Remember when the bulk of movies were based on totally fresh, original concepts? Not so anymore, kids. In the past ten years, there’s been a full-on onslaught of ’80s remakes. From The Smurfs to RoboCop, moviemakers have stopped taking chances with interesting movies, in favor of mining hits from the past. We understand why, of course. What better way to get Generation X parents to take their kids to movies, than to lure them with childhood nostalgia?
The remake of The Karate Kid is getting a sequel. The Jackie Chan-Jaden Smith film raked in so much money at the box office this weekend (over $56 million) that Columbia Pictures has already started planning for a second film. A sequel to a remake – come on Hollywood, seriously? That’s just a diagram for how to be extra unoriginal. We might sound bitter, but that’s just because if there’s anything we love more than the original Karate Kid, it’s the sequel where Mr. Miyagi takes Daniel LaRusso to Okinawa to school him in the way of tea ceremonies and unrequited love, all of which is set to Peter Cetera‘s smash hit “Glory Of Love”. Why mess with perfection?
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Jaden Smith may be the star of The Karate Kid remake (which even Arnold isn’t happy about), but Will Smith‘s son wasn’t the biggest deal at the film’s Hollywood premiere. Little sister Willow stole the spotlight thanks to a leopard print outfit complete with boots, gold chains and an even more aggressive pompadour than Janelle Monae‘s—all this before the age of 10! So when is her movie coming out? See photos of the Smith family and Jackie Chan and Ciara in the gallery below.
Jackie Chan may like making action movies (and millions) in Hong Kong and America, but don’t mistake that enthusiasm for a love of freedom. The Rush Hour star, speaking at a conference in Boao, China on Saturday, suggested that the nation’s citizenry may need the restraint that a totalitarian government provides.
I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not. I’m really confused now. If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now. It’s very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic…I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we’re not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want.
Fans of democracy in the region aren’t reacting positively. “He himself has enjoyed freedom and democracy and has reaped the economic benefits of capitalism. But he has yet to grasp the true meaning of freedom and democracy,” said one Taiwanese legislator.
As if to underline his flagrant hypocrisy, Chan’s most recent film, Shinjuku Incident, was not released in China due to anti-Chinese content and excessive violence. It will be seen by the chaos-loving people of Hong Kong and Taiwan, however. Poor them.
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