WHO Jackie Chan
THE MOVIE “Skiptrace”
THE DEAL The latest film from the ageless action star premiered earlier this week at the Shanghai International Film Festival and will arrive in American theaters Sept. 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Chan plays a Hong Kong detective who must team up with a fast-talking American gambler (Johnny Knoxville) to stop a crime boss. The director is Renny Harlin, who has just launched a new production company, Midnight Sun Pictures, in China, where he has been based for the past two years.
THE MOVIE “The Congressman”
THE DEAL This comedy-drama written and co-directed by former Long Island representative Robert J. Mrazek will be available via video-on-demand beginning Tuesday, June 21. The film stars Treat Williams as a politician who comes under attack for not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before congressional sessions, a plot point inspired by Mrazek’s real life. “The Congressman” marks the debut feature of Mrazek, 70, a lifelong cinéaste who spearheaded the creation of the National Film Registry.
THE MOVIE “Finding Dory”
THE DEAL The animated sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo” could become the highest-opening film in Pixar’s history, Variety reports. The film, which opens Friday, is expected to earn $115 million to $120 million over its first weekend. That would be good news for Pixar, which earlier this year released “The Good Dinosaur,” its lowest earner. “Finding Dory” features Ellen DeGeneres reprising her role as the forgetful blue tang Dory, who suddenly remembers she has a family of her own to find.