Deal on Fire! Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame | Blu-ray | Only $7.88 – Expires soon!

"Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" Blu-ray Cover

"Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (read our review), starring Andy Lau with fight choreography by Sammo Hung. Time Magazine considered it the third best film of 2011, after The Artist and Hugo. For $7.88, see what the fuss is all about!

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House in the Alley | DVD (Shout! Factory)

House in the Alley | DVD (Shout! Factory)

House in the Alley | DVD (Shout! Factory)

RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2014

Shout! Factory presents the DVD for House in the Alley (aka Ngoi Nha Trong Hem), a Vietnamese horror film directed by Le-Van Kiet. Until they lose their baby to a miscarriage, a young couple was happily settling into their new home. After the tragedy, normal life eludes them as terrifying visions undermine their sanity. Think Insidious with a spice of Asian horror! Starring Thanh Van Ngo, Son Bao Tran and Van Hai Bui. Watch the trailer.

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Joel Silver talks ‘Escape From New York’ reboot trilogy

"Escape From New York" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Escape From New York" Japanese Theatrical Poster

For a little while there, it looked like we were going to get a reboot of Escape From New York reboot from New Line Cinema with Breck Eisner (Sahara) in the director’s chair and Gerard Butler wearing the eyepatch originally made famous by Kurt Russell. The project eventually fell through and New Line let the rights to the franchise expire. Now Hollywood mega-producer Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon, Predator) has swooped in to secure the rights to the 1981 cult film directed by John Carpenter.

The plan? To turn Escape From New York into its own trilogy of films, supposedly modeled after the Planet of the Apes films. There are no directors or actors attached to this potential remake so for now it’s in the early, early stages. Considering that the original Escape was only able to spawn one universally-disliked sequel, though, it’ll be interesting to see how Joel Silver plans to turn this into a trilogy.

Updates: According to New York Daily News, Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are up for the role of Snake Plissken.

BREAKING NEWS: Producer Joel Silver spills details about the Escape From New York trilogy, courtesy of Collider. Apparently, Silver is influenced by Rocksteady’s Arkham City video game.

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Cityonfire and Anchor Bay are giving away 2 Blu-ray copies of ‘Battle of the Damned’ – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Battle of the Damned | Blu-ray & DVD | (Anchor Bay)

Battle of the Damned | Blu-ray & DVD | (Anchor Bay)

Cityonfire.com and Anchor Bay are giving away 2 Blu-ray copies of Battle of the Damned to three lucky Cityonfire visitors. To enter, simply add a comment to this post telling us what your favorite Dolph Lundgren film is, along with a brief explanation of why it’s your favorite. We will be selecting three winners at random. Be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you for your home address. Additionally, you must ‘Like Us‘ on cityonfire.com’s Facebook by clicking here.

The Blu-ray & DVD for Battle of the Damned will be officially released on February 18th, 2014. We will announce the 2 lucky winners on February 18 and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by February 17th to qualify. Also, because Anchor Bay holds the film’s U.S. rights, only U.S. residents may enter the contest. We sincerely apologize to our non-U.S. visitors. Contest is subject to change without notice.

WINNERS: Congratulations to Sapo and Eric the Red. You have all been notified via email.

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Warner’s live-action ‘Akira’ is back from the apocalypse!

"Akira" U.S. Theatrical Poster

"Akira" U.S. Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop. A big screen adaptation of Katsuhiro Ohtomo’s popular anime Akira has been stuck in development hell for some time. Read the updates below for details.

Updates: James Franco has confirmed being in talks to play the lead biker gang leader. | Via Twitchfilm, a possible look at the new version of the film. | One of the Harry Potter movie writers has been hired for the script. | Robert Pattinson, James McAvoy and Andrew Garfield are being considered for Tetsuo. | Chris Pine, Michael Fassbender, Justin Timerlake, and Joaquin Phoenix are being considered for Kaneda. Collider notes that Keanu Reeves dropped out of the project. | Deadline notes that Albert Hughes dropped out over “creative differences.” | From Slash, Warner has re-greenlit the film for shooting this coming March with Orphan’s Jaume Collet-Serra now attached as director | Garrett Hedlund (Tron 2) has officially been offered to ruin play Kaneda. | Anime News Network via THR reports that Keira Knightley has been offered an unspecified role.

Tetro’s Alden Eherenreich and We Need To Talk About Kevin’s Ezra Miller are being pursued for Tetsuo. | Warner is aiming for a PG rating and a $90 million budget. | Dark Horizons reports that Kristen Stewart has been offered the part of Kei, the female spy. | Yellow-face candidates for Tetsuo as THR notes that G.I. Joe 2′s D.J. Cotrona, Prometheus’s Logan Marshal Green, Rocknrolla’s Toby Kebbell, Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden, Night at the Museum’s Rami Malek, Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt, Cowboys & Aliens’ Paul Dano, and Tetro’s Alden Ehrenreich are all contenders for the part. | Inception’s Ken Watanabe is now up for the part of The Colonel.

Comicbookmovie.com via MTV indicates that Carter has not committed to Akira yet. | Warner has shut down production on the film due to casting and budgetary issues. | Variety reports that Warner will rework the script and then decide whether or not to continue. | Comicbookmovie.com reports that Chris Nolan’s brother Jonathan is attached to a rewrite. | Variety suggests that the reason production has stopped is because Warner appears to be satisfied with its current slate of tentpoles.

Variety reports that Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) is in discussions with Warner to return to the Akira directors chair. The director left in early 2012 after production stalled. Filming is set to begin in spring of 2014. Leonardo DiCaprio (Growing Pains) is producing, along with Jennifer Davisson Killoran (Orphan) and Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex).

BREAKING NEWS: Director Jaume Collet-Serra chats a little about Akira in hopes that it will be his next film after wrapping up Run All Night (action flick with Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman). Now that he has done Unknown and Non-Stop, he says: “the powers that be are interested.”

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Deal on Fire! Commitment | Blu-ray | Only $9.96 – Expires soon!

Commitment | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Commitment | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Park Hong-Soo’s Commitment, available at a special $9.96 pre-order price! After his father’s botched espionage mission, North Korean Myung-Hoon (Choi Seung-Hyun) and his young sister Hye-In (Han Ye-Ri) are sent to a labor prison camp. In order to save his sister’s life, Myung-Hoon volunteers to become a spy and infiltrates the South as a teenage defector. Watch the trailer.

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Jason Statham-less ‘Transporter’ reboot gets a new lead!

"Transporter 3" Japanese DVD Cover

"Transporter 3" Japanese DVD Cover

According to THR, Luc Besson’s company, EuropaCorp, is prepping a Transporter 4, followed by two more sequels, if 4 is successful. The new set of sequels will focus on the lead character’s origin story, which not only makes it a reboot, but also a prequel.

However, it has been confirmed that Jason Statham will not be reprising the role of Frank Martin. It wasn’t disclosed why Statham isn’t involved, but it’s safe to say that he’s booked with other projects, such as the upcoming Expendables 3, Fast & Furious 7, HeatSusan Cooper and The Mechanic 2.

Well have more news about the Transporter movies as the news comes. Also, be sure to read about the Transporter TV series, which will be airing on TNT this fall.

Updates: Film Combat Syndicate reports that Ed Skrein (Game of Thones) is filling the shoes for Jason Statham in the series of Transporter films.

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Deal on Fire! Tai Chi Master | Blu-ray | Only $8.49 – Expires soon!

"Tai Chi Master" Blu-ray Cover

"Tai Chi Master" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is Tai Chi Master, a 1993 Jet Li classic on Blu-ray! Also staring Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Siu-hou Chin and Fennie Yuen, this epic martial arts film features staple choreography by director Yuen Woo Ping (Kill Bill, The Matrix), one of the most successful and influential figures in Hong Kong action cinema.

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Cityonfire and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of ‘Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon’ – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Cityonfire.com and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon to three lucky Cityonfire visitors. To enter, simply add a comment to this post telling us what your favorite Tsui Hark film is, along with a brief explanation of why it’s your favorite. We will be selecting three winners at random. Be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you for your home address. Additionally, you must ‘Like Us‘ on cityonfire.com’s Facebook by clicking here.

The Blu-ray & DVD for Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon will be officially released on February 11, 2014. We will announce the 3 lucky winners on February 10th and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by February 10th to qualify. Also, because Well Go USA holds the film’s U.S. rights, only U.S. residents may enter the contest. We sincerely apologize to our non-U.S. visitors. Contest is subject to change without notice.

WINNERS: Congratulations to Ben, Sheldon and Prodigal Son. You have all been notified via email.

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5 new clips for Liam Neeson’s action flick ‘Non-Stop’

"Non-Stop" Theatrical Poster

"Non-Stop" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Non-Stop is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) and also stars Julianne Moore.

