I am scripting a film: AR Rahman

After composing music for 12 films, including three Hollywood, Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman is turning scriptwriter and producer with an untitled film.

"I am scripting a movie which I will co-produce. It is in the process," Rahman told reporters at the press conference of Shankar's upcoming film I.

The 47-year-old Jai Ho! hitmaker, who composed music for I and Kochadaiiyaan: The Legend, said he is happy to work with two stalwarts of Indian cinema Rajinikanth and Shankar in the same year."2014 is an eventful year for me. I have done 12 films this year. I did three films in Hollywood and also worked with Rajinikanth and Shankar," Rahman said.

Rahman gave music for biographical sports drama 'Million Dollar Arm' and 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' besides scoring for upcoming biopic on Brazilian football legend Pele.

Both Million Dollar Arm, 'The Hundred-Foot Journey and Kochadaiiyaan: The Legend' are in the long-list of Oscars for the best original score.

Global Box Office: Final 'Hobbit' Nears $600M in Early Run


Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was the No. 1 title of the Christmas holiday, finishing Sunday with worldwide earnings of $573.6 million.

In North America, the New Line and MGM tentpole topped the holiday chart with a three-day gross of $41.4, pushing its 12-day domestic total to $168.5 million. The final Hobbit film also remained the dominant player overseas, grossing another $89.2 million from 62 markets for an international cume of $405.1 million. That included a $10.1 million debut in Australia.In many markets, Five Armies is outpacing the first two installments in Jackson's trilogy, sparking hope that it will match or exceed the $1.01 billion earned two years ago by the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The success of Jackson's film helped New Line parent company Warner Bros. cross $3 billion in foreign ticket sales for the seventh year.

Elsewhere, Fox's family-friendly Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb crossed the $100 million mark globally, grossing $20.1 million domestically in its second weekend and $30.3 million overseas from 40 markets for a worldwide total of $103.9 million. The threequel reunites director Shawn Levy with Ben Stiller and the late Robin Williams.Fox's other holiday tentpole, Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings, is faring better overseas than in the U.S. Internationally, the biblical epic earned $31 million from 39 markets over Christmas weekend, compared to $6.8 million domestically. Exodus, starring Christian Bale as Moses, has earned $149.5 million worldwide to date but will need to do far more to make up for its $140 million production budget and a hefty marketing spend.

In the Catholic-minded Brazil, Exodus opened to $6.7 million, the second-highest Fox opening of all time. It also did nicely in France ($5.3 million).Both Exodus and Night at the Museum, along with other holiday films, are holding off launching in numerous markets until Hobbit has slowed. Not surprisingly, several Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, have banned Exodus.

Disney's Big Hero 6 continued its international rollout, grossing a pleasing $24.7 million from 51 territories for a foreign total of $120.9 million. In North America, the animated film took in $4.9 million to all but crack the $200 million mark for a worldwide cume of $320.8 million.

Sony musical Annie, starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis, grossed $5.9 million from 21 foreign markets for a foreign total of $8.2 million and early global cume of $54 million (Sony is sharing overseas duties with Village Roadshow). Noteworthy openings included the U.K. ($3.6 million). 

Angelina Jolie's Unbroken grossed $2.7 million as it opened in only two foreign markets, Spain ($1.6 million) and the U.K. ($1.1 million). In North America, the movie, based on Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, opened to a rousing $47.3 million in its first four days.

Disney's Into the Woods, opening to an equally impressive $46.1 million domestically, grossed $1.6 million from six markets for an early foreign total of $2.7 million.

Elsewhere, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which became only the second release of 2014 after Guardians of the Galaxy to jump the $300 million mark in North America, finished Sunday with a global cume of $669.7 million.

Bollywood blockbuster P.K. hit $77 million in global ticket sales, including a 10-day, record-breaking gross of $7.9 million in the U.S. 

In China, The Taking of Tiger Mountain, debuting on Dec. 23, took in a rousing $41 million through Sunday.

And British film Paddington, from StudioCanal, hit $75 million in international ticket sales after earning another $12 million over the weekend. The Weinstein Co. opens Paddington in the U.S. on Jan. 16.

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Celebrity Deaths 2014: (Kollywood) Tamil Film Celebs Who Died This Year

Kollywood or Tamil cinema has witnessed several notable deaths in 2014. The popular celebrities had once entertained us through their movies, performances or music. Even though they are not physically with us, their contributions will remain with us forever. Let us take a look at the Tamil personalities who passed away in 2014.

  • Anjali Devi (1927-2014)

Yesteryear actress Anjali Devi was one of the earliest stars of the black and white era. She had worked with some of the big names of her times like MGR, NTR, Sivaji Ganeshan, etc. The veteran worked in over 350 films in different languages and even produced movies under her home banner Ashwini Pictures. She passed away on 13 January, 2014.

