Saturday, May 31, 2014
Film Society's own Brian Brooks has the official line-up as announced below:
Indiegogo being one of the most useful and beneficial means to do so, this movement continues to remain prolific for filmmakers, especially those fond of martial arts action cinema.
Beerus Is Coming! Catch The New U.S. Theatrical Release Trailer For DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF THE GODS!
Close to a year after Toei released Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of The Gods in Japan, the official word from Funimation is that the film is now getting a limited theatrical release here in the U.S. this August, as indicated by the poster above. This is pretty big for the anime fans out there, particularly for those jaded by the 2009 live-action contribution that didn't pan really pan out very well with the hardcore fan base. For most of them, the epic saga featuring lead character Goku against his former Saiyan comrades should best stay animated.
Friday, May 30, 2014
It was back in February of last yearthat QED International and Groundswell Productions announced their backing of a new Bruce Lee biopic titled Birth Of The Dragon. The film's announcement couldn't have come at a better time last year as a new Bruce Lee statue was unveiled in California, in addition to a star-studded screening of Enter The Dragon at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, and a special exhibition launched at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum attributed to the Jeet Kune Do master and martial artist 40 years after his passing.
Marvel's release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier back in April was one of the most celebrated, made prolific with its contribution to the titular cinematic universe as a spectacular lead-in to the current production of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The film also became widely known for its principle stuntwork with headlines featuring stunt performer and actor Chris Evans's stunt double Sam Hargrave in CBS's on-set coverage, in addition to our own Darren Bailey who sat down for Film Combat Syndicate's first-ever YouTube-exclusive interview with Anthony Mackie's stunt double, actor and stuntman Aaron Toney, and Sebastian Stan's stunt double, James Young, who also choreographed the film's exhilarating fight action.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
So, fast forward 20 years later and it appears that MGM and Warner Bros. are breathing new life into the franchise once again with Roland Emmerich returning to the director's chair to offset a new trilogy. Emmerich also co-wrote the original film with Dean Devlin who is sitting in as producer. Emmerich is still attached to direct another return to a 1990's blockbuster franchise with the long-awaited two-part sequel to the 1996 alien invasion thriller, Independence Day, currently being scripted by Spyhunter scribe Carter Blanchard.
What you're looking at is the latest poster headling actor Nicholas Cage for the upcoming October release of stunt veteran Vic Armstrong's latest directorial offering, Left Behind, which sees Cage playing a pilot in search of his family among a handful of those who have survived the rapture. The film is one in several new thrillers for the actor who was announced a few weeks ago at Cannes to be featured alongside actor Jack Huston in the production of writing-directing duo Alex and Ben Brewer's new crime thriller from Highland Film Group titled, The Trust. But that's not all.
Following a seven-year legal battle over a wiretapping case that eventually saw filmmaker John McTiernan's release from prison after serving nearly year behind bars, the acclaimed director is back in the film fray and working on the new action thriller, Red Squad. The also film offers a little something extra special for action fans who have cultivated much of their fandom back in the 80's and 90's when McTiernan and Cage were at their height of their careers.
Based on a script by Cam Cannon and Jorge Suarez, Cage will star in a story of a band of mercs taking taking on a drug lord in a Mexican border town. The film is also one in at least a few of McTiernan's latest projects in development, including a sequel to his 1999 remake of Norman Jewison's 1968 heist pic, The Thomas Crown Affair.
Cage is also tapped for a hopeful sequel following the forthcoming Fall/Winter release of his next epic appearance in stunt veteran Nick Powell's directorial debut adventure thriller, Outcast, produced by Jeremy Bolt and starring Hayden Christensen and Liu Yifei.
Stay tuned for more info.
Have you ever gotten the feeling of total, absolute frustration from hearing that other people have seen a movie for you? Well, I certainly got that feeling before the The Raid 2 finally hit theaters, and I will be fixing that same problem when I go and see X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Fortunately however, that trend is changing a bit, with special thanks in part to having some really cool long distance acquaintances help grant me a chance to discuss movies with some amazing people. In this case, I have Taressa Dominguez from Baumgarten Management & Production, and CEO of SC Films International, Mike Selby to thank for helping me get in touch with the ever-busy martial artist, actor and filmmaker Michael Jai White, star of such series and films as Metal Hurlant Chronicles, Spawn, Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing and Mortal Kombat: Legacy S1, and co-star of their most recent film, Skin Trade, directed by Ekchai Uekrongtham.
It was always my intention to interview him, even ever since I began my Facebook page. And while most of the answers are straight and to the point, hopefully they will provide a little more clarity to fans who might still be curious about what to expect in the months and years ahead.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Award-winning fight choreographer, action actor and martial artist Wildchild Gil Sanabria was last known to be working on the script for the hopeful production of the sequel to writer and director Andres Ramirez's 2011 action comedy thriller, El Testigo. While details on that production remain up in the air, action-hungry netizens can finally catch the latest teaser for Sanabria's upcoming new 15-minute online shortfilm, Breed Of Hunters.
