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An Assassin Becomes An Avenging Angel In Martial Arts Short Thriller, MARKSMEN

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The latest film festival gem making its way online this weekend is the sixteen-minute martial arts assassin thriller, Marksmen. The shortfilm was directed by stuntman and actor Kazu Patrick Tang best known for his amazing performances in such blockbuster Thai action thrillers like Raging Phoenix (2009) with actress Jeeja Yanin, the balls-to-the-wall action spectacle, Bangkok Knockout (2010), and his latest role in director Raimund Huber's manga-style romantic action thriller, Dragonwolf (2012).

A Bitter Sibling Rivalry Turns Into A Ninja Battle Of Epic Proportions In LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: SHADOWFALL

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The latest live-action debut of K&K Production's newest webseries, League Of Legends, kicked off the premiere of their first episode titled Blind Ambition, which focused on a blind monk who sacrfices his vision after overusing his powers to prove his worthiness to his master to let him join the league. The premiere also signaled the release of a three part epic tale titled Shadowfall, which tells the story of two rival brothers competing for the favor of their father, when one of them turns to a darker force of power to improve his flighting skills.

League Of Legends: Shadowfall stars David Cheung, Isky Fay and Clem So, with action choreography by Hung Dante Hong. All three parts are now available on the MachinimaRealm YouTube channell in the embeds below where you may also subscribe.




Film Of The Week: YOU'RE NEXT (2013)

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SYNOPSIS:
When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped... until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.REVIEW:

I don't normally watch horror movies, but I decided to give You're Next a try. Some horror films definitely have an action-oriented appeal to them, and so if I do see a horror movie, those are the ones I normally go for. That said, the concept used for this type of film stood out to me in a way that allowed me to enjoy this latest film from director Adam Wingard.

Sharni Vinson stars as the newest guest to a family reuinion in a mansion located in the middle of nowhere. She plays a college student in love with her financially struggling boyfriend, on the verge of her last year before earning her degree. Throughout the first act, she gets to meet his rich family and begins acclimating herself with her peers and her environment, and for a while, all seems well a…

Watch Vin Diesel Mutilate Melons In New B-Roll Footage For RIDDICK

Post by Vin Diesel.
I have a little thing I do on my Facebook page called Action Tweets And Blurbs. It's one of several albums I use on my facebook page when I share activity from filmmakers and actors, and I was compelled to blog this particular post from actor Vin Diesel now that Facebook allows you to embed posts and share them, which I think is an awesome feature.

Besides, what better, more cool way is there to welcome the premiere of your next film for your fans? Right? Lol

Anyway, I'm in the wee hours of the morning (on a Saturday of all days #facepalm) and I wanted to share the most recent B-roll footage from the set of director David Twohy's upcoming film, Riddick. There are several behind the scenes miniclips online, but this is the most recent footage of the set, and the cast and crew, unveiled simultaneously with the film's premiere in Westwood area of Los Angeles this past Wednesday.

Riddick opens at the end of next week in 2D, 3D and IMAX.

Kurt Russell To Join The Cast Of FAST AND FURIOUS 7

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As if director James Wan's upcoming action thriller, Fast And Furious 7 wasn't already blowing minds with one update after another, Variety is now reporting that actor Kurt Russell is now lining up for a role. No details are available about the character in question, except the Death Proof co-star is now a part of a line-up of a few new faces joining the hit franchise, continuing where the $750 million blockbuster smash, Fast And Furious 6, left off last year.

New cast members so far include UFC pro-fighter and newcoming actress, Ronda Rousey, along with fellow her The Expendables 3 co-star, actor Jason Statham. International action hero and star of the upcoming Thai martial arts spectacle, Tom Yum Goong 2, actor Tony Jaa, was added to a week ago today. These cast additions highlight the return of Riddick star Vin Diesel, Brick Mansions star, actor Paul Walker and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon co-star Tyrese Gibson reprising their roles from the series, along with Hercules: …

A Friday Double-Header Of Game-Inspired Live Action Fanfare: FALLOUT: LANIUS And LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: BLIND AMBITION

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Today, we have a double-header of online hard-hitting action short films based on their own respective games. Both can be found on Youtube with extra links for more information. And be sure to subscribe to both channels to keep up with even more exciting content in the weeks ahead.

