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Just a few weeks after we reported that The Mummy remake star Marwan Kenzari is in talks to play the villainous Jafar in Disney's Aladdin reboot, it seems the studio has also found the villain's right-hand man. Turkish actor Numan Acar is in talks to portray Hakim, who serves as the "head of the guards" for Jafar in this live-action remake. There was a guard character named Hakim, voiced by Frank Welker, in the original Aladdin movie, but it seems he will be a much more substantial character in this live-action movie.
Deadline broke the news of this casting, but their report did not include Marwan Kenzari as part of the cast, so perhaps his deal has not been finalized at this time. Numan Acar will be joined by Will Smith, who voices The Genie, Mena Massoud as the title character Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Nasim Pedrad as Mara, »
The cast of Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin film continues to take shape, as Deadline reports that Homeland’s Numan Acar has joined the project. The actor will take on the role of Hakim, who the outlet describes as “the head of the guards” and “right-hand man” to Marwan Kenzari’s villainous Jafar.
While Hakim isn’t one of the more well-known Aladdin characters, he did make appearances in the 1994 and 1996 direct-to-video Aladdin sequels, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and the short-lived Aladdin TV show in 1994. Frank Welker, Jim Cummings and Corey Burton have all voiced the character in the past.
- Justin Cook
“It is like an awful car crash. You know you shouldn’t look. But at the same time you can’t turn away,” said one senior China film executive of the financial woes that have wrecked the summer of Wanda, Fosun, LeEco, and other previously high-flying Chinese conglomerates. Yet, for those who continue to look on at the aftermath of the summer smash-up, two trends emerge.
First, that political risk should be moved far higher up the agenda in any Sino-international dealing. Second, that China is now a major player that has enough momentum and scale to affect global industry. However alien its rules and methods are to Wall Street and Burbank, or how tricky its is to read the political tea leaves, China counts for too much to be ignored — as a current smash of the other kind demonstrates.
Global box office in the first three weeks of August was dominated by “Wolf Warriors II,” a »
- Patrick Frater
The 74th Venice International Film Festival (August 30 – September 9) has just announced the world premiere of John Woo’s action thriller Manhunt as part of its Out of Competition roster. The film is hotly anticipated as it marks the return of the Hong Kong director to the police thriller genre 25 years after his classic Hard Boiled, starring Chow Yun-fat, Tony Leung and Anthony Wong.
Set in Japan, Manhunt is the story of a Chinese man wrongly convicted for rape and multiple murders. He becomes the target of a manhunt by the local Japanese police, while he sets out himself to find the real killers.
The film has Chinese star Zhang Hanyu (The Great Wall, Operation Mekong) and Japanese actor-musician Masaharu Fukuyama (Suspect X, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends) in the lead roles. The predominantly Japanese supporting cast includes Yasuaki Kurata, Jun Kunimura, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Nanami Sakuraba, Naoto Takenaka and Tao Okamoto. »
- Arnav Sinha
In a dramatic twist to Dalian Wanda’s recent offloading of theme parks and hotels, questions swirled Friday over whether the company’s huge new studio complex in Qingdao is included in the $9.2 billion sale, which would make Wanda’s pullback in the entertainment arena even starker.
In a regulatory filing in Hong Kong, developer Sunac China listed the properties it is acquiring from Wanda in the recently announced deal. In Qingdao, aside from other parcels, the list includes, in English, Wanda’s “television industry park.” (In the Chinese-language filing, the words are “film and television park.”)
The Wall Street Journal quoted a Sunac spokeswoman as saying that this referred to Wanda Studios, the massive production facility Wanda is building in seaside Qingdao, including 30 sound stages, half of which are already up and running. “The Great Wall” and “Pacific Rim 2” were shot at the site, which sprawls over 400 acres, and other productions are underway.
- Henry Chu
Warner’s “Kong: Skull Island” debuted at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended July 23.
The latest “King Kong” reboot earned $168 million at the domestic box office and links the famous ape to another reboot, 2014’s “Godzilla,” setting up a movie scheduled for 2020 in which the two mega-monsters fight.
- John Latchem
The Jaeger program is looking for new recruits.
