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"Who's the toughest actor in Hollywood?" Frank Grillo asks, wrapping his hands in preparation for training. Grillo's posing the question to Terry Southerland, his trainer of more than 20 years. Lacing up Grillo's gloves, Southerland doesn't hesitate before responding, "You are." Standing in the middle of an underground boxing gym in New York City, Grillo is just one of the guys. He walks like a fighter, he talks like a fighter, and other than having the best hair in the gym—according to his trainers—he looks like a fighter. In this moment, there's almost nothing that points to the fact »
- Samantha Highfill
This week sees the UK home entertainment release of The Purge: Anarchy and you can read our review here. The film is of course a sequel to 2013’s The Purge, which starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. The first film introduced the set up; in near future America the government have deemed all crimes legal for twelve hours, one night a year. You can commit any crime from jay-walking to murder without any repercussions. In the first movie Hawke and Headey’s picture-perfect family life came under threat as their house was broken into during Purge Night.
The Purge: Anarchy follows an entirely new set of characters who find themselves trapped out on the streets during the carnage. At the head of the group is an enigmatic character referenced to only as Sergeant, played by Frank Grillo. Ahead of the DVD release we were fortunate enough to spend time with »
- Kat Smith
Leading German independent distributor acquires action thriller, starring Ola Rapace [pictured], ahead of Afm along with three other titles.
Tiberius Film has acquired German rights to action thriller Ares from Gaumont.
Tiberius has also picked up Liv Corfixen’s documentary My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and two genre outings: Wyrmwood from Altitude Film Sales and Will Canon’s Demonic, written by James Wan and starring Maria Bello and Frank Grillo, from The Weinstein Company.
Wolfgang Carl, managing director of Tiberius Film GmbH, commented: “German action fans will be thrilled by genre hit Ares and we are very happy that we are able to continue our successful cooperation with Nicolas Winding Refn and our partners Gaumont and The Weinstein Company.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Though The Expendables 3 shot blanks at the box office last weekend, only mustering a weak $16.2 million, that threequel’s director Patrick Hughes is already moving onto hopefully bigger and better things by heading up Screen Gems’ remake of The Raid. It seems a little strange that an American remake would be thought necessary for a three-year-old Indonesian martial arts actioner that has already been widely embraced across the world, but here we are. And recently, Hughes provided more details on what we can expect from this new Raid.
Stallone’s endorsement is already paying off for Hughes. As The Expendables 3 rolls into theaters, the director is prepping his next blockbuster: a remake of the 2011 Indonesian fight film The Raid: Redemption. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The upcoming American remake of the Indonesian action thriller "The Raid" sounds like it could be quite different to its predecessor.
The original film is kind of famous for its spartan approach. Character development and narrative complexity is kept to a minimum in favor of a high-concept, fast pace and brutal series of action set pieces. The cast is also kept pretty tight with only five or six key characters and about a dozen non-speaking background characters who kick far more than they speak.
In an interview for Grantland, the remake's director Patrick Hughes says his version is more an ensemble piece in the vein of "Black Hawk Down" and "Zero Dark Thirty," and he's casting the twelve integral roles of the film's ensemble with the aim of shooting early next year. He says "After that, I'm pretty sure I won't do a movie with ensembles, camouflage, and guns for a while. »
- Garth Franklin
The Raid is getting remade, and, as you'd expect, it's not going to be a one-to-one comparison. Certain changes will need to be made to adapt the property for Hollywood, as suggested in the reported casting of Taylor Kitsch in the lead role (though co-star Frank Grillo is a martial artist, and is awesome). But now news has come around that the property is actually getting a full facelift - according to director Patrick Hughes. Are you ready for The Raid By A Dozen? Grantland sat down with The Raid director Patrick Hughes, who revealed that he's eyeing an ensemble focus for the new film, with "12 integral roles" within the film's ensemble - akin to "Black Hawk Down and Zero Dark Thirty." This is an awfully bizarre way to over-think things, but hey, maybe this just means twelve times the ass-kicking. The Raid: Redemption, for those of you who »
With The Expendables 3 opening this weekend, last week Lionsgate held the world premiere in London’s Leicester Square, and I was lucky enough to attend the event with a few other American reporters. Like I said on Twitter, The Expendables 3 is a lot of fun and my favorite of the series due in large part to Mel Gibson,Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas. All three are awesome and Banderas steals every scene he’s in. In addition to the new cast, The Expendables 3 has a crazy third act that’s easily the best action scene of the franchise. I think the team kills over a thousand people. It shows once again how the MPAA doesn’t care about violence when giving out ratings. Only in America can a film like this get a PG-13. The other day I landed an exclusive video interview with director Patrick Hughes. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With the feel of a 1980s premiere, the Tcl Theatre in Hollywood welcomed action stars to help celebrate the L.A. premiere of Lionsgate’s extravaganza “The Expendables 3.”
