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Woo's Olympic gold

08.27.2008
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Like many others, Hong Kong bullet ballet virtuoso John Woo tuned into the Beijing Olympics, and it gave him a few ideas (mine were inspired by the tight bums on the female gymnasts, but that's a whole different kind of article).

Woo wants to put aside his talents for mayhem and make a sports-related movie, and he's looking for some of those medal-collecting competitors to be part of it. "I have wanted to produce a sports-themed movie for some time now," Woo said. "I want real athletes to be my lead actors so that we can portray the athlete's spirit accurately. I think [diver] Guo Jingjing and [hurdler] Liu Xiang will fit the bill." Hopefully they will also launch themselves gracefully through the air while firing dual pistols as doves randomly flap through the background.

Of course, like many other directors, Woo has a penchant for gathering many projects but taking an extensive amount of time to finish the ones he actually makes. He's still putting the finishing touches on his two-part historical war epic THE RED CLIFF, and he recently started developing an adaptation of the western comic CALIBER, which Hollywood Reporter claims (perhaps erroneously) will star Johnny Depp (his company Nihil Infinitum is co-producing).

Extra Tidbit: That's what diver Guo Jingjing looks like when she's not clasping the backs of her knees and plunging into heavily chlorinated water. I could handle watching her for 90 minutes.
Source: THR

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11:52AM on 08/28/2008
yakobusan, you only saw the first movie, the next one comes out in January, but for the US audience, he is editing both of them down to one film....which blows.
yakobusan, you only saw the first movie, the next one comes out in January, but for the US audience, he is editing both of them down to one film....which blows.
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9:26AM on 08/28/2008
@ Mutt-

Guns and doves.
@ Mutt-

Guns and doves.
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2:42AM on 08/28/2008
He's still making movies? Awkward...
He's still making movies? Awkward...
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1:58AM on 08/28/2008
"tight bums on the female gymnasts" You do know they are 10 yrs old right?
"tight bums on the female gymnasts" You do know they are 10 yrs old right?
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12:52AM on 08/28/2008

RED CLIFF

Dave, RED CLIFF is already running in China for some weeks now and collected over 45 Mio. dollars so far. I even have a decent DVD-9 copy of the movie at home... Is he splitting in two for the american market?
Dave, RED CLIFF is already running in China for some weeks now and collected over 45 Mio. dollars so far. I even have a decent DVD-9 copy of the movie at home... Is he splitting in two for the american market?
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12:50AM on 08/28/2008
So, what, it'll be like "Rudy," but with guns?

I'd see that.
So, what, it'll be like "Rudy," but with guns?

I'd see that.
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10:27PM on 08/27/2008
that diver is hot, but do you really think Woo would want to use Liu Xiang at this point, after he disappointed his country like that. blah blah ... leg injury... blah blah. you know, he could take his film and throw the whole, "Based on a True Story" thing in there but change the ending to him overcoming his injury and winning the gold.....but i would rather see that diver for sure.
that diver is hot, but do you really think Woo would want to use Liu Xiang at this point, after he disappointed his country like that. blah blah ... leg injury... blah blah. you know, he could take his film and throw the whole, "Based on a True Story" thing in there but change the ending to him overcoming his injury and winning the gold.....but i would rather see that diver for sure.
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