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Bodied Review [Fantastic Fest 2017]

From the moment Bodied opens with a promotional advert for the Killafornia Battle League (in which we’re *immediately* told to “suck a dick!”) to the very last insert-rap-lyric-here outro line, director Joseph Kahn and co-writer Alex Larsen assassinate political correctness with pop-culture lyricisms and heat-seeking regard. Ninjas of the rapped word in their ranks, racial appropriation and misrepresented social justice tenacity in their crosshairs. We no longer can share a single thought without offending someone, somewhere, who wants to score uncashable “woke points” – and Kahn wants to make their fragile little minds explode. This is two straight hours of offensive battle rap bars, non-stop hilarity, layered introspection and the most stylized, take-no-prisoners commentary on what a black-and-white minefield our behavioral ethics have become.

That, and it’s the most motherflippin’ fun you’ll have in a theater of any kind this year, the next, and probably many to come.
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Why China’s ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Is Enjoying Surprising Success in Hong Kong

Why China’s ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Is Enjoying Surprising Success in Hong Kong
To the surprise of some, China’s top-grossing film of all time, “Wolf Warriors II,” has been better received in Hong Kong compared to previous Chinese propaganda movies. The film’s modest success in Hong Kong theaters comes despite its unabashedly patriotic content, of a kind which in the past was strongly rejected by residents of the former British colony.

Wolf Warriors II” scored Hk$2.6 million ($333,000) during its opening Sept. 7-10 weekend, putting it fourth among new releases. The weekend’s winners were “It,” with Hk$3.97 million ($509,000), and “American Made,” which took $461,000. Also outranking “Wolf Warriors II” was “The Sinking City: Capsule Odyssey,” a dark comedy about the absurdity of the Hong Kong property market. It earned $448,000.

“Hong Kong audiences always show less interest in mainland Chinese films, particularly those revolving around a patriotic theme. Hong Kong audiences look for entertainment or stories they can identity with,” says Pierre Lam, a
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Handover Hangover: Hong Kong’s Film Industry Faces an Uncertain Future

Handover Hangover: Hong Kong’s Film Industry Faces an Uncertain Future
When China took over Hong Kong’s sovereignty from Britain in 1997, the former British colony was promised “50 years unchanged” under the framework of “one country, two systems.”

Twenty years on, a lot has changed, including Hong Kong cinema.

At the turn of the 20th anniversary of the handover, Hong Kong cinema is at a crossroad. Filmmakers are facing questions concerning the future of the city’s film industry, which was once known to the world as “Hollywood East.”

“We must think about how Hong Kong cinema should position itself in order to find our way to the future,” says Wong Chun, the 28-year-old director of Hong Kong drama “Mad World,” which won the new director prize at last year’s Golden Horse Film awards in Taiwan and Hong Kong Film Awards this year. “What is our strength, as compared to films from other Asian countries? It’s time to reflect on this.
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‘Dimension 404’ Showrunner Dez Dolly: With New Hulu Show, RocketJump Looks To “Heighten And Elevate Everything We Do”

On April 4th, Hulu shared the first three episodes of Dimension 404, an anthology created by the team at RocketJump, which includes showrunner Dez Dolly, writer Will Campos, and executive producer Freddie Wong. For its latest project, RocketJump took the combination of action, humor, and nerd cred that led its short films to YouTube fame and applied it to a longer format. Each of Dimension 404’s hour-long episodes is a self-contained story that takes elements of modern pop and tech culture and examines them through a comedic sci-fi lens. It’s Black Mirror, but born from the Internet and given a campier tone.

Early reviews indicate that RocketJump has successfully pulled off the genre-hopping blend that makes up Dimension 404, but we wanted to get some insights about the series straight from its showrunner. Here’s our chat with Dolly about what his team has pulled off in their new Hulu program.
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Trippy Sci-Fi And Guest Stars Are On Display In Trailer For RocketJump’s ‘Dimension 404’

12 days ago, we got our first look at Dimension 404, the upcoming sci-fi anthology series created by the team at RocketJump. Now, the full trailer for that show has arrived, and it gives viewers a closer look at the brand of trippy science fiction they can except from the six episodes that (fittingly) will arrive on Hulu on 4/04.

Across its dozens of productions, RocketJump has wowed audiences with a combination of action-packed storylines, dazzling visual effects, and quick wit that fits the absurdist situations on display. In Dimension 404, Freddie Wong’s studio, which here is led by showrunner Dez Dolly, looks as if it will once again put that combination on display. We’re expecting a smart satire of modern, tech-driven culture that will also reference sci-fi staples of years past.

