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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Check Out A New Still From The Upcoming RUROUNI KENSHIN Sequels

Warner Bros. Japan took to the web on Saturday to unveil a new set photo for the upcoming release a new still from the upcoming sequels that will release next year for the Rurouni Kenshin film franchise. Produced Shinzô Matsuhashi and Minami Ichikawa and executive produced by Maya Fukuzawa and Hiroyoshi Koiwai, the two sequels follow the success of the first 2012 film based on the original 1994 manga from author Nobuhiro Watsuki.

Rurôni Kenshin: The Great Kyôto Fire Arc and Rurôni Kenshin: The End of a Legend Arc are directed by Keishi Ōtomo and will release in the summer of 2014 with actor Takeru Satoh reprising his role. Other cast members, returning and new, include Emi Takei, Yusuke Iseya, Munetaka Aoki, Yuu Aoi, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yosuke Eguchi, Tatsuya Fujiwara, with Min Tanaka, Kazufumi Miyazawa, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Kaito Ōyagi, Maryjun Takahashi, Ryōsuke Miura and Lisa Ulliel.

Watch The New International Trailer For THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Writer and director Peter Jackson's second installation of the Middle Earth fantasy adventure, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, received a new international trailer which you can now view below. Releasing worldwide on nine dates between this December and February next year, the film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee and Hugo Weaving, with Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O'Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner.

The film releases in the U.S. on December 13, 2013 courtesy of Warner Bros.

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Watch New Footage From FAST AND FURIOUS 7 (For Now)

Several days ago, it was announced that Universal Pictures would share an exclusive sneak peek at a scene from Fast And Furious 7 in the upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray release of Fast And Furious 6. Movies.com brought the details of that scene featuring returning actors Vin Diesel, Christopher Bridges, Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson at the funeral scene for deceased character "Han" played by actress Sung Kang, with a glimpse of actress Gal Gadot who played "Gisele" through the second trilogy of the forthcoming Fast And Furious enealogy. You can now view that scene in the embed below (provided it isn't taken down).

Currently filming in Atlanta, Georgia for a July 11, 2014 release, Fast And Furious 7 is directed by James Wan, and also stars returning franchise cast members Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Bow Wow, Dwayne Johnson, Lucas Black and Nathalie Kelley, with newly added actress Nathalie Emmanuel, and actors Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou, John Brotherton and Ronda Rousey.

Fast And Furious 6 rides home on December 10, 2013.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Kellan Lutz Stars In The Newly Titled THE LEGEND OF HERCULES

Following a recently settled lawsuit between Lionsgate and MGM, Summit Entertainment has since unveiled its newest retitling of director Renny Harlin's epic fantasy action adventure, Hercules: The Legend Begins, now rebranded as, The Legend Of Hercules.

Releasing on January 10, 2014 in 2D and 3D as the first of two films (the other sepetately directed by Brett Ratner for MGM's August release), The Legend Of Hercules stars Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins and Gaia Weiss, with Liam McIntyreLiam GarriganJohnathon SchaechRoxanne McKee and Rade Serbedzija. The film is written by Daniel Gliat, and is produced by Danny Lerner, Les Weldon, Boaz Davidson and Harlin

In the epic origin story THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero -- the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.

New Poster, Banners And Trailers For FIRESTORM

Several new trailers and posters for writer and director Alan Yuen's latest action thriller, Firestorm, are here. The new feature debut from Yuen starring actor and producer Andy Lau and actor Gordon Lam is already the talk of the town with sites like Jaynestars lending its own praise for the film's authenticity to classic Hong Kong action.

The film is heading for Hong Kong theaters on December 12, 2013 in China, and on December 19th in 2D and 3D, and also stars Hu Jun, Yao ChenRay Lui, and Michael Wong, with appearances by Kenny WongOscar Leung and Cheung Kwok Keung.

Check out two new trailers below, including new poster and banner art and the new English subbed fifth trailer right below the synopsis.

A storm is heading to the city, and with it comes another occurrence so destructive, it vows to bring down everything it touches.    
A crew of seasoned criminals led by the notorious Nam (Hu Jun), armed with high-powered weapons, pulls off another smooth and violent armored car heist in broad daylight in a crowded street. Whoever tries to get in their way, they will show no mercy. This puts the police force to shame and humiliation.    
A hardboiled senior police inspector Lui (Andy Lau), hot on the trails of Nam and his tight crew, determines to put an end to this madness that causes the lives of innocent people. But he soon comes face to face with the cruel reality that the usual police tactics are too futile to send these armed thieves behind bars.  
Extreme crime requires extreme justice, even if it means crossing his moral line. Tou (Gordon Lam), an ex-con desperate to leave his criminal past behind, volunteers to be Lui's snitch in exchange for a fresh start with her girlfriend Bing (Yao Chen). But little does he know what hellish situation he's getting himself into.    
While Nam is putting together his next big score, the two colliding forces from both sides of the law, each at the top of their games, will soon face their archenemies. As Lui's hunt heats up, their ultimate confrontation is about to take place on the streets.    
As the storm passes through and the dust settles, whoever survives can hardly cope with its horrifying aftermath.

Watch The New Trailer For The South Korean Action Thriller, THE SUSPECT

The so-called "Bourne formula" designed in recent years by the likes of writer and director Tony Gilroy and Paul Greengrass seems to be the way to go for a lot of movies these days. Visually, it's a formula that most notably works with the involvement of cuts in editing and choreography that garner the attention of a specific fan base, which is what director Won Shin-yeon seems to be doing for his latest epic fast-paced South Korean thriller, The Suspect.

A behind-the-scenes featurette trailer was unveiled earlier this month with actor Gao Yoon in full action star form, debuting in his first-ever lead role in an action movie about a former government agent on a mission of vengeance and in search of hidden enemy with nefarious plans that could threaten a nation. And on Friday this week, we now finally get to see a full trailer. So stay tuned for more information as it trickles.

Opening on December 24, 2013, The Suspect stars Yoon along with Park Hee-soonCho Seong-ha and Yoo Da-in, and is produced by Shin Chang-Hwan from a script by Lim Sang-yoon, with stunt coordination by O Se-young and cinematography by Lee Sung-Jae. Also, be sure to check out two recently unveiled posters for the movie below the trailer.

