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15 items from 2010

Twitch Top Kills: The Street Fighter

22 December 2010 9:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

If Jackie Chan is the king of Kung Fu comedy then on the flip side of the spectrum, Sonny Chiba must surely be the master of mad and merciless massacre (heh, try saying that twice quickly). Back during the chopsocky boom of the 70's, long before Steven Seagal first brought his brand of dirty and vicious bodily harm style of fighting or long before Tony Jaa first burst onto the scene by cracking skulls open with brutal elbows and knees blows that had audiences cringing and going "Oh shit!", Chiba established himself as arguably the original baddest and most violent sonofabitch to ever threw a punch on screen. Its all due to his breakthrough role as Takuma Tsurugi (or "Terry" in the Us dubbed version) in the Japanese cult classic The Street Fighter which ultimately led to two more gory-filled sequels. Self-nicknamed as "Real mean bastard", these words couldn't be further from the truth. »

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The 10 coolest Quentin Tarantino movie moments

19 November 2010 4:03 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Quentin Tarantino is renowned for his slick writing and memorable characters. Helen celebrates ten of the auteur's finest movie moments...

Although the upcoming Machete (well, it's upcoming if you live in the UK like us) is well and truly Robert Rodriguez’s baby, spawned from a fake trailer as part of the Grindhouse collaboration, he’s enlisted Quentin Tarantino as his uncredited producer on the sly. Why? Because he’s cool - what he does is cool.

Not all of his projects have enjoyed the critical acclaim that Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction did, but few can deny that everything Quentin turns his hand to has an unmistakable air of awesome. I’ve compiled a list of his top 10 coolest movie moments, although with so many moments to choose from, heated geek debate is inevitable...

True Romance

Clarence & Alabama Talk Kung Fu

When Tarantino penned True Romance, the emphasis was definitely on wish-fulfilment. »

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Win Takashi Miikes Extreme Classic Deadly Outlaw Rekka on DVD

18 November 2010 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Sex, gore, ultra-violence, psychotic Yakuza hitmen, the blackest of humour, Sonny Chiba, a pounding proto-metal soundtrack and gratuitous and inappropriate use of a tire iron and a hand-held rocket launcher - it just has to be a movie from Japan's most prolific and unpredictable cult filmmaker and master of Asian extreme cinema, Takashi Miike (Sukiyaki Western Django; Ichi The Killer; the Dead Or Alive trilogy; Audition). 'Deadly Outlaw Rekka' arrives on DVD here in the UK on 22 November and we have two copies up for grabs! »

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The James Clayton Column: Calm down, dear! It's only a cameo!

4 November 2010 3:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Madonna in Die Another Day? Keith Richards in Pirates Of The Caribbean? James ponders the importance of celebrity cameos in the movies…

This article contains spoilers for Burke And Hare and other cameos, if you've not yet seen the films.

Wow! This article begins with an appearance from Bill Murray! Oh, he's missed the train and is now left behind on the platform and we're already heading down the line of no return. I guess the narrative isn't following him. Never mind. On with the journey...

(If this means nothing to you, you clearly haven't seen The Darjeeling Limited and I recommend you watch it. For a start, you get to see Bill Murray missing a train.)

Back on track and I'd like to talk about cameos. This concept is a curious phenomenon unique to the motion picture and television realms.They didn't have cameo appearances before the invention of cinema. »

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Wesley Snipes to be the “Master Daddy”

29 October 2010 6:00 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Aside from trying to get a Martin Luther King biopic off the ground and keep his name in the hat for any further Blade films, Wesley Snipes is also finding time for a role in what is being described as a cross between Kung Fu Hustle and Meet The Parents. If you haven’t seen both of those films, let’s just say that they don’t seem like obvious companion pieces.

Master Daddy is also set to star a ridiculous roster of fighting stars in cameos and appearances, with Chuck Norris, Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), Joe Frazier, Samo Hung, Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak), Dan Inosanto, Simon Rhee, Lee Mosely, Bob Wall, Rampage (The A-Team), Anderson Silva (Ufc) and Ron Van Cleef all on board.

