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Ryan Lambie Oct 21, 2016
David Fincher’s first film was nearly his last. In the early part of 1991, Fincher was better known as a director of commercials and movie videos, a 29-year-old filmmaker who’d cut his teeth working as a special effects cameraman on Return Of The Jedi before making promos for Nike and Madonna. By the time Fincher signed up for Alien 3, the production was already in disarray. The script had gone through draft after draft as screenwriters and directors came and went; before filming had begun, Alien 3 had already hired and lost directors Renny Harlin and Vincent Ward, and writers Eric Red and William Gibson.
Journey into a hilarious action-packed comedy from acclaimed director Renny Harlin when Skiptrace arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD October 25 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand.
Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville team up in the hilarious action-packed buddy comedy Skiptrace, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD October 25 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Chan, a straight-laced Hong Kong detective, meets Knoxville, a gambling American with a very important piece of evidence, to bring the man who murdered Chan’s partner to justice. From acclaimed director Renny Harlin (Die Harder, Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea) and written by Jay Longino and BenDavid Grabinkski, the hilarious Skiptrace Blu-ray and DVD include a behind-the-scenes featurette and audio commentary with the director and will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively
For years, »
- Tom Stockman
Will Skiptrace be remembered as a seminal Jackie Chan, Renny Harlin or even Johnny Knoxville classic? No. This Englishified Chinese import is silly beyond its cultural appropriation, and as unexpected as it is witty (which is not very much). Numerous scenes are driven by Knoxville referencing his “ding dong” while Chan punches thugs in their respective “ding dongs,” so we’re not even talking Walking Tall sensibilities – but with Chan involved, at least we’re getting an honorable approach to poetic action choreography. Sure, Chan might be striking pelvic regions with no remorse, but sequences flow and aren’t drenched in the ugliness of Harlin’s The Legend Of Hercules grossness. For what Skiptrace is, it never re-writes the mold – but maybe it doesn’t have to given the involved talents?
Kidding. Have the mighty (a questionable descriptor in some cases here) really fallen this hard?
Chan stars as Bennie, »
- Matt Donato
Just like that, it’s fall already. The first round of films fresh out of Tiff and Venice and Telluride are making their ways to theaters and living rooms nationwide. And now, we enter the last third of the year, with plenty of titles to be excited about. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of September, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)
Each week, we’ll give you an update with more specific information on where these films are playing. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!
Week of September 2 Wide
Director: Luke Scott
Synopsis: A corporate troubleshooter is sent to a remote, »
- Steve Greene
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the recipients of the 2015 Governors Awards this morning, and none other than global superstar Jackie Chan is at the top of the list. Read More: Even Jackie Chan’s Energy Can’t Can’t Save Renny Harlin’s ‘Skiptrace’ With Johnny Knoxville [Review] The Board of Governors also selected […]
The post Jackie Chan Will Receive An Honorary Oscar At The 2016 Governors Awards appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
As expected, Fede Alvarez’s thriller Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems), starring Jane Levy and Stephen Lang, won the weekend, but it did way more than we predicted, doing better than most movies released in the last weekend of August, winning the weekend with $26.4 million, pretty much double what I predicted. That’s a pretty great testament to the power of Screen Gems’ marketing campaign and that’s more than double what the movie cost to make. Jason Statham’s Mechanic: Resurrection (Summit/Lionsgate) didn’t fare as well as it opened in fifth place with $7.5 million in 2,258 theaters, about where I predicted. Of the more moderate releases, the Obama date movie Southside with You (Roadside Attractions) took in $3 million in around 800 theaters, »
- Edward Douglas
It seems reasonable to expect that a movie called “The Great Wall,” billed as the biggest production in China’s filmmaking history, would feature Chinese actors. Instead, when Universal and Legendary released the trailer for Zhang Yimou’s film, the first face viewers saw was that of the decidedly white Matt Damon, fighting monsters atop the Middle Kingdom’s most famous monument.
In America, it was a call to arms in the battle against whitewashing, that curious tendency to insert Caucasian faces where history tells us there were none. “We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world,” wrote comedian and “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu in a lengthy, impassioned statement posted to Twitter. “Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon.”
