All 35 DreamWorks Animation Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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DreamWorks Animation has gone through its share of upheaval, with a few big successes (Shrek, Madagascar) and some notable failures. Since its first animation releases in 1998, it has changed, diversified, merged and been acquired by major studios (fir…

Raymond Chow, ‘Enter the Dragon’ and ‘Police Story’ Producer, Dies at 91

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Raymond Chow, the man credited with introducing the world to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, has died at the age of 91, according to the Associated Press.

Chow, also responsible for bringing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” to the big screen, was the founder and chairman of Golden Harvest Company, which released hundreds of martial arts films — especially during the golden era of Hong Kong filmmaking — including the seminal Lee-led “Enter the Dragon,” as well as Chan’s “Police Story.”

In a statement to the AP, Hong Kong secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau, said that Chow “helped nurture a pool of Hong Kong talents and brought them to the international stage.”

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Chow, who studied martial arts under the famed Lam Sai-wing, began his career as a journalist before joining one of Hong Kong’s largest film studios at the time, Shaw Brothers. There he served as head of publicity and as production chief from 1958 to 1970.

After leaving Shaw Brothers, Chow founded Golden Harvest in 1970. The company would go on to lead Hong Kong box office sales in the 1970s and the 1980s, according to Yingchi Chu’s book “Hong Kong Cinema: Coloniser, Motherland and Self.”

In addition to “Enter the Dragon” and “Police Story,” Golden Harvest produced films such as “The Cannonball Run” starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore and Farrah Fawcett; “Wheels on Meals” and Jet Li’s “Once Upon a Time in China.”

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Golden Harvest made its last film in 2003, then served as a distributor for a number of films through 2014, according to IMDb.

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Raymond Chow Dies: Iconic Hong Kong Producer Launched Bruce Lee & Jackie Chan

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Raymond Chow, the Hong Kong producer who brought Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to the masses as producer of such films as Enter the Dragon, The Chinese Connection, Police Story, Rumble in the Bronx and The Cannonball Run, died today. He was 91.
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John Cena Performs His New WWE Finishing Move on Jimmy Fallon (Video)

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John Cena is hanging up the Attitude Adjustment in his WWE locker. The pro-wrestler/actor has a new finishing maneuver, one he learned from Jackie Chan, who co-stars with Cena in the upcoming action movie “Project X.”

Cena debuted the new move, which translates from Mandarin to English as “Lightning Fist,” at Sunday’s pay-per-view event “WWE Super Showdown.” Cena, paired with Bobby Lashley in Australia, used the special punch to put down the team of Kevin Owens and Elias.

And OK, he still set the “W” up with a classic A.A.

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“I’m known for five moves of doom,” Cena told Fallon on Tuesday’s “Tonight Show.” “And I figured it was time to evolve, me having been in WWE 16 years now. So it was time for a sixth move of doom, a.k.a. the doomiest.”

He then told Fallon to stand up.

“We’re friends, so I’m gonna say this right now: Don’t move. Stay right there, don’t move at all,” Cena warned. “No, seriously. Because I have tremendous accuracy with this deadly maneuver, but if you move, I will knock you out.”

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“I don’t like this at all,” Fallon whined.

He then tried to outsource the bump to Tariq of The Roots. No such luck.

Watch the video above. Yes, the guys also talk about Cena’s new hair.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Earns the Most For Acting — But Doesn’t Top Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Actors

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took home the most money of any actor for acting in the period between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, earning $124 million total pretax.

However, Johnson didn’t top Forbes‘ highest-paid actors for 2018. George Clooney has that honor.

Clooney had pretax earnings of $239 million, though he owes the majority of that to the success of Casamigos Tequila, of which he is a co-founder.

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Founded in 2013 by the actor and two other partners, the company was purchased in June 2017 by British liquor company Diageo for $700 million, with the potential for an additional $300 million in earnings spread out over the next decade. Clooney took home $233 million from the sale.

Despite being second, Forbes called Johnson “Hollywood’s most bankable star,” thanks to his large social media following and his lead roles in “Skyscraper” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

Following behind Clooney and Johnson on the list is Robert Downey Jr., who made $81 million from his projects, which included the mega-blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War” as well as his appearance in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” His fellow Avenger Chris Hemsworth clocked in at number four, with $64.5 million.

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The only returning member of the list is Will Smith, who took in $42 million — just behind Jackie Chan’s $45.5 million —  which landed him the number six spot on the list. Part of Smith’s earnings come from his role as Genie in the upcoming live-action “Aladdin.”

