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Actress Tracee Lee Cocco Interview (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report

 All Photos: (C) 2019 Paleoman Enterprises LLC Licensed exclusively to Dan's Movie Report Interview was conducted by Eric courtesy of...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Actress Tracee Lee Cocco Interview (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report

 All Photos: (C) 2019 Paleoman Enterprises LLC Licensed exclusively to Dan's Movie Report Interview was conducted by Eric courtesy of  The Cosmic Cafe Show on the set of the film. The interview was transcribed by Russ Emanuel. Please visit https://cosmiccafeshow.com/ for more information.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. The Assassin's Apprentice has begun principal photography on the second short film in the series entitled 'The Assassins Apprentice: The Silbadores of La Gomera'. Veteran actress Tracee Lee Cocco has been cast as Gwen in the production. She chats about her experience on Star Trek and how she became involved in The Assassin's Apprentice. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the text ride with Tracee.



DMR: Deep Space Nine was my favorite of all the series as it was intellectual and culturally diverse, curious if you have a favorite moment on the show? I also just wanted to say I so much loved your work and everyone's on that show.



TLC: Probably my favorite moment on Deep Space Nine was when I played a Ferengi and I was in the bar scene with Quark. Yeah.  And there was also, I was in a video game I believe where I was a bar-back also, in Deep Space Nine. But I’m not quite sure, it was either that or Voyager but, yeah, Ferengis were fun.





DMR: I am curious, as well if you still maintain strong friendships with anyone in particular to this day. Even beyond the Trek Conventions?



TLC: Probably have to say Marina (Sirtis). Yes, her and I exchanged numbers, we text each other every now and then. But, when I do see the other cast members at conventions, oh my gosh, they drop everything and come over and hug me. It’s great. But yeah, Gates McFadden too, her and I, yeah. They’re very cool to me when I see them.





DMR: Finally, what attracted you to TAA2 and how did you come to be involved.



TLC: Well, I came to be involved through Paul Hickman. That’s how I met Russ (Emanuel) and I know Ryan (T. Husk). What attracted me was, I saw the first one and it was awesome. They’re all a bunch of great people and it’s a great production. And I’m honored that they gave me the opportunity to play Gwen, who’s an assassin herself but she’s retired. Maybe she can, I don’t know, come back later, hint, hint! Anyway, it’s a great production, the people are great, the cast and crew are all awesome, they made me feel great. I’m pretty sure this one’s going to kick butt too, so, I can’t wait to see it.



Thank you for the insight into Deep Space 9 and The Assassin's Apprentice, looking forward to witnessing the action unfold, please connect with Tracee Lee Cocco on her social media accounts:






Saturday, April 20, 2019

Martial Artist Jovelyn Minoza 2019 Interview Upcoming!!!! NEW Photos and Video!! (Exclusive!) Dan's Movie Report




Above: 2019 Exclusive Web Promo for Dan's Movie Report, brand new interview soon!!! 10 years in the making!!!!! Jovelyn chats about what she has been doing in the decade since our last interview and some of her own personal growth!!



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Today I begin to reach back to the early days of the website. Back in 2009, yes a decade ago, my very first interview was with martial artist named Jovelyn Minoza. The interview was a great starting point in making the transition from magazine writing to doing my own website. Back then magazines were still the in thing, publicity agents were the norm to attain interviews. Being honest, I was not sure the rout to take, yes I have done web interviews prior, while working on the Kung Fu Cinema site, but I still wrote for Sirens of Cinema and the Vengeance Magazine, both which were well regarded full color glossy magazines. Of course with the rise of the internet and the immediate nature of publication, audiences in niche markets stopped buying 7 to 10 dollar magazines and would rather just read their news online.



A double edged sword, but the blade cut both ways, as a matter of timing, I was able to secure pre 2012 interviews with Zoe Kravitz and Bai Ling. Again without the press agent. The further along I got the more it was interesting to pursue the interviews, and listening to my reader comments and messages, they all seem to echo one thing, my site is read by people in the know, industry people and a select group of discerning supporters. I aim my site at my audience, all the while providing in depth exclusive coverage of the up and coming stars.

I do not like to limit myself to action, that said, it seems like action is a great conversation starter. I have pushed hard to interview the stunt and action people and the individuals behind the scenes as well. The time is now to reach back and come full circle and do a long awaited and promised second interview with Jovelyn Minoza!!

All photos above are of Jovelyn and are exclusive to Dan's Movie Report.



Please check out her official web page @ https://www.lahuka.org/


Friday, April 19, 2019

Scarlett Cross: Agents Of D.E.A.T.H. Unleashes New Trailer! New Photos and News! (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report!

