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China Abuzz Over Local Talent Invited to Join Academy

China Abuzz Over Local Talent Invited to Join Academy
Chinese media were abuzz Thursday over the record number of Chinese filmmakers and actors who have been invited to become new members of the Academy, with some commentators saying that it could boost the country’s chances of winning an Oscar.

But others said that the Academy’s decision to include more Chinese and Asian faces was an effort to boost diversity rather than a bow by Hollywood to China, and that the new Chinese additions would have a negligible impact on Chinese films’ Oscar prospects.

Fourteen industry heavyweights from mainland China and Hong Kong are among the 774 new invited members. The news made headlines throughout Greater China.

“China raves over record number of Chinese filmmakers to join the Academy,” one headline declared.

The 10 invitees from Hong Kong are actresses Maggie Cheung (“In the Mood for Love”) and Carina Lau (“Days of Being Wild”); actors Tony Leung (“In the Mood for Love”) and Donnie Yen (“Ip Man
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Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues its quest to diversify its largely white male membership ranks and Wednesday’s announcement of its annual invitation list numbered a record 774.

Among them are “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins and “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. (They can both choose between the writer and director branches.) Writer-actress-producer Brit Marling (Netflix’s “The Oa”) also landed an invite from the writers branch, along with British actor Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead”).

Indian stars invited include Aimir Kahn, Irrfan Kahn, Salman Kahn, Amitab Bachchan and his daughter in law, Aishwarya Rai. Other international stars receiving the nod include Monica Bellucci, Maggie Cheung, Gal Gadot, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Naomie Harris, and Rinko Kikuchi.

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American adds include Leslie Jones, Kristen Stewart, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Colman Domingo, Viggo Mortensen, Mike Mills, Shari Redstone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joss Whedon,
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Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues its quest to diversify its largely white male membership ranks and Wednesday’s announcement of its annual invitation list numbered a record 774.

Among them are “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins and “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. (They can both choose between the writer and director branches.) Writer-actress-producer Brit Marling (Netflix’s “The Oa”) also landed an invite from the writers branch, along with British actor Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead”).

Indian stars invited include Aimir Khan, Irrfan Khan, Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and his daughter in law, Aishwarya Rai. Other international stars receiving the nod include Monica Bellucci, Maggie Cheung, Gal Gadot, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Naomie Harris, and Rinko Kikuchi.

Read More: Netflix’s Next Big Move? Hacking the Oscars

American adds include Leslie Jones, Kristen Stewart, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Colman Domingo, Viggo Mortensen, Mike Mills, Shari Redstone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joss Whedon,
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Im Global to handle sales on 'Youth', 'Detective Dee 3'

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Us company will launch sales on Huayi Brothers titles at Cannes.

Im Global has revealed that it will handle international sales for Huayi Brothers titles Youth, directed by Feng Xiaogang [pictured], and Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings, directed by Tsui Hark.

Scripted by Yan Geling (The Flowers Of War), Youth is a coming-of-age story about a group of adolescents in a Chinese army cultural troupe in the 1970s. The cast is headed by Huang Xuan, Miao Miao and Zhong Chuxi.

The third installment in Huayi Brothers’ blockbuster Detective Dee series, Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings is produced by Chen Kuo-Fu and Nansun Shi and stars Mark Zhao, Feng Shaofeng, Lin Gengxin and Carina Lau.

Currently in production, the film follows Detective Dee as he battles a surreal crime wave at the same time as defending himself against accusations of wrongdoing from his most formidable opponent, Empress Wu.

Im Global, which has an
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Cannes: Im Global Picks Up Chinese Crowd-Pleasers ‘Youth,’ ‘Detective Dee’

Cannes: Im Global Picks Up Chinese Crowd-Pleasers ‘Youth,’ ‘Detective Dee’
Im Global has picked up international sales rights to upcoming Chinese film “Youth” by Feng Xiaogang and “Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings” from leading studio Huayi Brothers. Feng is China’s most consistently commercial director, while the Tsui Hark-directed “Detective Dee” is one of China’s biggest movie franchises.

Now in post-production, “Youth” chronicles the lives of a group of idealistic adolescents who take part in an army art troupe and learn about love and the growing pains of entering adulthood. The screenplay was written by Yan Geling, who previously penned “The Flowers of War” and the Chinese adaptation of “Dangerous Liaisons.” “Youth” stars Huang Xuan, Miao Miao, and Zhong Chuxi.

