On Monday, the trade let go chief film critic Todd McCarthy and chief theater critic David Rooney. Longtime film critic Derek Elley also was cut, as was features editor/indie film reporter Sharon Swart, along with several copy and design desk employees. [VarietyAsia (Patrick Frater - now with THR, Marcus Lim, Kaiju Shakedown), devoted to Asian film reporting was shut down early last year back. Now Variety's preeminent Asian film reviewer, Derek Elley, gets the pink slip.]
2010 restored version of archival treasure "Confucius" unveiled
Master director Fei Mu's lost classic "Confucius" (1940) is an important film not only from the perspectives of film and aesthetics, but also in regard to Chinese history, culture, art history, musicology and other disciplines. The screening of its initial phase of restoration last year met with an overwhelming response. This year, based on scientific evidence from the negatives and research on available literature, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) has inserted nine minutes of loose fragments back into the film, restoring it to a condition much closer to its original glory.
Let the Bullets Fly - Ge You, Carina Lau, Feng Xiaogang, Jiang Wen
Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yu
Womb Ghosts (Mar.18) - Dada, A.Lin, Chrissie Chau, Koni Lui join Lam Suet in Dennis Law's horror film.
Trailer for Dennis Law's Womb Ghosts brings monumental amounts of crazy.
Liu Yifei will join Louis Koo and Yu Shaoqun (New Shaolin Temple) in Wilson Yip's new version of Chinese Ghost Story to begin filming in May. (Sina)
Stills of sets in Future X-Cops
Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi push marriage plans back