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A storm of tweets from Relativity co-ceo Ryan Kavanaugh tore into “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner, accusing him of casting-couch auditions, general sleaziness and just for good measure, being fat. It’s the kind of rant that usually brings one of two responses: an apology, or a claim of being hacked. Kavanaugh, known for his outspokenness, also says Ratner lost his virginity to a “transvestite.” At one point a Twitter user asked Kavanaugh what inspired the takedown and he said he had heard “a story from another model of Brett’s house and it was the last disgusting story I could hear. »
- Tony Maglio
A peak in Jackie Chan’s U.S. movie stardom was “Shanghai Noon,” an amiable buddy action comedy that hung on the odd-couple chemistry between his straight-arrow Chinese emigre hero and Owen Wilson’s laconic, genially slippery Wild West outlaw. It was a pairing successful enough to prompt a sequel (“Shanghai Knights” in 2003), and now a sort of loose revamp in “Skiptrace.” But 16 years after “Noon,” the 62-year-old star’s boyish freneticism has finally succumbed to an understandable air of fatigue; it falls to new co-star Johnny Knoxville to take the majority of pratfalls, and supply the principal comic energy.
But then there’s energy to spare, if not much gray matter, in this amiable buddy action comedy wherein Chan’s straight-arrow Hong Kong cop is captor, then comrade to Knoxville’s genially slippery Yank con man. As directed by Renny Harlin, this Hk-u.S.-China co-production is a perpetual-motion-machine »
- Dennis Harvey
Montreal — Jackie Chan has had Chris Tucker and Owen Wilson assist him in past buddy-cop comedies. Movies like “Rush Hour” and “Shanghai Noon” were fun to watch, but they always had to rely on the chemistry that Chan would have with his co-star. The screenplays always played to the genre’s conventions, but never had […]
- Jordan Ruimy
Ahead of its UK home-entertainment release this coming Monday, July 25th, we’ve got an exclusive clip from Police Story: Lockdown, which sees martial arts icon Jackie Chan doing what he does best; check it out here…
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Action icon Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, Shanghai Knights, The Karate Kid, The Forbidden Kingdom) returns to one of his most famous franchises in this fast-paced, breathtaking action-thriller. Police Captain Zhong Wen (Chan) knows all about sacrifice. He s always been too busy chasing bad guys to be a father to his daughter, Miao. Tonight however, he s seeing her for the first time in years, and meeting her fiance, club owner, Wu Jiang (Liu Ye, Curse of the Golden Flower). But, Wu has a dark side, and a secret score to settle with his soon-to-be father in law, and plans to take Zhong, »
- Gary Collinson
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 »
Jackie Chan's career had been going strong for decades before most American audiences discovered him. Before 1998, Chan had been churning out multiple action movies a year, most of which he anchored all by himself. After Rush Hour, though, he became a go-to for action movies that paired him with another, bigger American star. That may sound like a complaint, but it's not. Chan is perfect for buddy cop comedies. He's an insanely talented martial artist, but he's also got an innately likable screen presence that plays really, really well off of more overtly comedic actors. That's why movies like Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon work as well as they do. And it's precisely why we're looking forward to Skiptrace, Chan's first buddy cop action comedy in...
- Peter Hall
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
Let’s face it; it’s a fairly daunting task to save the world all by yourself. Not to mention, doesn’t having a partner by your side make fighting crime and evil so much more fun? We think so.
With the upcoming release of Olympus Has Fallen sequel, London Has Fallen on digital platforms from 11th July, 2016 and onto Blu-ray & DVD from 18th July, 2016, the ultimate buddy duo President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his top security detail Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) are back to save the world from imminent danger once again. This time, however, the American duo is on foreign ground, in London. This is new territory for the pair but Asher and Banning remain astonishingly in sync.
