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Filmart: Renny Harlin on How He Became One of the Most In-Demand Directors in China

Filmart: Renny Harlin on How He Became One of the Most In-Demand Directors in China
For veteran Hollywood filmmaker turned Beijing transplant Renny Harlin, Chinese-language movie making has become much more than just a fleeting infatuation.

Harlin was a Hollywood darling during the 1990s thanks to his action hits Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight. But after a couple of expensive misfires — Cutthroat Island and Deep Blue Sea — the phone began to ring far less frequently. That changed after Harlin came to China in 2014 to direct the Jackie Chan action-comedy Skiptrace, co-starring Fan Bingbing and Johnny Knoxville.

After the movie opened at No. 1 and earned a strong $134 million at the...
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FilMart: Jackie Chan’s ‘Knight of Shadows’ Set For 2019 Release

FilMart: Jackie Chan’s ‘Knight of Shadows’ Set For 2019 Release
Release of upcoming Jackie Chan film “The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang” is now confirmed for 2019, after the producers expanded the visual effects component. Now in post-production, the film is a fantasy martial arts comedy mounted on a vast scale, directed by Vash (aka Jia Lu) and produced by Kiefer Liu, one of the pioneers of 3D in China (“The Monkey King” series.)

The story involves a demon whose mission is to save humanity from fearsome invaders. Chan stars, along with Ethan Juan (“Monga”) and Elane Zhong, the actress who shot to stardom following Feng Xiaogang’s “Youth.”

Shadows” is presented by iQIYI Pictures, Sparkle Roll Media, and Golden Shore Films & Television Studio, with sales handled by Hong Kong’s Golden Network.

The company is also pre-selling “Golden Job,” a Hong Kong crime-action film directed by choreographer Chin Ka-lok (“Cold War,” “Motorway”). The globe-trotting story involves mercenaries who
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Rushes. New Fassbinder, "Stalin" Banned, De Havilland Sues

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGWe're very much in love with Zama, Lucrecia Martel's long-anticipated return to filmmaking. The new trailer calls us back to our encounter of the film at Toronto last year and our conversation with the director.We all know that Rainer Werner Fassbinder made a lot—a whole lot—of films in his all too brief 15 years of activity, but it's truly remarkable how new (old) work of his keeps appearing. First there was the revelation of World on a Wire (1973) and now another made-for-tv epic has been restored and is being re-released, Eight Hours Are Not a Day (1972-1973). We wonder what other future delights and provocations Rwf has in store for us!Recommended READINGDoll & EmAt The Guardian, Lili Loofbourow takes a look at how stories about women are perceived and received differently than those about men.
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Hollywood Stars in Bizarre Japanese TV Commercials

Hollywood stars aren’t above appearing in commercials but there are some truly bizarre Japanese commercials that some of them have been in. For instance, the first one in which Arnold Schwarzenegger is seen emerging from a bottle of what could possibly be an energy drink as his body starts shooting out gold coins. And the gold coins that are bubbling up from below? I think we can agree that we really don’t want to know what’s pushing them up. The second one is Jackie Chan doing what he does best as he seeks to save a bowl of noodles by

Hollywood Stars in Bizarre Japanese TV Commercials
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Police Story,’ ‘Lady Snowblood,’ ‘The Quiet Man’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.


Films by Jacques Rivette, Arnaud Desplechin, David Lynch, and Pakula are playing, while a restored Jackie Chan classic are screening.

Quad Cinema

Straub-Huillet’s immense Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, restored in 2K, continues its run, as does King of Hearts.

A retrospective of director William Klein is underway.


