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  1. It's 2019...so time for a new Pro Wrestling Thread! It is official...All Elite Wresting was officially announced and it has been revealed that Tony Khan, the co-owner of NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, is the president of AEW. An official press conference will be held on January 8 to discuss their event, Double or Nothing, the follow-up to the original, All In! While Khan will serve as President, The Young Bucks, Matt and Nick Jackson will serve as Executive Vice Presidents. http://www.prowrestlingsheet.com/tony-khan-all-elite-wrestling/#.XCzTTFVKhpg https://www.cbssports.com/wwe/news/new-promotion-all-elite-wrestling-announced-along-with-aew-double-or-nothing-event/ The official announcement of the promotion was seen on a special episode of Being the Elite John Cena made his return to WWE TV last night, teaming up with Becky Lynch to take on Andrade Cien Almas and Zelina Vega. Cena debuted his new finishing move, the "Lightning Fist" (a kung fu style back fist) which he hits after the Attitude Adjustment. He used the move first in house shows in Shanghai, but this is the first time seen on WWE TV. Bandido has had offers from WWE, All Elite Wrestling, and Ring of Honor...he has opted to sign with Ring of Honor. Kevin Owens is gearing for his return and it has been revealed he lost some pounds. It has been long rumored that Vince McMahon was unhappy with Owens' weight and now that he had his surgery and is in training, it looks like Owens is going to make his return soon. Perhaps, the Royal Rumble? Also back in training is Braun Strowman, who is back in the gym after his successful elbow surgery It has been rumored that the reason that Paige has been removed from her post as WWE Smackdown GM is because she will be doing heavy press for her upcoming biopic Fighting with My Family, starring Florence Pugh as Paige and Dwayne Johnson as himself.
  2. https://variety.com/2019/film/news/jason-reitman-ghostbusters-director-1203109264/ Jason Reitman, son of the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, will co-write and direct the long developed official third installment of the original franchise, not counting the 2016 all-female reboot. His father is producing the film. Plot details unknown as whether they plan to bring back any of the original cast (minus the late Harold Ramis, who died in 2014).
  3. This pretty much confirmed the possible theory that has been rumored about who the family is...
  4. Jon Favreau has joined the Star Wars universe as writer and executive producer of a new spin-off TV series entitled The Mandalorian. The series acts as a bridge between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The series will revolve around the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. Casting is currently underway with two names already set: Pedro Pascal will play the lone gunfighter and in an unspecified role is former MMA fighter turned actor Gina Carano Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard will all direct episodes, which will premiere in 2019 on Disney+, the new Disney streaming service. http://www.darkhorizons.com/pedro-pascal-to-lead-the-mandalorian/ http://www.darkhorizons.com/carano-joins-star-wars-series-mandalorian/
  5. Grandmaster Jun Chong with students and filmmakers Phillip and Simon Rhee past and present. Since we have a post on Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave (aka Visitor in America or The Stranger), I thought it was time to do a thread on the star of that very film, Bruce K.L. Lea, or as we all know him today, Grandmaster Jun Chong. Born in South Korea in 1944, Chong began training in the country's national martial art of Tae Kwon Do at the age of 8. He is currently a 9th-degree Grandmaster in both TKD and Hapkido. He is also immersed in Kendo, Iaido, Escrima, Aikido, and Jiu-Jitsu. After relocating to Los Angeles in 1973, he opened his now renowned Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do dojang. In 1976, he was approached to star in the film Visitor in America, where he was known as Chong Ke-Il. However, when the U.S. distributors got the film, they took advantage of the Bruceploitation fad and credited Chong as Bruce K.L. Lea and re-titled the film Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave. The film co-starred a pre-Ninja movie star Sho Kosugi as a Japanese fighter who faces Chong. In 1985, Chong launched his own indie film production company, Action Brothers Productions. His first film as a producer was L.A. Street Fighters, which he also co-starred in with the likes of some of his star students, including Phillip Rhee, Mark Hicks, Ken Nagayama, Peter Malota, and Loren Avedon. The film also starred kickboxing legend Bill "Superfoot" Wallace and "Biff Tannen" himself, Thomas F. Wilson, in a small role. The film was also released as Ninja Turf. The film was directed by Richard Woo-Sang Park and was choreographed by Korean TKD expert and former kung fu film star Kwon Young-Moon, who had relocated to Los Angeles by this time. The next film for Chong was Silent Assassins, which co-starred "Flash Gordon" himself, Sam J. Jones (who was training with Chong in TKD) and Linda Blair. Once again, Phillip Rhee had a prominent role in the film and we saw a precursor of what would be considered Rhee's best fight on screen as he faced off against real-life brother (and