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Groundswell Productions has announced that filming is underway on director George Nolfi’s (The Adjustment Bureau) martial arts action tale Birth of the Dragon, which tells the story behind the legendary 1960s fight between Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man and the young Bruce Lee. Here’s the official plot synopsis:
“The film recreates the mid-1960’s fight between Lee and Wong from the point of view of a young martial arts student whose allegiance became torn between Lee and Wong Jack Man. To this day, people still argue about who won the famous fight, but one thing is certain: after his battle with Wong, Bruce Lee reinvented himself and his style of kung fu.”
“Birth of the Dragon is a rare opportunity to make an action film with rich characters based on real events and real people,” states Nolfi. “It’s a story about people from the East and West »
- Gary Collinson
Word first broke about The Adjustment Bureau director George Nolfi's upcoming Birth Of The Dragon back in February and with production just around the corner further details have arrived on the Bruce Lee biopic.Birth of The Dragon recreates the mid-1960's fight between Lee and Wong from the point of view of a young martial arts student whose allegiance became torn between Lee and Wong Jack Man. To this day, people still argue about who won the famous fight, but one thing is certain: after his battle with Wong, Bruce Lee reinvented himself and his style of kung fu.The story here will be told from the point of view of fictional character Steve McKee, to played by Billy Magnussen, a student of Lee's whose loyalty is...
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We’ve just been alerted that filming has officially started on the upcoming Bruce Lee biopic Birth Of The Dragon. The film is being directed by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), and will tell the story behind the legendary 1960s fight between Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man and the young Bruce Lee.
The international cast is headed by Tony Award nominee Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods, Bridge of Spies and the FX pilot Snowfall) as Steve McKee. The film recreates the mid-1960’s fight between Lee and Wong from the point of view of a young martial arts student whose allegiance became torn between Lee and Wong Jack Man. To this day, people still argue about who won the famous fight, but one thing is certain: after his battle with Wong, Bruce Lee reinvented himself and his style of kung fu.
- Paul Heath
The film will be directed by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) from a screenplay written by Academy Award nominees Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele, which follows the the story behind the legendary 1960s fight between Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man and the young Bruce Lee.
“Birth Of The Dragon is a rare opportunity to make an action film with rich characters based on real events and real people. It’s a story about people from the East and West transcending their differences to work together, which is obviously a very timely story.”
The fight scene in question I believe was in the film "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story," which you can see the film clip below.
The site reports that the film will recreate the mid-1960’s »
- Kellvin Chavez
Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods), Philip Ng (Once Upon A Time in Shanghai) and Yu Xia (The Painted Veil) are toplining Groundswell Productions’ Birth Of The Dragon, the pic about the legendary 1965 fight between Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man and a young Bruce Lee. Production gets underway tomorrow in Vancouver with George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) directing a script by Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele. This is the origin story pic originally picked up by Mich… »
Anghus Houvouras with this week’s disappointments from the entertainment world…
“Rumour: Marvel to replace Iron Fist Netflix series with The Punisher”
Let’s start with he week’s most disappointing news. The Iron Fist Netflix series potentially getting scrubbed for a Punisher series. Marvel has been trying to get Punisher right for ages. And after seeing Daredevil, I’m confident they could give us the best version of Punisher we’ve ever seen. But here’s the hard truth: The Punisher works better as a supporting character. The minute you put him front and center is the minute you realize how painfully thin of a character he is. Yes, the costume is cool and the skull is iconic. But I’ve already seen enough attempts at a live action Punisher to realize it’s not going to pan out. Iron Fist, on the other hand, is a character who »
- Anghus Houvouras
To celebrate the release of Mad Men: The Complete Collection, which will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on 2nd November, we have a copy of the Deluxe Collector’s Edition to give away on Blu-Ray. We also have 3 prizes of The Complete Final Season on DVD to give away as runner-up prizes, all courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
One of the most iconic, celebrated and influential TV series of recent years finally comes to an end this autumn with the release of Mad Men – The Final Season: Part 2 and Mad Men – The Complete Final Season are available on Blu-ray and DVD from October 19th, whilst Mad Men: The Complete Collection and Mad Men – Deluxe Collector’s Edition are available on 2nd November, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
- Paul Heath
The Late Late Show with James Corden has only been on the air for just over six months, but in that short amount of time, new host James Corden has given movie fans a new reason to tune in, aside from interviews with the biggest stars. The host has a running segment entitled Role Call, where his guests such as Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger act out all of their biggest hits (and some of their flops) in a short amount of time. Last night, Matt Damon stopped by the late night program to promote his sci-fi drama The Martian, in theaters October 2, where he became the latest star to act out his entire film career in just eight short minutes.
