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After two box office disappointments, The Last Stand and Bullet To The Head, two of action’s greatest ever stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone come together for the first film in which they properly, actually, legitimately star with each other, the thriller Escape Plan.
Bursting forth with all the bravura and inherent silliness of the two men’s action heyday, Escape Plan feels very much like a throwback to a time when action films didn’t rely on special effects or young, hot stars instead giving us a world where Stallone can hook up with Amy Ryan and Schwarzenegger can have a slow-motion whip around shot on his eyes as he first manages to get a gun. On these terms, Escape Plan does exactly what it says »
- Ian Loring
Schwarzenegger revealed that they were "trying to do a movie for decades together" before they united on the first Expendables film.
"Sly and I were very competitive in the early days - it was always a competition," he explained. "Who has the most cuts? Who has the best muscle separation? Who has the leanest bodyweight? Who has the least amount of body fat? Who shoots with the biggest guns?
"Who has killed the most people on-screen with their bare hands versus a knife versus a gun? All of this competition was continuously always on."
Stallone added: "We went through »
"I've always had a bit of skepticism about something being rebooted. I remember when A Good Day to Die Hard came around a few years ago, I was like, 'Really? They're gonna make another one?' and then I found myself in it and totally invested in it. I think it's healthy to have that because you want it to be something special, you want to keep that eye for quality sharp."
"But when I read this, I was pretty into it and the story's cool. It's attached a great cast as well. I think Emilia Clarke's wonderful and she's got a lot of support and stuff behind her. And Jason Clarke as well I'm a big admirer of so, yeah, it's gonna be really cool, »
- Gary Collinson
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some UK readers may prefer to avoid.
The CBS thriller has become one of Us television's most popular series, and also has a loyal audience in the UK.
With John Reese, Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) and co returning to Channel 5 in the UK on March 28, Digital Spy chatted to its main star about the future of the series, working with Sylvester Stallone and video game comparisons.
Person of Interest remains very popular after almost three seasons, and keeps finding ways to reinvent itself and introduce new villains. How long do you think the series can carry on for?
"I could not speak to how long we might keep going, but I am grateful for every episode we are able to make. This is »
<< Continued from "March Preview (Part 1)" March 21Divergent is the latest young-adult adaptation geared toward fans of the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises. Confident that it's going to be a hit, distributor Lionsgate has already hired a director for the second installment, and put the third and final movie on the release schedule in 2016. Of course, getting audiences to show up for a young-adult adaptation is easier said than done, and in the past year there have been four separate failures: Beautiful Creatures, The Host, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Vampire Academy.At this point, it's pretty clear that Divergent isn't destined for the same fate. All three books in author Veronica Roth's series have been in the Top 10 on Amazon for a lengthy period of time, and it's safe to say that its fanbase is significantly larger than that of other recent would-be franchises. Recognizing this, Lionsgate »
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Sly and Arnie – two of the greatest action legends star together in the one liner driven, ass-kicking, big screen, maximum devastation creation Escape Plan – breaking its way onto DVD & Blu-ray 17th March. To celebrate this momentous release we have a Blu-ray to giveaway to one lucky action film fanatic!
“Highly enjoyable” (Total Film), surprisingly intriguing and a riot of fun, Escape Plan sees both our leads bringing their ‘A game’ to propel us into a twisty juggernaut of thrillingly visceral whoop ass!
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To win Escape Plan on Blu-ray, just answer the following question:
Which of the following is not a Sly Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger film? Is it:
b) The Last Action Hero
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- Phil Wheat
Say what you want about Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the fact remains that the guy is back in a big way. Oddly enough, his most recent spate of films have been quite watchable, and he looks to keep that record going with the bullet-addled DEA thriller Sabotage.
The film features Arnie leading a team of badass undercover DEA agents – “the best in the business,” naturally – who run afoul of an international drug cartel by ripping off millions of ill-gotten dollars. The result is what’s expected from an Arnold Schwarzenegger film: body counts rise, the agents find themselves at odds with both the Feds and the cartel, and there’s a lot of testosterone-fueled shouting.
