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PIMPKILLAH: Indie Comic Book And Film Auteur Sarah Bitely On The Evolution Of An Amazing Idea

About five years ago I managed to interview stuntwoman, actress and producer Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez. It was through her I managed to build a rapport with several other veterans and up-and-comers in the industry whilst getting an angle going on covering the stunt field and it was a privelege to be able to exchange with her than as it still is now from time to time.

She's a talented singer as well - a fact that I was reminded of clean and clear when last year, I managed to screen one of her most recent short film appearances, Pimpkillah, courtesy of filmmaker and comic book creator Sarah Bitely. I think it quite surprised Michelle and that was sort of the feeling I got when I commented on one of her posts at the time.

Alas, the shortfilm has since gone public, marking a significant milestone for the budding filmmaker and comic book creator who moved from her hometown on the outskirts of DC/Baltimore in Maryland to Los Angeles, California in 2010. Her coming out party has assuredly …

Liam Neeson Is Circling MEN IN BLACK For Sony

Well isn't this a fine "How do ya do?"
Fish around long enough online and you'll find some interesting plot hints for The Fate Of The Furious helmer F. Gary Gray's latest reboot take on Men In Black. Whatever the case may be, expect Thor 3 actors Chris Hemsworth and actress Tessa Thompson to lead the cast for the Sony production as the studio looks to make this franchise a thing come at least by next year.
This now brings us to Justin Kroll's exclusive at Variety which entails news of actor Liam Neeson now circling the role of the U.K. branch manager of the clandestined organization bent on operating in secrecy whilst monitoring and mitigating with extraterrestrial life on and around Earth. The role is in the same vein as that of the one played by Rip Torn in the original movies.
The report states this will be a pivot from Nesson's usual hard-edged, seasoned action thrillers - although honestly, I wouldn't mind seeing Neeson go Bryan Mills on some al…

JOHNNY Z: Get A Fresh Look At Martial Arts Mastery In A New Still

I've recently put The Hit List to temporary rest but I still have my eye on certain individual projects and gems hailing from the auspices of DC Stunt Coalition. On the feature film front however, I'm also definitely looking forward to whatever lies ahead in the coming months, and Johnny Z is certainly one of them. Billed as an action horror feature that nods to films like Land Of The Dead and The Raid, the project hails from a concept pitched earlier on through crowdsourcing with Johnathan Straiton directing from Black Mandala and Hurricane Bridge Entertainment.
The latest update being offered now lends us a clear look at actor and martial artist Felix Cortes who plays a martial arts master sought by one of his pupils, a half-human zombie seeking vengeance on the evil corporation that created him. Actor Michael Merchant leads the film with David McMahon, Jason Delgado, Elle Church and Wayne Johnson with a script by Ron Bonk and action sequences by Film Combat Syndicate favor…

SIX UNDERGROUND: Skydance, Netflix Pair Up For New Michael Bay Helmer, 'Deadpool' Star And Writers

I mean it when I say it: Spend your money on Deadpool 2 like nothing else matters.
Also, feast your eyes on this latest prospect signaling courtesy of Skydance Media, announcing a new partnership with Netflix to co-produce and release Six Undergroud. Plot details are nil but the presser highlights it as an original concept from Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, in which Ryan Reynolds will star with notable Transformers franchise helmer Michael Bay being tapped to direct.
I'm suddenly reminded all of Bay's films and the often lingering comedy and quips throughout between breif moments of dialogue and explosions and considering Reynolds' acumen for deadpan humor, characteristic of his on-pointe delivery as the R-rated merc with a mouth, I'm surprised Reynolds hasn't starred in a Bay film yet. Welp, I guess that's about to change and it could be a winning combination too.
Six Underground is reportedly gearing up for a summer start ahead of a 2019 rel…

PAPILLON: Down And Dirty Prison Brawls And Daring Escapes In The Official Trailer

Having found inspiration in the written and filmed life and times of Henri Charrière, Danish director Michael Noer's latest, Papillon, took to viewers late last year at the Toronto International Film Festival where Bleecker Street ultimately snagged the rights thereafter. This one bares a clear new look with some seriously brutal action that promises, hailed by the casting of Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek with a release date set for August 24, and on that note, a first official trailer to bide the time until then.
Based on the international best-selling autobiographic books “Papillon” and “Banco", the film follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with a convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to…

MADE IN CHINATOWN: Robert Samuels (H.K.S.A.) Antes Up As Co-Director For The New Martial Arts Mobster Comedy

