April 19, 2014

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TIFF ’12: Jackie Chan co-hosting Asian Summit at this year’s Toronto fest

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: East meets West in the Great White North this season as the Toronto International Film Festival plays host to a rare networking event for Asian film industry executives visiting Canada.
Renowned film star Jackie Chan will headline the inaugural Toronto Asian Film Summit, scheduled to be held on Sept. 10 at the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto. Chan will join MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd as headliners for the gathering, which is meant to bridge the gap between filmmaking communities in North America and Asia.
The Asian Film Summit recognizes the importance of Toronto on the film landscape.
“As both a key launch pad for films in North America and home to huge audiences for Asian cinema, we think Toronto can be a prime meeting place for the Asian and western film industries,” TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey said in a statement.
Other summit guests will be announced shortly as TIFF executives continues to establish ties with the Asian film industry. Passes to the Toronto Asian Film Summit go on sale July 20. This year’s Toronto International Film Festival begins on Thursday, Sept. 6 and rung through Sept. 16.
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“Kung Fu Panda” babies and Mother’s Day wishes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’re learning more details about the story driving “Kung Fu Panda 2,” the sequel to Paramount and Dreamworks’ 2008 hit which took in more than $630 million dollars at the global box office.
It’s long been rumored that the story would find Po the Panda (Jack Black) exploring his roots, and this new photo of bay Po – pictured above – seems to back that fact up. In addition to learning where Po came from, IMDB declares that the dragon warrior will have to tackle an old enemy who possesses a deadly new weapon.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson directs the sequel, which features returning stars Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and James Hong. Newcomers to the franchise include Gary Oldman (as Lord Shen) and Jean-Claude Van Damme (as Master Croc).
And now, Paramount wants you to send a virtual Mother’s Day card to your mom using Baby Po as the messenger. To send an e-card, visit www.KungFuPanda.com. And look out for the movie, which opens everywhere on May 26.

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Kung Fu Panda MACY’S balloon taking nationwide tour

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: DreamWorks Animation and Macy’s announced that Po, the karate-chopping panda bear voiced by Jack Black, will embark on the first-ever U.S. tour of an official Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
The tour starts today, April 15, and will visit six cities as it leads up the opening of “Kung Fu Panda 2” over Memorial Day weekend.
From the release:
Po is scheduled to visit the following cities: Miami, FL on April 16th; St. Louis, MO on April 22nd; Dallas, TX on April 30th; Chicago, IL on May 6th; Phoenix, AZ on May 14th; and Los Angeles, CA on Memorial Day weekend.
At 42-feet tall, 46-feet long and 34-feet wide, the Po balloon is truly larger-than-life and is posed in one of Po’s signature martial arts moves from the DreamWorks Animation feature film. Po’s appearance in each city will coincide with a day of family-friendly festivities, all open to the public, which will include an opportunity to take a picture with Po, as well as see an official KUNG FU PANDA martial arts presentation. The day will also feature coloring, airbrush tattoos and face painting stations, as well as special prize giveaways.
“We are thrilled to join forces once again with our friends at Macy’s, who have done an incredible job of bringing our character of Po to life as a giant balloon for audiences to enjoy at the annual Macy’s parade and now in cities across the country,” said Anne Globe, head of Worldwide Marketing for DreamWorks Animation. “This first-ever premiere event is an exciting way to help kick off the summer movie season.”
“Kung Fu Panda 2” features the voice talents of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Victor Garber, Dennis Heysbert and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

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“Kung Fu Panda,” “Smurfs” teasers make their way online

