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Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff - Bestselling Author, Voice Over Artist and Media Assassin

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One of My Scripts Being Developed as a Reboot for “Best of the Best” Movie Franchise

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Recently, a major production company with some well-known titles under their belt optioned a script Phillip Rhee and I wrote and developed together at the end of 2004 called, “Champions” — a very inventive, fun, and action-filled, martial arts/sports movie that has an extremely cool signature concept to it. The new production company has hired a writer they know to rewrite it and update it with the intention of using it to reboot Phillip Rhee’s signature series “Best of the Best” as a major motion picture franchise.

One of the few Hollywood people I know who is not a dick is Phillip Rhee, the writer, creator and sometimes director of the cult-classic “Best of the Best” movies that always seem to be on cable somewhere. Phillip’s a friend, a really good guy, and he and I have collaborated on developing many script projects over the years.

There was even a period of time in what feels like my previous life that all I was writing were scripts on assignment from Phillip’s production company. As I’ve previously written about in the foreword for my last-hitman-standing thriller “Number One with a Bullet,” we had optioned that script to some bigwig and yada, yada, yada… Thing is, along with his other endeavors and businesses, he was putting all of these projects into play and continued to even as I fell face-first into new media and that whole Sirius/podcasting/TV part of my life and then into publishing, etc.

Screen Shot 2013-03-27 at 10.01.57 PMSo what does this all mean? No clue at this point and I’m not going to speculate publicly, because this news and a buck fifty will get you bus fare. I have a signed contract that covers the work I’ve done, its future disposition, etc… and I know what it says. Now, we wait.

So, stay tuned. If anything should come of this at all, I’ll let you know. As the late, greatl Don LaFontaine would have said: In a world where tons of scripts get developed, this is one of them… 

 

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I Would Kill to Write the Next Bond Novel or Some Other Mega-Action Franchise For Someone

Without a doubt, it’s been busy. And that’s the way I like it. Sure this past year has certainly brought it’s share of misfires (a comic book, a TV series, a reality pilot, an animated feature)–all things that came together in one way or another, looked promising for a while and then fell apart. That’s just part of the territory when you’re an independent artist. Opportunities come and go and sometimes they blow up in your face because of something unfortunate (i.e. stupid) that someone else did. In most cases it ends up for the best. In every case, you pick yourself back up, brush yourself off and keep marching forward.

However, one of the things that went extremely right this year was my own efforts to build up my book sales. Around March, I discovered the ebook revolution had come knocking on my door. Sales of the one ebook I had released in 2008, “Where’s My F*cking Latte“, had been growing from a seedling into a mighty oak and were now exploding. I realized immediately that the growing ebook revolution would be huge for indie guys like me. My buddy Blake Morgan really instilled a mission into my head when he told me that the best way to sell back catalog was to release more material.

So that’s what I did. I polished up and released seven older novels as ebooks, several of which had only been available as serialized podcasts. I wrote lots and lots of brand new material and released three more non-fiction books and a book of short stories. All four of my non-fiction books hit the Kindle bestseller lists in their respective categories. Latte and the Bin Laden book have become fixtures at the top of theirs.

And yes, all of my books sell copies and those sales keep growing as the market continues to go vertical.

So far for 2012 I have a brand new urban fantasy series comprised of three novellas. I also have another Rev. MYN book, the sequel to “Go Forth and Kick Some Ass,” coming out. Both projects are written and finished. I’m also starting development on another big non-fiction book that I’d like to have out before summer.

And as I was drafting a battle plan of what I’d like to accomplish as an author in 2012, I had a thought. I’d love to find a great writing assignment. I am very fortunate to spend as much time as I do working on all of my own books, but in the spirit of spicing it up a bit I was thinking it would be really awesome  to get hired to write for someone else’s project…to step into some other character’s world and put my talents to work adding my own spin to their adventures.

The dream: to write a big action story as part of a massive franchise like Bond, Halo or something similar. My novel, “Number One with a Bullet” was very much a Bourne-meets-Bond type of story. I know I could knock something like this out of the park.

I don’t really know anybody to approach with this so I thought I’d just throw it out there, screaming into the sky with the hope that somehow, someway it finds the right ears. If you have an action franchise that needs an author, let’s talk. I’ll send you samples of some of my best pulse-pounding work and we’ll go from there.

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Hobo with a Shotgun Mini Review


HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is a cinematic kamikaze mission that will delight fans of grindhouse revenge movies, violent camp and extreme splatterpunk. Flipping through Netflix last night and I came across “Hobo with a Shotgun”. I had just heard of it, actually reading a short interview with star Rutger Hauer in Entertainment Weekly, so I didn’t have high expectations this would be some kind of Oscar-worthy great film. All I wanted out of Hobo with a Shotgun was to be entertained… and boy, did it deliver in spades.

