Saturday, May 22, 2010

“Kites not in Karnataka sky – movie is banned in Karnataka for disobeying norms! - Entertainment and Showbiz!” plus 3 more

“Kites not in Karnataka sky – movie is banned in Karnataka for disobeying norms! - Entertainment and Showbiz!” plus 3 more


Kites not in Karnataka sky – movie is banned in Karnataka for disobeying norms! - Entertainment and Showbiz!

Posted: 21 May 2010 03:54 AM PDT

We feel pity for the movie lovers in Karnataka who will all miss the chance to fly…err…watch the newly released celluloid venture "Kites". The multi-budgeted Hrithik Roshan starrer movie is banned in Karnataka for disobeying norms!

Several sources like IBN etc report that there won't be any screening of Kites in Karnataka, India as the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) has banned the movie across the theatres. In a peaceful protest against the movie, the state has stopped the shows in several theatres claiming that the film has violated state industry rules.

According to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), the state industry norms allow non-Kannada movie to run in only 21 theatres. However, the local distributors of Kites, Big Cinemas were permitted to release the film in 24 theatres in Karnataka.

But Big Cinemas broke the rules by planning to release the movie in 46 theatres and that enraged the KFCC. The President of the committee Basant Kumar Patil asked the producer of Kites, Rakesh Roshan to attend a meeting on Thursday, 20th May 2010 to discuss about the issue. But Roshan didn't turn up!

KFCC claims that due to the screening of Kites, many latest releases of Kannada movies like like Vijay starrer 'Shankar IPS' and Nagathihalli Chandrashekar's 'Nooru Janmaku' are not able to hit the screens.

Well, sheer bad luck for the general public and locals who are left with no other choice to either run to other states or to forget watching topless Barbara Mori in Kites!

Tchh tchh…

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  4. Kites premiere in London-Kites floating high or down on the ground flat
  5. Kites movie review: Hrithik Roshan overwhelmed by the reviews. His reactions!

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VIDEO - MOVIE REVIEW: 'MacGruber' - 3 stars - Patriot Ledger

Posted: 21 May 2010 10:56 AM PDT

There's a question comedy lovers have been asking for decades: Will anyone ever make a good movie out of a "Saturday Night Live" sketch? So far, "The Blues Brothers" worked pretty well, but only "Wayne's World" was an actual hit.

But make room for "MacGruber," the "SNL" spoof of the hit 1980s gadget-heavy action show, "MacGyver," which was a bit of a spoof itself.

Another question: Since most of the "MacGruber" sketches were only about a minute long, how do you stretch it to feature length?

Well, in this case, you start out on familiar turf, then shift into ridiculous mode.

We've got guns and bodies and big black cars and the villainous Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer, his hair tied up in a ponytail, and resembling a paunchy Steven Seagal), who has just stolen a nuclear warhead.

Cut to a peaceful Ecuadoran village where former military hero MacGruber (Will Forte), who everyone believes has been dead for 10 years, is – like so many former movie heroes before him – visited by an army honcho (Powers Boothe) who needs him to save the world.

"No, Colonel, I'm out of the game," he says. Then the colonel mentions Cunth, MacGruber's longtime nemesis. Our hero quickly changes his answer to, "I'm in."

Pro wrestling aficionados will ooh and aah over the crack team MacGruber assembles, including WWE grapplers Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Kane, and The Big Show. But let's just say that something, um, happens, and a secondary team consisting of the eager Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe), who has a typo in his name tag, and the skittish Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) get the gig.

Stopping Cunth, however, doesn't go quite as easily as MacGruber and his cohorts plan. Part of that is because the self-proclaimed leader brags that he never uses plans, and part of it is because he never uses guns.

But that doesn't put it past him to use disguises, along with clothespins, buttons, dental floss, and – in one of the year's oddest and most tasteless scenes – a combination of nudity and celery. Oh, and like Patrick Swayze's Dalton in "Road House," he claims he also rips out throats.

This is a movie with a level of goofiness that knows no bounds.

There's also lots of salty language in a rude-and-crude script featuring a great collection of dialogue that can't be printed in a family newspaper. There are also subtitles, when necessary, blatant product placement for Blaupunkt car stereos, and a list of performers – Toto, Gerry Rafferty, Quarterflash, and Michael Bolton – whose kitschy music plays in MacGruber's car.

