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Saturday, August 31, 2013

An Assassin Becomes An Avenging Angel In Martial Arts Short Thriller, MARKSMEN


The latest film festival gem making its way online this weekend is the sixteen-minute martial arts assassin thriller, Marksmen. The shortfilm was directed by stuntman and actor Kazu Patrick Tang best known for his amazing performances in such blockbuster Thai action thrillers like Raging Phoenix (2009) with actress Jeeja Yanin, the balls-to-the-wall action spectacle, Bangkok Knockout (2010), and his latest role in director Raimund Huber's manga-style romantic action thriller, Dragonwolf (2012).

A Bitter Sibling Rivalry Turns Into A Ninja Battle Of Epic Proportions In LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: SHADOWFALL


The latest live-action debut of K&K Production's newest webseries, League Of Legends, kicked off the premiere of their first episode titled Blind Ambition, which focused on a blind monk who sacrfices his vision after overusing his powers to prove his worthiness to his master to let him join the league. The premiere also signaled the release of a three part epic tale titled Shadowfall, which tells the story of two rival brothers competing for the favor of their father, when one of them turns to a darker force of power to improve his flighting skills.

League Of Legends: Shadowfall stars David Cheung, Isky Fay and Clem So, with action choreography by Hung Dante Hong. All three parts are now available on the MachinimaRealm YouTube channell in the embeds below where you may also subscribe.





Film Of The Week: YOU'RE NEXT (2013)


SYNOPSIS:
When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped... until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.
REVIEW:

I don't normally watch horror movies, but I decided to give You're Next a try. Some horror films definitely have an action-oriented appeal to them, and so if I do see a horror movie, those are the ones I normally go for. That said, the concept used for this type of film stood out to me in a way that allowed me to enjoy this latest film from director Adam Wingard.

Sharni Vinson stars as the newest guest to a family reuinion in a mansion located in the middle of nowhere. She plays a college student in love with her financially struggling boyfriend, on the verge of her last year before earning her degree. Throughout the first act, she gets to meet his rich family and begins acclimating herself with her peers and her environment, and for a while, all seems well and peaceful. For a while...

The following evening when everyone arrives with other third-party guests, everything that should have added to a joyful family getaway turns into blood-coated chaos, when dinner is gravely interrupted by a small gang of masked killers armed with machetes, axes and crossbows. Of course, in typical horror movie fashion, with the entire family seemingly desperate to survive, one wrong decision leads to another, followed by another and another, which of course increases the body count, and only a handful of survivors are left. And just when you may have thought the plot would continue to be linear, alas, there is a twist in the plot that boils down to murder, greed, lust and envy, leaving this incident to be more than just a home invasion. However, when the killers least expect it, there's no huge waiting period before watching the film's seemingly unlikely heroine kick into survival mode almost immediately, revealing a side to her no one knew, not even her boyfriend.


I'm not a huge horror film buff, despite having seen a few in my own life. But to my point here though, what I really love most is how action-oriented it feels. Sure, there are moments of suspense and thrills, and some moments of predictability that make you roll your eyes. And that's pretty much any horror film. But the biggest scenes with the most fun are with Vinson while she is evening the score against the killers, wounding them, maiming them from time to time with booby traps, and getting down and dirty and finishing them off.

On its plot, the film delivers such a tasteful film focusing on a variety of moments illustrating the extremes of a family carrying a façade of politeness that thinly veils their inner feelings, causing tensions to boil over and revealing that even the most well-to-do family has issues of its own. All of this sets up a great formula for a story that delivers an intense, horrific survival thriller about a woman caught in the middle of a deadly situation that turns out to be way more than it is on its face.

The cast did an impressive job here with their respective roles, performing a lot of the quirky, human moments that make you giggle from time to time, from the toxic rivalry between brothers Crispan and Drake (A.J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg), to the wacky relationship between other brother Felix and goth girlfriend Zee (Nicholas Tucci and Wendy Glenn). Above it all though, Vinson is the star here, and she carries herself with all the energy of a purely talented and physically capable actress worthy of any role she pleases. Because not only does she have the goods, but she IS the goods, and clearly that's just fine with producer Adi Shankar who just brought the actress on board his next project, the tentatively-titled female action vehicle, The ExpendaBelles with actresses Gina Carano and Katee Sackhoff.

I'm glad I saw You're Next when I did upon its release a week ago. The film is awesomely entertaining and the fact that the film is doing so well makes me even more proud to support Vinson with the hopes of seeing her in more action-oriented roles. So, I wholly recommend it as a major palate cleanser for the entree that awaits, and I'm more than happy to share this guy's opinion...all four of them:


You're Next stars Sharni Vinson along with Joe SwanbergA.J. BowenNicholas Tucci, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Barbara Crampton, Rob Moran, Wendy Glenn and Lane Hughes. The film is written by co-star and producer, Simon Barrett, and edited and directed by Adam Wingard.


Watch Vin Diesel Mutilate Melons In New B-Roll Footage For RIDDICK



I have a little thing I do on my Facebook page called Action Tweets And Blurbs. It's one of several albums I use on my facebook page when I share activity from filmmakers and actors, and I was compelled to blog this particular post from actor Vin Diesel now that Facebook allows you to embed posts and share them, which I think is an awesome feature.

Besides, what better, more cool way is there to welcome the premiere of your next film for your fans? Right? Lol

Anyway, I'm in the wee hours of the morning (on a Saturday of all days #facepalm) and I wanted to share the most recent B-roll footage from the set of director David Twohy's upcoming film, Riddick. There are several behind the scenes miniclips online, but this is the most recent footage of the set, and the cast and crew, unveiled simultaneously with the film's premiere in Westwood area of Los Angeles this past Wednesday.

Riddick opens at the end of next week in 2D, 3D and IMAX.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Kurt Russell To Join The Cast Of FAST AND FURIOUS 7

As if director James Wan's upcoming action thriller, Fast And Furious 7 wasn't already blowing minds with one update after another, Variety is now reporting that actor Kurt Russell is now lining up for a role. No details are available about the character in question, except the Death Proof co-star is now a part of a line-up of a few new faces joining the hit franchise, continuing where the $750 million blockbuster smash, Fast And Furious 6, left off last year.

