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I was not a very big fan of 2012's Jack Reacher, referring to it in my review as "a tonal hodgepodge of genre films from the murder-mysteries of the '40s, the whodunnits of the '70s and thrillers of the '90s." The character development was "on-the-nose, with little subtlety and very little is hidden from the audience as most of the pieces come together rather easily and we're left waiting for the characters on screen -- primarily Rosamund Pike -- to give their wide-eyed, open-mouth look of astonishment once they catch up with the audience." That said, a lot of people seemed to like it. Good for them, I'm sure they're just as excited a sequel has been greenlit as Tom Cruise will return in the title role, re-teaming with his The Last Samurai director in the process. amz asin="0440246326" size="small"The sequel is said to be »
- Brad Brevet
Once you’re absorbed by its terror, you can’t scream. We'll see if Samuel L. Jackson can avoid the slimy grasp of the galaxy's most feared gelatinous alien, as it's been revealed that the veteran actor will star in Goldcrest Films' remake of 1958's The Blob.
According to ScreenDaily, Jackson will star in The Blob remake as "a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth." The film begins shooting this fall with Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) in the director's chair.
Linking the upcoming remake to the original, Jack Harris, the producer of 1958's The Blob, will be one of the executive producers of the remake. Also producing the project are Richard Saperstein (Se7en, The Mist) and Brian Witten (Final Destination, 2009's Friday the 13th), both of whom have been behind strong horror genre offerings from the last two decades. They »
- Derek Anderson
Weapon buffs and war-game fanboys will get their money’s worth from the orgy of military regalia paraded in “Wolf Warriors,” a bluntly flag-waving film about a People’s Liberation Army elite squad combating foreign invaders. Audiences captivated by the awesome fighting skills of director-star Jacky Wu Jing (who previously helmed and toplined “Legendary Assassin”) will find themselves stumbling into very different terrain from such Hong Kong chopsocky delights as “Spl” and “Underground Fist.” Still, there’s no shortage of pummeling action to distract them from the crude direction, gag-worthy plot and shoddy 3D conversion. The pic has made a bigger-than-expected incursion into domestic B.O., almost hitting $78 million since its April 2 release; with Arclight Films’ Chinese arm, Easternlight, handling world sales, it should also do well in male-oriented Asian genre niches.
Reportedly a seven-year passion project, this sophomore feature from Beijing national martial-arts champion Wu is a feature-length spinoff of a TV series. »
- Maggie Lee
Briefly: Back in February of 2014, months before The Equalizer had hit theaters, Sony Pictures was said to already be working on a sequel to the action thriller starring Denzel Washington. And at CinemaCon last night, the studio confirmed that the follow-up will indeed be moving forward with the script still coming from the first film's writer, Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, Mechanic). Washington will be back in the led role, and he'll likely be the only returning cast member from the first film. As for director Antoine Fuqua, it's not clear if he'll be back behind the camera, but we'll see how long this one takes to develop. »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Simon West made Tomb Raider, The Expendables 2 and Con Air, and has shuttled stars such as Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie and Sylvester Stallone to some of their biggest box-office successes. He’s a blockbuster film-maker, but his new film – Salty – couldn’t be more indie.
West has invited public investors, by using the equity crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom, to buy shares in Salty in order to fund production. The project has broken UK crowdfunding records, reaching £1.9m last month. This is the first time members of the public have been given the chance to buy shares in a film’s major returns, so now all eyes are on Salty – to see what West can deliver for his many investors. »
- Kerry Flint
Even though The Expendables III fell short both with its box office take (just over $200m worldwide, well down on previous instalments) and its rating (PG-13? Sigh), it still comfortably turned a profit. Furthermore, it's still a franchise with active tentacles. An Expendables TV show is planned, there's the female-led The ExpendaBelles, and The Expendables 4 is still likely to happen.
And Jason Statham, for one, is likely to stay involved.
