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Production is set to begin today in New Orleans on the Lionsgate action comedy film American Ultra. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle and the upcoming Frankenstein), the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins. A PalmStar/Likely Story/Circle of Confusion production, the film is produced by Anthony Bregman (Begin Again and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Kevin Scott Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert (The Walking Dead) and Britton Rizzio, with Ray Angelic as executive producer. Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions and Eda Kowan, Svp of Acquisitions, will oversee the project on behalf of Lionsgate. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. »
Ever since Jon M. Chu dropped out of directing Masters of the Universe back in October, Universal Pictures has been looking for the right filmmaker to take his place, with a number of directors reportedly in contention. Today, we have word that Jeff Wadlow, who wrote and directed Kick-Ass 2, has signed on to rewrite the script and possibly direct.
The filmmaker was mentioned in February as one of the many contenders for this coveted job, including Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Chris McKay, who served as the editor of The Lego Movie but has never directed a feature before.
Jeff Wadlow's deal is only to write the script at this time, he could still end up directing the feature. While many are wondering who will direct Masters of the Universe, sources claim that the story is still far from ready, »
According to Schmoes Know, Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow has taken on directing duties on Sony’s long-gestating live-action Masters of the Universe reboot, filling the space in the director’s chair vacated by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation). Wadlow has recently penned the script for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off X-Force, and should this He-Man rumour prove true, it would seem that Fox will need to find another director to bring Cable, Deadpool and company to the screen.
Sony has been developing Masters since 2009, and in 2010 the studio hired Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to draft a script, which was entitled Greyskull. The script has subsequently been rewritten by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) and Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), while the likes of Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Rian Johnson (Looper), Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), Kirk DeMicco »
- Gary Collinson
When Jean-Claude Van Damme lined up alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the cast of The Expendables 2, it was the first time that the two action legends had shared a billing, but it wasn’t the first time they’d actually worked together on set.
The Muscles from Brussels was originally cast as the Predator in John McTiernan’s 1987 cult-classic of the same name, only to find himself replaced by Kevin Peter Hall after complaining about the suit being “too clumsy and too hot”.
Well, thanks to a new video from the Stan Winston School featuring behind the scenes footage of Van Damme in the original “cloaked” version of the Predator suit, we can see why it might have been “too clumsy and too hot”. You can also throw “too ridiculous” in there too…
- Gary Collinson
Third in a series. Related: The Death Of Sarah Jones: Safety Concerns Raised Over ‘Midnight Rider’ Crew’s Previous Film In Georgia Stunt drivers have helmets, roll bars, air bags and five-point safety harnesses to help keep them safe. All that a cameraman has between him and an oncoming speeding stunt car is his camera. It’s why so many cameramen and their assistants have gotten killed on film and TV productions: they’re right on top of the action — and sometimes killed beneath it. The loss of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of Midnight Rider is yet another tragic death. Her passing has shined a light on set safety. It is particularly dangerous for cameramen and their assistants. In the last 10 years, more than four times as many camera department personnel have been killed making movies and TV shows than stunt performers. By comparison, two »
- ANITA BUSCH
Exclusive: UTA has signed British helmer Simon West and his producing partner Jib Polhemus. West is in post-production on Wild Card, William Goldman’s adaptation of his book that stars Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara, with Sierra/Affinity financing. This comes after West directed The Mechanic with Statham and Ben Foster, and The Expendables 2, with Statham and Sly Stallone leading the macho ensemble. West left Resolution, and became in play after the recent exits of Martin Spencer and Adam Kanter. West also directed Con Air, The General’s Daughter, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He was exec producer on Black Hawk Down, and is re-teaming with that writer, Ken Nolan, to direct the adaptation of the David Zucchino book Thunder Run. West also works in TV, producing Fox’s Keen Eddie, CBS’s Close to Home, Fox’s Human Target and NBC’s The Cape. West and Polhemus continue »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming comedy “Blended.”
“Blended” marks the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, following their successful onscreen pairings in the hit romantic comedies “50 First Dates” and “The Wedding Singer.”
After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.
