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Exclusive: Here’s a China-set project worth getting excited about. Andrew Dominik, the writer/director of Chopper and Killing Them Softly, has been set to write the script for Shaolin Temple for Fast and Furious‘s Justin Lin to direct. The film is backed by Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures with Beijing Enlight Pictures also distributing. Troy Craig Poon of Perfect Storm Entertainment, Bruno Wu of Seven Stars and Wang Changtian of Beijing Enlight Pictures are producing.
The 3D film is a remake of the 1982 film which marked the screen debut of iconic martial artist Jet Li, and was based on Shaolin folklore and set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
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. »
Okay, so, a lot of you didn't see The Expendables 3 this weekend, and that's a pity. It's not because the movie's good (it isn't), it's not because the heroes of yesterday's movies need your support, and not because Sylvester Stallone is starving. Instead, it's because you missed out on a little history. Did you know there were a couple of gay Expendables? Specifically, a couple of hugely famous gay Expendables? Gay Spoilers Ahead! Speaking to Grantland, director Patrick Hughes confirmed that the two characters seen canoodling at the end of The Expendables 3 are in fact a couple. From the piece, which is actually a fun read: "Late in the film, Schwarzenegger.s Trench and Jet Li.s Yin Yang get cozy at the Expendables. go-to bar. Stallone ribs them: 'Get a room.' But then the two seize the moment, nuzzling each other while laughing it off. Did »
It turns out that a throwaway gag at the end of "The Expendables 3" wasn't as throwaway as expected. Apparently the macho action thriller sequel features a gay couple, and it isn't hunky newbies played by Kellan Lutz or Glen Powell.
In one the film's final scenes, Jet Li's Yin Yang, Schwarzenegger's Trench and Stallone's Barney Ross characters are in a bar celebrating and commiserating together. Buzzfeed describes the scene as follows:
"So, you’re working for Trench now?" Ross asks Yang, who responds by just shooting Trench a knowing look and a smile. As Ross turns to walk away, Trench and Yang lean in even closer to each other, grinning so widely, they almost start to giggle.
"You guys want to get a room?" asks Ross.
"We don’t need a room! »
- Garth Franklin
With The reelase of The Expendables 3 [read our reviews here and here] and the news that he’s set to return to the character of John J. Rambo for Rambo V, this week we’ve decided to put your knowledge of Sylvester Stallone movies to the test in the latest Sunday Quiz. So, if you know your Rocky from your Rambo and your Demolition Man from your… erm… Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, then take the quiz below and don’t forgot to share your results to see how you stack up against your friends…
Question 8 The Expendables 3 »
- Gary Collinson
The Expendables 3, 2014.
Directed by Patrick Hughes.
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer, Glen Powell, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz.
Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.
Watching The Expendables 3, one can’t help but see the irony. In 2010, Sylvester Stallone rounded up a group of fellow action stars to give audiences what they always wanted to see, even if it was two decades too late to have any real significance; 1980s action gods Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Stallone himself sharing the same screen (with a few other C-List names added to make up the numbers). The film was fun, »
- Gary Collinson
The Expendables 3 is debuting this weekend in 40 territories including Russia, the UK, Mexico and Australia — and features a powerhouse ensemble that includes Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer and Kellan Lutz.
Together, the cast outweighs the sum of its parts, but the parts are actually quite interesting when looked at in terms of international box-office drawing power, especially in mega markets like China, Korea, Russia, Brazil, and parts of Western Europe. Below, I’ve broken out numbers for some of the individual stars across those markets with a nifty slideshow that covers their last three major titles outside the franchise in these key territories.* The first Expendables film did about $274M worldwide, with $171M from overseas. In an unusual turn of events for a sequel, the franchise’s second film saw its earnings drop in the U. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
It’s been on the cards for a good few years now, but it finally looks like John J. Rambo is set for a return to the big screen, with Sylvester Stallone revealing to Vulture that Rambo V is likely to be his next film.
“I’m getting ready for that. I’m starting to work out. I’m going to be appropriately vicious and all that stuff, but intellectual. A killer with a heart. Smart, yet stupid. Tall, yet short. Broad, but thin. You know what I mean. We’re going to try to cover all the boundaries.”
Rambo V has went through a few different scripts over the years (including Rambo V: The Savage Hunt, which would have seen the former green beret tracking a vicious creature that had been genetically engineered), and back in June it was reported that Sly was working on a script that »
- Gary Collinson
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
Lionsgate released their new, hardcore action flick, "The Expendables 3," into theaters yesterday, August 14th, and the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that it didn't quite sit well with a lot of them, getting only an overall 35 score out of a possible 100 across 30 reviews over at the metacritic.com site. The film stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Kelsey Grammer. We've posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 grade, saying: "So let me just say that this latest rah-rah red-meat installment is the biggest and best surprise of the series. It has its flaws, but it's mostly a big, dumb, gruntingly monosyllabic hoot." Tom Russo over at the Boston Globe, »
I really wanted to like The Expendables 3 but for them… 3 is not a magic number.
