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New Godzilla Trailer Gives Glimpse Of Terrifying Monster

By Aglaia Staff

Just yesterday there was a little rash of audio teasers for director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzillareboot. The most spine tingling of which was Bryan Cranston’s Joe Brody going full on Panicked Walter White and proclaiming (amongst other things): “What’s really happening is that you’re hiding something out there. It is going to send us back to the Stone Age. You have no idea what’s coming.”

Now we know what he was talking about. In the new full official trailer – not to be confused with the teaser which just showed a bunch of soldiers air-dropping onto what seemed to be the back of the beast – we get a sense of the scale of this new Godzilla. And he is massive. He’s also apparently wreaking a path of destruction across San Francisco to Asia to Las Vegas that no one can stop. This trailer also has a bunch of talk about how “in 1954 we awakened something” and something else about nuclear tests in the Pacific. So far it seems like Edwards’ film will have a lot of mood, suspense, and action — and ties to Godzilla’s origins — but it’s still hard to tell if it’ll be all dread and no fun.

But bottom line, Legendary Pictures’ new version of Godzilla, which hits theaters May 16 and stars future Avengers: Age of Ultron players Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), looks monstrously epic. We’ll have to wait and see if it’s also a massively good time.

 

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The Oscars 2014: Snubs And Nominees

By Aglaia Staff

Sometimes you can and can’t even say, “It was an honor to be nominated.” Here’s a look at the films and performers who failed to be recognized on Oscar nomination morning, or who are cheering their unexpected success.

Robert Redford was the only cast member in director J.C. Chandor’s at-sea survival tale. Despite his acting tour de force, Redford failed to land a best actor nomination. The boat, however, got a best supporting actor nomination. Just kidding. The boat got snubbed too.
 
James Gandolfini’s untimely death in 2013 gave extra exposure to this romantic comedy from director Nicole Holofcener, leading to much speculation that the actor might receive his first Oscar nomination. Though Gandolfini grabbed posthumous nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards, the SAG Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards, an Oscar nomination just wasn’t going to happen. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Holofcener were also snubbed.

 
All that talk about whether or not Scarlett Johansson could be nominated for an Oscar for her voice work in Spike Jonze’s romantic film was for naught. The actress was not nominated.

Director Paul Greengrass’ film “Captain Phillips” was nominated for best picture, but the director himself did not grab a nomination. Greengrass is shown, second from the right, on the set of “Captain Phillips.”

Many critics felt “The Wolf of Wall Street’s” hard-partying ways would be too much for the older and more conservative tastes of the academy voters. But apparently those old-timers have a fondness for their wilder days. Martin Scorsese’s film grabbed five nominations, including nods for best picture, best director and actors Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Many felt “Saving Mr. Banks,” about “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers’ battles with Walt Disney over the making of the film was a sure thing for Oscar nominations. But despite generally positive reviews for Emma Thompson as Travers and Tom Hanks as Disney, the film was shut out at the Oscars.

Going into awards season, many felt that Tom Hanks could get two acting nominations for “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” But he failed to be nominated for either film. And Hanks even serves on the academy’s board of governors. Hollywood really is a tough town.
 
Many critics felt “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Joel and Ethan Coen‘s look at the world of folk singers, was among their best films. The academy apparently begged to differ. The film only received two nominations, for cinematography and sound mixing.

Oprah Winfrey’s much heralded return to the big screen had all the makings of an Oscar-nominated performance. She played the same character seen over a large span of time with many different appearances and a fair amount of anger. Somehow, it just wasn’t enough to land a nomination.

Academy voters apparently didn’t take to this decade-spanning tale of a White House butler (Forest Whitaker). The film failed to land any nominations, even though it was a surprise box-office hit and landed SAG Award nominations for Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and its entire ensemble cast.

Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s brutal look at the life of Tilikum, the killer whale held in captivity at SeaWorld, resulted in heaps of bad press for the theme park. Though it was able to generate a lot of press, it failed to capture a nomination for documentary feature.

This French coming-of-age drama was a smash at Cannes, where it won the Palme d’Or, but maybe the film’s abundant nudity and graphic sex scenes were too much for the voters. It was not nominated for best foreign language film.

Ron Howard is usually a sure thing at the Oscars, ever since winning for “A Beautiful Mind.” But though many said “Rush,” about Formula 1 race car drivers, was one of his most enjoyable movies in years, it will not be taking a victory lap at Oscar time.

The 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will be held on March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

 

 

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Sherlock To Return For Series 4 And 5

By Aglaia Staff

We can’t get enough of ‘Sherlock‘, can we? There’s good news as the BBC series will return for at least two more seasons.

