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September 17th, 2017 by Cherry

I’ve lived my nerd life wrong since I will not be able to bit on Indiana Jones’ Bullwhip or MY Superman aka Christopher Reeves tights in the Prop Store auction Tuesday, September 26th! If you are in London you can enjoy the exhibition of 300 auction lot open to the public until the auction at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London. Everyone else can enjoy watching the auction live streamed as we watch our childhood sold to private collectors never to be seen again <wah> Registration and bidding is now open. If you have the money you can bid online at www.propstore.com/liveauction, over the phone or in person and if your lucky maybe you can find something that’s in your price range.

 

INDIANA JONES’ ICONIC BULLWHIP & SCARFACE “SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND” PAINTING TO BE SOLD IN £3M AUCTION

Indiana Jones’ bullwhip and Scarface painting are amongst 600 lots of movie memorabilia in upcoming London auction on Tuesday 26th September 2017

  • Harrison Ford’s bullwhip from Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning adventure sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is estimated to sell for between £50,000 – 70,000
  • This iconic piece of film history will be sold alongside props and costumes from some of cinema’s most legendary movies including James Bond and Scarface, with the hand-painted Tony Montana portrait estimated at £30,000 – 50,000
  • Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction will feature a collection of film memorabilia worth over £2-3 million
  • A free public preview exhibition presenting over 300 auction lots is now open until Tuesday 26th September at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London
Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, commented on the upcoming auction “Indiana Jones is IDwithout a doubt one of the biggest movie legends of all time, and we’re very excited to be featuring his bullwhip from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in our upcoming live auction. In addition to Indy’s whip, we’ve got a whole host of iconic props and costumes including a painting of Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer from Scarface which is complete with bullet holes! These great items and hundreds more will go under the hammer at Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on 26th September 2017 at London’s BFI IMAX proudly presented by ODEON.”

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The Prop Store Live Auction will feature props and costumes from cinema classics including:

  • James Bond’s (Roger Moore) Royal Navy Cap from The Spy Who Loved Me. Estimate £5k – 7k
  • Tony Montana’s (Al Pacino) Green Card from Scarface. Estimate £10k – 15k
  • Superman’s (Christopher Reeve) Flying Tunic from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Estimate £8k – 10k
  • Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell’s (Tom Cruise) Flight Suit from Top Gun. Estimate £20k – 30k

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The auction will be live-streamed online for fans to track the bidding on auction day. A free preview exhibition will be open to the public in the run up to the auction showcasing over 300 lots from the upcoming auction. Movie fans and collectors alike will be able to see these incredible pieces of movie history up-close.

Registration and bidding is now open. Bids can be placed online at www.propstore.com/liveauction, over the phone or in person.

The free exhibition is now open to the public at the BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London, England SE1 8XR from 10:00am to 9:30pm, until Tuesday 26th September 2017. Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, in partnership with the BFI IMAX proudly presented by ODEON, will also take place at the BFI IMAX Waterloo on Tuesday 26th September from 12:00pm.

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April 6th, 2016 by Cherry
2016 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles // Tickets

The 2016 Indian Film Festival has a great selection of movies too man to see over just a few days so I have a couple on my must see list. If only I could be in two places at one time! One of the ones that jumped out at me was Beeba Boys. My eyes alighted on these handsome men in colorful suits and I was intrigued. I must admit I thought the film was going to be a Bollywood comedy full of cute guys and dancing but instead this movie is gangsta like REAL gangsters based on violent Sikh’s that lived in Vancouver they were part of a ruthless gang! This looks like the modern Scarface I didn’t know I wanted to see! Than Island City with the two men looking totally beat down spoke to me since life is hard and sometimes you just want to give up! This woman director has made a film with three stories that speak to the human condition and it looks like it should be interesting to watch each story. I’m very excited that they have Brahman Naman at the festival since I heard about the big splash the film made at Sundance and it looks hilarious! This sex crazed comedy brings to mind all of the movies I saw growing up (16 candles, American Pie) the always had me rolling in my seat. Aligarh rounds out my must see list as I see the hard path so many of my LGBT brothers and sisters face as they fight for equality in India and yes in America too! Equality for all no matter sexual orientation!

 

BEEBA BOYS Los Angeles Premiere April 8, 2016 7:00pm

Jeet Johar is a devoted single father, dutiful son and proud Sikh living in Vancouver. He is also the leader of a murderous, ruthless gang that controls the local drugs and weapons market. Warring with other Indo-Canadian and Asian gangs, the members of Jeet’s crew are sharply dressed, television friendly and unafraid to grab what they want in the face of a white, traditional culture that portrays them as weak and cowardly. However, the “Beeba Boys” (“Good Boys”) are tested when a new recruit is brought in to fight older established gangs and the police. Both begin to close in, threatening to tear the gang apart.