The most recent clip from Sabotage gives us Arnold having it out with one of his team members, played by Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike). As muscles flex, Arnie proves that he’s still the baddest badass in the room. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
With all the hoopla about the big Sunday night movie award show, many of you might not have gotten the list of the big winners from Saturday night’s big movie awards show. I’m talking about the 34th Annual Razzie Awards. They were started in 1980 by John Wilson to celebrate the movie year’s worst achievements. The hour-long ceremony was held this past Saturday evening down the street from the site of Sunday’s big show. Without further ado, here’s the nominees and winners for the 2013 film year:
Worst Remake, Rip-off, Or Sequel:
- Jim Batts
Awards season comes to a head tonight as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the winners of the Academy Awards, and - as is traditional - yesterday saw the very worst of cinematic achievement celebrated with the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
While Adam Sandler dominated the nominations (as usual) with Grown Ups 2, the Razzie favourite went away empty handed for a change as the ensemble comedy Movie 43 and M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi After Earth picked up three gongs apiece, with Movie 43 claiming Worst Picture, Worst Director(s) and Worst Screenplay and Jaden Smith and Will Smith named Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo.
Check out the full list of nominees here, with the "winners" highlighted in red....
Tyler Perry, »
- Gary Collinson
Right before the Academy Awards announces its winners, the 34th Annual Razzie Awards has unveiled the list of its own winners for the worst achievement in film for 2013. Taking the prize for the Worst Picture of the year is "Movie 43," beating out such films as "After Earth," "Grown Ups 2," "The Lone Ranger" and "A Madea Christmas." The movie also won for Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. The theme of this year's Razzies focused on the Smith family, with Jaden Smith winning Worst Actor and Will Smith winning for Worst Supporting Actor for "After Earth." The father-son team also won in the Worst Screen Combo category. The only good news is that Adam Sandler and his "Grown Ups 2" went some how ignored, despite dominating the awards show for two straight years. Check out the full list of nominees and winners (in red) below. Worst Picture: * Movie 43 * After Earth »
Glamour! Elegance! The sweet smell of self-congratulation! None will be present at the 34th annual Razzie Awards, a proudly low-budget event dedicated to dishonoring the previous year’s worst movies. (Actually, make that “no-budget”; have you seen the Razzies’ website? It looks like a Geocities page from 1996.)
There are several strong contenders in this year’s Razzies race, from father-and-son team Will and Jaden Smith to perennial “winner” Adam Sandler and Golden Raspberry Award Foundation favorite Sylvester Stallone, who snagged a record-breaking 31st nomination for his work in three 2013 films. (Note: It is not hard to become a member of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. »
- Hillary Busis
David Ayer's new action thriller Sabotage looks like it could be a great movie. I love watching films like this, and I'm hoping that this will be the one that fully pushes Arnold Schwarzenegger back into the the action genre. The Last Stand and Escape Plan didn't quite do it for him, but maybe this will. We've got a new UK trailer for the movie for you to watch, and the film itself will be released in theaters on March 28th!
- Joey Paur
A few weeks back you may have read me talking about the entertainment package that Now TV were now offering alongside movies and sport accessible through their box or online that was £4.99 a month and gave you access to shows from HBO showing in the UK through Sky Atlantic. Unless you have been in outer space for the last month, you may have also heard a little buzz about some small show from HBO called True Detective. Well good news if you heeded my recommendations and invested in a subscription because the first episode of True Detective is now available on Now TV.
I don’t normally review single episodes of anything but I have watched the first episode of True Detective and feel like it should be mentioned, it could well be the best thing to come from television since Game of Thrones. True Detective is an eight part »
- Chris Holt
“The first pairing of action legends Stallone and Schwarzenegger in leading roles.” End of review. Not really, but that does say it all. The audience for this thrilling yarn of two icons in lockdown relying on each other to breakout is guaranteed and devout. In this case, that faith is not misplaced. Escape Plan delivers a rip-roaring, well-made, if not entirely unpredictable, ride that’s bound to leave most eager fans more than satisfied.
