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Five reasons to see The Foreigner

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Five reasons to see The ForeignerFive reasons to see The ForeignerScott Goodyer10/17/2017 3:42:00 Pm

Jackie Chan karate kicks his way back on the big screen in The Foreigner!

The action movie has Chan playing a humble businessman with a buried past who seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. Pierce Brosnan also stars, teaming up again with GoldenEye director Martin Campbell.

Here are 5 reasons why you need to check this movie out:

1. The Stunts

Jackie Chan has endured many years of long, hard work and a ton of injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's martial arts movie industry. Making his way to North American audiences in 1995 with Rumble in the Bronx, this was the first time we saw an action star do his own stunts as he ran up walls and bounced off cars. It was very impressive and Jackie hasn't slowed down.
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Our Favorite Faces Of Jackie Chan

This week saw the North American wide release of Martin Campbell's thriller The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. For Jackie, it's actually his second film in the current box office top-10, as he also voices one of the characters in The Lego Ninjago Movie. At 63 years of age, Jackie Chan can of course no longer be expected to show his legendary acrobatic martial arts prowess of thirty (or more than forty) years ago, so to see him diversify towards animated films and serious thrillers makes sense. But legendary he rightfully is, as amazing he was. He has performed in more than 130 films, using a large variety of names and spellings (IMDb lists Jacky Chan, Yuan Lung Chan, Yuen-Lung Chan, Jakkî Chen,...

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The Link and I

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/Film Deadpool 2 and X-Men Dark Phoenix have both wrapped, both due in 2018

/Film Turns out Beyoncé was offered Plumette before Gugu in the recent Beauty & The Beast movie. Insane that they offered Beyoncé a teensy part when Belle was right there. Wtf, Bill Condon?

Coming Soon Gong Li will lead Martin Campbell's next thriller Ana -- the tone is said to be similar to La Femme Nikita.  We'd be super excited because Gong Li is always welcome in leading roles but Campbell's new one The Foreigner with Jackie Chan isn't exactly winning raves

Film Society Helen Mirren named as the honoree at next spring's Chaplin Award Gala in NYC. Robert De Niro was the honoree earlier this year


Into Todd Haynes talks about Wonderstruck and about meeting with Barbra Streisand to talk Gypsy !!!

Variety it's official The Current War has moved to
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Box Office: ‘Happy Death Day’ Crushes ‘Blade Runner 2049’ With $26.5 Million

Box Office: ‘Happy Death Day’ Crushes ‘Blade Runner 2049’ With $26.5 Million
Happy Death Day” has cause for celebration.

The latest from Blumhouse and Universal is leading the box office this weekend with $26.5 million from 3,149 locations. That puts it far ahead of “Blade Runner 2049,” which is skidding to $15.1 million during its second weekend at 4,058 locations, down 54% from its disappointing opening weekend.

A horror spin on “Groundhog Day,” “Happy Death Day” centers on Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as a woman who wakes up to the same day — her birthday — every day, and is murdered every time. Christopher B. Landon directed the film based on a script by Scott Lobdell. The film, which earned a B CinemaScore (good for a horror flick), particularly appealed to female and younger moviegoers — the audience was split 54% female, as opposed to 46% male, and 63% was under age 25. The release date was pegged to Friday the 13th and the weeks leading up to Halloween.

“We’re obviously thrilled with the release,” said Universal
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Box Office: ‘Happy Death Day’ Slays With $26 Million Opening

Box Office: ‘Happy Death Day’ Slays With $26 Million Opening
Happy Death Day” is poised to dominate the box office its opening weekend, with a projected $26 million at 3,149 locations, significantly ahead of its initial $15-20 million predictions.

The Blumhouse film brought in $11.6 million Friday, which includes $1 million from Thursday night previews. Backed by Universal, the horror flick stars Jessica Rothe as a woman who is forced to relive her death over and over again until she finds out who killed her — a gory twist on the classic “Groundhog Day.”

