by DuongApt at 03-16-2020, 04:29 AM
The coronavirus is having a big impact on the box office as it hit the lowest levels in over two decades. It is believed the weekend only generated roughly $55.3 million between Friday and Sunday. Only Pixar's Onward was able to earn over $10 million, while other new releases took a nosedive. The animated movie took in a total of $10.5 million for the weekend, which was more than enough to land it in the number one spot, tough with a drop of over 70% compared to last weekend. So far, the movie has made just over $101 million globally.
I Still Believe took the second position at this weekend's box office with $9.5 million. The faith-based drama is the highest earning newcomer of the week. Box office totals have not been this bad since the middle of September in 2000. This was to be expected as theaters cut occupancy in half or shut down altogether. Vin Diesel's Bloodshot debuted at number three this weekend with $9.3 million. The comic book movie was estimated to bring in at least $10 million, but that obviously did not happen.
It looks like things are going to get worse before they get better because of the coronavirus. People are attempting to stay indoors and avoid big gatherings. The Invisible Man took the fourth spot this weekend with $6 million. The horror thriller continues to be another hit for Blumhouse. The Hunt debuted at number five after taking in $5.3 million. The low ticket sales for this weekend are a combination of people staying home and theaters cutting their capacity.
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Sonic The Hedgehog came in at number six this weekend after bringing in $2.5 million. The video game movie has been able to get some decent reviews from critics and viewers, while Jim Carrey's performance gets tons of praise. The Way Back was able to grab the seventh spot this weekend after earning $2.4 million. The Ben Affleck-starring movie has not been able to live up to its hype since hitting theaters last weekend.
The Call of the Wild came in at number eight this weekend with $2.2 Million. When all is said and done, it is believed that the movie will lose around $50 million. Things could get worse as theaters start to cut capacity and close. Emma and Bad Boys for Life took the ninth and tenth spots with $1.3 million and $1.1 million, respectively. For now, things are starting to look pretty bad for the future at the box office as more and more people start to stay inside. You can check out the rest of this weekend's numbers over at Box Office Mojo.
by clarkkenallstar at 03-16-2020, 04:27 AM
When a film is said to have two Will Smiths, you enter the theatre with double the expectations. 

Gemini Man has a promising start as our aging protagonist, Henry Brogan (Will Smith) is introduced as the best government assassin there is. Henry can shoot a target on a moving train from a two kilometre distance and once you see that happening, you’re convinced of his perfect skills. But this 51-years-old hitman decides to retire from his job as his conscience begins to bother him. 

Henry meets Danny (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), an undercover agent surveilling him. The two claim to not trust people easily but are instantaneously found risking their lives for each other after just one date. Henry  finds out that the agency he works for is corrupt and has joined hands with a top-secret black ops unit “Gemini” headed by Clay Varris (Clive Owen) to assassinate innocent people for personal gain. Later, Henry has his first encounter with the man Varris has sent to kill him. After a couple of well choreographed fight and chase sequences, we find out that this hitman is none other than Henry’s clone... 

The film gets predictable thereafter. Repetitive fight sequences, some  emotional barrage between Henry and his cloned younger self and lots of plot spins follow. The film offers no background sketches for its characters. We are taken into flashbacks that leave you more confused about Henry’s past than before. Danny is a great partner and fights well but who is she, where is she from and why is she ready to sacrifice her life for Henry -- we have no answers to all that. As for the clone, “Junior”, the VFX is commendable indeed but we again get no sense of who he is. The story does no justice to either Smith or his co-stars. Director Ang Lee  doesn't give the audience anything to hold onto. 

Gemini Man was conceptualised in 1997 when cloning in movies was still a novelty  Several big names like Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were associated with the film but later dropped out. Taking a cue from its 20-year-long development hell, the producers should have steered clear of the project.   David Benioff, who is famous for writing and directing Game of Thrones has co-written the film but the man seems to have missed his shot on this one by a long mile. 

