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Hollywood New Leaders: Agents and Managers

Hollywood New Leaders: Agents and Managers
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some
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Danny Lee, Special Effects Man on 'Bonnie and Clyde,' Dies at 95

Danny Lee, a special-effects maestro who orchestrated the memorable bullet-ridden finale for Bonnie and Clyde and received an Oscar for his work on the Disney fantasy Bedknobs and Broomsticks, has died. He was 95. Lee, who contributed to more than 50 Disney films during his career, died Nov. 28 at an assisted living facility in Prescott, Ariz., his family announced. In an era before computer-generated effects, the Wisconsin native blew up houses and cars, created rain, flew people and beds in the air and helped create what was, at the time, one of the most shocking endings

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Clems wins agency of the year at Madc Awards

Clemenger Bbdo Melbourne was named agency of the year at the Melbourne Advertising & Design Club Awards tonight.

The agency won top honours for the second year running. However, rival Gpy&R Melbourne – which won more lions at Cannes this year than any Australian agency – did not enter for the second consecutive year. Last year, Patts Ecd Ben Coulson cited cost reasons for not supporting the event, which is Melbourne’s top awards show.

The awards list in full:

The Adstream Award for Agency of the Year

Winner

Clemenger Bbdo Melbourne

The Madc Award for Best in Show

Winner

Guilt Trips V/Line Agency McCann

The Madc Award for Lifetime Achievement

Winner

Scott Whybin, Whybin Tbwa

The Blackley Award for Creative Leader of the Year

Winner

Jason Williams, Leo Burnett

The Madc Award for Client of the Year

Winner

Carlton United Brewers

The Exit Films Award for Best Junior

Winners

Jono
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The Best in Asia and Asian America 2011

Two-thousand-double-one came in with the roar of Tiger Mommy and the tragic devastation of Japan’s tsunami. As it continued, the NBA waved farewell to Yao Ming, Gary Locke took a plane to Beijing — and Asians in the library made their cell phones ring. As 2012 begins, here are Tao Jones’s picks for the best, the worst and the most memorable events, individuals and phenomena of the year that was.

People of the Year: Angry men and brainy girls, diplomats,
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Where I Begin | Review - Oxford Film Festival 2010

Director: Thomas L. Phillips Writers: Thomas L. Phillips, Melanie Lynn Addington Starring: Lance E. Nichols,Candice Barley, T. Lynn Mikeska, Bo Keister, Elizabeth Connelly, Cindy Hogan, Johnny and Susan McPhail, Jennifer Pierce Mathus, Rob Myers, Blake Buck, Daniel Lee, Carlisle Forrester Jacob (Alex Walters) has been gone for a decade, but he has finally decided to return to his hometown. Some things have changed -- for one, he can no longer smoke in Patrick’s (Lance E. Nichols) restaurant because City Hall has taken to telling businesses what to do. (Ah, once again, smoking is used to represent individual freedom.) One thing has not changed, people have not forgotten what they believe Jacob did ten years ago; as Jacob explains, this is a place where “rumors are truths, accusations are facts.” Heck, even his own mother (Cindy Hogan) believes that he is guilty. Whatever horrible and unforgettable thing Jacob did ten years ago,
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Fantastic Fest 2010: 14 Blades Review

Longer than the Han Dynasty itself, Daniel Lee's 14 Blades is one of those big fat martial arts epics you either eat up with a fork and spoon or pass and say "no thank you."

The fight sequences are pretty fantastic, as can be expected from anything with Donnie Yen or Sammo Hung's names in the credits.  Story-wise? Good luck.  I couldn't follow half of it, and I swear I'm not a moron.  

There's a section in the middle, where it is just about a man and his spunky female hostage out in the wild, and not about court in-fighting or secret honor guards dealing with betrayal, when it becomes an actual movie.  The rest, however, is garbage, but gorgeous with big, bold action wonderfully shot and dazzlingly choreographed.

I give this movie a B.  Below are my thoughts directly after seeing the film
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Fantastic Fest 2010 Adds New Films To Its Already Impressive Lineup!

