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THE HIT LIST: July 24, 2017

My weekend was exciting at the start. It was also kind of hilarious due to a rather odd exchange on Sunday involving trolls on my fanpage. Annoying and intolerable comes with the territory. What can I say? Trolls are lame...

Stunt players? Not so much, and once again we take another week to celebrate their genius and thrilling work in another installment of The Hit List packed with feats of stuntwork and independent action on film kicking things off with a Vimeo upload courtesy of Felix King. The playlist beneath rolls onward with reels by David "Dax" Bauer, Jessica Bennett, Kyle Potter, Jason Elwood Hanna, Robert Steven Brown, Reuben Maldonado, Daniel Hargrave, Jay R. Adams, Alex Skelly, Entony Ruscetta, Samantha Huffmann, Omid Zader, Chris Silcox, Adam Lavender, Troy "Smalls" Neault, Kaanchana Kerr, and Guiness World Record holding BAFTA winner and stunt pioneer, Vic Armstrong.

There isn't much as far as promotional bits go, but I can finally leave y…

James Bond Returns To Theaters In 2019

News and headlines regarding the development of a new 007 movie have been pretty eventful. Damage control took a bit of effort before actor Daniel Craig eased back and switched gears toward reprising the title superspy character of James Bond after four films and other updates as of late are starting to make things seem optimistic.
That all comes in the wake of talk and hype over a possible female take on the character and as things stand, nothing is solid just yet in terms of casting. Of course, Craig may very well have nabbed the role once more for fifth film but we won't know for sure until the announcement is made, although what is being made official are as follows: James Bond will return to US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK and the rest of the world. Bond 25 will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The film’s cast, director and distributor will be announced at a later date…

Jung Byung-Gil's THE VILLAINESS Lands An August 25 U.S. Release!

Director Jung Byung-Gil has come quite a ways since hitting theatrical and festival screens with his latest female driven action thriller, The Villainess. The film eventually earned the experienced stuntman-turned-filmmaker the Daniel E. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema at the 16th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), and rewardingly in the days since the Japanese remake of his 2012 hit crime thriller, Confession Of Murder, became a hit with Irie Yu at the helm.
The Villainess marks actress Kim Ok-Vin's debut lead role following two months of intense training and a 70-day filming period - 63 of which included action shots in which she performed nearly all of her own stuntwork. Not for nothing either in that many a pull quote have rendered her performance as one of the best in the genre by far out of South Korea and proving she and Jung make a marketable pair with the film's release in South Korea and screenings at Cannes and New York City as well as other parts of A…

PARADOX Breaks Out The Big Kicks And Meat Cleavers In The New Trailer

Rest assured, the martial arts fan demographic is still reeling over catching Tony Jaa aligned with some of the best of the best in Jesse Johnson's upcoming thriller, Triple Threat. That film comes in 2018 and its going to be a sight to see when it arrives while this year has already proven itself fruitful in its promise for the genre with films like the new action crime pic, Paradox, opening next month in theaters and now has a new trailer to show for it.

The film marks Wilson Yip's return to the helm for the project, also branded as an addition to the non-linear Sha Po Lang saga of crime titles with Jaa joining actors Louis Koo and Wu Yue for the story of a Hong Kong cop whose tumultuous search for his missing daughter exposes a bigger conspiracy when footage of her kidnapping is uploaded to the police mainframe and subsequently deleted. Soi Cheang and Paco Wong produced the film which also stars Chris Collins, Ken Lo and actresses Hanna Chan and Jacky Cai with action seque…

THOR: RAGNAROK Invites More Buddy Comedy To The Superhero Hype In The New Comic-Con Trailer

Marvel's trajectory on the big screen has only ever gotten cooler these days, and especially with director Taika Watiti at the helm on Thor: Ragnarok. The film debut a second trailer for the comic-con crowd in San Diego over the weekend and subsequently online and while it wasn't the only Marvel movie to peek out from behind the curtain, if the first trailer from April hasn't sold you by now, perhaps this one will earn your favor. Beyond that, my hands are tied. In Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hidd…

JUSTICE LEAGUE Nails It With The New Comic-Con Sneak Peek Trailer

The earlier trailers for Zack Snyder's latest film, Justice League, haven't been all approving despite attempts to keep the energy and excitement high (Godsmack's "Come Together" was a nice added touch last time). Needless to say, just splashing our heroes onto the screen hasn't really been enough for a lot of positive feedback to stick and this, coupled with Joss Whedon's entry to help finish the film following Snyder's own departure for personal matters have certainly added a pinch of uncertainty.
Thus, this latest hat trick being from Warner Bros. Pictures for its DC Comics adapations is set for a November 17 release and amid all things Comic-Con this weekend, a fresh new trailer arrived online and right off the bat, you can instantly tell the change in tone and substance from before. We get glimpses of all our heroes opposite our current villain in Darkseid's general, Steppenwolf, as he threatens to lay waste to Earth including Themyscira, and …

READY PLAYER ONE Skids Online With A Brand New Comic-Con Teaser

Reactions were largely positive when fans of Ernest Cline's 2011 bestseller, Ready Player One, learned that the film was heading for the big screen. Needless to say in the wake of a brand new Comic-Con trailer debut, expectations are reasonably held high with director Steven Spielberg at the helm, and Cline and screenwriter Zak Penn adapting the source material in slick and energizing fashion. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical univers…

THE DEFENDERS Hails A Coming War In The New Comic-Con Trailer

I was at a birthday party on Friday night. Not exactly the comic con scene but the evening well worth it, and I'm not too hung over to talk briefly about the latest trailer debut for Marvel's The Defenders which premieres on August 18.
Eight episodes and counting await us as actress Krysten Ritter, and actors Charlie Cox, Mike Colter and Finn Jones all reprise their roles next to actor Scott Glenn and actress Elodie Yung, and the addition of Sigoruney Weaver as she peers over the New York City skyline so as to affirm her villainous grip. Rosario Dawson and Simone Missick are also reprising. “Marvel’s The Defenders” follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together. It helps a little bit that this looks far better than what we were last offered wit…

SPAWN Is A Go At Blumhouse With Todd McFarlane Directing

When comic book auteur Todd McFarlane isn't blowing minds on Facebook with live sketch tutorials, he's tending to ever-patient fans who've been watching and waiting for the next big update on a hopeful Spawn film. That fact stands more past-tense these last few hours or so as McFarlane has been stirring the pot in San Diego amid the comic-con fanfare where he just made a suprise announcement, ultimately blowing minds as usual:

In further detail as advanced by The Wrap and for those unable to watch the video, McFarlane will write and direct the film with Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind The Purge films and Get Out producing.
"Having worked with many visionary directors, I think Todd’s unique artistic talents will only add to his role as director of this film," Blum said in statement.Spawn first published from Image Comics in 1992 centered on Al Simmons, a U.S. Marine whose war crimes have him sent to hell upon being killed in the line of …

COLOUR OF THE GAME: Catch The Latest Trailer For Wong Jing's Crime Saga Finale

Looking to culmimate his longstanding epic Color crime trilogy which began in 2003, producer Wong Jing is back and sharing the director's chair for Colour Of The Game which opens this Fall. Ka Wai Kam sits at the helm for the new thriller which centers on a triad member and his protégé who befall a deadly consipiracy amid a mission of vengeance for a mob boss.
Actors Simon Yam, Jordan Chan, Philip Ng, Eddie Cheung and Lam Suet, actress Sabrina, and actor Eric Tsang comprise the cast of those headlining for the film's opening date on September 14. The newest trailer is now live courtesy of Mega-Vision Pictures Ltd. Take a look!