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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

JOJO'S BIZZARE ADVENTURE: Take A Gander At All Seven Character Posters For Miike Takashi's New Live-Action Adaptation

Hopefully not too far off from an official teaser or trailer until its August release, the seventh and presumably final character poster arrived for Miike Takashi's live-action adaptation of JoJo's Bizzare Adventure. The poster showcases actor Iseya Yusuke who takes on the role of Kujo Jotaro, a stand user who initially appears in the Stardust Crusaders arc of the original manga by author Araki Hirohiko, and subsequently in the Diamond Is Unbreakable arc on which the film is based.

GHOST IN THE SHELL: Go Head To Head With Animatronics In A New BTS Featurette

I've actually taken a cautioned interest in director Rupert Sanders's Ghost In The Shell. Really all that's needed are for the reviews to come out but the protest over the film has quieted down some and I think it's largely attributed to the overwhelming approval of what we've seen so far in trailers and posters.

Casey Affleck Survival Thriller, LIGHT UP MY LIFE, Underway In Vancouver Will Multiple Sales

If you're at all drawn to high-powered family dramas, Khalil Barnett's recent review of Kenneth Lonergan's new movie, Manchester By The Sea should serve you with ample perspective. The film is currently the subject of The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford star Casey Affleck's Best Actor win at the Oscar's on Sunday night and for that matter, we now bring you word of his latest forthcoming endeavor, survival thriller Light Up My Life which is now filming in Vancouver.

Marvel's THE INHUMANS Casts Anson Mount

While it took a few years for Marvel to get its footing with its stake on The Inhumans, the previously-planned MCU film eventually switched gears toward television as of last November. For this, we turn to the latest announcement of Hell On Wheels actor Anson Mount now being poised to play the role of Black Bolt in the forthcoming adaptation.

Universal Pictures Unveils THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS In A New Poster

With the rest of the world's Fast And Furious fans waiting with baited breath for the release of director F. Gary Gray's The Fate Of The Furious, a fresh new poster has arrived courtesy of Universal Pictures. Apparently the film also boasts possible run time of 160 minutes - that's about 20 or so minutes more than its predecessor in which case, we may be in for a really grand entrance into the first lap of the final trilogy of the franchise.

'The Man From Nowhere' Director Recruits Lee Sun-Kyun For BAD POLICE

Just for a bit of perspective if you haven't already, check out Korean titles A Hard Day and A Man From Nowhere. Both lend two of the most enthralling performances you will ever see in Korean cimema with actor Lee Sun-kyun in the former, and the latter from heralded filmmaker Lee Jeong-beom for which I recommend you have a few tissues handy, because that's how real it gets.

RiffTrax Live: MTS3K Hosts To Live Roast Amir Shervan's SAMURAI COP In Select Theaters In April!

Mark your calendars for a special two-night event this April when Fathom Events and RiffTrax team up for RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop in select theaters. The event, hosted by MST3K pesonalities Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, marks the 24th broadcast between both compaines since partnering in 2009 with titles including Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, as well as horror classic Night Of The Living Dead and MST3K: The Reunion Show.

Monday, February 27, 2017

THE HIT LIST: February 27, 2017

My weekend was a little laid back...managed to catch up on a little anime and some Lady Snowblood for fun. Classic!...

KONG: SKULL ISLAND Lands A Final Trailer And VR Pitch

Monster movies are abound from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the latest only being Jordan Vogt-Roberts's Kong: Skull Island with two weeks until its release. For this, we turn to an action-packed trailer that runs nothing short on lively energy, terrifying thrills and excitement.
On March 10, 2017, the producers of Godzilla transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. 

Rising Tiger Films Debut Feature, BLACK SCAR BLUES, Is Now Available On Streaming And Digital HD

Black Scar Blues
The fondness hasn't waned, to be frank. I very much enjoyed Rising Tiger Film's debut milestone feature, Black Scar Blues, a crime noir with a dark twist, anti-hero tropes and semi-stylish action choreography that amplifies the tragic events that encompass the tale of a broken bond between two friends in the midst of the criminal underworld.