With weeks away before cameras roll for upcoming martial arts mobster comedy, Made In Chinatown, we can report that the production will pair director Art Camacho with producer Robert Samuels who will also share the helm as co-director. The news comes roughly one week since Camacho's arrival to the director's chair after replacing another filmmaker who was already attached as the film underwent several months of development.
Camacho and Samuels will direct from a script by executive producer and author Mark V. Wiley that centers on Vinny, a hapless Chinatown resident who, with the help of his sifu and a select few good friends, works to assimilate himself into Italian mob life and gain top-tier status whilst in pursuit of the girl of his dreams. The independent New York City-set action comedy production lands stuntman, world-class wushu stylist and champion Gold medalist, actor Alfred Hsing (Ready Player One, Ip Man 3, Birth Of The Dragon) his first major acting role.
Hungry …

THE HIT LIST: May 21, 2018

I almost spent my Sunday lingering which I felt like doing frankly, but this week's Hit List needed to get going before long because I just know things are going to pile up like they did this past week and I really need to catch up. Needless to say, this will be the last Hit List installment until June 4 when we return with the usual round of exciting stunt and independent shortfilm content hitting the internets!

The incredible, nimble actor and martial artist Andy Le gets things started in electric fashion with a training reel hailing Martial Club's best, followed by Thekla Hutyrova, Luis Fernandez, Dylan Rampulla, Fernando Campos, Kiara Nowlin, Hawk Walts, János Bognár, Dmitrious Bistrevsky, Amanda Dellapenta and Bayland Kippenkroger.

The last few years have been a bit myopic in trying to get in touch with filmmaker Jeanne Jo. We recently connected this year and I was able to screen her most recent shortfilm, Punch Me, which she had been trying and failing to get into festiv…

JCVD/Lundgren Thriller BLACK WATER Lands A June 29 U.S. Release!

Saban Films has kept its own market waiting long enough it seems and thus, the official trailer went live for Pasha Patriki's latest, Black Water, hailing a fifth pairing for action star duo Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. The film is written by Chad Law with a story that centers on a deep cover operative who awakens, imprisoned in the confines of a CIA black site on a submarine and forced in a race against the clock to search for answers amidst a daring escape.
Action-movie icons Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren deliver a double shot of adrenaline-fueled excitement in this heartpounding undersea thriller. After a failed mission, deep-cover operative Wheeler (Van Damme) is imprisoned in a CIA black site on a submarine. The CIA agents will to go to any lengths to get information from Wheeler—but nothing can prepare them for the storm of violence that erupts when he joins forces with a fellow prisoner (Lundgren) as deadly as he is mysterious. Black Water opens throu…

Tiger Chen, Yayan Ruhian And Cecep Arif Rahman Join JOHN WICK: CHAPTER THREE

Right about now you're waiting news over any and all pertaining to Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter Three which is still in production. This week, some of the best news to arise now sees word that Tiger Chen, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman have all joined the production starring opposite Keanu Reeves who returns to star.
A few photos have gone viral in recent weeks seeing Chen merely hinting a presence on set but this latest update is official. The three are said to play opposite Keanu Reeves according news over at The Hollywood Reporter with Chen back on set following a starring role in the 2014 kung fu spiritual drama, Man Of Tai Chi.
It's an update worth noting as it hopefully sets up for a larger Hollywood screen presence for all three martial arts stars who've seen their rise in all of the last nine years collectively, including that of Chen whose friendship dates back to production on The Matrix trilogy. Ruhian and Rahman have been earning their claim to…

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER THREE Adds Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos, Anjelica Huston And More!

The May 17, 2019 release of John Wick: Chapter Three pretty much has everyone engaged losing their collective skulls at the moment. Production is already underway and confirming previous rumors of late is actress Halle Berry asserting her place in the cast.
Thus, she'll be joining in with a lot for the film's returning cast members, in addition to a wave of new names totaling actors Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick all reprising their roles, and with actresses Asia Kate Dillon and Anjelica Huston, and actors Mark Dacascos and Jason Mantzoukas to the cast.
The production has released cast cards with the roles all respective to the performers listed for whom Chad Stahelski will direct for Lionsgate for the production's remaining duration. Check it all out below and stay tuned, because I'm ready for more surprises!

Brian De Palma's SCARFACE To Celebrate 35 Years Of Saying Hello To His Little Friend In Select Cities Next Month!

Apart from any and all progress with Universal Pictures's treatment of the 1983 hit pic, Scarface, attendees at last month's 17th Tribeca Film Festival were able to catch an exclusive screening of Brian De Palma's classic crime drama, as well as a post-screening panel with the director and select stars Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer to celebrate the film's 35th anniversary.
Going forward, if you weren't able to attend to even so much as see the film on the big screen then don't fret. The Tribeca Film Festival pushed a new announcement on Monday going forward, signaling a new endeavor with a delightful first for the festival itself, teaming up with Universal Pictures and Screenvision Media to showcase both the film and the discussion in select cities and theaters next month throughout North America.
Ticket pre-orders are now available by clicking here. Read onward and get yours today!