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I feel kind of bad that we've failed to post any news on this, so I thought I'd make up for it now. Fans of Chucky will already know about his return to horror, but just in case you've been living in a cave for the past six m...
I feel kind of bad that we've failed to post any news on this, so I thought I'd make up for it now. Fans of Chucky will already know about his return to horror, but just in case you've been living in a cave for the past six months, guess what? Child's Play returns to DVD and Blu-ray from Monday. Writer/creator Don Mancini is back in the director's chair for the second time, after his directorial debut on 2004's horror/comedy crossover, Seed of Chucky. The original Child's Play is a massive favourite of ours, as is 1998's third sequel, Bride of Chucky, but Curse of Chucky finds us back in traditional horror territory with Don taking his first stab at the slasher sub-genre. Brad Dourif reprises his role as Charles Lee Ray, and of course the voice of Chucky, in a film that promises to shed a little more light on the characters we've grown to love over the years. Brad's real life daughter takes centre stage, and fans of the Child's Play series can expect a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Initial reviews of the straight-to-video release have been largely positive, and we can't wait to get our hands on a copy when the film makes its U.K. debut on October 14th 2013. U.S. fans will be pleased to learn that Curse of Chucky has already been released in their neck of the woods, so there's really no excuse now, is there? We're all friends 'til the end, after all. Wanna play...? Synopsis: Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother's affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica's plans for the future, Barb's young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn't know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He's determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he's going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.
about 5 hours ago
Amongst the Chinese movie moguls to have emerged from Singapore after the Second World War, Run Run Shaw of Shaw Organisation and Loke Wan Tho of Cathay Organisation are the most frequently cited examples. Few have heard about the glorio...
Amongst the Chinese movie moguls to have emerged from Singapore after the Second World War, Run Run Shaw of Shaw Organisation and Loke Wan Tho of Cathay Organisation are the most frequently cited examples. Few have heard about the glorious journey of the Ho family’s Kong Ngee Company Limited, started by two Singaporean brothers. This company went on to become a trailblazer in the Cantonese film industry. Kong Ngee Company Limited had its humble beginnings in film distribution in Southeast Asia. The company went on to own cinema halls across the region, and in 1955, the Ho brothers made their first foray into filmmaking, under the Kong Ngee Film Company. Kong Ngee’s Cantonese films were instant hits and soon dominated the Cantonese film circuit.From detective mysteries to melodramas and romantic comedies, Kong Ngee films reflected an exuberant modernity, and are sophisticated yet candid reflections of urban life in the 1950s and 1960s. The films dealt with universal themes such as vengeance (The Rouge Tigress, 1955) and interracial love (Blood Stains the Valley of Love, 1957) in a style and manner ahead of its time, telling stories and building characters that the masses could relate to. The studio was also famed for its trademark Hollywood-inspired (Dial 999 for Murder, 1956 and The Seventh Heaven, 1956) and “odd-couple” (The Quarrelsome Couple, 1959 and My Intimate Partners, 1960) films.The National Museum of Singapore is proud to present the films of the Kong Ngee Film Company in a special programme series called The Story of Kong Ngee. From 10 to 20 October 2013, 15 iconic Cantonese films from the 1950s and 1960s will be screened, celebrating the glorious journey of the Kong Ngee Film Company. Charting the studio’s rise and fall, the films demonstrate Kong Ngee’s unique artistic heritage through films that were wildly popular with the growing middle class and launched the careers of many movie stars like Patrick Tse Yin and Patsy Kar Ling. Here's the programme schedule:Friday 11 October 20138.00pm Blood Stains the Valley of Love / ????? (1957) by Chun Kim ?? & Chor Yuen ??Saturday 12 October 20132.00pm China Wife / ???? (1957) by Chan Man ??4.30pm Moon Over Malaya / ??? (1957) by Chun Kim ?? & Chor Yuen ??Sunday 13 October 20132.00pm The Rouge Tigress / ??? (1955) by Chun Kim ??4.30pm Dial 999 for Murder / ????? (1956) by Chun Kim ??Tuesday 15 October 2013 (Hari Raya Haji)2.00pm The Seventh Heaven / ??? (1956) by Ng Wui ??4.30pm The Quarrelsome Couple / ???? (1959) by Chun Kim ??Wednesday 16 October 20138.00pm My Intimate Partners / ???? (1960) by Chun Kim ??Thursday 17 October 20138.00pm How to Get a Wife / ??? (1961) by Chun Kim ??Friday 18 October 20138.00pm Spring Appears / ???? (1963) by Ng Wui ??Saturday 19 October 20132.00pm 4.30pm 8.00pmUngratefulness / ????? (1965) by Chor Yuen ??The Dreadnaught / ?? (1966) by Chan Man ??The Prince of Broadcasters / ???? (1966) by