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Justin Long in Official Trailer for Indie 'After Class' Aka 'Safe Spaces'

"You got an army of people who love you at your back." Gravitas has debuted an official trailer for an indie film titled After Class, which initially premiered under the title Safe Spaces at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. It's getting the usual VOD release in December, if anyone is curious anyway. Justin Long plays an NYU professor who gets in trouble after trying to create "safe spaces" for his students. So he skips town and spends a week re-connecting with his family and an ill grandmother while attempting to defend his reputation. The cast includes Fran Drescher, Richard Schiff, Camrus Johnson, Kate Berlant, Becky Ann Baker, Tyler Wladis, Lynn Cohen, Samrat Chakrabarti, Dana Eskelson, and Michael Godere. Well this seems rather charming and uplifting in a warm way, it might actually be worth a watch. Here's the first official trailer (+ promo poster) for Daniel Schechter's After Class,
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‘Little Voice’: JJ Abrams & Sara Bareilles Apple Music Series Sets Cast With Brittany O’Grady, Shalini Bathina, Sean Teale & Colton Ryan

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Exclusive: Apple’s music dramedy series Little Voice, from J.J. Abrams and the Waitress duo of Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson, has set its cast.

In the main roles are emerging actors Brittany O’Grady (Star), Shalini Bathina (Undergrad), Sean Teale (The Gifted) and Colton Ryan (Homeland). Also among cast are Samrat Chakrabarti, Gopal Divan, Sakina Jaffrey and Emma Hong.

The half-hour romantic dramedy was last year given a straight-to-series 10-episode order, which will feature original music by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Bareilles. The show is currently shooting in New York.

Described as a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York, Little Voice, which shares the title of Bareilles’ breakthrough album, will explore the journey of finding your voice in your early 20s. It is described as a fresh, intensely romantic tale of the search to find your true voice… and then the courage to use it.
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'Vishwaroopam' films and the confused Good Muslim vs Bad Muslim framework

Film CommentaryThe whole premise of the ‘Vishwaroopam’ films is rather troubling – a privileged Hindu has produced and directed a film where he plays a Good Muslim disguised as a privileged Hindu.Sowmya RajendranIt's not unusual for films with a patriotic theme to release around Independence Day. This August, we had the Hindi film Mulk hitting the screens on the 3rd and Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam 2, releasing on the 10th. Both of them, interestingly, are about terrorism and Islam. While Mulk bravely takes on Islamophobia, Vishwaroopam 2 is the sequel to a film that saw protests for its anti-Muslim politics, although the hero (Kamal Haasan) plays a Muslim man. The first film, Vishwaroopam, was supposed to release for Republic Day in 2013, but because of the protests (which Kamal firmly believes were politically motivated), it hit the screens only outside Tamil Nadu. It was February 7 by the time the film was
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For Here or To Go? Movie Review

Hitting theaters tomorrow is the dramedy For Here or To Go?, written and produced by Rishi S. Bhilawadika, directed by Rucha Humnabadkar and featuring Ali Fazal, Amitosh Nagpal, Omi Vaidya, Melanie Kannokada, Rajit Kapur, and Samrat Chakrabarti.

This very important and timely film shines a light on the many personal battles faced by legal Indian immigrants living in America, including the struggles to get and keep H1-b visas, being granted a green card and how it is hard for them to be able to feel connected as citizens in the Us because they don’t know if they are going to stay or go.

The film tells the story of Young Silicon Valley software engineer Vivek Pandit (Ali Fazal) who is poised to become a key hire at a promising healthcare startup, but when they realize his work visa has less than a year remaining, the offer disappears. Having
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Catching up with Omi Vaidya about For Here or To Go? and more!

Known for his work both on the big screen and small, Omi Vaidya burst onto the Bollywood scene with his incredible performance in Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. The actor continued to work in Bollywood and then came back to the Us to delve into some fabulous, varied and very interesting characters and projects.

