The director, who is behind films like ‘ Chandni Bar ‘, ‘Page 3’, ‘Fashion’ and ‘Heroine’, hopes to exchange notes with Hollywood directors, writers and music composers on understanding the global perspective in cinema. “There will be something that I take from them and they will take from us. While Hollywood has had a huge influence on the Indian industry, Bollywood and its actors too are garnering a lot of attention in the western film world,” Bhandarkar told . The event would focus on the global influence of Indian cinema, forecast changes in the fast growing and rapidly evolving filmmaking industry. “Cinema has changed drastically over the years and films are now being made in different genres like commercial, edgy and radical to cater to the tastes of an evolving viewership. “Indian cinema is no more limited to audiences in India. We have viewers all around the world and hence understanding the global perspective is a must. Cinema Beyond Boundaries would get the viewers and the filmmakers together and would help us in serving them with good quality cinema,” Bhandarkar said. Bhandarkar said through his films he has explored “areas where nobody has gone.” On the trend of filmmakers remaking old classics, Bhandarkar said he is not keen in replicating old movies. “I have good ideas and good subjects. So I am happy. I’m not into replicating old movies. But one should never say never. Tomorrow I may feel like making a part 2 of some of my movies,”he said.
Case in point: “Flat Out,” a reality show that follows driver Dylan Kwasniewski, 18, who has excelled in NASCAR’s minor leagues. NASCAR teamed with Vuguru, a studio founded by former Walt Disney Co. chief Michael Eisner , to develop “Flat Out” as an online program and sold it to AOL Inc. Tentative plans call for 10 to 15 episodes of about five minutes each. “The younger audience is very used to watching short-form video whenever they want, wherever they are,” Vuguru Chief Executive Larry Tanz said. But NASCAR isn’t selling just racing with “Flat Out.” It’s mainly selling Kwasniewski’s story, which tracks how he’s handling his life and fledgling career after his father, a Las Vegas hotel executive, committed suicide in 2010. Gabriel Lewis, head of AOL Studios, said that while NASCAR “as a brand carries weight,” ultimately “Dylan’s story is really what sold us.” Stoddard said that’s often true of all of NASCAR’s pitches. “You’ve got to have great stories” to get programs made in Hollywood, he said. “It’s not enough to just show up and say, ‘We’re NASCAR, we’ve got tens of millions of fans.'” The NASCAR-themed “Arranque de Pasion” stars acclaimed Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. To help promote the show, NASCAR arranged for Del Castillo to be the honorary starter at NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana last March. Such efforts are critical to drawing more Latinos to NASCAR, said Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker, who has aggressively pursued her own diversity initiatives. While Latinos make up 9% of NASCAR’s overall fan base, they’re 38% of those attending Zucker’s races. Programs such as the telenovela are “all about piquing [Latino fans’] interest” in NASCAR, she said. The bottom line, of course, is whether the entertainment push helps lift NASCAR’s national attendance and TV ratings, and Stoddard said it’s too early to tell.
NASCAR’s Hollywood road map aims to boost sport’s popularity
The incident happened near a bus stop in the 6700 block of Santa Monica Boulevard at about 3:30 a.m. The 22-year-old pedestrian died after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The victim has been identified as Keymontae Mckenzie, a transgender woman. A longtime friend says she went by the name Unique. “That was the first girl I met out here,” said friend Andrew Scott. “The good die young.” The suspect’s vehicle was described as a light-colored older model Ford Thunderbird. L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino says there’s been an alarming rash of hit-and-run crashes in the Los Angeles area. He proposes offering a standing reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of drivers who flee the scene of an accident. He believes the reward will encourage witnesses to speak up. “It’s time to send a clear signal,” Buscaino said. “If you leave the scene of an accident, you are a coward. You are a criminal, and you will be treated as such.” L.A.