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To Save And Project Marks MoMA’s 15th Annual Festival Of Film Preservation; Includes Films From Akerman, Fassbinder

Where can you find films from directors like Chantal Akerman and Ida Lupino, paired off with masterworks from the likes of Jackie Chan and Rainer Werner Fassbinder? No, I’m not talking about your local library, instead that just happens to be four of the names attached to this year’s edition of To Save And Project, MoMA’s long running festival of newly preserved motion pictures.

Now in its 15th and arguably one of its strongest season, To Save and Project returns with a lineup that spans genres, decades and subjects. Running January 18-February 1, the festival focuses on newly restored films, with restorations come from MoMA themselves all the way to major studios like Paramount. Split between two theaters and running just about half a month, this lineup is dense and features some truly startling discoveries.

One of those discoveries comes from The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project
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Jackie Chan Presents Reset – Debuting on Digital & Blu-ray February 6th

From producer Jackie Chan and director Hong-Seung Yoon (The Target), the action-packed sci-fi thriller Reset arrives on digital and Blu-ray February 6 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Yang Mi (Brotherhood of Blades II) stars as a scientist trying to save her son from death at the hands of kidnappers by using an experimental universe-hopping/time-travel technology to save him. Reset also stars Wallace Huo (Our Time Will Come), King Shih-Chieh (The Final Master), Liu Chang (“The Kings Woman”) and newcomers Hummer Zhang and Wang Lidan. Reset was nominated as Best Film at the 2017 Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival.

In the near future, scientist Xia Tian (Yang Mi) is on the verge of a major discovery: time travel. After she successfully sends living tissue back in time by 110 minutes, her years of work seem to have paid off, but everything unravels when her young son is kidnapped and held for a hefty ransom – all of her research.
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Five reasons to see The Foreigner

Five reasons to see The ForeignerFive reasons to see The ForeignerScott Goodyer1/16/2018 9:30:00 Am

Jackie Chan karate kicks his way back onscreen in The Foreigner! The action movie has Chan playing a humble businessman with a buried past who seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. Pierce Brosnan also stars, teaming up again with GoldenEye director Martin Campbell.

Here are 5 reasons why you need to check this movie out:

1. The Stunts

Jackie Chan has endured many years of long, hard work and a ton of injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's martial arts movie industry. Making his way to North American audiences in 1995 with Rumble in the Bronx, this was the first time we saw an action star do his own stunts as he ran up walls and bounced off cars. It was very impressive and Jackie hasn't slowed down.
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Trailer for upcoming Chinese film ‘Keep Calm and Be a Superstar’

Hong Kong star Eason Chan (Office, Dream Home) is delivering kung fu slapstick with ‘Keep Calm and Be a Superstar’, a fun-filled comedy from director Vincent Kok (Gorgeous). The film has obvious references to Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master and Police Story and centers around a cop who goes undercover on an action movie to try and stop a drug trafficking ring. Alongside Easton Chan the cast includes Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, Li Yitong, and Danny Chan Kwok-Kwan.
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Trailer for upcoming Chinese film ‘Keep Calm and Be a Superstar’

Hong Kong star Eason Chan (Office, Dream Home) is delivering kung fu slapstick with ‘Keep Calm and Be a Superstar’, a fun-filled comedy from director Vincent Kok (Gorgeous). The film has obvious references to Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master and Police Story and centers around a cop who goes undercover on an action movie to try and stop a drug trafficking ring. Alongside Easton Chan the cast includes Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, Li Yitong, and Danny Chan Kwok-Kwan.
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Liam Neeson Says He Still Feels 40 (Despite Being 65)

Liam Neeson Says He Still Feels 40 (Despite Being 65)
Liam Neeson has one New Year’s resolution he wants to stick to.

“I’ve gotta stop saying to myself, ‘I’m 65. I’ve got to do that,” the actor tells People in this week’s issue, when asked about changes he wants to make in 2018.

