15 items from 2012
Monday June 18th sees the release of The Liquidator, a revenge thriller starring Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Condemned), and to celebrate the release we have three copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of the fine folk at Metrodome Distribution.
Read on for the synopsis and details of how to enter this competition...
Starring Brit hard-man and action legend Vinnie Jones, The Liquidator is a slick, explosive thriller full of breakneck chases, brutal fight scenes and a shocking, twist-filled plot that will leave you gasping for air. When a highly skilled bodyguard discovers his only brother has been murdered he sets out to find the killer and take his revenge. But he soon discovers a web of lies and corruption that extends to the highest levels of government, forcing him into the deadliest fight of his life. »
Back in March, Lionsgate and WWE Studios announced that they were teaming up for a reboot of Leprechaun, with WWE star Dylan Postl (Hornswoggle) replacing Warwick Davis. The project continues to move forward and it has been revealed that a writer has been hired.
Harris Wilkinson will be writing the new Leprechaun script, according to Deadline. His previous work includes a spec script titled Ink, that was purchased by Paramount, and Fox TV pilot with Len Wiseman.
The new movie has been referred to as Leprechaun: Origins, but that may just be a working title. The project is still in the early development stages, as a director has still not been announced and the movie is not expected to be released until sometime in 2013. Here is the original announcement posted by WWE Studios:
“As first reported by Variety, WWE Studios is joining forces with Lionsgate for a two-film slate, the »
- Jonathan James
WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced plans for a new installment in The Marine franchise with WWE wrestler Mike .The Miz. Mizanin stepping in to the title role for the franchise.s third film . The Marine: Homefront. The film will be the first starring role for Mizanin and will see directing chores handled by Scott Wiper - who directed The Condemned. Principal photography is scheduled to begin June 11th in Vancouver. In the film, Mizanin portrays a Marine who is forced to put his skills to the test when a radical militia group kidnaps his rebellious niece. The unrelenting soldier does whatever is necessary to save his niece and stop a terrorist attack »
- Patrick Luce
WWE's Mike "The Miz" Mizanin is set to star in "The Marine: Homefront," a straight-to-dvd action thriller from WWE Studios and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment that Scott Wiper (The Condemned) will direct. Plot: The new movie revolves around a Marine (The Miz), who must do whatever it takes to save his kidnapped niece and stop a terrorist attack masterminded by a radical militia group. "The Marine: Homefront" is the third installment in the franchise and is The Miz's first starring role in a feature. John Cena and Ted Dibiase Jr starred in the previously installments. It is set to begin shooting on June 11th in Vancouver. »
When honorable police officer Ryan Varrett’s (Austin) entire family is viciously murdered, the one-time good guy cop is forced to go rogue – breaking the laws he once swore to uphold – in his quest for justice. The primary targets for Varrett’s revenge are a murderous biker gang, a corrupt local police, and a cold-hearted crime lord named Drayke (Trejo).
Much like the original Star Trek movies, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s direct to DVD flicks follow a familiar pattern in that all the even-numbered releases are easily better than the odd. Thank god this time round we’re on a even-numbered release! Yes after the terrible Tactical Force, Austin is back with Recoil a fantastic revenge flick that recalls the best of 80s action movies and sees the former wrestler go »
The latest name to follow in the footsteps of professional wrestling icons such as Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Dwayne Johnson and 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin by making the leap from the squared circle to the cinema screen is current WWE star Hornswoggle (a.k.a. Dylan Postl), with the mischievous grappler set to step into the shoes of Warwick Davis (Life's Too Short) for the lead in a reboot of the Leprechaun comedy-horror franchise, entitled Leprechaun: Origins.
Originally released in 1993, Leprechaun saw a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston being stalked by Davis' malevolent mini-monster during his search for a stolen pot of gold. Despite being panned by critics, the low-budget film was a commercial success and went on to spawn five sequels of diminishing quality, including the likes of Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun: In the Hood and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood. Last month, it was revealed »
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Lionsgate and WWE Studios were teaming up for a reboot of Leprechaun. We now know who will be playing the title character. Replacing Warwick Davis is WWE star Dylan Postl, who is better known as Hornswoggle.
He recently took to his Twitter page to announce the casting, title, and release month: “The #swogglesecret that I’ve been hinting at all week is that in March 2013 I will be starring in Leprechaun:Origins by WWE Studios!!!”
The target release month is still quite a bit away, but we’ll keep an eye out for additional casting announcements over the coming months. At this time, a director and additional actors have not been announced. While this was referred to as Leprechaun: Origins in the Tweet, we wouldn’t be surprised to see “origins” dropped from the title if they are planning this film as »
- Jonathan James
Lionsgate and World Wrestling Entertainment are no cinematic strangers, having previously partnered on See No Evil, starring wrestler Kane, and The Condemned, with wrestler Steve Austin. Today it was announced the tag team are trolling for gold once again with a remake of 1993′s Leprechaun. For the uninitiated, Leprechaun starred Jennifer (Friends) Aniston, Mark (Pee-wee’S Big Adventure) Holton and Warwick (Willow) Davis as the wee creature who favors horrific tricks over treats while trying to recoup his gold. The film was a cult hit and spawned five sequels that took the shilling-grubbing Leprechaun everywhere from Las Vegas, to ‘da hood, to outer space.
