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The Grandmaster In 3D? Yes, Says Wong Kar-Wai - Coming In October

29 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Did you feel that Wong Kar-Wai's elegant, graceful, and exciting The Grandmaster was too ... oh, what's the word ... two-dimensional? The director has come up with a solution. He is adding a third dimension to the biographical action movie, which will be released in 3D in October, according to Variety. The 3D edition will receive a wide release in China, and everyone will be able to examine Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Zhang Ziyi in the glory of the third dimension. And don't worry: Wong himself has been working on the project and ... "We had originally planned to film The Grandmaster in 3D not only for the cinematic sensation, but also for the subtlety of the expression of this beautiful story," said Wong. "We now have...

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Wong Kar Wai’s ‘Grandmaster’ to Release in 3D in October (Exclusive)

29 August 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong — Iconic Hong Kong-based director Wong Kar Wai has set mid-October as the release date for a  3D version of “The Grandmaster,” his Oscar-nominated biopic of Ip Man, the martial arts maestro who mentored Bruce Lee.

The 3D version will be given a wide release by its Chinese distributor and co-producer Bona Film Group, some 21 months after it took out the original in conventional 2D and Imax  formats. Starring Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung Chiu-wai, the film earned Academy Awards nominations for  costume and cinematography.

Conversion is being handled by Vancouver, Canada-based Gener8 Media, which previously handled stereoscopic work on “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Godzilla,” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” The conversion is being paid for by Bona.

Wong, known for his painstaking working methods, is reported to be “100% present and hands on.”

“We had originally planned to film ‘The Grandmaster’ in 3D not only for the cinematic sensation, »

- Patrick Frater

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Als Ice Bucket Challenge Has Gone Global & Retro Cinematic

22 August 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tom Hiddleston after his challengeI know it's for a good cause but we're definitely reaching saturation point for the Als Ice Bucket Challenge. Soon, like maybe in 5 minutes, it will be over. But Als is enjoying huge fundraising numbers so good on them for dreaming it up. I hope all these celebrates dousing themselves with freezing water are donating a dollar for every viewing of their videos and vines.

I've avoided sharing any because how would you choose? I mean other than skipping my beloved childhood idol Olivia Newton-John who kind of misses the point, filling her thimble "bucket" of ice with undoubtedly warm pool water before trickling it over her gorgeous blonde head. Let's just say Her Chills Weren't Multiplying. She Was Not Losing Control.

So why am I posting this? To note that this ice bucket madness which was mostly music stars at first has gone global. Here's »

- NATHANIEL R

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Everything Wrong With Tmnt (2007) In 14 Minutes Or Less

7 August 2014 8:39 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The stars have aligned in an ominous sign, and as a legion of malevolent monsters descends upon New York City to wage war against humanity, the only thing that stands between humankind and certain destruction are four wisecracking turtles with a flair for martial arts and a hearty appetite for pizza. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's "heroes in a half-shell" return to defend the world against an interstellar threat that comes just once every 3,000 years in a computer-animated action comedy that marked the final film role of Japanese screen legend Mako -- here providing the voice of the eternally wise Master Splinter. Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar lends her voice to the role of the turtles' technical-services worker, April; Fantastic Four's Chris Evans assumes the role of hockey-loving crimefighter Casey Jones; Memoirs of a Geisha star Zhang Ziyi steps in as villainous Foot Ninjas leader »

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'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2' Adds 'Glee' Star Harry Shum Jr.

30 July 2014 5:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Glee star Harry Shum Jr. has signed on for one of the four lead roles in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny for The Weinstein Company.

The story centers on four martial arts masters, Silent Wolf, Yu Shu-lien, Tie-Fang and Snow Vase, who band together to stop the villainous Hades Dai from obtaining a legendary sword known as the Green Destiny. We reported in April that Donnie Yen is portraying Silent Wolf, with Michelle Yeoh reprising her role from the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as Yu Shu-lien. Harry Shum Jr. is portraying Tie-Fang. We also reported last August that Ziyi Zhang is returning as Jen Yu from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in flashback sequences.

Legendary director and fight choreographer Woo-ping Yuen is directing from from a script by John Fusco, which is set 20 years after the events portrayed in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Production is slated to begin this week, »

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China’s Alibaba to Finance Wong Kar-wai Movie Slate (Exclusive)

20 July 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has struck a deal to be involved with the upcoming films of top auteur Wong Kar-wai.

The company revealed the deal in a regulatory filing by Chinavision, the Hong Kong stock market listed company that is soon to be renamed Alibaba Pictures Group.

“The Group has entered into several motion pictures development cooperation agreements with leading movie producers and directors, including cooperations with (i) Block 2 Films Limited and Mr. Wong Kar Wai (王家衛), a highly acclaimed and nationally renowned director, producer and script writer,” the Chinavision statement said.

Block 2 is a Hong Kong-based film production investment company that has been involved in several of Wong’s movies including “In The Mood For Love,” and “My Blueberry Nights” as well as others produced by Wong’s main company Jettone, including Taiwanese pictures “Miao Miao,” and “Touch of the Light.”

