R-Rated Expendables 4

The Expendables series has shown diminishing returns both for fans and execs. The third movie diverted its focus away from the aging action heroes that were the driving force behind the series to begin with, and also fell vicim to pre-release piracy. (The industry is still debating the effect that leak had on the box office.) The Expendables 3 was also PG-13, and the downgraded level of intense action that followed that ratings change wasn’t viewed well by fans. Sylvester Stallone seems to get it, however, and says that the attempt to broaden the series’ appeal was “a horrible miscalculation” that will be rectified in the future. Will an R-Rated Expendables 4 be the course correct the series needs? Read More »

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‘London Has Fallen’ Closes In On a New Director

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London Has Fallen may have found a new director. According to a new report Babak Najafi, best known for Easy Money II: Hard to Kill (a.k.a. Snabba Cash II), has entered talks to take over at the helm following Fredrik Bond‘s last-minute departure.

Gerard Butler returns to star in the Olympus Has Fallen sequel along with Aaron Eckhart. Learn all about the new London Has Fallen director after the jump.

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London Has Fallen Director

Gerard Butler recently bailed on the Point Break remake in part so he could concentrate on the Olympus Has Fallen sequel. Now that film has a director, as Fredrik Bond (Charlie Countryman) will call the shots on London Has FallenRead More »

Reach Me trailer

The trailer for Reach Me makes the movie seem to have a few too many identities crammed into the frame; as a baseline it comes across like Paul Haggis’ Crash mixed with Dianetics. The ensemble cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crewes, Kelsey Grammer, Thomas Jane, Kevin Connolly, Kyra Sedgwick, Ryan Kwanten, Tom Berenger, Tom Sizemore, Cary Elwes and Nelly. We’ll get to more of the background in a moment, but for now hit the jump to watch that cast try to find their feet in the first Reach Me trailer. Read More »

Rambo V

Concepts for Rambo V have flown around for years now. The most outlandish one involved hunting a beast rather than a man, but it’s a project that has come up every once in a while in various incarnations, only to be killed off each time. There’s even talk of a Rambo TV series, albeit one without Sylvester Stallone. Because the cycle has come round again, there’s new talk of Rambo V, which is said to once again have Stallone as a writer and star. This time, if the story is correct, he would be facing off against a Mexican drug cartel. And this time, the info comes from a pretty credible source. Read More »

Kevin Costner criminal

Kevin Costner is making one more movie to follow his recent spate of films that includes Man of Steel, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Three Days to Kill, and Draft Day. He’s already got two more films lined up or in progress: the Disney sports film McFarland, and a reunion with his Upside of Anger director Mike Binder for Black and White. Now there’s a new project. This new one is called Criminal, and whoa, that’s awesome — Costner playing a hardened street gangster would be great.

But hey, hold up there, bucko. This isn’t Criminal, like “Ed Brubaker’s Criminal.” There is a film in development based on one of the stories Brubaker and Sean Phillips created for the Criminal comic book series. This is a different Criminal, about a killer who avoids a jail sentence by participating in a pretty out-there experiment. Read More »

Robert Luketic Directing ‘The ExpendaBelles’

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While Avi Lerner and Millennium Films were once reportedly on the hunt for a female director to call the shots on The ExpendaBelles, they’re going to settle for the guy who directed Legally Blonde. Robert Luketic is now set to make the all-female riff on The Expendables. And the choice makes a certain sort of sense, as the film was scripted by Legally Blonde writers Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith.

The real news here might not be that director hire, however, but the film’s plot, which is below. Read More »

Director Unearthed for ‘Day of the Dead’ Remake

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Briefly: George Romero’s Day of the Dead, the third of his original loose trilogy of zombie films and in some ways the strangest, hasn’t been left in a grave to journey quietly into movie eternity. It has been ravaged by a sorta-sequel and a sorta-remake (from 2005 and 2008, respectively) and now will be exhumed once more for another remake.

Millennium Films, which has some hand in the first remake, now has Mark Tonderai (House At The End Of The Street) to do a modern version. He scripted with Lars Jacobson. Deadline reports that the new film takes place some time after a viral outbreak has destroyed most of humanity, “a group of scientists and survivors attempt to find a cure, and instead open Pandora’s box.”

Producer Christa Campbell (Texas Chainsaw 3D) said earlier this year “These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in World War Z.” But then World War Z went on to make hundreds of millions of dollars, and that has a way of changing minds. So who knows what we’ll see here. No cast has been announced.

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