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“The Expendables” franchise seems like both a blessing and a bit of a curse for Sylvester Stallone and his team of aging action stars. While the franchise itself has proven to be a hit, it hasn’t exactly been a career re-launcher for guys like Stallone and Schwarzengger whose films “Bullet to the Head” and “The Last Stand” proved to be unsuccessful in the box office this year. Still, at least they all have a franchise to fall back on and it’s fun to see what kind of a cast Stallone can conjure up for the next “Expendables” film. Speaking of which, Stallone has recently taken to Twitter to tease us all about who might show up for “Expendables 3.” Stallone wrote a series of tweets a few nights ago dropping a few casting tidbits. He has confirmed that Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke will be in the third film, »
- Ken Guidry
• Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a reboot of The Toxic Avenger to play the Exterminator, who helps the Toxic Avenger (a weak kid who has an unfortunate accident at a toxic chemicals plant) learn to use his newfound powers for good. So, they team up to take on the evil polluters. Writer and director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is leading the adaptation, and Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz (directors of the 1984 cult classic) will serve as executive producers. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
At 65 years old, you might think that Arnold Schwarzenegger might want to look to other things to do besides clinging to the fading glory of his action hero past. No one cared about "The Last Stand," and just like every other Expendable, audiences only want to see those old dudes team up, not on their own (theaters were pretty much empty for Sylvester Stallone's "Bullet To The Head"). But it seems Arnie is trying to reboot a franchise that no one is really eager to reboot. In the works for the past few years, the reboot of Troma's "The Toxic Avenger" has reared it's head once again, with Arnie looking to take a lead role (nope, he won't be the toxic hero). The original 1984 cult movie followed a Melvin Ferd III, a 98-pound weakling nerd who falls into a drum of toxic waste, which transforms his body and gives him near super human strength. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Thanks to a vibrant marketing effort and a complete lack of competition for female audiences, The Great Gatsby opened to an excellent $50.1 million over Mother's Day weekend. However, that wasn't enough to claim first place from Iron Man 3, which followed up its record-breaking debut with another very strong outing. Even with this impressive one-two punch, overall box office was still down a bit from the same weekend last year when The Avengers scored a second weekend record with over $103 million. Iron Man 3 fell 58 percent to $72.5 million, which is the fourth-highest second weekend ever behind The Avengers, Avatar and The Dark Knight. The decline is much steeper than that of The Avengers (50 percent), but is about even with Iron Man 2 (59 percent). To date, Iron Man 3 has earned an excellent $284.95 million, and if it continues to follow Iron Man 2's pace it will ultimately wind up over $400 million. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bullet to the Head was Walter Hill’s long awaited (by me anyway) return to directing after a ten-year absence. When it came out in February it was not well received and not screened in advance for critics, but now it’s out on home formats it’s time for an agonising re-appraisal of the film.
Taken on its own terms and watched late enough at night, Bullet to the Head is actually quite enjoyable. The problem people seem to have with the film is its corniness and somewhat outdated machismo. Those who love Walter Hill’s previous work however, know that he hasn’t really changed the type of films he makes but the world around him has moved on. Nowhere is this more obvious than in its mis-matched buddy leads. One a floppy haired Asian superstar who looks like a male model and the other Sylvester Stallone.
- Chris Holt
Before we launch into the summer movie season this weekend with Iron Man 3, let's take a moment to look back on the past four months of movies. Yes, there were some painful duds to endure but a few movies surprised us and dare we say some were actually pretty good. Here then is the Fandango content team's picks for the best, worst, most surprising and most disappointing movies of the past four months. (Titles still in general release are linked) The Best Pre-Summer Movies: Stoker, Mud, Oz the Great and Powerful, Upstream Color, The Iceman, The Place Beyond the Pines and Jurassic Park 3D (above). The Worst Pre-Summer Movies: Bullet to the Head, InAPPropriate Comedy, The Last Exorcism Part II, Parker, The Last Stand (above), Movie 43 and A Good Day to Die...
