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Movie News: Chinese 'Step Up 6' on Its Way; See Emma Watson, Luke Evans in New 'Beauty and the Beast' Photo

Step Up 6: The sixth installment in the popular Step Up series is on its way, but with a twist. The Chinese-language sequel will feature an entirely Chinese cast and will include a martial arts component to go along with the expected dance sequences. Ron Yuan will direct; he has a martial arts background as an action choreographer and stunt coordinator. Filming will take place in Beijing and Los Angeles; the movie is expected in Chinese theaters next year. [Deadline] Smooth Gaston, very smooth! Thanks to @empiremagazine for this first look image of me and @EmmaWatson in #BeautyAndTheBeast. pic.twitter.com/OxojhyHR0y — Luke Evans (@TheRealLukevans) November 24, 2016 Beauty and the Beast: A new photo from Beauty and the Beast has been released, showing...

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News Briefs: Chinese 'Step Up 6' on Its Way; See Emma Watson and Luke Evans in New 'Beauty and the Beast' Photo

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Step Up 6: The sixth installment in the popular Step Up series is on its way, but with a twist. The Chinese-language sequel will feature an entirely Chinese cast and will include a martial arts component to go along with the expected dance sequences. Ron Yuan will direct; he has a martial arts background as an action choreographer and stunt coordinator. Filming will take place in Beijing and Los Angeles; the movie is expected in Chinese theaters next year. [Deadline]  ...

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Lionsgate developing Step Up 6 as Chinese-language movie

Lionsgate is partnering with Infinity Pictures/Cmc and Yue Hua Entertainment Culture Communication to produce the sixth instalment of the Step Up dance movie franchise, although this one will be aimed at the lucrative Chinese market and will only be distributed as a Chinese-language version.

Variety reports that Step Up 6 is being directed by Ron Yuan, and will start shooting in Beijing and Los Angeles next month with an all Chinese cast. It is slated to arrive in cinemas in late 2017.

“The Step Up franchise is celebrating its 10th anniversary stronger than ever,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Patrick Wachsberger and Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig. “We’re proud to partner with Infinity and Yue Hua Entertainment on the next exciting chapter of a dance phenomenon that continues to grow in popularity around the world. Step Up 3, 4 & 5 conquered Asian audiences at the box office and, with the incredibly talented filmmaker Ron Yuan,
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Step Up 6 Is Being Tailor-Made for Chinese Audiences

Step Up 6 Is Being Tailor-Made for Chinese Audiences
Lionsgate is taking their lucrative Step Up franchise overseas, with a new Chinese sequel Step Up 6. This new movie will bring in an all new Chinese cast, although no cast members have been announced at this time. Production is already set to begin December 9, with filming taking place in both Beijing, China and Los Angeles. This new sequel will add another twist to the franchise as well, incorporating martial arts into the story. Lionsgate has also released the first poster, which you can check out below.

Deadline broke the news about this dance sequel, which "celebrates the underdog, bringing characters from different worlds together through dance." No details were given about how martial arts will fit into the story, but the film will be directed by Ron Yuan, a longtime stuntman, actor and fight choreographer. Here's what Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Patrick Wachsberger and Motion Picture Group Co-President Erik Feig
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Newswire: Step Up is going to China

It’s no secret that Hollywood studios have spent the last few years courting Chinese moviegoers or that some American films and franchises find larger audiences abroad than at home. But today, Lionsgate announced that it’s more or less cutting through the bullshit: the sixth big screen dance-off in the Step Up series is going to be a Chinese-language production made in China.

According to a report by Deadline, the Beijing-set film will be directed by Ron Yuan, a veteran Chinese-American stuntman and stunt choreographer whose long resume includes The Art Of War, Black Dynamite, and Wild Card. Yuan is also a prolific video game voice actor, and has had his share of recurring TV series roles; he played the Triad gangster Ryu Tom on Sons Of Anarchy and, more recently, the Mongol prince Nayan on Netflix’s Marco Polo.