Happy Death Day” caps a tremendous year for Blumhouse. In January, the company’s “Split” launched to $40 million, before ending its run with $278.3 million globally. A month later, the critically acclaimed “Get Out” delivered a $33.4 million debut, going on to pick up $253.1 million in global grosses.

“Blade Runner 2049,” which topped the box office last weekend but disappointed estimates by a significant margin at only $32.8 million, will likely be pushed to second place after only one week, with
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Jackie Chan Wonders Why He's Not Cast in Movies Like Mamma Mia and La La Land

Jackie Chan Wonders Why He's Not Cast in Movies Like Mamma Mia and La La Land
Jackie Chan is putting his funnyman act aside for his latest role as Quan Ngoc Minh in the action thriller The Foreigner, directed by Casino Royale's Martin Campbell. In the film, Chan's character is seeking to avenge the murder of his daughter, who died in a London Ira bombing. The single father ruthlessly pursues the bombers and battles ex-member of the Ira and Irish Deputy Minister Liam Hennessy, played by 007's Pierce Brosnan, whom he believes can identify the terrorists.

In a career that spans more than five decades, Chan has thoroughly mastered the art of comedy with
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Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)

Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)
Chinese actress Gong Li will star in the Europe-set action-thriller “Ana,” with Martin Campbell on board to direct.

Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian and China’s Bruno Wu are producing the movie, which Wu is also financing. Sarkissian told Variety that they plan to start production in March or April.

The script is written by Richard Wenk, whose credits include “The Equalizer,” “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” and “The Expendables 2.” Sarkissian said “Ana” will be similar in tone to Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner “La Femme Nikita.”

“Ana” re-teams Campbell and Sarkissian following the Jackie Chan actioner “The Foreigner,” which opens Friday in North America with expectations of a $10 million debut weekend. “The Foreigner” is projected to earn $88 million in international markets by the end of the upcoming weekend.

Gong’s credits date back to Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut, “Red Sorghum,” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988. Since then, she’s appeared
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Jackie Chan Wants to Win a Best Actor Oscar

Jackie Chan Wants to Win a Best Actor Oscar
To American audiences, Jackie Chan is best known as one half of buddy comedies like Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon. But his latest English-language release (his first since 2010's The Karate Kid) is a departure from what domestic moviegoers are used to seeing from the 63-year-old actor. 

In the Martin Campbell drama The Foreigner, out Friday, Chan stars as a father whose daughter is killed in an Ira bombing in London, and will stop at nothing until he finds her killers.

"For action stars, it's hard to change," Chan told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about his choice to take a dramatic turn. "How many...
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The Foreigner – Review

(Left to Right) Jackie Chan as Quan and Pierce Brosnan as Hennessy at Hennessy’s office in The Foreigner. Photo by Christopher Raphael. Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 Stx Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan face off in action thriller The Foreigner. Director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Goldeneye) helms this suspenseful thriller that has a serious, emotional Chan bent on revenge after his daughter is killed in a politically motivated bombing in London, a man who turns his focused on an Irish-born British official, played by Pierce Brosnan, who may know the names of the bombers.

Although there is a daughter and Jackie Chan’s character does have an unexpected “special skill set,” that is about all this smart, gripping thriller has in common with Liam Neeson’s Taken apart from the genre. This revenge-driven action thriller has some surprising twists and provocative commentary on assumptions based on appearance.
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Blumhouse Makes a Wish for Another #1 Opener with 'Happy Death Day'

