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Tekken – New photos are out. The female fighter’s costumes are a little impractical

Posted by LiveFor on February 18, 2010

Tekken is a great video game from Namco. The film may not be that great, but could be a bit of fun as these films so often are. It looks as if it will be a sci-fi kind of film about a rebel who rises up against the Tekken Corp. to seize freedom for his people.

Directed by Dwight Little, the movie stars Luke Goss, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita, Gary Daniels, Chiaki Kuriyama, Cung Le, Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Ian Anthony Dale, Lateef Crowder, Darrin Dewitt Henson, John Pyper-Ferguson, Mircea Monroe, Gary Ray Stearns, Candice Hillebrand and David Pitt.

The year is 2039. World Wars have destroyed much of civilization as we know it. The remaining territories are no longer run by governments, but by corporations, the mightiest of which is Tekken.

In order to keep the masses down, Tekken sponsors the Iron Fist Tournament in which fighters compete to the death for ultimate glory and receive a lifetime of stardom and wealth.

io9 have lots more photos. Check out the trailer.

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Death Race: Frankenstein Lives – Sean Bean, Ving Rhames and Danny Trejo join Luke Goss

Posted by LiveFor on February 16, 2010

Well I thought this was going to be a low budget straight to DVD prequel to Paul W S Anderson’s 2008 film, but casting news from STYD makes me think that they are chucking a lot of money at this one as a few famous faces are joining Luke Goss (Hellboy 2) and Tanit Phoenix. Filming began over the weekend in South Africa on Death Race: Frankenstein Lives.

Goss plays Carl “Luke” Lucas, a man framed by the mob for the murder of a police officer. Sean Bean will co-star as Luke’s old mob boss; Ving Rhames is the man responsible for giving the greenlight to the Death Race (he’s apparently a “Rupert Murdoch” type); Danny Trejo is Luke’s pal in prison and Frederick Koehler will reprise his role as “Lists.”

Danny Trejo’s stock is on the rise with a starring role in Predators and Machete this new Death Race film is shaping up to be better than the first one.

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Tekken – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on January 15, 2010

Did anyone actually want this film to be made? I just don’t see the point when the fights in the game seem so much better.

The year is 2039. World Wars have destroyed much of civilization as we know it. The remaining territories are no longer run by governments, but by corporations, the mightiest of which is Tekken.

In order to keep the masses down, Tekken sponsors the Iron Fist Tournament in which fighters compete to the death for ultimate glory and receive a lifetime of stardom and wealth.

Yes that is Luke Goss as the trainer bloke.

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Luke Goss joins Death Race

Posted by LiveFor on January 6, 2010

Luke Goss will star in Universal’s direct-to-DVD sequel to the 2008 Death Race according to Moviehole.

In director Roel Reiné’s Death Race : Frankenstein Lives, Goss (“Blade II”, “Hellboy II : The Golden Army”, Bros) plays Luke, the young man that donned the ‘Frankenstein’ mask prior to Jensen Ames (Jason Statham’s character in Paul W.S Anderson’s “Death Race”).

Luke, the right-hand man for a notorious mobster, is busted for killing a cop in the process of robbing a bank. Once behind the bars of Terminal Island, the confident newcomer is roped into entering the ‘big race’ by it’s green-eyed producer.

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Magdalena – Supernatural comic book film action

Posted by LiveFor on August 28, 2009

magdalenaI’ve been following the development of Magdalena for a while now. It is based on the comic book and sounds like a mix of Hellboy, Wanted, Buffy, The Da Vinci Code, Preacher and a few conspiracy movies. It may be really good or it may be really bad.

It follows the adventures of a direct descendant of Mary Magdalene who protects the world against evil using a variety of supernatural powers. It stars Jenna Dewan (Step Up) as the heroine, Patience, and Luke Goss (Hellboy 2, Blade 2) playing Patience’s mentor, Kristof.

Directed by Ryûhei Kitamura and written by Holly Brix.

MTV had an interview with the writer Brix. Here are some of the highlights.

Is there a particular storyline you have in mind for the film? Is there a certain arc you’ve identified for adapting?

