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For one night anyway, the Bates Motel looked like Chinatown on New Year's. When "Psycho" director Gus Van Sant was ready to start shooting at the new Bates house set last July, his production team organized a lavish feng shui ceremony designed to ward off any Hitchcockian evil spirits that might be lurking on the Universal Studios back lot. A kung fu master and his disciples blessed the house by performing a costumed lion dance in front of a Chinese temple altar.
September 19, 2013
A handful of recent movies have served up sections of the life of 20th century kung fu master Ip Man, whose teachings, like the proverbial Velvet Underground myth about rock bands, spawned a generation's worth of martial artists (including Bruce Lee). Five years after the crowd-pleasing early-days action film "Ip Man," and on the heels of Wong Kar Wai's meditative epic "The Grandmaster," comes Herman Yau's so-so opus "Ip Man: The Final Fight. " Covering the Chinese legend's later years in British-controlled 1950s Hong Kong - here represented by colorful if backlot-obvious street sets - it features sturdy character actor Anthony Wong in the title role.
First "Chungking Express," then "Days of Being Wild," and now the Nuart catches us up with two more films of Hong Kong virtuoso Wong Kar-wai: "Ashes of Time" (1994) and "As Tears Go By" (1988), which will play as a double feature through Tuesday. "Ashes of Time" is a sweeping, bravura martial arts period adventure set primarily in a vast desert and dealing with emotions more than swordplay.
April 8, 2005 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
An anthology on the subject of desire, "Eros" puts three directors to work on discrete films produced by Stephane Tchal Gadjieff, who also produced Michelangelo Antonioni's "Beyond the Clouds." Antonioni provides the final film in the troika -- a small mercy, really. The other two, directed by filmmakers who have appeared "on record," according to press notes, as having been influenced by the once-great Italian director, are also arranged in order of descending success.
September 26, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
PARIS -- Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga's stylist extraordinaire and creative director of the house of Thierry Mugler (now known simply as Mugler) showed his spring-summer 2013 collection at Paris architecture museum Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine on Wednesday night. Though Gaga was not in the house (she is on tour, and was performing in Zurich), she did send along a gift - a new, unreleased single for the soundtrack. Titled “Cake,” the track is Gaga's first rap song. A video of the collection featuring the new Gaga song will be released Thursday.
May 22, 2013 | By David Ng
Not surprisingly, Ai Weiwei's new music video features wall-to-wall profanity and an aggressive anger aimed at China's ruling Communist party. The celebrated Chinese artist has released a new heavy-metal music video about the 81 days he spent in prison after being arrested by Chinese authorities in 2011. The single, titled "Dumbass," is a Mandarin-language diatribe filled with expletives. It also features the artist's trademark mix of dry humor, media commentary and self-mythology.
The UCLA Film and Television Archive and Visual Communications' 10th annual Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival, which begins Thursday and runs through June 4, will present more than 50 films at five venues. The festival opens at the Japan America Theater with Sokly Ny and Spencer Nakasako's "A.K.A. Don Bonus," about a Cambodian youth living in a San Francisco housing project.
April 21, 2007
PATRICK GOLDSTEIN says he misses "the Harvey Weinstein [he] used to know" -- claiming that "the Oscar impresario who ... was truly, madly, deeply in love with movies" has been replaced by a "slimmed-down mogul ... who has lost his way" ["Please Come Home," April 17]. That's sweet of Patrick (especially the part about my being "slimmed-down"), but it's also a bit disingenuous. I never fell out of love with movies. I did have to spend time building the infrastructure of our new company, but we still produced films I'm extremely proud of, like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's daring "Grindhouse," Anthony Minghella's beautiful "Breaking and Entering" and the politically charged "Bobby."
August 8, 2005 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
"The Dukes of Hazzard" revved-up weekend box office with about $30.6 million, Warner Bros. estimated Sunday. Expanding by 1,089 theaters into 1,867 locations, "March of the Penguins" moved up to sixth place from two weekends at No. 10. The documentary took in an estimated $6.9 million, which brings the total for the Warner Independent Pictures release to about $26.2 million.
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