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PIMPKILLAH: Indie Comic Book And Film Auteur Sarah Bitely On The Evolution Of An Amazing Idea

About five years ago I managed to interview stuntwoman, actress and producer Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez. It was through her I managed to build a rapport with several other veterans and up-and-comers in the industry whilst getting an angle going on covering the stunt field and it was a privelege to be able to exchange with her than as it still is now from time to time.

She's a talented singer as well - a fact that I was reminded of clean and clear when last year, I managed to screen one of her most recent short film appearances, Pimpkillah, courtesy of filmmaker and comic book creator Sarah Bitely. I think it quite surprised Michelle and that was sort of the feeling I got when I commented on one of her posts at the time.

Alas, the shortfilm has since gone public, marking a significant milestone for the budding filmmaker and comic book creator who moved from her hometown on the outskirts of DC/Baltimore in Maryland to Los Angeles, California in 2010. Her coming out party has assuredly …

MADE IN CHINATOWN: Robert Samuels (H.K.S.A.) Antes Up As Co-Director For The New Martial Arts Mobster Comedy

With weeks away before cameras roll for upcoming martial arts mobster comedy, Made In Chinatown, we can report that the production will pair director Art Camacho with producer Robert Samuels who will also share the helm as co-director. The news comes roughly one week since Camacho's arrival to the director's chair after replacing another filmmaker who was already attached as the film was underwent several months of development.
Camacho and Samuels will direct from a script by executive producer and author Mark V. Wiley that centers on Vinny, a hapless Chinatown resident who, with the help of his sifu and a select few good friends, works to assimilate himself into Italian mob life and gain top-tier status whilst in pursuit of the girl of his dreams. The independent New York City-set action comedy production lands stuntman, world-class wushu stylist and champion Gold medalist, actor Alfred Hsing (Ready Player One, Ip Man 3, Birth Of The Dragon) his first major acting role.

THE HIT LIST: May 21, 2018

I almost spent my Sunday lingering which I felt like doing frankly, but this week's Hit List needed to get going before long because I just know things are going to pile up like they did this past week and I really need to catch up. Needless to say, this will be the last Hit List installment until June 4 when we return with the usual round of exciting stunt and independent shortfilm content hitting the internets!

The incredible, nimble actor and martial artist Andy Le gets things started in electric fashion with a training reel hailing Martial Club's best, followed by Thekla Hutyrova, Luis Fernandez, Dylan Rampulla, Fernando Campos, Kiara Nowlin, Hawk Walts, János Bognár, Dmitrious Bistrevsky, Amanda Dellapenta and Bayland Kippenkroger.

The last few years have been a bit myopic in trying to get in touch with filmmaker Jeanne Jo. We recently connected this year and I was able to screen her most recent shortfilm, Punch Me, which she had been trying and failing to get into festiv…

JCVD/Lundgren Thriller BLACK WATER Lands A June 29 U.S. Release!

Saban Films has kept its own market waiting long enough it seems and thus, the official trailer went live for Pasha Patriki's latest, Black Water, hailing a fifth pairing for action star duo Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. The film is written by Chad Law with a story that centers on a deep cover operative who awakens, imprisoned in the confines of a CIA black site on a submarine and forced in a race against the clock to search for answers amidst a daring escape.
Action-movie icons Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren deliver a double shot of adrenaline-fueled excitement in this heartpounding undersea thriller. After a failed mission, deep-cover operative Wheeler (Van Damme) is imprisoned in a CIA black site on a submarine. The CIA agents will to go to any lengths to get information from Wheeler—but nothing can prepare them for the storm of violence that erupts when he joins forces with a fellow prisoner (Lundgren) as deadly as he is mysterious. Black Water opens throu…

Tiger Chen, Yayan Ruhian And Cecep Arif Rahman Join JOHN WICK: CHAPTER THREE

Right about now you're waiting news over any and all pertaining to Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter Three which is still in production. This week, some of the best news to arise now sees word that Tiger Chen, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman have all joined the production starring opposite Keanu Reeves who returns to star.
A few photos have gone viral in recent weeks seeing Chen merely hinting a presence on set but this latest update is official. The three are said to play opposite Keanu Reeves according news over at The Hollywood Reporter with Chen back on set following a starring role in the 2014 kung fu spiritual drama, Man Of Tai Chi.
It's an update worth noting as it hopefully sets up for a larger Hollywood screen presence for all three martial arts stars who've seen their rise in all of the last nine years collectively, including that of Chen whose friendship dates back to production on The Matrix trilogy. Ruhian and Rahman have been earning their claim to…

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER THREE Adds Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos, Anjelica Huston And More!

