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Horror Highlights: Funko’s Logan Collectibles, Officer Downe, Inktober Artwork, Stern Pinball, El Rey Network Marathon, Polaris Programming

Before Hugh Jackman's Wolverine takes one last "hurrah" on the big screen next year, check out his collection of Funko Pop! figures, Dorbz, and keychains. Also: cover art and details on the new graphic novel edition of Officer Downe, a look at Jeaux Janovsky's Inktober cartoons, details on the Stern Pinball digital arcade, info on El Rey's "Way of the Turkey" marathon, and two clips from Maker Studios' revamped Polaris YouTube Channel.

Images and Release Details for Funko's Logan Collectibles: From Collector Corps via Funko: “He’s the best at what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice!

The adamantium-filled, self-healing superhero Wolverine is getting an all-new Funko treatment!

Collect Wolverine and his retractable claws as Pop!s, Dorbz, and a Pocket Pop! Keychain!

Be sure to look for exclusive figures! Collect the Logan tank top.

Pop! and Dorbz only at Hot Topic, and Weapon X Wolverine Pop!
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Martial Arts Filmmakers “Shaw Brothers” to Conquer Silver Screen Again

After a three-decade hiatus, Shaw Brothers Holdings promises to conquer movie theaters once again.

Nikkei Asian Review reports that the Shaw Brothers Holdings recently appointed media mogul Li Ruigang as chairman. Under the leadership of Li, Shaw Brothers plans to spend 1 billion yuan ($147 million) and to produce eight films next year, all in the hopes of reclaiming the company’s former glory.

The world famous Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong’s golden age of cinema in the 60s and 70s. Back when the late Run Run Shaw led the company, the studio produced an impressive oeuvre of martial arts classics such as The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), Five Fingers of Death (1972), Come Drink With Me (1966), Killer Clans (1976), One-Armed Swordsman (1967), Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969) and many others. Stars like Ti Lung, David Chiang and Fu Sheng, as well as filmmakers like Chang Cheh, Chu Yuan and Lau Kar-leun become household names and global icons.
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China Media Capital Trio Takes Control at Iconic Shaw Brothers

China Media Capital Trio Takes Control at Iconic Shaw Brothers
Li Ruigang and two fellow executives from his China Media Capital group have taken three directorial positions at iconic Hong Kong studio Shaw Brothers.

The company made famous by Sir Run Run Shaw was once a dominant force in Hong Kong and Asian cinema, but largely ceased film production in 1987. Today, however, the company holds a key 26% stake in Television Broadcasts (Tvb), Hong Kong’s leading free-to-air TV broadcaster and owner of one of the largest Chinese language rights catalogs in the world.

Li has been appointed chairman and non-executive director of Shaw. He is joined by Jiang Wei, MD of the Cmc-owned mainland Chinese film distributor Gravity Pictures, who is appointed an executive director of Shaw. Also joining is Thomas Hui, president, chief strategy officer and executive director of Cmc Holdings, who will be an non-executive director.

They replace chairman Allan Yap, and directors Gu Jiong and Wong Ka Ching,
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Kurt Russell to Attend Beyond Fest 2016 for 30th Anniversary 35mm Screening of Big Trouble In Little China

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Beyond Fest must have their check in the mail, because ol' Jack Burton himself is coming to the festival for a 30th anniversary screening of Big Trouble in Little China. Filmmaker James Gunn will be on hand to discuss the cult John Carpenter movie with the beloved actor, and that's only one of many events fans will want to mark on their fall calendars.

Taking place September 30th–October 11th at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, Beyond Fest 2016 will also feature screenings of Phantasm: Ravager, Phantasm: Remastered, George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead in 3-D, Martin, In a Valley of Violence, The Wolf Man (1941), The Bad Batch, Raw, and City of the Living Dead.

A 4K restoration screening of Romero's The Crazies will also take place, as well as a live performance by composer Fabio Frizzi and his orchestra during a showing of The Beyond: Composer's Cut.
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Fantastic Fest 2016’s Final Wave of Programming Includes Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 2, Westworld, Another Wolfcop

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Fantastic Fest has already revealed an amazing lineup over the past month, but their newly announced final wave of programming should cause even more fans to make room on their calendars between September 22nd–29th.

Fantastic Fest's final wave of programming has several big treats in store for horror comedy fans, as Bruce Campbell will be in attendance for screenings of the first two episodes of Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 (ahead of the first season's October 2nd premiere on Starz).

Another WolfCop, the sequel to 2014's WolfCop, will make its world premiere, and a special screening of the first episode of HBO's Westworld series will also take place.

The creature feature Colossal will be shown as the festival's closing film, and A Monster Calls and The Autopsy of Jane Doe are also scheduled to screen. For full details, we have the official press release below. Which film are you
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Shaw Brothers Season To Start On Film 4 (UK)

The date to set the record button is January 15th, 2016 as Film 4 bring us some classic movies from Shaw Brothers, from the world of Kung Fu and Wu Xia.

It starts with a Classic

The season will kick off with a Gordon Liu classic “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin”, then will continue for a further 3 Friday nights which will include Shaw Brothers classics such as King Boxer (Lo Lieh), Come Drink With Me (Cheng Pei-Pei) and The One Armed Swordsman (Wang Yu).

I have to say, they have chosen some great movies and anyone who is a fan of Kung Fu and Wu Xia cinema need to watch these and record then watch again. The second season (Which stars in April) will include The Five Deadly Venoms and The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter, so far.

Also every movie will play with original language and English Subtitles.

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
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11 Best Training Montages in Movie History, Ranked

Ralph Macchio's birthday -- he turns 54 on November 4 -- reminds us that, not only do we love the Karate Kid, but we love even more a training montage.

You know, that staple of feel-good, fist-pumping, sweat-exuding movies, especially from the aerobicized '80s, that shows rapid-cut clips of the star getting in shape or mastering some arcane fighting technique, usually set to some inspirational, synth-heavy anthem.

By the end of that decade, the training montage had become such an overblown cliché that it fell out of favor, which is why we cherish the few new ones that come along and relish the old ones that still make us feel like slackers. So cue up Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," raise a glass of raw eggs, and drink a toast to the best training montages ever.

11. 'G.I. Jane' (1997)

Training to become the first female Navy Seal, Demi Moore's Lt.
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'Man with the Iron Fists 2' Interview with RZA | Exclusive

'Man with the Iron Fists 2' Interview with RZA | Exclusive
After spending a lifetime watching and studying classic martial arts films, Wu Tang Clan's RZA got to finally make his own kung fu movie with 2012's The Man with the Iron Fists, which he directed, co-wrote, produced and starred in. The actor-filmmaker returns to reprise his role as the title character Thaddeus, while co-writing and producing the sequel The Man with the Iron Fists 2. I had the good fortune to speak with the actor filmmaker over the phone, before this sequel arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 14 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The sequel picks up long after the events of The Man with the Iron Fists, where Thaddeus is found near death, literally drifting past a 19th Century village where he is saved by a miner's (Dustin Nguyen) family. As he heals from his wounds, Thaddeus expresses his desire to find peace, but it becomes quickly clear
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Celestial Pictures Seeking Opportunities to Showcase the Shaw Brothers Film Library

The USC School of Cinematic Arts will partner with Celestial Pictures in December 2014 and January 2015 to present 7 feature films from the Shaw Brothers catalog. They have films available on DigiBeta and DVD, and are interested in finding other venues across the U.S. that might be interested in booking their titles across the next year, and to help them out, I wanted to share some information with everyone:

Celestial Pictures owns the Shaw Brothers film library, the world's largest Chinese film collection, with over 760 feature films originally released over half a century's time frame. The library has inspired countless filmmakers with its vast pool of classics including "Five Deadly Venoms," "Hex," "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin," " One-Armed Swordsman," "King Boxer" and "The Flying Guillotine." These award-winning Shaw Brothers films have been digitally restored frame-by-frame, and distributed in cinemas and on home video, television, and new media markets worldwide.

