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AFM 2017: Bareknuckle Brawl Pic DONNYBROOK Starts Filming As Sierra/Affinity Readies Sales

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Following news from two weeks earlier, Sierra/Affinity will be handling international sales at the American Film Market this month for writer and director Tim Sutton's new bareknuckle fight thriller, Donnybrook. Hailing from Rumble Films and Backup Media, cameras have begun rolling in Cincinnati for the film now being planned for a 2018 release with Frank Grillo (Beyond Skyline), Margaret Qualley (Death Note), James Badge Dale (Spectral), and Jamie Bell (6 Days) headlining the cast. Adapted from Frank Bill’s 2013 noir novel of the same name, DONNYBROOK is a wild, backwoods version of FIGHT CLUB meets NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, a man hard up for cash and determined to support his family competes in the Donnybrook, a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing. Tim Sutton's previous writing/directing credits include the critically acclaimed Memphis (2013) and Dark Knight (2016), which premiered last year at Sundance before screening at both Ve…

GUARDIANS OF THE TOMB: Creepy Crawlers And Harrowing Adventure In The New Teaser

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Kimble Randall's third outing has arrived in time to put film fans on notice. Hailing with a January 19 release is the new action adventure thriller, Guardians Of The Tomb, ripe with a new official trailer this week, its title upgraded from its previous iteration as NEST, and boasting an ambitious 3D release with a cast aiming staunchly for wide markets.
GUARDIANS OF THE TOMB revolves around a team of scientists who, while making the discovery of the century, lose a colleague in an ancient labyrinth. The group must battle their way through a swarm of deadly, man-eating funnel web spiders and discover the secret behind the arachnids’ power and intelligence – before it’s too late.The Osiris Child star Kellan Lutz leads the cast along with reunited Transformers: Age Of Extinction cohorts Li Bingbing and actor Kelsey Grammer. Also starring are Shane Jacobson, Ryan Johnson, Jason Chong, Stef Dawson, Wu Chun and Eva Liu.

Check out the newest official teaser!


MANHUNT: Zhang Hanyu And Fukuyama Masaharu Double Team In The New Trailer

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Film auteur John Woo's latest return to the helm with action thriller, Manhunt, hasn't been the most celebrated, critically. At best, the reviews are a mix and it'll also be a neat viewing for loyal fans and completists still keen on his work or interested in seeing a multilingual thriller that promises something in some capacity. Zhang Hanyu and Fukuyama Masaharu star.
Manhunt follows the journey of upstanding lawyer Du Qiu (Zhang Hanyu), who is unwittingly drawn into a murder case when all the evidence at the scene points to him being the perpetrator. Knowing that he’s been framed, Du Qiu runs from the law to uncover the truth. The police launch a large-scale manhunt, but veteran detective Yamura (Masaharu Fukuyama) sees that this seemingly open-and-shut case is not that simple after all. During the intense pursuit, a bond begins to build between the fugitive and his pursuer, even though Yamura knows that he can’t fully trust Du Qiu. Is the real killer lurking elsewhere?…

ETERNAL WAVE: Espionage And Danger In The Latest Trailer For Billy Chung's WWII Drama

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The Assassin and Mark Of Youth helmer Billy Chung is arriving this Friday in Chinese cinemas with a new period war drama in the midst. Bringing forward a new variant on a 1958 film classic, Eternal Wave promises a new variant on the tale which centers its 1930-set tale here of two Chinese agents who orchestrate fake a marriage in order to rebuild communications in the wake of Japan's occupation of Shanghai.
The story takes in 1937, after the fall of Shanghai during the Japanese invasion. Spy Lin Xiang (Aaron Kwok) was ordered to infiltrate Shanghai and reconstruct the underground headquarter that was destroyed. Here he met a simple but with a very strong sense of justice Lan Fang (Zhao Liying). Known as the “underground party couples”, the two fight hand in hand against the evil Liang Dong (Zhang Han), the Japanese invaders and pseudo government spies to start a thrilling life and death contest.Aaron Kwok stars alongside actress Zhao Li-Ying and Wolf Warrior 2 co-star Zhang Han wit…

THE HIT LIST: October 30, 2017

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My weekend was a little nuts. It was also somewhat relaxing and I think I'll be taking more weekends off it seems. It definitely helps recharge the battery some - Plus I could use the escape to enjoy some films and shows, which reminds me...my thoughts on Stranger Things: Season Two can be read by clicking here.

