MITNG speaks with actor Damion Poitier about life and becoming Thanos

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jLamarWhere are you from? Age? Religious affiliation? Who are you signed with?

DamionPoitier_tag_altI was born in Philadelphia spent my early childhood there then moved to Massachusetts (I choose not to reveal my age publicly) I am a Universalists (I believe all faiths are valid and you must choose the path to the creator that works for you… even if that is No path at all). I am represented by IDEAL Talent, Ryan Hayden

jLamarWhen and where, did your love affair with film, television and stunts begin? What were some of your early gigs, that lit the fire?

DamionPoitier_tag_altI was four when I saw a man that looked Just like my Grandfather on television and I asked my mother what he was doing. She explained that he was an Actor and I caught the bug immediately. I have Loved fantastical stories in all mediums as long as I can remember. Being able to see them enacted Live and realizing I could be a part of that was a Huge motivational force in my life. I began performing one man shows as early as second grade, but my first professional gig (I believe) was performing as a scare actor at Spooky World. My First on film gig was as a Stunt Performer on the Short lived television series Sheena Queen of the Jungle.

jLamarWhose been the biggest influence on your life creatively?

DamionPoitier_tag_altThere have been so many Influences on my life creatively it would be hard to pinpoint just one. Certainly Sidney Poitier, George Lucas, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Ralph Bakshi, R.A.Salvatore, Larry Elmore… This could go on for a while lol

jLamarYou’ve played a lot of roles, are there some you enjoy better than others and why?

DamionPoitier_tag_altThere are so many ways and parts to delivering a story Just being a part of the process is always thrilling. When it comes to roles I definitely enjoy playing Superlative Characters be they Protagonists or Antagonists. Heavy costuming (Prosthesis etc.) allows for a Physical difference in Viewpoint that I feel adds to finding a character. I do not favor Stereotypical characters (That I qualify for) as I believe it is too often the only portrayals I (and actors similar to myself) am (are) considered for and not reflective of my life experience or that of many of my peers.

jLamarYou worked on the indie science fiction thriller Hunter Prey directed by Sandy Collora of “Batman:Dead End” fame. Could you tell us a little about that and how hard or easy, it was being in full latex in the desert?

DamionPoitier_tag_altHunter Prey is one of those amazing experiences I am immensely happy I participated but really feel no need to be involved in the like again. It was a tough 407817_10151301988439455_1202469952_nshoot (shoestring budget, Small crew, ambitious schedule and production goals). Learned many of the Trials and Tribulations of independent genre film making (lessons that have both helped and hindered my current efforts). I formed a few lifelong friendships and also learned more about some friends than I need to know lol. Fortunately we shot early in the morning and or late afternoon so I was rarely attempting to perform in the heat of the day. On the days I was in the Prosthesis it was easily a 12-16 hour day and the makeup was designed with no nose holes so it was… not easy. Add a full suit of fiberglass armor to it and you have a Hell of an easy time finding the motivation to play a battered solider seeking to end a conflict as succinctly as possible.

jLamarHas being a double threat benefited you in Hollywood?

DamionPoitier_tag_altYes and No, There is a large benefit to fitting in a pre-established category in this business. We have all heard the phrase “Give me the same but different.” and it is not difficult to see the influence it has on the majority of the entertainment options we are offered these days (though I dare say there are more diverse options happening more frequently as the amount of available content continues to increase). When you buck those classifications it becomes a little more tricky to establish yourself, especially if you have a specific manner in which you wish to be seen.

jLamarThings are changing in Hollywood with regards to putting more people of color in lead roles on television. Shows like Almost Human, Sleepy Hollow and Scandal, all see people of color in lead roles and playing people of importance. Do you feel as though a shift is occurring?

DamionPoitier_tag_altMost definitely and a welcome one it is. I feel we can only benefit from having our entertainment better reflect the diversity of the world we see outside our doors.

jLamarZoe Bell is an example of a stunt actor whose done really well for herself. But she seems different than regular actors. More humble? More grounded? Is it because she’s had to do the dirty work for so long?
DamionPoitier_tag_altI think there is an aspect of devoted Martial Arts Study that can have a very grounding effect upon a performer. There is something about having a solid grasp of your capabilities and a willingness to push your limits, that can give you a different perspective on being in this business.

jLamarYou had the awesome opportunity to play Thanos through mo-capture, who appears at the end of The Avengers. Could you tell us about that process? I mean how does one go about becoming the face of one of Marvels most infamous villains and are you returning?

