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BELLE: Miranda Richardson And Gugu Mbatha-Raw On Exploring A Rarely Seen Part Of History

Here's my chat with the stars of Belle, the Georgian-era biopic of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate child of a British Lord and an African slave, who was raised into nobility and whose influence helped end slavery in the UK.... More »
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Producers Avi Arad And Matt Tolmach Talk Colour Blind Casting, Future Films And Death Threats

From a fan to the father of Marvel Studios; I sat down for a chat with legendary producer Avi Arad during New York press for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Mr. Arad and co-producer Matt Tolmach talked of future films, colour... More »
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Interview: Gareth Evans Talks THE RAID 2

We had an excellent transcontinental conversation with The Raid 2 (orig. title:The Raid 2: Berandal) director Gareth Evans, starting at the New York red carpet premiere of his explosive, bombastic, butt-kicking sequel, and ending moments before a Q&A in the... More »
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THE RAID 2 Invades New York: Interviews With Iko Uwais And Julie Estelle

Shortly before the New York City red carpet premiere of The Raid 2 {orig. title:The Raid 2: Berandal}, I caught up with Iko Uwais, reprising his role as everybody's favourite Indonesian undercover cop, and Julie Estelle, who told me all... More »
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WINTER'S TALE: Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman Talks About His Directorial Debut

One of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters, Akiva Goldsman is the man behind films like The Client, I Am Legend, The Da Vinci Code, and the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind. Goldsman makes his directorial début with the romantic Winter's Tale, a... More »
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WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? Director Arvin Chen Talks Families, Stereotypes, And Coming Out As Gay In Taipei

US-born director Arvin Chen had a festival hit with his Taiwanese-made 2010 debut, Au Revoir Taipei. Chen's follow up, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? is the warm-hearted story of a husband and father at odds with the truth of... More »
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CAUGHT IN THE WEB: Chen Kaige Talks Cyber-bullying And Media Manipulation

For thirty years, director Chen Kaige has exposed the ills and societal unrest left behind by China's Cultural Revolution in films like Yellow Earth and the Oscar-nominated Farewell My Concubine. With his latest film, Caught in the Web, the story... More »
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OLDBOY: Screenwriter And Producer Mark Protosevich Talks Blasphemy, Honor, And Respect

Controversy has followed the US remake of the classic Korean psychodrama, Oldboy, since its proposal years ago. I had a few words with screenwriter/co-producer Mark Protosevich, who has been along for the film's entire ride from Will Smith and Steven... More »
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Donnie Yen Teaches Action Star 101, Reveals Troubles With SPECIAL ID

We caught up with superstar Donnie Yen, who gave us the facts about his never-ending schedule of projects, some words of wisdom for wuxia wannabes and revealed his struggles with the film he came to premiere at the New York... More »
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Miki Satoshi on IT'S ME, IT'S ME, Directing 33 Kamenashi Kazuyas, And His Weird New TV Drama

I had the chance to speak with one of the brightest directors in Japan; Miki Satoshi moved to features after finding fame as a television comedy writer. Miki blends his wonderfully weird humour with the question of identity in the... More »
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Talking THE BOOK THIEF With Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, And Director Brian Percival

Based on the bestselling novel by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief shows us World War II through the eyes of a young, illiterate German girl. I spoke with Oscar-nominated actress Emily Watson, director Brian Percival and 13-year-old star Sophie Nélisse... More »
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Donnie Yen and Zhao Wei To Appear At 4th Annual New York Chinese Film Festival

Hey, New York, it's time for that other Asian film festival, one that's so star-packed, you'll wonder how you've missed it.  Since 2010, the New York Chinese Film Festival has quietly promoted some of the latest features from Hong... More »
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Interview: NBA Star Jeremy Lin, Producer Brian Yang And Director Evan Jackson Leong Talk LINSANITY: THE MOVIE.

In 2012, New York Knicks point guard, Jeremy Lin, a many times passed-over, oft-rejected benchwarmer became an overnight sensation when he electrified the sports world with his dynamic, record breaking plays. The fact that Lin is Asian-American was a cause... More »
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Interview: Wong Kar-Wai, Tony Leung And Zhang Ziyi Talk THE GRANDMASTER

Director Wong Kar-Wai is renowned for legendarily long incubation periods for his films.  Five years after his last movie, Director Wong brings us The Grandmaster, his kung fu-filled biopic of Wing Chun master, Ip Man, which reunites him with... More »
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Japan Cuts 2013 Interview: Toda Yukihiro Discusses THERE IS LIGHT

Earlier this month, our NYC correspondent Diva Velez sat down with Toda Yukihiro to talk about his first feature film There Is Light, which had its North American premiere at Japan Cuts. No doubt a standout title amongst an already... More »
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NYAFF 2013 Interview: A Chat With Legendary Taiwanese Director & Actor Tsai Yang-ming

Earlier this month the New York Asian Film Festical honored Taiwanese director & actor Tsai Yang-ming with a lifetime achievement award for his 50 years in the film industry. Tsai started his career in film as a manager at a... More »
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Japan Cuts 2013 Interview: Toyoda Toshiaki Talks I'M FLASH!

A surefire favorite around these here parts, Toyoda Toshiaki is now also a bonafide staple of NYAFF and Japan Cuts, as he's screened his last three films there. And it all seems a sure thing that he'll be returning every... More »
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NYAFF 2013 Interview: Director Jang Cheol-soo Talks SECRETLY, GREATLY

Diva Velez recently sat down with Jang Cheol-soo, the man behind the 2010 horror Bedeviled, to chat about his latest film, Secretly, Greatly, a spy vs. spy, North vs. South film that equally plots itself as a comedy, actioner and... More »
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NYAFF 2013 Interview: Andrew Lau On The State Of HK Cinema Today

Andrew Lau is a name that is very much known and beloved in these here parts. Last month the legendary Hong Kong director was in New York for the New York Asian Film Festival to introduce a small slate of... More »
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NYAFF 2013 Interview: Ryoo Seung-beom Talks The Actor's Process And The Need For Breaks

Famous in these here parts for his roles in Crying Fist, The Unjust and The Berlin File (not to mention his debut in brother Ryoo Seung-wan's lo-fi shit-kicking Die Bad),  Ryoo Seung-beom was in New York last month for a... More »
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