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One of the most iconic action characters of the past 35 years is Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, who has fought various xenomorphs through the course of the Alien quadrilogy. With The Expendables 3 opening in theatres this past weekend, talk had heated up in recent months of an all-female spinoff of the franchise, centred on a similar conceit of reuniting action heroines of yesteryear and present day. With the writers and director set, speculation had turned to the starring roles, with Weaver’s name put forward by many, including producer Sylvester Stallone. However, the Hollywood Reporter has now announced that Weaver has formally passed on the project, leaving the movie without a single confirmed castmember for now.
While this is a setback for the movie, particularly as Stallone himself had expressed interest in Weaver’s involvement, the project is unlikely to die as a result. Weaver’s exit, however, may »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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. »
Ah, "The Expendables" franchise. Much like the actors who star in the movie -- it just won't die. Every couple of years we're #blessed with one of these movies, which feature a bunch of past-their-prime action stars, many of whom were vastly more popular 30 years ago, embroiled in some kind of scenario where they have to fire round after round of high powered weapon while cracking wise and acknowledging, at least to a certain degree, that they've all gotten very old.
If the trailers are any indication, "The Expendables 3" is the last film in the franchise (the words "One Last Ride" keep being thrown around). So they've rounded up all the old folks (among them: Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Robert Davi, Wesley Snipes and Kelsey Grammer) and placed all kinds of guns in their hands and sent them about their business.
Is this »
- Drew Taylor
This time, it's personal, the synopsis would have you believe. Team leader Barney (Sylvester Stallone) and his mercenary mates take on the Expendables' co-founder, now a ruthless arms trader (Mel Gibson) with his heart set on ending the legacy he helped create.
Of course, if you've come to see The Expendables 3 with even the slightest of critical faculties in operation, you'll be too busy sniggering at the ridiculous names - Gibson's villainous character is called Conrad Stonebanks – or cheering on our mildly xenophobic leads to devote much attention to the plot. Which is really what Stallone, co-writer Creighton Rothenberger and director Patrick Hughes want.
It's a scattershot, often dull, incompetently shot but lazily entertaining sequel that knows exactly what its audience wants. The soundbites have been dialed down from the incomprehensibility of the second film in the franchise but with a ‘set-piece, interlude, set-piece’ structure and a central cast who are in their groove, »
There has been several attempts to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen over the years. Joss Whedon even wrote a screenplay for a standalone Wonder Woman movie but it never got the green light. However, we are due to see the Amazon Princess appear on the big screen in 2016 in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Wonder Woman played by Gal Gadot, but she has already received a great deal of criticism despite the fact we’ve not seen any footage yet.
At Comic-Con an image of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was revealed to a mixed reception. One of the issues that keeps coming up for fans is Wonder Woman’s physique. They say that she should be able to give Superman a run for his money and frankly Gal Gadot is no nearly big enough. »
- Thomas Roach
The calls have been heard loud and clear, both on stage and off at the Oscars or in the annals of the web and at the box office: the world demands more movies with women, about women, by women and for women.
Every week a movie seems to be failing the Bechdel test, and every week a separate movie ends up walking away with the lion’s share at the box office. From hits like Maleficent, The Fault in Our Stars and Lucy to monster franchises like The Hunger Games, the old notion that teenage boys are the ones driving the demand at the movies is rapidly eroding. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a 44 percent female audience on the film’s opening weekend, the highest share for any Marvel movie to date.
And although they’ve taken their sweet time, Hollywood »
- Brian Welk
Black Widow, Catwoman, Gamora: handy in a fight, but how about a bit more variety in female supers of the DC and Marvel movie universes?
Excited about The Falcon getting to slip into Cap’s iconic stars and stripes? The female version of Thor swinging Mjolnir around? Batgirl stomping Gotham faces with those new heavy yellow Docs she’s got?
