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3:44 PM on 04.03.2014

First full trailer for The Expendables 3

The folks over at Yahoo Movies have released the first teaser for The Expendables 3, showing a couple action beats and the film's pretty sizable cast. I didn't much care for The Expendables One, with its dark color palette a...

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First teaser trailer for The Expendables 3 photo
First teaser trailer for The Expendables 3
by Nick Valdez

We've been completely in the dark with The Expendables 3. We've heard about all of that ugly stuff behind the scenes about Bruce Willis, the numerous additions to the cast, but no one really knows what's going on. There hasn't been a scrap of promotional material (like posters or images), and the teaser above was dropped on us completely by surprise. 

Of course I'm worried about how the film's going to turn out. Is it rated R again because Chuck Norris isn't coming back? Is replacing Bruce Willis with Harrison Ford a good move even if Ford is a sad old man? Sure The Expendables isn't the best franchise, but Expendables 2 was great for its last 20 minutes since it finally delivered on its promise. Can Expendables 3 be greater than the others now that Stallone is going up against Mel Gibson? I guess we'll see August 15th next year. Don't keep us in the dark for that long next time, okay? 

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Review: CZ12 (Chinese Zodiac) photo
Review: CZ12 (Chinese Zodiac)
by Hubert Vigilla

When the first promo/trailer hit for CZ12 (aka Chinese Zodiac), I bought into the hype and the possibility of the film. When news landed that CZ12 was going to be Jackie Chan's last big action movie, I was eager to see how he'd cap his career. If this was the last hurrah for Chan's crazy action films, how would it all end?

Best case scenario, I felt CZ12 would serve as a kind of crescendo, a mix of "Jackie Chan's greatest hits" and "Jackie Chan's still go it." Like the little phrases of offense in one of his fights, I hoped the film would be a flourish of creativity followed by a brief moment of heroic posing/reflection.

I really shouldn't have gotten my hopes up.

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Jackie Chan planning a theme park called JC World photo
Jackie Chan planning a theme park called JC World
by Hubert Vigilla

During an event in Beijing, Jackie Chan said he's interested in creating his own theme park in Yizhuang. According to the Malaysia Times, the park will be called JC World. The two square kilometer park will be comprised of five different sections, each providing visitors with a different cultural experience. Chan is partnering with an unnamed Chinese organization in the endeavor.

The Hollywood Reporter wonders if this will be an amusement park with rides, but it sounds more like a giant museum, which will feature furniture, jewelry, and antique Chinese buildings that Chan purchased and restored. Chan said the following:

I was very poor when I was a child, so when I had money later on, I bought all sorts of things and went around the world collecting them. I want to exhibit all my stuff. They may not all be worth a lot of money, but they may have a story behind them.

This isn't the only unexpected Chan project to be announced. As we reported a few months ago, Chan is also planning  an autobiographic stage musical. That's all well and good, but I still think that Jackie Chan should make a modern-day silent film or do a remake of It's Always Fair Weather with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.

[Malaysia Times via The Hollywood Reporter]

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Jackie Chan should make a modern day silent film photo
Jackie Chan should make a modern day silent film
by Hubert Vigilla

Even though Jackie Chan is working on a new Police Story film (Police Story 2013), his days of big and crazy action are apparently at an end with Chinese Zodiac. You can see some of that death-defying action at the Jackie Chan Experience retrospective in NYC for the next few days, but Chan is definitely in a transition period as a performer and filmmaker.

Movies like 1911, The Shinjuku Incident, and Little Big Soldier are pointing toward a new kind of experimentation and risk taking for Chan. I know he doesn't need unsolicited career advice (e.g., like how he should remake Gene Kelly's It's Always Fair Weather), but this idea popped into my head a few weeks ago and just seems so obvious and so right.

Given the success of movies like The Artist and Blancanieves and Chan's love for Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Buster Keaton, he should make a modern-day silent comedy.