DamionPoitier_tag_altIt was actually Prosthesis and a costume with the Armor and Make up. Designed and constructed by Jose Fernandez and Ironhead Studios then Masterfully applied by Thom Floutz, with some digital augmentation. There were a few Make Up and Costuming sessions (Including the first one where I found out what role I was actually playing MIND=BLOWN) and a single shoot day for the sequence at the end of Avengers. I have been a Comic reader since I can remember ( I began hard core collecting when I was 9) and was Very familiar with the character. That being said it wasn’t too difficult to place my hand down, stand up, turn around and Smile “in Character”. Marvel would be the place to ask any and all questions about any future I may have in Purple…

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jLamarCan you tell us about any close calls you’ve had while on set?

DamionPoitier_tag_altI have been extremely fortunate in my career. Aside from a few minor instances (and resultant injuries) I haven’t really had any “close calls” of note.

jLamarCould you give us a run down of the type of training you’ve received?

DamionPoitier_tag_altAs a child I actively pursued Theater all throughout grade school and during the summers I attended the Charles River Creative Arts Program then the associated International Arts Program in Massachusetts. I am currently developing and refining at PlayHouse West in North Hollywood. My physical training includes primarily Tae Kwon Do, a smattering of other Martial Arts styles. Some gymnastics and a passing familiarity with other acrobatic movements. I was taught ground pounding and introduced to the amazing world of Stunt work in Florida by Glenn Wilder, Phi-Long Nguyen, Dave Kramer, Tyrone Wiggins, Micheal Li, James Sang Lee, and Jeff Pruitt (and that was Before I moved to Los Angeles).

jLamarAre there projects you are working on that you can talk about?

DamionPoitier_tag_alt I am Currently working on PayDay The Web Series, and PayDay 2 the video game. I did several voices on The Lost Planet 3 Game. I play Mr. Bennett in Agent 88 which was the highest earning Web pilot to be funded on Kickstarter I can be seen on Real Husbands of Hollywood season 2 (I believe I have at least one episode that has yet to air)as David Ty’Various Perrious the third. I show up in The upcoming Sitcom Surviving Jack (Starring Chris Meloni). That’s all I can think of that I can talk about…

jLamarYou frequent the San Diego Comic Con can fans expect to see you there next year?

DamionPoitier_tag_altWhy yes… I’m sure they can ;)

jLamarSidney Poitier…any relation?

DamionPoitier_tag_altWe are still trying to figure out the specifics but our Ancestors definitely hail from the same Island…

jLamarWhat do you enjoy doing when your not working?

DamionPoitier_tag_altSpending time with the Family. Physical training. Researching the background for one of the Many various projects I am working at. Working at said projects. Consuming as much Genre as I can find time for.

jLamarWhat’s the best bit of advice an actor has given you on a set?

DamionPoitier_tag_altTake your time until directed otherwise. Be in the moment. Do the Work. Walk away.

jLamarCan I borrow ten bucks?

DamionPoitier_tag_altNot much into “lending” these days but if you are in that much of a spot I could probably spare it ;)

 

It’s always a pleasure catching up with old friends. MITNG would like to take this time out to thank Damion for chatting with us. As always if you’d like to know more about Damion and his many endeavors feel free to click the links below. Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

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Links to Damion Poitier

Trailer for Noah starring Russell Crowe proves Hollywood still isn’t willing to accept true history

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My original intent was to just post this amazing trailer and be done with it, but immediately after the trailer, I realized, to my horror, that I didn’t see one person of color in this film. Normally, that wouldn’t bother me, but isn’t this a new take on the story of a farmer who hears voices in his head that tell him to build a ship that would house his family from an epic storm that would wipe civilization off the map leaving only Noah and his family to people the Earth? So where did I and the rest of the world come from? I mean, think about that while your watching this visually stunning trailer and ask yourself “How the fuck?” We just got misrepresented folks. Personally, that question has been on the tip of my tongue ever since I could speak and it hasn’t been answered yet. This movie might’ve been a good chance to try and tie up some of those loose ends instead of creating a 100 Million dollar 1950′s children’s book filled with white people and happy animals. 100 Million Dollars and that’s the creative license they decided not to take. It’s like Charlton Heston as Moses or Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, the shit never ends! That’s all I’m saying.