As for all else, you can just stick around for non-horror bits and enjoy this week's lion's share of stunt action and creative awesomeness in this week's Hit List. Jabronie Pictures's own Fernando Jay Huerto takes you to the mat with a supercut of wrestling moves he's used in his work, kicking off another round of cool new stunt reels by Anna Akimova, actor and filmmaker David William No, and fellow stunt players Bellamy Saville, Dylan Rampulla, Natasha Paul, Caleb Spillyards, Naomi Turvey, Amanda Cass, Troy Castaneda, Daniel Locicero, Ilana Collins, Tammie Baird and Rachel Lynn David. Finishing things off is supercut featuring the top ten most badass …

THE MONKEY KING 3: Monkey Gets The Last Laugh In The First Teaser

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It's nice to know that Soi Cheang has managed to find his footing with the continuing saga of The Monkey King franchise. After a dodgy albeit successful 2014 debut, its sequel proved even more critically fruitful and with none other than Aaron Kwok donning the costume full-fledged folkloric legend a few years ago.
Thus, the first of at least two more installments are on the way, here and now with The Monkey King 3: Kingdom Of Women slated for a Chinese holiday opening on February 16, 2018. An official teaser has emerged with plenty to hint at for its narrative as it primarily focuses on the story that sees our folkloric quartet of heroes venture unto a land resided only by women.
The result: Hilarity ensues as three men get their butts owned by girls... Not the titular King himself though as, of course, he's the King for a reason. Also, lookout for the obligatory evil villainess upon exit, and expect greatness.
Enjoy the teaser. English-language subs included.



STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Keeps The Fandom Stirring With A Final International Trailer

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New trailers and such, the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi remains impending with a December 15 date and the campaign is going hard and heavy for the fandom with as much trailer and TV spottage as it can consume. For me, I'll just leave it off here unless noted, and with what's been cited as the final international trailer now online for Rian Johnson's offering as the eighth canon entry into the longstanding space saga with talking and bleeping droids, creatures, galactic deep space dog fights and epic existential battles on opposite sides of the Force and what have you.

Enjoy!


Legendary Bolsters Film Division With Jon Silk As Executive VP

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Legendary Entertainment announced today it has hired veteran film executive Jon Silk to serve as Executive Vice President of Production. Silk will join Legendary’s film division alongside Alex Garcia and Cale Boyter, who also serve as Executive Vice Presidents of Production, as well as Ali Mendes, Vice President of Production and Creative Executive Jay Ashenfelter. He will report to Mary Parent, Legendary’s Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production.
“We are thrilled to have Jon join the team. I have known Jon since he first started in the business and he has always had a great eye for material across all genres. His passion combined with his strong skill set will be a great addition to Legendary as we continue to grow our slate of films for worldwide audiences,” stated Parent.
Prior to joining Legendary, Silk was Jeff Robinov’s initial creative hire at Studio 8 and served as Executive Vice President, Creative where he worked on films including Nosferatu and White Boy Rick. Silk also spent…

