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Director Anthony Hickox comes from a strong cinematic lineage. His father, Douglas Hickox was also a director (Zulu Dawn, Theatre of Blood) whilst his mother is critically lauded editor Anne V. Coates (Lawrence of Arabia). A career in the film industry seemed destined, even if his start would require a lot of persistence and a lot of luck.
His debut film Waxwork almost didn’t see the light of day. Hickox met the producer, Staffan Ahrenherg when he crashed his car into the back of Ahrenberg’s. With barely a penny to his name, Hickox managed to persuade Ahrenberg to let him pay for the damage by letting him write a script for him on the cheap. Ahrenberg agreed, and Waxwork was written by Hickox in three days. The script was rejected from almost every studio, »
- Gary Collinson
One of the greatest movies never made, Alejandro Jodorowsky - famous for his midnight movies El Topo and The Holy Mountain – spent two years in the seventies attempting to make an adaptation of Frank Hebert’s Dune, only for his efforts to be spent in vain. Assembling an international cast and an amazing crew of visual artists, the film might have come out in 1975 and altered the course of cinema forever. It didn’t happen, but now Jodorowsky and many others who worked on the film have been interviewed for the movie Jodorowsky’s Dune, which gives us a look at what might have been. My Jodorowsky's Dune Blu-ray review follows after the jump. Smartly kept to a ninety minute running time, the film is mostly told from Jodorowsky’s perspective as he wanted to make a film that would give people the experience of being on LSD while sober. »
- Andre Dellamorte
As many of you may know, director Quentin Tarantino's original version of Kill Bill was just one, extremely long film. The four-hour movie originally debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003, before The Weinstein Company asked the filmmaker to cut it into Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2.
Since its initial release over a decade ago, several fans have been wondering if the filmmaker's original version will ever see the light of day, which has since been dubbed Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair. Director Quentin Tarantino teased during his Comic-Con appearance yesterday that he has been in discussions with The Weinstein Company about a limited theatrical release sometime next year. Here's what Quentin Tarantino had to say, revealing that a new extended animated sequence will be included that runs over a half-hour, and was completed independently by Japanese anime studio I.G.
"What's going on with »
Could AMC successfully resurrect the martial arts TV drama?
On Friday, AMC announced a straight-to-series order for Badlands, a new series based “very loosely” on the Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” The project is from writer-producers Al Gough and Miles Millar, who in addition to The CW’s Smallville also did the kung fu comedy film Shanghai Noon. Also on board are producers Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction) and martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero) and Stephen Fung. The show’s pitch: “In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a »
- James Hibberd
In the midst of insane fight sequences and impossible violence, Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill gave me a moment of pause. In the second part of the movie, The Bride (Uma Thurman) finally confronts Bill (David Carradine), and ultimately dispatches him with a secret technique from their old master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu) known as the five-point-palm exploding heart technique. This closely-held secret move uses pressure points on a man’s chest that will stress the heart to a point that the victim can only travel five steps before his heart explodes and he falls dead. That’s a pretty cool technique, and would be quite handy in a pinch, so it got me thinking: Which martial art will teach it to me? The Answer: A special subset of Aikido known as “bullshit.” The so-called “death touch” move, or “dim mak,” has shown up in many movies prior to either of the Kill Bill volumes. In »
- Kevin Carr
Interview & article by Michael Lizaragga.
Before he ever went to hell, fought Freddy, froze through time, or launched into space, Jason Voorhees embarked on one of the scariest, weirdest and most craziest frontiers of them all: New York.
Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan stands as a classic amongst Jason Junkies, forever revered and remembered as the hockey mask’s first outing outside Crystal Lake (unless you count Part 2, in which Jason tracks down his mom’s decapitator and bumps her off during the first five), as well as Paramount’s final stab into the billion dollar franchise. And like its unstoppable poster boy who never dies, the 13th legacy will always remain—along with generations of fans requesting tales and testimonies from those who have taken part in the Jason saga.
