Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Film fans who have taken a good glance at the most recent promotional push for the latest Well Go USA acquisition, American Muscle, might also be familar with the name of writer, actor, producer, stuntman, filmmaker and Arrow In The Head columnist for Joblo, John Fallon, who is out promoting his latest feature-length pet project titled, The Shadowing. Having already completed the script, the film follows up Fallon's most recently-completed directorial contribution, The Shelter, with a project that envisions 'a relentless action/sci-fi/horror hybrid in the vein of PREDATOR'.
While some people may still be recovering from the fallout over the first trailer footage several weeks ago for director Jonathan Liebesman's upcoming release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there are others who stand somewhat hopeful that the new 2014 remake will deliver, an opinion shared most recently by co-creator Kevin Eastman who was quoted last week in a piece over at CBR about the new Michael Bay-produced movie.
In the Ming Dynasty, there lives four orphans, Ying (Donnie Yen), Sao (Wang Baoqiang), Yuanlong (Simon Yam) and Niehu (Yu Kang). Raised in Taoyuan Village, the four are as closed as brothers. Their exceptional martial arts skills allows them to reach the highest rank within the imperial guards.
"Death Of Wolverine" when it hits comic book store shelves this September.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
That's right, folks! No more speculation, no more rumors and. no more waiting. Lucasfilm and disney have revealed the cast for the London production of Star Wars: Episode VII. The news comes following a previous detailed press release regarding the containment of the Expanded Universe (EU) of stories in accordance with the original six-film canon, in addition to the announcement of a brand new creative team for the Star Wars franchise in all its platforms.
It looks like things are getting heavily underway for director Park Sang-jun and his latest cinematic gangster crime flick, For The Emperor. Stills of the film have already gone viral with recent airing of a photoshoot BTS video and the official first teaser for the film featuring actors Lee Min-Ki and Park Sung-Woong, and actress Lee Tae-Im, in a story about a down-and-out former pro-baseballer and game fixer who gets taken under the wing of an organized crimeboss.
Southeast Asia has been a longstanding beacon for stage-setting spectacular martial arts action films for many, many years, with the most recent being Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear, and the forthcoming release of Ekchai Uekrongtham's Skin Trade to name a few. And this week, that trend continues with the latest jungle action thriller, White Tiger.
Monday, April 28, 2014
It's been an amazing year so far being able to observe and write about so many independent performers apply their creativity for cinematic action. And this week, that passion most notably arrives in a cool little double-header with two new videos featuring up-and-coming actor and stuntman Jerry Quill.
|Main lead actor Zane Dirani preparing ahead of the main role. (PRNewsFoto/Tom Kondo)|
The martial arts action cinema genre still has a very sizeable fanbase, and one that can always use a good action film of its kind to entertain audiences everwhere. Part of that audience includes folks over in Australia where at least one filmmaker is determined to make a martial arts film for its deserving fanbase.
Well, it's official. Director Zack Snyder is putting his best foot forward with DC and Warner Bros. for a Justice League film that will follow the long awaited release of the Man Of Steel 2/Batman vs. Superman movie which is still awaiting an official title. The news just broke late in the weekend following previous reports of the second film's push back from its initial July 17, 2015 date so that Snyder and the other filmmaker could fully realize their vision.
Casting announcements are still in constant flux, with official updates still needed regarding just how actors Jason Momoa, Matt Damon or Dwanye "The Rock" Johnson will be involved in Warner Bros. growing DC film series. In addition, there is also the issue of what will happen with other characters like Green Lantern and Flash, the latter who is currently poised for a standalone television series on the CW later this year starring Gustin Grant.
Rest assured, Warner Bros. and DC are awake to what is happening now with Walt Disney Co. and Marvel cinematic universe, in accordance with its current ABC series, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and its forthcoming programs for Netflix. And with San Diego Comic-Con on the way, fans can expect some HUGE surprises to come. In the meantime, Snyder's next film is already set to start principal photography this summer in Michigan where hundreds reportedly lined up for an extras' casting call.
Batman vs. Superman will see the return of Henry Cavill after leading last year's Man Of Steel, with actresses Amy Adams and Diane Lane, and actor Lawrence Fishburne expected to reprise their roles as Lois Lane, Martha Kent and Perry White, respectively. New on the roster is actor Ben Affleck in the role of Batman, with Gal Gadot attached to the first of a previously-reported three-film deal as Wonder Woman with a standalone movie still in development. Actors Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons will portray Lex Luthor and Alfred Pennyworth, respectively; Currently rounding out the cast are actresses Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto, and actor Callan Mulvey, in addition to the recently announced role of Cyborg to be played by actor Ray Fisher.
Both films will be shot back to back, with Batman vs Superman heading into theaters on May 6, 2016 against Captain America 3. Justice League still has no official release date.
Stay tuned for more info!
