14 items from 2016
Remember the last time Jackie Chan played a Hong Kong detective on screen only to cross paths with a bumbling American idiot? It was the core dynamic that catapulted Brett Ratner’s 1998 action-comedy Rush Hour to a respectable box office haul, two sequels, and even a TV show over at CBS – one which doesn’t involve Chan nor his fast-talking co-star Chris Tucker.
But no matter, for Jackie Chan is portraying a very similar character in Renny Harlin’s Skiptrace, with Johnny Knoxville assuming the role of brash American gambler, Connor Watts. As the director behind both Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger, Harlin has displayed a deft eye for action cinema throughout the years – barring the blemishes of Deep Blue Sea – though after the release of today’s international trailer, it’s difficult to imagine the filmmaker’s China-set adventure finding much of an audience – particularly in the west.
All style and little substance, »
- Michael Briers
Just like Tom Hiddleston, Chris Tucker, and Bradley Cooper, Martin Scorsese has joined the ranks of celebrities who have entertained their late-night hosts by doing impressions of Robert De Niro. The director debuted his pretty decent impression while talking to fellow De Niro impression-doer Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. (They both did Goodfellas De Niro, of course.) The best part of Scorsese's appearance, however, comes when he discusses his friendship with De Niro. As he puts it, "I like to think we melted into each other." Just a couple of buds, these two. »
- Madeline Raynor
Jackie Chan has been trying to break into the Hollywood mainstream for decades, with wavering results. The best efforts always come when he partners up with an American co-star, with Chris Tucker and Owen Wilson fulfilling those duties in the Rush Hour and Shanghai films respectively. More recently, however, Chan - who remains a massive draw in mainland China - has been trying a slightly different tactic: casting American stars in Chinese productions to help them crossover to the West. Last year John Cusack and Adrien Brody starred in the ridiculous period adventure Dragon Blade, and now Johnny Knoxville - together with director Renny Harlin - are trying their luck with Skiptrace.Knoxville plays the innocent gambler on a trip to Macau, who witnesses a murder...
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With Dirty Grandpa, we may have officially reached the point where a Robert De Niro impression is guaranteed to be more enjoyable than a Robert De Niro performance. Fortunately, the indisputable fact that he's one of the most iconic actors in movie history means that there's a ton of imitators out there.
If the man behind Travis Bickle, Jake La Motta and young Vito Corleone isn't quite as common a target as Christopher Walken or Al Pacino, that's only because he's a little bit harder to get right (watch the »
CBS, a network that often gets dinged for lack of scripted primetime on-screen diversity, is about to debut an action comedy hour based on the popular movie franchise Rush Hour that featured Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan (In the series, the cops will be played by Justin Hires and Jon Foo). On National Public Radio, you’ll likely hear, if you have not already, critical discussion of CBS’s decision to do this series based on a movie series that “took criticism for centering… »
With African-American and Chinese stars, CBS’ upcoming action-comedy “Rush Hour” boasts the network’s most diverse cast to date, but on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., the show’s cast and producers were hounded by a reporter who questioned the series’ portrayal of diverse characters.
“When the ‘Rush Hour’ movies were out, they took criticism for being centered on two characters who were really stereotypical,” the journalist said. “Watching the pilot, I see you haven’t done much to change those archetypes. At a time where shows are really trying to have a nuanced discussion about race, these characters still feel very stereotypical to me. How are you going to try change these archetypes a little bit so that they don’t feel so rooted in these longstanding stereotypes?”
“I’m African-American, I’m a comedian and I crack jokes,” star Justin Hires responded, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
CBS' upcoming TV adaptation of Rush Hour will bring an impressive amount of diversity to the network's slate. However, the freshman action-comedy still faced tough questions on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. The series' cast and executive producers Bill Lawrence, Black McCormick and Steve Franks were asked by a reporter specifically about the "long-standing stereotypes" exhibited on the show and borrowed from the 1998 movie of the same name. Justin Hires, who plays the role originated by Chris Tucker, defended the series. "I am African-American. I am a comedian. I crack jokes. So
- Kate Stanhope
On the heels of setting a premiere date for its TV revival of Rush Hour (March 31), CBS has rolled out the show’s first action-packed trailer, and it’s one that dances to an old tune.
