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John Rambo was first introduced to cinema audiences in 1982’s First Blood, based on David Morrell’s novel of the same name. Sylvester Stallone starred as a Rambo, a mentally scared war veteran, clearly suffering from undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder. His fractured mental state, along with a spate of bad luck, leads him to ultimately commit acts of unacceptable violence.
It is a film with no real heroes, a deep mistrust of authority, and a supporting character who dies of cancer because of extended exposure to Agent Orange. It is not, what you would call, a barrel of laughs.
So of course, they made a kid’s cartoon of it.
This isn’t that unique. R-rated movies being adapted into a Saturday morning cartoon is one of the more »
Directed by Jake West
A documentary that covers James Ferman’s run as the Head of the BBFC and the fallout from the Video Recording Act of 1984.
The sequel to Jake West and Marc Morris’ Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape sees the pair take on the James Ferman era of the BBFC between 1985 and 1999, a time when widespread panic and outrage was placed upon the country because a few horror films were sold on video tape. It’s a fascinating look at a period when, despite claiming to be a free country, we were ruled with an iron fist and films became a censored art form. The documentary is filled with brilliant interviews with those who lived through these times as a horror fan, but also those who worked within the BBFC and politicians who lobbied for “this filth” to be removed from our shores. »
- Luke Owen
Stallone’s Scarpa gets a director; Jonah Hill and Scarlett Johansson may join Hail Caesar!; Elle Fanning will star in How to Talk to Girls at Parties; and Warner Bros confirms Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe for The Nice Guys.
Scarpa will feature the Rocky and Rambo star as Gregory Scarpa, a former enforcer for the Colombo crime family. In addition to protecting Colombo boss Carmine Persico, Scarpa also worked as an FBI informant and helped the bureau find missing civil rights workers in Mississippi.
- Anthony Taormina
With the third Expendables film set to hit theatres mid-August, Sylvester Stallone is already lining up his next project. The New York Post were first to scoop with the news that Stallone will reunite with producer Irwin Winkler (Rocky) to portray former mob hitman Gregory Scarpa.
Scarpa was a career criminal and mob enforcer for the Colombo family, turned FBI informant. The film will focus on his involvement in the “Mississippi Burning” case which he helped solve by allegedly pistol whipping and kidnapping a member of the Klu Klux Klan in 1964. After pleading guilty to three murders in 1993, Scarpa later died of complications from AIDS in 1994.
The film will be scripted by Mob film specialist Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas, Casino) and directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner). All under the roof of Avi Lerner and Millennium Films who have a solid history with Stallone now.
Outside of his franchises such as Rocky, »
- Gary Collinson
Whether he likes it or not, Sylvester Stallone is going to get out of the action movie business soon. The Expendables 3 is probably his swan song in that particular franchise, and he might be planning one last Rambo. After that, the smart move may be to transition to character work in stuff like Reach Me, playing older mentor types. But why not throw in a nasty bit of gangster stuff while we're at it? Deadline claims Stallone is re-teaming with his old friends at Millennium Films for Scarpa, a gangster drama that could start shooting early next year. From writer Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas), this true-crime story may have Stallone playing Gregory Scarpa, a former mob hitman who claimed he killed fifty men before dying in incarceration in 1994 of AIDS-related complications. Scarpa was a pretty nasty guy, though some people feel that way for different reasons. The world, especially the »
It’s been a long time since Sylvester Stallone tackled a “serious” drama, but The Expendables star is set to give it another go with Reach Me, a movie which also stars Terry Crews, Kelsey Grammer, Thomas Jane, Kevin Connolly, Kyra Sedgwick, Ryan Kwanten, Tom Berenger, Tom Sizemore, Cary Elwes and Nelly.
Comparisons have been made to Crash, though based on this trailer, Reach Me – which follows a group of troubled people who come together after reading a self-help book written by a mysterious author – looks more like a B-Movie version of that type of film which would be better suited being released straight to DVD!
- Josh Wilding
Pro wrestling relies on kayfabe for its very survival. The “suspension of disbelief” that often carries over into real life is something that goes back generations and is woven into the fabric of wrestling as we know it. For example, when you meet Sylvester Stallone on the street, you don’t refer to him as Rocky Balboa or Rambo, but if you meet Terry Bollea, you call him Hulk Hogan.
