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Ink Master: Grudge Match Interview Ryan Ashley Malarkey Interview

The first-ever woman to win the Ink Master title, Ryan Ashley Malarkey is bringing her extensive tattoo knowledge to return as a judge on season 13, Ink Master: Grudge Match. The adorable and likable tattoo artist that is covered from head to toe in ink herself, is now a household name in the tattoo world thanks to her signature black and grey surrealism tattoos.

Ryan graduated from the Fashion Institute in New York City and worked as a designer and artist for a private label company but left in 2011 to pursue tattooing. With a background in fashion, Ryan is able to take her artistic skills with beading and lace and apply them to her skin art, producing inspiring designs. Before making her debut on TV, she graced the cover of Inked magazine as their cover girl. Since winning, Ryan has starred in the spin-off – Ink Master: Angles – which toured around the country to find local tattoo artists. This versatile artist and quirky TV personality will be returning to TV with Ink Master: Grudge Match as a judge alongside other Ink Masters Cleen Rock One and DJ Tambe.

Related: Ink Master: Grudge Match Cleen Rock One Interview

Ink Master: Grudge Match, a spinoff of the original show, will bring former Ink Master contestants who have unresolved grudges and pit them against each other in a head to head battle. Whether the goal is to squash personal vendettas or to just a friendly tattoo battle, two tattooers will vie for the top spot. The Ink Master alumni battling it out could be faces from any of the previous seasons. Some of America’s best tattoo artists will be going face to face for a chance at redemption, to win $100,000 cash prize, a feature in Inked magazine, and the coveted title of Ink Master. With Ryan bringing her fun personality and experience to the new challenges, it is sure to be one of the best seasons yet. Screen Rant has had the chance to sit down and chat with the winner of season 8 of Ink Master, Ryan Ashley about how she got started tattooing, the stigmas about being a female in a male-dominated industry, and extraterrestrials.

Tell me some background information about yourself, how did you go from working with a private label in NYC to tattooing?

Oh, that’s a big one, Well, basically since I was a really little kid I loved designing for the human body. You know when I went into fashion, I thought I would like design for the human body – on fabric. Then after working in the fashion industry for almost six years I realized that I wanted to be more hands-on with the people that I actually designed the artwork for. You know, I didn’t want to sit at that cubicle all day every day and have somebody else put the name on the work that you know I strived so hard to put my heart and soul into this artwork. You work for a label and they put their name on it; it was just so impersonal.

I started getting tattoos around this time and I was spending a lot of time with friends of mine who were tattoo artists and shop keepers, and I was finally exposed to the lifestyle they lived and I saw how happy they were and I realized that’s what I wanted. That’s what I wanted to be. So, I went for designing for the skin to designing on the skin. I left my job, I took the plunge and left everything behind.

Fans are super excited to see you in the role of host with this new series. Could you give the fans a little background on what Ink Master: Grudge Match will entail?

Yeah, totally. Grudge Match is basically the next chapter in Ink Master. It’s basically a bunch of people coming on, going head to head with rivals they had on their season. In Ink Master when these artists compete a lot of the time stuff does get really, really personal cause as artists you know you put your heart and soul into the artwork that you do, and tattooing is no different. So a lot of the times somebody will go home before another person and they feel like it was a bad move or not deserved and people really want to call back other artists who they felt like took their opportunity and took their chance so the show, in a lot of the episodes, it gets really serious and it gets really personal because people are basically fighting for their integrity as an artist. They are fighting to set the record straight and people really bring it.

What do you look for when judging a tattoo in the competition?

Well, you know, regular Ink Masters – the judges that they have, they are judging on our line, shading, color saturation, how solid the tattoo is, longevity, background, and style. For us, we judge on pretty much a similar basis, but since these artists are coming back basically with a second chance to show the world who they are as artists and who they are as tattooers, we really want to see something special. DJ and Cleen and I, we traveled the world in the last few years and we’ve seen a lot of tattoos. We’ve seen a lot of very good tattoos and because of that, we want to see something really special. You know, we want to see who can really deliver and show us something really unique that we haven’t seen before and have it be solid with solid outlines, solid color. We want to see a tattoo that looks confident. We want to look at a piece of art that looks like it was made with intention. And of course, we want it to be fun.

What did it mean to you to be the first woman to win the title on Ink Master in season 8?

I mean it was definitely cool being the first woman to win, but being a woman never had any importance on my workload or how hard I strived or my integrity as a tattooer. I always just wanted to be treated equally. In no way did I want myself being a woman to separate me from the guys. If anything its been upsetting to me that I’ve been so separate from the other, you know, Ink Masters, because it’s like yeah I am the first woman to win, finally. We deserved it for so long, but I don’t want that to put me in another category because I am equal to all of those dudes and all of those dudes are equal to me.

If anything, I am striving for men and women being equal in all plains – especially in tattooing. I think the thing I am most proud of is I was a representative that its possible, but I don’t like to move forward and keep separation from myself and all the other winners because ultimately, we all went through the same challenge. We all woke up in the same loft every day, we all had the same adversities in front of us. We all had the same opportunities. For me, I don’t feel that being a woman made it any harder or any easier.

Related: Ink Master: Grudge Match DJ Tambe Interview

As a female tattoo artist have you come up against any social stigmas since it is a male-dominated profession?

At the very beginning of my career when I was just learning how to tattoo, my apprenticeship was really brutal. I went through a lot of really unnecessary, inappropriate, sh*t because I was a woman. That was just so ridiculous and hurtful and degrading, but it made me strong as hell. It made me so strong and I don’t know if I would have been as strong now if I didn’t face all those harsh realities so quickly in my career. And since then in our industry, I’ve always been treated from everyone – from men, women, from old-timers, newbies, you know I have only been treated with respect.

If somebody has a problem with me being a woman then they have a problem with women in general. I think that women every single day have to face adversity. They have to fight for men to take them seriously and equally and that’s not our fault. Unfortunately, it’s those men who don’t see it correctly who you know are going to be left behind and be missing out on beautiful people because times are changing with or without them.

Is there any interesting advice that you’d give to a young tattoo artist just starting out?

People ask me this all the time and all I can say is do things the right way. You’re not going to regret doing things the right way. You know, get an apprenticeship, study under a really knowledgeable, talented tattooer who knows what they are doing and apprentice the right way. Don’t try to go on YouTube or any of that crazy sh**. Have a lot, a lot, a lot of respect from the very beginning for this industry that has come such a long way. Make sure you are choosing someone to teach you that understands you and that respects you. Just make sure that the environment that you put yourself in is going to be healthy for you in the long run.

Tattoos have always been around since the early days of man; why do you think the popularity of tattoos has skyrocketed so recently?

