Category: Action

It is a stellar evening as the 46th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF46) showcases sci-fi blockbuster Warriors of Future, one of the two major local productions to open this year’s extravaganza tonight.

Joining actor/producer Louis KOO and first-time director NG Yuen-fai on the red carpet at Emperor Cinemas iSQUARE is member of the mega-budget sci-fi blockbuster’s cast Philip KEUNG.

Speaking to a packed audience before Warriors of Future‘s screening, KOO likens the production of the epic thriller – featuring state-of-the-art CGI and Hong Kong-styled action choreography – to taking the first step of an adventure.

“The production process was arduous and challenging,” KOO said. “Yet, I believe someone has to take forward the Chinese-language sci-fi genre. Hopefully, this would open more doors for Hong Kong cinema in the future. I stand firm on involving mostly local SFX professionals on the project. We hope you like this film, and enjoy the meticulous detail we strive to deliver.”

HKIFF46 is going hybrid again with screenings and audience-engagement events in theatres and online for 17 days until 31 August. The complete programme and screening schedule are available at HKIFF’s official website (www.hkiff.org.hk).  Tickets can still be purchased through URBTIX.

Disney+ has unveiled the official trailer and key art for its first UK Original series, rom-com action thriller “Wedding Season.” The eight-episode series premieres exclusively on the streaming service on Disney+ Day on Thursday, September 8.  Further images were also revealed of the brand-new series, which premieres on Disney+ under the Star banner in Australia. 
 
The genre-busting series tells the story of Katie and Stefan who fall for each other at a wedding and begin an affair, despite Katie already having a fiancé. Two months later at Katie’s wedding, her new husband and his entire family are murdered. The police think Stefan did it. Stefan thinks Katie did it. And no one knows for sure what the truth is… 
 
The series is an action-packed romp across the UK and the US as Katie and Stefan go on the run, all while trying to prove their innocence. 
 
“Wedding Season” stars Rosa Salazar and Gavin Drea, with Jade Harrison, Jamie Michie, Callie Cooke, Bhav Joshi, Ioanna Kimbook, Omar Baroud and George Webster.
 
The series is created and executive produced by up-and-coming screenwriting talent Oliver Lyttelton (“Cheaters”) and directed by George Kane (“Crashing”) and Laura Scrivano (“The Lazarus Project”). Produced by Dancing Ledge Productions (“The Responder”, “The Salisbury Poisonings”) with executive producers Chris Carey, Laurence Bowen, and Toby Bruce; Jax Media (“Russian Doll”, “Emily in Paris”) with executive producers Brooke Posch, Lilly Burns, and Tony Hernandez; and Johanna Devereaux executive producing for Disney+.
 
The series will premiere alongside new content announced for Disney+ Day from marquee brands Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and Star. 
 
Robust parental controls ensure that Disney+ remains a suitable viewing experience for everyone in the family. Subscribers can set access limits on mature content and create PIN-protected profiles alongside the already existing Kids Profiles to give parents and guardians peace of mind. 

Two of Australia’s favourite stars have joined Tinseltown’s elite voicing the characters of ‘Mark’ and ‘Keith’ two hapless guinea pigs in the Australian version of the upcoming animated action-adventure film, joining Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski and Keanu Reeves.

In “DC League of Super-Pets”, Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack – Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel – to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

No superhero story is possible without a nemesis or two, so the film’s roster of villains includes Lulu the telekinetic guinea pig, hell bent on exacting her own brand of justice. An all-powerful evil genius with an army of mutant guinea pigs, who better than Australia’s favorite vet Dr Chris Brown and comedy queen Julia Morris to give voice to the fluffy, fiery furballs of fire and ice.

A somewhat reluctant duo at times, Mark – voiced by Brown – is a flying, flaming fire-breather while Keith – voiced by Morris – is a frozen rodent with ice in their veins. Together, they help Lulu carry out her sinister plot to kidnap the Justice League and fight the Super-Pets, reaping mayhem across Metropolis.

