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The B-Side – Jennifer Lopez

Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy this new episode of The B-Side, from The Film Stage. Here we examine movies from established movie stars that have flopped at the box office, been forgotten by time, or remain hidden gems. These aren’t the films that made them famous or kept them famous. These are the other ones.

Today, as we all celebrate the forthcoming release of Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers in our own way, here we discuss Jennifer Lopez, the multi-hyphenate queen herself. We take a tour of her acting career, starting with Oliver Stone’s nutty U Turn in 1997, passing through the strange melodrama Angel Eyes (2001), tackling a more comedic performance in 2013’s Parker and finishing up with the camp mini-classic The Boy Next Door from 2015.

We mention the infamous Movieline interview and her reaction to it, we debate first edition copies of The Iliad, settle on how J-Lo continues
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Samantha wraps shooting for 'O Baby! Yentha Sakkagunnave'

TollywoodThe film is a remake of the South Korean comedy-drama 'Miss Granny'.Digital NativeSamantha has wrapped up shooting for the Telugu remake of the Korean movie Miss Granny titled O Baby! Yentha Sakkagunnave. The film is a South Korean comedy-drama directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. O Baby! is being helmed by director Bv Nandini Reddy. In her Facebook post, Nandini wrote, “Last day of shoot for one of the most enjoyable films that I have worked on. Best cast and crew ever. Excited that I will be able to share this gem of a story with you soon (sic).” Samantha, too, said in a post on Instagram that this film is going to be very special to her. "Today I am so grateful.. to the universe, to God, to the people who have been instrumental in helping me find my direction .. I have taken some time to grow both personally and professionally.
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Shraddha Srinath’s Bollywood debut film ‘Milan Talkies’ to release on March 15

CinemaDirected by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Shraddha shares screen space with Ali Fazal in this love story.Digital NativeDigital NativeShraddha Srinath’s debut movie in Bollywood is all set for release on March 15. The film, titled Milan Talkies, is directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, who had won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film for Paan Singh Tomar in 2013. Ps Chhatwal is bankrolling this project under the Filmy Keeda Productions banner. Sharing screen space with Shraddha in this flick is Ali Fazal as the hero. The others in the star cast include Ashutosh Rana, Sikander Kher, Sanjay Mishra and Reecha Sinha. Shraddha is elated over her Bollywood debut and is looking forward to the release, which is touted to be a small town love story. Shraddha Srinath made her acting debut with the Malayalam movie Kohinoor in 2015 but it was the Kannada film U Turn that catapulted her to star status. Offers
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Samantha will not play the 70-year-old woman in 'O Baby! Yentha Sakkagunnave'

KollywoodThis film is the Telugu remake of the 2014 Korean movie 'Miss Granny'. Digital NativeIt has been announced already that Samantha Akkineni will be playing the female lead in the remake of the Korean movie Miss Granny titled O Baby! Yentha Sakkagunnave. The film is a South Korean comedy-drama film that was directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. Na Moon-hee stars as a woman in her 70s who magically finds herself in the body of her 20-year-old self after having herself photographed at a mysterious photo studio. The film opened to packed houses on January 22, 2014 and turned out to become a huge box office hit. It grossed Us$51.7 million at the box office. This Korean film will be remade by director Bv Nandhini Reddy and Samantha has been roped in to play the younger version of the character. There were reports that she would be playing the 70-year-old granny as well
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Naga Chaitanya, Samantha's upcoming flick titled 'Majili'

TollywoodThe film is touted to be a romantic entertainer and is the couple's first film post wedding.Digital NativeStar couple Naga Chaitanya and Samantha shared the first look of their new film together on a social networking site and it is going viral among netizens. The poster features them in an embrace and hence promises the film to be of the romantic genre. Titled Majili, the film will be their fourth together, it may be noted here. Posting the first look, Samantha wrote: Here it is !! I hope you like ❤️ #Majili @Shine_Screens, @sahrudayg, @ShivaNirvana @chay_akkineni pic.twitter.com/OOigIkUj4E — Samantha Akkineni (@Samanthaprabhu2) December 30, 2018 Naga Chaitanya posted: “A film very special to me for obvious reasons #ChaySam4 .. happy to be starting the year with this .. #Nc17 is #Majili advance happy new year to all of you, it’s been a dream working with this team .. see you this April.
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Samantha begins shooting for Nandini Reddy directorial 'O Baby'

