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Afm: Swen Gives Lee Min-ho’s ‘Mysterious Fighter’ Early Sequel

Afm: Swen Gives Lee Min-ho’s ‘Mysterious Fighter’ Early Sequel
Multinational rights firm, Swen Group has green-lighted “Mysterious Fighter Project B,” a sequel to its Lee Min-ho starring action comedy “Mysterious Fighter Project A” – even before “Project A” hits theaters.

The film is set up as a co-venture between Fame and Swen and will see the return of Australia’s Wade Muller on the Chinese-language picture.

Something of an origins story, “Project A” kicks off with a half-drowned young man washing up on a beach in Hong Kong, discovering he has skills as a cook and a martial artist, and then taking on a group of racketeers who want to take over his restaurant. The movie will be released in January 2018 in Hk and certain other Asian countries. Filming of “Project B” will take place in Hong Kong and Taiwan from the first quarter of 2018.

Lee, who speaks Korean and Mandarin, has a growing fan base. He recently released his first album as a singer and played
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Now Casting: Netflix’s ‘The Week Of’ + 3 More Gigs

In today’s casting roundup, “The Week Of,” an upcoming Netflix feature film under Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions banner, is seeking background actors. There are also opportunities in the Warner Bros. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” project, a relationship reality project, and a major beer brand photo shoot! Netflix’S “The Week Of” Join the cast of Netflix’s “The Week Of,” an upcoming wedding comedy produced by Adam Sandler. The production is seeking male and female talent aged 8–88 to portray funeral attendees in background roles. Filming is Aug. 15 in Glen Cove, Long Island, NY. Pay is $121 per 10 hours of work, plus overtime. Apply here! “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters” Warner Bros.’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” the sequel to 2014’s “Godzilla,” is currently casting actors for background roles. Male and female talent aged 18–50 are sought to portray Marine security. Male talent must be clean shaven with a military-style haircut.
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Looking back at Jackie Chan’s Project A movies

Craig Lines Aug 2, 2017

The martial arts master Jackie Chan made some amazing movies. We take a look back at the superb Project A series...

It’s a mystery to me why Jackie Chan appears in so few Greatest Director Of All-Time lists. I mean, sure, he’s a household name and any martial arts enthusiast, no matter how deep or casual, will be quick to let you know how good he is at fighting. Yet, outside the genre fandom, he rarely seems to get the respect he deserves as a filmmaker. Perhaps the problem is that two of the most critically dismissed or maligned genres in film are action and comedy, which also happen to be the two things Jackie Chan does best.

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Blackfin partners launch sales outfit Rediance at Shanghai fest

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Blackfin partners launch sales outfit Rediance at Shanghai fest
Exclusive: Indie-focused company debuts at festival with four films on slate.

Blackfin Productions’ Xie Meng and Wang Zijian have launched a Beijing-based sales company, Rediance, to grow the international market for Chinese independent films.

The new outfit is launching at the Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff) with a debut slate of four projects, including Geng Jun’s Manchurian Tiger, which has been selected for Siff’s film financing platform, Siff Project.

Produced by Blackfin, the film is a dark comedy about a man seeking revenge against people who owe him money. Geng previously directed Free And Easy, which won a
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Samuel Goldwyn Films Picks Up ‘Youth in Oregon,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Monkey Business’ and More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Samuel Goldwyn Films Picks Up ‘Youth in Oregon,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Monkey Business’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have acquireed “Youth in Oregon,” directed by Joel David Moore and written by Andrew Eisen. The film stars Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, Josh Lucas, Nicola Peltz and Alex Shaffer. “Youth in Oregon” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will screen at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January. The movie will be released theatrically and on demand in the U.S. on February 3, 2017.

Per the film’s official synopsis: “When 79-year-old curmudgeon Raymond (Langella) makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, his family refuses to accept his decision. But when another family emergency arises, Raymond’s daughter Kate (Applegate) turns to her husband
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New to Streaming: ‘Kate Plays Christine,’ ‘Sully,’ ‘Frank & Lola,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Author: The Jt Leroy Story (Jeff Feuerzeig)

Author: The Jt LeRoy Story relives the literary hoax of the early aughts, the truly weird and out of control tale of Jt LeRoy. An allegedly gender-fluid HIV positive son of a West Virginia truck stop hooker, he rose to the heights of indie stardom befriending the likes of Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, Lou Reed, Michael Pitt, Billy Corgan and filmmakers Gus Van
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Jackie Chan on Hong Kong Filmmaking’s ‘Unique Style and Orientation’

Jackie Chan on Hong Kong Filmmaking’s ‘Unique Style and Orientation’
Hong Kong cinema will continue to live alongside mainland Chinese cinema despite the recent boom of China’s film industry, says Jackie Chan ahead of receiving an Honorary Oscar at the Academy’s Governors Awards.

“Hong Kong filmmaking has its own unique style and orientation, which I think works side-by-side with the Chinese film industry,” says Chan, who will be presented with the award on Nov. 12. “Our Chinese culture is the same but I don’t think Hong Kong cinema will cease to exist,” the Hong Kong-born action superstar tells Variety.

