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Rick Yune, who received his MBA at Wharton School of Business, set up a career working on Wall Street, when suddenly Hollywood came knocking at his door and was chosen to become the first Asian-American to model for Versace and Ralph Lauren’s Polo. That professional progress landed him a starring role in Scott Hicks’ beautiful film Snow Falling On Cedars. 
Ed Held: Mr. Yune, tell us a little bit about Universal’s new Kung FU film The Man With The Iron Fists.
Rick Yune: The film was inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and directed by, co-written, co-composed and co-starring rapper RZA (born Robert Diggs). The film involves RZA, a blacksmith in nineteenth-century Feudal China who makes weapons for a small village under attack by a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier. RZA is forced by the radical group to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans' brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon.
EH: I hear that was a task for RZA and he shot over four hours of film. I know it was trimmed to 95 minutes. Will some of that excessive footage be on the DVD?
RY: At first, when Quentin saw the footage, Iron was to be released as two films, that got shot down and now its official, the footage and production will become a trilogy.
EH: Did everybody get along on the shoot in China?
RY: I have a buddy level of commitment to RZA, and we got along with co-stars Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. We will continue to make film together; it’s a blessing to be able to utilize Cast and Crew members in China, which creates so many good jobs for their film community.
EH: Do you feel lucky to be where you are today?
RY: Life is good, God makes the plans and I just roll with what’s happening.
EH: How hectic was the filming schedule?
RY: We were all committed with stringent work ethics and put in plenty of hours on the set. It was a 6 day schedule usually working days and nights with just one night off.
EH: That must have been rough. Did you spend any free time with Lucy Liu? 
RY: We would get together and chow down on egg whites and yams.
EH: Really, must be some kind of fitness diet. Do you eat other things?
RY: Yes, I was recently working in Hollywood South, aka, New Orleans and you have an amazing culture there and the best food and restaurants. The specialty food and the ambiance are just wonderful.
 EH: Thank you Mr. Yune for your time. Will you be seen in anything else?
RY: Yes, I star alongside Gerald Butler and Aaron Eckhart in the film Olympus Has Fallen slated for an early 2013 release. _______________############ 

Director Rupert Wyatt got his start as the co-founder of Picture Farm, the award-winning London & New York based production collective, then went on to study Film in Paris and followed by five years of writing and developing features in New York for companies Shooting Gallery, Miramax and Radical Media. Now under Paramount’s wing, Wyatt re-makes Paramount’s 1974 film The Gambler starring James Caan into a newer production starring Mark Wahlberg. I began asking Rupert what was the desire to make an update? “Frankly, the original film used Caan as a gambler with an addiction, my version is so totally radical, I wanted screenwriter William Monaham to show the notion of what a gambler is. In this case, Mark who was incredible in the part, delivered a complete 180 degree perspective of a gambler who tries his limits and powers controlling choices, like the gambling, living with day-by-day rules, and relationships, to sum it up, Jim is just dissatisfied with life (in general).” I then asked, is that why people perceive his character as careless and without sympathy? “The audience can draw their own conclusions about Jim (Wahlberg), who comes from a wealthy family, is successful as a college professor, and has neuroses about material things in our Western culture. The new script now asks the protagonist where is his Spiritual Wealth? Jim just doesn’t care if he loses it all gambling or the fact he and his family could be shot by loan sharks tomorrow! Jim is on a seven- day path to find freedom from the contrived world he now lives in! It’s the old story, do something or fold-up now! Jim is our anti-hero who gambles to break down the system and make it new again! My final question, Was it difficult as a Director to work with Mark who also is the Producer of the film? “No, Mark was terrific, he show up as the character not the producer.” __________


