Friday, August 31, 2012

Shruti the super गर्ल सुपर गर्ल श्रुति


Shruti Haasan has been unwell for a week now . but that didnt stop the girl from shooting . Apparently Shruti has been shooting continuously for Kumar Tauranis movie opp Girish Taurani in Mumbai even after being Sick. a few days ago the entire cast was required for a long schedule that lasted 18 hours. Sources say Prod even offered to cancel the shoot, but the dedicated girl that she is, she shot for the entire schedule for the day, since the entire cast was present and if she had to cancel that would cause inconvenience to the cast and remaining crew. Not once did she complain.


श्रुति हसन काफी समय बीमार चल रही है लेकिन इस कारण से उसने अपनी शूटिंग नहीं रोकी बल्कि बीमार होने के बावजूद भी साथ  कुमार तौरानी की फिल्म में गिरीश तौरानी के साथ शूटिंग में व्यस्त है !कुछ दिन पहले पूरी कास्ट को काफी लम्बे समय के लिए शूट करना था !प्रोडूसर ने श्रुति को बोला भी शूट कैंसल करने के लिए कहा ,लेकिन अपने काम को लेकर काफी समर्पित है इसलिए पूरा शूट खत्म किया !पूरी कास्ट वहां पर  मौजूद थी अगर वो मना कर देती तो  सबको परेशानी उठानी पड़ती !इसलिए श्रुति ने एक बार भी शिकायत न करते हुए पूरी शूटिंग ख़त्म की !


Shreyas gets his dream treehouse...


Shreyas Talpade got the biggest surpise when director Priyadarshan constructed a treehouse at Wai where they were shooting for their film Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal produced by Percept Pictures. Shreyas loved the Wai sets so much that he yearned to have a treehouse constructed. He casually mentioned it to Priyadarshan and the next day it was all done. “The next morning when I woke up, I was shocked to see a treehouse being constructed for me. I was touched that Priyan Sir took so much pain to make my one dream come true,” said Shreyas. 
And what's more is that the treehouse was actually used in the film!

Akshay Kumar Promoting ‘From Sydney with Love’ Instead of His OwnFilm ‘Joker’ Releasing the Same Day

One wouldhave expected Akshay Kumar going all out to promote his new venture ‘Joker’,which has been directed by Shirish Kunder and co produced by Kumar and FarahKhan. But the actor has been avoiding the films promotions instead Akki isbeing seen promoting Prateik Chakravorty’s film ‘From Sydney with Love’.
Due to the shockingfallout between Akshay and Shirish Kundar, the actor is now seen asking theaudience to watch ‘From Sydney With Love’ instead of his own film ‘Joker’ releasingthe very same day.
Surprisingly,television channels these days are running promos of Akshay promoting thelegendary Pramod Chakaravorty’s Grandson’s film releasing the same day as ‘Joker’.Interestingly, Akshay has worked in the film ‘Deedar’ made under the banner of Pramod films. Now, PrateikChakravorty is all set to release his film ‘From Sydney With Love’ under thesame banner.

Nickelodeon launches The Daltons – A despicable journey of crazy runaway prisoners, from September 3, Monday to Friday at 6:30 pm


Nickelodeon is all set to take kids on a laughter ride this season. Unshackle your laughing gas, put your ball and chain away, take a prison break and get ready to escape from run of the mill comedy with The Dalton! Nickelodeon premieres the brand new show on Monday,
September 3 at 6:30 pm.
The Dalton revolves around four crazy central characters – Joe, Jack, William and Averell, who are nasty, dumb and want to get out of the state penitentiary more than ever! They try every trick under the sun to escape from prison. Their ruse includes a maze of tunnels, explosives, hot air balloons, rain dances and a whole cast of zany characters to help them get free. But alas! Only if they tried using their brains for once! But what they lack in intelligence, they are sure to make up for in willpower and imagination. How? Tune-in to find out!

Debutante Madhhurima in Percept Pictures' Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal..​.


In Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal, Madhhurima plays the lead opposite Shreyas Talpade. The film also stars stalwarts of the likes of Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Shakti Kapoor, Raza Khan, Asrani, Neeraj Vora among others and will release on 28th September 2012.

The Deol Legacy Continues..


In his prime, Dharmendra was the nation's heartthrob. In 1983, Sunny's legendary debut was in an out-and-out romantic film. Years later, Bobby made an impression with his droopy eyes and curly locks opposite Twinkle Khanna. And now, if Sunny has his way, his 21-year-old son Karan will continue the Deol family tradition.
The otherwise reticent Sunny spoke about taking Karan through the paces among other things even as he readied to leave for the UK schedule of Yamla Pagla Deewaana. Excited about carrying forward the Deol legacy, Sunny said, "Karan's debut will be sometime next year. As of now, I want him to learn all the essentials required for being a good actor. We will be launching him but whether I will be directing him, I'm really uncertain. Considering we are still looking at scripts and everything is in its nascent stage. But one thing is certain that it will be a love story. That's the way I, Bobby and Abhay debuted in Bollywood."
Incidentally, Karan is already enrolled in Rahul Rawail's acting school. Rawail had directed Sunny's blockbuster debut in Betaab. Quizzed about audiences being more receptive to the Deols as a pack rather than solo, Sunny said, "We've waited for long for the right script to come our way although we've been working actively. We were offered many scripts just for the sake of grabbing attention. However, as we believe in clean family entertainers, we waited for an Apne or Yamla Pagla Deewaana to happen. And the audiences loved these films. Now, we are motivated to do more films. But like before, the story is still the key ingredient for us."
According to Sunny, many actors today are managing to get away with shoddy work, thanks to the PR and marketing strategies they put into motion. "Half of the actors wouldn't have survived with the kind of work they've done, had it not been for their impeccable marketing techniques. But that does not mean they are all like that. Some of them are genuinely talented, along with being good at PR. As for me, I have always been a recluse. However, when marketingdriven movies work for the audience, we have them raking in Rs 100 crore. If I want to see a film in the Rs 100 crore bracket, it will be a Salman film because like us, he too is honest and always himself. And trust me, audiences love your honesty on and off of screen, no matter what," said Sunny.
Asked about his many projects that have been stalled, including his television debut, the actor-producer said, "Whenever projects get stalled, it's easy to blame actors, but in my case, I had shot for the television show a while ago. What happened later only the production house and channel will be able to tell. However, I have realised that I am just meant to do films. So, no more TV for me. This year I am shooting for two sequels: Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 followed by Ghayal 2."