With driving bhangra beats, high fashion, profound treachery, shocking violence, guns and cocaine, internationally acclaimed director and IFFLA alum Deepa Mehta brings her bold, uncompromising vision to the world of organized crime. Loosely based on second and third generation Indo-Canadian gangs that came into notoriety in the 1990s, BEEBA BOYS follows the rich tradition of the gangster film but in a community and culture never before seen on screen.

Deepa Mehta is one of Canada’s most important film artists; her work is regularly celebrated on an international scale. Best known for her Elemental Trilogy (EARTH, FIRE, WATER), she received an Oscar nomination for WATER which premiered at IFFLA in 2006. Other well-known films include BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD, HEAVEN ON EARTH and the MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN. Her work is daring, fearless, and provocative. This spirit is behind her latest film, BEEBA BOYS.

ISLAND CITY U.S. Premiere April 7, 2016 7:00pm

ISLAND CITY U.S. Premiere April 7, 2016 7:00pm

 

The sprawling city of Mumbai plays host to three stories in Ruchika Oberoi’s masterful feature debut. First there is an office worker who toils in his soulless corporation’s cubicle farm, and is specially selected by the company to have a day of “fun.” In the second tale, a wife and mother unexpectedly finds relief from her tyrannical husband’s control, and decides to treat her family to a new television set, where they find joy and solace in a popular soap. Finally, a woman resigned to a loveless future in an arranged marriage finds new hope when she receives love letters from an unknown source.

Oberoi brilliantly plays with genre as her film effortlessly shifts from absurdist comedy to escapist fantasy to realist drama (there’s even a tinge of science fiction). Though each character’s journey is markedly different, their goals are similar: to push back against the demands forced on them without any regard for their personal desires. The solutions each of them finds are not always happy, but they punctuate rich and complicated journeys that are sure to stay in the mind long after the credits roll. Oberoi’s unique vision won the Best Young Director Award of the Venice Days section at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

Ruchika Oberoi is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India. ISLAND CITY is her debut feature film. The film’s script participated in the NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab 2012, which was held in Venice alongside the Venice Film Festival, and at the Film Bazaar in Goa.

 

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BRAHMAN NAMAN Los Angeles Premiere April 8, 2016 9:15pm

This year’s Sundance Film Festival heard non-stop buzz about director Q’s latest brazen cinematic provocation: a 1980s-set coming-of-age sex comedy. There’s much more on this film’s mind than young lust and sexual hijinks…but it does have plenty of that to spare!

When Bangalore University’s misfit quiz team wins a trip to the National Championships in Calcutta, the moment seems perfect to translate their new prestige into sexual conquest. Though the four young men – led by the titular Naman – possess book smarts and a formidable verbal wit, their skills in relating to the opposite sex are disastrous. Making matters worse, Naman has a preoccupation with the expectations of his caste, which throws a wrench into his every budding relationship. As the pointed one-liners fly and the carnal embarrassments pile up, Q’s direction pulsates with an unpredictable energy. His characters’ innermost desires manifest in vibrant animated sequences and unexpected musical interludes. It all adds up to an indelible portrait of young male libido that looks like a classic of the genre. What AMERICAN PIE did for homemade desserts, this film does for ceiling fans. And fish tanks. And refrigerators. And…

 

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ALIGARH Los Angeles Premiere April 9, 2016 8:30pm

As any person paying attention to world news knows, the subject of gay rights in India has provoked heated debate in recent years. In 2009, the Delhi High Court struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized homosexual acts, only to see the law reinstated four years later by a Supreme Court decision. As protests over that unjust ruling rage on, Hansal Mehta’s timely new film arrives as a heartfelt but firm demand for the right to love.

Mehta and screenwriter Apurva Asrani find inspiration in the true story of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a linguistics professor at Aligarh Muslim University who faced suspension and possible termination due to his sexual orientation. Though many supporters rally to Siras’ cause, including a dedicated journalist played with great panache by Rajkummar Rao, Mehta and lead actor Manoj Bajpayee paint a portrait of the doctor as a gentle man more concerned with the beauty life and love have to offer rather than tooth-and-nail fighting over rights that no courts should be able to deny. Siras’ story is a heartbreaking reminder of the human cost of injustice, and inspires one of the most vital films to come out of India in recent years.

Hansal Mehta

 

Indian filmmaker, writer, actor and producer Hansal Mehta began his career in television with the series KHANA KHAZANA and later moved onto films such as JAYATE (1999) and DIL PE MAT LE YAAR (2000). He is best known for SHAHID, which won the 2013 National Film Award for Best Direction. His latest titles include CITY LIGHTS, and this year’s ALIGARH.

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