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John Woo's MANHUNT Hails The 'Return Of The Maestro' In The New International Teaser Trailer

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It was back in 2010 when acclaimed Asian action auteur, John Woo, received the Golden Lion for Career Achievement in Venice. It was also right around when he had completed the 2008/09 war epic, Red Cliff, nearly fifteen years following a post-Hong Kong crossover career into Hollywood that saw him directing a litany of titles that continue to pale in comparison to Woo's glory days of heroic bloodshed and bullet ballet crime thrillers like A Better Tomorrow and Hard Boiled.
It's an era that fans have never forgotten. It is also one that stands as the perpetual driving force for Woo's latest return to form, Manhunt, hailing from Media Asia this week in an ambitious remake effort inspired by Sato Junya's 1976 film adaptation of Nishimura Juko's earlier novel, "Hot Pursuit" which has Zhang Hanyu (Operation Mekong) leading the cast opposite Fukuyama Masaharu Fukuyama (Like Father, Like Son), and actresses Ha Ji-Won (The Huntresses) and Stephy Qi (Mission Milan…

THE RHYTHM SECTION: Paramount Partners On Potential Spy Thriller Franchise With IM Global, EON

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Paramount Pictures is reportedly taking initiative as of Wednesday's news regarding potential spy thriller franchise, The Rhythm Section, which has The Shallows star Blake Lively headlining for The Handmaid's Tale helmer Reed Morano. In a deal brokered by WME Global, the studio is boarding the film in partnership with IM Global and EON Productions whose Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (James Bond/007 film series) will mark this as their first-ever step outward into a new IP, and with a female lead no less.
The book series, for which the film is being pitched as in the vein of Jason Bourne and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, has four installments to date, published by HarperCollins as of 1999 along with efforts reported as early as 2005 by New Line Cinema to advance an adaptation of their own that never came through. Stuart Ford is executive producing along with Greg Shapiro and British author Mark Burnell who penned the book series and is also scripting. Paramount wil…

Man VS Kaiju In The Latest Trailers For GODZILLA: MONSTER PLANET

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News has been rife this summer with the announcement of up to a dozen animated series heading to Netflix from here on. Polygon Pictures's latest feature length foray, Godzilla: Monster Planet, is part of that campaign slated to air on a date forthcoming following its November 17 release in Japan and the latest promotional jewels online invoke nothing short of promise.

Shizuno Kobun and Seshita Hiroyuki direct this latest iteration of the classic Toho property as one of several in recent years per its resurgence back into mainstream. Behind the script are Urobuchi Gen (Nitroplus) and Murai Sadayuki with a story that sets our planet 20,000 years into a dystopian future Earth that now sees mankind's remnants fighting to reclaim Earth from its rampant monster inhabitants, as well as the titular king who sits at the top of the food chain.

Miyano Mamoru, Sakurai Takashiro, Hanazawa Kana, Sugita Tomokazu, Kaji Yuki and Suwabe Junichi round out the VO cast. Watch the newest short and…

VENGEANCE: A LOVE STORY: Nicolas Cage Goes Rogue In The Official Trailer

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I'm not usually swayed by the deluge of direct-to-VoD/DVD titles headlining actor Nicolas Cage. Bearing that in mind, I found myself intrigued in the past year or so having spotted the extended sales trailer for Johnny Martin's directorial debut, Vengenace: A Love Story, a film based on the work of author Joyce Carol Oates and adapted for the screen by John Mankiewicz.
That trailer stayed stuck in my head for months to date and it's probably the only Cage film to have done that in a long, LONG time, and only because it didn't merely try to sell me a Nicolas Cage action thriller... It sold me characters. It sold me story, setting and tone with some terrific performances from our cast including Anna Hutchison and Talitha Bateman, and Don Johnson among the bunch to round out Martin's seething revenge narrative here.
The film has its share of mixed reviews online as we speak and so I reckon it's not perfect. Apart from that, all I know is Martin's freshnan outing…

THE VILLAINESS: Take A Swipe At The UK Trailer!

