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If you thought the Expendables franchise couldn’t explode any more with testosterone, action heroes, and, um, explosions...well, you’re wrong.
“We’ve approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys, we’ve got a character in mind for him. We’re talking to Harrison Ford. [And we want] Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison. I’ll give you one more name, we’ve got Nicolas Cage to play [one of the characters].”
“And we’re going to bring Mickey Rourke back, if he won’t be too crazy. I like Mickey. And of course, all the existing stars (will return)”
A product of British indie outfit Black and Blue Films, Airborne stars a veritable who’s who of British film and television (most of whom have appeared in previous Black and Blue Films productions) along with the movies main draw – former Star Wars actor, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
The film follows Atlantic Sky Airways Flight 686, the last flight out of East Midlands Airport thanks to a severe storm. Shortly after take-off, several passengers become concerned when one of their number inexplicably goes missing. Their anxieties are further increased when it becomes apparent that the flight has veered off course and it is revealed that the plane is carrying an interesting item of cargo: a rare and extremely valuable ancient Chinese vase. The assumption is that terrorists are responsible, »
Directed by Brandon Nutt.
A group of hijackers target a luxury private jet belonging to the world's richest industrialist, but among their hostages are a tough-as-nails government agent looking to bring their organisation down.
Following The Expendables, there has been a host of straight to video films churned out, allowing the more minor players the chance to ride off the success nicely. As well as providing plenty of new films for established video maestro Dolph Lundgren, for Steve Austin and Randy Couture, it allowed them to try and establish themselves their own action movie careers. Austin had starred in a handful of films before the first Expendables, but since then he’s been pretty prolific. Randy Couture now, throws his hat into the ring.
I miss Wesley Snipes. I miss the way he and Sean Connery went at it in Rising Sun. I miss him saying "always bet on black" in Passenger 57. I miss the Blade movies. But most of all I miss just how friggin nuts the guy was. At least until he gets out of prison next year, we can enjoy this video. You see, during a 2008 deposition, Mr. Snipes was asked to explain how talent agencies work in terms of rights over actors and the commissions they are entitled to. The prosecutor's »
- Alex Maidy
After spending many a year voice acting The Joker, Mark Hamill is making a rare appearance in front of the cameras in the Twilight Zone-esque thriller Airborne, his first ever starring role in a British film, which is coming out on DVD from Chelsea Films on 23rd July.
A high-altitude thriller in the tradition of such films as Executive Decision, Passenger 57 and Red Eye, with a good dose of Snakes on a Plane, Airborne also stars Julian Glover, Gemma Atkinson, Simon Phillips, Craig Conway, Billy Murray and Sebastian Street. Check out the synopsis, trailer and poster for Airborne below:
As a severe storm front rapidly closes in on the UK, all flights out of East Midlands airport are cancelled – all save Atlantic Sky Airways Flight 686, bound for New York. Shortly after take-off, several passengers become concerned when one of their number inexplicably goes missing. Their anxieties are further »
By no means do I consider myself a seasoned pro when it comes to the Cannes Film Festival, but going into my sixth edition, I’ve set out a flight path that works miraculously well and gets me into the second Sunday’s rerun day of the films in the Main Comp without the major fatigue factor. One of the biggest misconceptions is that a journalist can somehow cover the Main Comp and the three sidebars and top off the evening with one party invite over another. Truth be told, you could live it up if that’s your cup of champagne, but for me, Cannes is about soaking up what’s on screen, pacing yourself (five film days are rare and so are back to back party nights) and taking the proper measures to remain alert while fighting off fatigue.
1. Croisette Beach
Prior to the fest, I like to settle in from the jetlag, »
- Eric Lavallee
Join me from 6.10pm on Saturday as Tom Jones and will.i.am both face losing a pair of acts
Hello, and welcome to today's unfeasibly early The Voice liveblog. Yes, it's barely even afternoon, but The Voice has shunted itself forward to avoid a clash with Britain's Got Talent. Will this affect the acts? Will anyone be watching? Will you lot be as catastrophically drunk as you usually are? The uncertainty is killing me.
Happily, though, after last week's damp fart of an episode, we should be back on track tonight. It's another evening dedicated to Will.i.am and Tom Jones. They're the best two coaches, and they have the best performers, so I might not lose the will to live 20 minutes in this time around. You may remember that Hannah Berney and Ruth-Ann St Luce were eliminated last week, for respectively being a bit anonymous and sounding like a »
- Stuart Heritage
If this long-overdue Blu-ray reissue hadn’t come about, this franchise would have thoroughly deserved a HeyUGuys Video Vault special anyway. With recent news of a fifth instalment (A Good Day To Die Hard) going ahead, it is an ideal time to re-evaluate the existing entries in this genre-defining series and see what a Blu-ray brush-up has done to them.
