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The Grandmaster Starts a New Life on Earth with Thor's old Roommate Darryl in Upcoming Marvel Short

I'm sure you all remember Thor's old roommate Darryl (Daley Pearson) who was introduced in two previously released short films. Now Darryl will be back in a third short film called "Team Darryl" that will be included with the Thor: Ragnarok home entertainment release and he's looking for a new roommate. There's one person that answered his ad, that person is Jeff Goldblum's The Grandmaster.

Here's a description of the short that was included in the press release for the Thor: Ragnarok Blu-ray.

Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It’s been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl’s “Roommate
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Hong Kong Star Eric Tsang Denies Rape Allegations

A previously reported series of accusations concerning actor-director-producer Eric Tsang Chi-wai and the alleged rape of Hong Kong actress Yammie Lam have resurfaced this week in China. They sparked hints at other instances of inappropriate sexual behavior in the Asian entertainment industry.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Tsang claimed that a video interview with Lam in which the actress accused him of raping in the 1990s her was untrue. Tsang said that the video was inaccurately edited, and his name imposed in the editing process.

The video was first published by Hong Kong’s Next Magazine in 2013. In it Lam claimed that over two decades ago she was raped by two powerful Hong Kong actors. One was already dead at the time of publication, while the name of the other was muted.

Lam claimed that the incident took place in Singapore when she was invited to go on a movie set visit in the city-state. But instead
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Thor: Ragnarok DVD and Blu-Ray Release Date and Details Announced

Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok the God of Thunder's third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, electrified both audiences and critics alike reaching over $845M at the global box office. Now the colorful cosmic adventure, loaded with action, humor, drama and spectacle, bursts into homes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD, and Movies Anywhere, on Feb. 20 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March. 6. Marvel has unveiled a new trailer for this DVD and Blu-ray release, along with a sneak peek that features one of the movie's most memorable scenes, the humorous beginning of the gladiator match on Sakaar between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

In Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his
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The Best Cinematography of 2017

“A cinematographer is a visual psychiatrist — moving an audience through a movie […] making them think the way you want them to think, painting pictures in the dark,” said the late, great Gordon Willis. As we continue our year-end coverage, one aspect we must highlight is, indeed, cinematography. From talented newcomers to seasoned professionals, we’ve rounded up the examples that have most impressed us this year. Check out our rundown below and, in the comments, let us know your favorite work.

All These Sleepless Nights (Michal Marczak, Maciej Twardowski)

Using the combination of a Steadicam and computerized gimbal, Michal Marczak and Maciej Twardowski float in and out of crowded dance floors, house parties, lush gardens, and sun-kissed beaches, all in a way that would make Emmanuel Lubezki proud. Coupled with a near-constant soundtrack of the latest in electronic and pop (as well as a Polish version of Pocahontas‘ “Colors of
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'The Thousand Faces of Dunjia': Film Review

'The Thousand Faces of Dunjia': Film Review
Members of an ancient clan of do-gooders must retrieve an all-powerful magic orb in order to restore peace and order to the — well, you know the drill — in The Thousand Faces of Dunjia, a lively if very familiar-feeling fantasy adventure from writer/producer Tsui Hark and director Yuen Wo Ping. Those two names will ensure attention in the West to this aspiring franchise-starter; but Americans who know Yuen for his thrilling fight work in Kill Bill, The Grandmaster, Drunken Master and countless other films will not see his signature here. Viewers with a high tolerance for computer-generated fantasy are...
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10 awesome martial arts fights in the snow

Craig Lines Dec 6, 2017

Christmas and martial arts movies? They rarely crossover. But amazing fights in the snow? Now we're in business...

I love martial arts movies and I love Christmas so I'm kinda sad that the two have never really come together (Kung Fu Panda Holiday doesn't count). I'd hoped to find at least one good example to write about, as we move into the festive period, but I guess since most martial arts films come from Buddhist countries and Christmas is a Christian holiday, I was destined for disappointment.

