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What is Casting Couch? It’s tying a nice bow on this work week with casting news concerning lovely ladies like Michelle Yeoh, Olga Kurylenko, and Chloe Moretz. Oh yeah, and there’s some stuff about some dudes in there too. The upcoming adaptation of the Steven Sondheim musical Into the Woods that Rob Marshall has been putting together for Disney hasn’t been too secretive about its casting process. James Corden is rumored to be on board as the film’s lead, the Baker, we know for sure that mega-stars Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep are signed for sizzle roles as the wolf and the witch, and we even recently learned that Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are close to landing the roles of a couple of bumbling princes. But the one key ingredient that’s always been missing is who’s going to play the female lead, the Baker’s wife. Until »
- Nathan Adams
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Out host Tabatha Coffey at the 2013 NewNowNext Awards in Los Angeles.
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- Bridget McManus
Anant Singh, Yuen Wo Ping, Harvey Weinstein, Rooney Mara, (unknown), Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Naomie Harris and Ryan Coogler at the Majestic Hotel This evening I attended the Weinstein Co.'s Cannes presentation in which they revealed information, footage and trailers from all of their upcoming 2013 releases, both domestically and abroad. For the most part what was shown has already been seen such as trailers for The Butler, August: Osage County, The Grandmaster and Fruitvale Station plus a clip from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, all of which I have included below in this recap of events, which did also feature some new footage from a selection of films. Weinstein himself seemed most proud of the upcoming, Shane Salerno-directed portrait of J.D. Salinger, which is aptly titled Salinger and 2013 Cannes jury member Nicole Kidman was on hand to offer a few words on Grace of Monaco, »
- Brad Brevet
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny is set to begin production in March 2014 and will see Michelle Yeoh reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien. Notably absent from the credits will be virtually the rest of the of the cast from the 2000 original, including Lee, who’s direction helped the film garner four Academy Awards including Best Foreign Language Film. »
Anita: Uma Thurman will take on the challenge of playing Anita Bryant, a beauty pageant winner turned pop singer turned spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Commission turned outspoken critic of gay rights. The movie, titled Anita, will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the team who recently made a biopic about the controversial adult film star Linda Lovelance. [The Hollywood Reporter] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny: Michelle Yeoh is set to return in the sequel to Ang Lee's Academy Award-winning martial arts picture. Based on Silver Vase, Iron Knight, another book in a series by Crouching Tiger author Wang Dulu, the movie will also star Donnie Yen; the legendary Yuen Woo Ping (fight choreographer for The Matrix) will direct. Production is...
- Peter Martin
Anita: Uma Thurman will take on the challenge of playing Anita Bryant, a beauty pageant winner turned pop singer turned spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Commission turned outspoken critic of gay rights. The movie, titled Anita, will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the team who recently made a bio-pic about the controversial adult film star Linda Lovelance. [The Hollywood Reporter] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny: Michelle Yeoh is set to return in the sequel to Ang Lee's Academy Award-winning martial arts picture. Based on Silver Vase, Iron Knight, another book in a series by Crouching Tiger author Wang Dulu, the movie will also star Donnie Yen; the legendary Yuen Woo Ping (fight choreographer for The Matrix) will direct. Production is...
- Peter Martin
Shooting is officially slated to begin in March next year on "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny" for The Weinstein Company and Yucaipa Films.
Source: Screen Daily »
- Garth Franklin
Michelle Yeoh will be back as Yu Shu Lien in the upcoming sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon set to begin filming in March 2014. Donnie Yen will star in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny (couldn't they come up with a shorter title?) and Yuen Wo Ping will be directing the action film that's set up at The Weinstein Company.
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Nobody’s a bigger fan of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon than me. Ang Lee’s fine directing mixed with a strong cast and a truly engaging story resulted in one of the finest martial arts films of all time. Does it need a sequel? I’d normally say no, unless Ang Lee was attached to direct. Then again, I’m not Harvey Weinstein. Ever since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – The Green Destiny was announced and greenlit, there have been rumors about some of the original cast returning for a second bout. As it turns out, Michelle Yeoh will be reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien, while Donnie Yen (Ip Man) will play the character of Silent Wolf.
