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EXCLUSIVE: Check Out An Explosive New Clip of Gina Carano In ‘Scorched Earth’

EXCLUSIVE: Check Out An Explosive New Clip of Gina Carano In ‘Scorched Earth’

The legendary Gina Carano continues to expand her action movie roots in 2018 with her latest flick, ‘Scorched Earth.’ Action fans can check out an exclusive (and explosive!) new clip from the film below! Directed by Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors, Laws of Attraction), the film also stars John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Ryan Robbins (“Sanctuary” “Battlestar Galactica”).

‘Scorched Earth’ hits theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD on February 2nd, 2018. 

Synopsis: The planet has suffered an environmental collapse; the air became dangerous to breathe, the water became toxic, and billions of people died. Generations later, mankind has finally re-established a rudimentary society, in an attempt to pick up the pieces that continue to blister in the sun. Attica Gage (Gina Carano) is a bounty hunter with a chance at the bounty of a lifetime: to bring down the ruthless outlaw, Elijah Jackson. Gage infiltrates Jackson’s gang, and everything is going to plan until she meets a slave girl who reminds her of her dead sister. With her loyalty to only herself now tested, Gage learns that there might be more to life than just survival.

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Gina Carano To Hit The Silver Screen In Post-Apocalyptic Action Thriller ‘Scorched Earth’

Gina Carano To Hit The Silver Screen In Post-Apocalyptic Action Thriller ‘Scorched Earth’

Gina Carano continues to expand her action movie roots in 2018 with her latest flick, ‘Scorched Earth.’ Directed by Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors, Laws of Attraction), the film also stars John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Ryan Robbins (“Sanctuary” “Battlestar Galactica”). Check out the trailer for the film below and weigh in with your thoughts.

‘Scorched Earth’ hits theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD on February 2nd, 2018. 

Synopsis: The planet has suffered an environmental collapse; the air became dangerous to breathe, the water became toxic, and billions of people died. Generations later, mankind has finally re-established a rudimentary society, in an attempt to pick up the pieces that continue to blister in the sun. Attica Gage (Gina Carano) is a bounty hunter with a chance at the bounty of a lifetime: to bring down the ruthless outlaw, Elijah Jackson. Gage infiltrates Jackson’s gang, and everything is going to plan until she meets a slave girl who reminds her of her dead sister. With her loyalty to only herself now tested, Gage learns that there might be more to life than just survival.

 

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We Watched ‘Deadpool’ — A He Said, She Said Review of America’s Favorite Date Movie

We Watched ‘Deadpool’ — A He Said, She Said Review of America’s Favorite Date Movie

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Icon Vs. Icon’s husband and wife team, Delores and Hank Price, Jr., are back in the mix this week with a brand new Pick of The Week. Check out their takes on the hottest date movie in America, ‘Deadpool.’ If are picking up what they are putting down or can smell what there are stepping in, follow the online ramblings of the dynamic duo on Twitter at @deloresprice80 and @thehenrypricejr.

She said: We watched “Deadpool” recently. Before firing up the 108-minute film, I knew people had their panties in a twist over the Marvel superhero. Hank explained some background information and I kind of remember what he said – Deadpool was in a movie or something but his character wasn’t portrayed well. He’s different from other superheroes because he’s a dirty birdy and not quite a good guy. So, I refilled my wine glass and we dove in for my first viewing and Hank’s second.

Ryan Reynolds is not the Green Lantern, he is Deadpool, a gross-faced, darker Van Wilder. Like if Van Wilder got his shit together and joined the military after college then became a mercenary but stayed snarky and raunchy. His face looks like a burnt Ferengi without the Elephant Man features. He has accelerated healing powers but can’t heal his crispy KFC skin.

'Dead pool' is for lovers.

‘Deadpool’ is for lovers.

