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New Line... REAALLLLY wants to make RUSH HOUR 3!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... Wow. I enjoy the RUSH HOUR movies. But I've never really thought of them as being the sort of films that a studio would treat like the crown jewels. In Variety today - Michael Fleming is reporting that New Line is paying Chris Tucker twenty million againt 20% of the gross, Jackie Chan fifteen million against 15% of the gross and Brett Ratner will get five million against 5% of the gross. That's Forty Million and 40% of the movie. Wow. But the number that kinda blows my mind is that New Line is going to drop somewhere over a hundred million to a hundred and twenty million on RUSH HOUR 3.

The kicker is... it's probably a really safe bet. And that just kinda blows my mind. That Tucker has been thrown into the twenty million club... well think of it. What's the last film you saw Chris Tucker star in? He's been incredibly picky. Seems he's quite aware of the whole concept of staying fresh for an audience without over-exposing himself. He literally hasn't done anything cinematic since RUSH HOUR 2. I'm just amazed this film came together. In some ways the deal reminds me of what happened on LETHAL WEAPON 4, only without the desperate urgency that made that film's production schedule insane. They won't start shooting on this film till next summer - for release the following summer. That's 2007. This time it looks like the story will take them to France, since it will shoot in the U.S. and France... taking Jackie and Chris both out of their natural waters.

Now - if Ratner just delivers an amazing third X-MEN film - and Jeff Nathanson has set Indiana Jones on the right adventure - then the pedigree for this rush, will be something to really be excited about. As it is - it's probably a no-brainer... The RUSH HOUR films are fantastic mindless entertainments that just make ya have a lot of fun. This is one Ratner flick I'm really looking forward to.

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  • Nov. 21, 2005, 5:36 a.m. CST


    by phortonfour

    or in german - ersten?

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by coolhive

    Chris Tucker is probably THE most annoying "actor" in Hollywood. The Rush Hour movies are complete trash. I can't believe anyone even cares about another one of these. How these Hollywood producers/executives even got the idea in their heads that Tucker carried these movies is beyond me.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by GriffinMill

    Jackie is 'only' getting 15 M against 15 % of the grosses, because he's also banking distribution rights for the far east, which should earn him at least as much as Chris 'why the hell is a talentless hack getting 20 M a movie????' Tucker.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 5:53 a.m. CST

    "In some ways the deal reminds me of what happened on LETHAL WEA

    by moviemaniac-7

    Yeah, and we all know what that tragedy was. It COULD have been a exciting and entertaining pic. And that's all I thought while watching LW4. So much potential and so little to offer. Never been a fan of the Rush Hour franchise, but I think it's harmless entertainment. I think all the culture-clash jokes have been made, and now they're going to piss off the French... Wow... indeed.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 6:22 a.m. CST

    I Guess I'm REALLY Not The Audience For Tucker

    by filker-tom

    'Sfunny, or, rather, it's not funny. Neither Tucker nor Owen Wilson do a thing for me. And all the movies they've been in with Chan seem to come to a dead stop whenever they get on screen. I mean, if he can wrangle $20 million out of a studio, more power to him, I guess, but... ehh.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 6:27 a.m. CST

    I agree, Tucker getting paid more than Chan?

    by Citizen Arcane

    You can't swing a dead cat in Hollywood without hitting a shrill, obnoxious black comic actor. Chan is a little more unique. "We've secretly replaced Chris Tucker with Orlando Jones. Let's see if anyone notices". The Owen Wilson cowboy Chan movies are much better anyway.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 6:28 a.m. CST

    I still haven;t seen Rush Hour 2

    by DigitalDong

    And I rented Rush Hour 1 and watched it once. Heads up New Line, I'm not alone.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Rush Hour

    by Indiana Clones

    Not fit to lick the shit off of Turner & Hooch's shoes, let alone the likes of the first two Lethal Weapons, The Long Kiss Goodnight or The Last Boy Scout. They're still better than Running Scared though.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Tucker must have spent the 20 mil from RH 2

    by Trik

    and now be hurting for a paycheck

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Rims are expensive

    by Citizen Arcane

    Oh fine, call me racist. You know the brother's got some sweet rims.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 6:42 a.m. CST

    this is such crap

    by 24200124

    Chris Tucker getting paid more than $20 million altogether? For a guy whose last films were the first two movies in this series, this is just stupid. Chan and Ratner should not make this movie on general principle unless they all make the same amount of cash. It was Chan that made me want to go see this movie, and Ratner has a good way of putting it all together. Were it not for those two, Tucker would be shit out of luck, 'cause he's only got one trick (being the loud-mouth, fast-talking idiot), and that's definitely not worth paying him $20 million. Good on his negotiators for getting him such a high fetching price, but this is ludicrous (yes, that's the correct spelling, youth of America), that for someone who's been in 9 movies and is only known for one thing, he's getting more money than his co-star, who's been making films since he was seven and has taken more risk than Tucker will EVER take in his lifetime. I guess us Asians always get the shaft...

