The Hollywood Reporter has revealed
that there will be a new Terminator TV series connected to the rebooted Terminator trilogy:
"Four years after Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles ended its run on Fox, Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures are teaming to bring the Arnold Schwarzenegger franchise back to TV.
The producers behind the upcoming fifth installment have tapped Thor and X-Men: First Class writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller to write and executive produce a new Terminator television series that will be a companion piece to the rebooted trilogy.
The TV series will follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film (1984), and where the film's story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction. As the rebooted film trilogy and the new TV series progress, the two narratives will intersect with each other in surprising and dramatic ways."
I wonder what this alternate Terminator 1984 direction could be, probably "what if Kyle Reese lived?"
"The TV series will be produced by Annapurna's Megan Ellison and Skydance's David Ellison alongside Skydance chief creative officer Dana Goldberg and TV chief Marcy Ross. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier will executive produce. Kalogridis and Lussier also will pen the first feature in the upcoming Terminator trilogy, which will be directed by Alan Taylor and released via Paramount Pictures on July 1, 2015. Both Ellisons will produce, while Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as exec producers. Schwarzenegger will reprise his famed role in the new trilogy, described as a time-spanning story that sees him tasked with protecting Sarah Connor as she grows up."
Looks like they're going back to the T2 mold, maybe we can get a bit of Kindergarten Cop thrown in there too if the T-800 has to act as Sarah Connor's bodyguard in the classroom.
I was holding out some hope for a movie based around the incredible "future war" scenes from Terminator 1 and 2 but that seems unlikely now and I guess it would only turn out like Terminator Salvation again...
"Stentz and Miller's credits also include Starship Troopers and The Fall Guy. On the TV side, the duo wrote and produced Fox's Fringe as well as The Sarah Connor Chronicles -- so this marks the second time they'll be playing in this particular sandbox."
What did you think of the Sarah Connor Chronicles? Are you glad to see these writers involved with another Terminator series or is it a bad omen? Let us know in the comments.
Here's some positive news about Sabotage, according to Hollywood Reporter Sabotage had the 3rd most watched trailer on youtube this week with
1,243,711 views. Hopefully it's a sign that people are excited for this movie.
Ryan Coogler, who is writing and directing Creed, was interviewed by Speakeasy
and shed some light on his view of the Rocky series:“I came up with this film in a very personal way,” Coogler said. His father was a Rocky fan, and Coogler recalls many hours spent in front of the television watching the films with his father. “I came up with this really crazy idea, this really small personal story that takes place in a universe that we are familiar with,” Coogler added.
“Rocky is retired, kind of set adrift. He’s very lonely in his world. His life has gone by waiting for the inevitable,” Stallone told the Journal last month. “It’s not ‘Rocky 7’.”
Coogler met Stallone prior to production on “Fruitvale” and had “a really honest conversation about these two men,” said Coogler, who is co-writing “Creed” with a screenwriting friend, Aaron Covington. As soon as Stallone signed on, the two deled deeper into developing the script, which is still being written.
“Rocky is an incredibly human story and ‘Creed’ is very inspired by the Rocky lore, but there’s something kind of profound in letting it all go,” Coogler said."
Looks like we won't be seeing Jason Statham in any comicbook movies, he made the case pretty clear in an interview with Digital Spy appropriately titled "Jason Statham: I'll never play a superhero":
"It's all about money, kids pay money to go and see them," Statham said. "The fascination is superheroes, it's what people want to go and see but you wouldn't get me rushing to the cinema to see those. I like the old-fashioned type of film. They've never offered me a part in one of those and I don't think the shoes would fit. Or the cape wouldn't fit!"
I'm sure that some of you are in the same boat. Proper action movies are quickly becoming an old-fashioned type of film but luckily there are still a few people like Jason Statham who are interested in making them.
Here we have some pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger working on a new commercial plus an impressive "then and now" comparison!
