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CALM IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: Actor And Filmmaker Choice Skinner On Life And Living, Fandom And Film

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Making a film of any kind takes some seriously hard work, especially one that pushes boundaries. I've never been in an editing booth, although I can imagine the tediousness that comes with putting together a project that can be physically and mentally demanding on its face. Throw in the bread and butter of special visual effects and although your time is your own, you're ultimately on a whole other battlefield.
It's an emotion that's understandable for want of being a creative and to be able to share it with audiences. After all you've been through in life until now and investing a heavy portion of your time and energy on a project like Black Lightning: Tobias's Revenge, actor and filmmaker Choice Skinner is more than qualified on the matter after winning Best Fan Film at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo last November.

"The team and I were honored to have been selected and screened at such a prestigious event." says Skinner before giving praise to the…

Hasumi Eiichiro's OVER DRIVE Meet Your Need For Speed In The First Teaser

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Hats off to Wild 7 and Mozu helmer Hasumi Eiichiro whose latest effort marks a nice looking return to the racing genre for Over Drive. Its latest teaser certainly aims high on the octane for a good sample with a release date currently set for June 1 with Higashide Masahiro (Sekigahara) and Mackenyu (Jojo's Bizzare Adventure) leading the narrative.
At the SCRS (Seiko Cup Rally Series), talented young drivers hope to advance to the WRC (World Rally Championship). Hiyama Atsuhiro is the chief mechanic and an engineer at Supika Racing Factory. He is well regarded by his peers. His younger brother is Naozumi. He is an extremely gifted driver for Supika Racing Factory, but he is also a troublemaker. They continually argue because of Naozumi's reckless racing style. One day, Endo Hikaru becomes his manager. Morikawa Aoi (Ninja The Monster) also stars along with Kitamura Takumi (Destruction Babies), Machida Keita (HiGH&LOW franchise) and Yoshida Kotaro (Teiichi: Battle Od Supreme H…

BLEACH: New Live-Action Teaser Footage Finally Introduces Ichigo's Heroine!

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I wouldn't rest too long on actor Fukushi Sota if you're minding this year's intake of live-action manga fare. More footage is finally rolling out in the tiniest bits from his latest, Kubo Tite's BLEACH, hailing from director Sato Shinsuke of GANTZ and Library Wars fame and for that, we get a thirty-second glimpse of what last year's twenty-second teaser was all about.
Indeed, it's Fukushi reunited with Blade Of The Immortal co-star Sugisaki Hana re-enacting the pivotal moment in which a Ichigo, high school delinquent who can see ghosts is embued with supernatural powers by Rukia, a Soul Reaper injured from battling a "Hollow". That's the big creature meeting its demise and for an anime adaptation, there's a good chance this production did what it felt needed to make such a film happen, especially for a manga with fifteen years of source material...
Talk about playing it close to the chest. 
Expect more casting and more footage updates before…

DO[S]A: Don't Miss The Trailer For Ifa Ifansyah's Original Martial Arts Action Series Drama

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Willing to take on the title of leading brand of Southeast Asian consumer entertainment, Malaysia-based Astro had been spreading its wings some with a number of filmmakers to develop projects. Celebrated Indonesian director, Ifa Isfansyah (The Golden Cane Warrior) and acclaimed screenwriter Salman Aristo (Yasmine) are just a few of those people in mind with DO[S]A, an original Malaysia-Indonesia collaboration featuring a strong that otherwise enables co-starring actor Cecep Arif Rahman to enhance some great fight action to top the drama. The story tells of three older brothers, Fuad (Ashraf Sinclair), Farid (Remy Ishak) and Fahad (Hisham Hamid)  raised through religion and martial arts, try to protect their headstrong sister, Fara (Shenty Feliziana) who has fallen for a man, Arian (Reuben Elishama) escaping the same underground organisation ‘Gerbang Utara’ that their father, Latif (Dato’ M. Nasir) had previously abandoned.Upon arriving in Jakarta, the group find their lives turned ups…

THE HIT LIST: February 19, 2018

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Welp... it's been a less than ceremonious weekend for me. Being sick didn't help much for want of seeing Black Panther (guess who is avoiding Facebook to abstain from spoilers!), but it did give me a chance to do some important work for the site.

Ultimately, that includes introducing the week's entries for The Hit List now online and with none other than stuntwoman Tally Rodin getting our stunt playlist off to an explosive start. Following that are reels by Aidan Kennedy, Ronnie Shalvis, Nilo Ghajar-Williams, Thomas Lorber and a parkour jam sesh hosted by 3Run. Rounding it all out are Daniel Bodlák, Marco Falcone, Emily Tung, Jae Greene, Rebecca Ahn and Robin Calvo.


