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Gary Whitta has come a long way in a few years. Once the editor of PC Gamer magazine, Whitta wrote The Book of Eli and at least one draft of the live-action Akira movie(s). Now another script of his, Reaper, has been given a new title, Undying, and found a star in Kurt Russell. Read More »

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If we hadn’t just had word of the possible Benicio Del Toro / Cameron Diaz romantic comedy pairing, the cast currently attached to star in Rupert Wainwright‘s film Waco might seem like one of the strangest casting collections of the day: Kurt Russell, Adrien Brody and Sharon Stone are potentially teaming to recreate the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound outside Waco that was led by David Koresh. The siege and actions that led to it cost the lives of 82 residents of the compound and 4 federal agents. Read More »

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Weekend Weirdness’ favorite J.C. directed a nearly three hour epic about The King starring his main man Snake Plissken, and yet the film was at risk of being forgotten by younger generations. How could this occur when the movie in question, John Carpenter‘s Elvis, is arguably a better country music biopic than Walk the Line, and exudes an unpretentious but fetching style reminiscent of Hal Ashby’s Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory? Well, until this week, Elvis wasn’t available on DVD, and the film’s prior home video presence was spotty at best.

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A few days ago when Forest Whitaker was replaced by a rapper, I stopped caring about The Expendables. Even though he’s been papercut twice (or something), 50 Cent is just too much the chump to be cast in this PG-13 movie that’s ostensibly a 24-pack of ’80s, ’90s and ’00s action staples. And however one characterizes co-star Eric Roberts when sober. Sylvester Stallone pays close attention to the Web, so he quickly ditched Fiddy for Terry Crews, a smart decision, though subbing in The Thing’s Keith David or Mike Tyson (The Hangover) would have ignited big geek fireworks.

But still the question remained: where the hell was Kurt Russell, the guy who made Steven Seagal his marquee bitch (Executive Decision) and once referred to Stallone as “Armani with a badge”? Slashfilm previously requested Russell’s participation, and today Stallone called him out on, yep, Stallone Zone

I know that many people on the site have asked for Kurt Russell. I asked for him too.  Actually, I was taken aback when asked to put the request in a letter and send it to his agent.  Subsequently, I was called back by the agent several days later after refusing to send a letter and he said Kurt Russell is not interested in ‘ensemble acting’ at this time.

So, People, I came, I saw, I failed.

Best,
Sly

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Cool Stuff: Hope For A Better Tomorrow T-Shirt

Cloxboy’s Hope For a Better tomorrow t-shirt is available on Dutch Southern. The shirt features three retro future heros, Mel Gibson from The Road Warrior, Charlton Heston from Planet of the Apes, and Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken from Escape From New York. Thanks to the mac addict from the Alamo Drafthouse, whose name I can’t remember, for the tip.

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Video Footage: Kurt Russell vs. Eli Roth

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When we sat down with Hostel director and Grindhouse star Eli Roth last week, he mentioned that Quentin forced him to insult Kurt Russell in front of his face during one take. Russell threw a bowl of Nachos at Roth, who apologized endlessly proclaiming his fanboy respect/love for the Escape from New York star.

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Kurt Russell’s Favorite Muscle Cars

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Grindhouse star Kurt Russell kills women with his 1970 Black Dodge Challenger in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. So we asked the Escape From New York star what his favorite muscle cars were.

“Back when it was happening and I was a kid it was the GTO. That was the street car that you wanted. If you could afford that, that was the car that you had. Now, in movies the GTO never became the it care.”

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Kurt Russell on the Escape From New York Remake

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A couple weeks ago New Line Cinema won rights to remake Escape From New York with 300 star Gerard Butler attached to star. But what does Kurt Russell, the star of the original film think of all this? We found out.

“My standard joke is, ‘Oh, my God, wait until stuntman Mike hears about this?’ Look, they’re going to do their movie. Our movie is there, it’s there to be seen. It’s always been there and it’ll always be there,” Russell told /Film at the Grindhouse Junket. “I think that the motion picture business is not a sacred business and I think that everyone should do what they want to do.”

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