Thank you to: Dean, Max (Iron Arnold), Irons
Lundgren in EX3
Arnold Schwarzenegger is promoting a fundraiser for the After School All Stars program and for a $10 donation you have a chance to win the prize of a lifetime...A ride in a tank driven by Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Here is the information on the fundraiser:
"This experience is going down in late February or early March 2014. Enter by January 31 for your chance to win!Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school programs. During the school year, children participate in free programs that include academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Nearly 90,000 children from families of poverty benefit in 14 U.S. regions: Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, South Florida and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.as-as.org."
- You + 1 will fly to Los Angeles and ride in a tank with Arnold Schwarzenegger before enjoying a cigar together
- Flight & hotel included for 2
- Every entry supports After-School All-Stars, and Arnold will match every donation dollar for dollar
Arnold also filmed this video for reddit.com where he recites some of his lines from Kindergarten Cop and goes on to promote this fundraiser/contest. I love the fact that he just happens to own a tank:
In other Arnold news we have this photo from TheArnoldFans along with a translation:
Schwarzenegger in Japan promoting Escape Plan AND making new commercials!"
We have a great Jason Statham interview from Den Of Geek
where he discussed Homefront, working with Sylvester Stallone and more:
"head of the release of his latest film, Homefront, we talk to Jason Statham about his forthcoming films, working with Stallone, and more... At Den of Geek, we have spoken once or twice about our appreciation for action cinema powerhouse that is Jason Statham. Simply put, we’re fans of his work.
When the opportunity to spend a little bit of time on the phone with Jason came up, we were obviously thrilled. I reasoned that the best way to start the conversation would be tell him everything I loved about Crank, but after completing my list of bullet points it became apparent that this approach would leave no time to ask him any questions. I abandoned the Crank list, assuming that you’d all sooner read what the man himself has to say. Besides, he’d surely just assume I loved Crank.
With the release of the delightfully violent Homefront imminent, The Stath’s third starring role of the year, and with more coming from him in 2014 (including Expendables and Fast And Furious sequels), there was much to discuss. Here's how it went...
Homefront is coming out in the UK. I’ve just seen the film, I thought it was really, really good.
Oh, you saw the movie, yeah?
Yeah, I thought it was great.
Ok, great. That’s a relief.
Well, yeah. This could have been an awkward interview otherwise.
Believe me. I have had to speak about films that have not necessarily been as good a turnout as I wanted them to be. But it’s a great relief. I’m really happy with the film. I’m really pleased with how it’s all turned out.
It was an interesting one because there were a lot more thriller elements to it than I was expecting, which was different from a lot of the other films of yours I’ve seen.
Yeah, it’s written by a very talented man, Sylvester Stallone.
He’s one of the great writers. I think people forget how many great films he’s written. You know, he wrote Cliffhanger, he wrote all of the Rockys, all of the Rambos, all of the Expendables films. It’s like a library of mega-success. He just comes with a stamp of quality. When you mention Stallone you know it’s going to be decent. Better than decent, you know?
All the characters in it have a great thing to do. Having a great script like that you get the attraction of people like James Franco and Winona Rider and Kate Bosworth, because there’s good parts for everybody, rather than there just being a couple of decent roles and the rest no good.
Having someone like Stallone, who can just give you a script, as a friend, that must be a great thing to have in the industry.
Yeah. I grew up on Stallone. It’s one of the biggest privileges you can get, for an actor where I’m at, to get a hand-delivered script for something he wrote for himself. This was something he was gonna do, and thank God, for me, that things changed for him. He got a little distracted, otherwise this wouldn’t be around.
He did a couple of other things and this one stayed on the shelf, so Sly was always talking about, I should do something that shows a little bit of a different side. He said ‘I’ve got a script, there’s a relationship with the daughter’ and he said ‘it’d be really good for you.’ Little did I know I’d end up doing it. It was a massive opportunity for me.
Absolutely. I actually wanted to ask you about the actress Isabella, who plays your daughter Maddie in the film. She was really good in this.
