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A zombie movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger could either be described as being a very fun or very dumb idea. However, Maggie looks like pretty unique, and it should give The Expendables 3and Terminator Genesys star a chance to show off his serious side. Maggie will see Schwarzenegger play a Midwestern farmer who cares for his teenage daughter (Zombieland and Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin) as she slowly transforms into a zombie. Based on the first look at footage below, the movie will be a rather sombre outing, and it’s definitely an intriguing premise. »
Director: James Wan; Screenwriter: Chris Morgan; Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black; Running time: 137 mins; Certificate: 15
From small beginnings as a plucky street racing drama, the Fast & Furious series has transformed itself into a juggernaut tentpole franchise that delivers jaw-dropping vehicular carnage and testosterone-soaked fist fights. Cast members aside, the Fast movies of recent years bear little resemblance to the early outings.
It wasn't until the arrival of Dwayne Johnson in 2011's Fast Five that the films really found their feet - now they're competing for serious box office bucks with the likes of Marvel and Transformers. In short, the Fast franchise now produces the kind of action movies you wished The Expendables would.
Piles of noirish exposition get the better of Jason Statham in this unpleasantly retrograde crime drama. What happened in Vegas should have stayed there. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): Simon West must be stopped
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I understand why Jason Statham might want to expand his onscreen horizons. I don’t think he has it in him, but I get it. What I don’t get is: Why choose, for such a creative endeavor, this regressive throwback, which would have been unpleasantly backward-looking in the mid 1980s, when William Goldman published the novel it’s based on? (It was first adapted by Goldman himself for film in 1986, starring Burt Reynolds and titled Heat, and it wasn’t met with applause then, either.) Honestly, when I saw that Goldman was credited with the script here, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Once upon a time, the idea of competing projects for major studios was a no-no. Then Deep Impact and Armageddon came along and effectively canceled each other out. The lesson learned in that case was: it doesn’t really matter if another movie embracing the same subject matter is also in development, it only matters if it’s better. So, that being said, yet another King Arthur movie has now appeared on the industry radar to rival Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Knights Of The Roundtable.
Deadline broke the news by announcing that Jonathan Liebesman, the director behind 2014’s Turtles reboot and Terminator: Rise Of The Machines, is in line to direct Man At Arms. Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk (The Expendables) is producing with Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm (The Last Witch Hunter) and Bryan Brucks (Scouts Vs. Zombies). Erica Lee will executive produce.
Whether Liebesman’s got the »
- Gem Seddon
The past few years has seen a resurgence of action films revolving around a past-his-prime yet-still-bad-ass dude setting things right. This was probably first set in motion by Sylvester Stallone and his grizzled action star filled "The Expendables" films, and has been handily retrofitted to varying degrees of success for actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger ("The Last Stand," "Sabotage"), Liam Neeson ("Taken," "Unknown," "Run All Night," "Non-Stop") and Kevin Costner ("3 Days to Kill"). One of the more unlikely participants in this prune juice-fueled movement is Sean Penn via the "The Gunman." It shares a lot with those other films —a graying, righteous loner making the hard decisions no one else can or will, an improbably high body count, a soundtrack that bleeps along like the inner workings of a computer, a beautiful woman caught in the middle— but is also saddled by Penn's self-conscious »
- Drew Taylor
With The Expendables franchise, Sylvester Stallone certainly hit on an intriguing concept: throw a bunch of aging action heroes into a movie together and let them do what they do best, kick ass. Since the first movie hit in 2010, there’s been talk of damn near every genre getting its own Expendables-style offering, mashing icons together, and Bruce Campbell still has eyes on making this happen for horror. Campbell first mentioned the notion of a horror Expendables, which would bring together all manner of genre legends to go after a single foe, back in 2010, and while his idea is still a ways off, it’s very much in play. Talking to Movieweb, the Evil Dead star said: Yeah! Never say never. I have a script that I'm working on that would pretty much be that. It's not ready to share at this point. It's in »
Run All Night, 2015.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.