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I'm a happy camper. Director Jung Byung-Gil's The Villainess is set to have its day here in the U.S. in just over a week following an eventful film festival run that garnered swarms of praise on many fronts, and having been unable to attend any events myself, I can only hope I'll get to share the experience with friends by then.
The wait overseas, however, will be a bit longer as Arrow Films is poised to present the new assassin thriller in U.K. cinemas on September 15. An official trailer was unveiled this week and you can a take a look below to get a whiff of what all the fuss is about. Exploding onto the screen in a kinetic flurry of hyper-stylised action, The Villainess is a stunning vengeance film that draws its inspiration from western classics including Nikita and Kill Bill.Sook-hee (Kim Ok-bin, Thirst) is a trained assassin who takes revenge on the men who murdered her father in a breathtaking opening sequence. After losing consciousness she awakes at the National …

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6 Star's Stunt Injury Presets Shut Down Thru October

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By now you've probably seen the viral video of actor Tom Cruise injuring himself during a stunt on the Paris set of the sixth Mission Impossible film. Thankfully it hasn't suffered tragedy currently being endured on two other known productions this summer, but it does exemplify the dangers stunt performers, and even bold actors face when pushing the envelope -  something Cruise is known to do.
Well... pushing it this time around has cost him, at least tentatively, sending the production into an eight-week hiatus, and producers into troubleshooting mode, according to sources reported by The Wrap. The injury in question occured when Cruise, wire rigged for a jump from one platform of a building to another, leapt too short and slammed his knees into the adjacent wall, forcing him to catch himself before trying and failing to continue the take in mid-limp.
The goal now as producers weigh their options is to recommence principal photography in October and wrap before Christmas. July …

[UPDATED] DEADPOOL 2 To Resume Filming Following Stuntwoman's Tragic Accident

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The events of the last 72 hours have been, to say the least, pressing. The tragedy that struck the outdoor set of 20th Century Fox's upcoming sequel, Deadpool 2, serves as a staunch reminder of how dangerous the craft of stunt performance can be, as is always the case, and with the occasional on-set mishaps that can occur on set.

These are, in sum, the conditions from which the production now works on recovering from as filming returns from its two-day hiatus in the wake of the tragic accident that occured on Monday with the death of Joi "SJ" Harris. Harris, pioneering as the first African-American female professional road racer licensed years earlier to compete by American Motorcyclist Association, imported from New York City to the Vancouver set where the specific stunt required was rehearsed all of Saturday and Sunday, and more than five times on Monday. It would have been her first featured film stunt credit doubling for Domino principal, actress Zazie Beetz.
The ne…

Daniel Craig On Returning As 007: 'Yes.'

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Say what you will about this one, but only actor Daniel Craig could answer why he waited this long to confirm what the NY Times reported last month on the actor's return to the title role for EON Productions's new 007 film. Alas, Craig, who stars this Friday in Steve Soderbergh's heist comedy, Logan Lucky, took to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to share the good news with fans, marking his own fifth reprisal for the 25 installation of the franchise character.

Bond franchise scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are penning the script with Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli producing for the film's November 2019 release in the U.K. and subsequently in the U.S. and worldwide to follow. Further crewing and casting news remains pending on who will join Craig follwing Spectre (2015) which raked in over $880 million dollars at the box office, just shy of the $1.1 billion dollars raked in by its predecessor, Skyfall (2012) - both  directed by Sam Mendes.
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DEFECTIVE: Sibs Fight To Escape A Robotic Police State In The First Teaser

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Canadian writer-director Reese Eveneshen (Dead Genesis) now has his latest succession in cinema with upcoming sci-fi, Defective. The visuals and overall tone are well knit below in a debut teaser trailer hailing from High Octane Pictures who will be representing international sales in upcoming markets before releasing in 2018.
Colin Paradine and Raven Cousins lead the cast of the film which tells of a man and his estranged sister as they fight to flee for their lives after learning the deadly secrets of a sinister corporation. Ashley Armstrong, Dennis Andres, Jamie Elizabeth Sampson, Ry Barrett and Christopher Spaleta also star.



H/T: THR

THE PRISON: Well Go USA Hails New Blu-Ray Artwork For Na Hyun's Crime Debut

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Pre-Order THE PRISON [Blu-ray] Today!
2017 continues to be a year of excellence for Well Go USA with releases for both the big and small screens. Their latest affair now has a September 12 Blu-Ray and VoD release for Na Hyun's directorial debut, The Prison.

Check out the announcement below as well as the artwork and stay tuned for an official trailer. As for all else, be sure to pre-order your copy today!
PLANO, TEXAS. (August 15, 2017) – An ex-cop convict joins the secret crime syndicate run by those behind prison walls in the crime thriller THE PRISON, available on digital and Blu-ray™ September 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment.  Yu-gon (Kim Rae-won, Gangnam Blues), a troubled former police inspector, is sentenced to prison for a hit-and-run accident, placing him with other inmates that he had put behind bars. While inside, he discovers the entire penitentiary is controlled by an inmate (Han Suk-kyu, The Berlin File) who is running a crime syndicate with the help of the warden a…