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10 Things About Pulp Fiction You Never Knew

10 Things About Pulp Fiction You Never Knew
It's a certified cinema classic and one of the most quotable movies ever. Two years after Reservoir Dogs, video store clerk turned auteur Quentin Tarantino turned out another masterpiece in Pulp Fiction, the 1994 movie that rescued John Travolta from the pop culture waste bin via a now iconic performance, matched in creative and artistic firepower by Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Amanda Plummer, Ving Rhames, and of course, Samuel L. Jackson as the soul searching hit man Jules. Pulp Fiction still regularly plays in midnight showings at the writer/director's own New Beverly Cinema. Today we look at 10 things you never knew about Pulp Fiction.

Matt Dillon was almost Butch.

Originally Quentin Tarantino conceived of the "palooka" pugilist played by Bruce Willis as a younger up and coming boxer. He envisioned Matt Dillon in the role. But after the actor reportedly took too long to decide,
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Kung Fu reboot series in the works

Joseph Baxter Oct 2, 2017

Fox is moving forward with a reboot of 1970s series Kung Fu, this time showcasing a female lead and a change of setting...

The template-setting 1970s television series Kung Fu will be the next classic property to go the reboot route. A bidding war amongst networks saw Fox emerge victorious, granting it the rights to revive and update the action-adventure drama, which starred the late David Carradine, this time with a new female hero. Moreover, fans of The CW’s DC comics extended universe shows may welcome the notion, since it will feature the involvement of its continuity godfather, Greg Berlanti.

Fox’s Kung Fu acquisition is a done deal and intriguing plans for the new approach are already in place for a reboot pilot, reports Deadline. Greg Berlanti and his repertory collaborator Wendy Mericle have been tapped as executive producers; an idea that’s fitting, since
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Kung Fu: Female Reboot in the Works at Fox from Greg Berlanti

ABC isn't the only network drawing inspiration from the '70s. Deadline reports Fox has ordered a pilot based on the David Carradine series Kung Fu.The original TV show began as one of ABC's movies of the week in 1972. The subsequent action drama starred Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a martial arts expert who travels to the American West. The series ran for three seasons before ending in 1975.Read More…
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Fox to channel a female-led Kung Fu series reboot set in the 1950s

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You and I might not know each other, but I want you to know that I care about your good health. So just in case you haven't reached your female-led reboot quota for the day, I've got some news that'll be certain to help top you off. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Fox has signed on the dotted line for Kung Fu, a drama with a female lead based on the 1970s David Carradine-starring... Read More...
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Female-Led Kung Fu Redo Eyed at Fox

Female-Led Kung Fu Redo Eyed at Fox
Between this and Kevin Can Wait‘s morbid premiere joke, it seems this week that everybody is “kung fu” citing.

Fox has granted a put pilot commitment to a female-led remake of Kung Fu, the 1970s series that starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who traveled through the American Old West armed only with his spiritual training and his skill in martial arts, as he sought out his half-brother Danny.

Penned by Arrow co-showrunner Wendy Mericle and also executive-produced by (of course) Greg Berlanti, the new take, our sister site Deadline reports, follows Lucy Chang, a
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‘Kung Fu’ Female-Led Series Reboot From Greg Berlanti & Wendy Mericle Set At Fox As Put Pilot

Exclusive: In a competitive situation, Fox has landed Kung Fu[/link], a drama with a female lead based on the 1970s David Carradine-starring TV series. The project, executive produced by Greg Berlanti, was given a put pilot commitment. Written by Arrow executive producer and longtime Berlanti collaborator Wendy Mericle, Kung Fu is a sequel to the original 1880s-set series, which was created by Ed Spielman and chronicled the adventures of Kwai Chang Caine (Carradine), a Shaolin…
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Kevin Can Wait Thumbs Its Nose At Viewers And Bets You Don’t Care

Kevin Can Wait wasn’t a particularly interesting show at any point through its first season, though it had some moments that were fairly fun. Already an excuse for Kevin James to simply play Doug Heffernan again (but with kids and less animosity towards his spouse), the show has doubled down by bringing in Leah Remini as a regular and killing off Erinn Hayes. The news of the switch was announced months ago and what was initially a jarring head-scratcher has manifested into something of an ugly twist for a television series.

