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‘Water for Elephants’ comes with a circus

Latest Hollywood romantic drama set during the era 1930s, ‘Water for Elephants’ directed by Francis Lawrence will be released at the Majestic Cinema Colombo from Friday, April 29.

Simultaneous to the worldwide release in some part of the world, the movie an adaptation of Sara Gruen's bestselling novel presents an epic tale of forbidden love in a magical place filled with adventure, wonder and great danger.

During the Great Depression, a veterinary student Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson) leaves his studies, following the death of his parents. After joining a travelling circus, his bond with a troubled animal helps to turn the show around, although his sentiments for the star performer (Reese Witherspoon) become dangerous, since she is the wife of the abusive ringmaster (Christoph Waltz).

Jacob, meets and falls in love with Marlena, a star performer in a circus of a bygone era. They discover beauty amidst the world of the Big Top, and come together through their compassion for a special elephant. Against all odds – including the wrath of Marlena's charismatic but dangerous husband August – Jacob saves Marlena from an unhappy life and they find lifelong love.

Set in 1930s, the film by Francis Lawrence, the director of “I am Legend,” and screenplay written by Richard La Gravenese adapting from the novel which bears the same name.

Answering a question posed by media, the director of ‘Water for Elephants’, Frances Lawrence said “I think the movie business and film crews are a little bit like the circus, in that we travel around like a pack and we’re a big family for a finite period of time. We roll into someplace, cause a bunch of damage, and then roll out. There are some similarities.”

Love in Tokyo

‘Lost in the Translation’, a French film on a movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected newly wed meet up as strangers in Tokyo, Japan, will be screened at 3.00 pm on April 26 and at 6.30 pm on April 27 at the Alliance Françoise de Colombo.

Directed by popular French director Sofia Coppola, the film stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Giovanni Ribisi in the stellar cast. Bob Harris is an American film actor, far past his prime. He visits Tokyo to appear in commercials, and he meets Charlotte, the young wife of a visiting photographer. Bored and weary, Bob and Charlotte make ideal if improbable travelling companions. Charlotte is looking for "her place in life," and Bob is tolerating a mediocre stateside marriage.

Both separately and together, they live the experience of the American in Tokyo. Bob and Charlotte suffer both confusion and hilarity due to the cultural and language differences between themselves and the Japanese. As the relationship between Bob and Charlotte deepens, they come to the realization that their visits to Japan, and one another, must soon end. Or must they?

Final week with ‘Battle: Los Angeles’

The movie ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ will come to an end this week paving way to the popular animated film ‘Rio’ at the Liberty Cinema. Sunday TV Times - EAP Movie Quiz No 80 is now offering all movie goers a final chance to see ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ before it is too late.

All you have to do is to watch the film ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ at the Liberty and answer the simple question on the Coupon Number - 80 and post it to Sunday TV Times - EAP Movie Quiz – 80, No 8, Hunupitiya Cross Road, Colombo 2 on or before May 3.

All answers should be on the coupon appearing on TV Times (No 80) and no photo copies are accepted. The ten lucky winners of the Coupon No 80 will be announced in the TV Times of 8 May.
Here are the winners of Coupon No. 78 and 79.

The winners of the Coupon No. 78 are…..

Kishani Anthony of No. 114/3, Pirivena Road, Borelesgamuwa,K. Thamotharam of No.65, Jayasuriya Mawatha, Kapuwatta, Ja-Ela, Felice Fernando of No. 20, Anderson Road, Negombo, Elaine Mack of No.29C/16, Rukmalgama, Kottawa, Ranjula Dissanayake of No. 181/5, Maliga Kanda Road, Colombo 10, S. N. Wirasingha of No. 16, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia, A. R. P. Rajah of No. 88/1, Fussels Lane, Colombo 6, U. G. Sunil Shantha Piyasiri of No. 294 A, C/o Asiri Stores, Gonadeniya, Udugama, Sumith Fernando of No. 24, ‘Palm House’, St. Peter’s Road, Moratuwa andNiranjan Fernando of No 50, Dickman’s Road, Colombo 5.

