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Hello, Newbies! I’ll be subbing in for Lanford this week as she is jet-setting to her family home for Thanksgiving and I’m home alone with my cats. I like to think I’m whimsical like Winston with Ferguson — although I draw the line at taking showers with a cat. Let’s recap!
It’s the third Thanksgiving for the New Girl gang and a lot has changed — last year, Nick fell for Jess’s mom played by the incomparable Jamie Lee Curtis. Now, Coach is back, Schmidt is out of the apartment (but just down the hall), and Nick and Jess are together. »
- Maricela Gonzalez
This past weekend’s New York Comic Con was the source of a lot of great information about upcoming projects on comics, TV, movies, and more, and one of our favorite updates was the latest on the upcoming animated Star Wars Rebels. Check out the all the deets (the kind that real Star Wars fans love) in press release form, followed by a featurette with showrunner Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and a first look at the new villain (he’s a Darth Vader hire), followed by a great screen shot of said villain:
The next great villain from a galaxy far, far away is here. Fans attending Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars Rebels panel today at New York Comic Con got the world’s first look at the Inquisitor, a black-clad, intimidating figure who »
- Erin Willard
At New York City Comic-Con Lucasfilm revealed the new villain of the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series! His name is the Inquisitor, and he looks like a badass! I was at the panel, where they showed off a ton of really cool concept art from the series, and it looks like it will be even better than The Clone Wars series! I'm super-freakin-excited about this!
Below you'll find the official announcement that contains some more information about what the new series will entail. I've also posted a video of producer and director Dave Filoni, among others, talking about the new series.
The next great villain from a galaxy far, far away is here. Fans attending Lucasfilm's Star Wars Rebels panel today at New York Comic Con got the world's first look at the Inquisitor, a black-clad, intimidating figure who will play a prominent role in the upcoming animated series. »
- Joey Paur
The next great villain from a galaxy far, far away is here. Fans attending Lucasfilm's Star Wars Rebels panel today at New York Comic Con got the world's first look at the Inquisitor, a black-clad, intimidating figure who will play a prominent role in the upcoming animated series. In a special video (available below) screened at the end of the panel, Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni officially revealed the character, showing a sculpted maquette, design sketches, and disclosing that the Inquisitor is "tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights."
The panel, hosted by Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo, focused on the Empire and how it is central to the story of Star Wars Rebels. Pablo Hidalgo revealed that the series takes place about 14 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, a time in which the Emperor's rule is secure »
The Internet hit celebrity gold this week when one Reddit user asked others to share their "before they were stars" stories. The thread kicked off with two simple questions: "Did you ever grow up with someone that is now famous? If so what were they like growing up?" Stories soon came flowing about a future James Bond who worked as a milkman, a certain Game of Thrones star who cheated on his high school girlfriend, and a current glamourous starlet who was voted class clown. We've rounded up our favorite gems. Of course, none of this is fact-checked, so it this could be pure fan fantasy, but here's what people are saying in the thread. Kristen Stewart was a bit of a trouble maker: "Went to middle school with Kristen Stewart. She just finished Panic Room and had really short hair. She sat behind me in bio and pulled my hair, »
- Annie Gabillet
Kevin MacDonald, the celebrated director of films Marley and The Last King Of Scotland, is set to direct a new biopic based on the life of Elvis Presley. The film will be called Last Train To Memphis and is based on a book by Peter Guralnick. Mick Jagger, he of The Rolling Stones fame will co-produce, with John Fusco, who wrote Young Guns, Loch Ness and Hidalgo, adapting said novel. The film is set up at Fox 2000.
The book, full title ‘Last Train To Memphis: The Life Of Elvis Presley,’ is ‘based on hundreds of interviews and nearly a decade of research, it traces the evolution not just of the man but of the music and of the culture he left utterly transformed, creating a completely fresh portrait of Elvis and his world.’
There is nobody set to play Elvis as yet, however it looks like the filmmakers are »
- Paul Heath
The sequel to Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" continues moving forward at The Weinstein Company with news today of a returning star.
Entitled "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon — The Green Destiny," the script is by John Fusco ("The Forbidden Kingdom," "Hidalgo") based on "Silver Vase, Iron Knight," the fifth book in the Crane Iron Pentalogy".