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Chan should get 20 million, Tucker should get 1 million

    by hiperaktiv

    Tucker doesnt have anything on Chan. It's ludicrous that he gets paid more than Jackie Chan when its obvious Chan has the talent over Tucker. And seriously i dont really want to see another lame Rush Hour movie. Wow culture clash comedy. Been done about a zillion times already.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 6:47 a.m. CST

    They could make Collision Course 2 for a lot less

    by Citizen Arcane

    Jay Leno and Pat Morita, bitches.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 6:55 a.m. CST


    by zillabeast

    He's gonna bank on this one, BIG TIME baby! BIG TIME!!!

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 7 a.m. CST

    Stop taking it seriously

    by Captain RawBeard

    I enjoyed both Rush Hour films because I accept them for what they are, dumb comedy action flicks. Now I agree with the fact that Jackie Chan should be paid more, seeing as he does the stunts and is the main attraction. but hell I will still go see it. and before any of you haters start flaming me for sticking up for the Rush Hour films ask yourself this "Am I Bothered?"

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Chris Tucker isn't turning down movies because he wants to s

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...he's turning down movies because he found religion and doesn't want to do anything even remotely raunchy. It's true.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 7:49 a.m. CST

    $100-120 mill isn't that surprising

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    If they are indeed giving those 3 $40 million, than a $120 million budget would be just about right (minus those salaries puts it at $80, around the area of the last Rush Hour). Hopefully the delayed time schedule and budget means maybe they're investing some time into letting Chan develop some actual big fight routines, not much of a point of having Chan if your popping him into a Hollywood film that won't let him do his own stunts AND is having him do little more than B-grade action movie fights, though I guess you can always spend another 90 minutes making fun of his accent.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 7:51 a.m. CST

    "Seems he's quite aware of the whole concept of staying fres

    by Chastain-86

    This sentence should read, "Seems he's quite aware of the whole concept of taking the last $20 million paycheck and basically retiring on it, which is what YOU'D do if YOU suddenly received a $20 million paycheck."

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Chan vs Tucker

    by TheRiggerx

    I think I read somewhere else that part of Chan's deal is distribution rights for the film in China and Hong Kong.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Sorry QTN

    by TheRiggerx

    I missed your posts :)

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 8:14 a.m. CST

    What about...

    by Brock DD Landers

    Tuckers return to the Friday series in 'Just another mother fucking Friday - Smokey and The Wet Bandits?' Tucker becomes part of the Wet Bandits as he and Joe Pesci steal and flood Big Worms house.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 8:19 a.m. CST

    why is this a big deal?

    by jig98

    did you hear how much ebert and roeper loathe chris tucker and his antics when rush hour 2 came out?

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Tucker's a HACK

    by Rcamacho2278

    Rush hour 3 should be done with 2 jackie Chans. Like Van Damm did where he played his twin brother. And leave that Tucker out to dry. Asking for more money how DARE he, has he contributed anything to the film industry besides big buggy eyes and michael Jackson Dancing? His jokes are all crap racial related reverse racism. "Dont ever touch a black man's radio" oh I get it HAHAHAHA ...NO! YOU SUCK!!! CLONE JACKIE!