It's been two years since Marseilles-based independent filmmaker, martial artist and action actor Cédric Tellier picked up a camera and moved ahead with the production of his new shortfilm, Elit Unit. As per usual with many indie-made shortfilms of its kind, this one has had its share of hurdles along the way, particularly stemming from being a zero-budgeted project. Nonetheless, as experimental as it is, and gathered from what has been previously offered in several teasers since over a year ago, Elit Unit is just the latest embarkment for Tellier toward something much more ambitious.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Dustin Nguyen And Scott Adkins Brand The New Poster For The Upcoming Revenge Thriller, ZERO TOLERANCE
Director Wych Kaosayanada has been pretty busy for the past couple of years, working on a number of projects, including gigs as cinematographer on the upcoming action thriller, Tekken: Kazuya's Revenge, as well as on actor Dustin Nguyen's 2013 directorial debut, Once Upon A Time In Vietnam. Currently, details regarding those other projects are being kept tight under wraps, but at least one gig has been re-emerging as of late, with the long-awaited release of his latest feature crime thriller, Zero Tolerance, as indicated by the new poster:
Fans of director Neil Burger's live-action adaptation of author Veronica Roth's 2011 best seller, Divergent, have something extra to obsess over for throughout the summer with the current production of Insurgent, the second in Roth's highly successful series of young-adult novels. The official press release is out today, with further info regarding The Hunger Games: Catching Fire co-star Stephanie L. Schulnd reportedly in the mix.
Right about now, actor Tom Cruise and actress Emily Blunt are kicking off their three-city tour headling the gloval event premiering their newest live-action feature-length graphic novel sci-fi action adventure, Edge Of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. The film has already gained positive reviews from MANY critics around the web who have attended advanced screenings before the film's nationwide North American release on June 6. And this week, netizens now get to see a new 13-minute featurette discussing the film below, as well as TONS of other video material you can now catch below, with Cruise and Blunt joined by co-star Bill Paxton, director Doug Liman, and much more.
[UPDATED] 'The Rebel' Helmer Charlie Nguyen To Direct The Action For CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: THE GREEN DESTINYt
Update: As it turns out, Nguyen will only be serving as co-producer and second-unit director, NOT action choreographer, following a Facebook post by Nguyen correcting tge matter, according to Twitch. Stay tuned for more updates, or at least until I learn Vietnamese. :-)
While the domestic government-enforced ban and unceremonious leakage of Vietnamese filmmaker Charlie Nguyen's 2013 action vehicle, Bui Doi Cho Lon, left a huge hole for martial arts cinema fans last year, it appears the action will no less continue for The Rebel helmer who is said flown to New Zealand to over see action director duties for the production of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny. Nguyen reportedly comes into the production after wrapping principal photography for the upcoming comedy titled Let Hoi Decide, as legendary action director Master Yuen Woo Ping has decided to extend action and fight choreography duties to Nguyen roughly a year after deciding to do both, with John Fusco providing the screenplay.
Monday, May 26, 2014
As common as it is nowadays to see the birth of an acting career with former fighting athletes, filmmaker Arty Morgan (a.k.a. Atsushi Muroga, helmer of the Gun Crazy film franchise) isn't afraid to do step in the ring and do just that. In fact, he did so about a few years ago on location in the Philippines with the production of his latest action drama, Death Match (once known as The Death Match: Fighting Fist Of Samurai Joe).
With the popularity of sites like Crackle and Netflix providing online streaming services with a variety of quality TV and film content, what better way to tap into those consumers than launch an online network targeted specifically to a certain niche? Well, the guys at Mill Creek Entertainment may have an answer to that, reaching out to 35mm Kung Fu and Tokusatsu cinephiles everywhere with the latest in online martial arts cinema entertainment, Iron Fist TV.
Independent stunt and action troupe Eclipse Stunts still like to break-in newcomers from time to time; take Deanna Graci for example, an upcoming actress who, in September of last year, found herself preferring to do stunts more than anything. This came prior to meeting Eclipse member, Werewolf Assassin hemler Alex Chung and other members of his team, who eventually decide to put a little something together about a few weeks ago. That little something is called Inhuman, thanks to Chung and that kooky artist brain of his.
It's not often that independent filmmakers can complete a conceptual short piece right away; a lot of times they're working with several ideas at once with other responsibilities in between. But eventually, things workout, and a concept once put on film finally gets realized and ready to show the world.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
It's been a while since we heard from writer and director Donald Flaherty who has been busy promoting his latest contained mixed martial arts action sci-fi thriller, Brutal. A trailer went viral in October last year and eventually had its share of exclusive screenings. Nowadays, it appears Flaherty is ready to stir things up following its debut at Cannes, which means some brand new sales ink. It also means a trailer, and no, it's not for the faint of heart. But it's safe to say that this little gem isn't exactly geared toward the PG-13 crowd.
Grown folks only, kids! Check it all out below!