Forbes noted that the total amount accrued by the top ten highest-paid actors, $748.5 million, overshadowed the collective earnings of the top ten highest-paid actresses, which was $186 million. The top three actresses from that list were Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston.

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Michelle Yeoh Recalls Hollywood Quota System: ‘We Can’t Have Two Minorities’ in the Same Film

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“Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh recalled her challenges as an Asian actress starting out in Hollywood in the 1990s — including what she described as an apparent quota system for nonwhite performers.

“When I first came to do movies here, I remember very specifically someone said, ‘If we cast an African-American lead, there’s no way we can cast you, because we can’t have two minorities,’” Yeoh said in an interview with GQ.

The Malaysian Chinese actress also said she found herself turning down roles that continuously asked her to play “fragile Asian women” or the “Ming Wave” stereotype.

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Of course, Yeoh played several kick-ass heroines in films like “Supercop,” “Wing Chun” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and she often spent up to 11 hours in the gym per day to perform the martial arts stunts she wanted to do.

When she starred in the 1997 James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” alongside Pierce Brosnan, she said the production company hired a Hong Kong stunt coordinator so she could do her own combat scenes.

“She’s equal to Bond, so all the Asian girls are going, ‘Hey, I can be a spy too,’” Yeoh said. “What was amazing with Pierce, he was so confident a man that he goes, ‘Yeah, let her fight!’ Then he would just stand there like a proud dad.”

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In the GQ interview, Yeoh said the “Hong Kong A-listers,” which include Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-Fat, often look out for each other while they make their way through the industry.

“Sometimes I wish that if I had a really strong mentor, maybe I could have done more,” Yeoh said. “When I wanted to do my first action movie, a few strong business women in film championed it and said, ‘Yeah let her try! You bring a very exotic girl from Malaysia. She’s not our usual Hong Kong girl. Why stick her in the same kind of roles?’ So it was the ladies in the company who stuck up for me… I’m very happy with the career that I’ve had. I don’t dwell on missed opportunities because that would be wasting time.”

Yeoh now co-stars in Jon M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” playing what she calls a “dragon mom” to leading man Nick Young (Henry Golding).

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Let’s all vow to never let Jackie Chan be taken by a mudslide

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Jackie Chan is an international treasure, an action-movie icon and lovable scamp whose commitment to almost dying in horrifying ways, over and over, for our entertainment, surely qualifies him for some sort of medal. Other than the lifetime achievement…

John Cena Signs on to Star Alongside Jackie Chan in New Action-Thriller

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John Cena is teaming up with Jackie Chan to save a China-run oil refinery in the Middle East.

The wrestler turned actor is set to star alongside Chan in a new action-thriller from “Need for Speed” director Scott Waugh, a person close to the project told TheWrap.

Cena is replacing Sylvester Stallone in the role.

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The movie centers around a private security contractor (Chan) who’s called in to escort a group of civilians along Baghdad’s “Highway of Death” to the safety of the Green Zone. Once he learns the attackers’ real plan is to steal a fortune in oil, he’ll team up with a former Marine (Cena) to stop them.

The project doesn’t yet have a title.

Chan is also producing along with Joe Tam, Esmond Ren, Jianhong Qi and Hans Canosa. The script was written by Arash Amel.

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Cena is repped by ICM and will next be in the Trasnformers’ spin-off “Bumblebee,” expected December 21.

Chan, repped by CAA, was last seen stateside in STX’s Chinese co-production “The Foreigner” and is attached to star in a fourth “Rush Hour” film and a “Shanghai Noon” sequel.

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Jackie Chan, Constance Wu & More Join The Sony/China Co-Produced Animated Film ‘Wish Dragon’

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EXCLUSIVE: Jackie Chan, Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu, Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny), Jimmy Wong, and Bobby Lee are set as the U.S. voice cast of Wish Dragon, an animated film from Sony Pictures Animation, Beijing Sparkle Roll Media Corporation, and Base Animation. John Cho and Silicon Valley‘s Jimmy O. Yang are also in talks to join the feature which is begin directed by Chris Appelhans.
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53 Celebs Who Were Reported Dead… But Weren’t (Photos)

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Will Ferrell
A fake press release posted on the iNewswire Web site in March 2006 claiming that Ferrell was killed in a paragliding accident in Southern California when a wind gust caused him to lose crash into trees.