New cast members so far include UFC pro-fighter and newcoming actress, Ronda Rousey, along with fellow her The Expendables 3 co-star, actor Jason Statham. International action hero and star of the upcoming Thai martial arts spectacle, Tom Yum Goong 2, actor Tony Jaa, was added to a week ago today. These cast additions highlight the return of Riddick star Vin Diesel, Brick Mansions star, actor Paul Walker and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon co-star Tyrese Gibson reprising their roles from the series, along with Hercules: The Thracian Wars star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson possibly setting up his third appearance in the series.

Diesel will be producing along with Neal H. Moritz, with Chris Morgan providing the screenplay, set to return the franchise to its Los Angeles-set story, headlining the start of a possible third trilogy of Fast And Furious films. Filming is set to begin for September in the metro Atlanta area in the state of Georgia, and along the Pikes Peak Highway in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Stay tuned!

Photo: Wireimage via IMDb

A Friday Double-Header Of Game-Inspired Live Action Fanfare: FALLOUT: LANIUS And LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: BLIND AMBITION

Today, we have a double-header of online hard-hitting action short films based on their own respective games. Both can be found on Youtube with extra links for more information. And be sure to subscribe to both channels to keep up with even more exciting content in the weeks ahead.

Encryption Films has a new non-profit, high octane action short now airing on Youtube titled Fallout: Lanius. The epic shortfilm is based on the 1997 role-playing computer game from Interplay Entertainment by starring actor Johnny Domino in the lead role. Also starring are Caris Eves, Kenny Low, Korum Ellis and Lee Sheppard, along with Mitch Lewis, reprising his role as the original voice actor for the character, Legate Lanius.

Fallout: Lanius was written, produced and directed by Wade K. Savage, with Stuart Mackenzie and Kelly Bergsma also serving as producers. The shortfilm is described as "a blood soaked high concept action epic" which delves into the origin story of 'Lanius' the antagonist from the 2010 game installment, Fallout: New Vegas.

I originally found this at JoBlo, so I was fortunate to come across this one as it looks significantly amazing, and I highly recommend passing this one around.

SYNOPSIS:
On the brink of ruin, the Hidebark people are about to be wiped out by the slaving organization, Caesar's Legion. However, their most ruthless warrior would prefer death to dishonour. "FALLOUT: LANIUS" will recount how a single man brings ruin to his people due to his lust for bloodshed and victory. 
DISCLAIMER: It should be noted that this is a FAN FILM "Fallout" is © 2013 Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media company.

We also have a new live action take on the inspired first installment of a brand new webseries being hosted on Machinima Prime titled League Of Legends: Blind Ambition. The series is apdapted on the multi-player online game franchise that began in 2009, and comes from the filmmaking efforts of brothers George and Harry Kirby over at K&K Productions. The shortfilm is now available only on Machinima Prime.

League Of Legends: Blind Ambition stars Leon Chee Sua as Lee Sin, Pamela Donald as the red-haired sword-wielding scarred warrioress, Katarina. Also starring is actor David K. Whiting with action choreography by Hung Dante Hong. K & K are also hard at work on their own live action production of the Frieza Saga, for devoted fans of Shonen Jump's popular manga/anime franchise, Dragonball Z. So be sure to follow their groundbreaking and visionary work in the days and weeks ahead.

SYNOPSIS:
Ever wanted to know the story behind the champions? League of Legends Blind ambition, delves into the past of Lee Sin, the blind monk. 
Find out how he gained the scars that blinded him. See his struggle to find redemption after the fatal consequences of his ambition and get ready for him to go toe to toe with the deadly assassin Katarina. Directed by K&k productions, get ready to see L.O.L brought to life!

Six Fighters Brawl To The Brutal Finish In Eclipse Stunts' Original: HALLOWED 2


Canadian martial arts action team, Eclipse Stunts has premiered its latest spectacular shortfilm follow-up, Hallowed 2. The project is a subsequent release stemming from the previously released 2013 New Years' Day kick-off shortfilm, Hallowed, announcing the reuniting return of the team's members after their 2012 hiatus.

Eclipse members Alex Chung and DL McDonald return to the sequel, with new faces added to the mix, including actors R.J. Tumanguil, and Jonathan Pang, and the female debut for the shortfilm miniseries of actresses Wei-Hsin Lee and Emily Huynh. Enjoy the action and thrills (viewable on desktop only) and remember to subscribe to the official Facebook page for more upcoming original content and collaborative work from Eclipse Stunts.

This Week In Freerunning: SUPER MARIO BROTHERS PARKOUR And FINDING LUIGI

Remember your favorite classic Nintendo characters Mario and Luigi? Yeah, I played it obsessively too, and pathetically I never beat the first game until I was in college and a member of a genre game-comic book-anime fanclub. Yep, we had almost everything, even the classic Nintendo unit, and I played that sucker until I finally beat it!

Ah, memories. LOL!

Anyway, here's a little nostalgia for you this week in what I might possibly start as weekly entries of "This Week In Freerunning" (I was inspired, what can I say? Lol).

Today's videos come courtesy of the official Youtube channels Warialasky and Nintendo. The first one features professional traceurs Christian Russell and Ronnie Shalvis who cosplay as the title characters in fine freerunning fashion throughout the Mushroom Kingdom (by way of Salt Lake City, Utah) in Super Mario Brothers Parkour.

The second one comes courtesy of the Nintendo channel showcasing a comedic documentary on the efforts of two filmmakers out on a quest to find the elusive Mario brother-in-green in Finding Luigi - Legend Of Parkour, with special appearances by members of Tempest Freerunning.

Be sure to subscribe to the Youtube channels below to keep up with future updates on these entertaining athletes, and check the descriptions of both videos for more information and content.

Super Mario Brothers Parkour


Finding Luigi - Legend Of Parkour

'Power Rangers' Actor Jason David Frank Endorses His Own Standalone Green Ranger Film


Actor, mixed martial artist and veteran Power Rangers cast member Jason David Frank made headlines this week regarding his interest in a donning the Green Ranger outfit for darker, standalone PG13 feature-length film.

In a statement made to Complex quoted at IGN, Frank enthused his own aspirations for a self-titled spin-off of the highly successful 20 year television franchise. "I'm talking to Saban about making a PG-13 Green Ranger movie," he tells Complex. "It's just a matter of Saban stepping behind it. I was an X-Men fan growing up; I loved Wolverine. I feel like the Green Ranger can step outside the box and be like the Wolverine of Power Rangers. That's why I think he can handle his own movie."

