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We learned back in September that Li Bingbing, one of China’s hottest actresses, will star in upcoming creature feature Nest, a 3D affair that will be the largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date. On tap today is the latest casting news,… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
Adapted from Scottish playwright David Harrower's Olivier Award-winning play, the movie centers on an illicit and damaged love affair and its devastating consequences. The film is currently in post and doesn't have a release date. [Source: Screen]
Producer Amy Pascal has acquired Michael Diliberti's pitch "Athena" which follows a troubled young woman who is recruited by a covert agency and learns she is the descendant of the fabled goddess of wisdom and war. Rachel O'Connor and Bryan Haas would also produce. [Source: Deadline]
Kellan Lutz and Kelsey Grammer are set to join Li Bingbing in the 3D killer spider sci-fi action thriller "Nest". Kimble Rendall ("Bait 3D") directs the Chinese-Australian co-production which is now in pre-production in Australia.
The story follows a »
- Garth Franklin
That.s his second Australian gig: last month he starred in Shane Abbess. futuristic sci-fi thriller SFv1 as a drifter who teams up with military contractor Kane (Daniel MacPherson), to rescue Kane.s daughter (Teagan Croft) amid an impending global crisis.
Lutz and Kelsey Grammer (Cheers, Frasier) join the previously announced Li Bingbing in the Chinese/Australian co-production which centres on a group of scientists who discover a well-preserved mummified Emperor from 200 BC China. The plot follows the scientists as they encounter a swarm of man-eating funnel web spiders in an ancient labyrinth and strive to discover the secret behind the insects. power and intelligence.
Kellan plays Ridley, an international first responder and guide on their mission, »
- Don Groves
Kellan Lutz and Kelsey Grammer are joining Li Bingbing in the 3D creature feature Nest, in which they battle giant killer spiders in an ancient labyrinth. The project from Arclight Films genre label Darclight has begun pre-production in Australia. Lutz’s resume includes The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1 & 2 and Expendables 3. Grammer’s work, in addition to his iconic roles on TV’s Boss, Frasier and Cheers, includes features Transformers: Age Of Extinction and The Expendab… »
The film has enjoyed pre-sales success for Darclight, the genre arm of Sydney- and Los-Angeles-based Arclight Films, which is pitching it at the American Film Market.
Distributors which have bought the picture include Square One (for Germany), Italia (Middle East), Aqua Pinema (Turkey), Viswaas (India), Pioneer (Philippines), Galaxy (Vietnam), Colorful Garden (Myanmar), Cinemaxx (Indonesia) and Sahamongkol (Thailand, Cambodia and Laos).
“Kellan Lutz and Kelsey Grammer bolster not only the cast in a brilliant way, but the overall power and commercial value of the film as well,” said Clay Epstein, Svp Sales and Acquisitions for Arclight Films.
“Nest” is the largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date, »
- Patrick Frater
Stan Lee’s Pow! Media is teaming with Taipei-based Hualien Media and Mission Control Entertainment on development of “Arch Alien” as an action franchise.
The project was unveiled in advance of Lee’s annual Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles. Principal photography is set to start on March 7 with shooting taking place in the U.S. and China.
The story and characters were written by Lee, Macdonald and Hemecker. Macdonald is known for his work on HBO’s “Rome” and Hemecker has credits on CW’s “The Flash” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.”
“Leave it »
- Dave McNary
Playbill Reviews are in for Keira Knightley's Broadway turn in Therese Raquin
Brooklyn Mag pornish art films before Gaspar Noé's Love
Pajiba Patton Oswalt ranks the Gop candidates with D&D statistics
Pajiba Quentin Tarantino vs. Cops. Ugly business.
Variety talks to superhero loving TV megaproducer Greg Berlanti (The Flash and Supergirl are big hits ... but they aren't even his first superhero shows - remember that Incredibles/Fantastic4 ripoff called No Ordinary Family?)
Empire lots of new Suicide Squad photos
Coming Soon Matthew McConaughey turns Marvel villain role down - I mean wouldn't you? Their »
- NATHANIEL R
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution, Transformers: Age of Extinction) has signed on to appear in the Chinese superhero movie Realm, which is based upon an original idea from comic book legend Stan Lee and is scripted by Alex Litvak (Predators, The Three Muskateers).
