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The Expendables 3 is the latest installment of the cheese-tastic, 1980s style, throwback action franchise. You may not think of this series of films as anything more than an exercise in geriatric yoga for the addled action stars of yore. But, the fact is The Expendables (2010) made $275M on an $80M budget and The Expendables 2 (2012) made $305M on a $100M budget. And that is serious worldwide box-office business.
The Expendables 3 involves some unfinished business. As it turns out, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), had a partner who co-founded the group with him (a new background detail sheds some light on the team’s bloody history), Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who is out to wipe out the entire team – especially Barney. The film is directed by Patrick Hughes, a young filmmaker with only two prior films to his credit. (No you never heard of either of them.) The writing team is led by Sylvester Stallone, »
- Steven Gahm
Peter McAlevey, a film producer who partnered with Michael Douglas’ production company Stonebridge Entertainment in the late 1980s, died Friday in Los Angeles after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 58. Survivors include his wife, Melissa Hufjay McAlevey, vp publicity at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and their 4-year-old twin daughters, Rowan and Bailey. During his tenure at Stonebridge, the company produced such films as Joel Schumacher’s Flatliners (1990), starring Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts; Double Impact (1991), the first studio hit for Jean-Claude Van Damme; and Richard Donner’s Radio Flyer (1992), starring Lorraine Bracco and
- Mike Barnes
This weekend will see the release of The Expendables 3, the latest in a series featuring all your favorite action stars from the 80s and 90s in the same movie. This series is a one trick pony – all your favorite action stars from the past reuniting to relive their collective glory days – but it is a trick I’d happily watch for seven more films. I remember when the first film came out I told my dad I went to see it and loved it, and when he asked what it was I just named the cast. He remarked that that movie would sound cool if it was made in the 90s. I replied oblivious to the dig with “Yeah, it’s awesome, right?” – The fact that these were all action heroes past their prime was the point.
One of the reasons why I enjoy writing and thinking about the »
- Dylan Griffin
The Expendables 3 hits theaters this weekend, presenting to the fans just about all the remaining action stars still around. The series has attempted to be a greatest-hits collection for the action movie legends in our midst, but they never feel complete as far as a collection of the all-time greatest tough guys and gals. The new one is even more egregious than the last ones: if you loved Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Expendables 2, you'll love Glen (who?) Powell! So what if there was someone out there recognizing the legacy of great action stars, who respected the history and spotlighted the very best of the genre? And what if that person was us? Presenting The Action Movie Hall Of Fame. Below, there are the 10 inaugural inductees -- performers who have shaped and crafted the action genre and emerged as stars, legends and icons. Some are in this weekend's The Expendables 3. »
Next week will see the UK release of Lucy, the latest fast-paced (and ridiculous) action film by French director Luc Besson, this time starring Scarlett Johansson in the “Wtf Marvel make a Black Widow” title role as a young woman who gets stuffed full of experimental drugs which allow her to access more than 10% of her brain. Apparently all that’s keeping us from being able to fight like Jean-Claude Van Damme, shapeshift and control time and space is that we don’t think hard enough. It looks like a good, dumb blockbuster film, but that is some totally awful science.
Lucy’s an extreme example, but there are shaky sciences on show in basically every Hollywood film you come across. Sometimes movies will employ some made-up mumbo jumbo to explain away plot holes and unbelievable elements, or they’re just spreading misconceptions that are prevalent in society as a whole. »
- Tom Baker
Menahem Golan, who died Aug. 8 at age 85, loved movies, perhaps too much. At its height, Cannon Films — the Hollywood studio Golan ran with his cousin, Yoram Globus — was releasing nearly one film per week: an eclectic bounty of awards bait and bottom-drawer schlock, all foisted on the public with a mix of carnival-barker rhetoric and vaudevillian flair. In the 1980s, the Cannon logo was unmistakable, along with its promise of cut-rate adventure starring Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson, Lou Ferrigno or an up-and-coming Jean-Claude Van Damme. (That Golan never managed to team these signature Cannon brands in a single movie — an “Expendables” — boggles the mind.)
“It was an extraordinary experience to have a man who made decisions without thinking for three minutes,” recalls Andrei Konchalovsky, the Soviet emigre director who made four films for Cannon, including “Runaway Train” (1985). “That was the quality that also ruined the company, but it left me with carte blanche doing films. »
- Scott Foundas
A small-town sheriff must confront his past in our exclusive clip from Swelter, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA on August 12. Lennie James star as Bishop a small-town sheriff who doesn't remember his criminal history from 10 years ago, when he was part of a crew that tried to rob the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas.