TollywoodSamantha's last release was the Tamil-Telugu bilingual 'U-Turn'.Digital NativePost marriage, Samantha Akkineni has been bagging some of the best projects. Recently, there was an announcement that she will be starring in a heroine-centric project titled O Baby. The full title of the film is O Baby Yentha Sakkagunnave, reveal sources. Reports are that this film is inspired from the Korean movie My Granny and will be directed by Nandini Reddy. O Baby will be bankrolled jointly by People's Media Factory, Suresh Productions and Sunita Tati. The shooting of this film has begun and Samantha has joined the sets. Miss Granny is a South Korean comedy-drama film that was directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. Na Moon-hee stars as a woman in her 70s who magically finds herself in the body of her 20-year-old self after having herself photographed at a mysterious photo studio. The film opened to packed houses on January
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Devi Sri Prasad to compose music for Venky Kudumula’s ‘Beeshma’

TollywoodThe film will feature Nithin and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead roles.Digital NativeDigital NativeDirector Venky Kudumula had announced a few days ago that his next film, titled Beeshma, would feature Nithin and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead roles. The film will be bankrolled by Naga Vamsi and is likely to go on the floors next month and the prep work has reportedly begun already. The director is in the process of roping in the star cast and crew for the project and has recently signed up ace music composer Devi Sri Prasad to compose the tunes for his upcoming film. Devi Sri Prasad is one of the top-ranking music composers in Tollywood and takes up only select projects. Sources say he was impressed with Venky Kudumula’s Beeshma script and agreed to hop on board the project. The music director is also currently working on the upcoming Ram Charan Teja starrer,
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‘Ambi Ning Vayasayitho’ release date confirmed

SandalwoodThe film, a remake of the Tamil film ‘Pa Paandi’, is directed by Gurudatha Ganiga and stars Ambareesh and Suhasini in the lead.Digital NativeThe audio launch of the Kannada film Ambi Ning Vayasayitho took place on September 16 and fans have now begun to expect its release date. The film has been given a clean U certification and the makers have finalised the release date as well. It has been confirmed that the film will make it to the silver screens on September 27. The film, which is a remake of the Tamil film Pa Paandi, is directed by Gurudatha Ganiga. Pa Pandi marked the directorial debut of Dhanush and it turned out to be a blockbuster. The story revolves around a retired stunt master who lives with his son’s family. One fine day, he sets out on a journey to find his lost first love and what happens during
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Like Nayanthara and Anushka, Samantha proves she's ready to lead films with 'U Turn'

TollywoodSamantha has been stuck in the 'glam doll' roles for years now, but 2018 is proving to be her breakthrough year.Mridula R"As female leads in the south industry, we are automatically expected to become dumber.” That’s what Samantha said during the U Turn press meet and it’s probably the truest statement given by a southern actor in recent times. For the longest time, we have been writing off Tamil and Telugu mass entertainers as a one ‘man’ show. We have walked out of theatres, tired of watching the male leads fighting goons, while our female leads, otherwise addressed as ‘glam dolls’, are placed in these films just for the sake of foreign locale songs and romance. Except for the times when there is an Anushka Arundhati style release and more recently, a ‘Nayanthara’ film. Samantha Akkineni belongs to the generation of heroines who mostly add no weightage
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'U Turn' review: Samantha pulls off a well-made thriller

