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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: The Year So Far

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Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a column devoted to exploring contemporary Chinese-language cinema primarily as it is revealed to us at North American multiplexes.Over the last few years it has become increasingly easy to see mainstream Asian films in North America at the same time they are released in their home countries. Thanks to partnerships with small, international distributors, the major multiplex chains (AMC, Cinemark, Regal) have devoted a handful of screens in major markets to showing new releases from India, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most of these titles fall under the radar of both critics and audiences outside the diasporic communities to which they are targeted. They play for a week or two and then disappear, outside of a handful of breakout titles. Last year Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid made headlines for its high per-screen averages in North America as it shattered domestic box office records in China.
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Spotlight: Maria Bello's Charity Work

Maria Bello is an actress known for her roles on ER, Coyote Ugly, The Jane Austen Book Club, Thank You for Smoking, A History of Violence, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

She is known for her work with the Save Darfur Coalition.

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Maria Bello has supported the following charities:

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September 12th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Mummy (2017), Phenomena, The Resurrected

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This week’s list of horror-themed home entertainment releases is almost exhausting, as we have well over 30 titles coming our way on September 12th. For those who may have missed them in theaters earlier this year, you can now finally catch up with both The Mummy (2017) and It Comes At Night, as they’re both headed home on multiple formats.

Cult film fans should keep an eye out for an array of releases this Tuesday, including The Fox With A Velvet Tail, The Resurrected, the standard two-disc Blu-ray for Dario Argento’s Phenomena, The Creep Behind the Camera, Spider, and Don Coscarelli’s entire Phantasm series comes home in a five-disc DVD set from Well Go USA.

Other notable releases for September 12th include The Ghoul, Dead Again in Tombstone, The Hatred, Ruby, Tobor the Great, and Night Gallery: The Complete Series.

The Fox With A Velvet Tail (Mondo Macabro,
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Wu Jing Back With Sequel To The Blockbuster Wolf Warrior

Wolf Warrior 2, the highly-anticipated action-packed sequel to the 2015 Chinese war action film Wolf Warrior opens in theaters July 28. Reprising his role of a Special Forces operative and an expert marksman will be the martial arts star Wu Jing (Shaolin, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), who has also written and directed the film. Wu Jing is also known to some of his fans as Jacky Wu.

The Mandarin and English language sequel co-stars Frank Grillo (Captain America: Civil War), Celina Jade (The Man with the Iron Fists), Yu Nan (The Taking of Tiger Mountain) and Hans Zhang (TV series Boss & Me). Jade is reuniting with her Legendary Assassin co-star and director Wu Jing after a gap of 11 years.

The Wolf Warrior Leng Feng (Wu Jing) in the new film has settled to a quiet life by the sea, with his career in tatters. But when his path crosses
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Rob Cohen’s ‘Hurricane Heist’ Lands at Entertainment Studios

Rob Cohen’s ‘Hurricane Heist’ Lands at Entertainment Studios
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has acquired Rob Cohen’s action feature “The Hurricane Heist” for North American theatrical distribution and plans a first-quarter release.

The movie, formerly titled “Category 5,” follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility at the same time a Category 5 hurricane is set to strike. The remaining people left in the deserted beach town are a meteorologist (played by Tony Kebbel), a treasury agent (Maggie Grace), and the meteorologist’s ex-Marine brother (Ryan Kwanten).

Cohen’s credits include “The Fast and the Furious,” which launched the franchise in 2001; 2006’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”; 2012’s “Alex Cross,” starring Tyler Perry; and 2015’s “The Boy Next Door” with Jennifer Lopez.

Entertainment Studios has recently seen a solid performance with Mandy Moore’s shark adventure “47 Meters Down,” which has grossed more than $41 million domestically.

