Sorry, this list is rather randomly organized. OK, now it’s organized.
Tang Yan of the upcoming Stormriders 2 movie (and the CP3 and Pandamen series), posted up pics of her at the ceremony on her blog, along with goofy self-cam pre-redcarpet. This is the only eye-candy related news I have, sorry.
Random Movie News About Upcoming Movies and One that May Never Come
Variety Review of One Night in Supermarket – Overall, positive. Derek Elley calls it “slickly made”, and says there are clever twists at the end. The review is too short and too much of a summary to be a great guage, but the positiveness echoes most of the reviews from the Chinese side, where the movie was well-received.
5-min Preview of Sophie’s Revenge (Cam Quality from Festival) – looks good and there’s So Jisub shirtless! People’s Online has a brief article about it from Zhang Ziyi’s perspective such as why she chose a comedy for her first production, and mentions that she’s trying to bring it to the American market.
Michelle Yeoh will star in John Woo’s new kung fu movie. Let’s see if this movie actually will make it to production stage.
People talking about music
Quincy Jones gave advice to students in Shanghai and told stories about working with Sinatra, Michael Jackson. He also said he believed China’s music industry could become the world’s biggest.
People talking big about their films
Jeffery Lau says that he thinks his movie Kungfu Cyborg, will get 200 million yuan at the box office. Of his two latest films, Chinese Odyssey 2002 was a brilliant farce, whereas A Chinese Tall Story was just crappy. This seens more like the latter.
People talking smack about each other
6th Generation Director Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle, Shanghai Dreams) complains that Chinese films are getting too commercialized and points fingers, saying that even though his films may not make as much money as others, he’s a happier director than those soul-less bigshots (paraphrased). Lu Chuan (City of Life and Death and one of the directors being attacked) rebuttals that “Film first and foremost is a consumption product”. Come on guys, the SIFF is not a therapy session for directors!
Jury head Danny Boyle “gently” chided China for film restrictions. I think he means artistic. I hope SARFT takes those words to heart. MPAA wants China to stop restricting its market, opening it to more foreign films. To which SARFT better not pay any attention to.
The Film Festival Closes
Angels and Demons will be the first foreign film to close the Shanghai Film Fest, hoping to secure an ok for wide release in China. Ewan McGregor (hey look, more eye-candy!) was there with co-star Ayelet Zurer to support the film, and said it does not challenge the Catholic faith.
CCTV gives examples of how The SIFF catalyzes co-productions. And not just ones with S. Korea.
Hollywood reporter lists the winners of the film festival and an overall look at what went on during the festival.
For those of you who don’t like these list posts, don’t worry, we’ll still be doing regular full length posts and I may even post up another recap. Chinese Paladin 3 started airing, and it looks much better than Chinese Paladin 1.