deadline.com – Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films will team up on U.S. distribution of martial arts actioner The Raid 2, the companies announced today. Helmer Gareth Evans made a splash with the first Raid pic, the 2011 Indonesian bone-cruncher The Raid: Redemption, which tracked a doomed squad of cops trapped in a concrete tenement filled with armed thugs. 4 weeks 3 days ago via jackiechan
11:06 AM 10/31/2013 by Senh Duong
The weekend box office numbers for Thailand are finally available, and it doesn’t look good for Tony Jaa’s comeback film “Tom Yum Goong 2.” Based on just its opening day figure, I thought the film would do ok. Not so anymore.
11:59 AM 10/29/2013 by Senh Duong
Remember last year in Cannes when Jackie Chan proclaims that “CZ12” (aka “Chinese Zodiac”) will be his last go-for-broke action movie? Well, he lied. Of course, I knew it was a lie because before his announcement, he had already signed on to “Police Story 2013,” a second reboot of his most successful and longest running action franchise.
4:39 PM 10/28/2013 by Senh Duong
In my previous box office report for the Chinese market late last week, I noted that with the numbers available then for the “The Wolverine,” it should have already passed the $400M mark. Now that those figures are included in BoxOfficeMojo.com, it has an official worldwide gross of $405M.
9:54 AM 10/28/2013 by Senh Duong
Because of Tony Jaa’s spat with Sahamongkol Film International -- the studio behind his comeback film “Tom Yum Goong 2” (aka “The Protector 2”) -- over his contract, Jaa has decided to give the company an elbow to face by not doing any kind of promotion for the expensive sequel. Many were wondering how the film would perform without Jaa’s participation in their marketing efforts.
11:34 AM 10/25/2013 by Senh Duong
If you’re a fan of martial arts cinema, then there are three films you were probably looking forward to earlier in the year: Donnie Yen’s Mixed Martial Arts cop thriller “Special ID,” Tony Jaa’s comeback film “Tom Yum Goong 2” (aka “The Protector 2”), and Iko Uwais’ “The Raid” sequel “Berendal.”
11:06 AM 10/22/2013 by Senh Duong
I guess Jackie Chan gets his wish for his next action comedy. When the script was first floating around in Hollywood, apparently, Chris Tucker got his hands on it. Chan sounded reluctant to have Tucker on board, saying that if he hops on, they should just call retitle and reconfigure it to “Rush Hour 4.” Maybe he wasn’t too happy that Tucker was pulling the strings during the years-long negotiations for “Rush Hour 3.”
3:03 PM 10/17/2013 by Senh Duong
After an endless flow of fight clips, trailers, and behind-the-scenes featurettes from the movie, the highly anticipated action film “Special ID” starring Donnie Yen is finally opening today in China. Reviews are starting to trickle into Google News. So far, I ‘ve found three mixed positive ones.
4:50 PM 10/16/2013 by Jeff Giles
Almost from the moment Pacific Rim arrived in theaters last summer, we've seen box office reports and analysis wondering if Guillermo del Toro's non-sequel, non-spinoff, non-reboot blockbuster would make enough money to trigger a follow-up installment. With worldwide grosses at $400 million and counting, it seems safe to say the studio has made its money back, but nobody's admitted to greenlighting anything yet.
10:12 AM 10/11/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy) is a director known for handheld action sequences, obscured details and frenetic pacing, making him the least desirable person to direct a film set mostly at sea. Yet for all the counterintuitive casting, Greengrass demonstrates incredible care. In fact, one would presume the retelling of Captain Richard Phillips' autobiography, a story in which he's kidnapped by Somali pirates, would be carried out with watchful respect for the survivors (and it is).