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Wizard World Portland Comic Con 2017 Review

Wizard World Comic Con visited Portland, Oregon last weekend and they provided me an opportunity to attend. The experience had it’s good points and it’s bad which I will get into.

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To start, it was much smaller an affair than I anticipated. I think back to Rose City Comic Con back in September, which utilized the entire Oregon Convention Center with the main hall and numerous meeting rooms for the various panels. Wizard World used the main hall as well as two sets of meeting rooms which made the event feel smaller. That’s not a bad thing in and of itself, just an observation.

The line to get into the convention hall was long. The biggest problem I had with it was that the Wizard World staff utilized only one set of doors for the entrance. Everyone had to be scanned with a
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Awfully Good: Megaforce

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Megaforce (1982) Director: Hal Needham Stars: Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta When the world needs saving, there's only one team that Planet Earth calls...and they're not called NormalForce. The early 1980s saw a number of Chinese production companies like Golden Harvest.responsible for a ton of classic Jackie Chan and Jet Li movies (and also Riki-oh: The Story Of... Read More...
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Alligator

Before he received acclaim as a writer/director of such films as Brother from Another Planet (’84), Matewan (’87), and The Secret of Roan Inish (’94), John Sayles made a splash on the horror scene as the writer of fun, clever satires such as Piranha (’78) and The Howling (’81). However, he did another that doesn’t get nearly as much love, and that’s his ode to an overgrown reptile, Lewis Teague’s Alligator (’80). Which is a shame, as it is just as much of a blast as the other two.

Alligator was released in July to solid reviews, and tripled its budget in returns, bringing in $6.5 million U.S. Not too bad for an independent (Group 1 International Distribution Organisation Ltd., the fine folks behind Ufo’s Are Real), and a good indicator that horror fans are always up for a smart romp. Alligator glides through that sweet swamp filled with fear and good humor.
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Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" Music Video Is Nsfw and Totally Crazy—Watch the Singer Seek Revenge!

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Warning: The video above is Nsfw. Viewer discretion advised. In the seven-minute music video for "Bitch Better Have My Money," released Wednesday, Rihanna and two sidekicks embark on a gruesome revenge plot. The singer and Megaforce directed the clip, which includes nudity, torture and violence. Mads Mikkelsen and Eric Roberts also appear in the music video. "Ya girl got director skillz!!! The concept for this piece came to me 8 months ago!!! So you can imagine how anxious I am right now!!!" the 27-year-old singer wrote in an Instagram caption earlier that afternoon. "#Midnight on #Vevo." Produced by Ciarra Pardo and Bridgitte Pugh, "Bitch Better Have My Money" shows Rihanna...
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Junkfood Cinema: The RetrosBECKtive

In this installment of Junkfood Cinema, Cargill and I discuss one of our favorite under-appreciated actors: Michael Beck. For a very brief period of time, Beck was a rising star in Hollywood. His breakout performance in The Warriors placed him firmly on the map, only to see his career stall a mere three years later thanks to the notorious bomb that was Xanadu. Still, during his all-too-short heyday, Beck appeared in some fantastic cult fare including Hal Needham’s Megaforce and the often heralded (at least on this show) Battletruck. We hope you enjoy this retrosBECKtive. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #4 Directly On This Week’s Show: Pre-Babble [0:00 - 02:28] Michael Beck Retrospective [2:29 - 41:51] Denouement [58:10 - 59:35] Films Discussed: [Click to buy, help us keep the lights on] Get In Touch With Us: Email Junkfood Cinema Follow the Show:
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‘Megaforce’ Review

Stars: Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta, Edward Mulhare, George Furth, Henry Silva | Written by Albert S. Ruddy | Directed by Hal Needham

Oh the 80s, how I love thee so… From the fashion and the music to the video games and the movies. And oh, what movies! From the decades big blockbusters to the direct-to-vhs dross that clogged video store shelves I loves me some 80s flicks. So when two of the decades most infamous flicks get re-released on DVD I just knew I had to check them out… First up, Megaforce!

