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Bruce Lee’s Silent Flute to be moviefied

Posted by LiveFor on April 16, 2010

What can be said about Bruce Lee that hasn’t already been said? Probably lots, but I’m too tired to think of anything so fill that bit in, chuckle, then move on.

Before his death in 1973 (year of my birth…coincedence? Am I the reincarnation of Lee? No) Bruce had written a treatment for a martial arts film called The Silent Flute.

Now Paul Maslansky is developing the treatment into a feature. Maslansky has previously worked on Return to Oz and Police Academy so take that how you wish.

According to Variety, Maslansky produced an earlier version of the movie in 1978 called Circle of Iron with the late Sandy Howard. This version had quite a cast and centered on a martial artist rebel (Jeff Cooper) on a quest for the “Book of Enlightenment” and the various trials that educate him in Zen philosophy. Bruce Lee had written a part for himself as a reluctant mentor, which was played in the film by David Carradine; Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall and Eli Wallach also appeared.

Maslansky’s son, Sasha Maslansky, is writing the new screenplay based on Lee’s original treatment. Bey Logan, Sasha Maslansky and Kurt Fethke will serve as producers, with David Tadman and Steve Kerridge also attached to the project as co-producers.

“‘The Silent Flute’ will be an epic martial arts adventure film that promises to honor Bruce Lee’s original artistic and philosophical conception,” said Paul Maslansky, who is exec producing. “It also promises to reach new levels of action and adventure never before seen in martial arts filmmaking.”

What do you reckon? Martial arts magic or direct to DVD? Who should star?

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Dinocroc Vs. Supergator – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on March 18, 2010

More awesome than Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus? Maybe.

One of David Carradine’s last roles so always good to go out on a high!

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Kill Bill, The Whole Dang Thing – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2010

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Vivica A Fox, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Sonny Chiba

Vol. 1: 8/10

Vol. 2: 6/10

This review by Pat Owens. My Wife and I watched Kill Bill Vol.1 the night before we got married!

Okay, so there’s this Bride played by Uma Thurman who is trying to start a new life for herself after leaving an organization of professional killers. Only problem is, the head of the organization, Bill (David Carradine) doesn’t want her to leave and has the Bride and her entire wedding party killed at what has come to be called “The Massacre at Two Pines Chapel”. Unfortunately, they botch the job and, after 4 years in a coma, the Bride wants revenge. And she’s good at it…quite good at it.

The entire story of Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL is done in two separate movies, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and the two films couldn’t be any more different. Tarantino himself says this was quite intentional; he wanted the first film to have all the questions, and the second to have all the answers.

Vol. 1 is a colorful, non-stop action film from start to finish as we follow the Bride from one duel-to-the-death to another, with practically no time for characterization or exposition in between. What back story is provided is only there to give the audience time to catch their breath before the next crazy action sequence. In fact, the only real background we get at all is for O-Ren Ishii (played by Lucy Liu) and the reasons behind her climb to the top of the ladder in the Japanese underworld. This leads to one of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed, with the Bride single-handedly taking on Ishii’s bodyguards, the Crazy 88s.

This is Tarantino’s homage to the Japanese Yakuze films of the 60s & 70s, complete with bright pop colors, an overabundance of severed limbs, and enough movie blood to fill an Olympic-size pool. There are quirky little touches throughout, such as the break in mid-death match for a cup of coffee and to greet Vivica Fox’s character’s daughter when her school bus drops her off. And it all works quite well and would make a great stand alone action film, except it was never intended to stand alone, but only to raise a checklist of questions (who exactly IS the Bride? How did she get so expert with a samurai sword? Who is Bill?) to be answered in Vol. 2.

And Vol. 2 is an entirely different style of film. This one is a tribute to spaghetti westerns and as such everything is toned down, from the color palette to the action. In fact, this one is much more dialogue driven and contains only a fraction of the over-the-top fighting that was in Vol. 1. And that is both a good thing and a bad thing.

Good, because it gives the actors something to do and, more important, time in which to do it. There would have been no time between the action in Vol. 1 for us to learn about Michael Madsen’s character of Budd, Bill’s brother. Given enough time in Vol. 2, Madsen toys with our feelings and has us sympathizing for him and almost hoping he’ll be spared the Bride’s vengeful blade, before he turns around and stabs our hopes in the back (he is, after all, a professional assassin).

Bad, because, since it is a film of explanations, the pacing seems to suffer in several of the more “talky” scenes, and we find ourselves biding our time waiting for the next action scene to break things up. Alas, that action scene isn’t there to save us. In this one, the action is used to break up the exposition.