The new film, whose title has been variously given
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Chinese-Language ‘Step Up 6’ in the Works at Lionsgate

Chinese-Language ‘Step Up 6’ in the Works at Lionsgate
Lionsgate is developing dance drama “Step Up 6” as a Chinese-language movie, partnering with Infinity Pictures/Cmc and Yue Hua Entertainment Culture Communication.

The first five “Step Up” films grossed more than $600 million at the global box office. The new film will only be distributed in a Chinese-language version.

Step Up 6,” directed by Ron Yuan, will begin shooting with an all-Chinese cast in Beijing and Los Angeles on Dec. 9, with a release slated for next year. Yuan has a martial arts background as an action choreographer, stunt coordinator, and second unit director.

Step Up 6” is produced by Dede Nickerson (“Kill Bill Vol. I & II,” “Shaolin Soccer”) and Du Hua.

“The ‘Step Up’ franchise is celebrating its 10th anniversary stronger than ever,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Patrick Wachsberger and Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig. “We’re proud to partner with Infinity and Yue Hua Entertainment on the next exciting
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Chinese ‘Step Up’ Sequel in Motion at Lionsgate

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Chinese ‘Step Up’ Sequel in Motion at Lionsgate
Lionsgate is finalizing plans to join forces with Chinese companies Infinity Pictures/Cmc and Yue Hua Entertainment Culture Communications to shoot a Chinese-language version of “Step Up,” its hit dance flick franchise, TheWrap has learned. Ron Yuan, an action choreographer with a martial arts background, is directing “Step Up 6,” which will start shooting in Beijing and Los Angeles on Dec. 9. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters next year. Dede Nickerson, who produced “Kill Bill Vol. I and II” and “Shaolin Soccer,” and Du Hua are producing the film. Also Read: NBC Orders Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum Dance Competition Series The.
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‘Step Up 6’: Lionsgate & Chinese Partners Mounting Local-Language Franchise Sequel

Exclusive: Lionsgate and China’s Infinity Pictures/Cmc and Yue Hua Entertainment Culture Communications are finalizing plans to begin shooting Step Up 6, a Chinese-language sequel to the Step Up franchise. The feature dance series that's been very lucrative for Lionsgate — more than $600M in worldwide box office — will be served with a twist in the Proc, marrying a martial arts aspect with some fancy footwork. Check out the full poster below. Ron Yuan, who has a martial…
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Lionsgate, partners plot Chinese-language 'Step Up 6'

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Lionsgate, partners plot Chinese-language 'Step Up 6'
The studio has partnered with Infinity Pictures/Cmc and Yue Hua Entertainment Culture Communications as it redirects its $600m-plus global franchise to capitalise on a strong Asian following and step away from diminishing North American theatrical revenues.

Production on Step Up 6 is scheduled to commence on December 9 in Beijing and Los Angeles in time for a 2017 release. It is understood the Chinese-language version will be the only version released.

Lionsgate sources said previous entries in the franchise had performed well in China. Executives will also be aware that the series’ appeal in North America is flagging: the last episode, 2014’s Step Up All In, generated $14.9m – the lowest by far in the franchise.

The companies unveiled the first concept poster for Chinese audiences on Wednesday. Director Ron Yuan will direct an all-Chinese cast and plans to marry martial arts with dance in the film.

Infinity Pictures CEO Dede Nickerson, who served as associate producer on Kill Bill Vol. I
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Birth of the Dragon Trailer: Bruce Lee Vs. Wong Jack Man

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Birth of the Dragon Trailer: Bruce Lee Vs. Wong Jack Man
Just days after the poster arrived for the martial arts biopic Birth of the Dragon, the trailer has finally dropped. While this movie isn't the first to address Bruce Lee's legend, it is the only one to detail a legendary fight between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man, which helped define Bruce Lee and turn him into a legend. The film premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, but a domestic release date has not been issued.

