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Friday, January 31, 2014

Liam Neeson Spots Trouble In A New Clip From NON-STOP!

Liam Neeson is back and taking the action to new heights in a new clip from the upcoming release of director Jaume Collet-Serra's new film, Non-Stop. The film marks the second stint for the actor and director since the 2011 mystery thriller, Unknown, as well as another busy year for the actor who will appear this May in Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways To Die In The West, with developments currently being made for his upcoming return to the set with Olivier Megaton for Taken 3.

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Nabs Eisenberg For Lex Luthor And Irons Alfred J. Pennyworth


Well, I spent the past few weeks not writing much of anything about the new Batman vs. Superman movie due to all the rumormongering about actor Ben Affleck (something about a leg injury or whatever), followed by reports of its initial release date pushed back to 2016. Later reports debunked all the fuzz, of course, and rest assured we do, in fact have an earlier release date with a confirmed cast to accompany the film's place in the developing DC Cinematic Universe, currently with a hopeful Justice League film in addition to actress Gal Gadot's confirmed three picture deal as part of the plan toward her standalone Wonder Woman film.

The New Trailer For IRONCLAD 2: BATTLE FOR BLOOD Aims To Spill Lots Of It!

Fans of ultraviolent, explosive medieval swordplay action will have something to look forward to in 2014 with writer and director Johnathan English's latest film, Ironclad 2: Battle For Blood. Set one year after the first film in 2011, English returns to repeat the success of his predecessor with co-writer Stephen McDool and its new cast, including Game Of Thrones actresses Michelle Fairly and Roxanne McKee with actor Danny Webb. Actors Tom Austen and Tom Rhys Harries round out the principle cast, with action sequences directed by 3 Days To Kill stunt coordinator Slavisa Ivanovic.

MICHAEL JAI WHITE Launches His New Official Facebook Page


In the days since director Ekchai Uekrongtham began filming his new revenge thriller, Skin Trade, lead actors Tony Jaa and Dolph Lundgren have been more than gracious in keeping in touch with their respective Facebook fan communities, revealing several set pics from the upcoming thriller. This week, at least two of those pictures now include the presence of actor and martial arts action superstar Michael Jai White, who has also made the decision of launching his own official Facebook page which you can now link to in the embed below.

Pain Runs Deep In The New Trailer For PUNCTURE WOUNDS

Lionsgate's newest trailer has gone viral this week for the upcoming March 11, 2014 release of revenge action thriller, Puncture Wounds. The film has been a noted passion project for its lead action star, martial artist and MMA celebrity Cung Le for several years now since its earlier conception as its former title, A Certain Justice. To be honest though, the first title sounded like a better seller. In hindsight, however, the name change probably won't affect the film's delivery as a whole while action fans have yet another reason to enjoy action movies going into the new year, headlined by directors Giorgio Serafini and James Coyne.

Amy Johnston Transforms From Student To Badass In New Sales Art For LADY BLOODFIGHT!


This week's launching of the all-female international martial arts action vehicle, Lady Bloodfight, has officially delivered its first promotional artwork prior to its pending production this Fall. The two posters featuring Hollywood actress, stuntwoman and viral internet martial arts sensation, Amy Johnston (available below the synopsis), come just a little less than a few days after the official Facebook page for B&E Productions announced the film's presentation at this month's events at the European Film Market joined by Voltage Pictures.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Scott Adkins And Isaac Florentine Reunite For CLOSE RANGE!


Well, you know what they say: If it ain't broken, don't fix it!

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Might Have You Die Laughing. Consider Yourself Warned!

Seth MacFarlane, the unapologetic creator of Fox Television's Family Guy, and the director of the 2012 comedy, Ted doubles down on what he does best in his latest western action comedy, A Million Ways To Die In The West. And today, we have a trailer. And nope! Not just any trailer, but a RED-BAND trailer!

The New Shortfilm Trailer For YOU CAN'T HEAR ME, YOU CAN'T SEE ME Will Leave You Holding Your Nuts!


