Jason Statham is nothing if not consistent. Although he’s taken detours into blockbuster territory with Furious 7, showcased some strong comedy chops in Spy, and made the (love ’em or hate ’em) wholly singular Crank movies, Statham’s bread and butter has always been the modestly budgeted action movie. The continuously expanding Jason Statham library isn’t full of too many great movies, but it is full of movies that make simple promises and then deliver exactly what you need them to deliver. He is the king of low expectations. You put on one of his movies hoping to watch a tough guy with a cockney accent obliterate a bunch of bad guys and he always delivers. And that’s not faint praise, either. There aren’t many actors who can pull that off.
Mechanic: Resurrection looks like another typical entry in the ever-expanding Statham canon. It looks refreshingly small when compared to most modern action movies, incredibly straightforward, and built entirely around the pleasure of watching this man kick every single ass that crosses his path.
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Posted on Saturday, July 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
You can take the man out of the James Bond franchise, but you can’t take the James Bond franchise out of the man. Or so it seems based on the Some Kind of Beautiful trailer, which stars Pierce Brosnan as a notorious British womanizer. Sound familiar?
But while 007’s adventures usually revolved around assassins, femmes fatale, and megalomaniacs, the issues here are more mundane — marriage, a kid, an awkward love triangle. (Of course, given that said love triangle involves Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba, you could argue his problems are just as exciting.) Watch the Some Kind of Beautiful trailer after the jump. Read More »
Barely Lethal appears to fuse the high school movie with the actions sequences from an espionage thriller. Hailee Steinfeld is the orphaned and highly trained operative who escapes life as an agent in order to experience “normal” teen life. Samuel L. Jackson is the taskmaster who wants her back; Sophie Turner is the rival; and Jessica Alba is the enemy agent who provokes everyone into a frenzy. Check out the new Barely Lethal trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
Here’s a slightly different spin on the “deadly operative just wants to lead a simple life” trope. Kyle Newman‘s Barely Lethal stars Hailee Steinfeld as a teenager who’s been trained since childhood to be an assassin. Kind of like Hit-Girl, or Hanna, or Marvel’s Black Widows. Only she decides she wants out so she can become a high schooler instead.
As always happens in these types of movies, though, she discovers that leaving her old life behind isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Among those on her tail are Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Alba, and Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner. Watch the Barely Lethal trailer after the jump.
Update: Newman points out this Barely Lethal trailer is the Arabic version, with an official version for the U.S. market to arrive shortly.
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Thursday night is Jason Reitman‘s biggest live read yet. Literally. He and his cast will read Irvin Kershner‘s landmark sci-fi sequel, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and the venue has been changed from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to the Ace Hotel Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Earlier this week, several members of the main cast were revealed. Aaron Paul will be reading the role of Luke Skywalker, and J.K Simmons the role of Darth Vader. But two of the main characters had yet to be revealed: Han Solo and Princess Leia.
The actors for those roles have now been revealed, and they’re pretty surprising. Han Solo will be read by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page and Princess Leia will be read by Jessica Alba. We’ll have a full report from the event Friday. For now, read more about the Empire Strikes Back live read below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Thought shark-tornadoes were a ridiculous idea? Wait til we send them into outer space! Or at least, that’s what the artwork on the new Sharknado 3 seems to be saying. Also after the jump:
- Tina Fey says it’s “too late” for a Mean Girls sequel
- Bette Midler is totally up for a Hocus Pocus sequel
- John Lasseter explains why they’re making Toy Story 4
- Jason Statham is returning for a sequel to The Mechanic
- The Transporter Legacy sets a summer release date
- Rumors has it Sam Smith will sing the Bond 24 theme
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Often the release of a red-band trailer means that we’re going to see way too much from a film that is still weeks from release. But in the case of this Stretch red-band trailer, it shows off stuff from a movie you can watch right now. Universal may have decided that Joe Carnahan‘s late-night whackadoo adventure wasn’t a theatrical bet on which it wanted to gamble, but the movie is on digital outlets and VOD right now. So you can see Patrick Wilson as a limo driver, Chris Pine as a rich kook, Ed Helms as, well, a ghost, I guess, and a whole bunch of other people too.
This trailer embraces being adults-only; it’s got violence, cursing, nudity, and a lot of weird stuff. It isn’t safe for work, but it might just be as crazy as the film. Read More »
Joe Carnahan shot a film called Stretch last year, with Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Patrick Wilson, and Brooklyn Decker in the cast. Originally set to be released by Universal, it’s not your average studio movie — for instance, that’s Chris Pine in the film, above. Pine’s character is a billionaire who has a shady deal in mind, and recruits the main character of the movie, a chauffeur played by Patrick Wilson, to drive him around as he gets things in motion.
Carnahan himself has said it’s a weird movie, and it has gone through a bit of a weird phase. Originally set for release this past March, the Jason Blum-produced Stretch has been in a sort of limbo as it finds a new release plan. Now Carnahan is releasing the first pictures (and a very small bit of video) from the film, and you can see just how wild it might be. Read More »
UPDATE: We’ve added the new, red band Sin City: A Dame to Kill For trailer to this post, which played at the end of the panel. Full panel coverage remains.
Robert Rodriguez and Comic Con go together like Spielberg and sharks. The two are forever linked because of the memorable panels he’s had on multiple films, primarily the first Sin City. Well Rodriguez was back this year with Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Damn to Kill For and he brought along his co-director and three of the film’s stars: Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba.
They showed a huge chunk of the beginning of the film, “Just Another Saturday Night,” and did a very interesting Q&A. Below, read a description of the opening scene and five cool things we learned at the Sin City 2 Comic Con panel. Read More »