Dong-chul was the best special field agent in North Korea, but he’s abandoned by his government during a mission. While on the run, he looks for his wife and child, who were sold as slaves to China, only to discover their corpses. He soon finds out that his colleague was behind the killing and defects to the South in search of his nemesis. He looks for him during the day, and works as a temp driver at night and as a personal driver for Chairman Park. One night the chairman is attacked and killed by an assassin, but not before handing over a pair of glasses to Dong-chul. He is now on the run again, accused of the chairman’s murder by the intelligence service, while trying to uncover the secret contained inside the glasses. Little did he know that depending on who ultimately gains control of the secret, it could either become a national threat or treasure.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Daniel Bernhardt Joins The Russian Mafia In Reeves' Next, JOHN WICK

Promising a spectacular action packed revenge thriller, Deadline has reported that actor and martial arts action star, and The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire co-star Daniel Bernhardt (Bloodsport 2, 3 and 4, The Cutter, Parker) has been added to the cast of the next Keanu Reeves-starring action vehicle, John Wick. Based on a screenplay by The Package scribe Mark Kolstad, the film features Reeves in the title role, following the story of a former hitman whose late wife's dog is murdered by a thug and his friends who steal his 1969 Ford Mustang, leading Wick to a climatic showdown with the thug's father, a Russian New York crime boss who makes Wick a target.

Produced by Basil Ilwaynk and Mike Witherill, and executive produced by Reeves along with Kevin Scott Frakes and Raj Brinder Singh for Thunder Road Pictures and H & W Movie Partners, the New York-based production of John Wick was intially announced back in May, marking the forthcoming directorial debut for Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, the owners and operators of California-based Hollywood stunt training, film and choreography studio, 87Eleven Action Design. The film, featuring fight direction by 87Eleven's own Jonathan Eusebio and Jon Valera, will also star actress Bridget Moynahan as Wick's wife, in addition to actors Michael Nyqvist and Alfie Allen as the nefarious father and son crime family. Actress Adrianne Palicki and actors Dean Winters and Willem Dafoe round out the current main cast, with Bernhardt playing one of Nyqvist's henchmen, and Dafoe playing friend to Reeves' character who is ultimately hired to kill him.

Reeves is currently set to appear in the upcomimg fantasy samurai action adventure, 47 Ronin, set to release in Japan on December 6, and in North America on Christmas Eve this month. Dafoe will also appear in director Scott Cooper's upcoming family crime drama, Out Of The Furnace in the U.S. on December 6.

John Wick also makes the latest project to see Reeves and Bernhardt back on the screen since starring opposite each other in 2003's The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions where Stahelski also served as stunt coordinator. Earlier this year in an interview with The Action Elite founder and editor Eoin Friel, Bernhardt discussed plans for a previous shortfilm he directed in 2010 with then-leading actor Leitch titled Fetch. Click HERE for the interview.

John Wick will tentatively release in 2014, with dates and distribution announcements pending.

Gouken And Gouki Get Ready To Spar In A New Set Photo From STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN'S FIST

From now through 2014, martial arts cinema and Street Fighter fans will continue to be teased with a series of set photos and stills of the forthcoming multi-platform chapterized movie, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist. One of those photos includes Thanksgiving Day's newly unveiled look at actress Hyunri as Sayaka, and actors Togo Igawa as Master Gôtetsu, and actors Shogen Itokazu and Gaku Space portraying younger versions of characters Gôuken and Gôuki.

Based on the highly successful tournament fighting videogame franchise from Capcom, the new film from co-star, co-writer and creator and director Joey Ansah is expected to tell the epic origin story of characters Ryu and Ken (played by Mike Moh and film co-writer and creator Christian Howard), as they are faced with confronting the dark legacy of the Asatsuken (the Assasin's Fist), the deadly style in which they have trained their entire lives under the teachings of aged Master Gôuken (played by Akira Koieyama). The film has since received acquistion for worldwide online distribution for digital series release with a date currently pending.

Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist also stars Mark Kileen and Hal Yamanouchi, and is produced by Jacqueline Quella, in association The film is produced by Jacqueline Quella in association with Assassin's Fist Limited, Lonely Rock Productions, Gloucester Place Films, Evropa Film and Capcom USA.

Dina Cataldi Powers Up In The Stellar New Trailer For MMPR!

After completing its Fall season cross-country comic-con run, the new trailer aired publicly on Thanksgiving Day for the upcoming non-profit fan film episode of the inspired new vision of the long-running Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series titled MMPR. The new fan film, directed by Dominick Sivili, comes well over a year since Sivili began a successful crowdfunder for his highly ambitious take on the now 20-year old high energy television series which crossed over to America in the early 1990's courtesy of Saban Entertainment.

Coming in 2014, MMPR kicks off the new year with the first episode starring Dina Cataldi as the Blue Ranger, with future episodes featuring Don Money (Red Ranger), Ricky Barksdale (Black Ranger), and Kimberly (Pink Ranger) and Ashley Carvalho (Yellow Ranger). They are joined by actors John Damroth and Matt Meinsen, actors Robert Axelrod and Jerry Murdock as the respective voice and body of a newer take on 'Power Rangers' season two TV villain, Lord Zedd, and actor David Fielding, an original mainstay of the TV show since the first season in a celebratory return to the role of Zordon.

Take a look and stay tuned for more info.

As the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Power Rangers, a controlling paramilitary group known as The Silver Guardians has taken over the duty of protecting the citizens of Angel Grove. Claire Ashmore (Dina Cataldi) is a former top soldier of the Silver Guardians, until she unearths the plans made by the head of the organization, General E.A. Collins (John Damroth). For the first time on the other side of a conflict, Claire must stop the Silver Guardians before it is too late. She will stumble upon the help of the ancient mythological being known as Zordon, the former mentor of the Power Rangers, as she unravels the mystery and attempts to steal the Power Morphers from the Silver Guardians. 
A new war has begun between the Power Rangers, The Silver Guardians and the returning Lord Zedd!

Watch The New International Teaser For ROBOCOP (ロボコップ)

The new international TV spot for Robocop went online on Thursday hosted by Japanese subtitles and narration, and you can now catch it below courtesy of ComingSoon.net. Although no announcement yet for the film's Spring 2014 release date in Japan has been made, the film is expected to release on February 12 in North America, and on the 14th in other countries.
Click HERE for the worldwide release dates, and be sure to catch the latest trailer at the very bottom.

