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Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Starring Will Smith Gets 2019 Release Date at Paramount

Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Starring Will Smith Gets 2019 Release Date at Paramount
Paramount, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films have set Ang Lee’s science-fiction actioner “Gemini Man,” starring Will Smith, for an awards-season release date of Oct. 4, 2019.

Skydance came on to the project, which has been in development for two decades, last year. Jerry Bruckheimer, Skydance chief David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing. Don Murphy and Chad Oman are executive producing.

Lee became attached to the project in April. His most recent film was “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” for which he used an unprecedented shooting and projection frame rate of 120 frames per second — five times faster than the normal rate of 24 frames per second. He won Academy Awards for directing “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” and was nominated for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Smith will next be seen starring opposite Joel Edgerton in the futuristic police thriller “Bright,” set for a December release by Netflix.

In 2009, the late Curtis Hanson had been attached
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Ang Lee's 'Gemini Man' With Will Smith Gets October 2019 Release

Ang Lee's 'Gemini Man' With Will Smith Gets October 2019 Release
Paramount is readying Gemini Man for 2019. The studio announced that it will release the Ang Lee film on October 4, 2019.

Will Smith is set to star as an aging assassin who tried to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.

More to come.

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Ang Lee To Direct Long-Gestating Sci-Fi Action Thriller ‘The Gemini Man’

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Ang Lee To Direct Long-Gestating Sci-Fi Action Thriller ‘The Gemini Man’
There’s no question that Ang Lee is one of our most successful filmmakers. He’s had critical hits in a wide range of genres and subject matters, he’s one of only a handful of directors to win the Best Director Oscar twice, and he’s made unlikely blockbuster successes of Mandarin-languages period adventures, gay rural romances and an adventure about a boy on a boat with a tiger

But last year saw him have a rare disaster with his war drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” an ambitious film that hoped, with its high-frame rate technology, to suggest the future of cinema, but which instead was greeted with tepid reviews and brutal box office (it made less than $2 million domestically against a $40 million budget, though performed marginally better internationally).

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'Doctor Strange' to Repeat at #1 as 'Arrival', 'Almost Christmas' & 'Shut In' Hit Theaters

'Doctor Strange' to Repeat at #1 as 'Arrival', 'Almost Christmas' & 'Shut In' Hit Theaters
Last weekend saw the top twelve outperform the previous year by a whopping +134.6%, a dramatic improvement after a sluggish October and Fall movie season. Fortunately, this weekend is looking like it too will show an improvement over the same weekend last year with a pair of holdovers leading the charge as Doctor Strange and Fox's Trolls are looking at another one-two finish. Among the week's new releases, Paramount's Arrival is looking at an opening that could even surpass the most optimistic predictions followed by Universal's holiday comedy Almost Christmas and EuropaCorp's thriller Shut In. Meanwhile, Sony will debut Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk in just two theaters before going nationwide this weekend and A24 is expanding Moonlight into 176 theaters (+93) as it continues its impressive run in limited release. After an $85 million opening last weekend, Disney and Marvel's Doctor Strange should be looking at a second weekend drop right around 53% or so.
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Britannia Awards Bring Out A Starry List Of Honorees, Presenters And Oscar Hopefuls – And Ricky Gervais

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Britannia Awards Bring Out A Starry List Of Honorees, Presenters And Oscar Hopefuls – And Ricky Gervais
It was a very English night in Beverly Hills last night as BAFTA LA’s Annual British Academy Britannia Awards were handed out to a half dozen luminaries in the motion picture business, but only three of whom actually were born in the United Kingdom. Brits Ricky Gervais and Felicity Jones, along with Scottish Ewan McGregor represented the home team, while Jodie Foster, Samuel L.Jackson, and Ang Lee joined them for the warm presentation on stage at the Beverly Hilton, site…
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Experts’ Oscars 2017 predictions for Best Picture: ‘La La Land’ still far in front, ‘Moonlight’ rising up ranks

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Experts’ Oscars 2017 predictions for Best Picture: ‘La La Land’ still far in front, ‘Moonlight’ rising up ranks
La La Land” has solidified its lead in the Oscar race for Best Picture. Nineteen of our 24 Oscar experts derived from major media outlets continue to back Damien Chazelle‘s romance musical. Kenneth Longergan‘s domestic drama “Manchester by the Sea,” which led when we opened our predictions center in August, now has the votes of just four pundits. And Ang Lee‘s […]
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Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Premiering at New York Film Festival

Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Premiering at New York Film Festival
Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” will debut at this year’s New York Film Festival.

The film is expected to be a major Oscar contender given that Lee has scored two previous Academy Awards for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” and the film grapples with such weighty topics as war and the home front. But it’s also drawing attention because of its technological innovations. “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is the first full-length narrative film shot in 4K and native 3D at an accelerated rate of 120 frames-per-second. The idea is that the image will be crisper and more life-like. In an interview with Variety last April, Lee said he was eager to push the limits of cinema.