The film, pitched as “a multi-racial action comedy” will start filming shortly, with a 2011 release date in mind, although I have a sneaking suspicion »

- Dave Roper

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Even The Threat Of Prison Can’t Slow Down Wesley Snipes

28 October 2010 5:07 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Wesley Snipes is such a badass that even the threat of prison time can’t slow him down. He wants to make a movie about J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King Jr., and now he has reportedly signed to star in “Master Daddy”. Despite the S&M sounding name, Snipes describes “Master Daddy” as “a multi-racial martial arts comedy that [is] the mutant offspring of ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ and ‘Meet the Parents’”. Sounds like an interesting proposition. While there aren’t any other plot details, the cast is completely insane. Also set to appear in “Master Daddy” are Chuck Norris, Sonny Chiba, Sammo Hung, Tony Jaa, Ron Van Cleff, Anderson Silva, and Dan Inosanto. I want to thank “The Expendables” for making other genres want to collect all of their cinematic icons (and Anderson Silva?) in one place and causing fanboys to spontaneously orgasm. Seriously, this is a who’s »

- Brent McKnight

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Snipes Gets His Fists Out For "Daddy"

28 October 2010 3:45 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Wesley Snipes has signed to star in and produce the martial arts comedy "Master Daddy" for Maandi Media Entertainment and Tayrona Entertainment Group reports Variety.

In what could be seen as almost an 'Expendables of the martial arts circuit', dozens of martial arts and fighting arts stars will populate the cast including Chuck Norris, Sonny Chiba, Royce Gracie, Sammo Hung, Dan Inosanto, Phillip Rhee, Tony Jaa, Lee Mosely, Bob Wall, Rampage, Anderson Silva and Ron Van Cleff. Musicians Rock Steady, Jabbawakkies and Quest Crew will also appear.

Filming kicks off this Fall for release next year. Dan Meachum and James Ordonez are also producing but no word on who'll pen the script or direct. »

- Garth Franklin

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Wesley Snipes Is A Master Daddy

27 October 2010 5:02 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Wesley Snipes these days seems to generate more headlines for his money and legal issues than for his movies. But he’s aiming to change all that by keeping on working, with Variety reporting that he’s signed on to star in Master Daddy.It sounds vaguely S&M, but is actually a multi-racial martial arts comedy that Snipes describes as the mutant offspring of Kung Fu Hustle and Meet the Parents. And while there are no real plot details to be found yet (though you can imagine your own from that combo), it appears to have rounded up a killer cast including Chuck Norris, Sonny Chiba, Sammo Hung, Tony Jaa (didn’t he retire?), Ron Van Cleff, Anderson Silva, Lee Mosely and Dan Inosanto.So while the cast makes us think the producers are looking to create their own, martial arts-flavoured version of The Expendables (which Sylvester Stallone originally »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Grindhouse Films

31 August 2010 1:03 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We’re taking a field trip back in time to a more colorful era of cinema… back to the 70’s, specifically to the age of Grindhouse Cinema! Robert Rodriguez’s newest film Machete, a loving throwback to the golden age of grindhouse, opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, September 3rd. We Are Movie Geeks simply couldn’t resist the urge of revisiting our favorite grindhouse films, filled with blood and violence, babes getting revenge, cheesy dialogue and that beautiful grainy look that epitomizes the films of this genre.

10. Rolling Thunder

William Devane plays Major Charles Rane in this 1977 classic of the revenge sub-genre of grindhouse cinema. One part film noir for a new era of film, one part violent action flick that relies so well on character and story over special effects, Rolling Thunder is a film that deserves a much wider recognition. Being the film that inspired Quentin Tarantino »

- Movie Geeks

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HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project – Week 22

21 June 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films as ranked by the users of the biggest internet movie site on the web. It is based upon the ratings provided by the users of the Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the Internet.

It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case we is myself and Barry) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list. We’ve frozen the list as of January 1st of this year, find it here. It’s not as simple as it sounds, we are watching them all in one year, 125 each.

