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Glen Keane Says Central Characters in Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball and Over the Moon Are Similar

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Animation legend Glen Keane says he came on board to direct the upcoming animated film “Over the Moon” because he found a striking similarity between its protagonist Fei Fei and late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, the subject of his Oscar-winning animated short “Dear Basketball”. Both the stories, the director said, are about people who dreamt of making the impossible possible. Chaitanya Tamhane: Alfonso Cuaron Taught Me How to Be a Professional Filmmaker

“Over the Moon” follows a girl named Fei Fei, who is passionate about science and builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of Chang’e, the legendary moon goddess in the Chinese culture. Whereas, “Dear Basketball” (2017), also directed by Keane, is based on a letter by Bryant announcing his retirement from basketball in 2015. The Los Angeles Laker player, who also executive produced and lent his voice to the five-minute autobiographical short, died in a helicopter crash in January that also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. Gemma Chan Sees a ‘Definite Shift’ in Hollywood As Filmmakers Are Going for Colour-Blind Casting

Asked why he decided to take up “Over the Moon” as his feature directorial debut after close to four decades as a Disney animator, Keane told PTI in a Zoom interview, “What I found fascinating was the similarity of the central characters in ‘Dear Basketball’ and ‘Over the Moon’. “This year Kobe passed away. He had such a huge impact on me and our team. We gathered the day after he passed away, talked about him, cried and went through an incredible grieving process. He was a close friend of mine.”

The 66-year-old director said characters like Fei Fei and Bryant who are driven by determination “speak” to him. “Kobe had this childlike belief that the impossible was possible. It could be half a second left on that clock and he was still going to make that shot, and he did and won the championship. He drove himself by this inner belief and yet there was this quiet childlike quality to him.

“When I was reading about Fei Fei, I realised this is the same kind of a character… this determination. She is going to build this rocket to the moon, she is going to see a character no one believes in. I love characters like that,” he added. The American-Chinese fantasy musical adventure, penned by the late Audrey Wells for her daughter Tatiana, highlights the theme of overcoming the loss of a loved one. Wells, also an acclaimed director-producer, died of cancer in 2018.

Keane said normally animation might steer clear of a deep and painful story like “Over the Moon”, but as Wells’ script had “a beautiful intent” behind the story, he was compelled to work on the project. “Audrey Wells was driven to find a way to speak to her daughter after she was gone. She knew she would not be here after this movie was done. Her daughter needed to hear and the best way you can hear something is not necessarily through an intellectual argument, but through symbols and poetry. So much of this film is a visual poem.”

While Fei Fei is mourning the loss of her mother, Chang’e longs for her dead husband, Houyi, the archer. Sadness and joy, he said, are two sides of the same coin, and these characters overcome grief by going into the ‘Chamber of Exquisite Sadness’ on Lunaria, the otherworldly place ruled by the goddess.

“It’s the exquisite sadness because it’s something essential that we have to go through. At one point Fei Fei says, ‘I just wish life could go back to the way it was.’ Every child or adult, even right now, don’t we all say that? The pain we go through becomes part of us. In many ways, it’s the deepest and most beautiful part of us,” he added.

Keane, known for his work on films like “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Tangled”, said he understood the importance of being a director after helping other filmmakers realise their vision. “I was trained by men who were directing animators working on sequences of ‘Pinocchio’ and ‘Bambi’. I did the same on ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. But the difference was when I’m animating Ariel, next to me is the director, he’s got the map of where this movie is going.

“In this case, I needed to be the one saying where we needed to go and as much fun as I could have in living in the skin of the character that was incredibly important.” Led by an all Asian American voice cast, “Over the Moon” modernises Chang’e and the filmmaker said as they were turning a sacred character from the Chinese culture “upside down”, it was important they found a way to turn her back again. Keane added his aim is to put the future of animation “in the hands of other cultures to tell their stories” to the world. Set in the Chinese town of Wuzhen, the film is “rooted first in China”, he noted.

“I was tasked to tell it with all the sincerity and authenticity. We walked through this tiny town called Wuzhen. The smell, taste, light, textures, and sounds is what we put in the beginning of the movie,” he said, praising production designer Celine Desrumaux for bringing out the subtleties of the little town. Son of “The Family Circus” cartoonist Bil Keane, the director said he makes animated films as he aims to “grow younger”.

“I’m trying to be as free as my grandchildren are in their drawings. I would do a drawing to make the paper go away so I could step into that world and live there. If I was drawing dinosaurs, I was going back into the time. Like the paper was a time machine. That’s what I was these movies to be.” Starring Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Margaret Cho, and Sandra Oh, “Over the Moon” will start streaming on Netflix from October 23.