Obviously, I read all the comics and we talked about different versions of the story, but the one I found most compelling was Patience—her arc in becoming the Magdalena. We decided to focus the movie on her. It’s the transfer of power from her mother’s reign as the Magdalena to hers.

The comparison everyone’s making with the film is that it’s a mix of “The DaVinci Code” and various action movies like “Wanted.” Is that a fair comparison for what you’re planning?

I do. It’s definitely a supernatural action movie, so I think ‘DaVinci Code’ is a good reference as far as all the Catholicism in it. But in addition to that story, it’s also a really straightforward action movie.

There’s not a lot of secret codes to unlock and that sort of thing.

Magdalena made more than a few cameos in other Top Cow comics, and various Top Cow characters made cameos in her stories. Any of that happening in the movie?

You never know. At this point, we haven’t worked that in, but we’re certainly adding a lot of elements that weren’t in the source material. I know in the Top Cow universe, she appears in the other comics and vice versa, so I think there could be an opportunity for that. But right now, nothing is set in stone.

Action movies with female leads have had a rough time finding an audience in the past. Are you worried about that with “Magdalena”?

The movie’s never really been a female action movie, because of Kristof. It’s more of a two-hander. He’s a huge character in it. He’s definitely her mentor and fights right alongside her and teaches her everything she knows.

They go the whole movie together. He doesn’t drop out somewhere along the way.

We always envisioned it as a two-hander. she’s the one with the superpowers—the supernatural element of the story is her—but he’s definitely right there alongside her the whole film, so it could easily be considered his film as well.

So is it more of a “buddy cop”-style film?

Well, there’s not really a romantic storyline. They’re pursuing the same objective, and I don’t want to say it’s like ’48 Hours,’ but it is sort of like that. They both have arcs, they’re both right in the foreground, and I consider the story both of theirs.

We’re definitely trying to set it apart from some of the other movies where they haven’t had that compelling male lead, too.

So do you have an ETA for the script and when production might start?

We’ll probably have a draft done within six weeks, and then hopefully we’ll get financing pretty quickly and can start setting a date for when we can shoot this. I think everyone’s committed to having a quick turnaround.

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Ryuhei to direct Magdalena

Posted by LiveFor on July 22, 2009

According to Variety Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures and Platinum Studios have tapped Ryuhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train) to direct Magdalena. The film is based on a comicbook character from Top Cow.

Holly Brix will be writing the screenplay. Starring in the film will be Jenna Dewan (Magdalena) and Luke Goss.

The Magdelena character first came on the comicbook scene in 1998. She is a descendant of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Magdalena can look into the heart of humans and offer them the choice of redeeming their sins.

Never read the comic, so not sure whether this will be any good. Any Magdalena fans out there? I know a few of you will be pleased to see Luke Goss on the big screen again.


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Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on August 6, 2008

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Seth MacFarlane, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Jeffrey Tambor, John Hurt, Brian Steele
Running Time: 120 Minutes

Score: 10/10

This review from Topher-Liam Froehlich
In April 2004, the original Hellboy film took in a modest $23 million during its opening weekend, going on in the course of its run in theaters to gross a not so impressive $69 million estimate. The studio felt it was not in their best interest to make a sequel. Universal thought differently, and bought the rights. In the meantime, the B film became a hit on DVD and cable re-runs and its director, Guillermo del Toro, achieved auteur status (aka, A-list director) with his success making the acclaimed “Pan’s Labyrnth”. Now in 2008, against all odds, and in a rare risk for a studio, comes the sequel to this cult film sensation.

And in the tradition of small-budget features getting the big Hollywood treatment (ala “Terminator 2” and “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” two films that benefited from larger budgets and the expanded visions of grade-A filmmakers James Cameron and George Miller), “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army” bests its predecessor. It takes the setup, makes it bigger, better and louder. The film, to be sure–an eclectic medley of self-aware humor, an over-dose of dazzling visual monsters, sets and thrilling action, cheesy-yet-fun movie-making–is not for everyone. It’s an acquired taste; a film to either be completely loved or entirely deplored varying on the viewer.

