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As big dumb action movies go, The Expendables franchise has been among the biggest and the dumbest. Unfortunately, The Expendables 3 was not quite big and dumb enough, trying to expand the appeal of the franchise by toning down some of the madness and mayhem enough for a PG-13 rating. Sylvester Stallone now admits that this was a miscalculation, but has promised to up the ante with The Expendables 4.
Speaking with Crave Online (via /Film), Stallone confessed that attempting to broaden the appeal of the franchise was “a horrible miscalculation.” Here’s what he said:
Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.
Stallone went on to discuss the possible future of The Expendables franchise, including »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The Expendables series has shown diminishing returns both for fans and execs. The third movie diverted its focus away from the aging action heroes that were the driving force behind the series to begin with, and also fell vicim to pre-release piracy. (The industry is still debating the effect that leak had on the box […]
- Russ Fischer
Amazon has started offering several Blu-ray titles at deep discounts as part of their Black Friday Deals Week and I've gone through and selected some choice titles such as David Fincher's Fight Club, Seven and Zodiac are available for cheap, several Sylvester Stallone titles including all his Rambo films and first two The Expendables features, both of James Cameron's Terminator movies are on sale, Rain Man for only $3.99, personal favorites such as A Time to Kill, Primal Fear and many others. I've listed several below and you can find even more right here if this isn't enough. Note: Sign up for Amazon Prime and get free two-day shipping. Blu-rays for $3.99-$7.99 300 ($7.99) (500) Days of Summer ($6.99) A Good Day to Die Hard ($3.99) A Time to Kill ($6.99) Bad Teacher ($7.00) Beetlejuice ($6.99) Bernie ($4.99) Cosmopolis ($5.78) Dances with Wolves ($3.99) Dazed and Confused ($6.96) Fight Club ($3.99) Hard to Kill ($4.88) Hugo ($6.99) Inside Man ($3.99) No Country for Old Men »
- Brad Brevet
Attempts were made with the third film to broaden the appeal of the franchise, namely by including a bunch of younger cast members and changing over to a PG-13 rating from an R. Stallone now believes that the ratings change was a big mistake. He tells Crave Online:
"Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I'm quite certain it won't happen again."
Despite the third film earning $100 million less than the second, another instalment in the series is still planned. In fact, this one may be more 'out there' than expected:
"I have actually entertained the »
- Garth Franklin
Earlier this year, The Expendables 3 arrived in cinemas and did notably less business that its two predecessors. A good chunk of that is arguably down to the fact that the film leaked online and in full weeks ahead of its release. But also, there's the fact that Sylvester Stallone and his team went for a PG-13 rating, over the R-rated cuts of The Expendables and The Expendables 2.
Crave Online, chatting to Stallone, asked him about the decision to go for a PG-13 cut, and he admitted that "I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again".
Stallone did have »
Starring Eric Roberts (“The Expendables”), Ken Davitian (“Borat”), Korrina Rico (“Horrible Bosses 2″) and Hunter Ives, Abstraction is the story of Tommy and Gary, two criminals engaging in grand thefts in order to make ends meet. After a routine robbery goes wrong, the friends are forced to put their criminal activity … Continue reading →
Whither Buck ?
Hola Gente, tis I Señor Fenix, he who must be obeyed!
In the wake of Guardians of the Galaxy I started to reflect on the pop culture landscape. At a recent visit to Midtown Comics I noticed a pile of Dynamite Comics. Dynamite is a label that publishes a few cool new titles and some really old licenses. They were the ones that noticed that John Carter of Mars was public domain in the United States and thus we were treated to dozens of covers with large breasted naked Dejah Thorises. Because of course, that’s what the comic book fans supposedly want.