KollywoodWhile the first half is a solid thriller, the climax is disappointing.Anjana ShekarU Turn, with actor Samantha in the lead, is the bilingual (Tamil and Telugu) remake of Pawan Kumar’s Kannada thriller by the same name that released in 2016. The film stays true to its original version, with the director retaining the character names in the remake as well. U Turn, as the name suggests, has to do with traffic regulations and the film follows the events that happen over a flyover. Rachana (Samantha) works as a reporting intern at Times of India. Having moved cities for her work, she stays alone in an apartment. The film, in fact, begins with an auto ride during which Rachana’s mother goes on and on about her daughter’s still single status, a conversation many employed, single women can relate to. As a reporter, Rachana is working on her breakthrough
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'U Turn' climax will be different in the remake: Director Pawan Kumar to Tnm

InterviewIn this interview with Tnm, the director talks about his upcoming bilingual and his thoughts on the changing face of cinema.Anjana ShekarFacebook/Director Pawan KumarWhen the film Lucia released in Kannada, in 2013, it made heads turn across the country. This film, in fact, was the first crowdfunded feature film in Kannada. Lucia was a major success in Sandalwood and was later remade in Tamil as Enakkul Oruvan starring Siddharth and dubbed in Telugu as Naalo Okkadu. Director Pawan who is in the eye of the changing face of Kannada cinema has chosen to foray into Tamil and Telugu industries with his U Turn. Remade from his Kannada original with the same name, U Turn with actor Samantha in the lead is eagerly awaited by his fans. Lucia earned Pawan Kumar a Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada. However, he made his directorial debut with Lifeu Ishtene in 2011. Previously, he
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Samantha and Anirudh release Telugu and Tamil trailers for ‘U Turn’

CinemaThe bilingual film has Samantha, Adhi Pinisetty and Rahul Ravindran in the lead roles.Digital NativeReleasing the official trailer of the upcoming film U Turn’s Telugu version on Friday, Samantha had posted on Twitter: “//youtu.be/HG7Lv384yTU Here we go !! #UTurnTheMovie #UTurnonSept13 @pawanfilms @AadhiOfficial @23_rahulr @SS_Screens Can’t say much about our own film except that we gave it a 100pc.. hope you like #UTurnTelugu.” https://t.co/kRdLjkzwzq Here we go !! #UTurnTheMovie #UTurnonSept13 @pawanfilms @AadhiOfficial @23_rahulr @SS_Screens Can’t say much about our own film except that we gave it a 100pc.. hope you like #UTurnTelugu — Samantha Akkineni (@Samanthaprabhu2) August 17, 2018 The trailer of the Tamil version was released simultaneously by Anirudh Ravichander. On the trailer launch, he wrote, “Very happy to present to you the trailer of #UTurn. @Samanthaprabhu2 always takes the path less taken and succeeds! And this time is no different.
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After Samantha, Aadhi Pinisetty's first look in 'U Turn' out

Tollywood While Samantha plays an investigative journalist investigating mysterious murders, Aadhi plays a police officer in 'U Turn'.Digital NativeOnly a few days after Samantha Akkineni’s first look in U Turn was revealed, Aadhi Pinisetty’s look in the film is out. While Samantha plays an investigative journalist in the film investigating mysterious murders, Aadhi plays a police officer. Apart from Samantha Akkineni and Aadhi Pinisetty, the film’s star cast also includes Rahul Ravindran and Bhumika Chawla who will be seen in pivotal roles. The film is directed by Pawan Kumar and is being made simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu. Poorna Chandra Tejaswi is composing the music for U Turn and Niketh Bommi and Suresh Arumugam will be in-charge of cinematography and editing, respectively. The film is produced by Srinivasaa Chitturi and Rambabu Bandaru under the banners V Y Combines and Srinivasa Silver Screen. The team
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Trisha's 'Mohini' and the growing league of horror flicks led by women stars

TollywoodTrisha, Nayanthara, Anushka Shetty, Sai Pallavi and others have all done horror films which offer them meatier roles than mainstream cinema.Tnm StaffTrisha's Mohini will release on Friday, along with Vijay Sethupathi's Junga. The film is Trisha's first in two years in Tamil and will see the actor playing a dual role for the first time in her career. While Nayaki, Trisha's previous outing in the horror comedy genre bombed badly, the actor herself had stayed away from the promos of the film. Rumours varied between payment issues and her supposed displeasure at the how the film had turned out. However, Trisha has been promoting Mohini actively and the film will release in Tamil and Telugu. Directed by Madhesh, Trisha hinted at a film promo that the story will also touch on child sexual abuse. The horror genre has been the popular route for heroines to star in films
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Bhumika Chawla to work with Samantha in 'U Turn' remake

