Bang Bang, Fox’s anticipated Indian remake of Knight And Day, has dropped a teaser in what is shaping up to be a hot week for Bollywood. The film stars Hrithik Roshan, who underwent brain surgery last year to remove a blood clot, causing a delay in production and moving the release date from May to October 2 this year — the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. It’s also the start of the four-day Dussehra Hindu festival weekend holiday. Siddharth Anand directs Bang Bang, which also stars Katrina Kaif. Roshan, who’s a bona fide star at home with a growing international profile (his wax likeness stands at Madame Tussaud’s in the UK), most recently starred in superhero pic Krrish 3. That film broke records in India in 2013. A special screening of the Bang Bang teaser was hosted in India this week and set social media abuzz. Here’s a look:
Will Ferrell is set for a tribute at the 40th annual Deauville American Film Festival in September. The Saturday Night Live veteran’s recent credits include The Lego Movie, Anchorman 2 and the upcoming Get Hard, and his Gary Sanchez Productions this week announced a film adaptation on the 1980s TV series Manimal. “The Deauville American Film Festival is, as its name suggests, the festival of all kinds of cinema, of every genre, and therefore considers nothing as off-limits,” fest director Bruno Barde said. “In an age when the mirror held up by filmmakers reflects a world which is often troubling, the festival is thrilled to welcome, for its 40th edition, the man who can claim to be ‘the king of American comedy’. Zany, caustic, satirical, off-the-wall and over-the-top; he is all that and more — a pure delight for the audience, in the same vein as Jerry Lewis, Peter Sellers, and the Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker trio.” Deauville runs September 5-14 in the seaside Normandy town. The full lineup will be unveiled August 20.
D Films announced has acquired Canadian distribution rights in all media to the Sundance Film Festival pic The Guest, starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick. The film centers on a young soldier who arrives on the doorstep of a family claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in battle. The family welcomes David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, their teenage daughter starts wondering if David is responsible. Adam Wingard directed the pic from a screenplay by Simon Barrett. The deal was negotiated by Michael Robson on behalf of D Films and Clair Taylor on behalf of HanWay Films. The Guest is scheduled for a fall release in Canada, with Picturehouse distributing in the U.S.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a Wes Anderson movie, not a lodging. Right? Maybe so, but some folks are taking to Trip Advisor to post “reviews” about the hotel as if it were real. As of Wednesday night, 88 people had weighed in about the place, which ranks as the No. 1 hotel in the Republic of Zubrowka. It’s faring pretty well thus far, with 65 reviewers listing it as “excellent” versus only seven calling it “terrible”. A review with the latter rating is under the header, ““Not what I expected from a renowned Anderson property”. Happier reviewers called it “impeccable” and “inimagineable”. The page comes with a disclaimer of sorts: “Message from TripAdvisor: As seen in the 2014 Wes Anderson movie ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’ Have fun reading these reviews — go on, add your own! Just don’t try to book a visit here, because this fictional place doesn’t really exist.”