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Asia’s biggest and most famous actor, Jackie Chan is to be honoured with the prestigious Fellowship Award for over 50 years of outstanding contribution to the worldwide film industry at The Asian Awards in London on April 4th 2014.
Jackie Chan is China’s most esteemed actor and a singular phenomenon across the globe. He is well known for his films in both Hollywood and in Asia with his most notable work being martial arts orientated.
Famously known for conducting all of his own stunts, in 2010 Jackie Chan starred in the remake of 80’s cinema hit, The Karate Kid produced by his friend Will Smith. He is also known for successful franchises such as Police Story and Rush Hour, the latter grossing nearly $1 billion at the box office. He has well over 1 billion fans worldwide and has been immortalised on the Hollywood walk of fame.
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Feature Seb Patrick 5 Mar 2014 - 05:55
As Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure turns 25, Seb takes a look back at the duo's outings...
There’s an urban legend that posits that the execrable 1996 Pauly Shore vehicle Bio-Dome was originally written as a third Bill & Ted film, before being turned down by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter and so repurposed with new characters. The rumour has been heavily debunked by many, including Winter himself; but frankly, it says a lot about a person if they believe it ever might have been true in the first place. Specifically, what it says is that that person hasn’t watched, or paid attention to, either of the Bill & Ted films.
What the rumour does play to is a range of assumptions about Bill and Ted: that they’re stoners, or slackers, or surfer dudes. That they’re completely lame-brained idiots who fail to understand anything about the world around them, »
Director: Tim Story; Screenwriters: Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi; Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Laurence Fishburne; Running time: 100 mins; Certificate: 12A
Whatever happened to the buddy comedy? We're now 30 years removed (or near enough) from '80s classics such as Lethal Weapon, 48 Hrs and Midnight Run, and nobody's really managed to get close to those action-comedies in the decades since.
Ride Along, the genre's latest offering, could sure do with some of the tack-sharp writing and punchy character work from the likes of Shane Black and Walter Hill. Though it's sporadically amusing - thanks in main to a motor-mouthed turn from comic Kevin Hart - it's not really a patch on any if its livewire predecessors. At best it's in line with the ropey Rush Hour sequels.
Earlier this week, Chris Tucker braved the latest polar vortex to be honored at Black History Month in Toronto, presented by the Canadian Film Centre and Poor Boy’s Game director Clément Virgo. The 41-year-old co-star (with Jackie Chan) of the hugely popular Rush Hour franchise was revered as an elder statesman by the mostly young, black audience of filmmakers, actors and fans. Though known as a rapid-fire comic on screen, Tucker this evening was alternately funny (raising the roof by dancing like Michael Jackson) and thoughtful as he reflected on his his two decades in a Hollywood where non-whites have […] »
- Allan Tong
Washington, Feb. 23(Ani): Jackie Chan recently stood up against the use of rhino horn products and has called for a boycott for the same.
The 'Rush Hour' actor, in a new public service announcement, asked his fans to boycott products made from rhino horns with an intention to stop their senseless slaughter, Contactmusic reported.
With an aim to oppose the homicide of rhinos for their horns, the 59-year-old martial artist filmed a video for organizers at the African Wildlife Foundation and WildAid.
Chan stated that everyone pays for guns, bullets, arrows, chainsaws, axes and machetes to hack off the face of the rhino, and shells out money for the life of a beautiful creature, asserting that one should avoid buying. »
- Amith Ostwal
Way back in 1999, Edward Norton had big plans following David Fincher's "Fight Club"—he was going write, direct and star in an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's acclaimed novel "Motherless Brooklyn." Obviously, that didn't quite happen. Instead, the project become Norton's great white whale, with not much in the way of news since except promises that he was working on it (as of 2010 he stated he was only halfway finished writing the script). But now, it's actually getting ready to shoot. And it's all thanks to Brett Ratner. That's right, the "Rush Hour" filmmaker is throwing his producing power behind "Motherless Brooklyn" with a fall 2014 shoot in the cards. As for the story, it centers on a Brooklyn detective in 1999 who has Tourette's syndrome and displays its symptoms of involuntary tics. Here's the Amazon synopsis: Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
To the surprise of exactly…no one, a sequel has been green-lit for Ride Along. Tim Story’s buddy action flick has done some great business since being released in January, and Hollywood now wants more. Despite bad reviews (including my own), the film managed to open to a record-breaking $41.5 million, and has since gone on to make over $120 million and counting.
This was Story’s highest profile film since his two Fantastic Four movies, and the director has signed on to make the sequel. Deadline is also reporting that the film’s stars, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, are closing in on their deals to return. The two actors have proven to be highly bankable, with Cube’s long track record being a highly underrated commodity in Hollywood. The former rap superstar has a lifetime box office cume of over $1 billion, and his average gross is $41 million.
With the success of Ride Along, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Chicago – Lara Croft is all about her boobs. I mean, seriously. I don’t mean to be this guy, but if you’re a gamer who was around to play or hear about the initial “Tomb Raider,” the first thing your subconscious brings to mind – most likely – is Ms. Croft’s green tank top and those not-quite-round polygonal boobies.
