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Indian and Chinese Titles Dominate Aacta Asian Award Nominations

  • Variety
Three Indian and three mainland Chinese films are among the nine feature movies shortlisted for the Best Asian Film Award by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.

The Indian selections are box office hit “Andhadhun,” “Super Deluxe, and “Gully Boy,” which premiered in February at the Berlin festival. The Chinese trio includes “Shadow,” sci-fi hit “The Wandering Earth,” and “Ne Zha,” an animation sensation that was named as China’s Oscars hopeful.

The other three are: Philippines box office record breaker “Hello Love Goodbye”; Japan’s “We Are Little Zombies,” and “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner and South Korea’s Oscar contender.

“Over the past year, the global reach of Asian film has continued to grow with an increasing number of high-quality, creative storylines being recognised at international film festivals and at the local and international box office,” said Aacta.

Judging the entries will
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Aacta unveils nominees for Best Asian Film

We Are Little Zombies’.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) has revealed the nine films that will compete for this year’s Best Asian Film Award.

This is the third year Aacta has presented the award, which forms the foundation for the organisation’s Asia International Engagement Program. The award is designed to honour the finest films of the past year from 19 Asian regions, reflecting the popularity and importance of Asian films in Australia.

The nominees are: Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun (India); Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy (India); Cathy Garcia-Molina’s Hello Love Goodbye (Philippines); Jiao Zi’s Ne Zha (China); Bong Joon-Ho’s Palme D’Or winning Parasite (South Korea); Zhang Yimou’s Shadow (China); Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Super Deluxe (India); Frant Gwo’s The Wandering Earth (China) and Makoto Nagahisa’s We Are Little Zombies (Japan).

The long list of films in competition was reviewed
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Rlje Films Acquires North American Rights to Vfw Ahead of its Fantastic Fest World Premiere

  • DailyDead
Before Vfw makes its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, Rlje Films has grabbed up North American rights to release the movie in theaters and VOD in early 2020. Here's the official press release:

Los Angeles, Sept. 17, 2019 – Rlje Films has acquired North American rights to the action-horror feature Vfw ahead of its world premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin. The movie is scheduled to be released in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD first quarter 2020.

Written by Max Brallier (“The Last Kids on Earth”) & Matthew McArdle and directed by

Joe Begos, the film stars Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Fred Williamson, Martin Kove, George Wendt (“Cheers”), David Patrick Kelly (“Twin Peaks”), Tom Williamson (“The Fosters”), Sierra McCormick (The Vast of Night), Travis Hammer (“Godless”), and Dora Madison (“Friday Night Lights”).

“We are so excited to work with the legendary Stephen Lang,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Rlje Films.
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China Box Office: New Animations No Match For ‘Nezha’ Domination

  • Variety
Chinese animation “Nezha” continued its run as China’s biggest hit of the summer, maintaining its top spot at the box office even 25 days into its run with a weekend gross of $41.2 million. The tally made it this weekend’s fourth highest grossing film worldwide.

Meanwhile, two other new animated titles performed unremarkably. The flop of Tencent spinoff company China Literature Media’s new animation “The King’s Avatar: For the Glory” on its debut made it clear that just trotting out any old locally-made cartoon based on a well-known IP isn’t enough to spark “Nezha”-style box office domination. It grossed just $9.3 million, according to data from the Artisan Gateway consultancy, despite being an adaptation of a very popular online novel about an professional e-sports player that has top ratings for fan engagement. This made it fifth at the China box office and fourteenth globally.

Rovio Entertainment’s
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First Look at William Sadler Back as Death in Bill And Ted Face The Music

We have a fun picture to share that comes from actor William Sadler, best known for his roles in Die Hard 2, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist, and of course, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, where he played Death, a.k.a. the Grim Reaper. As the cast list has been filling out for Bill and Ted Face the Music, it’s been awesome to see cast members of the original films come back for this sequel, so the fact that Sadler is back is so exciting! The film is being written by its original writers, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, and the stars, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, are back as Bill and Ted. It has also been reported that Anthony Carrigan, the hilarious Russian from HBO’s Barry, has also signed on to play a villain in the film, so maybe he will be playing Sadler’s son?
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Shocking and Thrilling Trailer For Light Of My Life Starring Casey Affleck

We have a trailer and poster for you to check out today for the movie Light of My Life starring Casey Affleck. This trailer is so captivating, and tells the interesting story of a father who is traveling through the world with his child after a plague wipes out the world’s women.

