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December 19, 2011
THE BOX-OFFICE record for a movie directed by a woman stands at $663 million. Can you name the director? If you guessed Nancy Meyers or Nora Ephron, you can be congratulated for knowing the name of a commercially successful female director. But you are incorrect. You are also incorrect if you guessed Catherine Hardwicke, of "Twilight" fame ($392 million), or Betty Thomas, whose "Alvin and the Chipmunks" sequel grossed $443 million. You'd be very well informed, but still wrong, if you guessed Phyllida Lloyd, the British lass who directed the movie version of "Mamma Mia" ($609 million)
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December 17, 2011 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
In a black shirt and pants with a white suit jacket and red pocket square, his hair upswept in a cross between a mohawk and a James Brown pompadour, JC Brooks could have stepped onto the stage of Kung Fu Necktie right out of a time machine. But while the songs that Brooks and his four-piece band, the Uptown Sound, played Thursday drew heavily on sweat-drenched 1960s soul, it didn't have the studied feel of a revival act. Aficionados of Stax and Motown had plenty to make them groove, but so did fans of the forgotten alternative rock band Luscious Jackson, whose song "Naked Eye" turned up in the middle of the set-opening "I Can See Everything.
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June 10, 2011 | By Billy O'Keefe, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Kung Fu Panda 2 Reviewed for: Xbox 360 (Kinect required); Alternate versions available for: PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS From: Griptonite Games/THQ ESRB Rating: Everyone 10-plus (cartoon violence) Price: $50 Games based on kids' movies have enjoyed a pleasantly unexpected surge in quality and attention over the last few years, and based on THQ's diverse array of Kung Fu Panda 2 offerings - four dramatically different games, tailored to their respective systems - it's a trend that will continue.
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May 26, 2011 | By NICOLE SPERLING, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the director of the new animated film "Kung Fu Panda 2," might have been destined for a career in pictures. After immigrating to the United States from South Korea with her parents and two sisters when she was 4, Nelson spent her childhood in Lakewood, Calif., watching martial arts movies, playing with cars and drawing. As a young girl, she would sit at the kitchen table for hours and watch her mother draw, copying her every stroke. Nelson traces the lineage of her career to those formative family experiences.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fans of the odd, the bloody, and the extreme in cinema need not feel alienated: The Philadelphia Film Festival also offers "The Graveyard Shift," a series of 10 films that will delight the more twisted cinephiles. Here are some highlights: Actor-director Yuen Woo-ping, best known as the action choreographer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon , returns to directing after more than a dozen years with True Legend , the story of the perpetually drunken kung fu folk hero, Beggar Su. Martial arts of a sillier tone figure in Mandrill , a spy spoof from Chile that reunites Kiltro 's director, Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, and star, kung fu master Marko Zaror.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2010
THE "MADE In China" label on this summer's "Karate Kid" is what made it such a surprising and interesting remake. Producer Will Smith took son/star Jaden inside China for this new version, featuring Jaden as a Detroit transplant who confronts local bullies by learning kung fu from a local master (Jackie Chan). The cast is engaging and the story efficient, but what struck me was the access the filmmakers had to out-of-the-way places, the picture they were able to present of life in contemporary China - a privilege that not many contemporary Chinese filmmakers seem to have.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2010 | - Jonathan Takiff, staff
On first glance the name Cuddle Magic sounds yucky, suggesting a fuzzy pink bear in an "I Heart U" T-shirt. But hear out this truly distinctive, Philadelphia/Brooklyn, N.Y.-based ensemble, and you'll understand. The name fits in a wondrously whimsical, imaginative yet decidedly grown-up way. Cuddle Magic is avant-garde lite, densely constructed yet playfully accessible. Many of the talents in this huge (like 12 strong) ensemble trained at the New England Conservatory, which is why this pop ensemble deploys strings, clarinet and vibraphone in such delicately finessed ways, alongside the more predictable guitars, keyboards and percussion.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2010
Movies Opening This Week Air Doll A life-size blow-up doll comes to life and falls for a video store clerk. Japanese with subtitles. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Jonah Hex Josh Brolin stars as a man with a bounty on his head who is given a shot at freedom in exchange for stopping a terrorist bent on wreaking havoc. Adapted from the comic book. Micmacs See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Toy Story 3 See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Winter's Bone A teen (Jennifer Lawrence)
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June 11, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
There are different ways to make it as a child actor, but none, apparently, as effective as having Will Smith as your dad. His adorable son Jaden headlines the remake of "Karate Kid," the '80s B-movie classic that's been given an eye-popping upgrade on its way to serving as a star vehicle for little Jaden, who had three months of training from kung-fu master Wu Gang in advance of the epic four-month shoot. In place of Pat Morita is Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, and in place of forgettable SoCal locations is . . . China.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
How does a youth who stands out like a raisin on rice assimilate into an unwelcoming host culture? That's the hook of The Karate Kid , an appealing reboot of the 1984 inspirational that rethinks the American tale for the global age. Its star, Jaden Smith, spawn of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, is clearly a winner in the genetic sweepstakes. He's inherited Daddy's charm and Dumbo ears and Mom's looks and terrier tenacity. These attributes serve him nicely in the movie about the new kid who faces down bullies with the help of a martial-arts master.
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