“Our head is still in the film world,” he said. “Not to put down film in the past, because it’s brilliant, I love it. But if we do digital,
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‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Restoration Comes To Blu-Ray: See Ang Lee Discuss His Classic Martial Arts Film

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‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Restoration Comes To Blu-Ray: See Ang Lee Discuss His Classic Martial Arts Film
Ang Lee’s martial arts film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” was a critical and commercial success upon release in 2000, garnering numerous awards and grossing over $200 million. It is now considered a modern classic and led to a boost in popularity of Chinese wuxia films. Now, an all-new 4K restoration of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” will soon debut on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. Watch an exclusive clip of Ang Lee discussing his film and how martial arts movies owe a debt to musicals.

Read More: Watch: The Battle Begins In New Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny’

The new release will be loaded with all-new bonus content in both releases. The Blu-ray release will include six never-before-seen deleted scenes, all-new retrospective interviews with director Ang Lee, producer James Schamus and editor Tim Squyres, an archival making-of featurette and the “A Love Before Time” music video.
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Early Buzz: Ang Lee’s 120 FPS Footage From ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Wows at NAB

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Early Buzz: Ang Lee’s 120 FPS Footage From ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Wows at NAB
A few years ago, James Cameron started touting higher frame rates — 48 or 60 frames per second instead of the industry-standard 24 — as the future of cinema. “If watching a 3D movie is like looking through a window, then [with this] we’ve taken the glass out of the window and we’re staring at reality,” […]

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Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ First Footage Stuns Viewers at Nab Show

Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ First Footage Stuns Viewers at Nab Show
Any worries Ang Lee had about how the technologists at the Future of Cinema Conference would receive his presentation of footage from “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” were laid to rest on Saturday.

The presentation of an 11-minute sequence from the film in its native format (3D, at 4K resolution and 120 frames per second for each eye) electrified the conference in Las Vegas, leaving even experienced pros grasping for superlatives to convey what they had seen. Their praise wasn’t reserved for the technology, but for the film itself as well.

Former Disney exec, now Society of Motion Picture Engineers (Smpte) executive Howard Lukk told Variety moments after emerging from a showing “I’m stunned. It’s a really powerful film, and a really clear presentation. It’s the best 3D I’ve ever seen in my life. The 3D is really, really good on this thing. Absolutely amazing.
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Ang Lee to Receive the Directing Prize at 2016 Britannia Awards

Ang Lee to Receive the Directing Prize at 2016 Britannia Awards
Ang Lee will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing at this year’s Britannia Awards, to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 28.

“Ang Lee is truly one of the great visionary directors of our time, with a remarkable international career that continually demonstrates bold choices and provocative perspectives,” said Kieran Breen, BAFTA Los Angeles chairman, who made the announcement Tuesday.

Breen also praised the director, saying, “He has a special place in BAFTA’s heart” and BAFTA/La is “looking forward to honoring his remarkable career.”

Lee has won numerous awards for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” including the directing Oscar.

The Britannia Awards is BAFTA/La’s cross-cultural celebration of British and international talent who, through their work, have a strong connection with the British film industry. The night also celebrates the collaboration between the American and British film industries.

Past Schlesinger honorees include Sam Mendes,
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Ang Lee, Other Asian Oscar Winners Protest ‘Racist Stereotypes’ to Academy

Ang Lee, Other Asian Oscar Winners Protest ‘Racist Stereotypes’ to Academy
Two dozen members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, including Ang Lee and several other Oscar winners, have asked the AMPAS board for “concrete steps” to ensure that future Oscarcasts will avoid the “tone-deaf approach” to Asians that was exhibited in the Feb. 28 ceremony.

The protest was delivered in advance of Tuesday’s board meeting, where diversity promises to be a key item on the agenda. The missive was sent to the board, AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, CEO Dawn Hudson, and ceremony producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill.

The letter said, “We are writing as Academy members of Asian descent to express our complete surprise and disappointment with the targeting of Asians at the 88th Oscars telecast and its perpetuation of racist stereotypes. In light of criticism over #OscarsSoWhite, we were hopeful that the telecast would provide the Academy a way forward and the chance to present
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David Oyelowo And Ray Fisher Circling Ang Lee's 3D Thrilla In Manila Movie

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David Oyelowo And Ray Fisher Circling Ang Lee's 3D Thrilla In Manila Movie
Ang Lee embraced 3D with "Life Of Pi," won a Best Director Oscar for his efforts, and hasn't looked back. His upcoming film, "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk," was shot in 120fps 3D, so three dimensions clearly isn't just a passing fancy. Lee's next picture is starting to come together, and you'll also need those clunky glasses to watch it. Even more, it has a very talented actor eyeballing one of the leads. A couple years back, Lee was linked to a movie based on Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali's iconic "Thrilla In Manila[" boxing match, and after falling apart at Universal, it's back to life with production company Studio 8. David Oyelowo is eyeballing the role of the bout's loser, Joe Frazier, and he's the director's top choice for the part, though a formal offer still has to be made. Meanwhile, Ray Fisher is reportedly the frontrunner to play Ali.
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In Defence Of... Ang Lee's multi-million dollar psychodrama Hulk

