Why Jet Li Turned Down a Role in ‘The Matrix’

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The Matrix seemed like a franchise tailor-made for Jet Li. The Wachowskis‘ mind-bending sci-fi series that began in 1999 featured brooding heroes in black coats with insane martial arts skills — all elements that Li had down pat.

And the Chinese action star was actually offered a part as Seraph in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, only to turn it down. But he has a good reason for turning down a part in the defining sci-fi franchise of the ’90s and early 2000s.

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Before he gets behind the camera of The Conjuring 3, director Michael Chaves is working with producer James Wan on a different horror project. Chaves is making his feature directorial debut with The Curse of La Llorona, a film that riffs on the classic Mexican folk tale of The Weeping Woman, a mother who kills her own children in a jealous fit of rage and subsequently preys on other children to replace her own.

Today, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have unveiled the first trailer. Check it out below.
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Warner Bros Horror Made Here

Warner Bros is trying to get into the Haloween season horror maze game with Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights, transforming a portion of their backlot into a small town filled with haunted houses. Over the past five years, I have gotten sucked up in the seasonal haunted maze phenomenon and you may have already read my reports from the events at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights and Knotts Scary Farm here. So I was very eager to see how Warner Bros’ studio tour event would compare.

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Annabelle 3

In the Conjuring universe, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play married paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Thus far, the pair haven’t figured prominently in any of the cinematic universe’s spin-off movies, appearing in The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 and skipping out on the Annabelle franchise and the recent The Nun. But that’s about to change: a new report says Wilson and Farmiga are set to reprise their roles in the upcoming Annabelle 3.
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fantastic beasts the crimes of grindelwald featurette

With a month left to go before Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald flies into movie theaters, Warner Bros. has released a new featurette revealing more about the plot of the secretive sequel. With those new story details comes the announcement of online ticket sales for a special early screening of the latest film in the Harry Potter spin-off series.

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the flash

The Flash may be the fastest man alive on the comic book pages, but when it comes to the big screen, he’s positively sluggish.

The Flash standalone movie has been hit with yet another delay, as Warner Bros. pushes back the expected production start date for Ezra Miller‘s solo superhero film. Now it seems that Miller, who was cast as the scarlet speedster back in 2014, will have to wait at least three more years until he gets his solo movie.

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Tom and Jerry movie

Warner Bros. is going cartoon crazy as they set up a slew of animation-inspired movies. New Tom and JerryScooby-DooFlintstones movies and more are currently in the works. The plan is for Warners to embrace their classic characters, with hopes of crafting animated features and live-action hybrids. Tim Story, director of Fantastic Four, is handling Tom and Jerry, while Harry Potter helmer Chris Columbus is producing Scooby-Doo.

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fantastic beasts johnny depp

It looks like Johnny Depp is here to stay in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The actor confirmed that he is set to reprise his role as the Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third film of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, the prequel series to Harry Potter.

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Brian Tyree Henry - Godzilla vs Kong Cast

Godzilla: King of the Monsters wowed audiences at San Diego Comic-Con and at home when the gorgeous and ambitious first trailer for the monster movie sequel debuted. But audiences are even more excited for the prospect of Godzilla clashing with the other classic big screen monster, King Kong. And the film coming in 2020 just added another fantastic cast member.

Brian Tyree Henry landed an Emmy nomination for his role in the FX series Atlanta, and now he’s joining Stranger Things and Godzilla: King of the Monsters star Millie Bobby Brown in the monster movie crossover Godzilla vs Kong, coming in 2020. Find out more below. Read More »

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in the heights movie cast

Anthony Ramos, who has appeared in Hamilton, can currently be seen in A Star is Born, and who has appeared in productions of the In the Heights stage production, is in talks to star in the In the Heights movie. The film is an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s pre-Hamilton musical set over the course of three hot summer days in the neighborhood of Washington Heights.

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