Starring Justin Hires and Jon Foo as Detective James Carter and Chief Inspector Lee, respectively, fans of the dormant movie franchise will recognize many of the scenes included in today’s snippet, and while Hires plays the arrogant, cocksure detective relatively well, we’re apprehensive that the series won’t bring anything new to the table. Of course, that’s just based on one overlong trailer, and there is certainly a budding chemistry ready to blossom between the core duo of Hires and Foo. But can they possibly top that of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan? And more importantly, will they sing Edwin Starr’s “War” out of tune? We can only hope.
- Michael Briers
The first trailer has arrived for CBS' "Rush Hour," the TV series reboot of the Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker action comedy series. John Foo and Justin Hires take on the role of the Hong Kong detective and fast-talking Los Angeles cop respectively who are reluctantly partnered to take down dangerous criminals.
The original film's director Brett Ratner and "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence are producing with Jon Turteltaub ("National Treasure") helming the pilot. The trailer unfortunately is just not good, the casting in particular doesn't seem great while the trailer itself has a derivative feel. Hopefully it's only a bad promo, but we'll find out for ourselves when the series premieres March 31st.
- Garth Franklin
With several TV shows starting to come back, several other midseason shows are about to debut in the coming weeks and months ahead. One of CBS' new shows will be quite familiar to many viewers. Rush Hour is based on the hit movie franchise which starred Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Today, CBS has released the first trailer for the show, which will debut Thursday, March 31 at 10 Pm Et. The action-packed comedy series will anchor the network's Thursday night sitcom lineup, which includes The Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom and Angel from Hell.
Rush Hour, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick Lapd detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together. Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. »
CBS has announced that it's “Rush Hour” TV series will premiere on March 31, 2016 at 10 pm. It's a Thursday night, and it'll occupy that slot for its full season (barring any unforeseen circumstances). You're probably thinking, that's the same time slot as "How to Get Away With Murder" on ABC. And you would be correct; But, by the time "Rush Hour" premieres (March 31), "How to Get Away With Murder's' season would be over (March 17). So no worries about competition there - assuming you were even concerned about that. Based on the feature film of the same name, which gave birth to a trilogy of movies starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, the TV series follows a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
CBS has announced that it's “Rush Hour” TV series will premiere on March 31, 2016 at 10 pm. It's a Thursday night, and it'll occupy that slot for its full season (barring any unforeseen circumstances). You're probably thinking, that's the same time slot as "How to Get Away With Murder" on ABC. And you would be correct; But, by the time "Rush Hour" premieres (March 31), "How to Get Away With Murder's' season would be over (March 17). So no worries about competition there - assuming you were even concerned about that. Based on the feature film of the same name, which gave birth to a trilogy of movies starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, the TV series follows a similar story, style and structure as the films - the misadventures of a straight-laced Hong Kong cop (played by Jackie Chan in the movies) and his not-so straight-laced black Lapd officer (originally portrayed by Chris Tucker »
- Tambay A. Obenson
“Rush Hour” will bow March 31 at 10 p.m. in the timeslot currently occupied by “Elementary.” CBS figures to heavily promote the new series during its coverage of the March Madness college basketball tournament, and it should be a good fit coming out of the net’s Thursday comedy block.
In other CBS schedule notes announced Friday, “Elementary” will move to Sundays at 10 starting March 20. Current timeslot occupant “CSI: Cyber” will squeeze in a pair of originals on Wednesday at 10 on March 2 and 9, serving as a bridge between the first-season finale of “Code Black” on Feb. 24 and the series premiere of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” whose premiere is now set for March 16.
The moves would seem to give CBS a good »
- Rick Kissell
CBS has set the premiere date for the “Rush Hour” TV series and moved the premiere date of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” the network announced Friday. “Rush Hour,” based on the buddy cop films starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, will premiere on March 31 at 10 p.m. Et. The series stars Justin Hires and Jon Foo as Det. Carter and Det. Lee, respectively. Brett Ratner, who directed all three “Rush Hour” movies, is executive producing along with Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Jeff Ingold, Jon Turteltaub, Arthur Sarkissian, Toby Emmerich and Steve Franks. Also Read: 'Angel From Hell' »
- Joe Otterson
14 items from 2016
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