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Arrow Star Stephen Amell To Compete On American Ninja Warrior

  • LRM Online
You don’t need to have perfect vision that Arrow star Stephen Amell is one ripped dude. In order to sell the idea of him being some dark guardian of Star City, he needed to be. After all, like Batman, he is just a man against foes greater and more powerful than himself, so he needed a fit body to counter his adversaries.

In Season 1, they made a joking staple of Amell working that salmon ladder in his training montages. In many ways, the montages became a staple of the show, and so good did they do with it that when Ben Affleck got around to doing his own montage in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they didn’t do it nearly as well as Arrow.

Related: Arrow - Four Reasons "Disbanded" Was A Dud

It looks like all Amell’s hard work is about to get put to good use.
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Udine Far East Festival 2016

The biggest European film festival excludsively dealing with Asian cinema will open on Friday the 22nd of April with the South Korean blockbuster “The Tiger” and close with the Hong Kong thriller “The Bodyguard” on Saturday the 30th with the presence of the legendary Sammo Hung. Legendary director Johnnie To and composer Lim Giong will also attend.

The festival will feature 72 films in the official selection (5 world premieres) a retrospective of Japanese science fiction, the restored 4K versions of four Bruce Lee masterpieces and over 100 events organized around the city.

The line up of 2016 includes the followings:

Competition Section

China (10)

Chongqing Hot Pot, Yang Qing, crime-action- hipster noir, China 2016, European Premiere

The Dead End, Cao Baoping, cop-loves-cop thriller, China 2015, European Premiere

Destiny, Zhang Wei, human drama, China 2016, World Premiere

The Left Ear, Alec Su, youth drama, China 2015, European Premiere

Lost in Hong Kong, Xu Zheng, clash of cultures comedy, China 2015, International Festival Premiere

The Master,
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Sammo Hung to present 'The Bodyguard' at Italy’s Far East Film festival

Sammo Hung to present 'The Bodyguard' at Italy’s Far East Film festival
The 18th Feff will feature 50 titles in competition, including Lost In Hong Kong, Mojin: The Lost Legend and Ip Man 3, as well as a new Focus Asia market.Scroll down for full programme

The Udine Far East Film Festival (Feff) has revealed the programme for its 18th edition (April 22-30), featuring a myriad of high-profile Asian titles from the past year.

The event will close with the European premiere of director and actor Sammo Hung’s latest feature, The Bodyguard [pictured], with Hung due to be in attendance.

Hung’s appearance marks the second year in a row that the festival has played host to a Hong Kong film icon, after Jackie Chan attended last year’s edition.

The Bodyguard (also known as My Beloved Bodyguard) has grossed close to $50m since its release in China on April 1. The film stars Sammo Hung as a retired bodyguard who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young girl.

The
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Demi Moore to Star in Drama Series From Rookie Blue Co-Creator

Demi Moore to Star in Drama Series From Rookie Blue Co-Creator
Demi Moore is getting back to her small-screen roots — and her next role is more G.I. Jane than Ghost.

The actress is set to topline 10 Days In the Valley, a drama series from Rookie Blue co-creator Tassie Cameron, our sister site Deadline reports.

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

The project stars Moore as Jane Sadler, an overworked writer and single mother in the middle of a difficult separation. When her 5-year-old daughter is taken from her bed in the middle of the night, Jane is forced to put everything
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‘Rage of Honor’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Sho Kosugi, Lewis Van Bergen, Robin Evans, Gerry Gibson, Charles Lucia, Richard Wiley, Carlos Estrada, Ulises Dumont, Theodore McNabney, Alan Amiel, Armando Capo | Written by Robert Short, Wallace C. Bennett | Directed by Gordon Hessler

As a kid who grew up in the video store there were a few staples in my cinematic diet – none more so than the VHS releases from Imperial and Trans World Entertainment. From chop-socky flicks featuring an incredibly young Jackie Chan, to the ninja films of Sho Kosugi, I could not get enough of the Far East fight action. However the death of VHS also saw the death of those types of films being freely available here in the UK. Sure you can go down the import route (which I did for a number of those dear-to-my-heart action movies of the early 80s) but there’s nothing quite like walking into a store and picking
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The John Kreng Interview

John Kreng is one of the most hard working actors/stuntman/fight and stunt corrdinators working in the industry today. Through his time working in the movie industry, John has worked with some of the very best which includes Jet Li, Yuen Wah, Tsui Hark, David Carradine, Steven Spielburg and many more outstanding talents.