And whereas the first film is wildly non-sequential, this film is quite ordered and, except for a flashback explaining some of the Bride’s training, follows a logical progression, building to the inevitable showdown with the man responsible for all her pain. Bill himself doesn’t seem to be a man of action…he doesn’t need to be. Carradine masterfully portrays him as an intellect, rising to the top not simply because he’s the best fighter, but because he is smart enough to constantly remain one step ahead of his enemies.

So, two separate films done in two different styles, each of which depends on the other for its existence. Does it work? Again, that depends. Neither one can really stand on its own, so they really should be watched together. However, if you’re like me and prefer the first, you only need to watch Vol. 2 one time, to get all the answers to questions raised in the previous film. Then you can get your action fix to your heart’s content without having to do much thinking at all. And isn’t that sometimes all we want from a film?

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David Carradine – This is getting weirder

Posted by LiveFor on June 9, 2009

I read this over on Hollywood Elsewhere and I’m just going to post the whole thing. Have a read of it.

Movieline’s Stu Van Airsdale has posted a smart summary of the evolving investigation into the recent death of David Carradine. Suspicions of foul play are growing (i.e., who bound Carradine’s hands?), Carradine’s family has hired lawyer Mark Geragos and superstar forensic pathologist Michael Baden to look into things on its behalf and the FBI has gotten involved.

“Thai investigators essentially ruled out the possibility of foul play after interviewing hotel staff and reviewing surveillance footage of the corridors near Carradine’s room,” Stu reports. But Extra’s Jerry Penacoli said on a recent Larry King Show interview that he’s spoken to the director of the film Carradine was shooting in Thailand “at length” and that the director “said that he believes that there was foul play.

“And he said that no one else knows this but his family — Carradine’s family and friends and people closest to him, but David was very interested in investigating and disclosing secret societies.”

Secret societies?

How weird is that. Secret societies, hands tied behind his back, it’s turning into some kind of weird bizarro film script. What are your theories on all of this?

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Kill Bill Volume 2: Deleted Scene

Posted by LiveFor on June 5, 2009

Here we have Bill (David Carradine) having a bit of a ding dong with Michael Jai White.

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David Carradine – Sadly The Five Finger Death Punch got him

Posted by LiveFor on June 4, 2009

Really sad news. Bangkok’s KABC network has broken the news that kung fu icon David Carradine (Kill Bill) was found dead in a hotel room in Bangkok this morning.

Carradine was working on a new film in Thailand called Stretch. Initial reports suggested suicide by hanging but Carradine’s manager, Chuck Binder confirmed to Bangkok’s WABC network that he believed Carradine had died of natural causes.

However, Thai police told the BBC that hed was found by a hotel maid sitting in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and body on Thursday morning.

“His death is shocking and sad. He was full of life, always wanting to work … a great person,” Chuck Binder said.

Carradine, who became famous in the 1970s when he starred as Kwai Chang Caine in the television series “Kung Fu,” was 72.

His career included more than 100 feature films, two dozen television movies and theater work. Carradine was last seen in this year’s release, Crank 2: High Voltage, where he played Poon Dong.

He was married five times and divorced four, is survived by his widow, Annie Bierman and four children.

There currently seem to be a few conflicting stories as to what exactly happened. I’d personally have loved it if he passed away while fighting off numerous ninjas while saving the hotel maid.

Whatever way you look at it another icon has passed away. What are your memories of the Kung Fu star?

Source: CNN

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David Carradine – Sadly The Five Finger Death Punch got him

Posted by LiveFor on June 4, 2009

Really sad news. Bangkok’s KABC network has broken the news that kung fu icon David Carradine (Kill Bill) was found dead in a hotel room in Bangkok this morning.

Carradine was working on a new film in Thailand called Stretch. Initial reports suggested suicide by hanging but Carradine’s manager, Chuck Binder confirmed to Bangkok’s WABC network that he believed Carradine had died of natural causes.

However, Thai police told the BBC that hed was found by a hotel maid sitting in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and body on Thursday morning.

“His death is shocking and sad. He was full of life, always wanting to work … a great person,” Chuck Binder said.

Carradine, who became famous in the 1970s when he starred as Kwai Chang Caine in the television series “Kung Fu,” was 72.

His career included more than 100 feature films, two dozen television movies and theater work. Carradine was last seen in this year’s release, Crank 2: High Voltage, where he played Poon Dong.

