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Harrison Ford isn't taking it easy as he recovers from the broken leg that has delayed shooting on “Star Wars VII.” TMZ posted an exclusive image of the actor, who is recovering from an on-set injury that temporarily halted production, riding down a massive slide near his home in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The headline is one of TMZ's best: “Solo Goes Yolo.” Also read: Mark Hamill Discusses New ‘Star Wars’ Film, Says Harrison Ford Is ‘Doing Really Well’ The film took a two-week hiatus this month to adjust to Ford's recovery time, but the production's blog assures us that “shooting remains on. »
- Tim Molloy
J.J. Abrams ain't gonna like this ... 'cause Harrison Ford put his recently broken leg at risk this week when he went barreling down a 2,500 foot mega-slide -- just days before he's due back on the "Star Wars" set. Ford -- whose Han Solo scenes were pushed back when he broke his leg on the set in June -- hit up the Alpine Slide in Jackson Hole, Wyoming Tuesday to take the 2,500 foot plunge with his family. »
- TMZ Staff
Marvel's latest movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, is currently a big hit at the box office. While it's in keeping with Marvel's approach of making a film that's true to its comic book roots while being very accessible to a wide audience, entertaining on many different levels, Marvel is not the only framework to look at the film in the context of.
Robots are people, too, in the first trailer for Millennium Entertainment's upcoming science fiction release “Automata.” The futuristic thriller, which looks like a mix of “Blade Runner,” “I, Robot” and “District 9,” stars Antonio Banderas as a robotics corporation insurance agent who routinely investigates cases of people manipulating robots. He begins to view the machines in a new light, however, when he pursues a robot altering other robots. Also read: Harrison Ford Courted for ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel And according to co-star Melanie Griffith, “self repairing implies some idea of a conscience.” The thought appears to be the big idea behind the movie, »
- Greg Gilman
Beneath the streets of Paris lies a vast network of tunnels just waiting to be exploited by an enterprising found-footage film crew. Imagine the excitement of the rolling-boulder opening scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” stretched to feature length, then subtract such vital ingredients as John Williams’ pulse-elevating score, Douglas Slocombe’s visceral cinematography and Harrison Ford’s wry charisma, and you get “As Above, So Below,” in which a Lara Croft-like heroine assembles a team of expendable “cataphiles” (as catacomb obsessives call themselves) to locate the Philosopher’s Stone. It all makes for clumsy-fun escapism, not bad as end-of-summer chillers go, but small-time compared with other Legendary releases.
Returning to the faux-doc format they helped innovate in such pics as “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” and “Quarantine,” the Dowdle brothers, John Erick (who directs) and Drew (his fellow producer), are by now experts at creating suspense within narrow confines. Their previous feature, »
- Peter Debruge
One of the greatest poster illustrators ever gets a volume devoted to his work. Here's Ryan's review of the lavish Art Of John Alvin...
In 2008, John Alvin died at the tragically young age of 59, robbing the world of one of its finest poster designers. Although his signatures were often erased from his artwork, Alvin's individual style rang out from every image he produced: his work for movies such as E.T., Blade Runner, Cocoon and Short Circuit displayed a keen eye for colour, space and proportion.
Although technically gifted, it was Alvin's talent for crystalising a film's subject tone in a single, clear image that really set him apart from other illustrators. His best posters often focused on one or two objects suspended against an expanse of sky or stars, such as the alien and child's fingers touching in his poster for E.T., or the silhouette of a boy in Empire Of The Sun. »
Anghus Houvouras with his five most disappointing films of this summer….
The Summer movie season is coming to a close. We were fortunate enough to be blessed with a lot of quality product this year. There were, however, some real stinkers. Movies that didn’t live up to the promise of a good time at the movies. In fact, these five films go a bit further and managed to disappoint at a fundamental level.
5. The Giver
Considered one of the best pieces of young adult literature has been transformed into a personality free dystopian adaptation that looks like another generic Hunger Games clone. The sad part is the source material is one of the inspirations behind this modern wave of futuristic fiction and yet the movie is feels like a copy/paste cash grab.
Speaking of copy/paste; the third Expendables movie felt like an all too familiar romp. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Speculation emerged online after the release of the third film, as a scene involving Schwarzenegger and Li sees the pair getting close in a bar.