Catch The First Trailer For Real-Time Crime Thriller, BROKEN MILE

Well look at this! A feature film shot entirely on one take with no cuts whilst proposing a tale of murder mystery and suspense? That's what it looks to be here in Justin McConnell's new movie, Broken Mile (formerly Red Mile) and one other asset to this is how mobile it remains, providing depth to accomodate its ambitiousness.

BRIGHT Scores An Official Teaser For The New Fantasy Crime Thriller

Not even I expected David Ayer's Suicide Squad to become an Oscar winner on Sunday night. That, it has, however, and for Hair & Make Up no less which seems fitting and likely to the appeal of fans who contributed to the critically-panned DC adaptation's box office success last year.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Review: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Acclimates Drama With Perspective And Revelation

Manchester By The Sea opens on a flashback, but you don't realize this until later. That's not a spoiler, it is thematic layering. Director Kenneth Lonergan began his career on the stage in 1996, finding success with his play, This Is Our Youth. And it seems that Lonergan -interesting that the first part of his surname is “loner”- has continued to explore, and mature within, a study of recurring themes; maturity through loss, a discovery of love’s thesis through our responsibilities to one another, to our loved ones and to community, and death. Revelation in death, through means of what can be described as an earnest deconstructive lens pointed towards our collective misunderstandings of death (of existence itself, and therefore the quest!) as a consequence of fear.

Review: Indie Action Horror LYCO Teeters On Monotony, Maintains With Spells Of Substance

Independent filmmaker Franklin Correa, like most in his field, is a work in progress. That said, his latest in upscaling comes with the slightly more polished effort from Pantero Productions with the new movie, Lyco, a slight switch in gears for the Flash Drive and Mistaken helmer keen on venturing into John Carpenter and Stephen King territory just a tad.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

KONG: SKULL ISLAND Official Soundtrack Available March 3

Monster movie craze commences on March 10 with the worldwide 2D, select 3D and IMAX theatrical release of Kong: Skull Island from Warner Bros., Legendary and Tencent. In the meantime, WaterTower Music is pampering you music aficionados with listening and pre-order access to the film's official soundtrack starting March 3.

Sony Advances YA Adaptation A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC With Gerard Butler To Star And Produce

Actor, and someone I think we can safely name as action star, Gerard Butler, has been fun to talk about in recent weeks. He has a spate of new action thrillers coming down the pipeline and on Friday he has added another to the list with the new film, A Darker Shade of Magic. He'll be pairing up with producer Neal Moritz for an adaptation of author Victoria Schwab's 2015 Tor Books YA publication for Sony who are in negotiations for the rights after beating three other studios in a bidding war in recent weeks.

Ben Affleck Reaffirms As THE BATMAN, Welcomes Director Matt Reeves

Thursday saw a swarm of terrific news regarding The Batman and DC spin-off, Nightwing, though the former still stood unanswered for but briefly with regard to its star, Ben Affleck. Thus, quelling the weeks and days of on-going rumors of his departure, the actor took to Twitter to confirm the gospel.

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Takes You Into Dom's Deal With The Devil

The biggest initial highlight of the new international promo for F. Gary Gray's The Fate Of The Furious may very well be a feat for fans of Pitbull, Camila Cabello and J Balvin for their new song, "Hey Ma". In the meantime, we all know what the current center of the brewing intrigue and danger is here for those heavily and emotionally invested in the now withering relationship between characters Letty and Dom, played by Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel.

