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Tributes pour in for indie 'godfather' Robbie Little (update)

Tributes pour in for indie 'godfather' Robbie Little (update)
Fixture of independent film world had been planning to attend Cannes with Mrs Lowry & Son.

May 6 Update: Industry tributes are pouring in for Robbie Little, the British producer, co-president of The Little Film Company and stalwart of the independent world, who died unexpectedly in London en route to Cannes .

Little, who served alongside his wife Ellen, was a widely admired, deeply experienced and beloved figure whom many regarded as a ‘godfather’ to the independent sector.

At the time of his death he was working with producer Debbie Gray on the Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave drama Mrs Lowry & Son and The More You Ignore Me,
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British producer, sales agent Robbie Little dies in London

British producer, sales agent Robbie Little dies in London
Fixture of independent film world had been planning to attend Cannes with Mrs Lowry & Son.

Robbie Little, the British producer, co-president of The Little Film Company and stalwart of the independent world, has died unexpectedly in London en route to Cannes.

Little, who served alongside his wife Ellen, was a widely admired, deeply experienced and beloved figure in the film industry. At the time of his death he was working with producer Debbie Gray on the Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave drama Mrs Lowry & Son and The More You Ignore Me, and was planning to continue talks with international buyers on the Croisette.
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British producer, sales agent Robbie Little dies en route to Cannes

British producer, sales agent Robbie Little dies en route to Cannes
Fixture of independent film world had been planning to attend Cannes.

Robbie Little, the British producer, co-president of The Little Film Company and stalwart of the independent world, has died unexpectedly in London en route to Cannes.

Little, who served alongside his wife Ellen, was a widely admired, deeply experienced and beloved figure in the film industry. At the time of his death he was working with producer Debbie Gray on the Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave drama Mrs Lowry & Son and The More You Ignore Me, and was planning to continue talks with international buyers on the Croisette.

Little
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Donnie Yen Announces IP Man 4 is in Development!

I am a huge fan of Ip Man film franchise and I'm excited to report that there is a fourth IP Man film in development! Donnie Yen posted a photo of the script for Ip Man 4 and says that franchise director Wilson Yip promised him that this would be the best one.

We don't have any details on the story, but Ip Man lived an incredible life as a master teacher in the art of Wing Chun. This is the man who trained Bruce Lee. If you haven't seen the first three films in the franchise, you really need to do that because you're missing out on complete and utter awesomeness!

Hopefully, we get some story details on Ip Man 4 soon. When that information does finally come to light, I'll let you know! Are you excited that we are getting a fourth Ip Man film?

Below the announcement,
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Film Review: Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon (1990) by Lau Kar Wing

“Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon” is a Hong Kong buddy cop film starring Sammo Hung and Karl Maka directed by Lau Kar Wing. This is the second last film Wing directed, with “Innocent Killer” (1994) being his last time in the director’s chair. The film is clearly inspired by “Lethal Weapon” and Sammo does his best Bruce Lee in more than one scene, with a lot of nose thumbing and Lee’s signature fight sounds. That being said, it does stand on its own as a funny fight flick with some great action.

Hung and Maka play two Hong Kong cops who use kung fu to rough up suspects on a regular basis and chase young women just as often. After stopping a convenience store robbery, the two pals start working on a bigger case to nab a slippery crime boss by the name of Prince Tak. As you would expect,
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IP Man 4 - Director Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen are back.

Donnie Yen has announced that production has started on the fourth movie in the Ip Man franchise, which is likely going to be the last.   The Ip Man movies are based on the true story of the titular martial arts master, played by Donnie Yen, who lived from 1893 to 1972.   One of Ip Man's claims to fame was that the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee was one of his students. The first two movies in the franchise did not feature Bruce Lee as a character, but instead focused on Ip Man's early years.   Wilson Yip, who has directed all three previous Ip Man movies, is set to return for Ip Man 4 as well. While few plot details are currently available, it looks like...

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5 Major Tragedies During The Filming Making Process

Most of us neglect to think about the potential dangers that the crew of a film encounter for often months on end while we stream a movie from Netflix or go to the theater to enjoy ourselves for a couple of hours and escape the often straining reality of life. But film-making is a business that is often much more serious than it is ever given credit for.

Perhaps the area of making a movie you would think of to be the most treacherous would be in the field of stunts. But even actors suffer injuries, as well as other assorted members of film staff. There are many different things required that go into making a flick and all those have to be manned.

Intricate planning is always implemented but sometimes, no matter how much preparation is exhausted, things can and still do go unfortunately wrong.

