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UTA Signs Derik Murray’s Network Entertainment (Exclusive)

Production company Network Entertainment has signed with United Talent Agency.

Founded by Derik Murray, the company boasts a broad slate of premium content, including documentaries. Among Network Entertainment’s most recent productions is the documentary “I Am Mlk Jr.” set to premiere April 4 on Paramount Network. The film is is executive produced by Paul Gertz and Kent Wingerak, in addition to being co-executive produced by Dr. Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute and Stanford University history professor. Paramount Network’s Jon Slusser and Jaimee Kosanke also serve as executive producers on the project.
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Review: Heart of Glass—Jackie Chan's "Police Story"

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After a second failed attempt to break into the American market with The Protector (1985), a film in which he repeatedly conflicted with director James Glickenhaus, Jackie Chan returned to Hong Kong determined to top Hollywood. According to Chan, he told Glickenhaus: “You do The Protector and I’ll do Police Story, and I’ll show you what the action movie is all about.” Today, more than 30 years after its release, Police Story remains one of the best-loved and most impressive action films by the most popular action star in the world, and has been given the restoration treatment and Metrograph engagement befitting a true classic, while Glickenhaus is best known for actually writing and directing a movie called McBain.After knocking around Hong Kong for several years as a stuntman and bit player, and a few attempts at becoming a lead in cheap Bruce Lee knock-offs, Jackie Chan finally burst
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Redeemer (1978)

When does a slasher slip over into the surreal? Usually when you start with a boy emerging fully dressed from a lake, who catches a bus to a church, where a priest laments on the nature of sin while cross cutting to a group of six 20-somethings from all walks of (okay, North American) life? This is the first 15 minutes of The Redeemer (1978) folks, and you will get your bearings as the group of six gather for a high school reunion where they’re given a bloody Ted talk on sin and redemption from a multiple-masked killer in the spirit of Terror Train (1980) - if that spirit had been around two years previous. Not only is it a touch prescient, it’s surprisingly creepy as hell through not only the killer’s various guises, but an insidiously Christian treatise on what it deems modern society’s “ills”. But, you know,
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Paul Walker Documentary Will Honor Fast and Furious Actor

Paul Walker Documentary Will Honor Fast and Furious Actor
A Paul Walker documentary is in the works. The Fast and the Furious star died an untimely death in a tragic car accident back in 2013. However, in part because the Fast and Furious is one of the biggest franchises on the planet and a franchise that continues to honor his legacy, he's remembered fondly by many and now, a documentary is being made that will chronicle his life and death.

Paramount Network will produce the documentary, along with I Am Heath Ledger producer Derik Murray. Network Entertainment is also involved. At the present time, the documentary, which will be titled I Am Paul Walker, doesn't have a timetable for release, but all of the pieces seem to be in place. Adrian Buitenhuis, who directed I Am Heath Ledger, has been tapped to direct this deep look at Paul Walker's life and career as well. Additional details on the documentary are
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Birth of the Dragon review – Bruce Lee takes a hit

This soulless biopic portrays the young kung fu master as insufferably smug

Loosely based on a real-life fight, this martial arts drama purports to explore the early years of Bruce Lee. The takeaway from the story, however, is that the martial arts hero and the star of films such as Enter the Dragon was kind of a dick in real life. As played by Philip Ng, Lee’s weapon of choice was not so much the famed “one-inch punch” but the insufferable smirk of superiority that accompanied it. The film, which is set in 1960s San Francisco, hinges around an epic showdown between Lee, the young pretender who has outraged the martial arts community by teaching westerners to fight, and kung fu master Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia), over in America from China to do penance for a grave misdemeanour. The fight sequences are slick, but this is a soulless slog.
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‘Birth of the Dragon’ Review

Stars: Billy Magnussen, Philip Ng, Xia Yu, Qu Jingjing, Jin Xing, Simon Yin, Van Ness Wu, Ron Yuan, Terry Chen | Written by Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson | Directed by George Nolfi

Directed by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), this account of a life-changing real-life fight between kung fu superstar-in-waiting Bruce Lee and martial arts grandmaster Wong Jack Man is less a of biopic and more of a fictionalisation based on a true story. Taken on those terms, it’s a lot of fun, though it’s likely to frustrate Bruce Lee aficionados looking for a more faithful approach.