Arshad Warsi releases Om Books Internatio​nal’s Don’t Think of a BLUE BALL: India’sChi​cken Soup for the Soul


Om Books International in association with Shiroreleased MaltiBhojwani’sDon’t Think of a BLUE BALLon 30thAugust, 2012 at Shiro, Mumbai. Renowned actor, ArshadWarsi, did thehonours amidst an august gathering of authors, film fraternity and the frontrunners of the society. 
Don’tThink of a Blue Ball is as light or asdeep as you want it to be depending on how “plugged – in” you are when you readit. Plugging in is Malti’s way of describing how you establish your personalconnection to the Universe or your higher self so that you become empowered tolive the life you desire rather than one by default.The book is laced withThinking Pink exercises to help the reader create lasting change so that itisn’t just another self-help book the read.  
Chief Guest Arshad Warsisaid: 'Malti Bhijwani has done a commendable book Dont Think of The Blue Ball.Such level of empathy for the reader is largely possible when one hasexperienced the highs and lows of life, but remained positive right through.Every chance life gives us is to be seized to use positively. And if we goover our own lives, we would all know that there is no Blue Ball that cannot bethrown aside if it comes in the way of our smile. Om Books International andMalti, great book and that's the way to go.' 
Speakingat the launch, Malti Bhowani said, ‘I am so humbled and grateful to be standinghere in Shiro tonight, for I had dreamt of and visualized this exact momentsince I started out on the book.Today is testimony to what I have tried toshare in this book, that you too can do it now, live the life you dream, andnow.’She also shared how coincidences and synchronicity came into play in herown journey with this book, involving Jack Canfield the creator of ChickenSoup For the Soul. 
Ajay Mago, Publisher, OmBooks International said: ‘Don’t Think of the Blue Ballis not a sermon.The author is on level ground with the reader because she constantly presentsherself as equally human as the reader, with similar issues to deal with inlife. What she personally brings to it is the way to convert negatives intopositives, and stumbling blocks into victory towers. She gently insists on usreaffirming the importance of smiling in life, and changing it.” 
MandoviMenon ofThe Times of India online said: “I loved that she didn'thesitate to share deeply personal experiences, all of which further simplifythe message of the book while engaging the reader. In the end, this bookis more akin to a tete-a-tete with the coach herself as it feels as thoughshe's talking directly to you.”
About the Author 
As a Life Coach she aims to serve,not to fix or to help. Malti Bhojwani is the founder of Multi CoachingInternational, a professional certified Life Coach with the International CoachFederation (ICF), NLP practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and anauthor. She coaches using her empathetic enquiry that leads her clients topersonal empowerment, fulfilled goals and consistent success. Being a life-longlearner, she is also mastering Ontological Coaching with Newfield Network tohone her skills, as she still considers herself only a ‘white-belter’ in thefield of personal transformation. 
Born in Singapore in May 1971, she lived in Jakarta for manyyears, though she spent most of her adult life in Sydney, Australia where hergrown-up daughter Drishti lives. Her first published work, ThankfulnessAppreciation Gratitude—My Journal has gone into several reprints. 
AboutOm Books International
Om BooksInternational (OBI) has published amongst other genres,several cinema-relatedtitles (under the imprint Spotlight): Still ReadingKhanand Shah Rukh Can by MushtaqShiekh; Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam:TheOriginal Screenplay compiled by Dinesh Raheja and Jitendra Kothari;TheOriginal Screenplays of Lage Raho Munna Bhai and 3 Idiots; Bollywoodin Posters by SMM Ausaja shortlisted for Vodafone Crossword Award 2010fornon-fiction; A.R Rahman: The Spirit of Music, an authorised biographybyNasreen Munni Kabir; to name just a few.  
OBI publishes popular andliterary fiction including best-sellingtitles like The Kept Woman and Other Stories by Kamala Das, DelhiOMG! by Vinod Nair, The Company RED by Shantanu Dhar, Two Mothersand Other Stories by KhalidMohamed, to name just a few.  OBI also publishes monographs on artandarchitecture, photo essays (the latest one being Mumbai, Where DreamsDon't Die by Raghu Rai and Vir Sanghvi; Forts and Palaces of IndiabyAmita Baig and Joginder Singh). Other important categories that featureinOBI’s publishing list are Fashion and Lifestyle, Children's books (undertheimprint OmKidz), Mind, Body and Spirit books.  
Om Books International runs aretail chain of bookstores across Delhi,Gurgaon and Noida by the name of OmBook Shop. These bookstores have a largecollection of books and greatbargains. There is something there for everyone,from art to computers tofashion. Om Books also has a virtual store from whichone can order any bookand win points under their Frequent Buyer Programme.  Om Book Shoporganises book reading sessionsand book launches. It recently opened a bookstore at Grand Galleria, PhoenixMills, Lower Parel, Mumbai. 
About JSM
Apartnership between noted restaurateurs Jay Singh and Sanjay Mahtani, the JSMportfolio includes a repertoire of some of India’s most successful and well-known independent restaurants. From the premium luxury lounge Shiro, with itssignature high ceilings, grand statues and award-winning Oriental cuisine, JSMis the exclusive India master franchisee for world-renownedbrands like Hard Rock Café,  California Pizza Kitchen, Trader Vic's, MaiTai, Inakaya and now Pinkberry.  JSM restaurants are known for theirunique designs and uncompromising standards and remain committed to itsvision – Let Us Entertain You!

