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Jackie Chan To Receive Wildlife Conservation Award

12/28/2011 12:39pm EST
Jackie Chan
Martial arts movie star Jackie Chan is to receive an award to mark his efforts campaigning for wildlife conservation.

The Rush Hour star is to be recognized with a WildAid honor at the organization's annual benefit gala next year.

The prize is to mark Chan's efforts campaigning on behalf of WildAid China and fighting to save tigers from extinction.

He will be awarded with the trophy in San Francisco, California on May 11th.

Eddie Murphy Quits As Oscars Host

11/9/2011 2:54pm EST
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy has quit as Oscars host a day after pal Brett Ratner resigned as the big event's producer.

The Rush Hour director stepped down over a homophobic slur he made during a movie question-and-answer session last week and now the funnyman Ratner signed on to present the Academy Awards has followed him out the door.

A statement from Murphy, released on Wednesday morning, reads, "First and foremost I want to say I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being ...

Chris Tucker Facing Foreclosure On Florida Mansion

10/13/2011 3:45pm EDT
Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker's financial woes are worsening - he's facing foreclosure on his $6 million Florida mansion after failing to keep up repayments, according to a report.

The Rush Hour star was hit with a staggering $11 million tax bill last year after allegedly falling behind on fees in 2001, 2002 and 2004 through to 2006.

Reports claimed he would have to sell his $6 million home, which has a monthly mortgage payment of almost $26,000, and now officials have filed foreclosure papers against Tucker, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The star is said to owe $4.4 million to chiefs at SunTrust Ba...

Jackie Chan: 'It's Got To Be A Record'

4/5/2011 12:27pm EDT
Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan's charity concert for Japan raised a massive $3.3 million in just three hours, with the star declaring, "It's got to be a record."

The Rush Hour actor hosted a star-studded gig and telethon in Hong Kong's Victoria Park on Friday to help survivors of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami disaster last month.

He was joined by stars including Andy Lau, actor Donnie Yen, Japanese singer Sen Masao and China's Judy Ongg for the three-hour benefit, while American singer Lionel Richie performed from Australia via satellite link.

Chan, who paid for the performers' plane tickets and accomm...

Blunt Parody Trumps Tradition on 'Psych'

7/30/2010 10:30am EDT
Dule Hill stars as Gus on USA
What I’ve always loved about Psych is that no one on the show is taking themselves seriously at all. When plugging the latest season on Attack of the Show, Dule Hill (who plays Burton "Gus" Guster on the show, a somewhat sidekick to a fake psychic) referred to episodes as the "Rush Hour episode" or the "Close Encounters episode."

This is a show that fully embraces what it is: one big joke at the expense of everything and anything else. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Now in their fifth season, Psych hasn’t slowed up or worsened yet. With Shawn (James Roday) and Gus still being Shawn ...

Chris Tucker Owes More Than $11 Million In Back Taxes

7/28/2010 8:22am EDT
Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker's financial woes have spiralled out of control - the actor has been hit with a demand for more than $11 million in allegedly unpaid taxes.

Officials at the Internal Revenue Service filed documents with the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office on Tuesday, citing Tucker's federal tax debts for the years 2001, 2002 and 2004 through 2006.

The debts add up to a whopping $11,571,909, according to legal paperwork obtained by

It's not the Rush Hour star's first taxing dilemma - he had a $3.5 million lien filed against him by California state tax bosses last year.


Chris Tucker To Accept Michael Jackson's Award

6/14/2010 8:27am EDT
Chris Tucker
Actor Chris Tucker will accept an award on behalf of late superstar Michael Jackson at the Apollo Theater's annual benefit concert in New York on Monday night.

The late King of Pop and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will be named Apollo Legends at the gala on June 14th, at the venue where Jackson launched his career with the Jackson 5 at the Apollo's Amateur Night in the late 1960s.

Organizers had initially planned to hand Jackson's trophy to the late star's family, but it has now been confirmed that Rush Hour star Tucker will take the stage in their place to accept the prize, according ...

