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Extreme Sports Takes The Stage In The New Trailer For Hostage Thriller, URBAN GAMES
One of the latest in a flurry of major collaborations between Hollywood and China is the new action adventure retitled Urban Games, which now has a new trailer following a teaser that unveiled last month, in addition to a brand new poster, which you can check out below:
Set in the world of hang gliding, motorcycle racing, parkour and other feats of extreme sports action, Urban Games is co-directed by Peng Zhang (not to be confused with the action choreographer of the same name who worked on Wrath Of Vajra and Ninja Assassin) and also marks the co-directorial debut of Hollywood stunt professional Bob Brown, who also worked on director Jay Sun's 2013 pan-Asian heist thriller, Switch starring Andy Lau, as well as sharing credits in such films as Fire Down Below, Babylon A.D. and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Brown also wrote the film which is set to release on May 16 in China, starring lead actor Shawn Dou as an extreme sports enthusiast who partakes in nightly thrills as an urban freerunner to help coping with the loss of his brother, and is forced back into the fray of extreme sports when his sister is kinapped. Michelle Chen, Ashton Chen, Ye Qing, Zhou Weitong and South Korean singer and actor Kim Jun-ho(a.k.a. Juno) round out the cast.
Watch the new trailer for Urban Games and stay tuned for more information.
EXCLUSIVE: A filmmaker will go the extra mile to make a film happen, and with a concept that feels so good and workable that they're willing to risk more than enough. Finnish-Iranian actor and martial artist Ramin Sohrab certainly fits the mold with a career lasting up to a decade and wearing several hats throughout his career thusfar whilst primarily calibrating hismelf as Iran's answer to the likes of Jet Li or Donnie Yen. Malek, his 2014 proof-of-concept action short was a terrific exhibition of his skillset following four years of slow development in Iran and preceded another four years of even slower progress. His 2017 concept proof, Viulu, proved equally stellar despite taking it to BiFan at Korea last year in hopes of stirring up some funding only to end up seeing those efforts fall short as well.
Thus, landing right back at square one and with eight years in and nothing to show for it, Sohrab decided to tweak his 2014 gig just enough to earn the appeal of censors in Ira…
Crowdfunding officially kicked off on Monday with a new Indiegogo campaign for The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback. Action stars Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock are back and co-producing, as well as rejoining a cast of returning and new faces led by title star, actor Jansen Panettiere, and once more with writer/director Michael Baumgarten who helmed the first film as well as last year's Paying Mr. McGetty. Plot details are unknown for the sequel following the first installment centered on an embattled teenager struggling to face the odds in a new neighborhood with help of his martial arts expert sibs, Uncle Glen and Auntie Cindy. Returning are Brandon Tyler Russell, Matthew Ziff and martial artist TJ Storm to reprise their roles with Chuck Zito emerging for the sequel next to actor Sasha Mitchell and with award-winning stunt coordinator James Lew back to direct the action. Florida's Cocoa Beach will again serve as the backdrop from a script by Baumgarten with …
We've long known since last summer that a television spin-off series set in the John Wick universe was in the making. Pan over now to this week's events over at the Television Critics Association where news is just making headway for the series, The Continental, with word that the show has landed at Starz with actor Keanu Reeves attached. Serving as showrunner will be Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, Man in the High Castle) who will also pen the script outlining the show's forte exploring the auspices of the titular assassins' luxury hotel chain as seen in 2014's John Wick and last year's John Wick: Chapter Two. Thunder Road's Basil Iwaynk is executive producing along with franchise scribe Derek Kolstad, who has been building up his workload ever since then in addition to his latest start on STXfilms's Nobody with 87Eleven. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch who helmed the 2014 film and shared seperate duties on its sequel will also executive produc…