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Skin Trade, 2014.
Directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham.
After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests, NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.
This long gestating passion project for Dolph Lundgren has finally come to fruition. Originally conceived around 7 years ago when Lundgren read a news story about human trafficking, he’s had a long road waiting for the right circumstances to get the film made. Initially the plot was to take place between New York and Eastern Europe, and at one point even Steven Seagal was tentatively rumoured as a co-star. However after working in Thailand on a film with Tony Jaa (the yet unreleased, A Man Will Rise) Lundgren decided his co-star »
- Gary Collinson
Disgraced World War 2 Army Captain Jack Wosick (Luke Goss) is given the opportunity for redemption when asked to lead a rag-tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs on a secretmission to go behind enemy lines to uncover and capture a Nazi developed Super Weapon the V3, a massive artillery canon that would give the Nazis an insurmountable advantage against the Allies.
With the help of Captain Hans Picault (Dolph Lundgren), a German Anti-Nazi serving with the FrenchForeign Legion and Colonel Aj Redding (Mickey Rourke), a battle hardened WW1 veteran, Jack must train, lead and earn the respect of his new squad to become a functioning reconnaissance unit.
War Pigs is set for release in the UK on September 14th. »
- Gary Collinson
Part and parcel of The Expendables‘ appeal is the series’ star-studded cast of has-beens, with everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren and band leader Sylvester Stallone dusting off their action gear for another stint in the limelight. And despite the third installment being met with middling reviews not to mention a franchise low $40 million at the domestic box office, The Expendables 4 is all but a given thanks to the series’ appeal overseas.
Without a production start date to call its own, there’s still a lot of negotiations before filming begins in earnest, but someone who wants in on the bombastic action is WWE superstar Hulk Hogan, which could potentially pave the way for an unofficial Rocky III reunion.
Speaking to Movieweb, the fan favorite personality – real name Terry Gene Bollea – revealed that he has had talks with Stallone about a potential role in the unannounced sequel, where he »
- Michael Briers
On May 26th, 1995, music video director and artist Robert Longo made his directorial debut with Johnny Mnemonic, an adaptation of William Gibson’s futuristic short story of the same name (Gibson also penned the screenplay) that starred Keanu Reeves in the titular role as a “mnemonic courier” who finds himself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy with implications for all of mankind.
Johnny Mnemonic celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, and while it may not necessarily be a film many sci-fi fans celebrate, it’s always held a special place in my heart, undoubtedly being one of the coolest films I saw that year and one that also revitalized the cyberpunk film movement (yes, even before The Matrix came along and did it a bit more effectively).
For the uninitiated, Johnny Mnemonic transports us to the year 2021; in the opening text crawl, we learn that corporations have taken over »
- Heather Wixson
Dolph Lundgren is a hard action star to pin down. It's not because he's been in less movies than, say, Jean-Claude Van Damme. It's not because he's had fewer hits than Steven Seagal. It's because while peers like Stallone and Schwarzengger were off making sequel after sequel, Lundgren, who has a master's degree in chemical engineering, was happy to start a family and take on a few movies here and there. When Lundgren does take on a movie, it's almost always something that stands on its own independent of a big franchise. And the latest project to fit that bill is Skin Trade, an intense action movie set in the very real world of human trafficking. Lundgren wrote and produced Skin Trade (available now on Video On Demand), which finds him playing a...
- Peter Hall
In the basement of the Palais de Festival, the annual market – a warren of booths selling Dolph Lundgren’s latest and a Jason Schwartzman comedy with a small army of Chinese actors – propels the commerce of the Cannes Film Festival. Sales companies are doing brisk business in a global market where there are plenty of international buyers with money, especially for movies with name brand talent. And with the rise of numerous new distributors in the United States – Stx Entertainment, Broad Green, A24, Open Road – and others, “it’s a sellers market,” said Stuart Ford, the CEO of »
- Sharon Waxman
Riot falls under the company’s new multi-title production deal with Lundgren and goes out in North America via output partner Cinedigm.