In Defence Of... Ang Lee's multi-million dollar psychodrama Hulk
At the time of writing, Marvel have not yet confirmed a third standalone Hulk movie, but without giving anything away, the closing events of Avengers: Age of Ultron definitely leave that door wide open. With that in mind, it seems like the perfect time to re-appraise ol' greenskin's first big screen outing, Ang Lee's multi-million dollar psychodrama, Hulk.

Released in 2003, Hulk took a total of $132.2 million at the Us box office, just short of its reputed £137 million budget. Though it eventually took over $245 million worldwide, it was perceived as a flop, significantly under-performing compared to the likes of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man or Bryan Singer's X-Men movies. Hulk not box-office Smash, in other words. Critics weren't overly kind either – it earned 62% on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, indicating decidedly mixed reviews albeit with a positive slant.

Based on the Marvel comics character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
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Ang Lee Shooting ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ at 120 Frames Per Second, in 3D

Ang Lee Shooting ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ at 120 Frames Per Second, in 3D
Ang Lee is shooting all of military drama “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” at the ultra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second and in 3D.

Lee discussed the film — his first since he won an Oscar for directing “Life of Pi” — as part of Sony’s CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday in a special video message from the set in Georgia. He said it will be the first film ever shot entirely at the 120 frames per second rate, which is aimed at immersing viewers in modern-day military combat that soldiers experience.

Sony executives have been touting the notion that they are pushing ahead on the technical front in filming. Lee had previously announced that he is using the Sony F65 camera and shooting at the ultra-high frame rate — more than twice the rate at which Peter Jackson shot the last two Hobbit films.

Sony has dated “Billy Lynn’s Long
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Stewart 'in Talks' to Be Featured in Subversive Iraq War Homefront Satire

Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award.
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Eat Drink Man Woman | Blu-ray Review

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With twelve features to his name, two of those winning him Best Director Academy Awards (Brokeback Mountain; Life of Pi), Ang Lee has become one of the most notable auteurs to achieve success within the studio system. While his 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility began a successful career in English language filmmaking, the Taiwanese director had already received two Oscar nods for Best Foreign Language film. Those include 1993’s The Wedding Banquet, premiering in Berlin, and 1994’s Eat Drink Man Woman, now available for the first time on Blu-ray, though it hasn’t enjoyed the same lasting reputation. After the film, Lee wouldn’t return to working in Mandarin until six years later (2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), so it represents a certain jumping off point for the director.

Food and sex are base human desires that cannot be ignored, or so Mr. Chu (Sihung Lung) remarks,
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The Definitive Movies of 1995

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30. Sense and Sensibility

Directed by: Ang Lee

Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense and Sensibility” took home the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for the story of the Dashwood family, a mother widowed and left in difficult circumstances after her husband has left his fortune to his first wife, instead of his current one. So Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and her daughters Fanny, Marianne, and Elinor (Harriet Walter, Winslet, Thompson) have to find a way to survive in a world ruled by men and the rules that seem to create obstacle after obstacle for them. Unfortunately, given the era, they are viewed as “unmarryable,” since they have no fortune and no prospects.
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Ang Lee will direct 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'

Ang Lee will direct 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'
Ang Lee never met a literary adaptation he couldn’t tackle, it seems. The multi-Oscar winner, who’s been largely absent since winning Best Director for Life of Pi, has picked his next project: Ben Fountain’s celebrated 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, about a group of Iraq war vets, including 19-year-old Billy Lynn, who must endure a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas on their exhaustive “Victory Tour” before they return to the war. TriStar Productions and Film4 announced the news Thursday.

“I am very excited to be going back to work and to be collaborating with my old friend Tom Rothman,
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Ang Lee To Direct Billy Lynn’S Long Halftime Walk

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions and Film4 announced today that the three-time Oscar-winner Ang Lee has chosen an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s acclaimed novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk as his next film, his first since winning the Academy Award for directing the groundbreaking Life of Pi.

The film will be produced by Lee, Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell and by Film4, who originally optioned the book. Simon Beaufoy wrote the script. TriStar has been developing the project with Film4 and Ink Factory since opening its doors at the end of last year. Tessa Ross, who oversaw Film and Drama for Film4 until recently being named to run the UK’s National Theatre, was instrumental on behalf of that studio.

Making the movie for TriStar returns Lee to the Sony Pictures umbrella, where he enjoyed great success with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Sense and Sensibility.
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