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  • Christoph Waltz might appear in The Muppets 2 after all
  • Has Transformers 4 replaced Brenton Thwaites with Jack Reynor?
  • Berandal (a.k.a. The Raid 2) announces new cast members
  • Walton Goggins promises to be funny in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Paul Rudd doesn’t know much about Anchorman 2 but hopes it’ll be good
  • Samuel L. Jackson has things to say about Unbreakable
  • Paramount and the Puzo estate settle the Godfather suit
  • A Good Day to Die Hard debuts two explosive TV spots
  • Trick ‘R Treat‘s Sam has a holiday greeting for you

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Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and that suggests that some people working on the new TMNT film really, really like Gareth Evans‘ film The Raid. The Indonesian martial-arts action picture is built on fight scenes that draw on pencak silat, the collective martial arts style of Indonesia. Choreographed by Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, The Raid features some of the best fight scenes since Ong Bak, with fast, joint-shattering and face-breaking violence.

Looks like that movie is one of the ones that have influence on Paramount and Platinum Dunes’ delayed Ninja Turtles. In a very long video interview, TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman says the fight scenes in the new film will be inspired by The Raid, as well as Fist of Legend. Read More »

You might recall many months ago that we posted a short recreation of John Carpenter’s The Thing, animated in stop-motion with clay, and characters re-done as penguins. Now the same artist, Lee Hardcastle, has given the stop-motion remake treatment to Gareth Evans‘ film The Raid. Instead of penguins he used the prime currency of the internet: cats. The result is cute and gory in equal measure, and easily worth a few minutes of your time. Read More »

Odds are, if the insanely excellent action film The Raid: Redemption isn’t yet playing in a theater near you, that’ll change on Friday. Sony Pictures Classics is opening the film in almost 700 theaters this week enabling fans from all over to see a film that reminds us what action films can be.

Directed by Gareth Evans, The Raid: Redemption is a non-stop roller coaster of chaos following an elite squad of police who enter a drug dealer’s sky rise strong hold. Adding to the visceral feel of the movie are the live-action stunts performed on set and, in this /Film exclusive featurette, Evans and his co-composers Mike Shinoda discuss one of the most memorable. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Enthusiasm for Gareth Evans‘ film The Raid, about a police assault on a tenement building held and fortified by a drug/crime lord, shows no sign of abating. The film has been earning fans in droves since premiering at TIFF last year. It just played SXSW where it converted more fans.

The Raid opens in the US as The Raid: Redemption, on March 23. (Some markets will have to wait a week or two; Atlanta, for example, gets it on April 6.) But we’ve known that Evans has at least one sequel in mind, and at SXSW he talked a bit about his plans, expanding what we already knew. Read More »

For action film fans, there’s a healthy amount of excitement for Gareth Evans‘ movie The Raid: Redemption (or simply The Raid in many territories), which will be released on March 23 in the US. Last week we saw the first domestic trailer for the film, and got word of that title change, as well as confirmation that the film’s new US title is meant to lay the ground for a small series of movies.

Now we’ve got a 13-minute behind the scenes featurette which goes into detail about the training that went into making the film, and the general approach to creating the action scenes that power the movie. Watch that, and read comments from the director about the US title change, after the break. Read More »

Earlier today we showed you the first Sony Pictures Classics trailer for Gareth Evans‘ award-winning action film The Raid. But there was a slight twist: in the US, the first film will go out under the title The Raid: Redemption.

We know that Evans plans to shoot a sequel to The Raid later this year, and that he has envisioned a trilogy of films set in the same world. Popular speculation earlier today was that the US title change is to help set up a title pattern for the trilogy. That is in fact the case. Read More »

It is great that Sony Pictures Classics is releasing festival action fave The Raid, and doing so without making us wait a couple years. (You know The Weinstein Company would hold this one until 2015 or something similarly ridiculous.) So I can’t even give too much thought to the fact that the company has slightly retitled the movie.

When you get a chance to see The Raid in the US on March 23, it will be called The Raid: Redemption. And…OK, sure. Why not? I can conceive of a few different reasons to add the extra word to the film’s title, but as this trailer shows, that should be the only thing different about the Stateside release. Read More »

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