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Lethal Weapon 4 is the best in the series.

    by Mahaloth

    There, I said it.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 9:09 a.m. CST

    by TheTerminator


  • Nov. 21, 2005, 9:11 a.m. CST

    this movie is a year too late...

    by the_man_from_Rio

    if only New Line had this brilliant idea a year ago...if only...then X-3 probably wouldn

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 9:13 a.m. CST close

    by the_man_from_Rio

    chris tucker

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Chris Tucker is fucking hilarious in The Fifth Element.

    by Jar Jar 4 Prez

    ...and Citizen Arcane is a racist. I can't wait for Rush Hour 3.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Tucker had two good roles in his career

    by Terry_1978

    Rush Hour 1 and Friday. That's it. I don't know if he even holds up anymore and if I'd want him to do this sequel.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah...

    by Jar Jar 4 Prez

    and Friday. He's great in Friday, too.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Chan gets distribution rights in HK and China...

    by jpdill

    ... hence why he has less pay.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 9:47 a.m. CST


    by Aeglos Istarion

    So Chris Tucker didn't only kill the X-Men franchise by derailing RH3, thereby freeing Rattner to go on and direct X3, he now even gets paid 20 million for it?

  • Superman. We know Tom can knock one out, but I'm still not sure about him.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Fuck Hush Hour 3, I want Shanghai Dawn!

    by Osmosis Jones

    The Chan/Wilson pairing is actually funnier than the Chan/Tucker one, because the former doesn't rely almost entirely on racial humor and endless eye-bugging. Plus, the Shanghai movies had better fight scenes (especially Knights). The Rush Hour movies are undemanding fun, but it's absurd how much money is getting dropped on the third movie, especially when the entire first film probably cost less than the combined salaries of Chan and Tucker for this one. Oh well. I hope they bring back Roselyn Sanchez, at least...

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 10:12 a.m. CST

    won't jackie chan be a thousand years old by 2007?


    Seriously, is he gonna need a stunt double by then? And will Chris Tucker kicking his leg like Michael Jackson be funny a third time? The safe money is on a cameo by Jackson, who is friends with Tucker and Ratner. Chris throws the leg and we cut to Michael in the crowd telling him he's doing it wrong. Ahaha! See you at Rush Hour 4.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Why couldn't they have sorted this out like six months ago

    by Hell_Bender

    That way Ratner wouldn't have had the chance to get his grubby little paws on X3.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 10:41 a.m. CST

    The money involved is ubsurd but I'm still down to watch ano

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    The main cause to Chris Tucker's lapse in films besides his demanding salary, has been his commitment to his activism. When he went to Africa with Bono and Bill Clinton a few years ago it LITERALLY changed his life. He actually attends numerous seminars with acclaimed activist and delegates from around the world.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Only good thing in rush hour 2

    by Windowlicker74

    was Zhang ZIYI. she was so fucking cool in that flick and blew Tucker off the screen with almost no lines.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Harry, are you out of your fucking mind?

    by Josh Town

    The whole fucking country should revolt against this stupid fucking franchise filled with money grubbing, talentless, idiotic hacks who aren't worth a fraction of what they are making....and oh yeah, Jackie Chan. If they really wanted to make something interesting, they should sack the whole cast, and hire Tony Jaa and the black midget armed with numb chucks from Me, Myself & Irene. For the director they should pick up John Waters. Then count me in.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Tucker worth more than Chan?

    by Immortal_Fish

    Imagine Rush Hour without Tucker. Could it be done? Now imagine Rush Hour without Chan. Could it be done? Simply cannot grasp how Tucker could possibly be worth more than Chan on this flick. Chan is a one of a kind. Meanwhile, the other role could be performed by just about any. Would you like a funny Pryor clone (Mike Epps) or an angry Pryor clone (Ice Cube), or a combination Pryor clone (Will Smith)?

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Wait, I'm not done...

    by Josh Town

    By 2007, no one will care about any of these idiots. X3 and Ratner will have failed miserably, Chan will have made 19 more stupid movies with the unfunniest man alive, Owen Wilson. And Tucker, well...He'll do nothing just like he's done the past who knows how long. His best acting gig since Rush Hour, was his traffic stop! Here's hoping to more of those caliber performances. Harry, please never cover this again, give none of these idiots, besides Chan, any recognition. With all that said, I look forward to seeing this on DVD.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 11:54 a.m. CST

    NewYorkKid HAS a point...

    by ComputerGuy68

    other Jackie products have done poorly. People LIKE these two together, NOT Owen Wilson in the SHANGHAI Series. RH2 made MORE than those two COMBINED. As for the salaries, who wouldn't take the pay? The big question New Line has to ask - Can we go to the well again? Will this be another Zorro 2 to little to late?

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 11:54 a.m. CST


    by zathras34

    WAR !!! YA!! GOOD GOD YA'LL!! WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR!!! ABSOLUTLY NOTHING!!!! I enjoyed both movies...I hope I will with this one as well..its been a long time comin..(now back to the singing...) now back to the top...Sing it again!!

