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If there's one thing the world can take from Iron Man 3's trailers and stills so far, it's that our man Tony Stark doesn't have the best time of it after the events of The Avengers.He may have got the girl now, but the top of Stark tower is in ruins and now his Californian pile has been totally Lethal Weapon 2-ed by Ben Kingsley's The Mandarin. Then there are the shots of everyone's favourite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist in a seriously duffed up suit, no better displayed than by this new snap below. A guessing man would presume this is after Tony's been blasted into the water and before he takes off his armour and carries it on a sled through the snow. But that's what a guessing man would say.Non guessing men (or women, for that matter) will have to wait until further »
Watch the Mayan epic before the Mayan prophecy (possibly) comes true.
Yesterday's MovieMovie saw Mel Gibson co-star alongside Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon and Lethal Weapon 2, while today's MovieMovie concentrates on Gibson's directing career. Following a re-airing of both Lethal Weapon and Lethal Weapon 2 is Apocalypto, Gibson's controversial 2006 follow-up to The Passion of the Christ.
Co-written with Farhad Safinia (Starz' Boss), Apocalypto was Gibson's attempt to "shake up the stale action-adventure genre" with a story set entirely in the Maya civilization. The bloody epic drew complaints from those that felt the Maya were depicted as too savage, but whether you agree with that assessment or not, Gibson admitted that he had other motives than simply commenting on Mayan culture. "What I'm doing is creating an action adventure of mythic proportions," Gibson told The La Times in 2005. "I'm hoping that by focusing on this civilization we're able to be introspective about ourselves. »
- Ryan Gowland
"Now that's a real badge, I'm a real cop, and this is a real f*cking gun!"
Shane Black is making headlines today as the co-writer and director of Marvel Studios' latest superhero movie, Iron Man 3, but back in the late '80s and early '90s Black made headlines for being the hottest screenwriter in Hollywood. Black sold his first screenplay — Lethal Weapon — at the age of 23 for $250,000 and was the highest paid screenwriter in the business less than a decade later. Tonight, we're going to revisit Black's early success with the one-two punch of Lethal Weapon and Lethal Weapon 2.
The first movie introduces homicide detective Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), a by-the-book family man on the verge of retirement. Much to his chagrin, Murtaugh is partnered with suicidal narcotics officer Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) to investigate an apparent suicide that puts them on the scent of a heroin-smuggling ring. »
- BrentJS Sprecher
What would you do if your son was facing a ten-year mandatory minimum drug sentence for a crime he swears he didn’t do? You’d probably make a lot of road trips to the prison with cigarette carton gift baskets over the next decade, but if you’re Dwayne Johnson, you kick everyone’s ass and help Susan Sarandon take down a kingpin. The thing to look for in Snitch will be the stunts. The trailer gives a glimpse of 18-wheeler and fist-fighting action, but director Ric Roman Waugh started out doing stunts for flicks like Lethal Weapon 2, Total Recall (1990) and probably close to a hundred others, so it’ll be exciting to see what he pulls out of the ammunition box. Plus, as hard as it is to believe a former wrestler did this, Johnson has emerged as a truly charismatic, aggressive lead who’s shown some real range. He »
- Cole Abaius
Directed by John Glen
With the release of Skyfall this month, critics have cited the major departures from the Bond formula taken by that film. They credit Daniel Craig for bringing a modern edge to a character that had become ridiculous in the Brosnan years. It’s easy to forget that similar claims were made about Timothy Dalton back in the late ‘80s. The classically trained actor brought grace to the role with his first appearance in 1987’s The Living Daylights. That film retained the look and feeling of the Roger Moore films while starting the shift towards a more realistic hero. The change became a lot more dramatic in Dalton’s second outing two years later. Licence to Kill pared down the excesses of the typical Bond film and crafted a more personal tale of revenge. While »
- Dan Heaton
By the late 1980s James Bond had become a mere imitation of the character has was in the series’ early entries; Roger Moore’s final turn in A View To A Kill was an embarrassment to the franchise and the series had become more comedy and innuendo focused than a spy thriller. Something had to be done and that something was the introduction of Timothy Dalton in 1987’s return to form of The Living Daylights; however, it was his follow up feature two years later which brought Bond into the modern age. If anything, Licence To Kill was too realistic for the series and that is exactly why it has always been my favourite Bond film.
