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JAPAN CUTS 2014 Announces 27 Titles And Much More!

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There's a great line-up awaiting those who will be able to attend this summer's events at the Japan Cuts 2014, now well on its way to an eighth year run in light of what's happening over at NYAFF. I've written about a few of these titles before and I personally look forward to catching some of them on my own time, including the festival's newest announcement, the Mo' Brothers Sundance 2014 favorite, Killers, starring lead actor Kazuki Kitamura who is also attending this year's festivities among a handful of other guests.

Toshiaki Karasawa Is On Fire In The New Teaser Trailer For IN THE HERO!

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Director Masaharu Take's new film marks a milestone for lead actor Toshiaki Karasawa(20th Century Boys trilogy, Casshern) in a role that one might even say he was meant for. The new film, In The Hero, sees actor Karasawa as a seasoned suit actor and stunt club president forced to work on set with a young, cocky celebrity. Of course, there are more layers to this strikingly spectacular character study of differing generations of action stardom from scribe Keiya Mizuno, and while and while the sixteen-second teaser back in April didn't illustrate much, the brand new teaser trailer offers a lot more insight in that regard, with several key movie-within-a-movie moments in relation to the parallel drama taking place.

Hollywood Ninja Presents: MANILA ASSASSIN'S CREED

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Independent filmmaker, action director and stuntman Jeff Centauri is currently in the middle of something truly awesome over in the Philippines. Having launched his career in the 1990's after serving U.S. Air Force, Centauri has gone on to work on a great number of projects for TV and film, including the three-part compilation DVD series, Everyone Is Kung Fu Fighting, and even making his directorial debut in 1996 with the ultra low budget flick, The Zombie Ninja.

THE BORDERLAND Debuts A Second Explosive Trailer!

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You are forgiven if you've completely forgotten about writer and director Mathieu Weschler's latest international action thriller, The Borderland. A trailer debuted back in March of last year billing actor, stuntman and five-time former Karate champion Seydina Baldè(Unleashed a.k.a. Danny The Dog, Punisher: War Zone) in the role of Gabriel, a bounty hunter caught in the throes of North Korean captivity and forced to fight his way out after a rescue mission gone awry.

RAVAGER Needs Your Help!

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If any of you are looking forward to a feature-length R-rated DC or Marvel comic book movie from Hollywood, that probably won't happen for a really, really long time. Hence, feast your eyes on the folks over at GoingNowhere who made headlines earlier this year with the hit shortfilm, Deathstroke: Arkham Assassin, an impressive and pleasingly violent shortfilm by filmmakers Larry and Chris White.

PREDATOR: DARK AGES Kicks Off Crowdfunding On Kickstarter

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Hollywood director Shane Black may be on the way with a feature-length Predator sequel, but that isn't stopping a small group over in the U.K. from pushing forward with an independent take of their own with the new shortfilm project, Predator: Dark Ages. The official Facebook page for the projecthas since long been launched to help gather as much of a readership as possible, with concept art and posters, and a teaser unveiled not too long ago.

Katniss Responds To President Snow For The New Fan Short, MOCKINGJAY: BURN

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Fans and followers of "The Hunger Games" books by author Suzanne Collins, as well as Lionsgate's two-part finale theatrically releasing between this November and next year have likely caught on to the first official teaser for Mockingjay: Part 1. If you missed it, you can check it out here and watch President Snow setting the grim tone in his newest PSA to the people of Panem, and it is exactly the kind of build up that gets fans intrigued to find out just what our lead heroine, actress Katniss Everdeen will say or do in response.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION - A Case For Better Action Movies

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SUMMARY: Following the events of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011), a government black-ops campaign directed by the CIA (Kelsey Grammer) is implemented to hunt down and exterminate all remaining Transformers on Earth, including Autobots. Meanwhile, Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) a Texas inventor unknowingly makes a discovery that endangers him and his daughter (Nicola Peltz), and Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) re-emerges out of hiding and on the run with his newfound human allies and other surviving AutobotsSoon, they uncover a conspiracy that implicates an A.I. research facility bent on using alien robot technology for Earth's own ill-gotten purposes; Galvatron (Frank Welker) is created, forcing Prime to question his sworn oath to protect Earth. With the odds stacked against them and time running out, will Yaeger, Prime and our heroes be able to unite against a common threat on both fronts? Or will the Autobots and mankind be doomed to extinction?

