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Foo’s previous credits include bit parts in the likes of Batman Begins and Universal Soldier: Regeneration, while he also starred as Jin Kazama in the Tekken movie, as well as Ryu in the acclaimed fan film Street Fighter: Legacy.
The Rush Hour pilot is being directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), while series Bill Lawrence (Scrubs) and Blake McCormick (Mad Men) write and executive producer alongside Rush Hour helmer Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian.
- Gary Collinson
CBS has found one of their two lead actors for the Rush Hour pilot, bringing on Jon Foo to play Detective Lee, the same character played by Jackie Chan in the hit Rush Hour movie trilogy. The show has yet to cast the cocky Lapd detective Carter, originally played by Chris Tucker. Much like the film franchise, the show will follow these two cops, forced to pair up when Lee gets assigned to a case in Los Angeles.
Detective Lee is described by Deadline as, "a dedicated professional and master martial artist, a man of few words who knows how to get the job done." Series creator Bill Lawrence revealed last month that the show will follow a new plot with the same types of characters. He also hinted that he may not hire a martial artist to play Lee, but, now, that is not the case.
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Tom Rothman has been named head honcho of Sony Pictures, taking over from Amy Pascal who "stepped down" after that recent email hack fiasco. Even if you don't recognize his name, you will most definitely remember his work. Rothman ran Fox back when the likes of Daredevil, Elektra and the previous Fantastic Four movies were released. He fast-tracked X-Men: The Last Stand, forcing Bryan Singer to abandon the project, and then placed Brett Ratner at the helm. Word is he also micromanaged X-Men: Origins: Wolverine into such a mess that the film wasn't even recognizable to its director, Gavin Hood. Some say Rothman dislikes comic book movies in general, only having a hand in producing the ones he did because of how lucrative they are, and is allegedly one of the main reasons there is such bad blood between Fox and Marvel Studios these days. So you see, probably not »
The Vanity Fair Oscar party has found a new home in Beverly Hills. The locale is a glass-walled, Basil Walter-designed, 6500-square-foot glass walled structure that filled North Crescent Drive below Santa Monica Boulevard adjacent to the Wallis Annenberg Center. “We’re here for the next three years,” said editor Graydon Carter, “and I’m happy with it.” Despite the openness of the space, it was still a packed room. “Brett Ratner just touched my crotch,” said MTV co-founder Tom Freston. “And you can use that.” Considering the Oscars are about film, it was
- Bill Higgins
In a Twitter monologue that gave remarkable insight into what it was like backstage at the all-star SNL 40 special, Norm Macdonald, the former Weekend Update host and the man known as Turd Ferguson, spent two hours and over 100 tweets detailing his experience from the reunion. Macdonald covered everything from writing the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch »
Last month it was announced that Richard Armitage (The Hobbit's Thorin) is to play Frances Dolarhyde in season 3 of NBC's hit TV series Hannibal. Dolarhyde, a serial killer who leaves bite marks on his victims and is thus granted the nom de plume The Tooth Fairy, will reportedly feature in a six-episode arc touching upon the events of Red Dragon.
It was Red Dragon, both Thomas Harris's 1991 novel and Brett Ratner's 2002 movie, that many articles referenced when reporting the Armitage news, with scribes recalling Ralph Fiennes's haunting portrayal of the home-invasion killer who slays entire families. Less common, but more discerning, were the recollections of Tom Noonan's towering, heavyweight (6'7" and 217lb, to be exact) take on Dolarhyde in Michael Mann's atmosphere-drenched 1986 adaptation, Manhunter.