I did briefly consider making one up with the aid of Photoshop, but wasn't sure I could get away with it so, alas, The 25th Advent Chamber Of Shaolin is not to be. For what it's worth, I'd got as far as an apprentice monk named Ho, fighting his way through 25 'doors' of a giant temple designed to resemble an advent calendar.
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Afm: Philip Yung’s ‘Ambitions’ Picked up by Mei Ah (Exclusive)

Afm: Philip Yung’s ‘Ambitions’ Picked up by Mei Ah (Exclusive)
Mei Ah Entertainment has picked up rights to “Theory of Ambitions,” an upcoming Hong Kong crime thriller from “Port of Call” director Philip Yung.

The movie stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai (“The Grandmaster,” “In The Mood for Love”) and singing-acting superstar Aaron Kwok, the star of “Port,” which carried Hong Kong’s foreign-language Oscar hopes last year.

The story involves two corrupt cops, who rise to the top levels of the police force each controlling different parts of the city while simultaneously being steeped in organized crime. After initially working in perfect unison, their relationship turns to one of rivalry.

Port of Call” was an unconventional breakthrough for Yung, who wrote and directed. Based on real events involving the murder of a prostitute in 2008, and with his script revealing the killer midway through, it could not qualify as a whodunit. Rather it provided an unusual intensity and elicited a strong performance from Kwok as a disillusioned former detective
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Wong Kar-wai Explains His Move to Television With Amazon’s ‘Tong Wars’ and His Next Feature Film

Wong Kar-wai Explains His Move to Television With Amazon’s ‘Tong Wars’ and His Next Feature Film
Among the many filmmakers who have made the jump to television in recent years, one of the most intriguing names to join the fray is Wong Kar Wai. The Hong Kong auteur’s lyrical, romantic dramas about poetic loners — including such beloved titles as “Chungking Express” and “In the Mood for Love” — treasure texture over dense plot. So it was something of a surprise when Amazon unveiled five new series in the works in early September, including one from Wong called “Tong Wars,” described as combining the history of Chinese immigration to the U.S. with a crime potboiler and scripted by Paul Attanasio (“Quiz Show,” “Donnie Brasco”).

Details on the series were scant at the time, but in a conversation with journalists at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, Wong explained the epic sweep of the show. “The thing that attracted me to this project was the first opportunity to
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Wong Kar-wai Honored in Lyon, Talks Early Influences, Bruce Lee, Hong Kong Handover and Bigger Canvas for ‘Grandmaster’

Wong Kar-wai Honored in Lyon, Talks Early Influences, Bruce Lee, Hong Kong Handover and Bigger Canvas for ‘Grandmaster’
Lyon The Lumière Festival honored Wong Kar-wai with the Lumière Award on Friday following a wide-ranging discussion between the Chinese filmmaker and the festival director Thierry Frémaux about his life and career.

Asked about his early influences during the master class, held in front of a packed house at the majestic Théâtre des Célestins ahead of the evening’s award ceremony, Wong said he moved with his family from Shanghai to Hong Kong as a child in 1962 before the onset of the Cultural Revolution. Since the family had no friends or relatives in Hong Kong and did not speak Cantonese, Wong regularly went to the movies with his mother.

“It’s all because of my mother. My mother is a big film buff – she enjoyed watching movies. The fact that we didn’t have any friends and relatives in this new city, the only thing she liked to do was take me to the cinema. We spent almost
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Busan: Ray Yeung Opens Closet With New Film at Asian Project Market

Writer/director Ray Yeung was reading about Hong Kong men in the 60-70 age group that were married and in the closet and decided to interview some of them. The interviews crystallized into the screenplay for “Suk Suk,” one of the projects vying for coin at the Busan Asian Project Market.

The film will follow two men in their twilight years who must choose between their love for each other and the families they have nurtured.

