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Review: BUSHWICK Catches You Between The Mood, New York City, And Civil War

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Fast forward three years later and having proven themselves in the public arena with the 2014 horror favorite, Cooties, directing duo Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott are back with their latest conceptual head-turner. It is one that stems from darker auspices eeriely forecast through a nightmarish lens unto today's American politics for something of pure fantasy and, ultimately, a show of strength in character-driven storytelling that is sure to leave an impression.
For better or worse, Bushwick, in part, accomplishes this in the course of its kinetic, steadily and often fast-moving pace from a script by Nick Damici and Graham Reznick. Actress Brittany Snow takes the lead with actor Dave Bautista as the two shepherd the narrative in the respective roles of Lucy and Stupe, oddly and reluctantly paired as they fight to survive deadly skirmishes with an invading Texas militia canvassing the neighborhood with deadly force as part of a multiterritorial effort toward seceding from the …

Todd Phillips Will Direct A JOKER Movie For Warner Bros; Martin Scorsese Producing

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I don't know about you, but I enjoyed the overall span of The Hangover Trilogy from War Dogs director Todd Phillips. He's got a great handle on comedy but I'm a little more fascinated by what he might be able to bring to a more grounded, dark and cerebral narrative...
At least that's what's being offered with news that a deal is set for Phillips to direct a new Joker movie that will be a lauchpad for a fledgeling, to-be-named WB/DC banner in which it can create projects and expand on DC characters. Phillips is joined by 8 Mile, Stronger and The Fighter scribe Scott Silver in penning the script, and will produce the film with Martin Scorsese.
An intriguing part is the setting. The intention is to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City that isn’t meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese’s films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy. Details remain as things start to brew but the rep…

BEYOND SKYLINE: One Girl Is The Key To It All In The Latest Trailer

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If last week's trailer reveal for Liam O'Donnell's new sci-fi, Beyond Skyline wasn't enough, a second trailer has arrived for your viewing pleasure ahead of its upcoming releases. This one delves more into the story and crux of the character played by Frank Grillo who lands in Indonesia at somepoint amid the invasion.
Among our characters, we meet the role played by actress Bojana Novakovic, as well as the image of a young girl who turns out to be the subject of the dialogue as some kind of "key". This, next to the story of a cop trying to rescue his son from an alien ship just adds more stakes to take in...and from O'Donnell's own script at that.
Topping it all off course is some tasty action shots featuring Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, adding further excitment to the film's push. It comes out in November in Indonesia with other dates in tow.
Watch the trailer now!

Common's BLACK SAMURAI Series Lands At STARZ

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It was last June that actor Common (John Wick: Chapter Two, AMC's Hell On Wheels) and producer/filmmaker RZA were pairing up with Wu Films to advance their own take on Marc Olden's 1974 novel, Black Samurai. As such, with enough time and effort comes per the succession of milestones, now with word that the show has officially landed at Starz according to trade news broken on Tuesday.

RZA and Jerry Bruckheimer will executive produce the series which succeeds Al Adamson's 1977 Jim Kelly-headlining adaptation of Olden's book. The series will see Common in the role of Robert Sand, a former soldier belaguered by racism, and raised and trained in the samurai arts for seven years by the master who rescued him, only to walk the path of vengeance and self-discovery when he learns of his master's death and that of his beloved samurai brothers.

THR reports the tone of the drama will be treated with a mash-up of martial arts and spy tropes infused with the heart, soul and mus…

TAM CAM: THE UNTOLD STORY: Veronica Ngo's Freshman Fantasy Adaptation Scores A U.S. Trailer

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You can expect to catch her briefly in this December's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In the meantime, The Rebel and Clash actress Veronica Ngo's latest directorial debut is making the rounds ahead of a limited theatrical U.S. release this September for fantasy drama adventure, Tam Cam: The Untold Story. Adapted from a Vietnamese fairy tale, Tam Cam: The Untold Story is similar in narrative structure to Cinderella: kind and beautiful Tam is ill-treated by her stepmother and stepsister, but a fairy guardian watches over her. A demon pretending to be a faithful servant to the king waits for an opportunity to become human. The intrepid prince is asked to marry politically but he declares that he is going to marry the woman whose feet fit the silk shoes, hoping it’s Tam, whom he met by chance. The official trailer is live as of July and a date is still pending from Cleopatra Entertainment who acquired the rights. Check it out below!