MISFIRE Gets A Fresh New Poster And Trailer

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Fans of action star Gary Daniels are just a little closer to a solid release date for director R. Ellis Frazier's new international action thriller, Misfire. On Friday, some new poster art started making the rounds for the upcoming film which sees Daniels opening a can of D.E.A. whoopass on the Mexican criminal underworld to save his ex-wife and clear his brother's name.

THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Sets Up Shop In Pennsylvania

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Director James Wan is almost complete filming Fast And Furious 7, which may precede with actor Vin Diesel's newest adventure with the Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate's new film, The Last Witch Hunter this summer. Production did take a while to start, however, with the tragic car crash that killed Fast And Furious 7 co-star Paul Walker back in late November during holiday break, which forced both films to be put on hold at the time.

Tyranny Ignites An Epic Battle For Justice In The New Trailer For KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT

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It's a good old fashioned tale of 19th century sword-swinging noble heroics with a splash of vengeance in director Yoon Jong-bin's new period action adventure, Kundo: Age Of The Rampant. The film marks another big and highly anticipated film for Korean theater goers here, starring Ha Jung-woo in his forth actor/director pairing with Yoon, opposite actor Kang Dong-won in a the ultimate fight against late Chosun-era tyranny.

Wales' First Action Film Gets A New Trailer For KAMIKAZE!

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Hollywood stuntman and actor Marcus Shakesheff is bringing pure, organic martial arts firepower to his directorial debut in Wales' first action film, Kamikaze. The film is the latest launch project for Beat'Em Up Films, with Shakesheff sharing co-writing duties with scribe Catherine Maher and producing credits with co-stars Gemma Harry, actor and stuntman David Newton and co-producer David Ware.

PACIFIC RIM 2 Gets A Target Release Date!

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A sequel to last year's modest blockbuster success story, Pacific Rim, has been in development for a while now. It wasn't going to happen right away since earning only a little over half its budget back, but I suppose grossing that same number four times over globally was pretty helpful.

Reel Time: DON THAI THEERATHADA (2014)

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Stuntman, fight coordinator and choreographer Don Thai Theerathada has been at it professionally for the last twenty-one years, having recently completed work for the upcoming releases of the Leitch/Stahelski co-directorial debut, John Wick, the August 8 release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and this weekend's release of Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Some of his career highlights can now be seen in a newly cut reel on the official YouTube channel for California-based stunt training studio, 87Eleven, with several cool highlights of his work in recent years, including The Expendables 2 (2012), and alongside award-winning premiere stunt coordinator J.J. Perry for Bullet To The Head (2013) and Haywire (2012).

POINT BREAK Starts Filming

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I'm pretty curious to see what director Ericson Core has lined up for his remake of director Kathryn Bigelow's classic, Point Break. We're pretty much in an era now where film has evolved spectacularly when it comes to visionary action, stunts and much more, so I'm pretty thrilled at the potential here.

Chris Evans Reloads In A New Clip From SNOWPIERCER!

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Director Bong Joon-ho's newest sci-fi epic, Snowpiercer, has been a long-awaited event for a LOT of people who haven't been able to see it since the director's equally long battle to get his cut of the film released in the U.S.. This week, that all changes with its limited theatrical release starting Friday, and if you needed any more motivation, check out the latest clip below, and by all means, get your tickets today!

BushidoFlix.com Launches With A New Promo

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Some of you might be familiar with the online DVD store, Bushido DVD, and others of you might be very new to it. I know I fit the latter, but to whom this will concern, the store has undergone a recent rebranding under the new URL, BushidoFlix.com, with a site specifically aimed toward martial arts movie junkies and training afcionados looking for a principal variety of instructional DVDs you can rent through their mailing system.

