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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Actress Sarah Chang Interview - Wolf Warrior 2 Chat- A Dan's Movie Report Exclusive


Wolf Warrior 2 has exploded into box office history this Summer with an amazing 800 million dollar box office haul in China alone. I was one of the fortunate few who had the opportunity to witness this spectacular film in the cinema in the U.S. as it only played in 53 theaters nationwide. Wolf Warrior 2 represents a great advancement in U.S./Chinese collaborations as the East meets West idea was not the white man saving the day. Actress and stunt double Sarah Chang shares her experiences from the set of Wolf Warrior 2, as she was Celina Jade’s stunt double and had a small acting part as well. The interview was conducted on the set of her new film Trigonal: Fight For Justice.

DMR: How did you get connected for work on Wolf Warrior 2?

SC:I got on the film because of my friend Kevin Lee and his wife Janet Wang. They helped me get in touch with the Wolf Warrior 2 executives. I was also fortunate to go for the first time to Jackie Chan’s training center to do an audition, after that they brought me along. After that I got into the training, and finally I got to be the  stunt double for Celina Jade.



DMR: Cool story, yes often it is personal connections that lead to work. Not to spoil Wolf Warrior 2, but there is an amazing helicopter crash sequence, I am curious what was the prep time for the helicopter crash stunt? Chat about some of the techniques you learned to prepare for that.

SC: We had two weeks training before the movie started, most things however were ‘on the spot’ whatever is needed. Celina Jade does not actually fight in Wolf Warrior 2 (Ed note: she plays a doctor). Although she does not fight, her character is involved in a car chase scene and has some action. The film had two units filming at the same time, so I was always in the Jeep, or in the helicopter depending on the situation. I actually got to play a role inside the helicopter, I was the factory owners wife, and we were trying to escape, and then the helicopter crashed. I had to break the glass with my head (Laughs) yes that was the stunt.



DMR: That is a funny story,  Sarah, what was it like to work with Celina Jade and other cast members on Wolf Warrior 2?

Celina Jade is the sweetest girl ever, she is super super nice and eats very healthy, actually. She is always bringing flax seed on the set, and granola. Celina is always making sure we have our grape seed oil. She really is super healthy and sweet, sometimes she would even cook for us! We would go and hang out, she is a really good cook. She had a restaurant called Home: Eat To Live (Ed Note: the HK eatery recently closed).

DMR: Great story, yes Celina is vegan, I had the opportunity to give her fruit from my trees when she came to South Florida. Pushing on with the interview, having watched the film in the theater, it was pretty amazing to see how much screen time Heidi Moneymaker had. Share your thoughts on having the ladies doing more action sequences on Wolf Warrior 2 and other films.

SC: I think right now the hottest thing is having action women! For example, look at the recent success of the Wonder Woman. Basically, look at all the current film trailers, everything is women, Atomic Blonde… It is the new trend, it is important to have a good action director, and have to have good training so you can kick ass on set.
Heidi Moneymaker, wow, she is totally ripped. When I first met her I was like (bows with outstretched arms) hello! She of course did the stunts for Black Widow. We also worked with the talented Sam Hargrave, Aaron Toney, and Brian Ho. All of these guys worked on Avengers, and many of the top action movies. It was the most amazing experience to witness how they all gelled together. Some of the stunt performers only met each other for the first time, but the way they just understood action was amazing. They just moved together like a cohesive unit, so fluidly. It was a great learning experience for me to be among those performers.



 
DMR: Thanks Sarah for sharing your experiences on Wolf Warrior 2, we will catch up again when Trigonal: Fight For Justice arrives. As always, keep action alive.

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For further information on Sarah’s activities, please visit her official social media pages:

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/starringsarahchang/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/starringsarahchang/?ref=br_rs
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm8590020/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC6aktAPNFSSXbBAwwS55uA






Truy Sat to screen @ IDTV ACTION FEST! August 10-12 in Austin, Texas!

Above: Truy Sat Promo Poster


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. On August 10th thru the 12th in Austin, Texas at Highland Galaxy Theater The IDTV Action Fest will take place. Included in the fest is a Texas premiere screening of the amazing Vietnamese film Truy Sat! This marks only the second time the film has ever screened in the U.S.! 

Above: Autographed photo from Truong Ngoc Anh, when she came to Miami Beach!
 