Honestly, I feel like people are always intimidated by the unknown and for so long tattooing and the tattoo industry and everything that comes along with it was so unknown it was so taboo. People would be so intimidated to walk into a tattoo shop. And now because of the shows, a lot of the mystery is taken away and I think that pop culture, people are able to see that you know that tattooers are just regular people. They are just normal people that work hard, that are artists. We are all different and there is a different type of tattooer for everyone. I think when you take that mystery away people are more comfortable with becoming part of the club. I think it’s just making people be able to be more aware.

Speaking of the unknown- A bit of fun now, I’ve read you are into anything that has to do with the Extraterrestrial Life, care to elaborate?

Yeah! There’s a lot of sh*t out there. I started getting into the extraterrestrial realm and everything when I was eight. I had an experience when I was little that changed me forever. My mom remembers it, I remember it and ever since then my mom not only believed me but she saw the effects it had on me and was there for it and everything. So, since then we have been researching together, she’s always understood and supported me. I’ve researched my whole life and met a bunch of other people that had similar experiences, and for a really long time as a kid I thought that I was f*cking crazy cause of what I saw and so as a teenager, I NEVER talked about it. Because, first of all, when you’re a girl teenager named Ryan Malarkey you’re made fun of and I lived in a trailer park with a single mom.

So, when you come out with these crazy extraterrestrial stories people think I am a f*cking nut. So, I kept my mouth shut for a long time and then when I got a little older and comfortable with myself, I started opening my mouth a little bit and actually starting conversations with other like-minded people. What I found is, you know, so many people have had so many crazy experiences and there are so many things left unsolved and unsaid. It’s just amazing to be able to be comfortable enough and confident enough to have a conversation about things that can’t be explained. These days I feel like there is more evidence proving that they are here and that they do exist then evidence proving that there not.

Related: Ink Master Season 9: All Contestants & Winner

Lastly, where do you find your inspiration whether it is the inspiration to tattoo or the inspiration to run your own business where does it come from?

Well, um, all over the place. I do this thing like a lot of artists I’m sure do; I basically go through phases, right, like recently my most recent phase is jewelry tattoos. I love jewelry tattoos. And now my next phase is going to be something completely different. But it’s really based on my lifestyle and where I am at in life – what esthetically catches my eye, what interests me.

I always say how like Picasso had all those different periods. You know he went through his blue period and he went through his impressionist period and he went through his realism period. For me as an artist tattooing its really, really similar. It just depends on where I’m at in life and what I’m feeling. A lot of my inspiration comes from furniture – I love antiquing. I love antique stores and garage sales. Just to see what people throw away is like that sh*t is so beautiful. It’s amazing to me that those artists were able to create all of that out of nowhere, it’s so inspiring.

Next: Laura Marie is Crowned Ink Master: Battle of the Sexes Winner

Ink Master: Grudge Match airs Tuesdays at 10 pm EST on the Paramount Network.


2019-10-06 03:10:42

Jennifer O'Brien

10 Facts And Trivia You Didn’t Know About A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

A year after A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was released, Freddy returned to slash up more teenagers in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Freddy Krueger’s fourth film features a new group of teenagers, while also bring back Kristen, Joey, and Kincaid from Dream Warriors.

While the characters from the previous film come back for the fourth movie, The Dream Master mainly focuses on Alice (Lisa Wilcox), who is haunted by Krueger after being pulled into one of Kristen’s dreams. The film has been out for over 30 years now, but some things about the movie may still surprise you. Here are 10 Things You Didn’t Know About A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

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10 Englund Wasn’t Originally Behind The Project

While the A Nightmare on Elm Street series had several directors work on the franchise, Robert Englund was always a constant. Englund was almost replaced in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, but New Line Cinema quickly realized he was a critical part of the franchise. That being said, Englund wasn’t originally behind the idea of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

Englund admitted in the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy that he was worn out from his other acting gigs and didn’t really like the idea that was presented for Nightmare 4. However, the director Renny Harlin won Englund and others over after the first cut of footage was put together. After that, Englund described the film as the “MTV Nightmare”, calling the film, “energetic and kinetic”.

9 They Ran Out Of Money While Shooting

At one point during the shoot for The Dream Master, the filmmakers ran out of money. This is why Rick (Andras Jones) fights an invisible Freddy for his death scene. Originally, Rick was supposed to die in a complex sequence involving the elevator seen in the movie. The bottom of the elevator was originally supposed to crumble away and have Rick fall into a dark void, but instead, they had him fight an invisible Freddy using his karate moves.

Jones said he even studied karate for a few weeks prior to filming, but once he was on set, they just wanted him to do roundhouse punches. Jones even tore his stitches from his appendix surgery and had to be rushed to the hospital.

8 The Film’s Success Was A Surprise To Everyone

Despite getting mostly positive reviews from fans and critics for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, New Line Cinema still wasn’t quite sure they had a hit franchise on their hands. Due to lots of mishaps behind the scenes and a rushed schedule, it was a surprise to everyone when their film got glowing reviews and made a ton of money.

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Harlin revealed that at the time, The Dream Master was the highest-grossing independent film ever made. The Dream Master would hold its spot as the highest-grossing Nightmare on Elm Street film until 2003 when Freddy vs Jason took its place.

7 Englund’s Dentures Fell Into Toy Newkirk’s Mouth

Toy Newkirk played the character Sheila in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, who was a nerdy girl with asthma. During her death scene, a robotic claw comes out of Sheila’s desk, which the director now regrets. She then saw Krueger, who came over and literally sucked the life out of her, leaving behind a deflated and dried up corpse.

Newkirk has revealed that this was her first on-screen kiss, but it didn’t go exactly to plan as Englund’s Freddy dentures fell into her mouth when he kissed her. The glove that Englund had on was also the one with real blades since the shot was so up close.

6 Englund’s Favorite Scene Is In Part 4

Everybody has their favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street movie, but Robert Englund’s favorite scene of the entire franchise is in The Dream Master. The scene comes after Alice leaves The Crave Inn and rushes to Dan’s car. Alice tells Dan she’s going to drive before they get in the car and drive off.

The scene repeats a couple of times before Dan realizes that they are dreaming since the same sequence is happening over and over again. Englund has stated on the Never Sleep Again documentary that this is his favorite scene in the entire franchise because of how well the scene captures what a dream looks and feels like.

5 New Line Cinema Wasn’t Confident In The Director

By the time New Line Cinema was ready to make A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, they were scrambling to find a director. When Renny Harlin applied for the directing gig, New Line really wasn’t interested in him. He was an up and coming director from Finland, who had only made a few films in his career. Harlin was persistent and went back to New Line (unannounced and uninvited) five times before Bob Shaye gave him the job.