The New Teaser For BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES Slices And Dices Its Way Online

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Theres not much revealed here, but in large part, the latest quick teaser here for director Lu Yang's new film, Brotherhood Of Blades, does serve up some colorful visuals with a fast mix of sword-wielding and arrow-shooting. The upcoming Ming Dynasty period actioner is written by Chen Shu and sets The Grandmaster co-star lead actor Chang Chen in a story of three sworn brothers caught in a web of conspiracy, murder and intrigue.

'Win For Love' In The New Music Video For Martial Arts Drama, YASMINE!

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Just off of leaving an impression for attendees at this year's 17th Annual Shanghai International Film Festival, filmmaker Siti Kamaluddin is still on the road this month with two months left until her new martial arts drama, Yasmine, opens domestically in Brunei this August 21. Until then, the promotional campaign for the film continues with the film now being represented at this year'a 7th Annual ASEAN Consumer Fair in Brunei where Origin Films will be pitching some cool Yasmine-related merchandise.

The New Teaser For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Unites Panem With A Glare Of Tyranny

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For those wondering whatever happened to Peeta Mellark, you can find a small hint in the latest campaign teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, featuring Josh Hutcherson with Donald Sutherland in the role of President Snow. The film is the first of the two part finale of the trilogy with Part 1 releasing in the U.S. on November 21.

THE PRINCE Arrives With Guns Loaded In The New Trailer

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Actor Jason Patric is back in town for some good old retribution in director Brian A. Miller's new crime thriller The Prince. The new trailer has arrived this week and boasts quite a noteworthy cast for such a small production, but it's safe to say that anyone looking for something a bit more simple to enjoy without all the summer blockbuster CGI fanfare won't have too much trouble here.

Denzel Washington's Heroic Silhouette Graces The New Poster For THE EQUALIZER

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Actor Denzel Washington gets his day as the monastic avenger against criminal injustice when his new film, The Equalizer, releases in theaters on September 26. Not much to add here except we're now three months away from the film's theatrical release and the prospects of a sequel are already looking good, so we're bound to see what Sony's strategy here will be between now and then, following Wednesday's brand new poster reveal for the film which can check out below:

Enemies Stand Face-To-Face In The First Photo From YAKUZA APOCALYPSE!

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Director Takashi Miike is well on his way with another potential hit with his next film, Yakuza Apocalypse. Marking the acclaimed director's latest "rampage back to the basics" with a script by Yoshitaki Yamaguchi, the film sets lead actor Hayato Ichihara as a gangster caught in the nightmare of his life when he finds out his boss is a vampire.

Brad Pitt Fights To The Bitter End In The New Trailer For FURY

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After the upbeat response earned by E3 panel footage earlier this month, the first official trailer has arrived for Sabotage helmer David Ayer's epic war drama, Fury. Actor Brad Pitt leads the cast with story that centers on a war-torn, battle-fatigued tank squad in the firefight of their lives as they near the tail end of World War II. The center of much of the antipation, of course, centers on the gritty, explosive tank action that pits the odds against our principle cast with a desperate enemy, which should make for a lovely, plentiful set up for a Holiday blockbuster this November 14th in the U.S..

LUPIN III Gets A Spectacular New Trailer!

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Director Ryuhei Kitamura's newest contribution to live action storytelling has a glossy new full trailer this week for the forthcoming release of Lupin III. Written by Mataichiro Yamamoto, the film is based on the original 1967 manga by Monkey Punch and other mediums in the years that followed, now presenting another new epic scope into the eponymous crime caper story with actor Shun Ogiri leading a cast in this new, multilingual origin tale that illustrates how Lupin's team comes together. And it does so on a pretty large scale with shots in various parts of Asia, including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand.

