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CinemaCon 2015 is well underway in Las Vegas, with studios showcasing their cinematic wares and detailing future releases ahead of time. One company to take to the stage just yesterday to preview its slew of future films was 20th Century Fox, offering up synopses for the likes of Kung Fu Panda 3, Ridley Scott’s The Martian and much more. We’ve cherry-picked two of the films from Collider’s report, which also includes Leonardo DiCaprio’s revenge drama The Revenant, among others.
First up, Po’s latest adventure. Having recently reshuffled the release date for DreamWorks’ animation, the distributor unveiled the following synopsis, teasing a never-before-seen panda paradise for the ass-kicking protagonist.
In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to »
- Michael Briers
Hong Kong action superstar, Donnie Yen, is back in a big way with his upcoming martial arts film, Kung Fu Killer. The film, which opened in Hong Kong under the title Kung Fu Jungle, is a great return to form for Yen, whose last few films prior to this one were a bit of a chore to say the least. Kung Fu Killer sees Yen in top form, as a martial arts master who is seeking out a kind of evil twin who is killing other masters in the hopes of becoming the number one kung fu master in Hong Kong.Kung Fu Killer has a lot going for it that Yen's most recent flops haven't. It has a tight, cohesive story with minimal flourish, it...
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John Shannon, Mj Lambert and Ben Geis are session musicians who have played live and on record for artists including Lauryn Hill, Slick Rick, John Mayer and Ben Harper. As rock group theShift, the trio hopes to carve out a lane that is all their own. To Shannon, it's about bringing "danger" back in to their songs and live shows. "We bring danger by not holding back, by keeping songs open to whatever happens -- not in jam way, but by bringing back the guitar solo, by not being afraid to let it go on stage," Shannon told HitFix this week about theShift "experience" of "transcendence. "We're giving it everything we have and really not giving a f*ck what anybody thinks. We want to take the audience on a trip." One unexpected audience Shannon's earned in his years of experience: Louis C.K., and fans who watch his show "Louie. »
- Katie Hasty
Ian Bishop is a world record holder for the most punches thrown in a single second. His speed and power is shown during the you tube videos i have seen and his own brand of martial arts system “The Transporter” is now recognized around the world as a new Martial Art. Ian is also ready to be inducted into the hall of fame for his martial arts style which is now a legit style around the world.
May 31st 2015, his big day will arrive to step forward and show the world that he can break his own world record and set the bar even higher for anyone who follows. Ian was kind enough to take some time and answer a few questions which i had send over. I would like to thank Ian and appreciate the time »
Ann Hui’s The Golden Era continued its awards sweep at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night, winning five prizes including best film and best director.
The biopic of writer Xiao Hong also won best cinematography, best art direction and best costume and make-up. It recently won best director and best supporting actor at the Asian Film Awards in Macau.
Overheard 3 was also a multiple winner at the Hong Kong Film Awards, clinching best actor for Lau Ching-wan, best supporting actor for Kenneth Tsang and best screenplay for Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s script.
Best actress went to Vicky Zhao Wei for Peter Ho-sun Chan’s child abduction drama Dearest, while Ivana Wong picked up both best supporting actress and best new performer for her role in comedy Golden Chickensss.
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The speed at which Daredevil has us emotionally invested in its characters is a lesson to other superhero TV shows...
With the whole series of Daredevil now available on Netflix, the race is on to reach the ending before someone spoils it for you. But that presents us with a problem. How do we approach reviews? It's not much use speculating about the future of the series when it's available at a moment's notice, but watching the whole thing in one go for a single review is impractical for anyone with a day job and personal relationships to maintain – to say nothing of how difficult it is to critically appraise 12 hours of television if you don't savour the instalments properly.
That's why, instead of traditional reviews, we're trying something new. An episode-by-episode unpicking of the show, looking at its techniques, characters and use of the source material. Call them annotations, »
Ann Hui and her biographical drama “The Golden Era” were the big winners at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night. Hui collected five awards including best film and best director.
The expensive, three-hour picture has been a regular winner on the Asian awards and festival circuit, but it flopped badly at the box office in both China and Hong Kong. Its continuing awards tally may reflect Hui’s efforts to make a large-scale art-house film at a time in Chinese cinema history that is often described as a ‘golden era,’ for growing commerciality and the huge expansion of the mainland Chinese box office.
