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Bey Logan’s Run as Harvey Weinstein’s Point Man in Asia

Bey Logan’s Run as Harvey Weinstein’s Point Man in Asia
Bey Logan has been a familiar, larger-than-life figure on the Asian film scene for more than two decades. A burly martial arts expert who speaks good Cantonese, Logan has long courted attention and attracted gossip.

Now, the spotlight has turned into a harsh one as he fends off allegations of sexual misconduct, both on his own part and in connection with disgraced U.S. mogul Harvey Weinstein, with whom Logan had a close working relationship. Hong Kong online magazine HK01 this week published a series of reports in which seven Asia-based actresses accused Logan of unwanted sexual advances and misbehavior. Another actress, JuJu Chan, has told Variety that Bey “forcefully kissed” her without her consent.

Logan, who goes by the nickname “The Beast,” denies any criminal misconduct and any knowledge of Weinstein’s alleged assaults. But he has issued a public statement in which he admits that his past conduct towards women has been flawed.

Logan, 56, was
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How Guillermo del Toro’s version of Pacific Rim 2 was originally going to end

The sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 mecha-kaiju-brawler Pacific Rim has come a long way from its humble beginnings. The movie was originally helmed by Del Toro until he ultimately decided to step down. The reason for this seems to boil down to scheduling: due to Legendary Pictures being sold to Chinese company The Wanda Group, production needed to be delayed by nearly a year. It was then that Daredevil’s Steven DeKnight took over directorial duties. Since then, the film has undergone a massive makeover, which is clearly evident in the first trailer.

So, what would have Guillermo’s film have looked like? Speaking to Collider. Paul Austerberry — who served as production designer for the original Pacific Rim — revealed how Pacific Rim 2 was originally going to end:

“And then of course I think we finished in the west coast, I think it was San Francisco that we were gonna end up in.
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Weinstein Asian Executive Bey Logan Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Weinstein Asian Executive Bey Logan Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Bey Logan, a Hong Kong-based film executive who has a close relationship with Harvey Weinstein, has been accused of sexual harassment. Logan denies any criminal wrongdoing, but admits to “mistakes” and a “too carefree attitude towards physical encounters with women.”

Logan, who was a consulting producer on The Weinstein Company’s “Shanghai,” has been the object of conversation on social media since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke in October. The rumors about his conduct took more solid form Wednesday with the publication of three investigative reports by Hong Kong online magazine HK01.

The report accused Logan, a martial arts expert, of sexually harassing actresses in his offices and on film sets. It also says that Logan sent actresses to Weinstein’s hotel room, where unwanted sexual advances were made. The HK01 report carries accounts by seven women, only one of whom was identified by name.

One of the actresses, formerly with Tvb, said Logan told
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Star Sightings: Stephen Colbert Talks Louis C.K. With Samantha Bee, Gwen Stefani Performs in Dubai & More!

Though Louis C.K.'s transgressions were widely considered the worst kept secret in the comedy world, to some, it really was a secret.

Stephen Colbert welcomed Samantha Bee to the stage at Njpac in Newark, New Jersey, on Dec. 6, where she was the special guest on Sad! A Happy Evening with Stephen Colbert & Samantha Bee, a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival.

During their hour-and-a-half-long chat, the longtime friends talked everything from dealing with politics (specifically President Donald Trump's tumultuous first-year in office) during their late night monologues -- Colbert hosts The Late Show on CBS while Bee is the face of Full Frontal on TBS -- as well as the seismic shift in culture surrounding sexual harassment since the Harvey Weinstein allegations came to light.

Colbert was supposed to have C.K. on his show the week the New York Times published its report on his sexual misconduct, and the 53-year-old comedian was planning on using an
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Wong Kar-wai Explains His Move to Television With Amazon’s ‘Tong Wars’ and His Next Feature Film

Wong Kar-wai Explains His Move to Television With Amazon’s ‘Tong Wars’ and His Next Feature Film
Among the many filmmakers who have made the jump to television in recent years, one of the most intriguing names to join the fray is Wong Kar Wai. The Hong Kong auteur’s lyrical, romantic dramas about poetic loners — including such beloved titles as “Chungking Express” and “In the Mood for Love” — treasure texture over dense plot. So it was something of a surprise when Amazon unveiled five new series in the works in early September, including one from Wong called “Tong Wars,” described as combining the history of Chinese immigration to the U.S. with a crime potboiler and scripted by Paul Attanasio (“Quiz Show,” “Donnie Brasco”).