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
As a joke, two Dallas jockeys claimed a car accident took the lives of pop stars perished, who were dating at the time. “The first thing I did was call Britney,” Timberlake told ABC News in 2001. “Since the beginning, [when] people knew about our relationship, there’s always been things that have been said that were totally not true, but this just, like, took it to a whole ‘nother planet.”

Avril Lavigne
Rumors began circulating in April 2003 that the “Complicated’ singer killed herself after her grandfather’s death. In recent weeks, Twitter gave new fuel to that fire, igniting a conspiracy theory that the Lavigne known today was actually look-alike singer Melissa Vandella. As the theory goes, the suits at Lavigne’s label cooked up the cover up scheme so they could continue to release her songs.

Paul McCartney
Conspiracy loving Beatles fans believe that McCartney died in 1966 and everything that’s happened to “him” since then is courtesy of a look-alike and sound-alike. Not only that, they believe clues to McCartney’s fate were revealed in songs written by fellow musicians George Harrison and John Lennon. Like, Lennon’s “A Day in the Life,” where the lyrics “Paul is dead, miss him, miss him”… which can only be heard when the song is played backward.

Kanye West
Social media, again, ran amuck Dec. 2016 with the theory that West’s uncharacteristic behavior at the time was because it wasn’t really him… it was a clone. You read that right. Cancelling his tour, dying his hear, having a public meltdown and dissing Beyonce and Jay Z while cozying up to Donald Trump was enough proof for some.

Eddie Murphy
The actor/comedian has been the subject of false reports of his death more than once. On Aug. 30, 2012, has was said to have been killed in a snowboard accident and, most recently, was again the subject of internet buzz after the death of his brother Charlie confused.

Vin Diesel
Facebook was the starting point for a post about the death of the “Fate of the Furious” actor went viral. The post linked to what they said was a video report that requested permission to access the viewer’s accounts. If granted, the “RIP Vin Diesel” post was sent as spam to everyone on that user’s friends list.

Adam Sandler
LinkBeef, which was the breeding ground for several celebrity death hoaxes, reported on Jan. 13, 2017, that Sandler was found dead of an apparent suicide and even cited their source as Marin County Police Department in California and “quoted” Sandler’s “utterly heartbroken” wife, Jackie.

Denzel Washington
Remember that fake news about Eddie Murphy dying in a snowboarding accident? Facebook tried the same story with Washington in Nov. 2011.

Nicolas Cage
Although trafficforgoods.site’s July 2016 headline that “Nicolas Cage passed away because of a serious Motorcycle Accident” and the body of the story said he died when he “lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree,” social media took the bait and ran with it. Another fake news outlet picked up the story, tweaked it and added a Photoshopped pic of a motorcycle crash scene, Cage’s face and a CNN chyron.

Hillary Clinton
Following Hillary Clinton’s appearance at a 9/11 memorial in Sept. 2016 in which she appeared to collapse while getting into a van, ABC News weekend anchor Joe Torres said on that evening’s newscast, “We begin with the breaking news about Hillary Clinton’s death.” The anchor meant to say “health” rather than “death,” but Twitter nonetheless had a field day, sparking speculation that the woman who emerged from her daughter Chelesa’s home a few hours later was a look-alike because the former first lady had died.

Sean Kingston
BBC News shocked the music world when they reported the Jamaican-American singer was found dead at his home weeks after he crashed his jet ski accident in a bridge in Miami. “Today” caught up with the 21-year-old three months later about his near-death experience.

Jackie Chan
“Jackie is alive and well,” read a note on the action star’s Facebook page following internet buzz that he died. “He did not suffer a heart attack and die, as was reported on many social networking sites and in online news reports.”

Cher
Cher was added to the celebrity death hoax list of victims after a “R.I.P. Cher” Facebook page was created in Sept. 2016. Although the post concluded with the message “Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page,” wasn’t a clue that it was a fake, the reports of her passing went viral and attracted nearly a million likes.

Macaulay Culkin
When the “Home Alone” star was targeted by death rumors in Nov. 2014, he debunked the reports by taking to Instagram and posting a photo parodying a scene from “Weekend at Bernie’s.”

Betty White
People are so in love with Betty White that when her name trends on Twitter, they freak out with worry that she’s met her maker. As recently as May 10, a tweet popped up saying that she was found dead and another one said her publicist confirmed it. Shortly thereafter, someone set up a GoFunMe to protect her from harm.

Eminem
A fake news story reporting Eminem‘s death in a car accident went viral in 2009. The story went as far as to blame the rapper for the crash, saying he swerved into an oncoming truck because he was on his cell phone.