If Liam agrees, he will play a burnt-out air marshal who battles terrorists while aboard an international flight.

Even though Non-Stop sounds just like 1992′s Passenger 57, I’m looking forward to seeing Liam kick some ass again. After all, he’s been the world’s #1 action star since Taken. I think he has officially earned a part in Expendables 3. What do you think, Sly?

Update: It looks like Liam Neeson might just be teaming up with his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra once again for Non-Stop. | According to Empire, Julianne Moore is joing Liam Neeson in Non-Stop.

According to Variety, Non-Stop has a February 28, 2014 release date. Neeson is portraying an air marshal who receives a demand that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an account — with a passenger killed every 20 minutes until the funds are transferred. | Watch a clip from Non-Stop. Be sure to check out the trailer as well.

BREAKING NEWS: Collider has 5 new Non-Stop clips. Enjoy.

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Jason Statham to kill and kill again in ‘The Mechanic 2′

"The Mechanic" Japanese DVD Cover

"The Mechanic" Japanese DVD Cover

THR reports that Jason Statham is reprising his role as Arthur Bishop in an upcoming Mechanic sequel. Dennis Gansel (The Fourth State) is currently in talks to direct, taking over for Simon West, who directed the first film.

The first Mechanic, which was made in 2011, followed an elite hit man (Statham) that teaches his trade to an apprentice (Ben Foster) who has a connection to one of his previous victims. It was a remake of the 1972 Michael Winner classic of the same name, which starred Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent (Statham and Foster played their characters, respectively).

Check back for more updates on this project.

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Will Smith turns down ‘ID4′ sequel

"Independence Day" American Theatrical Poster

"Independence Day" American Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Despite prior suggestions, there’s no work on an official Independence Day sequel, because the director can’t come up with a proper script until the project is actually greenlit. In the meantime, Emmerich plans to adapt Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novel series, and a Da Vinci Code-like thriller revolving around Shakespeare’s authorship entitled, “Anonymous”.

Updates: Dark Horizons reported that they now have enough material for two movies, which they might shoot back-to-back. And, in addition, they might consider moving on without Smith.

During an interview with EW, Roland Emmerich has revealed details about the upcoming ID4 sequels (ID Forever Part 1 and Part II), which will be set 20 years after the first film. Emmerich told EW: “The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.” Emmerich has hired James Vanderbilt (White House Down) to revise his first draft of the script.

Emmerich says Will Smith is too expensive to cast for the studio, but Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldlum may be returning. | According to movies.com, Q&A, Emmerich stated that both Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum are on board for the ID4 sequel. | Movieweb reports that Independence Day 2 has a back-up script in case Will Smith doesn’t return.

Collider reports that the ID4 sequel’s release date has been pushed back from July 3, 2015 to July 1, 2016. It’s also mentioned that Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) may have a starring role in a “story that centers on the children of the original characters.”

BREAKING NEWS: Deadline reports that Will Smith has turned down the ID4 sequel.

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Donnie Yen’s ‘Monkey King’ is getting a sequel

"The Monkey King" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"The Monkey King" Chinese Theatrical Poster

According to THR, Poi Soi Cheang’s special FX-infused adaptation of the famous Monkey King tale is getting a sequel. The Monkey Kingwhich is currently enjoying a massive successful box office run in China – stars Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok, and Cecilia Cheung.

“I do indeed plan to do a sequel, but for the time being the main focus is on the box office performance of the current movie,” Filmko chief Alex Wong, told Mtime. “We will announce details about when we will shoot or who will play in it when there is progress.”

The sequel’s plot is being kept under wraps, but there are rumors that Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming (The Guillotines) is attached to play the role of Piggy. We’ll definitely keep you updated!

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The all-female ‘ExpendaBelles’ gets a ‘Killer’ director

"The Expendables" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"The Expendables" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: The Expendables universe has a new team. An elite group of highly trained female mercenaries are brought together for a covert hostage rescue mission. Once they are behind enemy lines, the women discover that they will also need to topple an evil dictator bent on world domination. The Expendabelles is the ultimate story of female empowerment and kick-ass teamwork.

According to Film Combat Syndicate, Robert Luketic (21, Killers) is directing The ExpendaBelles, an all-female, unofficial take on Sylvester Stallone’s successful franchise, The Expendables. The screenplay is being penned by Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah (Legally Blonde). It should be noted that Stallone is producing which essentially makes The ExpendaBelles an official spin-off.

Although there are no cast details, Zoe Bell (Death Proof, Raze) has been attached to The ExpendaBelles for some time. Keep in mind that this is totally different film than the Adi Shankar (Dredd) “all female” produced version, which has Gina Carano attached as one of the leads.

An all-female ‘Expendables’ isn’t the only Expendables-type project that’s been floating around. Don “The Dragon” Wilson has been trying to put together his version of The Expendables with the working title, The B-Team, which would star fellow B-movie action stars like Cynthia Rothrock, Michael Dudikoff and Loren Avedon. However, in our recent interview with Wilson, he stated that The B-Team is in political limbo, and he has shifted gears towards a movie called Blood Raid, which will utilize many of his “B” movie star friends.

The ExpendaBelles is expected to be filmed this summer.

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47 Ronin | Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D & DVD (Universal)

47 Ronin | Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D & DVD (Universal)

47 Ronin | Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D & DVD (Universal)

RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2014

Universal presents the Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D & DVD for Carl Rinsch’s 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves. A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun. Also starring Tadanobu Asano (Ichi the Killer), Kou Shibasaki (Battle Royale), Hiroyuki Sanada (Twilight Samurai) and Rinko Kikuchi (Assault Girls). Watch the trailer.

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Deal on Fire! Seven Warriors | Blu-ray | Only $9.96 – Expires soon!

Seven Warriors | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Seven Warriors | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for 1989’s Seven Warriors, available at a special $9.96 pre-order price! Directed by Terry Tong (The Sentimental Swordsman), the plot revolves around seven kung fu fighters band together to protect a village from evil bandits. Seven Warriors is homage to Akira Kurosawas’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai. The film stars Adam Cheng, Jacky Cheung, Max Mok and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Sammo Hung. Watch the trailer.

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Josh Trank’s ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot latest casting details

"Fantastic Four" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Fantastic Four" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Josh Trank, the co-writer/director of 2012′s Chronicle, scored a major hit with that film’s ‘found footage’ take on the superhero genre. He’s been rewarded with the task of rebooting the Fantastic Four.

This will be 20th Centry Fox’s second attempt at launching Marvel Comics’ cosmic family into a successful movie franchise. Josh Trank will be assisted by producer Matthew Vaughn, a filmmaker who has some experience with comic book material: he directed both X-Men: First Class and Kick Ass.

Updates: 20th Century Fox is negotiating with Marvel to extend their rights to the Daredevil character, but part of the bargain would involve giving the Silver Surfer and Galactus back to Marvel. Perhaps Marvel wants to incorporate Silver Surfer into their upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie?

Only downside is, that would mean Galactus and his Silver herald would be unavailable for Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. | According to Cinema Blend, Fantastic Four will be released on March 6, 2015. The date puts the project in good company, with The Avengers 2 and the Justice League film both releasing in 2015 as well.

First time screenwriter Jeremy Slater has turned his draft of Fantastic Four to director Josh Trank and new producer Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class). Reportedly, they’re both very happy with it but that’s not stopping 20th Century Fox from tapping novelist/screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) for a rewrite, which has some fans concerned. | Chronicle actor Michael B. Jordan is reportedly in talks to play Johnny Storm AKA the Human Torch.

BREAKING NEWS: The Collider reports that Miles Teller is testing for Mr. Fantastic; Kate Mara and Emmy Rossum for Invisible Woman; and Christian Cooke for The Thing.

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Deal on Fire! Wrath of Vajra | Blu-ray | Only $9.96 – Expires soon!

The Wrath of Vajra | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

The Wrath of Vajra | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Law Ching Cheong’s The Wrath of Vajra, available at a special $9.96 pre-order price! In The Wrath of Vajra, a top Chinese martial artist (Yu Xing) sets his sights on a Japanese death cult after they abduct innocent Chinese children and train them to be assassins.

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New poster for Chow Yun-fat’s ‘The Man From Macau’

"The Man From Macau" Theatrical Poster

"The Man From Macau" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: In Wong Jing’s The Man From Macau (aka God of Gamblers 4Casino; or From Vegas To Macau), Chow Yun-fat returns to the character of Ko Chun, a world-famous gambler, so renowned and talented at winning various games of chance, that he is referred to as the God Of Gamblers. Nicholas Tse (New Police Story) and Chapman To (Men Suddenly in Black) co-star.

