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Director: Damien Chazelle.
Running Time: 106 Minutes
Synopsis: A gifted young drummer finds himself challenged by a brilliant mentor intent on pushing his student to greatness.
Stories of mentors and protégés are nothing new; from Drunken Master to Disney’s Hercules, The Colour Of Money to The Karate Kid, they have all presented that age old tale of the older man passing his wisdom, skills and indeed, his own form of masculinity onto their student. The problem is that never before has this little sub-genre seen such an obnoxious display of dick swinging. It’s surprising that at no point does anyone drop-trou and start comparing the length of their mansticks to drumsticks.
- John Sharp
The fifth season premiere of "The Walking Dead" on Sunday shatters all cable records with 17.3 million viewers. The episode "No Sanctuary" featured "lots of red meat and explosions galore" and even defeated NBC's "Sunday Night Football" among the key demographic of adults 18-49. The record broken was also set by the same AMC drama when it premiered last season with 16.1 million viewers. This season stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Michael Cudlitz, and Melissa McBride. Deadline -Break- The newly-released list of Most Influential Teens of 2014 is highlighted by Grammy winner Lorde, "Mad Men" co-star Kiernan Shipka, and pop star Austin Mahone. Other entertainers in the feature include Chloe Grace Moretz ("The Equalizer"), Rico Rodriguez ("Modern Family"), Jaden Smith ("The Karate Kid"), and reality stars Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. Time Relat...' »
Flickering Myth co-editor Oliver Davis and film boffin Sam Winchester discuss the Us Box Office Top 5 from the weekend 19-21st September, 2014, casting their English eyes across the pond!
The movies discussed are No Good Deed (Idris Elba), The Maze Runner (Dylan O’Brien), Dolphin Tale 2 (Morgan Freeman), A Walk Among the Tombstones (Liam Neeson) and This is When I Leave You (Jason Bateman) – but in what order!? Find out in this week’s episode…
If you haven’t subscribed to Flickering Myth’s wonderful YouTube channel, you well should. It’s lovely.
Here’s a bit more information on the films discussed at the top of the Us Box Office…
No Good Deed centres on a former District Attorney, and mother of 2 young children (Taraji P. Henson, The Karate Kid), kidnapped and terrorized by a handsome but mysterious stranger (Idris Elba), who she lets into her home to wait for help, »
- Oliver Davis
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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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
A little over a year ago, I was invited to East London to visit the set of Montana, an urban crime thriller from director Mo Ali (Shank). I’m yet to see the finished product, but this exciting first festival trailer offers hints of The Karate Kid and Leon, mixed with some gritty, and seemingly bloody violent London based action set-pieces.
The film stars Lars Mikkelsen, Michelle Fairley (Game Of Thrones, 24: Live Another Day), Adam Deacon, Ashley Walters, young McKell David. The action revolves around Mikkelsen’s Dimitrij, a Serbian on a mission enlists Montana (David) to help him assassinate the man who killed his family.
Montana hits the festival circuit in September, making its debut at the British Urban Film Festival (it will close the festival at the Genesis in Hackney on 7th September), before having an official release in the UK in November.
Watch the thrilling debut trailer below. »
- Paul Heath
No Good Deed has a bit of a troubled history, with Screen Gems & Sony, who are distributing the film, having pushed the film back three times already to this September, after its initial releases date of October 2013 and then its rescheduled released in January 2014. Whether this is a good or bad sign remains to be seen, but anything featuring Elba is well worth watching.
The film centres on a former District Attorney, and mother of 2 young children (Taraji P. Henson, The Karate Kid), kidnapped and terrorized by a handsome but mysterious stranger (Elba), who she lets into her home to wait for help, after his car runs off the road nearby. The below trailer gives us »
- Scott Davis
In his new role, Belgrad will integrate creative decision-making with business and financial planning across all of the motion picture group labels.
The role will entail dealing with a recent influx of big-name executives such as ex-Fox head Tom Rothman who is now in charge of TriStar Productions and Warner Bros emigré Jeff Robinov, busy setting up his Studio 8 at Sony.
Belgrad will oversee local-language production operations and assume additional responsibilities in business affairs and music.
He will continue to serve as president of Columbia Pictures. Columbia presidents of production Mike DeLuca and Hannah Minghella and president of physical production Andy Davis will continue to report to him.
Belgrad joined Sony Pictures in 1989. He climbed to co-president of production at [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Veteran studio executive DeVon Franklin is leaving his position as senior VP of production at Columbia Pictures and segueing to a producing deal on the Sony lot, telling TheWrap that he is “going back to what drew me to the industry.” A well-respected motivational speaker and Christian preacher, Franklin is also a published author who has been behind such inspirational faith-based hits as “Heaven Is for Real” and Sony's family comedy “Jumping the Broom.” He got his start as an intern at Will Smith‘s Overbrook Entertainment, with whom he collaborated on “The Karate Kid,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Seven Pounds »
- Jeff Sneider
Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan are reprising their roles for the sequel, although no story details have been released at this time. Eisner remains attached to direct both "The Last Witch Hunter" with Vin Diesel, and the thriller "Blood of the Innocent".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The Karate Kid is 30 years old: What happened to the cast?