Patrick Lung Kong ??Sunday 20 October 20132.00pm Story of a Discharged Prisoner / ???? (1967) by Patrick Lung Kong ??4.30pm Incredible Rumour / ???? (1968) by Ho Kian-ngiap ??? More details can be found directly on the National Museum's website.Tickets are priced at S$9 (includes SISTIC handling fees). Concession tickets are available for the following groups:20% discount for members of the National Museum of Singapore. S$7.40 (includes SISTIC handling fees) for students (with valid student pass), seniors (aged 60 and above, with valid identity pass showing proof of age), NSFs (with valid 11B pass), National Museum volunteers and staff of the National Heritage Board.Group bookings of five or more tickets enjoy a special price of S$6 per ticket (includes SISTIC handling fees). Patrons are advised that a valid identity pass showing proof of age is required for all screenings.Tickets are available at www.sistic.com.sg, SISTIC hotline (65) 63485555, SISTIC counters islandwide or National Museum Stamford Visitor Services Counter
about 5 hours ago
The official website for Dean Fujioka’s I Am Ichihashi: Journal of A Murderer has been updated with a new 90-second trailer. The film is based on an autobiographical novel titled “Taih? Sareru Made” (Until I Was Arrest...
The official website for Dean Fujioka’s I Am Ichihashi: Journal of A Murderer has been updated with a new 90-second trailer. The film is based on an autobiographical novel titled “Taih? Sareru Made” (Until I Was Arrested) by Tatsuya Ichihashi, the man who murdered British English teacher Lindsay Hawker in early 2007. As the title suggests, it depicts his desperate attempts to evade capture for 2 years and 7 months following the murder. In keeping with his own version of events, Ichihashi...
about 5 hours ago
© 1976, 2013 SANRIO CO., LTDVIZ MEDIA’S PERFECT SQUARE IMPRINT ANNOUNCESA NEW HELLO KITTY® GRAPHIC NOVEL ADVENTURE:HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO!The World’s Most Famous Pop Culture Icon DebutsIn Her First-Ever Graphic Novel Series From VIZMedi...
© 1976, 2013 SANRIO CO., LTDVIZ MEDIA’S PERFECT SQUARE IMPRINT ANNOUNCESA NEW HELLO KITTY® GRAPHIC NOVEL ADVENTURE:HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO!The World’s Most Famous Pop Culture Icon DebutsIn Her First-Ever Graphic Novel Series From VIZMedia’s Innovative All-Ages Publishing ImprintVIZ Media delivers a brand new original Hello Kitty® adventure from its Perfect Square kids imprint with the release of HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO!. Centered around the theme of travel, HERE WE GO! (available now) features stories and colorful artwork by Jacob Chabot and Jorge Monlongo, is rated ‘A’ for All Ages, and carries an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. Special guest artist Susie Ghahremani also takes Hello Kitty on some fun unexpected side trips in this new release.A digital version is also available for $4.99 U.S. / CAN from the Perfect Square App, which has titles available for the Apple iPad® and iPad® Mini. The Perfect Square App is available from the iTunes store.Join Hello Kitty in HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO! as she explores an underground realm, moonlights as an international super spy, climbs the Himalayas, travels back in time, and discovers that sometimes, the best place to get away from it all is between the pages of a good book.VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering original comics, manga (graphic novels) and other children’s books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation. “Smart, funny, adventurous -- HELLO KITTY is the quintessential modern girl, and we're thrilled to be the first to tell her stories in comic form," says Traci Todd, Senior Editor of Perfect Square. "Our original HELLO KITTY graphic novels offer an entirely new way to get to know the world’s most famous pop culture icon.”Jacob Chabot is a New York City-based cartoonist, illustrator and writer. His comics have appeared in publications such as Nickelodeon Magazine, Mad Magazine, SpongeBob SquarePants comics, and various Marvel titles. He also illustrated VOLTRON FORCE: SHELTER FROM THE STORM and VOLTRON FORCE: TRUE COLORS for VIZ Media. His comic series, The Mighty Skullboy Army, is published by Dark Horse, and in 2008 Chabot was also nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Book for Teens.Comic and book illustrator and game designer Jorge Monlongo hails from Spain and combines traditional and digital techniques to create worlds in beautiful colors that hide secrets. His work has been featured in several magazines, including Rolling Stone. Jorge lives in Spain.HELLO KITTY guest artist Susie Ghahremani has created a wide array of work for editorial and commercial clients including Chronicle Books, Bloomsbury USA, Bank of America, The New York Times, T-Mobile, and Target. In addition to developing her own line of stationary, the award-winning artist exhibits paintings internationally and has illustrated her first picture book, What Will Hatch?.Additional information on titles published by Perfect Square is available at www.PerfectSquare.com.For more information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, visit www.VIZ.com.
