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The Clapper – Review

Ed Helm (center, with hat) as Eddie and Tracy Morgan (to right) as Chris, in The Clapper. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures ©

The Clapper is an indie film about a different side of Hollywood, a kind of romantic comedy about an anonymous worker in Los Angeles who ekes out a living as a paid face in the crowd for audiences for infomercials. It is a job kind of like a movie extra but ranked much lower, as clappers are impersonating ordinary people in audiences in advertisements impersonating television programs. Clappers are part of the background that creates the illusion that producers are selling to their real audience.

Director Dito Montiel adapted the script from his novel “Eddie Krumble is the Clapper,” his second book after “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” which was also made into an indie film.. The story is semi-autobiographical, based on Montiel’s experiences after moving to L.
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Keith Strandberg interview: No Retreat No Surrender

Craig Lines May 3, 2017

For fans of 80s action cinema, No Retreat No Surrender holds a special place. We've been speaking to the man behind the series...

If you were a kid in the 1980s and you liked action movies, chances are you rented No Retreat No Surrender at some point. It was like a more violent, high-octane take on The Karate Kid, with all-American teen Jason (Kurt McKinney) getting martial arts tutelage from no less than The Ghost Of Bruce Lee so he could kick the ass of a muscly Russian (Jean-Claude Van Damme in his first major role). As a kid, this movie was everything to me. It was a 15 cert so a little bit edgy, but still simple and wholesome enough for young me to totally ‘get it’. I had tears streaming down my face the first time I watched it, I was so invested in the final fight.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Clapper’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Clapper’
A curious thing has happened to indie movies since the year 2000. In the ’90s, practically all the heroes were hit men. Now, they hold some of the quirkiest jobs imaginable — baking specialty pies (“Waitress”), building bathtubs (“The Voices”), writing greeting-card poetry (“500 Days of Summer”), etc. — in movies where a quirky profession serves as a stand-in for an actual personality.

The title character in Dito Montiel’s “The Clapper” takes the cake: He makes a living as a professional audience member, popping up in countless infomercials too “ooh” and “aah” and occasionally ask questions like, “Are you trying to tell me with no money down I can get a house?” Unlike the hundreds of would-be actors who move to Los Angeles every year with dreams of becoming stars, Eddie Krumble (Ed Helms) and best friend Chris (Tracy Morgan) are content to be invisible, doing their best to look nondescript, while mixing
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'Empire' actress AzMarie Livingston joins 'Almost Amazing'

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'Empire' actress AzMarie Livingston joins 'Almost Amazing'
Exclusive: Torrei Hart, Simone Shepherd, Aeriel Miranda also among cast of Us comedy-romance; production reveals footage.

Empire actress AzMarie Livingston has joined the cast of Us comedy Almost Amazing, which is currently shooting in Los Angeles.

The ensemble cast also includes Torrei Hart, Simone Shephard, Aeriel Miranda, Jazsmin Lewis, Erica Mena, Brian Hooks, Eric Roberts, Billy Blanks and Laura Govan.

Writer-director Justin Price’s comedy follows three men who run a professional breakup agency but who are failing to end their own deteriorating relationships.

Producers are Price, Khu, Reno Rankin, Matthew Simmons and Eddy Herrero. Price and DoP Khu previously collaborated on low-budget horrors Dark Moon Rising (2015) and Forsaken (2016).

Livingston, mononymously known as AzMarie, got her break on America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion in 2012. She currently plays Chicken in Fox’s TV drama Empire, co-created by Lee Daniels.

Almost Amazing marks the model-turned-actress’s most prominent role to date following a minor role in Daniels
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Interview: T.J. Scott, director of Death Valley

david j. moore chats with T.J. Scott about his new film Death Valley and his work on the small screen…

Long time stuntman, stunt coordinator, and director in his own right, T.J. Scott might best be known as a director for numerous television shows such as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Cleopatra 2525, and more recently shows such as Gotham, Spartacus, 12 Monkeys, and The Strain, but he has a new feature film set to be released in theaters on October 20th called Death Valley. The suspenseful film stars his wife Victoria Pratt (Mutant X, Cleopatra 2525), and is set entirely in Death Valley. It centers around four characters stranded in the desert after they accidentally run over a woman with their car. Scott, who took a moment out of his busy schedule, discusses his career and shares his thoughts on his latest film.

