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Ten years have passed since Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi’s heroes channeled their inner Stacker Pentecost and canceled the apocalypse, but the years have not been kind to the Ppdc’s (Pan Pacific Defense Corps) Jaeger program.
Written off as a costly and unnecessary endeavor once the Kaiju have been defeated, by the time Pacific Rim: Uprising begins, those towering mechs will ostensibly be collecting dust – that is, until those otherworldly creatures begin to claw their way back from beyond the Breach. And so, the Ppdc begins to mount a defense against yet another mass invasion.
Headed up by two Jaeger pilots – played here by John Boyega (The Force Awakens) and Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad) – the Mark VI fleet of Pacific Rim: Uprising is armed to the teeth with WMDs and other bells and whistles. Heck, one could even argue that each bipedal Jaeger is a Wmd in and of itself, »
- Matt Joseph
Willem Dafoe is a yogi when it comes to career dexterity. He’s equally comfortable in big, flashy blockbusters as ambitious, auteur-driven projects, juggling leading and supporting roles with ease. By the time he’s spotted in a misfire, he’s already got a gem in the pipeline. “The Florida Project” represents one of his most engaging performances in years, and makes him an Oscar frontrunner for best supporting actor, but it’a also a fraction of his recent output.
Two months before the Cannes premiere of “The Florida Project,” in which he’s the only veteran in a cast dominated by non-professionals, he surfaced in a cartoonish role opposite Matt Damon in the international blockbuster “The Great Wall,” and landed in two Netflix genre films — “What Happened to Monday” and “Death Note” — before the end of the summer. As “The Florida Project” finally comes out in U.S. theaters, »
- Eric Kohn
Disney's adaptation A Wrinkle in Time is shaping up to be one of next year's most highly-anticipated films, as fans wait for the next batch of footage following the first A Wrinkle in Time trailer that dropped at the D23 Expo back in July. There has been no confirmation as to when the next footage may arrive, but director Ava DuVernay just recently dropped an interesting piece of news on social media, confirming that Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi has come aboard to do the score. The director included a photo of herself alongside the composer in the editing bay, where fans can get a new glimpse of Storm Reid's pivotal character Meg Murry.
The director revealed on social media that she has "listened to his music for years and swooned," before confirming that he will compose the score for A Wrinkle in Time. It's possible that the »
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
From the first note of Carter Burwell‘s magnificent score and opening shot of Edward Lachman’s ravishing cinematography — introducing a Brief Encounter-esque opening bookend — Todd Haynes transports one to an intoxicating world of first love and its requisite heartbreak. Carol excels at being many things: a romantic drama; a coming-of-age story; an exploration of family dynamics and social constructs of the time; an acting »
- Jordan Raup
In an ancient world of magic and monsters, mystical lords must save their kingdom in L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties, arriving on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand September 26 from Lionsgate. From the visual effects team behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Warcraft, this computer- animated, motion-capture, action-adventure odyssey stars Kris Wu and Fan Bingbing as sorcerers battling an evil traitor in order to restore peace to the kingdom. Based on the fantastic and epic novels by Guo Jingming, the L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.
Supernatural warriors clash with dark forces of evil in this electrifying fantasy-adventure. In a distant time, seven lords who wield powers »
- Tom Stockman
Mubi is exclusively showing Tadhg O'Sullivan's The Great Wall (2015) from September 21 - October 21.Many people told me in 2015 that The Great Wall was a timely film. Generally my response was that I had felt it to be a timely project when I had developed it several years previously; looking at it now, two years later, its timeliness seems not to have faded. While I would love for this not to be the case some day—for a time to come when films like this feel like they are from a distant era—I am not entirely optimistic about this. The central idea in the film, that walls of all kinds are everywhere erected to protect power and exclude the powerless, is itself a rather timeless one. While developing and researching the film I had looked for some way to remove the specifics of time and place from the subject, »
Ed Skrein out, Daniel Dae Kim in? That’s the latest development on Lionsgate’s Hellboy, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the latter is now circling the vacant role of military chief Major Ben Daimio.
Should a deal place, Kim, who is perhaps best known for his performance on CBS procedural Hawaii Five-o, would step into the shoes briefly occupied by Ed Skrein. In Mike Mignola’s original Hellboy comics, Daimio is portrayed as Japanese-American, a “rugged military member of the bureau for paranormal research and defense who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain.”
Skrein initially beat out the competition to land the role back in August, but stepped down in the face of protesting. Citing whitewashing concerns, the one-time Deadpool star formally bowed out of Neil Marshall’s R-rated (?) reboot late last month after releasing a candid statement on the whole ordeal. »
- Michael Briers
It would be hard not to have a good time, at least some of the time, during “Manhunt,” veteran Hong Kong director John Woo’s return to high-concept, low-brow action, after his foray into period drama with the “Red Cliff” and “The Crossing” movies. But whether we’re laughing with the film or laughing at the film is a slightly less clear-cut question: “Manhunt” is a proudly daft action thriller, that shoots its double guns through the buddy movie and the wrongly-accused-man-on-the-run genre, and even ends up slow-mo sliding into sci-fi later.