Darren…your from Brooklyn. You should know better.

The film stars Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, Mark Margolis, and Anthony Hopkins. Noah opens on March 28, 2014

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Death Grips release a new free album titled Government Plates

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After a long period of silence, the constantly surprising experimental hip-hop group released a new full LP today for free on their website thirdworlds.net. Titled Governmennt Plates and still dawning a terrible album cover, the group continues the in-your-face unique sound they’re known for. Stream the album in it’s entirity below and enjoy!

Teaser for Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie is astonishingly good

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With a little blend of Alice in Wonderland and a smidgen of Avatar, you’ve got the eye candy for 2014. Maleficent directed by Robert Stromberg, is Disneys  promising look into the real story behind the beloved Sleeping Beauty novel, but unlike the novel, this one tells the story from the villains point of view. This trailer looks good, so one would hope that the hype surrounding it’s release is warranted…we’ll just have to wait and see.

“A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal — an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom — and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.”

The film also stars Angelina Jolie, Elle FanningSharlto CopleySam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, and Lesley ManvilleMaleficent opens in theaters on May 30, 2014.

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Review of Lovelace DVD starring Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard

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I love films about the seventies, but what I can’t stand are movies that attempt to make a movie about the seventies by ripping off better films about the seventies. Case and point “Lovelace” directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet) and starring Amanda Seyfried (Mama Mia) and Peter Sarsgaard (Green Lantern). The story is loosely based on the autobiographical book written by Linda Lovelace called Ordeal. The story had enough source material to be unique on it’s own without resting on tropes all ready established by other films about the porn industry, especially Boogie Nights , but instead it goes for all the usual.

Porn is a breeding ground for Greek tragedies and Lovelace is no different. The story follows Linda Lovelace as your usual kbiyd5nagghar5gmgyxis2gcqprecocious adolescent whom despite what she became known for, was a timid little thing, struggling to find her way. Her parents played by Robert Patrick a.k.a The Go-to Da and Sharon Stone, whose gotten surprisingly method in her later years, deliver hum drum performances and outside a somewhat memorable moment between Linda and Mom toward the end, the opportunity to really connect these characters to each other was lost. She goes from Go Go Dancer at a roller rink to becoming a pornstar in no time at all. Well there’s a little time, but it does happen rather quickly.

Quick warning, your going to hear me talk about so many missed opportunities in this film.

I don’t know if everyone knew that it was never Linda’s choice to become a porn star or that her husband prostituted her Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 10.17.59 AMand beat her, but it all seemed so fleeting in the film. The moments that were supposed to get us to sympathize with Linda, I felt, got caught up in bad writing and the directors falling asleep on the “seventies button” in the editing room. I don’t blame Amanda, cause she did well, with what she was given. She was shy, sexy,naive and confused, but she was never given her moment. Perhaps, I mean that she played helpless well and I wanted her to fight back. But I’m pretty sure I am not alone, when I say, the whole film seemed cliff noted and a vehicle for cameos that ultimately did nothing to help propel the film as a whole.

There just weren’t any surprises with Lovelace and I’m sorry, but anytime you see Debbie Mazar in a film, it’s almost a guarantee it’s going to be sketchy, that is post Goodfellas, which she did an amazing job in, for what it’s worth.

There were several great performances given by Peter Sarsgaard as Linda’s pimp boyfriend, Chris Noth as porn producer Anthony Romano, Bobby Cannavale as Butchie Peraino and Hank Azaria as Gerry Damiano, but they weren’t enough to save this film. The moments are genuine, but scattered.

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I think the turning point for me in this film was when half an hour into the film, we are suddenly in a room with an older Linda Lovelace who’s taking a polygraph for her new book and it’s at that moment they decided to retell the story, but to give us more of what they could’ve given us chronologically. Stylish? Perhaps, but they underestimate their viewing audience, whose seen enough Quentin Tarantino or Scorcese films to know when someone is trying too hard. This art house editing, made connecting much harder. We get it, but it wasn’t necessary.

