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Commentary: Harry Potter got a generation of kids reading. No other story can do that today

SINGAPORE: “Yer a wizard, Harry.” No more iconic words of initiation have been spoken. They introduced readers to a vast world of magic, seen through the eyes of a then 11-year-old boy. Those words were also the launch pad of seven novels, eight films, a play, and numerous spin-offs, video games and theme parks. As the first Harry Potter film turns 20 this year, millennials will fondly reminisce about our journey through the years with The Boy Who Lived. Whenever…

Vinay Pathak bags lead in Shiladitya Bora’s ‘Bhagwan Bharose’, slated for winter 2022 release

Earlier this year, award-winning multi-tasking filmmaker Shiladitya Bora wrapped up the shoot of his debut feature Bhagwan Bharose in Deogarh, Jharkhand. Co-Produced by Sri Lankan Auteur filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage along with Platoon One Films, Lighthouse Innoventures and Sri Sathya Sai Arts, the Hindi film is a tender coming-of-age drama, with screenplay by Sudhakar Nilmani and Mohit Chauhan. Introducing two talented young finds Satendra Soni and Sparsh Suman, the film features a stellar ensemble cast led by acclaimed actors Vinay Pathak,…

How to thrive as a mid-life woman in the creative industries

When Jane Evans packed up and returned to the UK in 2013, she was not expecting the impact it would have on her life and career. Having spent nearly 30 years in the advertising industry in Australia, she had been regional director of J Walter Thompson in south-east Asia and had run her own agency. At first she took a couple of years out: “I returned to the UK and chose to study storytelling for the screen,” she says. All…

‘American Girl’ wins Golden Horse audience award and FIPRESCI Prize

Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) The family drama “American Girl,” by director Fiona Feng-i Roan (阮鳳儀), won the non-competition Golden Horse Audience Choice Award and the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival’s FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Prize in Taipei Friday night. At the ceremony that was held a day ahead of the 58th Golden Horse Awards, the judges praised Roan for drawing on her own experience and incorporating time-honored themes in the 101-minute film about a teenage girl who grew…

Lankan PM launches Pak-Lankan documentary on Gandhara civilization

Colombo, November 16 (newsin.asia): A documentary on the Gandhara civilization in Pakistan, jointly produced by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, was launched by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa here on Tuesday. Titled  “Gandhara” the documentary is jointly produced by the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka and Siddhivinayak Cine Arts (Private) Limited of Sri Lanka with the support of and in coordination with, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs. It takes viewers on a…

Happy Birthday Lee Dong Wook: 4 Times this talented & versatile actor proved he can ace every genre

Happy Birthday, Lee Dong Wook! This handsome and talented actor turns 40 years old today (41 years in Korean age). Lee Dong Wook is an actor, host, model and entertainer and made his acting debut in 1999 in an MBC single-episode drama after winning the grand prize in the V-NESS model contest the same year. However, it was his role in the romantic-comedy drama.  ‘My Girl’ which catapulted him to stardom and he was instantly recognised as a ‘Hallyu Star’…

The Sopranos prequel movie gets HBO Go release date

The Many Saints Of Newark, the highly anticipated feature film prequel to David Chase’s groundbreaking, award-winning HBO drama series The Sopranos, will be released in Asia on HBO Go from 11 November next week, having premiered in theatres overseas as well as on HBO Max last week.  The Many Saints Of Newark will only stream on HBO Go but will not be available on the HBO TV channel. The movie features a young Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) growing up in…

National Awards 2021: Winners list

The National Film Awards took place on 25th October, with many well-known attending in person to pick up their award. Kangana Ranaut bagged the best actress gong for her films ‘Panga’ and ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’. Apart from this, ‘Chhichhore’ got the best film awards – director Nitesh Tiwari missed Sushant Singh Rajput on receiving the award. View the full list below: FEATURE FILMS:Best Feature Film: Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham (Malayalam)Best Direction: Bahattar HoorainBest Actress: Kangana Ranaut (Manikarnika, Panga)Best Actor:…

3 Indian films among nominees for Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Payal Kapadia’s Cannes award winner ‘A Night of Knowing Nothing’, Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s powerful ‘Writing With Fire’ and PS Vinothraj’s debut Tamil film ‘Koozhangal’ (Pebbles) have received top nominations at the 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be held in Australia. While Kapadia’s film has received the Best Feature Film nomination, ‘Writing With Fire’ has received the Best Documentary Feature nomination. On the other hand, ‘Koozhangal’ has received nominations for Achievement in Direction for Vinothraj and Achievement in…