Details on the series were scant at the time, but in a conversation with journalists at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, Wong explained the epic sweep of the show. “The thing that attracted me to this project was the first opportunity to
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Busan: China’s iQiyi Launches Sales of First In-house Productions

Chinese online video firm iQiyi is launching international rights sales for “Blue Amber,” “The Blizzard” and “My Town” at Busan’s Asian Film Market. All three titles are iQiyi’s first in-house productions that the company has fully financed. One of China’s biggest online streaming platforms, iQiyi launched its international rights sales business at last year’s Cannes film festival. It is the company’s second year in the Busan market.

Directed by Zhou Jie, “Blue Amber” was the winner of the 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival’s Siff Project. Starring Wang Zhen-er and Lu Yu-lai, the drama is the story of a widow who takes financial revenge on the family involved in the killing of her husband.

Originally known as “Even Stronger,” “Blizzard” is a crime action drama starring Nie Yuan (TV’s “Journey to the West”) and Yu Ming-jia (TV’s “The First Half of My Life”). Directed by Jiang Kai-yang, the film revolves
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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Killing Gunther’ Heads to China With Bliss (Exclusive)

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Killing Gunther’ Heads to China With Bliss (Exclusive)
Bliss Media has acquired Chinese rights to Arnold Schwarzenegger action comedy “Why We're Killing Gunther.” International rights are handled by Imr International at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film, about a group of hired killers who are trying to get rid of the world’s top hit man, is directed by Taran Killam. Currently in post-production, it is produced by Killam, Kim Leadford, Ash Sarohia and Steve Squillante, and financed by StarStream Media.

“This is a hilarious movie that left me in stitches. Everyone is perfectly cast and none more so than Arnold Schwarzengger,” said Bliss’ Wei Han. “We will make sure the movie gets the perfect distribution and marketing platform it deserves in China.”

Bliss, which spans finance, production and distribution, last year picked up Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” which it turned into a major hit in China, with a $62-million gross.

With offices in Shanghai and Los Angeles,
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Michael Moore, Kim Longinotto, Dionne Walker projects set for Doc/Fest market

Michael Moore, Kim Longinotto, Dionne Walker projects set for Doc/Fest market
Documentary festival’s MeetMarket will host 65 projects at 2017 edition.

A Michael Moore exec-produced Orson Welles doc and Dan Gordon’s Cuban sports film are among projects to be pitched at Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket.

The festival’s flagship pitch event, which takes place on 12-13 June, will host 65 projects selected from more than 500 submissions.

The Mark Cousins-directed Orson Welles: A Portrait Of The Artist will be seeking sales and distribution deals at the market, alongside Kim Longinotto’s Shooting The Mafia, a film about a female photographer’s war against the Mafia.

Hillsborough director Dan Gordon will return to pitch Running For The Revolution with co-producer Julie Goldman, and Bafta-nominated The Hard Stop producer Dionne Walker is to present psychological doc Invisible Woman 2.0, about a couple working the streets of Paris.

Elsewhere, the Laura Poitras exec-produced The Rashomon Effect, directed by Lyric R. Cabral, will look at the differing perspectives of eyewitnesses recalling the shooting
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China’s Wuxi Studio Pacts With Germany’s Studio Babelsberg

Chinese film studios Wuxi Studio and German production facilities house Studio Babelsberg have inked a deal to work together on a project-by-project basis.

The pact will encompass the production of German-Chinese co-productions and the exchange of technical expertise and personnel. The partners plan to set up a joint production service unit.

Carl Woebcken, president/CEO of Studio Babelsberg, said: “The modern film studios in Wuxi offer excellent conditions. Studio Babelsberg will be contributing its expertise in the areas of production services and the realization of international film productions to the cooperation.”

“The aim of the partnership is to promote the internationalization of Wuxi Studio and provide Studio Babelsberg with access to the Chinese film market,” according to a statement.