He's played the role of Lee Christmas in three Expendables movies so far, and he said to IGN that "working with Sylvester Stallone is beyond a 'pinch yourself' moment ... to be directed by him in a movie that he's produced, and to be shoulder-to-shoulder with Sly is a privilege anyone who loves action movies would never turn their »
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
It's over for Jean-Claude Van Damme — again. The actor's wife Gladys Portugues has filed for divorce after 15 years of marriage, TMZ reports. According to court documents, Portugues is citing irreconcilable differences and is asking for spousal support. The pair were previously married from 1987 to 1992, and have two adult children. This is the fifth divorce for Van Damme, 54. The Expendables 2 star [nickname: Muscles from Brussels] was previously married to Maria Rodriguez for four years until their split in 1984, and Cynthia Derderian from 1985 [...] »
It’s that time of the year again, as another Flash Sale has arisen on the PlayStation Network and will run until 11:00 a.m. Pst on Monday. Focusing mostly on the PlayStation 3, this bundle of sales features games discounted to less than $1 and represents a multitude of genres, including the likes of Surgeon Simulator, Dino Crisis, Katamari Damacy, Gravity Rush, and more.
The complete list of titles on sale can be found below:
Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition — $0.90
Home: A Unique Horror Adventure (Cross-Buy: PlayStation Vita) — $0.95
Surgeon Simulator: A&E Anniversary Edition — $0.91
Tennis in the Face (Cross-Buy: Ps Vita and PlayStation 3) — $0.95
Babel Rising — $0.90
Back to the Future: The Game (Full Season) — $0.80
Bejeweled 3 — $0.95
Breath of Fire IV (Cross-Buy: Ps Vita and PlayStation Portable) — $0.96
Championship Bass (Cross-Buy: Ps Vita and PSP) — $0.96
Cloudberry Kingdom — $0.90
Dead Nation (Cross-Buy: Ps Vita) — $0.88
Dino Crisis (Cross-Buy: Ps Vita and PSP) — $0.96
Dino Crisis »
- Eric Hall
Director: Simon West
Running Time: 92 minutes
Synopsis: Nick Wild (Statham) runs a private security business in Las Vegas, and he has a gambling problem. After crossing paths with a woman from his past he finds himself caught up with one of the local gangsters Danny DeMarco (Ventimiglia), and has one night to make it out of Vegas.
Those who have seen the trailer will be expecting Wild Card to be yet another Jason Statham action film, full of explosive fight sequences and witty put-downs. Sadly all of the expected action is only what is glimpsed during the trailer, with the film more of a drama than all-out action movie.
That in itself wouldn’t be too bad were it not for the film’s distinct lack of direction. The opening sequence, which sees »
- Kat Smith
Although Supergirl, Catwoman and Elektra are movies that exist, there are times when we wish they didn’t. To be honest, the ‘perfect’ female-headlined superhero movie is still the stuff of our cinematic dreams. Saying that, TV’s Agent Carter provided us with a brilliant example of bringing a female comic book character to the small screen earlier this year, which hopefully Hollywood will learn a lot from going forward.
Of course, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will be joining their respective cinematic universes soon, with Supergirl getting a pop at small screen success too. It looks like female comic book heroes will be getting the attention they deserve in the live action realm, finally.
This isn’t the first time the powers-that-be in Hollywood have tried to launch a slate of female superheroes, »
The man who brought us Tomb Raider, Con Air and The Expendables 2 is this week bringing us the latest Jason Statham vehicle, Wild Card. The film is a modern retelling of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film Heat which in turn is based on a novel by William Goldman. Nick Wild, played by Jason Statham, runs a personal security agency in Las Vegas. He is desperate to escape Vegas’ clutches but his gambling addiction is making that hard to do. After helping out a female friend he finds himself on the wrong side of the local mob and has to leave, or die trying.
The production sees Statham and West re-team for the third time, having previously worked together on both The Mechanic and The Expendables 2. Although known for his big Hollywood action flicks, West is actually British and started out directing commercials and worked on several high profile BBC shows including Bleak House. »
- Kat Smith
Con Air director’s film has banked £1.8m ($2.7m), according to the production.
The film hit its crowdfunding target of £1.8m ($2.7m) on March 14 with additional investment available until next weekend.
The project is raising money through platform SyndicateRoom with investors promised a stake in the film’s profits.