“It’s an Irish thing,” The Commuter star continues. “Sort of seeing the glass half empty instead of half full. But inside I feel 40. But I sometimes think, ‘Who are you fooling? Who are you kidding?’ I’ve got to stop that. Life’s good! I’m very lucky and very blessed.”

Things are
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Box Office: ‘The Post’ Tops Newcomers ‘The Commuter,’ ‘Paddington 2’ on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘The Post’ Tops Newcomers ‘The Commuter,’ ‘Paddington 2’ on Thursday Night
Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” took in $775,000 at 2,375 North American venues on Thursday night, edging Liam Neeson’s “The Commuter,” which grossed $700,000 at 2,000 sites.

Family comedy “Paddington 2” launched with $325,000 in previews that began at 5 p.m. The preview is similar to the $350,000 Thursday night number for Fox’s “Ferdinand” on Dec. 14. “Ferdinand” went on take $13.4 million in its first weekend and has grossed $72 million domestically in its first four weeks.

The films are battling Sony’s hit “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” at domestic multiplexes for the top spot over the four-day Martin Luther King weekend. “Jumanji” has been leading forecasts with $25 million to $30 million for the holiday period. Taraji P. Henson’s action-thriller “Proud Mary” is also opening at about 2,200 locations on Friday without previews.

Fox is expanding its journalism drama “The Post” to 2,819 sites on Friday after the awards contender brought in $4.3 million from 36 locations in two weeks. Forecasts have been
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Spotlight: Jane Seymour's Charity Work

Seymour has donated proceeds from her paintings to dance companies and charities benefitting children.

In 2010, Jane established the Open Hearts Foundation to fulfill her dream of building a legacy dedicated to serving others, and empowering people to turn adversity into opportunity.

Jane attended the “Paddle Out” Protest, opposing the Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas facility being proposed off the coast of Malibu with Pierce Brosnan, Darryl Hannah, Halle Berry, Tea Leoni and others.

Charities & foundations supported

Jane Seymour has supported the following charities:

American Heart AssociationAmerican Stroke AssociationChildhelp USAChildren Uniting NationsChristopher & Dana Reeve FoundationCity Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the ArtsClothes Off Our BackDress for SuccessElton John AIDS FoundationEntertainment Industry FoundationHeifer InternationalLeeza's PlaceMake The Difference NetworkOlivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness CentreONE DROPOpen Hearts FoundationRed CrossSomaly Mam FoundationStarkey Hearing FoundationWhat A Pair Read more about Jane Seymour's charity work and events. Related articles Jackie Chan Thanks Red CrossRed Cross Announces The 2008 Celebrity
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Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Lego Ninjago Movie in January's Family Favourites!

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Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Lego Ninjago Movie in January's Family Favourites!Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Lego Ninjago Movie in January's Family Favourites!Jenny Bullough1/10/2018 10:01:00 Am

If the wintry weather has you desperate to find something to get the kids out of the house on Saturday mornings, we've got just the solution! Every Saturday, we show classic and recent kid-friendly movies for just 2.99 per ticket at select Cineplex theatres. And this month's lineup is truly worth leaving home for!

January 13th: Spider-Man: Homecoming

The newest iteration of the wall-crawler is one that we really hope sticks around for a while. Picking up right where the events of Captain America: Civil War ended, baby-faced Tom Holland plays teenage Peter Parker as the courageous yet socially awkward young man trying to figure out how to balance being a superhero with being a regular kid, making him the most relatable web-slinger yet.
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New on Blu-ray and DVD! January 9, 2018

Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan star in The Foreigner, a timely action thriller from the director of Casino Royale and Goldeneye.

Chan stars as humble London businessman Quan, whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated ter [Continued ...]
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Monte’s Favorites of 2017

This year was a big one in the horror genre. From podcasts to movies to immersive experiences, 2017 was a banner year for horror across multiple mediums, and Monte Yazzie continues Daily Dead's 2017 reflective features by reflecting on his favorite moments from the past year.