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Chris Tucker doesnt deserve the money?

    by Rant Breath

    How well have Jackie Chan movies performed in America WITHOUT Chris Tucker??? Around the World in 80 Days and The Medallion made less than 25 million. Rush Hour 2 made 225 million. Chan's only movie to cross 100 million other than Rush Hour 1.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I REAALLLLYY don't give a flying fuck what these assholes do

    by Nate Champion

    Now if you said that Jackie Chan was going to make Drunken Master 3, well, then you'd have something. Isn't he about 50 years old by now... no wonder they gotta pay him so much, he needs it for retirement.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 12:04 p.m. CST

    New Line bending over backwards for Chan and Tucker I can unders

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    But seriously, what exactly does Ratner bring to the table? Pedestrian director that did a fairly pedestrian job, any number of directors for hire are gonna give you exactly what Ratner brought but won't be asking for 5 mill back ended by 5%. Ratner is as interchangeable as whoever they got to direct the Shanghai flick, or the guy the got to replace him on the second Shanghai flick.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 12:14 p.m. CST

    I have never seen a Rush Hour film. I do not own a television.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    And proud of it. However, I have to ask - is Chris Tucker's hesitancy to make any films other than films in this franchise indicative of brilliant careerism, or is it just that he's a millionaire too busy enjoying blow and pussy to make films even he can't sit through? I wonder.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Predictable Talkback Whining

    by McBane

    Let's look at the evidence of why this is a GREAT idea (financially) for New Line. Info taken from >>>>>>>> RUSH HOUR Domestic Total Gross: $141,186,864 Distributor: New Line Release Date: September 18, 1998 Running Time: 1 hrs. 37 min. Production Budget: $33 million MPAA Rating: PG-13 Est. Marketing Costs: N/A >>>>>>> RUSH HOUR 2 Domestic Total Gross: $226,164,286 Distributor: New Line Release Date: August 3, 2001 Running Time: 1 hrs. 30 min. Production Budget: $90 million MPAA Rating: PG-13 Est. Marketing Costs: N/A >>>>>>>> says the two films took half a bil world wide >>>>>>>> So lets say the sequel only makes 200 mil domestic. And costs 150 mil to make, including marketing costs. Thats likely to be way over the true costs but bear with me. With the percentage gross the 'stars' are getting, that means that New Line will make a 30 mil loss on domestic. Stupid coked up execs, I bet you are thinking. more fool you. Well Rush Hour 2 did 90 mil in domestic rentals ALONE. I don't wanna think about how much they made worldwide on rentals AND sales. But of course. Films aren's supposed to make money. They are only made so us fanboys can bitch on the net about how we can do better. Providing no-one cocks up, they could make enough moolah on this one to greenlight another LOTR-type epic. Rush Hour isn't the worst genre film to be made. It worked and was a mainstream success. New Line are my favourite genre studio (can you tell?) and to be honest, they don't get the credit they deserve. Blade pretty much restarted the super hero genre film and for that we should be grateful. As for Tucker, i'd say he can't be that much of a fool to get a 20/20 deal. Chan may do all the stunts but have any of his other American Films been such a big hit? I think we all know the answer to that. I am sure Tucker is the main reason the third installment has been held up so he's the one who has to be tempted back with the sweeter deal. Yeah we are all jealous of his paycheck, but the franchise WOULDN'T have been as successful without him.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Jackie Chan is a Legend and can make 100 million in the right ha

    by Rcamacho2278

    Jackie Chan stays away from the hardcore brutal action like jet li does. In the right hands Jackie Chan can easily make a kick ass hardcore rated R karate flick that would pass 100 million but he has family standards.

  • it would work cheaper and is (seriously) just as funny as tucker.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by Filmrage

    Rush hour was 'quite good' and R2 was very very flat, terrible boring. R2 made huge money based on the slick marketing and good will from R1. Now movie goers have had a chance to see R2 on the big screen and dvd they will stay away from R3. It makes sense, these days lots of movies have big openings based on deceptive marketing (makes a sucky movie look great) . . . . . . . . . I like Chris Tucker, not somuch Jacky Chan. I always thought it would be a good gimick/idea to have a 4 character movie by having the two Rush hour characters go backintime or vice versa witht the tho Shanghai noon characters. Or have the first half of the movie in the past then all four jump forward. Jackie would have to play two parts. It would be a funny cross over with Tucker and Owen playing off of each other. Let's face it, after the sucky R2 that's just about the only angle that would get me into the cinema.

