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Daily Bite: Cleopatra, Wong Kar-Wai, and Christopher McQuarrie
07 May 2013 : By Gearóid Gilmore
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Twentieth Century Fox to host a special screening of ‘Cleopatra’ at Cannes
Twentieth Century Fox's home entertainment division and Italian jeweller Bulgari are teaming up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Cleopatra’ at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Made in 1963, the film became notorious for its massive budget (the film cost $42 million to make) and was also famous for igniting the legendary love affair between its two stars, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The film is an official selection at this year’s Cannes Classics sidebar and a meticulously restored version will screen at a special event hosted by Taylor’s son Christopher Wilding and Burton’s daughter Kate Burton. Throughout their years together, Burton showered Taylor with jewellery, including many pieces from Bulgari. The Italian jeweller will also unveil an exclusive jewellery piece inspired by Taylor and the film that will be auctioned off this year, with proceeds benefiting the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. The screening will take place at Cannes on May 21st, and on May 22nd, Fox will rerelease Cleopatra in a limited theatrical run in more than 200 theatres around the world, followed by the Blu-ray debut of a two-disc 50th anniversary edition.

Hong-Kong director Wong Kar-wai to receive one of France’s highest cultural honours
Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai (My Blueberry Nights) has received one of the French government’s highest cultural honours. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius came to Hong-Kong to appoint Wong a Commander of France’s Order of Arts and Letters, with ‘Commander’ being the highest of three possible rankings for this prize. This particular honour has previously gone to such influential figures as Ray Bradbury, T.S. Eliot, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Clint Eastwood, and David Bowie. Wong, whose latest film ‘The Grandmaster’ will be released in America later this year, has remained quite popular in French cinema ever since his first film ‘As Tears Go By’ premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 1988. Since then, four of his films have competed for the Palme d’Or, and in 1997 he won Best Director for ‘Happy Together’. In 2006, Wong was named Knight of France’s Order of the Legion of Honour.

Director Christopher McQuarrie to write and direct Ice Station Zebra remake
With the news that director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, The Way of the Gun) is in talks to direct the recently announced ‘Mission: Impossible 5’, another McQuarrie-attached project has come to light. The writer-director is attached to a remake of the 1968 thriller ‘Ice Station Zebra’, which stars s the story of an American submarine racing against the Russians in order to make it to a secret base in the Arctic Circle. Over the course of the film however, the crew of the submarine soon realise that their mission is not what it seems and that there is a traitor on board who will stop at nothing to prevent them from reaching the Arctic Circle. McQuarrie will not only direct the remake, but he will also reportedly pen the script as well. McQuarrie is also known for writing the classic thriller ‘The Usual Suspects’, which starred Kevin Spacey and Gabriel Byrne, and another Tom Cruise film, WWII thriller, ‘Valkyrie’.

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