Whether they will admit it or not, there does seem to be a special bond, dare we say bromance… that develops between the two men working toward a mutual mission. »
- The Hollywood News
We’ve all been there. Rush hour commute, no standing space and your only saving grace to a screechy subway ride are all tangled up. Have no fear, Sennheiser’s new wireless headphones are here and they supposedly last 30 hours on a single charge. That’s ten hours longer than the Bose QC35. There’s even a neat […]
The post Sennheiser Pxc 550 Wireless Headphones: 30 Hours of Listening Pleasure appeared first on uInterview. »
- Nadia Misir
It's been a rough year for network television. So many shows are ending this year, and a handful were canceled seemingly out of nowhere. Series that have been on for several seasons got axed, and some shows that barely got a first season have been nipped in the bud. Goodbye, Rush Hour! We hardly knew ye, Uncle Buck! Check out the full list of unfortunate shows, and take a look at which lucky series got renewed. Note that we're not including Nashville, since the show has been revived by Cmt. ABC Of Kings and Prophets: The historical drama has been canceled after two episodes. Agent Carter: Marvel's series has been canceled after two seasons. Castle: Nathan Fillion's show will end with season eight. Muppets: The series will end after only one season. Uncle Buck: The reboot is over after one season. CBS Angel From Hell: »
- Maggie Pehanick
The previously announced project, which focuses on a conspiracy plot behind the ship’s sinking, comes 20 years after the global success of James Cameron’s “Titanic.” Production is expected to start in early 2017.
The production will be structured as a China-u.S. co-venture involving Peak Time and Seven Stars Entertainment, a subsidiary of Wu’s Sun Seven Stars Media Group.
Peak Time reports enduring global interest in the sinking of the iconic passenger ship in 1912 while on its maiden commercial voyage. “As a heartfelt cinematic icon, the word ‘Titanic’ remains one of the most searched words on Google worldwide, »
- Patrick Frater
While everyone tends to turn their noses up at movie remakes, the world seems to be at peace with films journeying to the small screen. Sure, we occasionally have to put up with shows like that ill-fated new take on Rush Hour, but that’s a small price to pay for the likes of Friday Night Lights and […]
- Jacob Hall
At the Shanghai International Film Festival, Jackie Chan kicked off the Jackie Chan Action Movie Week festival program, which screens a selection of the star’s recent films, with a speech extolling the virtues of the Chinese film industry, specifically their commercial potential. Chan said though the Chinese market was dismissed for many years, it’s now become a force to be reckoned with. He pointed to Duncan Jones’ video game adaptation “Warcraft” as a sign of the Chinese market’s dominance. “‘Warcraft’ made[$91 million] in two days — this has scared the Americans,” says Chan. “If we can make a film that earns [$1.5 billion], then people from all over the world who study film will learn Chinese, instead of us learning English.”
Jones’ “Warcraft” has performed exceptionally well overseas. It opened in over 20 countries around the world before it opened in the United States, including France, Germany, the UK, Sweden, Hong Kong, and many others. Though “Warcraft” has only made under $25 million in the U.S., it has made over $280 million worldwide, much of that stemming from the Chinese market.
Jackie Chan began his career as a stunt man before transitioning into acting full time. He had great success in Hong Kong cinema for many years, and only broke through in Hollywood in the mid-1990’s with the film “Rumble in the Bronx.” Chan then went on to co-star in the “Rush Hour” series, “Shanghai Noon,” and later, the “Karate Kid” remake starring Jaden Smith.
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- Vikram Murthi
Netflix is continuing its run of working with some of Hollywood’s biggest talent with news from Deadline that Eddie Murphy is set to join their ranks for a new film.
The on-demand service is preparing Soul Soul Soul: The Murray Murray Story, a fake documentary about a fictional soul singer in the 1960’s which will act as his “life story” as he tries to “put his old bank back together.” Murphy is set to play the lead in the film with Brett Ratner (Hercules, Rush Hour) directing.
