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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Expendables 3 (action sequel; Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes; rated PG-13) The Giver (young-adult sci-fi; Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites; rated PG-13) How to Train Your Dragon 2 (animated sequel; voices: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett; rated PG) Let's Be Cops (with deleted scenes) (comedy; Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev; rated...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
It was reported earlier this year that The Expendables 3 had leaked online in high definition quality, just weeks before its release. Many have stated that this one of the reasons why it performed so badly at the box office, outside of the negative reviews.
See Also – Sylvester Stallone admits PG-13 rating was a mistake
Two British men have been arrested for stealing the movie, supposedly from a Cloud based system before uploading it to the Internet. Both men, from the North of England, have been questioned and are currently on bail until May 2015.
The Expendables 3 had a reported budget of $90 million, but only made under $40 million domestically. Thankfully the film performed well overseas, bringing the movie’s worldwide total to $206 million.
Detective Chief Inspector Danny Medlycott, who heads up City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit, said: “Today’s operation shows you the significant impact intellectual »
- Luke Owen
The Expendables 3 didn’t do too well at the box office, saved only by international takings. It didn’t do too well with us here at Flickering Myth either, and you can see why here and here. And it seems that the big man himself, Sylvester Stallone, agreed. In an interview with Crave Online (which you can read here), the action star is asked if future instalments will be R-rated:
“Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.”
Phew. Lets hope that he sticks to that when EX4 rolls around. At least he lost that awful moustache.
- Chris Cooper
On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 24-30 The Expendables 3 Barney leaves his team behind to assemble a new and younger group of Expendables. Although he tries to keep his old friends out of harm’s way, they won’t let Barney go it alone against a nemesis from their past. Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas (PG-13, 2:06) 11/25 The Giver Children in this seemingly perfect world are assigned jobs as adults. Jonas was last to be assigned, and it was he who was set to receive the knowledge of the things that no one talked about. His sessions with The Giver will … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
There was a lot of backlash when The Expendables 3 was rated PG-13 in order to garner a wider audience. Between that move and the unfortunate leak that occurred several weeks before the film's release, the sequel didn't really hit the box office with its best foot forward. And now franchise creator Sylvester Stallone is weighing in by saying that rating the film for more family friendly audiences was a "horrible miscalculation." Incidentally, he says this on the eve of the film's Blu-ray release, which will feature an unrated version of the picture. He also promises that The Expendables 4, should it happen, will be more violent. Hit the jump Stallone's comments on The Expendables 3 rating. The film (along with the unrated cut) arrives in a Blu-ray combo pack (with Digital HD) on November 25th. Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, »
- Evan Dickson
Melissa McCarthy is getting wings. The "Tammy" star is teaming up with director Shawn Levy ("Night at the Museum") for an untitled comedy-adventure in which McCarthy will play Tinker Bell, the fairy made famous in Walt Disney's 1953 animated classic "Peter Pan," according to Deadline. Nicholas Stoller ("Neighbors") will write the script based on a "fresh take" hatched up by McCarthy and Levy, who are also producing the film. No other details are available at this time. McCarthy can currently be seen in "St. Vincent" opposite Bill Murray; coming up she has the Paul Feig comedy "Spy" co-starring Rose Byrne and Jason Statham. Earlier this year, her latest starring vehicle "Tammy" brought in more than $100 million worldwide despite garnering poor reviews. What do you think of the idea of McCarthy as Tinker Bell? Let us know in the comments. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Both Melissa McCarthy and Shawn Levy came up with a fresh take on the Tinker Bell story, with Nick Stoller (Neighbors, The Five-Year Engagement, Get Him to the Greek) coming aboard to write the screenplay. Melissa McCarthy will play the title character, but no other story details were given at this time.
It remains uncertain if this will be Shawn Levy's next directorial outing, after he puts the finishing touches on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, set for release on December 19. The filmmaker recently became attached to direct two high-profile projects, Minecraft, which is set up at Warner Bros., and Forty Thieves that is housed at 20th Century Fox. Tinker Bell is said to be a high-priority project among those other films, but it isn't »
The Expendables 3 completely bombed at the box office. I enjoyed the film, but it definitely wasn’t as good as the first two. I do have to say that Mel Gibson gave one hell of a great performance, though. Thanks to Collider, we have a funny blooper reel for the film that features several members of the cast screwing up and messing around.
One of the best moments is watching Ford mess up his lines and listening to his voice crack. This is all part of the Blu-ray/DVD special features that is set to be released on November 25th.
- Joey Paur
Though some might argue that The Expendables 3 was one big movie flub in itself (sure it has its moments, but the sequel fell flat), there were some real bloopers on the set of the action flick. We're used to seeing gag reels for comedies, especially with all the alternate takes many directors try out, but there's something even more endearing and fun about seeing stars like Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer and Harrison Ford laughing after messing up a take during production. There's a lot of downtime on action films, so it's good to see not everyone is dead serious all the time while filming. Watch! Here's the gag reel for Patrick Hughes' The Expendables 3 from Collider: The Expendables 3 is directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) and written by Sylvester Stallone and Olympus Has Fallen scribes Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt. Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham »
- Ethan Anderton
Arriving on Blu-ray/DVD next week is director Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3. Like I said when the movie came out, The Expendables 3 is a lot of fun and my favorite of the series due in large part to Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas. All three are awesome and Banderas steals every scene he’s in. In addition to the new cast, The Expendables 3 has a crazy third act that’s easily the best action scene of the franchise. I think the team kills over a thousand people. The film also stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. To help promote the upcoming release, we've been provided with an exclusive gag reel from the Blu-ray. It's about two minutes and features a lot of the »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Millennium Films has two big films coming to a theater near you in 2015 and 2016.
Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 global hit. When someone from his past forces him back into the business, Bishop has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.
Before that, Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, and Alice Eve will star in Criminal. The action movie from director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) will open in cinemas on August 21, 2015 from Summit Entertainment. Principal photography began on September 4, 2014, in London.
From writers Douglas Cook, »
- Michelle McCue
Bishop faked his death in the story in an attempt to escape his former profession so that he could lead a peaceful and quiet retirement. Of course, that doesn’t work out too well for him. People like Bishop never get to retire, they always tend to get sucked back in.
The sequel is being directed by Dennis Gansel, and it also stars Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones. I liked the first movie, and I’ll watch just about anything that Statham stars in, so count me in for the sequel!
Source: Variety »
- Joey Paur
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) has been brought on to do a "three-week production polish" on the screenplay for the video game adaptation of Uncharted which will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) following the previous draft written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently passed on an offer to play the film's lead, an Indiana Jones type named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. The film is currently slated for a June 10, 2016 release. THR Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) and Julia Roberts are in talks to join George Clooney in director Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster in which Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his »
- Brad Brevet
Earlier in the week, it was reported that Universal Pictures wanted Fast & Furious director Justin Lin to return for a multi-part finale that would end the lucrative franchise. Most assumed this would be a two-part adventure, and that The Fast and the Furious would wrap up with 9 films. Now, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley is claiming that the franchise might come to an end with ten movies, as three more sequels are being planned. Though, it may not end there.
"We think there's at least three more...I think it's still a growing franchise. We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there's more to mine there. But we're »
When Justin Lin joined the Fast & Furious series with 2006's Tokyo Drift, the automotive action series appeared to be in decline. Over seven years and four movies, Lin presided over a critical and commercial ascension unparalleled in Hollywood blockbuster history. Each of the four Fasts directed by Lin earned more than the previous one; film critic Wesley Morris famously described 2011's Fast Five as "the most progressive force in American cinema." After Furious 6 came out last year, Vin Diesel began talking about a new Fast & Furious trilogy. But Lin had already announced his intention to depart the franchise, at »
- Darren Franich
"The Expendables 3" will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 25, and AccessHollywood.com has an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the action hit!
In the clip, "Expendables" stars including Dolph Lundgren, Kellan Lutz, Harrison Ford, Randy Couture, Jason Statham and more speak about their experience working with screen icon (and "Expendables" co-creator) Sylvester Stallone.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Christopher Nolan made Memento, but he also made The Dark Knight Rises. Great filmmakers can make bad movies: This is not a particularly complicated equation. And Nolan's new space melodrama Interstellar is not a particularly complicated movie. The science is elaborate and insane, but the emotional stakes are simple: Father loves daughter, father saves humanity. But Nolan is one of our plottiest filmmakers. (Most films have three acts; Nolan's movies usually have at least six, usually out of order and/or overlapping.) I attempted to explain the plot of Interstellar, but even I ran up against some impenetrable cosmo-logic. Some »
- Darren Franich
After starring in several sequels, from Crank: High Voltage to The Transporter trilogy, not to mention next spring's Furious 7 (watch the awesome teaser trailer), Jason Statham has found yet another for his filmography. Variety has learned that Lionsgate has set Mechanic: Resurrection for release on January 22nd, 2016. The first film, The Mechanic, focused on Statham as "mechanic" Arthur Bishop, an elite assassin with a strict code and an ability to make kills look like accidents. When Bishop's mentor is killed, he took on his son (Ben Foster) as an apprentice and set out for revenge. So what's the sequel about now? Well, the trade says Statham is now trying to live the quiet life after faking his death at the end of the first film, but his retirement probably won't last long. This time Statham will be joined by Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones, who basically cancel each »
- Ethan Anderton
Even as EuropaCorp prepares to relaunch the Transporter series, with the Ed Skrein-led Transporter Legacy set for next summer, the original Transporter himself is gearing up for a new action franchise. Jason Statham has been confirmed to reprise the role of Arthur Bishop in Mechanic: Resurrection, a long-planned follow-up to the rather forgettable 2011 actioner The Mechanic.
Shockingly, Statham will be joined in the sequel by the likes of Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh. Resurrection finds the main character, a hit-man, pulled back into the business after the love of his life is kidnapped by a formidable enemy. Determined to rescue her, he embarks on a mission to “complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.”
- Isaac Feldberg
The mighty Jason Statham has only had two films released in cinemas this year, marking a surprisingly lean year for the man. However, worry not: in 2015, we'll be seeing The Statham in Fast & Furious 7, Wild Card (previously known as Heat - it's a remake of the Burt Reynolds movie of the same name) and the big summer comedy Spy (directed by Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig).
And he's already hard at work on his first release in 2016.
The sequel to The Mechanic began filming last week, and The Statham will be reprising the role of Arthur Bishop in the movie. The film's now going by the title of Mechanic: Resurrection, and Dennis Gansel (who made We Are The Night) has taken over from Simon West in the director's chair.
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