By the way, if your going to use seventies music, don’t use music that was personified in another film. I can’t tell you how relieved I was when the rehashed tracks were substituted for an actual soundtrack. Can you tell I take 70′s genre films seriously?

I mean who did it better than P.T. Anderson’s Boogie Nights? No one and apparently Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman knew that too cause they tried to steal every fucking scene from that movie. This bothered me and if there was an opposite phrase for “You had me at hello” this would be a perfect time to use it, but I don’t have one. So if any of you know of one, hook me up!

I give Lovelace 2 1/2 Stars out of 5.

MITNG speaks with the creators of HELLRAISER:ORIGINS Michael Le Han and Paul Gerrard

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If you follow us, then you already know that we’ve been hyping the hell out of this “pitch” trailer, two talented artists, did for the Hellraiser franchise, in an effort to land the chance to direct it and “quite honestly”, give it the much needed makeover it deserves. The artists I speak of are director/producer Michael Le Han ( Mr’s Peppercorn’s Magic Reading Room) and illustrator/producer Paul Gerrard (TMNT,Videodrome). We talked a little, via email, about their plans for Hellraiser and what the fans of this beloved story could expect. What they had to say is truly fascinating and I for one, really do hope they will be given the chance!

When did this love affair with Hellraiser begin for you two?jLamar

 

mikeLeHan I’m a fan of all genres, particularly big, bold, world creating and when Paul showed me his designs, I could see a huge opportunity to make the Hellraiser franchise more commercial and open it up to a wider audience.

paul_g_  With Clive Barkers Books of Blood, then later picking up a copy of the Hellbound Heart. I’ve always been fascinated with images of the beautiful macabre. Anything imaginatively dark , bordering on surreal and somewhat fantastical. Avant guard horror.

jLamarFrom the architecture, to the characters, you’ve introduced a fantasy/horror element to Hellraiser. Is it you’re intention to feed that market with something sinister and are you hoping to catch the eye of the same people who enjoy LOTR or Game of Thrones? Is EPIC the intention with this reboot?

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mikeLeHan   The objective would be to widen the audience base and introduce Hellraiser to more people and hopefully increase it’s fanbase.

paul_g_The early themes in Hellraiser where always epic. We took such delights and expanded upon the foundations, literally and visually. The franchise has since failed because the confined construct of the first movie was developed into a narrative loop. It never broke free of that loop until now.

jLamarWhat is it about Hellraiser that you think has made it such a viable and relevant franchise for so many years?

paul_g_  You want to know more, see more … with one eye closed.

jLamar  We’re you guys fans of all the sequels?

mikeLeHanI only watched the first two and then heard that they started going down hill so lost interest. I think the franchise lost it’s way and it should have focused more on the mythology rather than the earth bound characters. It would have been great to have delved deep into the origins (like what I plan to do) and explore more of the realm of hell and the characters that exist there and why they exist etc.

paul_g_At the time they came out, mostly yes. Towards the end of the franchise even the naivety of youth couldn’t mask the disappointment derived from witnessing your favorite world being pissed on from a great height.

jLamarAre you familiar with the Boom Comics storyline and have you entertained embracing any of them for the reboot? Or are you looking to do something inspired kinda like the Evil Dead reboot?

mikeLeHan I’m not a comic reader so BOOM isn’t something I know. With regards to my take on Hellraiser, it wouldn’t be rebooting the franchise, I don’t think that is a viable option, but taking a different approach and creating something that no one would expect, going in a different direction, but still keeping the ethos of Hellraiser and some of it’s characters and also creating some new iconic ones too.

paul_g_Alas no. I have a large collection of comics, as with books and records but I buy them because I adore cover art. Never read any of the comics.

jLamarPaul, your art is perfect for this project! How did you and Mike become friends/involved in this project?

paul_g_ I’ve known Mike for a number of years, he approached me to work on pitch art for various movies he was spearheading. A dark sci-fi action movie. We have since become great friends. I was working with Mike on his movie whilst simultaneously working on getting Hellraiser off the ground. Mike was one of the first people I showed my early artwork draft of the world to. What began as a mutual exchange of insight, ideas, collaborative professional advice, grew into the partnership you see today.

jLamarI know, my biggest disappointment with Hellraiser was we never really got to know the Cenobites. They were more or less accessories for Pinhead. Does your vision see the Cenobites “actually” getting their day in the sun? Will we get to explore more of Hell?

FomikeLeHanr sure, that’s what Hellraiser: Origins will be, digging deep into the undertones of the cenobites and bringing out the mythology of what they represent.

jLamarIn the Hellraiser franchise, it always eluded to something bigger than Pinhead that existed in Hell. A real head honcho. Does your reboot touch on that idea?

mikeLeHanYes, Origins is way bigger than Pinhead, but can’t talk about it unfortunately.

 

jLamarYoutube has become a launching pad for so many new directors. There are so many professionals using it to pitch anything from creating credits for a film to doing a film entirely. Are the days of just telling your story to a studio gone and are studios expecting you to bring the full package to the meeting room now and why?

mikeLeHanNo, not at all, the traditional pitching process still exists, but it’s more competitive and execs need to know that not only can you tell a story but you can deliver on that promise, showing my diverse directing ability is just another way of showing the studios that I have the ability to create the project to a high standard and on limited budgets. I’m a firm believer of not wasting money and approach things in a different way. How can I achieve a certain look/feel/design without spending the big bucks. Thinking outside the box.

jLamarPinhead’s image is indelibly etched in the minds of most late thirties early forty-somethings. Was the idea to reinvent him something you felt had to be done and was it to introduce a new audience or were you, yourself, wanting to just try something new? Or was this what you thought could help sell this?

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paul_g_Reinventing Pinhead was the first thing I did. Although not the centre of the universe he is still devotedly the pin-up boy for Hellraiser. You cant re-imagine the Hellraiser world without first tackling one of the most iconic horror images in cinema history. The themes explored in this new design would set the tone from the rest of the movie.

jLamarHas Clive Barker, Doug Baker or Dimension, seen the trailer and what do they think?

mikeLeHanNot to my knowledge yet.

jLamar Did you crowd fund to get this trailer made?

mikeLeHanNo, the trailer was done on a near nothing budget, we used our industry contacts and pulled in favors for the shoot, then I tackled the VFX through strong relationships at Shade, Fugitive, Delicate and Southern GFX who all helped mold the elements together. I then reached out to fellow Brit Lorne Balfe, who lives in LA (Emmy award winning Composer on The Dark Knight, Inception) to score the trailer which he did and it far exceeded my expectations. Finally I did the sound post and edit.

jLamarThere were a lot of lens flares in Hell. Was that an homage to J.J. Abrams? lol!

mikeLeHan Haha, no even though JJ is a great director, it wasn’t a homage in any way. The use of the flares was more clinical. The objective was to give earth one feel and hell/underworld/dimension a different look. On earth we have very blue flares, but in hell they are red, yellow and purple, but when we rise up to pinhead we have none. Just a stylistic look that also adds production value to the trailer. Also we didn’t want to show the bodies clearly as we fly over them as the end shot wouldn’t be as effective showing this vast sea or bodies.

jLamarMike, I loved your film Mr’s Peppercorn. It’s very whimsical and completely different from Hellraiser. This duality I’ve seen before in all the great directors of our time. Spielberg, Jackson, Del Toro, Scott. Do you think having a good understanding of fantasy helps you create a good horror film?

mikeLeHanI’m a creator of worlds director, anything that needs a big vision is something I do. That’s just how my brain works. I can work in any genre and adapt to that space easily, but I don’t think having an understanding of fantasy would necessarily help make a horror pic. It’s a case of what does the story offer, how can it be executed effectively and what audience do you want to attract. I always think in a commercially viable way and that’s how I approach my work. I ask myself, will this make money and who will go see it? And I go from there.

jLamarIs there a script?

mikeLeHanNot yet, there is a detailed treatment, but with Clive announcing his return, not much point in putting pen to paper unless Dimension ais interested.

paul_g_We offer a new world that breaks all current narrative loops. A biblical playground , molded with mythology , grounded in constructed science.

jLamarPaul, according to your website, you were involved in another Hell orientated story “Paradise Lost” directed by Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City). Is that project really dead?

paul_g_It was indeed the ultimate Hell movie. With pretty much every dark Angel, weapon, beast, locations designed by me. It would have been my crowning moment. Alas it is dead, as a pure CG movie it was deemed too expensive to make.

