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The Die Hard series may be alive and well, but there's a unique story behind the writing of each one…
As any action fanatic will tell you, Die Hard is among the best films of its type ever made. Tautly directed by John McTiernan, deceptively well shot by cinematographer Jan de Bont, and full of charismatic turns from Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia, it’s seldom been bettered, even by its sequels.
The key to the first film's success, and the sequels in their best moments, is hero John McClane. Tough, sarcastic but ultimately human and relatable, he cuts a very different figure from the beefed-up, larger-than-life heroes of 1980s and 90s action cinema. When John McClane gets shot or injured, he actually feels pain. It's something we were keenly aware of in the 1988 original, but gradually ebbed away as the Die Hard franchise drifted from thriller territory »
Miles Chapman to adapt sci-fi novel.
The story of Monster Republic begins with the evil Dr Lazarus Fry, who is hellbent on world domination and engineers an explosion in a nuclear power plant, patching the victims up with scavenged body parts and creating an army of superhuman soldiers programmed for destruction. But teenage boy Cameron escapes, and joins forces with a band of rebel kids to seek revenge on Fry.
The novel was published by Random House Children’s Publishers UK (Rhcp) in January 2010. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
With his new standalone projects, such as Sabotage, The Last Stand and Escape Plan, failing to ignite at the box office, it comes as little surprise that Arnold Schwarzenegger is putting his faith more and more in sequels. He's wrapped now on next summer's Terminator: Genisys, and is expected to appear in the two Terminator films following that one. Then there's the small matter of the Twins sequel, Triplets, and his return to the role of Conan.
And you can potentially add another project to the mix: The Running Man 2.
Schwarzenegger was on stage at a Q&A event in London over the weekend, and he told the crowd "there's rumblings of a new Running Man movie, so it's a great honour to be asked back".
He dropped no »
Australian cinema is facing a crisis because the distribution model for most Oz films is no longer viable, according to Troy Lum.
The EntertainmentOne Australia MD is calling for a summit where funding agencies, producers, distributors and exhibitors can address the vexing issues of release windows, how films are financed and how best to reach audiences across the spectrum.
.We are at a crisis point in our industry; we have to change the model,. Lum told If. His comments followed the launch of Julius Avery.s Son of a Gun, which took $65,000 in its first four days on 53 screens, released by eOne.
.We are absolutely devastated by the result,. said Lum. .I'm gutted for the filmmakers who worked really hard and made a really fine film.
.We worked very hard on the release with a big marketing campaign and a publicity tour. We booked it into a mixture of art »
- Don Groves
Fans will see Eddie Murphy get back into Axel Foley mode soon enough with Beverly Hills Cop 4 on the way. Plus, there's still that Twins sequel in the works that will team him up with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the cleverly titled Triplets. But before he makes a couple more comedies, he's going to take some time to get into drama briefly. In what will be his first non-animated, non-comedy role since the 2006 musical Dreamgirls, Empire reports that Murphy is slated to star in Cook, a new project from Driving Miss Daisy director Bruce Beresford, that originally had Samuel L. Jackson on board to star. The film would see Murphy playing a man hired by a dying patriarch to help take care of his girlfriend and daughter by cooking them meals and whatnot after he passes away. The script comes from "Californication" writer Susan McMartin with 300 and »
- Ethan Anderton
One of the more unusual cinematic pairings was announced the other week - "Driving Miss Daisy" director Bruce Beresford is teaming with comedian Eddie Murphy for a serious dramatic film which begins shooting next month.
Now, Empire has some more details about the project which is entitled "Cook". Murphy plays a chef hired by a dying man to cook up some meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he dies.
Samuel L. Jackson was originally slated to star in the role but had to pass due to scheduling conflicts. Susan McMartin ("Californication") wrote the script while Mark Canton ("300," "Immortals," "Escape Plan") will produce.