TollywoodThe Kannada original is a horror thriller.Digital NativeDigital NativeBhumika Chawla, who made her acting debut with the Telugu flick Yuvakudu in 2000 has starred in several films as the heroine, winning accolades and awards. She later started doing character roles. Late last year, movie buffs got to see her in the Nani starrer McA, which did well at the box office. She will soon be appearing on the silver screens with the Naga Chaitanya starrer Savyasachi, which is getting ready for release on June 10th this year. Besides this, she has inked a deal to star in the U Turn remake, which will have Samantha Akkineni playing the lead role. The Kannada film U Turn was directed by Pawan Kumar and he is wielding the megaphone for the remake as well. The shooting of this film commenced a couple of months ago and is progressing at a breakneck speed. On this film, Samantha not only shared the video of the first day on the sets but also tweeted, “All the inspiration I need to be better. Thank you. U-Turn begins.” U Turn, a horror thriller, was directed by Pawan Kumar and he had also produced the venture under his banner Pawan Kumar Studios. The original version had Shraddha Srinath, Radhika Chetan, Dileep Raj and Roger Narayan in the star cast. Malayalam actor Narain, who has predominantly worked in Tamil industry, has been roped in for a crucial role in the film. However, details regarding his role have been kept under wraps. The film is all about motorists flouting the traffic rules on a flyover in Bengaluru and getting killed under mysterious circumstances and what ensues further. According to reports, Samantha agreed to hop onboard this remake soon after she got to see the film in a special screening arranged for her in Bengaluru last year. U Turn, the remake, will feature Narain, Aadi Pinisetty, and Rahul Ravindran in pivotal roles. Reports say that Aadi may be seen playing a police officer while Rahul will be seen opposite Samantha. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Jason Blum, John Ridley Partner on Film Adaptation of ‘The American Way’ Comics

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Jason Blum, John Ridley Partner on Film Adaptation of ‘The American Way’ Comics
John Ridley and Jason Blum are partnering on a movie adaptation of Ridley’s recent comic book series “The American Way: Those Above and Those Below.”

Ridley is also attached to direct the project, based on his six-issue monthly miniseries published in 2017 by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo label. Ridley wrote the story with illustrator George Jeanty in what was a sequel to their 2007 graphic novel “The American Way,” in which a team of 1960s superheroes were created and called the Civil Defense Corps. The story focuses on Jason Fisher’s the New American, a black man given super strength but a limited pain threshold while the rest of the corps is torn apart by racism and murder.

Ridley won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.” His other film credits include “Ben-Hur,” “Undercover Brother,” “U Turn,” “Three Kings,” “Red Tails,” and the Jimi Hendrix biopic
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Triple treat: Actor Samantha has three back-to-back films lined up for release

TollywoodThe actor will soon join the sets of 'U Turn' remake.Digital NativeDigital NativeSamantha Akkineni’s fans are in for a big treat with three of her films slotted for back-to-back releases. Reports coming in from the tinsel town are that Irumbu Thirai, a Tamil film in which she is paired opposite Vishal, is scheduled for release on March 29 and on the same day, the multi-lingual – Mahanati/Nadigayar Thilagam will also be out. The next day, her fans will get to see her in Rangasthalam in which she will be sharing the screen space with the Tollywood star Ram Charan. Irumbu Thirai features Samantha Ruth Prabhu as the lead heroine, marking her first-time association with Vishal and Action King Arjun is playing the antagonist in the film. Directed by Ps Mithran, the film is produced by Vishal under his banner Vishal Film Factory. Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed music for this venture with George cranking the camera and Ruben editing it. Mahanati/Nadigayar Thilagam is a biopic on the legendary actor Savitri. Directed by Nag Ashwin, the film has Samantha playing a journo and the film is told from her perspective. Bankrolled under the banner Vyjayanthi Movies it has Mickey J Meyer composing music with cinematographer Dani Sanchez-Lopez cranking the camera. In Rangasthalam, she is paired opposite Ram Charan Teja for the first time in her career. The film is directed by Sukumar and produced by Naveen Yerneni, Y Ravi Shankar and Mohan Cherukuri under the banner Mythri Movie Makers. Devi Sri Prasad has composed music for this flick with R Rathnavelu wielding the camera and Navin Nooli editing. With three of her films gearing up for release, Samantha is ready to join the sets of the U Turn remake. This Kannada movie will be made in Tamil and Telugu and Pawan Kumar, who had directed the original, will be wielding the megaphone for it.
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Shraddha Srinath to play Udhayanidhi’s heroine

