The Jungle Book (2016 film)

The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film, directed by Jon Favreau from a screenplay by Justin Marks, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous collective works, the film is a live-action/CGI remake of the 1967 animated film of the same name.

The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film, directed by Jon Favreau from a screenplay by Justin Marks, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous collective works, the film is a live-action/CGI remake of the 1967 animated film of the same name.


Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves.

But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.

Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.


Mowgli is a “man cub” raised by the Indian wolf Raksha and her pack, led by Akela, in a jungle of Seoni, Madhya Pradesh, ever since he was brought to them as a baby by the black panther Bagheera. Bagheera trains Mowgli to learn the ways of the wolves, but the boy faces certain challenges and falls behind his wolf siblings, and Akela disapproves of him using human tricks like building tools instead of learning the ways of the pack.

One day, during the dry season, the jungle animals gather to drink the water that remains as part of a truce during a drought that enables the jungle’s wildlife to drink without fear of being eaten by their predators. The truce is disrupted, however, when a scarred Bengal tiger, Shere Khan, arrives, detecting Mowgli’s scent in the crowd. Resentful against the man for scaring him, he issues a warning that he will kill Mowgli at the end of the drought. As the wolf pack debates whether they should keep Mowgli or not, Mowgli voluntarily decides to leave the jungle for the safety of his pack. Bagheera agrees with the decision and volunteers to guide him to the nearby man village.


The Jungle Book became a huge financial success, grossing over $364 million the USA and Canada and $602.5 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $966.5 million against a budget of $175 million, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2016 and the 31st highest-grossing film of all time.

Critical response

The Jungle Book received positive reviews from critics and holds a 94% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


The Jungle Book won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 89th Academy Awards, making it Disney’s first Live-Action remake to win an Oscar.

Everything You Need To Know About Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad is probably the most highly anticipated movie of the summer. But if you aren’t a comic-book fan, chances are you have no idea why.

Maybe you’ve surmised the general plot thanks to the trailers, though they haven’t been entirely forthcoming with information. Here’s what you probably have worked out already: The bad guys are fighting crime — for an unknown reason — but they’re still not the good guys. Oh, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn seems likely to walk away with the whole movie.

But there’s a lot more to know. If your friends are movie buffs or DC fans or just comic-lovers, you might feel a little left out heading to the theater. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

What is the Suicide Squad?

Most of us are familiar with DC heroes like Batman and Superman. But every hero needs a villain. And that’s where these guys come in.

The Suicide Squad consists of villains from the DC Universe. Their team basically serves as the antithesis of the Justice League (which also looks like a great movie, btw).

Basically, all you really need to know is that these are bad people who have done some horrible things, and they’re living out very long prison terms. In exchange for commuted sentences, they agree to join a hush-hush team of antiheroes. Their mission: carry out black-ops assignments.

These missions are super secret so the government can cut the cord if everything goes to hell.

Who are they and what are their powers?

For as long as the Suicide Squad has existed, there has been a revolving door of villains on the team. But for this movie, the roster consists of just eight members: Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Rick Flagg, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Katana, Killer Croc, and Slipknot.

Their skills and powers range from incredibly awesome to downright ridiculous.

Deadshot (Will Smith) — as you would guess from his name — is an expert marksman and master assassin. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is a former psychiatrist who’s now crazy in love with The Joker.

Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) is not really a bad guy — he’s a soldier in charge of field operations. He also low-key hates all of the villains but tolerates them because it’s his job. Katana (Karen Fukuhara) is an expert samurai turned vigilante.

Here’s where it starts to get ridiculous: Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) can expertly throw boomerangs of all shapes and sizes.

El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) basically sets shit on fire. Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) has a medical condition that makes him super strong but leaves him looking like a crocodile, which is very unfortunate for his face. And Slipknot (Adam Beach) is good at making knots. Yes, knots.

Harley Quinn is a fan favorite.

Harley Quinn didn’t start as a comic-book character. She started as a cartoon on Batman: The Animated Series. And she was fully clothed, by the way. But she was so popular that she burst into the comics, and now she’s in a movie (and may even get her own).

She was Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, where she attempted to treat The Joker. Obviously, that didn’t work out the way she planned. But hey, you can’t help who you love. (It’s also worth noting that she has a relationship with Poison Ivy at one point in the comics.)

Harley is violent and, well, insane. Her relationship with The Joker is pretty abusive. But she’s always been attached to “Mr. J” — with the exception of her appearance in the Suicide Squad.

In the end, you’re probably going to love Harley as much as fans do.

Dangal: Komal Nahta’s Blog

Disney Pictures, UTV Software Communications Ltd., and Aamir Khan Productions’ Dangal is a film about wrestling. It is a biopic of Mahavir Singh Phogat, one of the well-known wrestlers of India, and has a story which is supremely motivational and inspiring.

Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) is a wrestler who lives in a small town of Haryana and whose dream had been to win a gold medal for India in the international arena. But his dream remained unfulfilled due to reasons beyond his control. His only hope now is that his son would one day fulfill his dream.

As luck would have it, his wife (Sakshi Tanwar) delivers a baby girl. Mahavir is sad because he had hoped that God would bless them with a son. Anyway, the couple has another child but that is also a baby girl. The third and the fourth kids are, likewise, daughters.

Mahavir is now convinced that his dream would remain unfulfilled. Even though he loves his daughters very much, he has even over the years never been able to get over the fact that his unrealized dream of a gold medal would remain just that – unrealized.

One day, he sees that his eldest daughter, Geeta (Zaira Wasim), and second daughter, Babita (Suhani Bhatnagar), have beaten the neighborhood boys black and blue. This sets his mind ticking – he realizes that his girls are in no way less than boys and that his daughters could turn his long-cherished dream into reality.

From here, he begins rigorously training Geeta and Babita to become wrestlers. The two school-going girls have to bear the brunt of Mahavir Singh’s strict regimen for them and have also to face the taunts and barbs of people around them and in school for daring to venture in a male-dominated sport, that too, in a small town in Haryana. Geeta and Babita are trained so well that they win tournaments even against male wrestlers.

Soon, Geeta (Fatima Sana Shaikh) and Babita (Sanya Malhotra) grow up to become beautiful girls, now raring to go as wrestlers of national repute. Geeta gains entry into the National Sports Academy and begins to train under a new coach (Girish Kulkarni).

The film, a biopic, is based on a story idea by Divya Rao. The script is penned by Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Mehrotra. The story is brilliantly inspiring and has so many twists and turns and highs and lows that it keeps the audience’s eyes glued to the screen.

The screenplay is absolutely riveting. It has so much to offer that the viewers’ mind cannot wander for even a moment. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is an almost flawless screenplay from the point of view of the audience.

The first half abounds in light moments even as the strict Mahavir Singh Phogat relentlessly trains his daughters and sees them win at the juniors level. The tension and melodrama begin after the interval. While the family drama post-interval tugs at the heart-strings, the tension during the wrestling bouts often leaves the audiences biting their nails and tightening their abdomen muscles.

The last about half an hour of the film is so full of drama and tension that the viewers would not want to even blink their eyes if they can help it. The climax has a masterstroke angle to it (when Mahavir Singh Phogat hears a strain of music rent the air) and this will make the audien­ce absolutely euphoric; the weak-hearted may even start crying with joy. Why people in cinema halls may even stand up during this scene!!

Emmys 2016: Game of Thrones breaks Frasier’s record and wins best drama again

The sixth season of the HBO series swept all before it at the 2016 awards, becoming the most garlanded show in Emmys history in the process.

Winter might be coming for the residents of Westeros but for the creators of Game of Thrones and HBO, it was clear skies again at the Emmys, where the series won the best drama series award for the second year in a row.

The HBO series was up for 24 awards and came away with 12 at Sunday night’s Emmy awards in Los Angeles, breaking a record set by the sitcom Frasier with a total haul of 38 Emmys.

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The Battle of the Bastards episode was singled out for praise and won awards for best drama writing (David Benihoff and DB Weiss) and directing (Miguel Sapotchnik).

Veep, which has been nominated 42 times at the Emmys, won the best comedy category.

