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Review Round-Up: ‘Chasing the Dragon’ & ‘Skybound’

Chasing The Dragon

Stars: Donnie Yen, Andy Lau, Philip Keung, Wilfred Lau, Wilfred Lau, Kent Cheng, Bryan Larkin, Ben Ng, Ken Tong, Niki Chow, Michelle Hu, Wai-Man Chan, Lawrence Chou, Wong Chun, Jai Day | Written and Directed by Wong Jing

Crippled Ho, an illegal immigrant from mainland China sneaks into British-colonized Hong Kong in 1963, a den of corruption, drugs and violence. Working as a thug for a local gang, Ho comes to the attention of corrupt cop Lee Rock. The unlikely duo team up and set about taking over the city’s thriving, dangerous underworld.

Directed by Hong Kong film veteran Wong Jing (God of Gamblers), Chasing the Dragon has been described as a Chinse version of Scarface – and its easy to see why. Both films are something of a period piece: Scarface was set in the opulent 80s when drug dealers became rock stars, whereas Chasing the Dragon is set in the corrupt,
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Daveed Diggs’ ‘Blindspotting’ Gets Release Date From Lionsgate

Lionsgate has dated “Blindspotting” for a limited release on July 27, followed by a wide release on Aug. 10.

The movie — which opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival — stars “Hamilton” breakout Daveed Diggs as a man on the last days of his parole. He moves boxes out of houses with his friend, played by Rafael Casal, as they navigate a series of tense situations in their neighborhood involving race and violence amid a rapidly gentrifying city.

Diggs and Casal co-wrote the script, which was directed by first-time feature director Carlos Lopez Estrada. Lionsgate bought the worldwide rights to the film less than a week after its premiere.

Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge gave a rave review, writing, “‘Blindspotting’ [is] the most exciting cinematic take on contemporary race relations since ‘Do the Right Thing’ nearly 30 years ago. This explosive big-screen collaboration marks a rousing and incredibly timely choice to kick off Sundance 2018, with great potential to serve as a cultural
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Al Pacino Gives TMZ Photog Thumbs Up for Scarface Impression

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[[tmz:video id="0_o1ph9auk"]] Al Pacino, one of the great actors of all time, was Impressed by our photog's homage ... seriously!!! Dante spotted Al Friday leaving E Baldi in Bev Hills, and he surrendered his camera to someone and put it all out there ... first doing a bit from "Any Given Sunday" and then doing a more-than-respectable "Scarface." Check it out ... Al gave his seal of approval. Speaking of this given Sunday ... Al seems pretty damn unimpressed by the Super Bowl.
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Don’t despair, Jennifer Lawrence: Check out the other great performances that got Razzie nominations

Don’t despair, Jennifer Lawrence: Check out the other great performances that got Razzie nominations
Among this year’s Golden Raspberry Awards nominees are Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky, up in Worst Actress and Worst Director respectively for the polarizing psychological thriller “mother!” The film, which earned mixed-to-positive reviews from critics but a damning ‘F’ grade from CinemaScore, is hardly the first picture to, despite many glowing notices, earn Razzie recognition. Not only have the Razzies honored outstanding work, they’ve even bestowed love upon Oscar-nominated performances. (Check out the complete list of Razzie Awards nominations here.)

Brian De Palma received a trio of Worst Director Razzie nominations for “Dressed to Kill” (1980); “Scarface” (1983); and “Body Double” (1984), all of which garnered mixed reviews at the time but now are widely seen as among the filmmaker’s best work. He would go on to, more deservedly, earn Worst Director nominations for the panned “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (1990) and “Mission to Mars” (2000).

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Horror Highlights: You Were Never Really Here Poster, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Hangman

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Joaquin Phoenix tops today's Horror Highlights with a new poster for You Were Never Really Here, making its American premiere this month at the Sundance Film Festival, and we also have new information on the soundtrack for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 and home media release details for the serial killer thriller Hangman, starring Al Pacino.

You Were Never Really Here Sundance Poster: "You Were Never Really Here premiered at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in competition, where Lynne Ramsay won the Best Screenplay award and Joaquin Phoenix won the award for Best Actor. Acclaimed director Lynne Ramsay returns to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with the film’s American debut.

