Hindi Film 101: Kangana’s Coup D’Etat and Why Closed Doors Increase Creativity

I finally found out how to spell “coup d’etat”!  Thanks to a comment, because spellcheck and google certainly weren’t going to help me.  As my German teacher used to tell me, French is a silly language where nothing is spelled the way it sounds.  To the degree that I can’t even get close enough to google it.

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me?

Happy Monday!  I had an exhausting weekend, my sister and brother-in-law were in town, we all drove up to the family place and helped Mom and Dad do hard manual labor to get it closed up for the fall.  Well, almost closed up.  There’s one more exhausting weekend coming. Anyway, distract me from being exhausted at work!  As me questions! Continue reading

TGIF: A Month of Food and Stars and Snark, Enjoy!!!!

This is a continuation of a post I put up on Wednesday.  Turns out, almost every day of the month in September has a food attached to it (food lobbyists/publicists have way too much time and money).  So then all I had to do was figure out which actor matches the food.  I was a wee bit mean on Wednesday, I am feeling less mean today, but we will see if the meanness rises up in me again.

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News Round-Up: Kangana Does Wrong, Abhi Baby Does Right, Nick Jonas… Hmm

Oh there is FUN STUFF today!!!!!!!  Talk about contract disputes and filming hierarchies, my favorite!  Oh, and also terrible gossip that lets us feel like better people than celebrities and gives that little “zing” of excitement from conspiracy theories.

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News Round-Up: Ajay Bets All on Luv Ranjan, Manikarnika Makers Bet All on Spin Stories, Shahid Bets All on Dingko Singh

Some interesting little stories today!  With some interesting things to think about in terms of Big Questions of Indian society and film and fun stuff like that.  And also, little petty questions like “what the heck is happening on the Manikarnika set and why are they trying so hard to cover it up?”

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Hindi Film 101: Politics and Propaganda, Film and Fantasy, the Basics of Media Studies Part 1

This is one of those Big Big essays.  And I am very sleep deprived and stressed right now which, strangely, puts me in the perfect frame of mind for this particular discussion.  My brain craves theoretical instead of practical concerns.

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News Round-Up: John Talks Sarfarosh, Pa Ranjith Talks Hindi, Everyone Talks PC

Well, this is the gossip cycle that will never end.  I don’t know why I am surprised, this is how it happens, right?  The gossip comes out, and then everyone reacts to it, and then everyone reacts to the reactions.  And I am part of the problem, because it is just barely on the line of affecting the industry and the big messages of stuff so I feel like I should talk about it.  Oh, and also Pa Ranjith might make a Hindi film, yaaaaay!

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News Round-Up: Imraan Has a New “Job”, Disha Patani is Folded into ANOTHER Priyanka Story, Kangana’s Manikarnika Sounds Like a Disaster

I have 20 minutes before the kids get here, so I am going to write a news report post real quick, and then dig a croquet set out of the attic so they can hit each other with mallets.  Or possibly actually play croquet, but that seems unlikely.

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Hindi Film 101: Marriage and Movie Stars

On Friday I did a “TGIF” of happy couples, and then I realized that I was kind of skipping to the end, posting the couples without defining “happy” before.  And I also find it legitimately fascinating how tricky the public versus private requirements of Hindi film industry marriages are.

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News Round-Up: Everyone Has Jobs, Amitabh to Anupam to Imraan!

Happy Monday!  So much news to catch up on!  For instance, Amitabh went to the hospital, which is always an exciting experience for the international news media.  Poor Amitabh, can you imagine if every time you went in for a routine procedure, your picture was headlines everywhere in the world?  So stressful!

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News Round-Up Part 1: SO MANY Upcoming Movies!!!!! Milan Talkies and Ali Fazel, Housefull 4 and Abhishek Update, Aiyaary and the Censor Board, Manikarnika and Kangana, YRF and Karan Malhotra

So many news items about upcoming movies!  Mostly how they are being released early, or released late, or starting filming.  Just a lot of date talk, really.  Which isn’t very interesting on the surface, but is super super interesting when you dig in and think about what those dates mean.  And this is just part one, I am breaking it into two parts so we can more easily keep comments focused.  Part two here

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News Round-Up: Upcoming Movies, and Other Stories

Even more news!  Announcements of upcoming movies primarily.  Which kind of makes sense, we are entering the spring doldrums, so now is the time to start your promotion campaign while nothing exciting is hitting theaters.

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News Round-Up: Diljit Biopics, IFFI Hesitates, Siddharth Fashions, Deepika Deepikas, and Kangana Can’t Kangana

Happy Cyber Monday!  If my website loads slowly today, it’s not my fault, it’s The Internet.  Well, more accurately, The People on The Internet.  So, be patient, and load this whole story, and you can read a bunch of not very exciting news stories.

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News Round-Up: Dharma Turns Down Nepotism, Kangana is Still Working, So is Abhishek, Jacqueline Finally Gets a Leading Role, and Anil and Sonam are Co-Starring

Lots of little announcements today!  A few that I have many thoughts about, and a few I don’t care about that much but are still worth repeating.

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News Post: Kangana/Hrithik and Others

Well, I have to dip my toe back into the insanity of the Kangana/Hrithik situation, which has just boiled over again (now I am picturing a pot boiling over and my dipping my toe into it).  And then, as a reward, I get to talk about SK Films restructuring, which is much more exciting.

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New Karan Column! Thank Goodness He Has a Platform Ready To Give Explanations!

Probably not a coincidence, right?  Not like “ugh, another big controversy I am caught in! Hey look, I have a longform writing platform to discuss it.  What a coinky-dink!”  Probably more like “should I take this column offer from NDTV? I probably should, because it will be useful the next time I am inevitably caught in a controversy.”

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Rangoon Trailer: Bhardwaj Does Luhrmann With Nadia Wadia

Well, this is not what I was hoping for from a Bhardwaj movie!  He is stylish, sure, but it is style that overlays real hardcore traditional messy Indian emotions.  And Indian settings, gritty villages and remote farms.  This thing though, at least based on the first trailer, is all style over substance.  Luhrmann after Strictly Ballroom.

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