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BUYBUST: Anne Curtis Gets Magazine Cover Debut For Erik Matti's New Martial Arts Thriller

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The slow trickle of content now underway for Erik Matti's newest thriller, BuyBust, has offered us a first look at Filipino/American actress Anne Curtis who leads the new movie. Not much of anything is known publicly about the film save for the overall tone and treatment of the enduring two-year project and Matti spoke much of the matter on it on Thursday in a lengthy social media post.
Accompanied therein is an official featurette highlighting Matti's testimony, and though far from a trailer, it offers plenty to hold near and dear for the promise it brings. This now leads us to local Filipino publication Rogue Magazine and one of their newest covers featuring Curtis in appropriate action movie leading-lady mode if the tagline has anything to show for it.
Check it out below and be sure to click here for the featurette!

THE HIT LIST: November 20, 2017

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I was a little more keen on taking this week off given the forthcoming holiday, but I was already on par for another installment of the Hit List so I figured "why not?"...

Alas, we've arrived to another spiffy new around of demo reels and action gems to help warm you up. Cameron Bostanabad kicks off this week's round of stunt and training reels followed by Wes Cochran, Braelyn Smallwood, Megan Dorn (https://www.megandorn.com), Andrew Mihalko, Jason Linere White, Barrett Coates, Al Dupont, Ryan Raspberry, Bryan Dodds, Joshua Zacharias and the daring feats of Kimberly Shannon Murphy (www.kimberlyshannon.net).

Enjoy!

This week is an especially ceremonial time for folks freshly off of this month's Urban Action Showcase & Expo fallout. Angel Vasquez hails as yet another fledgling talent from Puerto Rico with plenty of time spent collaborating under fellow rising star Jose Manuel's North Compass banner. Thus, Vasquez is poised to present his own project to the ma…

Rising Action Star Jose Manuel Talks THE MAN FROM KATHMANDU

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Much has happened this year for actor and martial artist Jose Manuel. Interviewing him back in April was something of a milestone achievement, and no less for a rising star who himself has contributed years of sharpening talent and unmitigated resolve toward growing into the headlining action star he strives to be to date since making history in 2012 with Puerto Rican martial arts action feature, El Testigo (The Witness).

His recent 'Best' wins for the Short Film Competition and Blood Sweat And Bones categories at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo on November 10 are also doing plusses for him this month. Retribution won the latter of the two and you can currently catch that one via YouTube. The other, Uncompromised, still stands plenty to gain with Manuel taking the lead next year following his current endeavors in Nepal.

For this, we bring you The Man From Kathmandu, hailing from Nakim Uddin - head of Nepal's largest theatrical exhibitor, QFX Cinemas, and marking anothe…

BULLET HEAD: Man's Best Friend Ain't Very Friendly In The Official Trailer

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Paul Solet's new crime thriller is getting a theatrical release on December 8. I speak of Bullet Head following its acquisition by Saban back in September and a trailer has been online for several days now sampling a bit of the essential kinetic chills and thrills to be expected.

For this, we get Adrien Brody, John Malkovich and Rory Culkin starring in a story among other intertwining stories that focus on love, fear and conditioning, and the wrong turns that tend to have us land in the dog house. Save for further largess on the matter, the dog hunting our cast down is most certainly pissed.

Antonio Banderas also stars in this one - Can't say I know why but clearly his badass screen persona here lends something cool and wicked to viewers. Check out the trailer:


STRATTON: Don't Miss The Official U.S. Trailer For Simon West's Novel Adaptation Thriller

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Following this year's release of Saban-acquired action adventure, Salty, Momentum Pictures is following suit on January 5 with the long-awaited run of Duncan Falconer novel adaptation, Stratton. An official trailer has already begun circulating as of a few weeks ago marking the latest campaign for the new espionage thriller since opening in France and other markets previous and pending. ​Based on the novel series of the ​same name,​ STRATTON is directed by Simon West (The Expendables 2, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and stars Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Need for Speed), Austin Stowell (Whiplash, Colossal), Gemma Chan (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Submarine), Thomas Kretschmann  (Jungle, King Kong), Tyler Hoechlin ("Teen Wolf," Everybody Wants Some!!)​, with Tom Felton  (Harry Potter series)​ and Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman, Gladiator)​ and Derek Jacobi (Murder on the Orient Express, The King's Speech). ​When a high-stakes M16 mission t…

'Ruthless' Helmer's Feminist Revenge Western Short, THE GOOD TIME GIRLS, Gets The Feature Treatment

