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Anita: Uma Thurman will take on the challenge of playing Anita Bryant, a beauty pageant winner turned pop singer turned spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Commission turned outspoken critic of gay rights. The movie, titled Anita, will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the team who recently made a biopic about the controversial adult film star Linda Lovelance. [The Hollywood Reporter] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny: Michelle Yeoh is set to return in the sequel to Ang Lee's Academy Award-winning martial arts picture. Based on Silver Vase, Iron Knight, another book in a series by Crouching Tiger author Wang Dulu, the movie will also star Donnie Yen; the legendary Yuen Woo Ping (fight choreographer for The Matrix) will direct. Production is...
- Peter Martin
Anita: Uma Thurman will take on the challenge of playing Anita Bryant, a beauty pageant winner turned pop singer turned spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Commission turned outspoken critic of gay rights. The movie, titled Anita, will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the team who recently made a bio-pic about the controversial adult film star Linda Lovelance. [The Hollywood Reporter] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny: Michelle Yeoh is set to return in the sequel to Ang Lee's Academy Award-winning martial arts picture. Based on Silver Vase, Iron Knight, another book in a series by Crouching Tiger author Wang Dulu, the movie will also star Donnie Yen; the legendary Yuen Woo Ping (fight choreographer for The Matrix) will direct. Production is...
- Peter Martin
Back in May, we reported that The Weinstein Company was targeting a May start date for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny. At the time, the film was angling to recruit Ronny Yu (Freddy vs. Jason) to direct from a script by John Fusco (Hidalgo). Fusco assumed fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping would handle the martial arts scenes as he did in the first film. However, The Wrap is reporting that Wo Ping will be in the director's chair. Wo Ping has helmed over 20 Chinese-language films, but is best known for his fight choreography on movies such as The Matrix, Kill Bill, Kung Fu Hustle, and more. The Wrap adds that Donnie Yen (Ip Man) has signed on to play Silent Wolf opposite Michelle Yeoh, who reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien. There are currently no details on the plot, but "Harvey Weinstein, Yen and Wo Ping »
- Matt Goldberg
The Weinstein Company has announced today that production on "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny" will begin in March of 2014 in Asia. Yuen Wo Ping is set to direct after serving as a choreographer on the original film, which was directed by Ang Lee and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning four. Yuen Wo Ping helped make Jackie Chan a star, directing films like "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" and "Drunken Master." The Wachowski siblings also tapped him for fight choreography on their 1999 cyberpunk extravaganza "The Matrix" and subsequent installments of the trilogy, as did Quentin »
- Kristopher Tapley
Yuen Wo Ping will direct "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny," the sequel to Ang Lee's Oscar-winning film. Wo Ping is a renowned martial arts director and chroreographer, having directed more than two dozen Chinese-language films and advised or choreographed more than a dozen American actions movies including "The Matrix" trilogy, the "Kill Bill" films and the first "Crouching Tiger." Michelle Yeoh (left), who starred in the first movie, will reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien and Chinese martial artist and actor Donnie Yen will star as Silent »
- Lucas Shaw
The Weinstein Company announced that they will begin production on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny in March 2014, just about 15 years after the original Ang Lee film. The big difference this time will be that Lee is not returning to direct. According to Deadline, fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping will direct. Ping has choreographed everything from The Matrix to Kill Bill as well as Keanu Reeves upcoming Man Of Tai Chi. He also has directed the original Drunken Master »
- Alex Maidy
I'm sitting here in front of my laptop trying to distill my opinion on Cloud Atlas into around 500 or so words, and that may well be an impossible task.
Cloud Atlas is not a film that fits neatly into a "good" or "bad" category. It doesn't fit into a particular genre, and it doesn't conform to anything that can be considered a recognizable formula. I don't know how to judge it on its artistic merits; I don't know how to judge it on the levels on which it succeeds or fails.
I find myself only able to judge it based upon the scope of its ambition and the emotions and feelings it intended me to feel, and on that level it is a movie that stands entirely alone.
Good or bad, Cloud Atlas is the most ambitious movie of the 21st century - it may not merit either praise or disdain, »
Ready for one of those "so that's how they did it" moments? Great. Strap in for the geeky ride.
