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San Diego - It's been over ten years since the release of Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" movies, but Vivica A. Fox says her six months of training for the films paid off when it came to shooting her role in Syfy's "Sharknado 2." "Oh [it] absolutely [paid off], especially when I sliced up the shark with the samurai sword," said Fox while promoting the sequel at San Diego Comic-Con. "That was definitely a flashback. Even Ian [Ziering], he was like, 'Yo, you're handling that sword pretty good!' So it brought back a lot of memories, and six months of training that I did for 'Kill Bill'...it all applied in 'Sharknado 2.'" Also there to shill the film was Fox's co-star Judah Friedlander, who came onto the project after championing the first movie on social media. "As I said before, this is the most important film ever made about climate change, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Beginning his career as one of Takashi Miike's go-tos in films like The Way to Fight and The Man in White, hitting his stride in Ryuhei Kitamura's Azumi and Godzilla: Final Wars, and even turning up as one of the Crazy 88 in Kill Bill, actor Kitamura Kazuki is one of Japan's most recognizable faces. As the recipient of Japan Cuts' Cut Above award, Kitamura comes to the festival with three very different new films; the noirish Man From Reno, the gory Indonesian nightmare, Killers, and in a complete changeup, the family-friendly, utterly charming, Neko Samurai.The Lady Miz Diva: How do you feel about receiving Japan Cuts' Cut Above award here in New York? Kitamura Kazuki: I'm genuinely happy. For awards, per se, in my...
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Even though there are more now than ever before, there’s still a shortage of female action stars working today. Chalk that up to an unfortunately low number of films that require women in physical roles and perhaps even more at fault are the quality of those films. Sure, every now and then we get a Kill Bill, Hanna, or The Hunger Games, but more often than not it’s something like an Underworld sequel, Resident Evil, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Charlie’s Angels, or Catwoman. The latest chapter in poorly utilized action starlets comes in the form of In the Blood, which stars Gina Carano as a newlywed hell-bent discovering the truth of her husband’s disappearance even if that requires breaking a few bones to do it.
- Lex Walker
When it was first announced that Samuel L. Jackson would star in a live-action remake of “Kite,” it sounded as if the new version might meet a wider audience than Yasuomi Umetsu’s cult straight-to-video anime. The super-controversial, often-censored story of an orphaned schoolgirl turned sex slave and assassin isn’t for everyone (and you can’t entirely blame those countries whose strict anti-child pornography laws deemed it wasn’t for anyone), although a slicker, less overtly kinky remake should have been catnip to “Sin City” and “Sucker Punch” fans. But judging by the disappointing results, this uninspired Anchor Bay release awaits homevid obscurity.
In the 16 years since Umetsu’s edgy anime first hit the streets, “Kite” has found such devoted followers as Quentin Tarantino, who counts it among the many references that fed into “Kill Bill” — most notably shaping O-Ren Ishii’s animated backstory and the look of Gogo Yubari’s deadly schoolgirl. »
- Peter Debruge
The phrase “get out of my head” is literal when it comes to The Puppet Master in the groundbreaking anime film Ghost in the Shell, based on the world-renowned manga by Masamune Shirow. In celebration of the movie’s 25th anniversary this year, Anchor Bay is releasing a new Ghost in the Shell Blu-ray with a fresh HD transfer that’s sure to please fans of the sci-fi classic.
The Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray hits shelves on September 30th. Special features have yet to be announced, but we’ll let Daily Dead readers know when they are revealed. Check out the official press release for the movie’s synopsis and further details, and we also have the Blu-ray cover art and trailer for the film:
Press Release - “25 years ago, a breathtaking leap in the history of animation stunned and amazed audiences, with the release of »
- Derek Anderson
Check out this sweet-ass poster art for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2. It was created by artist Joshua Budich for the Quentin vs Coen art show being held at the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco.
The show opened on Saturday, July 5th, and the art will remain on display until July 26th. If you want to buy some of the art, online sales begin July 8th, here.
I loved the Kill Bill movies, and I would love to see Tarantino make another sequel one day. He's talked about it in the past, but the last we heard it didn't sound like Vol. 3 would go down. »
- Joey Paur
If the script for something you're dying to see leaks online, it's tempting to read it... but you're better off waiting, as Mark explains
In the age of online entertainment journalism, it seems like information about big productions, including spoilers, is generally freer than ever before. The onslaught of casting rumours, set pictures and videos of filming has only led producers to double down and become more secretive about their big projects.