The movie is over-the-top and ridiculous, but it seems like that’s the point. Before becoming Deadpool, Wade Wilson has a hot-to-trot but tough-as-nails girlfriend, played by Morena Baccarin. It’s all lovey dovey and jacking stalkers until he finds out he has terminal cancer – he collapses after proposing to his lady love. Wade is approached by a mystery man from a mystery corporation who says he can cure his cancer. He leaves his lady and lets them go to town on his body – I guess if you have nothing to lose then why not? Cue Ajax and Angel Dust – not names of meth heads or characters in “Twisted Metal” but actually artificially-mutated bad guys.

So, long story short Wade mutates and has super powers but looks like a pasty-white girl who fell asleep on the beach all afternoon drunk off Malibu. Ajax says he has the cure (I always thought Robert Smith did), Wade believes him because why not? Ajax injures him and leaves but Wade just ain’t gonna go out like no punk.
He won’t face his woman because his face looks like a pizza. I told Hank if he ever gets disfigured, I will always love him. Please just come to me with your fugly, face of nightmares.

So, Wade’s gonna find himself some Ajax. With help from his friend Weasel (T. J. Miller), who is a bartender to mercenaries, Wade becomes Deadpool, wears an intricate, masked wet suit and starts tearing shit up looking for the dish soap man. He also lives with a horny old blind woman named Blind Al. Then a whole bunch of other stuff happens – if you’re still with me and haven’t watched the movie then watch it and find out for yourself. This ain’t Wikipedia.

Deadpool is the ridiculous, anti-hero X-Man, the one who embarasses Colossus (a big, shiny, weirder, sterling silver goodie two-shoes T-1000) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (whatever the hell that means because she’s definitely an emo Sinead O’Connor), who want him to join their little team. Deadpool is a nice change of pace for the other superheroes I’ve seen in films or heard Hank talk about with his cohorts.

If you are really into comic books and/or all this superhero stuff, I understand why you’re excited. I’m not really into anything other than alcohol and being left alone so I don’t get it but that’s fine. For those who aren’t way deep into crusaders or maybe have promised their life to someone who is, it’s an entertaining film. It’s ridiculous, hilarious and a great escape.

We live in a society where grown men are obsessed with superheroes. Fake characters draped in spandex and mystery. Deadpool makes fun of that. I was a few glasses of wine deep at the end of the film and typically by then my blood alcohol levels causes me to turn on the characters but I still liked Mr. Pool, mocker of Superheroes.

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He said: I don’t know what Mama Price is talking about. I thought we were watching “The Dead Pool.” Jim Carrey singing “Welcome to the Jungle.” Clint Eastwood shooting Qui Gon Jinn with a spear gun. Make my day.
Anyhow, I recently watched that other similarly-titled movie, “Deadpool,” for the second time. This movie is a redemption for the character, having been horribly portrayed in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in 2009. Thanks to the rebooted timeline in the X-Men universe with “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the slate was wiped clean, allowing Ryan Reynolds to do justice to the Merc With a Mouth. Not only did Reynolds and 21st Century Fox redeem themselves, Deadpool may be Reynolds’ signature role.

'Deadpool' is available everywhere now.

‘Dead pool’ is available everywhere now.

Mama Price summed up the plot pretty well. Mercenary with a heart of gold meets badass hot chick, falls in love, gets cancer, undergoes experimental treatment that’s really designed to create super slaves, is hideously deformed, super powered and left for dead, then goes on a hilariously bloody rampage to find the man responsible and cure his deformity. Of all the current-gen Marvel films, Deadpool is one of the best because it perfectly captures the essence of the character, which is no small feat given the copious violence and fourth-wall breaking for which Deadpool is known. The filmmakers wisely rely on Reynolds’ comedic and physical skills, tailor-made for the character, and don’t try to shoehorn too much into the story. With the exception of Loki, most of Marvel’s films have notoriously under-developed villains, and Deadpool is no exception. However, it works to the movie’s benefit here, allowing Deadpool and his gags to take center stage for the bulk of the film.

