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Filmart: Goldfinch Neon slate includes Sergei Bodrov martial arts film

Project will be structured as a UK-China co-production.

Goldfinch Neon, the Hong Kong outpost of the UK’s Goldfinch Studios, has unveiled its debut production slate, including martial arts fantasy The Three Swords Of Master Chan, to be directed by Sergei Bodrov.

Currently in development, the project will be set in 17th Century China and East Asia. The producers plan to bring on board an international cast and structure the project as a UK-China co-production. Russian filmmaker Bodrov’s credits include Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan and Seventh Son.

Crako, which is currently raising finance, combines a heist premise with zombies and parkour,
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FilMart: Sergei Bodrov Project Heads Debut Slate for Goldfinch Neon

FilMart: Sergei Bodrov Project Heads Debut Slate for Goldfinch Neon
A new film by Russia’s Sergei Bodrov (“Mongol,” “Seventh Son”) is the highlight of the debut slate of recently launched Goldfinch Neon. The company is a Hong Kong-based offshoot of the U.K.’s Goldfinch Studios mini-conglomerate.

The company’s first FilMart sees the launch of four movies. Executives in attendance include local heads Mike Leeder (aka Big Mike) and Goldfinch Studios’ Head of Sales and Distribution, Andy Green. Visiting from the U.K. are Goldfinch CEO Kirsty Bell and marketing head Phil McKenzie.

The Bodrov project is a period martial arts fantasy, “The Three Swords of Master Chan.” Currently in development, Goldfinch Neo aims to attach a high profile cast and structure the picture as a U.K.-China co-production.

The company is also touting a Hong Kong-set film adaptation of stage musical “Stomp.” Luke Cresswell, co-creator of the original show, is attached to direct.

Leeder, who has
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Alicia Vikander to Topline Adaptation of “The Marsh King’s Daughter”

Vikander in “Tomb Raider”: Warner Bros.

Alicia Vikander is expanding her ass-kicking résumé. The star of the upcoming “Tomb Raider” reboot is set to topline an adaptation of “The Marsh King’s Daughter,” a best-selling thriller from Karen Dionne. Deadline reports that Black Bear Pictures will produce and finance the pic.

Published in 2017, “The Marsh King’s Daughter” centers on Helena Petterier, a happily married mother of two who runs her own business. Lurking beneath the surface of her ideal-seeming life is a huge secret: her mother was kidnapped as a teen, and she was born in captivity. Her mother’s tormentor is her biological father, who raised Helena in a remote cabin alongside her mother until he was caught and sent to jail. When he escapes from prison and kills two guards, Helena is convinced that she’s the only one who can take him down using survival
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Julianne Moore Defended Alicia Vikander on ‘Seventh Son’ Set After Man Made Crude Joke

Julianne Moore Defended Alicia Vikander on ‘Seventh Son’ Set After Man Made Crude Joke
Julianne Moore isn’t just the Mvp when the cameras are rolling. Alicia Vikander reveals in her new Vogue cover story that Moore came to her defense after a man made a crude joke towards Vikander on the set of the 2014 fantasy film “Seventh Son.” The Sergei Bodrov-directed movie featured both Moore and Vikander in supporting roles. After a man said something inappropriate to Vikander, Moore jumped in and yelled at him.

“I was really embarrassed, and I would have just laughed it off,” Vikander says. “But Julianne turned to him and said, ‘If you ever do that again, I’m walking out of here and I’m not coming back.’ She was just, like, ‘Don’t you f—ing say that again.’ It showed me that she had the power. And that meant so much to me.”

Vikander did not name the man who made the joke, nor
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Alicia Vikander Says Julianne Moore Once Defended Her From a Powerful Man's Crude Joke on Set

Alicia Vikander Says Julianne Moore Once Defended Her From a Powerful Man's Crude Joke on Set
Julianne Moore came to Alicia Vikander‘s defense at a crucial time.

The 29-year-old Swedish actress appears on the latest cover of Vogue where she reveals that Moore once defended her on the set of 2014’s Seventh Son. Vikander says that a powerful man on set made a crude joke at her expense and Moore shut him down.

