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Chinese Blockbuster ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ Impacts Careers, Especially Star Celina Jade

Chinese Blockbuster ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ Impacts Careers, Especially Star Celina Jade
Record-breaking Chinese action film “Wolf Warrior 2” has changed the course of many company and individual careers — none more so than of its female lead Celina Jade, who turns out to be the film’s biggest champion.

While director Wu Jing’s 2015 “Wolf Warrior” was a big hit, making 545 million yuan ($82.4 million), little was expected of the sequel that was released in July 2017. The war/action film genre has been over-exploited in China, and the retread had little word of mouth.

While “WW2” benefited from a release date at the beginning of the summer blackout period in which only Chinese-language pictures can get a wide release, it was going head to head against Andrew Lau’s “The Founding of an Army.” “Army” is the third in a series of big-budget, new era Chinese propaganda movies that employ dozens of stars and get the full backing of the government machine.

Yet “WW2” was a phenomenon from the moment
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Margot Robbie Is Planning Her Own Separate Harley Quinn Movie

Given the relatively lackluster reception, both critically and commercially to Justice League so far, the future of the Dceu is very uncertain. But one thing is for sure: It's going to involve Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn one way or another. It's just been revealed that, in addition to the already revealed spin-offs, the actress is also working on a solo Harley Quinn movie. Here's what she had to say about it.

"I've been working on it for two years now. It's hard to kind of talk about it because all this stuff is under lock and key, but no I've been working on a separate spinoff Harley thing for a while now... [Not Sirens], it's a totally separate one. Yeah, there's a lot going on right now and I honestly don't think anyone knows what's gonna be the next thing to happen, but I think everyone's keen to get Harley back
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Suicide Squad Director Wishes Joker Was the Main Villain

Suicide Squad Director Wishes Joker Was the Main Villain
More than a year later and people still can't get over what could have been with Suicide Squad. Not even director David Ayer. While he's moved on to other projects and, in all likelihood, won't be making another DC movie again (at least not in the near future), he's still willing to talk to fans about Suicide Squad and get candid about its shortcomings. Like not making The Joker the main villain of the movie.

Recently, a fan shared an image of a toy that features Jared Jeto's Joker in a Batsuit on Twitter. According to Ayer, the toy was inspired by a pickup shot that was never used in a cut of the movie. In the reply to the tweet, a fan made it clear that The Joker should have been the main villain in Suicide Squad and, as it turns out, David Ayer agrees to the point that he agonizes over it.
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Nick Nolte Reflects on What Acting’s Meant for Him Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor

Nick Nolte Reflects on What Acting’s Meant for Him Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor
Nick Nolte lives in a treehouse in Malibu. It’s an actual house. In a tree. A tree runs through the bedroom. He built it on the property he owns, a rustic 2.5-acre lot on which there are several small houses and an organic fruit and vegetable garden and dogs and cats running around. And every morning the first thing Nolte does when he wakes up is reach out and put his hand on the tree. And he feels the tree’s pulse. And he says to himself, “This is so cool. It’s alive.”

Nolte, who is receiving a star Nov. 20 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, bought the property, within faint earshot of the Pacific Ocean, about 40 years ago, 10 years after he moved to L.A. to become a star. The semi-remote location (Kevin Dillon is a neighbor) is something that Nolte relishes; the fresh smell of dirt and grass, the cool shade
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Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo Eye Action-Thriller ‘Boss Level’

Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo Eye Action-Thriller ‘Boss Level’
Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo are in negotiations to star in the independent action-thriller “Boss Level,” with Joe Carnahan attached to direct from his own script.

Grillo will play a retired special forces veteran trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death every day.

The film will be financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, and Randall Emmett and George Furla. Production companies are Emmett/Furla/Oasis, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party, and Scott Free.

Gibson is currently starring as the father of Mark Wahlberg’s character in “Daddy’s Home 2” at Paramount. He received an Academy Award directing nomination this year for “Hacksaw Ridge” — his third Oscar nomination after winning for directing and producing “Braveheart” in 1995. He starred with Vince Vaughn in the police thriller “Dragged Across Concrete” and in the Irish historical drama “The Professor and the Madman,” portraying [link=nm
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The Rock's Black Adam to Be Introduced in Suicide Squad 2?

Warner Bros.' upcoming Dceu sequel Suicide Squad 2 is getting on the right track, with director Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) coming aboard to take the helm, and today we have word that the sequel may be planning quite the big surprise. A new report claims that the sequel will serve as the Dceu introduction for Dwayne Johnson's long-awaited character Black Adam, who was originally supposed to star in the Shazam! movie before that project was reworked and Black Adam was given his own stand-alone adventure. This report also claims that production won't begin until October 2018, to accommodate The Rock's busy schedule.

