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The Emerging Past Director’s Cut Released on Amazon Prime

Noted multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill’s epic horror film, The Emerging Past Director’s Cut was just released on Amazon Prime. This film is in the tradition of Hitchcock and is a new psychological thriller from the producers & Writer/Director of Check Point, The Rack Pack, and Lazarus Apocalypse comes THE EMERGING PAST.

When you can’t see the future you need to live for the past. This film is the ultimate psycho-thriller roller coaster ride of terror. Murder and mayhem surround Queens New York photographer, Pamela Garret (played by Krista Grotte, Check Point, The Rack Pack, Lazarus Apocalypse, Hershel Gordon Lewis’ The Uh-Oh Show) after she is discovered taking a life altering picture of a sacrifice ritual. Her world suddenly becomes a jigsaw puzzle as she quickly needs to solve it and find somewhere safe to hide before her emerging past catches up with her. With no where to go, she turns to her coworker Dylan (played by the late actor Brooke McCarter in his last and final role, The Lost Boys, Trashin, The Uh-Oh Show) for help. As stress levels rise in her search for the truth her coworker spins the game into another level as he reveals just who he really is. As she soon realizes that the past is never where you left it hence the title for the film.

“I’m so excited that the Emerging Past Director’s Cut is on Amazon Prime. The Emerging Past was one of my first films, so it’s as if my career has come full circle with this release of the film,” said Churchill.

This film also stars horror icon Stephen Geoffreys (Check Point, LAZARUS, Fright Night, 976-Evil, Heaven Help Us, At Close Range), Steve Dash (Friday the 13th Part 2, Nighthawks, Alone in the Dark, Mr. Hush), Edward X. Young (Sea of Dust, The Green Monster, Mr. Hush), Tony Moran (John Carpenter’s Halloween, BEG) and Mike Marino (Check Point, Sleepless Nights, Lazarus Apocalypse). The film is skillfully written and directed by Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Lazarus Apocalypse, The Rack Pack). This noteworthy film was the winner of 8 Awards including four for Best Picture at various Film Festivals across the world.

The film’s poster

This has been a banner year for the prolific Churchill. His film, The Rack Pack, starring C. Thomas Howell is in post production. His much buzzed about film, Check Point, which was distributed by Sony was just released on all platforms. This film has an all-star ensemble cast consisting of WWE Universal Champion Bill Goldberg (The Longest Yard), William Forsythe (The Rock, Raising Arizona), Martial Arts Hall of Famer Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, An Eye For An Eye opposite Chuck Norris), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th films), Tyler Mane (Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, X-Men), Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn, Starsky & Hutch), Former UFC Champion John Lewis (Sons of Anarchy), Krista Grotte (Nation’s Fire, The Rack Pack) and Kenny Johnson (Bates Motel, The Shield). This project is also the last film of Ricky Harris (Heat, Dope) before his tragic and unexpected death. The action packed Syndicate Smasher, which he worked on with Novak and Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky) and played the role of Andy, just held it’s world premiere to a sold out crowd.

Still of Grotte and McCarter

 

Still of Grotte

 

Still of McCarter

Other projects this multi-talented filmmaker has worked on are the two time award-winning retro-film noir zombie epic-Lazarus: Apocalypse starring James Duval (Independence Day), which won best horror film at The New York City International Film Festival. He also produced and portrayed the sheriff in the indie film Mr. Hush. Churchill was also seen by millions on the SyFy Network’s hit series Monster Man in episode #2 titled The Forbidden Werewolf.  This talented multi-hyphenate had a memorable role in the new cult classic Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance with a talented ensemble cast consisting of Bai Ling (The Crow), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Airplane 2: The Sequel), and Dawna Lee Heising (Pond Scum), and was reunited with Novak. Next on deck for Churchill is epic action thriller Nation’s Fire,  starring Grotte, which he wrote and will be directing. Also on deck for him is an edgy new anthology TV series, Cold Plastic, which he also wrote and is directing  as well. Both projects are being production in conjunction David M. Parks’ Apothecary Entertainment.