The third film in the “Detective Dee” series, “Four Heavenly Kings” sees Dee defend himself against the accusations of Empress Wu while investigating a crime wave. The film, now in pre-production, will see the return of Mark
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Filmart: One Cool launches sales arm with $45m sci-fi

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Filmart: One Cool launches sales arm with $45m sci-fi
Exclusive: Company reveals four titles on debut sales slate.

Hong Kong’s One Cool Group has launched an international sales arm, One Cool Pictures, which is arriving at Filmart with a slate headed by $45m sci-fi action title Warriors Of The Future, starring Louis Koo and Sean Lau.

Produced by One Cool Film Production, the film is set in the future when the earth’s atmosphere has been destroyed and a mysterious vine appears to be the only hope for salvation.

The film, which started shooting in February, is directed by visual-effects veteran Ng Yuen-fai (Bodyguards And Assassins), who runs One Cool’s VFX company FatFace Production.

One Cool is also launching sales on $22m action title Taste Of Crime, which marks Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung’s third film as director following Ghost Rituals and Keeper Of Darkness. Starring Cheung, Xu Jinglei and Yu Nan, the film tells the story of an undercover cop who unveils
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Filmart: How 'Days of Being Wild' Gave Birth to the Wong Kar Wai We Know

Filmart: How 'Days of Being Wild' Gave Birth to the Wong Kar Wai We Know
Purely from a business perspective, Wong Kar Wai’s Days of Being Wild wasn’t quite the hit people expected it would be when it was released in Hong Kong in December 1990.

With some of the hottest Cantopop stars and actors — including the late Leslie Cheung in the lead alongside Carina Lau, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau and, in that famously enigmatic final scene, Tony Leung — in the cast, the expectation was that the film would be huge. But perhaps the people crunching the numbers hadn’t quite expected a feature so liberated from the constraints of traditional storytelling, a collage...
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Huayi Brothers to produce unfilmed Akira Kurosawa script

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Huayi Brothers to produce unfilmed Akira Kurosawa script
Japanese director wrote The Masque Of The Black Death before his death in 1998.

China’s Huayi Brothers Media has unveiled an ambitious slate of new projects, including The Masque Of The Black Death, based on an unfilmed script written by Japan’s most influential filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa.

Kurosawa started writing the script in 1975 after directing Dersu Uzala as an adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe short story, The Masque Of The Red Death. He completed the script before his death in 1998, but it never went into production.

The Poe short story follows a prince and his noblemen attempting to hide from a deadly epidemic behind the walls of a castle. The courtiers hold an elaborate masquerade, as a distraction from the devastation outside, but the Red Death itself turns up as a guest.

Huayi Brothers is collaborating on the project with Chen Kuo-fu’s Ckf Pictures. Speaking a press conference in Beijing, Chen and Huayi
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Film Review: ‘From Vegas to Macau III’

Featuring a table-tennis game and a low-tech robot smash-up as its highlights, Wong Jing and Andrew Lau’s “From Vegas to Macau III” is a gambling caper with model “Chinese Socialist characteristics,” meaning there’s hardly any gambling or any other naughty fun at all. Single-handedly killing a once internationally beloved, one-of-a-kind Hong Kong genre that Wong himself invented, the filmmakers have so mangled their material to suit mainland criteria that they’re left with a string of moronic gags barely held together by cheapskate production values. That “III” snagged the biggest household names in Hong Kong cinema only testifies to the irresistible lure of Chinese coin. If the second film’s boffo B.O. was an indication that bad taste rules, this third movie’s guaranteed success will prove there’s no bottom in such a market.

When the original “From Vegas to Macau” (2014) debuted with its burst of kickass chopsocky,
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5 Highly Recommended Wong Kar-wai Films, to celebrate the honoring of Jet Tone Films

Wong Kar-wai at the Berlin Film Festival 2013/Cc-Attribution 3.0 Unported

Wong Kar-wai’s Jet Tone Films Ltd. will be honored at the upcoming Hong Kong Film Festival on March 21 to April 4, 2016 and some of the production company’s well-known movies will be screened during the course of the festival in spring.

Although a definitive list is yet to be released, you can look forward to some of these movies on the Hkiff screening.