Alas, the great Ang Lee won’t be returning. The man just won an Academy Award for Best Director — at this point, he’s probably got bigger fish to fry. Yuen Woo Ping, »
- Paulo Lazo
The Weinstein Company announced that "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny" will begin filming in March of 2014 in Asia. Yuen Wo Ping is set to direct the new film with Donnie Yen starring as Silent Wolf and Michelle Yeoh reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien. The screenplay is based on Wang Du Lu's "Iron Knight, Silver Vase," which is the fifth book in the "Crane-Iron Pentalogy" series, on which the original "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was based. The screenplay is written by John Fusco (Forbidden Kingdom, Hidalgo, Spirit). "I loved Ang Lee's film," said Harvey Weinstein. "I thought it was a master class in directing, but I know we are in fantastic hands with Yuen Wo Ping directing the second installment of 'Crouching Tiger.' Master Yuen worked with me on 'Iron Monkey,' 'Kill Bill' and now 'Grandmaster.' He is a first-class director and choreographer, »
Well if you weren’t already excited for the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, you have absolutely no excuses now. Besides the fact that renowned Chinese martial arts director/fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (who has provided action choreography for everything from the “Matrix” movies to every notable Chinese films in the last 20 years or so) has signed on to direct the film (replacing Ronnie Yu, who was originally attached to direct), The Weinstein Company officially announced today that Michelle Yeoh is reprising her role from the first film. And oh yeah, Donnie Yen is onboard, too. Damn. Officially titled “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny”, the film will be an official sequel to the 2000 Ang Lee martial arts actioner, with Woo-ping directing from a script by John Fusco (“The Forbidden Kingdom”). Not surprisingly, Woo-ping was also the one who choreographed all the action in Lee’s movie, »
The Weinstein Company has announced the production start date for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II -The Green Destiny.
The sequel will begin filming in Asia in March 2014.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II -The Green Destiny will be directed by Yuen Woo-Ping (Forbidden Kingdom), who was the fight choreographer on the first movie. Life of Pi's Oscar-winning director Ang Lee directed the first instalment of the Wang Du Lu adaptation.
The Weinstein Company announced today production of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny will begin in March 2014 in Asia. Woo-ping Yuen is set to direct with Donnie Yen starring as Silent Wolf and Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien. The screenplay is based on Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Du Lu Wang, book 5 in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy series, on which the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based. The screenplay is written by John Fusco (Forbidden Kingdom, Hidalgo, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron) and will be produced by Harvey Weinstein and David Thwaites, co-produced by Johnny Levin with Executive Producer Anthony Wong. Yucaipa Films is co-financing the project.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, distributed by Sony Pictures, became a surprise international success, grossing $213.5 million. It grossed $128 million in the Us becoming the highest grossing foreign language film in American history and has won over 40 awards »
Michelle Yeoh is set to reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 - The Green Destiny, which is set to be directed by martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo Ping. The sequel revolves around her character.
She joins Donnie Yen who is playing Silent Wolf in the sequel to the Weinstein's classic 2000 martial arts film. The sequel is based on Iron Knight, Silver Vase written by Wang Du Lu. It's the fifth book in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy - which the first Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based on.
