Thursday, March 29, 2012 Jamadi-ul-Awwal 05 , 1433 A.H


  ISSN 1563-9479



 Group Chairman: Mir Javed Rahman

Founded by: Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman

Editor-in-Chief: Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman 




The Cultural Dramatics & Entertainment Society is 

geared up for its 14th All Pakistan Performing Arts 


With the theatre scene already on an upswing in Pakistan, it is always good to see the industry find more benefactors in younger people. The Cultural Dramatics & Entertainment Society (CDES) is a dedicated group of youngsters, with a unanimous mission to revive performing arts in all its manifestation in Pakistan. CDES is fully geared up for its 14th All Pakistan Performing Arts Competition 2012, with which they hope to offer even more fun, glamour and entertainment this year.

“Performing Arts have never been given the kind of attention they deserve,” explains Jahanzeb Pirzada, President CDES, and continues, “A catalyst for the development of society, performing arts play a significant role. But unfortunately this is a field that seems to have been nurtured without any charter.  CDES’ mandate, therefore, is to generate opportunities for the unearthing and growth of discovered talent to set the wheels in motion.”

The meteoric rise of CDES is due to the fact that it offers stalwarts of media as well as young artistes from all over Pakistan a chance to assemble and perform together on a single platform. The young get a chance to gel with the seasoned artistes and learn how to excel whereas the audience, besides having entertainment can also evaluate how capable the new generation is to take this legacy ahead.

Excited about their upcoming event, Jehanzeb Pirzada is very sure of the fact that forming CDES was a necessity of the times despite present performing arts establishments.

“Unfortunately the Arts Councils could not contribute anything significant due to their internal politics leading to the present gloomy situation. Promoting culture, bridging gap between various social and ethnic groups, creating awareness about intricate and sensitive issues, and providing quality entertainment to the audience is what each member CDES fraternity is groomed to strive for and thrive on,” he says.

While many may not agree with Pirzada’s statement, he counts off the CDES’ achievements, which are a source of pride for these young artistes.

“CDES follows the philosophy of propagating knowledge in the form of art. For that very reason, CDES staged Writer’s Block in LUMS Dramaline Drama Fest ‘10,” says Pirzada. “Our crew went on to achieve the Best Technical Award and nominations in the categories of Best Actor and Best Serious Play among 26 top performances from all over Pakistan.”

CDES events have been supported by seniors such as Tauqeer Nasir, Shahid Nadeem, Sohail Ahmed, Dr. Durdana Butt and Usama Qazi.

The CDES events luckily are able to find funding in the corporate sector, and this helps them focus more on the quality of the event itself, which is an eagerly awaited one by aspiring actors and musicians who are still in the academic process.

The  14th CDES All Pakistan Performing Arts Competition 2012 Let There be Drama is scheduled for May 4-6 2012, and  the CDES is waiting to receive all its supporters and appreciators of new music and drama with open arms.


James Cameron denies Titanic 3D release

is cashing-in on tragedy

The film is being re-released almost exactly 100 years after the real Titanic set sail.

Shortly before midnight on 14 April 1912, the passenger liner struck an iceberg on its way from Southampton to New York. It sank less than three hours later, killing 1,517 people.

Director James Cameron rejected suggestions that the re-release was simply an attempt to make money on the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.

“Yeah, you know look - there’s always going to be people that can —— in the soup of anything good. But frankly I think that remembering Titanic, remembering the history - that’s what the film was there for.

That’s why I made it, you know. I was fascinated by the story, I was fascinated by the history, the people that were heroic, the people that lost their lives.

I was genuinely touched by the tragedy when I was there at the wreck. I think the film is a good focusing agent for that at this time when we should be remembering the wreck and its message, the disaster and its message for all of us.”

Cameron came to London fresh from the success of his latest venture. Using a specially designed submarine, called Deepsea Challenger, he successfully dived nearly seven miles below the surface of the Pacific to the Earth’s deepest point - a feat only carried out once before.

The descent took place at the Mariana Trench, about 200 miles south west of the Pacific island of Guam.

Kate Winslet, who also attended the premiere, admitted the re-release fifteen years on was a bizarre experience for her.

Back in 1997, when the film was originally released, Winslet was a relatively unknown actress - but the movie, in which she played Rose alongside Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack - propelled her to worldwide fame.

“It’s weird. I mean it is like being forced to go through a photo album of your former self for three and a half hours solidly,” she said.

“It’s quite strange you know. But the film is still wonderful and it looks incredible. It’s just one of those kind of surreal moments to kind of go with it.”

Titanic 3D will be released worldwide on April 6.


Chloe Moretz set to play Carrie as other King novels 

make their way to the big screen


Stephen King classic Carrie is set to see its second big-screen adaptation with Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry) as director. Now we also know we’ll probably be seeing Chloe Moretz as Carrie too, who won the role from competition such as Selena Gomez and Dakota Fanning. A thrilled Moretz, who starred as Abby in Let Me In and more recently in Hugo tweeted: “Thank you Kim Pierce and thank u MGM for the chance of a lifetime!”