From Dr Chris Brown:

It’s a bit of a dream to be involved in a DC film. And as someone who already gives voices to just about every animal they meet, playing the role of a guinea pig with superpowers feels a lot more normal than it probably should!

Julia Morris said:

Well, I’ve been described as super and been described as a pet but never in the same sentence. I could not be more thrilled to be part of this global extravaganza! How completely exciting to do it alongside my beloved Dr. Arm in arm or paw in paw.

From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action adventure “Black Adam.”  The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Jungle Cruise”).

              Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Johnson stars alongside Aldis Hodge (“City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami”) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (“Sex/Life,” “Rush Hour 3”) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Mummy”) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers,” “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (“A Million Little Things”) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.

Collet-Serra directed from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC.  Black Adam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck.  The film’s producers were Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns and Scott Sheldon.

              “Black Adam” smashes into theaters and IMAX internationally beginning 19 October 2022 and in North America on October 21, 2022.  It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

From New Line Cinema comes “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” which continues the story of teenage Billy Batson who, upon reciting the magic word “SHAZAM!,” is transformed into his adult Super Hero alter ego, Shazam.

“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” stars returning cast members Zachary Levi (“Thor: Ragnarok”) as Shazam; Asher Angel (“Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson; Jack Dylan Grazer (“It Chapter Two”) as Freddy Freeman; Adam Brody (“Promising Young Woman”) as Super Hero Freddy; Ross Butler (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) as Super Hero Eugene; Meagan Good (“Day Shift”) as Super Hero Darla; D.J. Cotrona (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) as Super Hero Pedro; Grace Caroline Currey (“Annabelle: Creation”) as Mary Bromfield / Super Hero Mary; Faithe Herman (“This Is Us”) as Darla Dudley; Ian Chen (“A Dog’s Journey”) as Eugene Choi; Jovan Armand (“Second Chances”) as Pedro Pena; Marta Milans (“White Lines”) as Rosa Vasquez; Cooper Andrews (“The Walking Dead”) as Victor Vasquez; with Djimon Hounsou (“A Quiet Place Part II”) as Wizard.

Joining the cast are Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”), with Lucy Liu (“Kung Fu Panda” franchise) and Helen Mirren (“F9: The Fast Saga”).

The film is directed by David F. Sandberg (“Shazam!,” “Annabelle: Creation”) and produced by Peter Safran (“Aquaman,” “The Suicide Squad”). It is written by Henry Gayden (“Shazam!,” “There’s Someone Inside Your House”) and Chris Morgan (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” “The Fate of the Furious”), based on characters from DC; Shazam! was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. Executive producers are Walter Hamada, Adam Schlagman, Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Marcus Viscidi and Geoff Johns.

Joining director Sandberg behind-the-camera are director of photography Gyula Pados (the “Jumanji” franchise), production designer Paul Kirby (“The Old Guard,” “Jason Bourne”) and editor Michel Aller (“Shazam!,” “The Nun”). The music supervisor is Season Kent (“DC League of Super-Pets,” “The Addams Family 2”) and the music is by Christophe Beck (“Free Guy,” “Frozen II”). Visual effects supervisors are Bruce Jones (“Aquaman,” “It”) and Raymond Chen (“Alita: Battle Angel,” “The Meg”). The costume designer is Louise Mingenbach (“Jumanji: The Next Level,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”).

New Line Cinema presents A Peter Safran Production of A David F. Sandberg Film, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” which is set to open in Australian theaters 5 January 2023.

MC Networks today announced that Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira will reunite for a new series in the expanding universe around The Walking Dead.

The series will continue the journey and love story of the Rick Grimes and Michonne characters. Lincoln and Gurira, who have been actively involved in conceiving the creative and the continuation of their characters’ story, made the surprise announcement while appearing onstage as part of the final panel for The Walking Dead at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Scott M. Gimple, Chief Content Officer of The Walking Dead Universe, will serve as showrunner on the series, which will begin with six episodes in 2023. Lincoln and Gurira are both executive producers. The series will premiere on AMC+ in Australia.

