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China's Recon Holding acquires 51% of Millennium Films in $100m deal

23 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Expendables and London Has Fallen producer has sold a majority stake to the owner of Aston Villa Football Club.

Chinese conglomerate Recon Holding has signed an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in indie production powerhouse Millennium Films for $100 million (RMB688m).

Listed in Shenzhen, the company is owned by Recon Group, headed by Tony Jiantong Xia, which also owns Aston Villa Football Club. Xia will serve as chairman of Millennium Films, with the company’s founders Avi Lerner and Trevor Short as CEO and COO respectively.

The deal, which includes Millennium’s nearly 300-title film library, also gives Recon Holding the option to acquire the remaining 49% shareholding in the company in the future.

Millennium is known for franchise properties such as The Expendables, The Mechanic, Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, which have all been decent hits in China.

The second and third installments in The Expendables series were co-financed by China’s Le Vision »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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China’s Recon Buys 51% of Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films for $100 Million

23 February 2017 7:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

China’s Recon Holding has reached an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in Avi Lerner’s independent production company Millennium Films for $100 million.

The announcement was made Thursday, nine days after reports had emerged that a deal was in the works.

Recon Holding is controlled by Recon Group, a multinational conglomerate which owns the Aston Villa Football Club and is led by Tony Jiantong Xia. It said that the deal should close in the second quarter.

Millennium is an action specialist with its key properties being the Sylvester Stallone franchises “The Expendables” and “Rambo” along with the films “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen.” Millennium has generated over $1.2 billion in worldwide box office revenues since 2011.

The company’s upcoming film slate includes “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L, Jackson; “Escobar,” starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz; and “Hunter Killer,” starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman. »

- Dave McNary

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‘The Expendables’ and ‘The Expendables 2’ Bound for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

22 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

If you already own The Expendables 3 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release then it won't have to sit for long without the other films in the series.

Lionsgate has revealed plans for 4K Uhd Blu-ray versions of The Expendables and its immediate sequel, The Expendables 2. Both 4K catalog titles will arrive in stores on May 2nd.

Both action flicks are packed with stars between them including Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lungren, Terry CrewsJet Li, Eric RobertsRandy CoutureSteve AustinDavid ZayasMickey RourkeChuck NorrisJean-Claude Van DammeBruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The 4K presentations will each feature English Dolby Atmos audio and bonus features on the inclusive Blu-ray/Digital HD versions as noted below:

The Expendables

Comic-Con 2010 Panel

Inferno: The Making of The Expendables” Featurette

“From the Ashes: Post Production” Documentary

Gag Reel

Deleted Scene

Audio Commentary with Director Sylvester Stallone »

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Don’T Kill It – In Theaters/On Demand 3/3

14 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

The Action Packed Genre Festival Favorite ‘Don’T Kill It’ In Theaters and Available on Digital VOD March 3    Festival hit Don’T Kill It will be released theatrically March 3 by Archstone Distribution and day and date on Digital VOD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables Franchise, Rocky IV), Don’T Kill …

The post Don’T Kill It – In Theaters/On Demand 3/3 first appeared on Hnn | Horrornews.net 2017 - Official Horror News Site »

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China's Recon Group in Talks to Acquire Millennium Films (Report)

14 February 2017 1:01 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chinese conglomerate Recon Group is in talks to acquire Avi Lerner's Millennium Films, producer of The Expendables franchise and genre flicks such as Olympus Has Fallen.

The purchase would be made through Recon's Shenzhen stock exchange-listed subsidiary Recon Wenyuan Cable Co., Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing two unnamed sources. No potential price tag was reported. 

Headed by Chinese businessman Tony Xia, Recon took over Wenyuan Cable — a manufacturer of wires and cables — last October and has sought to shift the company's focus to entertainment. Last May, the parent company, which owns businesses in industries ranging from infrastructure to healthcare, »

- Patrick Brzeski

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How Keanu Reeves and His Former Stunt Double Turned ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Into An Ass-Kicking Sequel for the Ages

9 February 2017 8:54 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

John Wick” director Chad Stahelski was 30 years old when he heard the six magical words that changed his life forever: “Hey, you look like Keanu Reeves.”

For most of us, that would be a flattering compliment; for Stahelski, a stuntman and former kickboxer who got his start doubling for Brandon Lee after the actor was killed in a freak accident on “The Crow,” it was a call to action. “I was working on a show called ‘The Pretender,’” he recalled over a cup of coffee in the swank foyer of TriBeCa’s Greenwich Hotel, “and my boss noticed the resemblance. He said ‘You do all that martial arts stuff, right? They’re having an audition for something down in Burbank. Why don’t you go check it out after you’re done with this.”