Phantom: The Submarine helmer Park Sang-jun is back this year with a brand new noir action crime thriller that was just introduced to the public last month during the Hong Kong FilMart. That film is the new Busan noir crime thriller, For The Emperor, featuring Monster star Lee Min-ki in a story of a former pro-baseball player and game saboteur who gets caught and loses everything before finding salvation under the wing of a local crime boss, and becomes romantically involved with a sexy bar owner.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Director Masaharu Take has a new film on the way that centers on the evolutionary story of a rocky friendship between two very different generations of Tokusatsu. That film is titled In The Hero and stars lead actor Toshiaki Karasawa with co-star Sota Fukushi, both who are members of the same Roppongi-based entertainment group, Ken-On, and are now making their first big screen appearance together.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
It was back in January that genre fans and filmgoers alike got to see new extended footage pertaining to the upcoming mystery sci-fi action thriller, Kite, starring actress India Eisley and actor Callan McAuliffe, with Samuel L. Jackson's in his latest return to live-action manga/anime storytelling since last year's release of Oldboy.
Friday, April 25, 2014
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:
For Portugal, today marks the 40 year anniversary of the Carnation Revolution which saw the overthrow of the authoritarian regime, Estado Novo back in 1974. In light of this occasion, we have a trailer for a brand new, whimsically satirical action comedy from the mind of co-writer and director João Leitão, Capitão Falcão (Captain Falcon) starring actor Gonçalo Waddington in the title role.
|Freddie Wong on set with the EMC Monkeys and The Jabbawockeez|
It's a sheer display of martial arts, comedy, and slick hip hop dance theatrics courtesy of stunt coordinator Robert Dill MTV reality show personality and creator Rob Dydrek with the latest webseries installation of Fully Uploaded titled Wongified.
It's been about a month since we saw the most recent trailer for the upcoming two-part finale to the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, and even longer since the first film finally premiered at LA Eigafest in 2012 with nary a word on a DVD/Blu-Ray release except for select territories overseas. Nonetheless, the last two films are on their way, and a new poster has gone viral this week to showcase more artwork featuring actor Tatsuya Fujiwara leering above as the main nemesis of our titular hero, reprised once more by Takeru Satoh. Take a look:
Thursday, April 24, 2014
A few weeks after the official character teaser aired for actor Mike Moh's role as Ryu for the upcoming webseries, Street Fighter: Assassins Fist, we now have a second promo in the same format for actor and series co-writer Christian Howard's role as Ken, which you can check out below. Co-written and directed by Joey Ansah, the series is poised to be the most comprehensive cinematic take on the original tournament fighting game franchise from Capcom, having come a really long way since its 2010 heydays as a three-minute shortfilm. And with a healthy handful of positive reviews from fansites devoted to the original game, the reasons to endorse this project are MORE than plenty.
|From L to R: Jimmy Chhiu, Chris Cowan (behind), Xin Wuku (in-front), Brendon Huor and Micah Karns|
Yes, ninja turtles usually come green with assorted masks and shells, and we'll get more of that in a few months. This week however, we're getting an inspired take on the classic characters by way of independent filmmaker Chris Cowan in the form of a new action short simply titled TMNT Style, featuring performances by actors Brendon Huor, Xin Sarith Wuku, Jimmy Chhiu and Micah Karns, with a special guest appearance by actor and stuntman, Master Simon Rhee of Best Of The Best fame.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
With a new connected television series still developing, filming has officially kicked off for the first of a brand new standalone trilogy for the upcoming release of Terminator. Several original characters have already been announced in addition to a few new ones, and with franchise actor Arnold Schwarzenegger updating his fans a few times in the past several months, things are looking pretty good for Paramount as production for the new film moves forward. And for the latest sign of progress, we have a brand new set photo showing the lead futuristic cyborg in full bad-to-the-bone costume thanks to TheArnoldFans Twitter account:
Following up on the previous report regarding the latest concept image for director Derek Yee's new film, The Sword Master, Yee recently took to social media to set the record straight regarding some reported backlash over the casting of his new film. The film was finally announced last year with film auteur Tsui Hark attached as producer for a 3D rendering of the Shaw Brothers remake based on a classic novel that inspired the 1977 film, Death Duel.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The 15th annual Jeonju International Film Festival has its Korean Film Competition finalists lined-up as of last month, ahead of the two-part event set to begin between May 1 through May 10. One such selection includes Jung Byung-shik's directorial debut, Monkeys, a feature-length Korean noir action comedy satirizing the indepenednt film scene. Jung Byoung-gil, best known for helming the 2008 Korean stunt documentary, Action Boys, and the 2012 thriller, Confessions Of Murder, trades the director's chair for an acting role this time around alongside Jeon Se-jin and Kwak Jin-seok.
|Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeoh engage a sisterly clash of swords and will in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).|
Well, it's been a little over a year since it was reported that The Weinstein Company secured the rights to late Chinese author Wang Du Lu's Crane/Iron pentalogy which inspired director Ang Lee's 2000 award-winning Chinese-language wuxia epic, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Needless to say, it was a hit, and fourteen years later, the film is finally getting a sequel in the form of a prequel titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny.