It was also a great night for The People v OJ Simpson, Ryan Murphy’s dramatization of the infamous trial. The show picked up 22 nominations and won the outstanding limited series gong, while actors Sterling K Brown, Sarah Paulson and Courtney B Vance all picked up individual honors for their performances as Christopher Darden, Marcia Clark and Johnnie Cochran, respectively.

Rami Malek took home a surprise win for lead actor in a drama, for his performance as Elliot Alderson, a paranoid, socially awkward hacker in Mr. Robot, while Tatiana Maslany won in the best actress category for Orphan Black.

The issue of diversity was constantly raised, with Jimmy Kimmel starting the evening by joking about Hollywood’s propensity for saying how much it cares about diversity without necessarily doing anything about it. One moment that wasn’t so funny was when Aziz Ansari was cut off before being able to give his speech after winning outstanding writing in a comedy series for Master of None.

“That was a little weird earlier, I just wanted to thank my parents who inspired the episode and acted in the show too,” he said when he appeared later to give the award for best writing for a variety special. The band was also criticised for playing off a producer of The People v OJ Simpson, who was making an emotional dedication to her wife.

Former Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush appeared in a bizarre opening segment, playing a chauffeur for Julia Louis-Dreyfus. “If you run a positive campaign the voters will ultimately make the right choice,” he said in a self-effacing scene that poked fun at his disastrous campaign.

Kimmel’s own performance was at times controversial, especially a joke he made about Johnnie Cochran being “somewhere looking up at us” after Courtney B Vance’s win.

The Emmy voters’ habit of picking the same winners continued with Jeffrey Tambor and Julia Louis-Dreyfus picking up lead actor and actress in a comedy. Louis-Dreyfus has won the award five years in a row for Veep, while Tambor picked up the award after winning last year for his performance in Transparent.

Tambor also led a tribute to Garry Shandling, who died in March and who he worked with on the Larry Sanders Show. There was another tribute for Garry Marshall from Henry Winkler, who called him “one of the most beloved men in the history of our business”.

It was a good night for British talent, with John Oliver winning for best variety talk, and Sherlock (best made for TV movie) and The Night Manager (best directing) also winning on the night.

Regina King won best supporting actress in a limited series or movie for the second year in a row for her performance in American Crime. Key & Peele won in the variety sketch category for their Comedy Central series, which ended after its fifth season. Ben Mendelsohn managed to cause an upset in the best-supporting actor in a drama category by beating Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Peter Dinklage.

Five Reasons ‘DC’s ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ Is Utterly Ridiculous

Downbeat realism may be big in fantasy TV these days (think Jessica Jones and Daredevil) but DC is having none of that. Its new show takes a more-is-more approach. If you like your superheroics big, fast and daft you’ll have a blast.


1. The plot moves faster than a speeding bullet

The show’s opening moments depict the destruction of the 22nd century London before we’re swiftly introduced to the show’s villain – “Vandal Savage, an evil dictator blessed with immortality!” Savage kills a young boy (booo!) and we cut to time-traveler Rip Hunter, who whooshes off to 2016 to assemble a team of eight superheroes to take on Savage.

This he achieves, via kidnappings, before the six-minute mark. Granted, moving at this frantic pace doesn’t leave much room for characterization or, y’know, logic – but if you want fancy-schmancy, go watch HBO.

2. The atom-sized guy isn’t the show’s most ridiculous character

While Atom’s superpower is impressively useless – a fact even he seems forlornly aware of – the most chin-scratching character is Firestorm. He can fly and has the fire for hair but only exists when a 20-year-old black mechanic and a sixty-something white physics professor meld themselves together.

It’s like some weird odd-couple sitcom from the ’90s got reimagined as a superhero.

3. No scenery is left unchewed

It’s fair to say that none of the cast will be bagging Emmys for their roles, which range from ‘kinda wacky’ to ‘swivel-eyed insane’. Particularly ridic are Arthur Darvill as roguish Rip Turner, Casper Crump as sneering Vandal Savage and Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller as campy Captain Cold.

All three are under no illusions what kind of show they’re in and crank up the goofery accordingly.

