To You, Alan Rickman

When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter.

And my family will say to me,

After all this time?”

And I will say,

Always.”

The sharp features and languid manner of speech that once captivated viewers across the world have been silenced. Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69, “surrounded by family and friends”, and hopefully, with a copy of one of the Harry Potter books cradled in his arms. He didn’t live to the age of 80, but certainly left his mark across the world as Severus Snape, as Hans Gruber from Die Hard, as the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

 

With a multitude of fine performances in iconic films over the years, Rickman cemented himself in Hollywood two days after landing in America – the director of Die Hard spotted him in the Broadway production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. He shot to fame with his role as the devious Eurovillain Hans Gruber alongside Bruce Willis, and was one of the earliest British actors to play an American villain before it became mainstream. Yes, Tom Hiddleston, he did it when you were in your swaddling clothes.

 

Such was the acting prowess of Rickman as a baddie that he landed another of a villain, the outrageous Sheriff of Nottingham, in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, for which he won a BAFTA.

 

 

However, he wasn’t just known for playing negative characters. He played a lead role in the supernatural romance that was Truly, Madly, Deeply; then appeared in the less-talked about, but memorable Sense and Sensibility, an adaptation of Jane Austen‘s novel of the same name. Rickman, as Colonel Brandon wooed and subsequently won over Marianne played by Kate Winslet. With singular charm that was as unbelievable as inimitable, he swept everyone off their feet.

 

Yet, even after establishing himself as a Hollywood luminary, he kept returning to what brought him to Hollywood in the first place – the stage. He delivered sensational performances in theatrical productions such as Les Liaisons Dangereuses (with Lindsay Duncan) and Cleopatra (with Helen Mirren), and many more.

 

However, he joined a long list of actors made immortal by the characters they played when he appeared as the Master of PotionsSeverus Snape. Finding a new world of fans as the sarcastic professor, Rickman brought Severus Snape to life, hiding inner anguish with a cold exterior and a trademark sneer.

 

Here we reproduce his final thoughtful and heartfelt goodbye letter to the role of Snape, after filming wrapped on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

 

‘I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma, and Rupert from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes. 

Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands. 

It is an ancient need to be told in stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo. 

Alan Rickman’

The Weekend Planner

Now some say that there aren’t enough days in the week. We believe that there aren’t enough days in the weekend. Don’t we all know how much we ‘love’ Monday mornings. And we also hate those late hours of Sunday night, when we know it is just a matter of time before we have to drag ourselves out of the bed and head back to the grind. However, that is no reason to not enjoy the weekend.

 
So, here you are! Check out this list of the best events in and around your city this weekend. We’ve handpicked a few of the most happening events, including stand-up shows, plays, food festivals and much more. So, go ahead, take your pick!
 

On-screen pairs that went on to get hitched off-screen

Movie romances are those perfect fairy tales. There’s your handsome hero, a pretty heroine, a twist in the tale and soon enough, a happy ending to put a smile on everyone’s faces. Hollywood is where dream romances are made – both off-screen and on-screen. Sometimes, two actors find that their equation as fictional characters to be so good, it extends beyond the silver screen.  Some of Hollywood’s finest actors have had such commendable chemistry on the big screen, they ended up pursuing romantic relationships off-screen too and opening up to the media about it. Here’s a few A-list actors who took their roles a little too seriously, and found true love (or something like that). 

Tom Cruise – Nicole Kidman

One of the most talked about couples of Hollywood, Cruise and Kidman started dating after their film together, Days of Thunder. They went on to get married, and adopt two children. They divorced in 2001. 

Kristen Stewart – Robert Pattinson

A more recent couple, Kristen and Robert met on the sets of the Twilight film in 2008, and immediately hit it off. They later broke up, and Pattinson is currently dating British singer FKA Twigs. 

Andrew Garfield – Emma Stone

Apparently, the ability to shoot webs and scale walls helps you score women. Andrew Garfield began dating his co-star and love interest Emma Stone, after the release of The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012. 

Daniel Craig – Rachel Weisz

Being a Bond actor also has its perks. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz tied the knot after dating for a year. They met on the sets of the film The Dream House, in 2010. 