jLamarPaul, Can you tell us anything about your work on Micheal Bay’s TMNT or the Cronenberg reboot Videodrome?

paul_g_In short no. Both projects are either in post at the moment or just hitting pre-production, so all information is sealed up tight. I can tell you this…I went all out to pitch to work on the Videodrome ( the original was sublime) and so glad I did. It will be/is, one hell of a ride.

jLamarI am also a huge fan of another, and less known, Clive property “Nightbreed (Cabal)”. Would you ever consider or have considered, doing something with that film?

paul_g_The Nightbreed world is already in the best of hands. If there was any more Nigthbreed movies on the horizon.. would I work on them if I could…In a heartbeat !!!

jLamarIs there anything you’d like fans of Hellraiser to know about what you guys are intending to do with this awesome story?

mikeLeHanThe objective is to open this wide up, build on what has already been established, but taking Hellraiser in a new bigger and bolder direction.

jLamarAre you guys going to be at San Diego Comic Con 2014?

mikeLeHanIf my schedule permits.

paul_g_I’m UK based so its a long way to go for a Convention and very expensive to get there. Would love to go though, maybe one day.

jLamarWhat are you working on currently?

mikeLeHanJust finished off three spec scripts in the scifi genre, doing a little tidying on the latest draft of one TITAN, a space exploration film, in the vein of Prometheus, 2001 and Moon. Can’t say any more than that.

paul_g_In have another long term personal project I want to start. In the new year, I hope to return to Videodrome , a dark horror movie and a sc-fi action movie along the lines of Robocop.

 

There you have it. From the mouth of babes… MITNG would like to take this time to thank Michael and Paul for allowing us to drill them about Hellraiser: Origins. You can find out more about the film as well as images for the film, that will blow your mind,on their website after the jump. Please stay tuned for more information about Hellraiser: Origins as we get it.

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Trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal is insanely good

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As if the first movie wasn’t sick enough, director  Gareth  Evans has unloaded an outstanding trailer for the follow up to the 2011 cult classic The Raid:Redemption, starring Iko Uwais as Rama. Slightly inspired by that classic Robert Deniro scene in Raging Bull, the trailer starts out with Rama in a jail cell starring at a chalk drawing of a man he’s created on his wall. He then proceeds to punch the shit out of it like a those wooden dummies you see in Bruce Lee flicks.

With speed reminiscent of Donnie Yeh, the scene is inter-spliced with equally powerful, but random, footage from the film. It’s all, absolutely badass! Indeed…it’s not over!

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The Raid 2: Berandal, the sequel to The Raid, is written and directed by Welsh born filmmaker Gareth Evans who also directed the first film. Starring Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Alex Abad, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Julie Estelle, Cecep Arif Rahman, Cok Simbara, Yayan Ruhian, Matsuda Ryuhei, Endo Kenichi, and Kitamura Kazuki, the film features our lead character Rama (Uwais) going undercover and infiltrating the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force. Sony Pictures Classics picked up the film for distribution to release sometime in 2014.

Trailer for Bettie Page Reveals All finally talks to the woman herself

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You had me at narrated by Bettie Page. It’s been four years since the world lost one of it’s most beloved and misunderstood sexual icons, but what she created and what she stood for, has and continues to be, felt throughout the world. Bettie Page was a meager “down home girl” before becoming a nude model for “photo clubs” that would ultimately lead her to becoming a fetish fashionista.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Mark Mori, Bettie Page Reveals All, is a “long overdue” look at the woman and how she became who she is. From her roots in Tennessee to the lavish life in California, the road to stardom wasn’t easy for Bettie, especially in her line of business, but the ups and downs were not without it’s fun and Mark has finally captured it.

This documentary is filled with never before seen footage of Bettie as well as interviews with Bettie Page, plus Hugh Hefner, Dita Von Teese. Laeticia Casta, Tricia Helfer, Rebecca Romijn, Todd Oldham, Shalom Harlow, Bunny Yeager, Tempest Storm, Paula Klaw, Olivia de Berardinis, Joel Beren, Mark Roesler, Chantal Thomas, Art Amsie and Steve Brewster. Bettie Page Reveals All opens in select theaters November 22 2013

In a docu-comedy romp through 1950′s American pop culture, the reclusive “Dark Angel,” Bettie Page, chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of her rise as a cult icon and for the first time fully reveals the story of her mysterious appearance at the height of her career in 1957. Unseen for more than 50 years and known to the public only by her iconic photographs, an unparalleled mystique has built up around Bettie Page. Here. she reveals the real woman behind the iconic image.