This is the movie I can imagine Quentin Tarantino making as a teenager, breaking into the Troma studios in the middle of the night after eating a whole bag of ‘shrooms. There is lots of graphic violence (most of it way, way over the top) and totally deranged characters, but Rutger Hauer’s completely sincere performance as the titular hobo is what drives this film. I’m not saying his acting is great in this movie, but it’s no worse than Stallone in “Rambo” and much more compelling. Don’t even get me started on the trio of villains, who may have been paid in crank to appear on camera. Other than Hauer, there’s nobody else I recognized other than
Rob Wells, probably best known as “Ricky” from the raunchy hit Canadian TV series “Trailer Park Boys,” who makes a cameo as a guy who gets decapitated with a barbed wire noose while imprisoned in a manhole cover fashioned around his neck for just such a reason.

Lovers of grindhouse will dig this movie and director Jason Eisener obviously knows his audience. The brilliance of this movie, and yes, I do mean brilliance, is that you just keep watching because you have to know what’s going to happen next. Watching this movie made me wonder if I should write some grindhouse revenge novels…. hmmmm… something to think about. Chamber me another shell, hobo. Let’s rip this town to shreds.

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My Super 8 Red Carpet Premiere Interviews

I got hired to cover the SUPER 8 red carpet premiere event here in L.A. Watch as I totally geek out about film music with Acacemy Award Winning film composer Michael Giacchino and got some great interviews with the stars of the JJ Abrams/Steven Speilberg movie SUPER 8. We even get a few brief moments with JJ Abrams, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise. Steven and Brad, watching the live feed back at the studio add some hilarious comments as well. Don’t miss this. Check it out!

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

Directed by J.J. Abrams from his original script, the Bad Robot / Amblin Entertainment Production is produced by Steven Spielberg, Abrams and Bryan Burk.

The film stars Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills.

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Covering the Super 8 Red Carpet and R.I.P. Andrew Gold

Covering the Super 8 Red Carpet and R.I.P. Andrew Gold – CLICK TO LISTEN

The coolest thing happened. I got a phone call to cover the red carpet premiere of the new JJ Abrams/Steven Speilberg movie “Super 8″. Man, was that fun. Also, a sad goodbye to hit singer/songwriter Andrew Gold, the first person I ever interviewed on PCH back in 2005. So yes, I found part of that and tacked it onto the end of the show.

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Greetings from Planet Love - Andrew Gold

Greetings from Planet Love by “Andrew Gold” available on iTunes

 

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Machete Trailer says F-You to Arizona

True story: I met Danny Trejo briefly at some local L.A. community festival thing. We were over at a booth where they were doing dog rescue and I told him what a big fan I was of his work. He kind of looked at me like I was a jackass. We talked about the Mike Vick thing. I can say for certain that he is as absolutely scary looking in real life as he is on screen.

Machete, as some of you know, began as just a joke trailer in Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double-feature “Grindhouse”. Some could argue it was the best part of the whole movie. Let’s face it, QT and RR have done much better work. I would say even their two shorts made for the terribly uneven “Four Rooms” was better… but I digress.

The Machete trailer was so well-received that it was a pretty easy leap to take it to the big screen. Trejo plays Machete Cortez, whose character is actually the same uncle to the young heroes in Rodriguez’s much more lighthearted “Spy Kids” movies. As you can tell, Machete is not a family movie unless your family’s name is Manson.

Robert DeNiro, Don Johnson, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin… really, what an interesting supporting cast in this thing. I’ve been a fan of Robert Rodriguez’s work since “El Mariachi” and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do as one of the producers of the Predator remake: “Predators” but in the meantime, Machete looks pretty badass to me.

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N1B: Chapter One

N1B: Chapter One

Number One with a Bullet, assassin fiction by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff

When the world’s top ten hitmen compete in a last man standing, winner-take-all contest for one hundred million dollars, the only rule is to stay alive. For retired assassin Johnny Dane, getting out of the business doesn’t mean getting out of the game. Welcome to the world of high-priced contract killers and the sport into which they’ve been thrust. However, to the dismay of the wealthy men and women betting on him to win, Dane has been notoriously absent from the contest. Having left the life, he’s disappeared to an oceanfront hideaway and has vowed never to return. But when the game finds him and threatens the only woman he’s ever loved, this killer quickly realizes the only way out is to get back in.

Featuring what I consider one of the greatest action movie themesongs: BLOWAWAY by MUNK

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Winner of the Parsec Award for fiction

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