It is an interesting premise, there are major twists to the story, and Affleck brings a beauty to the vulnerability a father faces when trying to keep his child safe. The film also stars Anna Pniowsky in a breakout performance, Elisabeth Moss, and Tom Bower.

Check out the trailer and poster below and see Light of My Life in theatres and on VOD on August 9.
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Shanghai: China’s Once-Mighty Wanda Casts Itself in Role of Survivor

  • Variety
The soundtrack for the introductory showreel at Wednesday evening’s Shanghai press event announcing Wanda Pictures’ annual line-up was aspirational and strangely defiant.

It began with Nina Simone crooning, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good,” and then continued with “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child. “You thought that I’d be weak without you, but I’m stronger… I’m a survivor, I’m not going to give up, I’m not going to stop, I’m going to work harder.”

The corporate parent, Dalian Wanda, whose entertainment empire straddled theme parks and cinema, film production and distribution, fell out of government favor and was put on a watch list in 2017. It also struggled with high levels of debt that forced a dramatic retrenchment. The company’s balance sheet has shrunk by more than $25 billion
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Umc Sets New Drama ‘A House Divided,’ ‘Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy’ Season 2

  • Variety
Variety has exclusively learned that Urban Movie Channel has set the new multi-generational family drama “A House Divided” for a summer 2019 premiere.

The series follows the direct descendants of Letty Sanders, who was enslaved in the 1800s and later became the wealthiest black woman in Los Angeles. The show centers on present-day members of the Sanders family, whose legacy is being threatened by the passing of its matriarch, a government investigation, and newly discovered secrets.

Currently in the beginning stages of production, the new series will star Demetria McKinney (Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”), Paula Jai Parker (“Ray Donovan”), Lawrence Hilton Jacobs (“The Jacksons: An American Dream”), Brad James (“Superstition”), David McKnight (“Hollywood Shuffle”), Taja V. Simpson (Fox’s “Lethal Weapon”), and Art Evans (“Die Hard 2”).

A House Divided” comes from Dan Garcia, the creator of Umc’s series “Bronx Siu.”

“A thrilling tale of scandal and secrecy
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William Sadler to Return as Grim Reaper in ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’

William Sadler to Return as Grim Reaper in ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’
The long-awaited third film in the “Bill & Ted” series is taking shape, as William Sadler, the actor who played the Grim Reaper in “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” is reprising his role in the sequel.

The official Twitter feed for the film announced the news in a tweet Monday following many fan questions, confirming that Sadler’s version of Death will appear in “Bill & Ted Face the Music.”

Sadler joins Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in the reunion film that follows the events of “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” in which the now middle-aged Bill and Ted set out on a new adventure to fulfill their destiny as the band Wyld Stallions to bring harmony to the universe through the power of their music. Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends and a few music legends.
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Filmart: Renny Harlin on His Festival Opener 'Bodies at Rest,' Plans for a 'Long Kiss Goodnight' Sequel

Filmart: Renny Harlin on His Festival Opener 'Bodies at Rest,' Plans for a 'Long Kiss Goodnight' Sequel
Renny Harlin's love affair with Asia continued on Monday as Bodies at Rest, his high-octane actioner starring Nick Cheung and Richie Jen, had its world premiere as the opening film of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. 

Best known for Hollywood action classics such as Die Hard 2Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss GoodnightBodies at Rest is the Finnish director's ode to Hong Kong cinema. The Hollywood Reporter's review noted that the pic has "the kind of polished, Ott energy Hong Kong was once the standard bearer for in unchallenging, purely entertaining crime thrillers....
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‘Bodies at Rest’ Tops Diverse Feature Slate From Media Asia

  • Variety
‘Bodies at Rest’ Tops Diverse Feature Slate From Media Asia
Hong Kong’s leading studio Media Asia returned to FilMart on Monday with a slate of productions in the pipeline, ranging from pics with international names to daring projects helmed by homegrown talent addressing local social issues.

