Monday, August 3, 2015
There weren't a lot of new stunt reels to host this week - I share a lot of them anyway so I wouldn't really be surprised if I covered every working stunt professional who had a reel. Still though, I have a few gems to share in this week's Hit List which also grants us a look at a small variety of some upcoming independent projects, as well as the usual assortment of exciting independent fight action that goes out in epic fashion, and a little something special end!
Stills finally came pouring in exclusively via EW for director Toa Fraser's latest hostage thriller, 6 Days since pincipal photography began in New Zealand in June. The film follows up Fraser's most recent effort, The Dead Lands, which proved to be one of the most compelling films to date in his stellar career of award-winning feats.
Ronda Rousey is having a most epic year so far. Well into a fruitful career as a mixed-martial arts champion now 12-0 after defeating challenger Bethe Correia over the weekend at UFC 190 in just 34 seconds, the currently-reigning bantamweight champion is also managing a lucrative career as a film actress with three titles to her name, including her 2014 debut in The Expendables 3, and this year's releases of the movie adaptation of HBO's Entourage and the blockbuster success of James Wan's Furious Seven.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
A U.S. theatrical date set for December is still pending following The Weinstein Company's acquisition director Justin Kurzel's 11th century epic drama, MacBeth back in May from global rep, Studiocanal. In the meantime, users of Amazon Prime Instant Video in Spring of next year will be the first to catch director Justin Kurzel's latest Cannes 2015 favorite, MacBeth following its big screen run.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Actor and martial artist Jin Kelley is currently in the midst of a month-long crowdfunding campaign to help raise money for the post-production of a new proof-of-concept shortfilm. The Art Of Fighting is the name of the project from director Leonardo Corbucci and is just about halfway toward its current goal in the hopes of guaranteeing a fully-fledged feature, and not for nothing either - especially with backing by BJJ Master Rigan Machado, Hollywood stuntman and actor Jon Komp Shin and action legend, actor James Lew also on board.
Apparently NOW the word now after all the ruckus about actor Channing Tatum disbanding from Twentieth Century Fox's production of the comic book adaptation, Gambit, is that he's officially closed a deal to star. A new report by CBM via THR suggests there was uncertainty as to whether or not Tatum would be able to return for multiple movies seeing as how the studio is looking forward to replacing Hugh Jackman as its Marvel franchise mainstay while he finishes his last stint as The Wolverine.
Martial arts action cinema has seen a ton of glory in the field of film for many years with a multitude of memorable and iconic characters to lend credit to. One such role as of late has been actor Scott Adkins's delivery of born-again Russian mixed-martial arts champion, Uri Boyka, following two principle roles in the direct-to-video end of the Undisputed franchise, with the sequel and threequel in 2006 and 2010 respectively, from director Isaac Florentine.
Actor Daniel Wu took to this year's installment of the Television Critics Association with fellow film and production partner, Stephen Fung to discuss their latest endeavors this week. Front and center, of course, was the upcoming martial arts action fantasy series, Into The Badlands, with Wu leading the cast for a story that takes an edgy approach to Chinese folklore via steampunk and high-flying kung fu action.
Friday, July 31, 2015
We're literally just one-month away from the North American release of action star Wu Jing's solo directorial debut, Wolf Warrior. It shouldn't be long before we finally get a trailer going viral but chances are you folks already know what the film looks like due to the trailers now online. Definitely patriotic at its core with a variety of actors on hand, one can argue this looks like an exceptional template for Wu in his career off-camera, and considering it's just one of two films that significantly did a number on his legs in the last few years prior to his recovery, hopefully there will be plenty more to come.
In this day and age, if there is ever a chance for director Michael Schultz's immortal kung fu soul classic, Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon to be remade for millenials, I don't think it would live to tell the tale unless the right director and crew were on it. The film is such a treasure to the niche it is meant for and now we have a forthcoming repackaged and brand-spanking new version of the film arriving on Blu-Ray in late August.
Big things are happening as we kick off August with the Japan release of the first of Highchi Shinji's two-part live-action adaptation of the hit manga/anime franchise, Attack On Titan. Thus, Japanese streaming video service, dTV will be linking to the films of a three-part tie-in miniseries of its own, now in the form of Attack On Titan: Counter Rockets.
Independent filmmaker and comedy purveyor Brian James O'Connell is well on his way up with approving responses by audiences keen on his previous works, namely including Killer View and Angry White Man. Both titles have the appeal toward viewers adoring of unmitigated, dark humor that pushes the envelope and it remains an integral business model in his craft now with his latest, Blood Sucking Bastards, daring to bleed the workforce competition dry!