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Chessboxing, the sport—-WTF? Chessboxing, the Movie—-Worth Seeing

Chessboxing, as a sport, is one of those WTF topics. Throw two sweaty and bloodied boxers into a ring for alternating rounds of chess and boxing—intellect and brawn equally challenged—and you have a “what in tarnation” moment. Make a documentary movie about this bizarre sport and you’ve got a film worth seeing, if only for […]

Korean Drama Reviews

Number one in Nielsen, Gu Family book

Gu Family Book: Foxy Korean Fantasy Drama Charms Audiences

By Tabrez Gu Family Book (also known as: Ancient Medical Book / The Writings of Nine Houses / Book of the House of Gu / Kang Chi, the Beginning) Ratings and Review: 9 out of 10 It’s always a sure bet that Lee Seung Gi star billing will draw substantial audiences, and with over 20 […]

Soong Joong Ki Korean Actor

5 Korean Film Stars to Watch—Possible Future Hallyu Film Superstars

With Korean Film and Drama’s popularity on a rocket-like trajectory, many new actors are breaking through to become the prospective future Hallyu Film Superstars. This unprecedented popularity is largely due to Korea’s growing list of Hallyu-status actors—those popular outside of Korea—mostly attributable to heart-wrenching characters, superb acting (for the most part) and painfully cute personas.  […]

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Bollywood

Picks for Best Bollywood Movie Prospects of 2013

By Tabrez Bollywood is all about entertainment. The elusive recipe for guaranteed blockbuster doesn’t exist, but reviewers can anticipate projects based on past track records with directors, writers and actors. Here are Films and Books best guesses as to the most likely to dominate box offices in 2013. Kai Po Che Director- Abhishek Kapoor Actors- […]

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Asian Film

Sector 7 Saved by Bad Ass Ha Ji-Won

By Shaungui Dotti Believe it or not—there is a place known as Sector 7. No, there’s no drilling platform but it is submerged in water just between the Japan and Korea. If you are thinking, I started this review with trivia, that means it isn’t that spectacular—you’d be right. Mostly. It’s a visually gripping, thrilling, […]

Independent Movie Review Owl and the Sparrow from Indie Films and Books

F&B Film Review: Owl and the Sparrow (Vietnam)

Owl and the Sparrow Review By MY MELINDA HAND Owl and the Sparrow is a film about three lives that are intertwined by odd circumstances. The film perfectly captures a wonderful and unique family situation. Synopsis Ten year old Thuy follows her instincts in an unkind city. She starts out by working in her uncle’s […]

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Indie Film Industry

Chessboxing, the sport—-WTF? Chessboxing, the Movie—-Worth Seeing

Chessboxing, as a sport, is one of those WTF topics. Throw two sweaty and bloodied boxers into a ring for alternating rounds of chess and boxing—intellect and brawn equally challenged—and you have a “what in tarnation” moment. Make a documentary movie about this bizarre sport and you’ve got a film worth seeing, if only for […]

TIFF: The First Five Days

Toronto International Film Festival: The First Five Days By Shaungui Dotti The Toronto International Film Festival was at it again this year by producing one of the greatest film festivals this year. Hollywood and independent film stars and avid movie fans flock to Toronto to attend this leading and exciting public film festival. Every year […]

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Indie Book Business

Publishers Group West is a distributor for indie book publishers

In a Changing Publishing Market, Where’s an Indie to Go?

F&B Business Feature Opinion by Asherry Small indie publishers who can’t handle their own distribution due to scale and retail issues rely on distributors to get to market. Also, writers who are entering the industry need a reliable book publishing company to help them grow as writers or a distributor if they self-publish. From my […]

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Indie Book Reviews

Indie published journalistic bio of Steve Richmond: Gagaku

F&B Indie Book Review: Gagaku Meat

Book Gagaku Meat: The Steve Richmond Story By Snow Ryan A promising indie release—worth the hunt but hard to find—from small publisher Stovepiper Books Media caught the attention of many with it’s hard journalistic approach to a biography of poet Steve Richmond. Gagaku Meat: the Life and Times of Steve Richmond, a 19,000 word publication, […]

Endgame USA? a 99 cent book on Amazon

F&B’s Review of 99 cent Books: Endgame, USA?

Review of Endgame, USA? by Edward A. Lawrence F&B’s 99 cent Review Picks To help promote indie authors and self-published authors, we occasionally review titles that we consider “below market value”, for example 99 cent ebook titles. We pick the ones that we consider worth far more than their ticket price. By Tamara Wilhite Endgame, […]

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More Bollywood

Movie Poster Ek Tha Tiger

Bollywood Review: Ek Tha Tiger

By Avantika Salman Khan burns up the ratings again with Ek Tha Tiger, his first movie under the well known Yash Raj banner. Directed by Kabir Khan, the movie revolves around two spies who fall in love while working on a mission for their respective countries. Salman Khan is the best espionage agent of India’s […]

Bollywood release Joker

F&B Bollywood Review: The Joker

By Kandi Lee Rating: 2 out of 5 (optimistically rated) One of the most panned, and arguably one of the worst, Bollywood movies to come out in a while is The Joker. The movie is billed as a fantasy, but it is immediately evident it’s more of a crass comedy. Arskay Kumar stars as Agastya, […]

Salman Khan -- People Magazine's 7th best-looking man -- in Ek Tha Tiger

Salman Khan profile: bad boy with heart

Bollywood Actor Profile By Susan Aurellio On August 15, 2011, Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger film released and the box office went crazy. That’s the draw of the “bad boy” of Bollywood, Salman Khan. The movie is projected to be the second highest grossing Bollywood film. And so Salman Khan has done it over again. […]

Kabir Khan at a promo for Ek Tha Tiger

The Great Kabir Khan Has a Hit with Ek Tha Tiger Played by Salman Khan

by Aris Jay Kabir Khan is one the brightest stars in indie films and Bollywood. The launch of the blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger, starring Salman Khan, only solidifies his preeminence among trending Bollywood directors. From film student to director overnight He went from film student, a graduate of Kirori Mal College Delhi University, to acclaimed […]

The hottest star in Bollywood Salman Khan stars in hit movie Ek Tha Tiger

Ek Tha Tiger : Go for it and feel the Salman Magic

Film Rating: 4 out of 5 for everyone; 5 out of 5 for Salman Khan fans! By Nirmal Salman Khan is the ‘Rajnikanth of North India’ . This man is an audience’s actor and he always delivers his performance in style. Fans will queue up in multiplexes and cinema halls and they will enjoy the […]

UFOs in Indian Village becomes the comedy situation for Bollywood's Joker

Leave Your Brain Behind, if You Watch Joker: Film Review

Another Look at Joker By Nirmal Many people in Indian film industry believe that music can save the whole film. Here comes music to the rescue of an otherwise terrible movie. I can remember many prominent examples of this, such as Murder 2, Mohabattein, and many others. Filmakers are starting to understand that audiences are […]

Shahrukh Khan friends or foe

Friends or Foes: Salman and Shahrukh?

My Take on the Relationship Between These Bollywood Rivals By Barshapri Yadarshini Editors note: This is an opinion feature from an independent contributor. Have your say by commenting below! While Bollywood movie lovers all over the world go gaga when Shahrukh Khan delivers a romantic dialogue or when Salman Khan rips off his shirt, the […]

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