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Having spent the last year sat in screening rooms and cinemas watching over 200 of 2011′s cinematic offerings, it stands to reason that I’m going to have to sit through a fair share of duds. As I had seen the vast majority of the key Oscar plays before November, I spent the latter part of the year dedicating myself to seeking out the worst, most lowest common denominator fare ripe for a skewering, and with these twenty dreadful pictures, we have what are, in my opinion, the 20 biggest train wrecks of 2011. Note that Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is still awaiting worldwide DVD release and didn’t get distribution in the U.K., so that’s one that I was forced to avoid, but I’m assured that it’s irredeemably horrible nevertheless. Anyway, on with the list…
20. Shark Night 3D
(David R. Ellis / Tomatometer: 16%)
Director David R. Ellis »
- Shaun Munro
Released in the UK by Revolver Entertainment in January, The Legend of Bruce Lee is the definitive and tragic story of famed martial arts legend Bruce Lee – the man who made history as the revered martial arts icon of cinema – which is executive produced by his daughter Shannon Lee and stars Danny (Kwok Kwan) Chan, Mark Dacascos, Michael Jai White and Ray Park.
The star and force behind iconic movies Fist Of Fury and Enter The Dragon, Lee’s extraordinary physical skills and dedicated mentality literally catapulted him into global superstardom. It is without question Lee’s legacy continues to live on as the world’s most celebrated martial arts actor and philosopher. Charting the star’s incredible story from his childhood in Hong Kong to his life in the United States including the development and mastering of his martial arts and philosophy, the film depicts his story-book rise to worldwide phenomenon. »
Action figures are cool to own and to be admired as a fine piece of art on a shelf. It's even cooler when you take any of your favorite characters and staged any match-up in stop motion. Back in March, Ben Steedbeck release a teaser that features Bruce Lee being challenged by Arnold Schwarzenegger and now the conclusion of the fight is available. The short is called "不是 toy story" (translated as "This isn't toy story").You'll find the short embedded below. »
With the film due for release on January 9th, we sat down with honorary Blogmatic3000 member Shannon Lee again to talk about the newest addition to Bruce Lee’s legacy The Legend of Bruce Lee. Check it out!
Aaron M.K.: Hello Mrs. Lee, How are you today?
Shannon Lee: I’m doing good, how are you?
Aaron M.K.: Great, I’m doing great! We’d like to talk a little about the movie you produced, The Legend of Bruce Lee. What can you tell us about it?
Shannon Lee: Well, The Legend of Bruce Lee is a cut down, edited version of the 50-part television series from China that aired on CCTV back in 2008 and it’s based on the biography on my father. They’ve cut it down- because 50 hours of television is quite a lot *laugh*- so it can be condensed »
- Aaron M.K.
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- HL Staff
It’s been a year of quite a many new faces. While it’s no surprise that Bollywood has always been a dream for many aspiring artists, few actually see their dream come true. And for some, Bollywood just comes to happen by chance. Like they say, it’s all destiny. Which is why a musician by choice and a sound engineer by profession, Harsh Parekh, never thought that he would see himself in front of the camera, onscreen. Here the debutant from Shakal Pe Mat Ja talks exclusively to BollySpice about music, acting and Bollywood.
What was your state of mind just before the release of your movie?
Well, there was nervousness, excitement – feeling of excitement overpowered everything else. After the initial shows I got calls from my cousins and friends all over who told me that the theatres are packed and that there’s a lot of crowd »
- Prateeksha Khot
Here at Tmp, we’re a bunch of movie nerds...Seems like a no-brainer, but as such, we tend to have unique items on our Christmas lists. So if you’ve got a movie buff that you need to shop for this Christmas, maybe our own individual wishlists will aid you in finding that perfect gift.
The reason it took so long for me to write something down on my wish list is not lack of wanting something, but it is because I want everything. However, since we are not writing a novel, I did manage to narrow it down to two things:
I love Anthony Hopkins! He is one of my favorite, if not the favorite, older Hollywood actors. The man is undoubtedly a living legend in the film world. What Hopkins fan would not want an autographed photo from Silence of the Lambs? As a bonus, this »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Available on iOS devices since the end of last month and now finally available on Kindle, The Bruce Lee Chronicles: Volume 1 this compelling volume, written by Steve Kerridge, reveals the true story behing the making of Bruce Lee’s most personal movie, Way of the Dragon, and we’ve been sent a handful of images (including one featuring Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris!) from the book to wet your appetite for its release.
