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Everybody is kung-fu fighting for sure, but it takes more than that to make a great martial arts movie. The Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 finest ever made
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The film that kick-started Hong Kong cinema's kung-fu renaissance and launched Jet Li towards a future of substandard western action movies. Its subject was already well known to local audiences: Wong Fei-hung was a real person: a turn-of-the-century martial arts master and healer who's become something of a folk hero. Like Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood, he'd been portrayed many times before. Jackie Chan played him in Drunken Master, and a long-running Wong Fei-hung film series during the 1950s and 60s gave roles to the fathers of Bruce Lee and Yuen Wo-ping, »
Following up on the announcement that Eddie Izzard ('The Munsters') would indeed be returning alongside Will Graham and the notorious 'Hannibal' in the second season of the hit NBC series another cast member has now been confirmed for a return. 'The X-Files' star Gillian Anderson (below) will be back as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Hannibal's psychiatrist, for the first two episodes in the new series airing early next year. Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne ('The Matrix'), Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, Hettienne Park and Caroline Dhavernas all star in the new season. Izzard is already confirmed to return as Dr. Abel Gideon. »
Remember how the design and F/X work in Elysium was so much more persuasive than its populist morals?
Medium and message are more congruent in John Carpenter's wonderful 1988 sci-fi agitprop They Live, which cost a thrifty $3 million and, frankly, looks it. The picture stars one Roderick George Toombs — better known to pro-wrestling devotees as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper — as a strapping, backstory-free drifter who boxcars into Los Angeles seeking work.
As with Keanu Reeves in the similar The Matrix, Piper's limited range is a feature, not a bug. (Could Daniel Day-Lewis improve upon Piper's line reading when tasked to tell a well-dressed older woman, "You know, you look like yo »
Zombies. Robots. Dolph Lundrgen. Those words used together in the same sentence can bring nothing but a Huge smile to the face of a horror fan. We've been talking about the upcoming Dolph of the Dead flick Battle of the Damned for a long time now. Thankfully it's finally coming home.
From the Press Release
“Zombies. Killer Robots. Nice town you got here.”
Anchor Bay Films presents Battle of the Damned, where you can pick your apocalypse – germ warfare, zombie assaults, and/or deadly robots!! With unrelenting action and unyielding suspense, Battle of the Damned commences February 18, 2014, on Blu-ray™ and DVD, with an Srp of $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $24.98 for the DVD.
When a deadly virus is accidentally released into a major city, its population is quarantined by military blockade. And for a wealthy industrialist desperate to rescue his daughter from inside the rabid chaos, his only hope is former »
- Uncle Creepy
Anchor Bay Entertainment has picked up Battle of the Damned, a new movie with zombies, killer robots, and Dolph Lundgren. Due out in February, we have official release details and a look at the cover art:
“Beverly Hills, CA – “Zombies. Killer Robots. Nice town you got here.” Anchor Bay Films presents Battle of the Damned, where you can pick your apocalypse – germ warfare, zombie assaults, and/or deadly robots!! With unrelenting action and unyielding suspense, Battle of the Damned commences February 18, 2014 on Blu-ray™ and DVD, with an Srp of $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $24.98 for the DVD. Pre-book is January 22, 2014.
