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The New Poster Has Arrived For GRUDGE MATCH

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On Thursday, Warner Bros. unveiled the new poster for producer/director Peter Segal's upcoming Christmas boxing comedy, Grudge Match, which you can check out below. Several other character posters have made their way online since the first trailer arrived last month. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro old boxing rivals who decide to go toe-to-toe one more time in the ring to settle the score once and for all. 

Produced by Bill Gerber, Mark Steven Johnson, Michael Ewing and Ravi Mehta, the film also stars Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger and Jon Bernthal with a story and screenplay by Tim Kelleher and Rodney Rothman.
Grudge Match will release on December 25, 2013.
SYNOPSIS: Award-winning movie legends Oscar® winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, “The Expendables”) star as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match. De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” …

Chozen Dons The Old Uniform In The New Webseries Teaser For AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS

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The National Film Society's own Stephen Dypianco and Patrick Epino have been hard at work cramming a list of who's-who in Asian American cinema villainy history to appear in a new crowdfunded webseries they have been putting together for well over a year now. And so far, in addition to the help of writer Milton Liu and producer Diana Williams, Dypianco and Epino have been able to do just that for their upcoming inspired new webseries, Awesome Asian Bad Guys.

Consider it a love letter of sorts to classic movies of the 80's and 90's like Big Trouble In Little China, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Die Hard and The Karate Kid: Part 2 as the new webseries brings together some of the most memorable Asian American cinema performers in history. Awesome Asian Bad Guys goes live in 2014 and stars Dypianco and Epino along with actresses Tamlyn Tomita and Jasmine Currey, and actors George Cheung, Dante Basco, Al Leong, Yuji Okumoto, Randall Park and Aaron Takahashi.

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Is "KL Gangster 3" Doomed?

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Some of you may recall how impressed you were by the awesomeness presented in the trailer for franchise writer and director Syamsul Yusof's explosive, martial arts action-packed Fall gangster thriller, KL Gangster 2. Fanfare around the internet buzzed heavily around the film in the two years before the film's theatrical release as moviegoers around the world who learned of the film's existence hoped to learn more about further distribution of the film beyond its Malaysian borders.

For those concerned, the film took the top spot on its opening weekend, ultimately beating Gravity and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2. But its success came with a lot of worry, particularly Yusof who avoided the press and was reportedly devastated to the point of nearly quitting filmmaking as local police began an investigation looking into several cases of the film's online leak a month before its October 3 release. This evidently left the film's cast and crew wondering about the …

Takeshi Kitano Goes BEYOND OUTRAGE In A New U.S. Red-Band Trailer

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Magnet Pictures unveiled the new trailer this week for its forthcoming VoD and limited theatrical release of Japanese filmmaking maestro Takeshi Kitano's Beyond Outrage. Originally titled with both words switched, the film is the second installation of Kitano's Yakuza thriller since the 2010 film, Outrage, hitting the film festival circuit in late 2012 before opening in Japan a month later. Despite garnering mixed reviews, the fan reaction was largely positive with the film's producers seeking a trilogy from Kitano, the franchise's lead star, writer and director who was already the recipient of the Best Director award at the 7th Asian Film Awards by then.
Beyond Outrage also stars Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura, Ryo Kase, Hideo Nakano, Yutaka Matsushige, Fumiyo Kohinata, Katsunori Takahashi, Kenta Kiritani, Hirofumi Arai, Sansei Shiomi, Akira Nakao and Shigeru Koyama. The film goes digital on November 28 before hitting the big screen on the week of January 3 next y…

New Posters For SG Action's VENDETTA

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While we are still awaiting the release of the independent filmmaker Robin Schmidt's shortfilm gangster thriller, Dog, the folks at SG Action are working on a new action shortfilm set for a possible release in a few weeks titled Vendetta. The short film is described as "a tale of betrayal and revenge, focusing on the final evening of a crime boss, and his inevitable demise by his enemies..." with action elements designed with less of a martial arts appeal, and more toward survivalist elements within its choreography.
Vendetta is written and directed by Martin Wan, who stars along with actress Freya Thomas, in addition to several key SG members involved in the stunt work, including Chris Jones who can be seen in one of the three posters newly unveiled on Wednesday at the very bottom of this page. Vendetta is expected tentatively in mid-November with a trailer approaching before then.
Wan is also expected to make a brief appearance in director Brandon Kahn's upcoming c…