For those who may not be familiar with RocketJump’s work, the presence of high-profile guest stars could
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“Do Not Reload,” the Official Trailer for Sci-Fi Anthology Series Dimension 404 Has Arrived

The creative minds at RocketJump have been cooking up a new project called Dimension 404, and ahead of its premiere on Hulu, the official trailer for the six-episode sci-fi anthology series offers a look at the new show that may especially spark interest in fans of Black Mirror-style storytelling.

"In the darkest depths of cyberspace, there is another world. A lost dimension, home to wonders unseen, terrors unspeakable, and stories unlike any ever told. Dimension 404 is a science fiction anthology that explores the wonders – and terrors – of our digital age. From outrageous horror comedy to mind-bending action adventure, each episode tells a weird and wild sci-fi tale where the twist ending… is just the beginning. Do not click back. Do not reload. You have reconnected… to Dimension 404.

Dimension 404 is created by Dez Dolly and Will Campos and co-created by Dan Johnson and David Welch. The series
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‘Dimension 404’ Teaser: Lea Michele, Joel McHale, Constance Wu, and More Star in Hulu’s Sci-Fi Anthology Series — Watch

‘Dimension 404’ Teaser: Lea Michele, Joel McHale, Constance Wu, and More Star in Hulu’s Sci-Fi Anthology Series — Watch
RocketJump has released the teaser trailer for its upcoming series “Dimension 404,” which will stream on Hulu. The sci-fi fantasy/anthology series was created by RocketJump co-founder Dez Dolly and Will Campos, with co-creators Dan Johnson and David Welch. The show is directed by Freddie Wong (“RocketJump: The Show”).

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Inspired by the Internet’s “404” error code, the six-episode series tries to evoke that feeling online users get when they stumble upon weird stories while surfing the Internet in the wee hours of the morning.

Dimension 404, for those not in the know, is a fun science fiction anthology show, which means you’re gonna get a brand new crazy story every week, featuring an exciting new cast,” says Dolly as he introduces the trailer.

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RocketJump Shares Teaser For Hulu Series ‘Dimension 404,’ Coming April 4th

On April 4th, RocketJump will premiere a new show, and this one looks like it’s going to get weird. The digital studio co-founded by Freddie Wong has launched a short teaser for Dimension 404, an anthology series coming soon to Hulu.

Each of Dimension 404’s six hour-long episodes will tell a self-contained story, with the Internet serving as a consistent plot device throughout the series. The general understanding is that Dimension 404 will be a Twilight Zone for the digital age, a la Black Mirror. A press release says the show “aims to evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know.”

A big selling point of Dimension 404 will be its talented cast, which will include Lea Michele, Joel McHale, Megan Mullally, and Patton Oswalt. Mark Hamill will serve as the show’s narrator.
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Dog Wick: Man's Best Friend Goes Gun-Fu In Rocketjump's Spoof Trailer

John Wick: Chapter Two comes out in just a few days with exclusive premieres already in its wake and the reviews are in, pretty much telling us in unison to go and see it. Thus, it's high time with the last remaining days until its North American rollout and the usual spate of promotional videos are now making the rounds, here with Rocketjump's own Clinton Jones and Freddie Wong for their trailer spoof, Dog Wick. You can pretty much get the idea here as there isn't much explanation needed... It's a dog. A dog shooting people. Because Rocketjump says so. Enjoy!...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Lionsgate Wants To Spend $25 Million Per Year On Projects Led By Online Video Stars

Over the past two years, Lionsgate has worked with YouTube stars on several high-profile projects. It teamed with Freddie Wong’s RocketJump for a Hulu series, picked up Dirty Thirty from Mamrie Hart, Hannah Hart, and Grace Helbig, and gave a two-film deal to German jokester Flula Borg.

As it turns out, those projects are only the beginning. The Los Angeles Times posted an in-depth look at Lionsgate’s relationship with the online video community, and a few key stats pop out. Most notably, the Hollywood studio revealed its intention to spend $25 million per year on feature films and serial projects led by digital media influencers.

That $25 million annual budget will reportedly be spread across eight to ten features and three to five series. The typical project will cost between $1-2 million, thus making it much cheaper -- and much more likely to deliver a high return on investment --
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China Plays Media Power Games in Asia

China Plays Media Power Games in Asia
the rise of nationalism in China has turned the country’s film industry into a riskier business and could damage the box office and popularity of mainland Chinese productions abroad.

Filmmakers who want to break into the Chinese market will be left with no choice but to remain politically correct, say industry players from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“Filmmaking is already risky, and making co-productions with China is now even more risky,” says Hong Kong-based critic and filmmaker Freddie Wong. “You never know when you’ll get into trouble.”

Mainland Chinese nationalists have been criticizing filmmakers and entertainers that they find politically offensive toward China, and their criticism of pro-democracy Hong Kong artists takes place against increasing tensions between the mainland and the former British colony.

