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• Amanda Seyfried may have started out playing teenage bombshells, but she’s defied the trap of typecasting and translated those beginnings into an interesting and diverse career including the high-profile Les Miserables and the upcoming porn-star biopic Lovelace. Now, she’s in talk to join director Noah Baumbach’s (Frances Ha) next project While We’re Young, alongside Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts (The Impossible), and Adam Driver (Girls). Seyfried would play Driver’s partner in the film, about an older couple who befriends a younger, more free-spirited duo. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
Everyone knows that the time restraints involved with filmmaking don.t allow for truly topical subjects to be depicted at the height of their popularity. Cheaper TV movies are better at doing that sort of thing. But while the upcoming independent feature Offline centers on subject matter that isn.t necessarily on the forefront of everyone.s minds, it will put a narrative spin on it, and could end up being relevant itself for quite a number of years. The film will highlight one of the downsides of social media, and Variety reports its cast will include Chloe Bridges (The Carrie Diaries), Kirsten Prout (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), and Daryl Hannah, who hasn.t really made a movie worth mentioning since Tarantino.s Kill Bill Vol. 2 in 2004. The story centers on a top student (Prout) who sees her life get turned upside down when inappropriate photographs of her start appearing »
So You Think You Can Dance is both one of the greatest reality series ever and, in its own way, a difficult show to remember. The talent level on Sytycd is so high that it’s easy to forget that phenomenal bits of entertainment occur every week, multiple times in a single episode. You can forget that you wept at a Sonya Tayeh-inspired number because of a sexy samba that immediately followed it or a bizarre Bollywood number that preceded it. You’re actually inundated with great TV, and you’re too fallible to recall it all. That’s a crazy level of quality.
And that’s also why I compiled this tiny list, a quintet of performances that is still on my mind no matter how much other talent and choreography tear through my screen.
1. Alex Wong and tWitch get into your mind.
This instant classic from season 7 paired Alex Wong, »
- Louis Virtel
Oh, girl fights… The phrase itself can conjure images of scantily clad models slapping at each other for sexually exploitive purposes, which is unfair and misleading. For instance, in Fast and Furious 6, Gina Carano and Michelle Rodriguez get to fight each other with insane ferocity that rivals any of the fight scenes that co-stars The Rock and Vin Diesel find themselves in. Pam Grier made her career in the 70s showing up in movies to beat people up. And let’s not forget the Kill Bill films, which are pretty much a collection of brutal battle scenes between women.
The thing is a woman can do any job a man can do, and that includes kicking ass and taking names. Sometimes the only person who can match a warrior woman is another woman. Here are our top ten favorite fight scenes between two (or more) ferocious female fighters.
[Photo Credit: Universal ,Aip & Miramax]
Moon vs. »
- Meghan O'Keefe
People are so often happy to just cruise these days as the amount of goodwill the cinema going public has towards a director is often relative to past successes. The better the previous work the more good will that you’ll have in the bank.
Every time that I go and see a new Quentin Tarantino film, I always have the thought in my mind that this is the director that gave us the double whammy of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, not the director who gave us the bloated mess that was Grindhouse or the Kill Bill double-bill. And as he continues to disappoint, I’m left thinking, “Oh well. Maybe next time.”
Looking at the directors working in Hollywood today, there are so many that constantly using the, “A film from the director that brought you…” format to promote their newest film and the problem is the mentioned »
- James Thomson
John Lucking reviews the eighth episode of Hannibal....
This week’s episode of Hannibal is brought to you by the sense of sound, and Will’s mental degradation is first under the microscope as we see him relaxing at home (by fixing things of course) before hearing the sound of a wounded animal from outside. The sound is tracked to an open field with nothing to be seen, and it’s already clear that there is no animal to be found. In animals Will finds solace, but his mind also uses them against him -as with the stag- and so it’s only fitting that his subconscious would torture him further with the cries of an innocent creature. Alana is called to help him search for the animal in distress, but what follows is the biggest step towards romance the show has taken thus far as they discuss Will’s dating credentials. »
- Flickering Myth
Tarantino is out, Refn is in. At the start of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, it opens with the Klingon Proverb, "Revenge is a dish best served cold." Back in the 90s, Tarantino was leading the genre game in Cannes, winning the Palme d'Or for Pulp Fiction. While he's still making great films today, the next generation has tagged in. In 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn rocked the Croisette with the film Drive and he has returned this year to premiere Only God Forgives. Starring Ryan Gosling again this artsy, slow burn, extremely violent Bangkok-set revenge drama is a dish definitely served cold, with a slice of style and minor substance. Only God Forgives isn't that comparable to much of Nicolas Winding Refn's past work, even Drive, aside from maybe the structure and themes in Valhalla Rising or Fear X. That said, I believe Refn is one of the craziest, most creative, »
- Alex Billington
Feature Glen Chapman 22 May 2013 - 06:41
With Django Unchained out now on DVD, Glen looks at the Tarantino projects that have yet to be made, and what he might direct next...
Quentin Tarantino's impact on cinema over the past two decades is undeniable, but still, he's something of a divisive filmmaker. There are many who love his character, enthusiasm and output, but there are those who dismiss his work as little more than pastiche.
The enthusiasm he exudes often results in him announcing dream projects that at the time seem unlikely to be made, and for a number of these, this has turned out to be the case. His last two films, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, were both teased by the director many years before they went into production, and eventually made it to the big screen. Other Tarantino projects, meanwhile, have been less fortunate.
