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Charlie's Angels Reboot Begins Shooting This Spring

Charlie's Angels are reportedly going to be back in action very soon. Sony has been, in a somewhat under the radar fashion, developing a reboot of the Charlie's Angels franchise. Things have been a bit quiet, but it sounds like the project is coming together behind-the-scenes and will begin shooting this Spring, starting on April 18. Filming is expected to take place in Budapest, Hungary, which has become a popular filming location in recent years.

Everyone is on the hunt for a big franchise right now and Sony could certainly use one. While they've got their Spider-Man spin-offs like Venom and Silver and Black coming down the pipeline, their success is far from guaranteed. Not only that, but now actually seems like possibly the perfect time for a Charlie's Angels reboot, given the success of female-driven movies right now. If Sony executes this in the right way, this could be a
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LeEco chief Jia Yueting defies order to return to China

LeEco owns Le Vision Pictures, which has invested in The Great Wall and Gods Of Egypt.

Source: LeEco

Jia Yueting, the founder of Chinese technology firm LeEco, has not returned to China before the end of 2017, despite being ordered to do so by Chinese financial regulators.

According to Chinese press reports, Jia has defied the December 31 deadline, set by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (Csrc), to return to China to deal with financial problems at LeEco’s Shenzhen-listed subsidiary Leshi Internet Information & Technology Co.

Jia’s wife Gan Wei posted on her Weibo social media account on Sunday (December 31) that she had returned to China “with a mission” and tagged her location as Beijing Capital International Airport. However, Jia’s whereabouts are still unknown, although in recent months he has been living in California where he heads up ailing electric car company Faraday Future.

Jia has reportedly said that if he leaves the Us,
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LeEco chief Jia Yueting defies order to return to China

LeEco owns Le Vision Pictures, which has invested in The Great Wall and Gods Of Egypt.

Source: LeEco

Jia Yueting, the founder of Chinese technology firm LeEco, has not returned to China before the end of 2017, despite being ordered to do so by Chinese financial regulators.

According to Chinese press reports, Jia has defied the December 31 deadline, set by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (Csrc), to return to China to deal with financial problems at LeEco’s Shenzhen-listed subsidiary Leshi Internet Information & Technology Co.

Jia’s wife Gan Wei posted on her Weibo social media account on Sunday (December 31) that she had returned to China “with a mission” and tagged her location as Beijing Capital International Airport. However, Jia’s whereabouts are still unknown, although in recent months he has been living in California where he heads up ailing electric car company Faraday Future.

Jia has reportedly said that if he leaves the Us, he won’t be allowed
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Holds Off ‘Jumanji’ on New Year’s Weekend

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Holds Off ‘Jumanji’ on New Year’s Weekend
In a battle of box office heavyweights, Luke Skywalker just managed to hold off Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the world rang in another year.

Disney and LucasFilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” retained first place for the four-day New Year’s holiday weekend despite steep competition from Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” “Last Jedi” picked up an estimated $68.4 million, bringing its domestic haul to $533.1 million.

Don’t weep for “Jumanji,” however. The fantasy reboot, which finds Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart transported into a video game world, has outperformed expectations, picking up a lordly $66.5 million over the holiday weekend. It now has a hefty $185.7 million domestic gross and should continue to draw crowds in 2018. The “Jumanji” sequel has also done well internationally, racking up $350 million worldwide, and has provided a much-needed hit for a studio that has struggled to keep pace with the Disney’s and Warner Bros.’s of the world
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The Most Disappointing/Worst Films of 2017... In My Opinion

I like a lot of different kinds of movies. I truly do enjoy the movie-going experience. That is why I write a lot of positive reviews. There are a lot of films out there that I enjoy that a lot of people don't. For example, you might find films like The Dark Tower, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and Ghost in the Shell on a lot of people's "worst of the year" lists. These are films that I actually enjoyed. Yeah, they weren't masterpieces, but I was still entertained by them. 

It takes a lot for me not to like a movie. To make my list of worst films, the movie pretty much has to annoy the hell out of me. The ten films listed below managed to do that. These films made me squirm in my seat and cringe as I watched them.
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'Downsizing' Box Office a Rare Miss for Alexander Payne

'Downsizing' Box Office a Rare Miss for Alexander Payne
Acclaimed filmmaker Alexander Payne and Paramount may have bet big on Downsizing, but the movie is doing miniature-like business at the year-end holiday box office.

If the R-rated satirical comedy doesn't make a miraculous recovery, it will mark the first major miss of Payne's career, whose past films include prestige titles Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways, About Schmidt and Election.

Downsizing is also the third movie in a row starring Matt Damon that's disappointed in North America after 2017 titles Suburbicon, directed by Damon's longtime collaborator, George Clooney, and The Great Wall. Prior to that, Damon turned out box-office...
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Matt Damon’s No Good, Very Bad Year at the Box Office

Matt Damon’s No Good, Very Bad Year at the Box Office
“Downsizing” may be the most appropriate title to cap off a dismal 2017 at the box office for Matt Damon.

The Alexander Payne dramedy launched quietly with $425,000 from Thursday previews at approximately 1,900 North American locations. “Downsizing” expanded to 2,668 sites on Friday and wound up sixth place with $2 million (including the preview grosses). That gives it an unimpressive $6.9 million projection for the four days.

That’s a meager taking for “Downsizing’s” $65 million budget for the film produced by Megan Ellison, Mark Johnson, Payne, and Jim Taylor. Reviews for the movie, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, have also been mixed, with a 52% Rotten Tomatoes score for the near-future story of a couple who agree to be shrunk to five inches so they can start a new life in an experimental community. The film also received an unimpressive C CinemaScore.

Still, the film was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten
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The Truffles – The 2017 HeyUGuys Alternative Movie Awards

Author: Jon Lyus

Welcome to the annual HeyUGuys alternative movie awards – The Truffles 2017!

As is tradition we asked our writers to give their own bespoke awards of the year, and the are collected here as a choice selection of celebrations and condemnations. The very best of the year lining up against the critical wall with the very worst. These are the films we loved and the ones we hated, the performances that flew under the radar and those which were off the charts awful. We are shining our spotlight on the good, the bad and the emoji movie.

In every year there is much to enjoy, and we firmly hope that some of these choices will prompt you to catch up with the hidden gems of the year. We also hope to steer you away from some of the poorest offerings in the annual basket.

We also wanted to take
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Matt Damon Talks Bald Cap Vs. Man Bun & Holiday Traditions With His Wife Luciana Barroso (Exclusive)

Matt Damon Talks Bald Cap Vs. Man Bun & Holiday Traditions With His Wife Luciana Barroso (Exclusive)
Matt Damon is no stranger to out-there hairstyles. After rocking a man bun in his 2016 film, The Great Wall, Damon went bald in his new movie Downsizing. Well, sort of…

Damon, 47, opened up to Et’s Nischelle Turner at a press junket for the film on Monday, talking about the bald cap he wore and how his family reacted to the two looks.

“They actually were there when we shot that, so I let my little kids come,” the father of four explained. “When we took off the bald cap -- it took about four hours to put on -- when we took it off, you could just kind of tear it.”

As for man bun vs. bald cap, Damon said, “Well, because when I came home the man bun was just, we had to put it into a man bun, but, no, they thought that was really funny. So that was probably [the bigger hit]. The bald cap was kind
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Matt Damon Talks Bald Cap Vs. Man Bun, Talks Holiday Traditions With His Wife Luciana Barroso (Exclusive)

Matt Damon Talks Bald Cap Vs. Man Bun, Talks Holiday Traditions With His Wife Luciana Barroso (Exclusive)
Matt Damon is no stranger to out-there hairstyles. After rocking a man bun in his 2016 film, The Great Wall, Damon went bald in his new movie Downsizing. Well, sort of…

Damon, 47, opened up to Et’s Nischelle Turner at a press junket for the film on Monday, talking about the bald cap he wore and how his family reacted to the two looks.

