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Wong Kar Wai’s ‘Grandmaster’ to Release in 3D in October (Exclusive)
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
First Look at Nicole Kidman in 'Paddington', Plus a New Poster
The Weinstein Co. just sent over the above first look at Nicole Kidman in the upcoming live-action/CG-hybrid feature Paddington, the new movie based on the beloved fictional character from children's literature created by Michael Bond in 1958, along with a new teaser poster for the film at the bottom of this post. Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) with a passion for all things British who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck -- "Please look after this bear. Thank you." -- and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of »
- Brad Brevet
Harry Belafonte, Hayao Miyazaki, Maureen O'Hara to get honorary Oscars
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will bestow actor/singer/producer Harry Belafonte with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at a stand-alone ceremony on Nov. 8 in Hollywood. French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, Japanese animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, and actress Maureen O’Hara will also receive honorary Oscars for their lifetime contributions to film at the sixth annual ceremony to be held separately from the annual Oscar telecast.
“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these »
- Nicole Sperling
How Many Have You Seen? Read Bill Hader's List Of 200 Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See
Here's a fun fact about Bill Hader you might not know: he's a major film buff. Yep, the "Saturday Night Live" veteran likes his Criterion Collection movies as much as the next cinephile, and his knowledge rolls pretty deep, and now he's sharing his love of cinema in a pretty unique way. Inside the book "Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers" by Mike Sacks, Hader provides his list of 200 movies every comedy writer should see. So yes, you'll see the usual staples from folks like Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks, and Charlie Chaplin, but there are some nice, not so obvious picks too. Billy Wilder's scathing "Ace In The Hole" notches a spot, so too does Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" and Robert Altman's "Nashville." So now the big question: how many have you seen? Here's all 200 and let us know in the comments section. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
How Christian Berger Shot the Twin Horrors of Hungary's 'The Notebook' in CinemaScope
Janos Szasz's "The Notebook," last year's foreign Oscar film entry from Hungary, explores the dark side of inseparability. And Dp Christian Berger ("The White Ribbon"), who is now busy prepping Angelina Jolie's next directorial effort, "By the Sea," which will co-star the newly married Jolie and Brad Pitt, was immediately drawn to the brutal topic. "I was right away fascinated by the novel from Agota Christof and her stringent and radical story about the eternal fight between barbarism and civilization, and how thin the skin is," recalls the Austrian Berger, who is accustomed to dealing with this eternal fight through his longtime collaboration with director Michael Haneke. "Janos wanted to change his style of filming with that project and I think that was one of his reason's to ask me for that collaboration. And it was a collaboration in the best way. How he was directing the twins was really great. »
- Bill Desowitz
Warner Bros., Michael Bay Find Writer to Rev Up ‘Cosmic Motors’ (Exclusive)
The project is based on Daniel Simon’s 2007 concept art book of the same name that features futuristic vehicle designs. Simon has worked in Hollywood as the lead vehicle designer on “Tron: Uprising” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” and as a concept illustrator on “Oblivion.”
Ward is currently writing “Arabian Knights,” which was based on an original pitch, for Universal with Imagine producing, and recently wrapped work on “Underworld V.”
Bay is on board to produce “Cosmic Motors.” He directed “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the only 2014 movie to gross over $1 billion worldwide, and produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “The Purge: Anarchy.”
Ward is repped by Wme and managed by Management 360.
- Dave McNary
Review: Underground Found Footage Horror Movie 'As Above, So Below'
Up until now Legendary Pictures has been a production company exclusively associated with high concept, big budget popcorn fare (they've been responsible for everything from Christopher Nolan's Batman movies to "Pacific Rim") but with the success of "Paranormal Activity" and similarly low cost, found footage genre material, the studio is branching out by going small. This week's "As Above, So Below," a grainy, archeology-themed found footage movie that uneasily mixes "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with "Flatliners," is the first effort in this new initiative. And while the movie certainly has its share of thrills, it's pretty clear that it lacks that zeitgeist-capturing magic that the best low budget horror films offer; if Legendary is looking for a potential franchise, they might have to dig elsewhere. Even with its ridiculously pretentious title, "As Above, So Below," has the most basic of genre set-ups: a team of »
- Drew Taylor
12 Picks for the SXSW PanelPicker
Not five months after the mammoth festival wraps, SXSW opens up their PanelPicker site, an online forum which aggregates all industry and filmmaker programming pitches for their next conference. Last year, I went through the offerings and highlighted 15 that piqued my interest; this year, the stakes are higher, and I’m down to 12 from the 183 listed. You have till September 5 to vote on your favorites. How “High Maintenance” Is Redefining Storytelling I fondly recall the day former Managing Editor Nick Dawson sent me a link to an episode of High Maintenance some 18 months back. Since then, Ben Sinclair and […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Aardman Offers a New 'Shaun the Sheep: The Movie' Trailer
This is apparently the second teaser trailer for Aardman's Shaun the Sheep: The Movie. I didn't even know there was a first one so... I guess I'm a little slow on the uptake. That being said, Aardman does some good work, particularly with their Wallace and Gromit characters and Chicken Run, so this could be worth a watch... some day. Mark Burton (Gnomeo & Juliet) co-wrote the feature and is directing the movie which finds Shaun, the titular sheep, deciding to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. The movie is set to hit UK theaters in February 6, 2015, no telling if/when »
- Brad Brevet
Watch: Hugh Grant Swaps Hollywood for Hallowed Halls ‘The Rewrite’
Lionsgate has released a new trailer for “The Rewrite” starring Hugh Grant. The film features the actor as Keith Michaels, a once successful Oscar-winning screenwriter who is now desperate and broke enough to take a teaching job at a small college.
Marisa Tomei costars as Holly Carpenter, a middle-aged woman completing her college education. J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney appear in supporting roles. The film is written and directed by Marc Lawrence, who previously directed Grant in “Music and Lyrics,” “Two Weeks Notice” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”
- Kevin Noonan
Iran's Tales selected for int'l festivals
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s feature, which upset Iranian censors, is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
Tales, the new film from acclaimed Iranian female director-writer-producer Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, is set to travel the globe following its world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6).
The film, sold by Paris-based Noori Pictures, has now been selected for multiple festivals. Following its Venice premiere, Tales will be screened at Toronto, the London Film Festival, the Viennale, Busan, Thessaloniki and Filmfest Hamburg.
Bani-Etemad actually shot Tales two years ago but it could not be shown during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Its frank depiction of contemporary Iranian society, of the plight of women in the country and of the difficulties facing workers and students, upset the censors.
Now, under Ahmadinejad’s successor, Hassan Rouhani, there has been a cultural thaw and the film can finally be seen at home and abroad.
“It is a very »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Watch: Trailer For Documentary 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' Presents A Classic Rap Album
Can documentaries about famous rap groups and albums be a new thing please? A few years ago we got the excellent "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest," detailing the fascinating and incredible story of the highly influential hip hop group, and now comes "Nas: Time Is Illmatic," another snapshot of a rapper who has inspired a generation of artists. Directed by One9 (huh?) and featuring the participation of Nas, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., DJ Premier, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys and more, the movie goes twenty years back in time to 1994, when Illmatic dropped and turned heads everywhere. The doc chronicles Nas' influences, his life story and career—which saw him signing to major label at 20 years old—and how he developed his unique artistic voice. "Nas: Time Is Illmatic" arrives in select theaters beginning October 1st and on nationwide VOD »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Legal Setback Could Push Comic-Con Out of San Diego
San Diego Comic-Con keeps getting bigger, but San Diego does not. While some new hotels have gone up in the past several years, the convention center itself, and of course the city around it, has stayed the same size. Two years ago, amid bids from several other major cities, the convention signed a contact to stay […]
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- Germain Lussier
New Shaun The Sheep The Movie Trailer Moves to New Pastures
Aardman Animation has released a new Shaun the Sheep the Movie trailer for the upcoming spinoff of the studio’s Wallace and Gromit franchise. The story finds the titular sheep becoming responsible for the Farmer being taken away from the farm, after which it’s up to Shaun and his fellow flock to travel to the Big City to rescue him. I’m actually not terribly familiar with the characters myself as it’s been some time since I saw a Wallace and Gromit movie, but Shaun the Sheep the Movie appears to skew a bit younger in audience if I recall correctly. Nevertheless, the pic looks to be a cute enough adventure story, and it’s always nice to see stop-motion animation on the big screen. Hit the jump to watch the new Shaun the Sheep the Movie trailer. The film opens in the UK on February 6, 2015. Here’s »
- Adam Chitwood
'The Unseen Arnold' and a Young Shane Black
Taken from one of the many (or perhaps all) of the DVD/Blu-ray releases of Predator over the years, and brought to my attention by Refocused Media, just below is the DVD extra "The Unseen Arnold", which features the cast and crew of Predator talking about how great it is to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger. amz asin="B00G0OHMUG" size="small"Now there's nothing revelatory about this video, but I'm posting it because I found the inclusion of a young Shane Black to be entertaining as he played Hawkins in the film before became known as the screenwriter of Lethal Weapon, director of Iron Man 3 and possible director of a new Predator film. Give it a watch, it's a fun distraction on a Friday afternoon. »
- Brad Brevet
Producer Ted Hope: Indies Need to Take the Next Step
One of the pivotal figures of independent filmmaking during the fertile period of the 1990s and 2000s, Ted Hope has produced films by auteurs including Ang Lee, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Solondz, Todd Haynes, Bart Freundlich, Todd Fields and Michel Gondry. Last year, he wrote he would no longer depend on producing to make a living, but he remains passionate about creating, and about helping the indie movie business model evolve. “I want to make films that lift the world and our culture higher — and our current way of doing things does just the opposite,” he wrote at the time. After serving for a year as director of the San Francisco Film Festival, he became CEO of San Francisco-based Fandor, an online subscription film service. “Hope for Film” grew out of his writing on his longtime blog.