  • Balu Mahendra (1939-2014)

Balu Mahendra was a legend whose contribution to South films remains unmatched. He donned various hats of cinematographer, film editor and director apart from penning stories. He  won endless awards including six national awards. He breathed his last on 13 February after suffering a cardiac arrest.

  • Filmmaker Rama Narayanan (1949-2014)

Multifaceted Rama Narayanan, who had directed over 130 movies in different languages, passed away in Singapore. He started as a writer and gradually became a director. He passed away on 22 June 2014 due to kidney related ailments.

  • Kadhal Dhandapani (1943-2014)

Actor Kadhal Dhandapani had acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. He was seen in more than 200 films in different languages as a fearsome baddie. He passed away on 20 July, 2014, following a cardiac arrest.

  • Ashok Kumar (1941-2014)

Cinematographer Ashok Kumar worked in above 125 films and language was never a barrier for this legend. Awards always came his way and he was honoured by all the leading film industries of India. He passed away on 22 October, 2014.

  • SS Rajendran (1928-2014)

Veteran SS Rajendran had tasted success as an actor, director and producer. He was also successful in politics. He died on 23 October following lung infection.

  • Tamil filmmaker C. Rudhraiya (1947-2014)

Rudraiah Chockalingam popularly known as C.Rudhraiya shot to fame with "Aval Appadithan". He had only two flicks to his credit. He passed away on 18 November, 2014.

Vikram's 'I' Trailer Sets New Benchmark; Can Ajith's 'Yennai Arindhaal' Break its Record?

Vikram's "I" trailer, which was released on 18 December, has set a new benchmark in terms of YouTube views. Now, people are curiously looking forward to see whether Ajith's "Yennai Arindhaal" breaks this record.The stunning video-clip of "I" was released on 18 December at 10 pm and in about 36 hours, the trailer has been viewed over 1.7 million times. This, by any margin, for a Tamil film is a huge number. Now, the countdown for trailer of "Yennai Arindhaal" has begun and people are very curious to see whether Ajith's video beats the record of Vikram's trailer.

Vikram's "I" is a most-awaited movie and its craze is not just limited to Tamil Nadu, but the entire of South India is interested in the film. Hence, the movie trailer has managed to get such a response from the audience.

In case of Ajith's 'Yennai Arindhaal', the flick is a biggie in Tamil but has decent market in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. It will be interesting to see how the trailer of this film will perform on YouTube.

As we all know, Ajith Kumar enjoys one of the biggest fan followings in South India and his fans can go to any extent to ensure that the records remain in his name. It was recently evident with the first look and teaser of "Yennai Arindhaal" creating an unprecedented buzz on social media websites.

"Yennai Arindhaal" trailer will release on the Christmas Eve, possibly in the midnight. Gautham Menon and his team are working hard to release the video on time. We have to note that this film, which features Trisha Krishnan and Anushka Shetty in the lead roles, will be directly clashing with Vikram's "I", which has Amy Jackson in the female lead role.

‘I’ CERTIFIED WITH U/A

‘I’ the much anticipated movie of Shankar that stars Vikram and Amy Jackson in the lead was recently sent to the censor board and now the latest we hear is that the 180 crore budget mega project has been censored yesterday and has been certified with UA.

The makers of this film were expecting the film to get U, as this is the major criteria required to get tax exemption from the Government of Tamil Nadu. But unfortunately the CBFC Board has certified the film with U/A and it is expected that the producer might opt for a revival of the certificate in order to get a U.

The film which is all set to hit the screens this Pongal, released its trailer much recently and it has got an awestrucking response. With this the expectation of this film among the audience has taken it to the next level.

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Official I Movie Theatrical Trailer (Tamil) | Aascar Film | Shankar, Chiyaan Vikram, Amy Jackson








[Official] I Movie Theatrical Trailer (Tamil) | Aascar Film | Shankar, Chiyaan Vikram, Amy Jackson




[Official] I Movie Theatrical Trailer (Tamil) | Aascar Film | Shankar, Chiyaan Vikram, Amy Jackson



NEW CHRIS PRATT JURASSIC WORLD IMAGE

Director Colin Trevorrow took to Twitter to release a new image from Jurassic World featuring Chris Pratt with a raptor.

"Happy Holidays from the editing room," Trevorrow added. "Do not try this at home."

Jurassic World has a June 12, 2015 release directed by Colin Trevorrow also starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, and Omar Sy.



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Shankar's 'I' Movie Trailer


One of the most expected films of the decade is Shankar’s ‘I’ starring Chiyaan Vikram and Amy Jackson in the lead roles, and produced by Venu Ravichandran’s Aascar Films.

The teaser of the film which was released a couple of months back has had 9 million views already in Youtube, which is by far the highest for any South Indian film's teaser / trailer.




