When documentary filmmaker Pete McCormack last focused his camera lens on the life of a man who used his physical prowess and gift for gab to transcend athleticism, break down social barriers and become an icon, his subject was "The Greatest" boxer, Muhammad Ali. In his follow-up to Facing Ali, McCormack's subject is martial arts pioneer, physical fitness advocate and movie legend Bruce Lee, who was voted one of the most important people of the 20th Century in Time Magazine's Time 100.
Scheduled for a limited theatrical release on February 9th, I Am Bruce Lee, explores Lee's life and philosophy, with commentary from such notable celebrities as actor Mickey Rourke (Immortals), MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano (Haywire), the L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant, WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas. watch the trailer >> Posted 01.24.12 by BrentJS
Like many of you, we occassionally find ourselves feeling a bit cynical about the derth of TV-to-movie adaptations streaming out of Hollywood studios today, especially when the series are so often ones that are near-and-dear to our hearts. But, for every hot, stinky mess that is Wild Wild West or The Avengers — the 1998 movie where Sean Connery dressed in a bear suit and plotted to steal the weather, not the Marvel superhero movie directed by Joss Whedon that is currently in post-production — there's a fresh and fantastic tour de force like The Fugitive or The Untouchables, which is why we think it best to reserve judgment until the final product is in theaters. That being said, get ready for two more classic TV series to gain new life as big screen movie properties...
According to Deadline, Bill Paxton is currently "in talks to direct" a movie adaptation of Kung Fu, the '70s action-adventure series that starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a peace-craving Shaolin monk who flees China and heads to America to find his roots and solve problems...with Kung Fu! Deadline also reported that Martin Campbell is "in early discussions" to direct a movie version of the '80s action-adventure series The Fall Guy about a stuntman (Lee Majors) who earns a little money on the side as a bounty hunter. more about Kung Fu and The Fall Guy >> Posted 11.03.11 by BrentJS
From Taiwan comes a slick, colorful new theatrical poster for director Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet adaptation that has the title hero (Seth Rogen) taking a back seat to his sidekick, Kato (Jay Chou), who is featured in the center of the image.
Is this merely a matter of Sony Pictures featuring an Asian actor on a poster for a movie being marketed in Asia? That's not an uncommon practice, as evidenced by Paramount's Korean movie poster for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which featured an unmasked Storm Shadow so that it could feature Korean star Byung-hun Lee.
It's more likely that Kato's central position is reflective of the elevated status of the character in Asia, where The Green Hornet TV show was commonly referred to as "The Kato Show" in Hong Kong during the '60s because of the popularity of Bruce Lee as Kato. It could also have something to do with how Kato is portrayed in the most recent trailer as more of a facilitator of Britt Reid's quest to become a superhero than as a sidekick. read the synopsis of the movie >> Posted 11.27.10 by BrentJS
According to several sources, a three-part biopic of Bruce Lee will begin shooting this October. The Lee family is cooperating with China's J.A. Media to produce the movies, the first of which has a scheduled release date of November 27, 2010.
The internationally renowned martial-arts star, who died 36 years ago this week at the age of 32, has been portrayed numerous times on the big screen, but according to Lee's family, there have often been misconceptions about his life and his character. Lee's sister Phoebe spoke at a press event in Beijing, saying that she hopes this new version corrects these errors.
There are many books or movies about my brother, but I think they are not even close to truth. I want to make the movie of a true Bruce Lee and then I have no more regrets in my life.
Tony Leung Ka Fai has been cast in the role of Lee's father, but no other decisions have been made regarding cast or crew. Rumors point to Zhang Yimou — who helmed Hero and co-ordinated the opening ceremonies for last year's Olympic Games — as a potential director.
Lee's brother, Robert, also spoke at the Beijing press event, outlining the structure of the project.
Posted 07.22.09 by reelz
The movie will have three episodes describing the star's youth, his martial-arts film time, his great success and unexpected death.