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Top 10 sleeper movie hits of the decade

28 December 2009 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sleepers come seemingly out of nowhere. They are the little films that confound expectations, attracting enthusiastic audiences that happily spread the word. Sometimes they come from the studio system, produced almost as an afterthought, but mostly they're produced well off the radar. On occasion, they upend the established order by opening at No. 1 at the boxoffice. But more typically they start small, building over time, hanging on in theaters as more heralded movies come and go. Often the filmmakers involved meet with initial rejection before wildly triumphing in the end. And in the process, they expose the limitations of Hollywood's conventional thinking about what makes a hit. Sleepers, when everyone wakes up to their potential, tend to be wildly successful, resulting in boxoffice returns that dwarf their modest budgets. And so, top sleepers of the past decade, take another bow.

10. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (Sony Pictures Classics, 2000)

Budget: $17 million

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- By Gregg Kilday, Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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Song Hye-kyo Joins “The Grand Master”

27 December 2009 9:18 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Korean actress Song Hye-gyo (Legendary Courtesan Hwang Jin Yi , Make Yourself at Home) is confirmed to take part in the upcoming Hong Kong film director Wong Kar-wai martial arts drama titled “The Grand Master

Hye-gyo is learning Cantonese and martial arts in preparation for her supporting role in the movie.

Wong Kar-wai, internationally renowned for visually unique and stylish films (Chungking Express, Happy Together) first revealed his hopes to work with Song during the 2004 Pusan International Film Festival.

The story centers around martial-arts master Wing Chun master Yip Man (played by Tony Leung Chiu Wai) who is best known internationally for being Bruce Lee’s martial arts instructor. Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang and veteran Zhao Benshan also star.

For his role as Yip Man, Leung has been training extensively with Yuen Woo-ping’s stunt team and Yip Man’s son, Yip Chun. Their preparation hit a setback earlier in the »

- Allan Ford

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Zhang Yimou to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2010 Asian Film Awards

25 December 2009 2:50 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Zhang Yimou, whose Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou, and Hero were nominated for Academy Awards, will receive a lifetime achievement award at the next Asian Film Awards ceremony. The awards presentation will take place during the Hong Kong Film Festival in March 2010. Zhang, 58, has been making movies since the late ’80s. His first film, Red Sorghum, starred Gong Li, with whom the director was associated off-screen as well. Among Zhang’s other features are The Story of Qiu Ju, To Live, Shanghai Triad, and The Curse of the Golden Flower, all starring Gong; and the epic The House of Flying Daggers, starring Andy Lau and Ziyi Zhang. Zhang Yimou’s latest, The First Gun (aka The Simple Noodle Story), is [...] »

- Irene Young

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Song Hye-kyo Joins Wong Kar Wai's "Master"

23 December 2009 5:42 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Korean actress Song Hye-kyo has joined Wong Kar Wai's next project "The Grand Master" reports Kung Fu Cinema.

The story centers around martial-arts master Wing Chun master Yip Man (played by Tony Leung Chiu Wai) who is best known internationally for being Bruce Lee’s martial arts instructor. Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang and veteran Zhao Benshan also star.

The actress has been studying Cantonese and martial arts for the film. »

- Garth Franklin

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Song Hye-kyo Joins Wong Kar Wai's "Master"

23 December 2009 5:42 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Korean actress Song Hye-kyo has joined Wong Kar Wai's next project "The Grand Master" reports Kung Fu Cinema.

The story centers around martial-arts master Wing Chun master Yip Man (played by Tony Leung Chiu Wai) who is best known internationally for being Bruce Lee’s martial arts instructor. Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang and veteran Zhao Benshan also star.

The actress has been studying Cantonese and martial arts for the film. »

- Garth Franklin

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Song Hye-kyo Joins The Grand Master

21 December 2009 9:02 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Korean actress Song Hye-kyo has joined Wong Kar Wai's The Grand Master, according to Variety. The film centers around martial-arts master Ip Man, who trained Bruce Lee. Tony Leung Chiu Wai will portray Ip Man, while Wong regulars Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang and veteran Zhao Benshan also star. The actress is learning Cantonese and martial arts in preparation for her supporting role in the movie. Production is currently underway. »

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Wong Kar-Wai Chooses His Action Lady: Song Hye-Gyo

20 December 2009 4:47 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Ha... Last time we dealt with Miss Song, quite the peculiar shitstorm ensued: we snarkily mentioned a Chinese news report claiming that Song Hye-Gyo and Wentworth Miller would join Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa's 急先锋 (Vanguard), then some Korean "journalists" passed our piece through the good ole Babelfish, which likely made them believe we had some kind of scoop and it was all signed and ready to go (of course, it wasn't the case). Song's management was clearly ticked off by the news, claiming they hadn't heard a thing about the project, making it the umpteenth case of Chinese media playing wishful thinking. But this time we can safely say it's not the case, as Wong Kar-Wai has just cast Song Hye-Gyo for his upcoming Yip Man biopic 一代宗师 (The Great Master).

