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58th BFI London Film Festival Review – Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

10 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, 2014.

Written and Directed by Mark Hartley.

Synopsis:

A one-of-a-kind story about two-of-a-kind men who (for better or worse) changed film forever.

“We’re Cannon Films, and we’re dynamite!” 

When the Israeli partnership of Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus bought Cannon in 1978, it was a near-bankrupt company but through their unique business models and ability to package exploitation movies likes American Ninja, The Naked Cage and numerous Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson vehicles that would sell to foreign markets, they became the most powerful independent film company in the world.

They hit big in 1984 with Breakin’, a breakdance movie made for $1.5million that grossed over $40million at the worldwide box office, confirming the cousins as “proper” producers, but they always wanted more, piling millions into over 30 films a year (according to Masters of the Universe designer William Stout it was over »

- Scott Davis

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Electric Boogaloo review

29 September 2014 5:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The rise and fall of Cannon Films is told in Mark Hartley's wildly entertaining documentary, Electric Boogaloo. Here's Ryan's review...

Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were famous (or infamous) for many things, but a stringent approach to quality filmmaking was hardly one of them. At the height of their success in the 1980s, the Israeli cousins, and their company Cannon Films, were synonymous with cheap B-movies of just about every kind: Chuck Norris action flicks, sex comedies, ninja martial arts epics, dance movies and tawdry slasher horrors.

Their films frequently horrified critics, but became a staple of video rental stores: with Cannon Films cranking out as many as 50 or so pictures a year at its peak, the company's distinctive logo and self-explanatory film titles (New Year's Evil, Avenging Force, Enter The Ninja) were ubiquitous throughout the 80s and early 90s. The company was eventually brought down by its fast-and-loose approach to film production, »

- ryanlambie

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Scott Adkins And Dolph Lundgren Together Again In 4 Towers

24 September 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

News from a couple of sources, including the Scott Adkins Facebook Page (so you know it is true!), is that Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren are joining Gianni Capaldi on an upcoming action flick 4 Towers. Actress Kelly Overton (True Blood) is rumored to be a part of the production. A Serbian ex war hero, Viro, (Dolph Lundgren), takes hostages at a powerful company's dinner in an 11th century castle in a bid to capture the legendary stolen gold of Mussolini. Taking on Italy's tactical swat teams and an Interpol unit (Scott Adkins and Gianni Capaldi), he may have captured a hostage who could prove too much to handle. Intense combat, thrilling knife fighting and explosive action follows Viro as he attempts to escape with the...

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Dolph Lundgren Takes On 4 Towers, War Pigs and Sharks

23 September 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the third Expendables film behind him, Dolph Lundgren has a busy line up on the horizon. Filming will commence on 4 Towers in November, High Five Films and Imago Films have announced. Co-starring with Dolph will be Scott Adkins (who has already appeared in three films with Lundgren) as well as Gianni Capaldi (who has also appeared with Lundgren three times).

Lundgren stars as Viro, a Serbian war hero who takes hostages at a powerful company’s dinner in an 11th century castle in a bid to capture the legendary stolen gold of Mussolini. Taking on Italy’s tactical swat teams and an Interpol unit (Scott Adkins and Gianni Capaldi), he may have captured a hostage who could prove too much to handle. Intense combat, thrilling knife fighting and explosive action follows Viro as he attempts to escape with the cursed gold and treasure.

Lundgren is apparently undergoing knife training for the blade based combat. »

- Gary Collinson

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Fantastic Fest – A Look at the Film, Parties, and Chaos that Await in Austin

15 September 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The best way to describe how I approach Fantastic Fest is like summer camp. It happens once a year. You get back together with old friends. Yet in this case, this non-traditional camp is for fans of the most bizarre, violent, horrific, and Fantastic movies you could imagine. And even still, Fantastic Fest is so much more. This will be more third time attending Fantastic Fest and We Are Movie Geeks fourth time covering the crazy events that take place in Austin every September. For eight days I will be immersed in a world that is unlike any other film festival I have ever attended. What other festival is going to feature events like an opening night food fight, a karaoke party, a “nerd rap throwdown,” and the signature event at the festival – Fantastic Debates (which includes a verbal debate followed by a literal boxing match). These are just a »

- Michael Haffner

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Metrodome strikes for Toronto trio

15 September 2014 3:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Mia Hansen Love, Francois Ozon dramas and Cannon Films doc among Toronto haul.