Cohen directed from a script he wrote with
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UK trailer for sci-fi adventure Origin Wars starring Kellan Lutz

Ahead of its home entertainment release later this month, Lionsgate has released a UK trailer for writer-director Shane Abbess’ upcoming sci-fi adventure Origin Wars (a.k.a. The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One) which stars Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Isabel Lucas, Luke Ford, Rachel Griffiths, and Temuera Morrison; watch it below after the official synopsis…

Set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonisation, Sy (Kellan Lutz, The Twilight Saga), escapes a brutal prison where mysterious experiments have been taking place under the watch of a savage warden (Temuera Morrison, Star Wars Episodes 2 & 3, Once Were Warriors). After orchestrating an escape, Sy meets Kane (Daniel MacPherson, The Shannara Chronicles), a lieutenant working for an off-world military contractor – Exor, who have set in motion a plan to wipe out all life from the face of the planet in an attempt to cover up their crimes – when their terrifying “experiments” escape.
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How Universal's Dark Universe Can Be Saved

How Universal's Dark Universe Can Be Saved
Sad news hit Universal Pictures this summer when their adventure thriller The Mummy flopped at the box office. It was supposed to ignite a sprawling monster franchise known as Dark Universe. But this first outing starring Tom Cruise was not the summer blockbuster hit the studio was hoping for. They have Bride of Frankenstein next on the docket. But many fans believe that this series, based on classic horror movies of yesteryear, is doomed. Well, guess what? It doesn't have to be that way. Universe can turn this sinking ship around, and we're confident that Dark Universe can live and thrive in today's modern cinematic landscape. But how you might ask? Let me explain.

With big movie franchises like Despicable Me, Jurassic World, Fast and Furious, The Bourne series, as well as the Fifty Shades of Grey films, one would think that Universal Pictures would be happy. This isn't to
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Why Brendan Fraser Didn't Show Up in The Mummy Reboot

Why Brendan Fraser Didn't Show Up in The Mummy Reboot
Universal Pictures kicked off its Dark Universe this past weekend with The Mummy reboot, which brings the iconic franchise to present day. This horror series stretches all the way back to 1932 with The Mummy, which starred Boris Karloff, although most fans are most familiar with the 1999 version of The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. While there was a reference to the 1999 film, some fans were wondering why there wasn't at least a cameo from Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell, but it turns out there's a perfectly good reason for that.

Last week, we reported that this reboot is connected to Brendan Fraser's Mummy, without featuring the actor himself. This entire Dark Universe centers around a corporation known as Prodigium, lead by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), and we see at its London headquarters that they have assembled a number of artifacts from various creatures throughout the years,
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Brendan Fraser: the lost movie star?

Simon Brew Jun 15, 2017

Brendan Fraser seemed on the verge of being a major movie star in the late 1990s. But it never came to be. We look at why…

I remember going in to watch 1994’s Airheads at the cinema, at the time tempted to do so more by the name of Michael Lehmann on the end credits than Adam Sandler and Brendan Fraser above the title. Steve Buscemi’s presence helped too, of course. But Lehmann had, after all, come to the project off the back of the unfairly maligned Hudson Hawk, and also, this is the man who gave the world Heathers. Can’t grumble with that.

I’d not seen Brendan Fraser on the big screen before, although even by this stage, he’d earned some currency. Encino Man – California Man in the UK – had overcome savage reviews to prove a decent hit. School Ties, that I
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‘Wonder Woman’ Rules — and While Tom Cruise is Not a Flop, He’s No Longer in Control

‘Wonder Woman’ Rules — and While Tom Cruise is Not a Flop, He’s No Longer in Control
Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.) built on its strong opening with a better than average second-weekend hold. The Patty Jenkins-directed D.C. Comic world entry is looking at strong foreign results, but it’s the domestic take where the response is strongest.

The same can’t be said for Universal’s attempt at a new series of classic monster character movies. “The Mummy” with Tom Cruise at the lead reinforced the big story for many top studio releases this summer so far. Foreign is strong initially, but domestic is weak even by relatively modest estimates.

In an otherwise unexceptional weekend, two wide releases — “It Comes At Night” (A24) and “Megan Leavey” (Bleecker Street) — from distributors usually associated with the specialized market placed in the top 10. Neither was stellar, but added about $10 million to the total. At this point, the boost is needed.

The Top 10

1. Wonder Woman (Warner Bros.) Week 2 – Last weekend
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‘Wonder Woman’ Repeats Box Office Victory, Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’ Misfires

‘Wonder Woman’ Repeats Box Office Victory, Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’ Misfires
Different weekend, similar story: “Wonder Woman” is box office royalty.

