Get Your Dojo On; Why Karate Is King Once Again! Sidekicks Screenwriter and Martial Arts Master Lou Illar on the Comeback of Karate

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24th, 2010 by admin – 665 Comments

(Hollywood, CA)  As the new version of The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith sweeps the world’s multiplexes, could a new wave of karate kids sweep into studios and rec centers? Lou Illar, screenwriter and associate producer of the classic 90’s martial arts movie Sidekicks, knows the answer.

“Karate is tailor-made for the movies. It’s exciting to watch, and involves personal and spiritual components that make great story-telling devices,” says Illar, who’s in pre-production for ‘Sidekicks II’ while witnessing firsthand the resurgence of martial arts from his Louisiana Dojo. “Plus, it doesn’t need to have winners and losers like Western sporting activities do; and the character building aspect for young people is key.  At their heart, martial arts are about discipline and humility. The best part is that anyone can do it and excel. There’s a reason they’ve been around for centuries.”

In the past 20 years, martial arts classes and centers have sprouted up everywhere–rec centers, churches, the inner city and suburbs.  The number of martial-arts students under 12 years old has grown 15 percent a year for the past five years, according to Illar, citing stats from the National Karate-do Federation.  “A big part of that is because of the success of movies like ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘Sidekicks’,” says Illar. “These movies play every day on television all over the world, and they both have a terrific message for young people.  Karate is as ubiquitous on the extra-curricular landscape now as little league and piano lessons.”

“Karate gives a general sense of mission and personal control,” says Illar.  It’s also proven to be especially helpful for kids with special needs, an avenue that was explored in the original ‘Sidekicks’.   Illar, a two time inductee in Kung Fu Magazine’s Hall of Fame, works with special needs children frequently through his martial arts studio in Baton Rouge LA.

The original ‘Sidekicks’ plot revolves around Barry, played by the late child star Jonathan Brandis, who suffers from severe asthma and is having trouble fitting in at school. His only source of enjoyment is fantasizing that he’s friends with Chuck Norris, the martial arts champion and movie star.  Barry becomes tired of getting picked on by the bigger guys, and decides to learn karate in hopes of controlling his asthma.  Little did Barry know, that some day his journey would actually place him as Chuck Norris’s Sidekick.

During his current media tour, Lou Illar is discussing topics including:

  • The resurgence of the mainstream martial arts film
  • Why martial arts have become so popular with American families
  • How to pick the right martial arts school for your child, and what dangers to watch for
  • What the new ‘Sidekicks’ sequel will be about

““Whether it’s Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, or Jackie Chan, karate movies, like the martial arts themselves, will never go away,” Illar says. “Movies definitively tell a story through movement and action. The first movies made were made by Chinese and featured women using martial arts. Obviously, there are many period pieces of Kung Heroes but where is there a better backdrop for martial art movies, than the physical and emotional challenges of our times? No doubt the continual popularity of The Karate Kid reflects America’s never ending admiration and support for those who selflessly achieve a moral victory. This flick nixes the love some kids have for things and replaces it with the moral respect that Americans still want to find in one another. The Karate Kid has and always will reflect American grit and morality!”

To interview Lou Illar, contact Allen Media Strategies Aaron Leistner at (703) 589-8960 or email aaron@allenmediastrategies.com.

Huckabee Can’t say “No Deal”!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 11th, 2010 by admin – 505 Comments

