MICHELLE YEOH’s (Zi Yuan) was recently seen in Danny Boyle’s sci-fi thriller Sunshine, for Fox Searchlight, and Rob Marshall’s critically acclaimed Memoirs of a Geisha, for Columbia Pictures. Due out this summer, for Sony Pictures Classics, is the period drama The Children of Huang Shi. At the end of August, Yeoh will be seen opposite Vin Diesel, Charlotte Rampling and Gérard Depardieu in the postapocalyptic action-thriller Babylon A.D. for 20th Century Fox, by acclaimed French director Mathieu Kassovitz.Yeoh also starred in the independent film Far North, directed by Asif Kapadia, in 2007.
Yeoh is best known to international audiences as the intense swordswoman in Ang Lee’s gripping Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and as the charming secret agent in the James Bond hit Tomorrow Never Dies, but the Malaysian-born actress has been knocking audiences out in Asia for more than two decades. Since stepping into the action-packed Hong Kong film world in 1984, she has starred in more than 30 films and challenged traditional views of Asian women with her portrayals of strong female characters.
She clearly demonstrated that she is more than the world’s action queen in the epic film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a performance that brought her Best Actress nominations at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, the Hong Kong Film Awards and the BAFTAs in 2001. She was also named ShoWest’s International Star of the Year in 2001. Yeoh also received a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 1997 Hong Kong Film Awards for her performance in the historical drama The Soong Sisters.
In 2002, Yeoh added another feather to her cap by producing and starring in The Touch, a contemporary romantic action-adventure. That same year, she was honored with a Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award in recognition of her achievement and commitment to nurture creative talents. Hence, she was named Producer of the Year by CineAsia and received The Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award by Junior Chamber International. She also produced and starred in the futuristic action-adventure Silver Hawk in 2003.
In October 2007, Yeoh was conferred the honor of Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the president of France, in recognition of her contribution to the arts and cultural exchange between Asia and France.
Yeoh does a good deal of work for charity and is also an honorary patron of amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), the Hong Kong Cancer Fund and the ICM (Institute for Cerebral and Medullary Disorders). Recently, she became a global ambassador for the Make Roads Safe campaign for promoting global road safety.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS Combining nearly three decades of motion picture experience, first as an executive, then as a highly prolific producer and finally as one of American film’s most versatile and successful directors, ROB COHEN (Directed by) maintains a unique place in the entertainment industry. In summer 2008, Universal Pictures releases director Rob Cohen’s fourth summer tent-pole film with The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
The action-adventure film is the first major studio release totally set in China and to have its premiere in the new Beijing Opera House, which will take place July 21, 2008. The highly anticipated movie unfolds in Asian movie theaters on July 24 and in America on August 1.
His two recent back-to-back blockbusters, The Fast and the Furious and xXx, prove that Cohen isoften on the cutting edge of cultural (pop and otherwise) and technological developments. Those two films have generated over one billion dollars. Cohen’s films as both producer and director have swept across a wide range of topics and backdrops, revealing a filmmaker constantly in search of broadening his cinematic horizons.
Cohen’s critically acclaimed The Rat Pack, an HBO film starring Ray Liotta as Frank Sinatra, Joe Mantegna as Dean Martin and Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis Jr., chronicled an entire era as it told the story of Hollywood and Las Vegas’ most famous swingers in their heyday. The Rat Pack garnered 11 Emmy Award nominations (winning three), won Cheadle a Golden Globe Award and earned Cohen a nomination from the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television.
Cohen’s previous directorial efforts reveal his expansive storytelling interests. His debut film, A Small Circle of Friends, starred the late Brad Davis and Karen Allen in a romance set against the political turmoil of late 1960s Harvard University (Cohen’s alma mater). Heralded both by critics and audiences, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story—which was both written and directed by Cohen—humanized the legendary Hong Kong-born action hero for new generations, and made stars of both Jason Scott Lee and Lauren Holly.
For Dragonheart, visual effects made a quantum leap in Cohen’s epic fable of an unlikely alliance in mythical times between a knight (Dennis Quaid) and a fierce but noble dragon endowed with the powers of speech (voiced by Sean Connery). Cohen was intricately involved with both the design of the massive creature and implementation of the state-of-the-art effects from Industrial Light & Magic, the first time that a major motion-picture character was fully rendered digitally. The film won the Saturn Award as Best Fantasy Film in 1996, and was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects.
Cohen was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson in New York. He attended Harvard University, from which he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in anthropology. He began his career in film during his sophomore year at Harvard, when he assisted director Daniel Petrie in making Silent Night,Lonely Night, an NBC made-for-television movie. After graduation, Cohen moved to Los Angeles, where as a reader for International Famous Agency (IFA), he discovered the now-classic The Sting.
