Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger would really like it to be the 1980s, or at the very least, the 90s. For Stallone, he had Tango & Cash, Cliffhanger, and Demolition Man. For Schwarzenegger, he had Total Recall, Terminator 2, and True Lies. Over the past several years, they’ve tried to rejuvenate their careers by giving the fans the team-up films they didn’t get 20-30 years ago. Their past outings with The Expendables movies have been straight fan service with Schwarzenegger spouting lines like “I’m back!” Escape Plan is their first real movie together, and while it’s a nice evolution for Schwarzenegger, the movie is caught between playing it straight and acknowledging the goofiness of its premise. It eventually breaks free to embrace its B-movie personality, but it has a hard time getting there.
The first trailer has been released for the action film, Escape Plan. Formerly titled “The Tomb“, Sylvester Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security. Breslin is framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own master design, and must escape in order to find out who framed him and why. Stallone is joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays a fellow inmate and accomplice in the jail break. The trailer makes the flick look like an old-school action flick, and one that could be a whole lot of fun. Schwarzenegger and Stallone could have played these roles twenty years ago, but they don’t seem too old to play them now.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Amy Ryan. Escape Plan opens September 27th.
You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off. You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers. There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house. What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town. It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.
The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting. We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about. Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.
You’ll have to wait until August 17th to see Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone together again in The Expendables 2, but this video from the set visit of The Tomb should hold you over. Production started recently in New Orleans on the Mikael Hafstrom (1408) picture that stars Sly as Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security who is framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own design. In prison, Breslin meets Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), the leader of the prisoners who wants to get out just as badly as Breslin does. In this video, Stallone and Schwarzenegger comment further on their characters in The Tomb, their work together on The Expendables and The Expendables 2, and the old-school machismo of action movies and their stars, which Sly calls, “male pattern badness.” Written by Miles Chapman (Road House 2: Last Call) and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher), The Tomb also stars Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jim Caviezel, Amy Ryan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, and new addition Sam Neill. Hit the jump to check it out along with some images from the set.
As Cannes roles on, more deals are being made, and that means there’s new casting new announce. First up, Variety reports that Maggie Gyllenhaal will star in the supernatural thriller Voice from the Stone. Directed by Eric Howell and based off the Italian novel, Le Voce Della Pietra, the story has Gyllenhaal playing “a nurse drawn to the aid of a young boy who is haunted by malevolent forces within the walls of an old house in the Italian countryside. As she develops a relationship with the father of the boy, she also becomes haunted by the same evil presence and must fight to save herself and the boy.” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Don’t help haunted children. Gyllenhaal is currently filming the drama Still I Rise with Viola Davis and she’s attached to star in Hysteria opposite Hugh Dancy, and a biopic of musician Bill Monroe.
Hit the jump for awful casting news regarding Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
Hey, remember that trailer we showed you in March for the awful-looking Bruce Willis/50 Cent thriller Setup? It may have looked laughably-bad to all of us, but apparently Willis and Fiddy had a fun time working together because they’re re-teaming for another indie crime flick. Variety reports that Willis and 50 Cent (I was going to simply say “actors”, but then I realized that would only be half-true) along with Josh Duhamel will star in Fire with Fire. The story “centers on a fireman in the witness protection program. When he’s threatened by the man he plans to testify against, he takes matters into his own hands to save the love of his life.” There’s no justice quite like fireman justice. Just ask Howie Long. David Barrett will direct from a script by Tom Conner.
Voltage Films will be selling the rights to the film at Cannes next week. Filming is expected to begin on June 27th with an almost-inevitable-direct-to-DVD release date to be announced at a later date.
[Things Fall Apart screened at this year's Atlanta Film Festival.]
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson can’t act. It’s not a slam against his character; it’s just something he can’t do. But his lack of acting ability is an absolute killer in the Mario Van Peebles drama Things Fall Apart where Jackson takes on the role of a football player who gets cancer. Jackson seriously committed to making a full-on physical transformation for the role, but he apparently couldn’t be bothered to take an acting lesson, which makes all of his hard work seem like a waste. Even if the film didn’t hinge on Jackson’s performance, it would still be beset by maudlin clichés, irritating supporting characters, and poor direction.
If you thought 50 Cent couldn’t scoop up any more great actors in his cinematic wave of destruction, you were dead, dead wrong. We’ve seen the comical trailer for the trying-too-hard drama Things Fall Apart; the trailer for Setup showed the likes of Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe somehow drawn into its cast. NOLA reports that Curtis Jackson’s next movie, Freelancers, locked in Robert De Niro; Deadline adds that Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to join the cast. Jessy Terrero (who brought us the forgettable Soul Plane) will helm Freelancers, the story of the son of a murdered NYPD cop who joins the police academy, graduates, and gets recruited by a group of rogue cops led by his father’s old partner (De Niro). Freelancers is scheduled to shoot four weeks in New Orleans starting in April.
Sounds interesting? Well, let’s not count our chickens before the trailer hatches.
