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Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...
So, things have been almost deathly »
- Gary Collinson
Feature Den Of Geek 5 Dec 2013 - 10:34
We get the chance to interview famous people every now and them. We ask them their favourite Statham movie. Here's what happens...
With The Statham heading back to UK cinemas this week with Homefront, we finally got the chance to ask the man himself the question we've been asking lots of people for years: 'what's your favourite Jason Statham movie?'
Now that he's answered it, we've gathered together lots of the responses we've had in one document. And so here it is:
Evan Goldberg: "It was him in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, right? That’s the best one."
Alice Lowe: "I've never seen any of his films. »
We’re all eagerly awaiting Sacha Baron Cohen’s next comedy. While The Dictator wasn’t as good as previous efforts, his performances in the likes of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables movie were top notch, not to mention his appearance at the Brittania Awards last month, where he ‘killed’ the veteran actor who presented him with his comedy award.
Cohen’s next film will be one entitled Grimsby, which according to the trade paper Variety, will revolve around a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, who is a northern English soccer hooligan. The word on the street is that Cohen was after a director with an action background for the project, and it looks like he’s found it in French helmer Louis Letterier (The Transporter 2, The Incredible Hulk, Unleashed). Great choice, as let »
- Paul Heath
Though much of it has been spent under the radar, director Louis Leterrier has so far crafted himself a pretty eclectic career. He’s done the action thing, the superhero thing, the fantasy thing, the mystery thing and now he’s moving onto the comedy thing.The director of The Transporter, Clash of the Titans, Incredible Hulk and Now You […] »
- Germain Lussier
Feature Matt Edwards 3 Dec 2013 - 06:46
At Den of Geek, we have spoken once or twice about our appreciation for action cinema powerhouse that is Jason Statham. Simply put, we’re fans of his work.
When the opportunity to spend a little bit of time on the phone with Jason came up, we were obviously thrilled. I reasoned that the best way to start the conversation would be tell him everything I loved about Crank, but after completing my list of bullet points it became apparent that this approach would leave no time to ask him any questions. I abandoned the Crank list, assuming that you’d all sooner read what the man himself has to say. Besides, he’d surely just assume I loved Crank.
Jason Statham made his big screen debut in 1998′s Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and just four years later he got his first starring role as The Transporter. He’s been punching and kicking ever since, averaging between two to four films per year over the last decade, with 2013 coming in at the high end with lead roles in both Parker and Redemption and an end-credits cameo in a major action franchise. There are of course exceptions, but we can probably all agree that Statham’s more of a quantity over quality kind of guy. His newest action romp, Homefront, offers some bang for your buck, but it probably won’t be changing that assessment. Phil Broker (Statham) is working undercover as a member of a motorcycle gang that dabbles in the manufacture and distribution of meth. The big bust goes sideways, and when the gang leader’s son gets swiss-cheesed in front of his eyes »
- Rob Hunter
The Family, 2013.
Directed by Luc Besson.
The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
Once one of the most influential directors to break into Hollywood from Europe, filmmaker Luc Besson is now more recognisable as a producer of low to mid budget B movie action trash like Taken and The Transporter, but he has made some fantastic films as a director. The Family is not one of them; in fact, it’s the worst film of his I’ve seen by quite some margin.
Tired, lifeless, predictable, and utterly without purpose, Besson’s film is a cluster of clichés with maybe 45 minutes worth of story stretched over 100 minutes. Telling the story of the Blakes, »
- Gary Collinson
There’s something tantalizingly gratifying about watching Jason Statham beat thugs senseless. I can’t put my finger on it, but he brings a certain level of badassery that other genre actors can’t reach – a certain violent spark if you will. Sure, we’ve seen Jason time and time again in films like The Transporter, Crank, The Expendables, and Death Race, sporting one of the most robust henchman bodycounts in Hollywood – but I just can’t get enough of it.
Homefront is the latest movie to launch Statham into action, and while this bayou brawler doesn’t do anything astonishingly new, the simple pleasures of explosions, fist-fights, and bad accents make the watch an endurable one. I mean, how many times are you going to see Jason Statham fight James Franco?