You have an incredible list of credits to your name,
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Contest: Win Dark Moon Rising on DVD

The bodies start piling up when werewolves invade a small town in Justin Price’s Dark Moon Rising, now available on DVD and digital platforms from Uncork’d Entertainment, and we've been provided with five DVD copies of the action horror film to give away to Daily Dead readers.

"Writer-director Justin Price’s howling new horror-thriller “Dark Moon Rising” hit digital and DVD August 4, 2015 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Eric Roberts (The Human Centipede III), Mika Padilla (NCIS), Billy Blanks (The Last Boy Scout) and Jared Allman (The Hunger Games : Catching Fire) star in the hair-raising chronicle of a group of shape-shifting werewolves that descend upon a small town in search of a girl who is re-born once every 2000 years. She holds the key to their survival and all will die who stand in their way.

An American Werewolf in London takes a bite out of Near Dark in this bloody,
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August VOD Releases Include Final Girl, The Boy, Turbo Kid

There are a lot of great movies arriving on VOD for the month of August, which should undoubtedly please all you genre fans who love to catch on some of the best indie horror and sci-fi titles from the comfort of your own homes. We kick things off with The Last Survivors from Dark Sky Films and the very same day, Uncork’d Entertainment is unleashing their werewolf flick Dark Moon Rising which stars Eric Roberts.

On August 7th, A24 is planning on taking viewers to some Dark Places, and we’ve got a handful of movies arriving in mid-month including the thriller Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon and the stylized revenge tale Final Girl featuring the always great Abigail Breslin. A few days later, SpectreVision’s The Boy arrives on VOD and one of my personal favorite films of 2015, the spunky post-apocalyptic action adventure tale Turbo Kid, will be released on August 28th.
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‘A.W.O.L.’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Lisa Pelikan, Ashley Johnson. Brian Thompson, Voyo Goric, Michel Qissi, George McDaniel, Eric Karson, Ash Adams, William T. Amos, Roz Bosley, Dennis Rucker, Billy Blanks | Written by Sheldon Lettich, Jean-Claude Van Damme | Directed by Sheldon Lettich

When looking at eighties action heroes Jean-Claude Van Damme managed to make a name for himself in a genre built upon already big names and even bigger egos. Although A.W.O.L. (aka Lionheart) was released in 1990 I think it is fair to still class it as an eighties movie, the fashions shown on-screen pretty much confirm it (they are bad). Released this week on Blu-ray as part of 101 Films Cult Movie Collection it stands as a perfect example of everything that made Van Damme a star of the action genre.

When Lyon Gaultier discovers his brother is injured and the Foreign Legion with which
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"Billy Blanks' Taebo Live: Cardio Abs"

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Sneak Peek footage from "Billy Blanks' Taebo Live: Cardio Abs" from Anchor Bay Entertainment, now available on DVD:

"...Billy uses his slimming and toning concepts of 'Tae Bo' toslim down your mid-section and help you to shed those inches.

"Lose the pounds you'e always wanted to get rid of with this DVD. Billy and the crew make it fun and motivating as they help you change your body for the better..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Billy Blanks: Taebo Live: Cardio Abs"...
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The Dusty VHS Corner: Wrestlers Body Slamming Cinema

Tom Jolliffe digs deep into The Dusty VHS Corner for a trio of straight to video actioners featuring some of the biggest stars of the squared circle…

During the 80’s when the WWE was developing into the larger than life, sometimes cartoony drama that introduced the world to things like Hulkamania and story arcs straight out of soaps, to be one of the top wrestlers you needed presence, personality and showmanship. There were some strong personalities in the wrestling arena, and the immense popularity of Vince McMahon’s entertainment machine seemed to suggest that for a select few, the transition from wrestler to acting superstar could be an easy, and potentially lucrative one.