Will Smith and Ang Lee both have formidable reputations but their fans are surely going to be disappointed by this half-baked product. 

by DuongApt at 03-16-2020, 03:52 AM
Unfortunately, Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan was one of the movies pushed back amidst the growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the United States. It’s not clear when the movie will get released in theaters. But we can bide our time with a new Mulan featurette and a couple clips from the movie. Check them out below.
This is an extensive look behind the scenes at the movie directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek, based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.” Not only does it provide the basics of the story, for those who maybe didn’t grow up with Disney’s original animated movie from 1998. But it also showcases some of the epic battle sequences and gorgeous cinematography that will be on display.
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Unlike the rest of Disney’s live-action remakes. This one looks like it may improve upon the original by stepping away from the musical elements and giving it a different kind of fantastical edge. There may not be a talking dragon sidekick. But there is a dangerous witch for a villain.
For even more of a glimpse at what we’ll waiting to see at an undetermined time. Here are a couple clips:
Mulan stars Yifei Liu as the brave Mulan, Donnie Yen as Commander Tung. Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan. Yoson An as Cheng Honghui. Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor.
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun. She is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
Mulan was originally slated for release this month. But it’s now delayed without a new release date.
by DuongApt at 03-16-2020, 03:44 AM
Sam Raimi adds his name to the list of high-profile creatives who are somehow associated with the forthcoming mobile streaming platform Quibi. The horror maestro executive produces the anthology horror series 50 States of Fright. Which has a pretty self-explanatory title: each 10-minute episode centers around a different local urban legend in a different city. Watch the 50 States of Fright trailer below.
Produced by Gunpowder & Sky and executive produced by Sam Raimi. So 50 States of Fright tells a different tale of terror in 10 minute-episodes, exploring stories inspired by local urban legends across America. The series will take “viewers deeper into the horrors that lurk just beneath the surface of our country,” according to Quibi. So the tales highlighted in the first season of 50 States of Fright hail from Colorado. Florida. Iowa. Kansas. Michigan. Minnesota. Missouri. Oregon and Washington.
50 States of Fright Trailer
“You know how it is with local legends,” a character says in the spooky and very short trailer for 50 States of Fright. “Every town has one.”
The trailer is way too short, but packed full of spooky imagery and jump scares, like every Quibi trailer, it’s intriguing and well-produced. But is it enough to get people to subscribe to a platform that offers 7-10 minute episodes on only mobile devices? So we’ll have to see.
However, 50 States of Fright features quite the star-studded cast, with The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles‘ Christina Ricci, Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s Jacob Batalon, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ming-Na Wen, American Horror Story‘s Taissa Farmiga, and Sex Education‘s Asa Butterfield among the stars appearing in the series. Travis Fimmel. John Marshall Jones. Ron Livingston. Victoria Justice. Karen Allen. Colin Ford. Alex Fitzalan. James Ransone. Emily Hampshire. Elizabeth Reaser. Rory Culkin. Warren Christie. Danay Garcia and William B. Davis round out the cast.
So filmmakers like Scott Beck (the co-writer of A Quiet Place), Isa Mazei and Daniel Goldhaber (Cam) and Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground) are directing episodes of the series.
Above all, 50 States of Fright will debut on Quibi sometimes after the streaming service’s launch on April 6, 2020.
by kold123 at 03-16-2020, 03:29 AM
Nine to Five – the debut title from Redhill Games – casts a grim future where corporations rule everything and being a dangerous mercenary is an occupation. However, the game aims to make competitive tactical shooting anything but boring.
The game is centered around matches between three teams of three players each fighting over three rounds, complete with changing objectives and ways each round influences the subsequent ones to mix things up and foster strategy. It'll also be interesting how weapons and any other player characteristics possibly manifest in the moment-to-moment gameplay.

