Showing posts from March, 2013

AMC Presents The Newer (Shorter) TV Spot For MORTAL KOMBAT LEGACY Season 2

Long before work officially kicks off for the feature film, writer and director Kevin Tancharoen cranks up the loyal fanbase once again with the new trailer for season 2 of Mortal Kombat Legacy via AMC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Unlike season one, which debuted in 2012, season 2 will place more focus on the impending tournament that will see Earth's heroes take on Shang Tsung and the minions of Outworld.

The new season will feature a mixture of old and new characters. Cary Tagawa will return in a celebratory revival of the villainous soul-snatching sorcerer, Shang Tsung, who he played in the 1995 feature film from New Line Cinema. Actor Ian Anthony Dale and actress/martial arts stunt performer Samantha Jo will reprise their roles as Scorpion and Kitana, respectively, in addition to new cast members since season one, including Casper Van Dien as Johnny Cage, Dave McInnis as Raiden, Eric Jacobus as Stryker, Eric Steinberg as Sub-Zero and Michelle Lee as Mileena. New char…

Mike Möeller Lands A Knockout Blow To North America This Summer With ARENA OF THE STREET FIGHTER

It was around the German release of the 2005 action film, Kampfansage that that I started expanding my taste in martial arts cinema a little more. It was the first time I took notice of action stars Mathis Landwehr and Volkram Zschiesche, and some of the brightest talent working under them in their field, including martial arts action performer, stuntman and actor Mike Möeller.

I have seen Mike's 2010 and 2013 reels a few times, and I am even more delighted now to see that what I am seeing in them is finally making its way to North America on DVD, with the release of the multi-award winning martial arts action revenge thriller from Generation X Group Film- & Medienproduktion, Arena Of The Street Fighter (previously released as Urban Fighter a.k.a. "Street Gangs"). The film also happens to be Mike's directorial debut, and is being celebrated by some of the best of the best in the martial arts action film industry, including Eric Karson, Isaac Florentine, and Don &…

Director Sion Sono To Direct Live Action TOKYO TRIBES Movie

Indiewire is reporting via the Anime News Network that Japan is taking steps to bring "Tokyo Tribe 2" to the big screen. Director Sion Sono, who is said to be something of a controversial filmmaker is helming the project.

The film will be based on a series of graphic novels published since 1993 by author Santa Inoue, which were later adapted into a 13-part TV series.

I have not had the chance to see any of Sono's films just yet. However, based on what I read in the report, and in other reports, the manga does not sound too far off from what the award-winning filmmaker and poet is capable of.

Set in a near-future Tokyo as a turf battle between street gangs, aka “tribes”, escalates into a large-scale war, this is the other side of Tokyo, a Tokyo of a different color. There, various tribes are living. The SARU from Japan's Musashino, WU-RONZE of Bukuro, and HANDS of Shindyuku... Young men living in the city... these young men of the sordid side of life, a side c…


Some call G.I. Joe: Retaliation a sequel to the 2009 film, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. Some call it reboot altogether. I call it a little bit of both, but its definitely a sequel and should be acknowledged as so.

Retaliation summarizes a little bit of the first movie before entering the new bilateral storyline that reunites actor Channing Tatum as Duke, with the character Snake Eyes, played by Ray Park, along with Byung Hun-Lee, Arnold Vosloo and Jonathan Pryce reprising their roles as Storm Shadow, Zartan and The President. The film introduces the new heroes, Roadblock, Lady Jaye, Flint, Jinx and General Joe Colton, played respectively by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Adrienne Palicki, D.J. Cotrona, Elodie Yung and Bruce Willis with new villain, ex-Joe Firefly, played by Ray Stevenson, and Luke Bracey providing the costume performance for Cobra Commander, voiced by Robert Baker, entirely replacing Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the first film.

In the new film, the G.I. Joes are …

Subway Cinema Presents Three Days Of Classic Kung Fu!

Bullets Over Chinatown is reporting that the New York Asian Film Festival will be hosting a full three-day weekend of 35mm features of classic Hong Kong cinema titles at the Anthology Film Archives on April 19, 20 and 21. The film event will include such titles as The Odd Couple, Angel Terminators, Shaolin vs. Wutang and more, PLUS a special secret title screening on Saturday, April 20 at 8:00pm. The festival weekend will be dedicated to the memory of the late NY Asian Film Festival organizer and treasurer for Subway Cinema, Daniel Anderson Craft, who passed away on the evening of January 4, 2013 due to terminal cancer. Craft's dying wish was granted when filmmaker J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Damon Lindelof responded to an online campaign to let Craft get a chance to see a rough cut of the upcoming film, Star Trek: Into Darkness. Craft was 42.

