Grant, Aimee Carrero, Tory Kittles, Vanessa Bayer. World Premiere

Zola / U.S.A. (Director: Janicza Bravo, Screenwriters: Janicza Bravo, Jeremy O. Harris, Producers: Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Vince Jolivette, Elizabeth Haggard, Dave Franco, Gia Walsh) 2015: @zolarmoon tweets “wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out???????? It's kind of long but full of suspense.” Two girls bond over their “hoeism” and become fast friends. What's supposed to be a trip from Detroit to Florida turns into a weekend from hell. Cast: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Colman Domingo. World Premiere

U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Sixteen world-premiere American documentaries that illuminate the ideas, people and events that shape the present day. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include APOLLO 11, Knock Down The House, One Child Nation, American FactoryThree Identical Strangers and On Her Shoulders. 45% of the directors in this year’s U.S. Documentary Competition are women; 23% are people of color; 23% are LGBTQ+. 

A Thousand Cuts / U.S.A., Philippines (Director and screenwriter: Ramona S. Diaz, Producers: Ramona S. Diaz, Leah Marino, Julie Goldman, Chris Clements, Carolyn Hepburn) — Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy. World Premiere

"Be Water"

Be Water / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Bao Nguyen, Producer: Julia Nottingham) — In 1971, after being rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to his parents’ homeland of Hong Kong to complete four iconic films. Charting his struggles between two worlds, this portrait explores questions of identity and representation through the use of rare archival, interviews with loved ones and Bruce’s own writings. World Premiere

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets / U.S.A. (Directors: Bill Ross, Turner Ross, Producers: Michael Gottwald, Chere Theriot) — In the shadows of the bright lights of Las Vegas, it's last call for a beloved dive bar known as the Roaring 20s. A document of real people, in an unreal situation, facing an uncertain future: America at the end of 2016. World Premiere

Boys State / U.S.A. (Directors: Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine, Producers: Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss) — In an unusual experiment, a thousand 17-year-old boys from Texas join together to build a representative government from the ground up. World Premiere

Code for Bias / U.S.A., United Kingdom, China (Director, screenwriter and producer: Shalini Kantayya) — Exploring the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all. World Premiere

The Cost of Silence / U.S.A. (Director: Mark Manning, Producers: Mark Manning, Langdon Page, Reuben Aaronson) — An industry insider exposes the devastating consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and uncovers systemic corruption between government and industry to silence the victims of a growing public health disaster. Stakes could not be higher as the Trump administration races to open the entire U.S. coastline to offshore drilling. World Premiere 

Crip Camp / U.S.A. (Directors: Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht, Producers: Sara Bolder, Jim LeBrecht, Nicole Newnham) — Down the road from Woodstock in the early 1970s, a revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers, transforming their young lives and igniting a landmark movement. World Premiere. DAY ONE

"Dick Johnson is Dead"

Dick Johnson Is Dead / U.S.A. (Director: Kirsten Johnson, Screenwriters: Nels Bangerter, Kirsten Johnson, Producers: Katy Chevigny, Marilyn Ness) — With this inventive portrait, a cameraperson seeks a way to keep her 86-year-old father alive forever. Utilizing moviemaking magic and her family’s dark humor, she celebrates Dr. Dick Johnson’s last years by staging fantasies of death and beyond. Together, dad and daughter confront the great inevitability awaiting us all. World Premiere

Feels Good Man / U.S.A. (Director: Arthur Jones, Producers: Giorgio Angelini, Caryn Capotosto, Aaron Wickenden)  — When indie comic character Pepe the Frog becomes an unwitting icon of hate, his creator, artist Matt Furie, fights to bring Pepe back from the darkness and navigate America's cultural divide. World Premiere

The Fight / U.S.A. (Directors: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres, Producers: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres, Maya Seidler, Peggy Drexler, Kerry Washington) — Inside the ACLU, a team of scrappy lawyers battle Trump’s historic assault on civil liberties. World Premiere

Mucho Mucho Amor / U.S.A. (Directors: Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch, Producer: Alex Fumero) — Once the world's most famous astrologer, Walter Mercado seeks to resurrect a forgotten legacy. Raised in the sugar cane fields of Puerto Rico, Walter grew up to become a gender non-conforming, cape-wearing psychic whose televised horoscopes reached 120 million viewers a day for decades before he mysteriously disappeared. World Premiere

Spaceship Earth / U.S.A. (Director: Matt Wolf, Producers: Stacey Reiss, Matt Wolf) — In 1991 a group of countercultural visionaries built an enormous replica of earth’s ecosystem called Biosphere 2. When eight “biospherians” lived sealed inside, they faced ecological calamities and cult accusations. Their epic adventure is a cautionary tale but also a testament to the power of small groups reimagining the world. World Premiere

Time / U.S.A. (Director: Garrett Bradley, Producers: Lauren Domino, Kellen Quinn, Garrett Bradley) Fox Rich, indomitable matriarch and modern-day abolitionist, strives to keep her family together while fighting for the release of her incarcerated husband. An intimate, epic, and unconventional love story, filmed over two decades. World Premiere

"Us Kids"

Us Kids / U.S.A. (Director: Kim A. Snyder, Producers: Kim A. Snyder, Maria Cuomo Cole, Lori Cheatle) — Determined to turn unfathomable tragedy into action, the teenage survivors of Parkland, Florida catalyze a powerful, unprecedented youth movement that spreads with lightning speed across the country, as a generation of mobilized youth take back democracy in this powerful coming-of-age story. World Premiere

Welcome to Chechnya / U.S.A. (Director: David France, Producers: Alice Henty, David France, Askold Kurov, Joy A. Tomchin) — This searing investigative work shadows a group of activists risking unimaginable peril to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ pogrom raging in the repressive and closed Russian republic. Unfettered access and a remarkable approach to protecting anonymity exposes this under-reported atrocity–and an extraordinary group of people confronting evil. World Premiere

Whirlybird / U.S.A. (Director: Matt Yoka, Producers: Diane Becker, Matt Yoka) — Soaring above the chaotic spectacle of ‘80s and ‘90s Los Angeles, a young couple revolutionized breaking news with their brazen helicopter reporting. Culled from this news duo’s sprawling video archive is a poignant L.A. story of a family in turbulence hovering over a city unhinged. World Premiere

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION Twelve films from emerging filmmaking talents around the world offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include The Souvenir, The Guilty, Monos, YardieThe Nile Hilton Incident and Second Mother.

Charter / Sweden (Director and screenwriter: Amanda Kernell, Producers: Lars G. Lindström, Eva Åkergren) — After a recent and difficult divorce, Alice hasn't seen her children in two months as she awaits a custody verdict. When her son calls her in the middle of the night, Alice takes action, abducting the children on an illicit charter trip to the Canary Islands. Cast: Ane Dahl Torp, Troy Lundkvist, Tintin Poggats Sarri, Sverrir Gudnasson, Eva Melander, Siv Erixon. World Premiere


Cuties / France (Director and screenwriter: Maïmouna Doucouré, Producer: Zangro) — Amy, 11 years old, meets a group of dancers called "Cuties.” Fascinated, she initiates herself to a sensual dance, hoping to join their band and escape family dysfunction... Cast: Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi-Azouni, Esther Gohourou, Ilanah Cami-Goursolas, Myriam Hamma, Maïmouna Gueye. World Premiere. DAY ONE

Exil / Germany, Belgium, Kosovo (Director and screenwriter: Visar Morina, Producers: Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade) — A chemical engineer feeling discriminated against and bullied at work plunges into an identity crisis. Cast: Mišel Matičević, Sandra Hüller. World Premiere

High Tide / Argentina (Director and screenwriter: Verónica Chen, Producers: Esteban Mentasti, Hori Mentasti) — Laura is spending a few days at her beach house to supervise the construction of a barbecue shed. One afternoon, she seduces the chief builder, who never returns. Over the following days, the builders continually invade her home – until Laura grows ferocious. Cast: Gloria Carrá, Jorge Sesán, Cristian Salguero, Mariana Chaud, Camila Fabbri, Héctor Bordoni. World Premiere

Jumbo / France, Luxembourg, Belgium (Director and screenwriter: Zoé Wittock, Producers: Anaïs Bertrand, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial) — Jeanne, a shy young woman, works in an amusement park. Fascinated with carousels, she still lives at home with her mother. That’s when Jeanne meets Jumbo, the park’s new flagship attraction... Cast: Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Sam Louwyck. World Premiere

Luxor / Egypt, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Zeina Durra, Producers: Mohamed Hefzy, Mamdouh Saba, Gianluca Chakra, Hisham Alghanim) — When British aid worker Hana returns to Luxor, a sleepy city on the banks of the Nile, she comes across Sultan, a talented archeologist and former lover. As she wanders, haunted by the familiar place, she struggles to reconcile the choices of the past with the uncertainty of the present. Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Karim Saleh, Michael Landes, Sherine Reda, Salima Ikram, Shahira Fahmy. World Premiere


Possessor / Canada, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Brandon Cronenberg, Producers: Niv Fichman, Andrew Starke, Kevin Krikst, Fraser Ash) — Vos is a corporate agent who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of the company. When something goes wrong on a routine job, she finds herself trapped inside a man whose identity threatens to obliterate her own. Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh. World Premiere

Sin Señas Particulares / Mexico, Spain (Director: Fernanda Valadez, Screenwriters: Fernanda Valadez, Astrid Rondero, Producers: Astrid Rondero, Fernanda Valadez, Jack Zagha, Yossy Zagha) Magdalena makes a journey to find her son, gone missing on his way to the Mexican border with the US. Her odyssey takes her to meet Miguel, a man recently deported from the U.S. They travel together, Magdalena looking for her son, and Miguel hoping to see his mother again. Cast: Mercedes Hernández, David Illescas, Juan Jesús Varela, Ana Laura Rodríguez, Laura Elena Ibarra, Xicoténcatl Ulloa. World Premiere

Summer White (Blanco de Verano) / Mexico (Director: Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson, Screenwriters: Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson, Raúl Sebastián Quintanilla, Producer: Alejandro Cortés Rubiales) ― Rodrigo is a solitary teenager, a king in the private world he shares with his mother. Things change when she takes her new boyfriend home to live. He must decide if he fights for his throne and crushes the happiness of the person he loves the most. Cast: Adrián Rossi, Sophie Alexander-Katz, Fabián Corres. World Premiere

Surge / United Kingdom (Director: Aneil Karia, Screenwriters: Rupert Jones, Rita Kalnejais, Producers: Julia Godzinskaya, Sophie Vickers) ― A man goes on a bold and reckless journey of self-liberation through London. After he robs a bank he releases a wilder version of himself, ultimately experiencing what it feels like to be alive. Cast: Ben Whishaw, Ellie Haddington, Ian Gelder, Jasmine Jobson. World Premiere

"This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection"

This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection / Lesotho, South Africa, Italy (Director and screenwriter: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, Producers: Cait Pansegrouw, Elias Ribeiro) — When her village is threatened with forced resettlement due to reservoir construction, an 80-year-old widow finds a new will to live and ignites the spirit of resilience within her community. In the final dramatic moments of her life, Mantoa’s legend is forged and made eternal. Cast: Mary Twala Mhlongo, Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makheta, Makhoala Ndebele, Tseko Monaheng, Siphiwe Nzima. International Premiere

Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness / Iran, France, Germany, Switzerland (Director and screenwriter: Massoud Bakhshi, Producers: Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin) — Maryam accidentally killed her husband Nasser and is sentenced to death. The only person who can save her is Mona, Nasser's daughter. All Mona has to do is appear on a TV show and forgive Maryam. But forgiveness proves difficult when they are forced to relive the past. Cast: Sadaf Asgari, Behnaz Jafari, Babak Karimi, Fereshteh Sadr Orafaee, Forough Ghajebeglou, Fereshteh Hosseini. International Premiere

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Twelve documentaries by some of the most courageous and extraordinary international filmmakers working today. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include Honeyland, Sea of ShadowsShirkers, This is HomeLast Men in Aleppo and Hooligan Sparrow.

Acasa, My Home / Romania, Germany, Finland (Director: Radu Ciorniciuc, Screenwriters: Lina Vdovii, Radu Ciorniciuc, Producer: Monica Lazurean-Gorgan) — In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, nine children and their parents lived in perfect harmony with nature for 20 years–until they are chased out and forced to adapt to life in the big city. World Premiere

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange / Ukraine, Lithuania (Director: Iryna Tsilyk, Producers: Anna Kapustina, Giedrė Žickytė) — To cope with the daily trauma of living in a war zone, Anna and her children make a film together about their life among surreal surroundings. World Premiere

Epicentro / Austria, France, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Hubert Sauper, Producers: Martin Marquet, Daniel Marquet, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Paolo Calamita) — Cuba is well known as a so-called time capsule. The place where the New World was discovered has become both a romantic vision and a warning. With ongoing global cultural and financial upheavals, large parts of the world could face a similar kind of existence. World Premiere

Influence / South Africa, Canada (Directors and Screenwriters: Diana Neille, Richard Poplak, Producers: Bob Moore, Neil Brandt) — Charting the recent advancements in weaponized communication by investigating the rise and fall of the world's most notorious public relations and reputation management firm: the British multinational Bell Pottinger. World Premiere

Into the Deep / Denmark (Director: Emma Sullivan, Producers: Mette Heide, Roslyn Walker) — In 2016, a young Australian filmmaker began documenting amateur inventor Peter Madsen. One year in, Madsen brutally murdered Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine. An unprecedented revelation of a killer and the journey his young helpers take as they reckon with their own complicity and prepare to testify. World Premiere

The Mole Agent / Chile (Director and screenwriter: Maite Alberdi, Producer: Marcela Santibañez) — When a family becomes concerned about their mother’s well-being in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires Sergio, an 83 year-old man who becomes a new resident–and a mole inside the home, who struggles to balance his assignment with becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents. World Premiere

Once Upon A Time in Venezuela / Venezuela, United Kingdom, Brazil, Austria (Director: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, Screenwriters: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, Sepp R. Brudermann, Producer: Sepp R. Brudermann) — Once upon a time, the Venezuelan village of Congo Mirador was prosperous, alive with fisherman and poets. Now it is decaying and disintegrating–a small but prophetic reflection of Venezuela itself. World Premiere

The Painter and the Thief / Norway (Director: Benjamin Ree, Producer: Ingvil Giske) — An artist befriends the drug addict and thief who stole her paintings. She becomes his closest ally when he is severely hurt in a car crash and needs full time care, even if her paintings are not found. But then the tables turn. World Premiere. DAY ONE

The Reason I Jump / United Kingdom (Director: Jerry Rothwell, Producers: Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee, Al Morrow)  — Based on the book by Naoki Higashida this immersive film explores the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people around the world. World Premiere

Saudi Runaway / Switzerland (Director and screenwriter: Susanne Regina Meures, Producer: Christian Frei) — Amjad, a young, fearless woman from Saudi Arabia, is tired of being controlled by the state and patronized by her family. With an arranged marriage imminent, a life without rights and free will seems inevitable. Amjad decides to escape. An unprecedented view inside the world's most repressive patriarchy. World Premiere

Softie / Kenya (Director and screenwriter: Sam Soko, Producers: Toni Kamau, Sam Soko) — Boniface Mwangi is daring and audacious, and recognized as Kenya's most provocative photojournalist. But as a father of three young children, these qualities create tremendous turmoil between him and his wife Njeri. When he wants to run for political office, he is forced to choose: country or family? World Premiere

The Truffle Hunters / Italy, U.S.A., Greece (Directors: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw, Producers: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw) — In the secret forests of Northern Italy, a dwindling group of joyful old men and their faithful dogs search for the world’s most expensive ingredient, the white Alba truffle. Their stories form a real-life fairy tale that celebrates human passion in a fragile land that seems forgotten in time. World Premiere

NEXT Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a "greater" next wave in American cinema. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include The InfiltratorsSearchingSkate KitchenA Ghost Story and Tangerine. NEXT presented by Adobe.

Beast Beast / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Danny Madden, Producers: Benjamin Wiessner, Matt Miller, Tara Ansley) — Three interwoven stories of youths navigating identity, first love, petty crime, and gun violence in a southern American town. Cast: Shirley Chen, Will Madden, Jose Angeles, Courtney Dietz, Daniel Rashid. World Premiere

"Black Bear"

Black Bear / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Lawrence Michael Levine, Producers: Julie Christeas, Jonathan Blitstein, Rick Bosner, Aubrey Plaza, Lawrence Michael Levine, Sophia Takal) — At a remote lake house, a filmmaker plays a calculated game of desire and jealousy in the pursuit of a work of art that blurs the boundaries between autobiography and invention. Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, Sarah Gadon. World Premiere

I Carry You With Me / U.S.A., Mexico (Director: Heidi Ewing, Screenwriters: Heidi Ewing, Alan Page Arriaga, Producers: Mynette Louie, Heidi Ewing) — An epic love story spanning decades is sparked by a chance encounter between two men in provincial Mexico. Based on a true story, ambition and societal pressure propel an aspiring chef to leave his soulmate and make the treacherous journey to New York, where life will never be the same. Cast: Armando Espitia, Christian Vázquez, Michelle Rodríguez, Ángeles Cruz, Arcelia Ramírez, Michelle González. World Premiere

The Killing of Two Lovers / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Robert Machoian, Producers: Scott Christopherson, Clayne Crawford, Robert Machoian) — David desperately tries to keep his family of six together during a separation from his wife. They both agree to see other people but David struggles to grapple with his wife’s new relationship. Cast: Clayne Crawford, Sepideh Moafi, Chris Coy, Aver Pizzuto, Arri Graham, Ezra Graham. World Premiere

"La Leyenda Negra"

La Leyenda Negra / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Patricia Vidal Delgado, Producers: Alicia Herder, Marcel Perez) — In Compton, a soon-to-be undocumented teenager fights for her right to stay in America while risking her family, her friendships, and her first love. Cast: Monica Betancourt, Kailei Lopez, Irlanda Moreno, Justin Avila, Sammy Flores, Juan Reynoso. World Premiere

The Mountains Are a Dream That Call to Me / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Cedric Cheung-Lau, Producers: Alexandra Byer, Madeleine Askwith) — On the Annapurna Massif, Tukten, a young Nepali man setting off for a new life as a laborer in Dubai, encounters an older Australian woman who causes him to change course and discover his homeland in a new light. Cast: Sanjay Lama Dong, Alice Cummins. World Premiere

Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia / U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: The Daniels, Hannah Fidell, Alexa Lim Haas, Lucas Leyva, Olivia Lloyd, Jillian Mayer, The Meza Brothers, Terence Nance, Brett Potter, Dylan Redford, Xander Robin, Julian Yuri Rodriguez, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Producers: Olivia Lloyd, Matthew Perniciaro, Michael Sherman, Taylor Shung) — It's not just a speed boat ride, it's a Miami adventure. Cast: Mel Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Casey Wilson, Adam Devine, Jessica Williams, Robert Redford. World Premiere

"Some Kind of Heaven"

Some Kind of Heaven / U.S.A. (Director: Lance Oppenheim, Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Kathleen Lingo, Melissa Oppenheim Lano, Pacho Velez, Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman) — Behind the gates of a palm tree-lined fantasyland, four residents of America’s largest retirement community, The Villages, FL, strive to find happiness and meaning. World Premiere

Spree / U.S.A. (Director: Eugene Kotlyarenko, Screenwriters: Gene McHugh, Eugene Kotlyarenko, Producers: Matthew Budman, Sumaiya Kaveh, John Lang, Eugene Kotlyarenko) — Kurt Kunkle, a rideshare driver thirsty for followers, has figured out a deadly plan to go viral. As his disturbing livestream is absurdly embraced by the social media hellscape, a comedienne emerges as the only hope to stop this rampage. Cast: Joe Keery, Sasheer Zamata, David Arquette, Kyle Mooney, Mischa Barton, Josh Ovalle. World Premiere 

Summertime / U.S.A. (Director: Carlos Lopez Estrada, Screenwriters: Dave Harris, 19 Get Lit Poets, Producers: Kimberly Stuckwisch, Jeffrey Soros, Alisa Tager, Simon Horsman, Diane Luby Lane) — In the heat of the summer, the lives of 25 strangers collide. A love letter to Los Angeles written and performed by a collective of young spoken word poets. Cast: 19 Get Lit Poets. World Premiere. DAY ONE

PREMIERES A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include The Report, Late Night, The Big Sick and Call Me By Your Name.

Downhill / U.S.A. (Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Screenwriters: Jesse Armstrong, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Producers: Anthony Bregman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stefanie Azpiazu, Erik Hemmendorff, Ruben Östlund) Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reuate their lives and how they feel about each other. Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Zach Woods, Zoë Chao, Miranda Otto. World Premiere

Dream Horse / United Kingdom (Director: Euros Lyn, Screenwriter: Neil McKay, Producers: Katherine Butler, Tracy O’Riordan) — Jan, a cleaner and bartender, decides on a whim to breed a race horse in her Welsh village. As the horse rises through the ranks against all odds, Jan and the townspeople are pitted against the racing elite in a nail-biting race for the national championship. Cast: Toni Collette, Damian Lewis. World Premiere 

Falling / Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark (Director and screenwriter: Viggo Mortensen, Producers: Viggo Mortensen, Daniel Bekerman, Chris Curling) — When 80-year-old independent farmer Willis travels to Los Angeles for an indefinite stay with son John and his family, two very different worlds collide. Mentally declining, Willis' abrasiveness is both caustic and funny, bringing old wounds from the past and years of mutual mistrust to the surface. Cast: Lance Henriksen, Viggo Mortensen, Terry Chen, Sverrir Gudnason, Hannah Gross, Laura Linney. World Premiere. CLOSING NIGHT

The Father / United Kingdom, France (Director: Florian Zeller, Screenwriters: Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller, Producers: Philippe Carcassonne, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt) — Anthony is 80 years old. He lives alone in London and refuses the nurses that his daughter tries to impose upon him. Yet help is becoming more pressing, as she has decided to move to Paris. At once comedic and profound, this is a moving story of our human condition. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams. World Premiere

"Four Good Days"

Four Good Days / U.S.A. (Director: Rodrigo Garcia, Screenwriters: Rodrigo Garcia, Eli Saslow, Producers: Jon Avnet, Marina Grasic, Jake Avnet, Jai Khanna, Rodrigo Garcia, Sage Scroope) — Ten years of opioids have left Molly’s life in shambles. A new drug may give her a chance to break free if she is able to stay clean for four days, with the help of her mother Deb, a tough, clear-eyed woman. Their love will be tested to the limits. Cast: Glenn Close, Mila Kunis, Stephen Root, Joshua Leonard. World Premiere

The Glorias / U.S.A. (Director: Julie Taymor, Screenwriters: Julie Taymor, Sarah Ruhl, Producers: Alex Saks, Lynn Hendee) — An equal rights crusader, journalist and activist: Gloria Steinem embodies these and more. From her role in the revolutionary women's rights movement to her travels throughout the U.S. and around the world, Steinem has made an everlasting mark on modern history. A nontraditional chronicle of a trailblazing life. Cast: Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Bette Midler, Janelle Monae, Timothy Hutton, Lorraine Toussaint. World Premiere

Herself / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director: Phyllida Lloyd, Screenwriters: Clare Dunne, Malcolm Campbell, Producers: Rory Gilmartin, Ed Guiney, Sharon Horgan) — Struggling to provide her daughters with a safe, happy home, Sandra decides to build one - from scratch. Using all her ingenuity to make her ambitious dream a reality, Sandra draws together a community to lend a helping hand to build her house and ultimately recover her own sense of self. Cast: Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter, Conleth Hill. World Premiere

Horse Girl / U.S.A. (Director: Jeff Baena, Screenwriters: Jeff Baena, Alison Brie, Producers: Alana Carithers, Jeff Baena, Alison Brie) — A socially awkward woman with a fondness for arts and crafts, horses, and supernatural crime shows finds her increasingly lucid dreams trickling into her waking life. Cast: Alison Brie, Debby Ryan, John Reynolds, Molly Shannon, John Ortiz, Jay Duplass. World Premiere

Ironbark / United Kingdom (Director: Dominic Cooke, Screenwriter: Tom O'Connor, Producers: Adam Ackland, Ben Browning, Ben Pugh, Rory Aitken) — The true story of a British businessman unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Forming an unlikely partnership with a Soviet officer hoping to prevent a nuclear confrontation, the two men work together to provide the crucial intelligence used to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley. World Premiere


Kajillionaire / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Miranda July, Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner) — Low-stakes grifters, Old Dolio and her parents invite a chipper young woman into their insular clan, only to have their entire world turned upside down. Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger. World Premiere

The Last Shift / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Andrew Cohn, Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Sam Bisbee, Alex Lipschultz, Bert Kern) — Stanley, an aging fast food worker, prepares to work his final graveyard shift after 38 years. When he's asked to train his replacement, Jevon, Stanley's weekend takes an unexpected turn. Cast: Richard Jenkins, Shane Paul McGhie, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Birgundi Baker, Allison Tolman, Ed O'Neill. World Premiere

The Last Thing He Wanted / U.S.A. (Director: Dee Rees, Screenwriters: Marco Vallalobos, Dee Rees, Producers: Cassian Elwes, Dee Rees) — A veteran D.C. journalist loses the thread of her own narrative when a guilt-propelled errand for her father thrusts her from byline to unwitting subject in the very story she’s trying to break. Adapted from the Joan Didion novel of the same title. Cast: Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Rosie Perez. World Premiere

Lost Girls / U.S.A. (Director: Liz Garbus, Screenwriter: Michael Werwie, Producers: Anne Carey, Kevin McCormick) — When Mari Gilbert's daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Committed to finding the truth, her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers Mari will not let the world forget. Inspired by true events. Cast: Amy Ryan, Thomasin McKenzie, Lola Kirke, Oona Laurence, Gabriel Byrne, Miriam Shor. World Premiere

The Nest / United Kingdom, Canada (Director and screenwriter: Sean Durkin, Producers: Ed Guiney, Derrin Schlesinger, Rose Garnett, Sean Durkin, Amy Jackson, Christina Piovesan) — Charismatic entrepreneur, Rory, relocates his family to England with dreams of profiting from booming 1980’s London. But as his wife, Allison, struggles to adapt, and the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, the couple have to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage. Cast: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Charlie Shotwell, Oona Roche. World Premiere

Promising Young Woman / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Emerald Fennell, Producers: Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerly, Josey McNamara, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell) — Everyone said Cassie was a promising young woman... until something abruptly derailed her future. Nothing in Cassie’s life is as it appears: she’s smart, cunning, and living a double life by night. Now, Cassie has a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling take on revenge. Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge. World Premiere


Sergio / U.S.A. (Director: Greg Barker, Screenwriter: Craig Borten, Producers: Brent Travers, Daniel Dreifuss, Wagner Moura) — A sweeping drama set in the chaotic aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, where the life of top UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello hangs in the balance during the most treacherous mission of his career. Cast: Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, Garret Dillahunt, Will Dalton, Bradley Whitford, Brían F. O’Byrne. World Premiere 

Tesla / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Almereyda, Producers: Avi Lerner, Jeffery Greenstein, Uri Singer, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Isen Robbins) — Highlighting the Promethean struggles of Nikola Tesla, as he attempts to transcend entrenched technology–including his own previous work–by pioneering a system of wireless energy that will change the world. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Kyle Maclachlan, Eve Hewson, Jim Gaffigan, Hannah Gross, Josh Hamilton. World Premiere. Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize 

Uncle Frank / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Alan Ball, Producers: Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Michael Costigan, Jay Van Hoy, Bill Block, Stephanie Meurer) — In 1973, when 18-year-old Beth and her uncle Frank take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina for the family patriarch's funeral, they're unexpectedly joined by Frank's lover Walid. A story about family, forgiveness, and our inherent power to choose who we want to be. Cast: Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Margo Martindale. World Premiere 

Wendy / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Eliza Zeitlin, Producers: Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Paul Mezey, Becky Glupczynski) — Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic. Cast: Devin France, Yashua Mack, Gage Naquin, Gavin Naquin, Ahmad Cage, Krzysztof Meyn. World Premiere. Dolby Institute Fellowship

Worth / U.S.A. (Director: Sara Colangelo, Screenwriter: Max Borenstein) — Kenneth Feinberg, a powerful D.C. lawyer appointed Special Master of the 9/11 Fund, fights off the cynicism, bureaucracy, and politics associated with administering government funds and, in doing so, discovers what life is worth. Based on true events. Cast: Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Amy Ryan, Tate Donovan, Talia Balsam, Laura Benanti. World Premiere

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES Renowned filmmakers and films about far-reaching subjects comprise this section highlighting our ongoing commitment to documentaries. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include Ask Dr. RuthWon’t You Be My Neighbor?RBGAn Inconvenient Sequel and The Hunting Ground.  


Aggie / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Catherine Gund, Producers: Catherine Gund, Tanya Selvaratnam) — An exploration of the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes Gund who sold Roy Lichtenstein’s painting “Masterpiece” in 2017 for $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund to end mass incarceration. Cast: Agnes Gund, Darren Walker, Ava DuVernay, Thelma Golden, John Waters, Glenn Ligon. World Premiere 

Assassins / U.S.A. (Director: Ryan White, Producers: Jessica Hargrave, Ryan White) — True crime meets global spy thriller in this gripping account of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader. The film follows the trial of the two female assassins, probing the question: were the women trained killers or innocent pawns of North Korea? World Premiere 

Disclosure: Trans Lives On Screen / U.S.A. (Director: Sam Feder, Producers: Amy Scholder, Sam Feder) — An investigation of how Hollywood's fabled stories have deeply influenced how Americans feel about transgender people, and how transgender people have been taught to feel about themselves. Cast: Laverne Cox, Mj Rodriguez, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Chaz Bono, Jamie Clayton. World Premiere

"The Dissident"

The Dissident / U.S.A. (Director: Bryan Fogel, Screenwriters: Mark Monroe, Bryan Fogel, Producers: Bryan Fogel, Jake Swantko, Mark Monroe, Thor Halvorssen) — When Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappears after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, his fiancée and dissidents around the world are left to piece together the clues to a brutal murder and expose a global cover up perpetrated by the very country he loved. World Premiere 

Giving Voice / U.S.A. (Directors: James D. Stern, Fernando Villena, Producers: James D. Stern, Karen Bove, Fernando Villena, Schoen Smith, Craig Piligian) — Every year, thousands of high schoolers enter the August Wilson monologue competition for a chance to perform on Broadway. This film follows these students, examining how Wilson and his characters speak to a new generation, inspiring them to listen to his words and find their own voice. World Premiere 

The Go-Go's / U.S.A., Ireland, Canada (Director: Alison Ellwood, Producers: Trevor Birney, Corey Russell, Eimhear O'Neill) — As the first all-female band to play their instruments, write their songs and have a No. 1 album, The Go-Go's made history. Underpinned by candid testimonies, this film chronicles the meteoric rise to fame of a band born in the LA punk scene who became a pop phenomenon. Cast: Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin. World Premiere 

Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story / U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: Ron Cicero, Kimo Easterwood, Producer: Ron Cicero) — Exploring the rise and fall of the groundbreaking animated series Ren & Stimpy and its controversial creator, John Kricfalusi, through archival footage, show artwork and interviews with the artists, actors and executives behind the show. Cast: John Kricfalusi, Robyn Byrd, Vanessa Coffey, Chris Reccardi, Richard Pursel, Bobby Lee. World Premiere 

Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind / U.S.A. (Director: Laurent Bouzereau, Producers: Natasha Gregson Wagner, Manoah Bowman, Laurent Bouzereau) — Exploring actor Natalie Wood’s life and career through the unique perspective of her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others who knew her best. An examination of her personal and professional triumphs and challenges, which have often been overshadowed by her tragic death at age 43. World Premiere 

Okavango: River of Dreams (Director's Cut) / Botswana (Directors and Producers: Dereck Joubert, Beverly Joubert, Screenwriter: Dereck Joubert) — An insiders’ view of one of the greatest river systems on the planet, presented as a love letter, exploring the layers of paradise, limbo and inferno in a natural history echo of Dante’s Divine Comedy, a river of dreams, or beauty of conflict and turmoil. World Premiere 

Rebuilding Paradise / U.S.A. (Director: Ron Howard, Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Xan Parker, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes) — On November 8, 2018, a spark flew in the Sierra Nevada foothills, igniting the most destructive wildfire in California history and decimating the town of Paradise. Unfolding during the year after the fire, this is the story of the Paradise community as they begin to rebuild their lives. World Premiere

"Taylor Swift: Miss Americana"

Taylor Swift: Miss Americana / U.S.A. (Director: Lana Wilson, Producers: Morgan Neville, Caitrin Rogers, Christine O'Malley) — A raw and emotionally revealing look at one of the most iconic artists of our time during a transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice. Cast: Taylor Swift. World Premiere. DAY ONE

Untitled Kirby Dick/Amy Ziering Film / U.S.A. (Directors: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, Screenwriters: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, Sara Newens, Producers: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Amy Herdy, Jamie Rogers) — A brilliant former hip hop executive grapples with whether to go public about her rape by one of the most powerful men in the music industry. A gripping and profound examination of race, gender, intersectionality, and the toll sexual abuse takes on survivors and on society at large. Cast: Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, Sheri Hines, Joan Morgan, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Shanita Hubbard. World Premiere 

Vivos / Germany, Mexico (Director and Producer: Ai Weiwei) — Since an attack on students of the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College in 2014 resulted in six deaths and in the forced disappearance of 43, the students’ families have been living in limbo with their unanswered questions, their struggle embodying the psychological and emotional toll of endemic violence upon Mexican society. World Premiere

MIDNIGHT From horror and comedy to works that defy genre classification, these films will keep you wide awake, even at the most arduous hour. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include Greener Grass, HereditaryAssassination NationThe Little Hours and The Babadook.


Amulet / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Romola Garai, Producers: Matthew James Wilkinson, Maggie Monteith) — Tomaz, an ex-soldier now homeless in London, is offered a place to stay at a decaying house, inhabited by a young woman and her dying mother. As he starts to fall for Magda, Tomaz cannot ignore his suspicion that something insidious might also be living alongside them. Cast: Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton, Angeliki Papoulia. World Premiere

Bad Hair / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Justin Simien, Producers: Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Eddie Vaisman, Justin Simien) — In this horror satire set in 1989, an ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career may come at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own. Cast: Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, Jay Pharoah, Lena Waithe, Blair Underwood, Laverne Cox. World Premiere. DAY ONE

His House / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Remi Weekes, Producers: Edward King, Martin Gentles, Roy Lee, Aidan Elliott, Arnon Milchan) — A young refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface. Cast: Wunmi Mosaku, Sope Dirisu, Matt Smith. World Premiere

Impetigore / Indonesia (Director and screenwriter: Joko Anwar, Producers: Shanty Harmayn, Tia Hasibuan, Aoura Lovenson, Ben Soebiakto) — An out-of-luck woman decides to go back to her secluded home village in hopes of inheritance. Little does she know, the villagers have been waiting for her because she got what they needed to lift off a plagueing curse. Cast: Tara Basro, Marissa Anita, Christine Hakim, Ario Bayu, Asmara Abigail. International Premiere

The Night House / U.S.A. (Director: David Bruckner, Screenwriters: Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski, Producers: David Goyer, Keith Levine, John Zois) — A widow begins to uncover her recently deceased husband's disturbing secrets. Cast: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Stacy Martin, Evan Jonigkeit, Vondie Curtis-Hall. World Premiere

"The Nowhere Inn"

The Nowhere Inn / U.S.A. (Director: Bill Benz, Screenwriters: Carrie Brownstein, Annie Clark, Producers: Jett Steiger, Lana Kim, Annie Clark, Carrie Brownstein) — When St. Vincent sets out to make a documentary about her music, the goal is to both reveal and revel in the unadorned truth behind her on-stage persona. But when she hires a close friend to direct, notions of reality, identity, and authenticity grow increasingly distorted and bizarre. Cast: Annie Clark, Carrie Brownstein. World Premiere

Relic / Australia (Director: Natalie Erika James, Screenwriters: Natalie Erika James, Christian White, Producers: Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw, Riva Marker, Jake Gyllenhaal) — When Edna, the elderly and widowed matriarch of the family, goes missing, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam travel to their remote family home to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna. Cast: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote. World Premiere

Run Sweetheart Run / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Shana Feste, Producers: Jason Blum, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Aml Ameen, Dayo Okeniyi, Betsy Brandt, Shohreh Aghdashloo) — A blind date turns violent and the woman has to get home through Los Angeles, with her date in pursuit. Cast: Ella Balinska, Pilou Asbaek, Clark Gregg. World Premiere

Scare Me / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Josh Ruben, Producers: Alex Bach, Daniel Powell, Josh Ruben) — During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in the dark of a Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear: Fanny is the better storyteller. Cast: Aya Cash, Josh Ruben, Chris Redd, Rebecca Drysdale. World Premiere

SPOTLIGHT The Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love from throughout the past year. Films that have played in this category in recent years include The Biggest Little Farm, The Death of Stalin, The Rider, Ida and The Lobster.

And Then We Danced / Sweden, Georgia, France (Director and screenwriter: Levan Akin, Producers: Mathilde Dedye, Ketie Daniela) — In the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, Merab, a competitive dancer, is thrown off balance by the arrival of Irakli, a fellow male dancer with a rebellious streak. Cast: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakhishvilli, Kakha Gogidze, Anano Makharadze.

The Assistant / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kitty Green, Producers: Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay, James Schamus, P. Jennifer Dana, Ross Jacobson) — A day in the life of Jane, an assistant to a high-powered film executive. Cast: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Jon Orsini, Noah Robbins. 

The Climb / U.S.A. (Director: Michael Covino, Screenwriters: Michael Covino, Kyle Marvin, Producers: Noah Lang, Michael Covino, Kyle Marvin) Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond—until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancée. A portrait of a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak, and rage. Cast: Kyle Marvin, Michael Covino, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt, Judith Godrèche

Collective / Romania, Luxembourg (Director and screenwriter: Alexander Nanau, Producers: Alexander Nanau, Bianca Oana) — Investigative journalists uncover massive fraud in the Romanian health care system revealing the price of corruption and ultimately, the price of truth. Cast: Catalin Tolontan, Mirela Neag, Razvan Lutac, Tedy Ursuleanu, Vlad Voiculescu, Camelia Roiu. U.S. Premiere

Ema / Chile (Director: Pablo Larraín, Screenwriters: Guillermo Calderón, Alejandro Moreno, Producer: Juan de Dios Larraín) — After a shocking incident upends her family life and marriage to a tempestuous choreographer, Ema, a reggaeton dancer, sets out on an odyssey of personal liberation in this incendiary story of art, desire, and the modern family. Cast: Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Santiago Cabrera. 

La Llorona / Guatemala, France (Director and screenwriter: Jayro Bustamante, Producers: Jayro Bustamante, Herminio Gutiérrez, Gustavo Matheu, Marina Peralta, Georges Ranand) — Enrique, a retired general who oversaw the Maya genocide, is haunted by his devastating crimes. A tale of horror and fantasy, reimagining the Latin American fable as an urgent metaphor of Guatemalan recent history and its unhealed political wounds. Cast: María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina De La Hoz, Julio Diaz, Margarita Kénefic, Juan Pablo Olyslager, Ayla-Elea Hurtado. 

"The Perfect Candidate"

The Perfect Candidate / Germany, Saudi Arabia (Director: Haifaa Al Mansour, Screenwriters: Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann, Producers: Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Haifaa Al Mansour, Brad Niemann) — A determined young Saudi doctor’s surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate. Cast: Mila Alzahrani, Dhay, Khalid Abdulrahim, Shafi Al Harthy. DAY ONE

KIDS This section of the Festival is especially for our youngest independent film fans. Programmed in cooperation with Utah Film Center, which presents the annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival, Utah’s premiere film festival for children and youth. Films that have played in this category in recent years include The Elephant Queen, Science FairMy Life as a ZucchiniThe Eagle Huntress and Shaun the Sheep

Binti / Belgium (Director and Screenwriter: Frederike Migom, Producer: Katleen Goosens) — Twelve-year-old Binti dreams of becoming a famous vlogger like her idol Tatyana. But when the police raid her home, and try to deport her and her dad, they are forced to flee. Together with her friend Elias she now plots the perfect plan to stay in the country. Cast: Bebel Tshiani Baloji, Mo Bakker, Joke Devynck, Baloji, Caroline Stas, Noa Jacobs. U.S. Premiere

"Come Away"

Come Away / United Kingdom, U.S.A. (Director: Brenda Chapman, Screenwriter: Marissa Kate Goodhill, Producers: Leesa Kahn, James Spring, David Oyelowo, Steve Richards, Andrea Keir) — Before Alice found Wonderland, and Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their brother dies in an accident, they seek to save their parents from downward spirals until finally they're forced to choose between home and imagination, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland. Cast: Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo, Jordan Nash, Keira Chansa, Reece Yates, Michael Caine. World Premiere

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made / U.S.A. (Director: Tom McCarthy, Screenwriters: Stephan Pastis, Tom McCarthy, Producers: Tom McCarthy, Jim Whitaker) — The hilarious exploits of Timmy Failure and his 1,500-pound polar bear partner, Total, as they operate Total Failure, Inc., a Portland detective agency. Based on the book by Stephan Pastis. Cast: Winslow Fegley, Ophelia Lovibond, Wallace Shawn, Craig Robinson, Kyle Bornheimer. World Premiere

- Brian Tallerico

Hulu’s ten-part hyper-noir “Reprisal” is a stylish alternative to a season often dominated by cheery holiday fare. There’s nothing cheery about this blend of “Sons of Anarchy” with revenge thrillers like “Ms. 45” or “Kill Bill,” other than the joy to be gained by its high degree of self-conscious style, a tone that approaches Frank Miller’s work in its go-for-broke ridiculousness in some of its best moments. Balancing the deep emotional wells that its strong ensemble is capable of reaching with visual tricks like unbroken shots, split screens, and fantastic music choices, “Reprisal” nails its tone after about three episodes and then races to a satisfying conclusion that leaves just enough open for another year. Some of the early developments are a bit inconsistent when it feels like the show is still kind of trying to figure out where to go and how to get there, but the ace cast of great character actors finds its footing and it becomes incredibly easy to watch one episode after the other. There’s a reason Hulu is dropping this whole-season style instead of weekly episodes like they do for some of their shows. It builds momentum in a way that will make it a show that most people watch in just a couple days. Strap in. It’s a hell of a ride.

Doris Quinn (the great Abigail Spencer of “Rectify” and “Timeless”) was betrayed by those closest to her, dragged behind a car, and left for dead. They should have checked her pulse. As she says, “All my life, people have been underestimating me.” In the premiere, Doris is far from those who tried to destroy her, dealing with the imminent death of her husband (played by “Rectify” creator Ray McKinnon in a lovely reunion) and the associated drama that comes from his family when it looks like she will inherit his business, one that she has made successful in the first place. This drama brings in a brutal gangster played by Ron Perlman, but be forewarned that he then becomes just a presence for most of the season, something that will be chasing Doris from one direction as she heads home to get her vengeance.

Doris has a plan. Without spoiling much, it involves sending one of her employees who got himself into a bit of trouble, a nice kid named Ethan (Mena Massoud), to infiltrate the gang that tried to kill her, setting the stage for her unexpected return from the dead. There, he teams up with a pair of stylish tough guys named Matty (Rhys Wakefield) and Johnson (David Dastmalchian), but the real power players are Bash (Gilbert Owuor), Burt (Rory Cochrane), and the enigmatic Joel (Rodrigo Santoro), who is trying to keep tenuous peace between rival gangs. A lot of the gang action goes down at something called a bang-a-rang, a stylish, secret go-go club that would look right at home in “Sin City” and introduces us to more colorful characters like Meredith (Madison Davenport) and Queenie (Lea DeLaria). Did I mention W. Earl Brown of “Deadwood” fame is also on Doris’ side? Yeah, this ensemble is phenomenal, and I haven’t even mentioned scene-stealing relative newcomers like Bethany Anne Lind or the great Craig Tate. It’s a remarkable balance of familiar faces with people who you instantly want to see more of. 

“Reprisal” also has a nice ability to surprise. Characters take unexpected turns, and the stakes seem legitimate when weapons are pulled out. More than once, I was surprised at a character death or decision, and that’s not common, even in the age of streaming. Most shows like “Reprisal,” which try to be edgy or different, are still falling into the same tropes and narrative outline as the presumably safer shows. As “Reprisal” hurtled toward its end, I was legitimately uncertain as to who would live and who would die. 

It’s also rare for a show like this to work both in its large and small beats. Sure, the sequences set to Chicago and Warren Zevon are going to be the two that likely get Twitter buzzing the loudest, but there are great minor beats to offset the technically stunning ones. A lot of them belong to Tate as a man who ends up recruited by Doris for her journey, not really sure what he’s getting into but kind of fascinated by this fearless femme fatale. And Spencer is typically phenomenal, finding the emotion beneath her character’s wide-eyed drive. Doris seems fearless and committed to those around her, but Spencer never allows her to become a caricature.

Like almost every streaming series, I do wonder if there’s not a stronger version of this season that runs eight episodes instead of the requisite ten. There are times, especially in the first half of the season, when it feels like we’re running over the same ground, but the back half is well worth the struggle to get there. "Reprisal" builds in momentum as the characters converge and the chaos ensues. Enjoy the insanity. 

Whole season screened for review. 

- Justine Smith

In Mexico City, two ambulances race to the scene of an accident. With a camera mounted in the front of the front of the vehicle, we watch as the Ochoa family direct traffic with a loudspeaker and weave between cars. The Ochoa family are among the many for-profit private ambulances that work the streets of the thriving metropolis. But in a city of nine million people, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances to serve the population. In that resource-void, this for-profit industry has emerged.

Made over the course of three years, director Luke Lorentzen’s “Midnight Family” follows the working nights of the Ochoa family in a visceral documentary experience. Structured around a series of accidents that escalate in terms of tension and moral complexity, the film showcases the industry's intense atmosphere. Between these various incidents, we see the family in waiting; eating tacos, discussing money and arguing. A narrative balances many different threads, it showcases the many tensions of life on the edge of survival for the patients but also the Ochoa family, who also struggle to make ends meet. 

At the RIDM documentary film festival in Montreal, Lorentzen spoke with RogerEbert.com about the filmmaking process, documentary ethics in “Midnight Family.”

Considering the subject matter that daunting to screen Midnight Family for the first time in Mexico?

The first screening we did in Mexico was at the Guadalajara film festival, which was a good experience. Then we played the opening night of Ambulante, which was 3,000 people outdoors in the center of the city, very close to where the film was shot. There were ambulances circling the Plaza, going to scenes and coming back to catch the rest of the film. 

How did people respond?

The ambulance system, as it works, is not something people know about. At the same time, the kind of street-level corruption and government dysfunction is something that they are so over-comfortable with [that it] lands with a sense of surprise and shock, but not in the sense that it does in the U.S. It's more like, "Of course, that's how this happens." They're also able to see a lot more of the comedy. Just in the way the family interacts, some of the words they use and their accents are typical of Mexico City. It plays a bit more, not as a dark comedy, but then there's just more humor. 

How did you meet the Ochoa family and decide to make a film about them?

I moved to Mexico City right after I graduated from college and I went there for a variety of reasons, but it was pretty spontaneous. I was looking for something to do with my life. Through that process, I woke up one morning and parked about one block from my apartment was the Ochoa family. I asked them if I could ride along for a night to just see what healthcare and Mexico city was like and was just like totally blown away on that first evening. I saw a lot of what you see in the film, chasing ambulances to accidents and this family drama set in this underground world. 

I filmed over the course of three years and that was not what I expected when I went there for the first time. I was 23 years old and it was very spontaneous but ended up working out. I continue to tell myself that really meaningful things can come from everyday, unexpected encounters. 

How did you secure the resources to make the film?

I started mostly on my own with the camera that I already had. I shot enough footage to put together a three-minute sample reel that I then pitched at a festival in Camden, Maine. I met a producer, who's now my closest collaborator. He took it out to pitch to a few organizations and we got $20,000 from Catapult Film Fund, which was enough to get us really far because I was doing pretty much everything. It was enough to rent an additional camera so I could shoot on the windshield and in the back of the ambulance and pay for some travel. But we shot the film for almost nothing. Once we started editing and had more to show people, we were able to raise a proper budget for editing and sound.

How do you work shooting in such a confined space?

