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Vin Diesel’s Fourth ‘xXx’ Movie Taps Asian Star Jay Chou

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Vin Diesel’s Fourth ‘xXx’ Movie Taps Asian Star Jay Chou
Musician and actor Jay Chou is joining Vin Diesel in the fourth “xXx” movie, with D.J. Caruso directing for the H Collective.

Diesel is reprising his role as Xander Cage — an extreme sports enthusiast and reluctant spy for the National Security Agency. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce with Diesel, Samantha Vincent for One Race Films, and the H Collective. Chinese actress Zoe Zhang (“Chinese Zodiac”), a frequent collaborator with Jackie Chan, also joined the cast.

The H Collective said Tuesday that it will finance “xXx 4” alongside several investment partners, including Sparkle Roll Media, iQiyi Pictures, Dadi Huarui, Star League Media, and Fulcrum Management Co. Production is slated to begin in 2019.

The “xXx” franchise, which includes 2002’s “xXx,” 2005’s “xXx: State of the Union,” and 2017’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” has collectively grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office. In 2017, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” generated $168 million in China.
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Mother, Modris big winners at new Riga festival

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Mother, Modris big winners at new Riga festival
New Riga Meetings platform welcomes projects including two projects by Finnish film-maker Aku Louhimies.

Janis Nords’ second feature Mother I Love You and Juris Kursietis’ debut Modris were the big winners at the ¨Great Christopher¨ (¨Lielais Kristaps¨) National Film Competition held during the first edition of the Riga International Film Festival (December 2-12).

Nords, who graduated in film directing from the UK’s Nfts, received the top honour of best film as well as the trophy for best feature film director and best actress (for Vita Varpina’s performance as the single mother trying to make ends meet).

On presenting the direction prize to Nords, the competition jury’s chairman, veteran film director Janis Streics, said that he saw “a bright future ahead for Latvian cinema” on the strength of the line-up for this edition of the national film awards.

Mother I Love You, which is handled internationally by New Europe Film Sales, premiered at the
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Singapore Movie Was Surprise Winner at Golden Horse Awards, Zhang Won Best Actress

Golden Horse Awards 2013 winners: ‘Ilo Ilo,’ Singapore’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission, wins Best Picture (photo: Angeli Bayani and Koh Jia Ler in ‘Ilo Ilo’) Surprisingly, the 2013 Golden Horse Award for Best Picture was given to 29-year-old Singaporean director Anthony Chen’s feature film debut Ilo Ilo at a ceremony held Saturday night, November 23, in Taipei. Four rounds of voting were needed for jury members to reach their decision. (Golden Horse Awards 2013 winners and nominees.) "Singapore is a very little country and we made this film with a small budget," said the London-based Chen in his acceptance speech, "so we never dreamed of winning a Best Picture prize. The other nominees are the masters I learned from when I was in film school, so I’m very honored and thankful to them too." The directors of Ilo Ilo‘s fellow Best Picture contenders — and Anthony Chen’s "masters" — were Johnnie To,
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Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac Snags North American Distributor (Universal)

Universal Pictures International Entertainment has bought the international blockbuster Chinese Zodiac, also known as CZ12, and will distribute the film in North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom (among other locations) in the upcoming year. This is no doubt great news to Jackie Chan fans in these countries as he both directed and starred in this action film that has already earned $180 million in the Asian box-office. Some will note that this film has already had a limited release through AMC Theatres this last October, however this film will now reach an even greater number of eyes through Universal.

The plot of this films circles around the loss of twelve bronze figures of the Chinese zodiac, whose retrieval Jackie Chan’s character Jc has been tasked with completing. While fulfilling this mission Jc finds himself not only caught up in international intrigue dating as far back as the Second Opium War,
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Ilo Ilo wins top Golden Horse award

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Ilo Ilo wins top Golden Horse award
The Grandmaster wins six awards in Taipei.Scroll down for full list of winners

Celebrating the 50th Taipei Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-speaking film industry was out in full force Saturday night (Nov 23) at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei.

Anthony Chen’s debut film Ilo Ilo took Best Feature with a cash prize of $16,900 (Nt$500,000).

