09102021-LSTL-01.qxd 10/8/2021 11:50 PM Page 1 c m y b WANDAVISION SPIN-OFF BEGINS Marvel’s WandaVision spin-off starring Kathryn Hahn is reportedly in development at Disney+. Hahn would be reprising her role of Agatha Harkness in the series, which is described as a dark comedy while the main plot details remain under wraps. TRIBUNE Making waves Diana Penty has stirred up quite a storm with her latest release, Shiddat. Playing the role of Ira in the romantic drama, she has left her fans wanting to see more of her on the silver screen. LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 9 OCTOBER 2021 Noted filmmaker and photographer Michael O Snyder believes the parameters to make or judge documentary films on environment are much the same as any other narrative. Thus, he is constantly in search of a story, character-driven plot and personal connect ENTERTAIN Nonika Singh “Environmental issues principally are bad news...” Having said that, awarded and feted filmmaker and photographer Michael O Snyder is not out to paint doomsday scenario with his films. Sure enough as he delves into subjects as vast and diverse as expedition into the Arctic, killer whales of Canada and more, he says, “Most of us are not aware of the dangers that are inherent and imminent in our ecosystems.” Yet he believes, “Moving away from fear is not as helpful as moving towards hope. Let’s get talking about solutions.” On the jury of the All Living Things Environmental Film Festival that opens on October 9, his viewfinder will assess them not just on the parameter of relevance. He states, “I would like to see these films talk about people who are involved in environmental projects and not just hover around the what, where and why of the issue at hand.” Certainly, an environmental film can’t be seen through the same prism as say a commercial/ mainstream film. Nevertheless, the fundamentals remain the same. The adage ‘entertain or die’ applies as much to films on environment as say any other or die cinematic narrative. Since ‘no story no film’ works for/against environmental films, he is constantly looking for stories and a personal connection too. He puts it succinctly, “If it’s not personal to you, if you are parachuting from outside, your ideas will not work.” Love with nature Despite a degree in environmental science, his real reasons for gravitating towards filmmaking are deeply personal. Growing up in East coast of America, spending most of his time outdoors he fell in love with nature. But at the same, he had been a wit- ness to destruction around him and slowly climate change became his biggest concern. Filmmaking, the other word for complication, is also according to him the richest medium that actually makes us live in a real space, even if it’s in reel time. He adds, “A good film is a transponder.” But on its real time impact he is a bit circumspect. “Films can at best create awareness. For real change we have to fundamentally change the laws, basically the rules of the game which are geared towards benefits of few over many. We already have the science and technology to bring in policy change, what we need is a sense of urgency and agency.” Whether in this game climate warriors like Greta Thunberg can make the big difference, he does not believe in an either/or paradigm. Rather his focus is upon how you build collaborations. Of course, when he has other scientists on board, the filmmaker in him is constantly aware of the need to simplify the complexity of environmental issues. “You can’t dumb down at the audiences which are fairly intelligent.” But, at the same time he feels they should not be bombarded with information. Ultimately, audiences take away only a few things. And Snyder is adamant that medium is the message and the message can’t override the treatment. Having earned several awards for films like Into the Dark, The Vision Within and A Simpler Way, he can’t quite deconstruct the formula to making an award winning film. But, yes, surprise element and personal connect, he believes could do the trick. With his films featuring in over 40 festivals, he deems, “in filmmaking, sky is the limit.” Only he traverses the expanse between earth and sky to make the world we inhabit and future generations shall inherit a better place. Claire Foy to play Facebook COO Face it English actress Claire Foy will play Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg in a scripted series adaptation based on Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang’s New York Times bestselling book An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination. The drama titled Doomsday Machine comes from Anonymous Content, who recently closed a deal with Foy. The show will lift the veil on the relationship between Mark Zuckerberg and Sandberg, and the obstacles Facebook faced in its relentless quest for growth. The series spans from 2016, beginning with the election and rise of disinformation, followed by recent revelations