[The cameras are] Sony FS-7s. I use the same camera on the hood of the ambulance as I did in the back. It was a matter of me of night after night learning how to navigate this space. The Ochoas had such a repetitive routine that I could make pretty firm decisions about how to shoot things. I built this muscle of kind of navigating really tricky situations with a pretty clear sense of where people would end up moving and what the shots are like. It took months of trial and error before I got even close to that. Most of the film, despite having shot over the course of three years, comes from the last three weeks of production, like 75% of it. That's for a lot of reasons, one of which is that I just didn't know what I was doing in the beginning. And the other is my relationship with the family just like continued to grow and the intimacy got better and better until I was finally where I needed to be.

You're dealing with people like in very vulnerable situations where you do manage to preserve so much of their privacy and so much of their autonomy. How much of this was a conscious choice?

In the middle of really emotionally gut-wrenching moments, I needed to stay razor-focused on framing something just enough so that you know what's going on and have a sense of a person, a real individual being there while keeping their privacy. The way I started shooting the kind of initial concept for the film was to see if I could tell the whole story just with the one camera mounted on the windshield. I don't know if you've seen “Manakamana” but that film really inspired me. I wanted to see if I could tell a story with just one angle. You would hear and get a sense of what was happening outside and in the back, but you would never see it. Part of that was that was, I just didn't feel comfortable filming patients and I didn't know how to kind of deal with that process. Night after night, I slowly kind of observed and started to think about how I might begin shooting in the back. Little by little I expanded what I was willing to film and that grew into what you see in the film. It would come down to showing up to an accident about half the time just turning the camera off because it didn't feel right or someone asked me not to stop filming or I just like didn't feel like I could get the right kind of permission. And then half of the time I would be able to. People, in a really surprising way, were far more willing to share some of these moments than I expected them to be.

Part of my process was trying to connect with people. Not all of it is perfect, you know it's a messy world and part of wanting to shoot it alone was to kind of thread the needle of some really complicated situations with my own kind of ethical gut, and not put that on a crew member or kind of a larger team who might think differently about it. I did have a singular moral grounding that I would take through the whole process.

Early on I felt when I was in the ambulance I felt sometimes like the Ochoas are my best friends and that they were just the most lovely people. Then sometimes I really feared for some of their patients and dealing with that kind of spectrum of feelings, in terms of how the systems work, I knew that the worst version would sugar coat how complicated it all gets. I did feel responsible to not just the Ochoa family and giving them the dignity that they had showed me but also to the patient's side of the story, which was also valid and who were put through some things they shouldn't have been.

How did editing process work?

The concept of what I wanted to do came very early, but it took so long to get the material to support that idea. The idea was simple, the film would have five or six accidents and in each accident, I want the moral complexity to increase. There is also a tension between this family trying to survive, patients trying to survive and the two kinds of bumping into each other in different ways throughout the film. The first couple of accidents give you key bits of information that you need, like how this ambulance works, who the characters are. And then the midpoint of the film is when you kind of see how they get paid by this one hospital, you might not fully process it at that moment, but it is a breadcrumb that hopefully, you come back to at the end of the film.

I had this chart that I would draw, that kind of looked like a heartbeat. It was a huge simplification. I think when you're editing a film, it's good to kind of heighten things, emotional qualities to think about them in absolute terms, knowing that they are far more ambiguous and complicated, but it would be kind of moments that added to their heroicness and then moments that had it to their darkness and wanting the film to oscillate.

Can you talk about the film's sound design, especially considering the tight-quarters and the DIY atmosphere, how did you achieve such a rich sound mix?

I had an audio recorder that was bolted to my camera. Then I had four wireless channels so everyone would have a wireless mic and there was a shotgun to capture other sounds. All I was focused on was getting clear dialogue and nothing else. Once we locked the edit of the film, with a team of sound designers, we went back to the ambulance and put microphones in different places and structured them like a sound system—the way a theatre is structured. The thinking was to imagine the theatre as being the ambulance. We spatialized sound in a way that threw you into that space in a really immersive way. There was a team of three amazing people who spent like two months just doing sound. It was what we spent most of our budget on. There's no music in the film but there's just so much to play with in terms of the emotional qualities of all these sounds. 

I want to even do better on the next film, by really starting early on in the process. How do we go about recording sound that makes this as immersive and real and powerful? “Manakamana” is another example that inspired me. Like all the Harvard Sensory Ethnography films, sound is present in a very forward way.

The balance between loudness and quietness was also visual. I wanted to be able to have these crazy chase scenes and then give you just like an empty street shot for nine seconds. Just give you this moment to just like get a palate cleanser so that you can feel something in the next scene and not be so overwhelmed. And so just thinking about the edit was creating these spaces where people could take a breath, but not so much so that they disconnected with the sound.

- Tomris Laffly

French writer/director Céline Sciamma has hypnotizing powers—her spellbinding pull was unmissable in both the sensual “Water Lilies” and the gleaming coming-of-age tale “Girlhood.” With “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” she takes that cinematic magnetism to new heights and periods, to a cliffside manor somewhere on the coast of Brittany in the 1770s. Imbued with a buttery-matte palette and resolute, painterly strokes of camera throughout—lensed by Claire Mathon with patient tenacity—Sciamma’s latest tells the tale of a dreamy romance. It’s a delicate drama that flourishes through the liberating power of art, where a hopeful yet consuming love affair sparks between two young women amid patriarchal customs, and stays concealed in their hearts both because of and in spite of it. 

This forbidden love (“forbidden” in the world that surrounds them, but so instinctive and inevitable to the pair) might just be the sexiest affair you’ll get to see on cinema screens this year, or since ... I can’t even remember. This is thanks in large part to Sciamma’s well-considered decisions on what to show versus how much to obscure in scenes of unreserved intimacy. In fact, she is so deliberate in her “Portrait” that one cannot ignore the filmmaker’s oblique opposition to the cold and soft-core sex scenes of "Blue is the Warmest Color," another love story of the recent LGBTQ cannon, but one shot from the unfortunate POV of the male gaze (an admittedly overused but fitting term here.) In that, it’s not the secret bedroom trysts that Sciamma’s film renders the most erotic. It’s the suggestive longing, the camera’s respectful caressing of the skin, the studious stares that the two women get locked in that prove to be the most rousing. These gazes—first, exchanged out of obligation, then, cherished more and more—are stirring, simply because the lovers-to-be have no choice but to dwell in their private safety when any kind of sexual release seems out of the question for them.

And these wordless adorations are also thrilling, as they are what defines the start of their relationship. At first, it is an unsympathetic deal that is centered on Héloïse (Adèle Haenel of “Nocturama” and “The Unknown Girl”), but set in motion by her mother (played by veteran actor Valeria Golino) despite her daughter’s passive-aggressive protests. Héloïse is an unwitting bride-to-be, about to be wedded to some noble man in an arranged marriage. Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is an artist and for-hire painter, brought to Héloïse’s remote home to paint a dignified portrait of her to be sent to her future suitor, as per a pre-marital tradition. The twist is the uncooperative Héloïse’s stubbornness—she is kept in the dark about Marianne’s task, and instead, is fed a story that the painter is only there to keep her company during her daily seaside walks. 

Meanwhile, Marianne has to take in as much of Héloïse’s face and figure as possible, before transposing them onto a canvas from memory in secret. But this impossible method only produces a less-than-ideal (and frankly, a bit too conventional and square) image of Héloïse. It is when the truth comes out, when the ladies finally break out of their tight corsets (metaphorically at first, and in reality later), that Héloïse’s reflection on the stretch of cloth assumes her soulful likeness; in order words, the way Marianne starts to see her.

There are traces of Jane Campion’s poetic elegy “The Piano” here—another love story that unites an improbable pair through the sweeping splendor of art. You can also call “Portrait” a Vermeer-touched “Carol,” with its smooth textures, layered compositions, and romantic touches of chiaroscuro lighting. These contrasts of shadow and luminosity are most pronounced in the dark corners of the house’s country kitchen, and especially heightened during a nighttime centerpiece featuring an unforgettable piece of a cappella singing around a bonfire—so enthralling that the sequence feels and sounds like sexual climax. 

But above all that, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is its own, wondrous, magnificent thing; a complete artistic vision where every directorial step is refined and each thematic probe, seamlessly weaved in. So when Sciamma generously brings in the storyline of Sophie (Luàna Bajrami), a maid in need of abortion, the film doesn’t venture out of its scope. Instead, this thread unites the patriarchy-defying themes of “Portrait,” while slowly building a sense of sisterhood within the confines of a remote home that lives under the shadow of unseen men. With a heartbreaking, “Call Me by Your Name”-esque finale that consumes Haenel’s emotive face (you will never hear the “Summer” section of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” a recurring motif, in the same way again), Sciamma’s gift to 2019 sets a highest standard for any romance that will come after it.

- Collin Souter

Somewhere along the way, a boy’s father has changed. He used to be romantic toward his wife. He used to be positive. He used to be a father figure the boy could count on. Somewhere along the way, his mind changed. He ceased to be the man the boy knew. Now, he’s temperamental. He’s erratic and unstable. He hits and scars his wife with a burning kettle. This is his nature now.

The boy, Tempest (Yared Scott), has many questions about this new man and what happened to the old one. He likens it to the sounds that cicadas make in the summer, a constant buzzing that almost serves as a warning of some kind of the things about to change. But how come that buzzing never goes away?

Charles Williams’ lyrical and hypnotic short film, “All These Creatures,” is a meditation on how those closest to us can somehow become strangers or even unrecognizable monsters. It's a compassionate portrayal of a son coming to terms with his father who is succumbing to mental illness. The film consists largely of Tempest’s inner monologue, but when we finally see a scene of dialogue between the two characters, there is a deep sense of how they have grown so far apart. The acting and directing in this scene is quite an accomplishment in itself. 

Cinematographer Adric Watson makes the most of the dark spaces in each scene. It complements Tempest’s struggle to find a light in his and his father’s darkness, and the result is a visually stunning tragedy. "All These Creatures" evokes a mood that is hard to shake off once it’s over. It’s no wonder it won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s that good.

How did this idea come about?

It was the combination of two things in particular. I’d always wanted to convey the felt experience of growing up under a volatile or violent parent. But I wanted it to be multifaceted and portray the subtler reverberations; how it haunts your sense of self and implants all these other questions and fears. 

Then, my daughter was about to be born and I was thinking about how we reuate our memories of our parents as we get older; how we humanize these mythic images we have. If they’re destructive it’s really necessary, I think, just to separate yourself from that impact. Maybe they were damaged themselves, or mentally ill. 

So marrying these two aspects—with someone re-uating memories of parental trauma and trying to understand and maybe find compassion—started it off.

It seems incredibly personal. Was it hard to pare it down to a short?

It was. But I really wanted it to feel concise. The idea of bifurcating it helped. So the first half is the fractured memories and poetic perspective which then transitions into a more real time experience. The simplicity of that felt like a way to keep it contained, while also not being simplistic or one note. Also the impact of my daughter being born helped. Not because of some kind of profound change I underwent, but I think it allowed me to be more personal simply because I had a lot less time to tie myself in knots. In that state I was less ashamed of making something close to the bone.

I can definitely see certain influences here, but I'd rather you tell me who some of your influences are, if you can. 

There weren’t any major influences in its inception. It felt more like I was more noticing similarities with other filmmakers’ sensibilities as it went along. I could see something of the Dardennes and Malick and Cassavetes, but almost from the outside.

There’s the difference between influences and references too though. For example there was some inspiration I felt from the Safdie Brothers, but I don’t think it’s referenced in the film in any literal way. Then there were references that didn’t necessarily inspire the film, but helped articulate the kind of lexicon I was searching for, like Tarkovsky with my cinematographer, or Harmony Korine with my Production Designer. 

One example that was hard to reference was the voice over, which is of course so crucial. I thought of “Badlands” initially, I liked the innocence of that but without the irony of it being kind of a romantic diary entry. I wanted something more broken and curious. Later I found this little bit of voice over in the documentary “Streetwise” that had this unaffected but very moving quality, so that was really valuable.

How did you go about casting the film? 

Firstly I felt we just needed to find the boy in the film and cast around him. The father’s role has a lot more range, but the boy’s role is so innate and required qualities I knew would be very hard to find in someone so young, so that had to take precedence.

I felt if I could find the right soul, regardless of their background, I could re-write the script around them. So I made the decision to cast without restrictions on race. When I suggested this to my casting agent (whom I thought would hate the idea) she suggested opening up gender too! So we just looked for anyone who had the right soul in that pre-adolescent range.

It was through this that we found Yared Scott, who had Ethiopian Australian heritage. So I brought on four different Ethiopian Australian advisors, to make sure what I was doing was accurate and sensitive to their culture. All of whom were enormously supportive and generous.

Then we were very lucky to find Mandela Mathia who plays the father, he was studying acting at NIDA in Sydney. Also Helen who plays the mother, who my casting agent found. Then I cast the other roles through a mixture of street casting and open auditions 

I eventually cast someone just to do the voice over as well. Yared had all of the right visual presence for the role, but I needed something else for the voice which was it’s own thing. I eventually found this great kid, Melchisedek Nkailu. He had never done any kind of performing before, but had exactly the voice I was looking for and over many hours we managed to piece it together.

What were some of the challenges you had during production? 

I had a producer that disappeared about two weeks before filming ... and then I realized she had perhaps exaggerated some of the commitments that had been made. So that was a challenging start! But it was all difficult. I had a great cast, but most of whom were untrained child actors, which meant short shooting days as well, then bugs, driving scenes, shooting on film, one animal in particular—and all with everyone donating their services and working for free. So nothing came easy and I’m incredibly grateful for the help we had.

You can never fully anticipate the challenges. For example, I went to do a day of pick-ups a month after our shoot and our main location had been bulldozed to the ground! A lot of these challenges come down to budget, which forces you to roll the dice a lot.

Have you had any reactions from anyone who could relate to it in some way?

I have had many people relate to the film, not just in terms of the literal situation the boy is in, though there has been that. A lot of people have connected to the themes and the understanding of trying to come to terms with a volatile parent, and their memories of their private childhood fears. It’s been really wonderful to see it connect like that.

What's next for you?

There’s a feature I’ve been writing called “Inside,” which is in some ways an extrapolation of the short, but in a different environment. I’m hoping to shoot that next year. There’s also another feature called “Kingdom Come.” It’s US set, based on a true story that happened there at the end of the '70s. I’ve been obsessed with that story for years, so that’s something I’m looking forward to as well.

If I can, I just want to say thanks for this interview. I love this website and miss Roger Ebert’s presence in our culture deeply. He had a profound talent and was very generous in making it accessible. He’s both a reference and an influence.

- Brian Tallerico

Before watching Netflix’s five-part docuseries, “The Confession Killer,” my knowledge of Henry Lee Lucas was relatively limited. Like a lot of movie fans, I had seen the excellent “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,” which is loosely based on the crimes of Lucas and his buddy Ottis Toole. And I knew vaguely that Lucas was one of those boastful sociopaths who took credit for crimes he probably never committed. Monsters have a way of enhancing their bad behavior when they’re in the spotlight. If you’re already going away for a dozen murders, what’s a dozen more? Especially if it gets you headlines, interviews, and accolades from the authorities for “doing the right thing”? What “The Confession Killer” reveals is much darker and more devastating than I realized. A man once accused of being our most prolific serial killer likely is nowhere close to that, and the crimes he confessed to and the cases closed because of his confessions had nothing to do with him. And what’s even worse is that people who knew better enabled his false confessions, leading to murderers running free.

Oscar nominee Robert Kenner (“Food, Inc.”) directs the series, which uses a lot of interviews with major players and archival footage of Lucas, who died in prison in 2001. In 1960, living in Michigan, Lucas killed his mother. He served time for that, and was released in 1975, when he befriended Toole, and became a drifter. He ended up in California with his 15-year-old niece, the two of them working for an infirm woman named Kate Rich. The general consensus is that Lucas actually did murder both of them, and he confessed to doing so when he was picked up in 1983. And then he didn’t stop confessing.

According to Lucas, he had spent the last few years roaming the country with Toole and committing random murders. At first, his stories made sense, and the authorities were so eager to close cases that they established the Lucas Task Force. He gave them details he shouldn’t have known if he wasn’t the killer, and over 200 cases were cleared. No one bothered to corroborate if Lucas was actually in the cities in which these crimes were committed or how he could travel cross-country and commit one crime on the West Coast on Tuesday and another on the East Coast on Wednesday. It took family members and private investigators to raise the right questions and reveal that all of it was a lie.

Why would a man confess to crimes he didn’t commit? Kenner reveals that such actions made Lucas a celebrity. He got preferential treatment, was the subject of documentaries, and basked in the glow of being a famous murderer. And it became clear that the authorities were feeding him the information that only the killer could have known to close their cases. He told them what they wanted to hear. And more murders were committed because the process of Lucas confessing allowed the real killers to stay on the streets. As the Lucas stories fell apart, authorities dug in their heels, refusing to believe they didn’t have the right guy. There are some in the doc who still won’t admit it.

Crime documentaries about serial killers are common—there’s a whole network devoted to them—but “The Confession Killer” tells a uniquely disturbing story of how good people could make tragic mistakes, give grieving parents false hope for justice, and enable a sociopath with a low IQ to enjoy his 15 minutes of fame. It’s well-constructed and a quick watch, the kind of thing that fans of “The Keepers,” “The Staircase,” and other Netflix true crime hits should eat up this holiday season.

Whole series screened for review.

- Katherine Tulich

Director Martin Scorsese isn't shy to sing the praises of Netflix these days. They funded his long-term project "The Irishman," which based on the true story of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (Robert De Niro), the labor union official with connections to both infamous mobster Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and controversial labor leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). Sheeran was long suspected in Hoffa's 1975 disappearance, confessing in the 2004 Charles Brandt book, "I Heard You Paint Houses.

Scorsese and De Niro felt it would be the perfect cinema reunion, and gathered a dream team cast that includes Pacino in his first collaboration with Scorsese, and Pesci's welcome return to the screen. For the Australian Broadcasting Company and RogerEbert.com, Australian reporter Katherine Tulich spoke to Scorsese and Pacino about making the film. 

- Omer M. Mozaffar

Gavin Hood’s “Official Secrets,” now on DVD and digitally, continues the director’s series of feature films critiquing 21st Century American and British war policy. “Rendition” (2007) focuses on CIA torture practices in the real-life case of Khalid al-Masri. “Eye in the Sky” (2015) explores some ethics of our system of drone warfare. Now, with “Official Secrets” (2019), he chronicles the story of a woman who leaked a top-secret document revealing that the US would blackmail UN voters to get them to support what became our invasion of Iraq in 2003. I found this dramatic movie by accident at a local theater; it is a shame we are not celebrating it.

It is January 2003. Responding to the attacks of 9/11, the US and Britain are deep in the Global War on Terror, obliterating whatever remains of Afghanistan. That nation is in rubble after its own civil war, which was preceded by our fight against the Soviets. Seated at a desk, Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) translates Mandarin communications for a British intelligence firm. In other words, she is a modern spy, not in a black overcoat clenching a revolver in a dark winter night next to a window listening in on meetings between drunk foreign monarchs, but is instead sitting in a quiet cubicle in a quiet office, staring at text on a glowing computer screen while figuring out what flavor bagel or donut to purchase tomorrow from the café at which her Kurdish Iraqi refugee husband works. As the US struggles to push the case for war on Iraq through the United Nations, she stumbles upon a correspondence. One “Frank Koza,” from the NSA, seeks help in wiretapping the diplomats of various countries to intimidate or extort them into supporting the expansion of the War on Terror into Iraq.

Already skeptical about American aggression toward Iraq, Gun receives this memo and decides she has to do something. Pacing in her racing mind, she makes a copy, makes a call, makes a visit, makes a request, hands it off. Each step, Knightley’s performance carries the film, wrestling with her potential choices. While Spielberg’s “The Post” and Pakula’s “All the President’s Men” focus on the journalists, “Official Secrets” keeps us in the mind of the informant the entire time.

There is no joy in such work of heroism: it is so solitary at first that you wonder if you have lost your mind. There is that moment in the climax of “Avengers: Endgame” when a worn, dirty, wounded Captain America stands up alone to fight Thanos’ full arsenal of fighters, weapons, and spaceships. The rest of the Avengers have been knocked down. Then, Captain America gets the call from Sam Wilson (Falcon), as all the other Avengers – who have now come back to life – join him. I remember watching that scene, thinking “That doesn’t happen.” Meaning, when you stand up for justice, you almost always stand alone; the cavalry does not arrive. When the time comes to stand – even as they post inspirational messages of Dr. King, Malcolm X, Mandela, Bishop Tutu, and the other great figures on social media – people do not join you. They run.

Alone, you have to remind yourself that you are still rational. Knightley’s Gun is full of doubt, second-guessing every step, wishing she could move back in time, wishing time could reveal her future, yet knowing she would make the same choices in each alternate universe. There is only one choice: to swim against the tide, otherwise everyone sinks.

Now, it is common to assert that the War on Iraq was a bad choice, yet it seems we have forgotten – and this movie reminds us – that it was an illegal war.

Through a chain of anonymous connections, Gun manages to get the Koza letter into the hands of a journalist, Martin Bright (Matt Smith). Bright himself -- in the decade since the events of the Koza letter -- rightly or wrongly has been someone notorious in Muslim consciousnesses sounding like another stooge for imperialism for playing fast and loose with Islamic texts and Muslims contexts, asserting that the default Islam is something not friendly, but wild. So, it is all the more interesting that the person who delivers the note to him is Yvonne Ridley (Hattie Morahan), known in Muslim circles as an anti-war journalist who converted to Islam while under Taliban imprisonment.

Every hero has their adversary that seeks to stop them from fulfilling their heroic destiny. The obstacle to all these efforts by Gun, Bright, and Emmerson, is not only the American and British war machine, not only the national zeal for conquest (despite demonstrations and vigils composed of millions), but a government-trump-card (pun intended): the Official Secrets Acts of 1911 and 1989. Nearly a century old, it protected the State’s machinations from whistle blowers. Under Margaret Thatcher in 1989, it was amended to protect the state leak made in the public interest. Meaning, even if Gun is correct, she is legally doomed. The film starts with her in court, about to present her plea. The rest is a flashback, including government attempts to semi-randomly deport her Kurdish Iraqi Muslim husband.

To be fair, such laws are necessary. Some whistle blowers, like Gun, are acting according to a moral compass. Others, however, are anarchists hiding behind calls for governmental transparency. Others are foreign agents pretending to be patriots. Some seek to be messiahs or martyrs while pretending they are public servants. It seems that in such a profession, Gun had to know that such a moment would someday come. Even as a non-agent, I assume all embassies are already wiretapped by other nations, including the Turkey wiretaps of the Saudi Consulate, in which Jamal Khashoggi was (literally) butchered.

Further, the British government engenders the prosecution. They do not attack the newspaper. They do not attack the lawyer. They attack the solitary young do-gooder woman. It is literally #metoo in a nutshell: the system preserves itself by trying to crush the woman who dares expose its fraud. That case leads to a short courtroom drama with – if you did not know the story, as I did not – a surprising, yet not surprising conclusion, revealing so much by revealing very little.

One of the themes of modern Western Imperialism is that we enact our civility through the rule of law. Our Bill of Rights specifically protect those who are driven by conscience against the tyrannies of the majority. Thus, we imagine ourselves as a society of technology and order, protected by social systems – including the Constitution and the Judiciary – and ethical behavior. In contrast, we imagine the rest of the world as something of a jungle of people driven by whims and power. When Whistleblowers come forth, their presence stings not only because they are exposing a truth we do not want to hear, but because they are uncovering a fact that our edifice of couth is anything but. Meaning, the rule of law is something to cherish for the security it offers, yet it is something easily exploited and legally justified. The same happens in the backlash against #BlackLivesMatter, #metoo, and every movement targeted by COINTELPRO, the PATRIOT Act, and whatever is in place now: the movements pull the rug to show all the unmentionables we hide underneath, and power brokers convince society to hate them as unpatriotic anarchists, while those same power brokers cash in.

In the same way, Katharine Gun is now forgotten, as is the illegality of the war that inflamed this global mess. So, God bless the whistleblowers, the journalists, and the barristers who keep our society clean and safe.

