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By Lewis Beale and Lewis Beale,Newsday | December 27, 2007
He's balding, he's not exactly blessed with heartthrob looks, and he has a thick Cockney accent. Yet over the past several years, 35-year-old Jason Statham has become an international action film star. The former world-class diver, street salesman and fashion model first broke into the public consciousness as one of the criminal lowlifes in director Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, reteamed with Ritchie for Snatch, then blew away the bang-bang crowd as the star of The Transporter films.
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September 24, 2011
now playing "Abduction" (PG-13). A teen (Taylor Lautner) discovers the people who raised him aren't his real parents, a revelation that triggers several events and leaves him running for his life. TownMall Cinemas (1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.) "Contagion" (PG-13). A woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns home from a Hong Kong business trip and dies two days later of a mysterious ailment. Her husband (Matt Damon) and others try to figure out what killed her, and why all of mankind is threatened.
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By Geoff Boucher | August 23, 2007
Jason Statham's acting career began on the sidewalks of Argyle Street in London. Sitting on a milk crate with a suitcase of bogus jewelry, the young street hustler said whatever it took to persuade tourists to buy gold chains that would turn green by the time they flew home. "That was street theater. It was called fly pitching. You work with a team - some people in the crowd, some guys who stand lookout for the police. Those were the most lucrative days of my youth," Statham says. Later, Statham would be introduced to a young filmmaker named Guy Ritchie who was looking to pepper the cast of his new crime film with nonactors whose faces evoked London's seedier pubs.
NEWS
August 29, 2008
Tropic Thunder *** ( 3 STARS) $16.3 million $65.8 million 2 weeks Rated: R Running time: 107 minutes What it's about: A failing action star (Ben Stiller, above), a drug-addicted comic (Jack Black) and a celebrated Australian actor (Robert Downey Jr.) stumble onto real guerrillas while making a war film. Our take: Downey is daringly funny as a white man from Down Under playing an African-American soldier. At its best, this movie wrings divine madness from wretched excess. House Bunny ** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS )
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By Daniel Fienberg and Daniel Fienberg,ZAP2IT.COM | September 8, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Indiana Jones hasn't cracked his bullwhip in more than 15 years. John McClane hasn't helped anybody die with any difficulty in 10. The Terminator is the governor of California and James Bond is a mystery man. Where are the action heroes of yesteryear? Jason Statham is not one to shy away from the "action hero" label. "There's nothing wrong with it," he says. "It's nice. It's a funny title to wear, actually. Once you start doing stuff and doing your own stunts you are considered an action hero.
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By Carrie Rickey and Carrie Rickey,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | January 19, 2001
"Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity," cautions Turkish (Jason Statham), the philosopher-dimwit at the hub of Guy Ritchie's freewheeling comedy "Snatch." Though he's describing the clocklike moronism of the wisecracking wise guys, pugnacious pugs and broke pawnbrokers whose fates collide in this Tarantino-comes-to-London effort, he might well be commenting upon the film itself. So be warned - "Snatch" is a movie whose how-low-can-your-IQ-go characters are designed to make the audience feel smart.
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,ORLANDO SENTINEL | September 10, 2004
Cellular is a kidnapping-thriller starring the new Nokia 6600 cell phone. It co-stars Oscar winner Kim Basinger, one-time Oscar nominee William H. Macy and one of the kids from The Perfect Score. Basinger plays Jessica Martin, a teacher who lives with her Realtor husband and unfortunately named son, Ricky. One day, she drops Ricky Martin off at school, comes home to a dead maid and a kidnapper. Ryan (Chris Evans, of Score) is an irresponsible hunk who can't understand why his girlfriend (Jessica Biel)
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,ORLANDO SENTINEL | September 2, 2005
A new Bond? Who cares? Who needs Bond? We've got The Transporter 2. The second installment of this French-engineered, Brit-starring, Hong Kong-styled action series is more slam-bang and much sillier than the original. It loses some of the lean, mean minimalism of The Transporter and crosses over into Bond far-fetchedness in its plot and stunts. But it's still a noisy, goofy, cartoonishly violent ride. This time, our transporter, played by the bullet-headed, rule-spouting Jason Statham, is running his particular brand of delivery service in Miami.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 11, 2002
As Bacon, the small-time scam artist in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Jason Statham was a fellow who worked comically hard to be a hard guy. As Frank Martin, aka The Transporter, Statham is one cool customer - he keeps all his energy coursing beneath the surface. A former Special Forces operative who lives in weird Spartan luxury on the French Mediterranean, Martin offers super-swift automotive transport of goods or people, no questions asked, for the right price. Statham brings an actor's craft and a budding star personality to the role; he gives a clean performance in the slovenly genre of the espionage cum carnage film.
