Zhang Ziyi in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Today’s sequel-related updates are mostly about casting. After the jump:

  • Ziyi Zhang is in talks for the Crouching Tiger sequel
  • Kurt Russell’s son Wyatt Russell joins 22 Jump Street
  • Martin Starr and others board Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead
  • Relativity pushes on with a SWAT-themed Act of Valor 2

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LOL: The Worst Movies Of 2012 Review Themselves

Many fans consider 2012 to be one of the best years for film in a long time. We’ve had great popcorn movies, huge epics, mind-melting indies and new films from some of the best filmmakers around. But every year has some stinkers and as good as 2012 has been, it’s probably been equally as bad too.

The team at NextMovie compiled four minutes of some of the worst movies of the year reviewing themselves. Which movies did they pick and what does each one say for itself? You’ll have to click below to find out. Read More »

Mike ‘Mouse’ McCoy and Scott Waugh (left and right, respectively, above) co-directed last weekend’s Navy SEALs hit Act of Valor, and the success of the film is paying off for both men and their production company Bandito Brothers. Waugh is already set to make a racing movie called High Speed and now McCoy is signed to make a movie called God’s Gulch, about what happens after the collapse of our technological infrastructure. Read More »

‘Act of Valor’ Video Movie Review

Act of Valor is two movies. The first is your basic, exciting, yet simple war movie. It features some minor character development and emotion wrapped around a lot of shoot ‘em up action, explosions and death. High-octane kind of stuff. Acting not required.

Then there’s the second movie. And that movie is created by the fact that Act of Valor mostly stars real life, active Navy SEALS. That means everything you see was hypothetically put through a no bullshit filter. The missions are based on true events, the on-screen techniques drip with realism, and if the acting or dialogue isn’t quite up to par, it’s okay because these guys are true American heroes. Including these men gives the film a gravitas that all but negates any issues the movie itself has.

Act of Valor is a deeply flawed, but interesting and entertaining film. Instead of reading the rest of my thoughts, you can watch a video of me talking about it on the Totally Rad Show. Read More »

With the ‘real-life Navy SEALs’ movie Act of Valor looking like it is going to turn out to be a good investment, the production company behind the movie is putting together more projects. Bandito Brothers is the company, and two of the participants, former stuntman Scott Waugh and Mike ‘Mouse’ McCoy, co-directed Act of Valor. Now Waugh is set to make a similarly styled racing movie called High Speed, about a specialized police unit designed to bust a big underground racing circuit. Read More »

When Osama Bin Laden was killed by a Navy SEAL squad earlier this year, many companies in Hollywood quickly decided to make films based upon the famed special ops force. Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were in a good spot, as they were already planning a film about Bin Laden and the SEALs.

But Relativity Media was in an even better position, as the company was able to pick up the already-shot film Act of Valor, which stars actual Navy SEALs in a fictional story. The trailer for that has been released, and you can check it out below. Read More »

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The Navy SEALs got a massive PR boost when the killing of Osama Bin Laden was announced. Not that the special forces team really needed a boost, given that the SEALs are one of the most highly-regarded military teams in the world. But the boost came regardless, and one of the aftereffects is that quite a few companies want to make movies or TV about the team and the operations it undertakes.

While Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal seemed to have the jump on everyone with their film that has been referred to as Kill Bin Laden (not the final title), it turns out that another SEALs film has already been shot, and Relativity just bought it for an early 2012 release. (Think: President’s Day.)  The film is called Act of Valor (once called I Am That Man) and it stars actual Navy SEALs. Some images from set and more info are after the break. Read More »

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