I was able to have a long catch up chat with Omi about his current work including an important movie, a cool Bolly-mentary, a funny Netflix show and his newest special television project. Check out what Chatur has been up too.

First up we talked about his newest film For Here or To Go?, which is releasing this Friday, March 31st. The dramedy puts the spotlight on immigration status in America. Along with Omi, the film stars Ali Faizal, Rajit Kapur, Amitosh Nagpal, Samrat Chakrabarti and Melanie Chandra.

For Here of To Go? is the story of
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Preview: For Here or To Go? opens in theaters end of March

Following acclaim and awards at international film festivals, the important motion picture For Here Or To Go? releases in theaters on March 31 putting the spotlight on immigration status in America.

Young Silicon Valley software engineer Vivek Pandit is poised to become a key hire at a promising healthcare startup, but when they realize his work visa has less than a year remaining, the offer disappears. Having learned the hard way about the flaws in his “it’s just paperwork” mentality, Vivek battles forces beyond his control to get his visa extended, whether at his existing company or a new job. Along the way, his eyes are opened to the similar struggles of his own roommates and those around him. American in mind and Indian at heart, this is a contemporary story of ambition and ambivalence fueled by one’s immigration status that characterizes the dilemma of modern cultural displacement.

Check out
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‘For Here or to Go?’ Trailer: Timely Drama Shows the Dangers of an Expiring Work Visa — Watch

‘For Here or to Go?’ Trailer: Timely Drama Shows the Dangers of an Expiring Work Visa — Watch
Many Cups of Chai Films has released the new trailer for “For Here to Go?,” a timely drama about an Indian man played by Ali Fazal dealing with the looming expiration of his work visa just as he’s set to receive a new job. Watch below.

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Here’s the synopsis: “Young Silicon Valley software engineer Vivek Pandit is poised to become a key hire at a promising healthcare startup, but when they realize his work visa has less than a year remaining, the offer disappears. Having learned the hard way about the flaws in his ‘it’s just paperwork’ mentality, Vivek battles forces beyond his control to get his visa extended, whether at his existing company or a new job. Along the way, his eyes are opened to the similar struggles of
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'The Ladies of The House' coming to DVD

Wildworks Productions announced today that Mvd Entertainment Group will release John Stuart Wildman’s The Ladies Of The House on DVD, December 13th.

The critically acclaimed grindhouse-style feminist thriller is available for pre-order at Mvd here and on Amazon.

The Ladies Of The House follows the fate of two brothers, Jacob and Kai, who, along with their friend Derek, go to a dance club to celebrate Kai’s birthday. After Derek convinces the other two to follow one of the dancers home, things take a tragic turn. However, that is simply the beginning of the nightmare for the young men, because her roommates (Getty, Lin and Crystal) aren’t just fellow dancers, they are also cannibals with a fierce sense of home and family – and a taste for men. After Kai quickly falls victim to Getty and Lin and is on his way to becoming the centerpiece of that evening’s meal,
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First look of Award Winning Growing Up Smith Trailer & Poster

After winning awards and acclaim at numerous film festivals, the new coming-of-age comedy Growing Up Smith will release theatrically on February 3rd and has just debuted its brand new trailer. The feel-good film stars Anjul Nigam, Jason Lee, Poorna Jagannathan, Samrat Chakrabarti, and introducing Roni Akurati.

Synopsis:

Growing Up Smith is the feel-good, coming-of-age story of Smith, a 10-year-old boy from India growing up in Small Town, America in 1979. As the boy’s family tries to straddle the line between embracing the American Dream and preserving their Indian heritage, Smith sneaks out for a taste of Kentucky Fried Chicken, dons a “Saturday Night Fever” costume, and contends with his parents as they send him to school with a yellow squash instead of a pumpkin to carve for Halloween. And as Smith falls head over heels in love with Amy, the girl next door, he finds in Amy’s father, Butch,
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Hartig Hilepo Agency To Close After 55 Years; Paul Hilepo Segues To Management

