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 Dulu’s 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 »
LOS ANGELES (May 14, 2013) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the list of top industry producers and executives who will serve as mentors during the intimate Mentoring Roundtable meetings that will be held throughout the 5th annual Produced By Conference (PBC), June 8-9, at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Confirmed mentors include: Victoria Alonso (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Solider, The Avengers) Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post Production, Marvel Studios Nancy Daniels, Executive Vice President, Production and Development, Discovery Channel; General Manager, Discovery Fit & Health Stephanie Drachkovitch (Married to the Army: Alaska, Split Ends, Family Court with Judge Penny) Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, 44 Blue Productions Tracey Edmonds (Jumping the Broom, Soul Food, Good Luck Chuck) CEO, Edmonds Entertainment, Our Stories Films, Alright TV Cassian Elwes (The Butler, Paper Boy, Margin Call) Head of Evolution Independent, Evolution Entertainment Bernie Goldmann (300/300: Rise of an Empire, Mirror Mirror, Land of the Dead) President, Goldmann Pictures Mark Gordon (2012, Saving Private Ryan, Grey’s Anatomy) The Mark Gordon Company; President, Producers Guild of America Phil Gurin (Oh Sit!, The Singing Bee, Shark Tank) President and CEO, The Gurin Company Marshall Herskovitz (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, thirtysomething) Partner, Bedford Falls Company; Board of Directors, President Emeritus, Producers Guild of America Darlene Hunt (The Big C, 90210, Save Me) Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Incredible Hulk, The Terminator trilogy) CEO, Valhalla Entertainment; ... Read More »
Among the projects that have recently launched campaigns on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter are an animated short called Samurai Chinchilla,
Over the course of his career, Takashi Miike has largely been known for his gonzo, hyper-violent Yakuza flicks, candy-colored and bonkers kids movies and a work ethic that outpaces James Franco. But a contender for the Palme d'Or? Indeed, back in 2011 his sleepy "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" quietly got a competition slot and this year, so too does he police procedural "Shield Of Straw." Can it realistically be a player against folks like Alexander Payne, Asghar Farhadi, The Coen Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Roman Polanski and others? Well, a batch of new pics and a trailer (not subtitled, unfortunately) are here for first impressions and...it looks rather routine. But also, this is a pretty horribly cut trailer, so we can't really be too harsh of a judge. Here's the official synopsis: "Kill Kunihide Kiyomaru, and I will pay you 1 billion Yen." This is the ad placed in all the main newspapers in Japan. In placing the ad, the powerful multi-billionnaire Ninagawa puts an...
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