The film’s star and writer Sylvester Stallone introduced each and every actor with a short tribute including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes before they posed on stage in a group photo for the ages.
Harrison Ford, who injured his leg earlier this summer while filming the new “Star Wars” pic, also joined the cast on stage without the help of crutches or a cane, walking briskly and looking in good health. “Break a leg,” Stallone cracked.
While introducing Schwarzenegger, Stallone noted that the stage reminded him of the Mr. Olympia competitions. Schwarzenegger, the former Mr. Universe and seven-time Olympia champion, obliged by posing for the crowd.
Following the screening, attendees ventured to the Roosevelt Hotel where »
- Justin Kroll
There’s just no point in even bothering. In the vast conspiracy of stupidity that has overtaken pop culture, the disparagement of this movie by a film critic becomes an endorsement of a sad, twisted sort. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): the franchise had worn out whatever welcome it might have had before the end of the first movie
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s just no point in even bothering. I could huff and puff and moan and groan and explain why The Expendables 3 is a terrible excuse for a movie… even for a dumb cheesy 80s-throwback action movie. I could go into great detail about the laziness of the writing, about how perfunctory the directing is, about the blatant obvious cheapness of the FX.
It doesn’t matter. There is nothing I can say that will »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Hey, remember that time in 2012 when Taylor Kitsch was poised to become the next great Hollywood leading man? And then he saw two $200M+ films tank in the span of two months and was flung into the depths of Failed Leading Man Hell to rot for all eternity? It turns out eternity isn’t as long as we expected, and instead it appears he was just biding his time in Failed Leading Man Purgatory. Now that he’s served his time, Kitsch is back, baby, to try this Hollywood star thing all over again. He’s working hard to secure a part in the second season of True Detective – a lofty goal sure, but it’s not quite “leading man” material — but who knows if Kitsch is even capable enough to wrench the spotlight away from folks like Colin Farrell or Elisabeth Moss. What he needs is to look at the big picture… with »
- Adam Bellotto
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Director Zack Snyder shared an apocalyptic photo via social media -- but don't worry, it's all in good fun. The image features Batman and… R2-D2 from the Star Wars universe. (Yes, the robot. And both figures are reportedly simple action figures.) Snyder's movie will open in theaters in May 2016. [Twitter via Heat Vision] The Raid: Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, above) has been offered a lead role in the English-language remake of Indonesian action standout The Raid. He's also still under consideration for a lead role in the second season of HBO's True Detective, which is due to complete filming in January 2015, with The Raid, under the direction of Patrick Hughes (The Expandables 3), set to begin filming...
- Peter Martin
There a lot of movies I hear or read people rave about, and when I finally watch them I'm underwhelmed.
"The Raid" is not one of those movies. It's every bit the thrill ride people say it is; so it's no surprise Hollywood wants to remake it.
I'm not inherently against remakes, there are several I like quite a bit. "The Departed" and "Last House on the Left" are great examples of remakes that are equal to, and in many ways surpass, the original films. That being said, I'll try to have an open mind watching the American remake of "The Raid," but I'm not terribly optimistic at this point.
The Wrap is reporting that Taylor Kitsch has been offered the lead role. I've seen Kitsch in "Savages", "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", "Battleship" and "John Carter of Mars," and I wasn't exactly impressed.