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Trailer: The Jackie Chan Experience photo
Trailer: The Jackie Chan Experience
by Hubert Vigilla

Jackie Chan was in New York last week, but there's a whole lot more Chan in store for the city. This weekend, the Jackie Chan Experience begins at the Walter Reade Theater. The largest Jackie Chan retrospective in North America, screenings will take place from June 23rd to June 27th. The films will be shown in their original Cantonese and Mandarin versions, including several 35mm prints. Some of the movies at the retrospective include:

  • Armour of God 1-2
  • City Hunter
  • Drunken Master 2
  • Police Story 1-3
  • Project A 1-2
  • Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

If I heard right, the 35mm print of Police Story is from Quentin Tarantino's personal collection.

For tickets, screening times, and more information about the Jackie Chan Experience, visit subwaycinema.com.

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Jackie Chan prepping autobiographic stage musical photo
Jackie Chan prepping autobiographic stage musical
by Hubert Vigilla

At a press conference today in New York, Jackie Chan mentioned that he is currently preparing a stage musical based on his own life. Adapted from his 1998 autobiography I Am Jackie Chan, the musical would chronicle his childhood experiences in Peking Opera school, his meeting with Bruce Lee, and various aspects of his film career.

The I Am Jackie Chan musical has been kicked about since 2010, though it seems like it's picking up steam now. Chan said that they are still looking for a director for the project.

If I heard right, I believe Chan also said he is working on a sequel to the book I Am Jackie Chan to be called I Am Still Jackie Chan.

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8:00 AM on 06.03.2013

Expendables 3 adds Cage, Chan, Snipes and Jovovich

Okay, I'm going to type this calmly. You know how awesome The Expendables was when Sylvester Stallone, Ahnuld Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis had that one scene together? You know how awesome The Expendables 2 wasn't because...

Nick Valdez



NYC: Jackie Chan is in town June 10th and June 11th photo
NYC: Jackie Chan is in town June 10th and June 11th
by Hubert Vigilla

Oh damn, fellas! Jackie Chan is going to be in New York City on Monday, June 10th and Tuesday, June 11th. This appearance is thanks to the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Asian Film Festival, and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York in association with Asia Society.

On June 10th, The Walter Reade Theater will host An Evening with Jackie Chan, which will include the presentation of a Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award, a special premiere screening of Chinese Zodiac (Chan's 101st film), and a Q & A after the screening.

One June 11th, Chan will make an appearance at the Asia Society for a screening of Drunken Master II (aka The Legend of Drunken Master). The screening will be followed by a Q & A.

From June 23rd to 27th, there will be the largest Jackie Chan retrospective in North America, and will include screenings of The Young Master, Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, Armour of God, Police Story, Police Story 2, Project A, Miracles, and City Hunter.

After the cut is the official press release. For more information, visit FilmLinc.com.

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2:00 PM on 12.27.2012

Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac hits US spring/summer 2013

There's finally word on the US release of Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac, his 101st movie and his last balls-to-the-walls action flick. Ramy Choi (director of distribution and acquisition at Chan's Jackie & JJ Internationa...

Hubert Vigilla



Jackie Chan will be in The Expendables 3 photo
Jackie Chan will be in The Expendables 3
by Hubert Vigilla

During a press conference for Chinese Zodiac (CZ12), Jackie Chan mentioned that Sylvester Stallone has given him a role in The Expendables 3. It seems like the role will be meatier than a mere cameo. As Chan explained:

Sly had invited me to be in Expendables 2, but I was too busy filming CZ12 and couldn't make a commitment to the film. But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes.

There's no official word on what Chan's role in The Expendables 3 will be. Ethan Anderton at First Showing notes that Chan asked Stallone if the third film will be a "buddy-buddy movie," which it apparently is. Anderton assumed this could mean Chan being a sidekick of some kind, but he admits it's just speculation for now.

