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Chinese Actress Liu Shishi Joins Omega as a Brand Ambassador

Talented Chinese actors making the transition from films in their homeland to big Hollywood movies is not unusual at all. After all, big names like Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Zhang Ziyi and Vivian Wu have all made a splash overseas, and it looks like a new name could be joining those ranks sometime soon. Liu Shishi is a veritable superstar in her homeland of China, but is still a fairly unknown name in Hollywood – yet all that could be about to change.

Liu Shishi has been named a brand representative of longstanding Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Omega. As Omega’s list of brand ambassadors isn’t exactly massive, this is a huge honor for the young actress, with president and CEO of the company saying that Liu Shishi “perfectly embodies the values of Omega, with her style, beauty and commitment to excellence.”

When we consider that the likes of George Clooney,
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Film Review: ‘Everybody’s Fine’

Film Review: ‘Everybody’s Fine’
The kids are more than all right in “Everybody’s Fine” — in fact, they’re such goody-goodies that they turn this Chinese remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1990 travelogue drama into parent porn. Following a retired widower’s journey around China to look up each of his four adult children, the film is elegantly shot and sometimes engaging. However, helmer Zhang Meng trips over himself in an attempt to please senior audiences, offering heartwarming but simplistic closures that hardly ring true. The pic could, however, suit the viewing taste of some Japanese audiences.

Resembling a continental take on “Tokyo Story” starring Marcello Mastroianni, Tornatore’s “Everybody’s Fine” took stock of the disappointments of adulthood, frayed family ties and Italy’s social changes; a same-titled 2009 Hollywood remake was co-written by Tornatore and helmed by Kirk Jones, and starred Robert De Niro. Although the new film’s screenplay (by Liu Ya and
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The Pillow Book | Blu-ray Review

Though typical of Peter Greenaway’s predilection for depictions of provocative desires laid out over sometimes subversive subtexts, his 1996 title The Pillow Book feels demure in comparison to the ribald sexuality in more notorious works, such as The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and his most recent, Eisenstein in Guanajuato. Premiering in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at that year’s Cannes Film Festival, the sensual film was warmly received, especially in comparison to the features he made directly before and after (The Baby of Macon; 8 ½ Women, respectively). Based on, or rather inspired by, the love diary of Sei Shonagon, a court lady to Empress Consort Teishi, the text is a compilation of musings and records of trysts. Completed in the year 1002, it is considered to be the first novel, of course reconstituted by the enigmatic auteur for his innovative, hybridized purposes. Compared to several of Greenaway’s other titles,
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Busan: Song Hye-kyo to Reign in Desen Media’s ‘Queens’

Busan: Song Hye-kyo to Reign in Desen Media’s ‘Queens’
Busan — Korean star Song Hye-kyo, Vivian Wu and Shawn Dou star in “The Queens,” a contemporary Chinese rom-com in the vein of “Tiny Times” or “So Young.”

Like “So Young,” which was directed by actress Vicky Zhao, “The Queens” is the directorial debut of actress Annie Yi (“The Assassins,” “Good Men, Good Women”.)

Production is by Ann An, whose Desen Media was among the producers of “Tiny Times,” and the “Ip Man” features, and which is currently preparing a wartime epic “Moon Flower of Flying Tigers,” with Hollywood’s Paula Wagner.

“Queens,” currently in post-production, arrives at the Busan market handled by Easternlight, the specialty Asian arm of Australian-u.S. sales and production finance group Arclight Films.

The story involves three cosmopolitan women – an actress, a PR specialist and a gallery manager – wrestling with the ups and downs of their romantic lives. Along the way they manipulate friends, embarrass their
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Easternlight picks up Annie Yi’s The Queens

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Easternlight picks up Annie Yi’s The Queens
Arclight Films’ Asian label, Easternlight Films, has picked up international rights to The Queens, directed by and starring Taiwanese singer and actress Annie Yi.

Produced by Beijing-based Desen International Media, the romantic comedy also stars Korean actress Song Hye Kyo and Chinese actress Vivian Wu. Chinese release is scheduled for November 7.

The film follows three cosmopolitan women, an actress, a PR specialist and a gallery manager, all wrestling with the ups and downs of their romantic lives. “We want to present the mystery, desires, sorrows and pain in urban relationships”” said Desen’s Ann An. “The motto for women from the film is ‘Don’t be a slave, and don’t be a queen, just be yourself’. The characters go through the transformation from ‘being a queen’ to purely ‘being themselves’.”

