September 1, 2009


While some movie studios use Variety and The Hollywood Reporter to publish their press releases, Lionsgate is embracing new media in a big way as they’ve announced the release dates of “Kick-Ass” and “The Expendables” on Twitter! Very cool. According to Lionsgate, “Kick-Ass” is hitting theaters on April 16th, 2010 and “The Expendables” on August 20th, 2010. For more on the release dates…hit the jump:

jason_statham_and_sylvester_stallone_on_set.jpgBefore I go any further, it’s very important to know release dates change all the time. So while a movie like “MacGruber” is currently scheduled for April 16th, 2010, it could easily move away from “Kick-Ass”. Or, perhaps “Kick-Ass” might change if another huge movie moves to that date. So until we get a lot closer to release, just know things can change.

Saying that, Lionsgate clearly believes in Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass” as an April 16th release date is practically summer….which is awesome for the film and the filmmakers. This movie is going out wide and it’s going to be everywhere. And after the buzz from Comic-Con, that’s to be expected, as everyone who saw footage was raving about it. The only negative I can say is April is a long way away….

And an August release for “The Expendables” is cool as they’re going to be able to use next year’s Comic-Con to promote the crap out of Stallone’s new film. People are going to go crazy if he’s on stage with the full cast in San Diego. After all, “Expendables” stars Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews and Mickey Rourke with cameo appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis!

So even though it’s a long way off, Lionsgate has two must see movies next year. I cannot wait.

And here’s the synopsis for both films:

the_expendables_character_posters_01.jpgExpendable:  capable of being sacrificed in order to accomplish a military objective.

THE EXPENDABLES is a hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator.  Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren’t quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal.  With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge – one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is a man with nothing to lose.  Fearless and void of emotion, he is the leader, the sage and the strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringe.  His only attachment is to his pickup truck, his seaplane and his team of loyal modern-day warriors.  His is a true cynic who describes what he does as “removing those hard to get at stains.”  The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), former SAS and a savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang (Jet Li), a master at close-quarter combat; Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), who has known Barney for ten years and is a long-barrel weapons specialist; Toll Road (Randy Couture), a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons.

When the mysterious Church offers Barney a job no one else would take, Barney and his team embark on what appears to be a routine mission:  overthrow General Gaza (David Zayas), the murderous dictator of the small island country of Vilena and end the years of death and destruction inflicted on its people.  On a reconnaissance mission to Vilena, Barney and Christmas meet their contact Sandra (Giselle Itie), a local freedom-fighter with a dark secret.  They also come to learn who their true enemy is:  rogue ex-CIA operative James Monroe (Eric Roberts) and his henchman Paine (Steve Austin).  When things go terribly wrong, Barney and Christmas are forced to leave Sandra behind, essentially giving her a death sentence.  Haunted by this failure, Barney convinces the team to return to Vilena to rescue the hostage and finish the job he started.  And to perhaps save a soul:  his own.

kick-ass_movie_image_chloe_moretz_02.jpgA twisted, funny, high-octane adventure, director Matthew Vaughn brings KICK-ASS to the big screen.

KICK-ASS tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero.  As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name — Kick-Ass — assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime.  There’s only one problem standing in his way:  Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.

His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage).

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