The May 17, 2019 release of John Wick: Chapter Three pretty much has everyone engaged losing their collective skulls at the moment. Production is already underway and confirming previous rumors of late is actress Halle Berry asserting her place in the cast.
Thus, she'll be joining in with a lot for the film's returning cast members, in addition to a wave of new names totaling actors Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick all reprising their roles, and with actresses Asia Kate Dillon and Anjelica Huston, and actors Mark Dacascos and Jason Mantzoukas to the cast.
The production has released cast cards with the roles all respective to the performers listed for whom Chad Stahelski will direct for Lionsgate for the production's remaining duration. Check it all out below and stay tuned, because I'm ready for more surprises!

Brian De Palma's SCARFACE To Celebrate 35 Years Of Saying Hello To His Little Friend In Select Cities Next Month!

Apart from any and all progress with Universal Pictures's treatment of the 1983 hit pic, Scarface, attendees at last month's 17th Tribeca Film Festival were able to catch an exclusive screening of Brian De Palma's classic crime drama, as well as a post-screening panel with the director and select stars Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer to celebrate the film's 35th anniversary.
Going forward, if you weren't able to attend to even so much as see the film on the big screen then don't fret. The Tribeca Film Festival pushed a new announcement on Monday going forward, signaling a new endeavor with a delightful first for the festival itself, teaming up with Universal Pictures and Screenvision Media to showcase both the film and the discussion in select cities and theaters next month throughout North America.
Ticket pre-orders are now available by clicking here. Read onward and get yours today!

Alain Moussi Is A New Man In The Preliminary Teaser For KICKBOXER: ARMAGEDDON

I myself couldn't really get past some of the fan-service that culminates all seemingly ado with the current Kickboxer franchise following the reboot in 2016. I suppose the best part is that Dmitri Logothetis has found a direction to take it in, onward from Vengeance through Redemption and now with the third, Kickboxer: Armageddon. And indeed, that's Alain Moussi in the footage donning a whole new Kurt Sloan we haven't seen before. Brand new look and all!
Other details are officially pending but Logothetis himself has mentioned the possible return of Mike Tyson, Ronadinho and Christopher Lambert in addition to George St. Pierre and other UFC and sports favorites...and Snoop Dogg for some reason? He's also presented a brand new teaser to help stir the fandom some, so check it out anf expect more Kickboxer news onward through 2019.

HITBOY: Don't Miss The Latest Trailer For Bor Ocampo's New Boyhood Crime Pic

Director Bor Ocampo's latest, Hitboy, drew some peculiarities following its recent CineFilipino Film Fest screening this month. Adrian Cabido leads the narrative here playing a thirteen year-old hitman-for-hire, beleagured by a pregnant girlfriend and a strained opportunity to redeem himself to his employer following a botched job.

UnReel's Geoffrey Ledesma rates it at two stars out of five next to a few reviews online that cite it as largely imbalanced between its grimness and comedic delivery. I don't really know what that means myself except at face value, this one might have me feeling unsettled, but the poster looks somewhat stark, and the trailer sells itself like a pretty upbeat coming-of-age crime drama.

Check it out below and judge for yourselves I suppose.

Spy Action Thriller, NEGATIVE, Hits DVD This Week

Upon further viewing of the latest home release trailer for director Joshua Caldwell’s action thriller Negative, I knew certain footage looked familiar and it was from what I'd seen in a few recent fight reels from stunt professional Daniel Locicero who coordinated the stunt work on this one. That's at least one other thing the film has going for itself for those keen on female-led espionage thrillers such as this one from Meyenbauer Entertainment and penned by Adam Gaines, now heading to DVD on May 22 from Monarch Home Entertainment with Katia Winter, Sebastian Roche, Josh Randall, Simon Quarterman and Marem Hassler starring, A burned MI5 agent on the run from a deadly cartel kidnaps a photographer in order to save him after he innocently crosses her path. The unlikely pair take an outlandish jaunt across the southwestern United States in order to find safe haven.Catch the trailer below and pre-order today!

LUKAS: Jean-Claude Van Damme Bounces Brutally Around Town In The First Official Teaser

Events at Cannes have been a turning point for some film fans highly keen on all things ado with action star, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Having made a splash this year with buzz for the launch of his Rodin Entertainment sales banner and announcing another slate of film prospects, his latest offering now brings us a pulsating look at Braqueurs helmer Julien Leclerq's new thriller, Lukas, otherwise hailed in our territories as The Bouncer.
Lukas, a nightclub bouncer in his fifties who's taken punches, literally and figuratively, struggles to raise his 8 year old daughter. One day, Lukas loses control during an altercation with a client and ends up in jail, while his daughter gets placed under the care of social services. But things take an unexpected turn when Interpol recruits Lukas to bring down a Dutch ringleader operating from Belgium in exchange for his daughter's custody. The first official teaser and accommodation poster have both arrived and very befitting with one anoth…