<![CDATA[Expendables Premiere - News]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:28:31 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Sylvester Stallone won't play Rambo again]]>Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:58:00 GMThttp://www.expendablespremiere.com/news/sylvester-stallone-wont-play-rambo-again
Many of us have been waiting patiently for more details about the Rambo 5 but it seems like that won't be happening now.

In a recent interview with Variety Stallone revealed that he doesn't want to play the character of John Rambo again:

“The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!,’” Stallone, 69, explained in this week’s cover story. “It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.

”Stallone noted that he was content with where 2008’s “Rambo IV” left the character, which he first played in 1982. “You know when you realize there’s nothing more to pull out?” Stallone says. “As an action film, I was very satisfied that it dealt with the Burmese situation. It had one foot in a current event, the longest civil war in history, 65 years at that time. It was so brutal, which civil war is, I was shocked they even gave me an R-rating. I didn’t want to compromise. I said, ‘This is probably going to be the last decent film of this genre that I’m going to do as a solo act.’ When that was accomplished, I never felt the same willingness to do it again.”
He added: “There’s nothing left. When they asked me to do another ‘Rambo,’ I said, ‘If I can’t do better than I did last time, and I can’t, then why’?”

He’s also not involved in the “Rambo” TV series, which is in development at Fox and focuses on the character’s son. “I don’t want to cast aspersions,” Stallone said, “but it’s delicate to try to replace a character with his son. I’ve seen the son of Flicka, the son of Tarzan, the son of King Kong, the son of Godzilla. It’s a very difficult premise.”

Well Stallone has gone back on his word in the past but I expect that he's serious here. With the success of Creed it now seems that sequels for that movie and more dramatic roles are what he'll set his sights on. Here's another quote from Variety:

"As for his non-“Rocky” career, Stallone is more ambivalent about continuing as an action star. He hopes that “Creed” finally leads the way to more dramatic roles. “I had never, ever thought of myself as an action person,” he says. “I’m just not that athletic. I’m not naturally a mesomorph. I’m actually kind of thin. But I do like the physical challenge.” He adds that shooting tenptole action movies is physically grueling. “I never got tremendous fulfillment from it. Because it becomes a tug of war between exasperation and exhaustion. Very rarely does it all go well. It’s kind of like one of those triathlons.”
What do you think, is it for the best that Rambo is retired if Stallone feels that he couldn't do any better than Rambo 4? let us know in the comments.

We also have a great Stallone interview from Deadline, it's too long to post here but well worth reading.

- Dan
Thank You To: Smitty, John Spartan
<![CDATA[Expendables Premiere Reviews Creed + Update on the site]]>Tue, 15 Dec 2015 19:17:18 GMThttp://www.expendablespremiere.com/news/expendables-premiere-reviews-creed-update-on-the-site
Hey everyone, Trevor here. I finally got around to seeing Creed and here are my thoughts on the flick. Fair warning, there will be a few spoilers so read on at your own risk.
Going into this I expected a cheap cash in on the Rocky franchise without the studio having to actually make a 'Rocky 7' (which would be ridiculous at this point.) But boy was I wrong, this not only doesn't feel like a cash grab, it feels like it should exist and works as a natural progression in the life of Rocky Balboa. The beloved former fighter doesn't throw a single punch in the film, and at no point do you find yourself wishing he does.

Like I did with my Terminator Genisys review I'm going to go over the things I loved and didn't love about the flick.

Lets start with the negative first,

Some of you may disagree but I personally felt it could have used a bit more...

A bit more cheese... the film was very serious. I'm not sure if Rocky really had to be dying of cancer in it, I get the parallel of both Rocky and Adonis fighting their own battle but I just thought it was a bit too intense in a franchise that has often been more lighthearted fun than life and death. Like remember that time Rocky bought Paulie a fucking robot for his birthday?! Regardless, I thought the scene where Adonis was running down the street with the guys on the bikes behind him to be very reminiscent of Rocky style cheese, and I wished there were more scenes like it throughout Creed.

My second and final major complaint with the movie was with the lead actor,

Lets be clear, I think Michael B. Jordan is an excellent actor and his performance in Creed was great. But, that's all it felt like when I watched him on the screen, an actor performing. I think that's a problem with many actors of this generation, they're not movie stars anymore, they're actors in movies.

