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11/02/2012 RICK YUNE AND THE IRON FISTS INTERVIEW BY ED HELD STUDIO NEWS
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. _______________############
May 3, 2015 ED HELD STUDIO NEWS
DIRECTOR RUPERT WYATT “GAMBLES” ON WAHLBERG’S PERFORMANCE – Interview by Ed Held 4/27/2015.
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.” __________
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Summer films in a nutshell – Dunkirk. A smash Grade A, Baby Driver, Wright’s film gets an A-, The Big Sick gets a B+ from Showalter, Atomic Blonde that stars Charlize Theron, is slick and exciting and gets a B rating, and War For The Planet Of The Apes gets a B + which could close the franchise!~~~~~~
One of the most exciting Graphic Novels to hit the 3-D screen is Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (Europacorp/STXfilms). Valerian, (as beautiful and wondrous as any Special Effects blockbuster can be is, by far, visually delicious) is also filled with epic scenery and creatively directed by Luc Besson, derives its name and its fantastical world from the French comic book series Valérian and Laureline. Created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, the comic was first published in 1967 by the legendary house Dargaud. Now a splendid adventure on film, travel with space cops who try to solve Intergalactic Mysteries! Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element (will now take second place to this spectacle) and Lucy, based his thrilling new space opus on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan, perfect for the role and has stunning eye appeal and charisma) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne, a powerful actress with all the right moves) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense (Herbie Hancock), the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. Thus, this action adventure called the ‘thousand planets’ refers to all the extraterrestrials that have been linked up with Alpha. It’s an exciting melting pot of creatures, visuals beyond your mind’s eye and a story locked in human affiliates in the west, robots in the east, Gasland creatures in the north, and Aqualand (beautiful but perilous critters) in the south. I loved the look of the film and Valerian is an extravaganza of beauty and imagination, so take a ride into the 28th century with two perfect heroic hotties who dwell into the amazing concept art of Artist Ben Mauro and visual effects supervisor Scott Stokdyk (who won an Oscar for Spider-man 2)! This film will definitely be Nominated for Special Effects, Art Concepts, Make Up and Costumes. Other delights are the Cameo performance of Rihanna, a fabulous Blue shift-changing dancer known as Bubble, the effects and singing will blow your senses to the roof! Valerian is definitely a multidimensional chase adventure unlike anything that’s been on the screen before and the 3-D event of the summer. Can’t wait for a BD 3-D vid when it is released to the home audience public! ****. PG-13. 137 Minutes. ______
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony Pictures) is an accurate portrayal and the best Spider-Flick since 2004’s Spider-Man 2, this one finds star Tom Holland justifying the hero’s goodwill as the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man, he’s an enjoyment on the big screen! Directed by Jon Watts, he takes us to the original concept of Spidey and casts an appropriate actor much the age we read about in the comic books. A plus for this move after 6 movies, 3 different lead actors and 2 reboots! The film has already generated $117,015,000 at the Box Office! There is abundant charisma found in this special Spider-Man: Homecoming because it is authenticated by the creator and trademark of Stan Lee, and although Iron Man is involved along with plenty of troubles in the world, (the villain here is Adrian Toomes, aka The Vulture. As Toomes, Michael Keaton’s performance is outstanding as the individual who allowed the big, bad world to decompose his soul) this film seems more realistic because is also centers around Peter’s taxing school days to boot! There are no spider web cover ups in this film or the script! This film is best seen in IMAX 3-D! It is sad our local parish cinema doesn’t support 3-D screenings???????? ***.PG-13. 133 Minutes. _________
4K, 3-D, STREAMING, BOOKS AND PROMOTIONS
Scarlett Johansson is amazing in the mind-blowing and visually gorgeous vision of the future in Ghost In The Shell (Paramount 4K, Blu-Ray 3D BD combo Packs)! Rupert Sanders directs a thrilling eye-popping film that also stars 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbaek, and Chin Han. I was stunned at the rich 4K vibrant presentation and also loved the 3-D version that had Scarlett in your face every minute she’s on screen doing her Kung Fu bad ass stunts! In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga 1995 Animation sensation, “The Ghost in the Shell.” Scarlett Johansson is perfectly cast in the lead role, and carries this movie with all of the torment that she is meant to accomplish and reminds me of another Futuristic Hit Blade Runner and The Fifth Element, only much better. Interesting facts about this gorgeous and suspenseful film is that “The Future Is Now,” as scientist have already come up with what’s known as a brain-computer interface (BCI), a way to wire a brain to an external device to give you direct control of a machine, such as a prosthetic arm, using only your thoughts! Also amazing is that your brain can be on the Internet according to Researchers at Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE), the company that served as advisers on the film! Fortunately you can all see this technology now with “Ghost,” and not have to wait to see this in the future! Bonus: Hard-Wired Humanity: Making GITS. Section 9: Cyber Defenders and Man & Machine: The Ghost Philosophy! Yes, this belongs in your 3-D library because of the film’s atmosphere, effects, music and aesthetics are beautifully meshed together. ________