“This is now the third time that we’ve had the pleasure and honour to work with action Legend Dolph Lundgren and it’s looking like there will be many more film collaborations to come,” said Vmi president Andre Relis. “We couldn’t be happier to once again be associated with such a professional and inspiring partner.”
The $3m action »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Expanding Thai mini-studio Benetone Films has picked up rights to “Wishing For A Dream,” a drama set for release later this year. The film stars Sara Malakul Lane, a Thai-British model turned actress.
Written and directed by Jared Cohn, the film’s story follows the ups and downs of a young woman trying to make her way in the Hollywood entertainment scene. It is told in raw documentary style.
Production is by Gabriel Campisi, Judy Kim, and John Mehrer through Los Angeles-based Traplight Media. “Dream” will release theatrically in Thailand, and on VoD in the Us in the last quarter of the year.
Benetone, is one of the leading production services companies in Thailand and recently announced horror title “Pernicious” as the first release to go out its newly-minted film distribution arm. Directed by James Cullen Bressack, Thailand-set “Pernicious” was produced by Benetone principals Rachvin Narula, Kulthep Narula, and Daemon Hillin. »
- Patrick Frater
Could a Rocky Balboa shared cinematic universe be on the cards?
We already know that Sylvester Stallone is set to return to the role of the Italian Stallion as mentor to Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis (son of Apollo) Creed in Ryan Coogler’s upcoming Creed, and now TotalRocky has word that an Ivan Drago spin-off could be in the works.
The site reports that a screenplay entitled Drago has been filed with the U.S. copyright office, which is based upon Rocky’s nemesis in the 1985 sequel Rocky IV, played by Dolph Lundgren. Based upon an earlier script entitled Communist Boxing Redemption Movie, the new version would see Ivan Dragon fighting his way through prison en route to a confrontation with world heavyweight champion Mason ‘The Line’ Dixon (played by Antonio Tarver in Rocky Balboa) in order to save his mafia boss brother.
The script for Drago has been penned by Andrew LeMay, »
- Gary Collinson
At the Palais des Festivales at the Cannes Film Festival, some of the most acclaimed films in world cinema unspool in front of glamorous, moneyed audiences clad in couture. Underneath the Palais, however, you'll find the Marché du Film, where posters tout some of the wildest direct-to-video schlock imaginable, hoping to snag the eye of some tiny, forgiving indie distributor with a penchant for the films of Tara Reid and Dolph Lundgren. As is our yearly tradition, Vulture braved the maze of the Marché this morning to bring you some of the craziest posters on display. Click on through for a look at the insane movies up for grabs, and can someone please get in touch with Ben Affleck's lawyer? »
- Kyle Buchanan
The Cannes Film Festival is an annual 12-day shindig in the south of France where high-toned art movies screen in lavish shrines to cinema under the same roof where opportunistic sellers hawk schlocky exploitation flicks designed almost solely to grab a few bucks from international buyers looking for a deal. Last year saw the festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or, go to the glacially-paced, philosophical Turkish film “Winter Sleep” a few days after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren rolled down the coastal town’s main drag in tanks to promote “Expendables 3.” It saw the paparazzi go crazy for Kristen Stewart and. »
- Steve Pond
Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool have a very special message for all the mothers of the world. The movie star, who is currently shooting a movie based on the Marvel Comics character, tweeted a Mother’s Day photo (below) of himself in costume delivering a baby. “Deadpool: a motherf–ker since 1991,” the caption reads in reference to the first time the character was published in a comic book. See photos: The Evolution of Marvel Movies: From Dolph Lundgren's 'Punisher' to 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reynolds also put his softer side on display, tweeting a photo of himself with his mother Tammy. »
- Joe Otterson
Human trafficking is the window dressing for standard revenge-driven action in “Skin Trade,” a B-grade hybrid of “Taken,” “Commando” and “Rush Hour” that pairs star-producer-co-writer Dolph Lundgren with Thai martial-arts superstar Tony Jaa. Exhibiting little cinematographic flair but an exasperating fondness for hack-and-slash editing during combat scenes, director Ekachai Uekrongtham casts his material as a series of gunfights, fistfights, and emotionally overwrought dramatic scenes, the last of which are marked by Lundgren’s perpetually grimaced brooding and yelling (and rickety-knees gait), and Jaa’s blatant inability to speak more than a few words of intelligible English at a time. The East-meets-West saga opened May 8 in limited release.