During the shoot, Harlin said that Shaye was always cold towards him, but after the film was released, Shaye invited him to drive around in his limo to go watch people’s reactions to the film around town. Harlin’s career quickly took off after this and today, Renny Harlin is the most successful Finnish director in Hollywood.

4 It Isn’t Known Why Patricia Arquette Didn’t Return

Today Patricia Arquette is an Academy Award-winning actress, but in 1987, her first-ever acting gig came in the role of Kristen Parker in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Arquette was replaced by Tuesday Knight for Nightmare 4, but it still isn’t exactly known why she didn’t return.

Rodney Eastman seemed to suggest that Bob Shaye wouldn’t pay her what her agents were asking, while Robert Englund also brought up the fact that Arquette was quickly becoming a popular actress. Eastman also mentioned that having a heartfelt reunion between his character Joey and Kristen was hard in Nightmare 4 since Tuesday Knight was acting in Arquette’s place.

3 They Build An Enormous Freddy Chest

At the end of the film, Alice is able to defeat Freddy by letting true evil (Freddy) look upon itself. This causes the souls of the children to literally rip their way free from Freddy’s chest and tear his head open. To pull the effect off, the effects department built a giant prop of Freddy’s chest of souls.

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While the effect looked cool, it wasn’t mounted properly and actually fell over during one of their takes. They had a woman named Michiko supporting the prop from the rafters of the set, who came tumbling down when the prop fell over.

2 Toy Newkirk Almost Had To Do ADR

Toy Newkirk had a memorable role as Sheila in The Dream Master, but her work behind the scenes wasn’t always the easiest. Not only did Englund’s dentures fall into her mouth, but she also almost had to redo all of her lines with ADR. Newkirk explained in the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy that Renny Harlin told her she had to ADR all of her scenes because she didn’t sound black enough.

She said at the time she was really offended by the comment, but that Harlin later thanked her for calling him out on it. However, in the documentary, Harlin denied that this actually happened and jokingly blamed it on Bob Shaye.

1 They Were Filming While The Script Was Being Written

With the positive reception of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, New Line Cinema was in a rush to get the next installment out. Most films won’t start filming until the script is finished, but that wasn’t the case for The Dream Master. William Kotzwinkle and Brian Helgeland are credited as the writers for the film, but by the time they started shooting, they only had a rough draft of the script to work with.

The  1988 Writers Guild of America Strike also affected the film, making Harlin rely on more visuals than actual storytelling. One of the makeup artists, Howard Berger, even said that they were still shooting a scene two weeks before the film was set to hit theaters.

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2019-10-01 03:10:36

Christopher Fiduccia

Ink Master: Grudge Match DJ Tambe Interview | Screen Rant

Back to back two-time Ink Master champion, DJ Tambe has returned to the tattoo competition – not as a competitor, but as a judge on Ink Master: Grudge MatchThe effortlessly nonchalant, self-taught tattooer has already taken Ink Master by storm twice – winning both times. And he’s is back on our TV screens for Ink Master’s 13th season.

Ink Master: Grudge Match is a spinoff of the original show which takes the concept and flips it on its head. The goal is to pit former Ink Master contestants against their biggest rivals to either squash personal vendettas or to just a friendly tattoo battle. The Ink Master alumni could be faces from any of the previous seasons. Some of America’s best tattoo artists will be battling it out for the chance to win $100,000 cash prize, a feature in Inked magazine, and the coveted title of “Ink Master,” DJ will be judging alongside two other former Ink Master champions, including the first-ever female winner, Ryan Ashley, from season 8 and season 11’s winner Cleen Rock One.

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DJ, who is known to crush the competition with his versatility, mastery in design, and attention for detail, can finally take a break from the stress of the competition as his job now is to judge the other artist’s work. It’s a huge change for the two-time winner. DJ sat down with Screen Rant to talk about how he got started in the tattooing industry. He opened up about his troubled past, his relationship with the other two judges, and spoke about what viewers can expect to see this season.

You are a legend in the tattooing industry – the only contestant to ever win back to back seasons, you kill it in almost every style, and now you’re coming back as a judge on the show that catapulted you into the spotlight. Tell me about yourself, at what age did you get started tattooing?

Young crazy kid, had some older friends, took some ink from art class; I hand-poked some stuff on myself. I was young at that point. I went to school and all of my friends wanted one. I started hand-poking all of my friends. That turned into me making a tattoo machine, a prison-style tattoo machine, started tattooing all my friends with that. And then when I was real young, I went into a shop that was opening – I was 17 years old and I got my first job. I went in and asked the owner for a job and when he asked me if I could tattoo, I told him “yeah” and I had just done house tats. He made me tattoo one of my friends for hours, and then he put me on skin the next day. I started tattooing lines of 25 dollar tattoos in the hood in Rochester, New York.

At what age did you start doing the stick-and-poke style of tattoos?

Man, I did my first one on myself when I was fourteen – thirteen, fourteen. I think my first one was on my girlfriend at the time, after myself. I did a little one on my ankle and I went to school. Everyone was like, “What’s that?” No one really had tattoos at the time, except for maybe like one giant senior. I started hand-poking all of my friends. I actually posted something in my story today, like a 24-year-old tattoo, that I either hand-poked or with the prison tattoo machine.

Were you always artistic? What was it that drew you to tattooing?

Yeah, since I can remember – I’ve been doing art. One of my cousins, when I was younger, he drew all sorts of cartoons and comic strips and stuff. He kind of was the first to kind of open my eyes to like, “wow, that’s pretty dope.” My first job was with him, I used to like draw on pants, whether it’d be like Bart Simpson or whatever. I think I sold a pair to one of my teachers when I was a kid. So that was kind of my first art kind of job. Just ever since I just stuck with it. I used to paint a lot of graffiti. I had train tracks behind my house as a kid. We used to get the neighborhood kids and walk the tracks and paint the trains – kind of that graffiti background – but, yeah, since I can remember.

So how did you end up on Ink Master in season 9, did they contact you?

Yeah, me and Bubba, we partnered up, Bubba knew that I was pretty versatile and we were pretty good friends; we knew each other personalities and styles and stuff like that. We just knew it’d be, you know, tough to get by us. First, I tried to get on season 2, I got pretty far in the process but then I didn’t end up going on, so I’ve been trying to get on since then.

Related: Ink Master Season 9: All Contestants & Winner

Your co-star and co-judge Ryan Ashley describes you as “nonchalant about how talented” you are, how many years did it take to get that nonchalance?