As a proponent of the oft-criticised “Mystery Box” mode of marketing, Jj Abrams would be a prime example. It worked for Super 8, because we knew very little about the film by the time it came out, but infuriated people when he and his team wouldn't admit the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness for months on end, when we all guessed who he’d be playing pretty early on. We’ve »
In the midst of insane fight sequences and impossible violence, Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill gave me a moment of pause. In the second part of the movie, The Bride (Uma Thurman) finally confronts Bill (David Carradine), and ultimately dispatches him with a secret technique from their old master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu) known as the five-point-palm exploding heart technique. This closely-held secret move uses pressure points on a man’s chest that will stress the heart to a point that the victim can only travel five steps before his heart explodes and he falls dead. That’s a pretty cool technique, and would be quite handy in a pinch, so it got me thinking: Which martial art will teach it to me? The Answer: A special subset of Aikido known as “bullshit.” The so-called “death touch” move, or “dim mak,” has shown up in many movies prior to either of the Kill Bill volumes. In »
- Kevin Carr
To kick off the month of July, there are a ton of genre Blu-ray and DVD releases coming out that should get you through the long holiday weekend if barbecues and fireworks aren’t necessarily your thing.
Not only will Cannibal Holocaust finally be getting its due in high definition this week, but Scream Factory is also bringing us The Final Terror and Sony is releasing the stellar indie horror flick Afflicted to DVD and Blu-ray as well. And if you’re a horror geek who can’t get enough of Echo Bridges’ multi-title releases, well then you’ll want to check out a few more of their collections which will be arriving this week too. Also, for those of you Twilight Zone fans out there, Image Entertainment has put together a great collection of the series’ most beloved episodes for you to enjoy in honor of the upcoming 55th anniversary of the show. »
- Heather Wixson
It’s 3Am and you are torn. Should you watch both volumes of Kill Bill or breathe new life into your geriatric Nes and fire up Bad Dudes? This is the question that drove Buddah insane. But fret not for CineFix has saved your sanity in the form of 8-Bit Cinema’s Kill Bill (Vols. 1 and 2).
8-Bit Cinema re-imagines film classics like A Clockwork Orange and the latest offering, Kill Bill, into short films with 8-bit video game graphics, giving them the feel that they are being played on the Nintendo Entertainment System or the coin munchers in the smoke-filled arcades of the 1980’s, teaming with teenage game junkies and low-rent drug dealers.
Just talking about it makes me feel 12 all over again.
The video plays like an arcade side scroller, following the Bride through the major battles of the franchise’s two films. Swords fly and eyes fly even »
- Scott Dell
"Do you find me sadistic?" Who can refuse an 8-bit version of Kill Bill? The latest creation from CineFix, masterminds behind many previous 8-bit cinema recreations, have debuted their latest video presenting Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2, the complete cut (first released in 2003/2004), as an 8-bit Nes-style video game. The game navigates through various fights and encounters across both movies, and shows The Bride kicking ass with her 8-bit sword. From the moment this starts, the thought that comes to mind is always the same - I really wish I could actually be playing this game on my Nes. It looks fun. Enjoy! From their YouTube: CineFix presents Kill Bill (Both Volumes!) retold via old-school 8-bit - and16 bit - game tech. No quarters or controllers required! Today we present Kill Bill in the form of an 8 bit video game! You get both volumes in one convenient video cartridge, »
- Alex Billington
After Quentin Tarantino revived the franchise in 2012 with Django Unchained, original star Franco Nero is set to return to the role of Django almost 50 years after the character’s first appearance in Sergio Corbucci 1966 Spaghetti Western (and almost thirty years since his second appearance in 1987′s Django Strikes Again!) , with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Nero will strap on the holster once again for Django Lives, which has just begun filming.
The new is being directed by regular Tarantino collaborator Joe D’Augustine, whose editing credits include Kill Bill, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds, and “will be set in 1915, with Nero playing the role of an older Django working as a consultant to producers of silent movie westerns who gets involved with racketeers.” Also set to feature in the cast are Mark Boone Junior (Batman Begins), Noah Segan (Looper), and Tomas Milian (Traffic).
