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Peter Smith to Head Mbc Studios, Aims to Kick-start Saudi Productions

  • Variety
Former president of NBCUniversal International Peter Smith has been appointed head of Mbc Studios, the new production unit of top Middle Eastern free-to-air satellite network Mbc Group, which is based in Dubai. The new unit is expected to make a major push into high-end Arabic scripted content to help kick-start a film and TV industry in Saudi Arabia.

Smith, a respected industry veteran who more recently headed the Antenna Group, has been charged with stepping up Mbc’s output of “local and international film and TV drama series” that can resonate with audiences in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, an Mbc statement said.

“Due to the existence of an untapped story reservoir in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Ksa) and the rest of the Middle East across all genres of content, Mbc Studios will take the initiative to produce the region’s most compelling stories for cinema,
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Review: Heart of Glass—Jackie Chan's "Police Story"

  • MUBI
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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The Top 5 Best Thai Martial Arts Films Ever. Do You Agree?

In order to be a great martial art film, a movie just has to follow one rule: keep audiences entertained. Those films produced in Thailand manage to do just that, earning the praise of being home to some of the best martial arts movies. The films may lack a serious story-line, but the incredible choreography more than makes up for it all.

Narrowing down the movies to find the best is no easy task, but we came up with what we feel are the top five best Thai martial arts films. Each movie in our list features the enchanting choreography from the late famed director and martial artist Panna Rittikrai. His films used no CGI to show off each actor’s athletic prowess.

Born to Fight (2004)

This remake of the 1986 film bears little resemblance to it beyond a title. Nevertheless, it is just as action-packed and entertaining. It follows Deaw,
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Audiences Are Tired Of Spectacle And Hollywood Doesn't Care -- The Lrm Weekend

By David Kozlowski | 4 August 2017

Welcome to Issue #7 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Previous Issues: 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17 | 6.30.17 | 6.23.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, you might notice a few changes to the column this week. As summer draws to a close we're moving some stuff around and tweaking our content to be a little more opinionated and provocative.

Each of our Lrm writers have super-strong opinions about film, TV, comics, and all of the big franchises and universes. So, going forward Lrm Weekend is going to amp-up our voices a bit more -- and we invite our readers to punch back whenever and wherever you disagree!

Audiences Are Tired Of Spectacle And Hollywood Doesn't Care.
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7 of the Best One-Shot Action Sequences, From ‘Oldboy’ to ‘The Revenant’

7 of the Best One-Shot Action Sequences, From ‘Oldboy’ to ‘The Revenant’
Most single-shot sequences, aren’t. What you’d swear are single takes are actually seamless edits — but that doesn’t dilute their mind-bending power. Even better: one-take action sequences like the third-act corker in “Atomic Blonde,” which sees Charlize Theron battling scads of baddies in a longform, long-take sequence designed to look like a single shot.

David Deitch’s film is filled with heart-pounding action scenes (Theron cracked multiple teeth while filming the Cold War-set Berlin spy thriller), but it’s that big final battle that action fans will remember. And while “Atomic Blonde” feels fresh, the sequence takes plenty of cues from single-shots that have come before.

Read More‘Atomic Blonde’ Review: Charlize Theron Kicks Ass In Cold War Action-Thriller — SXSW 2017

Fans of both Theron and single-shot sequences can get a small taste of the ass-kicking to come in “Atomic Blonde” (for the really curious, the single-shot segment plays out mostly on the stairs,
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Tony Jaa & Iko Uwais Fight In First Trailer For ‘Triple Threat’

At one point, “Triple Threat” — which brings together the fighting talents of Tony Jaa (“Ong-Bak,” “The Protector“) and Iko Uwais (“The Raid“) into one film — was promisingly going to be directed by “John Wick” co-helmer Chad Stahelski. Sadly, that didn’t happen, and instead, some guy named Jesse V.

Continue reading Tony Jaa & Iko Uwais Fight In First Trailer For ‘Triple Threat’ at The Playlist.
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Cine-Sunday: ‘Force of Five’ Review

Stars: Sasisa Jimdamanee, Johnny Nguyen, Nantawooti Boonrapsap, Arunya Pawilai, Nawarat Techarathanaprasert, Paytaai Wongkamlao | Written byNonont Kontaweesook, Napalee | Directed by Krissanapong Rachata

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to the first installment of Cine-Sunday, a new weekly feature here on Nerdly where we revisit the newly-revived Cine-Asia’s back catalogue and review the highlights. Going forward each new review will go live on Sunday’s at noon (UK time). And you can see all the Cine-Asia titles we’ve reviewed, so far, right here]

Despite their small size and inexperience, having grown up under the roof of a Muay Thai school two young brothers and their friends have become highly skilled, if undisciplined, martial artists. Sadly, the youngest of the gang suffers from an acute heart condition, which following a minor scuffle with some local bullies lands him in hospital and desperately in need of a life-saving transplant. Fortunately, a viable heart soon becomes available at another local hospital, but before it can be transferred the building is overtaken by rebel soldiers-turned-terrorists prepared to kill if their politically-driven demands are not met by the authorities.

With only four hours in which the surgery can be performed successfully, the young friends take it upon themselves to infiltrate the hospital and retrieve the donated organ.
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Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, and Tiger Chen Will Be a Triple Threat For John Wick Director

If you're a fan of kick-ass martial arts movies, you already know who those three actors are in the headline. But in case you aren't, and maybe you're just curious about what John Wick co-director (and John Wick: Chapter 2 solo director) Chad Stahelski might be up to next, allow me to introduce you to three of the baddest mofos on the planet. Before we get to the intros, let's get to the good stuff: THR reports that these guys will be joining forces in a movie called Triple Threat. The script, written by Dwayne Smith, "revolves around a Chinese martial artist who goes to Mexico to rescue his ex-wife and their son after they are kidnapped by a drug cartel." Wang Xiaolie is set to co-direct the movie with Stahelski.

Why is this cool news? Because the stars are insanely awesome. Tony Jaa is the star of Thai action
See full article at GeekTyrant »

Lucifer Casts Chloe's (Dead) Father — What's His Connection to Maze?

Lucifer Casts Chloe's (Dead) Father — What's His Connection to Maze?
Fox’s Lucifer will shed some light on Lapd detective Chloe Decker’s dark past when new details about her father’s murder — as well as Dad himself? — surface in Season 2.

RelatedLucifer Season 2 Casts Sopranos Vet as the Angel Uriel

Chris Payne Gilbert, whose credits include 10 Items or Less and Lifetime’s The Protector, will co-star in the coming season’s seventh episode as John Decker, who back in the day was a beat cop, a good man and even better father. Chloe was a 19-year-old just beginning a movie career when John was killed in the line of duty,
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Ryan Coogler On The Comic Book Influences For Black Panther

This past weekend was a big one for award winning director Ryan Coogler (Creed), since it was the first time the cast of his next project had assembled for the cameras. Taking the stage at the legendary San Diego Comic-Con during the Marvel Studios presentation, Coogler made the first introductions of the team of performers that will be delivering Black Panther to cinema screens in 2018.

There was rapturous reception for Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, as well as his supporting cast members – Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o – which was followed by ample opportunity for Coogler to discuss the film with the press. In doing so, he confirmed that the greatest influence on his adaptation is the work of current Black Panther comic book writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates – whose stories are pencilled by Brian Stelfreeze, and inked by Laura Martin.

