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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Marvel: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Show Review & Ming-Na Wen Photos As Agent May!



Quite honestly I rarely watch episodic TV, especially broadcast material, but I must say 4 episodes in, watching Marvel: Agents of SH.I.E.L.D., I am fully captured by the high tech wizardry, great story lines, and colorful characters scattered throughout the show. The one hour ABC show is a provocative and diverse amalgamation of styles, mixing elements of espionage, thriller, and sci-fi rolled into a package where if one turns away from the screen, they will miss something, usually important.




Loosely based in the Avengers realm, the agents in the group track down anomalies outside the norm, in the 4th episode of season one entitled: "Eye-Spy", a young lady named Akela portrayed by Pascale Armand, Akela has something to hide, a secret power, which we later find out is a manufactured ocular implant.


Akela, has  a telekinetic gift, that turns out to be an implant, the episode is full of action, drama, and suspense.  Each episode wraps up in one hour, but the interplay between the characters transcends episodes.

Speaking of characters, the list is very diverse, two geeky scientists, always bickering, quirky jabs at each other. Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, known as Fitz and Simmons as a team are fun, very erudite, and at times afraid of their own shadow.

Phil Coloson is the leader of the group, he is stoic and mysterious at times, but really cares for the common cause and is loyal to his people. Grant Ward is we learn later an android of some sort, who is a master infiltrator.



Skye was a hacker that found out about the group through a back door channel on her rolling office, an old van. She was brought on board to work outside the Agents of Shield parameters. She is fiesty, pushy and works well with the series, her grating personality, is obviously a calculated move by the show's creator Joss Weadon



Finally, I save the best for last, Ming-Na Wen plays agent May. She drives the "Bus" essentially a double sized Air-Bus plane chalked full of gadgets and weapons. Ming-Na kicks ass in the show. Ironically the smallest in stature of the cast, she is the most brutal. She is a take no shit kind of girl, and looks slinky, sexy, and dangerous in black. She is a driving force behind the show's action, and makes the show very enjoyable to watch. Ming-Na is very active on her twitter, follower her, she does live tweets during the episode airings. @ https://twitter.com/MingNa

Overall a great show, I will not miss an episode of Marvel: Agents of SH.I.E.L.D. , I recommend a second viewing of each episode as there is a lot going on. I rate Marvel's Agents of Shield a 9 out of 10, the best show on TV this season!! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Exclusive VIP Screening Packages For Legend Of The Red Reaper and Scarlet Samurai



Producer/director/actress and general cute red haired bad-ass Tara Cardinal has informed me that she wil be selling for a short time through Indigogo, exclusive art, and limited edition material from her upcoming screenings of her new films. Click this link for exclusives!  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/screening-vip-packages#share this is a time sensitive package, campaign will end November 3rd.

The first screening is in Las Vegas @ The Sci-Fi Center October 25th at 8pm https://www.facebook.com/events/232200683601840/

Actress and Director Tara Cardinal Will be at the Sci-Fi Center on October 25th to showcase TWO of her films, LEGEND OF THE RED REAPER and THE SCARLET SAMURAI . Tara ane film will be the FEATURE PRESENTATION for this years BLACK OCTOBER art and film invasion!

Watch this page for additional information, exclusives, giveaways, and more!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dracula: The Dark Prince Movie Review

Above Pic: Jom Voight leads a small force, with the untapped Lightbringer

After watching Pearry Teo's The Gene Generation, I was quite interested in what ideas he would put forth in his next feature length effort. Dracula begins with a mix of sepia toned story boards mixed with live action as we learn of the creation of the Dark Prince. Teo again as in Gene Generation emphasizes the look of the characters and costumes, he is a master at selling atmosphere.

Above Pic: Horns up for the demon, servant to The Dark Prince.

Van Helsing  (Jon Voight) is searching for the Lightbringer, a special weapon that can hold send the dead to the realm beyond the living. Sword fights, horses, flowery language, and a young lady named Esme who is about the size of a Dixie cup, a very cute Dixie cup. Dracula: The Dark Prince  is all over the place,  Van Helsing has the lightbringer, and the majority of the film is spent as a quest to find Esme's older sister, Alina, portrayed by  who has been taken by the Dark Knight.

The Lightbringer was apparently the weapon in which Cain slew Abel. Only a direct descendant of Abel can wield the weapon in its more powerful form, which is a walking staff, but when activated has whiling metallic blades, on a multi fulcrum axis, and looks rather radical.

