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Tom Hiddleston after his challengeI know it's for a good cause but we're definitely reaching saturation point for the Als Ice Bucket Challenge. Soon, like maybe in 5 minutes, it will be over. But Als is enjoying huge fundraising numbers so good on them for dreaming it up. I hope all these celebrates dousing themselves with freezing water are donating a dollar for every viewing of their videos and vines.
I've avoided sharing any because how would you choose? I mean other than skipping my beloved childhood idol Olivia Newton-John who kind of misses the point, filling her thimble "bucket" of ice with undoubtedly warm pool water before trickling it over her gorgeous blonde head. Let's just say Her Chills Weren't Multiplying. She Was Not Losing Control.
So why am I posting this? To note that this ice bucket madness which was mostly music stars at first has gone global. Here's »
- NATHANIEL R
If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »
- Kristopher Tapley
For this hour long special edition of the podcast, we took Joe Reid's suggestion and are having ourselves a theme party. The theme is 2004, and on its tenth anniversary Nathaniel, Nick and Joe marvel at what a rich cinematic year it was and how well the highlights have endured.
We begin with movies we think we should revisit or have shifted in our memory and then compare top ten lists. Movies discussed include but are not limited to: Dogville, Bad Education, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Tarnation, Before Sunset, Blissfully Yours, Shaun of the Dead, Sideways, House of Flying Daggers, Primer, Vera Drake, and Maria Full of Grace among others.
You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download the conversation on iTunes. Continue the conversation with your own 2004 memories and revisits in the comments.
- NATHANIEL R
Zhang Yimou, who made classics such as House of Flying Daggers and Raise the Red Lantern, will direct Great Wall, a fantasy epic about the mysterious reasons why the Great Wall of China was built. The project, which is set in the 15th century, came close to being made in 2012 with Ed Zwick at the helm before scheduling and creative issues forced a rethink. Finding a Hollywood-China co-production that works in China and internationally has become a driving interest for many studios, and Legendary has been particularly focused on trying to track down the breakout film. Photos: Johnny Depp's
- Clifford Coonan
Not only martial arts fans, but cinephiles in general are in for a rare treat this summer when the retrospective "All Hail The King: The Films of King Hu" arrives at Bam Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn from June 6 through 17. Immensely influential, King Hu, during his three-decade career, made films in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea, and raised the wuxia genre to new artistic heights and aesthetic beauty, with a style that integrated Chinese philosophy, aesthetics, and opera into his cinematic techniques. The reach of Hu's influence remains strong up to the present day; this great filmmaker inspired other great ones, such as Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers), and Tsui Hark (The Blade). BAMcinematek's 15-film retrospective includes nine of King...
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It’s directed by Zhang Yimou, it made Steven Spielberg cry like baby, and it’s premiering at Cannes this month. While there’s not much else we need to know to get on board for Coming Home, the latest film from helmer behind Hero and House of Flying Daggers, today a new trailer has landed. While the lack of [...] »
- Leonard Pearce
Zhang Yimou’s latest offering, Coming Home, looks to be a very powerful and unforgettable film, and that’s based solely on this subtle and moving teaser trailer. Yimou, director of Hero, House Of Flying Daggers, Riding Alone For Thousands Of Miles and The Road Home, has had a very prolific career where he has mixed martial arts with calm dramas, and even found time for a Blood Simple remake in the form of A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop.
