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Beijing Festival: Chinese Art Films to get $16 Million Acquisition Fund

  • Variety
The emerging art house film sector in China is to get a further boost from the launch of a $16 million (RMB100 million) specialized acquisition fund. The initiative is backed by five companies already operational in the sector.

The A.R.T. Project fund is intended to invest in 15 films by Chinese directorial talent over a period of five years. All are to be guaranteed Chinese theatrical release, international festival representation and overseas sales.

The backers include: Perfect Village Entertainment, the merged production operations of Perfect World and Village Roadshow in China; Hong Kong and Chinese-based distributor and exhibitor, Edko Films; Hong Kong producer Irresistible Films; Chinese marketing firm and website operator Maoyan Media, and state-owned distributor, Huaxia Film Distribution.

“The A.R.T. Project partners all agree that there is nothing more important than nurturing the new generation of Chinese filmmaking talent. We are up and running at full speed,
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Review: "Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back" Wreaks Havoc in Heaven

  • MUBI
Hot off the success of last year’s box office record-setting smash The Mermaid, Stephen Chow brought us a sequel this Lunar New Year to his 2013 film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. While it set an opening day record in China, and was initially released in North America on roughly twice as many screens, it has thus far failed to match The Mermaid’s financial success. I have no idea why that is, anyone who claims to understand what makes the difference between a hit and a super-hit is a liar or a fool, but I can theorize that the film’s somewhat mixed critical response is a response to its weird hybrid nature. Not just in the ways Chow situates a sincere appreciation for religion within a goofy pop context, but in the film’s dual authorship between Chow, who co-wrote and produced, and Tsui Hark, who directed.
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Hey Australia! Win Tickets to See Journey To The West 2: The Demons Strike Back in Cinemas!

Directed by Tsui Hark and produced and co-written by Stephen Chow, Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back is the latest film based on the classic Chinese novel ‘Journey to the West’. The cast includes Kris Wu, Kenny Lin, Yao Chen, Lin Yun and Bao Bei-Er. Thanks to Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film to give away to our readers. For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps: 1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and 2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]screenanarchy.com Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back will open in Australian cinemas on January 28 and this...

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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2 – Teaser Trailer Unleashed!

The much awaited film “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2” is hitting theaters on January 28, 2017. Last week, fans were treated to the first teaser trailer of the film.

The first installment “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons” was released last 2013 and set several records at the Chinese box-office. The film was a critical and commercial success, garnering 94% from film review aggregator RottenTomatoes as well as grossing over $215 million worldwide.

It’s no surprise that the fans are eagerly awaiting for this sequel. Leading the cast is Kris Wu as Tang Zeng Monk, a monk who must work with his disciples to become a demon-exorcising mega team. Superstars Lin Gengxin, Yao Chen, Lin Yun, Bao Bei’er, Da Peng, Wang Likun, Wang Duo, Zhang Mei’er and former basketball player Mengke Bateer are also in the cast. China.org reports that this action-adventure comedy based on the ancient Chinese
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‘Journey to the West 2’ Finally Gets a Release Date

After the roaring success of “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons” (2013), the second installment of the movie will be released on Jan 28th, 2017.

The release for “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2” coincides with Chinese New Year 2017, which is traditionally the most profitable release date for Chinese films.

Stephen Chow wrote, produced, and directed the first movie. This time around, however, Chow is passing the Director’s Chair to Tsui Hark, who made a cameo in his last movie “The Mermaid“.

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2‘ main cast includes Lin Gengxin, popstar Kris Wu, Yao Chen, Bao Bei-er, Lin Yun and former NBA star Mengke Bateer.

Source: China.org.cn
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Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe gets DVD & Blu Ray release date

Lu Chuan‘s first foray into blockbuster territory, Chronicles of a Ghostly Tribe, will be available for home viewing in the first week of June: the DVD on the 5th and Blu Ray on the 7th.

Chan, who is better known for his smaller budget, arthouse offerings truly stepped out of his comfort zone with this picture, proving that a filmmaker with his level of talent and vision can entertain audiences of all shapes and sizes.

Trailer

The film, an adaptation of Tianxia Bachang’s best-selling novel Ghost Blows Out the Light, tells the story of a young soldier (Mark Chao) who, along with a small research team, stumbles upon a clutch of mysterious fossils within Chinese mountain range on the Mongolian border.

