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Jean-Claude Van Damme's looks still kick ass.Here's a 38-year-old version of the "Bloodsport" stud at a Los Angeles awards show back in 1998 (left) and 16 years later... the "The Expendables 2" brute -- who is celebrating his 54th birthday this weekend -- at a ceremony in Shanghai, China last summer (right).What a knockout.The question is... Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Equity crowdfunding has the potential to become an important tool for filmmakers, but still faces regulatory hurdles around the world, said panellists at Busan’s Kofic Industry Forum (Oct 5-7).
During the “Future of Financing through Crowdfunding” panel, the speakers also compared crowdfunding strategies in the Us, UK, China and Korea, and advised filmmakers who use crowdfunding to adopt a hybrid approach.
Stephan Paternot, CEO of Slated, an online platform that brings together investors and projects, explained how equity crowdfunding legislation is slowly making its way through Us Congress. “The Jobs Act [Jumpstart Our Business Startups] will help crowdfunding evolve past donations and rewards, but the rules are still being defined and it hasn’t benefitted many people yet,” Paternot said.
He also explained how crowdfunding in any form still accounts for a tiny fraction of the $14bn spent on making independent movies in the Us each year: “You can raise around 10% through fans and have to raise 90% yourself. Crowdfunding does not »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Ruben Fleischer, who directed the 2009 original hit Zombieland, is supervising the writing process and he will return to direct, although his deal isn't finalized at this time. No story details have been given, and it isn't immediately clear if the original Zombieland cast, which includes Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, will reprise their roles.
Original Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed in February 2010 that the sequel will be in 3D, but it isn't known if Sony is still planning on going down that route. The writers finished their script in September 2010, but we haven't heard anything about the project since then.
The fact The Equalizer is an adaptation of a 1980s television series is meaningless to me. My only familiarity with the show is watching Rob Reiner in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, piss and moan after a phone call causes him to miss a portion of an episode. That said, it seems a working knowledge of the show would be of little use, that is unless there was more to the series than themes ridiculously ripped from classic literature and a trail of dead bodies left in the wake of a one man wrecking crew as he doles out his own brand of justice in a film that's not exactly good, not exactly bad, a little too long and violently fun. How's that for a mixed bag of descriptorsc What's best about The Equalizer is the fact Denzel Washington still makes movies like this. Denzel is a »
- Brad Brevet
Sequelizer: Fuqua Resurrects Vintage TV Series to Maudlin Effect
Upon the project’s official announcement, it may not have seemed a necessarily surprising or even awful idea to resurrect the mid-80s television series The Equalizer to be retrofitted as an action vehicle for Denzel Washington. In fact, in a day of dodgy remakes, reinterpretations, and constant regurgitations, it seemed an inspired bit of casting. After initial names backed out and it landed in the hands of Antoine Fuqua, who would then be reunited with his Training Day star, anticipation kicked into high gear in what seemed a perfect remedy to wash away the cornball melodrama of Olympus Has Fallen in Fuqua’s otherwise gritty and often hard-hitting filmography. Unfortunately, though sporting some considerably violent sequences, it is pure studio fodder, suffering from some miscasting, a bloated running time, and a flat lined screenplay. That said, Washington is a winning presence, »
- Nicholas Bell
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
September 2014 will see the customary slowdown in terms of film offerings, as we transition away from summer blockbusters to end of year tentpoles and awards-season contenders. Still, there are a handful of new releases that might be worth checking out this month, and The Equalizer – a modern big screen reboot of the 1980s TV show that reunites Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington – is the September newcomer with (arguably) the greatest potential.
Equalizer, as scripted by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2), stars Washington as Robert McCall, a former black ops agent who has done his best to leave behind his old life. However, when Robert crosses paths with a young woman named Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is under the control of dangerous Russian mobsters, he chooses to resume his old habit of being a modern-day knight in ...
- Sandy Schaefer
After the teaser trailer showed Jennifer Lawrence arriving in the District 13 rebel stronghold, Lionsgate has revealed a look at the warriors who will step up to help fight the revolution against the Capitol in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I. A small batch of new posters have arrived with a completely different aesthetic than the previous District 13 character posters. Liam Hemsworth doesn't look much different than he did suited up in The Expendables 2, but the other posters give us a first look at Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Messalla (Evan Ross), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Castor (Wes Chatham) and Pollux (Elden Henson). They all look pretty bad ass, so check them all out below! Here's the new posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I from Wired: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I is the first movie in the two-part finale of The Hunger Games franchise, »
- Ethan Anderton
The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.