China had another take. There, the prevailing sentiment over the trespass on their national identity might best be described as a Whatevs. »
- Aaron Fox-Lerner
Joseph Baxter Aug 31, 2016
Transformers: The Last Knight seems to be shaping up as a different kind of entry in the ultra-lucrative film franchise. Currently in production, director Michael Bay’s fifth go with the protean anthropomorphic automaton film series is taking the world-wrecking rampages into the intriguing expositional corner of Arthurian legend. In fact, the film has just cast an actor to play the ancient lore’s fated eponymous regent himself.
According to Mashable, the one and only King Arthur Pendragon is, indeed, jumping into the Autobots vs. Decepticon drama of Transformers: The Last Knight, seemingly confirmed with the reported casting of Liam Garrigan for the part. Of course, fans of ABC’s Once Upon a Time might be surprised to hear that, seeing as Garrigan already has been »
Many of us grew up watching Renny Harlin’s action movies like Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2, and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. It would be several more years before Jackie Chan was properly introduced to America with the U.S. release of Rumble in the Bronx. The two represent quite different approaches to action, with Harlin embodying the […]
- Fred Topel
The top-selling Playstation video game series “Uncharted” is set to become Sony’s next big screen adaptation. Per Variety, “Smokin’ Aces” helmer Joe Carnahan has been tapped to pen the script for the action-adventure flick.
Unfortunately, he will not be able to direct the film due to scheduling conflicts, telling the site, “In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I’m only on board to write the script.”
The third-person shooter game, developed by Naughty Dog, follows treasure hunter Nathan “Nate” Drake as he travels around the world to uncover various historical mysteries. For Carnahan, writing the adaptation is a dream come true.
“Archaeology today is in itself an antiquity, but that world has always fascinated me. Especially when you go to a museum today and wonder how »
- Liz Calvario
Hot off the China opening of the Renny Harlin-directed Skiptrace which opened to $62M+ in the Middle Kingdom in its first weekend out, Jackie Chan headlined a press conference in Sydney to announce that Aussie actors Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant) and Callan Mulvey (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as well as actor Show Luo (Journey to the West; Mermaid) have joined the cast of his next film, the sci-fi actioner Bleeding Steel. Written and directed by Leo Zhang and… »
A peak in Jackie Chan’s U.S. movie stardom was “Shanghai Noon,” an amiable buddy action comedy that hung on the odd-couple chemistry between his straight-arrow Chinese emigre hero and Owen Wilson’s laconic, genially slippery Wild West outlaw. It was a pairing successful enough to prompt a sequel (“Shanghai Knights” in 2003), and now a sort of loose revamp in “Skiptrace.” But 16 years after “Noon,” the 62-year-old star’s boyish freneticism has finally succumbed to an understandable air of fatigue; it falls to new co-star Johnny Knoxville to take the majority of pratfalls, and supply the principal comic energy.
But then there’s energy to spare, if not much gray matter, in this amiable buddy action comedy wherein Chan’s straight-arrow Hong Kong cop is captor, then comrade to Knoxville’s genially slippery Yank con man. As directed by Renny Harlin, this Hk-u.S.-China co-production is a perpetual-motion-machine »
- Dennis Harvey
Montreal — Jackie Chan has had Chris Tucker and Owen Wilson assist him in past buddy-cop comedies. Movies like “Rush Hour” and “Shanghai Noon” were fun to watch, but they always had to rely on the chemistry that Chan would have with his co-star. The screenplays always played to the genre’s conventions, but never had […]
- Jordan Ruimy
Skiptrace, the Jackie Chan-Johnny Knoxville action comedy directed by Renny Harlin, opened to big numbers in China. Grosses just in show that it pulled in a $62.2M purse and knocked out all the competition, including Warner Bros’ The Legend of Tarzan, which came in a distant second. To give an idea of how popular Skiptrace was, Tarzan‘s six-day gross in the country was only $27.3M. The opening in China also gives Chan his biggest ever opening in the Middle Kingdom for a… »
The Justin Lin-directed "Star Trek Beyond" topped the box-office within the United States this weekend with $59.6 million. It's a strong opening, but that number is down from the $75 million and $70 million openings of the two previous J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Trek" films.
