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Warrior's Gate is essentially The Last Starfighter re-imagined as an epic Chinese fantasy. In it, a teenager is magically transported to China where he learns to convert his video game skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior. While that's kind of a weird premise, it's even weirder that nobody is talking about the film despite the fact that two trailers have dropped and they look pretty darn great. Warrior's Gate is a Chinese/French co-production between EuropaCorp and Fundamental Film. The two also partnered on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets which recently made a splash at Comic Con and is getting a significantly bigger push. The film was written by Besson and long time collaborator Robert Mark Kamen (Taken, The Fifth Element) and...
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Former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh isn't arm candy any longer. The 53-year-old, who joined Netflix's Marco Polo's second season this year, has her own leading role and continues to kick butt on screen. Yeoh tells People her role involves a lot of stunts, which she "loves every moment of." "In the past, the action sequences that we do, we work very closely with the stunt people," she says. "It was fabulous because I had some amazing stunt people from China, of course, and all the Mongolian stunt people, from Germany, from Kazakhstan. It was fascinating to be part of »
- Jessica Fecteau, @jessfect
In hindsight, the pairing feels inevitable: Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville in a buddy-cop movie. The two enact the evergreen straitlaced detective/wacky partner dynamic in Renny Harlin’s upcoming “Skiptrace,” the first trailer for which premiered today. Watch it below.
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Chan plays a Hong Kong detective, while Knoxville is an American fugitive who joins up with him because of reasons. The former has played similar roles in the “Rush Hour” movies alongside Chris Tucker — and, lest we forget, Roman Polanski in a bizarre cameo at the end of the series’ third installment — as well as “Shanghai Noon” alongside Owen Wilson, of course. Bingbing Fan of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and former WWE performer Eve Torres co-star in the action comedy.
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- Michael Nordine
What caught my eye in the massive schedule breakdown.
I’m trying to remember when nerd culture became the zeitgeist of my era… I imagine it all started with the moon landing, it being one of the greatest awe-inspiring events in human history, exponentially heightened by a medium — TV — that allowed for nearly the entire world to partake in the moment together. That was a huge win for nerds, even if the idols created from it — Armstrong and Aldrin — were hunkier and jockier than the scientists and mathematicians in the background that made it all possible. Bill Gates is the epitome of a nerd, but yet he’s super-successful; he gave Earth a device that enables me to watch pornogra… I mean, study the teachings of Jesus Christ whenever and wherever I want; and he’s infamous for his business acumen and dominating, competitive zeal. Reading comic books was always an endeavor undertaken by nerds and nerds »
- Colton Ledford
Let’s face it; it’s a fairly daunting task to save the world all by yourself. Not to mention, doesn’t having a partner by your side make fighting crime and evil so much more fun? We think so.
With the upcoming release of Olympus Has Fallen sequel, London Has Fallen on digital platforms from 11th July, 2016 and onto Blu-ray & DVD from 18th July, 2016, the ultimate buddy duo President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his top security detail Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) are back to save the world from imminent danger once again. This time, however, the American duo is on foreign ground, in London. This is new territory for the pair but Asher and Banning remain astonishingly in sync.
Whether they will admit it or not, there does seem to be a special bond, dare we say bromance… that develops between the two men working toward a mutual mission. »
- The Hollywood News
Its been quite a while since we have had a new Jackie Chan movie, the last being the poorly received Dragon Blade. His follow up movie, the Renny Harlin directed Skiptrace was meant to be released before Christmas last year, but was delayed. It is now scheduled for July of this year. Hopefully this will receive higher praise than Dragon Blade. As well as Skiptrace, he also has another three films in the pipeline, Railroad Tigers, Kung Fu Yoga & The Foreigner. Scenes from each of these films are included in this teaser, but move along quite quickly. Other than Skiptrace, I think this may be the first footage shown of these movies. Also keep your eyes peeled for a quick blink and you'll miss...
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Press Release – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
From visionary director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) comes the comedic action phenomenon The Mermaid, debuting on digital May 17 and on Blu-ray ™ and DVD July 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. China’s highest
grossing film of all time made a splash domestically, scoring the biggest U.S. opening day and weekend box office ever by a limited release Chinese-language film.
This unique tale follows a beautiful mermaid (newcomer Jelly Lin) who falls for a greedy developer (Deng Chao, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame) who threatens her species’ ecosystem. The unique action romance also stars Show Lo (Journey to the West), Yuqi Zhang (Lost in the Pacific) and Pierre Bourdaud (Chinese Zodiac).