Yeung’s first feature, “Cut Sleeve Boys,” premiered at Rotterdam in 2006, won best feature at the Outfest Fusion Festival in Los Angeles and a best actor trophy for Chowee Leow at the Madrid Lgbt Film Festival. His second feature, “Front Cover,” won a slew of awards including best screenplay for Yeung at the FilmOut San Diego Lgbt Film Festival 2016, the audience award at the Boston Asian American Film Festival and the jury award for best domestic feature at the Outflix Film Festival
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters wraps production

Just a few days after giving us our first glimpse of the titular kaiju in the sequel, director Michael Dougherty has now taken to Twitter to announce that filming has wrapped on Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the follow-up to 2014’s Godzilla reboot, and the third chapter of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse. Dougherty made the announcement with the following tweets:

Last day. @GodzillaMovie pic.twitter.com/r0UMnTiYt7

Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) September 26, 2017

That's a wrap. Thank you to my amazing cast and crew. @GodzillaMovie pic.twitter.com/foSQth8vYX

Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) September 27, 2017

Godzilla: King of the Monsters follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species — thought to be mere myths — rise again,
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Get a glimpse of Godzilla with King of the Monsters behind-the-scenes photo

Deep into production on Godzilla: King of the Monsters, director Michael Dougherty has taken to Twitter to share a behind-the-scenes photo from the set of the upcoming sequel, which features a cockpit in front of a projection of the legendary kaiju, presumably as a stand-in for the actor(s) to react to. Check it out here…

See Also: Godzilla: King of the Monsters director teases connection to original 1954 Godzilla

Godzilla: King of the Monsters follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species — thought to be mere myths — rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set for release on March 22nd,
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‘Escape Plan 3’: China’s Max Zhang Joins Sylvester Stallone Sequel

‘Escape Plan 3’: China’s Max Zhang Joins Sylvester Stallone Sequel
Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista will be joined by China’s Max Zhang in “Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station.” The film is the third in the “Escape Plan” prison break franchise produced by Emmett Furla Oasis.

The new movie sees Stallone and Bautista’s characters again join forces to break out one of their team members from an inescapable prison. The pic is directed by John Herzfeld (“Death and Life of Bobby Z,” “15 Minutes”) from Miles Chapman and John Herzfeld’s script.

The film is now beginning principal photography. Lionsgate will release the completed picture.
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Wong Kar-wai to Direct Crime Drama ‘Tong Wars’ for Amazon

In the handful of years since his last feature, we’ve been teased with a variety of potential future projects from In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express director Wong Kar-wai. Most recently, there was a Gucci biopic for Annapurna and a TV series in China. Although those haven’t come to fruition yet, it looks like a new one will.

Four years ago while on the press tour for The Grandmaster, the director said, “I’ve always wanted to make a film about the Tong Wars, the rioting and the crime factions in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the early part of the last century.” Well, he’s now going to get his chance, albeit not in the initially-desired form.

Amazon Studios has announced Wong Kar-wai will direct Tong Wars, an hour-long drama series written and executive produced by Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco, The Good German), Variety reports.
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Wong Kar-wai Directing ‘Tong Wars’ for Amazon, Because Jeff Bezos Is in the Mood for Love

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Wong Kar-wai Directing ‘Tong Wars’ for Amazon, Because Jeff Bezos Is in the Mood for Love
Winter is coming…to Amazon. Variety has the details on several new series coming to the streaming platform, which is hoping to “find shows that deliver sizzle in the water-cooler environs of social media and can travel around the world” in much the same way that “Game of Thrones” does. The most exciting of these projects is “Tong Wars,” which will be directed by Wong Kar-wai.