He was married five times and divorced four, is survived by his widow, Annie Bierman and four children.

There currently seem to be a few conflicting stories as to what exactly happened. I’d personally have loved it if he passed away while fighting off numerous ninjas while saving the hotel maid.

Whatever way you look at it another icon has passed away. What are your memories of the Kung Fu star?

Source: CNN

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Autumn – Trailer for adaption of cult horror novel

Posted by LiveFor on May 11, 2009

Based on the acclaimed cult novel by David Moody, Autumn is cold fear, projected 24 frames a second, “a modern horror classic”!

As the last autumn leaves slowly peel away from the trees, a mysterious airborne virus ravages the planet, and within a few hours billions die. Victims suffer horrific deaths as their internal organs liquefy, and whole towns’ expire within minutes. Soon cities become infested breeding grounds for the new apocalyptic virus. By the end of the first day there are only a handful of survivors.

A small group of ordinary strangers are soon forced to work together to stay alive. The survivors are lead by Michael (Dexter Fletcher “Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels”, “Doom”) a lonely soft ware consultant, and Carl (Dickon Tolson “Peak Practice”, “Eastenders”) an ill-tempered mechanic. When Michael and the survivors escape from the infested city to an isolated country house, they discover the real horror has only begun!

When the dead start to gruesomely reanimate the group have naive hopes that the “walkers”, or the “meat suites”, would decompose and simply fall apart but they discover the longer the reanimated corpses are alive the more they learn, the cleverer they get, the more aggressive and treacherous they become – the more they became killing machines.

When Phillip Evans (David Carradine “Kill Bill”, “Kung Fu”) is discovered as a lone survivor in the lifeless city, a new hope emerges, but nothing is as it seems in a world turned upside down, and hope soon turns into terror. In order to endure the winter each survivor must find the strength within themselves to fight their personal demons and find the courage to combat a war against the vicious dead.

What follows is a shockingly clever adventure of survival, in a thrilling desolate world. This Autumn, the darkness will come!

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Autumn – Trailer for adaption of cult horror novel

Posted by LiveFor on May 11, 2009

Based on the acclaimed cult novel by David Moody, Autumn is cold fear, projected 24 frames a second, “a modern horror classic”!

As the last autumn leaves slowly peel away from the trees, a mysterious airborne virus ravages the planet, and within a few hours billions die. Victims suffer horrific deaths as their internal organs liquefy, and whole towns’ expire within minutes. Soon cities become infested breeding grounds for the new apocalyptic virus. By the end of the first day there are only a handful of survivors.

A small group of ordinary strangers are soon forced to work together to stay alive. The survivors are lead by Michael (Dexter Fletcher “Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels”, “Doom”) a lonely soft ware consultant, and Carl (Dickon Tolson “Peak Practice”, “Eastenders”) an ill-tempered mechanic. When Michael and the survivors escape from the infested city to an isolated country house, they discover the real horror has only begun!

When the dead start to gruesomely reanimate the group have naive hopes that the “walkers”, or the “meat suites”, would decompose and simply fall apart but they discover the longer the reanimated corpses are alive the more they learn, the cleverer they get, the more aggressive and treacherous they become – the more they became killing machines.

When Phillip Evans (David Carradine “Kill Bill”, “Kung Fu”) is discovered as a lone survivor in the lifeless city, a new hope emerges, but nothing is as it seems in a world turned upside down, and hope soon turns into terror. In order to endure the winter each survivor must find the strength within themselves to fight their personal demons and find the courage to combat a war against the vicious dead.

What follows is a shockingly clever adventure of survival, in a thrilling desolate world. This Autumn, the darkness will come!

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My Suicide – Trailer for a film, not my suicide. David Carradine is in it

Posted by LiveFor on March 16, 2009

Archie Williams (Gabriel Sunday) is a 17-year old media geek who has suddenly found himself the most talked-about kid in school. He has announced that he’s going to kill himself – on camera – for a class project. His classmates, parents, Sierra – the most beautiful girl in school (Brooke Nevin), and a “Shady Bunch” of shrinks, doctors, pill-pushers, and counselors descend on Archie. Some are hoping to save him, some want to imitate him, others try to push him over the brink. Archie films every moment of his high school experience, hiding nothing from his audience: realities of life, death, violence, sex, drugs, and the intense media overload and hypocrisy that bombard all teenagers.

Director: David Lee Miller
Writer: David Lee Miller
Cast: Gabriel Sunday, Brooke Nevin, David Carradine

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