Japan Gets A Nod From Tom Cruise In A New Extended Trailer For EDGE OF TOMORROW/ALL YOU NEED IS KILL
Following recent events at WonderCon for Doug Liman's sci-fi action epic, Edge Of Tomorrow, Warner Bros. Japan also released a version of the film's newest trailer for the Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt starrer, domestically branded by way of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's original 2004 manga publication, All You Need Is Kill. Headlining the extended trailer which you can check out at the bottom of the page, is an opening statement of thanks from Cruise to fans in Japan can expect to see their version of the film on July 4 while the film bows in North America a month earlier on June 6, as so signaled by Warner Bros. brand new poster unveiling this week:
Monday, April 21, 2014
Registration is currently closed for the Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge and there are a few entries floating around the interwebs as the event ends on May 4. One of those entries is the latest one-off short film K & K Productions' own George and Harry Kirby called D.R.Y. which sees actor Aaron Ly in a tragic love triangle that leads to a time-bending one-on-seven epic fight to the finish.
2014 International Sports Hall Of Fame inductee Cynthia Rothrock to produce the debut martial arts movie for Traditionz Movie 1 LLC titled, The Martial Arts Kid. As such, the new Kickstarter launched on Monday for the film's funding campaign showcasing a team ready to take the next step in making this latest ambitious new martial arts family drama a reality, led by producer and director Michael Baumgarten. And based on the following premise, if you're a fan of the genre, then The Martial Arts Kid may have plenty to offer for you with this familiar set up:
It was late last year that producer and director Derek Yee was finally able to move forward on his long-awaited theatrical remake of director Chor Yuen's 1977 film, Death Duel with its former title, Third Master's Sword. This week, progress on the film's production under Bona Film Group now goes viral in the form of recent concept art for the film now named Sword Master.
Take a look:
Saturday, April 19, 2014
In 2014, get ready to shoot evil in the dick.
Soma Kusanagi may be your average miserable Smartball Parlor employee in Tokyo's Old Town, but when evil rears its ugly ass on the Japanese Metropolis, he transforms into the Gunslinging Superhero, Gun Caliber and fights against the evil organization known as "Skulldier". A group hell-bent on taking over Japan right after they finish their lunch break.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Katniss Leads The Fight In The Explosive New Kickstarter Promo For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY Fan Film
The next theatrical installation to the live action rendition of YA author Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, is not yet due until this November. But that hasn't stopped actress and producer Kristen Brancaccio from making her own concerted effort in delivering likely one of the most ambitious, tasteful and spectacular independent fan films based on said franchise. And with the test footage now being showcased in today's newly launched Kickstarter platform, I have no shame in using such adjectives whatsoever.
Learn The Science Of Being An Ansatsuken Badass In New Featurettes For STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN'S FIST
pending lawsuit regarding an alleged incident in 1999. As such, with regard to the fate of X-Men: Apocalypse, indeed, the future is left unwritten.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
first teaser introduced back in February, we now have a full trailer which you can look at below the synopsis. While I'm not completely immersed in the world of Tokusatsu as much as I would like to be, I get it though. I'm quite charmed and I would pay to see this. And you would too...yes, you would.
|Patrick Hughes takes a center seat with the action veteran cast of The Expendables 3 - C/W from T/L: Terry Crews, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Patrick Hughes, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren|
|Jackie Chan celebrates his 60th birthday at the Peace, Love & Happiness Concert in Beijing on April 6|
If you've been living the life of world-renowned film superstar Jackie Chan, chances are you had one hell of a star-studded 60th birthday celebration this year. You may have even had a limited edition Lamborghini unveiled in your honor or even commissioned a Malayisian artist by the name of Hong Yi (a.k.a. Red) create a life-sized portrait of the actor made of recyclable chopsticks, as so shows in the video below.
new clip from director Bryan Singer's forthcoming film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, fans were granted a viewing of the final trailer for the film ahead of its May 23 North American theatrical release. I have to say, it's almost daunting that it's been up to fourteen years since Singer launched this amazing franchise, ultimately putting Aussie lead actor Hugh Jackman on the Hollywood map. And with the actor appearing in all-six films in the franchise thusfar with at least two more possible films on the way, I'm pretty sure Jackman wears that badge proudly.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
just completing an article this morning about actor Vin Diesel and actress Jordana Brewster. Universal Pictures just went public with a special note to fans of the franchise in light of late actor Paul Walker, in addition to a small update on the production involving Walker's brothers Caleb and Cody.