Marvel and DC’s recent moves to further equalise their superhero line-ups have meant swapping out a few of the standard lantern-jawed white-dude-types for women and people of colour, and costume upgrades for those who’d been struggling with lycra wedgies since their creation back in more female-fleshy times. Which is great on paper – comic book paper, that is. But we may have to wait before these changes go beyond the page and make the leap into DC and Marvel’s movies universes, too.
Think of the huge array of »
That Sylvester Stallone-produced “The ExpendaBelles” (aka the officially sanctioned female version of “The Expendables”), with the likes of Gina Carano and Katee Sackhoff in the cast, is still in the works, but leave it to the Asylum to beat it to the big screen with “Mercenaries,” their very own assemblage of hot kick-ass females. Of course, these days the only name from the cast you’re likely to even know is former “Terminator” star Kristanna Loken, though you more DVD-minded kids will recognize Zoe Bell. Anyways, check out the trailer for “Mercenaries.” It doesn’t look too bad if you know what you’re getting into. It is, after all, from the Asylum. Need I say more? A diplomatic official is captured and imprisoned while touring a war zone, so a team of elite female commandos is assembled to infiltrate a women’s prison for a daring rescue. Starring Zöe Bell, »
Even though there are more now than ever before, there’s still a shortage of female action stars working today. Chalk that up to an unfortunately low number of films that require women in physical roles and perhaps even more at fault are the quality of those films. Sure, every now and then we get a Kill Bill, Hanna, or The Hunger Games, but more often than not it’s something like an Underworld sequel, Resident Evil, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Charlie’s Angels, or Catwoman. The latest chapter in poorly utilized action starlets comes in the form of In the Blood, which stars Gina Carano as a newlywed hell-bent discovering the truth of her husband’s disappearance even if that requires breaking a few bones to do it.
- Lex Walker
Who comes to mind when you think of kick ass women in movies? On the classic side, you may name Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in the Alien movies or maybe Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in The Terminator series. More recently, you may have thought about Angelina Jolie, Gina Carano, or Ronda Rousey in next month's The Expendables 3. You also could have instantly thought of Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, who looks to play another kick ass babe in this week's Lucy. We »
- Alex Maidy
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An elite level boxer, and long viewed by fans as a legitimate threat to Rousey’s dominance, her arrival tells us just how aware the Ufc is of the lack of credible credible challengers for Rousey’s title. There really isn’t much else out there in way of competition: Cyborg is working on cutting to 135lbs and will take at least one more fight in Invicta before considering a move to the Ufc, and a contract would need to be worked out. Rumours have popped up again – fed by the Ufc itself via an article on Ufc.com – that Wmma pioneer Gina Carano will be signed within a week, but that’s more »
- Jay Anderson
Standout Ufc fighter Ronda Rousey will be sidelined for several weeks as she recovers from suffering a broken thumb and undergoing knee surgery.
Ronda Rousey Breaks Thumb
Rousey’s win against Canadian challenger Alexis Davis at Ufc 175 didn’t come without a price. In the 16-second fight, the bantamweight champion suffered a broken thumb. Fortunately for Rousey, the thumb injury requires neither surgery nor a cast, reported Fox Sports. However, in order for the broken bone to heal properly, she’ll have to refrain from throwing punches for a number of weeks.
Rousey Getting Knee Surgery
Though her thumb doesn’t require her to receive surgery, her ongoing knee troubles have caused Rousey to schedule surgery on it for next Tuesday. The fighter will undergo relatively routine arthroscopic knee surgery, which is often performed on athletes who tear their meniscus. The procedure will only have Rousey sidelined for a couple of weeks. »
Over the weekend, Olympic medalist and professional Mma fighter Ronda Rousey successfully defended her title as Ufc Women's Bantamweight Champion. It's great news for her and even better news for The Expendables 3, which is getting some an extra bit of publicity via the win. Rousey costars in the upcoming sequel alongside Sylvester Stallone and many other action stars, and she'll be in Fast & Furious 7, which isn't surprising given how much that franchise likes to employ former and current athletes in its roster of players. The last Fast & Furious movie, for instance cast fellow female Mma fighter Gina Carano, who had already proven her acting talents in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, as well as bodybuilder-turned-actor Kim Kold and of course...