One of the comics they publish is Buck Rogers. This is based on the old newspaper comic strip that was a big deal in the 1930s and 40s. Baby Boomers remember the Daffy Duck parody "Duck Dodgers" and later the 1970s Star Wars »
- Latino Review
Arriving on Blu-ray/DVD next week is director Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3. Like I said when the movie came out, The Expendables 3 is a lot of fun and my favorite of the series due in large part to Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas. All three are awesome and Banderas steals every scene he’s in. In addition to the new cast, The Expendables 3 has a crazy third act that’s easily the best action scene of the franchise. I think the team kills over a thousand people. The film also stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. To help promote the upcoming release, we've been provided with an exclusive gag reel from the Blu-ray. It's about two minutes and features a lot of the »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Arnold Schwarzenegger has come back in a big way. Following his pretty successful time as the Governator…I mean, the Governor of California, Arnie stepped back onto the big screen in bit parts and leading roles alike, doing everything from stints with The Expendables to ludicrously enjoyable outings as badass sheriffs and convicted criminals. But Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to remain true to his roots, as he steps back into his iconic T-800 part in Terminator: Genisys and prepares for the possibility of both a Twins and Conan return. Now, we can add The Running Man to list of iconic Arnie remakes/sequels that the action star has on the dock.
Speaking at a Q&A in England recently, Schwarzenegger let drop the idea that there might be a The Running Man sequel in the works. Here’s what he said (via /Film):
It’s an honor to be »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
At one time, Monster director Patty Jenkins was lined up to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel Studios, but some trouble behind the scenes saw her exit the project and the job ended up going to Alan Taylor. Sadly, that means the director hasn't found another big project since her breakthrough with the film famous for Charlize Theron's serial killer transformation. But she just might have another chance at becoming a household name as THR reports Jenkins will direct Jackpot, a remake of a Norwegian action comedy directed by Magnus Martens from 2011, an adaptation of a crime story by Jo Nesbo (Headhunters). After winning a huge sum of money in a betting pool, four coworkers begin to double-cross each other over the prize money, and things turn lethal pretty quickly. The script comes from The Expendables and Godzilla scribe David Callaham with Easy A director Will Gluck acting »
- Ethan Anderton
It appears that Monster director Patty Jenkins is now close to making her second feature film in over a decade. The talented filmmaker was previously attached to helm Thor: The Dark World but subsequently dropped out over creative differences with Marvel. Her other credits include directing the pilot for AMC’s The Killing as well as episodes of Entourage and Arrested Development, but now THR reports that she’s turning her attention to the action-comedy genre with a remake of the 2011 Norwegian film Jackpot. Based on a story by crime author Jo Nesbo (Headhunters and The Snowman), the film revolves around four men who win big in a sports pool, only to resort to lethal measures when dividing the winnings proves difficult. The Expendables and Doom scribe David Callaham penned the screenplay, and Will Gluck (Easy A) is producing. It’s been too long since Jenkins brought her talents to the feature film world, »
- Adam Chitwood
Patty Jenkins has closed a deal to direct Jackpot, a remake of a Norwegian action comedy being made by Focus Features. The 2011 original, directed by Magnus Martens, told of four men with shady pasts who win big in a sports pool. When it comes to dividing the winnings, however, things escalate to lethal proportions. The movie is based on a story by Jo Nesbo, the best-selling crime author whose book Headhunters also was adapted into a movie. David Callaham, whose credits range from The Expendables to Godzilla, is writing the script. Will Gluck is producing via his Olive
- Borys Kit
Lionsgate has reported earnings above Wall Street forecasts with $20.8 million, or 15 cents a share, for its second fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30.
Revenues for the studio increased 11% to $552.9 million due to “strong” gains in TV production and increases in movie revenue from pay and free TV windows offsetting declines in theatrical and home entertainment.
Analysts had forecasted earnings would come in at 11 cents a share. Lionsgate had reported $505,000, or 0 cents a share, in the same period last year. The company reported the earnings after the market closed Thursday.
“We’re pleased that our entire portfolio of businesses contributed to our solid results in the quarter, driven by a particularly strong performance from our television operations,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.
“It was a quarter in which we extended our franchises into new lines of business, continued to assemble a strong pipeline of new properties with great commercial potential and developed online »
- Dave McNary
“I’ll be back.” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg warrior will make good on that promise next summer when Paramount unleashes Terminator: Genisys to theaters. While familiar characters like Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese will be played by new faces, Arnold brings his stalwart screen presence to the franchise’s next chapter, as mentioned in the film’s recently revealed plot details accompanied by new photos.
