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Shanghai-based investment firm launches film company, invests in Us production and distribution venture.
Shanghai-based investment firm Puji Capital has launched a film company, Puji Films, which is backing Mandalay Endurance Media Ventures (Memv), a joint venture headed by Peter Guber (pictured) and Steve Richards.
Memv is described as a film production, financing and international distribution platform with a focus on producing and distributing star-driven action, thriller and comedy films for a global audience.
The company’s shareholders also include Jeff Vinik, owner of the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning; Paul Schaeffer, vice chairman and COO of Mandalay Entertainment Group; and Peter Strauss, former chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment.
Guber was formerly chairman and CEO of Columbia Pictures Entertainment; chairman of Dick Clark Productions; and owner or co-owner of sports teams including the 2017 NBA Champions and Los Angeles Dodgers.
“We are at an interesting inflection with China’s film industry – we have China becoming the most important market globally coupled »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Shanghai-based investment firm Puji Capital has launched a movie investment subsidiary, Puji Films, whose first move is to back former Columbia boss Peter Guber’s new Mandalay Endurance Media Ventures.
Memv is a joint enterprise between Mandalay Entertainment, Endurance Media and sports owner Jeff Vinik. Puji describes Memv as a production, financing, and international distribution platform with a focus on producing and distributing star-driven action, thriller, and comedy films. It is headed by Guber and Steve Richards (“The Matrix: Reloaded,” “The Book of Eli”) and backed by major shareholders including Vinik, Mandalay Entertainment COO Paul Schaeffer, and Peter Strauss, former Lionsgate chairman.
Puji Capital was previously involved as an investor in aXiomatic, an eSports venture headed by Guber and Ted Leonsis, and as a backer of Dalian Wanda’s abortive attempt to buy Dick Clark Productions. Puji Films is headed by Lily Zhao.
“We are at an interesting inflection with China’s film industry,” Zhao »
- Patrick Frater
As part of the pact, Amazon will invest more than a third of the movie’s budget, which is estimated to be in the $40 million range, according to insiders. In return, it will get streaming rights to the picture and debut it on home entertainment platforms in what is commonly referred to as the pay-tv window, the term for when movies debut on HBO and Showtime.
Warner Bros. will distribute the film in theaters worldwide. There were several other parties interested in boarding the project, but Amazon was the most aggressive. The e-retailer believes the project is a good fit for its customer base, because Tartt’s novel was a big seller on its platform. It also views the partnership on the movie as a good branding opportunity. »
- Brent Lang
Josh Brolin has come a long way from The Goonies, Thrashin' and the bad guy of the week opposite Johnny Depp in a killer episode of 21 Jump Street. And right after he's finished throwing a moon at Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers Infinity War, Brolin will step away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to mix it up with Fox's world of merry mutants in Deadpool 2. Hollywood rights issues are keeping X-Men related characters from interacting with the rest of the Marvel Universe onscreen, but that can't stop our favorite actors from crossing over as different characters.
Ryan Reynolds started teasing the cinematic debut of Cable in the post-credits scene attached to Deadpool, the years in development surprise box office smash that took meta-humor and R-Rated anti-hero action comedy violence to previously uncharted heights. Remember that Ferris Bueller inspired bathrobe riffing in that post credits scene? Plenty of audiences actually »
Adam Goldberg is coming to NBC. Variety reports the Fargo star has joined season two of Taken.A prequel to the Liam Neeson film franchise, the action drama stars Clive Standen as a younger Bryan Mills, a former Green Beret who embarks on a quest for vengeance after a major tragedy. The cast also includes Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Simu Liu, and Ali Kazami.Read More… »
Henry Thomas (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) and Kate Siegel (Hush) have become the latest additions to the cast of Netflix’s modern reimagining of the horror classic The Haunting of Hill House.
The as-yet-untitled show has received straight-to-series order from the streaming service, and is set to be directed by Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Oculus, Hush) for Paramount TV and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV. Although details are scarce at present, it is said that the series will draw from the original ghost story whilst expanding on its mythology.
