18 items from 2009
Maggie Cheung alert!
She walked the Taiwanese red carpet today in this white number to your left. She was presenting Best Picture at the Golden Horse Awards. The Golden Horse is Taiwanese in origin but it's for Chinese language films regardless of country of origin so it's very competitive now. Warlords and Lust, Caution, which both had international releases, were recent winners of Best Picture.
This year, Maggie handed the trophy to No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti which, if we ever see it in the States, might be called I Can't Live Without You or Not Without You. That's Taiwan's submission for this year's Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The film is from actor/director Leon Dai and it's about a poor man who loses his daughter once the government learns of their illegal living conditions.
No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (2009) from Taiwan
Best Picture: No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti
Best Director: Leon Dai, »
- NATHANIEL R
Hong Kong -- Asia's film executives can be forgiven for arriving in Santa Monica a little exhausted, and it's not just the 16-hour jetlag.
Many recently have trekked from Pusan to the Tokyo festival and market, and some even added a few days at last week's China Film Group-organized Beijing Screenings. Despite that, most arriving at the American Film Market are expecting to do business.
Pusan and Tokyo's Tiffcom effectively were warm-up events before the main show, and both were better attended than last fall, when the severity of the global financial meltdown was making itself felt.
Since then, Asian economies have largely recovered, boxoffice has proved resilient and local and regional films have shown themselves capable of being financed and prebought within the region. Further intra-Asian business is definitely on the Afm agenda this week.
Still, Pusan and Tokyo essentially were regional events, whereas this week's »
- By Patrick Frater
High-concept anthology gets lost in Gotham.
Orlando Bloom in "New York, I Love You"
Photo: Vivendi Entertainment
A revved-up writer (Ethan Hawke) improvises a mad rap for a beautiful stranger in the night (Maggie Q), only to learn she's uniquely immune to his come-on. Meanwhile, in a downtown bar, a sardonic professor (Andy Garcia) teaches some new tricks to an over-confident young thief (Hayden Christenson). And a geeky student (Anton Yelchin), dumped by his girlfriend (Blake Lively), winds up squiring a disabled blind date (Olivia Thirlby) to a big dance in her wheelchair — and then gets a wild surprise while rolling her back home.
The new mini-movie collection "New York, I Love You" has some cleverly turned stories and lively performances. But unlike its 2006 predecessor, "Paris, I Love You," it displays only an intermittent affinity for its target metropolis on the part of the 11 directors who weighed in on it. »
Chicago – In our latest romance/drama edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 35 admit-two passes up for grabs to the Chicago screening of the new film “New York, I Love You” from an eclectic group of some of today’s most imaginative filmmakers. This film also features a powerhouse of today’s hottest stars!
“New York, I Love You” stars Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Andy Garcia, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Natalie Portman, Irrfan Khan, Emilie Ohana, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, Anton Yelchin, James Caan, Olivia Thilrlby, Blake Lively, Drea de Matteo, Julie Christie, John Hurt, Shia Labeouf, Ugur Yucel, Taylor Geare, Carlos Acosta, Jacinda Barrett, Shu Qi, Burt Young, Chris Cooper, Robin Wright Penn, Eva Ammuri, Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
With the short film anthology “New York, I Love You” (a sort of sequel to “Paris, je t’aime”) set for release October 16th, Vivendi Entertainment has released a ton of clips and I’ve posted all of them after the jump. While most film’s get four to eight clips released for promotional purposes, due to how large the cast is and how each person needs a clip when promoting the movie on a talk show, the studio has released a whopping 16 clips and it’s about sixteen minutes of the movie. So if you’ve been waiting for the film, you can see a lot of it right now. If you’re not familiar with “New York, I Love You”, the film’s got a huge cast and eleven directors telling stories about New York City and love. Take a look:
Here’s the synopsis, cast and directors: »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Moviejungle.com has 12 clips available from Vivendi Entertainment's "New York, I Love You," starring Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Andy Garcia, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Natalie Portman, Irrfan Khan, Emilie Ohana, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, Anton Yelchin, James Caan, Olivia Thirlby, Blake Lively, Drea De Matteo, Julie Christie, John Hurt, Shia Labeouf, Ugur Yucel, Taylor Geare,Carlos Acosta, Jacinda Barrett, Shu Qi, Burt Young, Chris Cooper, Robin Wright Penn, Eva Amurri, Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman »
[Our thanks to Ben Umstead for the following review.]
