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Norman Reedus lined up for heist movie 'Triple Nine'

Posted: 01 Apr 2014 06:05 PM PDT

Known for playing Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus has been announced as the latest big name to join the cast of Triple Nine.

In the director's chair is Aussie helmer John Hillcoat of The Road and The Proposition.

Surrounding him are the likes of Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious), Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Teresa Palmer (2:37), Aaron Paul and Kate Winslet.

Such a cast is needed for a film that revolves around a conspiratorial bank robbery, conceived by Russian gangsters and executed by crooked cops.

Things soon start to unravel when a green police officer, set up as the mark in a deadly ambush, escapes his fate. Before long, everything descends into a chaos of broken alliances.

Triple Nine is due for general release in 2015. – AFP Relaxnews

In The Dark: Spooky events during filming

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

The director and cast of In The Dark had to face their fears while filming the movie.

IF you're afraid of ghosts, then maybe the best way to conquer your fears is by making a supernatural flick.

After a six-year hiatus from the movie scene, critically-acclaimed Malaysian director Yeo Joon Han decided to try his hand at the horror genre, and made Mandarin-language spine-chiller titled In The Dark, which explores how people deal with the death of their loved ones and having the deceased return to haunt them.

During a recent press conference to promote the movie, Yeo, together with his lead actors Wang Po-Chieh and Candy Lee, revealed how they had to cast their own fears aside and plunge head-long into the paranormal project.

Yeo explained how he made sure that he doesn't get any "unwanted visitors" while filming the movie. "Some people believe that one shouldn't take corner rooms or end-lots or even rooms next to the lift. So, I took extra care to ensure that they didn't allocate me a room like that," he explained. "Wang Po-Chieh, on the other hand, had no such concerns. All he wanted was a quiet place, so he was happy to take the end-suite."

"Nobody told me anything as they didn't want to scare me unnecessarily. In fact, I stayed there happily for two whole months and didn't experience anything out of the ordinary," said 24-year-old Wang who already has 17 film credits to his name including Teddy Chan's Bodyguards And Assassins (2009) and Ang Lee's Life Of Pi (2012). Wang burst onto the scene in 2008 when he was named Best New Talent at the 2008 Taipei Film Festival for coming-of-age Taiwanese flick Winds Of September, which won for Best Film at the Asian New Talent Awards of the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival.

In The Dark director, Yeo Joon Han.

In The Dark director, Yeo Joon Han.

Sharing a suite with his Taiwanese assistant, Wang recalled how they had two separate rooms which led to a common living area. "An amulet was set on table for protection, but the cleaner had unknowingly removed it while dusting the area. That same night, my suite-mate heard voices coming from my room and assumed that I had invited some friends over. But I wasn't even in the room that night! It was getting late so I had stayed over at a friend's place instead. When he learnt about it the next day, he quickly retrieved the amulet and put it back on the table. After that, everything was peaceful again," said Wang, who portrays a young man who tries to "communicate" with his dead lover.

Sexy starlet Lee, who plays a piano teacher haunted by a former student, also had some brushes with the otherworldly. In fact, she probably had the scariest experience while on set.

"When I was filming the movie, I started to suffer from frequent nightmares. There were ghosts invading my dreams, and I only realised much later that they were asking me to help them. In the end, I had to seek help from a psychic medium to put an end to it," she said.

Yeo admitted that he was initially taken aback by the response from viewers during earlier screenings of the movie.

"I was already very nervous to begin with. So, when I heard the audience breaking into laughter, I started to get a bit worried. Then, I realized that I had actually written in some comedic material. So, that was a huge relief for me," shared Yeo, whose English-language debut comedy film Sell Out! (2008) did not do well at the local box office, despite winning the Young Cinema Award for Alternative Vision at the 2008 Venice Film Festival 2008 and the NETPAC Award at the Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Festival.

After making it through a scary movie for his first Mandarin-language effort, director Yeo says he is now keen to return to his comedy roots for future projects, declaring: "I prefer to make people laugh!"

In The Dark is now haunting local cinemas nationwide.