When his former criminal cohorts come looking for him, Bishop learns the truth about his fromer life from Doc (Alfred Molina), the man who saved him a decade ago. Take a look at this scene from writer-director Keith Parmer's action-thriller, which co-stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Grant Bowler and Josh Henderson.
Swelter is the story of the most notorious robbery in Las Vegas history. Five men, nicknamed the Rat Pack, hit the Luxor Casino for over one hundred million dollars. Four of the men are soon captured, while one barely escapes. Ten years later, »
Jean Claude Van Damme heads to the American south in indie action film Swelter and the tension is just like the weather: Hot. The story revolves around a criminal gang who - ten years before - robbed a casino. Four were caught, one was not and the four captured men have now blasted their way out of prison and are looking to make good with their former comrade.WellGo Entertainment will release Swelter in the Us and we've got an exclusive clip from the film to share. Check that out below along with the official trailer....
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One half of the Cannon Films duo, Menahem Golan, has died, at the age of 85.
Producer Menahem Golan, one half of the legendary duo behind Cannon Films, has died at the age of 85. He passed away on Friday in Tel Aviv, leaving behind a catalogue of more than 200 films that he was involved with.
The story of Cannon Films is being told in a pair of upcoming documentaries, and we looked at the infamous company's rise and fall here. What was clear is that Cannon was one of a kind, and along with his cousin, Yoram Globus, Golan was one of the key reasons for that.
Cannon was instrumental in the careers of Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme for a start, and also worked on more than one occasion with the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Charles Bronson. One of the pair's most infamous productions was the cheap and »
Menahem Golan, who started his film career as Roger Corman’s apprentice before going on to gain a foothold in some of Hollywood’s most lucrative franchises, has passed away in his home country of Israel aged 85. With his cousin and business partner Yoram Globus he oversaw some of the Eighties’ most highly-regarded “bad” movies. Via Cannon Films they brought us cheap and relatively cheerful productions such as Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (famously shot in Milton Keynes), Death Wish 2 – 4 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. There was also a proposed version of Spider-man that fell by the wayside with only teaser material released. The unused sets and costumes were eventually utilized for Cyborg with Jean-Claude Van-Damme. Action stars Van-Damme and Chuck Norris have paid tribute to Golan, crediting him with launching their careers.
He was reportedly one of the more flamboyant characters of the industry with a fiery temperament, »
- Steve Palace
When i first heard the news that Kickboxer was to be remade, i wasn’t very happy. The original movie starred a younger Jean Claude Van Damme and has a cult following around the world, but do hollywood really need to reboot it?
The latest version will star Alain Moussi as the lead role, Ufc champion George St. Pierre and the villain Tong Po will be played by wrestler Bautista. But now we are hearing that Martial Arts icon Tony Jaa will play the role of Alain Moussi’s trainer and also Scott Adkins. The movie will be directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and be released sometime in 2015.
The original 1989 version had Van Damme showcasing some excellent skills, the villain of Tong Po was perfectly cast with Michel Qissi doing a terrific job. They are some great training sequences in the original and lots of fight scenes throughout, »
Menahem Golan, best known for producing and directing scores of schlocky ’80s action pics under the Cannon Films banner—including the likes of Bloodsport and some of the Death Wish sequels—died Friday, Haaretz reports. He was 85.
Obsessed with movies from a young age, the Israeli-born Golan got his start working with B-movie master Roger Corman on 1963’s The Young Racers. He eventually teamed up with his cousin Yoram Globus to head up The Cannon Group, a fledgling production company that they bought in 1979. They transformed Cannon into a veritable force in the industry by the mid-’80s, producing testosterone-driven »
- Lindsey Bahr
The filmmaker behind the Death Wish sequels and such 1970s and ’80s Cannon Group actioners as The Delta Force the Lou Ferrigno-led Hercules died today in Jaffa, Israel, Haaretz reports. Menahem Golan was 85. The big-personality Israeli producer, writer and director was behind dozens of films during a nearly half-century career, featuring stars including Charles Bronson, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. He also directed many of the films, including 1986’s Delta Force with Lee Marvin and Norris, and Stallone’s Over The Top the following year. Those and many others were produced by Cannon Entertainment, which Golan started with his cousin Yoram Globus. Cannon’s output also included such decidedly non-action fare as Bolero (1984), starring Bo Derek and George Kennedy; the Mario Van Peebles starrer Rappin’ (1985); A Cry In The Dark (1988), starring Meryl Streep and Sam O’Neill; and Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear (1987). But the action »
- The Deadline Team
The filmmaker behind the Death Wish sequels and such 1970s and ’80s Cannon Group actioners as The Delta Force the Lou Ferrigno-led Hercules died today in Jaffa, Israel, Haaretz reports. Menahem Golan was 85. The big-personality Israeli producer, writer and director was behind dozens of films during a nearly half-century career, featuring stars including Charles Bronson, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. He also directed many of the films, including 1986′s Delta Force with Lee Marvin and Norris, and Stallone’s Over The Top the following year. Those and many others were produced by Cannon Entertainment, which Golan started […] »
It would be safe to say that the Hollywood action hero is a dying breed. In the 1980′s, there were plenty of larger-than-life musclebound actors that consistently cranked out a series of repetitive punch-and-shoot-em-ups; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal and Dolph Lundgren to name but a few. By the following decade, audiences had grown tired of these one-dimensional characters and sought out a new breed of action hero that was more down-to-earth and relatable, a shift that saw the likes of Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Keanu Reeves become the genre’s biggest names.
