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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Michel Quach Is A Badass Killer Knight In The New Shortfilm Trailer For TEMPLAR

Sometimes, independent film projects can fall to the wayside while others may take longer to finish, especially if there's no budget. Such was the case for director Pasquale Pagano's newest shortfilm, Templar, featuring actor and producer Michel Quach as a futuristic, cybernetically modified killer in-training.

Sam Hargrave Is Not Who You Think He Is In The New Shortfilm Teaser, BAD CHOICE!


Following this month's release of Heidi Moneymaker's awesome action-packed shortfilm directorial debut, Behind Every Great Man, the German action auteurs over at Reel Deal Action are back with a second offering going into the month of September with another new independent experiment, Bad Choice. Front-and-center is action pointman, actor and Hollywood stuntman, Sam Hargrave, an original member of another memorable independent online action team, Reel Kick. 

Help Fund The New Animated Action Sci-Fi Thriller, UNDER THE DOG

It's high time these days for film producer Yura Hiroaki, founder of Tokyo-based Creative Intelligence Arts, Inc., who is currently underway with a team to help fund their newest ambitious animated action sci-fi venture, Under The Dog.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Warrior's Spirit Rises In The New Poster For Maori Action Epic, THE DEAD LANDS


Another day has arrived, and as such, another new poster has arrived for director Toa Fraser's Maori action drama, The Dead Lands. The new poster marks the official New Zealand release date for October 30 from Transmission Films.

GENGHIS KHAN'S TREASURE Starts Filming In 2015

Tadanobu Asano in MONGOL (2007)
Chinese producing mogul Bruno Wu has been a very busy guy in the last three years, including putting together a joint venture with Hollywood producer Avi Arad. The initial goal, among others, included developing superhero properties based on Chinese culture and mythology, an objective that led to the assembly of Dragon Entertainment as of last year.

Check Out An Intense New Clip From THE GUEST!


Actor Dan Stevens is currently one of three people who may be up for a role in producer Joel Silver's upcoming trilogy reboot of the John Carpenter cult classic, Escape From New York, which was announced last year. Time will tell if Stevens suits the role or not, but his performance is still pending for director Adam Wingard's chilling new thriller, The Guest, where he plays a former soldier caring for the family of a fallen comrade, only to become the center of suspicion when people in town start dying.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Vlad Rimburg Presents: 'KUNG FU JUNGLE' Fan Film


Currently, filmgoers in China are just a few months away from the release of action star Donnie Yen's new martial arts thriller, Kung Fu Killer. In the meantime, pan over to the lens of independent filmmaker Vlad Rimburg, back in the fray once again for another fan-inspired vision now in the vein of Yen's upcoming film, with performances by actors Brendon Huor opposite Bryan Cartago and Gui DaSilva.

Watch The Chilling New Trailer For Markus Blunder's AUTUMN BLOOD

The newest trailer for director and co-writer Markus Blunder's 2011 thriller, Autumn Blood, is a thing of pure, deceitful beauty when you factor in all the main story elements. A story centered on a young girl and her much younger brother ravaged by early turmoil and forced to face even more terror with no choice but to take a stand once and for all? It's a great setup for anyone looking forward to suspenseful, grim storytelling.

THE GRANDMASTER Will Get A 3D Re-Release This October


Fun fact: martial arts action auteur Yuen Woo-Ping is awesome, a given fact for any martial arts action cinema fan familiar with his name and stellar credits, most notably the long-awaited release of director Wong Kar-Wai's biopictoral martial arts action romance epic, The Grandmaster.

Is Wesley Snipes Returning For BLADE (4)?


Sources close to actor and action hero Wesley Snipes are publicly announcing the prospects of his return to the role of Blade, according to a small mention in a column over at the New York Daily News. The news comes in light of Snipes's latest appearance in director Patrick Hughes's new film, The Expendables 3, marking Snipes's return to the big screen following his release from a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion.

RUROUNI KENSHIN Returns To Japanese Film Festival This Year, And Much More!