Jackie Chan Delivers Water To Drought Victims

5/21/2010 8:00pm EDT
Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan has pitched in to help those affected by a drought in China - by personally delivering much-needed water to the area.

The martial arts master traveled to TongRen in China's Guizhou province, where there has been a severe water shortage, earlier this month with 48,000 bottles of fluids. Upon arrival, he carried bottles to residents' homes and also visited an elementary school, where he gave students backpacks filled with notebooks, t-shirts and rulers.

In a post on his blog, he writes, "Up in the mountains where the people lived, they were facing serious water shortages. In t...

Stop In The Name Of The Law: The Best Of The Buddy Cop Genre

2/25/2010 9:27am EST
Cop Out
Buddy cop movies involve two characters with completely different styles - usually one by the book and a wild one with no fear. They reluctantly team up to stop a crime and become friends in the process. These two characters usually can’t stand one another in the beginning, but as time passes they begin to appreciate the other’s perspective. They blend the excitement of an action movie with the wit of comedies, creating a very entertaining experience.

In honor of the latest film in this genre, this week’s “Cop Out” starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, we're spotlighting some of our fa...

January: The Worst Month For Cinema

1/8/2010 10:35am EST
The Worst Month for Cinema
January truly is the worst month for film. In fact, January is the equivalent of the second string JV team in high school. Its sole purpose is to warm the benches for the upcoming seasons.

The month sometimes holds a few kernels of popcorn goodness. The two genres that perform well, or at least have been granted a few sleeper hits in the past decade, are thrillers and sci-fi/horror. Last year 'Taken' and 'My Bloody Valentine 3D' were stars among flops in January. Typically, as rabid consumers of cinema, we forget about January. Honestly, do any of you fondly remember titles like, '...

Q&A: Brett Ratner On 'Beverly Hills Cop IV,' 'The Shooter Series,' And What He Thinks Of Comic Book Fans

9/9/2009 12:01pm EDT
Brett Ratner
Is Brett Ratner misunderstood? The "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand" director thinks that's quite possible.

His new retrospective DVD series, "The Shooter Series," (to be released September 15) paints the some may call party-boy director in a different light. Contemporaries such as Quentin Tarantino share their experiences about working with Ratner; and the director's early student films, commercials, and music videos are also chronicled.

Ratner also doesn't parse words about his feelings toward the vocal online community who criticized his work on "X-Men: The Last Stand," and h...

Owen Wilson's Best & Worst Films

10/21/2008 9:21am EDT
Owen Wilson
The Frat Pack has been a powerful force in the new Millennium, and for awhile it was like we could not see a comedy without Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson. These comedic geniuses are quirky, timely, and have a lasting power that will keep them in movies for years to come. The goofy, charming Owen Wilson has proven himself not only as an actor, but as an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. There's a lot more going on beneath those blonde surfer bangs than one might expect, and with "Marley & Me" coming out this Christmas, let's take a look at some of the fine...

Martial Arts Classics 'Heroes Of The East' & 'Come Drink With Me' Due On DVD May 27

5/18/2008 10:30am EDT
Heroes Of The East
With an established tradition of highlighting premier martial arts masterpieces, Genius Products and The Weinstein Company present two fierce kung fu classics from Celestial Pictures' Shaw Brother's collection - Heroes Of The East and Come Drink With Me - arriving on DVD for the first time on May 27th under the revered Dragon Dynasty label. Showcasing contrasting Chinese and Japanese martial arts techniques, the stunts in Heroes Of The East are expertly executed by Gordon Liu (Kill Bill Vol. I and II). Featuring a young Jackie Chan (Rush Hour films, Shanghai Noon), the groundbreaking Come...

Martial Arts Legend Jackie Chan Finds Himself Knee-Deep In Diapers In 'Robin-B-Hood'

12/23/2007 9:00am EST
Featuring the signature style of Jackie Chan (Rush Hour trilogy, Shanghai Knights), the kung-fu action comedy Robin-B-Hood debuts as a two-disc Ultimate Edition DVD on December 25 under the Dragon Dynasty label from The Weinstein Company and Genius Products.