More info at http://www.churchhillproductions.com/

 

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Unity at The Universe Multicultural Film Festival

It truly was a small world after all this past weekend, as the Universe Multicultural Film Festival united the diverse worlds of film, fashion and finance. The festival held their lavish red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the RHCC Community Center in Rolling Hills Estates.

Awardee Laurene Landon dazzles in a beautiful green gown

Celebrities in attendance from the event were Lynn Tang, Festival Founder and President, Awardees Aki Aleong (Babylon 5, Walker, Texas Ranger), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Chuck Norris’ An Eye For An Eye), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky, the #1 trending movie on Netflix opposite Norman Reedus) and presenter actor/filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Lazarus: Day of the Dead). Aleong received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Landon received the Trailblazer Award, and Novak received the Living Legend Award.

Awardees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak

The Universe Multicultural Film Festival seeks to bring to the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from the world and is committed to enlightening the public with a unique international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities. The Festival focuses on showcasing diverse cultural and heritages films, supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works of both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, independent spirit and vision of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions into all aspects of the Festival, this Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and background to participate and share the harmony of the universe. In addition to the awards ceremony, this three day festival will have screenings, panels and a fashion show.

Presenter Thomas J. Churchill with awardees Laurene Landon and Mel Novak on the red carpet

This prominent festival was founded by Lynn Tang. Ms. Tang is a film and Broadway musical producer. She is the executive director of Universe Multicultural Film Festival; director of San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival; Founder of Epic ACG Fest; Chairwoman of Maeya Art Festival.

Laurene gives a wonderful and witty acceptance speech with fabulous presenter Thomas J. Churchill

As a film producer, her feature movie “Hiding Sword ” (in China and Hollywood) won the best actor & actress awards at the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Festival. Recently, she served as the executive producer of the Hollywood film “Senior Entourage” starring Hollywood Icons Ed Asner, Mark Rydell, Dick Van Dyke, Helen Reddy; Marion Ross and Charlie Robinson.

Awardees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak

As a Broadway musical producer, her production “Chen Ying Rescuers the Orphan “made to Dolby Theater (Oscar award Home theater) in October 2016. It become the first Broadway Musical to debut at in Dolby theater in history.

Mel’s motivational acceptance speech with Thomas J. Churchill and festival official

For the past 5 years in a row, she has been appointed as the film jury and international commissioner of Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival ( Korea) and for two years in a row as the Asian Film Block director of the Broadway International Film Festival -Ensenada ( Mexico).

Awardees Mel Novak and Laurene Landon
Awardee Mel Novak and festival founder Lynn Tang
Awardee Laurene Landon and presenter Thomas J. Churchill

Before the entertainment industry, she was a Project Manager specializing in international business exchanges and has served as a management specialist for Fortune 500 companies. She is the Shanghai (China) Zhabei District Investment Advisor and currently serves as the vice chairwoman of the Maeya Culture Exchange Group. Given Ms. Tang’s background, This international festival will unite the worlds of film, fashion and finance. Bravo to Lynn and her team for putting this incredible festival together.

For more info, please go to http://umfilms.org/

All photos are courtesy of Sheri Determan/PR Photos

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Syndicate Smasher Has a Smashing World Premiere

Legendary martial arts/action stars came out in droves to support the sold out world premiere of Syndicate Smasher at the Downtown Independent Theater on March 11th! In addition to the cast, celebrities in attendance were Hank Garrett (3 Days of the Condor, G.I. Joe, The Animated Series), Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Blood Fist, The Martial Arts Kid), Robin Shou (Mortal Kombat), Aki Aleong (Missing in Action: Part 3, The Quest) and many others.

“It is definitely a ‘multiple Mob; ie. Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Russian etc. vs Special Forces movie and, if you like lots of action, check it out!,” said Don “The Dragon” Wilson, three time WKA World Kickboxing Champion and holder of 10 world kickboxing titles in 3 different weight classes.

