Daniel Radcliffe and the End of 'Harry Potter,' Feng Xiaogang vs. Harvey Weinstein

by Zac Gille

Daniel Radcliffe, who joined Katie Holmes at the 2010 Tony Awards to hand out the best featured actress in a play award to Scarlett Johansson (for Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge), finished working on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this past week.

“Everyone was really devastated. It was really, really sad,” Radcliffe remarked. “[We] were crying quite a lot.”

Radcliffe, who'll turn 21 next July 23, began his Harry Potter career in Chris Columbus' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), along with Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and several British film and stage veterans, among them Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, and Alan Rickman.

Directed by David Yates, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will open on Nov. 19. Part II is scheduled to open on July 15, 2011.

On Broadway, Radcliffe caused a sensation by appearing naked in a revival of Equus in 2008. He'll be back next spring – fully clothed – in a revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Radcliffe quote: The Associated Press

Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Murray Close / Warner Bros.)

Golden Horse winner Feng Xiaogang, among whose credits are A World Without Thieves, Assembly, and If You Are the One, called US mogul Harvey Weinstein “a cheater in the eyes of many Chinese moviemakers,” according to Jonathan Landreth at The Hollywood Reporter.

Feng voiced his criticism at a discussion held at the 2010 Shanghai International Film Festival. Weinstein wasn't present at the time, though the Hollywood producer had briefly showed up at the discussion before leaving to catch a plane.

Weinstein had been at the festival to push Mikael Håfström's pre-World War II Casablanca-like spy thriller Shanghai (shot in 2008), starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Gong Li, John Cusack, Chow Yun-Fat, Ken Watanabe, and Franka Potente.

According to a source cited in Landreth's piece, Weinstein paid $500,000 for the rights to Feng's Hamlet remake, The Banquet, Hong Kong's submission for the 2007 best foreign language film Academy Award. Just a couple of days ago, his company bought the North American rights to Su Chao-Bin and John Woo's upcoming Reign of Assassins, starring Michelle Yeoh.

Landreth adds that Feng also dismissed Zhang Yimou's Hero and Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, as “Hollywood movies,” and complained that US companies bought Chinese films without the intention of actually selling them.

The Shanghai Film Festival has had its share of controversies this year. Just last week, Taiwan pulled several films from the festival's line-up.

Photo: Shanghai (The Weinstein Co.)

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zac -

@Ted

I could swear I read a while back that there had been a foreign (reedited) version of “Hero.” I did an online search just now, but couldn't find anything about that.

I thought that maybe that's what Feng had meant. But perhaps not.

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Ted -

My response to zac:

1) You're correct. I should have used 'post' instead of 'blog'.

2) Zhang Yimou made all of his movies for a Chinese audience. None of his movies were made for Hollywood!

3) Feng Xiaogang is entitled to his opinion. I am entitled to disagree! However, Feng's opinion carries much more weight than mine.

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Lorna Singh -

'Shanghai' has a very impressive cast.I hope it will be available in the US soon.

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zac -

>>The author of this blog is confused:

You're confused. There's no author “of this blog.” The author of this post, you mean.

>>The director of Hero was Zhang Yimou(from Mainland China), not Ang Lee. So does Feng believe that Zhang Yimou makes only Hollywood movies even though all of his movies have been made in China ?

Ouch! You're absolutely right. In my hurry, I lumped Yimou and Lee together. I blame it on the editor, who should've caught my mistake…
Addendum: The error is found in the “Hollywood Reporter” piece. But I should've known better.

Feng wasn't referring to Ang Lee and Zhang Yimou, but to “Hero” and “Crouching Tiger” in particular.

>>My impression of this blog – Much Ado About Nothing!

Your impression of this post, you mean…

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Ted -

The author of this blog is confused:

“Landreth adds that Feng also dismissed Ang Lee's Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, as 'Hollywood movies'”

The director of Hero was Zhang Yimou(from Mainland China), not Ang Lee. So does Feng believe that Zhang Yimou makes only Hollywood movies even though all of his movies have been made in China ?

My impression of this blog - Much Ado About Nothing!

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