DEA Agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham) is a top-notch asset to his team, but being so good at »
- Matt Donato
Arguably the role that launched Daniel Craig’s career, arriving two years before Casino Royale rebooted James Bond, the unnamed protagonist in Layer Cake is set to return to the screen with Jason Statham acquiring the rights to J.J. Connolly’s follow-up novel, Viva La Madness.
Deadline reports that Statham and his manager/producing partner Steve Chasman (The Transporter, Blitz) have bought the rights to Connolly’s novel, published back in 2011, with Connolly set to pen the script, as he did with Matthew Vaughn’s original Layer Cake adaptation.
The sequel arrived in print just over a decade after Layer Cake hit the shelves, and with Vaughn’s film hitting theatres in 2004, four years after the novel was published, let’s hope that it won’t be long before Viva La Madness hits screens.
Coming via Amazon, here’s the synopsis for the original novel:
The authentic voice of British gangster fiction, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Before he became James Bond in the 2006 reboot Casino Royale, Daniel Craig was on the wrong side of the law in Layer Cake, the directorial debut of X-Men: First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn. Now a sequel is being developed, but since Craig is caught up in the 007 franchise, it will be British action star Jason Statham stepping up to play the anonymous drug dealing protagonist in Viva La Madness. Statham is also producing the film with his Sj Pictures partner Steve Chasman, who also heads up Current Entertainment, the company behind Statham's action efforts in Parker, The Bank Job and The Transporter. Deadline reports Statham is playing the character Craig brought to life, hoping that it will work much in the same way different actors have played James Bond, Jack Ryan or Donald E. Westlake's Parker character. This time around, the drug dealing hero is trying to retire, but »
- Ethan Anderton
Earlier this month we got a look at the vehicle Jason Statham will be driving around as the bad guy in Fast & Furious 7, and now thanks to franchise star Vin Diesel, we have a first look at The Transporter himself on set. It looks like Statham and Diesel are going over their script, with their bald heads shining under the light, but that glass of wine kinda makes it look like a first date as well. In addition, Diesel also posted another photo featuring Paul Walker embracing Jordana Brewster in an emotional scene. We also included a bonus photo that we missed from a week ago with Diesel armed and ready for action. Look! Here are photos from the set of James Wan's Fast & Furious 7, from Vin Diesel's Facebook page: Fast & Furious 7 is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious) and written by Chris Morgan (who has written »
- Ethan Anderton
Vin Diesel is at it again. The action star is using his Facebook page to release exclusive images from one of his films. The film in question this time is none other than the seventh film in the “Fast & Furious” series. The picture is actually a major spoiler for anyone who hasn’t gotten around to seeing “Fast 6,” so here’s your warning to back out of this if you didn’t see the film or didn’t stay for the post-credits sequence.
*Spoiler Alert! Scroll At Own Peril!*
The pic shows Diesel going over a scene with The Transporter himself, Jason Statham. If you’ll recall, Statham was revealed at the end of “Fast 6″ as the brother of Luke Evans character, Owen Shaw. Statham plays Ian Shaw, out to avenge his brother’s death. Diesel hypes up the photo by describing how you could “hear a pin drop” on set, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
With Now You See Me conjuring its way into UK homes on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 28th, HeyUGuys had the opportunity to speak with director Louis Leterrier. After managing Statham and Hulk rage, Louis has decided to enter the world of smoke and mirrors. Speaking with us he explained how Now You See Me reflects his cinematic taste, shared his thoughts on the multiplex audience, being shocked by Janet Leigh’s death in Psycho, as well as his hopes for the Now You See Me sequel(s), and took a moment to contemplate his native cinema.
Do you believe in magic?
[Laughs] Well it depends. There are several kinds of magic. I came onto the project as a sceptic admirer, but I was wowed meeting real magicians, illusionists and mentalists. I was wowed by the power of magic, and so yes now I’m a believer. I came in as »
- Paul Risker
The movie will be based on the famous comic strip characters from creator Charles Schulz.