Below are 5 films that
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Exclusive Interview – Scott Adkins talks the stunt industry, meeting action heroes, and producing Accident Man

Red Stewart chats with actor Scott Adkins

Scott Adkins is an English actor and stuntman that has been working in the film and television industry since the mid-90s. He is best known for his roles in various action-adventure and martial arts films like the Undisputed series, The Expendables II, and Ninja. His latest films include Triple Threat, The Debt Collector, Incoming, Abduction, and Accident Man.

Flickering Myth had the privilege to speak with him, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it. I began by asking Mr. Adkins about his thoughts on the current state of the stunt industry. In the last few years, we have lost a couple of brave individuals who did irreplaceable work, including John Bernecker on The Walking Dead and Sj Harris on Deadpool 2, and I was wondering what he believed were some initiatives that could be taken to prevent any future tragedies from occurring.
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Tragically and fashionably, The Crow turned superhero cinema into a death dance

The Crow is so weighed down with eerie, tragic coincidence that it’s almost hard to look at it as a real movie, rather than some mystic totem. Here we have a movie whose star, Brandon Lee, was killed in a freak on-set accident while filming his own character’s death. Lee’s father was, of course, Bruce Lee, a screen…

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I’m an Asian American Actor Who Went to China Before Hollywood Would Cast Me as a Lead (Guest Blog)

Producing and starring in AMC’s “Into the Badlands” is a professional experience that I never thought I would see. It’s not just because drama and martial arts done together with a diverse cast is an American television first. Or because joining its cast was an unexpected homecoming for me.

For the 20 years before “Into the Badlands,” I spent my career working largely in Hong Kong and China. In 1997, while traveling in Hong Kong just after graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in architecture, I was spotted by director Yonfan. He asked me to take the lead role in his film “Bishonen.” Without either acting experience or a full grasp of the Cantonese language (Shanghai dialect was spoken at home), I turned down the role at first. He relentlessly pressed me to change my mind, and after a month I gave in.

It was a decision that changed my life and put me on a path that I never dared dream for myself. Two weeks after the film wrapped, I was on the set of my second film. Within two years I had done six films. By 2000, I was playing lead roles in everything from romantic comedies to big-budget action films. Now, 70 films later, my work has been embraced all over Chinese-speaking Asia.

Would any of this happened to me if I’d decided to start a career in acting at home? I really don’t think so.

Also Read: 'Into the Badlands' Renewed for Season 3 on AMC

Growing up a Chinese-American kid in 1970s and 1980s California, I saw no possibility for me to become an actor, especially one playing lead roles. There were many characters I loved on television — white, black and Latino — but I rarely saw people like myself represented. When I did see an Asian man appear on the screen, he was either a gross stereotype or something even worse.

I grew up watching “Kung Fu,” a TV series starring a white man (David Carradine) in yellow face playing a Chinese man. Legend has it that Bruce Lee had developed the concept for the show, hoping to creating an opportunity for himself. The studio loved the idea but cast a white man. While Bruce Lee eventually became a global icon, it was only after his untimely death — and after he first found opportunity in Hong Kong.

Almost two decades before “Kung Fu” aired, my parents immigrated to the U.S. Escaping war and political unrest, they came in pursuit of their idea of the American Dream. Both earned advanced degrees in the U.S. and worked to establish themselves professionally.

Also Read: 15 White Actors Miscast in Non-White Roles, From Mickey Rooney to Emma Stone (Photos)

Arriving in Berkeley, Calif., as newlyweds in 1961, my parents were barred from purchasing the house they wanted when the realtor told them it was in a “Whites Only” neighborhood. Undeterred, they went on to buy a house in a neighborhood nearby. From that house they could see up into the Berkeley Hills where the most beautiful and coveted homes in town were.

My mom would often tell my dad, “One day we will have a house there. ” And less than 10 years later they did it. And from that point on, they set their sights on making sure that their three kids received every opportunity to achieve their own dreams.

My mother had lofty goals for us. I remember a period when my mother kept planting a seed in my head, telling me that I could be the first Chinese-American president of the United States.

Also Read: 'Mulan' Fans Thank Disney for Not Whitewashing Live-Action Movie by Casting of Chinese Star

So it is kind of ironic that I had to leave the country for 20 years and become known to an audience of 1 billion Chinese before I would have the opportunity to come back to the U.S. and live my American Dream. And it’s also ironic that my Shanghai-born parents were immigrants to the U.S. and that I went the opposite way, to Hong Kong. But the root of my parents’ journeys and my own was the same — the pursuit of opportunity.