James has tried to downplay the move in several interviews by saying that the plan for the show was always to shift gears and go in an entirely new direction in the second season, but few backtracking explanations have ever made less sense. If it’s true it’s monumentally stupid and if it isn’t James is
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Chloe Bennet Says “Hollywood Is Racist” In Response To Her Name Change

Chloe (Wang) Bennet caused a media stir when she tweeted that Hollywood is racist. The presumed racism is directed at women and men of Asian descent, as Bennet claims to have Asian blood in her ancestry. She does have a case if she is specific to prejudice against Asians in Hollywood based on history. The TV series Kung Fu starred David Carradine who was preferred to Chinese actor Bruce Lee, who was considered to be an up and coming star in the 1970’s. Lee was thought to be “too Asian looking” and producers feared that the American audience would not

Chloe Bennet Says “Hollywood Is Racist” In Response To Her Name Change
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Celebrating 45 Years of King Boxer

Craig Lines Sep 6, 2017

45 years on, we revisit King Boxer, and find a genuinely great martial arts movie...

Asian martial arts are now deeply embedded in western pop culture, but this wasn’t always the case. In fact, it wasn’t really until the early 1970s that they made the transition into the mainstream, thanks in no small part to the release of a film called King Boxer. Of course, nothing occurs in a vacuum. By the late 1960s, martial arts were already being taught more widely in the west. Bruce Lee was making waves with his role in The Green Hornet (although his martial arts films, while huge in Hong Kong, were yet to break the Us market). James Bond had a ninja encounter in 1967’s You Only Live Twice. Kung Fu, the seminal ABC series starring David Carradine, hit TVs across America in 1972. The west was primed and ready
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Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” Poised to Become Top-Grossing Live-Action Film Directed by a Woman

Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” is poised to make herstory yet again. The Gal Gadot-led superheroine film is quickly approaching a milestone: it’s about to become the top-grossing live-action film directed by a woman. Diana Price’s origin story “will eclipse the $609.8 million earned worldwide by Phyllida Lloyd’s ‘Mamma Mia!’ (2008) to become the top-grossing live-action film of all time from a female director, not accounting for inflation,” The Hollywood Reporter writes. Jenkins already holds the record for highest domestic opening for a female director for the critically acclaimed blockbuster.

Wonder Woman” passed the $600 million benchmark as of Wednesday at the worldwide box office, taking in $601.6 million. It will probably surpass “Mamma Mia!’s” numbers today, Friday.

“‘Wonder Woman’ also has a strong shot of passing up [Jennifer Nelson’s 2011 animated film] ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’s’ $665.7 million to become the top-grossing film of all time from a female filmmaker with solo directing duties,” THR predicts. “In terms of a movie from female and male co-directors, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck’s ‘Frozen’ (2013) is at the top of the box-office list with $1.28 billion in global ticket sales.”

Wonder Woman” is just the second women-directed film to be released with a budget of $100 million-plus. The first was Kathryn Bigelow’s 2002 thriller “K-19: The Widowmaker.” When Jenkins was asked a question about the responsibility of stepping behind the camera for the most expensive film ever helmed by a woman she said, “I can’t take on the history of 50 percent of the population just because I’m a woman.” The “Monster” helmer explained, “I’m just trying to make the greatest version of ‘Wonder Woman’ that I can for the people who love the character as much as I do and hope that the movie lives up to all the pressure that’s on it.”

Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” Poised to Become Top-Grossing Live-Action Film Directed by a Woman was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

By the early ‘70s, Hammer films was wheezing and sputtering just to stay alive. Their attempts to stay current with the changing tides of horror were often misbegotten and misdirected (Dracula A.D. 1972, anyone?) as the plots continued to recycle shopworn ideas when audiences were ready for more modern concerns, such as hulking maniacs with chainsaws. In essence, time was passing Hammer by, and they were willing to try anything. Hence we arrive at The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), a delightful elixir of Dracula and…Kung Fu. This was the last gasp for Hammer’s beloved franchise, and it’s a very worthy burial.