Like all Marvel films, Deadpool has a teaser at the very end of the credits which sets up the sequel (and promises a Marvel fan favorite character), but it’s done in a genius way that will be immediately familiar to anyone who’s seen “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” If this is Fox’s attempt at creating a larger “X-Men” universe similar to what Disney is doing with the “Avengers” crew, I am really curious to see how it plays out. It’s hard to see Deadpool mixing with the current crop of X-Men films, but I said the same thing about Disney’s characters before I saw “The Avengers.” Fox upped the violence factor since Deadpool, with some brutal scenes in “X-Men: Apocalypse” and the upcoming “Wolverine” installment rumoured to be R-rated, so we may be seeing an R-rated “X-Force” with Deadpool, Cable, Wolverine, and friends before too long. If Reynolds can be the RDJ of the Fox Marvel universe, comic book movie fans like me have a lot to be excited about.

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DEADPOOL Brings Christmas Joy With A New Red and Green Band Trailer!

DEADPOOL Brings Christmas Joy With A New Red and Green Band Trailer!

deadpool-christmas-2015Are you in need of holiday cheer? Rejoice! For #Deadpool’s all new trailer is here!

It’s Christmas Day, when Deadpool decorates
with trailers Red & Green.
One that’s “nice” and one that’s “naughty”
(the way it’s meant to be seen).

DEADPOOL hits theaters everywhere on February 12, 2016!

Synopsis: Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

DEADPOOL Official Channels
SITE: http://www.foxmovies.com/deadpool
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DeadpoolMovie
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OFFICIAL HASHTAG: #Deadpool

Directed by Tim Miller, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand.

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DEADPOOL: The Wait Is Over, Red Band Trailer Unleashed!

DEADPOOL: The Wait Is Over, Red Band Trailer Unleashed!

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20th Century Fox just released the long awaited trailer for DEADPOOL. Do yourself (a favor) and watch it now! Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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‘Deadpool’

Directed by  Tim Miller, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand.

DEADPOOL hits theaters everywhere on February 12, 2016!

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ActionFest 2012: Film Lineup, Special Guests And Events Unveiled!

ActionFest 2012: Film Lineup, Special Guests And Events Unveiled!

ActionFest 2012 announced its final lineup of films today, as well as the special guest appearances, stunt events and parties that will be taking place this year at the festival. Kicking off next week, April 12-15, at The Carolina Asheville, the fest has put out a call for volunteers, and finalized badge and ticket sale information.

As previously announced, the festival will open with the Regional Premiere of Solomon Kane, and close with the highly anticipated Cannes selection, Wu Xia. Legendary stuntman Mickey Gilbert will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, MMA pioneer and Haywire star Gina Carano with the “Chick” Norris Best Female Action Star Award, and J.J. Perry with the ActionFest Fight Choreographer of the Year Award.

The following films were announced today:

DRAGON EYES (North American premiere w/ star Cung Le in attendance!)
Director: John Hyams, U.S.A.  MMA superstar Cung Le, Jean Claude Van Damme and Peter Weller star in this modern version of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Yojimbo.

A GANG STORY (Regional Premiere)
Director: Olivier Marchal, France. 
A look back at one of France’s most notorious crime syndicates, reminiscent of The Godfather and Heat.

I DECLARE WAR (Work In Progress screening)
Director: Simon Lapeyre & Robert Wilson, Canada. Stand By Me meets Full Metal Jacket when two groups of 13-year old friends play “war” in a local forest. It’s all fun and games until things gets out of hand as bullies, crushes, and popularity contests all come into play on the battlefield.

MANBORG (Regional Premiere)
Director: Steve Kostanksi, Canada. A zany mix of sci-fi, action and comedy, Manborg tells the story of a soldier brought back to life as a cyborg to fight against demon hordes in a dystopian future.