fellow Chong student) Simon Rhee in the finale. The Rhee brothers showcased their skills against each other the following year in Best of the Best. While the Rhee brothers went to make Best of the Best, Chong made what would be his last film for the next fifteen years, Street Soldiers. The film revolves around a war between the high school gang The Tigers and the street gang J.P.s, which is amped up when J.P. leader Priest is out of prison and pines for his ex-girlfriend, who has fallen in love with a man who is associated with the Tigers. The film would gain notoriety for martial arts fans as the only Hollywood film to feature legendary kung fu kicker Hwang Jung-Lee, who played the mute Tok, Priest's new right hand man, who gets to face off against Chong during the all-out finale. After Street Soldiers, Chong took a break to focus solely on teaching. However, in 2006, he came back to star and produce the MMA film, Maximum Cage Fighting, playing the mentor of the hero, played by Chong student Jason Field. The hero is a TKD fighter whose arch-nemesis, played by Chris Torres, kidnaps his daughter to force him to fight one last time but using MMA rules. Chong and Renzo Gracie take the fighter under their wing. Chong's final film appearance to date was playing himself as a judge for a martial arts competition in Underdog Kids, which marked the on-screen return for Phillip Rhee after a 17-year hiatus. Chong was joined by martial arts legends Richard Norton, Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, and Danny Inosanto as the other judges. Chong and student/actor/filmmaker Phillip Rhee continue to teach at the original Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do Academy. Chong's son, Yong Chong, is a teacher who is skilled in both TKD and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Chong's wife Ada is also an instructor at the academy. https://junchongtkd.com/
  6. Disney announced yesterday that their version of Mulan, a hit animated film in 1998, will be after Beauty and the Beast to get the live-action treatment. Per Dark Horizons: The studio has bought a script by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek which follows the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was the main character in said film. That movie saw the young woman disguise herself as a man so she can take her father's place in the army and go to war. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink ("We're the Millers") are producing the new movie which will follow in the wake of the huge successes from the company in recent years including "Alice in Wonderland," "Maleficent" and the currently in cinemas "Cinderella" along with upcoming live-action takes on "Beauty and the Beast," "The Jungle Book" and "Dumbo".
  7. The first two photos for the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel have appeared and the second reveals that Chris Pine is returning as Steve Trevor (one can only guess this Steve being the grandson of the original Steve). The film apparent will be called Wonder Woman 1984 with the new film set in 1984. What has been confirmed besides the return of Gal Gadot as the DC Superhero and Pine as Steve is that the villain will be The Cheetah, with Kristin Wiig being cast in the role of WW's rival. Patty Jenkins is also returning to helm the sequel, which will come out on November 1, 2019. http://www.darkhorizons.com/another-wonder-woman-1984-photo/
  8. AlbertV

    Train to Busan (2016) - Korean Zombie Movie!

    The sequel titled Bando (Peninsula) is now targeting a Mid to-Summer 2020 release date. http://www.darkhorizons.com/train-to-busan-sequel-targets-mid-2020/
  9. I watched it last night and despite the rapid pacing, really enjoyed hearing @Mike Leeder and Grady Hendrix (big fan of his since he co-founded the NY Asian Film Festival. I actually went to the 1st one back in the day and recently interviewed him for his script turned film Satanic Panic), but seeing Amy Johnston and Scott Adkins interviewed as well as quite a delight. Overall, a pretty fun documentary.
  10. Jet Li ran into Chingmy Yau when the two were in Paris. Both of their elder daughters dressed up for the annual Le Bal des Debutantes. The duo worked together 25 years ago on Kung Fu Cult Master. Jet Li and daughter Jada with Chingmy Yau and her younger daughter. Jet Li with daughters Jada and Jane
  11. Scarlett Johansson is finally getting her standalone Black Widow movie. While a release date has not been locked in yet, a director has already been found in the form of Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland. A script by Jac Schaeffer with re-writes by Ned Benson has also been approved by Kevin Feige. However, today, three more cast members have been announced and joining Johansson, who returns as Natasha Romanoff. They are Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family, The Commuter), who looks to play a fellow spy; rumored to join are Rachel Weisz (The Mummy & The Mummy Returns) and David Harbour (Hellboy, Stranger Things), possibly as the film's villains. Shooting begins in June. https://www.slashfilm.com/black-widow-cast-rachel-weisz-david-harbour/
  12. AlbertV

    The Mandalorian - "Star Wars" Spin-Off TV Series

    He's like...What? (LOL) He's like...WTF?! (LOL) Kidding, I'm enjoying the series and love seeing Gina Carano appear in the 4th episode, even throwing a few fistacuffs with our hero