Brad Pitt – Angelina Jolie

The biggest supercouple in Hollywood, and possibly one of the most enduring ones in Hollywood, Brangelina met on the sets of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005. They announced their relationship in 2006, got engaged in 2012 and got married in 2014. They have six kids together.

Movie Predictions – Which Superhero Movie Will Rule 2016

2015 had 3 big superhero releases – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and Fantastic Four. Age of Ultron did brisk business at the BO and managed to entertain many fans. Ant-Man was a surprise entry, with a niche superhero being introduced to the masses. It was a critical as well as a commercial success, and was appreciated by fans of the comic as well as newbies. Fantastic Four didn’t quite perform as fantastically as many hoped, and was a huge letdown, especially at the BO. 2016 promises to be a great year for fans of the superhero genre. This year, moviegoers will be spoilt for choice, with 8 movies releasing. Here are our predictions for which one will rule 2016, just so we can turn back at the end of 2016 and say we told you so.

1. Deadpool – February 12

The Merc with a mouth finally has his own movie, that for now, seems like it draws heavily from the comics. The biggest treat? That it’s going to be an R-rated film, filled with expletives, chimichangas and tights – everything that we love from the Deadpool comics.

2. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25

One of the biggest films of 2016, BvS will see two of contemporary comics’ finest characters square off on screen. With Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader and Henry Cavill reprising his role as the Man of Steel, this one is going to be a ripper. 

3. Captain America: Civil War – May 6

Another epic comic rivalry, Captain America: Civil War will see good old Cap take on fellow Avenger and friend Tony Stark/Iron Man. With supporting acts by Black Panther, Iron Patriot, Scarlet Witch and more, war has never seemed more welcome.

4. X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27

With Apocalypse finally making it to the big screen, X-Men: Apocalypse will see the immortal titular character trying to create a new world order only for mutants, as the fate of the rest of the lives on Earth hangs in the balance.

5. Suicide Squad – August 5

Another fine offering from DC, Suicide Squad will mark the debut of Jared Leto as the Joker. The film will also see some of DC Comics’ most iconic villains, including Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and many more.

6. Gambit – October 7

Gambit will mark the return of the Cajun hero after his brief appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. With Channing Tatum being billed to play the character, details about the film are in short supply.

7. Doctor Strange – November 4

Recently, the makers of Doctor Strange released the first photos of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. The casting is perfect, and no one has ever looked more perfect in a comic character’s skin. Except for Christian Bale as the Batman, of course.

8. Sinister Six – November 11

Sinister Six will see your friendly neighborhood Spiderman take on six of New York’s worst criminals as they try to destroy him. As is the case with Gambit, details are also shrouded in a web of rumors.

Now, for our predictions:

Batman Vs. Superman and Captain America: Civil War will set the box office registers ringing, and will possibly be the biggest hits of 2016. Deadpool will be a favorite amongst the crowds, but will suffer because of the R-rated humor. X-Men: Apocalypse will perform comfortably, but without much hype, since it doesn’t appeal to mainstream audiences. Suicide Squad will see many flock to cinemas, just for Harley Quinn’s and the Joker’s sake. Gambit and Doctor Strange will also perform admirably, with Channing Tatum and Benedict Cumberbatch being the big draws. Sinister Six will appeal to most Marvel fans, looking for a fresh take on Spiderman’s story arc.

Here’s what the box office figures might look like (Top 5 for 2016):

#1 – Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

#2 – Captain America: Civil War

#3 – Deadpool

#4 – Suicide Squad

#5 – X-Men: Apocalypse

Boy, 2016 is going to be a good time to be alive.  

Weekend Planner – New Year Special

Finally, it’s time to turn around and look back at 2015, and welcome 2016 with open arms. Another year has almost passed, and it’s time to move forward. However, don’t be that guy who sits at home and watches reruns of Friends, and definitely do not watch SRK’s Happy New Year on NYE. Dress up, get ready to party and ring in the New Year with family and friends. Here’s a few parties that you should be at, pronto! Here’s hoping you don’t spend New Year’s Day regretting New Year’s Eve!

