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Frozen Crown - Crowned In Frost (2019) CD review (C) Dan's Movie Report

Above: Crowned In Frost CD Cover (C) 2019 Scarlet Records & Marquee / AVALON (JP) Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report reader...

Friday, September 20, 2019

Frozen Crown - Crowned In Frost (2019) CD review (C) Dan's Movie Report

Above: Crowned In Frost CD Cover (C) 2019 Scarlet Records & Marquee / AVALON (JP)


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, today I mix it up a bit and review an amazing new CD from the band Frozen Crown. Hailing from Italy, this band caught my attention with several amazing music videos, most notably, I am the Tyrant and Neverending. I kept watching YouTube for more, just an incredibly talented and diverse band. Doing independent metal is often a thankless and hard job, Frozen Crown takes so much pride in crafting intelligent songs, and coupled with a energetic live show, warrants a review of their latest CD Crowned In Frost. Please note, I did not receive the CDs yes there are two of them (The Fallen King is their first) for free, I bought them, one from Amazon and the other CD and limited LP direct from the band. Support indie music is my motto!

From 1984 thru 1995 I reviewed music for various magazines, some music was amazing, some was average and some was awful. I always seem to gravitate towards 80s music and some modern, yet the last big discovery I had in music was Nightwish in 1995, of course Arch Enemy with Angela as well, on top of the usual Iron Maiden, Dio etc... I must say Frozen Crown from the first note I heard blew me away like a lightning bolt burned from mount Vesuvius, the band merges a variety of styles in a seamless quintet of cacophony of sonic blasts.

Crowned in Frost opens with a short intro Arctic Gales, then blasts into Neverending. Neverending is a fitting opening song with a power set of riffing, followed by the sonic vocals of Jade Etro. Frederico Mondelli writes the music, playing guitars, and keyboards. Jade and him craft the lyrics as well. The vocals on the CD are a unique blend of mellow and power with Frederico blasting out the occasional death metal power. Kind of reminds me of Arch Enemy meets Nightwish! The galloping speed of the riffing reminds me a bit of Iron Maiden, but faster.

Of particular note is the band's young prodigy guitarist Thalia Bellazecca. Amazing talent, for her age. According to Frederico she is brought in as the live guitarist, yet, I hope she can find her way onto the next studio albums. The entire band is so talented, and singling her out is not fair to the bone crunching back beat of Filippo Zavattari (bass) and Alberto Mezzanotte (Drums) both who provide a solid backing bed to the absolutely energetic and often complicated dual lead guitar riffs.

Diving deep into the CD Crowned in Frost, the music is made for driving, and waking up, rising for a glorious battle ahead regardless if it is a battle in an office or charging a Roman Army! All of the songs flow together to tell a bit of a story, but never will the audience be bogged down in a mire of slush, this CD is all action no filler tracks to round out the disc.

Before you know it, the album bleeds into the final track, which is the title track, Crowned in Frost. I must say it is epic, begging for a live performance and audience participation, Jade calls out the lyrics like a siren then Frederico blasts out some Angela style Arch Enemy growls, the music is heavy, yet listenable, then it flows into a more mellow lyrical interlude. The song gallops along at a good pace until conclusion. A fitting ending to a damn fine CD.

What more can I say, Crowned in Frost is just an amazing CD, an Earth shattering sophomore CD and a great followup to The Fallen King. Both CDs are great. This band needs to be huge, and play in the USA. The live performances on YouTube are quite amazing and the various shows and festivals they have done this year, have allowed the band to have hoards of new fans worldwide!

I rate Crowned in Frost a 10 out of 10, The is a generational unique sound, worthy of multiple repeat listenings, and an excellent bridge between metal styles. I will say buy directly from the band, as they do all of the mailing direct, that said, the music is also available on Amazon. The link to their merch is:

For the band's official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frozencrownofficial/


Thalia Bellazecca has an official Facebook Page as well: https://www.facebook.com/thaliabellazecca/
She really rocks and on her YouTube page she has a play through video of one of the songs and a couple of cool cover tunes. A rising talent.

Check this out! Queen Of Blades play through by Thalia!


For the YouTube make sure you check out some of the amazing videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o0imRANjm0 Neverending

Cool new live video shot in Portugal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BChcm4Nf--w

Stay metal, and keep your eyes and ears to the indie scene! Keep it locked on Dan's Movie Report, as I plan to review more metal by the end of the year!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mayday (2019) Movie Review

Above: Poster for Mayday (2019)


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, as we near the Halloween season I have decided to select a few titles horror related. Although many of my reviews have focused on action, this site is open to reviewing all types of films, drama, comedy, foreign, and horror. Brushing this aside for the moment, today I tackle a film that Crystal Santos told me about awhile back. She told me she was going to be in this new film called Mayday and all she let me know about is that it will be a horror film called Mayday. Crystal, who is known for her work in stunts, said that she would also serve as the stunt coordinator on the film. To avoid confusion when searching for this film make sure you add (2019) as other films called Mayday have been released prior.