The fifth (and final) installment of Jack Sparrow is a loving tribute to the amazing Walt Disney attraction in Disneyland, and was created near New Orleans’ Square, where you can dine at the Blue Bayou Restaurant as you watch the pirate boat float by your dinner table before entering the attraction! And only Walt could set the Caribbean near his recreation of a better French Quarter, cleaner, proper and peaceful than our original filth and crime laden debauchery run by an outrageous loony Mayor Mitch Landrieu who should see a psychiatrist after removing, what “he thinks is 4 Civil War Monuments,” that has offended 67% of African Americans (???) for over 100 years! All the spectacular effects Walt’s Imagineers created are highlighted in this marvelous 3-D film that pops with excitement despite lukewarm reviews from most critics. However, the public embraced the zombie sharks, supernatural skeletons, cannon explosions at sea and other marvelous special effects and has earned a whopping $62.6 million in just one week! If you go on this ride, just remember, it’s the fun, not the plot that counts! Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, rumbustious anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (Walt Disney Pictures). The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced. The climatic stormy sea-parting finale should win a prize and proves CEO Bob Iger did something right for a change in making more Disney sequels. Also look for a cameo buy of all people, Paul McCartney, and stay for the entire credits for a special spooky surprise that may suggest a spin off in another direction!! ***1/2. PG-13. 135 Minutes. _________

An all-star cast (William Fichtner, Ali Afshar, Jon Voight, George Kosturos, Lia Marie Johnson) makes American Wrestler: The Wizard (Warner Bros. DVD) a marvelous masterpiece! In this inspiring tale based on true events, 17-year-old Ali Jahani is a newcomer to a small California town, where he stands out as different in an unwelcoming community. Living with his embittered uncle, the boy faces a mountain of adversity everywhere he turns. Rejected by everyone but determined to fit in, he joins the school’s floundering wrestling team. With a chance to change how others see him, Ali must step up and learn to be a hero. Special Features: - American Wrestler: American Dream, - Script to Screen, - Behind the Scenes, - plus Andy Madadian and Shani Rigsbee "Rise" Music Video! ________

Watch out for the crazies because when his mind blows, anything goes in Evil Ed – (Arrow Films Blu-ray 3 Disc Limited Edition + DVD)! Here is a new Hi Fi rendering of a classic blood-soaked love letter to the splatter films of the ‘80s and video rental favorite! Evil Ed returns in a band new Special Edition featuring an extended cut of the feature and hours of stomach-churning bonus features! Mild-mannered film technician Edward enjoys his job. That is, until he finds himself transferred from his regular post to the “splatter and gore department”, where he’s forced to edit hours of upon hours of grisly video nasty footage. Traumatized by the onscreen violence, Ed starts to lose his grip on reality- with ghastly (and bloody) consequences! This is part gore and part humor all rolled up into one big cult film! It pays homage to such films as THE Evil Dead, Re-animator and the early splatter classics of Peter Jackson! Bonus: Deleted Scenes, Bloopers, Teasers and Trailers, Stills Gallery, Disc 3 (BD) Extended Cut and Original Cut (93 mins) Plus other Surprises in The Limited Edition Version! ________
The Climber (2-Disc Special Edition) [Arrow films Blu-ray + DVD] stars sexy Joe Dallesandro! After shooting cult favorites (with Andy Warhol) Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula in Europe, Joe Dallesandro spent much of the seventies making movies on the continent. In France he worked with auteurs like Louis Malle and Walerian Borowczyk, and in Italy he starred in all manner of genre fare from poliziotteschi (Savage Three, Season for Assassins) to nunsploitation (Killer Nun). The Climber follows in the tradition of gangster classics such as The Public Enemy and Scarface as it charts the rise and inevitable fall of small-time smuggler Aldo (Dallesandro). Beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, Aldo forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge...! Written and directed by Pasquale Squitieri (Gang War in Naples, I Am the Law), The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime cinema a high-octane action-thriller full of brawls, fistfights, shootouts and explosions! SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original negative, High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations, Original Italian soundtrack in uncompressed PCM mono with optional newly-translated English subtitles, Alternative English-language soundtrack with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, Little Joe s Adventures in Europe, a brand-new interview with Joe Dallesandro on his numerous European film appearances during the 1970s and early 1980s and a Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon! NOTE: FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Roberto Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980! A true Collector’s Gem for dedicated film fans! __________
