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Looks Like Andrew Lincoln Has Finished Shooting The Walking Dead Season 9

Unless you’ve been living in a hilltop hideaway, disused factory or fortified garbage dump, you’ve probably already heard that The Walking Dead‘s Andrew Lincoln won’t be appearing in every episode of the upcoming ninth season of the show.

Sure, that’s no biggie; there’ve been episodes without him before and the ensemble cast is now so well established that you can almost forget that he’s not there, if only for a second. But recent signs have pointed to the possibility that he may only appear in a handful of episodes and, *whispers* might actually get killed off.

Of course, nothing’s been confirmed as of yet, but earlier this week, the actor was photographed arriving back at London’s Heathrow airport. The slightly concerning thing? AMC have only just begun working on the sixth episode of the new season, so what’s Andy doing back in the UK?
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How Bruce Lee Used Kung Fu to Beat Bigotry (Podcast)

How Bruce Lee Used Kung Fu to Beat Bigotry (Podcast)
Bruce Lee didn’t just face discrimination as a Chinese-American in the lily-white Hollywood of the 1960s. He also had to overcome bigotry against African-Americans, who he was discouraged from taking on as students of kung fu.

Lee’s quest to break down barriers for himself and his African-American students and friends is one focus of our latest “Shoot This Now” podcast, which you can listen to listen on iTunes or here:



Also Read: How Bruce Lee Fits Into Quentin Tarantino's New Movie (Podcast)

As Matthew Polly, author of the excellent new biography “Bruce Lee: A Life” tells us on the podcast, Lee’s first student of martial arts was an African-American man, Jesse Glover. But some kung fu traditionalists strongly opposed Lee’s teaching kung fu to African-Americans.

Lee’s boss, Ruby Chow, believed he was putting fellow Chinese-Americans in danger, according to Polly’s book. Polly quoted
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Lam Ching Ying: Gone But Not Forgotten

Selected Filmography:

Magnificent Butcher

The Prodigal Son

Mr.Vampire

School On Fire

Painted Faces

Exorcist Master

During the mid 1990’s, I happened to stumble across a kung fu movie called “The Prodigal Son“, which changed my life forever. It had everything, awesome Kung Fu, Comedy, Drama, Training Sequences and the star of the show, Lam Ching Ying. It was only a few years later when I read Lam Ching Ying had passed away in 1997 from liver cancer, I was deeply saddened. Since then, I have had the privilege to collect many of his movies, Lam Ching Ying was not only a great Martial Artist and Stuntman, but he was also a very good Actor.

Lam Ching Ying joined the Peking Opera School at a very young age, under the guidance of Madame Fan Fok Fa. By the age of 17, Lam became a stuntman appearing in Shaw Brothers movies such as
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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.

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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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Arrow Season 6 Episode 16 Review – ‘The Thanatos Guild’

Jessie Robertson reviews the sixteenth episode of Arrow season 6…

I’m sorry to any readers out there; I’m way behind on my CW TV but I’ve been quite sick lately as well as my daughter so getting to these shows has been a struggle! Much to my surprise, when I get back to Arrow, I find one of my personal faves is gone!! Real talk: it’s been known for some time Willa Holland was leaving the show, as she’s cut way back in recent seasons. But, still, it’s a disappointment. Unfortunately, Thea as a character, has been getting the shaft here and there for years; she was apart of some great storylines early on in Arrow; learning who her father was, running the nightclub, a quick shout out to the comic book Speedy and his drug addiction. But she’s also been killed and reborn,
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Exclusive Interview: Charlie Garrett talks ‘Muay Thai’

Muay Thai is a new film from first time writer-director Charlie Garrett. Loosely based on his own experiences of travelling to Thailand, it details the story of a reckless city trader who gives up life in London to return to Thailand and train as a kick boxer. I got a chance to talk with Charlie about how he first got introduced to Muay Thai, why he turned down a bigger budget for a guerrilla filmmaking style and how close the events are to his own story.

How did it all start?

I was planning to go to a Temple in Shaolin to do Kung Fu and the idea was to stop off in Thailand for three weeks and maybe do some Muay Thai. A friend of mine from school, his dad was a governor of the province which I am in now and he said the best camp in Thailand
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'Pandas': Film Review

'Pandas': Film Review
They may not be versed in the ancient discipline of Kung Fu, but Qian Qian and company prove every bit as awesome in the gorgeously immersive Pandas, a live-action Warner Bros. and Imax collaboration.

