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>> Kristen Stewart to lead Berlin film fest jury

US actor Kristen Stewart will head up the jury in February at Berlin’s international film festival, Europe’s first major cinema showcase of the year, organisers said on Friday. The 73rd annual Berlinale, as the event is known, said the 32-year-old star of “Spencer” and the “Twilight” movies would lead the panel in selecting the winners of the Golden and Silver Bear top prizes.

>> Dhanush, Alia Bhatt top IMDB’s list of most popular Indian stars in 2022

Entertainment website IMDb announced the most popular Indian stars of 2022. According to the official report, the website determines its definitive top 10 lists based on the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb. Dhanush is this year’s top-ranked celebrity, thanks to his multilingual successful releases such as ‘The Gray Man’ and ‘Thiruchitrambalam’. ‘Brahmastra’ star Alia Bhatt came second, while Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who had a stellar comeback in ‘Ponniyin Selvan – 1’, took the third spot.

>> Allu Arjun’s ‘Pushpa’, Vijay’s ‘Beast’ songs top YouTube India trends 2022

YouTube India announced the most popular videos and creators that viewers across the country enjoyed. There are two clear winners, as the music and video songs of the Telugu film Pushpa: The Rise and the Tamil film Beast occupy several spots in the trending videos lists.

Bollywood

Deepika Padukone to join Rohit Shetty’s cop universe with ‘Singham Again’

Dharmendra, Agastya Nanda to headline Sriram Raghavan’s ‘Ikkis’

Will come back to acting after a year, says Aamir Khan

Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor and Akshay Kumar to attend closing ceremony of Red Sea Film Fest

Manoj Bajpayee wraps filming for Zee Studios’ courtroom drama

Prithviraj Sukumaran to play antagonist in Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’

Rani Mukerji’s ‘Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway’ gets a new release date

Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjana Sanghi, Parvathy Thiruvothu start shooting for untitled film

Akshay Kumar starts filming for ‘Vedat Marathe Veer Daudle Saat’

Nandita Das’ ‘Zwigato’ to have India premiere at International Film Festival of Kerala

Aditya Roy Kapur, Sara Ali and others to star in Anurag Basu’s next ‘Metro…In Dino’

Hindi version of ‘Kantara’ to stream on Netflix from December 9

Sanjay Leela Bhansali announces first music album ‘Sukoon’, to release on December 7

Hollywood

New York Film Critics Circle names ‘Tár’ best picture of the year

‘Wonder Woman 3’, ‘Man of Steel 2’ cancelled; DCEU to be revamped and recast, say reports

Michelle Yeoh named Time’s Icon of the Year

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael to host Golden Globes 2023

Emmy-winning ‘Cheers’ star Kirstie Alley dies at 71

Charlize Theron honoured at Women in Entertainment gala

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ finally premieres 13 years after original ‘Avatar’

Celine Dion reveals she has rare neurological disorder, postpones shows

Jackie Chan says ‘Rush Hour 4’ is in works

Warner Bros sets Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Mickey7’ for March 2024 release

‘Wednesday’ becomes Netflix’s third most popular English TV-language series of all time

Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Payne reunite for ‘Election’ sequel ‘Tracy Flick Can’t Win’

Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to star in Apple TV+ series ‘Presumed Innocent’

‘The Holiday’ sequel not happening: Kate Winslet, Nancy Meyers debunk rumours

Hugh Grant joins cast of Kate Winslet-starrer limited series ‘The Palace’

‘Harry & Meghan’ documentary trailer delves into royal couple’s marriage aftermath

‘The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power’ season 2 adds eight new actors to its cast

Matt Damon, Casey Affleck to star in ‘The Instigators’

Michelle Yeoh to play Madame Morrible in ‘Wicked’ movies

Gil Kenan to direct ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ sequel

Daisy Ridley to lead series adaptation of murder mystery novel ‘The Christie Affair’

Regional Cinema

SS Rajamouli bags best director award at New York Film Critics Circle for ‘RRR’

Suriya drops out of director Bala’s ‘Vanangaan’

Shiva Rajkumar joins Dhanush, Arun Matheswaran’s ‘Captain Miller’

Mahesh Narayanan’s ‘Ariyippu’ to premiere December 16 on Netflix

Vetrimaaran to direct Imayam’s Sahitya Akademi-winning novel ‘Sellatha Panam’

Basil Joseph wins Best Director award at Asian Academy Creative Awards 2022 for ‘Minnal Murali’

Keerthy Suresh’s next is ‘Raghu Thatha’ with Hombale Films

27th edition of International Film Festival of Kerala kicks off in Thiruvananthapuram

Here are the people who work behind the scenes for the smooth conduct of IFFK

World Cinema

‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’, ‘Pachinko’ secure nods at Critics Choice Awards