Pure Cinema Podcast: Brian Saur and Elric Kane started Pure Cinema Podcast in early 2017. The two cinephiles, better to call them film historians, compose an educational conversation on anything and everything film with a focus on theme-driven lists. The “Tarantino” and “Life Cycle” episodes are highlights with a combined running time of over 5 hours of content. Saur and Kane are the coolest kids in film school, everyone else is just trying to sit at their table.

Suspiria 4K Blu-ray (Synapse Films): Simply stunning. Synapse released a remarkable, meticulously crafted 4K transfer of Dario Argento’s masterpiece. Every inch of this transfer is beautiful, enriching the
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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: "The Thousand Faces of Dunjia" and "Youth"

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Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a column devoted to exploring contemporary Chinese-language cinema primarily as it is revealed to us at North American multiplexes.The Thousand Faces of DunjiaOpening the same weekend as The Last Jedi, though on considerably fewer screens in North America, were two films from major Chinese filmmakers. The Thousand Faces of Dunjia is a CGI-driven fantasy epic by two legends of Hong Kong cinema: writer/producer Tsui Hark and director Yuen Woo-ping. Youth is a coming-of-age melodrama set amidst an arts troupe in the later years of the Cultural Revolution from Beijing-based director Feng Xiaogang. Dunjia had been billed throughout its production as a remake of Yuen’s 1982 feature The Miracle Fighters, and this, combined with Tsui’s facility with modern technology (as seen earlier this year in his Journey to the West: Demons Strike Back, a collaboration with another Hong Kong auteur, Stephen Chow), positioned
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China Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Makes Underwhelming Debut

China Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Makes Underwhelming Debut
China kicked off the New Year with a massive $200m hit delivered by The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes, but Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened soft.

Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the first Hollywood blockbuster to arrive in 2018, but it was easily defeated by a large margin. Despite its worldwide success ($1.2bn worldwide so far), it took $30.9 from its three-day opening weekend, half of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and about 70% of Rogue One: A Star War Story which was released almost exactly one year ago.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the only new entry in the top 10 chart.

Instead The Ex-File 3 has become the first runaway success of 2018, garnering $167m in the first week (Jan 1-7). It’s almost on par with the second week earnings of last October’s National
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Top Five Jackie Chan Fight Scenes

Jackie Chan has been one of the most impressive and fun to watch actors when it comes to fight scenes for a long time now. A lot of his scenes have included some of the most acrobatic and engaging moves that have ever been seen in film and he’s become well known for his use of props in many scenes. This is after all a guy that was in a film with Bruce Lee as an extra. He was there and gone in an instant but at the very least he established his own career and has become something of

Top Five Jackie Chan Fight Scenes
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‘The Adventurers’ Review

Stars: Jean Reno, Qi Shu, Andy Lau, Tony Yang, Jingchu Zhang, Eric Tsang, Karel Dobry, Gen Seto, David Bowles, Yi Sha, Tianyi You | Written by Chi Kwong Cheung, Stephen Fung, Steve Ha, Andy Lo | Directed by Stephen Fung

Infamous and charismatic thief Cheung Tan (Andy Lau) has recently been released from prison. Cheung immediately plots a heist with his former partner in crime, Po (Tony Yang), and beautiful chameleon Red (Qi Shu), in order to pull off the heist of a lifetime – and steal precious jewels in Europe. Meanwhile, French detective Pierre (Jean Reno) has been hot on Cheung’s trails for many years. This time, he decides to capture Cheung and his gang of thieves for good… which means Cheung and co. will have to take their game to the next level.

Who doesn’t love a good heist movie? When the genre is done right you get fantastic and intriguing films like Flypaper,
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MoMA’s To Save and Project Festival 2018 Will Showcase Newly Restored Silent Films and World Cinema

New York City’s Museum of Modern Art will soon commence with its top of the year tradition: revisiting cinema’s past. To Save and Project: The 15th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation (a riff on the law enforcement motto “to serve and protect”) launches in two weeks, bringing Gothamites screenings of more than 20 newly safeguarded films. The oldest feature, wordless “The World and the Woman,” dates back to 1916.

