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‘Mulan’ Star Liu Yifei’s Social Media Support of Hong Kong Police Inspires Call to #BoycottMulan

‘Mulan’ Star Liu Yifei’s Social Media Support of Hong Kong Police Inspires Call to #BoycottMulan
The latest star to speak out in support of the Hong Kong police force during continued mass anti-government protests that have swept through the city in recent weeks: newly minted live-action “Mulan” star Liu Yifei (also known as Crystal Liu). Variety reports that the Chinese-born actress recently shared “a Chinese propaganda post in support of the police crackdown on mass anti-government protests in Hong Kong,” a choice that has drawn ire from many, inspiring a call to #BoycottMulan.

Variety reports that on the “Twitter-like Weibo social media platform, where Liu has nearly 66 million followers,” the Disney star shared an “image from the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, that reads ‘I support the Hong Kong police; you can beat me up now’ in Chinese and ‘What a shame for Hong Kong’ below in English. She also reiterated campaign’s hashtag: ‘I also support the Hong Kong Police’ with a heart and strong-arm emoji.
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The First Mulan Trailer Is Here! See Actress Liu Yifei in Disney's Live-Action Remake

The first trailer for Disney’s live-action Mulan is finally here!

Disney debuted the teaser during the Women’s World Cup final game on Sunday, four years after first announcing the project to remake the 1998 animated classic in 2015.

The trailer introduces the movie’s beautiful setting and heroine, Hua Mulan, showcasing her transformation from obedient daughter to China’s greatest warrior.

The live-action remake, which follows the original 1998 film, tells the story of Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, who steps in to take the place of her ailing father after the Emperor of China issues a decree
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Watch Disney's First Mulan Live-Action Movie Trailer

Our little baby is all grown up and saving China again! The first trailer for Disney's live-action reboot of its 1998 film Mulan was released on Sunday online and on Fox, during the live broadcast of the FIFA Women's World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands. Chinese actress Yifei Liu, 31, is playing the heroine in the new film, which like the animated original, is full of battle and other action sequences. "It is my duty to fight," Mulan says in the trailer. The actress is joined by the likes of Jet Li, who plays the Emperor. The two had also starred together in the 2008 movie The Forbidden Kingdom. Other Mulan cast...
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First Trailer for Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Gets Down to Business

Disney has released the very first Mulan teaser trailer, for the studio’s upcoming live-action remake of the beloved 1998 animated film. The story tells the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. It is of course based on the original Disney movie, but at its foundation the story is based on the narrative poem The Ballad of Mulan. Niki Caro (Whale Rider) directs this live-action update, which finds Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom) filling the title role of Hua Mulan and anchoring an entirely …
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Lethal Weapon 5 to Be Announced Soon with Joe Pesci Returning?

Lethal Weapon 5 to Be Announced Soon with Joe Pesci Returning?
Like many, if not most, action movie fans out there, I love director Richard Donner's original Lethal Weapon flick written by Shane Black and starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. I could take or leave most of the sequels, but it can't be argued that they are just as much fun as the original film, especially Lethal Weapon 2 which famously added Joe Pesci to the mix as Leo Getz. Anyhow, today we have word that the long-rumored and much-anticipated fifth entry in the franchise, fittingly titled Lethal Weapon 5 may be coming our way sooner than anyone expected. Hell, it might even begin shooting later this year!

This killer news (rumor) comes from MoiveHole who claim to have talked to "a pal who works in location management on various series, including Fox's" Lethal Waepon series, and the source told them this.

"Gibson, Glover, Pesci doing that. [The] script is super solid I heard.
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Official Trailer for NYC Indie 'Avenues' Directed by Michael Angarano

"Days like today, and meeting you - that's happiness, my friend." Gravitas Ventures has debuted an official trailer for an indie drama titled Avenues, which marks the feature directorial debut of Brooklyn-born actor Michael Angarano. This premiered at a festival back in 2017 but is just now getting a VOD release almost two years later. Set in New York City, Angarano also stars in this film as Max. On his birthday following the suicide of his brother, Max and his friend Peter wander the wintry streets (or the "avenues") of Manhattan contemplating life, livelihood, and what it means to be an adult. Like most indie dramas. Also starring Ari Graynor, Adelaide Clemens, John Robinson, and Greg Vrotsos. It might be a worthwhile little film. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Michael Angarano's Avenues, direct from YouTube: On his 25th birthday, Max attempts to distance himself ...
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in December 2018

Hulu has confirmed that several of its original series will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in December, including “Marvel’s Runaways” and “Into the Dark.” And there will also be new to Hulu seasons of some of your favorites shows from other networks, including “Killing Eve.”

Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Hulu appearances including the Oscar-winning “A Fish Called Wanda” and “Little Miss Sunshine.”

See Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in December

Available December 1


12 Dates of Christmas

A Christmas Tree Miracle

A Dog for Christmas

A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!

A Fish Called Wanda

A Fistful of Dollars

A Snow Globe Christmas

All Over the Guy

Angels & Demons

Apollo 13

Bad Girls From Mars

Barbie: A Perfect Christmas

Barbie and Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure

Barbie in a Christmas Carol

Best Seller

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Asian Distributor Tangren Cultural Film Turns 20

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So far in its short history, Tangren Cultural Film is little known outside the specialty film corner of its Australian home base. But splashy branding, useful give-aways, and an events program at the American Film Market in Santa Monica are aimed at quickly raising its profile.

That is in keeping with the leap to another level that Tangren is already engineering in Australasia and which it is planning next to take to North America.

The company was established last year in Australia, and initially operated as a marketing partner on Chinese movies acquired and released by other companies. Tangren’s unique selling point was its connection between advertisers and the diaspora populations of ethnic Chinese in Australian cities.

After getting its feet on the ground, Tangren took the decision to acquire rights on its own account and — after Madman Entertainment handled its first two titles — to operate as a distributor in its own right.
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First Look At Disney’s Mulan – In Theaters March 27, 2020.

Mulan (Yifei Liu) Photo: Stephen Tilley © 2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Production on Disney’s “Mulan,” a live-action adaptation of the studio’s 1998 animated feature, has begun.

The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China and will open in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020.

Liu Yifei was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. Joining her in the film are: Donnie Yen (“Star Wars: Rogue One”); Jason Scott Lee; Yoson An (“The Meg”); Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Pitch Perfect”); Ron Yuan (“Marco Polo”); Tzi Ma (“Arrival”); Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Cheng Pei-Pei; Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li and Jet Li.

Mulan” is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet.
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Mulan Comes to Life in First Official Image as Filming Starts on Live-Aciton Film

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Cameras have started rolling on Disney's upcoming live-action adapation of Mulan and they've released our first look at the titular heroine. Come inside to take a gander!

It's crazy to think it's been 20 years since the animated Mulan film hit the big screen. Two decades later and filming on a live-action version of the story is now underway. To mark the event, Disney has released the first official image of Liu Yifei as the heroine herself, and she looks great:

Liu Yifei was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. Joining her in the film are: Donnie Yen (“Star Wars: Rogue One”); Jason Scott Lee; Yoson An (“The Meg”); Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Pitch Perfect”); Ron Yuan (“Marco Polo”); Tzi Ma (“Arrival”); Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Cheng Pei-Pei; Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li and Jet Li.

Mulan” is the epic adventure of a
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Disney Reveals First Look at Live-Action 'Mulan'

Disney Reveals First Look at Live-Action 'Mulan'
Disney has shared a first look at 'Mulan,' the live-action adaptation of its 1998 animated film.

The picture shows Yifei Liu, star of 'The Forbidden Kingdom' and 'Once Upon a Time,' who was cast as Hua Mulan following a yearlong global casting search.

As with the 1998 animated feature, the adventure centers on a fearless young woman in ancient China who masquerades as a man to fight attacking invaders.

The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China and will open in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020.

The cast also includes Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, and Yoson An, who is currently in theaters with 'The Meg.'

'Mulan' is being directed by Niki Caro ('Whale Rider,' 'McFarland USA') from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver ('Jurassic World'), and Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek.

Disney’s animated 'Mulan' starred Ming-Na Wen, Miguel Ferrer, and Eddie Murphy and was nominated for an Oscar and two Golden Globes.

Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Casts Jet Li and Gong Li in Major Change from Animated Film

After first signing Niki Caro (Whale Rider) to direct back in February 2017, Disney’s live-action Mulan is now finally moving towards a production start-date. After a lengthy search for the lead, Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom) was cast in the titular role in November, and yesterday Donnie Yen signed on to play Mulan’s mentor Commander Tung. Now THR reports that Jet Li and Gong Li have joined the cast as well, with Gong Li filling the villain role in what marks a major departure from the 1998 animated film. Chinese actress Gong Li is one of …
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Netflix's Highwaymen Begins Shooting with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson

Netflix announced today that The Highwaymen from director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks, The Founder) commenced principal photography in Louisiana. The cast is led by Academy Award winner Kevin Costner (Molly's Game, Hidden Figures), Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Hunger Games series), Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (Disjointed, The Blind Side), John Carroll Lynch (The Founder, American Horror Story), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, Fear the Walking Dead (tv series)), Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Kong: Skull Island), and William Sadler (Power (tv series), The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist).