These facts aside, I made a few attempts to connect to the film maker, and was told that the film would release on Lionsgate in 2019. Now on DVD, and available from the various outlets comes this 76 minute, yes you heard right, very short, yet rather unusual horror flick. The entirety of Mayday takes place on a flight to London, in what seems like a smaller plane, not a 747 or 757. the film opens with the passengers getting on the plane and let us just say each one has a quirk or characteristic that makes them a bit annoying, haha, but actually it kind of works later in the film. We have newlyweds, a man clutching a briefcase a Sikh doctor, two very flighty flight attendants a gruff old man, and the actor Michael Paré, who plays a sky Marshall, and Crystal Santos, the seemingly only sane one of the bunch. Of course we have the young pilot and copilot as well. The film is classified as a combination drama, action and horror, while this is true, there is not much action.

The movie does develop some of the characters, but we never really know them, just what they are like. More of a personality study in reactions, rather than out and out jump horror, Mayday works in the realm of supernatural, yet once (Minor Spoiler) passengers start vanishing things get rather frantic. The pace still seemed a bit slow for people in peril, even though no one had a clue where the danger came from.

Above: Behind the scenes photo of Crystal Santos on the set of Mayday Photo by Ryan Walker - © MWP Productions


I will not spoil the story, as the ending is pretty cool, and elevates Mayday to a pretty decent film. This fact aside, I did not care for much of the acting except for Crystal Santos and Michael Paré. Not that the acting was bad, it just seemed to forced and not natural. An example when the newlywed watches her husband vanish she is of course visibly upset, then is calmed down, then kind of falls a sleep, I am thinking if I lose someone, I would be upset, nervous, and angry for the entire flight, no rational person unless given a sleeping pill which we did not see, would just drift off to dreamland while their loved one just is voided from the seat next to you.

Actually director Massimillano Cerchi has a difficult task at hand, because the film is set in one place, the characters barely move thus they are relegated to their airline seats or going to the bathroom, as the plan is in flight for the majority of the Mayday. The script and dialogue are interesting, yet at only 76 minutes, I felt a bit jilted that I was dropped into a film that had already started. Actually, to see the people in the gate waiting for the plane, or even prior to flying would have made me care about the characters more. Understandably though, Mayday is meant to be a sonic blast of horror, mixing elements of the Exorcist and Twilight Zone. Playing out more like an episodic TV show rather than a movie, Mayday could have easily been a plot on The Twilight Zone show, and even worked in a 60 minute time slot.

Kudos to the lighting and DP personnel, too often in Horror films it is so hard to see the action when whatever it is jumps out at you. Mayday you saw from beginning to end the plight of the virtually helpless passengers. I know it seems trivial to point this fact out, but go back in your recent horror film memory and count the number of times you said wow, I can see the things happening.

Overall, I struggled with the rating, a second pass yields slightly better results. Mayday rates a definite rent on Amazon, if you like horror a 14 dollar DVD is not out of line, basically the film is about a 6.5 out of 10, I wanted more, yet Mayday (2019) was not disappointing. Check out the band Leaving Eden, who provides the closing song, appropriately titled Skies of Grey. I have had the opportunity to witness them live a few times and they are quite talented!

Above: Trailer for Mayday (2019)

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Mayday-Michael-Par%C3%A9/dp/B07XMKJM2Q/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Mayday&qid=1568726424&rnid=2941120011&s=instant-video&sr=1-1

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Action/SciFi Film Transit 17 Official Trailer!!!

Above 2019 poster of Transit 17 from Official Facebook Page! (C) 2019 Vision Films.


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com readers check out this radical trailer for the film Transit 17! Vision Films is on the cusp of releasing this Sci-Fi Epic and watch for a new exclusive interview with Zara Pythian in the coming months!


Point your browsers to the official Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/TRANSIT17/

I have covered the film in the past, exclusively! Check out this radical video of Zara live on set of the film! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dNsXlUKMm0

Keep it locked on Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix for new information and exclusives later in 2019! 

Scott Adkins Interview!! (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com readers. Back in May my good friends Tayah and Dean were able to attend the Fighting Spirit Film Festival in Birmingham and witness the U.K. Theatrical debut of Triple Threat, and to interview the amazing Scott Adkins! Though I posted the video awhile ago, many viewers were not able to see it, thus I have decided to type it out and pay respects to the entire Fighting Spirit Film Festival Staff, and of course the gracious Mr. Adkins. I was not able to attend, nor send a rep for the most recent one, yet I stand in support of this great event. On to Tayah and the one and only Scott Adkins!