As a long-time Jackie Chan fan, this is really keen news, and I think he should play a veteran Hong Kong supercop. If they can get Nicolas Cage, Cage should be his sidekick. Stallone is also looking to get Wesley Snipes and Harrison Ford involved in the film.

[Yahoo via First Showing]

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8:00 AM on 12.17.2012

Trailer: Chinese Zodiac (Hong Kong)

Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac (CZ12) hits Asian theaters this week, and this Hong Kong trailer for the film gives a good sense of the film's scope and story. Again, it looks like a possible return to form for Chan, whose best...

Hubert Vigilla



The 12 best Jackie Chan fight scenes of the last 12 years photo
The 12 best Jackie Chan fight scenes of the last 12 years
by Hubert Vigilla

Roughly one year ago following the release of a promo video for Chinese Zodiac (CZ12), I did a list of the 12 best Jackie Chan fight scenes. The list ended at 1999's Gorgeous. Now, with the premiere of Chinese Zodiac and the full release in China next week, I figure I'd use this coincidence of numbers to continue looking at Jackie Chan fights, this time from 2000 to the present date. The same restrictions from the previous list apply: only one fight per movie, and it all gets laid out chronologically.

This was a little tougher than I expected since Chan's output over the last 12 years has included some real lows (e.g., The Tuxedo, The MedallionThe Spy Next Door) and a few departures from his usual action output (e.g., Shinjuku Incident, 1911). There's very little in the last 12 years that would crack into Jackie's career top 10, but that's just a consequence of aging. If I remember right, Ric Meyers said something true about Jackie's career in a DVD commentary for the first Drunken Master: no one can beat Jackie Chan but himself.

And yet I think there are interesting signs of what Chan can still do without the impact and danger of his classic fights. A lot of it has to do with something more fundamental to Jackie Chan's fighting that pure power: style.

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5:00 PM on 12.11.2012

Trailer: Chinese Zodiac

Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac premieres tomorrow and then comes out across China on December 20th. Here's one last trailer for the film, which is basically an extended version of the first trailer from back in May that includ...

Hubert Vigilla



Jackie Chan sets two Guinness world records photo
Jackie Chan sets two Guinness world records
by Hubert Vigilla

We're one week away from the overseas release of Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan's 101st movie, and Chan has set two new world records in the process. Guinness World Records officially awarded Chan "Most Stunts Performed by a Living Actor" and "Most Credits in One Movie."

Chan said the following about the Guinness awards on Weibo (looks like it was run through Google translate):

I was awarded two Guinness Book of World Records, one of which is "Most Stunts Performed By A Living Actor." I felt I particularly deserved it today. As I look back to the past, so many times to do my utmost, I think it was very worthwhile, because they are records of the past. I can be very proud with them for posterity, saying with the audience that "This is Jackie Chan, Jackie Chan! This is forever!!"

Chan has 15 credits in Chinese Zodiac: writer, directer, actor, producer, executive producer, cinematographer, art director, unit production manager, catering coordinator, stunt coordinator, gaffer, composer, singer of the theme song, props, and stuntman. (It's like Bugs Bunny playing baseball, plus catering.)

If I'm not mistaken, Chan holds another Guinness World Record: Most Takes for a Single Scene. The movie was Dragon Lord (1982), and a shuttlecock sports sequence required around 2,900 takes to get right. I've included the scene after the cut.

[Via Twitch]

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8:00 AM on 10.17.2012

Trailer: Chinese Zodiac

This latest trailer for Chinese Zodiac (aka Armour of God 3) isn't as awesome as the rollerblade suit trailer from late August or the more traditional trailer from May. It's not even as keen as that initial promo from last y...

Hubert Vigilla

9:00 AM on 08.29.2012

Trailer: Chinese Zodiac

Ever since the first promo video for Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac (the third Armour of God movie), I've been excited that this would be a return to form like 2004's New Police Story. If this teaser is any indication, Chan pr...

