Action movie legend Jackie Chan will mark his 60th birthday by hosting a charity concert in China on Sunday (06Apr14). The Rush Hour star, who reaches the milestone on Monday (07Apr14), will dedicate the gig to the good causes he supports, including Operation Smile, an organisation which helps children born with cleft lips.
The 2014 Peace & Love & Friendship concert in Beijing will celebrate Chan's birthday, his philanthropy and help raise awareness of Operation Smile.
The charity's Co-Founder Dr. Bill Magee says "Jackie is a dear friend and an enthusiastic supporter of Operation Smile. Jackie has played an integral role in raising funds for Operation Smile and we've thoroughly enjoyed his companionship throughout the years, whether it be on a medical mission or as a special guest to an event or fundraiser."
Martial arts star Jackie Chan has added music manager to his impressive resume after taking charge of K-pop boy band Jjcc's career. The Rush Hour actor, who has also achieved chart success as a singer in Asia, helped to select and train the five members in the group, which is named in part as a tribute to Chan.
The stars of JJCC, who are all in their early 20s, have singing, dancing and rapping skills, according to Sha-sha Lee, CEO of the movie star's Jackie Chan Group South Korea.
The group, Chan's first venture into Korean pop music, will release its debut album later this month (Mar14).
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Actor Jackie Chan has petitioned Chinese government officials to end the era of heavy censorship in his homeland. The Rush Hour star joined director Feng Xiaogang to make a plea on behalf of the parliament advisory board Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference's (CPPCC).
He says, "I know there's a risk to saying this, but I don't care now, because it seems normal that I speak inappropriately. If a movie is heavily censored, cutting all the sharp edges and corners, its box-office performance will suffer drastically.
"I have a couple of director friends (who went) bankrupt because of poor box-office results. Last year, China box office earnings... (were in the billions) from domestic movies. Within five to six years, China will be the biggest market. However, if Chinese films don't take marketisation seriously, it will hardly have the chance to surpass Hollywood."
Martial arts star Jackie Chan is urging fans to boycott products made from rhino horns to stop their senseless slaughter in a new public service announcement (PSA). The Rush Hour actor has filmed a video for organisers at the African Wildlife Foundation and WildAid and expressed his opposition to the killing of rhinos for their horns.
In the footage, he says, "You are paying for guns, bullets, arrows, chainsaws, axes and machetes to hack off the face of the rhino, and you are paying for the life of a beautiful creature... Never buy products made from rhino horn. When the buying stops, the killing can too."
Chan has long voiced his support for animal rights - in October (13), he used his star power to help raise the profile of a documentary about ivory hunting.
Director Justin Lin has signed on to give Chinese cult classic The Shaolin Temple another remake - this time in 3D. The 1982 martial arts movie, which marked Jet Li's acting debut, was updated for action fans in 2011 under the title Shaolin, starring Jackie Chan and Andy Lau, and now Fast & Furious filmmaker Lin is set to give the kung fu epic a new spin, using modern technology to transform it into a 3D epic.
A screenwriter and expected release date for the Chinese-language project have yet to be announced.
Lin will spend part of 2014 shooting the next installment of the Bourne franchise, which is due to hit movie theatres in 2015.
Sandra Bullock turned the air blue at the Critics Choice Movie Awards in Santa Monica, California on Thursday night (16Jan14) when a technical glitch cut off her acceptance speech. The star landed the Best Actress in an Action Movie honour for Gravity, but was interrupted as she jokingly thanked Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme "for teaching me everything I know", adding, "It's not easy doing what we do, people".
A Tannoy announcement cut her off, so Bullock lost her cool and said, "What the f**k?", much to the amusement of the Barker Hangar audience.
She then added, "I'm an action hero. You do not do that to an action hero."
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It's 2014 and I was looking back at the movies that came out in 1984. I was blown away by the number of good movies that came out that year. I was then moved to tears that they are now 30 years old ... which means I'm getting older, since I saw most of, if not nearly all 10 of these in the theater.
Conan The Barbarian had put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map, but this was the one that made him an A-list action superstar. The funny thing? He originally was supposed to play the role of the good guy, but he decided to be the unstoppable killing machine instead. Somewhere, in an alternate universe, some puny wimp is uttering "I'll be back ..." and their movie world is much poorer for it.