Oh man, I think I’ve just kind of been that way since I’ve been born. I don’t know. Maybe my mother made me that way or my father. It’s just an attitude. I don’t think I know everything and I just try to stay that way. I try not to be a giant dick. This time has gone by really fast in life, so I’m like, I don’t want to be a dick in life, I wanna be like, I want to be cool. So I just try to stay humble, and a lot of my stuff I hate. You know, it’s just me as an artist. I’m like, “Ugh, I hate that,” you know? Everyone’s like, “That’s amazing,” and I’m like, “Ugh, I could have done this, I could have done that. So it’s me as a person, but it’s cool to hear I inspire people and stuff like that. It gives me a weird feeling, but I love it.

Clean said you have a “really good eye for composition,” and are an amazing technician – who would you credit as the masters that you learned from?

Like I said, I kind of taught myself. A lot of the shops I’ve been in, I mean everyone’s amazing, but I kind of just focused myself. You know, once I learned the technique, I just don’t really rely on anybody else but myself to kind of master it as much as I can. I mean, tons of artists have influenced me throughout my career, there are just too many, too many to name. I guess I just focused on myself throughout my career and just harness those skills. I mean you can take stuff from everybody, but I mean you’re really holding the machine. To get your lines clean, you got to have steady hands. You can’t really – no one really taught me that.

You opened up to viewers about your troubled past with drug use and your time in jail. How did that shape you?

Well I mean I saved money now, I have things now. I mean, when everything is gone and you don’t have anything, it’s like, you really start to think about stuff. That’s kind of what it was for me. I wouldn’t say I’d take it back. It has molded me into who I am, but it was a tough change, it’s like, I struggle every day – take it day to day. It’s part of my attitude too, you know like I’ve been low, so you just got to be positive if you have anything. I mean not doing drugs; I used to get told that I was good at tattooing while doing drugs so it’s like, it’s only up from there, and after I wasn’t doing all of that stuff. I’m to the point where I’d never do it again, so it makes me look back and try to help other people that were in my position.

Why did you decide to be transparent about your past with the viewers? Did you just want to be completely honest with them?

Yeah, it’s just an honesty thing. It’s just like, who I am. Like you said, it’s kind of molded me and it’s not like I do it now, so I can talk about all of that stuff now. The people when they’re on drugs, they’re not talking about it, they’re hiding it. So it feels good to totally flip it and now it’s like, “That’s where I used to be.” You know what I mean? I’m digging for old photos and stuff like “Here’s the day I left for rehab” and this is now. So it’s pretty cool.

So, if you don’t mind sharing, how long have you been clean from drugs?

It’s been 11 years – coming on 11 years. And don’t get me wrong, I still have a couple of cocktails and I smoke weed all of the time, but that’s what I got. And I don’t waste my whole savings on it, lose houses and relationships. But, yeah, I’m stoked.

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Of the three original judges, Dave Navarro, Chris Nunez, and Oliver Peck – who do you most relate to in the way you judge tattoos?

I think I relate, see that’s hard too. I know it sounds stupid, but I relate to all of them in certain ways. You know, Chris is really smart with the tattooing side of things too, and he takes it pretty technical. Dave is an artist and he had a pretty sh*tty past and he turned his life around. And Oliver is just a goof and he knows what he’s talking about with solid tattoos. So it’s a little bit out of everybody. I relate to them all, I love them all.

When judging tattoos, what are the most important things you look for?

I always take it back to fundamentals – the basics – that first. If they’re chewing people’s skin up, or doing any trauma to the skin, they’re out. That’s first, but after that, it’s like can they draw, do they know what they’re doing at the design table; that’s what it is. But just really like clean, solid, smart decisions, and just something that will stand the test of time, that looks great.

One of your most talked about moments is when you used a mag needle to pull lines for your shading on a line tattoo challenge, you got a lot of flack for that by the other contestants, but the judges didn’t seem to mind. How would you have judged that situation?

I think it shows innovation. I’d be on the artist’s side too. I think if you’re just being creative and still meet the challenge. It’s showing that you are one step ahead of all of the other artists. So if you pull any tricks out at any moment you might as well do it, because you’re in a competition setting.

How would you describe your relationships with Ryan Ashley and Clean Rock One?

I think we’re great together. I mean, we’re all friends outside of here. So that helps knowing people’s personalities before even sitting next to them, is cool. So that works out. And we all get along, we’re all positive, upbeat people. Cleen’s really straight forward, loud, and just makes you laugh. Ryan’s super smart, she’s got the look, the personality. I’m more art side of things. I think our dynamic, I don’t know man, is just perfect.

Ink Master Grudge Match premieres tomorrow, What can you tell Screen Rant about the upcoming season?

Viewers can expect to see amazing tattoos, I mean, the artistry is cool just to watch behind it. These artists pretty much established already, coming back to just settle a grudge. So there’s a lot of heat. There’s a lot of maybe personal issues between the two of them, or none at all, it could be just a friendly battle of one friend trying to show up another. It’s different week to week, everything changes. You don’t have to see the same faces, except for our ugly mugs; but get used to that, hopefully. I think it’s going to be awesome, we try to have a lot of fun and keep things honest and show the world what tattoos should look like and settle these grudges.

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Ink Master: Grudge Match premieres Tuesday, October 1st at 10 pm EST on the Paramount Network.


2019-09-30 06:09:30

Julia Odom

Ink Master Season 9: Contestants & Winner | Screen Rant

Ink Master season 9 was the first time contestants battled for the title of ‘Master Shop’, but which tattoo artists competed and who won the season? Ink Master is the brainchild of reality TV production company Original Media (now Truly Original) and aired its first season on Paramount Network in 2012. The show is hosted by inked up Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro who also acts as a judge alongside tattoo artists Chris Núñez and Oliver Peck of Miami Ink fame. In each season, a gaggle of talented artists compete against each other in various challenges to win a cash prize, an editorial feature in Inked Magazine and the much-coveted title of ‘Ink Master.’

What started as a relatively simple format has gotten more elaborate over the years with later seasons taking on certain themes. Season 5 (Ink Master: Rivals), for example, featured contestants who had some sort of rivalry while season 6 (Ink Master: Master Vs. Apprentice) pitted mentors against their pupils. The show’s twelfth and current season is titled Ink Master: Battle Of The Sexes and – as its title suggests – pits male contestants against female contestants.

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Season 9 was dubbed Ink Master: Shop Wars and featured eighteen of America’s top tattoo studios battling it out for the title of ‘Master Shop’ and a cash prize worth $200,000. Each tattoo shop was represented by two artists working as a team and the studios were split into two categories –Rookies, who were made up of newbies to the show, and Veterans, featuring contestants who’d been on previous seasons. Among the veterans were season 6’s Katie McGowan and season 1 runner-up and Tattoo Nightmares star Tommy Helm. Here are all the shops and contestants that competed in Ink Master season 9, from the first to be eliminated to the winner.

