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TAKING ACTION IN THE OUTBACK: Award-Winning Director Johnny Balazs On NIGHT SHIFT, Filmmaking, Fandom And Fortitude

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The last few years have proven helpful in discovering talent out in Australia, and not without some serious internal effort for that matter on the part of its select residents. Characteristically, Australia is just one example out of many in the world in which a demographic of inspired, up-and-coming creatives work and do their best to thrive in their field of choice, which is film. In parallel, however, the land down under also has its share of setbacks - specifically pertaining to the business stimulus of producing local action films. Melbourne-based filmmaker Johnny Balazs is just one out of the pressing handful of talents working and shaping himself around a lens to change this.
"The term independent action cinema doesn't exist in Australia." says Balazs. "I would often ask people name one action film that's Australian that you remember and can recall in the last 5 years. Most say Fury Road, but that's not Australian money, that's not Australian deal…

Michelle Yeoh And Selina Lo To Star In BOSS LEVEL

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I've seen my fair share of time loop thrillers. Joe Carnahan, the man with the plan for the upcoming reinstallment of The Raid has his own vested in Boss Level, and once more returning actor Frank Grillo to the big screen courtesy of Entertainment Studios following their acquisition from Emmett/Furla/Oasis a few days ago.
Grillo is already joined by Naomi Watts, Ken Jeong, and Mel Gibson for the new movie still in production, and as it stands, word brings that martial artists, actresses Selina Lo and the incomparable Michelle Yeoh are now attached to the film. Production is already underway in Atlanta, Georgia with a 2019 release in tow, as reported via Patrick Frater's exclusive at Variety on Friday.
Groundhog Day with an action genre twist – BOSS LEVEL follows the story of ROY PULIVER who is trapped in a time loop. Every day he wakes up and the assassins that are pursuing him find some new awful way to dispose of him – the only change in his day is which of them manages to k…

BUFFALO BOYS: A Tale Of Vengeance That Hailed Legends In The Official Trailer

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It's a rousing time for actor Yoshi Sudarso who will be getting a little screentime of his own for the Frontières Proof Of Concept showcase at Cannes for Bao Tran's kung fu feature, The Paper Tigers. In the meantime, his biggest score by far in his career is set to arrive later this year in a debut role next to actor Ario Bayu for period Western actioner, Buffalo Boys, from debut director Mike Wiluan.
Sudarso, best known for his role in hit series, Power Rangers: Dino Charge, and Bayu who also stars in Java Heat with Mickey Rourke, lead the narrative for Wiluan's new film as two brothers on a mission of vengeance for their father's death against corrupt Dutch colonialists in the 1800s. Wiluan penned the script along with screenwriter Raymond Lee with the addition of action sequences to boot courtesy of Kazu Patrick Tang of Hard Target 2 fame.
A release date hasn't been set just yet while Screenplay Infinite is more than willing, as of Friday, to oblige moviegoing …

ONCE A COWBOY, ALWAYS A RANGER: A Word With BUFFALO BOYS Star Yoshi Sudarso

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As 2017 came to a close, the new year felt ripe in its approach with the number of projects - particularly coming out of Southeast Asia - that were slated to arrive at forthcoming dates. It all stems from the kind of residual energy and excitement that has been percolating since Gareth Huw Evans put an unknown in the spotlight with Iko Uwais in Merantau, just several years before an already world-scale famous Tony Jaa would segue into more flexible auspices of management ahead of Furious 7, among other regional entities such as in Singapore, India, the Philippines, Cambodia and the like.
It's not without its show of struggle though, given the well-documented hurdles faced by aspiring artists toward the action genre in most of these territories - a reminder that the renaissance we're now seeing has been, a continues to be one that is long and hard fought for. Undoubtedly, Indonesia stands to gain plenty from this growth - a fact that producer Mike Wiluan is fully aware of in th…

Take A Shot At The New Hellbound Trailer For DOWNRANGE

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As promised, an official trailer arrived for Kitamura Ryuhei's latest survival horror, Downrange, which is exclusively premiering on Shudder on April 26. There's not much else to it apart from bearing a different cut than the TIFF trailer from last year, but it doesn't undercut the buzz it's earned and needless to say, anyone with an affinity for cult thrillers knows who Kitamura is, and the thrills he brings to the screen. Six college students are carpooling cross-country when one of their tires blows out on a desolate stretch of country road. Getting out to fix the flat, they quickly discover that this was no accident. The tire was shot out. With their vehicle incapacitated, the group is pinned down and mercilessly attacked by an unseen assailant as they desperately attempt to find a way to escape. Bloody Disgusting presented the official trailer on Thursday and you can check it out below. Kelly Connaire, Stephanie Pearson, Rod Hernandez-Farella, Anthony Kirlew, Alex…

BLEACH Unleashes The Beasts In The First Official Trailer!

