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Typecasting is a terrible fate to befall an actor. Many of them have suffered from it over the years, accepting role after role in similar films with similar plots and similar characters simply because they have no real alternative. However, in spite of the risks involved there are also those who subvert this association; those who have elevated themselves to near legendary status within their chosen genre. Their performances define it and are woven inextricably into its rich tapestry. Two such actors are pictured above and are the subject of this article – one, a silent and anonymous loner with no time for small talk and very direct methods of dealing with his adversaries, the other a straight talking, no – nonsense peacekeeper with a trademark southern drawl. Both are perhaps best known for their westerns, although they also directed, produced and starred in a variety of other films too including military epics and ‘unorthodox’ police procedurals. »
- Jame Simpson
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fifth of a five part feature (read parts one, two, three and four)...
“Maybe the title of Space Cowboys  is a bit misleading because it is mostly about the pioneers of space,” stated Clint Eastwood when discussing the story about four former test pilots from the 1950s who decades later get an opportunity to go into outer space. “We were not really cowboys, but these men who did all the pioneering in the 1950s were going to the frontier of space in planes they were not sure could make it. They were being rocketed along on the ground faster than the speed of sound to see if the human body could take it, so I would say that the film is something of a homage to those gentlemen.” The action thriller with a production budget of $65 million stars Clint Eastwood, »
By Sean O’Connell
The Oscar winner stays consistently busy behind the camera – he has “J. Edgar” with Leonardo DiCaprio coming out next month – and has lamented the lack of legitimate roles for 81-year-old actors. But Eastwood might be circling a part in a baseball drama that could shoot next year.
“Trouble With the Curve” would cast Eastwood as a baseball scout who takes his daughter on the road with him, according to Slash Film. Producer Robert Lorenze would direct, after serving as Second Assistant Director on Eastwood’s own “Bridges of Madison County,” “Space Cowboys,” “Mystic River” and more.
“Moneyball” might be luring audiences into theaters, but that doesn’t mean another baseball movie is a guaranteed home run. We’d need to know more about the story, »
- Sean O'Connell
“You never know when I’ll be back …”
This is how Clint Eastwood answered my question* recently about whether he planned to act again after 2008′s Gran Torino. That movie was one of his most successful — earning $148 million domestically ($270 worldwide) — largely because audiences wanted to see that iconic face, permanently marked with contempt for punks, on the big screen again.
Before he was an Oscar-winning director, he was a movie star — and fans still want him to be. He may soon oblige them.
The 81-year-old is in talks to star in a baseball drama called Trouble With the Curve, playing »
- Anthony Breznican
Who would you sign on as a member of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s henchmen? More martial artists. MovieHole has officially confirmed martial artist Scott Adkins has signed on as a henchman in the upcoming action sequel “The Expendables 2.” Adkins had roles in several action films including “Black Mask 2: City of Masks,” “The Medallion,” “Undisputed III: Redemption,” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.” He will be appearing in another upcoming sequel “Universal Soldier: A New Dimension” next year. So Adkins will join the elite action superstars in the film that already included Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Terry Crews and Liam Hemsworth. The sequel will be directed by Simon West (“Con Air,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”) from the screenplay by Ken Kaufman (“Curious George,” “Space Cowboys”) and David Agosto (“Big Canyon”). The production will begin next month. “The Expendables 2” will be released in »
There is one reason I'm going to see J. Edgar, and it's not Clint Eastwood's directing. (Sorry, Clint! I still really liked Mystic River! Not Space Cowboys, so much.) This reason: I am a terribly shallow person and I want to see Armie Hammer and Leonardo DiCaprio make out. I don't think that's so much to ask, but this trailer doesn't deliver the goods — all we get is some hand-holding and Judi Dench crying: Um, one other thing: I can't imagine this holds true in the movie, but the trailer kind of makes J. seem like a heroic scamp. Like, "I invented fingerprinting! Sometimes you have to bend the rules! Hee hee!" You know, as if he didn't persecute people for their political beliefs, attempts to gain their civil rights, or sexuality. Anyway, all will be forgiven if the [...] »
Deadline is reporting The Expendables 2 will pack a slightly larger action star-powered punch this time around as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis won't be resigned to a tiny cameo that lasts about two minutes, but instead "substantial" roles in the sequel.
Deadline's Mike Fleming calls the coming together of Sylvester Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis as an "Action Dream Trio." I'm not so sure the dream on that trio is still alive, but it should definitely sell tickets and I'm interested in seeing what they are able to put together.