  • He cares about getting a bigass paycheck. They gave him all that money because it was the only way to coax him into doing it. You know what the only thing he did before Rush Hour 2 was? Lucky for Quentin Tarantino that he didn't become a money whore before "Jackie Brown". I'll admit, I like what Tucker does. In the right movie he is great(I won't watch another Friday without him), but the man an oppurtunist, not an artist.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by Gluecifer

    This fucker Tucker paid more than Jackie Chan???????? Is that a joke? And by the way, fuck the Rush hour "movies", they suck, I want a third Shanghai movie, the Chan-Wilson duo works so much better...

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 2:35 p.m. CST

    No he's not a "money whore"

    by Vern

    I mean, I can understand why alot of people don't like Chris Tucker's humor. Because they hate black people. (Just kidding.) But I don't understand why people get mad at him for not doing movies left and right. Yes he's getting alot of money from this movie if they really make it (I bet they don't) but he'd have made alot more if he just shat out 1-3 movies per year like most stars do when they get the opportunity. What if he hadn't backed out of fucking BLACK KNIGHT and made a movie like that every year for the past several years? I'm sure he'd be on his THE PACIFIER/DADDY DAY CARE/CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN family movie cycle by now. Would you have more respect for him then? I wouldn't. Not that RUSH HOUR is a great work of art (it's not even in the top 3 of his short filmography) but I think it's good that he holds out for some kind of standards. Or if you don't buy that, that he figures it is more important to promote awareness of the AIDS crisis in Africa than to make mediocre PG-13 action movies. As for Chan, I love the guy but obviously he has followed the "shitting out movies" plan and it has not worked for him in the US. If you think Chan is important and Tucker is replacable, then maybe you could tell us how great the fucking TUXEDO was. How many times did you see that in the theater? That said, I'm all for them getting paid the same amount. Finally I just want to say that I would rather see MONEY TALKS 2.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Vern, I disagree with your point.

    by BigTuna

    I actually think Tucker is being very smart about his career. He's only doing RH 3 over everything else because it's an incredibly safe bet to be a huge hit and allow Tucker to continue to command 20 million a film. If he did more movies, yes, he could make more, but chances are some would bomb and he couldn't ask for the 20 million anymore. I don't think he has any standards, he's just managing his careeer as best he can to ask for as much as possible.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 2:54 p.m. CST

    The only reason people shit on Tucker is because they feel he&#3

    by Terry_1978

    In other words, had he signed on, Ratner would do it instead of being chosen for the X-series. Grasping at straws in my opinion, but you know how geeks get.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 3:05 p.m. CST

    I can tell you who's not gonna be in RUSH HOUR 3...

    by hypermaug

    The guy who fell of the building at the end of Rush Hour 2! HAW HAW

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Money Talk 2 would be fun

    by AlwaysThere

    Finally get Charlie Sheen off regular TV for the fist time in years.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 5:02 p.m. CST

    The chance of a sequel sucking is increased 10-fold if Europe is

    by Winterchili

    Continent, not the band. It's a fact.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Chan will make more money than Tucker

    by TheYoungLion

    What Harry doesn't say (and what Variety reports) is that Chan will own the film's distribution rights in China and Hong Kong. That's in ADDITION to his $15 million and 15% of the gross. In the long run Chan stands to make a lot more than Tucker and his $20 million/20%. What people on this board SHOULD be asking (rather than who is making more, Chan or Tucker) is how the hell does New Line ever expect to see any return on this. They will spend upwards of $120 million to make the movie. The first 40 cents of every dollar made at the box office will go to Tucker, Chan, and Ratner. And, of course, the theaters will get their cut. And you've got part of the distribution rights being given away. (I thought Hollywood learned the lesson of never giving away rights after Fox made probably the most bone-headed financial move in cinema history -- letting George Lucas acquire the rights to the Star Wars franchise.) Factor in other costs and commitments, and this movie will have to make nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars at the box office before New Line sees any profit. And the Rush Hour franchise, while highly successful up to this point, is not the type that will make $750 million at the worldwide box office. You might be saying, "Yeah, but New Line will get the lion's share of DVD revenues." But remember, all of Hollywood is spooked because the theatrical DVD market is rapidly slowing down. Lastly, most buddy comedies are really tired by their third installment, and lose their allure with the public. History is not on their side. This movie will likely open big and do well at the box office and on DVD -- but I don't see it coming anywhere close to doing what it needs to for New Line to make money on it.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by LeckoManiac

    is probably the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard...and that is saying something.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 5:18 p.m. CST

    haha im i the only one here who finds Chris Tucker's "ill ta

    by Spacesheik

    what ever happened to the president film he was gonna do? id pay 10 bucks to see chris tucker as the prez of the united states in a comedy - has crazy potential