EsselWorld’s FREEZE - ‘Kutumb’ familyfrozen!


EsselWorld FREEZE saw the starcast of the Marathi movie ‘Kutumb’ greeting Punekars on Thursday at Inorbit mall, Pune. The actors were seen having a gala time experiencing the offerings of FREEZE while interacting with the media about their movie.
The glamour meter hit the red bar with the entry of Siddharth Jadhav, Jitendra Joshi and Veena Jamkar at EsselWorld FREEZE. The starcast tried their skills at the ice skating rink and experience the chills – thrills in the snow zone. The ice tussle between Mihir Soni and Jitendra joshi was enjoyable. Thestarcast saw the excitement of the people while they distributed the music CD’s of the movie. The event indeed was a round off package of fun and excitement.
About Pan India Paryatan Pvt Ltd (PIPPL):
Pan India Paryatan Pvt Ltd (PIPPL) is the holding company of EsselWorld and Water Kingdom - the largest amusement parks in India; and a subsidiary of USD 2.4 billion Essel Group. These parks have been successful in creating the only brand for leisure and entertainment for the entire family over the past two decades. It was EsselWorld that offered Indians an alternative to the conventional pleasure trips and unfolded before them the exciting new scenario of a complete leisure destination. The Group’s mission is to redefine the traditional means of entertainment and above all meet the fast changing consumer needs for active entertainment.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

MADHUR BHANDARKAR’S HEROINE RELEASING ON 21ST SEPTEMBER


UTV Motion Pictures and Bhandarkar Entertainment’s film Heroine, which is directed by Madhur Bhandarkar will release on 21st September. The film is based on the life of a superstar, Mahi Arora. Mahi, portrayed by actress Kareena Kapoor, goes through ups and downs, which have been captured on screen brightly by the National Award winning film director. Glamour, love, lies, fame, fans and fortune… the story take you on a journey with Mahi and her emotions.
“Heroine is Mahi Arora’s story. I have brought together an amalgamation of my observation of the last 11 years of my being a part of this industry. Heroine is a very contemporary subject of today’s time. It has different premises and different strata that I am going to deal with here. This movie, like all my other movies, is a mix of facts and fiction. This is so far my biggest film in terms of the canvas. Kareena has done a brilliant job in the film and I know for a fact that all her acting facets will be seen in this film. Everyone who has been a part of the film has done a brilliant job. Arjun (Rampal), Randeep (Hooda), Shahana (Goswami), Divya (Dutta) and all the other actors have executed their roles brilliantly. UTV Motion Pictures has been a great support team and all my technicians have given their best,” says Madhur. 
The film stars actress Kareena Kapoor as the main protagonist, actors Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda, actresses Shahana Goswami and Divya Dutta. The Music of the film is given by music directors Salim-Sulaiman, and the Director of Photography on the film is Mahesh Limaye. The film was shot in Mumbai and Bangkok in 82 days.

करीना ने पहली बार किये मंदिर में दर्शन



करीना के अनुसार ," मेरे लिए सिद्धिविनायक में म्यूजिक लौंच करना काफी बड़ा और  ख़ुशी
देने वाला पल था ! मै पहली बार मंदिर मै आई थी और मेरे फेंस जो वहां पर मेरी फिल्म के म्यूजिक लौंच की ख़ुशी  मनाने के लिए आये थे उनको देखकर मै काफी खुश और उत्साहित थी ! मै काफी उत्साहित हूँ लोग हिरोइन को इतना पसंद कर रहे है और सिद्धिविनायक मै इतने ज्यादा लोगो को देखकर मुझे लगा क़ि दर्शक  भी इस फिल्म को देखने के लिए काफी उत्सुक है !"



करीना कपूर पहली बार आज सिद्धिविनायक मंदिर पहुंची वहां उनकी फिल्म हिरोइन का म्यूजिक लौंच हुआ! करीना को देखने के लिए सैकड़ो भीड़ इकट्ठा हो गई थी, जिसने करीना को बुरी तरह घेर लिया था लेकिन  करीना अपने इतने सारे फेंस को देखकर और पहली बार मंदिर आकर  काफी खुश लग रही थी !

“Emraan Hashmi ismy mentor”- Esha Gupta

Esha Gupta who yet again shares screenspace with Emraan Hashmi in Fox Star Studios and Vishesh Films’ Raaz 3, is allpraise for the actor ,who she goes on to call her mentor. 
Initially intimated with Emraan whileshe worked with him in her debut Jannat 2,the actress now admits that she doesn’tdo much without his guidance. 
Says Esha Gupta “I love Emraan.I wasreally scared of him during Jannat 2 ,where he used to give his scenes like apiece of cake and I’d just look at him tongue-tied.He is really sweet,quitelike my mentor and he has given me a lot of tips”.
Thefirst –of-its-kind 3D horror film,starring Emraan Hashmi,Bipasha Basu and EshaGupta follows the journey of a fading superstar’s revenge against a risingstar.Presented by Fox Star Studios and produced by Vishesh Films ,Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz 3 comesto a theatre near you 7th September,2012.

ईमरान हाश्मी ने किया सबसे लम्बा किस


ईमरान हाश्मी ने इस बार अपनी आने फिल्म राज़ ३ से कई रिकॉर्ड बनाये है! इस बार ईमरान ने १ मिनट तक का अब तक सबसे लम्बा किस ईशा गुप्ता किया है ! और पहली बार एक ही फिल्म (raaz 3 )में ईमरान दोनों अभिनेत्रियों ईशा गुप्ता और  बिपाशा बासु  साथ किस सीन दिया  है !