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A lot of modern shooters are often too chaotic and random to let you enjoy them," saysMatias Myllyrinne Redhill CEO. "With Nine to Five, we’re challenging players with creative new mechanics to bring back that classic feeling of playing with friends, finding your role, and working together to outplay the competition."
Redhill, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, but with developers around the world, is made up of talent from well-known studios such as Remedy and Wargaming.
by DuongApt at 03-16-2020, 03:26 AM
Wang Sheng (Chen Kun) is a general who rescues a young woman named Xiao Wei (Zhou Xun) during a raid against desert bandits. Hearing that she is alone in the world he takes her as one of his household’s servants back home. But quickly after her arrival, people are found dead in the city. Their hearts ripped off. Wang’s wife Peirong (Zhao Wei) suspects Xiao Wei. But the latter has won everyone over with a kindness.
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When Wang’s brother Pang Yong (Donnie Yen) comes back from a two-year absence. Peirong begs him to investigate the matter, which he does, with the help of Xia Bin (Sun Li). A young woman pretending to be a “demon-buster”. Adapted from Pu Songling’s short stories in Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio. Gordon Chan’s Painted Skin was a big hit in Asia, as well as Hong Kong’s submission for the Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2008. But this latter bidd for worlwide recognition fell flat, and understandably so : Gordon Chan’s film is a ghost story. But one that follows conventions quite alien to western ones.
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There is no actual mystery to begin with: We know from the beginning that Zhou Xun’s character is a ghoul (or “fox spirit” as they call it), and that the murderer is Xiao Yi, a “toad spirit” who helps her out of love, eating hearts being a way for her to remain young. In fact Pang Yong and Xia Bin’s investigation is more like flirtatious bantering scored to mickey-mousing music, and is far from being the main focus of the film. That is because Painted Skin (Hoa Bi Truyen) is mainly a love story, or rather several love stories. What revelations there are in the course of the film are about the nature of the relationships between the characters, with an emphasis on unrequited love.
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Xiao Wei, the fox spirit, does eat hearts, but what she wants is to be loved by Wang Shen. This romantic subversion of what seemed to be a horror set-up makes Painted Skin a fascinating experience ; Xiao Wei, who goes about eating human hearts, wants Wang Shen’s heart, though not in the flesh-eating sense. But in the romantic sense. Wang Shen, meanwhile, is having erotic dreams about her, but loves his wife Peirong more than anything in the world. Peirong herself chose Wang Sheng over Pang Yong, to the latter’s despair, which prompted his two-year absence. Telling it like that makes it sound like a soap opera, but the way the different love stories are interweaved together and underpinned by the horror element is powerfully intriguing, and the uniformly excellent cast is a blessing.
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The film belongs to Zhao Wei and Zhou Xun. The former powerfully likeable and moving. And the latter bewitching in her ability to go from scary to touching in the blink of an eye. But the supporting cast is just as superb, with Donnie Yen bringing not only a stylish action element to the proceedings. But also a good deal of levity, mostly in his relationship with the charming Sun Li. Only the androgynous Chen Kun is slightly weak in a role that required a gravitas he doesn’t possess.
Visually, Painted Skin (phim hanh dong 2020) is a feast for the eyes, from Arthur Wong’s ravishing illumination-like photography, to Gordon Chan’s smooth, hypnotic directing. Chan has been churning out good films and bad films for a while. But this is the first time he comes close to a great film. Ikuro Fujiwara’s score is both spot-on and left-field. There’s a heart-breaking main theme, but also an almost tango-like action motif that superbly compliments Tung Wei’s expert choreography in the sparse but effective action scenes.
Long Story Short : A powerful love story under the painted skin of an intriguing supernatural tale. Painted Skin is one of a kind, and features two superb actresses at the height of their talent.
by kold123 at 03-15-2020, 06:56 PM
In 2016, id Software revived the Doom franchise spectacularly. The action was fast and frantic in all the right ways. The tone was a humorous mix of hardcore heavy metal and Saturday morning cartoons, which felt right. In short, it was the perfect revival for the series. After playing the opening three hours of Doom Eternal, I walked away with the sense that it could be a perfect sequel. Here are five reasons Doom fans should be excited to return to hell on March 20.
1) The core loop is still addicting

Doom (2016) put a creative spin on some of the best concepts from ‘90s shooters. Players were encouraged to get close and personal as they mixed it up in firefights. If you run low on health, you could perform a close-quarters glory kill to gain a health boost, and if you were running low of ammo, you could rip through the enemy with a chainsaw for an ammo refill. 