This is especially obvious when Jordan is doing scenes with Sylvester Stallone, a movie star that radiates charisma. You never feel like you're watching an actor perform when Sly is on the screen. It also doesn't help that the character of Adonis himself is very bland and generic, especially when you compare him to other characters in the franchise like Paulie, Micky, Drago, Clubber Lang, or even Tommy Gunn who was another protege of Rocky.

Well that's all for the negatives, now what did I like about the film?

We had two boxing scenes in this movie, both were incredible. Very stylish and extremely exciting. In my opinion, they may be the best filmed boxing scenes in movie history, and were definitely the highlights of Creed for me.

The film respects the Rocky franchise without beating you over the head with nostalgic imagery. It would have been so easy for them to have Mr. T and Dolph Lundgren make cameo appearances as their beloved characters or have Rocky direct quote Micky every few seconds but they chose not to do that. Why? Because unlike a cash grab like Star Trek Into Darkness for example, a film that had Tribbles, Klingon's, Leonard Nemoy and Khan in it...The producers and writers of Creed chose to make a real movie and it shows because this is one hell of an enjoyable flick.

I'm giving Creed a 9/10, a fun ride from start to finish with a plot that's very familiar yet feels new at the same time. The lead character could have used a bit more distinct characteristics...But, equipped with beautiful cinematography, and a well paced story, Creed comes close to greatness.

We finally found out who won that third fight

On another note, we have had quite a few people asking in the comments sections and sending us emails inquiring about the slowing down of the site in the past month or two. All I can say is, this place has always been primarily an Expendables news source, and there has not been much Expendables news lately. When Expendables 4 news heats up, rest assured Expendables Premiere will as well.

Be well everyone, and for those of you who celebrate it, have a kick ass Christmas.

- Trevor

<![CDATA[Big Creed update, lots of clips + Sly says he wants to do more Rocky in the Creed sequels + Update on Arnold's next film (it's not Conan sadly...)]]>Mon, 09 Nov 2015 18:46:34 GMThttp://www.expendablespremiere.com/news/big-creed-update-lots-of-clips-sly-says-he-wants-to-do-more-rocky-in-the-creed-sequels-update-on-arnolds-next-film-its-not-conan-sadly

Hey everyone, Trevor here. Thought we'd share some clips from Creed that we've come across. Just a reminder that the flick opens on the 25th of November!

Sly promises we'll see even more of his Rocky character in Creed sequels
from the Morning Call;

"There's a scene in "Creed" where the latest brash boxer who challenges the upstart protege of Rocky Balboa barks, "No one cares about Balboa anymore!"
Yo, through 40 years of Rocky as an underdog, champion, and aging, widowed fighter, fans sure do care.

Dressed in robes, fedora hats and even boxing boots, the costumed enthusiasts chanting "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" on Friday had one more reason to cheer for Philadelphia's favorite fictional son.

Sylvester Stallone goes one more round as Balboa in the spinoff "Creed," and he wants the character to tally even more before he joins Adrian, Apollo and Paulie in that great squared circle in the sky.

"There's more to go," Stallone said Friday. "I would like to follow this character until eventually he's an angel."

Here's a fun video,
Legendary Nights : The Tale of Creed vs Balboa!

We have some sad news courtesy of Deadline, it appears Arnold's next project isn't Conan but will be a drama in the vein of Maggie...

"Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has stepped up to finance and produce with Protozoa Pictures 478, the drama that Arnold Schwarzenegger will star in and Elliott Lester will direct from a script by Javier Guillon. The film is produced by Protozoa’s Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin and Eric Watson, EFOF CEOs Randall Emmett and George Furla, and Peter Dealbert.

The Highland Film Group is handling international sales and this is expected to be a hot title on the opening day of AFM. Lionsgate Premiere will release the film domestically as part of the ongoing multi‐picture distribution deal with EFOF.

Schwarzenegger has eyed the project seriously for months, and the script drew fans for its dark storyline and characters. In 478, Schwarzenegger plays a man whose wife and child die in a plane crash. The tragedy was caused by an air traffic controller’s screw-up. The air traffic controller is vilified for his mistake and placed into protective custody. Schwarzenegger’s character cannot let it go, and is determined to seek vengeance. It’s more sophisticated than an average revenge film, and gives Schwarzenegger a chance to show the chops he displayed on Maggie."

