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Ang Lee Opens Up About About Tiger That Nearly Drowned On 'Life Of Pi' Set

November 30th, 2013 6:01pm EST
Life Of Pi
Director Ang Lee has addressed reports suggesting a tiger almost drowned on the set of Life Of Pi, revealing it was "an accident".

The director agreed to speak with reporters in the Philippines in the wake of The Hollywood Reporter's accusations regarding animal safety on the set of his 2012 hit movie.

As part of an expose in the new issue of the trade publication, reporters obtained a 2011 email from an American Humane Association employee who was tasked with monitoring animal welfare on the project, about an orphaned boy cast away at sea with a tiger following a shipwreck, in which she ...
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Ang Lee To Make TV Directorial Debut With 'Tyrant'

March 15th, 2013 8:14am EDT
Ang Lee
Director Ang Lee is moving on from his awards season success with Life Of Pi to make his TV directorial debut.

Lee's adventure drama was the surprise toast of the Oscars last month after scooping four prizes, but the moviemaker is already looking to his next project.

He has signed up to direct the pilot episode of FX's Tyrant, which tells the story of an American family pulled into a Middle Eastern conflict.

FX president John Landgraf says, "Ang Lee has demonstrated time and again an ability to present characters with such depth and specificity that they reveal the universal human con...
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'Life Of Pi' Vanquishes 'The Hobbit' At 2013 Visual Effects Society Awards

February 6th, 2013 8:25am EST
Life of Pi
Director Ang Lee was the big winner at the Visual Effects Society Awards on Tuesday - his Life Of Pi movie won four major trophies and he walked away with a special prize in honor of his career.

Lee's big screen adaptation of Yann Martel's 2001 novel beat Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which had looked set to dominate the ceremony with seven nominations but only managed to pick up one for its virtual cinematography.

Life of Pi triumphed in the Outstanding Visual Effects, Outstanding Animated Character, Outstanding FX Simulation Animation and Outstanding Compositing i...
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Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

January 10th, 2013 10:13am EST
Lincoln
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...
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Ang Lee To Be Honored By Visual Effects Society

January 5th, 2013 8:36am EST
Ang Lee
Brokeback Mountain filmmaker Ang Lee is set to be honored with a prestigious prize at the Visual Effects Awards in Los Angeles next month.

The director has employed various techniques in a bid to bring his movies to life over the years, making stars appear as if they are sword fighting in mid-air in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and creating a life-like tiger for his new adventure movie Life of Pi.

And now the 58 year old will be feted for all his hard work with the Visionary Award on February 5th.

Executive Jeff Okun says, "(Lee) pushed the envelope of creation of visual effects for...
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Review 'Life Of Pi': Ang Lee Turns Beloved Novel Into A Magical Film

November 19th, 2012 8:03pm EST
20th Century Films
'Life of Pi' directed by the brilliant visionary Ang Lee ('Brokeback Mountain,' 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon') is the thrilling and powerful story of 17 year old Piscine Militor, aka 'Pi' (Suraj Sharma) - who grows up in Pondicherry India, a southern French colony during the 1970's.

Pi lives an idyllic life. His house is located in a beautiful lush storybook setting surrounded by a zoo filled with tigers, hippos, organgutans, monkeys, zebras; just to name a few of the incredible animals that live there. We meet Pi at the age of 5 (Gautan Belur - age 5) and then at 11 (Ayush Tandon). ...
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Tobey Maguire's Role Cut From 'Life Of Pi'

September 5th, 2012 2:25pm EDT
Tobey Maguire
Actor Tobey Maguire's part in new movie Life Of Pi has been axed.

The Spider-Man star was set to play a writer who interviews the title character in the upcoming film adaption, directed by Oscar winner Ang Lee.

However, his performance will now remain on the editing room floor because studio bosses felt the famous movie star's presence disrupted the flow of the project, which primarily features a cast of unknowns.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee says, "To be consistent with the other casting choices made for the film; I decided to go with an entirely international cast. ...
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Justin Timberlake & Mila Kunis 'Stoked' That New York Legalized Same-Sex Marriage

July 26th, 2011 9:24am EDT
Justin Timberlake
"Friends With Benefits" superstars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis discuss their racy new comedy, "gay cock hounds," and how they both want federal marriage equality in this latest interview with The Advocate.

On gay friends:

Your costar Woody Harrelson plays a character who is probably best described as a gay cock hound.

[Kunis and Timberlake laugh] Timberlake: Well said! That is the best description of his character I’ve heard. Woody is going to be so stoked when I tell him The Advocate called him a gay cock hound.

Do you know guys like him in real life?

Kunis: Yes. [Laughs]

Timber...
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Mark Ruffalo Has Big Green Feet To Fill In 'The Avengers'

July 30th, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo hopes there are no hard feelings with his Hulk predecessor Edward Norton, insisting his pal's public exclusion from "The Avengers" wasn't "a great way" to kick off the project.

