8 items from 2013
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
Sylvester Stallone has announced his joy at snagging Wesley Snipes for a part in The Expendables 3 on Twitter, stating that “Wesley Snipes joined the crew tonight and that makes me damn happy. Hope Snipes brings his A-Game.” He later deleted this Tweet, perhaps worried about the possibility of Wesley Snipes not bringing his A-Game and the accusations of being a disgusting liar that would inevitably follow.
A later tweet clarified his position – “Wesley Snipes is Back!!!! … …with Us!!!” Wesley Snipes has had his fair share of legal trouble recently, so he’ll no doubt be glad that someone like Sylvester Stallone has his back and is casting that back, along with the rest of his body, in such a high profile feature.
What started as little more than a wet dream for 80′s action fans has now become a bonafide franchise in its own right, fulfilling the ultimate destiny of the film. »
- Rob Batchelor
It seems the bad-ass action team known as The Expendables are gearing up for their third round of on-screen guns and explosions circle jerk with big names like Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage and Steven Segal being thrown around as possible new additions to the ever expanding super-cast. One name that hasn’t been mentioned lately by anyone in the know yet is the second film’s director Simon West.
Despite delivering a better movie than Sylvester Stallone did originally, it is now thought that West may not return when The Expendables 3 rolls into production before the end of the year. So if West is out, who’s going to be trying to keep all the ego’s in check behind the camera?
- Matt Aspin
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
Price: DVD $55.99, Blu-ray $65.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The downfall of meth making chemistry teacher Walter White continues in Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season.
In the AMC TV show, Bryan Cranston (Contagion) plays Walt, who, after being diagnosed with cancer, joins one of his former students (Aaron Paul, TV’s Big Love) to turn his chemistry skills into a more lucrative venture.
In season five, Walt’s transformation from well-meaning family man to drug kingpin is almost complete. He starts a new partnership with Paul’s Jesse Pinkman and Mike (Jonathan Banks, Reign Over Me). But Walt’s muderous schemes are threatened by a new development in the investigation led by Walt’s brother-in-law, DEA agent Hank (Dean Norris, Get the Gringo).
Both the Blu-ray and DVD contain these special features:
“Chicks N Guns” scene created for the Blu-ray and DVD release, with Jesse »
El Gringo, 2012.
Directed by Eduardo Rodriguez.
A man crossing into Mexico with a satchel of $2,000,000, and a bloody past, finds himself under sudden attack in the sleepy town of El Fronteras.
Joel Silver has lent his name to some of the most memorable action blockbusters of the last thirty years, including Lethal Weapon and The Matrix. Normally, or at least back in the day, a Silver pic would mean a big budget and plenty of spectacle. In the last year, Silver put his name to a collection of lower budget action films, which despite very limited theatrical releases in the Us, were basically made as straight to DVD. These included Dragon Eyes with Jean Claude Van Damme and Stash House with Dolph Lundgren, as well as El Gringo with up and coming action man Scott Adkins.
- Flickering Myth
Los Angeles — Although it sometimes accompanies fine films such as "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo," the phrase "inspired by a true story" tacked onto the front of a movie too often warns you that you're about to see something "inspiring" in the most hackneyed, triumph-of-the-human-spirit sort of way.
What's surprising about "Snitch" is that, rather than taking the reductive path of offering innocuous emotional uplift or one-man-army action, it generates a feeling of real desperation and fear as it shows a man getting in way over his head when he takes on some very bad guys. In other words, this is a pretty good film starring an actor named Dwayne Johnson, not a commodity with The Rock as a hood ornament.
Summit's main commercial hopes still rest with the mainstream action crowd – which likely will be satisfied despite the film's refusal to dish out doses of bodily harm like clockwork – but for Johnson, »
No matter what you think about the Academy Awards (and there is whole wide spectrum of thought as to their relevance and accuracy) there is no question that The Oscars are the pinnacle of filmmaking honors. There isn’t any other organization, ceremony, or statue in the film industry that has quite the prestige. So, it should probably piss you off that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science doesn’t offer an award for Stunt Coordinators. Yep, you read that right. They don’t even get awards in that weird little untelevised pre-show thing that they do before the awards telecast. It’s not a passive exclusion either. Each year for more than two decades, the Academy has actively rejected the creation of an award for Stunt Coordinators. So, since The Academy doesn’t do these masters of cinematic mayhem any justice, we’re going to pretend that they do. Like »
- Ed Travis
"Breaking Bad" star Dean Norris has taken a leading role in the upcoming Stephen King television adaptation, "Under the Dome," says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . The series, set to debut on June 24 at 10/9c on CBS, has been adapted for the small screen by Brian K. Vaughan ("Y: The Last Man," "Ex Machina," "Lost"). Neils Arden Oplev, the director of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , will helm the pilot. The story tells of a small town in Maine which is cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible dome. With air, food and patience dwindling, societal norms within this town begin to break down. Norris, who recently appeared on the big screen in Get the Gringo , will play James "Big Jim" »
8 items from 2013
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