Sundance Film Festival unveils lineup for 2023 edition: ‘Cat Person,’ ‘Bad Behaviour’ and more

New in streaming

Coming to Netflix: Anvitaa Dutt’s Qala, Randeep Hooda starrer CAT, stop-motion film Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, and more

New on Disney+ Hotstar in December: Kartik Aaryan starrer Freddy, Vicky Kaushal’s Govinda Naam Mera, reality show Moving In With Malaika, and more

New on Amazon Prime Video: Samantha starrer Yashoda, romance-comedy Forbidden Marriage, Season 4 of Doom Patrol, and more

Coming to Apple TV Plus: Season 2 of Gary Oldman-starring series Slow Horses, Julianne Moore starrer Sharper, season 4 of Servant, and more

Essential reading

1) Park Chan-wook on ‘Decision to Leave’ and the art of making sensual cinema

>> The filmmaker talks on the thematic elements of his latest, which fetched him Best Director at Cannes Film Festival

2) ‘Pushpak’ at 35: A sit down with legendary filmmaker Singeetam Srinivasa Rao

>> Legendary filmmaker Singeetam Srinivasa Rao on the making of his landmark film ‘Pushpak’

3) IFFI 2022 jury head Nadav Lapid says he would hate to be patted on the back by politicians “who praise my work”

>> The Israeli writer-director speaks his mind following the ‘The Kashmir Files’ controversy at the IFFI 2022

4) Ishaan Khatter on ‘Pippa’, his music video for FIFA World Cup 2022, and more

>> The actor also talks about how volatile the situation is in Bollywood, and how it affects him as an artist

5) Randeep Hooda: ‘CAT’ is an opportunity to portray real Sikh people

>> The actor opens up on his latest Netflix series, his working relationship with Akshay Kumar, and more

6) Actor Jiiva on Tamil movie ‘Varalaru Mukkiyam’ and completing 20 years in films

>> The actor speaks about what keeps him going in the industry and the secret behind making films for the youth

7) For ‘Faadu’ actor Saiyami Kher, it is the script and instinct above anything

>> The actor also talks about ‘Ghoomer’ with R Balki in which she plays a cricketer with disabilities

8) ‘Colour Photo’ director Sandeep Raj speaks about his next, ‘Mukhachitram’

>> Sandeep says that his second film, starring Vishwak Sen, has quite a few surprises for the audience

9) Female leads in K-Dramas: navigating between personal and professional life

>> Women’s career and ambition are not sidelined in favour of the romance and the ensuing drama in K-dramas

10) The boar of Kantara has much significance in our mythology 

>> Panjurli chooses to be the wild boar, drawing attention to the tension between forest & field, nature & culture

11) Suchendra Prasad’s ‘Maavu Bevu’ celebrates music and Kannada poetry

>> The writer-director’s film is a tribute to the late composer C Ashwath, SP Balasubrahmanyam and L Vaidyanathan

12) Director Saeed Mirza: We have lost the ability to laugh at ourselves

>> The director speaks about his memoir of his friend Kundan Shah, and why a Nukkad may not work today

13) Shivendra Singh Dungarpur: ‘They said I was wasting my time’

>> The success of ‘Bachchan: Back to the Beginning’ smoothed the way for ‘Dilip Kumar: Hero Of Heroes’, says Shivendra

14) Sidhartha Siva’s ‘Aanu’ narrates the predicament of two women

>> Sajitha Madathil and Namitha Pramod speak about their film, which will be screened at the 27th IFFK

15) Yamini Ghantasala ventures into Telugu independent music with ‘Needhe Aakasam’

>> The playback singer talks about her first Telugu independent song and her brother S. Thaman’s reaction

What to watch

1) Will Smith stars in half-baked slavery-era chronicle, ‘Emancipation’

Read the full review here

2) Taapsee Pannu shines in ‘Blurr’, a taut, gripping psychological thriller

Read the full review here

3) ‘Naai Sekar Returns’ could have just been a playback of old Vadivelu comedy scenes

Read the full review here

4) Shraddha Srinath, Rohini star in a powerful anti-caste film, ‘Witness’ that doesn’t pull any punches

Read the full review here

5) ‘Gurthunda Seethakalam’ is a dull ode to life and romance 

Read the full review here

6) ‘Mukhachitram’ is far from perfect, but makes a point

Read the full review here

7) Anthology film ‘Panchathantram’ is a potpourri and the women make it watchable 

Read the full review here

8) ‘Farha’ is a simple but affecting film on the civilian casualties of war

Read the full review here

9) Netflix documentary ‘Sr.’ is deeply personal eulogy from Robert Downey Jr.

Read the full review here

10) ‘Devotion’ is an all-star Jonathan Majors show all the way

Read the full review here

11) Anvitaa Dutt’s mother-daughter tale ‘Qala’ is poignant and admirable

Read the full review here



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