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The party was meant to primarily celebrate “Chicago Fire” reaching its 100th episode which wrapped shooting recently and airs later this year. But it was the spinoff “Chicago Justice” that was the subject of much conversation (besides the Cubs heading to the World Series, of course).
Wolf mentioned that “Chicago Justice” will premiere after Christmas but has yet to announce its exact air date. When asked what “Chicago Justice” brings to the growing franchise, actress Monica Barbaro who will play a whip smart Assistant State’s Attorney said, “It’s a true procedural. You can pick up anywhere in the season. I don’t think the other shows do that. You have to really know the characters.”
- Angelica Bastién
Having tackled post-apocalyptic movies with his first book World Gone Wild, author and Flickering Myth contributor david j. moore has now turned his attention to the action genre for his sophomore effort, The Good, the Tough & the Deadly: Action Movies & Stars 1960s-Present.
This mammoth, 560-page hardcover presents a comprehensive study into the action genre, and is packed with over a thousand movie reviews featuring every action action star who’s crossed over from the world of martial arts, sports, professional wrestling, and stunt work.
Included in the book are a host of interviews with some of the biggest names in the genre, including the likes of Dolph Lundgren, Carl Weathers, Scott Adkins, Wesley Snipes, Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Mark Dacascos, Michael Dudikoff, Lorenzo Lamas and Roddy Piper.
The Good, the Tough & the Deadly: Action Movies & Stars 1960s-Present is published by Schiffer Publishing and »
- Gary Collinson
Like a mysterious, cloaking-device-equipped hunter matching wits with Jesse Ventura and Carl Weathers in the sweaty jungles of Mexico, Benicio Del Toro has vanished from the set of Shane Black’s The Predator. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Sicario star has finally departed the project in full, after months of rescheduling and other disruptions continually pushed its start date back.
There’s been no formal replacement announced for the actor, who would have lent his recently resurgent star power to the reboot of the 1986 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. But it sounds like Boyd Holbrook—one of the stars of Netflix’s Narcos, and the villain in the upcoming X-Men movie Logan—might be stepping in to take on the part. And while Del Toro, who’s now on his way to Sicario 2, will presumably be missed, at least it doesn’t sound like director Black will be following ...
- William Hughes
“Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook is coming on board Fox’s “The Predator,” a reboot of the “Predator” alien action franchise that launched in 1987. He’s in negotiations to replace Benicio del Toro, who was in talks for the project, but fell out due to scheduling issues.
Shane Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are producing with hopes to begin shooting next year. Fox has already slotted “The Predator” for a Feb. 9, 2018, opening.
Plot details are under wraps. The original was directed by John McTiernan and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura as commandos attempting to rescue hostages while being stalked in a jungle in Central America by a fearsome extra-terrestrial, played by Kevin Peter Hall.
- Dave McNary
Even though the detective will shift to NBC’s legal offshoot as a series regular later this season, actor Jon Seda tells TVLine he’ll be visiting Intelligence plenty in the future. In fact, Antonio will be jumping between the franchise’s many dramas all season long.
“He’ll be crossing over. It’s really going to be seamless,” Seda says of the transition. “I’m shooting all three shows right now at the same time — [Chicago] Fire, P. »
In today’s TV news roundup, “Chicago P.D.” star Jon Seda is heading off to “Chicago Justice” full time. Plus, Wyclef Jean will appear in an episode of “Law & Order: Svu,” and there’s been a casting shakeup on USA Network’s pilot “Damnation.”
Seda, who plays Antonio Dawson on “P.D.,” will reprise his same character on “Justice,” the newest show in NBC’s mega-franchise, which is set to debut midseason in 2017. On the legal drama, Dawson will now be an investigator for the Da’s office who will be partnered with fellow investigator Lori Nagle (Joelle Carter), Deadline reports. He will also star alongside Philip Winchester and Carl Weathers.
“Justice” marks Seda’s third show in the “Chicago” franchise. He »
- Will Thorne
Jon Seda, who plays detective Antonio Dawson, will transition to the upcoming legal offshoot as a series regular, our sister site Deadline reports.
Seda’s Antonio will join the D.A.’s office as an investigator, partnered with Joelle Carter’s Lori Nagle, who was introduced in the backdoor pilot. As a result, Ryan-James Hatanaka’s investigator Daren Okada will no longer be part of the series moving forward.