Headlining the line-up is “Bodies at Rest,” pictured above, the latest Chinese-language action thriller directed by Renny Harlin. Starring the award-winning Nick Cheung, Taiwanese singer-actor Richie Jen and mainland actress Yang Zi, the latest offering from the “Die Hard 2” helmer opened the 43rd Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival on Monday night.

Media Asia also recruited Japanese director Yojiro Kakita to work with a stellar Chinese cast for the first time on family drama “Silence of Smoke.” The film’s lead actors Han Geng, Zhang Guoli and actress Xu Qing said at the Media Asia event that they were thrilled to work with the famed helmer whose “Departures” (2008) won an Oscar for best foreign-language film.
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Hkiff: Renny Harlin Talks Festival Opener ‘Bodies at Rest’

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Hkiff: Renny Harlin Talks Festival Opener ‘Bodies at Rest’
After a successful career in Hollywood making action films including “Die Hard 2” and “Cliffhanger,” director Renny Harlin has called Beijing his home for the past few years. His third Chinese-language movie, “Bodies at Rest,” is set as the opener of the Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival on Monday. Harlin says he has learned plenty.

What are audiences going to get from this film?

I love the single-location thriller genre. This one is set in a morgue on Christmas Eve, in which two lab technicians endure a night of hell with criminals who want them to hand over a bullet found in a body. The criminals killed a member of a prominent crime syndicate and need to remove the evidence. But, we learn that the chief pathologist is the last person on earth who is going to collaborate with criminals.

Obviously, “The Shining” is the reference point for films of this genre.
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‘Bodies at Rest’ China Film by Renny Harlin to Open Hong Kong Festival

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‘Bodies at Rest’ China Film by Renny Harlin to Open Hong Kong Festival
Bodies at Rest,” a Chinese-language crime thriller directed by Beijing-resident Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2”) has been set as the opening title of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. The festival will close with Francois Ozon’s “By the Grace of God,” which recently claimed the grand prize in Berlin.

Between the two events, the festival will unspool 230 titles from 63 countries and regions, of which 64 are world, international and Asian premieres. The festival, under the new leadership of Albert Lee, will run March 18-April 1.

Other highlights include gala screenings of: “Synonyms,” the winner of the Berlinale’s Golden Bear for best film, by Israeli director Nadav Lapid; Peter Jackson’s restored footage Wwi documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old”; and “First Night Nerves,” by Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan.

Chinese director Lou Ye’s “The Shadow Play” will receive a special screening after Lou, Jiang Wen, Tony Leung Ka-fai, actress
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Renny Harlin's Bodies At Rest to Open 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival, Full Line-Up Announced

The world premiere of Hong Kong thriller Bodies at Rest, starring Nick Cheung and Richie Jen, and directed by Finnish filmmaker Renny Harlin, has been announced as the opening film of the 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival. Francois Ozon’s Berlin Grand Jury Prize winner By the Grace of God will close the festival, which runs from 18 March until 1 April 2019. Other Berlin favourites, including Nadav Lapid’s Golden Bear winner Synonyms, and Best Director winner Angela Schanelec’s I Was at Home, But… will also feature, although Wang Xiaoshuai’s So Long, My Son, which bagged both the Best Actor and Best Actress trophies, is notably absent. Best known for Hollywood action thrillers Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight, Renny...

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Pierce Brosnan to star in Renny Harlin’s The Misfts

In a deal coming out of the European Film Market, former 007 Pierce Brosnan has signed on to star in the gold heist thriller The Misfits, which is being directed by action veteran Renny Harlin.

According to THR, The Misfits is set mainly in the Middle East, and will see Brosnan playing the renowned criminal Richard Pace, who finds himself caught up in an elaborate gold heist that promises to have far-reaching implications.

“We are extremely excited to have him on board,” said Harlin. “Pierce and I have been friends for many years and have been looking for a project to collaborate on for some time. I could not have hoped for a better actor to play our lead.”

