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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 …

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…

THE HIT LIST: June 18, 2018

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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.





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

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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!

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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

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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 …

DIRECTING A DANCE OF VENGEANCE: Director Sam Puefua Talks Revenge Action Thriller Shortfilm, MAMBA

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The latter end of May through early June saw the emergence of a promo campaign for a project now shaping up be quite the festival favorite. The project in question hails actress Sonalii Castillo in her latest electrifying role in Mamba, a new revenge shortfilm thriller from actor and filmmaker Sam Puefua.

"Sonalii brings a level of authenticity to her character," says Puefua who also co-stars as Sam, a former soldier who applies his skillset aptly as Kali's right-hand man. "She's a hard worker and very passionate about her role, and having created this character, there's no one better than her to bring this character to life!"
Heralded as a cross between John Wick and Colombiana, Mamba is currently garnering acceptances and praise from multiple territories in North America and Europe with Castillo having recently won the Gold Award for Best Actress at the Independent Shorts Awards. The project also earned Honorable Mention as well as Best Thriller Short…

ALPHA: A Boy And His Wolf Tread Through Peril And Friendship In The New Trailer

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Albert Hughes' new period action adventure, Alpha, has a brand new trailer rolling out this week ahead of its advanced August release. This one takes on mild, albeit noticeably different tone compared to last year's first trailer; the narration certainly lends a more family friendly tone whilst doing away with some of the more perilous shots introduced in last year's promo rollout. My guess is unless folks have seen both, moms and dads taking their youngins may be in for something a little more thrilling than they thought but it still looks like a fun flick to bookend the summer movie slate.
An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, ALPHA tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each …

Fukuda Yuichi's GINTAMA 2 Hints At A Potential Crisis With New Character Teaser Posters

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Sorachi Hideaki's Gintama is a universe brimming with colorful characters, and for what it's worth, director Fukuda Yuichi has done an albeit impressive job at manifesting it all into a reality for live-action cinema. He's back at it again with a sequel tentatively titled Gintama 2 and while we await its August 17 release with much of the cast returning from the first film and subsequent festival and rollout news to come, new character posters are out and about and teasing the possible turn of events that could center heavily on the Shinsengumi and the Shogunate.
Sitting center of the collage below is the 14th ruling Shogun of Edo himself, Tokugawa Shige Shige. On the left are Kawakami Bansai (close associate of the Kiheitai's Takasugi Shinsuke played by actor and recording artist Domoto Tsuyoshi in the 2017 film) and Oniwabanshuu-trained ninja, assassin and café worker, Sarutobi Ayame, who has a penchant for natto, is an S&M aficionado and is wholly fixated on our…

THE COLD DARK: Watch The Chilling New Teaser For Mikko Lopponen's Finnish Survival Western Shortfilm

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The relative chemistry between an actor and a director is a pivotal one for a film to succeed, much like that of Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron, or even Scott Adkins and Jesse Johnson of late. To that affect, I loved observing what independent filmmaker Mikko Löppönen and I discussed in our recent interview having follwed his work in the last several years, partly with fellow film cohort, actress Jessica Wolff and seeing how well they gel together.

Their latest pairing now awaits the festival circulation of The Cold Dark, Löppönen's latest Finnish survival Western thriller tale stretching nineteen minutes. That's nineteen minutes of chilling suspense and character development followed by a brutal second half in which our heroine is forced to fight for her life - something I'm always keen on with Wolff on screen with projects like The Finnisher and Löppönen's blood-gushing action-packed short proof, Eliza, the latter over which he and I chatted and sequel-hype…