Keanu Reeves is getting a TV show. He’s producing and starring in the hour-long series Rain, based on the novel series by Barry Eisler. The show is described as a “globe-trotting action drama,” which is also being produced by his John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Read More »
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Every once in a while a trailer is just demoralizing. Take The Prince, for example. There’s Bruce Willis, looking at first like he might be committing to his role. Jason Patrick shows up — often a good sign — but the plot reveals itself to be another knock-off of Taken. In this case, Willis plays a bad guy who is angry at Patric, himself a former assassin. So Willis kidnaps Patric’s daughter and, well, we start to feel like we know how it is going to go. (John Cusack factors in, somehow, as a wild card.) As a fan of both actors I couldn’t resist watching the trailer, and now we’ll pass it to you. Read More »
Lets face it, the MTV Movie Awards is not a real award show. It’s more a piece of badly choreographed television “entertainment” than anything else. I mean, at what other Award show does Twilight: New Moon take home five awards, and the movie Obsessed win… well, anything — EVER?
For those of you who are interested, you can find a list of winners of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards after the jump. Leave your snarky sarcastic-filled responses below.
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I’m not going to over-simplify and proclaim that making a good ninja movie is the easiest thing in the world. But I never would have guessed that doing so is as difficult as James McTeigue‘s Ninja Assassin makes it appear. This is a big-budget movie with a top-flight crew and a star blessed with undeniable magnetism, not to mention the R-rated freedom to provide the copious blood and gore that so many genre fans crave. Yet it plays no better than a cheap direct to DVD feature. Ninja Assassin is a forgettable throwaway, a waste of creative talent and the audience’s time. Read More »
Update: There’s currently some debate as to whether Rain is up for the Bruce Lee role, or the villain role of the film. While it would honestly make more sense to have Rain take up Lee’s mantle instead of an “established American actor”, I can’t say for certain since the source article isn’t entirely clear. We will keep you posted.
Korean pop-star Rain seems to be well on his way to becoming an action film icon. After his supporting role in Speed Racer, he stayed within the Wachowski family to star in Ninja Assassin (which early buzz seems to indicate that he kicked a sufficient amount of ass). Now, according to our friends over at Latino Review, he could be taking on a role made famous by Bruce Lee himself: Rain may have snagged the starring role in a modern noir remake of Enter the Dragon, dubbed Awaken the Dragon.
The project is the brainchild of Kurt Sutter, formerly an executive producer and writer on The Shield. The film will be Sutter’s feature film directorial debut, and will follow an FBI agent in pursuit of a rogue Shaolin monk into the seedy world of martial arts fight clubs. According to Latino Review, WB may have settled on Rain for the role of the monk. Sutter is apparently aiming to make the film “more Raging Bull than Crouching Tiger in its viciousness.” (Basically, not all that different than the original.)
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Courtesy of Boing Boing there’s a new video online that showcases some behind the scenes Ninja Assassin footage, cut with an interview with John Gaeta, the film’s FX head honcho. Some picture-in-picture footage is shown and while it appears implicit that this comes from the finished film, I’m not convinced. The post work on display in these boxed-in clips isn’t particularly tasteful and some might even consider it tacky. Check it out for yourself because the video has been embedded after the break.
Ninja Assassin, for those of you with other things on your mind, comes from within arms reach of the Wachowskis. Gaeta was the Matrix bullet time co-ordinator, director James McTeague previously made V For Vendetta, and the film’s ninja assassin Raizo is played by Rain, the Korean pop star that appeared in Speed Racer. Throw in Sylvester Stallone and Gina Gershon and we’d have covered everything, I think.
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/Film reader Christopher M scored this bad ass fight choreography/stunt training video showing some of the work of 87 Eleven (the stunt team that worked on 300, Watchmen, Matrix and Bourne films) on The Wachowski Brothers-produced, James McTeigue-directed Ninja Assassin. Check it out after the jump.
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German newspaper BILD has run a set photo from James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin, which shows the front end of a car with who knows how many Ninja stars sticking through the hood. One can only imagine what kind of sequence The Wachowski Brothers have come up with that has resulted in this kind of car damage. Thanks to Christopher M for sending the photos along. The photo appears to be a month old, so I apologize to anyone who may have already seen it (I had not, so I decided to share).
Ninja Assassin stars stars Korean pop star Rain (Speed Racer) as Raizo, one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them… and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.
In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles), Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi (Rick Yune), to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive… and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan. The film also stars legendary martial arts performer Sho Kosugi (Revenge of the Ninja) as the ruthless leader of the Ozunu Clan.
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