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67th Venice Film Festival: No Malick, No Wkw, but Tons More Possible

28 July 2010 11:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Now that all bets are off on Terrence Malick showing up on the Lido, and Wong Kar-wai's The Grand Master appears to be on the same no-show list (the fest have announced that Andrew Lau's The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen has their second opening night flick celebrating the anniversary of Bruce Lee’s 70th birthday). Among the other films with odds against, I'm not seeing the Coens (True Grit), Eastwood (Hereafter), Boyle (127 Hours) and Oscar contender The Fighter was according to it's star, no going to tour the fest circuit. Just announced today, Head Jury member Quentin Tarantino's buddy Robert Rodriguez's Machete will be the third opening film - it'll screen at midnight, and I think it'll be in good company genre-wise with some of the genre titles below. Here are some titles (ranging from almost guaranteed to only minimal chance »

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Wong Kar-wai and Cannes

19 April 2010 8:06 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

While we're looking forward to this year's Cannes Film Festival, indieWIRE editor Eugene Hernandez has been looking back at past editions. The other day, he recalled "one of my favorite moments in nearly a decade of great Cannes experiences," a presentation of a short film and a talk by Wong Kar-wai back in 2001. Naturally, many were hoping that The Grand Master, based on the life of martial arts legend Ip Man, would be ready for Cannes 2010, but at the moment, it's slated for a 2011 release in Hong Kong. Meantime, we can crank up the anticipation by watching or re-watching — for free, depending on where you are — Happy Together (1997), for viewers in the Us, and 2046 (2004), for those in New Zealand. They're part of the ongoing online Festival de Cannes presented by Stella Artois and The Auteurs. »

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Modern Maestros: Wong Kar Wai

1 April 2010 4:49 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Robert here, continuing my series on important contemporary directors. This week I'm happy to feature a director I've loved for a long time. Yet now, perhaps more than any other time in his career (or at least since I've been following it) it seems like ages since we've heard from him. But that's not true. His last film came out the same year as Paul Thomas Anderson's last. Yet Anderson still seems very of the moment, while Wong Kar Wai has seemingly fallen off the radar. Such is the difference, I suppose, between a critical hit and a flop.

Maestro: Wong Kar Wai

Known For: beautiful films about people who love each other, and don't. And occasionally an action movie.

Influences: The inherent coolness of Godard. The luscious romanticism of Visconti. The stylish noirness of Huston.

Masterpieces: Hard to narrow it down. But the one-two punch of In the Mood for Love »

- Robert

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Donnie Yen rules out IP Man 3

10 March 2010 11:27 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

With the recent surge of Yip/Ip Man related film projects coming up in the pipeline, Donnie Yen has told the Chinese media that after Ip Man 2, he will no longer play the Wing Chun master anymore. 

...I would never ever touch any films related to Ip Man. This will be my final film (Ip Man 2) on the subject. Whenever something becomes a success, everyone would jump on the bandwagon, this is very frightening. Did you know how many Ip Man films are in production? Under such condition, we would not progress, it'd only lead to over-saturation of the subject matter.

Other Yip/Ip Man related films include Wong Kar-wai's The Grand Master and Herman Yau's The Legend is Born: Ip Man, both schedule for release this year.  On a side note, two "shooting diary" videos for Ip Man 2 is now available online and it contains some interesting behind-the-scenes footage. »

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Cannes 2010 Predictions (Competition Films): Sokurov, Mundruczo, Moretti, Eastwood

18 February 2010 4:56 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

I don't normally associate remakes, trilogies, biopics or adaptions with films from the Croisette, but this year we could receive a little bit of all four if Aleksandr Sokurov's Faust, Kornel Mundruczo's The Frankenstein Project, Wong Kar-Wai's The Grand Master and Im Sang-soo's The Housemaid make the cut. Here are the second batch of predictions. - I don't normally associate remakes, trilogies, biopics or adaptions with films from the Croisette, but this year we could receive a little bit of all four if Aleksandr Sokurov's Faust, Kornel Mundruczo's The Frankenstein Project, Wong Kar-Wai's The Grand Master and Im Sang-soo's The Housemaid make the cut. Here are the second batch of predictions. Fair Game – Doug LimanBill Pohlad's River Road might show up with pair of films - both have Sean Penn on board. Like Eastwood, the French have an appreciation for Penn - who was a »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2010: Wong Kar-Wai's The Grand Master

2 February 2010 9:18 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

We commenced the 00 decade with In the Mood for Love and ended with the Blueberry blemish - an uncharacteristic low point in an otherwise bullet proof filmography. Now the big question and curiosity is what kind of aesthetic and tonal treatment is planning for a film with two Wkw firsts: biographical and martial art elements. - #04. The Grand Master Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Wong Kar-WaiDistributor: Rights Available. The Gist: This will be a kung-fu movie about the life of Bruce Lee. The film will be set in the 1950's and will focus on the relationship between Bruce Lee and his master (Tony Leung). Gong Li will play the head of a martial-art clan. Zhang Ziyi - will play the wife of Ip Man.....(more) Cast: A who's who in: Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li, Chen Chang, Brigitte Lin and Benshan Zhao Why is it on the list?: We »

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Hugh Jackman Joins 'Snow Flower', Zhang Ziyi Backs Out

2 February 2010 7:51 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Back in November we got word of Zhang Ziyi's next project, the Wayne Wang directed English language film Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. However, word comes from THR that Ziyi (citing scheduling conflicts with her other project The Grand Master) has been replaced with Li Bingbing (The Forbidden Kingdom), plus Hugh Jackman will have an unbilled cameo in this adaptation of the Lisa See novel of the same name which tells the story of the lifelong friendship of Lily and Snow Flower and their imprisonment by rigid cultural codes of conduct for women. Jeon Ji-Hyun (Blood: The Last Vampire) has also joined the cast. This will be Wang's first film in China and with Jackman's involvement marks another big name Hollywood actor to join a production in China after Kevin Spacey joined Inseperable last month. No word if Ziyi is still producing the film, but the production isn't »

- Ethan Anderton

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Hugh Jackman plucks 'Flower'

2 February 2010 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Beijing -- During its first day of shooting in China, director Wayne Wang's "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" added Hugh Jackman just as it lost China's biggest actress, Zhang Ziyi.

Jackman will join the English-language drama at month's end at the Hengdian Studio outside Shanghai, local media reported Tuesday, calling his role the male lead. Jackman's publicist said that "at this point in time, he is doing an unbilled cameo."

In either case, it would be Jackman's first project in China, adding him to a growing list of Hollywood stars -- including most recently Kevin Spacey -- who are coming East to work in the world's fastest-growing movie market.

Meanwhile, Zhang's manager said the actress, who was to have co-produced the film set in rural 19th century China, dropped out "because of scheduling conflicts."

"Snow" was to have been Zhang's second film as a producer and first in »

- By Jonathan Landreth

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