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Terence Chang’s Lucida Entertainment signs star trio

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Beijing-based company announces news at Shanghai International Film Festival.

Shanghai: Terence Chang and Yang Xin’s Lucida Entertainment has signed three young Chinese stars to its fast-growing talent stable – Godfrey Gao, Huang Jingyu and Wang Chuanjun.

The Beijing-based company will represent Taiwanese-Canadian star Gao in the mainland China market, co-operating with the actor’s Taiwanese management company, JetStar Entertainment. It will be the sole agent for Huang Jingyu and Wang Chuanjun.

Lucida announced the signings at its one-year anniversary party at the on-going Shanghai International Film Festival, attended by a host of local stars and industry figures, including Yuen Woo-ping and Manfred Wong.

Gao has credits including The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013), produced by Constantin Film, and Leong Po-chih’s The Jade Pendant (2016).

Huang’s credits include Zhang Meng’s upcoming comedy drama Guns And Kidneys and Dante Lam’s Operation Red Sea, scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2017, while Wang recently starred in [link
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Hong Kong goes West - When Hong Kong film makers attempt to break the Western market - part 4

2000’s Continued It would be three years after the success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon before Chow Yun Fat would star in another film. Surprisingly he decided to follow that classic up with the comic book movie Bulletproof Monk (2003), which was sadly beneath him at this point in his career. The plotline is overly simplistic, making the film feel as if it was aimed at children. Hong Kong action director Tung Wai was on board to work on the fight scenes, although his work here doesn’t show him at his best with an overuse of wire-work. Director Paul Hunter preferring to use quick cuts instead of showing the skills of the stunt performers doesn’t help the action either. As well as having involvement from...

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The Leaves: Josh Radnor to direct new sci-fi drama

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How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor is set to direct the upcoming sci-fi drama, The Leaves...

Josh Radnor, of How I Met Your Mother and Mercy Street fame, will be exploring uncharted (for him) territory as director of Lionsgate/Summit’s sci-fi drama The Leaves, the latest supernatural comic to come alive on the big screen.

This isn’t Radnor’s first time behind the camera (though it is his first paranormal one). His first venture behind the scenes was writing and directing the buzzed-about dramedy Happythankyoumoreplease, followed by Liberal Arts, which he also starred in. Both of his films received serious accolades even though neither was a box office smash.

In an uncharacteristic move, he won’t be making an onscreen appearance this time around. The Leaves is also a departure from his usual comedic material as he enters the world of science fiction.
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Trailer Premiere For Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny

Hot off the heels of Comic Con Experience in Brazil, check out the first look of the eagerly awaited Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny.

The film will premiere around the world on Netflix on Friday February 26, 2016 and will also be available in IMAX.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny tells an epic story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.

Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer (The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill 1& 2) and director (Tai Chi Master) Yuen Wo-Ping, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Lady) as Yu Shu-Lien and Donnie Yen (Ip Man 1&2, Monkey King 3D) as Silent Wolf.

Based on the acclaimed novel,
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'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny' Trailer Has Arrived

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'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny' Trailer Has Arrived
The past returns with a vengeance! Hot off the heels of Comic Con Experience in Brazil, check out the first look at the eagerly awaited Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. This is the long awaited sequel to the original Oscar-winning epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon from 2000. The film will premiere around the world on Netflix on Friday February 26, 2016. It will also be available in IMAX.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny tells an epic story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword. It also tells of one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil. The fate of the Martial World will be decided in this action-packed sequel.

Woo-ping Yuen directs Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. He is a renowned martial arts choreographer. He is best known for The Matrix and
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Netflix have unveiled release dates for their film slate

Netflix have revealed release dates for their initial film slate, starting with Beasts Of No Nation, starring Idris Elba.

Netflix are going to become big players in the film world. Fact. It’s not a question of if, but rather when as today the online streaming service have released the release dates for their first four original movies.

