Despite being as good, if not better, than its previous two incarnations, The Expendables 3 didn’t light a fire at the domestic box office. After the first two films grossed $103 million and $85 million respectively, the third film only did $39 million (Internationally it did a respectable $206 million, but that was still a franchise low).
There are plenty of reasons why The Expendables 3 under-performed, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of star power. Original stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and others were joined by Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammar, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes as well as a whole team of young soldiers, including Kellen Lutz and Ronda Rousey.
You can see all those stars and more on the Blu-ray, which is released November 25. One example of the extras on the disc are a funny Expendables 3 gag reel, which features Ford and Gibson hamming it up on set, cursing, it’s good stuff. Check out the Expendables 3 gag reel below. Read More »
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Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander star in Testament of Youth as friends, and potential lovers, who are separated by the insanity of the First World War. Based on the memoir by Vera Brittain, considered one of the primary accounts of the war from a woman’s perspective, the film follows the dawning independence of Brittain (Vikander), and the relationship she forges with her brother’s friend, played by Harington. In this Testament of Youth UK trailer we’re treated to some glowing pullquotes, but also to many visions of England and Europe during the years before and during the war. This is a much more effective look at the film than the last trailer we saw; have a look below. Read More »
Ask any horror fan worth their weight in blood and they’ll say The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best horror films in the past few years. That’s mostly because it’s not only a horror movie. It’s a satire, a comedy, a mystery and a sci-fi action film all rolled into one. Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods is a film that lives and dies on not only the audience’s knowledge of horror films, but each character’s knowledge as well.
A new video has been posted online that breaks that statement down. It attempts, and admittedly comes close, to calling out every single reference in The Cabin in the Woods. Check out The Cabin in the Woods references video below. Read More »
Ninety percent of action movies are derivative. Carbon copies of better movies that came before them. They can be enjoyable, but are often forgettable. Then there’s the other ten percent. Those movies are something special. They originate and innovate, and rise about the rest by being different and surprising. However, by definition, even the best of the best employ many of the same beats. Punching, kicking, shooting, and explosions are the building blocks of an action movie. The ninety percent use them in ways we’ve seen before. The rest mix them up in ways we don’t expect. John Wick is among the ten percent.
In the first film by accomplished stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, Keanu Reeves stars as an unstoppable assassin hell-bent on revenge after thugs steal his car and kill his dog. We’ve seen the assassin revenge story a hundred times, but John Wick feels different because it’s set in a unique, dirty, and lived-in world. Everyone has a reputation. Connections. They know each other. This is a place with a rich history simmering below the surface action of guns, choke holds and car crashes. What makes John Wick a standout action film is that it makes us curious. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
Briefly: Vin Diesel has your Halloween entertainment all covered for next year. Lionsgate has set his fantasy actioner The Last Witch Hunter for October 23, 2015, where it’ll be up against Jon M. Chu’s Jem and the Holograms and an untitled horror film from Warner Bros.
Directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies), The Last Witch Hunter stars Diesel as an immortal witch hunter who is the last of his kind. (You know, like the title says.) When a group of covens in modern-day New York threaten to unleash a plague on humanity, he must join forces with his natural enemy, a female witch played by Rose Leslie.
Julie Engelbrecht plays the villainous Witch Queen. Elijah Wood and Michael Caine also star in the film, which will wrap shooting in December. [Lionsgate]
Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
Any successful film franchise requires solid world-building. In the case of The Hunger Games, that world has a way of extending into ours, thanks to Lionsgate’s brilliant marketing campaign. Their latest effort for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a five-part web series called District Voices, featuring YouTube personalities like iJustine showcasing different aspects of life around Panem.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Lionsgate is forgoing more traditional advertising efforts, either. The studio has also released a new promo featuring new footage from Katniss’ plight. Hit the jump for the Hunger Games District Voices series and the new Hunger Games Mockingjay TV spot.
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Yesterday we saw the trailer for Dying of the Light, the new film directed by Paul Schrader from his own script, with Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin starring as intelligence agents. But there’s some troubled backstory to the movie, and it isn’t really Schrader’s film now. He was locked out of the edit as the producers took over final cut and added their own score. Nicolas Winding Refn, who is on the film as exec producer, called the process “artistic disrespect.” Now the creators have lodged a creative Dying of the Light protest.
Schrader can’t talk about it because of the non-disparagement clause in his contract. So he, Refn, and his stars have posed wearing shirts bearing the text of that contract. Those images accompany a statement from the director, released today. Read More »
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In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 things are looking like they’re going from bad to worse for Katniss. The character played by Jennifer Lawrence endured a second round of Games in the last film, but now she has to face the wrath of rulers in The Capitol who won’t stand for even a spark of rebellion to float through the grey haze they call society. And so preventative action has been taken, and in this new Mockingjay Part 1 teaser Katniss is forced to confront it.
Compared to the first trailer this is far more somber, and uses almost entirely new footage. Watch after the jump. Read More »