SINNERS AND SAINTS (Domestic Premiere w/ star Tom Berenger in attendance!)
Director: William Kaufman, U.S.A.  A tough New Orleans cop breaks in a new partner while investigating a series of brutal murders with ties to a crime war in the city’s Ninth District.

TRANSIT (North American Premiere)
Director: Antonio Negret, U.S.A. Jim Caviezel stars as a father on a family road trip that’s interrupted by a quartet of thieves who use his family as a decoy to evade the police after a daring armored car heist. James Frain (True Blood), Elisabeth Rohm and Diora Baird co-star.

WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES (Regional Premiere)
Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, U.S.A. A documentary about superheroines, particularly Wonder Woman, a true icons of comics, and an inspiration to feminism and to women of all ages.
ACTIONFEST SECRET SCREENINGS!
TOP SECRET! One an upcoming action hit and the other an action classic – not to be missed!

SPECIAL SCREENINGS:
THE WILD BUNCH (1969, Directed by Sam Peckinpah)
One of the greatest westerns of all time, hosted by this year’s Lifetime Achievement award winner, Mickey Gilbert, who was a stuntman on the film.

TRUE ROMANCE (1993, Directed by Tony Scott, written by Quentin Tarantino)
The all-time favorite film of “Chick” Norris Award recipient Gina Carano, who will introduce.

SIDEKICKS (1993, Directed by Aaron Norris)
ActionFest co-founder Aaron Norris hosts a special family matinee screening of this 1993 favorite, starring his brother, Chuck Norris.

COMIN’ AT YA! and TRAILER WAR
Alamo Drafthouse and Drafthouse Films bring us the newly restored 1981 3-D funfest Comin’ At Ya!, and Trailer War, 120 minutes of non-stop action movie trailers.

THE RAID: REDEMPTION (2011, Directed by Gareth Edwards, for Badge holders only!)
A badge holders-only screening of The Raid: Redemption (opening at the Carolina Asheville on 4/13), from director Gareth Edwards, whose previous film, Marentau, swept the Actionfest Awards in 2010.

SPECIAL HONORED GUESTS
Tom Berenger – The Academy Award-nominated star of Platoon, Major League and Inception (and a Carolina resident) joins us to screen his latest action hit, Sinners and Saints!

Cung Le – World champion kickboxer and MMA fighter will be here for the North American premiere of his debut starring role, Dragon Eyes, from After Dark Action!

Jack Gill – The acclaimed 2nd unit director and stunt choreographer (Fast Five) and longtime spokesman for the creation of a category at the Oscars for stunt men and women comes to ActionFest to receive our 2012 Man of Action award!

STUNT SHOW
Saturday, April 14th at 2:00PM
 – John Cann and his incredible stunt team will perform an awesome live stunt show with some of the  top stuntmen in the movie business at The Carolina Asheville. John Cann is president and CEO of Action P.A.C. Stunts, L.L.C., and a veteran of the entertainment industry for over 25 years. He has appeared in over 100 feature films and television shows, and his specialties include stunt coordination, high falls, air rams, fire gags, stunt driving, fights, swordplay, rigging and more.

ROCKETMAN RETURNS! Rocketman is back at ActionFest 2012 for three thrilling flights! He will be appearing at Opening Night festivities and at The Carolina Asheville as part of the Stunt Show.

PANELS
Trailblazing Stuntmen: Mickey Gilbert & Jack Gill
Veterans Gilbert and Gill have done remarkable things in their journeys as stuntmen and stunt coordinators, from leaping from exploding fireballs, to turning cars into airborne missiles. Now they’ll be tackling the questions from the audience in an up close and personal discussion, along with clips of some of their thrilling career highlights.

Whapp! The Art of Fight on Film
Learn the ins-and-outs of depicting effective and realistic fisticuffs for the camera in this exciting panel discussion that includes ActionFest Fight Director of the Year J.J. Perry (WarriorHaywire), “Chick” Norris Female Action Star Gina Carano (Haywire) and Rising Star Cung Le (Dragon Eyes).