Fact: Assembly and Banquet director Feng Xiaogang’s new film If You Are The One is a comedy (often humorous) and a romance (quite romantic), though it is overall melancholy in temperament. It stars Ge You and Shu Qi. Oh, and here’s one more tidbit for you… it is the highest grossing movie in China, not of the year, not of the decade but of all time.
A westerner can’t but help mention this if not obsess over it a little. 2008 was a record breaking year for the Chinese box office with Red Cliff coming in a narrow second. So when what is essentially a small and intimate study of two people’s vulnerability tops an action and effects laden spectacle that is cause to sit up and pay attention, cause when a nice chunk of the world’s population prefers this over big booms and such, well that is quite refreshing. »
- Todd Brown
The 62nd Cannes Film Festival has come to an end. To put the finishing touches on another great festival, this year's awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, have been announced. The jury was lead by actress Isabelle Huppert and included members Asia Argento, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, James Gray, Hanif Kureishi, Chang-dong Lee, Shu Qi, Sharmila Tagore, and Robin Wright Penn. There were a lot of strong contenders in the competition category this year, but big winner this year is The White Ribbon. Also, Best Director is a huge letdown, as I absolutely hated that movie! Read on for the complete list of winners. Palme d'Or (Golden Palm): The White Ribbon directed by Michael Haneke Grand Prize (Runner Up): Un Prophète (A Prophet) directed by Jacques Audiard Special Jury Prize: Alain Resnais director of Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) Best Director: Brillante Mendoza for Kinatay Best Screenplay: Feng Mei »
- Alex Billington
Oh yeah... it's on.
They've rolled out the rouge carpet in Cannes for the opening of the über film festival of film festivals, now in its 62nd year.
Asia Argento was a camera hog (I trust you not to be surprised) at the jury press conference in a white and black dress. Aishwarya Rai absorbed the light of every flashbulb on the croisette for the opening film, Pixar's Up. Jury member Shu Qi started the day in a simple champagne dress but switched to flowing teal for the opening ceremonies. We'll see the Three Times star next in the omnibus film New York, I Love You. Her fellow juror and NY... cast member Robin Wright Penn, recently interviewed in Gotham Magazine which went to press before Sean Penn filed for divorce, started Day One in a white pantsuit but switched to this shimmering gown later. She's starring in The Private »
- NATHANIEL R
- President Isabelle Huppert and jury members Asia Argento, Shu Qi, Sharmila Tagore, Robin Wright Penn, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, James Gray, Hanif Kureishi and Lee Changdong were introduced to the journos and the regular set of questions on how they would vote were thrown upon them. Trying to figure out what one jury member will vote on is hard enough, trying to figure out a consensus is just as difficult, though Huppert did mention that unlike Sean Penn (who was keen on voting for a political film), she won't be pushing the rest of the jury to vote one way or another. Nonetheless, this year's pack mostly comprised of actresses with a trio of male directors will most likely go for a film that stands out - that may or may not have something to say but is stands apart because of it being socially relevant. The Cannes site has »
Tony Leung (Hero, Hard Boiled, Chungking Express, Fighting for love) is Richard Ma, an extremely wealthy businessman who is unpleasantly tight fisted and stingy. After his ex-girlfriend cancels his credit cards and sells off the contents of his house, Richard is left temporarily penniless for a weekend. A chance meeting with a beautiful stock broker named Ah Choi, played by Shu Qi (The Eye 2, The Transporter) sets off a chain of events that will hopefully see the Richard change his selfish ways.
Love Me Love My Money see’s Hong Kong cinema’s Mr.Suave, Tony Leung in a fun if a little lightweight romantic comedy with the very cute Shui Qi, best known in the west for her role in The Transporter,as his leading lady. This is one of those films that’s all about being popcorn light-hearted fun, with the common theme of love conquers all and can tame the beast, »
When Li Xinyun comes on screen as titular character Dada in the very first minute, you could almost hear a collective gasp amongst the audience. She looks like a cross between Vicky Zhao and Shu Qi, more the latter thanks to those bee-stung lips that assisted her titular character very much in dripping sensuality in almost every frame she’s in. Helping too are a fitting tank top and a short pair of shorts to accentuate her fair limbs.
So the line-up for this year's Cannes Film Festival was just released today and I damn near fainted from the awesome. This year's competition has got to be the biggest, baddest one in many years, with so many famous auteurs throwing down with their latest films. Who will get the coveted Palme d'Or?