Such political allegations rose to a new level this year. In January, Taiwanese Chou Tzu-yu, a member of K-pop girl group Twice, found herself
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Here’s What We Can Learn From The Reactions To YouTube’s Demonetization Controversy

On August 31st, a group of creators led by Philip DeFranco sparked an Internet firestorm when they shared that several of their videos were deemed “not ad-friendly” by YouTube and had been “demonetized” as a result. In truth, those videos were not newly demonetized, and the only reason creators noticed the change now was due to a policy change made by YouTube in an effort to be more transparent.

Even though the demonetization controversy didn’t end up in exactly the same place it started, it has drawn a flurry of responses from the YouTube community. Everyone seems to have an opinion, from the people who are crying censorship to those who don’t think an “ad-friendly” policy is such a bad idea. While we have already written a basic overview of the recent events, there is plenty more than can be learned from the collected reactions to the controversy.
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Strong female presence at Busan's Asian Project Market

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Strong female presence at Busan's Asian Project Market
The Busan film fest’s Asian Project Market (Apm) has highlighted a “strong presence” of women filmmakers in this year’s line-up.

A total of 27 titles from 16 countries have been selected including projects from names including Yim Soon-rye, Tan Chui Mui and Laila Pakalnina.

In its 19th year, the Apm (formerly called the Pusan Promotion Plan or Ppp) said it tried to go back to its original mission of discovering up-and-coming talent with a selection that includes Pavle Vuckovic - who debuted last year in Cannes with Panama - bringing his Serbian thriller Mountain Eyes and Lei Lei with her debut feature animation Ningdu,which has Isabelle Glachant attached as a producer.

Apm stated it saw “an increased interest and more submissions by female directors and producers” this year. Yim is bringing Project Lee Jung-Seob, based on the legendary Korean artist’s life, while Tan has Malaysian coming-of-age drama All About Yuyu and Pakalnina has Latvia-Estonia
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TV News Roundup: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Casts ‘Lost’ Alum, Hulu Announces Further Casting for ‘Dimension 404’

A “Lost” alum joins “Sleepy Hollow” Season 4, Hulu adds two to its Lea Michele-starring sci-fi series, “Dimension 404,” and more TV news.

Casting

Actor Jeremy Davies (“Lost”) has been cast as a new villain in the Fox series “Sleepy Hollow.” The Emmy award-winning actor joins the fourth season as Malcolm Dreyfuss, who TVLine described as “an eccentric and outspoken tech mogul who became a billionaire before the age of 30, and has since been seeking other worlds to conquer.” “Sleep Hollow” Season 4 will arrive in early 2017.

Hulu, RocketJump, and Lionsgate Studios announced further casting for the upcoming Hulu series “Dimension 404” on Wednesday. Kenneth Choi, most recently seen on “American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson,” has been cast as the cunning drug dealer Kojima. Additionally, Cody Johns (“Summer Forever”) has signed on to play Roy “Killohertz” Torvald, a gamer who ceaselessly consumes a new, time-altering energy drink called “Impulse.” The
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Dimension 404: Hulu Series Casts Lorenza Izzo, Daniel Zovatto, Tom Noonan

Deadline reports Lorenza Izzo, Daniel Zovatto, and Tom Noonan have been cast in the Dimension 404 TV show at Hulu. They join Megan Mullally, Constance Wu, Joel McHale, Sarah Hyland, Lea Michele, Robert Buckley, Ryan Lee, Patton Oswalt, Ashley Rickards, Sterling Beaumon, Matt Lauria, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Malcolm Barrett.Dimension 404 is a six-episode sci-fi/fantasy anthology scripted series, from RocketJump and Lionsgate. Showrunner Dez Dolly and Will Campos created the series with Dan Johnson and David Welch. Freddie Wong executive produces and directs with Matthew Arnold and Dolly. The Dimension 404 series’ title is inspired by the “404” or “not found” internet error code. It is meant to evoke that weird feeling you get when stumbling upon strange bits of the web at 3:00am.Read More…
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YouTube’s Dilemma: Why Online Stars Struggle to Make Good Movies

YouTube’s Dilemma: Why Online Stars Struggle to Make Good Movies
A movie starring two YouTubers will make its money back in iTunes sales, regardless of its quality. That may sound like a good thing, but it’s not if you’re an online content creator looking to transition into traditional Hollywood projects and shake your reputation as a one-trick pony. Speaking from the sixth VidCon, the annual convention for digital content creators and their fans, creator Jimmy Wong is uncertain about his and others’ crossover prospects.

