Lee guiding Olympic opener


BEIJING -- Taiwan-born director Ang Lee has been officially appointed as an art and culture consultant for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, organizers said.

The 51-year-old Oscar winner will advise a creative team headed by Chinese film director Zhang Yimou and boasting American Steven Spielberg, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) said on its website.

Lee was one of several consultants appointed to assist in preparing the ceremonies, including International Olympic Committee (IOC) member He Zhenliang and Wu Zuqiang, a Chinese composer.

NBC will broadcast the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics on Aug. 8, 2008.