Martial Arts in Media Winter 2016

American author Thomas Wolfe once wrote a book called You Can’t Go Home Again – a phrase that, over the years, has come to signify that attempting to recapture the joys of one’s youth is folly. In fact, on the Wikipedia page it flatly states “attempts to relive youthful memories will always fail.” Well, if
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This is the End in 100 Words

Easiest, simplest review ever. If you like any of the stars (James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Chris Robinson, and Jay Baruchel) or the film’s conceit (Hollywood party interrupted by the apocalypse), go. Word to the wise: the more you know about those stars, their movies, their reputations, and the less you know
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2011’s Best & Worst Films

Naturally, this list says more about me than the quality of movies. Also keep in mind that I limited it to films I’ve actually seen. Furthermore I limited my worst choices to the biggest disappointments. It would, of course, be easier to take potshots at D.O.A. projects, but my worst consist of the biggest fumbles
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36th Chamber 8/09

Dateline America – The new Green Hornet finally has its new Kato. After weeks of speculation and auditions on both coasts (as well as everywhere in between), star Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry have chosen Taiwanese singing/acting superstar Jay Chou to step into the very big shoes left by Enter the Dragon’s star and
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36th Chamber 7/09

Dateline America – It seems that one was never in and one’s out. As reported online at aint-it-cool-news, the great Danny Trejo was never actually cast in Sylvester Stallone’s highly anticipated The Expendables. According to an on-set visit and interview with the director/writer/star, Sly wanted to find a place for the respected actor, but between
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36th Chamber 4/09

Dateline Hollywood — The buzz is building for The Green Hornet. Although it hasn’t even started filming yet, the star and newly-assigned director are all over the internet, assuring rabid fans that they won’t be stung by the result. The Hollywood Reporter interviewed co-writer/co-star/weight watcher Seth Rogan, who both dumped dozens of excess pounds and
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36th Chamber 3/09

Dateline Hollywood —As reported here a few issues ago, the long-awaited Green Hornet movie has its green light and its stars. All it was missing was a director. Now rumor has it that one of the industry’s most inventive and unusual helmers plans to get behind the cameras of this notoriously difficult project. Is it
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36th Chamber 1/09

Welcome to the second installment of Inside Kung-Fu’s new Entertainment Section — named in honor of Liu Chia-liang’s classic 36th Chamber of Shaolin — where I, like “Master Killer” San-te before me, brings kung-fu out from behind exclusive walls to the wide, wonderful, world beyond. RIC’S REPORTS Dateline America: Oh, once upon a time, American
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MAIM 2/08

Kung-fu has finally found its optimum exhibition resource: animation. Sure, there’s been animated kung-fu before … Dragon Ball, Fist of the North Star, even a scene in Shrek … but nothing like Kung Fu Panda (voiced by Jack Black). There, because the characters retain their weight and gravity despite being anamorphosized animals, their action is
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