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UNFINNISHED BUSINESS: Mikko Löppönen On Fighting For Film In Finland

Independent film has always been a sprawling and vast field to cover. It's network is always in flux with various people connecting with others and collaborating; Following the work of Fernando Jay Huerto eventually brought me to the likes of actress, martial artist and musician, Jessica Wolff, who has shown immense screen caliber in numerous projects she's worked on.
Such include sci-fi actioner, Fray and bloody revenge thriller, Eliza, the latter which staunchly remains one of the biggest jewels I've ever helped promote despite its current myopia. Its helmer, fellow Asian cinephile, Mikko Löppönen stands significantly as one of the best examples of contemporary action cinema today even in his current form. He's practical in his approach though, and quite modest despite having as much an interest as any passionate filmmaker.
His vocation in action films came seldom with his own screentime than behind the lens, favorably. Primary visits to to the local video store and ab…

THE LAST SAVAGE: Peep The Enticing Details And Preliminary Art For 'Beyond Skyline' Helmer's Latest Endeavor

Here's something to ponder this weekend: What lies ahead for Beyond Skyline director Liam O'Donnell with his next adventure? Such is cause to bring attention to The Last Savage for which O'Donnell's script was one of the three main winners during the IFFAM Project Market late last year curated by Todd Brown.
The synopsis alone reads plentily of what looks to be as spectacular a jungle survival revenge thriller that may very well read your mind of familiar movie titles before long. The director's own statement at the time also lends to that very notion next to the following premise and needless to say, if you're of my mind, I already know that you know you want this movie too. A cataclysmic flood leaves a boy stranded on a remote island where he’s raised by a family of tigers into Buas, a lethal savage. But Peyton, a high-tech hunter arrives and kills his adopted family before bringing the captured Buas to The Rig, an overpopulated steel island built atop drowne…

THE ORDER Cast And Crew: "We Have Not Given Up!"

Select cast and crew members of upcoming action thriller, The Order, took to YouTube on Friday to give fans an update on the crowdfunded and hotly-anticipated feature length film. The video comes nearly two years since the production launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to give the production the right jumpstart it needed prior to further development that would have hopefully seen cameras rolling by now.
I'll leave it to you to watch the video for all the T's and I's otherwise crossed and dotted, but the gist of it is that according to actress and executive producer Karan Ashley, the team reportedly did everything by the book to see its house in order only to see their efforts cut short. A forced shutdown of the film ensued along with legal fees among other addenums that took a chunk out of the budget.
Ashley does alert fans that this doesn't mark the end-all-be-all of the film's journey, with word that the film has since been in recovery mode as the team co…

WRATH OF SILENCE: Don't Miss The Chilling International Trailer For Xin Yukun's Brutal Mystery Thriller

China's changing political atmosphere undoubtedly set the tone for quite a bit of backlog late last year for theatrical releases. Award-winning director Xin Yukun fell to the chopping block himself as well upon the stunted rollout of his latest crime thriller, Wrath Of Silence, although it appears at last the smoke has cleared and with a date set for April 4, the campaign otherwise continues with new posters at hand. ZHANG Baomin (SONG Yang) is a miner who works far away from home because of some disputes he had with the townsfolk years ago, whilst his wife and son remain near the mountains running a small sheep farm.One day, Baomin learns that his son Lei hasn't come back from shepherding for two days. He goes back to find his son. His appearance back in town makes people anxious.Searching for his son, Baomin heads for the rough and dangerous mountains, but the resentment and distrust of the townsfolk leads them to turn a blind eye to the reality of a missing child, and the c…

Fasten Your Seatbelts For The Official TAXI 5 Trailer

Next month the wait ends for French theatergoers with the release of action crime comedy entry, Taxi 5. The official trailer arrived at the tail end of this week signaling the efforts of actor and director Frank Gastambide who takes the mantle nearly two decades since the franchise took off.
Gastambide leads the narrative for the role of Sylvain Marot, a Marseille police transfer assigned to stop a notorious gang of Italian robbers with powerful Ferraris. His only help there after turns out to be Eddy, a hapless taxi driver and as it stands, grand-nephew to that of Daniel, played previously by celebrated actor Samy Naceri.
Actor Malik Bentalha takes on the role of Eddy joining Gastambide with returning franchise co-star Bernard Farcy whose role as Commissioner Gilbert sees him transitioning as a Mayor this time around. Follow along with the official trailer below and you'll be welcomed to an appetizer loaded with gags and high-speed thrills that aim to make this fifth installment a …

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Seethes With Foreboding Doom In The Final Trailer

Leave it to the Russo Brothers - Anthony and Joe - to make your Friday one to remember. Under Marvel's care and nuturement they're ever closer to bringing fans another epic step closer to the very "end" they continue to tease with the forthcoming April release of Avengers: Infinity War, and with it, a final trailer to happy segue fans from the thrills shared in Taika Watiti's Thor: Ragnarok and the global billion dollar success earned by the fruition of Ryan Coogler's Black Panther.
Bear these in mind with more on the way from the studio along with earlier spin-off and solo hopes of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and Danai Gurira's stellar role as Okoye in the Chadwick Boseman starrer. Time will surely tell if things take shape, but alas, Thanos's reckoning awaits and nearly a decade later and following the fallout from Captain America: Civil War, it's up to our heroes once again to take the mantle and save the world.
So, busines as usual?…

THE NEW GODS: Ava DuVernay To Adapt Jack Kirby's DC Superhero Saga For Warner Bros.

