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Film Review: The Lion Standing in The Wind (2015) by Takashi Miike

The Japanese actor Takao Osawa was so moved by Masashi Sada’s popular song “The Lion Standing in The Wind”, that he approached the songwriter with a suggestion of adapting it into a novel. Not only that Sada made Osawa’s wish come true, but he also wrote the movie script based on the novel inspired by the song, thus, one would believe – completing the circle. “The Lion Standing Still” – all forms of it – is based on a true story about Koichiro Shimada (Takao Osawa), a Japanese doctor who in 1987, motivated by a long-time medical missionary in Africa Albert Schweizer, left the university hospital in Nagoya to join the research team of The Institute of Tropical medicine in Kenya, the country where he found his tragic end. It is indeed a story of big importance that deserves to be told, and yet it is difficult to comprehend what made Takashi Miike
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Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Reboot Teaser Submits New Scares for Your Approval (Video)

  • The Wrap
Nickelodeon is getting dark.

The kids network released the first teaser for its upcoming revival of the classic ’90s series “Are You Afraid of the Dark,” and the new version looks a fright more more sinister than the original. The teaser, which you can watch above, shows a new batch of kids gathered around a campfire, submitting fresh scary stories for the approval of the Midnight Society.

The trailer features ominous music and more soundbites of screaming than we ever expected to hear on the channel that brought us “Spongebob,” “Zoey 101,” and almost every other beloved kids show. Then it asks the time-worn question anew: “Are you afraid of the dark?”

Also Read: 'Henry Danger' Musical Special Posts 2-Year Ratings High for Nickelodeon Series

The new three-episode miniseries follows an entirely new group of kids who will tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom, only
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Nickelodeon Sets Cast for ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Revival – Meet the New Midnight Society

  • The Wrap
Nickelodeon Sets Cast for ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Revival – Meet the New Midnight Society
Submitted for the approval of ’90s kids everywhere: Nickelodeon has found the members of its new Midnight Society for the upcoming “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” limited series.

The three-episode revival will premiere this October and follow an entirely new group of kids who tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the story come to life.

The new members of the Midnight Society are: Gavin, played by Sam Ashe Arnold (“Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.”); Akiko, played by Miya Cech; Louise, played by Tamara Smart; Graham, played by Jeremy Taylor; and Rachel, played by Lyliana Wray. The Carnival of Doom’s ringmaster, Mr. Tophat, is played by Rafael Casal (“Blindspotting”).

Production on the reimagined series begins this month in Vancouver, Canada.

When Nick first announced the project in February,it said the miniseries “will coincide with the upcoming ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ theatrical movie from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players’ and Nickelodeon Movies, in theaters October 2019.”
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‘Are You Afraid Of The Dark?’: Nickelodeon Sets Cast For Limited Series Revival

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Nickelodeon’s reimagined version of iconic anthology series Are You Afraid of the Dark? is coming together. Sam Ashe Arnold (Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.), Miya Cech (Rim of the World), Tamara Smart, Jeremy Taylor (It, Goosebumps 2:Haunted Halloween), Lyliana Wray, and Rafael Casal (Blindspotting) are set to star in the limited series slated for premiere in October.

Written by BenDavid Grabinski (Skiptrace) and directed by Dean Israelite, the three-episode hourlong limited series introduces an entirely new Midnight Society group of kids who tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the story come to life.

The new members of the Midnight Society are: Gavin (Arnold), Akiko, Graham (Taylor) and Rachel (Wray). The Carnival of Doom’s ringmaster, Mr. Tophat, is played by Casal.

Nickelodeon’s
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Aacta announces China Australia Film Forum

Australian-Chinese co-production, ‘Guardians of the Tomb’.

As part of the organisation’s Asia International Engagement Program, Aacta will host a China Australian Film Forum in Sydney in December with aims to encourage further collaboration between filmmakers of the two countries.

The forum is timely, as this year has seen production on two of the largest China-Australia co-pros, The Whistleblower and Legend of Sun and Moon, which follow on the footsteps of other co-productions At Last, The Longest Shot, Guardians of the Tomb, The Dragon Pearl, 33 Postcards and Children of the Silk Road.

A panel moderated by Shanghai International Film Festival’s Max Yang, will discuss the Chinese market and trends, new opportunities and challenges, and the status of a number of current co-pros and collaborations.

Speakers include:

China-based director and member of Aacta’s 2018 Best Asian Film Grand Jury Renny Harlin; Chinese screenwriter and Aacta Best Asian Film Grand Juror
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"Ashamed" Fan Bingbing faces $129m tax bill

Official report suggests actor, singer and model will escape criminal charges is she pays up.

Missing Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing has been ordered to pay the equivalent of roughly $129m in late taxes and fines for tax evasion, according to a report on state-run news outlet Xinhua.

The report said if China’s highest paid actor pays the fines, which amount to hundreds of millions of yuan, on time she will avoid criminal prosecution.

