Briefly: There has been a crazy amount of speculation about the cast of The Expendables 2, which will shoot soon. Given that the original film isn’t exactly beloved, that speculation goes to prove that the concept of putting aging action stars together into a ‘one last mission’-type picture is enough to ignite significant public interest.

We still don’t know what new talents might be joining the sequel, but Deadline reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis have now closed deals to take substantial roles in the film. Both had parts in the original, but neither amounted to more than a cameo. Simon West will direct the sequel in October, and Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li are all likely to return alongside Sylvester Stallone. Moviehole reported over the weekend that Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, and Scott Adkins are all confirmed, based on a leaked cast list, but those names are not confirmed at this point. Donnie Yen, also rumored, is yet to be confirmed as well.

As baseline expectations go, I don’t ask for much from action movies. Personality and action are all I really want. When something goes above and beyond (like, say, Die Hard) then it is a huge bonus. But give me Bloodsport, which has plenty of personality and action courtesy of two-fisted narcissist Jean-Claude Van Damme, and all is good.

A couple years back, JCVD properly tapped into the actor’s talents and nearly relaunched him as a viable screen presence. But, like John Travolta in the years following Pulp Fiction, only in a more extreme manner, Van Damme has done everything in his power to squander that new beginning. Case in point: Assassination Games, a movie that stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins as guys who kill other guys. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

Watch This: The Tournament Movie Trailer


I wasn’t even aware of the film The Tournament until Peter pointed out the trailer this evening. Now that I am, I can see it being a crazy, fun time totally untethered to any sort of reality. That is, one of my preferred action movie modes. The Tournament posits that every seven years in a small town, the world’s greatest assassins come together to compete for a tremendous cash prize and great renown. It’s the cast that might get your attention, though: Ving Rhames, Kelly Hu, Scott Adkins, and, as the priest caught in the middle of the action, Robert Carlyle. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »