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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...

'No Country For Old Men,' 'Juno' Win Satellite Awards

December 17th, 2007 3:54pm EST
No Country For Old Men
No Country For Old Men and Juno triumphed at The Satellite Awards on Sunday night, taking home two gongs each. Ethan and Joel Coen's Western thriller, No Country For Old Men, was awarded Best Director and Best Drama, while Juno was hailed as Best Comedy.

Juno's star, Ellen Page, was also named Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role in the Jason Reitman-directed film.

The Best Actor in a Drama prize went to Viggo Mortensen for his part in Eastern Promises, and Marion Cotillard won the female equivalent for her passionate depiction of French chanteuse, Edith Piaf, in La V...

Ang Lee Movie Banned From The Oscars

October 18th, 2007 12:58pm EDT
Ang Lee
Director Ang Lee's new movie Lust, Caution has been barred from running for an Academy Award in 2008 - after breaking Foreign Language film rules. The Taiwanese film maker was the toast of Tinseltown in 2006 after picking up the Best Director Oscar for Brokeback Mountain.

War drama Lust, Caution was expected to compete for a prize at next year's star studded bash, but Academy bosses have ruled Lee's effort ineligible because some of the crew members were not from Taiwan.

Chen Chun-Jer, acting director of the Taiwanese government's film department, says, "We and Ang Lee are disap...

'Lust, Caution' Breaks Records In Taiwan & Hong Kong

September 29th, 2007 4:35pm EDT
Ang Lee
Filmmaker Ang Lee’s controversial new thriller Lust, Caution has broken box-office records in both his native Taiwan and Hong Kong this week.

Sex scenes in "Lust, Caution" are so raunchy that ratings board officials in America have given the movie a hard NC-17 rating, while Chinese censors insist Lee must cut 30 minutes from the movie for them to consider releasing it.

However, audiences in Taiwan and Hong Kong have flocked to cinemas to see the film - "Lust, Caution" has made a record-breaking $1.07 million in three days in Taiwan and set another record opening in Hong Kong wit...

Chinese Censors Insist Ang Lee Cuts Sex Scenes

September 13th, 2007 2:26pm EDT
Ang Lee
Moviemaker Ang Lee has been forced to cut 30 minutes from his controversial new film Lust, Caution before the movie gets released in China. Censors in China are upset with footage featuring graphic sex scenes and full-frontal nudity that have landed the movie a hard NC-17 rating in America, where the film has been dubbed the new Last Tango in Paris.

The film bosses insist Lee makes the movie, which claimed the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival in Italy, "relatively clean" but cutting out the most explicit scenes.

The director insists he's taking the controversy in his ...

Ang Lee 'Played' Both Roles In Controversial Sex Scene

September 13th, 2007 9:44am EDT
Ang Lee
Moviemaker Ang Lee was so determined to get sex scenes just right in his controversial new film Lust, Caution he personally coached his stars, playing both male and female roles as he prepared them for the project's most explicit sequence.

The Brokeback Mountain director's new movie recently won the Golden Bear Award for best film at the Venice Film Festival in Italy, but it has come under fire from censors who feel one particular sex scene is too much.

Ratings board officials in America have given the movie a hard NC-17 rating, while Chinese censors insist Lee must cut 30 minut...

Ang Lee's 'Lust, Caution' To Be Censored In China

September 3rd, 2007 11:22am EDT
Ang Lee
Ang Lee's new thriller Lust, Caution has been cut for Chinese audiences, just a week after U.S. censors gave the film a restricted rating.

The Taiwanese film-maker admits Lust, Caution is "unsuitable for children", but was surprised it had fallen foul of censors in north America.

Last month, the Motion Picture Association of America gave Lust, Caution an NC-17 rating, which means only adults aged 18 and over can watch the movie.

Screen Daily reports explicit scenes in Lust, Caution will be censored for the Chinese audience.

(This news article provided by World Entertainm...

Ang Lee Accepts Tough Rating For Espionage Thriller

August 24th, 2007 2:36pm EDT
Ang Lee
Ang Lee's highly erotic new film Lust, Caution has been slapped with a harsh NC-17 rating for scenes featuring extended and vigorous sex. The movie, which has been dubbed the new Last Tango In Paris by film studio bosses at distributors Focus Features, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada next month.

Neither Lee nor Focus Features boss James Schamus will contest the hard rating for the film, which is adapted from and Eileen Chang short story.

Schamus says, "Ang Lee has crafted a masterpiece about and for grown-ups."

The racy Mandarin-language ...

Eric Bana Praises The Casting Of Edward Norton In The New Hulk Film

May 22nd, 2007 10:58am EDT
Eric Bana
Actor Eric Bana has praised movie bosses for replacing him with Edward Norton in upcoming sequel The Incredible Hulk. Bana, who played Bruce Banner in filmmaker Ang Lee's original 2003 movie The Hulk, is pleased he wasn't offered the role as he may not have subsequently landed critically acclaimed parts in movies such as Munich.

He tells Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, "If it came up in the right amount of time I might have (done it) but, you know, in an ideal world it has not been a bad thing for me. I think it's even better that they've got a new guy and better again that they've...

Liv Tyler Joins 'The Incredible Hulk'

May 7th, 2007 4:17pm EDT
Liv Tyler
Actress Liv Tyler will replace Jennifer Connelly in the upcoming sequel to The Hulk. The 29-year-old will co-star alongside Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk, which will be directed by Louis Leterrier.

Norton takes over the role of Bruce Banner, who was played by Eric Bana in filmmaker Ang Lee's original 2003 movie, reports website

Shooting on The Incredible Hulk is scheduled to begin this summer in Toronto, Canada.