In the 1970s the franchise could get »
Curious (or perhaps just hoping) if Jean-Claude Van Damme will make a cameo (or heck, even have a bigger role) in the upcoming remake of “Bloodsport” from director Phillip Noyce and producer Edward Pressman? Well you can stop hoping now, because according to the film’s writer, Robert Mark Kamen, there is no room in the remake for Jcvd. As in, at all. In a far-ranging and actually quite intriguing interview with Crave Online, the very prolific Kamen, who recently penned the sequel to “Taken 2″ (he also wrote the first movie) dives into anything and everything, including his past Hollywood works. (Kamen, in case you don’t know, works almost extensively as the English writer for Frenchman Luc Besson’s movies nowadays, though he still does script doctoring for producers. For instance, did you know he wrote huge chunks of “Lethal Weapon 2″ and “Lethal Weapon 3″ without getting any official credit? »
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Ambassador opens today in limited release and VOD.] Documentaries are not objective. They are always presenting a truth in a certain light and in a way we're being conned into viewing the world under the guise of objectivity. "It's out of my control!" says the documentary filmmaker. "Even I don't know what will happen next!" Mads Brügger's gonzo documentary The Ambassador is a film where everyone is conning everyone and the audience may be the biggest mark. Brügger puts himself into the position of a criminal in order to expose criminal activity, but we're left to wonder how much he's staged. For some documentaries, that may be unimportant and simply a narrative device to prove a larger point. But for The Ambassador, the film turns on whether or not we're being played. If we aren't, then the movie is a stunning expose on a vast web of corruption. But if we are being conned, then the film »
- Matt Goldberg
If Mitt Romney choses Ohio Senator Rob Portman as his vice-presidential running partner, there will be one guy on that ticket who appreciates the same sorts of pastimes as average-Joe Americans: Portman is a movie fan. From the Associated Press: In Chile early this year, powerful rapids flipped his kayak over, dislocating his right shoulder. "I had to get out of the boat because I'm underwater, bouncing down the rapids, and getting hit by a number of rocks all over my body. And I couldn't use my right arm," Portman said. His son Will's kayak had already disappeared around a bend ahead of him, so no one knew of his plight. The 56-year-old senator got behind a large rock, holding on "for my dear life" with his left hand, wondering how to reach shore with one arm working. "That was pretty scary," he said. Portman said he thought of the 1989 movie "Lethal Weapon 2, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
To mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and with filming complete on James Bond’s 23rd official outing in Skyfall due for release later this year, I have been tasked with taking a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.
The sixteenth James Bond film, Licence To Kill, had the misfortune of being released in a summer chock full of blockbusting sequels as well as director Tim Burton’s highly anticipated Batman film. With huge marketing campaigns at their disposal, the likes of Lethal Weapon 2 and Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade posed a serious threat to the success of Timothy Dalton’s second outing as the British agent.
With the majority of Fleming’s original titles used for the film series already »
- Chris Wright
0:00 - Intro 8:25 - Review: Cosmopolis 39:10 - Review: Piranha 3Dd 1:03:45 - Review: Rock of Ages 1:10:20 - Review: That's My Boy 1:23:50 - Other Stuff We Watched: Safe House, Underworld: Awakening, The Gold Rush, Quintet, Snow White and the Huntsman, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon 4, Being Elmo, Teenage Paparazzo, Hot Rod, You, Me and Dupree, The Break-Up, Fahrenheit 451, A Necessary Death 2:03:25 - Junk Mail: Blockbuster Fatigue, Inconclusive Endings, What's in the Suitcase?, Favourite Sports Movies, Is 3D Now Just Expected?, Documentaries That Changed Your Life 2:40:10 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:42:43 - Outro
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Last night, I got home from a long day of running around, and I decided to throw on something from the stack of Blu-rays while I worked. I ended up settling on "Lethal Weapon 2," and as I watched the film, I was also checking e-mail and seeing what was going on in the world of film. That's when I stumbled across the news that production designer Michael Riva had passed away. At first, I thought it was a coincidence that I was watching a film Riva had worked on when I got the news, but when you look at his »
- Drew McWeeny
Lethal Weapon Collection
Directed by: Richard Donner
Due Out: The Lethal Weapon Collection is available May 22 on Blu-ray!
Plot: Two less-than-compatible L.A. cops – Martin Riggs (Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Glover) – are forced to become partners. Throughout these four films they take on a dangerous heroin-smuggling ring, South African diplomats, a crooked cop, and the Chinese Triads. Along the way they work with informant Leo Getz (Pesci), Lorna Cole from Internal Affairs (Rene Russo), and young detective Lee Butters (Chris Rock).
Who’S It For? The series has never looked or sounded better, and with a handful of quality special features this five-disc collection is a must-have for any fan of the Lethal Weapon films. Those wanting to check out the series »
- Shane T. Nier
Chicago – With surprisingly little fanfare, the “Lethal Weapon Collection” has finally been released stateside (after being available for some time overseas) and it’s a fantastic package with at least two films that have held up more spectacularly than you probably remember and some great special features.
