WFG News: January 4, 2016

Hello Fans! I hope you all have had a wonderful New Year’s Eve as we have now entered 2016! I decided after the review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to take a weekend break from the blog.

Now that the weekend is over, it’s time for some news that were announced over the weekend in terms of the movies! So, here we go!!!

  • World Film Geek sends its condolences to the families of Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond, two legendary cinematographers who lensed some of Hollywood’s greatest films. Wexler, who passed away at the age of 93 on December 27, lensed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Bound for Glory (1976), and Canadian Bacon (1995), one of John Candy‘s final films. Zsigmond passed away on January 1 at the age of 85. Some of the film he lensed included Deliverance (1972), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), The Deer Hunter (1978), Real Genius (1985), Maverick (1994), and The Black Dahlia (2006).
  • An IndieGoGo campaign has begun for the new martial arts action thriller entitled Beast. Check out the video with a message and the trailer, directed by former Hong Kong film actor Bobby Samuels and writer/producer Robert Jefferson.
    [vimeo 150401923 w=500&h=280]
  • An international cast has joined Vin Diesel and Samuel Jackson for the currently shooting threequel XxX: The Return of Xander Cage. It has been announced that Jet LiTony Jaa, and Deepika Padukone have joined Diesel. The plot of the new action film is under wraps at this time.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already made $1.5 billion worldwide and with its release in China due for next week, the seventh episode is expected to break the all-time record of worldwide gross, currently held by Avatar, the 2009 sci-fi action film from director James Cameron.
  • Shot in 2012, the action thriller White Tiger, is finally expected to get a release sometime this year. The film star Matt MullinsDon “The Dragon” WilsonCynthia Rothrock, and Joe Lewis in his final film role. Check out the trailer here:
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12OoKrWP9K4]
  • Speaking of Don “The Dragon” Wilson, he has recently worked on a new martial arts film which reunited him with Michael Baumgarten, the director of The Martial Arts Kid. The film is entitled Paying Mr. McGetty and the film co-stars R. Marcos TaylorJim Horning, and Wade WilliamsJames Wilson and Karen Kaing produced the film with John Kreng serving as the film’s fight coordinator. Filming begin in St. Petersburg, Florida then to California.
  • It is unclear for how much longer, but cast your vote now for Best Martial Arts Film of 2015 at the Budomate website. In first place with an overwhelming 48% of the votes is The Martial Arts Kid, starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock. Redeemer, starring Marko Zaror, is in second place so far with 27% and John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, is in third with 14%.
  • A recent interview with Variety has revealed that Quentin Tarentino is thinking about revisiting one of his most famous characters: Beatrix Kiddo, aka The Bride, in a possible third installment of the Kill Bill series. The idea is to have the film in real time, which would mean the film would be set 13 years later after the original. He has talked a bit with Uma Thurman about some ideas, but in the meantime, his recent film The Hateful Eight, is in theaters.
  • After “divorcing” from the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas panned the recent installment The Force Awakens for its retro feel at first. He even called Disney “white slavers” at one point. However, he has issued an apology for using the term and he did say that while he rarely has his feelings about things, he is in fact impressed with the film’s success.
  • It looks like classic slasher Michael Myers is going to look for a new home as Bloody Disgusting has revealed that Dimension Films has lost the rights to the Halloween franchise after a failed attempt at another sequel, Halloween Returns, lost its scriptwriters. However, Malek Akkad is shopping for a new production company and should this new installment go ahead, Akkad will serve as its producer.
  • Entertainment Weekly has revealed the villains for the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters, starring Kristen WiigMelissa McCarthyLeslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon as the titular team. The lead villain is called Rowan, who is played by Nail Casey. The ghosts that we will see here will consist of “dead criminals, Revolutionary War spirits, Pilgrims, sailors, and even some zoot suit gangster-type ghosts”.

Here’s to a excellent 2016 in the world of cinema!

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