“Syndicate Smasher is one of the best action films I’ve seen in years with a great story and well developed characters the audience can truly care about,” said iconic actor Hank Garrett, Martial Arts, Weightlifting and Wrestling Hall of Famer.

Noted Indonesian filmmaker and producer Benny Tjandra of New GenerAsian Films collaborated on this much anticipated crime thriller that is loosely based on a true story with co-director and writer Doug Tochioka.

Tochioka’s script joins legendary cult star and Martial Arts Hall of Famer Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game Of Death, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance) with action heroine extraordinaire Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop opposite Bruce Campbell and Sky opposite Norman Reedus), actors Joe Estevez (Dexter) and Arthur Roberts (Not of This Earth, Revenge of the Ninja), David Prak (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) as well as multi award-winning actor/filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, The Rack Pack) and more for a story centered on a group of mercenaries, initially hired as contract killers, who find themselves targets of four powerful crime organizations and families. Guns go ablaze in this action packed tour-de-force, which presents an otherwise appealing little jewel for action movie aficionados.

“This film has the most guns, the most shots, and the most gangsters all in one movie fighting and shooting each other ever,” said Tjandra.

Celebrated gangster fight exploitative martial arts figure Mel Novak is the ultimate bad guy and  mortal enemy of every gangster mob outfit in the world———-” I kill em all, says Novak chuckling——that is The Chinese Triad, The Mafia, the Italians, The Russians, The Japanese all in one film!!”

Mel Novak , whose career has spanned over 30 years, has been in hundreds of films. ” I have killed and been killed by the likes of legendary martial artist and screen legend; Bruce Lee in his epic, “Game of Death” and Chuck Norris in “An Eye for An Eye” and the late, great  Jim Kelley in cult classic “Black Belt Jones.”

Tall, leggy and extremely well-built statuesque blonde, Landon has enlivened a bunch of hugely enjoyable movies with her spunky energy, physical dexterity, bubbly, upbeat personality and considerable sex appeal. She often portrays tough, two-fisted, no-nonsense action heroines with a winning blend of fiery aplomb and cheerful good humor and definitely plays that role to the hilt in this film as the feisty Detective Carol Driscoll.

Churchill gives a great performance in a great character role as the fast talking Andy and Estevez is great as Detective James Beattie. Roberts is wonderful as hard nosed Chief Timothy Darcy. Rounding out the cast is David Prak (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) as Dara.

Although this film stars many of the same stars as Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, such as Novak, Landon, Churchill and others, this is a completely different kind of film.

Based loosely on a true story, and buttressed by unbelievable special effects, if you come up against Novak, Landon, Churchill and Estevez, it is a death wish as you will get smashed–SYNDICATE SMASHED! Don’t miss it! This film is a great choice for action junkies to get their shoot ’em up binge fix.

More info at http://www.syndicatesmasher.com/

Dustin Brown

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Check Point’s Much Anticipated Release on All Formats

On Tuesday, March 7th, Check Point will have its’ much anticipated release on all formats.

The online platforms releasing the film are iTunes US, Google Play, Xbox, Amazon Instant, Amazon DVD, Vudu (Walmart online), and Playstation. The cable providers are Comcast, Cos, Time Warner Cable, Brighthouse, Verizon Fios, Frontier, Suddenlink, Charter, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Google Play, Dish, DirecTV, and Blockbuster/Sling TV.  The DVD retailers releasing the film are Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon.com, Netflix, Redbox, and Military Base shops.