The actress posted an apology on her Weibo account saying: “I’ve been suffering unprecedented pain recently… I’m so ashamed of what I’ve done.
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Fan Bingbing faces $129m tax bill (report)

Fan Bingbing faces $129m tax bill (report)
Official report suggests actor, singer and model will escape criminal charges is she pays up.

Missing Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing has been ordered to pay the equivalent of roughly $129m in late taxes and fines for tax evasion, according to a report on state-run news outlet Xinhua.

The report said if China’s highest paid actor pays the fines, which amount to hundreds of millions of yuan, on time she will avoid criminal prosecution.

Fan disappeared from public view in the summer, sparking intense speculation over her business affairs. Her lengthy absence followed an incident in May when Chinese TV
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Jackie Chan and Team Rescued from Deadly Mudslide on Movie Set

Jackie Chan and Team Rescued from Deadly Mudslide on Movie Set
Action star Jackie Chan has revealed that he and the rest of the crew of Project X had to be rescued after a deadly mudslide. Chan stated that the weather had been getting progressively worse over the course of a few days, which triggered the massive natural disaster. While Chan did not disclose where the movie is being filmed, it is believed that the production is taking place in Southwest China since the area has been hit with storms and mudslides over the past few days.

Jackie Chan posted an entry on his blog as well as Chinese Twitter and other social media outlets revealing that that he and the crew had to be rescued from the set after the mudslide started taking out some of the production's trucks and trailers. Chan says that he and the crew became frightened because the event occurred so rapidly. However, the action star
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Jackie Chan Dodges Mudslide on ‘Project X’

  • Variety
Jackie Chan Dodges Mudslide on ‘Project X’
Indefatigable Chinese action star Jackie Chan dodged a real-life natural disaster this week when a mudslide hit the production of his upcoming film “Project X.”

Chan said that filming was interrupted in the last few days when the weather changed and triggered a mudslide. Crew and equipment were caught in the landslip. “Our crew were caught in a massive mudslide! A few of our production trucks were stuck in the river of rushing mud,” Chan said on social media.

Nobody was seriously injured, though clearly some people were badly scared by the near-miss. Chan took to Facebook, Twitter, his own blog and Chinese social media to confirm the event and reassure fans that all were safe.

The film is produced by Chan’s Sparkle Roll Media and China’s Talent International. Few cast details have been revealed other than Chan himself and American former pro-wrestler John Cena.

Project X” has
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Meg In St. Louis

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Jason Statham and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing star in the science fiction action thriller “The Meg,” directed by Jon Turteltaub.

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct,
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New TV Spot For Jason Stantham's The Meg - "Swim Faster"

A new TV spot has been released for Jason Statham's upcoming giant shark film The Meg. This movie looks so over-the-top and ridiculous that there's no doubt it's going to be a crazy fun film. It's Jason Statham taking on a giant ass shark! What's there not to be excited about!

In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could
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Open Wide For the New Trailer and Poster For Jason Statham's Giant Shark Action Film The Meg

"I'm gonna make this thing bleed."

Warner Bros. has released a new international trailer and poster for The Meg, which awesomely centers around Jason Statham fighting a giant-ass shark known as the Megalodon. In real life, Statham is probably the only person in the world that could handle a situation like this.

There's a good amount of new footage in this trailer that gives us a proper set up of the story and a lot more shark chomping action!

In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter
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New footage emerges in International Trailer for The Meg

One movie that all audiences, from critics to the normal cinema-going public are looking forward to this summer is The Meg. Well, after all, it is Jason Statham going up against a giant shark, what’s not to like right? Cop a load of the new international trailer below for a ton of new footage from the film.

Directed by National Treasures and Last Vegas’s Jon Turtletaub, the film stars Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Winston Chao (Skiptrace), Page Kennedy (TV’s Rush Hour), Jessica McNamee (The Vow), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The Bfg), Robert Taylor (Focus), Sophia Shuya Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), Masi Oka (Heroes) and New Zealander Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead) alongside Statham.

Also in trailers – The internet gets dark and murderous in trailer for Unfriended: Dark Web

The film hits cinemas August 10th

The Meg Official Synopsis

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‘Uncle Drew’ Film Review: Basketball Comedy Dribbles Away the Laughs

‘Uncle Drew’ Film Review: Basketball Comedy Dribbles Away the Laughs
“Uncle Drew” was a fun movie to make. That’s not a shot in the dark, but a fact. The credits of director Charles Stone III’s latest film shows the cast and crew in good spirits, cracking jokes and goofing around on set.

It’s a healthy mix of comedy and basketball, Lil Rel Howery making people laugh, and Nate Robinson dunking on Shaquille O’Neal. It’s in those closing credits that the film crystallizes into what it wants to be: a movie about a bunch of people who love basketball and trash-talking in equal measure. This is the film Stone (“Drumline”) probably wanted to make. What he actually made is something else.

Drawing from a script by Jay Longino (“Skiptrace”), we open on Dax (Lil Rel Howery), a mid-30s Foot Locker employee whose passion for basketball has translated into entering a street-ball tournament at Rucker Park in Harlem.
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‘X-Men’ Star Fan Bingbing Caught Up In China Film & TV Tax Evasion Crackdown

  • Deadline
‘X-Men’ Star Fan Bingbing Caught Up In China Film & TV Tax Evasion Crackdown
China will launch a tax evasion investigation into the country’s film and TV industries, the bureau for taxation said in an official statement posted to its website Sunday.