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Following her attachment to action spec, Ruthless, Baby Driver and The Hateful Eight costume designer, filmmaker Courtney Hoffman is advancing into feature-length with her Summer short, The Good Time Girls. The project was shot on 35mm and made as part of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and Refinery 29's Shatterbox Anthology. 
As Deadline reported on Friday, Argent Pictures obtained the feature film rights with Hoffman at helm from a script written with co-scribe Lucy Teitler. Jill Ahrens will produce for Argent next to Jordana Mollick for Haven Entertainment and Nine Stories's Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker. Argent's own Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo are executive producing next to Mandalay's Jason Michael Berman, Jaywalker Pictures's Jayme Lemons and Shannon McIntosh, and Haven Entertainment’s Brendan Bragg.
The Good Time Girls short, which played pivotally in landing Relentless for Hoffman back in September, is led by actress Laura Dern for the story of a group…

Barry Films Crime Thriller INHERIT THE VIPER Sets Its Cast

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Swiss-born American director Anthony Jerjen is set to make his feature debut at the helm for crime thriller, Inheret The Viper. Andrew Crabtree's own original script has Josh Hartnett and actress Margarita Levieva (The Deuce) set to play siblings caught in a deadly crime web involving America's prescription drug epidemic.
Set in West Virginia, the plot follows siblings Kip (Hartnett), Josie (Levieva) and Boots as they try to escape the spiral of violence that has held them captive since their father’s passing. In these regions left behind by the economy, selling drugs has become their way of survival. A business that is very hard to quit – at least not alive. Michel Merkt (Elle, Toni Erdmann) is producing along with Barry Films's Benito Mueller producing, and Wolfgang Mueller serving as executive producer
“Inherit the Viper is a visceral story of a family fighting to escape its destiny,” Merkt said. “I am thrilled to be able to tell it on this third collaboration with the …

STEGMAN IS DEAD In The Official Trailer For David Hyde's Dark Hitman Comedy

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Currently making its run throught select cinemas in Canada, David Hyde is paving the way with his latest debut at the helm, Stegman Is Dead. Raven Banner already has an official trailer running, host to a festive look at Hyde's dark comedy crime tale telling of a dead pornographer, an incriminating VHS tape, and an array of bizarre hitmen.
Meet Stegman. He's dead. In this crime comedy, bizarre assassins must come together to unravel the puzzle of Stegman's blackmail secret, and why he's already dead on the set of his own porn film. Stegman's secret is somewhere within the rooms of his expansive suburban seventies bungalow, and the cops are already circling. Gus and Evy, two of the central characters, must escape Stegman's house only to discover the true nature of his secret at last, and with it, the awful realization that now... they have to break back in.Starring are Michael Eklund, Michael Ironside and Bernice Liu for the film's one-week Toronto release at…

THE FOREIGNER Arrives Home On DVD, Blu-Ray And Digital This Winter

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Martin Campbell's latest thriller, The Foreigner, is coming home to Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital between December and January. Fellow contributor James gave the film a balanced approach in his owm analysis calling it "an immaculately shot, deliberately paced political thriller with sudden bursts of hardcore action from Chan...", while some probably didn't like how less Chan-centric it was in their view. Nevertheless, those who've missed out during its theatrical run can still pre-order themselves a copy in the wake of UPHE's latest announcement below with artwork included.

Global superstar Jackie Chan (Rush Hour trilogy) returns to the big screen like you've never seen him before in the action-packed film, The Foreigner, arriving on Digital on December 26, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on January 9, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), the film also stars Pierce Brosnan (Tomorrow …

Steven Soderburgh's UNSANE Lands At New Regency; Fingerprint, Bleecker Street Sets March U.S. Date

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Apparently director Steve Soderburgh's latest horror thriller is being shot using an iPhone - I couldn't tell you much of anything since I'm an Android user but I guess the Logan Lucky helmer was up for a fitting challenge. 
At any rate, New Regency announced on Wednesday that the company has acquired the international distribution rights to the Academy Award winning director’s upcoming psychological horror thriller, Unsane. The new move underscores New Regency's m.o. to collaborate with like-minded and visionary creative talent.
Leading the cast is actress Claire Foy who plays a young woman involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear while identifying whether or not it is real, or a figment of her delusion. Joining in are Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving starring from a script by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer. “We have always been great admirers of Steven’s work, and we’re deligh…

Jang Joon-Hwan's 1987: WHEN THE DAY COMES Lands An Official Trailer

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Not one to shy away from history, Hwayi: A Monster Boy helmer Jang Joon-hwan's new film, 1987: When The Day Comes, is readying for a release later this year. The official trailer is circulating online ahead of its Korean and North American releases reuniting Jang with actor Kim Yoon-seok, and also adding Ha Jung-woo, Yoo Hai-jin and Kim Tae-ri to the roster for a compelling take on another tumultuous turning point in history. In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is supposed to sign the cremation release, raises questions about a 21-year-old kid dying of a heart attack, and he begins looking into the case for truth. Despite a systematic attempt to silence everyone involved in the case, the truth gets out, causing an eruption of public outrage.Check out the trailer below!