Monday, August 20, 2018

Disney’s Live-Action “Mulan” Coming Soon, Cast Includes Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee with Gong Li and Jet Li

Production on Disney's "Mulan," a live-action adaptation of the studio's 1998 animated feature, has begun. The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China and will open in Philippine theaters on March 27, 2020. 

 

Liu Yifei ("The Forbidden Kingdom," "Once Upon a Time") was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. Joining her in the film are: Donnie Yen ("Star Wars: Rogue One"); Jason Scott Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny"); Yoson An ("The Meg"); Utkarsh Ambudkar ("Pitch Perfect"); Ron Yuan ("Marco Polo"); Tzi Ma ("Arrival"); Rosalind Chao ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"); Cheng Pei-Pei ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"); Nelson Lee;  Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li ("Memoirs of a Geisha," "Raise the Red Lantern") and Jet Li ("Shaolin Temple," "Lethal Weapon 4").


"Mulan" is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China's greatest warriors ever.

 

"Mulan" is directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider," "McFarland USA") from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver ("Jurassic World," "In the Heart of the Sea") and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem "The Ballad of Mulan." The producers are Jason T. Reed ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"), Chris Bender ("A History of Violence") and Jake Weiner ("Criminal") with Barrie M. Osborne ("The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"), Bill Kong ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Monster Hunt") and Tim Coddington ("Crazy Rich Asians") serving as executive producers.


Disney's animated feature, which was released in 1998, starred Ming-Na Wen, Miguel Ferrer and Eddie Murphy and was nominated for an Oscar® and two Golden Globe® Awards.

 

The story of the legendary warrior is one of China's most popular folktales, and is still a part of the curriculum in Chinese schools today.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Kim, Alex, Robi, and Melai Follow Stories and Journeys of Filipino Dreamers in “Star Hunt” Starting August 20

Some of the country's brightest stars today started their journey to stardom with a simple audition – all it took was a confidence, a spark of hope, and a little dream.

Filipino dreamers get their place in the spotlight and share their stories on ABS-CBN's grand audition show "Star Hunt," which premieres on Monday (August 20) on Kapamilya Gold.

The show will heavily feature the stories and talents of promising Star Dreamers or auditionees who came to ABS-CBN's "Star Hunt" auditions in 13 locations in and out of the country.

They will be introduced to viewers by the show's hosts Kim Chiu, Alex Gonzaga, Robi Domingo, and Melai Cantiveros – stars who were once dreamers and showcased their authenticity on "Pinoy Big Brother."

But more than highlighting the Star Dreamers' life stories and aspirations, the show will follow their journey to achieving their dreams and improving their skills. 

So far, many successful Star Dreamers have become or may become a part of "I Can See Your Voice," "Tawag ng Tanghalan," "Dance Kids," "Pilipinas Got Talent," "MMK," "Pinoy Big Brother" and the soon-to-be-launched dance competition "World of Dance Philippines."

"Star Hunt" will also give opportunities to the Star Dreamers to appear in or join ABS-CBN's different platforms, whether it is on television, radio, online, movies, or music. 

Which of the Star Dreamers will become a housemate in the newest season of "Pinoy Big Brother"? How are Piolo Pascual and Coco Martin help some of the Star Dreamers achieve their dream?

Don't miss the premiere of "Star Hunt" on Monday (August 20) on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow visit fb.com/starhuntabscbn and follow @@starhuntabscbn on Twitter and Instagram.

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