Die Hard came towards the end of a decade that was characterised, at least within the action genre, by one-man-machine films. Rambo, Commando, Predator, Cobra, Dtv entries from Dolph Lundgren and the burgeoning attempts of Seagal and Van Damme, all vied for our attention. Then along came Die Hard.
Its director, John McTiernan, had already visited the genre to considerable success and acclaim with Arnie’s none-more-eighties Predator, but this was something else entirely. So familiar has the skyscraper-high concept become (one man, stuck with a load of terrorists, fighting »
- Dave Roper
Everyone knows that not paying taxes can become a celebrity’s legacy. (Go with me on this.) When someone mentions Willie Nelson or Wesley Snipes, if you don’t automatically make a joke about weed or Passenger 57, the next easy go-to in your bag of Nelson-Snipes jokes is totally about tax evasion, I just know it. But stars who don’t abide by the tax code are such a common thing that it’s not that shocking anymore once you hear who’s been in hot water for it. Martha Stewart. Snoop Dogg. Val Kilmer. Teri Polo! Clearly she wasn’t reporting her income from being a Miss America judge. So sure, lots of celebs get in trouble for it, but haven’t we all wondered who the sexiest tax evaders are? We sure have: 12. Burt Reynolds This centerfold was no angel (see what I did there?), Burt »
- Elizabeth Black
Liam Neeson will be turning 60 this year, but the man is showing no signs of letting up on the flurry of action movies he has been starring in lately. Ever since Taken became a surprise hit back in 2008, Neeson has found himself fielding offers almost exclusively for action roles, and he seems intent on continuing to take them on for as long as he can. Joe Carnahan's The Grey was a pleasant surprise earlier this year, and Taken 2 is expected to hit theatres in October. Now he has reportedly signed to star in an airline thriller in the vein of Passenger 57 and Air Force One. According to Variety, Neeson will star in Non-Stop, a thriller about a veteran air marshal who "faces a threat while traveling on an international flight." The movie is being produced by Joel Silver through his Dark Castle Entertainment banner, and will be released by Warner Brothers. »
After fighting for his missing daughter in "Taken," fighting for his identity in "Unknown" and fighting giant wolves in "The Grey," Liam Neeson is ready for more action. The unexpected action star is in negotiations to star in the air-based action thriller "Non-Stop" for producer Joel Silver ("The Matrix") and his Dark Castle partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman. So far, little has been revealed about the plot, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, it's being described as a contained "Die Hard"-like thriller about an air marshal (Neeson) on a troubled commercial flight. That puts it alongside such action classics as "Passenger 57," "Air Force One" and »
- HitFix Staff
Angie Dickinson has the credentials to read television's female law enforcers their rights, having been one of the earliest.
The veteran actress went from star of such movies as the original "Ocean's 11" and "The Killers" to home-screen staple in "Police Woman," NBC's "Police Story" spinoff that ran four seasons (1974-78). The show came at a time when women typically weren't drama-series leads ... and when told that other actresses cite her as someone who opened gates for them, Dickinson replies to Zap2it, "It's nice to be a standard bearer."
Ironically, she might not have been the performer who would become Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson. "I happen to know that they wanted Karen Black for the 'Police Story' episode," Dickinson reports, "and as we were shooting that, they said, 'This could make a series.' They didn't have a separate series in mind at all when we started. »
Democracy is a flawed concept. Here are 50 films that the IMDb voters would unfairly have you believe are worth no more than 5.9/10…
Six out of ten isn’t a very good score, really. It’s barely over half marks. 60 per cent. It’s alright, but it’s not great. You wouldn’t be proud of getting six out of ten on most kinds of tests, would you? So you might assume that any film that scores under six stars out of ten on the IMDb isn’t very good – possibly even terrible.
But that’s not always the case. Averages don’t tell the whole story; anything that’s potentially controversial or divisive will end up with a score that suggests most people weren’t that bothered about it, since high and low scores will be averaged – and IMDb users often exaggerate their scores anyway, giving a film one star »
View Gallery » In "The Woman in Black," Harry Potter himself (or rather, Daniel Radcliffe) takes on the darker side of the supernatural as he investigates a haunted estate and the dark history that brought one of its former residents back from the grave for revenge.
The "Woman" of the title is kind of a pain in the butt, what with all the murdering and all; but not every similarly clad woman is quite so gloomy. Some of our favorite filmic females have donned a dark look for some memorable roles, no doubt bolstered by the fact that black is slimming.
- Max Evry
Mark Wahlberg is an action movie badass. For proof, you need look no further than his current box office smash "Contraband," where he plays an ex-smuggler who gets pulled back into the game for one last high risk operation.
But in the new issue of Men's Journal, Wahlberg makes it clear that as far as he's concerned, it's not just an act and, if things had gone just a little bit differently, he personally would have prevented the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
"If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did," Wahlberg said. "There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, 'Ok, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don't worry.'"
Of course, Wahlberg isn't completely talking out of his finely chiseled ass; he actually was scheduled to be on one of »
- Scott Harris
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