Based on true events, this story follows Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and ex-partner Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson), who are drawn out of retirement in a last-ditch effort to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde. The project had been in development for several years, with Paul Newman and
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Greenlit: Disney Finds its Mulan, Two Second Seasons + More Projects That Will Need Actors

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Mulan”Under the direction of CD Debra Zane, the 2019 live-action remake of Disney’s “Mulan” has filled its titular role. Chinese actor and singer Liu Yifei, known also as Crystal Liu, will play the bold warrior in the film, which will be directed by Niki Caro. The actor won out over thousands of potential stars, and has been seen in “The Forbidden Kingdom” and “Ip Man 3.” The announcement comes after Lion King’s reboot cast was just announced, and “Dumbo” is the most recent live-action remake to be in production. Now that “Mulan” has its star, it's likely the casting process will continue down the roster of characters with Zane leading the way.
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The Week in Movie News: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Trailer, Disney Finds 'Mulan' Remake Star and More

Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   Big News Marvel has 20 more movies already planned: Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige revealed this week that in addition to the currently known 22 titles, there are 20 more installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in various planning stages. Read more here and see the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War below.   Great News Disney's Mulan finds its star: Chinese actress Liu Yifei (aka Christal Liu), best known in America for The Forbidden Kingdom, has been cast in the lead title role in Disney's live-action remake of Mulan. Read more here.   Awards Buzz The Post and Get Out are already big winners: Awards...

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Mulan: Disney live action remake dated for 2020

Simon Brew Mar 2, 2018

The new Mulan movie won't be with us for two years...

Disney has now officially given a release date - in the Us at least - to the new live action take on Mulan. It's been officially date for March 27th 2020, just over two years away. More on the movie as we get it...

January 2018

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
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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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Liu Yifei to Star in Niki Caro’s Live-Action “Mulan”

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Mulan” has found its leading lady. Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has booked the high-profile role, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” helmer Niki Caro is directing Disney’s live-action remake of the beloved animated film.

The worldwide search to find “Mulan’s” star took a year. “A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English, and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality,” THR writes. “In deference to cultural accuracy, the studio focused on locating an ethnically Chinese young woman to play Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to take her father’s army conscription in fifth-century China.”

Liu is well-known in China. Her English-language credits “The Forbidden Kingdom” and “Outcast.” “The Assassins,” “Never Gone” and “The Four” trilogy are among her other credits.
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Say Hello to Liu Yifei, the Star of Disney's Live-Action Mulan Adaptation

Image Source: Everett Collection and Getty / Pascal Le Segretain After months of searching, Disney has finally unveiled the actress who will bring the iconic role of Hua Mulan to life in its live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated classic: Liu Yifei! For any fans who were nervous that Disney might attempt to whitewash the character, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The 30-year-old (who also goes by the name Crystal Liu) hails from the Wuhan, Hubei, province of China, but is fluent in English from time spent living in Queens, NY, during part of her childhood. Like the studio's exhaustive search for the stars of its live-action Aladdin movie, Yifei went up against more than 1,000 actresses for the role. It's obvious that both Disney and director Niki Caro saw something special in Yifei, who already has a pretty lengthy résumé. The actress grew up singing, dancing, and playing the
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Disney Finds Its Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Star in Chinese Actress Crystal Liu

Disney Finds Its Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Star in Chinese Actress Crystal Liu
Walt Disney Pictures has today announced that its found its newest star to lead its long-gestating live-action “Mulan” feature film, directed by Niki Caro. Per an official press release, Chinese actress Liu Yifei (also known as Crystal Liu) has been cast as the eponymous lead in the film, “which is inspired by both the legendary ballad and the Disney animated classic.”

The multi-talented actress is well-known in her native China, where she has been modeling since the age of 8, in addition to training in singing, dancing, and playing the piano. While Liu moved to the United States at the age of 10, she returned to China in 2002 to pursue her acting and modeling career. Trained at the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy, Liu has appeared on both television and in film. She’s best known to domestic audiences for her roles in films like “Ip Man 3” and “The Forbidden Kingdom.
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