18 items from 2016
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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 »
- Mike Barnes
New bonkers series The Almost Impossible Game Show is coming to MTV tomorrow, October 13, with Irish duo the Rubberbandits set to steal the show. The pair — think classic Chuck Barris The Gong Show meets American Ninja Warriors with a whiff of Kentucky Fried Movie — will give running commentary during the stunts. It’s basically a case of tune in for the epic fails, but stay for the Rubberbandits — Ireland’s answer to Jackass-meets-Trailer-Park-Boys with a hefty dash of Insane Clown Posse. These Limerick-based smartasses will be one of the best things about the series, which guarantees failure in some of the most...read more »
- April Neale
There was a little bit of history made on last night’s American Ninja Warrior (1.9/7) as Jessie Graff became the first women to finish the show's Las Vegas Stage 1 course. The stuntwomen's feat also saw the NBC competition show finish even with last week's fast-affiliate results among adults 18-49, which went up tenth in final results. Nielsen's numbers were delayed this morning but in many ways last night looks a lot like last Monday. Like on August 22, American Ninja War… »
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 »
- Glenn Erickson
The Wicked Lady, 1983.
Directed by Michael Winner.
A woman marries into high society after stealing her sister’s fiancé but becomes bored with country life so she turns to highway robbery to get her kicks.
If you caught the Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films documentary from a couple of years back you may remember a sizeable section devoted to 1983’s The Wicked Lady. It may seem odd that a production company like Cannon – mostly known for action, martial arts and horror B-movies such as American Ninja, Invasion U.S.A. and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 – would delve into a period drama remake of a 1945 film but this was no ordinary period piece as The Wicked Lady was adapted and directed by Michael Winner, fresh from his success with »
- Amie Cranswick
With the recent release and success of Captain America: Civil War, it seems that Marvel has already had a great start to their 2016. They've already exceeded expectations with that film, and with Doctor Strange, they seemed poised to mark this year down as another success for the Marvel machine. As good as this year is looking to be, however, 2017 may be even better. Between Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, and Spider-man: Homecoming, there will be a total of three films set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- a first for the studio.
Joblo's got the scoop on the first two films of 2017, so let's start with Thor: Ragnarok.
It's been rumored for some time that the film will have elements of Planet Hulk in it, and Joblo confirms these rumors, going on to say that Thor will end up on a strange planet and become involved in »
- Joseph Medina
Pray For Death, 1985.
Directed by Gordon Hessler.
A peaceful Japanese family move to the Us but fall foul of a crime syndicate, forcing the father to unleash his inner ninja.
“You should learn karate one day, Dad. You may need it” say the two young Saito boys Takeshi and Tomoya (Kane and Shane Kosugi respectively) to their father Akira (Shô Kosugi) during a play fight. However, the two children aren’t aware that their father isn’t just their boring businessman dad but really a highly skilled ninja warrior who carries around a lot of guilt after the death of his brother during a fight at the temple of his sensei Kaga (Robert Ito). Akira and his American-born wife Aiko (Donna Kei Benz) decide to move »
- Amie Cranswick
We were thrilled to get an opportunity to chat with the action star, who was doing press to promote the release of the action film Navy Seals Vs Zombies, but were kept at a considerable physical distance. While telephone interviews can be a bit difficult, I was secretly relieved that we wouldn’t have to come face-to-face with a man renowned for his work as a ninja. Safely tucked away in a different continent meant that, no matter how stupid our questions were, we weren’t in danger of being kicked in the chops.
It turns out that we needn’t have worried. Den of Geek found Michael Dudikoff to be a particularly friendly and fun interview subject. It’s great to talk to »
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 »
- Luke Owen
Cannon Films, the iconic independent film studio of the 1970s and 1980s which essentially continued the careers of the likes of Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris through and after their prime, are back - more than twenty years after shutting their doors.
Responsible for the likes of "Masters of the Universe," "Cyborg," "Breakin'," "Cobra," "Lifeforce," "Invasion U.S.A.," "American Ninja," "Death Wish II," and "Bloodsport," the studio is now back with a new slate of movies is on the horizon.
Formed under the new hand of Richard Albiston, Cannon Films Ltd. was established in 2014 and is moving forward with the ideals of former chairman Menahem Golan about putting the artist first. Today comes word of eight films which mark their inaugral slate - "America Ninja Apprentice," "Return of The Delta Force," "U.S. Sniper," "Allan Quatermain and the Jewel of the East," "Curse," "Zombi: They Live," "Writer's Block" and "The Leopard Hunts at Midnight".
Source: Joblo, »
- Garth Franklin
Cannon Films was a giant in the 1970s and 80s. Anyone who grew up in that era has Cannon Films running through their DNA with such cult classics as Masters of the Universe, Cyborg, Revenge of the Ninja, American Ninja, Death Wish II, Bloodsport and so much more.