Click HERE to learn more about how to purchase tickets for this amazing event!

Photo Credit: Subway Cinema

(This article was updated at 4:…

Three Minutes Of Explosive Action From 2 GUNS

The new extended trailer for the upcoming action drama from Universal Pictures, 2 Guns, is now available online. Based on the graphic novel by b Steven Grant, the film stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as a DEA Agent and a Naval Intelligence officer who become unwitting pawns in an intricate set-up by the mob.

The film also stars Paula Patton, James Marsden, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos and Fred Ward, and is slated for release on August 2, 2013. You can view the trailer below or click HERE if the embed fails to load. Cick HERE to view the report at Deadline and the trailer at iTunes.

Photo Credit: IMDb

New Trailer For THE HOST

The fifth trailer for the upcoming March 29 release of the sci-fi action adventure film from Open Road Films, The Host, written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, In Time) and starring Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) along with Max Irons, Jake Abel, Chandler Canterbury, Frances Fisher, Diane Kruger and William Hurt. The film is based on the novel written by author of the Twilight series, Stephanie Meyer, who also served as co-producer along with Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz. Martial artist, stuntman and actor Sam Hargrave (Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Blood And Bone) served as the film's stunt coordinator.

What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? "The Host" is the next epic love story from the creator of the "Twilight Saga," worldwide bestselling author Stephenie Meyer.

When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Mel…

Youtube Channel FLOW Showcases Episode 2 Of THE HUNT

The stunt community is chock full of talented and highly trained martial arts performers, each with their own stake and share of learning and practicing various elements of filmmaking. And with ten years and counting, Vladislav Rimburg is no exception.

As a stunt performer, actor and martial arts director, Rimburg has worked with numerous award-winning independent filmmakers and stunt performers throught his blooming career, including people such as Eric Jacobus of The Stunt People, Fernando Huerto of Jabronie Pictures and Tyler Williams of Riot A.C.T.. Soon, martial arts cinema fans will catch a glimpse of some of his work in the ensemble line up of martial arts actors in the upcoming independent martial arts action comedy, Unlucky Stars, a tribute to the classic "Lucky Stars" films of the 1980s and Hong Kong action stylings of Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung which will unite actors from several teams, including Reel Kick, LBP Stunts Chicago and Zero Gravity.

Today, …

Logan Battles Ninjas, Bullets, Swords And Mortality In The New International Trailer For THE WOLVERINE

With word of the new posters this week comes the action packed international trailer for director James Mangold's new film from 20th Century Fox, The Wolverine. Prior to the botched release of the trailer came increments of teaser footage for the trailer that lasted anywhere from 6 seconds to 20 seconds, which director James Mangold ended up having to apologize for. Not to mention the headache adding to the frustration behind Vine reels in the first place, which to me is a bit of a c***tease in the first place, and so that's partly why I don't blog about Vine clips for trailers when I would rather just put my energy into sharing all the goods.

By the way, if you haven't looked at the mini-teasers yet, then congratulations! You are a master now! :-) The film features actor Hugh Jackman reprising the title role following up the four previous films of the X-Men film franchise, including a special cameo role in the 2012 hit film, X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew V…

HERCULES Gets A Full Cast

Pro-wrestler. Scorpion King. Bounty hunter. Tooth fairy. Mutant supersoldier. Transformer. Cop. Football coach. Town sheriff. G.I. Joe. Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been a busy man throughout his career, illuminating his enduring versatility as the actor of choice who can sell a movie for the studio lucky enough to work with him. Well, now its time for MGM to have its turn with Paramount Pictures, as Live For Films has rounded up the latest reporting that Johnson will appear in the August 1, 2014 release of co-producer and director Brett Ratner's HERCULES, produced by Beau Flynn, Barry Levine with Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey and Jesse Berger serving as executive producers. Johnson will also be joined by an ensemble cast of actors that will include Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Rebecca Ferguson, Askel Hennie and John Hurt.