The Idris Elba starrer Beasts Of No Nation will kick off the initial Netflix release slate, and will be released on all of their platforms on October 16th. The film will also play in selected cinemas on the same date. Following that, The Ridiculous Six will be the first of four Adam Sandler films available only on Netflix. The movie will release on December 11th. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend will be released theatrically in China and on IMAX and on Netflix globally in Q1 2016, and then Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,
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Call the Midwife continues with 9m, Mr Selfridge returns to 3.4m

Call the Midwife topped the ratings on Sunday (January 25), according to overnight data.

The BBC One period drama attracted an average audience of 9.04 million viewers (34.1%) at 8pm, adding around 700,000 viewers on last week's premiere.

Earlier, Countryfile attracted 7.62m (35.1%) at 6.30pm, while Still Open All Hours aired to 7.85m (34.1%) at 7.30pm. Last Tango in Halifax continued with 6.32m (25.8%) at 9pm, while Match of the Day's Fa Cup round-up scored 2.43m (19.8%) at 10.30pm.

Over on BBC Two, Hugh Jackman's Real Steel appealed to 1.35m (6.2%) at 6pm, before Top Gear opened with 5.28m (20.2%) at 8pm. The new series of Dragon's Den averaged 2.35m (9.6%) at 9pm.

ITV's Get Your Act Together dipped to 2.49m (10.9%) at 7pm (108k/0.4% on +1), before All Star Family Fortunes entertained 2.58m (9.8%) at 8.15pm (93k/0.4%).

The new series of Mr Selfridge opened to low ratings in comparison to previous years. The first episode of the period drama was watched
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Why Chinese Legend Chow-Yun Fat Is Banned From Making Movies In China

Thanks to films like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Bulletproof Monk, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, it wouldn't be too big a stretch to call Chow Yun-Fat one of the biggest international stars to ever come out of China. But now his homeland's government is attempting to cripple his career over his political views, putting him on a black list domestically. Shanghaiist reports Chow Yun-Fat has been banned from working on film productions in mainland China by the socialist government there. His crime is being pro-democrat, publically supporting the student protests that have been popping up over the past five weeks. He first spoke out in early October, as reported by THR he told Apple Daily, "I.ve met the residents, the students . they are very brave and it.s touching to see that they.re fighting for what they want. The students are reasonable. If the government
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend To Premiere On Netflix & Select Global IMAX Theaters On August 28, 2015

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the stunning next chapter in the saga started by the critically and popularly acclaimed Ang Lee martial arts epic, will premiere exclusively on Netflix and in selected global IMAX theaters on August 28, 2015.

Produced by The Weinstein Company, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend echoes the themes of the original movie, but tells its own story — one of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.

Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer (The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill 1&2) and director (Tai Chi Master) Yuen Wo-Ping, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Lady) reprising her role as Yu Shu-Lien and Donnie Yen (Ip
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Netflix and Imax Will Release 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel Simultaneously

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the stunning next chapter in the saga started by the critically and popularly acclaimed Ang Lee martial arts epic, will premiere exclusively on Netflix and in selected global IMAX® theaters on August 28, 2015.

Cinemark and Regal Cinemas will not participate in the IMAX release.

Produced by The Weinstein Company, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend echoes the themes of the original movie, but tells its own story -- one of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.

Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer (The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill 1&2) and director (Tai Chi Master) Yuen Wo-Ping, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,
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'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' sequel coming to Netflix and IMAX

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is getting a sequel, and for the first time, you'll get to choose between spending opening day in theaters or at home. Netflix announced on Monday that it's partnering with The Weinstein Company to release its first original movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, simultaneously in select IMAX theaters and on the online streaming site next year. The film is slated to debut on Aug. 28. Netflix said that the sequel is one of "several" major films that will be released in this manner. "Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy an
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Netflix, Weinstein Co. Bust Windows With ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel Day-and-Date Release

Netflix, Weinstein Co. Bust Windows With ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel Day-and-Date Release
Netflix has reached a deal with The Weinstein Co. for its first original movie — a sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts pic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — set to hit IMAX theaters and the streaming-video service simultaneously next summer.