The main  knock on The Dark Prince, is that the film's pacing is off, the sense of urgency to actually rescue Alina is just not as prominent as it should be. The battle scenes are decent, but needed to be more forceful.Some of the peripheral fighters were not active enough.

Above pic: Microcosm of adorable intensity, Esme (Holly Earl) attempts to wield the Lightbringer.

The acting is decent, nothing that detracts, from story telling  Kind of liked the forthcoming attitude of the small girl Esme, portrayed by  she seemed to have an adventurous spirit, and stayed in character. Voight had his moments toward the end.

Some cool parts, very good settings costumes, even with somewhat of a lackluster story, I rate The Dark Prince worthy of a rent a 6 out of 10, perhaps a bigger budget, and tighter story would have benefited the film.

Amazon has the film:  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New Cynthia Rothrock Action Seminar in Los Angeles! Searching For Part In New Film!

 
Coming December 6th 2013! An amazing opportunity to work closely in a intimate setting with the legendary Cynthia Rothrock. The 6 hour Seminar takes place Sunday December 8th  from 12-6pm  She will be going over all aspects of action, getting your reel together, etc, and is looking for talent for her new film! This is a must attend for all people interested, I have personally attended a seminar, she is one on one, personal, and very open to discussion! Contact the school for more info price is $100 in Advance $125 at the Door @ 

Here is a video sample from Mandy James Morgan I shot at the August 2011 Seminar I attended, demonstraighting disarm action! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKw3T2jr7AI
My Exclusive coverage of the Seminar last year in Orlando with Jeff Moldovan! See the results! http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2012/08/cynthia-rothrock-film-fighting-seminar.html

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Los Angeles, CA 90049
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(310) 207-5260

Monday, October 14, 2013

Director Pearry Teo Chats Exclusively With Asians On Film Website! Partners with Dan's Movie Report!



Starting today, Dan's Movie Report is partnering with the very cool website www.asiansonfilm.com Site owner Scott Eriksson has some great connections and is very supportive of Asians in film and allows them multi-part interviews, describing in detail their work. His interviews are highly polished and well produced. Since he is aiming video and I do text based, this will be a complimentary relationship between our two sites!

He has done several cool interviews, most recently is Pearry Teo, who directed The Gene Generation, and chats about his upcoming work, Including the newly released The Dark Prince http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2287214/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeWXdmy2QJg Part One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lW5YPvpOyBI Part Two

Andre "Chyna" McCoy Exclusive Interview! Behind The Action!



After working on the Matrix over 15 years ago Andre "Chyna" Mccoy has blazed his own path on the road to action. Never following the typical set of standards, always working out his own dreams, maintaining his unwavering individuality, Chyna is a seething force, unstoppable, unrelenting, yet grounded and loyal. Dan's Movie Report will now delve inside the intricate mind of the action legend, time for a trip to Chyna! Prepare for impact, and the most brutally honest interview I have ever unleashed! 


Chyna, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Chat about your leap from stunts to acting, it must hard for stunt people to make it in acting.

I know for a fact it takes a director that believes in them, but I got lucky because if you remember I was the first to do it
in Game Over. They even told me at the meeting I am the only one in Hollywood at that time who could act and fight being I was a stuntman.which got me the lead in Game Over and went on from there nowadays if you are stunts you better stay there
 
What other roadblocks have you encountered?

Race, look, size...

That still seems to be an issue, sadly?

Fuck yeah!

Some things never change, shifting directions to other aspects of film, what are your feelings on women in the action genre, like Z Bell etc.. seems cool as a balance

Z is my girl, she's a beast, she's been in the game a long time, love her, we need more like her.

Some of the ladies really work hard.

Actually my very first experience was from a stunt Woman.

Chat about it, how did it happen, who was she?

She introduced me to the game and told me not to do it, she was Angela basset's stunt double.

I respect Angela, one of  my favorite actresses. 

She said I had a great look and I should go after acting because the stunt world is hard, dangerous, and clickish and you could seriously get killed. She died right after that, on Vampire in Brooklyn, I was devastated. (ED note: Sonja Davis perished on a dangerous falling stunt, according to sources: (She was performing a 45 foot jump/fall, and she miscalculated her landing. Her body hit the airbag but her head hit cement. She died several days later.) 

Good advice, and yet foreboding advice, yeah I remember that stunt mishap. That is shattering when a stunt person is killed or seriously injured. Do you think the SAG union is doing enough to protect stunt people?