- Scout Tafoya

The Unloved started six years ago as a way to reclaim some of the ironclad consensus that ruled critical thinking, as a way of trying to separate the present of film criticism from the past, to show that there were people no longer content to just take the old assumptions at face value. "Ishtar"? It’s great and shouldn’t have ended Elaine May’s career and we’re now at the point where the general line on her is we did her a tragic disservice by not begging her to keep directing. That’s the beauty of living now. We all have a chance to change what we understand to be true about art. It’s freeing and beautiful and it’s been one of the most consistent joys of my job. Who says "Jupiter Ascending" or "Mortal Engines" has to be as bad as everyone said? Why can’t I just treat them like great works of art from a fascinating time? I’ve been allowed by the editors at this site to write about Rob Zombie the way I think about him, as one of the great American artists. I was allowed and encouraged to ignore consensus and go looking for beauty and value in whatever works I pleased. I was allowed to take over the Ebert twitter account and talk about Spielberg’s "Lincoln."

<span class="s1" This, The Unloved, has been the most creatively fulfilling and rewarding project I’ve yet embarked upon. Which sort of makes up for the raft of truly horrible tragedies that seem unwilling to subside. The Unloved has been a repository for my emotional turmoil, as well as a place I get to go long on termite art and white elephant art alike. This video is no different, a sort of summation of the things I’ve been dealing with all year. I wanted to make a list of my favorite Unloved films of the decade (surely Anonymous remains the film I’m the most alone in my ardor, even if "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" remains my favorite and I’ll be watching it this holiday season) but that felt trite. I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs because I survived. I wanted to cry and laugh and wail and gnash my teeth, because I survived. I am not happy about it, but I survived everything time has yet thrown at me.

The Unloved is not simply the series where I ask you to bear with me while I rhapsodize some forgotten would-be classic, some poetic misfire a lone critic needs re-thought. This is where I tell you what one voice among many endures. I am one person talking to you. I work in a bar four days a week and feel rather like Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg’s version of Abe Lincoln, not a great man, but someone that everyone needs to run petitions and arcane land ownership agreements by. People hear that I’m in movies (“My husband says you’re in sharks,” says Lorraine Gary’s Mrs. Chief Brody in "Jaws") and they want to know what I think of this or that, the big movies, the hefty ones. But all I want to tell them is to go take risks. Taking risks has brought me no little happiness--it’s put me face to face with ecstasy and monumental regret, but it’s how we feel alive. It’s the thing that brought me this close to true fulfillment, it flew me to Los Angeles to talk about my life’s work with Patton Oswalt, it’s invented the identity hiding beneath the bartender trying to pay rent. I am who I am because I love movies and take risks on them. Whatever life takes from me I will always take risks on art. The world could end tomorrow and I’ll be scared and upset, but I did the best I knew how to do. I made movies I wanted to see, and I defended the art I loved above all else.

<span class="s1" Thank you, Brian, Nick, Matt, Chaz, the whole Ebert family, thank you. Thank you for giving me purpose and for giving me a space to be myself. For not reigning me in or making me feel unwanted, for making me aware of my value. Thank you Nell, Jana, Max, Matt, Ben, Vikram; thank you, Odie; thank you, Omer M. Mozaffar, the kindest man alive; thank you, Seongyong Cho, my brother; thank you Michael Mirasol, the angel on my shoulder; thank you Olivia, my sister. I love you all. Thank you to the people whose names I fear to type, thank you, thank you, you have all granted me my identity. I am here because all of you showed me how to be myself. I can only hope, reader, that I have helped you feel more at peace with who you are.

- Brian Tallerico


"The Adventures of Tintin""Black Snake Moan""End of Watch""Hamburger Hill""The Longest Yard""Once Upon a Time in the West""Popeye""What's Eating Gilbert Grape""Young Adult""Zodiac"


"All About Eve" (Criterion)"Now, Voyager" (Criterion)

I can remember discovering Bette Davis when I was young and first became the classic movie-loving cinephile you know today. I did so the same way most people do through the timeless, powerful version of Davis in "All About Eve," which is arguably her most beloved and famous performance, and now available on a Criterion blu-ray. What's fascinating about this month's Criterion one-two punch of "Eve" and "Now, Voyager" is how different these two performances are. You can see the range of her popularity and ability in just two classic films, both accompanied by numerous special features. A highlight of the pair is the stunningly brilliant Farran Smith Nehme's 30-minute history of Davis and why "Voyager" is such an essential part in her career. I think the young me who thought Bette Davis was the best actress that ever lived may have been right. 

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Special Features - All About Eve4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-rayTwo audio commentaries from 2010, one featuring actor Celeste Holm, director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s son Christopher Mankiewicz, and author Kenneth L. Geist; the other featuring author Sam StaggsAll About Mankiewicz, a feature-length documentary from 1983 about the directorEpisodes of The Dick Cavett Show from 1969 and 1980 featuring actors Bette Davis and Gary MerrillNew interview with costume historian Larry McQueenHollywood Backstories: “All About Eve,” a 2001 documentary featuring interviews with Davis and others about the making of the filmDocumentaries from 2010 about Mankiewicz’s life and career; “The Wisdom of Eve,” the 1946 short story on which the film is based, and its real-world inspiration; and a real-life Sarah Siddons Society based on the film’s fictional organizationRadio adaptation of the film from 1951Promotion for the film featuring DavisPlus: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty and “The Wisdom of Eve”

Special Features - Now, VoyagerNew, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-rayEpisode of The Dick Cavett Show from 1971 featuring actor Bette DavisInterview with actor Paul Henreid from 1980New selected-scene commentary on the film’s score by scholar Jeff SmithNew interview with film critic Farran Smith Nehme on the making of the filmNew interview with costume historian Larry McQueenTwo radio adaptations from 1943 and 1946Plus: An essay by scholar Patricia White and a 1937 reflection on acting by Davis

"Blinded by the Light"

Bruce Springsteen fans, unite! Few films have better captured that moment in which one goes from a casual music listener to a lifelong fan of a specific artist. Most of us have that flash of inspiration and it comes when music or any art really speaks to us in a way that we've never heard before. This moving little dramedy is about Javed, a British Pakistani kid in a working-class community in 1987, who happens to discover The Boss. One of the things I really like about this movie is that it's not an American heartland story. It's about how music as good as Springsteen's worked all the way on the other side of the world. It's a bit too inconsistent to be considered great, but that won't stop you from having a smile on your face for most of its running time. 

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Special FeaturesMemoir to MovieThe Most Crazy ThingDeleted Scenes

"Cold War" (Criterion)

Arguably the biggest surprise of the 2019 Academy Award nominations was the prence of this gentle little black-and-white drama from the wonderful Pawel Pawlikowski, who was nominated for Best Director, alongside his cinematographer Lukasz Zal in his category. In fact, if it weren't for the presence of "Roma," this might have won not only Foreign Language Film but director and cinematography too. In nearly any other year, it would have taken at least one of those prizes. People who love "Cold War" LOVE this movie, and so it's wonderful to see it released on a Criterion edition in time for the holidays. Yes, you can watch this movie streaming already, but it feels like something you should own. Long live physical media. 

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Special FeaturesNew 4K digital master, supervised by director Paweł Pawlikowski and director of photography Łukasz Żal, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-rayNew conversation between Pawlikowski and filmmaker Alejandro G. IñárrituPress conference from the 2018 Cannes Film Festival featuring Pawlikowski and Żal; actors Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, and Borys Szyc; and producer Ewa PuszczyńskaTwo 2018 programs on the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Pawlikowski and othersTrailerNew English subtitle translationPLUS: An essay by film critic Stephanie Zacharek

"Dora and the Lost City of Gold"

The team that made the wonderfully quirky reboot of "The Muppets" have done something similar with the hit cartoon "Dora the Explorer," finding a way to make the character work for kids and adults. This is basically a pint-sized Indiana Jones, and it mostly works on that level, thanks in large part to the game performances by the incredibly likable ensemble. It sags in the middle when the newness of its charming approach wears off, and it may end up not having the same replay value as other kids movies, but it's refreshing to see something smart and quirky in a field of children's entertainment that's often dominated by boring sameness. 

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Special FeaturesBloopers – Take a trip to the wild side with hilarious bloopers of the cast's funniest on-set mishaps.Deleted and Extended Scenes – Journey deeper into the jungle to find the "lost" scenes not shown in theaters.All About Dora – Discover how Isabela Moner transformed Dora into a jungle-savvy teenage adventurer for a new generation.Can You Say Pelicula? – Unlock the mystery of underwater stunts and surviving quicksand with Eugenio Derbez.Dora In Flower Vision – Explore the movie's playful animated sequence, a treasure trove of nods to Dora's cartoon origins.Dora's Jungle House – The adventure continues with this behind-the-scenes tour of Dora's jungle house, part museum, part laboratory, and always a place for family.

"Robocop" (Arrow)

One of the best companies on the market turns their prodigious talents with special editions and restorations to Paul Verhoeven's 1987 action classic, a movie that was misunderstood as mainstream product when it was released but is actually a pretty subversive commentary on American culture and consumerism. Arrow has given the film the treatment this classic movie deserves, complete with multiple editions (a steelbook and box set with a book), a 4K restoration, and hours of special features. There has to be someone in your family who wants this for Christmas. But is there anyone who's been good enough to deserve it? 

Buy it here  Special Features4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul VerhoevenNewly commissioned artwork by Paul ShipperDirector’s Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on two High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ discsOriginal lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound option on both cutsSix collector’s postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)Double-sided, fold-out poster (Limited Edition exclusive)Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artworkLimited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth, a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin, and archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to Limited Edition)

DISC ONE – DIRECTOR’S CUTArchive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director’s Cut)New commentary by film historian Paul M. SammonNew commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood AllenThe Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, a newly filmed interview with co-writer Michael MinerRoboTalk, a newly filmed conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nick McCarthy (director of Orion Pictures’ The Prodigy)Truth of Character, a newly filmed interview with star Nancy Allen on her role as LewisCasting Old Detroit, a newly filmed interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film’s ensemble cast was assembledConnecting the Shots, a newly filmed interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark GoldblattComposing RoboCop, a new tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert TownsonRoboProps, a newly filmed tour of super-fan Julien Dumont’s collection of original props and memorabilia2012 Q&A with the Filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller and animator Phil TippettRoboCop: Creating a Legend, Villains of Old Detroit and Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crewPaul Verhoeven Easter EggFour deleted scenesThe Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Phil TippettDirector’s Cut Production Footage, raw dailies from the filming of the unrated gore scenesTwo theatrical trailers and three TV spotsExtensive image galleries

DISC TWO – THEATRICAL CUTArchive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version of the film)Two Isolated Score tracks (Composer’s Original Mix and Final Theatrical Mix) in lossless stereoEdited-for-television version of the film, featuring alternate dubs, takes and edits of several scenes (95 mins, SD only)Split screen comparison of Theatrical and Director’s CutsRoboCop: Edited For Television, a compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television versions, newly transferred in HD from recently-unearthed 35mm elements”

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette?"

What a strange little film. First, it's really NOT the movie advertised in the horrible marketing campaign. It's more about mental illness and human complexity than a missing woman. Second, it's way more of a Richard Linklater movie than you may have heard, fitting in with his career coterie of quirky characters. He also knows how to direct actors as well as anyone, drawing solid work from Cate Blanchett and Billy Crudup. The problem is the film's episodic nature that relies too heavily on quirkiness for its first half. There's a fine line between eccentric and grating, and this one crosses it a few times. However, as a performance piece, you could do a lot worse. 

Buy it here  Special FeaturesBringing Bernadette to Life - FeaturetteWho Is Bernadette? - FeaturetteGallery

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நடிகர்கள்: சமுத்திரகனி , தம்பிராமையா , அதுல்யா இசையமைப்பாளர் -ஜஸ்டீன் பிரபாகரன் இயக்குனர் : அன்பழகன் சென்னை: சாட்டை பட இயக்குனர் அன்பழகன்- சமுத்திரகனி கூட்டணியில் உருவாகியிருக்கும் படம் தான் அடுத்த சாட்டை .இந்த படம் சாட்டை படத்தோட தொடர்ச்சி கிடையாது ,இது அப்படியே வேறு கதையாகும் .இந்த படத்தில் சமுத்திரகனி ,தம்பி ராமையா,அதுல்யா ரவி,யுவன்

நடிகர்கள்: ஆரவ், காவ்யா தாப்பர், நிகிஷா , ராதிகா , நாசர் இசையமைப்பாளர் - சைமன் கே கிங் இயக்குனர் : சரண் சென்னை : பிக்பாஸ் புகழ் ஆரவ் நடித்திருக்கும் முதல் படம். மேலும் இயக்குனர் சரண் நீண்ட நாட்களுக்கு பிறகு இயக்கிருக்கும் படம் இந்த மார்க்கெட் ராஜா .மார்க்கெட் ராஜா படத்தை தயாரித்துள்ளார்

சென்னை : இப்போ வரும் அப்போ வரும் என்று பல நாட்கள் அல்ல பல மாதங்கள் தள்ளி போய் பல வருடங்களாக மாறி தற்போது வேல்ஸ் நிறுவனத்தின் முயற்சியால் வெளியாகி இருக்கும் படம் தான் "எனை நோக்கி பாயும் தோட்டா ". எனை நோக்கி பாயும் தோட்டா படத்தை இயக்கியுள்ளார் கௌதம் வாசுதேவ் மேனன் .இந்த

சென்னை: கெளதம் மேனன் இயக்கத்தில் தனுஷ், மேகா ஆகாஷ், சசி குமார், வேல ராமமூர்த்தி நடிப்பில் உருவாகியுள்ள எனை நோக்கிப் பாயும் தோட்டா மூன்று ஆண்டு கால போராட்டத்திற்கு பின்னர் இன்று வெளியாகியுள்ளது. வெற்றிமாறன் இயக்கத்தில் அக்டோபர் மாதம் வெளியான அசுரன் படம் 150 கோடிக்கும் மேல் வசூலித்து சாதனை படைத்துள்ள நிலையில், எனை நோக்கிப் பாயும்

சென்னை : இயக்குனர் பாலு மஹேந்திரா இயக்கத்தில் 1979ல் உருவான படம் தான் அழியாத கோலங்கள் ,தற்போது இந்த படத்தின் 2ஆம் பாகமான அழியாத கோலங்கள்2 படம் வெளியாகி உள்ளது .இந்த படத்தில் பிரகாஷ் ராஜ், அர்ச்சனா ,ரேவதி ,நாஸர் ஆகியோர் முக்கிய கதாபாத்திரங்களில் நடித்து உள்ளனர்.இந்த படத்தை மூத்த பத்திரிக்கையாளர் எம்.ஆர்.பாரதி இயக்கியுள்ளார். பாலு

நடிகர்கள்: நாகவிஷால் , மு.ராமசாமி, யோக் ஜாபி , படுவா கோபி ,கணேஷ் கலியமூர்த்தி இசையமைப்பாளர் - கார்த்திகேய மூர்த்தி இயக்குனர்கள் - மதுமிதா சென்னை: கேடி என்கிற கருப்புதுரை படத்தை இயக்கி இருக்கிறார் பெண் இயக்குனரான மதுமிதா .படத்தில் நாகவிஷால் ,மு.ராமசாமி,யோக் ஜாபி ,படுவா கோபி ,கணேஷ் கலியமூர்த்தி ,கேப்பரில்லா ஆகியோர் முக்கிய வேடத்தில்

சென்னை : ஃப்ரோசன் 2 படம் 2013 ல் வெளியான ஃப்ரோசன் படத்தின் நீட்டிப்பே ஆகும்.இந்த படம் வால்ட் டிஸ்னி தயாரித்து இருக்கும் 58வது அனிமேஷன் படமாகும் . கம்ப்யூட்டர் கிராபிக்ஸ் முறையில் தயாரிக்கப்படும் இவ்வகையான படங்களுக்கு பொருட்செலவு கிடையாது ,ஆனால் மிக பெரிய தொழில்நுட்பங்களும் ,தொழில் நுட்ப கலைஞர்களும் தேவைப்படுகிறார்கள் . இவ்வைகயான படங்கள்

சென்னை:நடிகர் சீயான் விக்ரமின் மகன் துருவ்வின் முதல் படம் எப்படி இருக்கிறது ,தன் தந்தை அளவுக்கு நடித்திருக்கிறாரா ,சினிமாவில் தனக்கென இடத்தை பிடிப்பாரா என்ற கேள்விகளுடனும் ஆச்சரியத்துடனுமே படத்தை பாரக்க பலரும் தியேட்டர் நோக்கி வந்தார்கள் . ஒருபக்கம் விக்ரம் மகன் என்ற ப்ரமோஷன் இன்னொரு பக்கம் அர்ஜுன் ரெட்டி என்ற தெலுங்கு வெற்றி படத்தின்

சென்னை: கிரிசாயா இயக்கத்தில் த்ருவ் விக்ரம், பானிடா சந்து, பிரியா ஆனந்த் நடிப்பில் உருவாகியுள்ள ஆதித்ய வர்மா இன்று திரைக்கு வந்துள்ளது. தெலுங்கில் வெளியான அர்ஜுன் ரெட்டி மற்றும் அதன் ஹிந்தி ரீமேக்கான கபீர் சிங் படங்கள் வெற்றியை பதிவு செய்த நிலையில், த்ருவ் விக்ரம் நடிப்பில் உருவாகியுள்ள ஆதித்ய வர்மா எப்படி இருக்கிறது என்பது குறித்து

நடிகர்கள்: விஜய்சேதுபதி, ராசி கண்ணா , நிவேதா பெத்துராஜ், நாசர்,ஸ்ரீமன் இசையமைப்பாளர்: விவேக் மெர்வின் இயக்குனர்: விஜய் சந்தர்  சென்னை: தென்னிந்திய நடிகர்களில் படத்திற்கு படம் வித்தியாசமான கதாபாத்திரங்களில் நடிக்க வேண்டும் என்ற ஆர்வத்துடன் இருப்பவர்களில் நடிகர் விஜய் சேதுபதியும் ஒருவர். அந்தவகையில் அவர் நடித்திருக்கும் சங்கத்தமிழன் திரைப்படத்தில் ரெட்டை கதாபாத்திரத்தில் நடித்திருக்கிறார் என்று நம்ப பட்டு

சென்னை: விஜய்சேதுபதி போன்ற டாப் ஹீரோக்களுக்கே படம் வெளியாவதில் இப்போதெல்லாம் சிக்கல் உருவாகிறது. படம் ரிலீசாகும் நேரத்தில் அதன் கழுத்தை பிடிக்கும் போக்கு தமிழ் சினிமாவின் எதிர்காலத்துக்கு நிச்சயம் நல்லது அல்ல. கோடிக்கணக்கில் விளையாடப்படும் சினிமா விளையாட்டில் பலரது வாழ்வாதாரமும் அடங்கியிருக்கிறது. படங்களின் பட்ஜெட், ஹீரோக்களின் சம்பளம் அதிகமாவது தான் இதற்கு பிரச்சனையாக பார்க்கப்படுகிறது. சிறு பட்ஜெட்டில்

சென்னை : விஷால் மற்றும் சுந்தர் .சி இணையும் மூன்றாவது படம் இதுவாகும். இதுவரை இவர்கள் மதகஜ ராஜா மற்றும் ஆம்பள படங்களில் ஒன்றாக பணியாற்றியுள்ளனர் .ஆம்பள படம் ரிலீஸாகி நல்ல வரவேற்பை பெற்றது, மதகஜ ராஜா படம் பல பிரச்சனைகளால் இன்றளவும் ரிலீஸாகவில்லை . ஆனால் ஆக்ஷன் படம் ஒரு பக்கா பிளான் போட்டு

நடிகர்கள்: வாசி ஆசிப், பூஜா ஸ்ரீ ,சீமான் ,போஸ் வெங்கட் மற்றும் பலர். இசையமைப்பாளர் - ஸ்ரீ காந்த தேவா. இயக்குனர் - R. விஜய் ஆனந்த் - ஆர். சூரியன். சென்னை : இதுவும் விவசாயத்தை மையமாக வைத்து உருவான கதை தான் என்பது மகிழ்ச்சி ஒருபக்கம் இருந்தாலும் இன்னுமாடா விவசயாத்த இப்படி கூவி கூவி

நடிகர்கள்:அர்னால்டுலின்டா ஹேமில்டன்மார்க்கென்ஸி டேவீஸ்கேப்ரீயல் லுனாநட்டாளியா ரைஸ் இயக்கம் : ஜேம்ஸ் கேமரூன் சென்னை : டெர்மினேட்டர் திரைவிமர்சனம் டெர்மினேடர் மற்றும் அர்னால்ட் ரசிகர்கள் பெரிதும் எதிர்பார்த்துகாத்திருக்கும் திரைப்படம் டெர்மினேடர் டார்க் ஃபேட். இதனோடு சேர்த்துஇதுவரையில் 6 பாகங்களாக டெர்மினேடர் தொடர்கள் தொடர்ந்து வெளியாகிரசிகர்களை மகிழ்வித்துவருகிறது. டெர்மினேடர் படத்தின் முதல் பாகத்தை ஹாலிவுட்டின் பிரம்மாண்ட இயக்குனர்என்று அழைக்கப்படும்

சென்னை: ட்ரீம் வாரியர் பிக்ச்சர்ஸ் - எஸ்.ஆர் பிரபு எப்பொழுதுமே தரமான வித்தியாசமான கதைகளை தேர்வு செய்வதில் கெட்டிக்காரர். இந்த முறை நல்ல கதை மட்டும் அல்லாமல் ரிலீஸ் செய்வதிலும் தைரியமும் துணிச்சலையும் காட்டி உள்ளார். எவ்ளோ படங்கள் போட்டிக்கு வந்தாலும், நல்ல கதைகளை மக்கள் ஆதரிப்பர் என்ற அவரது 100% நம்பிக்கை வீண் போகவில்லை.