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New pitch trailer for the Hellraiser reboot arrives and it’s spectacular, Behold Hellraiser:Origins

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As I was saying a few posts ago, the only way this reboot would see a dime of my money is if it was re-imagined. Today, one of the many website we like to browse for film news posted this outstanding pitch trailer for Hellraiser called Hellraiser: Origins. This lavishly fiendish piece of film, was directed by Mike Le Han (Mr’s Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room) and produced by Mike Le Han and Paul Gerrard(Wrath Of The Titans, Battle LA, TMNT).

Mind you, this isn’t just some fan film, the artist who worked on this trailer have several years experience in the film industry and on top of that, they love Hellraiser. Having guys like this do your film is much better than giving this to some director who is sitting back waiting for offers to come to him or her.

Folks, believe me when I tell you that these guys are coming at this franchise hard and by the looks of their website, they have been at it for awhile. There’s a lot of new imagery they’ve tossed in there, including a brand new look for our beloved Pinhead. Strange how a movie, so sinister, can be created with such love.  I’d certainly hate to see this man’s hard work or the work of the crew behind this trailer, go unnoticed. If cooler heads prevail and Dimension Films doesn’t come at him with a “cease and desist“, I’d say his spot as director on this amazing franchise is as good as gold. Stay tuned to MITNG for more news about the reboot and other news regarding all the Hellraiser happenings.

Now if we could just get Ghost B.C. to do a song for this soundtrack.

Checkout more concept art and behind the scenes images from Hellraiser: Origins after the jump

Official Hellraiser: Origins Website

 

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a feast for the eyes and mind

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Here at MITNG, we talk a lot about positive female role models/characters. We don’t try, mind you, it’s just something we do, so it’s with a considerable amount of joy,  that I present to you, Firstsecond Publishing’s amazing new graphic novel Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant.

Set in a vividly drawn landscape, compliments of writer and illustrator Tony Cliff, Delilah Dirk weaves a wonderful tale, not unlike the greatest adventure stories of our time. One can’t help to be taken aback by images of worlds that some may never get to see, but are alive and in flawless detail in this book.

In 19th-century Turkey, an officer in the Janissary army must struggle to repay a brash adventuress for saving his life, even though she was the one who endangered it in the first place. The webcomic unfolds with four or six new pages each Saturday. The number of pages varies each week in service to the story, usually determined by which page would make a more cruel, heart-wrenching cliffhanger.

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I will say this, she isn’t a role model in the stereo typical sense, but she’s a role model, in a world, that unfortunately isn’t that far from our world today. Delilah is a leader and not a follower, but strangely enough, the one who does follow, in this male dominated society, is a man. A man, who knows all too well, the trouble Delilah could and has gotten him into, but there are forces stronger than greed and adventure that are at work when it comes to why he follows and the writing “brilliantly” eludes to that fact without becoming cheesy. Her unfortunate counter part, Mr. Selim, was once a wealthy subservient in the Turkish army, but unforeseen circumstances has him on the run, with Delilah, from the same people he used to work for and Delilah’s own nemesis, known as Zakul.

This trade boast of “never a dull moment” and there isn’t. Delilah Dirk, is a swashbuckling, adventure seeking, death dealer with a heart of gold. The story is told in such amazing detail and fun, I didn’t want to leave. Course, what would any good book be without it’s element of magic and that comes in Delilah’s flying boat, that unfortunately get’s blown up, but it’s really cool while it last. It’s a modern day cliff hanger, only it’s set in the 19th Century. From page to page you will be hooked by the clever dialog and outstanding art. I recommend this book to anyone whose a fan of Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean or the Mummy.

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant has it all and is an amazing accomplishment by Tony Cliff

This series is available in web format or hard copy. I recommend the hard copy.

For more information on Delilah Dirk checkout these sites.

Dililah Dirk Homepage

Dililah Dirk Twitter

Delilah Dirk Facebook

Delilah Dirk Blog

 

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