According to a report in the Huffington Post, series star Benedict Cumberbatch has confirmed that he has been signed on for season four of ‘Sherlock’ along with co-star Martin Freeman. “All I know at the moment is I’m doing these three [episodes of season 3] and another three,” Cumberbatch told RadioTimes.com at the South Bank Show Awards.

Talking about possibility of more seasons even after Season 4, Cumberbatch said: “It just depends on Martin and I’s availability, how long we can keep it going. It depends on Steven’s ability. I’d love to keep it going.”

Series co-creator Steven Moffat also confirmed the good news at a BAFTA screening of third series finale ‘His Last Vow’. He said that he and co-creator Mark Gatiss have plotted seasons four and five of ‘Sherlock’.

“Rather excitingly, Mark and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the [Sherlock] production bus…and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future,” Moffat told the audience, according to RadioTimes. “And we plotted out the whole of series four and five.”

He added that the writer duo has come up with a number of twists and turns. “The ideas we had that day, I thought were the best we’ve ever had.”

In October, 2013, Moffat had said that it was stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman who ordered the fourth season. “We had to inform the BBC that Martin and Benedict had commissioned a new series,” Moffat said. “They signed themselves up. They both announced that they were carrying on-so that’s good. Benedict, at some red carpet event somewhere, said he was carrying on forever. Martin, at another one, said, ‘Yep, series four is happening’.”

Moffat also revealed that the hit detective series will return for its fourth season “as quickly” as possible.

“Benedict and Martin are apparently in movies!” quipped the writer. “So we’ve got to schedule around them, but we’ll get them made as quickly as we can.”

About the Season 3 finale episode, Moffat said that it will be 90 minutes of “mouth dropping twists”. He also revealed that the audience will get to see Sherlock as never before – high on drugs. “The drugs thing is interesting. Those things made you interesting or an intellectual in the past, these days a coke head is just a tw*t. We don’t want that, he said.”

“The story is lifted directly from the story The Man with the Twisted Lip. We always try to make it big and bold, you are always trying to outdo what you have done before,” Moffat concluded.

 

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Telugu Hero Uday Kiran Dead

By Aglaia Staff

In a shocking incident, Telugu cinema hero Uday Kiran has died. It’s a shocking case of suicide. Initial reports say that the actor died after taking the extreme step in his flat at Srinagar colony on Sunday night. Later, he was rushed to a private hospital where the doctors declared him dead. The reasons for Uday Kiran’s death are yet to be known.

Uday Kiran shot to fame with the films like Chitram, Nuvvu Nenu, Manasantha Nuvve, Nee Sneham, etc. The actor was last seen in the action entertainer Jai Sriram. Uday Kiran married Vishitha in October 2012.

 

 

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Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela

By Sunil Kumar

Big Will; King of the Hill was born in Stratford-on-avon. In India; we live in a stratified society; which is apparently open. Most of our movies revolve or did revolve around a central theme; romantic love. This formula has been so accepted; that cinema verite (realistic movies) never gained ground. Probably in the past few years; but bring out the old “Benerasi Babu” and “Bambai Se Aaaya Mera Dost”. Is this good or bad? Well; I will judge. In keeping the country from becoming a clone of the West; as practically everything and everywhere seems to be these days; Bharatiya cinema has done a great and sometimes commendable job. In making us sometimes groan and guffaw; there is no need to spell my sentiments out.

So, case in point; Ram-Leela. The Gujarati take on Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare would never have thought writing for Elizabeth; that his story would have such universal appeal. In this 21st century adaptation; we are treated to Twitter updates; vile expletives and gun-toting rivalry apart from the predictable “love’s got everything to do with it”.

First the good parts. Unlike some of my Dravidian and other counterparts; I do not believe in pretentious negativity. It sometimes get jarring when every word uttered from somebody’s mouth seems only geared to prove profundity. Ahem! We have been born with a halo that guarantees us to blast everything. Note that me has nothing to do with this movie or anything else. In the new world; I only objectively assess what’s in front of my eyes.

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English: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Elaborate sets are now a Bhansali staple; so yes there’s the visual element. I found Padukone’s acting interesting; but the whole thing seems to be getting predictable. The positives in this movie are the rich colours; the interesting backdrop and the action sequences. Now for the cons in my humble opinion. The story did not appeal to me; and as such it was not that exciting. Coupled with the fact that the end based on “Romeo and Juliet” was known to me; killed the suspense. The dances however were fabulous. The Udaipur City Palace; one of the locations used in this movie looked wonderful.

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If 500 year old enmities were supposed to add a touch of gravity; then sadly that was not the case. The old dame in the movie’s jokes were hilarious; but they were more in the line of what one would listen to everyday; not something which seeks to arrive at artistic finesse. Probably; the sign of the times.

