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ALL THE RAGE: Actress Kerry Lacy Talks VIOLA, Filmmaking And Fighting Back

Watching Stacey Maltin's 2017 shortfilm, Viola, makes for great inspiration when daydreaming about certain female characters in any number of thrillers that could be further woven into something larger. For me, it toggles between short and longform/independent and mainstream properties and as prosperous as it is, shortform indie content makes for a great venue to tackle such ideas.
Maltin succeeded this in directing her 2017 short film hit, Viola, which is still making the rounds at festivals and starting actress and producer, Kerry Lacy. Viola is currently making the festival rounds  while only available via restricted link fron Maltin, and the imaginably, the reception has been a positive one with a sequel in tow.
"There's really nothing better than seeing people enjoy your work." says Lacy. "I feel like Viola is off to a great start and I'm just absorbing it all and trying to learn as I go so I can bring Viola to a bigger audience."
The hopes are as …

CREED 2: Michael B. Jordan Is Ready To Rumble In The First Teaser Poster

With Creed helmer Ryan Coogler taking the mantle as executive producer, Stephen Caple Jr.'s take for the forthcoming sequel awaits a verdict with a release slated for November 21. The inaugural 2015 spin-off featuring Michael B. Jordan showed plenty going for itself and now with the prospect of a story much ado with our star delivering a revisit to the pivotal events in Rocky IV, all I can say is get ready for one heck of a rumble.
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first…

KUNG FU LEAGUE: Heroes Headline The First Trailer For Jeff Lau's Raucous Kung Fu Flick

Notable Kung Fu Hustle producer Jeff Lau has since entered the fray with his next directorial feat, Kung Fu League. The project has been teases a headlining crowd of folkloric film heroes and now we have a first trailer this week. I gotta say, it's wackier than I predicted and looks equally ridiculous, save for any hopes of this film being more film than fan service.
I suppose it's mainly because there isn't a full synopsis available which is why this trailer is so daunting apart from what we already know. Alas, Vincent Zhao stakes his claim as the venerable Wong Fei Hung next to Andy On who takes the mantle as Huo Yuanjia, Danny Chan lending more to the typecast as Bruce Lee persona Chen Zhen, and Dennis To reprising as Ip Man from Herman Yau's 2010 iteration of the Wing Chun grandmaster...
As for this trailer, well... it's basically signaling fan service and some of which is quite laughable. Be it in a good or bad way is totally in the eye of the beholder but wi…

Victor Vu's THE IMMORTAL Teases A Foreboding Tale Of Timeless Mystery In The First Trailer

Fantasia will be the next festival highlight for Vietnamese director Victor Vu's recent hit, Loi Bao starring Cuong Seven in July. In the meantime, the wait now settles through October for the release of Vu's The Immortal which now has a first trailer to show for its efforts reuniting Vu with core Loi Bao crew members, action director Vincent Tran and action producer Jason Ninh Cao.
Thankfully you can largely divulge as much of the plot as you wish from the subtitles which gives this an impression as something of a supernatural period epic with some shots hinting at an early 20th century setting. Loi Bao antagonist, actor Quach Ngọc Quan takes the mantle in the lead role this time around joining the aforementioned Seven actress Dinh Ngọc Diep and fellow Lôi Bao co-star Vũ Tuấn Việt.
Check out the trailer below!

OPERATION WILD To Pit Chinese And Indian Talent Together For Renny Harlin's Large Scale Action Adventure

Director Renny Harlin will helm Operation Wild, according to Patrick Frater at Variety detailing a new three-film co-development deal made during events over at the Shanghai International Film Festival. The deal was made between leading Indian entertainment company, B4U, and Extraordinary Entertainment, Harlin's shared production banner with Kung Fu Yoga producer DJ Parmar.
Brian Brightly is penning Operation Wild which is described as a large-scale action adventure centered on "two elite combat warriors from China and India who lead covert forces to shut down a global wildlife-poaching criminal organization." Casting details are unknown while the report does suggest prominent Chinese and Indian actors will be brought aboard. “These films will highlight the emotional bond and cultural values that are common between the people of China and India,” said B4U CEO Ishan Saksena.“The enormous success of co-production films like ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ and other Indian films has helped …

Psych Slasher Thriller, AXE, Preps For Michael Coulombe's Feature Directing Debut

