Sunday, August 31, 2014
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.
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
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.
|Tadanobu Asano in MONGOL (2007)|
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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.
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:
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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.
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.
|Bradley Cooper in THE A-TEAM (2010)|
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.