Following sold out shows at the Royal Albert Hall last year with Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle returns to the UK this June to perform at London’s Adelphi Theatre and Hackney Empire.
Chappelle’s clever, in-your-face brand of humour has made him one of the most respected entertainers of his generation. In March 2017, Chappelle returned to television via streaming giant Netflix with two highly-anticipated specials, The Art of Spin, and Deep in the Heart of Texas, filmed in Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX. The critically-acclaimed specials satisfied his fans and introduced a new legion of followers to his sidesplitting, thought-provoking style of political and social commentary.
In 2005, Chappelle walked away from his groundbreaking sketch comedy show, Chappelle’s Showon Comedy Central. During the 8 years that followed, he performed pop-up stand-up dates, made occasional television appearances, and toured extensively throughout the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada, and Australia. From intimate comedy clubs to theatres and arenas, Chappelle’s live performances often sold out within minutes of being announced.
Comedy Central ranks Chappelle as Number 43 of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.” Esquire Magazine has called him “the comic genius of America,” and he was featured on the cover of GQ Magazine’s Man of the Year issue in 2015. In April 2017, he graced the cover of The New York Times’ T-Magazine.
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Thanks to the films like Bombay Talkies, short films are fast turning into the much-preferred medium for emerging filmmakers to tell their stories. While YouTube was the only channel available earlier to market these films, things are fast changing with PVR putting its weight behind inspiring short films and helping it get a theatrical release.
Jamuura in association with Celebstall is releasing their first feature film, “CHAAR CUTTING” a compilation of four short stories of different genres – thriller, drama, love story and comedy, in theatres on May 29.
The four shorts featuring in Chaar Cutting are Skin Deep (written by Vikramadiya Motwane of Lootera and Udaan fame and directed by his assistant Hardik Mehta), Blouse (directed by Vijayeta Kumar), Manila Running (directed by Anuj Gulati), and Bawdi (directed by Vivek Soni).
The film will be releasing in Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Ahemdabad through PVR Director’s Rare.
Hardik Mehta’s Skin Deep is about how an excited young couple’s first ‘adventure’ of wanting to make love, is tested, when the guy discovers the extra piece of foreskin that causes hindrance in making love. What happens when he decides to undergo circumcision is to be seen. Aiti Vasudev and Naveen Kasturia of Suleimaani Keeda fame play the leads in this quirky short film.
The movie has been screened at multiple international film festivals including, River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, Italy , Extravagant India, Paris, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, New York Indian Film Festival, New York
Directed byVijayeta Kumar, Blouse is a quirky tale that revolves around Shyam getting the perfect blouse stitched for his beloved wife Roopa from the famous Babu tailor. The only predicament is Shyam lost the sample blouse piece of his wife and Babu asks him to ogle at the bosoms of other women to get tentative measurements that would suit his wife. The film produced by Ranjan Singh stars Sumeet Vyas (English Vinglish), Imran Rashid, Ronjini Chakraborty and Preeti Sharma in the lead roles.
The film which was an official selection at many prestigious international and Indian film festivals including Indisches Film Festival Stuttgart, Chicago South Asian Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival, Ascona Film Festival, Switzerland, Festival de Contemporary Cinema, Kathmandu, Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival, Bangalore International Short Film Festival, Jagran Film Festival and won the award of Best short at New York Indian Film Festival, Best Script Jaipur International Film Festival.
Anuj Gulati’s Manila Running will see the central character Jacques caught in a quagmire of predicaments in Philippines where he has landed to get himself an operation that he is too shy to talk about. The movie has already been screened at many prestigious international festivals and was awarded the most prominent ones being Recognition of Achievement in Directing, Producing, Acting, Editing & Location Sound in 2012 NYU First Run Film Festival, Singapore.
Written and directed by Vivek Soni, Bawdi revolves around drought-hit village and explores the plight of the water-starved villagers made worse by the arrival of a cola plant. As the situation grows bad, villagers start getting their daughters married outside their cursed village. Victimized by nature and circumstances, a young couple in love embarks on their arduous struggle to get married.
Bawdi which stars Priyanshu Painyuli, Sonal Joshi, Uday Chandra in the lead roles was screened at more than 10 international and India festivals including Clermont Ferrand Film Festival 2013, France, 10th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart, Germany where is was nominated for “Best Short Film” & “Audience Award”, 15th Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, Israel, Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival, Italy 2013, Mumbai International Short Film Festival, Delhi International Film Festival 2012 where it won “Best Student Film”, 6th International Documentaries and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Pune International Film Festival 2013 where it was nominated for “Best Cinematography” and “Sound Design”.
