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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
Ryan Lambie Jul 19, 2016
Jackie Chan's been in a couple of buddy comedy pairings over his long career already, including Rush Hour (with Chris Tucker) and Shanghai Noon (with Owen Wilson). Skiptrace sees the martial arts legend team up with Johnny Knoxville, the former Jackass guy who plays an American fugitive fleeing some particularly nasty Chinese gangsters here. Chan, meanwhile, plays a detective who winds up in Knoxville's orbit when the latter witnesses some sort of hideous crime.
The action-comedy's directed by Renny Harlin, best known for such action flicks as Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Cliffhanger, so there should be plenty of solid set-pieces in Skiptrace, even if Chan (and Knoxville for that matter) no longer pulls off the kind of gonzo stunts he once did. Still, the fight scenes look »
At one time, Renny Harlin was viewed as Hollywood’s next great action-movie-directing hope. He impressed with “Die Hard 2” and “Cliffhanger,” but the double whammy of flops “Cutthroat Island” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight” started a descent which in recent years has seen him directing TV, little-seen efforts like “Five Days Of War” and “Devil’s […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
In hindsight, the pairing feels inevitable: Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville in a buddy-cop movie. The two enact the evergreen straitlaced detective/wacky partner dynamic in Renny Harlin’s upcoming “Skiptrace,” the first trailer for which premiered today. Watch it below.
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Chan plays a Hong Kong detective, while Knoxville is an American fugitive who joins up with him because of reasons. The former has played similar roles in the “Rush Hour” movies alongside Chris Tucker — and, lest we forget, Roman Polanski in a bizarre cameo at the end of the series’ third installment — as well as “Shanghai Noon” alongside Owen Wilson, of course. Bingbing Fan of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and former WWE performer Eve Torres co-star in the action comedy.
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- Michael Nordine
Some actors were just born to be typecast.
“This man has no dick.” And neither do the movies anymore.
If you’re going to write a part specifically for William Atherton, it’s probably going to be inspired by his three most famous roles. That was clearly the case when he was cast for an episode of the TV series Lost, in which he plays a slimy high school principal character who was conceived with him in mind. It was a throwback to the assholes he embodied in Ghostbusters, Real Genius, and the first two Die Hard movies. Another one of his dicks.
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people writing dick parts specifically for Atherton to play on the big screen. It’s been 20 years since his last (slightly) memorable movie continuation of the type, in Bio-Dome, and many of his fans probably aren’t even aware that he’s still alive and working regularly. Mostly »
- Christopher Campbell
Terminator 2 Turns 25
It’s been twenty-five years since Terminator 2: Judgement Day descended on Us audiences. James Cameron pulled an Aliens and again managed to create a sequel that surpassed the original by switching the plot around on its head.
In The Terminator Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, was hunted down by a killer cyborg, played of course by Arnold Schwarzengger. The second time around the villain became the hero and Arnie was in charge of Sarah’s young son John Connor and had to prevent him being murdered by Robert Patrick‘s liquid-metal T-1000.
It’s a movie whose legacy continues, and we don’t mean those terrible follow-ups. The film was a landmark in special effects, story-telling, summer blockbusters and sequels. To celebrate a quarter of a century with time-travelling terminators turned saviour, here’s a list of facts that you might not know:
Terminator 2 Turns 25
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- Kat Hughes
If Tuesday’s two-hour premiere was any indication, CBS’ Zoo is going all in with Season 2.
Whereas Season 1 of the James Patterson adaptation took things a bit seriously as it explored the mystery of a manmade genetic mutation within the entire animal kingdom that turned our fine feathered and furry friends against us, Season 2 — or at least the effects-laden premiere, which for all I know blew the entire budget — is going full-tilt bananas (no pun intended, monkeys). We’ve got multi-animal assaults, a luxury jet that would make S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Zephyr jealous, new characters and »
A couple months back, Paul Scheer and the gang covered The Covenant on How Did This Get Made? Ever since then, Paul and I have been trying to arrange an interview with the film’s director, the great Renny Harlin, a Finnish-born filmmaker best known for helming action-packed classics like Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger. It took […]
The post Hdtgm: A Conversation with Renny Harlin appeared first on /Film. »
- Blake Harris
The company, which carries the same name as his Midnight Sun Pictures label in Los Angeles, has the aim to nurture new Chinese talent. Its remit covers development and production, with output being Chinese titles or Chinese-foreign co-productions.
The company has several stories in development and a couple of scripts at advanced stages. Development staff are now in the process of being hired. Chinese-centric horror stories and thrillers for local directors will be prioritized.
Financial backing for the company comes from Jiabo Culture Group, a Beijing-based creative consortium. Distribution of the finished productions will be decided on a case by case.
The launch of Midnight Sun in China is separate to Harlin’s recent agreement to make “Legend of the Ancient Sword,” a Chinese fantasy film backed by China’s Alibaba Pictures Group, as his next directing assignment.
“As an American who originally comes from Finland, I don’t expect the rest of the world to be like the U.S., so I found China very easy to fit in,” Harlin told Variety. “For film makers, nothing is impossible in China. Everything can be improvised.”
“I think I can bring certain Hollywood ingredients, such as the three act structure or making Chinese fantasy films more acceptable to international audiences.”
A number of other Western film makers including the Russo brothers and Rob Minkoff are active in China, but Harlin points out his uniqueness. “I’m the only director from Hollywood who calls China home,” he said. “I’ve now got a dog in Beijing.”
- Patrick Frater
If the curse of the videogame movie adaptation has lifted anywhere, it's in the Far East. Over the past few days, Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie has risen to $156m in China - a stark contrast to the Us, where it struggled to crack the $30m mark on its opening weekend. The reason? Because World Of Warcraft (the videogame) is absolutely huge in that part of the world, and its loyal fans have turned up in the significant numbers to support the film in its opening week. If Universal eventually commits to making a sequel to Warcraft, the draw of the Chinese box office will be the reason why.
All of this will be music to the ears of the Chinese company Alibaba, which is branching into the movie business with a videogame adaptation of its own. Legend Of The Ancient Sword doesn't have quite the same global recognition as Warcraft, but its following in China is large enough that Alibaba is committing a "significant" sum of money into adapting it into a movie.
Legend Of The Ancient Sword will be directed by Renny Harlin, best known for such 90s successes as Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight. His previous project was Skiptrace - an action caper starring Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville - which is due out this summer in China. Indeed, Harlin clearly has plans to make the Far East a permanent base of operations for his filmmaking, as Variety reports that the Finnish director has set up a branch of his production company, Midnight Sun, in Beijing.
As for Legend Of The Ancient Sword, Alibaba have big plans for it, including two further movies and a spin-off TV series.
“This is a big, epic fantasy adventure,” Harlin tells Variety. “My ambition is to integrate this Chinese property with Hollywood story telling and visual effects and to introduce new fighting techniques.”
In case you were wondering what the game looks like, here's a handy video:
More news on this as we get it.
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If there is a reliable truism that can coexist alongside the American film industry’s dance of death with economically insane budgets that now routinely soar north of $200 million, it is that (most) critics and potential ticket-buyers can be counted on to review bad buzz and publicized woes of dollars and production instead of the actual movie once it finally finds its way to a screen. And it may in fact be true that the drama behind the scenes often outstrips the quality of the wide-screen finished product, though certainly this is not always the case. The reception of big-budget box-office flops like John Carter, The Lone Ranger, Jupiter Ascending and Oliver Stone’s Alexander are but some late examples of our number-crunching obsession with pop culture minutiae and the fascination of a behemoth’s preordained fall. Most who trudged out to see any of these films during their theatrical »
- Dennis Cozzalio
A Tetris movie adaptation is happening as an $80 million co-production between U.S. and Chinese studios.
Once upon a time, Nintendo pursued a lengthy and expensive battle to get the rights to bundle the classic puzzle game Tetris with its then-relatively new Nintendo Game Boy machines. In fact, it’s worth digging out a copy of the excellent book Game Over to get a flavour as to just what a battle that proved to be. Not a cheap one, either.
However, it’s not just Nintendo spending a pretty penny on Tetris. We now learn that the feature film based on the game (that had previously been rumoured)is indeed pressing ahead – and it has an $80m budget. We're old to remember when Die Hard 2 cost $75m, and nobody could ever see how the film would make money with such a bill. How times have indeed changed. »
Batman V Superman was expected to do Avengers-style numbers. But does the fact that it won't break a billion make it a modern-day flop?
For some people. Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie has clearly hit the mark. Sifting through user reviews at the likes of Amazon and the IMDb, there’s a sense of a groundswell of people who got just what they wanted with the movie, and the first big screen face-off between DC’s two biggest heroes. It’s important, I think, to note that, as the narrative otherwise seems to be entirely negative. And that's not the case.
Yet it would also be correct to suggest that many did not warm to Zack Snyder’s movie. And, more to the point, many left Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice with little desire to head online and say nice things about the film. »
Epix, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content are assembling a good cast for their upcoming ten episode contemporary spy series "Berlin Station" with veteran actor William Sadler ("Iron Man 3," "Die Hard 2") joining the cast.
Richard Armitage leads the cast as Daniel Meyer, a newly anointed case officer who has arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a whistleblower.
Rhys Ifans plays a darkly charming, tenacious but jaded veteran case officer who works under the station chief (Richard Jenkins). Sadler will play the authoritative Director of the Counter Terrorism Center who arrives at Berlin Station with a mission to help solve a difficult situation.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Carl Winslow is back on the force. (Well, sort of.)
Though he won’t be acting as his Family Matters character, VelJohnson will once again be playing a cop — a position for which he’s more than qualified, having practically made a career out of portraying an officer of the law. (Just watch Die Hard, Die Hard 2 and Ghostbusters for proof of that. »
Poundland has been selling Blu-rays! And we've been buying and watching them! Tornado Warning, anyone?
I’ve covered the DVD section of Poundland before. I love it, even if I do only ever get around to watching about half of the discs I buy.
Unfortunately, hunting for DVDs in Poundland has become a bit of a dead sport. It’s partly because streaming services like Netflix have given us even easier access to weird films that might turn out to be rubbish. It’s also because Poundland have taken to stocking used DVDs, meaning they have a lot of big Hollywood films that are the same thing you could buy anywhere. That’s not what I go to Poundland for. I’m shopping for strangeness! Not only that, this Den of Geek writer has some very mild issues with germs and can’t really cope with touching second-hand DVDs. »
Saban Films has acquired the Us distribution rights to action comedy Skiptrace, directed by Renny Harlin (The Legend of Hercules, Die Hard 2) and written by Jay Longino and Ben David Grabinski. The film stars Jackie Chan (Rush Hour franchise, The Karate Kid), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass series), and Bingbing Fan (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Iron Man 3) and will open theatrically later this year.
Skiptrace follows a Hong Kong detective Bennie Black (Chan), who has been tracking a dangerous crime boss, Victor Wong, for over a decade. When Bennie’s beautiful young goddaughter Bai (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, he comes to the rescue and must track down the only man who can help her – a fast-talking American gambler named Connor Watts (Knoxville) who is also on the run from the mob. The unlikely pair embarks on a hilarious adventure from the wind-swept dunes »
- Michelle McCue
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
Nearing the age of 62, Jackie Chan may have slowed down his rapid output a bit, but he’s still jumping head-first into the action genre. His latest film, Skiptrace, finds him under the direction of Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger helmer Renny Harlin for the China-set adventure. Today now brings the first trailer for the action feature, which debuts in China this month.
Also starring Johnny Knoxville it follows a Hong Kong detective who hunts down a Chinese crime boss with the help of an American gambler. This first international trailer, which opts for flashy style over substance, has some nice-looking setpieces, so hopefully it’s a another strong actioner for Chan. Also starring Bingbing Fan, Eric Tsang, Winston Chao, and Eve Torres, check out the trailer and synopsis below.
- Leonard Pearce
We recently saw the release of the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, which started life as an independent film unrelated to Cloverfield but was rewritten as a sequel (of sorts). This got us thinking about other films that were conceived as original projects but were altered by studios to become sequels to existing franchises.
When 10 Cloverfield Lane started out, it was an independent film called The Cellar, about a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who wakes up injured and locked in the bunker-like cellar of a man (John Goodman) she’s never met before. The strange man tells her that he found after an accident and brought her there to minister to her wounds but then a cataclysmic disaster ravaged the surface world and she has to stay there. She doesn’t believe him and spends the rest of the film trying to escape, while her memories of the night of her accident slowly return. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
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