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Enrique Iglesias Named Billboard’s Top Latin Artist of All Time; Spanish Singer Accepts the Prestigious Award (Watch Video)

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Pop superstar Enrique Iglesias, who has been in the music industry for over 25 years, has bagged the top Latin artiste of all time at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Held in Florida on Wednesday, the Billboard Latin Music Awards was held before a live-audience wearing masks, and in-person performances and presenters, reports eonline.com. Rapper Pitbull praised Iglesias before presenting him with the award: “He’s a writer, composer, singer, performer. He’s a living legend and it’s a true honour to call him my friend and my dog. He is music.” Billboard Music Award 2020: From BTS to Billie Eilish, Here’s the Complete List of Winners Category Wise

Iglesias admitted he didn’t prepare a speech, so he spoke from his heart. “If I get confused, I’m sorry,” Enrique began in Spanish, and continued: “But I want to thank the Billboard Latin Music Awards for an incredible award.” “I want to thank my friend Pitbull. I want everyone who is here tonight to have a good time. I also want to tell all of my fans thank you for everything in the passage of my career. I miss you so much, and to all of you who are watching from home, take care,” said the singer, who has sold more than 180 million albums. 2020 Billboard Music Awards Winners List: BTS, Kanye West, Jonas Brothers, Cardi B And Others Win Big At The BBMAs

Enrique Iglesias Accepts Billboard’s Top Latin Artist of All Time Award

According to billboard.com, music artistes Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny were big winners, each taking home seven awards. Yankee won six of his seven awards for his Snow-assisted hit song “Con Calma”, including hot Latin song of the year, airplay song of the year, and streaming song of the year. Yankee and singer Luis Fonsi were awarded the Billboard Latin Song of the Decade award for the global blockbuster “Despacito”. Bad Bunny took home seven awards, including artiste of the year, songwriter of the year, and top Latin album of the year for “X 100PRE”.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Oct 22, 2020 04:22 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Hrithik Roshan’s Mother Pinkie Roshan Shares a Cryptic Post on Sushant Singh Rajput

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Hrithik Roshan’s Mother Pinkie Roshan Shares a Cryptic Post on Sushant Singh Rajput

Pinkie Roshan, mother of actor Hrithik Roshan, has shared a post on late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, saying that everyone wants the truth about his death, but no one wants to be honest. Pinkie took to her unverified Instagram account and posted a photo of Sushant, who died on June 14 and whose death is still being probed. Angad Hasija Reacts To His Name Being Dragged in Sushant Singh Rajput’s Drug Probe, Says ‘I Was Devastated’

Along with hashtags “prayer is powerful” and the “universe is powerful”, she posted a photo that read: “Everyone wants the truth but no one wants to be honest.” She had earlier shared a post on justice for Sushant back in August. Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: CBI Rejects Media Reports Suggesting Closure, Says ‘No Conclusion Yet, Investigation Continues’

Check Out Hrithik Roshan’s Mother Pinkie Roshan’s Instagram Post Below:

The death was initially investigated by the Mumbai Police, but after an FIR by Sushant’s father KK Singh in Patna, the case was transferred to Central Bureau of Investigation. The Enforcement Directorate and the Narcotics Control Bureau subsequently joined the investigation.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Oct 22, 2020 04:07 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Ahead of Mirzapur 2 Release on Amazon Prime, Fans Express Their Excitement Via Funny Memes (View Tweets)

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Ahead of Mirzapur 2 Release on Amazon Prime, Fans Express Their Excitement Via Funny Memes (View Tweets)

Mirzapur 2 is not only a web-series releasing on Amazon Prime from October 23, 2020, but it’s more like an emotion for fans. After making the audience wait for almost two years, the show is all set to stream on the said OTT platform within a few hours. Even when the trailer of Mirzapur 2 had dropped online, fans were all over the internet sharing their excitement about the same. And now, as the series is nearing its release time, netizens can’t keep calm. Hashtag Mirzapur 2 has been among the top trends on Twitter since morning. Mirzapur 2 Trailer: Five Rousing Dialogues That Will Make You Restless For The Second Season To Hit Amazon Prime Video. 

Season one of the show was liked by the janta owing to the twits and turns in the plot. Mirzapur 2 will see Pankaj Tripathi, Divyenndu Sharmaa, Shweta Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Isha Talwar, Vijay Varma and Rasika Dugal, among others playing key roles. And before you binge-watch the show, here’s how fans are creating funny memes on the series online. Mirzapur 2 New Trailer Is All About Revenge and Power Multifold! (Watch Video). 

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So, are you a fan of Mirzapur series? If yes, then tell us which is your favourite meme from above. Mirzapur Season 2 is helmed by Gurmmeet Singh and Mihir Desai and is produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment. Let’s see how season two will be. Stay tuned!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Oct 22, 2020 04:01 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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