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Zentropa Joins Forces With China’s Wd Pictures (Exclusive)

Rikke Ennis, the boss of leading Scandinavian banner TrustNordisk and an executive at Danish powerhouse Zentropa, has joined forces with Beijing Wd Pictures, a full-service film company, to co-produce films for Chinese and international audiences.

Zentropa China, the banner Ennis created in Dec. 2015, has formed a non-exclusive partnership with Bejing Wd Pictures, a fledgling film outfit launched three years ago by Leo Liu and Gao Qun, respectively the former president and executive vice president of ChinaVision Media Group, the company that was sold to Alibaba to become Alibaba Pictures.

Wd Pictures’s co-production credits include Steven Chow’s “Journey into the West,” “Skptrace” with Jacky Chan and Johnny Knoxville and “Saving Mr. Wu” starring Andy Lau. These three movies generated Rmb 1.4 billion, Rmb 850 million and Rmb 200 million at the box-office, respectively

Ennis said Bejing Wd Pictures, which specializes in co-producing Chinese remakes as well as TV drama series intended for the Chinese and international audiences, is the ideal
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Paddington's Paul King set for Disney's live action Pinocchio

Kayti Burt Feb 21, 2018

Paddington and Paddington 2 director Paul King is the man Disney wants to direct its live action take on Pinocchio...

A week after news broke that Paddington and Paddington 2 director Paul King is in talks to helm a Willy Wonka reboot, we find out he has another big movie potentially on his plate.

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According to Variety, Disney is in talks with King to direct its live-action version of Pinocchio, with Star Wars and Harry Potter & The Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne reworking the script. It's sounding close to a done deal, too, which would suggest that Warner Bros may need to look elsewhere for its new Willy Wonka director. It also means the chances of King directing Paddington 3 are looking slim as well.

Pinocchio is one of many already-debuted or planned live-action adaptations of popular animated Disney films.
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‘Paddington 2’s’ Paul King in Talks to Direct Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

‘Paddington 2’s’ Paul King in Talks to Direct Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’
Following the critical acclaim of “Paddington 2,” Disney is in talks with director Paul King to helm its live-action “Pinocchio,” sources tell Variety.

Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz are producing. Jack Thorne is rewriting the script.

The original animated classic follows the age-old tale about a living puppet, who with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

King has been on the industry’s radar after “Paddington 2,” which shattered Rotten Tomatoes records, becoming the site’s most-critically acclaimed pic of all time. Since the film’s opening, King also recently landed the directing job on Warner Bros.’ Willy Wonka origin movie.

The move would push forward yet another live-action reboot of a Disney classic. The studio’s feature film strategy has been working at the box office, as its live-action “Beauty and the Beast” film made $1.2 billion worldwide last year and “The Jungle Book” grossed $966.5 million
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Disney Strikes Major Chinese Streaming Deal with Alibaba’s Youku

Thousands of hours of Disney TV series and movies will be available in China after the Hollywood studio struck a major streaming deal with Alibaba's Svod service Youku. More than 1,000 episodes of Disney animated series will be made available, including DuckTales and My Friends Tigger & Pooh, while live-action movies including Pirates of the Caribbean as well as animated movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Mulan and Frozen will also be included in the deal. Many of the…
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Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler on How ‘Black Panther’ Makes History

Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler on How ‘Black Panther’ Makes History
Chadwick Boseman struggled to catch his breath after he was cast as Black Panther. When he first tried on his spandex suit for 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” it felt too restricting. “It was suffocating,” recalls Boseman. “Literally, it closed off every possibility of air getting to you. I was in it, put the mask on. I said, ‘Hey, you got to get me out of this!’” By the time he headlined his own movie, as the first black Marvel superhero with his name on the poster, Boseman was more comfortable in his re-engineered costume. “I think it begins to feel like skin after a while,” says the 41-year-old actor. “But it takes time to get to that place.”