Molly Ringwald and John Hughes formed such a perfect tag team in the '80s Teen Movie genre that they could have probably won the WWF (it was called that in the '80s) Championship. Anthony Michael Hall also owes SUCH a huge debt of gratitude to this movie. There's also a very strong chance that the character of Long Duk Dong would probably not exist if this movie was made today.
Beverly Hills Cop
This was another star-making vehicle, this time with Eddie Murphy driving it. The former Saturday Night Live actor played wisecracking Detroit detective Axel Foley to perfection. Add Jonathan Banks as a dead-eyed hitman and Judge Reinhold as a hapless Beverly Hills Detective and it's no wonder this movie stayed in the theaters as long as it did.
Admit it - when you saw this movie, you SO wanted a Mogwai. Gizmo was SO cute and it was very sad that he was really a mechanical creature. The Gremlins, though. They scared the living daylights out of me. But Phoebe Cates ... mmm. Yes. Phoebe Cates.
I'm amazed that I'm at the fifth movie and am JUST getting to Ghostbusters. Who can forget Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis as they tracked down supernatural ghosts. Dean and Sam Winchester would have learned a thing or two from these guys, like answering Yes if someone asks if you are a god. Ooh. I think I hear a doggie that someone left outside.
The Karate Kid
Forget the Jackie Chan/Jaden Smith remake: this is the best Karate Kid. Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita gave us an unforgettable film, and it also helped keep Billy Zabka in the spotlight, with his recent guest appearances on How I Met Your Mother. Wax on, Wax off, indeed. Also, I had SUCH a huge crush on Elizabeth Shue back then.
Another classic that blows the horrible remake away. Sorry, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen's combined starpower incinerate the cast of the 2012 version. Also, that opening scene with the Russians parachuting to the ground gave me nightmares for MONTHS.
Kevin Bacon's version didn't even NEED a remake. I don't understand what the powers-that-be were thinking when they greenlit the new film. As cheesy and corny as it is, it's also awesome, what with John Lithgow and Lori Singer turning in some fine performances. Also ... Kenny Loggins, man. Kenny Loggins. That is all I have to say.
A Nightmare On Elm Street
This is the only movie that I didn't see in the theater, because I am a huge wimp and I do NOT like seeing gory horror movies. This was such an innovation though, what with the genre being populated by the silent Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. Freddy Krueger and his persona were such a huge change. That was before it devolved into silly sequels before the remake tried to breathe new life in the franchise.
This Is Spinal Tap
This is the mockumentary to end all mockumentaries. It's hilarious from the get-go. Who can forget Harry Shearer getting stuck in the chrysalis? One word: Stonehenge. Also, despite the dangers that this movie espoused, I am a drummer to this very day. I can proudly say that I have yet to spontaneously comb
Chinese movie stars Jackie Chan and Chow Yun Fat have paid tribute to Hong Kong movie mogul Run Run Shaw following his death on Tuesday (07Jan14). The film pioneer, who co-founded one of Asia's largest film studios and helped launch the careers of a number of stars, died at his home in Hong Kong aged 106.
Now Chan, one of Asia's most internationally-famous actors, has paid tribute to the movie mogul, revealing Shaw taught him the importance of giving back after becoming successful.
In a message posted on China's social networking site Weibo, he writes, "I heard that Run Run Shaw passed away and I have many feelings.
"I remembered how much I admired Shaw Brothers movies when I started my acting career and finally became successful. Mr. Run Run Shaw said that starting your own business and collecting money was a satisfaction but that distributing money and donating money was a pleasure. When I finally had the means to help others, Mr. Shaw's charitable behaviour has always been my model. In the future, no matter whether it's movies or charity, I will go on."
Chow Yun Fat, who kicked off his movie career at Shaw's Television Broadcast Limited (TVB) in 1980s show The Bund, adds, "There's no me if not for Mr. Shaw.
"Uncle Six (Shaw's nickname) was very hardworking and every day he came to office for meetings. He took care of the juniors. Once I went with Uncle Six abroad to attend a film festival; he took the initiative to come over and talk to me. He was very friendly and was a good person. I hope he has a good journey. He passed away in his sleep. It was a blessing."
Jackie Chan's new movie Police Story 2013 has topped the year-end box office in China, the world's second biggest film market. The action film scored a $45 million (GBP30 million) take during the past week, unseating Feng Xiaogang's comedy Personal Tailor as the year's top movie.
The Ding Sheng movie, which also features Liu Ye and Jing Tian, took in almost $21 million (GBP14 million) in its first weekend on release last month (Dec13).