LITTLE MONSTERS Adds Gad, Nyong'o And England For The New Aussie Zombie Comedy

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Following their work on 2016 black comedy Down Under, helmer Abe Forsythe is reuniting with actor Alexander England for the new zombie comedy, Little Monsters. The two will be joined by Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o and Beauty And The Beast co-star Josh Gad to for production as it kicks off this month in Sydney, Australia.
The film follows Dave (England), a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew’s kindergarten class field trip after taking a shine to the plucky schoolteacher, Miss Caroline (Nyong’o). Dave’s intentions are complicated by the presence of the world’s most famous kids show personality, and competition for Miss Caroline’s affections, Teddy McGiggle (Gad). One thing none of them bargained for however, is a sudden zombie outbreak, from which Dave and Miss Caroline must protect the children. Snoot Entertainment's Keith and Jess Calder are producing with Made Up Stories's Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson and Steve Hutensky. Jeanne Snow is executive pro…

A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN Takes You Ringside In The First Official Trailer

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In what can otherwise be described as one hell of a harrowing moment of his life, author Billy Moore found inspiration in telling his story through the 2014 book, A Prayer Before Dawn. To date, the literature of Moore's life has since transitioned onto the big screen from Johnny Mad Dog helmer Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, and actor Joe Cole (Green Room, Peaky Blinders, Thank You For Your Service) leading the cast and with acquisitions made in the past year in various territories including the U.K. and the U.S., North American distributor A24 is now following through with an official teaser trailer as of Monday.
Based on the international best-seller, A Prayer Before Dawn is the true story of Billy Moore, a troubled young British boxer sent to one of Thailand's most notorious jails. Refusing to die inside prison, Billy becomes a student of the lethal art of Muay Thai boxing, and in the process, finds a brotherhood that will guide him on an incredible journey to redemption. If lookin…

ATTACK ON TITAN: THE ROAR OF AWAKENING: Check Out The Teaser Trailer For The Season 2 Compilation Film From The Action-Packed Anime!

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With a third season inbound for July 2018, Isayama Hajime's manga reigns strong for Attack On Titan fans with the latest compilation film forthcoming. Marking January 13, 2018 will be the release of Attack On Titan: The Roar of Awakening, ensuing the continued saga centered on Scouting Legion as its fight to protect the remaining survivors against Titans within their penetrated walls amid deeper mysteries behind their own seemingly human inhabitants.

Koizuka Masashi directed the second season which launched earlier this year by half the amount of season one, helmed by Araki Tetsuo in 2013. Don't miss the teaser for Attack On Titan: The Roar of Awakening below along with its poster below and subsequent season 3 art just beneath.



Win A Double Prize Pack Giveaway Of BROKEN SWORD HERO And THE VILLAINESS!

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Bin Bunluerit's latest outing with actor and champion K1 kickboxer Buakaw Banchamek is coming this Wednesday with period epic, Broken Sword Hero, from Well Go USA. The U.S. distributor is also honing in on fans later this month with the forthcoming Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack release of Jung Byung-Gil's acclaimed crowdpleaser, The Villainess, starring actress Kim Ok-vin.

Both Blu-Ray/DVD combo packs are now subject to five lucky winners of our newest two-hander giveaway here at Film Combat Syndicate. Broken Sword Hero (out as of October 31) and The Villainess (releasing on November 21) are unrated and share respective run times of 122 and 124 minutes with the latter including a making-of featurette.
BROKEN SWORD HERO:

Based on a real warrior from Thailand’s Ayutthaya period, Broken Sword Hero follows the heroics of legendary military general Thongdee. From the disparity as a young runaway to the toughest warrior among his people, a legendary fighter with unparalleled skills in Muay …

LAUGHING UNDER THE CLOUDS: Don't Miss The Explosive Full Trailer

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Fresh from his latest theatrical run with Ajin: Demi Human, Motohiro Katsuyuki is back with another new adaptation as the first of up to two that are forthcoming for Blade Of The Immortal co-star, Fukushi Sota. Enter the world of Laughing Under The Clouds, inspired from the pages of Karakara-Kemuri's 2011 novel and now on full display with an official trailer to introduce the action, comedy and wartime upheaval with Nakayama Yuma and Furukawa Yuki also starring.
The time is the end of Samurai era (Edo) and the new Meiji government is founded in Japan. Legend has it that a gigantic snake “Orochi” which has a special power revives every 300 years and brings harm to the country. Three young brothers, Tenka (Sota FUKUSHI), Soramaru (Yuma NAKAYAMA), Chutaro (Kirato WAKAYAMA) who are the guardian of Kumou shrine stand up to prevent the “Orochi” from coming back to life along with the Meiji government’s army to save the country. However, the evil Fuma ninja clan attempts to use the power…

