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New Bruce Lee biopic gets a trailer

Simon Brew Jan 19, 2018

Birth Of The Dragon looks set to tell the story of a young Bruce Lee. Here's the trailer...

We’ve already had one big screen biopic of the late Bruce Lee, back when Jason Scott Lee played him in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. Now, though, comes another attempt to tell Lee’s story, in a film by the name of Birth Of The Dragon.

It’s directed by The Adjustment Bureau’s George Nolfi, working off a script from Stephen J Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson. Lee will be played by Philip Ng, and he’s joined in the cast by Xia Yu and Billy Magnussen.

A trailer has just been released for the film too, that looks like this…

And we’ve got a synopsis as well…

In the world of martial arts, there is one man above all: Bruce Lee. San Francisco, 1965. Young, hungry and
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Why Flash Gordon Reboot Has Been on Indefinite Hold

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Why Flash Gordon Reboot Has Been on Indefinite Hold
Back in the spring of 2015, 20th Century Fox moved forward with its long-awaited Flash Gordon remake, setting director Matthew Vaughn at the helm, but we haven't heard anything about it since then. It turns out there's a very good reason for that, with Matthew Vaughn revealing in a new interview that he's still been working on it, but his original vision for the story was basically taken by Marvel's 2014 blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. Here's what the director had to say below, when asked if he's still working on a Flash Gordon movie.

"Yeah, we've been working on it. For me, the only problem with Flash Gordon is Guardians (of the Galaxy) kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it. You've got Star Wars, you've got Guardians, so you've got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very,
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Exclusive Interview: Birth of the Dragon composers H. Scott Salinas and Reza Safinia discuss the film’s score

George Nolfi’s Birth of the Dragon hit theaters this past weekend and presented moviegoers with a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. The film was inspired from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man. Contributing to the modernization of the story was the film’s score by composers H. Scott Salinas and Reza Safinia, whom experimented with everything from rock & roll sounds to Chinese and western flutes. We decided to speak with Reza and Scott and hear a little more about their process for creating the film’s score.

Birth of the Dragon takes place in the 60s. Was there a conscious effort to match the time period with the sound of the score?

Scott: We started down that path in the beginning and realized it didn’t really make sense because
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What a Horrible Weekend for Hollywood!

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2017-08-28T05:11:32-07:00What a Horrible Weekend for Hollywood!

The summer ended with a whimper at the box office this week. Just how bad was it? Well, it hasn't been this bad since the days after 9/11.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie business got knocked out at the box office over the weekend as revenue fell to its lowest level since the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

A lack of product is the main culprit as summer limps to a close, with none of the new offerings earning more than $5 million. Saturday's Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight was a major distraction, while Hurricane Harvey prompted theater closures in numerous Texas markets, including Houston.

Weekend revenue is estimated at $65 million, the worst showing since the Sept. 21-23 weekend in 2001 ($59.4 million) almost 16 years ago, and down 45 percent from the same frame last year when Don't Breathe opened to an impressive $24.6 million.
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‘Birth of the Dragon’ Review: Young Bruce Lee Remembered in Old-School Kung Fu Flick

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‘Birth of the Dragon’ Review: Young Bruce Lee Remembered in Old-School Kung Fu Flick
If you can put aside the bland white guy named Steve pinging between scenes, stitching the various strands of story together with his white-guy need to learn martial arts badassery and save a beautiful Chinese girl from prostitution, then the otherwise all-Asian-cast, Bruce Lee biography-inspired “Birth of the Dragon” can be kind of fun. George Nolfi’s period kung fu tale, set in an evocative 1960s San Francisco, is an elaborately fictionalized account of a real fight between the young, pre-legend Lee and a Shaolin master. It was an East-meets-Westernized showdown — seen by few, its details disputed ever since —...
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'Birth of the Dragon': Film Review

'Birth of the Dragon': Film Review
There eventually will be, if there aren’t already, more movies about Bruce Lee than ones in which the martial arts legend actually appeared. It’s understandable, considering Lee’s tragically brief career that ended just as he was reaching global superstardom. Unfortunately, George Nolfi’s fictionalized account of an infamous 1964 bout between Lee and Shaolin master Wong Jack Man is an inferior effort that fails to do justice to both its central character and provocative premise. Birth of the Dragon only serves to disprove the cinematic saying, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

The film has apparently been recut and...
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Box Office Preview: Another Quiet Weekend on the Way

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2017-08-24T14:15:38-07:00Box Office Preview: Another Quiet Weekend on the Way

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this weekend is shaping up to be even quieter at the box office than last week was.

Via The Hollywood Reporter–

The dog days of August are just that at the U.S. box office.

