Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Capcom Japan just released the first photo of Smallville star Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (seen above). My immediate reaction is that she isn’t wearing the traditional blue outfit or the “ox horns” hairstyle as seen in the video game. And I’m not complaining, it’s probably for the better. What do you think? Below you will find a piece of fan created concept artwork of what everyone believed Kreuk would probably look like as Chu-Li.

Fan Art - Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li

sources: kotaku, idrawgirls

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There has been a lot of schedule shuffling going on at the studios this week.

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Universal has moved Paul W.S. Anderson’s Death Race remake up from September 26th to August 22nd 2008. The film was originally set to go head to head with DJ Caruso’s Eagle Eye and Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but will now go up against Bangkok Dangerous starring Nicolas Cage, The House Bunny starring Anna Faris, Crossing Over starring Harrison Ford, and the Uma Thurman/Colin Firth romantic comedy The Accidental Husband.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

20th Century Fox has set a February 27, 2009 release date for video game adaptation Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li. The only other film currently scheduled for the same date is Steve Shill’s thriller Obsessed, starring Ali Larter.

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Fox 2000 has set a date for the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel – March 19, 2010. Warn your children!

Renny Harlin’s 12 Rounds starring WWE star John Cena is now scheduled for a March 13th, 2009 release. Up against Disney’s sequel/remake Race to Witch Mountain.

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Speeder Dogs

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The Sundance Channel has been acquired by New York-based Cablevision Systems for $496 million in stock and cash. [imdb]

Director Darren Lynn Bousman has officially been asked to direct the remake to Hellraiser. [bloody-disgusting]

Cloverfield Manga

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The internet teaser trailer for Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno will hit the web next week. [newsaskew]

Moon Bloodgood as Det. Maya Sunee in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

The first production photo of Moon Bloodgood as Det. Maya Sunee in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li was released on the movie’s official blog.

Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas are joining Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page in Michael Lander’s psychological thriller “Peacock.” [THR]

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Tom Hanks endorses Barack Obama.

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Editing The Wrestler

Darren Aronofsky is busy editing his next film The Wrestler on an island off of Africa. The photo above shows editor Andrew Weisblum working on the film.

A storyboard page from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li has been released on the film’s official website. From the looks of it, these sketches were created after the casting of Kristin Kreuk as Chun Li. Click to enlarge. Is there any possibility of this film being watchable?

Street Fighter Storyboard

Filmz has five new photos from M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Happening. Check them out below. As always, click to enlarge.

M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening

M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening

M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening

M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening

M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening

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Yep, another day, another brown drip of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li casting news. Actor Neal McDonough (Minority Report, Ravenous, The Hitcher) will fill the shiny boots of the late Raul Julia in the role of the video game adaptation’s muscled militant villain M. Bison (below, nice likeness). McDonough joins a short bus that includes Michael Clark Duncan as Balrog, Chris Klein as Nash, and Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk as the lightning fast gal with the, uh, pinwheel kick. This movie is going to rock so hard.

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Discuss: Van Damme’s Street Fighter vs. Chun Li’s, who wins?

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In Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Budd has to clean up a particularly fouled strip club restroom, and right now I have to write a Black Eyed Peas casting post. Night capping the last few days of X-Men Origins: Wolverine news, BEP member will.i.am (the one who looks like Wyclef) will star as John Wraith aka Wraith aka Kestrel, a mutant with teleportation powers and a thing for explosives who, in comic canon, belonged to Team X alongside Wolverine, Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), Maverick, Mastodon and Silverfox (Lynn Collins). This casting news arrives via IESB. The musician-actor, real name William James Abrams, Jr., previously starred on the TV show Cane, and the big budget film marks his feature debut. No word if he’ll contribute to the soundtrack or will have a scene teaching Gambit how to rap obnoxiously.

In a flick more befitting a BEP, rapper Taboo (the one who looks like he has a crystal skull), will star in 2009′s Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, the second big screen incarnation of Capcom’s classic video game series. Taboo’s role has not been officially announced, but First Showing speculates he might be up for the still unfilled roles of Ryu, Ken, or Guile. If so, total hilarity. Also joining the film, which is directed by Doom‘s Andrzej Bartkowiak, are American Pie‘s Chris Klein (as Nash), the formidable Michael Clark Duncan (as Balrog), Korean American actor Rick Yune (Gen), and others. Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk is in the title role. Did Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia teach our society nothing in 1994?

Discuss: What is the point of casting the Black Eyed Peas in genre movies? Also, anyone want to be /Film’s BEP movie news-gathering intern?

Kristen Kreuk is Chun-Li in Street Fighter

Kristen Kreuk is Chun-Li in Street Fighter

I’ve never been a monster of the week type of guy, and always found that format to be quite dull, but somehow I got sucked into watching Smallville, not because it was a good show, but mostly due to the inside superman references. But I began to enjoy the series somewhere between season 1 and season 3. And then, as we all know, the series went down hill with unpredictably bad sci-fi storylines involving past lives and what not. I stopped watching Smallville probably two seasons ago because it just became too much. My like for some of the characters (like Chloe) was overshadowed by the horrible storylines.

One of my huge pet peeves in movies and television is when a woman who doesn’t look like she could hurt a fly, all of a sudden becomes a bad ass fighting machine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Women can’t kick ass. Heck, I liked Alias. I just don’t like movies or television shows where they take a skinny young actress and put her on wires. I hold on to a thing called believability. And this was one of the things that turned me off to Smallville. Kristen Kreuk somehow became a supernatural version of The Bride from Kill Bill. She looked so stupid flying through the air, and I felt bad for her. Kreuk is very good with the dramatic scenes, and is an actress who shows her emotions through her eyes.

So why, WHY, WHY has Kristen Kreuk been cast as Chun-Li in the new live-action Street Fighter movie?! Sure, she looks like the part, but I’m just not sold on Kreuk as an action star.  And I don’t really have faith that director Andrzej Bartkowiak, who also did Doom and Exit Wounds, will really be able to elevate her game.) The new movie titled Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, revolves around the Chun-Li character, unlike the original Street Fighter film which was an ensemble story (and a bad one at that). Production begins in March 2008.

source: ComingSoon

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