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"Intro 101: how to become a Kung-Fu Hero." Oh the brazen humor in this. A few weeks ago we brought you an awesome teaser trailer for Stephen Fung's Tai Chi 0, a kung fu/tai chi martial arts-meets-steampunk action flick starring Xiao-chao Yuan as Yang Luchan, plus Angelababy, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Daniel Wu and Qi Shu. Following that teaser, a Taiwanese full theatrical trailer has been unveiled, and it kicks plenty of ass, especially if you love dub-step and steampunk and tai chi. This film is premiering at TIFF in Toronto next month, and in theaters October. Even if you have no idea what it's about, check out the trailer.
The next Hunger Games? It's time for The Maze Runner. Earlier this year, we featured a post-apocalyptic animated short called Ruin created in his own spare time by filmmaker Wes Ball. A few months later, his short got acquired in Hollywood to be made into a feature film, he landed agents & representation, and started getting in the mix at 20th Century Fox. Now Deadline is reporting that Fox has set Ball to direct the project The Maze Runner, an adaptation of James Dashner's post-apocalyptic book, about a community of boys trapped in an enormous maze which is part of a mysterious test. Sounds like a good fit for Wes Ball.
Though we're still waiting to hear whether or not David Fincher will return to direct The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel to last year's thriller adaptation The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's one project at Sony that the director will not be helming after all. Though Fincher was said to be circling a Cleopatra biopic late last year, Vulture has word that negotiations to lock down a deal have broken down, and he will not be directing the film with Angelina Jolie in the lead role. However, the studio is now setting its sights on Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi director Ang Lee to take over the gestating film instead. More below!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's bicycle messenger character in Premium Rush, the latest from writer/director David Koepp, is a shark, always on the move, never slowing down. If he stops, he dies. And that's all the subtext we get on the character in this fast but clunky chase movie that spends more time on elaborate stunts than character or story structure. It's the kind of thinly crafted, mainstream actioner that would have fit in somewhere in the late 90s, and even now, it's more fun than it deserves to be. Add the insanity of one Michael Shannon as the villain, and Premium Rush is a film that coasts to slight recommendation.
The name David Cronenberg sends a barrage of visceral images into the mind, images of a memorable film career that injects both parts of the term "psychosexual" into each frame. He's shied from the craziness in recent years, his latest, Cosmopolis, running a different subtextual course. Based on a novel by Don DeLillo, it hits on the economy, the powers driving it, and the sheer boredom from never having to worry about the next dollar. "Boredom" is key here, because Cosmopolis, for all it's trying to say, ends up saying very little, and the limo at the forefront of film is appropriate for how much the wheels spin here. Read on!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Premium Rush finally hits theaters today after a long delay, and writer/director David Koepp's action thriller sees JGL take to the streets on a "fixie" bike with no brakes as he tears across New York City trying to deliver a mysterious package. With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to highlight some other films in which the main characters cruise around on wheels, whether it be on BMX bikes, skateboards, or rollerblades, so hit the jump for a list of some of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) that the subgenre of extreme sports movies on wheels has to offer. Check out our picks below!
Just yesterday it was revealed that Neil Burger was in talks to direct Divergent, the first film in a hopeful franchise based on the New York Times bestselling young adult novel series by Veronica Roth. Now it appears that project is taking the place of another in Burger's future slate as Variety has word that the Limitless director is no longer attached to helm the adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for Atlas Entertainment. That leaves the project without a director for the second time as David O. Russell was previously attached to the project, but also fell away from it in favor of other films. More below!
The duo lit up the screen in the US adaptation of Let Me In, and now Deadline reports Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee look to be reunited in a new indie coming of age tale called The Wilderness of James. The story sounds like a familiar indie tale following a young Portland boy dealing with the absence of his father. Likely he forms some kind of friendship or romance with Moretz. Michael Johnson wrote the film and will make his directorial debut for the project produced by Super Crispy, the company behind the Sundance selected films Nobody Walks with Olivia Thirlby and Smashed with Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Well, that's pretty damn disappointing. The British actor might be done with "House M.D.," but apparently one big return to the big screen won't be happening for Hugh Laurie next year. Though the actor was said to be in talks to play the villain in Jose Padilha's remake of RoboCop. However, it sounds like the negotiations never finalized a deal as Variety's Jeff Sneider updated the masses via Twitter saying, "While he was never officially confirmed, sources telling Variety that Hugh Laurie has ended talks to play villain in RoboCop," and following up with a "definitely out of RoboCop, not that he was ever 'in'." That's no good.
Summit Entertainment will soon find itself without a franchise as The Twilight Saga comes to an end this fall (though their new sister company Lionsgate still has The Hunger Games franchise continuing with three more movies). Variety reports the company is in early talks with Limitless director Neil Burger to direct Divergent, the first in the New York Times bestselling young adult novel series by Veronica Roth. Summit bought the rights to the first book two months before the book was on sale in 2011, and also picked up the second book Insurgent, which was just released in May. So what is this book series all about? More below!
Though he doesn't have a plethora of screenplays to his name, Stephen Gaghan is quite the acclaimed and coveted screenwriter, especially after winning an Oscar for his work on Traffic back in 2000. Of course, Gaghan also has experience behind the camera directing Syriana with George Clooney from a script he also wrote himself. Now THR has word that he's heading behind the camera again for a crime thriller called Candy Store with a script from his own mind as well. In addition, it sounds like Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt are already in early talks to star in the film that is currently set up at Lionsgate. More below!
Let's get something straight before we kick this off. The Sun's recent ridiculous rumor that Johnny Depp could command a massive $95 million paycheck for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is ludicrous and in all likelihood will not happen. (There were rumors that he would score $75 million for On Stranger Tides, but that didn't pan out, either.) But for the sake of argument and to have a little fun, let's just pretend that this preposterous deal actually goes through so we can break down just how ridiculous this monster payday would be for the actor. Prepare yourselves, because this quickly gets hilarious and sad all at the same time.