Read More:Lush New Video Essay Compares ‘Moonlight’ With the Masterworks of Wong Kar-Wai — Watch

Beloved by cinephiles for such films as “In the Mood for Love” and “Chungking Express,” the Hong Kong helmer is the latest world-renowned auteur to try his hand at small-screen drama. The period piece will be written by Paul Attanasio (“Quiz Show,” “Donnie Brasco”) and, according to Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, is “a very compelling show.” It’s also described as “a prime example of a period piece that
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters director teases connection to original 1954 Godzilla

As production continues on Godzilla: King of the Monsters, director Michael Dougherty has taken to Twitter to share the following image, which features an interesting connection with Toho’s original 1954 movie…

Godzilla fans will recognise the above as the Oxygen Destroyer, a weapon designed by Dr. Serizawa which is used to kill the King of the Monsters in the original film.

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Dougherty is teasing the death of Godzilla: it’s possible that the Oxygen Destroyer could be used against one of the other kaiju in the film, or perhaps even a hint towards the creation of Destoroyah, the main antagonist in 1995’s Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

See Also: Trailer for the Godzilla: Monster Planet anime feature film

Godzilla: King of the Monsters follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters,
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters viral image teases Mothra

As production continues on the MonsterVerse sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the official Monarch Twitter account has shared a new viral image teasing the appearance of the classic Godzilla villain Mothra with a stone carving featuring the Temple of the Moth; check it out here…

Mothra will be joined in the sequel by two more of the King of the Monsters’ biggest foes in Rodan and King Ghidorah.

See Also: Godzilla vs. Kong director discusses size difference between the two monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set for release on March 22nd, 2019 and sees Michael Dougherty (Krampus) directing returning Godzilla stars Sally Hawkins (Dr. Vivienne Graham) and Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ishiro Serizawa), and new additions Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones
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The Final Master Arrives on Digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD July 25th

Haofeng Xu (screenwriter of The Grandmaster) writes and directs the action-packed martial arts drama The Final Master, available on digital,

Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD July 25 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Liao Fan (Let the Bullet’s Fly), Jiang Wenli (Farewell My Concubine), Chin Shi-Chieh (The Guillotines), Song Jia (Falling Flowers) and Song Yang (The Sword’s Identity) star in the story of a Wing Chun master who must defeat eight martial arts schools in order to open his own school, but he becomes a chess piece in the local power dynamics. Bonus content includes a featurette on the Director and a look at “The Weapons” used in the film.

The Final Master won Best Action Choreography at the 2015 Golden Horse Film Festival and was named a Film of Merit in 2016 from the Shanghai Film Critics Awards.

In 1930s China, unrest rules the nation. Chen, the last Wing Chun master,
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Xu Haofeng’s “The Final Master” screening at Fantasia International Film Festival

Adapting a script based on the life of the last Wing Chun master’s quest to pass down his art in pre-wwii China, Xu Haofeng (the writer of “The Grandmaster) decided to use an original style of narrative in order to separate his film from the plethora of similar productions coming out of Hong Kong at the moment. Let us find out if he succeeded.

The Final Master” is part of the Asian selection at Fantasia International Film Festival

Wing Chun grandmaster Chen is the last practitioner of the art after his master died. As he tries to keep Wing Chun alive, he also tries to fulfill his master’s dream, to open a dojo in Tianjin, the “capital” of the martial worlds in the 1930’s Shanghai. In his mission, he has the help of Master Zheng, a board member of the Tianjin Martial Art’s Committee, who is considered
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Review. Caged In—Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled"

For anyone who's seen Don Siegel's sensational 1971 adaptation of The Beguiled, drawn from Thomas P. Cullinan’s gothic novel A Painted Devil, it's not hard to see why Sofia Coppola would be attracted to the material. From her debut feature, The Virgin Suicides, Coppola has had a lingering interest in the lives of women trapped by circumstance in one way or another, which the story—set in an all-girls boarding school in Virginia three years into the Civil War—ably extends. But while Coppola's vision is predictably sharp in the way that it tackles the story's sexual politics and laser-like focus on feminine desire, the film also feels flattened, its underlying lurid, psychosexual appeal absorbed into a kind of dreamy gossamer haze.Immediately, the opening—the ornate pink curlicues of the title card; the figure of a small girl walking alone along the forest path framed by dense foliage,
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