சென்னை: தீபாவளி எப்ப வரும் வரும்னு காத்துக்கிட்டு இருந்தவங்கள விட, தளபதியோட பிகில் எப்ப வரும் வரும்னு காத்துகிட்டு இருந்தவங்க பலர். தளபதி படம் வெளியாகுது என்றாலே அது மாஸ். அதுவும் தீபாவளிக்கு ரிலீஸ்னா சும்மாவா. தமிழ்நாட்டு ரசிகர்களின் நாடித்துடிப்பை நன்கு அறிந்த இயக்குநர் அட்லீ. சர்க்கார் திரைப்படத்திற்கு பிறகு, மிகுந்த எதிர்பார்ப்பு உள்ள விஜய்

சென்னை: பிகில் படத்திற்கு கலவையான விமர்சனங்கள் வந்துகொண்டிருக்கின்றன. விஜய் - அட்லீ கூட்டணி மூன்றாவது முறையாக இணைந்துள்ள படம் பிகில். கடந்த இரண்டு படங்களும் சூப்பர் ஹிட் என்பதால் இப்படத்திற்கு பெரும் எதிர்பார்ப்பு நிலவுகிறது. பிகில் படம் இன்று ரிலீசாகியுள்ள நிலையில், அதிகாலை சிறப்பு காட்சி பார்த்த ரசிகர்கள் டிவிட்டர் உள்ளிட்ட சமூக வலைதளங்களில் கருத்து தெரிவித்து

நடிகர்கள் : ஷாம்,ஆத்மியா,ஸ்ரீதேவி குமார்,சத்யன்ஒளிப்பதிவு - என்.எஸ்.ராஜேஷ் குமார்இசை - ஷ்யாம் மோகன்பாடல்கள் - மோகன்ராஜ்,படத்தொகுப்பு - அருண்தாமஸ்தயாரிப்பு - 2எம் சினிமாஸ் எழுத்து, இயக்கம் - சாரதி. சென்னை: ரசிகர்களின் கவனத்தை பெரிதும் ஈர்க்கும் மற்றுமொரு த்ரில்லர் திரைப்படம் இன்று வெளியாகியுள்ளது. அறிமுக இயக்குநர் சாரதி இயக்கியுள்ள காவியன் என்ற இப்படத்தில் ஷாம் ஒரு

நடிகர்கள் : வி.சிவா சிறுவன் அஹான் சத்யன் தேஜஸ்வி மற்றும் பலர் இயக்குனர்: பிரதீப் கிளிக்கர் சென்னை: இப்போது தமிழ் சினிமாவில் நாய்கள் சீசன் போல் இருக்கிறது. தொடர்ந்து நாய்களை மையமாக வைத்து எடுக்கப்படும் படங்கள் வெளியாகி வருகின்றன. சமீபத்தில் தான் "பப்பி" என்று ஒரு திரைப்படம் நாய்களுக்கும் உணர்ச்சி இருக்கிறது, அவைகளும் ஒரு உயிருள்ள ஜீவன்

சென்னை: அருவம் படம் எப்படி உள்ளது என்பது குறித்து தெளிவாக அலசியிருக்கிறார் போஸ்டர் பக்கிரி. த்ரில்லர் ஆக்ஷன் படமான அருவம் நேற்று திரைக்கு வந்தது. இந்தப் படத்தில் சித்தார்த், கேத்தரின் தெரேசா, சதீஷ், ஆடுகளம் நரேன், மயில்சாமி, மனோபாலா ஆகியோர் நடித்துள்ளனர். இந்நிலையில் தனது ஸ்டைலில் படத்தின் போஸ்டரை ஒட்டியப்படியே படம் எப்படியிருக்கிறது என அலசியிருக்கிறார் போஸ்டர்

நடிகர்கள்: வருண்சம்யுக்தா ஹெக்டேயோகி பாபு இயக்கம்: நட்டு தேவ்இசை : தரண்குமார்ஒளிப்பதிவு : தீபக் குமார் பாதேதயாரிப்பு: ஐசரி கே.கணேஷ் சென்னை: மிகவும் சீரியஸ் படங்களாக பார்த்து வந்த நம்ம தமிழ் ரசிகர்களுக்கு விருந்தாக மிகவும் யூத்தான ஒரு கதைக்களத்தோடு ரசிகர்களை"பப்பி"திரைப்படம் மூலம் மகிழ்வித்துள்ளார் அறிமுக இயக்குனர் நட்டு தேவ். வேல்ஸ் இன்டர்நேஷனல் சார்பில் ஐசரி

நடிகர்கள்: தமன்னாசத்யன்யோகிபாபுகாளி வெங்கட்டீ எஸ் கேமுனீஷ் காந்த் இயக்கம்: ரோஹின் வெங்கடேசன்இசை: ஜிப்ரான்  காமெடி கலந்த பேய் படமாக உருவாகி உள்ளது பெட்ரோமாக்ஸ். இப்படத்தில், தமன்னாவுடன் இணைந்து சத்யன், முனீஷ்காந்த், மைம் கோபி, லிவிங்ஸ்டன், பிரேம், காளி வெங்கட் ஆகியோர் பலர் நடித்துள்ளனர். இந்த படம் பேய் படம் என்பதால் திரையரங்கில் அதிகமான குழந்தைகளை காண

 சென்னை: சிவப்பு மஞ்சள் பச்சை படத்திற்கு பிறகு சித்தார்த் நடித்திருக்கும் ஒரு வித்தியாசமான ஆர்கானிக் பேய் கதை. கேத்தரின் தெரேசா, சதீஷ், ஆடுகளம் நரேன், மயில்சாமி, மனோபாலா ஆகியோர் நடிப்பில் ஆக்சன் த்ரில்லராக உருவாகியுள்ள படம் தான் அருவம். உருவம் இல்லாத ஒன்றை தான் அருவம் என்று சொல்லுவார்கள். அது போலே பல காட்சிகளில் திகில்

சென்னை: சமூகம் சார்ந்த பிரச்சனை, அரசியல், குடும்ப கதை என பலதரப்பட்ட திரைப்படங்கள் வெளியானாலும் பெண்களை மையமாக வைத்து எடுக்கப்படும் படங்கள் என்றால் மக்களிடம் அதற்கு ஒரு தனி ரெஸ்பான்ஸ் இருக்கும். அப்படி பெண்கள் தங்களது தினசரி வாழ்வில் சந்திக்கும் பல பிரச்சனைகள் குறித்த ஒரு கதை தான் மிக மிக அவசரம் திரைப்படம். வி

சென்னை: நேற்று வெளியான மலையாள படமான ஜல்லிக்கட்டு இணையம் முழுக்க மிக சிறப்பான வரவேற்பை பெற்றுள்ளது. சினிமா ரசிகர்களுக்கு இந்த வாரம் மிக சிறப்பான வாரம் என்றுதான் கூறவேண்டும். தமிழில் வெளியான அசுரன் படம் இணையம் முழுக்க நல்ல விமர்சனத்தை பெற்று வருகிறது. அதே சமயம் இன்னொரு பக்கம் கேரளாவில் இருந்து ஜல்லிக்கட்டு படம் வெளியாகி உள்ளது.

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പണ്ടത്തെ പോലെ അല്ല. ഇപ്പൊ തിയേറ്ററിൽ പോയില്ലെങ്കിലും ചാനലിലോ സ്ട്രീമിലോ യൂടൂബിലോ ഒക്കെയായി ഇറങ്ങുന്ന മിക്ക സിനിമയും എല്ലാവരും കാണുന്നുണ്ട്. അതൊരു നല്ല കാര്യമാണെന്ന് 'കെട്ട്യോളാണ് എന്റെ മാലാഖ' കണ്ടപ്പോൾ തോന്നി. കാരണം പടം മുന്നോട്ട് വെക്കുന്ന വിഷയം അത്ര പ്രസക്തമാണ്.കല്യാണം കഴിക്കാൻ പോവുന്ന കുട്ടായിമാർ നിർബന്ധമായും കണ്ടിരിക്കേണ്ട ചിത്രമെന്ന് അടിവര

എന്നെ നോക്കി പായും തോട്ട --- ടൈറ്റിലിൽ തന്നെ ഒരു കവിതയുണ്ട്. ഗൗതം മേനോൻ സിനിമകളുടെ ശീർഷകങ്ങളിലെല്ലാം ഈ കാവ്യാത്മകത കാണാം. നാലു വർഷം മുൻപേ കേട്ടു തുടങ്ങിയിരുന്നു പായും തോട്ടയുടെ വിശേഷങ്ങൾ. റിലീസിംഗിൽ വന്ന കാലതാമസം കാരണം ഗൗതം മേനോന് സഹിക്കേണ്ടി വന്ന തലവേദനകളും ട്രോളുകളും ചില്ലറയല്ല. ചുമ്മാ ബെൽറ്റിൽ തട്ടി തെറിക്കും തോട്ട എന്ന് അടിവര  

പൂഴിക്കടകനിൽ ജയസൂര്യ അവതരിപ്പിക്കുന്ന രഘുറാം ഐഎഎസ് എന്ന കഥാപാത്രത്തിന് നമ്മുടെ ശ്രീറാം വെങ്കട്ടരാമനുമായി ചെറുതല്ലാത്ത സാമ്യമുണ്ട്. ലുക്കിലും നില്പിലും നടപ്പിലും ബുള്ളറ്റ് യാത്രകളിലുമെല്ലാം കാണാമിത്. പോരാത്തതിന് ഇടുക്കി ജില്ലാ കളക്ടറുമാണ് കഥാപാത്രം. ശ്രീറാമിന്റെ വീരസാഹസിക കൃത്യങ്ങൾ മാധ്യമങ്ങൾ പടിപ്പുകഴ്ത്തിയ കാലത്ത് ഡിസൈൻ ചെയ്ത കഥാപാത്രവും സിനിമയുമാണെന്നത് വ്യക്തം (പഴയ ഓൺലൈൻ പൂഴിക്കടകൻ വാർത്തകളും റെഫർ ചെയ്യാം).

രണ്ട് കൊല്ലം മുൻപ് തമിഴിൽ ഭാര്യാഭർത്താക്കന്മാരായ പുഷ്കർ – ഗായത്രി ജോഡി ഡയറക്ട് ചെയ്ത ഒരു പടം വന്നിരുന്നു. വിക്രംവേദ. പിറകിൽ ദമ്പതികളാവുമ്പോൾ എന്തരാവും പടത്തിന്റെ അവസ്ഥ എന്ന ആശങ്കയുമായിട്ടായിരുന്നു ചിത്രത്തിന് കേറിയതെങ്കിലും കൾട്ട് സ്റ്റാറ്റസ് ലെവലിലുള്ള ഒരു ഐറ്റമായിരുന്നു തമിഴിന് കിട്ടിയത്. ഇപ്പോഴിതാ മലയാളത്തിൽ മറ്റൊരു ദമ്പതികളായ ഗീതികാ – സുദീപ് ജോഡി ഹാപ്പി

രസമുണ്ടായിരുന്നു കമലയുടെ ട്രെയിലർ തിയേറ്ററിൽ കാണാൻ. അതേ മനോഹാരിത സിനിമയിലുടനീളം നിലനിർത്താൻ രഞ്ജിത്ത് ശങ്കറിന് സാധിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു --- ഇന്ന് കമലയുടെ ഫസ്റ്റ് ഡേ ഫസ്റ്റ് ഷോ കണ്ടുകൊണ്ടിരുന്നപ്പോൾ ചിന്തിച്ചു. പ്രേതം സീരിസിനെക്കാളും പുണ്യാളൻ സീരീസിനെക്കാളും മേരിക്കുട്ടിയെക്കാളുമൊക്കെ വൃത്തിയുള്ള ഒരു രഞ്ജിത്ത് ശങ്കർ മൂവിയാണ് കമല. കമല; ദുരൂഹതയുടെ സൗന്ദര്യം എന്ന് അടിവര.

ജല്ലിക്കട്ട്, ഉയരെ, കോളാമ്പി എന്നീ സിനിമയ്ക്കൊപ്പം ഐഎഫ്എഫ്ഐ 2019 -ലെ ഇന്ത്യൻ പനോരമയിൽ മറ്റൊരു മലയാളി സാന്നിധ്യമായിരുന്നു വിജീഷ് മണി എന്ന സംവിധായകന്റെ നേതാജി. അട്ടപ്പാടി മേഖലയിലെ ഗോത്രവിഭാഗക്കാർ ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്ന സംസാരഭാഷയാണ് ഇരുള. ലിപിയൊന്നുമില്ലെങ്കിലും കേട്ടാൽ തമിഴ് പോലിരിക്കും. ഏതായാലും ഇരുളയിൽ രജിസ്റ്റർ ചെയ്യപ്പെട്ട ആദ്യ സിനിമയെന്ന നിലയിലോ സംവിധായകന് ഉന്നതങ്ങളിലുണ്ടെന്ന് പറയപ്പെടുന്ന പിടി കാരണമോ

അന്പതാമത് ഇന്ത്യൻ അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര ചലച്ചിത്രോത്സവത്തിൽ ഇന്ത്യൻ പനോരമ വിഭാഗത്തിൽ ആയിരുന്നു ടി കെ രാജീവ്‌ കുമാറിന്റെ കോളാമ്പി എന്ന സിനിമയുടെ പ്രീമിയർ ഷോ. രാജീവ്കുമാർ, നായികയായ നിത്യാമേനോൻ, ഛായാഗ്രാഹകൻ രവി വർമ്മൻ, നിർമാതാവ് രൂപേഷ്, സിനിമയിലെ മറ്റ് താരങ്ങളായ രോഹിണി, സുരേഷ് കുമാർ, മഞ്ജുപിള്ള, വികെ പ്രകാശ് എന്നിവരും മലയാള സിനിമയിൽ നിന്നുള്ള മറ്റ് പ്രമുഖരും പനാജിയിലെ

ഭയം ചിന്തകളിൽ ഇരുട്ട് നിറക്കും. കാഴ്ചകളെ കുപ്പിച്ച് കളയും പുഞ്ചിരിയെ കവർന്നെടുക്കും ഭയം നിങ്ങളല്ലാതാക്കും. ഓടുന്നോൻ എന്ന ചലച്ചിത്രത്തിന്റെ ആദ്യത്തിൽ തന്നെ മോഹൻലാലിന്റെ ശബ്ദത്തിലൂടെ പ്രേക്ഷകന്റെ കാതുകളിലേക്ക് വരുന്നത് ഈ വാചകങ്ങളാണ്. ഭയത്തെക്കുറിച്ചാണ് ഓടുന്നോൻ സംസാരിക്കുന്നതെന്ന സൂചനയാണ് ആദ്യം തന്നെ പ്രേക്ഷകന് നല്കുന്ന വരികളാണിവ.

  ഐഎഫ്എഫ്ഐയിലെ ഇന്ത്യൻ പനോരമ വിഭാഗത്തിൽ പ്രദര്ശിപ്പിച്ചപ്പോഴാണ് ആർ പാർത്ഥിപന്റെ ഒത്ത സെരുപ്പ് സൈസ് ഏഴ് കാണുന്നത്. പാർത്ഥിപൻ എഴുതി പാർത്ഥിപൻ സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത് പാർത്ഥിപൻ നായകനായി അഭിനയിച്ച ഒത്ത സെരുപ്പ് (മലയാളത്തിൽ പറയുമ്പോൾ 'ഒറ്റച്ചെരുപ്പ്') നിർമ്മിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നതും പാർത്ഥിപൻ തന്നെ. എന്നാൽ ഒറ്റച്ചെരുപ്പിന്റെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ സവിശേഷത ഇതൊന്നുമല്ല; 120 മിനിറ്റ് ദൈർഘ്യമുള്ള പടത്തിൽ പാർത്ഥിപൻ മാത്രമേ സ്‌ക്രീനിൽ പ്രത്യക്ഷപ്പെടുന്നുള്ളൂ. ഒറ്റച്ചെരുപ്പ് അപൂർവ മനോഹരം എന്ന് അടിവര

  സുന്ദർ സി യുടെ പടം എങ്ങനെയാവുമെന്ന് നമ്മൾക്കറിയാം. വിശാലിന്റെ പടം എങ്ങനെയാവുമെന്നും അറിയാം. രണ്ടുപേരും കൂടി ജോയന്റാവുമ്പോ, അതിൽ നിന്നും ആവറേജ് മൂളയുള്ള ഒരു മനുഷ്യജീവിയ്ക്ക് എന്ത് പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കാനാവും. അത് തന്നെയാണ് അവരുടെ പുതിയ സിനിമ. പേരും കറക്റ്റ് തന്നെ — ആക്ഷൻ. 'നോ ബ്രെയ്‌നർ ആക്ഷൻ മസാല വിത്ത്‌ ഫ്‌ളൈയിംഗ് കളേഴ്സ്' എന്ന് അടിവര

നാച്ചുറൽ റോളുകളിൽ തന്നെ മാസ് ആണ് വിജയ് സേതുപതി. സ്വാഭാവികതയാണ് മച്ചാന്റെ മെയിൻ. തമിഴിൽ മാത്രമല്ല മലയാളത്തിലും സേതുപതിക്ക് ആരാധകർ ഈ ഒരൊറ്റ കാരണത്താലാണ്. പക്ഷെ അത് അറിയാത്ത ഒരാൾ അങ്ങേര് മാത്രമാണെന്നു തോന്നുന്നു. കൊമേഴ്‌സ്യൽ ആക്ഷൻ ഹീറോ ആവാനുള്ള സേതുപതിയുടെ തീരാത്ത ആസൈ തുടർന്ന് കൊണ്ടേയിരിക്കുകയാണ്. സംഘകാലപ്പഴമയുള്ള രചനയും നിർമ്മിതിയുമായി ഒരു ക്ളീഷേത്തമിഴൻ എന്ന് അടിവര

അതിസാധാരണ ജീവിതവുമായി മുന്നോട്ട് പോവുന്ന ഒരു പാവം പെൺകുട്ടി. അവൾ ഒരു ദിവസം തീർത്തും അപ്രതീക്ഷിതമായി ഒരു ട്രാപ്പിൽ അകപ്പെടുന്നു. അതും തിരിച്ചുകേറാനാവാത്ത മഞ്ഞ് ഗർത്തത്തിൽ. കനത്ത തോതിൽ മഞ്ഞ് പെയ്ത് പെയ്ത് അവളെ മൂടിക്കൊണ്ടേയിരിക്കുന്നു. കണ്ടു നിൽക്കുന്ന നമ്മുടെ ഉടലിലും അസ്ഥിയിലും മഞ്ഞ് പടർന്നുകേറാൻ തുടങ്ങുമ്പോൾ അതിജീവനത്തിനായുള്ള അവളുടെ അവസാനം വരെയുള്ള ശ്രമങ്ങൾ. ഇതാണ്

  ജാക്ക് ഡാനിയൽസ് എന്ന് കേൾക്കുമ്പോൾ വെള്ളമടി പ്രേമികൾക്ക് മനസ്സിൽ തോന്നുന്ന ഒരു വിറുവിറുപ്പ് ഉണ്ട്. ജാക്ക് ആൻഡ് ഡാനിയലിന്റെ ട്രെയിലർ തിയേറ്ററിൽ കണ്ടപ്പോൾ അതുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. പടം ഇന്ന് റിലീസായപ്പോൾ ആ ഒരു എനർജി ലെവൽ പ്രതീക്ഷിച്ചു തന്നെയാണ് ടിക്കറ്റെടുത്തത്.   കളർഫുൾ കാറ്റ് ആൻസ് മൗസ് ഗെയിം; ജസ്റ്റ്‌ ഫോർ നേരമ്പോക്ക് എന്ന് അടിവര

മലയാള സിനിമയ്ക്ക് പൊതുവെ അന്യമായൊരു ഴോനർ ആണ് സൈ-ഫൈ ഡ്രാമ/എന്റർടൈനർ. സാധ്യതകൾ വിശാലമാണെങ്കിലും കൈ പൊള്ളുമോയെന്ന ഭയം കാരണമാവാം സീനിയർ സംവിധായകർ വരെ ഈയൊരു മേഖലയിലേക്ക് തിരിഞ്ഞ് നോക്കാൻ ധൈര്യപ്പെടാറില്ല. എന്നാൽ ഈയാഴ്ച തിയേറ്ററിൽ എത്തിയിരിക്കുന്ന ആൻഡ്രോയ്ഡ് കുഞ്ഞപ്പൻ വേർഷൻ 5.25 ഒന്നാന്തരം സയൻസ് ഫിക്ഷൻ സിനിമയാണ്. ക്ളീൻ എന്റർടൈനർ. ചിത്രം സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നത് രതീഷ്

ലാൽജോസിന്റെ ഇരുപത്തഞ്ചാമത്തെ സിനിമയാണത്രെ നാൽപത്തിയൊന്ന്. ഇരുപത് വർഷം മുൻപ് പെരിന്തൽമണ്ണ ജഹനാരാ എന്ന തിയേറ്ററിൽ ഇരുന്ന് ഒരു മറവത്തൂർ കനവ് എന്ന സിനിമ എഫ്ഡിഎഫ്എസ് കണ്ടത് ഇന്നലത്തെ പോലെ ഓർമ്മയുണ്ട്. (ആ തിയേറ്റർ പിന്നീടെന്നോ ചരിത്രത്തിന്റെ ഭാഗമായി). അത് കഴിഞ്ഞ് ചന്ദ്രനുദിക്കുന്ന ദിക്കിൽ കണ്ടത് ഓർമ്മയുണ്ട്. മീശ മാധവൻ, ക്ളാസ്‌മേറ്റ്സ്, അയാളും ഞാനും തമ്മിൽ ഒക്കെ

ടീസറും ട്രെയിലറും സൃഷ്‌ടിച്ച ഹൈപ്പ് , നിവിന്റെ മെയ്ക്ക് ഓവർ, ഗീതു മോഹൻദാസിന്റെ സംവിധാനം, അനുരാഗ് കശ്യപ് ഉൾപ്പടെയുള്ള വമ്പൻ സ്രാവുകളുടെ പങ്കാളിത്തം എന്നിവയൊക്കെ കൊണ്ട് വളരെയേറെ കാലമായി ആകാംക്ഷയോടെ കാത്തിരിക്കുന്ന സിനിമയാണ് മൂത്തോൻ. കാനഡയിലെ . ടൊറന്റോ ഇന്റർനാഷണൽ ഫിലിം ഫെസ്റ്റിവലിൽ ആയിരുന്നു മൂത്തോന്റെ വേൾഡ് പ്രീമിയർ. ഇന്ത്യൻ പ്രീമിയർ ആവട്ടെ മുംബൈ ഇന്റർനാഷണൽ

മന്നാർ മത്തായി സ്പീക്കിംഗ് എന്ന സിദ്ദീഖ് ലാൽ സിനിമയിൽ കൊച്ചിൻ ഹനീഫയുടെ കഥാപാത്രമായ എൽദോയെ സിനിമയിലെടുത്തുവെന്ന് പറയുമ്പോൾ, അദ്ദേഹവും കൂട്ടുകാർക്കുമുണ്ടാക്കുന്ന ആനന്ദലബ്ധിയുടെ വിവിധ ഭാവങ്ങൾ അടങ്ങിയ സീനുകൾ എക്കാലത്തെയും രസകരമായ സീനുകളിലൊന്നാണ്. എന്നാൽ യഥാർത്ഥത്തിൽ എൽദോനെ സിനിമയിലെടുക്കുന്നില്ല. 'മറിച്ച് അത് വെറുമൊരു പ്രഖ്യാപനം മാത്രമാണ്. പക്ഷേ അതുപോലും ആളുകളിൽ എത്ര മാത്രം സന്തോഷമുണ്ടാക്കുന്നുവെന്നത് ഈ രംഗങ്ങളിലൂടെ നമുക്ക്

യാദൃശ്ചികമായിട്ടാണെങ്കിലും ആകാശഗംഗയുടെ രണ്ടാം ഭാഗം മലയാളത്തിലും ടെർമിനേറ്റർ സീരിസിലെ പുതിയ സിനിമ ഹോളിവുഡിലും റിലീസ് ചെയ്യപ്പെട്ടത് ഒരേ ദിവസമായിരുന്നു. നിർഭാഗ്യമെന്നു പറയട്ടെ രണ്ടു സിനിമകളും തിയേറ്ററിൽ സമ്മാനിച്ച കാഴ്ചാനുഭവം സമാനമാണ്. അങ്ങേയറ്റം നിരാശാജനകം. ഡാർക്ക്‌ ഫെയ്റ്റ് എന്നാണ് പുതിയ ടെര്മിനേറ്ററുടെ ശീർഷകം. ഗംഭീരമാംവിധം അന്വർത്ഥമായ നാമകരണമായിപ്പോയി ഇതെന്നു സമ്മതിക്കാതെ വയ്യ. സിനിമയ്ക്ക് ടിക്കറ്റെടുത്ത് തിയേറ്ററിൽ കയറുന്നവന്റെ കൊടൂരവിധി.   പ്രേക്ഷകന്റെ ഡാർക്ക്‌ ഫെയ്റ്റ് എന്ന് അടിവര

കഴിഞ്ഞ വർഷത്തെ ഇൻറർനാഷണൽ ഫിലിം ഫെസ്റ്റിവൽ ഓഫ് ഇന്ത്യയിൽ പനോരമ വിഭാഗത്തിലേക്ക് വമ്പൻ സ്രാവുകൾക്കൊപ്പം തെരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടതിലൂടെ ശ്രദ്ധ പിടിച്ചു പറ്റിയ കുഞ്ഞു സിനിമയാണ് മക്കന. കഥ, തിരക്കഥ, സംഭാഷണം, സംവിധാനം റഹിം ഖാദർ. ഈ മേഖലയിൽ പുതുമുഖമാണ്. അയ്യമ്പുഴ പൊലീസ് സ്റ്റേഷനിൽ സിവിൽ പോലീസ് ഓഫീസറുമാണ് ഇദ്ദേഹം.   പനോരമയിലെത്തിയെങ്കിലും വെറും ആവറേജ് എന്ന് അടിവര

1999ലെ സൂപ്പർ ഹിറ്റ് ആണ് വിനയന്റെ ആകാശഗംഗ. മലയാളത്തിൽ ഹൊറർ കോമഡി എന്നൊരു എടപാടിന്റെ അപ്പോസ്തലൻ തന്നെയാണ് വിനയൻ ചേട്ടൻ. വിലക്കിന്റെ കാലത്തും മുൻപുമായി പുള്ളി ആകാശഗംഗയ്ക്ക് ഒരു പാട് പാരഡികൾ ഒരുക്കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. ഇപ്പോൾ വിലക്കും പിണക്കവും ഒക്കെ കഴിഞ്ഞ് അമ്മയും ഫെഫ്കയുമൊക്കെയായി ജോയന്റായ സമയത്ത് പുള്ളി ദാ ഒറിജിനൽ രണ്ടാംഭാഗവുമായി വന്നിരിക്കുന്നു ആകാശഗംഗയ്ക്ക്. ഹൊറിബിൾ ആയ ഹൊററും ഹ്യൂമറും എന്ന് അടിവര.