Scarlett Cross! 2019 Trailer Unleashed!


Above: 2019 trailer for Scarlett Cross: Agents Of D.E.A.T.H. Posted April 18th 2019

Above: Actress and Producer Kat Clatworthy on the set of Scarlett Cross (C) 2015 Dean Meadows (Exclusive to Dan's Movie Report!)


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers! Many exclusives to be dropping soon! Today we have a brand new trailer from Dean Meadows and his team! Grindhouse/Action film Scarlett Cross: Agents of D.E.A.T.H. has completed principal photography and yesterday a brand new trailer was unleashed to YouTube. Of course Dan's Movie Report was on hand for an exclusive series of set reports, as far back as 2015, when production began!  


Above: Actress Hannah Farmer on the set of Scarlett Cross (C) 2016 Dean Meadows (Exclusive to Dan's Movie Report)


Actress Hannah Farmer, did some exclusives for my site back in 2016! http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2016/07/actress-hannah-farmer-spolight-dans.html

Above is Hannah's on location promo for Dan's Movie Report~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S3coExtY1c

Actress Tayah Kansik is also in the production – please check out the Dan's Movie Report exclusive post on her @ http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2019/01/tayah-kansik-acting-action-spotlight-c.html

Watch for more from the film including cast interviews during the Summer and Fall of 2019 only on Dan's Movie Report.  Please point your browsers to the Dean Meadows Filmmaker Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/deanmeadowsfilm/
On this page more information about the film and his various projects can be located





Thursday, April 18, 2019

Action Film 'Vixen' Unleashes May 6th in the U.S. on DarkCoast ~ EXCLUSIVE!!

Above: Stunt Woman and action actress Li Ran as Sunny Liu is a one woman wrecking crew in Vixen Image Copyright 2019 DarkCoast, Licensed to Dan's Movie Report.



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers and readers of Action-Flix.com today we have an exclusive announcement regarding the brand new action film Vixen!! As you know Dan's Movie Report was first on Earth to discuss the film and interview EP Bey Logan! All Exclusive, all the time, Dan's Movie Report! Partner site www.action-flix.com brings top level full contact movie and TV content from all over the film the world, searching globally for the finest in action material!

Writer, producer and action cinema legend, Bey Logan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny), and James Nan (Five Element Killer, The Dark Soul, Lady Detective Shadow) have taken the U.S. by storm with Hong Kong action films, with the digital releases of Lady Detective Shadow in March and the much-anticipated VIXEN – set to digitally stream this May from DarkCoast, TriCoast Worldwide’s horror label.

Directed by pro-action cinematographer, Ross W. Clarkson (Kickboxer series), VIXEN is a femme-centric Hong Kong action film following a Chinese security expert, who fights a lone battle against a European criminal gang inside a locked down convention center. 

Above: Li Ran kicking some real ass in Vixen! Copyright 2019 DarkCoast. Licensed to Dan's Movie Report
 

Shot in Yuhuan, a county-level city of Taizhou, (China) VIXEN follows an elite criminal team who hijacks the world’s tallest building, holding inside its walls a massive, high-tech international conference. With the building under lock down, a lone Chinese security expert, Sunny Liu (Li Ran) must fight as one woman against the battle of intruders. Sunny must use all her courage, intelligence and martial arts prowess to outwit, outlast and outfight the terrorists. She’s beautiful, she’s deadly, and she always knows – a woman’s work is never done.

Africa’s most famous Chinese martial arts expert, Luc Bendza, who graduated from Beijing’s prestigious Sports University, plays the film’s Machiavellian main villain. VIXEN stars former stunt woman, Li Ran (‘Sunny’), who shows off top-notch fight sequences and explosive action skills.
For a first-look at VIXEN, head to Dan’s Movie Report to read his recent (2019) interview with Bey Logan. Watch the trailer for VIXEN here: https://vimeo.com/297764145.

Above: Poster for 'Vixen' Copyright 2019 DarkCoast, used with permission, all rights reserved.

The star-studded slate continues with 13-time winning actor, Bryan Larkin (Dead End, Outlander, Chasing the Dragon), two-time winner for ‘Best Supporting Actor’, Julian Gaertner (Dead End, Chasing the Dragon, Ghost in the Shell), Jai Day (Transformers, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Expendables 2), Max Repossi (Vengeance 2), Jared Robinsen (Baywatch, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Condemned). The supporting players include actor Ryan Logan (The Dark Soul, Attrition), comedian Mr. Waka Waka, Collin Parker and martial arts stuntman, Yang Yang.