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Gets New IMAX Poster Art

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Lionsgate is reminding everyone heading to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on November 22, 2013 that the new film from director Francis Lawrence will make its premiere on IMAX screens. And what better way to do exactly that than to unveil a brand new IMAX poster for the upcoming film?

The new poster comes just a few days after the final trailer was released online, prior to new promotional character images that were unveiled on Tuesday, and public statements by the film franchise's original author, Suzanne Collins, in support of the film. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright.

SYNOPSIS:
Katniss Everdeen returns home safe after winning the 74th A…

Action Takes Shapes In A New Short Kung Fu Clip With PeiPei Alena Yuen And Shaun Charney

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Multifaceted actress, martial artist, screenfighter and dancer Peipei Alena Yuen is set to appear in Edge Of Faith, a new fan film short from director Andrew J. Neis based on the hit parkour action video game thriller. In light of this, Yuen, in recent weeks, also shared a newly completed fight clip to help continue showcasing her talents as a cinematic action performer opposite independent filmmaker and action veteran Shaun Charney. You may remember Charney if you are familiar with the growing independent action movement of the past decade, having worked with such folks as Micah Brock, Vlad Rimburg and Jeff Centuari to name a few.
Some may remember this clip as it was partially introduced over the summer. You can now check it out in full in the embed below, where you can also subscribe to Yuen's channel for even more awesome content to come!

Event Updates For FIGHT ACTION FOR ACTORS And Ron Smoorenburg's New DVD Set!

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Have you ever attended an action and stunt seminar hosted by some of the most important people in the stunt and film industry? This sort of thing happens often, and if you happen to be in the right place at the right time and have the affordability and interest, you can share the experience with these professionals whose credits extend to having worked with some of the greatest film figures in action cinema history.
Other than the events at the Urban Action Showcase in New York City this November, there is another event happening next month as well at Fight Action For Actors. The physically interactive seminar will be held at the Lounge Theater (Lounge #2) located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PST).

It will hosted by stunt/fight choreogrpahy professionals, actor, author and John Kreng(The Master, Battle B-Boy), and multifaceted actress, stuntwoman and filmmaker Melissa Tracy, along with a panel that will so…

'Olympus Has Fallen' Into A Sequel

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Actor Gerard Butler will be putting in his time as an Eygptian desert god in Summit Entertainment's upcoming film, Gods Of Eygpt from director Alex Proyas. But this week, we now have some particular movie news many of us probably didn't see coming (I know I didn't!).

If things work out, then it seems Nu Image may get its production going on May 5 of next year for the production of London Has Fallen, which will follow the events of the 2012 film Olympus Has Fallen, where North Korean paratroopers invaded the White House with a hail of bullets, rocket launchers and the threat of nuclear destruction. Screendaily reports the sequel will see Butler producing, as well as reprising his role as a resurrected Secret Service Agent alongside I, Frankenstein star Aaron Eckhart who will play the U.S. President, and Morgan Freeman as the House Speaker, in addition to actresses Angela Bassett returning as the Secret Service Director and Radha Mitchell as the wife of Banning's charac…

Vin Diesel Shares New Photo With Dwayne Johnson On The Set Of FAST AND FURIOUS 7

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Post by Vin Diesel. Vin Diesel took to Facebook on Tuesday to share a new photo with himself next to actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on the set of the current production of Fast And Furious 7.
Johnson's done a variety of films throughout his career, including action films and family features. And having read an article at The Action Elite where chief editor Eoin Friel pondered if whether or not the best was still to come for the former wrestler-turned-actor whose expectations were set as high in standard as that of the 80's and 90's fanfare of action powerhouse Arnold Schwarzenegger, I figure that with any luck, Johnson may well get that franchise spin-off for his character, D.S.S. Agent Luke Hobbs, which he himself expressed his own hopes for with Empire back in March. His character does carry a lot of potential, with plenty of layers and enough influence to infuse a franchise of its own, if handled properly.
Of course, we do not know yet if this will happen, an…