The story begins in San Francisco in 1964, where a not-yet-famous Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) is teaching martial arts and focusing on becoming a superstar. When Shaolin monk Wong Jack Man (Xia Yu) arrives in San Francisco, Lee is rattled by his presence and challenges him to a duel, believing that the martial
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Berlin Review: ‘Museum’ is a Heist Drama with Political and Visual Flair

A full seventeen years after Gael García Bernal came to the attention of international audiences with Y Tu Mamá También we find the ageless wonder once again playing an idealistic young man who is accused of jerking off too often. The film in question is Museum, a dramatization of–or, as the film cheekily states, “replica” of–events that took place in 1985 when two young men stole a bounty of priceless Mayan artifacts from the national museum in Mexico City on Christmas Eve.

It is the latest work of Alonso Ruizpalacios, an obliquely political filmmaker with an eye for cinematic homage. His latest is essentially a heist movie, but it’s one that utilizes those strengths in order to subvert the conventions of an overly familiar genre. In doing so, however, it forgoes a little bit of what provides that type of filmmaking with such narrative élan.

Ruizpalacios’ robbers are
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Birth of the Dragon review – unconvincing Bruce Lee origin myth

The romanticised touches don’t help this account of a private bout involving the martial arts star, pre-fame, in San Francisco

This is an odd, romanticised take on an incident in the early life of Bruce Lee in San Francisco, almost like a superhero “origin myth” story. It is based on the semi-legendary private bout he had in 1964, before he became famous, with the Shaolin master Wong Jack Man. Philip Ng convincingly impersonates the cocky, athletic Lee, and Wong – who is incidentally still alive at 77 – is played by Yu Xia. In real life, their fight may have been due to Wong disapproving of Lee teaching kung fu to Westerners, or it may have been a regular alpha-male faceoff. It certainly had nothing to do with the fanciful explanation concocted here: a gallant contest to appease local Chinatown gangsters who would stand to gain from betting and so agree to release
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Birth of the Dragon (2016) by George Nolfi

Loosely inspired by true events, and particularly an article by Michael Dorgan, which was first published on Official Karate in 1980, “Birth of the Dragon” attempts a recreation of the events that led to the infamous fight between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man in San Francisco, in 1964.

Birth of The Dragon is being released in UK cinemas from Altitude Film Entertainment, starting February 23rd

At the time the film takes place, 24-year-old Bruce Lee owns and operates a martial arts school, and is on the verge of making a break into the show business, with “Green Hornet”. He is hip, cocky, and willing to go to extremes to introduce himself and kung fu to the world. However, everything changes when Wong Jack Man, a Buddhist monk who is also a martial arts master and a man, who, according to Lee, can unravel everything he has accomplished, arrives in town. Lee
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Birth of the Dragon Review

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Author: Euan Franklin

Biopics never have a firm grasp on the truth, and any reasonably intelligent moviegoer understands this. Often, it’s obvious (merely by watching) what’s fact and what’s fantasy and it doesn’t hinder our enjoyment. In George Nolfi’s Birth of the Dragon, facts are kicked into the dirt of gangster-ridden Chinatown.

Set nine years before the release of Enter the Dragon, a young Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) is a martial-arts teacher (known as a sifu) in San Francisco. He is performative and egotistical, eager to introduce kung-fu to the Western world. But when Wong Jack Man (Xiu Yu) arrives in San Francisco, as penance for a sin committed in China, he threatens Lee’s aspirations – believing kung-fu shouldn’t be taught to Westerners. This builds to the famous (real) fight between the two of them – the results from which remain ambiguous.