Nope, which is why I left SAG

What could the union do to help right the ship?

Make sure our contracts are written better. make sure they are fully covered even when they are out of the country. There are many things, and honestly I don't know what it is like today, I am no longer a stuntman, so things may have changed greatly.

Yes, I have heard rumblings from stunt people, after an injury it was difficult to get any work again

Then maybe things haven't changed. Maybe...I left the stunt world many many moons ago so I don't keep up on that end of the world.

You recently worked in China on Kung-Fu Hero, describe some of the differences between working in China and on US productions.

China productions treat you well, they are all about safety, they pay well, and they don't Bullshit around.

Cool setting up the shots, better technique etc...?

Even if the script isn't done, they are in full production, and full steam ahead and very fast and efficient as a team.

They also seem to care about the action more

They love the action they feel like this why skimp on the action and put all the money in the drama when action even in drama sells the film so for them every aspect is important.

I have heard some stories from Thailand of some folks not getting their full pay as promised, on Thai films. You have never encountered that?

Never done a Thai film or even had the chance to experience that part of the world I'm more based out of China.

I know Almen Wong did a film called Her Name is Cat Part 2 and was only paid 1/2 the money she was promised. Just can never be too careful 10,000 miles away. Looking out for you Chyna.

Was that a China based film ??

HK production though shot in Thailand.

Hmmm that's a whole different world HK I mainly work in Beijing, never worked in HK, totally different rules the works etc... when I worked on Kung- Fu Hero they said okay this is your pay how do you want it and they gave it to me in one lump sum.


Is Bejing opening up to western culture more since the 08 Olympics?

China period has always been open to western culture since the British were in power. Western medicine rules and people are no strangers to the western world. Ooops I mean to the Chinese culture

I saw you had lots of fans when you went there for Kung-Fu Hero the people out there really like movies?

Well not only movies but i'm a rare breed in China so to see someone like me in China who can do what they do is amazing to them

Yes, like a curiosity?

 They called me Big Hero

Big hero. Cool Name!

Yes because any type of color isn't normal out there.

Diversity!

So when it shows up it's like WOW!

Wish there was not such a big deal about race and color in all films,a good actor or actress is just that, not a good black or good Asian.

Exactly.

Lets shift gears to your new film, Chat about Bullets Blades and Blood, how did you get involved?

Okay, BBB was an idea the creator had so I said well script time and he agreed so throughout the process of making the film he would ask me to help bring the script together. During that time he loved one of my characters from my Killers of Killers project called Jericho so he said I want to make you Jericho in this film and the rest is history.

Above Pic: Chyna in Bullets Blades and Blood! 

Speaking of Killer of Killers where are you on that? New interest script etc.

Well we are in the financing phase of my new project Killer of Killers a high octane Assassin film which is written and created  by me.. The script is done anyone of interest in Killers can go to http://killerofkillers.weebly.com/



A quick synopsis on Killers is: A hundred million dollar Bounty. An Elite Rouge Assassin. An Eclectic group of International Killers sent on a one way mission. Bring back a body bag or don't come back. "Killer of Killers"!


Above Pic: Chyna as Bayne, his film/web/tv concept. Click the link for full description of the warrrior! http://chynamccoy.wix.com/bayne-reborn

Cool will check it out, chat about some of your interests outside of film and hobbies.

Now when I'm not working on films, I love spending time and don't laugh, training, watching Family Guy.

Me too!

American Dad and Dragonball Z

I love the shows American Dad and Family Guy
me too, I have watched all episodes.

I spend my relaxing weekends watching all Japanese anime because I have been watching them since i was young. When it comes to Dragonball I only knew the Japanese versions before I even knew they did it in america.

I watched Star Blazers, did you ever check that one out?

Never watched S.B., but I watched a lot of Gargoyles, and Violence Jack.

Cool, lots of the stories on the JapAnime are intricate.

I also watched Ninja scroll, Mad Bull etc...

Interesting tastes in viewing you have, wrapping up the chat, what do you want to tell people getting into the acting business as advice
for the future.

Yes if you have a dream in acting, or whatever it may be never let anyone alter your thinking and mindset stay focused on the goal, pick up a camera, shoot yourself, make your own films starring you, and go for it!

The short films people are doing are cool for themselves, better than action reels, at times.

Awesome, I have even seen some Vine videos better than full features,
folks have ideas, and get them out into the universe!

I agree, make it happen, even if you go it alone!

Alone is where it starts, once you build it they will come.