"GUNDAY" - Ali Abbas Zafar's Next with YRF

After the highly successful MereBrother ki Dulhan, director Ali Abbas Zafar is ready to go on floorwith his next YRF project, “GUNDAY”.Produced by Aditya Chopra, the film stars RanveerSingh and Arjun Kapoorin lead roles. 
Amidst the most turbulent times in the history ofKolkata, then Calcutta,from 1971 to1988, Bikram and Bala rose from being small time wagon breakers andcoal thieves to becoming the biggest and most powerful black marketingmafia-men. A rare combination of vigour and wit, the two were inseparable &the city of Calcuttaswore by their friendship. As their notoriety became the stuff of legends...the People of this sprawling city started calling these two carefree rebels... ‘GUNDAY’. 
The leading lady, who plays a pivotal role in thefilm, is still to be cast and will be announced shortly. 
This is both Ranveer and Arjun’s third filmwith the banner and the first time that these two powerful performers have cometogether. 
The film goes on floor this December. Lots more tofollow as we go along.

Sheen​a Chohan @ I am She 2012 auditions



Sheena Chohan (Miss Universe India, I am She 2012 also I amVoice title winner) hosted the Miss Universe-I am She 2012-auditions

‘Panch Koti Gyaan Kumbh’

    KBC 2012 LAUNCHES ON SONY ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION
Starts 7th September, Friday to Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Mumbai, August 29th, 2012: Weekends will not be the same again, as after two stupendously successful seasons ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC), India’s biggest reality game show is back in all its electrifying glory to set your television screens alive starting September 7, 2012 on Sony Entertainment Television. The game show that has created history on Indian television with the iconic Amitabh Bachchan as its host is all set to delight its audiences with a brand new innings this season with ‘Sirf Gyaan Hi Aapko Aapka Haq Dilata Hai’ as the central theme. Produced by Big Synergy Media Ltd, this season of KBC will air at the weekend slot from Friday to Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
The show was launched today with the rendition of a powerful narrative on ‘Gyaan’ by none other than the one and only Amitabh Bachchan in his classic baritone. Speaking on the occasion Mr. N.P Singh, COO, Multi Screen Media said, “It is a glorious moment for all of us at Sony to bring back another power packed season of the magnificent game show Kaun Banega Crorepati on our network, This year’s theme ‘Sirf Gyaan Hi Aapko Aapka Haq Dilata Hai’ celebrates knowledge as the greatest leveller in our society and a potent change agent.”
Added Ms. Sneha Rajani, Senior EVP and Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television, "We are honoured to have the one and only Mr. Amitabh Bachchan hosting KBC once again. He brings tremendous amount of charisma and his ability to connect with one and all with his sincerity and humility takes the show to another level. KBC is not just a popular game show, but a powerful platform where people from all across India, cutting across the demographic, geographic and social boundaries converges to celebrate common man’s triumph against all odds. It celebrates knowledge as a powerful tool which can help change his destiny.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Siddhartha Basu, CMD, Big Synergy Media Ltd. said "We're back. This time we've gone further down the road into the heartlands and hinterlands of India, and come up with a fascinating line-up of ordinary Indians as contestants, extraordinary for their diversity and individuality, each one of them looking for an opportunity to transform their lives through this knowledge game. They're more knowledgeable than before, better prepared, and hungry for success. They are the unseen faces of an emerging India, thirsting to prove themselves. It promises the viewer quality entertainment, which engages both the heart and the mind. "
After the extraordinary response to the KBC auditions this year, where approximately 1.5 crore people registered, the biggest game show on television is back once again to make Crorepati’s out of ordinary people. Kaun Banega Crorepati is more than just a television show on Sony Entertainment Television (SET). It is a true phenomenon which is all set to entertain you for 21 weekends, 58 delightful and heart-wrenching episodes, that will comprise of special episodes with unique and distinct themes which will capture a little bit of India in every episode, lined up to ignite the minds and hearts of Indian audiences.
Online users can log on to www.kbcsony.com the official online destination for KBC and re-live the excitement of the past seasons of the show and increase their “Gyaan” by playing the KBC game online, get behind the scene snippets, have the opportunity to win passes to visit the KBC studio, engage with interactive social applications and a lot more. On social media, you can find us on Face book and Twitter on #KBC. So get set to be glued to the edge of your seats and witness some brilliant winning moments on television as “Kaun Banega Crorepati” Starts on September 7, 2012 Friday to Sunday at 8:30p.m only on Sony Entertainment Television.
About Sony Entertainment Television:
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) backs Multi Screen Media Private Limited, which is India’s leading television network. It comprises of Sony Entertainment Television (SET), one of India's leading Hindi general entertainment channels; MAX, India's premium Hindi movies and special events channel, SAB; a family comedy entertainment channel; SIX, a premier sports entertainment channel, PIX, the English movie channel and MIX a refreshing Hindi music channel. Since its launch in October 1995, SET has created a unique space for itself in the Indian Television industry. Pioneering new waves in television programming, with blockbuster movie premieres, big format non – fiction shows and an impressive array of fiction shows like Kaun Banega Crorepati, Entertainment ke liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Bade Acche Lagte Hain, Kuch to Log Kahenge, Parvarrish, CID and Crime Patrol. Sony Entertainment Television has been providing strong platforms for over 700 brands to reach over 50 million households in India. In addition, Sony Entertainment Television is also available in US, UK, Africa, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji Islands and Seychelles. In total, SET influences over 300 million viewers in the Indian sub-continent, and the South Asian Diaspora worldwide. Sony Entertainment Television is a part of the network of channels distributed by The One Alliance - a joint venture between Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd. and Discovery Communications India. Other channels in the One Alliance network include Sony HD, MAX, SAB, MIX, PIX, SIX, SIX HD, AXN, Animax, Aath, Discovery Channel, Discovery Channel Tamil, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo Discovery Kids and Discovery HD World, it also distributes the leading News network in the country - the TV Today Network channels - Headlines Today, Aaj Tak and Tez and the premium Sports’ channels - Neo Prime & Neo Sports.
About Big Synergy Media Ltd
As a leader in the field of non - fiction shows, BIG Synergy has had a rich haul of multiple nominations and as many as 16 awards in the last couple of years, including the Indian Telly Award for Production House of the Year, for its excellence and variety of programmes, and the TV Show of the Decade at the Big Star Entertainment Awards for Kaun Banega Crorepati.
BIG Synergy is now producing television programmes out of 4 centres - in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