Mann's movie might have jettisoned Harris's title to avoid confusion with Year of the Dragon, which flopped the previous year, and »
Not only was the cast of Saturday Night Live's 40th-anniversary special filled with famous people, but so was the audience. Duh, it was no doubt the hottest ticket in town. Here's who we could spot (and please help us identify those we might've missed!).I spot (left to right) David Paterson, Colin Jost, Christine Baranski, and Brett Ratner. Below them, Al Sharpton and Joe Piscopo. Below them, John McEnroe. Below him, Rob Schneider and Chris Parnell. It was a big crowd, but you can definitely see Dylan McDermott, Sean Hayes, George Lucas, Mellody Hobson, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Derek Jeter, Randy Newman, Sarah Palin, Leslie Jones, and Sia's giant wig. (Yes, there are plenty more, but we'll get closer views below.) We see you, Diane Sawyer (and Joanna Newsom). Chris Lowell, too. There's David Spade sipping on some smuggled booze, Michael Douglas, Jerry Seinfeld right below Bob Odenkirk »
- Lindsey Weber
Last we heard of Beverly Hills Cop 4, Eddie Murphy was pretty adamant about only going to work on a script that he approved of. This didn't stop Paramount Pictures from nailing down a date of March 25, 2016 for the release, however. Brett Ratner (Hercules, Rush Hour) is still set to helm the picture but if a recent interview with Playboy is any indication, I don't expect we'll be seeing Beverly Hills Cop 4 in a year from now. You can check out the whole interview here, »
- Sean Wist
Just weeks after CBS issued a pilot order for their Rush Hour TV series, National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub has signed on to direct the pilot. The filmmaker will also serve as executive producer alongside series creators Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick. No cast members have been attached at this time, and it isn't known when the pilot will start production.
Bill Lawrence revealed last month that the show will center on the same types of characters as the Rush Hour movie franchise, except they will be "a little younger" and the show will feature a whole new story. The Rush Hour movies starred Chris Tucker as a cocky Lapd cop who is forced to team up with a by-the-book Hong Kong inspector (Jackie Chan). The original Rush Hour, which hit theaters in 1998, spawned the sequels Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007).
National Treasure and Last Vegas director Jon Turteltaub has signed on to helm the pilot episode of Rush Hour for CBS, according to Deadline. Based on New Line’s eponymous buddy cop franchise, the show is poised to revitalize the series in an entirely different medium while still retaining that fish out of water comedy heritage.
Fans of the original may disappointed to note that CBS’ rendition of Rush Hour won’t bring back stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker – once described as the fastest hands in the east meeting the biggest mouth of the west – for another bout of crime fighting action, but with Brett Ratner and Arthur Sarkissian returning to executive produce, the network’s small screen reboot could very well channel the gleeful, on-the-nose magic of the trilogy.
- Michael Briers
Pre-production on X-Men: Apocalypse is underway, and director Bryan Singer has posted a new Bts image to his Instagram. The doors seen below have featured in most of the previous X-Men movies, and usually lead to professor X's telepathy-enhancing machine, Cerebro. But it seems that won't be the case in this upcoming instalment. The image was accompanied by this caption: "I know. Old door. But there'll be something new behind it. #XmenApocalypse". So what could that be? The Danger Room perhaps? That training facility did appear in Brett Ratner's The Last Stand, but we've yet to see Singer's interpretation of it. Or maybe it's be something completely new to the franchise. What do you think? Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), with Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Oscar Isaac »
X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner has a plan to bring some Hollywood to the lucrative business of high-end whiskey. But first, he's got to take care of a Kentucky-based bourbon maker wishing to empty his cup. On Thursday, Ratner filed a lawsuit in California federal court against Heaven Hill Distilleries. Ratner owns the Beverly Hills residence known as Hilhaven Lodge, which was once owned by Ingrid Bergman, once controlled by Grease producer Allan Carr and whose guests have included movie-industry luminaries, Victoria's Secret models and Hillary Clinton. Sensing opportunity, Ratner wants to get into
- Eriq Gardner
Bryan Singer’s first two X-Men movies were well-received by fans despite some major changes from the comic books. However, by the time Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand rolled around, those same fans lost patience with the franchise, and it started going rapidly downhill, with added help from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Matthew Vaughn would turn that around with X-Men: First Class in 2011, but he would choose not to return to helm 2014’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past in order to focus on bringing Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ Kingsman: The Secret Service to the big screen.
