Right after my Deadline Hollywood colleague Pete Hammond moderated a Weinstein Company panel this morning on Big Eyes, the film that Tim Burton will direct with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, I moderated another on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny, a sequel to the 2000 film that won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and at the time became the biggest grossing foreign language film in America. I was joined onstage by producer David Thwaites, Harvey Weinstein, actor Donnie Yen, director and martial arts choreography legend Yuen Wo Ping (he handled action choreography of the Ang Lee-directed original Crouching Tiger). Also with us was exec producer Anthony Wong, who translated for the director. Michelle Yeoh was seen on a screen, after being set to reprise her role. Scripted by John Fusco, this film is derived from Iron Knight, Silver Vase, the fifth book in the Wang Duluís Crane Iron Pentalogy. Fusco borrowed from some of the other books, but made the final title his primary focus. Weinstein acknowledged he courted Yen very hard to make his first English language movie with TWC (this will be shot in both English and Mandarin), and wasted no time setting the stage for a followup. Noting that Martin Scorsese helped him get rights to Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Weinstein enlisted both Yen and Yuen Wo Ping to at least have a ... Read More »
We're now a month away from seeing "Man Of Steel" on screens, and there's still several ways it could go. We could be looking at a "Batman Begins," a film that revives the franchise and goes on to bigger things. We could be seeing a "Superman Returns," one that pretty much stalls the DC hero and leaves it needing another reboot. Or we could be looking at something huge, an "Avengers" style hit. The trailers have been strong, the buzz good and screenings should be underway in a few weeks. Until then, to tide us over, a new featurette on the film has arrived, courtesy of Walmart of all people (they're sponsoring a series of early screenings the day before the movie opens; you can find out more here). There's a fair bit of new footage, as well as slightly puff-piece-y input from Zack & Deborah Snyder, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe and more. You can watch it below, and see the film in theaters on June 14th.
Even if we weren't big Sondheim fans, we're starting to suspect that we'd be getting excited about "Into The Woods" regardless. "Chicago" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director Rob Marshall's been prepping his film version of Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale deconstruction for over a year now, but has started lining up a cast in recent weeks, and it's looking fairly spectacular. Meryl Streep was the first on board as the Witch, joined by Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Tony-winning "One Man Two Guvnors" star James Corden in the lead role as The Baker, and most recently, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine as the two Princes. And now they've got even more company, as Variety reports that Emily Blunt is in talks to stay the female lead in the project, as the Baker's Wife (there's more complexity in the characters than in the name, it should be said). Amy Adams took the part in a recent Public Theater stage production, but it's Blunt that's won it here. As with many of the...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ó Midway through the season, the Memphis Grizzlies came through Oklahoma City and left with questions swirling about the franchise's future after leading scorer Rudy Gay was traded away in the club's second big deal in just over a week.
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