|Harry Shum Jr. as Kuai Liang in Mortal Kombat Legacy: Season 2|
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, the first of director Keishi Otomo's two-part finale to the titular trilogy will finally be out today overseas in Japan long after fans have been glittered with continuous trailers, TV spots and posters.
Open to rekindle the flames of Filipino action cinema, independent filmmaker Jeff Centauri is on a mission to bring back the glory days of a genre once widely supported in his own country up until the late 1990's and early 2000's. They're small steps considering it's a zero budget affair, but each are greatly significant in contributing to what he wants to see happen for the action cinema niche in his own country.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Update 4:29pm EST: Variety has confirmed that actor Jamie Foxx is in talks to portray Mike Tyson in a yet-to-be-titled feature film, penned by writer Terence Winter and produced by Foxx's manager Rick Yorn. The film is reportedly without a studio at the moment while the details of what Winter's script will entail are being ironed out for a transition to the silver screen. There was no mention of Martin Scorsese but things could change, so stay tuned!
Subscribers of Cartoon Network will be able to get a glimpse of an animated version of former boxer Mike Tyson this Fall in the zany new series, Mike Tyson Mysteries during Adult Swim, following its recent push at San Diego Comic-Con. But the entertainment headlines don't end there.
|From L to R: Neyssan Falahi, Adam Lee and Lang Yip of Cinematic Fight Studio|
However, this time it's a little different. And needless to say, it feels very gratifying on several levels.
If you were ever looking forward to the feature-length presence of a strong female figure this summer, feel free to pan over here where international sales agent Viacom 18 is currently pushing the latest athletic biographical fight pic based on the life and times of Indian boxer, Olympian bronze medalist and biography author, Mary Kom. Actress Priyanka Chopra takes the lead in the thrilling sports drama which was announced in 2012 by producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the same year the real-life Kom became the only female boxer to qualify for the summer Olympics, on top of being a five-time world amateur champion, and then some.
I'm not too sure if this has anything to do with the classic DeNiro/Grodin 1988 road comedy of the same name, but it does carry its own weight.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
If you attended San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, you might have come across director Quentin Tarantino making the rounds to promote his Django Unchained/Zorro crossover comic. In light of this and other news, it turns out the retro cinema throwback visionary auteur best known for his work on cult hits like Resevoir Dogs, Jackie Brown and the incomparable Pulp Fiction is currently doing business with The Weinstein Company to theatrically a longer verison of his two-part martial arts spaghett-western kunoichi smash hit, Kill Bill.
Action films are awesome to watch, especially if the performances are done by trained stunt professionals who know how to act. The case is often made on this site as a platform for stunt professionals who can creating high quality action content, including the professionals over at California-based film and stunt training facility 87 Eleven Action Design who are back to do just that with their newest shortfilm, Behind Every Great Man.
It was back in 2012 that stuntman and award-winning independent filmmaker Dorian Kingi took to his third stint behind the camera for dramatic action short that coupling dramatic action and themes with the assembly of raw stunt talent. The project in question is titled Violence, existing under the PMV Entertainment indie film banner founded by fellow actor and stuntman Jason Sweat, and hosts principal performances by Solomon Brende and Xingu Rodil starring as two guys who rush to a graffiti wall owned by a group of thugs to settle the score for brutally attacking their friends.
I got a chance to talk to a few of the people involved in the making of Violence, including Kingi, who explained some of his motives behind the project, among a few other things. He was quite forward and very insightful in many of his answers.
Enlight Pictures got the week started with the brand new teaser for the forthcoming finale of the Gordon Chan-directed trilogy, The Four 3D, in addition to a slate of stills from the film. On Tuesday, the push continued as fans and followers of the film were granted a look at eleven new posters, including nine one-sheets featuring the main cast.