When it comes to huge movies with expensive special effects, no country in the world can touch America. Whether or not that’s a good thing is a whole other argument but even overseas, their biggest budget productions pale in comparison to ours. That tide might slowly be turning, however, with a film like Ra One, an upcoming Indian superhero film in the mold of Iron Man, directed by Anubhav Sinha and starring Shah Rukh Khan, which is being touted as one of the biggest spectacles to ever come out of the country. Check out the first trailer for the film after the jump. Read More »

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Want to see something insanely ridiculous? Check out this clip from the 2010 Indian science fiction film Enthiran. The clip can only be described as Terminator 2 meets The Matrix but with 100 times more ridiculous action. Trust me, watch it now.
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We had heard rumblings that DreamWorks Animation was developing a computer animated Bollywood movie, but had not heard much in terms of details until now. The company has announced via Variety that they have hired composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), Broadway lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Enchanted, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas) and husband-and-wife producing team Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges (Bend It Like Beckham, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging) to work on the animation studio’s first animated feature musical. More details after the jump.

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Bollywood Movie Trailer: Shankar’s The Robot

What if Bollywood created a movie with equal parts Iron Man, I, Robot, Bicentennial Man and featured the score of Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire)? /Film reader Nathan T sent over the trailer for S. Shankar‘s The Robot, which looks to be that movie. The film features Rajinikanth in dual roles, as a science professor and a superintelligent android robot. Watch a trailer for it now embedded after the jump.
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Koochie Koochie Hota Hai

Prana has released a movie trailer for the upcoming animated Bollywood feature film Koochie Koochie Hota Hai, directed by Tarun Mansukhani (Dostana). The film is a quasi-animated take on Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (the highest grossing Indian movie of 1998) and marks the 12 year anniversary of its release. The popular Bollywood on-screen pair of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol reprise their roles, alongside other voice cast such as Rani Mukherji, Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Anupam Kher, Uday Chopra and Simi Garewal. The core of the film is a love story between three dogs, and the supporting cast is made up of other animals, roosters, bears, pigs, cats, “and many others from the barn” I’m posting this because the movie is India’s largest animated production of all time. Watch the trailer, embedded after the jump.
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The peg will be played by Keanu Reeves. Hollywood’s looming shit squall of “movies” based on board games finally received an irksome hat tip from Stephen Colbert and the top shelf writers at The Colbert Report. It didn’t disappoint. After mentioning Ridley Scott‘s Monopoly project, complete with an Alien-inspired conundrum for mustachioe guy, Colbert feigned interest in manning the stations of Battleship. Joining him in a gripping audition for Universal‘s  live-action board game, due 2011, was none other than ever-relaxed Jeff Goldblum. Wearing a flamboyant hat. One can only hope that Battleship director Peter Berg wasn’t busy arranging another colonic in hell (…or Hancock 2) so as to witness the duo’s masterful recitation of grid coordinates. Cue the red lights.

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Hot on the heels of the lawsuit filed by Jerry Seigel’s estate to reclaim ownership of Superman, the Jack Kirby estate is suing many companies — Marvel, Disney, Sony, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and others — to reclaim copyright ownership of characters created and co-created by Kirby. That’s a big roster: the Fantastic Four, Captain America, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor and many others. Lawsuits like these aren’t uncommon, but there’s one ingredient that could make this one more likely to have long-term effects: it is being litigated by the lawyer who successfully won some Superman rights for the Seigel estate. Read More »

Shazam! Gets New Writers: Bill Birch and Geoff Johns

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For a super-powered guy with lightning speed, Captain Marvel moves pretty slow. The Shazam! film, once a New Line project and now part of Warner Bros., has been inching towards the screen for several years. Get Smart‘s Peter Segal remains on board as director, but there are two new contestants in the screenwriting game: Bill Birch and comics luminary Geoff Johns. What’s going on with the film, after the break. Read More »

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