Directed by Jose Padilha from a script by Josh Zetumer, Robocop stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle, Gary OldmanMichael KeatonSamuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. WilliamsJay Baruchel and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years - and it's meant billions for OmniCorp's bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cryptik Soul Consumes The Streets In New Musical Action Short, BEEF & BROCCOLI

It's been about a year since hip-hop artist, filmmaker and business mogul Damon Dash spent his days in Hong Kong with a talented crew of stunt professionals led by producer, stunt coordinator and Hong Kong Cinema historian Bey Logan for Dash's latest venture into interpretive shortfilm action with martial artist, model and hip hop performer J. Cheung titled Beef & Broccoli. Cheung, who goes by the stage name Cryptik Soul, takes the lead in this new sketch of action and hip-hop that sees him leading an entourage of beautiful women and taking on a gang of thugs in a crowded street market, and finishing off the butt-whoopery in a kung fu toe-to-toe with martial arts impressario and star of the upcoming film, Vor, actor Tom Caserto.

Cheung is slated to be heard in the pending music soundtracke for director Antony Szeto's upcoming action thriller, Fist Of The Dragon, and indie filmmaker Franklin Correa's upcoming gritty crime drama, Mistaken. Be sure to subscribe to Cheung's official YouTube channel for more of his work, and to hear some of his newest music.

Catch The New Series Teaser For Season 2 Of METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES!

After launching a successful first season for the comic book-based French marketed TV series, Metal Hurlant Chronicles, season two is finally on its way with some new and returning cast members. Kicking off episode one are James Marsters and Michael Biehn, with the series set to include some of the biggest names in action cinema such as Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Silvio Simac, Michelle Lee and Darren Shahlavi, with fight choreography by Larnell Stovall. After showing out this past weekend at the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival, we now have a look at the new trailer, courtesy of Dread Central.

In the lineage of fantastic series such as Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits, Metal Hurlant Chronicles is the adaptation of the world renowned magazine of the same name. Discover the live versions of these exceptional comics by the writers of X MEN , BATMAN , SPIDERMAN , IRON MAN , GI JOE , STAR WARS , SUPERMAN, BLADE etc,... Fitted for the international market, each episode is 26 minutes long an is composed of one storie involving Action, Heroic Fantasy, Science Fiction in english, directed by Guillaume LUBRANO. 
The sci-fi/action graphic novels, "Metal Hurlant Chronicles" is helmed by Guillaume Lubrano and produced by French Producer WE Productions (Justine Veillot) and Humanoids with Pierre Spengler (Superman) and Fabrice Giger.

JCVD Hates Guns But Will Kill You With His Bare Hands In The New Trailer For ENEMIES CLOSER!

It's funny, whenever I see actors Tom Everett Scott and Orlando Jones, I think about that drummer from That Thing You Do and the actor from the syndicated sketch comedy series, Mad TV. Scott and Jones are the last two people you would expect to see in a movie starring opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme as two former military servants at odds with each other amidst the emergence of a murderous drug smuggler and his small army.

Well, director Peter Hyams in his latest return to the set with the Belgian epic Volvo truck splitter since their previous time together on the set of Timecop and Sudden Death, made it happen once again for the forthcoming North American release of the new thriller, Enemies Closer. And after releasing an international trailer a few months ago, we now have a new viral trailer making the rounds courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, which shares more of the narrative shared between our two conflicted protagonists and their newfound foe.

Van Damme's segments here are beyond words one could use to lend credit to him as an actor who has managed to rebrand himself to an immense degree as an action star since appearing in Peter's son, John Hyams's 2010 spin-off of the Universal Soldier: Regeneration, and the 2012 blockbuster follow-up, Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning to name a few. And for those of you just now catching on, January 24, 2014 is the theatrical and digital U.S. release date, so mark your calendars and save your money.

Enemies Closer is also now available in German markets with a December 4 date set for France.

After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the US-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy SEAL Henry is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel forces him to help retrieve the downed package. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay, a man with a personal vendetta against Henry who has returned for retribution. Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: put aside their past and work together, or die alone at the hands of the drug runners, a ruthless gang who will stop at nothing to retrieve their lost cargo.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

AROUND THE WEB: Super Mario Vs. Link, Second Chances And Fighting Social Networking Distractions

Three new spectacular action shorts made their way online this week, and for this, we have to thank the participants of independent film groups, the California-based teams EMC Monkeys and SubOverHype, Canada's own Yung Lee of GakAttack.

The first features a brand new interpretive comedic action short titled Live Action Super Mario vs Link, with EMC member Xin Wuku back as a fired-up Super Mario opposite actor Johnny Yang as the classic Legend Of Zelda character, Link, with a special (royal) appearance by Thousand Pounds Action Company's own, actress Amy Johnston, as the captive princess waiting for her rescue...but from which hero? Check it out!

The second brings our friends from SubOverHype back to the screen in a dramatic new skit titled Second Chances. Written by Laura Brooks and co-writer and director Caine Sinclair, their new situational drama shares an artful, surreal look at conflicting situations, rendering the finale with a noteworthy reflection on starting over. It's one of their more darker-toned pieces and shows just how good these up-and-coming folks are at what they do, in designing drama and action with a cinematic message. Watch actor Solomon Brende and actress Ashley Dianne Currie in the new short, featuring stunt action by Noah Fleder, Alvin Hsing, Kyle McClean, Jimmy Chiuu, Vanessa Zamarippa, and Sarah "Smac" Macreanor.

Last but not least, it is Yung Lee's newest shortfilm titled Fighting Social Media Distractions, double-teaming with fellow screenfighter, actress Wei-Hsin Lee who you may remember from the summer short film sequel from Eclipse Stunts, Hallowed 2. It features both actors taking on a live-action battlefront of social media bombardments performed by Justin Howell as Facebook, and Tally Rodin as YouTube, and caters to the usual signature quirky humor and comedic timing that Yung Lee has become so good at in his videos. Take a look below and enjoy!

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Catch The Brand New Trailer For HERCULES: THE LEGEND BEGINS!

The new trailer for director Renny Harlin's upcoming action epic, Hercules: The Legend Begins, made its world premiere online on Tuesday, with actor Kellan Lutz playing the titular role of the demigod who rises against the empire he once served. Written by Daniel Gliat, the film also stars Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyreLiam GarriganGaia WeissJohnathon SchaechRoxanne McKee and Rade Serbedzija, and is produced by Danny Lerner, Les Weldon, Boaz Davidson and Harlin. 

Hercules: The Legend Begins is set for a January 10, 2014 2D and 3D release courtesy of Summit Entertainment.

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit.