Past productions shot at Babelsberg include “The Monuments Men,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Bridge of Spies.” Recent productions housed at the studios include “A Cure for Wellness.”

Wuxi Studio, which
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10 essential martial arts heroines

Craig Lines Feb 9, 2017

Cynthia Rothrock, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung and more feature, as we salute the female stars of martial arts movies...

It’s arguably a rare sight when female characters lead a major genre film, and last year’s online Ghostbusters drama proves it’s still, depressingly, a controversial choice if they do. Too often, female characters are reduced to sidekicks, damsels, sex objects and caricatures. It sometimes feels like every day there’s a new statistic about women being under-represented in Hollywood and while, to some extent, things are looking brighter and more diverse by the day, it’s an uphill struggle. Still, as we wait for Hollywood to get its act together, I thought I’d celebrate a genre where awesome, strong, multi-faceted female characters have led casts as a regular occurrence for decades - martial arts!

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AFM: Buyers Seeking Star Sizzle Plus Quality in Independent Movies

AFM: Buyers Seeking Star Sizzle Plus Quality in Independent Movies
With the 37th American Film Market at its halfway point, buyers are showing plenty of appetite for starry, mainstream fare — and less for the schlocky titles that flooded the market a decade ago.

“Quality seems to be more of a factor than in years past,” notes Afm managing director Jonathan Wolf. “We are seeing growth in titles with true commercial potential at all budget levels.”

Wolf contends that Afm, which has seen a 7% drop in sales companies to 350 this year, has evolved into a more realistic place than in 2006 and 2007. A decade ago, there were so many sellers, thanks to a glut of product and equity money, that Afm needed three floors of the Merigot Hotel to accommodate all the sales companies.

“It took the housing crisis to stop there being too many films,” Wolf said. “There’s more of a rush to quality now.”

One of the biggest splashes
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Sky Ladder Movie Review

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Sky Ladder Movie Review
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang Netflix Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Kevin Macdonald Written by: Kevin Macdonald Cast: Cai Guo-Qiang, Ian Buruma, Cai Wen-You, Cai Wenhao, Ben Davis, Jeffrey Deitch, Phil Grucci, Thomas Krens, Tatsumi Masatoshi, Orville Schell, Jennifer Wen Ma, Hong Hong Wu Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 9/22/16 Opens: October 14, 2016 China looks a lot different now from what I saw when I visited the world’s most populated country in 1975. At that time Shanghai was a dowdy city, one that would be considered a backwater when compared to the glittering premier cities of Europe. Its “Fifth Avenue” equivalent was dark, even [ Read More ]

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Marvel and IMAX Teaming Up to Screen Sneak Peek of Doctor Strange on October 10th

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Can't wait until November 4th to see Doctor Strange on the big screen? Marvel is teaming up with IMAX to screen a 15-minute sneak peek of the latest Scott Derrickson film in select Us theaters this October 10th.

Tickets for the sneak peek are free and attendees will receive a Doctor Strange IMAX poster. To see if the footage will be screening in a city near you, visit A new teaser video for the movie has also been released and can be viewed below, along with the official press release.

Press Release: Burbank, Calif. (September 27, 2016) – Marvel Studios announces Marvel Studios’ Expand Your Mind: An IMAX® 3D Exclusive First Look, featuring approximately 15 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated, action-packed “Doctor Strange.” The sneak peek will be showcased in over 115 theater locations across North America on October 10, 2016, at 7p.m.

Select IMAX 3D theaters nationwide and 3D & IMAX
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David Tennant-Led 'King And Country' Begins Tonight at Bam

In a major theatrical event marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, Bam, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Ohio State University present the Us Premiere of Shakespeare's History plays in King And Country Shakespeare's Great Cycle Of Kings. Following performances at the Barbican, and in China in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, the plays are directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and performed in repertory at the Bam Harvey Theater from tonight, Mar 24, through May 1, 2016.
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Full Cast, Dates, Events Set for David Tennant-Led 'King And Country' at Bam

In a major theatrical event marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, Bam, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Ohio State University present the Us Premiere of Shakespeare's History plays in King And Country Shakespeare's Great Cycle Of Kings. Following performances at the Barbican, and in China in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, the plays are directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and performed in repertory at the Bam Harvey Theater from Mar 24 through May 1, 2016.
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"Sweetheart, stay well."