The latest and forthcoming releases of the final two-part sequel to the Rurouni Kenshin franchise, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, have become a sprawling event for director Otomo Keishi and the cast while on its current tour in major nearby cities and countries to promote the film; One event is already scheduled for September 3, 2014 at the Shinjuku Picadilly Theater in Japan while other countries, including Taiwan, Indonesia and the Phillipines have planned releases of their own, with other territories still pending. And that's not all...

MYSTIC BLADE Gets An Official U.S. Release Date!

And another chapter makes its final stretch to a close for another epic independent action production, this time for the upcoming release of Mystic Blade, which now has an official North American DVD release date set for October 21, courtesy of Indican Pictures. The film is chock-full of action talents familiar with Thailand's action scene within the past decade, featuring actor, stuntman, martial artist Don Ferguson in his first lead role while serving as writer and executive producer.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Watch The New Trailer For ICEMAN From Well Go USA!


If you lost count when asked on the spot just how many films actor Donnie Yen has been working on recently, you're totally forgiven.

SEVENTH SON Gets A Brand New Trailer And Poster For Its 2015 Release


On its face, watching actor Jeff Bridges wax medieval with a British accent doesn't sit well with me, even in the latest trailer for the long-awaited release of Nomad (2005) and Mongol (2007) helmer Sergei Bodrov's forthcoming fantasy actioner, Seventh Son. However, considering the epic series of set backs that followed with Academy Award-winning VFX house Rhythm And Hues Studios filed for bankruptcy during post production and Legendary Pictures landing the film at Universal Pictures for distribution after parting ways with Warner Bros., I'd say the actor's methods are the least of my worries, lest I judge the film too soon.

Check Out Five New Stills From Upcoming Netflix Series, MARCO POLO


Following its production in Malaysia, Venice and Kazakhstan, The Toronto Sun debut a handful of five new official promo photos for the forthcoming Netflix series premiere, Marco Polo. Actor Lorenzo Richelmy stars in the title role, as the famed 13th Century sailor on his journey from Venice to China.

Lakeshore Entertainment Will Reboot UNDERWORLD


Eleven years doesn't really seem too far  off when recalling actress Kate Beckinsale's portrayal of a vampire warrioress in director Len Wiseman's 2003 hit, Underworld, on top of its fourth installment, Underworld: Awakening, just two years ago. However, the franchise has had some success over the years, and there was once a time when a then-skeptic Beckinsale may have wanted to a return for a possible fifth addition to the Vampire V. Lycan war/romance saga.

'Sons Of Anarchy' Star Charlie Hunnam Lands KING ARTHUR Lead

Despite all current hopes for a third installment to the Sherlock Holmes franchise, instead, director Guy Ritchie will instead be working under Warner Bros. on the forthcoming production of a new six-film saga for King Arthur. The initial report came back in April, just a decade after director Antoine Fuqua released his own cinematic take on the legendary British king back in 2004 with actor Clive Owen in the lead.

Take A Look At Actor Ed Skrein In New Set Video From TRANSPORTER: LEGACY!


In case you've been living under a rock, production is currently underway for Transporter: Legacy, the first in a new trilogy from producers Luc Besson and Mark Gao since their mid-Cannes deal announcement last year.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Check Out The New Poster For BLACK AND WHITE 2: THE DAWN OF JUSTICE 3D

Filmgoers in Asia have another month or so before director Tsai Yueh-Tsun gets his day with the upcoming release of Black And White 2: The Dawn Of Justice 3D. So there's plenty of time for its fan base to continue the hype for the new ambitious Fall blockbuster hopeful, and this week, the pitch continues with another brand new poster, which you can check out below:

FANTASTIC FEST 2014: Redeemer, John Wick, Dead Snow 2, Tokyo Tribe And More!!!


Things are heating up ahead of the forthcoming events at Fantastic Fest which runs from September 18th through the 25th, including announcements for a flurry of action titles of noteworthy mention. And if you're an action fan, love martial arts movies and are living in Austin, Texas, just know that I'm kind of jealous of you. Sort of. Maybe a little.