One last thing. I almost forgot, you are returning to China for a new project, when do you leave?

Probably November, so another overseas project under my belt.

Do you know who else will be involved?

I don't say much I watch everyone else out there do there thing, and I usually talk about it after I am done and or leaving to do it

Thanks Chyna, keep me up to date on the new project, cannot wait to get photos and info, I think we have something, great interview, that is how it is done!

Awesome and thanks to you and all the readers who help inspire me, and hopefully from this I will have inspired them as well, I thank you all. "Sometimes you have to set your goals, dreams and aspirations far beyond your reach and then reach for them, that way when you finally do achieve pinnacle status, you won't be disappointed because you took it as far as you could." Chyna 6-7-14!
-chyn forever reaching Approved-


Like Chyna's official Facebook Page: @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/CHYNAS-MCCOYS-FAN-PAGE/10150115640730377

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Upcoming in 2014 on Dan's Movie Report! PeiPei Yuan! A Rise To The Future!




Greetings my esteemed readers, as a tease for next year, I present PeiPei Yuan! 
Above Pic: (C) 2013 Jamais Vu

Full of life, energy, and action, PeiPei is a microcosm of maniacal roughness, has a great attitude, combined with a wicked sense of style and humor! 





Way back in 2006 she did this radical short film that was Matrix inspired, amazing work, check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tes0laa2Q0E




Fast forward to late 2013, she is working on big budger projects and, kicking ass as evident by her new action reel Click above link!

Check out her latest short film as Princess PeiPei:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=h5xo5tv968w


Follow her official YouTube for more info! http://www.youtube.com/user/stuntgirlpei?feature=watch

Her official site is @ http://bgirlpeppa.blogspot.com/

Her amazing FB page is @ https://www.facebook.com/peppathehotsteppa

Keep reading Dan's Movie Report for more exclusives, photos, interview and more PeiPei Power!!

Natassia Malthe Exclusive Vikingdom Interview (Exclusive Photos!) (C) 2013 Dan's Movie Report

All Photos (C) 2013 KRU Pictures (Dan's Movie Report Screen)


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers! Here is a brand new interview with the multi-talented Natassia Malthe. In Vikingdom Natassia plays a fierce and loyal boat captain/warrior named Brynna. Being from Norway, and loving action, Natassia fits the part perfectly.  She kicks ass, and the film is a cool twist on the legend, and I like it! So there, once again get inside the mind of Natassia and check out her thoughts on the Vikingdom production exclusively on Dan's Movie report. (For her full interview click this link: http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2012/01/natassia-malthe-interview-c-2012-dans.html

Some the the action in Vikingdom looked very intense, even though you have done several action films in the past, did some scenes like the twisting dive challenge you, were they harder?

The dive was hard actually not much help with it and I had to jump myself and twist myself , to get it right was very hard especially with props and landing on them each time . All the fights scenes were intense . I had to really concentrate .




Even though Vikingdom was a huge production from KRU what are some of the differences you encountered between that and the Elektra film you worked on, sets, attitude, organization etc..

Elektra was a way bigger budget with extremely experienced people in every single department . But I think that isn't really important . The intention and drive to make a good film and work with what one has is what gives a film uniqueness and soul . Sometimes high budget studio movies mess up the story and the story becomes generic...To commercial .... there was more of a community feel on Vikingdom. 

Very true on community, additionally Vikingdom has a unique story in that Thor is portrayed as a maniacal God, in my review I liked the portrayal as I think it offered something different, What were some of the things that attracted you to accept your role in Vikingdom, the strong character you would be playing, the unique story etc..




I was attracted to the mythology and that my character was strong . I liked the genre a lot .

It was great that you were portrayed as a warrior. How were the relationships on the set of Vikingdom, everything was relaxed, etc..

Um.. I was mostly hanging out with my bf at the time Jon foo ... We kind of did our own thing kept away from any drama . But everyone was nice and friendly . 




Are there any rumblings you heard from other big budget releases from KRU. a sequel etc..

I have heard of sequel talk.... One, two, three but you know I hear that on every movie and until its happening its something I try not to pay attention too ...

Hope it happens, Vikingdom is a cool project, any new projects in the works you can chat about?

I am in talks with a TV show, but I have also been thinking of studying at a university and getting a degree ...... I feel like a change ....

Whatever your dreams are, I wish you the best Natassia, chat soon.

Thanks for the interview.

Keep reading Dan's Movie Report for more exclusive action!