Here's some clips of the one and only Wesley Snipes showing he can still kick ass! (From the Player)

The final thing we want to mention today is that if you're not watching Ash vs. Evil Dead...WATCH IT. The show has quickly emerged as a favorite of both Dan and I. It's action packed and harkens back to the days of the 80's with it's refreshing blend of comedy and bad assery.

The show is available to order through the Starz network and will likely have a home video release once the first season finishes airing.

- Trevor

Thank you to: Aidil Harith, Smitty, Wolf, Kory
<![CDATA[Blompkamp Alien movie on hold, Bruce Willis talks Die Hard prequel, new Van Damme project Antwerp Heist, Scott Adkins in Hard Target 2]]>Mon, 02 Nov 2015 18:50:02 GMThttp://www.expendablespremiere.com/news/blompkamp-alien-movie-on-hold-bruce-willis-talks-die-hard-prequel-new-van-damme-project-antwerp-heist-scott-adkins-in-hard-target-2Picture
Neil Blomkamp has confirmed that the Alien film he was set to direct is 'on hold' while Ridley Scott's Promethius 2 is now being described as the next installment in the Alien franchise.

Deadline has more on the story:

"...In February it was announced that Blomkamp would be directing a film to be set at some unspecified time after the events of the then-still-up-in-the-air Prometheus 2 story, and Alien director Ridley Scott was set to produce for 20th Century Fox. No story or script was ready at the time, but Blomkamp indicated on social media that it would be a proper installment of the Alien series.

A change of vision on Scott’s part might have had something to do with putting Blomkamp’s film on hold. As initially conceived, Prometheus 2 would have followed the further adventures of Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw as she seeks to uncover more about the events of Prometheus. However, Scott eventually set those plans aside, revealing in a recent interview that Prometheus 2 is going to be more of a proper prequel to Aliens, saying that “it’s going to be Alien: Paradise Lost.” That concept isn’t the same, but it is a bit closer to where Blomkamp wanted to go. More information about the future direction of the franchise presumably will come later.

Either way, Bloomkamp’s Alien movie appears for all intents and purposes comatose for now, while Prometheus 2 is slated to go into production in early 2016."

Well I guess that's bad news for those of you who wanted to see the continued adventure of Ripley, Hicks and Newt and good news for those of us who didn't like the idea of Alien 3 and 4 being wiped from the continuity of the series.

Next up we have some information on a new Van Damme movie called Antwerp Heist, thanks to City On Fire:

"Jean-Claude Van Damme and director Ernie Barbarash (Falcon Rising) are joining forces for the fourth time in Antwerp Heist, a Belgian-Canadian co-production that starts shooting in March (via HLN).

The film is presumed to be loosely based on the real events of the 2003 Antwerp Diamond Heist, dubbed the “heist of the century,” which was the largest diamond heist in history – with stolen jewellery valued over $100 million.
Van Damme and Barbarash previously collaborated together on 2011′s Assassination Games, 2012′s Six Bullets and 2015′s Pound of Flesh."

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Bruce Willis gave his thoughts on the Die Hard prequel which is now in the works and (surprise) he's all for it.

"News broke recently that Underworld director Len Wiseman has signed on to helma sixth Die Hard film, tentatively titled Die Hard: Year One.

It's rumored that the film will be a prequel set long before the events of the first Die Hard, and may only featurelongtime star Bruce Willis in flash-forward scenes.

ET caught up with Willis at the New York premiere of his new film Rock the Kasbah on Monday, and the 60-year-old action star said he's excited about revisiting the franchise.
"It's a very good idea, a really tricky idea, and I'm very happy about it," Willis shared. "It's a really cool idea, because it's the origin story. It's gonna happen at the beginning of this. We're going to bounce back and forth."

In 1988, Willis was the right man in the wrong place at the wrong time as the iconic hero cop John McClane, who put his life on the line to save an office building full of innocent people from murderous thieves in the original Die Hard.
McClane then found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time over and over again across a series ofincreasingly wild and crazy misadventures, until his most recent romp through Russia in 2013's A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth installment in the series."

Who wants to bet that the adventure of young John McClane ends up being far crazier then the first Die Hard movie were he's supposedly just an average cop?

Lastly today here's a photo Scott Adkins posted on his facebook, basically confirming his role in Hard Target 2.

"Back in one of my favourite countries -- Thailand and rehearsing for next project with Master Seng of the famous Seng Stunt Team."

- Dan
Thank You To: Teru, Seth, Kory, Connor J, Daninyo, Deespefd