Fox has plans to release the Peanuts film on November 6, 2015, Deadline reports.
He's made his name, and earned big money, by growling his way through a string of hardman action roles in the likes of The Transporter, Crank and The Expendables. Now, according to Deadline, Jason Statham is planning to get in touch with his lighter side by signing up for a comedy with the Bridesmaids team of actor Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig.
Statham is set to join the cast of spy comedy Susan Cooper, which will mark McCarthy and Feig's third film together, after the police comedy The Heat. Susan Cooper was apparently inspired as a comedic riposte to the 007 adventure Casino Royale, and Statham will play an agent colleague of McCarthy's – presumably a straight-arrow counterpart to Sandra Bullock in The Heat.
Statham, meanwhile, »
- Andrew Pulver
Jason Statham is best known to American audiences for his work in the action genre, starring in movies like Crank, The Transporter, The Expendables and more. But now the British star is being approached about putting those skills to use in a more comedic fashion. According to Deadline, Paul Feig has approached the British star about a role in the upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper, and it's predicted that negotiations are soon to begin. Feig is writing the screenplay himself, and it's been said that Martin Campbell's Casino Royale served as a bit of inspiration to him in the scripting. Melissa McCarthy is set to play the titular character, and earlier this week it was reported that her Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne is in talks for a role as well. There aren't many details available about the role that Statham would play in the film, but Deadline says that »
Following the first photo from the set of Fast & Furious 7 while production was filming in Louisiana, star Vin Diesel also used a photo to confirm that Kurt Russell was on set as one of the film's villain. Now we get a taste of the other villain in the sequel with a photo that director James Wan posted online. The credits bump at the end of Fast & Furious 6 revealed that Ian Shaw (Luke Evans) had a brother who wasn't too pleased that Dom (Diesel) and his crew had dispatched with fatally, and that vengeful brother is played by Jason Statham. This new photo gives us a look at The Transporter's slick ride: a gorgeous Aston Martin. Wan posted on Facebook, "My villain drives a nice set of wheels. #astonmartin," and here it is: Fast & Furious 7 is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious) and written by Chris Morgan (who »
- Ethan Anderton
Directed by Luc Besson
The famed French director Luc Besson hasn’t directed a film with a wide American release since the historic bomb The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc in 1999. In the interim, he has written and produced a number of highly successful films including The Transporter, Taken, and District B13, and he’s directed a few French films that haven’t come across the pond, but The Family is his first attempt at directing an English-language film in almost 15 years. He’s still got it to some degree, for The Family is acceptably entertaining, but it’s not even close to Besson’s biggest hits from the past.
The titular family is the Manzoni organized crime clan, who enter into witness protection and became the Blakes: father Fred (Robert de Niro), mother Maggie »
- Mark Young
Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones revisit some blasts from their pasts in "The Family," a violent action comedy about a mob family in France thanks to the witness protection program.
De Niro does a little "Analyze This" as Giovanni Manzoni, who ratted out his mob pals back in Brooklyn and now has a $20 million price on his head. He is, he narrates, "a nice guy" who just has to control "my sadistic urges" better. He's prone to beating people senseless or to death over things like poor service, "disrespect" and the like. And he's in France.
Pfeiffer tones down her "Married to the Mob" turn as Maggie, the long-suffering wife, moving to yet another town where these people -- "The Blakes," they're called this time -- need to fit in. But her encounters with rude French salesclerks bring out the practicing pyromaniac in her.
“Homefront” stars Jason Statham, so viewers of the trailer know to expect plenty of kicking. But in this two-minute, 31-second clip, it’s “The Transporter” star’s little girl doing most of the fighting. In the beginning at least. Also read: James Franco Doesn’t Care If People Think He’s Gay: ‘I Mean I Wish I Was’ Following a playground altercation, local meth cook Gator (James Franco), attempts to put fear in his new neighbor, Phil Broker (Statham). That’s probably not a good idea, especially considering Broker’s a former DEA agent. So Gator goes after the daughter instead. »
- Tony Maglio
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