A Clockwork Orange screens on Saturday.
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Review: Heart of Glass—Jackie Chan's "Police Story"

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After a second failed attempt to break into the American market with The Protector (1985), a film in which he repeatedly conflicted with director James Glickenhaus, Jackie Chan returned to Hong Kong determined to top Hollywood. According to Chan, he told Glickenhaus: “You do The Protector and I’ll do Police Story, and I’ll show you what the action movie is all about.” Today, more than 30 years after its release, Police Story remains one of the best-loved and most impressive action films by the most popular action star in the world, and has been given the restoration treatment and Metrograph engagement befitting a true classic, while Glickenhaus is best known for actually writing and directing a movie called McBain.After knocking around Hong Kong for several years as a stuntman and bit player, and a few attempts at becoming a lead in cheap Bruce Lee knock-offs, Jackie Chan finally burst
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'Avatar' VFX specialist Chuck Cominskey on board 'Anizham Thirunaal Marthanda Varma'

CinemaRana Daggubati is playing a role in the film.Digital NativeDigital NativeMonths after actor Rana Daggubati said that he’s excited to be part of a project that will retell the glory of Travancore King Marthanda Varma, the makers of Anizham Thirunaal Marthanda Varma have revealed that Visual Effects supervisor Chuck Cominskey, best known for his work on James Cameron’s Oscar-winning fantasy drama Avatar, has been officially signed for the project. The project will be directed by K Madhu and will feature extensive VFX work, which will be carried out on a lavish budget. While Chuck has worked in the Bollywood flick Don 2, which had Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, this will be Chuck Cominskey’s first venture in the Malayalam film industry. Sources say that Chuck Cominskey was on board this project after Jeemon Pulleli, the famous 3D animator, recommended him. It is now certain that both of them will be associated with this magnum opus. Chuck said in a video statement, “It’s a great honour to be invited to India to participate in a major Indian motion picture Marthanda Varma: King of Travancore. I have 28 years of experience in visuals effects and stereo supervision in the Us and my best work includes being associated with 3D visual effects on Avatar and most recently in Jackie Chan’s Police Story 2013. I’m pleased to be working alongside Jeemon Pulleli’s Folea Studios on this prestigious project. Meanwhile, the Baahubali actor is elated about bagging this prestigious offer and is working towards getting into the skin of the character, say sources To be made and released in two parts, the first one is titled Anizham Thirunaal Marthanda Varma and the second as Dharmaraja. Robin Thirumala conducted a thorough research on the former prince of Travancore before penning the script of the film. To be released in four languages, the pre-production process has been going on for nearly six months.The project will feature actors from across several industries and the makers are in the process of finalising the cast. Oscar-winner Resul Pookutty will take care of sound design while Mm Keeravani, the Baahubali composer, was recently signed to compose music.The stunts will be choreographed by Peter Hein while A Sreekar Prasad will be editing the film and R Madhie will be handling the camera. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Spotlight: Jackie Chan's Charity Work

Action star Jackie Chan’s high-speed activity doesn’t stop when the cameras do. An enthusiastic supporter of hundreds of charities including Unicef, Operation Smile and his own Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, Chan offers the Look To The Stars writers an incredible challenge just trying to keep on top of his good works!

Chan spends countless hours helping others, and has been known to drop everything to find out how he can be of service after disasters strike. He raises millions of dollars to help those in need. In the first 8 months of 2010, he raised $36 million to help people across the globe, from Haiti to Singapore:

Donated 5 million Rmb (Us $732,000) to help Haiti earthquake victims. Charities & foundations supported

Jackie Chan has supported the following charities:

ACAPAction In Mental HealthAfrican Wildlife FoundationCamp QualityChrysalisDKMSDragon's Heart CharityJackie Chan Charitable FoundationKids Wish NetworkNBA CaresOne FoundationOperation SmileRed CrossRotary InternationalSave China's TigersSave the ElephantsThe Salvation ArmyUNAIDSUNICEFWildAidWorld
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How footage from Grease and The Cannonball Run wound up in Ik+

Ryan Lambie Mar 5, 2018

What do Grease, The Cannonball Run and 80s fighting game Ik+ have in common? Early performance capture...

These days, things like realistic animation and performance capture are a common sight in videogames - games as varied as L.A. Noire, The Last Of Us and Beyond: Two Souls all use mo-cap and actors to create their uncannily lifelike character movements. But 30 years ago, squeezing smooth, convincing animation into a computer was a far trickier proposition.

