Saturday, January 31, 2015
courtesy of Sony, and we now have a teaser that lends an eye to what we can expect, which no doubt includes some heartfelt drama and plenty of beatings and screaming to go around.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Director Michael Neal's latest indie feature-length webseries presents a something that could bode well for YA audiences that don't mind something a little different compared to its Hollywood counterparts. Swords Of Insurgency is the name of the project, set in a post-apocalyptic world where the remainder of mankind lives mostly in the dark ages and thrives primarily on one's own fighting skills to survive.
Well, if there's one thing we can all look forward to in 2015, it's another awesome action movie, and for fans of leading man Jean-Claude Van Damme, that very day will come upon the release of his third stint with 6 Bullets and Assassination Games helmer, director Ernie Barbarash in the new thriller, Pound Of Flesh. This time, Van Damme is taking no prisoners as an ex-military man, waking up one morning in a bloody ice bath with a missing kidney devoted to his dying niece, infiltrating China's seedy underbelly to retrive it before it is sold to the highest bidder.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
As with every SuperBowl Sunday, this weekend is going to be a big opportunity for trailers to make their way for an audience. Director Robert Schwentke's The Divergent Series: Insurgent is one of those films now currently amidst an epic campaign laden with an array of standard and animated posters and portraits hosting much of the film's sprawling cast led by returning actress Shailene Woodley and actor Theo James.
2014 was an immensely great year for actor Chris Pratt, and things are about to get even better. The actor is currently on par as a person of interest to reprise the role of Indiana Jones for a new feature film on top of returning to portray his winning role in director James Gunn's forthcoming Marvel sequel, Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 and possibly getting a starring role in The Magnificent Seven remake alongside The Equalizer duo, helmer Anton Fuqua and actor Denzel Washington.
More than three decades after launching a cult phenomenon to the world of sci-fi forever, the Terminator franchise is rebooting this summer for the first of a fresh new trilogy, Terminator: Genisys. The film featuring a brand new slate of actors filling in key roles from the previous films, with Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney starring alongside actor Arnold Schwarzenegger whose presence aims to further validates the new trilogy. Check out the new poster!
|WILD CARD poster (UK)|
Fans of cinematic badass, actor and action star Jason Statham will find themselves in good company this year with the forthcoming release of Spy and Furious 7 this Summer and Spring. However, his first step back on the big screen will arrive shortly in the U.S. with the revisit to a Burt Renyolds cult classic, now in the form of Wild Card which sees our hero, a gambling addict deep in the thick of the Las Vegas criminal underbelly and desperate to fight his way while out forced to deal with an array of thugs just waiting to be tossed about!
There aren't a lot of James Bond-inspired fan shorts available online that I know of, and believe me, I'll start looking. However, leave it to filmmaker Colin Emerson to tap into the fanbase now currently writhing in anticipation for the 24th feature film in the franchise, Spectre since its announcement at the top of the year. He's got a new short coming out between now and next week titled Sapphire, and its got the coolest teaser poster in the world right now...so cool I couldn't NOT write about it.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Just heading into the last leg of its current run at Sundance is the much-hyped BMX-charged fantasy thrill-ride from Canada-New Zealand film collective, R.K.S.S., Turbo Kid. A few clips have already made their way online but we now have an official teaser as of a few days ago, and it's every bit of nostalgic fun you could probably imagine.
Do you love Arnold Schwarzenegger? Well, apparently so does the WWE, because he's getting a place in history as a WWE Hall Of Famer in a couple of months! The company made it official just a few days ago in the following announcement, so this is probably a great year for you if you're a fan of wrestling.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN BERLIN: German Martial Arts Film Group, Reel Deal Action, Sets Their 2015 Feature Debut
At any other point in time before the new millennium, you may have been right in simply assuming that the martial arts action genre wouldn't have had much fervor with the internet. Of course, time proved quite the opposite with a vast number of independent groups sprouting online for a community that has evidently gone global. Germany, for one, has surely seen its share of that effect with its own native talents, namely folks like Can Aydin, Phong Giang and award-winning stunt performer Cha-Lee Yoon - just three of the principle stuntmen combining years of experience to form their own team, Reel Deal Action, as of just several years ago.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
UPDATE (1/28/15): It seems Moussi removed his Facebook post within the last several hours since the original article was published, and reposted a few more times later stating he was not in the running to play the character. We'll keep you posted.
In the wake of the current production of Kickboxer, you may have been wondering exactly what lies next for its debut lead actor, Alain Moussi. Well, we may already have an answer for that with the latest update now drawing some pretty tasty speculation relative to what is now happening for Marvel's currently brewing extension of their cinematic universe through Netflix, and if you're a kung fu fan, you definitely have reason to be excited.
now fastracking his own campaign to claim the lead role.
