Netflix has slowly been upping its game in the home entertainment circuit ever since House of Cards became nearly as popular as HBO’s Game of Thrones. Now they are stepping up once again, this time with a sequel to 2000’s four-time Oscar winning epic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, expected to be available on Netflix this February. The new film is subtitled The Green Legend and, like the original, is based on an original novel by author Du Lu Wang. Returning from the original film is actress Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies, Memoirs of a Geisha), who leads a whole new cast that features Donnie Yen (Blade 2, Hero), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, White Frog), Jason Scott Lee (The Jungle Book, Balls of Fury), Eugenia Yuan (The Drummer, Shanghai Hotel), and Juju Chan (Unconditional Love, Fist of the Dragon) in a screenplay by John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo). The first trailer, which is featured above, was just released this week. I’m not really sure what they had in mind with the techno version of CCR’s Bad Moon Rising playing in the back drop, but the visual effects and fight-scene choreography look pretty awesome. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming details.
The new drama from director Simon Curtis (Five Days, My Week With Marilyn), Woman in Gold, is now playing in theaters. Starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcock) and Ryan Reynolds (Waiting, Safe House), the film follows the story of Maria Altman (Mirren), a Jewish woman who seeks to regain her family’s lost artwork that was stolen by the Nazi party in World War II with the help of her lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Reynolds). The film is based on the memoirs of Altman and Schoenberg and was adapted for film by screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell (Possession, Planespotting). Included in the supporting cast are actors Daniel Bruhl (The Bourne Ultimatum, Inglorious Bastards), Katie Holmes (Phone Booth, Batman Begins), Tatiana Maslany (Eastern Promises, Heartland), Max Irons (Being Julia, Red Riding Hood), and Jonathan Pryce (Tomorrow Never Dies, Pirates of the Caribbean). The announcement for the film came around the same time as The Monuments Men was released in theaters in February 2014, so I’m sure there will be comparisons made between the two, but definitely give it a chance nonetheless.
Many young people may not be aware of who Harold Ramis is, but they have definitely seen something that he has either appeared in, written, produced, or directed. Generally you would tell someone who wasn’t aware that he was Egon in Ghostbusters (1984), but Ramis was also the writing talent behind Ghostbusters, as well as Animal House (1978), Caddyshack (1980), and Stripes (1981). He also directed several other classic projects, including National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999) and it’s follow-up Analyze That (2002). Ramis has been recognized by the Writers Guild of America, as well as the American Screenwriters Association and he won a BAFTA award in 1994 for Best Original Screenplay (Groundhog Day). He died in Chicago earlier this week from Autoimmune Inflammatory Vasulitis. His work in Hollywood and his contribution to comedy will be missed by many across the country, and around the world. Ramis would have appeared in Columbia Pictures upcoming sequel Ghostbusters 3, which has experienced a lot of delays in production, but now the script will be slightly rewritten since Egon would have appeared in the new movie. No word yet on when the movie will really get off the ground, but we’ll have to see.