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Global Showbiz Briefs: Jackie Chan, ‘The Taste’, ‘Inside The Gangsters’ Code’

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 10:36pm PST

Jackie Chan’s ‘Chinese Zodiac’ Grosses $130M In 2 Weeks
In its two weeks of release in China, Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac has grossed $116 million and another $14 million in other parts of Asia. As of January 6, CZ12, as it’s sometimes known, has also taken in $5.75 million in Malaysia, $3.67 in Singapore, $1.55 million in Thailand and $1.35 million in Vietnam, according to Film Business Asia. It has also grossed $1.38 million in Hong Kong, where it faced stiff competition from Hollywood titles including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Les Misérables. It also has tallied roughly $600,000 in Taiwan since its release December 28. Later this month Chinese Zodiac is expteded to open in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines and Russia.

CTV To Sample ‘The Taste’
Canada´s CTV has acquired broadcast rights to the U.S. version of The Taste. The ABC cooking competition show will be hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson and premieres in primetime January 22. ABC ordered nine episodes of the show that sees Bourdain and Lawson head a panel juding home cooks and restaurateurs who train in teams with mentors. Red Arrow International has sales on the show that was created by Kinetic Content. Other sales of The Taste include FOX in India, Australia´s Nine Network and M6 in France. Read More »

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Comic-Con: Jackie Chan On ‘CZ12′ And A Lifetime Of “Hurting”

By | Thursday July 12, 2012 @ 5:39pm PDT

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.

During a funny, self-deprecating Comic-Con panel, Jackie Chan advised a crowd who gave him a standing ovation not to hurt themselves like he has. His latest movie is CZ12, a.k.a. Chinese Zodiac, coming out in December, regular and IMAX. He said he thinks getting all the old friends together for a movie like The Expendables seems fun, and was contacted about the sequel but was too busy making Chinese Zodiac.

Comic-ConModerater Drew McWeeny of Hitfix.com described this as a throwback to his older films like Armor of God. But Chan said “For me nothing’s changed. Just hurting, hurting, hurting…” It does look like a throwback, alas in some not so good ways – the clip showed looked like cheap sets not very well shot, but with some great Chan fights and wall-climbing.

Related: Comic-Con: WTF Moments, Past & Potential

“I’m a good thief” Chan noted but said “no American director will hire me to do like a Spider-Man, Batman … and I don’t know how to make these kind of films! The only thing I know how to do is risk my life.” Described himself as stupid for risking his life, but says he knows we’ll like it. He advised younger actors to use special effects and not … Read More »

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Comic-Con: WTF Moments, Past & Potential

By | Saturday July 7, 2012 @ 2:36pm PDT

Luke Y. Thompson contributes to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con. This year’s event runs July 12-15.

Over the years, we’ve seen Comic-Con evolve from showing presentations not just for comic-book movies and sci-fi, but also horror, action, and fantasy. It’s gotten to the point where you can’t rule anything out – but the studios probably should, because not everything plays. Lionsgate last year had a free screening of The Devil’s Double that very few attended – it was a good movie, but superhero fans don’t necessarily want their escapism ruined by a hard-R movie about Uday Hussein trying to brutally murder one of his own body doubles. Read More »

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