“What a kick it has been to create our first Chinese female superhero, and an empowering one at that,” said Lee. “It has been such a fun experience bringing to life an international woman character, and the ability to do so has been different from anything we’ve ever done! I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of it.”
“Stan Lee’s imagination has brought the world some of its most iconic pop-culture stories and characters. It gives us incredible pleasure and excitement to present his latest creation,” adds Mark Gao, Chairman of Fundamental Films, who will produce the film alongside Stan Lee Global Entertainment. »
- Gary Collinson
All Our Wrong Todays
Paramount Pictures and Pascal Pictures have scored the film rights to Elan Mastai's debut novel "All Our Wrong Todays". Mastai will write the script for the adaptation while Amy Pascal is attached to produce.
The story follows a man from a utopian alternate universe who, through a time travel malfunction, winds up marooned in the real (and messy) 2015. He must decide if he wants to establish a life in this new world or head back home. [Source: Heat Vision]
Untitled Disney Sled Dog Project
Disney Pictures are developing a live-action film about Togo and Leonhard Seppala, two of the key sledding figures in the 1925 Nome Serum Run (aka. The Great Race of Mercy). Tom Flynn will pen the script.
In the incident, dog sleds played a major role in transporting diphtheria serum through harsh conditions over nearly 700 miles to save the city from an epidemic. The story will »
- Garth Franklin
Comic maestro Stan Lee is prepping to unveil his first new Chinese female superhero for the big screen, as THR reports actress Li Bingbing has signed on for a movie titled Realm. Plot and logistical details about the film, its heroine, and any relation to Marvel are unavailable at the moment, but the character is based on one of Lee's original ideas. "What a kick it has been to create our first Chinese female superhero, and an empowering one at that," he said in a statement. "It has been such a fun experience bringing to life an international woman character, and the ability to do so has been different from anything we've ever done!" Realm, according to reports, will be a joint project between Stan Lee Global Entertainment and China's Fundamental Films. (Stan Lee Global Entertainment was formed in 2014 as an international entity to develop more of Lee's original »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Plot details are under wraps for “Realm,” which has a script by “Predators” writer Alex Litvak. The story is based on an original idea from Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and the X-Men.
Li Bingbing will also produce alongside Gill Champion from Stan Lee Global Entertainment and Gregory Ouanhon of Fundamental, who will oversee production on behalf of their companies. Fundamental’s Gary Glushon will also executive produce.
“What a kick it has been to create our first Chinese female superhero, and an empowering one at that,” said Lee. “It has been such a fun experience bringing to life an international woman character, and the ability to do so has been different from anything we’ve ever done! I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. »
- Dave McNary
Stan The Man is teaming up with Chinese production and distribution outfit Fundamental Films through his Stan Lee Global Entertainment imprint for Realm, a new movie set to star Li Bingbing. Plot details are under wraps for now, but the film is based on an original idea by Lee with the script to be written by Alex Litvak (Predators). Li will produce alongside Stan Lee Global Entertainment’s Gill Champion and Fundamental’s Gregory Ouanhon. Ouanhon and Champion are… »
Chinese producer-distributor Fundamental Films has partnered with Stan Lee Global Entertainment on Realm to star Li Bingbing. Details of Lee’s first Chinese female superhero are expected to emerge shortly.
Bingbing will also produce alongside Gill Champion from Stan Lee Global Entertainment and Gregory Ouanhon of Fundamental, who will oversee production on behalf of their companies. Fundamental’s Gary Glushon is executive producer.
Screen Media Ventures has signed a deal with Moon River in association with Magna Entertainment to handle Us distribution and international sales on Nick Cassavetes’ dark comedy Yellow starring Sienna Miller, Heather Wahlquist and Ray Liotta.
Red Entertainment has hired Robert Knott to write the authorised Bradley Snyder biopic. Red Sanders and Los Angeles-based Red Entertainment will produce the story about the former Navy Seal who went on to become a gold medal paralympic swimmer.
