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Bruce Lee Unleashes the One-Inch Punch in 'Birth of the Dragon' Trailer A Bruce Lee biopic sounds like a dicey proposition. How could watching someone pretend to be the greatest fighter of all time (by all means, @ me) accomplish anything other than making the audience wish for the genuine article? But judging from the newly released trailer, Birth of the Dragon has a fair amount going for it. For one, it has the good sense to focus on a single period of Lee’s life, narrowing the film to his early years in San Francisco, when he was building his legendary reputation.

Promo trailer is now online (via Deadline) for Birth of the Dragon starring Billy Magnussen, Xia Yu, Philip Ng, Jinging Qu, and Xing Jing.Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown, this cross-cultural film chronicles Bruce Lee’s emergence as a martial-arts superstar after his legendary secret showdown with fellow martial artist Wong Jack Man.It's amazing to think of what Bruce Lee accomplished — and when.

The film is expected to blend the traditional elements of the biopic with the balletic thrills of wuxia cinema, examining Lee’s life and times while simultaneously acting as a white-knuckle action picture in its own right. Philip Ng has agreed to portray Lee himself, and Yu Xia, Billy Magnussen, Jinging Qu, and Jin Xing will appear in the supporting cast. Continue reading…

Nicole Kidman's Grace of Monaco finally gets a U.S. release...on Lifetime Well that's a real kick in the teeth isn't it? Nicole Kidman's Grace Kelly biopic GRACE OF MONACO opened last years Cannes Film Festival where, to put it mildly, it did not do well. Critics everywhere attacked the film which also sparked protests from the Monaco royal family who called it "needlessly glamorized and historically inaccurate." Director Oliver... Read More...

Zoe Saldana Expects Nina Simone Movie To Be Ready For Cannes 2015

6:38 PM 10/12/2014 by Fred Topel
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Zoe Saldana now has three franchises to her name: Avatar, Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy. Her passion project has been a biography of musician Nina Simone, and she’s wrapped filming on the movie Nina. She expects it to be ready for next year’s Cannes Film Festival. “We’re working on it and hopefully by Cannes of next year we’ll be walking down that red carpet with Nina,” Saldana said at a press conference for her animated film The Book of Life.

Jan and his daughter Johanna Troell talk Journalism, Bergman and THE LAST SENTENCE

1:02 AM 6/16/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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When Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt published an article calling Hitler “an insult” the article threatened to speed Sweden’s entrance into World War II. According to veteran filmmaker Jan Troell, director of Segerstedt biopic The Last Sentence, a journalist like Segerstedt couldn’t exist today. “Maybe Julian Assange comes close,” he said, referring to the founder of WikiLeaks, but only in prominence; Assange doesn’t exactly do the same kind of work.

George Nolfi to Direct Bruce Lee Biopic ‘Birth of the Dragon’ During his short life, Bruce Lee made an indelible impact on the world through his unique philosophy, unparalleled martial arts skills, and ass-kicking movies. In fact, Lee is such an icon that Hollywood is continuing to tell his story today, more than 40 years after his death. Lee’s life was first recounted in the 1993 biopic, Dragon: The Bruce Lee story.

During his short life, Bruce Lee made an indelible impact on the world through his unique philosophy, unparalleled martial arts skills, and ass-kicking movies. In fact, Lee is such an icon that Hollywood is continuing to tell his story today, more than 40 years after his death. Lee’s life was first recounted in the 1993 biopic, Dragon: The Bruce Lee story.

Do Oscar Campaigns Make Us Reverse Opinions? Cue: Dallas Buyers

4:10 PM 2/20/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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I wasn’t super in love with Dallas Buyer’s Club, but the featurettes the studio is releasing for the film's Oscar campaign are incredibly compelling. I realize it’s not fashionable to say a movie about a crusader with AIDS left me cold, but it did so crying over these clips makes me question my instincts.

Review: Saving Mr. Banks (A Mouse House Full of Daddy Issues)

6:36 PM 12/30/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Saving Mr. Banks is a surprisingly apologetic celebration of Papa Walt and the herculean effort required to bring Mary Poppins to screen. The drama escapes whatever litigious truthiness is basic to the situation (Walt pestered the rights owner to submission) and somehow writers Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith wrestle this into a story about recovering from damaging parents.
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