“We’ve been looking for ways to continue our relationship with Lionsgate,” explains WWE honcho Michael Luisi in a press statement, continuing, “and we saw Leprechaun as the perfect opportunity to take a well-known franchise and put a modern-day spin on it. This is a property »
If, like most films in this feature, we become part of a totalitarian society, obsessed with barbaric entertainment, we will only have ourselves to blame. Perhaps we’re almost there anyway, with recent cruel television shows that mock and crush dreams, along with events in the world driven by the power hungry media.
Are we on the cusp of bowing to corporate greed with lust for real-life bloodshed and violence, all in the pursuit of high-ratings and stacks of cash?
Just imagine: we may only be a decade or so away from a Simon Cowell-produced television hit show, where an aging Ant ‘n’ Dec proclaim that ‘Shirley from Sheffield’ needs only a bullet to her husband’s skull and she is through to the grand-final of ‘Divorce Or Death’? There she will face the might of the mother-in-law for a million; all after dispatching the husband’s three mistresses in the previous rounds! »
- Craig Hunter
Leprechaun is to be rebooted by Lionsgate. The original horror series, which spanned six films between 1993 and 2003, starred Warwick Davis as the evil creature of folklore. Lionsgate is reviving the franchise in conjunction with WWE Studios as part of a two-film deal between the two firms. They previously collaborated on See No Evil, starring wrestler Kane, and The Condemned with Steve Austin. "We've been looking for ways to continue our relationship with Lionsgate," WWE's Michael Luisi told Variety. "We saw Leprechaun as the perfect (more) »
- By Mark Langshaw
Released in 1993 and starring a then unknown Jennifer Aniston, the horror movie Leprechaun was a surprising hit and spawned five sequels where the title character (played by Warwick Davis) wrecked havoc and cracked wise in such locations as Las Vegas, space, and “the hood.. Although definitely outshined by other horror franchises, the Leprechaun series is a cheesy guilty pleasure for a lot of people and does have its fans, one that Lionsgate is hoping to lure in.
Variety reports that the studio is going ahead with a reboot of Leprechaun and they are going halfsies with an unlikely partner: WWE Studios, the film wing of World Wrestling Entertainment, the biggest wrestling promotion in the world. The two companies will cover production costs and team together to market the movie, although Lionsgate will obviously be handling distribution.
Leprechaun is being eyed for a 2013 release, and while there is no talent attached (directors, »
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Once you’ve already taken a film franchise both to space and to the hood, there aren’t really any other ways left that you can keep it going other than to bite the bullet and opt for a full reboot. So that’s what Lionsgate is doing with their Leprechaun films. Because heaven forbid we live in a world without more Leprechaun. Lionsgate isn’t just going to be attacking this project alone, however. In order to give us a new take on a little green Irish demon who is murderous in the protection of his gold they’re teaming up with Vince McMahon and his World Wrestling Entertainment. WWE Films started out as a division of the pro wrestling company meant to produce wide release features for its wrestling talent, but after the luke warm responses for films like The Marine and See No Evil, they’re regrouping and changing up their game plan a »
- Nathan Adams
To some, the stars of WWE, Tna, and the now defunct WCW are actors. They throw themselves around and pretend to be in pain for a living after-all. But why, when it comes to movies, do wrestlers (or sports-entertainers) rarely make the grade?
Hogan was a reasonable success, even having his own TV series Thunder In Paradise (1994) in which Hogan played a former Navy Seal-turned-mercenary and later Hogan Knows Best (2005-present), which introduced us to his (rather wretched) family. Still running in the Us, the show has been a huge success for Hogan financially but not personally, as it’s seen the dissolution of his marriage.
To have a career in film and TV span almost 30 years is a rarity. »
- Sam Carey
Well what do you know? It's yet another Bourne imitation, this time starring the new Superman, Henry Cavill, with a little Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver thrown in for good measure. Cavill plays a Wall Street trader whose family is kidnapped while they are on vacation in Spain. It turns out his dad (played by Bruce Willis) is not the mild-mannered business consultant that he claims to be... he is actually a C.I.A. agent! Crazy, I know. Now Cavill must learn the family business if they are going to get out of the situation alive. The movie is directed by Mabrouk El Mechri, and while you might not recognize the name, you've probably at least heard of his last film, Jcvd... starring Jcvd. This is his Hollywood debut, but unfortunately it looks a little too generic for my tastes (the script was co-written by Scott Wiper, who previously »
Summit Entertainment’s The Cold Light of Day reads as being just another average entry in the mystery-thriller genre – with a slight Hitchockian twist, involving a vacationing young man’s family falling into danger due to the secret history of his otherwise seemingly-benign father.
That is, at least, before you learn that the film features Immortals star and the new Superman in Man of Steel (Henry Cavill), along with longtime fan-favorite acting veterans such as Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver – as the movie’s shrewd anti-hero and calculating villainess, respectively. In that regard, The Cold Light of Day suddenly becomes a film worth your attention.
- Sandy Schaefer
15 items from 2012
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