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Everybody is kung-fu fighting for sure, but it takes more than that to make a great martial arts movie. The Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 finest ever made
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The film that kick-started Hong Kong cinema's kung-fu renaissance and launched Jet Li towards a future of substandard western action movies. Its subject was already well known to local audiences: Wong Fei-hung was a real person: a turn-of-the-century martial arts master and healer who's become something of a folk hero. Like Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood, he'd been portrayed many times before. Jackie Chan played him in Drunken Master, and a long-running Wong Fei-hung film series during the 1950s and 60s gave roles to the fathers of Bruce Lee and Yuen Wo-ping, »
Moments after Paul died on Nov. 30, fans took to Twitter to express their profound sadness. But several people posted very mean messages about the late actor and we want to know what you think!
Paul Walker died in a tragic car accident in Santa Clarita, Calif., after his friend Roger Rodas, lost control of their Porsche Carerra Gt. But in the midst of this tremendous loss, several Twitter users took this opportunity to poke fun and make tasteless jokes.
Paul Walker Dissed On Twitter With Mean Tweets
These tweets from numerous Twitter users are so mean, and we’re sad to even publish them below.
— The Devil (@Noirfancy) December 1, 2013
Paul Walker died… So did a bunch of starving kids in third world countries. But they aren’t famous so who gives a fuck right?
— Marijuana »
- Chloe Melas
Screen Australia board.s first meeting since Graeme Mason was hired as CEO was eventful as the agency approved $11 million investment in four feature films, four adult dramas and one children.s series.
All told, that will trigger $70 million in production. The features include family film Oddball from the team who made Kenny, starring Shane Jacobson and directed by his brother Clayton; and See-Saw Films. Life, which stars Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson.
Two theatrical documentaries were funded: Only the Dead, which explores the career of Australian war correspondent Michael Ware; and Sherpa: In the Shadow of the Mountain, which looks at the drama of a high altitude Everest expedition from the point of view of the Sherpas.
.This is a strong line-up of character-driven feature projects coming from an incredibly talented mix of filmmakers,. said Mason.
Scripted by Peter Ivan, Oddball centres on an eccentric chicken farmer who saves »
- Don Groves
I have the ball at the top of the key — I’m James Harden. I have a breadth of options at my disposal. Do I alley-oop it to Dwight Howard? Do I unleash a spin move and take it to the hole? Oh, I know! I’m going to do a crossover followed by a step-back J’ so I can revel in the glory of hearing nothing but net! Okay, so all I have to do is swing the right stick in the correct motions to pull off the moves a la BounceTek. Hm, the defense is going to be tough…wait, the defenders are just standing around? Okay, I guess my teammates and I will take advan — oh, they’re idle, too? Maybe the AI — and hopefully the graphics — will improve on the next-gen version. Oh, this is the next-gen version? Welcome to NBA Live 14.
As a massive fan of hardwood action (erm, »
- Paul Villanueva
Sorry, What to Watch took a turkey day break as last week was really light on new product worth mentioning. This week? Pretty much the same but we don’t want you to miss us too badly. Here’s five recent Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that may have caught your attention on new release shelves lately, ranked in the order we’d add them to our holiday wish list.
The Simpsons: Season Sixteen
Photo credit: Fox
“The Simpsons: Season Sixteen”
While the quality of the show itself has gone down, some would say notably, Fox continues to truly impress with the Blu-ray and DVD releases for the legendary hit. Not only do they include notable bonus material and great transfers but they have commentaries on every single episode. These are still the standard-bearers for television on Blu-ray and DVD. Go ahead, make fun of the quality of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Actor's private love of cars and motor-racing scene meshed with his on-screen persona of petrol-head cop Brian O'Conner
It is always a danger for actors to become wholly identified with one big role, one hit franchise. For a while, Sean Connery was James Bond, but then showed he was dramatically licensed to do something other than kill, flirt, seduce and handle gadgets. Daniel Radcliffe grew away from Harry Potter and in future Jennifer Lawrence will in all probability detach herself from Katniss Everdeen.