Chan is arguably the world’s best known Asian actor since Bruce Lee. Born in 1954, Chan was enrolled in the China Drama Academy for training in the art of Peking opera when he was 7. He made his motion picture debut a year later, but continued his training until he was 17.

Initially Chan was a stuntman. His major breakthrough came
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Alibaba teams with Fosun, Sta on talent development

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Alibaba teams with Fosun, Sta on talent development
China’s Alibaba Pictures is joining forces with Shanghai Theatre Academy (Sta) and Fosun Group to develop new talent for the film and TV industries.

Alibaba Pictures, Sta and Fosun Group have said that they will jointly invest resources in order “to push forward infrastructure upgrades in terms of nurturing talent in China’s film, television and entertainment industry.”

Sta will contribute its teachers, student body and other educational resources towards the initiative, while Alibaba and Fosun will provide funding and technology.

“Profound innovations will be made on top of the existing schooling model in order to nurture high quality talent in the film and television industry who is adaptable to demand from a globalised market and demand from industry applications,” the parties said in a statement.

Alibaba Pictures launched an initiative called ‘Project A’ in October 2015 to nurture a new generation of film talents across the globe.

Fosun is a Chinese conglomerate that recently established a film
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A History Of Violence: Jackie Chan perfects his goofy, amazing, insanely dangerous style

With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s birth and moving right up to whatever Vin Diesel’s doing this very minute.

Project A (1983)

There’s a scene early in the 1983 pirate caper Project A that pretty perfectly sums up Jackie Chan’s entire filmmaking style. The first of the movie’s many big, insane set pieces is a wild bar fight between Hong Kong’s police and Coast Guard. (For reasons the movie never really adequately explains, they completely fucking hate each other.) It’s a hectic, busy scene, with bodies and bottles and pieces of furniture flying in all directions—the sort of scene where the music starts when a combatant gets his head slammed into a record player. Chan, a sailor, and Yuen Biao, a police officer, smash wooden chairs over each ...
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Sammo Hung: The Man, The Legend

Sammo Hung is regarded as one of the greatest Kung Fu performers of his generation. His high tempo, hard htting fight sequences have captured audiences all over the world. Future generations will look back and watch in amazement, witnessing one of the very best in world cinema.

Peking Opera Days

The Peking Opera school was run from a small theatre by Master Yu Jim Yuen, this was where Sammo Hung would begin his journey. In them days, the stundents would normally enroll for around 10 years, each day performing gruelling tasks for up to 18 hours a day which included training in the Martial Arts, weapons training, acrobatics, acting and singing. The Peking opera of course brought together Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Corey Yuen, Yuen Tak and Yuen Mo, who would eventually be known as the 7 Little Fortunes. They took the first name “Yuen” in a sign of
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Afm: Golden Network Kicks Off With Jackie Chan Movie Pair

Hong Kong’s Golden Network has picked up international rights to the next two independent films starring Jackie Chan.

It will handle $65 million action adventure “Kung Fu Yoga,” which is now in production under the direction of Stanley Tong, and the previously announced action comedy “Railroad Tigers.”

Chan, who alternates between studio and independent productions, remains a potent brand both in Chinese markets and in international territories. His last indie pictures, “Skiptrace” and “Dragon Blade,” carried budgets estimated at $32 million and $65 million, respectively, and were widely sold. “Dragon Blade” grossed $117 million in China in a Chinese New Year release.

Starring Chan, India’s Sonu Sood, Hong Kong’s Aarif Rahman, K-pop star Lay, and China’s Zhang Yi Xing and Miya Muqi, “Kung Fu Yoga” sees a Chinese archaeologist team up with an Indian professor to search for ancient treasures scattered between China, India and the Middle East.

Scenes in
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Julianna Margulies Hums Her Way Through the Red Carpet

Julianna Margulies Hums Her Way Through the Red Carpet
That's one way to get through a red carpet! Julianna Margulies attended the 17th Annual Project A.L.S. New York City Gala in NYC on Wednesday, Oct. 28, and offered some interesting advice on the step and repeat process. "Let me teach you the key to suffering through a red carpet with all of the camera flashes and screaming," she told the family of the late Jenifer Estes, co-founder of Project A.L.S. "Humming!" The Good Wife actress, 49, was not joking — she relies on the method to keep her [...]
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The Raymond Chow And Golden Harvest Era (Part 2)

(1981-1989 – The Three Dragons)

After the early 1980’s, Golden Harvest started to branch out into the modern-day world leaving behind the Kung Fu cinema age and progressing into something massive. From 1981 onwards, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao (The Three Dragons) were about to embark on a sensational journey, progressing from there Kung Fu genre into modern-day Martial Arts and stunt work, something Shaw Brothers were left behind and Golden Harvest was to be the new global company.

Jackie Chan back then headed to the United states to try to break into the international market, but the movies he appeared in didn’t really take off and Jackie was also disappointed with the filming of The Big Brawl. Jackie felt he never had chance to show off his action choreography and wasn’t given the space to add his world of experience to the movie. Although it was Directed
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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1984

The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...