Aka 7 Brothers Versus Dracula, 7 Brothers and a Sister Meet Dracula, 7 Golden Vampires, and Enter The Dracula (no, but who screwed up that marketing?), Legend was a co-production between Hammer and Shaw Brothers, the immortal Chinese martial arts film studio that would crank out 10, sometimes 15 films a year of kinetic,
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Annecy unveils 2017 line-up

Annecy unveils 2017 line-up
Zombillenium announced as opener; China named as guest country, Guillermo del Toro to return.

French animator and illustrator Arthur de Pin’s child-friendly comedy-horror tale Zombillenium (pictured) - set against the backdrop of an amusement-terror park were the staff are a motley crew of vampires, zombies and werewolves - will open this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, running June 12-17 this year.

It is among nine special event screenings including Pixar’s Cars 3, which will be proceeded by a presentation of footage from Mexico-set, Day of the Dead-inspired drama Coco in the presence of director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla K. Anderson and co-director Adrian Molina; Despicable Me 3 and The Big Bad Fox And Other Animals.

Zombillenium will also compete in the 10-title feature film competition.

Other contenders for Annecy’s Cristal for best feature film include Iranian director Ali Soozandeh’s Tehran Taboo, exploring sexuality
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‘Despicable Me 3,’ Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ ‘The Big Bad Fox’ to Bow at France’s 2017 Annecy Animation Festival

‘Despicable Me 3,’ Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ ‘The Big Bad Fox’ to Bow at France’s 2017 Annecy Animation Festival
Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3,” China, Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” and “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” look set to figure among highlights at June’s 2017 edition of France’s thriving Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival, a Mecca for animation companies and creatives from Hollywood and the world over.

In one sign of still-continued growth at Annecy, its International Animation Film Market (Mifa) will add an extra day, moving from three to four. Attendance at Mifa has grown year-on-year for the past decade, rating the film and TV market, which rolls off the dynamism of the international animation scene, as one of the fastest growing industry events in Europe.

Announced by the Annecy Festival as a world premiere, “Despicable Me 3” continues Chris Meledandri’s close relationship with the French festival which has hosted the bows of the first two parts of the franchise and “Minions” – to increasingly gargantuan worldwide box office.
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Nine Actors Who Reinvented Themselves and Revitalized Their Careers

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Some actors manage to catch lightning in a bottle twice. It’s impressive enough to find your niche in Hollywood’s A-list even once. Occasionally, an actor will reinvent him/herself and begin a new phase of their careers that will be even more successful than it was before. Here are nine actors who had a cinematic rebirth.

Liam Neeson- Neeson has had a long career, and the early part of it was in dramatic roles. An intense dramatic actor, he apeared in films like The Dead Pool, Dark Man, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Les Miserables. His career rebirth came after playing Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars-Episode one: The Phantom Menace. After that, he got more offers for actions parts and recreated himself as an action hero in films like Gangs of NY, Batman Begins, Taken, Clash of the Titans, the A-Team, Unknown, the Grey, Taken 2,
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Why ‘The Boss Baby’ Trumped ‘Ghost in the Shell’ at the Box Office: Top 10 Takeaways

Why ‘The Boss Baby’ Trumped ‘Ghost in the Shell’ at the Box Office: Top 10 Takeaways
It was animated “The Boss Baby” (20th Century Fox) vs. manga remake “Ghost in the Shell” (Paramount) starring Scarlett Johansson at the weekend box office.