The film will be based on a screenplay by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos, adapted from Radical Studios' publication of the g…


The Action Elite recently forward 13 seconds of footage that recently made headlines in promotion of the upcoming film, White House Down, the next film to take on the task of delivering an action adventure film that depicts one man against the odds as the White House is taken over by mercenaries. (See "Olympus Has Fallen")

Today, before Channing Tatum fans catch him in action with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in this week's release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Tatum and Jamie Foxx are here to bring the thrills with trailer for their new film, which also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Garcelle Beauvais, Jason Clarke and James Woods. The film was produced and directed by Roland Emmerich, based on a story and screenplay by Sheldon Turner and James Vanderbilt, and is set for release on June 28, 2013 from Columbia Pictures.

In Columbia Pictures’ ‘White House Down’, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of…

Classic Live-Action Manga RIKI-OH: THE STORY OF RICKY Hits Chicago Next Month

The Chicago Cinema Society is preparing an event to share a pivotal piece of iconic Hong Kong action cinema history. On Saturday, April 13, 2013, the group will play the 1991 live-action manga cult classic, RIKI-OH: The Story Of Ricky from Golden Harvest, starring Fan Siu-Wong, Fan Mei Sheng, Ka-Kui Ho, Yukari Oshima and Frankie Chen:

Read their announcement:

The Chicago Cinema Society was formed out of our immense love for cinema. We have been very fortunate to have been able to track down and screen 35mm prints for films that we love that have been thought to be lost and/or no longer exist. On April 13th, we will be sharing with you one such 35mm print: RIKI-OH: THE STORY OF RICKY

We have so much love for this film and cannot be happier than to be able to share this print with you. Come out to the Patio Theater to see one of the best live action manga translations ever committed to celluoid! One of the most charmingly gory films of all time! There is one night only to be able to see …

The Stunt People Cross Knives And Fisticuffs In A Brutal Pre-Viz Clip For A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

You may recall a little film recently released called A Good Day To Die Hard directed by John Moore and starring Bruce Willis reprising the classic role of New York City cop and reluctant anti-terrorist agent of the world, John McClaine who always happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. The film also starred Jai Courtney as his son, who happened to be a government spy working in Russia as dad drops into get him out of trouble.

As it turns out, prior to the release of the film, the creative process kicked in, and certain scenes got cut out of the movie. One scene cut from the movie in particular would have involved a bloody rooftop Krav Maga style knife fight, choreographed by Eric Jacobus and Alvin Hsing, two members of the premiere martial arts action film stunt company, The Stunt People, along with award winning stunt coordinator and fight choreographer J.J. Perry (Haywire, Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing) over at the 8711 Action Design Team stunt gym. Eric and Alvin pr…

Rhett Reese And Paul Wernick Speak Out On Deadpool

In a recent interview to promote this week's release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, screenwriting pair Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick invoked a few words on preparation for the script about another comic book adaptation that has been waiting to hit the film set for a while now, Deadpool. Read the following exchange from
CS: Is there any update on "Deadpool"? I know a lot of people are very, very eager for that one.

Reese: There isn't. What has happened so far is that we wrote a script, which we subsequently developed. It actually leaked online, so it exists out there. It's not hard to find, bizarrely. Since then, Fox gave Tim Miller, who's our director and a wonderful guy who is brilliant at what he does, some money and had him go make a test sequence. He directed about a three-minute long test sequence from the movie, all built within a computer. Ryan Reynolds did the motion capture for it. He came in and did the voice for it in an audio session. It…

DREDD 2 Is "Dead", But The Shortfilms Live On

And now, hammering the last nail in the coffin is news we can pretty much file in the "No s#!+" category is the word from Charles Webb at MTV Geek according to producer Adi Shankar that the sequel to the 2012 cult fan favorite smash, Dredd 3D is invariably dead. The news comes as several independent filmmakers are making efforts to perform their own take on the vision from Alex Garland and Pete Travis shared in their film released last year from independent company, DNA, and distributed by Lionsgate, starring actor Karl Urban in the title role of the futuristic law enforcer alongside actress Olivia Thirby and the film's villainous femme fatale played by Lena Heady.

Adi Shankar explains:

It’s because the movie totally bombed & R-rated movies are a tough sell to begin with.