Stella Entertainment tried to keep this under wraps, but the news was leaked today by the Chinese media, »

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Sophie's Revenge review

19 December 2009 11:02 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The dark side of mainland China's domestic film industry flexing its muscles on the world stage ('We can too compete') is when it takes Hollywood self-indulgence and refines it into something many times worse. Witness Eva Jin's Sophie's Revenge, where superstar Zhang Ziyi (The Banquet, 2046) tries her hand at daffy romantic comedy - the resulting disaster is an odious misfire on just about every level and a definite front runner for worst film of 2009.

Zhang (who also produced) clearly sees the film as some kind of glossy hybrid of Jeunet & Caro whimsy paired off with the mass-market appeal Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock used to have. The very first scene is a flight of fantasy, her eponymous artist imagining a television interview as wartime film noir interrogation.

Her doting public want to know what the inspiration behind her new comic 'The Love Handbook' was. Cue the film as lengthy flashback, »

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SAG Awards 2010: Predictions – Best Ensemble

16 December 2009 4:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James Cameron’s Avatar: best long-toothed ensemble blue cast The nominations for the 2010 SAG Awards will be announced tomorrow morning by Michelle Monaghan and Chris O’Donnell. As usual, expect some surprises. In the past, SAG voters — only a relatively small group of SAG members vote on the nominations — have made unexpected choices such as Dev Patel for best supporting actor in Slumdog Millionaire, best actress nods for Ziyi Zhang in Memoirs of a Geisha and Patricia Clarkson in The Station Agent, and best ensemble nods for 3:10 to Yuma, Hairspray, and Hustle & Flow. My SAG Award predictions are probably as accurate as the ones I made for the Golden Globes a while back. In [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Tracking Shot December 2009: It's Kind of a Funny Story, The Grand Master, Super

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a handful of projects that we feel are worth signaling out and that are moments away from lensing. We can expect a surge in film productions starts in January, but the month of December is short on film productions, yet we still have a trio of titles that are worth following. - At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a handful of projects that we feel are worth signaling out and that are moments away from lensing. We can expect a surge in film productions starts in January, but the month of December is short on film productions, yet we still have a trio of titles that are worth following. The B&W picture above is one of a young Bruce Lee and his martial arts professor Yip Man (not to be confused with »

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Wong Kar Wai Takes on A 'Master' Legend in December

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

In the Mood for Love's Wong Kar Wai is indeed close to a production start with his next oeuvre, the Bruce Lee project which either goes by the title The Grand Master or The Great Master. I'm going with Grand. The news that a December to April shoot.... - At the exact moment where I'm looking forwards and backwards, compiling my top 100 Most Anticipated Films list to see in 2010 and my top 100 films of the decade lists, comes word that In the Mood for Love's Wong Kar Wai is indeed close to a production start with his next oeuvre, the Bruce Lee project which either goes by the title The Grand Master or The Great Master. I'm going with Grand. The news that a December to April shoot is expected comes via Twitchfilm, which means that if everything goes My Blueberry Nights like »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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Wayne Wang is a 'Fan' of Ziyi Zhang

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

You can bet Wayne Wang won't be premiering this one on Youtube. Unlike the fate of his last two films (The Princess of Nebraska and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers), if Wang does follow threw with this project, you can pretty much beat it'll come with the same buzz that was wrapped around Memoirs of a Geisha for the better part of two decades. - You can bet Wayne Wang won't be premiering this one on Youtube. Unlike the fate of his last two films (The Princess of Nebraska and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers), if Wang does follow threw with this project, you can pretty much beat it'll come with the same buzz that was wrapped around Memoirs of a Geisha for the better part of two decades. Production Weekly's twitterfeed announced that Ziyi Zhang will be one of the lead actresses in the pair that are »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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Gong Li Joining Wong Kar-Wai's 一代宗师 (The Great Master)?

8 December 2009 5:07 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Bit of the good ole Chinese-style publicity stunt today on Chinese news portals, with more casting news concerning Wong Kar-Wai's upcoming Yip Man biopic 一代宗师 (The Great Master). It's not the news most everyone was waiting for - a confirmation on the Brigitte Lin issue, or lack thereof - but I guess it's good enough: the new name which is emerging is Gong Li, who would join forces with Wong for the first time since Eros. Local media reports indicated yesterday that Gong would play the head matron of a martial arts clan, but her management played coy, saying that they haven't received any offer, although - and here's the key - they're on good terms with Wong Kar-Wai, so they'd certainly be open to the idea of participating in the film. They say any final announcement will come from Wong's side, so it's probably a matter of time before ink is spilled. »

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Golden Horse Awards: Maggie Cheung, Ang Lee, Leon Dai, Tsai Ming-liang

30 November 2009 6:07 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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

Winners

Best Picture: No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti

Best Director: Leon Dai, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Wong Kar-Wai's 一代宗师 (The Great Master) Starts Shooting!

