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Since we last touched upon this subject (talking about the Ugandan Kung Fu project Bruce U) couple more Lee related projects popped up:

Danny Chan (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle) is for example starring as Chen Zhen (made famous by Lee in Fist of Fury) in a team- up action comedy Kung Fu League as well as reprising his role as young Lee in Donnie Yen’s Ip Man 4.

More significantly The Warrior TV show (for the longest time a stuff of legends) based on the original Bruce Lee’s concept  (and executive produced by his daughter Shannon Lee) spearheaded by Justin Lin (Fast and the Furious) is set to premiere on Cinemax in early 2019.

Now, as we all know by know when there’s an official project some unofficial ones can be expected too.

ENTER THE AFGHANI BRUCE LEE!

Abbas Alizada (Abb Li for short) gained prominence as a Bruce Lee imitator on facebook, his photos and videos going viral in 2014.  His first attempt of film-making was an Azerbaijani comedy picture released in 2016 called Brat Lee (Brother Li). Well, now it’s seems his first “major” English- speaking role is finally in the cards.

Armani Burj Khalifa held a press conference for the movie titled HE IS BACK (sounds more like a Schwarzeneggersploitation picture, does it?). Film is to be directed by Chitah Yajnesh Shetty with Abb Li joined by a female lead Alina Lliumzhinov. Movie is being produced by Showtime Cinema & SBM Pvt Ltd in association with Ninjoor Pictures so we know more than a few people are banking on this being a hit. Also it’s a pretty international affair seeing that talent spans America, Thailand, India and China.

If I was being a skeptic I would say that there’s far too many inexperienced people involved in this movie but there are some positives too. Director Chitah Yajnesh Shetty is a legit JKD instructor under the late Grand Master Richard Bustillo so he knows his martial arts. Kaecha Kampakdee of Ong- Bak 2 and Asian Connection fame is in charge of action choreography and cinematographer is Ross Clarkson (Undisputed III, Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear)  so that could easily translate to some solidly shot Martial Arts scenes. Filming begins in January 2019, so we’ll keep you informed how things go.

One thing is for sure- it’s 2018 and Bruceploitation is alive and well.

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Written and Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr.

It’s very interesting how things echo and even parallel one another. I was just watching a trailer for finally completed Orson Welles movie “The Other Side of the Wind”. Finished by his long time friend and actor in the film- Peter Bogdanovich and producer Frank Marshall the movie will be published by Netflix in November after almost 50 years of production!

Now, there’s another director albeit definitely less acclaimed that’s having his final “masterpiece” published in November too. Coincidentally, the man in question was himself inspired by the The Great Welles. And that man is non other than Edward D. Wood Jr.  the writer/ director of such hits like Glen of Glenda, Bride of the Monster and of course Plan 9 from Outer Space (often considered the worse movie of all time).

“Dramatisation: May not have happened!”

His final film “Take It Out In Trade” a sexploitation detective comedy he shot in the 1970 is finally seeing light of day! Meticulously restored and converted from the only remaining 16mm theatrical print by Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive and Something Weird to crisp 4K BluRay. The only previous version was VHS of outtakes without the sound published in ’95.

The plot centers around a wealthy Frank Riley (Duke Moore) and his wife who hire an unreliable but mustachioed P.I. Mac McGregor (Michael Donovan O’Donnell) to locate their missing daughter Shirley (Donna Stanley) and features a dangerous world of prostitution. It even has a nod to Wood’s  real- life crossdresing passion (as he shows up as a transvestite character- Alecia). Movie also features  The Amazing Criswell  and truthfully, it wouldn’t be an Ed Wood picture without him.

 

Ed Wood as Alecia

So, if you decide to watch Welles’s “lost” film in November why not make it a double billing with the fantastic Edward D. Wood, Jr.-  what could possibly go wrong?

Over the years it wasn’t that unusual for Superman mythos to bring back the certain elements from different media back into the comics that inspired them. His Smallville youth, Kryptonite and even the phrase “Faster than a speeding bullet…” for example originated in the popular Superman radio serials of the 40’s , and his ability to fly was first introduced in the famous Fleicher cartoons in the 50’s (it was easier to animate flying than constant jumping he used to do).

Similarly early Christopher Reeve movies proved very influential too, General Zod‘s inclusion into a comicbook canon being the prime example.

From Superman: The Last Son of Krypton, art by Adam Kubert

On the other hand the final Christoper Reeve movie produced by non- other than Cannon FilmsSuperman IV: Quest for the Peace didn’t prove that influential at all.  Quite the opposite the movie was often ridiculed for it’s weak plot, cheap production, nonsensical super- powers and it’s over the top villain Nuclear Man. Well, no more! At least on that last one. Cannon is now officially canon!

We’re exited too!

