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There is a chain of buzzwords—collector's edition, anniversary set, director's cut, unrated cut, extended version, digitally remastered, Digibook, etc.—that studios slap on DVD and Blu-ray cases to tempt you to buy the same movies over and over again. Some are worth the upgrade, but many of those double dips are just the studio returning to the well one too many times. Read on and decide if you want to skip or double dip this month. The Expendables: Extended Director's Cut Sylvester Stallone muscled together cinema's favorite action stars of the past few decades for this explosive ensemble picture, including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews and even a cameo by...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: This time, it’s time to document the worst of the worst in cinema for the 2011 movie year. Of course, while most critics make a point to try to seek out the allegedly best in cinema in any given year, not quite as much effort is made to track down every would-be stinker. As such, I’ve tried to highlight truly terrible films that either ‘damn well should have been good’ or represent something greater than itself via its artistic failure. Anyway, without further pretentious ado, here are the nine worst films in alphabetical order, followed by the absolute worst picture in 2011.
This film so slavishly followed that indie formula I’m always whining about (‘brooding young man solves his problems/comes of age with help of a selfless hottie’) to such a degree that with just a bit of tweaking, »
- Scott Mendelson
When asked about the upcoming Seven Psychopaths movie, Colin Farrell just said: “I wouldn’t know how to break down that fucking plot. Martin McDonagh wrote a great and really original script.” I have no reason to doubt his words, so I will just add more great photos from the whole thing. Hope you’ll enjoy! Colin [...]
Universal Studios UK has announced that Tarsem Singh’s Immortals will be released on DVD and Blu-ray March 5, 2012. The movie was released back in November and followed Theseus (Henry Cavill), a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), who is on a rampage across Greece [...]
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A new teaser trailer for The Expendables 2 is out, and it seems to provide evidence to the mathematical truth of two being greater than one.
Why would I say that? Because The Expendables was a bit of a miss. It had a great action cast but tore itself up with a weak script that took itself way too seriously.
Now, I admit — I have no proof that this new edition doesn't suffer the same problems. I also admit I'm a little biased due to being tickled to see Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme enter the fray. These are two names that really should have been there the first time around. Their addition makes me feel just a little bit of hope that they'll make a film deserving of such a cast.
The trailer also makes it appear as if we see a good deal more of Bruce Willis »
- Tristan Sinns
Expendables 2 Teaser
Say what you will about me, I may be dorky, I may be female, but I’m still insanely excited about The Expendables 2. There has been no finer tribute to the action films of decades past, than this franchise. Okay, so The Expendables had a pretty unimaginative plot. But it wasn’t a movie for your brain, people. It was all about uniting the heavy weights of action history. Can they do it again? The sequel assumes, yes they can. And you can check out a teaser with us right now.
The core gang is all here. Stallone, Statham, Li, Lundgren, Crews and Couture return, minus Mr. Mickey Rourke. In the first feature, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared for very little screen time. As excited as I was to see the pair share the silver screen together, it was a tad disappointing, too. This time around »
- Sasha Nova
Last August, writer-director-actor Sylvester Stallone stuffed enough current and former action stars into The Expendables to win audiences over and earn $274 million worldwide. Stallone instantly started talking about a sequel, using his Twitter to declare he wanted Bruce Willis back as a "supervillain" in the movie.
While we're not entirely sure of his intentions, Willis is back for The Expendables 2, along with fellow Expendables scene partner Arnold Schwarzenegger, with both actors having a more "substantial" role in the sequel, which has an even more expanded cast than the original. Strangely, details on the sequel have been scarce — a plot synopsis was revealed in May and involved the Expendables avenging the death of Mickey Rourke's character Tool, but was quickly dismissed. Fortunately, along with the teaser trailer comes a synopsis as well.
- Ryan Gowland
Continuing the trend of this week being the most amazing week in the history of weeks for trailers (an exaggeration, sure, but let's go with it), the very first "Expendables 2" teaser trailer hit last night, and it's bound to make action junkies weak at the knees.
Yes, the "Ex2" trailer is light on Schwarzenegger. But whoa, when Arnie makes his appearance firing a machine gun off at who-knows-what, it's enough to guarantee that the Trench we're meeting here is much happier to flex his badass muscles than the guy we saw in the first "Expendables." Plus, what the trailer lacks in Schwarz it more than makes up for in Bruce Willis. The erstwhile John McClane is increasingly looking like the villain of the piece against a Sly and Arnie team-up, and that's just too fantastic for a die-hard action fan (see what I did there?) to ignore.
In addition to the "Expendables 2" trailer, »
- Josh Wigler
Action heroes of Hollywood and beyond unite in the new teaser trailer for actor/director Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables 2." The explosive action sequel features an all star cast that includes; Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Liam Hemsworth.Watch the teaser trailer for "The Expendables 2" below;"The Expendables 2" is released across the Us from August 17th.The Expendables are back and this time it's personal...Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Lee Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) -- with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard »
- Anthony Pearson
Janice Dickinson is coming back to reality television with Sober Model House, with a bunch of hot people living together and trying not to be drunk. I'm not entirely certain that qualifies as entertainment.
Internet travel company Kayak has dropped sponsorship of All-American Muslim, but swears it's just bad timing with the Florida Family Association/Lowes controversy. According to a long post by Chief Marketing Officer Robert Birge "I watched the first two episodes. Mostly, I just thought the show sucked."
And as to the 65 companies that the Ffa claims to have gotten to drop sponsorship, some are calling Ffa out, including Campbell Soup, Bank of America, and Sears (disclosure: I have a day job with Sears »
We're still not quite sure who liked "The Expendables" enough to justify a sequel (oh, yeah -- Mr. Box Office kind of dug it), but for better or worse, "The Expendables 2" exists and is coming at you -- and we really hope it's going to be the movie we wanted the first "Expendables" to be.