- Christopher Campbell
GeekTyrant reader Dave Paget sent this great looking piece of fan-made concept art to us featuring his vision of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I absolutely love what he's come up with, and I had to share it with you. This is what the artist had to say about it:
"Hello! Sometime ago, when rumors were spiraling around the internet about a possible Justice League of America movie being made, I did a design of what Wonder Woman could possibly look like.
- Joey Paur
Here are some of the hottest action heroines who could totally rule in the upcoming 'Predator' remake!
News broke today on The Hollywood Reporter that another beloved 80s classic is on the slate for a trendy millennial reboot. This time, it's the iconic action horror Predator, and it's reportedly set to be helmed by Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director/writer Shane Black, who also recently created Iron Man 3!
The original Predator starred an ensemble of classic macho '80s musclemen, led by Arnold Schwarzenegger and co-starring Rocky's Carl Weathers and the pro-wrestler-turned-Minnesota-Governor Jesse Ventura.
But does the sequel still need to adhere to the action-movie tradition of having an all-male cast with a token sexy girl they need to rescue? For a long time, studios saw this as the only way to attract legions of teenage bros to »
Exclusive: Following the release of his latest feature, the true story marijuana trafficking pic Kid Cannabis, multi-hyphenate John Stockwell has signed with Paradigm. The actor, writer, director and producer started his career acting in films like Losin’ It and Top Gun, both opposite Tom Cruise, starred in miniseries North and South, and battled a killer car in Stephen King’s Christine. Stockwell’s screenwriting credits include Blue Crush, Rock Star, Under Cover, Dangerously Close, and Kid Cannabis. He also wrote the Emmy-nominated telefilm Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, episodes of Showtime’s The L Word, and Cheaters. The latter earned Stockwell an Emmy nod for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie. He broke through as a director with 2001′s Crazy/Beautiful and 2002′s surfing pic Blue Crush, following with a run of features behind the camera including Into the Blue, Turistas, Cat Run, and Dark Tide. »
- JEN YAMATO
Gina Carano (Haywire, Fast & Furious 6) stars as a fighter trying to find the men who abducted her husband in the new action-thriller In the Blood, which is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD through Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. While on their honeymoon in the Caribbean, Ava's (Gina Carano) new husband (Cam Gigandet) goes missing, and she must go on a dangerous journey into a violent underworld to find the men responsible for taking him. We have a new giveaway lined up where fans can take home a copy of the Blu-ray. Now you can watch all of the action unfold from the comforts of your own couch! Take a look at how you can add this explosive movie to your collection today.
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What's It About? Aliens have invaded the Earth! Several types of 'em, »
- Jenni Miller
It is a dish best served cold, so they say. It is also, at least as far as cinema is concerned, less straight-forward than you might think. Someone might be on a mission and it might seem to be revenge-like, but if it turns into a rescue, does that disqualify it?
What if there is a revenge element to an otherwise-themed film? Take Taken, if you will. He wants his daughter back and is prepared to use a particular set of skills to do so, but he clearly wants some measure of revenge on the kidnappers as well. What are we to do? We could debate such questions endlessly.
With this week’s release of In The Blood , Haywire’s Gina Carano is going to have at those she holds responsible for her husband’s disappearance. So, instead of nit-picking, let’s visit some of the best revenge missions that »
- Dave Roper
To mark the release of In the Blood on DVD and Blu-ray 2nd June, we’ve been given 5 copies of the movie to give away on Blu-ray. In the Blood is directed by John Stockwell and stars Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet and the legendary Danny Trejo.
When her husband goes missing during their Caribbean vacation, a woman sets off on her own to take down the men she thinks are responsible.
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