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Ang Lee has officially backed out of directing the upcoming Tyrant pilot for FX. The political drama created by Homeland’s Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under’s Craig Wright centers around an American family in the Middle East and would have been Lee's first project since winning the Best Director Oscar for Life Of Pi and his first foray into the world of television, but, oh well. Lee’s official statement calls the show “one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen,” but explains that “after spending over four years »
You know what's terribly en vogue at the moment? Man-lost-at-sea movies. We'd put it all down to Life Of Pi, except that none so far have copied Ang Lee and added a tiger. But one of those lined up is The Deep, the new film from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur that's based on a hellish true story. And here's the UK poster.Cast your mind back, if you're old enough, to a cold March night in 1984. A small fishing boat went down in the Icelandic seas with its crew of six, but one of them miraculously survived, clinging to a piece of debris. Six hours later he washed ashore, so there's a hapy ending! Wait, not quite. It says here that he washed ashore on a deadly lava field.So it's out of the freezing cold Arctic ocean and into the fire. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson plays the lone protagonist pitted »
Two months after boarding the FX drama pilot Tyrant, Ang Lee has bowed out. "It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited," the two-time Oscar winner said. "However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest." Bummer — seeing what Lee would've done with the political thriller was high on our curiosity list. Tyrant comes from Homeland's Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under's Craig Wright. »
- Zach Dionne
After four and a half years making the smash hit Life Of Pi, and of course the six long months of the Oscar campaign that followed, director Ang Lee has finally admitted that enough is enough and that he needs some rest. Sadly, this means that he has had to pull out of FX’s new Pilot Tyrant, a new series created by Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under’s Craig Wright.
It was the first TV project that Lee had agreed to do, and it was thought he was already scouting for filming locations. In gave the following statement:
“It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited. However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life Of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest »
- Lucy Cave
A couple of updates out of the camp of FX pilots. Unfortunately, it looks like Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will be tapping out of production on the drama pilot Tyrant, citing exhaustion from filming and promoting Life of Pi. The story centers on an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation; Tyrant's pilot may be shooting in Morocco. The search for a replacement is currently underway. For more on what Lee had to say about his departure from the project and for casting information on Guillermo del Toro's FX pilot, The Strain, hit the jump. THR reports that Lee had the following to say in a statement regarding his departure from Tyrant: "It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited. However, after spending over four years »
- Dave Trumbore
FX's coup of landing two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee to direct the network's drama pilot "Tyrant" has hit a major snag. Lee has informed executive producer Howard Gordon ("Homeland") that he's no longer able to participate in the project.
Deadline reports that Lee's enthusiasm for "Tyrant" simply couldn't combat the physical and mental exhaustion he feels after four and a half years of shepherding "Life of Pi" to the screen and through the Hollywood awards circuit. Lee is currently fulfilling his duties as a juror at the Cannes Film Festival but apparently isn't ready to take on another directing project just yet.
"Tyrant" had been scheduled to begin production this summer and has been expected to earn a series order from the network. But first, FX will need to find another director.
Gideon Raff wrote the pilot's script about an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. »
Update: Ang Lee has issued a statement saying that he dropped out of FX's "Tyrant" pilot because "I need some rest" after making and promoting "Life of Pi." Lee's full statement is included below. Previously... Ang Lee apparently isn't feeling very tyrannical anymore. Also read: Ang Lee to Direct FX Pilot From 'Homeland' Duo The "Life of Pi" director has dropped out of the FX pilot "Tyrant," which would have marked his television directorial debut. The pilot, from "Homeland" producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, along with Craig Wright ("Six Feet Under"), follows an unassuming »
- Tim Kenneally
Update 4:15 Pm: Here is Ang Lee’s statement about his departure from Tyrant. It is with disappointment that I must confirm I have withdrawn from my commitment to direct the upcoming FX pilot Tyrant. It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited. However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life Of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest . Because I cannot give 100% to this exciting project at this time, I cannot allow myself to do anything that may affect the potential for this exciting new series. I wish Fox 21 and FX the best with this remarkable project. Exclusive 2:50 Pm: Oscar-winning director Ang Lee has pulled out of directing high-profile FX drama pilot Tyrant, from Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under alum Craig Wright. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It seems Ang Lee's post-Oscar move won't be an FX TV pilot after all. The Life of Pi director has pulled out of Tyrant, a high-profile drama pilot from Homeland's Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under's Craig Wright that he had signed on to helm, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. "It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited. However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest," explained Lee, who
- Lacey Rose
A feel-good movie that touches the heart while steering clear of expectation, “The Lunchbox” signals a notable debut from tyro helmer-scripter Ritesh Batra. The ingredients on their own are nearly fail-proof, yet it’s the way Batra combines food with an epistolary romance between a nearly retired number cruncher and a neglected wife that hits all the right tastebuds. An indie Indian pic with the crossover appeal of “Monsoon Wedding,” it’s sure to be gobbled up by audience-friendly fests before heading into niche cinemas.