The same can be said for Disney’s long-awaited tentpole “Black Panther,” which opens in theaters on Feb. 16. For decades, actors, directors, producers and fans have wondered why Hollywood was so slow to bring black superheroes to the
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Maleficent 2 Begins Shooting with Angelina Jolie This Spring

Disney's Maleficent 2 is finally moving forward after several years in development, with Angelina Jolie returning as the main character, and now we know when production will begin. While this has yet to be confirmed by the studios, a new report reveals that director Joachim Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) has started the pre-production process, with principal photography slated to begin April 16 in London, which will run until August. Angelina Jolie was said to be deciding between this project and the Universal monster movie Bride of Frankenstein as her next movie, and it seems that Maleficent 2 has come out on top.

This new report also claims that Patrick Tatopoulous has been enlisted as the film's production designer, following his most recent work on Justice League, Batman v Superman and 300: Rise of an Empire. The sequel finally started moving forward in August, when
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Every Studio Film Directed By Female Filmmakers Coming Out in 2018 and 2019

Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

The needle isn’t moving. Yet. In their latest study, “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair? Gender, Race & Age of Directors across 1,000 films from 2007-2017,” the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative identities that, of total of 109 film directors associated with the 100 top movies of 2017, a full 92.7% were male and 7.3% were female. It’s a slight uptick over the percentages that cover the last 11 years and 1,100 movies, which found that 95.7% of all directors were male and 4.3% were female. You can read the full report right here.

One area in which the numbers aren’t changing fast enough is in the studio world. Last year, The Wrap discovered that “of the 149 movies currently slated for a wide release from the six legacy studios over the next three years, only 12 have female directors. That means a whopping 92 percent of the
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Mulan Remake Shoots Soon as Disney Finalizes Production Team

Disney is moving full-steam ahead on their live-action Mulan remake. Key members of the crew have now been put in place as filming is slated to begin later this month. Though no release date has been specified by the studio, Mulan is slated to arrive in 2019 and, with filming taking place very soon, it's possible we could see the movie early on next year, as opposed to seeing it drop in the summer or winter. Though, there are already quite a few live-action remakes coming from the Mouse House next year, so it's going to be a bit crowded.

Niki Caro, best known for her work on the movie Whale Rider, has been tapped by Disney to direct the live-action Mulan. In a new report, it's revealed that Narcos' costume designer Bina Daigeler has been added to the crew. In addition, Sean Andrew Faden (Power Rangers) will serve as
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The Greatest Geek Moments of 2017

The Greatest Geek Moments of 2017
The year of 2017 was a great year for geekdom. Women took center stage thanks to films like “Wonder Woman” and casting change-ups from BBC’s “Doctor Who.” And plenty of classic fan favorites returned (if even for a moment) such as “Twin Peaks,” “Samurai Jack” and even The Dude. Here are our favorite standout genre moments that had us geeking out and getting a little misty-eyed.

11. Kansas opens for “Supernatural

The Winchester brothers opened the “Supernatural” panel at San Diego Comic-Con with a surprise performance of “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas. The rock anthem has played in every season finale for the series, evolving into a makeshift calling card for the fandom. But only at Comic-Con do rock stars open for demon hunters.

10. Mark Hamill surprises fans at Star Tours

During the height “The Last Jedi” marketing madness the original “Star Wars” Jedi Mark Hamill surprised fans on the rebooted Disneyland ride. Proving once again
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2018 Movie Release Date Schedule

As we come upon the end of 2017, it’s time to start looking forward to the films on the schedule for 2018. We’ll of course have the usual assortment of sequels and continuing franchises. Some you may want (like Deadpool 2), and some you may not (like The Purge: The Island). There are also sure-fire blockbusters like The Avengers: Infinity War to look forward to in 2018. There are also things we’re looking forward to and hoping that they don’t disappoint, like A Wrinkle in Time and Aquaman.

With all of this in mind, we took it upon ourselves to put together a list of the biggest films currently scheduled for release throughout the coming year, a 2018 Movie Release Date Schedule if you will. We hope you find it useful and that it helps you plan what you’re going to look forward to over the next twelve months. But,
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‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ Trailer Teases Disney’s ‘Dark Side’

Disney released the trailer for “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” on Tuesday, just in time for the holidays. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the film stars Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Mackenzie Foy.

