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Wong Kar-wai set as Beijing Festival Jury President

Iconic Hong Kong-based director Wong Kar-wai has been set as president of the jury for the competition section at the upcoming Beijing International Film Festival. Now in its eighth edition, the festival runs April 15-22, 2018. Wong, who was born and studied in mainland China, but established his film career in Hong Kong previously won […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyFeb 13th, 2018

Wong Kar-wai set as Beijing Festival Jury President

Iconic Hong Kong-based director Wong Kar-wai has been set as president of the jury for the competition section at the upcoming Beijing International Film Festival. Now in its eighth edition, the festival runs April 15-22, 2018. Wong, who was born and studied in mainland China, but established his film career in Hong Kong previously won […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyFeb 13th, 2018

Wong Kar-wai Honored in Lyon, Talks Early Influences, Bruce Lee, Hong Kong Handover and Bigger Canvas for ‘Grandmaster’

LYON The Lumière Festival honored Wong Kar-wai with the Lumière Award on Friday following a wide-ranging discussion between the Chinese filmmaker and festival director Thierry Frémaux about his life and career. Asked about his early influences during the master class, held in front of a packed house at the majestic Théâtre des Célestins ahead of […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 21st, 2017

Amazon Orders Fred Armisen-Maya Rudolph Comedy, Wong Kar-wai Drama, 3 Other Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

As Amazon refines its focus on shows with broad, global appeal, the streaming service has given series orders to a drama from Wong Kar-wai and comedy starring Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph. Three more projects have also been put into development. The streaming service has given a greenlight to “Tong Wars,” an hour-long drama written... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 8th, 2017

Annette Bening On Lack of Female Directors at Venice Film Fest: "Sexism Does Exist But Things Are Changing"

Jury president at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Annette Bening – the first woman jury head in more than a decade – isn’t too worried about the lack of diversity in the lineup. The 74th Venice Film Festival only has one film directed by a woman screening in the competition section, which includes 21 films, [...] Jury president at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Annette Bening – the first woman jury head in more than a decade – isn’t too worried about the lack of diversity in the lineup. The 74th Venice Film Festival only has one film directed by a woman screening in the competition section, which includes 21 films, Vivian Qu‘s Angels Wear White. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Annette Bening When asked to comment on the minimal representation of female directors in the competition at the Jury photo call on Wednesday (August 30), Annette avoided criticizing the festival, saying that she “was thrilled to be asked to be here, so I didn’t count the number of films that were accepted that were directed by women. I didn’t approach it that way.” “I think that we as women, we have to be very sharp and shrewd and creative ourselves about what we choose to make,” Annette added (via THR). “I know that most people that I know, whether they’re veterans or newcomers, or they’re men or women, most people struggle to get their movies made. And there is a lot of sexism, of course that exists. There’s no question. But I think things are changing. The more that we, as women, can make films that speak to everyone, we can be regarded as filmmakers.” Annette was joined at the photo call by her fellow Jury members Rebecca Hall, Anna Mouglalis, Jasmine Trinca, David Stratton, Edgar Wright, Greta Scarano and Michael Franco. FYI: Rebecca is wearing an Altuzarra dress. Anna is wearing a Chanel dress......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 30th, 2017

Lyon’s Lumiere Festival Honors Classic Film

The 9th Lumière Festival in Lyon, France, is again bringing together some of the biggest names in world cinema, including Guillermo Del Toro, Wong Kar-wai and Michael Mann, while celebrating the history of film with some 400 screenings of international classics. Launched in 2009 by Bertrand Tavernier and Thierry Frémaux, the respective president and director of […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 13th, 2017

Oscars: China Selects "Xuan Zang" for Foreign-Language Category

Directed by Huo Jianqi and produced by Academy favorite Wong Kar-wai, the film depicts the legendary and epic seventh-century journey of a Buddhist monk from China to India......»»

Category: moviesSource: yahooOct 6th, 2016

BBC lists Top 100 films of 21st century; David Lynch tops it

There still may be 84 years to go, but a new list ranks David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive," Wong Kar-wai's "In the Mood for Love" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" as the top films of the 21st cent.....»»

