SHAOLIN MONASTERY, CHINA —
That, our friends, is a dateline for you. Back in September there was word that the Shaolin monks were taking charge of their public image and making their own damn martial arts movies, and Geoffrey York at the Globe and Mail makes the hop over to Henan to check in on the monks and their reasons for making what will be a relatively bid-budgeted production entitled "Legends of the Monk Warriors of Shaolin Temple." The monks manage to both sound both extremely business-savvy and satisfyingly like the films they’re trying to disprove.
"When I am doing calligraphy, I am actually practising martial arts," says Mr. Shi, one of the temple’s most senior monks. "And when I am drinking tea with you, this too is part of martial arts. You have to understand what kinds of tea leaves to use, what kind of water, the temperature of the water and how many seconds to immerse the tea leaves. The timing is very important. You have to practise it every day to understand it. The same is true of calligraphy and martial arts."
He gives his visitors a paper he has written on the relationship between tea ceremonies, calligraphy and martial arts. "The water pouring into the tea cups is like the smooth and integrated movements of Shaolin martial arts — to attack like the release of a strong tiger and to withdraw like a swift cat," he writes in the paper.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s ever-reliable Anne Thompson now has a blog: the RiskyBiz Blog.
Ian Johns at the London Times bemoans the death of the great swooning screen kiss.
indieWIRE announces that its first Undiscovered Gems Film Festival, a travelling series of seven films picked off its annual top undistributed films list that kicks off this Monday at our own IFC Center. The films:
"When I was growing up there was always this kind of special aura that
surrounded the Marine Corps," says Rick Jewell, film professor at the
USC School of Cinema & Television. "The Marines were the elite
branch of the service. There was this notion that the Marine Corps were
the group you called on first when you had a major military problem.
This is stretching it a bit, but it was almost like the Marine Corps
was the cult of the military. You wanted to be part of this because it
made you into something special â€” the best that America had to offer."
Via Gregg Goldstein at Reuters, Bob Saget is writing, directing and will narrate a dirrty mockumentary entitled "Farce of the Penguins": "A poster depicting penguins wearing a bra and panties with the tagline, ‘What happens in Antarctica, stays in Antarctica,’ already has been created to attract buyers at the American Film Market underway in Santa Monica."
+ Battling cliches in birthplace of kung fu (Glove and Mail)
+ RiskyBiz Blog (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Action! Give me a little more mouth-to-mouth (London Times)
+ 7 Films Set for 9 Cities at indieWIRE Undiscovered Gems Film Festival (indieWIRE)
+ Eager to enlist the Marines (LA Times)
+ Saget roasts ‘Penguins’ in mockumentary (Reuters)
+ Film-makers on film: Carlos Reygadas (Telegraph)
+ SRK, 40 (Rediff)