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 5:20 p.m. CST

    2 fish out of water in france in up that will work

    by Spacesheik

    now they both in deep shit - it was the only logical path a third movie could take - jean reno will prolly make an appearance as a french constable

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  • Nov. 21, 2005, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Good for Chris Tucker plus Money Talks rules

    by Neo Zeed

    I'm with Vern. First of all comedies have been on a downslide for a long time. Especially with black comedy. Why not be careful? Eddie's career blows because he picks garbage and lost his edge. The Wayans just seem to be into pure toilet humor nowaydays and pandering to mainstream morons. (Remember I'm Gonna Git You Sucka & In Living Color? Those were good times.) Eddie Griffin is just abrasive and not funny. Chris doesn't want to be in shit, so why should he? Frankly, I blame the Something About Mary clones for the decline of comedies. What happened to real jokes in movies anyway?

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 7:06 p.m. CST

    meatbiscuit, i have to disagree....

    by jig98

    but if bruce lee was still alive it would've been bitching.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Vern, "If you think Chan is important and Tucker is replacable,

    by Immortal_Fish

    Tucker isn't as easy on the eyes as JLH, but she can't be considered a Pryor Clone. Claire Forlani isn't a good Pryor clone either. You may have convinced me otherwise had Chan starred alongside Eddie Murphy in something.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 7:28 p.m. CST

    New Line is approaching this in the wrong direction.

    by Freakemovie

    I understand what they're doing but the price they have to pay is too high. I understand Rush Hour 2 was a hit on a colossal scale, but bad things happen. Movies flop. And if #3 does, they're in the hole badly. Very badly. The ONE and ONLY reason it stalled was Chris Tucket -- Ratner and Chan were both plenty eager to do a third. So instead of banking on the fact that the Chan/Tucker combo will bring in another 200 million dollars, you tell Tucker to fuck off and higher some other guy, maybe Marlon Wayans. Give Ratner, Chan, and Wayans each 5 mil with no percentage of the gross. Everybody's happy, and if it doesn't fare as well -- let's say it only makes 80-120 million domestically -- you've still come out on top if you kept the budget in sight. But my guess is it would fare just as well. Even the people who love the Rush Hour movies think Chris Tucker is friggin annoying. The fact that he has the balls to pull this hermit/i-refuse-to-do-it act -- and New Line buys into it -- is supremely annoying.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 7:57 p.m. CST

    McBane, why should we be grateful to a movie studio for making a

    by Orbots Commander

    We CHOOSE to give our hard earned dollars to the companies that produce and distribute the best movies. This is the free market; no need to be thankful to any one company for anything. Oh, and though the Rush Hour flicks are mildly entertaining, a third RH sequel would be stretching a one joke concept to the breaking point. No thanks New Line, I'll catch this one on HBO.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Ruby Rhod was like the Jar Jar of the time, correct?

    by tango fett

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I reallly don't give a shit!!!!

    by JarJar25

    Jackie's better films are his Chinese ones. Ok, back to watching House of Flying Daggers!

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Bruce Lee *did* kick Jackie Chan's ass in a fight.

    by Osmosis Jones

    Jackie was a stuntman in Enter The Dragon (he gets kneed in the crotch by Bruce Lee's sister in a flashback, and punched in the face by Lee in one scene).

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 10:43 p.m. CST

    How much money Do Jackie CHAN movies make WITHOUT Chris Tucker

    by Optimus Primal

    Tucker puts asses in the seats like him or not. He deserves more money because he is the franchise.

  • Nov. 21, 2005, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Optimus, " Tucker puts asses in the seats like him or not. He de

    by Immortal_Fish

    Yabbut, who has to like it? Hugh Jackman put asses in seats for Van Helsing too. Was it worth it?