Harvey Weinstein had this to say in a statement:
I loved Ang Lee's film. I thought it was a master class in directing, but I know we are in fantastic hands with Yuen Wo Ping directing the second installment of Crouching Tiger. Master Yuen worked with me on Iron Monkey, Kill Bill and now Grandmaster.He is a first-class director and choreographer, »
- Joey Paur
Even with The Hangover Part III and Fast and Furious 6 making their way to theaters next weekend, this might be the most ridiculous sequel news we've heard all year. Without director Ang Lee or nearly all of the original cast, the Weinstein Company is moving forward with a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Oscar-nominated, fantastical martial arts drama released all the way back in 2000. According to The Hollywood Reporter Michelle Yeoh will be the sole cast member to reprise her role, and the directing duties will be taken over by Yuen Wo Ping. We first learned about these sequel plans in late January, back when Freddy vs. Jason director Ronny Yu was in talks to direct and Yuen Wo Ping was merely on board as a fight choreographer. And to be fair, the original Crouching Tiger was based on a book in a series by Wang Du Lu, »
Where there's a will there's The Weinsteins. So goes the old Chinese saying. And their iron will has proven unstoppable once again, with The Weinstein Company powering along in its plans to follow up its 2000 international smash hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with a sequel.Based on the same source material, Wang Du Lu's Crane-Iron Pentalogy, the movie will adapt the fifth book Iron Knight, Silver Vase - with the new title announced as The Green Destiny, the name of the sword from the first movie. Veteran martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo Ping, who designed the epic fight scenes in the first movie, will direct.We also have the first confirmation of cast, with Michelle Yeoh set to reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien, and period martial arts stalwart Donnie Yen also cast...
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Back in May, we reported that The Weinstein Company was targeting a May start date for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny. At the time, the film was angling to recruit Ronny Yu (Freddy vs. Jason) to direct from a script by John Fusco (Hidalgo). Fusco assumed fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping would handle the martial arts scenes as he did in the first film. However, The Wrap is reporting that Wo Ping will be in the director's chair. Wo Ping has helmed over 20 Chinese-language films, but is best known for his fight choreography on movies such as The Matrix, Kill Bill, Kung Fu Hustle, and more. The Wrap adds that Donnie Yen (Ip Man) has signed on to play Silent Wolf opposite Michelle Yeoh, who reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien. There are currently no details on the plot, but "Harvey Weinstein, Yen and Wo Ping »
- Matt Goldberg
Production is finally set to begin on the sequel to 2000's most exciting Best Picture nominee. No, not "Gladiator" -- that would be "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny," shooting on which will start in March 2014, The Weinstein Company announced today. Ang Lee, who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director for the original "Crouching Tiger," will not return for the sequel -- instead renowned action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping (who's also helmed over two dozen films) will direct. "I loved Ang Lee's film," TWC's Harvey Weinstein said in the announcement. "I thought it was a master class in directing, but I know we are in fantastic hands with Yuen Wo Ping directing the second installment." Based on the fifth book in the "Crane-Iron Pentalogy," the sequel will see one familiar face reprising her role. Michelle Yeoh is set to return as Yu Shu Lien, while »
- Ben Travers
Without Ang Lee or Sony, the Weinstein Company is starting production of a sequel to the Oscar-winning "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," which earned six Oscar nominations including best picture and grossed $213.5 million million worldwide. Its $128 million stateside gross made it the highest grossing foreign-language film in American history. The Weinsteins have done well in the past with such Asian films as "Hero" and "Iron Monkey," which is directed by famed martial arts choreographer and director director Yuen Wo Ping, who will direct a returning Michelle Yeoh and star Donnie Yen (Silent Wolf) in the sequel. Harvey Weinstein, Yuen and Yen will be participating in a press conference on Saturday in Cannes to discuss the production. "Crouching Tiger" was a unique cross-cultural event, as American screenwriter James Schamus collaborated on the original Chinese language screenplay, helping to westernize it for the world stage, and Taiwan-born Lee --who happens to be on this year's. »
- Anne Thompson
Yuen Wo Ping will direct "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny," the sequel to Ang Lee's Oscar-winning film. Wo Ping is a renowned martial arts director and chroreographer, having directed more than two dozen Chinese-language films and advised or choreographed more than a dozen American actions movies including "The Matrix" trilogy, the "Kill Bill" films and the first "Crouching Tiger." Michelle Yeoh (left), who starred in the first movie, will reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien and Chinese martial artist and actor Donnie Yen will star as Silent »
- Lucas Shaw
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