HIGHLANDER Reboot Lands A Director

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A new announcement this week with reports from Deadline breathed life back into the news of Summit Entertainment film reboot for Russell Mulcahy's 1986 fantasy swordplay action thriller, Highlander. While Snow White And The Huntsman still awaits a sequel, the VFX supervisor and second unit director for the first film, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, has been granted his first directorial debut here, for the screenplay from Iron Man writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, Neal H. Moritz who will be sharing producer credits with the original television and film series producer Peter Davis, and Justin Lin who will executive produce.

Some people still share differing opinions on Hollywood remakes of previous films and other mediums. In my opinion though, this is great news, as Iron Man has been a major success for the Marvel franchise, and Moritz and Lin both share their lineage with Lin's own directorial between the third and sixth installments of the highly successful and popular Fast An…

THE FOUR 2 Gets A New Release Date And Trailer

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After releasing new character posters in recent weeks, Enlight Pictures has unveiled a new English-subbed trailer for the 3D action adventure, The Four 2. The film off sets a new chapter in the Gordon Chan-directed second installment based on a series of novels by Malaysian author Wen Ruian about four unique detectives who use their skills to solve unsolvable crimes and apprehend powerful criminals.
The Four 2 stars Deng Chao, Crystal Liu Yifei, Collin Chou, Ronald Cheng and Anthony Wong Chau Sang, along with Xiubo Wu, Jiang Yiyan, Waise Lee, Shereen Tang and Ada Liu Yan. The film will release domestically on December 6, 2013.

Professor Xavier Searches For Hope In The New Trailer Premiere For X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Following an Instagram teaser late last week and Monday's live twitter chat with director Bryan Singer, the new trailer arrived on Tuesday for the upcoming July 18, 2014 release of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The new trailer also comes after viral teaser footage and images were presented over the summer as the film made its promotional run at San Diego Comic Con.

Promising a much darker tone, the new film is based on the storyline presented in issues #141 and #142 where the assassination of a senator leads to a grim, desolate future where mutants are hunted by government-implemented Sentinels. The film stars Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters and Boo Boo Stewart.

Watch The Gritty, Hard-Hitting New Trailer For POLICE STORY 2013

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This week Chan-atics can finally indulge in the latest new teaser for director Ding Sheng's Police Story 2013. As stated in previous reports, the film will follow actor and Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jackie Chan in a role suited with a different narrative diverging from prior films of the franchise leading up to New Police Story (2004).

Police Story 2013 was announced in September of 2012, and proceeded filming two months later through February this year before its unveiling at the Beijing International Film Festival. New footage for the film also made its way to the Marche Du Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival Lightbox, in addition to newly revealed footage shown during Chan's epic North American summer tour reflecting on his career milestones and memories of film past, notably at this year's events at the New York Asian Film Festival.

The film also comes off the limited North American release of his third installent of the Armor Of God fran…

Dutch Noir Crime Thriller WOLF Lands U.S. Distribution

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Deadline is reporting this week that IFC Midnight has acquired tue North American rights to Dutch-Maluku filmmaker Jim Taihuttu's latest noir crime thriller, Wolf. The film, Taihuttu's first solo-directorial kickoff for Netherlands-based production company Habbekrats, received mostly positive reviews since beginning its film festival circuit run at San Sebastiàn and Fantastic Fest last month.
Actor Marwan Kenzari stars along with Chems Eddine Amar, Nasrdin Dchar, Bo Maerten, Raymond Thiry and Cahit Ölmez, with stunt/fight coordination by Simon van Lammeren. XYZ Films is currently handling distribution outside the U.S.. Stay tuned for further updates.
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Majid (Marwan Kenzari) is a talented kickboxer from a grey, anonymous suburb in the Netherlands. As his fighting prowess brings him increasing notoriety, both in and outside the ring, the lines of demarcation between the worlds of kickboxing and organised crime begin to blur, and Majid begins to lose sight of what it is he…