Blumhouse Makes a Wish for Another #1 Opener with 'Happy Death Day'
It's been a good year for Blumhouse Productions so far with Get Out and Split delivering impressive returns on minuscule budgets. This weekend their latest, Happy Death Day, hopes to follow suit as it targets a #1 finish, pushing WB's Blade Runner 2049 into runner-up position after just one week in theaters. Additional new releases include Stx's The Foreigner, Annapurna's Professor Marston & the Wonder Women and Open Road's Marshall as there's a little something for everyone in theaters, though it doesn't appear that little something will deliver big numbers at the box office collectively. On the heels of a very strong year so far, Blumhouse brings Happy Death Day to 3,149 theaters nationwide. The film takes the Groundhog Day concept and turns it into a horror film with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones director, Christopher Landon, at the helm. Industry expectations are for a debut in the mid-teens, though we're anticipating a result just a bit higher.
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‘The Foreigner’ Review: Jackie Chan Ill-Served by Choppy Drama

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‘The Foreigner’ Review: Jackie Chan Ill-Served by Choppy Drama
Before the L.A. premiere of “The Foreigner” began, the audience received a message from its star, Jackie Chan. “Aside from the fighting,” he said, “I hope you like my acting.” It was a curious request, especially from Chan, whose on-screen work has largely benefited from the fact that we’re watching Jackie Chan. You can’t help but watch Chan. This is the international superstar’s blessing and curse. Jackie is Jackie, no matter the character’s name. In Martin Campbell’s film, an adaptation of Stephen Leather’s novel “The Chinaman,” Chan plays a soft-spoken man of humility
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Review: The Foreigner, a Convoluted Political Thriller Squanders One of Cinema's Most Charismatic Performers

One could be forgiven for walking into a screening of Martin Campbell's The Foreigner expecting a new action film starring the legendary Jackie Chan. After all, Chan is quite literally the the face of the film. All of the trailers feature him and his bravado action chops prominently and even the Us poster exclusively uses Chan's image to sell a film that looks like it could be a convincing serious turn, unlike anything Western audiences have seen from the action icon. However, anyone stepping into the film with those expectations is bound to be disappointed when they realize they've sat down for a complex political thriller in which the titular Foreigner spends what seems like less than a quarter of the film's nearly two hour...

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The Foreigner Review: Jackie Chan Like You've Never Seen Him

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The Foreigner Review: Jackie Chan Like You've Never Seen Him
The Foreigner delivers exactly what it promises, Jackie Chan as you've never seen him. The titan of martial arts and comedy cinema disappears utterly in this gripping thriller. His turn as a bereaved father obsessed with vengeance will have you glued to your seats. The Foreigner is not a brainless action flick with an invincible protagonist. It has a surprisingly complex plot with multiple key characters. Veteran director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale,Vertical Limit) uses his filmmaking acumen to great effect. He reshapes a well known commodity in Chan, but never forgets the importance of the story.

A terrorist bomb in London targets a bank, but also destroys the dress shop beside it. Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) watches in horror as his teenage daughter is killed in the explosion. A rogue cell of the Irish Republican Army calls the press to claim responsibility. This attack is just the beginning.
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Box Office: Will ‘Happy Death Day’ Unseat ‘Blade Runner 2049’ From No. 1?

Box Office: Will ‘Happy Death Day’ Unseat ‘Blade Runner 2049’ From No. 1?
It’s said that good things come in threes, and after the success of “Split” and “Get Out” earlier this year, it appears Universal and Blumhouse have another winner with “Happy Death Day.”

The new horror installment is taking a stab at the weekend’s top spot as it tracks for an opening weekend around $15 million to $20 million from 3,130 locations. The low-budget release is timed to Friday the 13th, and two weekends before Halloween. It will also open in 12 territories abroad, including Australia, Brazil, and Netherlands, with additional markets rolling out through November.

A horror spin on “Groundhog Day,” “Happy Death Day” centers on Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as a woman who wakes up to the same day — her birthday — every day, and is murdered every time. Christopher B. Landon directed the film based on a script by Scott Lobdell.