Chronicling the challenges faced by Chinese researchers in regard to preparing captive-bred giant pandas for release into the wild, the involving, breathtakingly photographed documentary makes the most of its 43-minute running time. The upshot should prove especially irresistible to audiences of all ages when the large-format film rolls out Friday in select Imax and, especially, Imax 3D theaters.

Having had success in creating a safe haven...
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Five Element Ninjas Screens April 4th at Schlafly Bottleworks – ‘Strange Brew’

Five Element Ninjas (1982) screens Wednesday, April 4th at 8pm Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) as part of Webster University’s Award-Winning Strange Brew Film Series. Admission is $5

You never know what’s brewing at Webster University’s Strange Brew cult film series. It’s always the first Wednesday evening of every month, and they always come up with some cult classic to show while enjoying some good food and great suds. The fun happens at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143).

Five Elemental Ninjas is an absolute must-see if you like Martial Arts movies. It features breathtaking choreography from Chang Cheh and an actual, decent plot. A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He finds help in the form of a new teacher (who knows Ninjitsu) and new brothers.
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The 6th Urban Action Showcase and Expo (Uase) announced

Demetrius Angelo is the founder of the Urban Action Showcase and Expo (Uase) which

advocates diversity and celebrates the multicultural achievements in the blockbuster Action

genre of Heroes. The Uase was created out of concern for the lack of positive Heroic role

models of color in the Action film genre. We are trying to play a part in the shifting of the

common and unflattering portrayal of minorities in entertainment. We do this in several ways from encouraging the craft through our Uas International Action Film Festival platform competitions which boasts the Cinemax Action Short Film Competition , by exposing previous works that represent positively and teaching all necessary skills of the trade.

About Urban Action Showcase and Expo

The Urban Action Showcase and Expo (Uase) is the premier entertainment platform celebrating diversity and honoring the past, present and future multicultural achievements within the blockbuster Action genre including Adventure, Fantasy, Grindhouse,
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Film Review: House (1977) by Nobuhiko Obayashi

For many of my generation, Japanese Horror started with the release of “Ringu” back in 1998. Horror though has a much richer history in the orient and slowly some of the earlier releases are being rediscovered for new audiences to discover the works that had an influence on what was to become known as J-Horror. One such movie is “House”, made back in 1977 by Nobuhiko Obayashi.

Angel is excited about spending summer vacation with her father, until she finds out that his new beautiful girlfriend Ryouko would be going as well. Oshare decides she will be going to her aunt’s house in the country instead. She brings with her, her friends from school – Fantasy Kung Fu, Prof, Sweet, Mac and Melody. Arriving at the house, slowly they become aware that not everything is as it appears to be with the aunt nor the house itself and are
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Kung Fu Yoga (2017) by Stanley Tong

With “Kung Fu Yoga,” Jackie Chan reunites with one of his regular collaborators, Stanley Tong, for their second movie that has a touch of Bollywood flavoring.

Jack (Jackie Chan) is an archaeology professor who, along with his assistants, teams up with Ashmita (Disha Patani), an Indian Professor to locate India’s lost Magadha treasure. A series of globe-trotting adventures take place as they compete with Randall (Sonu Sood) and his mercenaries, and one of their own, Jones Lee (Aarif Rahman) to find the diamond artifact known as the “Eye of Shiva” that will lead them to the treasure.

Kung Fu Yoga” will screen at at the 9th International Chinese Film Festival, that will be on 23 February to 28, 2018.

The difficulty when reviewing a new Jackie Chan film is the legacy of what has come before it. With a career spanning five decades and numerous classics of cinema, comes a certain expectation.
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‘Birth of the Dragon’ Review: Dir. George Nolfi (2018)

Birth of the Dragon review: This inspired-by-fact tale does little to inspire or enlighten and only very occasionally enlivens.

Birth of the Dragon review by Andrew Gaudion.

Birth of the Dragon review

The life of Bruce Lee is one that has fascinated movie fans for decades and has led to a big-screen biopic once before in the form of Rob Cohen’s entertaining and respectful 1993 film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. His unique style of Kung Fu and his supernova-esque burst of success solidified him as a true icon of the 20th Century. It shouldn’t be a surprise that filmmakers want to continue to add to that iconography with films that explore aspects of his rich but brief life.

Birth of the Dragon has a degree of pedigree behind it, the type of pedigree that would lead you to believe that this will be a sincere approach to depicting
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Jumps on Board The Kung Fury Sequel!