As expected, the week’s two new wide releases combined to gross just under $70 million, but with a shocker: the latest DreamWorks Animation release took the lion’s share of that total. $100-million actioner “The Ghost in the Shell” turned out to be yet another pixel-packed movie to be met by blah critical and domestic audience response. Foreign will have to save the day on this one.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (Disney) barely missed its third #1 weekend, but propelled the Top Ten box office to a 37 per cent ($43 million) improvement over last year (when nothing much was going on). The year-to-date uptick remains a steady five per cent. And that’s ahead of the expected huge April 14 opening for F. Gary Gray’s
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‘Pieces’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Brana, Edmund Purdom, Ian Sera, Paul L. Smith, Jack Taylor, Gerard Tichy, May Heatherly | Written by Dick Randall, Roberto Loyola | Directed by Juan Piquer Simón

Pieces is one of those movies that horror fans instantly fall in love with. While some would write it off as just another bad movie, others will love those moments of unintentional humour, especially from the dubbed version. This is what makes the Arrow Video Pieces: Limited Edition release on Blu-ray so much fun.

When a murderer stars killing off female students on a Boston college campus, the bodies soon start piling up. With body parts missing it seems that the killer is putting forming an interesting puzzle, but can they be stopped before they complete their work?

With a killer that is straight out of the Giallo genre, but a chainsaw that brings even more gore,
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Marvel’s Iron Fist: cultural appropriation that belongs in the past

Daredevil and Luke Cage stood out for their real-world takes on superheroics but this new series is an awkward rehash of the ‘mighty whitey’ trope

Marvel’s Netflix superhero shows have always stood out for their eccentricities. Daredevil lays its chips on a crimefighter who kicks ass despite being blind. Jessica Jones is a depressed private eye who uses her powers to defend herself against male aggression. And Luke Cage is about a black man whose hard-times heroism embodies the African-American experience, and who still – occasionally – utters his Blaxploitation-era catchphrase “Sweet Christmas!”. So you might think Iron Fist, about a hero who can charge his yellow glowing fist with chi drawn from the molten heart of a dead dragon, would offer up similarly outlandish thrills. Unfortunately, the comic book’s sense of fun hasn’t quite translated to the small screen, while those familiar with Hollywood’s history of
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Box Office: ‘Split’ to Scare Off ‘Rings’ for Three-Peat Over Slow Super Bowl Weekend

Box Office: ‘Split’ to Scare Off ‘Rings’ for Three-Peat Over Slow Super Bowl Weekend
Horror is dominating at North American mulitplexes as “Split” looks to edge out the opening of “Rings” with $13.5 million at 3,373 sites during the Super Bowl weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

Paramount’s opening weekend of “Rings” is creeping up on about $800,000 less with $12.7 million at 2,931 locations. Stx’s launch of teen sci-fi romance “The Space Between Us” looks to show little traction with $5 million at 2,812 screens, under-performing what were modest expectations.

Fox’s awards-season stalwart “Hidden Figures” — fresh from winning a SAG Award for best cast — is heading for a third-place finish at $10.3 million at 3,401 locations. That would mean a decline of only 27% from the previous session with the total U.S. box office hitting nearly $120 million by the end of Sunday.

Universal’s second weekend of Amblin’s doggie drama “A Dog’s Purpose” is chasing fourth place with $8.8 million at 3,178 screens, declining 52% from its opening frame — which was
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‘Death Race 2050’ Trailer: Roger Corman’s Sequel Revisits the Brutal Race Across The Country

‘Death Race 2050’ Trailer: Roger Corman’s Sequel Revisits the Brutal Race Across The Country
In 1975, Roger Corman released Paul Bartel’s “Death Race 2000,” a dystopian sci-fi satire starring David Carradine (“Kung Fu”) and Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky”) about a murderous Transcontinental Road Race and the group of drivers trying to survive and claim victory. The film has become a cult sensation in the past forty years, but now, Corman is back with a sequel entitled “Death Race 2050,” directed by G.J. Echternkamp. Watch the trailer below.

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The trailer begins with Malcolm McDowell announcing the beginning of the Death Race to the “United Corporations of America,” with such areas as One Percentia and Pharmatopia. Soon, it transitions into utter mayhem, with drivers running over innocent citizens for bonus points and other riding over cliffs into fiery explosions. In other words, it’s a Death Race.

Death Race 2050” is not the only other film in the “Death Race” franchise.
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