Stahelski will never forget what happened next, even though it’s a miracle he can remember it at all. »

- David Ehrlich

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Every Action Star That Needs to Be in Expendables 4

9 February 2017 7:19 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sylvester Stallone is the master at making the most out of simplicity. So good is this action legend at taking a basic idea and making it exist forever, that eventually he tries to give said idea a certain degree of gravitas. How does he do this you say?

Take Rocky Balboa. In the first film, this lovable schlub just wants to have a girlfriend and go the distance in a dream title fight. By the fourth film in this wondrous saga, Rocky is defending America on Russian soil and beating a fighter who (realistically) would have Ko'd the Italian Stallion in 1 round. In fact, Rocky was almost Ko'd in one round, however, the referee let it go on. How's that for Sylvester Stallone making the most of something simple?

He did the same thing with Rambo. In the first film, John Rambo was a simple man who just wanted to »

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Terry Crews Has Performed A Mock Audition for Overwatch’s Doomfist

6 February 2017 8:13 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Expendables star Terry Crews has reiterated his desire to be the voice of a new Overwatch character. A video released last week by Yahoo eSports has the actor performing a mock audition for the character of Doomfist in Blizzard’s shooter, a mysterious individual who has been hinted at several times in the past by means of in-game nods and by trailers released by Blizzard. The origin story trailer released for Sombra last year, for example, had the powerful gauntlet which Doomfist wields on display for all to see.

At this point, we’re honestly wondering why Blizzard hasn’t come forward to make such a partnership official. Judging by Crews’ above performance and comments the actor has made in the past on Reddit AMAs and the like, he clearly has a strong desire to be immortalized in video games by way of voicing a Hero in Overwatch, »

- Joe Pring

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Mark Gill Is Exiting Millennium Films

27 January 2017 11:43 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Millennium Films president Mark Gill, who joined the company about six years ago, is exiting after a failed attempt to buy it. Avi Lerner and Trevor Short continue to preside over the company, and there’s word that there’s still a pending sale for the company that has been behind The Expendables franchise. The company is in the midst now of restructuring its executive ranks now, insiders at the company confirmed to Deadline. We hear that the two sides are… »

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback

26 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

This can’t be what Arnold Schwarzenegger imagined 2017 to look like: Sure, there’s a reality star in the White House, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and his arch-rival (/best celebrity friend), Sylvester Stallone, is a recent Academy Award nominee. Yet for the ex-governor of California, far more confounding is how he became an ex-celebrity.

Schwarzenegger spent his acting life amassing a domestic box office of more than $1.8 billion. That haul came from comedies, like “Twins” ($111 million); science fiction, like “Total Recall” ($119 million) and “Terminator 2” ($204 million); or — his bread and butter — action flicks a la “True Lies” ($146 million) and “Eraser” ($101 million). But one unfortunate connection for all of Schwarzenegger’s films grossing $100 million-plus: They were all made before the year 2000.

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Schwarzenegger’s name above the title has carried less weight at the box office, resulting in drastically lower figures. How he »

- Ben Travers

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback

26 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This can’t be what Arnold Schwarzenegger imagined 2017 to look like: Sure, there’s a reality star in the White House, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and his arch-rival (/best celebrity friend), Sylvester Stallone, is a recent Academy Award nominee. Yet for the ex-governor of California, far more confounding is how he became an ex-celebrity.

Schwarzenegger spent his acting life amassing a domestic box office of more than $1.8 billion. That haul came from comedies, like “Twins” ($111 million); science fiction, like “Total Recall” ($119 million) and “Terminator 2” ($204 million); or — his bread and butter — action flicks a la “True Lies” ($146 million) and “Eraser” ($101 million). But one unfortunate connection for all of Schwarzenegger’s films grossing $100 million-plus: They were all made before the year 2000.

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Schwarzenegger’s name above the title has carried less weight at the box office, resulting in drastically lower figures. How he »

- Ben Travers

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The Death of Good Screenwriting in Hollywood

23 January 2017 11:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on the death of good screenwriting in Hollywood…

Awards season is in full swing, so it seems somewhat ironic to come and bemoan the dearth of good screenwriting within the modern studio system, but I’m going to anyway. Putting aside the award nominated films, my focus is more on those films that are more financially motivated or targeted toward genre fans. Let’s face it, La La Land, whilst it won’t redefine screenwriting, is going to be hard to pick apart. There is still good work out there, but it’s fewer and far between, and those films where the returns matter above all else, seem to be becoming increasingly more and more dumbed down. It seems like writers now get hired to write any old guff and the quality of the final draft is of no consequence.