TOTAL RECALL- Preliminary Production Information For Summer of Sony 2012


 
Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) whom he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston) – there is no one Quaid can trust, except possibly a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) working for the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy).  The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.  The film is directed by Len Wiseman. The screenplay is by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback and the screen story is by Ronald Shusett & Dan O’Bannon and Jon Povill. The producers are Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe.
Columbia Pictures presents an Original Film production, a film by Len Wiseman, Total Recall.  Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, and Bill Nighy.  Directed by Len Wiseman.  Produced by Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe.  Screenplay by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback.  Screen Story by Ronald Shusett & Dan O’Bannon and Jon Povill.  Inspired by the Short Story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick.  Executive Producers are Ric Kidney and Len Wiseman.  Director of Photography is Paul Cameron, ASC.  Production Designer is Patrick Tatopoulos.  Editor is Christian Wagner.  Costume Designer is Sanja Milković Hays.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Credits are not final.
ABOUT THE FILM
Total Recall’s re-imagined journey to the silver screen began in 2008 when producer Toby Jaffe was perusing a bookstore, looking through the sci-fi shelf. “I was looking at all the books I read as a young guy, and I picked up a Philip K. Dick anthology and read the short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” he recalls. “I remembered it was a great sort of wish-fulfillment fantasy.”
Of course, Dick’s story had been adapted for the screen once before, in 1990, under the title Total Recall.  Jaffe began thinking that the time might be right to revisit Dick’s story for the screen and brought his idea to Moritz, who read the short story and re-watched the 1990 film.  
“We just felt like we could make a new version of the original story,” Moritz says.  “By reimagining the story, we thought that there was so much more to the characters and story that we could investigate.  That felt fresh to us.”
The reason is that Dick’s story feels as cutting edge as when it was first published in the 1960s.  “The genius of the story is this idea that you can implant a memory into somebody’s head and when they wake up, they will feel they’ve lived it,” says Jaffe.  The set-up opens up a treasure trove of questions: what is memory?  How do we know what really happened in the past?  
“That concept of Rekall, as Philip K. Dick created it in his story, is what made me want to direct this movie,” says Len Wiseman, who is best known for directing the first two Underworld films and Live Free and Die Hard. Wiseman also has an art department background, having worked on such big budget sci-fi hits as Independence Day and Stargate. Wiseman’s take on the film was to delve deeper into the main character by creating a hybrid of a psychological thriller and an action film that just happens to be set in the future. 
“Len understands this kind of movie better than any filmmaker working today,” says Moritz.  “We were lucky enough that he wanted to do it, and we were kind of off to the races really quickly with him.”
Instead of events occurring on Mars, Wiseman keeps the action on a far-in-the-future earth dominated by two nation states – United Federation of Britain and The Colony. Like Dick’s story, Wiseman’s says, “There’s a whole other kind of experience on Earth with which to take this character.”
To play the central character of Quaid, Wiseman cast Colin Farrell. “It was very important that Quaid is just an ordinary guy,” Jaffe says. “Colin just brings a real genius to him as an actor.  There’s a likeability onscreen that you just feel he’s a real guy who could be a real factory worker.”
“It’s a common story, a man who feels that he isn’t living the life he should be living – a man experiencing some discontent with his lot in life,” says Farrell.  “But he gets a rude awakening, which is that he really isn’t living the life he should be living.  Quaid has no idea who he is, beyond a deeply cellular or emotional level.  The whole movie is him trying to figure out who is the real Quaid.”     
“I really wanted to get more involved in Quaid’s experience,” Wiseman explains. “I mean, imagine: you wake up, you go about your life and you inherently feel like a good guy… All of a sudden, everybody around you starts telling you that you’re a bad guy.  What do you do?”
With that in mind, Farrell approached the role as a battle between emotional and intellectual and tried to maintain that balance.  “It brings up issues of identity, ego, and super-ego – it’s fun to wade into that psychological pond a bit,” he says.
The filmmakers were next faced with the challenge of casting two strong female roles: Lori and Melina.
To portray Quaid’s wife, Lori, the seemingly loving wife who turns ruthless killer, the filmmakers brought on Kate Beckinsale, Wiseman’s real-life wife of seven years. The two previously worked together on the Underworld films
Beckinsale said she was particularly attracted to this project because of the role’s duality. "I've never played a bad guy before. I've always been on the side of truth and justice,” she says.  “But the thing is, my character thinks she is on the side of truth and justice. That’s the great thing about this movie – you never know who’s on the right side. Also, there's a slightly maniacal side of her – she's slightly out of control, and that's always fun for an actor to play."
The other woman in Quaid’s life, Melina, first appears to him in his recurring nightmares, and later, in the flesh, to help him re-discover his previous life that was erased.  
To portray Melina, the filmmakers needed an actress that could take on the difficult physicality of the role as well as bear some resemblance to Beckinsale. Wiseman brought on talented actress Jessica Biel. 
Biel was attracted to the part by the themes of the story.  “We’re completely tapping into what Philip K. Dick’s story is really about: identity issues, relationships,” Biel says.  “It’s really a tragic love story between Melina and Quaid.  He doesn’t remember her…He doesn’t remember that they love each other, that they are passionately connected. That’s what interested me.” 
To portray the ruthless Cohaagen, chancellor of the UFB, the filmmakers brought in Bryan Cranston, who has won three straight Emmy Awards and been nominated for three Golden Globes for his leading performance on the television series “Breaking Bad.” 
“Bryan has an intensity and an eloquence and an edge to his personality that comes across on screen,” says Jaffe. “It’s why he’s in such demand as an actor.” 