A few days ago we learned that Michael Fassbender joined Dan Sandberg's feature film, the Kung Fury sequel. Today it's been announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be joining him in the retro Kung Fu adventure. He will be playing the President of the United States!

This is a pretty epic cast so far! The director of the film, Sandberg, is also set to star in the movie, and David Hasselhoff, who was in the original film, will also be back. It's kinda crazy to think that Fassbender, Schwarzenegger, and Hasselhoff will all be in the same movie together! I guess if there's one movie that can make that happen, it's Kung Fury.

The movie is an homage to the 1980s and the crazy martial arts films that came from that era. The new movie will be set in 1985 in Miami, which is being "kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury,
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10 Things About Pulp Fiction You Never Knew

10 Things About Pulp Fiction You Never Knew
It's a certified cinema classic and one of the most quotable movies ever. Two years after Reservoir Dogs, video store clerk turned auteur Quentin Tarantino turned out another masterpiece in Pulp Fiction, the 1994 movie that rescued John Travolta from the pop culture waste bin via a now iconic performance, matched in creative and artistic firepower by Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Amanda Plummer, Ving Rhames, and of course, Samuel L. Jackson as the soul searching hit man Jules. Pulp Fiction still regularly plays in midnight showings at the writer/director's own New Beverly Cinema. Today we look at 10 things you never knew about Pulp Fiction.

Matt Dillon was almost Butch.

Originally Quentin Tarantino conceived of the "palooka" pugilist played by Bruce Willis as a younger up and coming boxer. He envisioned Matt Dillon in the role. But after the actor reportedly took too long to decide,
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Kung Fu reboot series in the works

Joseph Baxter Oct 2, 2017

Fox is moving forward with a reboot of 1970s series Kung Fu, this time showcasing a female lead and a change of setting...

The template-setting 1970s television series Kung Fu will be the next classic property to go the reboot route. A bidding war amongst networks saw Fox emerge victorious, granting it the rights to revive and update the action-adventure drama, which starred the late David Carradine, this time with a new female hero. Moreover, fans of The CW’s DC comics extended universe shows may welcome the notion, since it will feature the involvement of its continuity godfather, Greg Berlanti.

Fox’s Kung Fu acquisition is a done deal and intriguing plans for the new approach are already in place for a reboot pilot, reports Deadline. Greg Berlanti and his repertory collaborator Wendy Mericle have been tapped as executive producers; an idea that’s fitting, since
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The Classic 1970s Series Kung Fu is Getting a Female Lead Sequel By Greg Berlanti

Fox is teaming up with Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl producer Greg Berlanti to develop a sequel to the classic 1970s series Kung Fu. The original show starred David Carradine, and this new series will focus on a female lead. I personally don't care who plays the lead as long as they can kick ass and the story is solid. With Berlanti developing the series there's a good chance it will turn out solid.

The original show was created by Ed Spielman. It was set in the 1880s and followed the adventures of Kwai Chang Caine (Carradine), "a Shaolin monk who travels the American Old West armed only with his spiritual training – including a ton of aphorisms – and his skill in martial arts in search of his half-brother." Thanks to Deadline, we have a description of the new series, which gives us an idea of where the story will go:
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Kung Fu: Female Reboot in the Works at Fox from Greg Berlanti

ABC isn't the only network drawing inspiration from the '70s. Deadline reports Fox has ordered a pilot based on the David Carradine series Kung Fu.The original TV show began as one of ABC's movies of the week in 1972. The subsequent action drama starred Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a martial arts expert who travels to the American West. The series ran for three seasons before ending in 1975.Read More…
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Fox to channel a female-led Kung Fu series reboot set in the 1950s

  • JoBlo
You and I might not know each other, but I want you to know that I care about your good health. So just in case you haven't reached your female-led reboot quota for the day, I've got some news that'll be certain to help top you off. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Fox has signed on the dotted line for Kung Fu, a drama with a female lead based on the 1970s David Carradine-starring... Read More...
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Female-Led Kung Fu Redo Eyed at Fox

Female-Led Kung Fu Redo Eyed at Fox
Between this and Kevin Can Wait‘s morbid premiere joke, it seems this week that everybody is “kung fu” citing.

Fox has granted a put pilot commitment to a female-led remake of Kung Fu, the 1970s series that starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who traveled through the American Old West armed only with his spiritual training and his skill in martial arts, as he sought out his half-brother Danny.

Penned by Arrow co-showrunner Wendy Mericle and also executive-produced by (of course) Greg Berlanti, the new take, our sister site Deadline reports, follows Lucy Chang, a
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