Ang Lee directing Life of Pi

A few years ago, James Cameron started touting higher frame rates — 48 or 60 frames per second instead of the industry-standard 24 — as the future of cinema. “If watching a 3D movie is like looking through a window, then [with this] we’ve taken the glass out of the window and we’re staring at reality,” he boasted at ShoWest 2011. Then we finally got our first look at an actual feature film shot and projected in 48 fps in 2012 in the form of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The results were spectacularly underwhelming, and the so-called “cinematic revolution” stalled before it even began.

But maybe it’s finally time to give the high frame rate thing another go. This year, Ang Lee brings to screens the first feature film ever shot in 120 frames per second, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The first footage from the Iraq War drama screened at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show this past weekend, and attendees have begun sharing their impressions of the film itself and the higher frame rate.  Read More »

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 Trailer

Fans of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon weren’t thrilled when they got their first look at its sequel, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Like Ang Lee‘s picture, the sequel is based on a five-part series, written by Wang Dulu. Despite going back to the source material, plenty of fans labeled the sequel a cheap cash grab.

The Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 reviews are in, and most critics are still calling the film a cash grab.

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Thrilla in Manila Movie

It’s been a couple of years since we heard about Ang Lee‘s 3D boxing drama that was said to focus on the boxing world in the 1960s and 1970s, when heavyweights like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier ruled the ring and grabbed people’s attention. The project was set up at Universal, but ended up taking a backseat so Lee could direct Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk instead.

Now the project has life again, this time at Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, and Lee is already scouting locations for the project. He also has an eye on two stars to play Frazier and Ali. Find out who they are after the jump. Read More »

sam mendes interviews

Director Sam Mendes is guest-editing next month’s issue of Empire and he really delivered the goods. He could have easily just coasted on this gig and used his temporary position to just remind people that Spectre is coming out on November 6th, but instead, he rounded up a bunch of Hollywood’s biggest and most respected directors and asked them simple questions about their filmmaking process. The answers are fascinating.

To check out some highlights from the Sam Mendes interviews, hit the jump.

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Ang Lee 120 frames

Twenty-four frames per second has served us just fine for almost a hundred years. Modern technology, however, always strives for more, and filmmakers recently began to experiment with a higher frame rate. Shooting at higher frame rates would, in theory, make a moving image more realistic (because more info is being fed to us) and make it much more open to manipulation.

James Cameron is considering making the Avatar sequels in a higher frame rate and we all know Peter Jackson shot The Hobbit trilogy in 48 frames per second. That experiment is considered a failure because of the public outcry against the result, but I’m sure Jackson himself is happy with the raw results, even if audiences never saw it the way he intended.

Now, another filmmaker who has been flirting with high frame rate is taking a dive into that world. Sony executives confirmed that Ang Lee will shoot his next project, the Iraq war film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, at 120 frames per second. Read the Ang Lee 120 frames news below. Read More »

Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

Kristen Stewart was a polarizing figure in her Twilight days, in part because Twilight was itself so polarizing. But she has managed to build a pretty solid career outside of that franchise, even becoming the first American actress ever to win a César Award earlier this year for Clouds of Sils Maria.

Her latest high-profile gig puts has her working with Ang Lee, for the upcoming adaptation of Ben Fountain‘s bestselling Iraq War novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund, and Joe Alwyn also star. Get all the details on the Kristen Stewart Ang Lee project after the jump. Read More »

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Steve Martin in It's Complicated

Steve Martin will follow up his extraterrestrial landing in Home with a very different movie about a very different journey. He’s just signed on for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ang Lee‘s upcoming Iraq War drama.

Also set to star are Garrett Hedlund, and newcomer Joe Alwyn as the titular Billy Lynn. More on the Steve Martin Billy Lynn casting after the jump. Read More »

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk film

Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, Catching Fire) has scripted an adaption of Ben Fountain‘s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which has been called the “Catch-22 of the Iraq War,” and was nominated for the 2012 National Book Award. Now Ang Lee, whose last feature was the Oscar-winning Life of Pi, is a likely director prospect for the film. We don’t have a lot more info on the potential Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk film right now, but there is one interesting detail, which you can read about below.

Update: Lee is now officially set to direct the film, and we have a couple press release quotes below.

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Vin Diesel Wants Ang Lee for ‘Kojak’

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One year after Vin Diesel signed on for the title role, Universal’s Kojak has yet to find a director. But its outspoken lead has some ideas about whom he’d eventually like to see in the director’s chair.

Diesel has hinted that Ang Lee is his top pick to helm the TV adaptation, though it’s unclear at this point how the filmmaker feels about the project. Hit the jump to see what Diesel had to say.

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