A live-action take on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 novel “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” ballet, Foy plays Clara, a young girl who finds a key to a mysterious parallel universe. There, she encounters gingerbread soldiers, an army of mice, and a tyrant, played by Mirren. Knightley stars as the Sugar Plum Fairy and helps Clara on her journey.

“It’s Christmas Eve: A time of mystery, expectations. Who knows what might happen?” Drosselmeyer, portrayed by Freeman, asks in the clip. Famed ballerina Misty Copeland is also featured as one of the lead dancers and has a solo sequence in the film.

“The legend you know has a dark side,” the trailer
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First look at ‘Marvel Rising’

Marvel Rising is a brand-new, multi-platform animation franchise starring the next generation of Marvel heroes, set to launch in 2018. The program will launch with six, four-minute digital shorts that spotlight Spider-Gwen with her new secret moniker, Ghost-Spider, and introduce audiences to the world of Marvel Rising. Following the shorts, a feature-length animated film, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will premiere later that year.

Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” is a long-anticipated event, bringing together Marvel’s newest and beloved characters that have garnered major fan excitement over the last few years. Powered teens Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, America Chavez, and Inferno join forces as an unlikely, but formidable crew of aspiring heroes. When a threat no one could have expected bears down on the Marvel Universe, this ragtag, untrained band of teens have no choice but to rise together and prove to the world that sometimes the difference between a
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Marvel to launch new animation franchise Marvel Rising

Marvel Entertainment has announced that it is launching a brand-new multi-platform animation franchise entitled Marvel Rising, which will showcase the next generation of Marvel heroes.

The program will launch with six, four-minute digital shorts that spotlight Spider-Gwen with her new secret moniker, Ghost-Spider, and introduce audiences to the world of Marvel Rising. Following the shorts, a feature-length animated film, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will premiere later that year. The content features an all-star line-up of voice talent including Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet, Tyler Posey, BooBoo Stewart, Kathreen Khavari, Milana Vayntrub, Cierra Ramirez, Kamil McFadden, Skai Jackson, Kim Raver, Ming-Na Wen, Steven Weber, and Dee Bradley Baker.

Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors is a long-anticipated event, bringing together Marvel’s newest and beloved characters that have garnered major fan excitement over the last few years. Powered teens Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, America Chavez, and Inferno join forces as an unlikely,
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Marvel Rising Trailer Announces Secret Warriors Animated Movie

Marvel Rising Trailer Announces Secret Warriors Animated Movie
Marvel Entertainment announced today, Marvel Rising, a brand-new, multi-platform animation franchise starring the next generation of Marvel heroes set to launch in 2018, culminating with Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. The program will launch with six, four-minute digital shorts that spotlight Spider-Gwen with her new secret moniker, Ghost-Spider, and introduce audiences to the world of Marvel Rising. Following the shorts, a feature-length animated film, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will premiere later that year. Distribution partners for the content to be announced at a later date. Marvel has unveiled a new video, where fans can meet the characters and all-star voice actors behind the all-new franchise Marvel Rising.

The content features an all-star line-up of voice talent including Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet, Tyler Posey, BooBoo Stewart, Kathreen Khavari, Milana Vayntrub, Cierra Ramirez, Kamil McFadden, Skai Jackson, Kim Raver, Ming-Na Wen, Steven Weber, and Dee Bradley Baker among others. Future stories and content are
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9 Things You Never Knew About Disney's Mulan