“Oh, I love it, man. I mean, [Coates] is
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Teaser Time: Tiger Shroff And Nathan Jones Square Off In A Flying Jatt

Fresh off of the high profile legal battle over striking similarities with The Raid: Redemption that nearly stalled his last film, Baaghi, up and coming action star Tiger Shroff is back with a new project and it looks pretty ridiculous. A Flying Jatt is India's latest attempt at creating its own superhero franchise with Shroff in the titular role, a hero from the traditional farming community of Punjab who is God's divine protector. The film, directed by Abcd's Remo D'Souza, also stars international action film heavy Nathan Jones (Muay Thai Giant, The Protector, Mad Max: Fury Road) as a supervillain in a goofy costume. There's not much to see in this thirty second teaser, but Shroff is clearly making a niche for himself as India's...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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The Top 100 Your Sinclair Zx Spectrum Games: #54 – Rastan

If the life of being a sneaky Ninja in Saboteur was just too quiet for you, then the job waiting for you at No.#54 in the Your Sinclair Top 100 will be truly be right up your street. It’s time to take your chopper in hand and prepare to swing it hard as Rastan has walked into the room!

Rastan was originally released by Taito as Rastan Saga on the arcades back in 1987, then the fantasy based slash’em up was ported over to the Zx Spectrum in 1988 by Imagine. Created by Tom Lanigan, Paul Murray, Ed Knight with Jas C. Brooke [you’ll possibly know that name from Out Run] on the music, this conversion also received a subtle name change to just Rastan.

With this side-scrolling, occasional up & down, slashing affair we find Rastan – our hero – tackling nefarious beasts sent down upon him by the evil wizard Karg. It’s your job to hack your way through
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Killzone 2 Blu-ray – Stars Tony Jaa!

Variety calls Killzone 2: “A turbo-charged smackdown, which genre fans will devour with the enthusiasm of a child opening presents on Christmas!”

When an undercover cop gets too close to revealing the mastermind of a drug syndicate, his cover is blown. Double-crossed and under a false identity, he’s thrown into a Thai prison, where a guard discovers the inmate – claiming he’s a cop – is a bone marrow match for his dying daughter…and his warden may have an even deadlier operation hidden within the prison walls.

In this giddily frenetic follow-up (though not a sequel) to modern martial arts epic Kill Zone (aka Spl: Sha Po Lang), action icons Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, The Protector) Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior) and Zhang Jin (IP Man 3) team up with Hong Kong megastars Simon Yam, and Louis Koo for a breakneck story of dirty cops, prison riots, and black market organ transplants,
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

Brutally Action-Packed Trailer for Tony Jaa’s Martial Arts Film Kill Zone 2

I’ve got a brutally badass trailer here for you to watch for Tony Jaa’s upcoming martial arts film Kill Zone 2. There’s some incredibly insane action in this trailer, and you get to witness Jaa break some people. I enjoy watching Tony Jaa fight in movies and this next film looks incredibly awesome.

When an undercover cop gets too close to revealing the mastermind of a drug syndicate, his cover is blown. Double-crossed and under a false identity, he’s thrown into a Thai prison, where a guard discovers the inmate – claiming he’s a cop – is a bone marrow match for his dying daughter…and his warden may have an even deadlier operation hidden within the prison walls.In this giddily frenetic follow-up (though not a sequel) to modern martial arts epic Kill Zone (aka Spl: Sha Po Lang), action icons Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, The Protector
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Tony Jaa Breaks Bones In U.S. Trailer for ‘Kill Zone 2’ aka ‘Spl II’

Don’t worry if you never saw 2005’s Kill Zone — according to those familiar with the project, this year’s Kill Zone 2 (also called Spl II: A Time for Consequences) is a sequel in name only. Completism doesn’t even apply. Now, if one simply desires Hong Kong-provided ass-kicking, this is a place to direct attention. Critically acclaimed for the intensity of its action and the narrative that gives them weight, it might be the perfect antidote to tired, assembled action cinema of the multiplex.

Well Go USA, our premiere distributor of Asian cinema, will begin the U.S. run of Cheang Pou-soi‘s movie this week, and so there’s an intense trailer to promote such an occasion. What else does one need to hear? Partake in the bone-crunching!