A sampling of just the biggest names who will be in competition: Pedro Almodovar (Broken Embraces), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Park Chan-wook (Thirst), Jane Campion (Bright Star), Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon), Gaspar Noe (Enter the Void), Ken Loach (Looking for Eric), Johnnie To (Vengeance), Lars von Trier (Antichrist), Ang Lee (Taking Woodstock).
Not only that, but out of competition, we have Pixar's Up as the opening film, Bong Joon-ho's Mother, Hikorazu Kore-eda's Air Doll, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell, and a new documentary by Michel Gondry »
- Arya Ponto
For the most part, the majority of the films Variety speculated would be included at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival made the final list. The only ones that didn't were Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant and Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro out of the group I listed from their early report. However, to make up for it they have added Alejandro Amenabar's Agora starring Rachel Weisz, which is big news if you ask me. Listed below is the early list thanks to Variety. The Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week will be fully announced Friday in Paris. Opener
Spring Fever China-France, Lou Ye
Enter the Void France, Gaspar Noe
Face France-Taiwan-Netherlands-Belgium, Tsai Ming-liang
Les Herbes folles France-Italy, Alain Resnais
In the Beginning France, »
- Brad Brevet
Okay, can I just tell you now, that I wish I can go :sad
But work schedule prevents me from going to Cannes (May is ratings period for TV and thou shall not leave your post!). So, I'll just regale myself with fantasizing I was there, or, by counting the days before I can see the films in/out competition!
And this year? It's great! Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") will face off with Ang Lee ("Taking Woodstock") while fighting Pedro Almodovar ("Broken Embraces") and kicking Jane Campion ("Bright Star") to the curb.
It's going to be fierce!
But before all the competition hoopla, Disney/Pixar will entertain everyone by opening the event with "Up" (the first ever animated film to kick off the festival!).
Here's the complete line up, oh, »
- One of the rare times where you'll find me up at 6 in the morning is when Cannes Film Festival selections are announced. A flurry of trades rushed to get the details out, I waited until the chaos was over for the full list (some (THR) had/have Jaco Van Dormael listed in the longlist). For the most part, it appears that the festival is combining the old auteurs (Resnais) along with the new (Andrea Arnold), and have once again come to help out & support a filmmaker such as Lou Ye, who was banned from filmmaking in China for a couple of years for having come to Cannes with the uncensored Summer Palace (2006). This year he brings Spring Fever - about a young threesome overcome with erotic longings. Here are some thoughts on some of the announcements. What Today's List Tells Us Is... that Atom Egoyan (Chloe), Michael Moore, Jean-Pierre Jeunet »
“Look for a Star” has pretty much everything needed for a successful romantic comedy, with megastars Andy Lau and Shu Qi in the lead roles, an experienced director at the helm in the form of Andrew Lau of “Infernal Affairs” fame, and a picturesque setting in Macau. Add to this an impressive supporting cast (not to mention a host of industry cameos) and slick production values, and it’s no surprise that the film delivers exactly as expected, and although undemanding stuff, it makes for sugar coated, feel good genre entertainment. Lau stars as Sam, the kind of nice guy billionaire who frequently populates the romantic comedy genre, who while on a business trip to Macau runs into Shu Qi’s croupier and nightclub dancer Milan. As is usually the case, she is completely unaware of his identity or his wealth, and so it comes as somewhat of a shock when she finds out, »
- James Mudge
• Image Entertainment has set a March 24 street date for two Sci Fi Channel nature-amok movies on disc: Locusts: The 8th Plague and Snakehead Terror. The company will also release the Pang Brothers production Forest Of Death April 14.
Locusts, in which star Dan Cortese is backed by a genre-friendly ensemble including David (Firestarter) Keith, Julie (Dexter) Benz and Jeff (Planet Terror) Fahey, will come with an FX featurette, while the killer-fish flick Snakehead, starring Bruce Boxleitner and Carol Alt, will be extras-free. The movies will be presented in 16x9-enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio; retail price for each is $14.98. Forest, in a 16x9-enhanced 1.78:1 transfer with Dolby Digital 5.1 Chinese audio and no announced supplements, is about a woodland in which both rape/murders and suicides have taken place, and is investigated by a homicide detective (The Eye 2’s Shu Qi), a tabloid TV reporter and a paranormal »
18 items from 2009
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