Sci-Fi Crime Novel TOMORROW AND TOMORROW Lands Matt Ross To Direct For TriStar

Matt Ross is gleaning from his most recent Oscar nod for Captain Fantastic and its star Viggo Mortensen. It's a good time for the writer and director and TriStar is taking notice, officially bringing Ross on board for his third stint in the chair with an adaptation of futuristic crime novel, Tomorrow and Tomorrow.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

ATOMIC BLONDE Strikes A Deadly Pose In The First Poster

We have a new action thriller on the horizon opening on July 28 with Focus Features's Atomic Blonde. As such, signaling with a switch in gears with its name change from the former, The Coldest City, the distributor unveiled a new poster this week with actress Charlize Theron front and center.

NIGHTWING Taps 'The Lego BATMAN Movie' Director To Helm For Warner Bros.

Fresh out of the door with more news on activity from Warner Bros. Pictures is talk of director Chris McKay who gained notoriety this year with his directorial debut, The Lego Batman Movie. This time he's aiming to tackle live-action with reports from THR confirming his attachment to a Nightwing feature film inspired by the DC Comics property in its shared legacy with the Dark Knight himself, Batman.

With Carnahan Out, Jackie Chan's FIVE AGAINST A BULLET Lands A New Director

I suppose with The Raid re-adaptation, Uncharted, Bad Boys For Life and X-Force piling on that Stretch and Smokin' Aces helmer Joe Carnahan would have to cast aside something. Of course, that would be action star Jackie Chan's Five Against A Bullet for which the pair were set to work on as of December following its lingering development since 2010.

Matt Reeves To Direct THE BATMAN, But What Of Its Star?

The funny thing about the new announcement from Warner Bros. Pictures regarding The Batman is that it makes no mention of actor Ben Affleck. This probably means that rumors of the actor's departure from the role probably won't go away though fans may still expect him in the forthcoming Justice League films from director Zack Snyder.

THE PAPER TIGERS: Help Award-Winning Director Bao Tran Unleash His Kung Fu Comedy Beast!

It was back in 2015 that award-winning filmmaker Bao Tran graced netizens with an amazing original kung fu action shortfilm titled The Challenger. To that end, I got to achieve quite a bit in interviewing Tran and performers Andy Le and Unlucky Stars actor Ken Quitugua and assuredly, I can attest that this project has a much more prospective and grand reach.

Recon Acquires Majority Stake In Millenium

Public-listed China-based Recon Holding has reportedly acquired the majority interest in the independent film staple, Millennium Films according to a new press announcement. News of the deal in its development began circulating as early as last week.

TOMBOY Arrives On UK Digital HD and DVD This March And April

Director Walter Hill's latest action thriller hasn't yet picked up steam in the U.S. for its release but it's getting the Digital HD and DVD treatment when Tomboy arrives respectively in the U.K. on March 13 and April 3. And yes, you read correctly. That's the title they get whereas the title in other markets may be anywhere from (Re)Assignment to The Assignment...

X-FORCE Lands THE RAID Remake Writer/Director Joe Carnahan

Wednesday brought a flurry of news surrounding director Joe Carnahan who gave a slate of exclusives to various sites, including Collider.com and ComingSoon.net. Thus, following breaking news over The Raid remake and Uncharted, it was Comicbook.com that brought us the word that Carnahan is the man poised to direct the forthcoming X-Force adaptation.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THE RAID: Carnahan, Grillo Dish The Details For Their Vision, Motivation, Risks And More

Yes, that is the movie that War Party duo, Frank Grillo and director Joe Carnahan are setting out to remaster with their own vision. It's been an epicenter of much brouhaha for many a fan who already think that the 2011 Iko Uwais-led starrer and its sequel from director Gareth Huw Evans is enough with a third pending and a fanbase this apprehensive toward anything they love like The Raid being remade in any capacity is likely hard to please.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Lands Home This March On Blu-Ray, DVD And Digital HD!

