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A Chinese company is planning to make a film that would rival James Cameron's hit 3D spectacular Avatar, Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday. Titled Bainiaoyi, the movie is based on the folklore of the Zhuang ethnic minority, a culture designated with national heritage importance by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. Xinhua says the plot will revolve around a young man named Guka who tries to find the "bainiaoyi" — a magical piece of clothing — to help him defeat an evil dragon that is plaguing the Zhuang people. Photos The Scene at Comic-Con 2014 The film will be produced by Beijing
- Abid Rahman
San Diego - "Guardians of the Galaxy" hasn't even opened yet, but Marvel Studios announced Saturday that a sequel is already green lit. Currently titled "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," the second installment of Marvel's latest franchise will hit theaters on July 28, 2017. That's three years from now, but make sure you mark your calendar in your smartphone (not that you'll likely still be using that phone three years from now). The revelation was made during a taped comedic bit featuring franchise star Chris Pratt (Star Lord) and director James Gunn that played during Marvel's annual Saturday Comic-Con panel. The duo recorded the announcement while doing press in London this past week. "Guardians" may turn out to be one of Marvel's most critically acclaimed films. It's currently at a 77 on Metacritic and a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 25 reviews so far. In terms of box office, pre-release tracking shows a $65 million plus »
- Gregory Ellwood
This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Sony, a company that controls the rights to the "Amazing Spider-Man" (and all of its off-shoots, like the forthcoming "Sinister Six" movie), instead chose a more low-key approach. Instead of the cavernous Hall H, they rented out a ballroom at the Hilton down the street, and instead of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, funnyman Jack Black was the star of the show. Black is the star of the new "Goosebumps" movie -- a movie that looks like a ton of spooky-funny fun!
In the "Goosebumps" movie, Black actually plays the author of the original books, R.L. Stine. The basic plot, as outlined in the first trailer that we were shown, is that all of the creepy monsters and ghouls that populate his beloved novels (novels that typified the Ya craze before there was even a Ya craze). Honestly, it seems like the perfect way to »
- Drew Taylor
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Uncross your fingers, stop rubbing that lucky rabbit’s foot, cease your prayers to the Dread One Dormammu: Marvel have knocked it out of the park again.
Possibly their most daring gamble so far has totally paid off in the form of Guardians Of The Galaxy, a gloriously ramshackle-yet-tightly structured space faring adventure that just so happens to star a talking raccoon, a big tree, and Andy Dwyer from Parks And Recreation as a believable action hero. The way things are paying off for the studio, you’d think they had the whole thing rigged.
They must be gaming the system a little bit, at least. This is a big summer blockbuster where half the cast are CGI aliens, the other half are slathered in multi-coloured makeup, the “heroes” are a band of outlaws who just broke out of prison, and the director is »
- Tom Baker
Marvel is tangentially moving their Cinematic Universe deep into the cosmos with Guardians of the Galaxy, and director James Gunn has definitely created something that seems wholly separate from The Avengers franchise of movies, but different doesn't mean better. In fact, boredom set in early and only a few chuckles here and there sustained me for the duration. I never felt a tinge of excitement. The story is nothing more than a "to do" list as we bounce across the galaxy, meeting this person and that being, moving from Xandar to Knowhere, for the first hour or so before we finally realize that's all this is, a means of establishing a few characters, acquiring a MacGuffin and preparing for the next inevitable step in the story. Worst of all, this is a movie about waiting around to see what happens next, because it isn't long before you know what's going to happen, »
- Brad Brevet
This 'Rosemary's Baby' star is reportedly eating for three!
This Rosemary's Baby star is reportedly eating for three!
According to Us Weekly's source, the 36-year-old Avatar star is about three months along.
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Saldana sparked some baby talk when she stepped out at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy on Monday night and appeared to be sporting a tiny belly bump.
She's isn't the only one reportedly expecting! The actress threw a baby shower for her sister Mariel Saldana earlier this month.
