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2008-08-24 22:57:30

In the last ten days of August, nine new films - Phoonk, Mukhbir, Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam, Rock On, Mumbai Meri Jaan, C Kompany, Hijack, Chamku and Wanted-will hit the marquee. Some could be interesting, most are likely to be ridiculous. But it's the number rather than the films themselves that's significant. The tornado of releases signifies one thing for sure: thanks to the new order in Bollywood, where cinema has been reduced to mere 'software' to fill multiplex screens/TV channels and...

2008-08-23 00:00:24

By SANDYE VOIGHT Future plans include 3 A fall film mix of Oscar contenders. 3 Film acting classes by Bob Z'dar. 3 Midnight movies -- possibly a series of monster flicks for Halloween. 3 A showing of Tim Breitbach's film, "Dopamine," which won a Sundance award in 2003. 3 A showing by the Chicago Short Film Brigade. 3 Films from India's "Bollywood." 3 A Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. News You can use Web site: www.mindframetheaters.com Ticket prices: $7 evenings, $5 matinee (also,...

2008-08-22 06:00:26

By Bill Keveney The Cheetah Girls: One World lives up to its title. The successful Disney Channel franchise traveled to India for its third movie (tonight, 8 ET/PT), mixing the familiar, three singing-dancing friends, with what many viewers will find exotic: dance, music and clothing emblematic of India's Bollywood film industry. One World, which comes five years after the first Cheetah film, opens with the three recording hopefuls -- Chanel (Adrienne Bailon), Dorinda (Sabrina...

2008-08-22 06:00:26

By Anupama Chopra 'Who gives us clout?" Shahrukh Khan, the actor also known as King of Bolly wood, asked during a recent interview here. He quickly answered the query himself. "It's the last mile, the audience. My logic is this: Can you beat me at the box office?" In the last 15 years few have challenged Khan at the top of the Bollywood box office. His string of blockbusters has given him such clout - as well as wax statues in his honor at Madame Tussauds in London and the Musee Grevin in...

2008-08-22 00:00:24

By Bharati Dubey MUMBAI: In a deal that has set a record in Bollywood, the worldwide distribution rights of Vipul Shah's London Dreams have been sold for Rs 120 crore. The deal, which includes satellite, theatrical, video and music rights, is the first to cross the Rs 100 crore mark. Themed around the contemporary Asian underground music scene, the film which stars Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan will go on the floor in September and be shot mainly be in London. Indian Film Company has...

2008-08-20 00:00:27

By Nitasha Natu MUMBAI: Political party workers seem to be getting increasingly innovative with their promotional tactics. For the past few months, they have been piggybacking on the success of Bollywood films to appeal to the public. For instance, a hoarding put up in Santa Cruz (W) reads 'UPA is King' , inspired from the Akshay Kumar-starrer Singh is Kinng, with pictures of the party's head honchos splashed across the billboard. A Mumbai Congress spokesperson says it was designed after...

2008-08-19 00:00:22

By GAURAV THAKUR Times News Network What yesteryear star Manoj Kumar has done lately to Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan has established a new trend in Bollywood. Grieved by the alleged insult directed at him in Om Shanti Om, Kumar has finally filed a legal suit of cheating and defamation against producer SRK, wife Gauri Khan and director Farah Khan. A few scenes in the movie take potshots at Kumar and he has filed the case as the filmmakers have failed to delete the scenes from the movie....

2008-08-18 00:00:25

By Mike Hughes The good news about stardom is that it can take you to new heights. The bad news? Sometimes, those heights are atop a moving elephant. "I was so petrified," Adrienne Bailon said. "That elephant was just gi-normous." That was for the Disney Channel's "The Cheetah Girls: One World," which dares to go against the final weekend of the Olympics. The movie was filmed mostly in India, incorporating local flavor. That explains why the three Cheetahs were atop Ramu, 73, who got...

2008-08-12 00:00:29

By Priyanka Dasgupta What impression of India did you get in Pakistan when you were shooting for Ramchand Pakistani? I've been a part of many Indo-Pak peace initiatives. Those across the border have a lot of curiosity about India. Today mainstream Indian films are getting released there. Earlier pirated DVDs would be in circulation. Some of our actors have their roots there. Yet, sometimes, they feel that we behave like the big brother. Was the experience of shooting in a Pakistani...

2008-08-12 00:00:29

By Sreedhar Pillai One of the hot and happening actors in Mumbai, the television star- turned Bollywood's generation next hero Rajeev Khandelwal was shooting recentlyon the sandy beaches of Kottivakkam in Chennai. Critics and Bollywood observers say that the boy from small town Jaipur who was television's wonder boy through serials like Kahin to Hoga, Haqeeqat, Left Right Left became an actor with fantastic screen presence in the sleeper hit thriller of 2008 Aamir. Rajeev played the...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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