Writer and director Michael Coulombe is revving up a 2018 production start for feature debut, Axe. The psychological thriller advances from a script by Coulombe whose 2012 proof of concept short (on which the current production is based) explores the cracked psyche of a man who, for reasons beyond his own understanding, became compelled to pick up an axe moments before murdering his wife in the shower.
Adam Huss (Paradox, TV series Power) is set to lead in the role of James for the feature film expansion in which he and wife Chrissie move back into his childhood home. James soon finds himself mysteriously haunted, succumbing to the disturbing memories of his past that soon begin to alter his perception of reality, thus exploring the nebulous answer to the questuon: What drives a man to madness?
Also starring are actresses Alina Andrei as Whitney and Star Gilliard in the role of Francine with actors Richard Riehle and Todd James Jackson as Hank and Arthur, respectively. Taylor J. Ma…

THE HIT LIST: June 18, 2018

Well I'm back in recovery mode on a chill Fathers' Day at work and putting this week's Hit List together. I'll have a little more to say this December but I like how most of my summer is going so far.

Thekla Hutyrova kicks it all off for the week's round of training and hustle reels from some of today's earnest and up-and-coming action and stunt performers and professionals alike. The playlist beneath catapults further with some sensational footage from Andy Le of Martial Club, followed by reels courtesy of Meghan Joyce, Branden Arnold, Joseph Roark, Fernando Jay Huerto, Emily Tung, Alex Meglei, Benjamin Redic II, Flowman Fdez, Sean Murphy and latest Garage Hero prospect, actress Yamamoto Airi, and more from Shawn Verth, Carrie Bernans, Mike Li, Andrew Long, Toby Fuller, Art School Dropouts' Stephanie Pham and stunt driver Nick Dekay, as well as some choreography goods by Mike Moeller, Czech Action Crew, and stunt coordinator Jodi Stecyk.

I don't have mu…

Stephen Chow, Pearl Studio Revive THE MONKEY KING For An Epic Animated Feature

To date, I actually held hopes that Soi Cheang would be able to live out a live-action quadrilogy for his take on Wu Cheng'en's classic tale of The Monkey King. The CGI-packed threequel garnered more of a lukewarm reception and that may have dampered further hopes, but maybe that will change. I'm not really sure.
Until then, any and all related efforts now lie at Shanghai-based Pearl Studio who are reportedly in the market for a new stake of their own in the mythological Chinese folk legend. Announcements out of France are hailing the project with the attachment of the incomparable Stephen Chow (BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominated hit, Kung Fu Hustle) who is no stranger to the folkloric hero that has inspired many a TV, film and print franchise for years, including Chow's own Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons and its 2017 sequel from Tsui Hark.
The character's return to the big screen is being developed as an epic animated adventure for a global audie…

FANTASIA 2018: Second Wave Reveals Zombies, Bigfoot, Witches, Superheroes, Cynthia Rothrock And Much More!

Fantasia 2018's second wave of titles arrived on Thursday and the first thing that stood out to me in a social media post was the name Cynthia Rothrock. That said all I needed to know to look further into the raft of titles, segments and events made public before the full line-up announcement on July 7 and as expected, the programme is turning out to be quite the feat.

Erik Matti's hotly anticipated BuyBust is pretty much an all-in factor for the hardcore action fans already lined-up for its August 10 North American release from Well Go USA. The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion starring Kim Da-Mi was another surprise in recent weeks showcasing a rather awesome trailer for I Saw The Devil writer Park Hoon-Jung's latest feature directing effort.

Also in tow are Sam Elliott in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, Searching starring Jon Cho, and awards and celebrations of the aforementioned Rothrock as well as other screenings like Victor Vu's Loi Bao which I'…

INRANG: Kim Jee-Woon Brings Classic Anime To Fiery Life In The Explosive Official Teaser

Kim Jee-Woon's new film, Inrang, is doing a pretty ample job with the hype this week after rolling out a 22-second teaser the other day. My guess is that was only announcement with Warner Bros. Korea applying the Hollywood formula in kind these days with a full teaser now online ahead of an official trailer to possibly come between now and its July 25 release.
As for the film, Okiura Hiroyuki's animated 1999 hit, Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade - adapted from Oshii Mamoru's Kerberos Saga at the time - serves as the basis seen in Kim's iteration; Transplanting from alt-1950s Germany, Inrang settles for dystopian future tale in the year 2029 following seven years of peace talks in lieu of a truce between North and South Korea, and the warring extremist factions from both sides.
Terrorist attacks arise and thus, a new specialized military force is implemented to counter the upheaval. That's largely what the footage as of late has offered whilst VERY lightly hinting at the …