TOP 5: GONE GIRL Trailer, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Set Visit, TRANSCENDENCE, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Set Visit, Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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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.

35 Things to Know about THE EXPENDABLES 3 from Our Set Visit

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Sylvester Stallone, Randy Couture, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren and Jason Statham are walking through an abandoned building.  The hallways are torn apart.  Debris is everywhere.  The building looks like it’s in the middle of a war zone.  As the Expendables, clad in black clothing and carrying massive automatic weapons, take in their surroundings, they slowly make their way down a long hallway and carefully try to see what’s ahead.  As they reach a closed door they stop.  Stallone motions with his head to open the door and in an instant Couture kicks it open and they all rush in.

Last September, when director Patrick Hughes was filming The Expendables 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria, I was invited to visit the set with a few other reporters.  As a fan of The Expendables movies and especially the cast, I was excited to see them in action, and what I saw and learned on set made me think the third installment is going to be the best of the bunch.  Hit the jump for more.

Sylvester Stallone Talks Topping THE AVENGERS, the Cast, Using Actors’ “Baggage” as an Advantage, and More on the Set of THE EXPENDABLES 3

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You might think after decades of making kick-ass movies, Sylvester Stallone might want to slow down.  You’d be wrong.  While some actors are lucky to have one franchise during their career, Stallone has again and again played roles that fans around the world have loved.  In his latest successful franchise, The Expendables, Stallone leads some of the biggest action stars on the planet and shows no signs of slowing down.

Last year when The Expendables 3 was filming in Bulgaria, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  During a break in filming, we were able to sit down with Stallone for an awesome interview.  He talked about the great additions to the cast, why he chose these particular actors, how he sees the actors’ “baggage” from their previous films as an advantage, why the script changed during production, the younger Expendables joining the film, why he wanted Mel Gibson for the villain, how he tried to get Jack Nicholson for a role, how happy he was to land Dan Bradley as his second unit director, why he wanted Patrick Hughes to direct the film, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Director Patrick Hughes Talks THE EXPENDABLES 3, How He Landed the Job, the Action Sequences, Putting the Cast Together, THE RAID Remake, and More

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Last year, when The Expendables 3 was filming in Bulgaria, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.   As most of you know, The Expendables 3 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 StathamJet LiDolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer and Harrison Ford joining the cast along with Kellan LutzGlen PowellRobert Davi, MMA star Ronda Rousey, and welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz.

While on set, one of the people I really wanted to talk to was director Patrick Hughes.  But as you might imagine, he was incredibly busy trying to make his day, so we were never able to get any time with him.  Thankfully, last week Lionsgate set up an exclusive phone interview with him, so after the jump you can read what he had to say about landing the job, his approach to capturing the action, the experience of directing the incredible cast, what it was like working with Stallone, his take on The Raid remake and how it differs from the original, and so much more.

3 New THE EXPENDABLES 3 Images Go Behind the Scenes with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, and More

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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.

New THE EXPENDABLES 3 Image Features Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, and Jason Statham

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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.

Harrison Ford Doesn’t Care If Han Shot First; Expresses His Interest in Possibly Returning for BLADE RUNNER 2

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Yesterday, Harrison Ford participated in a Reddit AMA to promote the upcoming Showtime docuseries Years of Living Dangerously, which is about climate change.  During the AMA, Ford fielded plenty of questions about his career, personal life, interests, and various other topics.  Ford came off online as he usually does in interviews: charming when asked good questions, and not suffering fools when it comes to bad, fanboyish questions.  My personal favorite was when someone asked, “Who shot first? Han Solo or Greedo?” and Ford responded, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”  And if you think he’s being a curmudgeon, he also says he was happy to take small roles in Anchorman 2 and The Expendables 3 because they looked like fun even though he hadn’t seen the previous movies.

Hit the jump for more including Ford’s thoughts on Blade Runner 2.