Coming in at a budget of $185 million, the film also made a further $30 million from 37 global markets which, like the U.S. opening, were down by a similar 15-20% or so. The film has scored good critical reviews, and yet there's also plenty of editorials and complaints within the reviews suggesting the new film essentially retreads old formula and in the process plays it far too safe with a familiar story.
Hopefully that will change with the next film with J.J. Abrams revealing last week to EW that the storyline for the upcoming fourth film is his "favorite Star Trek story that we've had. It really is an amazing story, »
- Garth Franklin
The film released on Thursday (July 21) and charged off to a $14.7 million opening day. Over the Friday to Sunday period it took a further $44.0 million, according to data from Ent Group. That three-day total is within $1 million of the global total of $44.7 million for “The Legend of Tarzan” which took the worldwide weekend crown according to U.S. tracking service ComScore.
The success of “Skiptrace” not only reconfirms Chan’s enduring star power, it also substantially justifies his role as a force behind the scenes as a producer. Chan has personally nurtured this buddy comedy cum China travelogue project for many years, enduring changes of financier, co-star and director along the way.
- Patrick Frater
“The Legend of Tarzan” swung to the top of foreign box office charts over the weekend, propelled by a solid opening in China. The adventure epic led competitors with $44.7 million from 17,500 screens in 61 markets. The big contributor was the Middle Kingdom, where “The Legend of Tarzan” picked up $27.1 million in its first six days of release.
The attempt to relaunch Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pulp novels about a man raised by apes has floundered domestically, weighed down by its $185 million price tag. The film’s global total now stands at $260.5 million. That’s a respectable gross, but a film of this size needs to do upwards of $400 million to be considered a success, let alone trigger a sequel, which is basically the point of greenlighting a movie with that kind of budget. Warner Bros. is backing the film, which was directed by David Yates, the filmmaker behind most of the Harry Potter movies. »
- Brent Lang
The first trailer is out for the action thriller "Skiptrace" starring Jackie Chan, Johnny Knoxville, and Bingbing Fan. The Renny Harlin-directed film follows a detective from Hong Kong who teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal.
Cj Entertainment has premiered the U.S. trailer for "Operation Chromite," the Korean War story tale in which Liam Neeson stars as General Douglas MacArthur, who led the attack against the North Koreans in the Battle of Incheon. The film will open in North America on August 12th.
Relativity Studios has released the new trailer for the supernatural thriller "Before I Wake" which, though shot several years ago, is finally arriving on September 9th.
Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) are parents who adopt an eight-year-old boy, Cody (Jacob Tremblay), who is terrified of falling asleep because his dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. »
- Garth Franklin
After years of relatively unmemorable projects, Chan appears to be back in the comedy/action mode that made him an international star. Then there's the Harlin factor. Sure, there's a lot of mediocrity in his filmography but it's always fun to watch. Can't say that about a lot of the action that's flying around these days. As for Knoxville... he's the major drawback here though under certain circumstances, even he can be palatable. Hopefully this is one of those times.
Chan stars as Bennie Chan, a Hong Kong detective who teams up with an American gambler (Knoxville) in an attempt to br [Continued ...] »
When Bennie’s goddaughter Samantha (Bingbing Fan) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, Bennie must track down the man whose actions got her there: the fast-talking American gambler Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville).
Bennie soon discovers, however, that in bringing Connor back to Hong Kong he’s ensuring more than his goddaughter’s fate; Connor also possesses knowledge about Victor Wong that, if exposed, could finally bring the corrupt businessman to justice. As Bennie races against the clock to return with Connor to Hong Kong, the unlikely pair embarks on an entertaining and perilous adventure that spans from the mountains of Mongolia to the dunes of the Gobi desert.
Skiptrace is set for release on September 2nd in the States. »
- Amie Cranswick
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