He left IFA for 20th Century Fox Television and quickly acquired the title director of television movies, developing such projects as Mrs.Sundance and Stowaway to the Moon. Desiring to expand into feature films, Cohen joined Motown as their executive vice president of the motion-picture division while still in his early 20s.
At Motown, Cohen produced some key entries in 1970s cinema, several of them antidotes for the “blaxploitation” films of the era. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, starring Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor, was a seriocomic look at the Negro Leagues of the 1930s. The television movie Scott Joplin, which also starred Williams, was the story of the great early 20th century ragtime pianist and composer whose music was popularized in the soundtrack for The Sting. Mahogany and The Wiz both starred Diana Ross, the former a romantic drama set against the world of high fashion, the latter a screen adaptation of the smash Broadway hit musical. For The Wiz, Cohen received the NAACP Image Award for Best Picture, and Mahogany received an Oscar® nomination for its now-standard theme song “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To).”
At Motown, Cohen also produced Thank God It’s Friday, which was the decade’s quintessential disco movie. The film featured superstar diva Donna Summer and such young talents as Jeff Goldblum, Debra Winger and Terri Nunn (later the lead singer of the group Berlin) at early stages of their careers.
Cohen’s television directorial credits include an Emmy-nominated episode of Miami Vice, as well as segments of thirtysomething, Hooperman, A Year in the Life and Private Eye. He also created, wrote and executive-produced the series Vanishing Son, notable for being one of the very few to focus on Asian characters...with Asian actors filling all of those roles. Vanishing Son won two MANAA (Media Action Network for Asian Americans) Awards for positive portrayal of Asians in media, one for the program itself and another for star Russell Wong.
Cohen is an avid surfer and collector of first-edition books and has homes in Malibu, California, and Bali, Indonesia.
Alfred Gough &MILESMillar (Written by) are prolific writer/producers. Their work on The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor spanned three years, from inception to completion. They collaborated closely with director Rob Cohen to relaunch the incredibly successful TheMummy franchise.
Gough and Millar’s feature credits include the hit action-comedy Shanghai Noon, starring Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson and Lucy Liu, as well as its sequel, Shanghai Knights, directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers). Other screenwriting credits include Spider-Man 2, starring Tobey Maguire; Herbie Fully Loaded, starring Lindsay Lohan; and Lethal Weapon 4, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
Gough and Millar’s work also spans the world of television. The duo created and served as executive producers of the critically acclaimed action-adventure series Smallville, which is now in its eighth season. Smallville is the longest-running comic book-based series of all time and was the No. 1 show in the history of the WB Television Network.
Gough and Millar first met as students in the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California.
They are currently producing Hannah Montana: The Movie. The film, based on the smash hit Disney Channel series, stars teen phenom Miley Cyrus. The feature marks the first for the duo’s Walt Disney-based production company, Millar/Gough Ink. Hannah Montana: The Movie will be released in 2009.
SEAN DANIEL (Produced by) has produced The Mummy, The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. He is currently in production on The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, for The Stuber Company and Universal Pictures. In 1992, he formed Alphaville Productions with partner Jim Jacks. In addition to The Mummy series, they produced such films as Richard Linklater’s acclaimed Dazed and Confused; the renowned western Tombstone, starring Kurt Russell; The Scorpion King; Nora Ephron’s comedy Michael, starring John Travolta; A Simple Plan, directed by Sam Raimi; the Coen brothers’ Intolerable Cruelty; the Chris Rock/Weitz brothers’ comedy Down to Earth; Jerry Zucker’s Rat Race; John Woo’s first American film, Hard Target; William Friedkin’s The Hunted, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro; The Jackal, starring Richard Gere and Bruce Willis; and The Gift, starring Cate Blanchett and Hilary Swank, also directed by Raimi.
For cable television, Daniel produced the TNT original film Freedom Song, directed by Phil Robinson and starring Danny Glover; HBO’s Everyday People; and the USA Network’s four-hour miniseries, Attila.
Before becoming a producer, Daniel was an executive at Universal Pictures serving as president of production from 1984 to 1989. During his time there, he supervised such films as National Lampoon’sAnimal House, Coal Miner’s Daughter, The Blues Brothers, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Field of Dreams, Do the Right Thing, Missing, Fletch, Brazil and Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey.
He received a bachelor of fine arts in film from the California Institute of the Arts in 1973. In addition, Daniel has been a participant in the debate about media and culture, appearing on The McLaughlin Group and NPR’s Which Way L.A.?, and offering commentary in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post.
JAMES JACKS (Produced by) was executive producer of the Coen brothers’ cult film, Raising Arizona, before joining Universal Pictures as vice president of acquisitions. During his five years there, Jacks was involved in making such films as Field of Dreams, Do the Right Thing, Darkman, Jungle Fever and American Me.