When a deadly virus is accidentally released into a major city, its population is quarantined by military blockade. And for a wealthy industrialist desperate to rescue his daughter from inside the rabid chaos, his only hope is former commando Max Gatling (Lundgren). Now Gatling has one day to bust in, blast through hordes of the undead, »
- Jonathan James
'I will be back' says Brit star Eddie Izzard as he confirms he will be returning for season 2 of NBC's 'Hannibal'. The comedian turned actor made the announcement during an interview with the guys over at Digital Spy whilst touting his new upcoming comedy tour 'Force Majeure'. 'Hannibal' returns to our screens in early 2014 with a new 13 episode season and Izzard is set to reprise his role as Dr. Abel Gideon. 'Hannbial' the series stars Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne ('The Matrix'), Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, Hettienne Park and Caroline Dhavernas. »
Breathe easy, “Longmire” fans; the A&E drama will be back for another season. The series has been given a 10-episode third season, the network said Monday. Also read: Mark and Donnie Wahlberg Serving ‘Wahlburgers’ for A&E Based on Craig Johnson’s mystery novels, “Longmire” stars “The Matrix” actor Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo. Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley also star. During its second season, “Longmire” — A&E’s most-watched original drama series — averaged 3.7 million total viewers, hitting a season high of 4.4 million total viewers with. »
- Tim Kenneally
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, The Dark Knight Rises, Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Luke Cage, Ant-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
While there's been plenty of rumours surrounding the Man of Steel sequel since its announcement at Comic-Con, it's rare that we've heard any comments on Batman vs. Superman from anyone involved with the project. However, producer Charles Roven - whose DC credits include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel - has given an update on the sequel's status, revealing that principal photography is set to get underway in February, as well as discussing the casting of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader: "On Batman vs. Superman, we started soft prep in June, »
- Gary Collinson
Having kept a low profile for the past couple of years, Keanu Reeves is set to return to the big screen this year with a couple of martial arts epics in 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi (the latter being his directorial debut), while The Matrix star is also keen to reprise his role as Ted Theodore Logan alongside Alex Winter for the long-rumoured Bill & Ted 3.
However, Ted isn't the only character Reeves would like to take on again, with the actor revealing to Vanity Fair that, "I would like to have played John Constantine again. I liked playing that character and there seemed to be a way to continue that. That’s the only one that comes to mind."
As it happens, Constantine looks like he could be an integral part of Warner Bros.' plans for its roster of DC superheroes; he's set to feature in his own TV pilot for NBC, »
- Gary Collinson
Blue Is the Warmest Colour, a three-hour French film about two women who fall in love, is leaping from the art house to the mainstream as it arrives in UK cinemas this weekend.
A Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner back in May, Abdellatif Kechiche's drama immediately hit the headlines thanks to its graphic (and prolonged) depictions of lesbian sex and the subsequent rows that erupted between the director and star Léa Seydoux.
Step outside of the controversy, however, and what's left is a love story that's both tender and utterly heart-shattering. Blue also features a stunning breakthrough performance from Adèle Exarchopoulos and is well worth seeking out if you want a change from big budget Hollywood fare.
The Hunger (1983)
Tony Scott shot »
Exclusive: Fifteen years after Laurence Fishburne starred as Walter Mosley‘s Socrates Fortlow in the HBO movie Always Outnumbered written by Mosley and directed by Michael Apted, the actor-producer is revisiting the character for HBO, this time on the series side. The pay cable network is developing The Right Mistake, a drama series from Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Prods and Fox Television Studios. It is based on the series of novels by Mosley featuring Fortlow: an ex-convict who seeks redemption — while battling inner demons and external forces — after serving 27 years in prison. The books include Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, Walkin’ The Dog and The Right Mistake. Mosley and Patrick Charles are co-writing the series adaptation, with Fishburne attached to star. He is executive producing with Cinema Gypsy’s Helen Sugland and Tom Russo as well as Mosley and his partner, Diane Houslin. Charles is co-executive producing. The Right Mistake stems »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
47 Ronin, the film that director Carl Rinsch referred to as “Kurosawa on meth,” has had a long and difficult journey to the big screen. Beginning all the way back in 2011, the 3D samurai flick has gone through script difficulties and a changing release date, only to hit the Internet with a few trailers that were, shall we say, less than impressive. With its ultimate release only a month away, 47 Ronin is now ramping up the promo campaign, hitting us with two new clips of monsters, baddies and Keanu Reeves.