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Immortal FIsh

    by Optimus Primal

    Van Helsing is hardly a franchise. The first one made money but a sequel would undoubtedly tank. The same way that the Sequel to Tomb Raider tanked, despite the original making a ton of money. Franchises that are successful are hard to come by, which is why studios put a premium on them.

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 12:55 a.m. CST

    People like the franchise

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    And obviously the franchise doesn't work without both stars, but let's not start grandizing Tucker as some A-list $20 million box office draw. Sure, Chan's other movies don't make as much as the Rush Hour franchise, but guess what, neither did Tucker's.

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Aggrandizing I meant

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Ugh, typing from the made up language in my head.

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 1:49 a.m. CST

    whoever said they should have replaced Tucker with Marlon Wayons

    by freak2thec0re

    Do you work for New Line? Because if not, how the hell are you gonna say you'd rather them make Rush Hour 3 with a less-funny actor just so they could make more money? Does knowing a movie studio is making huge profits make a movie more enjoyable to you? Anyway, has anyone stopped to think that maybe Chris Tucker just . . . doesn't care that much about doing movies? He's not exactly an artist, he's a freaking comedian who's already made more than enough money to live in luxury for the rest of his Life. He's probably laughing himself on the amount of money New Line's giving him

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Actually Bruce Lee breaks Jackie Chans neck in ETD

    by Filmrage

    I find Chans bumbeling 'ow i hurt my hand punching that guy who held up a metal pot', use every damn object in the room as a weapon/defence got old after about the 25th version of it. I'd like to see more of the Jackie Brown Chris Tucker type roles. Are we green?

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Does Tucker deserve that paycheque?

    by dr_buggerlugs

    Only if he actually has other success to show for it...with the exception of the Rush Hour series, what else has he done? I understand him wanting to stay fresh but it's been 4 years since RH2 and he could have done at least a couple of pictures since then - roughly 1 every 2 years which isn't a lot but would be enough to keep him in the audience's conciousness and relatively fresh. It's going to be some 6 years since his last screen appearence and in a sequel to the only 2 films he's made since 1998 - is it wise to give him that sort of deal when apart from the Rush Hour films, he really doesn't have any track record as a genuine marquee name? I mean Daniel Day Lewis had a five year break between The Boxer and Gangs Of New York, but then again they weren't risking a fifth of Gangs' potential gross on his salary, but to be fair, Day Lewis isn't going to give you a record breaking opening, but his name and reputation meant you could put his name on the marquee and a few people went to see that film because of him...why the hell I'm comparing Chris Tucker and Daniel Day Lewis I don't know, but if New Line are absolutely confident they can get a decent return on this, good luck to them but after 6 years are people really going to care about a new installment of a series which didn't really have anything particular special about it in the first place? I mean, they're not exactly Mel and Danny are they?

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Is it just me who thinks Chris Tucker is NOT a good screen prese

    by BendersShinyAss

    I just don't like him for some reason. He ruined 5th element for me. Rush hour I found him just plain annoying and I couldn't be bothered with rush hour 2, regardless of how much I love Jackie Chan. It just wonder if I'm on my own here.

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Won't they agree to do it for LESS money?

    by scrumdiddly

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 11:04 a.m. CST

    put the gun down, fight like-a man

    by MiltonWaddams

    the rush hour movies are a huge guilty pleasure for me. they could make rush hour twelve and i'd watch it. does tucker deserve the paycheck? i don't know, go compare the box office from the shanghai noon/knights franchise and then rush hour.

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one here who finds Tucker's high decibel histr

    by Spacesheik

    MONEY TALKS was pretty funny guys and so was the first RUSH HOUR - Tucker practically stole FIFTH ELEMENT from Willis and co, altho I can understand how some people can find him unfunny - i mean sure you could replace him with dave chappelle but it wont be the same

  • And the camera pans on this old dude, and Chris goes, "Hey, MC Hammer's daddy, put the gun down." Cracks me up!

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Cuz the first two RH movies were huge blockbusters and FF was lo


    It's simply really. What exec in their right mind would spend more on a failed TV show than a proven franchise? Of you though right? Nevermind then.

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Cuz the first two RH movies were huge blockbusters and FF was a


    It's simpl really. What exec in their right mind would spend more on a failed TV show than a proven franchise? Of you were kidding though right? Nevermind then....too much coffee I guess.