John Kreng is also the author of the in depth book on screen fighting called Fight Choreography: The Art Of Non Verbal Dialogue, he was a cast member of The Jade Trader which went on to win the most outstanding cast performance award at the 10th Action on film, International film festival. John, also has years of Martial Arts experience behind him, dedicating his time learning many different styles and been taught by some of the very best masters from around the world (Which he will speak about in this interview).

John also worked on the
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October 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Phantom Of The Opera (1925 / 1929), The Brood, The Return Of Count Yorga

  • DailyDead
As we get closer and closer to Halloween, the home entertainment releases on Blu-ray and DVD seem to get better and better, as this Tuesday will see the release of several fantastic cult classics and so much more. On October 13th, Criterion Collection is bringing home David Cronenberg’s terrifying masterpiece The Brood to both Blu and DVD and we’ve also got The Return of Count Yorga to look forward to courtesy of Scream Factory.

For those of you who love a good "bad movie," Synapse Releasing has a restored version of the granddaddy of them all, Manos: The Hands of Fate, arriving on both formats this week as well.

Other notable October 13th releases include a two-disc Blu-ray of the 192os classic The Phantom of the Opera, The Gallows, the 2oth anniversary release of Mosquito, Shakma, Tomorrowland, and the high-def debut of Class of Nuke ’Em High 3.

The Brood (Criterion Collection,
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The Raymond Chow And Golden Harvest Era (Part 2)

(1981-1989 – The Three Dragons)

After the early 1980’s, Golden Harvest started to branch out into the modern-day world leaving behind the Kung Fu cinema age and progressing into something massive. From 1981 onwards, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao (The Three Dragons) were about to embark on a sensational journey, progressing from there Kung Fu genre into modern-day Martial Arts and stunt work, something Shaw Brothers were left behind and Golden Harvest was to be the new global company.

Jackie Chan back then headed to the United states to try to break into the international market, but the movies he appeared in didn’t really take off and Jackie was also disappointed with the filming of The Big Brawl. Jackie felt he never had chance to show off his action choreography and wasn’t given the space to add his world of experience to the movie. Although it was Directed
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Female-Fronted Hollywood Remakes We’d Like to See

The calls have been heard loud and clear, both on stage and off at the Oscars or in the annals of the web and at the box office: the world demands more movies with women, about women, by women and for women.

Every week a movie seems to be failing the Bechdel test, and every week a separate movie ends up walking away with the lion’s share at the box office. From hits like Maleficent, The Fault in Our Stars and Lucy to monster franchises like The Hunger Games, the old notion that teenage boys are the ones driving the demand at the movies is rapidly eroding. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a 44 percent female audience on the film’s opening weekend, the highest share for any Marvel movie to date.

And although they’ve taken their sweet time, Hollywood
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Comic-Con 2014 Film Panel Schedule: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘X-Men’ and More

Comic-Con 2014 Film Panel Schedule: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘X-Men’ and More
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.

Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.

July 24

The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.

“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a.
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Indie Cred Leads to “Creed”; Coogler reteams with Michael B. Jordan to Bring Stallone’s Rocky Back into the Ring

  • ioncinema
Cue Bill Conti’s infamous score. For the longest time we were wondering when this Sundance breakout was going to have his name attached to a sophomore project, and it turns out the answer is close to his cinephile heart. We knew he was a fan of the Rocky series (he detailed how consumed he was by parts I thru VI), but Deadline reports that with a smart pitch, Sylvester Stallone’s full commitment and Fruitvale Station lead Michael B. Jordan in-place, the Cannes directing award winner Ryan Coogler will hit the gym sort speak and continue the Rocky franchise with a spin-off called Creed. To be co-written with Aaron Covington, the MGM film will be produced by Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, along with Stallone and Kevin King.