Unlikely Allies Stand Together In The New Poster For THE DEAD LANDS!


Ahead of an official press release back in July, worldwide sales agent and production company XYZ Films debuted the latest official poster for the upcoming period Maori action epic, The Dead Lands. The film's production at the top of 2014 teased a slate of behind-the-scenes set photos on Instagram and Twitter prior to a release of stills and a first official teaser back in July. On Wednesday, XYZ Films kicked things back into gear ahead of the film's festival opener with a brand new poster which you can check out below, as well as festival contributor Jane Schoettle's description of the film:

Dan Stevens Gets In A Bar Fight And Wins In A New Clip From THE GUEST

Director Adam Wingard's newest thriller, The Guest, is set to make its appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday - September 13 and 14, respectively - before releasing theatrically in the U.S. on September 17. Having already earned the approval of many observers in the film festival circuit this year, it's easy to see why it looks so appealing, especially if you've seen Wingard's previous work on the 2013 horror thriller, You're Next.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Michael Jai White Teases A Possible Title For NEVER BACK DOWN 3

Mixed martial arts as a sport has played a pivotal role in the evolution of the martial arts action genre over the last decade or so. One of the more mainstream attempts at this was director Jeff Wadlow's 2008 coming-of-age action drama, Never Back Down, which did pretty well at the box office.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Comes Home In September On DVD/Blu-Ray!

One thing is certain when it comes to director Michael Bay: He doesn't really care what anyone thinks. His movies make LOTS of money, and that's something Paramount likes very, very much. So, needless to say, Bay will still be making movies as long as he wishes, blowing things up in any cinematic capacity and adhering to all his strengths in helping bring big blockbusters to the masses.

FANTASTIC FEST 2014: Check Out What's Happening At MONDO CON Next Month!


The Fall season is upon us, and if you follow all things amazing in the realm of sci-fi, action and horror, as well as toy and comic book lore, then you're in luck! Mondo Con is kicking off simultaneously with this year's events at Fantastic Fest, which lasts from September 18th through the 25th in Austin Texas.

THE MAZE RUNNER Gets A Limited IMAX Release This September!

YA novel-based action adventure thrillers continue to remain popular in film with the forthcoming release of Wes Ball's directorial debut, The Maze Runner. Over a year since filming on-location in Louisiana, the production stayed well in touch the fans online, hosting Q & A's, garnering attention at conventions and showcasing promotional art ahead of the film's release, in addition to showing exclusive trailers and clips now available online.

Reel Time: SHAWN BERNAL

Actor, martial artist and stuntman Shawn Bernal recently unveiled his newest demo reel ahead of his latest interview with Film Combat Syndicate. A member of LBP Stunts Chicago, Bernal's craft is rooted most significantly in the independent film scene, having worked on several conceptual projects, some involving the collaboration of a handful of other teams from around the internet.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Director Guy Bleyaert's New Action Thriller, TRANSIT 17 Is In Production


As of August 2, 2014, actor, writer, producer and director Guy Bleyaert began shooting his newest feature film, Transit 17, his second directorial offering from his U.S./Belgium-based production banner, Macromedia Filmworks. A Facebook page is up and running for the movie where fans are able to catch some of the film's current artwork and production updates from the film's set in Belgium and Holland.

Help Fund Filmmaker A.J. Singh's New 80's Hong Kong Action Homage, FALLING ASH

Currently in progress is a new crowdsourcer for the latest contribution to the martial arts action genre from UK-based filmmaker, A.J. Singh. The longtime film purveyor is spearheading a funding effort for the new film, Falling Ash, in which he will also star as the lead.

Arcade Killers Presents: MR. & MRS. PANOUVIC


If anything, 2014 has been another great year foreseeing the continued legacy of online independent action. This time, we pan over to independent filmmakers and multifaceted stunt performers Jay Kim, and husband/wife duo Slobo and Duy Panouvic - three members of their newly established team, Arcade Killers.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Get Ready For Iron Dragon TV In September!