GONG SHU DAO: Asian Film Giants Line-Up For A Celebration Of Kung Fu And Culture In The Latest Banner

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It's not everyday someone can get more than a handful of major Asian film stars and celebrated athletes in the same room to make movie history. Alibaba executive chairman and founder Jack Ma just happens to be the man who can do just that and the power he wields has since been on full display with the latest banner reveal for upcoming ten minute shortfilm, Gong Shou Dao.
Action legend Jet Li forwarded the artwork via his official website and social media branches, featuring himself with Ma and a who's who of film and sports headliners ahead of its promotion on November 11 during Alibaba's Global Shopping Festival. The title itself (clearly advanced from its previous Master theme) takes its influences from Taiji, Kung Fu, and Martial Arts - the former notably being a paramount focus of Li's own shared health and lifestyle  platform with Ma at TaijiZen.com. “We all have the same dream with the aim to promote China’s excellent traditional culture and a tribute to the pred…

LETHAL WEAPON 5 Is In The Works; Gibson, Glover And Donner Committed

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Last week saw news of the long popular Lethal Weapon franchise central to the talk of a fifth film according to a new report at The Hollywood Reporter as of last week. The word now is that nothing is official although the films' original stars - Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and director Richard Donner are on board as things currently stand, along with Channing Gibson following through with a script.
The first of the four-film buddy cop action movie franchise launched in 1987 from Warner Bros., telling of a reluctant and challenged, albeit beneficial partnership and bond between aging L.A. detective Roger Murtaugh (Glover) and an ex-Green Beret and newly transfered narcotics cop, Martin Riggs (Gibson), forged through the kind of life-or-death ride-or-die car chases, explosive action sequences that made Hollywood blockbusters a household name. Previous talk of returning Lethal Weapon to the big screen began a little over ten years ago via reboot with Joel Silver shepherding the pro…

SAMSON Boasts A Biblical Smackdown In The First Teaser

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Pure Flix has a meaty new period epic on the way next year with the new movie, Samson. The film is directed by duo Bruce Macdonald and Gabriel Sabloff - both no stranger to bible-themed storytelling with the latter notably known for the Revolutionary Road trilogy. Narratives aside, the first official teaser has arrived and the action thusfar looks fantastic with Nathan Barris (The Dark Tower) following up on his craft as fight coordinator. SAMSON is based on the powerful, biblical epic of a champion chosen by God to deliver Israel. His supernatural strength and impulsive decisions quickly pit him against the oppressive Philistine empire. After being betrayed by a wicked prince and a beautiful temptress, Samson is captured and blinded by his enemies. Samson calls upon his God once more for supernatural strength and turns imprisonment and blindness into final victory. Taylor James makes his entry in a debut lead role headlining with actors Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane, Rutger Hauer and…

Miike Takashi's BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL Gets A Stylish New U.S. Poster

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Miike Takashi fans have two terrific reasons to enjoy going to the movies this November. One of them now comes branded with a fantastic new poster from ComingSoon for the hit manga adaptation, Blade Of The Immortal which hits screens on November 3 from Magnet Releasing. Samurai Manji has taken a lot of lives, both innocent and guilty, and now lives life in feudal Japan as a criminal. After being cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men, Manji meets a young girl who enlists him to be her body-guard. Swearing loyalty, protection and vengeance against the group of sword fighters who slaughtered her family, the unlikely duo set on a remarkable quest to make right against those who did them wrong. I've written plenty on this adaptation and having gotten the gist of reactions since the film's release in Japan and subsequent festival rounds, I'm eager to see it myself. I probably won't review it though since there are probably plenty of pieces online to go by, b…

AFM 2017: Jean Reno Hitman Thriller, THE LAST STEP, Lands At Goldcrest

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Going into next week's 36th American Film Market, buyers can expect to catch international sales agent Goldcrest Films on hand with upcoming action thriller, The Last Step, in its package. The French-Ukranian co-production is readying a February 2018 production start date with noted screenwriter Frédéric Petitjean (Madame Irma, Turning Tide) making his directorial debut. The Last Step is the story of Henry (Reno), a legendary hitman enjoying the isolation of his lakeside cabin set deep within the Canadian wilderness. When the solitude of a well-earned retirement is broken by the arrival of a young woman (Lind), the survivor of a massive snowmobile accident, Henry must decide whether to risk his own life to save hers. Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional, The Adventurers) is headlining the new movie with Sarah Lind (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford), Tom Hopper (Black Sails) and Gary Dourdan (Alien: Resurrection) rounding out the cast. Laurent Tolleron (Front…

Image Comics Action Sci-Fi, NONPLAYER, Moves Forward At Legendary

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Moving into more comic book lore, we now get an IP that mingles tones shared by The Matrix and Guardians Of The Galaxy. Such is what Legendary now hopes to achieve in its treatment of Nate Simpson's 2011 Image Comics publication, Nonplayer with Thor: Ragnarok scribe Eric Pearson scripting, according to Deadline on Thursday.

The comic, split between two issues with the second released in 2015, tells of Dana Stevens, a tamale delivery girl whose mundane life, remedied only by her prowess as a high-ranking badass and boundless warrior in an augmented reality video game, finds her swept into a rip-roaring adventure when a mysterious AI causes the game to spill into the real world. Here's a quick summary with more on the property:
The future kind of sucks, and that goes double for Dana Stevens — she's stuck in a dead-end mail delivery job, and she's way too old to be living with her mom. But in the online fantasy world of Jarvath, she's an elite warrior. When she slays …

Nicolas Cage Will Have A SCORE TO SETTLE For Director Shawn Ku

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Nicolas Cage is returning to the set soon with the new action thriller, A Score To Settle, according to Variety. The actor, who just made waves this year at Fantasia Festival with horror thriller Mom And Dad, will star under the direction of Beautiful Boy helmer, award-winning director Shawn Ku.
Cage will play a convicted mob enforcer battling a terminal illness. He’s released from prison many years after taking the fall for a crime he didn’t commit and sets out on a path for revenge against the people who wronged him. The film will be Ku's second feature pic and reunite him with Beautiful Boy producers Lee Clay from First Point Entertainment and Eric Gozlan from Goldrush Entertainment. Executive producing are Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier whose Highland Film Group will showcase the film to buyers at Cannes.

Cage is also set to star in York Alec Shackleton's heist thriller, 211, as well as Panos Cosmatos's 80's set actioner, Mandy, and Outcast helmer Nick Powell&…

POLAR: Mads Mikkelsen To Star In The New Political Assassin Thriller Graphic Novel Adaptation

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Never to stray too far from a physical acting gig, Casino Royale and Marvel's Doctor Strange co-star Mads Mikkelsen will be returning to the comic book fray with the new political assassin thriller, Polar. Swedish helmer Jonas Åkerlund is directing with Mikkelsen is taking on the Duncan Vizla character inspired originally in the 2013 Dark Horse publication from creator Victor Santos, and with Jayson Rothwell.
Mikkelsen will play the world’s top assassin Duncan Vizla, A.K.A the Black Kaiser who is retiring when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he soon finds himself being hunted by an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced. Having no choice but to return to the shadowy life he thought he’d left behind, he must use his arsenal of deadly skills to outsmart his enemies and protect an innocent woman. Variety's Thursday exclusive comes less than a week before Mister Smith Entertainment present…

GODZILLA: MONSTER PLANET Takes To The Skies In A Spectacular New Trailer

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With longstanding monster movie mainstay, Godzilla, still a relevant factor in film fandom, Polygon Pictures (Knights of Sidonia, BLAME!) are well on their way with their latest high-end offering, Godzilla: Monster Planet. The film opens in Japan on November 17 and with a likely rollout on Netflix sometime thereafter, while this one is certain to leave a mark among fans who've followed the franchise in all its glory. Taking it to animation only seems fitting and this newest treatment rocks judging by the latest trailer now online.
The last summer of the 20th Century. That day, the human beings learn that they are not the only ruler of the planet Earth.

The appearance of the giant living creatures “Kaiju’s” and the ultimate existence that destroys all monsters: Godzilla. Through the battle against kaiju’s that lasted for half a century, human beings have experienced continuous defeat, and finally plan to escape from the Earth. And in 2048, only those who were selected by the A.I. …

HUMMINGBIRD Recasts Its Winged Assassin Thriller With Olivia Munn

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Fundemental Films is switching gears in its casting for forthcoming action thriller, Hummingbird, according to Deadline's exclusive on Tuesday. With scheduling conflicts now a factor, X-Men Apocalypse co-star Olivia Munn is replacing actress Zoë Saldana, the latter who is currently filming the first of several more installments of 20th Century Fox's fantasy action saga, Avatar.
Swedish duo Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerström are attached to direct the project from a Black List script by John McClain, telling of a female black-ops assassin whose latest mark forces her to rethink her identity and her purpose. The film was announced last October with a vision and tone keen on echoing thrillers like John Wick and Luc Besson's 2014 blockbuster, Lucy.
Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon, whose Fundemental Films are financing the film with Gary Glushon executive producing, will produce with Todd Garner of Broken Road Productions. Munn's next appearance will be in Oceans Eight next …

DEATHSTROKE: DC Comics Adaptation Takes Aim At 'The Raid' Helmer Gareth Evans To Direct

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Indonesian action thrillers, Merantau, and the current dual-part installments of The Raid were all director Gareth Huw Evans needed to all but cement his name in the history of martial arts film fandom. Going into 2018, his most recent work will soon start stirring in the news cycle and film fest circuit with Dan Stevens thriller, Apostle, but that won't be all we hear from Evans who is also in line to executive produce a reinstallation of his 2011 hit, The Raid, for helmer Joe Carnahan to direct.
Going forward, it just so happens the cult favorite is in line to helm a potential comic book spin-off in the form of Deathstroke, with actor Joe Manganiello (True Blood, upcoming Rampage) attached to the role as of last Fall. The brainchild of Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Deathstroke is the alterego of Slade Wilson, a soldier since the age of sixteen and later the product of a military experiment that would induce him with abilities central to superior strength, fighting prowess, cer…

THE SIEGE: Paul Allica Leads Ensemble Medeival Robin Hood Redux Action Thriller Now Underway In Australia

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Crowdsourcing proved to be a hurdle early on, but that's not putting a stop to Australian actor Paul Allica (Wolf Warrior 2, Sky Hunter: Locked On Target) from completing his newest starring and producing endeavor, The Siege. Production is already underway and hailing as the first-ever medeival action film in Australia's movie history with Allica headlining something of a re-invention of Robin Hood folklore, assembling a tale of six heroes of legend who set out to bring down an evil tyrant and his minions.
Its a time of chaos and tyranny...

The once great country of England is splintering as its people struggle to pay for the crusades, with the King away and his territories being controlled by the corrupt Prince John, the country is on the verge of revolution. The people need a hero, and one shall rise and fight to restore honour to its people.


