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'Avengers' director Joss Whedon releases paranormal romance online

Posted: 29 Apr 2014 04:40 AM PDT

Avengers director Joss Whedon released his newest film In Your Eyes online just as it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, joining the ranks of filmmakers experimenting with straight-to-consumer digital distribution.

In a surprise video message to fans, Whedon said he was disappointed he could not be in New York for the debut of the paranormal love story that he wrote and which was directed by Brin Hill. But then he noted it was available worldwide and online for a US$5 (RM17) fee.

The film is available at and the US-based video-sharing website Vimeo.

"It is exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another new form of distribution – and we get US$5," said the director behind the blockbuster Avengers franchise from Marvel.

In Your Eyes is the love story of an East Coast housewife named Rebecca, played by Zoe Kazan who is strangely connected with an ex-con played by Michael Stahl-David, who lives in New Mexico.

Zoe Kazan (above) and Michael Stahl-David (below) star in In Your Eyes

It is the second feature film by Los Angeles-based Bellwether Pictures, which was founded by Whedon and producer Kai Cole to bring micro-budget films directly to the audience. The company released Much Ado About Nothing, a retelling of the Shakespearean comedy, in 2012.

The Avengers the film that united Marvel superheroes in 2012, grossed more than US$1.46bil worldwide. Whedon's sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron is due out in 2015. – Reuters

'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' wins big at International Indian Film Academy Awards

Posted: 27 Apr 2014 08:40 PM PDT

The best in Indian movies were honoured on Bollywood's biggest event, held in Florida in the US last weekend.

The Indian film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag led winners of the "Bollywood Oscars" last weekend, nabbing five of the top honours including best picture and best director as the awards made their first-ever US stop in Tampa, Florida.

Hollywood celebrities including Kevin Spacey and John Travolta and dignitaries from India and the United States attended the International Indian Film Academy Awards – which had been likened to the Super Bowl in terms of its security needs, traffic management and planning.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a biographical sports drama based on the life of Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete who was a national champion runner and an Olympian, led the winners at the awards which capped four days of events and celebrations aimed at creating deeper ties between India and the US.

Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (far right) handing the best picture award to celebrated Indian athlete and Olympian Milkha Singh (in turban), whose life story was told in the winning film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Hrithik Roshan performing at the awards. 

(from left) US actor Kevin Spacey, and Bollywood actors Shahdid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone hamming it up on stage at the Raymond James Stadium during the awards. -- AFP/Jewel Samad 

Besides the awards for best picture and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film won the best actor award for Farhan Akhtar, best supporting actress to Divya Dutta and best story. It also collected a host of technical awards.

The prize for best actress went to Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express, and she was also named entertainer of the year.

"2013 was an amazing year for me," Padukone said after her win. "I left home with a suitcase and a dream, and I thank my parents for allowing me to follow my dream."

Hollywood star Travolta received a special award for outstanding contribution to international cinema, saying he was "honoured and humbled to be put in this category".

"I believe that as human being we are alike and this is a medium to celebrate our similarities," Travolta said.

The award for performance by an actor in a supporting role went to Aditya Roy Kapoor for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Shatrughan Sinha was honoured for lifetime achievement.

The film Aashiqui 2 scored a host of musical prizes, including those for best lyrics and best male and female singers. Honours for newcomers were won by actor and actress Dhanush and Vani Kapoor.

The four-day event, with an expected worldwide viewership of 800 million, drew tens of thousands of visitors to the area and was expected to generate about US$11mil (RM35.2mil) in revenue, organisers said.

The US$2bil (RM6.4bil) Indian film industry has a wide global reach and produces more movies each year than Hollywood, though the US film industry generates five times more revenue, according to the Tampa Bay Times. — Reuters

Priyanka Chopra flying high!

Farkhan Akhtar, who stars in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, receiving his best actor award.

Madhuri Dixit-Nene showing off her dancing skills.


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