Watch The Second Explosive Teaser For GUARDIAN!

July saw a fresh, explosive first teaser for Indonesia's latest upcoming bilingual action thriller, Guardian, from executive producer Sarjono Sutrisno and director Helfi Kardit. This week, a brand new second teaser is online and delves right into a little bit more of the film's narrative with some dialogue from the cast, in addition to another peak into the action, by way of Kardit's own admiration for Hollywood blockbusters namely reminiscent of the Bourne franchise, and films by filmmakers Michael Mann and the late Tony Scott.

Primed for a 2014 release after its pending film festival run, Guardian stars Sarah Carter, Dominique Diyose, Belinda Camesi, Tio Pakusadewo, Nino Fernandez, Kimmy Jayanti, Ganindra Bimo, Claudia Soraya, Naomi Zaskia and Alina Malina.

After Wisnu got killed in his own house, his wife Sarah urge their daughter Marsya to train martial art which she despise. Until the day Paquita and her gang come to hunt them. Sarah ask for help from her dead husband best friend in the force, Captain Roy, who later found out they also hunted by the men who work for a guy name Oscar. as the story unfold they'll soon figure out what underlie this hunt in the first place.

Watch The Second Trailer For NINJA 2: SHADOW OF A TEAR

The eagerly-awaited martial arts action thriller, Ninja 2: Shadow Of A Tear has a new trailer this week, as we near its forthcoming U.S. release. As far as new footage goes, there's only a teeny bit with the action segments staying roughly similar to what was already seen in the first trailer, so there's pretty much no spoiling it from here on out unless you've already seen the film during its festival run in September.

Directed by Isaac Florentine, Ninja 2: Shadow Of A Tear releases its way home on December 31, 2013, and stars Scott Adkins, Mika Hiji, Kane Kosugi, Shun Sugata and Vithaya Pansringarm, with co-star and fight choreographer Tim Man.

Casey Bowman has finally settled down. He's happily married to Namiko (who is pregnant with their first child), living in Japan and teaching at the Koga dojo. While buying her a present, Casey is attacked by two punks. He shrugs it off, assuming it to be a simple mugging. But when Namiko is brutally murdered later that same night, Casey's world falls apart. Stricken with grief and thirsty for revenge, Casey tracks down the two thugs who tried to rob him, but they can't provide him with any clues to his wife's murder. So Casey travels to Thailand, to the dojo of a close friend. His grief and anger are taking control of him and he lashes out while sparring with other students. When one of the students is killed in the same way as Namiko, Casey finally gets the clues he needs to track down his wife's killer and unravel a mystery of grudges deep in the Burmese jungle.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Gary Daniels Wages War On The Underworld In The New Teaser For MISFIRE

Co-writer, producer and director R. Ellis Frazier went viral a few months ago with a new teaser for his upcoming international action thriller, Misfire. The film sees action powerhouse Gary Daniels taking on Mexico's criminal underworld in search of his ex-wife while facing his own demons in the process.

The teaser illustrates some very surreal slow-motion shots featuring Daniels dodging a hail of bullets and explosions, and a dark tone accentuated by very loud grunge metal with no dialogue, offering a fresh look into a new Gary Daniels action vehicle that is sure to please action fans upon its 2014 release next to Daniels' next film from Ara Paiaya, Skin Traffik.

Misfire has since been acquired worldwide at this year's AFM, so we will learn more in the months ahead. The film also stars Vanessa Vasquez, Michael Greco, Luis Gatica, Geoffrey Ross, Patricia Peinado Cruz, Justin Nesbitt, Anthony J. Rickert-Epstein and Fabian Lopez.

Johnny wakes from a drunken stupor in an upper-class neighborhood in Tijuana, his European journalist wife, Sarah, mysteriously missing. Pegged for the crime by the local police, Johnny takes a chance and calls his brother Cole (Gary Daniels) in Juarez, Mexico, for help. 
Cole is not only a tough DEA agent, he is Sarah’s ex-husband. He’s also fresh out of a bloody, botched operation which got him suspended from active duty. 
Still haunted by his failed marriage to Sarah, and always distrustful of his brother Johnny, Cole defies his superiors and makes his way to the scene of the kidnapping. Approached by Gracie, a female photojournalist and colleague of Sarah’s, Cole gets his first lead on Sarah’s whereabouts.  
He finds that Sarah had been investigating Raul Montenegro, a charismatic, popular Mexican businessman with aspirations for public office. Sarah has uncovered proof that Montenegro, in reality, has made has his fortunes as the middle-man between the South American drug producers and the Mexico's deadly border cartels. 
The hardened DEA man now-gone-rogue barrels into the seedy underworld of the city. Hiring two private military to “contractors” to help him rescue Sarah, and against Gracie’s better advice to use more finesse, the men stumble into a violent gunfight barely escaping with their lives. 
Johnny is found dead in his jail cell after the botched raid and soon informants turn-up dead as well. Cole turns from hunted to hunter as he moves closer to Sarah. But time is running out. 
In a desperate and brazen move, and defying the orders of his handlers, Cole takes on Montenegro’s lead enforcer to get Sarah back. But will his gamble pay off? 
Full of gritty action and taut suspense, “Misfire” is a showcase for former kick-boxing champion Gary Daniels (The Expendables), whose unparalleled fight skills are on full display. Produced on location in Tijuana, “Misfire” is a sure-fire hit for worldwide audiences hungry for an action-packed roller coaster ride.

Misfire teaser from r. ellis frazier on Vimeo.

JCVD Kicks Nature In The Face In The New Trailer For WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Actor Jean Claude Van-Damme is continuing his latest string of come back films with the pending releases of the Peter Hyams-directed Enemies Closer in January 24, 2014, followed by the forthcoming release of director Rob Meltzer's long-awaited nature comedy, Welcome To The Jungle. The latter received a brand new trailer on Tuesday to headline its VoD/limited theatrical release on February 7, and already shows ample humor, comedic action with a fresh cast, over-the-top raunchy gags and overexaggerated spectacle enough to keep JCVD fans attached for the laughs.
Watch the new trailer below.

Legendary action star Jean-Claude Van Damme takes on his first comedic role and joins Adam Brody, Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Megan Boone, and Dennis Haysbert in "Welcome to the Jungle". This laugh-out-loud comedy follows a group of unsuspecting office workers who find themselves stranded on a desert island when a corporate retreat led by unhinged former Marine Storm Rothchild (VAN DAMME) goes horribly wrong. Now Chris (BRODY) and his co-workers must battle nature -- and each other -- to survive!

