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Bai LingSexy, bold, and multi-talented, Bai Ling remains one of the film industry’s top actresses. With a career that spans the entire globe, she has appeared in several high-profile films such as The Crow, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and Revenge of the Sith, as well as numerous guest spots on shows like “Angel” and “Entourage.” Ms. Ling recently garnered worldwide critical acclaim for her intense performance in Fruit Chan’s “Dumplings”, the notorious film featured in the anthology frightfest Three…Extremes (now on DVD, get it here). Dread Central recently had a chance to speak with her about what it was like to tackle such a challenging character.


Andrew Kasch: I heard you just wrapped Southland Tales with Richard Kelly.

Bai Ling: Yeah. I think that movie’s gonna be great.

AK: Did you do any singing in that?

BL: I did. Y’know, it’s funny, cause in this reality show I’m singing “Like a Virgin.” It’s a song I really don’t want to sing, because [Madonna’s] voice is very high. I have a naturally low voice. So while we were filming Southland Tales, one day I was at home, not working, and Richard sent me this tape of Madonna’s video “Vogue.” I had never seen it in my life and I said ,”You must give me the lyrics to learn. I can learn this!”, but then I got really nervous. Then he said, “No, you just have to learn the movements.” So I’m dancing sort of like that. Very mysterious! Very sexy!

AK: Regarding Three… Extremes

BL: I’m not good with computers, but yesterday I logged onto the website for Three…Extremes for the first time. I saw my “three faces” and they looked so scary! On that poster I’m screaming and laughing and looking crazy, and I asked myself, “Who is that?”

Three... Extremes poster[both laughing]

BL: Two days ago, I came back from a premiere of Dumplings, which is a longer version of the short in Three…Extremes. I hope you and the fans out there get a chance to watch the long one. It’s very different. There’s a fifteen-minute lovemaking scene that’s very provocative. You also have this eight-minute abortion scene which isn’t in the short version either. So I hope you like this and then go see the long one.

AK: Well, from what I understand, Lionsgate is putting them both out on DVD. The first disc will be Three…Extremes and the second disc will be the feature length version of Dumplings.

BL: Oh, really?

AK: Yeah, so everyone’s gonna get the chance to see the long version.

BL: Wow, that’s great! I want to tell you, I won the “Asian Oscar” [Golden Horse] for it.

AK: Really?

BL: Yeah!

AK: That’s amazing.

BL: I not only won that but four acting awards.

AK: Wow.

BL: I love my character. I think she’s so bold and she’s so smart and independent, yet so innocent, wise, and provocatively sexy.

AK: How difficult was it to prepare for that kind of a role?

Bai Ling in Three... ExtremesBL: It’s the most difficult role I’ve ever encountered because she’s so mysterious. On paper, it was very hard to read her. She could’ve been anything. So I asked the producer and director ,”What do you want me to do?” and none of them knew. I felt like I had this secretive, provocative love affair/dance with my character. She was teasing, misleading me and challenging me and testing me all the time. And I didn’t know what to do.

It was about 100 degrees and everyone was soaking wet from the heat. We had the smell of the sweat and the meat from the dumplings, and they gave me a prosthetic on my neck which itched and got infected. I was in New York City, doing a commercial on 5th Ave, jumping back and forth [between productions] and I had been up for 48 hours. I literaly had no time and no energy to think. I looked out a window on the top floor and it looked so peaceful and I was thinking, “Wow, I could jump and I could find a peaceful calmness.” That’s what I felt like. I was ready to commit suicide! It was that hot and difficult. But all these weird ideas came on-set like that. When you see the film, it’s mostly first takes because it was low-budget and we were in a hurry and everyone was exhausted. Basically, in the end, through all the suffering, my character revealed her true self and true love for me, which you can see in the film.

AK: I spoke with Fruit Chan and Chris Doyle, and both raved about working with you.

BL: Oh, I loved working with them as well! With Chris Doyle, I felt we had the same artistic eye. We worked very naturally together in terms of the relationship with the camera. I love the camera. If you’re truthful and real, you get something so much more powerful. And working with him, because I trusted him, was very romantic. It was like poetry. And Fruit Chan is so modern among the Asian directors. His work is so bold and chancy and unlike any traditional conservative type films like martial arts or concubine stories. And I have to thank him for giving me this tremendous freedom. He said, “Honey, as long as it’s truthful, you can do whatever the hell you want.” [laughs]

Three... Extremes DVDAK: Was this your first time working with a Hong Kong production team?

BL: Yeah, that was my first Hong Kong film after Hollywood. It was my first Chinese language film, and I got to work with all the top talent in Asia. I feel very fortunate.

AK: How did you initially get involved with the production?

BL: Actually, I’m grateful for Peter Chan, who is the producer. We were friends and I had previously worked with him. He made a film called Comrades Love Story. It’s a beautiful modern romantic relationship story. Very sensitive. He’s another modern director. Fruit Chan’s films are more bold, but Peter Chan is a more contemporary romantic with his films.

I think everything happens for a reason. Peter Chan came to L.A. and we ended up eating together and talking and he mentioned Dumplings. And then after some time passed, he called me from Hong Kong while I was shooting Lords of Dogtown. He said, “Would you like to do a movie with me? I know you’ve always wanted to. But I’m not the director, I’m the producer…and it’s a horror film.” I stopped and said, “Shit! I never expected to be in a horror film!” cause normally, I don’t consider horror films to be art films. Normally they just try to scare. But I said, “I’ll do anything for you. Even play a man!” So he said, “Good, after you wrap, we’ll fly you here.” And everything turned out beautifully. I think it’s a wonderful, emotional, contemporary piece of film.


