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From VHS to VOD #1

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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Simon McQuoid in Talks to Direct ‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot

  • The Wrap
Commercial director Simon McQuoid is in talks to direct the “Mortal Kombat” reboot for New Line, TheWrap has confirmed. Greg Russo penned the most recent draft of the script. Based on the classic ’90s arcade game, “Mortal Kombat” was made into a feature film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson in 1995. It told the story of Liu Kang (Robin Shou), Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) and Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras), who were invited to a mysterious island, where they fought for the fate of humanity in a life-or-death tournament. Also Read: 'Mortal Kombat' Is Suspiciously Similar to Bruce Lee Classic
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The 20 best Mortal Kombat characters ranked - but who scores a flawless victory?

The 20 best Mortal Kombat characters ranked - but who scores a flawless victory?
It's more violent than a kebab shop after the pubs kick out, and has caused more controversy than Katie Hopkins on an episode of This Morning. It's spawned a couple of movies, a TV show, comic books, techno albums and card games. It is, of course, Mortal Kombat.

As the franchise's first major motion picture prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, now seems like as good a time as any to look back at the series' best brawlers.

From young pretenders like Cassie Cage and Erron Black to old favourites like Raiden and Sonya Blade, here are the top 20 Mortal Kombat kharacters characters.

Why Mortal Kombat is the greatest game movie ever made

20. Ferra/Torr

First appears in: Mortal Kombat X

There was a spell when new additions to the Mortal Kombat series were either masked ninja clones (Rain) or just a bit crap (Stryker). The development team made much
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"Mortal Kombat" Turns 20 -- What Happened to the Film's Fighters?

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Get over here! From the movie's memorable theme to some killer fight choreography, "Mortal Kombat" was a force to be reckoned with when it opened on this day 20 years ago. Sure, the performances were stiff and the fatalities didn't match the bloody extremes of the games, but the film adaptation was still a major hit for New Line Cinema, raking in over $120 million off of an $18 million budget. Fans of the brutal games finally got to see favorites like Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden and Goro brought to life, the women sporting slightly less revealing outfits than their arcade counterparts.  Fun Fact: Did you know Cameron Diaz was originally supposed to play Sonya? According to the game's co-creator, Ed Boon, she broke her hand during karate lessons and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson-Sampras shortly before filming.  With a rumored reboot in development with "The Conjuring" director James Wan producing,
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Why Mortal Kombat is the greatest video game movie ever made

Why Mortal Kombat is the greatest video game movie ever made
Video game movies don't have the best reputation, but there are a few shining diamonds in the rough.

Weak on plot and characters, Silent Hill nevertheless has a deliciously creepy atmosphere that echoes the unsettling vibe of the game that inspired it. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is obviously rubbish, but wins points for embracing the absurd madness of the whole affair.

Ranking the Mortal Kombat characters: Who scores a flawless victory?

Not that you'd guess from the interminable Resident Evil series, but the greatest ever video game movie was directed by Paul Ws Anderson - 1995's Mortal Kombat, celebrating its 20th anniversary today.

It's got a proper, simple storyline that - and why the hell not? - is based on the wafer-thin plot of the game itself.

Ne'er do well and bad guy sorcerer Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) is looking to take over the Earth, and needs his gang to
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Two decades later, ‘Mortal Kombat’ is still one of the best cinematic adaptations of a video game

Mortal Kombat

Paul W.S. Anderson

Kevin Droney

1995, USA

After Street Fighter laid the groundwork for the fighting game, Mortal Kombat hit the scene, setting a high-water mark for realistic digitized graphics and pushing boundaries with its high levels of bloody violence, including, most notably, its Fatalities. It sparked so much controversy for its depiction of extreme violence and gore that it led to the creation of the Esrb (the video game rating system). The release of Mortal Kombat for home consoles by Acclaim Entertainment was one of the largest video game launches of all time, with a $10 million marketing campaign that dubbed the date “Mortal Monday.” No surprise, then, that a game this controversial and popular would pique the interest of money-hungry Hollywood executives looking to cash in. Mortal Kombat the movie enjoyed a 3-week run at the top of the Us box office, earning over $122 million worldwide. In addition to toys,
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'Mortal Kombat' Movie Happening with Producer James Wan

'Mortal Kombat' Movie Happening with Producer James Wan
New Line Cinema's Mortal Kombat has been given a new lease on life, with the studio bringing aboard filmmaker James Wan to produce. The filmmaker is coming off of the massive Universal blockbuster Furious 7, which has taken in over $1.5 billion at the box office. The Tracking Board's report doesn't mention if the filmmaker will direct, but that seems unlikely, since he has a number of projects on his directorial plate, such as The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist and Aquaman.

The script is being written by Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) and Dave Callaham (Godzilla). Oren Uziel wrote director Kevin Tancharoen's short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which served as a launching pad for the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series that ran for two seasons. Kevin Tancharoen was actually attached to direct this movie reboot before he eventually dropped out back in October 2013. We haven't heard anything about the project since then,
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‘Mortal Kombat’ is as senseless as the game itself but without the great action

Mortal Kombat

Written by Kevin Droney

Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson

USA, 1995

Self-exiled Shaolin monk and martial arts pupil Liu Kang (Robin Shou) awakens one night from a nightmare in which a strange and powerful sorcerer named Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) brutally murders Kang’s younger brother before looking directly into the camera and claiming Kang’s very soul. Shaken by the experience, the hot-headed youth returns to his former home among the temples to learn the truth of his brother’s demise. Much to his surprise, there is more at stake than family matters, or so explains the god of lightning, Raiden (Christopher Lambert), who magically makes an appearance. His brother’s death granted Shang Tsung, ambassador of an evil dimension called Outworld, a ninth consecutive victory in an ancient tournament named Mortal Kombat. A tenth successive win for the vile Outworld grants Tsung and his minions ownership of the Earth realm.
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Cameron Diaz: 15 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the 'Counselor' Star

From period-piece grifter to a Charlie's Angel, Cameron Diaz has taken on an interesting mix of roles. But in this week's "The Counselor," she's a whole different breed -- almost literally.

In Ridley Scott's new crime thriller, Diaz plays Malkina, a cheetah print-loving, tattooed vixen. With a gold tooth, a Skrillex-esque haircut, and a whole lot of bling, Diaz is nearly unrecognizable.

Sure, you know she's been known to substitute body fluids for hair gel, and she plays an obsessive ex-girlfriend with aplomb, but there's likely a lot about Diaz you don't know. From her legally questionable activities with Snoop Dogg to her MTV reality show, here are 15 things you may not know about the blond bombshell.

1. Diaz was a member of the Polyettes dance-drill team at her high school. We can totally imagine Diaz cheering in half-time shows, "Bring It On"-style.

2. Before hitting the big time, Diaz
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Originals vs. Remakes: 'House on Haunted Hill' (1959) vs. 'House on Haunted Hill' (1999)

  • FEARnet
Originals vs. Remakes: 'House on Haunted Hill' (1959) vs. 'House on Haunted Hill' (1999)
House on Haunted Hill (1959) vs. House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Shared Plot: A wealthy weirdo offers five strangers a large sum of money if they'll spend the night in a notoriously haunted mansion. Near-deaths abound, but are they caused by the host's devious nature -- or something much more supernatural?!? (mwahaaaa)

Notable Differences: The original was a "gimmick" flick by the lovable William Castle (he actually ran skeletons on wires through the auditorium at the end of the flick!) and the remake was an early entry in the period now known as the "Let's Remake Ever Horror Film Ever Made" epoch. And while both films have amusingly bitchy dialogue and a few legitimate scares, neither are what you'd call a brilliant horror movie. It's just that one is a quaint and chaste little relic from the late '50s and the other is a loud and gory relic from the late '90s.
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The 9 Best Pee Scenes in Movies

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At this year's Cannes Film Festival, a steady stream of chatter swirled around "The Paperboy" due to a scene in which Nicole Kidman pees on Zac Efron's face.

"Dear Lord, why?" you might ask. Well, aside from the fact that an Oscar winner urinating on your head grants you thespian superpowers and cures migraines, the starlet's saintly spray also cured the searing pain of a jellyfish sting.

We're sure you're all now bursting to witness this degrading spectacle, and, thankfully, "The Paperboy" opens in select theaters this Friday. So while waiting to go — and you gotta go — let's revisit some timeless tinkles from tinseltown. Because while these golden moments might be listed as our Top 9, but they're all #1 in our book.

Steve Carrell's Proud as a Peacock in 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' (2005)

No man's morning would be complete without a man's morning wood. And in
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"I Know What You Did Last Summer" Cast -- Then & Now!

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Ryan Phillippe turns 38 today -- and to celebrate, we're taking a look back at the film that helped make him a breakout star: "I Know What You Did Last Summer."Though he first burst onto the scene playing gay teen Billy Douglas on "One Life to Live," the 1997 horror flick was one of Ryan's first major movie roles.And he's not the only one whose career the success of the freaky flick helped!Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Love Hewitt were hardly household names when the movie started filming in March 1997. The first episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" hadn't even aired yet when Gellar was cast and Hewitt was only known for her TV roles on "Kids Incorporated" and "Party of Five."The movie also starred Freddie Prinze Jr., Anne Heche, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras and, randomly, Johnny Galecki.Check out the gallery above to see how the cast has aged
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2012 Miss Teen USA pageant live stream - watch now!

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The 2012 Miss Teen USA pageant is happening live from Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in Nassau, Bahamas on Saturday (July 28) starting at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt. The above video will be streaming the two-hour pageant, since it has not been televised for several years.

The girls have already competed in the preliminary competition, which involves private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they compete in swimsuit and evening gown competitions.

Reigning title-holder Danielle Doty of Texas will be on hand to turn over her crown to the new winner. Famous past winners include actresses Kelly Hu in 1985, Bridgette Wilson in 1990 and Vanessa Minnillo in 1998.
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365 Days, 100 Films #83 - Billy Madison (1995)

Billy Madison, 1995.

Directed by Tamra Davis.

