Jason Statham and Izabela Vidovic Talk HOMEFRONT, the Action Scenes, the Script by Sylvester Stallone, THE EXPENDABLES 3, FAST & FURIOUS 7, and More

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Opening this week is the Jason Statham-starrer Homefront.   Adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront centers on DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves to a quiet town with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord (James Franco), his band of thugs, and meth’d-out sister (played by Kate Bosworth in a bit of a shocking turn).  Homefront also stars Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lafevre, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller and Frank Grillo.  For more on the film, watch the red-band or regular trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Statham and Vidovic.   They talked about doing the action scenes, rehearsals, playing a father and daughter, just how many Statham movies Izabela had seen before filming Homefront, and more.  In addition, Statham talked about the script by Stallone, how the film attracted great actors to the supporting roles, and The Expendables 3 and Fast & Furious 7.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic and Director Gary Fleder Talk HOMEFRONT, Stunts, Action, Kittens and More

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Opening November 27th, Homefront follows the classic Western paradigm of an ex-lawman who goes to live a quiet life in a small town only to discover he can’t escape his troubled past.  Jason Statham plays former DEA agent Phil Broker, a family man who moves off the grid with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) to a seemingly quiet bayou backwater until meth kingpin Gator Bodine (James Franco) puts them in harm’s way forcing Broker back into action.  Directed by Gary Fleder from a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone based on the book by Chuck Logan, the action thriller also stars Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder.

At the film’s recent press day, Statham, Franco, Ryder, Bosworth, Vidovic and Fleder talked about bringing depth and humanity to the characters, finding the right emotional tone, Bosworth’s physical transformation, Statham’s unusual role as a father protecting his daughter, handling the dangerous stunts and action sequences, how production designer Greg Berry and D.P. Theo Van de Sande created the film’s authentic look, shooting on location in rural southern Louisiana, and composer Mark Isham’s indigenous score that acknowledges the region.  Franco also revealed what he’s learned from teaching, how he balances it with his busy filmmaking career, and his decision to adopt the film’s kittens.  Hit the jump to read the interview. 

Dwayne Johnson Shares New FAST & FURIOUS 7 Images Teasing Fight with Jason Statham

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Nowadays the marketing campaigns for films begin in the midst of production.  With the advent of Twitter and Instagram, many filmmakers and actors have made a habit of sharing teaser images with fans while production is ongoing.  One such property taking advantage of social media is Fast & Furious 7, as we’ve already seen a number of behind-the-scenes images from the set of director James Wan’s action sequel, and now Dwayne Johnson is adding a couple more to the pile.  Johnson has been teasing his return as Hobbs on Twitter, and he recently shared two images from the Fast 7 set—one of Hobbs looking mighty intimidating on an abandoned street, and another promising a fight sequence between Johnson’s character and Jason Statham’s villain.

Hit the jump to check out both images.  Fast & Furious 7 opens in theaters on July 11, 2014.

Jason Statham to Take Over Daniel Craig Role in LAYER CAKE Follow-Up VIVA LA MADNESS

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Jason Statham is looking to return to his British roots with a follow-up to the 2004 Matthew Vaughn film Layer Cake.  Deadline reports that Statham and producing partner Steve Chasman have acquired the rights to author J.J. Connolly’s Layer Cake follow-up novel Viva La Madness with an eye towards Statham taking over the unnamed protagonist role that was filled by Daniel Craig in Vaughn’s film.  Connolly will script Viva La Madness, which finds the character moving into the world of international crime with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, and high-tech electronic fraud.  More after the jump.

Never Send a Boy to do a Man’s Job; Check Out a Promo Poster for THE EXPENDABLES 3

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With director Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3 due August 15, 2014, I’d imagine we’re getting close to seeing the first trailer/footage from the film.  As most of you know, the next installment has Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson.  Returning for the sequel are Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Harrison Ford joining the all-star cast along with Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.  No matter what you think of The Expendables franchise, you have to admit it’s a hell of a cast, and one I can’t wait to see kicking ass next summer.

So while we wait for the first footage to hit, we were sent a promo poster which you can check out after the jump.  It’s got the tag line, “Never send a boy to do a man’s job.”

Two New Set Photos from FAST & FURIOUS 7 Starring Vin Diesel and Jason Statham

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Vin Diesel has been very open with sharing photos from the set of Fast & Furious 7.  It’s a nice way to connect with fans, and proof that just because a movie is highly anticipated, that doesn’t mean the set has to be locked down like Fort Knox.  Of course, there’s nothing in here that will spoil the movie, but it’s fun to see Diesel and Jason Statham, who plays the film’s heavy, looking over the script. It’s also funny to see a glass of wine between them even though it’s a prop.

Hit the jump to check out the set photos.  The film also stars Paul Walker, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, John Brotherton, and Dwayne JohnsonFast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014.

Idris Elba Cast in JURASSIC WORLD?; Jason Statham May Join Paul Feig’s SUSAN COOPER; Nelsan Ellis Cast in James Brown Pic, GET ON UP

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Here’s a bit more casting for you this evening:

  • Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) is rumored to be starring in director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World.  The fourth picture in the Jurassic Park franchise stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), and Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey).
  • Jason Statham (Homefront) is about to enter negotiations to star in Paul Feig’s upcoming spy comedy, Susan Cooper, starring Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) in the title role.
  • Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) has landed the role of Bobby Byrd in Tate Taylor’s James Brown pic, Get on Up.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

New Red-Band Trailer for HOMEFRONT Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank Grillo

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If you have doubts that James Franco can play an unhinged, meth-cooking, backwoods gangster named Gator, then this new red-band trailer for Homefront might just change your mind.  Written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Gary Fleder, Homefront stars Jason Statham as a former DEA agent who moves to a quiet town with his daughter in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord and his band of thugs.  I hope Statham saves some energy to kick his realtor’s ass because this town is the worst ever.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Also starring Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank GrilloHomefront opens November 27th.