Also known by her Chinese name Yi Nengjing, Annie Yi starred in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Good Men, Good Women (1995), Peter Greenaway’s 8 ½ Women (1999) and more recently
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Afternoon Delight: Amber Heard cools herself off for Guess, Kristen Wiig joins "Anchorman" sequel

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Good afternoon!

Happy birthday to Barbara Hershey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Linney and Vivian Wu!

Out actress Amber Heard shoves a handful of ice down her shirt for Guess Girl Fragrance. (After my wife watched the below commercial she did a slow clap and told me she now wants to buy Guess Girl. And ice cubes.)

Tina Fey will team up with Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore for the comedy The Nest. The film is about “two thirty-something sisters who spend one last crazy weekend in their childhood home before selling it.” Fey will play one of the sisters. Who do you think should play her sibling?

Queen Latifah is joining forces with Netflix. The movie-streaming media source has signed a licensing deal with Latifah’s production company Flavor Unit Entertainment. Starting in Spring 2013 Netflix will have the first opportunity
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Sony Pictures to send out Journey Of A Thousand Miles from Wendy Murdoch

Wendy Murdoch's sophomore film as producer close to landing at Sony Journey of a Thousand Miles is based on the memoir by Lang Lang, chronicling his climb to become the top pianist as well as the challenges he faced within the Chinese culture as well as his family. This marks the second film from Murdoch and producer Florence Sloan after 2011's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which Fox Searchlight Pictutres distributed. That film starred Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu and also included Hugh Jackman. Pic earned $1.3 million domestically, but overseas, it made over $10 million.
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Sony Pictures to send out Journey Of A Thousand Miles from Wendy Murdoch

Wendy Murdoch's sophomore film as producer close to landing at Sony Journey of a Thousand Miles is based on the memoir by Lang Lang, chronicling his climb to become the top pianist as well as the challenges he faced within the Chinese culture as well as his family. This marks the second film from Murdoch and producer Florence Sloan after 2011's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which Fox Searchlight Pictutres distributed. That film starred Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu and also included Hugh Jackman. Pic earned $1.3 million domestically, but overseas, it made over $10 million.
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Shanghai Mystery and A Modern Medusa: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Indican Pictures for review.

Director/writer: Oscar L. Costo.

Cast: Vivian Wu, Richard Burgi and Honglei Sun.

Shanghai Mystery (originally titled Shanghai Red) is one of those hugely character driven films where, if director Oscar L. Costco ("Seaquest Dsv") was driving, he must be moving at 20 miles per hour. The type of film he developed may not be for everyone. What he creates is a slow mystery drama that starts with a lady in a slinky red dress.

She arrives at a penthouse in Shanghai, shoots a 'client,' and gets caught. The rest of the film bounces between her time in prison, talking to a lawyer, and revealing her life in flashback.

Mei Li's (Vivian Wu, Strange World) life is explored in exquisite detail. Viewers first learns that her husband was killed during a business trip that she urged him to take.
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Win: Snow Flower & The Secret Fan On DVD

Snow Flower & The Secret Fan is released on 04 November 2011 on Blu-ray and DVD. We have 3 copies of the DVD to give away courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Inspired by the bestselling novel Snow Flower And The Secret Fan by Lisa See, the film is a timeless portrait of female friendship. In 19th-century China, seven-year-old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong – or “old sames” – bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan.

In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong’s descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection,
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New Release: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Blu-ray and DVD

Release Date: Nov. 1, 2011

Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Bingbing Li embraces life in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) weaves a contemporary tale with an old-world fable in the historical period drama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, based on Lisa See’s best-selling novel of the same name.

The film follows two girls growing up in 19th century China, Lily (Bingbing Li, The Forbidden Kingdom) and Snow Flower (Gianna Jun, My Sassy Girl). They are brought together in a “Laotong” friendship — a lifelong bond between two women who rely on each other for companionship and comfort.

Amid the civil unrest and gender discrimination of the era, the pair deals with life’s hardships together until they are separated by marriage and childbirth. But the sworn sisters continue to communicate through the secret Chinese language of “nushu,” hiding their
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July Preview: Larry Crowne, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and Horrible Bosses

Monthly Movie Preview – July 2011

It’s summer. Period. No more discussion. You see, in Portland summer doesn’t fully hit until Fourth of July weekend. We survive through June with rain, overcast skies, and a lot of 60 degree days. No more. We are also officially in summer, and more importantly … Summer Blockbuster Season. The big boys are coming out to play (Harry Potter, Tom Hanks, Captain America). So with that, let’s get to it.

