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Anita Mui 1963-2003
Anita Mui had a fantastic screen presence, an actress and a musician, she also did lots of work for charity. In the 80′s she became a household name within the music world and was dubbed the “Madonna of Asia”. She had a series of shows entitled the “Anita Classic Moment Live Concert” that consisted of eight shows at the Hong Kong Coliseum from 6 to 11 November and 14 to 15 November 2003, which were to be her last concerts before her death.
Anita made some great movies and was always surrounded by a great cast. Some movies you should check out are Behind the Yellow Line, Rouge, The Heroic Trio, Drunken Master 2, Miracles, Saviour of the Soul, Moon Warriors and many more.
Mui was originally cast in Zhang Yimou’s House of Flying Daggers (2004), but she resigned only two weeks before her death. Zhang had reserved her scenes to be shot »
House of Flying Daggers director says he and his wife are willing to publicly apologise for having three children
• News: Zhang Yimou sued for breaking China's one-child policy
Chinese film-maker Zhang Yimou will face a fine of more than 7m yuan (more than £730,000) for breaching his country's one-child policy, according to China's state news agency, Xinhua.
In an interview with the agency, Zhang said he and his wife, Chen Ting, were ready to make a public apology for having three children. The couple denied abuse of privilege and said they wanted more offspring for traditional reasons, and because the births brought happiness to themselves and their parents.
"My father told me prior to his death that he hoped I could have a son to continue the family line and my mother also believed that with more children, they could have more companions," said Zhang. "As a public figure, I and »
- Ben Child
Famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou is facing a $164 million (1 billion yuan) lawsuit after being accused of violating China’s one-child policy, according to The Verge.
The director of House of Flying Daggers and Flowers of War has admitted to fathering three children with his wife along with another child with his ex-wife. This admission came following speculation that he had actually fathered seven children. Zhang Yimou also oversaw the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and this news has been met with fresh calls to abolish China’s one-child policy, which was first implemented back in 1979.
The lawyers who have filed the suit against Zhang are said to be looking for punitive damages. It’s also been claimed that the lawyers are using the case as an example to illustrate how unfair law enforcement is when the richer people in society don’t have to abide by the one-child policy. »
- Eric Wood
Two lawyers are suing the director in what they are calling a protest against rich people flouting the rules
The Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is being sued by two lawyers for breaking China's one-child policy, in what they are calling a protest against rich people flouting the rules.
Zhang, who directed House of Flying Daggers and Hero, admitted on Sunday to having had three children with his wife.
Jia Fangyi said on Friday that he and Guo Chengxi wanted Zhang to pay 1bn yuan (£100m) as a punishment and as compensation for the use of public services.
Although Zhang already faces a fine that could run into the millions of dollars, Jia said he and Guo did not feel that was enough to deter other wealthy people from defying the regulations.
People caught breaking China's family planning policy must pay a "social compensation fee" based on their annual income. »
To introduce FilmNation CEO and Ifp Film Week Filmmaker Conference keynote speaker Glen Basner, producer and Ifp Board member Anthony Bregman gave the audience a little-known fact: "20 years ago," Bregman said, "Glen Basner was selling sweaters on 7th Avenue. How did you transition from sweaters?" "The dream was always sweaters," Basner joked. The truth is that Basner got his start when his childhood friend, director Edward Burns, told producer Ted Hope that he was a "must hire" as an unpaid intern on Burns' "She's The One." Basner worked his way up -- as Hope' assistant, then heading up development at Good Machine, then moving into international sales where he oversaw Zhang Yimou's "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers," Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," Pedro Almodóvar's"Hable Con Ella" (Talk to Her), Alejandro González Innárritu's "21 Grams," and Sofia Coppola's"Lost In »
- Paula Bernstein
The film, directed by American helmer Dennie Gordon, stars Zhang and Chinese singer Wang Leehom in a project with a similar story line to “Sophie’s Revenge.” Producers are Ming ‘Beaver’ Kwei, Second Chan, William Cheng, Ling Lucas and Zhang.
