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‘Based on Bigotry’: Members of Congress, Lgbt Advocates Slam Trump’s Proposed Trans Military Ban

‘Based on Bigotry’: Members of Congress, Lgbt Advocates Slam Trump’s Proposed Trans Military Ban
President Donald Trump announced in a series of tweets that transgender people will no longer be allowed to serve in the military, and Twitter users are reacting.

Trump wrote in three tweets that the military “must be focused” and “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

U.S. Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning called the move, “cowardice.”

so, biggest baddest most $$ military on earth cries about a few trans people but funds the F-35? sounds like cowardice #WeGotThis

— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) July 26, 2017

Writer and transgender activist Janet Mock, who transitioned in her teens,
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China Abuzz Over Local Talent Invited to Join Academy

China Abuzz Over Local Talent Invited to Join Academy
Chinese media were abuzz Thursday over the record number of Chinese filmmakers and actors who have been invited to become new members of the Academy, with some commentators saying that it could boost the country’s chances of winning an Oscar.

But others said that the Academy’s decision to include more Chinese and Asian faces was an effort to boost diversity rather than a bow by Hollywood to China, and that the new Chinese additions would have a negligible impact on Chinese films’ Oscar prospects.

Fourteen industry heavyweights from mainland China and Hong Kong are among the 774 new invited members. The news made headlines throughout Greater China.

“China raves over record number of Chinese filmmakers to join the Academy,” one headline declared.

The 10 invitees from Hong Kong are actresses Maggie Cheung (“In the Mood for Love”) and Carina Lau (“Days of Being Wild”); actors Tony Leung (“In the Mood for Love”) and Donnie Yen (“Ip Man
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New Film Law Casts Shadow Over Giant Chinese Market

There was a high degree of confusion when China released its Film Industry Promotion Law on March 1.

It was never seriously doubted that new regulations were needed given the Chinese film industry’s astonishing rise and the fact that its state-controlled governing body understandably had struggled to keep pace.

Estimated box-office returns have been on average rising by around 30% each year. China taking over as the world’s leading film market long ago stopped being a matter of if but of when.

There have been high-profile stumbles along the way over the past decade that have highlighted the need for more controls. For example, cases of box-office fraud made headlines around world and were widely being seen as the instigator of the new law. What raised eyebrows, though, back in March, was not so much that this law was being introduced but the way other parts of it had been framed,
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Patton Oswalt Talks Privacy in the Social Media Age, Combating Fake News and How to Impeach Donald Trump

Patton Oswalt Talks Privacy in the Social Media Age, Combating Fake News and How to Impeach Donald Trump
It’s only right that Emmy-winning actor and comic Patton Oswalt will next be seen in “The Circle,” James Ponsoldt’s big screen adaptation of the popular Dave Eggers novel of the same name, which dives deep inside a nefarious internet company that values knowledge above all else. Oswalt has long been a prolific presence on the web, thanks to his amusing Twitter account and a Facebook page that he frequently uses to get both personal and political.

In the film, Oswalt plays Tom Stenton, the somewhat shadowy COO of The Circle, a powerful social media operation that exploits bright-eyed new staffer Mae (Emma Watson). When she joins the sprawling corporation, she’s soon sucked into some of the more ambitious ideas hatched by Stenton and visionary Steve Jobs-type Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks). Turns out, the internet can be a scary place, and privacy just might be the last real frontier.
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The 3 Best Songs on Ed Sheeran's Album Have Something Very Romantic in Common

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The 3 Best Songs on Ed Sheeran's Album Have Something Very Romantic in Common
For hardcore fans of Ed Sheeran, picking a single favorite song off of his new album, Divide, is like picking a favorite child. While "Supermarket Flowers" might be the most emotional, and "Galway Girl" will have you booking a flight to Ireland Asap, the three best tracks off of Divide (arguably) all have something in common: they were inspired by his current girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. Related:Who Are Ed Sheeran's Songs About? Allow Us to Investigate "Perfect" This slow, sweet ballad is reminiscent of "Thinking Out Loud," and will no doubt be heard at wedding receptions for the next few years. With lyrics like "Well I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know / She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I'll share her home / I found a love, to carry more than just my secrets / To carry love, to carry children of our own," it's practically bursting with romance.
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Pop Culture Successes Point to Warming Relations Between China and Japan

Pop Culture Successes Point to Warming Relations Between China and Japan
Gender-swapping anime “Your Name” this month became the highest grossing Japanese film of all time in China. But its significance may go beyond mere box office records.