Produced by Southern Lights Entertainment and originally released in China on November 8th, 2018, DarkCoast first represented Worldwide rights for the Hong Kong martial arts film at the American Film Market (AFM).

DarkCoast will exclusively release VIXEN onto various digital streaming platforms beginning May 6th (DirectTV, AT&T, FlixFling, Vudu, FANDANGO, Sling/Dish and more to come)

For more information on Tri-Coast please point your browsers to http://www.tricoastworldwide.com/
Facebook for Tri- Coast Worldwide: https://www.facebook.com/TriCoastEntertainment/
Bey Logan Social Media page: https://www.facebook.com/reeleast/

Watch for more on Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com 
in May as contests and more exclusives will unleash!  

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Actress Ada Dumitru Exclusive Interview (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 Above Photo Credit: Dragos Barbacioru from Tic Tac Movie, Ada as Ana

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, striving to cover new talent from across the globe, I present the intellectual and talented actress Ada Dumitru. I first heard about Ada thanks to Actress Natassia Malthe. Ada chats about her upbringing, training, and gives a first glance at some of the colorful characters she will portray in upcoming shows and films. Ada interjects some of her dark humor as well, you have been warned, hahaha! Sit back, relax, grab a chalice and enjoy!
Above: Ada working in theatrical production- Image Credit: Bogdari Botas


DMR: Chat about your upbringing. What made you decide to get into film?
AD: What made me decide to get into film? The catering, of course. Pretty good food, free coffee, chocolate croissants. What more could you wish for?


DMR: Ha, yes indie film budgets. I know you told me you recently graduated from university, chat about the experience, did it cover business of film as well? is it more difficult to go to film school where you are, more competitive?
AD: University was cute… though maybe if you ask my professors, some of them are relieved that I’ve graduated. But there’s no substitute for practical experience. I’ve learned so much working in the business, things you can’t really understand until you’re actually doing it.


DMR: I know you told me you are in a few films, have you seen your work yet? Were some of them in university?
AD: I've seen some of my work. But the big projects I did were shot in the last year, so all of that is still a mystery to me. I've seen bits of it all, though, which makes me more excited for what’s to come.


DMR: The suspense must be a bit difficult, shifting gears, Chat about O gramada de caramele what is that about? is it in release yet?
AD: I played the villain, so of course I had fun. Every role has its attractions, but especially the bad girls for me. 

 

Photo Credit: Dragos Barbacioru, Ada as Gash on The Pact TV series!
DMR: I know you told me you worked with Natassia Malthe on a series, what is the name of the show? Is it available to view yet, or do you know when it will be?
AD: Yes, I had the pleasure of working with Natassia on a TV series named "The Pact." Unfortunately, that’s about the only information I'm allowed to give about the project for now. But I can tell you … the show is crazy! 
(Ed Note, more will be revealed later in 2019, including a new interview with Natassia Malthe!!)




Above Photo Credit: Anatol Struna, Ana as Bluebell in Three Knee Deep TV Series!

DMR: Chat about Three Knee Deep, looks really amazing. How did you get cast on the show?
AD: “Three Knee Deep” is the most insane project I've ever worked on. I had previously done some film work, like short movies, some local TV series, commercials, and music videos. But this character in “Three Knee Deep” was my first big commitment in the film industry. It was an important part, and a tough one and it was the first time I was acting in English.
I got on this crazy journey through the director and producer Bobby Barbacioru. He has an amazing team of filmmakers around him, and he's the one that believed in me, and gave me freedom to be insanely creative while doing this part. A lot of people believed I was too young for such a complicated character, but Bobby made a bet on me. And he won.

DMR: Chat about your character Bluebell. What is her back story? Is she a bad girl wrongly imprisoned, and caught with wrong crowd?
AD: Bluebell ... I get so emotional when I talk about her, because we've been through a lot together. She's a psychopath, a serial killer, a maniac. She is one of the most dangerous serial killers, and because of her intelligence, they had to lock her in a cage.
The part was not easy to handle, but I love playing villains. In a weird way, it's my specialty. At the beginning, I started with a simple idea in which I strongly believe: every single human being is good. Every single human being is emotionally deep inside, and if only their pure heart would be asked, they would choose the bright side. But life gets you in a carousel where many things occur in the development of that pure soul. Society, family, education, bad circumstances. All of these can drive you far from that pure, untouched entity you represented when you were born. Those bad circumstances can drive you so far and so fast that you get completely lost, never to be found again.
Bluebell is a very young girl who's completely lost. But the beauty comes from the struggle between her love of being lost, and her need to be found. Living paradoxes. Life's a paradox. The most important rule when you play villains is that people have to like you, you have to be their guilty pleasure. Yes, Bluebell kills man without a second thought, and she has a sick sexual energy. She chose the dark side of life. But she can get emotional, and she can be your friend. She’s still ultimately going to kill you, but on the way, you're charmed. So at least you die charmed.

