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Since his debut in Guy Ritchie’s 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, actor Jason Statham has emerged in the past few years as one of the leading action heroes currently working, with his popularity being proven by the fact that the Transporter series, which he headlined for the first three films, has gone on to a tv show adaptation and will be rebooted in theatres next weekend with The Transporter Refueled. That’s not the only action franchise Statham has headlined, however, as he has also been the leading man in the Crank films and been a part of the Expendables franchise and, more recently, the Fast and Furious franchise.
Action heroes often have to throw lots of punches onscreen, and Statham has been no exception in this regard. Now the youtube channel Burger Fiction has put together a compilation of the numerous punches Statham has thrown onscreen »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Action icon Scott Adkins is a one-man wrecking machine, taking out numerous enemies in our exclusive clip from Wolf Warrior. There is certainly no shortage of fighting scenes in this action-thriller, as you can see in our clip where Scott Adkins' Tom Cat uses his extensive martial arts skills, even as he's out-numbered. This new film debuts on Blu-ray and DVD September 1 from Well Go USA.
The action-packed war drama Wolf Warrior marks Jacky Wu's second film as a director, following Legendary Assassin. In addition to his directing duties, Jacky Wu (Badges of Fury, Shaolin) also stars as a Chinese Special Forces soldier with extraordinary marksmanship who is expelled from the army and joins a mysterious troupe of insurgents known as the Wolf Warrior. Nan Yu (The Expendables 2, The Taking of Tiger Mountain) plays the formidable female captain of the insurgents, while British martial arts sensation Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty, »
In the film, Cooper plays British Special Forces op John Stratton, who is tracking down an international terrorist cell. Stratton is based on the first in a series of eight novels by ex-sbs (Special Boat Service) commando, author Duncan Falconer.
Austin Stowell, Tom Felton, Gemma Chan, Tyler Hoechlin, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother also star in the film, which is directed by Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2).
Stratton will be released in 2016.
Here’s the synopsis from The Hostage, the first in the Stratton series.
- Paul Heath
London-based production company Gfm Films has rescheduled principal photography to begin in Brindisi, Italy on July 15 before moving on to Rome, working together with Italian producers Eagle Pictures. Production will then move from Rome to the UK for filming in London and surrounding locations.
Cooper, the British actor who plays a young Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is also known for roles in Need For Speed, Dracula Untold and Mamma Mia!. Upcoming projects include Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already, Nicholas Hytner’s The Lady In The Van and Duncan Jones’ fantasy epic Warcraft.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The English actor and martial artist, Scott Adkins, has expressed his desire to work with bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal. Scott is reportedly impressed by Vidyut’s action scenes and wants to collaborate with him on a project.
In an recent meeting with Sunil Rodrigues, one of B-Town’s action directors, Scott made a reference to Vidyut and revealed that he had seen Vidyut’s film Commando and his videos online. The surprised action director took Twitter to share about Adkin’s reference to Vidyut.
Jammwal is also looking thrilled to be on Scott’s radar. He says, “It feels great to have my action scenes recognised and appreciated by an incredible international action star like Adkins. He has one of the best bodies in the business and some amazing action sequences to his credit in films like Undisputed II and Ninja (2009) among others.”
“Having him follow my work after seeing »
- BollySpice Editors
It has been announced this morning that the sequel to last year’s brutal, though brilliant actioner The Equalizer, will be released in the fourth quarter of 2017. 29th September, 2017 to be exact.
Denzel Washington will return to the lead role of Robert McCall, and The Equalizer 2 will be the first sequel in his glittering career. Richard Wenk, who wrote the first movie, and also the hits 16 Blocks and The Expendables 2, will pen the screenplay for The Equalizer 2.
The official release date for The Equalizer 2 was announced by Exhibitor Relations on Twitter late last night.
Sony’s Equalizer 2: The Sequelizer drops 9/29/17–exactly 3 years after the original.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) June 11, 2015
The Equalizer was based on the classic, gritty 1980s TV show of »
- Paul Heath
The first trailer for upcoming Bill Murray comedy Rock The Kasbah has arrived online today, and you can view it below…
Directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man), Kasbah is written by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged) and boasts an impressive supporting cast including Kate Hudson (Wish I Was Here), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-o) and Bruce Willis (The Expendables 2).
“Rock The Kasbah” is the story of Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), a rock manager with a golden ear and a taste for talent, who has seen better times. When he takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves him penniless and without his passport in Kabul. While trying to find his way home, Richie befriends a band of misfits and discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice. Against all odds, Richie will take »
- Scott J. Davis
While American filmmakers continue to feast on China’s capital and rapidly growing audience, the Chinese are intent on using American partnerships to enhance the size and profile of their own film industry. A consortium of Chinese filmmakers believe they have taken another step in that direction by signing Bruce Willis to a key role in a World War II epic now in production.
Willis flew Tuesday night for Shanghai after signing on just last week for eight days of shooting on “The Bombing” — a dramatic recreation of the Chinese population’s abiding endurance during the more than five years that Japan bombed the city of Chongqing, beginning in 1938.
The film, jointly funded by the state-operated China Film Group and private investors, is scheduled to be in production through August and to premiere as soon as the end of the year. The rapid schedule is designed to have the release »
- James Rainey and Sonia Kil
Exclusive: Man Of Steel star quits production just days before shooting was set to begin.
Gfm Films is providing finance and worldwide sales and was selling the film at Marché du Film in Cannes last week.
But Gfm co-founder Guy Collins told ScreenDaily that it was now contacting distributors to inform them of the change.
“After securing many distribution deals ahead of the market, we had a really good Cannes and had closed more deals ahead of production next week,” said Collins.
“But just before leaving Cannes last Friday we were informed by the production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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, »
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