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10 items from 2015


Have kung fu films lost their punch?

28 April 2015 12:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Since its heyday, kung fu seems to be giving way to other action genres, but could it be making a comeback?

There was a time when everyone was indeed kung fu fighting. Films belonging to the genre, made popular in the 1970s by the late Bruce Lee, helped to boost Hong Kong cinema, not to mention the careers of various Chinese actors such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Jet Li. However, in recent years, it seems that the kung fu film is losing the raw bad-assery that fans have grown up watching. As martial arts films are now evolving to feature more computer animation and culture rather than pure, unadulterated violence, has kung fu lost its touch?

The first kung fu film dates back to the late 1930s, when folk heroes and famed martial artists Fong Sai-Yuk and Wong Fei-Hung were immortalised for the first time (they would »

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“The Baby from Universe” Films with Zhang Ziyi and Exo’s Lay

16 April 2015 12:34 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Since rocketing to worldwide fame after starring in the highly-acclaimed “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Zhang Ziyi has steadily filled her portfolio not only with multi-awarded acting roles–the most memorable perhaps being Mei (“House of Flying Daggers”) and Sakamoto Chiyo (“Memoirs of a Geisha”)–but also some magnificent producer credits.

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Zhang’s first produced film, “Sophie’s Revenge,” may have gotten mixed reviews from critics but went on to bag a handful of awards, including Best New Director from China Film Media Awards and Next Generation Director Awards, Best Supporting Actress from China Hua Ding Film Awards, and Most Popular Actress from China Student Film Awards for Zhang herself.

This year, Zhang Ziyi continues to explore the cinematic field as a producer with the movie “The Baby from Universe.”

Juicy Details of the Much-Anticipated “The Baby from Universe”

Otherwise known as “Oh My God” (从天儿降/Cóng Tiān Er »

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Stewart 'in Talks' to Be Featured in Subversive Iraq War Homefront Satire

4 April 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »

- Andre Soares

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AFCI: China’s Wanda Touts Qingdao Mega-Studios To Production Managers

5 March 2015 8:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dalian Wanda, China’s giant property to entertainment group, today took the wraps off its now-under construction studio complex in Eastern China.

The Wanda Qingdao Studios, which are set to open their doors in April 2017, made their bow as the only Chinese exhibitor at the Afci Locations Show in Los Angeles (March 5-7, 2015).

Targeting international and local productions, Wanda said the 200 hectare (494 acre) site will be the world’s largest film production facility.

“Upon completion, the development will house 30 purpose-built production stages, China’s most advanced temperature-controlled underwater stage, and the country’s largest exterior water tank, a combination of natural scenery and custom-built locations, in addition to world-class facilities for post-production,” Wanda said in an updated description of the complex.

“Such state-of-art facilities will allow Wsq to serve both the Chinese and overseas markets as a world class production base with offerings spanning the entire film and television industry. »

- Patrick Frater

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Zhang Ziyi Is Engaged and Her Fiancé Proposed by Delivering Diamond Ring on a Drone

9 February 2015 10:03 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Nothing says romance life a flying robot! Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, best known for her role in the hit 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, got engaged over the weekend and the way her fiancé popped the question was so 2015. Ziyi's boyfriend, musician Wang Feng, proposed with a drone carrying Ziyi's diamond engagement ring. The whole thing reportedly went down during Ziyi's 36th birthday party, according to BBC. Following the drone delivery, Feng got down on one knee and Ziyi "said 'yes' amid tears and applause from a crowd of onlookers." BBC also reports that Ziyi took to social media after the even to share a picture of fireworks with the caption "I »

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Crouching Tiger Star Zhang Ziyi Says 'Yes' When Engagement Ring Is Delivered by Drone

9 February 2015 6:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It might be the most epic proposal so far in 2015. Actress Zhang Ziyi, known for her role in the 2000 international hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, accepted a marriage proposal that was delivered by a drone on Saturday, while she was celebrating her 36th birthday, according to the BBC, citing Chinese media reports datelined Beijing. Her now husband-to-be, rock star Wang Feng, 43, sent her a white drone carrying a diamond ring before getting down on one knee to ask her to marry him, which reportedly brought tears and applause from those who witnessed the scene. Neither did Ziyi contain her excitement about the big news. »

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Crouching Tiger Star Zhang Ziyi Says 'Yes' When Engagement Ring Is Delivered by Drone

9 February 2015 6:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It might be the most epic proposal so far in 2015. Actress Zhang Ziyi, known for her role in the 2000 international hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, accepted a marriage proposal that was delivered by a drone on Saturday, while she was celebrating her 36th birthday, according to the BBC, citing Chinese media reports datelined Beijing. Her now husband-to-be, rock star Wang Feng, 43, sent her a white drone carrying a diamond ring before getting down on one knee to ask her to marry him, which reportedly brought tears and applause from those who witnessed the scene. Neither did Ziyi contain her excitement about the big news. »

- Caitlin Keating, @caitkeating

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Vanity Fair's 'Hollywood' cover has been emphasizing diversity problem for 20 years

3 February 2015 11:35 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When it comes to diversity in Hollywood, it seems they’re playing by the “two steps forward, one step back” rule. Never is this lack of representation more prevalent than when Vanity Fair puts out the cover of their 'Hollywood Issue' each March. And sadly, 2015 is no exception. Photo Credit: Vanity Fair At first glance, you might think “Well, the Oscars are super white this year so obviously the cover would be too,” but look again. Oscar Isaac was granted a spot for his turn in “A Most Violent Year,” which received a grand total of zero nominations. So being on the Academy list was not necessarily a criteria. This cover is especially perplexing since last year Vanity Fair seemed to have  grasped that we’re living in the 21st century with its most racially diverse 'Hollywood Issue' cover yet. A solid Half the actors in the picture were black. »

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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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The Definitive Best Picture Losers

1 January 2015 12:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. Apollo 13 (1995)

Lost to: Braveheart

In 1995, director Ron Howard brought a true life story of hope in the face of peril and started sweeping up awards. He won the Directors Guild Award. He won the Producers Guild Award. He won the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award. He lost the Golden Globe Drama to “Sense and Sensibility,” though he was nominated. Nothing could beat “Apollo 13.” Oscar night came and the Academy decided to hand the award to Mel Gibson’s historical epic about William Wallace, whose only precursor award was a surprise directing win at the Golden Globes. I’m not saying “Apollo 13″ is a greater film than “Braveheart.” It’s just proof that even the mighty may fall if a charismatic actor/director is at the helm.

29. L.A. Confidential (1997)

Lost to: Titanic

Curtis Hanson’s neo noir wasn’t the only quality loser from 1997 (“Good Will Hunting, »

- Joshua Gaul

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