Hold on to your sanity, when a suicide prevention specialist starts losing clients at an alarming rate, he hires a Documentary Crew to discover the truth in the Award-winning Mockumentary Psychoanalysis (Candy Factory DVD)! Winner of "Best International Film" at the Manchester Int'l Film Festival and "Best Comedy" at the Canada Int'l Film Festival, This Festival Favorite Dark Comedy from Down Under Will Be Available on DVD and Digital HD Platforms Including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play! Paul Symmonds is the country's leading psychologist in the field of suicide prevention. But when five of his clients take their lives within a week, his sterling reputation is thrown into question. Believing that his charges were murdered by rival psychologist, Andrew Fendell, Paul directs the film crew to investigate every clue. To make things worse, Fendell has been put in charge of counseling Symmonds to determine if he's mentally fit. It soon becomes clear, however, that Fendell has no ulterior motives, and he's genuinely worried for Paul. Attuned to good drama, the documentary crew pushes Paul to grow the rivalry. Unfortunately, their quest for a better story comes at the cost of their subject's sanity. About the darkly-comic film, Geek Girl Up North says, "There has not been such a strong comedy-drama, which stays true to the mockumentary style since Ricky Gervais' 'The Office’! __________
Listen up, fight back for what is yours when you observe the hit Unforgettable (Warner Bros. Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital). Katherine Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Geoff Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks ( Rosario Dawson)-not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa's jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia's dream into her ultimate nightmare. The movie was not boring and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, but take note, you will witness violence and great acting! EXTRAS: Reclaiming What’s Yours: Making Unforgettable (Discover the world of a woman scorned in this behind-the-scenes look at a Modern Thriller) and Commentary by Director Denise Di Novi, + Deleted Scenes. _______
My advice- never meet a stranger online because you just might get hooked up with Satan in Devil’s Domain (MVD Visual Entertainment Group Blu-ray). "Devil's Domain”, pretty scary and kinky, “is a story about the ramifications of social media, cyber-bullying, and how it affects the youth of today” according to director Jared Cohn. The DVD stars Michael Madsen, Sticky Fingers, Fred Rose, Rene Nezhola and featuring the music of Iggy Pop, DMX, The Onyx, and more. The film is currently available on all VOD platforms as well. DEVIL'S DOMAIN is a new-age horror film centered on a cyber-bullying incident at a fictional high school that goes terribly wrong. The victim then seeks her own unique form of revenge, albeit with some super-natural help along the way. Full of surprises and gore and dismemberments, keep the candle burning when viewing! The titular Devil is a tall sexy woman but we only get short glimpses and brief moments that shows off her true form of the movie's decent example of makeup and costume design. BONUS: Slide Show, plus Extended & Behind the Scenes Snippets! _________
Witness the rise of the King in breathtaking 4K and BD 3-D as Kong: Skull Island (Warner Bros. 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Combo Pack), an innovative adventure that reunites audiences with the most powerful monster myths of all time. The 4K colors are so vivid you will think you stepped into an intensified rainbow and the equally colorful 3-D version brings you face to face with Kong! When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King. Additionally, all of the special features appear in 4K, BD 3-D and DVD, including interviews with filmmakers, new original shorts, featurettes, and deleted scenes, and can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. Brimming with spectacle and amazing special effects, this new entry in Legendry’s planned "Monster verse" proves this is Kong's movie, a real badass and hero he is, and the filmmakers makes sure you're convinced by the end. AND DON’T STOP AT THE CREDITS, BESIDES FANTASTIC CREATURES IN THE FILM, THE ENDING HAS AN IMPORTANT SCENE WITH TOM HIDDLESTON!_________
How far would you go to reclaim importance?? Two legendary Halo Players seek to reclaim greatness at any cost in the wild dramedy Game Changer (Candy Factory DVD) set against the backdrop of the Pro Gaming World! Winner of "Best Feature" and "Best Gaming Film" at Origins Film Festival 2016 and an Official Selection of the 2016 GenCon Film Festival Will be Available on DVD and Digital HD Platforms Including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play! GAME CHANGERS is nicely done by writer/director Rob Imbs. Lifelong friends Bryan (Brian Bernys) and Scott (Jake Albarella) were e-sports legends, and their identity had always been tied to their notoriety as professional gamers. Now, in their late 20's and working together at a failing IT company, they begin to feel the responsibilities of adulthood sinking in. Hungry for the fame that now eludes them, Bryan will do anything to reclaim his status as a pro gamer, and though Scott doesn't identify with the circuit like he used to, he agrees to help assemble a squad of top tier players in order to get back to the top of the pro gaming world. But will they succeed?? ________
From director Peter Van Houten comes a poetic cinéma vérité portrait of an aged Dutch pastor who watches over the spiritual life of 25 villages in the French Pyrenees. Following an acclaimed international festival run, LA VIE DE JEAN MARIE debuts on DVD (IndiePix Unlimited), the company's signature streaming service found on Amazon channels or at IndiePixUnlimited.com. For six years, Van Houten followed his subject, patiently capturing the unique and jovial pastor/farmer as he tended to his daily duties. The eldest son of a large Dutch family who purchased a mountain in the Pyrenees in 1948, the seventy-something Jean-Marie - probably the last of the area parish priests -- holds forth with such a disarming honesty and spontaneity, audiences can't help falling for him. The pastor speaks of the rejection by the great love of his life which turned him to the cloth, though he still fantasizes about love. Yet, at the age of 75, he makes a radical decision that leaves everyone baffled. Van Houten has shed light on a kind of unsung hero of his community. Also as a bonus is the film’s spectacular photography of the Pyrenees. The unrated DVD is in French, with English subtitles. _______