The film is set for a limited release in the U.S. and Canada in metro areas, including Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and the Washington, D.C., area.
Zhang stars as a women caught up in an international diamond heist that draws her towards a spy (played by Wang) trying to save the world. Producers said last year that Gordon was the first American woman to direct a feature film for the domestic market in China. »
- Dave McNary
Ziyi Zhang is no stranger to serious kung fu moves, after her starring roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and 2004’s House of Flying Daggers. But training with kung fu master and choreographer Yuen Wo Ping for the upcoming film The Grandmaster? That was a whole other story, she tells EW.
“It was very intensive because Wong Kar-wei didn’t want us to pretend we know a little bit about kung fu — he really wanted us to be the master,” she tells EW about the six-month-long training process. “For this reason, we had to train many hours a day from »
- Laura Hertzfeld
Now that director Steven Spielberg has departed the adaptation of American Sniper, he doesn't have a project in his immediate future. And while there haven't been hints of what he might do next, the director recently voiced an interest in working with a talented filmmaker from China. Speaking with the China Daily newspaper (via The Guardian), Spielberg expressed an interest collaborating on a project with Hero and House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou. The Chinese filmmaker was just recently linked to Quasimodo, a new adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Josh Brolin in the lead. More below! Spielberg, recollecting his past work in China, said, "I made Empire of the Sun in Shanghai in the 1980s and want to come back one day to make a movie in China. We would work together on an international film that could take place in China." Spielberg calls Yimou a "dear friend, »
- Ethan Anderton
Zhang Yimou is reportedly in talks to direct an upcoming adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, it has been reported.
Negotiations for the Chinese director to oversee the film based on Victor Hugo's 18th century novel are in the very early stages, according to Hitflix.
Brolin has signed on to play the titular character in the movie, which at one point was to be directed by Tim Burton.
Yimou is best known for his highly-stylized martial arts films, including Hero and House of Flying Daggers.
Watch the Red Band trailer for Oldboy below: »
File this under films to start paying some serious attention to. Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou is circling Quasimodo, the Josh Brolin vehicle based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
If you don’t know who Yimou is, let me throw a few titles out there: House of Flying Daggers, Hero, Raise the Red Lantern, and the more recent The Flowers of War, about the Rape of Nanking. Now do you understand why this piece of information is so exciting?
Variety reported that Yimou is interested in directing Quasimodo, a project that Josh Brolin pitched to Warner Brothers way back in 2011. Brolin has plans to star, presumably as Quasimodo. The film is being written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows).
Quasimodo will follow the story of Esmeralda, a gypsy girl who takes sanctuary in the Notre Dame Cathedral after being accused of murder. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
In his homeland of China, filmmaker Zhang Yimou is essentially the definition of a national treasure. Not only has he made such awe-inspiring films as Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Raise the Red Lantern, he also directed the mind-blowing opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games that were held in Beijing. But his movies have found appreciative audiences around the world, and Warner Bros is looking to capitalize on Zhang.s incredible reputation and unparalleled visual storytelling for an adaptation of Victor Hugo.s classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Variety reports Zhang is currently in talks for the film, which will be called simply Quasimodo. The project has been in development at Warner Bros. since 2011, when Josh Brolin pitched it with plans to star. He.s still attached, and it.s said his concept for the story is what guided Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadow.s »
Director Zhang Yimou’s filmography is at once incredibly prestigious and – at a casual glance – quite odd. Made internationally famous by the 1991 period drama Raise the Red Lantern, Yimou was known for stately, slow-burn films of the same genre. In 2002, the director headed up the epic wuxia action-drama Hero, which went on to become a substantial overseas hit. He followed this up with two equally accomplished action-adventure movies – House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower.
Yimou has since returned to period drama, but the clout from his internationally beloved martial arts films remains. Apparently, the director is preparing to make the same jump to Hollywood that fellow Hong Kong directors John Woo and Ang ...
