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Keith Strandberg interview: No Retreat No Surrender

Craig Lines May 3, 2017

For fans of 80s action cinema, No Retreat No Surrender holds a special place. We've been speaking to the man behind the series...

If you were a kid in the 1980s and you liked action movies, chances are you rented No Retreat No Surrender at some point. It was like a more violent, high-octane take on The Karate Kid, with all-American teen Jason (Kurt McKinney) getting martial arts tutelage from no less than The Ghost Of Bruce Lee so he could kick the ass of a muscly Russian (Jean-Claude Van Damme in his first major role). As a kid, this movie was everything to me. It was a 15 cert so a little bit edgy, but still simple and wholesome enough for young me to totally ‘get it’. I had tears streaming down my face the first time I watched it, I was so invested in the final fight.
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Alain Moussi interview: Kickboxer: Vengeance, action icons and Statham

Duncan Bowles Dec 30, 2016

Alain Moussi takes us through the new Kickboxer film, the joys of Jason Statham, and salutes Scott Adkins too...

Alain Moussi is a very happy man. When we spoke to him on the phone to talk about the home release of Kickboxer: Vengeance his enthusiasm and passion for the film and all things action movie related were in abundance and rightly so. Moussi has been working in stunts for years, doubling for the likes of Henry Cavill, Aaron Eckhart and recently Hugh Jackman in this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, but Kickboxer has given him not only the chance to play his first lead role, but to act alongside several of his childhood heroes. There’s also the benefit that two sequels have already been greenlit and are under production already, so here’s hoping Moussi’s first franchise shines a light on his burgeoning talent.

For action fans,
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Wong Kar Wai: ‘Grandmaster’ Is Not Chop Suey

Wong Kar Wai: ‘Grandmaster’ Is Not Chop Suey
“I love martial arts films,” professed Harvey Weinstein Aug. 13 in his intro to the screening of “The Grandmaster” at Gotham’s Regal E-Walk, the 10th film by prolific director Wong Kar Wai about kung fu grandmaster Ip Man. “I know I’m supposed to lead this fabulous life, but I’d rather watch “Touch of Zen” for three hours than do most events.”

Wong said to the aud: “For a lot of people, kung fu film is like chop suey. This is not chop suey.”

He also informed the crowd that all of the special f/x were done by the actors.

“We tried to be authentic. Kar is a perfectionist. We started practicing one and a half years before shooting, and I think it’s quite difficult for someone like me who learned kung fu at the age of 47,” said Tony Leung. “I broke my arms twice and I had several injuries,
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Interviews: Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar at 2010 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Chicago – The Wizard World Chicago Comic Con was another huge success this past summer, gathering together comic and pop culture fans. One of the highlights of the event was the reunion of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) from the 1960s Batman TV show.

West and Ward did a special Q&A with attendees in a huge ball room (highlights below) and Julie Newmar sat down with HollywoodChicago.com for an in-depth interview of her long career. All sat for photographs with Joe Arce.

Adam West and Burt Ward of “Batman

Adam West and Burt Ward will always be the legendary crime fighting duo, Batman and Robin. The original run of the ABC-tv series was from 1966-68, beginning with the unique two episode a week run. Batmania exploded in the U.S. during the time, reviving the Dark Knight for future incarnations. Ward is currently retired from acting,
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Exclusive Interview with IP Man 2 Villain Darren Shahlavi

Sometimes you get a chance to simply sit down and talk with an actor; no timetable, no handler, and every question is fair game. Darren Shahlavi was kind enough to sit down with me for that style of interview, and over the course of our 20 minute conversation we covered a huge number of topics. Shahlavi has started to hone his craft and play increasingly larger roles in films and TV, and his hard work is starting to really show. Shahlavi stars in Ip Man 2 (read my review here) as the main bad guy, Twister, who is a Western boxer visiting Hong Kong. After screening the film just moments before, I was able to interview him and you can see the results after the jump.

Darren and I covered a lot of ground, but among the topics were his fighting background, how he got his first big break and then landed
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