Here are a »
★★★★☆ Widely and rather wildly lauded as a dramatic return to form, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012) serves as a brilliantly entertaining, although not altogether unexpected piece of pastiche, caricature cinema. Set to the backdrop of America's pre-Civil War plantations, it is in equal parts a revenge thriller and a buddy movie, led by a stellar cast with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz on sublime form as its leading men. The story begins with Django (Foxx) being transported as a slave through the backwoods of Texas. On the journey, he and his captors happen upon what turns out to be fateful encounter with Waltz's Dr. King Schultz.
Schultz frees Django and subsequently decides to help him reunite with his wife Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington. However, the evil Calvin Candie, played to sadistic perfection by Leonardo DiCaprio, is currently holding her captive on his Candyland plantation. What ensues is the tale of an unlikely friendship, »
- CineVue UK
Getting one phone call from Harvey Weinstein would be enough for many actors to commit to a role. But it took one phone call a week, for several weeks, to get martial arts star Donnie Yen to commit to the Weinstein Co.‘s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel.
“At first I was a little hesitant,” Yen said during a discussion with Weinstein and director Yuen Woo-Ping at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.
The kung-fu expert, who has shown off his skills in pics like Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” and the “Iron Monkey” films, praised the original 2000 “Crouching Tiger,” and said he had concerns about how to improve on it. Eventually, though, Yen said that “as an actor,” he couldn’t pass up the challenge.
Weinstein’s love of Asian cinema and martial arts is well-known, and he talked about being influenced by Akira Kurosawa.
Weinstein said that when »
- Rachel Abrams
Fresh off its recent debut at Tribeca in NYC, Raze hit the French Riviera for Cannes and quickly landed North American distro with IFC Midnight. No release details are available yet, but we're sure to hear more once the dust settles.
Per Deadline, the deal for the film was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, Director of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Nate Bolotin of Xyz Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Celluloid Dreams is currently selling the film’s international rights at Cannes.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Josh Waller has crafted the most intense and unique action film that we have seen in a long time. With the magnificent Zoe Bell leading a strong female cast, Raze delivers and then some. We can’t wait to unleash it upon audiences.”
- The Woman In Black
Nobody’s a bigger fan of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon than me. Ang Lee’s fine directing mixed with a strong cast and a truly engaging story resulted in one of the finest martial arts films of all time. Does it need a sequel? I’d normally say no, unless Ang Lee was attached to direct. Then again, I’m not Harvey Weinstein. Ever since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – The Green Destiny was announced and greenlit, there have been rumors about some of the original cast returning for a second bout. As it turns out, Michelle Yeoh will be reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien, while Donnie Yen (Ip Man) will play the character of Silent Wolf.
Alas, the great Ang Lee won’t be returning. The man just won an Academy Award for Best Director — at this point, he’s probably got bigger fish to fry. Yuen Woo Ping, »
- Paulo Lazo
After the stupendous success of Shootout At Wadala, director Sanjay Gupta joins forces with action Abraham yet again for an epic revenge saga which looks to redefine the action space in Bollywood. Based on the lines of Hollywood blockbusters like Kill Bill and Django Unchained, the untitled one-man-army film will be amongst Bollywood's most ambitious yet and who better than director Sanjay Gupta to helm the project. If sources are to be believed, the makers promise to give it a similar status that Sunny Deol's Ghayal had back in the day. The film will also see John pushing the envelope in the action space, with high adrenaline stunts without body doubles in signature Sanjay Gupta style. Reveals a source, "Sanjay Gupta joins hands with John Abraham for an epic revenge saga which is on the lines of a Bollywood Rambo... When dabbling with the script, the director could think »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
The Weinstein Company announced today production of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny will begin in March 2014 in Asia. Woo-ping Yuen 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 Du Lu Wang, book 5 in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy series, on which the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based. The screenplay is written by John Fusco (Forbidden Kingdom, Hidalgo, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron) and will be produced by Harvey Weinstein and David Thwaites, co-produced by Johnny Levin with Executive Producer Anthony Wong. Yucaipa Films is co-financing the project.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, distributed by Sony Pictures, became a surprise international success, grossing $213.5 million. It grossed $128 million in the Us becoming the highest grossing foreign language film in American history and has won over 40 awards »
Michelle Yeoh is set to reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 - The Green Destiny, which is set to be directed by martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo Ping. The sequel revolves around her character.
She joins Donnie Yen who is playing Silent Wolf in the sequel to the Weinstein's classic 2000 martial arts film. The sequel is based on Iron Knight, Silver Vase written by Wang Du Lu. It's the fifth book in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy - which the first Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based on.
Harvey Weinstein had this to say in a statement:
I loved Ang Lee's film. I thought it was a master class in directing, but I know we are in fantastic hands with Yuen Wo Ping directing the second installment of Crouching Tiger. Master Yuen worked with me on Iron Monkey, Kill Bill and now Grandmaster.He is a first-class director and choreographer, »
- Joey Paur
On the lines of Hollywood blockbusters like Kill Bill and Django Unchained, the untitled one-man-army film is amongst Bollywood’s most ambitious yet and who better than director Sanjay Gupta to helm the project.
If sources are to be believed, the makers promise to give it a similar status that Sunny Deol’s Ghayal had back in the day. The film will also see John Abraham pushing the envelope in the action space, with high adrenaline stunts without body doubles in signature Sanjay Gupta style.
- Sunny Malik
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
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
Los Angeles, May 14: Actress Uma Thurman, who gave birth to her third child in July last year, wants to get back to work as she wants to strike a balance between her personal and professional life.
"It isn't the case that being a housewife doesn't satisfy me. I love cooking, doing gardening and being there for my children. But in life you need an intact work-life balance and in the end I just didn't have this balance anymore," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Thurman as saying.
Her third child Rosalind is with her. »
- Rahul Kapoor
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