Well, in the weeks leading up to today's trailer for director Josh Trank's contribution to the Marvel movieverse rebooting Fantastic Four (or Fant4stic), plenty of blurbs and opinions have been tossed about online - some more cynical than most. But one thing is clear though: You have to admire the beauty in how material like this can be absorbed by someone with a different view of things, and right now, we're in an era where directors and studios are allowing themselves the advantage of taking films to generate different approaches. We see it all the time with the evolution of Batman and Superman on the big screen, and even our current topic at the moment which saw its first live-action approach back in an unofficially released Roger Corman production back in 1994.
Monday, January 26, 2015
If at any point these Hit List articles become weekly events for you, whether it be by yourself or among friends, then I'm truly greatful. I find a lot of these things online, and it surprises me how many videos I come across that remain hidden from us for so long until we're lucky enough to catch on to them, and among this list, there are quite a few within the last few years that I felt were worth sharing given their relevance. So, let's get to it!...
Regardless of whatever feelings you might have about actor, musician and filmmaker RZA's 2012 kung fu hip-hopera, The Man With The Iron Fists, the fact is it now has a sequel and as soon as this April, it's coming home on DVD and Blu-Ray. On that note, we finally have some artwork from the folks over at Universal for The Man With The Iron Fists 2 prior to the film's release, which you can check out just beneath.
The past two years have been huge in the world of superhero entertainment in film and television with two cinematic universes on their way between two studios, particularly at Marvel with their current slate between now through 2019 while ABC and Netflix pave the way for shows like Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Iron Fist and the newly cast A.K.A. Jessica Jones which just added its newest supervillain with Doctor Who familiar David Tennant.
Award-winning South Korean director Ahn Sang-Hoon's latest period flick certainly bares its share of turmoil and action, and maybe even a little skin to befit its working title, Empire Of Lust (a.k.a. Age Of Innocence), which is set for release this March in South Korea. Actor Shin Ha-Kyun returns to the screen after his most recent stint as the mastermind in Choi Ho's holiday action romp, The Big Match, now donning 14th century royal garb in a story centered on a Joseon-era commander who falls in love with a female courtesan and does her bidding.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Author Kishimoto Masashi's popular Shueisha manga publication, Naruto, has seen some incredible successes since its release in 1997. Its continued successes on the big and small screen with two animated TV iterations from director Date Hayato, along with nine feature films and Kodada Akiko's forthcoming live-stage Spring musical in Japan certainly serve as good highlights, and as of last month, director Kobayashi Tsuneo has since added to the legacy with the tenth film titled The Last: Naruto The Movie, which will finally open its doors for select U.S. audiences on February 20, 2015., courtesy of Viz Media and Eleven Arts.
Back in its heyday, independent film producers Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz certainly found their niche through a memorable array of cult horror and comedy classics over at Troma Entertainment. For Pretend For Real Films's own Mike L. Taylor, one such character stands out in the form of the titular hero in the 1991 cult slapstick classic, Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D., a story centered on a hapless detective who gains the mystical powers of Kabuki to fight crime.
Friday, January 23, 2015
|Set photo from the set of "Mortal Kombat 3", H/T: MKOnline|
Big things are happening for Blue Ribbon Content's current production of the third and new serial installation of Mortal Kombat. With filming already underway, some new casting information already hints at the very likelihood that the new season will deviate from the first two seasons which largely played out as origin stories leading up to a cliffhanger finish between characters Liu Kang and Kung Lao, portrayed respectively by actor Brian Tee and Mark Dacascos. This, on top of the fact that Dacascos is not returning and no word is being given regarding Tee's presence, makes things a bit been pretty frustrating, for fans all around, especially what with plans for a feature film now close to nil.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Regular attendees of Japan Society may be attentive at the latest news regarding their upcoming programming in the wake of the monthly film series, The Dark Side Of The Sun, hosted by avant-garde composer and music arranger John Zorn. As such, Japan Society has listed Oshima Nagisa's 1964 film, It’s Me Here, Bellett - 私のベレット(Watashi no Beretto) as its feature film of choice preceeded by eight experimental shortfilms ready to freshly make their North American premiere on Feburary 20, 2015.
It seems these are trying times for the current preproduction of David Ayer's new anti-hero superflick, Suicide Squad as actor Jake Gyllenhaal has since declined to replace Tom Hardy for the role of Rick Flagg among the all-star cast. No need for worry though if boxing dramas are more your speed and you're eager to see the actor in something real soon, because his newest film, Southpaw is on the way, directed by Antoine Fuqua following stellar theatrical run with The Equalizer last September.
Taz Kayden: Operation Black Unicorn, in addition to the possibilities surrounding a role in Lionsgate/Saban's forthcoming feature reboot of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which has since been confirmed to start filming this year. Bearing that in mind, Frank has also become a major staple in the Comic-Con scene following a career in film and television spanning more than twenty years donning Power Ranger uniforms in red and white, most prolifically in green, and clearly the world of network television has taken notice.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
When the past lures Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) out of retirement, the ex-CIA agent finds himself entangled in a political conspiracy involving high-ranking CIA officials and the Russian President-elect.
