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‘Crouching Tiger 2′ Fallout: Regal, Cinemark Won’t Play IMAX Release

‘Crouching Tiger 2′ Fallout: Regal, Cinemark Won’t Play IMAX Release
Netflix, IMAX and the Weinstein Company are up-ending traditional release patterns for movies by debuting “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2″ simultaneously in theaters and streaming platforms.

It’s a revolutionary move, but the three partners may have trouble securing screens in the United States for the sequel to the martial arts epic. Two of the country’s largest theater chains, Cinemark and Regal, tell Variety that they are refusing to screen any so-called day-and-date releases in their IMAX theaters.

Russ Nunley, a spokesman for Regal, said the company was committed to presenting movies “on a grand scale,” and would not be showing “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2″ if it premieres on Netflix at the same time it debuts in theaters.

“While a home video release may be simultaneously performing in certain IMAX locations, at Regal we will not participate in an experiment where you can see the same product on screens varying
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Netflix, Weinstein Co. Bust Windows With ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel Day-and-Date Release

Netflix, Weinstein Co. Bust Windows With ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel Day-and-Date Release
Netflix has reached a deal with The Weinstein Co. for its first original movie — a sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts pic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — set to hit IMAX theaters and the streaming-video service simultaneously next summer.

The film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend,” is slated for a Aug. 28, 2015, debut. Produced by Weinstein Co., the movie is the first of several major films to premiere day-and-date both on the Svod service (at no extra charge) and in select IMAX theaters worldwide. Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

Netflix has been eyeing day-and-date releases of movies, as chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a keynote last year at the Film Independent Forum in Los Angeles. The launch of the movie is likely to catch the ire of exhibitors — who have in the past viewed digital encroachment on theatrical windows as a threat.

Meanwhile,
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John Woo Sets Sail on ‘The Crossing’

John Woo Sets Sail on ‘The Crossing’
Hong Kong – Production got underway today on “The Crossing,” the first film in over four years to be directed by “A Better Tomorrow” and “Face/Off” helmer John Woo.

Set against the upheavals of revolutionary China in 1949, the film is the story of three couples from different backgrounds who make a fateful voyage on a ship fleeing China to Taiwan. The screenplay is by Wang Huiling, who previously co-wrote “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and who adapted “Lust Caution.”

The $40 million two-part movie is backed by rising Chinese studio Beijing Galloping Horse, along with China Film Group and Zhejiang Huace Film & TV, with production by Woo and Terence Chang’s Lion Rock Productions.

Woo and Chang have assembled a pan-Asian, all-star cast headed by Tong Dawei, Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, (South Korea’s) Song Hye-kyo, (Taiwan’s) Takeshi Kaneshiro and (Japan’s) Masami Nagasawa.

“We are not shooting the foreign actors yet.
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Sequel Is Really Happening, And Michelle Yeoh Is Back

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Sequel Is Really Happening, And Michelle Yeoh Is Back
Even with The Hangover Part III and Fast and Furious 6 making their way to theaters next weekend, this might be the most ridiculous sequel news we've heard all year. Without director Ang Lee or nearly all of the original cast, the Weinstein Company is moving forward with a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Oscar-nominated, fantastical martial arts drama released all the way back in 2000. According to The Hollywood Reporter Michelle Yeoh will be the sole cast member to reprise her role, and the directing duties will be taken over by Yuen Wo Ping. We first learned about these sequel plans in late January, back when Freddy vs. Jason director Ronny Yu was in talks to direct and Yuen Wo Ping was merely on board as a fight choreographer. And to be fair, the original Crouching Tiger was based on a book in a series by Wang Du Lu,
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Cannes Toldja! Weinstein Co Beginning Production on ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel

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Cannes Toldja! Weinstein Co Beginning Production on ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel
Deadline’s Mike Fleming reported several months back that The Weinstein Company was setting a production start in Asia on a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Here’s the official release that just dropped confirming Crouching Dragon Hidden Tiger II — The Green Destiny and that Yuen Wo Ping, the legendary fight choreographer responsible from the high-wire action work in the original pic, will direct this one. He and sequel writer John Fusco worked together on The Forbidden Kingdom. Here’s the release: New York, NY (May 16, 2013) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today production of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny will begin in March 2014 in Asia. Yuen Wo Ping is set to direct with Donnie Yen starring as Silent Wolf and Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien. The screenplay is based on Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Wang Du Lu, book 5 in the Crane-iron Pentalogy series,
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Weinstein Co. Begins Production on 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel in May

Weinstein Co. Begins Production on 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel in May
The Weinstein Company will reportedly start production in May on a sequel to Ang Lee's Oscar-winning "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Lee is not returning to helm the film; directing reins will instead go to veteran Chinese director Ronny Yu. The sequel is based on the same source material as the original, Wang Du Lu's "The Crane-Iron Pentology." John Fusco penned the new script; Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus and Kuo Jung Tsai shared writing credits on the original "Crouching Tiger" screenplay. Deadline reports that it's unclear which actors from the original, if any, will reprise their roles. Chow Yun-Fat, Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh and Chang Chen toplined. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" won four Oscars in 2001: Best Foreign-Language Film, Cinematography, Art Direction and Original Score. Lee's "Life of Pi" is currently nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Cinematography and Visual...
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Crouching Tiger Sequel Planned

Crouching Tiger Sequel Planned
On a day when this wasn’t being reported, news that The Weinstein company is spearheading a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon might be the biggest news of the day. But it’s true: shooting is set to start in May. “That’s interesting,” we hear you thinking, “so this is what Ang Lee is doing next?” But we have to stop you there. The director who brought the original to such lyrical, treetop-fighting life is not involved this time around. Instead, the producers are in talks with veteran Chinese director Ronny Yu. John Fusco has already adapted the script from Silver Vase, Iron Knight, the fifth book in Wang Du Lu’s Crane-Iron Pentalogy (Crouching Tiger was the fourth) and the story continues to focus on Michelle Yeoh’s Yu Shu Lien, though the actress isn’t yet committed to reprise the role. “This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers,
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon a.k.a. Wo Hu Cang Long

Make A Wish

Wo Hu Cang Long”, also known as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, is director Ang Lee’s greatest crowning achievement. It came out in 2000 to receive critical acclaim from all four corners of the globe. It managed to snag an impressive total of 4 out of a possible 10 Academy Awards including Best Foreign Film, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. It’s a “must-own” that any serious cinephile should have in their prized collection.

The story begins when our hero, Li Mu Bai, pays a visit to an old travelling companion, Yu Shu Lien (played by the ageless Michelle Yeoh). Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) is the owner of a priceless sword called The Green Destiny. Mu Bai has been able to make just use of such a weapon for most of his life. But in doing so, he had to sacrifice passion in exchange for meditation and ultimately,
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Ang Lee's 3-D 'Life of Pi' Will Open NYFF

Ang Lee's 3-D 'Life of Pi' Will Open NYFF
Ang Lee's "The Life of Pi" will open the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14), the first 3-D film to do so. (Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" played as a 3-D work-in-progress last year.) Lee also screened Cannes entry "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" 12 years ago to close the fest, and opened it with "The Ice Storm" in 1997. Thus Lee joins master auteurs Robert Altman, Pedro Almodóvar and François Truffaut as the only directors to have opened the fest more than once. Lee wowed exhibitors with footage from the film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas in April, as distributor Twentieth Century Fox made it clear that they had high holiday and awards expectations for the film. Lee also participated in a rousing conversation with Martin Scorsese about how to shoot in 3-D. In 2009, the Film Society of Lincoln Center conducted a complete retrospective of Lee's work at the Walter Reade.
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Movie Review

From The Vaults

Wo Hu Cang Long”, also known as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, is director Ang Lee’s greatest crowning achievement. It came out in 2000 to receive critical acclaim from all four corners of the globe. It managed to snag an impressive total of 4 out of 10 Academy Awards including Best Foreign Film, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. It’s a “must-own” that any serious cinephile should have in their prized collection.

