Skiptrace

When Jackie Chan has an idea for a movie, that movie gets made. That’s certainly the case with Skiptrace, which is based on idea from the martial arts icon. Chan will star as Hong Kong detective whose daughter (X-Men: Days of Future Past‘s Fan Bingbing) gets abducted and the only person who can help is a wiseass American gambler, who’ll be played by Seann William Scott.

That’s all well and good, but the coolest news here is the director. Sam Fell, who directed Paranorman and The Tale of Despereaux, will make his live-action debut on the film. Read More »

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Audiences worldwide will eventually get to see the extended Iron Man 3 scenes that were exclusive to China. Director Shane Black shot several scenes in the country, with native actors Wang Xueqi and Fan Bingbing, that are all but absent from the domestic cut of the film. They remain in Chinese theaters, but reportedly don’t add much.

Now it seems those scenes will be at the center of an upcoming Marvel short film tentatively called The Prologue. Read More »

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The Chinese version of Iron Man 3 will contain new footage that won’t be seen in US theaters; that much we knew. In March Marvel had announced that the Chinese version of the movie would include “significant Chinese elements” and “exclusive footage” created in co-operation with Chinese media company DMG, including a special appearance of China’s top actress, Fan Bingbing.

At the Iron Man 3 junket press conference, director Shane Black was asked what the extra footage entails, and his response is after the break.

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That producers of American movies are courting Chinese funds is nothing new. For the past few years various films have taken Chinese money, and shot films partially in China, in order to qualify for distribution in the country, and thus enjoy the attention of its rapidly growing cinema audience.

What is slightly new is the idea of different cuts of films being released in China. Looper was released in China with a bit of extra footage not seen in elsewhere in the world. Director Rian Johnson called the differences mostly inconsequential, and said the US release is his preferred cut. Still, the different version is out there.

Now Iron Man 3 will be released in China with a bit more footage, and even an actor who won’t be seen in versions elsewhere. Fan Bingbing (recently cast in X-Men: Days of Future Past) will appear in a small sequence seen only in China. Read More »

How much bigger can X-Men: Days of Future Past cast possibly get? As the film approaches its spring start, Bryan Singer is scrambling to add still more characters to the already sprawling lineup. Not that we’re complaining.

The latest original trilogy actor set to return is Daniel Cudmore, who played Peter Rasputin a.k.a. Colossus in X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. Meanwhile, it looks like Chinese actress Fan Bingbing and Twilight actor Booboo Stewart will get in on the superpowered fun as well. Hit the jump to read more.

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Three sequels, two threequels, and a TV show spinoff feature in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Mandy Moore talks about Tangled 2 and Tron: Uprising
  • A German screening of Men in Black 3 breaks a world record
  • Fan Bingbing and Yang Mi join Andy Lau in Iron Man 3
  • Robert Rodriguez drops hints on Machete Kills and Sin City 2

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