Reel Review – Star Trek Into Darkness

The second installment of the rebooted ‘Star Trek’ movie franchise boldly goes where its predecessors haven’t gone before. Well, not really. This was a Star Trek classic turned on its head and presented with modern flare.

At its core, Into Darkness accomplishes two things. First, it pulls us further into the relationship of the films central protagonists, James Tiberius Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto). Second, it acts as intermediary for numerous plots lines to develop in future films. And all wrapped up in an outlaw’s message: rules they are also made to be broken.

Dr. Goodman of VADA on TRT, PEDs, Fighter Mental Health

In our continuing effort to create an open and honest conversation about substance testing and performance enhancing drugs, sought out Dr. Margaret Goodman, one of the founders of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA). Dr. Goodman has been a strong voice in the ringside medicine community and has been a ringside physician at many big boxing and MMA events. She is probably best recognized by her red hair as she examines legendary fighters both in and out of the ring.

Maximing Your MMA Mind: Setting Mental Goals

Previously we discussed the first step in improving MMA performance with mental preparation here. This article examines the second key to becoming an elite purposeful performer: goal setting. Stay tuned to learn about the third of three keys: embracing the now.

Fan Expo Canada 2013 Mini Blog: Final Review

I came, I saw, I conquered. Fan Expo Canada 2013 is spent and so am I. Today like Friday was rather tranquil. This worked in my favour as I was on a mission. Today being the last day was spent in search of a couple people who had eluded me.

First up was Canadian hockey legend Joe Sakic. I must admit, I was rather giddy when I first saw him. He was in the North building, where all the sports figures and memorabilia were located, signing autographs. I was giddy until I saw the sign indicating a ten dollar fee accompanied a signature and handshake! Not you too Joe!

Fan Expo Canada 2013 Mini Blog: Day 3 Review

A disclaimer for anyone going to Fan Expo on the weekend, don’t wear sandals. Get yourself a solid pair of shoes!

The day started off with an interview of WWE wrestler Brodus Clay. Clay was there in promotion of his film No One Lives, released on DVD August 20th. It marked his film debut. What was fantastic about the interview, besides the content, was its location. Conveniently, it was conducted away from the swarms of people. We were in a private room on the basement floor of the adjacent hotel. At the time it didn’t seem like such a privileged location until we left to head to the North building.

Fan Expo Canada 2013 Mini Blog: Day 2 Review

It’s Friday night. Besides going out and having a few on the patio, which I did, it also means Fan Expo is half done. Not to fear, the weekend will soon be here. But first let’s wrap up day two.

Ben Affleck is BATMAN! Discuss!

Fan Expo Canada 2013 Mini Blog: Day 1 Review

Day one of four at Fan Expo Canada 2013 is in the books. It marked my first ever trip to the annual event, meaning this post is nothing more than a personal reflection of my exploration. The first thing I discovered to correctly respect the experience is both exercise in stamina, patience and a boat load of money!

A preamble so you understand where I’m coming from. I admit I’m not true fan boy but I do enjoy science fiction. Growing up I was a huge Star Wars fan. I lined up with my uncle for the midnight screening of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace opening night and I had the original trilogy gold box set on VHS. If you’re reading this and don’t know what VHS means, take out your internet box thingy and look it up. That said, I was never fully immersed in the culture so day one was a unique experience.

FN Video: Camp Day with Dare to Defend

Fight Network’s Dare to Defend was up at Camp Arrowhead in Innisfil, Ontario last week with professional boxer Natalie ‘Sugar’ Brown, Taekwondo black belt Stefan Rahaman and Muay Thai specialist Matt Lee, teaching kids, teens and their councillors various forms of self-defence and fitness!

Reel Review: The Colony

So far in 2013, eOne Films has released several successful movies, including the romantic film “Safe Haven” as well as the action packed films “The Last Stand” and “Snitch.” Coming out later this year from eOne Films are highly anticipated films “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “Catching Fire” and “Now You See Me.” A film from eOne Films that may fly under the radar is an action-thriller from American director Jeff Renfroe titled “The Colony.” Renfroe is a relatively unknown director, but he did co-write the screenplay for the movie, using his vision for the movie to guide it down the right path. Similar to the director, the film stars relative unknown Kevin Zegers (“Wrong Turn”), but has a veteran ensemble cast featuring two actors who have been playing various roles since the 1970s in Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix” Trilogy) and Bill Paxton (“Titanic”).

