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Movie Natters: June 29, 2009 Archive

Chinese remake of Coen's "Blood Simple" in production

Posted at 9:16 AM on June 29, 2009 by Euan Kerr (0 Comments)

Just in case you missed it, the AP reports Zhang Yimou (director of "Raise the Red Lantern," "Hero" and the "House of Flying Daggers" amongst others) is shooting a remake of the Coen brother's debut feature "Blood Simple."

The AP reports filming on "San Qiang Pai An Jing Qi, which roughly translates as "The Stunning Case of the Three Gun Shots, kicked off June 9.

The AP report continues:The "Blood Simple" remake also marks Zhang's first movie since the 2006 imperial court drama "Curse of the Golden Flower," starring Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li. After that film, Zhang took a break to focus on the Beijing Olympics ceremonies.

Zhang's stunning opening ceremony -- which featured a retired Chinese gymnast who seemingly ran around the rim of the stadium while suspended by wires before lighting the Olympic cauldron -- won a Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media.

You can read the full report here.

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A little more Edinburgh: Sir Sean gets shirty, and "Moon" wins big

Posted at 6:32 PM on June 29, 2009 by Euan Kerr (0 Comments)

Following up on my earlier post on the EIFF, Sir Sean Connery made news by going after the BBC for not covering the event. He made his comments after discovering the Beeb had sent hundreds of staffers to cover the Glastonbury Festival.

Of course it sets one wondering about the possibility of more extended coverage of film here which seems even more remote.

On a happier note Duncan Jones who was here for the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival won the Michael Powell Award for Best British film for "Moon.". Jones, who had presented the film at the EIFF and then travelled to Moscow for another screening raced back to Scotland to get the award.

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