DMR: Tayah- Hi I am here with the one and only Scott Adkins on behalf of Dan's Movie Report. I have a few questions for you, can you chat a little bit about working with and having a fight scene with Tony Jaa, in Triple Threat? What are some of the things you did to amplify the action.

Scott Adkins: I did as I was told, because we had Tim Man as our Fight Coordinator. He is brilliant, obviously, I have done a lot of stuff with him. He had a really difficult job as he was creating fights for the best martial arts actors in the world. I think there was a lot of pressure on him and he did not have a lot of time to do it but he did a brilliant Job as he always does. I had always wanted to work with Tony Jaa, it was an absolute pleasure, he is such a humble guy, obviously he is an incredible martial artist, I literally have never been kicked as hard by anyone in my life. I know he was not trying to be he has so much power. He is a great guy, mutual respect. I cannot wait to work with him again and I believe we will.

Above: Exclusive photo from Triple Threat (C) 2019 Well Go USA


DMR: You and Jesse V. Johnson have worked together on more than half a dozen films, can you talk about the chemistry you have together, and why the two of you work so well together?

Scott Adkins: I am just doing more character stuff with Jesse. I am really enjoying doing the more character based action stuff with Jesse as I get a bit older. I am really interested in creating characters and Jesse gives me the space to do that. It is a great working relationship, we know each other's strengths, each other weaknesses. We can be hard on each other, we even have arguments on the set, to be honest, but it is always from a passionate place, where we are trying to do the best work that we can do. It can get pretty heated sometimes, haha, but by the time the film comes out we are both super happy with the direction we are both going.



DMR: I know we are running out of time, will we see Boyka again?

Scott Adkins: I don't think we will. I think Boyka is done. I think he ended in a nice way, he ended in prison, rotting. Haha, yes that is the trajectory of Boyka he is like a tragic hero in a way.

Above: Poster for the film Avengement used for promotional purposes only


DMR: Thanks for that insight to Boyka, what have you got coming up, that you can discuss?

Scott Adkins: Yes I have Hitman 4 coming up. It was great to work with Donnie Yen as he was a childhood hero of mine. He specifically asked for me in that film, so that was great. (Avengement is coming out, character driven action film, again working with director Jesse V. Johnson, very British very gritty, excited about that one.



DMR: OK Great, thanks Scott for taking time out of the Fighting Spirit Festival Birmingham to conduct this interview, we will look forward to watching the new films.

Scott Adkins: Thanks, thank you.

For more information on Scott Adkins please connect with him on his official social media pages:

Scott Adkins IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0012078/

For more information on the amazing Fighting Spirit Film Festival please point your browsers to:


Special thanks to Soo Cole and the entire Fighting Spirit Film Festival staff for their assistance in this interview. Please check out my associate, and interviewer Tayah Kansik. Tayah is an excellent martial artist, actress, and personal protection specialist: http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2019/01/tayah-kansik-acting-action-spotlight-c.html

All photography and videos are courtesy of Dean Meadows, Dean owned and operated Vengeance Magazine in from 2003 to 2006 and now is completing his first feature film Scarlett Cross: https://www.facebook.com/deanmeadowsfilm/


Keep it locked on Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com for the latest news and exclusives!

Action Film Snow Black Spotlight!! (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report

All Photos on this page for Snow Black are copyrighted to Meyham Films and Maverick Entertainment Group. Used for promotional purposes only.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com readers, director, producer and star of Snow Black Robert Parham has informed me that the film is nearing final principal photography! Just a few more days of shoot remains.



The Facebook Page for Snow Black: https://www.facebook.com/snowblackmovie/





Synopsis for Snow Black: Sarah Camden is a Special Ops mercenary with PTSD. After a failed mission, she gets sent home to bury her mother. Her town has become ridden with crooked politicians, crooked cops, and a new drug called SEED manufactured by the BLOODBORNE gang. After her sister and father are killed at the hands of the Bloodborne gang, Sarah calls in her special ops sisters (THE FOX SQUAD) with the help of a homicide detective (Detective KELLAR) to make her town safe again!

The exciting action film stars the amazing Ron Van Clief as Jeremy Camden, Gloria Hendry as Aunt Sydney, Sarah V. Buckner as Sarah, and Robert Parham as Thomas Keller!

In a couple of weeks Robert has been tapped to direct a new Drama film in Memphis. Robert states: “I have a drama, called Why Me, starts in 2 weeks. It stars Hawthorne James (from Five Heartbeats) and Cyndy Williams (from Mo Better Blues)."



