Christian Bale, always the serious actor that he is, furthered his repertoire of diverse roles when he ventured abroad earlier this year to star in Zhang Yimou's WWII epic, Heroes of Nanking. After a 20 minute screening of selected footage to buyers in Toronto, the film was unveiled with a new name: The Flowers of War.

The film will be released in China on December 16, and the hope is to release it at more or less the same time in the US and other countries.

New Pictures: The Avengers

Marvel Studios recently released official pictures of The Avengers, next year's Citizen Kane of all superhero action flicks. Directed by the brilliant Joss Whedon, the genius behind cult television favourites such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, The Avengers will be assembling a star studded cast to don the various superhero outfits. Here are some of the official photos. What do you guys think?

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Most Hollywood projects based off films from other countries try to distance themselves from the originals by either transposing the film to an American setting or changing the context of the story, but David Fincher seems unafraid to tackle Stieg Larsson's much beloved novel The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo head on: he will be retaining the Swedish setting, instead of transposing the entire story world to America.

This means that the comparisons between actresses Rooney Mara and Noomi Rapace will be inevitable. But judging from recent pictures released, Mara really looks to be dialling up that attitude. We're really hoping for her to kick ass in the movie, out in December.
Marvel Studios, which is in production on the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers, is making a full commitment to Thor 2, with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the title hero. Considering the success of the film - The film has grossed $437 million worldwide so far with a few territories still playing out - the decision for a sequel was a no-brainer. Kenneth Branagh, who directed Thor, will not be back however. Still, Branagh will likely be involved in some producing capacity.

Disney has set a July 26, 2013 release date for Thor 2. Disney and Marvel have already slotted the Robert Downey Jr-starrer Iron Man 3 to open May 3, 2013.

The Avengers, the ensemble Marvel superhero comic book-to-film adaptation that will be released in 2012, is not being shot in 3d. Originally it was slated to be filmed in 3d, but Mark Ruffalo, who stars in the film as The Hulk, recently took to twitter to confirm definitively that “Avengers is not being shot in 3D.

Director Zhang Yimou`s Heroes of Nanking is unlike anything seen before from China. The $100 million period epic, the most expensive production in Chinese history, recounts how Japanese invaders massacred hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians in 1937. It`s the type of feature that normally would have very little audience beyond the Asian market. But there is nothing normal about Heroes of Nanking.

The shoot for Nanking began in January and wrapped this month, with recent Oscar winner Christian Bale in the lead -- the first major Hollywood star to come aboard a big Chinese release. In the film, Bale plays an American tasked with saving a mix of Chinese schoolgirls and local courtesans. About 40 percent of the dialogue will be in English.
Hollywood remakes of movies tend to be greeted with a general air of disdain.

Stieg Larsson's award-winning crime novel The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the first in his celebrated Millennium series, has already been adapted for the screen in 2009. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, the swedish produced film is generally regarded as the best in the trilogy.

When a Hollywood remake of the swedish film was initially announced, fans of the novel were antagonistic towards it. When David Fincher was attached to the project, however, popular opinion started swaying the other way, what with him winning worldwide acclaim with The Social Network.

Now, the first trailer for the American version is out, and we love how studio execs decided to market it as "the feel bad movie of Christmas". Not to mention that Rooney Mara (also of The Social Network fame) manages to look both edgy AND hot at the time. What do you guys think?
Zhang Ziyi was in town on Sunday to lend support as ambassador of ScreenSingapore.

She attended the red carpet gala  premiere of horror film The Devil Inside Me.

Other stars who were there include Colin Chou, Yan Ni, Xie Nan and Liu Yan, who were here to promote the action-fantasy film Mural.

A slew of local stars also attended the opening night premiere.

Billed as a hybrid event with a focus on business aspects of the film industry, Screensingapore is a collaboration between Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA) and Experia Events. Film Business Asia reported that each party are contributing about S$4 million in the initial year.

Eleven red carpet premieres will be held as part of ScreenSingapore, including the world premiere of chinese action-comedy flick Treasure Inn and the international premiere of Japanese film Paradise Kiss.


Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced that Henry Cavill has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero.
The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who stated, “In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen.  I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry.  He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.


HOMECOMING is now proving to be the most successful collaboration between Singapore and Malaysia. Since its release on 19 January 2011 in Malaysia, the film has scored RM$3.3 million at the box office, and continues to pull in Malaysian audiences through its 3rd week of release! Having struck box office gold in Malaysia, HOMECOMING now sets its sights on hitting a home run at the Singapore box office. The movie was released in Singapore on 3 February 2011, and has been well received by critics and moviegoers alike. In fact, the movie has been voted as the top audience choice in Singapore for Chinese New Year films according to Lianhe Wanbao. The word-of-mouth of the film has also been overwhelmingly positive, as Singaporean audiences want to share the laughter with their Malaysian neighbours!
In celebration of the release of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Warner Bros. has created a special Harry Potter promotional display to be featured in Singapore.  For the very first time, a selection of actual props and costumes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 will be on display, allowing Singaporeans to be the first in Asia to see the artifacts from the film. The costumes of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Scabior and Fenrir Greyback will be featured together with their wands.

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