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Yes, Monday's much-discussed New York Times' T Magazine Q&A with Jaden and Willow Smith was touted as the siblings' "first-ever joint interview." But in 2010, EW spoke to the siblings Smith, who were named to that year's Entertainers of the Year list in the wake of Jaden's The Karate Kid remake and Willow's "Whip My Hair." Back then, 12-year-old Jaden and 10-year-old Willow were starstruck by other celebrities and just on the cusp of their own respective stardoms. Here are a few nostalgic tidbits, in case you'd forgotten that Jaden and Willow were not always Prana energy-infused holograms spouting diatribes against school and driver's ed. »
- Teresa Jue
This weekend is when that cool art exhibition inspired by movie sequels that were never made opens up, but that's not the only place you can find awesome big screen artwork for your walls. Hero Complex Gallery is opening up their latest "Kung Fu Theater" show in Los Angeles, and while the title might indicate this will only focus on movies with martial arts, it's actually much more broad and includes a variety of Asian film tributes. From anime hits like Princess Mononoke and Akira to The Karate Kid, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and more. There's some impressive pieces here, and one is even on bamboo. Look! Sam Gilbey's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Mark Manev's Princess Mononoke Doaly's Hard Boiled Adn's Karate Kid Adam Wheatley's Kung Fu Wars Dan Nash's Godzilla Guillaume Morellec's Akira Male Cuellar's Totoro Craig Drake's Princess Mononoke The gallery show is co-curated by Craig Drake and Adam Smasher, »
- Ethan Anderton
A good film can have anything from special effects, humour, a good script and cast. Throw in a fight scene or two and it has the potential to become a thrilling action film. And here is where Noel Clarke’s latest venture, The Anomaly (on DVD and Blu-ray now) comes in, which sees Clarke add a sci-fi action flick to his list of expertise as both actor and director. We have put together a list of some of our favourite fight scenes in film.
For you young’uns, we don’t, unfortunately, mean the 2010 remake starring Jaden Smith. The film follows teenager, Daniel, who forms an unexpected close bond with the janitor of his high school, Mr. Miyagi. The entire film, rich with the growing relationship between the two and the inevitable struggles of Daniel becoming his own man, builds up to a perfectly choreographed fight scene »
- David Agnew
One of the unexpected announcements of last week was that of a "Static Shock" digital series to be produced by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Now, Flickering Myth reports that "The Karate Kid" and "After Earth" star Jaden Smith is reportedly being eyed to play the title role of the electrically-charged DC comics hero in the live-action digital series.
This adaptation is part of Warners' recently announced Blue Ribbon Content initiative which also includes a reboot of the classic horror-comedy franchise "Critters".
This marks the third member of the Smith family to be linked to a DC project. Jaden's mother Jada-Pinkett Smith currently stars in Fox's "Gotham" while father Will Smith has been rumored for David Ayer's film adaptation of the "Suicide Squad" comics. »
- Garth Franklin
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. »
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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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
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 »
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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
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