In 2012, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films documented the rise and fall of Cannon Films (which you can see on Netflix right now). Towards the end of the documentary, the filmmakers alluded to the fact that the studio was working on a comeback, and we're as happy as anyone to report that today, Cannon Films is back, and a new slate of movies is on the horizon including America Ninja Apprentice, Return of The Delta Force, U.S. Sniper and more.
Back in the 1980's, The Cannon Group Inc., was one of the World's biggest independent motion picture studios, »
Cannon. A name that means excellence in cinema history. Ok, maybe excellence isn’t the word. However, when I saw that logo or the Cannon name, I knew that I was at least due for a treat. After seeing Mark Hartley’s excellent documentary, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, it seems that there has been a spike in interest into the Cannon film history. While there is another documentary that we are waiting to see, one that probably paints the combination of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus in a more positive light, news has been posted on the site, The Action Elite (boss name, gang), which was pulled from company portion of the Cannon Films website. It looks like this info has been on Cannon’s site since September or November.
Further investigation alludes that this information may have been published last year based off their Cannon’s Facebook. »
- Andy Triefenbach
Eighties action legend Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja, Olympus Has Fallen) stars as Commander Sheer, the leader of a crack team of Navy Seals charged with extracting the Vice President from a situation gone bad as America’s bravest warriors take on the walking dead in Navy Seals Vs Zombies.
Initially not being aware of the magnitude of the problem they are faced with, the SEALs are quickly faced with the realisation that the ‘situation’ is actually a viral outbreak that is very quickly turning the residents of the Big Easy into flesh hungry hoards of ravenous zombies.
This definition of a high octane guilty pleasure also features Molly Hagan (iZombie, True Detective) as a CIA agent, who is shown to know know more than she is letting on. Delivering exactly the kind of thing you would expect from a film called Navy Seals Vs Zombies this is »
- Dan Powell
To mark the release of Navy SEALs Vs Zombies on 15th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD. Eighties action legend Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja, Olympus Has Fallen) stars as Commander Sheer, the leader of a crack team of Navy Seals charged with extracting the Vice President from a situation gone
The post Win Navy SEALs Vs Zombies on DVD appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
Stars: Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Norman Burton, Kane Kosugi, Shane Kosugi, Matthew Faison, Parley Baer, Robert Ito, Michael Constantine, Alan Amiel, Woody Watson | Written by James Booth | Directed by Gordon Hessler
Pray For Death was the second film – outside of the Ninja Trilogy – to feature Sho Kosugi in a lead role and is easily one of, if not the, best film Kosugi has ever made. The film sees Shô Kosugi star as Akira, a Japanese businessman who, jaded by his job and looking for a better life for his family, moves to America. He opens a restaurant with his wife and kids but his world is shattered when he stumbles upon the headquarters of a sinister gang, led by crime lord Limehouse Willie. Wrongfully accused of stealing a precious necklace, the gangsters begin a rampage of murder that takes the life of Akira’s wife and threatens »
- Phil Wheat
The film that heralded the start of the ninja craze in the West, Enter the Ninja was one of many martial arts action films made by the uber-prolific producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus after they purchased Cannon Films in the late 70s.
Directed by Golan, Enter the Ninja tells the story of Cole (Franco Nero), a Westerner who is trained in the art of ninjitsu in Japan. Finishing his training he heads the Philippines to visit his war buddy Frank Landers (Alex Courtney) and his newlywed wife Mary Ann (Susan George), who are the owners of farm which is under attack from unscrupulous businessman Charles Venarius (Christopher George) because – unbeknownst to the Landers – there’s a huge oil deposit under their land! Of course having Franco Nero’s ninja on their side means that the Landers can easily see off Venarius’ henchmen. That is until he »
- Phil Wheat
American Ninja Warrior's $1 million champ Isaac Caldiero is back and looking for more glory. The third annual American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World airs Sunday, with three teams from the U.S., Europe and Japan heading to Las Vegas, where they will compete on the first three stages of Mt. Midoriyama, the four-stage finals course from American Ninja Warrior.People has an exclusive look at the action, with $1 million champ Caldiero out for revenge after the U.S. group lost last year to Team Europe. Caldiero, 33, hits a moment the announcers dub "make or break" at the »
- Aaron Couch
Icon Film Distribution has announced the February UK DVD release of Navy Seals vs Zombies, which does exactly what it says on the tin as America’s elite special forces unit goes up against the walking dead.
Eighties action legend Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja, Olympus Has Fallen) stars as Commander Sheer, the leader of a crack team of Navy Seals charged with extracting the Vice President from a situation gone bad in New Orleans. What Sheer’s team don’t know is that the ‘situation’ is a viral outbreak that is very quickly turning the residents of the Big Easy into flesh hungry hoards of ravenous zombies and sometimes the bullets run out…
Navy Seals Vs Zombies also stars Us TV stalwart Molly Hagan (iZombie, True Detective) as a CIA agent who knows more about the outbreak than she’s prepared to let on. The definition of a high octane guilty pleasure, »
- Gary Collinson
18 items from 2016
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