A spokesman for Wong confirmed the Alibaba deal »

- Patrick Frater

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Here's What Happens When Katniss and Hermione Vie For Your Attention

8 July 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Charlize Theron, Emma Watson, and a rather tan Jennifer Lawrence all showed up for the Christian Dior Haute Couture runway show at the Musée Rodin in Paris on Monday. The ladies sat front row with Dior CEO Sidney Toledano to take in the Fall 2014 collection and later joined the brand's creative director, Raf Simons, to pose for photos and give their congratulations; actresses Marion Cotillard and Zhang Ziyi also popped up backstage to share their excitement after watching the show. While Charlize arrived on the arm of her boyfriend, Sean Penn - and looked as stunning as ever in a sparkly minidress - we couldn't help but geek out a bit over Jennifer and Emma posing for pictures together in their color-coordinated Dior ensembles. Jennifer pulled some of her signature goofball moves when she playfully tried to cover Emma's face from the cameras; looks like Katniss and Hermione won't be »

- Brittney Stephens

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South Korean Star Jang Dong-gun Talks Going Hollywood, Shooting Guns (Q&A)

13 June 2014 2:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Seoul — One of Asia's top screen superstars, 42-year-old Jang Dong-gun has been in the spotlight for over 20 years. With Korean pop culture proliferating around the globe, his reach is wide: When South Korea's president once toured Mexico, Latin American fans staged a mass mock protest, demanding that the actor pay them a visit too.  As if answering that call, Jang has mostly appeared in international projects in recent years, including his Hollywood debut The Warrior's Way opposite Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush and Chinese co-production Dangerous Liaisons alongside Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Cheung. Photos: Korea Box

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Our Top 10 Favorite Hookers with Hearts of Gold from the Movies

5 June 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The classic western mini-series Lonesome Dove rides back to Reelz starting Saturday at 8pm Et/5pm Pt. Its all star cast includes the young, sweet-faced Diane Lane playing the cutest, nicest, most loyal prostitute we've ever seen. In honor of Lane's Lorena Wood, we decided to put together a list of our all-time favorite hookers with hearts of gold. They may walk the streets, but these ladies have still managed to capture our hearts.

Lorena Wood from Lonesome Dove

There’s no doubt that Diane Lane’s old west working girl is not your typical lady of the night. For one, she seems to mostly work during the daytime, and two she’ll only accept a “poke” from a customer she likes. It might not be the best business model, but since half the town of Lonesome Dove is in love with her, she can make it work.

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- Mandy McAdoo

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27 Dresses (2014, Cannes)

22 May 2014 5:40 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Adele, Julianne, Fonda, Zhang HuiwenSarah Gadon, The Swankster, Jess, Marion Cotillard

Eva Green, Alice Braga, The Sparking Diamond, Chiara MastroianniSophia Loren, Juli (again), Gong Li, Our Reigning "Best Actress"

Nicole's Bff, Salma, Amelie/Audrey, Amber HeardAishwaryai Rai, Blake Lively, Marion (again), Léa SeydouxChristina Hendricks, Zhang Ziyi, and Deneuve

 

 

 

 27 Dresses (2014), premiered at Cannes. This has been a co-production of The United States, China, Canada, Australia, England, India, Mexico, Brazil, and France. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Wanda unveils Qingdao fest details

16 May 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dalian Wanda Group has appointed Stephen Mensch as CEO of its new film studio and media complex, Qingdao Oriental Movie Industrial Park, while Rose Kuo has been named CEO of the Qingdao International Film Festival.

The news was announced in Cannes by Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and special advisor to Dalian Wanda Group.

The festival, which will hold its first edition in autumn 2017, aims to “serve as a bridge between Eastern and Western filmmaking cultures”.

Kuo was previously executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Centre, which organises the New York Film Festival, and the artistic director of Los Angeles’ AFI Fest.

Mensch previously served as director of strategic production partnerships and studio operations at Turner Broadcasting. He was also one of the founders of Georgia Production Partnerships (Gpp) and started his career as general manager and vice president of sales and marketing for Feature Systems production equipment.

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- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Wanda unveils details of Qingdao fest

16 May 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dalian Wanda Group has appointed Stephen Mensch as CEO of its new film studio and media complex, Qingdao Oriental Movie Industrial Park, while Rose Kuo has been named CEO of the Qingdao International Film Festival.

The news was announced in Cannes by Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and special advisor to Dalian Wanda Group.

The festival, which will hold its first edition in autumn 2017, aims to “serve as a bridge between Eastern and Western filmmaking cultures”.

Kuo was previously executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Centre, which organises the New York Film Festival, and the artistic director of Los Angeles’ AFI Fest.

Mensch previously served as director of strategic production partnerships and studio operations at Turner Broadcasting. He was also one of the founders of Georgia Production Partnerships (Gpp) and started his career as general manager and vice president of sales and marketing for Feature Systems production equipment.

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- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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China’s Wanda Launches Qingdao Film Festival

16 May 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dalian Wanda Group, China’s largest cinema group, has hired Stephen Mensch as CEO of its Oriental Movie Industrial Park in Qingdao.