Tasked with protecting Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko), a woman whose secrets threaten the future of old alliances, professional circumstances pit Devereaux against his former protege, David Mason (Luke Bracey), a sniper with deadly aim.
Based on Bill Granger's political thriller, There Are No Spies, the seventh installment in The November Man series.
Here's what (ugh!) Wikipedia says about this action thriller: The November Man is a 2014 American spy action thriller film based on the novel "There Are No Spies" by Bill Granger, which is canonically the seventh installment in The November Man novel series, published in 1987. It stars Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, and Olga Kurylenko with the screenplay written by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek. The film is directed by Roger Donaldson, who previously worked with Brosnan in Dante's Peak. Beau St. Clair once again teams up with Brosnan to co-produce the film.
"People are power. We collect people," states John Hanley (Bill Smitrovich, of The X-Files and Millenium TV series fame). And that is evident in this particular fare brought to us by producer Beau St. Clair (among others), and executive produced by Mr. Brosnan's production company, Irish Dreamtime (among other executive and assistant producers).
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I have a problem with invulnerable heroes. And I prefer Batman to Superman. Let’s go ahead and get that out of the way.
Well, it's about that time. If there was ever a point you wanted to get away from life for a little while and want a good movie to help you do just that, director Joe Lynch has you covered with the long-awaited release of his newest action thriller, Everly. Playing the lead is sexy lead actress Salma Hayek whose roles in action films extend as far as films like Robert Rodriguez's Desperado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico, and to say the least, watching Hayek in action isn't something a lot of people would say no to, and based on some of the responses following the film's presentation at Fantastic Fest late last year, it's fair to say she's proved it.
In our continued coverage of the death of actor and martial arts action star Darren Shahlavi, new behind-the-scenes pictures and footage have been unveiled along with an exclusive unreleased promotional photo from the production of the upcoming superhero short, Zambo Dende. The video you're about to see was hosted at official Facebook page for 7gLAB, home of comic book creator Nicolas Rodriguez's popular Latin American superhero comic book franchise which filmed last year in Bogota, Columbia starring Chilean action superstar Marko Zaror, along with Tait Fletcher, Esteban Cueto and actress Michelle Lee with direcror Riccardo Gabrielli R at the helm.
English actor and martial artist Darren Shahlavi is a man whose career remains one of the most prolific in today's film industry for martial arts fans alike. Having spawned a career from his heyday as a Hong Kong stuntman to movies ranging several genres, Shahlavi's most notable films include roles in Tai Chi II with Jacky Wu Jing, Bloodmoon with Gary Daniels, I Spy with Eddie Murphy, The Final Cut with Robin Williams, Ip Man 2 with Donnie Yen, Tactical Force and The Package with actor Steve Austin, and most recently in shows like Arrow, Metal Hurlant Chronicles and Mortal Kombat Legacy opposite Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Filmmaker Yoo Ha has some notable favorites under his belt, including Once Upon A Time In High School (2004) and A Dirty Carnival (2006). Nowadays you'll be finding more of him in the limelight promoting his latest period crime pic, Gangnam Blues, with actors Lee Min-Ho and Kim Rae-Won in a story of two childhood friends swept into one of Seoul's major turning points in history.
Not many of you, or perhaps generally none of you know this about me - it was around 2007 or 2008 that I started a blog not too different from this one, with the goal of getting in touch with the online action film community. It lasted in the course of a six month trial period at a site called Freehostia, initially with the intent of purchasing extra space for more articles and such, and it was during that time period when I had already gotten in touch with a few people through MySpace (yes, it was THAT long ago). Unfortunately, for lack of a better working computer that wouldn't crash and burn out, I never really got to add actor and stuntman Eric Jacobus to my list of contacts before then, and my free trial eventually expired. Essentially, it wasn't a good year and to simply say that the struggle got real would be an understatement.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015
It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.REVIEW:
First off, when I normally review a film it's based on three things: entertainment value, how the story narrative flows, and how visual it looks overall. After viewing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with this in mind, I'm left much like a Chinese meal I consume: after an hour I wanted more. And with this particular offering, I expected more. Not to say it has its pluses, but it has its minuses. Overall, my personal overall opinion is mixed at best.
The Next Generation: Patlabor had its series finale on New Years Day in Japan, capping off a seven-part 12-episode series that introduced a brand new set of characters continuing the original story. On May 1, 2015, it all comes to a head with the feature film now set to arrive this summer, and on that note, the latest poster has already gone viral, and the first official trailer is online which you can check out below!
Friday, January 16, 2015
Whether on the streets of New York City or in the jungles of Burma, modern-day Ninjutsu warrior Casey Bowman has seen his share of adventures, laden with action, romance ultimate bloody vengeance. Such is that of the role portrayed by martial arts action powerhouse Scott Adkins in the 2009 martial arts action thriller, Ninja, and its 2013 sequel, Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear.