DIFF Daily 2011

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Variety - Priyanka Chopra: Bollywood’s ‘Wild Cat’

Dec 11, 2011 - 03:25 PM

BY DIANA LODDERHOSE Bollywood thesp Priyanka Chopra has lensed a slew of pics in Dubai throughout her career, but this year marked her first official visit to the Dubai International Film Festival. Chopra was in town at the fest to promote her new pic ‘Don 2,’ in which she stars with Bollywood sensation Shah Rukh Khan, which sees her reprise her role as Roma, a tough cop and Don’s ‘wild cat.’ ‘There’s a real love-hate relationship between Don and Roma in this film,’ Chopra told the Variety Arabia Studio, while adding that this sequel promises to include lots of action and fun for its auds. On ... read more

Variety - James Bobin: Leapfrogging into film with ‘The Muppets’

Dec 11, 2011 - 03:14 PM

BY DIANA LODDERHOSE When Brit helmer James Bobin got the call to direct Walt Disney’s ‘The Muppets,’ a reboot of the classic TV series, it seemed like a perfect fit for his first foray into the feature film arena. It’s true that the scale and scope of the big-budget Hollywood project may have seemed like a big leap from his TV background - Bobin’s credits include ‘Flight of the Conchords,’ the hit adult Kiwi comedy for HBO, which he co-created, penned and helmed and Brit click ‘Da Ali G Show,’ Sasha Baron Cohen’s first TV vehicle – but for him, segueing into big budget family comedy was a ... read more

Making connections

Dec 11, 2011 - 02:31 PM

BY RANIA HABIB The Dubai Film Connection (DFC) Awards will be presented today, after three days of networking, pitching, deliberating, and finally agreeing. Filmmakers behind the 15 selected projects have filled the DFC rooms with their ideas over the past week, looking for that crucial push to get their projects rolling. Katia Jarjoura, the Lebanese-Canadian director of documentaries such as ‘Goodbye Mubarak!’ (2011) and ‘The Road to Kerbala’ (2004), is back at DIFF after screening ‘In Their Blood’ in 2009. But this year, she’s at the DFC for the first time, to pitch her first feature film, ... read more


Dec 11, 2011 - 01:54 PM

BY DIFF STAFF The DIFF red carpet has seen plenty of action over the past few days, but yesterday, the famous crimson walkway saw an unprecedented amount of traffic, with stars of stage and screen strolling around the Madinat Jumeirah in another exciting day at DIFF. We welcomed the cast of Alexander Payne’s ‘The Descendants’, Saturday night’s gala screening. A touching, blackly comic account of a family falling-apart – and back together again – the George Clooneystarring drama was represented by director Alexander Payne and actor Shailene Woodley, who introduced the screening at the Madinat Arena, ... read more

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