As you might've figured out by now — you are smart enough to be visiting the raddest movie site on the web-o-sphere, after all — movies don't just appear out of thin air. A lot of technique, manpower and good old fashion ingenuity goes into making every single frame happen on-screen.
Some movies require more creativity and craftsmanship than others, of course, and with the most iconic movies in history, there's a lot to be explored about how these awesome flicks came to be.
Check out this great pic of the train scene in "Back to the Future," for example.
That Delorean is barely as big as the cake we saw! Great Scott!
No, but seriously, it is a little bit jarring to see the man behind the curtain, isn't it?
How about »
- Amanda Bell
Edward Woodward's former black ops agent Robert McCall is heading to DVD here in the UK on Monday May 13th with the release of The Equalizer: The Complete Collection, which includes all 88 episodes of the classic 80s series, along with a Season 1 re-release designed to match the recent releases of Seasons 2,3 and 4.
To celebrate, the lovely people at Fabulous Films and Fremantle Media Enterprises have supplied us with a copy of The Complete Collection to give away to one lucky reader, while three runners up will get their hands Season 1; read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
The Equalizer stars Golden Globe winner Edward Woodward O.B.E. as Robert McCall - a retired covert intelligence officer trying to atone for past sins by offering his services, free of charge, as a troubleshooter, protector and investigator. Aided by a group of mysterious »
- Flickering Myth
Let.s not fool ourselves. We know there is no virtual world lurking beneath the surface of our own. The Matrix, as an alternate lifestyle, isn.t real. But that doesn.t make the film any less enjoyable or forgettable. In fact, its influences are as alive now as they ever were, with Agent Smith creeping into ads promoting Ge.s new integration system, and Seth MacFarlane using the film to make a penis joke for his Oscar promos. And just as it will always be around, there will always be people who haven.t seen it, and people who don.t quite grasp it whenever they do. Case in point: the above video, where YouTube user PixelsPerSecond presents The Matrix to his mom, and then lets her rehash the complicated story immediately after watching it. While the editing is quite clever and engaging . and features the Keanu Reeves meme »
YouTube video maker Joe Nicolosi is back with a new clip that is sure to please fans who loved The Matrix. Okay, maybe "please" isn’t the right word – but it’s guaranteed to make you laugh. Nicolosi animates while his mother narrates the tale of Neo, and naturally Mom’s take on the source material differs ever so slightly from that of the Wachowskis. For example, did you know that Laurence Fishburne’s character’s name was Moshimo? How about the fact that Neo sometimes goes by the name Leo? It’s enough to make you wonder if Joe’s mom was watching one of those cheap foreign knockoff versions of The Matrix… Check out the video below – and kudos to Nicolosi’s mother for being such a good sport. I...
- Mike Bracken
I've always been a fan of Keanu Reeves. From his days as Ted "Theodore" Logan in Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure to Jack Travern in Speed to Neo in The Matrix and as the titular Constantine, he's always dabbled in the big studio pool without ever fully diving in, allowing himself the freedom to play in a lot of other ponds. Such is the case with his latest indie pic, Generation Um..., which finds the actor back in "whoa" mode, »
- Paul Shirey
Babylon Matrix? Andy and Lana Wachowski (the kids behind “The Matrix” trilogy, along with “Speed Racer” and recently, “Cloud Atlas”) are teaming up with “Babylon 5″ creator J. Michael Straczynski for a new sci-fi series called “Sense8″ that will premiere/air exclusively on Netflix. Opines the duo via a press release: Several years ago, we had a late night conversation about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us, and out of that paradox ‘Sense8′ was born. So what’s it all about? We’re told that “Sense8″ will be “a tale of minds linked and souls hunted”. But someone learns kung fu, right? Hopefully. On Netflix sometime in late 2014. »
One of YouTube's Original Channels has expressed its love for a movie scene we've all seen dozens of times (usually on TNT on a lazy Saturday morning). CineFix, a film related channel from BermanBraun, has released an installment of its Homemade Movies series featuring a lo-tech, shot-for-shot recreation of the bullet dodge scene from The Matrix. In lieu of flashy CG graphics and an epic orchestral score, Homemade Movies makes do with stop-motion effects, an a capella soundtrack, and inventive, budget-friendly special effects. I'm pretty sure this version's bullet sound wave is created by two people stretching out a slinky. Standing in for Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are YouTubers Jeremy Jahns and Olga Kay, who do their best to mimic the actions of the famous scene. In addition to the main video, CineFix has also released a comparison video that matches up the original scene with the remade version. »
