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15 items from 2015


'Resident Evil 6' Begins Shooting Soon, First Set Photo Arrives

15 July 2015 3:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After a long delay, it looks like the eagerly-awaited Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is finally ready to get off the ground. Franchise star Milla Jovovich confirms that production prep on the 6th installment of the long-standing series will begin this week in South Africa. She doesn't give an exact start date for shooting to take place, but expect it to be soon. The actress, who has appeared in every single Resident Evil movie, will reprise her role as Alice. And she has shared an instagram photo of her first face cast as effects work gets underway.

It was last August that Milla Jovovich and her husband and director Paul W.S. Anderson announced that Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was getting delayed. The pair were expecting their second child together, and due to the extensive stunt regime that Milla has to undertake as Alice, they thought it would be better »

- MovieWeb

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Jackie Chan Wraps Shanghai’s First Action Movie Week

18 June 2015 8:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Shanghai festival’s first Jackie Chan Action Movie Week wrapped with a sweet, but largely unnecessary, awards show.

The prizes, apparently chosen by the Shanghai public using Qq social media, were dominated by recent Chinese actioner “Wolf Warriors.” One also went, posthumously, to Thai director and action choreographer Panna Rittikrai, who died of cancer last year.

The gala brought to a close a well-intentioned event that kicked off five days earlier with a debate involving Jeffrey Katzenberg, Rob Cohen and Chinese star Wu Jing about the action genre, and played a program of 25 local and international action films.

The ceremony, at the Oriental TV Theater in the Pudong district, was gaudy, and the prizes – heavy, metal replicas of Jackie Chan’s hand in a thumbs up gesture – were tacky. But with only a couple of showpiece, martial arts-themed skits, and only seven prizes to be handed out, the session breezed by. »

- Patrick Frater

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Have Your Say: The Battle Of The Bingbings!

17 March 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Almost every Friday, we here at TwitchFilm run our weekly celebrity screenshot quiz, and last week the celebrity was Chinese actress Li Bingbing. Interestingly, on Facebook, Twitter and in comments beneath the article itself, comparisons were drawn with Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (who we featured in her own quiz last year). Both actresses are talented, beautiful and from China, but as Bingbing is their first name rather than their family name, they're not related. Yet people keep setting the Bingbings aside as a sort-of sub-category. You might just as well compare them with the likes of Zhou Xun, or Shu Qi, or Zhao Wei, or... well, you get my drift. Still, compared they are, every day, and with different results. Some people favor Fan Bingbing,...

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The Many Faces Of Li Bingbing

13 March 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Last week saw the premiere of Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal in China. Our editor of Asian Affairs James Marsh saw it, and had plenty of good to say about it, especially concerning lead actress Li Bingbing. What an excellent excuse to have her feature in this week's quiz! Li Bingbing is successfully hopping over from country to country, popping up in many a blockbuster, be it Chinese or American. Blessed with an ethereal beauty (even at 42 years of age), it would have been easy to just take the eye-candy roles and the odd modeling job, but the lady is also a damn good actress, with the awards to prove it. Therefore, once again I'm going to use a gallery of...

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Naomi Watts, Kate Beckinsale and more tapped for Expendabelles

23 February 2015 9:19 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rumours are circulating from The Tracking Board that the cast for Expendabelles, the all-female spin-off from Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables franchise, may be taking shape.

Word from the site is that Naomi Watts (21 Grams) is attached to star in the film, with Brit Kate Beckinsale (Underworld) also rumoured to be taking on the lead role of the female-spy group.

In addition, Marcia Gay Harden (Fifty Shades of Grey), Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Mila Kunis (Jupiter Ascending) have all also been made offers to appear in the film, but as of now no official confirmation on any of the leading ladies has been announced.

The spin-off will follow reportedly “follow group of female spies who are tasked with rescuing a weapons engineer, taken hostage by a decadent, womanizing Indonesian Sultan.”

If Watts sign on, she will reportedly play Nancy, a guns and munitions specialist who lives a cookie-cutter soccer-mom life in La, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Peter Pau’s ‘Snow Girl’ Gets 3D Chinese New Year Release in North America (Exclusive)

17 February 2015 5:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal,” one of the biggest films this year from China will get a 3D release in North American theaters later this month.

Rights in the U.S. and Canada were acquired by WellGo USA, which plans an outing in North American cinemas from Feb 27. The sale was handled by Arclight Films.

The film is a fantasy that explores the legend of Zhong Kui, a fabled Chinese warrior with mysterious powers, who is forced to conquer the realms of Heaven and Hell to save his people and the woman he loves.

Produced on a budget of some $30 million, it is co-directed by “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”’s Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau, and Zhao Tianyu. It stars Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age Of Extinction”), Kun Chen (“Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate”), and Winston Chao (“Eat Drink Man Woman”).

“3D films are extremely popular in China. Showing international films »

- Patrick Frater

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Berlin: Arclight Falls For Peter Pau’s 3D ‘Snow Girl’

5 February 2015 9:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arclight Films has picked up international sales to “Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal,” a 3D fantasy that is one of the most ambitious Chinese movies of all time.

The picture is co-directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau and Zhao Tianyu, and is a Desen International Media production backed by Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and Wanda Media.

Made on a budget of $32.5 million (RMB200 million), it stars Chen Kun (“The Painted Skin,” “Bends”) and Li Bingbing (“Transformers 4”) in a story of a young man endowed with mysterious powers who is forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in order to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.

The picture has one of the best releasing slots of the years and is set for mainland China release on Feb. 19, the first day of the all-important Chinese New Year holiday.

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- Patrick Frater

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Arclight takes Chinese 3D fantasy Zhong Kui

5 February 2015 1:07 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

China-us-Australia co-production set for major Chinese New Year release.

Arclight Films has picked up worldwide rights to Chinese 3D fantasy adventure Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal, co-directed by Peter Pau and Zhao Tianyu.

The $30m China-us-Australia co-production is one of the major releases in China over the upcoming Chinese New Year (February 19).

Arclight has worldwide rights excluding China, Hk/Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Aus/Nz.

The film stars Chen Kun (Bends, Young Detective Dee) as the legendary Chinese anti-hero, Zhong Kui, who is forced into battle in the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell to protect the people of his country and the woman he loves. Li Bing Bing also stars.

Produced by Ann An of China’s Desen International Media, the film was co-financed by Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, while China’s Wanda Media recently joined as a partner on financing, distribution and marketing »

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Arclight takes Chinese 3D fantasy adventure Zhong Kui

5 February 2015 1:07 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

China-us-Australia co-production set for major Chinese New Year release.

Arclight Films has picked up worldwide rights to Chinese 3D fantasy adventure Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal, co-directed by Peter Pau and Zhao Tianyu.

The $30m China-us-Australia co-production is one of the major releases in China over the upcoming Chinese New Year (February 19).

Arclight has worldwide rights excluding China, Hk/Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Aus/Nz.

The film stars Chen Kun (Bends, Young Detective Dee) as the legendary Chinese anti-hero, Zhong Kui, who is forced into battle in the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell to protect the people of his country and the woman he loves. Li Bing Bing also stars.

Produced by Ann An of China’s Desen International Media, the film was co-financed by Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, while China’s Wanda Media recently joined as a partner on financing, distribution and marketing »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Teaser For Peter Pau's Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal Is A Weta Wonderland

3 February 2015 11:07 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Peter Pau, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is at the helm of epic Chinese fantasy Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and The Dark Crystal. Sharing directorial duties with Zhao Tianyu, this is the story of legendary demon queller Zhong Kui - portrayed here by Chen Kun - who must do battle with magical forces from the heavens and the underworld in his efforts to save his people and the woman he loves, played by Li Bingbing.While this is easily something that could go either way, many of these epic Chinese-language fantasies succeed or fail on the strength of their special effects, and in this case things look encouraging. Pau and Zhao have employed New Zealand powerhouse Weta Workshop to create the fantastical...

