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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green Co-Host Pubg Mobile #FIGHT4THEAMAZON Campaign

Pubg Mobile, one of the most popular video games in the world and the official mobile version of Playerunknown’S Battlegrounds, has partnered with Global Green, a world-renowned non-profit, for the #Fight4TheAmazon social impact campaign to help save the Amazon Rainforest.

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green

Actors and humanitarians Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green will serve as co-hosts of this important campaign to galvanize the gaming community into action in protecting one of the world’s most precious natural resources.

Tencent Games, developer and publisher of Pubg Mobile, is excited to harness the power of gaming for good and is set to inspire their community of 400 million Pubg Mobile fans around the world to come together and fight to protect the Amazon. Tencent Games has committed to a $100,000 donation to Global Green as well as partnered with Omaze, the leading online fundraising platform, to raise additional funds
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Indie Sales Boards Taiwan-Set Vampire Pic ‘Dead & Beautiful’ (Exclusive)

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Paris-based Indie Sales has boarded “Dead & Beautiful,” a stylish Taiwan-set vampire film written and directed by David Verbeek, the Dutch filmmaker whose last movie, “Full Contact,” competed at Toronto.

Verbeek’s seventh feature, “Dead & Beautiful” follows a group of young and spoiled teenagers in Taiwan who turn into vampires after a night of partying. Bewildered at first, the group realizes they feel even stronger, more attractive and more invincible than ever before, but it quickly dawns on them that they can no longer trust the friendships they had.

“Dead & Beautiful” was lensed by Jasper Wolf, the cinematographer of the Sundance prize-winning “Monos.” Indie Sales will unveil a promo for the film at the Afm.

Verbeek earned critical acclaim with his third film, “R U There,” which was selected for Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2010 and earned five Golden Calf nominations at the Netherlands Film Festival. His 2015 film “Full Contact
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Ace Producers unveils new members, details of 2019/20 training programme (exclusive)

Amsterdam-based producers network will hold annual meeting in UK for the first-time in Edinburgh event supported by Screen Scotland.

Ace producers has unveiled the 18 producers who have been selected to participate in 29th edition of its Ace Session training programme and join the Ace Network.

A total of 15 territories are represented in the selection, comprising Belgium, Czech Republic, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK, as well as, for the first time, Georgia and Lithuania.

The participants will attend the programme, running across 2019 to 2020, with a feature project in development.

The fresh intake
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Interview with Jean-Paul Ly: “Jailbreak marks the beginning of the action film industry for the country”

Jean-Paul Ly, is an actor and 2017 Award Nominee Action designer/performer, of Chinese and Cambodian origins currently based in London. Trained at the Identity Drama School of London (UK Double Award Winning Part-Time Drama School), Jean-Paul won the “Clive Dailey Award for Best Actor 2014” , for the performance play of “Constellations” (Nick Payne).

With more than 25 years of martial arts practice, Jean-Paul started his work in the film industry in the action / stunt dept, for which he has been nominated twice in 2017:

– The prestigious American SAG Awards, regarding his work on critically acclaimed “Doctor Strange” (Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble).

– followed by a nomination for Taurus Awards on his work for “Now you See Me 2” (Best Fight).

On the occasion of his latest film, “Jailbreak” screening at Fantasia International Film Festival, we speak with him about Bokator and martial arts in general, the film and his role in it,
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Cynthia Beatt, Tilda Swinton Fiji-set project 'Heart Of Light' takes shape

Project gearing up to shoot next year in South Pacific island of Fiji.

Berlin-based director Cynthia Beatt’s long-gestated hybrid project Heart Of Light with Tilda Swinton, exploring questions of identity and belonging against the backdrop of the South Pacific island of Fiji, is gearing up to shoot next year.

“We’ve got some 65% of the finance together,” said producer Christoph Hahnheiser of Berlin-based Black Forest Film, who is co-producing alongside Vincent Wang at Paris-based House on Fire.

The pair who united on the project at Cannes last year have secured the backing of German broadcaster Zdf as well as
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Harvey Keitel’s ‘Live Fast, Die Laughing’ Picked Up Internationally by Odin’s Eye (Exclusive)

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Harvey Keitel’s ‘Live Fast, Die Laughing’ Picked Up Internationally by Odin’s Eye (Exclusive)
Sydney-based sales agent Odin’s Eye has picked up international rights to Harvey Keitel-starring action feature “Live Fast, Die Laughing.” The film is directed by Timothy Linh Bui and produced by Los Angeles-based Convergence Entertainment.

Scripted by Tim Tori, the film is the story of a broke taxi driver in Vietnam who thinks it is his lucky day when a mysterious American woman offers him a fortune to drive her 1,000 miles from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. They set off, pursued by mobsters and an assassin.

Set to shoot in November, the film will star Francesca Eastwood (“True Crime”) alongside Keitel. Action direction is to be supplied by fight choreographer Vincent Wang.

“Live Fast” is produced by Douglas W. Miller and Tim Kwok through Convergence Entertainment.

“Tim Bui is an authentic and original voice, with a unique story that’s rarely seen in modern-day Vietnam,” Kwok said. “The
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Marché du Film announces 2019 Goes To Cannes line-up

Projects selected by Annecy, Haf, Los Cabos, New Horizons, Thessaloniki and Malaga festivals will pitch to industry.

The Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25) has announced the festivals and projects that will take part in its Goes to Cannes showcase (May 18-20).

Five international film festivals have been invited to programme work-in-progress projects actively seeking a sales agent, distributors or a festival selection.

