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

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Sequelitis: 300, Kung Fu Panda, Transformers and…Cats & Dogs?

Star Shia LaBeouf (Eagle Eye) got injured again while working on Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, this time cutting himself under the eyebrow (ouch). Filming was not interrupted.

Chris O’Donnell (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) and Jack McBrayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) are currently filming Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore in Vancouver, under the direction of Brad Peyton (an assistant on Hedwig And The Angry Inch). The script was written by duo Ron J. Friedman & Steve Bencich (Open Season).

The new Sherlock Holmes movie from Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla) is expected to start a franchise.

Kung Fu Panda 2 will be released in the US on June 3rd 2011, and will be presented in IMAX 3D. The first film’s writers are back, as are most, if not all of the main cast.

Zack Snyder (300), while doing press for his adaptation of Watchmen, has declared he won’t have anything to do with potential franchise continuation.

Meanwhile, the planned 300 sequel will likely take place between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Plataea.

Source: /Film

Suck on this Warner Bros, Hari Puttar FTW!

If you’ve already been to this site, you’ve probably heard about the Harry Potter/Hari Puttar lawsuit Warner Bros initiated about a month ago. If not, the gist is that Warner Bros filed a lawsuit against Indian company Mirchii Movies over the latter’s film Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors, complaining it resembled its Harry Potter property a tad too much. Of course, Hari has nothing in common with Harry and is actually more of a Home Alone ripoff. You can read more about it here (including Hari Puttar‘s trailer) and here.

As I predicted, Warner Bros succeeded only in embarassing themselves, as Indian courts rejected the complaint yesterday on grounds that the stories are in no way similar and that Warner knew of the film since 2005 (!). Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors will now come out this Friday in India, instead of the September 12th release originally planned.

In related Potter news, 25 minutes of the sixth film’s IMAX presentation will be converted for a 3D presentation. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince will open worldwide in mid-July 2009.

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Iron Man 2 in IMAX 3D?

Iron Man director Jon Favreau wants to follow in The Dark Knight‘s footsteps and shoot part of the sequel with IMAX cameras. As you may or may not know, IMAX screens are much more square-shaped than “normal” ones, with an aspect ratio of 143/100 as compared to 185/100 which is the standard for most films these days.

I wasn’t lucky enough to catch The Dark Knight in IMAX but a lot of people who did insist it is truly amazing to behold. From what I understand, the image would expand for certain scenes, offering the viewer a greater immersion into the film. Once again I haven’t experienced it, so I can’t really comment, but if it is as good as they say, then awesome I guess.

Additionally, Favreau says he’d love for Iron Man 2 to go 3D, which I really don’t think is a good idea. I’m strongly opposed to the idea that 3D is the future of cinema. I enjoy 3D films when they come out, but I am a firm believer than 2D is capable of drawing in the viewer much better than 3D, strangely enough.

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