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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 …

Review: Incarnation (2018) Woos You With Its Hitchcockian Charms

Who would have ever guessed that the Groundhog Day approach to movie plotting would prove so effective for the action genre?  From studio blockbusters like Live.Die.Repeat to indie fare like the Rope a Dope series, time loops seem like a great way to frame balls-to-the-wall action.  Now, writer/director Filip Kovacevic takes the genre in a more cerebral but no less thrilling direction with Incarnation.

A man wakes up in a square of an unknown city.  He has no idea who he is or how he got there.  As he stumbles around the square trying in vain to get answers, he is pursued by three masked assassins.  The men corner him and gun him down only to have him wake up again on the same bench.  The man is stuck in a time loop he must desperately find his way out of.

Incarnation is a masterclass in audio/visual storytelling.  Much of the film takes place in the city square, which is shot beautifully and is presented in such diverse ways that it never loses its intrigue.  The visual storytelling …

Donnie Yen And Jackie Chan Will Square Off In IP MAN 4

Another headlining rematch is on deck for Wilson Yip's Ip Man 4 with Jackie Chan apparently set to appear opposite star Donnie Yen. This little detail, by way of a report on Wednesday at Jaynestars cites local news sources, confirms that filming has wrapped for the fourth installment in which Chan will play a respected Chinatown Big Brother amid the story setting that lands our title hero in the U.S. alongside martial arts progeny Bruce Lee.
Yen and Chan have shared the screen together a few times in Shanghai Knights (2003) and The Twins Effect 2 (a.k.a. Blade Of Kings) (2004). The two are joined by Paradox co-star Chris Collins and Vanness Wu of Star Runner fame, both who share respective screen history with actor Scott Adkins who also stars.
Oddly enough and despite viral posts, the report also suggests Ip Man 3 co-star and Kung Fu League headliner and most-noted Bruce Lee persona in recent memory; Danny Chan may be sitting out the role this time around.
A late 2018 or early 20…

TMNT Is Getting Another Reboot At Paramount, Platinum Dunes

Screenwriter Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) has reportedly been hired to pen the script for a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles induction for Paramount. As Borys Kit notes over at The Hollywood Reporter, the move comes in the wake of Jim Gianopulos's arrival as chairman and CEO prior to his recent-stated commitment to reviving the studio's franchise potency.
Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will produce the reboot via Platinum Dunes, taking cues once more from the cult classic 1984 comic IP created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, telling of four turtles accidentally mutated into full-grown ninjas of legend, trained under the tutelage of wise mutant rat, Master Splinter. Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath Of The Titans) and Dave Green (Earth To Echo) respectively helmed the 2014 and 2016 CGI hybrids that saw Megan Fox join a quartet of mo-cap performers and select voice actors to shepherd the characters on the big screen.
Both measured low with critics with the 2016 sequel faring le…

RED STORM: Malaysian Action Thriller To Roll Cameras This Week

Malaysian action star, actor and filmmaker Michael Chuah has fascinated me for quite sometime now. I'm a little late since he emerged with Fist Of Dragon in 2011 but he's stayed mobile with a few acting gigs apart from directing, including 2013 pic Firefly, Special Forces in 2016 and having recently completed Call Me Agent last month; Chuah was also a candidate for a possible transition to American soil with a lead role in Mark V. Wiley's script for martial arts mob comedy Made In Chinatown during the early stages of development.
As of Thursday, Chuah and co-director Tony Pietra, whose solo directing credits include Cuak (2014), Train Station (2015) and Shadowplay (2018), are at the helm for Red Storm from Evo Pictures Sdn Bhd, Fusion Media and He Nian Media Communication. Chuah is producing the film as well as starring with a cast that combines Chinese and Malaysian talent that collectively lists actors Henry Thia and Zhang Bo Nan with Li Ai Jin, actor Henley Hii and act…

THE PROPOSAL: Actor And Martial Artist Marc Natoli Headlines New Shortfilm Production Next Month

Here's a little something to bare in mind for a potemtial future Hit List entry: Enter John Fallon of The Shelter, American Muscle and upcoming Heretic helmer, and newcomer, actor and martial artist Marc Natoli who've since completed their work on Paul Allica's new feature venture, The Siege Of Robin Hood on which Fallon served as co-star and producer.
Going forward, they now turn their attention to the forthcoming July shortfilm production, The Proposal. The two are joined by Neighbors actress Kahli Williams with a script from Fallon, and Ben Whimper, best known for producing projects like shortfilms Quanta and Arrowhead, and now staking his claim at the helm to direct.
When gun for hire and all around tough customer Mason Stone (Marc Natoli) takes his long time girlfriend Emma (Kahli Williams) out on the town with the intent of popping the big question, he finds his proposal plans rudely interrupted by a group of highly skilled assassins who want him dead. What's a …

REPRISAL: Bruce Willis And Frank Grillo Team Up To Fight Crime In The Official Trailer

Vice and The Prince helmer Brian A. Miller is back again to bring grounded action and thrills to the masses with Reprisal, opening in theaters and VoD on August 31. Reteaming once more with Bruce Willis and now with actor Frank Grillo tacking this latest feat on as one of several titles forthcoming for his proliferation, the official trailer is now online to whet the appetite accordingly with bustling action and drama fitting for a crime thriller with stars like Willis and Grillo front and center.
Jacob (Frank Grillo), a bank manager haunted by a violent heist that took the life of a coworker, teams up with his ex-cop neighbor, James (Bruce Willis), to bring down the assailant. While the two men work together to figure out the thief’s next move, Gabriel (Johnathon Schaech), the highly-trained criminal, is one step ahead. When Gabriel kidnaps Jacob’s wife (Olivia Culpo) and daughter, Jacob barrels down a path of bloodshed that initiates an explosive counterattack and brings all three me…

CREED 2 Trailer: "This Is More Than Just A Fight..."

Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone are back for another page turner building from the emotional and compelling Rocky saga with director Stephen Caple Jr.'s Creed 2 following the hit 2015. Yesterday's teaser poster reveal got the wheels turning this week and thus, first official trailer is now out ahead of a November 21 release. 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 place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history. Reprising f…

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

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

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!

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 …