In retrospect, I feel very fortunate to have begun my career the way I did. Living and working in Asia insulated me from the race issue that is all-pervasive in entertainment in the U.S., especially now. When I won a part in Hong Kong, it was because I was right for it and not just because I fit the bill racially. Conversely, if I was rejected, it was because of my ability, which was something I could work on and not because of my race, which I couldn’t. So instead of being an angry Asian American actor lamenting about limited roles, being in Asia allowed me to focus on the craft of acting and to choose roles that helped broaden me as an actor.

My time in Asia not only insulated me from spirit-breaking casting situations that my fellow Asian American actor friends endured, but it allowed me to become a better actor. It also brought me closer to my culture, and made me who I am today. When I did enter Hollywood, knowing that my peeps had my back gave me a lot of confidence. If I had spent years in U.S. casting rooms getting rejected because I wasn’t the right skin color, or turning down one stereotypical role after another, or taking said roles because I needed to pay rent, I would have quit a long time ago.

After the first season of “Into the Badlands” debuted, I was reluctant to be a racial role model. I just wanted to focus on the work and make great television. During my 20 years in Asia I never needed to talk about these topics, let alone be the center of attention about them.

But after the second season premiered, and we learned about the impact the show was having, I started to understand the importance of stepping up. I’ve accepted the fact that I am one of the very few Asian men in the American entertainment and that by default people were going to look to me symbol of change. So as people have embraced me I have learned to embrace that new role.

Am I going to run for president? Hell no. But I think my parents’ dream for me was to find my place in this country, to be successful at what I do and most importantly, to be happy. I am proud to know that I might have some part in righting what happened to Bruce Lee over 40 years ago. And I am proud that some kid might watch “Into the Badlands” and think, “I want to be like him!”

Read original story I’m an Asian American Actor Who Went to China Before Hollywood Would Cast Me as a Lead (Guest Blog) At TheWrap
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Exclusive: Meg Ryan, Busy Philipps to Team Up at Bentonville Film Festival, and We Can't Wait!

Geena Davis's Bentonville Film Festival is gearing up for its fourth year, and we're proud to exclusively reveal the full lineup today on Popsugar! It was previously announced that Lionsgate and Popsugar Films's The Honor List will open the festival, but there's more big news to share. At this year's fest, held May 1-6, Meg Ryan will be honored with Bff's first-ever Legacy Award, as well as team up for a chat with Busy Phillips.

Ryan's third appearance at the festival will feature anniversary screenings of two of her now-iconic classics: Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. She'll also sit down with Phillips for a candid conversation about her career as both an actor and director, and join Geena Davis for a panel discussion about reversing gender roles on screen.

The newly created Legacy Award recognizes industry leaders in fostering diversity, and since its founding, the
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Film News Roundup: Sly Stone Music Documentary in Development

In today’s film news roundup, documentaries on Sly Stone and a Wisconsin police killing are moving forward and a CEO is named for the Afm & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund.

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Network Entertainment and filmmaker Derik Murray have acquired the rights to produce a feature documentary on the life and legacy of musician Sylvester Stewart, better known as Sly Stone.

Production on the film has commenced, with the filming of an exclusive interview with the traditionally reclusive Stone.

“In the annals of pop music, certain artists are more than just innovators and more than just icons. Certain artists are avatars — the manifestation of an idea,” said Murray. “For Sly Stone, that idea was to create a diverse band that embraced a kaleidoscope of musical and cultural styles, that stand unparalleled to this day.”

“Sly Stone” will trace the musician’s journey from child prodigy to stardom to
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Baaghi 2 embarks on good advance booking

Sajid Nadiadwala and Fox Star StudiosBaaghi 2 is racing towards a bumper advance booking from audiences across India. The advance bookings for the film opened recently and the response from theatre owners has been phenomenal.

While Sajid Nadiadwala’s Baaghi set a benchmark for action films in Bollywood, Baaghi 2 is all set to surpass that level and redefine action for the audience.

Gautam Dutta, CEO, Pvr Ltd said, “Baaghi 2 is anticipated to open with big numbers in the second quarter of Fy 18-19. The sequel is probing heavy on advance bookings and is expected to see substantial footfall in the first week itself.”

