I’ve used this space on a few occasions to profess my love for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary series and today’s opening paragraph will get a similar treatment. Director Zak Levitt‘s aptly titled Bad Boys debuted this past Thursday night and, even as someone who grew up adoring the Chicago Bulls, I loved almost every second of it (even with his Detroit roots, I could have lived without the Kid Rock narration). The film focuses on the years of Detroit Pistons basketball known as “The Bad Boys Era”, which included back-to-back NBA Championships for the franchise in ’89 and ’90. As is often the case with 30 for 30 films, Levitt does a nice job of framing the Pistons’ iconic run within a societal context; in this case, the 1967 Detroit riot. In doing this, the pic not only offers a fascinating perspective of the team itself but also great insight into what their trademark physical style of play meant to a city still reeling from the effects of the riot. Less important, but an added plus nonetheless, is the fact that I’m now buzzing with nostalgia for the SNES game Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball.
My broken record praise of 30 for 30 aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, Steve’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit, Transcendence interviews and Matt’s review, Steve’s The Expendables 3 set visit, and Zack Snyder discussing Batman vs. Superman costumes and more. Do the right thing and keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
A new batch of The Expendables 3 images is making its way around the net this afternoon. Hopefully you caught the image we premiered early today, which comes in advance of Steve’s set visit report dropping tomorrow morning. The new images feature more behind-the-scenes looks at stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, and director Patrick Hughes. If you want to see all of them and more in action, click here to watch the film’s recently released roll call. You can also check out 16 character posters here. Hit the jump to take a look at the new The Expendables 3 images.
If you’re looking forward to The Expendables 3, you’re about to be very happy. Not only did Lionsgate provide us with a new Expendables 3 image featuring Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Sylvester Stallone, director Patrick Hughes, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, and Jason Statham, tomorrow morning my set visit embargo lifts so you can expect more photos, my set visit wrote up, and great interviews with the cast. While I can’t say too much until tomorrow, just know that the movie looks like a very fun action flick and the new cast should add a lot to the picture. I also cannot wait to see Mel Gibson fighting Stallone.
Hit the jump to check out the new Expendables 3 image, and make sure to hit Collider tomorrow morning for more on the film.
Given the near universal praise it has received, I doubt that one more voice in its corner will persuade you to check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend if you weren’t already planning on it (especially when that “one voice” belongs to yours truly). Still yet, that fact won’t prevent me from gushing about it in these next few sentences. The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The action, humor, performances, and storytelling are all on point and work seamlessly together to create what is instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies and, more impressively, a really good film in general. It joins The Avengers on the short list of Marvel movies that I can see myself revisiting outside of canon just to enjoy again as a singular experience. While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism should be retained until you see it for yourself, I feel comfortable in saying that you can believe the hype surrounding The Winter Soldier.
In addition to me continuing to high-five the new Cap film, this week’s Top 5 also features the first trailer for director Luc Besson‘s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, our 22 Jump Street set visit coverage, the first teaser trailer for The Expendables 3, and a look at our most anticipated films from April to June. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
I’m a big fan of the recently released character posters for Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3. They show the guys (and gal), old faces and new, all having a good time on set instead of being all jammed together in a Photoshopped group shot with an explosive background. We premiered a trio of them, but now all 16 are available for you to enjoy. There are quite a few names to keep straight, but watching the cast’s roll call video should help.
The film opens August 15th and stars Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. Hit the jump to check them all out in their very own The Expendables 3 posters.
Lionsgate has released a roll call/teaser trailer for The Expendables 3. While this footage bills this outing as the “last” time, I have trouble believing that. But that’s a concern for the future. Right now, this teaser provides the first footage from the movie (explosions!), and mostly provides a roll call of the many, many tough guys (and gal) populating the movie. But that’s fine since The Expendables movies are more about a stacked cast than anything else.
Hit the jump to check out the The Expendables 3 teaser trailer, and click here to see some of the character posters/glamour shots. The film stars (deep breath) Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. The Expendables 3 opens August 15th.
Lionsgate has released a teaser trailer for director Patrick Hughes’ action sequel The Expendables 3. The follow-up finds Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson. There’s no hint of that story in this first teaser trailer as the cast is simply too large to give everyone screentime in the time allotted. Taking that into account, everyone and their mother is wheeled out to strike an action pose in what’s essentially a cast introduction.
Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer. The film also stars Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. The Expendables 3 opens on August 15, 2014.
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.
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.”
The Terminator and Indiana Jones were palling around on the first day of filming for the action sequel The Expendables 3, and we have the photographic evidence to prove it. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently shared an image from the set of the actioner that shows him alongside a flight suited-up Harrison Ford with their director Patrick Hughes. The film’s story finds Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson. While we’ll have to wait a while to see the first footage, this image of Schwarzenegger and Ford side by side should make for a sufficient tease.
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.
Sharni Vinson may not be a name that you’re familiar with just yet, but it will be soon. The Australian actress leads the excellent new horror film You’re Next in a true breakout role, and now sources confirm to us that Vinson has joined the cast of producer Adi Shankar’s all-female Expendables project. The untitled film already has Gina Carano and Katee Sackhoff onboard to star, and if you’ve seen Vinson’s work in You’re Next you’ll no doubt agree that she makes an excellent addition to the untitled actioner. The pic is still being put together with Dutch Southern writing the screenplay, but Vinson’s casting confirms that development is indeed progressing towards an eventual production start-date.
Most recently, Shankar produced a pair of comic book-friendly short films, Dirty Laundry with Thomas Jane and Truth in Journalism with Ryan Kwanten. He was also an executive producer on last year’s Dredd.
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.
We’re a week out from the start of production on Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3 and we’re still not 100% of what the cast will look like. The cast of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Antonio Banderas, Ronda Rousey, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Victor Ortiz, and Kellan Lutz has been confirmed by producer Boaz Davidson (via Bleeding Cool). Notable additions include newcomers Ford, Gibson, Snipes, Banderas, Rousey, Ortiz and Lutz, while the absence of Bruce Willis may not be a permanent move. Milla Jovovich, Jackie Chan and Nicolas Cage are also expected to appear.
There may still be room for some more whipper-snappers to join the party, especially since Heat Vision reports that 24-year-old Glen Powell (The Dark Knight Rises) has also joined the cast. He’ll play a combat veteran, hacker and drone pilot. Who knows, if he survives to the end of the film, maybe he’ll be in future installments. Look for The Expendables 3 on August 15, 2014.
The cast for The Expendables 3 continues to take shape. A few days ago, Sylvester Stallone revealed that Bruce Willis was out of the film, but that Harrison Ford had now joined the cast. Today, The Wrap reports that Mel Gibson has been confirmed to play the baddie in the pic and Antonio Banderas has signed on to join the action ensemble. Gibson was previously rumored to play the film’s antagonist after Stallone initially reached out to him about possibly directing, and now it appears that the deal has been closed. There’s no firm word on who Banderas will be playing, but one assumes it’ll be a middle-aged character proficient in badassery.
Red Hill director Patrick Hughes is taking the helm this time around, and other cast members include Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Kellan Lutz, and Milla Jovovoich. The Expendables 3 opens in theaters on August 15, 2014.
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.