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Shroff Sports New Look for “Baaghi 2”; Sequel Details

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Bollywood action fans…Tiger Shroff is returning and he’s got a new look.

The actor and martial artist has cut down his hair and looks unrecognizable as he returns as his character of Ronny in the soon-to-be released sequel Baaghi 2.

The original 2016 Bollywood martial arts action film caused controversy when the finale was lifted from the Indonesian film The Raid, prompting a lawsuit from the rights owner to remake that very film. The lawsuit was ultimately thrown out. Despite the controversy, the film was successful, which prompted this sequel.

To prepare for his return, Shroff underwent physical training and flew to Hong Kong to train with legendary action director Tony Ching Siu-Tung in other forms of martial arts. The female lead this time around is Disha Patani, who plays a new character, replacing Shraddha Kapoor.

It has also been revealed that the sequel will actually serve as a remake of a Telugu film entitled Kshanam, which was released in 2016 and revolved around an investment banker who reunites with his college sweetheart and helps her track down her child when she goes missing.

Ahmed Khan directs Baaghi 2, which is due for release on March 30, 2018.

H/T: NDTV, First Post, New Indian Express

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Heart Blackened (2017)

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Choi Min-Sik searches to uncover the truth in this Korean remake to a 2013 Chinese crime drama.

Yim Tae-San is a broker and influential businessman who has been highly respected with everyone around him. He finally has found love with pop singer Park Yu-Na and is set to be engaged to her much to the chagrin of his daughter Mi-Ra. Despite his daughter’s stance, Tae-San intends to be happy but all of that changes when Yu-Na is hit by a car in a horrific accident and to make matters worse, Mi-Ra is the prime suspect in what is now a homicide.

Tae-San hires young promising lawyer Choi Hee-Jung to become the defense attorney for Mi-Ra. Despite the hatred Mi-Ra had for Yu-Na, Mi-Ra believes she never would consider killing her. Tae-San, who also believed his daughter is innocent, decides to go his own route to find who did in fact murder Yu-Na. To accomplish this, he looks for help from a surveillance expert, Kim Dong-Myung, and Jung Seung-Gil, Yu-Na’s former manager who is also looking for answers. Will Choi and Tae-San be able to prove that Mi-Ra’s innocence or will a more horrible truth be revealed that will shake up the entire case?

This film, directed by Jung Ji-Woo, is a remake of a 2013 Chinese thriller entitled Silent Witness, and not having seen the original film, it would be unfair to do a comparison. However, for what it’s worth, this Korean take on that film, in which a powerful businessman tries to prove his daughter’s innocence when she is the prime suspect of her future stepmother’s murder.

The film plays out as a straight-forward crime drama with some intricate twists and turns that tend to prove an all important lesson about money and power. Choi Min-Sik is truly a driving force in the film as the embittered Tae-San, who despite having the money and power, practically loses one of the loves of his life and is in danger of losing the other love of his life. Usually in this situation, one would expect him to hire a top-ranking attorney but instead he hires a young naïve attorney who is smarter than he expects, as wonderfully played by Park Shin-Hye.

One of the more interesting takes in terms of characters is Lee Soo-Kyung’s character of Yim Mi-Ra, who is pretty much both a tortured soul and very arrogant princess. She has disdain for her father, perhaps for finding someone so fast as it is implied that perhaps Mi-Ra’s mother has passed away. Despite her misgivings, Mi-Ra seems to be the spoiled princess type who is more into partying hard rather than be someone who would kill someone.

In addition, the character of Kim Dong-Hyung, played by Ryu Jun-Yeol, makes for a pivotal supporting character in the film. He is more of a neutral party, willing to work both sides in order to uncover the truth of Yu-Na’s murder. As the character is the president of Yu-Na’s fan club, it seems only right that he does play out both sides just to search for the truth. And yet when the truth is revealed, it does bring a jaw-dropping that truly has to be seen to be believed.

Heart Blackened makes for a well-made crime thriller with some intricate twists and powerful performances from the cast. If you are a fan of crime dramas and trial movies, this should be on your list.

WFG RATING: A-

CJ Entertainment presents a Yong Film production. Director: Jung Ji-Woo. Producers: Kim Dong-Joo and Syd Lim. Writer: Jung Ji-Woo. Cinematography: Chung Chung-Hoon. Editing: Kim Sang-Beom.

Cast: Choi Min-Sik, Park Shin-Hye, Ryu Jun-Yeol, Lee Soo-Kyung, Lee Honey, Jo Han-Chul, Park Hae-Joon

The film will make its U.S. debut at the CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles and Buena Park in California on November 10.