The film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend,” is slated for a Aug. 28, 2015, debut. Produced by Weinstein Co., the movie is the first of several major films to premiere day-and-date both on the Svod service (at no extra charge) and in select IMAX theaters worldwide. Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

Netflix has been eyeing day-and-date releases of movies, as chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a keynote last year at the Film Independent Forum in Los Angeles. The launch of the movie is likely to catch the ire of exhibitors — who have in the past viewed digital encroachment on theatrical windows as a threat.

Meanwhile,
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Breck Eisner exits Karate Kid 2, new writers hired

It was only back in April when Breck Eisner (The Crazies) had signed on to direct a sequel to the reboot of The Karate Kid, but it looks like he has already parted ways according to Deadline. Although it’s not what you’d think, it’s just because of scheduling difficulties. No new director has been announced nor has a shortlist.

In other Karate Kid news, the studio have also hired two new writers to punch up the script. Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer (neither of whom have writing credits to their names) have been brought on to re-write the Karate Kid 2 script which was originally penned by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Ethan Reiff (Kung Fu Panda) and Cyrus Voris (Bulletproof Monk).

Original stars Jackie Chan (Rush Hour) and Jaden Smith (After Earth) are set to reprise their roles for the sequel, although no plot details have been announced.
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The Musketeers finale dips to 3.9 million on BBC One

The Musketeers concluded its first series to just under 4 million viewers on Sunday, according to overnight data.

The BBC One period drama dipped by over 100,000 viewers from last week to 3.98m (17.6%) at 9pm.

Earlier, Countryfile attracted the highest audience of the night with 6.24m (32.2%) at 7pm, followed by Antiques Roadshow with 4.78m (21.4%) at 8pm. Match of the Day 2 scored 2.69m (20.8%) at 10.35pm.

On ITV, Endeavour returned for a new series with 5.03m (21.3%) at 8pm (635k/3.3% on +1). This is around 600k less than last year's opener, but up over 100k from its last episode.

Catchphrase puzzled 3.42m (20.2%) at 6pm (321k/1.7%), followed by Surprise, Surprise with 3.36m (17.3%) at 7pm (509k/2.3%).

BBC Two's Great Barrier Reef repeat brought in 965k (5.0%) at 7pm, while new series Border Country interested 1.25m (5.6%) at 8pm. Louis Theroux's La Stories fascinated 1.62m (7.1%) at 9pm.

On Channel 4, documentary Secret History gathered 1.13m (5.1%) at 8pm (163k/0.7%). Daniel Radcliffe
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Seann William Scott and Jackie Chan team up for Skiptrace

About 10 years ago, Seann William Scott was quite popular as a comedy/action hybrid star. He graduated from American Pie, starred in a few action films such as Welcome to the Jungle, Bulletproof Monk, and the occasional other comedy like Evolution. Since he's been away from the screen other than the somewhat overrated American Pie sequels. His hiatus is now set to change as The Hollywood Reporter is claiming Seann William Scott is set to team up with action legend Jackie Chan ( for a film known simply as Skiptrace. In the director's chair is relatively new talent Sam Fell (Paranorman).

Chan pitched the story himself, which involves a cop (Chan) whose niece (Fan Bingbing) finds herself in danger with the very same gang that Chan had been trying to catch for several years. Somehow a motor-mouth American gambler gets involved (Scott) who for some reason is a crucial part of
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Is It 1999? Jackie Chan Teams with Seann William Scott for 'Skiptrace'