The film was directed, produced and written by multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill. Check Point stars an ensemble cast consisting of WWE Universal Champion Bill Goldberg (The Longest Yard), William Forsythe (The Rock, Raising Arizona), Martial Arts Hall of Famer Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, An Eye For An Eye opposite Chuck Norris), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th films), Tyler Mane (Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, X-Men), Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn, Starsky & Hutch), Former UFC Champion John Lewis (Sons of Anarchy), Krista Grotte (Nation’s Fire, The Rack Pack, The Emerging Past) and Kenny Johnson (Bates Motel, The Shield). This project is also the last film of Ricky Harris (Heat, Dope) before his tragic and unexpected death.

“I have written many scripts and produced/directed a few films. But nothing compared to where my mind went with Check Point,” said Churchill.

Check Point is a very timely film considering all that is going on in the world today. This film is about a sleeper cell terrorist plot that is discovered in a small town where everyone knows one another, or so they thought they did. As justice seems lost, when an insurgent attack threatens to escalate into a full-blown invasion of the US, a team of unlikely heroes must rise up to fight the enemy and protect their beloved country.

Churchill is flanked by two cast members of the film, Krista Grotte and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson

“The idea of Check Point was something that has been with me since 1987. At one time, I wanted to be in the service as my father, uncles, grandfather and even my brother served our country. But I realized that it takes a very special kind of person to wear the uniform and defend their country. At that time in my life, my mind drifted more to the cinema and I wanted to make movies…where people can escape their worries and problems and lose themselves for a bit and get caught up in the world of cinema,” he added.

Churchill with cast member Bill Goldberg, WWE Universal Champion

Other projects this multi-talented filmmaker has worked on are the two time award-winning retro-film noir zombie epic-Lazarus: Apocalypse starring James Duval (Independence Day), which won best horror film at The New York City International Film Festival.  He also wrote, produced, directed and starred in the eight-time award-winning horror film The Emerging Past Director’s Cut. He also produced and portrayed the sheriff in the indie film Mr. Hush. Churchill was also seen by millions on the SyFy Network’s hit series Monster Man in episode #2 titled The Forbidden Werewolf.  This talented multi-hyphenate had a memorable role in the new cult classic Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance with a talented ensemble cast consisting of Bai Ling (The Crow), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Airplane 2: The Sequel), and Dawna Lee Heising (Pond Scum), and was reunited with Novak. He will also star with Novak and Landon in the upcoming Syndicate Smasher. Next on deck for Churchill is epic action thriller Nation’s Fire, ​starring Grotte, which he wrote and will be directing. Also on deck for him is an edgy new anthology TV series, Cold Plastic, ​which he also wrote and is directing  as well. Both projects are being production in conjunction David M. Parks’ Apothecary Entertainment.

More info at http://www.churchhillproductions.com/

Dustin Brown

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Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers West Coast Premiere!

The west coast premiere of the multi award-winning film, Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers (BSOTF) was on Sunday, October 2nd at The Downtown Independent Theater in downtown Los Angeles with a jam packed red carpet. There was also a nice Q and A session after the film with the cast and crew in attendance. This edgy, urban thriller is nominated in 5 major categories, including Best Movie by the Motion Picture Association of Haiti (MPAH).

BSOTF was produced by Chicago’s top independent film company 4 Features Film.  4 Features Film is a full service production company that is known for their high quality independent films and also their television commercials which has won them multiple Telly Awards.

“We really appreciated all the love and support we received from our west coast friends and fans. It’s a great to see the buzz BSOTF is getting on a national level as we screen the film across the country, ” said Romeo.

 

Actor-producers Tirf Alexius and Remoh Romeo
Actor-producers Tirf Alexius and Remoh Romeo on the red carpet!

 

Their latest project Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers has already created a big buzz with their loyal followers and mainstream media. The film is written and directed by Lanre Sarumi (Critical Nexxus, Banana Leaves) and the main characters and executive producers are world renowned movie makers Remoh Romeo (Hogtown, Lakay) and Tirf Alexius (Lakay, Chicago P.D.).