The timing of Seda’s move to Justice, »
Benicio Del Toro is in talks to star in Shane Black‘s “The Predator” for Fox, a reboot of the “Predator” franchise that launched back in 1987. Plot details for the reboot are being kept under wraps but the new film is said to be an ensemble film anchored by the character to be played by del Toro. The original “Predator” was directed by John McTiernan and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura as a commando rescue unit stalked in a jungle by an alien hunter. Also Read: 'Predator' Poster Promises to Blindside Viewers Black, who had »
- Umberto Gonzalez
It’s a project that had been sentenced to the shelf for years, but with a February start date now in the cards, The Predator reboot is finally – finally – beginning to display some tangible signs of momentum.
Having starred in the cult original of ’87, Shane Black will hop behind the lens this time around to direct from his own script, and according to Deadline, both the filmmaker and 20th Century Fox have placed their crosshairs on Benicio Del Toro to spearhead the sci-fi redo.
Negotiations are still ongoing, but should a deal place, it appears the Sicario and soon-to-be Star Wars: Episode VIII star would assume the role of Quinn McKenna, the hero of The Predator who reportedly leads an ensemble cast against the formidable extra-terrestrial nasty. Coming off directing stints on Iron Man 3 and, more recently, noir hit The Nice Guys, Shane Black is on a mission to “‘event-ise’ the Predator again. »
- Michael Briers
Black appeared in “Predator” in a supporting role as “Rick Hawkins,” shortly after “Lethal Weapon,” which he had written, became a massive hit for Silver. His directing credits include “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and “The Nice Guys,” starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, from his own script.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Benicio Del Toro is in early talks to star in Predator, the reboot of the franchise in the works at 20th Century Fox. Shane Black aboard to direct after writing a treatment. The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3 helmer was actually co-starred in the 1987 original alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing a member of Arnold's team and the first to die at the hands of the Predator. Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura also co-starred. Black's Monster Squad co-writer Fred Dekker… »
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock, »
- Movie Geeks
RelatedChicago P.D. Adds Quantico Alum as [Spoiler]’s New Partner
Premiering at midseason, Chicago Justice follows the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators as they navigate heated city politics and controversy head-on while fearlessly pursuing justice.
Per our sister site Deadline, Barbara will play a whip-smart, quick-tongued Assistant State’s Attorney who can — wait for it — “drink beers with the boys or take a night out at the opera.”
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As reported last week, Nazneen Contractor has joined the cast of the Ransom TV show, coming to CBS in the 2016-17 television season. She is set as Zara Hallam, an ex-cop. Production of Ransom began in Toronto last week and will move to France in the fall. A 13-episode drama created by David Vainola and Frank Spotnitz, the Ransom stars Luke Roberts, Sarah Green, and Brandon Jay McLaren.THR reports Contractor, who was in the backdoor pilot of NBC's Chicago Justice, which aired as an episode of Chicago Pd this past May, is leaving the Dick Wolf drama ahead of its series premiere. Contractor played Dawn Harper in the pilot, right-hand-woman to prosecutor Peter Stone (Philip Winchester). The Chicago Justice cast also includes: Joelle Carter and Carl Weathers. »
Chicago Justice will be served by a slightly different team of lawyers when the NBC drama premieres midseason.
RelatedChicago Justice Names Showrunner
God love the French, they've gone and restored Predator for a re-release. Originally released in 1987, John McTiernan's (who later went on to direct Die Hard and Last Action Hero) sci-fi horror hybird is now considered a classic from the era.
This new 2K restoration of Predator screens in France on August 17th. There is no plan to bring the film to the Us or Canada.
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.
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"There's something out there waiting for us, and it ain't no man." Who has time to bleed when there's a predator lurking around? Everything is getting re-released these days! Why not? France is preparing for a re-release coming up this August of a newly restored (apparently only in 2K, not full 4K though) version of John McTiernan's original sci-fi action film Predator. Originally released in 1987, Predator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham and Richard Chaves. Years after release it has become known as one of the best action movies made, and this trailer lives up to that claim with plenty of explosions. Of course this will make you want to see it again. Here's the new restored French re-release trailer (+ poster) for John McTiernan's Predator, from Vimeo: A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior. »
- Alex Billington
Did you know Donald Trump's successor on The Celebrity Apprentice was once one of the biggest box-office draws in the world? Trippy, right? Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger became famous for his unique style and his fluctuating dialect, but he was picked for stardom for another reason entirely: he was a rippling, bulging slab of primeval, otherworldly manhood. The man was a titan, casting a shadow as wide as it was high. His fresh, smiling face and booming Austrian lungs were the perfect extras, but Arnold was thrust into the limelight because of his physique.