4 Everyone’s died and come back to life before the show’s even started

Comic books are forever killing off characters before resurrecting them a few issues later – Superman, Batman, Wolverine, Thor and Captain America have all shuffled off this mortal coil before quickly shuffling it on again.

Legends Of Tomorrow is all over this classic trope, as we swiftly learn that five of the characters have previously died and risen again – or, in the case of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, 206 times. Yes, 206 times. Come on now.

5. The dialogue is bananas

“Ever since as a child I first heard the story of Chay-Ara, the high priestess of Horus the hawk god, and her lover Prince Khufu, I hoped and prayed this day might come!” This is not a show begging to be taken seriously.

Five Reasons Why The Walking Dead’s Ratings Are Crashing To Season 3 Levels

The current biggest threat to Rick’s group isn’t Negan and the Saviors, it’s audience disinterest.

AMC’s plan worked initially, and The Walking Dead put up record numbers as 17 million tuned into the Season 7 premiere to see who Negan had actually killed during after the Season 6 cliffhanger. But afterward? The show’s ratings have fallen off a cliff in the weeks that followed. They dropped precipitously from 12.5 in episode 2 to now just 11 million viewers in episode 5.

So what the hell is going on?

It’s not just one thing if we’re looking closely. I think it’s sort of a perfect storm of factors, some of which may be out of AMC and the showrunners’ control, while others they are directly responsible for. Here’s what it looks like to me

1. Fans Did Not Like How The Negan Premiere Played Out

This would seem to be the most obvious answer, given the enormous drop we saw from the premiere to the other episodes this season. If 17 million people tuned in to watch that premiere, and the show loses 6 million of those in a month, that probably says something about the content of that much-watched premiere.

Glenn and Abraham were fan’s favorite characters, and it was gut-wrenching to lose them. I’d argue that their deaths were less sad then they were disgusting, with the show not holding back any of the gore from the comic, which is obviously more graphic when acted out in real life.

2. Fans Are Tired Of AMC And The Showrunners Jerking Them Around

I just mentioned this above, but fans are getting tired of AMC purposefully trying to mess with them, like what we saw with the entire “Glenn is dead but not really” plotline of Season 6, where there was some ridiculously convoluted arc where Glenn was supposed to have been eaten alive by zombies, only for us to find out later he survived by crawling under a dumpster.

But rather than creating mystery in any traditional way, AMC used tricks to fool the audience directly, like pivoting camera angles so it looked exactly like Glenn’s entrails were being torn out of him as he screamed (when really they were from another corpse).

That whole arc didn’t sit well with fans (and was made worse by Glenn’s actual death not that many episodes later), but there was an even greater uproar when the show gave us an absolutely unforgivable cliffhanger that had Negan beating someone’s head in during the Season 6 finale, but again, another camera angle change hid the truth from the audience, and it was seen as a deliberate ploy to blackmail viewers to tune into the next year’s premiere.

3. Fans Just Don’t Like Negan

I mean, you’re not supposed to like Negan, given that he’s a villain, but there are good villains and poor villains, and over these last five episodes, I have not been surprised to learn many fans think Negan is more lame than menacing.

4. Fans Don’t Like Seeing Rick’s Group Subjugated

Here’s the thing, when over the past seven years you have seen Rick’s group take on every single horrible foe on earth and emerge the group of collective badasses that they are, it’s going to be more than a little uncomfortable to see them being endlessly whipped like dogs by Negan and the Saviors.

5. Fans Hate How Fractured The Show Is

I spent a long time discussing this last week, but the show just hasn’t split the group this time around, they have shattered it. So far, every single episode this season has taken place in a different location with a mostly different group of people.

Ep. 1 – The Woods

Ep. 2 – The Kingdom

Ep. 3 – Savior’s Fortress

Ep. 4 – Alexandria

Ep. 5 – The Hilltop

Center of My World review (DIE MITTE DER WELT)

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The seventeen-year-old Phil (Louis Hofmann) is on the search. As little as he knows about his past and especially his father, his presence is so chaotic: with his mother Glass (Sabine Timoteo), who once again has a new lover (Sascha Alexander Gerak) who does not seem to give up as fast as his Predecessor. With his twin sister Dianne (Ada Philine Stappenbeck), who is increasingly withdrawing into her own world, which she shares with no one. There is an enigmatic ice age between Tereza (Inka Friedrich) and Pascal (Nina Proll), who also belong to Phil’s patchwork family. Good at least to his best friend Kat (Svenja Jung), with the He can chill and hang out.

