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Inside the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ World Premiere: Hollywood Celebrates Rian Johnson’s Movie

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Inside the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ World Premiere: Hollywood Celebrates Rian Johnson’s Movie
Misdirection: Keep that in mind when you check out the eighth “Star Wars” installment, “The Last Jedi,” next weekend.

That’s what writer-director Rian Johnson does throughout this dense, careening, seemingly unstructured movie’s 2-hour, 32-minute running time. The movie is worth a second viewing, as it demands that you pay attention. Every little detail pays off.

At the world premiere — the first-ever public screening — Saturday night at downtown L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, security guards swept under every car, guests wore individual badges with seat assignments, carried their own smartphones in locked security bags to their seats, and kept their collectible “Last Jedi” popcorn buckets with them all night.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Star Gwendoline Christie Has a Charming Theory About Those New Porg Creatures

On crutches, veteran director and puppeteer Frank Oz headed into the auditorium to see the film for the first time.
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2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life

We voiced our hope that we’d see her sometime soon when we launched our inaugural Top 10 American Indie Filmmakers Missing in Action back in 2015, and much to our delight, this past March, the trades confirmed that Tamara Jenkins would direct a Netflix drama with Molly Shannon (winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and Best Supporting Performance for the American Independent Film Awards).

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard Review

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Author: Scott Davis

For anyone that loved Cannon Films in the 1980’s and their shlocky, grotesque but strangely enjoyable fare, Millennium Films are still flying the Golan-Globus flag some three decades later. Many of those who worked for the charismatic Israeli cousins during that manic few years through such “classics” as Invasion USA, Missing in Action, Lifeforce and Over The Top, are now part of Millennium and while a lot of their properties share much of its DNA, there’s an air of quality control with the new gang.

Their latest 21st-century Cannon-esque outing is The Hitman’s Bodyguard, another run-of-the-mill action-comedy that has all the hallmarks of being a little bit of a stinker from the off. But it’s with great joy that we can shake off those fears and proclaim the film one of the year’s most ridiculous but unabashedly delightful romps with two stars at the top of their powers.
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Disney Is Desperate And Netflix Is Going To Eat Their Lunch -- The Lrm Weekend

By David Kozlowski | 11 August 2017

Welcome to Issue #8 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Previous Issues: 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17 | 6.30.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, we've got a bunch of cool stuff for you this week. In our editorial we'll examine the big Disney streaming service announcement and what it means for Netflix. We'll also dive into the career of master crime writer Elmore Leonard, assess Chuck Norris' fighting skills, and have some fun with 80s Action movies. Looking forward to your comments and feedback!

Netflix Is Poised To Dominate And It's All Disney's Fault

Disney's big announcement, to pull their films from Netflix and launch their own streaming service by 2019, might look like
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'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Halftime Report: Who's Dead, Who's Alive

'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Halftime Report: Who's Dead, Who's Alive
Ice? Check. Fire? Check. Thrones? You bet. Game? Not anymore.

After last night's incendiary hour, Game of Thrones' shorter but still stunning Season Seven is now just past the halfway mark, and the stakes couldn't be higher. The once-sprawling story is down to just three major factions now: King Jon Snow in the North,; Queen Cersei Lannister in the South; and Daenerys Targaryen, a.k.a. the Mother of Dragons, on her native soil for the first time since her birth. The battles that followed eliminated entire houses and
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Fantasia 2017: ‘Savage Dog’ Review

Stars: Scott Adkins, Marko Zaror, Juju Chan, Cung Le, Keith David, Vladimir Kulich, Matthew Marsden, Charles Fathy | Written and Directed by Jesse V. Johnson

Ok, let’s all just say it together. Scott Adkins is the saviour of Dtv action movies. Charismatic, skilled and just a downright badass (and likeable) actor, whatever Adkins seemingly touches turns to gold – the Universal Soldier franchise was improved by his addition, as was the Undisputed series: in fact he made that particular fighting franchise Better with each and every sequel. Even the football-themed series Green Street was made watchable by the appearance of Adkins in the third installment, and that coming from someone who, typically, refuses to watch movies based on idiotic football hooligans.

