Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Kane Zhang & Big Sean Record Original Song for Terminator Genisys

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Jane Zhang (r)

From our friends at Paramount Pictures...

Chinese pop star Jane Zhang and American hip-hop artist Big Sean (G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam Recordings) are collaborating on the original song “Fighting Shadows” for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions’ highly anticipated film “TERMINATOR GENISYS,” which opens in theaters in the United States on the 1st of July.

The partnership represents the first time that Zhang has recorded a song for an English-language film and marks Big Sean’s musical debut for a feature film.

“Fighting Shadows” will be released digitally in Asia by Sony and the rest of the world by Def Jam Recordings. It is available to download at iTunes beginning June 30th.

“Contributing to the ‘Terminator Genisys’ movie and inviting Big Sean to collaborate was a very special opportunity for me,” said Zhang. “I am really looking forward to the moment when people get to hear this song.”

Zhang will be featured on CCTV 6’s “Talking to Hollywood with Betty Zhou” this Friday, June 19th at approx. 5:30 p.m. and on future episodes. Fans can receive more information about Zhang and “TERMINATOR GENISYS” by following Betty Zhou’s official Weibo page http://weibo.com/bettyzhoulingan.

“I have been a huge fan of Arnold and the ‘Terminator’ movies since I was a kid, so it’s especially exciting to be a part of the new film,” said Big Sean. “Working with Jane has been an amazing experience and I can’t wait for audiences around the world to hear her song.”

Zhang is a Chinese pop singer who came to prominence after her performance in the 2005 season of the Super Girl contest, a national all-female singing competition in China.

Zhang's debut album, “The One,” was produced by Craig Williams. Her next album, “Update,” broke away from the Chinese pop scene by combining elements of R&B and jazz. After its release, Zhang participated in a World Peace One concert with such artists as U2, Madonna, Pink Floyd and Green Day to increase awareness and activism for world peace and to raise funds for humanitarian relief. She made her American television debut on The Oprah Winfrey Show with the release of her third album, “Jane@Music.

“Believe in Jane,” Zhang's fourth album, was released in 2010. Following its popularity, she performed at the first New York China Film Festival, where she was awarded most popular Chinese singer, and further represented China in the 7th Asia Song Festival held in Korea. She has recorded two songs for the Chinese film “EMPRESS OF CHINA” and was selected to record “Fighting Shadows” for “TERMINATOR GENISYS” due to her unique vocal range and talent.

American hip hop artist Big Sean has earned worldwide attention since the release of his debut album “Finally Famous” in 2011. As his first major label effort, the album made an impressive #3 Soundscan debut in the U.S., solidifying a joint venture by Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music with Island Def Jam Music Recordings.

With more than 10 million records sold to-date, Sean was the first rapper to ever perform at the White House and has released two successful shoe designs in partnerships with Adidas Originals. While his professional work as an artist keeps him extremely busy, Sean makes the time to use his resources to give back through his Detroit-based non-profit, the Sean Anderson Foundation.

He is currently on a worldwide tour promoting his third major label album, “Dark Sky Paradise,” which debuted at #1.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present “TERMINATOR GENISYS.” When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: to reset the future. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matthew Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee.

The film is produced by David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. Written by Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier. Directed by Alan Taylor.

“TERMINATOR GENISYS” opens in theaters on July 1st, 2015.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation:
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Skydance Productions:
Skydance Productions tells big stories and creates immersive worlds, producing narratives that span film, television, games and more. Skydance is currently in post-production on a reset of the TERMINATOR franchise, TERMINATOR GENISYS, to be released on July 1, 2015. The company is also in post-production on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION, the latest installment in the highly successful franchise starring Tom Cruise with Chris McQuarrie directing, to be released July 31, 2015. Additionally, Skydance recently wrapped production on a disaster film on a global scale titled GEOSTORM written by Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot with Devlin also directing. Skydance will next begin production on STAR TREK 3, the third installment in the JJ Abrams franchise. Simon Pegg and Doug Jung are attached to co-write with Justin Lin to direct. The film is slated for a July 8, 2016 release date.

Skydance’s recent releases include JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, from director Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine; WORLD WAR Z, starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster; STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto; and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson. Skydance’s previous projects include Christopher McQuarrie’s JACK REACHER, starring Tom Cruise; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL, starring Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner; and the award-winning Coen Brothers film TRUE GRIT, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.