The Warner Bros. and DC Comics standalone will have earned $57.2 million from 4,165 theaters by the end of its second weekend, putting it solidly in first place. That’s only a 45% drop from its opening weekend, giving the film an estimated $205 million domestically in two weekends.

The Gal Gadot-starrer will also make more during its second frame than did both “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” despite those films having larger opening weekends than “Wonder Woman” ($133.7 million for “Suicide Squad” and $166 million for “Batman v Superman”). Unlike those two films, Patty Jenkins’ has critical support — a current 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

“It’s an extraordinary hold for an extraordinary film,” said Jeff Goldstein, the distribution chief at Warner Bros. “When you open up at this high level, to have only a 45% drop, you just don’t see it.
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How Brendan Fraser's The Mummy Is Connected to Dark Universe

How Brendan Fraser's The Mummy Is Connected to Dark Universe
Fans across the country were among the first to check out sneak preview screenings of The Mummy reboot last night, the first installment in Universal's Dark Universe franchise, which reboots classic horror characters from the studio's library with modern-day adventures. Universal's history with The Mummy goes all the way back to 1932, with the Boris Karloff classic that spawned numerous movies throughout the 1940s. Most fans, though, are more familiar with the most recent trilogy, which began in 1999 with The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser and a breakout performance by a talented young actress named Rachel Weisz. It seems that this new Mummy has a subtle Easter Egg that acknowledges the previous trilogy. There will be mild Spoilers below for The Mummy, so read on at your own risk.

Last month, Universal unveiled the official Dark Universe logo, and confirmed that Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man while Javier Bardem has
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Box Office: ‘The Mummy’ Sees Record Opening Day in Korea

Box Office: ‘The Mummy’ Sees Record Opening Day in Korea
Ahead of its release in the U.S., “The Mummy” is enjoying a strong opening in at least one overseas territory. The Tom Cruise film opened to $6.6 million in South Korea on Tuesday — that’s the biggest opening day ever in the market.

The previous record was set last year by “Train to Busan,” which went on to earn a record-shattering $34.3 million over its five-day opening run. The Korean zombie apocalypse movie still holds the record in the country for the highest single day gross with $9.9 million.

Cruise is toplining the newest Mummy movie, the cast of which also includes Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, and Russell Crowe. Alex Kurtzman directed the movie based on a script from a team of writers — David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman. Kurtzman, Jon Spaihts, and Jenny Lumet have story credits.

The original “Mummy” was released in
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Can Wonder Woman Stop The Mummy from Terrorizing the Box Office?

Can Wonder Woman Stop The Mummy from Terrorizing the Box Office?
Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman headed into its box office opening weekend with a myriad of contrasting projections, with some predicting a debut between $65 million and $85 million, while others projected as high as a $105 million debut. As it turns out, the latter projection was more accurate, with the actual numbers coming in even higher than the estimates, with Wonder Woman earning $103.2 million in its debut. This weekend, the superhero adventure goes up against three wildly different films, Universal's The Mummy reboot, A24's thriller It Comes At Night and Bleecker Street's true story adaptation Megan Leavey. While it may be a closer race than some may expect, Wonder Woman should repeat atop the box office for its second straight weekend with $56.7 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Mummy reboot is slated to open in 4,000 theaters, and while both It Comes at Night and Megan Leavey are expected to debut in wide release,
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Rob Cohen to direct $100m China-us thriller 'Speedhunters'

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Rob Cohen to direct $100m China-us thriller 'Speedhunters'
Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce with Jiaflix, China’s 1905.

Us and China-based Jiaflix Pictures is teaming with its Chinese partner 1905 Pictures and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce $100m futuristic action thriller Speedhunters (working title).

Rob Cohen [pictured] is directing from a script by Josh Parkinson (Free Country). The film is scheduled to start shooting in Shanghai, Studio Babelsberg in Germany and other international locations in July 2017 for release in summer 2018.

Set in the near future, the film follows a team of racers and their crew who get drawn into the intrigue surrounding a revolutionary technology that threatens to change the world.

“Speedhunters has all the tenets of a global franchise with its action sequences, visual effects, relatable characters and a storyline that takes ordinary people through a journey of extraordinary circumstances,” said Di Bonaventura.