Celestial Pictures is eagerly looking for the right partners to arrange Shaw Brothers Film Festivals so as to introduce our classic collection to more Us audiences especial to youth markets. In the past few years, we have been partnered up with numerous institutions and organizations including University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Cinefamily and New York Asian Film Festival, and we hope to extend our path further by collaborating with new partners around the States.

To contact Celestial Pictures directly about their library and possible collaborations, please be in touch with Josephine Ng:

josephine.ng[At]celestialpictures.com
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RZA Reflects on ‘The 36th Chamber of Shaolin’ and Wu-Tang Clan at Lacma

RZA Reflects on ‘The 36th Chamber of Shaolin’ and Wu-Tang Clan at Lacma
Welcoming producer, rapper, director and Wu-Tang Clan founder the RZA to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Tuesday night, the Film Independent at Lacma series scored an excellent 35mm print of Liu Chia-Liang’s 1978 kung-fu classic “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin,” presented in its original Mandarin language. In fact, it might have even been too pristine for the occasion.

As he explained in a Q&A with Elvis Mitchell, the RZA’s formative experiences with the Gordon Liu-starrer came in its dubbed, heavily expurgated form. Yet the film not only provided the Wu-Tang with its debut album title and a plethora of memorable (English language) dialogue samples, it also influenced the group’s guiding philosophy.

“I saw it when I was nine years old on Channel 5, and then again when I was 13 or 14 on 42nd St.,” RZA said, noting that the film’s story of the struggle between
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Re-Enter the '36th Chamber': RZA on a Kung Fu Movie Classic

The Wu-Tang Clan is a hip-hop empire built on a foundation of kung fu movies — and last night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the RZA detailed some of the connections. First on the bill: a screening of the 1978 Shaw Brothers classic The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, which had a resurgence of popularity in 1993 because of the Wu-Tang debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Then the Wu-Tang's producer/leader and Elvis Mitchell (curator of the presenting organization, Film Independent at Lacma) engaged in a half-hour conversation about
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Watch: Vintage 30-Minute Documentary 'Fists Of Fire' About Martial Arts Movie Masters The Shaw Brothers

The amount of hidden gems The Seventh Art finds on the internet is quite staggering and this particular video is no exception. The 1975 BBC documentary “Fists of Fire” is a must if you're a big fan of kung fu movies, as it goes behind the scenes of Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Studios, which were famous for popularizing the kung fu and wuxia genres, as well as making a star out of David Chiang, who’s predominantly featured in the video.The founder of Shaw Brothers Studio, Run Run Shaw, died earlier this year at the impressive age of 106. The doc briefly goes into Shaw’s early days, but mostly focuses on his life as a studio mogul. Altogether, Shaw Brothers Studios produced over 1,000 films, the most notable of which include “Come Drink With Me,” “The One-Armed Swordsman,” and “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” (does that last one ring a bell,
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Celestial signs pacts with El Rey

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Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures has signed a multi-year content deal with El Rey Network, the new cable channel established by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

Under the agreement, El Rey Network will offer subscribers titles from the Shaw Brothers library such as The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin, The Sword Of Swords, The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter and The Flying Guillotine.

The films, which will be presented with English subtitles and English dubbed tracks, will screen throughout the network’s schedule and during its monthly Saturday kungfu marathon. The next marathon will air March 1 and features The One Armed Swordsman trilogy.

Robert Rodriguez said: “Long before El Rey Network was born, I had many of the Shaw Brothers films on my playlist at home. It was a hard drive that had my hit list of personal favorites and certainly these titles were among the best in kung-fu films.

“They are action-packed and still have cult status among fans of the
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Run Run Shaw dies aged 106

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Updated: Sir Run Run Shaw, founder of Shaw Brothers Studios and a pioneer of early Chinese cinema and television, has died aged 106.

Born in 1907, Shaw started his career working with his brothers at their jointly-owned Tianyi Film Company, later moving to Singapore to launch distribution and theatre networks across South-East Asia. He established Shaw Brothers Studios in Hong Kong in 1957.

