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THE HIT LIST: August 14, 2017

My weekend was pretty huge for movies. My thoughts on Wolf Warrior 2 are up on my Instagram as well as posts about S.S. Rajamouli's Bahubali saga so feel free to skim those through and follow me as well as I also cross post news there.

The news also includes the latest on what's what in the weekly Hit List and we begin with a new round of stunt and training reels from around the web. Anna Akimova gets things going this week with her latest reel followed by Jake TeelD.L. MacDonaldTyler Street, Jessica Stafford, Graham Hooper, Andy Whitmarsh, Samuel HorowitzMonica LopezNoel MartinezCasey MichaelsBronson Cameron, Yessenia Cossio, Aaron D. Alexander, Antjuan Rhames, Donovan Law, Ai Ikeda, Justin Mane, Lukaz Leong and Cassie Lee Minnick, along with Benjamin J. Redic III and the crew at Ballistic Blade, multifaceted stuntmen and fight choreographers Fernando Jay Huerto and Geo Corvera, and Australia's own Asaya Yasushi with a newly launched team reel for Team Yas!

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THE VILLAINESS: Take A Swipe At The UK Trailer!

I'm a happy camper. Director Jung Byung-Gil's The Villainess is set to have its day here in the U.S. in just over a week following an eventful film festival run that garnered swarms of praise on many fronts, and having been unable to attend any events myself, I can only hope I'll get to share the experience with friends by then.
The wait overseas, however, will be a bit longer as Arrow Films is poised to present the new assassin thriller in U.K. cinemas on September 15. An official trailer was unveiled this week and you can a take a look below to get a whiff of what all the fuss is about. Exploding onto the screen in a kinetic flurry of hyper-stylised action, The Villainess is a stunning vengeance film that draws its inspiration from western classics including Nikita and Kill Bill.Sook-hee (Kim Ok-bin, Thirst) is a trained assassin who takes revenge on the men who murdered her father in a breathtaking opening sequence. After losing consciousness she awakes at the National …

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6 Star's Stunt Injury Presets Shut Down Thru October

By now you've probably seen the viral video of actor Tom Cruise injuring himself during a stunt on the Paris set of the sixth Mission Impossible film. Thankfully it hasn't suffered tragedy currently being endured on two other known productions this summer, but it does exemplify the dangers stunt performers, and even bold actors face when pushing the envelope -  something Cruise is known to do.
Well... pushing it this time around has cost him, at least tentatively, sending the production into an eight-week hiatus, and producers into troubleshooting mode, according to sources reported by The Wrap. The injury in question occured when Cruise, wire rigged for a jump from one platform of a building to another, leapt too short and slammed his knees into the adjacent wall, forcing him to catch himself before trying and failing to continue the take in mid-limp.
The goal now as producers weigh their options is to recommence principal photography in October and wrap before Christmas. Ju…

[UPDATED] DEADPOOL 2 To Resume Filming Following Stuntwoman's Tragic Accident

The events of the last 72 hours have been, to say the least, pressing. The tragedy that struck the outdoor set of 20th Century Fox's upcoming sequel, Deadpool 2, serves as a staunch reminder of how dangerous the craft of stunt performance can be, as is always the case, and with the occasional on-set mishaps that can occur on set.

These are, in sum, the conditions from which the production now works on recovering from as filming returns from its two-day hiatus in the wake of the tragic accident that occured on Monday with the death of Joi "SJ" Harris. Harris, pioneering as the first African-American female professional road racer licensed years earlier to compete by American Motorcyclist Association, imported from New York City to the Vancouver set where the specific stunt required was rehearsed all of Saturday and Sunday, and more than five times on Monday. It would have been her first featured film stunt credit doubling for Domino principal, actress Zazie Beetz.
The ne…

Daniel Craig On Returning As 007: 'Yes.'

Say what you will about this one, but only actor Daniel Craig could answer why he waited this long to confirm what the NY Times reported last month on the actor's return to the title role for EON Productions's new 007 film. Alas, Craig, who stars this Friday in Steve Soderbergh's heist comedy, Logan Lucky, took to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to share the good news with fans, marking his own fifth reprisal for the 25 installation of the franchise character.

