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Busan – Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station,” Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur” and Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “Wadjda” from Saudi Arabia are among the overseas titles that pepper the line-up of Taiwan’s Golden Horse Festival (Nov. 8-28, 2013).
The bulk of the selections are from Asia and the Greater China region, with the Chinese language component beefed up by its ‘Encounters with the Masters’ series dedicated to big name directors including Johnny To, Ang Lee, Jia Zhangke and Peter Chan.
The festival line-up includes a full selection of all the films selected for the Chinese-language Golden Horse Awards, and ‘Global Chinese Vision’ an offbeat section including “Sdu: Sex Duties Unit” and Malaysian comedy “Kara King” by director Namewee.
From elsewhere in Asia are »
- Patrick Frater
Ang Lee apparently enjoyed his work with 3-D on Life of Pi, which earned him his second Best Director Oscar, as he has now reportedly set up his follow-up over at Universal, which is described by Deadline's Mike Fleming "as an epic look at the boxing world of the 1960s and 1970s, as seen through the prism of its biggest rivalries and greatest fights." This is said to include the famous bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, also known as the Thrilla in Manilla. There is no specific word on just how exactly this will be handled, such as will Lee use archival footage and convert it to 3-D or will the fights be re-staged and then shot in 3-Dc The Deadline post says the "movie will have a narrative that connects the 3D depiction of some of boxing's great fights." Just what fights will be included and how »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Ang Lee, who won the Oscar for directing Life Of Pi, will next take his 3D camera technology in a new intriguing direction. I’ve learned that Lee has set up his next project at Universal Pictures, and it’s described to me as an epic look at the boxing world of the 1960s and 1970s, as seen through the prism of its biggest rivalries and greatest fights. That will include the showdown between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali that was called the Thrilla In Manila. Peter Morgan will write the script. The movie will have a narrative that connects the 3D depiction of some of boxing’s great fights, and Lee will produce the film with his longtime producing partner James Schamus. Schamus, who is CEO of Universal-based Focus Features, has collaborated in a writing/producing capacity with Lee on films that range from Eat Drink Man Woman to Sense And Sensibility, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Ang Lee does not like to repeat himself. Just look at his films and see if there is anything that thematically or visually ties them together: The Ice Storm, Eat Drink Man Woman, Sense And Sensibility, Hulk, Brokeback Mountain, Life Of Pi, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Each is a unique genre and has a distinct visual flair. The only consistent things about Ang Lee are his varied tastes and impeccable skill as a filmmaker. That being said, his next project is just as out there as anything »
- Alex Maidy
Geez, it's been quite the topsy turvy week for the Bond franchise. Mere hours after names like Nicolas Winding Refn, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates and Shane Black were tossed around as considerations for the director's chair of "Bond 24," Sam Mendes went ahead and re-upped for the job himself. It was a surprising turn of the events, especially given that the "Skyfall" helmer said back in the spring that the prospect of directing another Bond movie made him "physically ill." Well, it looks like he's found and a cure. And even more, Showbiz 411 is now reporting that Mendes will "most likely [direct] Bond 25." Damn. This will undoubtedly re-spark the rumors that floated last year that the next two installments of the series would be of a two-part story, something that was later scuttled. But with what must have been intense (and expensive) negotiations to get the guy who made "Skyfall" the first billion dollar Bond, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Two months after boarding the FX drama pilot Tyrant, Ang Lee has bowed out. "It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited," the two-time Oscar winner said. "However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest." Bummer — seeing what Lee would've done with the political thriller was high on our curiosity list. Tyrant comes from Homeland's Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under's Craig Wright. »
- Zach Dionne
It seems Ang Lee's post-Oscar move won't be an FX TV pilot after all. The Life of Pi director has pulled out of Tyrant, a high-profile drama pilot from Homeland's Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under's Craig Wright that he had signed on to helm, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. "It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited. However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest," explained Lee, who
- Lacey Rose
The Cannes Film Festival has announced the remaining jury members after previously naming Steven Spielberg to head the jury.