Fans were left stunned when Marvel Studios bosses announced last month that Norton, who played Dr. Bruce Banner and his monstrous alter-ego in 2008's 'The Incredible Hulk," would not star in the upcoming superhero movie.

A statement declared he would be replaced by an actor who "embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members."

Ruffalo was confirmed as the new Hulk ...
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Quentin Tarantino To Lead Venice Film Festival Jury

May 6th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino will head the jury of September's Venice Film Festival in Italy.

The Pulp Fiction director will lead a selected panel of industry experts to choose the festival's honorees, including the coveted Golden Lion trophy, which is often seen as a key indicator of a movie's potential at other prize giving ceremonies.

Tarantino, whose films have won him a string of honors including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and the Cannes Film Festival's revered Palme d'Or, has been hailed as "one of the major creative figures in contemporary cinema" by festival organizers.

A spokesper...
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Robert De Niro, Robert Redford And Steven Spielberg Fight For Iranian Filmmaker

May 2nd, 2010 4:00pm EDT
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Stars including Robert De Niro, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg have joined forces in a bid to persuade the Iranian government to released jailed filmmaker Jafar Panahi.

The Iranian director, a vocal supporter of the country's opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi, was arrested following a police raid on his home in Tehran in March and has since allegedly been held in the city's Evin prison.

A group of Hollywood's most high-profile stars have now come together to fight for the filmmaker's freedom, signing a petition calling for Panahi's release.

The document reads, "We... stand ...
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Trailer Talk: 'Halloween II,' 'Taking Woodstock' & More

August 24th, 2009 10:01am EDT
HALLOWEEN II
I have not had the chance to see "Inglourious Basterds" yet, but I'm hoping to catch it in the next couple of days. From the people I have spoken with that have seen it already, it's supposed to be really entertaining.

Other films in my current backlog include "District 9" which I've only heard positive feedback about, and the Paul Giamatti comedy "Cold Souls."

Two of the movies premiering this week are horror movies, and the other two are comedies. One of the films is another sequel annoyingly titled to resemble the first movie's title much like "Fast & Furious." Arriving at the b...
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Why is Katie Holmes Still Famous?

August 19th, 2009 11:51am EDT
Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes owes her career to "Dawson's Creek," cut her real acting teeth in "The Ice Storm," embarrassed herself in movies like "Disturbing Behavior," didn't embarrass herself in "Thank You for Smoking, and even tried her hand at Broadway. But she has yet to do anything that warrants the media's massive favoritism and fixation on her (other than being a very convenient excuse for Tom Cruise, ahem).

Is it her looks?

Some may argue that her looks have gotten her to where she is and kept her there. She did pursue modeling prior to her work as an actress. But take a look at Katie durin...
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Five Classic 1969 Albums By Woodstock Headliners Out June 30

June 25th, 2009 7:30am EDT
The Woodstock Experience cds Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Johnny
The spirit of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair of 1969 resonates 40 summers later, as if it were just yesterday. In 1969, five acts recorded albums for the Columbia, Epic, and RCA labels (divisions of Sony Music Entertainment) and brought their music to Max Yasgur's farm that summer. For the first time, "The Woodstock Experience" couples those albums with music from the festival, providing a pocket portrait of what each artist and band was experiencing during 1969. Available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting June 30th - in newly-designed eco-friendly 2CD packages (see deta...
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'Important Things With Demetri Martin' Renewed For Second Season

June 2nd, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Important Things With Demetri Martin
A very important show is returning to Comedy Central for a second season. The sketch comedy series Important Things With Demetri Martin has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Lauren Corrao, president, original programming and development, Comedy Central. The second season of "Important Things with Demetri Martin" will premiere in 2010.

"The uniquely creative Demetri Martin brought a great new perspective to the network, striking a chord with our viewers and becoming an immediate sensation, especially among our core young men and Gen Y," said Corrao. "His talent...
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'Important Things With Demetri Martin' Premieres Feb. 11 On Comedy Central

January 25th, 2009 6:30pm EST
Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin launches potentially the most important TV show ever of all time, "Important Things with Demetri Martin," a sketch comedy series premiering on Wednesday, February 11 at 10:30 p.m.

Stand-up comedian, Emmy®-losing writer and all-around person, Demetri Martin is the creator, executive producer and star of "Important Things with Demetri Martin." In this sketch comedy series, Martin mixes stand-up comedy, sketches, animation, studio bits, and music to explore one "important thing" per episode - like Power, Safety or Chairs. Demetri's jokes, drawings and hair will play major...
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Italy: Furor After TV Cuts 'Brokeback Mountain'

December 10th, 2008 9:38am EST
Brokeback Mountain
ROME (AP) — Gay rights groups charged Wednesday that Italy's state television censored Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" when it aired the Oscar-winning movie by cutting scenes of gay sex.

Activists protested that RAI TV would never have dropped similar scenes had they involved a heterosexual couple, and politicians called for the incident to be discussed in parliament. RAI said it had aired the cut version by mistake.