Some of the other movies; such as, Kundan Shah‘s “Mirch Masala” also based in a similar setting were more engaging in a story sense. The world displayed in this movie is not realistic. The Priyanka Chopra “item number” was a foregone conclusion; but please Bollywood directors and producers; get us more of yesteryear. The long furtive glances; the subtle lights and the lyrical poetry. Not the dhinchak-dhinchak open blouses and “Ram Chahe Leela; Leela Chahe Ram”. Watchable; if you like such stuff!

 

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Happy Birthday! The Oscars And Me!

By Sunil Kumar

The Academy Awards, officially rebranded as the Oscars five days ago is one of the premier events in the global cinematic calendar. They are usually given on February 24th every year. The first ceremony was in the Hotel Roosevelt :Hollywood in 1929; the awards are synonymous with excellence. After the historical brief; here’s a snapshot of the winners.

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Visit aglaia.co.in English: The red carpet at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland during the 81st Academy Awards Ceremony. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Argo wins Best Film

Iran hostage drama “Argo” won the Oscar for Best Film, the top prize at the movie industry’s most coveted awards, beating rival “Lincoln.”

The thriller, which is based on a true story, recounts a CIA mission to rescue six American diplomats from Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, under the cover of making a fake Hollywood film.

“Argo” was voted Best Film on Sunday after winning a slew of other Hollywood awards despite its director, Ben Affleck, being left off the Academy Award directing shortlist.

Jennifer Lawrence wins best actress Oscar

Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for best actress at the 85th Academy Awards for her performance as a headstrong young widow in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

“This is nuts,” quipped Lawrence – who got a sympathetic standing ovation after she tripped on her way up onto the stage in a Dior Couture gown – as she gripped the first Oscar of her career.

 

Daniel Day-Lewis wins Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor Oscar on Sunday for playing US President Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln,” becoming the first man to win the trophy three times.

Day-Lewis, 55, was favourite to win the Academy Award for his quiet, intense performance as one of America’s most respected presidents as he battled to end slavery and the US Civil War.

Early winners

Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” and “Les Miserables” won early Oscars Sunday at a musical show where the race for the top Academy Awards was on a knife-edge between frontrunners “Argo” and “Lincoln.”

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Austrian director Michael Haneke‘s Cannes-winning “Amour” won the best foreign language film award at the 85th Academy Awards, widely seen as the most unpredictable for years.

Best supporting actor went to Austrian Christoph Waltz, who played a dentist turned bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s blood-spattered spaghetti western tribute “Django Unchained.”

Midway through the show, Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress Oscar for her heart-wrenching turn in musical adaptation “Les Miserables,” which had already won best makeup/hairstyling.

 

Daniel Day-Lewis wins Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor Oscar on Sunday for playing US President Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln,” becoming the first man to win the trophy three times.

Day-Lewis, 55, was favourite to win the Academy Award for his quiet, intense performance as one of America’s most respected presidents as he battled to end slavery and the US Civil War.

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Early winners

Ang Lee’s India based “Life of Pi” and “Les Miserables” won early Oscars Sunday at a musical show where the race for the top Academy Awards was on a knife-edge between frontrunners “Argo” and “Lincoln.”

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Visit aglaia.co.in Quentin Tarantino at the 82nd Academy Awards, March 7, in Hollywood, Calif. Tarantino was nominated for his directorial efforts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Austrian director Michael Haneke’s Cannes-winning “Amour” won the best foreign language film award at the 85th Academy Awards, widely seen as the most unpredictable for years.

Best supporting actor went to Austrian Christoph Waltz, who played a dentist turned bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s blood-spattered spaghetti western tribute “Django Unchained.”

Midway through the show, Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress Oscar for her heart-wrenching turn in musical adaptation “Les Miserables,” which had already won best makeup/hairstyling.

 

 

 

 

 

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Skyfall Joins the USD 1 Billion Club

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By Sunil Kumar

Skyfall‘ has become the most successful James Bond film in the 007 spy series by crossing the USD 1 billion mark worldwide. Directed by Sam Mendes and marking Craig’s third turn as the iconic spy, the movie reached the milestone yesterday when its worldwide tally hit USD 1 billion, by far the best showing of any Bond picture, not accounting for inflation, the Hollywood Reporter said.

“It is truly thrilling to reach this incredible milestone,” said MGM chairman-CEO Gary Barber.

‘Skyfall’ is also the third movie of 2012 to cross USD 1 billion in worldwide ticket sales after Disney and Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ (USD 1.51 billion) and Warner Bros’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ (USD 1.08 billion). Only 14 films have grossed USD 1 billion or more so far.

‘Skyfall’ has grossed USD 289.6 million domestically and USD 710.6 million internationally, becoming the highest grossing film in Sony‘s history and the first to jump USD 1 billion.

“To see a film connect with audiences is always gratifying, but the success of this film is nothing short of extraordinary. After 50 years of entertaining audiences all over the world, Skyfall is the most successful James Bond film

of all time,” Sony’s vice chairman Jeff Blake said.