Certainly confidence among all the major Western film funds was running high, with supportive nods from Sundance Lab, Torino Film Lab, Rotterdam’s Cinemart and the Berlinale’s Talent Campus. Co-producers with major arthouse cred including Danis Tanovic, Cedomir Kolar and Karsten Stoeter further put an international stamp on a thoroughly Indian story with plenty of crossover emotional resonance. Though the title suggests yet another »
- Jay Weissberg
Recently, Life Of Pi not only screened at Zsl London Zoo (read our report from that amazing event) but also in Paris, as people sat in lifeboats to watch the grand tale of Pi and Richard Parker the Bengal Tiger but now Paris has put on something extraordinary again.
20th Century Fox France, RealD and Garnier hosted a unique outdoor screening of the highly anticipated movie Epic in RealD 3D. To mark the movie’s release, guests were seated on a specially designed mesh platform amidst the tree-tops in a forest near Paris, immersing them in the natural world in which the film is set. Check out the astonishing images here:
Robert Mayson, Managing Director of RealD Europe, had this to say about the even and the technology:
“RealD 3D draws moviegoers into a film for a more immersive and realistic entertainment experience. Hosting this screening in such a unique »
- Dan Bullock
With the season of Summer blockbusters already in full swing here in the middle of May, you may have a tough time recalling the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film from the 85th Academy Awards ceremony way back in February. We here at the website have gotten to see the winner, Armour, and two other nominees, No and A Royal Affair (War Witch has yet to screen in our neck-of-the-woods). Now we finally get to see the entry from Norway, Kon-tiki. And it turns out that this is the perfect time for this film, for this isn’t a somber, human drama like Haneke’s intimate portrait, but a rollicking, edge-of-your-seat adventure. Yes, it is a true story set in the past like No and Affair, but after the heroes set out to sea, it feels as though their exploits could be happening right now. The story of the voyage »
- Jim Batts
The Weinstein Company has announced the production start date for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II -The Green Destiny.
The sequel will begin filming in Asia in March 2014.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II -The Green Destiny will be directed by Yuen Woo-Ping (Forbidden Kingdom), who was the fight choreographer on the first movie. Life of Pi's Oscar-winning director Ang Lee directed the first instalment of the Wang Du Lu adaptation.
Given that his sole film in the English-language to date was "Alien: Resurrection," it's not surprising that French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet has preferred to stick to homegrown fare in the fifteen years since (bar a brief flirtation with making "Life of Pi," eventually filmed to great success by Ang Lee). But the director's back Stateside at last, with "The Young And Prodigious Spivet," and a trailer's just arrived, courtesy of The Film Stage. Based on Reif Larsen's "The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet," the story follows a young inventor who leaves his eccentric family after being invited to the Smithsonian. And fingers crossed, this looks like a much more successful venture into the English language than his 'Alien' movie -- there's a real sense of Americana, but it's also clearly a Jeunet film, with the promo looking closer to his most celebrated hour, "Amelie," than anything he's made since. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
With Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby arriving in theaters to less than stellar reviews (including mine), it seems like as good a time as ever to consider whether some books should simply stay on the page and off the big screen.
The age-old saying when it comes to film adaptations of beloved novels is that “it wasn’t as good as the book.” While this may be true in most cases, we’ve certainly seen some novels turned movies over the past few years that did their source material justice, even if they seemed un-filmmable at first (127 Hours, Life of Pi).
