Minutes before Garth Brooks hits the stage for a three-night run in North Little Rock, three things will be certain of Verizon Arena crowd waiting on the other side of that curtain: There will be cowboy hats. There will be cowboy boots. And the thousands of waiting fans will be counting down the seconds until Brooks plays the opening note of their absolute favorite Garth tune.
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Garth Brooks returns to music after decade-plus departure
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Serial, a weekly podcast from the creators of This American Life, began with its first episode in early October, but it wasn’t until several weeks into the show’s run that its popularity began to really pick up. The show follows one murder case over the course of the season, which is, so far, 10 episodes in the making about the murder of Hae Min Lee, a high school girl killed in 1999. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was charged and is currently serving his life sentence.
After a break at Thanksgiving (new episodes come out on Thursdays), the much-anticipated 10th episode of Serial became available today. It’s being called one of the most popular podcasts ever.
Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
The first installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 comes out this weekend.
The American Taekwondo Association World Expo is in Little Rock this week. For everyone who isn’t capable of breaking bricks with their fists, we put together a list of the best martial arts movies for vicarious living. Martial arts movies have appealed to audienes for quite some time, and the sport’s rich, storied history is still bobbing up into mainstream consciousness. Directors like Sergio Leone display Akira Kurosawa as a great inspiration, while Star Wars and spaghetti westerns drew heavily on Kurosawa’s influence, with less name dropping. It’s only fitting that a good number of influential movies are tied to this ancient Eastern tradition.
A movie about getting drunk and fighting. Right up my alley.
The Legend of Drunken Master
The 1994 sequel to Drunken Master is 16 years removed from its original, but it delivers a tighter story with a better sense of Jackie Chan’s comedic skill. The movie’s production was a subject of contention for Jackie Chan and Chia-Liang Liu. Eventually, Liu would leave the production during filming, leaving Chan to pick up the direction for the final scene, which reportedly took months to film. The drunken boxing style depicted in the film is an actual martial art, although it is not normally used whilst drunk. All in all, Chan delivers the goods in the comedy department and drops jaws with amazing fight scenes.
Chan is the king of prop fighting.
Kurosawa might go down in history as the greatest filmmaker to ever live, and his magnum opus Seven Samurai is a perfect example of why. The film inspired The Magnificent Seven directly, shot to be identical side by side in certain scenes by director John Sturges, and inspired every filmmaker since with its mold-breaking attitude toward film. Samurai is often called the first modern action-adventure film. Read the rest