Friday, February 18, 2011

Bollywood Not without Salman’s stamp

The fact that Sajid Nadiadwala is thick friends with Salman Khan is common knowledge. But, what is less known is the fact that Sajid Nadiadwala does not do anything without getting a word of advice from Sallu himself.

In one of his candid confessions, star producer Sajid Nadiadwala has confessed that all his major decisions are taken keeping his best buddy Salman Khan’s counsel in mind. The star producer was answering queries whether Salman felt offended over the fact that Sajid Nadiadwala is thinking of casting Shahrukh in his next project.

It must be recalled that for his upcoming project TWO STATES, Sajid has roped in Vishal Bharadwaj and according to reliable sources is casting SRK in the film. Talking about working with SRK and being Salman’s closest buddy, Sajid Nadiadwala spells out this tight rope walk. According to the filmmaker, “Salman and I share 18 years of bonding. We have been together through the thick and thin of many developments in our career. Even the smallest developments in my life don’t happen without Salman’s counsel. Everything that takes place in my life bears the stamp of Salman’s counsel.”

Sajid Nadiadwala, who is celebrating his birthday today, has taken this day to mark the onset of his five biggest upcoming films with the music recording of HOUSEFULL 2 starting today

Hollywood : 'Number Four' aims for first place at box office

LOS ANGELES: "I Am Number Four," a teen sci-fi adventure starring young English hunk-of-the-moment Alex Pettyfer, is likely to open in the No. 1 spot at the North American box office this Presidents Day holiday weekend.

Box-office observers say the film could do in the low-$20 million range for the four-day period.

Directed by D.J. Caruso, "Number Four" tells the story of an alien teenager hiding out on Earth from the ruthless species that killed his family. It marks the first DreamWorks title to be released by Disney's Touchstone Pictures under a distribution and marketing deal struck between the companies after DreamWorks' split with Paramount.

"Number Four" isn't the only new title poised to do well over the long holiday weekend, sparking hope in Hollywood that the downturn at the domestic box office will begin to reverse itself.

"Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son" also has good traction, especially among black audiences. The Fox threequel returns Martin Lawrence in the lead role while introducing a younger character played by Brandon T. Jackson.

The third new wide release is the Liam Neeson action-thriller "Unknown." The Warner Bros. release goes after older moviegoers and hopes to replicate the success of Neeson's 2009 surprise hit "Taken."

All three will have to compete with reigning champ "Just Go With It," a Sony romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. It had earned $41 million through Wednesday.

Disney's "Gnomeo & Juliet" also should have a good second weekend, particularly with Monday being a holiday in the United States. It had earned $30 million through Monday.

"Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" is expected to suffer a big drop in its second weekend, but no one is willing to bet against the teen icon entirely. Its total through Wednesday was $33.9 million