But just because a book could be adapted, it doesn’t mean that it should be adapted. Luhrmann’s messy Great Gatsby is a perfect example. The story is straightforward; there’s nothing about the film that seems too extravagant or impossible to film. And yet, »
- David Braga
Originally scheduled for release last December, Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" finally opened on May 10, but its Best Picture hopes may be as doomed as Gatsby himself. More than 50-percent of readers polled think the film will be snubbed in top Oscar categories and contend only in technical races. The lavish production boasts elaborate costumes and sets that could be contenders at next year's awards; both were designed by Catherine Martin, Luhrmann's wife, who won both categories for Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge" in 2001. And three of the last four Best Cinematography winners – "Avatar," "Hugo," and "Life of Pi" – have also been technically audacious 3D productions. Only 30-percent of readers think the film will be nominated for Best Picture, however, with just 12-percent expecting the film to win. Another 13-percent predict nominations in major categories, b »
The current story of Indian cinema is that of unprecedented growth and rapid change. In 2011, consulting firm Kpmg predicted a 7% growth rate in India’s domestic theatrical sector for 2012. Instead, it grew 23.8%. Total revenues, including domestic and overseas theatrical, homevideo, cable and satellite and other ancillary revenue streams raked in 112.4 billion rupees ($2.1 billion). It is now projected to grow 21% annually to hit $3.6 billion by 2017.
Apart from the insatiable appetite of Indian audiences for home-grown films, the engine of growth and change has been the rapid digitization of the country’s 12,000 screens with nearly 80% now converted.
Due to the relative cheapness of non-dci compliant digital prints and satellite delivery, films can be shown on digital screens in tiny cinemas in small-town India. Digital prints also allow films to open wider than ever before. Big-budget pics with A-list stars now routinely open on 3,500 screens and usually make 60%-70% of their revenues in the opening week. »
- Naman Ramachandran
Steven Spielberg gave little away when he introduced his nine-strong jury to a packed press conference at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Taking up his first presidential duties since 1974, when he judged entries at the short-lived Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival in France, the director commented, “Other people have been sitting in judgment of us; now it's our turn.”Photos: Alpha PressThe panel he was referring to is one of the strongest Cannes has seen in quite some time: as well as Spielberg, it consists of Nicole Kidman, Life Of Pi director Ang Lee, Britain's Lynne Ramsay, Tarantino star Christoph Waltz, Romanian New Wave director Cristian Mungiu, Japanese director Naomi Kawase, French actor director Daniel Auteuil and Bollywood star Vidya Balan.Though some were expecting sparks to fly, there were no uncomfortable questions for Ramsay, making her first high-profile public appearance here since news of her departure from the ill-fated Jane Got A Gun. »
Taking a gung-ho attitude to the task in hand over the next 12 days, Steven Spielberg as head of the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury relishes turning the tables and sitting in judgement rather than being on the receiving end.
“We’re always sitting in personal private judgment on the films we see,” he said at a media gathering to introduce his nine-person jury, among them actors Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Auteuil and directors Lynne Ramsay and Ang Lee.
“This is not so different from going to see a film and forming an opinion. Everyone sits in judgement on us so now it is our turn,” he continued.
Lee and Spielberg were both nominated for Academy Awards in direction last year. Lee won for Life Of Pi but Spielberg lost out for Lincoln. In a spot of mutual backslapping he said: We’re pals.” Lee responded: “He’s my. »
- Richard Mowe
Chandor, who made an impressive debut with Margin Call in 2011, ventures far from Wall Street — and dry land — for this followup, starring Robert Redford as a man lost at sea in a movie that purports to have even less spoken dialogue than “The Artist.” “Life of Pi” minus the tiger? Ideal viewing for Cannes’ beachside Cinema de la Plage? Only time will tell.
“Behind the Candelabra” (Steven Soderbergh)
Though it will premiere on HBO while the festival is still in full swing, it’s still hard not to be excited by the prospect of this long-planned Liberace biopic from retiring renaissance man Soderbergh, with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon” (two actors Soderbergh has made excellent use of in the past) surrounded by Rob Lowe, Dan Aykroyd and Debbie Reynolds. Bring on the sequins!
With its raw, feral performance by »
- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
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