New WILD CARD Trailer a Vast Improvement; Looks Like Jason Statham’s Best Movie In Years

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I like Jason Statham.  I especially like him in other people’s movies because, as a rule, the sub-genre that’s basically come to be known as “Jason Statham movies” isn’t really my thing.  I get the appeal, it’s just not for me.  But Wild Card (while still not exactly in my wheelhouse) looks like it has more personality than your standard Statham fare.  For one, it’s got a better cast.  And, with a script by the legendary William Goldman (who, to be fair, had seen better years prior to writing Dreamcatcher with Lawrence Kasdan), it looks like it has a lot more personality than some of his other films.  This new trailer is also light years better than the international one released a few weeks ago.

Hit the jump to check out the Wild Card trailer.  The film, directed by Simon West, also stars Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia, Dominik García-Lorido, Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara, Max Casella, Jason Alexander, Francois Vincentelli, Davenia McFadden, Chris Browning, Matthew Willig, Greice Santo with Hope Davis and Stanley Tucci.

First WILD CARD Image, Poster, and International Trailer for Simon West’s New Action-Thriller Starring Jason Statham and from Screenwriter William Goldman

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Along with a U.K. poster and French trailer, Lionsgate has released the first Wild Card image online, and it could easily be from just about any other Jason Statham action-thriller.  That’s how much his movies blend together, although this one is particularly amusing in that his character’s name is Nick Wild.  That puts it one step above his previous action films that could have been improved by naming the characters Jerry Mechanic, Howard Homefront, Billy Safe, Jack Blitz, and so forth.  In Wild Card, Nick Wild (hoo-boy) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with a gambling addiction and lethal skills, but when he beats a mob boss’ son in an act of revenge, he must fight against the criminal underworld.

That sounds painfully generic, but here’s where it gets interesting: the film pairs Simon West—director of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic, and Stolen among other crappy movies (excluding Con Air)—and William Goldman, the writer of classic films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, and The Princess Bride.  Goldman has kept busy with script doctor work, but this is his first credited screenplay since 2003′s abysmal Dreamcatcher.  I don’t know how much rewriting has been done on the Wild Card script, but this triumvirate of Statham, West, and Goldman could be too nuts to pass up.  Hit the jump for the image, U.K. poster, and French trailer.  Wild Card opens January 30, 2015, and also stars Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara, Jason Alexander, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci.

CON AIR Director Simon West Says He’d Like to Make CON AIR 2 a “CON AIR in Space” Sequel

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One of the more curious sequel possibilities floating around the past few years has been Con Air 2.  Director Simon West’s 1997 actioner was a modest success at the box office, grossing $224 million worldwide, and while it was a classic Jerry Bruckheimer actioner with many quotable Nicolas Cage lines and a nutty John Malkovich performance, it was somewhat forgotten as the bigger and more four-quadrant friendly blockbusters of the 2000s started changing the moviegoing landscape.  However, fans of Con Air (myself included) were intrigued to hear back in 2011 that West was keen on making a Con Air sequel, and while the film has obviously failed to materialize, West recently spoke a bit more about what he’d like to do with the follow-up, and the “hook” may surprise you.  More after the jump.

THE EXPENDABLES 2 Blu-ray Review

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Fans of the original action hero mash-up The Expendables are in for higher stakes, twice the explosions and more grizzled cast members in The Expendables 2, now available on Blu-ray. While the sequel managed to top the experience of the first film, the Blu-ray has plenty of extras to keep fans busy, including a commentary track by director Simon West (Con Air) that provides a lot of behind-the-scenes info. Want to know what weapons the Expendables used? Want to know how much bigger the sequel could have been? Want to see the real life Expendables the movie characters referenced? Well then hit the jump for my review of The Expendables 2 on Blu-ray. 