Remaking “Dementia”: An Interview with Richard LeMay

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Richard LeMay is an award winning filmmaker who has become one of indie cinema’s prolific helmers out of New York. In addition to writing, producing, and directing Naked As We Came, LeMay also produced Water, which starred Michael Shannon and Idina Menzel. LeMay has gone from indie dramas to living his dream of directing horror films with the remake of the 1963 film Dementia 13, the feature film directorial debut of cinematic legend Francis Ford Coppola. The film will be released in select theaters on October 6 followed by a VOD and Digital HD release on October 10 from Chiller Films.

World Film Geek had the chance to speak with LeMay about his love of horror and how it transitioned to remaking this classic tale of terror.

Thank you so much Richard for talking about Dementia 13. I saw the original many years ago and this was actually a pretty good remake that did have some twists, but it was actually pretty good.
Oh, thank you. I really appreciate that!

Before we get into the film, can you tell me how you got into filmmaking?
Well, believe it or not, I started out as an actor. I was just doing really bad films (laughs). I remember that I wanted to make a movie just so I can be in something better than what I was in. I ended up writing, producing, directing and starring in one and the movie sucked. But, I fell in love with the other side of the camera. And that was the end of it. I never looked back and just kept making movies after that.

Were you always a horror film fan?
Yes! I’ve been a horror film fan since I was a little kid. My brother, my two sisters, and I would jump on the couch and watch The Wolf Man. I remember as a toddler, just feeling scared and I’ve had a lot of good memories through the years with horror films.

That’s great! So, what led you to direct the remake of Dementia 13?
Well, I was approached by Dan DeFilippo, the film’s writer and producer. At the end of the conversation, he and Justin Smith had already written the script and they were getting things moving. So, I’ll be honest, I had never heard of Dementia 13, until the conversation started. So, I got to watch it a couple of times and for me, the challenge was that you’re stepping into the shoes of a legend.

So, my goal was to respect the original and just put my stamp on it. I knew that I was never going to outdo Francis Ford Coppola. But, just to be mentioned under the same breath as him that was the reason to make the movie alone. I loved the script so I thought it was really fast-paced and kept you guessing. So that was the hook.

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Channing Pickett as Rose in Dementia 13 (Chiller Films)

What was it like working with the cast?
That’s one of my favorite things. I think with my background as an actor from many years ago, I have a good report. In the beginning, it’s what I brought to the table. My skill set has grown since. I always handpick my cast so I know what I’m getting into anyway. But, I couldn’t have picked a better group of people, both on and off set.

They were down to do whatever. You look at Channing Pickett, who plays Rose, you know, she’s running her face off through the film, screaming. And she screamed herself hoarse. She was down for it. So, it was a pleasure working with everybody.

Were there any difficulties that you had to endure while making the movie?
Yeah, I mean every movie does I think. I like to say every day is a [censored] fight when you’re making a film. And you just gotta keep moving forward. Like any film, we had linguistical nightmares. But at the end of the day, we were on a thousand-acre estate in the middle of nowhere, in the woods of Connecticut. So there was no cell service, we didn’t have wi-fi (laughs). So you’re pretty remote and unable to get in touch with anybody.

So we had a lot of safety concerns, and we brought people in to monitor those, because there was a tremendous amount of running. There’s stunts. There’s fights. We were taking it day-by-day, but I can’t say there was any one thing that stood out as a main problem.

This was actually quite a pretty good horror film. Would you do another film?
That’s my plan! I intentionally got into horror. Before this movie, I actually shot my first horror film, titled Blood Bound, starring Eden Brolin, Josh Brolin’s daughter and she’s going to blow people’s minds. I had just finished shooting that and begin editing when the conversation about Dementia 13 began. So, when I got the job for Dementia 13, I had to press pause on Blood Bound. I just recently finished it this summer, so you’re going to see it next year.

That’s awesome!
Yeah it is. So I really wanted to get into horror. I tend to look at horror, or pretty much anything as drama. I think you have to have your feet on the ground and whatever reality you’re creating. The horror element is just another layer to that.

It’s funny to me, because this movie is about a dysfunctional family, you know, dealing with their personal stuff. The horror element is the thing that brings them together. But, it’s a little too late (laughs).