“This is a moment fans of The Walking Dead have been waiting for since Rick disappeared in the helicopter early in season nine, and Michonne journeyed away on a quest to find him the following season,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks.

“What a great surprise for the fans at this final Comic-Con for the series that launched this universe and made television history. We couldn’t be more excited for a truly epic series finale later this year and to see Andy and Danai return in a new series they helped create, one of three new series coming in 2023 that continue the stories of so many iconic and fan-favorite TWD characters.”

“Rick and Michonne are two of my favorite people and Danai and Andy are two of my favorite people,” Gimple said. “Working with all of them continues to be a dream come true. The three of us, along with a terrific team of TWD all stars and incredible new voices, are crafting an insane love epic worth the long, long wait.”

“This has been the most extraordinary journey playing Rick Grimes for the best part of a decade. The friendships I’ve made along the way are deep and lasting, so it’s fitting that I finally get to complete the story with Danai and Scott and the rest of the TWD family. I’m so excited to be returning to the screen as Rick, reuniting with Danai as Michonne, and bringing the fans an epic love story to add to the Walking Dead Universe.”

Said Gurira: “Michonne and this TWD family has meant so much to me, and to continue the journey of these beloved characters, alongside Scott and Andy, both creatively and in front of the camera, and bringing The Walking Dead fans something truly special is just glorious. I can’t wait to pick up the katana again.”

This series presents an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Kept apart by distance. By an unstoppable power. By the ghosts of who they were. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world, built on a war against the dead… And ultimately, a war against the living. Can they find each other and who they were in a place and situation unlike any they’ve ever known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without each other, are they even alive — or will they find that they, too, are the Walking Dead?

There were more Isle Of The Dead cast announcements at San Diego Comic Con today… this is what was said:

Isle of the Dead (wt) Casting News

  • Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of The Walking Dead Universe, announced the following cast: 
  • Mahina Napoleon in the role of “Ginny”
  • Zeljko Ivanek in the role of “The Croat”
  • Jonathan Higginbotham in the role of “Tommaso”
  • Karina Ortiz in the role of “Amaia”
  • They join previously announced cast member Gaius Charles, in the role of “Armstrong”

Premiering Sunday 14 August on AMC+, Tales of the Walking Dead consists of six original one-hour standalone episodes focused on both new and established characters within the walker apocalypse. Each episode has its own distinct tone and point of view – but the stakes are high in each story, pushing new, indelible characters with relentless, life-threatening choices and situations. We get to see the apocalypse through different eyes, discovering more worlds, mythos, and mysteries of the Walking Dead.

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) takes on his most lethal adversaries yet in the upcoming fourth installment of the series. With the price on his head ever increasing, Wick takes his fight against the High Table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Osaka to Berlin. ​​Lionsgate presents, a Thunder Road Films / 87eleven production.                                      
Release Date:   23 March 2023
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Scott Adkins, Natalia Tena, and Clancy Brown
Directed By: Chad Stahelski
Produced By: Alex Mace, Hal Sadoff, Ethan Erwin, James Tomlinson
Written By: Shay Hatten, Michael Finch
Story By: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Alex Mace
Based On: Characters by Derek Kolstad

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOUR AMONG THIEVES kicks off San Diego Comic-Con in Hall H with the world debut of the new trailer!

A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary roleplaying game to the big screen in a hilarious and action-packed adventure.

Paramount Pictures Presents

In Association with eOne

A Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley Film

Directed by:

Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley

Screenplay by:

Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Michael Gilio

Story by:

Chris McKay & Michael Gilio

 Based on HASBRO’S DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

Produced by:

Jeremy Latcham, p.g.a., Brian Goldner, Nick Meyer

Executive Producers:

Denis L. Stewart, Jonathan Goldstein,

John Francis Daley, Chris Pine, Zev Foreman, Greg Mooradian

Cast:

Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head and Hugh Grant

CREDITS ARE NOT FINAL AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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