The festivals taking part in the event this year are: Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf), Los Cabos International Film Festival, New Horizons International Film Festival,
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #46. Divine Love – Gabriel Mascaro

Divine Love

Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro’s third feature, Divine Love (previously known as Overgod) has been highly anticipated ever since his 2015 breakout Neon Bull (read our review). A co-production between Uruguay, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden, the film is produced by Rachel Ellis. Mascaro reunites with his Neon Bull Dp Diego Garcia (who also lensed Cemetery of Splendor and this year’s Wildlife) and among the cast are Dira Paes, Julio Machado (of Hard Labor and Joaquim), and Emilio de Mello.…
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The Immortal Trailer: Victor Vu's Latest Promises Epic Proportions

Victor Vu is on a roll and seems to have no intention of slowing down. While Lôi Báo recently saw its North American premiere at Fantasia (full review here), his next offering, The Immortal, has already wrapped post-production and is eyeing an October 12 release date in Vietnam. Vu’s latest leaves the head transplants for what they are and centers on Hung (Quach Ngoc Ngoan), a man who has lived for three centuries, and An (Dinh Ngoc Diep), whose dreams lure her to the mysterious cave that holds his secret. The trailer suggests a dash of drama, magic and and a life story that spans multiple periods. Since Vu is reteaming with Lôi Báo action producer Jason Ninh Cao and action director Vincent Wang it’s...

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‘Pubg Mobile’ Is Getting a Month-Long ‘Mission: Impossible’ Crossover

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Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” is currently the biggest movies in theaters and its assignment, if it chooses to accept, is teaming up with battle royale game “Pubg Mobile” for a month-long crossover event.

The update is available to download now and it adds all-new in-game content inspired by the film. Players can listen to “Mission: Impossible”-themed background music. They can also get special in-game rewards, including outfits and customizable parachutes, and take part in themed challenges for Team Rush, Survival, and First-Person Perspective modes.

“Pubg Mobile” now has over 100 million players, according to the game’s team general manager, Vincent Wang. He said developer Tencent Games will continue growing the “Pubg” brand with partnerships like the “Mission Impossible” tie-in to appeal to a broad range of gamers worldwide.

“Mission: Impossible — Fallout” had its franchise-best debut last week, pulling in an estimated $61.5 million. It also brought in $92 million from
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Film Review: Lôi Báo (2017) by Victor Wu Screening at Fantasia

Vietnamese director and writer Victor Wu is back with an action movie that recycles some of his favorite themes like pseudo-science and amnesia in a fresh and intriguing packaging.

“Lôi Báo” is part of the Asian selection at Fantasia International Film Festival

Tam (Cuong Seven) is a talented graphic novel artist. Since he was a child, he has been dreaming of becoming a superhero called Lôi Báo and drawing the hero’s adventures is his way to fulfill this dream. In the real world, Tam is an affectionate husband and father despite being – like all creative people – a bit disconnected from the everyday material problems and work deadlines. Fortunately, his wife contributes the necessary business acumen and runs a successful coffee shop, providing a good life for the family. One day, Tam’s quiet existence is suddenly shuttered as he discovers he is terminally ill and has only few weeks left to live.
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Locarno: Watch the Trailer for Piazza Grande-Selected ‘The Guest’ (Exclusive)

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Urban Distribution International has just dropped an international trailer for “The Guest,” the second feature of Italian director Duccio Chiarini (“Short Skin”) which the Locarno Festival confirmed as one of its Piazza Grande titles, a space usually reserved for what it conceives as its biggest crowd-pleasers.

Udi’S French theatrical arm, Urban Distribution, will release “The Guest” in France; Swiss distribution will be handled by First Hand Films.

The Guest,” from a trailer made available in exclusivity to Variety, would seem to fit the bill. An end-of-relationship drama -comedy developed at Cannes’ Cinefondation La Résidence, which picks up on up-and-coming stronger voiced auteurs from around the world, “The Guest” turns on near-40 Guido, played dopey-ishly by Daniele Parisi (“Orecchie”), an academic for ever preparing a book on Italo Calvino.

A pregnancy scare, caught in the trailer, is for Guido maybe a sign that he and longtime g.f. Chiara should have a family; for Chiara,
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #151. Tsai-ming Liang’s Xi You (Journey to the West)

Xi You (Journey to the West)

Director: Tsai Ming-liang

Writer: Tsai Ming-liang

Producer: Vincent Wang, Fred Bellaiche

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Lee Kang-sheng, Denis Lavant

This weekend, the Berlin Film Festival presented Xi You (Journey to the West) a film that much like last year’s Stray Dogs is going to convince Tsai Ming-liang fans of his genius or in the simplest of terms, will alienate, test the patience of even the shrewdest cinephiles. Affectionately we come to appreciate him via the likes of Good Bye, Dragon Inn and The Wayward Cloud, and his current shift has more of the same: working at a snail’s pace speed and a full awareness of the frame. Oh and Denis Lavant stars.

Gist: The face of an exhausted man breathing deeply, his face agitated and, nearby, the sea. A Buddhist monk walks barefoot and incredibly slowly through Marseille – so slowly,
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Venice selects 12 for filmmaking scheme

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Venice selects 12 for filmmaking scheme
A total of 12 projects have been selected for the second edition of Venice filmmaking scheme, the Biennale College - Cinema, a programme for training young filmmakers and producing micro-budget films.

The 12 teams, made up of directors and producers, come from Argentina, Belgium, UK, India, Iran, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, Romania, Hungary and the Us.

They will introduce their projects at a special session held today (October 14) in Venice introduced by president Paolo Baratta and the director of the Venice International Film Festival Alberto Barbera.

Three teams will then be chosen to take part in two further workshops to be held in December 2013 and January 2014, before going into production on their microbudget films, each of which will receive a €150,000 contribution and will be screened at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in 2014.

The sessions will be led by Michel Reilhac, Gino Ventriglia and Amy Dotson, with industry support from production and script consultants including Vincent Wang, Mike Ryan, [link
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