“Singapore is a very little country and we did this on a very little budget and never had we thought of winning Best Feature Film,” said Chen, who thanked jury president Ang Lee and the other nominees in the category, whose works he said he had all studied in film school.

About a Singaporean family and their newly arrived Filipino maid around the time of the Asian Financial Crisis, Ilo Ilo also won Best Original Screenplay, Best New Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Yeo Yann-Yann.

Yeo, who played a beleaguered working mother, thanked the director
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Ilo Ilo wins best feature at Golden Horse awards

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Ilo Ilo wins best feature at Golden Horse awards
The Grandmaster wins six awards in Taipei.

Celebrating the 50th Taipei Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-speaking film industry was out in full force Saturday night (Nov 23) at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei.

Anthony Chen’s debut film Ilo Ilo took Best Feature with a cash prize of $16,900 (Nt$500,000).

“Singapore is a very little country and we did this on a very little budget and never had we thought of winning Best Feature Film,” said Chen, who thanked jury president Ang Lee and the other nominees in the category, whose works he said he had all studied in film school.

About a Singaporean family and their newly arrived Filipino maid around the time of the Asian Financial Crisis, Ilo Ilo also won Best Original Screenplay, Best New Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Yeo Yann-Yann.

Yeo, who played a beleaguered working mother, thanked the director who is said to have altered the story to reflect her actual
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Jackie Chan ,Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster score wins at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards plus a list of other winners

The Golden Horse Awards , this year celebrating its 50th anniversary is one of Asians most precious movie awards ceremonies. This year saw some of the biggest names in Asian Cinema attend ; including Ang Lee, Jonnnie To and Peter Chan.

This year saw Jackie Chan win his third Golden Horse Award (previous wins included back to back best actor wins for Crime Story and Police Story 3) for Action Choreography in Chinese Zodiac

Jackie Chan Wins at the Golden Horse Awards

Here’s a clip from the Chinese Zodiac

Other big winners on the night

In a major surprise, Singapore’s Ilo Ilo won Best Film, beating favourites (The GrandMaster and Johnnie Tos ‘Drug War‘), this was only the second time a debut director as taken the award.

The Grandmaster despite missing out on the big prize still walked away with 5 awards in total including Best Actress for star ‘ Zhang Ziyi
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Universal kicks for Chinese Zodiac

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Universal kicks for Chinese Zodiac
Exclusive: Jackie & Jj International has sold Jackie Chan’s action adventure Chinese Zodiac to Universal Pictures International Entertainment (Upie) for territories including North America, UK and Eastern Europe.

Upie has also acquired the film (aka CZ12) for Australasia, Africa, France, Portugal, Italy and Spain.

The deal was negotiated by Ramy Choi on behalf of Jackie & Jj and Jasper van Hecke on behalf of Upie.

Chan directed and stars in the film, which was released in China in December 2012 and has so far earned more than $180m worldwide.

Filmed on location across five continents and seven countries, Chinese Zodiac follows a treasure-hunter (Chan) searching the world in search of ancient relics.

Chan broke Guinness World Records for ‘Most Stunts Performed by a Living Actor’ and ‘Most Credits in One Movie’ whilst making the film.

Chan’s next project, Police Story 2013, will be released this December. Ding Sheng is directing the film, which stars Chan
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Jackie Chan Goes Dark in International Trailer for 'Police Story 2013'

This month saw the release of CZ12, a new action thriller from Jackie Chan, but that film has been released overseas for much longer. But later this year, international audiences will see Police Story 2013, a new film Chan's well known series of action films. However, unlike the previous installments, this sequel has no connection to Chan's earlier films as he plays a mainland Chinese Interpol officer investigating a kidnapping case. Now we have a trailer offering a peek at the wild stunts, fight sequences and more, but this film looks much more gritty and dark than anything we've seen Chan do before. It's a shame he didn't do this before. There's no English subtitles, but the action is the dominant force in the trailer anyway. Watch! Here's the international trailer for Sheng Ding's Police Story 2013, from Twitch: Sheng Ding (Little Big Soldier) directs Police Story 2013, the
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Alice Eve to Star Opposite Chris Evans in His Directorial Debut, 1:30 Train; Seann William Scott to Star with Jackie Chan in Skiptrace

