‘The Expendables 2′ Poster: Just Call it ‘EX2′

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I don’t have any belief that The Expendables 2 is likely to be the movie I hope it will be. After the first movie, I’m not even convinced that this sequel is fated to be a solid action movie. But magic can happen. While we wait to see any footage from the movie that Simon West has been directing in Bulgaria, here’s a poster that also acts as the best collage of aging action stars you’re going to see this year.

I can easily see some young action fan having made a similar version of this poster by collaging stills in the late ’80s or early ’90s. This one really ups the ante with leather, flying dirt and a lot of thousand-yard (well, maybe 400-yard for some of those guys) stares.

Check out the full poster below. Update: image has been removed at the request of the studio. Read More »

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Liam Hemsworth Joins ‘The Expendables 2′

Briefly: The focus as we’ve covered The Expendables 2 has been the list of actors returning from the first movie, and the other ’80s and ’90s action stars that might join in the sequel. All told, the list is pretty huge already: Sylvester Stallone will be joined by Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The assembled circumference of all those biceps would enclose a bus; collect the cast’s testosterone and you’d probably be able to fuel it for a cross-country run.

Now we’ve got a new, younger body to add: Liam Hemsworth, junior brother of Chris ‘Thor’ Hemsworth and one star of The Hunger Games, has signed on. We don’t know his role, but the thinking is pretty transparent: bring in female audiences under 24. The Expendables 2 shoots soon in Bulgaria under the direction of Simon West. Nicolas Cage and John Travolta remain possible participants as well, because the cast just wouldn’t be ridiculous enough without them. [Variety]

‘Setup’ Trailer: Things Fall Apart Here, Too

Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, isn’t going to stop acting any time soon. And by the looks of his two most recent trailers — one for Things Fall Apart and this one for Setup — he might not start making good movies any time soon, either.

While Things Fall Apart looked like a saccharine feel-good drama gone horribly wrong, Setup looks like a heist thriller…gone horribly wrong. The film also stars Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe, both of whom look like they’re dragged down into the suck right alongside Mr. Jackson. See how much you can take, after the break. Read More »

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Lionsgate has just released what I might call an outrageously confident trailer for Sylvester Stallone‘s new film The Expendables.

Why confident? Because one of the selling points for the film has been that it unites not just all the guys in the primary cast — Stallone, Statham, Li, Rourke, and many more — but that it finally puts the ’80s action movie trifecta of Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger in the same film. And there’s their scene, right in the trailer. Which means the rest of the movie must be much more awesome, right? Because otherwise all the fans could just watch this clip and be done.

Decide for yourself after the break. Read More »

Mickey Rourke Joins The Expendables

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Another bad ass actor has been enlisted in Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables. The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke will join Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Forest Whitaker and Ben Kingsley in a story about an “expendable” team, hired to do jobs that no one else can or will.

The team is sent to infiltrate a South American country to overthrow the ruthless dictator and liberate the country. According to Variety, Rourke will play “an unscrupulous arms dealer who becomes the go-to guy for the group of mercenaries”. Principal photography is set to begin in Brazil and Louisiana in March.

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