PARTIES
ActionFest returns to Asheville’s coolest nightspot, Arcade Asheville (130 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801), for the Opening Night and Saturday night Awards parties. There will be great music, classic video arcade machines, and stiff drinks sponsored by Dark Corner Whiskey.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Think you got what it takes to roll with the ActionFest crew? Then sign up to be a volunteer at ActionFest 2012!  We’re now accepting volunteers to fit a wide array of schedules, including pre-festival promotion as well as on-site work during ActionFest 2012

Volunteers will work with ActionFest 2012 staff at The Carolina Asheville to ensure everything runs smoothly, from behind the scenes office assistance to being the public face of ActionFest by ushering at the event. Apart from being an essential part of ActionFest 2012 volunteers will also get to attend movies, parties, and be one of the friendly faces who welcome visitors to one of Asheville’s coolest festivals!  Email us at volunteers@actionfest.com for more information.

TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 5th
Single tickets (General tickets $8, Student/Senior $6, Military $7) will be on sale on April 5th and can be purchased from Movie Tickets.com at the following link:­­­­­­­­­­­

http://www.movietickets.com/house_detail.asp?house_id=1824.

A limited supply of our All-Access Badges, a deal at $100 which is good for admission to all ActionFest films and events including parties, panels, awards show and entry to the VIP Lounge, are still available and can be purchased from www.actionfest.com.

Visit www.actionfest.com for more information and check out the official ActionFest Blog (http://actionfest.com/blog) for updates, scoops and interviews with ActionFest 2012 special guests and to see the complete schedule of events for ActionFest 2012.

We’ll see you in Asheville!

About ActionFest
ActionFest was founded in 2010 by Bill Banowsky, Aaron Norris, Dennis Berman and Tom Quinn with the mandate to showcase the best in international action cinema and to pay respect to the brave stuntmen, stuntwomen and 2nd unit directors who make them. Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, is the Festival Director.  Press inquiries for ActionFest can be sent toinfo@actionfest.com.

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ActionFest 2012 Announces First Wave of Films and Competition Jury!

ActionFest 2012 Announces First Wave of Films and Competition Jury!

ActionFest has announced its first wave of films and its competition jury for the festival’s return to the beautiful Carolina Cinema in Asheville, NC this April 12th – 15th. The only international film festival devoted exclusively to action cinema and its unsung heroes, ActionFest 2012 promises to be four days of adrenaline junkie heaven with a mind-melting combination of the best in contemporary action cinema and classics of the genre, as well as a world class stunt show, exciting panels and tributes to action legends, all in the heart of one of America’s coolest cities.

As previously announced, ActionFest 2012 opens with the Regional Premiere of Michael J. Bassett’s Solomon Kane starring James Purefoy (Rome, Ironclad) in the beautiful Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville . The closing night film will be the Cannes selection Wu Xia from acclaimed director Peter Chan (The Warlords) and starring internationally recognized martial arts actor and fight director Donnie Yen (Hero, Iron Monkey, Ip Man) on Sunday April 15th at the historic Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Asheville. Additionally, the following films were announced today:

Bad Ass
World Premiere
Director: Craig Moss, USA

Danny Trejo (Machete) plays a decorated soldier who returns from Vietnam only to be shunned by society. Forty years later, when he protects an elderly man from a pair of skinheads, he becomes a hero, but his good fortune takes a turn for the worse when his best friend is murdered and the police won’t do anything about it. Also starring Charles Dutton and Ron Perlman.

The Aggression Scale
Regional Premiere
Director: Steven C. Miller, USA
Fresh from critical & audience acclaim at SXSW comes this intense thriller about four heavily armed hitmen and two unusual teenagers who go to war over $500,000 of stolen cash. Starring Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Robocop) and Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks) and Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Predators)

The Lost Bladesman
North American Premiere
Director: Alan Mak, Hong Kong/China
From the director of Infernal Affairs (remade by Martin Scorsese as The Departed) comes the story of legendary hero Guan Yu (Donnie Yen, Wu Xia, Hero) in his journey to slay six powerful generals.