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Parents who took their children to “Megamind” this weekend – and there were a lot of you – might be wondering what’s the next big family-friendly event picture you can put on the calendar.
We’ll tell you about two.
Jack Black once again will voice the warrior Po in “Kung Fu Panda 2,” and the DreamWorks Animation sequel has a teaser trailer. Check it out here via ComingSoon.
You don’t get a lot of footage, just images of the rotund Po engaging the audience in a kung fu staring contest. IMDb, however, has a few plot details, stating that Po and the Furious Five will venture to China to “battle a villain and uncover the secrets of Po’s mysterious origins.” Were they really that mysterious? I’m guessing he was born to two pandas. Anyway, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu return, and will be joined by newcomers Gary Oldman, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and James Woods. “Kung Fu Panda 2” will be presented in 3D, and will be out in May 2011.
And then there’s “Smurfs,” a combination animation-and-live-action hybrid that brings back the tiny blue adventurers of our youth. Raja Gosnell, who also helmed the “Scooby-Doo” update, has attracted an A-list vocal cast for his summer blockbuster, including Katy Perry as Smurfette, Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf, and Paul Reubens as Jokey Smurf. My memory is hazy, but I think a few of those smurfs are new. As for the live-action part, Hank Azaria plays Gargamel, the alchemist who keeps trying to capture the smurfs. And the plot, reportedly, follows the blue creatures to New York City. ComingSoon also has a promotional image for the movie, as well as a link to the teaser trailer. Check it out here.
“The Smurfs” will be in theaters on Aug. 3, 2011.
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2010 Summer movies brought box office surprises

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: The biggest surprise of summer 2010 is how few surprises there really were. Most of the expected smash hits were smash hits, the expected under-performers underperformed, and the bigger films without studio support tanked. The more mainstream art-house cinema made money, while more challenging studio fare struggled. It surely wasn’t the best summer in recent years (that would probably be 2002 or 2008), but it wasn’t the worst either (2001 gets my vote). It was a summer just like any other summer, so let’s dive right in. You might want to take a bathroom break first…
If you asked pundits on the street in late April what the four biggest films of summer would be, they probably would have told you some combination of Toy Story 3 ($409 million domestic/$1.031 billion worldwide), Iron Man 2 ($312m/$621m), Twilight Saga Eclipse ($299m/$671m), and Inception ($278 million/697m). And sure enough, I just rattled off the four biggest movies of the summer. If you asked any intelligent pundit what would-be blockbusters weren’t quite going to catch fire, they probably would have told you Robin Hood ($105 million domestic/$310 million worldwide), Prince of Persia ($90m/$329m), Sex and the City 2 ($95m/$290m), The A-Team ($67m/$157m), and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice ($61m/$176m). None of these films flopped, but all of them cost a way too much ($200 million, $200m, $100m, $110m, and $150m respectively), and they all required overseas dollars to prevent complete disaster.
There were exactly two real surprise smash hits this summer, The Karate Kid and Despicable Me. And you want to know what the common link between them was? They were surprisingly good movies! As far as surprise flops, I honestly expected Macgruber and Jonah Hex to make more noise than they did, but I couldn’t have predicted that their respective studios would so obviously abandoned them in the week or so leading up to their release. We can whine all we want about Tom Cruise’s fading starpower, but he remains a pretty consistent draw, so it was a surprise to see Knight and Day top off at $75 million in domestic box office, although it has racked up $222 million worldwide (I still say opening the film on a Wednesday was the fatal blow, as the film was already tagged as a flop by the time the weekend rolled around). Julia Roberts opened Eat Pray Love to $23 million (proving she is still [...]

“Ong Bak 3″ acquired by Magnet Releasing

HollywoodNews.com: The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired US rights to Sahamongkolfilm International’s “Ong Bak 3,” the third and final installment in one of the most beloved martial arts series of all time. International superstar Tony Jaa once again writes, directs and stars. Picking up at the cliffhanger ending where Ong Bak 2 leaves off, Jaa ramps up the epic supernatural elements of the previous film, while still maintaining the trademark bone-crunching action that the series is known for. This time he must face his ultimate enemy: a fierce supernatural warrior named “Demon Crow,” played by fellow martial arts sensation Dan Chupong (Dynamite Warrior). Eagerly anticipated by martial arts aficionados for some time, the matchup of Jaa and Chupong is explosive.
Since Tony Jaa was introduced to the US by Magnolia in 2005 in Ong Bak, he has grown to be the most beloved action import since Jackie Chan. Magnet released Ong Bak 2 in 2009, and will release ONG BAK 3 in theaters on January, 2011.
“Tony Jaa is undoubtedly the greatest martial arts star of our time,” said Magnet SVP Tom Quinn. “We’re thrilled to be taking our journey with Tony full circle by bringing ONG BAK 3 to his American fans.”
Quinn negotiated the deal with Sahamongkolfilm International’s Gilbert Lim.
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The Moments that Mattered: Summer Movies

