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‘Lost in the Pacific’ Review

Stars: Brandon Routh, Russell Wong, Yuqi Zhang, Bernice Liu, Sunny Wang, Mengjie Jiang, Xiangyu Dai, Vincent M. Ward, Kaiwi Lyman, Bobby Tonelli, Yonglin Yu, Siyu Lu, Tim Parrish, Natasha Lloyd, Tazito Garcia | Written by Vincent Zhou, Peter Cameron | Directed by Vincent Zhou

When one of the first lines in the film is “if anything goes wrong this could be the next Titanic” you know you’re in for the next Titanic… Whether thats a disaster within the film, or the disaster of a film, depends entirely on your penchant for the genre and gloriously over the top productions which feature an international cast hamming it up in 70s disaster movie fashion!

An English-language, Malaysian-filmed sci-fi thriller, Lost in the Pacific sees group of VIP elite passengers (the types of which wouldn’t be out of place in the likes of Airport ’77 or The Poseidon Adventure: a pop star, a former boxer,
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Cannes: China’s ‘Jade Pendant’ Set for North American Release (Exclusive)

Cannes: China’s ‘Jade Pendant’ Set for North American Release (Exclusive)
Crimson Forest Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Chinese period romance “The Jade Pendant,” from China- and Hong Kong-based Lotus Entertainment.

Shot in Utah, “The Jade Pendant” is directed by Hong Kong veteran Leong Po-Chih (“The Detonator,” “Out of Reach”) and follows the journey of a young girl who, fleeing an arranged marriage in China, finds herself on American shores.

Her tragic love story is set against the 1871 burning of Chinatown in Los Angeles and the largest mass lynching in American history. The film is targeted to release theatrically Oct. 24, on the anniversary of the Chinese Massacre of 1871.

The film stars South Korean star Clara Lee (“Working Girl”), Taiwanese heartthrob Godfrey Gao (“The Mortal Instruments”), Russell Wong (“Romeo Must Die,” “Contract to Kill”), and screen veterans Tsai Chin and Tzi Ma.

The Jade Pendant was produced by Thomas Leong, Bruce Feirstein and Scott Rosenfelt for Lotus Entertainment.

Crimson Forest
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‘Contract to Kill’ DVD Review

Stars: Steven Seagal, Russell Wong, Jemma Dallender, Mircea Drambareanu, Sergiu Costache, Ghassan Bouz, Andrei Stanciu | Written and Directed by Keoni Waxman

In his latest direct to DVD effort, Contract to Kill, Steven Seagal stars as Harmon, a CIA/DEA enforcer investigating Arab terrorists captured in Mexico. With his team: FBI agent Zara, and spy-drone pilot Sharp, he flies to Istanbul and uncovers a brutal plot by Islamic extremists – who plan to use Sonora drug-smuggling routes to bring deadly weapons, and leaders, into the U.S. To prevent an attack on America, Harmon must turn these two savage forces against one another before his time, and his luck, run out.

Yes, we’re back on the Steven Seagal bandwagon, with yet another film that, once again, sees writer/director Keoni Waxman working with Segal to craft another slice of direct to DVD action. In fact, if my maths is correct, Contract to Kill
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Interview: Russell Wong Talks Contract to Kill (Exclusive)

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Interview: Russell Wong Talks Contract to Kill (Exclusive)
The war on terror not only needs fearless leaders, but also a dependable support team of agents who are willing to take any extreme effort necessary to stop their country’s brutal enemies. The courageous American protagonists in the new action film, ‘Contract to Kill,’ who are portrayed by Steven Seagal, Jemma Dallender and Russell Wong, are operatives who are hired to take out an elusive terrorist. The trio repeatedly puts themselves in danger in order to block an extremist group’s plot to bring harm into their country. Lionsgate will release ‘Contract to Kill‘ in theaters and on VOD tomorrow. The drama was written, directed and produced by Keoni Waxman, who [ Read More ]

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Coming Distractions: Steven Seagal returns to his backbreaking work in Contract To Kill trailer

Among Steven Seagal’s dubious achievements in the last decade are his recently granted Russian citizenship and this trailer for Contract To Kill, which is not, as you might expect, a straight-to-dvd release. No, Contract To Kill—not to be confused with Hard To Kill, which also starred Seagal—will have a proper theatrical release but will also be available on iTunes (in case your local cineplex isn’t screening it). The subject of Seagal’s latest film is virtually the same as all the other, triptych-titled works. The sluggish martial arts star plays a CIA/DEA agent named John Harmon, who teams up with Russell Wong and a beautiful distraction (Jemma Dallender) to investigate Muslim terrorists.