Martial arts action cinema is currently getting another revival as of next month. Multi-faceted actress, stunt professional and media mogul Janell Smith, acting CEO of Iron Dragon Productions is leveling up this September for the launch of a new television network. The new network purports the longstanding brand she has carried since her early start in personal fitness.

KUNDO Gets A New Trailer For Its North American Theatrical Release!


Filmmaker Yoon Jong-bin set out with a specific goal in mind back in Spring of last year. With a stellar cast, great script and set pieces and an amazing action director on hand, Yoon managaed to craft an amazing Robin Hood-style action adventure story filled with some colorful characters, touching stories, a dash of humor, and a layer of some of the most epic martial arts action scenes you would be lucky to see on the big screen.

Friday, August 22, 2014

87 Eleven Presents: BEHIND EVERY GREAT MAN


It's been a remarkable year so far for the folks over at 87 Eleven Action Design. Now more than ever, they've taken to social media to showcase numerous pre-viz fight clips and short action vids for fans who love action cinema in any capacity.

Accordingly, their platform is exactly where actress and stuntwoman Heidi Moneymaker has positioned herself this week for her newest shortfilm release, Behind Every Great Man. Filmed on-location in Germany over the summer, Heidi wrote and directed, as well as provided pre-viz choreography for the new project, which was shot in the course of a rigorous schedule as everyone involved was working on a movie at the time.

Vlad Rimburg Presents: X-MEN - GAMBIT Concept Short


Producer Lauren Shuler Donner may be on the way to getting Channing Tatum on set for a new Gambit movie. However that may be, what does bring curiosity is how the character would look in a live-action setting following actor Taylor Kitsch's rendition of the classic Marvel character for the 2009 film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

AOF 2014: Z-Team Films Set To Premiere Its Debut Feature, DIE FIGHTING!

Not enough can be said about how good it is to witness something as amazing as the latest offering from our friends over at Z-Team Films. The production banner title is the latest evolution of the eponymous team French team that found its beginnings in China with Fabien Garcia, Yannick Van Dam, and brothers Lohan and Didier Buson making excellent short films for the online action fan base within the past decade.

The New Trailer For RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE LEGEND ENDS Keeps The Flames Burning!


Director Keishi Otomo's second installment of the Rurouni Kenshin franchise, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, has had a stellar run between its film festival appearance in Montreal for Fantasia 2014, as well as in Japan where it sold over six-hundred thousand tickets on the weekend of August 1, becoming Japan's biggest weekend opener of the year.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

TeamBay Presents: GUN FIGHT PREVIZ with Stina Amedick


It's been a while since I shared any content from an indie group. Luckily the folks at TeamBay were kind enough to bring us something cool to look at in the form of a new pre-viz test fight clip featuring Stina Amedick.

Shane Black Lines Up To Direct 'Remo Williams' Reboot,THE DESTROYER

Director Guy Hamilton's 1985 mystical action caper comedy classic, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, a live action version of the mens' action novel franchise, The Destroyer, was a cult hit at the time despite mixed reviews and poor commercial performance. Nonetheless, it kept fans clammoring for a sequel, or even so much as a reboot, which was finally announced back in 2009.

New York City Set To Kick-Off The Premiere Of Martial Arts Crime Drama, BRUSH WITH DANGER

A new announcement has gone viral this week hailing the arrival of new blood for the martial arts action genre. Award-winning Indonesian martial arts and film brother/sister duo Ken Zheng and Livi Zheng have traveled the world in winning acclaim for their dynamic tournament performances within the past decade and it appears the two are now ready to hit the big screen with the forthcoming release of Livi's directorial debut, Brush With Danger, with both siblings starring.