China, which regards itself as one of the world’s oldest civilizations, but one that has been repressed by outsiders, has often made culture a battlefield. It has tussled with its neighbors and rewritten history textbooks. In other instances, soft power skirmishes may be seen as substitutes for hot war. So China’s recent embrace of Japanese movies may be more complicated than audiences falling for the cuteness purveyed by Japan’s cartoon factories.

The recent warming towards Japan comes at a time when China has politically turned its shoulder against South Korea. China and Korea fell out over the 2016 Korean decision to deploy U.S.-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missiles, which China says can be used to spy on its territory.
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Review: ‘I Am Not Madame Bovary’ is a Lush, Slyly Observant Diagnosis of Contemporary China

A couple of months ago, we noted how it’s been a seriously underwhelming year for Chinese-language cinema – an assessment that stands despite the recent release of Berlinale-winner Crosscurrent. Well, turns out the Middle Kingdom might have a year-end surprise or two up its sleeve after all. Having scored a Fipresci prize at Toronto and the prestigious Golden Seashell at San Sebastián, I Am Not Madame Bovary is a healthy return to form for veteran director Xiaogang Feng that, while not exactly hitting the ball out of the park, delivers a genuinely funny, slyly observant diagnosis of contemporary China complete with lush, absurdist flair.

The many cultural references that give a societal satire like this its texture but inevitably get lost in translation begin with the title. Instead of Flaubert’s world-known creation, it’s actually Pan Jinlian that our heroine Li Xuelian (played by Bingbing Fan) denies of being.
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Award-winning Chinese Comedy “I Am Madame Bovary” Hits Us Theaters

The powerful Chinese satire I Am Madame Bovary has earned critical acclaim all over the world. The film has won top nominations and awards at various festivals including the San Sebastián International Film Festival, the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival as well as the Toronto International Film Festival. U.S. fans are in for a treat when the film hits local theaters on November 18, 2016!

I Am Madame Bovary boasts a stellar production and artistic team. In the director’s chair is Feng Xiaogang, one of China’s most commercially successful artists. Feng Xiaogang is known for his blazing black comedies and genre-bending movies like Cell Phone (2003), If You Are The One (2008), Aftershock (2010), and Personal Tailor (2013). He pushes his craft and style even more in I Am Madame Bovary – a film that piercingly examines the bureaucracy that plagues Chinese government. The film also flourishes with screenwriter Liu Zhenyun’s witty dialogue
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U.S. Trailer for Tiff Winner ‘I Am Not Madame Bovary’ Starring Fan Bingbing

We were sold on I Am Not Madame Bovary based on its teaser trailer, which largely features beautiful paintings before moving into even more gorgeous imagery with a peculiar circular aspect ratio. Stunning cinematography aside, the plot itself has us intrigued, following a café proprietor who is attempting to get retribution in a decade-long fight for divorce. While we didn’t get a chance to see it at Tiff, Well Go USA will release the film this fall and they’ve now unveiled the full trailer.