Another casting announcement for you tonight: Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) has landed the female lead opposite Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger) in his directorial debut, 1:30 Train. The indie romantic dramedy was written by Oscar-winner Ronald Bass (Rain Man). Seann William Scott (Goon) will star opposite Jackie Chan (Chinese Zodiac) in Skiptrace, directed by Sam Fell (ParaNorman) in his live-action debut. Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past) also stars in this action-adventure film. Hit the jump for more on both pictures. First up from The Wrap is news that Eve will star in 1:30 Train, a picture that follows "two people who meet in a train station and share a night of romantic adventures before the woman must catch the next train back to New York. Evans will play a down-on-his-luck saxophone player who helps a young woman (Eve) in need and ends up falling for her.
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10 Martial Arts Actors Who Deserve More Recognition

Call me crazy, but I find nothing more exhilarating than watching a character who is really quite unlikeable copping a highly stylized fly kick to the face. Yes, I am a martial arts fanatic and I believe that there is an inherent and palpable satisfaction associated with witnessing a hand to hand exchange and flying feet delivered with precise technique.

The Kung Fu Revolution began around the early 70s, long before I was born, and the genre has certainly developed and evolved greatly over the course of the last four decades. Following the release of the unparalleled Bruce Lee classic Enter The Dragon in 1973, a legion of kung fu flicks soon after flooded the market to keep up with the new craze that had swept over the movie going public. The likes of veteran superstars with incredible talent such as Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Jean-Claude Van Damme,
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Jackie Chan Talks Chinese Zodiac, His Longevity in the Action Genre, Thoughts on Directing and Multicultural Casting, and Performing Stunts at His Age

Now playing in limited release, legendary action star Jackie Chan’s new action comedy, Chinese Zodiac, is his most ambitious big action movie to date, and possibly his last. Chan produces, directs and stars as a globe-trotting treasure hunter-for-hire employed by dodgy antiques mogul (Oliver Platt). He’s aided in his quest by his tech-savvy assistants (Kwon Sang-woo, Liao Fan and Zhang Lanxin). The film is filled with Chan’s trademark brand of action, humor, and awe-inspiring stunts including a spectacular opening with him street-luging down a steeply curved road in a rollerblading suit and an aerial landing finale on top of an active volcano. At a recent roundtable interview, Chan discussed his success and longevity in the action genre, why he dislikes directors with big egos and enjoys directing himself, his thoughts on multicultural casting, his announcement that this will be his last big action movie, his concerns about
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Jackie Chan “Stunts Are Still A Piece Of Cake”

Jackie Chan has been performing stunts most of his career, starting off doubling for other actors in movies such as Fist Of Fury, 40+ years later, he is now 59 and still performing dangerous stunts and he says he still wants to perform them.

“I almost died so many times,” Chan says. “Each day, my body tells me I’m very, very lucky.

“I have scars on my legs and arms. So many broken bones. I fractured my scalp making a movie.”

This came has his latest movie “Chinese Zodiac” hits American cinemas this weekend, the movie has had some good and bad reviews, to me, the movie wasn’t the best but the fights and stunts were a great watch. Can you name anyone else at nearly the age of 60, who can still perform at the level of Jackie Chan? i very much doubt it.

“All the time, I say to myself,
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Jackie Chan “Stunts Are Still A Piece Of Cake”

Jackie Chan has been performing stunts most of his career, starting off doubling for other actors in movies such as Fist Of Fury, 40+ years later, he is now 59 and still performing dangerous stunts and he says he still wants to perform them.

“I almost died so many times,” Chan says. “Each day, my body tells me I’m very, very lucky.

“I have scars on my legs and arms. So many broken bones. I fractured my scalp making a movie.”

This came has his latest movie “Chinese Zodiac” hits American cinemas this weekend, the movie has had some good and bad reviews, to me, the movie wasn’t the best but the fights and stunts were a great watch. Can you name anyone else at nearly the age of 60, who can still perform at the level of Jackie Chan? i very much doubt it.

