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We've known for a while now that there will be a significant Chinese influence on Michael Bay's Transformers 4, which is a result of the studio behind it appeasing to the giant Asian market, and now it seems that influence has grown a little stronger today. While the cast currently consists of only American and English actors, including Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, Kelsey Grammer and Jack Reynor,today it's been officially announced that Chinese actress Li Bingbing as come aboard as well. While most of Bingbing's work has been done in her home country, just last year she took the part of Ada Wong in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil Retribution. She may also be recognized from Jackie Chan's war film 1911 or from 2008's The Forbidden Kingdom, which had her starring alongside Chan, Jet Li, and Michael Angarano. Said Michael Bay in a »
Arclight Films specialty label Easternlight is selling “Badges of Fury” at Cannes, signing Well Go for North America. Other territories sold include Australia/Nz to Topkey; Germany to Constantin; Hong Kong and Macaw to My Way Film; Japan to Happinet; Singapore to Scorpio East; Taiwan to Apex Success; and Thailand to Mono Generation.
“Badges of Fury” is produced by Po Chu Chui. Wen and Li play detectives attempting to solve three Hong Kong murders, which may be the work of a serial killer.
Wen and Li have previously teamed on “Ocean Heaven” and “The Sorcerer and the White Snake.” The film was shot in Hong Kong last summer. »
- Dave McNary
We've heard plenty of rumours over the past few months about possible casting additions for The Expendables 3, and now that Sylvester Stallone has found a director in Australian filmmaker Patrick Hughes (Red Hill), it seems it's full steam ahead on casting for the third instalment in the 'geri-action' franchise.
Taking to Twitter, Stallone has announced that Mickey Rourke will reprise the role of Tool for the threequel, having sat out last year's The Expendables 2, as well as confirming the addition of martial arts icon Jackie Chan. So far, the only other actor to be confirmed for The Expendables 3 is Wesley Snipes, but the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li are all expected to return for a third outing.
At this point in time, it's unclear when The Expendables 3 will go into production, although a 2014 release date looks likely... especially »
- Flickering Myth
Let there be no doubt about it. While the western marketing for upcoming Jet Li starring picture Badges Of Fury has done everything in its power to present the film as an action thriller, this is a comedy through and through. A very, very goofy comedy.Here's how the film is being described for international markets:When a spate of eerie murders erupts across Hong Kong two troublemaking cops are assigned to the case. Young maverick Wang and grizzled vet Huang who is fed up with his reckless younger partner always landing them in hot water. Reaching a dead end after discovering all the victims were former boyfriends of aspiring starlet Liu, the detectives must play a deadly game. One of them must go undercover as Liu's...
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Sylvester Stallone took to his Twitter account recently and offered a bunch of updates on The Expendables 3. He confirms some casting and reveals where they are looking for inspiration. I think you're going to like what he has to say.
Here are the tweets he sent out:
Scouting eastern Europe and Asia ...we are going all out on this one ... Could be a big surprise!!
What's the plan? Ask Jackie Chan....
Thinking about Raiding, The Raid....think about it...
We believe we can do better than the Raid, which was an excellent film... Raising the bar...
Mighty Mickey is back............
Talked to Wesley today ... He can not Wait to fight to the top again !!!!!!! Over...
So he's confirmed Jackie Chan, Mickey Rourke, and Wesley Snipes will be in the movie. The most interesting part of this to me though is that he thinks they can do a better action film than The Raid. »
- Joey Paur
This Avatar star is currently making headlines for revealing to Allure magazine that she's "open" to being in a relationship with a women -- as well as debuting her latest movie, Star Trek Into Darkness. Here are five things you probably don't know about Zoe Saldana.
1. Born Zoe Yadira Saldana Nazario on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, NJ -- her father is of Dominican descent and her mother is Puerto Rican.
Pics: Zoe Saldana's Stunning a+ Magazine Pics
2. Her first film role was in the musical drama Center Stage (2000) -- in which she played one of 12 teenage dancers from various backgrounds who enroll at a prestigious New York ballet academy in a bid to become professional dancers.
Video: Zoe Saldana Confirms 'Androgynous' Statement
4. Once divulged to a reporter that while »
Will Smith: The Wild Bunch remake (photo: Will Smith in After Earth) Will Smith has been mentioned in connection with Focus, the caper tale that was to have starred Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart, and is to star in Edward Zwick’s Hurricane Katrina drama The American Can. But that’s not all. His producing company is working on a remake of the Broadway musical Annie — which got a less-than-satisfactory screen version back in 1982 — and apparently he wants to revive The Wild Bunch as well. Set during the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s, Sam Peckinpah’s ultra-violent 1969 classic Western features William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, and other movie veterans as a group of outlaws fleeing from Robert Ryan while out to do one last job in war-torn northern Mexico. The Will Smith The Wild Bunch reboot, however, is to be set in the present, though the perilous »
- Zac Gille
Sylvester Stallone loves Twitter. Via this most infectious of mediums he’s teased and taunted fans of The Expendables 3 with rumours, speculation and hearsay. He’s the biggest fanboy of the bunch when it comes to spouting off. You can’t deny though, that the hulking grunter of an actor has a playfulness to his Tweets. Just now he posted the following Tweetulation:
Antonio B. …?Could be.