But I am working on a Dredd short in the vein of #DirtyLaundry … you’re actually the first person to know about this …

If DREDD becomes a cult hit it will be awesome. Last September was a terrible m…

New Set Photo From Michael Jai White Actioner FAVELA

FAVELA is the type of movie I've waited to do my entire career. Get ready folks cause this first of what's to come.…
— Michael Jai White (@MichaelJaiWhite) March 23, 2013

New photos are being shared on Twitter in promotion of the new film from Moonstone Films for the upcoming martial arts actioner, Favela , directed by Ernie Barbarash (Assassination Games, 6 Bullets). Actor Michael Jai White, who is set to star as the lead in the film, recently shot off a teaser photo into the Twitterverse to express his excitement for the film, declaring his role as the role he has waited his "entire career" to play.

FAVELA - The first installment of our new FALCON action franchise. The franchise will revolve around former marine John "Falcon" Chapman, a dark anti-hero driven by guilt, who will destroy himself unless given something else to destroy - a useful weapon-of-last-resort for the foreign ministry. The first movie, FAVELA, sees Ch…


Several reports are now in for the official line-up of actors set to portray the title characters in director Jonathan Liebesman's upcoming film, Ninja Turtles. Adding to the roster that includes Alan Ritchson and Megan Fox as Raphael and April O'Neil, respectively, are actors Pete Plozek (Parks & Recreation) as Leonardo, Jeremy Howard (Battle: Los Angeles) as Donatello, and Noel Fisher (Shameless).

Aliens invade Earth and inadvertently spawn a quartet of mutated reptile warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world.

The news comes as the cast and crew are less than a month away to begin filming in New York City this April for a June 6, 2014 release date. Filmmaker Michael Bay is co-producing the movie for Platinum Dunes and Nickelodeon Movies, based on a screenplay by Josh Appelbaum, Andrew Nemec, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and John Fusco. Galen Walker, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller and Scott Mednick for Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Du…

It's Good VS Evil In The Hit Spy Vs Spy Series, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPER7EVEN

His origins are unknown. His name and face are a mystery to the world and beyond. A jack of many trades, he holds true to his moral code as a masked superhero and a super agent for T.H.E.M.. He is an international man of mystery whose name is a name that strikes fear and hate in the eyes of his enemies, especially when they (T.H.E.Y.) see Red...literally.

They (T.H.E.Y.) call him....Super7even!

The Adventures Of Super7even is an inspired action comedy webseries that pays ohmage to the classic vigilante, Eurospy and superhero film and television shows of the 1960s and 70s, starring Jerry Kokich and Olivia Dunkley who also co-produce. It also stars Anne Leighton, Terry Shane, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez, Glenn Takakjian, Andrew Palmer and Glenn and created and directed by veteran actor, stuntman, stunt coordinator, director, producer and New Jersey native, Scott Rhodes (a.k.a. Robert Griffith).

This exciting webseries, going on its fifth season since launching in 2011, takes you on the adv…

New Trailer + DVD Release Date For NINJA MASTERS

A martial arts instructor is recruited as a bodyguard for an extremely powerful couple. On her first day of duty, her employers are kidnapped. As she searches for the couple, she is lead by cryptic messages from the kidnappers and into a deadly world of underground fighting. As the culprits put her in the ring, her martial arts skills are tested, and she gets steps closer to freeing her clients. The next opponent that enters her ring will have her facing the ultimate challenge with hopes of getting out of the ring alive!

Lionsgate is releasing the 2009 Hong Kong action film, Ninja Masters (a.k.a. Coweb) on DVD on June 11, 2013. The film stars national Wushu champion and Wuying-level sportswoman Luxia Jiang, along with Sam Lee, Eddie Cheung, Mike Möller, Kane Kosugi and Edison Chen. The film was produced by Joe Ma, with a screenplay by Sunny Chan and directed by veteran Hong Kong actor and stuntman Xin Xin Xiong who also served as action choreographer.

I haven't had the chance to …



Produced by Nick SImunek, Matthew Binns and Michael Mailer, directed by Ben Ramsey, and starring Michael Jai White, BLOOD & BONE is the story of a mysterious drifter named Isaiah Bone who falls into a mob controlled street fighting ring in the back alleys of Los Angeles.