One of the most high-profile juries in recent memory includes Nicole Kidman, British director Lynne Ramsay, French actor/director Daniel Auteuil, Ang Lee, Indian thesp Vidya Balan, Japanese helmer Naomi Kawase, Romanian director Christian Mungiu and Austrian thesp Christoph Waltz.
The jury will award the prizes, including the Palme d’Or, at the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival on May 26. The festival runs May 15 to 26.
- Pat Saperstein
Paris -- A slew of Oscar and Palme d’Or winners including Ang Lee, Christoph Waltz and Nicole Kidman will join president Steven Speielberg on a star-studded jury for the 66th annual festival, the organization announced early this morning. “We have only one criteria and that is already done for the president – the legitimacy,” festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux told The Hollywood Reporter. “So for the jury, Steven Spielberg will be the center and we are finishing it with great people.” “We have a lot of filmmakers coming from all over the world. They need to be sure
- Rhonda Richford
The 2013 MTV Movie Awards are this Sunday, April 14th. The fate of one category, Best Hero, rests in your social-media-savvy hands. In this rousing opinion piece, Splash Page writer Eddie Wright passionately explains why Hulk deserves your vote.
Hulk smash. Two words, yet so much meaning. What did the those two words mean for movie-goers in 2012? What exactly did Hulk smash? Why did he smash it? And will he smash it again? Let's take a look at why 2012 was the year of the most deserving nominee for Best Hero at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, "Marvel's The Avengers'" Hulk.
Last year, Hulk was the black sheep of the Marvel movie universe. Sure, there had been bigger Marvel-based clunkers like "Fantastic Four," "The Punisher," "Ghost Rider," and "Daredevil," but Hulk was part of something bigger. The Hulk was part of the newly streamlined Marvel Studios movie universe. He was a character »
- Splash Page Team
Less than a month ago Ang Lee won the Oscar for Best Director. So, naturally, along comes the news that for his next trick, he's headed for the small screen. FX announced today that the "Life of Pi" auteur will direct the pilot for the network's new project "Tyrant," a drama from "Homeland" producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff (the creator of the original Israeli show "Prisoners of War" on which the Showtime hit is based) as well as "Dirty Sexy Money" creator Craig Wright. "Tyrant" will be Lee's first project post-"Life of Pi" as well as his first venture into television. "Tyrant," which hasn't yet been picked up to series but seems a pretty safe bet to get a season order, is about an unassuming American family that gets drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Read More: 'Homeland' Creator Gideon Raff Lands New Project »
- Alison Willmore
On the heels of winning his second directing Oscar for Life Of Pi, Ang Lee will make his television directorial debut with FX‘s high-profile drama pilot Tyrant, from Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under alum Craig Wright. This represents a major coup for FX and Tyrant producers Fox 21 and FX Prods as Lee had been approached numerous times for pilots, but this is the first one he has committed to. In addition to directing, Lee is executive producing Tyrant, his first project following Life Of Pi. It tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. The series was created by Raff and developed by Gordon and Wright. Raff wrote the pilot, which comes from Gordon’s 20th TV-based company Teakwood Lane. “Ang Lee has demonstrated time and again an ability to present »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Mere weeks after winning the Academy Award, director Ang Lee has signed on for his next act: television. In a matter of months, the Life of Pi helmer will head to Morocco to direct the pilot for FX’s Tyrant, a drama project centered on unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation from Homeland’s Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Lost’s Craig Wright. Though the offer was made before the Academy Awards --at that time, something of a pipe dream for the show’s producers-- Lee didn’t express interest until after the Feb. 24th awards show in which
- Lacey Rose
In keeping with his temperament, Life of Pi director Ang Lee seemed nonplussed by the major upset he pulled off in winning the Oscar for best director Sunday night. Lincoln helmer Steven Spielberg had been considered the front-runner for much of awards season, though support for Lee -- who also won best director for Brokeback Mountain in 2006 -- had been building in recent days. Photos: 2013 Oscar Snubs Life of Pi -- based on the acclaimed Yann Martel novel that most thought was impossible to adapt for the big screen -- has grossed $583.4 million worldwide for 20th Century Fox, much
