50 cent expendables

AICN has a bit of bad news. Apparently, Forest Whitaker has dropped out of Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables due to a scheduling conflict, and has been replaced with… 50 Cent?! I mean, there had to be some better choices, right? Replacing an Academy Award-winning actor with the guy best known for Get Rich or Die Tryin’ doesn’t seem like a lateral move to me.

50 Cent will now play Agent Will Sands, a CIA liaison for “a group of mercenaries who are clandestinely sent to South America to overthrow a dictator.” The film already has an all-star action-film line-up: Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and UFC star Randy Couture.

What if I told you that Mickey Rourke would be teaming up with Jason Statham for a crime thriller? Sounds like a great idea, right?

What if I told you that the movie in question is the American remake of the award-winning French crime thriller 13 Tzameti? Sounds even better…

Now yould your excitement be squashed if I told you that Rourke and Statham will be joined by rapper turned actor 50 Cent (Get Rich or Die Tryin’)? Argggggg….

13 will begin shooting on November 17th in and around New York City. You can read the plot synopsis for the original Gela Babluani film below:

Twenty-two-year-old Sebastien (Georges Babluani) leads an impoverished life with his immigrant family constantly struggling to support them. While repairing the roof of a neighbor’s house, he overhears a conversation about an expected package that promises to make the household rich. Sensing the opportunity of a lifetime, Sebastien intercepts the package containing a series of specific instructions. Following the clues, he assumes a false identity and manages to slip through the grasp of the enclosing police as he ventures deeper and deeper into the countryside. The closer he gets to his destination and the more people he meets along the way, the less he understands about what he is looking for. Ultimately, he comes face to face with a ring of clandestine gamblers placing bets on the outcome of a multi-player, high stakes tournament of Russian roulette. Gela Babluani’s directorial debut is a winner-take-all thriller, where an unfortunate young man is transformed into the thirteenth contestant in an incredibly inhuman game. 13 TZAMETI won the 2005 Venice Festival’s Best First Feature Film prize and the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at the 2006 Sundance Festival.

source: Variety

Righteous Kill Movie Trailer


“Thought you said this place had Pac Man.”

Robert De Niro saying the word “respect” in a voice-over. Check. The Rolling Stones doing a retake of their “Sympathy for the Devil.” Check. Al Pacino squatting over a crime scene in sunglasses. Check. Rapper 50 Cent closing his cell phone. Check. Wait, what? The director behind Al Pacino’s first direct-to-DVD movie. Check. Wait, c’mon. Carla Gugino showing a little skin. Check. Wait, okay, free to go. Lots of guns being fired. Check. Shot of Al Pacino in the club. Check. The trailer for Righteous Kill. [Hunter is indifferent and went to get a Pabst Blue Ribbon.]

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Righteous Kill, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, hits theaters on September 12th, 2008.

Discuss: What do you think of the new Righteous Kill Movie Trailer?


Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Righteous Kill

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Righteous Kill

Update: Click Here to watch the movie trailer for  Righteous Kill.

Empire has the some new photos from Jon Avnet’s Righteous Kill, which stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro (in their first team-up since Heat) as two Veteran New York City Detectives hunt a vigilante who may be one of their own. Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent and John Leguizamo also star. It was originally rumored that directing legend Martin Scorsese would be in the film, but that is actually untrue (Dennehy plays the role that Scorsese likely would have played). If the photo above looks familuar, it might be that a simular image was seen in Heat (seen below).


The photo to the right was published in Time Magazine. Righteous Kill will hit theaters in 2008.

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Righteous Kill Movie Poster

Righteous Kill PosterCinemanotizie has sent us the poster for Righteous Kill. The new crime drama follows two cops who try to catch a serial killer, while resolving issues between themselves. The poster reads “The Most Acclaimed Actors of our time in the Film Event of the Year.” And the film stars Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and… 50 Cent?

Director Jon Avnet once helmed Fried Green Tomatoes, but has been reduced to directing six episodes of Boomtown. Which makes me wonder, how did he land a film with Pacino and DeNiro? Click on the image to the right to see the poster in full resolution. The movie hits theaters sometime next year (2008).

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