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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spy Thriller NEED TO KNOW Casts Charlize Theron

Word is that F. Gary Gray's April 14 release of The Fate Of The Furious from Universal Pictures is being given a 160-minute run time. I'd say that's pretty sizable and appropriate for a saga that has lasted seven epic action movie installments and there's no doubt that actress Charlize Theron's role will be pivotal in the film given the approach being hinted in the trailers so far.

Stars To Gather Next Month For Celebrity Roast Of Heralded Actress And VO Artist, Joycelyne Lew

Celebrated television, film and voice actress Joycelyne Lew is slated to be the center of attention when stars gather for a celebrity roast at Golden Dragon Restaurant on Saturday, March 4 at 7:00pm PST. According to last week's press annoucement, arrivals will include actor Mel Novak (Bruce Lee's Game of Death, Chuck Norris' An Eye for An Eye), Cynthia Rothrock (Tiger Claws III, Lady Dragon), Gerald Okamura (G.I. Joe, The Rise of Cobra, Mortal Kombat), Peter Kwong (The Golden Child, Big Trouble in China), Host Grand-Master Eric Lee (Rambo: First Blood Part II, 3 Ninjas) and many more.

Punch It! Filming Begins For The Han Solo Star Wars Spin-Off

The new Han Solo spin-off film still doesn't have an official title, but we now have our first look at a cast photo marking the start of principal photography at Pinewood Studios as of Monday. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) are directing the film as one of several current spin-offs for Disney and Lucasfilm's on-going Star Wars saga in lieu of Rian Johnson's coming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

SATRIA HEROES: REVENGE OF DARKNESS Lands A Trailer For Indonesian Tokusatsu Feature Film With Yayan Ruhian

Tokusatsu gained a foothold in Indonesia with the 2013 series run, Bima Satria Garuda. Since then, the show which centered on a young hero's discovery of a power stone to take on the evil Vudo empire after a mysterious alien portal to Earth emerges, spawned a sequel series in 2015 and is now on deck for a full feature film expansion.

Check Out The Latest Trailer For Slick Action Thriller, EXTRAORDINARY MISSION

Alan Mak, prolific co-helmer of the Infernal Affairs and Overheard movies recently paired up with co-director Anthony Pun (cinematographer: The White Storm, Monster Hunt) for a stellar new action thriller coming this Spring. That film arrives in the form of Extraordinary Mission and while not much was known at the time about this film, at least two teasers were unveiled to the public eye last year that were pretty attention getting.

Monday, February 20, 2017

THE HIT LIST: February 20, 2017

So, I finally saw John Wick: Chapter Two and you can read my review here...

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Shares What The Fuss Is All About In The Latest Trailer

I don't really have much to add about the latest trailer for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. It looks epic but I can't say I'm hugely impressed by it so far and to establish this as the first of a whole franchise of titles may be stretching it. We'll see how this goes.

Voodoo Suspense Consumes The First Trailer For Indie Action Horror, LYCO

Independent filmmaker Franklin Correa is back this year and switching gears just a bit from his usual action-tethered efforts in films like Flash Drive and Mistaken. Thus, we get a first trailer for upcoming action horror, Lyco which centers on a collector who is but one of several people eyeing an ancient relic smuggled into the U.S., including a sadistic voodoo serial killer with more nefarious purposes.

Jacobus, Barber Hail New Film Banner With Upcoming Action Comedy Short, BLINDSIDED

Last year saw the release of a first poster for the new shortfilm, Blindsided, with actor and martial artist Eric Jacobus starring and fellow industry stunt professional Clayton Barber making his shortfilm directorial debut. As of Sunday, a post-dated announcement began making the rounds for the new action comedy short officially launching Jacobus Barber (JB) Productions, the latest milestone for both star and director since partnering on Jacobus's shortfilm hits, Rope-A-Dope and its energizing sequel, Rope-A-Dope 2: Return Of The Martial Arts Mafia.

A Case For Better Action Movies: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO (2017)

Nobody just kills John Wick and lives to tell about it. To that end, you would think, at least from a preventive viewpoint, that his reputation would span far enough to the resident killers, thugs and elitist psychopaths operating in the criminal underworld at large but... nope. Eventually some ambitious villain will come along and push things further into entropy - a realm lined well with the corpses of underlings so as to reaffirm just how much of a gluttonous, self-important asshole one has to be to witness Wick's reputation in action the hard way, after the fact.