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Jackie Chan And Johnny Knoxville Channel Rush Hour In First Trailer For Action Film Skiptrace

4 February 2016 2:04 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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A Number of Big Names are Behind Some of this Year’s Oscar Nominees

3 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s Oscar race features many familiar faces, such as last year’s best director Alejandro G. Inarritu or last year’s best actor Eddie Redmayne, both of whom are repeat nominees in the same category.

However, what may surprise many is the number of big names behind many of this year’s nominees.

Taking a look at some of this year’s executive producers (people not necessarily involved in the making of a film but helped to finance the production), a number of names that may be surprising were hard at work behind the scenes.

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates, owns the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers, and is estimated to be the 51st richest man in the world, had a hand in producing one of this year’s best documentary short nominees, Body Team 12, about a team tasked »

- Patrick Shanley

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Rachel Griffiths Pokes Fun at Trump, Mariah Carey and Nicole Richie Rally for G’Day USA Gala

29 January 2016 4:37 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

G’Day USA hosted its annual Los Angeles Gala on Thursday night at Vibiana in Downtown L.A., where distinguished Australian guests and celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Mariah Carey, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Brett Ratner and 5 Seconds of Summer gathered to honor key Australian figures in entertainment and celebrate the relationship between the U.S. and Australia.

The diplomatic networking event, which was hosted by Australian actresses and previous Oscar nominees, Rachel Griffiths and Toni Collette, kicked off with a duet performance of “My Romance” by Seal and “The Voice” Australia winner Harrison Craig.

“I would like to take a moment to express our great gratitude to this great nation for welcoming all of us Australians and giving us the opportunity to share our passions on the world stage, to take over your casinos, to steal your Oscars,” said Griffiths. “I just really hope that Donald Trump doesn’t build »

- Alyssa Sage

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Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Make a Rare (Yet Stunning) Red Carpet Appearance

29 January 2016 12:35 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden took a break from their parental duties and attended La's G'Day Gala at Vibiana on Thursday evening. The couple, who recently celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary, exchanged loving glances on the red carpet while striking poses for photographers. Inside, the pair linked up with film director Brett Ratner, and Joel later took to Instagram and uploaded a couple snaps from the night, captioning one of them simply, "Date night." We haven't seen much of Joel and Nicole since they appeared on the red carpet at pal Jessica Alba's Baby2Baby gala in 2014 and had the cutest family day at Disneyland in 2015. Read on to see more of Joel and Nicole's sweet date night, and then check out this cute clip of Nicole and her dad Lionel's impromptu dance party. »

- Monica Sisavat

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Sundance: Truth Battles Fiction in Amazon Pickup 'Author,' Starring Laura Albert, the Real Jt LeRoy

26 January 2016 1:49 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I sat in the Amazon Studios row at the Park City Library with execs Roy Price, Ted Hope and the Amazon team, who are finalizing a deal to acquire their first documentary pickup, "Author: The Jt Leroy Story." Backed by A&E IndieFilms, Brett Ratner’s RatPac Documentary Films and Vice, writer-director Jeff Feuerzeig's documentary weaves in and out of the mind of novelist Laura Albert, who finally steps forward to explain why she created several alternate personas, including novelist Jt (Jeremiah Terminator) LeRoy. Marie Therese Guirgis, Head of Documentary at Ratpac Entertainment, read Feuerzeig's project proposal two years ago, "one of the most brilliant I've ever read," she told me on the phone. "We jumped right in, it all came together with Vice and A & E. It's been a long crazy journey." Albert's many personas started first as characters on the written page, then as characters she would deploy on the phone. »

- Anne Thompson

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Brett Ratner adapting story based on Goodfellas’ Henry Hill

21 January 2016 11:07 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Henry Hill's story was told in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas - but not all of it...

The story of mobster Henry Hill was infamously told in Martin Scorsese’s stunning Goodfellas. He was played in that movie by Ray Liotta, but it didn’t cover Hill’s full story. Nor did the other movie based around Hill's life, that was released at the same time, the Steve Martin/Rick Moranis comedy, My Blue Heaven.

For as the Espn television movie Playing For the Mob charted, Hill was also involved in a scandal where he tried to fix basketball games in Boston in the late 1970s. And now there are plans to bring that story to the big screen.