Who would have ever thought Mike Huckabee, a man with little money, or preparation for government leadership would some day have the financial ability to lead the “conservative” end of the Republican Party?  After owning the governorship of Arkansas, the Huckster reminded all of us that he too could not only play music but prey as well as any Clinton.  In 2008 with only a few guitar licks, and a presidential campaign with little money, he began to strum up media attention.  Suddenly, like the Fastest Gun Alive, he had people wanting to just give him money and with that money and popularity he bought a seat next to George Stephanopoulos on George’s Sunday morning talk show.  On that bright Sunday morn, the Huckster held his smiling shining face high and as a country minister should, immediately upon George’s introduction expressed his humble gratitude for George’s hospitable concern.  After all Mike had told his audiences time and time again that he had truly been blessed with a “miracle candidacy”. Maybe it was that very thought that stirred the interest of George Stephanopoulos to ask the Huckster if he hadn’t crossed his own moral lines when Mike before the Iowa caucus, held a fund raiser in casino. Huckabee’s eyes darted back like a man who had suffered Montezuma’s revenge in a public restroom to only discover the place was without toilet paper.  Suddenly as if at the Pearly Gates before Saint Peter himself, the disoriented and deceitful Huckster pleaded his case! He first feigned to rebuke George, but Mike could only manage to offer a smidgen of an outrage. “You’re going too far!” The Huckster charged but George’s cold stare was like a threatening stoic and unaffected Saint Pete.  Realizing that his outrage was misplaced, George like St. Peter seemed ready to slam those pearly gates, and the Huckster knew it.  Mike’s secret fear that his television career would be “aborted” and  he would never be on the teli again, seemed to becoming true. Suddenly inspired, Mike changed his tune and resorted to a less offensive manner as he adopted a minimalist strategy.  “It was a small casino.” “The casino was closed for the day. We were near the kitchen and away from the slots!” And then came a final avid non sequester. “That’s like saying if you’re against alcohol you shouldn’t be near the wet bar.” At that point Mike paused, not since Richard Nixon did I ever see anyone’s lip tremble like Mike’s .   I began to wonder if Mike wasn’t some soul swapping Richard Nixon demon from Hell who had come to take over This Week with George Stephanopoulos!

ShaZam! Before my very eyes, Mike turned into a Richard Nixon look alike! Here’s the saddest part!  Who would ever think that George would loose his show and the Huckster would have his own show on Fox?  Certainly not St. Pete!  How did that happen?  Well to hear Mike after his “miracle campaign” ended, he went to the “islands” on a lucrative speaking tour and was witness to another miracle. On that tour he was given a whole lot of money while his wife was caught vacationing in Vegas, and stayed at a brand new Hooter’s Hotel and casino where she bet on a prize fight but lost!  Maybe it was St. Peter himself that came up with the idea but Mike remembered one thing.  He, just like Richard Nixon, wasn’t fond of anyone asking him questions about his money or any Mormon’s who believed that Jesus was Satin himself.

The Huckster took his hard earned speech money and bought himself a Fox television show.  Here’s the strange part, This Week With George Stephanopoulos was wiped off television and omitted from my TV Guide. All of this gets a whole lot stranger when you think about it because the Huckster sort of morphed into George Stephanopoulos!!!  You see Mike’s television show is now running his own effort at recreating This Week with George Stephanopoulos !  The Huckster is so smart. The Huckster didn’t want anyone to accuse him of stealing poor unemployed George’s concept, so he came up with a unique title. Mike’s show is called “Huckabee”!  The title sounds so much better than This Week with George Stephanopoulos!  Unlike George, you can bet that Mike will never have one of those demon loving Mormons appearing on his television show.

Yes Sirree Bob and Howdy too! Mike has a better show than George!  Mike has folks on his show that George just would “pass over”. Mike has had Chuck Norris on more times than any other television talk show and recently Mike carried a premier appearance of the  billionaire  Sheldon Adelson.   Mike really liked Mr. Adelson and explained that Mr. Adelson was removing gambling from Las Vegas.  He said that Mr. Adelson’s Hotel has taken the nasty gambling business out of Las Vegas because Mr. Adelson is an upstanding Jew who believes that people shouldn’t gamble and the only way to stop them is to offer them fine entertainment.  Now because of Mr. Adelson’s entertainment business, Las Vegas and Singapore have more people visiting   who don’t gamble, drink,  convene with prostitutes or commit suicide.  Yes sir because of the Huckster and Mr. Adelson, Las Vegas barely has any gambling. The Huckster said that now only 15% of the people who visit Las Vegas gamble. I assumed that the 85% were spending their time visiting Mike’s new Vegas church.