Starring Adam Sandler, Bradley Whitford, Bridgette Wilson, Norm Macdonald and Darren McGavin.

Synopsis:

A man-child must pass grades 1-12 in 24 weeks to prove his worth and inherit his father’s company.

There are few things funnier than Adam Sandler hurtling dodge balls at children with all his might. It genuinely looks like child cruelty.

Sandler possesses an incredible ability to snap into a sudden anger, yelling coarsely in his Jewish rasp, provoked by the pettiest of things. The next CEO of his father’s company, Eric Gordon (Bradley Whitford), pulling faces at him across the dinner table; a nine year old arguing that Donkey Kong isn’t the best game ever made; a giant penguin that he suspects is sleeping with his girlfriend, Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson).

“It’s too hot for a penguin to be walking around here,” Billy Madison (Adam Sandler) says
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Casting the New Mortal Kombat Movie's Biggest Characters

Casting the New Mortal Kombat Movie's Biggest Characters
Mortal Kombat isn't the most esteemed video game franchise, but its coterie of bloodthirsty fighters is one of the most beloved in gaming history. Sure, the 1995 movie adaptation was a dud, but it was a magnificent dud with a throbbing Jock Jams soundtrack and a provocative cast. (Where have you gone, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras?) Since the 2013 reboot has a chance of reigniting interest in the age-old series, let's cast our dream players in five of the main roles.
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The History of Video Games as Movies

It goes without saying that some of the big blockbuster video games are becoming more profitable than some of the biggest films of the year and I know myself, I have sat through cut scenes and thought, “This should be a movie.” So it’s understandable why there are so many games that become films, the transition seems logical.

For some reason though, the majority of these films never seem to live up to its gaming counter part. Weak plots, awful acting, no emotion? Just something that seems to happen constantly when games make the transition, but why is it almost always this way?

We take a brief look at the history of video games as movies.

Super Mario Bros. (1993) Estimated Gross $20,915,465 (USA)

For many gamers, this was their first encounter with a video game getting the Hollywood treatment, and their first encounter as to why this can go horribly wrong.
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Streaming Movie Review: Mortal Kombat & Mortal Kombat Annihilation

Mortal Kombat (1995)

Stars: Robin Shou, Christopher Lambert, Linden Ashby, Talisa Soto, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Bridgette Wilson | Written by Kevin Droney | Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson

Based on the video game of the same name, Mortal Kombat tells the story of a group of martial artists plucked from Earth by the mysterious Lord Rayden to fight in an ancient tournament that sees otherworldy realms compete for the right to conquer the losing realms. So far Outworld has nine wins against Earth, so… so what!

To hell with a synopsis. Just know this: a bunch of good guy martial artists take on a bunch of bad guy martial artists in a collection of some of the best videogame-inspired fight scenes ever committed to celluloid. All the key characters from the game are here – Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Rayden, Johnny Cage, Kano, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, even the ridiculous Goro.

One of the best movies ever made from a videogame,
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Billy Madison

Starring: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson, Bradley Whitford

Director: Tamra Davis

The Scoop: (1995) "Saturday Night Live" comedians frequently attempt to break into films and just as frequently crash and burn in spectacular fashion. But every so often one of them breaks out. Such was the case with Sandler thanks in large part to the popularity of this film, which helped introduce the world to Sandler's signature unrepentant man-child shtick.

Special Features: Commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes

Rated PG-13, 89 min. | Watch the trailer
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Blu-Ray Review: Original ‘Mortal Kombat’ Hits HD Timed With New Game

Chicago – The video game world of “Mortal Kombat” has been reinvigorated for a new generation through Warner’s excellent new release and the company wisely saw the opportunity to provide something for fans who need to put the controller down every once in a while but don’t want to leave the universe with Blu-ray releases for Paul Anderson’s “Mortal Kombat” and John R. Leonetti’s “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.”

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

1995’s “Mortal Kombat” hasn’t aged particularly well but, then again, it was never that great to begin with. Fighting games, even ones with character backgrounds as potentially rich as Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, don’t exactly translate to the big screen and the cast of Paul Anderson’s action flick is lackluster at best. No offense meant to Bridgette Wilson or Christopher Lambert, but there’s a reason that “Mortal Kombat” wasn’t exactly a breakout hit.
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‘Mortal Kombat’ is now a Download and You Can Win a Copy

  • Comicmix
In 1992, there may have been nothing bigger and more exciting than the video game Mortal Kombat. Wisely, Midway Games created their own universe with six realms which have unique backstories, all created by the Elder Gods. Players could manipulate their favorite surviving warrior — Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, and Jax, — and fight for survival in do-or-die tournaments.

The phenomenon was huge, spawning follow-up games, merchandise, and, of course, movies. Now available for download this week is the first Mortal Kombat film from 1995. The movie can be downloaded from iTunes and played on your iPod, phone, or tablet.

Released on August 18, it grossed $23 million and was proven critic proof. After earning over $70 million, it gave birth to 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. The first film had the benefit of Paul W. S. Anderson’s early work, showing us what the director can do with action and other realities.

Warner Digital describes
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