Arguably, there's almost no question that Gareth Edwards's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delivered something pretty cool back in December as a one-off from the Star Wars canon, telling of a story of ragtag rebels who set out to influence the major battle ahead for the Rebel Alliance against the Empire. Indeed, more can be expected in the forthcoming book installation, Inferno Squad, which hits shelves this July while we await the story to be told of one of the saga's biggest and most pivotal figures in next year's Han Solo spin-off film from directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Fox's X-MEN Live-Action Series Lands Jamie Chung

Big screen efforts haven't waned for the X-Men film saga at all recently and you needn't look further than the latest developments with Simon Kinberg's latest attachment to possibly write and direct the next movie in question. That said, we now advance toward small screen endeavors wherein it was last summer that Bryan Singer and Matt Nix were officially reported as on-board for a pilot committment with Fox Television's advancement of a live-action X-Men TV series inspired by the hit Marvel franchise.

Jamie Foxx Action Thriller SLEEPLESS Heads To Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD This April

Director Baran bo Odar's crime remake, Sleepless, is still in my personal viewing queue and eventually I'll post my own thoughts on it in a review or via Instagram. In the meantime the film is heading to DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital in the coming weeks with Jamie Foxx spearheading the action and thrills, and Universal Pictures is more than pleased to accomodate.

IRON FIST Explores Danny Rand In A New Featurette

I as much as anyone can't wait to spend the weekend of March 17 digesting Netflix's new Marvel installation, Iron Fist. Finn Jones stars in the title role based on the comic book tale of a young plane crash survivor who, years later, follows up with his mysterious return to New York City with a special skill set he'll need to take down the plutocrats running his father's business and legacy, and the city, into darkness.

Simon Kinberg May Direct X-MEN: THE NEW MUTANTS For Fox

I haven't yet seen X-Men: Apocalypse so I couldn't tell you my opinion on it just yet, but the word now from Collider is that Simon Kinberg is poised to direct the next film in the franchise for 20th Century Fox. For this, the report also suggests it may possible, albeit currently unclear, that actress Sophie Turner may reprise her role as Jean Grey in the supposed film following earlier reports of Josh Boone's own development of said film previous noted as being based on The New Mutants story back in 2015.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spy Thriller NEED TO KNOW Casts Charlize Theron

Word is that F. Gary Gray's April 14 release of The Fate Of The Furious from Universal Pictures is being given a 160-minute run time. I'd say that's pretty sizable and appropriate for a saga that has lasted seven epic action movie installments and there's no doubt that actress Charlize Theron's role will be pivotal in the film given the approach being hinted in the trailers so far.

Stars To Gather Next Month For Celebrity Roast Of Heralded Actress And VO Artist, Joycelyne Lew

Celebrated television, film and voice actress Joycelyne Lew is slated to be the center of attention when stars gather for a celebrity roast at Golden Dragon Restaurant on Saturday, March 4 at 7:00pm PST. According to last week's press annoucement, arrivals will include actor Mel Novak (Bruce Lee's Game of Death, Chuck Norris' An Eye for An Eye), Cynthia Rothrock (Tiger Claws III, Lady Dragon), Gerald Okamura (G.I. Joe, The Rise of Cobra, Mortal Kombat), Peter Kwong (The Golden Child, Big Trouble in China), Host Grand-Master Eric Lee (Rambo: First Blood Part II, 3 Ninjas) and many more.

Punch It! Filming Begins For The Han Solo Star Wars Spin-Off

The new Han Solo spin-off film still doesn't have an official title, but we now have our first look at a cast photo marking the start of principal photography at Pinewood Studios as of Monday. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) are directing the film as one of several current spin-offs for Disney and Lucasfilm's on-going Star Wars saga in lieu of Rian Johnson's coming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

SATRIA HEROES: REVENGE OF DARKNESS Lands A Trailer For Indonesian Tokusatsu Feature Film With Yayan Ruhian

Tokusatsu gained a foothold in Indonesia with the 2013 series run, Bima Satria Garuda. Since then, the show which centered on a young hero's discovery of a power stone to take on the evil Vudo empire after a mysterious alien portal to Earth emerges, spawned a sequel series in 2015 and is now on deck for a full feature film expansion.

