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The more that’s slowly revealed about James Wan‘s Fast and Furious 7, the more excited I’m getting for the film. Last year we heard Jason Statham was going to be the main bad guy in the film, then Kurt Russell was cast, Djimon Hounsou joined up, and a few weeks ago fans went nuts when Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black joined tying the whole franchise together.

Wan has also been building anticipation through his Twitter feed, @CreepyPuppet, and the latest photo is the best yet. It’s an Aston Martin driven by the film’s villain. Read More »

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In most respects, Gary Fleder‘s Homefront sounds like a pretty typical action thriller. Jason Statham stars as a retired DEA agent, who moves to a small, quiet town for the sake of his young daughter. Once there, however, he quickly gets entangled with the local villain, a drug lord played by… James Franco. Wait, what?

It’s an oddball combination for sure, but it’s also an effective one in that it got our attention right away. In addition to those two, Kate Bosworth, Winona Ryder, and Rachelle Lefevre also star. Oh, and Sylvester Stallone wrote the script based on book by Chuck Logan. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The Expendables 2 came out a year ago and, since then, rumors about its sequel have popped up almost weekly. Many actors have been rumored, and some confirmed: Cage, Seagal, Snipes, Gibson, Ford, you name it.

Well, The Expendables 3, directed by Patrick Hughes, began production Monday and the full cast list for the film has finally been revealed. Most of this has been reported already but, just so you have it all in one place, check out the list below, along with a new plot description. Read More »

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Feast your eyes on posters for Riddick, Planes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in today’s Sequel Bits. Also after the jump:

  • Brad Pitt thinks a World War Z sequel has potential
  • Jerry Bruckheimer talks Pirates 5 and Top Gun 2
  • Don’t believe those Transformers 4 title rumors, says Michael Bay
  • Jason Statham is “really excited” about Fast & Furious 7
  • Stephen King is too scared to write an It sequel
  • … but you can see the book trailer for The Shining sequel now

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Today, Empire ran a great new photo of the original Escape From New York team of director John Carpenter and star Kurt Russell. Along with the pic, Carpenter commented on the potential new reboot of Escape From New York (“they don’t know where they’re going with it”) and Russell opined on the problem with casting a new version of his character Snake Plissken. ”If you’re going to do him, do him young. He’s one of those guys,” Russell says. “When it comes to Snake, I can tell you one thing… he’s American. It’s really important that he’s American.”

Appropriately enough, we’ve now got some potential casting options for the reboot/prequel, and neither is an American actor. Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are the two actors that have been newly rumored as the possible new Plissken in the film Joel Silver is setting up to be the first in a new trilogy. Read More »

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Parker may not have sated audiences’ desire for a dose of Jason Statham action, but the trailer for Hummingbird suggests it will be more able to deliver.  The film is the directorial debut of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight, and it looks like Knight has corralled Statham’s typical action approach into something that might be a bit more memorable.

Statham plays a broken ex-military guy who steals another man’s identity and ultimately finds himself in a bad position with part of London’s criminal element. Sounds pretty routine, but the actor is barely recognizable at the outset of the trailer. He does quickly ease into a more familiar sort of character, but there’s just enough here to think that Hummingbird might be a bit more satisfying than some of Statham’s routine action exercises.

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Now that a director’s been locked in for Episode VII, the big question is who’ll get to star in it. And that’s what today’s Star Wars Bits is all about. After the jump:

  • Disney CEO confirms the original trio is in talks to return
  • Billy Dee Williams has also been asked to come back
  • Warwick Davis is “definitely” looking to do more Star Wars
  • New details revealed for Star Wars: First Assault game
  • Eli Roth, JGL, Mila KunisStanley Tucci and more weigh in

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There’s been some talk already about whether Harrison Ford might return for the Blade Runner sequel, but now Sean Young would like to express her interest in the new film as well. Read her comments after the jump. Also:

  • Expendables 3 will shoot this fall, says Dolph Lundgren
  • Skyfall hits digital HD and then Blu-ray/DVD next month
  • The Best Man sequel will bring back the original cast
  • WWE’s new Leprechaun movie will be “a little darker”
  • Flip through more images from Before Midnight

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