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The Hunt: Trailer Arrives for Damon Lindelof Blumhouse Movie

Joseph Baxter Alec Bojalad Jul 15, 2019

Hillary Swank will star in The Hunt, a politically-themed action-thriller, from The Leftovers scribe Damon Lindelof and Blumhouse.

Damon Lindelof has dipped his scriptwriting toes into numerous acclaimed genre offerings, notably ABC television phenomenon Lost, HBO’s The Leftovers and films such as World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness and Prometheus. However, one of his upcoming projects, a film called The Hunt, will see him team with the horror maestros of Blumhouse Productions, designed to manifest as a political actioner.

The film is expected to carry on Blumhouse’s irreverent-ultraviolent-satirical political ribbing tradition, notably seen in The Purge film series, reports THR. The studio picked up the project in what was a reportedly competitive situation.

The Hunt Trailer

The first trailer for The Hunt has arrived:

Video of The Hunt - In Theaters September 27 (Private Hunting Experience) [HD] The Hunt Story

Here's the synopsis:

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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's Mulan Remake Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei in Lead Role

Disney's Mulan Remake Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei in Lead Role
Disney has finally found their leading lady for the live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated classic Mulan, with Chinese actress Liu Yifei coming aboard as the title character. The actress, who has also been known as Crystal Liu, has been selected after a year-long, worldwide casting search was conducted by the studio, which came after Disney promised an all-Asian cast back in October 2016. It seems that the studio is living up to that promise, but this new report reveals that it was quite an exhaustive search to find the right actress to play Mulan.

This report reveals that Disney enlisted five different casting directors who scoured the globe, who visited five different continents and saw over 1,000 actresses for the role. Among the primary requirements for the role were demonstrable martial arts skills, proficiency in the English language along with that intangible "star quality" that the studio has found in Liu Yifei.
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Disney Casts Chinese Star to Play Mulan

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Disney finally has their Mulan!  It was a long arduous journey to find her but the search has ended and they have chosen a rather sensational actress!  Find out more about her within!

Disney has had a lot of memorable characters, throughout their illustrious animated career.  However, few empowered young women as much as 1998's Mulan.  The chinese warrior who disguised herself as a man to fight in her father's army in 5th century China has been such an inspiration, Disney wanted to make sure they got the right woman to play her in their live-action adaptation.  They spared no expense in their search, traveling across 5 continents and seeing more than 1,000 actresses, but in the end they found their star.

According to a report by THR, Liu Yifie, also known as Crystal Liu in China, has been cast to play the title character in Disney's live-action Mulan.

If you're unfamiliar with Liu,
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Disney Has Cast Chinese Actress Liu Yifei as The Star of Mulan

Disney went out on a year-long worldwide hunt for the perfect actress to take on the lead role in their live-action adaptation of Mulan... and they found her! Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, will take on the lead role in the movie.

Disney and the creative team traveled to five continents and auditioned nearly 1,000 candidates for the role. They were looking for someone with "credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality." Variety goes on to explain why Liu was ultimately cast in the film saying:

In Liu, Disney found the complete package. Nicknamed "Fairy Sister" by the Chinese public for her pure and innocent looks and image, she has been one of the country's most popular actresses of the current generation since breaking out with a series of hit television dramas in the mid-2000s,
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Fear Street: Cast and Details on R.L. Stine Film Trilogy Adapations

Chris Longo Joseph Baxter Apr 25, 2019

Are you ready to return to Shadyside, Ohio? A film trilogy based on R.L. Stine's Fear Street books is in the works.

Goosebumps made you want to keep the nightlight on into the wee hours of the night. However, R.L. Stine’s other book series, Fear Street, was pure evil. Teenagers devoured it. The Prom Queen, The Cheater, The Best Friend. Fear Street could be any Main Street U.S.A, and that's what helped the book series become a best-selling sensation. With the popularity of the 2015 Goosebumps movie, it was only a matter of time before the Hollywood Machine, the big bad thing that goes bump in the night, scooped it up Stine's other popular series for a big screen adaptation.

Leigh Janiak was brought onboard to write and direct the trilogy of Fear Street film adaptations.

Fear Street Cast

Fear Street
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Numb Trailer Has Hayden Christensen Preparing for the Apocalypse

Numb Trailer Has Hayden Christensen Preparing for the Apocalypse
The Cannes Film Festival is currently in full swing in the south of France, and one of the movies being sold to worldwide buyers at the fest is Numb, At the Edge of the End. Vmi Worldwide has debuted the first trailer for this indie thriller, as it seeks international buyers at Cannes. The film doesn't have a release date in place yet, and it doesn't seem that the film has a domestic distributor quite yet, but that may change at the festival.