The story begins when our hero, Li Mu Bai, pays a visit to an old travelling companion, Yu Shu Lien (played by the ageless Michelle Yeoh). Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) is the owner of a priceless sword called The Green Destiny. Mu Bai has been able to make just use of such a weapon for most of his life. But in doing so, he had to sacrifice passion in exchange for meditation and ultimately, love for friendship.
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David Bergstein sued to stop sale

David Bergstein sued to stop sale
A group of 13 creditors who together are owed millions of dollars by David Bergstein and some 75 corporate entities he controls worldwide, including Capitol Films and ThinkFilm, have filed lawsuits in federal court in Los Angeles to force an involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the immediate appointment of a trustee to take charge of whatever assets and businesses remain.

The creditors want an injunction to halt the planned auction of rights to more than 800 movies, including "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "The Air I Breathe" and Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown," scheduled for Monday by a company apparently controlled by Ron Tutor, a construction executive who has been Bergstein's longtime "silent" partner in the movie business.

"Because Bergstein has demonstrated repeatedly that he is unfit and incompetent, it is imperative that the court immediately appoint a trustee," the creditors say in the suits filed Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The creditors
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The HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project

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The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films, as ranked by the users of the biggest movie internet site on the web. The list has been much maligned, particularly recently. It is however based upon the ratings provided by the users of The Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the internet. If you have a real interest in film, chances are you’re a regular visitor to IMDb.com.

It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case, we, is myself and Gary) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list! We’ve frozen the list as of 1st January this year (See below), as it is always ever changing. It’s not as simple as it sounds,
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Favorite Movies of the Decade #15-1

the list #100-76, #75-51, #50-31, #30-16 and #15-1.

Awards for 2009 begin tomorrow or thereabouts.

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Let's wrap this sucker up!

I had really intended to rewatch the top ten (why not?) before I ventured into the mental hospital. Trust me, that's where I've been heading as I've tried to rank the movies I love more than people (kidding! sort of) but who has the time? The 10th Annual FiLM BiTCH Awards begin tomorrow so I have to get a move on to wrap up the 2009 film year. It's possible I'll revisit this rundown at some point for a special project but who knows. These rankings are Not final. God... I'm not ready for the straightjacket yet. I need my hands free so I can talk.

What follows is more like tiers. The numbers function as mere placeholders.

Tier 3You could group them with #16-20... It doesn't mean

I don't worship them.
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Top 100 Tuesday: 100 Best Movies of the Decade

We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams. If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie. It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was. On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000. On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow. Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others. It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.

Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:

2009 – 11

2008 – 11

2007 – 7

2006 – 14

2005 – 12

2004 – 8

2003 – 7

2002 – 12

2001 – 10

2000 – 8

100. Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Clint Eastwood

99. Juno (2007) – Jason Reitman

98. An Education (2009) – Lone Scherfig

97. Spider-man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

96. Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg

95. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

94. The King Of Kong (2007) – Seth Gordon

93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus

92. Clerks 2 (2006) – Kevin Smith

91. Femme Fatale (2002) – Brian De Palma

90. Tasogare Seibei
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Chow Yun-Fat To Play Confucius

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Chow Yun-Fat To Play Confucius
Action movie star Chow Yun-Fat is giving up his trademark fighting scenes for his most peaceful acting role to date - as philosopher Confucius.

The Hong Kong actor, who starred in 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, rose to fame starring in a series of martial arts movies in the 1980s and 1990s.

But now he is set to channel his inner peacemaker as the ancient thinker Confucius, whose most famous teaching was the golden rule - treating all people with consideration.

Filming on the biopic is to begin in April under director Hu Mei.

Ziyi Puzzled By Olympics Protests

Ziyi Puzzled By Olympics Protests
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Zhang Ziyi is puzzled by protests ahead of the upcoming Beijing Olympics in China - insisting she can't understand why people have such "negative" attitudes.

The Games are due to get underway in the Chinese capital next month but the run-up to the event has been dogged by demonstrations from campaigners angry at the country's treatment of Tibetans.