Frank's sentiments are nothing new as this week's news comes a year after he expressed his thoughts on a hopeful development of a Power Rangers feature film in the essence of Christopher Nolan's latest vision realized for his Batman trilogy, telling a Power Rangers Zeo panel attendee at the 2012 Lexington Toy & Comic Convention, "I think Haim Saban is very silly not to take those Rangers that we were and make a Dark Knight series out of it for you guys."

The vision Frank discusses here is currently the one in play, somewhat similiar to the non-profit fanfilm being crafted by NYC independent filmmaker Dominick Sivili and producer/co-writer Louis Maldarelli for the upcoming release of MMPR. Ironically though, as interpreted by writer Matt Leslie over at Morphin Legacy, Frank has since rescinded from partaking on the project, citing his own creative differences on the character's approach for the fanfilm, although it is reported that Sivili still intends to hopefully cast him.

Popularized through the Japanese tokusatsu action genre, the highly acclaimed television series is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week. And Frank has been with the franchise ever since, being one of the most vocally active and fan-devoted veteran cast members since he first debuted as the character, Tommy Oliver, a.k.a. The Green Ranger, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993. In subsequent seasons thereafter, Frank became a solid foundation throughout the show, reappearing in 1994 as the White Ranger, and in future seasons in Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997) and Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004). He also starred in both Hollywood theatrical adaptations in Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997).

Frank is set to appear among an ensemble cast in next year's debut of Power Rangers: Super Megaforce, returning as the Green Ranger. Frank will also make an appearance at this year's Rhode Island ComicCon between November 2nd and 3rd with other former cast members, along with MMPR director Sivili who will be debuting a teaser for his upcoming fan film.

Subscribe to the official Facebook and Twitter pages for MMPR, and follow Jason David Frank on Facebook and Twitter to keep in tune with the latest.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vin Diesel Is Out For Blood In A Behind The Scenes Featurette For RIDDICK


Today we have a new behind the scenes featurette with actor and Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star recipient, Vin Diesel, and writer director David Twohy for the upcoming sci-fi thriller, Riddick. The featurette shares footage of the film seen in previous trailers and clips, as well as some new footage, in addition to a dialogue from Diesel and Twohy expressing their shared vision for a trilogy, reflecting on the mythology that surrounds the narrative of the story.

The featurette also comes in a week that shared surprising news that the actor was also tapped to start Marvel's Phase Three in a new film prior to ultimately being confirmed as the voice and mo-cap actor for the role of Groot in the upcoming August 1, 2014 release of Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Several clips are also being released this week in advance of the film's upcoming September 5, 2013 premiere, when 3D and IMAX theatergoers will receive their own IMAX FanFix poster for the film. The poster was unveiled on Wednesday over at /Film.

Based on a screenplay by Ken Wheat and director David Twohy, Riddick stars Vin Diesel, with Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt NableKatee Sackhoff, Bokeem WoodbineDave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul TrujilloNolan Funk and Keri Hilson. The film releases nationwide on September 6, 2013.

SYNOPSIS:
Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000's hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.  
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.  
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.






[UPDATED] The Action Heats Up In The New Teaser For TOM YUM GOONG 2

Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming October 23, 2013 release of Tom Yum Goong 2.

This week's trailer brings news of new character posters, including a new poster unveiled for actor and co-star, RZA, in addition to a synopsis that gives fans a brief idea about what will take place in Prachya Pinkaew's latest 3D martial arts action feature. The upcoming film also arises with action hero Tony Jaa's latest reinsurgence into the mainstream with a new role in his first upcoming Hollywood debut with director James Wan's Fast And Furious 7.

Tom Yum Goong 2 also stars RZA, Jeeja Yanin, Ratha Phongarm and Petchtai Wongkamlao, along with rising martial arts star and co-fight choreographer Marrese Crump.

SYNOPSIS:
Kham (Tony Jaa) has become the suspect in the murder of Suchart- the influential owner of an elephant camp, who was killed by three punches to the dead spots by a martial arts expert, and Kham (Tony Jaa) was the last one seen at crime scene. He needed to run away from the authorities and the hunt by Suchart’s twin nieces (Jija Yanin and Teerada Kittisiriprasert) Luckily, he was helped by Sgt. Mark (Petchtai Wongkamlao) the Interpol who was sent from Sydney to handle some secret mission. 
Kham keeps on running while trying to find Khon, the elephant whom he loves like his own brother who was kidnapped a few days ago. The longer he runs, he more he gets involved in a secret organization led by LZ the big boss who is very passionate in collecting fighters from all over the world into his secret stable. His fighters like Twenty (Ratha Pho-ngarm) and Number Two (Maritz) intend to grab Kham to satisfy their boss’ objectives. 
Be prepared for the extreme fights by Tony Jaa with various action disciplines, all death defying and the risky fight scenes designed by the Thai action movie which the whole world is waiting to see in 3D shooting platform.

PUNCH! KICK! SLAM! BOOM! ...Yep, Sounds Like Another Promo For SPECIAL ID!

I rarely share TV spots because when it comes down the wire for films, TV spots are plentiful. But since this is Donnie Yen we're talking about, of course I absolutely HAVE to share today's latest TV spot for his upcoming film, Special ID.

No question about it as director Clarence Fok's latest martial arts action thriller has built up much anticipation for fans around the world. This is likely great news for Arclight Films with its latest multi-lateral expansion to Beijing headed by producer Elliot Tong.

Special ID opens domestically on its new release date, October 18, 2013, with a high energy cast that includes a fierce and fight-ready Tian Jing who can clearly handle herself in a Donnie Yen action vehicle. The film also stars heavy-hitting Asian action favorites Collin Chou, Andy On and Ken Lo, along with Hanyu Zhang, Kun Yang and Qi Daji rounding out the cast.

The film also opens as Yen, recently went on his Weibo and announced his hopes to cast former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson in a possible sequel. It will be a huge surprise if that happens, and if it does, I hope Tyson nails it.

Yen's next slate of films will include the release of the 3D fantasy adventures, The Monkey King and Iceman - Parts 1 and 2, in addition to director Teddy Chan's Last Of The Best, 70's action thriller Kowloon Walled City and the 2014 filming of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny, and Sha Po Lang 2...

However, first things first!

SYNOPSIS:
Yen takes on the role of Zilong Chen, an undercover police officer deep within the ranks of one of China’s most ruthless underworld gangs. The leader of the gang, Xiong (Collin Chou – JET LI’S FEARLESS, THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, THE MATRIX RELOADED), has made it his priority to weed out the government infiltrators in his midst. Struggling to keep his family together and his identity concealed, Chen is torn between two worlds. 
Upping the stakes, as Chen’s undercover comrades are being dealt with, one by one, Chen fears his days are numbered. Now, he must risk everything to take down the organization and reclaim the life he lost when he took on this perilous assignment. As the action mounts, Chen must do everything he can to protect the SPECIAL IDENTITY he wishes he never had before it’s too late.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Watch Four Of Germany's Finest Action Actors Battle It Out Anime-Style In TRIBAL TIES!

From L to R: Felix Fukuyoshi Ruwwe, Max Huang and Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe
The folks over at the German martial arts filmmaking troupe, Young Masters, have unveiled their latest short action film, Tribal Ties. Filmed in 2012, the team brought actors Max Huang and Eskindir Tesfay on board to help manifest what they wanted to portray, envisioning an anime-stylized kung fu action project inspired by the visionary style seen in Dragon Ball Z and Naruto. The official teaser was aired in July prior to the shortfilm's premiere as one of this year's main entries at the Action On Film Festival.

Tribal Ties is directed by Felix Fukuyoshi Ruwwe and Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe, who directed, shot, wrote, choreographed, directed the project.

Enjoy the thrills, and feel free to visit youngmasters.net for more information.

New International Teasers For 47 RONIN Are Online


This week we have two new international teasers for director Carl Rinsch's upcoming fantasy action adventure period epic, 47 Ronin. The teasers arrive just a month after the first teaser for the film's North American release came back in late July.

The new teasers confirm same-day screening dates for Taiwan and Hong Kong in accordance with the U.S.. The film will bow earlier for its Japan release on December 6, 201347 Ronin stars Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki SanadaKou ShibasakiTadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi, and will release in 3D and standard 2D in North America on December 25, 2013.

SYNOPSIS:
From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors. 47 Ronin is helmed by visionary director Carl Erik Rinsch (The Gift). Inspired by styles as diverse as Miyazaki and Hokusai, Rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles that will display the timeless Ronin story to global audiences in a way that’s never been seen before.



New Posters And Banner Arrive For TOM YUM GOONG 2

From L to R: Jeeja Yanin, Tony Jaa, Ratha Phongarm and Petchtai Wongkamlao

Over the past week, the official Facebook page for director Prachya Pinkaew's upcoming 3D action spectacle, Tom Yum Goong 2, has been unveiling several character posters and subsequent banner, so far featuring lead action stars Tony Jaa and Jeeja Yanin, actor Petchtai Wongkamlao and actress Ratha Phongarm. On Wednesday, the page unveiled its newest poster for actor, co-star and rising action performer Marrese Crump, who's been busy making headlines of his own with the development of his next film, Formless.

Check it out:
The official teaser for Tom Yum Goong 2 has since made its way online back in July, with the film slated for domestic release on October 24, 2013 in Thailand. The film has currently been picked up by Magnolia Pictures for a fourthcoming North American release date.
Check out the official synopsis below the jump, and to keep up with the film, subscribe to the film's official Facebook page, and the official page for Tony Jaa himself.

SYNOPSIS:
Kham (Tony Jaa) has become the suspect in the murder of Suchart- the influential owner of an elephant camp, who was killed by three punches to the dead spots by a martial arts expert, and Kham (Tony Jaa) was the last one seen at crime scene. He needed to run away from the authorities and the hunt by Suchart’s twin nieces (Jija Yanin and Teerada Kittisiriprasert) Luckily, he was helped by Sgt. Mark (Petchtai Wongkamlao) the Interpol who was sent from Sydney to handle some secret mission. 
Kham keeps on running while trying to find Khon, the elephant whom he loves like his own brother who was kidnapped a few days ago. The longer he runs, he more he gets involved in a secret organization led by LZ the big boss who is very passionate in collecting fighters from all over the world into his secret stable. His fighters like Twenty (Ratha Pho-ngarm) and Number Two (Maritz) intend to grab Kham to satisfy their boss’ objectives. 
Be prepared for the extreme fights by Tony Jaa with various action disciplines, all death defying and the risky fight scenes designed by the Thai action movie which the whole world is waiting to see in 3D shooting platform.

Jaa is also expected on the set of his first Hollywood debut in director James Wan's next film, Fast And Furious 7, which begins shooting in September and is set fourth for a July 11, 2014 release, courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Stay tuned.

Take A Behind The Scenes Look At VIKINGDOM And DIVERGENT

This week we have the first installment of a behind-the-scenes look on the upcoming fantasy adventure, Vikingdom from director Yusry A. Halim. The film is a Malaysian production from KRU Studios and delves into the tale of a forgotten king who must band with a group of warriors in order to defeat Thor, a mission that will take him beyond realms and into the depths of hell in order to save the world.

The featurette introduces you to a few of the actors, the director, and the stunt coordinator, each providing insight on the overall look of the film.

Vikingdom recently acquired multi-territorial acquisition by Universal, who will be bringing Vikingdom to a limited 2D and 3D theaters in North America on October 4, 2013. The film stars Dominic Purcell, Natasha Malthe, Craig Fairbass, Jon Foo and Conan Stevens.

More featurettes are expected, so be sure to subscribe to the film's official Youtube channel below to keep up with the latest.


We also have a new behind the scenes featurette from the set of director Neil Burger's upcoming sci-fi action adventure, Divergent. The featurette comes just a few days after the official teaser premiered at the MTV Video Music Awards this past Sunday.

Actress Shailene Woodley stars in this story of a post-apocalyptic society broken into five strict personality-based factions, where one young woman's unique identity forces her into secrecy. The film is adapted from author Veronica Roth's best-selling young adult trilogy-to-be of sci-fi novels.

Divergent also stars Theo James, Kate WinsletRay Stevenson, Mekhi PhiferMaggie QJai CourtneyMiles TellerZoë KravitzAnsel ElgortBen Lloyd-HughesBen LambChristian MadsenAmy NewboldAshley Judd and Tony Goldwyn. The film will release in 2D and IMAX on March 21, 2014, courtesy of Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate).

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Guess Which Martial Artist Is Training For Her Role In CAMP X-RAY?