Silat Action Drama YASMINE Is Currently In Production

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Silat has had a role to play in many martial arts action movies for some time now. But one has to admit that never has the style itself taken up such a huge spotlight than in recent years with international action star Iko Uwais paving the way with the 2009 hit, Merantau, followed by its hybrid use in the urban action thriller, Seruban Maut (a.k.a. The Raid) and its upcoming sequel. On that note, get ready for some more Silat action of a female variety!

On Monday, Twitchfilm forwarded news from a report at The Mail and Guardian last Thursday on the filming of a new martial arts action drama titled Yasmine. The film itself is four years in the making, and is reportedly one of the first few commercial films of its kind in its current location of the sovereign state of Brunei in up to fifty years.

Yasmine is described as a coming-of-age story about a young girl with dreams of becoming a Silat champion. The film brings 20-year old newcomer, actress Liyana Yus to the forefront as the film…

Catch The New Poster And Trailer For 47 RONIN!

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Yahoo! Movies delivered the brand new poster and trailer for the upcoming period fantasy action adventure, 47 Ronin from director Carl Rinsch. The film comes off of a production slated that lasted a few years with Universal Pictures studio executives taking over the production toward the latter half of the process and will finally make its way to a North American Christmas Eve release, in addition to a worldwide distribution slate which you can view by clicking here.

47 Ronin Stars Keanu Reeves along with Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Rinko Kikuchi and Tadanobu Asano.

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Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to an action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of…

'Expendables 3' Producer Teases Part Four

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Buzzing around the web as of recent is talk of a fourth installation into The Expendables franchise, courtesy of the latest blurbs from producer Avi Lerner. With the monopoly shared by the Bulgarian press over all things Lerner and 'Expendable'-related, exclusive fan site Expendables Premiere managed to forward the following excerpt (via rough translation): Mr. Lerner , is it true that " Expendables 3 " will be the largest action in the current history of the genre ? LERNER: "Absolutely There is so much action , dynamics, fire and killed than in any other in the world. I am extremely pleased by everything that happened here because of the " Expendables 3 ." It was the best - studio teams locations . And the second part made in Bulgaria . And the fourth will probably shoot here ."
The update comes in light of other news that began circulating the internet last week that the seasoned producer sought interest in Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich and Meryl…

TEAM NRG Kicks Into Action With A New Showreel

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You may recall back in May that I shared an action packed revenge thriller short film from independent filmmaker Trey "Showtime" Drysdale titled The Enigma, with actor Craig Canning. Well, if the names sound familiar, then you're likely aware of the live-action stage stylings as the dynamic martial arts performance duo, Team NRG.
Based out in the U.K., Team NRG presents an eclectic hybrid array of extreme martial arts, weapons, dance, tricking and fight choreography, which they edit themselves. Their performances are documented in such previous events as the Bodypower Expo, the Open Yorkshire Classics Bodybuilding Show, the Arnold Carnival at Nottingham, and most recently at the 2013 Unity International Games at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Formerly of the now defunct international demo troupe, Team GBR, Drysdale and Canning came into NRG bringing their own formidable skill sets, with Drysdale, a 3rd degree black belt and eleven year Taekwondo veteran, and Canning, high…

The Final Trailer For THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Is Online

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The final trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrived on Sunday night. The film arrives in standard and IMAX theaters on November 22, 2013 from director Francis Lawrence with actress Jennifer Lawrence reprising her role from The Hunger Games (2012) as Katniss Everdeen, a gifted archer who becomes the ultimate symbol for a society ruled by a dictatorship that hosts an annual ceremonial game of sport to suppress the masses.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Donald Southerland, along with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright.
SYNOPSIS: Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must…

