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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 …

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

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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

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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..."

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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

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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…