Mike Tyson Joins 'Ip Man 3' To Fight With Donnie Yen
SHANGHAI, May 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, invited by famous Chinese producer and entrepreneur Shi Jianxiang, officially joined the cast of Ip Man 3 on a press conference in Shanghai on May 6, 2015. The $36 million Kung Fu biopic reunites the team that made the first two movies, and is executive-produced by Shi, founder and CEO of Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group.
Martial artist Donnie Yen, who will reprise his role as Ip Man in the third installment, exchanged gifts with Tyson on Wednesday's press conference. Tyson gave a boxing glove to Yen, who in return gave a set of mook jongs, or wooden dummies used in martial arts training. Executive producer Shi also sent a sword to Tyson, wishing him a thriving film career in China.
According to Shi, Tyson decided to come aboard right after a conversation with him on a Chinese Kong Fu movie earlier this year, when Shi was invited to Los Angeles for the Oscars and investment opportunities with Paramount Pictures. Tyson said he's a big fan of Ip Man and has watched the first two movies more than three times each.
"I liked reading martial arts novels when I was a little child, and have been fascinated with Kong Fu since then," said Shi. "I think of myself as macho, generous and bold, just like those novel characters. After talking with Tyson, I also found him warm and loyal to friends. That's why we swore to be brothers."
Ip Man (1893-1972) was a Chinese martial artist who popularized the practice of Wing Chun, a discipline specialized in close-range combat. One of his most famous pupils was Bruce Lee, who later developed his own discipline, Jeet Kune Do. Ip Man 3 focuses on the master-student relationship between Ip Man and Bruce Lee. But in the opinion of Shi, the movie is not just a story.
"The movie also conveys the spirit of emotion and justice," said Shi. "This year marks the 70th anniversary of World War II, and the 110th of the founding of the Chinese film industry. I feel like I'm not only publishing a movie, but carrying forward the Chinese spirit as well."
Tyson is set to have a significant role in Ip Man 3, playing a property developer who also happens to be a street fighter. He's going to have some intense fighting scenes with Donnie Yen. Shi hopes that the introduction of Tyson can further facilitate the cultural exchange between China and U.S., especially in the film industry.
"I always have a dream about Chinese movies," said Shi. "Chinese culture can provide such great raw ingredients, but we lack techniques and professionalism of production. By learning from the Hollywood, we can play a greater role on the world stage and make our voices heard."
Shi said as China's movies industry continuing to soar, it has drawn continued investment and more attention from overseas stars. In 2012, the Asian superpower overtook Japan to become the second largest film market worldwide, closing fast on the international movie giant the U.S. China's box office grew 37% over the past year to $4.8 billion. Every day in China, 15 new cinema screens are added to the country's huge collection of 25,000.
In this favorable environment, the previous Ip Man series produced by Pegasus Films chief Raymond Wong grossed $37 million worldwide, and created a sensation for a while among the audience. Shi is therefore optimistic about the box office prospects of Ip Man 3, which is tentatively scheduled for release in 3D in the first quarter of 2016.
Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi, has expressed the readiness of his Administration to handover on May 29. Amaechi who dismissed rumours he would not be handing over the reign of governance on the date, wondered what he would be doing in office after May 29. The Rivers state Governor averred that the entire cabinet has made ready their notes preparatory to the terminal date of his regime.
“We are ready for handover unlike the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the centre that is busy making new appointments and sacking people. They have refused to brief the Muhammadu Buhari Transition Team and All Progressives Congress, APC, is not screaming blue murder. Rather, the APC at the centre is meeting and planning and preparing for government”.
Painting an ugly scenario in Rivers State, Gov. Amaechi stated that rather than support democracy, PDP has been busy doctoring election results and Voter Register.
“Unfortunately in Rivers State, the PDP is busy doctoring election results, doctoring Voter Register as to cover their stolen mandate, and crying wolf to cover their mischief”.
Amaechi who spoke through the Rivers State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, added that whoever would take over from him has no reason to panic.
In a statement in Port Harcourt on Friday, Semenitari dismissed insinuations the outgoing regime had shown no co-operation with the man the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared winner of the April 11 governorship election in Rivers State. While dismissing reports the outgoing Administration has been un-co-operative with the PDP, Semenitari allayed such fears saying that PDP already has everything going for it. “They stole the outcome of the April 11 election and gave no hoot; they declared their candidates winners with the criminal connivance of INEC and cared less about local, national and international opinion that what took place in Rivers state on April 11 was everything but an election. The more APC had pushed for electoral materials which are statutory demands of an electoral litigation, the farther PDP and INEC had kept it, and seemingly, they have had their way. So, they have all going for them. They have nothing to worry about. If and when Mr. Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike, will be sworn in, the issue of handover notes and other statutory briefings should not be any worry to him. Already Wike has as part of his transition team the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Renner Ikuru, who is ViceChairman of the Rivers Stare Executive Council, and who is abreast of all projects and Programmes of the current administration, having chaired many sensitive state government committees as well as state cabinet meetings”, Semenitari said.
“After all, PDP has constituted Inauguration and Transition Committees, respectively”.
The Information and Communications Commissioner who insisted PDP stole the mandate it is parading, reasoned that with the pair of Ikuru and Wike, PDP should have no difficulty with any briefings that they might need from the current administration. She advised PDP to learn from APC which has not raised any hairs despite what are deliberate steps at the centre to provoke the party. “Governor Amaechi has not made any new appointment as he knows he is leaving office, unlike what PDP is doing at the centre. They are busy sacking and making appointments, functions that should be entirely left for the incoming Administration. Provocative as it is, APC has rather, concerned itself with continued preparations to give Nigerians good governance. APC has refused to dance to PDP’s evil drumbeats, choosing to show maturity.
“Let PDP in Rivers state leave Governor Amaechi alone. He is a busy man and did not contest any elections. Governor Amaechi is known for committing his all into any worthy assignment or duty he is called to do. Having governed Rivers State for close to eight years, Amaechi cannot be happier that history and posterity will judge him fairly. A fact a million PDPs cannot obliterate”.
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A Question for the Nigerian Politician Alleged To Have Instigated the Murder of More than 55 People An Open Question for Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the Gubernatorial Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Rivers State in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. If you are sure that more people love you enough to vote for you, would you need guns, machetes and thugs to attack and murder supporters of your rival opponent? - See more at: http://www.nigeriansreport.com/2015/04/an-open-question-for-ezenwo-nyesom-wike.html#sthash.QS4PFVfc.dpuf.
When we ignore a massacre, we are encouraging a genocide.
When we ignore the impunity of political tyranny, we are guilty of failing to protest against man's inhumanity to man. And by our failure, we are as guilty as those aiding and abetting the crimes against humanity from Darfur to the Congo and from the Congo to the Niger Delta and from the Niger Delta to north eastern Nigeria. A massacre is an indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of many people. And killing more than 55 people is a massacre! And that is what happened in Rivers State during the 2015 general elections in Nigeria from March to April. But, the Nigerian government is living in denial of it, because the perpetrators of this horrible massacre are members and supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the victims were members and supporters of the rival All Progressives Congress (APC). All the horrifying and terrifying genocides in history started with a massacre. That was how the catastrophic Armenian Genocide, Darfur Genocide and Rwanda Genocide started. When we ignore a massacre, we have become accomplices of the perpetrators. Do we have to wait until the massacre continues and becomes another genocide like the Rwanda Genocide that claimed 500,000–1,000,000 lives from April 7 – July 15, 1994, before our very eyes?
It is the desperate evil greed for power that turned Hitler into a monster and caused the World War II that claimed more than 60 million lives!
Jillian Ada Kelly Releases New Book: THE MOVIE MAKER: CHARLES O. BAUMANN Great-granddaughter of early 1900s silent film pioneer writes how he discovered Chaplin, Sennett, and many more
GOLD COUNTRY, Calif., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Charlie Chaplin and Mack Sennett have been household names for 100 years, but few people know how they got their start in the film industry. Who were the career-makers of the early 1900s in film? They were brave pioneers like author Jillian Ada Kelly's great-grandfather Charles O. Baumann who helped forge a new industry and set the standard for how films are made to this day.