The action film, starring and executive produced by Truong Ngoc Anh through her company TNA Entertainment, and CJ Entertainment is a whirlwind of mayhem and violence, with a heartfelt story. Truy Sat is sure to please fans of indie action films and big budget films alike, as the scope and depth of chase scenes and drone footage are sure to make the heart race.


Above: Truong Ngoc Anh nomination.


Actress Truong Ngoc Anh is nominated for best action actor as well!

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For more information on TNA Entertainment, go to:  https://www.facebook.com/dvtruongngocanh/
Watch for later in 2018 as Truong and Cung Le will be filming The Target, a new action film!




Actress Stephany Jacobsen Interview (C) 2018 A Dan's Movie Report Exclusive!!

Above: Stephany as Amilia Chambers ready for action (C) 2018 Saban Films. For Promotional Use Only.


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Today is a special exclusive interview all the way from Australia! Actress Stephany Jacobsen burned the midnight oil to conduct this interview. She chats in depth about her roles in the Terminator series and her new film Occupation! Get ready to go down under with the talented and sultry Stephany!

DMR: In a multi-part question, chat about working on The Sarah Conner Chronicles, what attracted you to the show, and how you got the role, and talk about your character and what she had to go through.

SJ: I did an audition, I read for Josh Friedman. He and James Middleton had seen me in Battlestar Galactica and they were looking for someone to play a love interest for Bryan Austin Green. I guess that the figured I would be right for the part. Let me just go ahead and say that Terminator and Occupation have been my two favorite roles. She was so cold and so detached, kind of unhinged, but in the most controlled way.

Jesse always had strength, she was always a soldier, a commander of a nuclear submarine. I loved the role, I had to find her character, in reverse. The producers and writers did an amazing job of reverse engineering that particular character arc for me. We all loved the show and the audience loved it, in retrospect however I think the show may have been a bit ahead of it's time. Actually Summer Glau and I were in a comicon in Melbourne and I got to be with her meet her family and introduce her to Luke (Sparke)



DMR: Thanks for that insight into that amazingly entertaining role, fast forward to 2018, your character Amelia in Occupation was my favorite, you had to go through so many emotions. The character had depth and range. Chat about your character, and what attracted you to the role.

SJ: Luke does not comment on female characters, and that is kind of like Josh Friedman. They both write female characters who do not need any concessions to be made. I saw that in Amelia straight away, and that quality in Luke as well. Although I played a somewhat similar character in Jesse, I never had to go through the complete range of being innocent, she is an engaged law student who is serving meals in a cafe, and by the end of the movie she is this warrior. I was really excited about the prospect of playing that arc. We had a meeting and we talked about the character and he talked about what he wanted, and I threw out the ideas I had about her and we were kind of instantly on the same page.

There was a point in the movie, you know the scene in the house, where the aliens come in and we have the first fight, he came to me and said this is where Amelia is at her most vulnerable. Interesting, as we were a couple of weeks into shooting at that point and I had been thinking when does she make that decision, when does she reach that chasm between being the waitress and the warrior? I was thinking when I should work it in, and he gave it to me. That became the moment when she flipped. At the beginning of it she was kind of cowering in the corner, hiding behind the mattress and then she comes running out with a hammer and haha knocks the alien flying. That was a magical moment.

Above Photo: The group of intrepid humans ready for battle against the aliens in Occupation (C) 2018 Saban Films. For promotional use only.


DMR: I think the character that you portrayed could have been played by a woman or a man

SJ: That is exactly what I mean, Luke is a big Battlestar Galactica fan. Just like Josh from Sarah Conner Chronicles, they write the characters like that Starbuck etc...

DMR: I think Occupation was unique among alien invasion films in that it told a human story outside of the aliens and the invasion. When a character dies or is kidnapped I am sad, as they are established.

SJ: I agree in fact we see that from the outset. This movie is essentially about family, and the human spirit.

DMR: I agree, aliens happen to be the catalyst that drives everyone together. Incidentally, I liked the ending, it kind of ended without having to make a sequel.

SJ: No one thought we were going to make a sequel.

DMR: Any new films or TV shows that you are shooting?

We are actually going into pre-production for the sequel in a few weeks, yes as my voice-over at the end there is still pockets of resistance and aliens who do not want to get along with the humans. Like rogue units, so I have to go hunt down and find those rogue aliens. The battle rages on, but now it is them against us and some of them (aliens).