Film Of The Week: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011)

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Meek U.S. Army soldier Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) takes part in an experimental military program that infuses him with super-human powers, and uses his newfound strength to battle the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) in this comic-book adventure from director Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, The Rocketeer). Tommy Lee Jones, Neal McDonough, and Stanley Tucci co-star in a film written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley (who previously collaborated on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe).REVIEW:

My review here for Captain America: The First Avenger may be a re-visit for most of you FCSyndicate readers out there who have already seen the movie. For me, as it stands, I'm still one more film short before finally catching up to Marvel's second phase in its second cinematic universe leading Thor: The Dark World and the April 4, 2014 release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So this was as pretty good an opportunity as any before than to …

Weapons Clash As One Man Makes The Ultimate Sacrifice For Justice In The New LBP Short INTERPRETATION

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Saturday night saw the latest online release of a new shortfilm from the folks at LBP Stunts Chicago titled Interpretation. Written, edited, choreographed and directed by independent action filmmaker Emmanuel Manzanares, Interpretation was filmed in early October through last Thursday with LBP member, actor and martial arts performer Nate Hitpas who has been featured in a few other action packed test fight clips in recent weeks in front of the camera, as well as behind it.
Also starring is actor and stuntman Mike Fierro who has also been doing stuntwork for several years, in addition to recently completing work for director Neil Burger's upcoming science fiction action thriller, Divergent alongside Manzanares, who says Fierro has always wanted to try to do a fight of his own. It is with this that Manzanares incorporated an idea he originally had with the opportunity to share a little bit more of what Fierro can do to contribute to LBP's usual flair for high caliber martial ar…

Yen Gets An English Lead Role For PRIORITY RUN

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Wonders never cease with international action star Donnie Yen, coming off the release of his long awaited Hong Kong action thriller, Special ID, into a longer work list of films to come which include the recently wrapped Last Of The Best from director Teddy Chen and the filming of Iceman 3D: Part 2. On Saturday, Twitch brought an exclusive report which included a major announcement from international sales company Arclight Films for a new Yen action vehicle titled Priority Run to be directed by Troy Nixey, which would possibly bring Yen his first lead role in an English action picture since performing smaller roles and coordinating action sequences on films like Highlander: Endgame, Blade 2 and Shanghai Knights. Other cast members are expected to be announced at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California next month. Check out the synopsis below:
Set to star fast rising action star Donnie Yen in his first English language movie, PRIORITY RUN takes us on highway to hell ride g…

NINJA: SHADOW OF A TEAR Gets New Cover Art And A Release Date

Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear - out 31st December http://t.co/2J9MQN4k09
— Scott Adkins (@TheScottAdkins) October 26, 2013
Actor Scott Adkins has unveiled the official blu-ray art for the upcoming release of the highly anticipated martial arts action packed film festival favorite, Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear. The film sequelizes the first movie from 2009 with Adkins reprising his role alongside actress Mika Hiji. Also starring are Kane Kosugi, Shun Sugata, Vithaya Pansringarm and Tim Man who also served as fight choreographer.
Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear is written by David N. White and directed by Isaac Florentine. The film is confirmed for a New Years' Eve release on December 31, 2013.
SYNOPSIS:
Casey Bowman has finally settled down. He's happily married to Namiko (who is pregnant with their first child), living in Japan and teaching at the Koga dojo. While buying her a present, Casey is attacked by two punks. He shrugs it off, assuming it to be a simple mugging. But when Namiko is brutall…

Jean Reno Makes His Vengeance Count In 22 BULLETS

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What do you get when you get Luc Besson on board to help produce a Jean Reno action vehicle? Well, of you have not yet seen the magic currently known as the cult-classic hit Leon: The Professional, chances are you will be blown away for what comes next in Besson's upcoming French action suspense thriller, 22 Bullets.