Who do you think of when you think of martial arts action stars? Automatically, the names Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa, Jet Li, Scott Adkins and Iko Uwais pop into your head. You don't even have to think about it, especially if you're a martial arts fan.

And on that note....Kristen Stewart.

What?

Yep! The woman has been training in martial arts since she was FIVE years old. Now, between then and now, no one would have guessed she was an athlete. Sure, she slayed a few demons in Snow White And The Huntsman, and gone hunting with Vampires and Werewolves in the Twilight Saga, but apparently, that's not all she's capable of. Point in fact, it may be that she's capable of a lot more, according to a "mole" quoted over at Daily Star who said "No-one knows this but Kristen is a martial arts expert, she’s practised karate since her fifth birthday."

This bit of surprising news comes into knowledge of her next production from writer Peter Sattler's 2014 directorial debut, Camp X-Ray, which is being produced by Gina Kwon and Sophia Lin, and executive produced by David Gordon Green, Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein. The film was announced back in June with Stewart to play the lead as a young woman who joins the military to escape from small town life, only to end up being posted at Guantanamo Bay where she is undermined by the Muslim men in her unit, and ultimately befriends an 8-year inmate.

Don't get your hopes up, as the film is being pitched as a drama more than anything, but the fact of the matter is that Stewart being trained by a former Lebanese army solider for her latest role say a LOT to me; She's also set to reprise her titular character in Snow White And The Huntsman 2 with David Koepp inheriting the director's seat from the first film.

Furthermore, I hesitate to think Stewart will be forthcoming in an abundance of action roles now that this is out in the open, particularly since her roles have largely been dramatic. But I guess we will wait and see what happens next, as whether or not she decides to use her martial arts training to take on the image of an action star is entirely up to her.. to which I add... WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, MY CHILD??? :-P

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Photo: Moviesera

Action, Adventure And Larger Than Life Creatures Await In The New French Trailer For LE CRYPTE DU DRAGON (a.k.a. LEGENDARY)




On top of Green Street Hooligans: Underground and Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear, international action star Scott Adkins has at least one other treat in store for his fans this year, particularly in France for Le Crypte Du Dragon. The film is also titled Legendary in English territories, formerly known as Legendary: Tomb Of The Dragon from director Eric Styles.

The 3D film is headlined by Adkins along with fellow action genre heavy hitter Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning). The film also stars Huang Yi, Nathan Lee, James Lance, Lydia Leonard and Geng Le. The lucky French will get to share this delight with a Croissant or two in the comfort of their own home on DVD, Blu-Ray and DVD on November 19, 2013.

Jump below the synopsis to check out the new French trailer, courtesy of City On Fire.

SYNOPSIS:
Travis, our heroic cryptozoologist, wants to prove that a prehistoric beast killing construction workers is more than just a myth. But at the same time his ruthless competitor, Harker, wants to prove he is the best in the business and outdo Travis in any way he can. 
Travis finds himself in a race against time to preserve the rare but deadly creature because Harker thrives on trophy killings and shoots to kill…including humans if they come between him and his prey. 
Travis is funded by a mysterious wealthy benefactor and finds himself escorted by their slightly overwhelmed lawyer. The rest of his team consists of two friends, seasoned field workers Katie and Brandon, and Jianyu, a boy who first gave him video proof of the dragon. Jianyu has his own mission: to prove that the oil company is covering up the truth about the beast killing his father on their site, which is invading the creature’s time honored home. Construction has woken the dragon from his tomb, a danger which they cannot fully understand. 
As the death toll mounts, can Travis’ team outwit the company, battle against Harker and escape the jaws of death whilst saving the species from brutal extinction?

Casting Updates For "All-Girl Expendables' Film And Teenage Assassin Film, BARELY LETHAL

A few women are making headlines this week in casting news. This, in a year that continues to see a significant presence of females in action cinema, including the fourthcoming release of underground action horror flick, Raze, the Helfi Kardit-directed action thriller, Guardian, and actress Julie Estelle who's introduction to Gareth Huw Evans' s upcoming action sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal, which remains to be one of the most hotly-anticipated roles of the coming year.

Last week, actress Sharni Vinson expressed her thoughts and hopes of doing more action roles in an interview with Flicks And The City, with roles like Lara Croft and Elektra thrown in as honorable mentions for roles she would love to do. Little did I know that just several days later in a report over at Collider, Vinson was announced as the latest addition to Dredd producer Adi Shankar's untitled, currently-developing all-female take on the Stallone action vehicle, The Expendables.

Vinson will be joined by actress, MMA pro-fighter and In The Blood star Gina Carano, and Riddick co-star and Harley Quinn hopeful, actress Katee Sackhoff. Vinson's previous credits include Step Up 3D and Blue Crush 2. She currently stars in her long-awaited and newly released home invasion action horror thriller, You're Next, from director Adam Wingard, now playing in theaters.

On Tuesday, it was reported over at Screendaily that actress Jessica Alba will be starring in the upcoming October production of Barely Lethal, with director Kyle Newman. The Machete Kills actress will be joining the production alongside Oldboy co-star, actor Samuel L. Jackson as the main villains of the film.

Back in April, actress Hailee Steinfeld was announced as the lead, a quirky teenage assassin who enrols in a suburban high school after faking her own death in the pursuit of a normal life, until her old boss discovers her whereabouts and begins hunting her. Steinfeld will soon be appearing in the upcoming November 1, 2013 release of Enders Game with actors Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, from writer/director Gavin Hood. The actress also joins actor Kevin Costner for theMcG project, 3 Days To A Kill for a Valentines' Day release next year.

Alba will appear with lead actor Danny Trejo in the theatrical release of Machete Kills on October 11, 2013.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM Gets Worldwide Distribution

In a new report from Twitch on Tuesday, it was announced that actor and director Dustin Nguyen's latest film, Once Upon A Time In Vietnam, has been picked up for multi-territotial distribution, courtesy of Grindstone Entertainment. The news comes just of the heels of an extravagant premiere in Vietnam last week, which included appearances by Nguyen along with actress Veronica Ngo, actors Roger Yuan and Jason Ninh Cao and fashion designer Bao Tranchi.

The film marks Nguyen's directorial debut, further headlined by its following appearance at this year's film festival at Cannes a few months ago. The film will also get multi-territorial distribution in Germany, Austria, Alto Adige, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Belgium.
Other distribution companies are also planning to release the film for the Korean market, in addition to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand, with more deals to be made with the UK, France and Brazil.

