9 items from 2014
• Jason Statham is set to team up with Melissa McCarthy in the secret agent comedy Susan Cooper. The action star, best known for roles in high-octane projects like The Transporter and Crank, had been circling the project for some time, but was reportedly weighing other options before committing. Paul Feig, who worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat, is set to direct the pic for 20th Century Fox. Statham will appear next in The Expendables 3 (out Aug. 15). He’s also reprising his role as Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
It used to be that action blockbusters, populated by familiar names and high profile directors, would be scheduled for the key summer and Christmas slots. Nowadays, though, those seasonal high traffic areas are reserved for four quadrant spectacles designed to appeal to grandma, little Timmy, and everyone in between. That means that a glut of these movies find themselves pushed to the margins of the calendar -- the late summer and early-in-the-year slots that are seen as somewhat less desirable. One such movie is "3 Days to Kill," starring Kevin Costner and directed by one-time big name McG.
In the movie, Costner plays an assassin who is diagnosed with a terminal illness, forcing him to try and reconnect with his petulant teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) and estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) before he dies. Oh, and he is also being contracted to finish the job that he wasn't able to complete due to his illness. »
- Drew Taylor
Though Jason Statham is one of the most widely known action stars in the world today, it wasn’t that long ago when he first arrived on the scene. After delivering memorable performances in Guy Ritchie’s crime capers Snatch and Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, it was really The Transporter, back in 2002, that elevated him to action stardom. In subsequent Transporter films, the Crank franchise and dozens of stand-alone action flicks since, he’s refined his niche, but that film truly marked his breakout. Though it’s been five years since Transporter 3 made bank with $108 million, the success of the series has led EuropaCorp towards rebooting the franchise with three new films. Now, likely hoping to kick-start another young actor’s career, EuropaCorp has tapped Game of Thrones actor Ed Skrein to take the lead role in Transporter 4.
The British actor has a few credits to his name, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The 2002 film The Transporter saw Jason Statham stake his claim as possibly the best bald action star since Bruce Willis (well, maybe tied with Vin Diesel). After making a big impression in Guy Ritchie’s first two films (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch), he would go on to define his career with the Transporter and Crank action franchises, and audiences are now used to seeing the release of at least one Statham action film per year.
The first three Transporter movies, written and produced by Taken mastermind Luc Besson, became bigger and bigger hits around the world, with The Transporter 3 cracking $108 million globally. And while the Cinemax spin-off Transporter: The Series was not a hit, TNT ...
- Anthony Vieira
For the grief we sometimes give Jason Statham, let's face it: he knows what his strengths are, he plays to them, and he delivers exactly what fans expect each time out. He makes what is often very hard look pretty easy. And while critics may not usually take kindly to his movies, there's one actor out there giving him due props: James McAvoy. Den Of Geek closed their recent interview with McAvoy—who has previously praised Statham calling him "the most physically impressive actor I've ever seen"—by asking him what his favorite movie by the action star was. And the answer is pretty great: Crank, because he got the line, "Does it look like I've got c*nt written on my head?" and that is the best line I've ever heard in a film. What's your favorite Statham movie and line of dialogue? Let us know below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jason Statham is one of the most reliable action movie draws in cinema today, even if he has only anchored modest hits that do not rely on more than his glare, deep voice and physical stamina. He is a much bigger star internationally than in North America, which explains why films like Crank and The Transporter got sequels. However, one of his lesser successes, 2011′s The Mechanic, is also moving forward with a follow-up.
German director Dennis Gansel (The Wave) is looking to helm The Mechanic 2 with Statham back in the leading role as assassin Arthur Bishop. As you may recall, Bishop is a contract killer who puts a special emphasis on covering up his attacks with efficiency, aligning with a strict code of conduct. Bishop has much in common with Statham’s Frank Martin from the Transporter movies and the derivative character could explain why The Mechanic was a »
- Jordan Adler
Jason Statham is more than a man – he’s a brand. The actor/athlete’s name is now synonymous with the B-movie action flicks that are peppered throughout each and every movie year – most prominently in series like The Transporter or Crank. In fact, Statham has so many single-word or “The” titles on his filmography that its little surprise that some of them are already being tapped for reboots, while others are being developed into multi-film franchise properties.
Specifically, Statham’s action movie breakout film The Transporter is (sort of) being rebooted into a whole new trilogy; meanwhile, the Statham-led 2011 remake of Charles Bronson’s The Mechanic is getting a sequel film. The catch? Statham will only be ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
With three films in The Transporter series (not to mention two ridiculous Crank films and The Expendables franchise), British action star Jason Statham is no stranger to sequels. However, it appears four films is just too much for the actor to reprise his role as driver Frank Martin. THR has word that Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp banner is moving forward with a fourth film in The Transporters franchise as a Chinese co-production with Mark Gao and his Fundamental Films company in Shanghai. But Statham will not return, because the film will serve as a reboot focusing on Frank's origin story this time. More below! In addition, if the film performs as well as producers hope, a fifth and sixth installment following the younger version of the character will be planned. The reboot is on sale right now at the European Film Market. While The Transporter films were never anything beyond ridiculous action fun, »
- Ethan Anderton
Interview Andrew Blair 3 Feb 2014 - 06:23
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Filth, plus a bit of saucy language.
When we caught up with James McAvoy for a chat over a decidedly crackly phone line, he was heading in to film Paul McGuigan's Frankenstein with Daniel Radcliffe. But Mr McAvoy was talking to us about Filth, the comedy drama we recently listed as one of our favourite films of 2013.
Filth, adapted by Jon S Baird from Irvine Welsh's novel, is another tale in Edinburgh's tradition of Jekyll and Hyde – a man in a respectable civic position with a monstrous side to him. In DS Bruce Robertson, that monstrous side finds expression through racism, sexism, abusive relationships, mind games with his colleagues and a hefty intake of drugs and alcohol. »
9 items from 2014
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