The latest film from Feng Xiaogang (Aftershock, Back to 1942, If You Are the One) actually picked up the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) for Special Presentations at Tiff this year. The jury said exclaimed the award was deserved “for its ambitious rendering of a woman’s Kafkaesque struggle as she takes on the Chinese legal system, and sophisticated play of both form and content,
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Wife in Real-Life Fault in Our Stars Couple Opens Up About Their Heartbreaking Love Story: 'He Was My Other Half'

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Katie Donovan first saw a photo of Dalton Prager posted on Facebook from his hospital bed. The date was August 1, 2009. "I'll never forget it," she tells People. Both had been born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease leading to thick buildup of mucus in the lungs and other organs that restricts and worsens the ability to breathe over time. Patients have a current average life expectancy of 40 years. Dalton was then 17. Katie was 18. "Hey, I see you're in the hospital if you ever need somebody to talk to," Katie wrote to him. Dalton's response: "I'm sorry, but do I know you?
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Toronto: Fan Bingbing’s ‘I am Not Madame Bovary’ Bought by Well Go USA

Well Go USA Entertainment has bought North American distribution rights to Xiaogang Feng’s “I am Not Madame Bovary,” starring Fan Bingbing, Guo Tao, and Da Peng.

The film premiered at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival on Sept. 8. Well Go USA has committed to a theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada on Oct. 7, which follows the wide release in China on Sept. 30.

The film is based on Liu Zhenyun’s 2012 novel “I Did Not Kill My Husband” and his adapted screenplay, a satirical story of a village woman accused of being an adulterer. After a ruling is made against her in her divorce case, she begins an annual ‘”journey of petition” to Beijing in order to prove that her divorce was a sham, and to redeem her reputation.

“ ‘I am Not Madame Bovary is a powerful and innovative film starring one of China’s most acclaimed actresses under
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Fan Bingbing’s ‘I Am Not Madame Bovary’ Sells Domestic Rights to Well Go USA

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Well Go USA Entertainment has landed the North American distribution rights to Xiaogang Feng’s “I Am Not Madame Bovary,” a dramedy lead by international superstar and Fan Bingbing. Well Go won the film following its world premiere on Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie hits U.S. theaters Oct. 7. More to come. Read the full release: Following Thursday evening’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to acclaimed filmmaker Xiaogang Feng’s (Aftershock, Back to 1942, If You Are the One) I Am Not Madame Bovary.
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My completely bizarre story of winning If You Are the One (and what I was forbidden to say) | Feng Guo

Maybe we will find love. Maybe we won’t. We have no idea what is about to happen as contestants on the world’s biggest dating show

The fat director takes another swig of tempranillo and looks around at the 18 shy Chinese Australian girls sitting around two large lazy susan tables piled up with dumplings, sweet and sour pork, congee, duck and other delicious food that they have laid out in a banquet for us in a hotel at the Nanjing Convention Centre.

Bottoms up ladies, we want you to speak your mind and have the conversation flow on stage tomorrow. Please say whatever you want, talk about yourselves, ask the males any questions you want, argue with each other, that is all good. You have flown 8000km to be on stage in front of 50 million viewers, tomorrow will be your time to shine. Don’t come here to clam
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If You Are the One's Meng Fei: 'Looking for beauty is universal for men'

As China’s most popular dating show comes to Australia, its host shares some wry advice to avoid coming home empty handed when love is on the line

Meng Fei has a tip for candidates looking to succeed on the long-running Chinese dating show he hosts, If You Are the One. “Every person has a lot of dating criteria – for example, height, appearance, income, education. So I think rather than trying to excel in a particular criterion, one should ensure you do not fail in any.”

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It boils down to this: men are looking for a pretty woman and women are looking for a rich man.

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New Clip from Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 1 Finale

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"You are the one obstacle in my way, so what's your price?" The Ash vs Evil Dead Season 1 finale is nearly here, and to help hold fans over until Saturday night, a new clip from "The Dark One" teases a tempting offer.

Ep. 110 – "The Dark One": "In the season finale, Ash will be offered a deal that could change him and mankind forever in a monumental last-ditch attempt to rid the world of the Evil."

Directed by Rick Jacobson, "The Dark One" airs Saturday, January 2nd at 9:00pm Est on Starz.