Once Upon A Time In Vietnam is directed by Dustin Nguyen who stars as the lead, in this, Vietnam's first-ever fantasy-based martial arts action adventure as a devout warrior monk who becomes the defender of a town from ruthless gangsters. Nguyen stars along with Veronica Ngo, Roger Yuan, Jason Ninh Cao, Thai Hoa and Dinh Ngoc Diep. Yuan also served as the film's fight consultant with action choreographer, Bui Van Hai.

Check out the Cannes footage below, in addition to a third behind the scenes clip proceeding the first two that were unveiled a week ago, and stay tuned for release dates.

Cannes Promo for Lua Phat / Once Upon A Time In Vietnam


Lua Phat: Behind The Scenes - Part 3

Monday, August 26, 2013

Matt Damon And Paul Greengrass Reportedly In Talks For More 'BOURNE'


Twitch broke the news on Monday that actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are joined in talks to return to for another installment in the Bourne franchise. The news comes almost a year after Damon spoke to Movieline about the chances of his return since actor Jeremy Renner's appearance in The Bourne Legacy last year.

"There has not been any movement," he said. "I've always been open to it as long as Paul Greengrass directs, I don't think he's going to do it." Damon went on to explain the difficulties and challenges that could come with Greengrass at the helm to follow the events after Legacy, saying "from what I understand, it kind of relives [The Bourne Ultimatum] from a different perspective. What that means, because they use our actors and characters, is that whatever they said [in Legacy] is true and so we'd have to acknowledge it in any Bourne movie that we'd do. And that makes it really tough," Damon also insinuated the challenge of continuing Bourne's story after the first three films in which the character was driven to find his identity.

Since then, stories about the film's development have been minimal, though the interest is still there, as previously insisted by Universal chairman Adam Fogelson who sat down with an interview with The Hollywood Reporter writer Matthew Belloni in February. When asked about plans for franchise after Legacy, Fogelson answered with the following:
"The point of the last movie was to create a universe, a world and characters that give us a lot of freedom and flexibility in how we go forward. Yeah, the movie didn't perform the way the last one did. It also didn't cost what the last one did. It performed more along the lines of how the first one did. I absolutely see us doing more Bourne, 100 percent yes. Matt has talked about the possibility of coming back, and we totally respect that and are excited if and when he wants to have conversations. But I think the last movie gave us a big bunch of options to pursue a next chapter."

Bourne trilogy writer Tony Gilroy directed The Bourne Legacy (2012), the fourth film of the franchise which branched out a new storyline in the franchise based on a series of novels by the late author Robert Ludlum. Its commercial success didn't match the success of its predecessor, the Greengrass-directed 2007 release of The Bourne Supremacy which recapitulated the $1.2B franchise. However, it was enough after earning $275 million worldwide at the box office to get a fifth film started, according to news broken at Deadline about Renner's return earlier this month, in addition to a new screenwriter. 

Damon recently reaffirmed his interest in the franchise to reporters while attending the star-studded Los Angeles premiere of his latest film, Elysium.And with now two films in development, there may even be talk of a possible crossover between both characters. It's very early to tell, of course, but it looks as if things are headed in that direction. But I want to know what you think.

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Action Star Jason Statham Almost Drowns To Death On The Set Of THE EXPENDABLES 3

In a shocking, roughly English-translated update from Expendables Premiere forwarded from Bulgarian website, Skandalno.net, The Expendables 3 co-star Jason Statham nearly faced certain death while filming a dangerous stunt for the upcoming summer 2014 release.
The report indicates that Statham was rushed to the Emergency Room after refusing to use a double to perform a stunt involving his character diving into a pond. When the actor did not re-emerge, the actor was rescued and taken to the hospital where he later regained conciousness and returned to work a while after the doctor reported his condition as non-threatening.

Unfortunately, stunt risks are nothing new to the franchise, particularly for lead actor and action veteran Sylvester Stallone who received much-needed surgery for a hairline fracture in his neck after a walloping stunt during a fight with former wrestler turned action star Steve Austin on the set of The Expendables (2010). The 2012 sequel, The Expendables 2, also endured further injuries for Sly and co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger, but also took a tragic on-set turn in Bulgaria back in 2011 for two of its stuntmen, with one stuntman dying from his injuries.

There's a huge demand for a lot of actors to be able to perform their own stunts, particularly with all the craze and popularity stemming from the rise of action heroes like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Iko Uwais, Scott Adkins and Cyril Raffaelli to name a few. I don't work in the industry, but I do know that decisions like using doubles are up to the actors who hire these professionals to do dangerous things on screen that they're trained to do. The downside is that injuries do come with the territory, and we clearly see this when we look at behind the scenes clips and hear reports like the ones above this sentence. As fans, we all want the best out of an action movie from the actors we look up to as examples of heroism and death-defying tenacity. But I also grant that we all want to see these people alive to tell the tale, and live happy and healthy lives doing what they love, and the stunt performers who go through great lengths to please action fans.

Personally, I wish Statham all the best. He walks a fine line for his fans, but I certainly hope he uses his better judgement as filming continues and his career maintains its flourishing status.

Statham, 45, is also a martial artist and former diver, best known for performing his own stunts in films like The One, The Mechanic, Redemption and The Transporter Trilogy. The action star is also set to appear in the upcoming Thanksgiving release, Homefront, from director Gary Fleder, in addition to the July 2014 release of Fast And Furious 7.

Statham is also set to star in the August 6, 2014 release of the Simon West-directed Heat, one week from the release of The Expendables 3. The film currently stars Stallone, Statham and Schwarzenegger reprising their roles from the first two films, along with Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and Randy Couture, in addition to Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Mel Gibson and Robert Davi. The film is directed by Patrick Hughes.

Photo: Clubbing9ine

A Dark Ultimatum Looms For An Aspiring Criminal In The New Teaser For A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL

The new teaser trailer has arrived for the upcoming independent feature-length action crime drama, A Dance With The Devil. The footage comes a month after exclusive action footage premiered online  back in late July, featuring the film's co-star, Reko Rivera, and action performer, stuntman and Team Genesis's own Anthony Giovanni Elias.

Starring lead actor, writer, producer and director Danny Vega, the film is an original property from newly established independent filn group, Project Rize, and one of several current projects steamrolling Florida's brewing independent action film scene as of late.

