Sensitive 70s Turtleneck Tough Guys accepted into Urban Action Showcase fest, NYC

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The Jose Montesinos and Eric Jacobus romp 70s exploitation fan film Sensitive 70s Turtleneck Tough Guys has been accepted into the Urban Action Showcase, slated to premiere November 8, 2014 at the massive AMC in NYC’s Time Square. Check us out on the big screen, because those mustaches are hard to appreciate on them mobile phone screens.

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Here’s the teaser for Sensitive 70s Turtleneck Tough Guys in case you missed it:

Check Eric Jacobus out as Stryker in the Mortal Kombat Legacy 2 Blu Ray

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A17P4v9ncWL._SL1500_The wait is over – you can now watch Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 2 on Blu Ray or DVD and check out Eric Jacobus in his breakout role as Kurtis Stryker. It’s available on Amazon here.

In case you missed the show on YouTube, you can still watch the whole thing right here.

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Rope A Dope 2 wraps principal photography at Victory Warehouse

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Rope A Dope 2 has wrapped production in Oakland, CA at the Victory Warehouse. It was a grueling 6-day shoot for everyone. Three 10-12 hour long days were dedicated to fight scenes, one day being a complete reshoot, a training montage had to be completely reshot due to a continuity error, and our Red Epic was forcibly taken from us at gunpoint in Oakland. It was a war, but war is for fighters. The rest teach theory.

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Photo by co-director Pete Lee. Dennis and I just finished multiple takes of a jack-sweep with a front tiger fall. Once Pete and producer Clayton Barber yelled “It’s a wrap!” our bodies gave out and we buckled over in pain, Dennis with a busted hamstring, me with sudden muscle cramps in both legs and my stomach.

Will post screencaps and all kinds of updates as I edit this beast.

Terminator Genisys PG-13 rating signals that theaters might be the last family-friendly entertainment outlet

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Recent news hit that Terminator Genisys would be given a PG-13 rating. This isn’t exactly surprising, since Terminator Salvation was PG-13 as well, despite the first three Terminator films all being rated R. When similar news emerged that Expendables 2 would be given a PG-13 rating, even though it eventually earned an R rating, fans were livid at first, but even with an R-rating, theatrical actioners aren’t really that violent anymore.

While theatrical horror films still seem to push the envelope for gore content, nothing really throws extreme violence at the theater-going action fan without a wink and a nod these days. Verhoeven gave us sand dollar-sized squibs, smashed noses, and removed limbs without much of a thought in the 1990 Total Recall. To do something like that in a theatrical film today, they’d need a cutaway of the hero doing something like this

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just to convince the audience that the filmmakers realize that even that was a bit much. Colin Farrell simply wouldn’t take things that far in the latest Total Recall. And they cut all the laughs. Colin Farrell is a funny guy, probably funnier than Arnold, but Total Recall (2012) is too social a message to be funny. Perhaps part of the growing pains of this generation is figuring out how to entertain people in a dark room, and we’ve decided for now that laughing at fun, socially unaware violence is bad.

What complicates the matter is that kids can view violent content on YouTube and Netflix that puts theatrical violence to shame. The level of violence in the Dark Knight prequel series Gotham are far and beyond anything seen in Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and there’s no restriction on children of any age seeing this show, save for Netflix’s laughable age restriction settings. Other shows like HannibalBreaking Bad, and Walking Dead push violence in ways that we just don’t see in even R-rated theatrical releases anymore, or ever saw for that matter. The “fungus” episode of Hannibal for example is a litmus test of whether you can endure Faces of Death levels of violence in your TV dramas.

The MPAA seems to have no real jurisdiction anywhere except the theater, and they get to slap the rating on DVD boxes, but even then the R-rating doesn’t amount to anything. When I was a boy, they checked your ID. Now they just check your rewards card. The home video markets have declared open season on violence for all ages, but it’s not the entertaining “good guy blows up bad guy’s head” kind of violence. It’s violence aimed to teach you a lesson about why violence is bad. We live in a time when filmmakers indulge in gory fantasies behind the cameras but claim their artistic endeavors were done in the service of anti-violence. Their claim is true – gore is not the same as violence.