The Rock already has two film projects lined up to shoot next year, Disney's Jungle Cruise movie and his controversial Fast & Furious spin-off that is in the works with Jason Statham, along with a possible fifth season of HBO's Ballers as well. Still, insiders state that Dwayne Johnson
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Lionsgate Launches India Office, Appoints Rohit Jain as MD

Lionsgate Launches India Office, Appoints Rohit Jain as MD
Lionsgate has set up an office in Mumbai while announcing the appointment of Rohit Jain as MD for India.

The move builds on the company’s growing plans in the country, which included a 2015 Bollywood remake of the Tom Hardy-starrer Warrior, titled Brothers, with top actor Akshay Kumar in the lead role.

“If you can imagine Warrior with an erotic, booze-soaked dance number and double the love scenes, then you'll be able to wrap your head around the Indian version of the film,” said THR in its review, which also praised Brothers for adding local tweaks to the original.

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What May Have Caused the Las Vegas Shooter to Kill? An Expert’s Analysis

What May Have Caused the Las Vegas Shooter to Kill? An Expert’s Analysis
Nearly two weeks later, investigators have yet to announce a potential motive behind the Las Vegas massacre, which killed 58 concertgoers and left hundreds more wounded. It may never be known what drove Stephen Paddock to shoot innocent people enjoying a country music festival from 32 stories up. But criminal profiler John Kelly tells People he believes Paddock was born a killer.

“What would drive somebody that is so methodical and structured in life to go insane in a very structured and methodical way?” Kelly, who acknowledges he never met the shooter, wonders. “Paddock was a pathological gambler, psychopath and a sociopath.
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‘Wheelman’ Trailer: Frank Grillo Gets An Adrenaline Rush

You might not realize it, but Frank Grillo is kind of a huge deal. Well, certainly in China, where he’s the co-star of “Wolf Warrior 2,” the fifth highest grossing film of the year globally, earning $870 million. And that’s mostly in part due to China’s box office. That’s pretty crazy, and although the actor’s time might be about to arrive, he’s keeping it lean and mean for his next film.

Continue reading ‘Wheelman’ Trailer: Frank Grillo Gets An Adrenaline Rush at The Playlist.
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Warrior Starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton Available on 4K Ultra HD October 24th

Warrior Will be available for the First Time on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack on October 24 from Lionsgate.

Directed by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant, Miracle) (Story by Gavin O’Connor & Cliff Dorfman, Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor & Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorfman), relive the epic Oscar®-nominated* fight that pins brothers against each other when Warrior arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) for the first time on October 24 from Lionsgate (*Best Actor in a Supporting Role). See Oscar®-nominee Tom Hardy (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Revenant, 2015) square off against Golden Globe®-nominee Joel Edgerton (Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Loving, 2016) as brothers Tommy and Brendan in this edge-of-your-seat action drama. Experience every hard-hitting punch in Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (Hdr) and enjoy the thrills of the ring in four times the resolution of Full HD. Also starring Nick Nolte, who
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Gavin O’Connor to write and direct Suicide Squad 2

It seems Warner Bros. and DC’s search for a director to Suicide Squad 2 may be over. Deadline has reported that the studio has chosen Warrior and The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor to write and direct the supervillain sequel.

He will write the script with Anthony Tambakis. There’s no word on when the pair will begin development, but it probably won’t be for a while. O’Connor is currently attached to direct a sequel to The Accountant with Ben Affleck for WB, so presumably Suicide Squad 2 will come after.

Other directors WB previously looked at include Mel Gibson and Jaume Collet-Serra. While original Suicide Squad writer and director David Ayer is not returning, he will be moving onto Gotham City Sirens, led by Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

Suicide Squad went on to earn WB over $745 million worldwide, despite a mixed reception from critics. Other films WB
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Suicide Squad 2 Gets The Accountant Director Gavin O'Connor

  • MovieWeb
Just a few weeks after Suicide Squad 2 was put on the fast track, a new filmmaker is coming aboard. Warner Bros. has finalized a deal for Gavin O'Connor to write Suicide Squad 2, while also engaging in talks for him to direct the superhero sequel. Still, while the project looks to be finally moving forward, this report claims that filming isn't scheduled to begin until the fall of 2018, giving Gavin O'Connor plenty of time to perfect the story.