Encryption Films has a new non-profit, high octane action short now airing on Youtube titled Fallout: Lanius. The epic shortfilm is based on the 1997 role-playing computer game from Interplay Entertainment by starring actor Johnny Domino in the lead role. Also starring are Caris Eves, Kenny Low, Korum Ellis and Lee Sheppard, along with Mitch Lewis, reprising his role as the original voice actor for the character, Legate Lanius.

Fallout: Lanius was written, produced and directed by Wade K. Savage, with Stuart Mackenzie and Kelly Bergsma also serving as producers. The shortfilm is described as "a blood soaked high concept action epic" which delves into the origin story of 'Lanius' the antag…

Six Fighters Brawl To The Brutal Finish In Eclipse Stunts' Original: HALLOWED 2

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Canadian martial arts action team, Eclipse Stunts has premiered its latest spectacular shortfilm follow-up, Hallowed 2. The project is a subsequent release stemming from the previously released 2013 New Years' Day kick-off shortfilm, Hallowed, announcing the reuniting return of the team's members after their 2012 hiatus.
Eclipse members Alex Chung and DL McDonald return to the sequel, with new faces added to the mix, including actors R.J. Tumanguil, and Jonathan Pang, and the female debut for the shortfilm miniseries of actresses Wei-Hsin Lee and Emily Huynh. Enjoy the action and thrills (viewable on desktop only) and remember to subscribe to the official Facebook page for more upcoming original content and collaborative work from Eclipse Stunts.

This Week In Freerunning: SUPER MARIO BROTHERS PARKOUR And FINDING LUIGI

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Remember your favorite classic Nintendo characters Mario and Luigi? Yeah, I played it obsessively too, and pathetically I never beat the first game until I was in college and a member of a genre game-comic book-anime fanclub. Yep, we had almost everything, even the classic Nintendo unit, and I played that sucker until I finally beat it!

Ah, memories. LOL!

Anyway, here's a little nostalgia for you this week in what I might possibly start as weekly entries of "This Week In Freerunning" (I was inspired, what can I say? Lol).

Today's videos come courtesy of the official Youtube channels Warialasky and Nintendo. The first one features professional traceurs Christian Russell and Ronnie Shalvis who cosplay as the title characters in fine freerunning fashion throughout the Mushroom Kingdom (by way of Salt Lake City, Utah) in Super Mario Brothers Parkour.

The second one comes courtesy of the Nintendo channel showcasing a comedic documentary on the efforts of two filmmakers o…

'Power Rangers' Actor Jason David Frank Endorses His Own Standalone Green Ranger Film

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Actor, mixed martial artist and veteran Power Rangers cast member Jason David Frank made headlines this week regarding his interest in a donning the Green Ranger outfit for darker, standalone PG13 feature-length film.
In a statement made to Complex quoted at IGN, Frank enthused his own aspirations for a self-titled spin-off of the highly successful 20 year television franchise. "I'm talking to Saban about making a PG-13 Green Ranger movie," he tells Complex. "It's just a matter of Saban stepping behind it. I was an X-Men fan growing up; I loved Wolverine. I feel like the Green Ranger can step outside the box and be like the Wolverine of Power Rangers. That's why I think he can handle his own movie."
Frank's sentiments are nothing new as this week's news comes a year after he expressed his thoughts on a hopeful development of a Power Rangers feature film in the essence of Christopher Nolan's latest vision realized for his Batman trilogy, te…

Vin Diesel Is Out For Blood In A Behind The Scenes Featurette For RIDDICK

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Today we have a new behind the scenes featurette with actor and Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star recipient, Vin Diesel, and writer director David Twohy for the upcoming sci-fi thriller, Riddick. The featurette shares footage of the film seen in previous trailers and clips, as well as some new footage, in addition to a dialogue from Diesel and Twohy expressing their shared vision for a trilogy, reflecting on the mythology that surrounds the narrative of the story.