Winner of the Best Picture at the World Film Festival in 2017, check out Under the Turban (Cinema Libre Studio DVD), an interesting piece of cinema starring Zara Garcha (Actor) and beautifully orchestrated by Director Satinder Garcha. What makes me a Sikh? That question posed by nine-year-old Zara Garcha starts a family’s journey to learn about their religion. The Garcha family explores Sikhism by visiting diverse Sikh communities around the world. Meeting with a Maharaja’s, cheesemakers, fashionistas, farmers, and scholars to glean a better understanding of the world’s fifth largest religion. Their journey begins in Parma where they meet Sikhs who have a hand in creating Italy’s iconic Parmesan cheese. From there, the Garchas head east traveling to India visiting The Golden Temple in Sikhism’s most holy city, and learning about the historical foundations and social history of the religion. As their travels continue their lived experience blends with academic insight as we see how the region and culture has manifested itself throughout the world.___________
The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (Arrow 2-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray + DVD) is a vintage thriller by master director Dario Argento that will keep you spellbound until the last frame of this newly refurbished print and gorgeous packaging and includes Limited Edition Content! In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, a film which redefined the 'giallo' genre of murder-mystery thrillers, and then propelled him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall)! A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this new, 4K-restored, Arrow Video! EXTRAS: New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films, The Power of Perception, a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil s Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study, New analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinger, Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp, Limited edition 60-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook, Plus other features and 6 Lobby Card Reproductions! ______
Fun for the entire family and a new fantasy adventure unlike any other from the animator of Shrek and Madagascar comes the masterpiece Monster Hunt (Arrow DVD)! Now Monster Hunt, The New English Language Version! In an ancient world, monsters rule the land while humans keep to their own kingdom. But when cute baby monster Wuba is born to a human father and the monster queen, humans and creatures alike set out to capture the newborn, and Wuba's adventure begins. "Monster Hunt" smashed box office records in China to become one of the highest grossing movies of all time. _______
Behind The Mask: Batman Dead End Story (Candy Factory DVD) presents two legendary Halo Players who seek to reclaim greatness at any cost in this dramedy set against the backdrop of the pro gaming world that stars Sandy Collora (Actor) and Directed by Eric Dow in this game changer revelation! In 2003, award-winning commercial director, Sandy Collora set out to make a short film. He wound up making history. 'Batman: Dead End' wowed Batman and Predator fans alike at the San Diego Comic Con that same year and became one of the most talked about and downloaded short films ever made. Presenting Batman in a way he'd never been seen before - a dark, brooding, creature of the night straight out of the comic books squaring off against the Predator in a dark alley somewhere in Gotham City - every fan boy's dream. Shot over the course of 4 days in North Hollywood, CA, the film became an overnight sensation, putting Collora in front of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Chronicling the trials and tribulations of Collora, through the phalanx of studio executives, producers, actors, writers, managers, and agents, trying to get his first feature film off the ground, director Eric S. Dow takes us on a startling and heartwarming journey about an artist with a dream - an artist who never quit. A polarizing figure, Collora explains first hand through interviews and archive footage what happened and more importantly what didn't happen in the wake of this magic, little 8-minute short film, that in the words of Batman actor, Clark Bartram, "Shook up the world...!"______________
It’s time for another revisit and much needed laughter as The Tonight Show: Johnny Carson and Friends (Time/Life 3 DVD Set) debuts with three iconic personalities! Yes, three legendary comics, nine complete shows, one classy host… Mr. Carson! This outstanding collection contains nine never-before-released shows from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s featuring three of the most loved guests from The Tonight Show starring Carson—Steve Martin, Robin Williams and Eddie Murphy. Each DVD contains full shows—including commercials—highlighting some of the most cherished moments from The Tonight Show. The DVDs run over 499 Minutes so some highlights mentioned here: DISC 1—Steve Martin: July 21, 1976: Jimmy Stewart, Karen Black, May 21, 1982: Sylvester Stallone and December 19, 1991: Cathy Ladman, Leon Redbone. DISC 2—Robin Williams: April 3, 1984: Phyllis Newman, January 10, 1991: Steve Lawrence, plus September 19, 1991: Jonathan Winters, Park Overall. DISC 3—Eddie Murphy: January 1, 1982: McLean Stevenson, February 10, 1982: Wayne Rogers, Albert Hague, & July 30, 1982: Randall “Tex” Cobb, and Angela Bofill. Add this collectable to your library from one of the longest running shows on TV, nearly 30 Years of Fun and Magic! __________