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The alarm clock cries in my bedside table. 8am. Right, here we go. Grab clothes for yet another day, don’t forget the body soap, the moisturizer and the black mascara and off I go to start my daily ritual lively practiced inside my tiny toilet. Repetitive motions are evoked…teeth are washed, hair is brushed, boot laces are entwined around my unreliable feet, eggs are scrambled in the tormented pan, coffee is brewed, lights are shut, doors are locked, and a cigarette is delightedly lit—all as if I was skimming through the prologue of a novel I have lazily read too many times before. My feet move to the rhythm of the rain incessantly falling on the grey pavement and my bones fear the unpredictability of what may come in the following hours, but I never stop. I never do. (…) The ritual has somehow turned into tradition and
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David Tennant and More to Lead RSC's 'King And Country' Tour at Bam This Spring

Bam has confirmed plans forRoyal Shakespeare Company's productions of William Shakespeare's history plays, Richard II Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V, all directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, to beperformed in repertory at the Bam Harvey Theater from Mar 24 through May 1, 2016. King And Country Shakespeare's Great Cycle Of Kings is a worldwide theatrical event marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, with performances at Bam, London's Barbican, and in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
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Film Review: ‘Families’

Film Review: ‘Families’
An old family estate reveals a fresh family scandal when a globe trotter decides to revisit the house where he grew up in Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s “Families.” Featuring Mathieu Amalric as a loosely fictionalized version of the fastidious “Cyrano de Bergerac” director, this tony character drama is Rappeneau’s most personal film to date — and a radical swing from what had been planned as his next project, a massively expensive international espionage drama titled “Affaires etrangeres.” When that production cratered at the last minute, Rappeneau turned inward, delivering a picture that could easily be dismissed as a light after-dinner trifle, but actually proves to be as rich and layered as a gourmet mille-feuille. The contemporary setting will make this elegantly crafted romance trickier to export than much of Rappeneau’s other work, though it should be warmly adopted by fans of Olivier Assayas’ thematically similar “Summer Hours.”

Swooping into Paris
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‘Cold War 2’ to Star Chow Yun-fat

‘Cold War 2’ to Star Chow Yun-fat
Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-fat (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) will star in “Cold War 2,” the sequel to the 2012 action thriller, which saw police under siege, and betrayed by a mole.

Production recently began with co-directors Longman Leung and Sunny Luk again at the helm. Also returning are major cast members Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Charlie Young, Eddie Peng Yuyan and Aarif Rahman.

Backed by Bill Kong’s Edko Films, the picture is set for a July 2016 release.

The first “Cold War” was the highest grossing Hong Kong film of 2012, earning Us$5.78 million (Hk$44.9 million) at the local box office and Us$40 million (RMB253 million) in China.

It also dominated the Hong Kong Film Awards, collecting nine prizes including best film, best director, best screenplay and best actor for Tony Leung Ka Fai.

Chow, who has made relatively few films in the past five years, is currently on screen in
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Afm speakers include Basner, Sloss, Elwes, Xiaotian

This year’s Afm programme will offer new conference sessions on China and festivals and speakers including Glen Basner, John Sloss, Cassian Elwes and the president of China Film Co-Production Corporation.

The 2015 American Film Market (Afm) has unveiled an initial line-up of speakers that includes FilmNation CEO Glen Basner, Cinetic Media’s John Sloss, producer/agent Cassian Elwes and China Film Co-production Corporation president Miao Xiaotian.

The event, which runs Nov 4-11 in Santa Monica, will include roundtables starting on Nov 5 and conferences, starting on Nov 7, covering finance, pitching, production and distribution.

Included in the programme for the first time will be a China Conference, a Festival Conference and a Festival Focus.

Other confirmed speakers are:

Mark Adams, artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival;Tobin Armbrust, president, worldwide production and acquisition at Virgin Produced;John Burke, partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Llp;Jamie Carmichael,president of film at Content;Paul Davidson, Svp film and
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