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In the final weekend before Iron Man 3 kicks off the summer movie season in earnest, Michael Bay’s R-rated action comedy Pain & Gain topped a slow weekend at the box office with $20 million from 3,277 theaters, giving it an average of $6,103 per location. The Paramount film achieved only a fraction of the opening weekend grosses of Bay’s Transformers films, but it only cost a fraction — just $26 million — of those films as well. It’s well on its way to profitability.
- Grady Smith
Most of us understand that as we age, it's important to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Go for a jog (or a "yog" if you're Ron Burgundy) once in a while. Maybe opt for a salad sometimes instead of a few slices of pizza. If you work at a desk, perhaps you make sure you walk around your office for five minutes every hour. Feel that burn.
Then there are others who take that notion to extreme lengths, who hear "maintain a healthy and active lifestyle" and think "lift enough weights every day of my life to tear a horse in half with my bare hands and have a laughing fit in its blood."
That last part may have been an exaggeration (though for some reason I can especially see Vin Diesel laughing maniacally in horse blood), but the following nine Hollywood actors would probably tell you that, yes, »
- Nick Blake
Sylvester Stallone failed to pull in a decent-sized crowd with his solo vehicle Bullet to the Head, but he shouldn’t have that same problem on his forthcoming “team efforts”; that includes The Expendables 3, which Sly is actively writing and plans to get into production before the year is out.
He’s lined up new additions like Jackie Chan to join the guns-blazing party, but we haven’t head anything yet about Expendables 2 director Simon West possibly returning (or any director candidates in consideration, for that matter). However, Sly recently posed an intriguing question on his official Twitter account, in hopes of getting some fan feedback – which is appropriate, given that Expendables is The epitome of a fan-service franchise (something the sequel wisely played up).
Sly Tweeted a ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Considering the poor box office performance of Bullet to the Head and The Last Stand, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have a lot riding on their upcoming collaboration, with another flop likely to seriously impact the standing of both aging action icons as they approach the twilight stage of their careers. And when said film is called The Tomb, well the headlines would just write themselves, so it's not too surprising to learn that the prison break thriller has now undergone a change of title, and will instead hit cinemas as Escape Plan.
The Tomb Escape Plan is directed by Mikael Håfström (1408, The Rite) and sees Stallone as Ray Breslin, the world's foremost authority on structural security, who finds himself incarcerated in an escape-proof prison of his own design. Inside he meets Church (Arnie), "a complex inmate with multiple shades of grey" (and not just in his hair and goatee »
- Flickering Myth
Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone had big solo action outings, The Last Stand and Bullet To The Head, that were supposed to prove that they both had solo Box Office staying power. And both movies tanked. The two 80s action gods don't seem to be letting that keep them down, because they have another film together in the works, and it sounds just like something you'd see them make back in the golden days. »
- David Hoffman
Last year saw elderly action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone team-up for The Expendables 2. This year they have each released a stand alone film, The Last Stand and Bullet To The Head, neither of which made a big splash at the box-office. Perhaps that is why their upcoming feature The Tomb has changed its title to the plot descriptive Escape Plan. The Tomb would have been easily mocked had it “died” at the box-office, let alone taken into consideration the ages of its stars. Escape Plan will at least let the punters know exactly what they are going to see, as the film focuses on convicts attempting to escape from a prison. An escape they will no doubt have to plan for.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
In the halcyon days of early 2012, when the success of The Expendables seemed to auger a brave new comeback era for the ’80s beefcake action heroes, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone announced that they would co-star in a prison-break film called The Tomb. One year later, Stallone and Schwarzenegger have both starred separately in box office duds — Bullet to the Head and The Last Stand — but The Tomb is still slated to hit theaters in September. In fact, now it’ll hit theaters a little earlier: The film has moved its release date up to Sept. 13, opposite Machete Kills and »
- Darren Franich
Lionsgate/Summit has the tag team of action legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone headlining a new prison escape thriller, which had originally been dubbed The Tomb and set for a theatrical release near the end of September this year, but is now arriving two weeks earlier under the title Escape Plan.