The studio, which attracted top talent and was renowned for the high technical standards at its Movietown filmmaking base, produced more than 1,000 films, including classics such as The One Armed Swordsman, The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin, Come Drink With Me, The Kingdom And The Beauty and Five Deadly Venoms. Shaw was also a producer on Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

The bulk of the Shaw Brothers library was acquired by Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures in 2000, which digitally remastered and re-released many of the titles. The library continues to be mined by both Western and Asian companies for remake
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Exclusive: Ray Park Talks Snake Eyes and G.I. Joe Retaliation Blu-ray

Exclusive: Ray Park Talks Snake Eyes and G.I. Joe Retaliation Blu-ray
Ray Park talks Snake Eyes and G.I. Joe Retaliation, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD July 30th

Before landing the coveted role of Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Toad in X-Men, Ray Park began his martial arts training in Shaolin Kung Fu and wushu at the young age of seven years old, competing in international tournaments by the time he was a teenager. This year, he reprised his role as the silent but deadly Snake Eyes in the sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, G.I. Joe Retaliation. I recently had the chance to speak with the actor for the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD release on July 30. Here's what he had to say about that amazing mountainside fight sequence, working with director Jon M. Chu, and much more.

I have to imagine that, with all of your martial arts training,
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Trailers from Hell: Allan Arkush on Kung Fu Epic 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin'

Trailers from Hell: Allan Arkush on Kung Fu Epic 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin'
Even More Movies You Never Heard Of! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with director Allan Arkush introducing Liu Chia-Liang's 1978 Hong Kong kung fu epic "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin," widely considered a highpoint in the evolution of the genre. Although only sparsely released theatrically in the United States, the film's official mainstream release came on dvd in 2000 under the title "Shaolin Master Killer."
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Farewell to the Master

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With the passing of Lau Kar-leung (the common Cantonese spelling, he was also often credited in Mandarin as Liu Chia-liang), one of the great chapters of Hong Kong cinema comes to a close. Justly famous as martial arts choreographer and action director for many kung fu and wu xia films—the last was Tsui Hark's Seven Swords (2005), in which he also acted—Lau was also one of the outstanding filmmakers of Hong Kong cinema. His most important period was during the final heyday of Shaw Brothers, Asia's biggest studio: In the late 70s and early 80s, before Shaw Bros. closed their doors, Lau proved himself the biggest proponent of the martial arts tradition in Hong Kong cinema, as well as its chief modernizing force, hiding sublime layers beneath ultra-robust exterior appearance. (Fittingly, in 2003 he also directed the studio's comeback movie, more or less coinciding with the inauguration of belated
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Martial Arts Legend Lau Kar Leung Has Died

Lau Kar Leung (Liu Chia Liang), one of the most revered martial artists in Hong Kong Cinema, has lost a long battle with leukemia, local media is reporting this morning. In a career spanning more than 60 years, Lau starred in - and provided action choreography for - more than 70 films. In his early days he often collaborated with director Chang Cheh at legendary Shaw Brothers studios, and directed more than 25 feature films himself, culminating in 2003's Drunken Monkey.Many of Leung's most famous films, including The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, starred his "god-brother" Gordon Liu Chia Hui - who is also critically ill. Other highlights of his long and illustrious career include My Young Auntie, starring Kara Hui, Drunken...

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'Shaolin and Wu-Tang' & Wu-Tang Clan: 36 Styles of Danger

“Shaolin and Wu-Tang” & Wu-Tang Clan: 36 Styles of Danger by Dan Simolke“Shaolin shadowboxing, and the Wu-Tang sword style…”-- “Shaolin and Wu-Tang” sample from “Bring Da Ruckus”When the sequel to 1978’s “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin,” entitled “Return to the 36th Chamber,” was released as a comedy, star Gordon Liu decided he disagreed with that approach. Since Gordon Liu does what he wants, he subsequently directed what he determined would be a proper follow-up: 1983’s “Shaolin and Wu-Tang” (which is playing at NYC’s Anthology Film Archives in a 35mm print as a part of the Old School Kung-Fu Fest). You might recognize Liu from the “Kill Bill” films, where he played multiple roles...
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