Unbeknownst to the adventurers, their discovery would trigger a series of events, culminating in the release of a pack of hell-beasts through an inter-dimensional portal, that would change their lives, and the course of human history forever.

Spanning a period of three decades and two continents, this epic adventure is sure to appeal to fans of the monster movie genre.

Asian Film Strike hails the film’s “strong set pieces and an engaging sense of mystery and wonder”, calling it a “technically accomplished blockbuster.”

The film also stars Wang Qingxiang, Yao Chen, Rhydian Vaughan and Li Chen and has a runtime of approximately 123 minutes.

Chronicles of the Ghostly tribe is available through WellGoUSA and both formats contain a ‘making of’ featurette.
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Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See Mba Partners

Jang Tae-yoo, director of the hugely popular Korean drama series My Love From The Star, has teamed up with Chinese stars Aaron Kwok, Yao Chen, Li Chen, Tiffany Tang, Hao Lei and Wang Yibo for a new film about love and friendship called Mba Partners.    Three different women become business partner, with their own individuality and they create a new careers. The movie combines friendship, love and dreams.   Thanks to Australian distributor Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film to give away to our readers.    For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:   1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and   2) Email your name and postal address to...

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Edko Films to sell 'Everybody's Fine' at Efm

  • ScreenDaily
Edko Films to sell 'Everybody's Fine' at Efm
Exclusive: Zhang Meng’s remake of Guiseppe Tornatore’s Stanno Tutti Bene stars Zhang Guoli.

Hong Kong’s Edko Films has added Zhang Meng’s Everybody’s Fine, a remake of Guiseppe Tornatore’s Stanno Tutti Bene, to its Berlin slate.

Zhang Guoli (Back To 1942) stars as a widower who embarks on a road trip to reconnect with his four adult children and discovers that their lives are far from perfect. The children are played by Chen He (Running Man), Yao Chen (Monster Hunt), Shawn Dou (Wolf Totem) and Ye Qianyun.

Scripted by Liu Ya and Song Xiao, the film is a more commercial turn for Zhang Meng, who is known for arthouse fare such as The Piano In A Factory.

Tornatore’s 1990 original starred Marcello Mastroianni and a 2009 Hollywood remake featured Robert De Niro as the concerned patriarch.

Edko is also launching sales on romantic comedy Finding Mr Right 2, which reteams director Xue Xiaolu and actors
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'Monster Hunt' Trailer Unleashes an Army of Crazy Creatures

'Monster Hunt' Trailer Unleashes an Army of Crazy Creatures
The biggest movie in Chinese history is getting ready to invade the United States, with the first trailer and poster for Monster Hunt. Variety reported earlier this week that Monster Hunt will get a North American theatrical release, with domestic distributor FilmRise setting a January 22 release date. The 3D action fantasy movie will be going up against The 5th Wave, The Boy and Dirty Grandpa.

The story centers on a baby monster named Huba, the child of a human man and a monster queen. This newborn creature is threatened by both monster-hating humans and monsters attempting to capture the new-born in an ancient world based on medieval China. The cast includes Wei Tang, Baihe Bai, Eric Tsang, Wu Jiang, Wallace Chung, Boran Jing, Chen Yao, Elaine Jin, Xiaodong Guo and Ni Yan. Here's what FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher had to say in a statement.

"We have carefully edited the English
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Pirelli Calendar Takes Sharp Turn Into World of Feminist Politics (photos!)

The Pirelli Calendar has veered sharply from pinup models into the world of feminist politics. It’s 2016 edition features comedian Amy Schumer, tennis ace Serena Williams, ’70s rocker Patti Smith and 10 other “women of achievement.” They largely keep their clothes on. Also featured are Yoko Ono, Tavi Gevinson, Ava DuVernay, Natalia Vodianova, Agnes Gund, Kathleen Kennedy, Mellody Hobson, Shirin Neshat and Yao Chen. ...Read More
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Amy Schumer Goes Nude for Annie Leibovitz's 2016 Pirelli Calendar

Amy Schumer Goes Nude for Annie Leibovitz's 2016 Pirelli Calendar
Amy Schumer has decided to end 2015 in fitting fashion. She's posed nude for Annie Leibovitz's eagerly awaited 2016 calendar. And she already knows what people are going to say about it. Hoping to take the sting off some of the impending comments that will infiltrate the Internet over the course of the next day, the comedian had this to say about her photo, which you can see courtesy of the comedian's Instagram page.

"Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you Annie Leibovitz!"

Amy Schumer had one of the best year's of her career these past 12 months. She garnered her first Emmy award for her skit comedy show Inside Amy Schumer. And she won over fans and critics alike with her first leading role in a major motion picture with Trainwreck. Now, she has decided to let it all hang out, literally, with an unretouched photo snapped by Annie Leibovitz.
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Amy Schumer Shares ‘Beautiful, Gross, Strong, Thin, Fat, Pretty, Ugly, Sexy, Disgusting, Flawless’ Annie Leibovitz Photo

  • Vulture
Amy Schumer Shares ‘Beautiful, Gross, Strong, Thin, Fat, Pretty, Ugly, Sexy, Disgusting, Flawless’ Annie Leibovitz Photo
Lover of celebrity and good lighting Annie Leibovitz shot Pirelli's 2016 calendar, but instead of going the usual route of shooting a bunch of famous models, she chose to photograph a powerful, diverse group from a variety of backgrounds in arts, sports, entertainment, and philanthropy. The full list also features Serena Williams, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Tavi Gevinson, Fran Lebowitz, Natalia Vodianova, Kathleen Kennedy, Yao Chen, Mellody Hobson, Ava DuVernay, Agnes Gund, and Shirin Neshat. In a promo video for the shoot, Schumer said, "I felt I looked more beautiful than I've ever felt in my life, and I felt like it looked like me." You can see other photos from the shoot (Serena!) here.
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Sidharth Malhotra named as tourism ambassador for New Zealand

Sidharth Malhotra named as tourism ambassador for New Zealand
Sidharth Malhotra has been named as New Zealand's tourism ambassador for India. The young actor will get his first taste of New Zealand next week before beginning his new role. A keen nature lover, traveller and extreme explorer, Sidharth says he wants to experience everything a destination has to offer and he has an action packed itinerary during his visit here. As part of his stay in New Zealand, Sidharth Malhotra will film a video highlighting New Zealand's spectacular scenery, adrenalin packed activities and cultural experiences that will be incorporated into Tourism New Zealand's campaign work in India. He will also deliver messages about safe driving; encouraging Indian visitors to take care on New Zealand roads. Rene de Monchy, Tourism New Zealand's Director of trade, PR and major events said, "Being able to work with someone like Sidharth Malhotra is another fantastic opportunity for Tourism New Zealand. We know from
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Dragons! Ancient Tombs! And Portals! Watch The Full Trailer For Chronicles Of The Ghostly Tribe

With less than a week before Lu Chuan's sci-fi adventure film Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe hits Chinese theaters, the "ultimate" trailer has arrived.  Based on Zhang Muye's best-selling novel series "Ghosts Blow Out the Light", it follows the adventures of grave robbers as they raid ancient tombs across mythical sites in China.  Many other worldly creatures and paranormal activities seem to be in store for what is Chuan's most commercial film to date.In 1979, a young soldier is working in China's snowcapped mountains when an explosion reveals bizarre fossils hidden deep in the mountain caverns. What they discover next will change his life and human history forever. The cast includes Mark Chao, Yao Chen, Rhydian Vaughan, Li Chen, Tiffany Tang, Guangjie Li, and...

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Watch Man-Bears On The Hunt In New Clip For Lu Chuan's Chronicles Of The Ghostly Tribe

It was reported earlier that director Lu Chuan (City of Life and Death) was venturing into Hollywood-esque effects with his next project and we expected him to deliver something visually spectacular.  Well, it seems this is certainly the case as shown in a clip for his sci-fi adventure film entitled Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe. Featuring some giant ferocious creatures going on a tear, the creatures were created by Korean VFX house Dexter Studios, the team behind Mr. Go.  The cast includes Mark Chao, Yao Chen, Rhydian Vaughan, Li Chen, Tiffany Tang, Guangjie Li, and Daniel Feng.In 1979, a young soldier is working in China's snowcapped mountains when an explosion reveals bizarre fossils hidden deep in the mountain caverns. What they discover next will change...