A Classic Heroine Returns For Indie Fan Feature, SAKURA: STEPSISTER STREETFIGHTER

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If you're at all familiar with Toei Studios and the contributions they brought to the martial arts genre between 1974 and 1976 with the karate-themed Sister Street Fighter film series, you might be delighted to learn of some new independent efforts now taking place thanks to writer and producer Mikey Barnes and director Alex Chesborough. Featuring six time world Karate champion, stuntwoman and How To Train Your Dragon stageshow lead actress Gemma Nguyen, those efforts are now getting a bright new spot light this week with the unveiling of the newest poster for their upcoming production Sakura: Stepsister Streetfighter. Check it out below!

MMA Star Cung Le Pushes THE RAID Remake, CROUCHING TIGER 2 And Other Projects In Development

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Mixed martial artist, professional fighter and actor Cung Le has quite an expansive career in film Hollywood and abroad. With well over a decade of credits with titles in America and parts of Asia, the True Legend and Fighting co-star has also gained some pretty huge notoriety with recent releases like the 2012 martial arts crime drama, Dragon Eyes, and RZA's kung fu homage, The Man With The Iron Fists.

PREDATOR Is Getting Rebooted

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The Predator franchise is still a thing among fans worldwide since the eponymous alien tribal warrior and hunter launched its war on mankind and other living creatures between John McTiernan's 1987 jungle thriller with lead actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the 2010 epic from director Nimród Antal, Predators. The film also landed two other spin-off movies before Antal's film which crossed between its own franchise and the Aliens universe, but Predators was the last known project that was confirmed for a sequel upon its release that same month in July.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Unshells Four New Character Posters And Trailer

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Aside from anything revelant to the etymology of the character from the original comics by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, director Jonathan Liebesman's forthcoming iteration of the classic villain in his new film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will center on actor William Fichtner's portrayal of Eric Sachs, a doctor who apparently worked with reporter April O'Neil's father to, as he puts it, "create heroes". Evidently at some point, every hero needs a villain, and somehow Sachs becomes the monstrous incarnation we now see in the new photo above, and in addition to a brand new trailer and character posters as of this week.

Luke Evans Turns To Darkness For Strength In The New Trailer For DRACULA UNTOLD

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Following the release of a new poster for director Gary Shore's directorial debut, Dracula Untold, the first full teaser arrived on Tuesday with actor Luke Evans front and center in the title role of Prince Vlad Tepes (a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler). There's plenty of origin shown here so there isn't too much to worry about what lies ahead when the film releases later this year, especially if you're looking for something fitting to see come Halloween, in which case, you'll likely get a hefty treat watching Dracula unleash his brutal onslaught of nightmarish tricks on entire armies, and then some!

A Warrior Will Rise In The New Indie Webseries Trailer For THE WAY: FIGHTER'S TWITCH

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Independent filmmaker, actor and Jeet Kune Do purveyor Ronny Vega is ready to tackle the second installation of his ambitious new project which delves into the very psyche of what it means to pursue martial arts glory. The second season, The Way: Fighters Twitch, picks up where the finale of the first season for The Way left off with co-star, actor and martial artist Khalil Barnett who also serves as series writer in addition to the new lead actor.

Catch 30-Seconds Of NSFW Mayhem For The Home Release Of THE RAID 2!

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As if you needed any more motivation to purchase your copy of DVD or Blu-Ray for a homebound release of writer and director Gareth Huw Evans's newest film, The Raid 2, just make you're in a room with no one looking. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has unleashed a 30-second not-safe-for-work montage of bloody hammers, broken legs and fisticuffs in between quick cuts for its Ultimate Action Mashup this week, and you can check it all out just below.

Watch The New Re-Release From The Stunt People, UNDERCUT

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It's been about a decade since we got our first computer here, and for me, it marked an adventurous beginning for me on the internet as an action fan. MySpace was popular, Netscape and AOL/AIM were cool, and most importantly, my random searches for all things kung fu and film related ultimately led me to the world of indie action, and it was simply a matter of time before I would come across the official website for The Stunt People and their hit shortfilm, Undercut, directed by independent filmmaker Stephen Reedy.