NEWS
August 29, 2008
Tropic Thunder *** ( 3 STARS) $16.3 million $65.8 million 2 weeks Rated: R Running time: 107 minutes What it's about: A failing action star (Ben Stiller, above), a drug-addicted comic (Jack Black) and a celebrated Australian actor (Robert Downey Jr.) stumble onto real guerrillas while making a war film. Our take: Downey is daringly funny as a white man from Down Under playing an African-American soldier. At its best, this movie wrings divine madness from wretched excess. House Bunny ** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS )
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lewis Beale and Lewis Beale,Newsday | December 27, 2007
He's balding, he's not exactly blessed with heartthrob looks, and he has a thick Cockney accent. Yet over the past several years, 35-year-old Jason Statham has become an international action film star. The former world-class diver, street salesman and fashion model first broke into the public consciousness as one of the criminal lowlifes in director Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, reteamed with Ritchie for Snatch, then blew away the bang-bang crowd as the star of The Transporter films.
FEATURES
By Geoff Boucher | August 23, 2007
Jason Statham's acting career began on the sidewalks of Argyle Street in London. Sitting on a milk crate with a suitcase of bogus jewelry, the young street hustler said whatever it took to persuade tourists to buy gold chains that would turn green by the time they flew home. "That was street theater. It was called fly pitching. You work with a team - some people in the crowd, some guys who stand lookout for the police. Those were the most lucrative days of my youth," Statham says. Later, Statham would be introduced to a young filmmaker named Guy Ritchie who was looking to pepper the cast of his new crime film with nonactors whose faces evoked London's seedier pubs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Daniel Fienberg and Daniel Fienberg,ZAP2IT.COM | September 8, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Indiana Jones hasn't cracked his bullwhip in more than 15 years. John McClane hasn't helped anybody die with any difficulty in 10. The Terminator is the governor of California and James Bond is a mystery man. Where are the action heroes of yesteryear? Jason Statham is not one to shy away from the "action hero" label. "There's nothing wrong with it," he says. "It's nice. It's a funny title to wear, actually. Once you start doing stuff and doing your own stunts you are considered an action hero.
FEATURES
By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,ORLANDO SENTINEL | September 2, 2005
A new Bond? Who cares? Who needs Bond? We've got The Transporter 2. The second installment of this French-engineered, Brit-starring, Hong Kong-styled action series is more slam-bang and much sillier than the original. It loses some of the lean, mean minimalism of The Transporter and crosses over into Bond far-fetchedness in its plot and stunts. But it's still a noisy, goofy, cartoonishly violent ride. This time, our transporter, played by the bullet-headed, rule-spouting Jason Statham, is running his particular brand of delivery service in Miami.
FEATURES
By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,ORLANDO SENTINEL | September 10, 2004
Cellular is a kidnapping-thriller starring the new Nokia 6600 cell phone. It co-stars Oscar winner Kim Basinger, one-time Oscar nominee William H. Macy and one of the kids from The Perfect Score. Basinger plays Jessica Martin, a teacher who lives with her Realtor husband and unfortunately named son, Ricky. One day, she drops Ricky Martin off at school, comes home to a dead maid and a kidnapper. Ryan (Chris Evans, of Score) is an irresponsible hunk who can't understand why his girlfriend (Jessica Biel)
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 11, 2002
As Bacon, the small-time scam artist in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Jason Statham was a fellow who worked comically hard to be a hard guy. As Frank Martin, aka The Transporter, Statham is one cool customer - he keeps all his energy coursing beneath the surface. A former Special Forces operative who lives in weird Spartan luxury on the French Mediterranean, Martin offers super-swift automotive transport of goods or people, no questions asked, for the right price. Statham brings an actor's craft and a budding star personality to the role; he gives a clean performance in the slovenly genre of the espionage cum carnage film.
EXPLORE
September 24, 2011
now playing "Abduction" (PG-13). A teen (Taylor Lautner) discovers the people who raised him aren't his real parents, a revelation that triggers several events and leaves him running for his life. TownMall Cinemas (1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.) "Contagion" (PG-13). A woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns home from a Hong Kong business trip and dies two days later of a mysterious ailment. Her husband (Matt Damon) and others try to figure out what killed her, and why all of mankind is threatened.
SPORTS
February 2, 2009
Overall, it wasn't a memorable night for commercials. But these stood out: * Baltimore already knew how Ray Lewis could dance, but he showed off smooth moves for SoBe Lifewater. And nice hat. * The Pedigree ad was in the Super Bowl spirit: people making do with no dogs by having a rhinoceros or ostrich. * In the same vein was the Pepsi commercial showing how "men can take anything." * Any Bob Dylan sighting is noteworthy, and hearing him and Will.i.am perform "Forever Young" stood out. * One of the most clever commercials was Coke's, with insects teaming up to swipe a picnicker's soda.
FEATURES
By Carrie Rickey and Carrie Rickey,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | January 19, 2001
"Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity," cautions Turkish (Jason Statham), the philosopher-dimwit at the hub of Guy Ritchie's freewheeling comedy "Snatch." Though he's describing the clocklike moronism of the wisecracking wise guys, pugnacious pugs and broke pawnbrokers whose fates collide in this Tarantino-comes-to-London effort, he might well be commenting upon the film itself. So be warned - "Snatch" is a movie whose how-low-can-your-IQ-go characters are designed to make the audience feel smart.
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