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Though there are a few exceptions here and there, a film headlined by Jason Statham usually falls into one of two categories; generic but entertaining actioner or generic and too lax to ignore actioner. Directed by Gary Fleder, Homefront offers up just enough satisfying fun to reside in the former group, taking its place alongside Parker and Safe as one of the Stath’s better offerings in recent times.
Penned by Sylvester Stallone – who was set to star in the lead role before he got old(er) – Homefront centres on widowed ex-dea agent Phil Broker (Statham), who has left the undercover life behind for a decidedly quieter one with his 10-year-old daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic). After Maddy beats up a mean classmate at school – as any Statham child is inherently taught to do – Broker soon winds up on the radar of meth dealer Gator Bodine (James Franco), brother to the »
- Amon Warmann
Top 10 Duncan Bowles 4 Dec 2013 - 06:45
Duncan salutes his personal choice of the 2013 action movies that deserved just a little more love...
This article contains spoilers for each of the films mentioned. Not necessarily big ones, but you might want to steer clear of The World's End entry if you've not seen that.
2013 has been a great year for action. We’ve had multiple comic book heroes fighting it out on the big screen, with Thor and Iron Man continuing Marvel’s run of great movies, the return of the R-rated antics of Kick-Ass and at long last an F-bomb loaded, bloody incarnation of The Wolverine (though it’s worth pointing out that the unrated edition in the UK only comes with the 3D version of the home release, a trend I hope doesn’t continue).
From a sci-fi angle, we’ve had robots fighting monsters in Pacific Rim and »
Hunger Games sequel remains the clear leader as Us studios count their holiday takings
• The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – review
• Frozen - review
Catching Fire sparks mighty second session
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire added an estimated $75m (£46m) in its second weekend and – having reached $297m (£181m) – will cross the $300m threshold on Monday. The Thanksgiving holiday period was catnip for Katniss and the gang, who have now notched up $573m (£349m) worldwide including $276m ($168m) from the international arena. What a result for Lionsgate, the "seventh studio" behind the established Us majors, and one that has proved to be stunningly adept at finding franchises. (It owns the Twilight films, which still quiver and hum with the memory of their commercial might.) Catching Fire will soar past $600m (£366m) worldwide by Tuesday, and at this rate should finish on at least $800m (£488m). Just time to catch our breath before the third film, »
- Jeremy Kay
Feature Matt Edwards 3 Dec 2013 - 06:46
At Den of Geek, we have spoken once or twice about our appreciation for action cinema powerhouse that is Jason Statham. Simply put, we’re fans of his work.
When the opportunity to spend a little bit of time on the phone with Jason came up, we were obviously thrilled. I reasoned that the best way to start the conversation would be tell him everything I loved about Crank, but after completing my list of bullet points it became apparent that this approach would leave no time to ask him any questions. I abandoned the Crank list, assuming that you’d all sooner read what the man himself has to say. Besides, he’d surely just assume I loved Crank.
Swerve is as much a “thriller” as turkey bacon is bacon – and if you understand my feelings on bacon, you’ll know that turkey bacon is nothing but a cheap, farcical wannabe. Heading down under for Craig Lahiff’s latest film didn’t provide the exotic joys I wished for, as this imitation Coen brothers crime film fails to create the quirky, tense atmosphere it so reaches for. There’s guns, girls, and shrimp on the barbie, but nothing comes together in a very fun-filled way. This action ride feels like it’s gliding on cruise-control the whole time, with each twist and turn only being a minor speed-bump along the way. Yeah, this thing only goes from about 0 to 25, and takes a while to do so, circling the same track we’ve seen over, and over, and over, and over…you get my Tokyo Drift (So Many Car Puns! »
- Matt Donato
It was feast or famine at the box office over the long Thanksgiving weekend. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen obliterated a handful of records, and combined for over $200 million for the five-day frame. The rest of the market didn't fare so well, though: in particular, new releases Homefront, Black Nativity and Oldboy failed to find an audience.After opening to over $158 million last weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire held well over the Thanksgiving holiday. For the three-day weekend, the movie took first place with $74.2 million; among all second weekends, that ranks fourth behind The Avengers, Avatar and The Dark Knight. With $109.9 million from Wednesday to Sunday, the blockbuster sequel also destroyed the five-day Thanksgiving weekend record held for the past 12 years by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ($82.4 million).Through its first 10 days, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has earned a massive $296.3 million. It's now virtually guaranteed to finish with over $400 million, »
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West Ham and Fulham meet in what has become a crucial match for both sides as they struggle near the bottom of the Premier League.