Wo Ping Yuen has taken over the director's chair on the project which begins filming next March.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
Update: Zhang Ziyi ("The Grandmaster") is in talks to return as her character Jen Yu in flashback sequences for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- The Green Destiny," reports Entertainment Weekly. The Weinstein Co. is developing the sequel, which is penned by John Fusco ("Hidalgo"). Action star Michelle Yeoh is also on board, returning as Yu Shu Lien, with Donnie Yen set to play Silent Wolf. Legendary martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (whose choreography is on ravishing display in Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster") will helm the film. (Spoiler Alert: Chow Yun-Fat can't return, as he dies at the end of the original film.) Earlier: Without Ang Lee or Sony, the Weinstein Company is starting production of a sequel to the Oscar-winning "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," which earned six Oscar nominations including best picture and grossed $213.5 million million worldwide. Its $128 million stateside gross made it the highest grossing foreign-language film in American. »
- Anne Thompson
Yes, it's really happening. You may have forgotten, but at the beginning of the year it was announced that The Weinstein Company were pushing forward with a sequel to Ang Lee's smash hit "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," with plans to shoot this past May. While that didn't exactly happen, the project now has a new start date and more importantly, a key cast member. EW reports that Zhang Ziyi — who will kick ass in "The Grandmaster," opening this weekend — is in talks to return as Jen Yu in flashback sequences in the movie now called "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon — The Green Destiny." The film has a script from John Fusco ("The Forbidden Kingdom," "Hidalgo") and is based on the book "Silver Vase, Iron Knight," the fifth book in "Iron Pentalogy" ('Crouching Tiger' was the fourth), with story centering on Yu Shu Lien. Michelle Yeoh will also return take on that latter role, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
Anant Singh, Yuen Wo Ping, Harvey Weinstein, Rooney Mara, (unknown), Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Naomie Harris and Ryan Coogler at the Majestic Hotel This evening I attended the Weinstein Co.'s Cannes presentation in which they revealed information, footage and trailers from all of their upcoming 2013 releases, both domestically and abroad. For the most part what was shown has already been seen such as trailers for The Butler, August: Osage County, The Grandmaster and Fruitvale Station plus a clip from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, all of which I have included below in this recap of events, which did also feature some new footage from a selection of films. Weinstein himself seemed most proud of the upcoming, Shane Salerno-directed portrait of J.D. Salinger, which is aptly titled Salinger and 2013 Cannes jury member Nicole Kidman was on hand to offer a few words on Grace of Monaco, »
- Brad Brevet
The Weinstein Company announced that "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny" will begin filming in March of 2014 in Asia. Yuen Wo Ping is set to direct the new film with Donnie Yen starring as Silent Wolf and Michelle Yeoh reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien. The screenplay is based on Wang Du Lu's "Iron Knight, Silver Vase," which is the fifth book 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). "I loved Ang Lee's film," said Harvey Weinstein. "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, »
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 »
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
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, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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, on which the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based. The screenplay is written by John Fusco ( Forbidden Kingdom , Hidalgo , Spirit ) 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 »
Joe Johnston, director of Captain America: The First Avenger, has signed up to direct the long-time-coming mobster biopic, Gotti. For the last two years, the film has been kicking around with everyone bar the Queen attached to star. Gotti once had Barry Levinson confirmed as director, Al Pacino as a crime boss, Joe Pesci as a ruthless gangster, Kelly Preston and…gulp, Lindsay Lohan as Gotti Jr’s wife. There’s no word on whether any of these supporting cast announcements still stand, but we do know that John Travolta will still star.
The film is based on a story by Gotti’s son, John A. Gotti, with a screenplay penned by Leo Rossi. No stranger to the mob, Rossi previously wrote 2004′s Mafioso: The Father, The Son. This will be the first time Johnston grapples with a mafia flick, stepping away from his usual genre fare. Previous efforts of his include Jurassic Park III, »
- Gem Seddon
Liam Neeson and Woody Harrelson are looking to star in a new film called Highwaymen. They will play the two Texas Rangers that hunted and killed the popular Depression Era bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde.
John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) is set to directed the film from a script written by John Fusco (Hidalgo, Young Guns). The drama "focuses on legendary lawman Frank Hamer, who was coaxed by a consortium of banks to assemble a posse and end the robbery reign of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in the 1930s." Hamer was an old-school Texas Ranger that killed 52 people and survived over 100 gunfights. He set his sights on Bonnie and Clyde after their gang organized a jail break and killed a guard.
This sounds like it will be a very cool movie, and Frank Hamer is sure to make a fantastic character on the big screen. I've always been »
- Joey Paur
Thanks to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the true story of Bonnie and Clyde has become a piece of pop culture legend, the duo's crime spree across America known to just about everyone. But while director Arthur Penn's 1967 romanticized the tale of the tale of the two outlaws, we've never seen the other side of the story, from the point of view of those trying to take them down. Well, that's about to change. Deadline has learned that Liam Neeson and Woody Harrelson are now being looked at to star in Highwaymen, a film directed by John Lee Hancock about the two Texas Rangers who managed to hunt down and kill Bonnie and Clyde during their legendary Depression Era crime spree.The site says that John Fusco, whose credits include Hidalgo and The Forbidden Kingdom, scripted the drama, and that Media Rights Capital and Universal Pictures, who worked together »
Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Alamo) has long been circling the director’s chair on the drama Highwaymen, and now it looks like the project is finally coming together. Hancock has signed on to helm the pic, which centers on the manhunt for infamous bank robbers Bonnie & Clyde during the Great Depression. The protagonist of the story is Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, a lawman with quite the reputation (he survived 100 gunfights and killed 53 people) who was coaxed into putting together a team of Rangers to finally take down Bonnie & Clyde following an embarrassing Texas prison break headed up by Clyde Barrow. Hit the jump for more on the project, including which actors Hancock is eyeing to lead the film. Deadline reports that Liam Neeson and Woody Harrelson are being courted to star in the pic, though it's unknown which actor would play Hamer. John Fusco (Young Guns II, »
- Adam Chitwood
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