As the Internet grinds to a halt in anticipation of San Diego Comic-Con, Legendary has unleashed the first teaser trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the Steven S. DeKnight-directed creature feature that places John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) in the driving seat.
For when the Kaiju stage their resurgence, the former Attack the Block actor will lead the human resistance as Jake Pentecost, son of the apocalypse-canceling Stacker (Idris Elba). That leaves Boyega with some mighty big boots to fill – both human and otherwise – if he’s to command the story in the spirit of his on-screen father, but we’re quietly confident that the rising star is ready to step up to the plate. You’ll be able to catch a fleeting glimpse of him suited up at the tail-end of Uprising‘s first teaser, which spends close to »
- Michael Briers
Image Source: HBO If you were watching the Game of Thrones season seven premiere and wondered why Joshua Jackson cosplaying as Jack Sparrow is trying to convince Cersei to marry him, you may have been a bit confused. But despite Euron Greyjoy's startling resemblance to a certain Dawson's Creek heartthrob, he is in fact played by a Danish actor who is not well known in the United States. Meet Johan Philip "Pilou" Asbaek, a 35-year-old hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, who joined Game of Thrones in season six as Euron Greyjoy, younger brother to Theon and Yara's father Balon (and also Balon's murderer). Euron is now King of the Iron Islands and has proposed an alliance with the Lannisters at King's Landing, so Asbaek is presumably sticking around Westeros for a while. RelatedGame of Thrones: Rewatch Ed Sheeran's Scene With Arya Stark This is Asbaek's first major TV project outside of his home country. »
- Andrea Reiher
The plan is develop a feature that appeals to Western sensibilities and to also develop a companion project for the Chinese market. Sources tell Variety that the book has become so popular in China that the author, John Gray, has made trips over the years to teach classes based on its themes.
“Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships” was released in 1992 and became the No. 1 bestselling hardcover book of the 1990s. The book discusses psychological differences between the sexes using the common metaphor that the title describes, that men and women are from different planets.
Studios have been trying to figure out how to turn the book into a movie since its publication, with »
- Justin Kroll
Lionsgate’s “Saban’s Power Rangers,” which earned more than $85 million in U.S. theaters, remained the top-selling disc for the second consecutive week, according to the Npd VideoScan sales figures for the week that ended July 9.
But in its second week of release, the third theatrical feature film based on the TV superhero series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” ceded the No. 1 spot on Npd VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart to Walt Disney Studios’ live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” finishing the week in second place.
“Beauty and the Beast” had been No. 2 on both the Blu-ray Disc chart and Npd VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, the previous week. Released June 6, the film debuted at No. 1 on both charts and has regained the top spot on several occasions.
- Thomas K. Arnold
LeEco owns Le Vision Pictures which invested in The Great Wall.
Us smart TV manufacturer Vizio has filed an $110m lawsuit against LeEco, claiming that the Chinese tech giant never had the funds to close the $2bn acquisition that it scrapped earlier this year.
LeEco announced plans to acquire Vizio last July but cancelled the deal in April 2017, citing “regulatory headwinds” in China.
In the lawsuit filed in the Us District Court in Santa Ana, California, Vizio claims that LeEco had already begun to collapse “due to severe cash flow and financial problems” at the time that its $2bn acquisition of the Us company was announced.
Vizio also alleges that LeEco pursued the deal because it wanted to obtain access to the Us company’s client and private customer databases and it also “desperately needed to either obtain the instant financial stability, credibility, and resources that a merger with Vizio would bring”.
The lawsuit also claims that LeEco »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
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- MaryAnn Johanson
Stock market-listed Wanda Film Holdings is to buy up Wanda Media in the latest reshuffle of businesses within the Dalian Wanda property-to-entertainment giant.
Wanda Film’s shares are suspended from trading on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and the company says it needs a month to undertake the restructuring. The company says it will reveal details of the restructuring on Aug. 3 and that the shares should return to active trading within a month.
No details of the valuation of the Wanda Media business was provided in a brief regulatory heads-up. But it appears that Legendary Entertainment will not be part of the reorganization that the company says could result in a new share offering.
Dalian Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin has told investors that Legendary will not be listed in China. That position was reiterated by Wanda sources to Variety.
Legendary was acquired by Wanda for a figure that the company reported at the time as being up to »
- Patrick Frater
“Saban’s Power Rangers,” the third theatrical feature film based on the TV superhero series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” debuted at No. 1 on all three home video charts the week ended July 2, giving Lionsgate yet another triple-play victory in the DVD and Blu-ray Disc arena.
The big-budget reboot, which earned more than $85 million in U.S. theaters, was the week’s top seller and rental, bowing at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales; Npd’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart; and Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart.
- Thomas K. Arnold
Aside from Ryuk, the iconic Shinigami brought to life with great menace by the equally great Willem Dafoe, Netflix and writer-director Adam Wingard have overhauled Death Note to such an extent that the story, one initially conceived by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata all the way back in 2003, has been relocated to Seattle, Washington.
Not only that, but Light Yagami, the student who first encounters the all-powerful Death Note and begins targeting Tokyo’s criminal underbelly, now goes by the name of Light Turner (Aka Kira), and will be played by Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars). And therein lies the source of controversy.
Similar to Ghost in the Shell, Iron Fist, and even Matt Damon’s place in The Great Wall, thrusting a white, American actor into the midst of a Japanese story has irked longtime fans of the Death Note series, but during a recent interview with IGN, »
- Michael Briers
Cine Asia has released a trailer for Dante Lam’s Elite Force – Operation Mekong, the hit Chinese action extravaganza which is inspired by true events and stars Eddie Peng (Call of Heroes) and Hanyu Zhang (The Great Wall). Take a look at the cover artwork, synopsis and trailer below…
Following a sudden international crisis when Chinese commercial vessels are ambushed on the Mekong River, an elite team of narcotic officers are dispatched to the Golden Triangle region, on evidence the attack resulted from a notorious drug cartel operating in the area. Led by Captain Gao Gang (Zhang Hanyu), who partners with intelligence officer and undercover specialist Fang Xinwu (Eddie Peng), this team embarks on a death-defying mission to bring the ultimate takedown of a ruthless drug lord. With ferocious action direction from Tung Wai (Bodyguards and Assassins, Saving General Yang), Operation Mekong is an explosive tale of comradeship and conquest. »
- Gary Collinson
Walt Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” returned to the No. 1 spot on the national home video sales charts the week ended June 25, while newcomer “Life,” a science-fiction horror film from Sony Pictures, rode its $30 million domestic box office gross to a top five debut.
“Life,” about a group of astronauts who unwittingly return from Mars with a monster-in-waiting, debuted at No. 2 on the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and No. 4 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Npd data shows it sold 96% as many units during the week as “Beauty and the Beast.”
- Thomas K. Arnold
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Cine Asia have today announced their next release – Dante Lam’s action extravaganza, Elite Force: Operation Mekong. The film is one of China’s all-time highest grossing films (over $170m) and won Best Action Choreography at the Hong Kong Film Awards 2017. Inspired by true events and starring one of Asia’s top rising action stars Eddie Peng (Call of Heroes, Rise of The Legend) and Hanyu Zhang (Assembly, The Great Wall), Elite Force: Operation Mekong pays tribute to 80′s classics like Rambo with an assaultive two hours of adrenaline-pumped action.
Released on DVD and VOD this July, the UK Premiere takes place at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this week on Thursday 29th June; with a second screening on Sunday 2nd July. Click the link to grab tickets for the Eiff screening of Elite Force: Operation Mekong.
Following a sudden international crisis when Chinese commercial vessels are ambushed on the Mekong River, »
- Phil Wheat
As we rapidly approach 2017’s midway point, there are already a number of films that deserve to be remembered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when Oscar ballots go out at the end of the year. Academy voters notoriously have short memories, though it’s hardly their fault alone; studios are so obsessed with back-loading the year with prestige product that in the rush, earlier gems are often forgotten.
So we’re here to help. Perhaps members will take a moment to bear these contenders in mind before the awards season glut finally hits.