Nominated for two Hong Kong Film Awards® including Best Action Choreography (Jackie Chan and Chung Chi Li), Robin-B-Hood showcases Chan's trademark acrobatic fighting style, comic timing and innovative stunts - this time with a baby.

The story follows Chan as an unlucky gambler who resorts to robbery to pay off his debts. ...

Jackie Chan Stars In The Latest 'Dragon Dynasy' Installment, 'Crime Story'

8/4/2007 10:00am EDT
Jackie Chan
SANTA MONICA, CA - One of the greatest martial arts stuntmen, Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Rush Hour 3) kicks butt in the thrilling drama Crime Story, arriving as a Special Edition DVD August 7 under the Dragon Dynasty label from The Weinstein Company and Genius Products.

Based on actual events surrounding a 1990 kidnapping in Hong Kong, Crime Story follows Inspector Eddie Chan (Chan) as he daringly attempts to rescue a wealthy businessman. Nominated for six Hong Kong Film Awards®* including Best Picture, Chan earned a Golden Horse Award® (1993, Best Actor) for his role.


Chris Tucker And Jackie Chan Return To Theaters August 10 In 'Rush Hour 3'

7/12/2007 6:30pm EDT
Rush Hour 3
Chris Tucker returns to the big screen after a six-year absence as he reunites with the all-star team of co-star Jackie Chan, director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Red Dragon), and screenwriter, Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 2, Catch Me If You Can) to deliver the third installment of the blockbuster Rush Hour franchise.

Arriving in theaters on August 10, 2007, Rush Hour 3 sees the beloved action comedy duo of Tucker and Chan reprising their roles as LAPD Detective James Carter and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee respectively. This time around, the two must trav...

Natural Causes or Accident Caused Chris Penn's Death

1/27/2006 9:00am EST
Chris Penn's death was the result of either natural causes or an accident, investigators have claimed. The official cause of death for the 40-year-old actor - who was found dead in his Santa Monica home on Tuesday - will not be known for six weeks.

But David Smith, a Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman, did reveal that Penn had suffered from an illness and used multiple drugs in the past. He declined to release details of the illness or say if the drugs were prescribed.

Medical examiners performed an autopsy on Wednesday and are now waiting for toxicology tests to be completed....

Cause of Chris Penn's Death Still A Mystery

1/26/2006 9:25am EST
The cause of actor Chris Penn's death is still unknown, despite an autopsy performed yesterday. Toxicology tests were ordered on the Reservoir Dogs star, who was found dead in his Santa Monica home on Tuesday. It is still not clear how he passed away, but Los Angeles police are not treating the death as suspicious.

Los Angeles county coroner's spokeswoman Brenda Shafer said: "An autopsy is just normal procedure for someone who's 40 and has not seen their doctor."

Penn's latest film - 'The Darwin Awards' - premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on the day of his autopsy. Writer-d...

Sean Penn's Brother Chris Dies of Unknown Causes

1/25/2006 9:10am EST
Chris Penn starred in Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs actor Chris Penn has died. The 40-year-old's body was discovered by the maid at his Santa Monica apartment yesterday morning. It is not yet clear how he passed away but police in Los Angeles are not treating the death as suspicious. Penn, the brother of Oscar-winning actor Sean, starred in over 50 movies including True Romance, Mulholland Falls and Rush Hour.

In 1986 he starred alongside his older brother in At Close Range. It was the only time they ever appeared in a movie together. Chris was best known for his role as 'Nice Guy Eddie Cabot' in the 1992 Quentin Tarantin...

Hoffman, Chan & Black To Star In 'Kung Fu Panda'

11/9/2005 4:53pm EST
Jack Black
Although the movie isn't scheduled to be released until 2008, DreamWorks Animation announced today that two-time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman, international superstar Jackie Chan, and award-winning actor Ian McShane are joining Jack Black in the cast of the computer-animated comedy "Kung Fu Panda." In addition, award-winning actress Lucy Liu is currently in talks with the studio to voice another main role.

Jack Black heads the voice cast as Po the Panda, the laziest of all the animals in the Valley of Peace. With powerful enemies at the gates, all hope has been pinned on an an...