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Whatever Happened to Leroy Green from The Last Dragon?

Does anyone remember the classic 1985 Karate movie The Last Dragon? It was a movie based in Harlem that showcased two competing masters of martial arts. The star, Leroy Green, played by Taimak is to save the lovely Laura Charles (played by Vanity) from an evil media mogul. But in order to do so he must face Shonuff (played by Julius Carry). I can’t tell if this movie was more of a spoof or a 100% racially profiled movie. You see Asian guys trying to act like hip hop rap guys from the 80’s. Then they make fun of a

Whatever Happened to Leroy Green from The Last Dragon?
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How does 'Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon' play for a first-time viewer in 2015?

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How does 'Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon' play for a first-time viewer in 2015?
While I'd argue I have a fairly deep knowledge of '80s films, having survived the era the first time through, it seems I somehow missed "The Last Dragon," directed by Michael Schultz. Schultz works non-stop in television these days, and I'd wager that most of the people watching his episodes of "Arrow" or "Hart of Dixie" or "Black-ish" or "Chuck" or "The Mysteries Of Laura" have no idea this is the same guy who made movies like "Car Wash," "Cooley High," "Greased Lightning," "Bustin' Loose," or "Scavenger Hunt." He was one of the few directors to work with Richard Pryor repeatedly, which automatically makes him somewhat of a superhero. It's always strange when you watch a movie for the first time removed completely from the context in which it premiered, especially one that provokes such an enthusiastic cult response from so many people when you mention it. A mere
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'The Last Dragon' 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Sneak Peek | Exclusive

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'The Last Dragon' 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Sneak Peek | Exclusive
The Last Dragon is ready to Glow again, brighter than ever, as the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray hits store shelves this Tuesday. To celebrate such a momentous occasion, we have an advanced sneak peek at one of the special features. In this clip, we get to hear screenwriter Louis Venosta and director Michael Schultz talk about the film's origins. And we even learn how Bruce Leroy got his iconic name!

It was the 10th anniversary of Bruce Lee's death and Warner Bros. had re-released Enter the Dragon back into theaters. Screenwriter Louis Venosta had gone to see the movie, and describes the experience as looking exactly like the opening moments of The Last Dragon. There were all these kids of every color and nationality. They were all dressed up in costume and jumping around. The writer took one look at the madness and knew there was a story there. The director,
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'The Last Dragon' 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Trailer | Exclusive

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'The Last Dragon' 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Trailer | Exclusive
We've got the glow! The cult classic The Last Dragon celebrates it's 30th Anniversary with a fully remastered Blu-ray arriving this summer. To usher in this exciting release, we have an exclusive first look at the trailer for Berry Gordy's greatest cinematic achievement. The set comes with all-new bonus materials. And there is a newly-created retrospective looking back at the making of the movie. We also have a sneak peek at the new cover art from acclaimed Mondo gallery artist Gary Pullin.

Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon returns for it's 30th Anniversary, debuting for the first time ever on Blu-ray August 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The cult classic has been fully remastered in high definition for Blu-ray and features exciting all-new dynamic packaging art, as well as the featurette "Return of the Dragon," a newly-created retrospective look at the making of the film, featuring new interviews with the cast and crew,
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Big E’s “Bad” Movies That Hurt So Good Tonight’S Feature: “Disco Godfather” (1979) Starring Rudy Ray Moore

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Cinema Retro welcomes our latest columnist, Ernie Magnotta, who will turn his attention to under-rated cinematic gems and guilty pleasures!

By Ernie Magnotta

“If a movie makes you happy, for whatever reason, then it’s a good movie.”

—Big E

There are good movies and there are bad movies. There are also movies that some people say are so bad that they're good. I hear that all the time. I've heard it since I was a kid. I think what they actually mean is that they're not good in the way most people might normally watch and judge a film; Excellent writing, incredible acting, masterful direction, etc.

The way I see it, there's more than one way to enjoy a film. Every movie doesn't have to be a five-star masterpiece like Gone with the Wind. You do not have to judge a film the way you would judge a mainstream
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10 Great Date Night Shows

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It’s Valentine’s Day and, for many, that means date night. In this economy, however, a night on the town can be prohibitive. What’s a TV lover to do? Perhaps this is an acceptable alternative? A quiet night in, with a nice, homemade dinner, a few drinks, and a few hours with the perfect show. Here are 10 picks for great date night viewing.

Valentine’s Day Special: Cupid (1998-99)

Chicago bartender Trevor (Jeremy Piven), is convinced he’s Cupid, banished from Mount Olympus and stripped of his powers after pissing off Zeus one too many times. The only way he can get back, as he’s desperate to do, is if he brings together 100 True Love couples. His psychiatrist Claire (Paula Marshall) disagrees, seeing only a broken, if fun, man lost in his delusion. Piven and Marshall have great chemistry, there are interesting guest characters each week, and
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Retro Movie Review: Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon (1985)

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Genre: Martial Arts | Comedy | Fantasy Director: Michael Schultz Writer: Louis Venosta Cast: Taimak, Vanity, Julius Carry and Christopher Murney MPAA: PG-13 Summary: A young man embarks on a quest to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as “The Glow.” Along the way he must fight an evil martial arts expert and an rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter. Runtime: 109 min.

When I was a kid I went through a huge phase with martial arts flicks. I devoured everything I could get my hands on: Big Trouble in Little China, Showdown in Little Tokyo, American Ninja, Best of the Best and just about anything Jean Claude Van Dam. I thought Jcvd was the bees knees when I was a kid. But there is one little movie that was the spark that caused the massive explosion of interest in martial arts cinema. That movie was Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon.
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Flashback To 1985 – “The Last Dragon” To Be Remade

Sergio’s review of The Karate Kid remake reminded me to revisit another 80s “master/apprentice” martial arts cult classic, The Last Dragon, starring the then 20-year old Black Belt, Taimak, and the sultry Vanity. Although, is The Last Dragon really a cult classic? Is there indeed a highly devoted group of obsessive Last Dragon fans, with excessive admiration for the film (even if it’s misplaced)? Are you one of them, and if so, why? .

And if you haven’t already heard, the film, likely influenced by The Karate Kid (released a year earlier) – or we could even call it The Black Karate kid (sorry Jaden, but I think Taimak beat you to it) – will be remade, with Samuel L Jackson in the villainous role originated by the late Julius Carry (Sho’nuff, the Shogun of Harlem), and Rihanna rumored to be assuming the part originally played by Vanity.
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Two Roles for Samuel L. Jackson

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The King of Cool himself, Samuel L. Jackson, booked two new acting jobs this week. Up first is the widely reported remake of The Last Dragon. Jackson will play Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, a part originally played by the late Julius Carry.

The Last Dragon, released in 1985, focuses on a young martial artist named Leroy Green. He travels New York City to achieve the Last Dragon, the highest level of martial arts accomplishment. Those who achieve the Last Dragon possess the Glow and become the greatest fighter alive.

In the film, the character of Sho'nuff is a tough-talking egomaniac, a character type that Jackson typically excels at. The Hollywood Reporter describes one of his character interactions:

"[Sho'nuff's] spiel included asking ego-driven questions like 'Am I the baddest mofo lowdown around this town?' Each time his gang of thugs answered, 'Sho 'nuff!'"

Says Jackson of the role: "I'm a
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Samuel L. Jackson Remaking The Last Dragon

Samuel L. Jackson has the right stuff to play Sho'nuff.

The actor is set to star in a remake of the 1985 cult martial arts classic The Last Dragon, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Originated by the late Julius Carry, Sho'nuff is the self-proclaimed Shotgun of Harlem, who answers his own questions (e.g. "Am I the baddest mofo lowdown around this town?") with "Sho'nuff."

Something tells us, Jackson won't have any trouble playing the "baddest mofo."

The 1985 film, a critical bomb, but a financial success, tells the story of ...
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Is Samuel L. Jackson the Baddest Mofo? Sno'nuff!

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Warning: The clip contains some foul language and Sho'nuff violence.

It's a role that was meant to be, if any role was ever going to get a new leading man. The Hollywood Reporter posts that Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to play Sho'nuff in the remake of Berry Gordy's cult classic -- The Last Dragon. I mean, as you can see above, Sho'nuff thinks he's the baddest mofo around, and we've all seen the wallet Jackson carries around with him. (Sadly, however, he can't fight for the honor -- original Sho'nuff Julius Carry died earlier this year.)

For the uninitiated -- Sho'nuff is the Shogun of Harlem, a baddie that young Leroy Green has to come up against on his quest for The Final Level and, subsequently, The Glow (the more you glow, the better you are). Berry Gordy's son Kerry is on as producer, so it's sticking in the family.
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Samuel Jackson Headlining Last Dragon Remake as Sho’nuff

Of all the films worthy of being remade, I never would've though The Last Dragon was one of them. Columbia Pictures is developing a remake of the cult 1985 film with none other than Samuel L. Jackson set to star as Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, a role played in the original by the late Julius Carry (as seen in the photo above). Wu-Tang Clan's RZA is co-producing with John Davis and Kerry Gordy while Dallas Jackson (of Uncle P) will write the screenplay. Jackson admits that he's "a huge fan of the original and look forward to bringing Sho'Nuff into the 21st century." From Afro Samurai to the Shogun of Harlem! The plot will be updated but will follow a similar story as the original, centering on a martial arts student named Leroy Green and his quest through the streets of New York to achieve the highest level of
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Samuel L. Jackson vs. the 'Dragon'

Samuel L. Jackson vs. the 'Dragon'
It's another heavy role for Samuel L. Jackson.

Having most recently played a dirty cop in "Lakeview Terrace," Jackson is set to star as a bad guy again in Columbia Pictures' remake of Berry Gordy's 1985 cult classic "The Last Dragon."

Jackson will play Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, a role played in the original by the late Julius Carry, whose spiel included asking ego-driven questions like "Am I the baddest mofo lowdown around this town?" Each time his gang of thugs answered, "Sho 'nuff!"

Davis Entertainment's John Davis and Gordy's son Kerry Gordy are producing.

Penning the screenplay as well as producing is Dallas Jackson, who heads up the urban family label DJ Classicz with Davis. Wu-Tang Clan's RZA is co-producing.

The updated plot will be along the same lines of the original, centering on young martial arts student Leroy Green in his quest through the streets of
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Miller, Mantegna join Hunt pilot

Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake have assembled a top-notch cast for their untitled comedy pilot for ABC with Dennis Miller, Joe Mantegna and Lauren Tom tapped to co-star with them in the project. CBS has picked up a comedy pilot toplined by Chris Elliott, while the CW has ordered its first comedy pilot with Nick Lachey in negotiations to star. In other pilot castings, John Terry has joined ABC's drama Secrets of a Small Town, Erin Daniels has landed the title role in Fox's comedy Julie Reno, Bounty Hunter, Tony Curran and William Allen Young have joined ABC's drama Enemies, Jenica Bergere will co-star in Fox's comedy pilot Union Jackass, Ashley Scott has come on board CBS' drama Jericho, Richard Coyle has been added to CBS' drama Ultra, Julius Carry has joined Fox's comedy The 12th Man and Pascale Hutton has been added to another Fox comedy, The Singles Table.

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