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Jackie Chan is “heartbroken” over his son's marijuana arrest in China last week. The Associated Press reported that the star of the “Rush Hour” franchise — and an anti-drug ambassador for China — took to his microblog Wednesday to apologize to the public for son Jaycee Chan's actions. “Regarding this issue with my son Jaycee, I feel very angry and very shocked,” he wrote. “As a public figure, I'm very ashamed. As a father, I'm heartbroken. Jaycee and I together express our deep apology to society and the public.” Also read: Robert Downey Jr.'s Son, Indio, Arrested for Cocaine Possession Jaycee, »
- Greg Gilman
According to reports by Chinese online and state media, Jaycee Chan (aka Fang Zuming) was present when Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (aka Ko Chen-tung), star of “You Are The Apple Of My Eye,” was recently arrested on drugs charges.
Subsequently, The People’s Daily, one of the most important state media in China, reported that Chan was arrested after police found 100 grams of marijuana at his home.
The problems for Chan and Ko follow a succession of other recent arrests in China of mainland, Taiwanese and Hong Kong actors on drugs charges.
Their detention also follows the announcement last week that some 42 entertainment and performance agencies had stuck an agreement to boycott celebrities that take drugs.
The agreement was organized by the Beijing Trade Association for Performances and »
- Patrick Frater
Jackie Chan is in high demand.
“Sly (Stallone) wants me for ‘Expendables 4,'” he told Den of Geek earlier this week. “I said, ‘okay.’ Because they already asked me to be in two and three, but I refused. Well, I didn’t refuse, but I said, ‘Sly, can’t we just do you and me? Not just a bunch of people and me only coming out for five minutes.'”
It appears that Chan is holding out for a bigger role or an anti-“Expendables” pic with just two action stars. That’s probably best as “Expendables 3″ flopped in the box office on Friday when it made its franchise-worst debut. The pic is also set to be the series’ lowest-grossing opening.
“So if I’m in ‘Expendables 4,’ I want »
- Maane Khatchatourian
In a new interview, Jackie Chan spoke about joining the cast of "The Expendables 4" and possibly returning for a fourth "Rush Hour" installment. Regarding "The Expendables" franchise, the actor said: "This morning the office called - Sly [Stallone] wants me for 'Expendables 4.' I said, 'Okay.' Because they already asked me to be in two and three, but I refused. Well, I didn't refuse, but I said, 'Sly, can't we just do you and me? Not just a bunch of people and me only coming out for five minutes?' Because then the audience is, 'Oh!' And then I'm gone." And even though there's still an effort to re-team Chan and Chris Tucker for "Rush Hour 4," Chan isn't that eager to return, but will do it if the script is right. "Lately they want to make 'Rush Hour 4.' I said 'No, show me the script first. I »
Sylvester Stallone may be finished with "The Expendables" for now, but he's already at work preparing for another sequel, a fifth "Rambo". Stallone has been talking up the film for years, saying it will essentially be a "melancholy end" to the franchise with a "No Country for Old Men"-style tone.
Appearing at a party in New York last night, he tells Vulture that "Rambo V" is closer to happening than ever, in fact it might just be next for him: "I'm getting ready for that. I'm starting to work out. I'm going to be appropriately vicious and all that stuff, but intellectual. A killer with a heart."
Meanwhile, fellow action star Jackie Chan has been in the UK this week doing press for "Chinese Zodiac" and was asked by British TV host Jonathan Ross if a fourth "Rush hour" will ever happen. He said (via IGN):
"Lately they »
- Garth Franklin
It looks like New Line Cinema is planning to develop Rush Hour 4. In an interview with IGN, Jackie Chan admitted that the studio wants to make another film in the franchise, but they don't have a script and until there is one, he's not interested. Here's his exact quote:
“Lately they want to make Rush Hour 4. I said ‘No, show me the script first. I don’t need another Rush Hour 4. You need Rush Hour 4. Show me the script.’ I don’t want to do a rubbish script just because they want to make the movie.”
Talk of a fourth Rush Hour movie started seven years ago, but thankfully nothing ever materialized from it. The last thing we reported on it was back in 2012 when producer Arthur Sarkissian, said that he was working with Chan and Chris Tucker on it. Here's what he had to say »
- Joey Paur
It’s been over two years since we last heard about the possibility of another Rush Hour and I can’t say I’ve been holding my breath. It’s been seven years since Rush Hour 3 and to be very honest, I’ve never heard anyone say they wanted another sequel. So now it’s out there again as Jackie Chan says the studio wants to make another sequel but they don’t have a script and until they do he’s not interested. So he »
- Graham McMorrow
“Talk has already begun about a possible fourth Rush Hour movie, further proving that their must not be a God, or at least one who cares about good movies.” This is what I wrote on the site exactly seven years ago as New Line Cinema Co-Chairman and Co-Ceo told trade reports that he’d “love” to […]
- Peter Sciretta
One could imagine that Brett Ratner is not in the greatest of places right now. While his 2011 action comedy Tower Heist was a modest success, the director's latest movie, Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson, has been under-performing since it was released in late July. Given this bad fortune, it would surprise nobody if Ratner tried to jump back to his most reliable franchise, the Rush Hour series, and make a new sequel and grab some quick cash. The bad news is that if he wants Jackie Chan on-board, he would have to produce one hell of a script. The legendary Chinese action star was in London, England this week for the premiere of his latest directorial effort, Chinese Zodiac, and following the screening he participated in a Q&A with British television host Jonathan Ross. It was at this time that Chan began talking about doing both a Rush Hour 4 »
To celebrate the release of “A Good Man” – the new high-octane action thriller starring master of martial arts Steven Seagal (Under Siege; Machete; Maximum Conviction) and action legend Tzi Ma (Rush Hour; 24; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) out on DVD 25th August 2014 – we have a copy to giveaway!
Featuring cut-throat samurai sword action, “A Good Man” is Seagal at his all-time neck-breaking best. A real-life Aikido genius, Seagal has us grinning like giddy girls every time he’s back on screen kicking ass! Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
When notorious special ops soldier Alexander (Steven Seagal) loses a Chinese target in a botched mission, he decides to quit the business and try to lead a normal life, going off the grid and finding work as a handyman. When one of his clients gets caught up with an infamous Russian gangster, Alexander vows to protect them at all costs. »
- Gary Collinson
As negotiations evolved (the basics of the pact were announced in April), it’s clear that the strategy here is more ambitious, the content more diverse, the numbers more exotic (potentially involving as much as $1 billion) — and a filmmaker, not a banker, will be calling the shots. That filmmaker, Brett Ratner, is off to China this week to expand the venture’s involvement in that skyrocketing territory, but before he left, we sat down to discuss the deal’s particulars.
At a time when the flow of Hollywood product is not only shrinking but also suffering from creative atrophy, RatPac clearly deserves scrutiny. It envisions not only co-funding studio features, but also backing midbudget films, documentaries and high-end television miniseries. »
- Peter Bart
Is Jackie Chan really retiring? Maybe not, he tells us, as he talks about his new film Chinese Zodiac, his upcoming sequels and more...
In Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan finds himself strapped into a skate suit - essentially a padded outfit covered in the tiny wheels you’d find on a pair of in-line skates - and hurtling down a winding mountain road. Even in the context of a fanciful action comedy, it looks insanely dangerous, but this is par for the course for Jackie Chan, who’s spent the best part of his five-decade-long career performing outrageous stunts in a string of action classics, among them Drunken Master, Project A, Police Story, Armor Of God and Rumble In The Bronx to name just a few.
Chinese Zodiac is his latest film, and if recent reports are anything to go by, possibly his last - at least in terms of big, »
Jackie Chan may be in his early 60s, but he’s still one of the biggest action stars on the planet. His latest film, Chinese Zodiac, a semi-sequel to Armor Of God II: Operation Condor, broke records in China, and offers up a veritable banquet of goofy comedy, outlandish combat and unfeasibly dangerous stunts.
It was while on the promotional trail for that film, out on disc now in the UK, that we had the chance to sit down with Mr Chan and talk about his career and plans for the future. Although he’s recently stated that he’s retiring from “big action films” (with emphasis on the word big), his slate of forthcoming films is more crowded than ever - so much so that he rattles through them almost casually. »
To celebrate the release of A Good Man – the new high-octane action thriller starring master of martial arts Steven Seagal (Under Siege; Machete; Maximum Conviction) and action legend Tzi Ma (Rush Hour; 24; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) out on DVD 25th August 2014 – we have a copy to giveaway!
