Filipino inmates whose choreographed Thriller dance has attracted 52 million YouTube hits since 2007 are getting their own stories told in a movie, produced by the Dubai-based Portfolio Productions. The film's director Marnie Manicad says Dance of the Steel Bars was shot in the Cebu provincial prison, the same place where the inmates danced to global fame. The fictional redemption story stars the Irish actor Patrick Bergin, who plays a retired US firefighter wrongly jailed for murder in the Philippines. He befriends Filipino dancing inmates who struggle with a corrupt prison system. The movie will be released in June. - AP
Indian VMAs to air on TV
The first Indian MTV Video Music Awards, held in Mumbai on March 21, will be broadcast on Sunday across seven channels of the Viacom18 network: MTV, Colors and all of the five ETV channels. The show features the British Indian trio RDB and the American rapper T-Pain performing their collaboration, a new single titled Daddy da Cash. RDB, who blend hip-hop with traditional Punjabi beats, previously worked with Snoop Lion and Ludacris. "It's a Punjabi party anthem, added with an international touch with the help of T-Pain," RDB said. The Grammy-winning T-Pain said: "RDB are the coolest Indian guys and it was great working with them. And it was great performing for Indian fans." - The National staff
Kochadaiyaan trailer to premiere at Cannes
The trailer of the new Tamil period drama Kochadaiyaan, starring Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone, will be unveiled at the forthcoming Cannes International Film Festival, held from May 15 to 26. Rajinikanth has already confirmed his attendance. Directed by Soundarya Ashwin, the 62-year-old veteran actor's daughter, the film is India's first movie filmed in motion-capture technology, along the lines of James Cameron's Avatar. Jointly produced by Eros International and Media One Global Entertainment, Kochadaiyaan also features the actors Jackie Shroff, Shobana and R Sarath Kumar. - IANS
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