The story follows Kurt Matheson (Hayden Christensen) a war veteran with Ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder) who perceives that the end of the world is coming. After establishing a relationship with a dubious Messiah (Harvey Keitel), he leaves his normal life and begins the construction of a shelter underground, training himself in an extreme way, at the cost of losing everything. He soon makes people believe he is insane.
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Consider With Reservations: The Stars of Quantity Over Quality Cinema

The stars of yesterday now are making three films a year you never knew existed until they show up on Netflix.^ Real Movie ^

In my prior life as a script reader, I certainly read a lot of bad scripts, but at times, an even more common occurrence was a script that seemed to do a great many things right, but somehow fell just short of being something you wanted to champion as a movie. As draining as the terrible scripts were, there’s something pure about clear-cut bad. It takes little effort to explain why they’re unfit.

The real challenges were the scripts that had kind of a decent premise, kind of an okay twist or two, and a lead character who wasn’t bad so much as he or she was just… there. The raw materials are there for what Could be a script. They just happen to be assembled in the least compelling way
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‘The Great Wall’: Why The Matt Damon Whitewashing Is No Big Deal In China

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‘The Great Wall’: Why The Matt Damon Whitewashing Is No Big Deal In China
It seems reasonable to expect that a movie called “The Great Wall,” billed as the biggest production in China’s filmmaking history, would feature Chinese actors. Instead, when Universal and Legendary released the trailer for Zhang Yimou’s film, the first face viewers saw was that of the decidedly white Matt Damon, fighting monsters atop the Middle Kingdom’s most famous monument.

In America, it was a call to arms in the battle against whitewashing, that curious tendency to insert Caucasian faces where history tells us there were none. “We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world,” wrote comedian and “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu in a lengthy, impassioned statement posted to Twitter. “Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon.”

China had another take. There, the prevailing sentiment over the trespass on their national identity might best be described as a Whatevs.
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Nicolas Cage: examining his straight-to-dvd movies

Kirsten Howard Feb 24, 2017

Last year we watched ten of the recent straight-to-dvd films of Mr Nicolas Cage. Since then, he's made six more...

This article has been updated to include six new films: Dog Eat Dog, The Trust, USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage, Southern Fury, Army Of One and Vengeance: A Love Story.

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The first Nicolas Cage movie I saw wasn’t one of the cool ones. It wasn’t Wild At Heart, Raising Arizona or even Valley Girl. It was the Cher rom-com, Moonstruck.

My mum, having just gone through an acrimonious divorce, was trying to drum up the optimism to find love again, and apparently that involved watching a lot of rom-coms where an idealised – or at least intrinsically whimsical
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The Trust review: “A dark, twisted and fun thrill ride”

The Trust review: Nicolas Cage returns to the screen opposite Elijah Wood in this dark comedy that debut feature directors Alex and Benjamin Brewer.

The Trust review by Awais Irfan, May 2016.

The Trust review

After a whole string of bad films, from Outcast to Left Behind to The Runner, the once-great Nicolas Cage really needed a good role in a good film to perhaps give him sort of redemption and show the world that not all hope is lost with his career. His latest project, the bad-cop crime film The Trust is just that; taking him back to his Leaving Las Vegas roots, this slick and competent thriller is Cage’s first good film since 2013’s remarkable Joe – a dark, twisted and fun thrill ride.

When police officer Jim Stone (Nicolas Cage) notices an unusually high bail receipt for a drugs bust, he begins to devise a plan to find
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Filming wraps on the largest ever Chinese-Australian co-pro starring Li Bingbing

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Li Bingbing stars in Nest.

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Filming has wrapped on the largest ever Chinese-Australian co-production at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.

The 3-D Movie, Nest, stars Chinese megastar Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga, Expendables 3), Kelsey Grammer (Transformers), Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Chinese popstar and actor Wu Chun and Shane Jacobson (The Dressmaker, Oddball, Kenny).

Li Bingbing.s most recent film, Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, on which Arclight Films holds the worldwide sales rights, earned $80 million in China last year.

She is best known internatiionally for her work in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Resident Evil: Retribution and Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame.

Nest is the largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date, with investment funding from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, and features an award-winning team both in front of and behind the camera..

Visual FX will be created by Cutting Edge and the world renowned,
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Daniel Radcliffe heads to Queensland for major international production

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Daniel Radcliffe is heading down under for the production of Jungle in Queensland.

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Queensland is set host the production of major international film, Jungle, which will provide about 100 screen industry jobs and inject $5.4 million into the local economy.

The Arclight Films/Screen Australia production, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is based on Yossi Ghinsberg's bestselling memoir of the same name and will be shot in South East Queensland as well as at Village Roadshow studios.

Jungle is produced by Dana Lustig (Dancing at the Blue Laguna, Thousand Kisses Keep), Gary Hamilton (Lord of War, Bait 3D, The Bank Job), Mike Gabrawy (Resident Evil, Bait 3D, Outcast), and Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek, The Darkness). Executive producer is Todd Fellman (Bait 3D, A Few Best Men).

Queensland-based producer Todd Fellman (Daybreakers, Mental), of Story Bridge Films, is behind the production and is working with Arclight Films.

It is directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek,
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Hayden Christensen On Why He Stopped Acting

There's a lot to complain about regarding George Lucas' "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, and the actor who found himself the most frequently in the firing line was Canadian thesp Hayden Christensen who portrayed Anakin Skywalker.

Jumping from obscurity to overnight household name following his casting, the young actor struggled with the character and dialogue of the 'Wars' prequels more so than the rest of the more experienced talent around him. Though having proven himself as an actor in the likes of "Life as a House," "The Virgin Suicides" and "Shattered Glass," the actor has revealed to Yahoo that he never got over the sudden thrust to fame that being in "Star Wars" brought him:

"I felt like I had this great thing in Star Wars that provided all these opportunities and gave me a career, but it all kind of felt a little too handed to me. I didn't
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Hayden Christensen On Why He Stopped Acting

There's a lot to complain about regarding George Lucas' "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, and the actor who found himself the most frequently in the firing line was Canadian thesp Hayden Christensen who portrayed Anakin Skywalker.

Jumping from obscurity to overnight household name following his casting, the young actor struggled with the character and dialogue of the 'Wars' prequels more so than the rest of the more experienced talent around him. Though having proven himself as an actor in the likes of "Life as a House," "The Virgin Suicides" and "Shattered Glass," the actor has revealed to Yahoo that he never got over the sudden thrust to fame that being in "Star Wars" brought him:

"I felt like I had this great thing in Star Wars that provided all these opportunities and gave me a career, but it all kind of felt a little too handed to me. I didn't
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Nicolas Cage: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

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This weekend sees the UK release of Outcast, an America-Chinese-Canadian co-production action film, starring Hayden Christensen, Liu Ylfei and Nicolas Motherf****In’ Cage. Sorry, got a bit carried away there, my apologies. See, despite his depressing downturn in recent years, Nic Cage is still Nic Cage, and even when he’s ‘bad’ he can still be pretty damn good.

I love Nicolas Cage. No matter how many terrible straight-to-dvd films he’s unleashed upon the world lately or the fact he’s more likely to be nominated for a Razzie than an Oscar, he’s still capable of busting out a terrific performance under the right circumstances and is a genuinely intriguing and eminently watchable screen presence.

And let’s not forget the incredible body of work he produced in the 80s, 90s and into the 2000s. There’s a reason Cage was and is still able to
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Nicolas Cage Almost Played This 'Lord of the Rings' Character

Nicolas Cage Almost Played This 'Lord of the Rings' Character
Nowadays, it's hard to image that Nicolas Cage would turn down any movie, let alone one guaranteed to be a massive blockbuster success. Especially when he's taking jobs in such dreck as Left Behind and Season of the Witch. But as it turns out, he passed up a key role in what is one of the biggest series of all time. Yes, he could have been Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

For the past few years, Nicolas Cage has had a rough go at choosing projects. He's appeared in one flop after the next, many of them going straight to VOD or home video (which isn't a bad thing in this day of streaming media, but in his case it has been). He won raves for his indie thriller Joe, and had a great cameo turn in Kick-Ass, but there hasn't been anything too memorable on his resume for sometime.
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Nicolas Cage Names His Favorite Performances, Bashes Modern Film Criticism

I've made my affections for Nicolas Cage no secret on this site. It's a love ironic and not. I truly believe the actor can command a strong performance when given a chance, even today despite the rantings of those who believe otherwise -- I'll point to Joe and the first Kick-Ass to back my case. Even when he's bad, though, his odd fixture usually remains alluring. The mannerisms, delivery and personality traits he gives to his characters are entirely his own, and only occasionally does that not work in his favor with regards to entertainment, like in last week's The Runner. His most insane performances, from The Wicker Man to Vampire's Kiss, are not always celebrated but they're sure-as-hell remembered, and that's the case for the actor as well. Talking to Time about his filmography while promoting his aforementioned new political drama, the kookier and/or more emotionally demanding roles
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The Runner Review

With an impending election on the American horizon, it seems fitting for a few political dramas/thrillers/think pieces to start finding their way into cinemas. Everyone seems to have their own (correct) opinion in regards to political action these days, as social media and journalistic “investigation” only strengthen everyone’s singular voice. But with so many other poignant political assessments already logged in Hollywood’s catalog, it’s hard to find much weight in the issues that Austin Stark’s The Runner raises. It’s an oil-spill-gone-worse scenario that’s more about a struggling politician than White House corruption itself, led by a tormented Nicolas Cage in one of his better roles of the last few years (sans Kick-Ass, Joe, and of course, Drive Angry). Yet, by the film’s conclusion, no new ground finds itself covered.

Nicolas Cage plays Colin Price, a Louisiana politician who gains notoriety after
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