HollywoodNews.com: We’ll see if my schedule allows me to do a compressive ‘end of summer’ box office wrap-up, but since summer 2010 doesn’t officially end until September 3rd, I figure I’ve got time. But for now, here is a rundown of the various scenes, performances, moments, and miscues that defined the summer just past. Because sometimes, discussing the ‘parts’ is more fun than discussing the ‘whole’. I’ll try to avoid divulging plot twists and the like, but consider this a SPOILER WARNING.
Funniest moment of the summer: the demonstration goes horribly wrong in ‘Splice.’
No fair spoiling it here, but there’s a moment about halfway through the otherwise taut and terrific sci-fi horror picture where Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are giving a corporate presentation regarding their recent scientific endeavors. Let’s just say it’s easily the most outrageously funny scene of this nature since ‘ED-209′ told that unlucky executive to put down the gun in ‘Robocop.’
Best moment in a bad film: The action climax of ‘The Last Airbender’
There are no more heartbreaking disappointment this summer than watching M. Night Shyamalan, the man who made two of the best films of the last fifteen years (‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘Unbreakable’), completely and utterly fall apart in every way. But even in this horribly-acted, poorly paced, and terribly-written tragedy, there were those moments when you realize what M. Night Shyamalan might have been able to deliver if he was willing to play director-for-hire on any other action picture. Long, fluid takes of hundreds of warriors throwing supernatural weapons and magic at each other, with every bit of it crystal clear and every beat easy to understand: this is the stuff of real movie magic. As bad as the film is, the action finale of ‘The Last Airbender’ is a bravura action sequence that only makes the movie’s failure that much more unfortunate. Ironically for a man who was once destined to be the next Spielberg/Lucas, I today speak of Shyamalan in the vein of Luke Skywalker and Padmé Amidala trying to convince people that Anakin Skywalker still has ‘some good in him’.
Most astonishingly inept technical choice: ‘Salt’s’ theme song sing-along.
I’ve written about this elsewhere, but there was no more head-slappingly boneheaded decision this year by a filmmaker then whomever chose to have a orchestral theme song for the Angelina Jolie spy thriller that literally has singers chanting ‘Salt! Salt! Salt!’ when Jolie goes [...]

“Karate Kid” sequel will be penned by “Kung Fu Panda” scribes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The original “Karate Kid,” with Ralph Macchio as the bullied teen, spawned three sequels – including one that introduced an unknown Hilary Swank as the “Next” kid in the franchise.
Well, she wasn’t. That turned out to be Jaden Smith, son of mega-star Will Smith, who revived the high-kicking franchise with Jackie Chan as his martial arts mentor. And when that summer hit nabbed nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office, a sequel seemed inevitable. And now, it’s official.
Today, we are learning that “Kung Fu Panda” scribes Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff have been hired by Columbia Pictures to write a sequel for Smith and Chan, according to Heat Vision.
Details were unavailable. I speculated in my “Kid” review that a sequel could shift the action to the States, much like Macchio’s franchise moved from California to Japan in the second story. Of course, there’s a twist to Chan’s backstory in these new films (which I will not reveal here) that prevents Voris and Reiff from following the original’s blueprint too closely. But that’s probably a good thing for us, in the long run.
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“The Karate Kid” remake coming to DVD and Blu-ray in October