“All the time, I say to myself,
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Talking ‘Chinese Zodiac’ with Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan’s spectacular new adventure takes him all the way from the chateau and vineyards of France and the hidden dangers of a jungle on a South Seas island to the terrors of a fight in free-fall above an active volcano. The story is sprung on a quest to track down six bronze sculptures, originally part of a set of twelve representing the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Jackie plays a soldier of fortune, not a high minded patriot. He’s in it for the money. But as events take unexpected turns and strange alliances take shape, motives begin to change.

Why did you want to go back to directing?

Jackie Chan: When I direct my own film I write my own script I like to hear from the audience that they liked it. I never stopped directing all the movies that I’ve made I was a half director.
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Trailers For All of This Week’s Releases: Desperation Edition

The characters of this week’s releases are at the end of their ropes. That might even be literal for Robert Redford’s character in All Is Lost unless sailors have a different word for “rope.” And they probably do. Some of the film figures of the week are covered in blood, some have been kidnapped into slavery, some have been falsely imprisoned, some are fighting the system, and some are losing the battle against it. Desperation seems like a common theme. Of course, it’s October, so “ghosts” are another big one. And who’s more desperate than they are? There’s also a lot more going on in a week with a massive amount of movies. Here’s your trailer-ized guide to what’s coming out: The Major Names 12 Years A Slave Read Our Review And our interview with Sarah Paulson Carrie Escape Plan The Fifth Estate Read our review All Is Lost Read our
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Trailer for Jackie Chan's CZ12

In the 80s Jackie Chan established himself as a martial artist and action superstar with his films Armour of God, and Armour of God 2. Armour of God was well known for going against the grain, with a slight, but effective focus on journeying and globe-trotting, in true Indiana Jones style. The films also helped to establish Jackie Chan as a brand, which eventually led to him becoming some what of a novelty in U.S. film.

In 2012, Jackie Chan sought to revisit the early days of his career by returning to Armour of God for a sequel known simply as CZ12. Jackie Chan reprises his role as Asian Hawk, as he goes on a mission to recover 12 mystical artifacts. There seems to be some kind of conspiracy involving statues of animals which represent the Chinese Zodiac.

Jackie isn't exactly as nimble or agile as he was back then, but from
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‘CZ12′ Trailer: Jackie Chan’s New Action Movie is Packed with Fighting & Stunts

Jackie Chan is back once more as Asian Hawk, the adventurer and mercenary who first appeared in the 1986 movie Armor of God and who now returns to help track down twelve bronze animal heads that were looted from the Old Summer Palace in 1880. The third movie featuring Asian Hawk is called CZ12 (also known as Chinese Zodiac), and is heading for a Us release later this month.

Based on what we see in the new trailer for CZ12, it looks like the owners of the statues aren’t inclined to just hand them over with a smile and an apology. This a trailer driven almost entirely by action sequences, including one in which Chan goes down a hill and fights bad guys whilst wearing a roller suit.

The few snippets of dialogue include some Cantonese towards ...

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CZ12 / Chinese Zodiac (2012) Movie Trailer 2: Jackie Chan in Action

CZ12 / Chinese Zodiac Trailer 2. Jackie Chan‘s CZ12 / Chinese Zodiac (2012) movie trailer 2 stars Jackie Chan, Oliver Platt, Caitlin Dechelle, Steven Dasz, Kenny G, and Andrew Dasz. Chinese Zodiac‘s plot synopsis: “Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) leads a mercenary team to recover several lost artifacts from the Old Summer [...]

Continue reading: CZ12 / Chinese Zodiac (2012) Movie Trailer 2: Jackie Chan in Action
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Action-Packed Trailer for Jackie Chan's Action Film CZ12

The Jackie Chan we all knew and loved is back in this awesome, action-packed new trailer for his new film CZ12, a.k.a. Armour of God III: Chinese Zodiac. I almost forgot what it was I liked about watching Chan until I saw this trailer and was reminded by his awesomeness. I was like, "Oh yeah! He used to do awesome stunts like that!" It's really cool to see him doing some fun and inventive martial arts work again. It's been awhile. The movie is a sequel to the 1991 film Operation Condor and features Chan reprising his role as Asian Hawk. Here's the synopsis:

Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) leads a mercenary team to recover several lost artifacts from the Old Summer Palace, the bronze heads of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals which were looted by foreigners in the 1800s. Assisted by a Chinese student and a Parisian lady, Hawk
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