Brett Ratner is linked to this one, with his RatPac Entertainment set to bring the story to the movies. It’s unclear as of yet if Ratner has earmarked »

- simonbrew

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Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan Ask Retired Dan Fellman to Handle Their Warner Bros. Films' Distribution

15 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. During Dan Fellman’s retirement party at the Four Seasons on Nov. 11, Clint Eastwood announced to the VIP crowd — among them Adam Sandler, Brett Ratner, Sylvester Stallone, Todd Phillips and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara — that though the studio’s longtime president of domestic distribution was stepping down, he’s “going to release my next picture, whenever that is.” Eastwood wasn't kidding. That film looks to be Eastwood's Miracle on the Hudson drama Sully,

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- Chris Gardner, Pamela McClintock

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"Rush Hour" TV Series Gets A Trailer

11 January 2016 9:13 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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.

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- Garth Franklin

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'Rush Hour' TV Show Trailer Reboots Jackie Chan Classic

11 January 2016 4:51 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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. »

- MovieWeb

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TV Trailers: '11.22.63' With James Franco And Brett Ratner's 'Rush Hour'

11 January 2016 11:25 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As you might've gleaned from our 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 feature, there is wealth of small-screen fare coming across the next 12 months. In fact, you could skip going to the movies altogether and still have plenty of quality programming to occupy your time. Today comes trailers for two upcoming shows — but only one of them is likely worth your attention. First is the J.J. Abrams-produced adaptation of Stephen King's "11.22.63." The limited-event series stars James Franco as a man who is sent back in time to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Granted, the premise is a bit hokey; indeed, even the first moments of the trailer are a bit ridiculous. But it seems like the kind of thing that, once it settles into a groove, might be some good fun. It debuts on Hulu on February 15th. Meanwhile, the Brett Ratner-produced "Rush Hour" series is headed to CBS, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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TV Trailers: '11.22.63' With James Franco And Brett Ratner's 'Rush Hour'

11 January 2016 11:25 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As you might've gleaned from our 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 feature, there is wealth of small-screen fare coming across the next 12 months. In fact, you could skip going to the movies altogether and still have plenty of quality programming to occupy your time. Today comes trailers for two upcoming shows — but only one of them is likely worth your attention. First is the J.J. Abrams-produced adaptation of Stephen King's "11.22.63." The limited-event series stars James Franco as a man who is sent back in time to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Granted, the premise is a bit hokey; indeed, even the first moments of the trailer are a bit ridiculous. But it seems like the kind of thing that, once it settles into a groove, might be some good fun. It debuts on Hulu on February 15th. Meanwhile, the Brett Ratner-produced "Rush Hour" series is headed to CBS, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Golden Globes: 8 Biggest Secrets From Inside the Ballroom

11 January 2016 11:03 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If the Golden Globes play on TV like the drunk uncle of awards shows, that’s because the 1,100 guests inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom are actually allowed to party. Unlike other Hollywood galas — think the Oscars or Emmys — the VIPs are encouraged to loosen their black ties, and some of the best moments take place off camera. When the speeches run long, the stars head over to the smoking patio and bar, where they mingle with other members of the Hollywood elite and snap selfies. And this year’s Globes had the added spectacle of Ricky Gervais, clocking his fourth time as host, delivering one-liners that were too raunchy for TV. Here are Variety’s eight biggest secrets from inside the ballroom.

1. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill kick off the open bar.

A time-honored tradition at the Globes is for stars to pack the adjacent bar during commercials or for »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Golden Globes: 8 Biggest Secrets From Inside the Ballroom

11 January 2016 11:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If the Golden Globes play on TV like the drunk uncle of awards shows, that’s because the 1,100 guests inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom are actually allowed to party. Unlike other Hollywood galas — think the Oscars or Emmys — the VIPs are encouraged to loosen their black ties, and some of the best moments take place off camera. When the speeches run long, the stars head over to the smoking patio and bar, where they mingle with other members of the Hollywood elite and snap selfies. And this year’s Globes had the added spectacle of Ricky Gervais, clocking his fourth time as host, delivering one-liners that were too raunchy for TV. Here are Variety’s eight biggest secrets from inside the ballroom.

1. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill kick off the open bar.

A time-honored tradition at the Globes is for stars to pack the adjacent bar during commercials or for »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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CBS Schedules ‘Rush Hour’ Reboot for Thursdays This Spring

8 January 2016 10:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS has slotted its reboot of “Rush Hour,” based on the action-comedy feature film series starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, for Thursdays this spring, the network announced Friday.

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

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‘Rush Hour’ Series Sets Premiere Date, CBS Shifts ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’

8 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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