I know. She came out of nowhere. She did an audition that just killed everybody. She did this really emotional scene where she talks about losing her Mum. It was just a ten out of ten audition. Just, there was no consideration for anybody else. It was that good.
Then you have James Franco in there, who is not someone I’ve seen play a lot of action roles. But the role he’s playing, he’s a villain, but he’s kind of out of his depth. Do you think that’s what attracted him to that role?
You know what? You never know what he’s interested in. The guy does everything. He teaches at college, he’s a painter, he’ll do cameos on TV shows, he’ll do starring mega-blockbuster films. He’s so unpredictable in life and he’s so unpredictable on screen. I think that’s what makes him so interesting. He plays an un-stereotypical villain who has this unpredictable nature. He kills it. He does good.
There’s been a trend in action movies more recently for ensemble casts, like your Expendables in movies and the one you’ve recently joined, The Fast And The Furious. How does it differ for you from movies like Parker or Hummingbird, where you’re the lone central role?
I mean, it’s a walk in the park in terms of what kind of pressure you have, because you’re in something that’s already a juggernaut of success. It’s great, you can turn up, fart around and it’s no pressure.
But, at the same time, you lose an element. I’m making Fast And The Furious at the moment [this interview took place before the tragic death of Paul Walker] and there’s a lot of people and a lot of mouths to feed, and things move slowly because there’s a big budget. When you compare that to something like Hummingbird, you know, you do eight, nine weeks in the heart of London. You’re working with a small crew. It’s great. For me it’s the best kind of work, I love it.
But, at the end of the day, the insurance of working with a big, already successful franchise just gives you the chance to do other things, on a more personal level. You know, we just acquired the rights to JJ Connolly’s new book, Viva La Madness. So, without doing the big blockbusters I wouldn’t be able to find the money to go after little projects that I want to do.
Actually, I’ve read about this. This is part of your new production company that you’ve started.
Yeah. Instead of sitting around waiting for decent stuff to come your way, sometimes you have to go after it. That’s the situation we’re in; we’re trying to find things in case shit don’t land on your lap.
This is the spirit of Stallone coming through; taking a bit of control.
[Laughs] Yeah. He’s too much of an influence on me.
I’m sure you can’t tell me anything about the new Fast And Furious movie. This one has Tony Jaa in it, right?
Yeah, I love Tony Jaa. He’s one of the best and most capable martial arts stuntmen in the world. Have you seen Ong Bak?
I have, it’s crazy.
He’s something else, isn’t he? Yeah, I made a good friend out of him. I’m so happy I got to meet him. And it’s funny how things come about, because all we could talk about was trying to find a movie so we could do one together. A sort of film where it’s like a two hander. So, for me, that would be terrific.
I think there would be a lot of people who’d be very pleased to see that one. I know I’d be very keen to.
We’re trying to do that. Some things have a way.
Well, you have your production company now. You can make this happen.
Yeah, we’ve just got to find the script. Unfortunately I don’t have the talent of Stallone, I’m not a writer, so putting the story together. We can hire somebody. This is a chance to make it work.
One of the things I’ve noticed, between Homefront and Hummingbird, these are films that are more dramatic than some of your previous roles. Is that something you’ve consciously been looking for?
Yeah, you always try to push yourself, and if you’re just doing things that don’t allow that then it gets a little boring. Obviously you want to stretch yourself and do things that are a little out of your comfort zone.
One of the things that I’ve read recently is that a franchise you’ve been involved in, The Transporter, they’re doing a television version of this.
I think they’ve done a TV show already.
Oh, okay. Excuse me.
It’s not played in the UK, but it was a British guy who played Frank Martin. Yeah, you’ve got to look him up. Chris Vance.
I will do. The question I was leading towards was, have you ever been interested in pursuing a television role?