Hold on… Turns out I may have a man-crush on Scott Adkins! And that’s not a bad thing.

Adkins has single-handedly kept the direct to market action genre alive,
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Focus Sneaks ‘Atomic Blonde’ Footage, Bets on Female Directors

Focus Sneaks ‘Atomic Blonde’ Footage, Bets on Female Directors
Focus Features is back in indie territory roughly a year after the label underwent another massive shakeup.

The company’s chairman Peter Kujawski told a crowd of journalists assembled at the beach in front of the J.W Marriott on Friday afternoon that Focus had successfully repositioned itself as a home for top filmmakers. On a balmy day, as the waves lapped against the seashore, he unveiled a slate of films that included movies from Joe Wright, Sofia Coppola, Stephen Frears and Garth Davis that might in the hunt for Oscar glory.

“We believe filmmakers thrive when they are supported,” said Kujawski.


Pope Francis Documentary Directed by Wim Wenders Acquired by Focus Features

Kujawski was named chairman in 2016 in a housecleaning that ousted Peter Schlessel from the top spot. His talk boasted roughly 20 minutes of clips, including footage of “Atomic Blonde,” an action thriller with Charlize Theron as a
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Kim Dalton blasts "inconsistent", "unpredictable" ABC

Kim Dalton has worked in the industry since 1973. He produced dramas and documentaries at the Australian Film Finance Corporation and worked at Beyond International on the financing, production and distribution of both series and features..As CEO of the Australian Film Commission, Dalton was responsible for overhauling its development programs, and as the director of ABC TV from 2006 to 2013 he took ABC TV into the digital era, significantly expanding its broadcast and online services. Below, he outlines the measures which could transform the ABC.s Australian content output and its relationship with the independent production sector.

This is an excerpt from the conclusion of Dalton.s new Platform Paper.'Missing in action: The ABC and Australia.s Screen Culture', published this week by Currency House and available at.https://www.currencyhouse.org.au

The ABC itself will resist any attempt to impose a framework of policy requirements and outcomes.
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Electric Boogaloo, the wild untold story of Cannon Films

Director and documentarian Mark Hartley scores both a film history and comedy success with this ‘wild, untold’ account of the 1980s film studio that was both revered and despised by everyone who had contact with it. The ‘cast list’ of interviewees is encyclopedic, everybody has a strong opinion, and some of them don’t need four-letter words to describe their experience!

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

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Umbrella Entertainment (Au, all-region

2014 / Color / 1:77 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date April 4, 2017 / Available from Umbrella Entertainment / 34.99

Starring: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Al Ruban, Alain Jakubowicz, Albert Pyun, Alex Winter, Allen DeBevoise, Avi Lerner, Barbet Schroeder, Bo Derek, Boaz Davidson, Cassandra Peterson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Charles Matthau, Christopher C. Dewey, Christopher Pearce, Cynthia Hargrave, Dan Wolman, Daniel Loewenthal, David Del Valle, David Paulsen, David Sheehan, David Womark, Diane Franklin, Dolph Lundgren, Edward R. Pressman,
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Horror Highlights: Fallout Dorbz, Mass Effect: Andromeda 16-Bit Trailer, At Least You’Re Not These Monsters, Syndicate Smasher

The many faces of Vault Boy from Fallout are coming soon as a part of Funko's Dorbz line. See how many you can collect this spring! Also in today's Highlights: a 16-Bit trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda by YouTuber Balazs Kalocsai, details on Danny Lacy and Mike Levine's new book, At Least You're Not These Monsters, and info on the world premiere of Syndicate Smasher.

Fallout Vault Boy Dorbz: From Funko: "Dorbz: Fallout Vault Boy

Perk up your Dorbz collection with Fallout’s Vault Boy!

This series features Vault Boy as a variety of perks from Fallout: Mysterious Stranger, Grim Reaper, and Rooted! Look for Rooted Vault Boy’s chase variant, Sneak – a 1 in 6 rarity!