When Liam Neeson first purposefully told those pesky bad guys in Taken that he’d find them, and then kill them, few (even Neeson himself) would have envisioned his career taking such a dramatic shift into becoming an action star. Even whilst the likes of Stallone and Schwarzenegger found themselves having a brief renaissance thanks to The Expendables franchise, the interest in them soon waned, whilst Neeson has remained fairly bankable.
The Taken franchise has made a fortune, »
- Gary Collinson
Are you ready for this summer's answer to The Expendables? Star of that movie, Dolph Lundgren, is joined by heavy hitters Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White, Peter Weller and the original bad ass Ron Perlman for the gritty action-packed thriller Skin Trade! Magnet Releasing has the first trailer, which teeters on the edge of heart-attack inducing.
New Jersey detective, Nick Cassidy (Dolph Lundgren) heads to Bangkok where he teams up with Thai detective, Tony Vitayakui (Tony Jaa) to hunt down Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman) and destroy his human trafficking network. Nick had inadvertently killed Dragovic's son in a sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack, but his wife and daughter were killed!
With nothing but vengeance to live for, Nick and Tony traverse their way through the Bangkok underworld in search of the elusive Dragovic. »
Filmdom’s erstwhile Rocky Balboa will step back into the reality-tv ring as an executive producer of NBC’s S.T.R.O.N.G., a fitness competition from The Biggest Loser creator Dave Broome, our sister site Deadline reports.
Similar to Biggest Loser, S.T.R.O.N.G. (Start To Realize Our Natural Greatness) will challenge six men and six women to become their best, buffest selves, working with trainers to evolve from average Joes and Jills into tight-n-toned physical specimens.
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The latest in the massively successful Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 7, is set to break box office records when it debuts on April 3rd in the Us.
On course to do stellar business across the globe, early tracking has the film opening in the region of $115 million when it debuts next month. In 2014, only one film managed an opening weekend in excess of $100 million, which was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which took $121 million when it debuted last November.
In terms of April records, the highest opening weekend was set last year by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which earned $95 million. Furious 7’s predecessor, Fast & Furious 6 took $117 million when it debuted in 2012, and ended up with over $780 million worldwide.
Furious 7’s release ushers in the summer box-office blockbuster season, with many of the year’s big hitters all expected to have bumper opening weekends, with the »
- Scott J. Davis
More than five years ago, Bruce Campbell first floated the idea of making an Expendables of Horror that brought in all of his most famous genre friends to fight a single threat in one movie. He was planning it as a sequel to his 2008 horror comedy My Name Is Bruce, which found the cult icon essentially playing himself. The new movie was to be called Bruce Vs. Frankenstein, but we haven't heard much about it since then. Last year, he started talking about it again, though at the time, he said the script sucked. We asked Campbell if Bruce Vs. Frankenstein was still happening, and he revealed that he is still in the process of writing the script. He says:
"Yeah! Never say never. I have a script that I'm working on that would pretty much be that. It's not ready to share at this point. It's in the pipeline I guess you could say. »
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters, Adrianne Palicki, Omer Barnea, Toby Leonard Moore, Daniel Bernhardt, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick | Written by Derek Kolstad | Directed by Chad Stahelski
Keanu Reeves has, in recent years, seemingly been making headway in to the action genre with films like 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi.Gone are the days of Keanu the funny mam, Keanu the heartthrob leading man love-interest and in has come a stone-faced bearded bad-ass. Yet, whilst both the aformentioned films have there fans – me included – neither really set the genre alight. However all that changes with John Wick – a return to the R-rated, arse-kickery of the genres heyday, that isn’t afraid to get bone-crunchily violent and bullet-riddled with blood…
- Phil Wheat
The explosive, action-packed world of The Expendables may be making its way to television, giving a score of former TV action stars a shot at career redemption.
According to Deadline, Sylvester Stallone, creator and star of The Expendables film franchise, is developing a spin-off series with Fox. Which raises the biggest question of all: Who will star in this wild ride?
Combing through the annals of action TV shows, we've compiled our dream list of former stars who could be called upon to take up arms once more and kick ass on our television screens.
