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In a landmark move, Universal Pictures have signed award-winning Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (The Flowers Of War) to direct their planned film adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s The Parsifal Mosaic. According to Deadline, this collaboration will mark the first time a mainland Chinese director has signed on for an English-language film for a Us film studio.
Zhang Yimou – a director, producer, actor, writer and former cinematographer – is no stranger to the concept of blazing a trail. In 1990, his film Ju Dou became the first Chinese movie to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. More recently, he directed both the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
The Parsifal Mosaic has been in development at Universal for some time. Quickly becoming a bestseller for author Robert Ludlum after it was published in 1982, it tells the story of Robert Havelock – a Us State Department Intelligence »
- Sarah Myles
Zhang Yimou, the acclaimed mainland Chinese director behind such critical and commercial hits as Raise The Red Lantern, Hero and The Flowers Of War, is reportedly in talks with Universal Studios to direct an English language adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel The Parsifal Mosaic.The novel tells the story of a Us black-ops agent, Michael Havelock, who first witnesses the assassination of his lover, believed to be a Kgb double-agent, only to later see her alive and well in Rome. Taking matters into his own hands, Havelock uncovers an international conspiracy with a mole known as Parsifal at its centre.A script already exists for the project, penned by David Self (Thirteen Days, Road to Perdition), while Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are on board to...
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Ever since his breakthrough role as a grieving father in Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter, Bruce Greenwood has remained one of the most dependable character actors working in Hollywood today. Whether he’s playing President John F. Kennedy in Thirteen Days or Christopher Pike in Star Trek, he never fails to give a terrific performance. The same rings true for the actor’s latest film, Endless Love.
Shana Feste’s remake of the 1981 romantic drama sees Greenwood playing Hugh Butterfield, a doctor and father who becomes increasingly concerned when his daughter Jade (Gabriella Wilde) becomes involved with a boy (Alex Pettyfer) from the wrong side of town.
Last week, I had the privilege of speaking with Bruce for an exclusive interview when he was at the Endless Love press junket, which was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California. During our time together, he spoke about »
- Ben Kenber
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
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It’s been some time since the heyday of Kevin Costner’s prime. I’m talking about those sweet years between 1987 (The Untouchables) and 1994 (Wyatt Earp), when he was a regular box office draw, an award-winning director, and the president of sports movies. It’s not that he disappeared exactly. In fact, Costner’s been remarkably consistent in appearing in almost a movie a year. It’s more that the quality and profile of those films has diminished, and him a bit too in the process. There have been exceptions of course – Thirteen Days, Open Range, The Upside of Anger, TV’s Hatfields & McCoys. But a look at his projects between 2006 and 2013 – The Guardian, Mr. Brooks, Swing Vote, The New Daughter, The Company Men &ndash...
- Alexander Huls
Kevin Costner is one of Hollywood’s great leading men, anchoring films like The Untouchables and Field of Dreams with his easy-going everyman charm. As an actor he has thrilled audiences in a variety of big movies such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Waterworld, while also starring in political films such as JFK and Thirteen Days. As a director he has also brought the epics Dances With Wolves, Open Range and The Postman to the screen during the course of his 30-year career.
Over the last few years Costner has shied away from acting to work to focus on his family, but now he’s back in a big way. Last summer saw ...
- Niall Browne
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