I’ll admit, Megaforce passed me by back in the day, during the 80s I was all about the cheesy horror and anything Star Wars-esque. But, like any movie fan, the film’s reputation had not gone unnoticed by me… The film stars Barry Bostwick as Ace Hunter, leader of a mercenary army force who uphold peace,
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Hal Needham obituary

Hollywood stuntman and film director who scored huge successes with Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run

Upset by the critical response to his work, the stuntman turned film director Hal Needham, who has died aged 82, took out advertisements in Variety and other trade papers. They featured quotes from negative reviews for his movies including Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and The Cannonball Run (1981), alongside a wheelbarrow overflowing with dollar bills.

Needham made a point. His rumbustious 1977 directorial debut had grossed over $100m – an enormous return on its modest budget. He was still milking that particular creation some 20 years later, producing and directing a series of television movies, including Bandit Goes Country and Beauty and the Bandit.

These and other films, many of which starred Burt Reynolds, were seen by an audience of hundreds of millions worldwide, yet few reference books acknowledged his 45-year-long career — an unjustified omission, if only
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Hal Needham obituary

Hollywood stuntman and film director who scored huge successes with Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run

Upset by the critical response to his work, the stuntman turned film director Hal Needham, who has died aged 82, took out advertisements in Variety and other trade papers. They featured quotes from negative reviews for his movies including Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and The Cannonball Run (1981), alongside a wheelbarrow overflowing with dollar bills.

Needham made a point. His rumbustious 1977 directorial debut had grossed over $100m – an enormous return on its modest budget. He was still milking that particular creation some 20 years later, producing and directing a series of television movies, including Bandit Goes Country and Beauty and the Bandit.

These and other films, many of which starred Burt Reynolds, were seen by an audience of hundreds of millions worldwide, yet few reference books acknowledged his 45-year-long career — an unjustified omission, if only
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Stuntman and Director Hal Needham Dead at 82

He wrecked hundreds of cars, fell from tall buildings, got blown up and was dragged by horses. As a stuntman, he broke 56 bones, including his back twice! Memphis-born Hal Needham revolutionized the art of the stuntman in films such as How The West Was Won, Stagecoach (1966), Hellfighters, Little Big Man, and hundreds of TV shows. He was a regular stunt double for Burt Reynolds and began his movie directing career with Burt as his lead in Smokey And The Bandit, the second highest-grossing film of 1977 next to Star Wars. He would direct Reynolds in four more films including Stroker Ace, Cannonball Run, and Hooper, which was not a tribute to just stuntmen in general, but to Needham’s hero Jock Mahoney , considered the greatest stuntman in Hollywood (and the stepfather of Hooper co-star Sally Field). Needham’s Megaforce (1982) is an ‘80s time capsule kitsch masterpiece and the delirious The Villain
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Mediumrare announce 4 cult classics coming to UK DVD & Blu-ray

Mediumrare Entertainment continue their trend of releasing some of the weirdest cult films and TV shows with four films that are making their UK DVD debuts – and two are also getting the Blu-ray treatment too! Check out all the details below. I know I’ll be snapping these up, will you?

Operation Condor: Armour Of God II (1991)

Global adventurer Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) comes to Europe in search of the ‘Armour of God’, a magical relic from the Crusades. He hopes he can use it to bargain for the freedom of his girlfriend from a deadly cult. With his trusty companion (Andy Tam) by his side, his quest takes him from one perilous adventure to another. Directed by Jackie Chain himself, who performed all his own stunts, it was regarded as one of the most expensive films at the time. The third instalment of the Armour of God adventures,
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The First Awards Of Oscar Season

The First Awards Of Oscar Season
Los Angeles — Tom Hanks. Quincy Jones. Kristen Stewart. Warren Beatty. Quentin Tarantino. George Lucas. Steven Spielberg. Kirk Douglas. Amy Adams. Richard Gere.