The trailer features Seagal puffing out his lines in between halfheartedly chopping guys in the neck, but remember—this is just another day at the office for him and his character. Speaking of
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Watch: Steven Seagal in Official Trailer for Action Film 'Contract to Kill'

"I want to pick my own team, I want my own gear, and I need a jet." Lionsgate has debuted a trailer for a new action movie starring Steven Seagal, and if you've seen any of his other recent work, you know what to expect with this (which means - not much). Contract to Kill stars Seagal as a CIA enforcer investigating Arab terrorists captured in Mexico. His team includes actors Russell Wong and Jemma Dallender, and they're chasing after Ghassan Bouz as Abdul Raouf. This looks like a very low-rent Mission Impossible-meets-The Expendables, with all the typical cliches you'd expect. Including the "Islamic terrorists are our worst enemy" trope. This looks pretty awful, I'm surprised it's being released in theaters at all. Have a look. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Keoni Waxman's Contract to Kill, in high def from Apple: In this international action-thriller, Steven Seagal stars as Harmon,
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“Shenaz Treasury’s Open Letter to NaMo, Big B, Tendulkar, Khans, Ambani in appeal against rapes”

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By Shenaz Treasury

Dear Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Anil Ambani,

I am writing to You specifically because you are the most powerful and influential Men in our country.

I am writing to you as a woman who grew up in a middle class family in Mumbai.

I am writing to You for Help!

My parents may not like me saying this. I apologize to them if they are reading but this is Not My Shame. It’s Thier Shame.

My first experience with the opposite sex, was when I was just 13 and groped by a man (never saw his face but will never forget his hand) while walking in the vegetable market with my mom. She had just given me the worst haircut and as an angry teenager I was upset at her and was lagging behind as she walked ahead.
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HBO Asia Finalizes Multi-Platform Launch for ‘Grace’

Hong Kong – HBO Asia will next month air “Grace,” its second original series made in the region.

The four-part horror mini-series stars Russell Wong (“Romeo Must Die,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”) and Pamelyn Chee (“Serangoon Road”) in a contemporary tale of a man who is an unfaithful but loving husband, and whose dirty secret threatens all around him.

HBO says the series, directed by Australia’s Tony Tilse, relies on the psychology of fear, and “takes a western approach towards the horror conventions of Asia, blending aspects of Asian supernatural mythology and traditions in the context of modern real-life scenarios.”

First broadcasts will be on Friday Oct. 17, with the two-part finale finishing on Halloween (Oct. 31). Episodes will also play on HBO Go one hour after broadcast and on HBO On Demand the Monday after.

Non-hbo subscribers in eight territories will be able to watch the first episode
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Are Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence Over?!

Are Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence Over?!
Has Nicolas Hoult moved on to ... Riley Keough?!

Say it ain't so!

Looks like the rumors that X-Men: Days of Future Past co-stars and real-life adorable couple Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are hitting a rough patch in their rekindled romance have picked up full steam again, with Page Six reporting that Hoult was spotted "snuggling up" to model/actress Riley Keough at No. 8's "Philo Prom" party in New York City Wednesday.

Related: Nicholas Hoult on What Makes J. Law So 'Special'

"They were sitting arm-in-arm in a booth with Adam Lambert and Charl Brown," Page Six quotes a source.

The pair "looked cozy," the eyewitness adds.

However, it could be that the two are just close co-stars, having worked together in the highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road.

Hoult, 24, and Lawrence, 23, began dating in 2011 after meeting on the set of X-Men: First Class, but broke up in January 2013, reportedly because Hoult was uncomfortable with Lawrence's
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Asia Says Grace with HBO

A new horror series is getting ready to make its way to the Far East via HBO Asia, and we have your first details right here faster than you can say "Grace." Well... honestly, you did say that pretty quickly, but we were a bit faster. Doesn't matter though as everyone wins.

