EXCLUSIVE: French singer to star in Jackie Chan’s next

UPDATE: French media has been citing this article left and right, which led to Lorie Pester’s talent agency ECI to tweet one of the articles. If that’s not a confirmation I don’t know what is…just remember, you heard it here first!

French singer/actress Lorie Pester has been cast opposite Jackie Chan in the action extravaganza Dragon Blade, currently shooting under the direction of Daniel Lee (Black Mask, 14 Blades,…), we can exclusively report.

The historical epic, which also stars American actors John Cusack (Being John Malkovich) and Adrien Brody (The Pianist), is set to be China’s most expensive production to date with a budget of $65 million. It tells the story of a Roman general (Cusack) who disappears into Han Dynasty China with his 1,000 man legion and is hunted down by Tiberius (Brody), another Roman general. Chan plays a Chinese commander who teams up with Cusack.

Pester spent most of last week shooting scenes for the film in the Gobi desert. It is unclear at this point what role she is playing, but it is safe to say her character is connected to Cusack’s in some way as the two seem to have become fast friends based on their flurry of tweets.

Nevertheless this casting is sure to mark a turning point in the career of the young woman, who has been written off by many in her home country but may end up being an action star to watch. Continue reading


The Young And The Restless goes Parisian

In order to celebrate the long-running American soap’s twenty years of broadcasting in France, a few castmembers of The Young And The Restless will spend a week in Paris this month to film a few episodes and a couple of French celebrities will have guest starring roles, namely former soccer player David Ginola and Lorie, pretty much France’s equivalent to Britney/Christina/Jessica/Mandy/…

Lorie, pictured below, will play a French celeb who comes in for a magazine photoshoot (what a stretch). Lorie is a lovely young girl, but her career seems to be running out of steam in France recently, so I guess it’s logical for her to attempt to go international, but why in God’s name would she choose The Young And The Restless as her platform? Do you believe it could bring her American fame?


Links of the Week

The /Filmcast and the /Filmcast: After Dark.

Producer Leonard Goldberg discusses the long-awaited Wonder Woman movie here

Peter Sciretta’s three-part interview  with director Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain) here, here and here

J-Lo raised 127 grand in a charity triathlon here (couldn’t she have given more out of her own pocket?)

Britney Spears will release a new album on December 2nd here…Hooray?

Eva Mendes doesn’t think Ghost Rider 2 is a good idea but still thinks Ghost Rider is a good film here

Bonus: Jenna Dewan bikini pictures…yes! (here)