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) May 3, 2013
Banderas’ career in Hollywood kickstarted with as the Mariachi-playing badass in 1995′s Desperado. Since then he’s alternated his resume with proper grown up films (Haywire, The Skin I Live In) and awful kiddy drivel (Shrek, Puss In Boots.) He definitely qualifies as a badass suitable to join the line up, although thinking about it…wouldn’t it had been lovely if he’d kicked some more arse instead of becoming one in Shrek? Well, here’s hoping »
- Gem Seddon
Director: Peter Chan.
Running Time: 115 minutes.
Synopsis: China, 1917. Liu Jin-xi (Donnie Yen) is a friendly family man enjoying a quiet life. But when he stops a robbery in a local shop and accidentally kills one of the criminals, obsessive detective Xu Ba-Jiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) suspects there is more to this humble paper merchant, and dark secrets soon come to light.
Donnie Yen is one of the most revered martial artists working in cinema today. His achievements go back almost 30 years as both an actor and an action choreographer and he includes Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh and Jet Li among his contemporaries. However, he has not come close to their level of success in western cinema and is really only known amongst Kung Fu aficionados. He proves in Dragon that his leading man credentials match his fighting skills and in Jin-xi he provides a subtle, »
- John Sharp
Like any workplace, injuries happen all the time on set – the only difference is that you don’t tend to burn your genitals while organizing a meeting or suffer major brain injury while carpooling for lunch, unless you suck at driving. On film sets, despite every precaution, these things seem a lot more organic. That said, it’s way more rare when an actor or actress willingly undergoes physical harm, either for the sake of the art or through sheer dedication to the role. I’m not talking about poor Tippi Hedren or Peter Lorre being forced to by their directors – no, these are actors who only had themselves to blame. For the sake of brevity I’ve also excluded crazy people who like to flip around, like Jackie Chan and Jet Li, from the list. They transcend a list like this, but there are plenty of other actors who gave their bodies to the craft in »
- David Christopher Bell
Although I love “The Expendables” franchise like nobody’s business, I’m not necessarily a fan of how Jet Li is used in the films. I was really hoping that director Wang Ziming’s action flick “Badges of Fury” would be a return to form for the veteran actor. Although the trailer you see embedded below features Li beating the cinematic crap out of quite a few people, it’s also infused with some extremely corny comedy. I honestly didn’t expect that. The setup is pretty basic: Two cops, one younger and one older, are on the track of a notorious killer. Along the way, they’ll encounter busty women in revealing very outfits and a wide variety of comic mischief. The fights might look solid, but I’m just not sure about the goofy sense of humor. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. »
- Todd Rigney
Enlight Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for the Wang Zi Ming-directed/Po Chu Chui-produced action comedy Badges of Fury. In true buddy cop fashion, Jet Li as Huang Fei Hong is a hard boiled cop capable of delivering ass-kicking martial arts against deadly criminals, while Wen Zhang as Wang Bu Er is his bumbling partner with the tendency of getting into silly predicaments.Also in the cast are Michelle Chen, Liu Shi Shi, Liu Yan, Wu Jing and Collin Chou. Corey Yuen, a long-time Jet Li collaborator in other contemporary Hong Kong action films such as High Risk, The Bodyguard from Beijing and My Father is a Hero, serves as fight choreographer once again.When a spate of eerie murders erupts across Hong Kong, two troublemaking cops...
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In "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers," and next spring's "Captain America: Winter Soldier," Scarlett Johansson has exhibited (and will exhibit) her ability to kick, punch, and head-butt with the best of them. And now she's going to get to use those skills again, after just having signed on to Luc Besson's forthcoming thriller "Lucy," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The ludicrously amazing (or is it amazingly ludicrous?) plot of "Lucy" involves Johansson's character having to become a drug mule for some nefarious types. But instead of transporting the drug, it goes into her system and basically turns her into Bradley Cooper from "Limitless" –- according to the report she can "absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain and other discomforts." Presumably she uses these new abilities to get back at the guys who forced her into the drug mule business. »
- Drew Taylor
Which begs the question — besides who wore it best — who is Li Bingbing?
A superstar in China, Variety’s 2013 Asian Star of the Year recently crossed over to international English-language fare with “Resident Evil: Retribution.”