A couple weeks ago, we showed you the hilariously-awful trailer for Things Fall Apart starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. While some rappers have shown they can excel at music and acting, 50 Cent is not one of those rappers. Any on-stage charisma he has vanishes when he’s on camera, and his gigantic teeth seem to get in the way of him intelligibly delivering dialogue.
But if you saw the trailer for Things Fall Apart and were left thinking, “Man, I wish there was more where that came from,” then you’re in luck. The trailer for future direct-to-DVD movie Setup has gone online and it will leave you wondering, “Seriously, Bruce Willis? You’re in this? Did you forget you’re an A-Lister?” I can understand when Val Kilmer co-stars with 50 Cent in Gun, but this just baffles me to pieces.
Hit the jump to see Willis making a toast to “crime” and informing a hapless thug that “God has left Detroit.”
I have to give Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson credit for pursuing dramatic work. Unfortunately, that’s about all the credit I can give him because he’s not a very good actor. While I admire his dedication and physical transformation to play a cancer-stricken football player in Things Fall Apart, the trailer makes it look like a Lifetime movie (I was about to write “A bad Lifetime movie”, but realized that was redundant). I like how the trailer kicks off with a big football game and a crowd cheering in an almost-empty stadium.
I don’t want to spoil the rest of the hilarity, so check out the trailer after the jump. Things Fall Apart also stars Ray Liotta wondering how his career got to this point.
Bruce Willis and Paul Walker are in talks to star opposite Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in Set Up, the feature debut of writer/director Mike Gunther. According to Variety, the action thriller centers on “a group of friends who are catapulted into the middle of a diamond heist that turns deadly.” A pretty generic logline, so the value of this one is up to the cast. Given the range of filmic effect (Willis: positive; 50 Cent: negative; Walker: none), we could end up with something wonderfully mediocre.
Willis is currently working on The Cold Light of Day, with Rian Johnson’s Looper and the drama Ten up next on his schedule. Walker will next be seen in Fast Five, the fifth film in the Fast & Furious series, starting June 10, 2011.
Meg Ryan (The Women), Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Twelve), John Lithgow (Dexter), Joe Anderson (The Crazies), and Kat Dennings (Thor) assume the lead roles in the ensemble drama Lives of the Saints. Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl), Anthony Anderson (Law & Order), and Esai Morales (Caprica) also appear in the film, the feature debut of writer/director Chris Rossi.
According to Variety, the film tells “the intertwining stories of a group of Angelenos seeking redemption for past mistakes, only to find that forgiveness comes from unlikely places.” Like any logline that contains the phrase “comes from unlikely places,” this one sounds terrible. But the cast is mad eclectic. That’s got to be good for something. For instance, a scene between John Lithgow and 50 Cent may achieve the greatest disparity in acting talent ever captured on film. Filming begins November 13th.
It’s not everyday that a film releases a trailer before becoming an entry on Wikipedia, but leave it to 50 Cent to do something special. The trailer for his new film, Gun, co-starring Val Kilmer, dropped recently and boy is it a doozy. Featuring an appropriately buffed-out Fiddy (who wrote the script himself) Gun seems less like a movie and more like a video game with Freudian issues.
The plot is simple. Kilmer, looking like he’s a valued customer at Old Country Buffet, is a convict given a chance at freedom if he can successfully help the police bring down the arms dealer played by 50 Cent. Violence, sex and enough guns to satisfy even Yosemite Sam are all prominently featured. Hit the jump to see what the phrase “high caliber stakes” really means.
Joel Schumacher’s Twelve came in to Sundance 2010 with a lot of buzz, but left with a rather tarnished reputation. The hyper-stylized nature of this new trailer seems to be true to the film, which follows 17-year-old “philosophical drug dealer” White Mike and his interactions with a new drug nicknamed “twelve”. Chace Crawford stars as White Mike (can’t get enough of that character name) in this adaptation of the Nick McDonnell novel; Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, and a non-emaciated 50 Cent co-star.
If nothing else, the slick trailer did introduce me to the too-hip sounds of The Phenomenal Handclap Band, making good use of their “15 to 20.” Maybe Twelve can beat the bad buzz when it arrives in theaters on July 30, 2010. Check out the clip after the jump.
Like Christian Bale (The Machinist) and Tom Hanks (Castaway) before him, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has shed some serious pounds for his upcoming film Things Fall Apart. In the film, Jackson plays a star running back in his senior year of college who is diagnosed with cancer. Mario Van Peebles (Damages) is directing, and cast himself alongside Jackson, Ray Liotta, and Lynn Whitfield.
Normally weighing in at 214 pounds, the rapper is often seen shirtless and rather ripped at his shows. After nine weeks of a liquid diet and three hours on the treadmill each day, Fitty shed 54 pounds to achieve middleweight status at 160 pounds. Jackson promised fans, “I’ve been eating. I’ll be back in shape in no time!” Check out some pics of the weight loss after the jump.