The first subject of my ire is Avi Lerner, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Jean-Claude Van Damme may be back for The Expendables 4

8 January 2017 10:15 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jan 9, 2017

It's a long shot, but a new report hints that Jean-Claude Van Damme might be back for The Expendables action...

There’s a spoiler for The Expendables 2 ahead.

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The fourth and final movie in The Expendables series, cunningly going by the title of The Expendables 4 so far, is expected to see many familiar faces return. It’s a fair bet that alongside Sylvester Stallone will be Dolph Lundgren, The Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger for a start. But also comes a report that suggests Jean-Claude Van Damme is returning to the series.

This’d be something of a stretch, given that Jcvd, er, didn’t make it to the end of The Expendables 2, »

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Sylvester Stallone lines up new film to direct

4 January 2017 10:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joseph Baxter Jan 5, 2017

Sylvester Stallone will direct and co-star in biopic Tough As They Come, starring Adam Driver as an Army veteran quadruple amputee.

It appears that the directorial talent of action star icon Sylvester Stallone is about to be exercised again. While his resume has generally remained in the wheelhouse of his Rocky, Rambo and The Expendables franchises, Stallone will soon tackle a touching real life story of an Army veteran who emerged from the war in Afghanistan as a quadruple amputee, and he’ll be working with an intriguing star.

Deadline reports that Fox has tapped Sylvester Stallone to direct a drama adapting the 2015 best-selling biography of United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, appropriately titled Tough As They Come. The film will star Adam Driver as Mills, whose harrowing ordeal with an Ied in his third tour in Afghanistan rendered him a quadruple amputee. Possessing innate willpower and a strong support system, »

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Adam Driver to team with Stallone for Tough as They Come

3 January 2017 9:08 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Get ready for the feels because one of the best stories from any war hero is heading to the big screen, with Syllvester Stallone and Adam Driver.

Sylvester Stallone is gearing up to adapt the best selling memoir Tough as They Come, the inspirational true-life story of Unites States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills. Mills, who survived a quadruple amputation from a battlefield injury against tremendous odds, and his relationship with his father throughout the his return home is the heart of the film. The synopsis, from he official site, reads:

Thousands of soldiers die each year to defend their country. United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was sure that he would become another statistic when, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was caught in an Ied blast four days before his twenty-fifth birthday. Against the odds, he lived, but at a severe cost—Travis became »

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Sylvester Stallone To Direct Adam Driver In Tough As They Come

3 January 2017 5:17 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though Sylvester Stallone’s currently putting the pieces together for another big, loud, dumb outing of The Expendables, it seems that he’s also made time for something quite different. That’s because he’ll be developing an adaptation of Travis Mills’ bestselling memoir Tough as They Come. Deadline’s reporting tonight that he’ll get behind the camera to direct with The Force Awakens‘ Adam Driver set to star in the lead role.

Potentially giving the actor the chance to court some awards attention once it releases, Tough as They Come will see him playing United States Army Staff Sergeant Mills, “one of only five soldiers to survive a quadruple amputation from a battlefield injury.” The bulk of the film will revolve around Mills’ relationship with his father-in-law, “who stood by his side from the day he got home from the hospital.”

Stallone will be stepping into the father-in-law role in addition to directing, »

- Michael Briers

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The Expendables 4 confirmed by Sylvester Stallone

2 January 2017 10:14 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jan 3, 2017

"Everyone's expecting something different, and we're going to give it to 'em", says Sylvester Stallone of The Expendables 4...

Sylvester Stallone has confirmed reports from the end of last year that The Expendables 4 is on the way. In a video he uploaded to his Facebook feed over the festive period, Stallone said that he was working on the next Expendables, and “that was going to be great, fingers crossed”.

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He added that “we’re going to do our best. I think we’ve got some really great actors going, we’ve got great ideas, everyone’s expecting something different and we’re going to give it to ‘em”.

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Sly Stallone confirms Expendables 4 will begin shooting this year

1 January 2017 3:48 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but  The Expendables franchise has proven it doesn’t f@cking matter because sometimes old dogs can roll over and fetch like nobody’s business. In other words, Sylvester Stallone and the gang continue to kick ass and blow junk up better than anyone working today, and they will continue to do so with the announced Expendables 4 which... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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