Film Of The Week: THE WORLD'S END (2013)

Director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for a third film following the successes "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007). In "The World's End," 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.

The World's End was my first experience watching any of the "Three-Flavors Cornetto Trilogy" movies on the big screen. Actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost make a great pairing on the projects they share, and with Edgar Wright at the helm, they bring nothing more than one memorable cinematic experience after another.

Simon Pegg plays Gary King, narrating the epic tale that began with the early lives four fellow friends, Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Peter (Eddie Marsan), as they endure thru school and typical adolescence in the years leading up to the night they decide to take on the Golden Mile: 12 pubs and 60 pints in one life-changing night all the way to the last drink at the last stop, "The World's End". Failing to withstand a night loaded with drunken, twisted, restless roaming, they quit just several pubs before reaching their goal, and for Gary, a life of endless youth and optimism is instantly replaced with thoughts of loss and regret, and memories he would rather do away with.

Twenty years later and frustrated by not finishing the Golden Mile and completing the one goal he internalized as the start of his life as of then, Gary gets the entire group back together, with a few who are reluctant to join, including Andy. They meet up back in their old town of New Haven and begin their journey almost immediately, bumping into Oliver's sister, Sam (Rosamund Pike), Gary's old drug dealer Reverend Green (Michael Smiley) and old man Basil (David Bradley). But things have changed since they were teenagers, and amidst their flailing sobriety they make a shocking discovery that leaves them fighting for their very lives, against an entire town that has been mostly replaced by alien robots.

Soon enough, the action heats up and the laughs get harder as the ultimate confrontation of lingering past regrets and adolescent hearbreak turns into a last ditch, drunken effort to stop an alien invasion, with seemingly no other alternative but to stay on The Golden Mile and get to The World's End, no matter what it takes.

Wright delivered another classic here, yet again with memorable characters illustrating true and wholehearted reflections of human emotions and thoughts one tends to ramble through in the course of life. The film deals with friendship, unrequited love, forgiveness, mild tragedy and dark humor, and messages that speak to a meaning of life that people often still question while pursuing their own individuality and freedom. And to ornament it all, a sweet, glaringly hilarious and thrilling science fiction narrative that doesn't delve enough into the origins of the paranormal presence in the film, but packs a wallop with stimulating fight sequences tailor-made for this amazing cast, thanks to stunt coordinator Brad Allan. The fights were inventive, fluid and exhibited the comedic appeal that highlights Allan's stellar career as a former member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team. The most notable and memorable action scenes took place in a backyard with twins, actresses Francesca and Charlotte Reidie, and in other scenes throughout the film where Frost is entirely immersed in his character's element and goes complete Donkey Kong with every robot in sight. It's awesome and it has to be seen to believed.

The World's End is a combination of things that share the similar formula with that of Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz- fish-out-of-water flicks loaded with comedic banter and wit, and plentiful of human struggle that further augment the legacy of these ordinary characters as the unseen heroes of their own coming-of-age tales of good versus evil in surreal, extraordinary circumstances-In this case, extraterrestrial beings bent on "improving" other planets by spreading their dogma of perfection across the galaxy with their intergalactic campaign of indoctrination. The brilliance, thought, is the reinvention that comes with each film, which sustains the series' overall freshness and authenticity as quality films anyone would be foolish to overlook.

Purely and plainly, I loved this movie, as it is more than just another sci-fi action comedy from a popular film trio. It really is an experience not to be taken for granted, and well worth the price of a ticket and the home purchase of this film, and the Three-flavors Cornetto Trilogy as a whole.
Go and see The World's End. No excuses.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


It's not everyday you get to meet boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. Although if you live somewhere in California, you are likely to bump into at least one individual who gets to taste just a little bit of that celebrity quite regularly. His name is Tommy Leng, actor, nine-year athlete, six-year veteran screenfighter, stuntman and member of the highly acclaimed cinematic action performance and independent filmmaking team, EMC Monkeys.

The team recently featured Leng in a new promo to showcase another one of their concepts for action design titled Champion Road, which you can view at the bottom of the page. The skit features Leng donning a pair of boxing gloves as the iconic Flipino boxer up against actor Malcolm McAllister as Floyd Mayweather, and illustrates another in a string of innovative film ideas for Team EMC to hopefully be able to build off on.

In light of the instavideo above, shot during the broadcast of Saturday night's match between Pacquiao and Brandon Rios at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lakewood, California, I found the footage as another candid look into a day in the life of an actor and stuntman that I thought you all might enjoy. So we spoke for a little bit.

Film Combat Syndicate: Tell me, how often do people confuse you for Manny?
Tommy Leng: Everyday and all the time, got mobbed at Comic Con 2011 and 2012 for GoPro slugs, in Las Vegas it's game over for me left and right, photos! When I am at work or shopping people look at me, and even when I workout at the gym people come up to me and ask me "Are you really Manny?"
FCSyndicate: I reckon this is fun for you!
TL: Yes it is but sometime I get nervous when the crowd builds beyond what I can handle. One time in Las Vegas, the crowd just got insane and security had to escort me off the premise at Encore Beach. At that time, I didn't have the EMC crew to back me up, it was my other friends from high school instead, only they didn't know what to do either.
FCSyndicate: Do you ever get tired of it?
TL: I never get tired of it, but I never tried to look like him before. It just happened by random luck.
FCSyndicate: I see. So tell me, in the seven years you spent with EMC, how do you describe your experience with this team?
TL: It's like family, and like any other family we go through our ups and downs and then we are back up again. Being with the team has provided me the ability to level my stunts skills, acrobatic skills, choreo and fighting skills. At the same, it provided me with a brotherhood of people that I can rely on to help me in a time of need. If anything, I owe a lot to them for building my confidence and believe in the skills that I now have to excel further in whatever I am doing, and even having fun while doing so.
FCSyndicate: I know you guys had a pretty busy year. What are yout future plans with the team?
TL: Right now our future plans are to continue filming more content for YouTube. Some of the team members are busy working on film projects with different productions, but our biggest thing is to release "EMC 101", a video that introduces the current team members to highlight our individual traits and personalities, with an action video that each of us has to perform from start to finish.
FCSyndicate: I can't wait! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me.
TL: No problem, and thank you so much for your support.
Be sure to subscribe to the EMC Monkeys on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube feeds for more news and info on their events and adventures in film. Follow Tommy Leng on Instagram @taeleng.