While director Awi Suryadi awaits his latest solo directorial offering in the upcoming Indonesian street racing actioner, Street Society, his latest partnership with co-director Dicky Fa will soon sail the winds of the internet with the release of the spectacular martial arts comedy shortfilm, You Can't Hear Me, You Can't See Me. Currently standing as a conceptual cinematic preamble to a hopefully much larger feature-length offering, the new shortfilm stars Andrew Suleiman and Verdy Bhawanta in a story of two friends, a blind soldier and a mute cat-burglar who are forced to fend off a small group of robe-wearing masked assailants bent on kidnapping their female host, a blind hipster songstress whose own music turns everything else off.

THE SMUGGLER Instateases New Footage!


Following the unveiling of five new stills for director R.L. Scott's upcoming action thriller, The Smuggler, a new viral Black And White Instagram teaser was prematurely leaked this week which you can now view below on YouTube, featuring split second glimpses of some of the film's fight action and the grinding pavement as the lead character car, "Justine" revvs up. The film is the latest reunion of Scott and lead actor/executive producer Maurice Whitfield after last year's production of the upcoming action crime drama, Call Me King, which releases later this year.

Casting Updates: Taken 3, The Whole Truth, Marvel & xXx 3!

Let's get to it...

Fresh off the wire as this week's festivities move forward for the European Film Festival in Berlin, Deadline confirmed that director Olivier Megaton will return to the director's seat once again for the Liam Neeson actioner, Taken 3. Neeson is expected to reprise his role with much of the main cast, namely actress Maggie Grace who plays his daughter, in addition to the film's newly annouced cast member, Forest Whitaker.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Final Fight Is Only The Beginning In The New Shortfilm, THE LAST GIRL!

Independent filmmaker Jela Oba Okpara has taken to YouTube this week to unveil his latest futuristic martial arts infused shortfilm, The Last Girl. An original work among several the director plans to make in his career-dedicated tribute to making authentic, human-driven Asian-stylized action films with his production banner, Spectacle Pictures, The Last Girl features Raze co-star, actress Marissa Pistone as the central focus of one man's mission to protect the last girl on Earth against a troublesome villain and his little sidekick. Actors Nick Denbeigh, Lincoln Centeio and William J. Hill round out the cast, with fight choreography by Chibi and assistant choreographer Fan Wu.

Filmmaker And Comic Book Legend Join Forces In The New Kickstarter For GHOST SOURCE ZERO!

Comic book artist and icon Larry Hama and independent filmmaker Mark Cheng are arming up for something big!

Acclaimed visual effects artist, multifaceted independent filmmaker and Planet Nerd Rage Productions founder Mark Cheng is hitting the ground running this month with a brand new kickstarter launched to help conceive his latest labor of love, an epic science fiction cyberpunk found-footage-stylized film titled Ghost Source Zero. Designed as an original feature length episodic movie, the story is centered on an elite anti-cyber crimes unit as they chronicle their mission to stave off a brewing android revolution that could threaten mankind's existence.

The New Trailer For RE:SOLVE Whispers The Voice Of Terror!

Director Randy Ang is readying to deliver a first for Singaporean theatergoers with the country's fresh new crime thriller, Re:Solve. And after building up the excitement with an explosive new teaser late last year, we now have a new poster and a full trailer for film's domestic release set for February 27, 2014, courtesy of Red Action Entertainment & JF LENNON.

Amy Johnston Lands The Lead In LADY BLOODFIGHT


It seems the production of the all-female underground martial arts action thriller, Lady Bloodsport, has undergone some changes in the past year since training began for the actresses slated to appear in it at the time. This week, the word now from the official Facebook page for Bey Logan's production banner, B&E Productions states the film's latest rebranding as Lady Bloodfight. And while further casting details will need some clarity, the film has officially aligned itself with the screenfighting stunt prowess of Raze co-star, actress Amy Johnston, who can currently be seen in Epic Rival's first trailer for the fantasy martial arts action series, Clandestine.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Gloves Come Off In The New Trailer For ARAGURE 2: ROPPONGI VS. SHIBUYA

Take the life of a gangster-turned-store owner who loves to fight, throw him in Japan's underground fighting tournament and what do you get? Well, here, you get a ferocious sequel in director Hajime Gonno's newest film, Aragure 2: Roppongi VS. Shibuya. Following the events of the first film released earlier in 2013, Gonno returns to direct from a screenplay once again by Masao Ikegaya with several returning cast members, including lead actor Nobuyuki Suzuki with Yuya Endo and Shuhei Nogae. Also starring are actors Tamiyasu Cho, Shingo Kawaguchi and Shingo Mizusawa, actress Shizuka Nakamura and actor Hiroaki Kitami.