A post-modern Samurai movie, it blends the dangerous world of gangster controlled underground Mixed Martial Arts fighting, with a visually stunning, action packed plot that will transport audiences into the world before "Ultimate" fighting became mainstream.
Michael Jai White is one of the most talented men in action cinema to date. While being the first African American actor to star in a leading role as a superhero in the movie, Spawn, along with his build, his look and on-screen image formulating White as a foremost leading man in the action industry, he is also a versatile member of his field as a writer, fight choreographer and director, highly respected among stunt professionals and action …

Updates On Police Story 2013

In a recent interview with Kung Fu Magazine, writer Gene Ching had the opportunity to speak to TV/film actor, martial artist and Jackie Chan's own disciple, Jack Tu, about the latest with Jackie Chan's upcoming film, Police Story 2013:

GC: "Why don't you catch our readers up on the film and television projects you've been doing lately."

JT: "Ah, the film I just finished is Jackie Chan's Police Story 2013. In that story, there's not a lot of fighting action. There's lots of shooting, police and military involved in this."

GC: "Now this is not a sequel to the original Police Story franchises. It's a whole new thing, right?"

JT: "It's a lot different than the old one because this one takes place in Beijing in winter. All the cops and all the police are China policemen. It's kind of unique. It's fun because they used the real cops and special forces. All the policemen, special forces and firefighters are all re…

It's All-Out Korean Gang Warfare In NEW WORLD

As of this weekend, one month after the South Korean premiere of writer/director Park Hoon-jung's latest film, New World , Well Go USA is theatrically distributing the new Korean gangster thriller, starring Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-shik and Hwang Jung-min and produced by Min-jung Park, Hyun-woo Kim, Jae-Duk Han and Woo-Taek Kim.

MOVIECLIPS recently shared a Red Band clip of the film, to give viewers a taste of the action other than what has been previously seen in trailers. The clip is pure taste of classic Korean cinema with gang warfare, with suited henchmen locked in fisticuffs, vehicular manslaughter and katanas.


The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, leaving his top two lieutenants. Seizing the opportunity, the police launch an operation called “New World,” with the perfect weapon. The boss’ right hand man, Ja-sung (LEE Jung-jae, THE THIEVES), has been a deep-cover operative for 8 years, closely watched by handler Police chief Kang (CHOI Min-sik, OLDBOY). …

Jason Statham Is Back In The New Trailer For HUMMINGBIRD

Actor Jason Statham is no stranger to action movies. At 45, Statham has become a major milestone in the action genre, namely with films such as The Transporter franchise, Parker, War, The Mechanic and his role among some of the best of the best in all star action movies in The Expendables trilogy.

If that is not enough, then have no fear. Staham continues to kick off 2013 with a slightly newer appearance in his latest feature film, Hummingbird. Yahoo! UK has unveiled the new trailer for the new action thriller, which was written and directed by Steven Knight and produced by IM Global, with Lionsgate in charge of distribution. The film also stars Benedict Wong, Vicky McClure and David Bradley, and is set for release in UK cinemas this May. Stay tuned for updates!

After witnessing his unit ripped to shreds by artillery fire in Afghanistan, Joey Jones (Jason Statham) has been living on the streets of London, trying to forget his past and stay of out trouble. On the run from a ru…

Vin Diesel Rips Open The Internet With New RIDDICK Footage

Writer and director David Twohy returns to the big screen for his latest fearure film from Universal Pictures, Riddick. The movie is the fourth installment of the film franchise that helped launched actor and action star Vin Diesel into Hollywood stardom, having performed the iconic role in the 2000 film, Pitch Black, the sequel, The Chronicles Of Riddick, and the animated feature, The Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury.
Karl Urban will reprise his role from the second film, with appearances by Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk and Keri Hilson. Look out for an IMAX release on September 6, 2013.


Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge…

FISTS OF LEGEND To Headlock North America This April

According to a report from City On Fire, the official website for CJ Entertainmemt has announced a limited theatrical release in select cities for the upcoming South Korean Mixed Martial Arts drama, Fists Of Legend. The film is directed by Kang Woo-seok and stars Hwang Jeong-min, Yoo Joon-sang, Lee Yo-won, Yoon Je-moon, Jeong Woong-in and Seong Ji-roo, with action choreography by Korean action impressario Jong Doo-hung (G.I.Joe: Retaliation, City Of Violence).Fists Of Legend (a.k.a. The Legendary Fist), which has no relation to the classic 1994 Jet Li actioner of the same name, is based on an original webtoon about a group of friends, once heralded in their teen years as legends, who must now face each other as rivals in the ultimate prize-fighting competition.