Simon West to Direct Jason Statham in HEAT

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We previously announced that action star Jason Statham (The Transporter) would be starring in Heat, and it looks like director Simon West (Con Air) is also on board.  Around the time of Statham’s attachment, Brian De Palma (Scarface) was expected to direct, but now the remake looks to pair West and Statham once again; the director/actor duo have previously worked on The Mechanic and The Expendables 2.  When next they meet, it will be for Heat, a remake of the 1986 film starring Burt Reynolds as a bodyguard taking odd jobs to support his gambling addiction in Vegas.  Hit the jump to see how West and Statham plan on putting a modern spin on the film.

First Trailer for STOLEN Starring Nicolas Cage and Malin Akerman

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The first trailer for the action thriller Stolen has been released.  Previously referred to as Medallion, the film reteams Nicolas Cage with his Con Air director Simon West.  Cage plays a former master thief who only has a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York taxi cab.  Malin Akerman plays Cage’s ex-girlfriend with whom he teams up to find his daughter, while a long-haired Josh Lucas plays the antagonist, Cage’s former partner who’s gone a bit off the deep end.  Despite the cheesy “movie trailer man” voice over, the film actually looks like it could be a fun ride.  The Taken comparisons can’t be ignored, but under the direction of West Stolen doesn’t seem to be taking itself too seriously.  And was that a stuffed animal I saw in Cage’s arms or was I dreaming?

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, and M.C. GaineyStolen opens on September 14th.

Exclusive Poster for THE EXPENDABLES 2 Adds Muscle to “The Last Supper”

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If action movies of the 80s and 90s are my religion, then The Expendables 2 just gave me my last rites.  Lionsgate is letting us premiere a new poster that features the entire kick-ass cast assembled along one of the most famous tables in artistic history.  While scholars have deciphered Da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper” for centuries, the companion image from The Expendables 2 is more my style, complete with guns, skulls and plenty of booze.

Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Scott Adkins and Yu Nan star in the sequel to Stallone’s bone-breaking 2010 original film.  Directed by Simon West, The Expendables 2 opens August 17th.  Hit the jump to see the exclusive poster.

THE EXPENDABLES 2 Clip Features Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Liam Hemsworth

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I make no apologies for being excited about The Expendables 2, regardless of how over the top and absurd it might look.  Actually, I’m excited because of that, not in spite of it.  So now that we’ve got a look at the first clip from the film, I’m happy to say that it’s more or less what you would have expected if you were a fan of the first film.  It features Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) trading bullets, explosions and one-liners with a gang of mercenaries.  Lucky for the expendable duo, they brought backup.

Simon West’s The Expendables 2, also starring Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Liam Hemsworth, Yu Nan, Chuck Norris, Scott Adkins and Jean Claude Van Damme, opens August 17th.  Hit the jump to check out the clip.

First TV Spot for THE EXPENDABLES 2

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The most badass action heroes from the 80s and 90s are back for another knock-down, drag-out slugfest in the first TV spot for this summer’s The Expendables 2.   Simon West (The Mechanic) directs this installment about a band of mercenaries led by Sylvester Stallone and featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme.   Earlier this month, we brought you this fan-made trailer that questions your love of America and fun and encourages you to go see the film.  The Expendables 2, also starring Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Scott Adkins and Yu Nan, opens August 17th.  Hit the jump to see the first TV spot.

Fan-Made Trailer for EXPENDABLES 2 is Not Approved for People Who Hate America and Fun

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Do you love America?  Do you love guns, explosions, muscles, action, tanks, explosions, violence, fighting and explosions?  If you do, then you’re a lot like me, pal.  And we’ve got mutual friends in The Monocular Group, who have put this awesome fan trailer together for The Expendables 2.  They’re also here to remind us that long before a bunch of gussied-up prima donnas assembled to fight evil, there were men to handle our problems: big, strong men with powerful guns and boots on the ground.  In a summer dominated by superhero fare, let us not forget the men that built the foundation of the action movie.  These men include Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Randy Couture and Terry Crews. The Expendables 2 also stars Liam Hemsworth, who has something to prove, and Scott Adkins, who should feel right at home with this crew.  The movie opens this August 17th in America, the Land of Guns and Awesome.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Finances Secured for Computer-Generated 3D Action Thriller THUNDER RUN, Starring Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler and Sam Worthington

