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‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ director Tobe Hooper passes away

Movie director Tobe Hooper, best known for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist horror films, died in California on Saturday, US media reported. He was 74.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/28 18:13:39

‘Hitman’ stays on top

Hampered by a hurricane and a high-profile boxing match, weekend box-office results in North America were the slowest in nearly 16 years, allowing previous leader The Hitman's Bodyguard to hold its top spot with an unimpressive $10.1 million take.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/28 18:03:40

Hong Kong director Wong Jing brings last of ‘Color’ gangster trilogy to Chinese mainland

Hong Kong gangster films once had a strong following in the Chinese mainland, but the genre has lost some of its lustre in recent years as more and more Hollywood blockbusters and mainland films have been grabbing moviegoers' attention.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/24 18:23:39

‘Dunkirk’ comes to Chinese mainland but faces an uncertain fate

Dunkirk, the hit war film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, is finally coming to the Chinese mainland. While the film was able to crush the competition when it premiered in the US in late July, now that it is facing a group of Chinese moviegoers who have little knowledge of the Battle of Dunkirk, it is unsure whether the reputation of the director or the high reviews from Western audiences and critics will help push ticket sales in the Chinese mainland.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/23 18:28:39

Luc Besson seeks salvation for sci-fi film ‘Valerian’ in Chinese mainland

It has been nearly two months since the last English-language blockbuster debuted in the Chinese mainland. But starting this Friday, imported films are set to take on the mainland market once again, with Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets leading the charge.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/21 18:43:39

'Hitman' bumps off 'Logan Lucky' to win N.American box-office

Two new movies - The Hitman's Bodyguard and Logan Lucky - soared to the top three in North American theaters this weekend, with Lucky scoring well with critics, but Hitman far luckier in ticket sales.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/21 17:53:39

‘Wolf Warrior 2’ leads the pack

Chinese action blockbuster Wolf Warrior 2 dominated the Chinese mainland box office over its fourth weekend by taking in 152.29 million yuan ($22.8 million).
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/21 17:48:39

Investors in Chinese IP adaptations turning to patriotic and realistic stories

Online fantasy literature has probably been the hottest source of TV and film adaptations in China in recent years. However, with the recent success of more realistic and patriotic fare such as anti-graft TV series In the Name of People and military action flick Wolf Warrior 2, currently the highest-earning film ever in China, that trend may be changing.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/20 17:58:39

Chinese netizens praise new manga anime film for its 'hooray of Japan’s defeat'

Chinese netizens have applauded the latest new episode of animation of the Japanese manga Doraemon series in which the leading characters hooray for the defeat of Japan in World War II, calling it "brave and a just view of history."
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/17 22:08:39

'M:I6' shoot halted as star Tom Cruise breaks ankle in stunt

Mission: Impossible 6 has halted filming after Tom Cruise broke his ankle in a botched stunt, the director confirmed Wednesday, while vowing not to push the film's release date back
Source: AFP | 2017/8/17 17:28:40

One last time

Daniel Craig, the British actor who famously complained he'd rather slash his wrists than play James Bond a fifth time, has finally confirmed he's returning as 007 after all... one last time.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/17 17:28:39

China blockbuster breaks into top 100 grossing films worldwide

Fresh from shattering China's box-office record, patriotic blockbuster Wolf Warrior 2 has claimed another slice of history by becoming the first non-Hollywood film to break into the top 100 all-time grossing movies worldwide.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/17 17:23:39

To enjoy the Chinese film Wolf Warrior II, shed your biases

Wolf Warrior II, an action film written by, directed by and staring Chinese actor Wu Jing, has become the first non-Hollywood movie ever to crack the list of 100 global box office champions, a dose of Chinese kung fu to Western-dominant movie markets.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 12:02:45

Out the door

India's film industry Monday welcomed the departure of the country's chief film censor, who had stoked controversy by axing James Bond's kissing scenes and briefly blocking the release of a movie for being too "lady-oriented."
Source: AFP | 2017/8/15 18:08:39

Hollywood hears howls at the door as Chinese action flick ‘Wolf Warrior II’ rakes in $650 million in a single market

If Hollywood hears a wolf at the door, it may well be Chinese director-producer-star turned wolfpack leader Wu Jing, whose recent effort, Wolf Warrior II, has gobbled up the competition to become a genuine cultural phenomenon, not only in China, but also in Hollywood.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/14 17:28:39

‘Annabelle’ leads box office

Horror, war or animal-centered comedy - take your pick. This weekend, horror prevailed on North American movie screens, with "scary as hell" film Annabelle: Creation pulling in $35 million in its first week out, more than paying off the $15 million Warner Bros spent on it, analysts said.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/14 17:23:39

‘Comfort women’ documentary focuses on victims as individuals

In the spirit of remembering the tragedies of the past in the hopes they will never happen again, a documentary featuring 22 Chinese "comfort women" premiered in Chinese mainland theaters Monday, which also marks the International Memorial Day for "Comfort Women."
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/13 17:53:40

Netflix discussing keeping Disney’s Marvel, ‘Star Wars’ films

Netflix Inc is in “active discussions” with Walt Disney Co about keeping Marvel and Star Wars films after 2019, when new Disney and Pixar movies will stop appearing on the streaming service, a senior executive said late on Thursday.
Source: Reuters | 2017/8/13 17:28:39