Jim Carrey
And here we go again with that same snowboarding accident report that keeps popping up with the same facts and only the name of the “deceased” changed. Yup, Carrey was said to have died in April 2016. Even weirder, necropedia.org posted his “anticipated” obituary with a May 20, 2017 date.

Celine Dion
Never-ending rumors of Dion’s death on social media do not sit well the singer, in great part because each time one sprouts wings and flies, she has to ease her aging mother’s fears. “The thing that worries me is my mum,” according to Digital Spy. “It makes me a little mad – she’s 86 years old and if I’m not on the phone telling her I’m OK four seconds after it’s on the news… it doesn’t matter what they say, it’s the impact it has on your family.”

Beyonce
Jewelry can kill you, or at least that’s the rumor that started after the singer accidentally ripped out an earring during a Brooklyn concert and blood began running down her face. A Facebook page claimed she had died because she didn’t seek medical attention. The BeyHive was not happy about the hoax.

Jack Black
The Twitter account for Black’s band Tenacious D was hacked in June 2016 and the culprits posted this unsettling message: “It is with a heavy heart I am to announce that Jack Black passed away last night at 3:37 am. The cause of death is yet unknown.” They later cleared up the mess, posting, “WE had our Twitter account hacked. We can assure you that Jack is ALIVE and WELL and that this was a sick ‘prank.’”

Chevy Chase
According to Breaking 13 News, the “Community” actor died in his sleep after suffering a heart attack on Jan. 6, 2016.

Alice Cooper
Fans of the musician got a little confused in the early ’70s after reading Melody Maker magazine’s satirical review of Cooper’s concert in the form of a mock obit. He later issued a statement saying, “I’m alive, and drunk as usual.”

Russell Crowe
The “Gladiator” took matters into his own hands in June 2010 by tweeting, “Unable to answer tweets fell off a mountain in Austria, all over red rover. Don’t know how I got there, but the media are never wrong. G’Bye.”

Miley Cyrus
The “Wrecking Ball” singer has dodged the social medium Grim Reaper more than once. In 2008, she was said to have been killed by a hit and run driver, and in 2009 socialite Peaches Geldolf tweeted that a “friend in the industry” texted her that Cyrus had died. Cyrus’ appearances at the time during a London concert put those issues to rest.

Dwayne Johnson
A Facebook post went viral in April 2014 saying that The Rock died while filming a stunt for “Fast & Furious 7.” He posted a message to his fans on Facebook saying, “Rumors of my death are false – Im still ‘Bringin’ It’ 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – including leap year!” A tweet of his took a more direct approach: “I would love to meet the person who is starting rumors of my death – to show them how a dead foot feels up their ass.”

Michael Jordan
The web site Cronica MX posted an article in Feb. 2015 reporting the NBA superstar died on a heart attack. They took it a step further by producing a video with spliced footage of a breaking news segment and a tearful anchor.

Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence was reportedly found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room by a maid named Verna Del Sosa in 2015. Lawrence never mentioned it directly, but he did make his un-dead self known visible on social media in the days following his “death.”

Madonna
A BBC News video uploaded on YouTube on Sept. 24, 2010 announced Madonna was dead. They were, obviously, wrong.

Willie Nelson
The rumors of Willie Nelson‘s imminent demise have been exaggerated, his publicist says, disputing reports the country music icon is on death’s door. “He’s perfectly fine,” Elaine Schock told the Associated Press on Wednesday, attempting to finally shut down rumors sparked by a March 13 Radar Online story that described the 83-year-old as “deathly ill” and said his lungs weren’t strong enough to perform. A “bad cold” forced Nelson to cancel several shows in January and February, but he was back onstage by Feb. 16, when he played at a San Antonio rodeo. And last week he performed at a Houston stadiumfor 75,000 fans, where he appeared to be in good health and had no problems singing.

Barack Obama
on July 4, 2011, a hacker collective called “The Script Kiddies” took control of Fox News’s politics Twitter feed and posted that the incumbent President had been assassinated during a campaigning event in Iowa.

Sean Penn
News reports popped up on Jan. 12, 2016 that Sean Penn was found murdered in his Malibu home and that authorities were investigating that El Chapo might have ordered a hit on the actor/director who interviewed him shortly before.

Axl Rose
On December 3, 2014, a fake news report circulated on the internet claiming that the singer had been found dead at home. In response, Rose tweeted “If I’m dead do I still have to pay taxes?”