about 6 hours ago
RIP men's egg (1999-2013)
RIP men's egg (1999-2013)
about 6 hours ago
Electric Shadows: The Secret History of Kung Fu Movies Vol. 1By Jean LukitshE-book$3Most of you have probably already downloaded and read this very informative book since we were all alerted to it by Durian Dave back in August on his inv...
Electric Shadows: The Secret History of Kung Fu Movies Vol. 1By Jean LukitshE-book$3Most of you have probably already downloaded and read this very informative book since we were all alerted to it by Durian Dave back in August on his invaluable blog Soft Film. I finally got around to reading it this past weekend and very much enjoyed and appreciated it. The early years of martial arts movies may not exactly be a secret (at least not anymore) but there certainly has been very little written about them in English that I at least know of and so this helps fill a big hole in my knowledge. Of course seeing these films is another issue, but even there the book is helpful as it has links to some videos on Youtube. A lot of credit has to be given to the writer (who has been writing for kungfucinema.com for years now) who has tracked down all this information. The focus of the book is on the formative years of this genre in the 1920's and 1930' though she also takes the reader up to the Shaw Brothers. What also should be of interest to those who want to find out more about the olden days of Hong Kong film is that four more volumes are planned that also focus on martial arts films.Now if you don't have a reading device there is no need to worry. Amazon allows anyone with a computer (and I expect most of you have one) to download the Kindle software to your computer for free and read anything you download on it. For the price of $3 how can you really go wrong and hopefully if there is enough interest in this first volume the others will follow.
about 10 hours ago
Nagahide Niwa (Fumiyo Kohinata), Katsuie Shibata (Koji Yakusho), Hideyoshi Toyotomi (Yo Oizumi) and Tsuneoki Ikeda (Koichi Sato) decide the future of Japan in THE KIYOSU CONFERENCE. Photo courtesy of Fuji Television Network. © 2013 FUJ...
Nagahide Niwa (Fumiyo Kohinata), Katsuie Shibata (Koji Yakusho), Hideyoshi Toyotomi (Yo Oizumi) and Tsuneoki Ikeda (Koichi Sato) decide the future of Japan in THE KIYOSU CONFERENCE. Photo courtesy of Fuji Television Network. © 2013 FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, TOHO Source: Fuji Television Network Official Site: kiyosukaigi.com (Japan) In 2011, critically acclaimed screenwriter, producer, film director and entertainment pioneer Koki Mitani secured his reputation as Japan's leading writer-director with A GHOST OF A CHANCE (???????, Suteki na Kanashibari), the No.1 Japanese live-action film of the year. Now the filmmaker returns with his latest undertaking; the historical epic THE KIYOSU CONFERENCE (????, Kiyosu Kaigi, 2013) starring 26 of Japan's top stars. In 1582, before the unification of Japan, Nobunaga Oda was forced to take his own life at Honno-ji Temple during a violent revolt led by Mitsuhide Akechi. Following Oda’s death, Japan held the Kiyosu Conference -- the “conference that changed the course of history” -- to resolve the Oda clan’s succession of leadership. Mitani gives us his unique interpretation of the intricate web of human relationships involved in this process as the brave general Katsuie Shibata and Hideyoshi Hashiba, who would later unify Japan, engage in a battle of wits, deceit and bargaining. Continued...
about 13 hours ago
The Chinese film Lost for Words is a romantic drama that was filmed in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Well received on the film festival circuit, it will begin its theatrical rollout in L.A., N.Y.C. & Toronto on Oct. 18th. This multi-ling...