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This summer’s updated “Karate Kid,” with Jaden Smith in the Ralph Macchio role, proved that not all remakes are destined to suck. The film – which was quite good – has been one of 2010’s success stories, pulling in $173.8 million domestically to become the ninth-highest-grossing film of the year to date.
And now it is coming to home video.
Sony announced that “The Karate Kid” will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray and a Blu-ray Combo Pack (which will have 3 ways to watch the movie – on Blu-ray, DVD & digital copy) on Oct. 5.
The DVD and Blu-ray copies are filled with special features, including a behind-the-scenes featurette titled, “Just For Kicks,” Chinese lessons, as well as the music video for the film’s hit song, “Never Say Never,” in which Smith sings with Justin Bieber.
The Blu-ray contains exclusive bonus features which include an alternate ending where fans can watch Jackie Chan fight, Production Diaries hosted by Jackie Chan and an interactive map of China which shows all of the locations in which the movie was shot.
The full list of features can be found below:
THE KARATE KID DVD:
• Feature Film
• Interactive Feature: Chinese Lessons
• Just for Kicks: The Making of The Karate Kid
• Music Video: Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never,” Featuring Jaden Smith
THE KARATE KID Blu-ray Combo Pack:
Disc 1 (Blu-ray Disc):
• Feature Film
• Interactive Feature: Chinese Lessons
• Just for Kicks: The Making of The Karate Kid
• Music Video: Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never,” Featuring Jaden Smith
• Alternate Ending : Watch Jackie Chan Fight!
• Interactive Feature: On Location: The Karate Kid Interactive Map of China
• Interactive Feature: Chinese Lessons
• Production Diaries Hosted by Jackie Chan
• Music Video: Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never,” Featuring Jaden Smith
• movieIQ+sync™
• PS3 Wallpaper Theme
• Digital copy of the film for the PSP®
Disc 2 (DVD)*:
• Feature Film
• Digital copy of the film for the PC, Mac or iPod
*The DVD contained in the Combo Pack contains no special features.
*The Single Disc Blu-ray is loaded with all bonus features included on the Blu-ray in the Combo Pack, excluding the digital copy of the film.
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This Week In Movies – ‘The Other Guys,’ ‘Step Up 3D,’ ‘Middle Men’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: Can Sony Pictures do no wrong this summer? Clearly it is the studio with the midas touch for the season. With no “Spider Man” in the lineup they have managed to deliver solid triples every time at bat even if they haven’t come near to a $200 or $300 + million dollar grosser like a “Toy Story 3”, “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” or “Iron Man” , all solid franchise blockbusters. Who needs only one giant hit when you can have five big ones instead to fill the pipeline. This weekend with the strong showing by the Will Ferrell comedy, “The Other Guys” which opened with a very sweet $35 million estimate, Sony continues a streak that began in June with the reboot of “The Karate Kid” ($150 ml and counting), Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups” (ditto) and the action thriller , “Salt” (nearing $100 mil after just three weeks). Next Friday brings, “Eat Pray Love” , the must-see-Oprah-endorsed chick flick of the moment which is sure to continue the good times in Culver City. For every other studio it’s been hit and miss. Sure Universal had “Despicable Me” but it also has “Charlie St. Cloud”. Disney has “Toy Story 3” but there’s also “Prince Of Persia” and “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” underperforming. Warner Bros has “Inception” but the writedown has begun on “Jonah Hex” (Jonah who???) Paramount has done well worldwide with “Shrek Forever After” and opened “Dinner For Schmucks” nicely last weekend but suffered an OUCH 55% decline this weekend despite adding 93 screens, the same kind of steep drops “Last Airbender” also experienced. On the other hand Sony would appear to have diffused the inevitability of bombs by taking no risks. “Karate Kid” was based on a series of hit films, “Grown Ups” had Sandler and his star comedian buddies to bank on, “Salt” returned Angelina Jolie to the action genre , “The Other Guys” teamed Ferrell with Adam McKay his collaborator on hits like “Anchorman” and “Talladega Nights” and “Eat Pray Love” has a built in Best Seller and Julia Roberts back in the kind of female-friendly role that made her a star and is being released one year later on the same weekend as Sony opened another popular chick flick, Meryl Streep’s “Julie And Julia”.
A surefire smash formula for commercial success, right? Not really.
The last money-making “Karate [...]

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