This time around Stallone will not direct as he did the 2010 original which went on to gross over $275 million worldwide. Simon West (Con Air) will instead take the helm on the film which will begin filming in October for an already slated August 17, 2012. Previous cast members Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li are also expected to return. »
- Brad Brevet
The internet has been buzzing with casting rumours for The Expendables 2 for quite a while now, but despite the fact that the movie is aiming for an August 2012 release, we still have yet to hear any sort of official announcement on the matter. The film's producers have reportedly been pursuing just about every action star imaginable, with names like Jean-Claude Van Damme, John Travolta, Chuck Norris, Donnie Yen, Taylor Lautner, Christian Slater, Christopher Lambert, and even Nicolas Cage all mentioned as possibilities. Well, this week we may have confirmation on at least two of those names: according to the Millennium Films project listing, both Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris are now officially part of the cast. British action star Scott Adkins (Undisputed II and III) is also on the list, and what's more, we also have our first glimpse at a plot synopsis for the sequel. Read on for more details. »
With Apollo 18 out today in UK cinemas, James takes a look at 10 things the movies can tell us about travelling into space...
Space: The final frontier. Or so we’re assured. In fact, the movies have already done a pretty good job of considering every threat that might be out there, likely or otherwise - so by examining the collective imagination of writers and directors everywhere, what can we learn about space travel?
Don’t take anything smarter than a Commodore 64
From Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, to Gerty in Moon, to Ash in Alien, and more besides, the movies teach us that, no matter how friendly and helpful your digital friend might act when you’re around, there’s a good chance that they’re actually following the orders of whichever borderline psychopath it was that sent you into space. I’m no android racist (some of »
HollywoodNews.com: 2011 Hollywood Film Festival Honors “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Lubezki, Mirrione, and Murakami
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Editor Stephen Mirrione, Production Designer James Murakami and Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar will be honored at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, have announced that Academy Award nominated cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki will be honored with the “Hollywood Cinematographer Award,” Oscar-winning editor Stephen Mirrione will be presented with the “Hollywood Editor Award,” Academy Award-nominated production designer James Murakami will receive the “Hollywood Production Designer Award,” and Paramount Pictures’ “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar will receive the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 24, 2011.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, »
- Josh Abraham
We just received a great surprise this Friday from Magnet, a slew of brand new images for the upcoming horror comedy Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil. There has been a lot of buzz around this movie and Bhm Contributor Crypticpsych will be going to a media screening soon, watch out for his review here. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is directed by Eli Craig (Space Cowboys), is written by Eli Craig and Morgan Jurgenson (Zombie Prom) and stars Katrina Bowden (Piranha 3Dd), Alan Tudyk (Sernity) and Tyler Labine (Reaper). Tucker & Dale vs. Evil has been a hit on the festival circuit, debuting at Sundance, and winning >> »
A new red-band trailer for Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil has crashed down post Comic-Con and it looks like a whole bunch of bloody mayhem. Deliverance on laughing gas, we're saying. Click below to check it out.It's directed by Eli 'Space Cowboys' Craig and sees Alan Tudyk (Tucker) and Tyler Labine (Dale) play a couple of well-meaning but accident-prone hard-scrabble types. As you can see below, through a series of Fargo-esque mishaps and blunders they accidentally preside over the bloody end of a bunch of preppy college students. The gory pratfalls are played with tongue firmly in cheek, albeit then fed through the nearest woodchipper. Through our untrained eyes it looks like the exact midway point between Shaun Of The Dead and Winter's Bone, surely a good thing in anyone's book.The indie comedy-horror has been looking for a distributor for a while but it's been picked up. »
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil will be in theaters on September 30, 2011 and we have a brand new Redband trailer to share with you. Lucky for us Tucker & Dale vs. Evil has 4 hot women in the film, Katrina Bowden, Chelan Simmons, Karen Reigh and Christie Laing. The film is about two hillbillies from West Virginia who go on vacation to drink beer, fish and relax in their fixer up cabin in the woods. Tucker & Dale vs Evil is directed by Eli Craig (Space Cowboys), is written by Eli Craig and Morgan Jurgenson (Zombie Prom) and stars Katrina Bowden (Piranha 3Dd), Alan Tudyk (Sernity) and Tyler Labine (Reaper). »
The shuttle Atlantis made its final flight last Friday. Ryan looks back at the movies of the space age…
On Friday, the 8th July, a little under thirty years since its maiden flight, the final Space Shuttle launch took place in Florida. That final, dramatic take-off signalled the end of the Space Shuttle's active service, and appeared to mark the end of America's space age, at least for the time being.