Counter Clockwise from TL: Akira Koieyama, Christian Howard, Togo Igawa and Joey Ansah.
Post production continues on actor, writer and director Joey Ansah's forthcoming multi-platform live-action feature film, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist. Hopefully you are all already subscribed to the project's official page by now and are clued-in on what's happening with this amazing ambitious project led by Ansah along with fellow lead actor and co-writer/creator Christian Howard.

However, in case you are just now catching onto things, the film, which will also be released as an episodic series in several parts, has undergone specific ADR sessions in Los Angeles with the cast. The official SFAF Facebook page and Twitter recently shared some photos with Ansah and Howard, in addition to actors Akira Koieyama and Togo Igawa taking on their respective roles as Masters Gôken and Gôtetsû.

Followers also got a small glimpse of the post production stage with Igawa in the recording booth recording a scene that involved some pretty intense and powerful screaming (the video footage at the top of the screen should grant a small clue about what is happening). Thankfully, the booth was strong enough to withstand Igawa's immense chi energy.)


Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist has since received multi-territorial online distribution and will release in 2014, starring Ansah, Howard, Koieyama and Igawa along with Mike Moh, Hal Yamanouchi, Shogen Hwang, Gaku Space, actress Hyunri and actor Mark Killeen. The film is produced by Jacqueline Quella in association with Assassin's Fist Limited, Lonely Rock Productions, Gloucester Place Films, Evropa Film and Capcom USA.

UPDATE: And now a word from the birthday man himself!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tony Jaa And The Rock Share A Photo-Op On The Set Of FAST 7

One of the biggest main elements expected to mark the release of director James Wan's induction into Universal Pictures's highly successful Fast And Furious franchise is the level of hand-to-hand fight performance being coordinated for the upcoming release of The Fast And Furious 7. Some of the viral media featuring Jason StathamVin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez training with international action star Tony Jaa and UFC defending champion and newcomer actress Ronda Rousey has lended some pretty high expectations, in the action department, which guarantees the particular cast expansion seen here in the next film next film will include a little something for everyone, and hopefully, as Diesel himself puts it, "...in a very cool way.".

That said, the latest on-set teaser photos with Jaa and action powerhouse Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson through social media on Saturday should heighten up the intensity a little more, considering the relative response to the previous trilogy from former franchise director Justin Lin. Rest assured, Fast 1 director Rob Cohen did a great job in paving a clear path to victory for this franchise as it adds more films to its saga and sticks to its current formula for success, a formula which has now inspired a new racing film franchise in Dreamworks's upcoming Need For Speed movie, in addition to Columbia Pictures's pending screenplay from writer Alex Tse for Gran Turismo.

We'll eventually see how those pan out. For now though, it's full speed ahead as Fast 7 continues filming and wraps for its July 11, 2014 release.

Special thanks to Marcus Rivera for the nod!

Watch The Brand New U.S. Trailer For RAZE

After featuring a red-band trailer in October, IFC Midnight's upcoming release of the TriBeCa film festival 2013 favorite all-female underground throwdown thriller, Raze arrived online with new trailer this weekend. Raze features actresses Zoë Bell and Rachel Nichols as two of fifty women kidnapped and trapped in a closed-circuit underworld nightmare of fists, blood and horror overseen by rich, elite gamemasters betting their earnings.

The film also stars Rebecca Marshall, Bailey Anne Borders, Allene Quincy, Tracie Thoms, Doug Jones, Sherilyn Fenn, Amy Johnston, Rebecca Marshall, Bruce Thomas, Tara Macken, Adrienne Wilkinson and Nicole Steinwedell, and will get a digital and limited theatrical release on January 10, 2014.

Awakening after being abducted, JAMIE finds herself in a concrete bunker, and she discovers that she is not alone. She and SABRINA, a fellow abductee, both soon realize that they are in a modern day “coliseum” where, along with 48 other women, they are condemned to kill each other in order to protect their very own loved ones.

Watch Shoko Nakagawa And Her Enchanted Bear Kill Zombies In The New Full Trailer For NUIGULUMAR Z: GOTHIC LOLITA BATTLE BEAR

After unveiling a teaser back in August and hitting the film festival circuit in Stockholm this month, cult filmmaking favorite Noboru Iguchi is back with the full trailer for the sexy tokusatsu action adventure flick, Nuiguluar Z: Gothic Lolita Battle Bear. Based on a novel and song concept by author and Kinniku Shouju Tai frontman Kenji Ohtsuji, the film stars actress, idol and otaku personality Shoko Nakagawa as the newest superheroine to defend mankind against a zombie apocalypse. The film also stars martial artist and actress Rina Takeda who also suit-doubled for Nagakawa for the spectacular fight scenes, in addition to playing one of the villains.

Hiroshi Neko, Mao Ichimichi and Koto Takagi round out the cast of the film which is set for a January 25, 2014 Japan release.

Gothic lolita fashion enthusiast Yumeko Ayukawa, nicknamed Dameko, possesses the ability to merge with her talking pink teddy bear Buusuke to form Nuigulumar, a sexy leather-clad superheroine. Using her furry nunchucks, she must battle evil villain Takeshi, his psychic subordinate Kill Billy and a horde of 109 zombies, the highest number of the undead ever seen in a Japanese film. 
Based on the works (both a novel and a song) of Kenji Ohtsuki, a popular musician in the Japanese subculture known as “otaku”, »Nuigulumar Z« revels in director Iguchi’s brand of twisted B-movie hysteria. Although it may not include his usual penchant for toilet humor, homicidal sushi and robotic geishas, the film doesn’t skimp on his trademark gore, this time incorporating copious special effects in a particular homage to Japanese “tokusatsu” (special effect) films and TV series.

Go Behind-The-Scenes Of UK Action Drama Short, DOG

After releasing the new trailer for their upcoming 40-minute UK action crime drama, Dog, writer and director Robin Schmidt unveiled several more bits on his vimeo channel, including a brief on-set interview with him and producer and lead actor Simon Wan, and a behind-the-scenes look on the set. The film comes from crowdfunding efforts led by Schmidt and Wan earlier this year, both who make up the UK indie film production group, We Are Supermassive, in collaboration with co-star and fight supervisor Martin Wan and fight choreographer Chris Jones accompanie

Cage Fighting, Nakedness And More In The New NSFW Trailer For RED X PINK!