Not right now. I’m just happy with the films that are working out, and if I’m doing TV shows, I’m not gonna be able to do The Expendables, I’m not gonna be able to do The Fast And The Furious, I’m not gonna be able to do Viva La Madness. I’ve got good things on the horizon, so right now’s not the time.
You never know what’s around the corner. Never say never. Listen, the TV world is not what it used to be. I mean, the quality has become something quite exceptional.
Yes. Did you see Breaking Bad?
Yeah. I know the quality is there. A lot of good actors are turning to TV.
Absolutely. But if your career is going well on the big screen there’s no need for a change.
And you don’t have to work so hard. You know, a lot of the TV shows they do long hours and they do a lot of days and you don’t get a lot of time. But the good thing is, if you get one that’s made in LA, or made in a place you want to be, you get to go home every night.
I don’t know. It’s hard to predict where they’re going to make the TV show. I know a lot of people that live in LA and they end up being away from home, they say “We’re making the TV show and it’s in Canada so I never get to see my kids.” So, that can be problematic.
Amongst your films, do you have a favourite? [Or: what is your favourite Jason Statham movie, Jason Statham]
I have good memories of working with Guy Richie. He started me in the business, so I owe him so much, and I’ve always enjoyed the films. Those two films, Lock Stock and Snatch were just such a great thing for me.
And I also like The Bank Job. The Bank Job for me, was a great opportunity for me to do some good acting, you know? Other people might people might dispute that fact (laughs). It was a great story, a true story, and I got to work with some brilliant actors and I’m really proud of that film.
Jason Statham, thank you very much.
Homefront is out in UK cinemas on the 6th December.
Read more: http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/homefront/28436/jason-statham-interview-homefront-stallone-expendables#ixzz2mX4AOuce
Here we have an update on Terminator 5 and the casting of Sarah Connor according to Deadline.com
:"I’m hearing that Paramount and director Alan Taylor are looking closely at Emilia Clarke and Brie Larson to play the role of Sarah Connor in the Terminator reboot that is being assembled for a July, 2015 release. Both actresses have tested for the producers, and they are the frontrunners. I have heard that Clarke has an edge, and that would not be surprising. Before Taylor helmed Thor: The Dark World, he directed Clarke in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. She, of course, plays the unforgettable dragon-commanding heroine Daenerys Targaryen in that massive HBO series, and has demonstrated the mettle to capably play one of the screen’s most formidable heroines as originated by Linda Hamilton in James Cameron’s first two films in the series."
that Dolph Lundgren's Battle Of The Damned is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray on February 18th:
"“Zombies. Killer Robots. Nice town you got here.”
Anchor Bay Films presents Battle of the Damned, where you can pick your apocalypse – germ warfare, zombie assaults, and/or deadly robots! Allegedly with unrelenting action and unyielding suspense, Battle of the Damned commences February 18, 2014 on Blu-ray and DVD.
When a deadly virus is accidentally released into a major city, its population is quarantined by military blockade. And for a wealthy industrialist desperate to rescue his daughter from inside the rabid chaos, his only hope is former commando Max Gatling (Dolph Lundgren). Now Gatling has one day to bust in, blast through hordes of the undead, find the girl, and hunt for a way to get them both out alive. But will a small band of survivors and an army of killer robots turn his mission into maximum slaughter? Matt Doran (The Matrix) and David Field (Chopper) co-star in this actioneer."
Lastly we have this Terminator 5 "what if" poster from Iron Arnold:
Thank you to: Shooters, Dean, Max (Iron Arnold), Corey
As a result of a car accident Paul Walker has passed away at the age of 40. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
The following is from the Toronto Sun,
"Fast & The Furious star Paul Walker has died in a car crash.
Walker was a passenger in a friend's Porsche when the unnamed driver lost control of the vehicle during a charity event in Santa Clarita, California. The sports car collided with a tree and burst into flames. Both the driver and Walker were killed.
A statement posted on the actor's official Facebook.com fan page reads: "It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives.
"We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time."
Walker's publicist Ame Van Iden has confirmed his death.