DMR: How long did you work and film on the show?
We worked for approximately 3 months. In December we did some very cool preparations like going on set, doing some tests, shooting bits of the script, trying the costumes, getting familiar with the whole team. We spent some time in the prison, so we could get the feeling of what was to come. Then in January and February, the action began.

DMR: Chat about working with the amazing Louis Mandylor. I think he is a great person to learn from and watch.
AD: Louis and I made a good team.

DMR: Have you heard about if the show, is picked up by Netflix or a U.S. outlet?
AD: I’m not allowed to say what I’ve heard. Yet.

DMR: Back to your life, what are some of your hobbies? I know living where you are it is cold so I am assuming skiing and such?
AD: Well, Romania isn't only about snow and Dracula. It's true that you can randomly see vampires sucking someone's blood at the corner of a street but there's also a simple woman breastfeeding her baby at 1 meter from the sucking scene. Apart from that, we do have four seasons during the year, so you can have plenty of hobbies. I’ve skied since I was 3 years old. And for some years I've been addicted to extreme sports. From enduro and bikes in general, to water sports like flyboarding, jet skis, surfing, and kiting, to skydiving, hiking, scuba diving, freestyle skiing. Where there's some adrenaline, there's where I am.

DMR: Chat about some people in the film world you desire to work with.
AD: All I desire is to work with people with balls. Brave people with brave ideas that matter.

DMR:Yes! I know you will and deserve it. Wrapping up, chat about any future projects or auditions, do you have an acting reel out?
 
AD: Some of what happens next I can’t talk about yet. Any serial killer has to keep some secrets, you know? But I can tell you it’s going to be exciting. It’s gonna be a crazy adventure and you’re going to want to come along for the ride.

Thank you Ada for this amazing interview, once again another exclusive chat with Dan's Movie Report. Ada is currently steeped in mystery! All will be revealed, I plan to update this interview, as the projects begin to come out. Please follow Ada on her Social Media Accounts:

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Long Lost (2018) Movie Review Dan's Movie Report

 Above: Long Lost Poster, used for promotional purposes only


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Across my desk today comes a tight thriller called Long Lost, basic in it's concept exuding an air of mystery and uncertainty. Gone is the gore, violence, and in your face easy to understand, by the numbers horror. Long Lost is one of those ethereal films, brooding in an under toe of emotion, honestly I did not know what to expect from scene to scene.

Premise is simple enough, young man invited to spend the weekend at a long lost half brother's house, he gets to the house and has to follow the many rules. Yep three main characters~ Adam Weppler as Seth (the young man) Nicholas Tucci as Richard (the half brother) Catherine Corcoran she portrays Seth's live in girlfriend.

The acting by the leads is remarkable, to be subtle yet forceful is an art form. Nicholas Tucci's demeanor is calm, yet pensive, seemingly not trusting of anyone. Weppler plays the young brother with innocence and reverence, he breathes life into Seth. What else can be said about Catherine Corcoran, she is a pro, wistful yet full of angst. Watching Long Lost unfold with the actors is a treat, and no way will I spoil the plot.

Wait, what! How can a film centered around a trio of individuals be engaging for a full 90 minutes? Simply put, it is the brooding air of uncertainty. At times Long Lost leans closer to an erotic thriller, but it is not, as a decent amount of dialogue goes into the set up and the story. To call Long Lost a psychological thriller alone will serve no one, it is set up as a dramatic film with elements of the extreme. The film merges many styles, not sticking to one, here in lies the entertaining value.

The elements are there, creepy music, clean settings, clear camera work. Long Lost works on all levels. Sparse at times, inviting at others, Long Lost goes in one direction, then throws the viewer off just enough to retain interest. I liken it to a roller coaster, that suddenly changes into a Tilt A Whirl! HAH, what the hell is going on!?! This is the akin to riding an entire park of rides, in one film!

Erik Bloomquist (The Cobblestone Corridor) has really created a work of art with Long Lost. Pushing the envelope of reality vs movie. It is a great film, winning awards at many festivals. April 10th the film comes out on VOD on various platforms. Long Lost rates a very strong 8 out of 10, it is my top horror/thriller pick so far in 2019.

Long Lost comes to VOD April 10th across various platforms: 

 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P763HT4?ref_=imdbref_tt_wbr_aiv&tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_aiv-20

Long Lost Trailer Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXzJlLQiy2o

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Black Site (2018) Movie Review (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report.