“We are excited to work with Hollywood powerhouses Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Rob Cohen, both who have exceptional track records in developing and directing
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Rob Cohen to Direct $100 Million Action-Thriller ‘Speedhunters’ for China’s Jiaflix and 1905

Rob Cohen to Direct $100 Million Action-Thriller ‘Speedhunters’ for China’s Jiaflix and 1905
Jiaflix Pictures and 1905 Pictures, part of state-owned China Movie Channel, have hitched up with Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce car-racing action-thriller “Speedhunters.” Rob Cohen, who previously made “Fast and Furious,” will direct.

The film, which has a budget pegged at about $100 million, is set to shoot in Shanghai and Berlin’s Babelsberg Studios from July. Theatrical release is expected in summer 2018.

The film is set in the near future and rooted in the world of Formula racing. A colorful team of racers and crew gets drawn into high intrigue around a revolutionary technology that threatens to change the world.

“‘Speedhunters’ has all the tenets of a global franchise with its action sequences, visual effects, relatable characters and a storyline that takes ordinary people through a journey of extraordinary circumstances,” said di Bonaventura (“G.I. Joe,” “Transformers”), the lead producer.

Cohen, who is currently in post-production on Foresight Unlimited’s “Category 5,
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‘The Mummy Ultimate Trilogy’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in May

With Tom Cruise ready to battle a new Mummy this summer, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is dipping into their monster catalog and will re-release the Brendan Fraser-starring The Mummy Ultimate Trilogy May 16th in a six-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray box set.

The Mummy Ultimate Trilogy 4K Blu-ray box set includes The Mummy, The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Each film will be presented in 4K video with Hdr and DTS:x Master Audio.

Bonus features from the previous Blu-ray release will carry forward for each movie on an inclusive Blu-ray Disc. Universal is also including a Digital HD copy of each of The Mummy films.

The Mummy Ultimate Trilogy 4K Blu-ray box set carries an Srp of $79.99 and is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.
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Huahua, Shanghai Film Deal With Paramount Expands China-Hollywood Axis

Huahua, Shanghai Film Deal With Paramount Expands China-Hollywood Axis
The names of China’s Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Co. are set to become far more visible to film-goers worldwide. Their names and logos will be seen on substantially all of the movies flowing from Paramount Pictures – underlining the growing prominence and permanence of the Chinese position in Hollywood.

After several years of testing each other out the China-Hollywood relationship, Chinese companies began seeking ownership positions in indie studios (Stx and Studio 8) and equity stakes in individual movies. Increasingly now they are becoming slate financiers.

That is exactly the progression at Huahua and Sfc. Until recently Huahua had been content to invest on a case by case basis in the Hollywood films that it calculated to be the likeliest blockbusters in China. Partially state-owned, Shanghai Film Co. has been allied with Disney on a handful of pictures.

So the $1 billion pact announced this week by Paramount, Huahua and Sfc
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Tom Cruise's The Mummy Gets an Official Synopsis

Tom Cruise's The Mummy Gets an Official Synopsis
While Dracula Untold is the official first movie in Universal's Monsters Universe, The Mummy is fully opening up this world that will include a number of iconic crossovers with some of the studio's most infamous ghouls. The remake is set to hit theaters in 2017. It stars Tom Cruise in the lead role, with Sofia Boutella playing the title monster, the first time in series history that this mummified zombie has ever been played by a woman. Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis, which gives us an idea of what we can expect.

"Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the
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Universal Monsters: The Next Big Cinematic Franchise?

Tony Black on whether the Universal Monsters will deliver the next big cinematic franchise…

You all remember The Mummy, right? Brendan Fraser doing his best Harrison Ford impression while Arnold Vosloo pranced around in a gold nappy trying to hide his broad South African brogue. Rather good, wasn’t it? You may be surprised to learn it came out in 1999. Some readers of this may not have been born then! The Mummy Returns followed in 2001 and then The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008 (but we don’t talk about that), with a Dwayne Johnson-starring The Scorpion King spin-off wedged in between. Had these films all came out a decade later, chances are they would have been much more of a cinematic universe, which of course are hot stuff these days thanks to Marvel’s successes in the superhero genre. Universal Pictures got into the act last year
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