Cranston explains that he never saw his character as a “mustache-twirling villain. The character of Cohaagen to me was interesting to play because I wanted to present a guy who does have this need, this absolute desire and thirst to be in control,” he says. “At the same time, he has a tremendous fondness for Colin Farrell’s character, and I wanted to play him like a father figure, to treat him as if he were a rebellious teenager who just needs some tough love.” 
Award-winning actor Bill Nighy joins the cast as Matthias, the leader of the UFB resistance. Nighy, who has worked with Wiseman on the four Underworld films, said it was the director that initially attracted him to Recall.
“I like him enormously,” Nighy says. “He’s always made great movies, and I loved his Die Hard movie.  But then I read the script and it’s rip-roaring. I read a lot of sci-fi, and I liked the ideas involved in this project.”
As filming got underway, Wiseman’s vision for the film was to create a realistic environment on set. “He wanted to make it as real as possible, because he feels it looks better,” says Jaffe. “The actors perform better when they’re hanging off of a car as opposed to hanging off a block on the stage. We built practical versions of our futuristic cars and shot on real locations.” 
Coming from a practical background, it was important to Wiseman to construct as many sets as possible, rather than create them in the computer. “People just assume you’re going to go the CG route,” he says. “There’s a lot of CG in this movie, because there’s certain things you just simply can’t do, but if you can make it real, then I try to do it.  I love to build it and draw it, create it and shoot it.  When it’s real, people get very excited.” 
A good example is the China Fall set – a large elevator going through the earth.  Production designer Patrick Tatopoulous designed the set.  “I’ve never seen a concept like that in a movie before – a gigantic elevator going through the earth,” he explains. “So that allowed me to do something really fresh and new. It’s actually designed around the concept of a 747 airplane, so it feels familiar or real to people watching the movie.  When you’re watching the movie, I want it to feel relatable – not like you’re just watching a movie.” 
Jaffe was blown away when he saw the completed product. “I remember reading the script and thinking, ‘Oh my God! There’s an elevator that goes through the core of the earth! How are we ever going to do this,’” says Jaffe. “But once Len and Patrick got involved, and we had seen the drawings, it became more tangible.  But it really wasn’t until we got on the stage and saw the incredible sets that it all hit home.  They’re just amazing.”
Even when VFX would have to be employed – as with the hover craft – Wiseman used a mix of the practical and the virtual when he could.  “We actually built the hover cars and fixed them on top of street racing cars.  The actors sit up top and the drivers are down below,” Jaffe explains.  “I like that better than the actors sitting in a shell on green screen.  We actually had them racing down the street.  You see the vibration and you have the actors’ performances reflecting the reality of it at every turn.”
Farrell recalls the experience: “We had two cars slamming into each other, and I must say, I wasn’t at my butchest those days,” he jokes. “But I’m glad they did it this way. It was great fun, and there are some real reactions they got in there. There is definitely a texture of reality and sound and sky that they couldn’t have put in later.”
ABOUT THE CAST
A native of Ireland, COLIN FARRELL (Quaid) continues to turn heads in Hollywood.   In 2009 Farrell won a Golden Globe for his role in In Bruges and has currently reteamed with director Martin McDonough for the CBS films’ Seven Psychopaths.  The film centers around a screenwriter (Farrell) who struggles to find the handle on his script, called Seven Psychopaths. He gets drawn into the dog napping escapades of his friends (played by Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken). Once the beloved Shih Tzu owned by a psychopathic gangster goes missing, the screenwriter finds himself fueled with all the drama he needs for his screenplay, if he can stay alive long enough to write it all down.
In Spring 2012 he will start the independent film Dead Man Down starring opposite Noomi Rapace for director Neils Arden. The action film will be produced by Neal H. Moritz and is set to shoot in New York.
He recently wrapped the Peter Weir film The Way Back starring opposite Ed Harris and Jim Sturgess.   The film tells the story of a group of soldiers who engineer a grueling escape from a Siberian gulang in 1942.   He also completed  William Monahan’s feature  London Boulevard based on the bestselling book by Ken Bruen about a South London criminal, newly released from prison, who resists the temptation to go back to a gangster life by taking a job looking after a reclusive young actress played by Kiera Knightley
He was recently seen in Fright Night; the Warner Bros. comedy Horrible Bosses; and Ondine, by Irish director Neil Jordan, which revolves around an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman he thinks is a mermaid.  His other films include Gavin O’Conner’s Pride and Glory; Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream; “Miami Vice”; Oliver Stone’s Alexander; Terrence Malick’s The New World; Ask the Dust, based on the novel by John Fante; opposite Al Pacino in The Recruit; A Home at the End of the World, based on the Michael Cunningham novel, and two roles in Joel Schumacher's  films Phone Booth and Tigerland.   Other film credits include Minority Report, Daredevil, American Outlaws, SWAT, and Intermission.
Born and raised in Castleknock in the Republic of Ireland, Colin is the son of former football player, Eamon Farrell and nephew of Tommy Farrell. Both Tommy and Eamon Farrell played for the Irish Football Club, Shamrock Rovers in the 1960's
It was Farrell’s early teenage ambition to follow in his father and uncle's footsteps; however, his interest soon turned towards acting and he joined the Gaity School of Drama in Dublin. Before completing his course, Colin landed a starring role in Dierde Purcell's miniseries "Falling for a Dancer," a starring role in the BBC series "Ballykissangel," and a featured role in Tim Roth's directorial debut, "The War Zone," followed soon after
He currently lives in Los Angeles
English actress KATE BECKINSALE (Lori) is revealing herself to be one of films’ most versatile and charismatic actresses.  She first gained notice in Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing and then subsequently appeared as the heroine of John Schlesinger’s Cold Comfort Farm, Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco opposite Chloe Sevigny, Jonathan Kaplan’s Brokedown Palace opposite Claire Danes and in the British comedy Shooting Fish.  Additional film credits include Haunted opposite Aidan Quinn, and Manuel Fleche’s Mary Louise ou la permission.