Above: Poster for Black Site, (C) 2019 Epic Pictures/Dread used for promotional purposes only


Sometimes fate is more interesting than life! I was curious about this film awhile back, as a very early trailer dropped in 2017 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnDbYHRGqao), but when I saw a September 2018 release date and never saw the finished film, only in festivals. I was not sure it was going to be be released on DVD or streaming services.

Enter the amazing Epic Pictures in conjunction with Dread! Black Site will finally be unleashed April 9th, 2019. There is also a limited special edition Blu-Ray which is Region Free, has director commentary, deleted scenes and all of the Dread trailers to date on it, link at the end of the review.

Whew...on to my review. Black Site is one of those tense brooding, Dario Argento build up films. Writer/Director Tom Paton crafts an undulating story, mixing sci-fi, horror, and especially near the end a whole boatload of action!

Although the plot is basic, how the story unfolds and the eventual outcome is what makes Black Site entertaining. Essentially the entire film takes place in an underground, long abandoned research center that has been re-purposed to send beings known as 'Elder Gods' back to their own realm. Much like a 'weigh station' or holding place, prior to transport.

The character flaws of people who work at the facility are made evident, One person is relegated to a certain area due to her PTSD, and is passed up for promotion. Very often lower budget movies never take this kind of time to develop the characters, (Incidentally many strong female leads), and in Black Site a solid 35 minutes is taken for the set up to the action!

Acting wise, the film is average, never bad, my only small gripe is more emotion perhaps was needed when a person in the film is killed off, but this never detracted from the enjoyment of the film. The other issue, I guess since I watch a lot of action films is, the way the fights are executed. I think that the choreography and actor fight training needed to be better. I am sure with a few extra days or a week of intense choreo, the cast who are all young and fit, would have no trouble selling the fights better. I am sure A LOT, has to do with budget. The thing is even a lower budget film, if you have a copious amount of fighting and inexperienced actors in the fight game, they need to be trained, case in point Zom Ammara, in Kill 'em All, she had zero training in any type of screen fighting, or real martial arts, and she was a central action character in the film, so the weeks she had training, worked, she was fit and looked bad ass on screen.

Not going to go into too much details, as I never put in spoilers, especially if a film is unreleased. I will give Black Site a strong rent, a 6.5 out of 10. That said, if you rent the film, and like it, def recommend buying the Blu-Ray as I am sure the additional deleted scenes and director commentary are worth the price.

Actually the Blu-Ray can be pre-ordered now direct from Epic Pictures, and is on sale now for $14.99! https://epic-pictures.com/merchandise/black-site-blu-ray

Support indie film, purchase legal copies! Itunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/black-site/id1455692053

Monday, April 1, 2019

Book Of Monsters (2019) Movie Review © Dan's Movie Report

Above Poster for Book of Monsters, used for promotional purposes only


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, a swerve to the left for Epic Films Book Of Monsters! I know, yes I am late to the review party, but ha, I had to get me 2.5 cents in! Going to keep this review short, why cause it has to be!

Book of Monsters for me plays out like a horror comedy, yet, has elements of Never Ending Story, haah, well only the book part! Plus I mean there are evil redheads, scary gnomes and just various random craziness! It seems to borrow from other films but never copy them, so there is a chainsaw attack near the end, but the film is not Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The key here is a bit of horror diversity as it is not a slasher film but has elements of it, not a jump scare film, but there are scares, not a true comedy horror but has comedy and horror in it. Book of Monsters is an eclectic mix of horror ideas, meshed into a bizarre yet entertaining package! Standing out is actress

Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton


OK so get the film, it is out now!, Book of Monsters rates a 6.5 out of 10! I recommend a definite rent, buy it if you dig indie horror comedies mixed with action!

The film is out now on AMAZON! Also for rent on various platforms for 3 or 4 dollars!

Check out Epic Pictures @ https://epic-pictures.com/


Director Ben Ramsey drops 4K trailer For INTERFACE! A Dan's Movie Report Exclusive!

Above Photo: Interface (Chris Jai Alex as Lazarus) (C) 2019 Ben Ramsey (Dan's Movie Report - Exclusive!


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, of course I have another exclusive news item to drop! Ben Ramsey told me that he uploaded the hot new 4K action short film trailer for Interface on March 30th 2019! He stated to me the current progress so far: Interface is in final sound design now and color grading, then the project is done! He also told me that the film is in picture lock at 28 minutes and just have to add in the closing credits as well. Ben states that the film should be ready in 2 to 3 months. He wants to have it ready for the ComiCon and Summer and Fall Film fests like Urban Action Showcase! 

