Thursday, August 16, 2018

Michelle Yeoh aka Michelle Khan (Yang Zi Chong)

An absolutely magnificent woman!
Superb actress with an acting range from heavy drama to light comedy with equal aplomb, as you can see in her latest film, Crazy Rich Asians.
Has no actual martial arts training, but her extensive dance background enables her to perform fight choreography to perfection!
Has done her own fights and stunts whenever allowed.
Over 30 films and TV series, and I've seen every one (Even Owl and Dumbo!)
Genre credits include
Star Trek: Discovery (Emperor Georgiou / Captain Philippa Georgiou)
Guardians of the Galaxy:Vol 2 (Aleta Ogord)
Marco Polo (Lotus)
Strike Back (Mei Foster / Li-N)
Morgan (Dr Lui Chen)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny / Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon / Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [VG] (Yu Shu Lien)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Soothsayer)
Reign of Assassins (Xi Yu aka Drizzle)
True Legend (Sister Yu)
Doraemon the New Record of Nobita: Spaceblazer
(Tamako)
Babylon A.D.
(Sister Rebekka)
Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor [3rd Mummy film]
(Zi Juan)
SunShine
(Corazon)
Tomorrow Never Dies [18th Eon James Bond film]
(Wai Lin)
SilverHawk
(Lulu Wong)
Heroic Trio [one of my favorite flicks]
(Ching aka Invisible Woman)
Executioners
[Heroic Trio II] (Ching)
Magnificent Warriors
(Fok Ming-Ming)
SuperCop [Police Story III] / SuperCop 2 [Once a Cop] (Inspector Jessica Yang)
Wing Chun (Yim Wing Chun)
It's rumored she was offered the role of Seraph in the second and third Matrix movies, but turned it down. (The role went to a male actor)
Check out...
Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre (FanSite)
Note: The Invisible Woman in Heroic Trio is not the Marvel Comics character.
Nor is Wonder Woman (played by Anita Mui) the DC Comics character.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha

Does she like playing little sisters?
Gugu Mbatha-Raw first came to the attention of American genre audiences as Martha Jones' (fellow Femme Fantastique Freema Agyeman) younger sibling Tish on Doctor Who.
And, when JJ Abrams cast his series UnderCovers, Gugu auditioned for the role of Samantha Bloom's kid sister Lizzy!
Apparently, Abrams thought "Kid sister? The hell with that! She's the LEAD!"
Wise man, that JJ!
She was the best thing about the show!  ;-)
Besides doing a lot of genre tv and movies (see below), this graduate of the acclaimed Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts performed to rave reviews both on the London stage and Broadway including Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Ophelia in Hamlet (which went from the West End to Broadway)!
A Fantastic Femme to watch, which we can now do in the new movie A Wrinkle in Time!
Genre credits include...
Cloverfield III: God Particle
A Wrinkle in Time (Dr Kate Murry)
Beauty and the Beast  [2017] (Plumette)
Black Mirror "San Junipero" (Kelly Booth)
Jupiter Ascending (Famulus)
Touch (Clea Hopkins)
Odd Thomas (Viola)
UnderCovers (Samantha Bloom)
BoneKickers (Viv Davis)
Bad Girls (Fidelity Saunders)
Trial Retribution (Jenny Miller)
Disarming Britain: FallOut (Shanice Roberts)
Doctor Who (Letitia "Tish" Jones)
Spooks aka MI-5 (Jenny)

Check out...
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (FanSite)
Adoring Gugu (FanSite)
Profile at RADA (via Wayback Machine)
Profile on the Undercovers page at NBC

Friday, January 27, 2017

Parminder Kaur Nagra

While her Bend It Like Beckham co-star Archie Panjabi has gotten all the attention lately...
...British actress Parminder Kaur Nagra has been assembling an impressive resume of her own including six years on ER, various movie and tv roles ranging from comedic to dramatic, and numerous genre roles including the mysterious Dr Lucille "Lucy" Banerjee aka Dr Sengupta on the short-lived Alcatraz! and, currently, the duplicitous Senator Ellen Nadeer on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Genre credits include...
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Senator Ellen Nadeer)
The BlackList (Meera Malik)
Twenty8k (Deeva Jani)
Alcatraz (Dr Lucy Banerjee/Sengupta)
Horrid Henry: The Movie (Miss Lovely)
Ella Enchanted (Areida)
Judge John Deed "Exacting Justice"

Check out
Parminder's IMDB profile
Parminder's Twitter account

Monday, December 19, 2016

Unwrap UNDERCOVER GIRL this Christmas!

