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The birth of India's film industry: how the movies came to Mumbai

There is a fascinating but little-known prequel to Indian cinema that goes right back to silent films made in the 1890s

In October 1917, Hiralal Sen was sick, bankrupt and just a few days away from death when he received some cruel news. His brother's warehouse was on fire and, as it burned, Sen's career as a film-maker went up in flames. The warehouse contained the entire stock of the Royal Bioscope Company, the Sen brothers' firm, which showed and produced films in the Kolkata area in the early years of the 20th century. The blaze destroyed Sen's films, and with them much of the proof of India's early cinema history.

The centenary celebrations suggest that Indian film production began in 1913, but that is far from the truth. "The history of Indian cinema before 1913 is a fragmentary one, but it is no less interesting for that," says Luke McKernan, moving
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First Full Trailer and New Poster Released for Riddick

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Despite knowing that Riddick is set to release at the tail end of the Summer movie season (September 6th), we haven't really seen a whole lot of footage from the film. We got a quick little teaser (if you could call it that), and that's about it. Now, we've got our first full trailer, with loads of new footage plus a new poster and stills. Come inside to check them all out.

Riddick is the third film in the "Chronicles of Riddick" franchise (though I'm not sure they're calling it that any more) but judging by this trailer, it has much more in common with Pitch Black than it's sequel. Like...it looks almost exactly the same, but I don't mean that in a bad way. Just watch and you'll see what I mean:

It's light on the story, but the trailer gives a much better look at the film
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World's earliest colour film footage discovered after 110 years

The world's earliest colour film footage has been uncovered by this week, after resting in a tin for 110 years. The footage, which was shot by English inventor Edward Raymond Turner, features various test films of colourful objects, including a macaw, a goldfish, and children playing with sunflowers. The Film Stage reports that the film was discovered by Michael Harvey, curator of cinematography at the National Media Museum in Bradford, who worked with experts at the BFI National Archive to transfer the material into digital files. Film historians have regarded Turner's invention, which he collaborated on with entrepreneurs Frederick Marshall Lee and Charles Urban, as a (more)
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Colour film of 1901, judged world's earliest ever, found at media museum

British cinematographer's footage of his children, Brighton beach and Hyde Park, pre-date Edwardians' Kinemacolor

There is not much of a plot – goldfish in bowl – but the scene and others from the same rolls of film were revealed on Wednesday as the earliest colour moving images ever made in a discovery that does nothing less than "rewrite film history".

The National Media Museum in Bradford said it had found what it contends are truly historic films from 1901/02, pre-dating what had been thought to be the first successful colour process – Kinemacolor – by eight years.

"We believe this will literally rewrite film history," said the museum's head of collections, Paul Goodman. "I don't think it is an overstatement. These are the world's first colour moving images."

The films were made by a young British photographer and inventor called Edward Turner, a pioneer who can now lay claim to being the father of moving colour film,
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Daily Briefing. New Filmmaker. Plus, Film Criticism @ 100?

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In the new Winter 2012 issue of Filmmaker, editor Scott Macaulay talks with Joachim Trier about Oslo, August 31, Joshua Marston (The Forgiveness of Blood) and Braden King (Here) talk about shooting in eastern Europe, Stephen Garrett offers advice on making a winning trailer and Lance Weiler: "Within a few years, most things — from cars to appliances to toys — will be able to wirelessly interface with the Internet. Think of them as objects in search of a story."

Birthdays and anniversaries. In the Guardian, Henry K Miller suggests that you might well consider today the 100th anniversary of film criticism — at least in the UK. Referring to a 1937 piece by Alistair Cooke, he notes that "the not entirely reliable consensus had it that Wg Faulkner, of the London Evening News, was author of the 'first regular criticisms of films in any British newspaper.' Faulkner, the paper's local government correspondent, had
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The birth of film criticism – 100 years ago today

London Evening News correspondent Wg Faulkner, who began a regular 'kinema' column on 17 January 1912, gets the credit as the UK's first film critic. What's surprising is how little has changed since then

The early film critics, wrote Alistair Cooke in 1937, were presented with a new art form, unencumbered by tradition, and free "to define the movies with no more misgivings than Aristotle defined tragedy". Or at least they would have been, but the press lost interest once the novelty wore off, and so "through a trick of snobbery the simple Aristotelian lost his chance". This lapse did not pass without comment. While "every theatre play is accorded the honour of a press notice", complained the trade paper Kinematograph Weekly as late as 1918, the "perfunctory sort of acknowledgement" given the likes of The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance was "obviously written by people who bring to the kinema the prejudiced
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Tmp's Prelude to 2012—Part 5: Resident Evil 5, Looper, Taken 2, Gangster Squad, and More

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September and October are weird months most of the time, at least movie wise.  There's not a lot of options during this time, as all the good movies are waiting until nearer the holidays to release.  So, typically, you spend this time either catching up on film s]you may have missed during the summer, or, if you're lucky enough, catching all the limited releases before they hit the mainstream closer to Oscar time.  But, surprisingly enough, 2012 is different.  There's actually some great options in here, including some "Best of the Year" potentials.  To read about those films (and a whole lot more), hit the jump right now!

So apparently, the beginning of September is too good for movies.  September 7, the first Friday of the month, has zero releases set for theaters.  Well I wouldn't be surprised if this spot is eventually filled sometime in 2012, for now, we'll just have to skip this weekend.

News Bits Comic Con Edition: Wolverine 2, Spawn, Hellboy, Sin City 2, Dredd, Machete 2 & 3, Elysium and More!

The San Diego Comic Con is a massive event and tons of news has been pouring out of it. While our team is there and doing their best to deliver on all the biggest news, there are tons of small tidbits floating around as well. Rather than write several 100 word articles on them, we've compiled them all together in this special edition of News Bits!

* Hugh Jackman made his surprise appearance in order to promote Real Steel, but being Comic Con he also talked about the status of Wolverine 2. He briefly mentioned start dates, but in talking about the new script, he may have let slip the villain in the film:

“I’m filming Les Miserables in February, but before that I will be filming Wolverine 2 in October. Chris McQuarrie has written a fantastic script and it should turn out really good. I’ll fight the Silver Samurai
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News Bits: The Hobbit, Dredd, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Dark Knight Rises, Superman, Underworld, and More!

Welcome back for another edition of News Bits. What is it you ask? The film world can get quite overwhelming at times in the news that releases. Unfortunately some of this news is just too small to warrant a full article. Rather than deprive you of the news, we've created this section. This week in news bits character first looks, poster breakdowns, set pics, and casting info.

* People are getting rabid over The Dark Knight Rises news, and when the teaser poster was released earlier this week, it wasn't long before fans started claiming to see Easter eggs everywhere in it. It's all ridiculous, and one person decided to poke fun at it, by creating this image that shows all of the "Easter Eggs".

* Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake is finally filming, and it seems like just as soon as the cameras roll...someone is snagging set pics. Head on
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Ray Harryhausen's monster archive to be preserved

Museum seeks to give home to the models of Ray Harryhausen, from swordfighting skeletons to a giant squirrel

Over the decades there have been a giant cyclops, terrifying skeletons, an enormous squirrel, the bad-tempered Gwangi* and just about every other dinosaur you can think of. All are the work of special effects guru Ray Harryhausen and his archive will – if all goes to plan – be saved for the nation when it is today announced that the National Media museum (Nmm) is seeking to acquire it.

The museum is working with the Ray and Diana Harryhausen foundation to create a permanent home for a collection of drawings, storyboards and models relating to fantasy monster films generations of children grew up with, from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad in 1958 through 1963's Jason and the Argonauts to the original Clash of the Titans in 1981.

Harryhausen turns 90 today and the Nmm, based in Bradford,
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