It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.

This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which
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Second ‘Jem’ trailer is making me tired…just so, so tired

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Second ‘Jem’ trailer is making me tired…just so, so tired
Look. I tried to give this movie the benefit of the doubt. When the first “Jem and the Holograms” trailer dropped, I was tentatively on board. Jem’s declaration of “Showtime Synergy” gave me hope that there was more to this adaptation than meet the eye. But then this “Earth to Echo” meets “Batteries Not Included” home movie recorder knock-off showed up calling itself Synergy and now all bets are off. There is just enough of the original “Jem” cartoon here to be recognizable. You can see the pieces being put into place for the love “triangle” between Jerrica, Jem, and Rio. You can reasonable extrapolate that by movie’s end, Jem will have fixed her friendships and ousted Juliette Lewis’s character (Erica Raymond) as the head of Starlight Music. If you squint, you might catch a glimpse of an homage to the Starlight House foster home. But by
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Xia Hao wins top prize in Chinese Talents Forum

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Xia Hao and his project No. 23 won the top award worth $164,000 (RMB1m) in the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum (Ncftff), while Song Yuefeng’s The Wild Horns was given a special mention.

The financial prize, to be invested in the production of the winning project, was introduced this year by the Cannes Marché and Project A: Jackie Chan’s Young Filmmaker Development Fund. Eight new Chinese talents participated in the forum.

Jerome Paillard, executive director of the Marche du Film, said: “Each of the eight directors and projects was unique and full of potential, and we are proud of such a fantastic line-up. We wish all the participants all the best for themselves and their projects in the future and we look forward to seeing them back in Cannes with their finished films.”

Xia Hao’s project revolves around a high school student majoring in painting, despite the fact he is colour-blind, who discovers
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Cannes: Xia Hao’s ‘No. 23′ Wins Chinese Fund Award

Actor turned director, Xia Hao was named as the winner of the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum event in Cannes on Tuesday.

With his directorial project “No. 23,” Xia wins a $165,000 (RMB1 million) prize that can be put towards production of the film.

A ‘special mention’ was given to Song Yufeng and his project “Wild Horns.

Funding of the prize came from the Cannes Market, Champs Lis and Project A, Jackie Chan’s Young Filmmaker Development Fund.

“No. 23” is the story of a color blind art student who falls in love with a demonstrative female student, who turns to prostitution.

Xia already has an impressive track record with work on films including Wang Quan’an’s “The White Deer Plain” and Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster.” His short “Confession” was named best micro-film at the first edition of the Silk Road Film Festival.
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Jackie Chan, Marche launch Chinese talent award

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Jackie Chan, Marche launch Chinese talent award
Cannes film festival’s Marché du Film and Project A: Jackie Chan’s Young Filmmaker Development Fund have established an award of $164,000 (RMB1m) for the winner of the Marche’s 3rd New Chinese Film Talents Forum.

The Forum has invited eight Chinese directors to pitch their projects during the Marche, at the same time as learning about the global film market and the commercial requirements of the film industry. The event was founded by the Marche and Champs Lis International in 2013.

The cash award is to be invested in the production of the winning project. The pitching session will take place Monday, May 19 (2pm) at the Olympia Cinema and the winning project will be announced Tuesday, May 19 at the Ncftff press conference at the Majestic Hotel.

This year’s projects include Huang Grey’s My Angel, Xia Ho’s No.23, Tai Min’s One Night In Beijing, Gao Bo’s Roads Game, Zhuang Jialong
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Cannes: Jackie Chan to Present $165,000 New Talent Prize

Cannes: Jackie Chan to Present $165,000 New Talent Prize
Chinese superstar Jackie Chan and the Cannes Market have created an RMB1 million ($165,000) prize for the Chinese filmmakers taking part in the Cannes festival’s 3rd New Chinese Film Talents Forum.

The money comes from Chan’s Project A: Young Filmmaker Development Fund. The financial prize is specifically to be invested in the costs of the production of the winning director’s new project. The forum is in its third year and this year is host to eight young directors.

The eight get to pitch their projects at a session May 18 at the Olympia Cinema in Cannes. The winning project will be announced on Tuesday (May 19) at the Marche’s Ncftff Press Conference at the Majestic Hotel.
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Golden Network boards Jackie Chan's 'Railroad Tigers'

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Exclusive: Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Jackie Chan’s next project, $50m action comedy Railroad Tigers, to be directed by Ding Sheng.

Set in China in 1941, the film will star Chan as a railroad worker heading a team of freedom fighters who use their extensive knowledge of the train network to ambush Japanese forces and steal food for starving Chinese.

Investors in the film include Sparkle Roll Media Corporation, Shanghai Film Group, Beijing Going Zoom Media and Shanghai New Culture Media Group.

Scheduled to start production in October, the film aims to revive the spirit of classic Chan comedies such as Project A and Drunken Master II, but with a bigger budget and more elaborate action sequences.

Ding recently launched Beijing Going Zoom Media and previously worked with Chan on hits Little Big Soldier and Police Story 2013.

Railroad Tigers is being lined up for release in October 2016, around the time of
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