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In The Expendables 3, Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel 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, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans.
Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
The world premiere of The Expendables 3 will take place in London on August 4 ahead of its theatrical release »
- Tom Stockman
The full theatrical trailer for The Expendables 3 showed off what's in store later this summer for some blockbuster fun, but now a new extended TV spot has some new footage from the ensemble action extravaganza. This time we get to see recent Ufc champion Ronda Rousey kicking some ass and looking sexy, plus some new stuff with Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer and Mel Gibson, all new faces joining Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham and more. Remember, the film is rated PG-13, so it won't quite be as crazy as we hoped, but we're sure there's going to be some good stuff. Watch! Here's the extended TV spot for Patrick Hughes' The Expendables 3 from YouTube: The Expendables 3 is directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) and written by Sylvester Stallone and Olympus Has Fallen scribes Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt. Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the »
- Ethan Anderton
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
An absolute delight, even better than the first film; a gorgeously animated ode to peacemaking, nonconformity, and sticking to your principles in the face of ultimate adversity. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): absolutely nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The world is bigger on dragonback, as Hiccup — dragon whisperer and heir to the tiny throne of the Viking island village Berk — is discovering, joyfully. And we are there with him in a stunningly animated return to this fantastical realm. How to Train Your Dragon 2 isn’t only a glorious narrative expansion of the people and places we met in the first film, it also represents an astonishing leap in computer animation that makes Hiccup’s world even more touchably real than it was before. It seems like a paradox, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The unofficial spokesman of Kim Jong-un, Executive Director of The Centre for North Korea-us Peace Kim Myong-chol, revealed that Kim Jong-un would likely see Seth Rogen and James Franco’s next film, The Interview.
Kim Jong-un To Watch The Interview
In The Interview, Franco and Rogen play a talk show host and a producer, respectively, who land an interview with Kim Jong-un and are tapped by the CIA to assassinate the North Korean dictator. Actor Randall Park (Neighbors, Veep) dons heavy make-up and costume to portray Kim Jung-un in the outrageous action-comedy.
Despite the film’s somewhat offensive subject matter, Kim Myong-chol told The Telegraph that his leader would, most likely, watch the film, though he was also quick to mock The Interview.
“There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the Us government and American society,” Kim Myong-chol said.
Kim Myong-chol went »
While Orphan Black continues to win over viewers during its smashing second season, it looks like BBC America is hoping for the same kind of success with their newly announced original drama, Intruders. Adapting more thrills and chills, a brand new trailer for the show highlights a creepy atmosphere suggesting mystery and intrigue, staying in touch with their most popular show’s darker material – but will the familiarity pay off?
Based on the 2007 novel by British author Michael Marshall Smith, the story unfolds over 8 episodes, and features “a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.” The adaptation is written and executive produced by Glen Morgan (The X Files, Millennium, The River), with Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) and Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism) sharing the director’s chair.
- Sarah Myles
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new poster for L.A. Slasher, details on Headless, casting update on Welcome to Purgatory, trailers for Truth or Dare and Red Sleep, and more:
New Poster for L.A. Slasher: “Sales agency Circus Road Films has picked up Martin Owen’s horror/satire feature “L.A. Slasher.” Glenn Reynolds’ Circus Road is handling domestic sales. The film stars Danny Trejo (“Machete”), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (“Riddick”), Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (“Not Another Celebrity Movie”) and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”), with the of voice of Andy Dick (“News Radio”) as the ‘L.A. Slasher’.
- Tamika Jones
Director Antoine Fuqua is known for delivering on his violent action movies, whether they be with swords in King Arthur, the military elite in Tears of the Sun or the Secret Service in Olympus Has Fallen. The one that earned him the most recognition however is 2001′s Training Day which scored a pair of Oscar nominations for its two leads and a win for Denzel Washington.
This September, we finally get to see the product of Fuqua and Washington working together again in The Equalizer, a “hard R” action movie based on the ’80s TV show of the same name where Robert McCall, an ex-cia operative hidden away in self-retirement is forced back in, using his special ops training to do right by ...