Collect them all this spring!

Coming in April!"

Images via Funko:


Watch the Mass Effect Andromeda 16-Bit Trailer: "Like the rest of the video game industry, Machinima is celebrating the launch of Mass
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Christopher Pearce, Former Head of Production at Cannon Films, Dies at 73

Christopher Pearce, who in the 1980s served as head of production of Cannon Films, the legendary B-movie house known for churning out a slew of action fare, has died. He was 73.

Pearce died Sunday in Boca Raton, Fla., after a battle with cancer, family friend Polly Chung told The Hollywood Reporter.

Working for Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus at Cannon, Pearce helped take the company’s production output from a handful of films per year to an astounding 43 in 1985. Movies made by Cannon that year included Death Wish 3, American Ninja, Missing in Action 2: The...
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‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Director Kimberly Peirce Boards ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ Movie Adaptation

“Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce has come on board Straight Up Films’ movie version of Viktor Frankl’s memoir “Man’s Search for Meaning.”

Peirce, who also produced and co-wrote “Boys Don’t Cry” is interviewing screenwriters for the project. At the time of Frankl’s death in 1997, “Man’s Search for Meaning” had sold more than 10 million copies in 24 languages.

Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argued that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

“When I first read Viktor Frankl’s ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ decades ago, I was touched by Frankl’s remarkable ability to make meaning
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Classic Action Stars: Who truly is the best?

With Jean-Claude Van Damme hitting the big screen this month in Kickboxer: Vengeance (a remake of his 1989 smash hit) we decided to find out who is the greatest of the legendary Eighties action heroes. Who kicked hardest, fought longest and has the staying power to be the last man standing? Let the fight begin!

Sylvester Stallone

Evidence: Sylvester Stallone is not only an enduring action star of note – from Rambo and Rocky, Cobra to Cliffhanger, right through to The Expendables, Sly has always set the box office cash tills ringing; but he is also an Oscar-nominated writer, a director, and even a painter. There is, it seems, very little he cannot do.

Verdict: Stallone is more rennaisance man than action hero king.

Dolph Lundgren

Evidence: At 6ft 5 and built like a Sherman tank, Swedish powerhouse Lundgren has taken on James Bond and Rocky, played The Punisher, a Universal Soldier and was one of The Expendables.
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American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt

At the bitter end of a ten-year slide into ever-cheaper productions, The Cannon Group sends stars David Bradley (a nice guy), Steve James (everyone's favorite) and Marjoe Gortner (a stiff) to South Africa for an anemic entry in this series. Cannon is considered a 'fun' subject this year because of those funny documentaries that came out. Savant cut the trailer for this particular picture, so takes the opportunity to talk about the wild life and times in the Cannon trailer department. American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt Blu-ray Olive Films 19 / B&W / 2:35 1:85 widescreen / 1:37 flat Academy / 90 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring David Bradley, Steve James, Marjoe Gortner, Michele Chan,Yehuda Efroni, Alan Swerdlow. Cinematography George Bartels Film Editor Michael J. Duthie Original Music George S. Clinton Written by Gary Conway from characters by Avi Kleinberger & Gideon Amir Produced by Harry Alan Towers Directed
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‘Firewalker’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

Stars: Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr., Melody Anderson, Will Sampson, Sonny Landham, John Rhys-Davies, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Lee-Sung | Written by Robert Gosnell | Directed by J. Lee Thompson

Looking back now – three decades later – it’s hard to believe that the idea of an archaeologist as The go-to film hero was, oftentimes, a guarantee to bring in the punters and create a big-money blockbuster movie! Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, King Solomon’s Mines, etc. all graced the big screen to varying degrees of success during the mid-80s; and yes, it was Spielberg’s film that reignited the genre but it took Cannon Films – the purveyors of low-budget, high-concept big screen bonanzas – to really put the fun into this now-buried treasure of a genre.

After hitting it big with King Solomon’s Mines, they milked the classic character for another big-budget (at least for Cannon) movie before the flash-in-the-pan adventurer genre faded.
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Blu-ray Review – Firewalker (1986)

Firewalker, 1986.

Directed by J. Lee Thompson.

Starring Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr., Melody Anderson, Sonny Landham, Will Sampson, John Rhys-Davies, Ian Abercrombie.


A pair of hapless adventurers take on a job to find priceless Aztec gold but are pursued by a vengeful spirit who will stop at nothing to protect it.

Back in the mid-1980s there was a brief moment when ripping off Indiana Jones movies was a thing and, as was the norm, it was the legendary Cannon Films who were the masterminds behind many of those low-budget gems. Whilst the mainstream responded to Harrison Ford’s archaeological adventures with the likes of the slick Michael Douglas-led romp Romancing the Stone, Cannon gave us the lacklustre King Solomon’s Mines and its sequel Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (both of which featured a young Sharon Stone alongside Richard Chamberlain in the lead role
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Invasion USA, Braddock: Missing in Action III – Now Available on Blu-ray Courtesy of Shout! Factory

Chuck Norris is one of those figures who often tests my ability to separate the art from the artist. As much as I loved Chuck’s B-movie action antics of the Eighties and beyond, he has since become an irresponsible voice among the pack of celebrities who feel the need to offer an opinion on sociopolitical topics. I don’t begrudge the man for being religious, but it’s the way a celebrity used their platform, with which they should be judged. I realize that tensions run high, and especially during election years, but at one point Chuck took to his podium, and exclaimed that America as a whole either adapt Norris’ line of thinking, and support his specific candidate of choice, or suffer “1,000 years of Darkness.” Things like this are devoid of any and all value. But boy, do I love some Invasion U.S.A. and Missing in Action.

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Rewind This! – The Review: A Look Back at the Days of VHS

I admit it, I’m a sentimental old fart. I get choked up and maudlin very often, when I think of family and friends, a moment in time when I realized the tragedy life can bring to us, or the joy. I tear up at the movies regularly, or reading certain passages in books. But I never thought I would weep at the loss of a video system. If you read We Are Movie Geeks regularly you must be aware of the video revolution of the 1980s, when VHS players and recorders found a place in almost every home in America. I hope you recall the early days when VHS was neck and neck with Betamax, a technically better system. Remember the days of Mom and Pop video rental stores when almost anyone could open a store front, and with a collection of VHS tapes start making money? As one of the many,
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Cannon Films are coming back and producing American Ninja Apprentice and Return of The Delta Force

If you’re a fan of bad movies, then you’ll probably know The Cannon Group. Throughout the 1980s, they brought us cinema classics like Death Wish 3, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, The Apple, Masters of the Universe, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, American Ninja, Missing in Action, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Delta Force. They also once bought the rights to Spider-Man thinking he was a human spider before realising he was a comic book character and promptly sold the rights back.

The Israeli cousins Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan joined Cannon Films in 1979 and brought their business culture to Hollywood. Whereas most studios would release 8 movies in one year, Cannon would release 40 and used names like Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme to sell their movies.

They went out of business in 1994 after a string of unsuccessful movies left them bankrupt, but now they
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This is a Great film noir. A straying husband's 'innocent' dalliance wrecks lives and puts his marriage in jeopardy. Been there, done that?   Dick Powell and Lizabeth Scott are menaced by Raymond Burr, while wife Jane Wyatt is kept in the dark. Andre de Toth's direction puts everyone through the wringer, with a very adult look at the realities of the American marriage contract, circa 1948. Pitfall Blu-ray Kino Lorber Studio Classics 1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 86 min. / Street Date November 17, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr, John Litel, Byron Barr, Jimmy Hunt. Cinematography Harry Wild Art Direction Arthur Lonergan Film Editor Walter Thompson Written by Karl Kamb from the novel by Jay Dratler Produced by Samuel Bischoff Directed by André De Toth

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Is 'domestic noir' even a category? I think so. Some of the creepiest late- '40s noir pictures take intrigue,
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