The Day
Regional Premiere
Director: Douglas Aarniokoski, USA/Canada
Open war against humanity rages. Five survivors are lost and on the run. The pursuit is relentless, ammunition supplies are dwindling and the battle is everywhere. This is a 24hr look into their lives. Fight or die. Starring Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings; Lost) and Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale)

Headhunters
Regional Premiere
Director: Morten Tyldum, Sweden
Based on the international best-seller by Jo Nesbo, Askle Hennie stars as an accomplished corporate headhunter who moonlights as an art thief. When he steals a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary, he get more than he bargained for, and must set off on a heart-stopping race against time to save his reputation and his life.

Goon
Regional Premiere
Director: Michael Dowse, Canada
The most outrageous sports comedy in years stars American Pie’s Seann William Scott as a bouncer labeled an outcast by his brainy family. After overcoming long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory by beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way, he must have a knock’em’down confrontation with a famous enforcer (Liev Schreiber).

God Bless America
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait. USA
Comedian and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (World’s Greatest Dad) takes a caustic spin on Bonnie & Clyde with this dark comedy starring Joel Murray as a terminally ill everyman on a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, joined by an unlikely (and very willing) accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr).

Jury Selection
When it comes to selecting the best films of this year’s fest, we knew we had to assemble a jury who knows action cinema inside and out, and we are proud to present this kick-ass jury for ActionFest 2012:

– Eric Vespe – “Quint” of the popular movie fanatic website Ain’t It Cool News
– Mitch Davis – General Director of Montreal’s legendary Fantasia Film Festival, the largest genre film festival in North America
– Borys Kit – film writer for The Hollywood Reporter and founder of Heat Vision, THR’s popular genre blog.
– Dan Guando – Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at The Weinstein Company
– Marc McCloud – Owner of Orbit DVD and co-owner of TV Eye Video Emporium in Asheville, NC.
– Sadie – DJ on “Mountain Mornings With Carson & Sadie” and “Everything That Rocks” on 105.9 the Mountain

Student Filmmakers Competition
Think you’re the next Peckinpah, Woo, or Bay? Time to prove it by entering the inaugural ActionFest Student Filmmakers Competition! Dust off that screenplay, power up your camcorder, and get the gang together because this is your chance to see your vision on screen and win great prizes. Visit www.actionfest.com/competitions/student-film/ for more information.

30 Second of Action Returns!
Back by popular demand is The 30 Seconds of Action Challenge where film makers, stunt teams, martial art schools, and all aficionados of action in between, professional or otherwise, showcase their talent by writing, choreographing, and shooting thirty seconds of head-busting action. Three submissions will be selected and shown before screenings at ActionFest. Each finalist will receive two VIP badges for this year’s festival. The ActionFest 2012 Jury will review the finalists, and award one filmmaker a grand prize! Details coming soon! For more information www.actionfest.com/competitions/30sec-challenge/

Special Guests
As previously announced, ActionFest will also honor legendary stuntman Mickey Gilbert (Ben Hur, The Wild Bunch) with the Lifetime Achievement Award and pioneer in women’s MMA and Haywire star Gina Carano with the Chick Norris (Best Female Action Star) Award, and J.J. Perry (Warrior, Haywire) with the ActionFest Fight Choreographer of the Year Award.

Ticketing Information
A limited supply of our All-Access Badges, a deal at $100 which is good for admission to all ActionFest films and events including parties, panels, awards show and entry to the VIP Lounge, are still availble and can be purchased from www.actionfest.com. Single tickets (General tickets $8, Student/Senior $6, Military $7) will be on sale once the full line-up and schedule are announced in the week of March 26th, 2012. Visit www.actionfest.com for more information and check out the official ActionFest Blog (http://actionfest.com/blog) for updates, scoops and interviews with ActionFest 2012 special guests.

