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Top 10 Duncan Bowles 4 Dec 2013 - 06:45
Duncan salutes his personal choice of the 2013 action movies that deserved just a little more love...
This article contains spoilers for each of the films mentioned. Not necessarily big ones, but you might want to steer clear of The World's End entry if you've not seen that.
2013 has been a great year for action. We’ve had multiple comic book heroes fighting it out on the big screen, with Thor and Iron Man continuing Marvel’s run of great movies, the return of the R-rated antics of Kick-Ass and at long last an F-bomb loaded, bloody incarnation of The Wolverine (though it’s worth pointing out that the unrated edition in the UK only comes with the 3D version of the home release, a trend I hope doesn’t continue).
From a sci-fi angle, we’ve had robots fighting monsters in Pacific Rim and »
Alfonso Cuaron's science fiction blockbuster Gravity holds firm at the top of the charts for a second straight week, although Benny Chan's The White Storm opens strong. Rank Title Origin 25/11 - 01/12 (Us$M) Total (Us$M) Screening days 1 Gravity USA $22.74 $58.77 13 2 The White Storm Hk/China $12.94 $12.94 3 3 The Hunger Games：Catching Fire USA $11.10 $24.18 11 4 Epic USA $3.65 $3.65 3 5 Control China $3.26 $6.80 10 6 Thor: The Dark World USA $2.13 $55.01 24 7 Escape Plan USA $1.78 $40.76 28 8 Red 2 USA $0.46 $8.98 17 9 Voyage Extraordinaire China $0.16 $0.16 3 10 My Boyfriends China $0.09 $1.22 17 Gravity has been a colossal success around the world, and proves China is no exception....
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Forbes magazine have announced what they consider the year's biggest box-office duds. It's an interesting list, comparing a group of mostly low-mid budget studio pictures and their worldwide box-office performance.
At the top of the list was the Julian Assange-themed "The Fifth Estate" starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Despite being budgeted at $28 million and scoring better reviews than the other films on this list, the film pulled in a mere $6 million worldwide (making back only 21% of its budget).
Sylvester Stallone's "Bullet to the Head" came in second with just $9 million worldwide box-office from a $25 million budget (36%). In third was the Liam Hemsworth thriller "Paranoia" with a $13.5 million box-office haul from a $35 million budget (39%).
Next on the list were Jason Statham vehicle "Parker" ($17M box-office, $35M budget, 49%), the Crowe/Wahlberg thriller "Broken City" ($19M box-office, $35M budget, 54%), the dancing competition drama "Battle of the Year" ($11M box-office, $20M budget, 55%), the Ethan Hawke »
- Garth Franklin
Whether you love him or hate him, it’s easy to agree that Arnold Schwarzenegger has lived one of the more interesting American tales. Most would allow being governor of California to be the final chapter of their professional lives, but Schwarzenegger is relentless. Though already conquering cinema in the 80s and 90s, the man is attempting to have a sort of comeback as a leading man at the prime age of 66. So far, the plan hasn’t panned out too well.
Since leaving office, Schwarzenegger has had a supporting role in The Expendables 2, a lead role in The Last Stand (his worst financial flop of a film ever) and he shared the screen with Stallone for a third time in Escape Plan (successful internationally, but not too strong in the country Arnold calls home). All these films have been met with mixed critical reaction, especially when it comes to Schwarzenegger’s acting chops, »
- Zachary Leeman
Following the news that Bruce Willis – he who was ‘bored’ with action movies – would be taking on low-budget thriller The Prince, the cast list has now expanded with the addition of Jason Patric and John Cusack in key roles.
Patric will play Paul, a retired mob enforcer who is forced to return to Las Vegas when his daughter goes missing. There, he must confront old enemies, including Omar – played by Willis – who has waited years for the opportunity to settle a score. Details of Cusack’s role have yet to be confirmed, but we understand that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Escape Plan), Johnathon Schaech (Ray Donovan), Gia Mantegna (The Frozen Ground), and actor/singer Rain (Speed Racer) will round off The Prince‘s ensemble cast.
- Sarah Myles
Lately, it seems like the legendary Bruce Willis just can’t be arsed. More often than not he’s phoning performances in, while his promotional work is even more embarrassing. Fingers crossed the strong supporting cast being assembled for The Prince sees the Die Hard actor inspired to bring his best for actor/writer/director Brian A. Miller with him playing the chief villain.
Well, I say “strong” but it does include Curtis “50 Pence” Jackson. However, the rapper (or crapper as I like to call them) recently turned in decent performances in The Frozen Ground and Escape Plan. In addition, they’ll be joined by fellow Frozen Ground stars John Cusack, Gia Mantegna as well as Jason Patric (Sleepers), Johnathon Schaech (Ray Donovan) and international pop-star-turned-actor Rain (Speed Racer).