Read More:New Ways to See Non-Fiction: How MoMA Doc Fortnight Brings a Fresh Perspective to Documentary Films

Respectively, the festival will open and close with “Transatlantic” and “Sherlock Holmes,” culled from the 50-plus title filmography of “Johnny Come Lately” director William K. Howard (1899-1954). Nearly half of the curated selections are sourced from outside the States, including “Two Monks” (Mexico), “Batch ’81” (The Philippines), “God’s Gift” (Burkina Faso), “The Quince Tree Sun” (Spain), and Jackie Chan-fronted-and-directed “Police Story” (Hong
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10 Directors to Watch: Joseph Kahn Blasts Racist Rhetoric in Battle-Rap ‘Bodied’

10 Directors to Watch: Joseph Kahn Blasts Racist Rhetoric in Battle-Rap ‘Bodied’
It was relatively early in Kahn’s lucrative career as a music-video director that he began toying with the idea of making a feature film about battle rapping. The only problem? He hatched the concept while directing videos for Eminem around the time of “8 Mile.”

“Obviously, he’d just made the best battle rap movie of all time, so that put it under wraps until I could figure out a way in there,” says the South Korea-born, U.S.-raised Kahn. “I had to think, what do I have to say with this material? Not just the fact that I want to make it, but is there something there to mine to express something about society that justifies making this thing?”

Nearly 15 years after the idea was seeded — in which time he won multiple Grammys and VMAs for his work with Taylor Swift and Eminem, and directed the features “Torque” and hyperkinetic horror satire “Detention,” which
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China box office: Local hit 'Youth' top again

Feng Xiaogang’s local hit fends off comedy The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes.

Source: Im Global

‘Youth’

As 2017 drew to a close, a wide variety of Chinese tentpoles led the last week of the year (Dec 25-31). Feng Xiaogang’s Youth, already in its third week, retained the overall No.1 position, while new release The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes ruled the weekend.

With almost overwhelming praise from Chinese audiences, Youth delivered a hat trick and added $51.3m. The bittersweet coming-of-age drama was exceptionally resilient as it bounced back to the second place on Sunday after dropping to the fifth on Friday. After 17 days, it has amassed $169.5m, making it the eighth highest grossing film in 2017. It has also overtaken 2013’s Personal Tailor to become Feng’s top grossing film.

Local romantic comedy The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes took the weekend but came in only
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China box office: Local hit 'Youth' top again

China box office: Local hit 'Youth' top again
Feng Xiaogang’s local hit fends off comedy The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes.

Source: Im Global

‘Youth’

As 2017 drew to a close, a wide variety of Chinese tentpoles led the last week of the year (Dec 25-31). Feng Xiaogang’s Youth, already in its third week, retained the overall No.1 position, while new release The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes ruled the weekend.

With almost overwhelming praise from Chinese audiences, Youth delivered a hat trick and added $51.3m. The bittersweet coming-of-age drama was exceptionally resilient as it bounced back to the second place on Sunday after dropping to the fifth on Friday. After 17 days, it has amassed $169.5m, making it the eighth highest grossing film in 2017. It has also overtaken 2013’s Personal Tailor to become Feng’s top grossing film.

Local romantic comedy The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes took the weekend but came in only second overall with $42m from its first three
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China box office grows by $2bn to reach $8.6bn in 2017

Top ten includes five domestic films; Wolf Warrior 2 number one.

Source: China Film Group

Wolf Warrior 2

China’s box office hit $8.6bn (RMB55.9bn) in 2017, an increase of $2bn over the previous year, according to figures from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (Sapprft).

However, it’s difficult to make year-on-year comparisons as the Chinese yuan has appreciated against the Us dollar and the Chinese authorities have changed the way they calculate box office revenues over the past year.

In Us dollar terms, the figure represents a 30% increase against the $6.6bn (RMB45.7bn) in box office revenues collected in 2016. But in Chinese currency terms, the year-on-year growth stands at around 22%. Sapprft reported an increase of just 13.45%, which appears to reflect the growth rate once the fees paid by consumers to online ticketing platforms have been removed.

Chinese authorities started to include online ticketing fees
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