One such participant, actor/producer/writer Vc “Julius” Dupree who starred in Jason Takes Manhattan, commemorates »
- Holly Interlandi
Warning: This recap discusses the events of Sunday’s game-changing Game of Thrones season finale, which means it contains spoilers for those who haven’t watched the episode. Proceed accordingly.
Well, happy Father’s Day to you, too, Game of Thrones.
The HBO drama’s fourth season draws to a close with two murders – one heartbreaking, one kinda deserved (but no less terrible, given what it means for the murderer) – as well as another goodbye that made me feel feelings for a character I didn’t even know I cared about.
Here’s what – and who — goes down during the hour. »
Remember when films were on things called video cassettes? Remember when they were sold in rental shops, full to the brim with those big bulky covers (usually with great artwork on the front)? The joy of browsing, picking a gem you’d never heard of because IMDb wasn’t around to tell you if a film was bobbins or not. Good times…good times.
With those glorious days long gone, now lost in the streaming generation and having also gone through the DVD generation (which was never quite as brilliant a rental perusing experience for some reason), I will be looking fondly back to the video era of the 80s and 90s, up to the turn »
- Gary Collinson
Pulp Fiction has become so canonized as a modern classic, it's easy to forget how transgressive it was on its release twenty years ago. But when Quentin Tarantino's film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1994, it thrilled and shocked the audience in equal measures.
'Pulp Fiction,' A to Z
No scene upended more expectations than the pawn shop sequence (Spoiler Alert — if you haven't ever seen the movie, this is the moment when you should stop reading and go do that. Really! It's streaming on Netflix! »
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
For students of cinema, several films-that-were-never-made have been the subject of articles, books, and documentaries. Historians enjoy imagining just what movie delights almost happened, that were stopped by different circumstances, often budgetary. I recall seeing production art for Willis O’Brien’s teaming of titans in “King Kong Meets Frankenstein”. Before George Pal produced the definitive big screen version, Ray Harryhausen shot test footage for a proposed “War of the Worlds”. And animation buffs have wondered at the pencil test sequences Looney Tunes wildman Bob Clampett whipped up to try to sell MGM on a cartoon short series based on “John Carter of Mars”. And in this “what if” study, there would need to be a sizable sidebar on the unfilmed works of Orson Welles. Years before Coppola, Welles tried to adapt Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” for the movies along with comics’ “Batman” and “Don Quixote” (Terry Gilliam’s »
- Jim Batts
In the mid-Seventies, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who was known for his radical arthouse films El Topo and Holy Mountain, took on the greatest challenge of his film career -- adapting for the screen one of the most classic sci-fi novels in history, Frank Herbert's Dune.
For two years, Jodorowsky worked an overwhelming number of hours with his creative team, including French comic-book artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud, screenwriter Dan O'Bannon (Dark Star, Alien), artist H.R. Giger (Alien), and sci-fi paperback illustrator Chris Foss to create over 3,000 storyboards and dozens of paintings along with incredibly detailed costumes and a tome of a script the size of a large phone book.
The film was to star Jodorowsky's own 12-year-old son, Brontis, who endured two years of daily martial arts training in preparation for his starring role alongside icons such as Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali. Although the film was never made, »
- Debbie Cerda
Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct Kung Fu; the Who is Jake Ellis? adaptation snags a writer; Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Inarritu’s The Revenant; and Michael B. Jordan joins the CIA for Men Who Kill.
Kung Fu, for those that might not know, was a popular ’70s TV series featuring David Carradine as a martial artist who travels to the States in search of his brother. This cinematic adaptation, however, apparently trades a missing brother for a missing father, and switches the principal location to China.
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- Anthony Taormina
Maleficent: Disney has released more than a dozen new photos from the upcoming Maleficent, due out in theaters on May 30. In our two favorite images, Angelina Jolie looks quite menacing as the titular character, who eventually gives in to the dark side. [Coming Soon] Kung Fu: Baz Luhrmann, who last adapted F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby for the big screen, is turning to decidedly different source material. He is in talks to direct Kung Fu, based in the 1970s TV show that starred David Carradine as Caine, a half-Chinese, half-American martial artist who wandered the wild, wild West in the 19th century. The new version would be set in China with the lead character in search of his father. [Heat Vision] Allegiant: Following the pattern...