Mumbai

Bengaluru

NCR

Kolkata

 

Looking into the crystal ball: The Future for Marvel

2015 is coming to a close in a few days, and boy, has it been a good year for Marvel Studios. With blockbuster releases all over the world, the comic studio has come a long way from its success in 2014. However, if there’s one thing Marvel knows how to do best, it is to build on its triumphs, and learn from its failures. 2015 saw Marvel release the much-awaited sequel to the first Avengers film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man. Both made brisk business at the Box Office, and were met with applause from the comic community and critics alike. 2016 promises bigger releases with the Captain America film, as well as Doctor Strange. Here are a few of the releases that Marvel has lined up for the future.


May, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War

November, 2016 – Doctor Strange

May, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2

July, 2017 – Spider-Man

November, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok
 

February, 2018 – Black Panther

May, 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1)

July, 2018 – Ant-Man and the Wasp

March, 2019 – Captain Marvel

May, 2019 – Avengers: Infinity War (Part 2)
 
If Marvel’s track record is anything to go by, 2016 will be an even bigger year than 2015. Here’s hoping that all the comic fanboys (and girls, of course) will not be disappointed!

The Weekend Planner!

With every week, there comes a barrage of work, a mundane routine, annoying co-workers, neighbors and children. However, there is the silver lining – the weekend. Two glorious days of fun, frolic and freedom, for the taking. Don’t be that guy who sits at home, watches TV while gobbling down mouthfuls of crisps. Step out and live a little. Take a friend along, and attend a stand-up event, rock out to some awesome tunes, or spend a day with your kids. There’s something for everyone, with our weekend planner! Get out, and get with the program! Happy weekend! 

Stand – Up:

Johny Lever

Live Stand-Up

 
Music:
 
Theatre:
 
Tiny Tots:
 

The Best Action Scenes of 2015

2015 was a great year, especially for action movies. With big ticket releases like Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation and Spectre taking centre-stage, there were many more high-octane offerings that made their way into movie history. And boy, did they blow us away. Filmmakers have upped the ante, with bigger set-pieces, badder [sic] villains and bigger explosions. Since 2015 is coming to a close, why not take a moment and appreciate the biggest, and best action scenes from 2015? After all, there’s nothing better than guns, girls, villains and fast cars, eh? 


Spectre – Day of the Dead
 
 

One of the most awaited films of 2015, Spectre, didn’t quite deliver that kick in the gut that Skyfall did. However, it did have a smashing opening sequence that left our jaws on the floor. What are we talking about? The Day of the Dead celebrations in New Mexico, where Bond casually strolls through the streets with a skull mask on. He then proceeds to single-handedly demolish an entire city block. Great plan!

 
Creed – The Last Round
 
 
A follow up to the massively successful Rocky franchise, Creed stepped it up in the ring. Taking off years after old Rocko’s prime, Creed saw the lovechild of Apollo Creed, Adonis, take up boxing as a career and win a name for himself in the ring. The best part of the film? The ending, with Adonis taking on World Champion “Pretty” Ricky Conlon in a boxing bout that will be talked about for quite some time.
 
Kingsman: The Secret Service – Church Massacre
 
 
Colin Firth from Kingsman: The Secret Service did everything right. He looked sharp in a suit, he dispatched baddies in bars with elan and single-handedly straight up murdered an entire crowd of mindless fiends in a church. That’s what makes a real man, kids. 
 
Ant-Man: Ant-Man vs. Falcon
 
 

Ant-Man pretty much nailed most of its comic book shenanigans in the film adaptation. Not only that, but it added a fresh, and much welcome twist to proceedings as well. One such moment is when Ant-Man and Falcon butt heads at an Avenger’s facility. Now we know, size doesn’t matter when you’re delivering an ass-kicking. 

 
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – Boat Scene
 
 
A fresh breath of air to the spy thriller genre, The Man From U.N.C.L.E was an excellent film. From start to finish, it kept things brisk, funny and engaging. What’s the best bit, you ask? When Henry Cavill’s character decides to indulge himself in a fine meal while his partner is chased around by boats. Hilarious, right?

Furious 7 – Escape from Etihad Towers
 
 

While most of Furious 7 was a fast blur, the bit where Paul Walker and Vin Diesel drive through one building and into another is something to remember. Although it may have seemed something Rajnikanth would do in his films, the sheer scale of the scene is definitely commendable. 