Lundgren plays Nick, a Newark, N.J., cop intent on bringing down Serbian sex-slavery bigwig Viktor (Ron Perlman). When he finally does arrest Viktor, he also kills the man’s son, thus driving Viktor to murder Nick’s wife and daughter, and to »
- Nick Schager
Dolph Lundgren hasn’t enjoyed the same continued prominence as many of his equally hulking, stone-jawed peers – unlike Arnie, who has a new Terminator out this summer, or Sylvester Stallone, who’ll play Rocky again for fall spinoff Creed, the towering Swede has been contained to bargain-bin fare and occasional cameos in The Expendables. And though no one is contesting his ability to throw a punch, Lundgren still hasn’t had his True Lies moment, so to speak.
I wish I could report that Skin Trade was that watershed for the actor, that perfect part to elevate him from man-mountain to dramatic heavyweight – but it’s just not the case. As vengeful New Jersey cop Nick Cassidy, Lundgren is working well within his wheelhouse, and the ease with which the performer manages his dialogue speaks to how standard a part Skin Trade gives him. That shouldn’t come as a surprise – after all, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Your feelings may be different, but as a lifelong Masters of the Universe fan, I consider Dolph Lundgren one of the most badass action stars of them all. Up next he’s hunting demons in Alaska, and our buddy Mike Mendez… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
Mike Mendez, director of Big Ass Spider! and The Convent, will team with action icon Dolph Lundgren for Alaskan demon hunting tale, Don’t Kill It. Written by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen (directors of current fest hit, the wicked indie Body), Don’t Kill It has Lundgren’s demon hunter ‘team with a reluctant FBI agent to battle an ancient evil unleashed in a…
The post Don’t Kill It: Dolph to Demon Hunt for Big Ass Spider! Director appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
At the beginning of the year Big Ass Spider director Mike Mendez posted a pic of himself having lunch with Dolph Lundgren and we all thought that was pretty cool. This is after all, the Dolph Lundgren. Mendez was mum on the details of 'why' back then but Variety is reporting that Lundgren will star in Mendez's new horror flick Don't Kill It.Lundgren's demon hunter will team with a reluctant FBI agent to battle an ancient evil unleashed in a small Alaskan town, leaving a trail of death and destruction as it passes from host to host.Sales will be launched at Cannes and production is supposed to begin in July. Will this mean that Mike will not be at Fantasia for the world premiere of...
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Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
Dolph Lundgren is starring in horror-thriller “Don’t Kill It,” playing a demon hunter in Alaska with production starting in July.
Archstone Distribution has acquired worldwide sales rights to the feature and will launch sales at Cannes.
Mike Mendez, who directed “Big Ass Spider!,” is directing from a script by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen of Last Pictures. Lundgren’s demon hunter will team with a reluctant FBI agent to battle an ancient evil unleashed in a small Alaskan town, leaving a trail of death and destruction as it passes from host to host.
- Dave McNary
In the new action flick Skin Trade, Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa co-star as two detectives fighting to take down and get revenge on a human trafficking network. Both of these fine gentlemen are not only solid when it comes to action, they are both very good guys to chat with. At the junket for the new film, they discussed the serious subject behind the new movie, and about finding the balance to keep it entertaining. If you are looking for old school action, you might want to give Skin Trade a »
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