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The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of The Mermaid includes “The Making of The Mermaid”; a behind-the- scenes featurette where the cast and crew celebrate director »
- The Tiger
While Abhishek Bachchan can't stop raving about his team Jaipur Pink Panthers, yet another Happy New Year actor who has now become associated with kabaddi teams of our country is none other than Sonu Sood. Sonu has now become the face of the Delhi Kabaddi team. Interestingly, Sonu Sood has a liking towards kabaddi since his childhood and he has often indulged in the sport in his childhood which he spent in Punjab. Revealing about it Sonu mentioned that he played kabaddi in school and he cannot imagine that the sport has gained so much popularity. Also adding that he would love to practice with the team once in a while, Sonu wants to continue to promote the sport across the country. Sonu Sood has of late also started taking a lot of interest in martial arts, especially after meeting the legendary Jackie Chan during the shoot of the Indo-Chinese film Kung Fu Yoga. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Hollywood movies dominated the Hong Kong box office in the first half of the year, accounting for more than eight of the top ten titles.
For the January to end of June period overall box office increased by 3% to Us$132 million (Hk$1.02 billion.) That is up from Us$127 million (Hk$985 million) in the equivalent first semester, according to data from Hong Kong Box Office, a service operated by Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association Hong Kong Theatres Association.
Top of the heap was “Captain America: Civil War” with a massive Us$14.4 million (Hk$113 million,) ahead of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” on Us$8.03 million (Hk$62.2 million) and “Deadpool” on Us$7.48 million (Hk$58.0 million.)
The top-ranked film considered as a local film by Hkbo was the Stephen Chow-directed “The Mermaid,” with Us$7.12 million (Hk$55.2 million) grossed in Hong Kong. The film was released in mainland China at Chinese New »
- Patrick Frater
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
It’s a French New Wave take on America’s worst era — what else could you want? The great Far from Vietnam plays as part of “Welcome to Metrograph: A-z” on Saturday, along with Varda‘s Lion’s Love and Tsai‘s The Hole.
- Nick Newman
Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016
Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...
Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.
We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have »
With several Bollywood celebrities contributing to number of social causes like animal welfare, women empowerment, development of draught-affected areas, there are others who have been spreading awareness and also helping in the treatment of many ailments like cancer and organ donation. And now, Sonu Sood in a unique move of sorts has decided to extend his support towards skin donation. Increasing number of accidents as well as acid attack victims, which often lead to distorted skin conditions prompted Sonu Sood to take up this cause and work towards increasing the number of skin banks across the country. From what we hear, the actor is all set to travel to different cities and visit remote places to educate them about the concept of skin banks and its benefits. He feels that this is the need of the hour and several small towns, rural areas still remain unaware about skin donation. Last »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Across the country, the aspect of the classic theater experience is slowly disappearing like night into day. These historical platforms of class, history, culture and experience have changed lives, hosted legends and presented movie as well as music and art magic… Massachusetts is truly blessed to have several classic theaters throughout the state. One of these incredible temples is located in Brookline, Massachusetts hosting a diverse and impactful range of film, music and live programming all year long! We grabbed one of the infamous and distinctive minds programming minds at the “Coolidge Corner Theater”… the bad ass and stylish Mark Anastasio to delve into the film vs digital, film programming and the local scene for Icons of Fright.
Hey Mark, thanks for taking the time out! You really inspire me with the work you do up in Brookline at the “Coolidge Corner Theater”. What everyone at the “Coolidge” offers to »
- Jay Kay
If it’s late June in Manhattan, it must be time for the city’s annual dose of martial-arts madness, indescribably twisted revenge stories, and go-for-broke dramas about sexually liberated high school girls. A collaboration between Subway Cinema and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Asian Film Festival has established itself as one of the summer’s most vital (and occasionally traumatizing) annual events, a celebration of the best and most bonkers in classic and contemporary Asian cinema. Even in an age of VOD and streaming, many — or most — of these gems never receive American distribution, making the fest that much more valuable to local cinephiles.
Running from June 22 thru July 9, the 2016 edition promises to live up to the Nyaff legend, as iconic films like “All About Lily Chou-Chou” and “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” will be screened alongside a smorgasbord of new stuff that’s just waiting to be discovered. »
- David Ehrlich
Jackie Chan is certainly on a mission and this time he is back with a new sci-fi epic “Bleeding Steel”. This will be the first time ever Jackie Chan will appear in a Sci-Fi movie and i am very excited about this news.