Canton tells the mag: "It's a great screenplay. It's a small story - a true story - of a family and a guy who comes into their lives. You have to come up with either really great big franchise driven movies or little character driven movies. Those »
- Garth Franklin
Eddie Murphy currently has a fourth Beverly Hills Cop and Twins sequel Triplets on the boil. Before he serves up either, however, he's preparing a more serious drama. He's signed on for the title role in Cook, which Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) will direct.The story involves a dying man who hires Murphy to rustle up meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he's left this mortal coil. It was initially earmarked for Samuel L. Jackson until scheduling conflicts caused him to decline. Susan McMartin (Californication) wrote the script, and Mark Canton (300, Immortals, Escape Plan) is among the producers."It's a great screenplay," Canton told Empire when we had cause to speak to him recently. "It's a small story - a true story - of a family and a guy who comes into their lives. You have to come up with either really great big franchise driven movies or little character driven movies. »
Austin - When the lights went down in the theater for the Fantastic Fest debut of "John Wick," I had no expectations at all for the film. It never occurred to me that it would end up being one of the most enjoyable things I saw there and a genuinely exciting announcement for a pair of pulp action filmmakers. Chad Stahelski was the stuntman who doubled for Keanu Reeves on "The Matrix," and since then, he's done "The Replacements," both "Matrix" sequels, "Thumbsucker," "Constantine," and "Man Of Tai Chi" with Reeves, and they've developed a strong collaborative relationship. David Leitch, who co-directed the film with Stahelski, has worked on dozens of movies with him in the stunt department. They've both worked as second-unit actual unit directors on films like "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Escape Plan," "Safe," "The Wolverine," Parker," "Ninja Assassin," and the upcoming "Jurassic World." The two of »
- Drew McWeeny
★★☆☆☆The last two films in Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback tour have provided schlocky but enjoyable titillation, with The Last Stand edging out Escape Plan as the better of the two. Directed by David Ayer, Sabotage (2014) has loftier ambitions, but despite some solid work from its leading man the film is tripped up by its messily executed plot. Loosely based on Agatha Christie's novel Ten Little Indians (yes really), Schwarzenegger stars as John 'Breacher' Wharton, leader of an elite team of DEA agents looking to swindle $10 million from a cartel. What initially looks to be a successful heist proves anything but; the stolen loot goes missing, and the team fall under heavy scrutiny from their superiors.
- CineVue UK
Directed by David Ayer.
Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s post political return to film has been a bit of a mixed bag thus far. Aside from a couple of token appearances in the first two Expendables films, his films have all tanked (including his token appearance in The Expendables 3). That’s not to say his output hasn’t been without merits. Arnold’s first proper re-introduction came in the simple, yet highly enjoyable The Last Stand, a film which grows on me every time I see it, and deserved to be watched by more than the half dozen people who actually bothered to see it in cinemas. »
- Gary Collinson
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s journey back to the big screen has been fraught with financial peril. While the Expendables films have done decent enough business, his other ventures since his return from government have proven to be fairly rocky. The Last Stand only scrapped past making back its production budget worldwide, and although his Stallone co-starrer Escape Plan managed to make over $100 million, his latest solo starring vehicle Sabotage has made less than $20 million across the globe which used to turn out in their droves, once for a film when the Austrian Oak got pregnant. Oh how times change…
- Ian Loring
Sylvester Stallone was the “winner” of the Falling Star title in our 2014 Summer Movie Awards – and not without fair reason, either. Fact of the matter is, Sly’s last four movies – Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan, Grudge Match, and The Expendables 3 – have all performed well below expectations at the U.S. box office. Even the third Expendables and its action star-packed cast have only been able to muster $37 million in ticket sales here in the States so far (and no, as our Rob Keyes pointed out, piracy was not the reason).
Now we’re hearing talk that Rambo 5 will become a reality sooner than later, from no less ...
- Sandy Schaefer
With The reelase of The Expendables 3 [read our reviews here and here] and the news that he’s set to return to the character of John J. Rambo for Rambo V, this week we’ve decided to put your knowledge of Sylvester Stallone movies to the test in the latest Sunday Quiz. So, if you know your Rocky from your Rambo and your Demolition Man from your… erm… Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, then take the quiz below and don’t forgot to share your results to see how you stack up against your friends…
Question 8 The Expendables 3 »
- Gary Collinson
The Expendables 3 is debuting this weekend in 40 territories including Russia, the UK, Mexico and Australia — and features a powerhouse ensemble that includes Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer and Kellan Lutz.