Watch Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com for exclusive coverage of Snow Black in the coming weeks and months leading up to a trailer and the eventual 2020 release of the film! Robert has a whirlwind of action coming your way! 


Incidentally, his prior film Jackson Bolt is available on amazon prime to watch! https://www.amazon.com/Jackson-Bolt-Robert-Parham/dp/B07FFZKDQX/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Jackson+Bolt&qid=1568520974&sr=8-1

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Invincible Dragon (2019) - Movie Review (Region 3 DVD)

Above: IMDB poster for Invincible Dragon



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com readers. Today I take one for the team after obtaining Invincible Dragon. After so much promotion on this film during production from various action sites including my own site, I had to watch. The film released in China theatrically on July 2nd and to home market in Asia August 30th.

Rather than going on a long rant and rave about this film, I am keeping the review rather short. Essentially The Invincible Dragon begins as a basic crime drama as women police officers are killed. Actually the initial story is decent, there is some character development, hotheaded cop, concerned boss, etc..., yet the film never manages to allow the audience to care about the characters enough.

Anderson Silva is of course a legendary MMA fighter and all around great guy, but to have him as a lead in his first film is a bit rough, his line delivery is very understated and a bit wooden, that said, he is no worse than many of the secondary characters in the film.

Actresses Stephy Tang and Annie Liu give the film some sex appeal and are decent, yet again they are just side characters in most of the production, save for a few lines. Stephy Tang can act, and has talent she really needed more of a meaty role.

Director Fruit Chan, who is actually quite talented obviously did not have final control of the edit of this film as during the last 30 minutes things go haywire literally and makes zero sense. For the first hour the film is decent, then it tails off due to a long song that basically contains a montage of things that happened in the past, where it should have either opened the film or no song and just went into a story. Finally, a ridiculous ending with very horrid CGI, that made no sense, yeah so we have the boy with the dragon tattoo hah!! Except Zhang's dragon is um, not just an expression.

A few bright spots are JuJu Chan, she plays the wife of Anderson Silva in the film, she is mysterious and turns out to be a cool villain and has the best fight in the film with Zhang Jin, on a train, with what looks to be scaffolding. Sadly the bad train CGI interspersed with the fight lessened the impact a bit.

Zhang Jin is amazing as an action actor, I really enjoy his work. He did his best with the source material, yet some of the action and fights did not have the urgency they should have and the final fight with Anderson Silva is way too long, yep I said it, needed to be shortened. The reason being, it was not epic, had too much interspersed stoppage time, and it seems like posing for the next move rather than a real fight to the death.

Lighting, camera work is good in the non action sequences as Fruit Chan is a master at drama, that said, I did not care for the camera angles during the fight sequences, either the camera was far to close or the angles did not allow the audience to see the action.

Overall, I really wanted to like this film, as I respect Fruit Chan and many of the actors in it, sadly I cannot recommend Invincible Dragon at all, and as a rating perhaps, being kind as I feel today, is a 4 out of 10. If the film eventually finds it's way to Netflix and you like action, watch it for JuJu's fight scene and some of the other action, but otherwise The Invincible Dragon is a forgettable film that will probably deserve to fade away.


Actress Janice Hung Chats The General's Daughter: Exclusive Interview and Photos!


Above Right photo: Exclusive! Janice Hung and The General's Daughter star Angel Locsin.

Photo credits: Angel Locsin and Dreamscape, promotional use only and not monetized.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com readers. In this amazing and special interview I chat with Actress, Wushu Champ,and all around force for good, Janice Hung. Janice has blazed her own trail for several years, in action and perseverance. She creates her own content, but this year is her truly international break out. With the top rated serial The General's Daughter and a residency in Macao coming up as Tigress for the Kung Fu Panda Live show, she is catapulting herself to superstar status. Humble and down to Earth, Janice still gives back to her community, with her UDEFEND project. Sit back relax and check out this exclusive interview, and brand new photos from Janice Hung!



DMR: Chat about the show your character and the dynamic of playing a character that would normally be a male role in some shows.

Janice Hung: I’m playing Captain Alex Noblejas an elite soldier in charge of pursuing the protagonist Rhian (Angel Locsin) . The thing about playing captain Alex is a complex character . She is a strong individual who rose to the ranks in a male dominated profession. Also it gave me the opportunity to act with our country’s top actors.



Above: Cool new poster for The General's Daughter

Above: Janice Hung with the actor JC De Vera who plays Major Del Fierro



DMR: Curious about the shooting schedule, is the show shot episode to episode or is it several at a time?

Janice Hung: We usually shoot 3 times a week. We shoot one episode several days at a time.



