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Rising Action Star Jose Manuel Talks THE MAN FROM KATHMANDU

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Much has happened this year for actor and martial artist Jose Manuel. Interviewing him back in April was something of a milestone achievement, and no less for a rising star who himself has contributed years of sharpening talent and unmitigated resolve toward growing into the headlining action star he strives to be to date since making history in 2012 with Puerto Rican martial arts action feature, El Testigo (The Witness).

His recent 'Best' wins for the Short Film Competition and Blood Sweat And Bones categories at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo on November 10 are also doing plusses for him this month. Retribution won the latter of the two and you can currently catch that one via YouTube. The other, Uncompromised, still stands plenty to gain with Manuel taking the lead next year following his current endeavors in Nepal.

For this, we bring you The Man From Kathmandu, hailing from Nakim Uddin - head of Nepal's largest theatrical exhibitor, QFX Cinemas, and marking anothe…

THE SHANGHAI JOB: Orlando Bloom Takes Charge In The Latest U.K. Trailer

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Going for a much more commercial approach, UK outlet Signature is tackling the early 2018 rollout of Charles Martin's latest action thriller now titled The Shanghai Job. Flickering Myth premiered an official trailer this week for the Orlando Bloom headliner which also has Ip Man 1 and 2 cohorts Lynn Xiong, Simon Yam and Xing Yu starring.
Washed-up private security agent Danny Stratton has been reduced to low level bodyguarding operations, after a botched job when a Van Gogh painting in his care was stolen. He gets a chance to restore his reputation when he’s given the rare opportunity to escort a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai. In the course of the mission he is ambushed, and, with the safety of the woman he loves in jeopardy, Danny has to work with his team of experts to save her, whilst also outsmarting the devious mastermind behind the heist. UK audiences will get a stab at the new thriller on VOD beginning January 29, 2018 before snagging the DVD starting February 5 …

MONSTER HUNT 2: Wuba Hits A Roadblock In The Latest Teaser For Raman Hui's Fantasy Sequel

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2015 was a milestone year for burgeoning filmmaker Raman Hui. That CG hybrid creature fantasy, Monster Hunt, became the highest grossing film in China until this year is no easy feat to achieve and took quite the ambitious steps it needed to so and now together with producer Bill Kong, the two are back to see if lighting can strike twice with forthcoming sequel, Monster Hunt 2.

Bai Baihe and Jing Boran return with the addition Tony Leung Chiu-wai to continue the story of Wuba, a baby monster born to be king whose survival is the only thing that can stave off civil war in a world where monsters and humans co-exist. Lionsgate is planning a day-and-date release in the U.S. and U.K. to coincide with its Chinese New Year premiere in February.

Previous few teasers haven't been much but this one actually has some footage to it. Check it out!



DEVILS UNTO DUST: New Regency Nabs Film Rights To Forthcoming Novel

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Fledgeling author and Texas native Emma Berquist is poised to debut her first novel, Devils Unto Dust next Spring courtesy of HarperCollins via Greenwillow. In the meantime, feature film rights to the book have since been preemptively acquired by New Regency whose Arnon Milchan will produce with Big Talk's Nira Park. Described as TRUE GRIT meets 28 DAYS LATER, Devils Unto Dust tells the story of 17 year old Daisy Wilcox’s journey through 1870’s West Texas during a Reconstruction period plagued by a deadly virus infecting thousands with a rabies-like disease that turns people into murderous “Shakes.” When Daisy’s father disappears, Daisy hires two Shake-hunters who specialize in killing the infected, and sets off into the terrorscape of the western frontier to find him.
"Very occasionally, you read a piece of material that stops you in your tracks. Devils Unto Dust is just such a piece and we’re thrilled Emma's trusting us with adapting,” said Big Talk founder and producer…

Martial Arts Thriller NIGHTSHOOTERS Commences Filming In London, Adds More To Cast

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Production has officially begun for UK action thriller, Nightshooters ahead of its Summer 2018 release. Colin and Magpie helmer Marc Price is directing for Ascendant Releasing with word from The Fan Carpet that Band Of Brothers cohorts Doug Allen and BAFTA award-winning Nicholas Aaron have joined the cast.
Allen will play a washed-up B-movie action star next to lead actor Jean-Paul Ly in the role of Donnie, both who accidently stumble upon a gangland hit. Aaron will play one of the leaders of the gang pursuing Donnie and his crewmates. Ly, the burgeoning U.K. actor and martial artist who led Jimmy Henderson's Cambodian action thriller, Jailbreak, to multi-festival acclaim this year, was officially added to the cast at the start of the month.
via The Fan Carpet: “Having worked with Doug twice before, I’m delighted we’ll be collaborating once again on NIGHTSHOOTERS. Doug has a fantastic CV and I’m sure will once again bring an amazing performance to the screen”, says Executive Produ…

Gareth Evans's GANGS OF LONDON Toplines Pulse's TV Slate For Cinemax And Sky

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Fan favorite Gareth Huw Evans is on the way with a new serial crime drama, Gangs Of London for HBO's Cinemax and Sky Atlantic. Looking to bring a new "cinematic viewing experience" as Deadline quotes Evans, the show marks a small-screen first for Pulse Films whose Thomas Benski, Founder and Chief Executive, describes the show as the "ideal calling card" to launch Pulse's TV slate.