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- Kyle Hembree
Back in February of 2011, news surfaced that Tim Burton was working on a new adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Warner Bros. with Josh Brolin attached to star. But since then, there haven't been any updates. However, it appears Burton has fallen away from the project which is now going by the title Quasimodo, as Variety reports Hero and House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou is in talks to take over the project based on the classic Victor Hugo novel about Zhang Yimou the deformed and hunchbacked bell-ringer of the Notre Dame cathedral who falls for a beautiful gypsy named Esmerelda. Yimou is an interesting choice for this film with a script from Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the duo behind the recent stylized Sherlock Holmes franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. His hiring implies that there will likely be some kind of action in this adaptation, but the »
- Ethan Anderton
Filmmaker Zhang Yimou ("Hero," "House of Flying Daggers") is in talks to direct "Quasimodo" for Warner Bros. Pictures.
The latest adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," the story follows a gypsy girl who is framed for murder. Only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, Quasimodo, can save her.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou is in negotiations to join Warner Bros' Quasimodo.
The project is based on the original Hunchback of Notre Dame novel, and has been in development for more than two years, according to Variety.
The story has been adapted several times for the big screen, including 1939's black-and-white classic and Disney's 1996 animated version.
Quasimodo is yet to be assigned a release date.
Watch a trailer for House of Flying Daggers below: »
File this under: Projects You Forgot About. Way back in 2011, it emerged that Tim Burton and Josh Brolin were teaming on a new big screen version of Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame," with a script from Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the writing pair behind the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows." And then basically nothing was heard about it again. Burton has since directed "Dark Shadows" and "Frankenweenie," while we're not even going to list the movies Brolin has been in, but it looks like the project is kicking back to life. Variety reveals that the very unlikely choice of Zhang Yimou has been tapped by Warner Bros. to direct the movie that's not being called "Quasimodo." Brolin is still attached in the title role, where he'll play the bellringer who saves a girl framed for murder. Presumably with more explosions. And Yimou is no stranger to spectacle, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hero and House of Flying Daggers helmer Zhang Yimou is in talks to direct Quasimodo for Warner Bros. Pictures, reports Variety . With the story dating back to 1831, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" has been adapted dozens of times across film, television, radio, and for the stage (including in musical and ballet versions). Set in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the novel tells of Quasimodo, a deformed hunchback who dwells within and who falls in love with a dancing Gypsy, Esmeralda. The film has had Josh Brolin attached to star for more than two years. Kieran and Michele Mulroney wrote the original script. »
Warner Bros. are currently working on a new big-screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s iconic 1831 novel, ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame‘ from a script by Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows’ Kieran and Michele Mulroney. It’s a project, titled Quasimodo, that’s been stuck in development hell for quite some time but could now be moving forward with famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Josh Brolin has been attached since day one and is expected to take the lead of the deformed bell-ringer, who becomes the saviour of his beloved Esmerelda when the young gypsy girl is framed for murder.
The filmmaker behind the likes of international martial-arts hits Hero and House Of Flying Daggers, most recently impressed with acclaimed wartime drama The Flowers Of War starring Christian Bale. Hugo’s novel has been adapted many times, perhaps most famously by William Dieterle in 1939, starring Charles Laughton as the hunchbacked hero. »
- Craig Hunter
Josh Brolin has been attached to an adaptation of the Victor Hugo book The Hunchback of Notre Dame called Quasimodo for a while without any movement, but now Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. is eyeing Zhang Yimou to direct the film. Yimou is best known for his wuxia films like Hero and House Of Flying Daggers, and his last film was The Flowers Of War with Christian Bale. Victor Hugo's novel has been made adapted for the big screen before, but there hasn't been one »
- Jesse Giroux
The visionary behind such visual spectacles as Hero, House of Flying Daggers and The Flowers of War, director Zhang Yimou is reportedly in early talks to helm Warner Bros.’ Quasimodo film. Josh Brolin is attached to star in the adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel that centers on a gypsy girl who is framed for murder. Her savior comes in the form of Quasimodo, a hunchbacked and deformed bell-ringer. The script was written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Variety reported on Yimou’s potential attachment to the long-developing adaptation. »
- Dave Trumbore
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