X-Men First Class Hellfire Club

Fox announced a number of shows based on their pre-existing franchises for the Television Critics Association, focusing on 24: Legacy and the return of Prison Break. They are additionally developing Hellfire Club, based on the location seen in X-Men: First Class. (Another X-Men-based show, Legion, is in the works at sister network FX.) Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden said Hellfire Club could be seen as early as one year from now.

“Unlikely it would be the fall,” Walden said. “Potentially midseason but no immediate plans. We’re still working on Hellfire Club. Obviously those executive producers are very busy with the film franchise and the FX show, so not sure.”

Below, Fox execs give a small update on the developing Rambo TV series, and explain why the new Urban Cowboy isn’t moving forward.

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2008’s Rambo said everything it needed to about its titular character. Writer, director, and star Sylvester Stallone gave the character closure, just as he did for Rocky Balboa with 2006’s Rocky Balboa. Nevertheless, the Creed star has expressed interest over the years in making another sequel, possibly called Last Blood Rambo. But apparently he’s had a change of heart.

Learn why Stallone will not direct another Rambo sequel after the jump.

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Sylvester Stallone in Rambo

Last week, we got word of a Rambo TV series in the works over at Fox. At the time, /Film writer Jacob Hall snarked that “you should always write Rambo news with dry erase markers” because plans to continue the franchise have been in constant flux over the past several years. Well, break out the erasers: things have indeed changed again.

Despite earlier reports indicating that Sylvester Stallone would executive produce and possibly even reprise his role as John Rambo for the show, Stallone’s reps have now gone on the record to clarify that he is not involved with the project “in any way at all.” And that, in turn, means the Rambo TV series likely won’t be moving forward at Fox after all.  Read More »

rambo tv show

A fifth Rambo movie has been in the works for years, with different iterations of the film cropping up every year or so. At one point, it would have been titled Rambo: Savage Hunt, and would’ve seen Sylvester Stallone‘s rogue soldier battling a genetically engineered monster. And then it became Rambo: Last Stand, an Unforgiven-esque tale that would’ve supposedly seen Rambo taking the fight to Mexican drug cartels. Last year, Stallone doubled down on the drug cartel concept, saying that it would be filmed after Creed and would be titled Last Blood.

Anyway, you should always write Rambo news with dry erase markers because the plans have once again changed. Rambo V may not be dead yet, but it’ll now have to compete with Rambo: New Blood, a new television series that will continue the story of John Rambo on Fox. Oh, and Rambo’s long-lost son will be along for the ride.

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1985 summer movies

July 4th weekend is always a bankable one at the box office. There’s always some kind of major release hitting the big screen to get people as they enjoy some time off for Independence Day, and people flock to theaters to see stuff they missed from the previous weeks or just to see something again with their friends and family.

This past weekend, Jurassic World dominated the box office for a fourth weekend in a row, edging out Pixar’s Inside Out again and keeping Magic Mike XXL and Terminator: Genisys down as well. Those are some big offerings, but back in the summer of 1985, the line-up of movies available in theaters, according to a newspaper clipping, was both impressive and much different as far as the variety of offerings.

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Rambo 5 Title Rumored to Be ‘Rambo: Last Blood’

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Back in June we heard whispers that Sylvester Stallone was prepping another installment of the Rambo franchise. And now a new rumor suggests the Rambo 5 title might be Rambo: Last Blood. That can’t be serious, can it?
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One of Sylvester Stallone‘s signature film series, Rambo, is trotting down the path to television, and Sly is in talks to consult and potentially star. Entertainment One and Nu Image, the company with which Stallone has worked on The Expendables films, will partner to develop and produce a TV series based on the character.

Update: Stallone’s reps talked to THR, and were scornful of the idea of Stallone appearing in the TV series. The quote is below.

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Action films in the Eighties were extremely distinctive. The featured big muscle-bound men accomplishing insurmountable tasks, decorated with squirting blood, massive guns and fists to the face. The names are legend: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris. The films are revered: The Terminator, Bloodsport, Commando, Cobra, Rocky III, RoboCop, Rambo, Aliens. And now Spoke Art has teamed up with artist Jon Smith to create an art exhibit that’s all about the craziest era in action film history.

It’s called Mucho Machismo: First Blood Part One and features works by Godmachine, James Flames, Tim Doyle, Methane Studios, Gabz, Alan Hynes and many others. The show opens in Oakland, CA Friday September 7 and will remain on display through September 28. Check out an exclusive gallery of images featuring all those films above and others after the jump. Read More »

POTD: The Vietnam War Movie Memorial

Artist Tim Doyle talks his The Vietnam War Movie Memorial art:

“I was asked to participate in an artshow that is also a fundraiser for a documentary about VHS art, and this is the piece I created for it. VHS will always hold a special place in my memory. … Recently I had to re-watch Full Metal Jacket and another Vietnam War movie for poster assignments (the second one is not yet released, fyi) and I got to thinking about how much of our understanding of war in this country is filtered through the for-profit lens of Hollywood. And frankly, I think it’s gross. Multi-million dollar star vehicles showing us all how awful war is, but still with a slight sense of humor and a moral at the end, and the star never comes home with a permanent brain injury or a lost limb. It’s these celluloid fantasies that help shape and sell the narrative of how we in America “understand” what’s going on in all those other countries we can’t spell properly. Many of us here don’t even personally know the name of a soldier serving now, much less one that has died in a past conflict. Do I hate war movies? Heck no. They can be great fun, great social commentary, and depress the hell out of you. They can also exploit, lie, and whitewash. But no one should ever mistake them for what they are- complete fiction. Even the ‘true’ stories aren’t really true. So all of the above was kicking around in my head when I created the above piece. I hope it offends the right people and the original intended message comes through. “

Nakatomiinc is selling a 18×24 hand printed silkscreen print of Doyle’s Vietnam War Memorial, signed and numbered in an artist’s edition of 50.