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Confirmed To Shoot in August

23 January 2015 12:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Resident Evil franchise has certainly received it fair share of negativity from a critical perspective, however casual moviegoers seem to have quite a fascination with Paul W.S. Anderson’s weird and wonderful post-apocalyptic world. Despite the fact that Milla Jovovich and her leather-clad exploits have failed to make a positive impact with critics, the series has made almost a billion dollars at the worldwide box office with only five films.

This is an extremely large commercial intake considering that Screen Gems have hardly dedicated the largest budget to their game-based horror franchise. I for one, have always been a huge fan and supporter of the films, as I strongly believe that they represent a thoroughly entertaining brand of B-Movie cinema, that is predominantly forgotten in todays market. Now, five months after announcing a delayed release date for the sixth film (thanks to her unexpected pregnancy), Jovovich has now confirmed »

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Final "Resident Evil" To Film In August

22 January 2015 3:03 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Resident Evil" star Milla Jovovich revealed last summer that the upcoming sixth and final film in that series, "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," would delay production due to her falling pregnant with her second child with husband/director Paul W.S. Anderson.

This week, the actress has done a post on Facebook indicating that the film's new schedule is in place and shooting will begin this August:

"I'm really proud of myself for not gaining the same amount of weight that I did with our first child (75 lbs.) because I have to be ready to start filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in August of this year and I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously (get ready wardrobe department for Alice's new 'easy mama access' costume;)) so I don't want to be on any extreme diets to get ready to go back to 'action hero' mode!"

The film was in pre-production in Cape Town, »

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'Resident Evil 6' Begins Shooting in August

21 January 2015 9:53 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in August, Resident Evil franchise star Milla Jovovich revealed that production had been delayed on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, because she and her husband/director Paul W.S. Anderson are expecting their second child. She said then that shooting wouldn't happen until the summer of 2015. Now, the actress confirms in a new Facebook post that shooting will begin this August. Here's what she had to say in her post from Tuesday.

"I'm really proud of myself for not gaining the same amount of weight that I did with our first child (75 lbs.) because I have to be ready to start filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in August of this year and I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously (get ready wardrobe department for Alice's new 'easy mama access' costume;)) so I don't want to be on any extreme diets to get ready to go back to "action hero" mode! »

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Film Feature: Global Hacking of ‘Blackhat’ is the Future of Action Movies

17 January 2015 8:19 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Blackhat” is a hacker’s auctioneer of high-tech and low-tech genre jolts, but its construction provides a thrill of its own - that of witnessing the next era of the action movie. With “Blackhat,” director Michael Mann introduces the new standards for the everlasting genre as it continues to reflect modern anxieties, giving leading roles to two entities that Hollywood has previously treated as supporting acts, hackers and the nation of China. Incredibly on-the-moment, “Blackhat” recognizes that computer whizzes are becoming the physical heroes our connected world needs, and China is the partner that Hollywood will increasingly rely on for business, especially in selling films that look like “Blackhat.”

Mann’s film is the story of a co-investigation between the United States and China. A Hong Kong nuclear power plant and Chicago’s Mercantile Trade Exchange have been attacked, nonetheless by a no-name, no-motive menace who has hacked into their systems. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Ghost in the Shell' casts Scarlett Johansson as their lead, what were they thinking?

5 January 2015 12:27 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I admit it: I love cyber-punk. Mostly of a Shadowrun flavor. But like many geeks who came of age in the early millennium, I also cut my teeth on the burgeoning American fascination with anime. “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “Akira,” "Battle Angel Alita," "Armitage III," and of course, “Ghost in the Shell.” So when rumor had it that Hollywood wanted to bring Motoko Kusanagi, the Puppet Master, and their world of New Port City to life, I was cautious. After all, this was the same town that tried to make “Akira” with Michael Fassbender and Andrew Garfield until George Takei stepped in to point out whitewashing is not okay. And we shall not talk about the "Dragonball" movie. It is stricken from the record. Turns out my caution was well founded. As of today, Scarlett Johansson is officially signed on to play the lead in the live action “Ghost in the Shell. »

- Donna Dickens

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