Paul Hilepo is shuttering the Hartig Hilepo Agency at the end of this month. After a 25-year run as an agent, Hilepo will be starting a management company, Ph Entertainment Group. Joining him will be long-term clients, Laverne Cox, Ken Leung Phyllis Somerville, Debbi Morgan, Samrat Chakrabarti, among others. In addition to managing his actor clients, Hilepo plans to help develop and produce projects for them. Hartig Hilepo agent Liz Rosier also will switch to management…
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Hartig Hilepo Agency To Close After 55 Years; Paul Hilepo Segues To Management

Hartig Hilepo Agency To Close After 55 Years; Paul Hilepo Segues To Management
Paul Hilepo is shuttering the Hartig Hilepo Agency at the end of this month. After a 25-year run as an agent, Hilepo will be starting a management company, Ph Entertainment Group. Joining him will be long-term clients, Laverne Cox, Ken Leung Phyllis Somerville, Debbi Morgan, Samrat Chakrabarti, among others. In addition to managing his actor clients, Hilepo plans to help develop and produce projects for them. Hartig Hilepo agent Liz Rosier also will switch to management…
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The New York Indian Film Festival announces full lineup for the 16th Annual Film Festival

The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the full lineup last night for their 16th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 7 – May 14). Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 40 screenings (35 narrative, 5 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City. In addition, the festival will also feature five programs of short films.

The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu, Assamese, Haryanavi and Urdu. This year’s festival will feature a couple of sidebars –Nfdc restored first films of filmmakers and a three-generations sidebar, films of Bimal Roy, Basu Bhattacharya and Aditya Bhattacharya.

The festival’s film lineup includes 2016 National Award winners A Far Afternoon,
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The Ladies of the House (2014) review

Reviewed by Jonathan Weichsel

MoreHorror.com

The Ladies of the House

Starring: Farah White, Melodie Sisk, Brina Palencia, Belladonna, Gabriel Horn, Samrat Chakrabarti, Rj Hanson, and Frank Mosley

Directed by: John Stewart Wildman

When you're a film critic, your inbox and Facebook messenger can get clogged with so many requests to review films that it can be overwhelming. I get maybe five or six requests to review movies a day, coming from everybody from professional publicists, to teenage filmmakers making movies in their parent's backyards, and everybody in between. And the thing is, you have to say no to most of these movies, because you know that most of them are going to suck and you'd drive yourself crazy watching them, and also because you simply don't have the time.

Still, when director John Stewart Wildman sent me an unsolicited email to review his film (how these people find my
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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 5; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 5; What Will You See?
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 5. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Beyond the Mask Director: Chad Burns Cast: Andrew Cheney, John Rhys-Davies, Kara Killmer, Adetokumboh M'Cormack, Steve Blackwood, Thomas D. Mahard, Marc Bowers, Carl Harry Carlson, Samrat Chakrabarti, Rebekah Cook, Connie Craig, Jennifer Dixon, Dennis Doyle Jr. Synopsis: "A former assassin tries to redeem himself by becoming a masked highwayman in Colonial America." Entourage Director: Doug Ellin Cast: Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Perrey Reeves, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rhys Coiro, Constance Zimmer, Nora Dunn Synopsis: "Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back - and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince's directorial...
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Unfreedom Interview with Bhavani Lee

The controversial film Unfreedom has now released in New York and Los Angeles, as well as on national digital platforms such as iTunes. Directed by Raj Amit Kumar, the film explores subjects that rock the boat…especially so in India.

Consequently, the country went as far as banning it.

Following two story lines of same-sex love in India and terrorism in the USA, discrimination and violence are prised gruesomely out in the open.

Unfreedom stars Victor Banerjee, Bhanu Uday, Bhavani Lee, Preeti Gupta, Seema Rahmani, Ankur Vikal, Samrat Chakrabarti and Adil Hussain.

Aashi Gahlot at BollySpice interviewed actress Bhavani Lee, who plays the part of spunky bisexual Sakhi Taylor.