In 1992, he formed Alphaville Productions, one of America’s most successful production companies with partner Sean Daniel. In addition to TheMummy series, they have produced such acclaimed movies as Richard Linklater’s acclaimed Dazed and Confused; William Friedkin’s The Hunted; Dark Blue; Rat Race;the Coen brothers’ comedy Intolerable Cruelty;the Nora Ephron comedy Michael;the acclaimed western Tombstone; John Woo’s first American film, Hard Target; The Gift, starring Cate Blanchett and Hilary Swank and directed by Sam Raimi; and the Weitz brothers’ Down to Earth, starring Chris Rock.
STEPHEN SOMMERS (Produced by) wrote and directed The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.He also wrote and produced the spin-off, The Scorpion King.He wrote and directed The Adventures of Huck Finn, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Robards; The Jungle Book,starring Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Sam Neill and John Cleese; and Deep Rising,starring Treat Williams and Famke Janssen. Sommers wrote and executive-produced Disney’s Tom and Huck,starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Brad Renfro. For television, he wrote and executive-produced Oliver Twist,again working with Wood as well as Richard Dreyfuss. Sommers is currently filming Paramount Pictures’ G.I. Joe, starring Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jonathan Pryce, for a release in August 2009.
A native of Minnesota, Sommers attended St. John’s University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterwards, Sommers spent the next four years in Europe, working in street theater and managing rock bands.
From there, he relocated to Los Angeles and attended the USC School of Cinema-Television for three years, earning a master’s degree, where he wrote and directed an award-winning short film, Perfect Alibi. With independent funding, he wrote and directed his first motion picture, Catch Me If You Can (1989), which was filmed in his hometown of St. Cloud, Minnesota.
BOB DUCSAY (Produced by) was one of the original creators of The Mummy franchise, having produced and edited The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.
In 2001, he joined with longtime collaborator Stephen Sommers to form Sommers Company. Universal’s release of Van Helsing marked their first film under the banner, with Ducsay serving as both producer and editor.
Ducsay’s credits as an editor include The Adventures of Huck Finn, The Jungle Book and Deep Rising, also for Stephen Sommers, and Impostor, Star Kid and Love and a .45. He is currently producing G.I. Joe for Paramount Pictures.
Ducsay also executive-produced the Academy Award®-winning short film Two Soldiers. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television.
CHRIS BRIGHAM (Executive Producer) is currently serving as the executive producer on Martin Scorsese’s upcoming drama Ashecliffe.Previously, he was also the executive producer on The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert De Niro; Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed film The Aviator; and Tribeca Productions’ hit comedies Analyze This and Analyze That, directed by Harold Ramis and starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal.
Among other films, Brigham has executive-produced The Count of Monte Cristo and The Legend of Bagger Vance and co-produced Extreme Measures and Before and After.
Brigham has worked as unit production manager on Kiss of Death, Six Degrees of Separation, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles and Lorenzo’s Oil.
From psychological dramas to heart-pounding sci-fi thrillers, SIMON DUGGAN, ACS (Director of Photography) brings his masterful cinematography to every film he shoots. An award-winning member of the Australian Cinematographers Society, Duggan made his feature debut in America with none other than the box-office smash I, Robot, his second feature with director Alex Proyas, having previously lensed surprise indie hit Garage Days. Duggan’s recent feature credits include Live Free or Die Hard and Underworld: Evolution. Other credits include The Interview, Risk and Guests.
As a master storyteller with the camera, Duggan uses his fluid style and renowned knack for impeccable lighting to create keen tension and powerful emotion, whether for a television commercial or an epic movie. American Cinematographer magazine describes his work as having a “vibrant, whimsical style,” while Variety named his talent “visually inventive.”
To date, he has earned more than 30 Best Cinematography awards and commendations from organizations including the Film Critics Circle of Australia, The Mobius Advertising Awards, the Australian Television Awards, the Melbourne Art Directors Club, the Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations, the Australian Writers and Art Directors Association and the aforementioned Australian Cinematographers Society.
Duggan is represented by Dattner Dispoto and Associates in Los Angeles.
NIGEL PHELPS (Production Designer) has enjoyed a prodigious career as a production designer. His credits include Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy; Michael Bay’s The Island;and Pearl Harbor;and Phillip Noyce’s The Bone Collector.
Phelps began his career working with Academy Award® winner Anton Furst. He started as an illustrator on Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves, and then worked as assistant art director on Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Then Phelps served as art director for Furst on Tim Burton’s Batman.
Shortly thereafter, Phelps moved to Los Angeles, and designed cutting-edge music videos and commercials for a variety of influential directors, including Mark Romanek, Alex Proyas, Michael Bay and Joe Pytka. This work garnered Phelps multiple nominations for MTV Video Awards. His first feature credit as a production designer came on the futuristic science-fiction film Judge Dredd.He followed with Alien: Resurrection for acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and he later renewed his collaboration with Neil Jordon on In Dreams. More recently, he has been developing Life of Pi with Jeunet, and Borgia with Neil Jordan.