Category: topSource: yahooJan 12th, 2017

China’s Alibaba to Finance Wong Kar-wai Movie Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

IPO-bound Chinese e-commerce giant also attaches top director Peter Chan and Internet-sensation Giddens Ko.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyApr 3rd, 2017

Palestinian Filmmaker Elia Suleiman Named Jury President of Antalya Film Festival

Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman will serve as jury president for the 54th Intl. Antalya Film Festival, artistic director Mike Downey has announced. Suleiman served as a jury member at Cannes Film Festival in 2006, and was jury president at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2010, the Deauville Asian Film Festival in 2012, and the... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietyAug 1st, 2017

Cate Blanchett Will Be President of the Jury at Cannes Film Festival 2018!

Cate Blanchett just added an impressive new title to her name: president! The 48-year-old Carol actress and director will preside over the jury for the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Cate Blanchett The honor was previously held by Pedro Almodovar during the 2017 festival, where the [...] Cate Blanchett just added an impressive new title to her name: president! The 48-year-old Carol actress and director will preside over the jury for the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Cate Blanchett The honor was previously held by Pedro Almodovar during the 2017 festival, where the Palme d’or was given to The Square by Swedish director Ruben Östlund. “I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere and in Competition but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbours,” Cate said in a statement. This year’s festival begins on May 8, 2018......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredJan 4th, 2018

Andrea Wong Joins Board of Digital Distribution Platform TRX

Former ABC and Sony executive Andrea Wong has joined the board of TRX, the online trading platform for content owners, which was set up by RDF founders and former Zodiak bosses Matthew and David Frank. Wong left her role as head of international production at Sony Pictures Television earlier this year. She is also on the […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyDec 6th, 2017

Legendary US cartoon artist Tyrus Wong dies, aged 106

Legendary animation artist Tyrus Wong, whose evocative sketches were used to create Disney's groundbreaking "Bambi" cartoon, has died at the age of 106, the company said. "Tyrus Wong had a gift for evoking incredible feeling in hi.....»»

Category: artsSource: yahooJan 11th, 2017

Tyrus Wong, pioneer "Bambi" artist, dies at 106

By Jacob Bryant LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Tyrus Wong, whose paintings served as visual inspiration for Disney's animated classic "Bambi," died Friday, Dec. 30. Wong's death was announced on his Facebook page. "With heavy hearts, we announce the pas.....»»

Category: moviesSource: yahooJan 1st, 2017

Former President George H.W. Bush Apologizes To Actress Heather Lind Following Her Sexual Assault Claims Against Him

How very unpresidential of him! On Monday, actress Heather Lind accused former President George H.W. Bush of sexually assaulting her during a photo opportunity four years ago. In an Instagram post, which has since been deleted, Lind claimed the 41st President of the United States "touched her from behind" and then "told her a dirty joke." Related: [...] How very unpresidential of him! On Monday, actress Heather Lind accused former President George H.W. Bush of sexually assaulting her during a photo opportunity four years ago. In an Instagram post, which has since been deleted, Lind claimed the 41st President of the United States "touched her from behind" and then "told her a dirty joke." Related: Donald Trump Pelted With Russian Flags Before GOP Luncheon Oh no. Of course, Bush Sr.'s team has already moved quickly to downplay the accusation as a rep noted in a statement: "President Bush would never—under any circumstance—intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind." We're sure Heather doesn't view a fondling as an "attempt at humor." Like, c'mon!! The Turn star's admission comes amid the many Me Too confessions about sexual assault and/or harassment. At first, the brunette starlet didn't have plans to expose the former POTUS. However, when she saw a snap of Barack Obama shaking hands with 41 at the recent Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal concert, Heather decided to speak out. Earlier this week, the 34-year-old shared: "I was disturbed today by a photo I saw of President Barack Obama shaking hands with George H. W. Bush in a gathering of ex-presidents organizing aid to states and territories damaged by recent hurricanes. I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served. And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo." Understandably, Heather does NOT revere Bush Sr. as she continued: "When I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo. He didn't shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side." How awful. The awkward moment then took a turn for the worse, as the Boardwalk Empire alum added: "He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say 'not again.' His security guard told me I shouldn't have stood next to him for the photo. We were instructed to call him Mr. President." While it is standard for past Commander-In-Chiefs to be addressed as Mr. President, the security detail shouldn't have victim-blamed the young woman. Regardless, Heather has doubled down on her refusal to call George, "Mr. President." She went on: "It seems to me a President's power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people, and serve as a symbol of our democracy. He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me. What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn't so different from a President really... I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy. I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them. I can vote for a President, in part, by the nature of his or her character, knowing that his or her political decisions must necessarily stem from that character." Oh snap. Thankfully, Heather's castmates and producers helped her get through the ordeal. She also applauded the many others who've spoken out against sexual misconduct. Although Heather didn't share "where, when, and how" details from the alleged incident, it's believed that the encounter took place during a private screening for AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies on March 29, 2014 in Houston, Texas. There is a photo of Heather posing next to George and Barbara from this event. Lind concluded her note with: "And I thank President Barack Obama for the gesture of respect he made toward George H. W. Bush for the sake of our country, but I do not respect him. #metoo." Thank you for sharing, Heather. We can't imagine it was easy. [Image via Dominic Chan/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 25th, 2017