Thicker Than Blood – Jhon Campuzano & Babiery Hernandez

The Marked Society Tattoo – Wes Hogan & Mike P

Black Anchor Collective – Carlos Rojas & Aric Taylor

Tri-Cities Tattoo – Chavonna “Bang” Rhodes & Danger Dave

Think Before You Ink – Richard “Made Rich” Parker & Derrick “Dtatstar” Verley

House of Monkey Tattoo – Lalo Yunda & Picasso Dular

Bone Face Ink Tattoo Shop – Anwon “Boneface” Johnson & Brandon “Hobo Ink” Allen

Black Spade Tattoo – Yovan “E.S.” Barraza & Josh “King Ruck” Glover

Pinz & Needlez – Jessy Knuckles & Allisin Riot

Classic Trilogy Tattoo – Thom Bulman & Derek Zielinski

Artistic Skin Designs – April Nicole & Dane Smith

Allegory Arts – Ulyss Blair & Eva Huber

Empire State Studio – Tommy Helm & Marvin Silva

Golden Skull Tattoo – Aaron “Aaron Is” Michalowski & James “Cleen Rock One” Steinke

Unkindness Art – Erin Chance & Jerrett “Doom Kitten” Querubin

Basilica Tattoo – Christian Buckingham & Noelin Wheeler

Black Cobra Tattoos – Katie McGowan & Matt O’Baugh

Old Town Ink – Aaron “Bubba” Irwin & DT Tambe

In the Ink Master season 9 finale just three teams remained – Basilica Tattoo, Black Cobra Tattoos, and Old Town Ink. The finale saw contestants compete in three challenges: a six-hour live tattoo, a 35-hour black-and-gray large-scale piece and a 35-hour large-scale color tattoo. Basilica Tattoo were first to be kicked out of the finale, followed swiftly by Black Cobra Tattoos.

That left Aaron “Bubba” Irwin and DT Tambe who were crowned the winners of Ink Master season 9 thanks to two stunning back tattoos – a black-and-gray realist portrait and a Japanese-inspired dragon piece. Not only did Irwin and Tambe earn themselves the title of ‘Ink Master’, but they also earned their Scottsdale, Arizona studio Old Town Ink the title of ‘Master Shop’.

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2019-09-07 05:09:18

Helen Armitage

G.I. Joe Movie Spinoff Snake Eyes Casts Iko Uwais as Hard Master

The G.I. Joe spinoff movie Snake Eyes has found the character’s trainer, with Iko Uwais cast as Hard Master. The G.I. Joe IP previously was put to the big screen a decade ago with Channing Tatum in the lead role. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra did not receive positive reviews, but earned over $300 million at the box office. Instead of doing a direct sequel, a soft reboot approach was taken with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson taking over the lead role; G.I. Joe: Retaliation hit theaters in 2013 and only saw a moderate increase financially, earning $375 million worldwide.

In order to give the beloved brand a fresh start, Paramount, Skydance, and Hasbro’s AllSpark Pictures have decided that a Snake Eyes solo movie is where G.I. Joe will go next on the big screen. Robert Schwentke (Insurgent) is directing the solo film based on a script from Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast). It was recently announced that Henry Golding is attached to play the silent and mysterious lead character in the origin movie.

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With the movie set to explore how Snake Eyes became the expert fighter he is known to be, THR has revealed who will teach him these skills. They’ve revealed that The Raid star Iko Uwais has joined the project as Hard Master, who is Snake Eyes’ teacher skilled with a sword and the leader of the Arashikage ninja clan. Hard Master has not only trained Snake Eyes, but also his brother and enemy Storm Shadow – who will be played by Andrew Koji.

Uwais easily fits the bill of an expert fighter who can train Snake Eyes, as he has built his entire acting career around his combat skills. He is best known for The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2, but he’s also broken through to American films through StuberMile 22, or his cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Most recently, Uwais led Netflix’s mystical kung fu series Wu Assassins, which further highlighted his action-star ability.

The decision by the studios and creatives bringing Snake Eyes to the screen to cast Uwais hopefully means that he will be given plenty of opportunities to shine. He is certainly capable of bringing incredibly realistic and impressive fights to the screen, so it would be a big mistake to not use his full talents in Snake Eyes. With the recent release date delay to October 2020, it may still be a while before we get to see Uwais in action as Hard Master. When we do though, hopefully Snake Eyes will give Uwais a chance to stand out.

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Source: THR


2019-09-06 07:09:15

Cooper Hood

Holli Marie Interview: Ink Master: Battle of the Sexes

One of the most consistent tattoo artists on Ink Master: Battle of the Sexes is 24-year-old Holli Marie; she is flying under the radar to make it to the end of the competition. This young, talented tattoo artist from Deep River, Connecticut has been making a name for herself all over the country. After being invited to Ink Masters a few years back, she finally decided to take on the televised tattooing competition. Holli, who is described as a multi-faceted artist skilled in traditional work, consistently delivers the judges amazing tattoos with clean linework and expert color. She excels in traditional tattoo work with a knack for black and gray and watercolor, and she has delivered masterful tattoos up for judging week after week.

In Season 12 of Ink Master: Battle of The Sexes, teams of male and female tattoo artists battle against each other to win $100,000 and the coveted title of Ink Master, and Holli is here to win. This season of Ink Master covers the controversial subject of sexism in the tattooing industry, in which Holli has had her fair share of. As female tattooers are becoming just as common in the male-dominated workplace, this season captures the struggle young women have while breaking into the industry. Ink Master contestants compete in various tattoo challenges that not only test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity by creating and executing original tattoos on command. Holli has been praised on her previous tattoos for having rich black tones, excellency creating contrasting colors, and crafting some of the cleanest outlines the judges have seen.

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With Holli’s six years of experience as a tattoo artist, she has been the underdog since the beginning of her career and this competition, fighting against all odds and discrimination to come out on top. Holli has a strategy of lying low to not be recognized as a threat too early on in the competition, while still staying out of the bottom three. There has been conversation being started about gender due to season 12 being Ink Master: Battle of the Sexes, so Screen Rant spoke with Holli Marie to talk about how this season tackles the subject of sexism in the tattooing workplace and how she manages to play the social game in the competition, while still creating master-level ink on the human canvases.

Ink Master describes you as “a multifaceted artist who is skilled in traditional work, featuring clean linework and expert color.” Tell me some background information on yourself, how did you get started tattooing?

