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John Woo Begins Production on Remake of His Own Action Classic The Killer

Seminal action movie director John Woo has started production on the remake of his own 1989 Hong Kong action thriller classic, The Killer. The filmmaker took to social media to reveal that he is now in Paris, France, with a report from World of Reel revealing that Woo is now gearing up to put the remake before cameras.

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Released in 1989 and written and directed by John Woo, the original The Killer stars Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sally Yeh and follows Chow as an assassin named Ah Jong. After accidentally damaging the eyes of a singer, Jennie, during a shootout, Ah Jong decides to take on one last, highly dangerous job in order to pay for surgery that will save the singer’s sight. Met with critical acclaim, particularly in the Western world, The Killer was praised for its intense, wildly kinetic action sequences and over-the-top style. The Killer is now considered one of John Woo’s best movies, as well as one of the best action movies of all time, boasting the best of Woo and his love of violent action sequences, stylized choreography, so-called Mexican stand-offs, and slow motion.

A director remaking their own movie is still a rare and surprising occurrence, even more so when it comes to a classic movie such as The Killer. The remake is all set to be led by Lupin and Jurassic World Dominion star Omar Sy and Game of Thrones and Fast X star Nathalie Emmanuel, with plans in place for The Killer to be released exclusively on Peacock as a Peacock Original film.

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John Woo Will Next Direct the Dialogue-Free Action Movie Silent Night
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Before helming his reimagining of The Killer with the upcoming remake, John Woo will first direct the dialogue-free action flick titled Silent Night and marking the filmmaker’s first American feature film since Paycheck back in 2003. Led by The Suicide Squad actor Joel Kinnaman, Silent Night will follow a regular, everyday father who enacts his long-awaited revenge against a ruthless gang on Christmas Eve. Offering the sort of simple set-up that no-nonsense action movies thrive on, the real hook behind Silent Night is that it will feature no dialogue, with Kinnaman seemingly needing no words to carry out his vengeance.

“It really has no dialogue,” Silent Night producer Erica Lee says of the project. “It was another spec script that I was given and read, and I was like, “This is either going to be a genius move or a disaster, there’s no in between.” It’s execution dependent for sure. I mean, John Woo kills it. Joel Kinnaman is the star and really delivers. I mean, there’s some ambient noise and background and chatter like radio and stuff like that. But, yeah, it’s awesome. I can’t wait for you to see it.”

Starring Kid Cudi, Harold Torres, and Catalina Sandino Moreno alongside Joel Kinnaman, Silent Night does not yet have a release date. Nor, for that matter, does The Killer remake.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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