THE DIVINE MOVE Lists The Players In New Comic Book-Style Posters And Character Trailer!

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A new character trailer is online for director Jo Bum-Goo's upcoming noir revenge thriller, The Divine Move, starring Jung Woo-sung. Not enough can be said about the premise as it invokes something truly original from the world of Korean cinema -- a vengeful one-man war against an entire Baduk-playing criminal underworld!

Is RAMBO V Happening?

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Comingsoon.net has forwarded new updates pertaining to the long-awaited production of the fifth film in the epic eponymous war commando saga, Rambo. Franchise actor Sylvester Stallone successfully reinvigorated the character back in 2008 film, Rambo, twenty years after three feature-length installations were made, ultimately putting the actor on the map for blockbuster action stardom. As of 2009, with a TV-show previously reported to be in development with Stallone also potentially starring, producers at Nu Image/Millennium Films had already greenlit the film, especially since Stallone already owns the rights to the 1999 novel, Hunter, from which the film was once thought to be based on. With this, the official synopsis now deviates from the novel for the film, tentatively titled Rambo V, and reads as follows, courtesy of the film's new rights holders, Germany-based Splendid Film:

It's All Action In The New Trailer For THE LIBERATOR

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The new trailer is out for the upcoming action thriller, The Liberator, featuing actor, seasoned martial artist, writer and independent filmmaker Ben Lettieri in his feature debut. It's an indie project and has a bit of cheese to it, but it looks fun to watch so far based on the new action packed footage below, which also happens to feature several key members of the UK-based stunt team, SG Action with team member and co-star Martin Wan.

Check Out The Full Trailer For REVENGE OF THE POMEGRANATE TREE HILL

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Vengeance is never as simple as one hopes, especially in a tale as epic as this one authored by Jiro Asada in 2003. Fortunately for filmgoers in Japan, that story will finally be told in live-action form when director Setsuro Wakamatsu's new period revenge drama, Revenge Of The Pomegranate Tree Hill (Zakuro Zaka no Adauchi) releases on September 20, courtesy of Shochiku.

Faux Fighting Presents: SHOW DOWN!

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Well this little gem went over my head!

Jason Momoa Could Be Playing AQUAMAN In BATMAN V. SUPERMAN...Just Sayin.

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There are a lot of rumors that continue to swarm the internet, especially when it comes to movies. A lot of it is fan-induced static that turns out to be hype cheese, but the rest of it still leaves a lot to the imagination, and that includes previous mentions of actor Jason Momoa for a role in director Zack Snyder's new film, Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Celine Tran Stays Sharp In The New Action Short, BLADED MINDS

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Former pornstar turned comic-book co-creator and author Celine Tran is heating things up this summer having recently debuted her newly evolving skill set in action performance for films with the shortfilm pitch for the new comic book series, Heartbreaker. To say the least, much of the response appears to be nothing short of upbeat and optimistic as it not only presented a look into a brand new superheroine franchise, but a new rising star in the process of completely reinventing herself for the world of action cinema.

Dominic Purcell To Get GRIDLOCKED With Cody Hackman Next Week!

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Director Allan Ungar is ready to get back to the set once more and reunite with actor, martial artist and producer Cody Hackman for the forthcoming production of the new action thriller, Gridlocked. The two initially started the year having released Ungar's directorial debut, Tapped (a.k.a. Tapped Out) which featured Hackman alongside co-stars Anderson Silva, Martin Kove and Michael Biehn.

ENSO Productions Presents: CRUEL WORLD

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It's been a while since we've last heard from the official YouTube channel for ENSO Productions as their members have likely been busy growing their respective careers, including independent filmmaker, industry stuntman and fight choreographer Walter Garcia whose work has been written about quite a few times on my site, as well as a handful of others in the last several years. He's one of the most prolific action designers I know of and his online resume of shortfilms are proof of just how good he is behind the camera, as well as in front of it.