The crackdown was prompted after a row erupted between Chinese TV presenter Cui Yongyuan and superstar actress Fan Bingbing, star of X-Men: Days of Future Past and Skiptrace.

Last week, Cui posted images of multiple documents on a social media account that he claimed were copies of different contracts signed by the actress for the same job. Fan has denied any wrongdoing and hired lawyers to defend her, but the well-known local practice of signing multiple contracts for the same job — known as so-called “yin-yang” contracts, in which a contract of lower value is the one declared to the authorities to avoid taxation — has sparked the state crackdown.

The State Administration of Taxation didn’t name the actress in its statement
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Miffy Cartoon Character to Become Movie Star in China (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Iconic European animated character Miffy is set to become the star of a live-action feature film made for Chinese audiences.

The move follows an agreement between Netherlands-based publisher and rights holder Mercis, Chinese producer Beijing Wd Pictures and Italy’s Orisa Produzione.

The Miffy character, a rabbit who likes to draw and play with friends, was created by Dutch cartoonist Dick Bruna, who died last year. With more than 120 books published and 85 million copies sold since 1955, “Miffy“ has become particularly popular in parts of Asia, including China and Japan. TV series and an animated film, released in 2013, have followed.

“With an international team of visual artists, we will spend the next months working on the 3D design of our Miffy,” said Frank Padberg, business development manager of Mercis. The live-action film is expected to start production in early 2020.

“As recent box office successes show, family entertainment is becoming a new market trend” in China,
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Renny Harlin Launches China-Based Production Company

  • Variety
Renny Harlin Launches China-Based Production Company
Director Renny Harlin, who has made three movies in China and taken up residence in Beijing, is setting up a new China-based production and finance company, Extraordinary Entertainment, in partnership with producer Daljit DJ Parmar (“Kung Fu Yoga”).

Extraordinary Entertainment will have bases in Beijing and Hong Kong, and focus on developing international co-productions, as well as local-language Chinese content. Its pipeline is intended to be filled with action, sci-fi and comedy-adventure movies budgeted in the range of $10 million to $50 million, and New Age, premium and scripted series for TV and online. Parmar is CEO, while Harlin is the company’s chief creative officer.

The company has financial backing from Chinese strategic investors, mostly institutions and high-net-worth individuals. Talent agency UTA will represent the new company globally, including Harlin and Parmar.

The first announced feature, “Solara,” will see Harlin direct and produce with Parmar. “Solara” is a Mandarin-language sci-fi epic
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‘Guardians of the Tomb’ DVD Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz, Wu Chun, Kelsey Grammer, Stef Dawson, Shane Jacobson, Jason Chong, Eva Liu | Written by Kimble Rendall, Gary Hamilton, Jonathan Scanlon, Paul Staheli | Directed by Kimble Rendall

After her brother Luke (Chun) disappears on an expedition, scientist Jia (Li) goes in search of him with the aid of CEO Mason Kitteridge (Grammer) and paramedic Ridley (Lutz). Their quest leads them to an underground tomb, which houses an ancient Chinese emperor from 200 BC, and sees them battling hordes of giant spiders as they endeavour to find Luke and make it out of the deadly tomb alive.

After debuting in China cinemas at the beginning of the year, scoring $6 million on its opening weekend, this Chinese-Australian co-production goes direct to DVD in the UK, placing it alongside its China-financed brethren such as Lost in the Pacific and Skiptrace, whereas you can clearly tell the filmmakers were looking for
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Jason Statham goes head to head with a prehistoric shark in trailer for The Meg

  • HeyUGuys
Warner Bros UK have released a trailer for its prehistoric shark versus man offering, The Meg starring Jason Statham.

Directed by National Treasures and Last Vegas’s Jon Turtletaub, the film stars Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Forbidden Kingdom, The Message), Rainn Wilson (TV’s The Office,), Ruby Rose (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Winston Chao (Skiptrace), Page Kennedy (TV’s Rush Hour), Jessica McNamee (The Vow), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The Bfg), Robert Taylor (Focus), Sophia Shuya Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), Masi Oka (Heroes) and New Zealander Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead) alongside Statham.

Also in trailers – The full Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer is here

The film is released on August 10th

The Meg Official Synopsis

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom
See full article at HeyUGuys »

Watch Massive Shark Mayhem in the Official Trailer for The Meg, Starring Jason Statham

"Pleased to eat you." With movies such as The Shallows and 47 Meters Down, we've been experiencing a shark-aissance in recent years, and Warner Bros. is looking to bring the water-based subgenre to a whole new level with the first official trailer for The Meg (based on Steve Alten's 1997 novel), complete with enough one-liners to hold fans over until the movie's August 10th release:

Press Release: "Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The Message”) star in the science fiction action thriller “The Meg,” directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”).

In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside.
See full article at DailyDead »
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