It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster »
While promoting the The Expendables 3, Sylvester Stallone has been talking about how he wants to turn The Expendables into an Avengers-like franchise, calling it an on-going project. However, it seems that the movie leaking online just weeks before its official release has had some impact on ticket sales as not only did the third entry have a bad opening weekend, it was beaten by an R-rated comedy movie made for a fraction of its budget.
It could be a case of diminishing returns as it landed in a disappointing fourth in the Us box office and its $16.2 million doesn’t even come close to the original Expendables opening of $34.8 or The Expendables 2‘s $29 million. It should do well globally, but its got a long way to go if it wants to catch up with the other movies in the franchise.
Helped by a Tuesday night opening, R-rated comedy »
- Luke Owen
After a print of The Expendables 3 was stolen in late July and leaked on-line, the title was downloaded about five million times before the film opened in the Us, Australia and more than 30 other markets last week.
Piracy experts estimate the movie, which cost at least $US90 million, was viewed illegally about 500,000 times in the Us and Canada.
Just how often the actioner starring Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and other senior citizens, directed by Aussie Patrick Hughes, was shared in Australia is a moot point.
But there seems little doubt that piracy hurt its opening weekend take of nearly $1.8 million. That.s way down on the first edition, which grabbed $3.1 million in its first weekend in 2010, and The Expendables 2, which bowed with $2.96 million in 2012.
The PG13 rating may have deterred some folks; another factor may have been audience boredom/fatigue with the franchise. The »
- Don Groves
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy held on to the top two spots at the box office this weekend, handily defeating the disappointing Expendables 3.The Top 12 earned an estimated $128.8 million this weekend, which is up six percent from the same frame last year. This August remains on track to be the biggest ever at the domestic box office with around $1 billion.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell 57 percent to an estimated $28.4 million. The movie avoided the 60-percent-plus drop of many of Summer 2014's blockbusters, which is a solid win considering the poor reviews and mixed word-of-mouth. Turtles has so far earned $117.6 million, and will pass G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($122.5 million) in the next few days.In its third weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy eased 41 percent to $24.7 million. On Saturday, it eclipsed Thor: The Dark World's domestic total; with $222.3 million in the bank already, Guardians is going to have »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It was expected that "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" would weather the storm of three new releases to remain at the top of the box office. No one expected, however, that "The Expendables 3," "The Giver" and "Let's Be Cops!" would disappoint so dramatically. Remaining no. 1 for the second weekend in a row was Paramount's reboot of "Tmnt." The comedy adventure earned another $28.4 million for $117.6 million in just 10 days. With over $185 million already globally, "Tmnt" came just in time to make up for the loses on another Paramount summer release, "Hercules." It's also possible "Turtles" could keep the top spot next weekend when the only competition is "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Still going strong at no. 2 is Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." With another $24.7 million, the James Gunn adventure has crossed the $200 million mark with $222.2 million to date. "Guardians" is still on track to becoming the no. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The top two spots on the box office chart remained unchanged for a second weekend, as audiences favored Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy over a handful of new releases. But in something of a surprise, the strongest of those new films turned out to be Let’s Be Cops. The R-rated comedy has moved ahead of The Expendables 3 since Friday, which might say more about the weakness of the latter rather than the strength of the former. Title Weekend Total 1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28,400,000 $117.6 2. Guardians of the Galaxy $24,735,000 $222.2 3. Let’s Be Cops $17,700,000 $26.1 4. The Expendables 3 $16,200,000 $16.2 5. The Giver $12,760,000 $12.7 6. Into the Storm $7,720,000 $31.3 7. The Hundred-Foot Journey $7,109,000 $23.6 8. Lucy $5,317,000 $107.5 9. Step Up All In $2,700,000 $11.8 10. Boyhood $2,150,000 $13.8 Full story after the jump. No one was expecting The Expendables 3 to open in first place this weekend – the term “franchise fatigue” seems to have been written specifically to apply to this four year-old series. »
- Nicole Pedersen