Jackie is set to lead a group of special forces to protect a woman from a ruthless gang. Jackie Chan also has a line of new movies waiting for release, they include Skiptrace, Kung Fu Yoga, The Foreigner and Railroad Tigers.
“We are thrilled to be working with Heyi Pictures on Bleeding Steel,” said Ellen Eliasoph, President and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures Asia. “Given Village Roadshow’s deep roots in Australia, the film’s concept resonates »
Cj E&M, Korea’s leading entertainment giant, announced a slate of China co-production films including a remake of its smash hit action comedy “Veteran.”
A remake of Kang Je-gyu’s “Salut d’Amour,” which, like “Veteran” was financed and distributed by Cj last year, is to be produced and directed by Hong Kong multihyphenate Eric Tsang. The film is a drama about romance between senior citizens.
“It is clear that the film industry is being increasingly globalized,” said Sun at an event Sunday at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
Both remakes are currently in pre-production, and are targeting theatrical releases in 2017.
The lineup also includes hit Korean filmmaker Jk Youn’s original “Kung Fu Robot.” Set in the near future, the sci fi action comedy sees the story of a cleaning robot that learns martial arts and helps humans to combat evil. The project is to be co-produced by Cj, Dexter Studio and China’s Wanda Pictures.
“Although I have made many films in Korea, this is my first time directing a film in China,” said Youn. “I will work as if I am about to make my directorial debut.”
The company also announced that “Veteran” director Ryoo Seung-wan’s new production “Gunhamdo” is likely to be simultaneously released in both countries. Starring top stars Hwang Jung-min, Song Joong-ki and So Ji-sub, the period drama is set in the Japanese colonial era and tells the story of some 400 Koreans who are forced into labor in a remote island, but later attempt to escape.
“The ultimate goal of Cj E&M’s Korea-China co-production is not simple success in the two countries,” said Jeong Tae-sung, head of Cj E&M’s film division. “If the strengths of the film industries of the two countries, which share diverse historical experiences and Asian values, are well-combined, great things may sweep the global market.”
- Sonia Kil
Hannibal being cancelled was a real shame, but 2016 still looks set to be a great year for Mads Mikkelsen as he takes of starring roles for both Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm. Talking to Yahoo Movies in a recent interview, the actor had nothing but good things to say about his experience with the former, and pointed to Doctor Strange as being a very unique and different sort of comic book movie. "If you look at the comic books, the comic books are quite different [to other Marvel stories]," he explained. "I think that the film will be different from the other [Marvel] films that we’ve seen, but not as different as the books are, because that was basically the ‘60s and ‘70s – it was more like an acid trip. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the old comics but it’s quite a specific universe, with Kung Fu and Magic… so what’s not to love, really?" Mikkelsen then elaborated on »
South Korea’s Dexter Studios and Wanda Pictures, the film production division of China’s Wanda Group, are set to co-produce big-budget sci-fi film Kung Fu Robot.
Youn’s company Jk Film is also attached to co-produce, while Cj Entertainment is investing and distributing in Korea.
Taking place in the near future, the Chinese-language film is a set to be a humanistic sci-fi comedy about what happens when a cleaning robot starts to learn kung-fu. The project has been two years in development and pre-production and is aiming to start shooting this year.
Founded by hit director Kim Yong-hwa (Take Off, 200 Pounds Beauty), Dexter Studios is known for baseball player gorilla film Mr Go (2013) – Korea’s first film to be shot fully in 3D, which Kim produced and directed.
Since its early days, the company »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
Chen Shi (Liao Fan), the suavely severe hero of “The Final Master,” is an apostle of the Wing Chun style of hand-to-hand combat. The moment you witness the hair-raising brand of Wing Chun he favors, you see why someone could be religiously devoted to this particular school of kickass: It’s cooler than cool. In “The Final Master,” the principal weapon on display is a dragon pole with a pair of butterfly swords attached to each end. It looks like a giant Swiss Army knife, and when Chen and one of his opponents go at each other, whipping those double-edged blade blossoms through the air (whoosh! whoosh! whoosh!), then slamming the daggers against each other (clang! clang!), we seem to have walked into the world’s most primitive yet elaborate street fight. It’s like seeing a lightsaber duel in which each fighter has the limbs of Edward Scissorhands. The »
- Owen Gleiberman
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