Kung Fu Panda 3 to release on January 29, 2016

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have preponed the release dates of “Kung Fu Panda 3” from March 18, 2016  to January 29, 2016.

The third part of the popular computer-animated action comedy franchise will star Jack Black returning to reprise the voice of lovable Panda Po. Other voice actors include Bryan Cranston, Rebel Wilson and Seth Rogen, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

The sequel of 2011 film “Kung Fu Panda 2” was originally slated for release on December 23 later this year, but it was moved to March 2016 after the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was set for six days earlier, on December 18.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is an animated martial arts comedy film. It is the sequel to the 2011 film Kung Fu Panda 2. The film series will have six chapters. In this part Po will face two extensive threats. First is supernatural and the second is a bit near to his home.

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Fans Become Emotional After the Release of “Star Wars, Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker”

Skywalker Saga of 'Star Wars' a Lifelong Journey for Fans

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Carrie Fisher poses for cameras as she arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square,London. VOA

By Kane Farabaugh


Moviegoers in the U.S. and much of the world can now see “Star Wars, Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker.” The final installment of the “Skywalker Saga” ends a story that spawned the most successful movie franchise of all time, with more than $9 billion in global box office receipts – and counting. The film’s release is bittersweet for those who look back and see “Star Wars” woven throughout their lives.

Born exactly one month after its theatrical debut in May of 1977, I grew up on a steady diet of “Star Wars” films like many other American kids of that era. Through toys and merchandise, I charted the journey of Luke Skywalker from desert farm boy to galactic hero.

One of many storylines that filled my imagination.

“It’s become this one enormous story, and you can take from it the thrill of the battle scenes, you can take from it the affection of the human characters for one another – the love indeed,” said actor Anthony Daniels.

No Stars Wars movies were released from the mid-80s to the late 90s, depriving me of new space battles or love stories in my teenage years. Undaunted, I wrote my own “Star Wars” screenplays, which I sent to the man I admired – creator George Lucas himself. All were politely returned, unread.

Even so, my love for “Star Wars” never faded.

“Star Wars to me has been really important in sort of looking beyond just a hero and a villain to larger questions of culture and identity,” said Blair Davis, DePaul University Cinema Studies Professor.

Media and cinema studies professor Blair Davis has a simple explanation for people’s fascination with “Star Wars” and devotion to the franchise.

“It is telling us stories about who we are and who we seek to become,” Davis said.

While youthful dreams of collaborating on “Star Wars” projects never came true, they set me on a communications path and are a continuing part of my identity as a fan, and a reporter.

“You are certainly not alone in having “Star Wars” being so key into who you are, because so many of my students share the same story about what it means to them as fans and then becoming media scholars,” Davis said.

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The final installment of the “Skywalker Saga” ends a story that spawned the most successful movie franchise of all time. Wikimedia Commons

It tells stories that are uniquely human despite all of the aliens on display.  They are about family, about finding family, losing family.”

Family is central to my “Star Wars” story today, where a love of the saga is passed on to my children. I see their imaginations fueled, as mine was and continues to be.

07:35″It is sort of the end of an era of one part of the saga, but I look forward to the fact that “Star Wars” will live on hopefully longer than I will, and certainly longer than George Lucas,” Davis said.

Although George Lucas turned “Star Wars” over to Disney in 2012, he is still intimately connected to his creation.  Although he never read my screenplays many years ago, I did have an opportunity to finally speak to him at a London “Star Wars” film premiere in 2005.

VOA’s Kane Farabaugh: “What do you want them to take away, from the whole saga?”

“Well, ultimately what it is that caused you to turn to the dark side, and what the consequences are,” said George Lucas, “Star Wars” Creator and Director.

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While the Skywalker saga is ending, fans can take solace – at least three more “Star Wars” movies are planned for the coming decade with new characters and plotlines sure to emerge. For now, I doubt waiting in line with my children to see “Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker,” or this very report, will be the end of my continuing “Star Wars” journey. (VOA)

 

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Fake ‘Star Wars’ Websites Stealing Users’ Data: Cybersecurity Researchers

Even if you are going to download a video file from a source you consider trusted and legitimate, the file should have an .avi, .mkv or .mp4 extension among other video formats, definitely not .exe," the Kaspersky team cautioned

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A specialist works at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va., Sept. 9, 2014. (VOA)

Cybersecurity researchers on Sunday said they have discovered over 30 fraudulent websites and social media profiles disguised as official movie accounts of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ which are distributing free copies of the latest film in the franchise while collecting users’ data.

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky detected 285,103 attempts to infect 37,772 users seeking to watch movies of the popular space-opera series, signifying a 10 per cent rise compared to last year.

The actual number of these fraudulent websites may be much higher which are collecting unwary users’ credit card data, under the pretense of necessary registration on the portal.

“As attackers manage to push malicious websites and content up in the search results, fans need to remain cautious at all times. We advise users to not fall for such scams and instead enjoy the end of the saga on the big screen,” said Tatiana Sidorina, security researcher at Kaspersky.

Popular films are often used by cybercriminals as bait to distribute malware, and the latest movie is no exception.

To further support the promotion of fraudulent websites, cybercriminals have also set up Twitter and other social media accounts, where they distribute links to the content.

