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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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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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