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How often do the PGA and DGA Awards go to the same film?

How often do the PGA and DGA Awards go to the same film?
After taking the Producers Guild Award two weeks ago, “The Shape of Water” will attempt to add the Directors Guild Award to its haul for Guillermo del Toro on Saturday. Del Toro is the odds-on favorite, according to our predictions, following his Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice wins. The PGA and DGA are powerful precursors — the PGA champ has gone one to win the Best Picture Oscar 19 out of the previous 28 times and the DGA has only mismatched with the Oscars seven times in its 69-year history — but how often has one film won both on the Oscar trail? And what does that mean for Oscar?

Since the PGA Awards’ inception 28 years ago, PGA and DGA have matched 21 times (this includes the PGA tie between “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” the latter of which won DGA). Of these 21, 14 of them have gone on to win both Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Sequel Is Really Happening, And Michelle Yeoh Is Back

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Sequel Is Really Happening, And Michelle Yeoh Is Back
Even with The Hangover Part III and Fast and Furious 6 making their way to theaters next weekend, this might be the most ridiculous sequel news we've heard all year. Without director Ang Lee or nearly all of the original cast, the Weinstein Company is moving forward with a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Oscar-nominated, fantastical martial arts drama released all the way back in 2000. According to The Hollywood Reporter Michelle Yeoh will be the sole cast member to reprise her role, and the directing duties will be taken over by Yuen Wo Ping. We first learned about these sequel plans in late January, back when Freddy vs. Jason director Ronny Yu was in talks to direct and Yuen Wo Ping was merely on board as a fight choreographer. And to be fair, the original Crouching Tiger was based on a book in a series by Wang Du Lu,
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Cannes Toldja! Weinstein Co Beginning Production on ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel

Cannes Toldja! Weinstein Co Beginning Production on ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel
Deadline’s Mike Fleming reported several months back that The Weinstein Company was setting a production start in Asia on a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Here’s the official release that just dropped confirming Crouching Dragon Hidden Tiger II — The Green Destiny and that Yuen Wo Ping, the legendary fight choreographer responsible from the high-wire action work in the original pic, will direct this one. He and sequel writer John Fusco worked together on The Forbidden Kingdom. Here’s the release: New York, NY (May 16, 2013) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today production of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny will begin in March 2014 in Asia. Yuen Wo Ping is set to direct with Donnie Yen starring as Silent Wolf and Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien. The screenplay is based on Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Wang Du Lu, book 5 in the Crane-iron Pentalogy series,
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Weinstein Co. Begins Production on 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel in May

Weinstein Co. Begins Production on 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel in May
The Weinstein Company will reportedly start production in May on a sequel to Ang Lee's Oscar-winning "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Lee is not returning to helm the film; directing reins will instead go to veteran Chinese director Ronny Yu. The sequel is based on the same source material as the original, Wang Du Lu's "The Crane-Iron Pentology." John Fusco penned the new script; Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus and Kuo Jung Tsai shared writing credits on the original "Crouching Tiger" screenplay. Deadline reports that it's unclear which actors from the original, if any, will reprise their roles. Chow Yun-Fat, Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh and Chang Chen toplined. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" won four Oscars in 2001: Best Foreign-Language Film, Cinematography, Art Direction and Original Score. Lee's "Life of Pi" is currently nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Cinematography and Visual...
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Crouching Tiger Sequel Planned

Crouching Tiger Sequel Planned
On a day when this wasn’t being reported, news that The Weinstein company is spearheading a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon might be the biggest news of the day. But it’s true: shooting is set to start in May. “That’s interesting,” we hear you thinking, “so this is what Ang Lee is doing next?” But we have to stop you there. The director who brought the original to such lyrical, treetop-fighting life is not involved this time around. Instead, the producers are in talks with veteran Chinese director Ronny Yu. John Fusco has already adapted the script from Silver Vase, Iron Knight, the fifth book in Wang Du Lu’s Crane-Iron Pentalogy (Crouching Tiger was the fourth) and the story continues to focus on Michelle Yeoh’s Yu Shu Lien, though the actress isn’t yet committed to reprise the role. “This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers,
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon a.k.a. Wo Hu Cang Long

Make A Wish

Wo Hu Cang Long”, also known as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, is director Ang Lee’s greatest crowning achievement. It came out in 2000 to receive critical acclaim from all four corners of the globe. It managed to snag an impressive total of 4 out of a possible 10 Academy Awards including Best Foreign Film, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. It’s a “must-own” that any serious cinephile should have in their prized collection.