  13. Congratulations to JuJu Chan and Antony Szeto. The couple married on October 1.
  14. AlbertV

    Vanguard (2019)

    I'm guessing Brahim Achabbakhe will be the film's central villain? Nevertheless, will be great to see him in action.
  15. Got a few more flicks from Dollar Tree
  16. Bruce KL Lea was in more movies, under his real name of Jun Chong. His last appearance was as himself in Phillip Rhee's comeback film Underdog Kids in 2015.
  17. Well, we have a lot of "what movies have you seen" and "what video games are you playing/played". I figured it was time to start up a new thread, because I couldn't find one..LOL What books are you currently reading or have currently read? I was sick over the weekend, so instead of watching movies, I spent most of my weekend reading. Here's what I read: Neon Angel: Memoir of a Runaway by Cherie Currie. The autobiography of the former lead singer of 70's all-girl rock band The Runaways was very interesting. She delves into not only performing with the likes of Joan Jett and Lita Ford, but outside the box into her drug addiction and sexual encounters (even gives a disturbing account of how former manager Kim Fowley practically forced Cherie, drummer Sandy West, and a friend of Cherie's watch him get it on with a random woman in his hotel room). Her book would be the basis for the 2010 film THE RUNAWAYS that starred Dakota Fanning as Cherie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett (Pretty good biopic IMO). Prince: The Music and His Masks by Ronin Ro. This was a pretty decent book on Prince, who is a good musician, but not exactly great when it comes to finances and business decisions. From what it sounded like, when his albums were successful, he wanted more albums out from the getgo and had zero support from his label and reveals why for seven years, he had changed his name from Prince to that androgynous symbol to his life today as a happy man who seemed to have gone through hell and back in the music industry. I am currently reading: Le Freak by Nile Rodgers. If the name isn't familiar, he is one of the top music producers in the world today. He is also known for his work as the guitar player for 70's disco/pop band Chic with late friend and partner Bernard Edwards on bass. Rodgers produced David Bowie's Let's Dance, Madonna's Like a Virgin; worked with Duran Duran, did the music for Eddie Murphy's COMING TO AMERICA. This is his autobiography, which like Cherie Currie, deals with his addiction to drugs and his recent battle with cancer.
  18. I went to Dollar Tree last night and got these for only a buck each:
  19. Scott Adkins is truly a definitive name in today's generation of martial arts action cinema. Aside from taekwondo, Scott is well versed in Kickboxing, Ninjitsu, Judo, Karate, Jujitsu, Wushu, Krav Maga, Capoeira, Jeet Kune Do, and Gymnastics. He started his film career in Hong Kong when he was discovered by Stephen Tung Wai, who cast him as a competitor in the action film Extreme Challenge. Then came a bit part as a bodyguard for the main villain in Jackie Chan's The Accidental Spy. Shortly after, Adkins accepted the role of lead villain Dr. Lang in Tsui Hark's very atrocious sequel Black Mask 2: City of Masks. His last Hong Kong film would be The Medallion, where he was one of the three core henchman to lead villain Julian Sands. (Reuben Langdon and Paul Andreovski were the other two). In 2003, he met the filmmaker he was destined to work with: Isaac Florentine, an Israeli-born filmmaker who was also a well known exponent of Shotokan Karate. Florentine had established himself with making low-budget yet quality martial arts action films plus he worked alongside Jeff Pruitt as a choreographer on the Power Rangers series. If anyone could boost up Adkins as a potential action star, it was Florentine. Florentine cast Adkins as SAS officer Talbot, who assists the titular Special Forces as well as holding a grudge against the number one henchman of the lead villain, who killed his partner. Adkins finally got to showcase what he can do under the choreography of Alpha Stunts co-founder Akihiro "Yuji" Noguchi and his climactic brawl against Lithuanian martial artist, stuntman, and circus performer Vladik Jakucevicius is a delight to watch. In 2006, Adkins gained a massive following with his breakout role of Russian powerhouse Yuri Boyka in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing. Isaac Floretine directed the sequel to the 2002 prison boxing flick. However, knowing that martial arts are more exciting to see on screen, Florentine opted to use boxing vs. martial arts with Michael Jai White replacing