Dominic Patten and Mike Fleming Jr. are reporting from Deadline as of Thursday that Ava DuVernay is onto directing yet another big scale event film following her milestone effort with A Wrinkle In Time. Thus, following Selma helmer's own interest in superheroes via Twitter last year, comic book adaptation, The New Gods, will be the project forthcoming from the pages of DC under Warner Bros. Pictures, as inspired by Jack Kirby's 1971 creation of the same name.
The New Gods was the Genesis of the uber-villain Darkseid. Also called “Fourth World,” the Kirby creation debuted in a trilogy of related comics written and drawn by Kirby that were published in the very early 1970s: New Gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle. The New Gods came into existence after the world of the gods of classic mythology were destroyed during Ragnarok. The deities inhabit two planets: one is New Genesis, a lush paradise, and the other Apokolips, which sounds like Dante’s version of hell. War ensues.

QUEEN AND COUNTRY: Fox Circles Ridley Scott To Direct Graphic Novel Adaptation

Graphic spy novels are in the news once again and with it, word from Umberto Gonzalez at The Wrap regarding Sir Ridley Scott to be in the running to helm Greg Rucka's Eisner award-winning Oni Press publication, Queen And Country. The project is housed at 20th Century Fox with Rucka having joined in the efforts to pen the script next to that of John Rogers, Ryan Condel, Olivia Milch.
The All The Money In The World helmer will also produce at Chernin Entertainment as all other details may yet unfold; Casting is not yet known as the film had been in development hell prior to actress Ellen Page circling the project as recently as 2013 for the role of Tara Chace, a top British intelligence agent used as bait to draw out an international terrorist after an attack in London. The novels lasted for 32 issues between 2001 and 2007.

J. Kerry's QI: SPACETIME WARRIORS Casts Wesley Wong With Andy Cheng To Direct

Prominent rising film star Wesley Wong (Sorry I Love You, Massagist, Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen, Falling In Love) has a forthcoming U.S. debut later this month with the release of Pacific Rim: Uprising. In the meantime, his career progression will continue forward with a starring lead role in the GenFilms SciFi original production, Qi: Spacetime Warriors, from renowned Hollywood action director and stunt coordinator and well known Jackie Chan cohort, Andy Cheng (Redline, End Game, Into The Badlands).
Described as a first-of-its-kind, epic Chinese, Hollywood-style sci-fi, Qi: Spacetime Warriors sees Wong leading the way as Wang Long Sheng, a Taoist Monk destined to become a Spacetime Warrior and save the universe from ancient inter-dimensional threats eager to destroy the world. According to press release details forwarded by City On Fire and Asian Movie Pulse, the film is based on a screenplay by writer, producer and filmmaker Jessie Kerry who won Silver for Best Original Screenplay a…

Vincent Soberano To Direct Two Action Titles In New Film Partnership With China And South Korea

EXCLUSIVE: Muay Thai champion and emerging film multi-hyphenate, actor Vincent Soberano is on deck to add to his directing repetoire with least two big-budget films going forward: Action-packed high-seas military/naval techno-thriller, No Man's Waters, and romantic action comedy, Three Poles. The films will hail from Soberano's Cinefenio Film Studios, designated as co-productions with Origin Pictures Beijing, and a South Korean production company with the Philippines serving as a major production location with local film crews to be hired.
The news comes in the wake of a robust week for the Filipino filmmaker whose business in Beijing saw him host screenings for his two recently-completed titles, tournament revenge action thriller The Trigonal, and dystopian survival novel adaptation, We Are War. Both were showcased for a rousing audience of major distrubutors and executives, adding to a growing list of career milestone 'firsts' for a Filipino filmmaker, his latest de…

CORBIN NASH Unleashes His Own Demons In The Official Trailer For The New Action Horror

It's been two years since cameras rolled for director Ben Jagger's forthcoming action horror, Corbin Nash. At some point between then and now the film landed at indie banner Gravitas Ventures and for this, recent days have shown the first official trailer to make way online ahead of a limited theatrical, digital and VOD release on April 20 Searching a world of darkness for a truth he was never ready for, a rogue detective (Dean S. Jagger, Game of Thrones) is murdered only to be reborn the ultimate killer. Embracing his destiny, vowing vengeance on all that destroyed his family; he is Corbin Nash, Demon Hunter. Penned by both Jagger sibs and co-scribe Christopher P. Taylor, the cast rounds out with a well-seasoned cast line-up that sees Bruce Davison as Nash's dangerously secretive stepfather, Malcolm McDowell as a blind prophet and Rutger Hauer as a mysterious stranger with The Lost Boys vet Corey Feldman signaling his return to the genre, this time as a vicious cross-dre…