Saldana married Perego, a 35-year-old Italian artist, secretly in Sept. 2013. They didn't make their first red-carpet appearance together until April 29, 2014 at AOL's NewFronts in New York City.
Congrats to the couple! »
Zoe Saldana isn't just pregnant—she's pregnant with twins! Multiple sources confirm to E! News exclusively that the 36-year-old Guardians of the Galaxy star is expecting two bundles of joy with her husband of one year, Italian artist Marco Perego. "She's thrilled!" an insider says. In 2012, Saldana said she hopes to have between two to five children—and now she's well on her way! The actress won't have too much time to nest at home after she gives birth—as the leading lady in three movie franchises, she'll be back on set before she knows it. She's signed up for three Avatar sequels, but even she knows little about what to expect. "I've »
Sega’s forthcoming Alien: Isolation tells an original story about Amanda Ripley (briefly mentioned in Aliens) set 15 years after the first film. But Amanda is about to be overshadowed by her very famous mother: Sigourney Weaver will play Ellen Ripley for the first time since 1997’s Alien: Resurrection—albeit in digital form—in two pieces of downloadable content for the game.
- Aaron Morales
Now tornado thrillers are few and far between but when they’re done right – looks at you Twister (1996) – then they can really have an impact. This first full clip gives a further insight at Into The Storm that stars Richard Armitage, and covers the span of a single day, in the town of Silverton as it’s ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes.
This clip ‘What’s happening?‘ looks like early days in the movie as the cast don’t seem that concerned with a tornado forming right into front of them and ripping through a building. Obviously there’s panic but they’re right in the heart of the action, very quickly! As a whole this film could work but if the CGI is even slightly off, it’s going to be noticed in this day and age of Lord Of The Rings and Avatar.
Whatever we get in the end, »
- Dan Bullock
Do you get offended by the idea of someone mistaking one black actress for another black actress just because both are black actresses? Zoe Saldana doesn't. In this week's Hollywood Reporter cover story, the Guardians of the Galaxy/Star Trek/Avatar star is prompted to recall a story in which her mother thought she was in Crash, because she saw Thandie Newton in the film's poster. Then Saldana, an Afro-Latina of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, explains why it's totally understandable: I've gotten Kerry Washington and Jada Pinkett, too, but mainly Thandie. People ask me if I'm offended that I'm confused with every other black actress out there. "Doesn't it bother you that people think you're all the same person?" No. Because one time I entered a restaurant and there were all these beautiful blond girls around a table, probably all from Orange County. It felt like it might have »
- Gilbert Cruz
As Hollywood descends on San Diego and the 2014 Comic-Con International gears up to get underway, the folks at Collider have spotted a banner for Chappie, the upcoming sci-fi from director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium)…
Update: And here’s another poster…
Chappie tells the story of a gifted, one of a kind prodigy who becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family, and happens to be a robot. The film is set for release on March 6th 2015 with Blomkamp directing a cast that includes Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Dev Patel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead).
- Gary Collinson
Zoë Saldana and Marco Perego have a baby on the way! The Guardians of the Galaxy actress' publicist confirmed the pregnancy Wednesday. Saldana had been on bump watch for weeks, and she made no attempt to hide her tiny baby bump at the film's premiere. For Monday's L.A. event, the 36-year-old actress wore a Louis Vuitton that emphasized her new curves. Saldana and Perego, who got married in England last summer, have yet to comment on the baby news. The Star Trek Into Darkness star gushed about her Italian artist husband over the weekend, telling People, "We found each other, and it was that desire and not that necessity that put us together." Over the years, the Avatar »
Saldana, 36, had allegedly confirmed her pregnancy to The Hollywood Reporter through a rep, though THR has since removed the story. The star’s rep further stated that their was never any confirmation about the rumors that the Avatar actress and her husband are expecting.
Despite the conflicting reports regarding the confirmation, a source claims that Saldana and Perego are indeed preparing to welcome a baby together. “Zoe is about three months pregnant," the insider told Us Weekly. "But she will only announce the news when she's ready
"Zoe has always wanted a big family," a second source told the publication. "And Marco's on board, too!"