The featurette also comes in a week that shared surprising news that the actor was also tapped to start Marvel's Phase Three in a new film prior to ultimately being confirmed as the voice and mo-cap actor for the role of Groot in the upcoming August 1, 2014 release of Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Several clips are also being released this week in advance of the film's upcoming September 5, 2013 premiere, when 3D and IMAX theatergoers will receive their own IMAX FanFix poster for the film. The poster was unveiled on Wednesday …

[UPDATED] The Action Heats Up In The New Teaser For TOM YUM GOONG 2

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Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming October 23, 2013 release of Tom Yum Goong 2.

This week's trailer brings news of new character posters, including a new poster unveiled for actor and co-star, RZA, in addition to a synopsis that gives fans a brief idea about what will take place in Prachya Pinkaew's latest 3D martial arts action feature. The upcoming film also arises with action hero Tony Jaa's latest reinsurgence into the mainstream with a new role in his first upcoming Hollywood debut with director James Wan's Fast And Furious 7.
Tom Yum Goong 2 also stars RZA, Jeeja Yanin, Ratha Phongarm and Petchtai Wongkamlao, along with rising martial arts star and co-fight choreographer Marrese Crump.
SYNOPSIS:
Kham (Tony Jaa) has become the suspect in the murder of Suchart- the influential owner of an elephant camp, who was killed by three punches to the dead spots by a martial arts expert, and Kham (Tony Jaa) was the last one seen at crime scene. He needed to run awa…

PUNCH! KICK! SLAM! BOOM! ...Yep, Sounds Like Another Promo For SPECIAL ID!

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I rarely share TV spots because when it comes down the wire for films, TV spots are plentiful. But since this is Donnie Yen we're talking about, of course I absolutely HAVE to share today's latest TV spot for his upcoming film, Special ID.

No question about it as director Clarence Fok's latest martial arts action thriller has built up much anticipation for fans around the world. This is likely great news for Arclight Films with its latest multi-lateral expansion to Beijing headed by producer Elliot Tong.

Special ID opens domestically on its new release date, October 18, 2013, with a high energy cast that includes a fierce and fight-ready Tian Jing who can clearly handle herself in a Donnie Yen action vehicle. The film also stars heavy-hitting Asian action favorites Collin Chou, Andy On and Ken Lo, along with Hanyu Zhang, Kun Yang and Qi Daji rounding out the cast.

The film also opens as Yen, recently went on his Weibo and announced his hopes to cast former undisputed heavy…

Watch Four Of Germany's Finest Action Actors Battle It Out Anime-Style In TRIBAL TIES!

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The folks over at the German martial arts filmmaking troupe, Young Masters, have unveiled their latest short action film, Tribal Ties. Filmed in 2012, the team brought actors Max Huang and Eskindir Tesfay on board to help manifest what they wanted to portray, envisioning an anime-stylized kung fu action project inspired by the visionary style seen in Dragon Ball Z and Naruto. The official teaser was aired in July prior to the shortfilm's premiere as one of this year's main entries at the Action On Film Festival.

Tribal Ties is directed by Felix Fukuyoshi Ruwwe and Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe, who directed, shot, wrote, choreographed, directed the project.

Enjoy the thrills, and feel free to visit youngmasters.net for more information.

New International Teasers For 47 RONIN Are Online

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This week we have two new international teasers for director Carl Rinsch's upcoming fantasy action adventure period epic, 47 Ronin. The teasers arrive just a month after the first teaser for the film's North American release came back in late July.

