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Wme Signs ‘The Mermaid’ Co-Writer Lu Zhengyu (Exclusive)
Wme has signed Chinese actor-filmmaker Lu Zhengyu, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
Lu is a protégé of Hong Kong-based superstar director Stephen Chow and served on the writing team for 2013’s Journey to the West and 2016’s The Mermaid, which at $527 million was China’s all-time highest-grossing film until that record was broken by Wolf Warrior 2 last month. Lu appeared onscreen in both Journey to the West and The Mermaid and served as executive director, a position similar to first assistant director in the U.S. but described as having more responsibilities.
In the vein of Chow’s own »
- Rebecca Sun
Alamo Drafthouse Severs Ties With Harry Knowles Over Sexual Assault Allegations
2 hours ago
Drafthouse CEO Tim League, already reeling from the Devin Faraci scandal, released a statement on Monday night which said the company had "severed all ties with Harry Knowles and he is no longer affiliated with the company in any capacity."
League added that the company was "striving to better respond to allegations of sexual assault and harassment, and will take actions so those who work at the theater or attend as a guest are not »
- Abid Rahman
Leads Set for Broadway-Bound 'Pretty Woman' Musical
3 hours ago
The perennially popular 1990 rom-com Pretty Woman, about a Hollywood Boulevard hooker who gets rescued by a wealthy businessman and then rescues him right back, is one step closer to its new incarnation as a stage musical.
Lead producer Paula Wagner has announced plans for a Chicago tryout in spring 2018 before bouncing to Broadway in the fall. Also confirmed are the lead actors taking on the roles played onscreen by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
- David Rooney
'Marshall': Film Review
3 hours ago
It was a pre-racial-integration case like many others, a poor black man accused of assaulting and raping a wealthy white woman; one person's word against the other's, and guess who wins. But this one was a bit different in that one of the two attorneys for the defense was Thurgood Marshall, in the early 1940s working for the NAACP and two decades later to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall is a solid, straightforward courtroom drama with proud liberal credentials, one that could have been made by Norman Jewison around 1967. But it »
- Todd McCarthy
Tommy Lee Jones to Head Tokyo Film Festival Jury
6 hours ago
Tommy Lee Jones will head the jury at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff), organizers announced Tuesday at the line-up press conference.
Jones will be joined on the jury by Chinese actress Zhao Wei, Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi, French director/writer Martin Provost and local actor Masatoshi Nagase to judge the 15 features in the main competition.
The opening film will be Fullmetal Alchemist, a live-action take on a popular manga/anime franchise, the first local production to open the event in a decade. Organizers were aiming for a big international film for its 30th edition after having to settle for Florence »
- Gavin J. Blair