No big surprise this weekend, at least not at the top, where Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the #1 spot for a second weekend in a row with $28.4 million as its domestic cume climbs to $117.6 million while Guardians of the Galaxy was closely behind in second with $24.7 million as it is now over $222.3 million domestically. We find the first of the weekend's new releases in third and no, it doesn't star Sylvester Stallone and a rag tag group of aging action stars. It's Let's Be Cops, a comedy Fox didn't even screen for critics here in Seattle, and while it brought in $17.7 million, falling short of the $20+ million tracking, I'd say it's doing decently after a big start on Wednesday, bringing in $26.1 million total over the last five days. The "B" CinemaScore suggests it will drop as pretty much all films drop, maybe a little faster, but with a $17 million budget »
- Brad Brevet
With The reelase of The Expendables 3 [read our reviews here and here] and the news that he’s set to return to the character of John J. Rambo for Rambo V, this week we’ve decided to put your knowledge of Sylvester Stallone movies to the test in the latest Sunday Quiz. So, if you know your Rocky from your Rambo and your Demolition Man from your… erm… Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, then take the quiz below and don’t forgot to share your results to see how you stack up against your friends…
Question 8 The Expendables 3 »
- Gary Collinson
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy buried newcomer The Expendables 3 in the Friday box office results, setting up a second consecutive weekend in which those Heroes in a Half-Shell will come out on top. Let's Be Cops is on track to finish the weekend in third place, while The Giver is following in the footsteps of other young adult adaptations that fizzled in their box office debuts.
It didn't matter how many aging action stars Sylvester Stallone packed into The Expendables 3. An unwise step back from the R-rating of the previous two films combined with franchise burnout led to a $5.88 million opening day Friday, nearly half of what The Expendables 2 earned in its debut. $15 million looks probable for the three-day opening and should all but guarantee there won't be a The Expendables 4.
Those beatboxing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will win the weekend after »
Over the past few years, we’ve heard on several occasions that martial arts superstar Jackie Chan was set to join the roster of action stars in The Expendables, only for him to be absent when the latest instalment rolled around. It happened with The Expendables 2, it happened with The Expendables 3, and we’ll no doubt hear the same thing if and when The Expendables 4 arrives.
In fact, speaking to Den of Geek, Chan has confirmed that he’s already been approached by Sylvester Stallone for a part in the planned fourth movie, and it sounds like he’ll be turning it down once more, unless Stallone can come up with a big enough role for the Hong Kong action legend:
“This morning I did hear – the office called – Sly [Stallone] wants me for Expendables 4. I said, ‘Okay.’ Because they already asked me to be in two and three, »
- Gary Collinson
The Expendables 3 is the latest installment of the cheese-tastic, 1980s style, throwback action franchise. You may not think of this series of films as anything more than an exercise in geriatric yoga for the addled action stars of yore. But, the fact is The Expendables (2010) made $275M on an $80M budget and The Expendables 2 (2012) made $305M on a $100M budget. And that is serious worldwide box-office business.
The Expendables 3 involves some unfinished business. As it turns out, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), had a partner who co-founded the group with him (a new background detail sheds some light on the team’s bloody history), Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who is out to wipe out the entire team – especially Barney. The film is directed by Patrick Hughes, a young filmmaker with only two prior films to his credit. (No you never heard of either of them.) The writing team is led by Sylvester Stallone, »
- Steven Gahm
For such mindless entertainment, the Expendables movies sure can get the brain working if you’re interested in the nostalgic samples they’re selling. Sylvester Stallone is a smart guy who knows how to work on multiple levels, and of course his most brilliant act is to make it all seem dumb as hell without pandering to the audience that can appreciate that. He’s the male modern Marilyn Monroe in a way. With this series he has assembled more all-star action heroes than good plot ideas, but the simplicity of the storytelling is just to provide a lot of bullets and explosions for the mindless crowd and a bunch of reflexive call-backs to the cast’s earlier movies for those who like to play the spot-the-allusion game. Most of the latter is cheap references through repurposed dialogue and slightly altered character names. But The Expendables 2 kind of beat that whole thing to death with its »
- Christopher Campbell
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