Fulham are missing captain Brede Hangeland, winger Damien Duff and joint top scorer Hugo Rodallega through injury.
Martin Jol will also have to contend without full back Sascha Riether, who is serving the final game of his three game suspension for a stamp on Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj.
Both sides currently sit on 10 points, with West Ham in 17th place and the Cottagers one spot behind courtesy of a worse goal difference.
Fulham currently find themselves on a four game losing streak, while Sam Allardyce’s Hammers have only won two matches all season. »
- Simon Collings
Jason Statham made his big screen debut in 1998′s Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and just four years later he got his first starring role as The Transporter. He’s been punching and kicking ever since, averaging between two to four films per year over the last decade, with 2013 coming in at the high end with lead roles in both Parker and Redemption and an end-credits cameo in a major action franchise. There are of course exceptions, but we can probably all agree that Statham’s more of a quantity over quality kind of guy. His newest action romp, Homefront, offers some bang for your buck, but it probably won’t be changing that assessment. Phil Broker (Statham) is working undercover as a member of a motorcycle gang that dabbles in the manufacture and distribution of meth. The big bust goes sideways, and when the gang leader’s son gets swiss-cheesed in front of his eyes »
- Rob Hunter
The 34-year-old renaissance man has an undergraduate degree from UCLA, among other diplomas. He's been nominated for an Academy Award, and even (sort of) hosted the awards in 2011. Professionally, Franco has acted in a long list of movies, directed several others, and even written roughly a dozen plus screenplays.
Starting today, November 27, multi-hyphenate Franco can be seen facing off against Jason Statham in the Sylvester Stallone-penned action flick "Homefront." Franco plays Gator, a small-town meth kingpin who butts heads with Statham, a former DEA agent who shows up in Franco's town to finally settle down with his family.
Do you already know more about Franco than you'd care to? Maybe. Do you know everything there is to know about the man? Unlikely. From his middle-school shoplifting days to that time he shadowed a male prostitute, »
- Jonny Black
Review Duncan Bowles 2 Dec 2013 - 06:49
If there’s one man in the film industry who truly understands and supports the evolution of Jason Statham’s career, it’s Sylvester Stallone. Back in 2009, Statham already had two of his own cinematic franchises established, having just completed the second Crank film and had three Transporter movies under his belt, making him one of the few actors keeping the old-school action genre alive.
It was no surprise then, that Stallone hand picked him to co-star in The Expendables, in what always felt like a generational baton passing – not only had Sly recognised Statham’s work and dedication, but set him up with a franchise for life. Sure, The Expendables might cease production in the next few years either due »
Forbes magazine have announced what they consider the year's biggest box-office duds. It's an interesting list, comparing a group of mostly low-mid budget studio pictures and their worldwide box-office performance.
At the top of the list was the Julian Assange-themed "The Fifth Estate" starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Despite being budgeted at $28 million and scoring better reviews than the other films on this list, the film pulled in a mere $6 million worldwide (making back only 21% of its budget).
Sylvester Stallone's "Bullet to the Head" came in second with just $9 million worldwide box-office from a $25 million budget (36%). In third was the Liam Hemsworth thriller "Paranoia" with a $13.5 million box-office haul from a $35 million budget (39%).
Next on the list were Jason Statham vehicle "Parker" ($17M box-office, $35M budget, 49%), the Crowe/Wahlberg thriller "Broken City" ($19M box-office, $35M budget, 54%), the dancing competition drama "Battle of the Year" ($11M box-office, $20M budget, 55%), the Ethan Hawke »
- Garth Franklin
A scene from the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 movie is to be included on its predecessor's Blu-ray release.
The latest instalment of the action series will not be released at cinemas until July 2014, but the new scene will be available to those who purchase the Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray on December 10 in the Us.
According to Movies.com, the scene involves Han's (Sung Kang) funeral, following his death in the previous movie.
Statham does not appear in the clip, but there is apparently a mysterious car watching the gang from afar.
The Fifth Estate has been named the biggest film flop of 2013, according to Forbes magazine.
Using these figures, the WikiLeaks drama earned only 21% of the cost it took to produce.
Disney's The Lone Ranger remake does not feature in the top ten, and has now broken even despite its poor showing at the Us box office.