And then it happens: A new pupil enters the class after the summer holidays and Phil falls immortal in the second. Nicholas (Jannik Schümann) seems to answer his feelings, but he also gives Phil many puzzles. The chaos is perfect. The first great love, but also envy, jealousy, and mystery, which is not least the friendship with Kat to a hard trial. Phil’s search for his center of the world is becoming more pressing.

This delicate German coming-of-ager – adapted by director Jakob Erwa from an Andreas Steinhöfel novel – wobbles between genuinely cute and aggravatingly twee before finding its feet alongside its protagonist. Sensitive late-teen Phil (Louis Hofmann) returns from camp one summer to find the small town he’d thought a paradise irrevocably altered: a storm has rearranged his usual reference points, distancing beloved sister Dianne (Ada Philine Stappenbeck) and leaving free-spirit mother Glass (Sabine Timoteo) even more emotionally fragile than when he left.

There is one ray of light in sporty new kid Nicholas (Jannik Schümann), enthusiastically leading our boy into the locker-room showers, but we’re set to wondering whether Phil’s tangled history will darken even this glimmer of promise.

Flashbacks to Phil and Dianne’s days as Teutonically blond toddlers are proofs of baggage but feel unnecessary, and Erwa is prone to occasional visual cliches, like the overhead shot of semi-clad bodies atop a jetty that seems to recur in every Mitteleuropean drama about first fumbling love. Yet he establishes an intriguing, complicated and capably performed relationship between a mother who’s known only hurt from the opposite sex and a son palpably longing for male affection and affirmation.

A vaguely educative, afterschool-special vibe may mean the 15 certificate reflects its optimal viewer age – it’s partly couched as a primer in handling heartbreak – but Erwa’s emotional candor ensures his film will strike resonant chords with anybody who spent their formative years extricating themselves from strangulating family ties.

‘MS Dhoni: The untold story’ may be a fanboy account, so what?

Sushant Singh Rajput’s ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ has finally made its way to Indian theatres today and the public is swarming to get a sneak peek into the lives of their much loved (and hated, too!) cricketer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

It is a well-known fact that Dhoni worked as a ticket collector at the Kharagpur station of Indian Railways before making his way into the Indian cricket team. What was not commonly known were the nuances of his struggle before his glory days began.

A bunch of friends who always had his back, a father who wanted nothing but a normal life and job security for his son, and an ever-supporting sister, ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ brilliantly puts out on screen the life of Dhoni, the commonplace lad from Ranchi before he became Dhoni, the face of Indian cricket.

Many people are criticising the movie for showcasing Dhoni romancing an actress and singing songs, but, why are we even forgetting that it is a Bollywood movie after all?

That’s how Bollywood movies are and that’s how this industry works. Remember how SRK’s ‘Fan’ was criticised for not being ‘Bollywood-y’ enough for the lack of songs in the movie? The makers of ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ stuck to the prevalent format and let us give them credit for the good work they have done.

Also, let us take a moment and appreciate Sushant Singh Rajput’s brilliant work with the bat, those shots and that language and accent. From catching the right tone of the dialect (that we are assuming is what MSD must have conversed in, given that he was closely involved with the making of the movie) to displaying real MSD’s batting and keeping skills effortlessly on screen, this movie will definitely be one of the major highlights of Sushant’s Bollywood journey.

Some people are calling this movie a hagiography instead of a biography, but the reason for that could be that MSD is a widely loved and worshipped cricketing icon in our country.

In bringing his journey to life through a movie, concentrating on his earlier days and the highlights seems to be a wise choice. Of course, we are curious and we want to know it all, but there’s only so much that can be wrapped into three hours of cinema and put out to the public.

‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ is a movie that will move you to tears at certain places and leave you with a smile. Watch it for how many believe the Indian cricket evolved in the recent times, for what taught our young players to take risks rather than being safe, watch it for the beloved MS Dhoni.