This awesome teaser trailer has landed online for ‘Chinese Zodiac,’ an action adventure pic Jackie Chan produced, wrote, directed, choreographed and stars in. ‘Chinese Zodiac’ is Chan’s third film in his “Armor of God” series, following 1986′s ‘Armor of God’ and the 1991 film ‘Operation Condor.’ The film hits Asian markets in December; fingers crossed there’s UK and North American release date’s announced shortly. If the teaser is anything to go by, ‘Chinese Zodiac’ looks like prime Jackie Chan - excitement, phenomenal set pieces and laughs aplenty!
Co-starring Oliver Platt, Caitlin Dechelle. Kenny G, Steven Dasz, Andrew Dasz, Laura Weissbecker, Sang-woo Kwone, Christian Bachini and Vincent Sze, ‘Chinese Zodiac’ is described as a globe trotting, treasure hunting adventure about a man (Jackie Chan) who searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts – 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac. Check out the new “Roller Blade” teaser and accompanying behind-the-scenes video for the stunt sequence in the teaser below. Source: Twitch.
Please note: at this moment in time, pretty much anything related to a proposed Batman reboot should be taken with a
sizable truck load of salt pinch of salt. Now with that said, and seeing as Christopher Nolan has completed his groundbreaking Batman trilogy with ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ a new rumour has surfaced online, via Batman on Film, proposing that a rebooted Batman/Bruce Wayne will debut in Warner Bros. Pictures ‘Justice League’ movie before embarking on a new standalone Batman series – assuring that the new Batman film series will be part of a “DC Cinematic Universe.” Batman on Film’s insider source go on to say that ’Justice League’ will be the next DC Comics-based tentpole after Zack Snyder’s Superman movie, ‘Man of Steel.’
In regards to ‘Justice League,’ Ben Affleck recently dismissed online rumours surrounding his involvement on the film. The latest word has Warner Bros reportedly eyeing Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas) to helm the adaptation of DC Comics superhero team-up. If a director does come on board shortly, ‘Justice League’ won’t likely be ready for release until summer 2015, which could put it up against Marvel’s comparable superhero ensemble, ‘The Avengers 2,’ which has Joss Whedon returning to write and direct for a May 1st, 2015 release. Hired by Warner Bros last summer, the script for ‘Justice League’ is by Will Beall (Gangster Squad).
[Updated with a quote from Joss Whedon] Closely following Disney and Marvel’s dual announcement that Joss Whedon has signed up to return to write and direct ‘The Avengers 2′ as well as help develop a television series for Marvel Television at ABC, Deadline bring word that ABC has ordered a pilot for ‘S.H.I.E.L.D,’ a live-action series from Whedon, Marvel TV and ABC Studios. The ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ series is based on Marvel’s extra-government intelligence and security organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate), found in both the Marvel comic book and feature film universes – including in Whedon’s ‘The Avengers,’ in which S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), recruits Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to stop Thor’s adoptive brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from subjugating Earth.
While there’s currently no word if actors and characters from the Marvel cinematic universe will feature in this series, production on the pilot, which marks the first live-action Marvel TV project to get a green light, will start immediately. This ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ projects marks a return to series television for Joss Whedon, creator and showrunner of the cult favorites ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer,’ ‘Firefly’ and ‘Dollhouse.’ In addition to ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ Marvel TV has a couple of other projects in development at ABC Studios, including a proposed ‘Hulk’ series from Guillermo del Toro and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ producer David Eick. ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ will reportedly be written by Whedon and frequent collaborators, brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. If his schedule is permitting, Joss Whedon is also set to direct the pilot.
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of James Bond films, the fine folks over at MGM, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films have today announced that their new feature documentary, ‘Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007,’ has been pencilled in for a October 5th release. Directed by Stevan Riley (Fire in Babylon), the documentary focuses on three men with a shared dream – Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. ‘Everything or Nothing’ is said to tell the “thrilling and inspiring narrative behind the longest running film franchise in cinema history which began in 1962. With unprecedented access both to the key players involved and to Eon Productions’ extensive archive, this is the first time the inside story of the franchise has ever been told on screen in this way. Director Stevan Riley follows a story that begins with a ground-breaking spy thriller and continues six Bonds and five decades later. While Bond was saving the world from chaos and catastrophe on screen, this compelling documentary draws back the curtain to reveal the battles, threats and real stakes unfolding behind the camera.” Keep your eyes peeled for further details shortly.
October 2012 also welcomes the release of Sam Mendes’ (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) ’Skyfall,’ the 23rd James Bond adventure. ‘Skyfall’ sees Daniel Craig and Judi Dench continue their roles as James Bond and M. The cast also includes Naomie Harris as a field agent named Eve, Javier Bardem as Silva; the stories leering and sinisterly creepy lead villain, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw as Q; MI5′s resident gadgets man, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner; the MI6 Chief of Staff, Ola Rapace, Bérénice Marlohe as the “glamorous and enigmatic” Sévérine, and Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory - who’s been described as “darkly complex.”
Summit Entertainment has let out the hatch this new clip from ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower.’ The film centers on 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ co-stars the likes of Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh and Mae Whitman. Stephen Chbosky writes and directs the adaptation of his own highly acclaimed young adult novel of the same name. ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is released in cinemas September 14th in the US and October 3rd in the UK.
A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope—and the unforgettable friends that help us through life. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev and Paul Rudd star.
New Look At Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jackman In ‘Les Misérables’ – Tom Hooper Says Hathaway’s Performance Is “Breathtaking”
Alongside this new look at Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman in the film, MTV News caught up with director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) to speak on his much anticipated feature adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel and stage musical, ‘Les Misérables.’ Hot on the heels of an incredible performance in ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ Hooper spoke on Hathaway being cast as Fantine and her auditioning process for the film, “The list of actresses who auditioned for Fantine for example, it was outrageous. It was like half a dozen of the biggest female movie stars on the planet all wanted to play the role. The competition was insane, and they were all willing to go through the auditioning process.”
The Oscar-winning director continues, “It was rather wonderful and some poetic justice that Anne Hathaway ends up getting the role given that her mother was the understudy for Fantine on the American tour when she was growing up. The first day of filming, she actually wore her mother’s “Les Mis” cast jacket from all those years ago. I am blessed by the most extraordinary cast, a cast I still can’t quite believe, even after having shot the film and worked with them all, I still can’t quite believe that we got this lineup. I’m incredibly proud of the performances in the film and each of them in their own way has done something astonishing with the opportunity. I can’t wait to share it with big fans of the musical.”