- Rob Keyes
Summit Entertainment has released an official synopsis for Gods of Egypt, director Alex Proyas’ (Dark City) fantasy adventure, which stars Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent), Chadwick Boseman (42), Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Geoffrey Rush (The Book Thief):
Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. With only a handful of heroic rebels opposing Set’s savage rule, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a bold and defiant mortal, enlists the aid of powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau »
- Gary Collinson
"How hard can it be to kill 10 men?" Time for more. More guns, more action, more explosions, more actors, more of everything. Even more women! Another trailer for Patrick Hughes' sequel The Expendables 3, a full-length trailer featuring the entire cast, has debuted. From Stallone to Statham to Li, they've got the original crew of Expendables back, but of course there's also Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer and Randy Couture stuffed in here, too. While I will say this doesn't look as bad as the last one, it doesn't really look that good either, but I'm already disinterested in this franchise despite a cast of everyone awesome. Enjoy. Here's the full theatrical trailer for Patrick Hughes' The Expendables 3, on YouTube via HeyUGuys: The Expendables 3 is directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) and written by Sylvester Stallone and »
- Alex Billington
You know how they say there are only seven types of stories, but Hollywood tells them in a million different ways? These 26 movies missed the "being told differently" part. Oh, and they came out in the same year. So that didn't help. Did you see White House Down? The White House-under-attack movie that came out last year? No, the other White House-under-attack movie that came out last year. The one with Channing Tatum? Anyway: White House Down vs. Olympus Has Fallen (2013) White House Down: "While on a tour of the White House with his daughter, a Capitol policeman (Channing Tatum) springs into action to save his child and protect the president (Jamie Foxx) from a heavily armed »
Ufc fighter Tyron Woodley revealed on the Great Mma Debate Podcast this weekend that he is eyeing roles in two highly-anticipated superhero movies, Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel Studios' Ant-Man. No details were given about what roles he may be playing, but the actor/fighter revealed that he may be able to shoot both projects if the scheduling works out.
"I had a couple of projects that I wasn't going to be able to do because they were going into this training camp, but the good thing about movies sometimes the budget's sometimes off and they have to reschedule things so there's three big projects that I'll get to work on directly after this fight. I've got a Marvel and a DC project I should be able to jump on and continue my career there as well. Man of Steel 2 (title is »
How to Train Your Dragon was not only a great and highly entertaining film that did huge worldwide box office numbers, but it was one of the best uses of 3D that I’ve seen in the cinema. Needless to day, I was excited to see the sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and it did not disappoint. Five years have passed since the heroic young Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriended a dragon named Toothless that led the residents of Berk to live side-by-side in peace with the fire-breathers. Hiccup now has the respect of his father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), the love of his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera) and has discovered his long-lost mother (Cate Blanchett), but the power-hungry Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou) is threatening everything. At the recent L.A. press day, Collider had the opportunity to chat with Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson, who are both clearly friends, »
- Christina Radish
It’s been four years since Denzel Washington took centre stage on an action-thriller like this, more recently sharing the lead with Mark Wahlberg and Ryan Reynolds in 2 Guns and Safe House. But now he’s back, front and centre, and with audiences all around having unending love for his work, Sony is set to have a winner on their hands this September in The Equalizer.
The film is of course giving the cinematic treatment to the original hit TV series, and after launching an international trailer last month, the studio has treated us to the domestic version, giving us an extended look at what’s to come.
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, »
- Kenji Lloyd
“Do something about it, because no one else is going to.” That was the mission statement of Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) in the impressive first trailer for The Equalizer, an action thriller loosely based on the 1980s TV series of the same name. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) with a screenplay penned by Richard Wenk (The Mechanic), The Equalizer also stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a young woman who crosses Robert’s path and leads him into starting a fight with some of the most dangerous people in Boston.
By day, however, Robert wears an apron and works in a hardware store, trying to enjoy a quiet retirement after faking his own death. His past career as a black ops commando keeps bubbling to the surface, however, and the second trailer for The Equalizer shows him dipping back into the ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Sony Pictures must be pretty confident about this fall’s The Equalizer, considering that a sequel to the action thriller is already in the works. Perennial badass Denzel Washington stars as Robert McCall, a retired black ops commando who lives a quiet life in Boston until he comes across a battered young prostitute (Chloë Grace Moretz) and goes after the Russian gangsters controlling her, bringing the full force of the mob down on his head in the process.
The second trailer for the action flick, which was directed by Olympus Has Fallen helmer Antoine Fuqua and penned by The Mechanic scribe Richard Wenk, just emphasizes how awesome Washington is in these kinds of roles, but it also gives us a better picture of just how ruthlessly Moretz’s character is abused by her employers. Check it out below:
Aside from Washington’s presence in The Equalizer, I’m excited to see Moretz, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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