And the 29-year-old actress is baffled as to why protestors would target an event like the Olympics - as it is supposed to be a symbol of international unity.

She says, "I don't see why people are so negative. The games are about friendship. I'm Chinese and I'm proud of my country."

Tibet lost independence to China in 1951, and Chinese authorities have come under fire in recent months over their human rights record in the region.

Gareth Wigan takes on new role with Sony

Gareth Wigan, a 21-year vet at Columbia Pictures, is stepping back from his day-to-day role as co-running the studio's international motion pictures production group and taking on the new role of strategic adviser to Sony Pictures Entertainment's international film business.

Wigan said that while he's had a long career, his cutting back does not mean retirement is on the horizon.

"This role will allow me to remain involved in doing what I love, while continuing to add value to the company which has been such a big part of my life," he said.

Wigan joined Columbia in 1987 as a consultant. Along with running the international motion picture production group with president Deborah Schindler, who joined the group last year, Wigan has been vice chair of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group since 1997.

Sony co-chair Amy Pascal lauded Wigan for his work with some of the studio's best films, including Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

"Almost single-handedly, Gareth built up our international film business, making him a real pioneer in our industry," Sony CEO and chair Michael Lynton said.

'Lust' takes $1.9 mil at Korean boxoffice

SEOUL -- Ang Lee's sexy thriller "Lust, Caution" made a strong debut in South Korea, pulling in about US$1.9 million since its opening Friday.

Despite the risque subject matter and long running time, distributor CJ Entertainment gave "Lust, Caution" a fairly wide release, with just over 300 screens.

Lee's previous film, "Brokeback Mountain", had a much smaller release, earning around US$1.3 million in a four-week run.

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was Lee's most successful movie in Korea, taking in about US$5 million in 2000.

Lee comes home to Mill Valley fest

SAN RAFAEL, California -- The tribute to filmmaker Ang Lee at the Mill Valley Film Festival Friday evening was something of a homecoming for the Oscar winning director of Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. When Lee brought out his first film, Pushing Hands, in 1992, Mill Valley "was the only place in the world that would show my film," Lee told the audience. "Even Sundance turned it down."

Then again, in 1997, Mill Valley screened his The Ice Storm when he was still a virtually unknown director. When he finally returned to Marin County several years later to live for the better part of a year while doing special visual effects at ILM for The Hulk, he was world famous, having made the most successful Chinese-language film ever with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Lee's latest film, Lust, Caution, an intense psycho-sexual drama set in Japanese-occupied China during World War II -- which has opened to significant boxoffice in Asia, especially Taiwan and Hong Kong, but divided Western critics so far -- opened the festival the night before, kicking off Mill Valley's 30th anniversary celebration.

So his love of the area and of its festival, one of the key regional festivals in the country, was unmistakable, as was the emotional response to his work by a packed house.

Between film clips from his 10 feature films, Lee took the audience through the cultural and cinematic education of a Taiwanese man who has become a major international moviemaker.

Lee spent the first 23 years of his life in his native country, including college and military service. "I was culturally rooted and I didn't speak English," he noted. "I didn't learn to speak English until after 'Sense and Sensibility. I felt sorry for the actors I had to direct."

His initial love affair was with the theater, not film. Standing on stage, facing an audience for the first time, an experience he re-creates in Lust, Caution, thrilled him. There was also, he pointed out, no filmmaking tradition in Taiwan at the time.

Coming to New York and not knowing English well, he knew he could not act so he moved into directing. In delving into Western stage drama, he had to break with his own cultural biases.

Yeoh Receives Honorary French Knighthood

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Actress Michelle Yeoh is ecstatic after she was awarded the French Legion of Honor in her native Malaysia. The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star was presented with the knighthood - France's highest civilian honor - by Alain de Boispean, the French ambassador to Malaysia, in the country's capital of Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. And 45-year-old Yeoh is stunned by the accolade. She says, "Deep down I am a small town girl... who has been living a magical dream."
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