Amazon Studios will release You Were Never Really Here in select theaters April 6, 2018

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading
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Donnie Yen and Andy Lau Rule the Streets in Chasing The Dragon

Donnie Yen and Andy Lau are the embodiment of brotherhood in Well Go USA’s Chasing The Dragon. They practically ruled the streets of 1974 Hong Kong as two of the most infamous outlaws on record. Both Donnie and Andy Lau give fiery performances that surely equaled the passion and zest of their real-life counterparts. Chasing the Dragon is based on a true story, which is even more thrilling and scary. The Blue-Ray combo will drop on January 23rd. You’ll definitely need to cop that because watching it once will not be enough.

If you are a fan of Scarface, arguably the most iconic gangsta movie ever, this movie is for you. That’s basically what this story is like, except in China. Donnie Yen stimulates the senses as China’s real-life drug lord, Cripple Ho. Cripple Ho is merciless and cold-blooded but with a deeply ingrained sense of loyalty.
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Donnie Yen and Andy Lau Rule the Streets in Chasing The Dragon

Donnie Yen and Andy Lau are the embodiment of brotherhood in Well Go USA’s Chasing The Dragon. They practically ruled the streets of 1974 Hong Kong as two of the most infamous outlaws on record. Both Donnie and Andy Lau give fiery performances that surely equaled the passion and zest of their real-life counterparts. Chasing the Dragon is based on a true story, which is even more thrilling and scary. The Blue-Ray combo will drop on January 23rd. You’ll definitely need to cop that because watching it once will not be enough.

If you are a fan of Scarface, arguably the most iconic gangsta movie ever, this movie is for you. That’s basically what this story is like, except in China. Donnie Yen stimulates the senses as China’s real-life drug lord, Cripple Ho. Cripple Ho is merciless and cold-blooded but with a deeply ingrained sense of loyalty.
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4 Remakes You Can’t Miss In 2018 | Must-Watch Movies

Remakes to Look Out For in 2018

If you thought Hollywood had exhausted every possible reboot, prequel, sequel and remake in 2017, don’t hold your breath- 2018 isn’t much different. One can’t deny the nostalgic appeal that remakes offer audiences today. With moviegoers more than happy to take a walk down memory lane, remakes are often amongst the best performing movies of the year. Studios love to bank on established properties that audiences are well familiar with, little wonder the Hollywood remake machine remains as busy as ever.

Not every remake receives critical praise, however. While some successfully reimagine and adapt the stories of beloved classics, others fail so miserably they fade away unnoticed. Will the remakes billed for release this year do their originals justice? You be the judge. If you’re interested to see which remakes are being released in 2018, we’ve compiled a list for you below.
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Iconic Voiceover Actor Alan Bleviss Dies at 76

Canadian-born Alan Bleviss, who swayed the American people as the signature voice of the Democratic Party and lent gravitas to hundreds of movie trailers and TV commercials, has died. He was 76.

Bleviss died Dec. 30 in New York City after a long battle with lung cancer, his daughter Sarah Jenny Bleviss told The Hollywood Reporter.

Classic movie lovers will know his sonorous, honeyed voice from one-minute movie trailers for Scarface, Dirty Dancing and On Golden Pond, as the voice of Enterprise rental cars commercials and as a host of other blue-chip advertisers like At&T and American Express.

Born on Aug. 6,...
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2018 Movie Release Date Schedule

As we come upon the end of 2017, it’s time to start looking forward to the films on the schedule for 2018. We’ll of course have the usual assortment of sequels and continuing franchises. Some you may want (like Deadpool 2), and some you may not (like The Purge: The Island). There are also sure-fire blockbusters like The Avengers: Infinity War to look forward to in 2018. There are also things we’re looking forward to and hoping that they don’t disappoint, like A Wrinkle in Time and Aquaman.