It was a natural fit for Li, one of the most in-demand actresses in China, whose inaugural English-lingo film, Fox Searchlight’s “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” was released in 2011. She’s been building her profile in the U.S. and on the world stage since her first big international breakout, “Forbidden Kingdom,” with Jackie Chan and Jet Li, walking the red carpet at Cannes, Venice and the Oscars.
With her U.S. agency, UTA, Li is pursuing American and international projects, »
- Carole Horst
Sylvester Stallone has announced that he's found a director to take over the reigns from Simon West on the third instalment in the aging action icon franchise The Expendables, and no - it's not Mel Gibson. Instead, Stallone has revealed via Twitter that he's turned to up-and-coming Australian filmmaker Patrick Hughes - director of the rather fantastic Aussie Western Red Hill - and while The Hollywood Reporter is suggesting that producers Millennium are yet to sign off on Hughes, a deal is expected to be confirmed.
The Expendables 3 is expected to reunite much of the cast from the previous two movies, including the likes of Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham and Jet Li. Jackie Chan and Wesley Snipes have both been reported as joining in the action for the third movie, while producer Avi Lerner has said his wish-list includes Nicolas Cage and the rather »
- Flickering Myth
Most of us understand that as we age, it's important to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Go for a jog (or a "yog" if you're Ron Burgundy) once in a while. Maybe opt for a salad sometimes instead of a few slices of pizza. If you work at a desk, perhaps you make sure you walk around your office for five minutes every hour. Feel that burn.
Then there are others who take that notion to extreme lengths, who hear "maintain a healthy and active lifestyle" and think "lift enough weights every day of my life to tear a horse in half with my bare hands and have a laughing fit in its blood."
That last part may have been an exaggeration (though for some reason I can especially see Vin Diesel laughing maniacally in horse blood), but the following nine Hollywood actors would probably tell you that, yes, »
- Nick Blake
He may not have landed The Rock, and he still might be trying to get Jackie Chan on board, but Sylvester Stallone has announced the man who will attempt to wrangle the Expendables for their third time on screen: Red Hill director Patrick Hughes. The Australian director, who got his start making shorts before segueing into the successful 2010 Western thriller, is Stallone’s choice to carry the mantle first shouldered by Rocky himself and then Simon West for last year’s sequel.As for what the film will actually be about? Sly isn’t saying yet, though assuming they’re all available, it’ll round up regular cohorts such as Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and possibly Chuck Norris. And you can bet Sly’s been working the phones to lock in some other names besides trying to lure Chan.According to the man himself, »
The first two entries in The Expendables franchise were over-the-top homages to 80′s action flicks. Do they work? It doesn’t matter — they don’t need to work in order to accomplish their mission, which is to provide mindless fun. This probably has a lot to do with the people who directed them — The Expendables was helmed and produced by Sylvester Stallone (whom I consider a wild card in the movie industry), whereas The Expendables 2 was championed by Simon West.
The latter found some box-office success with When a Stranger Calls and The Mechanic, but also directed last year’s Taken rip-off Stolen, a total flop. This time, however, we’re left scratching our heads as Australian director Patrick Hughes has been announced to direct The Expendables 3.
“Patrick who?” you may ask. Well, we know he directed Red Hill. That’s it, though. What’s Stallone thinking? Is »
- Paulo Lazo
Sylvester Stallone has revealed that they've hired Patrick Hughes to direct The Expendables 3. I'm not familiar with the director at all, but he made a couple of shorts and a movie called Red Hill that I've never seen. Stallone posted the following,
EX3 Needs freshness, class, and much badass, ....Found it... Blood Sweat and Fears, coming soon... My best Pure Action Film - The last Rambo - I want this one too top it and I believe it will with New Blood.
I guess he feels that Hughes in the man to turn his dreams for The Expendables 3 into a reality. There was a point where Stallone asked what everyone thought about Mel Gibson possibly directing the film, but it looks like that didn't take.
- Joey Paur
Sylvester Stallone has revealed to fans via his Twitter account just who will take over directing action sequel The Expendables 3. While it’s unknown if he actively sought Mel Gibson to helm, it won’t be Oscar-winning director and troubled superstar actor taking the reigns from Simon West.
Australian director Patrick Hughes, who helmed the stylish western slasher Red Hill starring Ryan Kwantan, will direct the blockbusting action extravaganza that is sure to reunite Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Ludgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Jet Li, with recently reported newcomers Wesley Snipes and Jackie Chan.
Hughes’ Aussie chiller is worth a watch and certainly showed that he has some genuine talent in crafting a taut suspense film in a unique location. How he handles a big-budget all-star action spectacle, only time will tell.
RentRED Hill.Great Movie!!500,000 budget 20 day shoot, Amazing – Rocky was 850,000 and 25 days , Good Omen!!!
- Craig Hunter
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