Why were the 1990s such a fertile period for indies?
It was clear people »
- Pat Saperstein
Excerpt: Producer Sees New Opportunities for Independent Films in ‘Hope for Film’
I started using the phrase “a complete systems reboot” to describe what was needed for the film industry. Unless this happened, we were fated to stay mired in an outdated and unsustainable model. In the 1990s, two key tactics of independent producers were to make movies for underserved audiences and to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace. Independent film used to be a business of singles, not home runs — where a producer aimed for a million-dollar box office gross on a $200,000 spend. This approach allowed directors to experiment and take real risks in both form and content. And it worked because there were more newspaper film critics, arthouse theaters and foreign sales. But then “Pulp Fiction” exploded on the scene, and independent filmmaking became the business of profit margins rather than the underserved audience. You now had to make movies for everyone (be it “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Juno” or “Crouching Tiger, »
- Ted Hope
Cutting Production Costs With Cheaper Previs?
At the Siggraph computer graphics conference in Vancouver earlier this month, Method Studios president Marc Weigert declared an ambitious goal: Make previsualization inexpensive enough to use for an entire feature film — more specifically, for the cost of no more than two shooting days.
That would permit complete films to be viewed as a rough animation — as animated features are today — before the actual shooting begins. Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” was previs’d just this way, but the process is now too costly.
“Almost every movie these days has expensive re-shoots, expensive re-doing of visual effects,” Weigert says. “By just doing (previs for the whole feature), you’ll save one or two shooting days. Even if you don’t actually save the shooting days, you’ll save the equivalent in post-production.”
Weigert proposes showing the previs to test audiences to find story problems.
To make his case, he points to an »
- David S. Cohen
International Star You Should Know: Richard Sammel
While European TV fans may know 53-year-old Richard Sammel as the Nazi police chief in love with the mayor of Villeneuve’s wife in “Un Village Francais,” American moviegoers are more likely to remember him as the German sergeant at the wrong end of Eli Roth’s baseball bat in “Inglourious Basterds.” Currently, he’s Thomas Eichhorst, a mysterious figure with an unnatural past, on FX’s “The Strain.”
The Heidelberg native, who studied music and dance, as well as theater, says his break came when he was cast in Giorgio Barberio Corsetti’s 1989 international legit production “Durante la costruzione della muraglia cinese” (During the Construction of the Chinese Wall), which put him in touch with Susan Strasberg, under whom he studied. “The stage is big and impressive; it’s all about exposure,” he says. “Method acting was exactly the opposite.”
Sammel most wants to make a mark in America. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Wong Kar-wai Returns in 3D
China wants to embolden its film presence in Hollywood. What better way than to take a masterpiece from one of its most widely celebrated auteurs and repurpose it in glorious 3D? Wong Kar-wai's ravishing martial arts epic "The Grandmaster" has been set for re-release in 3-D this October. A wide release is expected from its original Chinese distributor and co-producer Bona Fide Films. Gener8 Media is handling the conversion, which Wong has supervised. This exuberantly choreographed, sweeping chronicle of the life of Ip Man starring Wong regular Tony Leung became one of the Hong Kong auteur's biggest international successes in 2013. It played well in Us theaters as well, in spite of a whittled down Weinstein cut that all but handed the story to you on a silver platter. Variety reports: “This is likely to be a special edition, probably resembling the so called U.S.-cut, but with added unseen footage, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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