An affectionate nod to the classic Kung Fu films of the 1970s, Birth of the Dragon is a dramatization of the true life but much disputed fight between Kung Fu greats Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) and Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia) in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1964. Based on Michael Dorgan's magazine article, "Bruce Lee's Toughest Fight," the film is written by Chris Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele,
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Birth of the Dragon Poster Reveals Legendary Bruce Lee

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Birth of the Dragon Poster Reveals Legendary Bruce Lee
The Toronto International Film Festival is currently in full swing, and one of the films making its world premiere next week is director George Nolfi's Birth of the Dragon, which centers on martial arts legend Bruce Lee. The film will have its premiere on September 13, but while we wait for this first ever screening, the first poster has surfaced, featuring Philip Ng as Bruce Lee. While there have been Bruce Lee biopics in the past, this film focuses on a little-known fight that helped him become a world-renowned legend.

Set against the backdrop of San Francisco's Chinatown, this cross-cultural film chronicles {Bruce Lee's emergence as a martial-arts superstar after his legendary secret showdown with fellow martial artist Wong Jack Man, a Shaolin master who had been sent from China to stop Bruce Lee. The film is based on the real-life no holds barred fight took place 1965, a time
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Mortal Kombat: Generations webseries to debut in 2016, movie reboot still in the works

During a Twitter Q&A, director Garrett Warren has revealed that the webseries Mortal Kombat: Generations is set to arrive in 2016, with a first trailer coming early in the year.

@alexcampy89 it is scheduled to be released early next year.

Garrett Warren (@GarrettXWarren) December 14, 2015

@VadimBricheev I have been told that it will be released early next year.

Garrett Warren (@GarrettXWarren) December 14, 2015

Warren also went on to confirm that the planned big screen reboot of Mortal Kombat is still in the pipline.

@wilmert2 the film using good hands and will be made.

Garrett Warren (@GarrettXWarren) December 14, 2015

Mortal Kombat: Generations is the follow-up to Mortal Kombat: Legacy, and will star Casper Van Dien as Johnny Cage, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung, Haley Lu Richardson as Cassie Cage, Jade Quon/Jamal Duff as Ferra/Torr, Ray Park as Erron Black, Booboo Stewart as Takeda, Lewis Tan as Kung Jin and Ron Yuan as Hanzo Hasashi.
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Casting: Smith, Magnussen, Scott, Gunn, Yuan

The Passing Season

"Sense8" and "Stargate Universe" hunk Brian J. Smith has signed on to star in Gabriel Long's indie drama "The Passing Season" which begins shooting this week in Rhode Island.

In the script by Long and Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Smith will play a pro hockey player whose career comes to an abrupt end. He returns to his hometown, reconnects with a group of high school friends. [Source: Deadline]

Snowfall

Billy Magnussen has scored one of the lead roles in John Singleton's drugs drama series "Snowfall" for FX. The story is set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s and its ultimate impact on the culture.

Magnussen will play one of three characters on a violent collision course. His is a wealthy family's black sheep who risks everything to become a player in the burgeoning cocaine trade. Filming begins this Summer. [Source: Deadline]

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Ron Yuan Joins Netflix’s ‘Marco Polo'; Jolene Purdy In ‘Orange Is The New Black’

Ron Yuan (Fast & Furious) has joined the cast of Netflix drama Marco Polo as a series regular. Based on the famed 13th Century explorer, the story follow’s Marco Polo’s (Lorenzo Richelmy) adventures, as he fights greed, betrayal and rivalries in Kublai Khan’s court. Yuan will play Prince Nayan in the second season. Yuan appeared in Sons Of Anarchy and most recently in The Blacklist. He will next be seen in Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day 2 and Gavin O’Connor’s The Accou…
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‘Double Dragon’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

Stars: Mark Dacascos, Scott Wolf, Alyssa Milano, Robert Patrick, Kristina Wagner, Julia Nickson, Nils Allen Stewart, Henry Kingi, John Asher, Leon Russom, Al Leong, Michael Berryman, Vanna White, Andy Dick, Deanthony Langston, John T. Grantham, Ed Feldman, Roger Yuan, Ron Yuan | Written by Michael Davis, Peter Gould | Directed by James Yukich

There is a dark place in movie hell reserved for the beast known as the “video game movie”. There have been some that really aren’t that bad, take Doa: Dead or Alive as an example or Silent Hill. They knew how to keep things fun without being too cheesy in the process. Double Dragon has been released on Blu-ray, and thankfully when it was first released I managed to miss it. Given enough time for nineties cheese to become funny and for bad B-movies to become popular, can it be redeemed as an eccentric cult-hit?