Arnold Schwarzenegger
An Aug. 28, 2015 post on MSMBC.co (not to be mistaken for MSNBC.com) reported that the former Governator died following a heart attack. But this was one time he did not say “Hasta la vista, baby.”

Justin Bieber
If you believe social media, Bieber has been “dead” more times than you can count. There were suicide rumors in 2009, which resurfaced in 2010), along with a shooting in a nightclub and an overdose. Then there was #RIPJustinBieber, which trended on Twitter in Jan. 2011.

Robert Redford
The Sundance Film Festival founder’s publicist stepped in to call reports of his death “a sick hoax.” The fake news initialed from Britain’s Sky News, which said he had fallen off a “golf buggy” in Santa Monica.

Gabourey Sidibe
The “Empire” star was barraged with tweets from concerned fans in March 2016, who were just checking to make sure she was still alive, following post saying she had died from an asthma attack. Sidibe assured everyone she was fine, but joking that maybe she was dead, if her “version of Hell is people believing poorly written articles about me.”

Lindsay Lohan
A tweak to Lohan’s Wikipedia page in July 2011 cited her death and credited E! News as their source – which was false. But the news spread, thanks to a fake Kim Kardashian Twitter account.

Hilary Duff
The former Disney star was said to have fallen to her death on the Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand.

Will Smith
May 2011 was not a pleasant month for Smith, who was reported killed in a car accident, after an overdose and falling off that same cliff where Hilary Duff supposedly perished.

Carlos Santana
A Sept. 2015 tweet from a Canadian journalist reporting that Santana’s body was found in a car sparked immediate denials from his peeps. “He is alive and well and enjoying his morning!” his rep told USA Today. Team Santana add to that message, posting on their Facebook page, “… Thank you all for your concern, but the reports of his passing are false.”

Bill Cosby
After the internet announced the comedian’s death, he tweeted, “To the people behind the foolishness, I’m not sure you see how upsetting this is.”

Paris Hilton
While Paris Hilton was serving jail time in 2007 for a DUI, the internet spread word that she had been stabbed to death by a fellow inmate. The story was originally posted on-line and made to look as if it was coming from CNN.

Taylor Swift
Apparently, 2009 was not a good year for Swift. She was said to have been in a fatal car accident and then, months later, died from an allergic reaction to sleeping pills, which spread like wildfire on Facebook and YouTube.

Nick Jonas
The pop singer-turned-actor was also the victim of death hoaxes twice in 2009. One report said he died of cardiac arrest due to complications with his diabetes, while another said his heart stopped after a lap dance in a Dallas strip joint.

Morgan Freeman
Although CNN had initially been accused of claiming that Freeman had died, it was actually a Twitter user named @originalcjizzle, who later wrote, “I had no intention of things turning out this way.”

Zach Braff
The “Scrubs” actor was reported dead in 2009 by a fake CNN.Com page. The perpetrator of the “joke” later posted an apology, saying in part, “… Thanks for (apparently) taking it lightly, since I haven’t gotten a letter about a lawsuit yet. Just so you know, I’m a huge fan; that’s the only reason I made this page, believe it or not. Also, sorry for upsetting your mother.”

Bob Hope
Film legend Bob Hope’s death was announced five years prematurely in 1998 when a pre-written obituary was accidentally published on the Associated Press website. Unfortunately, the erroneous report of his “death” was then announced by the United States House of Representatives live on C-Span.

Mark Twain
We couldn’t leave out humorist Mark Twain, who became known for, among many other things, one of history’s most misquoted quotes. In 1897, Twain he responded to a journalist’s inquity about his health by writing, “James Ross Clemens, a cousin of mine, was seriously ill two or three weeks ago in London, but is well now. The report of my illness grew out of his illness; the report of my death was an exaggeration.”

FilMart: Hong Kong Talent, Film Crews Seek Better Access to Mainland China

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Stars, Hong Kong media moguls, and local politicians turned out Wednesday to call for better access to the booming film industries of mainland China. Although Hong Kong already enjoys privileged access to Chinese markets, there remains a quota on the participation of Hong Kong talent in mainland film and TV projects. A new lobby group, […]

FilMart: Jackie Chan’s ‘Knight of Shadows’ Set For 2019 Release

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Release of upcoming Jackie Chan film “The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang” is now confirmed for 2019, after the producers expanded the visual effects component. Now in post-production, the film is a fantasy martial arts comedy mounted on a vast scale, directed by Vash (aka Jia Lu) and produced by Kiefer Liu, one […]

