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Watch The First Promo For John Woo's Romantic Epic The Crossing

11 September 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

While better known internationally as an orchestrator of high-end violence and mayhem, Hong Kong director John Woo can also handle melodrama. Case in point, his upcoming two-part romantic epic The Crossing.Zhang Ziyi, Kaneshiro Takeshi, Song Hyekyo and Huang Xiaoming star in a tale about three couples whose fates coincided on the Taiwan bound Taiping steamer, which sank in the crossing from China in 1949, leaving many to call it the "Chinese Titanic". The first part will be released theatrically in China on December 2nd while the second part will be released sometime in early 2015. You'll find the first promo video, a sort of trailer Mc'd by Woo himself, embedded below....

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Watch: First Footage From John Woo's 'The Crossing' Starring Zhang Ziyi Plus New Images & Posters

11 September 2014 6:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ever since 2003’s awful “Paycheck,” John Woo has stayed away from Hollywood, returning to China to helm the two-part historical epic “Red Cliff” and co-directing the 2010 wuxia film “Reign of Assassins.” Later this year, he’s set to drop the first half of his latest sweeping period film “The Crossing,” and the film’s first featurette/trailer has arrived online. Starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiamoing and Song Hye-kyo among many others, the two-part film was written by “Lust, Caution” screenwriter Wang Hui-ling and centers on three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai and will involve the tragic 1949 sinking of the ship Taiping and warfare. So, John Woo's "Titanic"? Lasting under three-and-a-half minutes, the trailer features a lot of impressive footage —war scenes, sinking boats, swooning scenes between lovers— from the two-part film cut alongside an Epk-style interview with Woo »

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John Woo’s The Crossing to open Dec 2

9 September 2014 9:11 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Beijing Galloping Horse has set the China release date for the first part of John Woo’s upcoming epic drama The Crossing for December 2.

Starring Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Korean actress Song Hye-kyo, the film revolves around three couples on a liner that sinks during its crossing between mainland China and Taiwan.

Woo also confirmed that the movie was delayed in 2012 by his diagnosis of cancer. He first heard the story of the ill-fated Taiping liner from scriptwriter Wang Huiling in 2008 and was moved to make an historical romantic drama that would portray events during a tumultuous time in China’s history.

“While I was receiving treatment in the States, I saw a bad film and I thought to myself, I could not just die like that. I can’t just go away without making a film which I think is perfect,” said Woo.

The Crossing is produced by Beijing Galloping Horse, Le Vision »

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John Woo Sets ‘Crossing’ Release for December

9 September 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Toronto — John Woo’s epic drama “The Crossing” will hit be distributed in two parts with the first hitting Chinese theaters on Dec. 2, producer Beijing Galloping Horse has confirmed.

The second part will be released at an undetermined date in early 2015.

Scripted by Wang Huiling (“Lust, Caution”), the 1949-set picture includes overlapping stories of several couples who find themselves on the ocean liner “Taiping,” which sinks during the crossing between mainland China and Taipei. Its features an ensemble cast including Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tong Dawei.

Woo confirmed that the production was initially delayed, in 2012, by his fight with throat cancer. “While I was receiving treatment in the States, I saw a bad film and I thought to myself, I could not just die like that. I can’t just go away without making a film which I think is perfect,” John Woo said.

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The Grandmaster is to hit UK cinemas!

4 September 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Six years in the planning and three years in the making, The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man.....And it’s finally getting the UK theatrical release it rightly deserves! Nominated for two Academy Awards, for Cinematography and Costume Design, The Grandmaster features virtuoso performances from those at the film's heart: Wong regular, Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House Of Flying Daggers, Hero) and Chang Chen (Happy Together, 2046). The Grandmaster portrays both the Chinese martial arts and the world of the martial artists with unprecedented authenticity: the fight scenes were choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping, and the trio of lead actors completed several years of rigorous and challenging kung fu training for their roles. We can go on and on with the superlatives, but suffice to say it’s a stunning piece of »

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The Grandmaster finally gets UK release date

4 September 2014 5:21 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Metrodome to release Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts epic in November.

Martial arts epic The Grandmaster, from director Wong Kar Wai, is finally set for release in the UK through Metrodome on Nov 28.

The film debuted in China in January 2013 and received its international premiere at the Berlinale the following month.

The action feature, inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master Ip Man, has since travelled the festival circuit and been released in countries around the world.

It was nominated for two Oscars for cinematography and costume design.

The Grandmaster stars Wong regular, Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang and Chang Chen, with fight scenes choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). »

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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, »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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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. »

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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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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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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 »

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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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