Introduced in the early 80s, the shuttle was supposed to usher in a new age of cheap, regular and safe trips into space, but its reputation was permanently damaged by two tragedies in 1986 and 2003, and a dwindling government appetite for what was increasingly perceived as an expensive use of public funding.
It's all a far cry from the optimism and widespread fascination that anything to do with space travel enjoyed in the 50s, when the space age began. While the first satellite, »
Announced earlier this week, the follow up to Sly Stallone's action epic, The Expendables, has nabbed a director. Simon West, director of Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Mechanic, will be directing the sequel which will presumably carry the same cast as the first. Stallone won't be writing the sequel, instead Lionsgate have hired David Agosto and Ken Kaufman, whose previous credits include Space Cowboys. Are you excited for The Expendables 2? While the original was fairly hit or miss, I really think with the right script and right energy, it could be pretty kick-ass.
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Lionsgate has finally found a director for its upcoming The Expendables 2 in Simon West (Con Air), Deadline reports. West recently directed the remake of The Mechanic with Expendables star Jason Statham.
Sylvester Stallone co-wrote and directed the action star-filled, first Expendables, which was released last year and grossed $274 million worldwide. Stallone opted against directing the sequel and instead worked on the script with screenwriters Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboys) and David Agosto. What the sequel is about is unknown. A plot synopsis was released in May via the sequel's production company — which had the Expendables avenging the death of an old friend — but Stallone refuted the synopsis, announcing that the "real storyline will be forthcoming."
Those details could come to light soon now that West has been hired. Lionsgate has already set an August 17, 2012 release date for Expendables 2, and production is set to start this summer, meaning that plot details can't be far behind. »
- Ryan Gowland
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
You can always spot a western. Not in the obvious low-slung gun holster, wide brimmed cowboy hat, fist fight in a saloon kind of way, but more in the patented fundamentals of the hero alone, the stranger in a small town, out-gunned and out-manoeuvred, fighting injustice (or just fighting) with nothing but his wits, and a trusty sidearm. Or two. The western ideal also pays no attention to geography, or era, Clint Eastwood has basically been playing in westerns his entire career. Ok, maybe The Bridges of Madison County and Space Cowboys don’t quite fit the playbill, but it’s only a small stampede from The Man With No Name to Harry Callahan or Walt Kowalski.
- Mark Clark
Lionsgate set a August 17, 2012, release date for The Expendables 2 last month, despite the sequel lacking a director, and with Sylvester Stallone still working on a script with screenwriters Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboys) and David Agosto. Progress has been made, however, as a early teaser poster was discovered at the Canned Film Festival by First Showing.
The report offered no details on the sequel, however, production company Nu Image already has a plot synopsis (via ComingSoon) for Expendables 2. [Update: Stallone has contacted fansite StalloneZone to say that the following synopsis is not correct and that the "real storyline will be forthcoming" despite this coming from the production company's website.]
The Expendables are back and this time it's personal! After Tool (Mickey Rourke), the heart and soul of the Expendables, is brutally murdered on a mission, his comrades swear to avenge him. They're not the only ones who want blood. Tool’s beautiful young and wild daughter Fiona embarks on her own revenge mission, complicating matters when she is captured and ransomed by a ruthless dictator plotting to destroy a resistance movement. »
- Ryan Gowland
While a sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables has been in the works for a while, there’ve been quite a few rumors surrounding the project. Last month, it was reported that although Stallone would be returning in The Expendables 2 as an actor, he would not be directing the flick this time around. He also passed over scripting duties to Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboys) and David Agosto. Well, now it’s being reported that Stallone may in fact direct the follow-up after all. The website Expendables Premiere (via Screen Rant) is reporting that Lionsgate and Maple Pictures have revealed that Stallone will be returning to the director’s chair for the film. However, this information has yet to be confirmed and we haven’t heard anything from Lionsgate or Maple Pictures at this time, so this could very well be one more rumor about the project. Hopefully we'll know more soon. »
- Adam Chitwood
I'm going to lead things off with big news from the Bourne universe. We've reported on the supposed "shortlist" of actors being considered to replace Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy, and Latino Review exclusively revealed that the offer is about to go out to Jeremy Renner (who wasn't even on the the list). This would be just one more notch in the belt of Jeremy Renner, who has secured his current "that guy" status. Already with roles in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Avengers and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (set pics of that one here), we'll be seeing plenty of Renner over the next couple of years. I do think Renner is a good choice, but can he really be considered the "future" of two huge spy franchises at the same time?
- Kevin Blumeyer
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