Holy mother of God!

February 7th, 2011 | Comments Off on Holy mother of God!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

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I was recently in San Francisco for Macworld 2011, and during my stay, my colleague Charles Zimmerman happened to be browsing YouTube and discovered this — an interview that I don’t even remember doing at my old Suburban Tempe Company office, circa 1990 after finishing ROBOT NINJA and SKINNED ALIVE.

Go ahead, laugh… you know you want to. Embedded video after the break!

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Photos: German ROBOT NINJA hijinks!

April 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Publicity, Tempe Entertainment

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As I mentioned in a post back on March 23, my second “epic of the imagination” ROBOT NINJA got a screening in Kiel, Germany on April 14, and here’s the proof. I’m told a good time was had by all, and that the attendance was better than similar screenings for I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (so take that, Camille Keaton!).

More photos after the break. Check it!
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ROBOT NINJA vs. METAL MAN… fight!

March 23rd, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Movies, Tempe Entertainment

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Quick update for German fans: ROBOT NINJA will be playing at Die Pumpe, a venue in Kiel, Germany on April 14th. The screening is the work of Koki Underground’s Christian Vittrup and filmmaker/fan Tobias Piwek, whose short film METAL MAN will open the evening.

For those unfamiliar with ROBOT NINJA, this was my second crack at directing back in 1989, out of print on VHS for years and still no U.S. DVD release (yet). I have a rare German-dubbed DVD in my collection which Die Pumpe will be using to screen the flick. Tobi is promising photos and maybe some video of the event, so stay tuned for the bloody aftermath of what is sure to be a cyborg-asmic night of fun.

In the meantime, check out the Die Pumpe website (German language) for more details. U.S. readers can see METAL MAN for free right now on YouTube!

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Throwing in the (hand) towel

August 1st, 2008 | 3 Comments »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Family, Random Thoughts, Tempe Entertainment

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I’ve been a freelance kind of guy by trade since quitting the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in July, 1985 at the beginning of my second year. The stroke of luck that landed me with the deal for my first film, THE DEAD NEXT DOOR, has continued more or less for 23 years to varying degrees. Never rich but not quite poor, I’ve essentially accomplished what I set out to do more than two decades ago, which is to get by doing what I love. I never wanted to be famous and I never wanted to be rich. Ask and ye shall receive! 😉
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Oh dear God, I’m tone deaf…!

March 29th, 2008 | Comments Off on Oh dear God, I’m tone deaf…!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Movies, Tempe Entertainment

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Ready for a blast from the past? I lost my sanity recently and decided to start digging into the Tempe audio vaults and issue a series of soundtrack releases. Now, die-hards know that the Tempe website has been selling some homegrown CD and cassette soundtracks for awhile now, but those were never intended for the general public (or people with good musical taste, LOL).

That said, being the completist that I am, I figured since I’ve almost wrapped up my years-long quest to release all of my old flicks on DVD (only the worst of the lot, ROBOT NINJA, remains), there was no harm in doing the same for the soundtrack music. Especially in these heady iTunes days where a simple click and charge to the credit card can get you fresh music!
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End of the summer and end of an era…

August 31st, 2007 | Comments Off on End of the summer and end of an era…
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Tempe Entertainment

Wow, this has been a fast summer, not unlike last year! But it’s been one of the best summers in recent memory, too.

Things kicked off on June 29 with the release of Appe’s iPhone. Yes, I was one of the geeks who waited in line for 6 hours outside of my local AT&T store to get one (two actually, since the wife wasn’t about to allow me to get just one for me!), and it lived up to (and exceeded) all of my expectations. I’ve actually become a more social person as a result, since I can now leave the house and still service my Internet addiction. 😉 If you haven’t gotten one for yourself, go immediately to an Apple or AT&T store and hold the thing in your hand… you will want one too!
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