For many years, the legacy of Bruce Lee has been a gravy train in Hong Kong cinema, to the extent that there was an entire genre, Brucesploitation, created solely to capitalize on his name and image in the '70s and '80s. The new band wagon on which Hk cinema seems to have jumped is Ip Man, who is known to most as Bruce Lee's master. However, when Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen decided to tell his story in a pair of martial arts bio-pics in the late part of the last decade, it ignited another explosion of films based on this popular hero. The latest film maker to capitalize on Ip Man is the infamous Herman Yau, he of The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome »
It's been a while since I've posted Cine Asia news, but I'm glad I've finally got the time since they have some great new acquisitions and Hk Legends re-releases on the horizon. I'm going to start with January, since it brings us some long out of print Bruce Lee films and one new martial arts film. First up is the Thai martial arts film Yamada: Way of the Samurai, also known as The Samurai of Ayothaya, directed by Nopporn Watin and starring Seigi Ozeki:Get ready for hard-hitting, hi-impact fight action from the cinematic tradition that brought you Ong-Bak and The Warrior King. Set in the ancient Kingdom of Ayothaya, this incredible true story brings to life the adventures of Yamada Nagamasa, a young Japanese Samurai »
Our friends at FUNimation are offering another round of great giveaways for Twitch readers! This time around five lucky entrants will win the Herman Yau biopic, The Legend is Born: Ip Man on DVD!The True Story of Bruce Lee's Mentor. On DVD & Blu-ray 12.13.11 For the first time, witness the early years of the revolutionary grandmaster who trained Martial arts superstar and cultural icon, Bruce Lee. Packed with Kung Fu combat and thick with drama, The Legend is Born follows Ip Man as he grows from a promising young pupil into an unstoppable force. When political corruption threatens his temple, his friends and his honor, Man singlehandedly challenges a swarm of shinobi in an ultimate showdown. Featuring a blind-folded battle between film stars Sammo »
Out of all the ridiculously cheesy “Bruceploitation” flicks that came exploding out of the bowels of China’s film industry after the death of Bruce Lee, director Kei Law’s 1977 kung fu comedy “Dragon Lives Again” (aka “Deadly Hands of Kung Fu”) is probably the most offensive of the bunch. The film follows the otherworldly adventures of the iconic martial arts hero as he goes about his business in the busy streets of Hell. Yes, dear readers — Hell. Like all good sinners who are unstoppable masters of kung fu, Lee opens a school and promptly begins instructing students, including Kain from “Kung Fu” and Popeye the Sailor Man. I kid you not. As per usual, not everyone is happy with our hero’s do-gooder ways, and he soon finds himself running afoul of a peculiar group of sinister thugs who are looking to take control of the underworld. His adversaries — which include Zatoichi, »
- Todd Rigney
There is something truly thrilling about watching the human body push itself to the limits. Even more so on film, and especially when it’s one of the world’s favourite fighters. Being able to see the full capabilities of the human body, often in an adrenalin fuelled fight to the death, is one of the many reasons we’re so captivated by martial arts films.
Jackie Chan, Lo Wei, Maggie Q, Jet Li and Bruce Lee have all sculpted successful careers in film from their sheer athleticism, the ability to control their bodies in ways most can only dream of and their power on screen. To celebrate the release of The King of Fighters, an action packed old-school arcade game revisited through film, on Blu-ray and DVD on December 26th, we’ve trawled through the archives to find the Top 10 Karate Chopping Blockbuster Movies.
Last week, film critic Drew McWeeny wrote a really interesting piece at HitFix called "Muppets, Avengers, and Life In The Age Of Fanfiction." It was inspired by a conversation with his colleague, TV critic Alan Sepinwall, who described the new "Muppets" movie as "the greatest work of fanfiction [he'd] ever seen." That spurred McWeeny to write his piece on what he calls "the Age of Fanfiction."
"What's been truly bizarre, though, is the way the mainstream has slowly headed in the same direction, and without anyone noticing it, we seem to have handed over our entire industry to the creation of fanfiction on a corporate level, and at this point, I'm not sure how we're expecting the pendulum to ever swing back. I know people love to blame Spielberg and Lucas for creating the modern blockbuster age, but at least when they decided to pay tribute to their inspirations, they did so in interesting ways. »
- Matt Singer
A communique released from last October's Third Pienary Session of the Communist Party of China Central Committee is urging the Chinese Film Industry to rethink its approach to filmmaking in order to be more appealing to Western audiences, says a report from China.org.cn. This comes as a direct result of a number of recent domestic blockbusters underachieving dramatically overseas. Aftershock, Feng Xiaogang's epic earthquake drama, broke box office records in the Mainland, but only managed a paltry $60,000 in the Us. A survey carried out by Beijing Normal University also discovered that few foreign respondents had ever watched a Chinese film, knew precious few stars beyond Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan and still considered the majority of films from the region to be kung-fu action »
In today’s BruceLee.com update, Shannon shows us a lighthearted video from several Bruce Lee fans as they try to do impressions of the legend himself! Enjoy!
Hey All: Here is a video from some Bruce Lee fans that tried their hand at doing a Bruce Lee impersonation. I want to give a shout out to Harrison Kramer. We dig his style, courage and dedication to my father’s philosophy at such a young age!!!! Enjoy, it’s pretty fun.
- Aaron M.K.
Joe Don Baker was marketed as a martial arts star in the 1974 actioner Golden Needles, a movie I saw at the Des Peres 4 Cinema back when it was new and haven’t been able to track down since. It had never been released on VHS or DVD so I was psyched to see it’s now out as part of the “MGM Limited Edition” DVD-r series . Before starring in the hit Walking Tall in 1973, Baker had bounced around Hollywood mostly doing TV work . After Kris Kristofferson turned down the role of Buford Pusser, producers offered the role to Baker who had made an impression as Steve McQueen’s younger brother in Sam Peckinpah’s Junior Bonner in 1972.Walking Tall, a true tale about a Tennessee sheriff confronting corruption and gangsters with a large wooden club and a mean attitude, was a surprise success and Baker was soon starring in a »
- Tom Stockman
We all are now fully aware of RZA of Wu-Tang Clan’s love of kung-fu cinema. Besides throwing numerous nods to Asian cinema in his lyrics, he also worked on the soundtrack for Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Rumors were revealed years ago that RZA was going to venture into directing by delivering a film that would be a love-letter to the films he grew up with that starred Bruce Lee, Gordon Liu, and Sammo Hung. With a script co-written by horror vet Eli Roth, The Man With the Iron Fists is close to finally being released. So close in fact, that actress Jamie Chung seems to think they finally have a more precise time than just sometime in 2012. She reveals these details about the film with Collider:
The original cut was four hours long and RZA was like, ‘Let’s turn it into two movies!’ and Eli [Roth] was like, ‘…No… »
- Michael Haffner
Gary Daniels was a successful kickboxer (a former world champ) who took the decision to leave his homeland in England to pursue a career in acting overseas in the late 80’s. He cut his teeth on celluloid in the Philippines before venturing to America to launch himself.
Since that time he’s filmed all over the world and appeared on film with action legends like Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham and Jet Li. He also carved out a successful career as a leading man in the straight to video market. Gary was kind enough to speak to us...
What are you filming right now?
I came to Thailand to do a couple of films. The first is called A Stranger in Paradise, with Colin Egglesfield and Stuart Townsend. I’ve just wrapped on that. The second is Angels by Wych Kaosayananda. »
Just who are the geekiest computer geeks of the large and small screen? Here’s Michael’s list of suggestions…
However, even The Cable Guy might find his social influence supplanted these days by the nearest computer geek. Gradually, computers have developed from a niche interest into something that everyone depends on to get through life. As a result, the computer geek has enjoyed a transformation from outcast to linchpin.
The geek is a stock character of both the big screen and the small. A character such as Garth from Wayne's World doesn't fit into our narrow definition of a computer geek. Does he use his Amiga to create a colourful poster for his friends’ rock concert? Yes. Does he put a »
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