- Pamela McClintock
What a night! Seriously, the 2013 Oscars had its share of ups and downs and I'm sure plenty of hatred will be thrown the way of host Seth MacFarlane whose joke selection was all over the place from great to terrible to tasteless to tame, but I'm actually talking about the way tonight's Oscars shared the wealth so evenly. Twelve films won Oscars tonight, 15 if you count the shorts. Argo took home Best Picture, Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay, but in the end it was Life of Pi with the most awards, including the upset over Steven Spielberg (Lincoln). The Oscars often give us plenty to discuss in terms of taste and we all may disagree on many of the overall winners, but I have a much harder time disagreeing when there is no kind of consensus. After all, how often does one single film, over the span of 365 days nail »
- Brad Brevet
In a race lacking the frontrunner for Best Picture ("Argo" director Ben Affleck was left off the list by his fellow filmmakers in the Academy), Best Director boiled down to the visionary, watercolor vision of "Life of Pi" helmer Ang Lee. "Thank you, movie God," Lee said upon receiving the award. "I really need to share this with all 3,000 [people' who worked with me on 'Life of Pi' and sharing this incredible journey with me…Suraj [Sharma], you're a miracle, carrying the movie. Everyone who worked on this, you are the golden statue in my heart. [And] I couldn't have made »
- Kristopher Tapley
Ang Lee won the Oscar for Best Directing Oscar tonight, for the film Life of Pi. Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas annouced the award, and the overjoyed director took the stage to accept his second Academy Award. "Thank you," Lee graciously said as he took a bow. "Thank you movie god, I really need to share this with all 3,000 and everybody who worked with me on Life of Pi. I really want to thank you for believing in this story and sharing this incredible journey with me." Lee went on to thank writer Yann Martel, "everyone at Fox," the producers, and "wonderful cast": "Suraj [Sharma], where are you?," Lee said, namechecking his lead actor. »
Should Have Won: Amour
Well, Ben Affleck has his revenge and the Academy makes up for his Best Director snub and awards him with Best Picture.
Meryl Streep presents Best Actor:
Daniel Day Lewis, “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Prediction: Daniel Day Lewis
Should Have Won: Joaquin Phoenix
Winner: Daniel Day Lewis
For his third win, Day Lewis wins, as expected. Dedicated to his mother.
Jean Dujardin presents Best Actress:
- Nicholas Bell
Contributed by Jim Batts, Tom Stockman, Ken Parker, Melissa Thompson and Michelle McCue
On Oscar Sunday the great and good of the silver screen will assemble at the Dolby Theatre for the 85th Academy Awards. This year’s extravaganza will surely be a night to remember.
With it being the biggest event in movie geekdom, the Wamg crew came up with their own Oscar predictions. Some of the categories there was a consensus on, while others we were divided.
Throughout the awards season, frontrunners jockeyed for position, all hoping to head into Sunday’s ceremony as the favorite to take home gold.
Best motion picture of the year
“Amour” (Sony Pictures Classics) “Argo” (Warner Bros.) Jim, Tom, Ken, Michelle “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight) “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company) “Les Misérables” (Universal) Melissa “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox) “Lincoln” (Walt Disney/20th Century Fox) “Silver Linings Playbook »
- Movie Geeks
Are you sick of those ordinary Oscar office pools? Tired of only guessing the top 6 or 8 categories for the Academy Awards? Let your inner-movie geek shine with Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score (aka Oscar Bowling), created by Jeff Bayer.
Try to nail 300 points on the 2013 Academy Awards.
This is a confidence list.
There are 24 categories.
How to play
Pick your winners in all 24 categories. Then, give each winner a confidence score. Your most confident pick gets 24 points, second most confident gets 23 points, third most confident gets 22 points, and eventually your least confident pick gets 1 point.
This is perfect for Oscar parties, because the lead keeps changing. The winner is the one with the most points at the end. A perfect score is 300. If there is a tie (there never is a tie), then the winner is the one with the most points in these three categories combined (Best Picture, Best Actor, »
- Nick Allen
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