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Jean-Claude Van Damme Set To Take On Rich Criminals In LUXURY MEETS JUSTICE
The last person I think anyone would expect to step into the field of action cinema would be Michel Adam, founder and sole owner of the 24-hour glamour and beauty-oriented lifestyle network, Fashion TV. Apparently, action is where it is at this stage of his career in having announced a new $40 million dollar project this month with revived Hollywood action star Jean-Claude Van Damme for a new film series called Luxury Meets Justice.
The South China Morning Post covered the story a few days ago as Van Damme is currently in Hong Kong scouting for new talent. He said, "We want to help young talents who are ready to explode in China, Chinese national treasures in a sense,". He also expressed his sentiments for the Chinese government regarding his current ambitions for the film, saying, "We want to work with the government of China to show them our good faith, to create a franchise in China followed by a TV series and video game,... Today in China, they have everything. They have great crews and computer graphics [specialists]. We want to grow on that, to become partners."
The Wall Street Journal's own Dan Napolitano covered the news on Friday, which included a video embed where Van Damme and Adam talk more about the project:
Van Damme will play an undercover agent who will infiltrate the world of the ultra-rich and take on corporate criminal elites bent on fattening their wallets at the expense of the working class. The first film will begin production next year, pending the release of his next film with Peter Hyams directing, Enemies Closer, followed by the heist thriller, Swelter.
QUESTION: Are you looking forward to Luxury With Justice?
Fantasia 2018's second wave of titles arrived on Thursday and the first thing that stood out to me in a social media post was the name Cynthia Rothrock. That said all I needed to know to look further into the raft of titles, segments and events made public before the full line-up announcement on July 7 and as expected, the programme is turning out to be quite the feat.
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Another headlining rematch is on deck for Wilson Yip's Ip Man 4 with Jackie Chan apparently set to appear opposite star Donnie Yen. This little detail, by way of a report on Wednesday at Jaynestars cites local news sources, confirms that filming has wrapped for the fourth installment in which Chan will play a respected Chinatown Big Brother amid the story setting that lands our title hero in the U.S. alongside martial arts progeny Bruce Lee.
Yen and Chan have shared the screen together a few times in Shanghai Knights (2003) and The Twins Effect 2 (a.k.a. Blade Of Kings) (2004). The two are joined by Paradox co-star Chris Collins and Vanness Wu of Star Runner fame, both who share respective screen history with actor Scott Adkins who also stars.
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A late 2018 or early 20…
Here's a little something to bare in mind for a potemtial future Hit List entry: Enter John Fallon of The Shelter, American Muscle and upcoming Heretic helmer, and newcomer, actor and martial artist Marc Natoli who've since completed their work on Paul Allica's new feature venture, The Siege Of Robin Hood on which Fallon served as co-star and producer.
Going forward, they now turn their attention to the forthcoming July shortfilm production, The Proposal. The two are joined by Neighbors actress Kahli Williams with a script from Fallon, and Ben Whimper, best known for producing projects like shortfilms Quanta and Arrowhead, and now staking his claim at the helm to direct. When gun for hire and all around tough customer Mason Stone (Marc Natoli) takes his long time girlfriend Emma (Kahli Williams) out on the town with the intent of popping the big question, he finds his proposal plans rudely interrupted by a group of highly skilled assassins who want him dead. What's a …