Rose Kuo, former AFI festival head, was appointed CEO of the company’s proposed Qingdao International Film Festival.

The Qingdao International Film Festival is set to launch in late 2017. Wanda, which owns cinemas throughout China and is the largest shareholder in North American cinema circuit AMC, says it will be “a first class international film festival and serve as a bridge between Eastern and Western filmmaking cultures.”

The news was announced by Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and special advisor to Wanda.

Mensch served as the director of strategic production partnerships and studio operations at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the one of the founders of Georgia Production Partnerships (Gpp) and began his career in entertainment as the Gm and VP »

- Patrick Frater

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Distribution Workshop finds Dragon

15 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sing Choong Foo’s animation features voice talents of Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom.

Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop has picked up international rights to animated feature Where’s The Dragon, directed by Sing Choong Foo.

The project has attracted major voice talents including Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster) and Wang Leehom (Lust, Caution). Currently in post-production, it is being lined up for release in late 2014 or early 2015.

The story follows a ten-year-old girl who teams up with animals from the Chinese Zodiac to search for a lost dragon and save the world from a treacherous conspiracy. Voice cast also includes Michael Wong, Fish Leong and Maggie Chiang.

George Lee and Sew Yee Liew are producing the film through Beijing DeTao Masters Academy and Hong Kong-based Colour Engineering.

Born in Malaysia, Sing has worked on visual effects for Hollywood films including Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, Men In Black 2 and Beowulf.

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- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Partying Down on Opening Night of Cannes With Nicole Kidman, Zoe Saldana, and Alfonso Cuarón

15 May 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

You couldn't walk to your table at the opening-night dinner for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival without stepping on some poor woman's train. (Sorry, Ziyi Zhang! But that incredible organza-and-patent-leather Stéphane Rolland couture gown was asking for it!) Immediately following the black tie opening ceremony and gala premiere of Grace of Monaco, the official dinner to welcome the competition jury is perhaps the toughest invitation to get. I know because I've tried and failed to get one for five years.A phalanx of potted plants guarded the general public from even looking up the inside stairs leading to the fourth floor of the Palais. Inside, despite all the evening gowns and tuxes, it was a casual affair. Champagne was hard to come by, but my tablemates somehow wrangled regular vodka refills by slipping cash to our waiter. And while the asparagus-and-caviar appetizer was delicious, the entrée proved to be a miniscule »

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Siddharth wins best film at Bjiff

24 April 2014 4:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Richie Mehta’s Siddharth was awarded best film at the close of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), while Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster picked up three prizes including best director.

The Grandmaster also scooped best actress for Zhang Ziyi and best cinematography for Philippe Le Sourd at the festival’s Tiantan Awards on Wednesday night. Wong Kar Wai and Zhang both won prizes for the film in the same categories at the recent Asian Film Awards in Macau.

Best actor at Beijing’s Tiantan Awards went to Guillaume Gouix for French director Sylvain Chomet’s Attila Marcel, which also won best music. Korean director Lee Joon-ik’s Hope won best supporting actress for the performance of child actor Lee Re. Alan Rickman won best supporting actor for his role in Patrice Leconte’s A Promise.

Peter Ho-sun Chan’s American Dreams In China won best screenplay (Zhou Zhiyong, Zhang Ji and »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Oliver Stone slams co-pros at Beijing

16 April 2014 11:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Bjiff: Oliver Stone slams co-productions

16 April 2014 11:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ To Be Released In 3D

15 April 2014 11:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Beijing — John Woo’s upcoming epic “The Crossing” is to be presented in stereoscopic 3D.

The decision to convert to 3D, along with its star cast that includes Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming and Tong Dawei almost guarantees the pic will be a massive hit in China. Middle Kingdom audiences are still hugely enamored with 3D spectaculars and the nation’s new-build multiplexes are predominantly digitally and 3D equipped.

The film is to be released in two parts in China and some parts of Asia, with a single international edition available in other territories. The first part is set for release in late December this year, while the second is being aimed at the Chinese New Year-Valentine’s Day slot in early 2015.

The $50 million budget picture is a 1949-set story of multiple couples whose destiny is closely tied to dramatic events unfolding in revolutionary China. It ends with the »

- Patrick Frater

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Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster sweeps Hong Kong Film Awards

14 April 2014 2:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Wong Kar-wai has swept the Hong Kong Film Awards with The Grandmaster.

The new film from the In the Mood for Love director took 12 prizes at the event, including Best Film.

Wong was named Best Director, while Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) took the Best Actress honour and Zhang Jin the Best Supporting Actor gong.

This was Wong's third Best Director win, following nods for his work on Days of Being Wild (1990) and Chungking Express (1994).

"I remember it was 1994 when I was last here," he said as he accepted his prize (via The Hollywood Reporter).

"It was a short walk from the podium to the stage, but it took me 20 years to come back to this spot."

The Grandmaster also won Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Costume and Make-up Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Design, Best Original Film Score and Best Action Choreography.

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