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LATEST JACKIE NEWS
May 29, 2003
This Saturday is World No Tobacco Day and in an article about smoking in films, Jackie is mentioned as one star who campaigns against smoking in movies.
Another no-news day....sorry! As soon as anything new comes up about Jackie's activities in Berlin, it will be posted here. In the meantime, here's a Jackie Chan "Picture of the Day" for your viewing pleasure:
May 27, 2003
Not much news out of Berlin these last few days. Jackie is very busy filming Around the World in 80 Days.
Traces of a Dragon, the film about Jackie's lost family, is making news as it is being picked up by distributors. Here is the poster from the documentary:
If you would like to read more about the film, click here.
May 26, 2003
For a young fan of Jackie's this is about as exciting as it can get:
Each month in the Kids Club newsletter (The Little Dragon News) one member is featured in a section called "Jackie's Kids." In April a young musician from Bulgaria named Kamelia Kirilova was featured. Kamelia plays the cello and when she sent the Kids Club her birthday card for Jackie she sent two copies of a CD of her cello music - one for Jackie and one for the lucky Kids Club president. The CD was sent to Jackie in Berlin along with the birthday cards and WOW! Jackie listened to it and was very impressed. Here's what he had to say in his May 13 diary entry:
"I received another gift from one of my fans today. Her name is Kamelia Kirilova, and she is a beautiful young lady and a talented musician. Kamelia plays the cello, and she recorded some of her music on a CD and sent it to me. When I listened to it, I found out that one of the tracks is actually a song from my movie "Gorgeous." Wow!! Thank you, Kamelia, for this great gift. Now I will have some new music to listen to in my car."
Congratulations to Kamelia and many thanks to Jackie for mentioning her in his diary.
Here are a few photos of Kamelia with her cello:
**This is just one more reason to join the Official Jackie Chan Fan Club for Kids!! Maybe one day Jackie will be talking about YOU!! **
May 25, 2003
Happy Birthday Willie Chan!
Belated birthday wishes go out to Jackie's manager and best friend, Willie Chan. (His big day was May 22nd). Hope you had a nice day, Willie!
Not a lot of Jackie news out there right now. Jackie's still in Berlin filming Around the World in 80 Days.
According to comingsoon.net, The Medallion (formerly Highbinders) is due to premiere on August 15th. Here's what they have to say about the film:
Combining the physicality of international action superstar Jackie Chan with state-of-the-art special effects, Highbinders is an action comedy co-starring Claire Forlani and Julian Sands. Chan stars as Eddie, an indomitable Hong Kong cop who, after a near-fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion, is suddenly transformed into a Highbinder -- an immortal warrior with superhuman powers. Eddie enlists the help of fellow agent Nicole (Claire Forlani) to determine the secret of the medallion and face down the evil Highbinders who so desperately want it back.
Jackie and "Medallion" co-star Claire Forlani
Sounds like a good one!
to help the people of Hong Kong who have been affected by SARS, Jackie
and some other film artists will put together a series of short movie
clips to show their support.
May 23, 2003
Jackie has donated his own sunglasses (plus a signed photo of him wearing them) to the Discovery Fund for Eye Research's ebay auction. Eighty percent of the money that is collected will go to the charity. This is the second time Jackie has donated items to this charity proving that Jackie is truly devoted to helping others.
Here's the photo from ebay showing the glasses that are being auctioned off.
May 22, 2003
Jackie's Official website has finally been relaunched and it looks terrific! It makes use of Flash! technology and is very personalized; you can read Jackie's and Willie's diaries, ask Jackie a question, and see many great up-to-date photos of Jackie on location. Congratulations to the Jackie-Chan.com webmaster! Click below to visit the new site.
While Jackie was in Cannes, France last week he officially announced the addition of two more cameo appearances in Around the World in 80 Days: Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson! Click here to see all the ATW80D cameos.
The Jackie Teaches German page has been updated with the latest lessons from Jackie.
May 21, 2003
May 20, 2003
Here are some more photos of Jackie and friends from Cannes. Source Thanks to Marie M. for the link.