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Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See Monster Hunt In Cinemas!

Monster Hunt is coming to Australian cinemas next week! Directed by Raman Hui, animator for the Shrek films and director of Shrek The Third, this new Chinese fantasy film stars Wuba, Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Tang Wei, Yao Chen, Eric Tsang, Sandra Ng and Wallace Chung. Thanks to its distributor in Australia, Magnum Films, we have Five double passes to give away to our readers.For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]twitchfilm.netMonster Hunt will open in Australian cinemas on July 23, and this competition will close at 3pm on July 21. -- Good luck!You can find out more about this and...

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'Firestorm' Clip Featuring Action Icon Andy Lau | Exclusive

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'Firestorm' Clip Featuring Action Icon Andy Lau | Exclusive
Hong Kong action icon Andy Lau stars in director Alan Yuen's action-packed crime thriller Firestorm, igniting on Blu-ray&#8482, DVD and Digital on September 23 from Well Go USA Entertainment. A hardboiled police inspector (Lau) must confront, and cross, moral lines in order to hunt down a crew of seasoned criminals. We have an exclusive clip, which teases some of the intense action sequences in this can't-miss thriller for lovers of Hong Kong Cinema.

A storm is heading toward the city of Hong Kong, threatening the lives of everyone in its path. As citizens scramble for cover, a crew of seasoned criminals stage a series of armored car heists in broad daylight, showing no mercy to anyone who gets in their way. Hardboiled police inspector Cao Nam (Andy Lau) has had enough. He vows to take back his city, but quickly learns that regular police tactics are no match for the thieves' unmerciful brutality.
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Firestorm arrives on U.S DVD

Hong Kong action icon Andy Lau stars in Director Alan Yuen’s (Princess D) action-packed crime thriller Firestorm, and it lands on U.S Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Sept. 23. Rounding out the cast are Michael Wong (Triple Tap), Ray Lui (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Ka Tung Lam (Drug War, IP Man), Jun Hu (Bodyguards & Assassins), Chen Yao (Caught in the Web), Vincent Sze (Vengeance), Chi-yin Wong (Life Without Principle) and Shing-Ban Lam (Young and Dangerous: Reloaded). Cop dramas are bread ‘n’ butter to the Hk film industry, and something they always do well. Add to that Mr Lau presence, and we reckon you’ve got a sure “fire” (ahem) on your hands here! Synopsis: A storm is heading toward the city of Hong Kong, threatening the lives of everyone in its path. As citizens scramble for cover, a crew of seasoned criminals stage a series of armoured car heists in broad daylight,
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‘Firestorm’ Review: Andy Lau Plays Video Games with Peoples’ Lives

Nyaff 2014 runs June 27-July 14 in New York City. Follow all of our coverage here. Hong Kong action films often come with two promises. There will be action, and it will most probably be ludicrous. Smart screenplays are always appreciated of course, but there’s nothing wrong with a fun, creatively violent action flick that entertains in its sincere goofiness. That balance between the ridiculous and the fun is important though when the film is also trying to be serious. Firestorm is trying to be serious, and those intentions constantly clash with the physics-ignorant action sequences, frequently dumb writing and the near-constant display of unimpressive CGI. A team of professional criminals is making a mockery of the police department through a series of daytime heists that leave bloodshed and massive property damage in their wake. Inspector Lui (Andy Lau) is a rule-follower, but he quickly learns that “proper” police-work may not be enough to stop the violence in
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Hello Cinema has a really fascinating conversation about the reception of foreign films, Iranian and elsewhere, in North America referencing interesting movies like A Separation, Leila, Mother of George, Children of Heaven, City of God, and many more

Man, I Love Films on the beloved 40s noir horror Cat People (such a good flick, huh?)

My New Plaid Pants falls in love with (nsfw) 1966's Georgy Girl with Lynn Redgrave & Alan Bates

Guardian George Clooney, perpetual bachelor, is engaged!

ABC Musicians Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell arrested for disorderly conduct. The New Bohemians were not brought in for questioning

Theater Mania Grease Live! will be the next TV musical event after The Sound of Music's success. No cast yet (and good luck strying ot out Stockard/Olivia/John) but it's aiming for 2015

Serious Film my friend Michael liked Match, the Tribeca film starring Patrick Stewart I reviewed yesterday,
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