But perhaps the most significant decision in terms of the future film landscape was that of Universal, with Trolls World Tour. The second film in the popular animated gonk karaoke franchise bypassed cinemas and went straight to VOD, catering to a grateful audience of frazzled families grasping for entertainment options. It was the biggest digital debut ever and later surpassed the revenue total of the first Trolls. Add to that the fact that online distribution recoups the studio a greater percentage of the revenue – around 80% compared to 60% of cinema ticket sales, and the implications become clear. While the extent of the film’s success was called into question by US entertainment website The Wrap (a story quoted an executive who suggested Trolls’ figures were less impressive once you took into account the amount spent on marketing), it was still enough to ignite tensions between Universal and AMC Theatres, one of the UK’s “big three”, which owns … [Read more...] about The future of film: can cinema survive Covid-19?
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Soon after, Manoj saab flew down for the shoot in Ooty where, while narrating a scene that they were to shoot the following day, Raj saab stopped abruptly, alerted by the expression on his face that he didn’t agree with something. When prodded, Manoj saab pointed to a certain dialogue which made a reference to Gandhiji’s assassination. He pointed out that since Raju was an adolescent then, the Father of the Nation would have been alive. Taken aback, Raj saab retreated to his room on the first floor, but after half an hour, came down, telling Shashi ji to persuade Manoj saab to re-write the scene for him. “When I demurred, pointing out that (KA) Abbas saab (who had penned the story and screenplay) was a senior writer, he made me speak to him on the phone and he gave me his permission,” the writer-actor-filmmaker reveals. Raj saab was so impressed with his dialogue, particularly one where, in response to young Raju’s query about who’s the biggest … [Read more...] about This Week That Year: On Raj Kapoor’s 32nd death anniversary, Manoj Kumar talks about working with the showman in Mera Naam Joker
He got into the car to find director Satyen Bose sitting inside, with his cinematographer. “Dada ki korcho?” Ranjeet asked, taken by surprise, and the filmmaker informed that he wanted some close-ups for his film, Mastaan Dada, and had come prepared. “He gave me the eye-patch which was a part of my get-up and the jacket I had been wearing, along with a cigar, and as the car sped along, they clicked several shots of me mouthing my lines. By the time we reached Bandra, he was done. I dropped dada off and sped towards Panvel, a car in front and one behind to ensure that there were no hold-ups along the way,” the actor reminisced. By the time they reached Panvel railway station, Ranjeet had changed into his costume in the car and was ready for action. He just had to make a run, get fatally shot and fall face-down. End of the story. The scene went off without a hitch and with a flight to catch, Ranjeet dashed off, still wearing the blood-splattered white suit. He … [Read more...] about This Week, That Year: On Prakash Mehra’s 11th death anniversary, Ranjeet recalls the thrill of working with the filmmaker in films like Haath Ki Safai and Namak Halaal
On Saturday night, Amitabh Bachchan took to his Twitter account and shared that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He was admitted to Nanavati hospital in Mumbai with mild symptoms and reportedly has been kept in an isolation ward. Soon, Abhishek Bachchan also confirmed that also has mild symptoms and asked fans not to panic. … [Read more...] about Riddhima Kapoor Refutes Rumours, Says Ranbir And Neetu Kapoor Are Fit And Good
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