Lee is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York. She is also a Kathak dancer with the iconic Pt. Birju Maharaj as one of her gurus. Bhavani toured the world with Cirque du soleil and has done various theatre productions,
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The Ladies of the House Movie Review

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The Ladies of the House Movie Review
Title: The Ladies of the House Director: John Wildman Starring: Farah White, Melodie Sisk, Brina Palencia, Michelle Sinclair, Gabriel Horn, Samrat Chakrabarti and Rj Hanson People are often forced to contend with, and find ways to overcome, many obstacles that are presented to them as they try to realize their short- and long-term goals. Whether they’re just hoping to capture a moment’s worth of fun, or fulfill their life-long dream of being cherished and remembered by society, finding a way to conquer their obstacles in order to achieve those plans can be a difficult, but at-times rewarding, process. The new independent horror thriller, ‘The Ladies of the House,’ which marks [ Read More ]

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Switch in director for romantic drama starring Leslie Mann

Us-based Australian director Frank Lotito will direct The Olive Sisters, a romantic drama adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, which will star Leslie Mann and Anthony Lapaglia. Lotito takes over from Fred Schepisi, who is still attached to the project as an executive producer. A former stand-up comic, Lotito made his feature directing debut on Good Ol. Boy, a Us comedy which will have its world premiere later this month at the Seattle International Film Festival. Based on a true story, set in 1979 and scripted by Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn and Gregory Scott Houghton,. Good Ol. Boy centres on a family from India that moves to the Us with hopes of living the American Dream.

While their 10-year-old son Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a .good old boy. propels him further away from his family.s ideals. The cast includes Jason Lee
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Unfreedom Movie Review

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Unfreedom Movie Review
Unfreedom (Dagh Ujala) Paladin Film & Dark Frames Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C Director: Raj Amit Kumar Screenwriter: Damon J. Taylor, Raj Amit Kumar Cast: Victor Banarjee, Adil Hussain, Bhanu Uday, Pretti Gupta, Bhavani Lee, Bhavani Lee, Ankur Vikal, Seema Rahmani, Samrat Chakrabarti, Danae Nason Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/1/15 Opens: May 29, 2015 Director Raj Amit Kumar does not believe in extremism and neither does the majority of populations whether in the U.S. or Pakistan, Canada or Afghanistan. In distributing his film, “Unfreedom,” the director is preaching to the choir, since the audience for this drama will also be [ Read More ]

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Review: The Ladies Of The House Succeeds In Making Grindhouse Both Intelligent And Sexy

An intelligent grindhouse movie sounds like an oxymoron but that's just what The Ladies of the House plays out to be. A husband-wife team behind the film - John Stuart Wildman and Justina Walford, gives the genre a dash of feminist twist and the result is gory, tension filled ride that is also funny and touching.3 bros go to a strip club and behave badly and consequently get their comeuppances - sounds pretty formulaic but things get darker, weirder by the minute in The Ladies of the House. The men are there to celebrate a birthday of Kai (Rj Hanson), an obese, half-witted brother of studious and mild mannered Jacob (Gabriel Horn). But it's Derrick(Samrat Chakrabarti), their obnoxious friend who is the instigator and enabler...

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Unfreedom – Trailer and Poster Premiere

The controversial new film Unfreedom has unveiled its first theatrical trailer. Banned in India and featuring an ensemble cast including Victor Banerjee, the provocative film will be released uncut in U.S. theaters on May 29.

Unfreedom juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching contemporary stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Shifting between New York and New Delhi, one tale follows a Muslim terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar in order to silence him, while the other charts the travails of a young woman whose devout father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, which she resists because she is secretly in love with another woman. The four characters come face to face with gruesome acts of violence in battles of identity, sexuality, religion, love, and family.

Written and directed by Kumar, the film stars Victor Banerjee (A Passage to India, Meherjaan), Bhanu Uday (Monsoon), Bhavani Lee, Preeti Gupta, Seema Rahmani (Good Night Good Morning,
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