The new teasers confirm same-day screening dates for Taiwan and Hong Kong in accordance with the U.S.. The film will bow earlier for its Japan release on December 6, 201347 Ronin stars Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki SanadaKou ShibasakiTadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi, and will release in 3D and standard 2D in North America on December 25, 2013.
SYNOPSIS:
From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest th…

New Posters And Banner Arrive For TOM YUM GOONG 2

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Over the past week, the official Facebook page for director Prachya Pinkaew's upcoming 3D action spectacle, Tom Yum Goong 2, has been unveiling several character posters and subsequent banner, so far featuring lead action stars Tony Jaa and Jeeja Yanin, actor Petchtai Wongkamlao and actress Ratha Phongarm. On Wednesday, the page unveiled its newest poster for actor, co-star and rising action performer Marrese Crump, who's been busy making headlines of his own with the development of his next film, Formless.
Check it out:

The official teaser for Tom Yum Goong 2 has since made its way online back in July, with the film slated for domestic release on October 24, 2013 in Thailand. The film has currently been picked up by Magnolia Pictures for a fourthcoming North American release date. Check out the official synopsis below the jump, and to keep up with the film, subscribe to the film's official Facebook page, and the official page for Tony Jaa himself.
SYNOPSIS: Kham (Tony Jaa) h…

Take A Behind The Scenes Look At VIKINGDOM And DIVERGENT

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This week we have the first installment of a behind-the-scenes look on the upcoming fantasy adventure, Vikingdom from director Yusry A. Halim. The film is a Malaysian production from KRU Studios and delves into the tale of a forgotten king who must band with a group of warriors in order to defeat Thor, a mission that will take him beyond realms and into the depths of hell in order to save the world.

The featurette introduces you to a few of the actors, the director, and the stunt coordinator, each providing insight on the overall look of the film.

Vikingdom recently acquired multi-territorial acquisition by Universal, who will be bringing Vikingdom to a limited 2D and 3D theaters in North America on October 4, 2013. The film stars Dominic Purcell, Natasha Malthe, Craig Fairbass, Jon Foo and Conan Stevens.

More featurettes are expected, so be sure to subscribe to the film's official Youtube channel below to keep up with the latest.

We also have a new behind the scenes featurette f…

Guess Which Martial Artist Is Training For Her Role In CAMP X-RAY?

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Who do you think of when you think of martial arts action stars? Automatically, the names Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa, Jet Li, Scott Adkins and Iko Uwais pop into your head. You don't even have to think about it, especially if you're a martial arts fan.

And on that note....Kristen Stewart.

What?

Yep! The woman has been training in martial arts since she was FIVE years old. Now, between then and now, no one would have guessed she was an athlete. Sure, she slayed a few demons in Snow White And The Huntsman, and gone hunting with Vampires and Werewolves in the Twilight Saga, but apparently, that's not all she's capable of. Point in fact, it may be that she's capable of a lot more, according to a "mole" quoted over at Daily Star who said "No-one knows this but Kristen is a martial arts expert, she’s practised karate since her fifth birthday."

This bit of surprising news comes into knowledge of her next production from writer Peter Sattler's 2014 dire…

Action, Adventure And Larger Than Life Creatures Await In The New French Trailer For LE CRYPTE DU DRAGON (a.k.a. LEGENDARY)

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Post by Scott Adkins Official Page.

On top of Green Street Hooligans: Underground and Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear, international action star Scott Adkins has at least one other treat in store for his fans this year, particularly in France for Le Crypte Du Dragon. The film is also titled Legendary in English territories, formerly known as Legendary: Tomb Of The Dragon from director Eric Styles.

The 3D film is headlined by Adkins along with fellow action genre heavy hitter Dolph Lundgren(The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning). The film also stars Huang Yi, Nathan Lee, James Lance, Lydia Leonard and Geng Le. The lucky French will get to share this delight with a Croissant or two in the comfort of their own home on DVD, Blu-Ray and DVD on November 19, 2013.

Jump below the synopsis to check out the new French trailer, courtesy of City On Fire.