Spies have always been popular in fiction.
Girls have always been popular in fiction.
So, it stands to reason that girl spies would be popular in fiction, right?
Not quite...
With the notable exception of Modesty Blaise, female secret agents have not been able to hold the spotlight, despite several high-quality attempts to crack the glass ceiling of spydom!

In comics, the short-lived 1950s Undercover Girl series from Magazine Enterprises was probably the best of the femme-spy genre.
Featuring art by luminaries like Bob Powell, Gil Kane, and Dick Ayers, the series detailed the adventures of government agent Starr Flagg against spies, saboteurs, and criminals.
Starr could shoot and fight (And, as you can see from the art, ride a motorcycle, one-handed yet!) as well as any male agent, but could play helpless and innocent to throw the baddies off-guard until she could kick serious butt!
You can read some of her adventures HERE!

Since she has no super-powers or outlandish gimmicks, we at Atomic Kommie Comics™ titled her "The Heroine ANY Girl can be!™" and made her one of the feature characters in our Heroines™ line with three different covers, as well as her classic retro-style logo on a variety of goodies including tops, shirts, mugs, and many other tchochkies.
What grrrl from 6 to 60 wouldn't want to find something featuring Undercover Girl under her Christmas tree or in her stocking?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Dichen Lachman

Dichen made such an impression on a soap opera producer that, instead of getting the part she auditioned for, they created an entirely new character for her!
Yes, she has that effect on people!
Even when doing schlock like Aztec Rex, Dichen makes watching it worthwhile.
Luckily, most of her work has been in quality genre productions like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., DollHouse and Torchwood: Miracle Day.
She's currently appearing as Roulette on Supergirl!
Genre appearances include...
SuperGirl (Roulette)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Jiaying)
Last Ship (Jesse)
The 100 (Anya)
Last Resort (Tani Tumrenjack)
Being Human [US] (Izumi)
Torchwood: Miracle Day (CIA Agent Lyn Peterfeld)
NCIS: Los Angeles "Full Throttle"
Hawaii Five-0 [2010-Present] "Mana'o"
DollHouse (Sierra aka Priya Tsetsang)
Bled (Aaren)
AquaMarine (Beth-Ann)
With DollHouse co-star Eliza Dushku in Self Magazine!
Check out...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Before Agent Carter there was...Senorita Rio!

"Señorita Rio" was the code-name given to popular Hispanic-American film actress Rita Farrar (real name: Consuela Maria Ascencion De Las Vegas), as she spied on against Axis agents in Central and South American countries during World War II.
She was proficient with weapons, and could handle herself in perilous situations, requiring rescue by male associates far less frequently than most heroines of the Golden Age of Comics.

Based on real-life actress and World War II pin-up queen Rita Hayworth, whom most people don't realize was Hispanic/Irish-American (Her real name was Margarita Carmen Cansino), Señorita Rio started as a backup feature in Fight Comics #19 in 1942, and took over the cover slot as of #37 for a year.
After that, she remained as a backup, at least, until #71 came out in 1951, as the series ended with her retiring from espionage and returned full-time to her acting career.

The first few Señorita Rio stories, including this premiere tale, were illustrated by noted Golden and Silver Age artist Nick Cardy (using his full name Nick Viscardi), but the bulk of her tales were rendered by one of the few female comic book artists of the era, Lily Renee, who did spectacular work in every comics genre: sci-fi, adventure, superhero, war, western, horror, and romance!
Atomic Kommie Comics™ has lured Señorita Rio out of retirement, as beautiful and deadly as ever, on two of her best covers, in our Heroines™ line of cool comics-based collectibles including tops, bottoms, t-shirts, mugs, and other goodies!
(She's also one of the dozen dynamic dames on our Heroines™ 2015 12-Month Calendar!)
If you're a gal who wants to show off a classic example of Hispanic female empowerment, a guy who's confident enough in his masculinity to display a strong (and voluptuous) woman, or someone who wants a spectacular Cinco de Mayo gift for a pop-culture-oriented loved one, head over to see Señorita Rio!
Just make sure to tell her you're on the Allied side. She can be a bit trigger-happy!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Femi Taylor IS Oola...Twice!

How many performers can shoot new scenes for a movie 14 years later...
...and look exactly the same?
Femi Taylor did!
As Oola, the Twi'lwk dancer who falls to her death in Jabba the Hutt's Rancor pit, she filmed her role for Return of the Jedi twice, in 1982 and again in 1996, when more footage was added for the Special Edition version of the movie!
These pics are from the 1996 reshoot.
Here's an update about her from 2012!
Trivia: her brother, Benedict Taylor, appeared as a fighter pilot in Star Wars I: the Phantom Menace!

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