Read More: Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Corden Run Through All of Ahnuld's Films in 6 Minutes Matt Damon's press tour for "The Martian" has been fueled by controversy, but luckily he has an entire oeuvre of films to distract you with. Appearing on "The Late Late Show" last night, Damon and host James Corden reenacted key moments from Damon's screen career, tackling even animated fare like "Happy Feet 2." With highlights like the return of Damon's "Invinctus" nose, a sneak peak at "The Martian," and an incisive distillation of "We Bought A Zoo," the whole feat takes about eight minutes. And don't worry, Damon didn't understand what was happening in "The Adjustment Bureau" either. Watch the clip above. Read More: Watch: Matt Damon is the Greatest Botanist on Mars in Endearing New 'The Martian' Clip »
- Karen Brill
Matt Damon's filmography ranges from high-brow to low-brow, Spielberg war epics (Saving Private Ryan) to Farrelly Brothers farce (Stuck on You). For Tuesday's installment of "Role Call," a hilarious recurring segment from The Late Late Show, the actor looked back at his eclectic resumé, recreating famous scenes (and reimagining others) with host James Corden.
The duo utilize low-budget props and quick costume changes, quoting famous dialogue from the past two decades of Damon. ("Do you like apples?" the actor says, referencing 1997 Oscar winner Good Will Hunting. "Well, I got »
Exclusive: The Manchester-based horror festival has revealed its 2015 programme.
Grimmfest (Oct 1-4), Manchester’s horror and cult film festival, has revealed its line-up for 2015.
This year’s opening night gala will be The Hallow, with director Corin Hardy and star Joseph Mawle in attendance. Playing on the same evening will be The Box, the directorial debut of Shaune Harrison (SFX on World War Z and Avengers: Age Of Ultron) and Bloodsucking Bastards, which stars Fran Kranz (Cabin In The Woods) and Pedro Pascal (The Adjustment Bureau).
There will also »
Comments Emily Blunt as a whip smart, can-do badass? Yeah, that’ll pretty much never get old, so keep it coming. The trailer for her latest actioner “Sicario,” a term which means “hitman” in Mexico, is here, and it looks like we’re in for more of the Blunt ballistics we’ve become accustomed to lately. Except … this is going to be an even drearier scenario than the futuristic sci-fi set-ups we’ve seen her in before (see also, “The Adjustment Bureau,” “Looper,” and “Edge of Tomorrow”). This is chaos of the here and now variety. In the gritty crime drama, Blunt stars as an FBI agent who’s been tapped to help regulate the dangerous border between the United States and Mexico as the War on Drugs intensifies. And while any patrol assignment in the area would be hazardous enough to a person’s health, she goes and joins »
We are used to seeing Emily Blunt as the dancing beauty on the lip-synch contest, or the impossibly charming actress working the late-night TV circuit. Yes, she has risked in challenging movies like The Adjustment Bureau or Edge of Tomorrow opposite Tom Cruise, but even then, she wasn’t half as badass as she looks in the first official trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s harrowing cartel drama, Sicario. Check it out: As the trailer educates us, "Sicario" means "hitman" in Mexico, and Emily Blunt plays one of a trio of law-enforcement agents who cross the border on a shadowy and mysterious assignment to track the head of a brutal syndicate, hoping to eliminate his growing threat. At the onset of the trailer, Blunt’s character looks like a stranger in a strange land, a fish out of water who is going to have »
At a time when the six major studios continue to focus most of their attention on blockbusters, Im Global’s production and financing unit is gearing up to fill the gap for mid-budget films.
Stuart Ford’s 8-year-old banner is now producing and financing five to seven films annually, ranging from micro-budgeted, specialty genre to commercial features. The current slate includes the recently completed “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, and two projects in mid-production: “The Free State of Jones,” directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell, plus “Silence,” from Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.