Actor-filmmakers Tirf Alexius, Thomas J. Churchill and Remoh Romeo
Actor-filmmakers Tirf Alexius, Thomas J. Churchill and Remoh Romeo

The seventy-eight minute crime thriller tells the story of a ruthless immigrant’s persistent quest for power and fame which leads to the development of a new addictive drug that allows the user to reach an ultimate high while still remaining a productive member of society. Just as he’s starting to cash in on his invention, a blackmailing kingpin threatens to take it all away. This fast-paced action packed thriller is filled with cliffhangers and laced with twists, turns, and the bodies of everyone who gets in his way.

Actress Natasha Blasick on the red carpet
Actress Natasha Blasick on the red carpet

The movie is the brainchild of Chicago filmmakers Remoh Romeo and Tirf Alexius who worked on the script for several months before beginning production. “It tells the real life decisions some people are faced with when they have limited options,” says Romeo. “We wanted to give an accurate portrayal of how life can be for immigrants in some of America’s toughest neighborhoods,” adds Alexius.

Q and A with Remoh, Tirf, actor Wesley Saint Louis and DP Melissa Flores
Q and A with Remoh, Tirf, actor Wesley Saint Louis and DP Melissa Flores

As for their much anticipated west cost premiere, “It was fantastic to be surrounded by a team of people who believe and support your creative endeavors,” said Alexius.

HPC's Vida G. interviews Tirf and Remoh on the red carpet for Eye on Entertainment
HPC’s Vida G. interviews Tirf and Remoh on the red carpet for Eye on Entertainment

For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to i2BELIEVE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing educational opportunities to children and adolescents in Haiti, which happens to be very timely considering Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti.

The filmmakers will also gracious donate $1 for every digital purchase of the film.

Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers had a nationwide theatrical trailer that was released in select movie theaters in Chicago on September 16th and New York City on September 23rd. After the theatrical release, the film will be released around the world on every major on-demand format. For more on Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers visit www.BastardSonMovie.com 

Photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

Dustin Brown

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance at AFM

The much buzzed about Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance was the made its mark on a global scale at the popular American Film Market (AFM) with a standing room only screening and meet and greet with the film’s stars. They also had an epic, star-studded party at the 310 Lounge in Santa Monica.

The film's stars from left to right: Mel Novak, Tommy Wiseau, Laurene Landon, Mathew Karedas and Kristine DeBell. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages
The film’s stars from left to right: Mel Novak, Tommy Wiseau, Laurene Landon, Mathew Karedas and Kristine DeBell. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages

“We are delighted to present this film to the worldwide audience at AFM and hope that people around the world can experience Samurai Cop 2,” said award-winning writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka.

 Filmmakers Bert I. Gordon and Gregory Hatanaka with actress Laurene Landon. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Filmmakers Bert I. Gordon and Gregory Hatanaka with actress Laurene Landon. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos

This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (MathewKaredas), who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

Actor Tommy Wiseau and writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka give their thumbs up. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Actor Tommy Wiseau and writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka give their thumbs up. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos

Alongside the original cast, the film also stars iconic actors such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones), Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank: High Voltage), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Airplane II: The Sequel), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Apocalypse, Checkpoint), Joe Estevez (Dexter), Dawna Lee Heising (Slink, Ten Violent Women: Part 2), Gerald Okamura (G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra) , Kayden Kross (Street Smart), Yuka Sano (Paranormal Activity Security Squad), Lisa London (Darling Nikki, Divorce Texas Style) , Ramzi Abed (Noirland), Naoyuki Ikeda (Blue Dream), Lexi Belle (Sisterhood), Kristine De Bell (Darling Nikki, Meatballs) and Joycelyne Lew (Mad Cowgirl, Ride With the Devil), who were both leads in Jackie Chan’s The Big Brawl and countless others.