“Blended” also stars Joel McHale (NBC’s “Community”) as Lauren’s ex-husband, Mark, and Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as her best friend, Jen; Kevin Nealon (“Weeds”) and Jessica Lowe (funnyordie’s “RobotDown”) as an overly romantic couple also vacationing at the resort; Terry Crews (“The Expendables 2”) as the resort’s singing host »
- Kellvin Chavez
The Expendables wasn't any good and The Expendables 2 was even worse, now comes The Expendables 3, which will be... whatc Really though, how good can this film actually bec Today a new trailer for the film arrives, declared a "roll call" trailer and it comes a day after 16 terrible character posters for the film were released (all included below) featuring the cast, which inludes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Kelsey Grammer. The story apparently follows Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team as they come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, »
- Brad Brevet
I didn't quite know how to describe the genre I'm referring to with this post (BoxOfficeMojo doesn't even have a category for it), but suffice to say I'm particularly targeting the films made popular by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone back in the '80s and more recently it seems Jason Statham had a lock down on things. Now, however, it only seems Liam Neeson can really generate any box-office juice with his cinematic fisticuffs, otherwise it has to be an ensemble or nothing. I ask because ever since Schwarzenegger made his way back to movies after playing Governor for eight years, he's seen The Last Stand, Escape Plan and this past weekend's Sabotage tank at the box office. Similarly, Stallone has seen Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan and Grudge Match bomb at the box office and Statham has seen a string of non-starters including Killer Elite, »
- Brad Brevet
Feature Den Of Geek 1 Apr 2014 - 06:22
The newest casting announcement about the upcoming Expendables film seems calculated to draw in a younger, female audience...
Some very strange, unexpected and unlikely news has come out today regarding some late additions to the cast of The Expendables 3. On April 1st, of all days.
Pop group One Direction have joined the cast of The Expendables 3. Regular Den of Geek readers will be aware that we covered the release of the One Direction movie in some depth, owing to a lost bet on Twitter. Most of us expected that to be last time the group were featured on this site. We also acknowledge that, back in 2011, we ran a piece suggesting that pop singer Justin Bieber had joined the cast of The Expendables 2. That was an April Fool’s Day joke, of course, and was warmly received by our readers, »
As Arnold Schwarzenegger navigates the world of movie stardom again, he's made a decision which I think will result in better overall movies from him, and it's a fairly straightforward and logical one: he is playing his age. Action stars in particular have to face that moment at some point in the process, and how they face it says a lot about them as people. Schwarzenegger jumped out of films and into the world of politics right around that moment when other active action stars have to grapple with the choice and start trying to find roles that allow them to make the transition naturally. He sort of bypassed that moment, and when he showed back up in "The Expendables 2" and "The Last Stand," officially announcing his return to major roles, he didn't hesitate. He is still playing leads, but he's not afraid to let them be older, a few steps slower, »
- Drew McWeeny
Interview Simon Brew 27 Mar 2014 - 05:47
Arriving in UK cinemas on Friday is the eighth cinematically released Muppet movie, Muppets Most Wanted. And to celebrate, we got the rarest of honours: an audience with Miss Piggy and Kermit The Frog (there were other human beings in very close proximity to them, by the names of Steve Whitmire and Eric Jacobson, but you're not allowed to converse with them directly. Given the magnetic pull of the icons of their icons, that's an easy request to cede to).
Without further ado, here's how we got on...
For some reason, utterly unbeknownst to me, American movie goers haven't taken to your film in the numbers they should.
Piggy: Give them time...!
Kermit: We're working on it.
Well what I thought we could do was work out a »
If there's anything that Arnold Schwarzenegger loves more than running the state of California, smelly cigars, and Reddit, it's talking about the Terminator. During a press opportunity for his upcoming film "Sabotage," Schwarzenegger dished on the upcoming "Terminator" reboot.