- Peter Martin
As you may or may not have heard Baz Luhrmann has been in the news again this week. 2013 was another big year for him with The Great Gatsby exceeding expectations (financially). The buzz on Baz hasn't quieted in this new year. On March 2nd, his wife Catherine Martin won another pair of Oscars to match her Moulin Rouge! statues and new collaborations for the Bazmark spouses are on the way.
First up is the stage musical adaptation of his breakthrough debut hit Strictly Ballroom (1992). The Guardian featured him a few days ago -- the video is more of a commercial for the show really than a true interview but there are clips from the show and Baz statements worth parsing.
I was 29 for the film. In the back of my mind I always thought 'it's got to be a musical'. I thought 'God, I hope I don't end up 40 and I'm doing Strictly Ballroom musical. »
- NATHANIEL R
Baz Luhrmann has hopped between genres in his career, though he’s usually maintained some blend of period romance and music for the likes of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, Australia and last year’s The Great Gatsby. But if he takes on a new job for Legendary Pictures, we could be in for a very different Luhrmann movie, as he’s in talks to make Kung Fu.Legendary has been trying to turn the 1970s David Carradine-starring show into a film for years now. When it last kicked our news radar, word was that Bill Paxton might be picking up the megaphone to get it made. It would seem that that didn’t work out and now Luhrmann is considering the idea. The Hollywood Reporter cautions that it’s unclear how far the talks have progressed: for all we know, Luhrmann is simply chewing over the notion.If he does go ahead, »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Baz Luhrmann – director of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rogue! and The Great Gatsby – has entered talks with Legendary Pictures with regards to helming the upcoming big screen adaptation of the classic 1970s TV series Kung Fu. Should he finalise a deal, it’s said he’ll also rewrite the script, which has been penned by John McLaughlin (Black Swan).
Premiering in 1972 with a full length TV movie, Kung Fu starred David Carradine (Kill Bill) as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk travelling through the American Old West in search of his half brother. The series ran until 1975, with a total of 63 episodes, and was followed by the TV features Kung Fu: The Movie (1986) and Kung Fu: The Next Generation (1987), along with a spin-off series entitled Kung Fu: The Legend Continues between 1993 and 1997.
- Gary Collinson
Baz Luhrmann may direct Kung Fu. Baz Luhrmann is in contention to direct the TV-to-film adaptation of Kung Fu, the 70′s TV show that starred the late David Carradine. On the people behind the film: [The film is a] Legendary Pictures’ big-screen adaptation…The current script is by Black Swan scribe John [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Now this is a curious combination as THR reports Baz Luhrmann of all people is in talks to direct Kung Fu for Legendary Pictures. The project is a big-screen adaptation of the 1970s martial arts Western television show that starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half brother. The show featured flashbacks to Caine's training as a teen in which his master called him "young grasshopper." THR reports a source saying the current script, written by John McLaughlin (Black Swan), switches the action to China and finds Caine in search of his father -- at one point ending up in a prison where he must fight to survive. Cory Goodman (Priest) and Rich Wilkes (xXx) have written previous drafts of the screenplay and Bill Paxton was, at one time, attached to direct back in 2011. Luhrmann will do »
- Brad Brevet
Joining us for the 20th episode of the Hey You Geeks podcast is director Frank Pavich, here to discuss his incredible, hit documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune. We discuss the film, the enigma of Jodorowsky, alternate timelines and so much more. Pavich shares fascinating stories about first meeting the legendary Jodorowsky, H.R. Giger and Michel Seydoux. From Jodorowsky’s Paris apartment and Giger’s museum to Cannes, Pavich takes us on a journey through the creation of the documentary, and what could have been if Jodorowsky’s visionary epic made it to the big screen. With names like David Carradine, Orson Welles, Dali, Pink Floyd and Mick Jagger attached to Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Dune, the doc is full of fascinating casting stories and a visual tour through a unique vision in film. Give a listen, and don’t forget to share your reviews of Hey You Geeks on iTunes!
- Tony Nunes
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