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CREATIVE'S CREED: An Interview With Adam Brashaw

Having extensively covered Universal Pictures's famed Fast franchise, this week's latest bit of coverage has to be the closest I've come. It's primarily attributed to the forthcoming live show which kicks off in London in January and obviously with a film saga so action packed, of course it's going to need a crew of some very talented stunt performers to take to task the very feats attendees can expect.

For this, it is with great pleasure to have been able to share an auspicious chat with Adam Brashaw, someone whose work thusfar in stunts, film and television have been all but impressive. He's only appeared in The Hit List a few times having done three shortfilms (two of which I have seen), and you need only to see the results for yourself apart from his exceptional work reel just above.

Brashaw is going nine years strong in his field with multiple credits to his name, including at least one upcoming film project which he discusses a bit about later in this in…

Justin Lin Circling LONE WOLF AND CUB For Paramount

Last we heard there were two projects in the mix for upcoming big screen advances reinterpreting Koike Kazuo's seminal manga classic, Lone Wolf And Cub. It was last summer we were kept up with new efforts from producer Steven Paul at SP International Pictures to re-adapt Inoue Akira's Final Conflict treatment and all has since been quiet on that front, while we now look toward the now 14-year effort garnering the involvement of Fast And Furious saga co-helmer Justin Lin since 2012.
As it stands, he is set to produce Lone Wolf And Cub via his Perfect Storm Entertainment banner with Marissa McMahon and Kamala Films. Furthermore, according to The Hollywood Reporter's latest exclusive, Lin also has an eye to direct the film upon landing back at Paramount Pictures. Seven, 8MM and The Wolfman scribe Andrew Kevin Walker is attached to adapt the script telling of shogun's executioner Ogami Itto, who journeys the land with his only son to avenge his family and redeem himself f…

24 HOURS TO LIVE Kickstarts Ethan Hawke's Deadly Day Of Vengeance In The First Trailer

Following up from his 2008 effort with Hero Wanted, stunt authority Brian Smrz has returned to the helm once again with the new action thriller, 24 Hours To Live. Saban acquired the film back in May and is currently set to screen at the Austin Film Festival next week.
Travis Conrad (Ethan Hawke) is a former elite soldier devastated over the recent tragic deaths of his wife and young son, when his old army buddy “Jim Morrow” (Paul Anderson) shows up with an offer he can't refuse. Morrow now works for a powerful and highly secretive private military contractor, Red Mountain, who hires Travis for an extremely dangerous – but extremely lucrative – assassination job. Travis accepts the covert assignment, but everything goes completely wrong when he is shot and killed by an equally skilled female Interpol agent, “Lin Bisset” (Xu Qin) right at the moment he locates the target. But, just when we think it's curtains for Travis, he wakes up in an operating room, his body convulsing back…

SWORD OF THE DEAD: Help Stephen Vitale's Inspired New Chanbara Horror Rise From Its Grave!

No stranger to cult cinema, filmmaker Stephen Vitale's resume topped off noticeably in recent years with a refreshing take on blind samurai fandom with Star Wars fan film short, Hoshino. That project was a delightful and compelling work paring our helmer with actress Anna Akana and there's no telling when the two will regroup once more for something even just as fantastic or more.

Of course, this still leaves us with Vitale with his freed-up time to continue his craft in ways that hit all the notes required for the audiences he seeks. There's no question he achieves just that with his latest teaser for inspired chanbara horror proof-of-concept, Sword Of The Dead, which has already completed principal photography and now requires the good graces of loyal and financially able fans and cinephiles to help finish with perks available per contribution.
After a curse befalls an island in Edo period Japan, corpses left to rot on the battlefield during a gruesome blood war between …

Chen Kaige's LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT: Bad Kitty Runs Amuck In The Newest Trailer

Well there you have it. If you're looking to completely scare friends into being Ailurophobes then director Chen Kaige's latest should do the trick. It's the latest adaptation inspired by the 2004 work of author Bak Yumemakura which brings us Legend Of The Demon Cat, currently poised for a sold-out premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival next week.
Japanese Buddhist monk Kukai is sent to the Tang dynasty in China to learn about its culture and civilization. He affirms his determination to learn everything about Vajrayana, but then a demon cat appears and breaks the peace of Chang’an City, causing a series of strange events (powerful men in the capital die continuously). So Kukai joins hands with poet Bai Letian to investigate the death of Concubine Yang, by following the trail left by the cat, unveiling a buried fact. Actors Sometani Shota and Xuang Huan lead the cast for the film's immersive fantasy setting which is also slated to be an amusement park for lu…

THE HIT LIST: October 16, 2017

I'm going through a little sleep deprivation while I write this so I hope you all enjoy this latest installment of The Hit List until then. My weekend was definitely at least half-good and you can visit my weekend posts over at my Instagram to see what's up.