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Everyone bitchin' about how Chan alone doesn't sell tick

    by GriffinMill's the grosses of Chris Tucker's solo movies: * House Party 3: 19 M * Friday: 28 M * Dead Presidents: 24 M * Money Talks: 41 M The moral of the story: neither Tucker nor Chan are big draws on their own. The Rush Hour movies are just one big anomaly that (in my opinion) cannot sustain a third entry.

  • Nov. 22, 2005, 7:40 p.m. CST

    to spacesheik

    by Vern

    No, you're not the only one. You didn't even mention FRIDAY. I also love his cameo in JACKIE BROWN and his turn in DEAD PRESIDENTS - I really think he could do more dramatic stuff like that. Reminds me of Richard Pryor iN BLUE COLLAR. But for me MONEY TALKS is the one I keep coming back to. I know it's kind of a ripoff of old Eddie Murphy movies like BEVERLY HILLS COP but to me BHC isn't funny anymore, MONEY TALKS makes me crack up just thinking about it. Like that opening where he drives up to the car wash and you realize the car he's been driving all through the credits is actually not his. And when the actual owner starts yelling at him, he pretends he's been looking all over for him for about half an hour, hugs him and walks away so fast that the guy doesn't know what to say. Anyway, I don't really give a shit about another RUSH HOUR movie except that it will have Chris Tucker in it. You don't see that every day. So I'll see it for sure.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 12:03 a.m. CST

    They should have just gotten Eddie Murphy, and saved some money.

    by Ted Striker

    "In the episode Rush Hour 3, the character Detective James Carter will be played by Eddie Murphy." And you won't even notice.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Why couldn`t they have thought of that months ago before The Rat

    by chien_sale

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 11:20 a.m. CST

    20 Million Dollars!?

    by Kortan Askew

    Who They Think they Hired? Chelsea CLinton!? *Sorry couldn't help it*

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 2:19 p.m. CST

    RE: "In the episode Rush Hour 3, the character Detective James C

    by Neo Zeed

    Yeah we will because Eddie hasn't been funny since 1988 with Coming to America. Why cause they're both black? Hey, lets do an Anchorman 2 but instead of Will Ferrell lets put in Chevy Chase. And you won't even notice?

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST

    I hate Chris Tucker.....

    by emeraldboy

    Chris Tucker is one of the most annoying, grating, idiotic, unfunniest comedic actors that i have ever seen. Not to mention the crap and racist dialoug he spewed in the first Rush Hour movies. Rush 2 was one of the worse movies I have ever seen. In the final movie they should put Tukcer in a room full of triads and bolt the damn door and run. My favourite Tucker scene is where he shot by sam jackon in JAckie Brown.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Eddie Murphy/Coming to America

    by kilerb

    He's been funny since then... The Nutty Professor 1 and I Spy are better than Coming to America in my opinion. It was funny back then, but have you watched it lately. The whole serious element of Coming To America gets very boring at times.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 3:06 p.m. CST

    tucker and god

    by rabban

    the whole religious thing involving tucker sounds like he has lost his damn mind my friends. he was in a high speed chase that involved several miles once caught his reason for evading officers was..."he was late for church." now...obviously michael jackson and bono actually met god and invited tucker in because they needed another player for nude twister or tucker has gone fu$k'in BATTY!!!

  • 'Arsenio Hall is being offered a case of Top Ramen against %15 of the gross.'

  • Nov. 26, 2005, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Tucker sucks!

    by Barry Egan

    He is unfunny and his persona is incredibly irritating. We are supposed to believe the guy is an FBI agent?

  • Nov. 26, 2005, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Sexual Chocolate! Sexual Chocolate!

    by Orbots Commander

    Who is the dude who thinks I Spy is better than Coming to America? The former is a piece of dreck. The latter is a timeless comedy classic. Side note: the movie was also easy for me to identify with as I spent a part of my childhood in a nearby Queens neighborhood, Astoria, a stone's throw of where the movie was set.

  • Nov. 27, 2005, 3:03 p.m. CST

    The fith element was a film bordering on greatness

    by emeraldboy

    And then Chris Tuker turns and ruins the movie spectacularly. He was so loud he made your ears bleed.

  • Nov. 28, 2005, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Both are overpaid,at least Chan has more than 9 movies, but he a

    by silverdog

  • Nov. 28, 2005, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by rabban

    well isn't that true???