Also starring are actor Joshua Lamboy and actor Jimmy Dempster who is currently filming the upcoming independent action crime shortfilm, The Trade with director Gerald J. Godbout III, co-star Dennis Jusino (Shield-Less) and Elias, who is directing the action.

A Dance With The Devil is pushing for a 2013 release date, so stay tuned for more info.

SYNOPSIS:
"Better the devil you know, than the angel you don't..." 
A Dance With The Devil is about a young man named Daniel, who has always wanted to be a gangster. When a tragic accident happens, Daniel is torn between staying in the crime life that has given him everything and a new life.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The New Trailer For DIVERGENT Is Online


If you at all managed to tune in to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, you were likely aware of the mini-teaser aired online several days ago as a precursor to Sunday's full first teaser for director Neil Burger's upcoming science fiction action thriller, Divergent. The film stems from the original work of young adult novelist and science fiction author Veronica Roth, based on her original 2011 publication, and is proceeded by two more books, including the 2012 release of Insurgent, and the fourthcoming third book, Allegiant, releasing this October.

Actress Shailene Woodley takes the lead in this epic story as the young titular character whose unique identity becomes a deciding factor as potential war brews between five main factions, threatening the very fabric of society. The actress also joined several cast members to share footage and information about the film with attendees at this year's San Diego ComicCon back in July.

Divergent also stars Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Amy Newbold, Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn. The film will release in 2D and IMAX on March 21, 2014, courtesy of Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate).

SYNOPSIS:
Based on Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times best-selling novel, DIVERGENT is a gripping action thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions. As each person approaches adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for the rest of their life. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses Dauntless—the daring risk-takers who pursue bravery above all else. During the Dauntless initiation, Tris completes death-defying stunts and faces her inmost fears in spectacular simulations. When she discovers she is a Divergent, someone who will never be able to fit into just one faction, she is warned that she must conceal this secret or risk her life. As Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens her family and the life of the mysterious Dauntless leader whom she has come to love, Tris must face her greatest test yet—deciding whether revealing she is a Divergent will save her world—or destroy it.

Criminals Smell The Scent Of Fear In The New Trailer For Indy Action Short, FIST PLUS FACE

Writer, producer and director Travis Laidlaw has just unveiled the new trailer for his upcoming martial arts action comedy short film, Fist Plus Face. Joined by fellow producer Justin J. Chambers, the short film is the result of successful crowdfunding that led to its subsequent production in February.

Fist Plus Face hasn't hit the film festival circuit just yet as post production is close to wrapping up, so there's still a chance for it to make other festival appearances or an online release. Dates are pending, so stay tuned.

Actor and action performer Jonny Caines stars as the lead, hailing all the way from Canada via the highly-acclaimed martial arts stage performance and screenfighting troupe, Team 2X. Also starring are Dan Park, Danijel Mandic, Nikki Grant, Audrey Ferron, Tony Medici, Carl Fortin, Peter Hatch and Adam Alexander, with action choreography by Jeet Kune Do consultant Steve Ferreira.

SYNOPSIS:
When the patrons of an all night diner are held up by a group of masked men, an unlikely hero summons an ancient form of combat to destroy his enemies...FIST PLUS FACE!!!
FIST PLUS FACE -- Teaser Trailer from Travis Laidlaw on Vimeo.

Film Of The Week: BATTLE B-BOY (2012)


SYNOPSIS:
“Da-Fi all odds!” 
Da-Fi (pronounced “defy”)[noun] 
1. Short for Dance Fighting
2. Hand-to-hand combat using dance moves 
When MIKE discovers his father needs money for heart surgery, he and his B-Boy friends solicit the help of JIMMY, a professional gambler, and enter the world of “Da-Fi,” an underground fight-club where B-Boys and B-Girls physically battle for money and reputation. 
Rules are simple: fight to the beat of the music and the last team standing at the end of three song changes wins. If you can’t take the heat, you better tap-out before you get knocked-out! 
As the fights get more dangerous, Mike must learn to work with his team and hold everyone together, or he will lose his father forever.
REVIEW:

I initially learned about Battle B-Boy earlier this year upon the film's entry at the Vietnamese International Film Festival back in April. The film has since garnered some pretty outstanding reviews, leaving me curious about the film ever since. The trailer was very energetic, vibrant, colorful and youthful in its delivery of just the kind of film any action fan could and should look forward to.

Jonathan Phan stars as Mike (pictured far right), a entertainer for hire who works with friends Jay (Ricky Cole), Ben (Ingel Catindig) and Ritchie (Ritchie Greenfield). One day, Mike soon learns of his father, Sam (Howard Fong), and rushes to his aid at the hospital where the doctor informs him that a special procedure is needed for his debilitating heart condition.

After pawning his ring for just enough to get a down-payment for his procedure going, Sam is mugged at knife point and his money is stolen, with Mike chasing after the culprit and his partner waiting for them in a cramped alley. Mike corners them two-on-one fight where Mike uses his skills as a street fighter to take them down effortlessly. Upon walking away unscathed, he bumps into Jimmy (John Kreng above/left of Phan) who witnesses the brawl and offers Mike a money making offer he couldn't refuse, introducing Mike to the world of Da-Fi, an underground tournament where fists and feet fly only to the beat, and every step you dance will lead to knockout or a tapout.

When Mike passes his initiation, it is not long before he discovers Jimmy's shared, and long-bitter past with Sam, who is too prideful to accept any help from Jimmy, monetary or otherwise. But with Sam's condition worsening, the medical expenses piling up and no other options left, Mike must find a way to stay aboard and help get his friends involved in the Da-Fi circuit without his father noticing.

Aided by their long-time friend and Mike's love interest, Rachel (Alison Dahlstrom), they compete in their first bout as a crew under Jimmy's advisement, proving they have a long way to go before being fully able to work as a team. Despite this, Jimmy reluctantly agrees to train them for future matches, as they each share a dynamic skill set for dancing and street fighting, as well as reasons of their own for winning the $100,000 cash prize earned for each individual competitor.

As the film continues, each character has a small story arc that builds between scenes, including Ben bearing the brunt of the physical work at the local market with his mother, Jay's own effort to take care of his disabled, headstrong and determined sister (Kamali Minter), in addition to Ritchie's struggle to resolve his differences with his father after running away from home, and Rachel, whose own tragedy upon losing her father brings him closer to Mike as she supports his struggle to help Sam at any cost.

