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CALM IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: Actor And Filmmaker Choice Skinner On Life And Living, Fandom And Film

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Making a film of any kind takes some seriously hard work, especially one that pushes boundaries. I've never been in an editing booth, although I can imagine the tediousness that comes with putting together a project that can be physically and mentally demanding on its face. Throw in the bread and butter of special visual effects and although your time is your own, you're ultimately on a whole other battlefield.
It's an emotion that's understandable for want of being a creative and to be able to share it with audiences. After all you've been through in life until now and investing a heavy portion of your time and energy on a project like Black Lightning: Tobias's Revenge, actor and filmmaker Choice Skinner is more than qualified on the matter after winning Best Fan Film at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo last November.

"The team and I were honored to have been selected and screened at such a prestigious event." says Skinner before giving praise to the…

THE HIT LIST: February 19, 2018

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Welp... it's been a less than ceremonious weekend for me. Being sick didn't help much for want of seeing Black Panther (guess who is avoiding Facebook to abstain from spoilers!), but it did give me a chance to do some important work for the site.

Ultimately, that includes introducing the week's entries for The Hit List now online and with none other than stuntwoman Tally Rodin getting our stunt playlist off to an explosive start. Following that are reels by Aidan Kennedy, Ronnie Shalvis, Nilo Ghajar-Williams, Thomas Lorber and a parkour jam sesh hosted by 3Run. Rounding it all out are Daniel Bodlák, Marco Falcone, Emily Tung, Jae Greene, Rebecca Ahn and Robin Calvo.


Making the trailer rounds this week we now have a look at an upcoming project over at the Lunar Stunts channel with Cabine Mortelle. Plot details are nil but the teaser itself is really all you need to figure it out as it somehow leads to some fantastic fight scenery among our cast listing Allen Quindiagan, Pa…

Indie Action PRIME!

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The days of video stores are long behind us, as are the days of distributors throwing literally EVERYTHING at the booming DVD market. In those halcyon days, independent distributors were lining up to partner with (see: take advantage of) indie filmmakers and help chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video fill the gaps in their shelves between big Hollywood releases. For those of us brave enough to wade through this swamp of content, the occasional diamonds felt like a gift from god. 
For every 10 unmitigated disasters, there was a gem like Mean Guns or Extreme Heist to incentivize further exploration. Sadly those days are lost to time; a fading piece of nostalgia that older millennials will lament to future generations. But maybe those days aren't totally lost. The torch of obscure video store treasures may have been passed to an unlikely new champion... Amazon Prime!
From the beginning, Amazon Prime felt grittier than the other big dog of streaming, Netflix. It was a bit more …

EFM 2018: Well Go USA Nabs BUYBUST For A 2018 Theatrical Release

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Well Go USA continues to prove itself to be a Mecca for genre speciality in Asian cinema for North America. The latest in point hails from breaking news from The Hollywood Reporter with word on the distributor's acquisition of Erik Matti's BuyBust, which opens theatrically in the Philippines pending a new release date to be announced.
The On The Job and Honor Thy Father helmer directs from his own story scripted by Anton Santamaria in which Australian actress Anne Curtis plays the rookie member of an elite anti-drug narc squad forced to fight its way out of Manila's most dangerous slum following a poorly-planned buy-bust. The film also stars MMA champion Brandon Vera, with Joross Gamboa, Mara Lopez, Nonie Buencamino, AJ Muhlach and Victor Neri rounding out the cast with stuntman and fight choreographer Sonny Sison (Broken Path, Nilalang) designating the brutal fight scenery, partly sampled in a proof-of-concept action sequence featuring Curtis last month.
Matti's 19th fe…

SNOWFLAKE Trailer: Crime Comedy With A Touch Of Fisticuffs And The Crazy

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Signaling a feature debut of their own, Adolfo J. Kolmerer and William James were proudly featured among the roster for Raven Banner's presentation at EFM this week. Among the line-up is German action thriller, Snowflake, billed accordingly on the artwork and with a fine trailer now online that mixes and mingles crime comedy with a mix of gonzo that aims to assure a crowdpleaser for audiences. Take a dash of Tarantino, a splash of Coen brothers, a metric ton of pretzel-logic self-awareness, and a fast-paced series of humorously violent misadventures, and you’re halfway to grasping the magnificent German madness of this bizarre import. Hunting down the murderer of their families in a near-future Berlin, a gang of lowlife characters all want revenge on each other, but along the way they must contend with a myriad of wicked fairytale types—assassins, madmen, a blood-covered angel, and an electric-powered superhero—all apparently come to life through a screenplay written by a demented…

MVD Rewinds With Jean-Claude Van Damme In February And June!