Hubert Vigilla

10:00 AM on 06.28.2012

Jackie Chan slates new English-language Hollywood film

Jackie Chan is setting up his next movie, though sadly it's not a remake of Gene Kelly's It's Always Fair Weather. (Maybe next time.) Currently untitled, the project is described as a "two-hander action comedy" in which Chan ...

Hubert Vigilla

10:00 AM on 05.21.2012

Trailer: Chinese Zodiac

At the end of last year, we showed you a promo video for Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan's 101st movie. Here's the first official trailer for the film, and it's got me pretty excited. If this is Chan's last big ballsy action fil...

Hubert Vigilla



Jackie Chan is NOT retiring from action movies photo
Jackie Chan is NOT retiring from action movies
by Hubert Vigilla

Last week we reported that Chinese Zodiac will be Jackie Chan's last big action movie. We and many other news sources took this as a sign that Jackie Chan was retiring from the genre. Turns out, he has no intention of quitting action movies, but is planning to be more cautious and careful with what he does. Who told me this? Jackie Chan.

Here's a key excerpt from a statement on Jackie Chan's official Facebook page:

I just want to let everyone know that I am not retiring from doing action movies. What I meant to say is that I need to do less of the life risking stunts on my movies. After all these years of doing so many stunts and breaking so many bones, I need to take better care of my body so I can keep working.

I will continue to do international action movies.

While we won't be seeing another death-defying Police Story-style production again, you can't keep the man down entirely. We'll post the first trailer for Chinese Zodiac later this morning. After the cut, Jackie Chan's full Facebook statement.

[Via Jackie Chan's Official Facebook page]

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Why Jackie Chan should remake It's Always Fair Weather photo
Why Jackie Chan should remake It's Always Fair Weather
by Hubert Vigilla

Earlier we reported that Jackie Chan is retiring from action movies. He's 58 years old now, exhausted, and he feels reluctant to do action films given all the violence in the world. (He left the door open for Karate Kid 2 and Rush Hour 4, however.)

I understand his concerns, and look forward to him pushing his acting chops further, like he did in The Shinjuku Incident. But like many others, I'd also like to see him reteam with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao for a reunion film of some kind. They were the shining stars of their Peking Opera class, and three of the biggest names in Hong Kong film through the 1980s. Chan and Hung collaborated on a few films since their last outing as a trio (Mr. Nice Guy, The Medallion, etc.); and Biao worked on Shanghai Noon and made an appearance in the 2006 Chan movie Rob-B-Hood.

They should get together again, at least as a send-off to the HK films of the past. And I have the perfect vehicle for them. It's something bonkers and unexpected: a remake of the Gene Kelly movie It's Always Fair Weather as a martial arts musical comedy.

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UPDATE: Chinese Zodiac Jackie Chan's last big action film photo
UPDATE: Chinese Zodiac Jackie Chan's last big action film
by Hubert Vigilla

[UPDATE: Jackie Chan says he is NOT retiring from action films.]

Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan's 101st film, will also be his last big action movie. At a Cannes news conference he said the world is too violent and that he's very tired. Chan added that he'd still do Karate Kid Part 2 and Rush Hour 4, but those are hardly big action movies, at least not on the scale of Chinese Zodiac. It's the third film in the Armor of God series, sort of a Hong Kong equivalent to Indiana Jones.

Given how much he's pushed his body and that he's 58 now, it makes sense for Chan to retire from action movies. As a long-time fan (you may remember my list of the 12 best Jackie Chan fight scenes), I hope he'll still do them in some capacity, even if he's just the wizened old drunkard a la Simon Yuen.

I also hope he does some kind of reunion movie with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. It could be a comedy with some light action. In fact, I sincerely think Chan, Hung, and Biao should do a remake of the Gene Kelly film It's Always Fair Weather. You get Chan in the Gene Kelly role, you cast Maggie Cheung in the Cyd Charisse part, and so on. Seriously, it just might work, and I'll tell you why later tonight.

[Via BBC News, The Telegraph]

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