But as wrestling has moved more into the mainstream, with communication and media becoming nearly omnipresent, kayfabe has reached limitations. Sites like TMZ and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter bring reality right to WWE’s doorstep. Today, we sometimes see an acknowledgement of reality in pro wrestling, even in the context of stories/angles. (For sake of argument, let’s exclude the self-promotional stuff such as the Be A Star campaign or WWE’s work with Special Olympics and Make-a-Wish. »
- Scott Carlson
In honor of the star's 68th birthday, we celebrate some of the weirdest names he's ever written for films.
Hollywood heavyweight Sylvester Stallone turns 68 today, June 6, and he still looks like he could kill anyone he wanted with one hand tied behind is back - and his other hand inside a hungry crocodile.
What some may not know is that Stallone has had a prolific career as a screenwriter in addition to his acting career. He got nominated for his script for Rocky in 1976 right alongside his Best Actor nomination. He's also written all the Rambo films – including the acclaimed one, First Blood – and all of his Expendable films, not to mention several others.
One common thread that Stallone loves is giving his characters some crazy names. In celebration of the beloved action star's 68th birthday, let's take a look at some of the bonkers names he's given characters in his films.
Expendables Franchise »
Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris… the eighties action movie megastars, but what about Fred Ward? I’ll admit this is the first time I’ve seen Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins… but now I have I know it deserves to be high on top eighties action movies lists.
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins… starts with a faked death and a new identity. Forced to be a part of a secret organisation known as Cure he is put into training with Chiun (Joel Grey) a master of an ancient Korean martial art known as Sinanju. As his training progresses he makes good progress, but soon his skills are needed for a mission not only to protect his country but also Cure itself. »
- Paul Metcalf
Today on Trailers from Hell, Alan Spencer revisits the over-the-top 1985 Rambo sequel "First Blood Part II," starring, of course, Sylvester Stallone. Any subtleties or ambiguous notions found in 1982's "First Blood" are blown up real good in this 1985 sequel. Co-written by Stallone and James Cameron, the second film picks up right where the first left off as Rambo is released from prison in order to rescue a squadron of POWs in Vietnam. Directed by George Cosmatos, the explosion-happy picture benefits from stellar tech credits with Tfh guru Mark Goldblatt in the editing bay, an evocative score by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography from the brilliant Jack Cardiff. »
- Trailers From Hell
Any subtleties or ambiguous notions found in 1982's First Blood are blown up real good in this 1985 sequel. Co-written by Stallone and James Cameron, the second film picks up right where the first left off as Rambo is released from prison in order to rescue a squadron of POWs in Vietnam. Directed by George Cosmatos, the explosion-happy picture benefits from stellar tech credits with Tfh guru Mark Goldblatt in the editing bay, an evocative score by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography from the brilliant Jack Cardiff.
- TFH Team
The marketing for The Expendables 3 may hint that this will be the geriatric action franchise’s “Last Ride,” but if the movie manages to make as much money as the last two installments, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a fourth outing. So, once the likes of Rambo, the Terminator, John McClane, Blade, He-Man, Han Solo, George Wallace, Zorro, and a host of other action movie icons have shared the screen, how do you go bigger for another sequel? Why, you add James Bond, of course!
In a recent interview with Coming Soon, Pierce Brosnan – who played the iconic super spy four times from 1995 to 2002 – revealed that he would love to hop on board the Expendables franchise, and has even had casual talks with producer Avi Lerner about it:
“I said to Avi Lerner, ‘If it works out and you have a good script, Avi, you know »
- James Garcia
Sylvester Stallone and his band of geriatric action stars have united on the big screen twice now as The Expendables. The storylines may be generic, and the action may be over the top, but it’s the star power behind the films that really draws in audiences.
Stallone has brought such iconic action film stars as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme into the fold, and is expanding that cast even more in this year’s The Expendables 3. Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, and Wesley Snipes will be joining the fray this time around, in what is being marketed as the final film in the franchise.