The film isn't all doom and gloom though, delivering a healthy blend of action; drama and lighthearted comedy, highlighting everything from Ritchie's goofy, playful personality to Ben's boyish charm as he romances beautiful, rich, upperclass b-girl dancer, Kelly (Megan Nguyen), from an opposing team, in addition to accentuating the group's admirable close-knit nature as they progress through the tournament.

As the film moves forward, stakes get higher and the battles become more and more dangerous, as the team readies for its most violent dance battles from the all-black robopop-lockin crew, The Exterminators, with the nefarious bone-breaking crew known as Typhoon, led by the silent-but-deadly Villn (Longkue Steven Lor pictured left/center) whose tricks are even deadlier than his kicks. The action is spectacular, with fights that are incomparable, groundbreaking and dynamic with sharp execution of choreography, technique and a sense of brilliance that leaves you truly wanting more.

The violence is very mild with a few bruises and bloody noses, but nothing cringeworthy. And each of the battles share something memorable, especially from child b-boy Bailey Munoz who cameos at the start of the film, and Ricky Cole who brilliantly pays his homage to the now-late great actor and martial artist Jim Kelly in his own outstanding way during his scenes.

Writer and director Frank Lin accomplished a great deal in bringing Battle B-Boy to life, with co-star, producer and acclaimed author and action director John Kreng achieving what films like Beat Street and Stomp The Yard did, essentially introducing stylish hip hop and dance, and blending it all with the kind of blistering, gravity-defying martial arts techniques that would attract any martial arts cinema fan. And through it all, Lin tells a very poignant and unifying story about friendship, family, triumph over tragedy and endurance through even the toughest of times.

Battle B-Boy is a fantastic, explosive, heartwarming, colorful, classy and vibrant film, all as it comes together to revitalize a classic movie genre...with a B-twist! I highly recommend renting or purchasing this movie as it is, deservedly, one of the most memorable films in recent martial arts cinema history, and with all hopes of a sequel bearing around how this film does, I sincerely hope it happens. So support it! Check it out now at Google Play, Redbox and Netflix, or wherever movies are sold.

John Kreng will be hosting a screenfighting seminar titled Fights And Action For Filmmakers this week on Thursday, August 29, 2013 joined by fellow actress, comedian and stuntwoman Melissa Tracy, along with screenwriter and director Ben Ramsey (Blood And Bone) and acclaimed action director and stuntman Jeff Imada (The Bourne Ultimatum). CLICK HERE to learn more on how you may partake in the event. Kreng's latest book, Fight Choreography: The Art of Non-Verbal Dialogue is also available at Amazon
or wherever books are sold.

Battle B-Boy was written and directed by Frank Lin and stars Jonathan Phan, Ingel Catindig, Ricky Cole, Ritchie Greenfield, Alison Dahlstrom, John Kreng, with Karen "DJ Shy" Beck, Howard Fong, James Chang, Bailey Munoz, Kamali Minter, Megan Nguyen and Longkue Steven Lor.
For more info, visit the official website for the film.

From L to R: Ritchie Greenfield, Alison Dahlstrom, Jonathan Phan, Megan Nguyen, Ingel Catindig, Ricky Jay and John Kreng

Gareth Evans Teases The World With A Bloody New Screenshot Of 'Hammer Girl' Julie Estelle From THE RAID 2: BERANDAL

Director Gareth Evans took to Twitter over the weekend to release the latest still of actress Julie Estelle who plays the claw-hammer wielding "Hammer Girl" in the tentatively-titled film, The Raid 2: Berandal. The still shot comes from a roughly edited action preview Evans brought to the 14th annual Film4 Frightfest a few days ago where a variety of horror films were showcased to festival goers in the UK as of August 22, 2013. The festival runs through Monday, August 26.


Previous character stills of the actress were released during production, with the first still introduced in April, with a second one released in late-May.

Twitchfilm contributor Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg posted an article on what happened while visiting Film4 Frightfest, illustrating the moment Evans stepped out to introduce the clip, and also detailing the style actress Estelle uses to perform her character in the film, and a bit more on the film's expansive storyline. Rowan-Legg tells readers, "While The Raid 2 begins two hours after the story of the first film ends, the narrative spans about four years, according to Evans, so is much broader in scope. With that in mind, the clip introduces us to a new character. Her name is Hammer Girl. Evans described her fighting style as 'hari mau'. Apparently it means 'tiger style', and it looks outstanding (It's the same style Iko Uwais uses in Merantau). In briefly describing the clip, Rowan-Legg also emphasized the "freshness" of the action that was maintained for the sequel, adding, "it was enough to see that not only have Evans and his crew maintained the freshness and brilliance of the first film, finding new and inventive ways to present action and martial arts, but they've gone above and beyond by exploring new spaces and (obviously) new characters."

Aside from the small nod to lead star Iko Uwais's breakout performance in the 2009 Silat action hit, Merantau via Hammer Girl as mentioned above, Evans also promised action fans that the lead actor will be using the Kerambik knife a lot more this time around, telling Twitter followers, "For those that saw @iko_uwais training at the start of Merantau with the kerambik knife, but were frustrated we didn’t use them more...we won't let you down this time.". Evans also promised longer fight scenes with as little deletions and cuts as possible, ultimately going out with a bang for this, his last martial arts film before working on his next UK-based action thriller, The Night Comes For Us with The Raid: Redemption and Fast And Furious 6 star Joe Taslim.

Production on The Raid 2: Berandal wrapped up in late July after a grueling seven month period that saw actor and Indonesian martial arts action star Iko Uwais reprising his role from the 2011 action smash hit, Seruban Maut, which was then titled The Raid: Redemption for international release in 2012. North American distributor Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions currently has multi-territorial distribution rights to the upcoming sequel with a release date pending.

The Raid 2: Berandal also stars an international slate of cast members that include Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Alex Abbad, Roy Marten and returning actor Yayan Ruhian, along with Marsha TimothyCecep Arif RahmanOka Antara and Epy Kusnandar, and Japanese actors Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenuchi Endo and Kazuki Kitamura. Uwais and Ruhian directed the action sequences along with guest fight choreographer Larnell Stovall and Hong Kong stunt coordinator Bruce Law.

The film is produced by PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films.

Expect a trailer sometime between late September and October.