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Exclusive: Talk about a torn-from-the-headlines feature film. This might be the Chinese version of The Social Network. Just days ago, Jack Ma launched an Ipo for Alibaba on the New York Stock Exchange and finished the day with his company valued at $231 billion — more than Amazon and eBay combined — and making him the richest man in China and among the richest in the world with $26.5 billion. There’s already a fully scripted feature film on his life that is ready to be shopped, and the people behind it are formidable.
Apa soon will be shopping a script that Bruce Feirstein wrote, with Janet Yang producing. Yang, who worked for Oliver Stone and partnered with Lisa Henson, has been producing films in China including Shanghai Calling. There, she met Feirstein as he was rewriting and producing domestic audience films in China including Hong He (Red River) and writing about business subjects for Vanity Fair. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
In Lionsgate’s Legendary, a deadly mythical creature is on the loose and leaving a blood trail. One man wants to kill it and another wants to study it. Dolph Lundgren plays the former in this creature feature now available on DVD and VOD platforms, and we have an exclusive clip in which the enduring actor explains the “old-school hunter” personality of his character Jim Harker.
“Prepare for an epic battle between man and beast when action stars Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren collide in Legendary, arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View July 29. Directed by Eric Styles (Miss Conception, True True Lie), the action-thriller follows the battle between two rivals to capture a mythical creature that shouldn’t exist. The Legendary DVD includes a “making of” featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
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- Derek Anderson
Being a product of the ’80s, very few people make me as excited as Dolph Lundgren does. I grew up with I Come In Peace, The Punisher, Showdown In Little Tokyo, and every other film he was in. Yes, his recent output might be less than stellar, but it would be a lie if I said I wouldn’t watch the Dolph stand in front of a camera and make fart noises for an hour. Add up and coming action star Scott Adkins, The Expendables 2, Ninja II) to the mix, and you’ve got what I think looks like a fun as hell, entertaining ride. Two badasses, one monster,..and a trailer that has me on board. What do you friend fiends think? Will you be picking this one up, when it hits DVD/VOD/Pay-Per-View on July 29th, via Lionsgate?
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- Jerry Smith
Starz Digital Media, the digital and on-demand distributor that’s a division of Starz, will release the pic on digital and VOD platforms in May ahead of a June theatrical release.
Pic is the second written and directed by actor Gregg (“The Avengers,” “Agents of Shield”) after “Choke,” his 2008 adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel. In “Trust Me” he co-stars with young thesp Saxon Sharbino alongside Sam Rockwell (who also appeared in “Choke”), Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon and Felicity Huffman.
Dark comedy’s storyline centers on a down-on-his-luck talent agent determined to achieve Hollywood success with a 13-year-old star (Sharbino) he’s discovered. Film was produced by Unified Pictures’ Keith Kjarval, Savage Bunny’s Mary Vernieu and Gregg, »
- Gordon Cox
"Trust Me," a comedy that premiered earlier last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, has just been acquired by Starz Digital Media, the digital distribution subdivision of Starz. Director Clark Gregg, of "The Avengers" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" fame, also stars in the film about a Hollywood agent who finally has a chance at notoriety after discovering a 13-year old child prodigy. The Playlist was able to catch the film in Tribeca. You can read their review of the film here. Read More: 2008 Sundance Film Festival interview with Clark Gregg for debut film "Choke" Starz Digital Media's releases include "Free Samples" starring Jess Weixler, Jason Ritter and Jesse Eisenberg and "Shanghai Calling" with Daniel Henney, Eliza Coupe and Bill Paxton and another Tribeca gem, the upcoming documentary about rock band The National called "Mistaken For Strangers." "Trust Me" stars Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, »
- Eric Eidelstein
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