Long before Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson broke into movies and became the big box-office draw that he is today, a host of grapplers in years gone by have attempted the same, without hitting those heights. Arguably the
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The Dusty VHS Corner: Bloody Bloodfists Part 1

Tom Jolliffe delves into The Dusty VHS Corner to kick off a Bloodfist marathon…

Bruce Lee’s short film career left a lasting impression on action cinema. His major breakout hit, Enter The Dragon, set the bar for the martial arts tournament film. When the 80’s rolled around the sub-genre was further popularized with the breakout success of Jean Claude Van Damme with Bloodsport, and then later, Kickboxer. These films seemed to find a willing audience on the big screen, but even more so, on video. These films also appealed to producers too. Unlike perhaps the Rambo style film and all the pyrotechnics and disposable war vehicles required, a good martial arts film could be shot for peanuts.

Step forward legendary low budget producer/director Roger Corman. The formula seemed simple. Pluck a martial arts expert from somewhere and have him fight his way through disposable opponents until fighting the imposing villain of the piece.
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Watch Fitness TV for Free on FilmOn

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Watch Fitness TV for Free on FilmOn
Fitness TV is now available to FilmOn viewers for free. Whether you’re an exercise buff or just someone who wants to lose a few extra pounds, Fitness TV will help you reach your goal. Fitness TV, part of Sky Channel, gives viewers complete access to television and lifestyle programming aimed at helping them live and feel healthier. Popular fitness coaches like Jillian Michaels and Billy Blanks give viewers the tools they need to lose weight and keep it off. Here’s more about Fitness TV: “Fitness TV launched in 2009 on Sky Channel 282 to address the lack of free, fun, fitness information available to everyone looking to make improvements to [ Read More ]

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B-Sides: The Talons of the Eagle Challenge

This weekend’s B-Sides is the theme song to the 1992 direct-to-video action movie Talons of the Eagle. This song is not for your listening pleasure. This song is a dare – a challenge. Can you listen to the whole thing from beginning to end?

I have never seen Talons of the Eagle. Kind of surprising given it starred Billy Blanks and I was all about those cheesy direct-to-video action movies around the time this came out. The Devil's Rejects' Priscilla Barnes co-stars, and here’s the plot according to the IMDb:

After three DEA agents are killed by Mr. Li (James Hong), martial arts champion Tyler Wilson (Blanks) is sent on assignment to Toronto and teams up with Michael Reed (Jalal Merhi). Wilson and Reed enter a martial arts tournament, where they end up saving Mr. Li from being killed by a rival crime boss. Li invites the two to join his staff.
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John Carpenter: The Brilliant Mullets Double Bill - Big Trouble in Little China and They Live

Tom Jolliffe takes in a brilliant mullets double bill of Big Trouble in Little China and They Live...

John Carpenter has made so many brilliant films. He’s crossed effortlessly between the horror genre and action. He’s also made some of the most iconic horror films ever made. With so many genre classics like Halloween, or The Thing, some of Carpenters films gain more of a cult following.

Back in the 80s films looked fantastic, before film stocks became a little too clean in the late 90s onward, or the docu style boom hit, and well before shooting on film turned to shooting in HD. Movies looked like movies in the 80s. Now the line between what one can shoot at home and what the studios can shoot is becoming blurred. Back then though, so many great looking films, brilliantly shot, beautifully lit. Carpenter himself helmed some darn fine
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My VHS Memories - Discovering Bad Movies

Following our interview with Dale Lloyd of Viva VHS, Tom Jolliffe looks back at his VHS memories...

Growing up in the 80s, smack back in the birth and rise of video brings back a lot of great memories. Something about video covers just had more impact than DVD covers later would. It was the days of really great hand drawn posters, the likes of Star Wars and Blade Runner, for example.

The rise of the video market saw a mass explosion of films of all budget ranges. But unlike many of today's films which skip theatres, you’d often get a lot of effort put into making a really standout cover. Nowadays there are a lot of sub-standard Photoshop botch jobs that seem to qualify for covers. Back in the video boom however, a cover really had to sell a movie. Everyone in the business, at whatever budget level, just
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The 15 Most Violent Movie Titles of All Time

There may be a slight possibility that standards for movie titles have become more lenient over the years, since we can't really fathom an action movie like this week's "Bullet to the Head" coming out in 1954 with a title like that. No sir.

The Sylvester Stallone vehicle does stick in your head for some reason, so we thought we'd dig in and find the most gruesome, lurid and downright threatening movie titles ever conceived. Remember, the criteria here ain't the violent content of the film itself, just its nastified handle.

15. '8 Million Ways to Die' (1986)

The unlikely combination of star Jeff Bridges, screenwriter Oliver Stone and director Hal Ashby ("Harold and Maude") came up with this neo-noir concoction, which failed to ignite at the box office and ultimately served as Ashby's swan song. The film itself has a pulpy, sub-"Miami Vice" plot about an alcoholic ex-detective drawn into a
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Review: Maximum Conviction

Maximum Conviction

Stars: Steven Seagal, Steve Austin, Bren Foster, Steph Song, Aliyah O’Brien, Michael Pare | Written by Richard Beattie | Directed by Keoni Waxman

Yes, you read that cast list right, two of the biggest straight to DVD action stars, ex-cniematic hard man Steven Seagal and former WWE wrestler ”Stone ColdSteve Austin have teamed up under the auspices of director Keoni Waxman, who previously directed Austin in the better than average Hunt to Kill and eight episodes of Seagal’s TV series True Justice, for a film that sees the duo star as former black ops turned partners Steele (Seagal) and Manning (Austin) who are assigned to decommission an old prison and oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners… However before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Steele realizes he
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When the job's too small for The Expendables, it's time to call in The B-Team

It's a momentous day for longtime action fans today as the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren join forces on screen in The Expendables 2 [read our review here]. However, there's another potential team-up on the horizon that's sure to appeal to hardcore action aficionados, as B-movie legends Don 'The Dragon' Wilson (Bloodfist), Cynthia Rothrock (China O'Brien), Jeff Speakman (The Perfect Weapon) and Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja) are called up to the roster of The B-Team for an epic straight-to-video action ensemble.

"These are the names the producer right now has said he wanted: Michael Dudikoff, Jeff Speakman, Cynthia Rothrock and myself," says 'The Dragon' in an interview with CraveOnline earlier this week. "But since there’s a lot of bad guys and a lot of good guys in it, there’s room for anybody that’s going to be available... There’s going
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What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Friday

On TV this Friday: The Finder embarks on one last search, CSI: NY‘s finale puts Mac in limbo, Fringe and Blue Bloods serve up terror-fying season-enders, USA Network gives TV a new odd couple and more. In addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

Preview | Hot Shots: Nikita Heads Back to Division

8 pm Shark Tank (ABC) | Billy Blanks, Jr. (son of Tae Bo legend Billy Blanks) asks the Sharks to invest in a “dance fitness program for people of all shapes and sizes.” (Sounds like Zumba to me…) P.
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Top 30: Underrated action movies – Part 3

The action movie. It’s my bread and butter. Give me 90 minutes of arse-kicking over the latest critically acclaimed drama any day. But between the constant stream of new action flicks coming out of Hollywood via for your attention alongside a barrage of straight to DVD releases it can be hard to find the really Good action movies these days – you can’t even rely on the big name action stars to provide solid action entertainment these days!

So with that in mind I thought I’d complied my Top 30 underrated action movies – those that may have slipped under the radar of all but those that scour Impact Magazine cover to cover, but definitely deserve hunting down. So here we are, down to the final Top 10, the creme-de-la-creme of action movies.

Unlike the previous two installments these Are in order and very much are essential purchases… Ten films that every
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