In one of his final interviews, Walker recently told WENN he was enjoying life as a dad to his teenage daughter Meadow after revealing she had moved in with him last year.
He said, "She started living with me last year just when I was leaving to go to work on Fast (& Furious 6). It's really kind of tearing on me trying to maintain the balance. She just turned 15 and it's a critical time. I'm big with analogies so I look at it like this big rocket ship and she's on this launching pad.
"I want to get the trajectory right. It's just me and my daughter and I'm gonna be her dad for the rest of our lives so I want it to be cool. I sure as hell don't want to be looking back and go, 'F***, what if, and I should've been home more'. She's super supportive and is like, 'No, go; this is what you do'. I'm like, 'We've got three years and you're gonna be out of the house. How much longer before you show up with Johnny?'
"We're really honest with each other which is cool. She tells me what her needs are and tries to be a little tougher than I want her to be sometimes. I want her to be more revealing like, 'You're not home enough...' I want her to say those things."
Just a two days before his death, Walker took to Twitter.com to share his Thanksgiving Day thoughts with fans.
He wrote, "Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating today! Try not to get too full from dinner, seconds, dessert, leftovers, that late night snack..."
He later added a now shocking apt tweet, writing, "When you #LiveFast, there's no definite set of rules."
And on Friday, he posted a photo from the set of the new Fast & Furious movie, featuring himself and co-star Vin Diesel, and added, "The boys are back. Will you be ready?" It turned out to be his last Twitter.com entry.
Among the celebrities who took to Twitter.com with fans to mourn Walker's passing were Russell Simmons, Lance Bass, rocker Chris Daughtry and fellow fast car buff Frankie Muniz, who wrote, "So sad to hear about Paul Walker. He was my hero when I was in my teens. Super nice guy... crazy."
Filmmaker Eli Roth also paid tribute to the actor, adding, "RIP Paul Walker. Never met him by my Hostel team had just made Running Scared and everyone loved him. Condolences to his family."
And actor pal Michael Ealy was also crushed by the news of Walker's the actor's death, adding, "My heart is crushed by the news that my friend Paul Walker passed away today. Prayers and light to his daughter and family right now."
Walker was born in Glendale, California in 1973 and started acting as a toddler when he appeared in a Pampers commercial. He enjoyed success as a TV child star throughout the 1980s landing roles in shows like Highway to Heaven and Who's the Boss?
His big break came in 1999's Varsity Blues and that led to his role in the Fast & the Furious film franchise - he has played Brian O'Conner in five of the six fast-paced action movies, and was filming Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death.
Walker has also starred or appeared in hit movies Eight Below, Into the Blue, She's All That, Running Scared, Takers and Flags of Our Fathers.
An avid surfer, the actor was also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert and a huge shark fan.
He studied marine biology before his acting career took off and recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series, titled Expedition Great White, during which he studied great white sharks off the coast of Mexico."
Here are two photos of Mel Gibson on the set of Expendables 3 with dietitian Angie Kassabie
The one and only Jean-Claude Van Damme wrote this on his official Facebook page recently,
"I would definitely love to join The Terminator franchise with Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, if I am offered the role."
This week on Action Highlights the Expendables Premiere staff takes a look at the Brandon Lee and Dolph Lundgren flick, 'Showdown In Little Tokyo" check out the page here and enjoy
Fan of the site Alberto Gonzalez wrote this incredible report on Sylvester Stallone and wanted us to share it with you all. It is extremely well written and very interesting so check it out below!
Sylvester Stallone's Retirement and the death of the action genre
“Devenir immortel, et puis, mourir.” Messieur Parvulesco's iconic words from À bout de souffle echo inside my head every time I think of Sylvester Stallone's cinematic trajectory. Jean Seberg's Patricia asks Parvulesco his “plus grande ambition dans la vie.” His answer encompasses the goal of almost every living artist: to make his work a timeless ouvre, something that will allow him to be remembered long time after his death; something that will make him go down in the annals of history. And now, upon hearing the news that Sylvester Stallone is planning to put an end to his days as an action hero, apart from being invaded by the greatest feeling of nostalgia, I can also appreciate how he, through his films, has most definitely achieved that objective Parvulesco was talking about.
