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Briefly: Two and a half years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger was looking at the action thriller Captive, back when he was mulling a whole bunch of post-Governor gigs. He never made the movie, but it’s still kicking around, and now his one-time fellow expendable Bruce Willis is in talks to star in the film. The movie is an indie with a kidnapping plot that has Simon Brand set to direct, and a March start date penciled in. Brand previously made the 2006 film Unknown, which also had a kidnapping plot.

Presumably the script is still the one by Benjamin van der Veen and Kario Salem, based on a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Seems like that’s the case, as the plot details reported by Variety are the same as they were in 2011. In short, Willis would be “an American real estate magnate living in Brazil who is kidnapped and held for ransom.  As he frantically searches for a way out of his armored-truck prison cell hidden in a Sao Paolo landfill, a detective specializing in kidnap and ransom cases works to find him.” We don’t know who will play the detective at this point.

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Bruce Willis

Despite his declaration last month that he was “a bit bored” of action movies, Bruce Willis is apparently still eager to “earn lots of money” from the genre. The Die Hard star has signed on for The Prince, an action-thriller from Russian director Sarik Andreasyan. Emmet/Furla, who’ve recently worked with Willis on Lay the Favorite and Fire With Fire, will finance and produce. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Since making the first Die Hard in the ’80s, Bruce Willis has built himself a fine career as an action star. While he occasionally forays into other types of roles from time to time (like in last year’s Moonrise Kingdom), there’s no question that he’s best known for his ass-kicking turns. Heck, this year saw him appearing in three different action sequels — A Good Day to Die Hard, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Red 2.

But Willis claims he’s now growing weary of the same-old same-old. In a recent interview, he declared that he was “a bit bored” of action movies these days. Though to be clear, he still likes to “earn lots of money from those.” Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Sylvester Stallone has been dropping bombs on Twitter in the past couple days, beginning with the announcement that Bruce Willis would not appear in The Expendables 3, but that Harrison Ford had been added to the cast.

Sly has now confirmed the participation of Mel Gibson (he’s the bad guy) and Antonio Banderas for the third Expendables movie. And there’s an interesting statement from the CEO of Lionsgate, who seems to be attempting to prevent Bruce Willis from being totally pissed off about the Expendables situation.

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Blade Runner

If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:

  • Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
  • Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
  • James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
  • Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
  • Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
  • 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
  • See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster

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Harrison Ford

The Expendables 3 will be out in just about a year. Now, it is adding one of the biggest box office stars of all time. Sylvester Stallone took to Twitter to reveal that Han Solo and Indiana Jones himself, Harrison Ford, is joining the action sequel. It’ll be directed by Patrick Hughes.

He also revealed Bruce Wills will not return for a third turn with the series.

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News of a new G.I. Joe film, the continuation of Pacific Rim and some crazy riffs on potential follow-ups are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.

  • Jon Chu confirms Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis will be back for G.I. Joe 3.
  • Sandra Bullock doesn’t think there will be a sequel to The Heat.
  • Despite rumors, there are no plans to do a sequel to The Simpsons Movie.
  • Gareth Edwards comes up with a hypothetical idea for a Godzilla sequel.
  • James Wan says he’d love an electric car in Fast and Furious 7.
  • Mel Gibson‘s brother wants to lend his voice to the Mad Max video game.
  • Travis Beacham promises more Pacific Rim, at least in comics.
  • Dolphin Tale 2 gets a greenlight and the whole gang is back.

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Press junket interviews are usually so stale. You have so little time to talk to these celebrities, it’s near impossible to get a good, interesting, in-depth answer to a decent question. That’s why interviews where something awkward or different happens tend to go viral.

Two such interviews just popped online. One features Jennifer Lawrence totally geeking out on a press line when she catches a glimpse of Jeff Bridges. The other is Bruce Willis being brutally honest, and totally uncomfortable, with a very upbeat reporter. Check them both out below. Read More »

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