The news comes from Variety today, with the report claiming that, after it was confirmed original Suicide Squad director David Ayer won't be returning, this sequel directing gig was among the hottest jobs in town. It did seem at one point that the project was on the fast track, with the studio eyeing Jaume Collet-Serra to direct, with The Legend of Tarzan writer Adam Cozad also coming aboard this summer to write the script,
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‘Suicide Squad 2’ Recruits ‘The Accountant’ Helmer Gavin O’Connor to Write and Direct

Warner Bros. and DC FIlms' long hunt for a Suicide Squad director may be over. The Accountant and Warrior director Gavin O'Connor has been recruited to write the script for the upcoming superhero sequel and is also in talks to direct. The next DC film on the shooting schedule is David F. Sandberg's live-action Shazam! and Suicide Squad 2 isn't expected to head into production until fall 2018 at the earliest, but per Variety, the studio was keen to get someone working on the script Asap. That's probably a wise idea considering how Suicide Squad'…
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Frank Grillo stars in teaser for Netflix thriller Wheelman

  • JoBlo
It's a shock that Frank Grillo isn't a bigger star than he is. With a rough-hewn face, and charisma to spare, he single-handedly elevated the Purge sequels, and even held his own as a relatively small part of the underrated Ufc film Warrior. Maybe his next film Wheelman coming to Netflix will finally be his big break. Here's the official synopsis: Frank Grillo (Kingdom, Captain America: Civil War) stars as the... Read More...
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Wolf Warrior 2 becomes only the second film ever to gross $800 million in a single market

Wolf Warrior 2 may have been knocked off the top spot in China by the release of Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but the hit action film managed to add another $15.8 million to its haul, pushing its takings in the Middle Kingdom to an incredible $810 million.

The film, which is directed by Wu Jing and sees him leading a cast that also includes Celina Jade, Frank Grillo, Hans Zhang, and Wu Gang, had already become the highest-grossing film of all time in China, and is only the second film in history to gross over $800 million in a single market. The first to do so, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, earned $936.7 million in the U.S. following its release in December 2015.

Wolf Warrior 2 had spent thirty days at the top of the Chinese box office, during the summer “blackout period” which prevents the release of foreign films.
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10 Boxing Movies to Get You Hyped for Mayweather-McGregor

10 Boxing Movies to Get You Hyped for Mayweather-McGregor
The drama outside of the ring has been like something from a movie, with each fighter bragging and boasting about what's going to happen when Conor McGregor fights Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on August 26. You've seen the press events, you've heard from the pundits, now there's nothing to do except countdown to the big day and binge watch these boxing movies. Yes, we've put together a list of 10 boxing movies to make you hyped for Mayweather Vs. McGregor, a real life contest the size of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In one corner, we've got the eleven-time five-division professional boxing world champion, with 49 wins and zero losses, Floyd Mayweather! In the other corner, it's Ufc champion, mega-star, and pro boxing underdog, Conor McGregor. It's been called "The Money Fight" and with good reason. First of all, it will be a huge payday for both fighters. But furthermore, while
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Film Review: ‘Wolf Warrior II’

Film Review: ‘Wolf Warrior II’
Earlier this week, “Wolf Warrior II” made the leap from smash hit to bona fide phenomenon, becoming the top grossing film released in its native China (more than $500 million in 12 days, and still counting). Like Sylvester Stallone before him, and John Wayne before Stallone, star Wu Jing (who also directs) has successfully exploited the crowd-pleasing potential of enhancing militaristic action-adventure heroics with a heavy dose of flag-waving patriotism. The big difference here, of course, is that the flag waved by Wu and others in this shoot-’em-up extravaganza is that of the People’s Republic of China, and Wu’s heroic Leng Feng is not a Green Beret, but rather a once and future member of his country’s elite Wolf Warriors special ops unit.

Depending on their own political leanings, some Westerners will be either amused or incensed by the full-throated nationalism that pervades “Wolf Warrior II,” and by the film’s sporadic insistence that Chinese
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‘Wolf Warrior 2′ cinema run extended – including Scottish screenings!

Wolf Warrior 2 has been a record-breaking smash hit with a worldwide box office of over $500m to date. Also a big success in the UK, it sold out during its opening weekend and so the UK cinema run has been expanded to meet popular demand, with new sites and show times added – including some much requested Scottish showings!

Directed by and starring Wu Jing (Kill Zone, Call of Heroes), this action epic brings a masterful adrenaline rush with action co-ordination from Jack Wong (Operation Mekong) and the veteran Hollywood stunt team behind John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Captain America: Civil War.

China’s deadliest Special Forces operative, known as the Wolf Warrior (Wu Jing – Call of Heroes, Kill Zone), hopes to settle into a quiet life by the sea. But after he crosses paths with a ruthless band of mercenaries, overseen by a volatile and sadistic leader (Frank GrilloWarrior,
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Tom Hardy's Furrowed Brow Acting

by Murtada

I have a curious relationship with Tom Hardy. I like him as an actor but almost never get excited about the movies that he’s in. And that doesn't look like it will change. On the heels of his signing to play Spider Man baddie Venom in a stand-alone film, Hardy will produce and star in My War Gone By, I Miss It So. The film is a personal account of the Bosnian War, based on the 1999 book of the same name by Anthony Loyd, an English journalist and war correspondent. Gavin O’Connor who has previously directed Hardy in Warrior (2011) is attached to direct. Another war film and another macho aggressive character for Hardy to play.

Hardy is currently on screen in Dunkirk, of course...
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