I started tattooing about 6 years ago now. I was straight out of high school, I graduated and then instantly went into a tattoo shop and started working. When I was in high school, I was a portrait artist, so I did a lot of realistic [tattoos]. I loved black and grey when I first started tattooing. So, I started out as being my shop’s only realism and portrait artist. I started doing that, then getting busy doing portraits all day; I got really bored artistically. I started doing more neo-traditional style stuff and I just fell in love with that even more. I’ve been doing that for about four years now. I mean, I came up in a street shop, so you have to be good at whatever it is that walks through that door, you have to be able to execute it well and give somebody a good tattoo no matter what style it is.

I understand you have 6 years of tattooing under your belt. What was the age you began tattooing?

I was 17 when I started my apprenticeship, and then a couple of months later I turned 18 and I was actually an apprentice.

What was it that drew you to become a tattoo artist specifically? 

I went to a magnet school for arts for high school and I never took my SATs or anything. The school got more funding for the more students who went off to college afterward, so they were really pushing everybody to go to college. I was like, “I didn’t take my SATs, I’m not going to college. It’s not for me. I’m done with school.” I was a punk-rock teenager, so I would blow off meetings with guidance counselors. They would pull me out of class and say, “What are you doing with your life?” And I was just like, “I want to do what I want, I want to be a rockstar. I just want to go with the flow.” And they were just like, “That’s not an answer, you need a job lined up.” And in my head, the only thing I could think of was tattoos because it would piss my mom off and it’s artistic. I mean, it’s like a nine-to-five for an artist. So, they said, “Well, go get a job,” and I did – that night. I came back and was like, “Shut the f*ck up, I got a job. Leave me alone.”

Were you a fan of Ink Master before you were asked to be on it?

I definitely had heard of it before. The city where I work now, the [tattoo artist] who won like season 2 or something, so that’s what I knew of Ink Masters. I never really was like super into it until they started asking me to go on and I refused. And then my husband was like, “You should just do it.” So, then I actually started watching the show. I was like, well I guess I should research this if I’m really gonna do it.

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Are there any previous Ink Masters or tattoo artists in general that you admire their style or the way they played the “game” of the competition?

Yeah, I mean, it’s definitely a game. Now that I’ve been through it, I know that more than ever. Definitely the first female Ink Master, I obviously identify with her, Ryan Ashley. She’s a really sweet person in real life. I definitely appreciate what she is doing for herself, I guess more than anything else. She really is taking advantage of her time in the spotlight as an Ink Master. I feel like a lot of Ink Masters, I mean I am in the city with another one, and I know what it’s like to see them not take advantage of that time. She’s really taking advantage of it and really setting herself up for the future, where a lot of the other Ink Masters haven’t and they just kind of fall to the wayside.

I read that you told Ink Master that your greatest strength is your stamina, how do you think your stamina has helped you so far in the competition?

I mean it’s definitely showing in what’s aired so far. I mean I do solid work, every single tattoo. I haven’t been in the bottom… I am here to play. I am here to make it all of the way. I’m not really making waves right now, because I’m keeping myself in the running, so I just pop up in the end, you know?

I read that your favorite styles to tattoo are Traditional, black and gray, and watercolor. Which tattoo challenge thus far on the season was the most fun or easiest for you to do?

Honestly, in terms of the easiest and the tattoo that was the least stressful was definitely the cross-stitch challenge, surprisingly, because I’ve never heard of that style before. I mean, it’s linework, it’s simple. I don’t know why the men’s team gave me one the easiest canvases, but they did. It didn’t nearly take 6 hours, it maybe took me 2 hours, and I stretched it out. It was just a foot tattoo – I can’t spend 6 hours on a foot. It was the easiest for me. I really had fun with the surrealism challenge too. I had never done anything like that before, even though it stressed me out to all hell, I still had a really good time with it and it’s definitely one of my favorites that I had done this far, as well.

On the other hand, which tattoo style was the hardest, the one that you just didn’t resonate with the style? 

In terms of like just getting into my head, I definitely think it was [episode 5] even though it was the do whatever you want day, it was a tattoo I would do at home, any day of the week. It was a like owl fighting a snake. I got in my head way too much. I didn’t think I would because it’s just like, “Oh, do what you do on a normal day,” but I just got too much in my head. Even though I do that style all of the time, it still just like stressed me out. I could see in my own work that it was just not as good as I would do on a normal basis because I was so stressed out about it. Sometimes having too much freedom is not a good thing. I like to have guidelines.

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The girls’ team has been winning most of the flash challenges so far in the season. Which was easier for you, the flash challenges or the tattoo work on your own? 

I definitely like tattooing a lot better. The flash challenges are just so weird. It’s never just like, “paint a portrait.” It’s always something completely ridiculous, like the first episode’s flash challenge was coffee beans – make a painting out of coffee beans? Who comes up with this? What are we doing?

I know there are hours worth of footage being compressed into the 1-hour episodes. How do you feel about the way is edited and portrays you?

I’m fine with it. I think I come across as a no-nonsense person, which is how I take my career. I take it very seriously. This is my life and my livelihood. So, I don’t want to come across as a crazy person, or someone who fluctuates on their opinions. I was very adamant during all filming that I want to come across as somebody who is strong in their convictions, and I think I am coming across that way. I am not a sh*t-talker, in the way that Cam is. If I am like sh*t-talking somebody it’s funny, to their face, typical tattooer stuff, like, “I’ll give them my card for when they want to cover it up.” It’s always with humor. I’m not a backstabbing person or trying to hurt anybody. I was very adamant during the filming that I didn’t come across that way at all. I’ve actually been really happy with the way that I’ve been portrayed so far. I know some people aren’t excited about the way they were portrayed, but I’m like, “You portrayed yourself that way.” If you had thought about it, if you had planned you could have been portrayed different, but you let your emotions get the best of you and you cried on camera and you sounded like an idiot.

What was the most enticing part of the prize for you? Was it the $100,000, the featured story in Ink Magazine, or the title?

Obviously the money, I mean who couldn’t use $100,000? Obviously, the title and everything is cool too, and it comes with that. And the publicity behind it is obviously the long term money instead of just the short term paycheck. To get me through it, it was like, “I could use $100,000. It would really help me out.”

On that note, what were your plans for if you did win the money?

If I win the money, I would probably just open a shop. I work for somebody right now. Obviously, I don’t have the money to branch off and do my own thing. I do travel quite frequently. I definitely would like to invest in a shop and also some sort of consistent means of travel for me to get around to [tattoo] conventions. I love traveling, it’s one of the reasons I got into tattooing. I would definitely like to invest into that more. So I could be away, even more, consistently.

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Without giving away any spoilers, can you give viewers an idea of what to expect the rest of the season?

Obviously a lot of drama. Men and women living in a house together, there’s always going to be drama. Some crazy ridiculous, weird twist flash challenges and tattoo challenges. There is never a set of schedule of events in any season, so there will definitely be weird twists and turns, and stuff you’d never expected to see. It’s definitely going to be a super fun ride.