“When I came on in the fall of 2013, Stuart and I talked »
- Dave McNary
Shout! Factory has acquired the giallo thriller, The Editor, for U.S. distribution, the El Rey Network is hosting a RoboCop marathon this weekend, and submissions are now open for The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.
The Editor: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Kennedy/Brooks, Inc. have entered a picture deal to distribute The Editor in the U.S. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish, giallo-inspired horror comedy premiered with critical praise at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmakers Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive U.S. distribution rights to The Editor, including broadcast, »
- Derek Anderson
It looks like 20th Century Fox has found a director for its Flash Gordon reboot, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service) is in talks with the studio about helming the film.
The new Flash Gordon has been in development at Fox for around a year now, with Star Trek 3 screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay penning the script from a treatment by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), who is producing alongside John Davis.
- Gary Collinson
I debated while writing that headline whether or not to use Matthew Vaughn's name or not. Certainly those that read movie blogs on a regular basis will recognize Vaughn's name as the director of Layer Cake, X-Men: First Class and, most recently, the highly successful Kingsman: The Secret Service, but if you don't read about movie news on a daily basis, his name is hardly as recognizable to the general public as say, Christopher Nolan or David Fincher. So, I went with "Kingsman Director" and hopefully that means people will read this first paragraph and start putting two-and-two together. As for the news in the headline, well, let's get to that. THR is reporting Vaughn is in negotiations to direct Flash Gordon, a movie based on the classic comic strip character over at 20th Century Fox. Based on the character created in 1934 by artist Alex Raymond there have been »
- Brad Brevet
To most contemporary audiences, "Flash Gordon" is probably most recently remembered for one of two things: the 1980 movie being endlessly referenced in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted," or as a short-lived TV series on The Sci-Fi Channel in 2007, which lasted one season. Well, last year, Fox announced they were bringing the character back to the big screen, and indeed, the wheels are in motion. THR reports that Matthew Vaughn ("X-Men: First Class," "Kingsman: The Secret Service") is in negotiations to direct the new film. George Nolfi ("The Adjustment Bureau") penned the treatment, with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay ("Star Trek 3") writing the script for the sci-fi galactic tale. One can't help but wonder if Fox saw the mega-success of "Guardians Of The Galaxy" and got more confident that they could make a new version work much better than the super campy 1980 effort. Read More: 10 Big Screen Superheroes With Incredibly »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Will Smith and Margot Robbie’s romantic caper film Focus easily topped the North American box office this weekend, although with a milder debut than expected. The heist flick opened with an estimated $19.1 million, which is solid for a film about con artists, but pretty tepid for Will Smith’s standards. In the last 10 years, only one film with the Fresh Prince headlining has opened worse: 2008’s Seven Pounds ($14.9 million). Despite an appealing marketing campaign, a lack of competition, IMAX theaters and the presence of co-star Margot Robbie, Focus couldn’t even top the opening for Smith’s much-derided 2013 bomb After Earth ($27.5 million).
The estimated $19.1 million take is equal to the opening for directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s 2011’s romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. It was also around the same mark as adult-oriented thrillers from the first quarter of the year, such as Limitless ($18.9 million) and The Adjustment Bureau ($21.2 million). Still, »
- Jordan Adler
On another quiet Friday at the box office, newcomers Focus (2015) and The Lazarus Effect both started off a little bit slower than expected.Opening at 3,323 locations, Focus took first place with an estimated $6.47 million. That's nearly identical to Crazy, Stupid, Love. ($6.58 million), which was the previous outing from directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. It's also generally on par with star-driven, adult-friendly thrillers Limitless ($6.6 million) and The Adjustment Bureau ($6.7 million).Still, it puts the movie on track to finish just below $20 million for the weekend, which is a tad disappointing when considering the star power involved (Will Smith and Margot Robbie) and the pervasive marketing effort as of late.Playing at 2,666 locations, The Lazarus Effect opened to an estimated $3.8 million on Friday. That's a bit higher than Dark Skies, a Blumhouse horror movie that opened to $3.1 million around the same time in 2013. Still, it's noticeably lower than last Spring's Oculus »
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