These and other famous folks came to the film academy's Governors Awards Saturday to honor filmmakers whose names may not be as well known, but whose contributions to the industry have affected movie-lovers everywhere.

Documentarian D.A. Pennebaker helped make the medium mainstream with his direct-cinema approach. George Stevens, Jr., founded the American Film Institute and established the Kennedy Center Honors. Hal Needham developed new ways of performing and directing death-defying movie stunts. DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg raised hundreds of millions of dollars for charity.

Octogenarians Pennebaker, Stevens and Needham received honorary Oscars for their distinguished careers and Katzenberg was recognized with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards ceremony, held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland Center.
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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for September (Part 1)

A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for the first two weeks of September.

Mother's Day (1980) Anchor Bay Blu-ray & DVD Available Now

Though the company had yet to be formed, Mother’s Day was the first unofficial Troma film. Written and directed by Charles Kaufman (Loyd’s brother), it’s a violent, cheapjack revenge film with several of the patented Troma ingredients already in place. Uneasy comedic elements, amateur performances, sketchy scripting and aggressive misogyny abound. In spite of all this, Mother’s Day is also a fairly engrossing little exploitation film that seems to get better with age. Featuring the late, great Beatrice Pons as Mother Rose.

Special Features Include:

* Feature Length Audio Commentary with director Charles Kaufman and assistant art director Rex Piano

* Behind the Scenes of the Original Mother’s Day: includes Super 8 footage of screen tests and special effects (with Charles Kaufman commentary)

*Original trailer

* "Ike,
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Twentieth anniversary Power Rangers series revealed: Power Rangers Megaforce

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The folks at JEFusion.com shared footage from this year’s Power Morphicon of Saban Entertainment’s promo reel for next year’s Power Rangers series. Their seventeenth series, Power Rangers Megaforce, will be based on the thirty-fourth of Toei Company’s Super Sentai series, Tensou Sentai Goseiger.

Starting with the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers in 1993, based on Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, Saban has been producing series using costumes, props and action footage from the Japanese originals. The series have remained a perennial hit in the States, as the original series has done in Japan for the past thirty-six years.

It’s not the first time the name has appeared in entertainment either. One of the original sentai series had “mega” in the title; Denji Sentai Megaranger, which was used to create 1998′s Power Rangers in Space. Action film fans may remember the Hal Needham directed MegaForce, starring Barry Bostwick and Persis Khambatta.
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DVD Release: Megaforce

DVD Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012

Price: DVD $19.95

Studio: Hen’s Tooth

Barry Bostwick and Persis Khambatta aim to save the world in Megaforce.

The silly 1982 science fiction action movie Megaforce is a cult favorite and guilty pleasure if ever there was one!

Barry Bostwick (Some Guy Who Kills People) stars as Ace Hunter, leader of an elite task force of American adventurers who gallantly fight to uphold justice around the world. The team’s ultramodern weaponry plays a major part in their perilous mission to save a small democratic nation which has been invaded by a band of ruthless mercenaries led by the evil dictator Guerrera (Henry Silva, The Manchurian Candidate).

Megaforce is directed by stuntman-turned-filmmaker Hal Needham of Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run fame. Needham brings his flair and knowledge of stunt work and automotive hijinks to the film for its frequent action scenes, which include many high
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Hen’s Tooth Home Video Brings Hal Needham’s Megaforce to DVD

I played the video game tie-in for director Hal Needham’s 1982 cheese classic “Megaforce” long before I saw the actual movie. My short-lived obsession with my beloved Atari 2600 cartridge in no way prepared me for the experience, which, I might add, makes about as much sense as the game. None of that matters, of course, because the film stars Barry Bostwick as a freaking badass named Ace Hunter. Plus, there are explosions, and flying motorcycles. You need this DVD, otherwise your life will not have purpose. That statement is not endorsed by either Hen’s Tooth Home Video or Beyond Hollywood, by the way. I thought that might be worth noting. If you need a synopsis, you’re not my friend: The peace-loving Republic of Sardun is facing constant incursions from hostile neighbor Gamibia. Unwilling to retaliate and initiate war, high-ranking Sardunian military officials Major Zara and General Byrne-White arrange a rendezvous with MegaForce,
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Megaforce And The New Beverly Cinemas Are Calling To You This Saturday!