Making the trailer rounds this week we now have a look at an upcoming project over at the Lunar Stunts channel with Cabine Mortelle. Plot details are nil but the teaser itself is really all you need to figure it out as it somehow leads to some fantastic fight scenery among our cast listing Allen Quindiagan, Pa…

Indie Action PRIME!

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The days of video stores are long behind us, as are the days of distributors throwing literally EVERYTHING at the booming DVD market. In those halcyon days, independent distributors were lining up to partner with (see: take advantage of) indie filmmakers and help chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video fill the gaps in their shelves between big Hollywood releases. For those of us brave enough to wade through this swamp of content, the occasional diamonds felt like a gift from god. 
For every 10 unmitigated disasters, there was a gem like Mean Guns or Extreme Heist to incentivize further exploration. Sadly those days are lost to time; a fading piece of nostalgia that older millennials will lament to future generations. But maybe those days aren't totally lost. The torch of obscure video store treasures may have been passed to an unlikely new champion... Amazon Prime!
From the beginning, Amazon Prime felt grittier than the other big dog of streaming, Netflix. It was a bit more …

EFM 2018: Well Go USA Nabs BUYBUST For A 2018 Theatrical Release

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Well Go USA continues to prove itself to be a Mecca for genre speciality in Asian cinema for North America. The latest in point hails from breaking news from The Hollywood Reporter with word on the distributor's acquisition of Erik Matti's BuyBust, which opens theatrically in the Philippines pending a new release date to be announced.
The On The Job and Honor Thy Father helmer directs from his own story scripted by Anton Santamaria in which Australian actress Anne Curtis plays the rookie member of an elite anti-drug narc squad forced to fight its way out of Manila's most dangerous slum following a poorly-planned buy-bust. The film also stars MMA champion Brandon Vera, with Joross Gamboa, Mara Lopez, Nonie Buencamino, AJ Muhlach and Victor Neri rounding out the cast with stuntman and fight choreographer Sonny Sison (Broken Path, Nilalang) designating the brutal fight scenery, partly sampled in a proof-of-concept action sequence featuring Curtis last month.
Matti's 19th fe…

SNOWFLAKE Trailer: Crime Comedy With A Touch Of Fisticuffs And The Crazy

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Signaling a feature debut of their own, Adolfo J. Kolmerer and William James were proudly featured among the roster for Raven Banner's presentation at EFM this week. Among the line-up is German action thriller, Snowflake, billed accordingly on the artwork and with a fine trailer now online that mixes and mingles crime comedy with a mix of gonzo that aims to assure a crowdpleaser for audiences. Take a dash of Tarantino, a splash of Coen brothers, a metric ton of pretzel-logic self-awareness, and a fast-paced series of humorously violent misadventures, and you’re halfway to grasping the magnificent German madness of this bizarre import. Hunting down the murderer of their families in a near-future Berlin, a gang of lowlife characters all want revenge on each other, but along the way they must contend with a myriad of wicked fairytale types—assassins, madmen, a blood-covered angel, and an electric-powered superhero—all apparently come to life through a screenplay written by a demented…

MVD Rewinds With Jean-Claude Van Damme In February And June!

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Guess at your own pace when exactly the time will arrive for any number of action star Jean-Claude Van Damme's much-hyped projects to come will take shape. His career will always be an enduring staple for action fans and with MVD Entertainment Group, the gusto is all the same with at least two of their forthcoming MVD Rewind Collection releases, firstly with #3 - Black Eagle in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD Special Edition combo pack coming February 27, 2018.

The latter sits at #8 with Sheldon Lettich's Hard Times remake, Lionheart, also in two-disc Blu-ray + DVD Special Edition combo pack on June 12, 2018 and containing all-new exclusive material, including a newly commissioned interview with the star himself. This one baffles the mind a bit as of late with fan interest currently piqued for a sequel and one only wonders when the wheels will finally start turning.

Read on below with all the official specifics listed and check back over at MVDshop.com for all the Van Damme goodies…

Review: DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LIVING DEAD Honors The Living With Love And Laughter

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One can certainly comprehend sticking with what works as a creative. With director Kim Sok-Yun's commitment to mining the work of author Kim Tak-Hwan undoubtedly comes a delightful trio of entries with the Detective K franchise that began in 2011 and clearly it's done the filmmaker some justice after working in television in the early two thousandsies.
Both the first and second films remain wishlist items for me while Well Go USA has since taken it upon themselves to harbor the release of the latest installment, Detective K: Secret Of The Living Dead. Watching this, it became even more intriguing wondering how the first two would play out on a narrative level prior to constructing a threequel considering what unfolds.
Lee Nam-Kyu, who had a hand in adapting the screenplay with other writers for the first two films, lends us a solo act this time around with a screenplay that incorporates a steady presentation of odd-couple slapstick comedy to pair with the horror and mystery. …