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For its time, the 1987 fighting game International Karate + (often abbreviated to Ik+) looked stunning. Designed by British programmer Archer MacLean, and a sequel to his own International Karate, it allowed one or two players to fight one another in a fast, smooth virtual tournament. Although its design was inspired by earlier games of its type, including Data East's Karate Champ
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Kung Fu Yoga (2017) by Stanley Tong

With “Kung Fu Yoga,” Jackie Chan reunites with one of his regular collaborators, Stanley Tong, for their second movie that has a touch of Bollywood flavoring.

Jack (Jackie Chan) is an archaeology professor who, along with his assistants, teams up with Ashmita (Disha Patani), an Indian Professor to locate India’s lost Magadha treasure. A series of globe-trotting adventures take place as they compete with Randall (Sonu Sood) and his mercenaries, and one of their own, Jones Lee (Aarif Rahman) to find the diamond artifact known as the “Eye of Shiva” that will lead them to the treasure.

Kung Fu Yoga” will screen at at the 9th International Chinese Film Festival, that will be on 23 February to 28, 2018.

The difficulty when reviewing a new Jackie Chan film is the legacy of what has come before it. With a career spanning five decades and numerous classics of cinema, comes a certain expectation.
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Ripe for a kicking: Hollywood’s love-hate relationship with Rotten Tomatoes

Twenty years after its launch, the movie-review aggregator’s verdict is now seen as vital to a film’s success or failure. Is the site too influential for its own good?

Twenty years ago, the internet was a very different place. Google was a fresh rival to Alta Vista and Lycos. Apple computers looked like boiled sweets, and we dialled up to “surf the net”, having installed the software via CD-Rom. The movie world of 1998 was also somewhat different: the box office was ruled by meteorite movies and Adam Sandler; Harvey Weinstein was an Oscar winner; and The Avengers was a lame, retro spy comedy with Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman. It was into this climate that Senh Duong launched Rotten Tomatoes – known in the business as Rt – a site that has transformed both worlds, although nobody seems quite sure if it has done so for better or worse.

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Spotlight: Unaids's Celebrity Supporters

Bringing together the efforts and resources of ten Un system organizations to the global AIDS response.

Celebrity supporters

Unaids has 9 known supporters, including Annie Lennox, Jackie Chan, and Ban Ki-moon

Areas of work AIDS & HIV Read more about Unaids's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Fiennes, Shilpa Raise AIDS Awareness in IndiaExclusive Interview: Jackie Chan Talks To Look To The StarsJackie Chan Urges For A Peaceful OlympicsKelly Rowland Tested For HIV To Raise AwarenessBill Clinton Speaks At AIDS Conference

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Movie News: 'Batgirl' Now Needs a New Writer and Director; Chris Tucker Teases 'Rush Hour 4'

Batgirl: Just about a year ago, we heard that Joss Whedon (Avengers: Age of Ultron, above) would be writing and directing Batgirl for Warner Bros. and DC. Now Whedon says: "Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn't have a story." Of course, Whedon was also busy last year helping to complete Justice League after the unexpected departure of director Zack Snyder. We'll have to wait and see where the Batgirl project goes from here. [The Hollywood Reporter]   Rush Hour 4: Chris Tucker starred together with Jackie Chan in three popular installments of the Rush Hour action-comedy franchise, all directed by Brett Ratner, the last in 2007 (above). Now Tucker...
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Chris Tucker Confirms Rush Hour 4 Is In Production

Chris Tucker has confirmed Rush Hour 4 is in production. Tucker didn't have any details beyond that, but told ESPN podcast The Plug the following about the film:

It's happening. This is gonna be the rush of all rushes. Jackie is ready, and we want to do this so people don't ever forget it.

Jackie Chan better be ready because at 63, they're losing time! Side note, Chris Tucker is only 46 and I had no idea there was such an age disparity between the two of them. Granted, it's not something I've ever really thought about but Tucker is much younger than I assumed he was in the first few films. 