Before there was ever a Hollywood, there were great filmmakers, producers, directors, and movie executives in New York and New Jersey, those who paved the way for the greatest industry in the world, the movie industry. In the new book THE MOVIE MAKER: CHARLES O. BAUMANN Silent Era Film Pioneer Who Discovered Chaplin, Sennett, Ince, and Many More Kelly shares her great-grandfather's journey and phenomenal success in the early film industry. She writes:
"Not only was Charles Baumann a producer, director, distributor, financier, and an executive of filmmaking, he was also a visionary and a man of many firsts in an industry of imitators. He was the first to supply movie houses with posters for advertising in 1909; the first to hire Mack Sennett, the 'King of Comedy,' as a director in 1909; the first to make multiple-reel weekly movies in 1910; the first President, and co-founder, of Universal Film Manufacturing Company (now Universal Studios, the oldest studio in the U.S.) in 1912; the first to hire Charlie Chaplin for a movie role in 1913; the first to bring together top directors Mack Sennett, Thomas H. Ince, and D. W. Griffith, with top actors, including first-time movie actor Douglas Fairbanks, to form the powerhouse Triangle Film Corporation in 1915; and the first to create a money-lending corporation, the Great Northern Finance Corporation, to fund aspiring movie producers to create excellent cinema in 1921. These are just a few, but certainly not all, of the pioneering things that Charles O. Baumann did to help mold and bring greatness to the motion picture industry."
Kelly shares her inspiration for writing this book: "My great-grandfather had such a profound impact on the early film industry, I wanted to ensure that he was not forgotten."
Book is available in paperback and as an eBook at: http://www.JillianAdaKelly.com
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“American Sniper” is the Highest-Grossing Film of 2014
March 8, 2015
The Clint Eastwood-directed drama, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, has also crossed $500 million worldwide and counting
Burbank, CA –Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “American Sniper” has surpassed two more major milestones, emerging as the top-grossing domestic release of 2014. The film has also surpassed half a billion dollars worldwide, and still climbing. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, and Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
To date, the film has grossed an estimated $337.2 million at the domestic box office, and still counting, making it the highest-grossing film in director Clint Eastwood’s long and illustrious career. Among its many other records, “American Sniper” is also the number one war movie of all time and the top-grossing film in the career of Bradley Cooper, who earned his third consecutive Oscar nomination, for his portrayal of the film’s title character, Chris Kyle.
In addition to its domestic success, “American Sniper” is drawing large numbers of moviegoers overseas, where it is currently in release in 57 markets. The film, to date, has earned an estimated $163 million at the international box office, for an extraordinary worldwide total of $500.2 million and rising.
In making the announcement, Fellman said, “From its record-breaking Christmas opening, ‘American Sniper’ has been a box office phenomenon. The film’s A+ CinemaScore in every category has translated into enthusiastic word-of-mouth that continues to generate both first-time and repeat business. We could not be happier for Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and everyone on the incredible filmmaking team on this remarkable achievement.”
Kroll stated, “‘American Sniper’ has become a cultural touchstone that people want to share, discuss and remember. We are thrilled that the movie is still filling theatres, not only in the United States but around the globe, as filmgoers everywhere experience the power of the story of Chris and Taya Kyle.”
“We are all so proud of ‘American Sniper,’” Silverman added. “Its box office success is not only a testament to the talents of Clint, Bradley and all those involved in the film, but also a measure of our appreciation for the sacrifices of all veterans and their families. Congratulations to our partners at Village Roadshow and Ratpac-Dune and everyone behind ‘American Sniper’ on reaching another momentous benchmark.”
Kwan Vandenberg noted, “Clint Eastwood has delivered a powerful story on the personal cost of conflict, and the response we’re seeing internationally alike reflects the universal reach of this compelling drama. Along with our partners at Village Roadshow, we couldn’t be more thrilled with these spectacular results.”
Eastwood directed “American Sniper” from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Jim DeFelice and Scott McEwen. Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller star in the film, produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim, Steven Mnuchin and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Mad Chance Production, A 22nd & Indiana Production, “American Sniper.” The film is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. “American Sniper” has been rated R for strong and disturbing war violence and language throughout, including some sexual references. americansnipermovie.com