According to Variety, HBO Asia is to kick off its second original production with “Grace,” a contemporary horror mini-series. Production begins next week in association with Singapore-based producer Infocus Asia and with the financial support of Singapore’s Media Development Authority.

The four-part hour-long horror mini-series in English and Mandarin is about a father’s mistake which condemns his family to unspeakable horror. Set in present day urban Asia, “Grace” examines the Asian concepts of family, sacrifice, and vengeance.

It will be directed by Tony Tilse, who co-directed the 10-part 1960s detective series “Serangoon Road,” which last year
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HBO Asia to Begin Shooting Horror Series 'Grace' in Singapore

HBO Asia to Begin Shooting Horror Series 'Grace' in Singapore
HBO Asia is set to begin production on its second Singapore-set original mini-series, Grace. The project stars American actor Russell Wong (What Women Want; HBO Asia’s Serangoon Road) as Roy Chan, a loving but unfaithful husband, who makes a mistake that "condemns his family to unspeakable horror." Photos: 2014's New Broadcast and Cable TV Shows The show is set in present day Asia and is said to examine the region's cultural values of concepts of family, sacrifice and vengeance. Singaporean veteran actress Constance Song (Point Of Entry; The Ultimatum) plays Roy Chan's wife, Angela Chan, while Pamelyn Chee

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‘Grace’ Horror Series Underway at HBO Asia

‘Grace’ Horror Series Underway at HBO Asia
Hong Kong — HBO Asia is to kick off its second original production with “Grace,” a contemporary horror mini-series.

Production begins next week in association with Singapore-based producer Infocus Asia and with the financial support of Singapore’s Media Development Authority.

The four-part hour-long horror mini-series in English and Mandarin is about a father’s mistake which condemns his family to unspeakable horror. Set in present day urban Asia, “Grace” examines the Asian concepts of family, sacrifice and vengeance.

It will be directed by Tony Tilse, who co-directed 10-part 1960s detective series “Serangoon Road,” which last year was HBO Asia’s first venture into long-format fiction production. “Serangoon Road” aired across HBO’s pan-Asia footprint from September last year.

“Grace” will star “Serangoon Road” talent Russell Wong (pictured, right) as a loving father but unfaithful husband, and Pamelyn Chee (pictured, left) as his mistress. Constance Song, Jean Toh and Vivienne Tseng also star,
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Jennifer Lawrence’s Golden Globes Dress Dissed — Right Or Wrong?

Jennifer Lawrence’s strapless Dior gown was a controversial choice during the Jan. 12 Golden Globe Awards — so much so that several impostors took to the Internet to mock her black and white look.

Jennifer Lawrence, 23, was a big winner at the Jan. 12 Golden Globes, but the jury is still out on her choice of attire. Many Internet users — some famous, some not — mocked her getup in some inspired tweets and Instagrams, and we’ve gathered some of the best copycats below.

Colton Haynes & More Mock Jennifer Lawrence’s Dress Leonardo DiCaprio Vagina Joke

Colton Haynes is a huge J-Law fan, so we doubt he meant any harm when he posted his hilarious version of Jen’s Dior gown on his Instagram page. He also made her Taylor Swift photobomb face, letting everyone know it was all in good fun. “#GoldenGlobes were a blast,” he wrote.

Countless Twitter users also noticed
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If Sherlock Holmes Can Come Back, Why Not Charlie Chan?

Warner Bros/courtesy Everett C Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, from left: Noomi Rapace, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”

The next new “Sherlock Holmes” movie is out, and if you loved the first film, it’s more of what you loved — more slam-bang Victorian action, more whimsically anachronistic dialogue, more sly homoerotic innuendo and of course, more Robert Downey Jr. doing what he does best, which is to say, upend every convention
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Win: Snow Flower & The Secret Fan On DVD

Snow Flower & The Secret Fan is released on 04 November 2011 on Blu-ray and DVD. We have 3 copies of the DVD to give away courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Inspired by the bestselling novel Snow Flower And The Secret Fan by Lisa See, the film is a timeless portrait of female friendship. In 19th-century China, seven-year-old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong – or “old sames” – bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan.