Chloe Moretz wouldn’t have been Stephen King’s first choice for Carrie though as the writer had himself proposed a name last year for the title character when rumours of a new adaptation had started up. “I’ve heard rumblings about a Carrie remake, as I have about The Stand and It. Who knows if it will happen? The real question is why, when the original was so good? I mean, not Casablanca, or anything, but a really good horror-suspense film, much better than the book,” King had said last summer.

“Piper Laurie really got her teeth into the bad-mom thing. Although Lindsay Lohan as Carrie White… hmmm. It would certainly be fun to cast. I guess I could get behind it if they turned the project over to one of the Davids: Lynch or Cronenberg.”

Lindsay Lohan had been reportedly ‘stoked’ at the thought of playing the troubled telekinetic teen.

Meanwhile, other King books have turned into projects for several directors, including Ron Howard who is in talks with Warner Bros to adapt the Dark Tower series with Javier Bardem as gunslinger Roland Deschain, Ben Affleck, who hopes to remake The Stand as a feature film, and Jonathan Demme, who had bought rights to 11/22/63 even before the book was published in November. Demme plans to produce, write and direct the screen adaptation, about a small-town teacher who travels back in time and tries to prevent the Kennedy assassination.


Ranbir Kapoor’s hands full with Deepika and Shahid

Ranbir Kapoor is rockstarring back into our lives and he comes bearing gifts, namely a proposal to erstwhile flame Deepika and a future film with potential flame Shahid Kapoor. Not only is Ranbir doing everything on his terms, he is going to pick up great bronzer tips from Shahid, whom as we all know, is a master craftsman when it comes to anything that can be sponged, sprayed, grown, brushed and touched up on the face (and sometimes the torso).

Ranbir is said to have signed on a film with Abhinav Kashyap, the man behind the cinematic masterpiece of our times, Dabangg. The film will be co-produced by Viacom 18. The film was at first going to be one called Karnaama, a caper starring Ranbir as the caperer. But somehow Kashyap and Viacom 18 have decided that they should make the film with Ranbir as a ‘tapori’ who is a “bold, upfront, street smart guy. His body language and talking style will be very Mumbaiyya.” Ranbir is the best choice for this role as he is so street.

On the other hand, Ranbir is wrapping up Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani with Deepika, which is thrilling for fans of the actors as a couple, as Ranbir finally proposes to her. In the film.  The scene is described thusly: “Ranbir proposes to Deepika in one of the scenes and she accepts his proposal, following which Ranbir expresses his happiness by throwing a stone into the river.”

In Ranbir’s future is a remake of Pahlaj Nahalani’s 1993 film Aankhen, which correct us if we are wrong, was home to the popular ‘90s tune ‘O Laal Dupattay Waali’. The original starred Govinda and master comedian Chunky Pandey, and the plot revolves around, ‘Two wealthy buffoons, Munnu and Bunnu, get involved in a conspiracy to replace a Chief Minister with a look-alike by some corrupt government officials. Meanwhile, Munnu’s identical cousin arrives for a visit from the rural parts, and is mistaken for the real Munnu. The city-wise Munnu visits his cousin to find a safe place to hide out, and is mistaken by the local townspeople for his cousin.’

This version of the film will not only star Ranbir (in a double role), but also Shahid (in a double role), which means four times the fun than we are used to. Perhaps Shahid will teach Ranbir how to encourage facial hair growth and Ranbir will teach Shahid how to bedazzle? We can dream.



This Just in

The Maroon 5 front man and co-host of America’s The Voice, Adam Levine will be making his television acting debut. The singer will be on the second season of American Horror Story as part of a couple called The Lovers. The scary TV show found unexpected success and has a highly anticipated second season. The first season followed a family trying to start fresh when they move into a haunted house in Los Angeles with a history of murders and suicides. Levine may play a ghost according to the title of The Lovers given to him who have undoubtedly have met a nasty end. Along with Adam Levine, the show will bring back Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto from the first season. According to the show’s creator and Glee producer Ryan Murphy, the show will move to a new location and have a new plot. Levine is still in talks with the show’s producers about taking on the role. We’d love to see a darker side of the sweet singer.



Total Recall is getting a remake! Let that just sink in for a second. The sci-fi thriller is set to come to theatres by August. In the time of incessant remakes and sequels and prequels, we are looking forward to this one. The original Total Recall came out in 1990 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the most technically advanced movie of its time. The film’s cast includes Collin Farrel, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale with Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston. Ethan Hawke will have a cameo in the film while we are hoping they just might sneak the Governator for our viewing pleasure. The film will be set on Earth instead of Mars unlike the original and will add more political influences than the original story which was based on the novella We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick. From the trailer Huffington Post reports: “the new Total Recall world looks like a mashup of Bladerunner, Mass Effect and The Fifth Element.” Wait and see, kids.






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