Have a look below:

Synopsis:

When an undercover cop gets too close to revealing the mastermind of a drug syndicate,
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Watch the trailer for Kill Zone 2 starring Tony Jaa

Ahead of its release next month, a trailer has arrived online for the upcoming action thriller Kill Zone 2 starring Tony Jaa; take a look below after the official synopsis…

When an undercover cop gets too close to revealing the mastermind of a drug syndicate, his cover is blown. Double-crossed and under a false identity, he’s thrown into a Thai prison, where a guard discovers the inmate—claiming he’s a cop—is a bone marrow match for his dying daughter… and his warden may have an even deadlier operation hidden within the prison walls. In this giddily frenetic follow-up (though not a sequel) to modern martial arts epic Kill Zone (aka Spl: Sha Po Lang), action icons Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, The Protector) and Zhang Jin (IP Man 3) team up with Hong Kong megastars Simon Yam, Wu Jing, and Louis Koo for a breakneck story of dirty cops,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Watch: Daredevil Pulverizes Bad Guys in Season 2's Stairwell Fight Scene

Some of you have almost certainly already burned through the entire second season of Marvel's Daredevil since it was released on Netflix this past Friday, so you've seen this scene in context. But for those who haven't had the opportunity to binge the whole show yet and are looking for a quick burst of the down and dirty action the series provides, or maybe if you're on the fence about giving the show a shot, check out this stairwell fight scene. (Spoilers ahead.)

In it, The Punisher has duct-taped a gun to Daredevil's hand, and after knocking The Punisher out so he doesn't kill any more people, The Man Without Fear has to fight his way through an apartment building full of bad guys. This is the show's attempt to outdo the famous hallway fight from the first season, and you can be the judge of whether or not they succeeded:

Pretty remarkable stuff,
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Win A DVD Action Bundle To Celebrate Sword Of The Assassin

Koch Media

To celebrate the release of Vietnamese martial arts epic Sword of the Assassin, we have a great DVD action bundle up for grabs. The prize bundle contains The Frozen Ground, Red Dawn, Son of a Gun, Redirected, and Tiger House.

In Sword of the Assassin, after the loss of his family during a deadly massacre, a young man joins forces with a beautiful sword-wielding female warrior as they seek revenge against the powerful royal family responsible.

Marking Vietnam’s first foray into the realm of historic martial arts epics, the film features beautiful cinematography and exhilarating action scenes in the vein of Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This is a must-see piece of action cinema.

The film won awards for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Sound at the prestigious Golden Kite Prize of the Vietnam Cinema Association. From director Victor Vu,
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Vietnamese martial arts epic ‘Sword of the Assassin’ comes to the UK

Koch Media have announced the UK release of Sword of the Assassin, which has been described as “Vietnam’s martial arts calling card” by Twitch Film. Marking Vietnam’s first foray into the realm of historic martial arts epics, the film features beautiful cinematography and exhilarating action scenes in the vein of Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This is a must-see piece of action cinema.

After the loss of his family during a deadly massacre, a young man joins forces with a beautiful sword-wielding female warrior as they seek revenge against the powerful royal family responsible.

Sword of the Assassin has won awards for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Sound at the prestigious Golden Kite Prize of the Vietnam Cinema Association. From director Victor Vu, with action by Warrior King’s Johnny Nguyen, Sword of the Assassin stars Huynh Dong, Midu and Khuong Ngoc.
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Trailer: Bhooloham, Nathan Jones & The Worst On-Screen Boxing Ever

Australian giant, and TwitchFilm favorite, Nathan Jones (Tom Yum Goong, Fearless, Muay Thai Giant, Troy, Mad Max: Fury Road) continues his conquest of every Asian regional cinema industry with his latest appearance in upcoming Tamil language boxing action/drama Bhooloham.While Nathan Jones obviously plays a bit part in the film, he's one of the most recognizable faces in this trailer. Directed by N. Kalyanakrishnan and starring Jayam Ravi and Trisha Krishnan, Bhooloham is described as "power packed". As a fan of Tamil cinema, I have never ever heard of anyone listed above apart from Jayam Ravi, and even he hasn't done much of note. Strangely, not listed among the starring credits but also features in the trailer is Prakash Raj, one of South India's most reliable...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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