Jackie Chan Confirms 'Expendables 3' Involvement on December 17, 2012

Jackie Chan confirmed that he'll be starring opposite Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 3 at a press conference for Chinese Zodiac 12, his latest film. 

"Sly had invited me to be in Expendables 2 but I was too busy filming CZ12 and couldn't make a commitment to the film. But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes," says Chan.

The Expendables 2 grossed more than $53 million in China. The addition of Chan should help Part 3 improve on that total. 

[Cinema Online]

Chinese Director Xie Fei Bashes Censorship on December 17, 2012

Xie Fei, the acclaimed Chinese filmmaker responsible for Woman Sesame Oil Maker, released an open statement speaking out against Chinese censorship.

Censorship, says Xie, "has only become a corrupt black spot for controlling the prosperity of the cultural and entertainment industry, killing artistic exploration and wasting administrative resources."

Xie urges that the censors "move from the current administrative review system to a rating system that allows for a self-governed and self-disciplined film industry, bound by legal restrictions and administrative supervision."


Trailer For 'Young And Dangerous: Reloaded' on December 16, 2012

The trailer has been released for Young And Dangerous: Reloaded, an upcoming Chinese remake of the popular 1996 gangster flick. Directed by Daniel Chan, the film features a new generation of musclebound actors who find themselves submerged in a seedy and violent underworld.

Young And Dangerous: Reloaded stars Him Law, Oscar Leung, Sammy Shum, Jazz Lam, Paul Wong, Dominic Ho, Philip Ng, Winnie Leung, Hu Ran, and Jacqueline Chong. The film is due for release across Hong Kong on January 10, 2013.


Illustro Pictures Tripling Co-Production Deal with China on December 13, 2012

Illustro Pictures announced today that after initially committing to two films for immediate production, they will be tripling that planned slate of co-productions with Chinese studios.

Said Brian Hammond, President and CEO of Superior Venture Corp., "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Ilustrato Pictures that we have spent the last decade working toward. The hard work in getting to know the Chinese studios and their needs was realized when we reached a co-development agreement on 'Stuck,' the feature film with Hairun Pictures. That situation has since expanded greatly and we are in the running for three times the initial roster of films."


Bruno Wu & Marvel's Avi Arad To Launch Chinese Superhero Franchises on December 12, 2012

Bruno Wu, owner of China's Seven Stars Entertainment, and Avi Arad's (Marvel Studios founder) Arad Productions are teaming up to create a line of superheroes based on Chinese mythology. The strategy is to create a new brand of heroes that target the Chinese film and television industries directly.

The first planned feature will be Rise of the Terracotta.

[Wall Street Journal]

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