Samuel L. Jackson takes things in his stride

Posted: 27 Mar 2014 12:35 AM PDT

In an interview with the actor in Beijing, China, Jackson talks candidly about playing his bigger-than-life Marvel character, Nick Fury.

Samuel L. Jackson, 66, has played the mysterious character Nick Fury in six Marvel movies now but he is far from being bored of it all. In fact, he is ready to get back to work and start shooting the highly anticipated Avengers: Age Of Ultron, which is slated for a release next year.

Jackson had a chat with reporters earlier this week in Beijing, China, where he and cast mates Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, as well as directors Joe and Anthony Russo, promoted their latest film together, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

How would you describe Nick Fury?

Nick Fury is a master manipulator, that's what he does. He's an ordinary guy inside of this spectacular world, who seems to have a way of making extraordinary people bend to his will. Most times that involves him telling some lies.

Like he says (in the movie), he compartmentalises everything, so he goes 'you do that, they do that, I know how to hold puzzle pieces together; you just do your part.' It's fun for me to be able to do those things.

How do you think he has evolved throughout the years in all the different Marvel movies he's appeared in?

He didn't evolve so much as they've given him more to do, really. He's always been 'that guy'. In Iron Man, he shows up and goes, 'you're Iron Man I want you to be part of the Avengers Initiative.'

In Iron Man 2, he says, 'I'm not so sure we want you to be part of this anymore. You're a little reckless.'

In Thor, well he's finding out about the Tesseract and all these other things and in Captain America, there he is waking this guy up saying, 'we want you to be part of S.H.I.E.L.D, I know you don't know what that is, but you will!'

Then all of a sudden in Avengers, he's got them all together and he's trying to get the Avengers Initiative going so there he is manipulating everyone again. telling lies here and there.

And now (in The Winter Soldier), we actually find him at work, being Nick Fury. He's coming in to work at S.H.I.E.L.D, that's where Captain America works, where Black Widow works and a few other people we all know about. You see his boss (Alexander Pierce, played by Robert Redford) and everyone else. So as much as this is a Captain America movie, this is also a S.H.I.E.L.D movie.

Did you ever ask Marvel why it took them so long to show this side of Nick Fury?

I don't ask them anything, I just don't want them to kill me! Actors get very quiet when things start to happen (in movie franchises) because they don't want their characters to die. It's the same thing I used to do on Star Wars (where he played Mace Windu in three films) – I just show up and keep quiet.

Do you see a bit of yourself in Nick Fury?

Well, he's tall, I'm tall. He's black, I'm black... he's brave, I'm not. He's losing weight, I am too, thank you.

Every character has a little bit of you, in some way or another. You have to play them in a way that makes sense and is honest to you. I'm a bit cynical and a bit suspicious of everybody like he is, although I am not as mistrustful of people as he is.

Is it hard to act with an eye patch?

You only need one eye to act. One eye, one leg, one arm... I didn't discover – until Nick Fury had more stuff to say – that you literally have to learn your lines with one eye closed because your mind processes the information differently with two eyes than one. If you learn your lines with two eyes and then you have to close one eye to act, half the page disappears. I'm serious!

What's it like acting with pretty much the same people in so many films?

We like each other. We spend a lot of time together in different places, we're not just together on set but we go out together, eat together, we hang out – we enjoy each other's company. And it's great to get back in the saddle and hang out even more.

A lot of times, like in this movie, you know, we're the kids who run the playground. The Russo brothers are the new kids on the block. They come in and we have our costumes on and we're all looking at them and they've got to convince us that we want to play with them.

So who's Robert Redford in this 'playground', then?

Robert Redford's this old dude...

Robert Redford is a guy who lends his credibility in a way to this movie, you know what I mean? I respect him. I followed his movies before I got to Hollywood and I am impressed by the work that he did, and still does. That worked greatly for me when we were doing our scenes together – he was my boss and Nick kind of looked up to him and they used to do all these things together.

And (as an actor) he was great, he came in and fell right into the groove. Scarlett knew him too because she worked with him when she was just a kid on the Horse Whisperer.

>> Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now playing in cinemas nationwide.

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