About ActionFest
ActionFest was founded in 2010 by Bill Banowsky, Aaron Norris, Dennis Berman and Tom Quinn with the mandate to showcase the best in international action cinema and to pay respect to the brave stuntmen, stuntwomen and 2nd unit directors who make them. Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, is the Festival Director.

Press inquiries for ActionFest can be sent to info@actionfest.com.

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Actionfest 2012: Gina Carano To Receive “Chuck Norris Award” For Best Female Action Star

Actionfest 2012: Gina Carano To Receive “Chuck Norris Award” For Best Female Action Star

ActionFest returns to Asheville on April 12-15, to once again showcase the most exciting action films from around the globe and feature mind-blowing live stunt performances by the best in the business. The festival will also continue to pay tribute to Hollywood’s stunt men and women, fight choreographers, and 2nd unit directors, whose fearlessness makes action films thrilling for audiences worldwide.

ActionFest is pleased to announce that Haywire star Gina Carano will be the recipient of the inaugural Chick Norris Award at the 2012 festival. The Chick Norris Award honors the Best Female Action Star of the year, in a play off the attitude, spirit, athleticism and grit of Hollywood legend Chuck Norris, who was awarded ActionFest’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 (this year that honor goes to the legendary stuntman Mickey Gilbert, as previously announced).

Carano’s decisive prowess in the MMA world has won her the support of fans worldwide and recognition as a pioneer in women’s MMA. She first appeared on TV on the legendary American Gladiators show as “Crush,” and debuted in film alongside Michael Jai White in Blood and Bone. Recently, she made a splash as the lead in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire alongside Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, and Michael Fassbender.

Said Carano: “It is an incredible honor to be included in this event. Chuck Norris has always been someone I respect and look up to. Being able to represent martial arts as a woman has been a blessing in my life and I am so intensely grateful to the people who have supported and shared this passion with me.”

Said ActionFest co-founder Aaron Norris: “An award to honor the work of women in action films is long overdue, and we’re honored to present the first Chick Norris Award to the astonishing Gina Carano, who I am a huge fan of. She has exploded on the movie scene with the magnificent Haywire. We know from very bruised and reliable sources that she’s as tough as they come—making her the perfect honoree for ActionFest.”

Chuck Norris also commented: “I am honored to have Gina Carano receive this award. My entire career has been blessed because martial arts allowed me to do what I love– make Action Movies. I cannot think of a better person than Gina for this honor, and I am proud that she is the first to receive this award. I highly respect her martial arts ability and she deserves all her accolades for Haywire. Watch out world, a star is born. A proven fighter and very tough action star is here to stay.”

The 2012 film line up, information about celebrity attendees, and badge sales are upcoming at www.actionfest.com.

About ActionFest  
ActionFest is the only international film festival devoted exclusively to action cinema and its unsung heroes, the men and women who put the action into action films. Currently in its third consecutive year, ActionFest was founded  in 2010 by Bill Banowsky, Aaron Norris, Dennis Berman and Tom Quinn.

About Gina Carano
Wildly considered the face of Women’s Mixed Martial Arts, Gina Carano has crossed over into the realm of feature films, cast as the star of director Steven Soderbergh’s film, “Haywire.” Carano plays the role of a black ops soldier seeking retribution after being deceived on a past mission. With a supporting cast including Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum and Antonio Banderas among others, Carano will made her big screen debut on January 20, 2012. Born in Dallas, Texas Carano was brought up in an athletic background as the daughter of Glenn Carano, a former Dallas Cowboys quarterback.  Gina’s career as a Muay Thai specialist began in the famed Master Toddy Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Under Master Toddy, Gina competed multiple times internationally, garnishing a 12-1-1 professional Muay Thai record.