- Gary Collinson
Goldberg will play Kilroy, a gray hat hacker described as a tech elitist who is eccentric and intelligent with a droll sense of humor.
Goldberg is a film and television veteran with almost 100 credits to his name, according to his IMDb page. He has appeared on shows like “Fargo” for its first season, “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” and multiple episodes of “Entourage,” “Joey,” and “Friends.” He will also appear in the upcoming season of the Epix series “Graves.” On the film side, he wrote, directed, and starred in the 2015 comedy “No Way Jose,” and played roles in films like “Saving Private Ryan,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Hebrew Hammer,” and “Dazed and Confused.” »
- Joe Otterson
The white-knuckle revenge thriller Taken: Season One arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 26 from Lionsgate. Clive Standen and Golden Globe® nominee Jennifer Beals (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Flashdance, 1984) lead an all-star cast in this thrilling prequel TV series to the blockbuster film trilogy. With a loyal viewership, the show was one of the top 10 p.m. network dramas and one of NBC’s top primetime shows. The Taken: Season One Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99 and $39.98, respectively.
Executive Producer Luc Besson (Taken film franchise, The Fifth Element, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) delivers an action-packed prequel to the international blockbuster Taken franchise. Clive Standen (Vikings) stars as Bryan Mills, a younger, hungrier version of the iconic character played by Liam Neeson in the Taken films.
Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Special Features »
- ComicMix Staff
“Annabelle: Creation” isn’t just fleshing out New Line Cinema’s self-proclaimed “Conjuring Universe,” it’s also helping to save the back half of the summer box office. The prequel to 2014’s “Annabelle” is conjuring up a $36 million domestic debut.
According to estimates, Warner Bros.’ supernatural horror will easily win its opening weekend after taking in $15 million from 3,502 locations on Friday, including Thursday night previews. Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, and Anthony Lapaglia star in the origin story behind the killer, antique doll from director David F. Sandberg.
Also in the double digits for WB, “Dunkirk” continues to steamroll its blockbuster competition in second place. Despite being in its fourth frame, Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama is expected to add just under $11 million to its total after making just over $3 million from 3,762 screens on Friday. That number is also expected to officially put »
- JD Knapp
The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature brings back the characters of the 2014 animated film The Nut Job for another round of puns and slapstick, in a sequel that is a bit better than the original. It works as a summer afternoon’s distraction for young kids but this unoriginal 3D animated movie won’t impress their parents much.
Instead of another heist plot, this time the animals are fighting to save their home from development. Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett), his wordless pal Buddy the rat, pug dog Precious (Maya Rudolph), and the other animals of Liberty Park in Oakton are living the easy life feasting on the contents of the town’s nut shop, even though red squirrel »
- Cate Marquis
NBC's Taken Season 1 dials back the clock on Bryan Mills as introduced by Liam Neeson on the big screen to explore the earlier years of his life through the eyes of actor Clive Standen. Jennifer Beals co-stars in the action series that returns for a 16-episode sophomore run this fall.
Pre-order Taken Season 1 on Blu-ray and Digital combo for a discounted price at Amazon. »
Who doesn’t love a good action movie about revenge? What Liam Neeson did in 2008 with “Taken” has allowed it to become one of the most influential Hollywood films of the last decade or so. You know the formula by now: an aging male superstar plays a former intelligence agent or operative or assassin, with a “particular set of skills,” who comes out of retirement after a close relative is murdered or kidnapped.
Continue reading Jennifer Garner Goes ‘John Wick’ With ‘Peppermint’ at The Playlist. »
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- Dan Zinski
After last weekend, the summer domestic box office was down more than 8% from last year, and 1.3% behind 2016 for the year so far. Well, it gets worse.
This time last year “Suicide Squad” overcame a critical thrashing to break August records with a $133.7 million domestic opening. One year later, several mid-budgeted offerings don’t look to make such a splash.