Bond franchise scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are penning the script with Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli producing for the film's November 2019 release in the U.K. and subsequently in the U.S. and worldwide to follow. Further crewing and casting news remains pending on who will join Craig follwing Spectre (2015) which raked in over $880 million dollars at the box office, just shy of the $1.1 billion dollars raked in by its predecessor, Skyfall (2012) - both  directed by Sam Mendes.
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John Woo's MANHUNT Hails The 'Return Of The Maestro' In The New International Teaser Trailer

It was back in 2010 when acclaimed Asian action auteur, John Woo, received the Golden Lion for Career Achievement in Venice. It was also right around when he had completed the 2008/09 war epic, Red Cliff, nearly fifteen years following a post-Hong Kong crossover career into Hollywood that saw him directing a litany of titles that continue to pale in comparison to Woo's glory days of heroic bloodshed and bullet ballet crime thrillers like A Better Tomorrow and Hard Boiled.
It's an era that fans have never forgotten. It is also one that stands as the perpetual driving force for Woo's latest return to form, Manhunt, hailing from Media Asia this week in an ambitious remake effort inspired by Sato Junya's 1976 film adaptation of Nishimura Juko's earlier novel, "Hot Pursuit" which has Zhang Hanyu (Operation Mekong) leading the cast opposite Fukuyama Masaharu Fukuyama (Like Father, Like Son), and actresses Ha Ji-Won (The Huntresses) and Stephy Qi (Mission Milan…

DEFECTIVE: Sibs Fight To Escape A Robotic Police State In The First Teaser

Canadian writer-director Reese Eveneshen (Dead Genesis) now has his latest succession in cinema with upcoming sci-fi, Defective. The visuals and overall tone are well knit below in a debut teaser trailer hailing from High Octane Pictures who will be representing international sales in upcoming markets before releasing in 2018.
Colin Paradine and Raven Cousins lead the cast of the film which tells of a man and his estranged sister as they fight to flee for their lives after learning the deadly secrets of a sinister corporation. Ashley Armstrong, Dennis Andres, Jamie Elizabeth Sampson, Ry Barrett and Christopher Spaleta also star.


THE PRISON: Well Go USA Hails New Blu-Ray Artwork For Na Hyun's Crime Debut

Pre-Order THE PRISON [Blu-ray] Today!
2017 continues to be a year of excellence for Well Go USA with releases for both the big and small screens. Their latest affair now has a September 12 Blu-Ray and VoD release for Na Hyun's directorial debut, The Prison.

Check out the announcement below as well as the artwork and stay tuned for an official trailer. As for all else, be sure to pre-order your copy today!
PLANO, TEXAS. (August 15, 2017) – An ex-cop convict joins the secret crime syndicate run by those behind prison walls in the crime thriller THE PRISON, available on digital and Blu-ray™ September 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment.  Yu-gon (Kim Rae-won, Gangnam Blues), a troubled former police inspector, is sentenced to prison for a hit-and-run accident, placing him with other inmates that he had put behind bars. While inside, he discovers the entire penitentiary is controlled by an inmate (Han Suk-kyu, The Berlin File) who is running a crime syndicate with the help of the warden a…

BEYOND SKYLINE: Frank Grillo And Iko Uwais Battle Aliens In The International Teaser Trailer

The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…

Dwayne Johnson Sets Genghis Khan Tomb Hunt Pic To Produce; Writer Attached

Whether or not his Presidential run remains a thing from here on, actor Dwayne Johnson is sure to keep abreast of possibilities in film be it in front of the camera, or behind. His latest regards the latter with The Huntsman: Winter's War and Beauty And The Beast co-scribe Evan Spiliotopolous's latest penning assignment centered on the epic hunt for Genghis Khan's tomb.
Further story details and casting remain pending. Johnson and partner Dany Garcia are executive producing the film via their Seven Bucks Productions banner whose president of production, Hiram Garcia will produce. Robert Zemeckis is also executive producing at ImageMovers with Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine producing and Universal Pictures's Jay Polidoro and Lexi Barta overseeing.
The move is just the latest for Johnson in the wake of a raft of films still forthcoming, including 2018 arrivals, Brad Peyton's Rampage and Rawson Marshall Thurber's Skyscraper. Jaume Collet-Serra's Jungle Cruise s…