“I was really embarrassed, and I would have just laughed it off,” Vikander says. “But Julianne turned to him and said, ‘If you ever do that again, I’m walking out of here and I’m not coming back.’ She was just,
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle movie review: deliver us from “edgy”

MaryAnn’s quick take… Save us from male artists who think they are dangerously, uniquely innovative. This stew of toxic masculinity and CGI-cartoon violence is nothing but tediously mundane. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, mostly

I’m “biast” (con): hated the first film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here’s a phrase I do not recall from Kingsman: The Secret Service: “independent intelligence agency.” This is uttered in Kingsman: The Golden Circle in connection with the American counterpart to Kingsman: Statesman, to which we are introduced here. But what does that mean, precisely? It means they’re mercenary spies, doesn’t it? I have a vague recollection of Secret Service mentioning something about Kingsman being funded by the crown heads of Europe, which at least offers a veneer of governmental authority and fealty to law and order — though of course there
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‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Doesn’t Give Jessica Williams The Showcase She Deserves [Review]

There’s nothing worse than watching people you admire show up in movies you immediately regret watching: Ben Kingsley in “The Love Guru,” Julianne Moore in “Seventh Son,” Viola Davis in “Suicide Squad.” Disasters like these make you wonder if their directors had something on their actors — a scandalous bargaining chip used to undeservingly leverage their skills for nefarious moviemaking ends.

Continue reading ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Doesn’t Give Jessica Williams The Showcase She Deserves [Review] at The Playlist.
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Box Office: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Will Try to Steal ‘Logan’s’ Crown

Box Office: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Will Try to Steal ‘Logan’s’ Crown
Kong: Skull Island” will try to prove it’s king of the box office jungle this weekend, but the giant ape faces fierce competition from Wolverine. Fresh off its blockbuster opening, Fox’s “Logan” shows no sign of slowing down. The superhero movie is on pace to pull in $45 million in its sophomore weekend. It has already racked up nearly $105 million domestically.

Kong: Skull Island” should benefit from strong reviews. The film currently enjoys an impressive 80% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics hailing the picture’s creature effects and eye for spectacle. Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman wrote that the film was 10 times better than “Jurassic World” and hailed it as “…a rousing and smartly crafted primordial-beastie spectacular.”

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Film Review: ‘Kong: Skull Island

Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. backed the project, which is intended to be the second installment in a planned monster series. The first film, 2014’s “Godzilla,
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Alicia Vikander Jumps Into Action As Lara Croft In First ‘Tomb Raider’ Set Photos

To date, Alicia Vikander‘s excursions into mainstream roles haven’t fared so well. “The Seventh Son” was a disaster, I already forgot she was in “Jason Bourne,” and no one went to see “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” But the actress is still trying to crack that nut, and she’ll give the mainstream another chance by leading “Tomb Raider,” and the first set photos (via Collider) provide a peek at Vikander in action.

Continue reading Alicia Vikander Jumps Into Action As Lara Croft In First ‘Tomb Raider’ Set Photos at The Playlist.
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Jim Gianopulos in Early Talks With Wanda for Legendary Post

Former Fox Film chief Jim Gianopulos is in preliminary talks with China’s Dalian Wanda Group to run and expand its Legendary Pictures, according to two sources close to the executive.

The discussions with Wanda honcho Jack Gao, whom Gianopulos has known for years, are in the very early stages, the sources said. Many key issues have not even been discussed at this point, including Gianopulos’ compensation, an actual business plan, and how much Wanda is willing to invest in building Legendary into a full-fledged studio. Wanda has said in the past that it plans to invest billions of dollars into Hollywood assets.