Note: This list spotlights films theatrically released to the paying public. There have been festival standouts that won’t hit theaters until the coming months, and a number would bear mentioning. Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler are all fantastic in Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” for example. And David Lowery’s vision for “A Ghost Story” makes for one of the greatest motion pictures of the year. But we’ll stick to what will hit theaters as of June 30 for this piece’s purposes.
Best Picture: “The Big Sick”
Don’t dismiss it just because it’s the funniest movie of the year so far, it’s also the most heartfelt and intelligent. Willing to mix big issues with big laughs, the tone is held together perfectly by director Michael Showalter, the outstanding cast and an excellent script. (Jr)
Netflix’s Cannes entry is a whole lot of movie, and a whole lot of vision. Director Bong Joon Ho dazzles with his deft kinetic touch while also pulling an impressive performance out of young lead Seo-Hyun Ahn to anchor the zany satire. But as ever, Bong proves a master of balancing tonal shifts, ultimately crafting a moving piece of work. (KT)
The role of an aging star who never realized his greatness fits Elliott like a glove. It’s also a reminder of how underutilized he has been on the big screen. (Jr)
Hawkins is always excellent and reliable, but she outdoes herself portraying Canadian painter Maud Lewis. Crippled by arthritis, married to a rough fisherman (a great Ethan Hawke), Hawkins allows Maud’s joy to shine through. (Jr)
Let’s be honest; take away the superhero element and this would be an Oscar slam-dunk. Stewart’s portrayal of Charles Xavier in waning health with a broken mind will break your heart. (Jr)
Jordan Peele’s impressive directorial debut deserves a shout-out in virtually every category, but hopefully no one snoozes on Betty Gabriel’s unsettling work as a housekeeper trapped in “the sunken place.” She etches that inner turmoil across her face with such aplomb you simply cannot look away. (KT)
Best Screenplay: “Shimmer Lake”
Technically ineligible for Oscars as it didn’t receive a theatrical run, that doesn’t stop this twisty thriller from earning our consideration. What sounds like a gimmick — a crime drama told backwards — proves absolutely essential to telling a fascinating story. (Jr)
Best Cinematography: “Kong: Skull Island”
Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ simian sequel was a bit of a tonal omelette, but one element that gave it an unexpected level of iconography was Larry Fong’s striking photography. Sunburnt vistas and heat-rippled frames sometimes call back to “Apocalypse Now,” but more often they give the film its own intriguing visual identity. (KT)
Best Costume Design: “Wonder Woman”
Speaking of iconography, one of the eye-popping elements of Patty Jenkins’ landmark superhero entry is the iconic image actress Gal Gadot strikes as the eponymous Amazon. But beyond Diana Prince’s well-known threads, there’s a whole array of dazzling outfits on the screen, from the battle gear of Themyscira to 1920s fashion and World War I attire. (KT)
Best Film Editing: “LA92”
Lest we forget, National Geographic’s Emmy-contending L.A riots documentary is also eligible for Oscar consideration this year. Last year “O.J.: Made in America” garnered some attention for its handling of tons of material, and hopefully reminded voters that documentary editing ought to be recognized. Reams of footage were assembled from countless sources to drive this particular version of the story, which was also covered elegantly by director John Ridley in “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992.” (KT)
Best Production Design: “Beauty and the Beast”
It’s a tall order to match the stunning animation of the original film, but the “Beauty and the Beast” team pulled it off. Every ornate touch, from the Beast’s castle to the world of Belle’s village, was a visual feast. (Jr)
Best Sound Editing: “Baby Driver”
Being something of a musical-slash-actioner, Edgar Wright’s latest owes everything to its soundtrack. But more than that, the precision with which sound is layered and cut to enhance the various tracks scattered throughout gives the film an innervating sense of propulsion. When there’s no sound, you’re desperate for it to scream back. (KT)
Best Visual Effects: “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
It’s a pity we can’t throw “War for the Planet of the Apes” (July 14) in here, but more on that in due time. Marvel’s latest installment of the “Guardians” franchise doubles down on rendered environments. When you have a character who at times serves as the actual location (I guess you have to see the film to understand), the sky is the limit on VFX. (KT)
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