The Taylor Swift Groping Legal Drama Will Continue With The Jury On Monday No Matter What Judge Decides On Her Dismissal

We WILL be seeing you all next week! As you surely know, Taylor Swift has been going head to head against a Denver based DJ, named David Mueller, in court. In case you forgot, the A-lister has accused Mueller of sexually assaulting her as he allegedly "grabbed her ass" during a meet and greet back in [...] We WILL be seeing you all next week! As you surely know, Taylor Swift has been going head to head against a Denver based DJ, named David Mueller, in court. In case you forgot, the A-lister has accused Mueller of sexually assaulting her as he allegedly "grabbed her ass" during a meet and greet back in 2013. Related: Leah Remini Wants Scientology Investigated By The Feds The feud between Mueller and Swift intensified when the disgraced DJ sued Swift for slander and the Blank Space singer responded with a sexual assault and battery countersuit. While the radio professional maintained his innocence throughout the course of the trial, the pop star testified under oath that David "grabbed [her] bare ass." Both Swift and Mueller's legal teams made their cases to the jury this week. In a twist on Friday, Taylor's team asked Judge Martinez to dismiss the case because they never directed Mueller's employer to fire him. After about twenty minutes of deliberation, the judge was unable to come to a conclusion as to whether Taylor should be released from the case and the jury was dismissed -- court will resume with the jury on Monday morning. However, a decision is expected sometime today from the judge on whether or not Taylor will be dismissed from the lawsuit against her: What to expect: Judge's ruling TODAY on releasing @taylorswift13. Regardless of ruling-- On Monday: closing arguments & jury deliberation. — Michael Konopasek (@MikeKonopasek) August 11, 2017 This officially concludes the evidentiary part of the trial and the jury will hear closing arguments next week. Since Taylor countersued, even if she is dismissed, court will have to resume to handle that part of the case. There you have it...for now! [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzAug 11th, 2017

The Internet Wants Oprah Winfrey To Run For President — & Longtime Partner Stedman Says She Would "Absolutely" Do It!

We're here for this! As we reported last night, Oprah Winfrey made history at the Golden Globes as the first African American woman in history to be presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Her moving acceptance speech has now rallied the Internet into launching a campaign for Miss O to run for President in 2020! And [...] We're here for this! As we reported last night, Oprah Winfrey made history at the Golden Globes as the first African American woman in history to be presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Her moving acceptance speech has now rallied the Internet into launching a campaign for Miss O to run for President in 2020! And get this... the TV personality's longtime partner Stedman Graham said the 63-year-old would 'absolutely' do it! Related: This Photo Of Oprah, Gayle King, & Ava DuVernay Is Everything! Hey, if Donald Trump can be President, anyone can be President, right?! Don't give up on your dreams! Graham told the Los Angeles Times: "It's up to the people. She would absolutely do it." And even Meryl Streep is on board with the ticket! She said to The Washington Post: "She launched a rocket tonight. I want her to run for president. I don't think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn't have a choice." So you know it's real! Be sure to take a look at what everyone is saying (below)!! #Oprah can straight up make this her first speech announcing that she's running for President in 2020. — Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 8, 2018 I mean, it's been fun to joke about Oprah running for president, but that speech really was presidential. That was phenomenal, even by her standards.#GoldenGlobes #TimesUp — Charlotte Clymer🏳️‍🌈 (@cmclymer) January 8, 2018 THIS is the moment @Oprah became president #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/9yLUDKq3gm — Brandon Hooks (@CaptainBHooks) January 8, 2018 I’m not saying Oprah should be president. Or that she’d even want to be. But how comforting did it feel to hear someone articulate the promise of America again? And not have to cringe like every time that orange gas bag opens his oft-used pie hole. — Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) January 8, 2018 As I sit here in tears...I have never ever seen such a speech. @Oprah, my friend. Please run for President. This world needs more of THAT. WOW. — Billy Gilman (@BillyGilman) January 8, 2018 Nothing but respect for MY president #Oprah pic.twitter.com/6MmNfpAxHw — Eric Freitas (@Freitas_Eric) January 8, 2018 Can someone make Oprah president please — Jo Boaler (@joboaler) January 8, 2018 *me walking in to cast my vote for President Oprah Winfrey 2020* pic.twitter.com/hrPhNaSQQH — Aurora Borealis (@therealmegan_p) January 8, 2018 I'm ready to slap a sticker that says "A New Day Is On The Horizon, #Oprah 2020" on my car, laptop, water bottle, and everything i mf own — Kylie Rae (@highkeykylie) January 8, 2018 The only thing @Oprah’s speech was missing: "... and I announce my candidacy"! WOW! #Oprah #GoldenGlobes #Oprah2020 pic.twitter.com/fv5XUFQyWZ — JoJo Wright (@JoJoWright) January 8, 2018 Um... compared to what we're dealing with now, this doesn't seem like a terrible idea?! Are U down with Oprah 2020?? SOUND OFF in the comments (below)! [Image via Ian Wilson/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJan 8th, 2018