“They actually were there when we shot that, so I let my little kids come,” the father of four explained. “When we took off the bald cap -- it took about four hours to put on -- when we took it off, you could just kind of tear it.”

As for man bun vs. bald cap, Damon said, “Well, because when I came home the man bun was just, we had to put it into a man bun, but, no, they thought that was really funny. So that was probably [the bigger hit]. The bald cap was kind
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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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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: The Year So Far

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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.Over the last few years it has become increasingly easy to see mainstream Asian films in North America at the same time they are released in their home countries. Thanks to partnerships with small, international distributors, the major multiplex chains (AMC, Cinemark, Regal) have devoted a handful of screens in major markets to showing new releases from India, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most of these titles fall under the radar of both critics and audiences outside the diasporic communities to which they are targeted. They play for a week or two and then disappear, outside of a handful of breakout titles. Last year Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid made headlines for its high per-screen averages in North America as it shattered domestic box office records in China.
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Murder on the Orient Express movie review: strangers on a train

MaryAnn’s quick take… Doubly dated, lacking in humor and subtext, its impressive cast deliberately underutilized, this is little more than an exercise in gorgeous production design. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): saw no need for another production

I can’t recall if I’ve read the source material (I might have as a teenager in my classic-mystery phase, but if so, clearly it didn’t stick)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here’s the biggest mystery of director and star Kenneth Branagh’s opulent period mounting of the 1934 Agatha Christie novel: Why? Who was clamoring for yet another retelling of a story that has been told onscreen — both the big and small screens — several times already, and as recently as 2010 in the beloved television series starring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot? Why bother to tell this story
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Afm: Bloom Poised to Pick up Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’

Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom is in advanced talks to pick up international sales rights to “Shadow,” the upcoming historical adventure from leading Chinese director Zhang Yimou (“Hero,” “The Great Wall”).

The film, set in the Three Kingdoms era, began filming in March and wrapped in July. It is the tentpole release for 2018 from Perfect Village Entertainment, the merged company set up in June by Perfect World Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Endeavor. It was co-produced by Le Vision Pictures.

Scripted by Zhang and Wei Li, the film stars Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Guan Xiaotong, Wang Qianyuan, Wu Lei, Hu Jun and Wang Jingchu. Production is by Ellen Eliasoph and Catherine Pang.

Endeavor, previously known as Wme | Img, was a minority equity investor in Perfect Village. In August it bought a majority stake in Bloom.

Related storiesWME-img Buys Majority Stake in Film Sales-Finance Company Bloom'Great Wall' Director Zhang Yimou Starts
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Box Office Plays Dead: Is Audience Distracted by Netflix and Baseball?

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Box Office Plays Dead: Is Audience Distracted by Netflix and Baseball?
Once again the weekend box office fell short of even the most dire predictions. This pre-Halloween weekend looks to be the second worst of the year. Initial tallies total $72 million. That’s down about 20 per cent from last year, which was the worst weekend of 2016.

Read More:The Dead Zone: Why Halloween Is One of the Worst Box-Office Weekends Three New Flops

This isn’t due to a lack of new product. Three studios released wide films this weekend: “Jigsaw,” Lionsgate’s eighth time around for the “Saw” franchise; George Clooney’s badly-reviewed “Suburbicon” from Paramount; and Middle- America-targeted “Thank You for Your Service” from Universal.

Only “Jigsaw” showed a pulse, though at $16,250,000 it’s the lowest (ticket price adjusted) opening in the series. The earlier annual Halloween efforts (from 2004-2010) ranged from slightly better to $44 million. The most recent, “Saw 3D” debuted at $25 million.