കൊക്ടെയിൽ, ഈയടുത്ത കാലത്ത്, ലെഫ്റ്റ് റൈറ്റ് ലെഫ്റ്റ്, കാറ്റ് തുടങ്ങി കുറച്ച് സിനിമകളിലൂടെ ഒരു വിഭാഗം മലയാളപ്രേക്ഷകരെ ഇമ്പ്രെസ് ചെയ്യിപ്പിച്ച സംവിധായകൻ ആണ് അരുൺ കുമാർ അരവിന്ദ് . മേൽപറഞ്ഞ സിനിമകൾ ഒന്നും തന്നെ വിജയങ്ങൾ ആയിരുന്നില്ല എന്നുമാത്രമല്ല ബോക്സോഫീസിൽ നല്ല ഫഷ്റ്റ് ക്ലാസ് തോൽവികളുമായിരുന്നു. ഒരു വിഭാഗക്കാരുടെ അരുമ എന്ന് ആദ്യമേ പറഞ്ഞത് അതുകൊണ്ടാണ്.

ദീപാവലി ആഘോഷങ്ങൾ കളർഫുളാക്കാനായി ഇന്ത്യയെമ്പാടുമുള്ള സിനിമാപ്രേക്ഷർക്ക് മുന്നിൽ സാജിദ് നാദിയാവാല മുതലാളി പ്രദർശനത്തിനെത്തിച്ചിരിക്കുന്ന കളർഫുൾ സിൽമ ആണ് ഹൗസ്ഫുൾ4 . വൻവിജയം എന്നവകാശപ്പെടുന്ന ഹൗസ്ഫുൾ സീരീസിലെ നാലാം ഉരുപ്പടി. കോമഡിയും എന്റർടൈനറുമൊക്കെ ആണെന്നാണ് വെപ്പ്. ബട്ട് സഹിച്ചിരിക്കാൻ വല്യ പാടാണ് തലയുടെ ആണിക്കല്ല് ഇളക്കുന്ന സിനിമ എന്ന് അടിവര

ചെറിയ സിനിമകൾ. പ്രത്യേകിച്ച് ചെറിയ ബഡ്ജറ്റിലുള്ള സിനിമകൾക്ക് പലപ്പോഴും ഒരേ ഘടന കാണാം. എന്നാൽ ഇതിനിടക്കും ചില വിസ്മയങ്ങൾ സംഭവിക്കാറുണ്ട്. അത് ചിലപ്പോൾ സിനിമ മൊത്തത്തിലാകാം. സിനിമയുടെ കഥയിലാകാം. അവതരണത്തിലാകാം. ഗാനങ്ങളിലാകാം. ക്യാമറാവർക്കിലാകാം. ഒരുപക്ഷെ വസ്ത്രാലങ്കാരത്തിലോ മേയ്ക്കപ്പ് മാനിലോ നമുക്ക് ഈ അത്ഭുതം കണ്ടെത്താം. ഈയൊരു രീതിയിൽ സമീപിക്കുമ്പോഴാണ് ടേക്ക് ഇറ്റ് ഈസി വേറിട്ടൊരു സിനിമാ ആസ്വാദനം

നിരവധി സിനിമകളിൽ ചിത്രസംയോജകനായി വർക്ക് ചെയ്തിട്ടുള്ള പീറ്റർ സാജൻ തിരക്കഥ എഴുതി സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്ന ആദ്യ ചിത്രമാണ് ഒരു കടത്ത് നാടൻ കഥ. മുൻപ് ചെറിയ വേഷങ്ങളിൽ അഭിനയിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള ഷഹിൻ സിദ്ദിഖ് ആദ്യമായി മുഴുനീള നായകൻ ആവുന്നു എന്നൊരു സവിശേഷത കടത്ത് നാടൻ കഥയ്ക്കുണ്ട്. അതുല്യനടനായ സിദ്ദിഖിന്റെ മകൻ ആണ് ഷഹിൻ. മൊത്തത്തിൽ പറയുമ്പോൾ കണ്ടിരിക്കാവുന്ന ഒരു നാടൻ കടത്ത് സിനിമ.

പാട്ടും ഡാൻസും സിനിമയിൽ ഒരു അനിവാര്യ ഘടകമാണെന്നതിൽ നിന്ന് മാറി ചിന്തിക്കുവാൻ മുഖ്യധാരാ സിനിമകൾക്ക് സാധിക്കാറില്ല. സിനിമയുടെ കാലാകാലങ്ങളായുള്ള നടപ്പുശീലക്കാർ ഇനിയങ്ങനെയൊരു താൽപര്യമുണ്ടെങ്കിൽ അതിനെ സമ്മതിക്കുകയുമില്ല. എന്നാൽ സിനിമ കാണുവാൻ പ്രേക്ഷകനെ പ്രേരിപ്പിക്കുന്ന --- പോസ്റ്ററിലടക്കം 'No Song, No Romance' എന്നെഴുതി കാണിച്ചു കൊണ്ടൊരുു സിനിമ. ഇതാണ് കൈദി എന്ന തമിഴ് സിനിമയെ കൂടുതൽ

ಶ್ರೀರಾಮಚಂದ್ರನ ಪರಮಭಕ್ತ. ರಾಮನಂತೆ ಏಕಪತ್ನಿ ವ್ರತಸ್ಥ. ಮದುವೆ ಆದ್ಮೇಲೆ ಹೆಂಡತಿಯನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಮದುವೆಗೂ ಮುಂಚೆ ಯಾರನ್ನು ಕಣ್ಣೆತ್ತಿ ನೋಡಲ್ಲ, ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಮಾಡಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಶಪಥ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಅಪ್ಪಟ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಚಾರಿಯ ದಾಂಪತ್ಯ ಸಂಕಟದ ಕಥೆ. ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ ಖುಷಿ ಕೊಡುತ್ತೆ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ... ಚಿತ್ರ: ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಚಾರಿ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಚಂದ್ರಮೋಹನ್ ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕ: ಉದಯ್ ಕೆ ಮೆಹ್ತಾ

'ಕನ್ನಡ್ ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ' ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಟೈಟಲ್ ಕೇಳಿದ ಕೂಡಲೇ ಇದು ಕನ್ನಡದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಇರುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಎನ್ನುವ ಊಹೆ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಸುತ್ತಲು ನಡೆಯುವ ಕಥೆ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ಆ ಚೌಕಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಕ್ರೈಂ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಸ್ಪೆನ್ಸ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರು ಸೇರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಚಿತ್ರದ ವಿಷಯ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಲು ತುಂಬ ತಾಳ್ಮೆ ಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.

ಕಡಿಮೆ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಎಂಬ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ಶಾಲೆಯನ್ನು ಮುಚ್ಚಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಭವಿಷ್ಯ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿರಬೇಕು ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಕಾನ್ವೆಂಟ್ ಶಾಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಬೇಕು. ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಮಾರ್ಕ್ಸ್ ಮೇಲೆ ಪೋಷಕರ ಗೌರವ ಅಳೆಯಲಾಗುತ್ತೆ. ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಓದುವ ಶಾಲೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ಪೋಷಕರ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತಿಕಗೆ ನಿರ್ಧಾರವಾಗುತ್ತೆ. ಇಂತಹ ಮನಸ್ಥಿತಿವುಳ್ಳ ಸಮಾಜದಿಂದ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಎಷ್ಟ ತೊಂದೆಯಾಗುತ್ತೆ? ಇಂತಹ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯ ಸಮಾಜವನ್ನು ಮನರಂಜನೆಯ ಮೂಲಕ ಪ್ರಶ್ನಿಸಿದೆ ಕಾಳಿದಾಸ

ದೆವ್ವಗಳು ತುಂಬಿದ ಮನೆ. ಆ ದೆವ್ವಗಳು ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ಹೊರಹಾಕುವ ಸಾಹಸಕ್ಕೆ ಕೈಹಾಕುವ ರಘುಪತಿ-ರಾಘವ-ರಾಜ-ರಾಮ್. ದೆವ್ವಗಳು ಜೊತೆ ಈ ಕಾಮಿಡಿ ಕಲಾವಿದರ ಜುಗಲ್ ಬಂದಿ ಸಖತ್ ಮಜಾ ಕೊಡುತ್ತೆ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ.... (ಮಾಹಿತಿ: ತಮಿಳಿನ 'ಪೆಟ್ರೋಮ್ಯಾಕ್ಸ್' ಚಿತ್ರದ ರೀಮೇಕ್) ಚಿತ್ರ: ಮನೆ ಮಾರಾಟಕ್ಕಿದೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಮಂಜು ಸ್ವರಾಜ್ ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕ: ಎಸ್ ವಿ ಬಾಬು ಕಲಾವಿದರು:

ಪಿ ವಾಸು ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ಎಂದಾಗ, ದ್ವಾರಕೀಶ್ ಬ್ಯಾನರ್ ಎಂದಾಗ, ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ನಟನೆ ಎಂದಾಗ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಮೂರನ್ನು ಈಡೇರಿಸುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾ 'ಆಯುಷ್ಮಾನ್ ಭವ'. ಇದು ತುಂಬು ಕುಟುಂಬದ, ಸುಂದರ, ಸಂಗೀತಮಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಫ್ಯಾಮಿಲಿ ಕೂತು ಖುಷಿಯಿಂದ ನೋಡಬಹುದಾದ ಒಂದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಕೌಟುಂಬಿಕ ಸಿನಿಮಾ.

'ಕಪಟ ನಾಟಕ ಪಾತ್ರಧಾರಿ'...ಇದು ಮೇಲ್ನೋಟಕ್ಕೆ ಆಟೋ ಡ್ರೈವರ್ ಒಬ್ಬರ ರೆಗ್ಯುಲರ್ ಕಥೆ. ಫ್ಯಾಮಿಲಿ, ಲವ್, ವಿಲನ್ ಎಂದು ಊಹಿಸಿದ್ದರೆ ಆ ಊಹೆ ತಪ್ಪು. ಇದು ಕಂಪ್ಲೀಟ್ ಮನರಂಜನೆ ತುಂಬಿದ ರೋಚಕ ಕಥೆ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ..... ಚಿತ್ರ: ಕಪಟ ನಾಟಕ ಪಾತ್ರಧಾರಿನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಕ್ರಿಶ್ಕಲಾವಿದರು: ಬಾಲು ನಾಗೇಂದ್ರ, ಸಂಗೀತಾ ಭಟ್, ಕರಿ ಸುಬ್ಬು ಮತ್ತು ಇತರರುಬಿಡುಗಡೆ: 8 ನವೆಂಬರ್  

'ಐ ಯಾಮ್ ವರ್ಜಿನ್.. ಐ ಸ್ವಿಲ್ ಫಿಟ್ ಟು ಹ್ಯಾವ್ ಅಲ್ ರೈಟ್ಸ್ ಟು ಲೀವ್..'' ಇದು ಅತ್ಯಾಚಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಒಳಗಾದ ರಂಗನಾಯಕಿ ಹೇಳುವ ಮಾತು. 'ರಂಗನಾಯಕಿ' ಎದುರು ನಿಂತ 'ದಂಡುಪಾಳ್ಯ' ಗ್ಯಾಂಗ್ ಅತ್ಯಾಚಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಒಳಗಾಗುವ ಒಬ್ಬ ಯುವತಿ ಹೇಗೆ ಆ ಘಟನೆಯಿಂದ ಹೊರಬರುತ್ತಾಳೆ. ಹೇಗೆ ಅದನ್ನು ಧೈರ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಎದುರಿಸುತ್ತಾಳೆ, ಸಮಾಜ ಆಕೆಯನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸುತ್ತದೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ರಂಗನಾಯಕಿ

ಏಳೆಂಟು ಜನರ ಗುಂಪು....ಕೆಲಸ ಕೇಳುವ ಅಥವಾ ಕುಡಿಯಲು ನೀರು ಕೇಳುವ ನೆಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂಟಿ ಹೆಂಗಸರು ಇರುವ ಮನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಬರ್ತಾರೆ. ಯಾರೂ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಸಮಯ ನೋಡಿ ಮನೆಗೆ ನುಗ್ಗಿ ಆಸ್ತಿ-ಪಾಸ್ತಿಯನ್ನ ದೋಚಿಕೊಂಡು, ಆ ಹೆಣ್ಣು ಮಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಅತ್ಯಾಚಾರ ಮಾಡಿ, ಕೊಲೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಪರಾರಿ ಆಗ್ತಾರೆ. ದಂಡುಪಾಳ್ಯ ಹೆಸರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದ ಮೂರು ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇದನ್ನು

ಎರಡು ದಿನ ಮುಂಚಿತವಾಗಿ ಕಾಲಿವುಡ್ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ದೀಪಾವಳಿ ಹಬ್ಬ ಶುರುವಾಗಿದೆ. ಕಾರಣ ಇಳಯದಳಪತಿ ವಿಜಯ್ ನಟನೆಯ 'ಬಿಗಿಲ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅದ್ದೂರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. 'ಬಿಗಿಲ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಜಯ್ ಮೂರು ಶೇಡ್ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಫುಲ್ ಬಾಲ್ ಆಟದ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳು ರೋಮಾಂಚಕವಾಗಿವೆ. ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಅಟ್ಲೀ ಸ್ಕ್ರೀನ್ ಪ್ಲೇ ಯನ್ನು ಜನ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ವಿಜಯ್ ಪವರ್ ಫುಲ್ ನಟನೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗಿದೆ.

90ರ ದಶಕದ ಬ್ಯಾಕ್ ಡ್ರಾಪ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಗಂಟುಮೂಟೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮೂಡಿ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಹೈಸ್ಕೂಲ್ ಹೊಸ್ತಿಲಲ್ಲಿ ಯುವತಿಯ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನ ತಳಮಳ, ಹದಿಹರಿಯದ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನವರ ಆಸೆಗಳು, ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮತ್ತು ನಿಜ ಜೀವನ ಎರಡು ಒಂದೆ ಎಂದು ಭ್ರಮೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬದುಕುವ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನ ಕಥೆಯನ್ನು 'ಗಂಟುಮೂಟೆ' ಮೂಲಕ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕಿ ರೂಪ ರಾವ್. ಹೈಸ್ಕೂಲ್ ಹೋಗುವ ಮೀರಾ ಚಿತ್ರದ ನಾಯಕಿ. ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಸಿನಿಮಾಕಥೆ

ಕೆಲದಿನಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ 'ಭರಾಟೆ' ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಟೀಸರ್ ವೊಂದು ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಆಗಿತ್ತು. ಆ ಟೀಸರ್ ತುಂಬ ಫೈಟ್ಸ್ ಗಳು ಇತ್ತು. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ತುಂಬ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ತುಂಬಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ.ಮಾಸ್ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ ಫುಲ್ ಕಿಕ್ ಕೊಡುವಂತೆ ಭರಾಟೆ ಮೂಡಿಬಂದಿದೆ.

ಸಾವಿರ ಸುಳ್ಳು ಹೇಳಿ ಒಂದು ಮದುವೆ ಮಾಡು.....ಎಂಬ ಗಾದೆ ಮಾತಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಸೃಜನ್ ಲೋಕೇಶ್ ಹೇಳುವ ಒಂದು ಸುಳ್ಳು, ಸಾವಿರಾರು ಸುಳ್ಳುಗಳನ್ನ ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಾಕುತ್ತೆ. ಆ ಸುಳ್ಳಿನ ಗೋಡೆ ಮೇಲೆ ಕಟ್ಟುವ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯನ್ನ ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಸೃಜನ್ ಪಡುವ ಹರಸಾಹಸವೇ 'ಎಲ್ಲಿದ್ದೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ತನಕ'. ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ..... ಚಿತ್ರ: ಎಲ್ಲಿದ್ದೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ತನಕ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ಕಲಾವಿದರು: ಸೃಜನ್

ಶರಣ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಕಾಸಿಗೆ ಮೋಸ ಆಗಲ್ಲ. ಮನರಂಜನೆಗೆ ಕೊರತೆ ಇರಲ್ಲ. ಕಾಮಿಡಿ ಕಿಕ್ ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಎಂಬ ಮಾತುಗಳಿವೆ. ಈ ಎಲ್ಲ ಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನ ಒಳಗೊಂಡಿರುವ ಚಿತ್ರವೇ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಇನ್ ಅಮೇರಿಕಾ.

ಹದಿನೆಂಟನೇ ಶತಮಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಹೆಸರಿನ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರರೊಬ್ಬರು ಇದ್ದರು ಎನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಮುಂದೆ ತರುವುದು ತಮಾಷೆಯ ಮಾತಲ್ಲ. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ಅಥವಾ ಪೌರಾಣಿಕ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡುವುದೂ ಸುಲಭದ ಕೆಲಸವೇನಲ್ಲ. ಬಹುಕಾಲದ ನಂತರ ಮೆಗಾಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಚಿರಂಜೀವಿ ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಭೂಮಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ 'ಸೈರಾ ನರಸಿಂಹ ರೆಡ್ಡಿ' ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ ಎರಡರಂದು ಮೂರುವರೆ ಸಾವಿರಕ್ಕೂ ಅಧಿಕ ಸ್ಕ್ರೀನ್ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಕನ್ನಡ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ

ಮೆಗಾಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಚಿರಂಜೀವಿ, ಬಿಗ್ ಬಿ ಅಮಿತಾಭ್ ಬಚ್ಚನ್, ಕಿಚ್ಚ ಸುದೀಪ್, ವಿಜಯ್ ಸೇತುಪತಿ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ದೊಡ್ಡ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಕಲಾವಿದರು ಅಭಿನಯಿಸಿರುವ ಸೈರಾ ನರಸಿಂಹ ರೆಡ್ಡಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಂದು ದೇಶ ವಿದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ರ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ಆಗಿ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರ ಉಯ್ಯಾಲವಾಡ ನರಸಿಂಹ ರೆಡ್ಡಿಯ ಜೀವನಾಧಾರಿತ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇದಾಗಿದ್ದು ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಾರಿ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಮೂಡಿಸಿತ್ತು. ನಿಯಮ ಮೀರಿ ರಿಲೀಸ್

'ಕಿಸ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನಿನ್ನೆ (ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ) ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಮತ್ತೆ ಎ ಪಿ ಅರ್ಜುನ್ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಕಥೆ ಹೇಳಿ, ಹೊಸ ಜೋಡಿಯನ್ನು ಪರಿಚಯ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಯುವ ಜನತೆಗೆ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಆಗುವ ಕಥೆ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಆಗಿರುವ ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ರಾಯಲ್ ಹುಡುಗ ಹಾಗೂ ಕ್ಯೂಟ್ ಹುಡುಗಿಯ ಕಿಸ್ಸಿಂಗ್ ಕಥೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಮೊದಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ನಟ ವಿರಾಟ್

'ಅಂಬಾರಿ', 'ಅದ್ಧೂರಿ', 'ರಾಟೆ' ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರೇಮ ಕಥೆ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದ, ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಎಪಿ ಅರ್ಜುನ್ ಮತ್ತೆ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಮೂಲಕ ಬಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 'ಕಿಸ್' ಒಂದು ಕ್ಯೂಟ್ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಇದು ಇಂದಿನ ಯುವ ಜನತೆಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗುವ ಒಂದು ಡಿಸೆಂಟ್ ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ.

'ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗನೇ ಯಜಮಾನ, ಕನ್ನಡಿಗನೇ ಸಾರ್ವಭೌಮ....' ಸ್ವಾಭಿಮಾನಿ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗನ ಹೋರಾಟದ ಕಥೆಯ ಜೊತೆ ಸುಂದರವಾದ ಪ್ರೇಮಕಥೆಯ ನಂಟು. ಗಣೇಶ್ ಸ್ಟೈಲ್ ಮತ್ತು ಇಮೇಜ್ ಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಕಥೆಯೂ ಇದೆ. ಗಣೇಶ್ ಅವರಿಂದ ಏನಾದರೂ ಹೊಸ ರೀತಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬೇಕಲ್ವಾ ಎಂದುಕೊಂಡವರಿಗೆ ಸರ್ಪ್ರೈಸ್ ಕೂಡ ಇದೆ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ...

ಗಾಂಧಿನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸದ್ಯ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಚಿತ್ರದ್ದೇ ಮಾತು. ಒಂದು ಕಡೆ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಪಾಸಿಟಿವ್, ನೆಗೆಟೀವ್ ಅಂಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಕಡೆ, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ತಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಎರಡು ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ನಟರ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಅನಾವಶ್ಯಕ ವಾಕ್ಸಮರ. ಹಿಂದೊಮ್ಮೆ, ಚಿತ್ರ ವಿಮರ್ಶಕರು ಒಂದು ಮಾತನ್ನು ಹೇಳಿದ್ದರು. ಚಿತ್ರ ನೋಡಿ ಹೊರಬರುವಾಗ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಕೆಲವೊಂದು ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶ, ಪಾತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾನೆಂದರೆ, ಚಿತ್ರ

'ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್' ಅಖಾಡಕ್ಕೆ ಇಳಿದಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ಕ್ರೀಡಾ ಹಿನ್ನಲೆಯ ಭಾವನಾತ್ಮಕ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಹುಪಾಲು ಜನರಿಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗಿದೆ. ನಿನ್ನೆ (ಗುರುವಾರ) ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಆಗಿದ್ದು, ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆ ಹೌಸ್ ಫುಲ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿಗೆ ಪಡೆಯುವಲ್ಲಿ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಸುದೀಪ್ ಪಾತ್ರ ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ, ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಸಂದೇಶ, ಕುಸ್ತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಬಾಕ್ಸಿಂಗ್ ಆಟವನ್ನು ಪರದೆ ಮೇಲೆ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಟ್ಟಿರುವ ರೀತಿ ತುಂಬ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ. Pailwan

''ಬಲ ಇದೆ ಅಂತ ಹೊಡೆದಾಡುವವನು ರೌಡಿ. ಆದ್ರೆ, ಬಲವಾದ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊಡೆದಾಡುವನು ಈ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ'' 'ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್' ಕ್ರೀಡಾ ಹಿನ್ನಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದ ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಮನರಂಜನೆ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗುವವರಿಗೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಹಬ್ಬದಂತೆ ಇದೆ. ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎಂಬ ಕುಸ್ತಿ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನನ ಸಾಧನೆಯ ಕಥೆಯೇ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರ. ಅದ್ದೂರಿಯಾಗಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾದ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತಿಕೆಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಹಸವೂ ಇದೆ. ಸಂಬಂಧದ ಮಹತ್ವವೂ ಇದೆ.  