Featuring cut-throat samurai sword action, A Good Man is Seagal at his all-time neck-breaking best. A real-life Aikido genius, Seagal has us grinning like giddy girls every time he’s back on screen kicking ass! Order your copy today on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nyYpJR
To win a copy of A Good Man on DVD, just answer the following question:
Which of the following is Not a Steven Seagal movie? Is it:
a) Under Siege
Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. You can also »
- Phil Wheat
Cheryl Boone Isaacs was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 5) by the organization’s Board of Governors.
Boone Isaacs is beginning her second term as president and her 22nd year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch.
Boone Isaacs currently heads Cbi Enterprises, Inc., where she has consulted on marketing efforts on such films as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.” Boone Isaacs previously served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema, where she oversaw numerous box office successes, including “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Rush Hour.”
Prior to joining New Line in 1997, she was executive vice president of worldwide publicity for Paramount Pictures, where she orchestrated publicity campaigns for the Best Picture winners “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart. »
- Michelle McCue
Hollywood loves bringing big brawny Greek warriors to life, especially the iconic hero Hercules. Consider this: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Twilight’s Kellan Lutz have all flexed their muscles as the demigod on the big screen. And in Hercules, in theaters now, manly man Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes on the role under the direction of Brett Ratner (of Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand fame). While these movies can be great fun for grown-ups and teens who love a good Greek tragedy, some adaptations aren’t ideal for younger viewers. Those ancient Greeks could get pretty dark, what with the depictions of murder, sacrificial acts and beheadings of hydra. So if your kids loved the latest Hercules, or they’re too little for the PG-13...
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Earlier this summer we reported that 88 Films will be releasing Graduation Day and Mother’s Day to Blu-ray in the UK, and now 1981′s Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone will also be given the UK high-definition treatment. Together, these three releases make up the first wave of 88 Films’ Slasher Classics Collection, and the documentary, Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed!, has been included on Graduation Day‘s special features.
Graduation Day will hit Blu-ray in the UK on October 13th, while Mother’s Day will be available in the high-definition format sometime in early 2015. An official release date for Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone has not yet been announced. Below are two official press releases and a look at the Blu-ray cover art. The first release has full details on Graduation Day‘s special features, including the documentary, Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed! (thanks to Blu-ray. »
- Derek Anderson
Ask any self-respecting slasher buff about the genre’s ‘golden age’ and they will doubtlessly wax poetic about the plasma-packed pot-boilers of the 1980s – the decade of destruction that gave us Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and the transsexual teen-tormenter of the Sleepaway Camp series. Given the label’s name, what better way for 88 Films to celebrate this halcyon era of horror than with a series of numbered and collectible sanguine-splashed shockers from the period of VHS and video nasties?
88 Films is proud to announce the launch of a new “Slasher Classics” line – kicking off with a digitally re-mastered DVD release of Don Gronquist’s notorious censor-baiting backwoods sickie Unhinged (1982). Further fearful fun will be delivered with Don’t Go in the Woods (1981) – the effortlessly enjoyable “hunt ‘em and kill ‘em” epic that once had British authorities outlawing its very exhibition! Directed by James Bryan, Don’t Go in the Woods »
- Phil Wheat
Zulay Henao, who co-starred in Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club, has signed on to portray Vanessa del Rio in an untitled biopic centering on the adult film legend. The indie will mark the feature directorial debut of Thomas Mignone, a music video director for such bands as Mudvayne and Slipknot. Mignone also wrote the script. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Datari Turner (Kilimanjaro) and Arthur Sarkissian, best known for the Rush Hour movies, are producing the drama, which is eyeing a production start in October and will shoot in Los Angeles and New York. With the cheap, crime-
- Borys Kit
The weekend box office pitted Scarlett Johansson against Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson; a female action hero versus a mythological Greek warrior; Luc Besson of The Fifth Element versus Brett Ratner of ... Rush Hour. Ultimately, it wasn't even close: Johansson's Lucy, a movie about a woman dosed with a drug that allows her to access her entire brain, easily outperformed the Rock's Hercules, raking in $44 million — well above its $40 million price tag. Hercules brought in $29 million, and will have to recoup the $100 million it cost to make overseas. Meanwhile, two-time box-office winner Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came in third with $16.3 million for a cumulative gross of $172 million domestically. The Purge: Anarchy came in fourth with $9.9 million, and Planes: Fire and Rescue held on to the fifth spot with $9.3 million. But, overall, the box office is still down 13 percent from »
- E. Alex Jung
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