In the past, Saldana has spoken openly about wanting to have children, crediting her Latin background with making her eager to become a mother. "I'm Latin—we start young, »
This article first appeared in the August 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. A lot of of movie stars have a franchise on their résumé. Some even have two. But there never has been an actor who has pulled off three humongous ongoing sci-fi action series all at the same time. Until -- just maybe -- now. Zoe Saldana, the 36-year-old star of Avatar and Star Trek, whose films have reeled in more than $5 billion total box office, is poised for the ultimate Hollywood hat trick with the Aug. 1 opening of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's
- Benjamin Svetkey
Disney moved the screening from its usual home of the El Capitan Theater to the larger Dolby Theater across the street, with a red carpet moving “Guardians’” stars Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Benicio del Toro, Glenn Close, Lee Pace and Vin Diesel, and guests including Anna Faris, Zachary Levi, Chris Hardwick, “Agents of Shield’s” Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton and Chloe Bennet past wax figures of the Avengers from Madame Tussaud’s museum.
“I am so incredibly proud and pleased that we, throughout this process, have kept our hearts in it and made a movie we sincerely love and care about — a movie about people loving each other,” said “Guardians” director James Gunn. “To make »
- Marc Graser
We're about to lose Sam Worthington for a couple of years. Soon, he'll be headed back to Pandora for a set of Avatar sequels, losing himself in James Cameron's fanciful world of cat people and uncaring military types. But first, the guy's gonna cram some real acting roles in there, and one of them is that old standby: the hitman. Sam Worthington will be starring in Hunter's Prayer, according to Screen Daily. Formerly going by the title For The Dogs (yikes, terrible title), this action thriller should sound mighty familiar to anyone fond of scouring the direct-to-dvd bin. Worthington will play an assassin assigned to kill a beautiful young girl. Once he decides he can't go through with it (because he has a penis), the two of them go on the run and learn exactly why she's being targeted and by whom. At $25 million, this is basically the mid-budgeted »
Screen Yorkshire wouldn’t reveal the amount that it has invested, but said it was its biggest investment to date. From this year it has been able to invest in excess of £1 million ($1.7 million) per project.
The $25 million pic, which was previously known as “For the Dogs” and will be helmed by Jonathan Mostow (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”), will shoot in Northern England and Hungary from this autumn.
The fast-paced action pic focuses on Lucas (Worthington), an assassin hired to kill a young girl. When he can’t bring himself to carry out the task, both are marked for death and hunted across Europe. Their only hope is to find out why her family were wiped out, and bring those responsible to justice. »
- Leo Barraclough
After becoming blue as Neytiri in 2009's Avatar, Zoe Saldana tried on a different shade of the rainbow as Gamora in the new Guardians of the Galaxy. As the trained assassin Gamora, Saldana became kelly green for the Marvel flick, also starring Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper. While the Star Trek actress, 36, pulls both shades off with aplomb, she admits one is better than the other. "Blue was easier," Saldana, in Louis Vuitton, said on the red carpet at the premiere in NYC on July 21. "I [...] »
Exclusive: Co-pro Hunter’s Prayer marks largest investment and first Us production for fund.
The film is the first Us production to get backing from Screen Yorkshire, which would not reveal the amount invested but confirmed it to be above £1m.
Producers are [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
A film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger comes with a decently hefty amount of expectations, due to his filmography being completely full of films that helped establish his role as the guy who has blown more buildings up, delivered more one liners, and muscled his way through more bad guys than any other badass working today. When an actor gets that insanely huge amount of baggage, it’s hard for viewers to think of him as anything other than that, causing any testing of the waters to be less successful and well received. Thankfully though, Schwarzenegger is able to rise above that and give fans a very unexpected yet interesting performance in David Ayer’s gritty as hell film Sabotage.
Following a covert operation that ends with 10 million dollars of drug cartel money missing, DEA Agent Breacher (Schwarzenegger) and his hardcore team of undercover agents are put under investigation, with each member »
- Jerry Smith
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