SYNOPSIS:
Travis, our heroic cryptozoologist, wants to prove that a prehistoric beast killing construction workers is more than just a myth…

Casting Updates For "All-Girl Expendables' Film And Teenage Assassin Film, BARELY LETHAL

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A few women are making headlines this week in casting news. This, in a year that continues to see a significant presence of females in action cinema, including the fourthcoming release of underground action horror flick, Raze, the Helfi Kardit-directed action thriller, Guardian, and actress Julie Estelle who's introduction to Gareth Huw Evans' s upcoming action sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal, which remains to be one of the most hotly-anticipated roles of the coming year.

Last week, actress Sharni Vinson expressed her thoughts and hopes of doing more action roles in an interview with Flicks And The City, with roles like Lara Croft and Elektra thrown in as honorable mentions for roles she would love to do. Little did I know that just several days later in a report over at Collider, Vinson was announced as the latest addition to Dredd producer Adi Shankar's untitled, currently-developing all-female take on the Stallone action vehicle, The Expendables.
Vinson will be joined by a…

ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM Gets Worldwide Distribution

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In a new report from Twitch on Tuesday, it was announced that actor and director Dustin Nguyen's latest film, Once Upon A Time In Vietnam, has been picked up for multi-territotial distribution, courtesy of Grindstone Entertainment. The news comes just of the heels of an extravagant premiere in Vietnam last week, which included appearances by Nguyen along with actress Veronica Ngo, actors Roger Yuan and Jason Ninh Cao and fashion designer Bao Tranchi.

The film marks Nguyen's directorial debut, further headlined by its following appearance at this year's film festival at Cannes a few months ago. The film will also get multi-territorial distribution in Germany, Austria, Alto Adige, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Belgium. Other distribution companies are also planning to release the film for the Korean market, in addition to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand, with more d…

Matt Damon And Paul Greengrass Reportedly In Talks For More 'BOURNE'

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Twitch broke the news on Monday that actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are joined in talks to return to for another installment in the Bourne franchise. The news comes almost a year after Damon spoke to Movieline about the chances of his return since actor Jeremy Renner's appearance in The Bourne Legacy last year.
"There has not been any movement," he said. "I've always been open to it as long as Paul Greengrass directs, I don't think he's going to do it." Damon went on to explain the difficulties and challenges that could come with Greengrass at the helm to follow the events after Legacy, saying "from what I understand, it kind of relives [The Bourne Ultimatum] from a different perspective. What that means, because they use our actors and characters, is that whatever they said [in Legacy] is true and so we'd have to acknowledge it in any Bourne movie that we'd do. And that makes it really tough," Damon also insinuated …

Action Star Jason Statham Almost Drowns To Death On The Set Of THE EXPENDABLES 3

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In a shocking, roughly English-translated update from Expendables Premiere forwarded from Bulgarian website, Skandalno.net, The Expendables 3 co-star Jason Statham nearly faced certain death while filming a dangerous stunt for the upcoming summer 2014 release.
The report indicates that Statham was rushed to the Emergency Room after refusing to use a double to perform a stunt involving his character diving into a pond. When the actor did not re-emerge, the actor was rescued and taken to the hospital where he later regained conciousness and returned to work a while after the doctor reported his condition as non-threatening.

Unfortunately, stunt risks are nothing new to the franchise, particularly for lead actor and action veteran Sylvester Stallone who received much-needed surgery for a hairline fracture in his neck after a walloping stunt during a fight with former wrestler turned action star Steve Austin on the set of The Expendables (2010). The 2012 sequel, The Expendables 2, also…

A Dark Ultimatum Looms For An Aspiring Criminal In The New Teaser For A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL

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The new teaser trailer has arrived for the upcoming independent feature-length action crime drama, A Dance With The Devil. The footage comes a month after exclusive action footage premiered online  back in late July, featuring the film's co-star, Reko Rivera, and action performer, stuntman and Team Genesis's own Anthony Giovanni Elias.

Starring lead actor, writer, producer and director Danny Vega, the film is an original property from newly established independent filn group, Project Rize, and one of several current projects steamrolling Florida's brewing independent action film scene as of late.