When his mother and sister are brutally murdered by the Sheriff of Nottingham, a young man named Robin of the Hood vows bloody vengean…

The Hunt Is On For Christian Gudegast's DEN OF THIEVES In The First Official Trailer

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Saving humanity from cataclysmic weather events may not have been an easy feat at the box office for Geostorm star Gerard Butler, but he's slated to return to the big screen at the top of next year bringing some good old-fashioned bang for your buck in writer director Christian Gudegast's new crime pic, Den Of Thieves. STX Entertainment teaser the trailer on Tuesday and has officially launched the campaign with a full-on sampler along with a first official poster featuring Butler opposite Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson among the cast. A Los Angeles crime saga in the vein of "Heat", DEN OF THIEVES follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles. Pablo Schreiber and O'Shea Jackson Jr. also star for the film's January 19, 2018 release. Wa…

BRIGHT Shimmers With Promising Action And Adventure In The Newest Trailer

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We have a brand new trailer for David Ayer's new fantasy crime flick, Bright. For that matter, it's a great sell as an original property for Netflix in lieu of its own move toward investing amply in its own feature film content through next year. Mixing Humans, Orcs and Elves in a way fans of properties like Alien Nation can appreciate is certainly appealing...only let's not hope the rest of the film doesn't befall from the same lazy writing that this trailer exhibits in the first ten seconds. Yeesh, Max.
Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it. Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez

ALONG WITH THE GODS: Kim Yong-Hwa's Two-Part Epic Takes To North America For Well Go USA

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200 Pounds Beauty and Mr. Go helmer Kim Yong-Hwa's latest is something of a mystery to me. I remember spotting a trailer online for the new film, Along With The Gods, earlier this month only to suddenly lose track of it after seeing it mysteriously disappear from my YouTube viewing history. Now all of a sudden reports are coming in via Variety as of a few days ago that Well Go USA have nabbed the rights to the film which turns out to be a two-part epic - the first of which is now branded Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds, and seeing the trailer here again has only inspired that same fascination and excitement I felt the first time around. Having died unexpectedly, firefighter Ja-hong is taken to the afterlife by 3 afterlife guardians. Only when he passes 7 trials over 49 days and proves he was innocent in human life, he’s able to reincarnate, and his 3 afterlife guardians are by his side to defend him in trial. Kim's ambitious blockbuster comes from the online pages of Ju Ho-…

VENOM Seeps Into Production As Cameras Roll This Week

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Sure to abstain from Tom Holland's current reign as Marvel hero "Spider-Man", director Reuben Fleischer has since taken the mantle for Sony's latest dark superhero pivot, Venom, based on the aforementioned property and currently spinning off with its own film adaptation. Tom Hardy stars in the title character for the film's slated release next October, and can be seen in the first official set photo shared over at the film's verified Twitter account.
Day 1. #Venompic.twitter.com/ftkf9pEWn3 — Venom Movie (@VenomMovie) October 24, 2017
Venom was created by Randy Schueller, David Michelinie, Mike Zeck and Todd McFarlane. Having first appearer in 1984, it would gain further prominence as a villain several years later as an alien symbiote who needs a host to survive, ultimately taking on several including Peter Parker rival, Eddie Brock.
Hardy's performance will be the first of the character's full-fledged return to live-action cinema in eleven years since…

Cameras Roll On Horror Thriller, HAUNT, For Sierra/Affinity

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Sierra/Affinity, home to hits like Drive and spy thriller Atomic Blonde and has since added upcoming horror thriller, Haunt, to its catalogue with production now underway in Kentucky. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (upcoming A Quiet Place) share writing and directing duties with a cast that includes Katie Stevens (Freeform’s The Bold Type) and Will Brittain (Kong: Skull Island, Everybody Wants Some) along with Lauryn Alisa McClain, Andrew Caldwell, and Shazi Raja.
On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an "extreme" haunted house which promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real. Sierra/Affinity is financing and producing the project for worldwide distribution. Todd Garner is producing via the Broken Road banner, along with Mark Fasano, Ankur Rungta and Vishal Rungta via the Nickel City banner, and scare-master Eli Roth. Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg and Josie Liang, Bro…

IMPOSSIBILITY DEFENSE: Catch The Chilling New Teaser Trailer From The Director Of 'Sadako VS Kayako'

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Shiraishi Koji (Sadako vs Kayako) doesn't have much going for its current literary title reading as Impossibility Defense, so I expect something of a change in the next few months. In the meantime, its substance is certainly striking and does wonders for its latest official teaser trailer now online.

The film hails from the authored and inked pages of its 2013 Grand Jump manga mag publication adapted by Shiraishi with co-scribe Junpei Yamaoka. Leading the way is actor Matsuzaka Tori who plays a red-eyed contract killer whose suggestive abilities to manipulate his targets become priority for at least one relentless detective unbeholden to his powers.

Shinobi and Shinjuku Swan co-star, actress Sawajiri Erika also stars in a female iteration compared to the manga. A J-drama is also expected to air following the film's February release in Japan.

Check out the teaser below.


Action Thriller KILLERMAN Rolls Cameras This Week

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The wait hasn't been too long seeing as the news broke in May with Liam Hemsworth starring in Malik Bader's new movie, Killerman. Thus, the film is reportedly underway according to an announcement forwarded at ScreenAnarchy with production slated for locations in Savannah, Georgia and in New York City through December with Bader directing from his own script.
Killerman sees Hemsworth as Moe Diamond, a small-time money launderer who finds himself on the run from a horde of gangsters and dirty cops when a deal goes awry and his escape results in a freak accident that renders him an amnesiac. Joining in is actor Nickola Shreli in reunion with Bader since starring in the director's acclaimed 2015 Fantasia favorite, Cash Only; Shreli who will play a villainous narc-cop in hot pursuit of Diamond.
John and Michael Schwarz producing along with The Solution's Myles Nestel. Executive producing is Lisa Wilson over at The Solution who is fully financing and handling international ri…

THE COMMUTER: Non-Stop Thrills For Liam Neeson In The Official Trailer!

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It's reasonable to expect actor Liam Neeson to end his run as a star in action films any time now. The 65 year-old actor has spoken on this issue before and so what better way to exit than to give the fans another go as he's doing these days with the new thriller, The Commuter.
In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers. The film marks Neeson's fourth effort with Jaume Collet-Serra at the helm and will get its day in theaters on January 12, 2018. Joining are Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Eliz…

Taran Killam's Hitman Comedy, KILLING GUNTHER, Hits Home This December

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Killing Gunther [Blu-ray] Saban Films's latest Arnold Schwarzenegger action comedy headliner, Killing Gunther, is currently out in theaters. Home platforms are also about with a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release now slated for December 26.
An action comedy set in the world of contract killers. A group of young, raw and undisciplined assassins hire a docu-crew at gunpoint, to have undeniable proof that they’re the ones who will kill the most infamous hitman of all time, Gunther. But Gunther is on to them before they know it and he makes it his personal mission to make their lives a living hell. It becomes a race against time of kill or be killed as the hunters quickly become the prey. Feel free to pre-order your copy here!


THE HIT LIST: October 23, 2017

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I'm actually a little upset that I came across a few of this week's entries as late as I did, particularly having tried to been on top of it. Such is why I need at least two more of me (especially since one could use the extra sleep 🤣).

At any rate, tireless and forever tired as I am (a phrase coined by my friend Philippe), my quest continues to help bring notable independent content and stunt talent to the spotlight per our weekly vehicle here at the Hit List. Let's load up on paramount stunt talent with the latest stunt and training reels from today's talented stunt performers beginning with Dylan Rampulla, Jessica Barfoot, LeRoyal Tutt, Alina Andrei, Kage Yami, Damali Ross, Tony Vittorioso, Donny Nichols, Niko Dalman, Camran Bostanabad, Johnny Zhao Haitao and Darrell McLean. We round out this playlist with a tasty teaser reel by a fantastic group from the land down under called Dauntless Movement Crew, and a delighful and adventurous parkour mini doc by performer a…