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Halifax -- Hollywood's most fattening movies point the camera at compelling chefs. Recall Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, Tony Shalhoub in Big Night and Catherine Zeta-Jones in No Reservations. Those movies brought audiences into gilded pantries, while also bringing dirty pots and pans into the open. But European and other foreign food-themed movies mostly feature the big dinner, where eating well is the best revenge against life's woes and ills. Remember the mighty gorge in Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast, Alfonso Arau's Like Water for Chocolate, Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, Lasse Hallstrom's Chocolat and Juzo Itami's Tampopo.
- Etan Vlessing
Movies about food are often successful when the chef onscreen not only make audiences’ mouths water, but also convey emotion behind every chop, stir or toss. Think of the life-altering meal for ascetics in Babette’s Feast, the cooking of Sunday dinner as a father’s way of communicating with his family in Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman or even the sheer joy of cooking exhibited by Remy in Ratatouille. »
Exclusive: Ang Lee, who won the Oscar for directing Life Of Pi, will next take his 3D camera technology in a new intriguing direction. I’ve learned that Lee has set up his next project at Universal Pictures, and it’s described to me as an epic look at the boxing world of the 1960s and 1970s, as seen through the prism of its biggest rivalries and greatest fights. That will include the showdown between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali that was called the Thrilla In Manila. Peter Morgan will write the script. The movie will have a narrative that connects the 3D depiction of some of boxing’s great fights, and Lee will produce the film with his longtime producing partner James Schamus. Schamus, who is CEO of Universal-based Focus Features, has collaborated in a writing/producing capacity with Lee on films that range from Eat Drink Man Woman to Sense And Sensibility, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Ang Lee does not like to repeat himself. Just look at his films and see if there is anything that thematically or visually ties them together: The Ice Storm, Eat Drink Man Woman, Sense And Sensibility, Hulk, Brokeback Mountain, Life Of Pi, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Each is a unique genre and has a distinct visual flair. The only consistent things about Ang Lee are his varied tastes and impeccable skill as a filmmaker. That being said, his next project is just as out there as anything »
- Alex Maidy
Coming off of his second Oscar win for Best Director, Ang Lee is as fierce a filmmaking force as ever. But even if his name comes with a sheen of prestige, it doesn’t change a broad range of topics and tones that he’s been able to capture on screen. This is the man who made the Civil War-era Ride with the Devil and contemporary dramedy Eat Drink Man Woman. Not to mention Brokeback Mountain right after Hulk. The man’s versatile. So here’s a bit of free film school (for fans and filmmakers alike) from the Crouching Tiger From Taiwan. Make What You Don’t Know “I did a women’s movie, and I’m not a woman. I did a gay movie, and I’m not gay. I learned as I went along.” Imagine that. You can step outside your own experiences and make something poetic and meaningful. Or »
- Scott Beggs
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For: “Phil” from The Hangover
Previous Oscar Nominations: None
Interesting Fact: Was a medalist on the Men's Heavyweight Crew team at Georgetown University.
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Previously Best Known For:
“Bill Cutting” from Gangs of New York
“Daniel Plainview” from There Will Be Blood
Previous Oscar Nominations: 4
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for There Will Be Blood (2007)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for Gangs of New York (2002)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for In The Name of The Father (1993)
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for My Left Foot (1989)
Interesting Fact: He first became interested in acting when he learned to replicate the accent and mannerisms of people in his neighborhood to avoid standing out to bullies.
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