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At the start of The Expendables 3, the crew breaks into a prison train to secure Doc, a wild-eyed killer played by Wesley Snipes. The actor, equally wild-eyed and ravenous, responds to his freedom by briefly zoning out. While the crew awaits him in their helicopter, he takes one look at them, then runs in the other direction. The rest of the group don't try to pursue: Snipes is running away with the movie. For the first time in years, Snipes is free. Free from the mind-numbing obligations of cheap direct-to-dvd action movies, free of the demands of the Blade franchise, and finally just free: he spent a couple of years in prison for tax evasion, a conviction The Expendables 3 turns into a not-too-subtle joke. It's as much a pleasure for him to be unshackled onscreen as it is for us to see him again, years passed his prime, »
Fright Dome at Circus Circus in Las Vegas has teamed up with legendary horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel to feature The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as a theme for one of their six haunted house attractions. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Fright Dome at Circus Circus, one of the nation’s top-ranked haunted attractions, will team up with legendary horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel to feature one of the most terrifying horror films of all time.
Beginning Friday, October 3rd, Fright Dome takes over The Adventuredome at Circus Circus and will theme one of its six haunted houses around the grisly story of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this Halloween season, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a theme that Fright Dome fans have been asking to see come to life for years. The themed haunted house »
- Steve Barton
Things get explodey in the Empire Podcast this week, what with Expendables 3 in cinemas, and Terry Crews and Wesley Snipes in the booth. Look forward to the former talking about his love of Nando's, the robot dance and pec-popping, as the latter does the Blade voice and imagines what an Expendables character called "Jazz Gumbo" would sound like.Elsewhere, Empire Podcast fan (and martial artist / Expendables 2 star) Scott Adkins gets a special shout-out-cum-apology, Timur Bekmambetov and David Michôd get their names horribly mangled, and petrol stations in the movies get their chance to shine (and hopefully not catch fire). P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »
Admit it. Before Guardians of the Galaxy, you only knew Chris Pratt as 'that guy' from Parks and Recreation and Zero Dark Thirty, back when he made his bread and butter with character actor roles, long before Star-Lord made him a massive star. Seemingly born from his rise in popularity, EW have brought together some of the finest character actors in the business, including Donal Logue (Blade, and the upcoming Gotham t.v. show), Doug Jones (Abe Sapien from Hellboy), Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Rob Cordry (Hot Tub Time Machine), for this fake PSA highlighting the importance of the character actors, and how they are much more than 'that guy in that thing'. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Welcome To Issue 59!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation to the detriment of no one. It usually has spoilers.
Yesterday, we got some rumblings about two new properties on the super franchise scene, one for the McU in Inhumans and one for DC/WB in the really horrible Aquaman scripting process they have going.
It was weird yesterday to see Variety drudge up a report from June that was basically saying: Yes, Jason Momoa is Aquaman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It got picked up a lot, because when the trades pull from something that distant there’s usually a reason. »
After storming Hollywood’s gates, Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables franchise has become more event than movie, as his third film cobbles together a script with blockbuster appeal being the only intent. The more characters Sly can dream up, the more opportunities he has to include A-list action names, making The Expendables 3 a bit of a genre fan’s wet dream – if it were the 1980s.
