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If you are a Chinese actor who has dabbled in even the slightest bit of drug use or has slept with a prostitute then it’s fair to say that your career might be over. Chinese officials for the state administration of press, publication, radio, film, and television have declared that any film starring any actor who has been arrested on either drug or prostitution charges isn’t allowed to be screened on either the big or small screen.
These movies so far have been overstuffed to the point of parody. The latest film tries to find space for two full Expendables teams, reducing Jet Li to a tiny cameo and four spoken lines, and he doesn't even throw any kicks. And Wesley Snipes seems like a selling point for the new movie, but after a major break-in that frees him, he and the rest of the Expendables are (temporarily!) fired and replaced by the new crew.
The legendary Chinese action star was in London, England this week for the premiere of his latest directorial effort, Chinese Zodiac, and following the screening he participated in a Q&A with British television host Jonathan Ross. It was at this time that Chan began talking about doing both a Rush Hour 4 and/or a Drunken Master 3.
We tried to spotlight performers who had a single concentrated peak of their talents, while also addressing those who put a premium on action films over any other genres, even when the films would get disreputable. To be in the Action Hall Of Fame, you need b-movies on your resume as much as you need A-movies.
Renny Harlin is in negotiations to direct Skiptrace, a Jackie Chan vehicle that will co-star Seann William Scott. Should he sign on, he'd be replacing Sam Fell, ParaNorman director who was set to make his first live-action feature here.
All four actors have plenty of action genre cred that should help the four new stars fit in quite well with the rest of the ensemble cast. The question that remains, however, is how the four characters will be used. I'd personally want to see Chan, Snipes and Jovovich join up with the good guys and then cast Cage as a ridiculously over-the-top bad guy with plans for world domination. But what do you think?
According to reports, Chan said, "Sly had invited me to be in Expendables 2 but I was too busy filming CZ12 and couldn't make a commitment to the film. But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes."
Pressed for plot details Sarkissian mostly seemed to be spitballing, and he said they're still looking for a screenwriter-- and that even bringing back director Brett Ratner, who was responsible for the previous three films, wasn't a given. "If he wants to do it he’s more than welcome to do it but he’s got to do it in the right way.” Ouch
Though the film doesn't have a title yet, Jay Longino is attached to both direct and write the script. Chan helped develop the story as well, which will see the Chinese star play a detective who goes on the hunt for a gambler that owes money to the Macau casino syndicate. They are looking to go global with the production, shooting in Hong Kong, Macau, Eastern Europe and mainland China.
While his martial-arts skills have always ranked Jackie Chan among the greatest action stars of all time, the Chinese actor is also well known for choosing comedy over drama. Hell, even his more serious films have a sense of levity simply because you can't help but smile and laugh as Chan pulls off death defying stunts and kicks serious ass...
The first trailer for Benny Chan's Shaolin has arrived online. Set during China's warlord era, General Hao Jie (Andy Lau) is successfully leading a military campaign across China when he is betrayed and his deputy (Nicholas Tse) tries to have him killed. Taking shelter in a Shaolin temple, Hao Jie begins to train as one of them. When the warlords come to take the temple, however, the hero is forced to fight back.
You're going to have no idea what's going on in the trailer for Jackie Chan's next film 1911-- well, not unless you speak Chinese, I suppose. But you probably are still curious to see the trailer for the movie that's being billed as Jackie Chan's 100th film
Here are just a few of the most noteworthy titles I found there browsing, in their entirety for your viewing pleasure below. Some of them you know are great. Others maybe you don’t. Wheels on Meals for instance, is widely considered one of the greatest action films ever made. Pick a few and watch.
Now that they’re out of the ground, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood snatched up the story of the trapped Chilean miners and turned it into a feature film. In fact they’re so eager
It's hard to get away with remaking a movie that was popular enough the first time around to merit sequels, but if you manage it, you've guaranteed yourself a franchise