The Prince has a focus on a family man (played by Patric) whose secret past as a high-level Las Vegas mob »
- Craig Hunter
As expected, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire attracted nearly unprecedented crowds to movie theaters this weekend. The highly-anticipated sequel opened to $158.1 million, which is the best opening ever in the month of November. It's also the sixth-biggest opening on record, and ranks third all-time among 2D-only movies.Catching Fire's $158.1 million opening is a bit above the original Hunger Games, which surprised many when it opened over $152 million last March. It's also ahead of the three Twilight sequels that opened at the same time in November*all three wound up between $138.1 million and $142.8 million. Catching Fire's debut ranks behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, all of which had the added benefit of 3D ticket pricing. On Sunday, Lionsgate's estimate for the movie was $161.1 million, which would have set a new 2D-only record. When actuals were tallied, though, Catching Fire fell a »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback has been a disappointment so far. Even if there are a few decent parts to both The Last Stand and Escape Plan, as well as his brief moments in The Expendables 2, as whole vehicles for the returned action star each has been pretty underwhelming. Enough that some critics and fans have wondered if he should just quietly leave Hollywood for good. Well, let's not go that far just yet, because with the upcoming Sabotage, Arnie might finally truly be back. Formerly known as Ten, the movie's first trailer has just arrived and looks really good for its kind. Sabotage is directed by David Ayer, whose End of Watch would have been one of the best films of 2012 if not for its incongruous ending. Schwarzenegger plays the leader of a team of...
- Christopher Campbell
Trailer Simon Brew 22 Nov 2013 - 07:06
The disappointing box office returns for both The Last Stand and Escape Plan have left the star appeal of Arnold Schwarzenegger at a level far less than it once was. He might just need the likes of Terminator 5, Twins 2 and that new Conan movie to try and ramp it back up.
Before that though, we have Sabotage, which seems him starring alongside Sam Worthington. The film was previously known as Ten, and also previously known as Breacher, and has been directed by David Ayer - the man behind the wonderful End Of Watch. It's also, believe it or not, loosely based on an Agatha Christie book, And Then There Were None. We're not quite sure Christie had this in mind, though.
The film arrives in cinemas in April, and »
Arnold Schwarzenegger gets betrayed by somebody on his team of top-notch DEA agents in David Ayer’s “Sabotage,” and he’s got a list of famous suspects to choose from. There’s an unrecognizable Sam Worthington (“Avatar”), feisty Mireille Enos (“The Killing”), “Magic Mike” male stripper Joe Manganiello and Terrence Howard (“The Best Man Holiday”). See photos: 6 Movies Ideas for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone After ‘Escape Plan’ The first trailer for the 2014 Open Road release suggests that the action kicks off after the elite task force makes a multimillion dollar drug bust, then becomes the target of the cartel whose leader they arrested. »
- Greg Gilman
Since his return to acting, Arnold Schwarzenegger has spent his time either riffing on his action star image and/or winking at the audience in 1980s throwback fare like The Expendables 2 and Escape Plan, along with the genre-blending The Last Stand. However, in the upcoming thriller Sabotage (formerly, Ten), Arnold will be dropping the self-deprecating act and getting serious, by transforming himself into crusty DEA elite task force leader John ‘Breacher’ Wharton
Wharton, with his rugged squad of guns-blazing agents (and armed with an unflattering haircut), scores a major victory, by taking down a powerful Mexican drug cartel and stealing millions of dollars from the organization. However, when $10 million of the stash goes missing, Breacher and his crew immediately fall under suspicion. Even worse, someone begins to hunt down and kill each member of his task force, one by one – ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
David Ayer has, to this point, pieced together a string of gritty, critically acclaimed films such as last year's End of Watch. So it begs the question of what him teaming up with action-movie legend Arnold Schwarzenneger would produce. The result: Sabotage. The trailer comes to us courtesy of Yahoo Movies and as you can tell, there's a Lot of action in this film. Might this film be the one that kick-starts an Arnold Schwarzenegger renaissance? His two films from this year, The Last Stand and Escape Plan, failed to ignite his career, but teaming with Ayer who knows a thing or two about filming action sequences might be a smart move. Sabotage arrives in theaters April 11 and costars Sam Worthington, Joe Manginello, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams and...
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After the flops "The Last Stand" and "Escape Plan," it's becoming a real question as to whether audiences want to see Arnold Schwarzenegger in anything that's not a pre-built franchise. But maybe surrounding him with a massive ensemble—Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Dawn Olivieri, Malin Akerman, Olivia Williams, Mirielle Enos and Josh Holloway—might get a few more people in the door. That's certainly the hope, as the first trailer for David Ayer's "Sabotage" (formerly known as "Ten") has arrived and it's pretty generic stuff. Arnie leads the movie as the head of an elite crew of cops who has to figure out who among his trusted allies nicked $10 million from their recent cartel bust. And as suspicion and explosions get raised, Miss Cross struts around in an amazing haircut and pretty much steals the entire trailer from Arnie and the rest of the grimy, muscled up picture. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger could really do with a hit after the box office under-performance of The Last Stand and Escape Plan; next up on the comeback trailer is Sabotage (formerly known as Ten), which sees Arnie linking up with director David Ayer (Harsh Times, End of Watch), and USA Today has just dropped a selection of stills from the action thriller, which you can see right here...