Director Koichi Sakamoto is a WAY different man of film nowadays. I mean, I'm astonished! The man has sure come a long way from his days with Alpha Stunts while working on Power Rangers and Mark Dacascos action vehicle Drive. And if his latest work is proof of nothing else (i.e. Travelers, Innocent Lillies), it concludes that the veteran stuntman and stunt coordinator has come into his own, with sexy, gorgeous women front-and-center and in on the action... and not just the usual...well...action.

Basically, if you're at work, you shouldn't look at this. Rather, take a minute, grab your smartphone and act like you just got an emergency call that needed to be taken privately, and then watch actresses Yukia Haga, Rina Koike, Asami Tada and Ayame Misaki in the newest NSFW trailer for Sakamoto's latest risque sexy action fight flick, Red X Pink, based on prize-winning author Kazuki Sakuraba's 2003 publication surrounding four women who partake in cage fighting.

February 22, 2014 is opening day, and like I said....NSFW. You've been warned.

Friday, November 22, 2013

SPL 2 Offers A Tease At The Synopsis

Pictures are still pouring in from the celebratory dinner shared by director Pou Soi Cheang (a.k.a. Terence Cheung) and those involved in the currently developing, tentatively titled action thriller sequel, SPL 2: The Rise Of Wong Po. Wilson Yip is set to produce from a screenplay by Jill Leung and Huang Ying with action choreography by Dion Lam whose previous work ranges from Hong Kong to Hollywood with titles like Black Mask, The Storm Riders, The Matrix Trilogy, Doom and Spider-Man 2.

While it is also known that action stars Wu Jing and Tony Jaa will be starring in the film, not much is yet known of actor Ken Lo's involvement since seeing him in earlier images. So things are still early at the moment, but the folks at Filmbiz.Asia learned a little more about the film's synopsis submitted to government censorship board SARFT, who greenlit the film for production in late summer.

According to Kevin Ma, the synopsis of the film focuses on "a Thai prison guard who needs to free an undercover cop who can save his daughter's life.". While Jaa is the only confirmed Thai actor for the cast listing, there's no official word yet on if he will be the one playing the guard. Further casting is also in the air, with previous named mentioned such as Francis Ng (Pay Back), Andy On (Special ID) and Sammo Hung who starred in the 2005 predecessor under Yip's direction. Action star Donnie Yen's name was also thrown into the topic, although it is only rumored his character would be just a cameo appearance considering how the first film ended.

Lots of names, lots of potential, and lots of time lie in between now and the official shooting date set for January 2014 in Thailand, Hong Kong and China. So stick around and keep your eyes peeled.

Hung and On are also expected to star in the January 8, 2014 release of Once Upon A Time In Shanghai, while Wu's latest directorial/starring venture in Wolf War is in post production. Jaa will make his Hollywood debut in Universal Pictures's The Fast And The Furious 7 set for July 11, 2014.

Photo: Mingpao

A Lawless City Meets A New Breed Of Hero In BIKE COP!

Independent filmmaker Julian Wilkins launched his new webseries this week titled Bike Cop. Formerly titled Bike Cop: Begins, development on the project has been on-going for a couple of years now and underwent a few changes before initially crowdfunded for the purpose of an ambitious new independent action film from Canada-based Red Eye Studios.

The first episode is now available online to give you a small taste of what's to come. As far as indie film goes, Wilkins wasn't afraid to have a little fun and push the envelope every now and then with some of the violence and zany comedy. Awkward humor, noir-ish interludes, some satire, over-the-top character delivery, excessive blood splatter and fake accents, accompanied by the usual screenfighting action talent from the amazing folks of Canadian martial arts cinema stunt troupe, Eclipse Stunts, are what you get from Wilkins' new product. And you can expect new 10-minute episodes to air on the official YouTube channel every Tuesday at 8:30pm EST.

For a glimpse of what lies ahead, watch the original theatrical trailer below the synopsis, and CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST EPISODE.

In a city rife with drug gangs and crooked bureaucracy, Special Agent Fox Carlyle is given charge to the most elite law enforcement task force: The Alpha Team. When their high profile mission goes horribly wrong, a mysterious entity saves her from certain death. The City's corruption stretches deep into the heart of parliament, shadowing the truth in a blanket of lies. Who can she trust? Is her savior the enemy, or her only chance for survival? Dirty officials, menacing villans, and do-good cops all search for the answer to the same question: WHAT IS THE BIKE COP?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Go Behind The Scenes With Andy Lau And The Cast And Crew Of FIRESTORM

Writer and director Alan Yuen's latest directorial debut, the $20 million dollar action drama, Firestorm, is expected to kick off the ScreenSingapore Film Festival at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel on December 4 before its Hong Kong release on the 19th. And we now have two new behind-the-scenes clips to help get you in on the action.

Produced by Bill Kong, Firestorm is primed for a 2D and 3D release, and stars Andy Lau and Gordon Lam along with Hu Jun, Ray Lui and Eddie Cheung.

A storm is heading to the city, and with it comes another occurrence so destructive, it vows to bring down everything it touches.   
A crew of seasoned criminals led by the notorious Nam (Hu Jun), armed with high-powered weapons, pulls off another smooth and violent armored car heist in broad daylight in a crowded street. Whoever tries to get in their way, they will show no mercy. This puts the police force to shame and humiliation.   
A hardboiled senior police inspector Lui (Andy Lau), hot on the trails of Nam and his tight crew, determines to put an end to this madness that causes the lives of innocent people. But he soon comes face to face with the cruel reality that the usual police tactics are too futile to send these armed thieves behind bars. 
Extreme crime requires extreme justice, even if it means crossing his moral line. Tou (Gordon Lam), an ex-con desperate to leave his criminal past behind, volunteers to be Lui's snitch in exchange for a fresh start with her girlfriend Bing (Yao Chen). But little does he know what hellish situation he's getting himself into.   
While Nam is putting together his next big score, the two colliding forces from both sides of the law, each at the top of their games, will soon face their archenemies. As Lui's hunt heats up, their ultimate confrontation is about to take place on the streets.   
As the storm passes through and the dust settles, whoever survives can hardly cope with its horrifying aftermath.

Enter Gowe's 16-Bit World Of Poetic Wonder In AURORA

Being that I'm in a musical mood lately, I felt like highlighting the latest entry into Machinima's 2nd Annual Online Interactive Film Festival from 2nd-generation Chinese-American underground hip hop artist, Gowe, titled Aurora. Completed and aired back in February, it has all the trimmings of all the kinds of 80's and 90's anime and gaming fanfare being used to highlight Gowe's message, which also apparently involves robots, lasers, supermoves, spaceflight, a girl with wings, and a 16-bit likeness of Gowe himself kicking ass, armed with a rocket launcher, and yes...explosions, of course.