It’s no stretch of the imagination to say that the God of Gamblers series contained some of the most popular Hong Kong movies of the 80′s and 90′s. Spanning an almost innumerable amount of sequels, spin-offs, and parodies, the franchise helped cement actor Chow Yun-fat’s star status and ensure director Wong Jing’s dominance at the box office.

Piecing together the God of Gamblers’ timeline can also be as difficult as keeping tabs on the Star Wars’ expanded universe – not only is there is a God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai (1991), but there’s also a God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage (1997).

Updates: According to a new story from JayneStars, God of Gamblers 4 is known simply as Casino and it will be directed by Wong Jing. Actors Chow Yun-fat, Nicholas Tse, and Chapman To are producing. The movie appears to only loosely be connected to the God of Gamblers series; despite the title, Wong Jing promises that the movie will not promote gambling since it is a Mainland co-production. | The film is also known as From Vegas To Macau and Back to Macau. | From Vegas To Macau has an Asian release date for January 30, 2014. | The film is now titled The Man From Macau. | First English subbed trailer. | Latest trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Take a peek at the latest poster.

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The Flu | DVD (CJ Entertainment)

The Flu | DVD (CJ Entertainment)

The Flu | DVD (CJ Entertainment)

RELEASE DATE: March 18, 2014

CJ Entertainment presents the DVD for The Flu (aka Flu) directed by Kim Sung-su (Musa the Warrior). This Korean blockbuster is about an outbreak of a deadly disease that throws a city into chaos. It stars Jang Hyuk (Volcano High) and Soo Ae (Athena, Goddess of War), as a couple who race against time as they try to save themselves and find a cure. Watch the trailer (get your sanitation wipes ready).

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Murder is a dish best served on video in ‘The Reckoning’

"The Reckoning" Theatrical Poster

"The Reckoning" Theatrical Poster

Larrikin Entertainment presents an Australian thriller that isn’t your typical “found footage” film. According to Deadline, writer-director John V. Soto’s (Needle) The Reckoning focuses on two detectives racing to find two teenage runaways who have video of a murderer.

The film stars Viva Bianca (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Luke Hemsworth (from the upcoming Kill Me Three Times with Simon Pegg) and Hanna Mangan (X: Night of Vengeance).

We’ll keep you updated on its release, until then, don’t miss the trailer!

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‘King of Kong’ director heads into ‘Uncharted’ territory

"Uncharted 2" Japanese Cover

"Uncharted 2" Japanese Cover

THE MOVIE: A live-action adaptation of Uncharted, a popular video game series developed by Naughty Dog and Sony, is in development. Uncharted follows modern-day treasure hunter Nathan “Nate” Drake who travels around the world to uncover various historical mysteries and action packed adventures.

Updates: David O. Russel (Three Kingsdropped out of the planned movie adaptation of the action-adventure game series. In the meantime, Sony is currently bringing in a new writer for the project. Details on the “creative differences” can be found here.

AICN notes that Limitless’ Neil Burger is now attached to adapt Uncharted. | Dark Horizons posted an excerpt from Craveonline on Burger’s approach to the film. | On a related note, Gamespot has details on a promotional deal in which you can play the third game early at select AMC theaters.

BREAKING NEWS: Collider reports that director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, King of Kong) is in negotiations to helm Uncharted.

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Martial Arts Movie Marathon | DVD (Shout! Factory)

Martial Arts Movie Marathon | DVD (Shout! Factory)

Martial Arts Movie Marathon | DVD (Shout! Factory)

RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2014

Shout! Factory presents the DVD for the Martial Arts Movie Marathon, which contains four classic Golden Harvest movies on two discs. This set includes 1974’s The Skyhawk with Kwan Tak Hing, Sammo Hung, Carter Wong and Nora Miao; 1974’s The Manchu Boxer with Anthony Lau Wing, Sammo Hung and Wilson Tong; 1975’s The Dragon Tamers (aka Belles of Taekwondo) with Carter Wong, James Tien and Ji Han Jae – directed by John Woo! And last, but not least, 1975’s The Association with Byong Yu, Tien Nei, Angela Mao Ying and Carter Wong.

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Newest trailer for ‘Crows Explode’ flies in!

"Crows Explode" Theatrical Poster

"Crows Explode" Theatrical Poster

Back in 2007, director Takashi Miike continued his successful streak of adapting violent manga into live-action films with Crows Zero. The movie told the story of warring factions at an all-boys school and their brawling ways. Although the film was considered a very ‘loose’ adaptation of its source material, Miike’s mix of over-the-top humor and rawdy fisticuffs earned the film a strong cult following. A follow-up came with Crows Zero 2 (2009), but fans should be pleased to hear that a third movie, titled Crows Explode, is on its way next year.