DMR: How has the response been by the local audiences? I am assuming the show is a weekly show or is it every day like Encantadia.

Janice Hung: The show is one of the top rating shows in the Philippines. The show is shown from Monday to Friday. 

 Mr Albert Martinez he plays General De Leon (Center) Mr Nonie Buencamino  (To the left of Janice)he plays General Maximilliano both are veteran and award winning actors.

DMR: Are you allowed to add your own spin on your character, what type of freedom is allowed on set?

Janice Hung: Yes I am given the chance to give my own input in the character.

DMR: Finally, chat about some of your new work with Udefend, any new projects on the horizon

Janice Hung: The Udefend Project is a year round project it is part of my advocacy to educate and empower the youth through Wushu to promote healthy lifestyle.


DMR: As an added bonus Janice talks about her character reveal in a new episode of The General's Daughter! Please watch the above video!

Janice Hung: The highlight of my character is now revealed I am a spy planted in the military long before. I am now the assassin called Cuatro. We were trending, everyone was waiting for our fight scene to air!


Thanks Janice for this exclusive chat, we will circle back in December when the live show of Kung Fu Panda begins! For the time being, please connect with Janice on her official social media outlets:



YouTube Channel, make sure to subscribe, she is always posting new videos! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg2sG_4NFFTZxPfMNCBn-sA

Finally check out this incredible promo Janice so graciously did live on the set of The General's Daughter!


Update: Janice Hung's final episode on The General's daughter just aired. She had this to say:

This is Cuatro aka Captain Alexandra “Alex” Noblejas signing off.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank ABS-CBN and Dreamscape Entertainment for this wonderful opportunity to portray this character in The General’s Daughter.
I am very grateful for this truly unforgettable experience to become a topnotch soldier and secretly a spy to the military.
I am really honored to have worked with veteran actors,Mr. Tirso Cruz III, Mr. Nonie Buencamino, Mr. Albert Martinez, Ms. Eula Valdez, Ms. Janice De Belen and of course the Diamond Star Ms. Maricel Soriano. They were all very welcoming and helpful in doing the scenes.
It was awesome as well to work with JC De Vera, Cholo Barretto, Kate Alejandrino, Arjo Atayde, Paolo Avelino and Ryza Cenon.
To the production staff and crew of The General’s Daughter, I also salute you. From the directors down to the make up artists, wardrobe thank you for all the dedication and care in bringing out the best in every scene. I am witness to all the hard work behind the scenes for long hours day to day.
Last but never the least, to The General’s Daughter herself, the main character Rhian Bonifacio, Action-Drama Queen Angel Locsin, I offer my deepest gratitude from the bottom of my heart for having the opportunity to work with you. From the first time we met, you said “Pinahanap talaga kita” I am deeply touched and honored coming from a big star like you, I never felt a single hint of star complex as you are very down-to-earth despite having flown high as Darna before. Sabi ko nga, Idol ni Cuatro si Darna. You are one honest , genuine and sincere individual, and I am witness to your dedication to bring quality performance to give the best to the audience and fans. We've shared so much together - from wonderful memories and profound learnings to the bruises, scars and wounds from our fight scenes. Basta Gel, kung kailangan mo ng kalaban ulit o kakampi, nandito lang ako!Maraming Salamat Gel.
Being part of TGD is truly an amazing learning experience that I will cherish forever. I will use this experience as a springboard to my next project as I embark on the international stage as Tigress in Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live, a collaboration of Broadway Asia and DreamWorks. Join me in my next journey.
Thank you, The General’s Daughter!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Actress/Singer Nina Bergman Exclusive Interview!!! (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report (Danny Templegod)

Above: Nina Bergman's new single: HOME SWEET HELL! Drops Soon!



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, in a special surprise interview Actress/Singer Nina Bergman does her fourth interview! I had the opportunity to meet Nina when she came to South Florida with Letters From The Fire, I must say she brings a lot to a live stage, and in everything she does, Nina goes hard all of the time, while remaining professional and respectful to everyone,. 2018 was a real breakout year for Nina, with Call of Duty iv, and several tours with Letters From The Fire. 2019, with her newest single, and EP, release of Control Video Game from Remedy, and the October 1st release of Doom: Annihilation, she is poised to rise to the top, in all three categories! In this special interview she gives an exclusive that a new single is dropping soon! Read on Nina has some cool news to share!


DMR: I am hearing rumblings that you are no longer in Letters from the fire is this true or is the band on a hiatus?

NB: I’m still doing music! I have a single that just came out called “Home Sweet Hell” for all the rock fans out there, while I'm finishing the new EP.

DMR: I had a blast at the live show what are some memories you have from touring with the band?

NB: Yes I met some really special fans that I’ll never forget!! 