Foolish Feuds in The West

Hollywood is a lovely place. Built on drama, the on-screen antics often spill into reality, and from there, it just turns into a series of ugly spats. Few of them have real reasons to hate each other. A lot of the others have fought for the most trivial reasons, some of which you won’t believe. Whether it’s for losing a role, or a fight over a woman. No one rivals Hollywood when it comes to being a playground full of kids. Here’s a few of the most foolish fights, which wouldn’t have gotten so out of hand in the real world.

Kylie Jenner and Amber Rose – Beef over Blac Chyna

The foundation for a good old catfight was laid when Amber Rose called out rapper Blac Chyna for dating Kylie Jenner, and spoke about Kylie. She said, “She’s a baby. She needs to go to bed at 7 o’clock. That’s ridiculous. He should be ashamed of himself.” The fight escalated when Amber called Kylie’s sister Kim Kardashian “fake”, but future President of the USA, Kanye West silenced her once and for all, by saying that he had to take “like 30 showers” after spending a night with her.

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry – Stealing dancers

Currently, one of the most heated feuds in the music world, Swift and Perry have their fair share of bad blood between them. The reason for the fight? Katy started dating John Mayer (who, incidentally, was Taylor’s ex-flame) and stole Taylor’s dancers for a concert, by hiring them from under Taylor’s nose.

Chris Brown and Drake – Beef over Rihanna

Chris Brown and Drake have the makings of reality TV stars. They’ve trashed each other in their songs, fought in nightclubs and hurled insults at each other. Why? Because of Rihanna! Come on, you guys. Haven’t you heard of “bros before hoes”?

Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis – Who makes more money?

You’d assume Stallone and Willis would be great pals since they both became action heroes. However, that isn’t exactly the case. The feud broke out when Willis demanded USD 4 million for his work in The Expendables 3. Stallone came out swinging, and immediately tweeted, saying, “Greedy and lazy…A Formula For Sure Career Failure.”

Russell Crowe and George Clooney – Mad over ads

In an interview with GQ, Russell Crowe trashed most leading men in Hollywood and said, “I don’t use my ‘celebrity’ to make a living. I don’t do ads for suits in Spain like George Clooney. To me it’s kind of sacrilegious — it’s a complete contradiction of the social contract you have with your audience.” Not one to keep mum, Clooney responded, saying, “Dude, the only people who succeed when two famous people are fighting is People magazine. What’s wrong with you?”

Your Cosplay Cheat Sheet

Nerds and geeks, rejoice. Finally, after a long year of waiting, Mumbai Film and Comic Con has returned. And with that, comes an integral part of Comic Con – Cosplaying. For those of you who aren’t nerdy enough, cosplaying is an art form that involves dressing up like or imitating your favorite video game, anime, manga, or cartoon characters. Don’t know where to start? That’s okay. For someone new to the Con, cosplaying may seem a lot like Frodo’s journey to Mordor. But fret not, here’s a cheat sheet to cosplaying at Comic Con 2015!

Mario and Luigi

What you need: Red and green t-shirts, denim overalls, red and green caps, Italian accents.

Number of people required: 2

What your line should be: “It’s a me, Mario!”

Misty

What you need: A yellow tank-top, jean shorts and red suspenders.

Number of people required: 1

What your line should be: “Staryu, I choose you!”

Clark Kent/Superman

What you need: Nerd glasses, curly hair, a Superman tee and a white shirt.

Number of people required: 1

What you should do: Open your first two buttons, puff out your chest and stare into the distance.

Logan/Wolverine

What you need: Ripped blue jeans, a white tee, leather biking jacket, dog tags and a lot of hair. And claws.

Number of people required: 1

What you should do: Whip out your claws and growl.

Princess Leia

What you need: Flowy white dress, a belt and a cool gun. Also, you need a good hairdresser.

Number of people required: 1

What you should do: Point the gun at unsuspecting cosplayers.

Dapper Stormtrooper

What you need: A well-cut suit and a Stormtrooper helmet.

Number of people required: 1

What you should do: Fold your arms and stare at everyone.

So there you have it, the easiest and quickest cosplay ideas for Mumbai Film and Comic Con 2015!