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“The Adjustment Bureau” director on board to helm Bruce Lee biopic “Birth of the Dragon”

 

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Variety:

 

The Adjustment Bureau” director George Nolfi has come on board to helm Bruce Lee biopic “Birth of the Dragon” for Groundswell Productions and QED International.

The film will be produced by QED topper Bill Block, Groundswell CEO Michael London, Janice Williams, Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele. Kelly Mullen of Groundswell exec produces.

London told Variety that producers are aiming to begin shooting next spring.

The film is inspired by the true story of Bruce Lee’s historic 1965 duel with Wong Jack Man, China’s most famous kung fu master at a time when San Francisco’s Chinatown was controlled by Hong Kong Triads. The story of the match is told from the perspective of Steve Macklin, a young disciple of Lee, who ultimately joins forces with Lee and Wong to battle a vicious band of Chinatown gangsters.

The team of Wilkinson and Rivele, whose credits include “Nixon” and “Ali,”  came on board last year to write the script.

Lee began appearing in films in the early 1970s before passing away in 1973.

 

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Happy 60th Birthday, Jackie Chan

 

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Who doesn’t love Jackie Chan?

Well, today is his 60th birthday and apparently he is loved enough for someone to have created an Infographic for him, with quite a few interesting facts you might not have know about good ol’ Jackie!

 

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Lifehacker: Bruce Lee’s Best Productivity Tricks

Lifehacker:

Bruce Lee is one of history’s most productive people, which is pretty amazing considering he died at 32 years old. He was not only an action film star and martial artist, but also an instructor, screenwriter, director, and philosopher. Here’s just a small bit of what we can learn from him.

Get Rid of the Unessential

Bruce Lee's Best Productivity Tricks

Bruce Lee created Jeet Kune Do as a system of martial arts and philosophy. The basic philosophy of this system was to reduce movement and thought to just the essential actions.

In Lee’s words, it’s to “Hack away at the unessential” because “the height of cultivation always runs on simplicity.”

Lee constantly talked about efficiency, directness, and simplicity as being the “economy of motion.” In his martial arts, it was about reaching the target as quickly as possible with maximum force-or to put it another way-doing it quickly, correctly, and without a lot effort.

From a productivity point of view this is one of the basic ideas Lifehacker is founded on. Lee talked a lot about what we talk about in simplicity, focusing on the essential, and minimalism. The easiest way to make something simple? Get rid of every extraneous parts until it’s just what you need. This isn’t just about what you already have either-Lee was fond of telling people to absorb what they found useful and discard everything else-which in a roundabout way is a good practice productivity systems, clutter, and life advice in general.

Pay Attention to How You Interact with Others

Bruce Lee's Best Productivity Tricks

With any type of martial art, you need to pay attention to not only yourself, but what people are doing around you. For Lee, this awareness was a foundation for looking at yourself:

Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there is perception. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.

The idea that you should pay attention to how you interact with others isn’t just about martial arts, of course. It’s about all types of communication. From the office to your relationships, having the ability to study yourself and how you communicate will make you better at it than someone who only looks at themselves.

Balance Your “Thinking Time” and Your “Doing Time”

Bruce Lee's Best Productivity Tricks

Depending on the type of person you are, it’s often easy to go overboard with your preparation time or how much time you spend on actually doing a project. Of course, you can’t do one without the other, and Lee recommends a very careful balance between thoughts and action:

When our mind is tranquil, there will be an occasional pause to its feverish activities, there will be a let-go, and it is only then in the interval between two thoughts that a flash of UNDERSTANDING – understanding, which is not thought – can take place… Balance your thoughts with action. – If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

We’ve talked plenty about the idea of thinking time in all forms, but it’s incredibly easy to get lost in that rabbit hole of preparation and forget to move yourself toward action. Thankfully, getting started is all it takes sometimes.

One of Lee’s main goals with Jeet Kun Do was to create a system that could adapt to situations and people. To a point, this was about fluidity. Lee thought that we should all be able to function in any situation we’re thrown in and that awareness of is about being able to adapt:

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. That water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend.

Lee’s main point here, and with a lot of his ways for living, is that we need to remain flexible as often as possible. That means adapting to situations at work and in life. It’s also important tocultivate knowledge and try to see from another point of view so you can react to situations. For a lot of us, this is really about training ourselves so we’re more aware of our surroundings.

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Photo Essay: Shaolin Monks in training

Shaolin has been popularly synonymous for what are considered the external Chinese martial arts, regardless of whether or not the particular style in question has any connection to the Shaolin Monastery.

Some say that there is no differentiation between the so-called internal and external systems of the Chinese martial arts, while other well-known teachers have expressed differing opinions. For example, the Taijiquan teacher Wu Jianquan:

Those who practice Shaolinquan leap about with strength and force; people not proficient at this kind of training soon lose their breath and are exhausted. Taijiquan is unlike this. Strive for quiescence of body, mind and intention.

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