With all of this in mind, we took it upon ourselves to put together a list of the biggest films currently scheduled for release throughout the coming year, a 2018 Movie Release Date Schedule if you will. We hope you find it useful and that it helps you plan what you’re going to look forward to over the next twelve months. But,
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Jerry Greenberg, ‘The French Connection’ Editor, Dies at 81

Jerry Greenberg, ‘The French Connection’ Editor, Dies at 81
Jerry Greenberg, the film editor who created one of the most legendary car chase scenes in history, died Friday after a long illness. He was 81.

While Greenberg was best-known for his Oscar- and BAFTA-winning editing for “The French Connection,” which included an iconic car chase sequence, he worked on other notable films like “Apocalypse Now” and “The Untouchables.” His work on “Apocalypse Now” earned him a second Oscar nomination in 1979, as well as BAFTA and Ace Eddie award nominations, alongside his co-editors. He received a second Oscar nomination in the same year for his editing of “Kramer Vs. Kramer.”

His career began as an assistant to pioneering editor Dede Allen on 1963’s “America America,” and he went on to assist her on “Bonnie and Clyde,” which received acclaim for its final ambush scene that contained more than 50 cuts in under a minute. He notably collaborated with director Brian De Palma after working on 1980’s “Dressed to Kill,” which
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Al Pacino's New Movie Earns Rare 0% Rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Al Pacino's New Movie Earns Rare 0% Rating on Rotten Tomatoes
Al Pacino, no matter what happens during the rest of his acting career, will always be remembered as one of the greatest actors to ever grace the silver screen. Still, his more recent efforts have left something to be desired and, if Rotten Tomatoes is to be believed, his latest movie is no different. In fact, his new movie Hangman has earned a very rare distinction. Hangman is now one of very few, terrible movies that boasts a 0 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch.

Hangman, which arrives in theaters for limited release this weekend, co-stars Karl Urban and Brittany Snow. A couple of respectable actors in their own right. So what went so wrong here? Apparently, a whole lot. As of this writing, there are 11 reviews counted for Hangman and every single of them is negative. Here's what the Los Angeles Times had to say about the movie in their negative review.
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Kaia Gerber's Playful Pastel Two-Piece, Selena Gomez's Coach Ensemble & More Best Dressed Stars of the Week

Flirty, feminine and fab looks dominated the red carpets this week!

Kaia Gerber wowed in a powder blue, ruffled two-piece. Romantic florals were the top choice for Mila Kunis and Kerry Washington. Meanwhile, Alicia Vikander and Jennifer Lawrence oozed elegance and donned romantic pastel pink looks.

This week, the stars stepped out in ladylike ensembles and exuded sartorial splendor with their attire. There was no shying away from over-the-top elegant designs, and whether it was the Fashion Awards or a movie premiere, these A-listers entertained fashion lovers with their great choices and panache.

Et has all the details on the celebrities that slayed the fashion game for the week of Dec. 3 -- and where you can get their looks!

Kaia Gerber

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The 16-year-old model was a vision in baby blue at the 2017 Fashion Awards in London, England, on Dec. 4.

Gerber strutted her stuff in a $37,480 Ralph & Russo two-piece design featuring a silk ruffled crop top and
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Bad Dreams (1988)

Cults and their leaders have always equally repulsed, fascinated, and terrified me. The repulsion and terror are obvious markers for any sane person, but some would rather not have it in their lives at all, thank you very much. This is also a lucid and healthy response. But in horror we look for the cathartic in the carnal; and while Bad Dreams (1988) spends a great deal of effort mining a very similar vein as A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), it succeeds in carving out its own modest slice in the late ‘80s landscape.

Released stateside in April by Twentieth Century Fox, Bad Dreams made back its $4 million dollar budget opening weekend, but petered out after it pulled in just over $9 million total. A profit, yes, but not the big numbers they were hoping for based on what they thought was a foolproof Elm Street format. Oh, and
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10 Goodfellas Facts You Never Knew

10 Goodfellas Facts You Never Knew
It's arguably the most famous movie about organized crime of all time, save for the first two movies of the Godfather trilogy. Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, and Joe Pesci starred in Goodfellas, an essential component of the cinematic legacy shared by DeNiro and filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Based on a true story, the crime saga sits alongside The Godfather, Scarface, and Casino as one of the greatest gangster dramas ever made. Here, we look at 10 things you never knew about Goodfellas.

Imagine Gooodfellas starring Tom Cruise and Madonna.

The producers initially wanted Tom Cruise and Madonna in the lead roles of Henry Hill and his wife, Karen. Madonna's ex-husband Sean Penn was also considered for Henry. Hill is the real life gangster whose story inspired the book Wiseguy, which inspired the movie. Hill was kicked out of the FBI's Witness Protection Program. After the release of Goodfellas, he enjoyed the spotlight,
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Inside Michelle Pfeiffer's Life (and Amazing Looks!) at 59

Inside Michelle Pfeiffer's Life (and Amazing Looks!) at 59
Michelle Pfeiffer‘s return to the spotlight is a welcome one.

This year the three-time Oscar nominee, 59, and perennial beauty icon starred as Ruth Madoff with Robert De Niro in HBO’s Wizard of Lies, tormented Jennifer Lawrence in Darren Aronofsky‘s creepy thriller mother! and played a mysterious widow in Murder on the Orient Express.

“She’s a beautiful actress in all senses,” her Orient Express director Kenneth Branagh tells People, noting she can have fun with a sexy character but “turn on a dramatic dime and reveal the pain underneath.”

Pfeiffer admits her “comeback year” is a bit
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Crypt of Curiosities: The Cat People Films

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Next to Universal, few studios have had such a big impact on horror than Rko Radio Pictures. Started in 1927, Rko was the first studio founded to make exclusively sound films, a then-brand-new invention that served as a major draw for the studio. Rko’s life was relatively short (it was killed just 30 years after forming), but during their time, they put out a seriously impressive number of classics, including Top Hat, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Informer, and most notably, Citizen Kane.

Of course, Rko didn’t shy away from horror. While their output wasn’t nearly as prolific as, say, Universal’s, it was still quite impressive, boasting some of the most formative and important horror films of old Hollywood. Rko saw the release of a few all-time classics, including I Walked With a Zombie, The Thing From Another World, King Kong, and the topic of today’s Crypt,
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‘American Gangster’ and the Two Sides of Ridley Scott

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

There are at least two Ridley Scotts working in Hollywood. Ridley Scott, auteur — the man who revolutionized science fiction and horror cinema at the same time with Alien, who single-handedly resurrected the swords-and-sandals epic with Gladiator, who
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Harvey Weinstein Accused of Raping Employee in the '70s as More Women Come Forward

Harvey Weinstein Accused of Raping Employee in the '70s as More Women Come Forward
A former employee of Harvey Weinstein is accusing him of raping her in the 1970s as more women come forward to make allegations of sexual misconduct against the disgraced movie mogul.

Hope Exiner d’Amore and three other women — Ashley Matthau, Lacey Dorn and Cynthia Burr — spoke with The New York Times about their previously unreported experiences with Weinstein, adding their names to the growing number of accusers and widening the timeframe of his alleged abuse.

“This has haunted me my entire life,” Exiner d’Amore, now 62, told the paper.

The Oscar-winning producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by
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Michelle Pfeiffer Opens Up About Her Social Anxiety, Admits She First Found Fame 'Terrifying'

Michelle Pfeiffer Opens Up About Her Social Anxiety, Admits She First Found Fame 'Terrifying'
While she has graced numerous red carpets over the course of her career, Michelle Pfeiffer says social situations still don't always come easy for her.

In an interview with her Murder on the Orient Express co-star, Olivia Colman, for Net-a-Porter's The Edit magazine, Pfeiffer admits that she's much more at ease when she's by herself than with a group of people.

"I need to have my own private time and space to gather myself," she confides. "I can sit for hours just doing nothing, by myself."

Exclusive: Michelle Pfeiffer Talks 'Daunting' Role Preparation, Looks Flawless in Rare Red Carpet Appearance

Pfeiffer says she is especially uncomfortable when around people she doesn't know. "Sometimes when you’re in a social situation where you don’t know people really well, it feels a little like you’re being interviewed all the time," she explains. "It’s understandable, but somewhat exhausting."

Needless to say, it was hard for
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