It was his earliest, formative years in which we saw Arnold's greatest flexes, when he relied on his jaw-dropping size for impact. In 1990 he would dominate both science-fiction and family genres, but it was in the years preceding this that his chest was most greased, skin most tanned and muscles most inflated. So let's think back, relive the carnage, and appreciate the 'King of Kings' in all his glittering majesty.
Hercules In New York (1970)
Seven long years before he starred in a breakout bodybuilding documentary, Arnie's 22-inch arms were breaking onto small screens in Hercules In New York. In Schwarzenegger's first real acting role, his unease is palpable. His thick Austrian accent (dubbed over in the film's original release) hasn't a spot of charisma and his performance is comparable to that of a re-animated corpse.
Schwarzenegger is Hercules, a demi-god sent to Earth. On his trip, he does all the things an everyday tourist does in the Big Apple: finds love, begins a career, flees pursuers in a chariot and chokes out a (man in a) bear (suit). He also finds time to fight off group of six men, using only a ridiculously long plank of wood, and best an Olympic-quality team of athletes at various track and field events. The film may have had a budget tighter than Arnold's shirt, but there is scant excuse for the lack of dimension or invention.
We are treated to Arnold's first show of size when his date shows him a poster for an upcoming Hercules picture. Our travelling deity is offended, claiming the actor looks nothing like him. Doing what any rational demigod would do, he strips off his cream turtleneck, revealing his chiselled torso. His audience-of-one loses her mind as he begins posing, before she realises what an insanely ludicrous thing has occurred. It's only the hindsight novelty factor that keeps Hercules In New York relevant.
Pumping Iron (1977)
The most alpha of males, Arnold sashays through the documentary. Whilst some of his fellow competitors look like circus strongmen, Arnold is a walking sculpture, the perfect blend of symmetry and balance. Even starring alongside a real-life superhero, the Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, he looks ginormous. The gap between his front teeth is the only chink in his man-made armour, but somehow he even turns that to his advantage.
The moment in which Schwarzenegger pops the loudest is in a moment of silence. As the documentary takes focus on the reigning champion, we are given a look behind the camera. A photo-shoot sets Arnold alight, as he poses and flexes in complete tranquillity. The only noise we are offered is that of the shutter, focusing our attention to the spectacle before us. In a film where some scenes feel uncomfortable to observe, at one point Arnold refers to Jesus as an inspiration for his legacy, this quiet moment of appreciation is a refreshing pause.
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Refreshing pauses were seldom offered to us in the following years. Conan's story begins as 'a tale of sorrow', before the barely-dressed warrior embarks on a tale of revenge and retribution. Schwarzenegger's seductive ex-slave possesses superior sword skills, spinning, slashing and slaying a plethora of barbaric nasties.
At the film's most glorious, Conan and his collaborator take a stand against the villainous cavalry. With axe in hand and horns on head, Conan cleaves and slices. Though his weapon looks to be made out of foam and the enemies put up less effort than a pre-relegation Aston Villa, we are treated to a whirlwind of visual and verbal masculine aggression. What's more, we are given one of Arnold's earliest one-liners. In his first prayer, Conan asks his god to "grant me revenge, and if you do not listen, then to hell with you!" It's much better heard than read. This classic scene contained all the components that made his next breakout, muscle-bound feature such an enduring success.
The Terminator (1984)
It only took until 2029 for Arnold to hit the big time. James Cameron's "blazing, cinematic comic-book" (Variety's words) was the perfect vehicle for an emerging Schwarzenegger, as his role would rely on his frame rather than his command of the English language. The Terminator's unmoving grimace removes the need to portray emotion or reaction, but it is a skill few could pull off with such menace. Schwarzenegger is perfect casting: when he loses his eyebrows, he cuts the figure of a stone-cold killing machine.
The opening moments in the present day focus on a trash collector. Electric bolts awaken the workman from his boredom-induced coma, fizzing and zapping around him. They rally to a crescendo of light, producing a figure curled up in a foetal position. This figure is the T-800, a stark-naked Arnold; we see his arse before his face. He rises like the phoenix, striding into the light without a flicker of disorientation or embarrassment. We are slapped with a shady silhouette of his flapping member as he approaches a gang of ruffians, led by a young Bill Paxton, before he utters the now immortal phrase: "Your clothes: give them to me."
The T-800 swats one lackie away, before his jacked right arm lifts another overhead. This loiterer comes down without his heart, Cameron's camera hovering on Arnold's deep red, clutching hand. The T-800 is an instant threat, legitimately scary throughout, but it is in this brutal opening that he feels most deadly. It's not just Orwell who made 1984 special...
