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★★★★☆ 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
Uma Thurman doesn't have a balance between her work and personal life. The 'Kill Bill' actress - who has daughter Maya, 14, and 11-year-old son Levon, with ex-husband Ethan Hawke - welcomed her third child, Rosalind, with Arpad Busson in July 2012 but is now itching to get back to making movies because she doesn't feel she has enough of a balance in her life. She told Germany's Gala magazine: 'At the moment I'm reading three different screenplays and I have to decide with which film I want to start [work] again. '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 »
Kick-Ass 3 has offered its first preview.
The writer has promised that the third outing of Dave Lizewski will be his last.
"It's all about a rite of passage. It's about a kid whose mum has died and he's not really that enchanted with the real world. He's become absorbed in this fantasy world of comics but he's taken it to the next level and gets dressed up as these characters."
He also said that, if the title were to continue in any form, it would star Big Daddy and be set before the events of the first series.
"Kick-Ass 3 is definitely the end of everybody's story, but there »
Why do we feel like Uma Thurman is wearing a matching bikini under this "dress?" Something about the '70s feel, graphic print and wedge sandals make the Smash star feel like she's headed to a yacht in San Tropez, not a red carpet in New York. The dark shades and thick silk help convince us that this is, in fact, evening wear, but that loose, wispy bun takes us right back to visions of our favorite Kill Bill star sunning near the sand. Which isn't a bad vision, actually. Maybe Uma is onto something here »
UK retailer Game has announced plans to sell movies in-store and online.
The scheme was greenlit following a successful trial period in which the store stocked The Hobbit and Skyfall.
Game category director Charlotte Knight said that movies are closely tied to the gaming lifestyle.
"Gaming and movies go together hand-in-hand - you only need to look at the cinematic effects found in many games, along with how many games are based on films and vice versa, to understand how closely the two are related," Knight explained.
"Introducing this range of movies is another big step towards delivering for every aspect of a gamer's lifestyle."
Knight added: "We've already had very encouraging performances on The Hobbit and Skyfall, and we're confident that the time is right to extend our range. »
When I look at the slate of Best Picture nominees from 2003, it appears to have been a true high-water mark for the industries’ “epic” films. While we still suffer from the aftershocks of Hollywood’s obsession with “the epicness of epicdom” (two made up words, I know, but that’s just how self-consciously epic these films are), in 2003, the tone still felt new and fresh. These epic films were not only rewarded with successful box office receipts, but high critical praise as well (thus the Oscar nominations).
In the years following, while the box office receipts have remained consistent (or even increased), the grades from critics and enthusiasts have slowly fallen away as the genre has become increasingly stale. In 2003 though, we had mostly good films from the genre in our rear-view mirror, so the potential for the genre was promising and people were ready to bite on anything that »
- Christopher Lominac
Playwright Neil Labute is notorious for dredging the dark depths of the male psyche, and Some Girl(s) goes so far as to name its protagonist, if that’s the right word, merely as “Man.” In the movie, which premiered at SXSW in March, Adam Brody (The O.C.) plays the Man, a successful writer who thinks the best way to prep for his imminent wedding is a cross-country jaunt to reconnect with a quintet of his former lovers — Jennifer Morrison, Mía Maestro, Emily Watson, Zoe Kazan and Kristen Bell — to resolve old wounds. Or not.
This isn’t High Fidelity, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Oscar-nominated actress Uma Thurman has signed with UTA following an eight month stint at WME, TheWrap has learned. Thurman, who starred in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" and the "Kill Bill" movies, is said to be looking to return to a full acting slate now that she recently gave birth to a daughter. With unconfirmed reports of a third "Kill Bill" in the works, it's possible Thurman could pick up the sword to play Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo again, though nothing has been set in stone. The actress recently wrapped Lars von Trier's controversial »
- Jeff Sneider
Uma Thurman has signed with UTA, which will represent her in film and on television. The Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill actress was previously with Wme. She most recently appeared as a guest star in multiple episodes of NBC's musical drama Smash, for which she was nominated for an Emmy. She also appeared in the Gerard Butler-fronted dramedy Playing for Keeps and the Robert Pattinson drama Bel Ami. Thurman was represented by Wme for less than a year after a long stint with CAA. She has several projects either already shot (Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac) or in development, including
- Matthew Belloni
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