OSCARS: Cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd’s Beautiful Journey On ‘The Grandmaster’

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 5:30am PST

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Cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd expected to work for six months on director Wong Kar Wai’s epic martial arts actioner The Grandmaster, but it ended up being … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Watch 23 – The Oscar Nominations Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch podcast 23In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione talks with host David Bloom about which overseas titles survived the largest-ever field of candidates to nab an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, and one notable director who was left out once again; the flood of announcements that are finally bringing this year’s Berlin Film Festival into focus, including the latest film by Richard Linklater; and red-hot director Justin Lin’s new Chinese-language, 3D blockbuster of a remake.

They also take their weekly look at the global box office, marked this time around by one of Walter Mitty’s biggest dreams, or at least that of his producers; Jack Ryan’s Chinese debut; and The Wolf of Wall Street, set loose in Europe’s box offices.

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Oscars: Martin Scorsese Interviews ‘Grandmaster’s’ Wong Kar Wai (Video)

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 5:25pm PST
Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: It is hard to believe, at least from my point of view, that the great Wong Kar Wai, perhapsgrandmaster China’s greatest living filmmaker has never once been nominated for an Academy Award. In fact, incredibly, his … Read More »

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

Catch up on Deadline’s top film stories you missed this week:

peter o'toole dead‘Lawrence Of Arabia’s Peter O’Toole Dead At 81 – 8-Time Oscar Nominee Retired Last Year
By Anita Busch and Jen Yamato – Oscar-nominated actor Peter O’Toole died yesterday, his agent confirmed Sunday. He was 81. Often called the Hamlet of his generation, his death comes only about a year after retiring from a 54-year career in both stage and film highlighted by his turn as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, which won seven Oscars including Best Picture.

Peter O’Toole’s Long And Frustrating Half-Century Dance With Oscar: “Always A Bridesmaid, Never A Bride”
By Pete Hammond – There is no doubt Peter O’Toole was one of the greatest actors the movies have ever seen. Since coming into major international stardom with his dazzling turn in Lawrence Of Arabia, O’Toole compiled a group of brilliant performances over the past half century that are second to none. But he also holds another distinction.

BOX OFFICE: Weather Impacts BO But Attendance Up Overall Year to Date, ‘The Hobbit’ Lighter But Strong, ‘Frozen’ Steals ‘Madea’s Christmas’ As ‘American Hustle’ Kicks It On Six Screens
By Anita Busch – The severe weather across the nation – winter storms across 23 states and 100 million people – also impacted the nation’s box office this weekend. It seems to have affected the older pictures most. Read More »

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Wong Kar Wai On China’s Growth, Kung Fu, Oscar Contenders & Bruce Lee

By | Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 10:00am PST

oscar__130923143016As one of the maestros of modern cinema, Wong Kar Wai’s return to the martial arts genre this year after two decades was — as you would expect from the director of Chungking Express and In The Mood For Love Read More »

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Golden Horse Awards: Singapore Oscar Entry ‘Ilo Ilo,’ Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’ Win 2013 Honors

By | Saturday November 23, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST

Singapore’s Best Foreign Oscar hopeful Ilo Ilo took home top honors at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, where the Cannes Camera d’Or winner also nabbed Best New Director (Anthony Chen), Best Supporting Actress (YEO Yann Yann), and Best Original Screenplay. The drama acquired by Film Movement is primed for an early 2014 theatrical release. Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster nabbed Best Actress (Zhang Ziyi), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Makeup/Costumes, and Best Visual Effects. The martial arts biographical drama, released by TWC stateside, also won the Audience Award while Jackie Chan and his CZ12 team took home kudos for Best Action Choreography. Scroll down for full winners: Read More »

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Martin Scorsese To Present Wong Kar Wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 5:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Martin Scorsese is lending his support to the upcoming Weinstein Company release of The Grandmaster, the film directed by Wong Kar Wai. Scorsese will lend his name in presentation of the kung fu film, and above the line it will read Martin Scorsese Presents The Grandmaster when TWC releases the film theatrically in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto on August 23 and nationwide on August 30. Wong has directed such films as Chungking Express, 2046 and My Blueberry Nights, and The Grandmaster stars Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, and Chang Chen and is executive produced by Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison. The film opened the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. “Wong Kar Wai has turned martial arts into a modern dance,” Scorsese said.

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Weinstein Co., Wong Kar Wai Taking ‘The Grandmaster’ To Comic-Con

If Metallica can rock Comic-Con, why not Wong Kar Wai? The Weinstein Co. is bringing the director to the annual San Diego pop culture confab for promo duties and to host the first US screening … Read More »

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Berlin Film Festival Completes Competition Jury With Tim Robbins, Susanne Bier & More

The Berlin Film Festival has rounded out the panel of judges who will hand out Golden and Silver Bears next month. Wong Kar Wai is jury president this year and his The Grandmaster officially … Read More »

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Wong Kar Wai’s Grandmaster To Open Berlin Film Festival

The international premiere of The Grandmaster by Chinese director and president of this year’s jury, WONG Kar Wai, will open the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.

The Grandmaster is an epic martial arts drama set against the tumultuous backdrop of 1930’s China and inspired by the life and times of the legendary IP Man (Tony LEUNG Chiu Wai), mentor to Bruce LEE. The plot encompasses themes of war, family, revenge, desire, love, and memory. The all-star cast headed by Tony LEUNG Chiu Wai (Days of Being Wild – Berlinale Forum 1991, Chungking Express, Happy Together, In The Mood for Love, 2046, all directed by WONG Kar Wai), also includes Ziyi ZHANG (Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon, D: Ang Lee), who was a guest at the 2009 Berlinale Competition with Forever Enthralled (D: CHEN Kaige), CHANG Chen (Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon; Eros, D: WONG Kar Wai), ZHAO Benshan (Happy Times, D: ZHANG Yimou), XIAO Shengyang (A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop, D: ZHANG Yimou – Berlinale Competition 2010) and SONG Hye Kyo (A Reason to Live, D: LEE Jeong-hyang), as well as hundreds of Asia’s top martial artists.

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