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Screenwriter, producer and former Focus Features exec James Schamus is set to receive the 18th annual Outfest Achievement Award at this year's edition of Outfest Los Angeles. As a screenwriter, and producer, Schamus most closely collaborated with Ang Lee on "The Ice Storm," "The Wedding Banquet" and the Oscar-nominated gay romance classic "Brokeback Mountain"; as CEO of Focus Features, his mark is indelibly felt on the quality of the output during his tenure. His next screenplay, "The Moon and the Sun," a period romantic fantasy, will be seen onscreen in 2015. As we saw last year at the Legacy Award event for Lee Daniels, Outfest knows how to throw a party. Schamus will be honored on Thursday, July 10 at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Past honorees include Kimberly Peirce, John Waters, Jane Lynch, Bill Condon, Gregg Araki, Todd Haynes, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman ,Gus Van Sant and Ian McKellen -- in other words, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The award is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to Lgbt film and media.
Schamus will receive the award prior to Outfest’s opening night gala screening of “Life Partners” on July 10 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
Schamus co-founded Focus Features in 2002 and departed last October as part of a restructuring.
“The scope and the depth of James’s work as a writer, producer and studio head, has had a tremendous impact on the Lgbt community,” said Kirsten Schaffer, exec director of Outfest. “He has shepherded stories and storytellers who have defined the Lgbt experience for three decades — from the new queer cinema films of Tom Kalin and Todd Haynes to the boundary-pushing ‘Pariah »
- Dave McNary
Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner Bros. Pictures have signed on as co-financiers and co-producers of Desen International Media’s 3D fantasy adventure Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, it was announced today in Shanghai.
The film is set for release in China on February 19, 2015, the first day of the Chinese New Year.
Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner will profit from the film’s revenues in mainland China, and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia will have distribution rights in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand; while Warner Bros. will handle distribution in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Beijing Enlight Pictures has also joined the project as a co-financier and Mainland China co-distributor. Other Chinese co-financiers include actor Chen Kun’s production company K. Pictures and Shenzhen-based Wu’s Entertainment.
Zhao Tianyu (The Law of Atttraction) [pictured] will direct a cast including Chen Kun (The Painted »
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Shanghai — Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner Bros. Pictures are to co-finance and co-produce 3-D Chinese fantasy film “Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal.”
The film is now in production and is produced by Desen International Media. It is set for release in Feb. 2015 in time for a major Chinese New Year outing.
Directed by Zhao Tianyu (“The Law of Attraction”), “Snow Girl” stars Chen Kun (“The Painted Skin,” “Bends”), Li Bingbing (“Transformers 4”,) Winston Chao (“Eat Drink Man Woman,” “The Wedding Banquet”,) Yang Zishan (“So Young”,) Bao Bei-er (“So Young”,) and Jike Junyi (“Outcast”).
The story sees legendary anti-hero Zhong Kui as a young man endowed with mysterious powers, forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in order to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.
- Patrick Frater
"Game of Thrones" returned on Sunday night, and in the aftermath of King Joffrey Baratheon's murder, Tyrion found himself in trouble, Tywin forged a new alliance, and there was a disturbing interaction between Cersei and Jaime.
Sansa sailed free with someone who appeared to be involved in Joffrey's death, Jon Snow warned The Wall again of Mance Rayder, and The Hound broke his code in Season 4, Episode 3 - "Breaker of Chains."
Here's our blow-by-blow recap of the episode:
Photos: 'Game Of Thrones' Characters Who Have Died On The Show
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Between its two weekends, CAAMFest adheres to a civilized program of evening screenings that begin at 6 pm or later and encourage you to see one or two movies an evening -- civilized, except for the fact that driving over the bridge from the East Bay in order to arrive in Japantown by showtime required an hour. I planned to leave earlier in order to savor a bowl of freshly-made noodles at the delightful Suzu Noodle House right next door to the Kabuki, as well as cut down on the actual drive time, but that never happened. I was lucky enough to grab a package of gyoza from the takeout area of the excellent Nijiya Market, halfway in-between the Kabuki and the New People Cinema. And I needed it for Monday's first film, Ang Lee's 1994 "Eat Drink Man Woman," charmingly introduced by Ted Hope -- erstwhile Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society, »
- Meredith Brody
Asia was the big winner at the 64th Berlin Film Festival, taking home four Bears, including the Golden Bear for Best Film and Silver Bear for Best Actor (Liao Fan) for Diao Yinan’s Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo).Click here for full list of winners
Another of the three Chinese titles, Blind Massage, picked up the Silver Bear for Outstanding Achievement, which again went to a cinematographer, Zeng Jian. Last year had seen DoP Aziz Zhambakiyev receive the prize for his camerawork on Harmony Lessons.
There were a further six prizes or special mentions for films from Asia in the decisions of the Generation and independent juries (Fipresci and Netpac).
Black Coal, Thin Ice is the fourth Chinese film to win the Golden »
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James Schamus will serve as president of the International Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival next month. With an impressive fellow jury including Barbara Broccoli, Trine Dyrholm, Mitra Faharani, Greta Gerwig, Michel Gondry, Tony Leung and Christoph Waltz, Schamus and company will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2014 Berlinale Competition. Schamus made news late last year when he left a restructuring Focus Features, the company he led since 2002. Full list of jury members below, with bios care of the Berlinale. James Schamus, Jury President, USA In his capacity as a producer, James Schamus has been responsible not only for the Academy Award-winning film Brokeback Mountain, but also for numerous other Ang Lee films, including The Wedding Banquet, which won the Berlinale Golden Bear in 1993. James Schamus also wrote the script for the Ang Lee film The Ice Storm and was co-writer of Crouching Tiger, »
The other members of the jury, which will pick the winners of the Golden Bear and Silver Bears, will be Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, 007 producer Barbara Broccoli, Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, Iranian filmmaker Mitra Faharani, American thesp-scribe Greta Gerwig, French filmmaker Michel Gondry and Hong Kong-born thesp Tony Leung Chiu-wai.
As head of Focus Features, he backed such pics as “Far from Heaven,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Lost in Translation,” “Milk,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Kids Are All Right,” which won Berlin’s Teddy Award.
- Leo Barraclough
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