The main reason the film will keep people laughing is because it has a script that's so bad, it's funny.

MACGRUBER (R for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity.) Cast includes Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer. Directed by Jorma Taccone. 3 stars out of 4

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"Letters to Juliet": Perfect Movie for Tweens - Associated Content

Posted: 21 May 2010 10:06 AM PDT

If you have read any number of reviews of the film, you already know that the plot is predictable. Several things make the film watchable. First, the Italian countryside is beautiful, especially the footage of the Casa di Giulietta. The two female stars are both charming, but it is Vanessa Redgrave who steals the movie. Redgrave is wonderful in her portrayal of a woman who chose to follow her head rather than her heart. The scenes between Claire and Lorenzo (played by Redgrave's real life husband, Franco Nero) are among the best in the film.

Why is Letters to Juliet a Good Film for Tweens?

Letters to Juliet is among the least offensive movie releases of 2010. There is virtually no profanity. The sexual content is limited to a few chaste kisses and some flirtatious banter. There is absolutely no violence. In a time when movies and television programs continue to get edgier and more risqué, Letters to Juliet is refreshing in its innocence.

While there is no question that Letters to Juliet could have been better, the film has its moments and is one of the safest bets for parents looking for the perfect film to see with their young daughters.

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VIDEO - MOVIE REVIEW: 'OSS 117: Lost in Rio' - 3 stars - Patriot Ledger

Posted: 21 May 2010 08:40 AM PDT

If you don't like silly movies, heed this advice: Stay away from "OSS 117: Lost in Rio." It is seriously silly.

The French-language sequel to the 2006 French-language "OSS 177: Cairo, Nest of Spies," it's the continuing adventures of French superspy Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath or Agent 117 or, as one person calls him, Double-One Seven.

Reprised with a completely straight face by Jean Dujardin, 117 is suave, quick on his feet, always ready to mix it up with the ladies and, like a certain character in Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," his hair is perfect.

Set in 1967 – 12 years after the first film – the action picks up with 117 twisting away to Dean Martin singing "Gentle on My Mind" at a swingin', otherwise all-girl party in Paris.

All it takes to get him on his next assignment is word that a South American wrestling impresario possesses microfilm with names of WWII Nazi collaborators who are now living in Brazil. And before you can say Moneypenny, he's off to Rio, where he meets up with an evil cabdriver, some masked wrestler gunmen (all, of course, notoriously bad shots), and a new partner – gorgeous, no-nonsense Israeli Secret Service Col. Dolores Koulechov (Louise Monot).

But the film is all nonsense, and that's the beauty of it. Our hero is blissfully unaware that he's racist and sexist (don't worry, it's absurdly played for laughs). "Some people have adventures; I am an adventure," he brags to Dolores, hoping to bed her. A square-jawed CIA pal of 117 shows up – nicely named Bill Trumendous (Ken Samuels) – and speaks French with a bad American accent, now and then tossing in a little English when he wants to insult someone who doesn't speak English.

There are the biggest and brightest colors onscreen since Austin Powers spoofed the Bond films, along with the splashiest split-screen work since the first "Thomas Crown Affair." Sure, a lot of the gags fall flat, but most of them work wonderfully, whether they're about a crocodile-infested river or an acid-fueled love-in on a beach, from which 117 emerges with less-than-perfect hair.

Don't try to keep track of bad guys with guns or characters' names. There are just too many of them.

But it might be fun to note how many times 117 flashes a self-assured smirk or a big, egotistical smile at every woman he sees.

This guy may bounce back from injuries like Wile E. Coyote, but film purists might go after everyone involved in the production when they see the rip-offs of – oops, sorry, the appreciative nods – to both "Vertigo" and "North by Northwest" during the big climax.

The fact that Dean Martin's voice bookends the film with "Everybody Loves Somebody" adds yet another feather to tickle everybody watching.

OSS 117: LOST IN RIO (Not rated) Written by Jean-Francois Halin and Michel Hazanavicius; directed by Michel Hazanavicius. With Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot. 3 stars out of 4.

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