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CYNTHIA ROTHROCK'S FIRST FILM IN NEARLY A DECADE RELEASED
The twist? For the first time ever in an action film starring her, Rothrock won't be doing any of the fighting. It still looks like fun - though it's odd watching Rothrock onscreen and not watching her do at least one or two spinning kicks or something.
"Yeah! I know! I know!", says Rothrock excitedly.
In the film, Rothrock portrays Ivy Reed, an uber-successful MMA fighter manager using a special formula to find her champion fighters. The core of the plot is whether any of these latest batch of “auditionees” can live up to her standards to get the career making boost of being managed by Ivy.
The film was directed by David DeCoteau, who first worked with Rothrock during last year's "Santa's Summer House", which featured action legends Rothrock, Gary Daniels, Daniel Bernhardt and Kathy Long in what was not an action film, but a fun family Christmas movie with an ensemble cast.
Rothrock noted on her Facebook page that she had a lot of fun working with DeCoteau and her martial arts friends - and was therefore delighted when DeCoteau called her about possibly starring in "Badass Showdown".
"He called me...and he said he really loved my work in 'Santa's Summer House' and that he (had) this other project that he would like me to be the lead in", says Rothrock, before adding something that Rothrock has likely never heard before when offered an action film. "He said, 'There's no martial arts in it for you....There's martial arts in it, but..the lead character, there's a lot of acting (for her)'."
"So I read the script - LOVED IT! - (and I) thought, 'Wow! what an interesting character'," says Rothrock. "I was actually very honored that he respected...my acting ability enough to have me star in a film that (consisted totally of) acting. So that was a great compliment to me!"
Rothrock therefore accepted the role quickly and found herself liking both the film's plot and the character of Ivy Reed seemingly more each day.
"I'm the owner _ I own an MMA team (and everyone knows I'm) one of the best promoters there is", Rothrock says. "I invite five potential (MMA fighters to my home and I watch them fight..Basically, I observe them and (determine if they have) what I'm looking for and (I) pick one - and in the end there's a surprise twist that happens."
Rothrock says as much as she enjoyed being asked to just act in an action film, part of her was itching to do at least SOMETHING physical.
thought, 'Oh, wow! I can get in there and start
training them and do stuff', but he (DeCoteau) said, 'No! You know I
for this role - because I like your acting".
in the trailer for the film really sums up
Rothrock's Ivy Reed character.
"Yeah", Rothrock says laughing. "She's pretty tough...a very tough, businesslike woman - not too many emotional feelings."
Judging from the trailer with its group of chiseled actors portraying the MMA fighters, it's a good bet that "Badass Showdown" will definitely appeal to women more on emotional and other levels than a typical Rothrock film.
"Yeah", she says laughing, "I know that for a couple of my friends that are girls - I think they already pre-ordered it!"
Rothrock said one of the biggest challenges shooting the movie was a very short, demanding shooting schedule.
"I did almost the whole thing in a very short period of time, like just scene after scene (to the point where) I felt like I was literally doing a play", she says. "They shot my scenes as quick as they (could) and I had to really be on the ball."
"I had to know my script completely, like every line", she continues. "Because they'd be like, 'Okay! We're doing this scene! We're doing this scene!' (and so) you had to be really prepared."
"I got the script right before I was going away somewhere - I think it was Spain", she adds.
"And I didn't have much time to study, so I was studying on the plane, you know? Then I was trying to study while I was doing this event (and) that was impossible (because) they keep you up late at night and..you don't have time.
"So that was my biggest worry", she continues. "Just knowing all the dialogue and doing it non-stop - Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! - and he's the kind of director where one take is great and will tell you he doesn't want to do 2 or 3 takes because it will put the movie behind schedule.""So you really had to be on the ball", she concludes. "I felt like I was doing a theater play!"
KARATE CLUBS UNDER THREAT OF CLOSURE UNLESS THEY REGISTER
By Luke Robbins
KARATE clubs in the United Arab Emirates have been told they must register with the official body or face losing their licences.
If the clubs fail to register with the UAE Karate Federation the country's Sports Council will cancel their licences and force them out of business.
The ultimatum is part of a plan to regulate and monitor the 200 odd clubs in the UAE.
The deadline is March 31st.
Mohammed Abbas Ahmed, managing director of the UAE Karate Federation, said: "All karate clubs and schools and their instructors have to be registered with the UAE Karate Federation. The aim is to bring all karate training facilities under one roof to make it easy for the authorities to monitor their operations."
is happening - according to the Federation - because some clubs are
running with proper qualified instructors and also because some classes
are being held in the open.
STRIKEFORCE FIGHTERS PREPARE TO STEP ACROSS TO THE UFC
By Luke Robbins
FIGHTERS from the now defunct Strikeforce are preparing to step across to the UFC.
The UFC has alreadsy released some of the names of those who are making the move including champions and former champions.
The announcement was made on UFC Tonight in FUEL TV.
Those fighters migrating include: Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, Tarec Saffiedine, Glibert Melendez ands Nate Marquardt.
There are being joined by Gegard Mousasi, Ronaldo Souza and Tim Kennedy.
Others expected to make the move include Pat Healy, Ryan Couture - Randy Couture's son - Roger Gracie and Adriano Martins.
K.J. Noons and Kurt Holobaugh will also fight in the UFC as will Gian Villante.
However, some fighters have yet to be confirmed including Josh Barnett. Dana White and Barnett have somewhat of a troubled past and it maybe that he will not step across to the promotion.
|BELTS BROUGHT BACK TO COVENTRY
A SUPER-heavyweight belt has been brought back to Coventry.
Gavin Buckland won his fight against Carl Peckleton to gain the Golden Belt super-heavyweight title.The contest was held in Liverpool.
MMA CLUB HOLDS INTER-CLUB TOURNAMENT
AVADDON MMA Academy hosted an interclub competition at its Wisbech gym.
More than 100 contestants and spectators from across the region took part in the tournament.
There were five weight categories.
Their next event will be held at the gym in Boleness Road, Wisbech, on Sunday, November 18th.For further information phone 07798 872447 or 07823 331543
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