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At the Wednesday-night premiere of the documentary “Keep On Keepin’ On” — a story of triumph over adversity that focuses on the relationship between teacher and jazz legend Clark Terry and apprentice Justin Kauflin, a young blind pianist — first-time writer-director Alan Hicks told Variety he came up with the idea while surfing with his bud Adam Hart, the film’s d.p.
Hart, a boyish Aussie who looks like he would be equally at home at the Billabong Pipeline Masters as he would behind the camera, happens to be a drummer who studied jazz at William Paterson University in New Jersey, and took private lessons from Terry, a trumpeter whose influenced such figures as Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, a producer on the film who also appears onscreen. Jones was also on hand at the event at the Landmark Theater in West Los Angeles, as was Jones’ ex-wife, Peggy Lipton, and »
- Steve Chagollan
Out of the elderly prosthetics and back in the action comedy saddle once again, Johnny Knoxville has signed on for Skiptrace. The Jackass star will appear alongside Jackie Chan in the globe-trotting action-com.
The film has just started shooting in China, with The Long Kiss Goodnight director Renny Harlin at the helm. Chan plays Hong Kong detective Bennie Black who must track down the missing niece of a crime boss with the help of a loudmouth American, Connor Watts. The jabbermouth sidekick role was originally tapped by Seann William Scott, who for unknown reasons has dropped out. Now that showy part has gone to Knoxville, who is en route to China to begin filming immediately.
The film’s producers are pitting it as a Midnight Run-style comedy – while it sounds to us like Taken meets Rush Hour. Expect the usual cultural fish-out-of-water scenarios to elbow in laughs. Chan’s »
- Gem Seddon
Chris Tucker should seriously consider making "Rush Hour 4" -- and maybe 5,6,7 and 8 -- because his bill for unpaid taxes has grown to more than $14 Million Dollars!Tucker was just hit with a brand new federal tax lien for $2.5M ... which is on top of the $12 million he already owes Uncle Sam for past due taxes.According to newly filed IRS docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Tucker failed to pay a total of $2,496,138.24 in »
- TMZ Staff
In a new interview, Jackie Chan spoke about joining the cast of "The Expendables 4" and possibly returning for a fourth "Rush Hour" installment. Regarding "The Expendables" franchise, the actor said: "This morning the office called - Sly [Stallone] wants me for 'Expendables 4.' I said, 'Okay.' Because they already asked me to be in two and three, but I refused. Well, I didn't refuse, but I said, 'Sly, can't we just do you and me? Not just a bunch of people and me only coming out for five minutes?' Because then the audience is, 'Oh!' And then I'm gone." And even though there's still an effort to re-team Chan and Chris Tucker for "Rush Hour 4," Chan isn't that eager to return, but will do it if the script is right. "Lately they want to make 'Rush Hour 4.' I said 'No, show me the script first. I »
Over the past few years, we’ve heard on several occasions that martial arts superstar Jackie Chan was set to join the roster of action stars in The Expendables, only for him to be absent when the latest instalment rolled around. It happened with The Expendables 2, it happened with The Expendables 3, and we’ll no doubt hear the same thing if and when The Expendables 4 arrives.
In fact, speaking to Den of Geek, Chan has confirmed that he’s already been approached by Sylvester Stallone for a part in the planned fourth movie, and it sounds like he’ll be turning it down once more, unless Stallone can come up with a big enough role for the Hong Kong action legend:
“This morning I did hear – the office called – Sly [Stallone] wants me for Expendables 4. I said, ‘Okay.’ Because they already asked me to be in two and three, »
- Gary Collinson
It looks like New Line Cinema is planning to develop Rush Hour 4. In an interview with IGN, Jackie Chan admitted that the studio wants to make another film in the franchise, but they don't have a script and until there is one, he's not interested. Here's his exact quote:
“Lately they want to make Rush Hour 4. I said ‘No, show me the script first. I don’t need another Rush Hour 4. You need Rush Hour 4. Show me the script.’ I don’t want to do a rubbish script just because they want to make the movie.”
