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

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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 …

FraXtur Wraps Production; Denise Richards, Dallas Page And More Added To Cast Of Limited Digital Post-Apocalyptic Series

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Principal photography has reportedly been completed in Los Angeles for new limited digital series, FraXtur. Screenwriter Zack Ward and director, Emmy-winning producer Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray (Circus Kane) co-created the series which hails from Burbank-based DEINSTITUTIONALIZED LLC, LANY Entertainment and END OF THE ROSE LLC.
“FraXtur” chronicles a ragtag, millennial, breakfast club thrust into a post apocalyptic wasteland. The characters quickly realize that their lack of food, shelter and water are not their only challenges - when tribal clans and unimaginable monsters threaten their very existence! The official cast lists Brittany Curran (The Magicians), Denise Richards (Starship Troopers) and Camille Winbush (The Bernie Mac Show) along with Karl Yune (Arrow), Leon Thomas III (Insecure), Max Adler (The Flash), multiple Emmy winner Kristos Andrews, Cody Saintgnue (Teen Wolf), Emmy winner Eric Nelsen, Ciara Hanna, Chasty Ballesteros and Sinjin Rosa.

Rounding out the cast will be …

GRACIE: MMA Biopic Centered On The Birth Of UFC In The Works

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In all likelihood, MMA had a major stake in film. The proliferation of the fighting art at the top of the new millenium saw its way to the marquee with the likes of Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon, Chiwetel Ejiofor in Redbelt, Donnie Yen in Films like S.P.L., Flash Point and Special ID, and even the fan fare of all things Michael Jai White and Boyka (lest the fanboys forget the actor's name is Scott Adkins).
Certainly, mixed martial arts was a grand spectacle in the last fifteen years or so. Martial arts aficionados even date its birth back to Bruce Lee as much as they prefer, while for others, it was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grandmaster Rorion Gracie's father, Helio, who pioneered the fighting art from its roots, thus passing it on through the famous family that now embodies much of what sustains the craft in the Ultimate Fighting Championship with Rorion serving as one of its founders nearly a quarter century ago.
Such is the story that encapsulates current plans for new Rori…

JAPAN CUTS 2018: Don't Miss The Trailer For The Twelfth Festival In NYC!

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New York City residents are in for a treat if the 17th NYAFF isn't enough to fill bellies. The full line-up for the 2018 edition of Japan Cuts is also live and listing a pleathora of thrilling and intriguing works celebrating Japanese cinema.
Now in its 12th year, JAPAN CUTS continues to grow as the largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America. Bringing a wide range of the best and hardest-to-see films made in and around Japan today — from blockbusters, independent productions and anime, to documentaries, avant-garde works, short films, and new restorations — JAPAN CUTS is the place to experience Japan’s dynamic film culture in New York City. Every year, this thrilling 10-day festival offers exclusive premieres, special guest filmmakers and stars, fun-filled parties, live music and more! Sato Shinsuke's BLEACH and Beat Takeshi's Outrage: Coda are both worth making note of. Check out the trailer below and visit the official page for the line-up and more …

TAU: Gary Oldman Turns A.I. To Assert His Authority In The Official Trailer

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Netflix has been busy the last 24 hours hailing their next feature film arrival with Federico D'Alessandro's dark new sci-fi, Tau. The official full trailer is here courtesy of IGN now and thus, if harrowing, contained sci-fi thrills is more your speed, this might be a fascinating add to your list upon its June 29 release. Once a street-smart grifter, Julia (Maika Monroe) is the latest young woman held captive, a body and a mind to be exploited in a fatal experiment. The only thing standing in the way of her freedom is TAU, the advanced artificial intelligence developed in secret by Alex, her masochistic and enigmatic captor. TAU is armed with a battalion of drones and robots that automate Alex's futuristic smart house and laboratory, the walls lined with screens that visually transport it from grassy plains to the depths of space. TAU's potential is only limited by his understanding of the world he exists in, but TAU is ready for more. Julia, showing resourcefulness a…

NYAFF 2018 Launches Ticket Sales For The Savage Seventeenth Edition

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Things are in full swing for what's being dubbed as the "Savage Seventeenth" installment of the New York Asian Film Festival launching June 29. From the robust opener with Dynamite Graffiti to a rowsing and eclectic line-up of Asian titles both new and ceremonial with special guests in attendance, right down to the hotly-anticipated closer with Erik Matti's BuyBust, words such as "interesting" and "exciting" almost seem paling.
From vicious, life-destroying phone scams to balletic battles between equally corrupt cops and yakuza, NYAFF offers films that reflect on contemporary society while offering extreme genre pleasures. There are self-referential takes on cinematic zombies, existential date nights, and teens finding their own corners of the world despite familial and societal expectations. After last year’s Sweet Sixteen, this year’s program is dubbed the Savage Seventeenth edition with four world premieres, three international premieres, 21 Nor…

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

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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

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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

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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 Wang 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

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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

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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…