After a challenge from fans and co leagues alike- starting with a sketch from Nick Derington (Doom Patrol, Mister Miracle) former Marvel (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Jessica Jones) writer
Brian Michael Bendis, now working on DC’s Superman (Man of Steel mini- series, then Action Comics/ Superman) took it upon himself to make Nuclear Man an official part of  Superman mythos.

 

 

 

The tweet that started it all

 

This is the official Ivan Reis (Aquaman, Green Lantern, Justice League) penciled page from the Superman #02 that marks the first in-continuity comicbook appearance of the character. And it only took 3 decades for it to happen! For all you Cannon lovers who also dig comicbooks the release date is August 8. Mark it on your calendar.

 

Verdict: Even though  Mark Pillow‘s  acting was more WWE than DC  I always thought the costume design had something interesting going on, and as far as I can see it seems to work very well on the page. So, this should be an interesting one to read.

Update: Final version of the Superman #02- Nuclear Man appearance:

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Somewhat of a permanent fixture on our blog Albert Pyun is ready to strike again (hard, no mercy). Despite his battle with illness he completed his last movie Interstellar Civil War and is now holding a GoFundMe campaign for his newest: Bad Ass Angels and Demons. Knowing Pyun‘s oeuvre it will probably have a Post- Apocalyptic setting + Kickboxing and I’m not going to complain about that at all.

 

Cast is his largest since The Sword and the Sorcerer and so far it’s : Kelsey Carlisle, Cat Cakmis, Mindy Gilkerson, Brandy Mason, Fulvia Santoni, Ashley Campbell, Nathan Ferrier, Mark Justice, Mark Popejoy , Zach Muhls, Clint Beaver , Paul Gunn, Brad Thornton, Madeline Brumby, Dawna Lee Heising, Jennie Carroll, Sue Price, Glenn Maynard, Jackie Gerhardy, Julie Ann Philputt , Maria Lemone, Clare Kramer, Samantha Phillips, Trudi Forristal, Jerry Rector, Clare Hoak, Santy Luangpraseuth, Norbert Weisser, Morgan Weisser, Ryan Rhino Michaels, Sharon Bruneau, Tommie Vegas, Daniel Faust, Yuji Okumoto, Thom Mathews with more to come.

“The culmination of the End of Days is at hand. The Fallen sons of God (ancient Demons) have created a post apocalyptic earth in their bid to free their Angel, Lucifer, so he can win back the Throne of Heaven and destroy the Son of God. To stop the Fallen Sons of God, the Son of God created his own Angels on Earth. Born in every corner of the world, 20 Angels gather in Mount Zion to battle the Fallen Sons of God and their Dragon Beast Abbaddon for the fate of eternity.”

It’s still not too late to contribute here: https://www.gofundme.com/badassangelsfunding

In 2016 a sole remaining 35mm print of the infamous Turkish Star Wars “Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam” aka “Man who Saved the World”– was found by a a B-movie aficionado Ed Glaser. Now, two years later a complete restored- 2k version of the movie is premiering on the only proper date –May the 4th (Star Wars day) simultaneously in London and Glasgow!

BluRay release of the movie is still not discussed (and it would be extremely difficult to accomplish due to a great number of borrowed scenes and themes most notably from
LucasFilm properties: Star Wars and Indiana Jones) but we’ll keep you informed on the US premiere and any further dates as they become available.

You can enjoy the trailer right here:

And for those of somehow still unfamiliar with the cult that is “Man who saved the world” there’s an informative clip that Neon Harbor put out, with a nice little history lesson on Turkish exploitation, their major action hero Cüneyt Arkın and the sneaky director Çetin Inanç solving his production problems with some slightly criminal activities.

 

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs is a Spanish musician and actor with an uncanny resemblance to the late, great Charles Bronson (strangely, there’s more that a couple cases of Bronsonism here in Europe).

Something like this…

He already made his first steps in fulfilling his  destiny as a Bronson double for the Western themed commercial for LIDL, European mega- supermarket chain.

He followed that up a Western/ Horror production called From Hell to the Wild West, and  now to top it all off, he takes a lead role in a awesome looking Death Wish tribute called the Death Kiss, coming to the screens later this year. You can enjoy the first trailer right here:

Just look at him go!

 

 

There have been a constant clamoring about some sort of a sequel to the 80’s cult classic:  Critters for some time now. Jordan Downe of the ThanksKilling franchise even threw his hat into the ring with a cool, little short film called Critters: Bounty Hunter.

Now, nearly 4 years later we finally have an official announcement of a net- series Critters: A New Binge  coming from Blue Ribbon Content (Warner Bros/  Verizon) on  go90 platform. Jordan Rubin will direct from the script by Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan and himself. Series is produced by the original Critters franchise’s Rupert Harvey and Barry Opper alongside Kaplans and Rubin.

Here’s an official synopsis:

-In “Critters: A New Binge” the critters return to Earth in search of one of their kin, who was left behind years ago during an earlier mission. They land in Burbank, California where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families.-

 

HERE THEY COME!