Forbes' list does not include additional costs for marketing, which the magazine states can equal some films' budget. »
Two movies with female leads are poised to dominate the box office over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should easily repeat in first place, and could set a new Thanksgiving record. Meanwhile, Disney Animation's Frozen is also looking at a strong start, though it probably won't match similar movie Tangled.Catching Fire is coming off an enormous $158.1 million weekend, and is receiving strong word-of-mouth (an "A" CinemaScore). The current all-time record for the five-day Thanksgiving weekend (Wednesday to Sunday) is $82.4 million, set back in 2001 by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Based on Catching Fire's mid-week performance so far, it's likely that it sets a new record with at least $85 million.Expanding to 3,742 locations after a successful exclusive run at Disney's El Capitan theater, Frozen is the latest movie from the resurgent Disney Animation Studios. The animation department scored a big hit in 2010 with Tangled ($200.8 million »
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WikiLeaks drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch records worst takings-to-budget ratio in past year, says Forbes
• The Fifth Estate: soft on Assange, short on excitement
Bill Condon's film about the early years of the whistleblowing site was tipped for awards season success prior to hitting cinemas. With the up-and-coming Cumberbatch in the lead, an Oscar-winning director and highly topical theme it had seemed like a shoo-in. But the film bombed with critics and later flopped at the box office. It has so far returned a mere $6m (£3.6m) of its relatively meagre $28m (£17.1m) budget, according to Forbes, a percentage of just 21%.
Cumberbatch need not take the news too harshly: the top 10 of flops assembled by the magazine ahead »
- Ben Child
In the deceptively entertaining new thriller "Homefront," Jason Statham plays a man who relocates to the Tennessee Williams-y deep south, with his young daughter, after the death of his wife. Thinking that he left his life of law enforcement behind (in the movie's prologue, you see him embedded with a group of deadly, meth-dealing bikers), he instead runs afoul of a small-time gangster named Gator (played by James Franco) and finds himself fighting for his life.
Moviefone chatted with Statham about what drew him to the material, with a script written by Sylvester Stallone from the novel by Chuck Hogan ("The Town," Guillermo del Toro's upcoming TV series "The Strain"), how he maintains what a "Jason Statham movie" is expected to be, and what we should be expecting from "Fast & Furious 7," "Expendables 3," and "Crank 3." It should also be noted that, for such a tough guy, he's unexpectedly warm and inviting, »
- Drew Taylor
Hollywood is positioning 2015 to be the single biggest year for movies in the history of the medium, with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Batman Vs. Superman, Mission: Impossible 5 and Bond 24 all arriving within months of each other. But standing in the way are the twelve months of 2014. While the New Year doesn't quite pack the heated punch of 2015, it does bring some highly anticipated fare that we simply can't wait to see. From plenty of superheroes, to evolved apes, to giant robots, to teenage vampires, and even the return of Dominic Toretto, here are the 14 movies guaranteed to get us standing in front of that box office window buying a ticket before 2015 does its ultimate damage on our savings account.
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
Before he became James Bond in the 2006 reboot Casino Royale, Daniel Craig was on the wrong side of the law in Layer Cake, the directorial debut of X-Men: First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn. Now a sequel is being developed, but since Craig is caught up in the 007 franchise, it will be British action star Jason Statham stepping up to play the anonymous drug dealing protagonist in Viva La Madness. Statham is also producing the film with his Sj Pictures partner Steve Chasman, who also heads up Current Entertainment, the company behind Statham's action efforts in Parker, The Bank Job and The Transporter. Deadline reports Statham is playing the character Craig brought to life, hoping that it will work much in the same way different actors have played James Bond, Jack Ryan or Donald E. Westlake's Parker character. This time around, the drug dealing hero is trying to retire, but »
- Ethan Anderton
Before Daniel Craig became James Bond and help revolutionize the role and an entire franchise there was a movie he made that put him on the radar as a contender: Matthew Vaughn's "Layer Cake." A nifty little crime thriller which may not have lit up the box office, but at least earned solid reviews and gained more traction in its post-theatrical life as it spread through word of mouth. Now, a decade later, the nameless anti-hero is coming back but this time with a different face. Jason Statham has optioned the rights to the sequel, "Viva La Madness," and will take the lead role for himself. Oh no, continuity! Well, don't cry too fast—the project is being developed in the spirit of movies based on Donald E. Westlake's Parker (who Statham has played) or Jack Ryan or Bond where the any actor can swap in. And moreover, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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