Days of Being Wild

This 1990 drama stars Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and Jackie Cheung. Leslie Cheung plays Yuddy, a consummate playboy who breaks the heart of Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) and Mimi (Carina Lau). The film casts light into the characters’ psychological drama, but has been labelled as frustrating by many audiences because it does not present a clear plot. This project started Wong Kar-wai’s collaboration with premier cinematographer Christopher Doyle
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Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See From Vegas To MacAu 3 In Cinemas!

Hong Kong director Wong Jing has teamed up with Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau and Charles Heung from the original God Of Gamblers movies for the latest film in his popular From Vegas To Macau franchise. Jacky Cheung, Nick Cheung and Carina Lau are also part of the all-star cast.Thanks to Australian distributor Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film to give away to our readers. For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]twitchfilm.netFrom Vegas To Macau 3 will open in Australian cinemas on February 5, and this competition will close at 3pm on February 4. -- Good...

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Chow Yun-Fat Returns in ‘From Vegas to Macau III’

Everything is set for the return of an all-star cast with the release of the third installment of the action-comedy film ‘From Vegas to Macau III’ next week. Fans will once again see Chow Yun-fat, Nick Cheung, Carina Lau, and other Hong Kong superstars reunited on the big screen with the return of the hit movie.

‘From Vegas to Macau’ will not only reunite the brightest stars from Hong Kong, but also long-time film collaborators Andrew Lau and Wong Jing who have acted either as producers, directors, or writers for the three movie installments. Nick Cheung and Carina Lau will also reprise their roles as Mark and Molly respectively.

South Korean popstar Psy is set to make a special cameo as seen from the film’s teaser trailer via Youtube. His wacky and surprising appearance on the film will surely delight many film and music fans.

Andy Lau will make an appearance as Michael Chan,
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Best Looks of the Week: Nina Dobrev's Red Floral Dress, Jessica Chastain's Statement Emerald Earrings & More!

Best Looks of the Week: Nina Dobrev's Red Floral Dress, Jessica Chastain's Statement Emerald Earrings & More!
The 2015 Emmys and New York Fashion Week are behind us (don't worry, the runways are still rolling in Milan and, soon, Paris), but that doesn't mean there are any less lovely dresses for us to ogle on the streets and red carpet. Take Selena Gomez, who launched an epic London style parade in a textured sequin dress from Preen (she wore the frock with a very English complement of black tights and platform heels). And that wasn't the only look we liked from her whirlwind trip across the pond (no really, she wore four in one day). Not to be outdone, actress Carina Lau wowed us in a slim-fitting lace Ralph & Russo confection at the Bulgari High Jewellery Dinner in Beijing, China on Sept....
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Film Review: ‘From Vegas to Macau II’

Film Review: ‘From Vegas to Macau II’
Milking his cash cow until its udders shrivel, Hong Kong king of kitsch Wong Jing delivers a hatchet job with “From Vegas to Macau II,” a casino caper that fails to re-create the dynamic action and zany fun of the original hit. Putting its cardsharp hero through various escapades in Thailand that prove largely irrelevant to his mission to topple a gambling syndicate, the film shortchanges its starry cast with its shambolic plot and imbecilic gags. Still, leads Chow Yun-fat, Nick Cheung and Carina Lau give their charming best, helping the pic become China’s current B.O. champ — a winning streak that probably won’t extend beyond Asia.

When Wong pioneered the “God of Gamblers” trilogy in the ’90s, the films’ garrulous energy and wish-fulfillment elements suited the convivial mood of Lunar New Year, making it a regular launchpad for festive releases. With mainland high-rollers thronging Macau’s casinos,
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Trailer: Chow Yun Fat Raises The Stakes In From Vegas To MacAu II

Chow Yun Fat is back in more gambling action this Chinese New Year in Wong Jing's From Vegas To Macau II. Last year's first installment was my personal favourite of Hong Kong's holiday offerings. This time out the action is transplanted to Thailand, with Nick Cheung, Shawn Yue and Carina Lau stepping into Nic Tse and Chapman To's shoes.Produced by Andrew Lau and presented by Media Asia, Shaw Brothers and Bona Film Group, the sequel appears to have upped the ante, while maintaining the same combination of action, humour and gambling escapades that made the first film so winningly nostalgic. We now have a host of stills to share with you, together with an official synopsis, the film's poster and the trailer, all of which...

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China’s Bona Film Sees Profits Up By 69%

China’s Bona Film Sees Profits Up By 69%
Hong Kong — Bona Film Group achieved profits some 10% above guidance in the second quarter of the year as it was boosted by the strong theatrical performances of “Overheard 3″ and “To Love Somebody.”