THE HIT LIST: August 21, 2017

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So...how was your weekend? I spent mine reviewing a few titles - one which apparently led people to think I was picking a fight with a martial arts expert who lives thousands of miles away from me, which is...STILL hilarious. 

Anyway, I also got to look at some great shortfilm items in the past week and I've gladly collated them for this week's installment of the Hit List, kicking off with another round of awesome stunt reels and other cool film bits from around the web. Stuntwoman Ellette Craddock gets a spotlight twice over this week, beginning with her new stunt reel, followed by reels from Brady Jo Merriman, Josh Schmitt, Michael Hartwick and Beni Alexander with action actor and filmmaker Jarrod Crooks, stunt players Tom Caserto, Girvan Bramble and Anton Guryanov, and 3Run Ambassador, stuntman and traceur Bogdan Pascal trekking the terrain in Bilbao, Spain.

Promotional bits are few this week, but ample enough to serve your needs and first up is a trailer from Gunsavior Pic…

Screen Gems Moves Forward With Police Bodycam Fugitive Thriller, EXPOSURE

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It's an all too-familiar setting often times when reading or watching local headline news regarding crime and police bodycams. From a creative standpoint, it's also understable that it be seen as ample source material for other media and storytelling and so the folks at Screen Gems are moving in on something in that territory as of this week.
It arrives now in the form of action spec script, Exposure, from screenwriter Peter A. Dowling with word that Sean Sorensen (Mayhem), who brought the package tobScreen Gems's SVP Production, Eric Paquette, is set to produce the film with Paquette himself overseeing. It'll take some time before we see more movement on this as history has often proven when it comes to certain spec scripts, but with a premise like this, I can already feel the promise it bodes, reading rightly as a fugitive cop action thriller with a Black female lead.
A rookie African-American female cop in Detroit rounds the corner just as corrupt officers are murd…

Well Go USA Announces LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE: VOLUME THREE

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I won't lie. I watched the pilot episode of Well Go USA's latest release, Legend Of Bruce Lee, and it's been weeks since I cared enough to look at the second episode and thereafter. The show runs enduringly high on drama and the dubbing is equally exasperating, but that doesn't cancel out the fact that this show has an audience since its heyday in 2008. And Danny Chan? Well... he sells it, I suppose.
Beyond that, if you've been watching the series and are keen on Well Go USA's forthcoming third volume of the show, you're more than welcome to set the date for October 3, 2017. I may just continue onward with it myself but I'm eager to hear your thoughts on the show myself, especially considering we're just days away from the BH Tilt/WWE Studios release of Birth Of The Dragon.
It's a high time to be a Bruce Lee fan, I suppose. PLANO, TEXAS. (August 21, 2017) – Danny Chan (Ip Man 3, Kung Fu Hustle) returns in the final 10 episodes chronicling the life …

Pedro Pascal Is Up To Join THE EQUALIZER 2

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It's funny. I haven't had a lot of incentive to get into such a variety of streaming TV programs what with all the amime I'm already taking in. However, being already familiar with the work of actor Pedro Pascal and reading of his latest attachment to The Equalizer 2 for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists, I'm actually inclined now to check out Netflix's Wagner Moura-led crime series, Narcos when I get around to it.
But...yeah. Pascal is in talks now for a starring role opposite returning actor Denzel Washington whose 2014 presentation under helmer Antoine Fuqua not only generated box office promise, but garnered the celebrated actor his first-ever sequel. Due on September 14, 2018, Fuqua, as reported last September, is returning to direct the sequel further adapting its classic television show predecessor of the same name, centered on a former black ops agent who sets out to make the wrong things right in vigilante fashion.
The film will be the next for Fuqua after…

Netflix's THE PUNISHER Series Teaser Teases Sledgehammers, Skulls And Omens Of Violence

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I actually thought last week's debut teaser for upcoming Marvel series, The Punisher, was as fake as most other fan-made trailers and only because of the grainy and low quality in which it was leaked by YouTubers. I then tuned into The Defenders series which pretty much confirmed it was legit, save for all the jocular John Wick comparisons, sledgehammers and such.
Regardless, it's a series made all the more worthwhile for those keen on actor Jon Bernthal who made the character as fascinating as he did in the second season of Daredevil opposite Charlie Cox. Executive producer Steve Lightfoot is shepherding the series adapting the famed comic book anti-hero who notoriously hunts down criminals in the wake of his family's murder.
A date still hasn't been set but the teaser does the trick in doing exactly that - Teasing and leaving you wanting more. Peep it.