Stallone's first major film was already a work of true love. Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976), cinema's most famous boxer, was, and continues to be, the most personal creation of an extremely talented writer who poured all of his ambitions and passions into a character whose invention was custom-made to fit the personality of his author. Stallone not only wrote a character for himself; as a matter of fact, I would go as far as to say that he actually wrote himself, in the context and situation he wanted to see himself in. Stallone not only plays Rocky, Stallone is Rocky, their main differences being merely trivial. And since Rocky is a work of sheer passion, the epitome of Stallone's most longed-for desires, it is only fitting that Sly should experience his same life and go from being an unknown underdog who went around with a script below his shoulder asking for financing to whoever would listen, to becoming one the world's most famous, admired and bankable stars in the history of Hollywood cinema. In this process, he created another timeless character, John Rambo, whose main traits were already more than present in the aforementioned boxer, reinforcing the idea that Stallone choses all of his character with the utmost precision, since most of the times he is looking for the same set of characteristics in the performances he takes to the screen. Stallone doesn't leave anything to chance, he is a perfectionist, an enthusiast. He is determined to bring the best out of every single script he chooses to bring to life, which is why it is he who writes them for his films in the majority of the occasions, and, in the movies closest to his heart, even takes charge of the directorial duties. Stallone would come back to these characters in countless occasions, and, while some people might argue that the main reason behind this was purely financial, it is evident to whoever has seen all of these films that every one of them aspires to bring in even newer and better elements into the mix to develop the characters and situations in ways that had not been explored before. He thought he could improve each time, he could say more, so he went for it. The rising physicality of his opponents and therefore difficulty to beat them in each installment of the Rocky franchise is a perfect metaphor for his strive to outdo every previous film. And although some attempts are more successful than others, it is undeniable that Stallone put his heart and soul in every one of these movies, looking to empty that “basement” which Rocky talks about in his last film. Here, Stallone is once again letting his own thoughts be heard through the lips of his character; it is not Rocky who needs one further shot at the title, it's Stallone.
But Sly is not only the world's most famous boxer, or the screen's most iconic Vietnam veteran. Throughout the development of his career, Stallone has ended up becoming the truest and purest embodiment of the action cinema genre, a genre which redefined the style of the Hollywood blockbuster forever. Like many actors in the 80's, Stallone became an indestructible, bigger-than-life action hero who saved the world in each of his movies. But unlike other actors in his situation, he not only embraced this new condition which was attributed to him, he also revelled in it. And similarly to his two famous franchises, Stallone sought to have the creative control of most of the movies he starred in during this time, producing scripts which would match his interests and portray his ambitions. That way, he gave life to Cobra (George P. Cosmatos, 1986), Over the Top (Menahem Golan, 1987), Cliffhanger (Renny Harlin, 1993) or Driven (Renny Harlin, 2001).
But it was in his second stage as an action hero, running from the beginning of the century until now, that Stallone became this genre's indisputable powerhouse. With action cinema already starting to slowly fade away, its main figures deciding to step out from the genre, Stallone decided that he wasn't ready to ride away into the sunset just yet. In his scripts, the two most prominent motifs have always been redemption and second chances, and these themes fitted perfectly with the new direction that action cinema was taking. Thus, while Schwarzenegger went into politics, Bruce Willis went into drama, and Mel Gibson got into directing, Stallone used the fading condition of action cinema and his own decline as a star to his advantage and once more decided to live his own life through his characters. And it was precisely the resurrection of Rocky Balboa in 2006 and of John Rambo in 2008 to get one last shot at the title that gave Stallone that second chance he always envisioned in his fiction and that allowed him to get back in the saddle for the last time. The superior quality of both films, especially Rocky Balboa, put Stallone into the spotlight once again as a figure still capable of pulling off a big box-office success. However, Sly had to think his next move carefully. In an interview concerning his last installment of Rocky, Stallone's signs of melancholy were evident when he said “I'm aware that perhaps the best thing I've done in my life... is over.” Sly had given a perfect ending to his most beloved character, and now he was in a position where he could do anything he wanted thanks to the success of his previous films, without wanting to diminish what he had already done. He had to do something bigger, something better, as he had always done, so that his last “round” in filmmaking would be perfect.