For the April to June 2014 period revenues hit Us$44.9 million, an increase of 59%. Non-gaap net income was Us$3.4 million, compared with non-gaap net income of Us$2.0 million in the second quarter of 2013.

The revenue growth markedly outstripped the 25% expansion of China’s gross box office in the first half of the year.

With strong revenues to come from hits “The Continent” and “The White Haired Witch” released in July the company forecasts net income for the third quarter of 2014 in the range of Us$7.5 million to Us$8.0 million.

In a discussion with financial analysts, Bona’s chairman and CEO Yu Dong said that the company is on course to enjoy gross revenues of RMB3 billion, giving it roughly 10% market share.
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‘The Grandmaster’ Grandly Masters Asian Film Awards

‘The Grandmaster’ Grandly Masters Asian Film Awards
Martial arts fantasy “The Grandmaster” dominated proceedings at the Asian Film Awards on Thursday.

The picture, which has also been the most commercially successful outing for director Wong Kar-wai, claimed seven wins at the AFAs. They included best picture, best director for Wong and best actress for Zhang Ziyi.

The stylish re-imagining of the martial arts genre predictably also did well in the technical categories as well. William Chang Suk-ping, who had been nominated in three categories, was awarded best costume (with Alfred Yau) and best production design awards. (Chang lost the best editor prize to South Korea’s Shin Min-kyung for “Cold Eyes.”) The film’s French DoP Philippe Le Sourd won for cinematography, while the French-Japanese pairing of Nathaniel Mechaly and Umebayashi Shigeru were named as best composers.

The only other film to win multiple prizes on the night was India’s “The Lunchbox.” It earned best
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Emperor gets Two Thumbs Up

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Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp) is launching sales on Soi Cheang-produced comedy drama Two Thumbs Up at Filmart

Currently in post-production, the film tells the story of a band of aspiring gangsters who impersonate policemen in order to commit a robbery, but end up working with the police to catch a gang of more dangerous criminals.

The film’s ensemble cast includes Francis Ng, Simon Yam, Leo Ku, Patrick Tam, Mark Cheng and Christie Chen.

It marks the directorial debut of scriptwriter Lau Ho Leung, whose credits include Emp’s The Great Magician and Triple Tap. He was also a co-writer on Painted Skin and Emp’s upcoming Kung-fu Jungle, starring Donnie Yen.

Soi Cheang recently directed Chinese New Year smash hit The Monkey King.

Emp has also added two romantic dramas – Chen Sicheng’s Beijing Love Story and Snow Zou’s With Or Without – to its Filmart slate.

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Donnie Yen, Carina Lau To Receive Asian Honors

Donnie Yen, Carina Lau To Receive Asian Honors
Hong Kong — The Asian Film Awards will hand out additional honors to some of the region’s leading acting talent at a new ceremony before next week’s FilMart convention.

Taking place on Sunday (March 23) the MOËT-afa Special Awards Ceremony will pay tribute to Hong Kong stars Donnie Yen and Carina Lau.

Further awards will be given to young Korean star Kim Nam-gil (“No Regret,” “Public Enemy Returns”) and Japan’s Chiaki Kuriyama (“Kill Bill,” “Battle Royale”.)

The awards are given by the recently established Asian Film Awards Academy, which has taken over the running of the AFAs, now in their 8th edition. The academy is backed by a trio of Asian film festivals: Busan, Hong Kong (Hkiff) and Tokyo.

The main awards ceremony will this year relocate from its former home in Hong Kong to a new base in Macau, and be held on Thursday (March 27) next week.
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Asian Film Awards honour Yen, Lau

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Asian Film Awards honour Yen, Lau
The Asian Film Awards (AFAs) will present Donnie Yen with the Outstanding Asian Actor award and Carina Lau with the Outstanding Asian Actress award at a ceremony held on the eve of Filmart.

The two actors will receive the awards in person at a ceremony co-hosted by the AFAs and Moet & Chandon on March 23.

The AFAs will also present Rising Star of Asia awards to Japanese actress Chiaki Kuriyama and Korean actor Kim Nam Gil.

The awards are being organised for the first time this year by the Asian Film Awards Academy (Afaa) and its partners the Busan International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and Tokyo International Film Festival. The main ceremony will be held on March 27 in Macau.
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