EMC Monkeys Presents: DEVIN WHITE V. TONY SRE

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One day, all Devin White wanted to do was take some selfies and post them online. Leave it to photo creeper Tony Sre to ruin all the fun. And exactly how did he get in that last shot?
Amazing.

A BETTER TOMORROW Gets The 4K Treatment

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Internationally acclaimed filmmaker John Woo is quite expressive nowadays regarding his hopes of reinvigorating his old partnership with fellow film legend Tsui Hark, years after lighting the Hong Kong action genre for the world to see with the 1986 smash hit, A Better Tomorrow. Two more films within that franchise followed apart as the two parted ways years later (with the Korean remake of the first film arriving in 2010), and with Woo wanting to build that bridge, it would certainly revive the glory days for fans longing to see another masterpiece from the famous duo.

The New Trailer For THE BRONX BULL Arrives Online

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For what it's worth, those who have seen director Martin Scorsese's 1980 Oscar-winning classic, Raging Bull, are about to get an unofficial follow-up from director Martin Guigui titled The Bronx Bull, based on the events of co-author and former boxer Jake LaMotta. The film took a while to come through as producers were forced to dissociate the new film from the first movie with said title upon settling all legal differences in court with MGM, who own the rights to first refusal for a sequel, after the studio filed a detailed lawsuit nearly two years ago to stop the film from happening under its previous title, Raging Bull 2.

Lucasfilm 'Loops' Another Director For The STAR WARS Saga!

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The latest production of Star Wars VII has already undergone a significant challenge due to the current recovery of principle franchise cast member, actor Harrison Ford since breaking his leg last week on set, leaving him to take two months off from filming. Nonetheless, filming continues with director J.J. Abrams at the helm for the film's expected December 18, 2015 release date, and with at least two spin-offs on the way, the word is now that Looper helmer Rian Johnson is said to be in talks and will begin working on episode VIII, in addition to episode IX which is still possibly seeking a director.

Maori Period Action Epic THE DEAD LANDS Reveals New Pics!

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The epic production of director Toa Fraser's new film, The Dead Lands, is sparking some amazing new coverage this week since wrapping principal photography earlier this year. The film, which is being handled by international sales agents at XYZ Films is poised to be the latest thrilling new look into a genuine Maori-language period tale of revenge and redemption from writer Glenn Standring, with Maori martial art form Mau rākau, as the backbone of the intricate and exciting new fight choreography from Steve McQuillan (The Gunman, Slow West).

Indie Fan Short, MORTAL KOMBAT: THE ONE Relauches Indiegogo

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Mortal Kombat is still a thing these days, with a brand new game on the way, in addition to current preparations being made for a third season to the Kevin Tancharoen-directed webseries with an official announcement pending, and feature film that's been a huge question mark since 2011. But the fanfare is still going, and independent filmmaker and New York University Tisch School film major Anthony Pellino is currently working on his own shortfilm contribution to the classic tournament fighting game franchise with Mortal Kombat: The One, following a crowdfunder back in February and principle photography just a few months later.

Tyrese And Ludacris Wrap Their Scenes On FAST AND FURIOUS 7

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Production on director James Wan's new film, Fast And Furious 7 remains on-going for the time being, with the pressure of delivering the biggest film of the saga. With the film nearing its way to completion, some of the actors have already filmed their scenes including actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and as of this week, actors Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges and Tyrese Gibson, to whom Wan attributed his most recent tweet for their completed work on the film.
Check it out:

CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON 2 Is Casting A Lead Female Role

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With pre-production currently underway for director Yuen Woo-Ping's new film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny, Vietnamese filmmaker and the film's newly announced second unit director Charlie Nguyen is casting another lead actress for the role of Snow Vase. Let It Cast provided the details where potential auditionees can sign up:

Mayu Kawamoto Is A One-Eyed Zombie-Killing Badass In The New Trailer For Z: THE MOVIE

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Proving once again that its never too late or too early in the year for a zombie flick, acclaimed J-horror filmmaker Norio Tsuruta is ready to share his newest contribution to the genre with the new live-action zombie action adventure, Z: The Movie.