This time around, Takashi Miike has been replaced in the director’s chair by Toshiaki Toyoda. Toyoda is no stranger to angst-ridden teenagers, however: his 2001 film Blue Spring is still highly regarded as a bleak portrait of disaffected youth in Tokyo. The third film movie in the Crows series, titled Crows Explode, is also a direct adaptation of manga source material.

This new teaser trailer suggests that the film should have plenty of action and boyhood posturing to offer Crows fans.

Updates: Watch the newest trailer.

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Deal on Fire! Special Identity | Blu-ray | Only $9.96 – Expires soon!

Special ID | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Special ID | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Donnie Yen’s Special Identity, available at a special $9.96 pre-order price! A cop (Yen) and his team of comrades go undercover in one of China’s most ruthless underworld organizations to stop a gang leader, only to put themselves in great danger after being exposed one by one. Also starring Jing Tian, Andy On, Zhang Hanyu, Ronald Cheng and Collin Chou. Watch the trailer.

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R.I.P. Wu Ma, actor and director

"Jeet Kune Do" Theatrical Poster

"Jeet Kune Do" Theatrical Poster

Legendary Hong Kong actor Wu Ma, who starred in and directed a number of Hong Kong classics, has died of cancer at the age of 71.

From kungfucinema.com: Born Feng Hongyuan on August 18, 1942, Wu started out as a machinist before leaving the mainland for Hong Kong at the age of 18. In 1962, Wu decided to become an actor and enrolled in the Shaw Brothers Acting School. After graduating a year later, he made his film debut in Lady General Hua Mulan (1964) as Hua Mu Di. He was a regular in many early Shaw Brothers films.

Wu would later appear regularly in a number of Golden Harvest films, opposite stars like Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. He also directed many films, including Showdown at the Cotton Mill (1978) and Circus Kids (1994).

Our condolences go out to Wu Ma’s family and friends.

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Deal on Fire! Infernal Affairs | Blu-ray | Only $6.69 – Expires soon!

"Infernal Affairs" Blu-ray Cover

"Infernal Affairs" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Infernal Affairs, directed by Andrew Lau (Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen) and starring Tony Leung, Andy Lau, Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang. You’ve seen The Departed, now see the original - Infernal Affairs is a critically acclaimed crime-thriller that is praised for its gritty action and strong character development. There’s a reason Martin Scorsese remade it!

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First trailer for hard-hitting Manny Pacquiao documentary

"Manny" Theatrical Poster

"Manny" Theatrical Poster

The first trailer for Manny, an upcoming Manny Pacquiao documentary, which features interviews by Manny Pacquiao, Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Piven, Jimmy Kimmel, Freddie Roach, Alex Ariza, Buboy Fernandez, Evander Holyfield and is narrated by Liam Neeson. It will be premiering at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

Official plot: From a starving teenager who fought to feed his family, to a Congressman working tirelessly to improve the lives of his people, Manny is a hard hitting feature length documentary film that explores the many triumphs and tribulations of Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao.

Watch the the trailer. – Thanks to DiP!

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Deal on Fire! Cyborg | Blu-ray | Only $7.88 – Expires soon!

Cyborg Blu-ray (20th Century Fox)

Cyborg Blu-ray (20th Century Fox)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Albert Pyun’s Cyborg, starring (Jean-Claude Van Damme. 21st Century America has descended into a seething, barbaric nightmare. Only Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon), a beautiful half-human/half-robot, has the knowledge necessary to develop a vaccine. Leading her way is a martial arts fighting hero (Van Damme).

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Concept trailer for ‘You Can’t Hear Me, You Can’t See Me’

"You Can't Hear Me, You Can't See Me" Promotional

"You Can't Hear Me, You Can't See Me" Promotional

Investors and producers should take note of a new concept trailer for an Indonesian-based action comedy titled You Can’t Hear Me, You Can’t See Me. According to KFC, the film tells the story of two guys – one deaf and one blind – who must take on an evil cult who targets a blind folk singer they both have feelings for.

Directed by Andrew Suleiman, You Can’t Hear Me, You Can’t See Me definitely has the potential to be an interesting feature film, especially with its stylized filmmaking techniques and martial arts choreography, courtesy of the ZeroGravity stunt team.

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