Are you excited for Rush Hour 4? Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?
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Chris Tucker Confirms ‘Rush Hour 4’: ‘This Is Going To Be The One’

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It’s official! The highly anticipated fourth “Rush Hour” film is in the works… according to Chris Tucker. Related: Jackie Chan Confirms ‘Rush Hour 4’ Is Happening… With One Chris Tucker-Sized Caveat While speaking on ESPN’s podcast “The Plug”, the actor and comedian confirmed that he will be reprising his role alongside Jackie Chan for “Rush
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Chris Tucker says that Rush Hour 4 is officially happening

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Not since last year, when Jackie Chan appeared on The Cruz Show with claims that a Rush Hour 4 is in the works, have we heard much else about the long-gestating sequel to the popular buddy comedy film series. In fact, before Chan made his announcement, many had assumed that the project was permanently stuck in traffic altogether. And now, thanks to Chris Tucker's recent spot on ESPN's... Read More...
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Rush Hour 4 Is Definitely Happening Promises Chris Tucker

Rush Hour 4 Is Definitely Happening Promises Chris Tucker
More than a decade later, Chris Tucker is ready to get back together with Jackie Chan and Make Rush Hour 4 happen. The duo first united for Rush Hour in 1998, which was a huge hit at the box office and is to this day one of the things Chan is most well known for in the U.S. It also easily remains Tucker's most bankable role ever. After years of waiting, it looks like everything is coming together as Tucker has just confirmed that Rush Hour 4 is indeed happening and sounds quite confident it's not only going to happen, but that it's going to be great.

Chris Tucker recently appeared on ESPN's The Plug Show and the subject of Rush Hour 4 inevitably came up. When it did, the comedian and actor revealed the good news and confidently stated that the movie is moving forward. He continued, saying that
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Chris Tucker confirms that Rush Hour 4 is happening

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting a decade for, and now Chris Tucker has confirmed that Carter and Lee will return for a fourth instalment in the Rush Hour franchise.

Speaking on ESPN’s podcast, The Plug, Tucker revealed that both he and Jackie Chan had finally settled on a script. He told the sports show that “It’s happening. This is gonna be the rush of all rushes. Jackie is ready and we want to do this so that people don’t ever forget it”. You can listen to the audio below.

Breaking News: @christuckerreal confirms on #ThePlugESPN that Rush Hour 4 is happening and in the works saying, “It will be the rush of all rushes.” Now http//:https://t.co/HMV5KhiVVi #BreakingNews #RushHour4 #TheUndefeated pic.twitter.com/e84vte4Xbv

— Terri Foster-Brasby (@SheKnowsSports_) February 21, 2018

Towards the tail end of last year, Jackie Chan
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Chris Tucker Confirms Rush Hour 4

Chris Tucker Confirms Rush Hour 4
It’s the buddy cop franchise that keeps on giving as Chris Tucker confirms he and Jackie Chan will be back for Rush Hour 4.

Focusing on Tucker’s Detective James Carter and Chan’s Chief Inspector Lee as they meet from two different sides of the world, 1998’s Rush Hour became a surprise hit. Earning an impressive $244.4 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of just $33 million, it brought the boys back for two more installments and a big question mark hanging over a fourth movie.
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Unsane’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Unsane’
With the word “gaslighting” getting thrown around a lot in our current age of fake-news awareness, to the point where some use it simply as a heated synonym for “lying,” along comes “Unsane” to remind us of its more elaborately melodramatic origins. It’s tempting to call Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-shot psychothriller a “Gaslight” riff uncannily timed to the #MeToo revision of gender politics, though that risks giving undue gravitas to what was plainly, and effectively, conceived as a quick-and-dirty genre romp, scripted, shot and cut with itchy, unpretty zeal — and performed with image-altering gusto by Claire Foy, as a strung-out businesswoman involuntarily committed to a suspect mental institution where the male architect of her fear may or may not be roaming the halls. We’re in schlock corridor here and Soderbergh runs with it, cellphone in hand; under the buzzing suspense mechanics, however, a cautionary note on the perils of disbelieving women is just audible.

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