However, the “inbetweenquel” (as it would be dubbed by those involved) would prove to be in safe hands with returning director Bryan Singer, who set about creating a movie which continued the story of First Class and the original trilogy. Days Of Future Past wiped out many of the mistakes »
- Josh Wilding
Berman is exec producing the single-camera laffer through her Jackal Group and 20th Century Fox TV. Jay Lacopo wrote the script about the “mistakes and misadventures” that people experience in the years after college and before settling down.
Lacopo fielded another comedy script at Fox this year, a project produced by Brett Ratner about a womanizer who helps a divorced woman to find the man of her dreams.
Last year Berman set up a wide-ranging production pact with Fox that calls for her to produce for a range of the studio’s networks. She was head of programming for the network from 2000-2005, and before that she headed the Regency TV shingle that birthed Fox’s hit domestic comedy “Malcolm in the Middle.”
- Cynthia Littleton
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First of all, an apology. We’ve had some technical issues on Flickering Myth this week and lost a few days worth of posts, which we’ve been working on restoring. Unfortunately one of those was The Week in Spandex, and sadly there’s just not the time to rewrite the article. However, considering this week has brought us some big superhero news – including »
- Gary Collinson
The Great Digital Film Festival is on. This year, all your favourite genre films are back on the big screen, including every single mutant-loving X-Men movie by directors Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner, and Matthew Vaughn.
X-Men: Days of Future Past threw a wrench into the X-Men timeline. Time travel can really mess up logic. With a simplified timeline and uncanny facts about the X-Men, the Brotherhood, and the entire Earth-10005 timeline, our X-Men infographic is your cheatsheet for going back in time with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (Patrick Stewart/James McAvoy), and Magneto (Ian McKellen/Michael Fassbender). Navigate the Marvel Cinematic Universe (non-Avengers edition) from Wolverine’s Canadian homestead, to Liberty Island, Alkali Lake, and everything in between.
Check out the X-Men infographic below, and don’t forget to see all your favourite X-Men movies at this year’s Great Digital Film Festival:
- Sasha James
The film history of Superman has been topsy-turvy to say the least. Laying dormant for nearly two decades after the debacle of Cannon Films’ Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, there were many attempts to ressuciate the Man of Steel before Bryan Singer’s 2006 Superman Returns, and the consequent reboot Man of Steel in 2013.
One director who had hopes of bringing his vision to the screen in the 2000s was director Brett Ratner (Red Dragon, Hercules). He looked set to take the reigns thanks to a script from J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and he was very close to casting his Superman, in the form of Jude Law, who was the director’s first choice.
Law has been very quiet on the project ever since he toyed with the film around 2000-2002, and even tried on the costume, but has broken his silence in a chat with MTV »
- Scott J. Davis
CBS has ordered a pilot for the new TV series Rush Hour, based on the blockbuster movie franchise starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. CBS issued a pilot commitment back in October, with the potential TV series now moving forward to produce the pilot episode. Bill Lawrence, who created Scrubs and Cougar Town, wrote the pilot script, which centers on an arrogant Los Angeles detective who teams up with a by-the-book Hong Kong cop after he is assigned to a case in L.A.
Bill Lawrence revealed earlier this month that the show will feature a new plot that is much different from the movie trilogy, but will feature the same kinds of characters. The actor who will take over the Lee character, originally played by Jackie Chan, will be a martial artist, but the series creator added that he may just find the right actor who doesn't have martial »
Films based on TV shows; TV shows based on films. The door swings both ways I suppose. CBS has given a pilot order to "Rush Hour," which will be, of course, based on the feature film of the same name, which gave birth to a trilogy of movies starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan The potential series was first announced last October, when director Brett Ratner revealed that he was teaming up with the makers of "Cougar Town" for a new one-hour TV comedy series that will be based on the "Rush Hour" films he directed. Although, at the time, it didn't have a home. Now CBS has apparently stepped up and claimed it! Expected to follow a similar »
- Tambay A. Obenson
London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.
The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.
Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »
- Leo Barraclough
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