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Reasons for Viacom18’s withdrawal are unclear. “We had every intent to collaborate with ‘Kung Fu Yoga.’ However things didn’t work out as planned,” said Viacom 18 in an emailed statement. “But we are optimistic about more such partnerships in the future.”
The withdrawal means that one of the very few film co-productions involving India and China, has lost its Indian partner. Viacom18 is one of the biggest Bollywood studios, has connections in Indian TV and is also one of the few Indian companies with its own multi-territory distribution structure.
The Chinese production companies Shinework Media and Taihe, »
- Naman Ramachandran and Patrick Frater
Alvarez will serve as an in-house producer for two-year-old Broad Green, which has been seeking to broaden its slate and move into mainstream wide-release projects.
An informed source said Alvarez has resigned from his post at Relativity Studios, where he was named last year as exec VP of production and president its multicultural division, and that Relativity is seeking a replacement.
“Straight Outta Compton” has been an outsized hit for Universal with $161 million in U.S. grosses. Alvarez has also produced the “Friday,” “Barbershop,” “Are We There Yet?” and “Ride Along” series, as well as “All About the Benjamins” and “First Sunday.”
- Dave McNary
(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 »
Have you ever laughed at Jackie Chan’s hijinks in “Rumble in the Bronx” and wondered what the deal was with those Canadian mailboxes in the background? During “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," did you wonder why the sets for India, Eastern Europe, and Seattle all look strikingly similar? In “The Interview,” were you convinced that Seth Rogen and James Franco were arguing somewhere east of the Pacific ocean and not North Korea? Congratulate yourself. None of these films took place even remotely close to where they claimed to be (with the exception of Seattle) — they were all filmed in the third biggest film city in North America: Vancouver, British Columbia. Read More: Video Essay Counts Down Top 10 Movie Heroes Of All Time In this video essay from YouTube sensation Every Frame a Painting, the Vancouver native recalls seeing "Homeward Bound 2" as a child and being infuriated that they were trying »
- Samantha Vacca
For my money, there are two truly amazing, ass-kicking action flicks that came out of 2014 and wouldn’t you know, neither of them are from the United States. One of them is the Indonesian sequel called The Raid 2 and the other is the Chilean film called Redeemer, written and directed by Ernesto Diaz Espinoza. If you enjoy your action fast-paced and in your face, then this is a must-see movie starring Marko Zaror as Pardo, a top former hit man for a drug cartel who has gone rogue, taking down bad guys and wrong-doers in an effort to redeem himself for his past sins in hopes of one day seeing his wife and unborn child in Heaven, both of whom were murdered by a rival assassin known as Scorpion, played by José Luís Mósca.
Feared and respected by Chilean gangsters, the tattoo-covered Pardo — known as The Redeemer — carries with »
- Travis Keune
There were reports about Aamir Khan and Jackie Chan coming together for a film called Kung Fu Yoga, but it isn't possible for Mr. Perfectionist, who is currently gearing up for Dangal to do the film. Here's the reason...
"Kung Fu Yoga is a film that Jackie is planning. The director is Stanley Tong; he has made Rumble In The Bronx and a number of Jackie's films. That film it's not possible for me to do because they're shooting it this year. I would have liked to do it, but they're shooting this film in September-October this year and I will be shooting for Dangal from September to December. Then after December, I will lose my weight for five months. In June, I will complete Dangal's shoot, the younger portion. I can only start any film next year in August or September. I can't ask them to wait for so long, »
Iran’s top film event, the Fajr International Film Festival, is being reconfigured in an attempt to bring more international movies and film industry executives into the country.
Just as Iran and the U.S. announced the framework of a nuclear agreement that could lead to lifting sanctions, the government-run Cinema Organization of Iran issued two press releases announcing that for the first time the Fajr fest will host a separate new international event in Tehran.
Fajr’s new international offshoot will feature films from around the globe, including the U.S., screening alongside Iranian titles, plus master classes to be held by Hong Kong action-movie master Stanley Tong (“Rumble in the Bronx”); Polish auteur Krzysztof Zanussi (“Life as a Sexually Transmitted Disease”); Film Auckland chairman Pete Rive, who is an expert on doing co-productions with China; and Gallic effects wizard Bertrand Levallois, among others.
The new Iranian event will »
- Nick Vivarelli
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