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Filmmaker John Woo has teamed up with Machinima to adapt his graphic novel Seven Brothers into an animated online series. Woo, who is known for his Hong Kong action films Hard-Boiled and The Killer, and American films Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2, will be premiering the first four episodes of Seven Brothers exclusively on Machinima's YouTube channel. The series is written by Garth Ennis (Preacher), drawn by Jeevan J. Kang (Spider Man: India) and produced in association with Liquid Comics and Tiger Hill Entertainment. "For me, working in comics is quite comfortable - it's like the ultimate storyboard. The original Seven Brothers graphic novel, and this new animated comic book series, takes the seed of an idea I had about famous Chinese folklore to a whole new level. It creates a modern, global story, and an art form that is unique and yet, clearly, a brother to the film medium, »
- Drew Baldwin
The $25 million dollar Taiwanese epic war flick “Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge: Seediq Bale” (not to be confused with the album title by Molly Hatchet, natch) is getting quite the push beyond its native Taiwan. It’s nabbed a producing/presented by credit from John Woo, and will be the country’s entry into the 2012 Oscars’ Best Foreign Film category. Of course, it’ll have to beat out about 3 billion other films to win the golden baldie (give or take 3 or so billion). In case it doesn’t, though, feel free to keep an eye on the film as it gears up for International release. The original was released domestically as a two-part movie, totaling over four and a half hours, but an International cut of the film runs just two and a half hours. That latter version, I suspect, is what we’ll get if the film does eventually arrive Stateside. »
'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' easily wins #1 spot over long holiday weekend.
Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol"
This Christmas, Tom Cruise was "impossible" to beat at the box office.
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" was the #1 movie over the long holiday weekend, easily beating competition from two competing sequels with an additional $46.2 million as it expanded into wide release. The fourth entry in the Tom Cruise franchise, this one directed by Brad Bird ("The Incredibles"), has racked up $78.6 million in domestic receipts since it debuted in limited release 11 days ago.
"Ghost Protocol" is the best-reviewed entry in the franchise, which kicked off in 1996 with an inaugural film (based on the popular late '60s TV series) directed by Brian De Palma ("Scarface"). Action maestro John Woo ("The Killer") helmed "M:i 2" four years later. The J.J. Abrams-directed "Mission: Impossible III »
There’s nothing quite like the end of the year when every holiday comes crashing into focus. Overlord-in-Chief Neil Miller is busy trying to hang up $30,000 worth of lights inside his apartment to simulate Clark Griswold; Fure is knitting everyone atrocious sweaters; Hunter is trying to convince everyone why Visitor Q is a perfect holiday film; Kevin is agreeing with him; Kate is burning copies of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” to keep warm; Landon Palmer is trying to really understand the nature of Christmas movies; and I am attempting to cure a hot beer hangover by drinking more hot beer. But most of all, as the season of love and warmth and chocolate-covered cream puffs descends upon us all like doves in a John Woo flick, we here at Film School Rejects would like to take a moment out to remember our family: all of you. Like family, you invite us into your home and put »
- Cole Abaius
Two peculiarly analogous franchise installments, both boasting impending doomsday scenarios, cool-sounding-yet-meaningless titles, and an emphasis on sprinting plots that sacrifices images in favor of momentum. Two machine-tooled productions, spottily fun as decathlons for their quasi-superhero protagonists but consistently fun as spot-the-auteur games, where one (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) suggests a bizarro version of A Dangerous Method and the other (Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol) brings to mind the noble name of Frank Tashlin.
In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Guy Ritchie returns to his favorite stylistic shape, the belligerent mind that folds onto itself. The mind of course belongs to Holmes (Robert Downey Jr. in high-functioning-adhd-patient mode), and the way that Ritchie apparently sees no difference between the queeny Victorian sleuth and the gangland bulletheads of his earlier crime films attests either to a budding interrogation of hyper-macho action heroes or, more likely, to the belief that slow-mo »
This holiday season, there is absolutely no reason to pout because Festivus has come early to the web in the form of bite-sized entertainment, tailor-made for the harried holiday shopper. Witness Conan O’Brien work through his anger problem via web cam, then click on over to Minute Physics to replace the brain cells you lost by watching Kourtney Kardashian. Plus not one, but two animated shows make the cut this week!
- Sheryl Rothmuller
Prior to his venture into the world of Hollywood, John Woo was arguably one of the greatest directors in the world. In addition to launching the career of one Chow Yun-Fat, he crafted some truly breathtaking set-pieces (both Hard Boiled and The Killer standout) without compromising story or mood in the process. Unfortunately, the lure of American cinema proved too much, and he spent a long time there, working with such actors as Nicolas Cage and Jean Claude Van-Damme.
