20th Century Fox has released the official American trailer for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li on IGN.com. While I was actually surprised at the Japanese trailer that leaked last week, the new American trailer brings me firmly back to reality – this movie looks bad and not even the action will be able to save it. Oh, and the American voice over is just horrendous. It is remarkable how very little they show of lead actress Kristin Kreuk (or at least her face) in the entire advertisement. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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KristinKreukWeb has posted the first english poster for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. I know we’re only four days into 2009, but I’m already nominating this one-sheet for Worst Movie Poster of 2009. When we first received the poster over the weekend, I wasn’t sure it was even real. It looks like a bad fan-made photoshop. But it appears to be legit after all. I have a theory that all bad marketing started off with a good idea. My guess is that the marketing guys at Fox saw one of the early Street Fighter video game covers and came up with the idea of using the sillioette of the two fighters going at it.

Not a bad idea. I have photoshoped the actual poster to reflect this concept. It actually doesn’t look THAT bad.Imagine if the lettering was also in black to give the poster a two-color color scheme.

Then some studio executive probably sent over a note saying that the stars need to sell the movie. I mean, its not like anyone has ever played and of the video games in the long running fighter franchise, right? So then they added Kristin Kreuk‘s head inside the silhouette, but the rest of the image now felt off balance. This lead to the decision to fill the silhouette with floating heads. What a great idea.</sarcasm> /Film reader Christopher M for the tip.

/Film reader Christopher M sent over five new production photos from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li starring Kristin Kreuk. It could just be the many hours I’ve wasted on Smallville talking, but does this film look like a bad WB/CW television show or what?

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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

So many photos, so little time. I’ve bunches these all together to save on the room. Enjoy.

The Spirit Billboard

FilmSchoolRejects has a photo of one of the new billboards in Los Angeles advertising The Spirit. Much cooler than the crappy production photos released a couple days back. There are supposedly more billboards like this around Los Angeles, but no photos are yet available.

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

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.



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


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?