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Kevin and Sam Sorbo‘God’s Not Dead’s Kevin Sorbo Takes Hollywood & Media To Task As He Backs Crowdfunding Campaign For Telefilm On Convicted Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell
By Anita Busch
EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Sorbo is co-star of the past two weekends’ box office pleaser God’s Not Dead, which has pulled in $24M to date on a $2M budget. Now he is putting his name behind an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help launch the tele-production of Gosnell – the story of the Philadelphia doctor who ran the abortion clinic from hell and was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder — but not without taking a shot at the media and Hollywood.

Keanu Reeves, Eli Roth To Team On Thriller ‘Knock Knock’
By Mike Fleming, Jr.
EXCLUSIVE: There are going to be plenty of film packages that spark buyers at Cannes, and here’s a fresh one that isn’t even waiting for the Croisette. Keanu Reeves has just committed to star for Eli Roth in Knock Knock, a psychological thriller that Roth wrote and will direct.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Actress Gwendoline Christie Replacing Lily Rabe In ‘Hunger Games’
By Mike Fleming, Jr.
While Lionsgate hasn’t divulged how it will deal with the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman as it goes forward with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the studio has just confirmed that it is replacing Lily Rabe in the role of Commander Lyme with Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne on HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Read More »

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China Superstar Donnie Yen Signs With CAA, Closes Deal For ‘Crouching Tiger: Hidden Dragon II’

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

yendonnieEXCLUSIVE: China’s top action star Donnie Yen has signed with CAA, and his new reps just closed his deal to star in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny, which Woo-ping Yuen is directing from a John Fusco script for The Weinstein Company.

That deal was started by Paradigm, where Yen recently left. His role in the film isn’t a surprise; he appeared at a Cannes panel on the film that I moderated last May. The film begins production in New Zealand in June and Michelle Yeoh reprises her role from the original. Though new to the U.S., Yen has been acting, producing, directing and serving as action choreographer since 1982. He was named the top earning artist in Forbes Asia, and this film will be his first as a leading man in an English language film. Yen is coming off the 3D epic Monkey King, which set a single day record at the China box office with $41 million in ticket sales, and is has grossed over $165 million in China and is spawning a sequel. Yen starred and choreographed and directing the realistic and unconventional fight scenes.  Yen continues to be repped by Hong Kong attorney John McLellan.

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