This weekend, a trio of smaller offerings enter the fray — The Weinstein Co.'s animated Leap!, martial arts pic Birth of the Dragon and All Saints, a faith-based film from Sony's Affirm label that is only opening in 700-plus locations. Even if they do solid business in their own right, tracking shows Leap! grossing the most of the three, or $4 million-$5 million, as summer revenue slips even farther behind from last year.

The Hitman's Bodyguard, Lionsgate's action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, is tipped to stay atop the chart in its
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"Birth Of The Dragon"

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Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from the Vancouver-lensed, martial arts feature "Birth Of The Dragon", directed by George Nolfi, starring Philip Ng as 'Bruce Lee', Xia Yu, and Billy Magnussen, opening August 25, 2017:

"...inspired by a true evenet in 1965 San Francisco, 'Bruce Lee' (Ng), spurred by his student, 'Steve McKee' (Billy Magnussen), challenges 'Shaolin' monk and kung fu master 'Wong Jack Man' to a martial arts fight..."

Cast also include Jin Xing as 'Auntie Blossom', a brutal crime boss, and Jingjing Qu as 'Xiulan'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Birth Of The Dragon"...
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Trailer For the Bruce Lee Film Birth Of The Dragon

The first trailer has been released for the new Bruce Lee biopic, Birth of the Dragon. I've been a Bruce Lee fanatic since I was a kid and the only biopic we've really had was the 1993 movie Dragon. Now we have this film and it looks pretty good. The trailer didn't blow me away, but I'll watch it.

The film centers around the story behind the legendary 1960s fight between Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man and a young Bruce Lee. I don't know if you're familiar with this story or not but it's pretty crazy and there's a lot of controversy surrounding it. Here's the synopsis:

Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, Birth Of The Dragon is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung
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‘Birth of the Dragon’ Trailer: Bruce Lee Prepares for Greatness — Watch

‘Birth of the Dragon’ Trailer: Bruce Lee Prepares for Greatness — Watch
More than 40 years after his death, Bruce Lee’s influence continues to be felt. The martial artist’s story is once again being brought to the screen in “Birth of the Dragon,” which finds Lee breaking up fights and preparing for greatness in San Francisco. Watch the trailer below.

Read More: ‘Birth of the Dragon’ Filmmakers Defend Movie Against Complaints It Whitewashes Bruce Lee’s Story

Here’s the synopsis: “Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, ‘Birth of the Dragon’ is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man — a battle that gave birth to a legend.”

Read More: Review: ‘The Villainess’ Is The Craziest Action Movie of the Year, and Also the Most Convoluted — Fantasia Fest

Philip Ng plays Lee,
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New Trailer For Bruce Lee Pic ‘Birth Of The Dragon’

His only previous directorial credit being 2011’s “The Adjustment Bureau,” longtime screenwriter George Nolfi‘s (“Ocean’s Twelve,” “The Bourne Ultimatum“) latest directorial effort, “Birth of the Dragon,” finds him switching gears a bit. Inspired by the true story of young Bruce Lee‘s public face-off with a kung-fu master in San Francisco circa 1965, ‘Birth’ will likely feature significantly fewer hats than Nolfi’s last picture.

Continue reading New Trailer For Bruce Lee Pic ‘Birth Of The Dragon’ at The Playlist.
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Watch The First Trailer For Bruce Lee Biopic ‘Birth Of The Dragon’

Ahead of its release Stateside in August, Bh Tilt & WWE Studios have released the first official trailer for their upcoming Bruce Lee biopic Birth Of The Dragon.

Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, Birth Of The Dragon is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man – a battle that gave birth to a legend.

Phillip Ng, Xia Yu, Billy Magnussen, Jin Xing, Jingjing Qu, and Simon Yin lead the cast with George Nolfi directing.

Bh Tilt & WWE Studios present a Groundswell Films and Kylin Pictures production. The film releases in the U.S.A. on August 25th. A U.K. release is Tbc. Watch the first trailer below.

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The Greatest Election Movies

Author: Linda Marric

With American primaries and presidential elections lasting sometimes up to 18 months, it’s no wonder Hollywood cannot seem to get enough of campaign-trail dramas. From quirky comedies, to serious thrillers based on real events, there seems to be an infinite amount of scripts and stories to tell, each offering a different angle on the subject of electoral shenanigans and political intrigue.

The UK may not do elections on the same mammoth scale as its American cousins, but like it or not, right now we do not seem to go more than a year without one major political race or another. With a surprise general election taking place today what better time for us to take a look at some of the most memorable films about elections ever made?

5- The Adjustment Bureau (George Nolfi, 2011)

This Philip K Dick inspired sci-fi B movie delivers way more than is expected from it,
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Bruce Lee Origins Pic ‘Birth Of The Dragon’ Punches August Release Date

Bruce Lee Origins Pic ‘Birth Of The Dragon’ Punches August Release Date
George Nolfi’s Birth of the Dragon, which follows the rise of a young Bruce Lee, will open wide on August 25 via OTL Releasing and BH Tilt/WWE Studios.