The film has existed for several years now, hitting cinemas throughout Europe, but today we are finally granted an English-language trailer for the film, which will release in select theaters on November 8, 2013 in North America. 22 Bullets stars Reno along with Kad Merad, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Marina Fois, and Joey Starr. The French language feature film is based on a novel by Franz-Olivier Giesbert, and adapted for the screen by writer and director Richard Berry.

SYNOPSIS:
Retired gangster Charlie Matteï (Jean Reno) embarks on a violent quest for revenge after being pumped full of bullets by his former associates, and left for dead in this pulpy crime thriller from…

Kevin Tancharoen Retires From MORTAL KOMBAT

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April Fools' Day is long gone for the remainder of its following year. So, one may be baffled by Kevin Tancharoen's latest announcement on Twitter on Friday night, stating he would be parting ways with Mortal Kombat, ending his role with the franchise as the writer and director of the pending film and two previous webseries seasons for Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.
After 3 years of Kombat,I've decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success. Thanks!
— Kevin Tancharoen (@KTANCH) October 25, 2013
The announcement comes just a month off the release of the second season of Mortal Kombat Legacy with talk of a third season and a film that has since been reported to be actively developing. Progress on the film itself has been long-awaited since another movie was in the works nearly a decade ago to be shot on-location in Louisiana following the first two films from New Line Cinema, only to be shelved again due to Hurrica…

Hong Kong Gets A New Poster For SNOWPIERCER

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Comic Book Movie forwarded the latest international poster for the upcoming sci-fi action thriller, Snowpiercer. The poster comes just several weeks after the Hong Kong distributor Golden Scene made public their release date for the film from director Bong Joon-ho. Bong, coming off of a recent dual interview he did along with Quentin Tarantino at the Busan International Film Festival earlier this month, was recently reported to be "furious" over the apparent 20 minutes of cuts from the film for North America and other English-speaking territories against his wishes, as it languishes in distribution hell under The Weinstein Company until a release date gets announced.

Based on a screenplay by Bong and co-writer Kelly Masterson, Snowpiercer is the live-action adaptation of the French graphic novel, "Le Transperceniege" by Benjamin Legrand and Jacques Lob. Set in the year 2035, a failed attempt to stave off global warming has left Earth covered in extreme cold and s…

Fifteen Levels Of Ballistic Action In The New Trailer For HE WHO DARES

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It was back in March this year that the poster was finally unveiled for the upcoming hostage thriller, He Who Dares, which is now slated for a 2014 release. Hailed as a martial arts action hybrid cross between The Raid and Die Hard, the film features slick fight choreography with blazing action sequences coordinated by Hong Kong stunt veteran Jude Poyer.

Written by James Crow, He Who Dares stars Tom Benedict Knight, Simon Phillips, Kye Loren, Ben Lloyd-Holmes, Ewan Ross, Rebecca Ferdinando, Lorraine Stanley, Christina Bellavia and actress, martial arts star Zara Phythian. The film is produced by Anthony and Patrick Maxwell and is directed by Paul Tanter.
SYNOPSIS:
On Christmas Eve a group of ruthless masked terrorists kidnap the Prime Minister’s daughter, fortifying themselves in an underground car park rigged with explosives. Crack SAS operative Chris Lowe (Tom Knight) and his team are sent in and must take the building one level at a time.

Come Get Your Kicks At The URBAN ACTION SHOWCASE With Actor, Screenfighting Expert, JOHN NGUYEN

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This week I met YouTube personality, actor, screenfighter and online action cinema tutor John Nguyen. He may be just a few years in, but his work has already gained attention from a lot of people, especially the organizers of the star-studded Urban Action Showcase next month here in New York City (only another event I have to miss because of work *cries on the inside*).

I've seen a few of Nguyen's videos, and I personally  think they're quite informative in making the best possible tool for anyone looking to learn how to choreograph, execute and direct a good screenfight, helping pave the way for other instructors and aspiring actors and filmmakers. And with Nguyen set to make his appearance in New York soon, he and I took the time to share a Facebook chat with each other about, among a few other thingst his own experiences, what drew him as a screenfighting tutor and what fans can expect from his upcoming workshop.