 


[Official] I Movie Theatrical Trailer (Tamil) | Aascar Film | Shankar, Chiyaan Vikram, Amy Jackson




[Official] I Movie Theatrical Trailer (Tamil) | Aascar Film | Shankar, Chiyaan Vikram, Amy Jackson



Now the latest we hear is that the trailer of the film is all gunned up to release, this is what the production team has shared in its official social forum, “The most awaited theatrical trailer of the year, I, is getting ready to hit your screens. Coming soon”.

Our sources close to ‘I’ have reportedly said that the trailer will be 2 minutes long and will be released by tomorrow. Stay tuned for an official confirmation from team ‘I’.

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Lingaa Movie Review - Exclusive True Review

Lingaa is directed by K S Ravikumar who has earlier worked with the Superstar in Muthu and Padaiyappa. He also helped Soundarya in the making of Kochadaiyaan. Lingaa is produced by Rockline Venkatesh who is supposed to be a close friend of Rajni himself. As in most of his recent films, music is by A R Rahman.


Other big names include Rathnavelu for DOP and Sabu Cyril who managed the Art and Production Designs. There are several Lingaa stories which were making the rounds and many claims made over the story as well. One story goes like this - There is a village which obstructs the construction of a dam based on some old beliefs/customs.

The dam is constructed by none other than Rajni ..but somehow the villagers along with one of their leaders succeed in stopping the construction. Then comes another Rajni ..who swap places with the Engineer Rajni and ensures the dam is constructed by removing the bottlenecks and changing the beliefs of the villagers (heard somewhere? yes, its similar to Kaththi story line but the makers of Lingaa rubbished the claims.

The other story goes like this..... Father Rajni (in 1940's) convinces a village and decide to build a dam over a river for their benefit. However, he faces opposition from the British and a King (who supports the British). Inspite of trying hard he fails in his attempt and is killed by the Villain. Entry of young Rajini.... who is a businessman and travels to every part of the world.....he comes back to his village.

He comes across the unfinished dam and several untoward incidents and stories about the the dam... basis which the villagers think the unfinished dam and the river had bought them some curse. How the young Rajni puts an end to all these issues and also takes revenge of his fathers killer form the rest of the film. (Again heard somewhere.....yes, this is the typical Superstar template). You just need to change the heroines and the setup. This time its Sonakshi for the old Rajni and Anushka for the young Rajni and the entire film is setup in Karnataka.

Technically the film is brilliant and very rich. The sets are huge and is unbelievable how K S Ravikumar managed this in very short span of time. Cinematography is top notch and the brown tint given to the period scenes are excellent.Music and background score by Rahman elevates the film - Mona Gasolina is already topping all charts. Oh Nanbaa is shot stylishly and guess its the first time Superstar's intro song is shot in foreign locations. The heroines don't have a big role....unlike some of Rajni's recent films. There is a huge list of supporting actors as in every Rajni film and they perform their part well. Jagapathy Babu menaces in the villain role and stands toll against Rajni's character to the extent that you will end up hating him.

The entire film rests on one person - The Superstar. He looks dashing in his suits and looks trim and fit as ever. The scenes where is takes on the British and speaks English will create goosebumps for his fans. There are enough style shots, punch dialogues and typical Rajni comedy in the film to satisfy the fan base. Though Santhanam and Karunakaran are roped in as comedians, its Rajni who makes you smile, laugh and enjoy the scenes in the first half.

Stunts are choreographed well but some scenes look very evident that its done by someone else and not Rajni himself. But how much can we expect from him? On the negative the films is too long even for a Rajni film.....a little bit of trimming could do wonders. While the story seem to be very similar to earlier Rajni films, KS Ravikumar has packaged it differently and set it up nicely in the pre-independence era and present.

The screenplay is taut and zooms past you like a bullet in the second half. But does the story really matter to us? Nopes. All we want is to see is the Superstar in his full speed and action and undefeated style blazing the screens and KS Ravikumar has delivered exactly the same.

Overall Lingaa - Satisfied & Good

Rating   -  7.5/10

Yennai Arinthaal Teaser - Record Break

Gautham Menon’s Ajith starrer Yennai Arindhaal is the latest toast of the town as the 59 second teaser was recently released and was lapped up by his fans all over. It first crossed one million views within 24 hours and now it has crossed two million hits and is still going strong. It also has received a record number of likes.
The film is reaching the finish line soon with the crew shooting important scenes in the busy area of Guindy in Chennai, a couple of days back. The music release is expected to happen in the coming weeks and the film for Pongal 2015. 

Yennai Arindhaal Official Teaser | Ajith, Gautham Menon, Harris Jayaraj, Trisha, Anushka



The wait is over! Watch the breathtaking teaser of Ajith Kumar's Yennai Arindhaal directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon with music by Harris Jayaraj. The film also stars Trisha, Anushka, Arun Vijay.