Monday, February 26, 2007

Hollywood's biggest night, but who cares?

I could be watching E!'s 2-hour long coverage on the red carpet, but I honestly couldn't care less about who's showing up with who and who's wearing what. Turner Movie Classics is showing Casablanca 'til 4:45 or so, and then maybe I'll watch the rest of the pre-show. If I get tired of that, I just picked up 2 DVDs today, one of which can keep me entertained for a bit. Just no more red carpet, please.

And because it's Hollywood's biggest night (and also the fact that it was Sunday in Asia), there's not really much news.

- The thing about Hong Kong entertainment news is that they only report celebrity matters. I knew Miki Mizuno is in Hong Kong shooting a movie with a Sam Lee and a bunch of B-list stars, but the news never mentions what type of movie or who's directing (although the costumes looked real chessy). Now Ryuganji provides the details that it's a new version of the "Female Convict Scorpion" series, and it's a Japanese-Hong Kong co-production by Artport (who also did Dog Bite Dog, whose shooting process is described in a book by producer Sam Leung Tak-Sam that I bought in Hong Kong). Joe Ma is directing, which cannot be a good sign for the film.

Miki-san has a blog, and she writes about her shooting process in Hong Kong (which includes a Cantonese lesson on beer-drinking) here.

- Time Asia has an interview with Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi. Not much new information, but it's a nice interview anyway.

- Jason Gray has some news on a few upcoming high-profile projects by directors Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Kore-eda today. He also announces that the release for the well-received Strawberry Shortcake will have Japanese subtitles (he knows that because he did the subtitles himself).

- I'm not a big fan of the cri English site because they stole one of the articles I wrote for Yesasia. But Lovehkfilm forum's Dimsum99 provided a link about the beginning of shooting for the new Peter Chan film "The Assassination of Ma" starring Takeshi Kanshiro, Andy Lau, and Jet Li. So here, and I hope they didn't steal that story from anyone else.

- Variety has a review for the first Finnish martial arts film Jade Warrior. Apparently it even did pretty well in China.

- As for the Oscars, instead of predicting who'll win, I'll just say who I want to win. a * means that I haven't watched all the films in the category, so it's a matter of personal preference. But it also means I'll only comment on the categories where I've seen at least 3 of the films


Children of Men


Children of Men


Pan's Labyrinth


Adriana Barraza - Babel


Mark Whalberg - The Departed


Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Babel (although I want Scorsese to win, but not because of his work on The Departed)



I'll be posting thoughts and results later tonight, but until then, I'm hoping Ellen is better than Chris Rock (not a hard task at all).

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