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7 items from 2016

Sylvester Stallone denies involvement with female Expendables movie The ExpendaBelles

14 July 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Way back in 2013, it was reported that a female Expendables spinoff – titled The ExpendaBelles – was in development, with Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) signing on to direct and Sylvester Stallone and Avi Lerner said to be producing.

Well, it seems that Stallone wants it made clear that he’s not involved , with one of his reps telling that: “Sylvester Stallone has no involvement whatsoever in the Expendabelles project. Any and all reports that he plans to proceed with an all-female cast of the Expendables franchise are completely false and should be disregarded altogether.”

Original reports has suggested that The ExpendaBelles would film last year, while a host of actresses were said to be in contention, including the likes of Meryl Streep (Into the Woods), Cameron Diaz (Knight and Day) and Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), Naomi Watts (21 Grams), Marcia Gay Harden (Fifty Shades of Grey), Li Bingbing »

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron Want You to Eat Less Meat

23 June 2016 8:47 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Want to help the environment? Eat less meat and reduce your heat. That's the message being sent home in a new video released by Arnold Schwarzenegger and his longtime friend and collaborator James Cameron. Together, they have created such iconic classics as The Terminator and True Lies. Now, they are joining forces for something far more important than surviving the summer heat in an air conditioned movie theater. They are attempting to help save the world in a unique way. And it is all part of WildAid's '5 To Do Today' climate action campaign.

The Chinese Nutrition Society and WildAid have teamed up to help reduce meat consumption in China, which is expected to rise by an astounding 50% by the year 2030. And this can only be curbed if people begin acting now. The campaign now has the support of Hollywood icons and climate activist, including Mr. Cameron and Mr. Schwarzenegger, »

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Bai Baihe Charms Auds as China’s Sweetheart

11 May 2016 9:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It will come as a relief to her fans — and there are tens of millions of them — to know that Bai Baihe is gearing up to take one of the (human) lead roles in “Monster Hunt 2,” a sequel to the hybrid live action-animation film that last year grossed an unheard-of $380 million at the Chinese box office.

Related Content ‘Monster Hunt’ Takes Record as Biggest Film in China

What Chinese and other Asian audiences appear to find so  attractive in Bai is how easy it is to relate to her. She is the polar opposite of China’s leading ladies: regal Fan Bingbing; untouchable Li Bingbing; or fantasy figure Crystal Liu. Rather, Bai is the pretty girl next door with decent acting chops and good comic timing. (Her acting skills were honed at the Beijing Academy as well as through those years of TV.)

Even Bai’s trajectory has a wholesome appeal, »

- Patrick Frater

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'A Few Less Men' rolls into Berlin

13 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Mark Lamprell’s sequel to A Few Best Men is being introduced at Efm.

Arclight Films is showing first footage to Berlin buyers on A Few Less Men, the comedy sequel to its hit A Few Best Men [pictured].

Executive producer Gary Hamilton and his team have already struck deals in Australia and New Zealand (StudioCanal), Italy (Lucky Red), pan-Eastern Europe (Modus Vivendi), pan-Middle East (Italia Films), Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia (Eastwood Holdings), and Vietnam (Galaxy).

Producers Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers, Share Stallings, and Gorean Films Limited produce the story based on a screenplay by Dean Craig about two friends who must transport their friend’s coffin to London after they are stranded in the Australian bush.

Mark Lamprell directed A Few Less Men and Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, and Kevin Bishop reprise their roles.

Arclight Films’ Efm sales slate includes psychedelic thriller Happy Birthday featuring an appearance by Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler, and 3-D horror »

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Filming wraps on the largest ever Chinese-Australian co-pro starring Li Bingbing

11 February 2016 7:05 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Li Bingbing stars in Nest.


Filming has wrapped on the largest ever Chinese-Australian co-production at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.

The 3-D Movie, Nest, stars Chinese megastar Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga, Expendables 3), Kelsey Grammer (Transformers), Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Chinese popstar and actor Wu Chun and Shane Jacobson (The Dressmaker, Oddball, Kenny).

Li Bingbing.s most recent film, Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, on which Arclight Films holds the worldwide sales rights, earned $80 million in China last year.

She is best known internatiionally for her work in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Resident Evil: Retribution and Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame.

Nest is the largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date, with investment funding from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, and features an award-winning team both in front of and behind the camera..

Visual FX will be created by Cutting Edge and the world renowned, »

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Stef Dawson, Wu Zun, Shane Jacobson join 'Nest'

11 February 2016 2:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Chinese-Australian co-pro is currently shooting in Australia.

Stef Dawson, Chinese pop star Wu Zun and Australia’s Shane Jacobson have joined the cast of 3D Chinese-Australian co-production Nest, which is currently shooting at Village Roadshow Studios in Australia.

Directed by Kimble Rendall (Bait 3D), the film also stars Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz and Kelsey Grammer. The story revolves around a team of scientists battling a swarm of man-eating funnel web spiders to discover the secret behind their power and intelligence.

Billed as the largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date, the film has backing from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland and Beijing-based Loongs United Investment Company.

Visual effects on the film are being handled by Cutting Edge and Rising Sun Pictures (X-Men: Days Of Future Past). Arclight Films’ Darclight label is handling worldwide sales. »

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Berlin: Stef Dawson, Wu Zhun, Shane Jacobson Join ‘Nest’ Cast

10 February 2016 6:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stef Dawson (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” 1 and 2), Chinese pop star Wu Zhun and Australia’s Shane Jacobson (“The Dressmaker”) have joined the cast of “Nest.”

The big-budget, English-language horror thriller is a Chinese-Australian co-venture that is shooting at the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Film is being directed by Kimble Rendall, who previously shot “Bait 3D,” an action thriller that similarly had Chinese and Australian funding and was a 2013 hit in China.

Nest,” which sees a group of scientists uncover a swarm of deadly funnel web spiders, already stars Chinese superstar Li Bingbing (“Resident Evil”,) Kellan Lutz (“The Twilight Saga”) and Kelsey Grammer (TV’s “Frasier” and “Transformers”.)

International sales on the picture are spearheaded by Darclight, the genre label of Arclight Films.


- Patrick Frater

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