Above: Nina and I in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Photo Credit: Joseph Flowers)
 

DMR: Outside of the 1000 people at Ft Lauderdale show what were some of the best moments on tour last year with LTF?

NB: Uuuuuh there were a lot of them!! It’s hard to just pick a few!!

Above: Nina Rocks with 1000 people at Club Revolution on the NonPoint tour! (C) 2018 Danny Templegod for Dan's Movie Report


DMR: I know you do it all, but did you feel pressure to push harder for more music or are now you in film mode with Nyx character, Doom etc…?

NB: Well, it all comes from the same creative place deep inside of me. I go where the love is! When the music is flourishing I go there. When I book a movie I follow that trail. I can’t live without either of them!

DMR: I figured it was a flow, and inspiration. Without getting negative are their some disadvantages of being in a band compared to being a solo artist?

NB: Haha YES! You have to deal with 4 other opinions!! But when it works, 5 brains are much better than one!!

DMR: Any new solo music coming?

NB: YES!!! I’m releasing a song called “Home Sweet Hell” for all the rock fans out there soon while I’m finishing my EP!!

Above: Control for the Xbox, Sony Playstation has a version with some exclusive content. (C) 2019 Remedy and 505 Entertainment, for promotional use only.



Chat about working on Control! F*cking great game!

Chat about your character, and who she is, no in game spoilers, but can you share a bit of a back story? - I can’t really…. (Ed Note: the game just released) Actually she answered the question on release day!)

Working with my buddy Jesse V. Johnson again amazing! You kick ass Nina, I hope to see more of you in his films and such.

I hope so too! He’s great!!

DMR: Very cool you worked with the amazing fireball redhead Courtney Hope, chat about the energy she brings to the game and what you guys chatted about.

NB: We’re both health freaks, so we chatted a lot about the vegan lifestyle and health and happiness.

DMR: Can you comment on any of the in game action, we all know about the blood, and rendering, have you played Quantum Break, Courtney's other game?

MB: Nope on both accounts.

Above: Nina Bergman as Battery on Call of Duty: Black Ops iV


DMR: Chat about Call of Duty: Black Ops IV, and what that has meant for your career?

NB: It opened my eyes to the gaming world, which is huge!!!!

Above: Nina Bergman in character poster for Doom: Annihilation (C) 2019 Universal 1440 Entertainment, used for promotional purposes only


DMR: I know Doom: Annihilation comes out October 1st. any new tidbits you can share with my audience about your character Private Carley Corman?

NB: I can’t say much, but they'll be lots of demons ;)

DMR: Is there going to be a theater release on this or only DTV?

NB: I’m not sure… (Ed Note: the release is slated for Universal 1440, which usually means DTV, however it may see a limited Halloween Release)

DMR: You told me you hurt your shoulder on set, what happened, was it a stunt?

NB: I was running about with an actual crazy heavy machine gun for 14 hours a day and I pinched a nerve… I’m pretty tough but that kinda pain makes your body buckle. I got some Bulgarian doctor to shoot some serious painkillers in my butt every morning to finish the movie! It was an intense experience!!!

Above: Nina with Director Tony Giglio on the set of Doom: Annihilation


DMR: Ouch you are one tough cookie! Chat about some of the training you did prior to shooting Doom?

NB: We had stunt rehearsals and weapon training. And if you’re like me, you go nuts in the gym ;)



Would love to see some more stills for the short film NYX, anything you can share? I saw my friend Carmen was involved and the amazing Ron Perlman. Just excited to promote it.

NB: Thank you Danny you’re so sweet to me :) NYX is a female BOND. We shot a proof of concept and it’s now being developed into a feature…. I can’t really talk about it yet! But you’ll be the first to know when I can :)

DMR: As far as the South Florida conventions one is next March, the other is July 2020, so later this year you will get you all of the info also I may be able to go and help you out.

NB: I’m doing my first Convention November 21st-25th in Louisville, KY called the Galaxy Con. To promote Call Of Duty and Doom. I got a booking agent now for Cons so let me know if you know of any I can attend :)

Thank you so much Nina, we will circle back when the Doom film drops in October, looking forward to hear your new single!! All exclusive all the time on Dan's Movie Report

Please follow Nina on her official social media portals and her official site:





Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Actress JuJu Chan Chats Wu Assassins (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report (Exclusive)