The story begins when our hero, Li Mu Bai, pays a visit to an old travelling companion, Yu Shu Lien (played by the ageless Michelle Yeoh). Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) is the owner of a priceless sword called The Green Destiny. Mu Bai has been able to make just use of such a weapon for most of his life. But in doing so, he had to sacrifice passion in exchange for meditation and ultimately,
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Ang Lee's 3-D 'Life of Pi' Will Open NYFF

Ang Lee's 3-D 'Life of Pi' Will Open NYFF
Ang Lee's "The Life of Pi" will open the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14), the first 3-D film to do so. (Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" played as a 3-D work-in-progress last year.) Lee also screened Cannes entry "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" 12 years ago to close the fest, and opened it with "The Ice Storm" in 1997. Thus Lee joins master auteurs Robert Altman, Pedro Almodóvar and François Truffaut as the only directors to have opened the fest more than once. Lee wowed exhibitors with footage from the film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas in April, as distributor Twentieth Century Fox made it clear that they had high holiday and awards expectations for the film. Lee also participated in a rousing conversation with Martin Scorsese about how to shoot in 3-D. In 2009, the Film Society of Lincoln Center conducted a complete retrospective of Lee's work at the Walter Reade.
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Movie Review

From The Vaults

Wo Hu Cang Long”, also known as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, is director Ang Lee’s greatest crowning achievement. It came out in 2000 to receive critical acclaim from all four corners of the globe. It managed to snag an impressive total of 4 out of 10 Academy Awards including Best Foreign Film, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. It’s a “must-own” that any serious cinephile should have in their prized collection.

The story begins when our hero, Li Mu Bai, pays a visit to an old travelling companion, Yu Shu Lien (played by the ageless Michelle Yeoh). Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) is the owner of a priceless sword called The Green Destiny. Mu Bai has been able to make just use of such a weapon for most of his life. But in doing so, he had to sacrifice passion in exchange for meditation and ultimately, love for friendship.
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The HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project

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The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films, as ranked by the users of the biggest movie internet site on the web. The list has been much maligned, particularly recently. It is however based upon the ratings provided by the users of The Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the internet. If you have a real interest in film, chances are you’re a regular visitor to IMDb.com.

It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case, we, is myself and Gary) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list! We’ve frozen the list as of 1st January this year (See below), as it is always ever changing. It’s not as simple as it sounds,
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Favorite Movies of the Decade #15-1

the list #100-76, #75-51, #50-31, #30-16 and #15-1.

Awards for 2009 begin tomorrow or thereabouts.

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Let's wrap this sucker up!

I had really intended to rewatch the top ten (why not?) before I ventured into the mental hospital. Trust me, that's where I've been heading as I've tried to rank the movies I love more than people (kidding! sort of) but who has the time? The 10th Annual FiLM BiTCH Awards begin tomorrow so I have to get a move on to wrap up the 2009 film year. It's possible I'll revisit this rundown at some point for a special project but who knows. These rankings are Not final. God... I'm not ready for the straightjacket yet. I need my hands free so I can talk.

What follows is more like tiers. The numbers function as mere placeholders.

Tier 3You could group them with #16-20... It doesn't mean

I don't worship them.
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Top 100 Tuesday: 100 Best Movies of the Decade

We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams. If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie. It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was. On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000. On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow. Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others. It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.

Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:

2009 – 11

2008 – 11

2007 – 7

2006 – 14

2005 – 12

2004 – 8

2003 – 7

2002 – 12

2001 – 10

2000 – 8

100. Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Clint Eastwood

99. Juno (2007) – Jason Reitman

98. An Education (2009) – Lone Scherfig

97. Spider-man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

96. Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg

95. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

94. The King Of Kong (2007) – Seth Gordon

93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus

92. Clerks 2 (2006) – Kevin Smith

91. Femme Fatale (2002) – Brian De Palma

90. Tasogare Seibei
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Chow Yun-Fat To Play Confucius

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Chow Yun-Fat To Play Confucius
Action movie star Chow Yun-Fat is giving up his trademark fighting scenes for his most peaceful acting role to date - as philosopher Confucius.

The Hong Kong actor, who starred in 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, rose to fame starring in a series of martial arts movies in the 1980s and 1990s.

But now he is set to channel his inner peacemaker as the ancient thinker Confucius, whose most famous teaching was the golden rule - treating all people with consideration.

Filming on the biopic is to begin in April under director Hu Mei.

Ziyi Puzzled By Olympics Protests

Ziyi Puzzled By Olympics Protests
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Zhang Ziyi is puzzled by protests ahead of the upcoming Beijing Olympics in China - insisting she can't understand why people have such "negative" attitudes.

The Games are due to get underway in the Chinese capital next month but the run-up to the event has been dogged by demonstrations from campaigners angry at the country's treatment of Tibetans.

And the 29-year-old actress is baffled as to why protestors would target an event like the Olympics - as it is supposed to be a symbol of international unity.

She says, "I don't see why people are so negative. The games are about friendship. I'm Chinese and I'm proud of my country."

Tibet lost independence to China in 1951, and Chinese authorities have come under fire in recent months over their human rights record in the region.