Soul Soul Soul will see Murphy re-team with producer Brian Grazer, who was behind such Murphy hits as The Nutty Professor, Life and Bowfinger. Tyler Mitchell (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) is also producing.
- Scott J. Davis
“Sour Grapes” investigates an embarrassing scandal that rocked the world of highest-end wine collectors — and left as many as 40,000 “fake” bottles still circulating in their milieu — approaching the stunningly expansive scam as a real-life comic mystery fit for Hercule Poirot, complete with a cast of privileged dupes for whom the average viewer isn’t likely to feel much sympathy. Those already interested in the mechanizations of the wine biz will be fascinated by this doc feature by Jerry Rothwell (“Deep Water,” “How to Change the World”) and Reuben Atlas (“Brothers Hypnotic”), though such rarefied tastes are hardly a prerequisite to appreciate this highly entertaining stranger-than-fiction saga. A Canadian theatrical run launches May 27, and other territories should eventually follow suit.
- Dennis Harvey
When it was released 10 years ago (on May 26, 2006), "X-Men: The Last Stand" seemed like the end of an era -- the conclusion of the "X-Men" trilogy, the end of director Bryan Singer's involvement with the franchise, and the last time we'd see the original cast. Little did we know that it was only the beginning, that Singer, the X-Men, and even Patrick Stewart as Professor X would all be back with a vengeance.
While "X3" was a huge hit at the box office, it was divisive with fans -- it's the poster-child for why third installments of movie franchises are usually regarded as the worst entry. In honor of the infamous threequel's tenth anniversary, here are ten things you need to know about the summer blockbuster.
1. After directing the first two "X-Men" movies to critical and commercial success, Singer famously dropped out of the third movie to make "Superman Returns. »
- Gary Susman
Just a few weeks before Deadpool opened in theaters, en route to being one of the biggest movies of the year, DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 pulled in some impressive numbers for its late-January debut. The animated sequel earned $41.2 million that weekend, before taking in $142.4 million domestically and $516.5 million worldwide. Earlier this week, this beloved adventure was made available on Digital HD, and to celebrate this release, we have an exclusive interview with Bryan Cranston, one of the new additions to the all-star voice cast.
Bryan Cranston lends his voice to Li, Po's long lost dad (Jack Black) in this animated sequel, with the actor revealing just how committed this team was on Kung Fu Panda 3, in regards to crafting a story everyone in the family can enjoy. He also talks about how animated films can be both intelligent and fun, and how proud he is of the film's storyline, »
CBS has announced that it has cancelled Rush Hour, the TV adaptation of the hit action-comedy franchise, which will come to an end this month after just one season.
Rush Hour premiered as a midseason show in March but has struggled in the ratings, pulling in a 1.2 and six million viewers. There are two episodes left to air, with the final set to be be broadcast next Thursday, May 26th.
- Gary Collinson
It's the end of the road for Rush Hour. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has cancelled the series after one season.
Based on the popular film franchise with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, Rush Hour stars Justin Hires as an Lapd detective who teams up with a detective from Hong Kong (Jon Foo). Wendie Malick, Aimee Garcia, and Page Kennedy also star.
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Freshman drama Rush Hour won’t be returning to CBS for a sophomore run, after the network confirmed plans to quietly cancel the action spinoff after its inaugural season.
Initially pitched as a reimagining of the feature film series of the same name – which began life in 1997, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan – CBS’ small-screen rendition of Rush Hour struggled to garner any sense of momentum since it first debuted earlier in 2016. It’ll continue airing until the end of the season, where Justin Hires and Jon Foo play the parts of Detective James Carter and Chief Inspector Lee, respectively.
Alas, middling reviews and low ratings effectively sealed the network’s decision, and it’s understood CBS had been shopping around the series in an attempt to find a home prior to today’s cancellation. It appears that Rush Hour‘s fate has been sealed though and, after just a brief spell on TV, »
- Michael Briers
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