DMR: Ok! Cool! you are doing a sequel, I will get with Luke to do some sort of behind the scenes production blog. Last couple of questions, what is some advice you have to give to younger actors coming up in the business?

SJ: Just focus on being good, remember that this is a job, it is a profession. Regardless of how much weight you have lost or how many Instagram followers you have, what matters most is how competently you can do the job. Stay focused, stay grounded, one thing I think is very important for young actors is to have a sense of professionalism. That is something that is appreciated by everybody, at times it can be in short measure. Because of the nature of acting, many people do not treat it as a job, be a professional be fore you are a celebrity.

DMR: What are some of your goals in the next 5-10 yrs? Do you want to direct or produce?

SJ: I definitely do not want to produce, I have all the respect in the world for the producers, they have the most difficult job on the planet haha. I do not think my nervous system could handle it. I do not have any aspirations to direct, I may at some point write.

DMR: It was great talking with you Stephany.

SJ: Thanks so much for chatting Dan.

For more information on Stephany follow her on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/sjacobsen22

Occupation
AVAILABLE IN THEATERS, VOD AND DIGITAL HD: July 20, 2018





Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New Kenneth Mader Short Film Echos To Premiere August 18th at Action On Film Festival!

World Premiere in Vegas!



Exclusive news! We haven't made a public announcement yet because we wanted to let you know first!

We just finished post-production on our latest short film ECHOES
and it has already been accepted as an Official Selection
in two film festivals!



ECHOES will have its World Premiere Screening at the
Action on Film International Film Festival 
and the Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival 
at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas
Saturday August 18th in the 6:00 pm Block 
Ticketing and more info here: https://www.actiononfilmfest.com/tickets

 BONUS
Our feature film DISPLACEMENT will also have an encore screening at
 Action on Film Sunday, August 19th, 6:00 pm Block
Plus our stars Bruce Davison and Courtney Hope will be honored with 
Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star Awards at the Black Tie Awards Gala 
on August 25th

Hope to see you there!  



IDTV Action Fest Official Nominations and Film Screenings! Dan's Movie Report

Above: Iron Dragon TV Fest Panels



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. The official announcements have been made for the nominations and film screenings during the IDTV Action Fest in Austin, Texas August 10th thru 12th!

NOMINEES:

BEST FILM 
Kowloon Killers
I am White Tiger
Vengeance

BEST ACTION SEQUENCE
Blindsided: The Game
Kowloon Killers
Deviants

BEST ACTION ACTOR
Kowloon Killers — Tien Hoang
Dead End — Bryan Larkin
Truy Sat — Truong Ngoc Anh


​BEST ACTION CHOREOGRAPHY

Kali Diaries
Deviants
Kowloon Killers

BEST ACTION TEAM
Deviants
No Trace
Blindsided: The Game

The feature films that will screen during the festival are:

Blindsided 2: The Game (US)El Mate de Morphy (Spain)I Am White Tiger (Hong Kong)Tricking: The Freedom of Movement (US)Truy Sat (Vietnam)Vengeance (UK) 

Above: Truong Ngoc Anh Nomination Laurel for best action actor!
 

Action film Truy Sat will be shown, as Actress/Exectutive Producer Truong Ngoc Anh is nominated for best action actor.

The short films that will screen during the festival are:

Beyond Return (Thailand)Bodyguard (France)Dead End (UK)Deviants (France)Gauntlet Run: Breach (US)Ghost Cop (US)Kali Diaries  (US)Kowloon Killers (UK)No Trace (US)The Legend (France)The Summit (US)We Are War (Philippines)When Kids Grow Up (US) 

The amazing Kali Diaries 3 will screen with the intense fight between Lauren Mary Kim and Amy Johnston.  Tsuyoshi Abe is nominated for best action choreography. The talented stunt coordinator Bryan Sloyer was on camera work and editing.



In addition to the film screenings and awards there will be panel discussions as well. Please go to the official website: www.idtvactionfest.com or the official Facebook page for updated information. https://www.facebook.com/idtvactionfest/

A special screening of Reborn will also take place: https://www.austinfilm.org/screening/reborn/
The screening will be at AFS Cinema
6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752Showtime Fri, Aug 10! Director Yûji Shimomura will be on hand for discussions as well.