“The advance booking response of Baaghi 2 is outstanding across all Inox multiplexes. Promos of the film are looking very promising. Viewers have been waiting for an out and out action adventure film for quite some time. We are expecting a very good numbers
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Tyron Woodley Says Floyd Mayweather's Mma Journey Begins Next Week

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Floyd Mayweather says it'll take him 6-8 months to be an Mma star ... and according to Ufc welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, that journey starts Next Week!! The welterweight champ joined the guys on the TMZ Sports TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) ... and the conversation of course turned to Floyd's preparation for his new career. It was Woodley who first broke the news Floyd was serious about training on "The Hollywood Beatdown" ... Mayweather then confirmed
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First look at ‘Bruce Lee: The Walk of the Dragon #1′

With the comic launching next week, here’s a preview of the first issue of Darby Pop Publishing’s new series Bruce Lee: The Walk of the Dragon:

Philosopher/teacher/real-life superhero Bruce Lee is back. And, let’s be honest, the world needs him now more than ever. Taking a brief respite from battling an otherworldly evil, Bruce Lee attempts to navigate modern-day Southern California despite still suffering from amnesia and having been “out of the loop” for over 45 years. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a simple “lunch run” soon turns into a comedy of errors involving mistaken identity, a Film Festival,” and the pokey. And despite never being one to initiate fisticuffs, Bruce continues to find it difficult to both hide his martial arts skills – and keep his shirt on.

Bruce Lee: The Walk of the Dragon #1 is out on March 28th, priced $3.99.
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Preview of Bruce Lee: The Walk of the Dragon #1

Darby Pop Publishing launches its new series Bruce Lee: The Walk of the Dragon this coming Wednesday, and you can take a look at a preview of the first issue here…

Philosopher/teacher/real-life superhero Bruce Lee is back. And, let’s be honest, the world needs him now more than ever. Taking a brief respite from battling an otherworldly evil, Bruce Lee attempts to navigate modern-day Southern California despite still suffering from amnesia and having been “out of the loop” for over 45 years. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a simple “lunch run” soon turns into a comedy of errors involving mistaken identity, a Film Festival,” and the pokey. And despite never being one to initiate fisticuffs, Bruce continues to find it difficult to both hide his martial arts skills – and keep his shirt on.

Bruce Lee: The Walk of the Dragon #1 is out on March 28th, priced $3.99.

The
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Donnie Yen Shares Trailer For New Movie Big Brother

Donnie Yen has shared the first trailer of his upcoming action film Big Brother, which sees the martial arts star play the role of a seemingly ordinary schoolteacher with a dark past and a special skill set. The film’s cast is supported by a number of Mma fighters.

Donnie Yen is one of the leading martial arts actors in China who rose to international stardom with the box office smash hit Ip Man, a film about the life of Yip Man, Bruce Lee’s mentor.
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UTA Signs Derik Murray’s Network Entertainment (Exclusive)

Production company Network Entertainment has signed with United Talent Agency.

Founded by Derik Murray, the company boasts a broad slate of premium content, including documentaries. Among Network Entertainment’s most recent productions is the documentary “I Am Mlk Jr.” set to premiere April 4 on Paramount Network. The film is is executive produced by Paul Gertz and Kent Wingerak, in addition to being co-executive produced by Dr. Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute and Stanford University history professor. Paramount Network’s Jon Slusser and Jaimee Kosanke also serve as executive producers on the project.
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Review: Heart of Glass—Jackie Chan's "Police Story"

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After a second failed attempt to break into the American market with The Protector (1985), a film in which he repeatedly conflicted with director James Glickenhaus, Jackie Chan returned to Hong Kong determined to top Hollywood. According to Chan, he told Glickenhaus: “You do The Protector and I’ll do Police Story, and I’ll show you what the action movie is all about.” Today, more than 30 years after its release, Police Story remains one of the best-loved and most impressive action films by the most popular action star in the world, and has been given the restoration treatment and Metrograph engagement befitting a true classic, while Glickenhaus is best known for actually writing and directing a movie called McBain.After knocking around Hong Kong for several years as a stuntman and bit player, and a few attempts at becoming a lead in cheap Bruce Lee knock-offs, Jackie Chan finally burst
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Redeemer (1978)

When does a slasher slip over into the surreal? Usually when you start with a boy emerging fully dressed from a lake, who catches a bus to a church, where a priest laments on the nature of sin while cross cutting to a group of six 20-somethings from all walks of (okay, North American) life? This is the first 15 minutes of The Redeemer (1978) folks, and you will get your bearings as the group of six gather for a high school reunion where they’re given a bloody Ted talk on sin and redemption from a multiple-masked killer in the spirit of Terror Train (1980) - if that spirit had been around two years previous. Not only is it a touch prescient, it’s surprisingly creepy as hell through not only the killer’s various guises, but an insidiously Christian treatise on what it deems modern society’s “ills”. But, you know,
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