Together, the cast outweighs the sum of its parts, but the parts are actually quite interesting when looked at in terms of international box-office drawing power, especially in mega markets like China, Korea, Russia, Brazil, and parts of Western Europe. Below, I’ve broken out numbers for some of the individual stars across those markets with a nifty slideshow that covers their last three major titles outside the franchise in these key territories.* The first Expendables film did about $274M worldwide, with $171M from overseas. In an unusual turn of events for a sequel, the franchise’s second film saw its earnings drop in the U. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
This weekend will see the release of The Expendables 3, the latest in a series featuring all your favorite action stars from the 80s and 90s in the same movie. This series is a one trick pony – all your favorite action stars from the past reuniting to relive their collective glory days – but it is a trick I’d happily watch for seven more films. I remember when the first film came out I told my dad I went to see it and loved it, and when he asked what it was I just named the cast. He remarked that that movie would sound cool if it was made in the 90s. I replied oblivious to the dig with “Yeah, it’s awesome, right?” – The fact that these were all action heroes past their prime was the point.
One of the reasons why I enjoy writing and thinking about the »
- Dylan Griffin
Of the hundreds of title to have their world premieres at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, there is a fairly high-profile genre picture sneaking under the radar. Maggie, which marks the debut of director Henry Hobson, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Midwestern farmer whose teenage daughter (played by Abigail Breslin) slowly turns into a zombie after being infected by an unknown disease. The Tiff website describes Maggie as a “audacious, genre-bending debut.”
Some photos from the film, which put more of an emphasis on the diseases title character than Schwarzenegger’s Wade, are now online. Based on its festival pedigree and the description above, do not expect this to be a kick-ass thriller with the action star taking down zombies, but a more reflective drama about a man battling his own fears and anxieties.
The zombie drama/thriller looks like new territory for Schwarzenegger. However, his return to the »
- Jordan Adler
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name alone just doesn’t sell tickets like it once did, judging by the poor ticket sales for his post-politics solo movie vehicles (The Last Stand and Sabotage); pair him with other action stars and/or a bankable property, however, and the story isn’t necessarily the same. Arnold’s teamup with Sly Stallone on Escape Plan last year made solid returns at the international box office, and his next two projects – this month’s The Expendables 3 and next year’s Terminator reboot – are likewise expected to perform well (enough) financially.
What’s next for Arnold? The Legend of Conan, assuming that all the pieces fall into place. The project is the developing third installment in the Schwarzenegger-starring Conan the ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Director: Patrick Hughes; Screenwriters: Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt; Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammar, Ronda Rousey, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Kellan Lutz, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren Running time: 126 mins; Certificate: 12A
There's only so much goodwill one can muster for the procession of dishonoured or geriatric movie icons wheeled back into service for this dismal third instalment of Sylvester Stallone's Expendables franchise. While the movie is full of death-defying escapes, all the star power in the world can't overcome two insurmountable obstacles - an abysmally structured script that sorely tests the patience and inexplicably ineffective direction that reduces big name entrances to a whimper and turns every set piece into an alienating and incoherent whirl of bangs and flashes.
The Expendables 3 team includes your favorite action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …and a new generation of badasses – Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.
In The Expendables 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. »
- Movie Geeks
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 12, 2014
Price: DVD $20.99, Blu-ray $24.99
Studio: Cohen Media
Guy Pearce (Lockout) and Felicity Jones (Chalet Girl) star in the 2013 drama-romance Breathe In, concerning a restless married man who finds his emotional life rekindled by the arrival of a young apparent soul mate.
Middle-aged high school music teacher Keith Reynolds (Pearce) lives a comfortable if unexciting life in a suburb north of New York City with his wife Megan (Amy Ryan, Escape Plan) and teenage daughter Lauren (Mackenzie Davis, TV’s Halt and Catch Fire). His sleepy life is re-energized when teenage British exchange student and piano prodigy Sophie (Jones) comes to stay with the family. The mutual attraction between teacher and student is immediate – despite the fact that Sophie is the same age as Lauren. When Keith and Sophie’s shared passion for music progresses to the next level, »
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