EntertainmentTo be directed by Ps Mitran, the film is touted to be a thriller. Digital Native Shraddha Srinath.jpgDigital NativeShraddha Srinath will be playing Udhayanidhi Stalin’s lead girl in his upcoming film. To be directed by Ps Mitran, the film is touted to be a thriller. On bagging the role, Shraddha is reported to have told that the script impressed her so much that she agreed to hop onboard. While this project is yet to take off, director Ps Mitran is giving the finishing touches to the Vishal – Samantha starrer with which he will be making his directorial debut. Though Shraddha made her debut with the Malayalam film Kohinoor, it was for her first Kannada movie U Turn that she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada and Siima Award for Best Actress – Kannada. She caught the attention of director Mani Ratnam and bagged a role in Kaatru Veliyidai in which she shared the screen space with Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari. On doing films of her choice, Shraddha has said in an interview to the Bengaluru Times that she is more interested in roles that give her scope to perform rather than appearing as mere arm candy to the heroes. Her roles in the Kannada movie Operation Alamelamma and in the Tamil films Vikram Vedha and Richie make the actor’s choices clear. She is currently busy with a couple of Kannada movies including Shadibhagya and Godhra and will then move over to the Udhayanidhi Stalin starrer. Meanwhile, Udhayanidhi will be working in the Maheshinte Prathikaaram remake, titled as Nimir. The film is being directed by Priyadarshan and stars Namitha Pramod and Parvathi Nair as the female leads. Ace director J Mahendran has been roped to play a pivotal role in the film. Nimir is being produced by Santosh T Kurivilla under his banner Moonshot Entertainment. A major portion of the film will be shot in Tenkasi with a short schedule planned in Dubai. Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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Two Big Brother 19 Houseguests Selected To Compete On CBS’ ‘Amazing Race’ Reality Show

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According to a recent article from the folks over at the The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has revealed at least two of the new castmembers they want to compete in their upcoming "The Amazing Race" season 30. They decided to dip into none other than their Big Brother season 19 cast pool to get them! And well, it looks like they just can't get enough of the controversial Big Brother season 19 couple Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson. They have indeed been selected to participate in the 30th season of the show!" This latest casting comes off the heels of Jessica being selected to appear in a few episodes of CBS' hit soap opera show "The Bold And The Beautiful." Jessica recently revealed after the Big Brother finale show that she's currently scheduled to appear in two of "The Bold And The Beautiful" episodes, and is scheduled to possibly come back! So, that's pretty wild.
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Exclusive: Director Chris Smith on road movie Detour

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Author: Hannah Woodhead

You might not know the name Chris Smith, but you’ll probably have seen at least one of his films. In 2004 he made the tube (even more?) terrifying with horror movie Creep, and a decade later he took on Father Christmas in the underrated Get Santa. With a varied filmography spanning horror, comedy, and historical action under his belt, Chris has gone stateside for his latest film – a neo-noir road trip movie starring Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen and Bel Powley. We caught up with him for a quick chat about writing and directing Detour, and what he’s moving onto next.

Were there any films in particular that inspired the stylistic feel of Detour, and how much of the film did you visualise when working on the script?

That’s a very good question. In terms of the visual style, everything starts for me from the narrative style,
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