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Indeed, the desktop version of this article looks a lot better so if you're on mobile, feel free to switch that shit. At any rate though, Japan locals are officially two months out from bearing witness to what a live-action adaptation of Kubo Tite's highly beloved manga, BLEACH, looks like on the big screen.

The official trailer is live and online and packed with sorts of monster-battling antics comprised of the work it took for this film to get put together. The cast is seemingly small for this one as it appears many of the supporting characters from the original property have been done away with. That could change with sequels and even then, we all know how that works.

Director Sato Shinsuke and co-scribe Habara Daisuke shepherd the pic inspired by the manga, reuniting Blade Of The Immortal pair Fukushi Sota and Sugisaki Hana for the tale of Kuroskaki Ichigo a ghost-whispering high school student suddenly embued by spirit warrior, Rukia, with the powers of a Soul Reaper to h…

BLINDSPOTTING Pulls You In An All Too-Familiar World In The Official Trailer

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Carlos López Estrada's attentiveness to the headlines is made all too clear in the latest trailer now running for his theatrical feature debut Blindspotting. You also have to credit principal stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal who shepherd the narrative for its July 20 release, and as such, making a staunch case for a story albeit compelling, and hauntingly real. Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with en…

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Lands The Nee Brothers To Direct For Sony

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Efforts to reboot the cult-acclaimed Golan/Globus-produced adventure, Masters Of The Universe, have stayed myopic for years and years with a revolving door of directors in rotation. As of Thursday however, things appear to finally be improving at long last with word that sibling duo Aaron and Adam Nee (The Last Romantic, Band Of Robbers) will direct the long-awaited film for Sony Pictures.
The news comes just a few months after screenwriter David S. Goyer left the helm following his near-disastrous late 2017 hire to direct. His script otherwise sets the tone for the new film since Gary Goddard's 1987 headliner starring Dolph Lundgren, both which spawned from Mattel's fledgeling toy line in the 1970s through the 1980s with He-Man from creator Roger Sweet. 
He-Man later garnered a popular animated series set on Eternia where Prince Adam of Eternia transforms into our titular warrior to ultimately face downbthe evil warlord, Skeletor, and his minions, in order to protect the sec…

Tom Clancy's THE DIVISION Sets David Leitch To Helm The Live-Action Game Adaptation

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David Leitch appears to be on some good juju these days. Next month's Deadpool 2 release now has a final trailer and in its wake as of Thursday, now reveals he'll be directing actor Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain in Tom Clancy's The Division, the hit game from Ubisoft.
Gyllenhaal and Chastain were both added to the project which they are also producing through their own banners next to that of Leitch, and auspices at Ubisoft Motion Pictures. According to Justin Kroll's exclusive at Variety, the plan is to start development this year following the Atomic Blonde helmer's completion on the Fast saga spin-off with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Based on the best-selling video game, the story is set in a near future where a pandemic virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating New York City and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, is activa…

DEADPOOL 2 Gets A Final Trailer That Makes Zero Apologies!

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Marvel movies continually manage to sustain a higher ground over their DC competition, and for a number of reasons. Having homes at more than one studio is one, including at Fox where the liberty given to the bustling Deadpool franchise, for all intents and purposes, has paid off handsomely.
The upcoming May 18 sequel now looks to repeat that success and the production itself has seen quite the rollercoaster. At least one major concern, however, sits on maintaining the same balanced tone of fourth wall-breaking comedy jabs coupled with the kind of superb action Deadpool was known for.
Ryan Reynolds is back and leading those efforts in spades and indeed, given the necessary improvements that preceeded its better test screenings, the latest and final trailer appears to hint delightfully at this. New story, new heroes, new villains and even more shenanigans are abound, so check out the trailer below and get your tickets at Fandango now.