- Liv Tyler

- Edward Norton

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

'Brokeback Mountain' Script 'Creeped Out' Mark Wahlberg

February 28th, 2007 8:26am EST
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg is glad filmmaker Ang Lee passed over him when he cast Brokeback Mountain because the Oscar nominee was "a little creeped out" at the prospect of having to play a gay cowboy. The star reveals he and pal Joaquin Phoenix were originally considered for the roles of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist in the 2005 film - but both felt uncomfortable about sex act scenes in a tent.

Wahlberg explains, "I met with Ang Lee on that movie, I read 15 pages of the script and got a little creeped out. It was very graphic, descriptive - the spitting on the hand, getting ready to do the thing. ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman Tops Independent Film Powerhouse List

December 4th, 2006 9:57am EST
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Capote star Philip Seymour Hoffman has been crowned the king of all things arthouse in a new magazine poll. The celebrated actor beat Mexican hunk Gael Garcia Bernal, Forest Whitaker and fellow Oscar winner Juliette Binoche to claim the top spot in Paste magazine's Arthouse Powerhouse 2006 list, which celebrates the most important stars of independent films.

Meanwhile, Richard Linklater beat Michel Gondry and Ang Lee to claim the lead in the "Best Arthouse Directors" list.

The top 10 in the new Powerhouse poll is:

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman

2. Gael Garcia Bernal

3. Fo...

'Hulk' Sequel Set for 2008

November 9th, 2006 9:55am EST
The Hulk
A sequel to The Hulk is set to hit the big screen in 2008, and it will stay closer to the classic TV series than its comic book origins. The movie will reference events that took place in Ang Lee's 2003 movie but Eric Bana, who played the title character, will not return.

Screenwriter Zak Penn says, "It's definitely not a remake. We're not going to tell the origin story of the Hulk. I think the tone will shift. We all loved the action (in the first one), and I like a lot of the creature stuff and I liked the performances in the movie.

"There's something about the tone of the TV ...

Director Ang Lee To Help With 2008 Beijing Olympics

October 19th, 2006 8:36am EDT
Ang Lee
Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee has been selected as an arts and culture consultant for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to be held in China. The 51-year-old Oscar winner will advise a creative team headed by fellow director Zhang Yimou that also includes Steven Spielberg.

Gay cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain" was banned in China because homosexuality is still not widely accepted, although the film was popular on pirated DVD. Lee became a huge star in China in 2001 when he was nominated for an Oscar for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.


Nick Nolte Explains Appearance in Infamous Mug Shot

October 5th, 2006 9:11am EDT
Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte insists his wild appearance in the infamous mug shot taken after his arrest for drunk driving has been misunderstood, because he was made to look that way for his role in The Hulk. The actor was portrayed as "insane" by the media after he was booked by Californian police in 2002 when his car was seen swerving across a Malibu highway.

And while the 65-year-old admits he was struggling with drink and drugs at the time of his arrest, he is adamant his crazed look in police photos was the doing of stylists on the Ang Lee-directed superhero movie.

He tells Steppin' Out, "W...

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...

No More Acting for Jewel

June 19th, 2006 10:32am EDT
Folk-pop star Jewel has turned her back on Hollywood because she was spending too much time making movies. The pretty Alaskan fell into acting and enjoyed acclaim for a handful of performances, including her portrayal of a U.S. Civil War widow in Ang Lee's Ride With The Devil, but she has decided that a movie career is not for her.

She says, "I love acting, but I started spending all my rare days off on auditions and getting movies put together. I thought, 'What the hell am I doing? I'm not enjoying my life.' I didn't want to be more famous."

Check out Jewel HERE.

(This news...

Anne Hathaway Is Thrilled But Worried About Playing Jane Austen

June 7th, 2006 9:02am EDT
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway is terrified she's going to disappoint Jane Austen fans when she plays the Pride And Prejudice author in a new biopic because she's not elegant and refined. The actress is currently filming "Becoming Jane" in Ireland and is still shocked she has landed the role she believes is perfect for English actress Kate Winslet.

She explains, "I'm even horrified that I'm playing Jane Austen! I'm like, 'Really? Me? Kate Winslet isn't available?' Jane Austen's been one of my favorite authors since I was 14 years old and I've always kind of felt a connection to her, so I couldn't be m...

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...

Ang Lee Is One of Time Magazine's Most Influential People in the World

May 1st, 2006 1:19pm EDT
Ang Lee
Taiwanese director Ang Lee has made Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people who are shaping the world. The acclaimed filmmaker, who recently won a Best Director Academy Award for Brokeback Mountain, was included on the list because his phenomenally successful work has crossed cultural lines.

Actress Zhang Ziyi, who starred in Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon says, "He creates characters that draw in an audience no matter what language they speak. His insight into the human heart crosses all boundaries. I know he is also making a huge influence in the lives of young...

Taiwan Honors 'Brokeback Mountain' Director Ang Lee

April 28th, 2006 2:05pm EDT
Ang Lee
Oscar-winner Ang Lee was today honored in his hometown of Tainan, Taiwan, for his achievements in making gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain. During his first trip back to Taiwan since picking up the Best Director Academy Award for the film, Lee met with Tainan mayor Hsu Tain-Tsair, to whom he presented a promotional poster for "Brokeback Mountain."

In return, Lee was handed a ceramic statue of a dragon and horse - which both symbolize great speed in Chinese culture. Both men wore cowboy hats as a tribute to the film, which attracted huge cinema audiences in what is conventionally a...

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