New Photos Kick Things Into Action On The Set Of SKIN TRADE!



The official Facebook pages of blockbuster action heroes Tony Jaa and Dolph Lundgren continue to share a steady slate of still photos of the upcoming international action thriller, Skin Trade. The photos come as the film is expected to wrap soon with months of additional post production prior to the film's expected 2015 release.

EXCLUSIVE: Five New Stills From R.L. Scott's THE SMUGGLER

Director R.L. Scott is currently working to deliver his newest complete action crime drama, Call Me King, to a solid release date. In the meantime, Film Combat Syndicate is now unveiling five new exclusive still photos of his newest film, The Smuggler, which is currently in the middle of principal photography.

UNLUCKY STARS Director Dennis Ruel Thanks Fans With New Footage!

It has been three years since Barrio Brawler co-star, actor, stuntman and multifaceted independent filmmaker Dennis Ruel began his journey into the semi-successfully crowdfunded production and subsequent principal photography of his upcoming feature-length action comedy adventure, Unlucky Stars. And this week, the team behind the long-awaited film has taken to their official Facebook page to officially announce picture lock prior to the final stages of post production before its entry into the film festival circuit later this year.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Get A Look At Ryu In STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN'S FIST

On Monday night, the official Facebook page for Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist debuted the latest full-frontal look at actor Mike Moh's portrayal of the character, Ryu, which you can check out further below. The new photo comes as fans of the long-running fighting game franchise await for the pending airing of a first trailer of the upcoming chapterized feature-length film later next month.

LBP Stunts Chicago Reunites Three Of Its Own For Some KUNG FU FIGHT PRACTICE!


Premier action choreography and screenfighting troupe LBP Stunts Chicago makes a triumphant brief return to the foray with three of its own in a brand new fight Kung Fu practice clip directed by LBP mainstay Emmanuel Manzanares, with performances by LBP members, actors and stunt professionals Brendon Huor and Mickey Facchinello. Both performers have extensive experience in acting and stuntwork, in addition to the two last recently appearing opposite each other in action filmmaker Vlad Rimburg's Donnie Yen-inspired miniseries with Special ID Episode 1: The Mute.

Generations Clash In The New Shortfilm, JUST ANOTHER DAY!


After Transcending Fear last year, ENSO Productions has now returned to the forefront of independent online action with the release of independent filmmaker Walter Garcia's newest shortfilm, Just Another Day. The brutal crime short story follows of an everyday man-an aging collector for a bookie who confronts a debtor only to be surrounded and taken hostage with the only one option: to fight his way out, or die trying.

Three Angry Canadians And Only One Machine Gun! What Do You Do? Watch RIFLE FIGHT PRACTICE And Find Out!


Just after showcasing his most recent action directorial feats with Jonny Caines in The Monkey Vault, independent filmmaker Leo Kei Angelos is back once more with the release of his newest short gem in the form of Rifle Fight Practice. Filmed in the course of two Saturdays, the concept was brought as the team, made up of Eclipse Stunts members, actors DL MacDonald and Alex Chung, and Riot A.C.T.'s own Tyler Williams were coordinating, and Angelos decided to inch up the stakes a little bit. "Leo enjoys having props in his scenes.", says MacDonald. "We were choreographing a fight and decided that we should be fighting over something... So we placed [the rifle] into the fight.".

Sunday, January 26, 2014

STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN'S FIST Gets Closer To A Trailer


It has taken several years (decades, even!) to formulate a seemingly ambitious and appropriate vision of Capcom's Street Fighter to happen in a live-action format, and as we grow closer to the release of that very conception in the form of director Joey Ansah's newest labor of love, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist, updates on the official Facebook page have been rare as of late. This week, however, fans were treated with another full glimpse of actor, co-writer/creator and fight choreographer Christian Howard in the role of Ken Masters, which you can view above. In addition to this, the official page has updated its followers with an official stated 'thank you' from its producer, Jacqueline Quella and co-producer Mark Wooding, in addition to a hint at a trailer date.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

SYNDICATE SHOUTOUTS: Well...This Was A Pleasant Surprise!