Kevin Smith Dives Into Comic Book Movie Territory With YOGA HOSERS

It was announced back in July that actor, writer and director Kevin Smith was developing a sequel to his upcoming September 19 horror release, Tusk. The new TIFF 2014 entry contributes as a first to the True North Trilogy which will span three films rooted itself in Canadian folklore and mythology with Smith's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, and actress Lily-Rose Depp co-starring.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hip-Hop Martial Arts Flick, BATTLE B-BOY Gets A U.S. Release!

The business of filmmaking and distribution is always a mystery, particularly regarding how long it takes for some movies to release. The good news is that eventually they do, especially if you're a fan of hip-hop and martial arts action, in which case, you're in luck!

Watch The Full Trailer For NIGHTWING: THE SERIES


If you hace been keeping up with the official Ismahawk Facebook page, you've likely had the privilege of keeping up with any and all updates pertaining to their latest epic Batman-inspired DC fan project, Nightwing: The Series. Created by lead actor and producer Danny Shepherd, and co-producer Jeremy Le, the project has taken a couple of years to evolve with the help of crowdfunding and an arduous post-production process with director Adam Zielinski at the helm.

The Body Count Rises In The New UK Trailer For ZERO TOLERANCE

It's been a little over half a year since director Wych Kaosayanada's long-awaited 2012 bilingual crime thriller, Angels, took new life as Zero Tolerance, starring Dustin Nguyen, Sahajak Boonthanikit and Gary Daniels.

MYSTIC BLADE Slices Through With A New Poster And U.S. Release

Film producer, actor, martial arts stuntman and debut director David Ismalone (Ong Bak, The Protector 2), is setting the stage for the upcoming Thai premiere of the martial arts action flick, Mystic Blade. Award-winning martial artist, mentor, actor, stuntman, producer and screenwriter Don Ferguson takes center stage as he plows a path of vengeance through the team of clandestined assassins he used to work for.

Indonesian Action Legend Willy Dozan And Son Team Up In The New Trailer For DUEL: THE LAST CHOICE

If you were an action fan living in Indonesia, or if you loved kung fu movies at any point in the last century, your life was pretty good. The genre was quite prominent back then with almost a hundred movies produced per year, and by the 1990's you were likely a hardcore fan of action star and director Willy Dozan (a.k.a. Billy Chong).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Film Of The Week: THE EXPENDABLES 3 (2014)


SYNOPSIS:
Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. 
Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.

REVIEW:

In 2010, filmmaker Patrick Hughes earned the spotlight for his then-directorial debut Western thriller, Red Hill. It earned several nomimations and became a hit among audiences, including actor Sylvester Stallone who went on to officially announce Hughes as the director of the new film, The Expendables 3, after dropping twitter hints like crazy beforehand. And while reading his tweets, it seemed as if Stallone's vision intended on outdoing his predecessors, namely Rambo (2008), in light of all the hype involving the fanfare for R-rated action - something which the Expendables franchise became known for four years ago with the first film.

'Mack Bolan' Brings Bradley Cooper And Todd Phillips Aboard

Bradley Cooper in THE A-TEAM (2010)
Moviegoers can currently catch the voice of actor Bradley Cooper as a talking raccoon in Marvel's latest box office hit, Guardians Of The Galaxy. In the meantime, the star best known for his roles in such films as Limitless, The A-Team remake, and prominently in writer/director Todd Phillips's road comedy Hangover trilogy is currently on the path to work on forthcoming Mack Bolan project.

DANGER DOLLS Gets A Brand New Trailer

Following international sales holder Birch Tree Films's announcement back in May, a full length trailer for director Shûsuke Kaneko's sexy action fantasy flick, Danger Dolls. The film has since made some noise throughout the summer film festival circuit and will now grant other Asian cinema fans a viewing when it releases in Japan on September 27, 2014.

Art Camacho's New Action Thriller THE CHEMIST Starts Filming

If you're clammoring for another action thriller featuring actor and martial arts star Olivier Gruner (Nemesis, The Circuit films), then you're just in luck. In a matter of time, the actor will soon be seen in the latest directorial offering from award-winning action cinema favorite, Art Camacho (Recoil, Sci-Fighter) for the new thriller, The Chemist.