Ray Breslin (Stallone) is the world’s foremost expert on prison security. He’s literally written the book on the subject, having spent most of his life voluntarily in prison, breaking out of some of the best supermaxes in the country. After another successful breakout with the assistance of his punchy team (Amy Ryan and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson), he’s presented with the job of all jobs by his boss (Vincent D’Onofrio). Abducted and blackbagged, »
- Kyle North
Now available on Blu-ray is director Mikael Håfström's action-thriller, Escape Plan. The story centers on Ray Beslin (Sylvester Stallone), a security expert who specializes in breaking out of prisons. When he signs on for a new job, Breslin finds himself incarcerated in the most inescapable jail he's ever faced, one that's run by a sadistic warden (Jim Caviezel) and designed to trump all of Breslin's tricks of the trade. In order to make it out alive, he'll need help from his friends on the outside, as well as a new ally on the inside (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Also starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Amy Ryan, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Sam Neill, and Faran Tahir, Escape Plan is a fun throwback action film that uses the stars' brains over brawn to come out on top. Fans of Stallone and Schwarzenegger may be pleasantly surprised to find the duo puzzling their way out »
- Dave Trumbore
Summit Entertainment’s Escape Plan, with aging action stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, was the top home video seller and rental in the week ending Feb. 9. The Lionsgate-distributed film -- a box office underachiever that grossed slightly more than half its $50 million estimated budget -- debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, and Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart. On Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Escape Plan couldn’t overtake Paramount’s Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa for the No. 1 spot. Bad Grandpa debuted
- Thomas K. Arnold
Arnold Schwarzenegger is keeping his career resurgence alive with Sabotage, an upcoming crime flick from director David Ayer. Focusing on the leader of an elite DEA task force (Schwarzenegger), the film will see the members of Arnie’s team getting killed off one by one, with the cartel suspected to be behind it.
Judging by this newly released red band trailer, Sabotage looks to be a bloody and brutal action film. When the original trailer dropped a few months ago, I was a bit on the fence. It looked fairly generic, despite the talent attached to it, and I wasn’t too sure that it would do much to help further Schwarzenegger’s comeback.
Now, however, after watching the red band trailer, Sabotage has quickly become one of my most anticipated films for next month. Wearing that R rating on its sleeve, the film sports brutal violence, tons of gory »
- Matt Joseph
Arnold Schwarzenegger is enjoying a good run of movies at the moment. His last theatrical effort Escape Plan went down very well, and he has The Expendables 3 due this summer. Before all of that we’ll be treated to some hard-r rated action in David Ayer’s Sabotage, a film that has just seen a new red band trailer go live over at IGN.
In “Sabotage”, Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.
We have the new trailer below. Sabotage opens everywhere in the Us on the 28th March, and the UK a lot later on the 9th May.
Source: IGN »
- Paul Heath
For the most part, Arnold Schwarzenegger's "comeback" vehicles have mostly traded on ironically spoofing his persona. From "The Expendables" films to "The Last Stand" to "Escape Plan," all of them have traded on some notion of self-awareness to Arnie's career and reputation. But what makes the forthcoming "Sabotage" so compelling is that it seems to ditch all of that for a straight up genre flick, and it's going red band with a new trailer to get you on board. Directed by David Ayer and featuring the best ensemble Arnie has had around him in a while, including Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, and Josh Holloway, the story finds the action star playing the head of an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While there is a likely Oscar-winner, a massive box set from HBO, and some true crowd-pleasers in this week’s What to Watch, it’s a bit of a downer compared to some more recent jam-packed weeks of Blu-ray and streaming greatness. We also couldn’t find an On Demand title this week worth mentioning, although Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, hits DirecTV On Demand this Thursday and you can bet we’ll be there to check it out before a March theatrical release. Until then, rent or buy something below.
Treme: The Complete Series
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“Treme: The Complete Series”
HBO’s “Treme” never became the cultural touchstone that “The Wire” turned into over the year but it does have a loyal, devoted following who will be overwhelmed by the ability to own it all in one box set. One also gets the feeling that “Treme, »
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