Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Civic Theatres Toronto presents the glitter and sparkle of Bollywood with the Canadian premiere of Taj Express, at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Theatre November 23 – December 1, 2019. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 18, 10AM and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca, by phone, or in person at select Civic Theatres Toronto box offices.

Set to an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and captures the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

Featuring a cast of 26 and 3 on-stage musicians, Taj Express is full of high-energy music and sensational dance scenes. Continue reading “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue”

AKSHAY KUMAR & ROHIT SHETTY TO COME TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ‘SOORYAVANSHI’

Akshay Kumar and Rohit Shetty are teaming up for the first time. Another cop franchise from the Singham and Simmba director, the new film, titled Sooryavanshi, will feature the megastar Akshay Kumar as an ATS (Anti-Terrorist Squad) officer.

Glimpses of his character have already been seen in the end credits of the Ranveer Singh-starrer Simmba and the blockbuster director also announced that the action drama will release later this year. Perfect way to get the fans excited!

Before starting filming for Sooryavanshi, the Gold actor has pending shoot for two films — Mission Mangal and Good News. Filming for the super cop action-drama Sooryavanshi is likely to commence this year.

Both Rohit Shettyand Akshay Kumar are known to finish their projects in record time. So, it won’t be surprising if their maiden collaboration is also ready in time for a release this year.

 Akshay Kumar will be next seen in Kesari in March. He also has the fourth installment of comedy franchise Housefull in the pipeline.

Rohit Shetty’s Simmba, which stars Ranveer Singh in the title role, has a special appearance by Ajay Devgn in his Bajirao Singham avatar. In addition, there was another guest appearance, just when it seemed like the end credits will start rolling, Akshay Kumar’s voice boomed. Continue reading “AKSHAY KUMAR & ROHIT SHETTY TO COME TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ‘SOORYAVANSHI’”

“Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul.”

Hosted by Tyler  Perry, the one-of-a-kind concert will feature exciting and moving performances of Aretha’s legendary hits; Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Celine Dion,  Patti LaBelle and artists  will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin in a 2019 concert to be televised by CBS on Jan 13th.

 The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, Clive Davis, and CBS will pay tribute to the legendary career of 18-time GRAMMY®winner and 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year honoree Aretha Franklin by presenting “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul.” Performing songs from her legendary repertoire are GRAMMY winners Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, and BeBe Winans as well as current GRAMMY nominees Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, and SZA. Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry will host the unforgettable night.

The live concert will tape Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at 6 p.m. PT at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The special will be broadcast later in 2019 on the CBS Television Network. Continue reading ““Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul.””

What Is Democracy? asks Astra Taylor’s NFB feature doc

-Starting January 4 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Theatrical run followed by campus screenings and discussions in Montreal and Toronto.star

Astra Taylor’s timely and provocative National Film Board of Canada (NFB) feature What Is Democracy? is back in Toronto after its North American premiere at TIFF earlier this year, with screenings at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema starting January 4.

The film’s Toronto engagement early in the new year follows screenings at Vancouver’s Vancity Theatre, which started December 7.

After its Toronto theatrical run, What Is Democracy? will be back in the city on January 26 at Ryerson University at the DemocracyXChange Summit—a new annual event co-founded by the Open Democracy Project and the Ryerson Leadership Lab—where Taylor will deliver a keynote address, followed by an evening screening of her film.

Theorist Silvia Federici, interviewed in What Is Democracy?, joins Taylor in Montreal on January 23 for a film screening and discussion presented by Cinema Politica Concordia, with the NFB announcing more campus, community and festival events across Canada soon.

What Is Democracy? was just nominated for Best Canadian Documentary by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, with winners announced at the VFCC’s awards ceremony on January 7. Continue reading “What Is Democracy? asks Astra Taylor’s NFB feature doc”

“I am worth something. I have value. I am equal. I am limitless.”–Jennifer Lopez

JENNIFER LOPEZ’S new music video for her latest single LIMITLESS, from the film Second Act, will be premiering directly to her over 9.9 million YouTubesubscribers via YouTube.  Fans will be able to join Jennifer Lopez for a live Q&A five minutes prior to the video launch and will then have the opportunity to watch the video premiere together as a community. Featuring a colorful cast of women battling the forces of nature to eventually create their own storm, the message of the video, according to Lopez, is for women everywhere to say: “I am worth something. I have value. I am equal. I am limitless.”

The newest visual is the multiplatinum-selling recording artist, actress, producer and entertainer’s first-ever time directing and features her daughter Emme. “Limitless” showcases Lopez’s instantly recognizable show-stopping voice and undeniable charisma and was penned by award-winning singer, songwriter and producer SIA to encapsulate the film’s powerful message – the only thing stopping you is you.
LIMITLESS is available everywhere now via Sony Music Masterworks – get it HERE.
The global icon first performed the song at the American Music Awards, delivering a powerful and passionate rendition on stage. USA Today wrote, “Jennifer Lopez’s 2018 AMA performance brought the house down,” whileBillboard described it as “soaring and impactful.” Continue reading ““I am worth something. I have value. I am equal. I am limitless.”–Jennifer Lopez”

Mahila Kisan Awards: A Reality show with a difference

 –  programme launched by DD Kisan

The programme will not only entertain but also educate people: Dr. A Surya Prakash, Chairman, Prasar Bharati

DD Kisan today launched a first-of-its-kind reality show ‘Mahila Kisan Awards’. To be telecast from 17th December, the show will see participation of women farmers from across the length and breadth of India, including from Jammu & Kashmir, all the states of North Eastern Region, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Punjab, Haryana, Goa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh among others.

The Format

The selection of contestants for the show has been done by Indian Council of Agricultural Research. The format of the show will include two woman farmers talking about their achievements in each episode. Judges will score these contestants based on their assessment. The five contestants who get the highest scores during the show will reach the finals, where one of them will be declared the winner.

Through the show, each participant will have an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other participants. The show is also expected to act as a source of inspiration for lakhs of women across the country watching the show. Continue reading “Mahila Kisan Awards: A Reality show with a difference”

MARRAKECH RAINS STARS

A rain of stars illuminates the sky of the Red City on the occasion of the 17th edition of theMarrakech International Film Festival, which opens this Friday, November 30. As it has every year since 2001, the red carpet of the prestigious event will witness some of the biggest names in international cinema, among them actors, directors and versatile artists from all around the world.

Festival audiences will have the opportunity to see some of the most glamorous actors of international cinema. Italian star Monica Bellucci will beon the red carpet and on Jamaa El Fna Square at the public screening of the
celebrated Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra. Egyptian film diva andmuse of the great director Youssef Chahine, Yousra also confirms her presence in Marrakech, along with Italian actor, director and producer ValeriaGolino, who has appeared opposite big-screen greats, among them TomCruise and Dustin Hoffman.

On the male side, famous international cinema figures are coming to meet the public of Marrakech. Among them are Danish-American actor Viggo Mortensen, who delivers a breathtaking performance in Peter Farrelly’s Green
Book; French actor, Gaspard Ulliel, who incarnated Yves Saint Laurent inBertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent; Mexican international star and director GaelGarcía Bernal, who appears in the Festival in Gonzalo Tobal’s The Accused;
actor Gilles Lellouche, who directed the delightful comedy The Big Bath; andSwiss actor, director and screenwriter Vincent Perez. Continue reading “MARRAKECH RAINS STARS”

Foreigner’s Jukebox Hero Musical to Make World Premiere in Toronto

New Musical Features 16 Top Hits of Foreigner

A new musical built around legendary band FOREIGNER’s peerless catalogue of hit songs will make its world premiere this winter in Toronto. FOREIGNER recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of rocking the charts and arenas worldwide. The highly anticipated musicalJukebox Hero, The Musical from Calgary-based Annerin Theatricals will play an exclusive limited engagement at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre in February. Originally scheduled for February 21 to 24, 2019, due to demand, two shows have been added to the original run for February 20 at 8:00 p.m. and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale Saturday, November 24th.
A coming-of-age saga featuring 16 of FOREIGNER’s iconic Top 30 hit songs Jukebox Hero, The Musical tells the story of the closing of rust-belt town of Blaydon, Pennsylvania’s biggest factory. Confronted with a deluge of unemployment and instability, the community calls on Ryan, a local boy turned rock ’n’ roll superstar, for help. Yet Ryan never left his roots on good terms, so must confront the ghosts of his past as well as a home he no longer recognises.
The musical originated in a conversation between FOREIGNER founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones and Diana Ross. During a chance meeting in an airport lounge in the 1980s, Ross planted the seed of the idea that FOREIGNER’s music belonged in a stage production. The result is an epic production that builds on the timeless hits that defined a generation, including “Cold As Ice” to “Hot Blooded”, “Waiting For A Girl Like You” to “Dirty White Boy”, and “I Want To Know What Love Is”.

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India is a land of storytellers where every person has a story to tell: Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore at IFFI 2018 Opening Ceremony

~ IFFI 2018 opens to a scintillating display of myriad cultures, film snippets and on-stage camaraderie between celebrities Karan Johar, Minister Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Akshay Kumar~

~Over its nine-day duration, IFFI 2018 will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which consist of 2 World Premieres, 16 Academy Award nominated films, 6 Indian rare language films, 3 Indian films competing with 15 international films for the Golden and Silver Peacock awards, and many more interesting elements~

Ending the long wait, the opening ceremony of one of the most prestigious film festivals across the world – the 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) opened amidst the presence of film stars, filmmakers and cine-lovers from across the world amid pomp and gaiety in Panjim, Goa.

The opening ceremony of IFFI 2018 was anchored by Mandira Bedi and Amit Sadh and saw the presence of eminent Indian and international film personalities such as Akshay KumarKaran JoharRandhir Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Julien LandaisBarbara Meier, Nicolas Hau, Lois Robbins, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Robert Glinski, Tom Fitzpatrick, Poonam Dhillon, Hrishita BhattMadhur BhandarkarSubhash GhaiArijit SinghRamesh SippyChin Han among many others. Apart from this, a host of celebrities walked the red carpet, adding a sprinkle of glitz to the ceremony. Continue reading “India is a land of storytellers where every person has a story to tell: Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore at IFFI 2018 Opening Ceremony”

Telugu action entertainer ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ to hit screens on Nov 16th

Eros International acquires highly anticipated Telugu film Amar Akbar Anthony

 Eros International Media Ltd, a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, in association with Mythri Movie Makers will be releasing Telugu action entertainer Amar Akbar Anthony. The action filled romantic drama is slated to hit the screens on November 16.

Co-produced by Naveen Yerneni, Ravi Shankar Yalamanchili and Mohan Cherukuri under the banner Mythri Movie Makers, the film has all the elements of a masala entertainer – action, comedy and romance. Largely filmed in the USA, Amar Akbar Anthony is directed by Srinu Vaitla starring celebrated Telugu actor Ravi Teja in three different roles along with Ileana D’Cruz, marking the fourth venture of the hit couple together.

Srinivas Reddy, Raghu Babu, Jayaprakash Reddy, Tanikella Bharani, Satya, Vennala Kishore, Ravi Prakash, Tarun Arora, Aditya Menon, Abhimanyu Singh, Vikramjit, Rajveer Singh, Shiyaji Shinde, Subhalekha Sudhakar comprise the remaining cast. The music has been composed by renowned composer, S Thaman.

Speaking on the announcement, Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd said, “We are excited to collaborate with Mythri Movie Makers once again for Amar Akbar Anthony. The film looks very promising with its mass appeal and popular pairing of lead actors. We are looking forward to entertaining the audience with this light rom-com action film and remain focused on expanding our regional presence across languages and genres”. Continue reading “Telugu action entertainer ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ to hit screens on Nov 16th”