Actress Bai Ling strikes a pose in a racy leopard print. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Actress Bai Ling strikes a pose in a racy leopard print. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos

Other celebrities and VIPs in attendance were the film’s producers Joseph Kelbie Williamson, Rich Mallery, as well as filmmaker Bert I. Gordon (Secrets of a Psychopath), actors Hank Garrett (Three Days of the Condor), Jamie Bernadette (Darling Nikki), Magda Marcella (Hunter) Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), journalists Maryam Morrison and Mathew Morrison of Eden Magazine, Tyrone Tann of Stauros Entertainment, Jesse Torrero of AV Entertainment Live, celebrity photographers Albert L. Ortega, Bob Delgadillo, Billy Bennight – and many more!

Writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka with actors Mathew Karedas and Mel Novak. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka with actors Mathew Karedas and Mel Novak. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos

Founded in 1981, the AFM quickly became the premiere global marketplace where Hollywood’s decision-makers and trendsetters all gather under one roof. Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. In just eight days, more than $1 billion in deals will be sealed — on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production — making AFM the must-attend industry event where Samurai Cop 2 was highlighted on a grand scale.

Filmmakers and actors Tyrone Tann and Thomas J. Churchill. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Filmmakers and actors Tyrone Tann and Thomas J. Churchill. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Actor Mel Novak looks sharp in his suit from Rocky's Custom Clothes. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Actor Mel Novak looks sharp in his suit from Rocky’s Custom Clothes. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Yours truly getting interviewed by Jesse Torrero of AV Entertainment Live. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
Yours truly getting interviewed by Jesse Torrero of AV Entertainment Live. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
With two filmmakers I admire, Thomas J. Churchill and Gregory Hatanaka. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos
With two filmmakers I admire, Thomas J. Churchill and Gregory Hatanaka. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight/PR Photos

More info at https://www.facebook.com/SamuraiCop2

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Forgotten Heroes Honors Our Brave Vets

This Veteran’s Day I want to highlight a filmmaker, Jack Marino, Producer/Director Jack Marino who honors all the Vietnam era veterans in his independent feature film called “Forgotten Heroes.” This moving film is about a Russian General, played by veteran character actor William Smith, that defects for freedom during the Vietnam War. He is joined by a wonderful ensemble cast.

Award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill guests on the Jack Marino Warriorfilmmaker Show on LA Talk Radio
Award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill guests on the Jack Marino Warriorfilmmaker Show on LA Talk Radio

Marino has an interesting backstory. A student of the Boston Catholic school system his early life, he eventually went to Northeastern University in Boston and graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice.  This was his first massive exposure to the 60s radical malcontent mindset.  It was at Northeastern that he started doing theater in the round.  His first Shakespearean role was Ross in Macbeth.  After two years of fencing and acting in plays he wanted to get into Repertory Theater.  Once he was out of Northeastern, his former teacher/director cast him as Cyrano de Bergerac in that ambitious play she was directing.  Four weeks into rehearsal the play was shut down for lack of funds. Sounds familiar? This would be a way of life in the world of independent filmmaking once he got to Hollywood.

Poster for Forgotten Heroes
Poster for Forgotten Heroes

After the play shut down he got into his 1971 Dodge Charger and headed for Hollywood for six months.  While out here he met a lot of film stars, old prize fighters who knew everyone from the old days of Hollywood.  His plan was to get a feel for the place. He worked in a couple of films and then returned home to marry his high school sweetheart. Back in Everett, they both worked for another two years. By mid ’80 they were back living in Los Angeles.

During the next four years he formed two production companies, had a couple of scripts and was taking them around to all the studios.  In ’83 he raised private funds to produce his first independent film “KILLZONE”. It was one of the biggest hits of the 1985AFM and it changed the entire film market to low budget action films.  In Jan. of ’86 he was asked by his DP on KILLZONE to put together the film, “Hell’s Outlaw” and borrowing a friend’s credit card he made the film. By the fall of ’86 he began putting together the film project called “FORGOTTEN HEROES”. Little would he know that this film would end up becoming his Calypso in this twenty-year odyssey.