First Trailer for HOMEFRONT Starring Jason Statham and James Franco, Written by Sylvester Stallone

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The first trailer for Jason Statham-starrer Homefront is now available and it clearly plays to the action man’s strengths, namely kicking ass, taking names and not saying all that much beyond the occasional one-liner.   Adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront centers on DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves his family to a quiet town that just happens to be Meth-Central, USA.  When his daughter runs afoul of a tweaker family’s kid, the meth’d-out mother (played by Kate Bosworth in a bit of a shocking turn) seeks retribution from the local drug lord, Gator (James Franco) and his gang.  While I don’t buy Franco as the threatening sort, I’d happily watch Statham punch through Gator’s army of thugs any day.

Be sure to check out the first images from Homefront here.  Also starring Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lafevre, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller and Frank Grillo, Homefront opens November 27th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 Begins Filming; Synopsis Released; Cage, Chan, Rourke, and Jovovich Absent from Cast List

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Lionsgate and Millennium Films have announced that principal photography on The Expendables 3 has begun in Bulgaria and at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia.  The upcoming film pits Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his team against his old partner Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson).  Stonebanks is out for revenge, and so Barney must round-up a gang of younger team members to join the Expendables.  This is an odd synopsis considering that the high-profile new names are veterans Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Harrison Ford.  The younger additions consist of Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, and boxing champion Victor Ortiz.  The most notable aspect of the press release is the omissions.  Deadline had previously reported that Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan, and Milla Jovovich were on board, but they’re not mentioned in this press release.  Additionally, Stallone had said that Mickey Rourke would return, but he’s also absent.  Perhaps their roles were…dispensable.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The Expendables 3 is due out August 15, 2014.

PARKER Blu-ray Review

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Richard Stark’s anti-hero Parker was made for Jason Statham, who has spent the last decade establishing himself as the heir apparent to Charles Bronson. In many ways, Parker should be a slam dunk for him, positing a lean revenge thriller that gives him countless opportunities to drop the pain hammer on deserving miscreants of all stripes. So why, then, does it feel like half measures? Hit the jump for my full review.

Director James Wan Talks Joining the FAST & FURIOUS Franchise and FAST 7; Says He’s Currently Designing Action Sequences

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While it wasn’t a surprise that this May’s Fast & Furious 6 opened to enormous box office and has had strong legs in the ensuing weeks given how well Fast Five did, it was surprising to learn that Justin Lin, who has helmed every FF entry since Tokyo Drift, opted not to return for Fast & Furious 7.  With Furious 6 poised to bring in a hell of a lot of money, Universal put the franchise’s seventh entry on the fast track earlier this year with an eye towards rushing it out for release next summer.  Exhausted from already helming Fast Five and Furious Six nearly back-to-back and worried about the fast-paced production schedule needed for 7, Lin decided to bow out of the franchise.  The studio wasted no time finding a replacement, though, making an inspiring choice by tapping Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring helmer James Wan to direct the seventh pic.

While Wan is understandably knee-deep in pre-production on Fast & Furious 7 at the moment in order to start filming later this year, the director recently provided a bit of an update on the film, confirming the actor that will be playing the pic’s villain.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer and Poster for REDEMPTION Starring Jason Statham

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A new trailer and poster have been released for Redemption (known as “Hummingbird” overseas).  The film stars Jason Statham as an ex-special forces soldier who winds up homeless after going on the run from a court marshal. Joey then steals another man’s identity, and befriends a nun (Agata Buzek).  As we saw in the previous trailer, this is a more dramatic role for Statham, but the action beats are still there.  This leaves me wondering if Statham has even done a movie where he doesn’t hit somebody.  If so, Statham should make a family film.  I would see Cheaper by the Dozen 3 if it starred Jason Statham.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.

New Set Photos from NEED FOR SPEED, HEAT, and David O. Russell’s Untitled Abscam Movie

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This morning we’ve got a set photo round-up for your viewing pleasure:

  • Need for Speed – The adaptation of the popular video game series is going to have some absolutely sick cars.  Even the sheriff has a sweet ride.  The film opens March 14, 2014 and stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malik, Harrison Gilbertson, and Michael Keaton.
  • Heat – The story enters on Nick Escalante (Jason Statham), a compulsive gambler on the streets of Vegas who takes odd jobs providing “security” to support his addiction.  The film also stars Sofia Vergara and Michael Angarano.
  • Untitled Abscam Movie – David O. Russell’s film is based a real-life undercover sting operation called “Abscam”, which was set up in the late 70s-early 80s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress.  The film stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Rohm, Alessandro Nivola, and Louis CK.  The film opens December 13th.

Hit the jump to check out the set photos.

Trailer for HUMMINGBIRD Starring Jason Statham

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A trailer has been released for Steven Knight‘s Hummingbird.  The film stars Jason Statham as “Joey, ex-special forces soldier who winds up homeless after going on the run from a court marshal. Joey then steals another man’s identity and befriends a nun (Agata Buzek).”  It’s become increasingly easy to write off Statham’s movies because he basically plays the same character: The Guy You Don’t Hunt or Betray or Else He’ll Kick Your Ass.  However, this trailer for Hummingbird looks surprisingly dramatic, and while I can’t help but giggle at Statham’s long-hair wig, Knight’s film could be a more than welcome change of pace for the actor.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Hummingbird opens in the UK on May 17th.

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