Does any of this make logical sense? Not, but after overcoming a room full of fireballs and taking down a small army of demons, it’s hard not to throw up the devil horns in triumph. Eternal adds one smart addition to this combat loop: The Doom Slayer is now equipped with a shoulder-mounted flamethrower, which sets enemies ablaze and earns you some extra armor. Making use of both the flamethrower and the glory kills is the only way to survive some of Doom Eternal’s more challenging encounters. But once you master Eternal’s core combat, you'll feel unstoppable.

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2) Movement is your best friend
Doom is about speed. While some shooters force you to find cover and hide, Doom encourages you to dance across the battlefield. If you spend too much time in one spot, you'll meet your death soon. Eternal gives fans more traversal options to work with than ever before. For starters, you can now swing across monkey bars and climb up designated walls to reach new areas. 
The redesigned Super Shotgun also has a grappling hook that can be used to launch yourself toward enemies. However, one of the best new tools for navigating a firefight is the new dash mechanic.
Not only can you dash twice in a row, you can dash on the ground and in the air. Making good use of this maneuver makes you a hard target, and it can mean the difference between life and death.

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3) You’ll want to use more than just the shotgun
Shotguns are easy to love just point and shoot and watch your enemies tremble in fear if they’re not exploding from the blast. The Doom series is full of great shotguns, and Doom Eternal is no exception. However, many of the other weapons in Eternal could give the classic shotgun a run for its money. Many weapons have special use cases that make them the best tool for the job.

For example, if you toss a grenade into the mouth of a cacodemon, it instantly enters a stagger state allowing for an instantaneous glory kill takedown. 
Likewise, the heavy cannon’s sniping mode can be used to instantly remove the rocket launchers off the back of Revenants, which practically neuters them in combat. Basic grenades can be toggled into ice bombs, which freezes enemies in place. 
I’m also a big fan of the redesigned plasma rifle and its microwave beam upgrade, which allows you to lock onto an enemy and pump them full of superheated energy until they explode like my tummy after Taco Bell.

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4) You can upgrade everything
A lot of games embrace RPG mechanics, so you can constantly level up your gear. Doom Eternal takes upgrading systems to the extreme. For example, weapons mods still allow you to do some great things with your guns, such as turn the combat shotgun into a full-auto Gatling shotgun.
Weapon upgrade perk points boost individual weapon’s damage outputs. Meanwhile, sentinel crystals are scattered across each level; these can be used to permanently upgrade things like your health, armor, and ammo storage. Runes are a separate pickup, which can be used to augment your abilities, granting you the ability to slow time in midair or perform faster glory kills.

used a rune to give yourself an ability that automatically slowed time whenever you about to die, which saved your skin more than once. Finally, praetor suit points further enhance your abilities, revealing special items on the minimap, letting you mantle or switch weapons much faster, and making you immune to explosive barrels. There are so many ways to upgrade your abilities that you'll be a little overwhelmed at first, but you constantly felt like your skills were improving.

