Amongst even the most fervent Quentin Tarantino fans, the subject of Death Proof is touchy — is it a good film, or not? I love the movie, seeing it as precisely the sort of grindhouse movie that it hoped to replicate, with a layer of commentary thrown in for good measure. But Tarantino stirred up new conversation about the film today with comments in a long interview about the fact that he hopes Death Proof ends up judged as the least of his films.
The beginning of awards season each year sees THR assembling talent in one room for great roundtables, and this year the director roundtable features Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, Ben Affleck, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, and the dominating presence of Tarantino.
The comment about Death Proof may have been the most attention-getting thing Tarantino said, but he had a lot more to offer, from a breakdown of his own writing and directing process, to plans to write books (novels and film criticism) after he stops actively directing. And the end of his directorial career seems prompted by technological change, as the move to digital projection leaves him cold.
And there’s a lot more, too — while Tarantino tends to dominate the conversation, each of the participants has great stuff to add about the business of directing. It’s worth an hour of your time to watch the whole thing. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
A cinematic adaptation of Life of Pi has been in the works basically since Yann Martel‘s novel was published in 2001, but in the early stages the project had some trouble picking up steam. It passed through the hands of several directors, including M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuarón, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, over several years before finally landing with Ang Lee in 2008.
Now, after four years of hard work, Lee’s movie is finally on the verge of hitting theaters. One of the film’s strongest selling points is its incredible use of 3D, but it’s tough to get that third dimension across on a computer screen. So in this first clip, Fox’s marketing team settles for unveiling a scene where it’s obvious things would be flying at your face if you were in a theater. Watch the scene, with an introduction by Lee, after the jump.
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Posted on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
If 3D gets a bad rap, it’s often for good reason. Done badly, 3D drives up ticket prices while adding nothing to the experience; done very badly, it robs you blind while destroying the picture. But every so often, a movie comes along that reminds you of how powerful the technology can be when wielded by a master craftsman. Ang Lee‘s stunning, vibrant Life of Pi is one of those cases.
After receiving strong early buzz thanks to some alluring clips and teasers, Life of Pi had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival this week. Lee cautioned us ahead of time that he was still putting the final touches on the movie, so the version that hits theaters may differ slightly from the one we saw. But whether he makes a few last tweaks or not, it’s clear that Life of Pi will be a worthwhile cinematic experience.
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After a great deal of time in development, during which multiple directors tried to crack the story, Yann Martel‘s novel Life of Pi was filmed by director Ang Lee, with newcomer Suraj Sharma in the role of Pi, a boy who is stranded at sea in a lifeboat with a man-eating tiger for company. There’s a bit more to the story than that, but I’ll let you get some idea of the further story from the new international trailer that is online now.
This trailer uses a bit of Coldplay to provide a big emotional backing that the footage doesn’t really need. Lee seems to have created a big, glossy, illustrated storybook of a film with images that have more than enough power on their own. Life of Pi hits on November 21, at which point we’ll see if the film truly works either as an adaptation of the novel or as a standalone entity. But in the meantime, this trailer features a good bit of new footage. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
At a time when some studio projects (ahem, New Year’s Eve) seem less about telling a good story than about cramming together as many celebs as possible, it’s surprising to hear of an actor getting cut because he was too famous for a film. But that’s what exactly happened to Tobey Maguire, if recent reports are to be believed.
Last year, Maguire nabbed the role of a writer in Ang Lee‘s literary adaptation Life of Pi. However, sources now indicate that Maguire’s performance simply wasn’t “working,” and that he’s since been replaced by the lower-profile Rafe Spall. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
The very busy David Fincher now has one less project on his plate. For over a year now, he’s been in the running to direct Cleopatra, starring Anglina Jolie. However, a new report indicates that talks have broken off.
It’s not the end of the line for the film, though, as Sony is now on the lookout for someone else to take over at the helm. Even with Fincher off, they’ve clearly got their hearts set on locking down a prestige filmmaker: Ang Lee is said to be among their candidates. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
The year-end prestige movie season looks possibly even more competitive than usual this year, but Fox seems pretty confident they’ve got a four-quadrant hit in Life of Pi. Though the project suffered several stops and starts during its development process, it’s finally taken shape under the care of director Ang Lee, and the early buzz is that the results are eye-popping and crowd-pleasing. (As well as, Fox no doubt hopes, award-winning.)
The new trailer isn’t our first look at the film — we’ve already seen a brief clip and previewed certain scenes — but it gives us the best look yet at the epic scope and storybook feel of the movie. And so far, it seems the praise is entirely justified. Check out the video after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s not like anyone needs another excuse to hit up Ridley Scott’s Prometheus this weekend, but in case you weren’t totally sold on Fox’s other big 3D summer releases, they’re sweetening the deal with a glimpse of one of this fall’s most intriguing films. The studio plans to unveil uncut clips from Ang Lee‘s literary adaptation Life of Pi before Prometheus, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Ice Age: Continental Drift, the better to show off Lee’s apparently masterful work with 3D. More details after the jump.
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