“The Colony” takes place in a dystopian future where malfunctioning weather stations have brought on the next ice age. Due to harsh weather conditions, survivors are forced to live underground in hopes to preserve humanity and survive at all costs.

Reviewing History – ‘Lincoln’ A Must Own Film

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most celebrated and revered people of all time, and as the 16th President of the United States, he dealt with the daunting task of leading a nation divided in ideals, and divided in war. Similarly dealt with the daunting task of bringing this story to life was acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, who volunteered to bring Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” to the silver screen. Delving deeper into how the movie “Lincoln” came to fruition, the DVD has a special feature titled “The Journey to Lincoln” which explains the intricacies of how this brilliant film came together.

Reel Review – Ratting Out ‘Snitch’

2013 will be the biggest and brightest year in Dwayne Johnson’s acting career. Johnson will have five movies, including Snitch, released before the end of the summer, such as blockbusters Fast and Furious 6 alongside Vin Diesel and former MMA star Gina Carano, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation starring Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum. He will also star in Pain and Gain alongside Mark Wahlberg, and Empire State with young stars Emma Roberts and Liam Hemsworth.

Reel Review – A Good Day to Die Hard: Yippee Ki Nay

Bruce Willis is back as New York Police Detective John McClane in the fifth installment of the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard. Starring alongside Willis is Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher) who plays wayward son John Jr. The New York cop decides to take a “vacation” to Moscow when he learns that his estranged son has come back on the grid after years of silence. McClane and his son escort a political prisoner (Sebastian Koch) to safety from a Russian Mob outfit. The movie twists, turns and double crosses as John McClane and his son must work together to try and save the world.

We have not seen McClane in action since 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard, and coming off a similar hiatus is director John Moore (Max Payne, 2008). Moore has directed other action films such as Behind Enemy Lines and Flight of the Phoenix, so he is familiar with the genre.

Video – Fast & Furious 6 Extended First Look

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed races to its next continent in Fast & Furious 6. Reuniting for their most high-stakes adventure yet, fan favorites Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Elsa Pataky are joined by badass series newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano.

Video – UFC 156 Stars Test Super Bowl XLVII Knowledge

With UFC 156 battling Super Bowl XLVII for the sports spotlight this weekend,’s Ariel Helwani decided to ask some of the fighters competing on Saturday night’s card, as well as other MMA personalities, what they thought about Sunday’s big game.

My Hot Yoga Experience

One year ago, I left for the land Down Under. Today, I went to hot yoga.

And while there may not seem to be a correlation between these two places, heat scorching above 40 degrees celsius would prove contrary.

Anthem Media Makes Significant Investment in Pursuit Channel

Toronto, Canada (January 11, 2013) — Anthem Media Group Inc. has made a significant equity investment in the Pursuit Channel, America’s largest outdoor television network, available in 38 million homes in the United States and focused primarily in the hunting and fishing space. The investment includes the purchase of shares from shareholders, as well as from the Treasury, resulting in a cash injection into the company to fund future growth initiatives.

Fight Media Inc. Approved to Launch Fantasy Sports Channel

Fight Media Inc., the parent company of Fight Network, is pleased to announce the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved its submission for the launch of a fantasy sports television channel.

Fight Media Inc. will develop a category B digital fantasy sports television service for a targeted launch in early summer 2013.

“We are thrilled to be adding our second channel as we continue with our plan to build a group of destination channels focusing on sports and lifestyle,” said Leonard Asper, CEO of Fight Media Inc.

XARM: The Next Big Thing?

Just when you thought the wonderful world of sport has shown you everything there is to offer, along comes “XARM.”

JitsTV: How to Properly Warm Up Hips

Dr. Andreo Spina shows you how to open up your hips before training without damaging yourself. Dr. Spina is the founder of the Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) system and conducts seminar on the system all over the world.

JitsTV: Have You Been Stretching Properly?

Dr. Andreo Spina shows you how to properly stretch your hamstrings without damaging yourself. Dr. Spina is the founder of the Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) system and conducts seminar on the system all over the world.