The winners of the Coupon No. 79 are…..

Nikita Valentine of No. 30/5, St. Lucias’ Lane, Colombo 13, Dhanushka Fonseka of No. 236/p, Kuda Buthgamuwa,Road, Kotikawatta, Joy Lanka- M. Raj Kumar of No. 83/8, Kohilawatta, Wellampitiya, M. Dawood Cader of No. B 14 1/1, NHS, Maligawatta, Colombo 10, Chaminda Bandara of No. 24, Castle Lane, Bambalapitiya, Colombo 4, H. M. Ariyaratne of No.122/M, Gangewatta, Lewella, Kandy, Mrs. G. d. Saldin of No. 302/56, Victory Gardens, Dr. D. C. Corea Mawatha, Hokandara South, Hokandara, D. Indika Prabath of 138, Bope Road, Bope, Galle, A. Cottling of No.8/B/121, Rukmale Housing Scheme, Kottawa and Sandeeptha Leon of No. 62/5, Uyana Road, Moratuwa.

Congratulations to all of you. EAP Films will get in touch with you soon.

Humorous love story at AC

‘An Affair to Remember’ a humorous love story nominated for four Academy Awards, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in star roles will be screened at 6:00 p.m. on April 26 at the American Center, Colombo 3.

Directed by Leo McCarey the film narrates around handsome playboy Nicky Ferrante and beautiful night club singer Terry McKay who have a romance while on a cruise from Europe to New York. Despite being engaged to other people, both agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months. However, an unfortunate accident keeps Terry from the reunion, and Nicky fears that she has married or does not love him anymore. Will he discover the truth behind her absence and reunite with his one true love, or has fate and destiny passed them by?

This 1957 film is considered as one of the most romantic of all time, according to the American Film Institute The weekend youth movie at the American center will show ‘Despicable Me’, a 2010 computer-animated 3D comedy film at 3.30 pm on Saturday April 30. The story is of a super-villain named Gru who plans to use three orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, only to find that their innocent love is profoundly changing him.

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbours, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked.

Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.

Mail Courier and a Cassette

‘Diva’ French film featuring two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher, will be screened at the Alliance Francaise de Kotte at 6.00 pm on Friday, April 29.

Under the genre of New-Wave, the film with full of action and a motorcycle chase scene is directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix and it stars Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Frédéric Andréi and Richard Bohringer in the stellar roles.

A young Parisian mail courier is content with his bohemian lifestyle, his circle of friends and listening to opera, particularly one exceptional American diva, who refuses to be recorded. So enamoured with her, he makes an illegal tape of her at a Concert. But when the tape is confused with one implicating a police chief with the mob, he has use all his ingenuity to survive.

Half rates for elders, women and students at cinemas

The National Film Corporation (NFC) announced its latest plan to attract movie goers to cinemas by offering half rates for elders, female and student audience.

Under this move from April 25, Sri Lankan women will have the benefit of watching evening shows in the cinemas country wide at half rates while the senior citizens will also be levied half ticket rates at any show during the week days. The reduction for females is for the 6.30 show from Monday to Friday for ODC and Balcony tickets.

NFC chairman Kumar Abeysinghe made this announcement at a press conference held last week.
In order to attract university students and students of technical colleges, the theatres would charge only half rates to watch Sri Lankan films at ODC from tomorrow.

‘This move was done specially to promote Sri Lankan cinema among the younger generation’ said Mr. Abeysinghe.

The undergraduates and the students of technical colleges will be able to watch any Sinhala film at any show times by producing their relevant identity cards to the ticket counters, the NFC chairman said.
Arranged with the support of the theatre owners, Mr. Abeysinghe said that many new projects have been initiated to bring back audience to Sri Lankan theatres.

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