The Chinese film Lost for Words is a romantic drama that was filmed in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Well received on the film festival circuit, it will begin its theatrical rollout in L.A., N.Y.C. & Toronto on Oct. 18th. This multi-lingual, cross-cultural, independent production was directed by Stanley J. Orzel (4 Assassins, a.k.a. Far Away Eyes).The film stars Sean Faris (Never Back Down), Grace Huang (The Man With the Iron Fists), Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine, CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, Total Recall), Terence Yin (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Robin-B-Hood) and noted Hong Kong actress Joman Chiang (Fog, The Drunkard). It was directed by Stanley J. Orzel (4 Assassins, a.k.a. Far Away Eyes).Look for a review here at AsianCineFest as the North American opening date approaches.
about 15 hours ago
Synergetic Distribution and The G-Machine Present"MOMO: The Sam Giancana Story"A documentary film by Dimitri LogothetisAvailable on DVD and Streaming November 19th The documentary paints the portrait of the vicious crime boss that Gianca...
Synergetic Distribution and The G-Machine Present"MOMO: The Sam Giancana Story"A documentary film by Dimitri LogothetisAvailable on DVD and Streaming November 19th The documentary paints the portrait of the vicious crime boss that Giancana was, as well as a sentimental husband and father who doted on his wife and children and was generous to friends and neighbors. He loved power. He loved the limelight. And he loved his family.From Le Monde Productions and Elio Pictures Ltd., comes a new full-length documentary entitled Momo: The Sam Giancana Story. The film takes a different approach by depicting previously untold aspects of an iconic American figure who was both gangster and good guy. Directed and produced by Dimitri Logothetis and produced by Nicholas Celozzi, the great nephew of Giancana, the film details the life of a tough, impoverished kid who rose through the ranks of Chicago’s underworld to become a top member—many say the real godfather—of the most ruthless gangland organization in the country: The Outfit, run by Al Capone.It also showcases the Giancana daughters who best knew their father as a loving family man. Bonnie Giancana and Fran Giancana, speaking about their father publically for the first time in 30 years, offer never-before-revealed insight into Sam Giancana as he was at home.
about 21 hours ago
Lately, a certain term began to sound very popular around China~ Chinese Dream. As government officials try to explain in their well prepared and yet very dull PR speeches, it’s pretty much the same concept as the American Dream ba...
Lately, a certain term began to sound very popular around China~ Chinese Dream. As government officials try to explain in their well prepared and yet very dull PR speeches, it’s pretty much the same concept as the American Dream back in the 1950s~ work, money, happiness and national pride. However, “American Dreams in China” does not bother with this issue directly. It is only due to strange translation that one may get such an impression. Actually, the literal transliteration would sound something like “Chinese Partner”. And indeed, the story is a mix of comedy and drama which revolves about the dreams and careers of 3 good friends, who came to be successful businessmen. You could say that “American Dreams in China” has elements of a Hollywood style rags-to-riches plot, but there’s more to it~ For one to understand and like this motion title, one must comprehend what China looked like 30 years a go, and trust me, it had absolutely nothing to do with anything you have today. Back in the early 1980s when the story begins, Chinese society was still a firmly Maoist environment, with little or no personal freedoms. The country only started to open up, but still, the road ahead was long and challenging. Money or any kind of major material possessions were a distant dream for most. Young people had only but two choices~ to study and hope for a city desk job, or settle in the country side and employ in a field or factory. Naturally, many had a problem with the options, which pushed to them find luck in other places of the world, most often in the USA. Some of them succeeded to cross the ocean, but most had to stay in China and search for a different way. American Dreams in China is a story about three college friends with same dreams, and yet, paths that took very different turns. Especially the film’s latter half focuses on the rise of China, and there is a clear message that Chinese people are inherently cleverer, more moral and generally better than stupid Americans who are only economically at the top due to their aggressiveness and luck. There’s also a very odd message in the film about racism in the USA, which seems quite irrelevant to the plot of the film and just another way for the film to push home the message that Chinese people are a better people than Americans. It is a drama (based on a true story as they say) with comic elements~ A Chinese tale which in a humorous, and yet very bold ways speaks of a generation that started the business story which, up till today, made China the economic center of the world. Their work and effort will go along with the changing society, enduring the wild and turbulent tides. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-04SMK2esG8 That said, it’s smart on Peter Chan’s part of picking up on this trend and using it here because American Dreams in China is a Mainland Chinese story made for the Mainland audience. The content may prove more difficult with English-speaking audiences whom aren’t aware of the cultural context or why the three friends carry the values they do about America and the American Dream to laugh at it whole-heartedly. Suffice to say, Chan balances the film well and it is impressive to see a Hong Kong director tune to a Mainland frequency. Best thing I can say about Peter Chan’s direction is that he is worldly. American Dreams in China will connect with its audience, namely Chinese people who were born in the 80′s, and those people will enjoy it.
about 22 hours ago