J. Cheung a.k.a. Cryptik Soul (left) and Xin Sarith Wuku (right)

Going into my second year as Film Combat Syndicate, I have seldom had the pleasure to meet the very people I write about in-person. My acquaintances and friendships with these individuals are usually long distance, and so Facebook, Twitter, telephone and e-mail have done a lot for me in getting to meet various kinds of people in the past several years.

THE TRANSPORTER TV Series Delivers This Fall In North America


With a new film trilogy on the way, new reports are saying that Turner Broadcasting Company's TNT has picked up both the first and second season of Atlantique Productions and QVC Inc.'s televised action series The Transporter. The first season of the series was announced in 2011 and filmed later in the year, prior to its select-airing the last two years in Germany, France and Canada with Cinemax ultimately backing out of the show's North American distribution.

Jonny Caines Dominates THE MONKEY VAULT!


Action fans can look forward to what Canadian stunt performer and Team 2X member Jonny Caines has in store for his upcoming reel, in addition to his expected appearance in the crowdfunded action comedy shortfilm, Fist Plus Face, among other things. To add to his visual resumè this week however, folks can now check him out in high-flying fashion in his latest group fight practice performance from independent filmmaker Leo Kei Angelos.

[UPDATED] Six New Videos Show New Footage And Take You Behind The Scenes Of ROBOCOP


New clips and BTS videos came out this week ahead of the upcoming release of director Jose Padilha's new film, Robocop. The film is currently geared for a 2D and IMAX release with actor Joel Kinnaman starring as the titular new breed of cybernetic law enforcement. Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle and Marianne Jean-Baptiste round out the cast with a North American release date for February 12, 2014.

Friday, January 24, 2014

PeiPei Alena Yuan Unleashes Her Drunken Fury In The New Short, DRAGON LADY


Here's a fun fact for all you action fans and stunt performers out there who follow martial arts cinema and may even read my blog: Pay close attention to the name Vlad Rimburg from here on out, because he's going to go places.

The New Series Trailer For BATTLE HERO: ABSOLUTE Delivers Non-Stop Action!


Independent filmmaker and actor Fernando Jay Huerto is soon set to begin working on his first feature-length film this year. In the meantime, we now have the new action-packed series trailer for the upcoming final episodes of Huerto's successful tokusatsu-inspired webseries, Battle Hero: Absolute, which you can check out in the embed below.

Check Out The New IMAX Trailer For STALINGRAD 3D

Following a press release unveiled a few weeks ago, we now have a new IMAX trailer for next month's one-week engagement of the upcoming blockbuster World War II epic, Stalingrad 3D from director Fedor Bondarchuk. The film is written by Ilya Tilkin and Sergey Snezhkin and stars the newly cast Avengers: Age Of Ultron actor Thomas Kretschmann along with Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina.

Jean-Claude Van Damme Kicks Nature In The Face In The New Red Band Trailer For WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE!


After the unveiling a new restricted international trailer for director Rob Meltzer's upcoming action comedy epic, Welcome To The Jungle, we now have an official U.S. red-band trailer for the film, due out for a VOD and limited theatrical release on February 7, 2014. Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme makes his return to the big screen for this latest comedic adventure that already shows promise in pulling no punches or kicks when it comes to bringing the laughs.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Spirit Of Endurance Lives On In The New Kickstarter For Martial Arts Revenge Drama, HEART

Independent filmmaker Frank Hernandez and executive producer, dancer and actress Jennifer Faust are hosting a brand new kickstarter campaign this week aimed at building awareness to fund their new inspired film project, Heart. Starring Faust opposite actress and associate producer Inder Mundi, the film is described as a martial arts revenge story of triumph over relentless tribulation, centered on a young woman who ventures in a downward spiral as she grieves over the tragic loss of her brother throughout her obsessive search for his killer.

Lots Of New Footage In The Final Trailer For THE MONKEY KING 3D!

The final trailer for Pou-Soi Cheang's new film, The Monkey King 3D has arrived as we approach the final week nearing the film's theatrical release in Hong Kong and China on January 30 and 31, respectively. No English subtitles here, but the trailer flexes a LOT more muscle in its dialogue than in previous trailers and TV spots. However, the film is expected to cross the pond as the year progress through the Fall, so we may yet see more trailers ahead as distributors announce their pick ups and release dates.

DEAD SNOW 2 Will Rise From Its Grave In North America Soon!