Above:  Official character poster of Zan in Wu Assassins (C) 2019 Netflix. Used for promotional purposes only, as are all of the photos contained in this interview.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com readers
On August 8th Netflix unleashed a brand new show called Wu Assassins. In the few weeks the show has been out it has rocketed to the top ten on IMDB, and has a high Rotten Tomatoes score. An instant binge watch for me in one day lead to a detailed review, but I wanted to get a small slice of behind the scenes. I have known and covered JuJu Chan on my site for over five years and I have always found her to be quite interesting to talk with, engaging, forthcoming, and brutally honest. 2019 is a big year for JuJu as three of her projects are released, and her star, as I predicted is rising to the top. Hollow Point is already released in the U.K., Invincible Dragon, released in China July 2nd, comes out on DVD in China August 30th, but since those projects are not completely ready for the U.S. Film market, this is a Wu Assassins specific interview. In addition, JuJu was able to work with one of the most creative directors Roel in two episodes, and I wanted to get her perspective on shooting with him. Sit back, relax, unleash the power of the baddest villain in Wu Assassins, Zan! A spiked heel textual ass kicking will now commence haha!



Chat about your initial meetings with the producers of Wu Assassins, was this a role you auditioned for or was the part written for you.

I went in for two castings for Wu Assassins for the role of Ying Ying. First time was with the casting director. Second was for John Wirth, the show runner. After the second casting I got a call the same week (can't remember if it was the next day or the day after) saying they wanted me for a different role. It was only later that I found out that they created a role for me.



Chat about working with Iko and his team, and also Stunts Canada, what are some of the new elements in your action game you learned for the show, and maybe some tips and tricks in general.

 Working with the Uwais Stunt Team was like a dream come true. I would constantly grab any of the stuntmen (who are all masters of Silat) to teach me different things every time I saw any of them sitting around. I think they started dreading me when I turned up in the stunt room! LOL  Needless to say I learned a lot of Silat from them all.

What really surprised me was the very high standard of the Canadian fight team. The entire team was so professional, and yes, I would work with them too as much as possible to learn from them! From them I learn a lot of BJJ and Filipino knife work, which fight choreographer Dan Rizzuto is fantastic at. He's a BJJ black belt and trained years in FMA with some of the top masters. He was also a professional MMA fighter, so he brought a lot to the table.

Incredible, yes Stunts Canada is top notch, working on shows such as Arrow, and The 100! Yes you are active and challenge people to be their best! I must say interviewing you make me a netter writer hah! With regards to the episodes in Wu Assassins, was each episode shot linearly, and what was the time allotment for each episode, approximately. Did you have more time to work out the action sequences? Maybe describe a typical week on set.

It's about 7 working days per episode, give or take. Depending on how much screen time my character was given in each episode would determine my schedule. As you can see from the series, Zan didn't appear much in the early episodes. Over that time I worked a lot with the stunt team, letting Dan gauge how he can shape my character's fight style. It was during that time that we filmed the pre-vis for the kitchen fight (and later the other fights). Because I did my own pre-vis for the series I was totally familiar with the fights when it came to actually shooting them on the day, which was great for production because they could only give us sometimes only a couple of hours to shoot an entire  complex fight scene. Kudos to Megan Hui, who worked so hard with me to pull off some fantastic fights. And it should be noted that Li Jin Li worked very hard too on her fight scenes so we were able to see a lot of her during the fights. 

Above: JuJu Chan fight Highlights from Wu Assassins

Very cool way of shooting things, JuJu you are an amazing action person! Doing your own pre-vis is the way to do it! Quite interesting on Wu Assassins is the use of several different directors, each bringing their own unique flair on the project, maybe go into some of their styles and how you approached your character each time.
 

In terms of my approach to my character, it was the same whoever the director was. Some directors would just let me do what I do. Others would add moments for me. I enjoyed working with all of them! 
 
 
Above: Exclusive shot of JuJu Chan with Episode 3 director Roel (C) 2019 Netflix used for promotional purposes only 

You have a scintillating action sequence in episode 3, I am curious how long that took to film and the experience working with action woman Megan Hui. This gave me joy chat as well working with Roel, I feel he brings a lot to the table with regards to action and camera work.

I mentioned above about the pre-vis, so we went into the kitchen fight pretty much knowing exactly what had to be done. Roel held the camera himself, and him being super familiar with action, allowed everything to move smoothly and efficiently. I think we shot that very complicated fight in 3 or 4 hours, which is crazy quick.

Yes Roel shoots very fast, the entire Hard Target 2 film with Scott Adkins was shot in under 20 days. On your character Zan, what personality traits did you give her, beyond the scripted work, seemed like you made her extra devious.

The scripts are quite detailed on what the characters do and should be conveying to the audience in terms of feelings. Other than that we were given complete freedom to build our character backgrounds. Being brought up in Hong Kong I decided to give Zan a tough street smart persona learn from being brought up in a tough neighborhood in Hong Kong. I've met a lot of people like that when I used to go to these areas to teach piano to underprivileged children. There's a toughness to the people there, men and women alike. But there is also a great value placed on loyalty. I wanted Zan to convey that.