Earlier this year in January, Blumhouse’s “Split” opened to a monster $40 million in January, and went on
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Why The Foreigner isn’t called The Chinaman but the term Is still used in the movie

The book that Jackie Chan movie The Foreigner is based on was called The Chinaman, but producers changed the title for obvious reasons. While using the phrase “Chinaman” was relatively common when Stephen Leather wrote the thriller back in 1992, it’s now widely regarded as offensive due to the derogatory contexts in which it has often been used. However, in an exclusive interview with Monsters and Critics director Martin Campbell revealed he did decide to include the term in the film. One scene sees Pierce Brosnan’s character Liam Hennessy use it to refer to Jackie Chan’s character Quan Ngoc Minh. Asked more
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Review: ‘The Foreigner’ Pits Jackie Chan Against James Bond In a Very Awkward Mash-Up

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Review: ‘The Foreigner’ Pits Jackie Chan Against James Bond In a Very Awkward Mash-Up
The Foreigner” is a twisty political thriller about an deputy minister (Pierce Brosnan) who’s plotting to pardon some imprisoned Ira fighters without reigniting the Troubles. “The Foreigner” is also a revenge saga in which Jackie Chan plays a Vietnamese (?) explosives expert who’s obsessively determined to identify and eliminate the bombers who blew up his teenage daughter. Believe it or not, those two narratives don’t really complement one another all that well. It turns out there might be a good reason why no one’s ever watched “In the Name of the Father” and thought to themselves: “You know what that movie was missing? Jackie Chan.”

On paper, it almost makes sense why someone would try to sandwich these very different storylines together — immigrants, so often assumed to be the perpetrators of domestic terrorism, are often the most overlooked of its casualties. And it’s possible this mash-up
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'The Foreigner' Review: Jackie Chan Goes the 'Taken' Route in Revenge Thriller

'The Foreigner' Review: Jackie Chan Goes the 'Taken' Route in Revenge Thriller
Legend is a much abused word in the movie business – but Jackie Chan really is a legend. The undisputed king of martial-arts movies kicked up a notch with slapstick and jaw-dropping stunts, the star is acrobatic poetry in motion. American audiences know him best from his three Rush Hour action comedies with Chris Tucker (No. 4 is on the drawing board), but true aficionados rightly point to Chan's death-defying Hong Kong cinema epics – see Drunken Master, Police Story and Armor of God – as pinnacles of the form. The lifetime achievement Oscar
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The Preview Reel: The Foreigner and Happy Death Day

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Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Blade Runner 2049 received rave reviews last week, but that did not translate to box-office success as the movie stumbled to a $32.8 million opening against a $155 million budget. The sci-fi flick has a chance to retain the top spot, however, as the competition this week looks relatively weak—there’s the revenge thriller The Foreigner, and the Blumhouse horror flick, Happy Death Day.

The Foreigner

What we are excited about: While it would be easy to say that the thing we are most excited about here is Jackie Chan (and we are excited about that), we are going to go with the film’s director. Martin Campbell is responsible for two of the best James Bond movies of the past twenty-five years in Casino Royale (2006) and GoldenEye (1995). While we will ignore his last movie,
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Blade Runner 2049 to Bond 25: yes, Mr Villeneuve, we expect you to direct

Like Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes and Peter Jackson, Villeneuve is a rare example of a visionary film-maker with franchise nous. Can he get the 007 gig?

Sam Mendes may have done more than just reload 007’s Walther Ppk with box-office bullets when he took on Skyfall five years ago. For decades, Bond production company Eon vacillated between recruiting indie directors with a handful of arthouse hits on their hands (Quantum of Solace’s Marc Forster; Die Another Day’s Lee Tamahori) and tried and tested industry stalwarts (Casino Royale and GoldenEye’s Martin Campbell; The World Is Not Enough’s Michael Apted). But in the wake of Mendes’ success in taking Bond past the $1bn mark for the first time, then almost repeating the feat with 2015’s Spectre, an entirely new calibre of film-maker is being mentioned to take charge of 2019’s 25th official 007 movie.

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