Check Out The Latest Trailer For Slick Action Thriller, EXTRAORDINARY MISSION

Alan Mak, prolific co-helmer of the Infernal Affairs and Overheard movies recently paired up with co-director Anthony Pun (cinematographer: The White Storm, Monster Hunt) for a stellar new action thriller coming this Spring. That film arrives in the form of Extraordinary Mission and while not much was known at the time about this film, at least two teasers were unveiled to the public eye last year that were pretty attention getting.

Monday, February 20, 2017

THE HIT LIST: February 20, 2017

So, I finally saw John Wick: Chapter Two and you can read my review here...

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Shares What The Fuss Is All About In The Latest Trailer

I don't really have much to add about the latest trailer for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. It looks epic but I can't say I'm hugely impressed by it so far and to establish this as the first of a whole franchise of titles may be stretching it. We'll see how this goes.

Voodoo Suspense Consumes The First Trailer For Indie Action Horror, LYCO

Independent filmmaker Franklin Correa is back this year and switching gears just a bit from his usual action-tethered efforts in films like Flash Drive and Mistaken. Thus, we get a first trailer for upcoming action horror, Lyco which centers on a collector who is but one of several people eyeing an ancient relic smuggled into the U.S., including a sadistic voodoo serial killer with more nefarious purposes.

Jacobus, Barber Hail New Film Banner With Upcoming Action Comedy Short, BLINDSIDED

Last year saw the release of a first poster for the new shortfilm, Blindsided, with actor and martial artist Eric Jacobus starring and fellow industry stunt professional Clayton Barber making his shortfilm directorial debut. As of Sunday, a post-dated announcement began making the rounds for the new action comedy short officially launching Jacobus Barber (JB) Productions, the latest milestone for both star and director since partnering on Jacobus's shortfilm hits, Rope-A-Dope and its energizing sequel, Rope-A-Dope 2: Return Of The Martial Arts Mafia.

A Case For Better Action Movies: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO (2017)

Nobody just kills John Wick and lives to tell about it. To that end, you would think, at least from a preventive viewpoint, that his reputation would span far enough to the resident killers, thugs and elitist psychopaths operating in the criminal underworld at large but... nope. Eventually some ambitious villain will come along and push things further into entropy - a realm lined well with the corpses of underlings so as to reaffirm just how much of a gluttonous, self-important asshole one has to be to witness Wick's reputation in action the hard way, after the fact.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dolph Lundgren Thriller DON'T KILL IT Lands A March Release

Having been a festival favorite at places including Sitges, Fantastic Fest, Screamfest, and Fantasy Film Festival, it's pretty clear Archstone made a great choice with its acquisition of Mike Mendez's new horror thriller, Don't Kill It. Its trailer has been viral off and on for sometime now and thankfully it has a limited theatrical and digital release date set for March 3 - a day of all days for anyone looking forward to going to see some action movies on the big screen. And Dolph Lundgren starring? Easy sell.

MEAN DREAMS: Bill Paxton Chills In The Trailer For Nathan Morlando's New Crime Thriller

Following his award-winning 2011 debut, Citizen Gangster, Canadian helmer Nathan Morlando is back with his newest thriller, Mean Dreams. The film landed at Vertical Entertainment for its U.S. release following its Directors' Fortnight premiere at Cannes last year and with a date stamped for a March 17 release in theaters and VoD, a trailer has since aired and rest assured, it delivers with potency.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The NEXT PURGE CHAPTER Sets Course For July 4, 2018 For Universal!

News is circulating that Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Platnum Dunes are returning to The Purge franchise once more for the fourth installment tentatively titled the Next Purge Chapter. James DeMonaco directed the trilogy which saw the story of people and politicians fighting off danger from all corners on the nation's annually-celebrated evening of crime and near lawlessness. 

