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Director Shane Black Took a ‘Butch-and-Sundance Approach’ to ‘The Predator’

Director Shane Black Took a ‘Butch-and-Sundance Approach’ to ‘The Predator’
The team behind “The Predator” wants to correct something about the latest installment in the three-decade-old science-fiction franchise. It’s not a reboot.

“It’s an attempt to do something — same world, same universe, just 30 years later,” explains Shane Black, the film’s director and writer.

The movie, which hits theaters on Sept. 14, follows a group of military veterans, some suffering from Ptsd, who must form a “Dirty Dozen”-like team to battle alien invaders. The first film, 1987’s “Predator,” also focused on a team of soldiers battling a fearsome adversary, but that unit was led by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura. This one is dominated by Keegan-Michael Key, Boyd Holbrook and Sterling K. Brown, all of whom are better known for their acting chops than for their bench pressing.

“It’s a leaner, meaner approach,” says Black. “Instead of the slick, ultracool super-soldier approach from the first film, these guy are a more broken,
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‘The Predator’ Returns to Conquer Earth in Bloody New Trailer

Fox’s “The Predator,” a reboot of the alien action franchise that launched in 1979, is returning to Earth in a bloody new red band trailer.

The scenario is set by Sterling K. Brown’s character, Will Traeger, who explains, “I’m in acquisitions. I look up and catch what falls out of the sky.”

The footage features several shots of the violent extraterrestrial hunter, who brings chaos to the suburbs.

Brown’s character then warns: “Predators don’t just sit around making hats out of rib cages. They conquered space. That’s not what is on the horizon.”

Shane Black’s new installment follows the titular aliens, who return to Earth, now deadlier than ever before after taking the DNA of other species.

Black is directing from a script he co-wrote with Fred Dekker. John Davis produces. The cast also includes Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn,
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10 Facts About Predator You Never Knew

10 Facts About Predator You Never Knew
"If it bleeds, we can kill it." It was a rumble in the jungle between a muscle bound paramilitary team and one ugly alien. Cover yourself in mud, cause we're talking about Predator. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about Predator.

Call me the hunter.

The first Predator was originally called Hunter until after production was completed. In the DVD commentary, director John McTiernan says Predator was originally pitched as Rocky vs. Alien, 'though he personally saw it as more like King Kong. In the 2001 short documentary "If It Bleeds We Can Kill It: The Making of Predator", brothers Jim and John Thomas said they got their script idea from a joke about Rocky IV. The gag was that Rocky had no one left to fight, so he may as well fight an alien.

The original Predator.

The original Predator design was much lankier and insect like.
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Predator Celebrates A Birthday – Released This Day 31 Years Ago, June 12, 1987

Director John McTiernan’s sci-fi classic Predator was released 31 years ago today on June 12, 1987.

Having just starred in The Terminator (1984), Red Sonja and Commando (1985), Arnold Schwarzenegger was the biggest movie star of the 1980’s with his name alone selling tickets.

Predator also featured Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Kevin Peter Hall (as The Predator) and writer/actor Shane Black, has one of the best opening credits, scored by composer Alan Silvestri, and is one of the quintessential sci-fi films from the 1980’s.

Major Dutch Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is the leader of a military rescue unit looking for allies captured by guerrillas in the Latin American jungle. At first it seems like any other mission: Schaefer and his team of seasoned combat veterans spot a guerilla camp, destroy it, and find the men they were sent to rescue executed. But when Schaefer attempts to lead his unit out, with a captured guerrilla in tow,
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First ‘Predator’ Trailer Shows Jacob Tremblay Accidentally Releasing Aliens

First ‘Predator’ Trailer Shows Jacob Tremblay Accidentally Releasing Aliens
Thirty years after the original “Predator” film was released, a rebooted version of the action film is here, and so are the aliens.

In the first trailer for “The Predator,” a young boy (Jacob Tremblay), releases the extraterrestrial creatures back into the world when he finds a miniature version of their space ship, which he thinks is a toy. Soon, the aliens have returned in full force and are posing a threat to mankind.

“I think they’re attempting hybridization, they’re upgrading on every planet they visit,” Olivia Munn’s character says as she works in a science lab. The action-packed first look shows a group of ex-soldiers in battle against the creatures, which have genetically increased their strength and intelligence with the DNA from other species.

The Predator” features a star-studded cast of Munn, Tremblay, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane and Yvonne Strahovski.
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The Predator Trailer Arrives From Director Shane Black

Movie going audiences were introduced to a new sci-fi monster on the 12th of June, 1987. Director John McTiernan’s movie starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Kevin Peter Hall (as The Predator) and writer/actor Shane Black.

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects, Predator was the big hit during the summer of 1987. The thriller provided such quotable lines as “Get to the chopper!” and “If it bleeds, we can kill it.” Along with a killer score by Alan Silvestri, it is one of the quintessential sci-fi films from the 1980’s.

20th Century Fox has released the first teaser trailer for The Predator, directed by Shane Black and starring Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey and Yvonne Strahovski.