Film Combat Syndicate: First off, how did you get into sc…

The Bullets Fly And Bodies Fall In The New Trailer For THE CONSTABLE

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Thursday saw a new poster and trailer for writer and director Dennis Law's new action cop thriller, The Constable. Lead actor Simon Yam stars as the lead in the new hard-hitting feature length action flick as a cop who goes above and beyond the call of duty despite his pending retirement.

Also starring are Lam Suet, Maggie Siu,Sam Lee, Lo Hoi Pang, Ken Lo, Niu Meng Meng & Maggie Li, and opens domestically on its new release date, November 1, 2013. Yam is currently filming scenes with actor Donnie Yen in Iceman 3D Part 2, and is soon set to appear in the North American theatrical release of Man Of Tai Chi.

Check out the new trailer, courtesy of Filmsmash. Click HERE to view the first trailer from over the summer.

SYNOPSIS:
Lam Kwok Kuen, nearing retirement and raising a mentally challenged son by himself, is a police officer whose sole requirement on the job is oversee the department fleet. Despite this, he remains active in the front line of police service, putting his life on th…

[Updated] Tiger Chen Loses An Arm In A Brutal Fight Clip From MAN OF TAI CHI

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UPDATE: Apparently the Youtube subscriber decided to privatize the video and block it from the public for now. Stay tuned.

The official Keanu World YouTube channel has a new fight clip uploaded featuring lead actor Tiger Chen opposite Ocean Hou in a scene from actor/director Keanu Reeves' upcoming theatrical release of Man Of Tai Chi. The film is set to play in select IMAX theaters on Thursday October 24, 2013 one week ahead of its November 1, theatrical release nationwide from Radius TWC.
Man Of Tai Chi also stars Reeves along with Karen Mok, Simon Yam, and Grandmaster Yu Hai, with a special appearance by Iko Uwais, and action sequences directed by Yuen Woo-Ping.
SYNOPSIS: In the midst of Beijing’s urban bustle, ambitious young ‘Tiger’ Chen Lin-Hu (Tiger Chen) works as a lowly courier; but after work, he is a young martial arts star, rising through the ranks representing the Ling Kong Tai Chi tradition.  He has crafted the stealthy, peaceful movements of Tai Chi and sculpted them to…

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Tweets FAST 7 Filming Start, Reveals 'Hercules' In A New Photo

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Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the beginning of his filming slate for director James Wan's upcoming film, Fast And Furious 7. In addition, he posted a side-by-side picture showing his Fast And Furious persona, D.S.S. Agent Luke Hobbs, with the very first frontal image of his upcoming titular role in director Brett Ratner's July 25, 2014 release of Hercules: The Thracian Wars, since filming finished five days ago.

Johnson stars alongside Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges, Jason Statham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black, Tony Jaa, Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou and John Brotherton. Fast And Furious 7 will release on July 11, 2014 from Universal Pictures.
Intense 6 months of HERCULES to now Hobbs (Fast & Furious). Shooting starts now. #50ShadesOfAttitudepic.twitter.com/EsFhOP7aEY
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 24, 2013

Watch The New Trailer For CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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The new trailer has arrived for the upcoming Marvel sequel action adventure, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, releasing in North America on April 4, 2014. Off the heels of the newly unveiled poster and news of a prelude comic to come, the new trailer arrived exclusively at iTunes, featuring a new chapter set two years after the events in The Avengers, and Captain America: The First Avenger the year before. The film also marks the third entry of Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Iron Man 3, Alan Taylor's upcoming Thor: The Dark World and the television premiere of the ABC television series, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., then leading into the August 1, 2014 release of director James Gunn's recently-wrapped Guardians Of The Galaxy and the May 1, 2015 release of Joss Whedon's The Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron, followed by the July 31 release of Ant-Man, from director Edgar Wright.

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian…