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The 28th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival took place from the 22th until the 31th of October in the great city of Tokyo. This ten day event is the only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (Fiapf). It started in 1985 and since then it became one of the most important festival in the world. The festival offers the audience a great chance to see the very best film from around the world and bring them the best national productions.
Tokyo Grand Prix
Nise – O Coração da Loucura (Nise – The Heart of Madness) by Roberto Berliner – Brazil | 2015 – 109 min.
Special Jury Prize
Nous Trois ou Rien (All Three of Us) by Kheiron – France | 2015 – 102 min.
Award for Best Director
Mustafa Kara for his film Kalandar Soğuğu (Cold of Kalandar) Turkey, Hungary | 2015 – 139 min.
Award for Best Actress
Gloria Pires for the film Nise – O »
- Sebastian Nadilo
That’s according to the man himself, who recently revealed that he’s positioned “an American version” of the hardboiled actioner as his next project following the release of the Japan-set adaptation Manhunt. Per Screen Daily, Woo revealed that:
“I have never left [Hollywood]. I still enjoy working with Hollywood. I still have a couple of projects developing in Hollywood. So after Manhunt, I probably will go back to Hollywood to make another action thriller. I’m going to make The Killer in an American version.”
Long before the modern retelling was left languishing in development, South Korean director John H. Lee was in line to helm the remake, though soon moved on when there was no tangible sign of progress. »
- Michael Briers
Screen Daily interviewed famed Chinese director John Woo to discuss his admiration for films during the Tokyo International Film Festival. Woo is known for directing action-octane films such as "The Killer" and "Hard Boiled" with actor and frequent collaborator, Chow Yun-Fat.
Woo migrated to Hollywood in the mid 90's and directed a variety of action-thrillers such as "Broken Arrow" with John Travolta and Christian Slater, "Face/Off" with Nicholas Cage and John Travolta, "Mission Impossible II" with Tom Cruise, and "Windtalkers" with Nicholas Cage and Adam Beach.
Woo has since moved from the action films of Hollywood and focused on directing other passion projects such as the two-part historical epic, "Red Cliff" and "Red Cliff II." Woo was asked if he would ever return to Hollywood with the director stating, " I have never left. I still enjoy working with Hollywood. I still have a couple of projects," said Woo, "So after Manhunt, »
- J.B. Casas
One project that has been kicked around for years has been remake of John Woo's "The Killer," produced by the filmmaker himself. South Korean helmer John H. Lee was once attached to direct but has since moved on, while John Travolta tossed his name in the ring to reteam with his "Face/Off" and "Broken Arrow" director on a redo. But not much has been heard about the movie in years, but Woo reveals he still has it on his plate. Following this two-part epic "The Crossing," the director is gearing up to helm the Japan-set "Manhunt," which is based on the novel by Juko Nishimura, and was already made into a film in 1976. And according to Woo, "The Killer" will follow. "... after 'Manhunt,' I probably will go back to Hollywood to make another action thriller. I’m going to make 'The Killer' in an American version, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hong Kong-based John Woo is one of the few directors from Asia to effectively generate multiple Hollywood studio hits, from "Face-Off" and "Broken Arrow" to "Mission: Impossible II." But lately he's been financing and releasing his films in Asia; the spectacular 2008 historic epic "Red Cliff" was released stateside. He also went historical with the two-part 1949 disaster drama "The Crossing" series, which opened in Taiwan, Singapore and China. Read More: How John Woo shot Spectacular Epic 'Red Cliff' Now the famed action director is returning to his roots, he told Screen at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where he is getting the Samurai Award. First up is a remake of the 1976 Takakura Ken thriller "Manhunt" in Japan later this year; Woo has always wanted to make a film in Japan. It's the second adaptation of Juko Nishimura's Japanese novel "Kimi Yo Fundo No Kawa No »
- Anne Thompson
So would he ever consider a return to Hollywood?
“I have never left. I still enjoy working with Hollywood. I still have a couple of projects developing in Hollywood,” the legendary Hong Kong action director told ScreenDaily at the Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 22-31).
There has long been talk of an English-language remake of The Killer, the 1989 Hong Kong assassin flick that raised Woo’s profile globally as a director of hard-boiled action films and helped launch his move »
No strangers to being on TV every Sunday, football players make their small-screen debut the moment they begin playing in the NFL. However, many pro football players have gone on to pursue acting careers, and to celebrate the start of football season, here are 13 who did! From locker rooms to dressing rooms, do you know which former NFL stars made names for themselves as performers? Bubba SmithBubba Smith spent nine years in the NFL with a few different teams, including the Colts, the Raiders and the Oilers. After retirement, however, Smith switched paths and pursued a career in acting. Best known for his role as Moses Hightower in the “Police Academy” films, Smith also made appearances on a number of TV series including “Bones” and “Family Matters,” and starred on the ABC series “Blue Thunder.” Howie LongWith his face in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a Super Bowl ring on his finger, »
Arrow fans, get ready for even more Mama Smoak. While it was already known that Charlotte Ross would be returning as Felicity’s mom, Donna Smoak, in Arrow‘s fourth season, TVLine broke the news earlier today that Ross will be appearing in not just one but three episodes. As previously reported, Ross will make her return in the sixth episode of Arrow Season 4. She will then follow that up with two more appearances in Episodes 9 and 10. Ross appeared in two episodes of Arrow Season 3, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak” and “Broken Arrow,” and her character became an instant fan favorite. When we last saw Donna, she had told Felicity that she knew that she was in love with Oliver and had given her daughter the advice to follow her heart and try to be with him. Now that Oliver and Felicity are an actual couple at the beginning of Arrow Season 4, it will… »
- Chris King
If having new episodes of shows like Game of Thrones and True Detective on-demand the night they air isn't enough to make you get HBO Now, then you really should consider getting it for the movies. A couple of Oscar season staples are coming up in August, including Birdman and The Theory of Everything. Meanwhile, favorites like Charlie's Angels and Four Weddings and a Funeral will be available on Aug. 1. Here are all the titles to look forward to on HBO Now and HBO Go, plus the movies you better watch now, before they disappear! Saturday night premieres: Aug. 1: Birdman Aug. 8 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Aug. 15: The Theory of Everything Aug. 22: Dumb and Dumber To Aug. 29: Kill the Messenger Other notable movies coming on Aug. 1: Charlie's Angels Dances With Wolves A Fish Called Wanda Four Weddings and a Funeral John Tucker Must Die »
These days, Kristin Chenoweth is everywhere — on film and TV, in concert and on the Broadway stage for eight shows a week as the Tony-nominated romantic lead Lily Garland/Mildred Plotka in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of “On the Twentieth Century.”
“This is a commitment, what I’m doing and (what) all of my fellow Broadway artists (are doing),” says the petite Oklahoman (she’s all of 4 feet, 11 inches tall) of her role as the ugly duckling piano accompanist who transforms into a swan movie star. “It’s a marathon, like being an Olympic athlete. It’s also a gift.”
And Chenoweth’s fans know it. The second she appears onstage, the audience thunderously applauds. And then comes that unmistakable voice: bigger than she is — perfect in pitch, tone and breath — from ballad to belt.
“Kristin is enormously bright and kind,” says Matthew Broderick, who starred opposite Chenoweth in »
- Thelma Adams
Segueing from Comic-Con to vacation last week, I was not able to recap The Strain‘s Season 2 opener — but I’m delighted to report that the strengths and improvements I saw when (carefully!) screening that episode on my flight to San Diego (with my 12-year-old son sitting next to me*) were still on display this Sunday.
In fact, thus far Season 2 has made only one misstep, which if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen me comment on. More on that/him in a moment.