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes
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Roger Stone Says Hulk Hogan Can Win Senate Seat Because He's Famous

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[[tmz:video id="0_agtwokiq"]] Roger Stone has one good reason for floating the idea of Hulk Hogan running for a U.S. Senate seat -- and that reason's sitting in the Oval Office right now. We got President Trump's former adviser Thursday in NYC and got his reaction to Hulk telling us he's not interested, for now, in a political career -- and he's urging the former wrestler to reconsider. [[tmz:video id="0_l4iayc9l"]] Roger points out there are plenty of role models to
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The Top Five Jesse Ventura Movie Roles of His Career

Jesse Ventura might have had a future as a film star if he’d kept going along the lines of Predator and other popular films. But his path took him in a different direction and as of now he’s loved by some and absolutely detested by others. What are you going to do? You can’t please everyone all the time so you do the best you can. As for his movie career we can look back and at least admit that he had a few good scenes here and there that were enough to immortalize him in film. We can’t say

The Top Five Jesse Ventura Movie Roles of His Career
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Jesse Ventura, Chris Kyle’s Estate Dismiss ‘American Sniper’ Defamation Case

Chris Kyle was an American veteran who served in the Iraq War as a U.S. Navy Seal. He was one of the most celebrated figures from that particular conflict, which can be connected to his effectiveness as a sniper that won him a slew of awards and other accolades. As a result, Kyle’s experiences became the basis of a book called American Sniper, which was turned into a movie of the same name by Clint Eastwood. Why Did Jesse Ventura Launch a Defamation Lawsuit? In January of 2012, Jesse Ventura launched a lawsuit against Kyle claiming defamation, appropriation, and unjust

Jesse Ventura, Chris Kyle’s Estate Dismiss ‘American Sniper’ Defamation Case
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Woody Harrelson Had to Smoke Weed to Get Through a ‘Brutal’ Dinner With Donald Trump — Watch

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Woody Harrelson Had to Smoke Weed to Get Through a ‘Brutal’ Dinner With Donald Trump — Watch
When he isn’t acting or promoting “Rampart,” Woody Harrelson has been known to partake in marijuana every now and again. One such occasion came 15 years ago, when the “Lbj” star found himself at a dinner party whose guest list also included Donald Trump. Harrelson found the experience so trying that he eventually “had to walk out halfway through to smoke a joint just to like steel myself from the rest of it.”

Read More:‘Lbj’ Trailer: Woody Harrelson Completely Transforms For Rob Reiner’s Presidential Biopic

The actor told the story on “Real Time with Bill Maher” last night, explaining that he’d been invited to said gathering by one Jesse Ventura, who at that time was the Governor of Minnesota — and, apparently, being courted by Trump to serve as his running mate in the 2004 election (as a Democrat, no less). “I went and it was brutal. I never met a more narcissistic man,
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That Time Woody Harrelson Had Dinner With Donald Trump and Jesse Ventura (Video)

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That Time Woody Harrelson Had Dinner With Donald Trump and Jesse Ventura (Video)
Woody Harrelson, retired pro wrestler Jesse Ventura and Donald Trump (when the White House was just a twinkle in his eye) walked into a restaurant — it sounds like the making of a very bad joke but the “Lbj” actor said it really happened in 2002. On Friday night’s “Real Time,” Harrelson told the show’s host, Bill Maher,” that in 2002, Ventura extended an invitation to join him for dinner with Trump. “He said, ‘Would you come with me? Trump’s gonna try to get me to be his running mate on the 2004 ticket,'” Harrelson said, pointing out that it.
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‘Real Time’: Woody Harrelson Recalls “Brutal” Dinner With Donald Trump

Update with video So about that time Woody Harrelson had dinner with Jesse Ventura and Donald Trump… Harrelson, plugging his upcoming star turn in Rob Reiner’s Lbj, was on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher when the topic turned – as it naturally does – to dinner with Trump. The year was 2002. Ventura had already made the move from wrestling to politics, having become the Governor of Minnesota in 1998. By 2002, he’d announced he wouldn’t seek re-election. At that point…
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What The Running Man teaches us about 2017

Ryan Lambie Oct 26, 2017

Eighties action flick The Running Man was set in a dystopian version of the present. So what did the movie get right about 2017?

"By 2017, the world economy has collapsed. Food, natural resources and oil are in short supply. A police state, divided into paramilitary zones, rules with an iron hand. Television is controlled by the state and a sadistic game show called The Running Man has become the most popular program in history..."

See related Gunpowder episode 1 review Amazon Prime UK: what’s new in October 2017? New on Netflix UK: what's added in October 2017?

So reads the opening crawl of The Running Man, a Stephen King novel loosely adapted as a sci-fi action vehicle for brawny star Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987. If you've been loitering around Twitter, you may be familiar with its angular white typeface set against a blood red background, as users have screencapped and shared
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Predator returns to UK cinemas for 30th anniversary

Park Circus Films has announced that the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic Predator is returning to UK cinemas this November in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

Directed by John McTiernan, Predator sees Arnie’s Dutch leading an elite squad of U.S. Army commandos to a remote region of the South American jungle, where they have been assigned to search for officials who have been kidnapped by guerrilla terrorists. However, they soon discover that they are not alone in the jungle, as a mysterious alien visitor is hunting the team, and eliminating them one by one.

Predator sees Arnold joined in the cast by Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham, Elpidia Carrillo, Richard Chaves, Jesse Ventura and Shane Black, the latter of whom gets behind the camera for next year’s sequel/reboot The Predator.

Predator returns to UK cinemas from November 9th, and you can find details of the screenings here.
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Predator Gets a New Trailer For The Action Movie's 30th Anniversary

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of 1987's action alien flick, 20th Century Fox and Park Circus have released a new trailer for John McTiernan's Predator. The action classic is even making a return to theaters in the UK.  

Back in 1987, Predator opened #1 at the box office in the middle of June. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his many iconic roles, Carl WeathersElpidia CarrilloBill DukeJesse VenturaSonny LandhamRichard Chaves, and, yes, even Shane Black.

Fox has not announced any plans for a Us re-release yet. Predator will return to UK cinemas this November. Hopefully, the Us gets a 30th-anniversary re-release!

Here's the new UK trailer for the 30th anniversary of John McTiernan's Predator, from YouTube:

And if you need even more convincing of why Predator is such an awesome action classic. Take a look at this little tribute video I made a long
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New Trailer for 30th Anniv. of Schwarzenegger Action Classic 'Predator'

"It came for the thrill of the hunt. It picked the wrong man to hunt." While we wait for Shane Black's new The Predator, set to hit theaters in 2018, we can all revisit the original. 20th Century Fox and Park Circus have released a new trailer for the 30th anniversary of John McTiernan's Predator, returning to theaters (in the UK) this November. The action classic was first released in 1987 and actually opened #1 at the box office in the middle of June, earning a total of $59.7 million during its Us theatrical run. Predator starred Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his early iconic roles, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, and, yes, even Shane Black. I wish this was a 4K restored re-release, but I don't think it is. Still, it's still awesome to see this film returning to theaters again. Here's the new
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Worst Stephen King Movies of All Time

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Worst Stephen King Movies of All Time
Two months after The Dark Tower stunk up the multiplex, It came along and reminded all of us that it's possible to adapt a Stephen King story in a way that can be embraced by audiences and critics, to the tune of new box-office records, even. There are quite a few good films as you can see in our best Stephen King movies list. But while that may be true, there are probably more that just haven't hit the mark.

It's almost hard to blame Hollywood for getting it wrong so often, simply because there have been so many attempts at adaptations from wildly diverse source material, tackled by filmmakers with wide ranging levels of talent. Stanley Kubrick, Frank Darabont, Brian De Palma. There have been some real heavy hitters who have smartly adapted the work of our favorite Maine based ultra prolific author. But for every Stand By Me,
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Why “Ol’ Painless”Still Remains The Coolest Movie Gun Ever

Ol’ Painless, the tree-cutter, the mini gun, the list goes on and on. Any way you say it this weapon is something truly impressive and more than a little devastating. If it were real in this incarnation it’s amazing to realize that it would be severely under-powered and nowhere near as functional. A gun like this should be putting it’s user almost on their butt even with a specialized harness. Even Jesse Ventura would have had trouble with this thing if it’s speed had been dialed up to true specs. It’s a little tough to realize that the movie magic

Why “Ol’ Painless”Still Remains The Coolest Movie Gun Ever
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Sonny Landham, Action Star of Predator, 48 Hours Dies at 76

Sonny Landham, Action Star of Predator, 48 Hours Dies at 76
Native American actor Sonny Landham, who portrayed Billy Sole in 1987's Predator, has sadly passed away at the age of 76. Landham was part Seminole and Cherokee and starred along side Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator as well as roles in 48 Hrs. where he portrayed Billy Bear, The Warriors, Poltergeist, and Firewalker where he starred alongside Chuck Norris and Louis Gossett Jr. In addition to being an actor, Landham was also a professional stuntman and ran for political office in Kentucky, following the lead of fellow Predator stars Schwarzenegger and Jessie Ventura who became the governor of California and Minnesota, respectively.

Variety reports that the Sonny Landham died on Thursday at the age of 76 from congestive heart failure in Lexington, Kentucky. The actor had pretty much stopped acting in recent years and dedicated much of his time to politics, but never succeeded in holding office after not being able to obtain the
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Josh Duhamel, James Franco Turn Death Into Entertainment in 'The Show' Trailer

Josh Duhamel, James Franco Turn Death Into Entertainment in 'The Show' Trailer
In The Show, a thriller directed by Giancarlo Esposito (of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fame), Josh Duhamel plays Adam Rogers, a reality show host who finds himself in an unusual situation.

Rogers is a Chris Harrison-like figure who hosts a dating show that ends in an attempted murder, wherein the runner-up tries to shoot and kill the winner.

As a result of Rogers' quick thinking, he is heralded as a "national hero" (here, James Franco plays an excitable morning show host who heaps praise on Rogers), and
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