Above: some radical CGI on Interface!! It is cool as hell for an indie! (C) 2019 Ben Ramsey (Dan's Movie Report Exclusive)
 

Not only do I have some exclusive stills, the entire cast has been announced and it is on IMDB as well: Chris Jai Alex plays Lazarus, a central character, Kinyumba Mutakabbir plays Andre Bakari, he also starred in Black Salt, the amazing short film that was released in 2015. Michelle C. Lee plays Brix. Michelle most recently was in Venom! Also she did some kick ass action in Captain Marvel! Some cool additions include Pamelyn Chee as Operator 749, and Sophie Norman, who plays a pretty cool role! Overall a diverse cast with interesting backgrounds! BELOW is the epic 4k Interface Trailer!




The entire 2 and ½ minute trailer can be viewed in all of the 4K sci-fi action splendor on YouTube @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVK36Tm1VVs&

As many of you know Ben Ramsey was the director of Blood and Bone, a really amazing film starring Michael Jai White. He also worked as the director on Black Salt short film! Below is some of the older news on the project---

Above: a SCARY future AWAITS in INTERFACE~ (C) 2019 Ben Ramsey (Dan's Movie Report Exclusive)



August 9th 2018: Producer Daniel Zirilli (Please check out our Interview- http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2016/04/director-daniel-zirilli-interview-dans.html )joins Interface to push the project to the next level:  Daniel Zirilli "When you see the insane action co-creators Ben Ramsey and Arnold Chon and team created and the whole cinematic universe we are expanding for INTERFACE and the various media involved- it will blow your mind. The action sequences alone surpass anything I’ve been involved in to date. I’m so happy to be a producer on a project like this- though will take a while to fulfill its destiny - I am down for coming together with these creative geniuses. Mark my words. You will see!" 

Above: The fights take flight in Interface!!!! (C) 2019 Ben Ramsey (Dan's Movie Report Exclusive)
 


July 2018: Ben Ramsey, who directed the amazing short film Black Salt and the full force action feature Blood and Bone released a comic book called Interface. The book details a horrific, yet beautiful near future nightmare where the world is jacked into consciousness and crimes, criminals and law enforcement have undulating, yet blurred lines of existence..

After completing principle photography on the initial sonic blast of the first episode, Ben Ramsey, and the intrepid main cast of seasoned professional action people such as Emmy winner Master James Lew as stunt coordinator Chris Jai Alex , Michelle Lee , Kinyumba Mutakabbir (Both Michelle and Kinyumba starred in 'Black Salt'. The amazing Arnold Chon is one of the films producers. The short i ready to be unleashed to the world! Watch for more information soon on your home for exclusives, Dan's Movie Report.

The appx. running time for Interface is 28 minutes, incidentally, of course, this film is shot in 4K! Hard action in UHD!!!

Jack into the OFFICIAL WEBSITE @ http://theinterface.tv/main/


Friday, March 29, 2019

Actress Hazuki Kato Chats HBO's Grisse! (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report




Above Photo: http://www.erieknjuragan.com/

Greetings my esteemed and valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix readers, After binge watching the amazing HBO series Grisse, and watching her various action videos, I knew that Hazuki Kato is someone to watch now and on into the future. She has the skill, look, and demeanor that will take her far in this the film and TV World! The future of action is looking brighter than ever for ladies who are willing to put in the work and time to hone their craft. Incidentally, after I conducted this interview, I recently watched Atomic Eden, another full on action blast featuring Hazuki! Enough of my babbling on, once again time for another exclusive, and fascinating interview on Dan's Movie Report.


DT: Chat about how you decided to begin martial arts training at the young age of 10.

HK:
I started Classic Ballet when I was 3 years old. I was very flexible and loved to perform on stage but didn’t really like going to practice. My mother continued to take me to classes until I was 10 years old but one day she told me that I should maybe try Karate because it would fit my personality better. l really enjoyed my first day in Karate class. I was a 10-year-old girl who started Kyokushin Karate in my hometown in Saitama, Japan.

DT: Wow, such an interesting transition. Was there an influential Sensei early on in your training? What are some of the things that he or she said to you that have stuck with you until now?

HK: I have two very influential martial arts sensei in my life.

The first is my very first Karate teacher whom I met when I was 10 years old in Japan, Chikara Takahashi sensei. I was too young to remember what he said to me exactly but at the time, I had no confidence and felt like I was not good enough to do anything compared to my peers. I was very insecure. But I remember Chikara sensei having amazing positive energy and I would gain confidence whenever I go to the Dojo and train karate with him. (I was good at high kicks because of my 7 years of ballet lessons. A lot of flexibility!)