Why not have a look at the Kids Club postcard section; there are postcards from all over the world and many of them are very beautiful. If you would like to contribute a postcard (you DON'T have to be a Kids Club member to submit one), just mail it to:
The Official Jackie Chan Fan Club for Kids
P.O. Box 556
Peconic, NY 11958-0556 USA
May 19, 2003
Jackie is in Cannes right now promoting Around the World in 80 Days. Cannes is located in the South of France on the Mediterranean Sea and is the place where the famous Cannes Film Festival takes place each year. Here are a few photos of Jackie in Cannes (along with co-stars Cecile de France and Steve Coogan):
Photo ©2003 Michael Euler
Photo: ©2003 Vincent Kessler
May 17, 2003
Check out these exclusive photos of the set of Around the World in 80 Days. Kristin, a young fan from Germany, was able to visit the set and even get Jackie's autograph. Many thanks to Kristin for generously sharing her wonderful photos with the Kids Club!
Pssssst.....there's a new "Jackie Chan Movie That Wasn't" posted on the Kids Club website!
May 16, 2003
Pssssst.....there's a new "Jackie Chan Movie That Wasn't" posted
As many of you know, Jackie's official site has been undergoing an overhaul. According to a note posted on the site today, there will be no new diary entries until the site re-launches. Here's the message from Jackie:
My Diary will not have any more new entries until the imminent re-launch of my Jackie Chan's Official Website. So come back soon to check out our new site!!
Click here to see some more photos from the set of Around the World in 80 Days!
Check out this cool crew t-shirt from Around the World in 80 Days! No word on whether the shirt will be for sale in the future, but if it becomes available, you will be notified here on the Latest Jackie News page.
In Jackie's diaries he mentions "snooker" many times. Click here to learn about this popular game (when you get to the link, click on the "About Snooker" button on the left).
May 15, 2003
Filming continues on Around the World in 80 Days. Working in Berlin provides much more stability than working in Thailand because the weather is much more cooperative. Click here to see some amazing photos of the ATW80D set and actors (including our favorite actor, Jackie Chan). Warning: There are some spoiler pictures here so if you don't want to see them then don't click! Thanks to Rachel for providing the link.
Screen Power, the official Jackie Chan magazine, has posted parts of its interview with Jackie's dialogue coach, Diana Weng. Click here to read.
May 14, 2003
It looks like Jackie's $40 million US funded "Titanium Rain" has gone through a name switch. According to Sina, the movie will now be called "Time Breaker" or "Space and Time Destroyer" (depending on the translation). The script has undergone a rewrite, although Stanley Tong is still set to direct. The movie will be filmed mostly in China and is set to begin filming after Jackie finishes up with Around the World in 80 Days. (Thanks to JF for the translation).
Jackie has very generously donated two pairs of his sunglasses (plus autographed photos of him wearing them) to be auctioned off for charity. The auction begins May 22 at this link.
May 13, 2003
Sorry for the lack of news the last few days...the Kids Club webmaster was having some computer problems.
German politician Klaus Wowereit is making an appearance in Around the World in 80 Days. Here's a photo of Jackie with Steve Coogan and Klaus Wowereit:
Click here to read an article about Owen Wilson that mentions Jackie and his relationship with Owen's dog Garcia.
May 9, 2003
According to a Chinese news source, Jackie's son Cho Ming is working hard to break into the recording industry. He has submitted a demo CD to some of Jackie's friends in the industry and hopes to become a pop star. Says Jackie of Cho Ming's abilities, "He's much better than me!" Thanks to JF on the JCMB for this translation.
Not much more in the way of Jackie news today. For a laugh, check out the newest Movies That Weren't on the Kids Club site. If you would like to contribute a fake movie poster just email it to the webmaster.
In case you're new to the Kids Club website, here's a tip: check out the Postcards section. People from all over the world have sent in postcards of their hometowns and they are beautiful! Why not send in a postcard of YOUR hometown? You don't have to be a Kids Club member; there's a special section for people who are Kids Club website visitors! Mail it to:
The Official Jackie Chan Fan Club for Kids
P.O. Box 556
May 8, 2003
Lots of Jackie news today!
In a survey of children at a Texas elementary school Jackie Chan was listed as a hero and a role model. Click here to read the whole article. Thanks to Marie M. for the link to this story.
Legendary clothing designer Giorgio Armani appears to be the next celebrity to pop up in a cameo in Around the World in 80 Days. Thanks to Rachel for the translation of this article from its original German. Check out the ATW80D Cameo page to see all the cameos!
Giorgio Armani (Source)
Here's another photo of Jackie filming Around the World in 80 Days:
Photo: ©Johannes Eisele AFP/DDP
Click here to watch a terrific video clip of Jackie filming in Berlin!
British actor Steve Coogan (Philias Fogg) had this to say about Jackie Chan:
[He is] a very generous actor, very intelligent and very active, unlike other stars of Hollywood that are limited to fit themselves to their role.