But Paul Walker became entirely associated with the role of tousle-haired blond boy racer Brian O'Conner in the Fast and the Furious movie franchise: O'Conner is a cop with some bad-boy attitude who goes undercover in the street-racing scene to catch criminals and have car chases. Walker's death in a car crash after a Los Angeles charity event this weekend grimly seals the association, although he was »
- Peter Bradshaw
Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show, the 'Troublemaker' singer said that he'd be delighted if he was offered a role on the judging panel.
He said: "It would be incredible. I did the show in 2009, so I've pretty much done everything. I've been a contestant, I've been a presenter, I've cleaned, I've done everything.
"I think if I got offered the job to be a presenter it'd be amazing. It'd be an honour for me, it really would. I mean I'd have to wait for Mr Cowell to make that decision."
Asked whether or not he'd take a judging role, he said: "I don't know. I think I'd be too nice. I could be the new Louis Walsh. I do love the show. Gary is my favourite."
Murs also admitted that »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me"
What's It About? The Memphis band Big Star has legions of diehard fans and critical acclaim aplenty, and its influence can be felt across the history of rock 'n' roll. But why did mainstream success elude them? Why did Big Star flame out after only three albums? This doc tries to put the pieces together.
Why We're In: Even fans don't know the whole story about this cult band and its members, so this doc will help them fill in some of the blanks. Chris Bell died in 1978 as an unknown, and the late Alex Chilton was also not a huge fan of talking to the media. "Nothing Can Hurt Me" puts the band into context of the Memphis scene, and it has tons of interviews with everyone left who was involved with the band, rock critics, and »
- Jenni Miller
Director Paul Schrader (writer of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, director of Hardcore, American Gigolo and Cat People) and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis (author of American Psycho) team up for The Canyons, a searing indictment of Hollywood culture and the year’s most controversial film.
The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray in its R-rated theatrical version, with SRPs, respectively, of $24.98 and $29.98; the Unrated Director’s Cut will also be available on Blu-ray for $29.98.
Order it here: http://www.amazon.com/Canyons-Blu-ray-Lindsay-Lohan/dp/B00EMAGK1W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385123788&sr=8-1&keywords=the+canyons+blu+ray
Arrogant young trust-fund baby Christian (adult-film star James Deen) is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. »
- Movie Geeks
Director Paul Schrader and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis take fans behind-the-scenes of their indie film The Canyons in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD release on November 26. The filmmakers describe why they cast a former child star (Lindsay Lohan) with the biggest adult film star (James Deen) in this Hollywood drama. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes footage you can't see anywhere else, before picking up the Blu-ray and DVD, in stores today.
Arrogant young trust-fund baby Christian (adult-film star James Deen) is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. His girlfriend Tara (Lindsay Lohan, Mean Girls, Liz & Dick, Machete, Georgia Rule) is helping him with casting, and his producer, Gina (Amanda Brooks, Happy Hour) is trying to get her struggling actor boyfriend Ryan (Nolan Gerard Funk, Awkward) the lead role. Christian is also fond of inviting strangers into his home »
There were few movies arriving this year with as much controversy, publicity and curiosity as Paul Schrader's "The Canyons." The partially crowd-sourced, independently produced film marked a leading lady turn from the troubled Lindsay Lohan, who starred opposite porn star James Deen in his feature film debut. The result? Unsurprisingly it was both divisive and provocative and now you see the complete vision for the movie on home video. To recap, the movie was written by Bret Easton Ellis and chronicles the tale of trust-fund baby Christian (Deen), who is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. His girlfriend Tara (Lohan) is helping him with casting, and his producer, Gina (Amanda Brooks) is trying to get her struggling actor boyfriend Ryan (Nolan Funk) the lead role. Christian is also fond of inviting strangers into his home for threesomes or foursomes with the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With the Bret Easton Ellis-penned, Paul Schrader-directed Hollywood satire "The Canyons" out tomorrow on DVD and Blu-ray, Indiewire has obtained an exclusive clip from one of the bonus extras featured on the disc with Ellis, Schrader and star James Deen talking about the making of the largely Kickstarter-funded film. Read More: Paul Schrader Responds To 'Canyons' Controversy: It's "cinema for the post theatrical era." Watch the exclusive below: »
- Nigel M Smith
