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Disney to cash in on ‘Star Wars’ with five new installments?

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Star Wars awoke the Force last year, breaking box office records in the process, and Disney plans to keep milking its sci-fi cash cow with an additional five new movies in development, according to The Sun. The planned films would bring the franchise’s count to a total of 10 new additions, including last year’s Episode VII.…

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Film ‘The Florida Project ’ Shines Bright Light on Hidden Homeless

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Writer-director Sean Baker, from left, actress Brooklynn Prince and actor Willem Dafoe pose together to promote their film, "The Florida Project,". voa

Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” takes place in a blindingly purple low-budget motel named the Magic Castle, just down Route 192 from Disney’s Magic Kingdom. For the children of single parents who live there, the Kissimmee, Florida, motel is a playground — even if they’re living in poverty.

The Florida Project,” which opens in theaters Friday, is an ebullient, candy-colored movie wrapped around the very real issue of hidden homelessness. Families nationwide are living below the poverty line and eking out an existence in cheap motels, but the problem is particularly acute — and ironic — in the shadows of Walt Disney World.

The Florida Project stars Willem Dafoe as the kindly father-figure manager Bobby, but its central characters are played by newcomers. The feisty, scamming Halley (Bria Vinaite) is the 23-year-old mother to Moonee (7-year-old Brooklynn Prince), a free-spirited troublemaker who, with her friends (including the 6-year-old Valeria Cotto), are a delightful menace to Bobby and the motel’s residents. (voa)

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Documentary ’78/52′ Explores The Killer From Hitchcock’s Classic ‘Psycho’ : Watch Trailer and Latest Updates

It is captivating, it is enthralling ; from the very first glimpse of the trailer, 78/52 appears to be a promising film.

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The iconic 3 minute murder sequence from Psycho has been honored with an entire documentary titled 78/52 devoted to its brilliance. Youtube
  • New documentary ’78/52′ draws upon Alfred Hitchcock’s celebrated film Psycho
  • The documentary examines how Hitchcock  shot the shower scene that went on to make history
  • 78/52 will have a theatrical release on October 13

Washington D.C, September 1, 2017 : The trailer to 78/52 opens with Alfred Hitchcock’s distinctive voice that instantly brings goose-bumps, “I once made a movie. It was intended to cause people to scream and yell, but I was horrified that some people took it seriously.” Hitchcock’s film ‘Psycho’ changed the heartbeat of the world, and made the shower-scene immortal. And the documentary 78/52 aims to explore just that!

78/52, directed by Alexandre O. Philippe will present a detailed frame-by-frame analysis of the iconic shower scene from Psycho in an attempt to know more about ‘the man behind the curtain’.

The title of the documentary sounds as intriguing as the original sequence was.

If you are wondering about it, ‘78/52’ refers to the 78 set-ups and the 52 cuts that were taken to accomplish the iconic shower scene; a singular event that had taken one-quarter of Psycho’s shooting schedule.

For director O. Philippe, the murder in the shower scene was a critical and defining cultural moment; he calls it “the most important scene in the history of motion pictures”. According to him, the 3-minute long scene was “the culmination of decades of experimentation for Mr. Hitchcock, and the purest expression of his absolute mastery of the art and craft of film-making.”

Analyzing ‘The Man Behind The Curtain’

Hitchock had once admitted that the shower scene was his only motivation to make a film in the first place. And rightly so! The film (and the scene) went on to become one of the most celebrated works in the global film-making industry.

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As per the trailer, 78/52 presents a captivating analysis of O. Philippe’s interpretation of this iconic scene that altered the course of world cinema.

The documentary is believed to explore the murder scene wherein the crook Marion Crane (character played by Janet Leigh) was repeatedly slashed with a knife by an intruder from different angles and perspectives. Additionally, the documentary will pay special emphasis on the technical aspects of shooting and the sequence’s impact on the culture and practice of movie-making.

ALSO WATCH Trailer of documentary 78/52

The trailer also reveals that the documentary aims to uncover the depiction of violence by critically studying the allusions and double meaning created by Hitchcock in the original 3 minutes-long sequence.

Following its Sundance premier, the makers have now released the trailer of the documentary ahead of its theatrical release which has generated immense curiosity among viewers worldwide.

Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, the documentary features in-depth interviews of filmmakers, critics and fans including Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eli Roth and Peter Bogdanovich among others.

It is captivating, it is enthralling; 78/52 is being touted as a multifaceted master class that makes for a intriguing piece of cinematic detective work.

78/52 will be officially released across all digital platforms on October 13


 

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After 28 years, Gulzar’s unreleased Movie “Libaas” is all set to hit the Big Screen

Libaas features various veteran actors such as Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi

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Gulzar's unreleased movie "Libaas" is all set to hit the theater. Wikimedia
  • Gulzar’s unreleased movie “Libaas” is all set to hit the theatre
  • The move is releasing after 28 years
  • It is released by Zee Classic’s brand proposition “Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana”

Mumbai, August 22, 2017: In a surprise for Gulzar’s fan on his 83rd birthday, his unreleased film “Libaas” is all set to hit the theatres this year.

Libaas was made in 1988. Due to some reasons, it has been not released till date. But now, its unreleased status is about to change.

On the maestro’s birthday on August 18- ‘Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana’, the brand proposition of Zee Classic, has announced the theatrical release of the movie “Libaas” by the end of this year, mentioned PTI report.

No one is unaware of Gulzar’s contribution to Hindi cinema. He is one of the prominent and prolific names in Hindi cinema. He had directed many classics such as “Prichay”, “Angoor”, “Maachis”etc., Later, he stopped directing movies and focused completely on being a lyricist. He has won the Oscar for “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”. He is still a very active lyricist.

A still from Libaas. Youtube

Libaas features various veteran actors such as Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. It also features Annu Kapoor, Raj Babbar, Sushma Seth, Utpal Dutt and Savita Bajaj. The music has been composed by one of Gulzar’s most frequent collaborators, RD Burman.

“Libaas” was screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa after a gap of 22 years on November 22, 2014. Earlier, it was also screened at the International Film Festival at Banglore in January 1992.

The plot of the movie is based on Gulzar’s own short story ‘Seema’ from his evergreen ‘Raavi Paar’ collection. The movie basically revolves around a theatre director Sudhir(played by Naseeruddin ShahShah) and his actor wife Seema(portrayed by Shabana Azmi). The movie revolves around the fact that wherein the world of showbiz life appears to be picture perfect, the appearances behind the scene are often deceptive.

“Libaas” was produced by Late. Vikas Mohan. His sons Amul Vikas Mohan and Anshul Vikas Mohan will make their father’s life -long dream come true by releasing “Libaas” by the end of this year.

Zee Studios will be distributing the film in India. The release date is yet to be announced.

prepared by a Shivani Chowdhary of NewsGram. Twitter @cshivani31