Asked if Trench (Schwarzenegger) and Yin Yang (Li) are in a relationship, the director told Grantland: "I believe they are."
The Expendables 3 opened in cinemas on August 14 in the UK and August 15 in the Us.
It debuted at number four in the Us box office, with takings of $16.2m in its first weekend.
Crews revealed to Digital Spy that he would love to see a cross-over film with the Fast and Furious cast. »
The first two Expendables films worked for me in the same way old-timers days work for me in baseball. They take a career that scarcely has any use for people over the hill and gave them a place to look relevant in a limited space. My biggest problem with The Expendables 3 is that it deviates too much from that idea by introducing a crop of young guns that expose the existing cast as being largely too old for this line of work while the presence of the established stars steals all the gravitas from the scenes shared with the newer actors. There are great individual performances and a couple of surprising ones. Excellent choices, but ultimately the Expendables franchise seems to be on a downward trajectory and I don’t know how it will right itself.
Sylvester Stallone needs to learn that there’s a difference between actors who »
- Arthur Tebbel
It is a fascinating moment to be a "Star Wars" fan. Right now, there is arguably more energy being expended on all things "Star Wars" than ever before. I remember the feeling in the early days of development on what became "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace," when there were just rumbles of a possible new film or even *Gasp!* a new trilogy of films. Hell, I remember when the Special Editions were just a rumor. I remember when a friend of mine called and said, "They're not a rumor. I have something to show you." He came by my house with a videotape, and on that videotape was the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: A New Hope - The Special Edition," the very first new "Star Wars" footage in what had been fourteen years at that point. It was mind-blowing. It made me reassess »
- Drew McWeeny
A new Star Wars: Episode VII photo shows a portion of the Tatooine sets that have been built at London's Pinewood Studios. It was previously revealed that some of the scenes taking place on Luke Skywalker's home planet would be built on set, and this is believed to be where J.J. Abrams shot his Star Wars: Force For Change video that revealed a new X-Wing fighter.
The huts in this photo reportedly belong to the Tusken Raiders (otherwise known as The Sand People), but that has not been confirmed (though there were previous reports of some Tusken Raiders spotted on set). A good portion of the Tatooine scenes from Star Wars: Episode VII were shot in Dubai. A number of photos leaked from this location earlier in the year. To revisit those images: (clickHere)
New look at Tatooine set for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'! #Hype! pic.twitter. »
It has become common practice. If you are lucky enough to sit across from an actor who has a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, you have to figure out some way to ask them about the sequel. Crass? Maybe. If they are Domhnall Gleeson, they might figure out ways to have fun with it. If they are Harrison Ford, they might not. But they All figure out ways to dance around the questions without revealing much of anything at all. This is a coincidence, and not the result of weeks of strict media training. That is, if Girls star Adam Driver is to be believed. (Yes, he has a role in Star Wars: Episode VII as well, in case you didn.t know.) Driver spoke with EW as part of their Fall Movie Preview . he is part of the ensemble of Shawn Levy.s adult comedy This is Where »
One franchise shouldn't have anything to do with the other. But every time Harrison Ford graced the big screen as a member of The Expendables 3, I cringed thinking about the lackluster, half-hearted performance he might be bringing to J.J. Abrams. Star Wars: Episode VII. Ford.s indifference, particularly in tentpoles, has been an issue for years now. And Ford.s specific indifference for the Star Wars trilogy has been unavoidable. In the back of my mind, I feared all of this talk about Han Solo anchoring the next Star Wars movie, primarily because I feared a 72-year-old actor wouldn.t be up to it any longer. Not that Ford couldn.t bring Han Solo.s devil-may-care attitude back to the screen. More like Ford just wouldn.t want to do it anymore. Seeing him shuffle lazily though The Expendables 3 heightened my already sensitive concerns. Am I alone? No »
Sneak Peek the interior of the modified 'Yt-1300 light freighter', aka 'Millennium Falcon' spacecraft, on the set of director Jj Abrams' 3D feature "Star Wars: Episode VII", that resumes production later this month, following a forced hiatus due to actor Harrison Ford's leg injury on set, plus take a look @ concept art, the planet of 'Tatooine' set and actor Mark Hamill ('Luke Skywalker') on the studio lot. :
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is planned to be the »
- Michael Stevens
Paramount Pictures' rebooted reptiles took in $28.4 million in the film's second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the limp $16.2 million earned by Stallone's gang of aged but buff warriors.