Readying a 2019 launch, the show is set in contemporary London, now ground zero for international gang warfare as the assassination of a crime boss initiates a power vacuum that uproots the fragile peace between other gangs and sends the underworld into chaos. The show stems from an original idea from Evans and noted cinematographer Matt Flannery best known for lensing the brutal martial arts action scenes in Evans' The Raid and The Raid 2.
Pulse is producing with Jane Featherstone's Sister Pictures co-producing.
Both Evans and Flannery are directing the series as well as…

THE HIT LIST: November 20, 2017

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I was a little more keen on taking this week off given the forthcoming holiday, but I was already on par for another installment of the Hit List so I figured "why not?"...

Alas, we've arrived to another spiffy new around of demo reels and action gems to help warm you up. Cameron Bostanabad kicks off this week's round of stunt and training reels followed by Wes Cochran, Braelyn Smallwood, Megan Dorn (https://www.megandorn.com), Andrew Mihalko, Jason Linere White, Barrett Coates, Al Dupont, Ryan Raspberry, Bryan Dodds, Joshua Zacharias and the daring feats of Kimberly Shannon Murphy (www.kimberlyshannon.net).

Enjoy!

This week is an especially ceremonial time for folks freshly off of this month's Urban Action Showcase & Expo fallout. Angel Vasquez hails as yet another fledgling talent from Puerto Rico with plenty of time spent collaborating under fellow rising star Jose Manuel's North Compass banner. Thus, Vasquez is poised to present his own project to the ma…

BULLET HEAD: Man's Best Friend Ain't Very Friendly In The Official Trailer

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Paul Solet's new crime thriller is getting a theatrical release on December 8. I speak of Bullet Head following its acquisition by Saban back in September and a trailer has been online for several days now sampling a bit of the essential kinetic chills and thrills to be expected.

For this, we get Adrien Brody, John Malkovich and Rory Culkin starring in a story among other intertwining stories that focus on love, fear and conditioning, and the wrong turns that tend to have us land in the dog house. Save for further largess on the matter, the dog hunting our cast down is most certainly pissed.

Antonio Banderas also stars in this one - Can't say I know why but clearly his badass screen persona here lends something cool and wicked to viewers. Check out the trailer:


STRATTON: Don't Miss The Official U.S. Trailer For Simon West's Novel Adaptation Thriller

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Following this year's release of Saban-acquired action adventure, Salty, Momentum Pictures is following suit on January 5 with the long-awaited run of Duncan Falconer novel adaptation, Stratton. An official trailer has already begun circulating as of a few weeks ago marking the latest campaign for the new espionage thriller since opening in France and other markets previous and pending. ​Based on the novel series of the ​same name,​ STRATTON is directed by Simon West (The Expendables 2, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and stars Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Need for Speed), Austin Stowell (Whiplash, Colossal), Gemma Chan (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Submarine), Thomas Kretschmann  (Jungle, King Kong), Tyler Hoechlin ("Teen Wolf," Everybody Wants Some!!)​, with Tom Felton  (Harry Potter series)​ and Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman, Gladiator)​ and Derek Jacobi (Murder on the Orient Express, The King's Speech). ​When a high-stakes M16 mission t…

'Ruthless' Helmer's Feminist Revenge Western Short, THE GOOD TIME GIRLS, Gets The Feature Treatment

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Following her attachment to action spec, Ruthless, Baby Driver and The Hateful Eight costume designer, filmmaker Courtney Hoffman is advancing into feature-length with her Summer short, The Good Time Girls. The project was shot on 35mm and made as part of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and Refinery 29's Shatterbox Anthology. 
As Deadline reported on Friday, Argent Pictures obtained the feature film rights with Hoffman at helm from a script written with co-scribe Lucy Teitler. Jill Ahrens will produce for Argent next to Jordana Mollick for Haven Entertainment and Nine Stories's Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker. Argent's own Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo are executive producing next to Mandalay's Jason Michael Berman, Jaywalker Pictures's Jayme Lemons and Shannon McIntosh, and Haven Entertainment’s Brendan Bragg.
The Good Time Girls short, which played pivotally in landing Relentless for Hoffman back in September, is led by actress Laura Dern for the story of a group…