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U.S. Theater Listings for Stephen's Chow's Record-Breaking Comedy "The Mermaid"

11:04 AM 2/24/2016 by Senh Duong
Stephen Chow's "The Mermaid"
A few weeks after Stephen Chow’s “The Mermaid” had broken all sorts of box office records in China ($450M and still counting), its U.S. distributor Sony launched the film in 35 theaters over the weekend without any kind of marketing. They just kinda threw it out there.

Things Going Right for Michael Bay's "13 Hours:" Film a Success with Critics and at Box Office

4:13 PM 1/16/2016 by Senh Duong
Michael Bay's "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Banghazi
During my weekly podcast with Binh Ngo, I was low on Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” Although Bay loves the military (its soldiers and many gadgets) and can make a highly entertaining action film, I didn’t think his fans care much about Benghazi, the subject of the film.

"Ip Man 3" Will Roll Punch Audiences in China on March 4th

6:56 PM 1/11/2016 by Senh Duong
Mike Tyson in "Ip Man 3"
For reasons unexplained, Wilson Yip’s “Ip Man 3,” the third installment of the popular martial arts franchise starring Donnie Yen, was pulled from its original December 24th release date in China.

‘A Walk in the Woods’ Review: Robert Redford and Nick Nolte Take a Hike, Forced Wackiness Ensues If you think man-crack is the apex of hilarity, “A Walk in the Woods” just might be the movie for you. It’s all right there in the trailers: slapstick, womp-womp one-liners, the premise of old buddies going on an adventure. See some moon or your money back! So it’s surprising when the opening minutes show promise, thanks to an incredibly preserved Robert Redford, who plays accomplished travel writer Bill Bryson. Even more of a surprise is learning that this film is based on a memoir.

"The Transporter Refueled" Still Running Low on Rotten Tomatoes Critics, who were divided on “The Transporter” franchise, are united on their reviews of the reboot. The gauge on Rotten Tomatoes for “The Transporter Refueled” is at a near-empty 16%. The consensus on the reviews site reads, “The Transporter Refueled has little to offer beyond a handful of decent action sequences, leaving this reboot's title feeling more like wishful thinking than a restatement of purpose.” read more

Summer 2015's 5 Biggest Box Office Flops We know what the biggest hits of summer 2015 were, so now it's time for the industry postmortem on the season's box office bombs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, these are the five biggest flops of this past summer "accounting for budget, marketing spend and revenue the film can expect to earn in ancillary markets. Grosses are through Sept. 4, with several titles still in release worldwide." Tomorrowland (Disney) Budget: $190 million Continue reading…

‘A Walk in the Woods’ Review: Robert Redford and Nick Nolte Take a Hike, Forced Wackiness Ensues If you think man-crack is the apex of hilarity, “A Walk in the Woods” just might be the movie for you. It’s all right there in the trailers: slapstick, womp-womp one-liners, the premise of old buddies going on an adventure. See some moon or your money back! So it’s surprising when the opening minutes show promise, thanks to an incredibly preserved Robert Redford, who plays accomplished travel writer Bill Bryson. Even more of a surprise is learning that this film is based on a memoir.

Why No Mention of Thailand or Its Language in Owen Wilson/Pierce Brosnan Thriller "No Escape"

1:11 PM 8/29/2015 by Senh Duong
Owen Wilson in "No Escape"
When I was writing my review of the Owen Wilson/Pierce Brosnan action thriller “No Escape,” I was surprised -- and curious -- to find that there’s NOT a single mention of Thailand in the film’s official synopsis. It just uses “Southeast Asia” as the setting.

Following the great success of Gone Girl, writer Gillian Flynn is joining forces with another big-name director. Flynn has been set to work with 12 Years a Slave helmer Steve McQueen for an untitled heist thriller, which he will also direct. More on the Gillian Flynn Steve McQueen project after the jump.  Deadline reports Flynn and McQueen will co-write the script. The untitled pic is based on the 2002 British miniseries Widows, created by Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect). The story centered on the wives of a group of armed robbers.

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