Collectively, there’s a catalog of asskickery including Predator, Indiana Jones, Rambo, Blade, Desperado, Crank and So many other well-known brofests of sleeve-ripping proportion, but a question of expiration dates comes into play when looking at such an undeniably awesome cast of old-schoolers. Fortunately, Stallone agrees that the times are a-changing, so he enlists a team of fresh young talents who don’t respect past methodologies such as running and gunning, brute machismo, and self-punishment – until these young whippersnappers find themselves in trouble and »
- Matt Donato
(Cbr) He’s no longer slaying vampires and trying to ice skate uphill, but Wesley Snipes still has a lot to say about his time with the "Blade" franchise. In an interview with The Telegraph to promote "The Expendables 3," Snipes looked back on playing Blade across three movies, and how that franchise helped to fuel the current success enjoyed by Marvel Studios. “There were empires and institutions that were built off the 'Blade' franchise,” he said. “I mean, look at Marvel now, to this day. It’s a megalith!” Snipes said he would be "in a whole different ball game” with his career had he understood the potential of "Blade" as a franchise while he was working on those films. "You know, if I would have understood the potential of … doing, or adapting comic book characters to feature films, and also the tie-in to gaming and digital technology, »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
These are the people the Dccu is being founded on. I'm sorry to all those that are offended by these facts, but you can't take a bunch of rotten tomatoes and throw them in a basket... and then magically get a fresh tomato. And no, Marvel isn't paying off Rt, Warners Brothers Runs The Site. Last 3 movies Zack Snyder has directed: Man of Steel - 56% Rotten Sucker Punch - 23% Rotten Legend of the Guardians - 50% Rotten Every movie David Goyer has ever written that wasn't directed by Christopher Nolan: Man of Steel - 56% Rotten Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - 18% Rotten The Unborn - 11% Rotten Jumper - 16% Rotten Ghost Rider - 26% Rotten The Invisible - 20% Rotten Blade Trinity - 26% Rotten Zigzag - 40% Rotten Blade II - 59% Rotten Dark City - 74% Fresh! Blade - 55% Rotten On Deadly Ground - »
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
Be sure to also check out our coverage of the World Premiere of »
- Luke Owen
Fmtv reports from The Expendables 3 red carpet…
Heading into cinemas on August 14th, The Expendables 3 sees the mercenaries for hire back once again to take down Mel Gibson. Flickering Myth TV was on the red carpet for the World Premiere which saw Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Kellan Lutz and Antonio Banderas appear in front of hundreds of adoring fans.
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, »
- Luke Owen
In the moviegoer’s hierarchy of needs, a PG-13 “Expendables” is about as essential as a Joel Schumacher remake of “Tokyo Story.” Or, to put it in terms more appropriate to its target audience: You need “The Expendables 3” like you need a kick in the crotch, and while this running-on-fumes sequel may not be quite as painful a thing to experience, it will waste considerably more of your time. From train-crashing start to back-slapping finish, Lionsgate’s latest and longest showcase for Sylvester Stallone and other aging slabs of B-movie beef — the marquee names this time around include Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford — smacks of desperation and teen-audience pandering, from the literally bloodless action to the introduction of a younger, hotter backup team of fighters (call them the Hip Replacements). It’s an obvious, half-hearted ploy to keep the beleaguered series going, when it would be far wiser to »
- Justin Chang
Actiontastic ensemble hijinks ensue in yet another Expendables film and this evening London welcomed the cast for the film’s world premiere.
The franchise’s godfather Sylvester Stallone rode into town with his latest merry band of mercenaries – this time included Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Antonio Banderas – to further entice action fans into the cinemas for one more go around. If you want to see what they spoke about at this morning’s press conference (including an update on the Expendabelles movie) check that out below.
Will Roberts and Amon Warmann were on the carpet this evening, of note in particular are the comments from Avi Lerner about the movie being leaked on the internet and Wesley Snipes on the rumblings of Blade 4.
You can see our review of The Expendables 3 here. The movie hits UK cinemas 14th August.
Here they all are.
Producer Avi Lerner
- Jon Lyus
The Expendables 3 has merits, argues Duncan, but the PG-13/12A cuts have done it no favours...
It’s a strange world indeed when a film you were expecting to be an action movie highlight of the year works best as a comedy, which is especially ironic since The Expendables 3 is by far the biggest and most action packed in the series to date, both in terms of its cast and set pieces.
I’d argue that there remain few people out there who remain as invested in The Expendables franchise as this particular writer, with the heady mix of nostalgia and ultra-violence providing some sublimely over the top entertainment. What's more, it taps directly into the 80s action movie fantasy line up, that many of us dreamt of seeing back in the day. However, when Stallone shrewdly pioneered the unique concept behind The Expendables, one of the core »
With the third movie heading into cinemas soon, Sylvester Stallone and several other Expendables were in London to promote The Expendables 3. While answering questions about the future of the franchise, Sly hinted at treating The Expendables like The Avengers model of making movies.
