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Keanu Reeves documentary to open India fest

Plus: D'Souza to copyright ABCD dance moves, and three actresses lead Ek Thi Daayan

Keanu Reeves and Martin Scorsese. Courtesy Tribeca Film
Keanu Reeves and Martin Scorsese. Courtesy Tribeca Film

Keanu Reeves doc to open India fest

Side by Side, the documentary produced by Keanu Reeves and directed by Christopher Kenneally, is set to be the opening film at the 0110 International Digital Film Festival, to be held in New Delhi and Mumbai this month. The festival, widely regarded as the platform for India's new-wave cinema, announced an advisory panel that includes Sudhir Mishra, Anurag Kashyap, Qaushiq Mukherjee, Roysten Abel and the Hollywood producer Jason Kliot. "The festival is not limited to competing and screening of cinema, it's a destination for genuine cinema-centric education with interactive workshops and seminars headed by some of the most prominent names of the fraternity," said the festival's director Madhureeta Anand. - IANS

Three actresses lead Ek Thi Daayan

Despite reportedly being turned down by Rani Mukerji, Ek Thi Daayan now has three actresses vying to be the face of the supernatural thriller. Co-produced by Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj, Ek Thi Daayan features Kalki Koechlin, Huma Qureshi and Konkona Sen Sharma in the female lead roles, while Emraan Hashmi plays the male lead. According to a source, all three female stars have requested that they be the face of Daayan in the trailer, which is scheduled to be released on Friday. The film is scheduled to be released on April 18. - IANS

D'Souza to copyright ABCD dance moves

The choreographer and director Remo D'Souza is planning to copyright certain dance steps from the song Bezubaan that appear in his forthcoming 3D film ABCD - Any Body Can Dance. "Like a film, dance steps or sequences are creative works," D'Souza said in a statement. "If a script can have a copyright, so can songs. Why can't dance sequences as well?" Bezubaan features the film's lead actors, along with Lauren Gottlieb, the winner of the US reality show So You Think You Can Dance, dancing in the rain. "I don't want this to be copied," said D'Souza. - IANS