"In Sabotage, an elite DEA task force deals with the world’s deadliest drug cartels. Specializing in complex mobile operations, the team executes a tactical raid on a cartel safe house. What looks to be a typical raid turns out to be an elaborate theft operation, pre-planned by the DEA squad. After hiding millions in stolen cash, the team believes their secret is safe – until someone begins assassinating them one by one."
- Gary Collinson
Though Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to acting doesn’t seem to be going as well as he likely expected it to (both The Last Stand and Escape Plan were met with mediocre reviews), the Guvernator won’t be slowing down anytime soon. His next movie, David Ayer’s Sabotage, previously titled Ten, is set to hit theaters in April and today, we have some new photos to share with you.
The film follows Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite DEA task force. After completing a “high-stakes” raid on a safe house belonging to a powerful drug cartel, one by one the members of Arnie’s team begin to be killed off mysteriously.
Normally, I would dismiss a movie like this. Sure, I still find enjoyment in watching Arnold Schwarzenegger do his thing on the big screen, but this sounds like a pretty standard and unremarkable action film. The only »
- Matt Joseph
“It’s a bit like Appalachia: You can go from two kids in a fistfight to the emergency room real fast,” advises one concerned citizen in “Homefront,” a tale of backwoods retribution that resembles Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” transplanted to “Deliverance” country, where feuding parents prefer outright war to wars of words. But what sounds like a veritable B-movie wet dream — with that master of the subzero scowl, Jason Statham, starring in a screenplay written by Sylvester Stallone — turns out to be considerably less than the sum of its parts: a listless programmer in the “Walking Tall” mode, minus the ebullient spark of Statham’s “Crank” and “Transporter” franchises and Stallone’s own “Expendables” pics. Offered as Thanksgiving counter-programming by distrib Open Road, the pic may carve up modest biz with the shoot-your-own-turkey crowd, but should be available as a stocking stuffer by Christmas.
The ever-prolific Stallone (who has “Escape Plan »
- Scott Foundas
In the new trailer for "Sabotage," Arnold Schwarzenegger sports a Hitler youth haircut and some insane guns (we're talking about both the firearms he wields and the size of his arms), playing an elite DEA agent whose recovery of a large stash of cartel money mysteriously goes missing, after which other members of his crew start turning up dead. It's like "Ten Little Indians" meets "Traffic." And it looks really, really cool.
The just-released trailer, courtesy of Yahoo, shows that, apparently, to be an elite member of the DEA, you have to have funny hair (facial or otherwise), a ton of tattoos, and be big enough to step sideways through most door frames. The cast looks pretty impressive, with an ensemble that includes Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello and Mireille Enos, and direction courtesy of David Ayer, who helmed last year's bummer cop drama "End of Watch. »
- Drew Taylor
Formerly titled Ten and then Breacher, End Of Watch director David Ayer’s Sabotage is now looking a risky bet for the studio that took it on. While Ayer is a damn fine writer and director, his lead star Arnold Schwarzenegger is no longer the major pull he once was. After the disappointing box-office double of The Last Stand and most recently Escape Plan, this latest genre entry for the Austrian Oak is now looking like a make or break project.
However, we’ve a bunch of hopeful new stills that may suggest Sabotage will see Schwarzenegger back on top form. He stars as DEA agent John “Breacher” Wharton, leader of an elite task force who find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
- Craig Hunter
Marvel's latest superhero offering holds strong atop the Chinese charts for a second straight week, while the Stallone-Schwarenegger pair-up Escape Plan continues to show its box office muscle. Rank Title Origin 11/11 - 17/11 (Us$M) Total (Us$M) Screening days 1 Thor: The Dark World USA $24.93 $46.25 10 2 Escape Plan USA $13.25 $34.26 14 3 Red 2 USA $5.85 $5.85 3 4 Love You for Loving Me China $2.60 $4.34 10 5 Love Speaks China $1.87 $3.48 10 6 Hotel Transylvania USA $1.83 $11.18 17 7 My Boyfriends China $0.75 $0.75 3 8 Bu Bu Zhui Hun China $0.49 $0.49 3 9 Stalingrad Russia $0.45 $11.52 18 10 Black Mirror China $0.32 $0.32 7 Continuing its impressive performance in cinemas around the world, Thor:...
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• Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) and Golden Globe-winner Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) are set to join Adam Sandler in The Cobbler. Plot details are being kept secret, but The Cobbler is the brainchild of Win Win and The Station Agent writer-director Thomas McCarthy. [The Wrap]
• Ron Livingston (Drinking Buddies) has joined the cast of Supreme Ruler, a comic indie drama about two men competing to be the “Supreme Ruler” of their local Buffalo Lodge. The other lead will be played by Vincent D’Onofrio (Escape Plan). Duane Edwards is making his feature directorial debut on the project, which also stars Marcia Gay Harden »
- Lindsey Bahr
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