Gist: The intention is for Jordan to play the grandson of Apollo Creed (played in the early movies by Carl Weathers). Raised
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Casting: O'Connell, Turner, Maillet, Ritter

Unbroken

"Skins" and "Eden Lake" star Jack O'Connell is set to play real-life World War II hero Lou Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken".

O'Connell beat out a bevy of up-and-comers for the coveted part of the Los Angeles high school track star-turned-Olympian. [Source: THR]

Solace

Janine Turner has joined the cast of the supernatural thriller "Solace" at FlynnPictureCo., Eden Rock Media, and Silver Reel.

Anthony Hopkins stars as retired doctor and FBI psychic John Clancy, who’s tasked with helping hunt down a killer (Colin Farrell). Turner will play Elizabeth Clancy, wife of Hopkins’ character. [Source: Deadline]

The Strain

Robert Maillet ("Pacific Rim," "300") has been cast as the villain, the ancient vampire The Master, in Guillermo del Toro's drama series pilot "The Strain" for FX.

The show follows a Cdc team who investigate what appears to be an outbreak of vampirism. [Source: The Wrap]

Asthma

Krysten Ritter ("Breaking Bad") is to star in Jake Hoffman
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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Demo Drops for Xbox 360 and PS3

A free playable demo for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is arriving on both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 today, several weeks ahead of the full game's April 2 retail release.

The demo includes separate stages for the game's two playable stars, Ryu Hayabusa and Ayane. Ryu's stage is in the deserts of Dubai while Ayane will be fighting in the heart of Paris. Hero and Normal difficulty levels are available initially, with Hard and Master Ninja difficulty levels available to unlock

Clearing both stages opens up the Chapter Challenge. Tecmo Koei claims Kasumi can be unlocked in the demo, so we're assuming the Chapter Challenge is where that occurs.

All Ninja Skills and Karma earned during the demo are fully transferrable to the full retail version when it's released.

Check out the brand new Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge demo trailer below.

Pre-order Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge with free shipping at Amazon.
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Two Multiple Best Actor Winners to Present at 85th Academy Awards: Complete List

Nicholson and Hoffman: 85th Academy Awards list of presenters completed Multiple Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson have been added to the roster of presenters at this year's Academy Awards show, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. (Pictured above: Academy Awards ceremony in 1980, with winners Stanley R. Jaffe, Robert Benton, Meryl Streep, and Dustin Hoffman.) Dustin Hoffman's Academy Awards nominations Hoffman has been nominated for a total of 7 Best Actor Oscars. He won twice, for Robert Benton's broken-family drama Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), with Meryl Streep, and Barry Levinson's fraternal drama Rain Man (1988), with Tom Cruise. Hoffman's other Academy Award nominations were for the following movies: Mike Nichols' comedy The Graduate (1967), with Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross; John Schlesinger's social drama Midnight Cowboy (1969), with Jon Voight; Bob Fosse's psychological drama Lenny (1974), with Valerie Perrine; Sydney Pollack's comedy Tootsie (1982), with Jessica Lange
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Fine Cheese: American Ninja 2 Edition

Lovers of bad cinema are a masochistic breed. We ask ourselves a fundamental question, why watch a bad movie when we could watch a good one instead? The answer: it’s a giddy thrill seeing so many people work together to create an epic failure. We delight in the hilarious incongruity between ambition and execution in the worst of the worst film has to offer. And sometimes, as we dig through the morass of wretchedness, we unearth a rare gem of a film that has gone full circle and completed the journey from being plain old bad to so-bad-it’s good. This we call Fine Cheese.