Munish Tewari, the founder of Jamuura, an online platform that is spearheading these four films says, “Short films are not widely considered as an option for entertainment yet. However, we believe that this is an extremely potent medium to bring out the many brilliant stories, which don’t require substantial resources and 150 minutes to be effectively created and consumed.Our aim is to create a bridge between the new generation of storytellers and audiences, through a collaborative and transparent system, which safeguards the interest of the filmmaker. With Chaar Cutting we have tried to put together 4 entertaining films we believe the viewers will enjoy.”
Jimmy Fallon is taping in L.A. all this week, so naturally, he decided to celebrate the occasion by re-creating the intro to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Fallon also did a Fresh Prince bit his first night on The Tonight Show and once sang the show’s theme song as Neil Young, so at this point, it’s pretty clear that Fresh Prince is his comedy security blanket.
Three of The Big Bang Theory‘s five stars have reached a new deal with studio Warner Bros. Television.
Following prolonged negotiations that resulted in abrief production delay, stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco have inked rich new three-year deals to return to the CBS hit, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are still in negotiations, but an agreement is expected to be reached this week. Warner Bros. Television declined to comment.
The show, which was renewed for three additional seasons through its 10th run, likely resumes production Wednesday after a one-week delay that occurred when the five stars refused to return to work without new deals. (Their contracts expired in May at the end of season seven.)
Emmy-winner Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco negotiated together and were seeking big salary increases. Sources tell THR that the trio, who currently earn $325,000 per episode, likely secured about $1 million per half-hour with an increased cut of the show’s backend. The deals are said to bring the three into the Friends region, with that cast negotiating together and locking in $1 million per episode with studio WBTV. (Big Bang Theory is a massive hit in syndication, with TBS’ repeats regularly topping the weekly syndication ratings.) The pacts are also said toinclude a greater percentage of the show’s back-end, overall deals and more.
Co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch previously inked new deals with WBTV, with both earning big raises in September when the cast’s contract talks began.
It’s unclear if the one-week delay will result in a reduced episode from the show’s standard 24, though it typically takes three weeks to turn in a completed episode and the delay could likely be overcome during the season.
The three-season renewal gave the cast considerable leverage — especially considering Big Bang is TV’s No. 1 comedy among total viewers, a metric it has held since the 2010-11 season. Season seven regularly topped 20 million viewers per week, up 4 percent year-over-year, with an impressive 6.1 rating among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The show is also a hit in syndication on TBS, with repeats often topping some of the Big Four broadcast networks’ original fare. Big Bang is again nominated for best comedy series, but the show has yet to take home that trophy. Parsons — a three-time winner — is nominated for the seventh time for his starring turn as Sheldon Cooper.
The cast was a no-show last month at San Diego Comic-Con, where for the second year in a row, the panel consisted of series writers. Last year, Galecki made a surprise appearance with Rauch moderating. Parsons was at Comic-Con the day before the show’s panel to DreamWorks Animation’s Home, in which he has a voice role.
Meanwhile, showrunner Steve Molaro has a three-year overall deal (his first) with WBTV, and co-creator/EP Chuck Lorre is also under contract with the studio. Securing Big Bang Theory‘s future was a top priority for CBS, which last season bade farewell to Monday staple How I Met Your Mother. CBS recently scored rights to Thursday night NFL games, pushing Big Bang Theory to Mondays for the first few weeks of season eight, before it returns to Thursdays. The network, which sources say did not have a contingency plan in place had the cast not reupped, is looking to TheBig Bang Theory to help launch rookie drama Scorpion on Mondays at 9 p.m., after abandoning its two-hour comedy block that night.
For his part, Lorre didn’t see the contract negotiations as a problem. “There are people at Warner Brothers Television and people representing the actors who have done this before,” he told THRthis month. “This will work itself out. I think it’s great; I want them all to be crazy wealthy because nobody deserves it more than this cast. It’ll work out.”
The cast’s new deal comes after the Modern Family co-creator/EP Christopher Lloyd staged a walkout before — missing the first week of work in the writers room — until he had reached a new deal with studio 20th Century Fox Television. The Emmy-winning comedy’s cast also had a well-documented and contentious contract renegotiation in 2012 that threatened to delay production, which concluded with the six adult actors earning major pay increases.