In 2001, Beckinsale starred opposite Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett in Disney’s epic Pearl Harbor.  She starred opposite John Cusack in Serendipity, opposite Matthew McConaughey and Gary Oldham in Tiptoes and opposite Christian Bale and Frances McDormand in the ensemble drama Laurel Canyon. Film appearances include starring opposite Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing and starring in the hit vampire tales Underworld and sequel Underworld: Evolution for Sony’s Screen Gems. Beckinsale also starred as screen legend ‘Ava Gardner’ in Martin Scorcese’s The Aviator, in the Screen Gems thriller Vacancy opposite Luke Wilson and the  comedy blockbuster Click opposite Adam Sandler. Recent films include the independent drama Snow Angels opposite Sam Rockwell, directed by David Gordon Green and the independent drama Fragments (aka Winged Creatures) opposite Forest Whitaker and Dakota Fanning,
Her television appearances include playing the title role in A&E’s Emma and in One Against the Wind for Hallmark Films. On the stage, she has appeared in “Clocks & Whistles”, “Sweetheart,” and the British National Touring production of “The Seagull.”
In 2009, Beckinsale starred in the dark comedy Everybody’s Fine opposite Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore.  That same year, she also starred in the independent political drama Nothing But The Truth opposite Alan Alda and Matt Dillon, which garnered her great recognition for her accolade worthy performance.  Beckinsale was most recently seen in two hit films: the suspense thriller Contraband, opposite Mark Wahlberg, and Underworld Awakening, the fourth film in the Screen Gems franchise.
JESSICA BIEL (Melina) most recently starred in Garry Marshall’s romantic comedies New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day and in the action adventure The A-Team. She will soon be seen in the thriller The Tall Man and the sports comedy Playing the Field. She will next be starring in the film Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho opposite Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson.
Biel previously received critical acclaim for her performance in the thriller The Illusionist. For her work in the film, she won several festival awards, including the Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Shining Star Award at the Maui Film Festival and the Rising Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
She was also recently seen in the independent feature Easy Virtue, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival before screening at the Rome, London and Tribeca Film Festivals. She also starred in the worldwide hit comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.
Biel's additional film credits include Lee Tamahori's Next, Elizabethtown, written and directed by Cameron Crowe, Rob Cohen's Stealth, Blade: Trinity, the hit remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Summer Catch.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
LEN WISEMAN (Director / Executive Producer) started his career in the art department on blockbuster special effects features such as Godzilla, Men in Black and Independence Day. He wrote and directed both Underworld and Underworld Evolution and directed Bruce Willis in the action hit Live Free or Die Hard.
Most recently Wiseman directed the “Hawaii Five-O” pilot and produced the latest installment to the successful franchise, Underworld: Awakening
KURT WIMMER (Screenplay by) is an American screenwriter and film director. Wimmer attended the University of South Florida and graduated with a BFA degree in Art History. He moved to Los Angeles where he worked for twelve years as a screenwriter, adapting works such as Sphere, starring Dustin Hoffman, and The Thomas Crown Affair, starring Pierce Brosnan.
In 2002, Wimmer made his directorial debut, Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale and Emily Watson.  Wimmer also wrote and directed Ultraviolet, starring Milla Jovovich, and screenplay credit for Street Kings, starring Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker.  His most recent film credits include Law Abiding Citizen, starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, for director F. Gary Gray, and Salt, starring Angelina Jolie.
In addition to Total Recall, MARK BOMBACK (Screenplay) produced work includes UnstoppableRace to Witch MountainLive Free or Die HardDeception and Godsend. He recently completed work on the screenplays for The Art of Racing in the Rain (Universal) and Shadow Divers (20th Century Fox), as well as revisions on The Wolverine for director James Mangold. Mark also teaches a course in screenwriting at his alma mater, Wesleyan University. He lives in New York with his wife and four children.
Ronald Shusett’s (story by) science fiction, action and horror films have reached worldwide grosses of over one and a half billion dollars.  He was executive producer of Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise’s Minority Report, which alone grossed $358 million worldwide. He also received above the title co-presenter billing. The film was based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, whose work was also the basis for Shusett’s trendsetting and mega-box office hit Total Recall (1990), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, which he produced, co-wrote the screenplay for and received above the title co-presenter billing. Shusett also co-wrote the original story, executive produced, and received above the title co-presenter billing for Ridley Scott’s Alien.
In addition to the Oscars® won for the innovative special effects by both Alien and Total Recall (1990), Shusett’s movies also were honored by The Academy of Science Fiction, Horror And Fantasy, for which Shusett personally received a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film (Alien) and also a second Saturn Award several years later for Best Science Fiction film (Total Recall (1990)).
Also, Shusett has worked with, in addition to Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg some of the other major box office and artistic director talents of this era, including Paul Verhoeven, David Cronenberg, and Andrew Davis.
Among his other films which he has either executive produced or produced, and co-written, are Freejack, starring Anthony Hopkins and Mick Jagger, King Kong Lives (a sequel to the original), and Dead and Buried, which went on to become a cult classic in the contemporary horror film genre worldwide.
On Alien Vs. Predator (2004), which was the fifth Alien sequel, Shusett received a story by credit (shared) in addition to his “Alien Characters Created By” credit (shared).  Alien Vs. Predator (2004) box office gross was $170 million worldwide and was released on DVD in January 2005.