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Movie of the Week

Larry Crowne

The Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sarah Mahoney

The Plot: Larry (Hanks) loses his retail job and decides to go to community college. Ms. Tainot (Roberts) is his speech teacher who is going through struggles of her own.

The Buzz: Likeable. It has to be, right? Hanks is our box office everyman so putting him through our economic downturn, searching for a job,
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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan featurette, interviews and behind-the-scenes video

Featurette from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the Wayne Wang film. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan stars Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Archie Kao and Hugh Jackman. We have an interview clip with Lisa See, the author of the bestselling novel on which the movie is based, as well as helmer Wang and producers Florence Sloan and Wendi Murdoch. The featurette is on Lisa See and can be seen in high definition as well. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a timeless portrait of female friendship.
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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan featurette, interviews and behind-the-scenes video

Featurette from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the Wayne Wang film. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan stars Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Archie Kao and Hugh Jackman. We have an interview clip with Lisa See, the author of the bestselling novel on which the movie is based, as well as helmer Wang and producers Florence Sloan and Wendi Murdoch. The featurette is on Lisa See and can be seen in high definition as well. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a timeless portrait of female friendship.
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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan featurette, interviews and behind-the-scenes video

Featurette from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the Wayne Wang film. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan stars Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Archie Kao and Hugh Jackman. We have an interview clip with Lisa See, the author of the bestselling novel on which the movie is based, as well as helmer Wang and producers Florence Sloan and Wendi Murdoch. The featurette is on Lisa See and can be seen in high definition as well. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a timeless portrait of female friendship.
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Starring: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu

Director: Wayne Wang

The Scoop: Based on the acclaimed historical novel by author Lisa See, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" tells the story of two very different women who form a long lasting relationship -- first as BFFs, then as dedicated frenemies -- in 19th century China. Wang ("Maid in Manhattan," "Because of Winn Dixie") handles the directing duties.

Rated PG-13, limited | Watch the trailer
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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan movie poster!

See the first movie poster from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, starring Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Hugh Jackman and Archie Kao. The Fox Searchlight Pictures historical drama is helmed by Wayne Wang (Because of Winn-Dixie, Last Holiday) from the writing by Angela Workman, Michael Ray and Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Lisa See. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan opens July 15th. The story, which is set in 19th century remote China, tells of the lifelong friendship of Lily and Snow Flower as well as their imprisonment by rigid cultural codes of conduct for women. Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan produced the film. Cinematography comes from Richard Wong...
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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan movie poster!

See the first movie poster from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, starring Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Hugh Jackman and Archie Kao. The Fox Searchlight Pictures historical drama is helmed by Wayne Wang (Because of Winn-Dixie, Last Holiday) from the writing by Angela Workman, Michael Ray and Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Lisa See. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan opens July 15th. The story, which is set in 19th century remote China, tells of the lifelong friendship of Lily and Snow Flower as well as their imprisonment by rigid cultural codes of conduct for women. Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan produced the film. Cinematography comes from Richard Wong...
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Twelve

Scream 4

Opens: April 15th 2011

Cast: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Mary McDonnell, Emma Roberts Director: Wes Craven

Summary: Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with family and friends, but it also brings about the return of Ghostface which puts the whole town in danger.

Analysis: Back in late 1996 when I first began covering film news, "Scream" was released and became more than just a sleeper hit. After years of genre movies being relegated to direct-to-video status, this comedic slasher spawned the biggest surge in the horror film genre since "Halloween" almost two decades before. Its post-modern stylings and witty self-aware dialogue went on to be a big influence on films and television in general.

Yet the "Scream" series itself never could quite capture that glory again. By the time the
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Fox Searchlight Picks Up Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Fox Searchlight to distribute the adaptation of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired North American rights from Idg China Media to the sweeping yet intimate drama based on the bestselling novel by Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Directed by Wayne Wang, written by Ronald Bass, Angela Workman, and Michael Ray, the film stars Gianna Jun and Bingbing Li. The adaptation of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is being produced by Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan, and executive produced by Hugo Shong.

"Wayne Wang has an incredible vision for creating beautifully moving films - there is a universal truth in his portrayals of women's stories," said Gilula and Utley. "We are thrilled to be distributing this touching film about the unequivocal bond and devotion between friends."

"I love the book, which is set in period China.
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