UK distributor Metrodome has secured UK and Ireland rights to a trio of films that played at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14): Mia Hansen Love’s well-received drama Eden, Francois Ozon’s The New Girlfriend and documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.

All three will play at the London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).

Metrodome acquired Eden from sales agent Kinology in a deal negotiated by Metrodome head of acquisitions Giles Edwards and Kinology’s CEO Grégoire Melin.

Directed by French auteur Mia Hansen Love and starring Felix De Givry, Pauline Etienne and Greta Gerwig, Eden charts the rise and fall of one of the DJs who pioneered the French electro music scene in the 1990s.

The film features cameo’s from the likes of Daft Punk, Joe Smooth, the late Frankie Knuckles »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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5 Marvel Characters Who Should Get Their Own Netflix Series

14 September 2014 2:35 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thomas Roach with five Marvel characters who should get their own Netflix TV series….

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding fast with not just films being released each year but now shows on television. Next year we are set for two movies – Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man – but also we will be getting our first Marvel Netflix show, Daredevil. Marvel announced last year that it had made a deal with Netflix to produce four series which would all lead to a Defenders miniseries. So far Daredevil is the only one in production, with actor Charlie Cox playing the title role. We are also set to get Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones series on Netflix over the next few years.

As well as the Netflix shows, we are set to have an Agent Carter TV series on ABC, as well as the continuing series Agents of S.H. »

- Thomas Roach

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Final Wave of Programming Announced for Fantastic Fest, Includes The Town That Dreaded Sundown & Horns

11 September 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a copycat of the Phantom Killer who struck 66 years ago reignites the Moonlight Murders in a small Texas town. And in Horns, a man suspected of killing his girlfriend wakes up to find horns jutting from his forehead, thus bringing a little hell on Earth. These two films are among those joining the 10th anniversary celebration of Austin’s Fantastic Fest.

The Hive, It Follows, Everly, and Open Windows are also included in the recently announced final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest, which takes place September 18th-25th in Austin, Texas. We have the official press release with full details:

Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - “Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & Us Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, »

- Derek Anderson

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The Bottom Shelf: Remo, Almost Human, Branded To Kill and more

9 September 2014 12:56 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Nick wades into another stack of DVD releases, including 80s action epic Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous, and lots more besides...

"Whatever happened to Fred Ward?" is a line surely on the tip of most people’s tongues. Apparently, the star of Tremors and The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult has mostly been doing TV work over the last few years, though you’ll almost certainly remember him as the charismatic star of 1985’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. No? Well, shame on you, because Remo, making a welcome Blu-Ray debut, leads this month’s action-packed, erm, action special.

If you weren’t one of the lucky few that grew up with the preposterous movie otherwise known as Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous punctuating their childhood, we’ll fill you in. Riding on the success of the Rambo films (essentially, the only tenuous link being the vaguely similar name), Bond director »

- ryanlambie

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Vital lessons we've learned from major action movies

2 September 2014 8:28 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Everything we know, we learned from the movies of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Lundgren, and Seagal...