like XCHECK, a programme that shielded important users, including former President Donald Trump, from Facebook’s rules and regulations. — IANS The glamour quotient A hilarious glimpse into the world of glitz, glamour and drama, the adaptation of Dix Pour Cent, titled Call My Agent, is set to hit Netflix on 29th October, 2021. Directed by Shaad Ali, the series shows us the what and, more importantly, the ‘who’ that goes into making today’s stars.Turning up the charisma and allure, Aahana Kumra, Ayush Mehra, Soni Razdan and Rajat Kapoor A STILL FROM CALL MY AGENT effortlessly take on the roles of talent managers at a renowned talent agency ‘Art’. Adding additional oomph to the series are special appearances by Farah Khan, Ali Fazal, Richa Chadha, Lara Dutta, Jackie Shroff, Dia Mirza and more. Director Shaad Ali says, “This project has been close to my heart since the very beginning. It was a huge responsibility to be mindful of the original screenplay that has been such a success and yet have my own stamp on the adaptation. Each component of this show has been thought through with intricacy — right from the casting to the cameos. Each of us, included in this project, have poured their heart and soul into it and I cannot wait to show the audiences the satirical world of showbiz through my lens.” Jake to play Now, Somy supports Aryan Khan The Aryan Khan controversy springs up surprises each day. Now actress Somy Ali has not only come out in his support but confessed having done it, while also making an appeal to decriminalise drugs, and prostitution! “What kid has not experimented with drugs? Give me a big freaking break! And let this kid go home. Drugs, similar to prostitution, will never go away which is why both should be decriminalised. This is the epitome of a kid being a kid scenario. No one is a damn saint. I tried pot when I was 15 and then again with Divya Bharti during the shooting of Andolan. No regrets!” She added, “The judicial system is using Aryan to prove a point as this child suffers for no damn reason. How about the judicial system focusing on catching rapists and murderers instead? The US has been fighting a war on drugs since 1971 and yet they are easily accessible to anyone who desires to use them. My heart goes out to Shah Rukh and Gauri and my prayers are with them. Aryan, you have done nothing wrong and justice will be served, kiddo. #freearyan #facade #justiceforaryan.” — TNS SUPERHERO Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal is teaming up with Extraction director Sam Hargrave for the superhero movie Prophet. Based on writer Rob Liefeld’s Image comic book series, the project comes from Studio8. It will be directed by Hargrave from a script adapted by Marc Guggenheim. Gyllenhaal will play John Prophet, a man conscripted by Germans near the end of World War II and subjected to scientific experiments that gives him superhuman strength. The movie will see Prophet volunteering for a German experiment near the end of World War II in order to feed his family. The official plotline reads, “After a bombing buries him alive and traps him underground for 20 years, he reawakens in 1965, where things are not great for the Prophet. The world has moved on without him, his daughter resents him, and KGB agents are after him to create super-soldiers from his blood.” Prophet will be produced by Studio 8’s Jeff Robinov and John Graham along with Prime Universe Films’ Adrian Askarieh, Rob Liefield, and Brooklyn Weaver. Gyllenhaal currently features in Antoine Fuqua-directed The Guilty, which released on Netflix earlier this month. He will star next in Michael Bay’s crime drama Ambulance, co-starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. — PTI c m y b Ekta Kapoor opts out of Kartik Aryan’s next Kartik Aaryan recently completed shooting for Ekta Kapoor’s Freddy in Mumbai. Soon after that, there were reports about the actor jumping from one Ekta production to another, as he geared up to start shooting for the official remake of Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo. The Hindi version has been reportedly titled as Shehzada and features Kriti Sanon as the female lead. How- ever, according to the latest updates, Ekta Kapoor has reportedly opted out as the producer of the project. While Ekta Kapoor was initially involved in the project, she is no longer a part of it. Reportedly, the film will now be produced by Allu Arvind, Aman Gill and S Radhe Krishnaa. A source informs, “There were some contractual issues due to which Ekta had to back out of the project. There is no bad blood, but just the paperwork which has resulted in her opting out.” The movie also stars Paresh Rawal and Manisha Koirala in key roles. The music is composed by Pritam and the film goes on floors in Mumbai on October 12, which would be followed by another schedule in Delhi. It will be released on the big screen sometime next year.
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