February 25, 2018

Border Services respond to raid allegations

 The Canadian Border Services Agency says what is being reported as a series of raids of Metro Vancouver construction sites Wednesday -- detaining illegal migrant workers -- is not correct. In a written statement the CBSA says agents only went to one worksite looking for a man with a long criminal history who had previously been deported … [Read more...]

“The Raid” Sequel Begins Production

Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans surprised everyone back in late 2011 when the Indonesian martial arts movie "The Raid" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. Now, production has begun on the nearly fourth month shoot on the upcoming follow-up entry with Iko Uwais reprising his role as Rama. The first stills have arrived, along with … [Read more...]

Health Sciences Association says BCNU working on another raid

Fresh off of plucking licensed practical nurses from the Hospital Employees Union the BC Nurses union has launched another raid.  Health Sciences Association President Reid Johnson says the BCNU is trying to grab about 60 registered psychiatric nurses at Royal Columbian Hospital.  "The BCNU has raided our members that work there who are … [Read more...]

“Raid” Star Joins “Man of Tai Chi”

Indonesian thesp Iko Uwais ("The Raid") has joined the cast of Keanu Reeves' action drama directorial debut "Man of Tai Chi" for Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, China Film Group and Wanda Media Group says Variety. Set in modern Beijing, Tiger Chen plays a young martial artist on a spiritual quest whose skills present him with both exciting … [Read more...]

The HEU says an attempted nurses union raid will go forward.

The Labour Relations Board has ruled a BC Nurses union effort to raid LPN's from the Hospital Employees union can proceed.  HEU spokesperson Mike Old says the LRB says the requisite number of LPN's were signed up in six health authorities triggering a vote.  Old says this signals a campaign on both sides to win the LPN's over health … [Read more...]

“Raid” Helmer Is “Breaking The Bank”

Universal Pictures has picked up the fact-based drama "Breaking The Bank" from XYZ Films as a directing vehicle for "The Raid" helmer Gareth Evans reports Deadline. Based on a book by Howard Sounes and a Sports Illustrated article by L. Jon Wertheim, the story follows former UFC fighter “Lightning” Lee Murray - a mixed martial arts street brawler … [Read more...]

“The Raid” Sequel Officially Underway

It has been pretty set for a while, but now it's official - a sequel is on the way to his Indonesian action hit "The Raid" for XYZ Films, PT Merantu and Sony Pictures Worldwide says Heat Vision. Filmmaker Gareth Evans is set to return as helmer on the film, as will leading man Iko Uwais. The pair have previously discussed the intention of making … [Read more...]

“Raid,” “Rivals,” “Dad,” “1000” Change Titles

There's been a few title changes this week according to Box Office Mojo. Indonesian action hit and film festival favourite "The Raid" has scored a new title within the U.S. - "The Raid: Redemption". Warners has changed the title of the Will Ferrell-Zach Galifianakis comedy from "Rivals" to "The Campaign". M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi epic "1000 … [Read more...]

Ingelsby Pens “The Raid” Remake

Brad Ingelsby ("The Low Dweller," "Run All Night") has been hired to pen the script for the remake of "The Raid" at Screen Gems and XYZ Films says Deadline. The Gareth Evans-directed Indonesian martial arts film follows the surviving members of a police riot squad who've become trapped in a derelict apartment building with the worst criminals in … [Read more...]

“Insidious,” “The Raid” Get Sequels

Sequels are already underway on two recent cult film successes. First up Alliance Films is moving forward on a follow-up to last year's supernatural spook tale "Insidious". Writer-director James Wan and actor/writer Leigh Whannell, who also created the "Saw" franchise, are in talks to return for the sequel says Variety. The original revolved … [Read more...]