MOVIE BUZZ: Ang Lee's Woodstock film
WHO Tony Jaa
THE MOVIE "Ong-bak 2"
THE DEAL Jaa, the Thai actor and martial-arts stuntman who brought the
fluid, sinewy movements of Muay Thai fighting to American screens in 2003's
"Ong-bak" (released under Quentin Tarantino's banner), is starring in and
directing a sequel, "Ong-bak 2." Jaa recently left the set under accusations of
overspending, but, according to Variety magazine, he resurfaced on a Thai
television talk show Monday night to explain himself. At one point he broke
down on-camera. "I make this film not with the number and figures in mind, but
for its artistic quality," Jaa said. "I invest my effort in it with almost
WHO Ang Lee
THE MOVIE "Taking Woodstock"
THE DEAL Filming is set to begin in upstate New York later this month on
Ang Lee's feature, based on the memoir of Elliot Tiber, a writer who played a
colorful role in the making of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. According
to a Square One publicist, Tiber suggested the project to Lee when the two
happened to meet in the "green room" of a CBS-affiliate talk show in San
Francisco. Square One Publishers of Garden City Park, which published Tiber's
book, negotiated the movie deal with Focus Features, the specialty arm of
Universal Pictures that released Lee's "Lust, Caution."
WHAT 2008 Stony Brook Film Festival
THE DEAL Winners of the 13th annual festival were announced last weekend, with
the best feature jury prize going to Mary Stuart Masterson's directorial debut,
"The Cake Eaters," about the relationship between an aimless young man and a
disabled girl. "Children of Glory," set in revolution-era Hungary and written
by Joe Eszterhas, won best feature-audience choice; "The Stone Angel," a
road-trip movie starring Ellen Burstyn, won for achievement in filmmaking.