- Sam Gutelle
• French director Luc Besson, who introduced the world to Natalie Portman in The Professional, has cast Scarlett Johansson as his lead in his newest film, Lucy. In the film, Lucy is forced to be a drug mule. But, when the drug gets into her system, she turns into a super-being with telekinesis abilities, martial arts skills, and the helpful bonus of being immune to pain. Johansson is certainly finding a new life as an action star ever since she took on the role of Natasha Romanoff for the Marvel universe. She also stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut (and festival favorite) Don Jon, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Exclusive: Voltage Pictures has committed to finance Home Invasion, a thriller developed by Silver Pictures’ low budget label Zinc entertainment. The plot is being kept under wraps, but the title offers clues aplenty. I’m told the story involves a family imprisoned in their own home by intruders who play a life-and-death game in which the mysterious rules become clear as the night unfolds. The script was written by neophyte Joseph Dembner and will be directed by first-timer Sean Carter. After hatching the concept with Silver Pictures’ Alex Heineman, Dembner wrote the screenplay on spec. Joel Silver, Andrew Rona and Heineman will produce. After the Home Invasion script was turned in, those producers shot a test scene which Carter directed and then shopped it. Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores sparked to it, and they also will be producers. Dembner is co-producer, and Silver’s Steve Richards will be exec producer with Michael Fiore. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Matrix has been given a homemade makeover in a new video clip.
The classic 1999 sci-fi movie is the latest film to have part of it reproduced shot-for-shot by YouTube channel CineFix.
Keanu Reeves's iconic bullet dodge scene is remade to great effect through a clever use of springs and a chair.
As usual, CineFix recreated the scene without the use of visual effects, but with wigs, props and a vocalised score.
CineFix has previously filmed homemade versions of the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, the motorbike bar scene from Terminator 2, the Iron Man 3 trailer and a car chase from The Fast and the Furious.
Watch the Matrix makeover side-by-side with the original below: »
Keanu's directorial debut is basically Mortal Kombat with a pimped-out shed – and shadow puppetry
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It makes perfect sense for Keanu Reeves to become a film director. In his recent documentary Side By Side, he came off less as a detached journalist and more as an eager student, keen to glom on to his more established peers and soak up their knowledge for his own purposes.
And now we can see how all this effort has paid off. Keanu's directorial debut Man of Tai Chi is out later this year, but a one-minute Chinese teaser has already snuck out. What can it teach us about the film? What can it teach us about Keanu Reeves's talent as a director? What can it teach us about Tai Chi? As much as Helen Daniels used to do on Neighbours? Let's examine the Man »
- Stuart Heritage
After last weeks epic Man of Steel trailer (it felt like a movie all on its own didn't it?), Empire Magazine's latest issue is released on Thursday and is very timely devoted to the upcoming reboot, with two great looking covers - one for Superman (Henry Cavill) himself and the other for General Zod (Michael Shannon), who continues to look even more terrifying with each new image.
The magazine has some further images to tease and make us droll over, the piece de resistance being an image of Zod, eyes glowing with heat vision. If that alone isn't enough to make you geek-out over, then there is always Faora (Antje Traue) choking Martha Kent (Diane Lane); does Zod learn the Kent's parentage of Kal-El after his arrival on Earth, or were the Kents chosen, ala Smallville? Interesting stuff to chew on for the next few weeks - just over 7 now, »
- Flickering Myth
After recently mumbling his way through the indie drama Generation Um., Keanu Reeves nailed down that directing debut he.d been wanting to make for the last couple of years. The name of the film is Man of Tai Chi, the trailer can be seen above, and the expectations that the trailer leaves you with.well, I have no idea what to do with those, because they weren.t expected to come up. Maybe I.m the odd man out, here. This is a decent trailer, isn.t it? All the fighting and flipping around certainly seem a lot more exciting than whatever Reeves is talking about in the voiceover. Oh, he was talking about the plot? Dammit. The trailer threw me off by initially showing him sitting with his back to the camera, which is bizarrely similar to a moment or two in The Matrix. Thankfully, Man of Tai »
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