So, in this everlasting search to outdo himself, Stallone came with the best idea in action cinema ever: uniting this genre's biggest brand names in an ensemble film which would praise the movies that made them the legends they had become. This is how Stallone created The Expendables, which he wrote and directed in 2010 and which, although it wasn't the perfect homage he had planed it to be, definitely planted the seed of what would become action cinema's last breath of air before its inevitable death. Stallone, perfectly aware of this, decided to send it out with the bang it deserved, and so, not satisfied with the first one, he made The Expendables 2 in 2012. This time around, he managed to get Bruce Willis and Schwarzenegger to have a big supporting role for a good part of the film, and added action legends Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, against who he squared off at the end in an iconic final battle, to the ensemble. This way, The Expendables 2 did fit the purpose that Stallone had envisioned: an adrenaline-fueled, testosterone-filled, self-aware no-brainer with almost every living action hero in western culture. By the time The Expendables 2 hit theaters, the franchise was already a symbol for the comeback of the 80's action cinema, and Stallone was viewed as its leading figure, since the idea had been his brainchild from the beginning. And so, with this new status, Stallone set out to star in what would be his last appearances in the action genre, aware that he had to leave every end well tied before he could be done with it for good. Wanting to equal The Raid (Gareth Evans, 2011), which is widely considered to be the best contemporary action film, he decided he would make a third Expendables, rising to the challenge and once more stepping up his game.
But in the two years between The Expendables 2 and 3 he first had to make sure that the films he starred in really meant something; they had to make him be remembered, help him achieve his immortality. That way, he brought action cinema's cult director Walter Hill back in the game for his definitive 80's throwback in Bullet to the Head (Walter Hill, 2012), where he has a final axe fight against Jason Momoa, Schwarzenegger's replacement as Conan. Here, Stallone is not only fighting the already iconic character of Conan: he is fighting the younger and improved version of him. As he said in an interview “they really pushed me to the limit on this one.” But by this choice of film it is clearly that it was him who wanted to push himself from the start. Therefore, this last solo outing had been the perfect throwback he wanted it to be, so now he could go on to share the screen with a partner and, in the process, put at ease action cinema's eternal request of the “ultimate action team up” between Stallone and Schwarzenegger. And it is this film that ultimately confirms (if it wasn't sufficiently clear already) that Stallone is without a doubt action cinema's most prominent figure. In the 80's, Stallone and Schwarzenegger's world-famous rivalry was based upon the audience's incapability to tell which of the two leading men was a bigger action star, with the latter even being emphasized over Stallone given his propensity to play characters which, from the beginning of the movie, were already “born icons”, contrary to Sly who played “men in the process of becoming heroes” (Lichtenfeld, Eric, Action Speaks Louder, Wesleyan University Press, 2007: 82). But during the aforementioned years in which Schwarzenegger left cinema for good to pursue his political career, Stallone kept pursuing his action hero goals, and by the time Escape Plan (Mikael Hafström, 2013) came to be, Stallone had sufficient weight to foreground his partner in the movie. If this film had been made twenty years earlier, perhaps it would have been very different, but in the year 2013, Stallone is unmistakably the epitome of the classic action film. This way, while Schwarzenegger fires a huge machine gun, as stunning and cool as that sequence may be, Stallone is fighting famous-footballer-turned-Guy-Ritchie-regular Vinnie Jones mano a mano in a surprisingly long final confrontation (longer even than the one against Van Damme) which has nothing to envy from any classic 80's action film. Stallone also has the honor of killing the film's nemesis (Jim Caviezel), and doesn't even need help from Schwarzenegger's character to accomplish any of these feats, contrary to the custom of most typical buddy movies. Stallone, in short, casts a shadow over his co-star, achieving what had always been thought of as an insurmountable exploit, and therefore managing to finally give a definitive answer to the question of which of the two is the biggest action hero of all time.