PhotosQuotes of the Week From The Strain, UnREAL and More
This week, we learned »
I interviewed actor Christian Slater in November, 2008 for Venice Magazine. Having long had a reputation as an "enfant terrible" in his youth, Slater surprised me somewhat with his calm, measured demeanor and thoughtful outlook. He was promoting his well-reviewed, but ultimately short-lived, TV series "My Own Worst Enemy," which we discussed a bit, but Slater was eager to reflect on his entire career and life, which he did with aplomb. My other memory of the chat is that during our dinner, the power went out in the restaurant or hotel where we met (the location of which has been lost to time) and the halogen streetlights outside casting our talk in a strange, other-worldly glow for a good 30 minutes. All these factors made our meeting a memorable one. Slater can currently be seen on the new USA Network series "Mr. Robot," which is also being lauded critically, and will hopefully »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
"Somebody help me..." Second part? But we haven't even seen the first! Indeed, true. Eventually one day it will get a Us release. John Woo has been in China directing a massive two-part epic called The Crossing, billed as the "Chinese Titanic" - you will see why with this trailer. There are some shots right out of James Cameron's Titanic in this. The film is set during the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, following three couples from different backgrounds whose are affected by the sinking of the steamer Taiping, which was traveling to Taiwan and led to the deaths of over 1,500 people. Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Song Hye-kyo, and Huang Xiaoming star. It looks like Woo went all out, hopefully for the best. I'm curious to check this out. Here's the new official trailer for John Woo's The Crossing, found on Deadline's YouTube: The Crossing is a »
- Alex Billington
How will new faces affect The Flash? What tragic time will Teen Wolf revisit? Who will help battle The Strain? Who’s (finally) back on Bones? Is Castle‘s Kate Mia?! Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Any Westallen scoop to help us survive The Flash‘s hiatus? –Kaz
As we all surmised when I wrote this not-at-all-controversial bit, Barry is getting his own “Felicity” because it’s simply too soon for Iris to move on from Eddie — especially since Season 2 picks up right where we left off, with The Flash fighting the wormhole. »
Burbank, CA (June 17, 2015) – Just in time for Arrow’s fourth season on The CW, viewers can catch up with the action-packed series as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment release Arrow: The Complete Third Season on Blu-rayTM and DVD on September 22, 2015. Averaging 4.2 million viewers weekly for each original episode, Arrow is The CW’s #2 show among Total Viewers, behind only The Flash! The release contains all 23 thrilling episodes from the third season that will have you on the edge of your seat, plus almost three hours of extra content, including episode commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Arrow: The Complete Third Season is priced to own at $59.98 Srp for the DVD and $60.10 Srp for the Blu-ray.
- ComicMix Staff
This review contains spoilers.
3.20 The Fallen
Arrow killing Thea in order to get Oliver to join the league is tedious for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s just another instance of Thea being a completely passive character simply there to further her brother’s storyline and, secondly, it’s possibly the most forced way to end this awkward, meandering dance the show’s been doing all year in order to get Oliver into the black hood.
And, while it’s nice that the episode didn’t keep up the facade of Thea actually being permanently dead for too long, the moments in which Oliver thought this was the case were probably the only remotely effecting parts. Really, Stephen Amell is doing a remarkable job this season, managing to make every »
If you were hoping for Tommy Merlyn, or other dead Arrow characters, to return to the show via the Lazarus Pit, think again…
Here’s an intriguing one – while many Arrow fans might have expected the healing powers of the Lazarus Pit to be a path to umpteen ‘look who’s back!’ storylines, now that it has been established in the show, that isn’t actually the plan at all.
Although the pit popped up in a recent episode (we won’t spoil it here), we’ve been told not to expect long-dead fan favourites to take a dip in there as a route to reenergising the show. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim explained his thoughts to The Hollywood Reporter:
“Now that we've got [the pit] in our world, and we have a lot of dead characters in our world, we will be addressing how it works and the circumstances and things of that nature. »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Constantine, Batman vs. Robin, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Black Widow, The Incredible Hulk, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Defenders, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, The Incredibles 2, Heroes Reborn and more…
So, with Avengers: Age of Ultron less than a week away from release, Warner Bros. has decided to pull the trigger on our first look at its huge DC offering Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, announcing earlier in the week that the first trailer is to be screened in select North American IMAX cinemas this Monday. To whet our appetites, director Zack Snyder took to Twitter with a 20 second tease, and then… just »
- Gary Collinson
So it?s official. It looks as if Roy Harper?s departure from Starling City at the end of ?Broken Arrow? will be permanent as Colton Haynes as left Arrow as a series regular. We're guaranteed to see him at least one more time this season, but after that, who knows? Let?s look back on the sidekick that was and his ten greatest moments. »
This week's episode changes the game for Arrow, which is intensifying in the run-up to the season 3 finale...
This review contains spoilers.
3.19 Broken Arrow
Even though he’s been around since the first season, Roy Harper hasn’t had a lot of love either from the audience or Arrow itself. He doesn’t get the ire that’s reserved for Laurel, or the determined defence that Diggle inspires, but he’s always just been kind of around. He’s had an episode or two to develop, but none of it stuck. It feels like he’s been readying himself for this episode since he was introduced.
Because we now know that Colton Haynes was always supposed to exit as a regular cast member after two years of service, and his relegation to the background of Team Arrow now makes more and less sense at the same time.
Yes, he’s »
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