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Almost 20 years later - yes, 20 years (cries into pillow) - a live-action version of Mulan is in the works with director Niki Caro at the helm and an actress attached to play Mulan. The original animation is extremely empowering to women, so it's awesome that a female will be behind the lens, controlling our favorite childhood warrior princess's portrayal this time around. As we await our modernized heroine, and her potentially CGI-animated companions Mushu and Cri-Kee, we can look back fondly on the Disney original - because let's be real, we all still revert back to our 7-year-old Capri Sun-loving selves when "I'll Make a Man Out Of You" comes on Pandora. Now that we know when the reimagined film will premiere, let's take a look at nine facts you probably never knew about Disney's first Asian princess and Og girl-power-charged badass. The story of Mulan was originally a folk song.
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Disney Finds Its ‘Mulan’ In Chinese Actress Crystal Liu

Crystal Liu has been cast in the lead role in Disney’s planned live-action Mulan movie. The Hollywood Reporter reports the news that casting directors had visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role of Hua Mulan, the young woman who disguised herself as a man to take her father’s army conscription in 5th century China.

According to the trade, the casting directors were looking for an actress with ‘incredible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality.’

Here’s the official synopsis of the Disney animation.

Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot — though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu
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Mulan: Disney live action remake starts filming this month

Simon Brew Jan 4, 2018

Filming on the new Mulan movie is set to kick off in New Zealand later this month.

Progress, chums. Following the casting being locked down in November of last year (see below), the live action take on Disney's Mulan is set to go before the cameras this month. The shoot will be based in New Zealand, as per Omega Underground.

Casting news (November 2017)

Disney has been looking for a lead for its planned live action take on the animated hit, Mulan. The project has been in development for quite a while now, and the studio has settled on Liu Yifei to take the title role. She’s been seen in the likes of The Forbidden Kingdom, IP Man 3 and Outcast. But the bulk of her work to date has been in Chinese cinema, and this is her first major English language lead role.

Mulan is
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Liu Yifei cast as Mulan in Disney’s live action adaptation

Disney has found its actress to play the title role in the live action adaptation of Mulan. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed The Chinese Widow’s Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Lui, has been chosen to portray Mulan.

Mulan is based on a Chinese legend about Hua Mulan, a young female warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to join the Chinese military, taking the place of her aging father, to protect her country from the threats they face. Disney previously adapted the legend into the 1998 animated film of the same name starring Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, B.D. Wong and Miguel Ferrer.

Disney searched through five continents and over 1000 candidates for the role of Mulan before deciding on Yifei. Disney was looking for a Chinese actress who could speak fluent English and requires experience with martial arts for the role. Yifei has worked on numerous projects in
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Disney Has Founds Its Mulan For Upcoming Live-Action Movie

One of the many live-action remakes of Disney’s animated classics that’s on the way is Mulan, a new take on the Chinese folk tale that will follow on from the beloved 1998 version. We previously learned that The Zookeeper Wife‘s Niki Caro would be directing the project and now, after a year-long search, the House of Mouse has founds its leading lady.

The Hollywood Reporter is telling us that, out of 1000 actresses, Liu Yifei (also known as Crystal Liu) has been cast as the legendary warrior woman. Though not too well-known in the west, the Chinese-born Liu is a big star in her home country. In particular, the 30-year-old actress is dubbed “Fairy Sister” by the public for her delicate looks.

However, don’t let her nickname fool you, Liu’s dabbled in action-orientated fare before, such as 2008 Jackie Chan vehicle The Forbidden Kingdom. Plus, it was a
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Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei in Coveted Lead Role

Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei in Coveted Lead Role
Meet the new Hua Mulan!

Disney announced that after a worldwide search for the leading lady in its upcoming live-action movie, Mulan, Chinese actress Liu Yifei has landed the role.

For those unfamiliar with the beloved tale, Mulan follows a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a warrior in order to save her father.

Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is apparently widely known in China as "Fairy Sister" for her appearance. In addition to acting, she's also made a name for herself as a singer and a model.

At age 11, Yifei moved to New York City with her mother, only to return to China a few years later in 2002 to pursue her acting career. The 30-year-old actress' most recent credits include movies The Chinese Widow and Once Upon a Time, which earned $82.3 million in China this summer.

She's also a brand ambassador for Dior, Tissot, Garnier and Pantene.

Yifei is the first
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