This is our 22nd update and my next five films watched for the project. I had a few »

- Gary Phillips

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Hiroyuki Sanada on Nude Scenes, Lost, and The City of Your Final Destination

16 April 2010 3:30 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

How's this for an unlikely trajectory: in your late teens, become a Japanese action star, and then, in your late forties, transition into English-language dramas. That's how it's happened for Hiroyuki Sanada, who got his start in Sonny Chiba's action club in Japan but crossed over to Western films with an appearance in 2003's The Last Samurai. Since then, Sanada's worked almost exclusively on American productions, and though he has a few big-budget films under his belt, he's also appeared on Lost (as this season's temple master, Dogen) and in two films directed by James Ivory, The White Countess and this week's The City of Your Final Destination, where he plays the younger lover to Anthony Hopkins.

Sanada called up Movieline last week to chat about the film, what it was like to curl up naked next to the man who played Hannibal Lecter, and the bait-and-switch that happened »

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Not His 'Final Destination'

14 April 2010 2:03 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Hiroyuki ("Hiro") Sanada has a broad range of credits under his belt but continues to be most identified with martial arts and action-adventure flicks such as "The Last Samurai," "Twilight Samurai," and "Rush Hour 3." On the small screen, he's best known as the mysterious temple master and warrior Dogen in "Lost." But Sanada does not feel restricted by the stereotypic image. Indeed, he views martial arts as a useful skill for an actor, not unlike singing or dancing, strongly believing the more talents he has the more likely he is to get cast. Consider his résumé. He has appeared in musicals and Shakespeare in his native Japan and in London with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He co-starred with Ralph Fiennes in the James Ivory flick "The White Countess" and can now be seen in Ivory's "The City of Your Final Destination," playing Anthony Hopkins' lover. "If I do action-adventure, »

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This Week on DVD: Up in the Air, Precious, Capitalism: A Love Story

9 March 2010 10:57 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Not a particularly exciting week for new releases on DVD and Blu-ray, with the exception of a couple Academy Award-nominated films trying to capitalize on their Oscar exposure (Up in the Air and Precious). Other major releases include Michael Moore's most recent film Capitalism: A Love Story and Troy Duffy's Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the Robin Williams/John Travolta comedy Old Dogs and the CG-animated Planet 51. Some other alternatives include a documentary from the producers of Moog called The Heart is a Drum Machine, the Sarah Michelle Gellar direct-to-dvd horror flick Possession, and the Richard Gere tearjerker Hachi: A Dog's Tale, about the iconic Japanese dog. Up in the Air [1] (+ Blu-ray [2]) Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire [3] (+ Blu-ray [4]) Capitalism: A Love Story [5] (+ Blu-ray [6]) Old Dogs [7] (+ Blu-ray [8]) Planet 51 [9] (+ Blu-ray [10]) The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day [11] (+ Blu-ray [12]) Possession [13] Nine Dead [14] The Stoning of Soraya M. »

- Sean

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20 January 2010 2:12 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Feast your eyes on 20 of the most outrageous grindhouse movie trailers from the groovy '70s thru the blood-spattered '80s. Be sure to check your pockets before you leave the theater...

Thanks to Louis Ruggiano for assembling this amazing collection that includes classics by the likes of Carlo Ponti, George A. Romero, Joe Spinell, Lucio Fulci, Russ Meyer, Sonny Chiba, Wes Craven and William Lustig. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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The Films of the Decade Results: Voted by You

1 January 2010 8:47 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

So, it’s been a busy month with votes coming in by the thousand but now that New Years Day has arrived we’ve been able to collate all your votes to give you the definitive list of movies that you believe defined the decade.

I’ll be looking at the top 10 in more depth below but you can download the entire list of movies by opening this Pdf. So, read on to find out which movies you believe most defined the decade.

Let us know your thoughts on the top 10 in the comments below. One question I have: If Avatar has come out earlier in the decade, would it have made your top 10 films of the past 10 years? Personally it would make it into my top 10 of 2009. Possibly even be number one.

10. There Will Be Blood (2007)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis / Mary Elizabeth Barrett / Paul Dano / Dillon Freasier »

- David Sztypuljak

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