South Park Skewers Donald Trump"s Handling Of North Korea AND Everyone Freaking Out Over His Tweets!

South Park doesn't even need to show "The President" in an episode to mock Donald Trump anymore! Matt Stone and Trey Parker admitted they didn't want to focus on POTUS as much as they did last season, which featured a yuge election storyline in which Mr. Garrison raped and killed the show's version of Trump before [...] South Park doesn't even need to show "The President" in an episode to mock Donald Trump anymore! Matt Stone and Trey Parker admitted they didn't want to focus on POTUS as much as they did last season, which featured a yuge election storyline in which Mr. Garrison raped and killed the show's version of Trump before taking on his personality and winning the presidency. Even though he hasn't physically shown up in South Park yet, the president -- who remained nameless in this week's episode -- was still satirized in what seemed to be a response to Trump's antagonizing remarks to North Korea. Related: Trump Lashes Out The Emmys' 'Bad' Ratings! Just a day after Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea in his UN address on Tuesday, the cartoon series acknowledged the fear of living under world leaders caught up in a nuclear pissing contest. The episode started with the boys' classmate Tweek playing a song about the current political climate for the school talent show. In his "song," Tweek frustratingly bangs on the piano and yells about how North Korea is going to kill us all and it's all the president's fault, screaming: "We're all going to die! They have nuclear missiles. Why are you just sitting there doing nothing?! We have to get out of here. North Korea wants to kill us and our president keeps making it worse. Why are you all just sitting there? Why are you all acting like nothing's wrong? North Korea is going to bomb us. We are all dead. We have to do something. Do something! Do something! Ahhhh!" The main question driving the episode is if Tweek is overreacting or not. His boyfriend Greg suggests Tweek send the North Koreans cupcakes so they know that all Americans aren't as shitty as the president. This gesture works... until the president gets involved. Soon, CNN reports that the president -- who appears to still be Garrison -- has launched a Twitter attack on North Korea, saying Tweek "took a dump in the batter." Which, of course, blows up the whole situation. Here are a few of his tweets: LOL, but how sad is it that these aren't really that farfetched? Amid the North Korea drama, other students are trying to raise awareness about the deadly effects of distracted driving, since multiple parents have been running over kids due to freaking out about the president's tweets from behind the wheel. The plotlines tie together in the end of the episode, when Tweek partners with Greg to perform another song. This time, the duo sings about the dangers of being distracted by your phone -- joined by a choir of South Park kids who tell the president to "Put It Down," singing: "Don't be on your phone while being president / Put it down / You might do something dumb and cause an accident." After the song, locals pledge to put down their phones if they become president -- even Hillary Clinton makes a cameo! Hey girl! The moral of the story? Put down your fucking phone, Trump. Also, recklessly freaking out about the president's tweets only makes things worse. [Image via Comedy Central.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 21st, 2017

Cate Blanchett Named Cannes Jury President

Cate Blanchett has been named president of the Cannes Film Festival jury, the festival announced Wednesday. Blanchett will be the 12th woman to lead the jury of the prestigious festival. The Australian actress will preside over the competition for the 71st festival, which takes place May 8 to May 19. Unlike in years past, this […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJan 4th, 2018