ಅಭಿನಯ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಕಿಚ್ಚ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಂದು ದೇಶ-ವಿದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಕೆಲವು ಕಡೆ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ 5.30ಕ್ಕೆ ಮೊದಲ ಶೋ ಪ್ರಾರಂಭವಾಗಿದೆ. ಬಾರಿ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಕೆಲವು ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಮನ ಗೆದ್ದರೆ ಇನ್ನು ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ ನಿರಾಸೆ ಮೂಡಿಸಿದೆ. ಕೆಜಿಎಫ್, ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ಮುಂದೆ ಗೆದ್ದು ನಿಲ್ಲಲೇಬೇಕಿದೆ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಮೊದಲ ಶೋ

'ಬಾಹುಬಲಿ' ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಬಳಿಕ ಪ್ರಭಾಸ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಚಿತ್ರ ಬರ್ತಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಸಹಜವಾಗಿ ಕುತೂಹಲ, ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿತ್ತು. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಸಾಹೋ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕೂಡ ರಿಲೀಸ್ಗೆ ಮುಂಚೆ ಸದ್ದು ಮಾಡಿತ್ತು. ಸಾಹೋ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಮೇಲೆ ಮಿಶ್ರಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಎದುರಾಗಿದೆ. ಚಿತ್ರ: ಸಾಹೋನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಸುಜಿತ್ ರೆಡ್ಡಿಕಲಾವಿದರು: ಪ್ರಭಾಸ್, ಶ್ರದ್ಧಾ ಕಪೂರ್, ಜಾಕಿ ಶ್ರಾಫ್, ನೀಲ್ ನಿತಿನ್ ಮುಖೇಶ್, ಅರುಣ್ ವಿಜಯ್, ಮಂದಿರಾ ಬೇಡಿಬಿಡುಗಡೆ:

ಬಾಹುಬಲಿ ನಂತರ ಪ್ರಭಾಸ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಸಾಹೋ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದು, ಬಾಕ್ಸ್ ಆಫೀಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಎಲ್ಲ ದಾಖಲೆಗಳನ್ನ ಅಳಿಸುಹಾಕುತ್ತೆ ಎಂಬ ಲೆಕ್ಕಾಚಾರ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಸುಮಾರು 350 ಕೋಟಿ ಬಜೆಟ್, ಹಾಲಿವುಡ್ ರೇಂಜ್ ಆಕ್ಷನ್, ಶ್ರದ್ಧಾ ಕಪೂರ್ ಹೀರೋಯಿನ್, ಕಲಾವಿದರ ದಂಡು ಇದೆಲ್ಲ ಸೇರಿ ಸಾಹೋ ಮೇಲೆ ಬೆಟ್ಟದಷ್ಟು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡಿತ್ತು. ಇದಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲಾ ಇಂದು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟ

ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾಲ ಇರಲಿ... ಟ್ರೆಂಡ್ ಹೇಗಿಯೇ ಬದಲಾಗಲಿ.. ಇಂಡಸ್ಟ್ರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾರರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳು ಬರುತ್ತಲೇ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ದೆವ್ವಗಳಿಗೆ ಯಾವ ಹೊತ್ತು ಬಿಡಿ... ಅಂದಹಾಗೆ, ಈ ವಾರ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಹಾರರ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಅದೇ 'ರಾಂಧವ'. ನಾಯಕ ರಾಬರ್ಟ್ (ಭುವನ್ ಪೊನ್ನಣ್ಣ) ವಿಚಿತ್ರವಾದ ಗೂಬೆಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಡಾಕ್ಯೂಮೆಂಟರಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಹೊರಡುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಹೀಗೆ ಇರುವ ನಾಯಕನಿಗೆ ವಿಚಿತ್ರ ಕನಸುಗಳು

Arsenal's interim coach Freddie Ljungberg says he will have a chat with Nicolas Pepe to help the Ivorian forward feel more settled after his club record move from Lille.

Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira will be out of action for three months after undergoing surgery on his left knee, the Serie A champions said.

Marc Wilmots has left his role as coach of the Iran national team, just seven months after replacing Carlos Queiroz at the helm of the three-time Asian champions.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli says it may have been a combination of "arrogance and over-confidence" that caused his side's 2-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Scott McTominay has become virtually "undroppable" after the midfielder produced another dominant display in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Jose Mourinho's return to Old Trafford ended in defeat as Marcus Rashford scored twice for Manchester United in a deserved 2-1 Premier League victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

Liverpool's bandwagon rolled on as they crushed Merseyside rivals Everton 5-2 at Anfield but Leicester City's pursuit continued with a seventh successive Premier League victory to stay eight points behind on Wednesday.

Italian gamer David Tonizza won the esports F1 Pro Series for Ferrari on Wednesday, ensuring at least one championship trophy for the Italian team after another season of disappointment on the real racetrack.

Tammy Abraham scored a goal and set up another on his return from injury as Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday to put their Premier League campaign back on track after two straight defeats.

Frank Lampard said he was happy but wants more from his Chelsea side after they got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday to consolidate fourth spot in the Premier League.

Liverpool delivered a first-half masterclass to humiliate Everton at Anfield on Wednesday, surging into a 4-2 halftime lead and adding a late fifth to maintain their charge towards a first league title in 30 years.

Former England captain Bob Willis, who bowled his country to a famous Ashes test victory in 1981, has died aged 70 after a short illness, his family said on Wednesday.

For English cricket fans who witnessed Bob Willis's ferocious spell of fast bowling to win the third Ashes test at Headingley in 1981 it was an unforgettable and iconic sporting afternoon.

Jose Mourinho conceded his former club Manchester United had deserved their 2-1 Premier League victory over his new team Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday and hailed the performance of Marcus Rashford.

Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy struck for the seventh Premier League game in a row to help his rampant side to a 2-0 home win over basement club Watford on Wednesday, a seventh consecutive league victory that leaves them second in the table.

A superb Kylian Mbappe goal and a Neymar penalty helped Paris St Germain restore a five-point lead atop the Ligue 1 standings with a 2-0 home win over Nantes on Wednesday.

Russia's anti-doping chief has called for the dismissal of all national team athletics coaches and the creation of an international working group to help lift the suspension against the country's athletics federation, a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed.

Football needs uncertainty, the head of European soccer body UEFA said on Wednesday, as he criticised the way VAR technology had changed the character of football matches.

Kenya's three-time London Marathon champion, Mary Keitany, said on Wednesday she still has enough energy to win in major races including at the Olympic Games next year.

Kenya's David Rudisha, the twice Olympic 800 metres champion and world record holder who has been sidelined for 2-1/2 years due to injury, wants a title hat-trick at next year's Tokyo Games.

Moviegoers have been offered rolling seats, 3D glasses and even rain and smells in recent years as theater chains seek to fill seats.

The highly anticipated final chapter in the Skywalker film saga will feature a significant role for Princess Leia, the beloved "Star Wars" character played by late actress Carrie Fisher.

A showbiz decade marked by the emergence of the #MeToo movement, drama at Oscar time and a clutch of star-studded royal weddings is drawing to a close. Following are selected highlights.

Four years after wrapping up his second James Bond film, Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes is back, this time on the front lines of World War One in "1917," an ambitious drama inspired by his grandfather's experiences.

South Korean actor Cha In-ha was found dead in his home, police said on Wednesday, the country's third young celebrity to die over the past two months as concern mounted over the intense social pressures that artists face.

In the latest James Bond movie, "No Time to Die," Daniel Craig dons the famed tuxedo of the iconic British secret agent 007 for his fifth and final time.

Veteran British rockers The Who will play Cincinnati next year for the first time since 1979, when a stampede before a concert they were giving in the city killed 11 fans.

Newcomer Billie Eilish dominated Apple Music streams in 2019, scoring the top streamed album of the year with "When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?", Apple Music said on Tuesday.

South Korea's K-pop culture is one of the country's most lucrative soft power exports and has drawn a massive audience of young people internationally, especially in other Asian markets.

Hugh Grant is best known for playing the bumbling Englishman in romantic comedies so when the role of a cockney-accented private investigator in Guy Ritchie's new crime caper came up, the actor was a little hesitant to portray someone so different.

Braving perils from blood-sucking leeches to tigers and using transport as basic as elephants, scientists have journeyed like "Indiana Jones" to remote locations to collect wild cousins of crop seeds in a project to help tackle climate change.

Italian photographer Paolo Roversi took inspiration from William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" for the 2020 Pirelli calendar, which features Hollywood names such as Emma Watson and Kristen Stewart as well as transgender model and actor Indya Moore.

From the world's youngest self-made billionaire to celebrities in court, the world of entertainment produced a wide array of headlines this year. Below are some of the biggest showbiz stories of 2019.

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - Disney's "Frozen 2" stuffed the box office competition during Thanksgiving, generating $85.2 million over the weekend and a record-setting $123.7 million over the five-day holiday frame.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claimed on Friday that Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio financed fires being set in the Amazon rainforest, without presenting any evidence, the right-wing leader's latest broadside in casting blame over forest fires that have generated international concern.

The sequel to Walt Disney Co's 2013 hit animated musical "Frozen" is generating excitement among indigenous Sámi people in northern Europe, whose culture the movie has taken inspiration from.

A South Korean court sentenced a K-pop musician to six years in prison on Friday for raping a woman and distributing a video capturing the act in a case that drew attention to the darker side of the country's lucrative entertainment industry.

The apparent suicide of a second K-pop artist in a month has cast renewed focus in South Korea on vicious personal attacks and cyber bullying of vulnerable young stars, and how it mostly goes unpunished.

The Pussycat Dolls are reforming for a reunion tour kicking off in Dublin next year, the American girl band said on Thursday.

British actor John Boyega said on Wednesday that he left his copy of the closely-guarded script for the new "Star Wars" movie under his bed, and that it ended up for sale on eBay.

The former Super2 champion will make on off-season move from Kelly Racing to Matt Stone Racing, spearheading the Queensland team's expansion from one to two cars.That means a move back to Holden hardware for the first time since his 2015 second-tier campaign, Jacobson set to pilot a Triple Eight-built ZB Commodore after a number of years in Fords and Nissans.The 27-year-old is MSR's first ...Keep reading

Ferrari and Tonizza were debutants to the series this year, but they managed to win the opening two races to build an early championship advantage. Heading into the final three-race event in London, Tonizza led Red Bull’s Frederik Rasmussen by 26 points. Rasmussen dominated the opening two races at Suzuka and COTA to take a four-point lead in the championship and set up a title-deciding ...Keep reading

RCR announced this week that Alfredo will share driving duties in its No. 21 Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series next season with Myatt Snider. Alfredo, who has competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and in Trucks the last two seasons, will drive several races in the No. 21 in 2020. His schedule will be announced at a later date.Both Snider and Alfredo are students at UNC ...Keep reading

Braun, who helped CORE autosport come close to toppling the might of Action Express Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Prototype division in 2018, has a total of 10 IMSA race wins and two American Le Mans Series LMPC-class titles.The 31-year-old Texan said: "I’m super excited to join Henrik and Ben at DragonSpeed. I’ve known [team principal] Elton [Julian] for a long ...Keep reading

The most notable change is the promotion of crew chief Mike Shiplett to the No. 41 team from its Xfinity Series program. SHR already announced Xfinity driver Cole Custer would move to the No. 41 next season and now his crew chief will come with him.Custer and Shiplett amassed a career-high seven wins and six poles with a runner-up finish in the championship standings in 2019. Crew chiefs ...Keep reading

A letter to the FIA from Red Bul chief engineer Paul Monaghan sent on October 22nd triggered the first of what became a series of technical directives distributed to all the teams, and which are intended to close any potential loopholes and ensure that there's a standard interpretation of the regulations.Just before the start of the Abu Dhabi GP, a routine check of declared fuel loads, based ...Keep reading

Williams race driver Russell took over the Mercedes from Valtteri Bottas for the second day of the Yas Marina test, and outpaced Leclerc by two tenths of a second.The F1 rookie, who has been a Mercedes protege for several years, lapped a tenth slower than Bottas's Tuesday benchmark – but Mercedes had insisted during the grand prix weekend that Russell's latest test was not a direct ...Keep reading

The superlicence system was introduced for the 2015 F1 season, partly in reaction to a 17-year-old Max Verstappen securing a race seat at Toro Rosso.The system offered a table of points awarded for finishing positions in a number of major championships and mandated F1 drivers must be at least 18 years of age and have competed in two seasons of junior single-seaters before obtaining the ...Keep reading

Hamilton's Mercedes contract will expire at the end of next season, and was strongly linked with Ferrari across the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend having allegedly met with Ferrari chairman John Elkann this year.Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto also added he was "happy" that Hamilton was available for 2021, although Hamilton has previously mentioned that he would like to extend his stay at ...Keep reading

It’s hard to believe the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season was only Derani’s second full campaign in the series, given his impressive record of success in America’s classic sportscar races.In just his second start for the Action Express Racing squad, the Brazilian scored his third victory at Sebring in four attempts – putting him on par with the likes of Phil Hill ...Keep reading

Wolff joined Mercedes in 2013 and in his role as CEO and team principal has guided the works team to unprecedented success, with Mercedes winning six consecutive title doubles since 2014.He has been linked with a move to help run F1, but suggested after the Abu Dhabi season finale that he would like to remain with Mercedes."There's so many factors one needs to consider in your career," ...Keep reading

The move marks Ticktum's first full-time campaign since he was dropped by the Red Bull scheme and lost his Super Formula seat in June, later undertaking two rounds of the Formula Regional European Championship.Ticktum recently stated that there is interest from multiple F1 teams about a junior programme role and added he could quit motorsport should the door be closed on a move to ...Keep reading

The Italian outfit was fined 50,000 Euros in Abu Dhabi after FIA checks found there was 4.88kg more fuel in the car than had been declared by the team.But despite having checked its figures again this week in light of the affair, Ferrari remains at a loss to explain why the FIA's fuel weight figure is so far out from its own calculation of what was in the car.The procedure regarding the ...Keep reading

The announcement follows the news last month that Peugeot will return to the top flight of sportscar racing in 2022 with a hybrid-powered contender with which it will bid for a fourth victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.Rebellion's current LMP1 programme will be merged into Peugeot Sport's operation based in Satory near Paris, where the 908 HDi FAP programme was run from 2007 until the French ...Keep reading

Citroen Racing has told Motorsport.com it won't run the cars itself - the Versailles team's only rally commitment moving forward is with its customer programme C3 R5-class car - but there's nothing to stop the World Rally Cars being used by private teams.Citroen team principal Pierre Budar said: "[To see the cars compete next year] the most likely option is for the cars to be sold or run by a ...Keep reading

Dovizioso joined Ducati in 2013, and after scoring his first podium for the Bologna marque until in 2015, he has established himself as runner-up in the championship and Marc Marquez’s closest rival for the last three seasons.Aprilia finished last in this year’s manufacturers’ standings, with Espargaro 14th in the riders’ table having managed just five top 10 finishes this ...Keep reading

The Italian team started pre-season testing strongly but that did not translate into results at the start of the year, and it had to wait until the Belgian Grand Prix – after F1's summer break – for its first win.It eventually scored just three victories, despite claiming pole nine pole positions, and was comfortably defeated by Mercedes in the drivers' and constructors' ...Keep reading

The Dutch track will return to the Formula 1 calendar next year, and a banking will be created for the final corner in an attempt to boost the chances of overtaking at the end of the straight.The Arie Luyendyk corner will be angled at 32 percent - the equivalent of 18 degrees - which is steeper than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway banking.Erik Weijers, the Dutch GP's head of operations ...Keep reading

Vips, who made his series debut at the same circuit in October, finished second-fastest in the morning session, before suffering a crash at the first Degner in the afternoon.However, the Mugen driver was able to return to the track later to set a time of 1m36.215s, which would remain unbeaten after two red flags were deployed in quick succession in the dying stages of the session.The first ...Keep reading

As first reported by Motorsport.com, Kostecki will effectively replace the now-retired Luke Youlden in the four-driver Erebus line-up.But it won't quite be a straight swap, Brown, who has raced alongside De Pasquale for the past two enduro seasons, moving across to the team's lead #9 entry.Kostecki, who debuted at this year's enduros in a family-run wildcard with cousin Jake Kostecki, will ...Keep reading

Lajoie has re-signed with Go Fas and will pilot the No. 32 Ford Mustang for the second consecutive season.In 2019, he placed 29th in the standings and scored two top ten finishes -- a sixth in the July Daytona race and a seventh in the fall Talladega race."I'm really happy that we were able to work it out so I'm able to drive the No.32 Mustang in 2020. This group is a lot of fun to go to ...Keep reading

As flagged by Motorsport.com yesterday, Premat has been in contact with other teams about a 2020 enduro drive since winning this year's Bathurst 1000 alongside Scott McLaughlin.The Frenchman's exit from the Penske squad has now been confirmed, the team also announcing that it has snapped up outgoing Brad Jones Racing full-timer Tim Slade as Premat's replacement.As expected Tony D'Alberto ...Keep reading

The annual NASCAR Cup Series awards show and its surrounding activities moved to Nashville this year from Las Vegas and WWE hosted its live “Raw” show in town on Monday night, three days before the Cup Series event.Sitting on the front row were Busch, his wife, Samantha, and the couple’s 4-year-old son, Brexton.During a segment when wrestler R-Truth (Ron Killings of Charlotte, N.C.) ...Keep reading

"Tickets worth Rupees 52,36,000 were unsold. Why all the tickets were not sold-out? DDCA started online ticket sale quite late that too without proper advertisement," Khanna claimed in a media release.

Axar Patel has become the highest placed India bowler in the latest ICC ODI rankings after breaking into the top-10 bowler's list while legspinner Amit Mishra has vaulted 25 places to enter the top-20.

TOI Sports runs the rule over the performers for India during their 3-2 ODI series win over New Zealand. A report card on the players who featured in India's first ODI series win at home in two years, over NZ across five matches.

Mishra didn't mince words when asked about the frustration of having to sit out, but added that coach Anil Kumble's tips had helped him tide over the low phase.

India completed a 3-2 series win over New Zealand by beating them in the decider at Vizag by 190 runs. Here we look at the several passages of play that stood out during the match.

Amit Mishra finished with 5/18, his second ODI five-wicket haul as India beat New Zealand by a whopping 190 runs at Visakhapatnam to clinch the five match ODI series 3-2. Mishra was named both Man of the Match and the Player of the series.

Dhoni lavished praise on his bowlers for the resounding series-clinching win over New Zealand in the fifth and final ODI, describing the effort as "one of the best performances by the bowlers".

"His (Anil Kumble) mental support is the biggest thing for me. I sat out for the entire Test series but he supported me mentally and told me "don't worry, your time will come"," leg-spinner Amit Mishra said.

Bruised and battered by India after being bundled out for a meagre 79 while chasing 270 in the series-deciding fifth and final ODI, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson today termed the performance of his batting department as "frustrating".

The New Zealanders, after being thrashed in the three-match Test series, were expected to put up a much improved show in the One-dayers – a format which they have done well in over the years.

Dhoni faced the conventional white ball and practised his trademark shots in a lengthy session at the nets. The series poised at 2-2, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli stayed away from the nets.

"I think the guys are pretty excited to do what no other NZ side has ever done before - come over here and win a one-day series. The excitement in the group is very high," Tim Southee said on the eve of the series decider.

​​Jadhav, who's playing in place of an indisposed Suresh Raina, bowled for the first time in international cricket when MS Dhoni gave him the ball ahead of the regular spin duo of Axar Patel and Amit Mishra on a seaming Dharamsala track in the first one-dayer.

After scores of 0, 12, 7* and 3, MS Dhoni was sent up the order to No. 3 against Pakistan and proceed to smash 148 off 123 balls with 15 fours and four sixes, setting the platform for India's 356/9 at Visakhapatnam in April 2005.

With conditions overcast, the last thing India would want is a wash-out. Despite weakening, cyclone Kyant, there's forecast of localised downpours as both the teams will keep their fingers crossed.

"Batting down the order is one of the toughest things to do. You don't get a (ready-made) player who's complete, who bats at No.5, 6 or 7, all the time," skipper MS Dhoni said.

Sourav Ganguly insisted that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should stick to batting at No 4 which will enable him and Virat Kohli could play the finishers' role. The former Indian captain however said India were not becoming too much over dependent on Kohli.

Eyeing a historic bilateral ODI series win in India, New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said they are hungry to win the five-match series decider on Saturday and make up for the 0-3 whitewash in Tests. "You don't often win series away from home especially in the sub-continent," Taylor said.

India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the job of a finisher is one of the toughest and it is difficult to find a 'complete' player who is adept at batting in lower order and take the team through when the chips are down.

A look at the major talking points from the fourth ODI between India and New Zealand played at Ranchi's JSCA International Stadium on Wednesday where the hosts went down by 19 runs allowing the Kiwis to level the series 2-2

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Samoa on Thursday closed all non-essential public and private services for two days to combat a measles epidemic that has killed more than 60 people, mostly babies and children, in a battle complicated by a vocal anti-vaccination movement.

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Wednesday dementia patients taking its drug Nuplazid were nearly three times less prone to a psychotic relapse than those on placebo.

U.S. hospital groups have challenged the Trump administration's rule that requires them to be more transparent about prices they charge patients for healthcare services, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

(Reuters Health) - The first field trial of a new typhoid vaccine that can be used in young children provides protection for 81.6% of recipients, opening the door to better control of a disease that affects 11 million people each year and kills roughly 117,000.

At an invitation-only gathering late last year, U.S. regulators and their guests huddled at a hotel near Washington, D.C., to discuss the best way to detect cancer-causing asbestos in talc powders and cosmetics.

(Reuters Health) - Children who eat between meals may be getting fruits and other elements of a healthy diet that they would not otherwise eat, a small study of kids' diet quality suggests.

The Canadian provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador said on Wednesday they would not allow the sale of cannabis vapes, just weeks before the start of marijuana derivatives sales, as concerns linger about a possible connection between the vaping products and severe lung disease

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to weaken a rule on coal plant pollution fails to consider billions of dollars in health benefits for Americans, economists from universities including Harvard and Yale said on Wednesday.

(Reuters Health) - In a first, U.S. researchers have developed an experimental, once-a-month contraceptive pill aimed at improving the effectiveness of daily oral contraceptives, which many women forget to take, the team reported on Wednesday.

(Reuters Health) - Ultraviolet sanitizing devices could be stationed around hospitals to help prevent the spread of bacteria on workers' devices like smartphones, a small Canadian study suggests.

(Reuters Health) - Special ambulances that carry equipment to treat stroke on the spot make a difference even when there are lots of hospitals nearby, a new study suggests.

Global reinsurers are stepping up their warnings to life insurer clients about the potential risks of vaping, putting pressure on underwriters to charge certain vapers higher rates than smokers, or even exclude them altogether.

India's drugs regulator has asked all states to enforce a court directive prohibiting online medicine sales, a senior government official said on Wednesday, raising industry concerns it could disrupt some online businesses.

Fiji has asked its sports federations to postpone all competitions until January, in a bid to rein in the spread of a measles outbreak that has killed dozens in the neighboring Pacific nation of Samoa.

Roche's Tecentriq immunotherapy mixed with chemotherapy won U.S. approval as an initial treatment for a form of lung cancer as the Swiss drugmaker seeks to establish its alternative to drugs from Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday that recent tests showed that Johnson's Baby Powder was free of asbestos, after U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigations reported trace amounts of the material in the product earlier this year.

Local governments in regions hard hit by the U.S. opioid epidemic have opted out of massive litigation taking aim at the drug industry over the crisis, potentially weakening a novel legal mechanism created to help settle thousands of lawsuits.

Malaria still infects millions of people every year and kills more than 400,000 - mostly children in Africa - because the fight against the mosquito-borne disease has stalled, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

(Reuters Health) - Doctors on Long Island say two migrant children showed up at their hospital in seriously ill condition at least in part because their asthma medication had been taken away by immigration authorities at the southern border.

(Reuters Health) - A growing number of U.S. women understand that breast density can impact cancer risk, but a new study suggests this isn't prompting more patients to discuss the issue with their doctors.

For quite some time now, there has been a debate over the ever-increasing age gap between male and female actors paired opposite each other. Sonakshi Sinha who has been paired opposite senior actors like Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan in several films said that she would not be comfortable to be cast opposite a 22-year-old when she is 50.

Sonakshi Sinha says she would feel odd romancing a 22-year-old guy when she is 50

Sonakshi Sinha was talking to a news agency about how older male stars consistently feature opposite much younger female actors. When asked about the increasing age gap between male and female stars, Sonakshi asked if it would be better to see Madhuri Dixit romancing Ishaan Khatter?  The actress said Madhuri romancing Ishaan would be 'a bit odd'.

When asked why it is not odd for  Salman Khan to romance a 21-year-old, but it is odd when Madhuri Dixit romances a younger actor, the actress said that one should ask Salman as to what he eats or does to keep looking so young and keep romancing the younger girls with every film.

Sonakshi Sinha said that she has not given much thought about the age gap, as it a job for her. The Dabangg actress credited Salman Khan for sustaining a career for so long in the industry and still working with as much gusto as he did initially.

When asked why people are not accepting women doing the same thing, Sonakshi said that if she was 50, she would feel odd romancing a guy who's 22-years-old.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Sonakshi Sinha is gearing up for the release of Dabangg 3 in which she is paired opposite Salman Khan. The film directed by Prabhu Deva is slated to hit the theatres on December 20.

Also Read: Sonakshi Sinha kick-starts day 1 of Dabangg 3 promotions in style as she brings out the Bohemian diva in her!