"Brokeback Mountain" is a cowboy romance about two ranch-hand buddies who start an affair when they meet on the fictional mountain in the 1960s. The 2005 movie won thr...
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New York United Film Festival - A Showcase Of Art & Creativity Runs Sept. 5–7

July 25th, 2008 7:00am EDT
New York United Film Festival
The New York United Film Festival, bringing art and creativity together to create a united film community, will be held at the prestigious Millennium in the East Village on September 5th – 7th. The festival's focus is to bring together talented filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, thus creating a "United" showcase of creative energy and talent. This is a film festival for everyone, a place where art and community converge. A Tulsa native filmmaker, Jason Connell and his production company Connell Creations founded New York United Film Festival and recently completed their first feature leng...
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DC Movies vs Marvel Movies: Which Are Better?

June 12th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Dark Knight
After months of anticipation the two candidates are finally ready to square of against one another. There has quite possibly never been such a sharp contrast the American public has to choose between. One candidate possesses the mind of an intellectual while the other uses gut instincts. One maintains a trim and chiseled physique and the other uses brute strength to get his point across. One is a relative newcomer that was born in the early 1960's while one has a long and storied history having been born in the late 1930's. Are we talking about Barack Obama and John McCain? Well… I suppose ...
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Movie Season Is Just Heating Up: 10 More Flicks To Watch This Summer

May 27th, 2008 9:58am EDT
Wanted
Iron Man has already grossed over $400 million worlwide. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull became the second biggest Memorial Day movie opening ever. With both of these films already in the books, what are the top 10 remaining summer movies to see? This list picks 10 films out of all the remaining movies from now until the end of August. Judging by this list, July looks like it could be one of the biggest months in years.

10. The Incredible Hulk

Release Date: June 13th

Director: Louis Leterrier (Transporter 1 & 2)

It is never a good sign when a franchise n...
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Fifteen Flicks to Avoid on Family Movie Night

May 21st, 2008 3:01pm EDT
Fifteen Flicks to Avoid on Family Movie Night
Picture this: There's nothing on network so Mom or Pop finds a movie on a premium channel or slides in a DVD from the local video store. Everything's fine until two actors start a simulated bump-n-grind in 53 unavoidable inches of high def skin on parade.

The room gets quiet. Your face gets hot. You do your best not to look at anyone else while your insides curdle and you long to be anywhere but in that room. Sound familiar? Whether your 15 or 50, watching certain subject matter with your elders can equal sheer mortification; with that in mind, we've compiled a list of twenty films too a...
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'The Incredible Hulk': Will It Suck Or Satisfy?

April 24th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Incredible Hulk
Way back in 2003 Ang Lee, who would go on to helm the critically acclaimed Brokeback Mountain, lent his vision of sprawling epically long filmmaking to Marvel Comic's not-so-jolly green giant, The Hulk.

Before its release it seemed as if everything was coming together. A stellar cast that included Eric Bana and Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly made up the leads, while a realistic-enough CG Hulk proved to gain support from the fan community. So where did things go wrong? Well, if you saw the film's opening weekend you probably spent the first 45 minutes wondering if you had stumb...
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Upcoming Comic Book Films Worth Checking Out, Part 1

January 10th, 2008 11:56am EST
Iron Man
"Iron Man" (May 2)

"Iron Man" is a good story, and with the film's decent cast it could be one of the best Marvel movies yet. With Tony Stark being one of the main protagonist/antagonist's in "Civil War," it's no surprise that his time has come.

Tony Stark is a fascinating character. He's not altogether different from Batman, at least on paper. He's a billionaire industrialist who uses his wealth and intelligence to become a superhero, standing among some of the strongest heroes in the world as an equal although he is but a man. Iron Man relies on technology, his wits, and a dark...
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Human Rights Campaign To Auction 'Brokeback Mountain' Memorabilia

October 3rd, 2006 12:45pm EDT
Jake Gyllenhaal starred in Brokeback Mountain
The Human Rights Campaign, in conjunction with Delivery Agent Inc., announced today a one-of-a-kind auction to benefit the programs of the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights organization. The auction will feature the wardrobe worn by the stars of Brokeback Mountain -- the unforgettable film directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee.

The first outfit from the film will be offered in a live auction on Saturday, October 7, at the Human Rights Campaign's 10th Annual National Dinner held in Washington, D.C. The remainder of the wardrobe seen on the actors in the f...
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Ang Lee To Direct Spy Film 'Lust, Caution'

May 24th, 2006 11:39am EDT
Ang Lee
Ang Lee has pacted to make his second consecutive film, following his Academy Award win for directing Brokeback Mountain, with Focus Features. Mr. Lee will next direct “Lust, Caution,” an espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai.

Bill Kong, who previously produced Lee's hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, will produce the new film with the director.

The Chinese-language feature is being scripted by Wang Hui-Ling, who previously co-wrote Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." “Lust, Caution” is being adapted from a short story by the late Chinese autho...
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