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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dragonball Evolution

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You may already know everything about Goku’s battles with Piccolo, but these nuggets will give you an even richer experience when you watch Dragonball Evolution.

1. The director made a late job switch.

Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle director Stephen Chow was originally supposed to direct Dragonball Evolution before Final Destination director James Wong stepped in. Chow ultimately became a producer on Dragonball Evolution.


2. There’s a Real World connection.

Actress Jamie Chung, who plays Chi-Chi in the film, first gained fame as a cast member of the reality show The Real World: San Diego in 2004.


3. And there’s also a connection to Shameless.

Dragonball Evolution wouldn’t be the last time Justin Chatwin (who plays Goku) and Emmy Rossum (who plays Bulma) star opposite each other. They would both go on to appear in the American version of the television show Shameless.


4. Chung was her own toughest opponent.

During the scene where Chi-Chi fights her doppelgänger, Chung had to learn the fight choreography for both parts so the entire fight could be shot from both perspectives. Depending on which version of Chi-Chi she was, the person fighting opposite her was a trained body double. Chung herself trained for that single fight nearly everyday for one month prior to production.


5. The auditions were intense.

Chatwin’s audition process was a bit unorthodox. His second audition for the role of Goku involved the actor doing full scenes from the script on camera in full costume and makeup at a dummy set of a temple that was built by the production in the St. Gabriel Mountains in northern Los Angeles. Two weeks after the run-through, Chatwin got the part.


6. And the training was even more demanding.

Chatwin’s workout regimen involved fight training for five hours a day for five weeks straight during pre-production. For his diet, Chatwin consumed about seven meals a day but could only eat protein, fat (such as cheese), and carbs (such as fruit and veggies) for five months straight. He couldn’t eat any sugar, bread, or pasta whatsoever.


7. Chatwin used the classics to get into character.

To prepare for the role of Goku, director James Wong had Chatwin watch movies like Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, and Dragonball Evolution producer Stephen Chow’s film Kung Fu Hustle.


8. The stunt team had quite a pedigree.

Dragonball Evolution used the stunt team “87eleven Action Design,” the same group of stuntmen behind The Matrix, 300, The Hunger Games, Fight Club, and more.

9. Emmy Rossum became an actual weapons expert for her role.

She spent weeks training at a firing range with Marines.


10. Though the film was influenced by Manga, it wasn’t shot in Japan.

Most filming took place in Mexico City and Durango.


11. That’s really Chatwin’s hair.

Wong originally thought Chatwin would have to wear a custom wig in order to create Goku’s signature hairdo, but the look was ultimately achieved using Chatwin’s actual hair and large amounts of gel and hairspray. To get his character’s hair in place, Chatwin spent an hour a day in the makeup chair having it done up and taken out.


12. Piccolo’s makeup was a real process.

Actor James Marsters spent four hours a day in a makeup chair.


13. But it was worth it for Marsters.

The actor was extremely enthusiastic about appearing in a Drabongball film. He told TV Guide, “Dragonball is the coolest television cartoon in the last 50,000 years. It’s got a Shakespearean sense of good and evil.”


14. Goku’s wardrobe choices were plentiful.

There were over 50 different costume designs for Goku’s iconic orange gi before director James Wong selected the final design that appears onscreen.


15. Yamcha has a great voice.

Actor Joon Park (who plays Yamcha) is actually a massively successful pop star in Korea. His former boyband called “G.O.D.” has sold over a million records to date and is poised to make its first comeback tour this year after breaking up in 2002.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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