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Orlando Bloom Heads To Shanghai For Action Thriller Smart Chase: Fire & Earth

17 June 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Orlando Bloom has signed up to lead Shanghai-set actioner Smart Chase: Fire & Earth, the first movie from BlissBloom Productions, a venture co-financed by both Bloom and Chinese outfit Bliss Media. As well as taking his first leading action role in a while, Bloom’s also set to produce the pic, which has got quite the international assembly both in front and behind the camera.

Bloom stars as Danny Stratton, described as “a washed-up private security agent,” who is given a chance to turn around his bad luck by “escorting a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai, but is ambushed en route. With the safety of the women he loves in jeopardy, Danny has to work with his team of security experts, the S.M.A.R.T., to save her, as a dreadful conspiracy begins to unravel.”

That sounds like it has potential to reinvigorate the actor’s career and »

- Gem Seddon

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Orlando Bloom partners with China’s Bliss Media

17 June 2016 12:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Actor Orlando Bloom is partnering with China’s Bliss Media to form a joint production company, BlissBloom Productions, and will star in the venture’s first production S.M.A.R.T. Chase: Fire & Earth.

Directed by Julien Seri (Night Fare), S.M.A.R.T. Chase will also star Jing Tian (Great Wall), Leo Wu (The Wonder), Cao Kefan (The Flowers Of War) and rising talent Liu Enyou.

Bliss Media will finance, produce and oversee Chinese distribution for the project, which is written by Kevin Bernhardt (The Immortals) and co-produced with Jerome Salle (The Tourist). CAA packaged the film and reps Us rights.

The story follows a private security agent who is ambushed while escorting a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai.

Bloom will next be seen in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Michael Apted’s Unlocked.

Bliss, which launched the $150m Bliss-codi Film & TV Investment Fund at Cannes last month »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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10 Current Superstars That Are Future WWE Main Eventers

7 February 2016 4:12 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Every year, the WWE’s unofficial calendar begins anew after WrestleMania. The Showcase Of The Immortals has always been treated as the culmination of an entire year’s worth of booking, planning, and storytelling. The new wrestling year often sees new characters debut and new feuds beginning which often includes the creation of new main eventers, sometimes as soon as the R.A.W. (Raw After WrestleMania).

Regardless of when their opportunity arises, some superstars get elevated to the main event and never look back. Legends like Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Steve Austin reached the top of the card after years of working the mid card and proved to be every bit worth the wait. Other superstars like Brutus Beefcake, Lex Luger, or more recently Jack Swagger and Ryback were thrust upon the main event scene following past WrestleManas only to fall back into obscurity shortly thereafter. »

- Matt Davis

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