Talk of a fourth Rush Hour movie started seven years ago, but thankfully nothing ever materialized from it. The last thing we reported on it was back in 2012 when producer Arthur Sarkissian, said that he was working with Chan and Chris Tucker on it. Here's what he had to say »
- Joey Paur
At the beginning of the year who would have thought that two Scarlett Johansson movies, released mere months apart, would invite such perfectly legitimate comparisons to 2001: A Space Odyssey? The more surprising detail of that little tidbit is just how radically different those two movies are. One, Jonathan Glazer’s nine-plus-years-in-the-making Under the Skin—a shocking yet downbeat tale of Johansson as an alien predator stalking human males throughout Scotland—was a revelatory cinematic experience which commented on the delicate distinctions of humankind. The other is Luc Besson’s batshit insane, Lucy.
The cinematic quality between the two are complete polar opposites, and yet both feature Johansson in a near-robotic role with similar thesis statements about life. There’s something for everybody with these two films—the high brow and the low, and a little bit of everything in between—but I’ll give you one guess as to »
- Sean Hutchinson
LeBron James announced on Tuesday that he is going to explore free agency and exercise his early termination option, despite having two years and $42.7 million left on his contract with the Miami Heat. While this far from means that he's definitely breaking up the big three and leaving Pat Riley's empire, that hasn't stopped the social media world from rampantly speculating about where King James will decide to go next. Photos NBA All-Star Game: Pharrell Williams and Janelle Monae Perform; Chris Tucker Rocks Out The four-time NBA Mvp has yet to respond to rumors about possible teams in
- Debbie Emery
The seemingly indestructible Jackie Chan has had a long and intermittent association with Western cinema. Hollywood studios appear to prefer him teamed up with a foil, be it Chris Tucker in Rush Hour or Owen Wilson in Shanghai Noon. When Chan does get his own crack of the whip in English language projects it’s for underwhelming fare like The Spy Next Door. Chan famously made three Rush Hour films before admitting he didn’t really get the joke, which hasn’t stopped him considering a return to the franchise.
The last big movie of this sort he was part of was The Karate Kid reboot and even that saw him share the screen with the expanding Will Smith family dynasty. But his latest role, announced at Cannes, will see him out on his own and dishing out his brand of expertly-choreographed mayhem to a bunch of no good terrorists »
- Steve Palace
Jessie J did more than just lend her powerhouse vocals at the Delete Bone Cancer Gala in New York on Wednesday night. While taking the stage to perform for a good cause, the English singer decided to share something very personal with the audience. "I had a stroke when I was 18," Jessie reportedly announced, and continued to tell the star-studded crowd at Cipriani Wall Street that she is so thankful she was able to recover from her stroke. "I appreciate every day that I am able to live my dream." The 26-year-old star, whom emcee Chris Tucker called "the new queen of British Soul," was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome as a child (which can cause an irregular heartbeat) and »
When "Price Tag" singer Jessie J stepped onstage at the Delete Bone Cancer Gala in New York on Wednesday night, few in the audience expected her expected her to reveal that she had survived a stroke. The Grammy-nominated singer, whom emcee Chris Tucker called "the new queen of British Soul," told the star-studded crowd at Cipriani Wall Street that she wrote her song "Who You Are" when she was 18, after she "had just had a minor stroke. I thought that I was never going to get better." "I feel so lucky that I was given a second chance at life, »
- K.C. Baker
Gareth Evans knows fights. That is abundantly clear to anyone who has seen his films, including martial arts classics The Raid and The Raid 2: Berandal, which is currently in theaters. /Film had Evans sit down and talk about his five favorite action scenes ever, and edited it with clips from the actual movies. The result is a quite interesting 14 minutes of violence. Especially for those who only know Jackie Chan from wrongfully touching Chris Tucker's radio. »
- Jesse David Fox
Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" single has gotten a whole mess of celebrities dancing on its way to selling 2 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Derulo has been teasing a "Celebrities Talkin' Dirty" lip-synch extravaganza for over a month, and Wednesday, the viral clip finally hit YouTube. Photos: NBA All-Star Game: Pharrell Williams and Janelle Monae Perform; Chris Tucker Rocks Out Among the celebrities seen singing along to Derulo's Top 5 smash: girlfriend Jordin Sparks (of course), the boys of One Direction (put on some shirts, dudes!), the girls of Fifth Harmony, a hair-twirling Ariana Grande, a shimmying Austin Mahone,
- Jason Lipshutz, Billboard
Earlier this week, Chris Tucker braved the latest polar vortex to be honored at Black History Month in Toronto, presented by the Canadian Film Centre and Poor Boy’s Game director Clément Virgo. The 41-year-old co-star (with Jackie Chan) of the hugely popular Rush Hour franchise was revered as an elder statesman by the mostly young, black audience of filmmakers, actors and fans. Though known as a rapid-fire comic on screen, Tucker this evening was alternately funny (raising the roof by dancing like Michael Jackson) and thoughtful as he reflected on his his two decades in a Hollywood where non-whites have […] »
- Allan Tong
So, Ice Cube plays a cop. Not the most original thing you’ll have ever heard and thats even before you realise he’s just an angry Ice Cube. Lets be honest, Cube plays angry incredibly naturally and up against Kevin Hart, it works well. Ride Along sees a security guard (Kevin Hart) apply to the Police Academy (not that one…) and finds himself on a 24-hour patrol with James (Cube) to prove that he is worthy of marrying Angela, James’ sister. Yes, as predictable as you would imagine. Actually make that more predictable than you could ever imagine. However, its not all bad here. Kevin Hart has got some serious heat (as they’d say in Hollywood) at the moment and this showcases his talents. For those not so familiar with Hart, think Chris Rock intellect mixed with some Chris Tucker style vocals. In other words, he is incredibly watchable and likeable. »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Taking place on Monday, February 24, 2014, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Canadian Film Centre (Cfc), Clement Virgo Productions and Td are presenting An Evening Honouring Chris Tucker in celebration of Black History Month. The special evening will allow Toronto audiences to participate in a Q&A with Chris Tucker. All proceeds support the Cfc Diversity Scholarship fund. To reserve seats, visit Eventbrite. Full details on the event follow via press release below: Celebrating “Bold, Black, Risk Takers”, An Evening Honouring Actor/Comedian Chris Tucker Part of Td ‘Then & Now’ Series Presented by Clement Virgo Productions and Cfc Toronto, February 14, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
When you wake up tomorrow morning, the day after Valentine’s Day, will you be talking About Last Night?
It’s 1980s flashback at the cinema this weekend, with RoboCop, Endless Love, and About Last Night getting 21st-century updates. The latter is perhaps the most promising since it’s an ideal date movie on a sweetheart holiday, there’s nostalgic fondness for the 1986 version with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, and it features the popular hysterics of Kevin Hart, whose recent film, Ride Along, just surpassed $100 million at the box office. “When About Last Night is funny, which is every so often, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Before the movie opened, in late 2012, director Quentin Tarantino revealed that he'd met with 6 actors for the title part in Django Unchained (after Will Smith reportedly passed on it) that would eventually go to Jamie Foxx: in addition to Foxx, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael K. Williams, and Tyrese The audition tape for one of those actors - Tyrese - has surfaced, courtesy of our friends at World Star Hip Hop who uncovered it, and it's embedded below for you to watch. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Jessica Simpson channels a blast from her style past - People Miley Cyrus says other stars' style seems "like Vanna White" - Us Weekly Hilary Duff shows off her stems - HuffPost Celebrity Is Eva Mendes pregnant? - Lainey Gossip Emma Watson's self portrait is seriously impressive - BuzzFeed Chris Tucker talks about Justin Bieber - Et Austin Mahone on the Selena Gomez dating rumors - Gossip Girl Colin Farrell lands a new role - Hollywood Reporter A TV star writes an open letter about his drug addiction - TooFab Will you see Matt Damon's latest? - Rotten Tomatoes Kellan Lutz is linked to Bar Refaeli - Wonderwall Why Kate Winslet's latest isn't nominated for an Oscar - Moviefone 10 cases of celebrity Tmi - Newser »
- Laura Marie Meyers
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