Teachers? Professors? Lectures? Pfft. They don’t know anything. You don’t learn things from books. You learn things from hanging out of a helicopter blowing up a small army. That’s real life experience. Unfortunately most of us have jobs, responsibilities and the like stopping us from going on our own violent adventures and escapades, so we have to turn to the pantheon of great action stars to educate us. Here, in one handy guide, are some life lessons to take from the work of Arnie, Sly and the rest.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

There are two key traits that we can gather from Schwarzenegger’s body of work that we should emulate. The first, and most prominent, is to always have something cool to say, especially after an act of violence. Try to make it relevant to the situation. »

- sarahd

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The 10 Greatest Villains That Jean-Claude Van Damme Has Ever Faced

28 August 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Villains have encapsulated some of the most iconic characters in cinema history and have made their presence known in every genre. As time has progressed and cinema has evolved, so too has the villain and the qualities that they possess. The trend has now become that to make a great villain, they need to be very complex and layered and somehow relatable to the audience. To put it simply, a villain is, in a movie, the Yang to a hero/heroine’s Yin, a perfect balance.

The legendary Dolph Lundgren once said that every action movie is only as good as its villain, and that statement couldn’t hold more merit. In my opinion, action movies have by far given us the greatest villains. The most satisfying cinema experience (at least to me) is being exhilarated and dazzled by furious action sequences to then be paid off by seeing these »

- Matt Schembari

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Mystery DVD Club: One In The Chamber

27 August 2014 4:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It's another edition of Mystery DVD Club, this time featuring Dolph Lundgren. But is One In The Chamber one for the bin? Becky finds out...

Welcome back to Mystery DVD Club. The idea behind this is simple: we went and bought a whole host of films we hadn't heard of before, none of which cost us more than a few pounds. Then, we sent them to a bunch of our writers, without telling them what disc they were going to receive. Could we unearth a hidden gem? Gives One In The Chamber a spin...

Cuba Gooding Jr stars as Ray, a seasoned fixer who botches a job and finds himself playing both sides in an organised crime turf war. Then one crime family (it doesn't really matter which one, they're fairly interchangeable) decides to bring in Dolph Lundgren and his collection of Hawaiian shirts to take out the other family »

- ryanlambie

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Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren Talk The Expendables 3, Their Freedom to Blow Up Anything While Shooting, Deleted Scenes, and More

20 August 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is director Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3.  Like I said on Twitter, The Expendables 3 is a lot of fun and my favorite of the series due in large part to Mel GibsonWesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas.  All three are awesome and Banderas steals every scene he’s in.  In addition to the new cast, The Expendables 3 has a crazy third act that’s easily the best action scene of the franchise. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Terry Crews  and Dolph Lundgren.  They talked about what they remember most about filming, making the movie in Bulgaria and how they could blow up anything, deleted scenes, Jason Statham's  on-set car accident, and more.  Hit the jump to watch. Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren: Brooklyn Nine-Nine. What do they remember most about making The Expendables 3. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Awfully Good: I Come in Peace + Machete Kills (Video)

20 August 2014 3:39 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Since Dolph Lundgren was wasted in Expendables 3, I'm putting him front and center this week. I Come in Peace a.k.a. Dark Angel (1990) Director: Craig R. Baxley Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley Rule-breaking cop Jack Caine is already busy taking down a group of yuppie drug dealers when an evil alien heroin enthusiast pays a visit to Earth. Note: For God knows whatever reason, this movie was retitled Dark Angel on DVD, a terrible name that »

- Jason Adams

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Box Office Democracy: “The Expendables 3″

18 August 2014 6:16 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The first two Expendables films worked for me in the same way old-timers days work for me in baseball.  They take a career that scarcely has any use for people over the hill and gave them a place to look relevant in a limited space.  My biggest problem with The Expendables 3 is that it deviates too much from that idea by introducing a crop of young guns that expose the existing cast as being largely too old for this line of work while the presence of the established stars steals all the gravitas from the scenes shared with the newer actors.  There are great individual performances and a couple of surprising ones. Excellent choices, but ultimately the Expendables franchise seems to be on a downward trajectory and I don’t know how it will right itself.

Sylvester Stallone needs to learn that there’s a difference between actors who »

- Arthur Tebbel

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‘Expendables 3’ Illegally Downloaded 5 Million Times, But Still Isn’t Top Hit for Pirates

18 August 2014 11:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pirates have voted on “The Expendables 3″ with their clicks — and it turns out the Sylvester Stallone-starrer hasn’t been astoundingly popular among digital thieves, relatively speaking.