Special thanks to Bai Ling for taking the time to talk with us and John Squires of Lionsgate Films for arranging this interview. Three…Extremes is now available on DVD along with the feature length version of Dumplings, so be sure click here to check it out!

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Read Darren Aronofsky’s Screenplay for mother!

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This past year we saw the release of writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s mother! (review) a film that was controversial, to say the least. Some loved it, others loathed it.

And speaking of mother!, Aronofsky has said before that he wrote the movie in a mere 5 days (!) and today we have the film’s screenplay for you to download. Paramount released it officially a few weeks back and I say it’s worth the download and the read.

Especially if you fancy yourself as a screenwriter, like me.

What I found most interesting about Aronofsky’s script is that he forgoes typical sluglines. Instead, he jumps from location to location, without any uses of INT./EXT. or DAY/NIGHT. For instance, instead of writing:

INT. HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – DAY, he just writes: LIVING ROOM.

Interesting approach.

You can download the screenplay for mother! right here.

After giving the script a read through, hit me up in the comments below and let’s start a dialogue about the screenplay, the format, the structure, and the finished film in general if you’d like. I’m big into the craft of screenwriting so let’s talk about it!

The film is written & directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, and Ed Harris.

mother! hits Digital HD Dec. 5 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs Dec. 19.

PRE-ORDER HERE

Synopsis:

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.’.

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Bigfoot Horror Movie Cherokee Creek Gets Trailer and Poster

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I have always said that the last movie monster out there that has yet to get a quality flag-ship flick is Bigfoot. Everyone in the world knows Bigfoot (right?) so why the hell isn’t there a “Holy Grail” movie centered around the big, hairy sumbitch?

Don’t get me wrong, there have been a few quality motion pictures based on the big guy including Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek and Edwardo Sanchez’s Exists. But neither of those films blew the roof off the movie-going public.

Maybe Cherokee Creek will finally do the trick?

We’ll have to wait and see. But until the film has an official release date we can always take a look at the film’s trailer and poster – both of which you will find below.

Give them a look and then make sure to let us know what you think has been the best Bigfoot movie thus far (Harry and the Hendersons?) in the comments below!

The film is written and directed by Todd Jenkins and stars Billy Blair, Todd Jenkins, Justin Armstrong, Terry Dale Parks, Ray Hosack, Jeff Swearingen, Justin Duncan, CG Lewis, Nellie Sciutto, Steve Mokate, Jason P. Kendall, Anthony Phoenix, James Yeager, Elizabeth Jenkins, and Jinx Jenkins.

Synopsis:

A bachelor party in the woods gets crashed by the ultimate party animal.

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Edward James Olmos Says Shane Black’s The Predator is Really Funny, Yet Deadly

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When we first heard that writer-director Shane Black (Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Band, The Nice Guys) and his main collaborator Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad) were going to be taking on a big-budget reboot/sequel of Predator we were excited as hell. As we’re sure you were as well.

We knew the film was going to be, at least in some aspects, the funniest Predator film we have seen thus far. I mean with Black and Dekker penning the script how could it NOT?

But just how funny will The Predator be?

Well, if we are to believe ScienceFiction.com and co-star Edward James Olmos, the movie is going to be hilarious… yet still deadly.

The Blade Runner actor was recently out and about promoting the new Disney film Coco, and dropped some all-new info on Shane Black’s The Predator.

“Oh, my goodness. That’s an interesting story,” Edward James Olmos told the site. “I haven’t seen any of it, but it’s gonna be funny. The kids in the thing. Yeah, the humor. Huge. Huge. I mean I was in shock, because, you know this is a really intense franchise, and it still is. Don’t get me wrong. You’re gonna be inside of it. But the characters are… what he did — Shane is an incredibly gifted writer, and he’s a great director, and so he ended up getting an incredible ensemble, and when I reached it they had already been filming for three months so they were a unit. So I jump in as the General and there were some moments where I just had to laugh in the scene and I couldn’t be laughing in the scene. ‘I’m sorry guys. Really, I’m sorry.'”

“Keegan (Michael Key) and Thomas Jane, they’re paired off in groups of three groups,” he continues. “Six guys. The way they work, they were all post-traumatic stress disorder guys who were inside of an insane asylum. A mental hospital. Then they put the lead character in there to kind of make them disappear, because they want them kind of out of the picture. And so he gets involved and then boom, the world goes crazy and these kids are released. But out of a freaky incident with some of the Predators. It’s crazy. It’s so crazy. I’m excited for it, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I got a good feeling about it. I mean if it’s really funny, and yet deadly like Predator is.”

I’m not surprised at all that the film is going to be funny, and the thought of a humorous Predator movie doesn’t worry me in the slightest either. I have utter faith that Black and Dekker will give us one of the best Predator films in the franchise.

What do you think? Let us know below!

The Predator stars Thomas Jane, Edward James Olmos, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Alfie Allen, Yvonne Strahovski, Augusto Aguilera, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are producing.

The Predator comes out August 3, 2018.

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