These days, most Hollywood blockbusters are marketed more on built-in appeal and brand recognition rather than whose name appears above the title on the poster. The previous heavyweights of the action genre have now been reduced to parodies of themselves, clinging on to former glories while »
- Scott Campbell
The first trailer has just popped up for German language martial arts flick One Million Klicks, and showcases some pretty impressive fighting skills. The first project from production company Silent Partners, recently formed by Ruediger Kummerle and Mike Leeder, One Million Klicks stars Mike Moeller, who has worked with everyone from Donnie Yen and Steven Seagal to Hung Yan Yan and Kane Kosugi. Most recently, Moeller was part of the stunt team for Ernie Barbarash's Pound of Flesh starring Jean Claude Van Damme, which recently wrapped filming in China. His stunt work can also be seen in the likes of Speed Racer, Resident Evil and The Monuments Men.From the producers:one Million Klicks is a high impact German language martial arts movie, which hits the big...
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The upcoming reboot of the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle Kickboxer has added a couple of martial arts experts to its cast, with Scott Adkins (The Legend of Hercules) and Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak) signing on to appear in the new film.
The remake is being directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and will follow Kurt Sloan – played by Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past) – as he travels to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of Tong Po, who will be played by Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy). Also featuring in the cast is George St-Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier).
“Kickboxer will display a style of acrobatic, rapid-fire martial arts action that Scott Adkins is increasingly becoming synonymous with,” said Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange. “Along with Tony Jaa, Kickboxer has compiled a talented cast to push the boundaries of the martial arts form. »
- Gary Collinson
He is one of the most impressive martial artists on the face of the earth. His speed and intensity is off the charts and Tony Jaa has now signed on for the Kickboxer remake. The original 1989 movie starred Jean Claude Van Damme and while I was pretty young when I saw it, the movie had some fantastic fight sequences and has stayed with me ever since. Dave Bautista and Georges St-Pierre are also on board and will star alongside Alain Moussi who is playing Kurt Sloane and must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother.The movie is directed by Stephen Fung who is well suited for this type of movie, with the likes of Tai Chi Zero and House Of Fury under his belt. But why he’s doing this in 3D is beyond me. Besides the obvious flying bones and blood, »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
(Cbr) The "Kickboxer" remake just pulled in some next-level talent. Directed by "Tai Chi Zero‘s" Stephen Fung, the 3D action film has added Thai muay thai master Tony Jaa and British martial artist Scott Adkins, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jaa gained international fame after starring in "Ong-bak" and "The Protector." He took a break to become a Buddhist monk, but is back making films, including his first American feature performance in "Fast & Furious 7." Adkins has made a name for himself in the "Ninja" films, and appeared alongside original "Kickboxer" star Jean-Claude Van Damme in "The Expendables 2," "Assassination Games" and "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning." “'Kickboxer' will display a style of acrobatic, rapid-fire martial arts action that Scott Adkins is increasingly becoming synonymous with,” producer Brian O’Shea said. “Along with Tony Jaa, 'Kickboxer' has compiled a talented cast to push the boundaries of the martial arts form. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
English Martial artists Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa have been added to the cast of Kickboxer, a remake of the 1989 cult classic starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Chinese director Stephen Fung is set to direct.
Moussi will star as Kurt Sloan, a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he learns the secrets of the kickboxer to get revenge for his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista). Adkins will play Kurt’s older brother, while Jaa plays a Muay Thai master who trains Kurt to beat Tong Po.
The film is being produced by »
- Laura Frances
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