All’s quiet on The Raid front nowadays with Indonesian martial artist and actor Cecep Arif Rahman having granted himself quite the attention after last year’s stellar villainous performance in the sequel cult hit, The Raid 2. Such momentum has granted several of its Indonesian star purveyors some meaty prospects in other territories, especially for Rahman whilst we await confirmation for a certain possible role in an upcoming film this December which may or may not be just a mere rumor.
In the meantime, fans can now catch him in the lead role for a brand new pilot installment for upcoming French action series, O: Une Union Pas Comme Les Autres (A Union Like No Other). Filmmaker Christophe Diez wrote and directed the pilot with a story centered on a secret organization bent on combating terrorism and international crime. Much of the data available now is minimal as much as it’s all in French, but the trailer has been up for a while now and not only do we get a good look at the cast, we get to see more of Rahman who clearly hasn’t missed a step, performing the action as well as directing it with co-star Gil De Muger.
Moreover, we also get to see action actor Anthony Pho which I think is a real treat aside from his usual filmmaking craft for his Monkids channel on Youtube. The pilot for O is in post and should be ready later this year, so check out the trailer below, and take an exclusive look at 50 new stills courtesy of Diez himself!
Teaser du Pilote de la série -O- by kickstartv
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Uh oh! Shredder is on the loose and the city needs heroes! Time for Leonardo and her band of heroes to spring into action in the new short, Ninja Turtle Kids!
Yes, it’s the newest online short from Monkids, a channel launched by a small handful of amazing, adorable kids in France by the names of Victoria and William Taing. Action actor and martial artist Kefi Abrikh gets his moment as the Shredder, with a cameo appearance by YouTube personality Bruce Duan. The channel launched just a few months ago and as these young artists here have already done several videos before then with their much older cousin, actor and stuntman (AND good friend) Anthony Pho, I have to say these kids are simply too fun to not look at. They will definitely put a smile on your face.
Check it out below, and it plays in a playlist so be sure to watch the blooper reel that comes on just afterwards.
Director Luc Besson‘s latest cerebral sci-fi action thriller, Lucy is getting its day in theaters this Friday. Clearly Besson enjoyed sharing the set with actress Scarlett Johansson in the title role, and he sure shows it in the latest two B-roll clips from the set of the film now online, along with an interview clip.
On a more personal note, I have to say how awesome a treat it is knowing someone I met personally worked on this film, particularly my friend, stuntman Anthony Pho who appears briefly on a wire-rig in the first embed (4:20-4:40), and accordingly in the film. I met the guy last year in NYC and he’s too cool for words.
Yeah, I’m giddy. Sue me.
Check out the videos below and buy your tickets wherever tickets are sold!
Fan fare over the success of manga author Akira Toriyama’s classic property, Dragon Ball Z is unyielding, and has inspired plenty of artists over the years to pursue their own vision in the universe in a way that would entertain fans. On this end, leave it to the likes of Normandy-based film school graduate and independent filmmaker Yohan Faure, and art director Vianney Griffon, who began showing for their efforts in a test teaser they accompanied with a push on Indiegogo last year to get things started, and unfortnately those efforts came short.
So what’s the big deal? Well, the big deal happens to be that somehow they’ve managed to get the engine running. And, not only is the upcoming short fan film in post production, but according to my source – the project’s featured stunt performer, stunt double and fight choreographer Anthony Pho, the shortfilm is also poised for a 3D presentation for its climactic final fight scene. And this is an indie project we’re talking, which is pretty rare. But with the awesome nature of the Dragon Ball universe, if you were a filmmaker and wanted to present a product that would succeed in turning heads with a small 3D ornamentation as a plus, then if the new official teaser below is any indication, you’re coming pretty damn close.
“The world is not like it is supposed to be, something happened in the course of time…”
With these words Trunks wakes up in the middle of a ruined city. He then remembers the loss of his friends, his preparation to fight Cell, even though he knows he might not be strong enough, he will still try to make a difference.
“The Fall of Men” is born from our desire to tell the DRAGON BALL Z story in a more realistic and dramatic way. Set in a different future than the canon, this untold story focuses on the son of VEGETA who tries to save the Earth against the infamous CELL.
Dragon Ball Z: The Fall Of Men has a Facebook that could use your attention between now and its release sometime next year. So, feel free to watch the trailer below and head over to the Facebook page and follow where this goes.
UPDATE – 7/12/14 – 7:00am EST: A previous version of this article stated the entire shortfilm was getting a 3D conversion. That detail has since been corrected.
September 21, 2012 came and that evening I decided to go over to Twitchfilm to look at the latest. I scrolled and saw their report forwarding the announcement of Jackie Chan’s Police Story 2013, and that excited me. But I knew that I needed a better platform. And on the spur of a moment, a Facebook community page was born with a title that I still doubt even makes sense! I but more anything, I wanted it to work. And it eventually, what I started out as a movie page evolved into something that would require me to do something a little more daring.
The latest short film treat to come my way features my distant friend, French actor and stunt performer Anthony Pho in I’m On It. The film isn’t a typical movie with dialogue, but an otherwise vague, short musical tale about a man training to fight in an underground circuit. They say some movies are best left played without dialogue, in which case, this should be a nice little artful peace of dramatic noir French action for you while you wind down this Friday.
LBP Stunts Chicago Features French Noir Action In IL Y A TOUJOURS UNE SOLUTION (There Is Always A Way)
One of my favorite stunt teams working today are the guys over at LBP Stunts Chicago, who are responsible for some of the most memorable independent action short film hits of the last several years. Some of these include the unfinished four-segmented noir action series, Those Who Go To Hell, Yo Soy Un Hombre Loco, and their latest internet success, Dogfight.