“FORGOTTEN HEROES” is a well produced indie film and a very touching and gritty story about the Vietnam War. William Smith gives a phenomenal performance as the defecting Soviet General. David Campbell also gave a winning performance. Marino is a true patriot for creating this amazing film that will have viewers of the edge of their seats.

What I really liked was that it was a positive portrayal of our brave troops, who really don’t get enough appreciation for sacrificing their lives for our freedom.

Jack has been married now for thirty-two years to a green-eyed Irish girl he met in 1969.  Their daughter, now married, recently gave birth to “Identical twin girls”. Their son is in the Army and recently finished his tour of duty with the 25th INF DIV in a Striker Brigade in Baghdad, Iraq and is now with the Army Reserves here in Los Angeles.

By the way, he still has that ’71 Dodge Charger,  still has that same girl, and when the world was young, they went everywhere in that car.  He would tell her of his dreams, making films in Hollywood, living up on Mulholland Farm, having fat kids and watching their vineyards grow!  Now that their kids are out on their own, he is with his girl again, only he can remember when.

More info about the film at  http://www.forgottenheroesthemovie.com/

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance’s Sold Out Screenings

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence Sells Out

On Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, Cinema Epoch presented two exclusive, sold out screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance at the Laemmle Noho Theatre. The Martial Arts Museum in Burbank will also hosted a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm for all the rabid Samurai Cop 2 fans!

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

Los Angeles, CA , October 11, 2015 -Cinema Epoch presented exclusive sold out screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hatanaka(Mad Cowgirl, Blue Dream) and the stars of the film conducted a Q and A after the film on both nights.  More screening dates to be announced soon.

Castmates Cranston Komuro, Bai Ling and Gerald Okamura. Bai's eye-catching outfit is a nod to the genre of the film
Castmates Cranston Komuro, Bai Ling and Gerald Okamura. Bai’s eye-catching outfit is a nod to the genre of the film

 

This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon) who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

Samurai Cop 2 Castmates Mathew Karedas and Dawna Lee Heising
Castmates Mathew Karedas and Dawna Lee Heising

Alongside the original cast, the film also stars iconic actors such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones), Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank: High Voltage), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Airplane II: The Sequel), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Apocalypse), Joe Estevez (Dexter), Dawna Lee Heising (Slink, Pond Scum), Kristine De Bell (The Big Brawl) and countless others. This film utilizes the innovative 35mm trend that is being used in the new Bond and Tarantino film. Lee Heising’s scene with Wiseau utilized this film method which was apropos as Hatanaka truly gave homage to the original film while keeping it fresh and current enough for modern day audiences, which also was a great fit for his eclectic cast.

Actress Laurene Landon who played a detective in the film
Actress Laurene Landon who played a detective in the film
Actor Mel Novak
Actor Mel Novak on the red carpet

“I’m a big fan of the first film and it’s amazing to work with the original cast as well as the new generation of cast members,” said Hatanaka. “I feel really blessed. I hope I did the ensemble justice. It helped to have reverence for the cast and I respected everyone’s work in it,” he added.

Actors Laurene Landon, Lisa London, actor-filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill, actor and journalist HPC's Vida G., actors Mel Novak, Amy Shi, and Ewart Chin
Actors Laurene Landon, Lisa London, actor-filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill, actor, voiceover artist and fashion blogger yours truly., actors Mel Novak, Amy Shi, and Ewart Chin

Tickets for these screenings can be purchased at this link: www.laemmle.com/films/39604

Actress Bai Ling blows a kiss to her birthday cake with her image on it
Actress Bai Ling blows a kiss to her birthday cake with her image on it

If that wasn’t enough to have quenched the fans thirst Samurai Cop 2 thirst, the stars of this film descended upon the Martial Arts Museum for a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm. This museum is located at 2319 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank.  For their legions of rabid fans, there was be an exclusive red carpet photo session and an unveiling of the Flying Guillotine Display at the Museum that was graciously donated by Hatanaka. It was also the birthday of Samurai Cop 2 star Bai Ling, which was celebrated with a beautiful cake of Ling’s striking image in a glamorous outfit.