Of course, if the film makes money there’s little chance the franchise will actually end. So, how do you go bigger once the likes of Rambo, »
- James Garcia
It used to be that a day didn’t go by without some Hollywood hotshot producer (or wannabe hotshot producer) announcing he had acquired the remake rights to a Japanese movie with plans to convert it for domestic consumption. It’s all the fault of “The Ring” remake, which convinced Hollywood that Japanese horror movies was the new gold rush. Well it’s been a few years since the last Japanese horror movie to Hollywood remake that I can recall even actually getting made. These days Hollywood is more in love with the idea of remaking South Korean thrillers, though even that has cooled off since Spike Lee’s much ballyhooed remake of “Oldboy” sunk like a rock into the deepest parts of the box office, never to be seen or heard from again. But apparently there is one brave soul in Hollywood who still believes in the Japanese-to-Hollywood easy »
This, by itself, is not news: another Japanese horror film is getting an English-language remake. Add in one crucial detail, however, and watch the newsiness bubble to life before your very eyes: the 1999 Japanese horror film Audition is getting an English-language remake. Unaware of what Audition is? It’s a simple story. A lonely man has spent too long doing the single dad thing and realizes that he needs a little love in his life to be truly complete. So he, his son and a buddy from the movie industry put together a mock audition where young women come to try out for “a role.” Unwittingly, they’re really auditioning to be the object of Mr. Lonely Dad’s affection. They end up with the perfect candidate for a girlfriend, but — surprise! — she’s nuts. Cue the kind of sick, godless horror depravity that disgusts people yet also makes them desperate to watch Audition. According »
- Adam Bellotto
Beloved horror cult gem Audition will be getting an English-language remake. Takashi Miike’s 1999 film–which doubled as a public service announcement about the potential dangers of piano wire–was based on a 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami.
The new film will transplant the story to an American setting. It’s being produced by Mario Kassar, the iconic ’80s-era producer of films like Terminator and Rambo. It will be written and directed by Richard Gray, the Australian director who’s currently wrapping up Jason Momoa’s Sugar Mountain. Update: A rep for Gray confirmed his participating to EW, and »
- Darren Franich
Miike’s film, based on a novel by Ryu Murakami, is about a man who puts out a casting call for a new girlfriend and finds the woman he selects is not all she appears. This adaptation falls into that nebulous territory of not strictly being a remake of the Japanese film but a new adaptation of Murakami’s story with an American setting.
And this of course is hardly the first cult horror film to fall under Hollywood’s purview. Last year the Spike Lee directed Oldboy, a remake of a South Korean film with just as many cringe-worthy moments, »
- Brian Welk
After the universal praise from critics and audiences of last year’s Oldboy, it was only a matter of time before someone attempted to remake Audition. Late Friday afternoon, Deadline reported that Ryu Murakami’s novel, made infamous by Takashi Miike’s 1999 film, would indeed be getting a Hollywood adaptation.
In this version, to be directed by Richard Gray (The Lookalike), Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.
Gray adapted the script and will tackle a fall shoot for Audition
- Chris Connors
Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Age of Ultron) recently mentioned that Marvel was still considering a new standalone Hulk movie, but when asked about the chance that movie be based on the "Planet Hulk" comic Ruffalo didn't seem to think that was the best option. "'Planet Hulkc' I don't think that's the way to go yet," he said. "I think you need more Banner. The whole thing is just him as Hulk, on a planet, fighting other gladiators." MTV Jason Bateman (Bad Words) will direct and star in an untitled FBI wedding comedy for Universal Pictures. David Bar Katz wrote the latest draft of the screenplay, no plot details were reported. Variety Terminator, Rambo and Basic Instinct exec producer Mario Kassar is assembling an English-language adaptation of Audition based on the 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami and perhaps Takashi Miike's most appreciated film. The story centers on a lonely widower »
- Brad Brevet
After remaining seemingly safe from Hollywood's remake machine for 15 years, Takashi Miike's cult thriller Audition has been snatched up for an English-language adaptation. Deadline reports Terminator and Rambo producer Mario Kassar is developing the new take on Ryu Murakami's 1997 novel on which Miike's 1999 film is based. Richard Gray (The Lookalike) will be at the helm of the film which will follow a lonely widower who decides to put out a fake casting call for a leading lady with the intention of using the set-up to meet a new girlfriend. However, one of the attendees turns out to be more than he bargained for. This time the film will follow a character named Sam Davis who has the hope of meeting a new lover, until he falls for Evie Lawrence, a former ballerina with a mysterious past. Gray also adapted the noel himself, and the plan is for the »
- Ethan Anderton
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