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Michelle Rodriguez Will Star As A Transgender Assassin In Walter Hill's TOMBOY
I love Sigourney Weaver, so upon learning of her possible involvement a few months ago in action veteran Walter Hill's upcoming gender reassigment thriller, Tomboy, it pretty much amped me up for what lies ahead. Sure, Bullet To The Head didn't get a lot of love but it was fun to relax the brain to, and shows Hill still loves directing a meaty action film any day.
But then who is starring? Well, apart from THR's confirming report of Weaver opposite actress Frieda Pinto's departure, actress Michelle Rodriguez is officially headlining the film. Said Ben Said is producing the film for The Solution from Hill's script by way of story writer Denis Hammil, which focuses on a top hitman who sets out for revenge when he is subsequently betrayed and captured by "The Doctor" who gives him a sex change.
The film is a perfect fit for Rodriguez who broke ground in her 2001 freshman indie boxing drama, Girlfight, directed by Karyn Kusama and the recipient of 15 film festival award wins and several more nominations. Nevertheless, among other franchises, fans may know her through her much more prominent reign opposite actor Vin Diesel in several appearances of the Fast & Furious franchise for Universal Picutures head of its upcoming 2017-designated eighth.
Rodriguez is both beauty and brawn and she she's got the talent to execute both on screen, so I'm ready to cheer her on with this.
Sidenote: If you haven't seen Girlfight, I probably dom't like you right now. See it, because I recommend it.
Making a film of any kind takes some seriously hard work, especially one that pushes boundaries. I've never been in an editing booth, although I can imagine the tediousness that comes with putting together a project that can be physically and mentally demanding on its face. Throw in the bread and butter of special visual effects and although your time is your own, you're ultimately on a whole other battlefield. It's an emotion that's understandable for want of being a creative and to be able to share it with audiences. After all you've been through in life until now and investing a heavy portion of your time and energy on a project like Black Lightning: Tobias's Revenge, actor and filmmaker Choice Skinner is more than qualified on the matter after winning Best Fan Film at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo last November.
"The team and I were honored to have been selected and screened at such a prestigious event." says Skinner before giving praise to the…
Welp... it's been a less than ceremonious weekend for me. Being sick didn't help much for want of seeing Black Panther (guess who is avoiding Facebook to abstain from spoilers!), but it did give me a chance to do some important work for the site.
Ultimately, that includes introducing the week's entries for The Hit List now online and with none other than stuntwoman Tally Rodin getting our stunt playlist off to an explosive start. Following that are reels by Aidan Kennedy, Ronnie Shalvis, Nilo Ghajar-Williams, Thomas Lorber and a parkour jam sesh hosted by 3Run. Rounding it all out are Daniel Bodlák, Marco Falcone, Emily Tung, Jae Greene, Rebecca Ahn and Robin Calvo.
Making the trailer rounds this week we now have a look at an upcoming project over at the Lunar Stunts channel with Cabine Mortelle. Plot details are nil but the teaser itself is really all you need to figure it out as it somehow leads to some fantastic fight scenery among our cast listing Allen Quindiagan, Pa…
The days of video stores are long behind us, as are the days of distributors throwing literally EVERYTHING at the booming DVD market. In those halcyon days, independent distributors were lining up to partner with (see: take advantage of) indie filmmakers and help chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video fill the gaps in their shelves between big Hollywood releases. For those of us brave enough to wade through this swamp of content, the occasional diamonds felt like a gift from god.
For every 10 unmitigated disasters, there was a gem like Mean Guns or Extreme Heist to incentivize further exploration. Sadly those days are lost to time; a fading piece of nostalgia that older millennials will lament to future generations. But maybe those days aren't totally lost. The torch of obscure video store treasures may have been passed to an unlikely new champion... Amazon Prime!
From the beginning, Amazon Prime felt grittier than the other big dog of streaming, Netflix. It was a bit more …