The team of the upcoming film Panipat is busy promoting the film. As the film nears its release date, Ashutosh Gowariker who directed the film said that it is the first time he got his first choice of cast.

Panipat: Ashutosh Gowariker says Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt were his first choice for the film

In an interview with a daily newspaper, Ashutosh Gowariker said that Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, and Sanjay Dutt were his first choice for the film. The filmmaker further said that when you get your first choice it cuts down on the waiting period because when you do not get the first choice, the story needs to be pitched to someone else and then it’s a long wait.

Arjun Kapoor plays the character of Sadashiv Rao in Panipat. Gowariker said that he was looking for someone with a big built for the role and someone who can make people believe that he has great force and strength.

On the other hand, Kriti will be seen portraying Sadashiv Rao’s wife Parvatibai. Gowariker said that Kriti looked like a Maharashtrian and said that she is a detailed actress. As for Sanjay Dutt, Ashutosh Gowariker said that he is someone who has gone into another league, and sometimes, just his presence is enough.

The filmmaker said that the three actors immediately green-lighted the project when they were made the offer. Gowariker believes that as a writer or director, he can create only 50% of a character; it is the blend of his character sketch and the persona of the actor that finally comes alive on screen.

The story of Panipat revolves around the third battle of Panipat and is slated to hit the theatres on December 6.

Also Read: Sanjay Dutt’s armour in Panipat weighed a massive 25 kilos 

Rani Mukerji plays a super-cop and a super-achiever in Mardaani 2 and the film, in its own way, is a commentary on how women are making it big in a man’s world despite all the challenges. Women form a sizeable pie of today India’s workforce and they are running the show across many fields of work. Rani will be saluting some of these independent, self-made women during the course of the Mardaani 2 campaign.

Rani Mukerji to met and celebrate real-life women achievers and put their inspiring stories out to people

“Women have fought stereotyping, fought gender-bias, fought societal pressure to earn their place under the sun. Today, women are leading the change in our country and making India grow progressively. I’m looking forward to meeting and celebrating some of these brilliant women who have become a shining example of inspiration to their community at large,” says Rani.

“Women form the backbone of our society and we need to celebrate the work they are doing so that it inspires many others. For us to achieve parity in society, it is imperative that women continue to march forward. To me, all women are super achievers because they do so much every single day and mostly without support or platforms or access. They are the real heroes of our society and it will be our honour and endeavour to bring out as many stories of such incredible women who are changing their communities,” she adds.

Rani Mukerji’s Mardaani 2 trailer has gripped the nation with his brilliant storyline. The edge-of-the-seat thriller will see Rani in a race against time to capture a brutal serial rapist who systematically targets women. Mardaani 2 focusses on the rise in violent crimes by juveniles in India and has definitely sparked a conversation on the threat this poses on young girls.

Rani is reprising the role of the fearless and committed Superintendent of Police, Shivani Shivaji Roy in Mardaani 2. She had delivered a knock-out performance in the superhit and hugely acclaimed prequel, Mardaani, in which she took on the kingpin of a child trafficking racket. In Mardaani 2, Rani has been pitted against a very young yet dangerous villain who can be called pure evil.

Produced by Aditya Chopra, Mardaani 2 will be Rani’s next release which is set to hit theatres on 13th December.

ALSO READ: Mardaani 2: “It is a film for both men and women. It will give perspective to men as to where is the limit,” says Rani Mukerji

Veteran Bollywood actress Asha Parekh, who charmed the audience during the 70s, recently released her memoir. In an interview with a news agency, the actress spoke about the memoir and about her love for yesteryear filmmaker Nasir Hussain.

Asha Parekh opens up about her love for Nasir Hussain and why she did not get married

Asha Parekh said that Nasir Hussain is the only man she loved and was enamoured by him. However, she said that it was not meant to be. The actress said that it would have been worthless to write an autobiography if she did not write about the people who mattered in my life.

Asha Parekh has never shied away from talking about her love for Nasir Hussain. She collaborated with the filmmaker for the 1959 film Dil Dekhe Dekho. In a recent interview, Asha said that her decision to not marry was the best decision of her life. Furthermore, she even revealed the reason she didn't marry by saying that she was in love with a married man and as she didn't want to break anyone's home, she opted for this option.

Meanwhile, in her memoir, Asha Parekh revealed that she did not see Nasir Hussain during the last year of his life as he became a reclusive person.

Also Read: Here’s how Asha Parekh got Dharmendra to quit drinking

American singer Halsey is set to begin 2020 with the release of her third studio album, 'Manic'. It is one of the anticipated albums of the year and she has released some of the EPs this year. On Tuesday, the 25-year-old singer shared the tracklist of her upcoming album and it has some major collaborations.

Halsey reveals her album Manic track list and it includes collaborations with Alanis Morissette and BTS' Suga

Halsey took to Twitter and shared a time-lapse video where she is sketching out the tracklist on an artsy sketchbook. The 16 track album includes her most famous single Without Me and latest release Graveyard. But, there are collaborations and interludes from music producer Min Yoongi aka Suga of the South Korean group BTS, Alanis, and Dominic aka Yungblud, her ex-boyfriend.

The track list includes:

Ashley "Clementine" “Graveyard” “You Should Be Sad” “Forever… (Is a Long Time)” “Dominic’s Interlude” “I Hate Everybody” “3 AM” “Without Me” “Finally // Beautiful Stranger” Alanis’ Interlude “Killing Boys” “Suga’s Interlude” “More” “Still Learning” “929”

'Manic', Halsey's third studio album will release on January 17, 2020.

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Akshay Kumar’s Gold had surely left a mark on the audience and had garnered a huge amount of appreciation from the critics as well. Gold was based on the Indian Hockey Team winning the first World Cup after independence. Akshay Kumar portrays the role of a coach and the film also stars Sunny Kaushal, Mouni Roy, and Amit Sadh in pivotal roles among the others.

Akshay Kumar starrer Gold to release in China on December 13!

While the film won hearts all across the nation, China is all set to release the Akshay Kumar starrer in their country on December 13, 2019. As proud a moment this is for us, the star cast cannot keep calm and Sunny Kaushal took to his Instagram to share a picture of the Chinese poster of the film.

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GOLD releasing in China on 13th December, 2019! @akshaykumar @excelmovies @reemakagti1 @faroutakhtar @ritesh_sid @imouniroy @kunalkkapoor @theamitsadh @itsvineetsingh @soulfulsachin @jigarsaraiya @nikifying @ZeeStudiosInt @Vibzz80

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Heartiest congratulations to the team!

Also Read: WE BROKE IT FIRST! Akshay Kumar announces Bhumi Pednekar in and as Durgavati

Vidyut Jammwal starrer Commando 3 has been faring well at the box office and has also garnered a lot of appreciation from the fans. Vidyut’s character, Karan Singh Dogra has been quite the audience’s favourite since the first instalment. The actor does his own stunts and it happens to be one of the reasons why the fans go gaga over him.

Commando 3 star Vidyut Jammwal talks about being a game changer in the action genre

Speaking of his love for action, he says that he entered the industry just to make it big in the genre and is aware that he will require acceptance from the audience to do that. He further said that he wants more opportunities to achieve the goal that he has set for himself and is thoroughly grateful for the love and appreciation of the audience.

Vidyut Jammwal spoke further about his film and is currently basking in the success of the same. He said that the audience loves the Commando franchise even more with every outing and he couldn’t be more blessed to have it. They’re hoping to come up with something bigger and better with the next instalment.

Also Read: Vidyut Jammwal begins shooting for Khuda Haafiz in Uzbekistan

Akshay Kumar is currently gearing up for his fourth release of the year. Good Newwz also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh, and Kiara Advani. The film is directed by debutant Raj Mehta. Akshay Kumar has worked with several first-time directors and Raj Mehta is his 21st. Recently, at the trailer launch of Good Newwz, the actor said that he works with new directors because the big directors are not taking him in their films.

Akshay Kumar reveals why he works with new directors

Akshay spoke about this after Karan Johar, who is co-producing Good Newwz said that he was a star who had worked with many debutant directors. Akshay Kumar further said, "When big people don't take you (in their films), you have to start your own journey. If you don't get a job in a big publication, you will go through a smaller one. From there you jump. You cannot just sit at home and wonder why people don't take me (in their films) despite me being so capable."

When asked if there was a time when big directors were only interested in working with the Khans, Akshay replied, "They (big directors) went to the people who deserved. You see, it's not that only the Khans were around. There were the Kapoors and the others. I presume I didn't deserve it, so I earned it my way."

However, Akshay Kumar has been part of projects which were produced by big banners including Dharma and Yash Raj Films. “I still don't have big directors (directing me). They are producing films with me, but they are not directing. Mr. Karan Johar is there, you should ask him. You should ask Adi Chopra," he said.

Sharing his experience of working with newcomer directors, the superstar further said, "Raj is my 21st new director. I also feel their greed to do good work is far more than many old directors. For them, it is a do or die situation, because (they think) if the film doesn't work, then they are finished."

Meanwhile, Good Newwz which revolves around the subject of IVF is slated to hit the theatres on December 27.

Also Read: Prithviraj: Akshay Kumar starrer to have 35 sets mounted across Maharashtra and Rajasthan 

Anushka Sharma has never been the one to sit quietly and has never shied away from speaking on the pressing matters or social issues. While half of the trolls on social media have been spewing hate on Twitter and Instagram, Anushka Sharma came up with a nice concept to combat it.

Anushka Sharma’s latest campaign on Twitter urges the netizens to post happy tweets

She has been urging her fans to tweet happy moments of their lives under the hashtag, #HappyTweets. This campaign is quite impressive since the fans have been pouring in with their best moments. The actress, who has been spearheading a digital revolution to spread happiness and highlighting acts of goodness across the digital universe through her breakthrough digital initiative #LoveAndLightProject, has associated with Twitter to encourage dialogue focusing on responsible conversations that are kind and spread positivity and inclusivity, reminding people about the power of connection. Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) launched the campaign with Twitter’s customised #HappyTweets x #LoveAndLight emoji and also a Tweet thread involving people to highlight all things that make them smile with the hashtag #HappyTweets. Some of the best #HappyTweets shared by audiences would be featured in the actress’ next #HappyTweets video.

Sharma had posted her first #HappyTweets video earlier in August this year, where she had shared some joy-filled, loving Tweets by various people on the platform. As part of the campaign, she will be posting similar videos, where she will read out some of her favorite #HappyTweets shared by people on Twitter.

Speaking about the partnership, Anushka Sharma said, “Love and Light Project is aimed at spreading all things good on the internet. From highlighting goodness, to acts of kindness, to spreading happiness, to appreciating and accepting each other and promoting inclusivity, to creative collaborations, this project is looking to touch the lives of internet users through all things positive, uplifting, inspiring and humane.”

She adds, “Platforms like Twitter have tremendous potential to tap into the inherent goodness of humankind and bring across social change, as well as the power to generate conversations that impact human thought and behaviour. I’m delighted that Twitter has partnered with Love and Light Project to spread internet positivity. The emoji that is being launched by me stands for the undying human spirit of goodness and is a call to action for all internet users to use social media to bring the world closer, unite rather than divide and facilitate an exchange of thoughts, beliefs, cultures and ideas through collaborations. I have always believed that through positivity and positive affirmations, the world will be a better place and our collaboration intends to bring focus to this constructive philosophy of life.”

Well, it surely is one of the best initiatives we’ve come across. Let us know what you think about Anushka’s #HappyTweets.

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After being away from the country for 11 long months due to his ailment, Rishi Kapoor and wife Neetu Kapoor returned to Mumbai in September. As announced earlier, Rishi Kapoor had shot for Hitesh Bhatia’s untitled next partially before heh ad to leave for New York for his treatment. After his return, he had said that he will take a little break, connect with his roots again, and settle himself with the Indian Standard Time before he started work again.

Rishi Kapoor to return to sets for Hitesh Bhatia’s untitled next on THIS date

Now, it has been reported that Rishi Kapoor will join the sets of this untitled film as it goes on floors tomorrow. Even though some of the scenes were already shot for this film, they will start shooting for it from scratch. The film will be shot extensively in Mumbai and Delhi. The film is still in the pre-production stage and the Delhi schedule with last close to a month and will commence in January 2020.

Rishi Kapoor will next be seen in The Body with Emraan Hashmi and Sobhita Dhulipala.

Also Read: Emraan Hashmi perceived Rishi Kapoor as an angry person before working with him

The Bollywood wedding of the year 2020 is happening. Yes, Ranbir and Alia will tie the knot “most definitely” next year, probably in the winter season. “By that time both of them hope to clear all their pending assignments. Ranbir and Alia have decided to take at least a month off for their wedding. And for that to happen they need to complete their underproduction films,” says an informed source.

Alia Bhatt - Ranbir Kapoor wedding in winter 2020?

Ranbir is busy with Yash Raj films Shamshera. Alia has various films on the floor including her father Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2 and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi. Says the source, “Ranbir can clear the decks for the wedding sooner rather than later. Alia is far busier of the two. They will wait until November-December 2020 for their wedding,” says the source.

The wedding is most likely to happen outside India to avoid unwanted attention. Alia and Ranbir have been dating each other since they began working together in Brahmastra. It is believed that director Ayan Mukerjee who was Katrina’s close buddy when she fell in love with Ranbir, played cupid between Alia and Ranbir also.

Also Read: Brahmastra: Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt shoot in a snow-clad Manali

Nargis Fakhri made her debut in Bollywood with Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Even though she made her debut after Imtiaz Ali discovered her on a Kingfisher’s calendar, she has been modelling since she was 16. While she’s come a long way from where she started, in a tête-à-tête with an ex-adult star, Brittni De La Mora, she revealed how she refused to pose nude for Playboy Magazine.

Despite a fat pay check, Nargis Fakhri refused to do a nude photoshoot for Playboy Magazine

The actress has earlier expressed how uncomfortable she gets when it comes to performing passionate scenes or showing too much skin on screen. Recalling the incident, she said that she was modelling when the Playboy College Edition magazine had shortlisted her for a photoshoot. Her agent had spoken to her about it and wanted to know what she thought about it, even though it was a fat paycheck and a huge brand, she refused to be a part of it.

She further expressed that she’s comfortable with Bollywood because there’s not as much skin-show as compared to Hollywood as she has her own reservations about performing bold scenes on camera.

Also Read: Nargis Fakhri shares her journey of losing 20kgs by posting this ‘Before-After’ photo

Kartik Aaryan, aka the Punchnama baby, has been a heartthrob since his debut in Luv Ranjan’s Pyaar Ka Punchama. The actor is especially known for his kick-ass and relatable monologues that manage to leave the audience applauding every single time. All set to be seen as Chintu Tyagi in Pati Patni Aur Woh with Ananya Panday and Bhumi Pednekar, Kartik Aaryan has become the first Indian actor to have an Instagram filter!

WOAH! Kartik Aaryan becomes to first Indian actor to get his own Instagram filter

The latest filter has the song ‘Akhiyon Se Goli Maare’ from Pati Patni Aur Woh playing in the background while heart-shaped sunglasses appear with Chintu Tyagi written on them along with his moustache. Kartik took to his Instagram to share a video of it and the fans have gone berserk over it. According to the sources, Kartik was approached by the website for the same. He wanted it to be perfect and hence the team has worked on it for over a month now.

Way to go, Kartik! Kartik Aaryan has quite the lineup of films apart from Pati Patni Aur Woh. He will also be seen in Imtiaz Ali's Aaj Kal, Karan Johar’s Dostana 2, and Anees Bazmee’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.

Also Read: Kartik Aaryan seeks out help from his Pati Patni Aur Woh co-star Ananya Panday for THIS!

After having wrapped up the shoot of Kabir Khan's '83, Ranveer Singh is all set to start shooting for his upcoming film Jayeshbhai  Jordaar.

Ranveer  Singh starrer Jayeshbai Jordaar goes on floors

We had earlier reported that the film will be going on floors in November and will be shot in Gujarat and Mumbai. The makers have now started shooting for the film. Though the makers are yet to make a formal announcement about the leading actress of the film, it is reported that Shalini Pandey, who played the lead actress in the Telugu film Arjun Reddy has been cast opposite Ranveer Singh.

Talking about the project, Ranveer Singh had earlier said that the film is a miracle script. He said that the sheer brilliance of the writing compelled him to immediately green-light this project.

The film will be backed by Maneesh Sharma, who made his directorial debut in Ranveer Singh's first Hindi film, Band Baaja Baraat in 2010. The film is written and directed by debutant filmmaker Divyang Thakkar,

Meanwhile, Ranveer Singh will soon be seen on the big screen playing the role of ace skipper Kapil Dev in the Kabir Khan directorial. Apart from ‘83, Ranveer will also be seen in Karan Johar's magnum opus, Takht.

Also Read: Karan Johar locks 170 day schedule for multistarrer Takht

Kiara Advani is gearing up for the release of the film Good Newwz. The film also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Akshay Kumar, and Diljit Dosanjh. The actress, who made her debut in the year 2014 with the film Fugly, currently has several films in her kitty.

Kiara Advani says she knows people blame Karan Johar for nepotism, but has given wonderful opportunities as well

In an interview with a magazine, Kiara Advani while talking about Karan Johar said that it is motivating to have someone who believes in you and your talent. The actress is aware that he is blamed for nepotism in the industry, but to those of like Kiara on the periphery, he has given such wonderful opportunities.

Kiara Advani has also worked in South Indian films. The actress said that she has managed to create fan base there. She said that at the end of the day, you do everything for the audience. Kiara said that when she finds fans waiting for them after a shoot, just so that actors look them into the eye and shake their hands, she feels like she owes them so much. The actress hopes to do one South Indian film a year.

Meanwhile, Kiara Advani has a variety of films lined up. She will be seen in Laxxmi Bomb with Akshay Kumar, Bhool Bhulaiayaa 2 with Kartik Aaryan, Shershaah with Sidharth Malhotra and an untitled film with Varun Dhawan and Bhumi Pednekar. Kiara Advani's upcoming film Good Newwz is all set to release on December 27.

Also Read: Kiara Advani has a surprise visitor on the sets as she shoots for Indoo Ki Jawani

Earlier today, Excel Entertainment announced their next film which is a biopic based on the life of the great Indian Mathematician Vashistha Narayan Singh directed by Neeraj Pathak at a press conference in Patna.

Excel Entertainment announces their next movie, a biopic on Indian Mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh

Neeraj Pathak attended the special press conference along with Vashistha Narayan Singh’s family members - Harishchandra Singh, Mukesh Singh, Shiv Mangal Ji, Rakesh Singh, Mithilesh Singh.

This great mathematician Vashistha Narayan Singh is known for his wonders which had challenged Einstien's Theory of relativity. Vashishtha Narayan was really fond of reading books and spending his maximum time reading them.

He passed away at the age of 74 due to a prolonged illness.

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A while back we had reported that Sunny Singh would be seen in the Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar, Ananya Panday starrer Pati Patni Aur Woh. In fact, we were the first not only to reveal this detail but also give you a sneak peek at Sunny’s look in the film. Well, now we have managed to get our hands on some more details of his character in the film.

Here’s the role Sunny Singh plays in Pati Patni Aur Woh

As per our well-placed sources, Sunny Singh will be seen playing Bhumi Pednekar’s character’s close relative or friend. Commenting on the same our source says, “Sunny’s character in Pati Patni Aur Woh is someone who is very close to Bhumi’s character. It could either be a family relative or a close friend, who provides Bhumi support when needed. But it isn’t just that, Sunny’s character is also a partner in crime for Bhumi in the film, much like Anil Kapoor’s role in Biwi No. 1, where he played Salman Khan’s best friend.”

Prod the source for more details and he adds, “Given that Sunny’s role is like Anil’s in Biwi No. 1, there could well be a chance where his character helps Kartik Aaryan win Bhumi back. Also, there is a song sequence in the film is based on the relation between Sunny Singh and Bhumi Pednekar. This sequence will detail their bond.”Well, after hearing this we just can’t wait to watch the film.

As for the movie, Pati Patni Aur Woh, is directed by Mudassar Aziz and is slated to release on December 6.

Also Read: EXCLUSIVE LOOK: Here’s the first glimpse of Sunny Singh in Kartik Aaryan starrer Pati Patni Aur Woh

International artist Khalid will be performing in India for the very first in April next year. The singer, Tuesday, took to Twitter to announce nine Asia dates as part of his world tour – ‘Khalid Free Spirit World Tour’.

Grammy nominated American artist Khalid to perform in India in 2020

The Grammy-nominated singer will perform in Mumbai on April 12, 2020, and in Bengaluru on April 14, 2020. "This is going to be my first time in India wowowow thank u guys!!!!," he wrote on Twitter.

Besides India, the other tour dates include Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, and Seoul.

see you there, Asia ????✌???? pic.twitter.com/UISCSnYB6z

— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) December 3, 2019

this is going to be my first time in India wowowow thank u guys!!!!

— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) December 3, 2019

After no release in 2019, Fatima Sana Shaikh is gearing for a packed 2020. The actress has a couple of releases next year and many projects in the pipeline. She might be collaborating with Karan Johar soon.

Fatima Sana Shaikh to star in Karan Johar's short film?

Rumours are rife that Fatima Sana Shaikh will star in Karan Johar's short film. Karan Johar started Dharmatic which will curate a lot of digital content. Shashank Khaitan, who previously directed Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania, might direct it.  While the filmmaker and the actress are yet to confirm the collaboration, this would surely begin her journey in Karan Johar's camp.

Having wrapped a schedule of Anurag Basu's next in Bhopal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has been extremely excited to mark her first collaboration with Anurag Basu and Rajkummar Rao. She will next star alongside Saif Ali Khan and Ali Fazal in horror-comedy Bhoot Police.

ALSO READ: Fatima Sana Shaikh reveals her father helps her out with beauty hacks and home remedies

Rani Mukerji is currently gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Mardaani 2. In the film, Rani's character superintendent of Police Shivani Shivaji Roy is set out to nab a serial rapist who tortures, rapes and brutally murders young women. In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Rani Mukerji spoke about the message the film imparts and how it aims to inform and educate people.

Mardaani 2:"It is a film for both men and women. It will give perspective to men as to where is the limit,” says Rani Mukerji

Talking about the topic of the film and why it is important, Rani said, "I think it is very nice that through a film medium, an entertainment medium, you are also saying a very important thing to the audience, for the men especially; the country that we are staying in today. The Nirbhaya case happened; I think women and men react in the same way. They are both angry, they are both disgusted, and they are both shocked that human form can take the face of a demon. And that's what we are showing in Mardaani 2.

She further said, “ It is a film for both men and women, where sometimes men cross lines with women, thinking this is the only thing I did how come she reacted like that. It will give perspective to men as to where be the limit, where they shouldn't even do what they are doing because slow and steady makes them monsters. Because without them knowing they would have committed certain things in their heads thinking that it is not a big deal. So it is important to tell such men that it is not okay and for women how important these things are."

Mardaani 2 focusses on the rise of violent crimes by juveniles in India and has definitely sparked a conversation on the threat it poses to young girls. Rani Mukerji had delivered a knock-out performance in the super hit and hugely acclaimed prequel, Mardaani, in which she took on the kingpin of a child trafficking racket. Produced by Aditya Chopra, Mardaani 2 will be Rani’s next release which is set to hit theatres on December 13.

Also Read: Rani Mukerji overcomes hydrophobia for Mardaani 2 

Ananya Panday is all set to get her Bambaiya lingo on for her upcoming film with Ishaan Khatter in Khaali Peeli. Both Ishaan and Ananya are working to get the lingo right for the film, Ananya is even looking up to Alia Bhatt’s role in Gully Boy. The shooting for the film has already started and it looks like Ananya is finding it difficult to shoot at night!

Khaali Peeli Ananya Panday finds it difficult to shoot at night and Tiger Shroff is the reason behind it!

During the shoot of Student Of The Year 2, The team never really shot at night since Tiger Shroff used to sleep early. This may have spoilt Ananya a little as she finds night shoots particularly challenging since the entire film is set at night! She also spoke about how she’s learning to change the way she speaks to get into the skin of her character.

Ananya Panday will next be seen in Pati Patni Aur Woh with Kartik Aaryan and Bhumi Pednekar and has been balancing her promotions with shoot.

Also Read: Kartik Aaryan seeks out help from his Pati Patni Aur Woh co-star Ananya Panday for THIS!

Just last week we had reported that Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn were all set to reunite for Golmaal Five. While the film i