Fantastic Fest 2010 Adds New Films To Its Impressive Lineup

Fantastic Fest, the largest genre festival in the U.S., is excited to announce additional films to its mind-blowing roster of features & shorts. Highlights of this announcement are the Us premiere of the hyper-stylized action film Bunraku, a sneak preview of Darren Bousman’s terrifying new horror-thriller film, Mother’s Day (featuring a bravura performance by Rebecca DeMornay), and the world premiere of Agnosia, the latest film from Fantastic Fest 2005 Alumnus Eugenio Mira.

Additionally, Fantastic Fest will play host to a sneak preview of the highly anticipated action-comedy Red, starring pretty much the best cast assembled for a comic book adaptation…ever. And if you’re not excited to see Helen Mirren at the helm of a .50 caliber machine gun, we don’t want to know you.

Bill Pullman, one of our all-time favorite Fantastic Fest guests is returning to the festival this year.
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Third Wave of Fantastic Fest Films Sees ‘Red’

With the Fantastic Fest 2010 just two weeks away, the “largest genre festival in the U.S.” has announced a third wave of films.

Included in the line-up are Summit Entertainment’s action-comedy Red, Darren Bousman’s Mother’s Day, and the stylized action flick Bunraku with Josh Hartnett and Woody Harrelson.

But I’m especially excited about the addition of Agnosia, a “romantic thriller” produced by Guillermo del Toro. ”I’ve read few screenplays in my life that have impressed me as much as Agnosia,” del Toro said. Spanish filmmaker Eugenio Mira directed.

Fantastic Fest is also hosting a special “Master Pancake Theater” (similar to Mystery Science Theater) to mock Independence Day with guest Bill Pullman, plus a Spaceballs quote-along. Finally, they have planned the world premiere of the SyFy movie Sharktopus, followed by the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Roger Corman and his wife, Julie. Again, I
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Fantastic Fest Announces It’s Third Wave Of Film Programming

In a few weeks, Austin, Texas will be host to one of the most incredible genre film festivals in the world. While we sadly won’t be able to attend this year’s Fantastic Fest, we are having a blast covering it from afar. The fine programmers are slowly teasing out the incredible line-up of films, and special guests.

Just yesterday it was announced that Roger Corman and his lovely wife Julie will be receiving a lifetime achievement award from the festival, and I couldn’t be happier for all involved. I know this year has been tremendous for Roger, with all of the DVDs and Blu-rays that Shout! Factory have been releasing, the Comic Con panel that Shout helped organize, and now this award from Fantastic Fest, the Corman’s must be riding an incredible wave of joy. We’ve written about several of the Corman Collection releases over the past few months,
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Fantastic Fest 2010: 3rd Wave of Programming Announced

The third wave of programming for the sixth edition of Fantastic Fest, happening September 23rd-30th in Austin, Texas, has been announced with the highlights being the Us premiere of the hyper-stylized action film Bunraku, a sneak preview of Darren Bousman’s terrifying new horror-thriller Mother’s Day, and the world premiere of Agnosia, the latest film from Fantastic Fest 2005 alumnus Eugenio Mira.

A total of 20 films have been added in this latest wave, and we're including them all here, even if a few aren't strictly horror, just to give you an idea of how truly diverse Fantastic Fest is. For the other films screening that week, click here for all our Fantastic Fest 2010 coverage.

Premiere Screenings

Agnosia (2010)

Director: Eugenio Mira, Spain, World Premiere

The producers of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage present a truly unique romantic thriller from Fantastic Fest veteran Eugenio Mira (The Birthday). “I’ve read
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Third Wave of Fantastic Fest Films Announced!

Fantastic Fest, the largest genre festival in the U.S., is excited to announce additional films to its mind-blowing roster of features & shorts. Highlights of this announcement are the Us premiere of the hyper-stylized action film Bunraku, a sneak preview of Darren Bousman’s terrifying new horror-thriller film, Mother’s Day (featuring a bravura performance by Rebecca DeMornay), and the world premiere of Agnosia, the latest film from Fantastic Fest 2005 Alumnus Eugenio Mira.