Aside from Blood Bound, are there any other projects you are working on?
Yeah, well, I’m in the process of negotiation to shoot a new thriller in Los Angeles in the spring, but the deal is not done yet, so I can’t really talk about that. There are several things I’ve written and it’s a perfect world, I’ll be shooting a script called Dark Hallow, and that’s a supernatural horror film about witches and that’s pretty dark. So, yeah, I’m kind of excited to see where this road leads because I’ve always wanted to do horror films. So, I’m kind of living the dream right now.

Well, if this film says anything, it will be the beginning of what is an exciting road because you really brought the scares to the film.
Thank you! You know it’s funny because you spend your time editing a film like this and you have no idea how the audience is going to react. By the time you’re done, you’re like “I don’t know” (laughs). I do hope someone likes it.

Dementia 13 will be in theaters on October 6 followed by a VOD and Digital HD release on October 10. If anyone enjoyed Coppola’s original will surely like this remake with a bit of a twist to it. Thank you again Richard for talking about the film and will be looking forward to more of the scares from you!
Thank you so much!

A special Thank You goes to Katrina Wan PR and Richard LeMay for making this interview possible. For more information on Richard LeMay, you can visit his official homepage

Dementia 13 (2017)

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Francis Ford Coppola’s debut film gets the remake treatment and adds some major twists that help make the film that of a pretty good updated version.

When John Haloran and his new life Louise have an argument on the lake over a possible inheritance, the two once again get physical with Louise going to extremes and killing John, dumping his body in the river. Two weeks later, John’s family arrives at the family castle for the annual ceremony commemorating the memory of youngest member Kathleen, who tragically down when she was six years old.

Matriarch Gloria is suffering from dementia, always finding herself talking to Kathleen much to the chagrin of daughters Rose and Billy. This soon becomes the least of their problems this day as a mysterious person dressed in a cloak and mask kills Louise, who had been scheming the whole time and plans to send three accomplices to the castle to extort and kill the family. Things get even worse when strange occurrances within the confines begin to occur. Who will survive this fateful night?

Fifty-four years after future cinematic legend Francis Ford Coppola made his debut film, this updated version from the scripting team of Dan De Filippo and Justin Smith and director Richard LeMay takes the core plot of Coppola’s original and adds a few twists and turns that makes good use of its eighty-three-minute running time.

Julia Campanelli brings a sense of mystique to the role of matriarch Gloria Haloran, who is seen at times talking to the departed Kathleen as if she is still alive, which can be quite disturbing at times to both her family and the viewer. Channing Pickett’s Rose and Marianne Noscheze’s Billy couldn’t be more opposites, the former who can be somewhat seen as an uptight snob with the latter a world traveler to do more good than splurge or retire to the rich area. As for his short appearance in the opening, Christian Ryan’s John truly seems like a heartless rich boy who thrives on physical abuse and seems to have something in common with his mother.

Latin singer Ana Isabelle, like Ryan, makes the most of her screen time in the Luana Anders role of Louise, whose character is one of the major twists of the film. Instead of a conniving wife who plots to fake a haunting, her character is part of a gang who looks to rob the castle and kill its occupants. The trio of the fellow goons are seen briefly in terms of their appearance and motives. However, the film does have its axe killer, decked out in a Japanese-style demon mask and cloak. Unlike the original, the killer’s reveal is not who one may think it will be and the film itself takes a very insane supernatural twist that meshes two well-known subgenres of the horror film quite well.

This modern updated version of Dementia 13 is actually quite good in meshing the ghost story and serial killer film in one nicely wrapped remake with some intricate twists. If you enjoyed the original, then it is worth checking out this updated version.

WFG RATING: B+

Chiller Films presents a Pipeline Entertainment Production. Director: Richard LeMay. Producer: Dan De Filippo. Writers: Dan De Filippo and Justin Smith; based on the original film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Cinematography: Paul Niccolls. Editing: Karim López.

Cast: Julia Campanelli, Ana Isabelle, Channing Pickett, Marianne Noscheze, Steve Polites, Ben Van Berkum, Christian Ryan, Donal Brophy, Leif Steinart, Jay William Thomas, Roland Sands, Leila Grace.

Chiller Films will release this film in select theaters on October 6 followed by a VOD and Digital HD release on October 10.

“Infernal” to Get the Bollywood Treatment

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It looks like another remake of the hit 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs is coming.

The hit film, which revolved around a cop undercover as a gangster crossing paths with a gangster undercover in the police force, is getting a Bollywood remake, which will be set up at Azure Entertainment and Warner Bros. India. Azure was responsible for Rocky Handsome, the Bollywood remake of Korean hit film The Man from Nowhere.