Ambitious Filmmaker Andy Lo Wants Success in Both Hong Kong and China

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Mainland China’s film market might be volatile and unpredictable for many Hong Kong filmmakers, but that does not stop Andy Lo from trying. The long-time scriptwriter and director of “Happiness” says he wants the best of both worlds, and he’s determined to achieve that. “I do want my films to succeed in both Hong Kong […]

Film Review: ‘Bleeding Steel’

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The latest effort to give Chinese chopsocky action a sci-fi makeover, “Bleeding Heart” stars Jackie Chan as a special agent trying to protect his daughter from biotech mutants. Efficiently directed by Leo Zhang, the film features all the zesty fights, slick effects and goofy slapstick one expects from a Jackie Chan family movie, while glossy […]

Top 20 Highest-Paid Actors in Hollywood in 2017, Ranked From Mark Ruffalo to Mark Wahlberg (Photos)

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Forbes released its annual highest-paid actors list for 2017 and there are quite a few newcomers on the list. Overall, the list proves that if you star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’re set for a while.

20. Mark Ruffalo
Earnings: $13 million

Ruffalo got a nice payday from his role in the MCU. He’ll be appearing next in “Thor: Ragnarok” as Marvel’s jolly green giant.

19. Chris Pratt
Earnings: $17 million

Pratt is also a staple in the MCU, with his starring role in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise. He made 35 percent less than last year, but still manages to make the top 20.

18. Chris Evans
Earnings: $18 million.

Look another MCU veteran. Evans plays Captain America and is expected to earn an even bigger paycheck with his role in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

17. Jeremy Renner
Earnings: $19 million

We sense a pattern. However, Renner is on the list thanks to his role in “Arrival,” which earned over $200 million at the box office.

16. Matt Damon
Earnings: $21 million

Damon is expected to earn a huge paycheck with his upcoming film “Downsizing,” but multiple executive producing credits surely help.

15. Ryan Reynolds
Earnings: $21.5 million

Expectations for “Deadpool 2” are high and his paycheck will be even higher.

14. Ryan Gosling
Earnings: $29 million

“La La Land” and an Oscar nomination really helped Gosling to make it onto the list, but the upcoming “Blade Runner 2049” helped as well.

13. Samuel L. Jackson
Earnings: $30.5 million

He gets money from his deal with Capital One but the sheer number of movies he appears in contributes. He starred in “Kong: Skull Island,” “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” in 2017 alone.

12. Tom Hanks
Earnings: $31 million

A frequent member of the highest-paid actors club, Hanks raked in paychecks from “The Circle,” “Sully,” and the third Robert Langdom film “Inferno.”

11. Chris Hemsworth
Earnings: $31.5 million

The best Chris? At least the highest-paid one. The Marvel actor saw the biggest increase in money earned this year of anybody else on the list.

10. Akshay Kumar
Earnings: $35.5 million

Many inside the United States may not realize it but Bollywood is a big moneymaker. Kumar’s films are some of the highest grossing in Indian history.

9. Salman Kahn
Earnings: $37 million

Another Bollywood star. Kahn has been one of the country’s biggest stars for nearly three decades. He starred in the movie “Sultan” in 2016.

8. Shah Rukh Kahn
Earnings: $38 million

They don’t call him the “King of Bollywood” for nothing. He had four film roles in 2016 and has three listed for 2017.

7. Tom Cruise
Earnings: $43 million

Like Hanks, Cruise is another frequent flyer on this list. He earned massive paychecks this year for “The Mummy” and “Mission: Impossible 6.”

6. Robert Downey Jr.
Earnings: $48 million

Being the highest-paid actor in the MCU will help those numbers. A lot.

5. Jackie Chan
Earnings: $49 million

He may not be as frequent in American cinemas but he’s still the biggest star from mainland China.

4. Adam Sandler
Earnings: $50.5 million

Sandler is making big money from his deal with Netflix. Recently, the streaming service extended that deal for four more films.

3. Vin Diesel
Earnings: $54.4 million

The eighth installment in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, “The Fate of the Furious,” made over $1 billion internationally and that doesn’t even include paychecks from “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Earnings: $65 million

He was the top earner on Forbes’ list last year. Despite some box office disappointments, like with “Baywatch,” he’s still rolling in the dough.

1 Mark Wahlberg
Earnings: $68 million

Wahlberg smelled what the Rock was cooking and took the top spot this year thanks to big paychecks from “Transformers: The Last Knight” and the upcoming “Daddy’s Home 2.”

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