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Financials have been squared away for the all-computer-generated, 3D action thriller, Thunder Run, starring Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler and Sam WorthingtonBrian Presley’s Freedom Films was able to secure a P & A arrangement, just prior to the start of Cannes, in a deal that shares the financial burden between Freedom and Fred Malmburg’s Paradox Entertainment.  A good thing, since VFX work has already begun on the ambitious project, an adaptation of a non-fiction  book by Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent, David Zucchino. “Thunder Run – The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad” tells of the capture of the Iraqi capital by American forces at the onset of the Iraq War in April of 2003.  Zucchino’s novel was adapted by Academy Award-winner Robert Port (Twin Towers) and Black Hawk Down screenwriter, Ken Nolan. Hit the jump for more on Thunder Run.

First Trailer and Official Synopsis for THE EXPENDABLES 2, Plus New Promo Poster

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Lionsgate has released the first trailer for The Expendables 2, directed by Simon West (The Mechanic).  It’s a teaser that doesn’t get into plot, or even showcase any major action.  At this early stage, with over 9 months to go until the August 17 release, the film is selling itself entirely on the reputation of the cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Jean Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

If you are interested in the plot, the studio also unveiled the first official synopsis for The Expendables 2 along with a new promo poster.  See it all after the jump.

Simon West in Talks to Direct 1950s Car Racing Movie DUST AND GLORY

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Simon West is in negotiations with Top Cat Media and Blue Star Entertainment to direct Dust and Glory, a car racing movie described as a cross between Mad Max and Jewel of the Nile.  According to THR, “the romance adventure project is set during the 1950s’ Redex trials, which covered more than 10,000 miles of some of the toughest racing terrain in Australia, if not the world.”  Robert Lewis Galinsky adapted the screenplay from the novel Dust and Glory by Evan Green.

I can’t find much more about the out-of-print book (check out this threadbare Amazon page), but there is an official Dust and Glory site with minor updates on the movie.  Top Cat says they are in discussion with an “A-list cast and director.”  West is a solid choice for this type of action movie—we’ll see if that leads to the desired A-list cast.  West is currently shooting The Expendables 2Dust and Glory is tentatively scheduled for a summer 2012 shoot in Australia.

Promo Posters for ASS BACKWARDS, CARNAVAL, and THUNDER RUN Starring Sam Worthington and Gerard Butler

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We’ve got another round up of stuff from the American Film Market to share with you today in the way of promo posters for Ass Backwards, Thunder Run, and Carnaval. Thunder Run is the 3D motion-capture war film starring Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington, and Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Simon West (Con Air), the film centers on the 2003 capture of Baghdad. The comedy Ass Backwards stars Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer, Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Vincent D’Onofrio and centers on two best friends who head back to their hometown in an attempt to win a pageant they never won as children.

Carnaval stars John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville and centers on a sports scout (Cusack) who is forced to head down to Rio de Janeiro to recruit the world’s top soccer player. The scout’s best friend (Knoxville) comes along for the trip, and hijinks ensue. Josh Stern (Swing Vote) will direct.  Hit the jump to check out the promo posters.

Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington, and Matthew McConaughey to Star in 3D Motion-Capture War Movie THUNDER RUN

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A trio of burly men have signed on to the Iraq war movie Thunder Run. Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington, and Matthew McConaughey are set to star in the action-thriller from director Simon West (Con Air). However, this isn’t your typical war pic, as Thompson on Hollywood reports that the film will be made using 3D motion-capture technology. The film centers on the 2003 capture of Baghdad, and is based on David Zucchino’s novel Thunder Run - The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad. Black Hawk Down scribes Robert Port and Ken Nolan are handling screenwriting duties, and the film has apparently been in development for five years. Freedom Films’ Brian Presley had this to say:

“[This will be the] first ever conventional war film made to utilize this revolutionary facial and motion capture technology and state of the art CG and 3D.”

I’m not exactly sure how they plan to make this movie not look like Call of Duty, but it’s certainly a unique idea. Since the motion-capture process necessitates a lengthy post-production, it may be awhile until we actually see the film on the big screen. Hit the jump to read the synopsis of Zucchino’s novel.

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