As of Sunday, 5.12 million people worldwide had pirated “Expendables 3” since a high-quality copy hit torrent-sharing sites July 23, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio.

That likely contributed to the action movie’s dismal box-office debut this weekend. But over the same July 23-Aug. 18 time period, the movie was No. 4 in downloads, after “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (7.31 million), “Divergent” (6.29 million) and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ (5.88 million). Moreover, that’s despite “Expendables 3″ becoming available more than three weeks prior to the film’s U.S. theatrical debut.

For the week ended Aug. 18, the movie was the fifth most popular title on piracy services, with 1.54 million downloads. That trailed “Captain America” (2.61 million downloads globally), “Spider-Man 2″ (1.70 million), “Noah” (1.62 million) and “Divergent” (1.55 million), per Excipio.

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- Todd Spangler

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Sunday Quiz – Do You Know Your Sylvester Stallone Movies?

17 August 2014 3:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With The reelase of The Expendables 3 [read our reviews here and here] and the news that he’s set to return to the character of John J. Rambo for Rambo V, this week we’ve decided to put your knowledge of Sylvester Stallone movies to the test in the latest Sunday Quiz. So, if you know your Rocky from your Rambo and your Demolition Man from your… erm… Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, then take the quiz below and don’t forgot to share your results to see how you stack up against your friends…

Question 1 The Expendables The Expendables 2 The Expendables 3

 

Question 2 First Blood Rambo: First Blood Part II Rambo III

Question 3 Cobra Demolition Man Lock Up

Question 4 Death Race 2000 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Judge Dredd

Question 5 Rocky IV Rocky II Rocky III

Question 6 Grudge Match Cobra Over the Top

Question 7 Cop Land Assassions Lock Up

Question 8 The Expendables 3 »

- Gary Collinson

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Exclusive Cool Video: Fun F*cking Facts - The Expendables

16 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

We've got yet another installment of Fun F*cking Facts for you, this time focusing on the first installment of Sylvester Stallone's old-school action badass franchise, The Expendables. Theres quite a few interesting tidbits in here, including trivia on Stallone's on-set injuries from the film, Jason Statham's pre-Expendables career, and what kept burglars from robbing Dolph Lundgren's house. Check it out: »

- Paul Shirey

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Film Review: As Title Implies, ‘The Expendables 3’ Totally Expendable

16 August 2014 5:59 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The old man as macho action hero trend has finally calcified. If you haven’t seen either of the two previous “Expendables” pictures – this is definitely not the place to start. Sylvester Stallone’s creaky franchise hits rock bottom.

with this shoddy looking, poorly paced, indifferently acted and overlong exercise in excess on the cheap. It supposedly cost $90 million dollars to make, but what’s onscreen looks like it should have gone direct to video. Some explosions look like they were created with an iPhone.

Rating: 1.0/5.0

The poster promises a Cannon Films era wish list of stars – including new additions Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Harrison Ford – in an old school action picture where the body count goes sky high and the bullets never stop flying. But the finished film bears perhaps too many resemblances to the shoddy looking action pictures of the era – it’s an »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: As Title Implies, ‘The Expendables 3’ Totally Expendable

16 August 2014 5:57 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The old man as macho action hero trend has finally calcified. If you haven’t seen either of the two previous “Expendables” pictures – this is definitely not the place to start. Sylvester Stallone’s creaky franchise hits rock bottom.

..with this shoddy looking, poorly paced, indifferently acted and overlong exercise in excess on the cheap. It supposedly cost $90 million dollars to make, but what’s onscreen looks like it should have gone direct to video. Some explosions look like they were created with an iPhone.

Rating: 1.0/5.0

The poster promises a Cannon Films era wish list of stars – including new additions Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Harrison Ford – in an old school action picture where the body count goes sky high and the bullets never stop flying. But the finished film bears perhaps too many resemblances to the shoddy looking action pictures of the era – it’s an »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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