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A French soldier watches code lines on his computer during the International Cybersecurity forum in Lille, northern France, Jan. 23, 2018. VOA


“Coupled with malicious files shared on torrents, this brings the criminals results. So far, 83 users have already been affected by 65 malicious files disguised as copies of the upcoming movie,” said security researchers.

Look at the downloaded file extension.

Even if you are going to download a video file from a source you consider trusted and legitimate, the file should have an .avi, .mkv or .mp4 extension among other video formats, definitely not .exe,” the Kaspersky team cautioned.

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Check the website’s authenticity.

“Confirm that the website is genuine, by double-checking the format of the URL or the spelling of the company name, reading reviews about it and checking the domains’ registation data before starting downloads,” said the cyber security firm. (IANS)

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The Best Hollywood Action Movies Of 2017

The old fashion of action genre movies strictly meant to dominate the summer box office has melted down the lane and thus the action movies are released throughout the year.

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The new Hollywood action movies are getting smarter, are more sophisticated. Wikimedia Commons
  • Action movies are always a delight to watch
  • The new-age Hollywood action flicks are getting better day by day

The new age action genres are no longer made up of movies strictly meant to dominate the summer box office.

The old fashion of action genre movies strictly meant to dominate the summer box office has melted down the lane. Now action flicks are released year-round, and they still dominate the box office. Not only there is a surge in the action movie making but they’re also getting smarter, are more sophisticated, and are attracting Oscar-caliber actors who want to flex their talents and get big payouts.

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The year 2017 saw new instalments in beloved action franchises, some timely and gritty reboots, and the requisite superhero movies.

Take a look at the biggest action movies of the Hollywood in the year 2017.

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Episode VIII of the Star Wars is a 2017 American epic space film directed and written by Rian Johnson. It is the second continuation of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth main instalment of the Star Wars franchise, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Last Jedi was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second continuation of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth main instalment of the Star Wars franchise. Wikimedia Commons
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second continuation of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth main instalment of the Star Wars franchise. Wikimedia Commons

The plot revolves around Rey as she receives Jedi training from Luke Skywalker, in hopes of turning the tide for the Resistance in the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order.

  1. Logan

Logan is an American superhero film which has garnered a lot of fans over the years. The movie is produced by Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment and The Donners’ Company. The movie is distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the tenth episode in the X-Men film series, as well as the third and final Wolverine solo film following X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine.

Logan is distributed by 20th Century Fox. Wikimedia Commons
Logan is distributed by 20th Century Fox. Wikimedia Commons

Logan has taken inspiration from “Old Man Logan” by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, follows an aged Wolverine and an extremely ill Professor X defending a young mutant Laura from the villainous Reavers and Alkali-Transigen.

  1. John Wick: Chapter 2

The chapter 2 of John Wick is an action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. The second sequel to the John Wick film series, the plot follows hitman John Wick, who goes on the run after a bounty is placed on his head. The movie featured Ruby Rose, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio and Ian McShane.

John Wick: Chapter 2 is the second sequel to the John Wick film series. Wikimedia Commons
John Wick: Chapter 2 is the second sequel to the John Wick film series. Wikimedia Commons

The second part of John Wick also marks the first collaboration between Reeves and Fishburne since appearing together in The Matrix trilogy.

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  1. Wonder Woman

The movie, Wonder Woman is based on the DC Comics character and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the fourth sequel to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and is directed by Patty Jenkins. The movie featured Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the lead role. Other supporting actors include Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya.

Wonder Woman featured Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the lead role.Wikimedia Commons
Wonder Woman featured Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the lead role.Wikimedia Commons

Following Gal Gadot’s debut in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman is the second live-action theatrical film featuring the titular character. The movie is about the story of Diana Prince, who grows up on the Amazon island of Themyscira.  Then Diana leaves her home to end the conflict.

  1. Justice League

Justice League is a superhero based film on the DC Comics superhero team. It is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and is directed by Zack Snyder and is the fifth instalment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).  Justice league starred Ben Affleck in the lead role and other as, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons.

Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and is the fifth instalment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Wikimedia Commons
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and is the fifth instalment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Wikimedia Commons

In Justice League, the Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg form a team to honour the memory of Superman. Later they save earth from the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons.

  1. Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is the continuation of 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. The movie is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor. Thor: Ragnarok is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi. Wikimedia Commons
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi. Wikimedia Commons

The movie is the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Taika Waititi. Thor: Ragnarok features Chris Hemsworth as Thor and others as Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony Hopkins. In the movie, Thor tries to escape the alien planet Sakaar in time to save Asgard from Hela and the impending Ragnarök.

  1. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming follows the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The movie is co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios. The Homecoming is the second Spider-Man film and the sixteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is directed by Jon Watts. Spider-Man: Homecoming features Tom Holland in the lead role and others as Donald Glover and Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya Robert Downey Jr. Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

Spider-Man: Homecoming features Tom Holland in the lead role. Wikimedia Commons
Spider-Man: Homecoming features Tom Holland in the lead role. Wikimedia Commons

The movie plot is about Peter Parker, who tries to balance high school life with being Spider-Man while facing the Vulture.

  1. Dunkirk

Dunkirk is a British, American, French, and Dutch co-production movie depicting the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. It is written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan and was distributed by Warner Bros.

Dunkirk is written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan. Wikimedia Commons
Dunkirk is written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan. Wikimedia Commons

Dunkirk cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan and Tom Hardy.