Terry Crews and Arian Foster Talk DRAFT DAY, Working with Costner and Reitman, Preparing for their Roles, EXPENDABLES 3, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Crews and Foster.   They talked about getting to work with Costner and Reitman, if they had to do any research for the role, not wanting to make a puff piece for the NFL, Crews’ Expendables 3 poster, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, First Trailer for LUCY, 22 JUMP STREET Set Visit, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Teaser, Our Most Anticipated Movies

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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.

16 Posters from THE EXPENDABLES 3 Featuring Grizzled Guys (and a Gal) with Guns

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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 StalloneMel GibsonHarrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.  Hit the jump to check them all out in their very own The Expendables 3 posters.

Watch a Roll Call for THE EXPENDABLES 3 Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a Bunch of Other Tough Guys

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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 PowellThe Expendables 3 opens August 15th.

Exclusive Character Posters for THE EXPENDABLES 3 Featuring Harrison Ford, Terry Crews, Jet Li and Glen Powell

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Last year, when director Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3 was filming in Bulgaria, I got to visit the set with a few other online reporters.  While I’ve been able to visit a number of movie sets while running Collider, I’ve never been to a set with so many physically intimidating stars.  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 cast along with Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz.

With the film getting released on August 15th, Lionsgate is about to start ramping up the promotion by releasing a new roll call in the coming days and in two weeks they’re going to lift my set visit embargo, so you can expect some great interviews with the cast.  But until then, I’m really happy to be able to offer up four exclusive character posters featuring Harrison Ford, Terry Crews, Jet Li, and Glen Powell.  Hit the jump to check them out.

CinemaCon: Posters for SPIDER-MAN 2, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, TF4, THE BOXTROLLS, EXPENDABLES 3, and Many More

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Continuing our coverage from CinemaCon 2014 (Comic-Con for theater owners), I snapped a ton of pictures of the many posters and theater standees on display today.  Included in this article are The Expendables 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Annie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Boxtrolls, Transformers 4, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Earth to Echo, Edge of Tomorrow, From the Rough, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Deliver Us From Evil, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Purge: Anarchy, Neighbors, and many more.  Hit the jump to check them out and look for a lot more updates from CinemaCon all week.

And click here if you missed the first posters for director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer, Brett Ratner‘s Hercules, Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold.

Terry Crews Talks Old Spice, Tyler Perry’s SINGLE MOM’S CLUB, LUKE CAGE, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, THE EXPENDABLES 3, and More

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I’ve been a fan of Terry Crews for a long time, so it’s been great watching his career explode over the past few years with excellent work on TV (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Arrested Development) and in the movies (Expendables) .   With Crews playing a supporting role in Tyler Perry’s latest, The Single Mom’s Club, the other day I landed an exclusive video interview with the actor at the film’s Los Angeles press day.  During the interview, Crews talked about whether he really uses Old Spice, how he’s wanted to be in a Tyler Perry movie for a long time, the way Perry likes to work and how Crews always starts big and lets the director tell him to scale it down if needed, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Expendables 3, his thoughts on playing Luke Cage in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Kellan Lutz Talks THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, the Dueling Hercules Movies, Landing His Dream Role, THE EXPENDABLES 3, and More

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From director Renny Harlin, the action-adventure film The Legend of Hercules is a re-imagining of the hero’s epic origins, telling the story from the perspective of a young man struggling with his destiny.  Planning to run away and marry the woman he loves, Hercules (Kellan Lutz) is instead sent off to die at war.   While gone, he unites with fellow warrior Sotiris (Liam McIntyre) and returns to the kingdom to take his place as the greatest of Greek heroes.

At the film’s press day, actor Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about being obsessed with mythology movies, why this was a dream role for him, working with a director as passionate as Renny Harlin, shooting in 3D, how much he enjoyed working with Liam McIntyre, and what it was like to shoot in Bulgaria.  He also talked about working with so many action icons on The Expendables 3, why the project was a dream come true, playing the leader of the young Expendables, and why he thinks the third film will be the best one.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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