“We’d like to continue this because it’s an ongoing experiment,” the veteran action star said. “You have great franchises like The Avengers where they can branch off and do other things. And really, I would love to see some of these other characters like Antonio [Banderas] and these young Expendables in their own movies. I know that may be a pipe dream. But then they come together for the big festival of violence. But yeah, that would be the idea.”
“But it all depends on [The Expendables 3],” he added. “But I could easily see us doing… one and a half, maybe two more [Expendables movies].”
Producer Avi Lerner confirmed »
- Luke Owen
At a press conference in London promoting The Expendables 3, producer Avi Lerner confirmed that the script for the all-female spin-off The ExpendaBelles is getting signed off and they will start shooting next year.
“Look, about The ExpendaBelles,” Lerner said. “We are right in the final stages of the script. We have lots of ideas about who is going to be the action movie stars and we plan to start shooting next year. That’s all I can say”.
“You mean she got the house, the kids *and* my mercenaries?” he joked.
The press conference will be available on the Flickering Myth Podcast this Wednesday. Subscribe via iTunes here and RSS here.
- Luke Owen
Have you ever wondered what Jet, Wolf, and the rest of ITV's Gladiators did after the show finished? Wonder no more...
ITV’s Gladiators - the show that for eight years made children everywhere become interested in sports, eating well and keeping fit... for about five minutes on a Saturday night, then we all went back to our natural state of sitting on the settee eating sugar straight from the packet.
What was it that inspired this minor surge of enthusiasm for being buff? That would be the gladiators themselves. Every week, twelve superhuman powerhouses - six men and six women - would intimidate, bully, and otherwise humiliate whichever puny contestants stepped up to try their luck, beating or hindering them in a series of physical skill games. This took place before the big finale – where the contenders would race each other up a downwards escalator, while the gladiators were »
Director Anthony Hickox comes from a strong cinematic lineage. His father, Douglas Hickox was also a director (Zulu Dawn, Theatre of Blood) whilst his mother is critically lauded editor Anne V. Coates (Lawrence of Arabia). A career in the film industry seemed destined, even if his start would require a lot of persistence and a lot of luck.
His debut film Waxwork almost didn’t see the light of day. Hickox met the producer, Staffan Ahrenherg when he crashed his car into the back of Ahrenberg’s. With barely a penny to his name, Hickox managed to persuade Ahrenberg to let him pay for the damage by letting him write a script for him on the cheap. Ahrenberg agreed, and Waxwork was written by Hickox in three days. The script was rejected from almost every studio, »
- Gary Collinson
With a little over two weeks to go before it opens in cinemas, Lionsgate has dropped one final trailer for the star-studded action sequel The Expendables 3, which you can see below after the official synopsis…
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. »
- Gary Collinson
The first two films in the Blade franchise are nothing short of awesome. Action packed bloody and ultraviolent these are the kind of movies that please the man who busts his tail from 9to5. What sounds better than putting in a long day of work to come home hit the recliner and watch superpowered Wesley Snipes slice through a bunch of hideous bloodsuckers Not much. »
Back in 2004, before Dread Central was allowed to ejaculate its spunk upon the horror genre, Wesley Snipes was pretty vocal about not wanting to do another Blade movie after Blade: Trinity. Now that he's out of jail, his tune has changed... a lot.
"I’d be open to it," Snipes tells MTV regarding whether or not he'd return to the character. "We have some stones left unturned, and there’s some latitude for us to build on. I’d love to get back in the suit again and do some things that I’ve learned to do now that I didn’t know how to do then. I think we’re better at making that kind of a film now."
Amazing what the passage of time and incarceration can do for a person! He truly has been rehabilitated.
File this one under "Just Talk" for now, kids!
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- Steve Barton
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