Yeoh Receives Honorary French Knighthood

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Actress Michelle Yeoh is ecstatic after she was awarded the French Legion of Honor in her native Malaysia. The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star was presented with the knighthood - France's highest civilian honor - by Alain de Boispean, the French ambassador to Malaysia, in the country's capital of Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. And 45-year-old Yeoh is stunned by the accolade. She says, "Deep down I am a small town girl... who has been living a magical dream."

Lee To Serve As Culture Consultant for 2008 Olympics

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Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee has been selected as an arts and culture consultant for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to be held in China. The 51-year-old Oscar winner will advise a creative team headed by fellow director Zhang Yimou that also includes Steven Spielberg. Gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain was banned in China because homosexuality is still not widely accepted, although the film was popular on pirated DVD. Lee became a huge star in China in 2001 when he was nominated for an Oscar for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Although Lee was born in southern Taiwan, he is viewed on the mainland as a native son.

Ang Lee in Time's Top 100 List

Taiwanese director Ang Lee has made Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people who are shaping the world. The acclaimed film-maker, who recently won a Best Director Academy Award for Brokeback Mountain, was included on the list because his phenomenally successful work has crossed cultural lines. Actress Zhang Ziyi, who starred in Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon says, "He creates characters that draw in an audience no matter what language they speak. His insight into the human heart crosses all boundaries. I know he is also making a huge influence in the lives of younger filmmakers and actors." Music mogul and actor Sean 'Diddy' Combs also made Time's list.

Bruce Lee Musical To Hit Broadway

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Bruce Lee Musical To Hit Broadway
Martial arts superstar Bruce Lee is set to be the subject of a new Broadway musical featuring music provided by David Bowie. Theatre bosses want the show to be ready to premiere in 2008. According to Variety.com, Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang has been hired to write the musical and Matthew Warchus is reportedly onboard to direct. Bowie has been linked to project because he was recently spotted chatting with Wachus in Toronto, Canada - where Warchus is poised to launch his new The Lord Of The Rings musical. The Bruce Lee musical follows hot in the footsteps of plans for a musical based on kung fu movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Lee Shocked by 'Brokeback' Loss

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee was devastated Brokeback Mountain lost out on the Best Picture Oscar to Crash, but insists he is still proud of the movie The director was disappointed that his film didn't take home the top honor and is baffled as to why it didn't win. He explains, "I would do exactly the same. I'm so proud of the movie. They (the Academy) didn't vote for it, I don't know (why)...I'm just glad the audience embraced it. It was a surprise (not winning), quite frankly." In addition to Lee's Oscar, the film also won awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Score.

Brokeback Takes Directors Guild Award

Brokeback Takes Directors Guild Award
It was yet another victory for Brokeback Mountain as Ang Lee won the Directors Guild Award for the seemingly Oscar-bound film. Lee bested fellow nominees George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck), Paul Haggis (Crash), Bennett Miller (Capote) and Steven Spielberg (Munich) for the honor; it was also Lee's second DGA Award, as he had previously won in 2000 for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It's yet another in a long line of Brokeback victories, as the film was the big winner at the Golden Globes (taking home four awards) and recently nabbed the Producers Guild of America award, as well as numerous critical honors. The DGA win gives Brokeback and Lee a solid lead in the Oscar race, as only six of the DGA's winners since 1949 have not won an Academy Award -- in fact, Lee's Crouching Tiger win was one of the exceptions, as the Best Director Oscar in 2000 went to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. Academy Award nominations will be announced Tuesday. The DGA also gave Clint Eastwood (last year's winner for Million Dollar Baby) a Lifetime Achievement Award, and picked Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) for their documentary award, though surprisingly, the film didn't made the short list for the Best Documentary Oscar. The DGA also gave out awards for television -- here's the entire list of winners: Feature Film: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain Documentary: Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man Dramatic TV series: Michael Apted, Rome Comedy TV series: Marc Buckland, My Name Is Earl Television movie: Joseph Sargent (Warm Springs) and George C. Wolfe (Lackawanna Blues) Reality TV show: Tony Croll (Three Wishes) and J. Rupert Thompson (Fear Factor) Musical variety show: Matthew Diamond, Great Performances: Dance in America - Swan Lake with American Ballet Theater Daytime drama: Owen Renfroe, General Hospital Children's programming: Chris Eyre, Edge of America Commercials: Craig Gillespie Lifetime Achievement Award: Clint Eastwood

Yeoh Still Doing Her Kimono Walk

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Actress Michelle Yeoh put so much practice into walking in a form-fitting kimono for her new movie Memoirs Of A Geisha, she still finds herself doing the dainty strut in her spare time. The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star admits that learning to walk in the complex outfit proved to be more challenging than a number of the high-energy action scenes she's shot in the past. She says, "If I didn't do it well, Rob Marshall (the director) would have taken me out and shot me. From the minute I got out of bed, I'd walk around the house in it - it became second nature. Sometimes I'd be walking down the street in jeans and get into that little shuffle. But then I'd be like, 'Okay, time out, girl. You look a little strange.'" She adds, "Martial arts is just practice. But a geisha requires complete control."
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