In The Expendables 3, Barney Ross(Sylvester Stallone) is back, along with his good pal Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lungren), Yin Yang (Jet Li), and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), along with some new pals to take on former Expendable Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who has traded in his title and became an arms dealer. After almost being killed by his pal Barney before, Stonebanks has made it his mission put to end The Expendables, and Barney is prepared. He beefs up his gang of misfits with new members, and gives their old-school style a reboot. Together, the team must find Stonebanks before he finds them! Despite uniting some of the biggest stars of the past few decades, the first warning sign should have been the PG-13 rating. This film feels extremely »
- Melissa Howland
The Expendables 3, with a cast so big it can only fit on a billboard, hits theaters Friday. Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas and Harrison Ford are just a few of the new faces (read: muscles) to join Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the franchise's third installment, directed by Patrick Hughes. In addition to potential franchise fatigue, a pristine copy of the movie leaked on the Internet earlier this month, and the film opened to a muted $875,000 Thursday night from more than 2,200 locations. The Lionsgate and Millennium Film is expected
- Ian Servantes
On the list of "shoulda-been-Expendables," Jackie Chan ranks pretty highly. He's one of the more highly-decorated members of the Action Hero Hall Of Fame, and he's done movies with several of the people in The Expendables 3, including Sylvester Stallone (Burn, Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Around The World In 80 Days) and Jet Li (Forbidden Kingdom). So why hasn't he got the call to show up in any of the movies in the trilogy? Perhaps the better question is, why hasn't he answered the call? In an interview with Den Of Geek, Chan claims that while he's obviously being sought for Expendables 4, he's simply not a fan of the format of these films. "...this morning I did hear - the office called - Sly [Stallone] wants me for Expendables 4. I said, .Okay.. Because they already asked me to be in two and three, but I refused. Well, »
A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy's theatrical release, I wrote about the Curse of Tor Johnson, named after the old-school wrestler (and Ed Wood muse) who may have also been responsible for 50 years of terrible performances from professional wrestlers.
Since I wrote for WWE's Monday Night Raw for about six months, I wondered if the presence of Dave Bautista, a former champion, would jinx Guardians' box-office mojo. Three weeks into its theatrical run (and more than $175 million in receipts later), it's safe to say the Curse has been broken. »
Expendables 3 opened yesterday in late nights that began at 7 Pm to gross $875k from last night’s preview shows, from over 2,200 locales. In comparison, Lionsgate noted that the first installment did $870k and Expendables 2 grossed $685k (both of those were Midnight shows only). The previous installment two years ago had an opening weekend of $28.5M and went onto gross about $85M. Fox’s R-rated buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops opened in late nights on Tuesday at 10 Pm to gross $1.2M.
Also, The Giver — the Ya novel adaptation from director Phillip Noyce — opened last night an hour later than Expendables 3 and in more runs — 3,003 to be exact — to end up with 750K. The late night numbers for Expendables 3 are not strong. It rolls out in 3,221 theaters today. Tracking numbers yesterday had the Millennium Entertainment pic marked for the No. 2 opening slot with an expected gross of around $22M to $23M. »
- Anita Busch
If you've seen Sylvester Stallone and his over-the-hill gang in 2010's The Expendables, paid up for the 2012 followup, and can't wait to see The Expendables 3, then you're a glutton for movie punishment and I can't help you. Stallone and his Aarp, er CIA, mercenaries, including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, are back for more lame-ass mayhem, this time PG-13 instead of R-rated to bring in younger strays. Their mission? To stage a prison break for one of their founding members, Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes). Say what? »
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
Friday Am Update: The Expendables 3 earned an estimated $875,000 from Thursday night shows beginning at 7 p.m. In comparison, the first Expendables grossed $870,000, while The Expendables 2 took in $685,000. In both of those earlier cases, though, showings didn't begin until midnight. A better comparison might be last week's Into The Storm, which took in $800,000 from late Thursday shows. That went on to earn $17.3 million in its opening weekend; a tally closer to $20 million seems like a likely outcome for The Expendables 3.Forecast: The Expendables 3 storms in to theaters this weekend, though this gang of geriatric action stars will probably lose out to a bunch of teenage turtles.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will likely wind up with $25 to $30 million in its second weekend. That should be enough to fend off the latest installment in the Expendables series, which could open as low as $20 million.Other new releases include young-adult »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thanks to the way junkets work, you sometimes end up with the oddest combination of people in a room, and that was certainly the case when I attended the press day for "The Expendables 3" and found myself sitting across from Kelsey Grammer and Randy Couture. In general, it's been a pretty strange summer for Kelsey Grammer. I spoke with him when I was in Hong Kong about his work in "Transformers: Age Of Extinction," and he also had a featured role in "Think Like A Man 2." In "The Expendables 3," Grammer plays Bonaparte, the guy who Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) turns to when he's putting a new team together. He's like an agent for badass mercenaries. We discussed how wide a net he's cast this year with the roles that he's been playing, and he seems to be in a great mood about all of it. I'll be honest… »
- Drew McWeeny
In what just as easily could have been a box office showdown from 1990, Sylvester Stallone and his buddies face off against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at theaters this weekend. And even though The Expendables 3 boasts a star-studded action hero cast of a just-bygone era, the Turtles might still win out.
The long-gestating adaptation of The Giver opens wide as well, playing alongside the buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops, which hit theaters on Wednesday. Indie darling Boyhood expands to just under 800 theaters, too.
Here’s how things might play out on this late summer weekend.
- Lindsey Bahr
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