Eisner is said to have departed over a scheduling conflict.
Not all reboots/remakes are made equal, for sure, but 2010′s The Karate Kid was a contemporary re-imagining of a cherished 1980s property that resonated with a number of moviegoers, earning a respectable critical reception and over $359 million worldwide in theaters. Columbia Pictures began development on a followup shortly after the Karate Kid redux was released; fast forward four years to the present, and the project has yet to make a whole lot of progress forward – especially now that it’s previously set director has stepped away and the script is being rewritten (… again).
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- Sandy Schaefer
Just over two months after director Breck Eisner (The Crazies) signed on for Sony's The Karate Kid 2, the filmmaker has bowed out due to scheduling conflicts. The project has also gained two new writers in newcomers Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer.
Our report from April revealed that The Karate Kid reboot stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan are reprising their roles for the sequel, although no story details have been released at this time, and it isn't known when production may get under way.
Breck Eisner is currently attached to direct The Last Witch Hunter, which has Vin Diesel set to star, along with the thriller Blood of the Innocent. He was set to direct Stretch Armstrong before Relativity Media abandoned the project in October.
Starring Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, The Karate Kid), Seann William Scott (American Pie, Role Models) and Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3), Skiptrace is written by Jay Longino with revisions by Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka and Geoff Moore & David Posmentier and BenDavid Grabinski.
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 niece 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 (Scott) who is also on the run from the mob. The unlikely pair embarks on a hilarious adventure from the wind swept »
- Michelle McCue
The seemingly indestructible Jackie Chan has had a long and intermittent association with Western cinema. Hollywood studios appear to prefer him teamed up with a foil, be it Chris Tucker in Rush Hour or Owen Wilson in Shanghai Noon. When Chan does get his own crack of the whip in English language projects it’s for underwhelming fare like The Spy Next Door. Chan famously made three Rush Hour films before admitting he didn’t really get the joke, which hasn’t stopped him considering a return to the franchise.
The last big movie of this sort he was part of was The Karate Kid reboot and even that saw him share the screen with the expanding Will Smith family dynasty. But his latest role, announced at Cannes, will see him out on his own and dishing out his brand of expertly-choreographed mayhem to a bunch of no good terrorists »
- Steve Palace
Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid, After Earth), the fifteen-year-old son of Will Smith, and Liev Schreiber signed on to star in "The Good Lord Bird," based on a best-selling book by James McBride (Miracle at St Anna, Red Hook Summer). Plot: Henry "Onion" Shackleford (Smith) is a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas and travels the nation with Brown's motley crew of freedom fighters. Story is told with a satirical bent through the eyes of Onion, who wears a dress and is at first mistaken for a girl, as he bears witness to Brown's historic campaign and encounters the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman en route to the bloody Harper's Ferry raid that helped spark the Civil War. The book made Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Books of the Year list and has drawn comparisons to Mark Twain's classic novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. »
While there's no release date for The Karate Kid 2 just yet, it's been speculated for a while that Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan will both be returning in their roles from the 2010 movie, and we are okay with that!
Make sure you keep locked on to KidsPickFlicks for news on The Karate Kid 2 as it surfaces, and don't forget - we're the one stop you need for the latest on all of your favorite movies! »
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So far rising star Jaden Smith, son of box office superstar Will Smith, has only taken on big studio films like After Earth and the remake of The Karate Kid (with a sequel still on the way). Now Deadline reports he's going to really test his acting chops with a lower profile, powerful period drama called The Good Lord Bird, based on the book of the same name by James McBride. The story follows Henry ‘Onion’ Shackleford (Smith), a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Liev Schreiber of Goon and "Ray Donovan") in 1856 Kansas, traveling the nation with his motley crew of freedom fighters. More below! In what sounds like a tale akin to Forrest Gump, the story is from the somewhat satirical point-of-view of Onion, as he follows Brown’s historic campaign and encounters the likes of well-known history book icons like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, »
- Ethan Anderton
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Helen Mirren is in talks to join Bryan Cranston in the promising biopic Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber are in line to lead the slavery drama The Good Lord Bird. Sharon Stone has joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy American Ultra. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects. The folks over at Variety report that Helen Mirren is in talks to star in the real-life drama Trumbo. Bryan Cranston is onboard to play blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose credits include Roman Holiday and Spartacus. Trumbo refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was therefore blacklisted, but he continued to write under pseudonyms and even won two Oscars under different names. Jay Roach (Recount) is set to direct. Deadline reports that »
- Adam Chitwood
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