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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jackie Chan kicking at your nose…

15 December 2010 2:51 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jean Claude Van Damme? It can only be Kung Fu Christmas on Syfy (Sky channel 129, Virgin Media channel 135, Talk Talk channel 22) from Dec 17th at 10pm

There won’t be many silent nights this December as Syfy turn the season of goodwill to all men – except those pesky bad guys – into a Kung Fu Christmas with a host of awesome martial arts movies. So, get writing to Santa to ask for a karate suit and a pair of nunchucks as they prepare to judo chop and high-kick their way into 2011.

If you’re dreaming of a fight Christmas, Santa’s got a real treat for you in the shape of a sack full of Jackie Chan movies. The great man is on a tour of Europe, looking for mysterious treasure that’s been protected by an order of monks in Armour Of God (Dec 21). In Police Story »

- Phil

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Acting Is Action

17 September 2010 4:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

'Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.' —'Hamlet,' Act 3, Scene 2I discovered the above quotation 30 years ago in speech class and have been using it ever since. It is always pertinent to the work. Action is the key difference between a moment working and not. Suit the word to it. The moment fleshes itself out, feels right, and most of all affects the scene positively. It doesn't matter if it's a play, a film, or even a voiceover job; the action must always be suited to the word and vice versa.Objectives Lead to ActionsHow does one go about finding the action? To begin with, you must discover the objective. This is the overarching need of the character: What does he or she want in the play? It's an overriding need that propels the character forward. Consider Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire. »

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American Idol: What Simon Cowell Says...

19 February 2010 11:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The great man speaks! Simon Cowell came down from the American Idol mountaintop yesterday for a telephone press conference with reporters, and while several reports announced that Cowell and his girlfriend Mezhgan Hussainy had recently gotten engaged, we were told he wouldn't answer any .personal questions.. So instead of rumor and innuendo about his personal life, Cowell faced rumor and innuendo about the world of Idol. Here's what Simon said...

"Judges on talent competition shows should know...  More >> »

- Matthew Jaffe

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