The Chalmette Robichaux family is back in the cinema news with the release of the smash hit comedy Fist Fight (Warner Bros. Blu-ray + DVD + HD), which is all about two comical high school teachers who rumble in the school yard! Van Robichaux III, son of parish attorney Van Robichaux is very proud of his son’s work in “Fist Fight.” Ice Cube (“Barbershop: The Next Cut,” the “Ride Along” movies) and Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way in this comedy directed by Richie Keen (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). Keen directed Van’s screenplay that was also co-authored by Evan Susser (Funny or Die’s “What’s Going On? With Mike Mitchell”), and the comedy was developed from their original story along with a third writer named Max Greenfield. Clever creative writing turns an ordinary school day into a circus! On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed. I personally thought it was a really funny movie in which Ice Cube and Charlie worked the material very well together. I did find that the characters and action were a bit over-the-top, plus the students were intentionally unruly and that allows you to laugh at all the gags and inanity. Special Features: - Georgia Film Commission, - Deleted Scenes and Includes UltraViolet so you can enjoy the film on many different compatible devices.___________
Get ready for a terrific coming-of-age roadtrip from the Dominican Republic called On The Road, Somewhere – (Indie Pix Films DVD). Politics, pop culture and national identity emerge among three best friends, Oliver, Moises and Hemingway, who embark on one last carefree Summer road trip, just before college, when the first steps into adulthood will begin and everything they know will change. Set in the exotic locale of Santo Domingo and featuring the Feature Debut of filmmaker Guillermo Zouain! He is also the director, screenwriter, and producer. His debut feature film ON THE ROAD, SOMEWHERE premiered in 2015 in the Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition at the Miami International Film Festival, which also competed for the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award at MIFF. Guillermo is now working on the production of TALES OF PENTHOUSE, a documentary awarded with the 2015 IBERMEDIA development fund. This is a drama in Spanish with English Subtitles. ______
 Get ready to take your valium as the horror cult film Wolf Guy (Arrow Films Blu-ray 2-Disc Special Edition) arrives to tantalize your fears! Shinichi 'Sonny' Chiba is a martial arts ''manimal'' in the ultra-70’s, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is Wolf Guy, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk. Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind. EXTRAS: High Definition digital transfer, High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations, Original uncompressed mono audio, New optional English subtitle translation, New video interview with actor Sonny Chiba, New video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, New video interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida, and Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter! In addition, includes info on Director B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Sister Streetfighter, Wandering Ginza Butterfly, Karate Bear Fighter), Wolf Guy truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero and a collection of familiar 1970's Toei actors in support. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! __________

 Get ready for a headache from hell as you spin Brain Damage (Arrow Films 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD). From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favorites as Basket Case and Frankenhooker, comes Brain Damage the ultimate head-trip, refurbished in HD! Meet Elmer. He’s your local, friendly parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag. When young Brian comes under Elmer’s addictive spell, it’s not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite’s preferred food source brains! WOW. What a plot! Featuring late TV horror host John Zacherley as the voice of Elmer, Brain Damage boasts some of the most astonishing bad taste gore-gags ever realized, including the notorious brain-pulling sequence and another that let's just say ends with a distinctly unconventional ''climax.” It’s Henenlotter's masterpiece of comical chemical addiction and insane cranial bloodshed filled with the added scenes and gore that’s still amazing after 25-years and you will now understand the metaphor behind the film which is now intact! SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: Digital transfer from original film elements, High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations, Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray), Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, Brand new audio commentary by writer-director Frank Henenlotter, Brand new interviews with cast and crew, Q&A with Henenlotter recorded at the 2016 Offscreen Film Festival and includes Original Theatrical Trailer plus a Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck! ________#########