#GoGo And Watch The Brand New POWER RANGERS Trailer!

Lionsgate took to Facebook today in one of the best marketing strategies by far for a film ahead of its release. With a reaction video counter to 75,000, it was only a matter of time before the second official trailer for Dean Israelite's latest, Power Rangers, would air online, and thus, it has.

The New Trailer For Military Thriller, MINE, Will Leave You Taking A Knee

Imagine Phone Booth or Liberty Stands Still, but in a desert and the one thing holding you hostage is a non-negotiable explosive death trap. That's what we now get in Well Go USA's upcoming release, Mine, from directing duo Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro.

THE CHOSEN GUARD: Martial Arts Star Yousef Mansour Returns For New Egyptian/American Co-Production

Action Film International is reportedly gearing up for a project in the Spring with re-emerging Egyptian actor and martial artist Yousef Mansour according to a recent press announcement. Titled The Chosen Guard, the new Arabic/English language action thriller will mark his fourth feature film after debuting in 1991 with Helali's Fist, and in up to sixteen years since starring in the 2001 film, Badr in which he also debuted as director.

EXCLUSIVE: A Cadence Of Vengeance Looms In The Teaser For Ramin Sohrab's VIULU

It was a few years ago that Finnish filmmaker, actor and stunt coordinator Ramin Sohrab landed on our radar with a slick proof teaser for a project called Malek. He already has several acting and stunt credits to his name as well as in film but Malek, in its circulation, was what eventually caught my eye having seen it written about elsewhere.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: LOI BAO Trio To Reteam For Next Action Project

It was earlier this week that the first official teaser trailer for Blood Letter helmer Victor Vu's new action movie, Loi Bao, released online, and much to the delight of action fans instinctive enough to catch on. Truy Sat co-star Cuong Seven makes his starring role here and for a teaser that has already begun catching on, bolstered by some of the big stuntwork highlight throughout while we await further details on the project.

Funimation Films Licenses Live-Action BLACK BUTLER For DVD And Blu-Ray Release!

Three years since the release of Warner Bros. Japan's live-action adaptation, Black Butler, U.S. anime staple Funimation has announced the film as its latest acquisition for a May 2 release on Blu-Ray and DVD. Kentaro Otani and Keiichi Satou directed the film hailing from its roots at Square Enix from Yana Toboso's 2006 manga publication.

Richie Keen Lands PARTNERS His Next Project Warner Bros

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On the eve of his forthcoming directorial debut comedy, Fist Fight, director Richie Keen is poised for his latest comedic endeavor, Partners, for Warner Bros. Pictures. Deadline reports Keen will direct from a script Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly following Evan Turner's first draft.

PLAN B: SCHEISS AUF PLAN A - Berlin Hails With Hong Kong Action In The First Official Trailer

Getting a martial arts action picture off the ground these days is not easy. What helps, of course, is the initiative, talent and the necessary support base to further substantiate the demand for such a film and thankfully, it's the kind of support that the folks over at German martial arts, stunt and film production group, Reel Deal Action, have been able to accumulate in the well over five-year period in which its members have been upscaling in the industry.

Action Spec Script, RUTHLESS Lands Brad Petyon To Direct For Amblin

San Andreas helmer Brad Peyton is well on his way with several projects, one of which now includes the female-driven action thriller, Ruthless from scribe John Swetnam. Deadline reports that the film has since landed at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners in the wake of the company's latest investment by Universal Filmed Entertainment earlier this week joining Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, eOne and Alibaba Pictures.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

EFM 2017: Trio Cast For Action-Packed Mystery Caper CARTER & JUNE

Writer and director Nicholas Kalikow is on deck to helm action-packed mystery caper, Carter & June according to announcements made via EFM. The noted Concrete Blondes (2013) helmer will be joined by Napoleon Dynamite producer Sean Covel with Diane Richey and Kyle Roper of Sacred Bull Media producing.