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Guess at your own pace when exactly the time will arrive for any number of action star Jean-Claude Van Damme's much-hyped projects to come will take shape. His career will always be an enduring staple for action fans and with MVD Entertainment Group, the gusto is all the same with at least two of their forthcoming MVD Rewind Collection releases, firstly with #3 - Black Eagle in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD Special Edition combo pack coming February 27, 2018.

The latter sits at #8 with Sheldon Lettich's Hard Times remake, Lionheart, also in two-disc Blu-ray + DVD Special Edition combo pack on June 12, 2018 and containing all-new exclusive material, including a newly commissioned interview with the star himself. This one baffles the mind a bit as of late with fan interest currently piqued for a sequel and one only wonders when the wheels will finally start turning.

Read on below with all the official specifics listed and check back over at MVDshop.com for all the Van Damme goodies…

Review: DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LIVING DEAD Honors The Living With Love And Laughter

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One can certainly comprehend sticking with what works as a creative. With director Kim Sok-Yun's commitment to mining the work of author Kim Tak-Hwan undoubtedly comes a delightful trio of entries with the Detective K franchise that began in 2011 and clearly it's done the filmmaker some justice after working in television in the early two thousandsies.
Both the first and second films remain wishlist items for me while Well Go USA has since taken it upon themselves to harbor the release of the latest installment, Detective K: Secret Of The Living Dead. Watching this, it became even more intriguing wondering how the first two would play out on a narrative level prior to constructing a threequel considering what unfolds.
Lee Nam-Kyu, who had a hand in adapting the screenplay with other writers for the first two films, lends us a solo act this time around with a screenplay that incorporates a steady presentation of odd-couple slapstick comedy to pair with the horror and mystery. …

EFM 2018: Jamie Dornan And Sam Clafin To Star In BORDERLAND

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50 Shades trilogy star Jamie Dornan is switching gears as of this week with action thriller, Borderland, set to film in Dublin and London this summer. The BAFTA nominated actor will be joined by fellow actor Sam Clafin with BAFTA nominee Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Luther) directing from a script by Public Enemies scribe Ronan Bennett.
Set in 1970's London, Borderland is a high-octane character-driven thriller, in the vein of Michael Mann's Heat. After his wife is accidentally shot dead in Ireland, a member of the IRA takes over an Active Service Unit in the English Capital. Their mission is to cause chaos and destruction while his mission is to hunt down his wife's killer - an SAS captain (Sam Claflin) who is also hunting him. Chris Coen (The Childhood of a Leader, Funny Games) is producing at Unanimous Entertainment with Rebecca Brown (In the Dark), and Alan Moloney (Mary Shelley, Siege of Jadotville) for Parallel Film Productions. IMR International is selling the film …

CITY HUNTER Is Getting A Live-Action French Adaptation

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French actor and filmmaker Philippe Lacheau is applying his craft as of late with word that he'll be adapting his own take on the popular Shueisha publication, City Hunter. He'll be on both sides of the lens directing and starring, thus adding to recent credits such as Babysitting, Babysitting 2, and 2017 comedy, Alibi.com.
The news comes in the wake of reports out of Berlin via Variety where French telco operator Orange is taking its newly launched film shingle, Orange Studio, to the sales floor at EFM. Their package joins City Hunter with Amos Gitai's Tramway In Jerusalem to Jean-Charles Hue's Tijuana Bible with Ed Skrein starring among others.
Hojo Tsukasa's original 1985 manga serves the basis telling of a womanizing detective who runs a jack-of-all-trades outlet running missions with a beautiful tomboy as his often jealous assistant. The manga ran several OVAs and two live-action films: a 1991 movie loosely based on the manga with Andy Lau starring, and a ti…

EFM 2018: Action Thriller MANUSCRIPT Sets Scott Eastwood And Morgan Freeman To Star

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Highland Film Group is out and about with their package in Berlin for buyers. Featured in their slate is Manuscript which, per The Hollywood Reporter, has Nick Cassavetes replacing John Moore to direct from a script by Louis Rosenberg and Joe Rosenbaum. In this cat and mouse style thriller, a jailed genius convict (Morgan Freeman), leads an ambitious junior editor, through clues in his memoir, to the 20 million in missing diamonds he stole years earlier. As the junior editor gets closer to finding out the truth about the mystery, he falls in to a greater criminal ploy that leaves his life in danger. Mike Witherill (John Wick) and Mark Williams (The Accountant) will produce next to Paris Film Inc.'s Rob Paris for the film's New Orleans shoot in April. Eastwood, who has appeared in several major franchise pics - namely DC adaptation Suicide Squad and Universal's The Fate Of The Furious, headlines with John Boyega for Steven DeKnight's March release of Pacific Rim: Uprisi…