The second is my first Martial Arts teacher in the US, Sifu Ray Copeland from RCSOMA. I met him right after graduating college when I started to take my acting career very seriously. I was so fortunate to have met him. He introduced me to a whole new world of Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Kali, and the philosophy of martial arts.  I became intrigued with the martial arts he introduced me to and dove right in. The martial arts training not only helped me physically, but also mentally by keeping my mind healthy, strong, and positive. If I hadn’t met him, I don’t think I would still be continuing martial arts to this day in the US. Sifu Ray tells me “Don’t think, Feel.” This stuck with me. I tend to think too much and sometimes my body won’t follow. However, I think this applies not only to martial arts, but also to acting. Don’t think, Feel!

DT: I think this is wonderful to give thanks to those who have influenced you. I read and watched videos of you, obviously have trained in various disciplines of martial arts, do you have a preference, one that you enjoy practicing more than others?


 

HK:
I enjoy Muay Thai and kick boxing the most. I would also like to focus on improving my Japanese Sword fighting skills.

DT: Chat about transitioning from martial arts to acting, and modeling. How did the transition occur? (Schooling, auditioning etc..)

HK: I first started modeling when I was a college student. I then transitioned to acting and action training when I graduated.



DT: I watched your recent 2019 action demo, it is full on amazing, are you focusing your career on action projects, or does it not matter the show or film, the style?


HK:
I’d love to work on action projects as I truly enjoy physical action, however as an actress I would also love to work on any genre such as human drama, comedy, etc…it won’t matter if there is fight scene in it or not.

If I can work with people who have the same passion, with people whom I can respect and trust, the type or style of the project would not matter.



DT: Great to be open to diverse roles. How did you come to audition and have a role in the amazing HBO Asia Series Grisse, which is now on HBO USA!?

HK:
I sent my acting tape, action reel, and recent action clips from LA to Singapore.
I really appreciate this opportunity and it was an amazing experience!!



DT: I think the added action tapes were a kick ass idea literally! Describe your character in the show.

HK:
My role is a cold-hearted female assassin called RIEKA who is a Kunoichi.
Kunoichi is a female ninja.

DT: Let us chat about what is in the future for Hazuki, new projects.
 

HK: I am scheduled to shoot a Sci-Fi action film called “Garrison 7” this year. At this moment, I am auditioning for new projects, going to acting class, and continuing my action training in Los Angeles.

I would also love to work internationally such as in Asia or Europe. Actually I would love to work anywhere in the world!

DT: Chat a bit about your modeling career and how you balance it with your martial arts training and skill.

HK: I don’t really like doing anything I’m not interested in… lol!

I love martial arts training, and I love improving my action skills so I go to the gym to train my body. That’s my motivation. If I just go to the gym to keep my body looking fit for modeling, I don’t think I would have enough motivation to continue working out every day.

So currently I’m focusing on what I love to do (action/martial arts) and keeping my body fit while doing it so as a result, I can also do modeling. That’s how I balance my two careers. I focus on training, and as a result, I’ll keep a fit body that will enable me to model as well.


DT: Finally, how about some final thoughts on the recent rise of more Asian characters in films and TV shows. Do you feel that competition for work has increased? How do you set yourself apart and show your individuality in an audition?

HK:
I think it’s awesome! There are definitely more Asian roles in TV and Films these past years and I am grateful for this trend. I get called in for various projects that are not only looking for Asian roles but also for “all ethnicity” roles. Shows are now trying to find more possibilities in diverse ethnicities.

Also, when shows look for Japanese specific roles, they now prefer casting authentic Japanese actors. I think in the past this category was very vague and Asian roles were grouped into one Asian category. It didn’t really matter if we were Japanese, Japanese American, Chinese, Korean, Asian American, etc… … we were all put into one single Asian group. I am eager to play various roles, but one of my strengths and uniqueness is that I was born and raised in Japan so I am very Japanese.

I might add that although I’m an authentic Japanese actress, I also have a very strong action type look, so that would be my uniqueness as well. I’m taller and more tough looking than the average Japanese actress. Lol

I also have a very unique “Asian” look that is not bound to any specific Asian ethnicity so I could use that as an advantage to play a wide variety of roles as well.

Though competition may be fiercer, because the acting world is a very competitive industry anyway. I believe that more Asian roles equal more opportunity.

In this competitive environment, I face many rejections every day, but this experience has made me into a tougher individual who believes in herself even more. I am looking forward to continuing this crazy Hollywood adventure!

Thank you so much for this wonderful interview.