Ving Rhames as former heavyweight champion George "Iceman" Chambers, who is set up in a Russian prison to face Boyka. Under J.J. Perry's master fight choreography, Adkins truly is the reason to see the film action-wise. Interestingly enough, the character of Boyka is truly religious and is shown not to be a truly bad guy as seen in a pivotal scene. He just wants to show that he is "the most complete fighter in the world". In 2008, Adkins was given the chance to work with one of his martial arts idols, Jean-Claude Van Damme, on The Shepherd: Border Patrol. Adkins played the villain here and the film was directed by Florentine. However, many felt it didn't really have the feel of a Florentine film and that is with good reason: Florentine was hired by another production company for this film and they took over editing. After the experience, Florentine seems to be more comfortable with the Bulgaria-based Nu Image, who show they completely trust Florentine and his vision of action. As for Adkins, he worked with Van Damme again on 2011's Assassination Games, 2012's Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, and 2012's The Expendables 2. In 2009, Florentine and Adkins worked together on Ninja, in which Adkins played Casey Bowman, an American raised in Japan to learn Ninjitsu and is forced to become the protector of the armor of the last Koga Ninja from the hands of a vengeful former classmate. The following year, Adkins returned to his breakout character of Yuri Boyka in Undisputed III: Redemption, where he enters a prison tournament where the winner will earn his freedom. Adkins unleashed all sorts of fury against the likes of Lateef Crowder and Marko Zaror. In 2013, Scott reprised his role of Casey Bowman in the far superior sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear, which pitted him against Kane Kosugi and in 2015, film the long awaited sequel Boyka: Undisputed IV. However, while he is more known for his martial arts films, he has proven to be a versatile actor. He had a straight acting performance in the action film Pit Fighter starring Dominique Vandenberg. He played a soccer player in the opening of the 2006 reboot of The Pink Panther. He's even starred in two horror films, 2008's Stag Night and 2015's Re: Kill (the latter was filmed in 2012 but is being released this month). In December, he will have two of his films released in the same week. December 1 will see the release of Zero Tolerance opposite Dustin Nguyen on DVD from Lionsgate while December 4 will see he and Isaac Florentine reunite for the action thriller Close Range in limited theaters and VOD. 2016 will see Adkins in the aforementioned Undisputed IV along with Jarhead 3: The Siege and Eliminators so far. But truly, Scott Adkins is truly one busy actor who just loves to do what he does...kick butt and take names. Here's video of a seminar Adkins did with Aaron Gassor, aka Ginger Ninja Trickster. The two worked together on the recently completed Eliminators, in which Adkins stars and Gassor doing stunts.
  20. Michael Jai White replaced Eddie Griffin as the titular Undercover Brother in a sequel that is being released by Universal's 1440 label, which focuses on direct-to-DVD/BluRay sequels. Chris Brewster (Daredevil's fight double in the Marvel/Netflix) series served as fight choroegrapher. Conan Lee choreographed the original film which starred Griffin in the Blaxploitation homage/spoof adventure. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6843446/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_7
  21. An assassin for a secret organization keeping Japan safe from underworld threats finds himself targeted by evil forces aiming to unleash an unstoppable criminal syndicate upon Japan. Starring Masanori Mimoto, Miu, Tasuku Nagase, Takaya Aoyagi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Satoshi Kibe with fight choreography by Sonomura, Mimoto, Naohiro Kawamoto, and Koji Kawamoto.
  22. The guy in the first clip is Emil Farkas, a Hungarian-born martial arts expert and author. He currently holds a 7th-dan in karate and 4th-dan in both judo and jiujitsu. He co-wrote the original Martial Arts Encyclopedia with John Corcoran. Nicholas Hammond's stunt double as Spider-Man is Fred Waugh, known as the co-founder of Stunts Unlimited. His sons are all involved with the film industry and have worked with both stunts and are filmmakers. One of his sons is Scott Waugh, the director of the upcoming Project X-Traction with Jackie Chan and John Cena. His other son, Ric Roman Waugh, directed the recently released Angel Has Fallen.
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