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CineAsia: India’s Multiplex Pioneer Ajay Bijli Talks Cinema Growth, Digital Threats

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As the chairman and managing director of India’s largest cinema chain, PVR Cinemas, Ajay Bijli has been a trailblazer credited with revolutionizing the country’s exhibition industry.

Back in 1997, Bijli opened the country’s first multiplex in the capital New Delhi at a time when single-screen cinemas were struggling against rampant video piracy.

New Delhi-headquartered PVR was launched as a joint venture in 1995 between Bijli’s Priya Exhibitors and Australia's Village Roadshow, which exited the venture in 2002. The move signaled a diversification for Bijli, 50, who comes from a business family that runs a trucking company.

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- Nyay Bhushan

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'Die Hard,' 'Titanic,' 'Superman' Enter the National Film Registry

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Yippee ki-yay and Merry Christmas! Die Hard is among the 25 motion pictures selected this year by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress to be preserved for future generations, it was announced Wednesday.

The latest round of films deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant also includes the James Cameron blockbuster Titanic (1997); Superman (1978) and The Goonies (1985), both directed by Richard Donner; the Phil Alden Robinson baseball fable Field of Dreams (1989), starring Kevin Costner; and Spencer Tracy's final film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967).

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- Mike Barnes

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George Lucas Thinks 'The Last Jedi' Was "Beautifully Made"

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George Lucas has seen The Last Jedi, and he was highly impressed. 

The Star Wars creator recently screened the highly-anticipated upcoming installment and thought it was "beautifully made," Connie Wethington, a rep for Lucas told Heat Vision. 

"And in speaking with director Rian Johnson after viewing was complimentary," she added. 

Lucas created the world of Star Wars and directed the initial film, A New Hope, which launched the space adventure franchise in 1977. 

Lucas also wrote and directed the prequels. 

In 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. 

Lucas said in interviews after the sale that he had ideas for future installments, »

- Ryan Parker

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Australian Academy Announces Nominees for Aacta International Awards

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The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) on Tuesday announced the nominees for the 7th Aacta International Awards.

Call Me By Your NameLady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with five nominations each, lead the total of fifteen films to receive nominations across seven categories. Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Greta Gerwig and Alison Janney are among the nominees.

Mirroring the American Film Institute Movie of the Year acknowledgements were the five nominees for Best Feature: Call Me By Your NameDunkirkLady BirdThe Shape Of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Over three quarters of nominees receive their first Aacta nominations, including: Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Allison »

- Pip Bulbeck

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Shelter PR Expanding Into Film, TV Representation

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Shelter PR, the agency that reps such stars as Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Jason Bateman, is expanding its portfolio by establishing a film and television division.

The company, run by Cara and Christine Tripicchio and Marla Farrell, has hired Alicia Ramirez Wyld, a former Paramount executive, to spearhead the new arm.

Wyld held senior positions at Focus Features, Warner Bros. and most recently Paramount, where for nearly 10 years she oversaw regional publicity and promotions activities as well as all experiential marketing, Hispanic, African-American and Asian American publicity in addition to sports, religious and family outreach for the company's films.

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- Borys Kit

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