DT: An amazing way to conclude an interview! Hazuki, your answers are as illuminating as your talent and personality! I am sure the film and TV World will be seeing more of your work in the very near future. Please connect with her on the following links:

IMDB

Instagram 


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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Abduction (2019) Movie Review (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report

Above: Abduction Poster from IMDB, (C) 2019 Roger Corman Presents films, used for promotional purposes only.


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix readers, hard to believe it was almost two years ago when Amazing film producer, actress, singer flew to South Beach to do a live interview and to thank me for submitting her film Truy Sat to a few festivals. She mentioned wanting to collaborate with people worldwide desire to collaborate with passionate people in the action world. Although her and Cung Le did not ultimately decide to work with each other, the idea here is to bring a singular vision to movies shot in Vietnam.

Abduction is the film she mentioned when it was called Twilight Zodiac. With Brahim, whom I have done two interviews with and Truong Ngoc Anh, along with one of my favorite action actors, Scott Adkins. Andy On is another adept action guy, Set as a sci-fi film, Abduction is an interesting twist on a usually very basic action plot. Billed as a Roger Corman presents film, Truong Ngoc Anh and Scott Adkins are listed as the producers as well.

The opening of the film has Adkins wandering the streets, after a fight literally knocks him into a new reality. The film is a lot to take in, To see Adkins not as much as fight, but story. Truong Ngoc Anh plays a doctor trying to get to the bottom of his memory loss. The thing is this is a real dialogue, he is stuttering, ACTING! I want to see this side of Adkins more, I feel this will help him in the long run, Not everything is about the action! Actually if they played the film essentially more like The Debt Collector, character driven it might have worked a bit better,.

It seems like there were several ideas merging in this story. Some of the tech is not that bad, a mysterious man, diamonds, It was pretty hard to follow, but the elements were very different from a typical Adkins film. Has some elements of The Matrix,

I do not want to spoil the plot of this film, guns levitate, the action is more focused. Yes that means slowed down, but, it is kind of interesting! People disappearing into various dimensions, Adkins essentially claiming that his daughter is abducted by aliens. The outer space ones, haha!

So robbery, diamonds, aliens, action, sure to be something for everyone, or for the simple minded, who just want to go from action set piece to another The interplay between Adkins and Truong Ngoc Anh sold it for me, she WANTS to get him acting, not punching and kicking. Truong Ngoc Anh is a good actress, and intellectual business woman. She has particular ideas about her various films including Truy Sat are perceived and and displayed.

My take away from this film, is a side of Adkins, and for that Matter Truong Ngoc Anh is shown, pensive moods, vitriol, and Angst!

Truong plays a capitol role in the film and not going to spoil it! Sort of a secret place, ha but then Adkins gets his memory back, and the fists start to fly!

A really cool thing the action is clear, no silly mood lighting and we can see the action, Apparently a spider device is in control, but the three are seemingly attempting to find out what the hell is going on.

Truong Ngoc Anh tries to get Adkins character by reaching back in his mind to find out what is happening!

I mean I am a huge Roger Corman fan. A strong Adkins fan and Truong Ngoc Anh brings her unique ability. I liken Abduction, to The Matrix, Jacob's Ladder and a psychological horror.

A second watching reveals more, I liked it! Director Ernie Barbarash who did the tremendous Cube films, crafts an unusual story. Tim Man, who recently did Triple Threat and Accident Man with Jesse V. Johnson, once again proves his work ethic and talent are top notch!

Is the film great, nah, as there is many unfinished sub-plots overall, a bit of intellect is good in Abduction, Grasping at straws at times, but helps to grab your attention for 97 minutes. The film is currently making the screening rounds, Abduction rates a 7 out of 10. Incidentally Henry Luk and an Antony Szeto from Fist of the Dragon are on board as producers! The other huge take away is Abduction reunites Andy On and Adkins for the first time in 18 years, since Black Mask 2! 

Please check out my two earlier interviews with Brahim @  https://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2014/08/actor-brahim-achabbakhe-interview.html

 http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2017/09/brahim-achabbakhe-interview-chats-boyka.html

2nd interview is for Boyka: Undisputed! 

Truong Ngoc Anh exclusive interview http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2018/07/truong-ngoc-anh-interview-dans-movie.html

This interview contains the first worldwide discussion on Abduction, as at the time it was not filmed, and called Twilight Zodiac! She asked me connections in the USA for collaboration!

The film is available for pre-order in the USA and releases July 16th.

Purchase Abduction (Pre-Order)  https://www.amazon.com/Abduction-Blu-ray-Scott-Adkins/dp/B07QKPNW92/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=Scott+Adkins+Abduction&qid=1555938725&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

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