Megan Ellison and Harvey Weinstein have reportedly developed a slightly combative relationship, with some tension arising during the production and promotion of Killing Them Softly and Lawless, and culminating in the lackluster financial performance of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.
But that hasn’t stopped Harvey from putting down money for another film that was funded by Ellison’s Annapurna Productions. The Weinstein Company has picked up US distribution rights to Wong Kar Wai‘s new film The Grandmster ahead of the film’s Berlin Film Festival premiere. Weinstein has distributed several of the director’s films in the past, so the continued partnership is not a surprise. (TWC also grabbed rights for English-speaking Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.)
New reviews are coming in from Berlin for the film, too. We’ll run down the latest estimations of Wong’s retelling of the Ip Man story, and give you the latest French trailer, after the break. Read More »
Here’s one reason Wong Kar Wai‘s new film The Grandmasters doesn’t yet have a release date outside of China: it doesn’t even have a firm release date inside China. The movie had been scheduled to open on December 18 in the director’s home country, but that has been pushed back to January 8. Producers say “the original December premiere has been postponed, but it will start screening before the Lunar New Year next year.” One reason could be a small number of reshoots, or some additional shooting, which is somewhat amusing given that Wong has been shooting the film since 2009. He’s not a fast worker.
So we’re back to speculating on the release of the film to some extent. In the meantime a few new character posters have arrived, which you can see below. Read More »
I’d like to say that an English-subtitled trailer for Wong Kar-Wai‘s long-awaited new film The Grandmasters means that we’ve got a US release date. Alas, that isn’t the case.
This subbed trailer is the same one we ran not long ago, but with the addition of a translation courtesy of Andrew Chan at Film Comment. So now, in addition to taking in the gorgeous visual side of the film, you can start to get an idea of the story and dialogue, anchored by Tony Leung‘s performance as Ip Man, the man who eventually trained Bruce Lee, and who was previously chronicled in films that bear the Ip Man name.
Check out the translated trailer below. Read More »
Feels like we’ve bee waiting a very long time for The Grandmasters. That’s the new film from filmmaking master Wong Kar Wai, and a new telling of the Ip Man story. Over a year ago we saw the first footage from the film, but Wong’s long post-production tinkering — which rivals that of prime-era Terrence Malick — pushed the film away from a Cannes debut this year. It moved to a December opening this year in China, and a 2013 release (hopefully) in the rest of the world.
Now we’ve got the full-length Chinese trailer. Even without English language dialogue or subtitles you’ll be able to get some idea of the film from this gorgeous footage. While Wong Kar Wai has made his own strange version of a fight film in the past (Ashes of Time, which has been released in multiple versions) this appears to be a much more overtly action-tinged drama. And judging by the glorious cinematography seen in this trailer, that could be a great thing. Read More »
What a wonderful day it is for a wide variety of film lovers: we’ve had teaser footage for films as disparate as the James Bond film Skyfall, the sequel to Anchorman, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s hotly-anticipated film The Master. And now there is new footage from Wong Kar Wai, whose short film Déjà Vu is being unveiled at Cannes.
The film is sponsored by Chivas Regal, and accordingly is essentially an ad for the company’s whiskey. But there’s a narrative here, a romance between two characters. And as anyone familiar with the director’s work knows, he does romance in a way that is unlike anyone else.
Ad or not, the footage from Déjà Vu is gorgeous, and you should take a look below. Read More »
It’s a good day for great news. First Criterion makes an incredible deal with Hulu Plus. And now Megan Ellison, the heiress who recently came to the rescue of two Paul Thomas Anderson films (The Master and Inherent Vice) is making a deal to buy North American rights to Wong Kar Wai‘s new film, The Grandmasters. Read More »
If, like me, you got excited at the very idea of seeing footage from a new Wong Kar Wai film, then dial it down a bit. Because while, yes, this is a brief teaser for the great director’s new film The Grandmasters — his own take on the same story told in the film Ip Man — there isn’t actually any film footage here. But fans will want to check it out anyway, and we’ve also got images of Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi as they appear in the film, as a consolation prize. Read More »
We have our first look at Natalie Portman in My Blueberry Nights, thanks to NataliePortman.com. Gotta love Natalie Portman looking all trashy.
The upcoming film directed by Wong Kar Wai (his first English language film) also stars Norah Jones, Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, David Strathairn and Ed Harris. Nights is a road movie loosely based on an earlier short film followed by the character Jones will portray as she works in several restaurant settings and learns of the trials and tribulations of true love.
My Blueberry Nights premieres at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
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