Set in the
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Casting Net: James Cosmo joins 'Tomorrow;' the Coen brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' rounds out cast

Casting Net: James Cosmo joins 'Tomorrow;' the Coen brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' rounds out cast
Game of Thrones' James Cosmo has signed on for Tomorrow. Martin Scorsese is executive producing the military drama. Cosmo joins previously announced cast members Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Paul Kaye, and Joss Stone. Martha Pinson, Scorsese's long-time script supervisor, will make her feature directorial debut with the film, which follows the lives of soldiers trying to re-immerse themselves into society. Street and Brennan wrote the script. They are producing alongside Dean M. Woodford. Emma Tillinger Koskoff is executive producing with Scorsese. [Variety] • Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens, and Clancy Brown have been cast in Hail,
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Explosive First Teaser For Taiwanese Cop Actioner Black & White Episode II: The Dawn Of Justice

Big explosion and plenty of shoot'em up descended upon Harbor City yet again and its up to the cops to restore the peace in Tsai Yueh-hsun's Black & White Episode II: The Dawn of Justice, the second installment of the big-budget Taiwanese action franchise. Mark Chao and Huang Bo returns to reprise their previous role as the unlikely duo while Lin Gengxin joins the main cast. As with most sequels, the action set-pieces and production value has ratchet up a notch with an international crew that includes France-based visual effects studio Buf (The Grandmaster), production designer Yoshi Akasuka (The Flowers of War) and second unit action direction by Jack Gill (Fast Five), Ron Yuan (Fast & Furious) and Lan Hai-Han (Ip Man 2)Police officer in...

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Red Dawn’ With Chris Hemsworth

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 40 pairs of movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the highly anticipated “Red Dawn” with Chris Hemsworth!

Red Dawn,” which opens on Nov. 21, 2012 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Connor Cruise, Edwin Hodge, Alyssa Diaz, Brett Cullen, Michael Beach, Will Yun Lee, Matt Gerald, Kenneth Choi and Ron Yuan from director Dan Bradley and writers Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore.

To win your free “Red Dawn” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning!

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Jr Bourne Joins ‘Revenge’ As Recurring, ‘Do No Harm’ & ‘Golden Boy’ Add Players

Jr Bourne (Teen Wolf) has booked a recurring role on the upcoming second season of ABC’s soap Revenge. He will play Kenny, a magnetic, self-assured, Hamptons resident who tries to hide his rough edges behind his fancy clothes and Mercedes. Bourne, repped by Aka and Valeo Entertainment, also will reprise his recurring role as Mr. Argent on the upcoming third season of MTV’s series Teen Wolf and will next be seen in the feature Little Birds. Samm Levine (Inglourious Basterds) has joined the cast of NBC’s midseason medical drama Do No Harm as a recurring after guest starring in the pilot. He plays Josh, an administrative assistant to Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale). Levine is with TalentWorks and Cohn/Torgan Management. Another actor’s guest stint in a pilot is turning into a recurring role on a midseason drama. Ron Yuan is set to recur on CBS’ cop drama Golden Boy.
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Exclusive: The Girl from the Naked Eye DVD Clip

Exclusive: The Girl from the Naked Eye DVD Clip
We have an exclusive clip from the upcoming thriller The Girl from the Naked Eye, arriving on DVD July 24. Jason Yee stars as Jake, who works as a 'protector' of high-priced escorts. When his client is killed, he goes on a violent rampage to find out who took her life. Watch as Jake takes out two cops in a bone-crunching elevator sequence from the film.

The Girl From The Naked Eye - Exclusive: Elevator

When a high-class escort is murdered, her protector, Jake (Jason Yee) stops at nothing to find her killer. Leaving a bloody trail in his path, Jake risks everything to uncover the truth and avenge the death of the woman he loved. The Girl from the Naked Eye takes audiences through a thrilling action-packed ride in the underground world of sex and drugs where nothing is what it seems and everything is deadly.

The Girl from the Naked Eye
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