FN Video: MOvember Shave Down at Fight Network!

Grow your Mo with the Fight Network team this November! Fight Network shaves down to raise-money for Movember with Schick Hydro. Join our team or donate here –

Movember Madness: Moustache Review

I have to admit I’m a shade jealous I can’t fully be part of Movember. You know, being a woman and all.

November is the month that guys can show their support for the fight against prostate cancer by growing a moustache. No matter how great the cause, I think they look weird and creepy. Except for Tom Selleck. I think he was born with that bad boy. But seriously, I understand that prostate cancer is a big problem in the male community and why men should be the ones to show their support, maybe more than women. We don’t grow breasts for breast cancer, or expect anyone else to either but wearing pink seems to be doing the trick. However, it would be fun to grow a ridiculous looking moustache for one month out of the year. With all this being said I would like to say thank you and take a look at some of those epic moustaches and beards out there, in particular the ones within the combat sports community.

The Toughest Fight: Girls Corner

With all the recent headlines about bullying, I’ve reflected on how lucky I am to have a supportive network of people surrounding me and a confident, positive attitude that rarely falters. Here at Fight Network, one of our values is “Respect.” That includes self-respect, but more importantly respect for others, regardless of their position. Even when we disagree, we do so in a respectful manner. This also means that when we win, we do so with humility so other will want us to win again.

‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ – Tarantino, RZA Team Up

So, you like Kung Fu movies?

If Quentin Tarantino and The RZA from Wu-Tang Clan were to make a movie, what do you think they could come up with? Well I’ll tell you. After watching the trailer for “[[The Man With The Iron Fists]],” I am all fired up to catch this one. Just from watching the trailer I see that it’s got all the violence of “Kill Bill” mixed in with all the sex from “Game of Thrones” and the magic of “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.” Throw in some of Hollywood’s best actors, add Cung Le and Dave Bautista as the cherry on top and you’ve got one hell of a Kung Fu movie.

Dare to Defend

“I think I am the most dangerous unarmed woman on the planet.” – Ronda Rousey

Being a female in the male dominated industry of fight sports, I’ve always wanted to enlighten and educate more women about the empowerment of combat. Whether it’s just for fitness, fun or actually wanting to learn self-defense, combat sports is not just for men. Women can and should be learning it too.

I’m a former competitive dancer, training in everything from ballet, tap, ballroom and hip hop. Transitioning into martial arts, especially into muay thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu had its ups and downs. Learning to kick without pointing my toe or focusing on speed rather than working to the beat of the music were definitely elements that took some getting used to.

Sarah Davis: Skull Man’s Box Wars

When I was on my way to Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre a few weeks ago, I figured I’d run into the stereotypical characters: a testosterone fueled batman, a geeky robin, creepy horror chicks and a Jedi or two. What I was not expecting and the character that stood out the most was SKULL MAN! Yes, I’m yelling because that’s how he TALKS!

My producer, Jorge Barbosa, found Skull Man in a sea of too tight leotards, furry ears and fake guns just outside of the exhibitor’s area. One look at Skull Man and you could see that he was different from the rest. His painted body armor and huge blade were actually made out of cardboard!

A Look Back at My Experience at Fan Expo Canada

Looking back on this summer, Fan Expo Canada was one of the last places I thought I’d find myself nor could I have predicted that a cape and wig would be involved. How did this all happen? I don’t know anything about comics, haven’t really seen any of the Star Trek movies, don’t play video games and haven’t even seen The Avengers yet! I did watch Thor once but fell asleep halfway through. Oops. Anyways, my producer, Jorge Barbosa, emailed me at the end of July asking if I’d like to go to Fan Expo for a story that would fit perfectly into “The Shift” on Fight News Now. I tentatively responded with a “sure.” After all, I’m always game to try something new and out of my comfort zone. Little did I realize what this lunatic signed me up for!

Comic Con and Fan Expo

I heard of Comic Con before. Various superstar celebrities would sit on a panel there to discuss their latest action, horror, sci-fi or super-hero movies. That’s all I really associated with it. Little did I know, Canada has their own version of Comic Con and I got thrown right into the centre of it.