See Also: Assassin, Agent and Art Thief: Pierce Brosnan’s vast filmography

The film is set to shoot in Abu Dhabi this coming week, with Brosnan joined in the cast by Jamie Chung
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Berlin: Pierce Brosnan to Star in Heist Film 'The Misfits' (Exclusive)

Berlin: Pierce Brosnan to Star in Heist Film 'The Misfits' (Exclusive)
Pierce Brosnan has signed on to star in the upcoming gold heist thriller The Misfits. Directed by action veteran Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Skip Trace), the project will begin shooting later this month in Abu Dhabi.

"We are extremely excited to have him on board,” said Harlin. “Pierce and I have been friends for many years and have been looking for a project to collaborate on for some time. I could not have hoped for a better actor to play our lead.”

Set mostly in the Middle East, The Misfits, scripted by Robert Henny, follows the story ...
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Lapd, NYPD Give Props to John McClane in Die Hard Christmas Shout Out

Lapd, NYPD Give Props to John McClane in Die Hard Christmas Shout Out
Die Hard takes place on Christmas Eve and the Lapd and NYPD took some time out of their holiday night to pay tribute to the Christmas movie. The action movie has been hailed as a holiday classic for years now, but it's only lately that the studio and co-writer Steven E. de Souza have been embracing the title. Souza confirmed that the iconic action movie was a Christmas movie last year. Fox just released a 30th anniversary Christmas version of the movie, which includes holiday cards. In other words, the debate is finally over.

While many people were spending time with their families on Christmas Eve, the Lapd and NYPD were still working overtime, like John McClane, to make sure that a character like the villainous Hans Gruber can't create a hostage situation in real-life. With that being said, the respective police departments had a little free time to post
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If Die Hard Is a Christmas Movie, What About Cobra and Invasion U.S.A.?

If Die Hard Is a Christmas Movie, What About Cobra and Invasion U.S.A.?
The debate is over. Die Hard is a Christmas movie. It has a Christmas setting, individuals discuss the holidays, there's a yuletide song or two, and everyone seems to agree that in 2018, Die Hard has replaced the perennial favorites A Christmas Story and Elf. But does every action thriller set in the month of December qualify as a Christmas movie? Or should some criteria be set?

Chances are, you watched Die Hard on Christmas Eve. Chugging egg nog, cheering John McClane. The kids are asleep, but you're still in the mood for some major explosions mixed in with the overstuffed stockings and all those presents under the tree. While Bruce Willis has dominated the holiday movie conversation, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and Mel Gibson have all also made holiday action classics, that are perfect for watching next to a toasty fire. Get real close, you can feel the heat of the explosions on your face.
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Official Die Hard Holiday Trailer Declares It the Greatest Christmas Story Ever Told

Official Die Hard Holiday Trailer Declares It the Greatest Christmas Story Ever Told
For years now, the debate has raged on whether or not Die Hard is a bonafide Christmas movie. This year, more than yuletides past, many have come out of the woodwork to constantly prove that Bruce Willis' ultimate action classic should be celebrated as a worthy holiday entry throughout the month of December. So far, the writer has confirmed it is a Christmas movie, though Bruce Willis, possibly trolling fans to get them to tune into his Comedy Central Roast, claimed it was not. Now, 20th Century Fox, the studio responsible for given the world the ultimate Christmas gift that is Die Hard, have chimed in with their final ruling. And it comes in the form of a new official Die Hard trailer.

So what is their verdict? Fox doesn't just consider Die Hard a 'Christmas movie', they claim it is the 'Greatest Christmas Story Ever Told'. And the
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‘The Quake’ Is A Worthy Sequel To ‘The Wave’ & Will Leave You Shook [Review]

A thoughtful, deliberate thriller that manages to build on (rather than recycle) the success of its predecessor, “The Quake” succeeds where so many action sequels fail. Rather than just foisting the hero back into a similar hard-luck scenario to hit all the same beats again, a la “Die Hard 2,” “London Has Fallen,” or “Mission: Impossible 2,” “The Quake” invests in an examination of the characters and the fallout from the first film…before putting them all right back in the shit.

Continue reading ‘The Quake’ Is A Worthy Sequel To ‘The Wave’ & Will Leave You Shook [Review] at The Playlist.
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