A moment of bad luck derailed Deok-kyu's Olympic dreams and led him and his friends to jail. Jin-ho got out of jail quickly because of his rich parents, but Deok-kyu, Jae-seok, and Sang-hoon were not so lucky.Years…

NINJA TURTLES Gets Its Raphael!

Nerd Reactor is reporting via Deadline that actor Alan Ritchson is being picked to play the character Raphael in Jonathan Liebesman's upcoming film, Ninja Turtles, which starts shooting in New York City this April and is slated for theatrical release on June 6, 2014. The news comes a month after co-producer Michael Bay and actress Megan Fox made amends (as well as headlines) with the word that Fox will be joining the official cast as news reporter April O'Neil.

Aliens invade Earth and inadvertently spawn a quartet of mutated reptile warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world.
Tentatively named "Ninja Turtles", the film is an upcoming reboot of the the classic franchise created by Kevin Eastman, along with Peter Laird who shared his optimism regarding the film's direction in a recent interview with

From everything that I've seen in the ["TMNT"] script and the development and everything they'…


Actor Ryan Gosling recently announced his plans to take a break from acting (I can only assume that his fan base is handling it very well.) And though, I have only seen a few of his films, and haven't had the opportunity to see any of writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn's films yet, Refn's latest film, Only God Forgives has drawn my attention. The film also stars actress Kristen Scott Thomas and actor Vithaya Pansringarm, who is also set to star in Isaac Florentine's next film, Ninja 2.

Ten years ago in Bangkok Julian killed a cop and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty.

When Julian's brother kills a prostitute, the police reaches out to retired cop Chang, known as the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughters murderer, then restores order by chopping off the man's right hand.

Julian's mother Jenna, the head of…

New Poster For Dante Lam's MMA

The Asian Cult Cinema Facebook page recently forwarded the latest poster for the upcoming Dante Lam film, MMA. The film was reportedly years in the making for the 47 year old veteran writer, director and filmmaker, whose previous films include Beast Cops, The Twins Effect, Fire Of Conscience and his latest actioner, The Viral Factor, with Nicholas Tse and Jay Chou.

MMA reunites Lam with actor Nick Cheung since working with Tse on their 2010 film, The Stool Pigeon. The film also stars Eddie Peng, (Tai Chi Zero, Cold War) who reportedly endured his own share of injuries throughout the filming process. Bona Film Group is handling domestic distribution for MMA as it nears the end of post-production, according to the latest report City On Fire.

FAI , once a world champion in boxing, escapes to Macau from the loan sharks and unexpectedly encounters QI , a young chap who is determined to win a boxing match. FAI becomes QI's mentor and rediscovers his passion to fight not only …

Director Anton Fuqua Tapped For THE EQUALIZER

With actor Russell Crowe, and directors Rupert Wyatt and Nicolas Winding Refn all passing up having anything to do with rebooting The Equalizer, Deadline is reporting that filmmaker Anton Fuqua is being eyed to helm Sony's big screen adaptation of the television series. The film will reunite Fuqua with actor Denzel Washington since their previous work on the 2001 crime drama, Training Day, which earned Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor.

The report also tells that THE EQUALIZER is being described as a loosely based on the hit 1980's television series, that will star Washington as "a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized." An earlier report from The Hollywood Reporter indicate that the plot may involve Washington's character taking on the Russian mob as a result of one of his acts of kindness. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Michael Sloan, and Tony …

Mark Dacascos Is Back In Action In Manila With OPERATION ROGUE

Martial arts action star Mark Dacascos took to his official Facebook fan page a little over twelve hours ago or so to announce his latest new film project, Operation Rogue.

Aloha & Mabuhay from the Philippines! Left Honolulu and arrived in Manila last night. This is my 4th trip here; I love the Filipino people! I am excited to work with director Brian Clyde-Sechler (again) and his crew, Treat Williams, Joe Suba (again), and Sofia Pernas, as well as the excellent local Filipino cast and crew members (for some of them it will be our 2nd, 3rd, and maybe even 4th time working together). Guess what? I play a "good" guy in the film! Who knew?!!:) Will send photos as soon as I get the chance. Aloha, MD

Director Brian Clyde previously worked on the 2006 direct to video military actioner The Hunt For Eagle One starring Mark as a U.S. Marine leading a team on a rescue mission to stop terrorists from launching biological weapons. The film, which also starred actor Joe Suba led to a …