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'Viceroy's House' Director Gurinder Chadha Donates Archive to British Film Institute

'Viceroy's House' Director Gurinder Chadha Donates Archive to British Film Institute
Just weeks after her latest film, Viceroy's House, had its world premiere in Berlin, Gurinder Chadha has donated her entire working archive to the British Film Institute's National Archive. 

The BFI helped produced the Punjabi-British filmmaker's breakthrough, the 1989 documentary I'm British but.... Since then, Chadha has directed features such as 1993's BAFTA-nominated Bhaji on the Beach and Bend It Like Beckham, which smashed box-office records for a British film in 2002, alongside titles such as Bride and Prejudice (2004), Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008) and It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010).

She was awarded an Order of the British Empire award in 2006 for...
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

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Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence
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Chadha in Talks to Replace Luketic as 'Dallas' Director

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Chadha in Talks to Replace Luketic as 'Dallas' Director
English film-maker Gurinder Chadha is in talks to direct the movie adaptation of 1980s soap opera Dallas - a week after Robert Luketic walked out on the project. Luketic abruptly quit the 20th Century Fox-produced movie last week amid reports he was unhappy with the casting choices. Jennifer Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, John Travolta and Luke Wilson are currently in negotiations to play Sue Ellen, Miss Ellie, JR and Bobby Ewing respectively. Kenyan-born Chadha is known for her work on Bend It Like Beckham, What's Cooking? and Bride and Prejudice.

Bride & Prejudice

Bride & Prejudice
LONDON -- Bride & Prejudice is like an Elvis Presley musical from the '60s, filled with shiny bright colors, bouncy music and happy, smiling, pretty people. Like those old pop vehicles, this upbeat blend of Bollywood and Jane Austen is an acquired taste. While the plot is inane and the acting bland, the film's relentless effervescence may endear it to mainstream audiences.

Director Gurinder Chadha probably shouldn't expect to match the crossover appeal that made her last film, Bend It Like Beckham, such a hit, but Bride & Prejudice will succeed with moviegoers seeking an agreeably good time.

Chadha and co-writer Paul Mayeda Berges have adapted Austen's Pride and Prejudice to make the Bennet sisters the Bakshi sisters, taking them from rural England to rural India. There is a Mr. Darcy, however, in the form of a rich American hotelier.

The traditions and formalities of one culture appear to translate reasonably well though only lip service is given to the notion that the Bakshi family is poor. India has seldom been portrayed as so ravishingly clean and gorgeous.

The Bakshis live in Amritsar, an Indian town off the tourist track, where four beautiful girls are ripe for marriage and given every encouragement by their ambitious mother, Mrs. Bakshi (Nadira Babbar). Reigning Bollywood queen Aishwarya Rai plays the loveliest sister, Lalita, but the others -- Jaya (Namrata Shirodkar), Lakhi (Peeya Rai Choduri) and Maya (Meghnaa) -- are also head-turners.

Potential suitors arrive in the form of the American Darcy Martin Henderson), a London-based Indian named Balraj (Naveen Andrews) and one Mr. Kholi (Nitin Ganatra), an Indian gentleman who has made a success of accountancy in Los Angeles. There's also a good-looking but smarmy British hunk named Johnny Wickham (Daniel Gillies), who is at odds with Darcy.

The paths of romance hold true to the established patterns of Austen and Presley, which is to say there are several misunderstandings, the wrong things are said and feelings are hurt before love finds a way.

The locations are all made to look fabulous, from Amritsar and Goa to London and Beverly Hills, and the performers are all scrumptious. The music is loud and energetic, the dancing athletic and voluptuous. Resistance to the picture's evident wish to please becomes futile. In the end, it's impossible not to smile.

BRIDE & PREJUDICE

Miramax Films

Pathe Pictures presents in association with U.K. Film Council and Kintop Pictures and Bend It Films a Nayah Chadha Prod. in association with Inside Track

Credits:

Director: Gurinder Chadha

Writers: Paul Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha

Producers: Deepak Nayar, Gurinder Chadha

Executive producers: Francois Iverned, Cameron McCracken, Duncan Reid

Director of photography: Santosh Sivan

Production designer: Nick Ellis

Music: Craig Pruess

Costumes: Ralph Holes & Eduardo Castro

Editor: Justin Krish

Cast:

Lalita: Aishwarya Rai

Darcy: Martin Henderson

Balraj: Naveen Andrews

Kiran: Indira Varma

Jaya: Namrata Shirodkar

Lakhi: Peeya Rai Chodhuri

Maya: Meghnaa

Mrs. Bakshi: Nadira Babbar

Mr. Bakshi: Anupam Kher

Wickham: Daniel Gillies

Mr. Kholi: Nitin Ganatra

Catherine Darcy: Marsha Mason

Georgie: Alexis Bledel

Chandra: Sonali Kulkarni

No MPAA rating

Running time -- 101 minutes

'Hitch' matches up with first place, $45.3 million

'Hitch' matches up with first place, $45.3 million
Sony's Hitch arrived in first place at the weekend boxoffice with a better-than-expected estimate of $45.3 million, according to Sunday's studio figures. The romantic comedy starring Will Smith was expected to debut in the $30 million range. Playing in 3,575 locations, the PG-13-rated affair averaged $12, 671 per theater. The weekend's only other new wide release, Buena Vista's animated Pooh's Heffalump Movie opened at No. 5 with an estimated $6 million. In second place was the horror entry Boogeyman from Sony's Screen Gems unit with an estimated $10.8 million, down 43% from its first place finish a week ago. 20th Century Fox's Are We There Yet? held steady in third place with an estimated $8.5 million. Warner Bros.' Million Dollar Baby moved up one spot to fourth with an estimated $7.6 million. Among limited release debuts, Magnolia's actioner Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior collected an estimated $1.3 million from 387 locations. Miramax's Bride and Prejudice debuted to an estimated $388,000 from 32 locations for a $12,125 average. Universal's NC-17-rated documentary Inside Deep Throat came away with an estimated $91,000 from 12 locations. Final figures will be released Monday.

Weinstein Steps Out with Younger British Girlfriend

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Recently-divorced Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein is dating a British starlet 24 years his junior. Weinstein, the man behind numerous hits including Pulp Fiction and Cold Mountain, went public with his relationship with Georgina Chapman by introducing her as his girlfriend at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards. Weinstein, 52, first met the 28-year-old Londoner a year ago, and former model Chapman - who has since spent an increasing amount of time in Los Angeles - even managed to land a small part in Miramax production Bride And Prejudice. Weinstein says, "We were friends and now we have moved on to this nice situation." An insider adds, "They were clearly getting on terribly well and I know they often had fairly intimate dinners together and went to some private parties in London." Weinstein's divorce from his wife Eve was finalized at the end of 2004.

Chadha commits to 'Wives'

Chadha commits to 'Wives'
Gurinder Chadha, director of last year's indie hit Bend It Like Beckham, is attached to helm Nine Wives, a romantic comedy at New Line Cinema that Neal Moritz is producing with Michael Pierce, Mark Williams and Tania Landau. Wives is about a commitment-phobic guy who breaks up with his longtime girlfriend and begins to wake up every morning with a different wife. It marks the third project the director has attached herself to since her indie soccer film hit the big time, scoring $32.5 million at the domestic boxoffice. She is developing I Dream of Jeannie at Columbia as well as Tucker Ames at Fox 2000. The original draft for Wives was written by Scott Fifer. The project is now out to writers for a rewrite, and Chadha will work with them to develop the project. Stokely Chaffin, George Waud and Jeff Katz are overseeing the project at the studio. The ICM-repped Chadha is completing Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood musical version of Pride and Prejudice, for Pathe U.K. and Miramax Films.

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