Despite the potential of this bold move, each film seemed worst than the preceding one. Eventually, he moved back east and in the relatively short time period since, has already rediscovered is immeasurable skill, recently in his two-part Red Cliff. It seems the once unparalleled filmmaker is back in business.
So it now brings me pleasure rather than apprehension to announce that he has plans to commence shooting on his new film this January. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Well, there’s nothing like adding a new string to your bow and Hong kong director (and all round screen action legend) John Woo has done just that with the news he’s launched an animated web series titled Seven Brothers, in association with Liquid Comics and Tiger Hill Entertainment. For the full story and to see episode one, check out the full article over the Hollywood Reporter...here »
South Korean model and actress Song Hye-kyo is set to star in celebrated Chinese director John Woo’s upcoming epic love story film Love and Let Love, due to her local agency. Described as arguably the most influential director making movies today, Woo previously announced Song’s casting in his wartime romance Pacific Round of 1949, but [...]
- Nick Martin
The path of John Woo's Hollywood career was a sad and rather depressing one; the acclaimed action filmmaker made his first inroads into English language with "Hard Target," "Broken Arrow" and "Face/Off" but the dumb-but-fun feel of those films soon gave way to the dumb-and-boring vibe of "Mission Impossible II," "Windtalkers" and "Paycheck," and the filmmaker has, for the most part, returned to Asia, where he's rediscovered his mojo thanks to his acclaimed two-part epic "Red Cliff" and period actioner "Reign of Assassins," which he co-directed. And, after a couple of years of inactivity, Woo's got another one that looks ready to go. He's been working on the wartime romance "1949," which focuses on a woman in the aftermath of World War II, and during the Chinese Civil War, for some time, but the film was cancelled back in 2009 because of legal tangles over the rights to the »
Tom Cruise is an intense dude. We all know that. He's proved it time and time again, risking life and limb to prove how much he loves us, his filmgoing audience.
No character embodies this better than superspy Ethan Hunt, agent of the Impossible Mission Force (Imf) in the long-running "Mission: Impossible" film series. Hunt's Mo is to infiltrate, expose and take out the intricately crazy worlds of bad guys bent on doing bad stuff. Occasionally he'll get to wear one of those cool fake faces.
Here are nine of the coolest things Hunt's ever done, from the first installment in 1996 all the way to the newest entry, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."
Escape by Waterfall ('Mission: Impossible')
"You've never seen me very upset." Ah yes, the perfect intro to the crafty methodology of Ethan Hunt. With his entire team toast after a botched mission, the Imf agent »
- Max Evry
Seven Brothers is being adapted as an animated web series by John Woo. The Face/Off filmmaker created the original graphic novel with writer Garth Ennis and Indian artist Jeevan J. Kang for Liquid Comics. Seven Brothers takes place in modern day Los Angeles and sees seven men with nothing in common bound together by an ancient Chinese prophecy. The group must face the 'Son of Hell' to save the world. "For me, working in comics is quite comfortable - it's like the ultimate storyboard. The original Seven Brothers graphic novel, and this new animated comic book series, takes the seed of an idea I had about famous Chinese folklore to a whole new level," said Woo "It creates a modern, global story, and an art form that is unique and yet, clearly, a brother (more) »
- By Mark Langshaw
A digital entertainment company founded by three Indian Americans is launching a new animated web series by noted filmmaker John Woo created with writer Garth Ennis and Indian artist Jeevan J. Kang.Liquid Comics, founded by Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman, have joined Tiger Hill Entertainment to launch the first four episodes in a 13 episode animated web series from Woo, maker of .Mission Impossible 2″, .Face-Off. and .Red Cliff..The animated series is an adaptation of the graphic novel, .Seven Brothers,. created by Woo, with writer Garth Ennis and Indian artist Jeevan J. Kang.The series is being released exclusively on Machinima (YouTube.com/Machinima), with new batches of episodes to be distributed every two weeks. It can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/machinima..Seven Brothers. tells the story of how 600 years ago mighty Chinese treasure fleets on voyages of discovery across continents left behind an evil »
Along with mastering the art of filming slow motion shoot-outs and flying doves, director John Woo can add two more skills to his resume.
Digital entertainment company, Liquid Comics, and online video site, Machinima, haved launched the first four episodes in a 13-episode animated series based on Woo’s graphic novel Seven Brothers. The series was produced in conjunction with Tiger Hill Entertainment, the sister company of the action movie director’s film and television company, Lion Rock Productions. Seven Brothers will be released exclusively on Machinima, with new episodes distributed every two weeks.