And before his time is up, Sly will also square off against the other most famous cinematic boxer, Jake LaMotta, or Robert DeNiro, from Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980) in Grudge Match (Peter Segal, 2013) and against the world's first modern action hero, Mel Gibson, in The Expendables 3 (Patrick Hughes, 2014). Analyzing this trajectory from Stallone's last years, it is evident that he has been preparing for the end. There is a feeling of nostalgia and finality in all of these films, and his way of choosing each of the movies, all of them significant for both his career and for action cinema as a whole in one way or another, seems to parallel the ticking of a number of boxes, like a terminal patient going through his last “to do” list in order to tie everything up before his final departure. Basically, Stallone is fulfilling Parvulesco's aim: he is becoming immortal. He knows he is leaving, but not before completing all of the steps that will warrant him his place in the world, his significance in modern culture. Stallone has chosen to go down as the representative of action cinema, and he has now achieved so much more than that: he has managed to become action cinema. He has explored every available avenue, and hasn't given up until he exhausted them all. Finally, he has felt that closure that he, same as Rocky, has always been looking for. That is what allowed him to say “I believe that the last film I did, “Expendables III” we took it to the max and I thought, there isn’t much further I can go with this.” Indeed, there is not much more he can do. After creating two timeless characters, appearing in the highest-grossing film of the decade five consecutive times, reviving action cinema in a time when everybody thought it had nothing more to offer, partnering up with Schwarzenegger, and squaring off against names of the like of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Carl Weathers, Mr. T, Wesley Snipes, Vinnie Jones, Robert DeNiro and Mel Gibson, Stallone has done everything a quintessential action hero was supposed to do, and even more.
Stallone's ouvre is the work of a true filmmaker, but above all else it is the work of a true believer, a believer in the potential of two characters to whom he gave life through sheer passion, and a believer in one of Hollywood's most commercial and yet underrated genres of all times, that of action cinema. Sly can now finally retire, giving way to a new order in which he does not belong, but taking with him the honor of putting an end to the world he has come to embody. Until now, he has been a legend. From this moment on, he is, indeed, truly immortal. With his retirement, the genre will most definitely become orphaned. It will lose the bearings indicated by its last true guide, and will therefore be left to wander around in confusion until it clearly and finally fades away, lying dormant and awaiting the arrival of the next true believer. But until this moment, Stallone's timeless ouvre, and indeed all the great films of action cinema, will only remain as glorious memories of a golden era in cinematic history which, at least for now, is most definitely not likely to come back.
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Kellan Lutz spoke with belfasttelegraph.co.uk today which you can read in it's entirety by clicking here
In the interview Lutz said that Arnold Schwarzenegger will say "Get to Da Choppa" in Expendables 3! "We were all in a helicopter with everyone piled in and I thought, 'When will this happen again?' And Arnold had his tag line, 'Get to the chopper!' Everyone loved being there, everyone was so much fun to work with."
Below is a great interview with Jason Statham where he states that the script used for Homefront was originally going to be Rambo V. He also talks a bit about EX3,
Speaking of Homefront, here is another great clip
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Here is the second official trailer for Ninja 2, starring Scott Adkins
"Ninjitsu master Casey is back and out for revenge when his pregnant wife is murdered."
Scott Adkins as Casey
Vithaya Pansringarm as General Sung
Kane Kosugi as Nakabara
Tim Man as Myat
Anyway, that's all for today guys. Have a great weekend!
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