Heck, the second game had a level where Lara runs around in a bathrobe shotgunning dudes. Much like how Indiana Jones is the hat and whip, Lara Croft is her sex appeal.
Video Game Rating: 3.5/5.0
In today’s day and age, this is kind of a problem. After numerous sequels, sidequels and puzzle games that have attempted to turn the “Tomb Raider” image into something a little more respectable, it looks like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC reboot of “Tomb Raider” did just that. So it’s a bit ironic then »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Feature Louisa Mellor 31 Jan 2014 - 07:00
A poker table in the late seventies, a bathroom in the mid-noughties… television shows have many birthplaces. Had screenwriters David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf not been introduced at a card game over thirty years ago, and had producer Todd Milliner not taken a 2006 shower in which he pondered what existing stories were in need of a modern update for TV, then Grimm might never have existed.
First, that poker game. Greenwalt and Kouf’s friendship began a couple of years before their first official screenwriting credit on 1982’s horror spoof Wacko, a job for which the pair were paid the princely sum of fifteen thousand dollars…
“We did a lot of fun movies back then”
That’s what Greenwalt told Collider »
Ah, the mismatched buddy cop movie. Films like 48 Hrs, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Rush Hour have established this particular type of action/comedy as a genre unto itself. Both halves aren’t always cops, but they’re most definitely an oil and water-type pairing kept alive through friction, wisecracks, and an escalating series of action-fueled escapades. Of course not every outing can be a Lethal Weapon. Sometimes we get stuck with more of a Lethal Weapon 4. Sometimes we get Ride Along. Ben (Kevin Hart) is a security guard dreaming of becoming a cop. The job change is due in part to his desire to make himself into a man worthy of his girlfriend Angela’s hand in marriage, but he also thinks being a cop would impress her brother, Detective James Payton (Ice Cube). Payton knows otherwise, so after Ben receives notice he’s been admitted into the police academy James takes him out for »
- Rob Hunter
Chris Pine has some mighty big shoes to fill, stepping in for Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford as he takes on an iconic role in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. But is he up to the task? Plus: Ice Cube and Kevin Hart attempt to kick things into high gear with their version of a buddy-cop movie, Ride Along. Here's what to see and what to skip at the movies. See ThisJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Can the inoffensively charming Chris Pine actually step in as Jack Ryan, the CIA agent played by no less than Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Harrison Ford? »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
First things first, let’s tackle the obvious. Yes, you know exactly what this movie is. You know the dynamic. You likely know what kinds of twists it will take. You can also probably accurately predict the way it all turns out. The question, when it comes to a movie that wears its Hollywood formula so blatantly on its sleeve, is whether or not it brings anything new to the table, or if it at least is able to teach some new tricks to an old dog. The answer to that question, when it comes to Ride Along, is a resounding “No.” However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some fun to be had here.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The larger-than-life tycoon behind Megaupload.com, in New Zealand facing Us piracy charges, has made a dance album to distract himself from his woes. But how does he fit that in with playing Call of Duty all night?
Rush hour has begun on a sunny Friday afternoon but Kim Dotcom, internet entrepreneur and bete noire of the entertainment industry, is asleep. He keeps strange hours – working, eating and gaming all night, sleeping most of the day.
I'm not the only one waiting for him to wake in the shady outdoor dining area of the Dotcom mansion, a Nz$30m (£15m) pile half an hour's drive north of Auckland. James Kimmer, Dotcom's political adviser, whose other clients include the recently freed Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, is here to shoot a campaign ad for Dotcom's new political party, which will contest the next New Zealand general election, almost certain to be held at some point this year. »
- Duncan Greive
Chicago – Big-budget Hollywood is struggling to find new stories, which is why we sometimes see the same ones two, three or even 10 times. Sometimes they’re days or months apart. And sometimes they shouldn’t have been made in the first place and just were to profit from a beloved story or hero.
Here’s a thing that sure makes you go hmmm. The plot synopsis for “The Legend of Hercules,” which stars Kellan Lutz of “Twilight” fame and opened on Jan. 10, 2014 from the producers of “The Expendables,” is:
“The Legend of Hercules” is the origin story of the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather (the king) and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.
The plot synopsis for “Hercules,” which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and opens just 6 months »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Ten years ago it would have seemed absurd to claim that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson would be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and today in 2014 it still seems hard to believe. However the actor is definitely talented and always a treat to watch on screen whether he is playing a loveable, goofy oddball or a gargantuan killing machine. After impressive roles recently in Fast & Furious 5,6 and Pain And Gain the former wrestling star was named the highest grossing actor of 2013. Johnson also has the upcoming seventh installment in the Fast & Furious franchise lined up as well as the highly anticipated Hercules from Brett Ratner (Rush Hour Trilogy, X-men: The Last Stand).
Now Johnson is rumoured to be in contention for the role of John Stewart Aka Green Lantern in an upcoming project for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Earlier this week Johnson tweeted about his potential involvement in »
- Ben Read
15 items from 2014
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