After playing a travelling god, a rugged caveman and a killer robot, Arnold was refreshed as a loving and devoted father. As John Martix, Schwarzenegger is a family man and a killing machine. These would come to represent the two sides of Schwarzenegger's coin: his films often worked best when the two went hand-in-hand. On screen he would mow down enemies with bullets and grenades, and later help his fictional daughter with her algebra homework. What a sweetheart.
And yet, in a film where hundreds of henchmen bite the dust, it is in his role as 'dedicated father' where he is the most impressive. Matrix had left his commando days behind, now taking care of his daughter, living a reclusive existence. Almost immediately, Schwarzenegger ripples; close-ups of his veined arms and chest are all too close, but remind the audience that Stallone is a boy scout in comparison. Arnold saunters toward the camera, carrying a huge tree on his shoulder like it’s a week's laundry. Schwarzenegger doesn't finish there. Not only does he handle the log like it's a twirling baton, he finishes the testosterone fest by turning it into kindling. A guy's got to keep that fire burning.
While Commando would eventually snowball into a cult classic, Schwarzenegger's following feature would prove the key to stardom. Even before Schwarzenegger stepped foot in the jungle, he met a fellow goliath. As Arnold's pumped-up mercenary Dutch is being briefed on his mission, a lone figure, sitting at a distant table, interjects. That figure is Apollo Cre… Carl Weathers; a man whose size and wit will match Schwarzenegger's all the way.
"Dillon!" Dutch gasps with childlike glee, before grounding his joy with the deprecating: "You son of a bitch." As Dutch and Dillon stride toward one another, their formidable forearms recoil before colliding into the most powerful handshake in cinematic history. The camera shifts focus from their gleaming smirks to the strained embrace. One second turns into five, the embrace morphing into competition, each man fighting in this mid-air arm wrestle. Five seconds turns to ten - the tension grows thick as Arnold toys with his rival. This contest lasts a full twenty seconds - twenty long, facial-hair-inducing seconds.
We may never recover from a scene that powerful.
The film soon hurtles into contact with the titular chameleon with barely chance to catch its breath. This lazer-toting, extra-terrestrial assassin is Arnold's ultimate nemesis, even down to the maniacal cackle. But, not even a foe this deadly could create a scene with the power of that handshake. Even in the film that popularised the full body mud-pack, the ass-kicking action and tension-mounting drama relies on the introduction Weathers and Schwarzenegger offer.
This theme would follow our Austrian actor. His greatest muscle-bound moments would come early, as an introduction, setting the tone and character in motion. As his career developed, Arnold proved he was much more than just unisex eye-candy, developing his aesthetic allure into real Hollywood charisma. Arnold would come to blossom in attracting a younger market, mixing action roles in Terminator 2 and Total Recall with Kindergarten Cop and Junior. Not only did Kindergarten Cop have no right to be as good as it is, but Arnold had no right to be so enjoyable to watch. His size became a point of contrast rather than one of awe, towering over others without menace but humour. He became his own character, a phenomenon for a reason beyond his look. He became the epitome of the American Dream, persevering and succeeding more than anyone thought he could. The ex-army tank driver would go on to ask in Junior, "Does my body disgust you?" and later become the Governor of California.
We've had some shallow fun, picking through Arnold's early years for his most outrageous muscle flexes. But it's worth remembering that Schwarzenegger's story is one of success through a lot of hard work and perseverence.
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“Chicago Fire” spinoff “Chicago Justice” has set Michael S. Chernuchin as showrunner, NBC announced Thursday. Chernuchin was most recently an executive producer on shows like “Rogue,” “Black Sails” and a consulting producer on Fox’s “24” reboot. The cast for the new show includes Philip Winchester, Carl Weathers, Nazneen Contractor, Joelle Carter and Ryan-James Hatanaka. Some of the new characters were introduced during Wednesday’s episode of “Chicago P.D.” Also Read: Dick Wolf's 'Chicago Justice' Officially Ordered to Series at NBC Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt and Arthur Forney will serve as executive producers. »
- Linda Ge
“The Big Bang Theory” actors Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, and singer Nick Lachey are among the stars slated to make guest appearances in the show’s sophomore season, along with Carl Weathers, Al Yankovic, Zosia Mamet and Patrick Stump.
“Star vs. the Forces of Evil” follows Star, a magical princess who is sent to Earth to gain maturity after her parents find her unfit to carry her birthright — a magical wand. She battles villains, both in high school and throughout the universe, to protect her wand.
Season two will explore the mythology around Star’s wand, her family history and the powers she will someday fully posses.
- Lamarco McClendon
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