Other significant wins on the night included singer turned actress Ivana Wong’s double win »
- Patrick Frater
Sammo Hung is one of the greatest Kung Fu stars/choreographers in the history of world cinema, whether he is in front or behind the camera Sammo always gives 100% and this time it’s no different. The Monkey King 2, a sequel to the 2014 box office hit stars Aaron Kwok, Gong Li, Feng Shaofeng and Xiaoshenyang and will see the return of Director Cheang Pou-soi.
The Monkey King 2 will be shot in 3D and will be released in February 2016, in time for Chinese New year. The movie has a budget of Hk$530 million, but without Donnie Yen in the lead role will the movie be as successful as the first outing? time will tell.
Here are a select few of some of the best Sammo Hung movies, which he was action director.
*Magnificent Butcher (co action with Yuen Woo Ping)
The 1980s were an important period for comics as they transitioned from the Bronze Age to the Modern or Dark Age of Comics with books like Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns. It was also an incredibly creative time for Marvel Comics with Chris Claremont and John Byrne beginning the decade with their “Dark Phoenix Saga” epic in Uncanny X-Men, Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil as well as the first event crossover Secret Wars and ending with the rise of artists, like Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee, who would later found Image Comics.
At East Coast Comicon, comics historian and researcher of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe Peter Sanderson, former Uncanny X-Men editor and Daredevil writer Ann Nocenti, and former Amazing Spider-Man editor Jim Salicrup chatted and swapped stories about what Marvel was really like in the 1980s.
After saying comics were his drug of choice then, Jim Salicrup »
- Logan Dalton
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]
The post This Week In Trailers: Tomgirl, Old School Kung Fu Fest 15: Enter the Ninjas!, Soul Boys of the Western World, The Treatment, Steak (R)evolution appeared first on /Film. »
- Christopher Stipp
Returning for its fifth edition, Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 will celebrate martial arts and action cinema by turning its focus on "the deadliest fighter of them all...the ninja!" I'm quoting the official announcement, although I'm not convinced the ninja is actually the deadliest fighter of them all. Most sneaky? Yes. Deadliest? I'm going with the samurai, who swagger into town without a master and an allegiance only to preserving the values he holds the most dear. But the ninjas certainly look good on the big screen... Here's more from the official synopsis: Since the dawn of time, man's natural predator has been the ninja. Hiding in your shower, crouching behind your laptop, clinging to your back -- the ninja is everywhere. What killed...
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Running Time: 101 minutes
Synopsis: John Wick (Reeves) is a retired hit man who finds himself drawn back into the dangerous world of organised crime after the local mob boss’ son Iosef (Allen) breaks into his home and murders his dog, a gift left to him from his recently deceased wife.
In recent weeks we at Thn have been taking a walk down the memory lane of Keanu Reeves’ career in our series Keanu Classics. The series has looked at past victories Bill & Ted, My Own Private Idaho, Point Break, Speed and The Matrix. Since The Matrix though it’s all been a little quiet on the Keanu front. He popped up in Christmas 2013 release 47 Ronin briefly and then vanished again. All that is about to change this »
- Kat Smith
Long-time screenwriter Lau Ho Leung (Painted Skin, Kung Fu Jungle) makes his directorial debut in this energetic action comedy following a gang of thieves who masquerade as cops to pull off a heist, only to encounter a rival posse with the exact same idea. Francis Ng and Simon Yam head up the cast, which sets its sights firmly on local audiences, delivering a winning combination of humour, action and camaraderie that transcends its budgetary limitations.After a 16-year stretch in a Malaysian prison, Big F (Francis Ng) returns to Hong Kong and tracks down his former partners in crime. Flamboyant hair stylist Johnnie T (Patrick Tam), short-sighted minibus driver East L (Mark Cheng) and washed-up bowling alley caretaker Crazy B (Simon Yam) are initially reluctant to...
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Currently in its fifth year, the four-day event showcases the best martial arts and action films from 1960s through the 1980s.
This year’s special focus is ninja films. Other titles include black-and-white Shinobi No Mono Parts 1 & 2 and Cannon Films’ ninja trilogy of Enter The Ninja, Revenge Of The Ninja and Ninja III: The Domination.
Nonprofit Subway Cinema presents the festival and its programming team including Samuel Jamier, Rufus de Rham and Goran Topalovic curate the event. »
Ip Man 3 just introduced two interesting additions to its cast. Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson is coming aboard, and will fight the legendary Donnie Yen, who reprises his role as the title character. If that wasn't cool and/or weird enough for you, the filmmakers also plan to utilize a CG version of Bruce Lee as opposed to having an actor portray the Kung Fu legend.
Ip Man 3 begins shooting today in Shanghia, China on a reported budget of $36 million. Wilson Yip, who directed Ip Man and Ip Man 2, returns to helm this latest installment in the popular international action franchise. Producer Raymond Wong and writer Edmond Wong are also back for this third and possibly, but not likely, last movie. Pegasus chairman and Ip Man 3 producer Raymond Wong stated to THR:
"Two years ago Mike Tyson opened up a Weibo [the Chinese microblogging site] account and the first question he asked was, »
Jack Neo’s Singaporean smash hit “Ah Boys to Men: Frogmen” receives its first screening in Hong Kong March 24 as the franchise comedy seeks international buyers to match its impressive haul on home turf.
Neo has become Singapore’s most successful commercial director. The film is produced by the recently listed mm2 Asia in a co-production with Fox Intl. Channels and Ascension Pictures, among others.
Neo and the main cast will make an appearance on the Convention Centre floor today. Mm2 says one of its FilMart objectives is to sign a distributor for Hong Kong.
The film’s four-day Chinese New Year gross, at S$2.83 million ($2.04 million), represented the all-time record opening in Singapore by an Asian film, beating the decade-old record held by Stephen Chow’s “Kung Fu Hustle.” That film finished its run with S$4.33 million ($3.13 million). As of March 19, “Frogmen” stood at S$7.07 million ($5.10 million).
- Patrick Frater
What do Bai Ling, tight spandex undies, gallons of fake blood, evil monsters from outer space, and a blue mutant ape have in common? They are all playing a significant role in the upcoming anthology feature ABCs of Superheroes whose ridiculously cheesy, over the top trailer is below… The film presents us with a superhero, a group of superheroes, or a supervillain for each letter of the alphabet. Think of ABCs of Superheroes as the spandex-wearing cousin of The ABCs of Death franchise!
ABCs of Superheroes is the first feature length film for German directors Jens Holzheuer and Oliver Tietgen and producer René Wiesner, who have built the film around their entry for The ABCs of Death 2, entitled “M is for Menstruation” which revolves around a female superhero who has very peculiar and special female
Even though the ABCs of Superheroes is still shooting it already features guest stars such as Bai Ling, »
- Phil Wheat
Describing the premise of the CW’s “iZombie” always makes me feel slightly dumber. You see, Liv (Rose McIver from “Masters of Sex”) is a promising med student who gets bitten by a zombie, but discovers that she retains her intelligence and personality so long as she gets a steady diet of brains. And when she gets a job at the local morgue for steady access to brains without violence, she discovers that eating other people’s brains gives her temporary access to their memories, skills and personality traits, which she uses — by posing as a psychic for cop Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) — to solve their murders. But if the premise — some of it borrowed from the DC/Vertigo comic, but leaving out the comics’ monster cosmology (which also includes were-terriers, mummies and ghosts) — sounds ridiculous, the execution by the “Veronica Mars” duo of Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright is a lot of fun. »
- Alan Sepinwall
I just had the opportunity to check out Rise of the Legend, the latest in the pantheon of Wong Fei Hung movies that fans (like me) have enjoyed over the years. From Kwan Tak Hing, to Liu Chia Hui, to Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Zhao Wen Zho, Chin Kar Lok; Fei Hung was even played by a girl in one of my favorite films, Iron Monkey (‘93.) Angie Tsang played a young Wong Fei Hung in one of my favorite (actually) depictions of the character in that film. My personal favorite Wong Fei Hung was Jet Li, but this new kid might just have the goods, so to speak, Eddie Peng brings a youth and grittiness to the character that I honestly haven’t seen before. You may know Eddie Peng as perhaps the most interesting part of the Kung Fu Hero/Zero series, playing the villain Fang Zi Jing. I have to say, »
- Robert Jefferson
Dragon Blade is the most expensive Asian movie to date, starring the biggest legend in world cinema Jackie Chan and it does not disappoint. Dragon Blade is a movie which breathes a breath of fresh air, great cast, amazing sets and a story about world peace. It broke records on it’s opening Chinese new year weekend and has earned Us$113.36 million in China alone up to the 8th March.
Jackie plays the character of Huo An, a commander of the Silk Road Protection Squad who get caught for stealing gold coins and sent to a camp to build a city in just 15 days. His dream is for world peace and that one day his dream of having 36 nation flags, flying high will come true. Whilst there they encounter a roman army lead by Lucius (Cusack), who turn up to take »
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