As for here, we kick off the Hit List with the necessary appetizer of stunt and training reels from some of today's top and up-and-coming in stunt performance. Ramping things up is a cool new highlight reel from this year's events at Oia for the seven year-strong Red Bull Art Of Motion competiton.
Following that is a barrage of badass new stunt reels courtesy of Talyn Edelson, Darin Hicks, Krystle Martin, Ross Kohnstam, Gabriela Kostadinova, Cameron Brown, Angela Lynn, John Ternavis, Rissa Kilar, Cheech Vitale, Andi Norris and stunt coordinator Jae Greene.

I don't have anything to promote in terms of teasers and trailers but I do have this amazing shortfilm by Shaun Charney. It's the most serious action sho…

Jovanka Vuckovic's 90's Set Dystopian Thriller, RIOT GIRLS, Now Filming

Acclaimed horror director Jovanka Vuckovic (XX) has reportedly hit the ground running with her feature directorial debut, Riot Girls. Production is underway in Canada with actresses Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle) and Paloma Kwiatkowski (Richard Says Goodbye) leading the currently-named cast from a script by Katherine Collins (Netflix’s Lost In Space).
The film takes place in 1995 and tells of a teenage girl in a dystopian world ravaged by disease, the extinction of adults, and rampant violence between gangs waging war for territory and viable resources. She evidently gets swept into the mix when her brother is kidnapped by gang rivals and soon finds herself accompanied by two more people on a treacherous rescue mission. Screendaily broke the story on Monday. The film is set four years after a mysterious illness has killed all adults. The town of Potter’s Bluff has been divided into two rival factions, the ‘East side’, made up of scrappy scavengers living amongst the …

LUNA'S REVENGE: Don't Miss The Latest Trailer For The German Language Thriller

Khaled Kaissar's directing debut, Luna's Revenge, is interestingly inspired by a true story. I think it's an eerie tale and I can see how it would bode so well as a concept presentable with a theatrical narrative.

Such is what the film hopes to accomplish with Kaissar producing with Thomas Wöbke, and with a script by Ulrike Schölles. Lisa Vicari and Carlo Ljubek lead the cast for the new thriller which just had its day at Film Fest Munich.
Inspired by the true story of a Russian agent couple living undercover for more than 20 years in Germany, LUNA'S REVENGE is both gripping drama and espionage thriller. Lisa Vicari ("Hell") delivers an outstanding performance in the directing debut by Khaled Kaissar, producer of "Stereo".

Luna, a smart, self-possessed and carefree 17-year-old, is spending her summer vacation in an idyllic mountain chalet with her family, when their holiday harmony suddenly becomes a nightmare: Foreign men take the family hostage a…

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL Lands A December U.K. Release

I still plan on catching Magnet's U.S. release of Miike Takashi's hit manga adaptation, Blade Of The Immortal next month. Folks in the U.K. still have a bit of a wait though and in all likelihood it won't stall any excitement that has already been drawn from the rave press reviews in the last six months, including this month at Sitges.
Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine... Arrow Films is releasing the film theatrically on December 8. The trailer looks something a bit similar from the international pitch from months earlier but still delivers the desired effect. Enjoy, and set the date!

BLACK PANTHER: Witness The Start Of Marvel's Latest Revolution In The Second Trailer

Taika Watiti's Thor: Ragnarok is still a few weeks out from its release and Marvel is getting its feet dug in amply with its current campaign for Ryan Coogler's offering, Black Panther. The second official trailer has arrived well and steady for a glimpse into the looming insurrection that awaits our protagonist and his forged alliances, and of course a meaty serving of some feisty cat spectacle.
After the events of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war. Chadwick Boseman leads the cast in his titula…