DAN O’BANNON’s (story by) credits include Dark Star (1974) (screen story / screenplay), Alien (1979) (screenplay/story), Dead & Buried (1981) (screenplay), Blue Thunder (1983) (screenplay), The Return of the Living Dead (1985) (director / screenplay), Lifeforce (1985)(screenplay), Invaders from Mars (1986) (screenplay),Total Recall (1990) (screen story / screenplay), The Resurrected (1992) (director),Screamers (1995) (screenplay), and Alien Vs. Predator (2004) (screen story). His book, Dan O’Bannon’s Guide to Screenplay Structure, will be published in the spring of 2013.  O’Bannon died in 2009.
Known primarily for his work on Star Trek – The Motion Picture and “Total Recall (1990), Jon Povill (story by) has written feature scripts for Universal and Allied Artists Pictures as well as projects for, or in partnership with, several industry luminaries -- including four-time Oscar® winner Robert Wise, Emanuel L. Wolf, Robert Watts, and Gene Roddenberry.  He has written numerous television episodes and developed pilots with Fox, Kushner-Locke, and legendary TV producers Fred Silverman and Lee Rich.
Povill broke into the business shortly after receiving his MFA from UCLA, landing the coveted job of Story Editor on the fabled “Star Trek Phase II” series that ultimately led into Star Trek – The Motion Picture, on which he was the associate producer.   He is also credited with the screen story for Total Recall (1990) and was an integral part of the popular series “Sliders,” working as the Executive script consultant for the first season and writer-producer for the second season. 
In 1952, Philip K. Dick (Inspired by the Short Story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by) began writing professionally, eventually publishing 45 novels and more than 120 short stories.
He won numerous awards for his work, including the Hugo Award for Best Novel of 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. His work has been adapted into such highly acclaimed films as Blade Runner, Total Recall (1990), Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau.  Electric Shepherd Productions, the entertainment branch of the Philip K. Dick Estate, continues to develop film and television projects based on his work.
Since his death at the age of 53, he has gone on to be recognized as one of America's most celebrated and influential science fiction writers. In 2007, Philip K. Dick became the first sci-fi author to be inducted into the Library of America.
NEAL H. MORITZ (Producer), founder of Original Film, has been producing feature film and television for over three decades.  His latest release, Columbia’s action-comedy 21 Jump Street, opened in March to $xxx in its opening weekend.  Prior to that, his film Fast 5, the fifth installation of The Fast and the Furious franchise, brought the return of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Tyrese and introduces Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to the team.  The film opened to over $86 million and grossed over $626 million worldwide.
Moritz is currently in post production on Warner Bros.’ Jack the Giant Killer directed by Bryan Singer and Universal Pictures’ R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon
2012 will be a busy year for the Original Film banner. Production on the sixth and seventh installments of the Fast and Furious franchise begin this summer as well as the IM Global-financed Dead Man Down starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, directed by Neils Arden Opvel (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Swedish trilogy). Summit Entertainment’s remake of Highlander is also slated to begin production this year with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo helming.
With over 40 films to Moritz’s credit, past titles include The Change-Up, Battle: Los Angeles, The Green Hornet, The Fast and Furious series, I Am Legend, XXX, S.W.A.T., Made of Honor, Gridiron Gang, Bounty Hunter, Evan Almighty, Sweet Home Alabama, Click, Vantage Point, Out of Time, Blue Streak, Cruel Intentions, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Skulls, Volcano, Urban Legend, and Juice. Original Film’s box office is north of 2 billion worldwide.
Moritz’s television credits include the HBO movie The Rat Pack, which earned 11 Emmy nominations, the drama series Prison Break for Twentieth Century Fox, and Showtime’s highly acclaimed series The Big C, starring Laura Linney, who won a Golden Globe in 2011 for her role of Cathy.
A graduate of UCLA with a degree in Economics, Moritz went on to get a graduate degree from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at the University of Southern California.
TOBY JAFFE (Producer) is currently a producer at Original Film, one of the most prolific producers of films in the industry today. The company has produced such blockbuster hits as The Fast and The Furious series, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sweet Home Alabama, Vantage Point, Prom Night, The Green Hornet, Battle Los Angeles, and, most recently, 21 Jump Street. In 2012, the company will release Total Recall and RIPD.
Prior to joining Original, Jaffe spent three years at MGM Studios as an Executive Vice President, Production. During his tenure at MGM, he supervised the production of numerous films, including the hits The Pink Panther starring Steve Martin, Walking Tall starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and The Amityville Horror.
Before joining MGM, Jaffe ran his own independent production company and collaborated with some of Hollywood’s most celebrated talent, including Angelina Jolie, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Lawrence, producing such recognized films as Rock Star, Life of Something Like It, and the hit comedy Blue Streak.
Previously, he served as President of Production for The IndieProd Company, a joint venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Japan Satellite Broadcasting.  During his tenure, he worked with such talent as Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Kenneth Branagh, and Sam Raimi while supervising such films as The Quick and the Dead, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Universal Soldier.
Jaffe began his entertainment career as a talent agent at The Leading Artists Agency.  After the company merged to become United Talent Agency, he advanced to head up the motion picture literary department and represented writers, producers and directors, among them Barry Sonnenfeld, Curtis Hanson, Rob Cohen, Boaz Yakin, Frank Darabont and Joss Whedon.  In that capacity, he additionally was responsible for bringing together many of the creative and financial elements which led to the success of such films as Twins, Point Break, Class Action, The Rookie and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Jaffe is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two children. 
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