THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR
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 is often 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
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
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 Kongborn
action hero for new generations, and made stars of both Jason Scott Lee and Lauren
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 AwardÂ® for Best Visual
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 "blaxploitationâ€ť 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 19
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