“It’s really hard to transition YouTube stars into traditional acting roles,” says Wong, who rose to YouTube fame with his viral hit “Ching Chong! Asians in the Library Song” — a timely response to an ugly, racist video rant.

Read More: Diversity is Thriving on YouTube and Four More Reasons to Be Excited for VidCon 2016

Wong is a filmmaker at RocketJump, a digital movie studio and YouTube channel that also hosts original content on its website.
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Dimension 404: Matt Lauria, Utkarsh Ambudkar & Malcolm Barrett Join Hulu Drama

Matt Lauria, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Malcolm Barrett have been cast in the Dimension 404 TV show, Hulu’s scripted sci-fy anthology series from RocketJump and Lionsgate. The series' title is inspired by the “404” or “not found” internet error code and is meant to evoke that weird feeling you get when stumbling upon strange bits of the web at 3:00am.The trio joins Megan Mullally, Constance Wu, Joel McHale, Sarah Hyland, Lea Michele, Robert Buckley, Ryan Lee, Patton Oswalt, Ashley Rickards, and Sterling Beaumon. Showrunner Dez Dolly and Will Campos created Dimension 404 with co-Creators Dan Johnson and David Welch. Freddie Wong executive produces and directs with Matthew Arnold and Dolly.Read More…
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Dimension 404: Hulu Series Casts Sarah Hyland and Joel McHale

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Modern Family's Sarah Hyland and the cancelled Community's Joel McHale have been cast in the Dimension 404 TV show at Hulu. A sci-fi anthology series, Dimension 404's title is inspired by the "404" or "not found" internet error code and is meant to evoke that weird feeling you get when stumbling upon strange bits of the web at 3:00am.

McHale and Hyland join Glee's Lea Michele and iZombie's Robert Buckley, who were previously cast, as was Ryan Lee. Showrunner Dez Dolly and Will Campos created Dimension 404 with o-Creators Dan Johnson and David Welch. Freddie Wong executive produces and directs with Matthew Arnold and Dolly.

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Joel McHale and Sarah Hyland Cast in Hulu’s ‘Dimension 404’

Joel McHale and Sarah Hyland Cast in Hulu’s ‘Dimension 404’
Community” alum Joel McHale and “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland have been cast in Hulu’s upcoming sci-fi anthology series “Dimension 404,” Variety has learned.

McHale will appear in one episode as Mr. Maker, a charismatic, eccentric, yet slightly patronizing founder of a matchmaking company that offers single adults a seemingly perfect solution to finding love. Hyland will appear in another episode as Chloe, an unassumingly cute, typically independent high school student just discovering that boys are into her. With her older classmates’ opinions increasingly taking on more importance, Chloe pushes her uncle/best pal, Dusty, to take her to a screening of a new sci-fi action film in a fresh, never-before-seen cinematic format – “Cinethrax” – which gives the audience a strange, perilous movie-going experience.

They join previously announced stars Lea Michele and Robert Buckley, who will also appear in McHale’s episode as a couple brought together by his matchmaking service. Ryan Lee will star in another episode as Andrew, a teenage introvert and video game addict. Secretly gay, Andrew is viciously bullied by classmates and only finds comfort and courage at Ernie’s Arcade where he discovers a mysterious, never-played arcade game called Polybius, and investigates its dark and bloody provenance.

Hailing from RocketJump and distributed by Lionsgate, “Dimension 404” aims to evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know.

“Dimension 404” is created by Dez Dolly and Will Campos. Co-Creators are Dan Johnson and David Welch. The series is executive produced and directed by Freddie Wong, Matthew Arnold and Dolly, who will also serve as showrunner.
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Lea Michele & Robert Buckley to Co-Star in Hulu’s Sci-Fi Anthology Series ‘Dimension 404’

Lea Michele & Robert Buckley to Co-Star in Hulu’s Sci-Fi Anthology Series ‘Dimension 404’
Hulu has begun casting for the sci-fi fantasy anthology series “Dimension 404.”

Lea Michele, Robert Buckley and Ryan Lee will star in the upcoming six-part project, Variety has learned, with Michele and Buckley starring together as love interests in one of the episodes, and Lee starring in another of the stand-alone, hourlong episodes.

The “Glee” and “Scream Queens” star will play the Amanda, an attractive, witty, ambitious, type-a gal with a warm heart, who turns to matchmaker services to suit her rebound dating needs after a bad breakup.

Buckley, who stars on the CW’s “iZombie,” will play the male lead opposite Michele. His character Adam is described as emotionally vulnerable and a bit naïve. Adam falls hard for Amanda (Michele), his online date from a matchmaking service, and drops “I love you” too soon — prompting her to “swipe left” on him. Their breakup forces Adam to confront a multitude of truths about his life.
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