Following a breakthrough role in American Pie, actor Seann William Scott eventually found a place as the comedic relief in action comedies like Evolution, Bulletproof Monk and The Rundown. But lately, the actor has been pretty low key with voice roles in the Ice Age franchise, smaller profile films like Goon, an episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and, of course, a return as Stifler in American Reunion. Now we have word from THR that Scott is getting back into action in a film called Skiptrace, and this time he'll team up with action veteran Jackie Chan for Paranorman and The Tale of Despereaux director Sam Fell. In addition, Chan and Scott will be joined by Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing in the action adventure set up at Exclusive Media and China's own Talent International Film Col. Chan came up with the story which follows a good cop (Chan) whose
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John Woo’s WWII Flying Tigers To Be 2-Pt Feature And Six-Hr Television Miniseries

Terence Chang, John Woo, Charlie Coker, Frank Botman, Han Sanping, Zhao Haicheng, Miao Xiaotian and Deng Meng (Director of contracts & cooperation China Film Co.)

Dutch-based strategic investment boutique Cyrte Investments and China Film Co., Ltd. are teaming with legendary action director John Woo (Face Off, Red Cliff, Mission Impossible II) on Flying Tigers, a feature film and six-hour television drama miniseries about a group of American pilots who volunteered to fight under the Chinese flag alongside their Chinese counterparts during WWII.

The project will be a two-part feature film released theatrically in greater China, and additionally crafted into a six-hour television drama miniseries for distribution in the rest of the world. The announcement was made today during the Beijing International Film Festival at a signing ceremony attended by Cyrte CEO Frank Botman, Cfg Chairman Han Sanping and John Woo.

The epic action drama tells the legendary story of the Flying Tigers,
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Cyrte, China Film Board John Woo’s ‘Flying Tigers’

Cyrte Investments and China Film Co. have come on board with John Woo (pictured above) and Terence Chang for their “Flying Tigers” World War II project to be released in two versions — a two-part feature for China and a six-hour miniseries for other markets.

Project, which Woo and Chang have been developing for several years, revolves around a group of U.S. pilots who joined the Chinese Air Force to help ward off Japanese attacks before the United States entered World War II. The “Flying Tigers” moniker was due to the shark’s teeth painted on their fighter planes.

Chang and Woo will produce under their Lion Rock banner. Netherlands-based Cyrte will also work with Exclusive Media, which is part of Cyrte’s portfolio, on the “Flying Tigers” project.

“‘Flying Tigers’ is a project that I have always wanted to do, because this is a story that expresses the courage,
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Three more cast members announced for Sky & NBC’s ‘Dracula’

Sky Living HD and NBC have announced that Katie McGrath (Merlin), Victoria Smurfit (Bulletproof Monk) and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones) will join Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) as series regulars in the much anticipated new drama series Dracula coming to Sky Living HD later this year.

McGrath will play Lucy Westenra, aristocratic London’s sexy, social butterfly who has a penchant for gossip, flirting and all things glamorous. A best friend to Dracula’s muse, Mina Murray (played by Jessica De Gouw), Lucy gradually becomes entwined in a web of lies, lust and temptation that challenges the boundaries of their relationship. McGrath recently completed her series regular role of Morgana on BBC’s hit television show Merlin.

Victoria Smurfit is no stranger to the small screen, having appeared in the likes of Ballykissangel and Cold Feet. She’s the latest in a string of strong and stunning female talent to commit to the series,
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NBC’s Drama Series ‘Dracula’, ABC’s Cullen Brothers Comedy Pilot Add To Casts

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NBC’s Drama Series ‘Dracula’, ABC’s Cullen Brothers Comedy Pilot Add To Casts
Irish actress Victoria Smurfit (Bulletproof Monk) has been cast in the upcoming NBC/Sky Living HD drama series Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The series re-introduces Dracula (Meyers) as he arrives in London, posing as American entrepreneur Alan Grayson who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw) who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife. Smurfit, repped by UTA, the Collective and UK’s United Agents, will play the lithe and beautiful Lady Jayne who is instantly attracted to Grayson and pursues him. Also previously cast in the series are Katie McGrath and Nonso Anozie. Based on a script by co-executive producer Cole Haddon, Dracula is executive produced by Colin Callender, Tony Krantz, Gareth Neame and Dan Knauf for Universal Television.
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