Magnolia Pictures has hired »
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Re-teaming with Darclight, the company behind her most recent movie Zhongkui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal, Bingbing Li will next head for The Nest. She's producing and will star in the arachnophobic sci-fi thriller. Kimble Rendall (Second-Unit on the Matrix sequels, I, Robot and Killer Elite) is directing.The plot involves a team of scientists who, in order to get to the "discovery of the century", must negotiate a labyrinth of carnivorous spiders. There's always bloody something, isn't there?It's a Chinese-Australian co-production: the fourth to come about through an arrangement between Screen Australia and the China Film Co-Production Corporation since 2006. It's being touted as the biggest-budget project to come out of that deal so far, although the number isn't being specified. Given that the previous three co-productions - Children Of The Silk Road, The Dragon Pearl and 33 Postcards - amount to a combined total budget of about $60m, »
Li will also serve as one of the producers on the Chinese/Australian co-production, which centres on a group of scientists who discover a well-preserved mummified Emperor from 200 BC China.
The plot follows the scientists as they encounter a swarm of man-eating funnel web spiders in an ancient labyrinth and strive to discover the secret behind the insects. power and intelligence.
Darclight, the genre label of Gary Hamilton.s Arclight Films, is co-producing Nest with Beijing-based Loongs United Investment Company Ltd., which distributed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and the Jason Statham starrer Redemption in China.
Hamilton tells If that Li will play a scientist named Jia. »
- Don Groves
Chinese star Li Bingbing has signed on as the lead in Nest, set to be the largest-ever budgeted Chinese/Australian coproduction. To be filmed in 3D, Nest tells the tale of a team of scientists who discover a swarm of deadly, intelligent and carnivorous funnel web spiders. Battling through an ancient labyrinth, the team must learn the secret behind the spiders’ heightened abilities before its too late. The film is currently in preproduction in Australia. Investment… »
The 3D sci-fi thriller reunites the Arclight team with the star of their $80m Chinese smash Zhongkui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal.
Darclight holds worldwide sales rights to what it called the most expensive Australia-China co-production and said pre-production was underway on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Nest follows a team of exploratory scientists who must work their way through a labyrinth of man-eating spiders to uncover the discovery of the century.
The project has investment funding from Screen Australia and Film Queensland and is produced in partnership with Loongs United Investment Company Ltd. X-Men: Days Of Future Past effects house Rising Sun Pictures is also on board.
“We are excited »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Chinese actress Li Bingbing ("Transformers: Age of Extinction," "Resident Evil: Retribution") will star in and produce Australian director Kimble Rendall's new 3D English-language sci-fi action thriller "Nest" for Darclight.
The story involves a team of scientists who lose a colleague in an ancient labyrinth and must battle their way through a swarm of deadly, man-eating and quite smart funnel web spiders.
The Chinese-Australian co-production, the largest to date, is currently in the midst of pre-production on Australia's Gold Coast. Rising Sun Pictures will handle the film's visual effects.
Rendall shot "Bait 3D" several years ago - a similar Chinese-Australian joint venture that went on to gross $25 million at the Chinese box office. Gary Hamilton, Ying Ye, Serena Deng and Mark Lazarus will produce.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Yesterday, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter star Milla Jovovich shared the first photos from the Cape Town, South Africa set, which showed off some bloody neck wounds during the actress' makeup test. Earlier today, the actress shared yet another photo from her latest round of makeup tests on her Instagram page, which has makeup artist Christina Smith applying a large cut to the actress' cheek while her husband and director Paul W.S. Anderson looks on. Here's what the actress had to say on her Instagram page.
"More "Alice" make up tests with @christinaslashes and our director came in for a peek. ߘɰߒ#moreblood #hero #residentevilmovie #capetowndiary"
Production is slated to begin in South Africa later this week on Resident Evil 6, and we'll be sure to get an official update from Milla Jovovich through her social media channels, as soon as principal photography is under way. Production was actually slated to begin last summer, »
After being delayed due to Milla Jovovich's pregnancy, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is finally ready to roll, with production beginning later this week. To tease her return as Alice, the actress has posted two new photos on Instagram. The first shows off Alice's chest wounds, which aren't as bad as expected. Just some minor bruising and scratches. The second photo is a costume tag, which confirms what we've suspected all along. That Alice really is the hero of this franchise.
It isn't known exactly what day shooting will begin on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, but Milla Jovovich will let us know as soon as the first slate is cracked. Production prep on the 6th installment of the long-standing series began several weeks ago in South Africa, with the actress and her husband, director Paul W.S. Anderson both on location. Milla Jovovich has appeared in every single live-action Resident Evil movie, »
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