Lena Dunham didn’t have “the shield of nudity” to protect her at Tuesday night’s Alone Together At Last: Lena Dunham and David Sedaris joint reading, but she started roughly adjacent to her comfort zone with the claim that her mother, Laurie Simmons, “invented the selfie.” The Girls auteur, who was admittedly nervous at the start of the Carnegie Hall gig, went on to envision her mother snapping old-school film of her “butt and unshaved armpits (a look I really regret knowing that my father enjoys),” which she noted, “wasn’t as simple as swinging your iPhone around and »
- Lanford Beard
Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg ‘Maps to the Stars’ gets German distribution, Toronto screening Starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars has found a German distributor. Screen Daily reports that Christian Meinke’s Mfa+ has acquired the rights to the David Cronenberg-directed Hollywood satire at the American Film Market, recently held in Santa Monica. Mfa+ also picked up Vincent Grashaw’s feature debut Coldwater and Tobias Lindholm’s Danish thriller A Hijacking / Kapringen, which has a similar premise to that of the Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks hit Captain Phillips. (Photo: Robert Pattinson on the set of Maps to the Stars.) In Map to the Stars, John Cusack (replacing Viggo Mortensen) plays a Los Angeles analyst and self-help guru whose wife (Olivia Williams) is immersed in the career of their teen star son (Evan Bird), fresh off of rehab. Their daughter (Mia Wasikowska »
- Andre Soares
As she starts the next phase of her career with the upcoming film ‘Tropico’, it seems a good time to look back at Lana Del Rey’s career so far. Rumour has it that there isn’t going to be any more music – she wants to make films and is peed off with endless leaks of her new stuff.
So let’s start with a fact – Lana Del Rey is the most underrated artist on the planet. Yes, you really did just read that sentence and its 100% true. The main reason for this seems to be that she lacks credibility; Lana is seen in many quarters as a manufactured novelty act, as if she’s won the Us version of the X-Factor.
There probably is a ‘team Lana Del Rey’ advising her, but so what? What really matters is the music and despite the fact she’s only released one album proper, »
- Ed Nash
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 26, 2014
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
The train-wreckably watchable Lindsay Lohan (TV’s Liz & Dick) and adult film star James Deen star in the erotic drama thriller The Canyons, directed by Paul Schrader (Cat People) and written by Bret Easton Ellis (author of American Psycho and Less Than Zero).
Arrogant young Los Angeles trust-fund baby Christian (Deen) is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. His girlfriend Tara (Lohan) is helping him with casting, and his producer, Gina (Amanda Brooks, Chillerama) is trying to get her boyfriend, struggling actor Ryan (Nolan Funk, Riddick) the lead role. Christian is also fond of inviting strangers into his home for threesomes or foursomes with the very willing Tara – and captures all the action on his smartphone. But unbeknownst to Christian and Gina, »
Katerina Stojanovska, who was interviewed for Kanal 5 TV, said that the late actor saw her photo and thought she would be perfect for the role, Metro.co.uk reported.
When asked if she had ever met the actors, she said that she hasn't met any of them but she regularly speaks to Monroe on Facebook everyday and they have been discussing the details about the film. (Ani) »
- Rahul Kapoor
The producer of the first ever Star Wars and its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, on why Jj Abrams is likely to be holding open auditions for Episode VII, and how he and George Lucas chose many of the original cast
• Stuart Heritage's advice
When we cast the original Star Wars film all three of the main leads were pretty much unknown.
We made a summary for an open casting call and that went out to every actor's agent and actor's school we knew.
For Luke Skywalker, I recall we wanted someone about 18 years old, a farmer type; not very wise in the world and somewhat naive. For Han Solo the idea was that they would be about 25 years old and kind of a cowboy type character, with »
- Ben Child
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- Laura Marie Meyers
Casting is heating up as the American Film Market (Afm) approaches. Production companies at Afm are trying to package stars in an effort to shore up international funding for their movies. First up, Dane DeHaan might join Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) in Justin Chadwick's Tulip Fever. The movie centers on the affair between a young couple, but the twist is that the story takes place during 17th century Holland, during a period where tulip bulbs became hot trading items, and a single bulb could sell for as much as ten times the average annual salary. While some economists and historians believe this simplification to be somewhat misleading, it still created the notion of economic bubbles. I'm not sure how a romance fits into that, but I'm curious to find out. Hit the jump for details on why DeHaan might have to pass on the role plus casting news on »
- Matt Goldberg
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