Attention Los Angeles area readers! If silver lame' jumpsuits, rocket launching motorcycles, and fighting for justice and freedom are your thing, then get down to The New Beverly Cinemas this Saturday, June 23, at 7:30 pm, and join in celebrating the 30'th anniversary of the camp classic Megaforce.Patriotism, weapons gadgetry, and coiffed hair collide in this cartoony action flick from stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham (Smokey And The Bandit, The Cannonball Run) and starring the naturally hilarious Barry Bostwick, who does his best to jut out his chin and flex his muscles, even though he looks more like "Let's Get Physical" era Olivia Newton-John than he does G.I. Joe. Along with showing a rare 35mm print, Hal Needham himself will be on hand to answer questions...
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Junk Food Dinner 66

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Junk Food Dinner bowls a strike this week as we take a look at three (3) films suggested by listeners.

First up, we take a look at 1982's "Megaforce," the story of Ace Hunter (Barry Bostwick) and his quest to defeat evil and ride flying motorcycles in front of green screens while wearing a headband.

Then our bodies get taken over by a murdered gangster while we watch "Retribution" from 1987. This horror flick is full of gore, glowing green eyes and the best midget cameo we've seen since last week.

Finally we watch Ryan Nicholson's '80s slasher homage, "Gutterballs," 2008's most notable bowling/rape fusion.

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Got a movie suggestion for the show, want to give your opinion on a movie we talked about or just want to tell us we suck? Drop us a line at JFDPodcast@gmail.com. Or leave us a voicemail: 347-746-junk (5865).
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Books: Book Review: Hal Needham: Stuntman!

If the exclamation point doesn’t set the tone enough, the subtitle should seal the deal for Hal Needham’s Stuntman! My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life. Anyone expecting an introspective, sober recounting of the highs and lows of rising to prominence in the movie industry is going to walk away disappointed. Needham, world-class stuntman and director of Smokey And The Bandit, The Cannonball Run, and Megaforce, has never been much for introspection. His autobiography is a slam-bang, whiz-pow, golly-gee ride from one crazy anecdote to the next; there’s barely enough time for other people, let alone anything ...
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[DVD Review] Hope and Redemption: The Lena Baker Story

Hope and Redemption: The Lena Baker Story tells a devastating tale and serves as an interesting footnote in legal history. The film recounts the true story of Lena Baker, who became the first and only woman to be sentenced to death by electric chair in the state of Georgia. The movie chronicles her life starting as a young girl in rural Georgia at the turn of the 20th century. Later in life, she meets Elliot Arthur a tyrant of a man whom she comes to work for. Their relationship is complicated and often brutal, with Arthur kidnapping Baker on several occasions, keeping her from his family. During one encounter in an attempt to free herself, Baker ends up killing Arthur, setting off the trial and string of events that would eventually lead to her death sentence.

Tichina Arnold (Little Shop of Horrors) takes on the titular role of Lena Baker,
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[DVD Review] Hope and Redemption: The Lena Baker Story

Hope and Redemption: The Lena Baker Story tells a devastating tale and serves as an interesting footnote in legal history. The film recounts the true story of Lena Baker, who became the first and only woman to be sentenced to death by electric chair in the state of Georgia. The movie chronicles her life starting as a young girl in rural Georgia at the turn of the 20th century. Later in life, she meets Elliot Arthur a tyrant of a man whom she comes to work for. Their relationship is complicated and often brutal, with Arthur kidnapping Baker on several occasions, keeping her from his family. During one encounter in an attempt to free herself, Baker ends up killing Arthur, setting off the trial and string of events that would eventually lead to her death sentence.

Tichina Arnold (Little Shop of Horrors) takes on the titular role of Lena Baker,
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