Legendary is in search of a new leader to succeed Thomas Tull, who two days ago announced his departure as chairman and CEO from the company he founded in 2005, then sold it to Wanda last year for $3.5 billion. Legendary disclosed in a regulatory filing last May that
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Allied movie review: movie spies with delicious old-fashioned mystique

MaryAnn’s quick take…

An elegant potboiler that judiciously balances psychological and physical suspense, one that feels like a romantic drama from WWII only recently rediscovered. I’m “biast” (pro): love the era

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

For a movie about war, Allied displays an impressive quietude. The opening few minutes especially are remarkably serene… and remarkably tense at the same time. A man in World War II-era fatigues parachutes into a desert at dawn, hikes in solitude along the dunes, then along a deserted road, until dust on the horizon announces the approach of a car. Is it his doom coming toward him, or his contact? When the car stops and he gets inside, the man and the driver say nothing to each other for quite a long while. It’s subdued and gripping, as if everything
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‘Playback’: Jeff Bridges on ‘Hell or High Water,’ Robin Williams and More (Listen)

‘Playback’: Jeff Bridges on ‘Hell or High Water,’ Robin Williams and More (Listen)
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.

On this week’s episode, Jenelle Riley and I take note of an interesting thread running through a number of the year’s standout female performances: motherhood. There are a number of examples: Nicole Kidman in “Lion,” Naomie Harris in “Moonlight,” Amy Adams in “Arrival” — even earlier work like Susan Sarandon’s in “The Meddler” or Molly Shannon’s in “Other People.” And still to come is Annette Bening in “20th Century Women.”

Meanwhile, we take stock of the week’s biggest theatrical release, Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon,” starring Mark Wahlberg. A gripping and straight-forward procedural outlining the deadly 2010 incident on the eponymous drilling rig that resulted in the largest oil spill in U.S. waters. It’s a strong drama, but as far as awards goes, it could just be added ammo for another Berg/Wahlberg film later in the year: “Patriots Day.
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Watch Lookouts, A Highly Impressive Fantasy Short

Inspired by the work of Jim Henson and featuring what appears to be all in-camera creature and visual FX, Lookouts is an impressive fantasy short from new director David Bousquet. Certainly it rivals anything we've seen from recent big budget fantasy films like Seventh Son so I hope this gets him some attention. Lookouts was filmed in the misty overgrowth of Mendocino’s redwood forests and overall looks simply stunning. Synopsis: On their final trial as village lookouts, a troop of young scouts are ambushed by the very creature they were hunting. After a violent battle the lone survivor, Pehn, escapes into the shadows of the Eyrewood, a mysterious and deadly forest that is home to all manner of wild creatures. The most horrifying of all is the...

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Hell or High Water movie review: there will be blood

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Alongside plenty of heist-movie humor and suspense is a bleak fatalism grounded in depressing reality and resignation to the miserable necessity it demands. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, love the filmmakers

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The phrase “come hell or high water” is almost always used in the hypothetical. As an exaggeration of the obstacles to be faced. “I will meet you for a drink after work come hell or high water,” and a printer jam or a late deadline is the level of catastrophe to be overcome.

But in Hell or High Water, the catastrophe has already happened. Hell and (metaphorical) high water have come and gone, and there’s still life to be gotten on with. It has happened in slow motion, but it’s been deliberate: a way of life,
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Five Important Lessons Hollywood Needs To Learn

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Filmmakers think they know what we want, but do they really? Do the executives sitting behind big, round tables in the executive offices of the major movie studios really have their finger on the pulse of the public? In fact, it’s questionable if even some of the creative talent, such as big name directors really understand what the people want. (Looking at you, Zack Snyder!) Is the film industry headed in the right direction? Well, we’re offering some free advice to Hollywood today. Cinelinx is listing 5 lessons that the people behind the cameras and desks need to know.