‘The Dark Tower’: Clashing Visions, Brutal Test Screenings Plagued Journey to Big Screen
Starting with Columbia Pictures and Mrc’s “The Dark Tower,” which is poised to take in about $20 million to $25 million during its opening frame at 3,449 locations. The studio is being slightly more conservative with $19 million. It’s the widest new release of the weekend, from a film that cost $60 million to make. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star in the adaptation from Stephen King’s series of novels. The action film, bridging multiple genres, centers on a boy (played by Tom Taylor) who »
- Seth Kelley
A reboot of classic cop drama “Miami Vice” is in the works at NBC, Variety has learned.
The project hails from the team behind the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise with Vin Diesel’s production company, One Race Television, teaming up with Chris Morgan Productions, which headed by Chris Morgan. Morgan has written six of the “Fast & Furious” films to date. However, no executive producers have been locked in yet, as deals are still being hammered out.
Peter Macmanus will write the script, based on the original series. While executive producers haven’t been set, it’s more than likely Macmanus, Morgan, and Diesel will all serve as EPs, along with more staffers from One Race TV.
- Joe Otterson
Vulture WatchIs Bryan Mills still on the case? Has the Taken TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on NBC? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Taken season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the NBC television network, Taken stars Clive Standen, Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert, and Jose Pablo Cantillo. A prequel set thirty years prior to the Liam Neeson feature film trilogy, the Taken TV show follows the young, hungry, former Green Beret, Bryan Mills (Standen). After a personal tragedy upends his life, he embarks on a quest for vengeance. While working as a CIA operative, Mills hones »
The documentary is dedicated to Roger Moore, which died in May. The film will serve as a promotional vehicle for the song “U N I,” composed and produced by Geoffrey for Unicef to raise funds for the charity. Roger Moore was a Goodwill Ambassador for Unicef for nearly 30 years.
“I promised him before he died that we would complete this movie,” Moore told Variety.
The song highlights the unnecessary suffering of children around the world and emphasizes how charitable actions can stop it from happening.
“My father had a great sense of humor so the documentary is very sardonic,” Moore noted. “We both believed that humor is a great way to make a serious point. He was very dedicated to Unicef and the notion of using his good fortune for good »
- Dave McNary
Plot details are being kept under wraps.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay wrote the most recent script draft. John Davis and John Fox will produce via Davis Entertainment, Beau Flynn will produce via his FlynnPictureCo. banner, and Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia are producing through Seven Bucks Productions.
Johnson is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, having just finished New Line’s action pic “Rampage” and getting ready to start production on the Legendary film “Skyscraper.” “Jungle Cruise” is currently slated to go into production next April.
- Justin Kroll
TV Line is reporting that The Flash star Jessica Camacho has signed on to the cast of NBC’s Taken for its upcoming second season. She is set to play a character called Santana, described as “a scary-smart, rule-breaking former Army captain who possesses an acerbic wit and calculated bravado. Her forte is logistics.”
Taken is being revamped for its second season under new showrunner Greg Plageman, with season one series regulars Gaius Charles (John), Brooklyn Sudano (Asha), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Vlasik), Michael Irby (Scott), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Dave) and James Landry Hébert (Rem) all exiting the show and only Clive Standen (Bryan Mills) and Jennifer Beals (Christina Hart) returning.
The small screen adaptation of the hit Liam Neeson action franchise is set to return to NBC in midseason, with season two running for sixteen episodes. »
- Gary Collinson
Aronofsky, Clooney and del Toro are heading to the Lido; Alberto Barbera reveals the ones that got away.
Ahead of the world’s oldest festival, the buzz is palpable once again.
However, the flavour to this year’s Venice line-up is noticeably different from recent editions with an emphasis on internationalism, discoveries and innovation over large canvas studio fare.
If last year’s Venice lineup was a veritable treasure trove of big name Us and international filmmakers, this year’s lineup has a slightly more tempered feel to it, which nonetheless remains full of intrigue.
In the last four years Venice has kickstarted major Oscar runs for four Us movies [Gravity, Birdman, Spotlight and La La Land], however last year, for the first time in three years, it missed out on hosting the best picture winner [Moonlight, which went to Telluride].
Buzzed-about early awards contenders in this year’s 21-strong competition include Alexander Payne’s social satire Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, Guillermo del Toro’s other-worldly »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
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