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Indian director releases film on Mumbai attack

©AP / Ram Gopal Varma

NEW DELHI (AP) Indian filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma’s crime thriller based on the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai has opened in theaters worldwide.

“The Attacks of 26/11” captures three hours in the lives of two men involved in the deadly attacks in which 10 gunmen laid siege to India’s financial hub, leaving 166 people dead.

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Varma’s offering is a dramatic reconstruction of the attack viewed through the perspective of Mumbai’s police chief and the lone gunman who survived the attack.

The film stars veteran Bollywood actor Nana Patekar as the police commissioner. Sanjeev Jaiswal reprises the role of Ajmal Kasab, the terrorist caught after he gunned down people at a crowded railway station.

The film will be shown at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013 in the panorama and competition sections.

Werner Herzog set for lifetime achievement honor

©AP / Werner Herzog


Revered director Werner Herzog is to be celebrated by the German Film Academy in recognition of his contribution to the country’s movie industry.

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The filmmaker will be honored with a lifetime achievement prize at the 2013 German Film Awards ceremony, which takes place in Berlin on April 26.

Herzog, who has previously won four prizes at the annual bash, insists he is “delighted” by the accolade, calling it “the highest honor that one can receive in German cinema.”

“Werner Herzog has not only made some of the most important and original films of the New German Cinema’s school, with several of his film titles he also enriched our country’s vocabulary,” Academy Jury president Iris Berben said in a statement. “As a visionary film artist with a never subsiding courage he has remained on the move and in addition to several great feature films has newly defined the boundaries of the documentary.”

Chris Cooper cast as Green Goblin in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ sequel

By Greg Gilman

Chris Cooper has been cast as Norman Osborn — the Green Goblin’s corporate alter ego — in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” a spokesman for Sony told TheWrap.

The character is one of Peter Parker’s most infamous villains, and was portrayed by Willem Dafoe in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy. “Chronicle” star Dane DeHaan has already been cast as Harry Osborn, who is Norman’s son and Parker’s best friend.

Spider-Man, played by Andrew Garfield, will have his hands full in his next big-screen adventure, as it’s been previously announced that he’ll be facing off against Jamie Foxx (“Django Unchained”) as Electro and Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”) as the Rhino.

The teenage superhero will also be juggling multiple romantic relationships, too. Emma Stone is returning as Gwen Stacy, while Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”) is portraying Mary Jane Watson — a character previously played by Kirsten Dunst.

Production for the second film in the planned trilogy is already underway, with its release scheduled for May 2, 2014.

Cooper, an Academy Award winner in 2002 for best supporting actor in “Adaptation,” was seen in theaters as the maniacal oil executive Tex Richman in 2011’s “The Muppets,” and will next appear in “August: Osage County.”