I want to like Bullet to the Head. I really do. It marks the return of Walter Hill, who has made films I love (producing Alien, and directing The Warriors, 48 Hours) and it features Sylvester Stallone in a tough but smartass action role, which is a zone in which he can be very comfortable. But this third trailer for the movie doesn’t do anything to make the film’s problems seem less pervasive.

The story features Stallone as a hitman who teams up with a cop from NYC (Sung Kang) to find and stop the guy (Jason Momoa) who killed the cop’s partner and took Stallone’s daughter (Sarah Shahi) hostage. The use of Saliva’s woefully simple-minded song ‘Badass’ underscores the routine-looking action and good guy/bad guy buddy interaction between Sly and Kang. There could be something hidden here that the trailers aren’t capturing, so check out the footage below and see if you can see a great action movie between the lines. Read More »


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It’s always difficult to rely upon an interview run through one of the various automatic translators on the internet, no matter how good the babel fish in question might be. So take what follows with a slightly elastic spirit — unless you speak Swedish, and want to verify the translation of the original text.

Stellan Skarsgard talked to Moviezine in Sweden and discussed a couple of his upcoming films — Thor 2, and Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac — as well as a film that he isn’t yet cast in, to the best of his knowledge. (That would be The Avengers 2, which is far enough out right now that no one is really cast in it.)

Aside from mentioning that he’d let his kids watch Nymphomaniac — seeing sex is better than seeing violence is essentially his comment — nothing Skarsgard says is too far out there. But if you’re looking for info on either of those two projects, press on. Read More »

Briefly: Uh-oh. Despite the fact that Joel Silver and his Dark Castle shingle, which has a home and frequent partner in Warner Bros., are behind the Sylvester Stallone graphic novel adaptation Bullet to the Head, the film needs a new distributor. Originally set to be directed by Wayne Kramer, then eventually helmed by action godfather Walter Hill, the movie features Stallone and Christian Slater teaming up to take down the guy (Jason Momoa) who killed both of their partners.

The film was set for an April 13 release, but that has been scrapped and the film is off WB’s calendar right now. Does that mean it is good and the studio wants to put it in a better fall spot? Or does that mean the movie is terrible and WB is just trying to make it go away? We have no way of knowing, but you can always check the argumentative comments thread in Deadline‘s initial post for some clue.

Though Christian Slater‘s IMDb resume shows that he’s been keeping himself busy over the past few years, it’s been a while since he’s released a high-profile film project. (I definitely did not remember that Without Men was ever a thing until I looked over Slater’s filmography.) His upcoming horror flick Playback probably won’t be the one to change that trend, but if you miss seeing the True Romance star on the big screen, you’ll want to keep an eye for it out during the first quarter of next year.

Magnet Releasing has just picked up the U.S. rights to the thriller, which was directed by Michael Nickles and also stars Toby Hemingway, Johnny Pacar, and rising star Ambyr Childers. The story revolves around high school students who discover a disturbing secret in their hometown’s history, awakening an evil spirit. Not the most inspired of concepts, but maybe it’ll be fun. Read more and watch the trailer after the jump.

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Things are getting clearer and clearer in regards to The Expendables 2. That’s not to say there’s a cast yet, not even close, but all the names that are being floated now make more sense. A new report says that Taylor Lautner, Christopher Lambert, Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater are all on an extensive wish list that director Simon West, producer/star Sylvester Stallone and producers have for the action sequel. On that list are also the names previously reported: John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. However, most actors – Donnie Yen excluded – have yet to be made offers so it’s nothing more than a list. Read more after the jump. Read More »


Brandon Routh won’t be in the new Zack Snyder-directed Superman, or so we’re told. Which is too bad; after meeting resistance when he first got the role, I think a lot of people have grown used to the idea of Mr. Routh as Superman. Earning good will in Scott Pilgrim didn’t hurt, through the rather dire-looking Dylan Dog might. Regardless, now he’s booked a role in the indie Missing William. He may play opposite real-life wife Courtney Ford, who is in talks for the lead female role.

Mr. Routh will be the childhood sweetheart of a woman who is trying to nurse her husband to health after he’s injured in a fight. A love triangle naturally develops, “with the woman torn between the brain-damaged husband she loves and the hunky former flame who got away.” Kenn Macrae will direct from a script by Daniel McKinnon. [TheWrap]

After the break, Ray Liotta works with Christian Slater, and Jay Baruchel’s hockey comedy Goon gets Liev Schreiber. Read More »

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In the past couple years, Christian Slater has been seen much more on TV than in films, and quite a few of the films he has made, well, have been…underexposed. (Show of hands: who saw Lies & Illusions? That’s what I thought.) But perhaps Playback will fare better than most. Or maybe not: Slater will star in Playback as “a sinister cop who is pivotal in exposing a small town’s deepest, darkest secret.”

Johnny Pacar, Toby Hemingway, Jonathan Keltz, Alessandra Torresani, Ambyr Childers, and Daryl “Chill” Mitchell also appear, and the story is kicked off when high school kids start poking into their town’s ‘mysterious past’ and expose an evil that preys upon them all. In the end, I bet Slater’s character would have gotten away with it if not for those meddling kids. Michael A. Nickles wrote the script and is directing right now in Grand Rapids, MI. [Variety]

After the break, Lauren Ambrose works for David Wain and Malin Akerman joins Ethan Hawke in a thriller. Read More »


That’s, uh, some kind of cast. Never thought I’d live to see the day where Gary Oldman shared the screen with Dane Cook, but it’s coming, thanks to the casting director of Girls, Guns & Gambling, who apparently has quite the sense of humor. (And, no, it’s not Christian Slater‘s mom, veteran casting director Mary Jo Slater.) The film is a crime thriller from writer/director Michael Winnick, and if you think it sounds like a weird ride based on the cast and title, just wait until you read the logline. Read More »


Talking to Empire magazine for their new, 201st issue, Winona Ryder has once again jumped onto the topic of a Heathers sequel. For years she’s been promising one, but for years Michael Lehman and Daniel Waters, the director and writer of the original, have been hemming and hawing. While not calling her crazy, sending out the message that, actually, this sequel is probably never going to happen. But Ms. Ryder maintains that Heathers 2 is not only coming, but that it is actively being developed. Judge her comments for yourself with the quote barrage after the jump.

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