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'Mulan' Actor Jason Scott Lee Signs With Buchwald (Exclusive)

'Mulan' Actor Jason Scott Lee Signs With Buchwald (Exclusive)
Mulan's Jason Scott Lee has signed with Buchwald, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The actor will play vengeful warrior leader Bori Khan, an antagonist, in the much-anticipated film set to premiere March 27, 2020. He's no stranger to Disney live-action adaptations, having starred as Mowgli in Buena Vista Pictures' 1994 movie The Jungle Book. His big break came the year before, when he earned praise portraying the legendary title character in Universal's 1993 biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.

Lee's other credits include Netflix's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Balls of Fury, Only the Brave, Nomad: The Warrior, Seventh Son and ...
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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Didn’t Roar at the Domestic Box Office but Legendary Isn’t Sweating

  • The Wrap
Legendary Entertainment’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” didn’t stomp through North American movie theaters, instead treading to just $49 million in its opening weekend — roughly half that of its 2014 predecessor.

But Legendary, founded by Thomas Tull and owned by the Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group since 2016, isn’t sweating the early returns for the film, which had a kaiju-size budget of $170 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo. The studio is breathing easy because its focus is very much overseas, where the film grossed a solid $130 million — including $70 million in China alone.

“Over the past few years, they have been focusing on blockbuster style films that often see the majority of their box office coming from the international marketplace,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst at ComScore, said. “If you look at the money the films have made — even just the MonsterVerse — it’s a huge amount of money… There’s a huge international interest in these films.
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Movie Review – Serenity (2019)

Serenity, 2019.

Directed by Steven Knight.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane, Jason Clarke, and Djimon Hounsou.

Synopsis:

A fishing boat captain juggles facing his mysterious past and finding himself ensnared in a reality where nothing is what it seems.

Quietly dumped in a smattering of cinemas and on VOD in the UK this week following its disastrous late-January U.S. release, Serenity is destined to be remembered for several things, but none of them good. In addition to being thoroughly panned by critics stateside, stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway reportedly made every effort possible to distance themselves from the impending dud.

Despite his general inconsistency as a screenwriter, writer-director Steven Knight has truly outdone himself with this fascinatingly off-key misfire, which begins as a seemingly self-consciously trashy thriller before transitioning into ill-advised territory with a mind-boggling plot twist that, in a better movie, might be called “ambitious.”

The
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Jason Scott Lee Joins Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan'; Here's Everything We Know

Jason Scott Lee Joins Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan'; Here's Everything We Know
Jason Scott Lee has joined the cast of Disney's live-action Mulan. He will be playing a villainous role, according to THR. Let's recap all we know about the upcoming action-adventure.

What's the latest news?

Jason Scott Lee broke out when he starred in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story back in 1993. He followed that up with lead roles in Rapa Nui and The Jungle Book. More recently, he appeared in Seventh Son and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.
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Jason Scott Lee Joins Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan'; Here's Everything We Know

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Jason Scott Lee has joined the cast of Disney's live-action Mulan. He will be playing a villainous role, according to THR. Let's recap all we know about the upcoming action-adventure. What's the latest news? Jason Scott Lee broke out when he starred in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (above) back in 1993. He followed that up with lead roles in Rapa Nui and The Jungle Book. More recently, he appeared in Seventh Son and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Who is...

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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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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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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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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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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

  • Cinelinx
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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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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