With Cannes wrapping up this week and other film festivals to come along the way, festival attendees in North America who love their fair share of action may expect to see a little more of actor David Sakurai with director Shaky Gonzalez's newest shortfilm, Echoes Of A Ronin. Following the airing of a new clip that was unveiled back in February, the film is the latest in a batch of projects that can now be sampled in Sakurai's newest action demo reel which you can now check out below with more news to come, in addition to upcoming news on helmer Sidney Lexy-Plaut's transcendental hybrid action drama, Dark Samurai, and Thomas Eikrem's upcoming noir crime thriller, Le Accelerator, which is currently in post production with a vinyl soundtrack set for July.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Independent filmmaker, actor and fellow Eclipse Stunts fall guy, Alex Chung is still putting this finishing touches on his latest labor of love, Werewolf Assassin, featuring Eclipse member Kyle Stewart with Jermaine Carty and Celine Lolos among other names casted. Tentatively clocked in somewhere in the region of thirty and forty minutes, fans can expect this one to arrive hopefully sometime this Fall as Chung has other obligations in between now and then, but we now have an official trailer that presents the inspired Grindhouse-style vision that clearly does this one MUCH justice!
After several months of slowly disseminating set pics and stills, Sony/Columbia recently began ramping up promitional efforts for director Antoine Fuqua's latest film, The Equalizer, loosely based on the original 1985-1989 TV series starring the late Edward Woodward. As such, the film granted the public with a brand new poster of the film just last week, which you can take a look at below:
word got around that multifaceted action star and actor Tak Sakaguchi was retiring from the industry. It was a move that nobody saw coming and it shocked and saddened a lot of people (including myself) despite murmurs around the web of a sequel being planned for director Ryuhei Kitamura's 2000 cult smash hit, Versus, or even a possible follow-up to the 2005 action horror thriller, Death Trance. About a month thereafter, Kitamura even tried to quell the issue, partly stating that if he asked Sakaguchi to come back for the role in which he made his first feature film debut, he would.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Ultimately, Joey Ansah wasn't one of those kids. And for good reason.
Twitch TV site to watch Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist. As of today, the new online series will be disseminated in episodic form with further editions of the series to be distributed as a feature length film on DVD and Blu-Ray and other mediums to come. In addition, you may also purchase the series soundtrack right now on iTunes, scored by Patrick Gill, Ryan Ansah and David Braine.
Actor, martial arts superstar and philanthropist Jet Li was an unfortunate no-show at Cannes last week where the cast rolled in on the Croisette on tanks to represent the upcoming PG-13 release of The Expendables 3. Nonetheless, despite continuing to deal with hyperthyroidism, the actor continues to do what he does best, and fans will soon find out more in director Wilson Yip's new film, tentatively titled Fengshen Yanyi (The Investiture Of The Gods).
In the meantime, our own Graeme Noble has a few picks in mind in case you've been longing for the golden days of Hong Kong action. And this is just a handful with more to come. Read on, and have a great weekend!
Pierre Morel is one of my favorite directors, and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in that regard. The 2010 thriller From Paris With Love drew some mixed reactions, but Taken was a huge hit in 2008, preceeded by the popular parkour action favorite, Banlieue 13, so I'm more privy to believe that Morel's next, The Gunman, will further draw some positive impressions.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Following the success of his new blockbuster entry into the summer with Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards has been confirmed to direct a forthcoming Star Wars spin-off film. The news comes just as Edwards, whose own take on the classic Toho property broke opening weekend records at the box-office since its release a week ago.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past - to save our future.
The golden age of samurai movies may be long gone, but such films are always welcome in the eyes of adoring fans who continue to share appreciation for the chambara genre. That sentiment can be seen extended through the latest effort of director Ken Ochiai in his new film, Uzumasa Limelight, which centers on seasoned action actor Seizo Fukumoto as a retiring stuntman training a young actress in pursuit of action film stardom.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Aside from the latest noir costume and vehicle reveal of actor Ben Affleck in the full cape and cowl for Batman in director Zack Snyder's 2016 follow-up to last year's Man Of Steel, the buzz has been going endlessly about exactly what the name of the sequel will be.
It's been roughly a decade or so since I began following the independent action scene, having become a fan of several film groups over the years and slowly accumulating my online social circle within the industry. Having said this, please forgive me for feeling a little sappy today-and no, I don't plan on doing this sort of thing all the time as I don't normally do this, nor do I know all the details and exploits of the personal lives of these folks. But I'm in a mood.
Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the first film, starring Leo Fafard in the title role, which now has less than a day left to raise its stretch goals as of this writing before making its Canadian screen debut on June.
Tuesday night saw the season one finale of El Rey Network's prequel television show, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series. With a second season officially on the way as of March, the network, co-founded last year and launched earlier this year by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, is adding even more action to cater to its viewership, with the latest series teaser for Matador, with Gabriel Luna, Nicky Whelan and Alfred Molina headlining the principle series cast.