In their first look at the next installment of the Terminator franchise, EW debuted a photo of Emilia Clarke’s Sarah Connor with Jai Courtney’s Kyle Reese on a motorcycle and another picture featuring Jason Clarke’s John Connor next to Matt Smith (Doctor Who) with the T-800 endoskeleton lurking behind them.
- Derek Anderson
Fast & Furious 7 has been renamed Furious 7.
The forthcoming seventh instalment of the action franchise will release a trailer next month.
Vin Diesel previoulsy teased the "incredible" trailer in September, saying the new promo was "emotional and bittersweet".
It will feature a cameo from Iggy Azalea.
Making your feature film debut isn’t the easiest feat, but it sure helps to be surrounded with actors like Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Willem Dafoe, and Adrianne Palicki, who bring their A-game to every single scene. That was the scenario for David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, two veteran 2nd unit guys who decided to make the leap to 1st unit for their feature debut, John Wick. You’ve seen their action work in films like The Expendables 3 and The Matrix, but these guys wanted to prove they weren’t just 2nd unit specialists who couldn’t tackle bigger fish.
The action sequences in John Wick emphatically showcase the technical prowess of Leitch and Stahelski, a testament to their action work on numerous blockbuster films, but the duo also prove they can string together a fluid movie as well. A lot of the locations really pop off the screen, especially »
- Matt Donato
Tokyo – Vietnamese production company Bhd has begun production of “Farewell The Berlin Wall,” a new feature film that underlines growing ambitions on the part of the country’s film-makers.
The picture is a period, crime drama, much of it told from a female perspective, a break from some of the more obviously commercial genres of film with which Vietnamese producers have made inroads at the local box office.
The director is Nguyen Phan Quang Binh, who previously directed 2010 box office record breaker “Floating Lives.” Cast includes Tran Bao Son (“Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere,”), Gary Daniels (“The Expendables,” “City Hunter”), Ngoc Anh and David Tran.
The story kicks off with the 1989 collapse of the Berlin Wall, an event which had wide reaching implications for a Communist country such as Vietnam, as well as, on a human level, repercussions for the many foreign workers who scratched out a living in »
- Patrick Frater
There’s plenty of future teases and neat plot advancements in this week’s Gotham. Here’s Rob’s review of Viper…
This review contains spoilers.
Utilising Gotham’s continuing ability to show signs of trouble one week and huge heaps of potential the next, Viper was an episode with lots to enjoy. It was certainly a huge advancement and a welcome change from the central-plot-lite and real-estate-heavy Arkham of last week.
Impressing us again was Salvatore Maroni, played with poker-faced menace by David Zayas. While Falcone has seemed a bit distant throughout, Gotham’s second-highest-ranking mob boss truly ramped up the fear-inducing/genuinely threatening stakes this week. His dialogue is calm and collected, but his actions explain why so many fear him. It’s certainly a strong supporting performance from the Dexter, Grimm and The Expendables alumnus.
For a world of brutal gangs, Maroni’s blasé request for »
When Marco Mueller took over as Rome Film Festival director prior to the event’s 2012 edition, he brought with him more than three decades of experience amassed at Venice, Locarno and Rotterdam. But nothing prepared him for the ensuing Roman roller-coaster ride, full of twists and turns dictated by Italian politics and the economy, an experience he compares with being on a mission out of “The Expendables” franchise.
“Being so closely connected to the various centers of power in Italy, I had to learn how to comply even with requests that were not clearly formulated,” Mueller says.
After two years of changing formulas, political battles and budget cuts, this year’s festival, which runs Oct. 16-25, reflects Mueller’s invention of the “new metropolitan fest” concept, a plan that comes in response to the culture ministry’s dictum to go the full route of being a “festa” (Italian for “party »
- Nick Vivarelli
Manny Camacho interviews action film star Gary Daniels…
Waking up at 4:30 Am is not something many of us like to do. Waking up to go to work at such an ungodly hour is usually far worse. However, waking up at this ungodly hour to go to work because I get to interview a martial art and action star I grew up watching…that is a treat!
Gary Daniels is a prolific actor and martial artist that has been in films on both sides of the pond for over 25 years. He got his start with a variety of talented people in the industry like Jackie Chan, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Lorenzo Lamas, Richard Norton, Malcolm McDowell, Costas Mandylor and a variety of others.
- Manny Camacho
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