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Moms hunting at MC

‘Mars Needs Moms’ a 3D computer-animated comedy movie revolving around nine-year-old Milo who finds out just how much he needs his mom when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young, is now being screened at the Majestic cinema Colombo.

Based on a book of the same title by Berkeley Breathed on the same title, the film is directed by Simon Wells and was internationally released on March 11. Berkeley Breathed, a Pulitzer-Prize winner for his comic strip “Bloom County,” was inspired to write ‘Mars Needs Moms’ by a particular moment of disagreement that took place between his son Milo and his wife.

The film stars both Seth Green (performance capture) and Seth Dusky (voice) as the main character Milo, “Mars Needs Moms” is a Walts Disney production. Take out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young.

The film showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one.

Producer Robert Zemeckis, who wrote, directed and produced “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” is a pioneer in performance-capture filmmaking. The process digitally captures the performances of the actors and actresses with computerized cameras in a full 360 degrees, allowing actors like Jim Carrey and Tom Hanks to play several roles of varying ages in one film, and for 36-year-old Seth Green to portray a 9-year-old.

Guli remembered

Writer, editor radio and television journalist Kalasoori Gunadasa Liyanage’s 13th death anniversary is commemorated on April 12 at his residence in Diwalakada, Bulathsinghala.

Popularly known among peers as Guli, Gunadasa Liyanage served as an editor in a number of newspapers and magazines including ‘Riviresa’, ‘Lankadeepa’, ‘Sathdina’, ‘Dasatha’, ‘Kalpana’ and ‘Siwudesa’ and introduced a large number of journalists to the country. He also had written and translated 45 novels and short story collections and presented a number of popular radio and television talk shows.

At the commemoration, Dr. Gunadasa Amerasekara is to deliver a talk on late Liyanage and there will be religious observances and gifting of books to worthy children.

A tale of a Man who loved Women

One of Great French filmmaker François Truffaut’s entertaining films, ‘The Man who loved Women’ will be screened at 3 pm on Tuesday April 12 at the Alliance Francaise de Colombo.

Witty, incisive and masterfully narrated, ‘L’Homme qui aimait les femmes’ (The Man who loved Women) has a strong autobiographical element, and indeed it is perhaps the film which most accurately reflects his own life.  

In a provincial cemetery, scores of women gather to attend the funeral of Bernard Morane, a serial philanderer who managed to seduce each one of them in the course of a very active love life.  One of Bernard’s lovers, Geneviève, a publisher, reflects on his extraordinary life – a life which was totally dominated by his insatiable passion for women.  Before his death, Bernard tried to make sense of his addiction by writing an autobiography, in which he recounts his never-ending series of brief amorous encounters.

‘Ira Handa Yata’ in Australia

By Susitha R. Fernando

The International award winning film ‘Ira Handa Yata’ (Under the Sun and Moon) directed by Bennett Rathnayake will have two screenings in Australia at the end of this month.

The film which won the best film award at the Identities International film festival in Italy 2010 , and also an honourable mention by the jury at the Los Angeles International film festival 2010 will be screened at Airport West Village cinema on April 24 and at Monash University on May 1, 2011.

Depicts the war torn Sri Lankan ethnic conflict between 1996-2006 and unravelling true human qualities of two soldiers, the film was also nominated for the best performance award at the Singapore International Film Festival. Bennet directed ‘Ira Handa Yata’ following his two successful directorial ventures ‘Aswesuma’ (Compensation) and ‘Sulanga’ (The Wind).

Screening of this film in Australia is organized by the Old Anandians Association in Melbourne Australia. Director Bennett Rathnayake , one of the main actors Udara Rathnayake and the publicity designer Athula Mahawalage are to participate at the screenings in Australia. The big cast includes Mahendra Perera, Palitha Silva, Chandani Seneviratne, Roger Seneviratne, Kaushalya Fernando, Damitha Abeyratne, Bimal Jayakody, Udara Rathnayake, Saumya Liyanage, Swineetha Weerasinghe, Veena Jayakody, Jagath Benaragama, Suminda Sirisena, Rangana Premaratne, Ajith Lokuge, Bennett Rathnayke, Sathischandra Edirisinghe, Kumara Thirimadura, Baghya Rathnayake, Nadaraja Sivam, Samanmalee Hewamanne, Dee. Ga. Somapala, Sampath Jayaweera, Darshan Dharmaraj together with new comers Sheryl Becker and Dharshani Tasha. Jointly scripted by Bennett Rathnayake and Sarath Gamlath, the film is produced by Samanmalee Hewamanne, Oliver Fernando, Ruwan Jayasinghe, Vijitha Herath (UK) and Dilan Fernando.

Misunderstood youth

The Hollywood movie ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ a story of a troubled teen with ineffectual parents who faces a new school environment will be screened at 6 pm on April 12 at the American center, Galle Road, Colombo 3.

The three teens that this story revolves around are played powerfully by James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. It’s not just about how the kids deal with the problems that life hands them but about the parents as well. Jim Stark (Dean) is the newcomer to the neighborhood. The family is always moving around seemingly due to Jim’s inability to stay out of trouble. The parents (Jim Backus/Ann Doran) may be at the core of Jim’s problems. There’s a great scene at the police station, where the parents are arguing over what’s right for the boy and Jim sums up the whole event by crying out, as only James Dean could do.. “You’re tearing me apart”.

Directed by Nicholas Ray, based on an actual case study (contained in Dr. Robert Lindner’s 1944 factual book titled Rebel Without a Cause: The Story of a Criminal Psychopath) of a delinquent, imprisoned teenage psychopath in the post-war years, the screenplay was written by Stewart Stern. The film sympathetically views rebellious, American, restless, misunderstood, middle-class youth and this colourful wide-screen Cinemascope feature is most remembered for being the film that best presented the talent of young charismatic cult star James Dean, shortly before his tragically premature death in 1955.

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