The other two newbies
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Matt Damon vs. Jimmy Kimmel! The Definitive History of Their Epic Twelve-Year Feud

Matt Damon vs. Jimmy Kimmel! The Definitive History of Their Epic Twelve-Year Feud
One of the funniest and longest-running late night talk show bits started with a simple premise — Jimmy Kimmel just didn’t have time for Matt Damon.

The Oscars host has been one-half of the hilarious twelve-year feud with Damon that has even seen their famous friends join in on the gag. But Kimmel didn’t mean to start a decade-long beef with Damon — he just wanted to cheer himself up after a particularly bad early episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“We had a bad show … The guests were bad, and I was feeling pretty bad about myself at the end of the program,
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First Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer Is Larger Than Life

Ten years have passed since Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi’s heroes channeled their inner Stacker Pentecost and canceled the apocalypse, but the years have not been kind to the Ppdc’s (Pan Pacific Defense Corps) Jaeger program.

Written off as a costly and unnecessary endeavor once the Kaiju have been defeated, by the time Pacific Rim: Uprising begins, those towering mechs will ostensibly be collecting dust – that is, until those otherworldly creatures begin to claw their way back from beyond the Breach. And so, the Ppdc begins to mount a defense against yet another mass invasion.

Headed up by two Jaeger pilots – played here by John Boyega (The Force Awakens) and Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad) – the Mark VI fleet of Pacific Rim: Uprising is armed to the teeth with WMDs and other bells and whistles. Heck, one could even argue that each bipedal Jaeger is a Wmd in and of itself,
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Willem Dafoe On What He Learned From Working With Non-Actors on ‘The Florida Project’ — Exclusive

Willem Dafoe On What He Learned From Working With Non-Actors on ‘The Florida Project’ — Exclusive
Willem Dafoe is a yogi when it comes to career dexterity. He’s equally comfortable in big, flashy blockbusters as ambitious, auteur-driven projects, juggling leading and supporting roles with ease. By the time he’s spotted in a misfire, he’s already got a gem in the pipeline. “The Florida Project” represents one of his most engaging performances in years, and makes him an Oscar frontrunner for best supporting actor, but it’a also a fraction of his recent output.

Two months before the Cannes premiere of “The Florida Project,” in which he’s the only veteran in a cast dominated by non-professionals, he surfaced in a cartoonish role opposite Matt Damon in the international blockbuster “The Great Wall,” and landed in two Netflix genre films — “What Happened to Monday” and “Death Note” — before the end of the summer. As “The Florida Project” finally comes out in U.S. theaters,
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Wrinkle in Time Gets Game of Thrones Composer

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Wrinkle in Time Gets Game of Thrones Composer
Disney's adaptation A Wrinkle in Time is shaping up to be one of next year's most highly-anticipated films, as fans wait for the next batch of footage following the first A Wrinkle in Time trailer that dropped at the D23 Expo back in July. There has been no confirmation as to when the next footage may arrive, but director Ava DuVernay just recently dropped an interesting piece of news on social media, confirming that Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi has come aboard to do the score. The director included a photo of herself alongside the composer in the editing bay, where fans can get a new glimpse of Storm Reid's pivotal character Meg Murry.

The director revealed on social media that she has "listened to his music for years and swooned," before confirming that he will compose the score for A Wrinkle in Time. It's possible that the
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Scott Eastwood Suits Up as a Jaeger Pilot in New Pacific Rim Uprising Poster

A couple new posters have been released for director Steven S. DeKight's Pacific Rim Uprising. One of the posters offers us our first good look at Scott Eastwood in the film. As you can see, he's all suited up and ready to ride into battle piloting his Jaeger the Gypsy Avenger. He and John Boyega's characters are co-pilots in the story. We got our first poster featuring Boyega's character earlier this week. I've also included another poster for the film that you can check out below. It's more of a stylized piece that comes with the tagline, "Rise Up".

It’s been ten years since The Battle of the Breach and the oceans are still, but restless. Vindicated by the victory at the Breach, the Jaeger program has evolved into the most powerful global defense force in human history. The Ppdc now calls upon the best and brightest to
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