For anyone interested in a bizarre, unique, visual stunner of gleeful monster madness (like me) I’d say catch this flick. For anyone else…I might suggest you stay away.

In the first creature-feature, the story was a near laughable plot involving Rasputin, a couple of regenerating hell-hounds, and some other forgettable nonsense. What made “Hellboy” succeed, was the director’s visual panache and enriching vision, Ron Perlman’s insta’ classic turn as the titular character, a bizarre yet beautiful set and monster design, and a superb, hilarious dose of self-aware humor. Take all those ingredients, and add some elements that better it, and you have the upgraded, perfected version of what del Toro attempted to achieve in round 1.

This time the story is better centered in its own rules and universe. A vengeful Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) seeks three pieces to a crown that will grant him control of the mechanized, unstoppable, indestructible Golden Army (big, round, blade-equipped, gear-moving robots). Hellboy (Ron Perlman) is dispatched by our government, with his usual good humor, to protect the third piece (held by Nuada’s sister, played by Anna Walton) and hunt down the bad-guy before he completes his mission.

This works better for several reasons as a story. Nuada (played with icy style by Goss) is a formidable villain to our hero, not the barely glimpsed and hardly personified mere image Rasputin was. He has a plan, a motive, and skill to be feared. Secondly, the main players Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and Abe Sapien (the indispensable Doug Jones, who also does other characters) are treated more as members of Hellboy’s team; they work and operate together. This allows for more personality to be revealed in each of them, such as a love interest for Abe in Princess Nuada, or the domestic issues (hilarious) between Hellboy and Liz.

Mostly though, the plot serves to offer a more enriched universe created by Guillermo del Toro. Here is a man who turned down job offers on “I am Legend”, “Harry Potter 6” and “Wanted” (all good flicks, and well paying jobs I imagine). He’s committed to the material, and knows what he’s doing. Del Toro’s precision is felt in every frame; his perfect visual eye, sense of composition, brilliant art direction (the film definitely gains from perfect, eye popping sets and lighting), and engaging, well-choreographed action scenes. Pulling out all the stops, scene-for-scene are eyes are tantalizingly overwhelmed with interestingly created beasts and locales.

Ron Perlman still enchants as Hellboy; piercing through all those prosthetics to deliver a performance balanced with humor, machismo, heart ache, charm, and swagger. He fits into the character even more comfortably than in film one. Selma Blair, who in her last outing seemed kinda dour and flat in my opinion, gets to play up on Liz’s fury (and flames) and emotions. Doug Jones is as priceless as ever, and given much more screen time as Abe.

Early on in the movie, Hellboy reveals his cover to the public; letting all the world know of his existence and the existence of his fellow ‘freaks’. He expects to be treated as a hero, yet is rejected for having the appearance of a horrendous monster. The movie takes advantage of this notion and plays out Hellboy’s potential choice to either save us all or join in with his own kind (as Nuada constantly says he should, ala very Darth Vader, ‘join the dark side’). Throw in a hilarious drunken rendition of Barry Manelow’s “I can’t Smile Without You” sung by Abe and Hellboy, and a competition for team leadership in the form of gas-based character Johan Krauss (pricelessly voiced by Seth Macfarlane), and you have an admirable perspective shown on Hellboy’s character: the nature, up’s and down’s, of being a hero. One who does not look traditional and suffers for it.

I rate this film a 10/10, not in the same way I would rate “The Godfather” a 10/10. I give it a perfect score for achieving what it set out to, and being no more than what I expected: a fun, bizarre, visually gorgeous, summer blast. 10/10

Discuss in the forum.

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Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Posted by LiveFor on June 26, 2008

AICN have got a first review for Guillermo del Toro’s latest movie and it sounds rather splendid. Ron Perlman and Doug Jones are back as Red and Blue (this time Doug is able to provide the voice of Abe Sapien). They are joined by the cloud of ectoplasm in a power suit that is Johann Strauss. He’s voiced by Seth McFarlane so all you Family Guy, American Dad fans should enjoy it.

The big bad this time is an elven Prince played by Luke Goss (who was pretty good as the big bad in del Toro’s Blade 2).

Check out the review for more information on the film. There are a few spoilers so beware.

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