Coogan also described Jackie as "intelligent - like Buster Keaton." Source (Thanks to Rachel for the translation.)
May 7, 2003
Jackie's set diary has been updated for April 27 through May 4th. Click here to read it at Jackie's official site.
Here are two pictures from a photocall on the set of Around the World in 80 Days. Jackie sure looks happy!
Photo: ©REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz
Photo: ©REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz
Sources are reporting that because of the SARS threat in China, production of the Nicholas Tse film SWORD SEARCHERS has been delayed. Because of Jackie's tight shooting schedule, the chance now exists that he won't be able to appear in this film.
Don't forget to check out the latest Jackie Chan Movies That Weren't right here on the Kids Club website!
The Jackie Teaches German page has been updated with the latest words and phrases from Professor Jackie.
May 6, 2003
For all those who sent a card, letter, or drawing to Jackie for his birthday, here's what he had to say:
"Today, I received a lot of gifts from the Jackie Chan Kids Fan Club. I'm always very happy and touched to receive gifts from them, and I would just like to say "thanks" to all my fans."
In what seems to be a popular move in the world of films today, another name change has been announced for a major motion picture. Jackie's "Titanium Rain" will now be called "Time Breaker." The movie will also undergo a plot and script change according to the source. The new plot promises to include more aspects of Chinese culture and belief. "Time Breaker" is set to be released at the end of 2004.
According to a story in the Hollywood Reporter, the Jackie Chan remake of Around the World in 80 Days is relying heavily on advanced technology to manage viewing and editing of the film. Amazingly, the production has an editor and lab based in Germany and when a large amount of footage was filmed in Thailand, modern technology enabled the team to have the dailies in Germany ready to be viewed only 4 hours after they were telecined! Once the film had been viewed by the editor the high speed connection lines could be used to support a video conference between the editor and the director. Wow! Even Jules Verne would be impressed! Thanks to Mary D. for supplying the Kids Club with this link.
Three new posters have been added to the Jackie Movies That Weren't, so have a peek!
May 5, 2003
Happy Cinco de Mayo!!! ("cinco de mayo" means "fifth of May" in Spanish).
From Berlin's Morgenpost website: Berlin's Gendarmenmarket (a large public square in the city) has been transformed into old London in order to film scenes from Around the World in 80 Days. To read a translation of the article (there are mild spoilers) click here. Thanks to Rachel for this post! Here are two photos from the Morgenpost Website:
In other news, German filmmaker Wim Wenders has signed up for a cameo in Around the World in 80 Days. Thanks to Rachel for posting this news!
May 3, 2003
No Jackie news today....check back later to see if anything's come up.
There's two new additions to the Jackie Movies That Weren't page. Thanks to Roland for his contributions!
May 2, 2003
Jackie is busy in Germany filming Around the World in 80 Days but not too busy to pose for some pictures. Click here to see the newest additions to Jackie's photo album on his official website.
Disney reports a boost in earnings thanks to Jackie's Shanghai Knights as well as the smash hit Chicago! Thanks to Marie M. for the link to this story.
Don't forget...the original Around the World in 80 Days was well known for featuring cameos of many famous Hollywood stars. The remake is shaping up to be very much the same....lots of great cameo appearances! If you have an idea for a cameo, email the webmaster and she'll add your idea to the list.
Keep checking back here for the latest cool contest sponsored by the Kids Club. The announcement will appear in the next few days.
May 1, 2003
Check out the awesome photos of Jackie enjoying all the wonderful birthday wishes sent to him from Kids Club members and other fans!
Don't forget to read the Kids Club news for April 30 (below) since several things were added after the first posting.
Very Exciting News!!
This is THE coolest news of the year for the Kids Club!!!
As most of you know, Jackie has been keeping a diary for his fans while shooting Shanghai Knights. In the July 3rd diary entry, Jackie talks at length about the Kids Club and mentions each of the last 7 "Jackie's Kids" by NAME! As most Kids Club members know, Jackie has taken a keen interest in the newest Jackie Fan Club and he reads all of the newsletters. It is very exciting to read Jackie's comments about the club and its members! In the July 8th entry, Jackie mentions the Kids Club again, encouraging his young fans to join. Click the highlighted links (above) or read the diary entries at Jackie's Official Web Site. (From the August 12, 2002 News Report)
The Latest Jackie News is now being archived to save room on this web page. To read past news reports, just click on the month you're interested in viewing.
©2002 Katharine Schroeder/The Official Jackie Chan Fan Club for Kids