Also starring are actor Joshua Lamboy and actor Jimmy Dempster who is currently filming the upcoming independent action crime shortfilm, The Trade with director Gerald J. Godbout III, co-star Dennis Jusino (Shield-Less) and Elias, who is directing the action.

A Dance With The Devil is pushing for a 2013 release date, so stay tuned for more info.

SYNOPSIS: "Better the devil you …

The New Trailer For DIVERGENT Is Online

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If you at all managed to tune in to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, you were likely aware of the mini-teaser aired online several days ago as a precursor to Sunday's full first teaser for director Neil Burger's upcoming science fiction action thriller, Divergent. The film stems from the original work of young adult novelist and science fiction author Veronica Roth, based on her original 2011 publication, and is proceeded by two more books, including the 2012 release of Insurgent, and the fourthcoming third book, Allegiant, releasing this October.
Actress Shailene Woodley takes the lead in this epic story as the young titular character whose unique identity becomes a deciding factor as potential war brews between five main factions, threatening the very fabric of society. The actress also joined several cast members to share footage and information about the film with attendees at this year's San Diego ComicCon back in July.

Divergent also stars Theo James, Kate …

Criminals Smell The Scent Of Fear In The New Trailer For Indy Action Short, FIST PLUS FACE

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Writer, producer and director Travis Laidlaw has just unveiled the new trailer for his upcoming martial arts action comedy short film, Fist Plus Face. Joined by fellow producer Justin J. Chambers, the short film is the result of successful crowdfunding that led to its subsequent production in February.

Fist Plus Face hasn't hit the film festival circuit just yet as post production is close to wrapping up, so there's still a chance for it to make other festival appearances or an online release. Dates are pending, so stay tuned.

Actor and action performer Jonny Caines stars as the lead, hailing all the way from Canada via the highly-acclaimed martial arts stage performance and screenfighting troupe, Team 2X. Also starring are Dan Park, Danijel Mandic, Nikki Grant, Audrey Ferron, Tony Medici, Carl Fortin, Peter Hatch and Adam Alexander, with action choreography by Jeet Kune Do consultant Steve Ferreira.
SYNOPSIS:
When the patrons of an all night diner are held up by a group of mask…

Film Of The Week: BATTLE B-BOY (2012)

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“Da-Fi all odds!”Da-Fi (pronounced “defy”)[noun]1. Short for Dance Fighting2. Hand-to-hand combat using dance movesWhen MIKE discovers his father needs money for heart surgery, he and his B-Boy friends solicit the help of JIMMY, a professional gambler, and enter the world of “Da-Fi,” an underground fight-club where B-Boys and B-Girls physically battle for money and reputation.Rules are simple: fight to the beat of the music and the last team standing at the end of three song changes wins. If you can’t take the heat, you better tap-out before you get knocked-out!As the fights get more dangerous, Mike must learn to work with his team and hold everyone together, or he will lose his father forever.REVIEW:
I initially learned about Battle B-Boy earlier this year upon the film's entry at the Vietnamese International Film Festival back in April. The film has since garnered some pretty outstanding reviews, leaving me curious about the film ever since. The trailer was very energet…

Gareth Evans Teases The World With A Bloody New Screenshot Of 'Hammer Girl' Julie Estelle From THE RAID 2: BERANDAL

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Director Gareth Evans took to Twitter over the weekend to release the latest still of actress Julie Estelle who plays the claw-hammer wielding "Hammer Girl" in the tentatively-titled film, The Raid 2: Berandal. The still shot comes from a roughly edited action preview Evans brought to the 14th annual Film4 Frightfest a few days ago where a variety of horror films were showcased to festival goers in the UK as of August 22, 2013. The festival runs through Monday, August 26.


Previous character stills of the actress were released during production, with the first still introduced in April, with a second one released in late-May.
Twitchfilm contributor Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg posted an article on what happened while visiting Film4 Frightfest, illustrating the moment Evans stepped out to introduce the clip, and also detailing the style actress Estelle uses to perform her character in the film, and a bit more on the film's expansive storyline. Rowan-Legg tells readers, "While…