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Getting one phone call from Harvey Weinstein would be enough for many actors to commit to a role. But it took one phone call a week, for several weeks, to get martial arts star Donnie Yen to commit to the Weinstein Co.‘s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel.
“At first I was a little hesitant,” Yen said during a discussion with Weinstein and director Yuen Woo-Ping at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.
The kung-fu expert, who has shown off his skills in pics like Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” and the “Iron Monkey” films, praised the original 2000 “Crouching Tiger,” and said he had concerns about how to improve on it. Eventually, though, Yen said that “as an actor,” he couldn’t pass up the challenge.
Weinstein’s love of Asian cinema and martial arts is well-known, and he talked about being influenced by Akira Kurosawa.
Weinstein said that when »
- Rachel Abrams
Above: Via blogger John Sisson at Dreams of Space, the daily science publication io9 has unearthed a hilarious comic strip adaptation of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey from, of all things, a 1968 Howard Johnson's children's menu.
"Coppola's films, like those of Brian de Palma or some of Spielberg's, are the mannerist side of American cinema. How can one define this mannerism? Nothing happens to human beings, everything happens to images - to Images. Images become characters with pathos, pawns in the game. We tremble for them, we want them to be kindly treated, they are no longer just produced by the camera, but manufactured outside it, and its 'pre-visualization,' thanks to video, is the object »
It seemed to be some sort of rule of thumb with the more iconic of horror baddies – the bigger you are then the harder and much more spectacularly you fall, usually amidst a climatic showcase of visual effects that have stretched the already limited budget of the film to near breaking point. I guess that's part of their enduring appeal. I mean, would Dracula really have been as unforgettable as he is if he was easily snuffed out by a simple baseball bat to the dome? Could you imagine watching a version of King Kong where the ape was simply put down like Old Yeller instead of being shot down from the top of the Empire State building? Some of these deaths have become as iconic as the villain themselves, complimenting the closing of the film with some final reel fireworks. Even a nameless henchman has a fighting chance for »
- Aaron Williams
Taking a break from his excellent Resident Evil films, Paul W.S. Anderson is now set to direct a 3D version of the story of Pompeii. A story which seems to have slipped between the cracks: Abel Ferrara, on top of securing funds for his Dominique Strauss-Kahn film, has also landed funding for his movie about the last day in the life of Pier Paolo Pasolini. Starring Willem Dafoe, Ferrara has been looking to make this film since the early 90s.
Via French Actress Marie Ruchat's official website: Jean-Luc Godard and his cinematographer Fabrice Aragno on the set of Godard's latest, Adieu au langage. Dan Duray takes a look back at Kathryn Bigelow's early career as a painter and her life in New York's art scene: "(...) In New York, she would find herself surrounded by art of a very different kind. While Ms. Bigelow has been reluctant to »
4 items from 2013
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