His latest stars Gong Li and Chen Daoming. Chen stars a husband forced into marriage, who soon escapes to America, only to return to face his family and the consequences. Coming Home is all set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and will hopefully get international distribution soon after. The use of simple but stunning shots, backed up by a beautiful piano score, have placed this high on my Watch List. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
This is a gorgeous trailer, and this film looks amazing. Another anticipated upcoming film confirmed on the Cannes 2014 line-up this morning is Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou's latest, Coming Home, starring Chen Daoming (Hero, Infernal Affairs 3, Aftershock) and Gong Li (2046, Memoirs of a Geisha, Curse of the Golden Flower). The story is about a Chinese man who is forced into marriage and flees to America, but finally returns home years later only to be rejected by his family. It looks like there are very deep, complex emotions and a heartbreaking story to tell, but I am looking forward to catching this film sooner than later. Here's the first international trailer for Zhang Yimou's Coming Home, on YouTube via The Film Stage: Coming Home, or Homecoming or Return as it's also known, is directed by prominent Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (of Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower, »
- Alex Billington
The story deals with British soldiers traveling through 15th century China who witness the construction of the massive edifice that will one day be known as the Great Wall of China. They soon discover that its intended purpose is not to keep out human beings, but terrifying otherworldly creatures.
The project was conceived by Legendary CEO Thomas Tull and "World War Z" writer Max Brooks back in 2012. It got pretty far along as well - Ed Zwick was attached to direct while Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker were to star in the film.
Scheduling and creative issues ultimately caused the project to be put on hold and re-conceived. It's now ready to go again, likely through Legendary's Asian division Legendary East. A rewrite is expected, »
- Garth Franklin
Celebrated Chinese director Yimou Zhang has come aboard to replace Edward Zwick on The Great Wall, the first project under Legendary Pictures' off-shoot Legendary East, which is focused on Chinese-themed projects.
The drama was close to starting production back in 2012 before scheduling issues caused director Edward Zwick to leave in September 2012. The production was initially bumped due to inclement weather conditions in China and New Zealand, and also because funding had not been fully secured.
Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker were initially set to star as two British soldiers travelling through 15th Century China, who witness the Great Wall of China's construction. They learn that the Chinese are not building the wall to keep out the invading Mongol forces, but to keep an evil supernatural force at bay. At this time, neither actor is involved in the project.
Legendary's 15th century China epic The Great Wall appears to have found a new helmer today as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Zhang Yimou ( Hero , House of Flying Daggers ) is in talks to direct. Ed Zwick was previously attached to helm the project, which very nearly moved forward with Henry Cavill, Benjamin Walker and Zhang Ziyi headlining. At the moment, however, no acting talent appears to be attached. The Great Wall was originally said to follow British warriors who happen upon the hurried construction of the massive wall. As night falls, the warriors realize that the haste in building the wall isn.t just to keep out the Mongols . there is something inhuman and more dangerous. Zwick wrote the screenplay with Marshall Herskovitz, although a rewrite is now being »
Legendary’s Great Wall is being rebuilt. The pet project of Legendary CEO Thomas Tull, who conceived it with World War Z writer Max Brooks, came close to being made in 2012 before scheduling and creative issues forced a rethink. Sources now tell The Hollywood Reporter that Zhang Yimou, the acclaimed director behind movies such as House of Flying Daggers and Raise the Red Lantern, is in talks to direct Great Wall. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Mockingjay,' 'Spider-Man 2' The feature is expected to fall under Legendary Pictures’ Asian division, Legendary
- Borys Kit
Chinese director Wu Tianming, who helmed several films that reshaped Chinese cinema, including “Old Well” and “King of Masks,” died of an apparent heart attack on March 4 in his home in Beijing. He was 74.
The filmmaker, known as the “Godfather of the Fifth Generation,” was the former head of Xi’an Film Studios, and the films he directed, also including “Life,” “CEO” and his final film, “Song of the Phoenix,” earned Wu worldwide critical acclaim and garnered him multiple awards.
Wu, a native of China’s Shan Xi Province, developed an early interest in the theater and worked odd jobs at local playhouses in order to observe the actors. He later worked as a stage actor and became a film player with Xi’an Film Studios. By the time he reached his teens, Wu’s interest shifted to motion pictures, and Dovzhenko’s “Poem of the Sea” served as the impetus for his filmmaking career. »
- Andrea Seikaly
It’s common knowledge that while the Oscar often tout rewarding the best in film, that the notion of what’s best is entirely subjective, depending on the voter. So when trying to make informed Oscar decisions, one has to look past subjective thoughts and search for the trends. One of the major trends that has been appearing has been the success of films with heavy visual effects or 3D in the cinematography category. With Emmanuel Lubezki all but on stage to accept the Oscar in cinematography, it was worth taking a look at the category’s evolution.
There have always been epic films or movies that have had some visual effects that have competed in, and won cinematography Oscars. Yet after Titanic won 11 Oscars, including Cinematography, there seems to have been a wave of films that have relied on visual effects to tell their tale succeeding in this category. »
- Terence Johnson
Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou's latest has, indeed, found a "Home." Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand to Zhang's "Coming Home." A 20th-century-spanning romantic drama about a Chinese dissident, the film stars Gong Li and Chen Daoming, and is currently in post-production. Produced by Bill Kong and Zhang Zhao, "Coming Home" will be the 12th collaboration between Sony Classics and Zhang Yimou, beginning with 1991's "Raise the Red Lantern" and including "House of Flying Daggers," "Curse of the Golden Flower" and "Shanghai Triad." Primary financier LeVision Pictures will handle distribution in China. A master stylist of both martial arts and human drama films, Zhang Yimou's last movie was "The Flowers of War" in 2011. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American, Latin American, Australian and New Zealand rights to Zhang Yimou's latest "Coming Home," starring Gong Li. This marks the company's whopping twelfth collaboration with Zhang (known for "Hero," "Raise the Red Lantern," "House of Flying Daggers" and many others). "Coming Home" is currently in post-production. Inspired by Yan Geling's "The Criminal Lu Yanshi," the film is a romance drama chronicling the journey of a Chinese dissident from the 1920s to the 1990s. No release date has been announced as of yet. »
- Nigel M Smith
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand to Zhang Yimou.s Coming Home , starring Gong Li. The film, currently in post-production, is produced by Bill Kong and LeVision Pictures' Zhang Zhao. Lava Bear Films' David Linde executive produced. Inspired by Yan Geling's "The Criminal Lu Yanshi" with a screenplay written by Jingshi Zou, Coming Home is a romance drama chronicling the journey of a Chinese dissident (Chen Daoming) from the 1920's to the 1990's. Coming Home marks the twelfth collaboration between the Sony Pictures Classics team and Zhang Yimou, dating back to the 1991 Orion Classics release of Raise the Red Lantern . Other films include House of Flying Daggers , »
After bringing hit Chinese films to the Us such as Hero and House of Flying Daggers, director Zhang Yimou is situating himself with an American film at Universal Pictures. THR has word that Yimou is currently in talks to adapt The Parsifal Mosaic, the 1982 novel by Robert Ludlum, the same author behind The Bourne Identity and the sequels that followed. This would be Yimou's first studio film, and he's got Imagine Entertainment duo Brian Grazer and Ron Howard producing with the Ludlum estate's Captivate Entertainment, not to mention a script from Road to Perdition writer David Self too. Read on! Here's the official synopsis of the early 80s spy thriller novel: Michael Havelock’s world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava as he watched his partner and lover, double agent Jenna Karas, efficiently gunned down by his own agency. There’s nothing left for him but to quit the game, »
- Ethan Anderton
Zhang Yimou, the Chinese director of action epics like Hero and House of Flying Daggers, is in talks to direct his first western production, an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's 182 novel The Parsifal Mosaic.
The story is of a Us intelligence officer who sees his lover, a double agent working for the Kgb, killed by his own agency. He later sees her alive at a train station, and goes searching for her, becoming embroiled in a deep conspiracy. The film will be produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the director of Rush and Frost/Nixon who was originally slated to direct the film back in 2009.
Yimou made his name in the west with his martial arts epics that blended dizzying, dreamlike »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
David Self penned the adaptation in which a U.S. intelligence agent witnesses the assassination of his lover, a Kgb double agent.
When he later sees her alive in Rome, it begins a quest that leads him to unravel a conspiracy with a mole named Parsifal at the center.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
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