Above: A spiked heel in Episode 8 drives the point home! (C) 2019 Netflix Used for promotional purposes only


You always help others, it is cool you were able to bring that into your character. I figured that regarding the scripts, it shows. That said, Zan is a a bad girl fans can root for! Finally, I must say the ADR in Wu was very clear, were their additional ADR sessions?

Yes. I actually had mine done in Hong Kong while the producers were in LA directing me. Gotta love the internet!


Thanks JuJu for this amazing interview, I look forward to working with you on doing a new one closer to the United States releases of Hollow Point, and Invincible Dragon. Watch for more Wu Assassins exclusives and other cool stuff from JuJu Chan in the coming months. For additional information on JuJu point your browsers to her official social media pages. JuJu is very active, and the entire cast are tweeting and promoting Wu Assassins on a regular basis!

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Actress Janice Hung Exclusive Video! Live Onset of The General's Daughter! (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report



 Above: Janice Hung Live on the set of The General's Daughter- A Dan's Movie Report Exclusive!

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com readers soon a massive interview will happen, as Actress/Wushu Champ and Model winds down her stint on The General's Daughter and readies herself for a 1.5 year live stage show performance on Kung Fu Panda in Macao! In the stage show she will be taking on the role of Tigress! For now, we will focus on The General's Daughter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_General%27s_Daughter_(TV_series)with exclusive photos, and information from this massive production. 

Janice tells me that the scale of this production was huge, massive props and vehicles. Janice said she had the unique opportunity to work alongside of the most experienced and well known actors in the Philippines! What we have here is an ongoing and evolving topic that will explode on into 2020! Feast your eyes and ears on Janice (Live from the set of The General's Daughter!) Video shot by her manager, specifically for Dan's Movie Report! 

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Make sure to subscribe to her Official YouTube Channel! She already has 30,000 subscribers! This seminar is from last weekend!
She also really gives back to her community through charitable seminars! Check this out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqeW8eRYtyU&t=998s

For her self defense seminars go to  https://www.facebook.com/UdefendProject/
This is a totally non profit venture, giving back to women and children, a worthy cause. 


A multi talented, honorable lady, who chooses her own path, the way to go, All exclusive all the time Dan's Movie Report! For all of your action needs blast your browsers to the top indie action site on the net www.action-flix.com Since I only do exclusive news, reviews and items, I may not post as much, but when it happens it is like a reign of fire to burn the internet ha! You have been warned!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Mandalorian Trailer UNLEASHED! Disney + November 12th!! A Dan's Movie Report Special News Insert!

Above: Heads on sticks! In a Disney show! Read on! (C) 2019 Disney/Lucasfilms, used for promotional information only not monetized



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and action-flix.com readers. After the stock market closed on Friday with rather dismal news, Disney unveiled the beginning of a new dawn of entertainment! Disney Plus unleashes November 12th and wait for it... The Mandalorian will be one of the opening salvos of power from the house of mouse! Gone are sweet children friendly materials, we are greeted to storm-trooper bloody helmets on sticks! Thank you, finally the company is rising to the occasion and realizing that adults need entertainment also, Disney has a 90 percent stake in Hulu and will offer a triple play sort of package for appx 12 dollars of Ad supported Hulu, Disney Plus and ESPN Plus, essentially the same price as the mighty Netflix! That said Disney is going to instantly loose a boatload of money as it licenses its content. It remains to be see, but I am assuming Disney Plus will have over 20 million subscribers by the time the new Avatar films come out maybe more. 

Check out the new trailer for Yourself! Above  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOC8E8z_ifw

As I stated in a prior post before, Disney although not in the USA, distributes R rated films, including the new Terminator ( Domestically it is Paramount) Now with Warner Bros, doing an R rated Joker Film and the success of Deadpool and Netflix Marvel Series they realize the power of profit trumps all, and can say family friendly all they want, but they will have R rated content on Hulu.

As Disney absorbs Fox's Library and mounting debt now, they will be forced to reinvent their brand to gear towards adults who have more discretionary income. Yes they will focus on massive hits like Lion King and the theme parks for the children, but recognize that adults spend cash, on adult properties.

I am looking forward to see The Mandalorian it was announced that Ming-Na Wen is going to be involved in the series as Agent's of Shield has wrapped production on their final season.

Big action is headed in 2020 with Disney's 300 million dollar live action Mulan film, incidentally the trailer was attached 4k to the latest Lion King film. Watch for more on Dan's Movie Report and action-flix.com as we get closer to the show streaming!

I am sure if you point your browsers to www.disney.com they will have the latest info~ 

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