24 November 2009 2:22 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

You know the word deadline and Wong Kar-Wai weren't meant to be put in the same sentence, but it's good to know that the wheels are finally in motion. As it's been widely announced before, we're dealing with another story about the legendary Wing Chun pioneer played by Donnie Yen in 葉問 (Ip Man), but with Wong at the helm you know things will be a little different.

一代宗师 (The Great Master) brings back Wong regular Tony Leung, who will be paired with Zhang Ziyi and veteran Zhao Benshan (who recently suffered a cerebral aneurysm, but is seemingly fine now). Reports are circulating that Wong and his stars Leung, Zhang and Zhang Zhen were in Kaiping (Guangdong Province) for the usual pre-shoot ceremony, and that the film will shoot there from December 12 to April 18. No other information at the moment, other than rumors indicating that Brigitte Lin will make her »

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Zhang Ziyi Wants Shu Qi for Secret Fan Adaptation

23 November 2009 12:19 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

....aaaand she's saying no.

It's a no with a long list of "official" reasons in all likelihood (schedule conflicts and whatnot), but the Chinese press is going straight for the jugular, suggesting that the very revealing, all-nude scenes she would have had to shoot with Zhang Ziyi - including one where the characters write on each other's bodies - were the culprit. Shu notoriously started her career very young with a few Cat. III flicks and a nude photoshoot (Google is your friend, unless you're at work), after which she always tried to distance herself from anything even remotely associated with nudity, so it's understandable. Zhang is still trying to convince Shu and her management, but speculation as to whom will be her next choice should negotiations fail is already heating up, with netizens suggesting names like Fan Bingbing (not a snowball's chance in hell), Ruby Lin, Yao Chen, and »

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Asian film biz preps for world market

23 November 2009 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hong Kong -- On his just-completed swing through some of the Confucian parts of Asia -- China, Japan, Singapore and South Korea -- President Obama faced issues with which the film industry in this part of the world already is familiar.

These include issues of market access, a China that is pushing ahead as a regional superpower but already wants to play on a global stage and a string of Asian economies that largely have pulled out of recession and are out of step with a lumbering U.S.

Precisely how Asia's film industries deal with the rise of China and the new local balance of power isn't clear. It won't be without its bumps, but the biggest surprise might be how easily the rest of Asia falls in line.

"We could be entering an era of interdependence within Asian cinema," says Lee Joo-ick, a Korean producer who recently completed "The Warrior's Way, »

- By Patrick Frater

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Five Actresses Who Should Play the Black Cat in Spider-Man 4, And Three Who Shouldn’t

18 November 2009 9:48 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If you read a lot of movie blogs, chances are that you've seen plenty of suggestions about this week's top rumor, the question of who should play The Black Cat in Spider-Man 4. You can throw all of those suggestions out the window. Because as you know, it isn't worth reading until we weigh in on the topic. And with that, I would like to suggest our own list of ladies who should be wearing tight outfits and sneaking into NYC banks. Initially the rumor was that Wedding Crashers starlet Rachel McAdams would be slipping on a tight cat burglar outfit and playing Felicia Hardy -- the noble, sweet and oh-so-dangerous villainess who once captured the heart of Spider-man. But that was squashed as an "internet rumor." As well, there has also been word that Julia Stiles has read for the part. But nothing is certain for director Sam Raimi, as »

- Neil Miller

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Killer Imports: Coweb

16 November 2009 9:03 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Killer Imports [1] is a regular feature on Film Junk where we explore foreign-language films from around the world that haven’t yet had their chance to shine. Whenever I appear on the Film Junk podcast and review a film, I invariably have a negative opinion. And when I write film reviews for the Film Junk web site, I invariably have a positive opinion, even for films that many Film Junk readers would consider bad. The discrepancy has to do with the fact that I don’t get to choose which films to review on the podcast. I find it easier to give reasons on why I like something rather than why I don’t like something. So for me, writing a positive review is easier to write and seems more worthwhile since someone may be influenced by a positive review to watch a film that I feel deserves attention. No »

- Reed

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Birthday Suits: Good Hair, and Good Music.

14 November 2009 7:29 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Celebrating the birthdays of the film-famous. If it's your birthday, we'll sing you a happy one in the comments.

Louise Brooks, Veronica Lake and Josh Duhamel

1906 Louise Brooks, dancer, silent film actress, icon, quotable diva, film critic, memoirist, ...Lost Girl, Lulu. Her hair is legend.

1908 Joseph McCarthy, he saw only Red(s). He's been a villainous figure in movies ever since, whether seen, unseen or fictionalized. See: Guilty by Suspicion, The Way We Were, The Manchurian Candidate, Good Night, and Good Luck. and many more...

1919 Veronica Lake, femme fatale, purveyor of the peek-a-boo bang (her hair also being legend). Kim Basinger didn't even have to get "cut" to look like this goddess in La Confidential. She just had to sell those glorious blonde waves.

1945 Paul Hirsch, editor of Carrie, Star Wars (Oscar win), Ferris Bueller's Day Off and more...

1951 Zhang Yimou, fine director, awesome goddess worshipper. Think of what he »

- NATHANIEL R

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