I was so impressed that I thought all of this had to come about from a Huckabee church in Las Vegas. So I went to my internet in search for Mike’s Las Vegas ministry, but I found no listing. Then looking to see if the Huckster had saved Mr. Sheldon Adelson, I found some shocking information.  Mr. Adelson owns casinos in the holy land ! Yes! Right in Israel and he has another right in Turkey and another in Jordan and a much larger one in Macau!  Mr. Adelson also owns a huge casino in Singapore.  Worse there are some reports that call Las Vegas the suicide capital of the world.

Now when I observe the Huckster on my television he looks and sounds more and more like Richard Nixon. Well, I stopped looking for Huckabee’s church!  Did you know that President Nixon was a musician just like Mike Huckabee? Golly! I just found one that out.

Is Steven Seagal Advising Goddell?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17th, 2010 by admin – 447 Comments

Once again, in another NFL P.R. effort, “justice” has tweaked jock straps instead of promoting restorative consideration for female victims.  The NFL commissioner has dispensed a “just us” sense of justice to Ben Smashedberger which appears to be as slimy as Big Ben’s magazine collection. No doubt Ben is evil but comparatively less evil than the NFL commissioner or the owners of the Steelers. Does Ben beat women like Mike Tyson did? Is he as perverted as Kobe, or maybe a deadly marksman like Plex or Pack Man? Is Ben as vicious as Vick with a dog? Of course he is! Ben doesn’t need a gun or his fists! He is apparently too well endowed for the Comish to ignore him any longer.  The theatrics of the NFL Comish up staging a Georgia prosecutor’s 20 minute whining over a lack of evidence had to be inspired by some less than self serving NFL minds.  After all “moral “judgment is something new in the NFL, and to exploit this new PR theater might be best developed by summoning the best of Hollywood’s “law and order” thinkers?  In the darkness of night did the NFL Comish tweet Steven Seagal? Was the comish advised to take two weeks to carve out his ten NFL commandments?   Steven Seagal may have explained that from his “law and order” perspective none of this would have happened had Ben just cuffed a few girls and harbored them in Seagal’s New Orleans mansion for a few months.

However, caught feeding drinks to under age girls who were already intoxicated, foul mouthed and proud of it, Ben leaves little doubt that he could be at least as criminal as Jimmy Swaggart? Ben like Jimmy lacks the appropriate “moral” judgment that supposedly the wiser and elder NFL commissioner has. Professionals are now agreeing that Ben lacks “appropriateness” with females! But from what we’ve seen on television so does Joe Nameth! Broadway Joe hasn’t been banned from television or from being in football stadiums, bars or with Bill Clinton and “wanting women”.

If the NFL was sincerely interested in ending problems like this they would do something to undo damage done by Ben.  Under age drunken females are a problem on every campus where they are dropping their draws to pee in your front yard, and barf on your car. Today young women are being revealed as uniquely predatory as they engage in bullying, and phone sexting.  If the commissioner wants to create moral behaviors he needs to start by making positive steps to help women who have been damaged in adolescence. Who is this NFL commissioner that thinks he can make better moral behavior than the Pope?  Promoting women to enter a “pass and kick contest” or to compete against boys isn’t exactly improving their moral status or value with football players! The fact that the NFL offers nothing as significant as a stupid competitive athletic effort at equitably treating young girls like men, instead of restorative efforts to recognize them as capable women suggests that the NFL inflicts a flawed if not pathetic morality on both genders.

Those of us who father young girls know the impact of sparse scholarships and revelations like the incomparable collegiate perks given to Reggie Bush.  If the comish wants to manage moral behavior, start by considering the need for restorative measures like supporting women in academics! Develop a restorative perspective to undo the manhandling damage done by placing inequitable millions in only the groping hands of apes. Promote opportunities to have hope for girls through scholarships. Why not make an NFL stimulus package that inspires women to become an NFL commissioner or demand a Wall Street CEO opportunity? Gee! Women some day might give something back some day greater than buying shots for an NFL player?  Is it any wonder that today’s young women are having problems not only respecting themselves but each other?  Please inform the more prudent magnanimous benefactors, like the NFL commissioner, to invest their millions not on Wall Street but on creating better behaved women and maybe they will find that they have made better men in the process.