There aren't a ton of official plots details available for "Terminator: Genesis," but Arnold was happy to divulge that there will be a younger version of the T-800 floating around the flick. Sure, the T-800 is an unstoppable robotic killing machine, but there are human bits on top of the steel skeleton powering the Terminator -- and that flesh goes the way of all flesh. "[T]he Terminator's flesh ages, just like any other human being's flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages," Schwarzenegger told MTV. "'Terminator' deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800, and then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, »
- Jenni Miller
Marvels The Avengers was composed by Alan Silvestri (Predator, Back to the Future) back in 2012, but Marvel has hired Brian Tyler (Fast Five, The Expendables 2), who composed previous Marvel films such as Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, to score Avengers: Age of Ultron. This comes to no surprise after being rumored for several months to be attached to score Marvels 11th Installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers: Age of Ultron is Written and Directed by Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders and Don Cheadle. Alongside newly cast members James Spader who will be portraying Ultron, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as the Vision and Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker. Marvels Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled to be released on »
Arnold Schwarzenegger's continues his journey back to the big screen with David Ayer's Sabotage, which may be the film that truly signals his return to superstardom. After kicking the tires with The Expendables 2, The Last Stand, and Escape Plan, the action icon dives into some much grittier material with this new flick, that looks to bring a high volume of blood and bullets. The action thriller has something a lot of Arnold Schwarzenegger's past films have not »
- Alex Maidy
Despite his villain character of 'Jean Vilain' meeting his demise in "The Expendables 2," action star Jean-Claude Van Damme says he'd be open to an idea floated around - that he'll return as the character's twin brother.
Van Damme famously played twins in both the action classic "Double Impact" and the less well-regarded "Maximum Risk". Fan site Expendables Premiere has discussed the idea ever since the end of the last sequel, but now Van Damme has responded:
"I had a great time shooting The Expendables 2 with Mr Stallone and other big action stars. Mr. Stallone is an inventive man. He may even create a stronger character than Claude Vilain, the twin brother of Jean Vilain.
Some fans ask me if the next Vilain - if there is a next - is going to be a good guy or a bad guy. I would leave it to Mr Stallone to decide, »
- Garth Franklin
In a new interview with Jean-Claude Van Damme, the actor revealed that he has an idea about how his Jean Vilain character from "The Expendables 2" can return for a potential fourth installment in the franchise. "I had a great time shooting 'The Expendables 2' with Mr. Stallone and other big action stars," he said. "Mr. Stallone is an inventive man. He may even create a stronger character than Claude Vilain, the twin brother of Jean Vilain. Some fans ask me if the next Vilain . if there's a next. is going to be a good or a bad guy. I would leave it to Mr. Stallone to decide, as I trust his way of imagination." Van Damme played twins in several of his own movies, but it's not clear whether Stallone would want to make "The Expendables 4" or bring back Van Damme. »
When we last saw Jean-Claude Van Damme's Jean Vilain at the end of The Expendables 2, he was in no shape to return for the upcoming The Expendables 3. However, Van Damme has an idea on how he can come back for The Expendables 4, if it gets made. The actor commented about him possibly returning to Expendables Premiere recently, and also says he really enjoyed working with Sylvester Stallone and the rest of the muscular actors. "I had a great time shooting The Expendables »
- Jesse Giroux
Given his character's condition at the end of The Expendables 2, you'd be correct in assuming that Jean-Claude Van Damme will not show up in The Expendables 3. But that hasn't stopped fans of the franchise asking Van Damme if the villainous Jean Vilain will ever return in possible further instalments. The answer to that question is no. Claude Vilain, on the other hand... that's a different story. Yup, fan site Expendables Premiere has come up with a twin brother idea so ridiculous that it might actualy be a perfect fit, and Jcvd himself seems to agree."I had a great time shooting The Expendables 2 with Mr. Stallone and other big action stars," he responded via Twitter (although it must have been a Dm since the exchange isn't on his feed). "Mr. Stallone is an inventive man. He may even create a stronger character than Claude Vilain, the twin brother of Jean Vilain. »
Hooray, a space-based miniseries! An “intergalactic mystery”! Syfy today has announced it has given the green light to 6 hour event series Ascension, and even announced it would air starting this November, running through December. None of this “green light and then who knows when it airs” stuff. It’ll be an early holiday present for us! Thanks, Syfy!
Syfy Gives 6-hour Event Series Ascension Greenlight For Launch In 2014 Original Intergalactic Mystery From Writer/Executive Producer Philip Levens To Be Produced By Sea To Sky Studios With Blumhouse Productions
New York – March 13, 2014 – Syfy is reigniting the channel’s traditional long-form scripted programming event for 4th quarter with the greenlight of the 6-hour series Ascension, it was announced today by Syfy President Dave Howe. Ascension is an ambitious original drama created and written by Philip Levens (Smallville) who will serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner. The series will be produced in Montreal, »
- Erin Willard
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