The move to graphic novels and animation is appropriate for Woo, whose movies (Face-Off, Mission Impossible 2) always seemed to verge on the cartoonish. If his approach to the project is any indication, the change in media suits him. For Seven Brothers, he retooled a Chinese folk tale by fusing mythology with contemporary elements. Set in modern day Los Angeles, »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
U.S distro house Funimation are landing some sumptuous spectacle, of a grand, old school scale, on the U.S DVD in the new year, in the form of the Chow Yun Fat starring, eye candy...Confucius. The biopic of the legendary Chinese philosopher, lands on Us DVD and Blu-ray, March 27 2012. Synopsis: Screen legend Chow Yun-fat stars as Confucius in the inspiring, actionpacked saga of a leader whose wisdom and cunning were more powerful than any sword. In this sweeping battlefield epic, Confucius finds his lands threatened by the fires of war. After leading the nation’s most Powerful army to victory against hordes of invaders, the new hero finds even greater danger in the jealous eyes of the aristocrats he fought to protect. From the Producer of John Woo’s Red Cliff and Jet Li’s Warlords, and captured on camera by Oscar-winning Director of Photography Peter Pau (Crouching tiger, »
The next new “Sherlock Holmes” movie is out, and if you loved the first film, it’s more of what you loved — more slam-bang Victorian action, more whimsically anachronistic dialogue, more sly homoerotic innuendo and of course, more Robert Downey Jr. doing what he does best, which is to say, upend every convention »
- Jeff Yang
While several characters in the "Mission: Impossible" films are taken from the original 1960s TV show, Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt was created specifically for America's movie star extraordinaire. Hunt's M.O. is that he doesn't stop ... ever. The unflappable Imf super-agent will do whatever it takes to stop a madman from unleashing warfare, be it chemical, nuclear, or other.
Who could possibly go head-to-head with such a deadly adversary? We chose New York-based actor, writer and Gen-x slacker icon Ethan Hawke, not so much because he has the necessary skills to beat someone of Hunt's caliber, but because their names are kinda similar.
On the eve of the "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" release, find out who comes out on top in this battle of monumental proportions.
Ethan Hunt: Agent of the elite Impossible Mission Force (Imf)
Ethan Hawke: Actor, director, screenwriter and novelist
Advantage: Hawke, »
- Max Evry
Opinions vary slightly on Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible franchise, but they generally go like this: Brian DePalma’s film is fantastic, John Woo’s follow-up is an epic abomination, and Jj Abrams’ third entry is an interesting but otherwise pedestrian effort. That’s the general consensus seemingly held by the majority of folks online. But that consensus is missing the point. The series has actually gotten more entertaining with each new installment. No, seriously. The dramatic quality of each is arguable and the levels of stupidity have fluctuated (although they peaked with Woo’s film), but for sheer entertainment value each successive film has been bigger, more thrilling, and more technically impressive than the last. And happily, that trend has continued with Brad Bird’s slightly goofy, deliriously fun and exciting as hell Ghost Protocol. It’s the best summer movie of the year… even if it did just open two weeks into December. Ethan Hunt »
- Rob Hunter
We'll begin with a couple of ringing endorsements and then add a qualifier or two, but all in all, most critics are pleased to be surprised.
"Take an aging star often viewed as a weirdo," begins Salon's Andrew O'Hehir, "a director who's never made a live-action film and the fourth installment of a 15-year-old movie franchise whose roots go back to 1960s television. What do you get? Well, it certainly could have been a total disaster, or an awkward nostalgia exercise, but instead Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is something even more unlikely: the most exciting action flick of the year, by a huge margin. Director Brad Bird brings all the wit, style and imagination of his animated films (Ratatouille, The Incredibles and The Iron Giant) to this slick secret-agent techno-fantasy. As for 49-year-old Tom Cruise, he's surely ready for a comeback after weathering the worst publicity of his celebrity career. »
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, the fourth film in the ongoing franchise, is, without a doubt, the best of the series. It's more straightforward than Brian De Palma's labyrinthine and overly-convoluted film from 1996. It's more grand in scope and action than J.J. Abrams' M:i III. The less said about John Woo's action-heavy, plot-nonexistent M:i II the better. What first-time, live-action director Brad Bird and the writers have crafted is a film solid with story, heavy on character, and absolutely mind-blowing in terms of stylish action that leaves you breathless more than a few times. An eye-locking adventure that utilizes all the state-of-the-art gadgetry that made the TV series a classic, bringing new life to a film series that seemed to be inching along, and, for the first time since it began, the next installment is anticipated more than ever. This time around Ethan Hunt, played once again by Tom Cruise, »
- Jeremy Kirk
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