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5) The story is bonkers in a good way
The story in Doom games was always a bit of a joke, but Doom (2016) embraced the joke, resulting in a humorous narrative that felt both entertaining and epic. After stopping the forces of hell from invading our system in 2016, it seemed like the galaxy could settle down for some relative peace. Naptime is over; hell is back, and the Doom Slayer is ready to make good use of his shotgun. 
In Eternal, players will gain a larger view of the Doom universe than ever before. They’ll travel through a battered version of Earth and push back the demonic hordes that seem intent on sacrificing our planet to a mysterious new force. 
There are even hints that the Doom Slayer might explore heaven for the first time in the series, which would explain these angelic-like figures we’ve seen in some of Eternal’s trailers. I’m a little surprised to say this, but I’m excited to see where this story goes.

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by kold123 at 03-15-2020, 05:24 PM
Frictional Games picked up steam the last few days, teasing its next project, treating fans to found footage and audio clips to piece together. 
Today, the acclaimed horror developer, best known for hits like Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Soma, finally unveiled its upcoming game: Amnesia: Rebirth
The game is set to come out later this year.

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Amnesia: Rebirth is a whole new story set in the world of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. This time, you retrace the journey of Tasi Trianon through the desolate Algerian desert. It's said her quest will "explore the limits of human resilience." 

Details are yet to come, but here are some tidbits from the press release: you pull together fragments of a shattered past, time is your enemies, and if you can't pull it off, you will lose everything. To get a glimpse at the game, you can watch the reveal trailer, which focuses on a downed airplane.
Right now, Amnesia Rebirth is set to come out this fall on PS4 and PC. 
by kold123 at 03-15-2020, 05:11 PM
...though it's looked very likely that Mania season will be postponed indefinitely.
The global outbreak of Coronavirus has now lead to the USA banning travel from the U.K. and Ireland - in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus - meaning that British and Irish wrestling fans won't be able to make it over to Tampa, Florida, should the event take place.
With WWE still yet to confirm whether or not WrestleMania 36 will still be going ahead, many fans around the world were reluctant to re-arrange their travel arrangements and plans for the event. 
However, with the USA now extending their European travel ban to include the U.K. and Ireland it looks as though British fans won't be attending Mania regardless.

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As of right now, the ban is expected to last 30 days, which means that other events such as UFC London aren't expected to take place as originally planned, either.
Surely, now that most of Europe won't be able to attend the Show of Shows, meaning a large chunk of revenue won't be heading into Tampa for the event - the suspending of WrestleMania this year is more of a matter of when than if.
by kold123 at 03-15-2020, 04:55 PM
She also showed the differences between Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey.
Speaking to TV Insider's Scott Fisherman recently, Becky Lynch spoke about some topics including her upcoming clash with Shayna Baszler and how the WWE locker room was dealing with the Coronavirus.
Discussing the differences between Baszler and her rival from last year's WrestleMania Ronda Rousey, "the man" said the following:
'It’s a different animal with Shayna Baszler. The thing about Shayna is whatever you want to say about it, she has been wrestling longer. She is the one who got Ronda into wrestling because she was such a huge fan. We also haven’t seen what she can truly do on RAW. We’ve seen it on NXT. It’s a whole new kettle of fish up on RAW. Ronda is an anomaly. She came in and had this background and pedigree and a worldwide star. We all knew what she was capable of. Shayna is a little less well-known, but I think in that realm she had a lot more to prove.'

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So, it looks as though Lynch is suggesting that Baszler had to try harder to get people's attention. After biting Lynch's neck and tearing through the rest of the Raw Women's division at Elimination Chamber she's managed to do just that.
Lynch later went on to address how she and the rest of the WWE locker room were reacting to the Coronavirus outbreak:
'It’s business as usual. I think we’re constantly meeting different people. We’re constantly shaking hands. We know to use hand sanitizer. We’re always exposed to so many different bacteria in our lives and so many different countries. You can’t freak out about any of this stuff. You have to continue and hope for the best.'
It's nice to see that this pandemic hasn't effected the roster too much, but we're already seeing that meet-and-greets and live shows are being canceled due to the virus.
Will Lynch and co. still get their 'Mania moment as originally scheduled or will WWE be forced to suspend the event until further notice?
Stay tuned for more updates.
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