Additionally, Fantastic Fest will play host to a sneak preview of the highly anticipated action-comedy Red, starring pretty much the best cast assembled for a comic book adaptation…ever. And if you’re not excited to see Helen Mirren at the helm of a .50 caliber machine gun, we don’t want to know you.

Bill Pullman, one of our all-time favorite Fantastic Fest guests is returning to the festival this year. Pullman will join the hecklers of
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Fantastic Fest Runs "Red"

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Fantastic Fest Runs
Another round of programming announcements from Fantastic Fest includes the news that Robert Schwentke's graphic novel adaptation "Red," starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren as former CIA agents forced back into action, will be screening as a sneak preview at the festival, as will "Mother's Day," starring Rebecca De Mornay, the new film from "Repo! The Genetic Opera"'s Darren Bousman. More exciting to me personally is the announcement that Bill Pullman will be appearing in person to help mock "Independence Day" in a special Master Pancake Theater screening of the Roland Emmerich alien disaster epic.

The complete announcement, descriptions courtesy of the festival:

Premieres

Agnosia (2010)

Director: Eugenio Mira, Spain, World Premiere

The producers of Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage present a truly unique romantic thriller from Fantastic Fest veteran Eugenio Mira (The Birthday). "I've read few screenplays in my life that have impressed me as much as Agnosia,
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Third Wave of Fantastic Fest 2010 Films Features Red, Mother’S Day, Independence Day, Spaceballs and More

With Fantastic Fest 2010 in Austin, Texas mere weeks away, the third wave of films playing the festival has been announced. Among the highlights are Darren Bousman’s thriller Mother’s Day starring Rebecca De Mornay, Guy Moshe’s Bunraku with Woody Harrelson and Josh Hartnett and Red, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and many more. Add these to the previous announcements of the World Premiere of Sharktopus, special screenings of Let Me In, Buried, Stone, I Spit on Your Grave and more, Fantastic Fest certainly sounds like it’ll live up to its name.

Hit the jump for more details on the third wave including two repertory screenings featuring Bill Pullman.

Pullman will be on hand in Austin this year to joke along with two of his most famous films, Independence Day and Spaceballs. The former will be with Master Pancake Theater screening and the latter with be a full on quote-along.
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Fantastic Fest 2010: Third wave of titles announced. Included Agnosia, Bunraku!

And the third wave is here. Our own Austin correspondent rochefort will be providing coverage. What do we like?

Spanish baroque thriller Agnois.

Technicolor fantasy actioner Bunraku.

Álex de la Iglesia's The Last Circus (Balada Triste).

and many more!

Fantastic fest runs from September 23rd to September 30th in Austin, TX at the Alamo Drafthouse. Purchase tickets at the official website.

The entire third wave after the break!

Premiere Screenings

Agnosia (2010)

Director: Eugenio Mira, Spain, World Premiere

The producers of Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage present a truly unique romantic thriller from Fantastic Fest veteran Eugenio Mira (The Birthday). "I've read few screenplays in my life that have impressed me as much as Agnosia," said director Guillermo del Toro. Director Eugenio Mira will be live in person.

Bunraku (2010)

Director: Guy Moshe, USA, Us Premiere

In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett), a young samurai and
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DVD Review: 14 Blades

14 Blades

Stars: Donnie Yen, Wei Zhao, Damian Lau Ma Wu, Sammo Hung, Kate Tsui | Written and Directed by Daniel Lee

At the dawn of the Ming Dynasty, in order to consolidate all power and keep his bloodline on the throne, the Emperor established a secure system of defence for himself by taking young orphans off the street and training them to the highest martial arts standards to become his secret guards. Called Jinyiwei, the Brocade Guards, these warriors operated under their own code of law, led by the most skilled of their number, Qinglong (Yen).Bestowed upon him as leader is a box containing 14 steel blades, eight of which are to be used for interrogation and the remaining six for execution.