The rest of the film’s $10m budget is due to be raised through angel investment, tax credit returns and pre-sales.
Carnaby handles sales on the film and has inked pre-sales with Indonesia (Pt Prima Cinema), Bulgaria, Czech Republic & Slovakia, Former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania (Prorom), Poland (Kino Swiat), Israel (Five Stars), Middle East (Gulf Film) and Turkey (Central Park).
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Director Simon West has a history of action—Con Air, Tomb Raider, The Expendables 2—and when he has dipped into our realm, it resulted in the truly terrible remake of When A Stranger Calls. So it’s not surprising the filmmaker seems reticent to call his upcoming The Blob remake horror, or that he plans to physically distance the film by making…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Jason Statham's latest Wild Card sees him team up for a third time with director Simon West, after The Mechanic and The Expendables 2, in Wild Card, adding Nick Wild to his collection of hard men roles, a lethal Las Vegas body guard with a gambling problem and a score to settle with the local mob. It may seem like it will add up to the usual Statham fare, but the combination of West and screen writer William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All The President's Men) does promise something a bit deeper than Nick Wild just going........wild on people, as you can see from the clip below. Wild Card hits cinemas on this side of the on March 20th. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
It seems like Hollywood has been trying to remake The Blob ever since Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith last faced the deadly gelatinous alien all the way back in the 1988 remake. For a long while, it looked like Rob Zombie was going to resurrect the classic sci-fi title as a new franchise, but that version of the movie never moved forward. Last year, it was announced that The Expendables 2 and Con Air director Simon West would be taking the helm. Now, talking with Den of Geeks, he has opened up about his plans. And it sounds like this will be a much-more action oriented horror outing.
This reboot will actually give The Blob a backstory. The monster at the center of this new tale is compared to the Xenomorphs from Alien and the interplanetary hunters from Predator. And this oozing slime will be just as believable as the dinosaurs in the original Jurassic Park. »
The original 1958 indie sci-fi horror film "The Blob" depicts a growing alien amoeba that eats citizens of a small Pennsylvania community. The 1988 remake helmed by Chuck Russell though plays up the horror angle more, using gruesome but inventive make-up effects to portray the creature.
Filmmaker Simon West ("Con Air," "The Expendables 2"), the man at the helm of the newest incarnation, tells Scree Relish that the upcoming second remake will have more of a sci-fi and suspense feel to it which means the creature itself will not be seen much:
"It's going to be much more sci-fi than the original. It's a bigger scale type of movie. It's more Alien meets Predator and designing the creature is a long and involved process cause its very sophisticated. It's not going to be the goo pouring through windows. So, that’s taking a while to design and construct that."
Richard Saperstein and »
- Garth Franklin
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 »
While there hasn't been any word yet on whether or not The Expendables 4 is moving forward, it was announced today that Expendables Franchise creator Sylvester Stallone is producing a new TV show based on the hit action series, this time uniting action icons of the small screen. This Expendables television event will follow a similar story as the movies, and is being produced for Fox. Sylvester Stallone will executive produce alongside the films' producer Avi Lerner. NCIS veteran Shane Brennan will serve as showrunner.
Ride Along duo Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward are writing and executive producing the TV adaptation alongside Shane Brennan. The show itself is described as 'a fun action drama that unites iconic TV stars as a new team of highly-skilled heroes who are on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist.' Lionsgate TV will produce the miniseries along with CBS TV Studios, and Cbstv-based Shane Brennan Prods. »
“I was quite surprised,” Nighy confessed to Variety on Tuesday night at the New York premiere of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at the Ziegfeld Theatre. “Every time I say the words ‘Marigold 2,’ (I think) maybe I’m dreaming. With ‘The Expendables 2,’ I get it, but I didn’t imagine a bunch of old people getting back together sounded like box office dynamo.”
The studio execs behind “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” seem to have made a wise choice in greenlighting a second installment. The sequel, released in the U.K. on Feb. 26, topped the U.K. box office chart, stealing the top spot from “Fifty Shades of Grey” on opening weekend. In the U.S. on Tuesday night, »
- Paul Chi
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