And it looks like it might be. It's not much, but the first look at the new mission of Sylvester Stallone and friends gives a taste of many explosions to come, as well as a glimpse of new team members Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth and Jean-Claude Van Damme in action. Speaking of Jcvd, you have to love that "Also" credit he gets.
For some reason, Mickey Rourke opted not to return for another adventure. »
- Bryan Enk
"I knew that one day would come when you were going to pay me back - and today's that day." Lionsgate has unveiled the first official trailer via Apple for the action sequel The Expendables 2, starring all kinds of action superstars, starting with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme and, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. I would honestly call this a teaser trailer, as it doesn't show much, but it will leave plenty of you jumping up and down. Fire up the Expendables 2 trailer! Watch the first official trailer for Simon West's The Expendables 2, in high def via Apple: Millennium Films / Nu Image now has Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic) set to direct The Expendables 2, with Stallone returning along with Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, »
- Alex Billington
Signing up to a Marvel movie has to be a heavy undertaking these days. Famed for being financially thrifty, creatively controlling and normally insistent on constrictive multi-film deals, they might have proved successful with their times at bat so far, but having already estranged Jon Favreau and Mickey Rourke, among others, the studio have now allegedly managed to alienate arguably the biggest star not named Robert Downey Jr. in their stable. Eyebrows were raised a few weeks back when "Monster" helmer Patty Jenkins, the surprise choice to helm the sequel to this year's top superhero movie "Thor," departed the project over the always-popular 'creative differences.' The studio have moved quickly to replace her, considering TV helmers Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor for the gig (with no decision yet made), but in the process, according to The Hollywood Reporter, they've seemingly managed to piss off Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, who was set to. »
Veteran director Martin Scorsese is set to be honoured for his contribution to cinema at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.
The Oscar winner will receive the coveted American Riviera Award, which recognises influential artists in the U.S. movie industry.
Scorsese will accept the prize at a ceremony at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, California on 30 January, following in the footsteps of previous recipients Sandra Bullock, Annette Bening and Mickey Rourke.
The festival kicks off on 26 January. »
Martin Scorsese is not in love with awards campaigning. But accepting awards--that's a relatively painless part of the road to Oscar. Thus he is going to attend the 27th Santa Barbara Film International Festival tribute to him on January 30 to receive the American Riviera Award. While last year Leonardo DiCaprio presented the Master Award to his "Inception" director Christopher Nolan, this marks the first time the fest has given the Riviera award, recognizing an artist who has had a strong influence on American Cinema, to a director. Other recipients include Annette Bening (2011), Sandra Bullock (2010), Mickey Rourke (2009), Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker »
DVD Playhouse—December 2011
By Allen Gardner
The Rules Of The Game (Criterion) Jean Renoir’s classic from 1939 was met with a riot at its premiere and was severely cut by its distributor, available only in truncated form for two decades until it was restored to the grandeur for which it is celebrated today. A biting comedy of manners set in the upstairs and downstairs of a French country estate, the film bitterly vivisects the bourgeoisie with a gentle ferocity that will tickle the laughter in your throat. Renoir co-stars as Octave. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Introduction to the film by Renoir; Commentary written by scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by Peter Bogdanovich; Comparison of the film’s two endings; Selected scene analysis by Renoir scholar Chris Faulkner; Featurettes and vintage film clips; Part one of David Thomson’s “Jean Renoir” BBC documentary; Video essay; Interviews with Renoir, crew members, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
“Iron Man 2" was entertaining, but it lacked the tightness of the first film. Mickey Rourke’s Ivan Vanko was sort of shuffled around, the Avengers elements felt a little rushed, and if you forgot, Tony Stark actually invented a new element in the middle of things. Just like that, a new element! Well, whatever, it happens when you’re rushing to capitalize on box office and critical success.
"'Iron Man 3' is probably the best script I've read in five years, which is so funny," he said in an interview with Extra, via Comic Book Movie. “I mean, things have come so full circle that a genre superhero movie can actually be the most artistic bit of writing I read."
He then drew a line between »
- Splash Page Team
Abbie Cornish is lovely enough to star as Colin Farrell‘s girlfriend in the upcoming Seven Psychopaths movie, don’t you think? Ok then, let’s add her to the cast which already includes Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Olga Kurylenko. There you go, now we have the perfect Martin McDonagh’s star-studded, blood-drenched, black [...]
William Hurt is the latest addition to The Host, the adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's sci-fi romance that will be directed by  Andrew Niccol (In Time, Gattaca). The actor is in talks to play Jeb, "eccentric uncle" to Saoirse Ronan's character Melanie. Ronan's character has her mind taken over by an alien intelligence called Wanderer as part of an invasion. But Melanie fights off Wanderer's dominance, and the girl's love for a boy named Jared (Max Irons) ends up infecting the alien. Jake Abel will play  another character named Ian, who has his own feelings for Wanderer. In addition to being Melanie's uncle, Jeb is a leader of the human resistance to the alien effort. The Host will be released  on March 29, 2013. [EW ] After the break,Abbie Cornish joins the new film from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh, and Felicity Jones will play a lover of Charles Dickens, »
- Russ Fischer
Colin Farrell officially has a run for his money in regards to most attractive on the Seven Psycopaths set, thanks to the inclusion of Australia’s Abbie Cornish (Limitless, Bright Star) in the film. She’ll play Farrell’s character Marty’s girlfriend, Kaya.
The news comes from Grey Munford, VP of Communications at CBS Films (the company producing the film), via his Twitter account:
This time around, McDonagh’s telling the tale of a screenwriter (Farrell) and his haphazard involvement in a dog-napping attempt that goes wrong. He proceeds to meet a handful of people who are, let’s say, »
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