Celebrities and VIPs in attendance were Grand Master Eric Lee, producers Joseph Kelbie Williamson and Edwin Santos, actors Joe Estevez, Gerald Okamura, Lisa London, Lexi Belle, Yuka Sano, Amy Shi, Hank Garrett, Naoyuki Ikeda, Ramzi Abed, Shane Ryan, photographers Dan Kennedy and John Cox – and many more!

The trailer of the film can be seen at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=996zhYei9Xw

Photos courtesy of Cineridge Entertainment

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Advanced Screening of Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance

This afternoon I had the good fortune of seeing a super private advanced screening of  Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance with the film’s award-winning director, Gregory Hatanaka and star of the film Mathew Karedas in attendance.

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

This film had such an impressive ensemble cast and so much action, that you can’t fully take it in with just the one viewing.

Big congrats to Hatanaka for creating the much anticipated sequel to this legendary cult classic.  There were nods and homages to the original film for all the fans, but Hatanaka kept it fresh and often times humorous and I love that. I had many laugh out loud moments.

Samurai Cop 2 explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Mathew Karedas ) who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. Both actors give  great performances. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

And I was on the edge of my seat with all the action packed scenes. I love how Frazer often pans to the camera in such an effortless way that it really added to the comical moments of the film.

The supporting cast was wonderful as well. Bai Ling gives an epic performance. Laurene Landon (there’s a great reference for Hundra fans) is wonderful as the tough and brash detective. Mel Novak is also amazing in a very cunning role. Thomas J. Churchill is also wonderful in a nice character role. Dawna Lee Heising is hilarious in her scene with Wiseau, who gives a fun and funny standout performance. Cranston Komuro, Melissa Moore, Lexi Belle, Kristine DeBll, Mindy Robinson, Lisa London and everyone else in the cast that lights up the screen.

Kayden Kross gives a good performance and has mainstream cinema potential. Joe Estevez is great as the angry and brusque police chief. Add into the mix the return of Gerald Okamura (including a great flashback with him from the original movie).

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Screens with a Vengeance!

 

Cinema Epoch proudly presents an exclusive screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop2: Deadly Vengeance on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hakanaka (Mad Cowgirl, Blue Dream) and the stars of the film will conduct a Q and A after the film. More screening dates to be announced soon.

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon) who are teaming up once again in this star-studded action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

 

Still of actress Bai Ling
Still of actress Bai Ling

 

Still of actress Laurene Langdon
Still of actress Laurene Landon

Alongside the original cast, the film also stars iconic actors such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones), Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank: High Voltage), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Airplane II: The Sequel), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Apocalypse), Joe Estevez (Dexter), Dawna Lee Heising (Slink, Pond Scum), Kristine De Bell (The Big Brawl) and countless others.

still of actor Mel Novak
still of actor Mel Novak

Tickets for these screenings can be purchased at this link: www.laemmle.com/films/39604

Still of actor Mathew Karedas
Still of actor Mathew Karedas
Still of actors Dawna Lee Heising and Tommy Wiseau
Still of actors Dawna Lee Heising and Tommy Wiseau
He wears his sunglasses at night! Still of actor and award-winning Thomas J. Churchill
He wears his sunglasses at night! Still of actor and award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill

If that wasn’t enough to quench your Samurai Cop 2 thirst, the stars of this film will descend upon the Martial Arts Museum for a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm. This museum is located at 2319 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. For their legions of fans, there will be an exclusive red carpet photo session and an unveiling of the Flying Guillotine Display at the Museum that was graciously donated by Hatanaka. It’s also the birthday of Samurai Cop 2 star Bai Ling, so please come out to join in on the festivities. Please note that this is a free event to accommodate the fans.

All photos courtesy of Cinema Epoch

 

 

 

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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