In 2006, Martin Scorsese remade Infernal Affairs as The Departed, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

More as this develops.

H/T: Variety

Terror Imminent in “Dementia 13” Remake Trailer

Before becoming an icon with his Godfather films, Francis Ford Coppola bursted onto the screen with a 1963 horror film entitled Dementia 13.

The film has an upcoming remake and the trailer has arrived courtesy of Chiller Films. A vengeful ghost, a mysterious killer, and a family where everyone has a secret converge in one night of terror in the film.

Julia CampanelliAna IsabelleMarianne NoschezeChanning Pickett, and Christian Ryan star in the film. Richard LeMay directs the film, which was written and produced by Dan DeFilippo.

Chiller Films will be releasing the film in select theaters on October 6 followed by a VOD and Digital HD release on October 13.

Yen to Become a New Kind of “Dragon”

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Donnie Yen is about to become a new kind of “Dragon”.

Out doing promotion for his upcoming crime drama Chasing the Dragon, Yen and Wong Jing practically shocked the martial arts film world when they announced their next collaboration will be a remake of an underrated classic!

The classic they are remaking? Enter the Fat Dragon! For those who are unfamiliar with this film, the original film was released in 1978 and was directed, choreographed, and starred Hong Kong legend Sammo Hung as a Bruce Lee-fanatic who has practiced his idol’s skills to near perfection when he is called upon to leave his farmland to help his family from a gang of thugs in the big city of Hong Kong.

One of the highlights of the film includes Hung beating the heck out of a Bruce Lee-impersonator, played by Tony Leung Siu-Hung, on the set of a Bruceploitation film, and it may have caused some controversy as well in the form of Lee Hai-Sheng decked out in blackface to play an African-American karate expert.

Regardless, the film is hailed as one of Sammo’s best kung fu comedies and it was announced with the remake that it will be Yen playing the Hung role, which means he will be wearing a suit to make him look heavier. Just like the commercial below (Thanks to M.A.A.C. for the link):

Yen has quite a full plate in terms of his schedule. Along with this film, he is set to begin shooting on Ip Man 4 in March of next year, and is set to play undercover cop Wei Shen in the live-action adaptation of Square Enix’s hit game Sleeping Dogs and the recently announced sequel Flash Point 2.

It is believed that after Yen and Wong will be making Enter the Fat Dragon right before he goes into Ip Man 4.

More as this develops.

H/T: Film Combat Syndicate

80’s Teen Movie “Drive” to Get Remake

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A little trend is beginning to occur and that is a gender-reversal when it comes to remaking films. One can think of 2016’s Ghostbusters and the upcoming remake of 1987’s Overboard, where we see Eugenio Derbez in the Goldie Hawn role and Anna Faris in the Kurt Russell role.

Now, it has been announced that 20th Century Fox is developing a female-centric remake of the 1988 teen comedy License to Drive. The original film starred the late Corey Haim as Les Anderson, a kid who fails his driver’s test but goes out and steals his grandfather’s classic Cadillac for a date with the most popular girl in school…and yes, this is a night Les would never forget.

John Davis will be producing the film and writing the script will be the team of Alish Brophy and Scott Miles and it is being described as a female version of Superbad.

More as this develops.

H/T: Deadline

TRAILER: Death Wish

Bruce Willis stars in the remake of the 1974 classic Death Wish and the first trailer has arrived!

Eli Roth directed the film, which stars Willis as Paul Kersey, whose everyday life is changed forever when his wife is killed and daughter is assaulted by a gang of thugs. When the police is unable to help, Kersey becomes a one-man army who is dubbed in media outlets as “The Grim Reaper”. His methods obviously don’t bode well with the police, but the folks of Chicago are glad someone can take on crime.

Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris, Jack Kesy, Elisabeth Shue, and Camila Morrone co-star in the film. Joe Carnahan wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Brian Garfield.

Death Wish comes to theaters on November 20 from MGM.

“Dementia 13” Remake Comes in October

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Francis Ford Coppola‘s 1963 classic horror film Dementia 13 gets the remake treatment and is set for an October release.

In the film, a vengeful ghost, a mysterious killer, and a family brimming with secrets converge in one night of terror.

Starring in this new updated version are Julia Campanelli, Ana Isabelle, Marianne Noscheze, Channing Pickett, and Christian Ryan. Richard LeMay directs the film, which was written and produced by Dan DeFilippo.

Chiller Films will be releasing the film in select theaters on October 6 followed by a VOD and Digital HD release on October 13.