Good times. Follow Gowe on Twitter.
In Aurora, Gowe describes the battles in his musical journey as an independent artist against his harsh critics and the conformity of mainstream entertainment. The animation pays homage to both new and old video games of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras, classic arcades, 90's cartoons, and Japanese animé.

Watch The Explosive New Trailer For SABOTAGE!

In light of a four new stills unveiled on Wednesday, Open Road Films unleashed the latest trailer for the April 11, 2014 theatrical release of director David Ayer's latest action heist thriller, Sabotage. The film underwent some reshoots earlier this year, in addition to a few name changes since its first working title was announced as Ten and Breacher, which left some room for debate over what would have made a better title (which was also the case for Schwarzenegger's October prison break thriller, The Tomb The Escape Plan). Although, from the looks of the trailer, the name shouldn't be a huge issue-the trailer pretty much speaks for itself as another high mark for the blockbuster actor since returning back into the fray from California politics.

Executive produced by Alex Ott, Sabotage also features Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, Terrence Howard, Josh Holloway, Olivia Williams, Max Martini, Harold Perrineau and Josh Holloway. The film is produced by Bill Block, Paul Hansen, Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Al Ruddy with a screenplay from Skip Woods loosely based on Agatha Christie's 1939 novel, And Then There Were None.

In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated.  As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.

Simon Wan Is Hungry For Blood In The New Shortfilm Trailer For DOG

After a lengthy post production period that followed what was once an original concept for a dual-themed music video featuring MTA Records hip hop recording artist Dream McClean before turning into something much more ambitious, we now have a new trailer for the upcoming gritty martial arts shortfilm, Dog.
Set for a late 2013/early 2014 release, Dog is written and directed by independent filmmaker Robin Schmidt and is the latest long-awaited collaboration from Schmidt's independent company, We Are Supermassive, and martial arts stage and film stunt and choreography team, SG Action. Dog stars actor and producer Simon Wan, along with McClean, Martin Wan, Sophia del Pizzo, and Henry Maynard with fight choreography by Chris Jones.

A gangster's pet hitman is charged with baby sitting a building and the only thing stopping him going mad is an old gameboy and his noodles. One night a young woman looking for a flame for her drugs and a pillow for her head changes his whole universe.

DOG official Trailer 'BRUTAL' from SUPER MASSIVE on Vimeo.

SNOWPIERCER Director Bong Joon-Ho: "We're Talking A Lot About Keeping The Original Cut."

It was intially reported back in August that film distributors over at The Weinstein Company were going to release a version of director Bong Joon-Ho's latest science fiction action epic, Snowpiercer, which would have twenty minutes of the film removed. The initial report from IF Magazine quoted writer and film festival programmer Tony Rayns who said "TWC people have told Bong that their aim is to make sure the film ‘will be understood by audiences in Iowa… and Oklahoma,’”, further adding that TWC's treatment of the film for the U.S., which would unnecessarily add opening and closing voice overs and remove a lot of the character development that was so elemental for the film's success, was also reflection on other English-speaking areas for which they pre-bought the rights to the film earlier on.

At this point, the film was already generating favorable reviews which only increased between its South Korean premiere, its record-breaking debut in France and the upward response from audiences in.  ever since, which may or may not have been an indicator that TWC might finally be changing its way of thinking. This week, The Hollywood Reporter now reports some positive news that considering all of the viewer feedback on the film, there is a BIG chance that TWC's version of Snowpiercer COULD grant English-language audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand a chance to embrace Bong's unaltered vision of the film that is currently being shown elsewhere. The details of that report were made by Bong himself during his attendance at Marta Del Plata in Argentina wherin it was mentioned a prior trip to New York was spent in lengthy negotiations with The Weinstein Company on how to distribute the film to English territories. “I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter,” said Bong. “And the good news is that after all the speculation and comments about that 20-minute cut, and considering the original version that was released in Korea and France also will be released in Japan and Hong Kong, we have been talking a lot about keeping the original cut for the U.S. release, so what I can say is…have faith.”

The news also comes just after Bong was quoted in a recent interview with Twitchfilm's own James Marsh where it was revealed that Bong's cut of the film was already scoring higher this year for two American test audiences while negotiations were still on-going between TWC and Korean investor CJ. "...the funny thing is once there did exist a 20-minute cut-out version, a Weinstein version of Snowpiercer, they had a screening of that version in New Jersey in July." Bong said. "Then CJ did another test screening of my original version in LA with a normal American audience, and with my version the response was much higher than the scores from the Weinstein version..."

This probably won't signal a complete about-face for the way The Weinstein Company does its business. But it is early, and if anything, this should be a huge wake-up call for the company that has become nefarious for chopping up films to sell to English-speaking audiences who now seem ready to move forward and get over the need for detrimentally simplistic measures of film enjoyment.

The latest film that got the Weinstein treatment was Wong Kar Wai's highest grossing film to date, The Grandmaster, from which TWC's own rearrangememt involved trimming 22 minutes of the original Chinese release with Martin Scorsese and Samuel L. Jackson tacked on for what ended up only being a limited U.S. release, as opposed to the wider one it could have gotten. That particular film ended up with its own fair share of negative reviews, as well as other critical write-ups that were more of a mix of positive and defensive reflections of the film that probably didn't do much to extinguish anyone's dissent on a major level.

That said, we don't yet know if Snowpiercer will also get the nationwide release it deserves, and I'm no expert on theater releases. But if TWC knows what's good for itself on a business front, and if there is some serious money to be made in a movie that has proven consistently to perform well above average like Snowpiercer, then the film ought to make its way to more than just a few arthouse theaters this time around. It just seems like the much more clearer and logical choice.

We need a release date already.

The Marta Del Plata film festival closes this Sunday.

With further plans to release the film in Latin America, Snowpiercer is set to release in Hong Kong next week, followed by Taiwan on December 6, 2013, Estonia on December 20, 2013 , and next year in Japan (trailer below), Sweden and Greece on February 7, 14 and 20, and just two months prior to the wide release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, starring Snowpiercer lead actor Chris Evans, and also...Samuel L. Jackson!

Hm. Would you look at that! :-)