When the Imperial Court is usurped by the evil eunuch Jia, Qinglong is assigned to steal a list identifying those still loyal to the Emperor. But unknown to him,
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14 Blades hits UK DVD and Blu-ray next month!

News on great Asian action movie titles, for release in the UK, just keeps on rolling in. The latest big name action fest to arrive at their shores will be Daniel Lee's Wuxia, martial arts epic 14 Blades' and we’ve just been sent the kick ass UK trailer to go with it. For those who may have been living under a rock, Blades stars Donnie Yen and hosts a parade of top name supporting stars including; Vicki Zhao, Wu Chun and Hong Kong veteran Sammo Hung even drops by for a brief cameo. 14 blades lands - with a death dealing flourish - on DVD and Blu-ray on August 16th. Synopsis: Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades. Above the law and with a license to kill, they devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial
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14 Blades hits UK DVD and Blu-ray next month!

News on great Asian action movie titles, for release in the UK, just keeps on rolling in. The latest big name action fest to arrive at their shores will be Daniel Lee's Wuxia, martial arts epic 14 Blades' and we’ve just been sent the kick ass UK trailer to go with it. For those who may have been living under a rock, Blades stars Donnie Yen and hosts a parade of top name supporting stars including; Vicki Zhao, Wu Chun and Hong Kong veteran Sammo Hung even drops by for a brief cameo. 14 blades lands - with a death dealing flourish - on DVD and Blu-ray on August 16th. Synopsis: Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades. Above the law and with a license to kill, they devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial
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14 Blades: DVD Review

Director: Daniel Lee. Review: Adam Wing. There are two film stars who can guarantee my complete attention when it comes to Hong Kong cinema. The first one is Donnie Yen. Goes without saying really, Donnie seems to be keeping the Hong Kong film industry alive on his own at the moment. The second one is Vicki Zhao, not because she’s particularly kick-ass you understand, mainly because she’s cute as a kitten and I adore her. Which brings us to Daniel Lee’s (Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon) action extravaganza 14 Blades, how can the film possibly fail I hear you cry? Well, lets cut to the chase shall we, it can’t. Not in my eyes anyway. Accomplished filmmaking - up to a point perhaps. Substance, depth and emotion – you’ve got to be kidding me. Donnie Yen kicking ass across your TV screen – that’s more like it.
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Rocket Crossbows and Badass Tattoos, it's the New 錦衣衛 (14 Blades) Trailer!

Not much in the way of new footage, but at least Kate Tsui has managed to escape from being labeled as the "villain with the menacing cleavage," with some action of her own - and since we're there, Tsui plays Tuo, a mortal enemy of the Jinyiwei (the brocade-clad army of the title), the Ming's own rendition of a secret service. According to the official website, she "lure[s] her target into an hallucinogenic state with her movements," which sounds about right.

Daniel Lee's 錦衣衛 (14 Blades) looks to feature the same lavish sets and top notch production values of recent Mainland historical epics, but with a more old school approach to action, as the emphasis on wirefu shows. But while there should be no worries in the action department, and Donnie Yen, Zhao Wei and a few other supporting characters should deliver the goods in terms of acting, the big
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Full Trailer for 14 Blades Slashes Online

Whatsammata, that teaser trailer for “14 Blades” we posted yesterday not enough for ya? You say you want more Donnie Yen killing people with all manner of blades and Sammo Hung being Sammo Hung? Well dang, ain’t you the lucky one, cause a 3-minute trailer for Daniel Lee’s “14 Blades” just popped up online. Unfortunately it’s still in Chinese, so you probably won’t get any of the plot. Mind you, not that that should stop you from wallowing in the film’s potential badassery. Thanks to reader Rick for the heads up. Starring Donnie Yen, Wei Zhao, Chun Wu, Yuwu Qi, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Kuan Tai Chen, Chen Zhi Hui, Ma Wu, Damian Lau, Kate Tsui, Kar-Ying Law, Xiang Dong Xu, and directed by Daniel Lee.
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