Movies

WGA strike tops AFI's list of significant moments

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/movie-images/2016/04/28/afi.jpg?itok=5og3xJ8n

MUMBAI: The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the year's AFI Moments of Significance.These seven noteworthy events were determined to have had an impact on the world of the moving image during the year.

The first moment is the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike. The ongoing digital revolution has upended conventional economic models, and uncertainty abounds when attempting to project how an audience will receive its storytelling in the years to come and how creators will be paid for their work.

On 5 November 2007, the 12,000-plus members of the WGA went on strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Though the strike is itself traumatic, it is but a part of a larger paradigm shift. At best, it may be a defining event in shaping the future.

AFI says that it looks forward to the day when a new business model will form, and an artist‘s work will rise above the numbers and continue to inform and inspire.

The second moment was the fact that Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni, two of the world‘s most influential filmmakers, passed away on 30 July.

Bergman directed more than 50 films in a career that spanned 40 years. Classics like The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries explore religion, death and existentialism with honesty and eloquence.

Antonioni's career also spanned more than 40 years, with landmark films like La Notte and The Passenger, each marked by the director‘s innovative approach to narrative storytelling.

The third event was Apple‘s iPhone. Apple‘s unveiling of the iPhone sparked a cultural frenzy. In addition to operating as a phone, camera and computer, the user-friendly iPhone allows consumers to stream and download television programs and movies. Overnight, the iPhone became a symbol of a public that demands its content where they want it and when they want it.

The fourth event was a cultural spasm created by the war on terror. 2007 marked a year when American film artists responded to the war in an attempt to create order out of chaos. Though it was largely difficult to find an audience for their stories, filmmakers marched forward in a struggle to understand -- to ask questions -- to demand answers.

Films like In The Valley Of Elah, Lions For Lambs, Charlie Wilson‘s War and A Mighty Heart wrestled with the war directly. And this emotional quandary carried into the core of other films as well -- the dark brutality of two of the best films of the year There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men, and the moral questions raised by Michael Clayton also reflect America‘s bruised and brooding times.

The AFI notes that no other American war has inspired this deep a cinematic expression while the conflict is still taking place. Films released during World War II were supportive of the war effort, but movies dealing with the emotional, psychological and societal impact of that war, and also Korea and Vietnam, weren‘t produced until years after they had ended.

Part of this new immediacy is due to the accessibility of information from the front line. Whether from an embedded journalist or an Iraqi citizen posting photos on the Internet, news about the war is plentiful, direct and personal, arriving virtually the same day it happens. Given these images and information, filmmakers are driven to make sense of it all here and now and project their stories across America and around the world.

On the TV side a major event was Discovery's show Planet Earth which has been hailed as being a landmark show in high definition. The AFI says that this show illuminated the power of television as a unifying force in the global community.

Over five years in the making the show captured images from more than 60 countries and over 200 locations. From the forests of Eastern Russia to the Gomantong Caves in Borneo to a volcanic mountain chain at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, this epic visual document captured some of the world‘s most remote and awe-inspiring locations and brought them into the living room.

That the series came to life in high definition crystallised a moment in the public appreciation for this welcome and wondrous technology.

Another event was news getting more tabloid in nature. 2007 marked a year when traditional news became subsumed by coverage of material normally relegated to tabloid magazines.

Coverage of Paris, Nicole, Lindsay, Britney, O.J. and Anna Nicole often eclipsed news on the war, an economy in turmoil or topics of international scope or scale.

Websites like TMZ.com and PerezHilton.com attracted devoted audiences, with TMZ even spawning a half-hour television version of its Internet activity. These types of sites are fueled by the ubiquity of cell phone cameras and other recording devices that empower a "citizen paparazzi" who are aggressive and eager partners in helping to tear down pop idols.

America‘s cultural obsession with scandal is not a new trend, but in 2007 the tide turned, and the nation began to drown in a sea of celebrity.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/11/09/pvr_cinemas.jpg?itok=wmgS7pAR
PVR to launch first 12-screen property in Delhi

MUMBAI: Banking on rising theatrical revenues, PVR, one of India’s biggest multiplex chain, will launch its first 12 - Screen Superplex at Vegas Mall, Dwarka, New Delhi, on Monday. The flagship property, biggest by PVR in India so far, will be launched in the presence of the starcast of the...

Movies Hindi
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/11/08/pubg.jpg?itok=HVXZ7j-_
PUBG launches documentary film – ‘BE THE ONE’ on YouTube

MUMBAI: PUBG MOBILE has created a short documentary capturing the journey of homebred competitive players who boldly pursued their dreams of building a career in esports. The 21-minute long documentary film, aired on YouTube on November 4, and has already garnered over 8 lakh views. Three...

Movies Documentary
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/09/10/holy.jpg?itok=8rHaUINR
The biggest hollywood blockbusters will take over star movies in september

MUMBAI: The big India festive season has started and everyone is gearing up with their plans to celebrate it in the best possible avatar. When it comes to grand celebrations and larger than life content offering, no one does it better than Star Movies – the leading Hollywood destination of India.

Movies Hollywood
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/16/sattru.jpg?itok=byCPgOSS
Get ready for a blockbuster date with 'Saturday Premiere Nights' at 8 only on &pictures

Having an exhausting week, and still struggling to figure plans for the weekend to unwind?  Well, &pictures, is all set to take you on a transcending journey with some big-ticket actors and superhit movies through its all-new offering ‘Saturday Premiere Nights’. Starting 17th August, &...

Movies Hindi
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/14/carter.jpg?itok=3oDvaaY9
Critically acclaimed short film Half Full starring veteran Naseeruddin Shah and Vikrant Massey wins major accolade at ShortsTV’s Best of India Short Film Festival 2019 in Los Angeles

Critically acclaimed short films Half Full, featuring veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah and Vikrant Massey, and Counterfeit Kunkoo, written and directed by Reema Sengupta, were declared winners at ShortsTV’s Best of India Short Film Festival 2019 being held in Los Angeles.

Movies Short Films
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/06/28/movies.jpg?itok=TN01ucGX
Upcoming Bollywood Movies we are excited about in 2019

First half of 2019 saw some amazing movies like Gully Boy, Total Dhamaal and Bharat, But the later half of the year is sure to be more exciting with some really big budget Bollywood films set to release. The upcoming movies that we are really excited about in 2019 and early 2020 are… Student Of The...

Movies Hindi
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/06/04/ZEE---Vibha-Chopra-headshot.jpg?itok=jeqUqnA8
Zee Entertainment Elevates Vibha Chopra as Head of Global Syndication & International Film Distribution

Mumbai -  Mr. Mukund Cairae, Chief Operating Officer - International Business at Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), announced the expanded role of Ms. Vibha Chopra to Head-Global Syndication & International Film Distribution at ZEEL.  She has taken over the global licensing and...

Movies International
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/21/hollywood.jpg?itok=gxhrAFYZ
“Hollywood Stars” - Behind TheScenes

Marvel’s latest superhero flick Avengers: Endgame has taken the Indian box office by storm, minting Rs. 157 crore within three days of release, easily raking in the highest opening weekend for a Hollywood film in the country so far.

Movies Hollywood
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/03/av.jpg?itok=9PVQwFz7
Cinépolis redefines the movie experience by launching ‘Cinépolis Onyx 3D’- India’s first 3D LED screen

Cinépolis, India’s 1st international and the world’s 2nd largest movie theatre circuit by attendance, today launched, ‘Cinépolis Onyx 3D’, a revolutionary ‘Onyx’ LED technology supporting 3D.

Movies Hollywood

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories