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Donnie Yen and Chow Yun-Fat Not Committed to "The Monkey King 2"

12:49 PM 3/13/2014 by Senh Duong
Chow Yun-Fat, Aaron Kwok, and Donnie Yen in "The Monkey King"
Chow Yun-Fat originally said he would return for a sequel to the $65M budgeted The Monkey King if it makes $150M at the box office in China, which is its breakeven mark.

Director Josh Boone Rumored for 'The Stand'

9:24 AM 2/26/2014 by Jeff Giles
Josh Boone
We've eyed Warner Bros.' plans to adapt Stephen King's The Stand with plenty of suspicion -- one of King's heftier tomes, it's arguably also one of the least likely to benefit from Hollywood's "slash and streamline" approach, and would seemingly be far better served by the sort of film franchise/TV series hybrid that's reportedly being mulled for an adaptation of King's Dark Tower series.

James Cameron Issues 'Avatar' Sequels Update

4:18 PM 2/18/2014 by Jeff Giles
It's been quite awhile since James Cameron wrapped production on the first Avatar, and although he's always maintained that multiple sequels are on the way, he's taken his sweet time when it comes to delivering them. Fans eager to lay eyes on Pandora and the Na’vi again will need to keep waiting for awhile, but take heart:

China Box Office: "The Monkey King" Tops Worldwide Chart with Record-Breaking $50M

11:21 AM 2/3/2014 by Senh Duong
Donnie Yen in "The Monkey King"
Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King, starring Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat, and Aaron Kwok, did even better than initially estimated at the box office. The latest adaptation of Journey to the West opened last Friday in China with an estimated $17M. Turns out the estimate was $3M short. The actual figure is $20M, which makes it the biggest opening day gross of all time, but with an asterix.


J.K. Rowling Regrets Pairing Hermione with Ron Instead of Harry Potter – Ron/Hermione shippers, brace yourself: J.K. Rowling thinks the famous pairing was a mistake. The “Harry Potter” author took part in an interview, conducted by Hermione actress Emma Watson, for entertainment mag “Wonderland.” Though the issue doesn’t come out until next week, British newspaper “The Sunday Times” obtained and printed a few excerpts that say she... 10 weeks 5 days ago via theothersenhman

China Box Office: "The Monkey King" Breaks Opening Day Record with $17M

10:35 AM 1/31/2014 by Senh Duong
In my previous article, I wrote that in order for the $65M budgeted The Monkey King to break even, it would have to reach $150M at the box office in China; and the first thing it must do is break the opening day record.

'Thor 3' Has a Pair of Screenwriters

3:39 PM 1/30/2014 by Jeff Giles
Thor 2
While all of us mere mortals are stuck out here anticipating the next round of Marvel movies, execs at Marvel are already busy planning their next next batch of films -- and as proof, Variety reports that the studio has just hired Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost to co-write the screenplay for the third Thor.

"The Monkey King" Needs $150M at the Box Office to Break Even

10:16 AM 1/30/2014 by Senh Duong
The Monkey King
Chow Yun Fat, star of The Monkey King (along with Donnie Yen and Aaron Kwok), draws the line on sequel possibilities. The $65M adaptation of Journey to the West, one of the most popular novels in China, will need to gross $150M at the box office in China just to break even.

Guy Ritchie Circling Warner Bros' King Arthur Tale

8:00 PM 1/27/2014 by Binh Ngo
Guy Ritchie
Warner Bros. was close to putting Arthur and Lancelot into production nearly two years ago, but the studio decided to shelf it due to the large sticker price. Now, the studio is planning a new take on the Arthurian legend which will span six films.

Evaluating the CGI-Infested "Monkey King" Teasers and Trailers

11:26 AM 1/27/2014 by Senh Duong
Donnie Yen in "The Monkey King"
Costing $65M, Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King is the third most expensive movie ever made in China. Starring Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat, and Aaron Kwok, the budget for the fantasy/action-adventure film is only surpassed by Zhang Yimou’s $100M The Flowers of War and John Woo’s $75M Red Cliff, which was eventually split into two films to better recoup its then record-high cost.
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