Isn’t creating a film that inspires laughs and entertains despite its total failure as art a kind of artistry? The answer is no. But — what the heck, I invite you to kill some time with me and sample a specimen of gourmet fromage: American Ninja 2: The Confrontation.
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Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus Ps Vita Screenshots and Box Art

Box art and a handful of new screens have been released for Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, a Playstation Vita launch title due in stores on February 22.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is a re-imagined version of Ninja Gaiden Sigma that was released on Playstation 3. The game has been reworked to take advantage of Vita's touchscreen, gyro sensor and rear touch pad. Front and rear touch controls can be used for coordinated attacks against enemies.

True ninja masters will be able to take on Very Hard and Master Ninja modes. Newcomers, meanwhile, will have the option of turning on automatic guard, evasion assists and enhanced Ninpo techniques that use simple controls.

Check out examples of these news modes and controls via the Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus screenshots below by clicking on any of the thumbnail images. Also included is the newly released Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus Ps Vita box art.

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James Reviews Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume Xx [DVD Review]

“Uh-oh. Seven years bad acting.”

It always feels like Christmas (no puns about Santa Claus films) when a new Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD set comes out. For all us fans out there, we wait with bated breath for every release, each time getting four new DVDs, usually with two Joel and two Mike episodes. This time around it’s four episodes from the Comedy Central era, all featuring the show’s creator and original host, Joel Hodgson. In the past I would have been a bit disappointed by this news, considering I grew up watching Mike Nelson’s run but now that I’ve watched the complete run of the show, I’ve grown to appreciate and even love Joel’s dry wit. And these four episodes give a great selection to people who might not be too familiar with the inhabitants from the Satellite of Love.

First up
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Doctor Who complete reviews: The TV movie

The 1990s were Doctor Who's very own Decadus Horriblus (thanks to the Basil Brush Book of Latin for this). Up until 1990, Doctor Who had carved itself a niche in the BBC schedules, usually to worldwide applause, high ratings and positive critical feedback.

And then it all went horribly wrong.

By the mid-1980s, Doctor Who was starting to get out of its depth as a result of a misunderstood Doctor, over-complicated plots and a dash of violence. Cue an extended holiday; but on its return, its reputation was still in tatters. Despite a bold attempt to re-invent itself as a confident, clever show of mystery, the BBC bosses weren't impressed. And so the axe fell, leaving the faithful mob of Doctor Who fans to wait and wonder.

But don't forget – TV programming had radically changed in the 1990s in a number of ways. For one thing, there was an
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume Xx DVD Review

  • Collider.com
For the fans of the Satellite of Love and Mystery Science Theater 3000, there is Joel and there is Mike. Most old timers prefer Joel and he’s the sleepier, less sarcastic commentarian, but it’s always a question for fans: who do prefer? Most sets have had a mixture of the two hosts, with some even delving into the Sci-Fi episodes that replaced Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) with his mother (Mary Jo Pehl), which are often consider the least of the run (though every season has its highs and lows). The most recent set is all Joel, and features both Master Ninja episodes – classics of their kind. But it also contains one episode from season one that has J. Elvis Weinstein portraying as Tom Servo instead of Kevin Murphy. The best of MST3K is not always the first. For Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 20, the episodes are Project Moonbase
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the oh-yes! DVD of the week: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. Xx’

I miss Joel and the bots so bad sometimes it hurts. (Sorry, Mike Nelson: I don’t really miss you quite that much.) And the world needs them now more than ever. Watching old DVDs does offer some compensation, however... Sit back, when you’re not doubled over with laughter, that is for four classic episodes of this hilarious Peabody Award winning series. Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo and your host Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgson) are back to riff on your . . . erm . . . favorite movies and television series of yesteryear with all the Tlc only the Satellite of Love crew can deliver. And for this XXth volume of the outstanding, groundbreaking series, we’re making it a very special Mystery Science Theater 3000 Joel-bilee! And you’re on the guest list! Titles included in this set: Project Moonbase, Master Ninja I, Master Ninja II & The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad. Ack!
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