The film tells the story of 47 masterless samurai plotting their revenge on a court official who caused their master to commit ritual suicide a year before. They ask for the help of Kai (Reeves), who turns out to be the One…sorry, wrong movie. But 47 Ronin does seem to have an odd resemblance to almost every action film that Reeves has made since The Matrix. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
What do you get when you mix Keanu Reeves with tons of adoring fans? A not so sad Keanu! The Matrix star arrived in Japan over the weekend and was greeted by a massive crowd of devotees hoping to get some face time with the famous Hollywood actor. Despite his cool demeanor, he did manage to flash a few grins while making his way through the terminal. Reeves is in town to promote his latest film, 47 Ronin, at a Tokyo press conference and screening. The 3D film is based on actual historical events that took place during the Edo Period known as Chushingura. Director Carl Rinsch revealed that he sat down with Reeves over two years ago to try and woo him onboard the project. But »
For a while there it seemed there really would be a live-action Stretch Armstrong movie based on the action figure first launched by Hasbro in 1976. For the longest time Taylor Lautner was attached to star and Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) was going to direct for an April 2014 release. However, last month it was announced Relativity had abandoned the film altogether. Probably for the best, but the story isn't quite over. A nearly five-minute animatic detailing what the film may have looked like has come online. It was directed by James Rothwell who has worked in the art department for movies such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and several Marvel movies including the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, based on storyboards by Collin Grant who worked in the art department of The Matrix and on the upcoming Jurassic World. Check it out below. yt id ="8HtNzFnS »
- Brad Brevet
Now, fourteen years later, the cast has reunited for its sequel in "The Best Man Holiday" -- and why not? Written and directed by Lee, "Holiday" doesn't miss a beat, picking up 15 years after its predecessor, and the rivalries, romance, and all-around camaraderie have not been lost among the longtime friends.
"The Best Man Holiday," starring Nia Long (Jordan), Regina Hall (Candace), Morris Chestnut (Lance), Terrence Howard (Quentin), Monica Calhoun (Mia), Harold Perrineau (Julian), Taye Diggs (Harper), Melissa De Sousa (Shelby), and Sanaa Lathan (Robyn), hits theaters today, and we've assembled 20 things you probably don't know about its cast to celebrate the long-awaited sequel.
- Jonny Black
Remember that Stretch Armstrong movie that Taylor Lautner was supposed to be in? Well since that was abandoned by both Relativity Media and Hasbro it looks like some of the storyboards have been leaked. There's been no official confirmation on this but I can't imagine who would want to. According to a blog called Film Sketchr, the storyboards were created by Collin Grant (I Am Legend, The Matrix) and were brought to life by James Rothwell (Iron Man, Thor). I love the art, however, this »
- Niki Stephens
News broke last month that Relativity Media and Hasbro would no longer be teaming up for a Stretch Armstrong movie. Their deal was announced two years ago, but if you remember, an even earlier deal had Universal Pictures teaming with Hasbro to make a movie that would star Taylor Lautner. That movie never went anywhere, but now an animatic sequence from that first version of the project has made its way online. The sequence features storyboards by Collin Grant and was animated by Jim Rothwel. You can check it out below, thanks to Film Sketcher (via io9 ). Grant has worked on films like The Matrix , X2 and I Am Legend , while Rothwell's credits include Iron Man , Thor and Spider-Man 2 . »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
Over the weekend, Kevin Smith hosted a Q&A for the release of Man of Steel on Blu-ray and DVD. After it was over, director Zack Snyder showed the filmmaker and podcast host a photo of Ben Affleck in his new Batsuit for Batman Vs. Superman. Being the very talkative person that he is, Smith immediately went on his Hollywood Babble-On show and revealed this.
"I saw the Batman costume. More than that I saw a picture of him (Ben Affleck) in the costume. Now, I don't want to give anything away 'cause that is up to them and stuff, but I am going to say this, I instantly bear hugged him (Zack Snyder). You have not seen this costume in a movie on film before, and for a comic book fan it was mind bending. I was like 'Get out of here, only you have enough power to pull this off. »
This weekend, filmmaker Kevin Smith hosted a special live fan event for the release of Man of Steel on Blu-ray and DVD. Anyone who watched the hour and fifteen minute Q&A with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill and Amy Adams may have been disappointed that hardly anything was revealed about the upcoming sequel/spin-off/team-up Batman Vs. Superman. We didn't even get a confirmation on title.
Some may have also been annoyed by Kevin Smith, who was quite hyper throughout the duration of his moderation, constantly giving high praise to all of the talent involved. So the revelation on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On some hours later might read as hyperbolic to fans who still don't like the idea of Ben Affleck as Batman.
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