White House Says No, Donald Trump Doesn"t Have "Proof" — And Refuses To Deny Disrespectful Quote To Soldier"s Widow

Donald Trump is such a sleaze. In case you haven't been following this story, the POTUS made a point on Tuesday — after erroneously claiming other presidents didn't call families of soldiers — of calling the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago. He also apparently planned [...] Donald Trump is such a sleaze. In case you haven't been following this story, the POTUS made a point on Tuesday -- after erroneously claiming other presidents didn't call families of soldiers -- of calling the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago. He also apparently planned to make a media coup of the moment as Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who is a friend of the family, says reporters were waiting at the airport (when their limousine arrived to greet the coffin) to ask them about the call. Related: Gretchen Carlson Showed Trump's Access Hollywood Tape To Her Kids! But that backfired when he reportedly failed to remember Johnson's name, and even told Myeshia Johnson her husband "knew what he signed up for." The President then angrily tweeted on Wednesday that Wilson -- whose account was backed by grieving mother Cowanda Jones-Johnson btw -- was a liar, and that he had proof. Naturally, a reporter asked Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders what proof that was exactly? Were there recordings? Sanders said: "No, but there were several people in the room from the administration that were on the call, including the Chief Of Staff, General John Kelly." Her response is typical of what we've come to expect from her position under Trump: general vague support of the president that stops short of ever saying he was being truthful or accurate. Because they can't. Because LIES! Video: John McCain Strikes A Blow On 'Half-Baked' Nationalism & 'Absent' U.S. Leadership We wrote down some of Sanders' vague, shifty answers for ya, along with our best shot at translating them into plainspeak. Did Trump actually call the families of all the fallen soldiers since he's been President as he claimed? "The president's made contact with all of the families that have been presented to him through the White House military office... " Translation: No, the military liaisons don't trust him with comforting parents and widows. What about all the families that have come forward saying they haven't been contacted at all? "All of the individuals that the president has been presented with through the proper protocol have been contacted through that process." Translation: It wasn't Trump's fault. It probably happened but was someone else's fault. Maybe the bereaved? So is the President denying he said the soldier "knew what he signed up for"? Is anyone willing to even deny that? "The president's call as accounted by multiple people in the room believed that the president was completely respectful, very sympathetic, and expressed the condolences of himself and the rest of the country, and thanked the family for their service and commended them for having an American hero in their family. And I don't know how you could take it any other way." Translation: Nope, no denial. He said that shit. Frankly, the press gave Sanders every opportunity when they explicitly asked if Trump just thought the words were taken out of context. It would have been so easy for her to say, "Yes. He said those words, but not in the way it sounds." She didn't do that. Instead, she said: "I'm not get into the back and forth. The sentiment of the president very clear. He took the time to make a call to express his condolences, to thank the family for this individual's service. And it, frankly is a disgrace for the media to try to portray an act of kindness like that, and that gesture, and try to make it into something it isn't." What about him not knowing Sgt. Johnson's name, only referring to him during the call as "your guy"? "Just because the president said ‘your guy' I don't think that means he doesn't know his name. As president, the hardest job he has is making calls like that. It is appalling what the congresswoman done, politicizing this issue. This was a president who loves our country very much, who has the greatest level of respect for men and women in uniform, and wanted to call and offer condolences to the family. And to try and create something from that, that the congresswoman is doing is frankly appalling and disgusting." Translation: Trump actually did his job for once, who cares if he did it poorly? How dare you cover Trump's failed publicity stunt and accurately portray him as the horrible, empathy-lacking dolt, unable to even comfort a widow, that he obviously is? We may have overdone it on that one, but the point is the White House can't deny the claims. It obviously happened. So they've reverted to the strategy of saying the media is being cruel for covering it. When you can't say Fake News, just go with Inappropriate News we guess. And the beat goes on. See the whole press conference and interpret for yourself (below): [Image via WH.gov.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 18th, 2017

Jury sides with Taylor Swift in sexual assault lawsuit

A jury has sided with pop icon Taylor Swift in a groping lawsuit that was initially filed against her. Former DJ David Mueller accused Swift of pressuring his radio station to fire him. The jury ruled Mueller groped Swift.         A jury has sided with pop icon Taylor Swift in a groping lawsuit that was initially filed against her. Former DJ David Mueller accused Swift of pressuring his radio station to fire him. The jury ruled Mueller groped Swift.        .....»»

Category: topSource: usatodayAug 14th, 2017