What did you think of the “Battle of the Sexes” theme for season 12? Did it deter you from coming on the show, or did you find it intriguing?

We didn’t know what the season was going to be until we got there. A lot of people, when the promos came out and everything were like, “Why would you agree to do that?” I had no idea until I was there and Dave Navarro told us it was battle of the sexes. Nobody knew, we all kind of forced into this kind of controversial subject. Especially in the tattoo industry, it’s hard for people outside of the industry or male tattooers in general to understand, like it is harder for a woman in a male-dominated industry – in any industry. A lot of these guy tattooers are saying it’s not that hard, you’re making it hard on yourselves. We’re not though, we’re trying just as hard as any man is, and I think it’s pretty apparent even in the way we are judged on the show; we keep getting overlooked. I don’t necessarily know if it’s because we are women, but we do keep getting overlooked. Dani should have won about five tattoo challenges and got tattoo of the day. I don’t know if it’s because she’s a girl or if it’s because she has the least experience, but there’s definitely something there that we’re not getting the same treatment, in some way or another.

Now in episode 5 of this season, there was an opportunity for contestants to be judged anonymously and it seemed like a really awesome idea.

On Twitter and on Instagram, everyone’s like, “We want blind judging. We don’t want you to know if some man or woman did the tattoos.” Last week was such a cool thing that it was blind judging, they didn’t know who did these tattoos and they judged them by off what they looked like not by if a man or a woman did it. Of course, they had their prejudgements, they thought that Creepy Jason’s tattoo was by me because it was pink and purple. And they thought that mine wasn’t done by a girl because it was too masculine. You can tell if a woman did that because it looking a certain way, Creepy Jason and I agreed on that. You guys thought that we had done each other’s tattoos.

You said on Ink Master that a lot of people haven’t taken you seriously because you are a young female tattoo artist. What sort of comments have you heard in the tattoo industry?

It’s mostly like traditional tattooers, like guy tattooers, who are old-school, and they see the types of tattoos that I’m doing, that are also bold and bright and traditional. They don’t respect it as much as if a man did it. And they will tell it to your face, they’ll let you know that women weren’t allowed to tattoo a long time ago. And I’m like, “Okay, but you’re tattooing now and so am I. There’s no reason for you to not like me just because I’m a girl.” I’ve been kicked out of a shop because I was a young girl. I’ve had clients who didn’t want to be worked on by me because I was a young girl. I’ve had people that I worked with tell me the only reason people want to get tattooed by me or follow me on Instagram is because I have t*ts. Even though it wasn’t until last year that I have put any picture of myself on any social media. That was apparently why I have followers.

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Who would you consider the best female tattoo artists on the show are currently?

I would definitely say Dani and Laura are my favorite girls on the women’s team. Obviously, all living together and we got to know each other really well. Me and Dani live very close to each other surprisingly, I work on the Rhode Island border and she works in Rhode Island. We haven’t yet made the trip out to see each other. We and Dani were pretty close.

Who would you say is the biggest male competitor. 

Artistically, I would have to say Creepy Jason. He has the kind of artistic mind that I think the judges really resonate with. They really like that, not necessarily 90’s, but kind of weird style. And I think he’s a good tattooer, where what he tattoos is very clean and it’s what they’re looking for, so I definitely think Creepy Jason is somebody to watch out for. And stylistically, obviously Pon is closest to my style normally, so he’s definitely been my biggest rival on the male’s team.

What did you take away from the show? 

I gained obviously TV experience, I had no idea how TV worked. Apparently, a lot of people didn’t know how TV works, because it’s very different than I thought it was going to be. The way that this show does it… like you live and work in the same building… We don’t get to go outside. We have to stay hidden away because it has to be a secret. We don’t leave the building, you are stuck there. You only go out every once and a while. It’s like you’re a little vampire or a little prisoner in there. You’re not allowed to see the sun… It was really fun. The judges are nice. They’re actually really nice people. So don’t hate them as much as other people hate them.

What did you gain artistically from the show?

Artistically, definitely, like thinking more so about the way I design my pieces and stuff like that. I’ve definitely started incorporating techniques and different design elements that I didn’t use before, into my tattoos now. I think creatively I’m a lot stronger because of the show.

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2019-07-24 01:07:13

Julia Odom

Pablo Schreiber Will Play Master Chief In Halo TV Series

Showtime’s upcoming Halo TV series has found its Master Chief in American Gods star Pablo Schreiber. The series is on course to become the first successful attempt to bring the immensely popular Xbox video game to live-action; it comes after a number of failed attempts to turn Halo into a blockbuster movie stalled and a Steven Spielberg-produced television show intended to be exclusive to Xbox owners also failed to get off the ground. Now, Showtime’s ambitious project not only has a writer, director, and lead actor, but also additional casting news.

Adapting video games into successful film and television projects has been difficult for Hollywood, but not for a lack of trying. Recent efforts such as Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft failed to ignite the box office in the US and have so far ended as one-and-done would-be franchises. The recent Tomb Raider reboot, starring Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander, fared slightly better, as even though it wasn’t a huge commercial hit, a sequel is nevertheless on the way. That puts some pressure on Halo to not only break the supposed “video game curse,” but also flesh out a character who more or less a cipher. 

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In order to do that, Showtime has cast Schreiber as the famed augmented soldier, bringing a face to the character for the first time. The news was announced in an official release from Showtime, one that also included mention of another cast member, Yerin Ha, who will play Quan Ah. You can read an excerpt from the official casting mention below:

“Schreiber will play Master Chief, Earth’s most advanced warrior in the 26th century and the only hope of salvation for a civilization pushed to the brink of destruction by the Covenant, an unstoppable alliance of alien worlds committed to the destruction of humanity. Newcomer Yerin Ha will play a new character within the HALO world: Quan Ah, a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both.”

It sounds as though series co-executive producers Kyle Killen (Awake)  and Steve Kane (The Last Ship) will stick to the basic Halo story of the forces of Earth locked in a desperate battle with the destructive alien race known as the Covenant. But with a charismatic actor like Schreiber on board to play Master Chief, fans of the series may have to prepare themselves for an interpretation of the character that may vary considerably from how he’s been portrayed in the games. For now, the casting announcement should get people talking about the Halo series, and pondering what that means for Schreiber’s role as Mad Sweeney on American Gods. 

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Halo is set to begin production in 2019.