1. Chuck Norris
If Norris isn't part of this, the world officially makes no sense. Sure, he and Stallone had their public differences after The Expendables 2, but the former Walker, Texas Ranger star is the perfect choice to bridge the gap between the film series and the small »
British action director Ara Paiaya has stopped by at Flickering Myth to talk about his upcoming film Skin Traffik (featuring Gary Daniels, Mickey Rourke, Michael Madsen, Darryl Hannah, Jeff Fahey and Eric Roberts). Paiaya grew up studying martial arts, before developing a passion for film-making and began producing his own films. As well as directing he’s served as actor, producer, cinematographer, cameraman, writer, fight choreograph and editor on his films. A man of many talents.
Tom Jolliffe: Who or what inspired you to get into martial arts?
Ara Paiaya: Originally my Dad. I was already learning martial arts before being old enough to watch action films as I was around five years old when I started. However by the time I was in the middle of primary school I was watching films like Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee. »
- Gary Collinson
This week in 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: The live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" may have its Gaston, in the "Hobbit" star Luke Evans. Plus more hot action from the presses*, like Sarah Michelle Geller joins the "Star Wars" universe by climbing aboard "Rebels." Fox is working with Sylvester Stallone on a TV version of "The Expendables," the ninth "Jesse Stone" movie is in pre-production, Starz' telefilm adaptation of "The Dresser" announces Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins joining the cast with a first image, Tarsem returns with “Self/less,” Diablo Cody is rewriting the screenplay for a live-action “Barbie” movie, Kendrick Lamar might just release his new album in two weeks, Carly Rae Jepsen gets a Tom Hanks-starring (and Justin Bieber cameo-ing) new music video and Prince is playing spontaneous shows all over the country starting next week. *What are presses anymore, really. »
- Katie Hasty
The Expendables: Sylvester Stallone is taking The Expendables to the small screen. He will serve as executive producer for an "event series" that Fox is developing for television. The intention is for "iconic TV stars" to form a new team whose mission is take down a terrorist. It's still early stages, but the idea certainly leaves things wide open for a variety of beloved TV action heroes to appear. [Deadline] Toy Story 4: More details about Toy Story 4 have now been revealed. According to Pixar Animation Studios President Jim Morris, the movie will be a romantic comedy that will stand apart from the first three intallments of the series; also, there won't be as much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. Rashida...
- Peter Martin
While a fourth "The Expendables" installment is in early development, it will likely never be made since the third film only grossed $39 million domestically. But now comes word that the franchise is heading to television. Sylvester Stallone and "The Expendables" producer Avi Lerner signed on to executive produce the TV series, which Fox is developing. Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) is on board to write the script, which will focus on a team of highly-skilled heroes who are on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist. There is still no cast attached, but the plan is to feature beloved TV action stars like Chuck Norris, Kiefer Sutherland, Tom Selleck, Lucy Lawless, Scott Bakula, Jennifer Garner, and Mr. T. »
According to the site, the “fun action drama will unite icoNIC TV stars as a new team of highly-skilled heroes who are on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist.”
Are you looking forward to an Expendables TV series, and who would you like to see in the cast?
- Gary Collinson
Notwithstanding the fact that the PG-13 The Expendables 3 did weaker business than its two predecessors, the film was still a solid hit. And the Sylvester Stallone action movie star reunion franchise has still banked over $750m worldwide and counting.
What's more, the series just keeps on coming. Fox has now inked a deal to bring The Expendables to television in what's being described as an "event series". Which presumably means something along the lines of 24: Live Another Day, but it may just be new television lingo that we don't understand.
American Idol is about to back that thing up.
TVLine has learned exclusively that next Wednesday’s Top 12 performance telecast (8/7c on Fox) will find the remaining Season 14 hopefuls revisiting their audition songs as they fight for a spot in a special Thursday sing-off.
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Here’s how the next couple weeks will play out in the House That Made Katharine McPhee an Unlikely TV Star:
On Wednesday, March 11, Ryan Seacrest will reveal the five guys and five women who advanced from this week’s Top 16 performances based on the public vote. »
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