At a time when the 1960s counterculture was in full swing in San Francisco, Lee (Philip Ng) was a rebel of his own, teaching his own type of martial arts to non-Chinese despite his community frowning upon it. A young actor named Steven McKee (Billy Magnussen) becomes a pupil of Lee’s, who in turn is fascinated by his new…
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Bruce Lee-Wong Jack Man Brawler ‘Birth Of The Dragon’ To Land At Bh Tilt & WWE Studios

Bruce Lee-Wong Jack Man Brawler ‘Birth Of The Dragon’ To Land At Bh Tilt & WWE Studios
Exclusive: After the Sundance avalanche of movie sales, a splashy title that unveiled last fall at Toronto is securing a wide distribution deal. Bh Tilt and WWE Studios are close to a pact for a wide North American theatrical release of Birth Of The Dragon, the George Nolfi-directed drama about the emergence of Bruce Lee as a martial arts icon. The film is set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, and was inspired by the epic true-life showdown between the brash…
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Spectral Trailer: Special Forces Vs the Supernatural

Spectral Trailer: Special Forces Vs the Supernatural
Originally slated to hit theaters earlier this year through Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment, the new thriller Spectral was picked by Netflix last month and slated with a December 9 release date on the streaming service. Today we have the first trailer for Spectral, exactly one week before fans around the world can watch this thriller. Spectral was initially set for release on August 12, which would have put it up against Pete's Dragon, Sausage Party and Florence Foster Jenkins.

Spectral follows a brilliant Darpa scientist who goes on a deadly mission with a Special Ops team of Delta Force soldiers into a war-torn city where mysterious phantom aggressors code-named Spectral have been causing inexplicable civilians deaths. The cast includes James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Max Martini, Cory Hardrict and Bruce Greenwood. Production took place on location in Budapest, Hungary, with Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop creating the futuristic weapons, with Weta Digital providing the visual effects.
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Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s Supernatural Combat Film Spectral

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Soldiers face a supernatural threat that's difficult to gun down in the official trailer for the paranormal military thriller Spectral.

Synopsis: "When an otherworldly force wreaks havoc on a war-torn European city, an engineer teams up with an elite Special Ops unit to stop it."

Directed by Nic Mathieu from a screenplay by Ian Fried, John Gatins, Jamie Moss, and George Nolfi, Spectral stars James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Emily Mortimer, Bruce Greenwood, Dylan Smith, Clayne Crawford, Royce Pierreson, Cory Hardict, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Jimmy Akingbola, Philip Bulcock, Ursula Parker, and Mark O’Neal.

Spectral will be released on the streaming service Netflix on Friday, December 9th.

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‘Birth of the Dragon’ Filmmakers Defend Movie Against Complaints It Whitewashes Bruce Lee’s Story

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‘Birth of the Dragon’ Filmmakers Defend Movie Against Complaints It Whitewashes Bruce Lee’s Story
Disney recently assuaged viewers’ anxieties by announcing that its upcoming live-action remake of “Mulan” will not be another example of whitewashing. The same apparently can’t be said of “Birth of the Dragon,” a Bruce Lee biopic receiving criticism for the inclusion of a fictional white character alongside its subject. Michael London, one of the film’s producers, has responded to the controversy by saying that “no one had the intention to do anything other than celebrate Bruce Lee, at a time when east and west are opening up to each other in a profound way.”

Read More: ‘Mulan’ Live Action Remake Will Feature All Chinese Leads, Avoid Whitewashing Accusations

“Birth” presents a portrait of the martial artist as a young man. Billy Magnussen plays the invented character, who helps facilitate a now-famous 1964 fight between Lee and his revered instructor Wong Jack Man. Speaking about the footage, which was shown
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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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Bruce Lee battles Wong Jack Man in first trailer for Birth of the Dragon

We brought you a poster earlier in the week, and now following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the first trailer has arrived online for director George Nolfi’s (The Adjustment Bureau) Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon, which focuses on Lee’s private fight against martial arts master Wong Jack Man; check it out here, along with another poster…

Birth Of The Dragon explores the “still-disputed private brawl between martial arts masters Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) and Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia) in 1964 as the fuel for a San Francisco-set coming-of-age story involving a rough and tumble young white man (Billy Magnussen) who matches the feuding fighting legends in the brawl as he pursues a Romeo and Juliet romance with a young Chinese immigrant (Jingjing Qu) under the control of the Chinese mob.”

Birth of the Dragon is yet to secure a release date, but we’ll keep you posted.
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