- Gary Collinson
This 8-Bit Cinema series from CineFix has been great! They've put together some really fun videos in the form of old-school pixilated video games. Now they've released an amazing reimagining of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Volume's One and Two. I just wish this was a real game we could play because I would gladly pay money for it.
"Today we present Kill Bill in the form of an 8 bit video game! You get both volumes in one convenient video cartridge, packed with action and awesome finishing moves." »
- Joey Paur
Over the course of his career, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s filmography has garnered him a number of fans. One of his more well regarded pair of films are Kill Bill: Vol. 1, and Kill Bill: Vol. 2, a single movie that was famously cut in two due to its runtime. The movie is known by many for its numerous fight sequences, spawning a number of homages during the years. Youtube user CineFix has now added to that group, re-doing the fights, as well as select other sequences, from both Tarantino films in the style of old 8-Bit videogames. The ensuing result can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Bipasha Basu has now joined the battle which was earlier restricted to Deepika Padukone v/s Anushka Sharma. Her Creature would now be releasing on September 12, which is the same date for which Deepika's Finding Fanny and Anushka's NH10 have already been finalized. With each of the three films featuring these actresses in pivotal role, the clash becomes interesting and pretty unprecedented too. "Reason being that none of the three films follows a conventional Bollywood norm. Creature is a VFX laden affair on the lines of Godzilla and Jurassic Park, where a creature's presence in Bipasha's life creates havoc. Finding Fanny is a film in English-Hindi language and is centered on the hunt of a woman named 'Fanny' (which by the way is not played by Deepika). On the other hand, even though the plot of NH10 is currently being kept under the wraps, there are hints around the narrative bearing similarities to Kill Bill, »
- Joginder Tuteja
Quentin Tarantino‘s New Beverly Cinema bought a digital projector shortly before the “Kill Bill” director decried digital projection as “the death of cinema” at the Cannes Film Festival. Michael Torgan, who operates the L.A. repertory theater, told The Wrap that the New Beverly purchased the projector early last month in order to have greater access to current movies. Tarantino is the landlord for the New Beverly and does not handle its day to day operations. See photos: Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, and John Travolta Celebrate ‘Pulp Fiction's 20th With Beachside Screening “I was running into situations when »
- Eric Czuleger
Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies are both great homages to classic martial arts films that follow Uma Thurman's Beatrix Kiddo character on her quest for revenge. Who knew that all the blood and mayhem from the Kill Bll movies could crossover to an 8-Bit videogame? Someone has to start making these into an app or something soon, they’re that awesome. The folks at CineFix have been putting out 8-Bit versions of some great films and today they released the 8-bit »
- Graham McMorrow
Last year it was announced that the The Wachowskis (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Thor, Underworld Awakening) would be teaming up with Netflix to develop a new series called Sense8. Up to this point all that we've know about the show is that it was developed from a conversation about "the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us." It's also been described as "a gripping tale of minds linked and souls hunted.”
Thanks to Deadline, we now have a lot more information on the ten episode series, including the large cast and details on the plot.
Naveen Andrews (Lost), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), and Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe) are among a 14-member international cast. As for the story, the following information comes from Straczynski, who is the showrunner:
“The series follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, »
- Joey Paur
The Matrix and Cloud Atlas directors Andy and Lana Wachowski are heading to Netflix alongside J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) for a ten-episode sci-fi drama entitled Sense8, and Deadline has revealed the 14-strong international cast for the show, as well as the first plot details.
“The series follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally,” states Straczynski. “They can not only see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them.”
- Gary Collinson
Filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski have had a rough couple of years, after the disappointing Matrix sequels and a handful of flops like Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas. While they have retained their reputation as unique and visionary filmmakers, they’ve failed to garner much commercial success. Now that they’re next film, Jupiter Ascending, has been delayed by Warner Brothers and moved to the box office deathtrap that is February, they could really use a win. Luckily, they have Netflix’s original series Sense8 up their sleeves, and new details about the 10-episode science fiction epic have finally arrived.
In typical Wachowski fashion, Sense8 will be a globe-trotting sci-fi drama, filled with psychological themes and mind-bending storylines. It also sports a massive 14-member international cast, which we now know consists of Lost alum Naveen Andrews, Kill Bill’s Daryl Hannah, Stargate Universe’s Brian J. Smith, British actors Tuppence Middleton »
- James Garcia
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