The paltry, fourth-place total for The Expendables 3 is well below previous debuts in the Lionsgate franchise. The last two Expendables opened with $34.8 million (in August 2010) and $28.6 million (in August 2012). The third film was the first to be rated PG-13 in the previously R-rated series, which potentially signaled watered-down explosiveness to an audience that was largely over 25, anyway.
Expendables 3, which features a sprawling cast of Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibsonand others, also leaked online before its release, potentially damaging its impact in theaters.
Instead, Marvel's »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
As of Sunday, 5.12 million people worldwide had pirated “Expendables 3” since a high-quality copy hit torrent-sharing sites July 23, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio.
That likely contributed to the action movie’s dismal box-office debut this weekend. But over the same July 23-Aug. 18 time period, the movie was No. 4 in downloads, after “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (7.31 million), “Divergent” (6.29 million) and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ (5.88 million). Moreover, that’s despite “Expendables 3″ becoming available more than three weeks prior to the film’s U.S. theatrical debut.
For the week ended Aug. 18, the movie was the fifth most popular title on piracy services, with 1.54 million downloads. That trailed “Captain America” (2.61 million downloads globally), “Spider-Man 2″ (1.70 million), “Noah” (1.62 million) and “Divergent” (1.55 million), per Excipio.
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- Todd Spangler
"The Expendables 3" was supposed to be the last big action release of the summer, just as its predecessors were in 2010 and 2012. Even though the all-star action series had been trending downward, it was still supposed to open around $24 million, in close contention for first place with reigning chart champ "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and three-week-old "Guardians of the Galaxy."
But it wasn't even close. "Expendables" lived down to its name, opening with a mere estimated $16.2 million and settling for fourth place. (Action comedy "Let's Be Cops" did exactly as well as expected, opening with in third place with an estimated $17.7 million.) "Turtles" remained on top with an estimated $28.4 million, well ahead of "Guardians" at No. 2 with an estimated $24.7 million.
What went wrong? Here are some possibilities:
Over-saturation. "Expendables" had to compete with still-strong action films "Turtles," "Guardians," "into the Storm," "Lucy," and "Hercules," as well as action-comedy newcomer "Let's Be Cops. »
- Gary Susman
This weekend, The Expendables 3 crashed and burned, collecting a dismal $16.2 million, by far the weakest opening in the series. This franchise has been something of an institution, giving fans a chance to see some of the members of the Action Hero Hall Of Fame in one place. But the novelty of this seems to have worn off: the second film was considerably weaker than the first domestically, and this new film might not even cross $50 million stateside. And while the movies have never been a critical darling, this one garnered the weakest reviews yet. You could say some of that comes from the PG-13 rating, which kept away older action diehards. Or that the movie's giant piracy leak damaged the final tallies. But the fans just didn't show up to a film that added Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford to the ever-growing roster of characters, three legends »
(Cbr) When the name of your mercenary team is the Expendables, it’s always a good idea to have some newbie cannon fodder on hand. For "The Expendables 3," writer/producer/star Sylvester Stallone once again recruited fresh meat. In addition to genre icons Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes, Stallone set his sights on a selection of fresh faces from the worlds of film and professional fighting. Franchise newcomers include "Twilight" hunk and rising action star Kellan Lutz ("The Legend of Hercules"), mixed martial artist and Ufc women’s champion Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz, and emerging actor, writer, producer and stuntman Glen Powell ("Ride Along 2"). Throw in Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier," "Boss"), and the mixture became as volatile as a Molotov cocktail. At a recent press conference, the new recruits sounded off on the fun – and the occasional hard knocks – of joining Stallone’s team. »
- Scott Huver, Comic Book Resources
This weekend, the Ninja Turtles were still making the most money.
With a weekend gross of $28.4 million, the pizza-loving and crime-fighting turtles are making the movie one of the most-seen of the summer. Released on August 8, the film has already projected $117.6 million in ticket sales.
Pics: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Get the Street Art Treatment
Coming in a close second, Guardians of the Galaxy was at $24.7 this weekend, which means Chris Pratt is still making ladies swoon. This movie is at a domestic total of $222.2 million after its release on August 1. It had the top opening weekend so far this month.
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