This long-awaited “event” pairing old-and-creaky muscleheads together comes not long after the actors’ most recent solo vehicles The Last Stand ($12 million U.S. gross) and Bullet to the Head ($9.5 million) failed to pull in the same crowd that flocked to fellow old dog Bruce Willis’ A Good Day to Die Hard ($66.8 million), despite Schwarzenegger and Stallone’s movies earning much better reviews – and proving to be genuine testosterone-fueled action movie throwbacks.
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- Sandy Schaefer
News Simon Brew 10 Apr 2013 - 06:39
Both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have something in common this year, although neither will be particularly pleased about it. Basically, both of them have headlined an action vehicle that's tanked at the box office. Arnie's generally well-received The Last Stand has taken $35m worldwide, whilst Walter Hill's Bullet To The Head, starring Sylvester Stallone, fared even worse. It gathered up just $13m of box office receipts.
Both films should enjoy a better return on disc and on-demand formats, but it has thrown the spotlight somewhat on the upcoming The Tomb, which the pair have already shot. This is the one about a man who's an expert on structural security, who takes on the infamous one last job, this time to break out of a top secret »
Check out the latest casting news below: Sally Hawkins (Submarine) has joined the cast of Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot, featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen. Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje (The Bourne Identity) has boarded Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii, starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up from Deadline comes word that Hawkins is the latest addition to Edwards' Godzilla. Hawkins takes the last lead role as a scientist in the monster-sized reboot that began shooting in Vancouver recently. The eclectic cast also features Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche. Godzilla is slated to open May 16, 2014 in 3D. Hawkins' upcoming films include Phil Morrison's Almost Christmas with Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti, and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Variety reports that Akkinuoye-Agbaje will join Anderson's Pompeii as an enslaved gladiator who befriends the protagonist played by Harington. »
- Dave Trumbore
We Just All Love Ryan Gosling So Much.
I mean, don’t we? Doesn’t every single one of us? Doesn’t he embody every single trait of the Hollywood leading man?....well, the post-butch Hollywood leading man. You know, that guy with the babyface and unassuming (yet toned) physique who on the inside is brooding/in pain/dying. The guy whose “badass” skills come as a “shock” to the more classically-minded. In the old days, we had tall, mean suave-clumsy dudes like Bogart and then in the 80s during the rise of the contemporary action star template we had all these big buff bros and the criteria was so focused on obvious and over-the-top physical hugeness and all other traits so low on the list that half the stars couldn’t even speak English. Then, someone figured something out. Someone somewhere realized the appeal of the “unlikely” badass, the »
- Harrison Foster
“Pompeii,” written by Michael Robert Johnson, is set in the days leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and tells the tale of an enslaved gladiator — played by Harington — who faces the tyrant (Sutherland) who years before murdered his family and now threatens to steal his lover (Browning). Jared Harris, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pingue round out the cast.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje will portray another enslaved gladiator who becomes friends with Harington’s character.
- Dave McNary
Boys Don’t Cry helmer Kimberly Peirce has signed on to direct an upcoming hard edged drama titled The Brand! What definitely sounds great is that the whole thing is based on a New Yorker article which deals with the notorious Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, and that, beside Peirce, some seriously good team is on board! More about that – in the rest of this report… So, at this moment we know that Peirce will direct the project from a script originally written by Ric Roman Waugh and then rewritten by Alessandro Camon (man who stands behind the Bullet To The Head story). As we said...
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- Jeanne Standal
Knockout Loss: Creevy’s Sophomore Effort Easy and Breezy
After crafting his 2008 Riz Ahmed starring debut Shifty from personal experiences, director Eran Creevy turns to the heist genre for his sophomore effort, Welcome to the Punch. Featuring a salivating mix of some of the best character actors from the UK, this glossy effort, which Creevy also wrote, is an altogether steady if somewhat unenthralling exercise in convention. The Ridley Scott produced venture can’t avoid feeling like an appetizer before the real meal, unfortunately, its bland title referencing the name of the self storage unit where key scenes and plot points transpire.
Opening in the middle of a high adrenaline heist, detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) gets shot down by his arch nemesis, Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) a criminal mastermind that has eluded the indefatigable detective for some time. Three years later, Lewinsky has a bruised reputation and a bum »
- Nicholas Bell
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