But above all of that, it’s a kind of a John Woo Pinterest board, a kitschily self-referential mash-up of the Woo-hoopla he perfected during his decade-long reign of balletic, batshit mayhem between 1986’s “A Better Tomorrow” and 1997’s “Face/Off.” As awesome as that sounds, and sometimes is, “Manhunt” is sadly more pastiche than homage, especially during those moments between action setpieces where stick-figure »
- Jessica Kiang
So Netflix’s “Death Note” is finally available to stream around the world, and everyone is completely thrilled about it with no reservations whatsoever, the end.
Just kidding. While the release of Adam Wingard’s controversial manga adaptation has been overshadowed by everything from Hurricane Harvey to “Game of Thrones” and even a different story of Hollywood white-washing (albeit one with a happy ending, thanks to actor Ed Skrein agreeing to remove himself from the “Hellboy” remake), the movie has been kicking up a fuss ever since it was first announced that none of its major characters would be played by actors of Asian descent. The case may not be quite as cut-and-dry as it was with this year’s ill-conceived “Ghost in the Shell” remake, but the discussion around it may be even more valuable for that.
- David Ehrlich and Hanh Nguyen
Exactly one week after his casting was announced to the world – not to mention the heated controversy that ensued – Deadpool actor Ed Skrein has officially walked away from Lionsgate and Millenium’s Hellboy reboot.
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, confirming that Skrein is no longer involved in the “dark, gruesome” project after the actor himself “decided to step down” amid scathing allegations of whitewashing – allegations that ought to be familiar to those who paid close attention to Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, The Great Wall, Ghost in the Shell, and the recently-released Netflix thriller, Death Note (our review).
Last week, Skrein landed the coveted role of military chief Major Ben Daimio, a character who was originally portrayed as Asian in Mike Mignola’s cult comic book series. And so, after Lionsgate’s latest casting coup drew the ire of the Internet, Ed Skrein has now vacated the role so that it “can be cast appropriately. »
- Michael Briers
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Legendary Entertainment is looking to one of its closest advisors to possibly fill its vacant CEO post.
The studio behind Pacific Rim and The Great Wall is aggressively pursuing attorney Josh Grode to take on the CEO role, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Grode, a partner in the Los Angeles office of the Irell & Manella law firm and co-chair of the firm's Transactions practice, has represented Legendary for years and played a key role in the company's sale to China's Dalian Wanda Group in early 2016.
"Josh has been and continues to be a legal advisor to Wanda »
- Tatiana Siegel
This chaotic Hollywood adaptation of the celebrated Japanese series has enough going on for an entire season – but there are still reckless thrills to be had
A long line of sharpened knives have already been out in force for this one. Perhaps for a legitimate reason. Perhaps not. But before a frame of Netflix’s ambitious franchise-starter had even been completed, there was widespread anger over what was seen as a whitewashed take on unavoidably Japanese source material. Asian and Asian American actors have long been de-prioritized in Hollywood, and this latest example was seen as yet another insult after the recent instances Ghost in the Shell, Doctor Strange and The Great Wall.
Related: Ghost in the Shell’s whitewashing: does Hollywood have an Asian problem?
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- Benjamin Lee
The manhunt for one of the most infamous criminals in history rages on when Narcos: Season 2 arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 5 from Lionsgate. Unforeseen alliances form between Colombian authorities, rival cartels, and DEA agents to put an end to Pablo Escobar’s ruthless activities. Renewed for two more seasons, the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh series continues to raise stakes and heart-pounding thrills. Loaded with never-before-seen deleted scenes, an audio commentary, and featurette, the Narcos: Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.97 and $29.98, respectively.
After drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes from prison, the Colombian police, rival cartels, and DEA agents try to take him down in the explosive second season of the hit series.
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- Tom Stockman
Hollywood just can't escape the whitewash controversy that has plagued many productions over the last couple of years. The latest movie to fall prey to this type of casting is the upcoming Hellboy Reboot. Deadpool star Ed Skrein has been cast as a character who is traditionally Japanese-American in the comics. And fans aren't having it. Nether is the media, who love to perpetuate these controversies.
Once titled Rise of the Blood Queen, the new Hellboy is going to introduce characters that were not in either of Guillermo Del Toro's big screen adaptations. And that includes Ben Daimio. In Mike Mignola's comic, the character's heritage has a heavy influence on his own personal story set against this fantastical backdrop. Casting a British actor in the role has set off a firestorm amongst the Asian American community, who are on high alert after Scarlett Johansson took the lead in »
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
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