In China, an Action Hero Beats Box Office Records (and Arrogant Westerners) – New York Times

BEIJING — China’s new favorite action hero single-handedly routs pirates off the African coast in undersea combat. He wakes up fit to fight after nearly dying from a flesh-eating plague. He wields guns galore, poison arrows and a tank to wipe out the mercenaries led by the villainous Big Daddy, a swaggering, sneering American soldier …

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Sylvester Stallone to Film New Action Movie at Ohio State Reformatory – Cleveland Scene Weekly

click to enlarge photo via Ohio State Reformatory/Facebook The infamous Ohio State Reformatory, used during the filming of The Shawshank Redemption, will soon host Sylvester Stallone and crew for the making of Escape Plan 3. Crew members estimate filming for the new production will run between Sept. 18 and Oct. 13, with the …

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Film review: Legend of the Naga Pearls – Chinese fantasy adventure is generic yet enjoyable – South China Morning Post

3/5 stars Few things signal a country’s rise as a filmmaking superpower quite as much as a fun blockbuster that slips from your mind the moment you leave the cinema. The Chinese film Legend of the Naga Pearls is just such a title, at once thoroughly diverting, perfectly generic and instantly forgettable. The fantasy adventure …

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Kaspar Munk's Fantasy Film 'Wildwitch' Lands at TrustNordisk (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

Guido Montani/Epa/REX/Shutterstock TrustNordisk has boarded “Wildwitch,” Kaspar Munk’s (“You & Me Forever”) ambitious fantasy film based on Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl’s best-selling books. Produced by Good Company Films, “Wildwitch” just started shooting in Hungary with Gerda Lie Kaas and Sonja Richter (“The Keeper of Lost Causes”) in the main roles. “Wildwitch” will screen at the …

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PICTURED: Brad Pitt looks strained on set of new sci-fi movie amid claims divorce negotiations with Angelina Jolie … – Daily Mail

There were claims last week that Brad and Angelina could get back together Sources told DailyMail.com at the time that a reconciliation was not likely On Tuesday TMZ added that they are indeed ‘deep’ in their divorce talks And it was also claimed the abuse allegations are keeping them apart There was talk Brad had hit …

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'Wolf Warrior 2' becomes China's highest-grossing film of all time – Los Angeles Times

The Chinese patriotic action blockbuster “Wolf Warrior 2” has become the highest-grossing film ever in China’s box office, rising last week to $608.6 million in ticket sales. Much of its 18-day run occurred during an unofficial “blackout” when the Chinese government prohibits foreign films to spur its domestic market. The movie raked in an additional …

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Action movie franchises to continue despite poor box office performances – Newsday

When “Transformers: The Last Knight” arrived in theaters this past June, virtually everyone hated it. The fifth installment in Michael Bay’s robot-vehicle franchise was the worst-reviewed yet, earning a dismal 14 percent at RottenTomatoes and dubbed “2017’s Most Toxic Movie” by Rolling Stone. Audiences, too, shunned the film. With a $44 million opening weekend, less …

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