Ash vs Evil Dead” follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has
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If You Are the One: call for Australian lonely hearts on Chinese dating show

China’s version of UK dating show Take Me Out invites Australian singles to apply for one of 28 places on a new series filmed in Nanjing

Is OkCupid shooting you blanks or Tinder throwing you for a loop? If you’re an Australian searching for love, forget online dating: the answer may lie in China.

Cult Chinese dating show If You Are the One has put a call out for 28 Australian lonely hearts to travel to Nanjing to be a part of a new series when it starts filming.

Related: If You Are The One: feeding bachelors to the lions on China's top dating show

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Spot the difference: The Bachelorette's all-white Aussie hunk-off

Save for variances in hair length or beard style, there’s precious little diversity among the 14 suitors lined up to woo Australia’s first bachelorette, Sam Frost

When the first image of The Bachelorette Australia’s appointed suitors was released on Sunday, you could be forgiven for thinking Triple M had announced a new breakfast radio lineup. Not since Eddie McGuire and his pals proudly claimed their spot in the radio ratings battle has such a vista of all-white bohunks graced our cultural landscape.

Related: Chinese dating show If You Are the One seeks Australian lonely hearts

white people: "asians all look the same" white people: pic.twitter.com/K6DSOt8FII

Related: Who needs another Australian Bachelor when we can watch UnREAL?

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Hou Hsiao-hsien’s ‘The Assassin’ To Strike China Screens

Having won the best director prize in Cannes, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s art-house martial arts film “The Assassin” is set to receive a theatrical release in China on Aug. 27.

Rights to the film are owned by major backer Sil-Metropole Organisation, a Hong Kong-based film production arm of the mainland government. Distribution will be handled by Huace Film & TV.

The release is co-ordinated with the film’s outing in Hong Kong the same day, and in Hou’s native Taiwan on Aug 28. Leading up to the release in Taiwan, the Spot Cinema will play a season of 14 Hou films. And in Hong Kong, “Assassin” plays as part of the Summer International Film Festival on Aug 11 and 12.

The movie is slow-moving and highly-crafted, having been made over a period of seven years, using painstaking location work in place of digital effects. It stars Shu Qi, the Taiwanese actress who is a major star across Greater China,
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Son Ye-jin to star in Huayi’s Bad Guys

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Son Ye-jin to star in Huayi’s Bad Guys
Korean actress Son Ye-jin as been cast in Huayi Brothers’ Bad Guys Always Die (working title), which will be executive produced by Korean filmmaker Kang Je Gyu and China’s Feng Xiaogang.

Son will star opposite Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin in the story of a young Chinese man and his friends who visit Korea’s Jeju Island and get into trouble after meeting a mysterious Korean woman.

Produced by China’s New Power Film and backed by Huayi Brothers, the black comedy will be directed by long-time Feng Xiaogang collaborator Sun Hao. Shooting will take place entirely in Korea.

The film marks the latest in a string of recent China-Korea co-ventures – Huayi Brothers previously co-produced family adventure Mr Go with Korea’s Showbox. Korea’s Cj E&M is currently enjoying a huge hit with the Chinese-language remake of Korean comedy Miss Granny.

Kang Je Gyu’s credits include Korean blockbuster Taegukgi and more recently My Way (2011), while
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China Lion Sets ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ & ‘Running Man’ In U.S. – Video

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China Lion Sets ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ & ‘Running Man’ In U.S. – Video
La-headquartered China Lion Film Distribution has picked up Chinese titles Running Man and Somewhere Only We Know for release in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Both will go day-and-date with their Mainland debuts later this month and in mid-February, the latter taking advantage of the early Chinese New Year corridor. (See teasers below.)

Each of the films has a strong hook for Chinese, and Korean, audiences. Running Man mixes talent from both countries and is adapted from a popular reality TV series which itself was based on an original Korean format. Somewhere Only We Know taps the trend of romance and nostalgia, and stars Kris Wu, a former member of Korean/Chinese boy band Exo.

Running Man, which China Lion picked up from Wanda Media Group, is a feature spinoff of the popular reality TV show that revolves around celebrity teams who compete against one another for an ultimate prize.
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