The film, from Eon Productions, is the 23rd installment in the iconic British spy franchise. Skyfall also stars Javier Bardem, Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes.

 

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We Are All Living in A Computer Simulation

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By Sunil Kumar

Will you take the red pill or the blue pill?

Some physicists and university researchers say it’s possible to test the theory that our entire universe exists inside a computer simulation, like in the 1999 film “The Matrix.”

In 2003, University of Oxford philosophy professor Nick Bostron published a paper, The Simulation Agreement,” which argued that, “we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation.” Now, a team at Cornell University says it has come up with a viable method for testing.

Researchers at the University of Washington agree with the testing method, saying it can be done. A similar proposal was put by German physicists earlier this year.

 

Professor Martin Savage, one of the physicists working on the project says it’s unclear.

“Imagine the situation where we get a big enough computer to simulate our universe, and we start such a simulation on our computers. If that simulation runs long enough, and have the same laws as our universe, then something like our universe will emerge within that simulations, and the situation will repeat itself within each simulation,” he said.

The current understanding of string theory indicates that there are 10^500 universes with different laws that determine the behaviour of particles within them, the professor of physics said.

“So it is certainly true, that with enough computer resources, theorists would like to explore these universes.”

How the experiment works is a little tricky to understand, but physicists claim that finite computer resources mean that space time is not continuous but set on a grid with a finite volume, designed to create maximum energy subatomic particles. The direction these particles flow in will depend on how they are ordered on the grid (which may or may not be cubic, but could itself have some sort of non-continuous structure).

Still with me?

In a nutshell the physicists will be looking at the distribution of the highest energy cosmic rays in order to try and detect patterns that could suggest that the universe is the creation of some futuristic computer technology.

If it turns out that we are bit players in some sort of computer program, the physicist suggested that there may be a way to mess with the program, and play with the minds of our creators – all in the name of science, you understand.

“One could imagine trying to figure out how to manipulate the code, communicate with the code by moving information around, and questions that appear weird to consider today,” he said.

It will be years before we see any sort of definitive data proving, or disproving the team’s theory, so before you throw in your job, tell your loved ones what you have always thought of them, Professor Savage says that the possibility that you are just a piece of data in a computer simulation may be disturbing, but it doesn’t nullify your existence.

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Release For Dhoom 3

By Aglaia Staff(Newswire)

The holiday season has proven to be lucky for Aamir Khan

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. He’s been part of three back-to-back blockbusters that released during the Christmas weekend in the past — Taare Zameen Par (2007), Ghajini (2008) and 3 Idiots (2009). And although the actor doesn’t have any more releases this year, if all goes well, his next movie Dhoom 3 is expected to hit the screens next Christmas.

 

Meanwhile, Rajkumar Hirani’s P.K., which was earlier rumoured to have a year-end release, might not be completed on time. “Aamir has already completed a long shooting schedule for Dhoom:3 in Chicago. He was supposed to start shooting for P.K. in January, but in all likelihood, the first half of 2013 will be devoted to wrapping up Dhoom:3. As a result, P.K. might not be completed in time for a Christmas release,” says a trade insider.

 

Although the film hasn’t gone on the floors yet, P.K. has already been making news. Besides the casting, the film’s shooting dates have also been in the news. The project was supposed to take off in October, but it didn’t start on schedule. Later, the director had stated that he would start the shoot in December with leading lady Anushka Sharma. But now it’s believed that the film will hit the floors only by mid-January 2013.

 

Other than Anushka, the film also stars TV actor Sushant Singh Rajput. In the past, names such as Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor were also doing the rounds for Sushant’s part. “Everyone knows that Aamir wants to focus on one movie at a time. So, he isn’t in a big hurry to start P.K. The movie will be shot in and around Rajasthan and Delhi,” says the source.

On the other hand, Aglaia has ascertained that  Dhoom:3 producers Yash Raj Films (YRF) have huge plans for the film’s release. The multi-starrer project also features Katrina Kaif, Jackie Shroff, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra.

 

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Rihanna Wants Elvira Role In Scarface

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By Sunil Kumar

 

Singer Rihanna is reportedly keen on bagging a role in the remake of 1983 filmScarface”.

The 24-year-old wants to play the role of Elvira Hancock, essayed by actress Michelle Pfeiffer in the original movie.

“Rihanna loves ‘Scarface’. Some of her music videos have been based on Michelle’s character, Elvira,” thesun.co.uk quoted a source as saying.

“She knows all the words and even has her walk perfected,” the source added.

The singer made her acting debut with actor Liam Neeson in “Battleship” earlier this year. She will soon be seen in Evan Goldberg’s “End Of The World” and is making a debut in voice over with “Happy Smekday!”

 

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