In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong’s descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection,
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New Release: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Blu-ray and DVD

Release Date: Nov. 1, 2011

Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Bingbing Li embraces life in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) weaves a contemporary tale with an old-world fable in the historical period drama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, based on Lisa See’s best-selling novel of the same name.

The film follows two girls growing up in 19th century China, Lily (Bingbing Li, The Forbidden Kingdom) and Snow Flower (Gianna Jun, My Sassy Girl). They are brought together in a “Laotong” friendship — a lifelong bond between two women who rely on each other for companionship and comfort.

Amid the civil unrest and gender discrimination of the era, the pair deals with life’s hardships together until they are separated by marriage and childbirth. But the sworn sisters continue to communicate through the secret Chinese language of “nushu,” hiding their
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DVD Review - The Warrior's Path (2009)

The Warrior's Path (a.k.a. The Sanctuary), 2009.

Directed by Thanapon Maliwan.

Starring Michael B., Russell Wong, Intira Jaroenpura, Patharawarin Timkul and Erik Markus Schuetz.

Synopsis:

When a priceless antique is discovered deep in the dark heart of the Thai jungle a young explorer thinks all his dreams have come true. Little does he know that this artefact harbours a dark secret and will set in motion a series of catastrophic events.

Personally speaking, I try to steer clear of spending a hazy Sunday afternoon watching film channels. It’s at this time of day that you’re usually subjected to something lacking an edge or a cheap knock off of something that has a bit of an edge. Even worse, a cheap knock off that doesn’t know what edge is, but decides to keep swinging a blunt object until the hour and a half mark is over. My
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‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’ (July 15)

Directed by: Wayne Wang

Written by: Angela Workman, Ron Bass and Michael K. Ray

Starring: Gianna Jun, Li Bing Bing, Vivian Wu, Jiang Wu, Russell Wong, Coco Chiang, Jingyun Hu and Archie Kao

Inspired by the best-selling novel by Lisa See, this drama from the director of “The Joy Luck Club” spans centuries. In 19th-century China, 7-year-olds Snow Flower and Lily are matched as “laotong” — lifelong sisters. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by writing in a secret language in the folds of a white silk fan. Decades later in present-day Shanghai, the laotongs’ descendents struggle to maintain their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives and an ever-changing city. To save their relationship, they look to the past and the story of their ancestral connection hidden in the folds of an antique white silk fan. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures,
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‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’ (July 15)

Directed by: Wayne Wang

Written by: Angela Workman, Ron Bass and Michael K. Ray

Starring: Gianna Jun, Li Bing Bing, Vivian Wu, Jiang Wu, Russell Wong, Coco Chiang, Jingyun Hu and Archie Kao

Inspired by the best-selling novel by Lisa See, this drama from the director of “The Joy Luck Club” spans centuries. In 19th-century China, 7-year-olds Snow Flower and Lily are matched as “laotong” — lifelong sisters. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by writing in a secret language in the folds of a white silk fan. Decades later in present-day Shanghai, the laotongs’ descendents struggle to maintain their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives and an ever-changing city. To save their relationship, they look to the past and the story of their ancestral connection hidden in the folds of an antique white silk fan. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures,
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What Women Want (2011) Movie Review

What Women Want” is a Chinese remake of the 2000 Hollywood romantic comedy of the same name, with megastars Andy Lau and Gong Li taking the roles played by Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt in the original. The film, one of the few to actually market itself as an Eastern remake, was fittingly written and directed by a Chinese American in Chen Daming, who previously helmed the comedy “One Foot off the Ground” and the recent Chinese animation “The Dreams of Jinsha”. While the film obviously belongs to its leading couple, it also boasts a photogenic supporting cast that includes former idol Benny Chen (“Just Call Me Nobody”), TV actress Yuan Li (“The Bronze Teeth”), Hu Jing (“Drink Drank Drunk”), Anya (“Naked Weapon”), and American actor Russell Wong (“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”). Shifting the action from Chicago to Beijing, the film follows the plot of the original pretty closely,
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