1…Big Blockbusters Are Becoming a Risky Proposition:

Movies are becoming more and more expensive to make. Some can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce. When you consider all the additional costs (like advertising) and the fact that studios don’t get all the money a movie makes at the theater,
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The Last Word: Jeff Bridges on Dylan, the Dude and Surviving Box-Office Duds

The Last Word: Jeff Bridges on Dylan, the Dude and Surviving Box-Office Duds
In the six years since he reunited with the Coen Brothers for a brilliant remake of the classic John Wayne western True Grit, Jeff Bridges has struggled to connect with audiences in multiplexes, releasing little-seen flicks like R.I.P.D. and Seventh Son. But right now he's starring in one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of the year, the neo-western Hell or High Water. He plays a U.S. marshal days away from retirement that tracks a pair of bank robbers (Chris Pine, Ben Foster) across Texas. We spoke to Bridges about
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‘Ben-Hur’: 5 Reasons the Biblical Epic is Summer’s Biggest Flop

‘Ben-Hur’: 5 Reasons the Biblical Epic is Summer’s Biggest Flop
Like “The Lone Ranger” or “Battleship,” “Ben-Hur” is one of those massive box office wipe-outs that defies easy comprehension. How could something go this disastrously wrong?

After all, 1959’s “Ben-Hur” was an Oscar-winning smash that remains beloved. Posters for the Charlton Heston epic proclaimed that the film offered “An entertainment experience of a lifetime,” and its chariot races are still considered to be a high-point in action choreography.

In contrast, the new “Ben-Hur” wasn’t even the “entertainment experience of the third weekend of August.” After debuting to a paltry $11.4 million, it is certain to go down as one of the summer’s biggest flops. “The Bfg” just breathed a huge sigh of relief.

It’s not for lack of trying. When it came to “Ben-Hur,” Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer didn’t stint on spectacle. The partners shelled out $100 million to recreate the arena and bring viewers back in time to
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6 Must-Watch Movies & TV Shows on HBO Now in August 2016: ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘The Aviator,’ and More

6 Must-Watch Movies & TV Shows on HBO Now in August 2016: ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘The Aviator,’ and More
New Original Programming:

“Meet the Donors” (8/1)

“Dios, Inc.” - Season 1 Finale (8/5)

“Hitchcock/Truffaut” (8/8)

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the La Rams” (8/10)

“El Negocio” - Season 3 Premiere (8/12)

IndieWire Pick: “The Night Of” (Series Finale) (8/28)

HBO’s well-received limited series “The Night Of” will wrap up its eight-part whodunnit in late August. Steve Zaillian’s gritty drama, which examines a man’s fate after he wakes up charged with the murder of a relative stranger, debuted to rave reviews from critics and audiences. IndieWire’s Ben Travers writes, “By actively engaging on personal and political levels, Zaillian sucks the viewer into a nightmare scenario wholly dependent on two verdicts: first, whether or not Naz is found guilty, but also if he really did it.” Here’s hoping the series can maintain its slow burn thrills all the way to the end.

Read More: Review: ‘The Night Of’ ‘Serial’-izes ‘Law & Order,
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Can fantasy films escape Lord Of The Rings' shadow?

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The world of J.R.R. Tolkien, brought to the screen by Peter Jackson, continues to cast a shadow over fantasy cinema...

One realm to rule them all. One realm to find them, one realm to bring them all and in the darkness bind them, in the land of Middle-earth where the shadows lie.

Now, far be it from me to ever describe Middle-earth as a dark shadow over anything, but for everyone else trying to make a mega-hit fantasy film, the very thought of competing with Peter Jackson’s adaptations of The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit must seem the equivalent of toppling literal evil on Earth.

It seems that any time a big-budget fantasy flick is released, they get sneered at as generic, lacking the richness of detail or story compared to Lord Of The Rings.

But if this sounds like I’m suggesting there
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Jeff Bridges Joins Kingsman: The Golden Circle!

Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle just got a hell of an awesome cast member! Jeff Bridges confirmed on his Twitter account that he will be joining the cast of the highly anticipated sequel. Like the previous announcements, it came along with a teaser poster and this is the statement that it came with:

“The only Golden Circle I want vexing me is the one my glass leaves behind on the table.”

This means that he’ll be reuniting with his Big Lebowski and Seventh Son co-star Julianne Moore. Not much is known about the plot but we do know that it involves an attack on Kingsman HQ, and Eggsy and Merlin head to the United States to enlist the help from the Statesman, an American spy organization lead by a “swaggering, sharpshooting cowboy” named Jack Daniels played by Pedro Pascal and a woman named Ginger, who is being played by Halle Berry.
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