Writer and director Tommy Wirkola will wrap up the screening slate for his newest film, Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead this Friday at midnight. However, fans of zombie action and horror will be pleased to learn that Well Go USA has acquired the North American rights to the Norweigian bilingual follow-up film, which they will distribute theatrically entirely in English-language with a release date now pending.

Tom Everett Scott Takes On JCVD In A New Clip From EMEMIES CLOSER

Reborn action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme gets his violent streak going as the main villain in his latest return to the big and small screen, Enemies Closer, featuring the actor's third round with director Peter Hyams (Timecop, Sudden Death). In light of this, Crave Online has an exclusive clip featuring the actor in action opposite fellow lead protagonist Tom Everett Scott.

Alex Chung's WEREWOLF ASSASSIN Goes Hunting Later This Year


Independent filmmaker and Eclipse Stunts team member Alex Chung recently launched a Facebook page to promote his newest upcoming film, Werewolf Assassin. Starring Kyle Stewart, Jermaine Carty and Celine Lolos, the new project is best described Chung's own tribute to Grindhouse-style action horror, featuring its own fair share of over-the-top violence, cheesy one-liners, and lots of gore.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Tony Jaa Is Armed And Ready In New SKIN TRADE Set Photos



Set photos continue to pour in for the upcoming release of director Ekachai Uekrongtham's international crime thriller, Skin Trade. Courtesy of international action star Tony Jaa's official Facebook page, we now have two new set photos of the actor who plays the role of a Thai cop aiding a rogue New York detective who sets out to Thailand to hunt down the people who family.

In addition, Film Combat Syndicate has three new EXCLUSIVE photos from producer Mike Selby featuring Jaa and actor Dolph Lundgren on the set, with the third at the very bottom, showing Jaa between action director David Isamalone and producer Craig Baumgarten.

ROBOCOP Battles With An ED-209 In A New Clip!

A brand new clip is online at Yahoo! Movies showcasing lead actor Joel Kinnaman taking on a new breed of ED-209 in director Jose Padilha's new film reboot for Robocop. In light of the new footage, we also have the official poster to accompany the film's IMAX and 2D theatrical release beginning on February 12 in the U.S. which you can check out below.

Adkins To Evans: "Put Me In 'The Raid 3'!"


Word has it that it's pretty cool to be writer and director Gareth Evans right about now. Tuesday night's premiere of his newest film, The Raid 2: Berandal, starring breakout action star Iko Uwais, is being met with an internet-full of praise and acclaim from Sundance Film Festival attendees and critics alike, basically reassuring fans everywhere that the film absolutely will not disappoint upon its release in March. That said, if you have been following Evans on Twitter for the past year or so, you were likely to catch a few blurbs every now and again between the director, and fellow martial arts action cinema superstar Scott Adkins mingling ideas between tweets, and probably on a much smaller scale than anything they might have discussed in private, if anything.

His Majesty Takes Aim In The New Teaser For THE KING'S WRATH

A new teaser and several character posters have now gone viral for the upcoming film, The King's Wrath. Directed by Lee Jae Kyu, the new period action drama stars actor Hyun Bin fresh from his return from conscription after volunteering in 2011 and reportedly into his first "sageuk" role, namely based on that of real-life King Jeong-jo, an 18th century Joseon Dynasty ruler who faces assassination attempts and political turmoil at every turn.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

ROBOCOP Gets A New Extended International TV Spot

The days continue to count down until the worldwide release dates initialte for director Jose Padilha's new film, Robocop, courtesy of Columbia Pictures (Sony) and MGM. Featuring actor Joel Kinnaman, the new film reboots the story classic half man/half machine law enforcer as he takes on the criminal world ranging from the streets of Detroit to the corrupt inner-workings of the company that made him who he is.

The international extended TV trailer dates the film's release across Asia for January 30, 2014. The film releases in North America on February 12, and also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

SYNOPSIS:
In "RoboCop," the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex's life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

[UPDATED] Brothers Go Seperate Ways In The New Teaser Poster For THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS 7

Correction: Director James Wan confirmed via Twitter last night that what was mistaken to be an official teaser poster for Fast And Furious 7 featured below on the actor's twitter feed is a fan-made poster and is NOT the work of Universal Pictures. Kudos to the mysterious artist who managed to catch everyone's attention. (Thanks to Awi Suryadi for the heads-up!)