Ice - Season 1 (entertainmentOne DVD) is one of the grittiest crime series on the airwaves. Starring Cam Gigandet, Jeremy Sisto and creatively directed by Ronald Bass, now you need to buckle up as you react to a sharp, discovery when you delve into the dark and dangerous underbelly of the diamond trade. The shiny goods are presented in a 3-disc DVD set featuring all 10 original episodes and bonus content. In Ice, after the accidental death of a diamond smuggler, the prestigious, diamond-dealing Green family finds itself under the thumb of a powerful crime boss who draws them into the dangerous world of blood-diamonds. While the family fights to keep their business legitimate, their relationships threaten to fracture under the pressure. Enjoy excitement in every episode as creative producer Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven) delivers the pay load to your home from DIRECTV. From global independent studio eOne and Antoine Fuqua's Fuqua Films, the original series is executive produced by Robert Munic ("Fighting," "The Cleaner") and Emmy Award winning writer, James Manos, Jr. (The Sopranos, The Shield, Dexter); Fuqua directed the first episode. eOne produces the show in association with AT&T and also controls international rights to the series. _______  
Illicit (Breaking Glass Pictures DVD) follows a couple whose marriage is tested when they are independently seduced by sexy, young lovers, both with dark pasts and hidden nefarious agendas. They soon discover starting extra marital affairs are much easier than ending them. From director Corey Grant (Sister Code), ILLICIT stars David Ramsey (‘Arrow’, ‘Dexter’), Vivica A. Fox (‘Empire’, Kill Bill), McKinley Freeman (End of Watch, 'Hit the Floor'), and Dean Cain (‘Supergirl’, God’s Not Dead). It’s true, "SOME FLAMES REFUSE TO BURN OUT," so indulge in a production hailed as The OFFICIAL SELECTION – AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL, 2016, The OFFICIAL SELECTION - PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL, 2017 and The OFFICIAL SELECTION – TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL, 2017! Breaking Glass Pictures will release the upcoming seductive thriller ILLICIT On Demand/DVD on May 23, 2017. _________########
 Watch out as Vin Diesel is back in one heck of an X-Hilarating thrill ride from one of the most successful global franchises in XXX Return Of Xander Cage (Paramount Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD). The exciting action is on Digital HD now! This is one of Vin Diesel’s best efforts and the film is packed with so much action it puts seven Bond films to shame! Enjoy this excellent international cast and high adrenaline adventure when a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat that can crash satellites into various cities on command, the world now needs superspy Xander Cage (Diesel)! Recruited back into action, Xander leads a team of death-defying junkies on a mission to kick some butt, save our world, and look incompetent while doing it. The film’s breathtaking and mind-blowing stunts will put you on the edge of your seat and they were never ever accomplished on any film to date. The super-intelligent cast includes Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev Samuel L. Jackson and guest star Ice Cube! Also in a vicious role is the talented Toni Collette, a surprise role, of a cold military leader you will detest. Every cast member does some stunning stunt work that needs to be seen to believe! The DVD is loaded with over an hour of action-packed special features, including in-depth interviews with the all-star cast, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s incredible stunts, locations and includes a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for home theatre environments.
Inside Amy Shumer Season 4 Comedy DVD (Comedy Central/Paramount), and if quaint ladies are present make sure she can stand her verbal heat! Get a deeper insight into what makes Amy tick as she returns with her naughty hit show that includes body shaming or any other hot-button issues. The DVD includes all 11 episodes including guest stars Lin-Miranda, Liam Neeson, and Andy Cohen. Amy is back with big absurdities and plenty of “WTF” moments and naughty wit! And if you want to see Amy in New Orleans live, go to #SchumerTour for info, and she will perform on December 31st at the Smoothie King Center, just so ya’ know! _______
Following an Award-Winning Festival Run and Broadcast Debut on HBO Latino, enjoy the Feature-Length Debut of Writer/director Jennica Carmona as she takes viewers on a disillusioned journey of a young Latina who transforms her life through the teachings of the Legendary Puerto Rican Revolutionaries, The Young Lords in Millie & the Lords (IndiePix Films DVD). Millie & The Lords tells the story of Milagros Baez, a young, working class under-confident Puerto Rican woman whose life is changed for the better when she begins to learn about the Young Lords Party and her rich Puerto Rican history. When Millie meets Mateo, a former Lords member, a PR revolutionary group from the late ‘60s, her life is transmuted. As he slowly shares with Millie (Carmona) all of his knowledge and experiences, she discovers inner strength and a passion that she never knew was there. Jessica Carmona marries a deeply emotional story and uses inventive cinematography along with documentary footage and original presentations from the members of the Young Lords Party and delivers an inspirational and poignant film about one woman’s journey from isolation to empowerment! ________