The theater, then, is probably the last bastion of family-friendly entertainment where families can rest easy knowing the violence content won’t reach Gotham levels, while producers have self-censored the fun violence content so as not to aggravate the mass media. Colin Farrell can’t cut someone’s arms off and yell, “See you at the pah-tee, Richtaa!” but he can rip his own palm open with a tin can and pull a circuit board out with Surgery TV-levels of gory realism. R-rated theatrical actioners will have to be more like Taken – socially aware, but not resting on the “fun” factor. The catharsis of violence is then diminished, and there’s no turning the clock back. Fun theatrical films must be either non-violent or self-aware. So The Terminator franchise becomes PG-13.

(Sometimes counter-examples slip through the cracks. The Guest does fun violence with perfection, but good luck finding it in theaters. Dredd was a pleasant surprise too in it’s pure fun factor and innovative take on violence, which is probably due to the unique background of the producer, so we’ll see what happens when it becomes a web series.)

Emmanuel Manzanares recreates the finale from Wheels On Meals with Brendan Huor and Mickey Facchinello – and does it great justice

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Emmanuel Manzanares is an up-and-coming name in the action film world. He’s had a consistent stream of content showing off his skills as a choreographer, camera operator, and director. His latest effort is with the super talented duo of Brendan Huor and Mickey Facchinello, where they recreate the finale of Wheels on Meals between Jackie and Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, shot for shot, with the same choreography, sound effects, and music. Don’t miss it, and subscribe to Emmanuel’s channel to stay up to date with more indie martial goodness.

(not so) Indie Showcase – Donnie Yen stunt team member Kenji Tanigaki does shapes in memory of “Martial Club”

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Kenji Tanigaki is a name we should all know. He’s been doing stunts and choreography on Donnie Yen’s films since Ballistic Kiss and can be seen in supporting action parts in Wu Xia, Sha Po Lang, and Flash Point. He’s put together a video tribute of Martial Club where his team recreates the famous alley fight between Gordon Liu and Wang Lung Wei. They nailed it. Check out Kenji’s other videos too, since he posts a lot of behind the scenes footage of Donnie’s films.

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Eric Jacobus channels his inner Bruce Campbell in ABCs of Death 2

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The brand new ABCs of Death 2 has just released, and Eric Jacobus stars in the very first segment out of the gate “A Is For…”, directed by E. L. Katz. Channeling his inner Bruce Campbell, Eric demonstrates the real-world problems of being a hitman for hire. Fans of Eric’s physical comedy won’t want to miss it. You can some some footage from the segment in the featurette below, or go rent ABCs of Death 2 on Youtube here or on Amazon here.

 

Check out Eric Jacobus’s mustache in this Sensitive 70s Turtleneck Tough Guys teaser

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Jose Montesinos, director of Barrio Brawler and Owned as well as short hits like The Deadly Finger and Vicio, directs this new 70s exploitation short film starring Eric Jacobus, Jose himself, and Stunt People veteran Troy Carbonel about three tough dudes who talk through their emotions, and fight through their problems. The trailer’s a good laugh. Just wait till the full short.

Three new Stunt People Store items – Autographed Death Grip covers, Stunt People compilation Vol. 1 DVDs featuring Rope A Dope, and Rope A Dope 2 T-Shirts

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I’d like to welcome everyone over to The Stunt People Store, where we’ve listed three new items:

Stunt People Compilation DVD Volume 1 – Check out some of the best Stunt People shorts on one DVD, which features Rope A Dope, Beard Off, Wake Up Juice, Future Boss, and many more! Every DVD will be autographed by Eric Jacobus himself too, with a funny quote, a drawing, or something ridiculous he comes up with when signing it.

Rope A Dope 2 T-Shirts – Show some style with these flashy Rope A Dope 2 shirts, featuring a cool tagline “Dope Saves Lives” on the back that’ll get you lots of attention. Rope A Dope 2 will be released soon, so get these shirts before it’s cool!

Lastly, Autographed Death Grip Covers! If you’d like to spruce up your Death Grip DVD or Blu-Ray, grab one of these cool autographed covers. Features the autograph of the one and only Johnny Yong Bosch, the original black ranger from Power Rangers, along with cast members Eric Jacobus, Rebecca Ahn, Nathan Hoskins, Chelsea Steffensen, and Sean Rochford. You can also buy a new DVD or Blu-Ray and select the autographed cover as an option, which saves you some cash!



So head over to the Stunt People Store and buy some stuff! We ship internationally and combine shipping!