Phelps is currently designing Transformers 2 for Michael Bay, his third film with the director.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor marks JOEl Negron’s (Edited by) second film with helmer Rob Cohen, previously teaming together on the action film tarring Vin Diesel.
Negron’s recent credits include editing the gritty, inspirational film Gridiron Gang, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, directed by Phil Joanou. He was also the editor on Warner Bros.’ remake of the classic film House of Wax, for producer Joel Silver, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. He was the additional editor on Radio, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Negron started his career as a first assistant editor on James Cameron’s True Lies, then went on to four consecutive films with director Tim Burton, starting with Mars Attacks! and moving up to be credited as film editor and additional editor on Sleepy Hollow, Planet ofthe Apes and Big Fish.
Negron has amassed an impressive list of editing credits working with producer
Jerry Bruckheimer on such blockbusters as Gone in Sixty Seconds, directed by Dominic Sena; Enemy of the State, directed by Tony Scott; and Pearl Harbor and Armageddon,bothdirected by Michael Bay.
At an early age, Negron worked for his father, production illustrator-designer
David Negron, preparing storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is KELLY MATSUMOTO’s (Edited by) first collaboration with director Rob Cohen. Previously, she co-edited both The Mummy and The Mummy Returnsfor director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay.
She recently edited Smother, a comedy starring Diane Keaton and Dax Shepard for director Vince Di Meglio. Matsumoto’s editing credits also include Van Helsing, directed by Stephen Sommers; The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, directed by Justin Lin; and Meet the Fockers, directed by Jay Roach. Additionally, she edited the Academy Award®-winning short film Two Soldiers with director Aaron Schneider.
SANJA MILKOVIC HAYS (Costume Designer) collaborates with director Rob Cohen for the third time. They previously worked together on xXx and The Fast and The Furious, also for Universal Pictures. She also has a diverse roster of other motion pictures that includes xXx: State of the Union, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Next, Gridiron Gang, Taxi, Cheaper by the Dozen, Big Fat Liar, Along Came a Spider, Mission to Mars, Star Trek: Insurrection, Blade, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, Spaced Invaders, Buried Alive and The Masque of the Red Death.
She was also assistant costume designer of the fantasy/science fiction films Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and two smash hits from director Roland Emmerich: Stargate and Independence Day. Hays is currently designing for the fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise: Fast & Furious.
Hays was born in Zagreb, Croatia, where she graduated from the local university.
RANDY EDELMAN (Music by) most recently composed the score for Fox 2000’s 27 Dresses. His other recent work includes Rogue Picture’s Balls of Fury and Spyglass Entertainment’s Underdog.
He has enjoyed multiple collaborations with several filmmakers, including Ivan Reitman (Twins, Ghostbusters II, Kindergarten Cop and Six Days Seven Nights), Rob Cohen (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Dragonheart, Daylight, The Skulls and xXx), Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman, Greedy and The Whole Nine Yards), Jeremiah S. Chechik (Tall Tale and Diabolique) and Ronald F. Maxwell (Gettysburg and Gods and Generals).
Edelman’s many other feature scores include Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans (earning BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominations, with Trevor Jones), Bill Murray and Howard Franklin’s Quick Change, Chuck Russell’s The Mask, Jon Turteltaub’s While You Were Sleeping, Frank Oz’s The Indian in the Cupboard, Luis Llosa’s Anaconda, Ron Howard’s Edtv, Tom Dey’s Shanghai Noon and Chris Gerolmo’s award-winning telefilm Citizen X. He also scored the miniseries The Ten Commandments, directed by Robert Dornhelm.
Edelman won an Emmy Award for composing the theme for NBC’s Olympics coverage (which continues to accompany the broadcasts every two years), and has also composed the themes for several other notable televised sporting events.
Though a conservatory-trained classical musician, Edelman began his career as a singer and songwriter, and in the latter capacity, penned hits for The Carpenters, Barry Manilow, The 5th Dimension and Blood, Sweat & Tears. His songs have also been recorded by such artists as Bing Crosby, Patti LaBelle, Olivia Newton-John and Nancy
Wilson. He performed as the opening act on tour with The Carpenters and Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, among others. As a solo artist, he has released more than a dozen albums and performed at such venues as the London Palladium, the Drury Lane Theatre and the Royal Festival Hall.
The Teaneck, New Jersey native attended the University of Cincinnati as a pre-med major (and recently earned an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the university) before pursuing music as a vocation. He earned a reputation as an arranger for local bands, and was soon hired by the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, to orchestrate songs for King Records.
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