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It sure sucked being sick this past week. It's what slowed down a lot of content going into the weekend on top of work (yes, having to work while sick is a thing that exists. Call your Congressman and let's end this atrocity! 🤣)
Well, at least not right away. Thankfully I'm on better straits and this week's Hit List is back and ripe with all you love and enjoy about this site and what and who we try to discover and keep up with. Heather Woods is one of those very people as we kick off this week's playlist of stunt and demo reels followed by the performances of Austin Durden, David Russell Graham, Airon Armstrong, Kate Mah, David Lavallee Jr., Fernando Jay Huerto, Ai Ikeda, Gee Alexander, Alex McCaslin, Kate Cochran, Stephon Reynolds, freerunner Sydney Olson's most entry for Red Bull Art of Motion 2017, and a new temp fight coordinator reel by stunt professional Michael Lehr.
We won't lag too much here but it'll be enough to help keep the hype going for another project we caught a glimpse of in its poster and for which its official teaser has now arrived. Eden Grey is the name of the project for UK-based Tyrone Samuels whose second narrative shortfilm serves as the launchpad for fledgeling film group, Decoded Theory.
The upcoming short has actress Mhairy Calvey starring as soldier gone rogue with sensitive information regarding the clinical trials and experiments being conducted at the black site from which she's escaped. Marco Torrens, Keith Porter, Timothy Hofmeier, Gately Freeman, Hannah Chalmers and Al Roye also star and there's more info at the official website.
Thankfully week's round of online action isn't a huge endurance run but still comes with a LOT of meat to its bones and I'm starting it off with some stellar pre-viz work by this week's Monday night creature T. Ryan Mooney, and a double-up from filmmaker/stunt fighting auteur Vlad Rimburg. Thereafter, actor and martial artist Noah Fleder returns to the director's seat and thus to his ever-vigilant YouTube Star Wars fans at Force Storm Entertainment premiering the first of a new three-part miniseries, Lost Tales Of The Republic: The Purge - Part One, and WWE star David Otunga gives his son's kidnappers a run for their money in his recent Father's Day outing, Love, also starring David Otunga Jr. and from directors J.A. Croom and The Blasian Twins.
The next comes from filmmakers Shian Wen and its star, Kasimir Poh Cieslak who sent to me several weeks ago on social media and I weirdly didn't get the notification until last Tuesday and I'm glad I caught on to it soon enough to share with fans still fawning over for stylish action that belovedly echoes traces of The Raid for the hardcore niche. That said, the score for slickly-edited one-take knife-wielding action thriller, Stream, is unmistakably on a loop and some of the shots are really tight but you'll get a kick out of the amount of effort endurance Cieslak commits to in this piece.
Rounding out the playlist are two of the most high-powered shortfilms you'll see online. They're from Neill Blomkamp, a man who needs not a huge introduction for the fan acclaim he's since extended with the launch of Oats Studios with the releases of sci-fi action gems, Rakka and Firebase. Rather, what he needs, resoundingly, are people who won't throw red tape in his face the second he comes with a good idea in mind that any studio and its suits would be LUCKY to juxtapose themselves with, and with all rolling out from Oats Studios and its Volume One releases, you will amass reasons why aplenty.
I'll leave the rest to you fine people. Hit the play button and let 'er rip!
EXCLUSIVE: A filmmaker will go the extra mile to make a film happen, and with a concept that feels so good and workable that they're willing to risk more than enough. Finnish-Iranian actor and martial artist Ramin Sohrab certainly fits the mold with a career lasting up to a decade and wearing several hats throughout his career thusfar whilst primarily calibrating hismelf as Iran's answer to the likes of Jet Li or Donnie Yen. Malek, his 2014 proof-of-concept action short was a terrific exhibition of his skillset following four years of slow development in Iran and preceded another four years of even slower progress. His 2017 concept proof, Viulu, proved equally stellar despite taking it to BiFan at Korea last year in hopes of stirring up some funding only to end up seeing those efforts fall short as well.
Thus, landing right back at square one and with eight years in and nothing to show for it, Sohrab decided to tweak his 2014 gig just enough to earn the appeal of censors in Ira…
Crowdfunding officially kicked off on Monday with a new Indiegogo campaign for The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback. Action stars Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock are back and co-producing, as well as rejoining a cast of returning and new faces led by title star, actor Jansen Panettiere, and once more with writer/director Michael Baumgarten who helmed the first film as well as last year's Paying Mr. McGetty. Plot details are unknown for the sequel following the first installment centered on an embattled teenager struggling to face the odds in a new neighborhood with help of his martial arts expert sibs, Uncle Glen and Auntie Cindy. Returning are Brandon Tyler Russell, Matthew Ziff and martial artist TJ Storm to reprise their roles with Chuck Zito emerging for the sequel next to actor Sasha Mitchell and with award-winning stunt coordinator James Lew back to direct the action. Florida's Cocoa Beach will again serve as the backdrop from a script by Baumgarten with …
We've long known since last summer that a television spin-off series set in the John Wick universe was in the making. Pan over now to this week's events over at the Television Critics Association where news is just making headway for the series, The Continental, with word that the show has landed at Starz with actor Keanu Reeves attached. Serving as showrunner will be Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, Man in the High Castle) who will also pen the script outlining the show's forte exploring the auspices of the titular assassins' luxury hotel chain as seen in 2014's John Wick and last year's John Wick: Chapter Two. Thunder Road's Basil Iwaynk is executive producing along with franchise scribe Derek Kolstad, who has been building up his workload ever since then in addition to his latest start on STXfilms's Nobody with 87Eleven. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch who helmed the 2014 film and shared seperate duties on its sequel will also executive produc…