Perhaps it’s because so many films that followed it mimicked the buddy comedy formula of 1987’s “Lethal Weapon” but I didn’t remember Richard Donner’s film being nearly as good as it is now that I’ve caught up with it a quarter-century later. (Yes, I feel old too.) The movie itself has held up incredibly well and a great HD transfer certainly helps. Gibson was at the top of his movie star charisma game here and Donner perfectly paces a very smart film, the kind of adult-action that isn’t made often enough any more. You really can’t »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Blu-ray Release Date: May 22, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $79.98
The Lethal Weapon Collection is a 5-Disc Blu-ray giftset that contains all four original films in the Lethal Weapon action-thriller crime series (1987’s Lethal Weapon, 1989’s Lethal Weapon 2, 1992’s Lethal Weapon 3 and 1998’s Lethal Weapon 4), along well a slew of new and previously issued bonus materials.
The quartet of movies, all directed by Richard Donner (The Goonies) and starring Mel Gibson (The Beaver) and Danny Glover (2012) as Los Angeles detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, remains one of the most successful in film franchise history, with a worldwide box-office gross and home entertainment sales totaling more than $1 billion.
Initially slated for release in June, 2012, the Lethal Weapon Collection street date has been moved up to May 22, 2012.
You're getting too old for this: 25 years ago, on March 6, 1987, "Lethal Weapon" was released. The buddy-cop thriller not only cemented Mel Gibson's status as a household name after playing good-natured loose-canon (as opposed to now) Martin Riggs, but also created a social phenomenon still relevant to this day: "I'm getting too old for this shit." The catchphrase, said numerous times throughout the "Lethal Weapon" series by Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), has appeared in many movies over the last 25 years, often times in reference to the put-upon police detective himself. (The recent trailer for "Men In Black 3" features Will Smith uttering a PG variation on Murtaugh's famous one-liner.) What you might not know? That "Lethal Weapon" wasn't the first film to utilize some form of the defeated turn-of-phrase. From "North by Northwest" and "The Sting" to Murtaugh himself, enjoy a mash-up of movie characters getting too old for this. Video »
- Christopher Rosen
2012 Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. Image from Twisted Metal.
The Twisted Metal franchise, known for its over-the-top vehicle combat, is the longest-running in PlayStation history, having first been released in 1995 for the original PlayStation console and spanning ever PlayStation console since. Sony is set to launch Twisted Metal into its 17th year with a new iteration titled after its 1995 birthright.
David Jaffe, co-founder of developer Eat, Sleep, Play and co-creator of the franchise, speaks to us about why the new »
- Lana Polansky
All four Lethal Weapon films are returning on Blu-ray on June 12, 2012 in The Lethal Weapon Collection, featuring new bonus content from director Richard Donner. This set has previously been available in regions outside the United States but not here stateside.
The Lethal Weapon Collection on Blu-ray (Srp $79.98) will present Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3 and Lethal Weapon 4 in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. That's just under 470 minutes of Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo and Chris Rock in the theatrical cuts of each film. The director's cuts of the first three Lethal Weapon films are not included.
The set will span five discs with four devoted to the films and a fifth to bonus features. Included on the fifth disc will be three all-new documentaries on 'The Lethal Legacy,' as well as a pair of new music videos: Sting and Eric Clapton »
"'Lethal Weapon 2.' People laugh at that. Look, obviously I have many movies that are near and dear to me. From 'Girl on the Bridge' to 'City of God' to 'Three Days of the Condor,' 'Cool Hand Luke,' things like that.
But I watched 'Lethal Weapon 2' and I thought, 'If they can have that much fun and get paid for it, I want that job!'
It's 'The Three Stooges' is what it is, and that's why I like it. It made me want to make movies."
- Elizabeth Snead
Action star Sam Worthington has been to the top of the world with his lead role in Avatar, and now he’s on the edge with his new film, Man on a Ledge. In the film featuring Jamie Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Anthony Mackie and Edward Burns, Worthington plays an ex-cop named Nick Cassidy who pretends to threaten to jump off a building in order to distract New Yorkers from another elaborate scheme.
I sat down with Worthington to talk about Man on a Ledge in one of Chicago’s tallest buildings, the Trump Tower. We discussed his haircut in the movie, being a humble Australian in Hollywood, “Avatardians,”and more.
Man on a Ledge opens nationwide on January 27.
I have seen the short documentary you directed, ‘Enzo’ (link at the bottom). Has being on many different types of film sets made you want to get back behind the camera at all? »
- Nick Allen
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