Actor Vin Diesel took to a heartfelt tweeton Tuesday to unveil the latest teaser poster for the rescheduled April 10, 2015 release date of the action packed follow-up, The Fast And The Furious 7. The poster comes as the film marks the final franchise appearance of late actor Paul Walker who died tragically on November 30, 2013 while on holiday break as the film was in the middle of shooting.

Watch The First Full Trailer For THE RAID 2!


It's been a busy month so far for the production partners at Merantau Films and XYZ Films. With The Raid 2: Berandal set to make its three-night world premiere beginning tonight at the Sundance Film Festival following with what has been a grueling post production schedule, we now have a full new trailer for the film's North American theatrical transition as The Raid 2.

THE MONKEY KING Gets A New Short Teaser

After finally wrapping the second chapter of his two-part remake swordplay fantasy epic, Iceman 3D II, actor Donnie Yen continues his momentum as a leading international action star in the forthcoming release of The Monkey King 3D with actors Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok. Combined with the artistic efforts of a select few from Hollywood, the long-awaited film represents China's latest ambitious venture into major blockbuster territory, heavily armed with lots of high flying computer graphics to augment its visual muscle for director Pou-Soi Cheang's newest telling of the classic "Journey To The West" story with a hopeful trilogy to follow. The film is also one of two productions shared as of recent between Yen and Cheang, with the pending production of Yen's upcoming role in The Master under his Superhero Films banner this year before filiming his next role in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2, confirmed in an earlier press release.

Following its premiere in Beijing just a few days ago, The Monkey King 3D will get a Hong Kong/China release the weekend of January 30, 2014 to coincide with the Chinese New Year, in addition to a new contest hosted by Magnum Films for free passes to see the film in Australia with an entry deadline set for January 27, which you can check out at Twitchfilm.

SYNOPSIS:
Sun Wukong, (The Monkey King) is a monkey born from a heavenly stone who acquires supernatural powers. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain for 500 years, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to India. Thus, according to legend, Buddhism is brought to ancient China. This much beloved story, is as much a part of Asian culture as The Iliad and The Odyssey or The Wizard of Oz are to the West. This first installment in a trilogy of live action 3-D movies is actually a prequel to The Journey To The West, the much told story of the Monkey Kings adventures on the road to India. The Monkey King: Havoc In The Heavenly Palace will be released in the U.S. as The Monkey King. The first movie is the origins story -- beginning with the birth of Sun Wukong and ending with his imprisonment for his crimes under the Five-Peaked Mountain. Along the way he acquires incredible powers, battling the armies of the gods and the armies of the demons to find his rightful place in the Heavens. It is a classic story of the scorned underdog who acquires great abilities but uses them recklessly and ultimately must pay a huge price to find redemption. The Monkey King captures the drama, beauty, humor and fantastic action of the folk legend and brings it to the screen in a way never before possible.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Black Sabbath Headlines The New Full Trailer For 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE!

If graphic novels teach you nothing else, they teach you just how great they can be for source material for what potentially great films. Director Zack Snyder proved this in 2007 by adapting author Frank Miller's work for the big screen with 300, and now repeats the process as co-writer and producer for the follow-up, 300: Rise Of An Empire.

DRAGON BALL FIGHT IN REAL LIFE Sees Goku As...Aladdin?


While there are a few Dragonball-related fan-film efforts being made for the new year to counter some of the disappointments still resonating from the James Wong-directed 2009 film, Dragonball: Evolution, some would argue this latest bit from independent filmmaker and comedy impressario Ryan Higa in Dragon Ball Z Fight In Real Life, may be one the best live-action renditions of Akira Toriyama's classic Shonen Jump manga publication and anime to date.

THE NIGHT COMES FOR US Lands North American Distribution

Following news of its worldwide sales back in November of last year, Radius/TWC has officially now acquired the North American rights to director Timo Tjahjanto's latest collaborative efforts with Merantau Films and XYZ Films for the new film, The Night Comes For Us. The news arrives on the eve of the forthcoming premieres of two films from both partnering production companies, Tjahjanto's latest co-directorial action horror thriller, Killers with director Kimo Stamboel, and filmmaker Gareth Evans' upcoming sequel crime saga installment, The Raid 2: Berandal.