’1911 Revolution’ Trailer: Jackie Chan Goes To War

Jackie Chan is both in front and behind the camera for 1911 Revolution, which was formerly just called 1911, an action-packed retelling of one of the most important battles in Chinese history. The film centers on the Xinhai Revolution, otherwise known as the Chinese Revolution, in which nationalist forces rose up to take down the Qing Dynasty and established the Republic of China. It was basically the beginning of modern China, kind of their Revolutionary War and Civil War rolled into one. Chan plays one of the leaders of the Nationalist movement and co-directed the film along with Zhang Li.

We’ve previously run a teaser trailer for the film, in select theaters October 7, but now we’ve got the theatrical version. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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VOTD: 25 Actors Before They Were Famous, in 3 Minutes

I’ve always had this fascination with seeing current rich and famous figures in their humble beginnings, and the success of tabloid columns and webpages devoted to that very topic suggest I’m not the only one. When some A-list faces are as familiar to us as those of our actual loved ones, seeing long-ago photos or videos of them is amusing in the same way that seeing pictures of your friends as little kids is amusing. “Before They Were Famous: 25 Actors in 3 Minutes” collects some especially amusing snippets of today’s biggest stars, including Angelina Jolie, Ryan Gosling, Jack Nicholson, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in some of their earliest acting gigs. Watch the video after the jump.

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For Jackie Chan‘s 100th movie, he decided to go back 100 years and tell the story of a birth of a nation. The film, 1911, tells the story of the Xinhai Revolution, otherwise known as the Chinese Revolution, in which nationalist forces rose up to take down the Qing Dynasty and established the Republic of China. It was basically the beginning of modern China, kind of their Revolutionary War and Civil War rolled into one, and a very important moment in Chinese history. Chan co-directed the film along with Zhang Li and co-stars as one of the two rival leaders in the nationalist movement. It’s scheduled for day and date release in both the United States and China this October, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Revolution itself. Check out your first look, in a Japanese trailer, below. Read More »

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Shortly after The Karate Kid was released in theaters, earning $56 million opening weekend (well surpassing expectations), it was announced that they were going to begin development on a sequel. Columbia Pictures executives have been meeting with screenwriters to pitch their ideas on a sequel. Tonight HeatVision is reporting that screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif, who wrote Kung Fu Panda for Dreamworks Animation, have been tapped to pen the follow-up.

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Confirmed: Karate Kid Sequel in Development

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Yesterday Russ wrote about how the box office performance of The Karate Kid would probably lead to a sequel, with a comment from director Harold Zwart saying that ideas have been discussed. Now Deadline has confirmed our suspicions — Columbia Pictures executives are meeting with screenwriters to pitch their ideas on a sequel. It seems logical to me. This one followed the storyline of the original beat by beat, the second film needs to take the Karate Kid and his teacher to Asia… oh wait… they already did that? Read More »

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The Karate Kid easily owned the weekend box office in its debut outing, thrashing The A-Team by a margin of two dollars earned for every one taken by Joe Carnahan’s TV revival. With Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan earning $56m, well surpassing expectations, do you think there will be a sequel? In 2010 Hollywood, it’s almost certain, even if sequel fatigue is beginning to set in.

Director Harold Zwart says that ideas have been discussed, and now that the returns are in, I’d guess we’ll hear about sequel plans very soon. In the meantime, check out Zwart’s plans after the break. Read More »

LOL: Jackie Chan Hates Karate Kids

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In the /Film discussion post on The Karate Kid, I wrote the following about Jackie Chan’s performance in the film: “Chan is perfect as the grizzled landlord, perhaps because on some level, he’s playing a version of himself, a once-great fighter who is relegated to inflicting his martial arts prowess on teenagers.” Turns out somebody at IGN had a similar line of thinking, and edited together a brief video showing exactly how effective Chan is at destroying  children. See it after the jump.
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We’ve seen two trailers so far for the remake of The Karate Kid, both of which focused pretty heavily on the film’s story. In the runup to the release of the film this week there’s a third trailer, and this one is almost exclusively action, including a street chase scene that is vaguely reminiscent of Ong Bak, though the full thing probably doesn’t have that movie’s over-the-top stunts. Read More »

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