Last year’s martial arts/steampunk action/comedy film Tai Chi Zero was explicitly designed to be followed by a sequel — the two films shot back to back — and now that second film, Tai Chi Hero, is almost upon us. (It was released in Hong Kong last fall.) A variety of posters are being revealed today highlighting characters from the film, and we’ve got the villain.
More than anything else this line in the synopsis for the second film makes me very curious: “that suits Lu Chan just fine, as the mutant horn on his head gives him incredible kung-fu power, but leaves him dumber each time, and closer to death.” Lu Chan is the hero of the title, and I love the idea of a trade-off in power represented there. It’s a video game concept, and these films embrace such things whole-heartedly. But it’s also a classic idea inspired by tales that are centuries old, where the thing that gives a character power also destroys them.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
If the two Expendables movies were Arnold Schwarzenegger dipping his toe back into the acting pool, Kim Jee-woon‘s The Last Stand is him taking a cannonball dive back in. The former governor of California soaks in the spotlight as Ray Owens, a small-town sheriff who becomes the last guy standing between a ruthless cartel leader (Eduardo Noriega) and the Mexican border.
This being Arnold, of course that involves heavy-duty weaponry and some cheesy one-liners. The latest (and probably last) trailer earns a red-band rating for some gleeful violence and some naughty words. Watch it after the jump.
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Matt Damon did a movie with Terry Gilliam once, and sadly, it… was not very good. At all. But despite all the evident problems with The Brothers Grimm, there is no bad blood between actor and director. In fact, Damon is now set to go back to work with Gilliam. And even if it’s just for a couple days, for a small role in Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem, it’s a pretty great thing.
The film stars Christoph Waltz as a computer scientist waiting for a phone call as he is preoccupied with puzzling out a theorem to determine the reason for human existence. It also features Tilda Swinton and Melanie Thierry, and today Gilliam announced via Facebook that Peter Stormare and Sanjeev Bhaskar also have roles. But until we have more idea of what they’ll be doing, let’s get to the comments from Damon about his gig.
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To hell with The Expendables, let’s move on to The Last Stand. South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird) makes his English-language debut directing Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to marquee-heading status. The straightforward action film features Arnie as a disgraced cop currently holding a small-town Sheriff post, who has to prevent a powerful drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from escaping across the US-Mexico border.
Peter Stormare is the bad guy’s chief enforcer, but that’s OK; Arnie has Genesis Rodriguez, Luis Guzman, Jaimie Alexander, and, uh, Johnny Knoxville on his side. Read More »
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp turns an eye to space for the film Lockout (or Lock-Out depending on where you live), in which Guy Pearce has to rescue Maggie Grace from a prison that has been taken over by the inmates. Yep, there’s a reason this movie has been referred to as ‘Taken in space’ ever since it was in the first stages of production.
But with the international trailer for the movie, Lockout does start to establish some character of its own. The core of the trailer is a conversation between Pearce and Peter Stormare in which Pearce gets slapped around more than a little bit. The effects seen in the trailer look determinately mid-budget, but if Pearce can channel some of the same kick-ass spirit that possessed Liam Neeson in Taken, the effects might not matter much at all. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Now that we’ve seen the trailers for both of next year’s Snow White adaptations, it’s time to turn our attentions to another fairy tale that’s getting the Hollywood revamp treatment. Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters picks up with the titular siblings years after their traumatic encounter with a cannibalistic witch. As adults, the duo have become bounty hunters determined to cleanse the countryside of witches.
So, what exactly do a pair of childhood fairy tale victims turned vengeful grownups look like? Hit the jump for the first glimpse of Renner and Arterton in costume and ready for business.
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Celebrity Twitter accounts make some first-look reveals pretty easy. I’m surprised it has taken this long for Arnold Schwarzenegger to tweet out a cast photo from his new action movie The Last Stand. And I’ll say this: in this pic at least, he looks the part of an aged lawman who has retreated to a sheriff post in a small down. That’s Jamie Alexander with Arnie in the header pic; see the full image below for a glimpse of Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville as well. Read More »
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Today Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil) begins shooting his English language debut, The Last Stand. The film is notable for being the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to a starring role. Arnie plays a former LAPD officer now working as a small-town sheriff, who has to deal with a drug kingpin who is fleeing to Mexico and will pass right through his town.
The obligatory ‘start of production’ press release is below, complete with the same plot synopsis we’ve had for a while. Along with that is the announcement of a few actors who are part of the film, including Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, and one of my personal faves, Harry Dean Stanton. Read More »