2019-04-17 12:04:08

Kevin Yeoman

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy Review – So Begins the Ip Man Universe

They might not be a full-blown shared universe just yet, but the Ip Man films have certainly taken a step in that direction thanks to the Max Zhang-led spinoff, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy. The original Ip Man and its sequels were box office hits in China that elevated lead Donnie Yen to newfound levels of popularity in his homeland (and, ultimately, led to him gaining international fame in films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), so it stands to reason that an off-shoot could do something similar for Zhang. Wherever the greater Ip Man franchise goes from here, its first spinoff is more successful than not in realizing its simple, but unpretentious ambitions. Master Z delivers its fair share of pulpy entertainment and stylish martial arts fights without bringing anything particularly fresh to the genre.

Zhang, reprising his Ip Man 3 role here, stars as Cheung Tin-chi, a Wing Chun master who leaves his old life behind him (following his defeat behind closed doors at Ip Man’s hands), in favor of a quiet existence running a grocery store with his young son. While Master Z includes black and white flashbacks to key moments from Ip Man 3, the finer details of Tin-chi’s backstory are of little relevance to the narrative at hand. As a result, the spinoff serves as a decent entry point for those who’re unfamiliar with the previous movies in the Ip Man franchise, but makes for an otherwise unnecessary extension of the property. Nevertheless, it gives Zhang the chance to further demonstrate his mettle as a star (which he does) in a mid-20th century martial arts drama of his own.

Plot-wise, the Master Z script by Ip Man trilogy writers Edmond Wong and Chan Tai Lee weaves together story threads about British colonialists and corrupt police officers, the head of an organized crime gang (Michelle Yeoh) trying to turn her operation into a legitimate business, and Tin-chi attempting – and failing – to keep his head down amidst all this, no longer able to find any meaning in his practice of Wing Chun and life of combat. Suffice it to say, the movie is full of melodramatic subplots and one-dimensional villains, including the opium-dealing Tso Sai Kit (Kevin Cheng, playing Yeoh’s onscreen brother) and Owen Davidson (Dave Bautista), a brawny drug smuggler who pays off the cops and uses his posh restaurant as the cover for his crimes. Ultimately, these threads amount to little more than the catalyst for Tin-chi’s arc, which is pretty straightforward and might’ve benefitted from having fewer storylines to compete with for screentime.

Obviously, when it comes to this kind of B-movie genre fare, the major selling point is the martial arts fighting, not the story and character development that comes between it (more on that soon). Still, Master Z generally fails to subvert expections or take its plot threads in unexpected directions, even though some of them (like the one involving Yeoh) might’ve been able to sustain a whole film on their own. More frustrating, admittedly, are the movie’s regressive qualities, like the way it tends to reduce its female characters (those not played by Yeoh, that is) to either helpless damsels, victims brutalized by the movie’s bad guys, or capable fighters who’re inexplicably left out of the biggest battles. The latter criticism applies specifically to Julia (Liu Yan), a woman who helps Tin-chi and guides him on his personal journey, but is increasingly sidelined in favor of her brother Fu (Xing Yu), as the story progresses.

Fortunately, when it come to the fighting sequences, Master Z is much more successful in execution. The film was directed by the renowned Hong Kong martial arts filmmaker and choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (still best known in the U.S. for his work on The MatrixCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Kill Bill), and his near-fifty years of experience serves the action well here. Master Z‘s close-quarter combat sequences aren’t as innovative as Woo-ping’s most famous efforts, but he finds clever ways of staging the battles – most notably, during a fight set atop a collection of business signs – and shoots the action in a visually crisp and cohesive fashion that really showcases the athleticism of his performers and stunt team. It helps that Yeoh, Zhang, and Bautista all have very different fighting styles, so the various throwdowns avoid blurring together and each possess their own distinct look, feel, and rhythm.

Overall, Master of Z is a perfectly serviceable martial arts offering, if one that lacks the rich character-driven storytelling that made the original Ip Man such a noteworthy addition to the genre in the first place. The film might be as cartoony as the “Black Bat” comics that Tin-chi’s son is obsessed with, but it seems to recognize that for the most part, and rarely holds itself up as being more than a flashy, insubstantial pice of entertainment. It doesn’t really have lavishing production values either, so those who’re interested might want to hold off and catch this one at home (assuming it even makes its way to their local theater). As for those who prefer their Ip Man movies to actually feature Ip Man: fear not, Ip Man 4 proper is coming down the pipeline next.

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy is now playing in U.S. theaters. It is 108 minutes long and is not rated.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!


2019-04-12 05:04:36

Sandy Schaefer

Disney’s Master Plan For Fox Reboots

Walt Disney Studios officially owns Fox now, but what properties should they prioritize rebooting? One of the major IPs that Disney now has control over is the X-Men, and their introduction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been highly discussed. The Marvel characters joining the MCU in Phase 4 or beyond is one of the most anticipated outcomes of the deal, but Disney acquired Fox for much more than just the X-Men.

The Mouse House now has full control over a number of major properties. Since the deal is still only a few weeks old, Disney and Fox have yet to announce what exactly their plans will be. The studios just recently unveiled what their combined 2019 slate of movies will look like, so any news on what the long-term future will be is still very much unclear. But, we do know that Disney will look to use as many of the valuable IPs that Fox owns in the best (and most lucrative) way possible. For many, this could mean hard reboots, so which ones should they prioritize?

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In Screen Rant’s latest video, we run through a whole list of properties that Disney should consider to reboot under their supervision. While we didn’t bother running through the X-Men since they’ve already received so much attention, the other major Marvel property in the Fantastic Four is another one that may be rebooted in the near future. Outside of Marvel properties though, check out the video featured at the top of this post for some of the other properties that Disney could now reboot.

While we’ll have to wait and see exactly what Disney and Fox envision for many of these franchises, it was recently confirmed that two of them will definitely find new life. During Disney/Fox’s presentation at CinemaCon last week, Emma Watts, Vice Chair of 20th Century Fox Film, confirmed that Planet of the Apes and Alien are two IPs that will be getting new installments. Watts didn’t reveal any major details on when these new movies will arrive or what they will be about, but it was exciting confirmation nonetheless.

Planet of the Apes recently wrapped up a new trilogy in 2017 that ended the series in a position where it could be the end, while still leaving room for more stories. The three films were incredibly successful critically, but it reached pique popularity with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. Altogether, the three films grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide, so it is no wonder the studios want to keep it alive. As for Alien, Ridley Scott recently returned to the universe for Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, and had plans for multiple more entries. Those may not happen now that Disney is in control, but nothing has been officially stated either way.

As is the case with all of these properties, possible Disney reboots may not need to happen on the big screen. Some, like Percy Jackson, could be adapted into a TV series exclusive to Disney+, while another X-Files revival or Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot could happen too. Even if Disney viewed properties like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Casper with movie potential, they could also be made straight for streaming. Since many of these properties have fan bases of their own, hopefully the right decisions are made about their future.

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2019-04-08 02:04:20

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