The fantasies of
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‘Birth of the Dragon’ Review: Dir. George Nolfi (2018)

Birth of the Dragon review: This inspired-by-fact tale does little to inspire or enlighten and only very occasionally enlivens.

Birth of the Dragon review by Andrew Gaudion.

Birth of the Dragon review

The life of Bruce Lee is one that has fascinated movie fans for decades and has led to a big-screen biopic once before in the form of Rob Cohen’s entertaining and respectful 1993 film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. His unique style of Kung Fu and his supernova-esque burst of success solidified him as a true icon of the 20th Century. It shouldn’t be a surprise that filmmakers want to continue to add to that iconography with films that explore aspects of his rich but brief life.

Birth of the Dragon has a degree of pedigree behind it, the type of pedigree that would lead you to believe that this will be a sincere approach to depicting
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‘Bruce’s Deadly Fingers’ to be Released on Blu-ray and DVD

Joseph Kong’s film ‘Bruce’s Deadly Fingers’ will be released March 27, 2018 by Vci Entertainment as a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack.

The film, originally released in 1976, follows a young martial artists who sets out to rescue the kidnapped ex-girlfriend of Bruce Lee. Starring Bruce Le, Nora Miao, and Michael Wai-Man Chan.

Special features include:

– Commentary track by Michael Worth – author, director, actor, and expert on Bruce Lee, and ‘Bruceploitation films’ !

– Video interviews with some of the players.

– High-def transfers of several other ‘Bruceploitation films’ Theatrical Trailers

– Original Theatrical Trailer in HD!

– Photo and poster gallery of Bruce’s Deadly Fingers, and other ‘Bruceploitation films’

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Ross Macdonald’s Cool Cat detective — originally Lew Archer — comes alive in Jack Smight’s smart SoCal kidnapping mystery, thanks to a charismatic Paul Newman and a hot cast of bright, smart actors. It’s the first screenplay sale for the celebrated William Goldman, and the crisp cinematography by ace cameraman Conrad Hall doesn’t hurt either.



Warner Archive Collection

1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date February 27, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Pamela Tiffin, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Shelley Winters, Harold Gould, Roy Jenson, Strother Martin, Martin West, Jacqueline deWit.

Cinematography Conrad Hall

Art Direction Alfred Sweeney

Film Editor Stefan Arnsten

Original Music Johnny Mandel

Written by William Goldman from The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald

Produced by Jerry Gershwin, Elliott Kastner

Directed by Jack Smight

Gumshoe detective movies (as opposed to police movies about detectives) suffered a dip in the 1960s,
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Brandon Lee Turned Down Role to Play His Father in 'Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story'

Brandon Lee Turned Down Role to Play His Father in 'Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story'
The late Brandon Lee was once offered the chance to play his father, the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, on film — but the young actor felt it would have been wrong.

In an undated interview unearthed by Heat Vision to commemorate what would have been Brandon Lee's 53rd birthday on Thursday, the son of Bruce Lee discussed why he passed on the lead role in the 1993 hit Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.

"I was a little scared by the whole thing, really," Brandon Lee explained. "It's strange to play your own father, you know? I couldn't really wrap...
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Bruce Lee Scenes Recreated with Lightsabers

How cool would it be to see lightsabers in Bruce Lee movies? Okay, okay, so it would be highly impractical since logic suggests that Bruce and the rest of the cast would end up dicing themselves into pieces, or having to since the dynamic of their weapons doesn’t really allow for a weapon that can cut through anything being contact with your skin. But let’s say for logic’s sake that the lightsabers were turned down to training level so that they would wound but not kill. It’s possible since in the prequels it was never stated, but younglings worked with

Bruce Lee Scenes Recreated with Lightsabers
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UK poster for the Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon

Ahead of its UK release this February, a new poster has arrived online for director George Nolfi’s (The Adjustment Bureau) latest film Birth of the Dragon, which explores the legendary fight between martial arts icon Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man. Check it out here…

See Also: ‘Becoming Bruce Lee’ featurette for Birth of the Dragon

In the world of martial arts, there is one man above all: Bruce Lee. San Francisco, 1965. Young, hungry and looking for an opportunity to make a name for himself, Lee (Philip Ng) challengeslegendary Shaolin monk and kung fu master, Wong Jack Man (Xia Yu), to a fight when he hears that he’s crossing the Pacific to observe the state of kung fu in America. Their legendary fight would change the history of martial arts forever.

Birth of the Dragon is set for release in the UK on February 23rd
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Fist Of The North Star: revisiting a strange 80s anime

Ryan Lambie Jan 31, 2018

One of the most violent animated films of the 80s, Fist Of The North Star is also one of the weirdest, Ryan writes...

British fans of Japanese culture had to get their anime fixes where they could find them in the early 90s. The success of Akira prompted a trickle of Japanese animation, mostly via Manga Entertainment, but the selection was often leftfield to say the least. We got enjoyable fare like 3x3 Eyes, Project A-Ko and Dominion: Tank Police in the first few years of the 90s, but then we were also given Urotsukidoji: Legend Of The Overfiend, a deeply strange slab of erotic horror pretty much guaranteed to generate controversy.

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Indeed, much of the anime from that period appeared to be chosen almost at random, either based on what was
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Exclusive Interview: Christopher Lambert Talks ‘Kickboxer Retaliation,’ ‘Highlander’& More

Christopher Lambert Interview for Kickboxer Retaliation

Known for his roles of Connor MacLeod and Lord Rayden, Christopher Lambert returns to movies with the seventh film of the Kickboxer franchise, Kickboxer Retaliation. The film sees Lambert take on one of his only villain roles in his career as fight organiser Thomas Moore. The film arrives on digital download on Friday 26th January, with a DVD and Blu-ray release on 5th March 2018.

Late last year, in the run-up to Christmas, we received a phone call from Mr Lambert and talked at length about his new project, the legacy of Highlander, his thoughts on the proposed reboot, and his desire to direct. Read the full interview now.

So Christopher, how did you get involved with Kickboxer Retaliation?

I met with the director, he explained to me what he wanted to do. I read the script, I thought it was cool to be a bad guy finally.
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New Bruce Lee biopic gets a trailer

Simon Brew Jan 19, 2018

Birth Of The Dragon looks set to tell the story of a young Bruce Lee. Here's the trailer...

We’ve already had one big screen biopic of the late Bruce Lee, back when Jason Scott Lee played him in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. Now, though, comes another attempt to tell Lee’s story, in a film by the name of Birth Of The Dragon.

It’s directed by The Adjustment Bureau’s George Nolfi, working off a script from Stephen J Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson. Lee will be played by Philip Ng, and he’s joined in the cast by Xia Yu and Billy Magnussen.

A trailer has just been released for the film too, that looks like this…

And we’ve got a synopsis as well…

In the world of martial arts, there is one man above all: Bruce Lee. San Francisco, 1965. Young, hungry and
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Today in Movie Culture: Bruce Lee vs. Lightsaber, How Movies Empower Us All and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Video Essay of the Day: Like Stories of Old looks at the archetype of the warrior in movies and how they're used to empower us all: Mashup of the Day: After watching this reworking of a Bruce Lee fight scene you'll be wishing Star Wars had lightsaber nunchucks (via Geekologie): Cosplay of the Day: Speaking of Star Wars, we're still waiting for that Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer, so let's ease our patience with this adorable Han Solo and Chewbacca cosplay: "Han Solo and Chewbacca cosplay" — Fluff Society (@FluffSociety) January 16, 2018 VFX Breakdowns of the...

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