At that time, Carano was simultaneously pursuing a degree in Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As her fighting career grew and Carano realized her passion for the sport, she chose to focus solely on Muay Thai, traveling the world for fighting events.

Among her athletic achievements include her participation in the first ever sanctioned MMA bout in Nevada. Carano defeated opponent Leiticia Pestova in an impressive 39 seconds.  Carano was influential in the introduction of women in competitive fighting, as her fight against Elaina Maxwell was the first time StrikeForce, the well-known MMA promotion, had women on their card in December 2006.  Carano was the victor, defeating Elaina by unanimous decision.  Three years later, Carano fought Christine Cyborg-Santos in the first StrikeForce Women’s Lightweight Championship.  This fight was also the first Women’s Main Card Event and was televised nationally on Showtime.  Coming off of her first professional loss to Cyborg-Santos, Steven Soderbergh reached out to her team after having seen her in action. They soon met in San Diego, where he discussed with her the vision for a film he wanted to shoot with her as the star.  Soderbergh selected Gina to bring authenticity to lead character Mallory Kane, relying on Gina’s background in Mixed Martial Arts.  Gina agreed to the role, and soon began production on the film in early 2010.  Carano did 99% of the stunts in the film and was aided by her fight background as well as special combat training she did with ex-Mossad agent Aaron Cohen. Carano hopes to continue pursuing her new found love for acting balanced with her existing fight career.  Carano currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Bruce Lee Returns To The Silver Screen In ‘I Am Bruce Lee’ Documentary

Bruce Lee Returns To The Silver Screen In ‘I Am Bruce Lee’ Documentary

'I Am Bruce Lee'

On Thursday, February 9th and Wednesday, February 15th the new feature length documentary film, I Am Bruce Lee, will be released exclusively for a two-night screening event in 150 theaters in 60+ cities across the U.S.

I Am Bruce Lee is the first documentary to truly tell Bruce Lee’s story in his own words and actions, as well as through the eyes of a diverse cast of international stars from the worlds of film, television, music and sports.

The film’s original interviews feature a broad spectrum of worldwide stars, including UFC President Dana White who calls Lee the “Father of Mixed Martial Arts,” NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, boxing champions Manny Pacquiao and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, UFC stars Jon Jones, Cung Le, Stephan Bonnar and Gina Carano, actor and star of the hit show ‘Modern Family’ Ed O’Neill, Academy Award Nominated actor Mickey Rourke, the Black Eye Peas’ Taboo, Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee and his wife Linda Lee Cadwell, among many others.

I Am Bruce Lee presents a rich cinematic view of the life of Bruce Lee, and features the best of Bruce Lee’s groundbreaking martial arts action films, punctuated with an evocative score and rarely seen archival footage. Working with Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee, the film features previously unseen home movies and interviews, classic photos and dynamic visuals and graphics. “My family and I are so proud of this film, which truly portrays the legacy of my father and his incredible story,” says executive producer Shannon Lee.

The documentary is produced by award-winning studio Network Entertainment, the producers of 2010’s Academy Award shortlisted documentary Facing Ali, and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Pete McCormack.

Network Entertainment Presents I Am Bruce Lee. Produced by Derik Murray, Executive Produced by Paul Gertz and Shannon Lee, Directed by Pete McCormack. Run Time: 94 minutes, Genre: Documentary, Rating: This film is not rated.

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Watch The First Five Minutes Of Steven Soderberg’s ‘Haywire’ On Hulu!

Watch The First Five Minutes Of Steven Soderberg’s ‘Haywire’ On Hulu!

January 20th, 2012

Action fans rejoice! You can catch the first five minutes of Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, the new action packed film by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Contagion).

Watch the adrenaline inducing clip starring MMA superstar Gina Carano and Channing Tatum on Hulu now at this location!

The film also stars Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Michael Angarano (Almost Famous).

Synopsis: This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Contagion) boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous); and introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts.

Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive.

Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious—and dangerous—trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

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