What so you think? Can Kitsch pull off the role? »
- Philip Sticco
The Wrap is reporting that Taylor Kitsch (Battleship, John Carter) has been offered the leading role in the upcoming English-language remake of "The Raid," which will be directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3). "The Raid" tells the story of an elite DEA Fast team that becomes trapped in a tenement run by a notorious drug lord, his two highly-violent martial arts killers, and a personal militia armed with machetes and machine guns. Stranded on the 6th floor with no way out, the team must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Kitsch is also up for a major part in the second season of HBO's "True Detective," which may create a scheduling conflict for "The Raid." Stay tuned. »
After nearly hitting the skids on Mars in John Carter, actor Taylor Kitsch’s star is on the rise again with reports that he is top choice to lead a remake of Indonesian actioner The Raid. The taut, martial arts-heavy original about a Swat team fighting their way out of a dodgy tower block detonated the box office and it was only a matter of time before someone decided we needed to see exactly the same thing only in English. Screen Gems are teaming with source material producers Xyz Films and Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes will orchestrate the mayhem. After megaphoning duties involving Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mel Gibson The Raid USA should be a stroll in the bunny-laden park for him.
Kitsch is also in the frame for True Detective Season 2, following news of Vince Vaughn’s potential casting, so the next few months could be very busy and indeed varied for him. »
- Steve Palace
Taylor Kitsch is a man in demand at present, with The Wrap reporting that the action star has been offered the leading role in the Us remake of The Raid. According to the report, Kitsch is the top of director Patrick Hughes’ wish-list, with the pair having recently worked together on The Expendables 3. Frank Grillo has also been cast in the new film, with Luke Evans, Anthony Mackie and Ethan Hawke reportedly on the studio’s wish-list. Kitsch, however, is currently at the front of the queue. However, any involvement in The Raid...
- George Wales
There's absolutely no reason that I can think of to remake the Indonesian fight flick The Raid, but it seems as if Hollywood is dead set on making an English-language version of the film. The Wrap just checked in with a rather interesting story.
According to the site, as rumors swirl regarding the second season of HBO's "True Detective," Taylor Kitsch has been offered the lead in Screen Gems’ remake of The Raid. While Kitsch's team has been pushing HBO and “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto to cast him as the young male lead of the second season, they've been positioning him for The Raid remake in the meantime.
In the 2011 original an elite Indonesian S.W.A.T. team raids a building where a gangster and his thugs are embedded, »
- Steve Barton
Even as his name is still connected to True Detective as a possible cast member for season 2, Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor, John Carter) has been offered the lead role in the Us remake of The Raid. Frank Grillo is already in the cast, and a circulated wish list for actors also […]
- Russ Fischer
Some sources have revealed that the actor is currently in negotiations for The Raid lead, while another unidentified insider claims that the actor and studio are far apart, regarding the financial terms of the deal. No character details were revealed at this time. It's possible that Taylor Kitsch may be able to take on both True Detective and The Raid roles, since production on True Detective is scheduled to end in January, right when The Raid is slated to begin.
The Purge: Anarchy star Frank Grillo revealed in June that he has already signed on for the remake. While production was initially set to start in September, shooting has been delayed to the first quarter of 2015. The »
There's a catch though, filming is slated to begin January 2015, the same time "True Detective" season two wraps filming, and Kitsch's team has been pushing HBO and Nic Pizzolatto hard to cast Kitsch in the second season. [Source: The Wrap]
Jennifer Connelly will play female lead opposite Ewan McGregor in Phillip Noyce's adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "American Pastoral" at Lakeshore Entertainment. Connelly will play Dawn, »
- Garth Franklin
A remake of the Indonesian action hit The Raid has been in the works since 2011, but it wasn't until earlier this year that The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes was brought on board to direct the film. Production was delayed slightly back to 2015, and the cast is currently being rounded up with Frank Grillo being the only confirmed cast member after being mentioned on a shortlist with desired stars like Ethan Hawke, Anthony Mackie and Luke Evans. However, a new name has emerged who wasn't on the shortlist as The Wrap has learned that John Carter and Battleship star Taylor Kitsch has an offer for the lead role. However, it's far form a done deal, because Kitsch is still in consideration for a lead role in the second season of HBO's original series "True Detective." It appears he could still end up with that coveted television role, but his representatives »
- Ethan Anderton
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