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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, »
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
This morning the internet is abuzz with word that a high-quality version of the upcoming blockbuster action sequel The Expendables 3 has somehow leaked online. While we here at Flickering Myth don’t condone piracy or illegal downloading in any way, this is now very much in the public domain, and is perhaps the most high profile leak to happen over recent years.
With Comic-Con in full swing in the Us, the news that a major film, which is being represented at the festival, has leaked online before its world bow will be a massive blow to distributors Lionsgate, who were hoping this would be a decent moneymaker for them. Whether it affects the film’s cinema release and its box office taking remains to be seen.
There hasn’t been this high-profile a film leak since X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009, when a work-print of the film, which was finished bar some missing CGI, »
- Scott Davis
In gestation since early last year, Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan) is prepping himself for his re-teaming with Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park) in the still-untitled film about the incident involving a U-2 spy plane. And if the re-team of Hanks and Spielberg, as well as a script from Joel & Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis) wasn’t enough to get you salivating, the supporting cast in slowly filling up with some great talent.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Amy Ryan (Escape Plan) has signed on to play Hanks’ wife and that Alan Alda (M*A*S*H), Eve Hewson (Enough Said) and Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods) are all currently in negotiations to join them.
Based on the true story of James Donovan, the project follows the American attorney who was tasked with negotiating the release of pilot Gary Powers in the wake of the 1960 international incident, which will be co-financed »
- Scott Davis
It’s no secret that studios like to surprise and delight fans at San Diego Comic-Con, and they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars cutting special footage and first looks to debut in Hall H. While the Variety staff likes a good surprise as much as the next person, we’re going to hedge our bets because there are just some things we can’t imagine not being dropped at the fest. A few studios have announced at length what they’re planning, while others have remained hush-hush.
In order of most to least likely, here are our best educated guesses:
1. The Avengers - The trifecta of Con gods, better known as Kevin Feige, Joss Whedon and all things Avengers related, specifically those in the “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” are coming to San Diego. Simply put, how could they not? Last year Whedon and Feige blew the roof off Hall »
- Alexandra Cheney
A film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger comes with a decently hefty amount of expectations, due to his filmography being completely full of films that helped establish his role as the guy who has blown more buildings up, delivered more one liners, and muscled his way through more bad guys than any other badass working today. When an actor gets that insanely huge amount of baggage, it’s hard for viewers to think of him as anything other than that, causing any testing of the waters to be less successful and well received. Thankfully though, Schwarzenegger is able to rise above that and give fans a very unexpected yet interesting performance in David Ayer’s gritty as hell film Sabotage.
Following a covert operation that ends with 10 million dollars of drug cartel money missing, DEA Agent Breacher (Schwarzenegger) and his hardcore team of undercover agents are put under investigation, with each member »
- Jerry Smith
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen can’t be called much of a comeback as The Last Stand, Escape Plan and Sabotage were all bombs. Sabotage tanked the hardest as it was barely able to cross the ten million dollar mark. Perhaps Arnie will regain his footing from his role in the upcoming Terminator sequel, but it seems unlikely that he will ever front a non-sequel again (or at least for another five years). That’s too bad as Sabotage is a fun throwback to his early eighties action movies which delivers the “red meat city” PG-13 action movies of late are unable to do. Mixing Commando with a slasher sensibility, Sabotage has Schwarzenegger leading a team of DEA agents (including Mireille Enos, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, and Sam Worthington) who are being hunted and by a mysterious killer. My Sabotage Blu-ray review follows after the jump. »
- Andre Dellamorte
As far as acting chops go, Paul Rudd has what it takes to make the perfect Ant-Man and will likely embody the role of Scott Lang with his trademark comedic stylings. Physically, however, Rudd isn’t the first person you picture when thinking of the word “superhero,” but that’s why they invented Hollywood trainers.
Rudd recently appeared on The Colbert Report, where he discussed his training for the role. Apparently, he’s working on getting in shape but won’t be making a Chris Pratt-esque transformation, and humorously explained:
“I’ve had to kind of try and get in better shape. I don’t get too jacked. It doesn’t make sense for someone trying to be an ant.”
So, Rudd wont’ be sporting any Thor-sized biceps or doing any Oliver Queen salmon ladder routines; but he’s got a good point. Someone whose superhero schtick involves shrinking »
- James Garcia
Edinburgh, Scotland — “Pudsey the Dog: The Movie,” which stars the canine winner of “Britain’s Got Talent,” is continuing to sell well internationally, with sales company Content racking up multiple distribution deals. The film is co-produced by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.
Buyers include Square One in Germany, Swen in Latin America, UA in China, Cascade Film in the Cis and Baltics, Blitz in Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia, Tanweer in Greece, Turkey, India and Poland, Golden Scene in Hong Kong, Queen International in Indonesia, Selim Ramia in the Middle East, Silverline in the Philippines, Lusomundo in Portugal, Cathay in Singapore, Videovision in South Africa, 9ers Entertainment in South Korea, Pomi in Taiwan, Caribbean Film Services in the Caribbean, Star in South East Asia, and Jaguar for airlines and ships.
- Leo Barraclough
While Edgar Wright has remained silent in the week’s following his split from Marvel (well, apart from this image he posted to Twitter), his good buddy and regular collaborator Simon Pegg has shared a few thoughts on Wright’s Ant-Man departure during an interview with Alex Zane for Sky Movies:
“I get why perhaps it’s happened,” said Pegg (via HeyUGuys). “Maybe they want a particular thing in line with a particular other thing, but if you hire a director who has a particular vision, you’ve got to expect him or her to make a such and such film. An Edgar Wright film. That’s what that script was and it was interesting. The characters had a real journey. I can’t really say too much about it because obviously it’s not my thing, but it’s their loss.”
Wright has since been replaced on Ant-Man by »
- Gary Collinson
Well, the search is over…
After being turned down by Adam McKay (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers), Marvel Studios has finally secured a replacement for Edgar Wright on Ant-Man, with Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) signing on to direct. Meanwhile Adam McKay will also contribute to the script, which has originally been written by Wright and Joe Cornish.
In addition to the news, Marvel has also released an official synopsis for the film, which reads as follows…
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
- Gary Collinson
Having identified a list of potential successors that included Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Adam McKay (Anchorman) and Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers) – with the latter two both seemingly declining the opportunity – Marvel then widened its search, adding both Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) and Michael Dowse (Goon) to its radar.
Now it seems they’ve cast the net even wider, with The Wrap reporting that Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) has emerged as front runner for the film, while The Hollywood Reporter add that David Wain (Role Models) is also under consideration. With production due to get underway next month, we should probably expect an official announcement on Wright’s replacement soon, assuming Marvel isn »
- Gary Collinson
Since the announcement a fortnight ago that Edgar Wright had vacated the director’s chair on Marvel’s Ant-Man, there’s been complete radio silence from everyone involved with the project with regards to the whole situation. However, during a promotional interview for his latest film And So It Goes, Schmoes Know managed to get a few comments from Michael Douglas, who is set to play Dr. Henry ‘Hank’ Pym in the Phase Three film…
“I was very disappointed. I am a big fan of his movies. It’s a very disappointing situation. Happened very late in the game. I don’t think anybody’s quite recovered. My heart goes out to Edgar – he’s been involved with the project for a long time. But he’s talented enough that you’ll be hearing a whole lot from him and I’m sure with a little vengeance.”
Ant-Man will see »
- Gary Collinson
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