Just in time for Thanksgiving festivities, we have a new exclusive TV spot from Gary Fleder’s Homefront to get you in the holiday spirit. Written by Sylvester Stallone and based on the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront stars Jason Statham as a former DEA agent who moves to a quiet town with his daughter. Unfortunately, he runs afoul of the local drug dealer, played by James Franco, and tensions quickly escalate.
Also starring Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank Grillo, Homefront opens November 27th. Hit the jump to watch our exclusive spot.
New high-resolution images from a trio of upcoming releases have landed online. Briefly:
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A new image from director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel features Jamie Foxx’s villain pre-transformation, along with hi-res versions of a couple of previously released photos. The film opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
- Out of the Furnace – A large batch of new hi-res images from director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama, starring Christian Bale as an ex-con who goes searching for his missing brother (Casey Affleck). The film opens on December 6th.
- Grudge Match – A few new images from the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone comedy, which revolves around a rematch between two old, bitter boxing rivals. The film opens on Christmas Day.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images.
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.”
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 Grillo, Homefront opens November 27th.
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.
Summit Entertainment has released the first clip from director Mikael Hafstrom’s actioner Escape Plan, and if you’ve been itching to see Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone square off in a fight, today’s your lucky day. 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. Schwarzenegger plays a fellow inmate and accomplice in the jailbreak. In this debut clip, we see the two start a jail fight that appears to be part of their plan. It showcases a healthy blend of comedy that harkens back to the action films of the 1980s and 90s, so hopefully that tone is prevalent throughout the entire film.
Hit the jump to watch the clip and to check out a few new images. The film also stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Amy Ryan. Escape Plan opens September 27th.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Peter Segal’s (The Longest Yard) upcoming comedy Grudge Match. Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro star as two retired professional boxers who used to be boxers. When they end up getting into a fight while filming mo-cap for a boxing video game, an official rematch is planned and the older gentlemen now have to get into shape. While a boxing movie starring Stallone and De Niro could have easily been a straight drama, this trailer shows that Grudge Match is very much a comedy—complete with a Rocky gag and plenty of “you’re so old that ___” jokes. There’s also a bit with a creepy CGI’d version of Stallone’s younger self retiring from acting, but overall the chemistry between the two and their trainers (played by Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin) looks fairly promising.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Kim Basinger, and Camden Grey. Grudge Match opens on Christmas Day.
Arnold Schwarzenegger wants you to know two things: 1) He’s having a good time on the set of The Expendables 3; 2) He enjoys smoking his stogies between takes. Schwarzenegger previously sent out a photo of him hanging out with director Patrick Hughes and new co-star Harrison Ford, and today he’s used his Instagram to release another set photo. This time, he’s being macho with Hughes and Sylvester Stallone. For those unfamiliar with the plot, Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, Ronda Rousey, and Victor Ortiz. The Expendables 3 opens in theaters on August 15, 2014.
While Sylvester Stallone resurrected the Rambo franchise in 2008 with a new film, movement on a fifth Rambo feature has been fairly slow. Stallone has teased that the next feature would either be in the vein of Unforgiven or a “passing of the torch” to a new lead character, but now it appears that Rambo might live on in a different medium. THR reports that Entertainment One and Nu Image are developing a TV series iteration of Rambo, and Stallone is currently in negotiations to be involved with the project “on a creative level.” Moreover, Stallone might potentially star in the show in a reprisal of his Rambo role. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: Stallone's reps have reached out to strongly deny that the actor would be involved with the TV series. Read the full comment after the jump.]
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.
New images have been released from the upcoming films:
- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, and the Channel 4 News Team stay classy in two new images. The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell. The sequel opens December 20th.
- Prisoners – Three new images from the crime-thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on September 20th.
- Grudge Match – The first official image from the film starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal, Camden Gray, and Kim Basinger. The comedy gets into a crowded box office ring on December 25th.
Hit the jump to check out the images.
The grumpy factor of The Expendables 3 has just undergone a net change of zero. Sylvester Stallone tweeted earlier today that Bruce Willis is out of the film, but Harrison Ford is now in. It’s unclear if Ford will be playing Willis’ character from the previous two films or if he’ll be given a new character, but Stallone noted that he has “been waiting years for this” re: working with Ford. Stallone followed the news up with a tweet that appears to be aimed squarely at Willis: “GREEDY AND LAZY ….. A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE.” Red Hill director Patrick Hughes is poised to direct the sequel with a cast that includes Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, Kellan Lutz, and Milla Jovovich, and we should hear more casting news in the coming weeks. Rumors have swirled that Mel Gibson will be playing the villain, but we have thus far received no confirmation on that front. [Update: The Wrap's Jeff Sneider confirms Ford will play a new character and is not a direct replacement for Willis.]
Production on Expendables 3 should begin later this year or early next year, as the film is slated for release on August 15, 2014.
Director Ryan Coogler’s feature film debut Fruitvale Station took the Sundance Film Festival by storm earlier this year, picking up a handful of awards and becoming one of the most talked-about films of the fest. The Weinstein Company quickly swooped in and picked the film up for distribution, and the true-life story started opening in theaters a couple of weekends ago ahead of what’s sure to be an intense awards season run. Now it appears that Coogler is ready to team up with his Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan sooner rather than later, as the two are in early talks to make a Rocky spinoff film focusing on the grandson of Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed. Hit the jump for more.
We heard last month that Mel Gibson was eying the villain role in The Expendables 3. The intersection between Expendables fans and those who somehow remain in Gibson’s corner will find Sylvester Stallone‘s latest tweet interesting: “Mad Max vs Barney Ross……” Although the Lethal Weapon series is more in line with the Expendables approach to life, Stallone’s wording is slightly catchier than “Martin Riggs vs Barney Ross……” Notice that Stallone did not tweet “Mel Gibson has officially signed on to play the villain in The Expendables 3……,” so this is far from official. Stallone knows more than we do, but we will wait for more information on the nature and size of Gibson’s role, if he’s in the sequel at all.
Starring Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, and Milla Jovovich, The Expendables 3 opens August 15, 2014.
The thriller Escape Plan won’t have a panel at this year’s Comic-Con, but Summit Entertainment is planning to do fans one better. The film stars Sylvester Stallone as a structural security expert who is wrongly imprisoned, and must break out of a seemingly inescapable facility with the help of a fellow inmate (Sylvester Stallone). Looking at the trailer, I think the flick looks like a fun 90s throwback, and now Comic-Con attendees will get a chance to see if the movie can deliver on its potential at a special fan screening. According to the press release, the screening will be on Thursday, July 18th, and “Passes for the screening will be available through online giveaways, at the Summit Booth on the convention floor on July 18th, and via giveaway outside the screening location, the evening of the event, while supplies last.” The fan line outside the theater (701 5th Ave) will open at 5:00pm. Stallone and Schwarzenegger will be on hand for the red carpet, so I expect the excitement from the crowd will be completely nuts.
Hit the jump for the full press release. Escape Plan opens October 18th.